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200 Hour Teacher Training

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training

“Evolving Spirit ~ Deepen your Practice and Learn to Guide”

200 Hr Teacher Training Dates: 2022-2023

200 Hr Teacher Training 2022-2023

 Cynthia Funk with Shehla Khan & Katherine McKeown.

Winter Schedule 2023

Sat & Sun – Jan 7/8
Sat & Sun – Jan 21/22
Sun Jan 29
Sat & Sun – Feb 4/5
Sunday – Feb 12
Sat & Sun – Feb 18/19
Sat & Sun – Mar 4/5
Sun Mar 12
Sat & Sun – Mar 18/19
Sun Mar 19: Graduation ceremony and potluck begin @ 1 pm.

Faculty Led Weekend Hrs:

Sat: 9:00 am – 12:15 pm
12:45 pm – 4:30 pm
Sun: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
12:45 pm – 4:30 pm


Fall Schedule 2022

Fri Oct 14 – Opening Night 6:30pm-8:30pm
Sat & Sun – Oct 15/16
Sat & Sun- Oct 29/30
Sat & Sun –  Nov 12/13
Sunday, Nov 20
Sat & Sun – Nov 26/27
Sat & Sun – Dec 3/4
Sat & Sun – Dec 16/17

Faculty Led Weekend Hrs:

Sat: 9:00 am – 12:15 pm
12:45 pm – 4:30 pm
Sun: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
12:45 pm – 4:30 pm

Course Requirements

• Attend 14 weekends of 12 hours each weekend (168 hrs)
• Participate in 14 Faculty assisted Yoga Lab Open Practice Classes (90 min each = 24hrs)
• Participate in 9 Faculty led 75 minute classes which include 3 Ashtanga, 3 Hatha and 3 Vinyasa
• Submit all assignments in a timely manner for review by Yoga Sanctuary Academy  faculty
• Be at least 18 years of age
• Secondary School Diploma or Equivalent

Class size is limited. Please apply and register early to secure your spot!

200 Hr Fast Track - Apr 11 to May 19, 2023

Fast Track 200 Hr Teacher Training

$3,875  No HST

Early Bird – Sign up before March 11 & Save $250

Tuition fees are 100% tax-deductible and an Income Tax Receipt is issued.

Join Cynthia Funk, Deborah Whipple, Shehla Khan & Katherine McKeown

Tues Apr 11 to Fri May 19, 2023

A non-refundable $500 deposit is due upon acceptance to the program. E-transfer your deposit to

Participate in 28 days of Faculty-led curriculum 182 hours

6.5 hours each day – 9:30 am-12:45 pm 1:15 pm-4:30 pm

Homework/Assignments 18 hours—submitted for review by Yoga Sanctuary Academy Faculty

Tuesday and Thursday mornings 7:30 am-9:00 am—Optional attendance of Faculty Yoga Lab Open Practice Classes (90 min each)

18 years of age minimum

Secondary School Diploma or Equivalent


Training lovers of yoga to be teachers since 2001

We have created a comprehensive, balanced program that will become the foundation of your yoga career and take your personal practice into new, insightful places.

You will feel confident to teach classes in Ashtanga, Hatha and Vinyasa lineage. Our teacher training program focuses on providing you with the highest calibre of training with experienced and passionate teachers.

Our graduates enjoy the benefits of this training for a lifetime. Some are teaching around the world, and many are here in our local community.

We admit a limited number of trainees into the program to provide personalized feedback.

Hybrid Program ~ In-Studio or Online

Course Overview

Asana, Assisting and Teaching Methodologies

• Learn the poses of the Primary Series of Ashtanga yoga as taught by Shri K Patthabi Jois
• Understand how to sequence a Vinyasa yoga class, a vigorous flowing style of asana practice
• Learn and sequence poses classically taught in a Hatha yoga class
• Develop class planning techniques using well thought out sequential development of poses for various levels of classes and different lengths of classes
• Understanding the methodologies for teaching yoga for different sized public classes as well as private and semi-private classes
• Developing strong and clear communication skills appropriate for different teaching rooms and size of class
• Learn various Pranayama (breathing) techniques and how to apply them for different classes
• Develop a personal meditation practice
• Learn meditation techniques, including different methods of guided meditation
• Introduction to chanting in the ancient language of Sanskrit

Yoga History, Philosophy, Ethics and Lifestyle


• General overview of Pantanjali’s Yoga Sutras an ancient teaching considered by many to be the “Heart of Yoga” including group discussions of the most important concepts presented in the Sutras
• Origins of Yoga and the application of these ancient teachings for modern living
• Introduction to the classical teachings and texts of yoga, including the Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika

Yoga Anatomy, Physiology and Subtle Energy Systems

• Fundamentals of the muscular and skeletal systems
• Experiential and functional Anatomy as it relates to the practice and teaching of yoga
• Introduction to Subtle Yogic Anatomy, Physiology and Energy Systems (the Chakra system)
• Understanding the proper role and ethics in Teacher-Student relationship

Homework and Integrated Yoga Practice

• Faculty led yoga classes
• Supervised practice teaching sessions with constructive feedback
• Self Study/Homework includes reading texts, written assignments and oral presentations

Participants in the 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training may take any courses offered by faculty throughout the duration of the program. Courses are in person when available or always via Zoom. However, separate certificates are not offered for these courses when enrolled in the 200 hour teacher training.

Required Reading List

The Heart of Yoga, by TKV Desikachar

Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha, by Swami Satyananda Saraswati

The Yoga Anatomy Coloring Book: A Visual Guide to Form, Function, and Movement (Volume 1) by Kelly Solloway and Samantha Stutzman 


 Highly Recommended:

Hatha Yoga Pradipika, by Swami Muktibodhananda

The Yoga Sutras of Patabjali, by Sri Swami Satchidananda

The Bhagavad Gita, by Eknath Easwaran

Yoga Yajnavalkya, by A.G. Mohan

Tuition Fee and Payment Plans

Program tuition: $3,250 (not subject to HST saves you $422.50)
Tuition fees are 100% tax-deductible and an Income Tax Receipt is issued.

A non-refundable $500 deposit is due upon acceptance to the program. There will be a $25 administration fee on each payment in our various payment plans. E-transfer your deposit to

All payments may be made by e-transfer, credit card, debit, bank draft, money order, certified cheque or cash. There will be a $25 administration fee on each payment in our various payment plans.

Finances should never be the limiting factor when embarking on a journey that you are passionate about. Please choose the payment plan that best fits your current lifestyle needs.

For more information, please email

Established Teacher Training since 2001.

Tuition fees are 100% tax deductible. Graduate students receive a Tuition Fee Receipt for Income Tax purposes for this 200 Hr Yoga Teacher Training.

Yoga Sanctuary Academy is recognized by the Federal Government as an accredited professional educational program providing students with the skills to enable them to work in a recognized occupation. Yoga Sanctuary Academy continues to be a Toronto community leader in the realm of teacher training, pushing the envelope of training to new excellence. Yoga Sanctuary Academy became a “Certified Private Educational Institute” with the Federal Government of Canada in 2008.

While Yoga Sanctuary Academy is a fully accredited Yoga Teacher Training Institute we also have all of our Teacher Training Programs registered with Yoga Alliance of the United States RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher).

Yoga Sanctuary Academy advanced studies, offer 300-hour and 500-hour Yoga Alliance® registered Teacher Training and Continuing Education with Senior Faculty. These courses are designed to develop your skills as a unique and successful instructor. Our comprehensive training programs offer the flexibility to develop your unique style and passion.

Whether you are a student wanting to deepen your practice or you dream of helping others heal and grow through the practice of yoga or you are already teaching yoga and wish to continue your education with exceptional faculty, Yoga Sanctuary Academy Teacher Training programs offer you the tools you will need to take the next steps on your career.

Questions? Visit our FAQ page.