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95 Danforth Ave, Toronto


300 Hour

300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training

Expand Upon Your Foundation

“Yoga Therapeutics – Living Your Guidance”

Led by Cynthia Funk, Shehla Khan, Karen Cove, Kai Riecken and Angela Jervis-Read with Guest Faculty Brenda McMorrow, Yosh Maeda and Jefferson Guzman.

What to expect in our 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training

In this 300 hour course, you will expand upon the foundation of your yoga training, gaining valuable information for your advancement. Discover many new and key elements to the yoga puzzle to deepen your understanding of how to use yoga as a healing modality. The teachings offered by our esteemed faculty will be based on a sound scientific and therapeutic rationale, optimized by thoughtful class structuring. This Yoga Therapeutics 300hr Yoga Teacher Training will teach you how to offer fluid, integrated classes of postures, pranayama, and relaxation to enhance meditation and your students’ well-being. Our goal is that you will come to understand how to utilize powerful tools for personal transformation, to influence the healing of the body and mind. Move from knowing about yoga asana to knowing and embodying yoga.


Expand on what and how you teach. The course will incorporate the therapeutic applications of various aspects of yoga to serve a more diverse array of students with the following:

• Restorative Yoga
• Yin Yoga
• Pranayama techniques
• Ayurveda foundations
• Layering Mudras into class sequencing
• Facilitating Pawanmuktanasan Joint Freeing sequences
• Understand the role of Chanting as a healing modality
• Anatomy and Bio-Mechanics
• Understanding the Chakra system
• Learn various Meditation techniques

Hatha, Restorative & Yin

• Learn the foundational restorative yoga poses including supine postures, twists, and inversions, backbends and forward folds
• How to skillfully use props including blankets, zafus, bolsters, eye pillows, sandbags and chairs to support deep rest
• Deepen your understanding of pranayama techniques and learn what to include and exclude during restorative classes
• Thoughtful assisting throughout a restorative class
• Become aware of the best use of language for restorative yoga and learn how to make use of it to deepen the restorative experience
• Develop specific observation skills to discern and assist misalignments that may inhibit deep relaxation
• Restorative poses to support women during all stages of pregnancy
• Sequencing restorative yoga classes depending on the time of day and season
• Discussions about working one-on-one with clients, small groups and public classes
• Fundamentals of Yin and Yang theory
• Yin Yoga philosophy and history
• Yin Yoga postures
• Myofascial release and acupressure therapy using therapy balls and rollers
• Meridian theory – how we can enhance our organ system and overall well being
• Element theory
• Yin Yoga and Chakras
• Sequencing Yin classes
• Hatha sequences designed with their therapeutic benefits in mind.
• Learn advanced hands-on assists.
• Utilize chairs and the wall as props to enhance your students’ practice.

Yoga Philosophy, Ayurveda and Chakra System

• Continue your study of yoga’s foundational philosophical texts, with a focus on bringing ancient wisdom into your modern lifestyle
• Deepen your understanding of the koshas: according to the yoga tradition, every one of us has five bodies, each made of increasingly finer grades of energy, learn to weave this aspect of philosophy into class settings
• Dive into yoga philosophy and find your own voice to weave philosophical concepts throughout public classes
• In-depth look at the profound and timeless wisdom of yoga sutra(s) and Upanishads and find your own voice to weave philosophical concepts throughout public classes
• Learning to incorporate the yoga philosophy tools in a therapeutic model
• Receive in-depth guidance in the expansion of your knowledge of how and when to use Pranayama techniques, the practice of breathwork as it is a powerful discipline to enhance classes and aid in meditation and to prepare oneself for movement
• Develop valuable skills for working one-on-one with private clients and for meeting individual students’ needs within a group setting
• This course deepens your knowledge of the relationship between yoga and Ayurveda, with classes focused on cultivating prana (life force), agni (inner fire), and ojas (vigor)
• Understand and integrate Ayurvedic tools to balance the doshas in your own life so that you can live it before offering it to others
• Learn key postures, breathing practices, mudras and meditation techniques for balancing psychophysical constitutions (doshas) to revitalize your physical and energetic bodies. Personalize private sessions that are based on time of day, season, segment of life, and basic doshic awareness
• Compare Ayurvedic, yogic, and contemporary perspectives on prana and the physiology of subtle body
• This course deepens your knowledge of the relationship between yoga and Ayurveda, with classes focused on cultivating prana (life force), agni (inner fire), and ojas (vigor)
• Understand the difference between Prakriti and Vrakriti

Anatomy, Physiology and Bio-Mechanics

• Learn about the dance between the autonomic nervous system; sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system
• Delve into the physical, neurological, psychological and energetic effects of restorative and yin yoga
• Anatomy of the circulatory and lymphatic systems
• Experience the different movements of prana, including prana, udana, samana, apana, and vyana
• Deepen your understanding of the koshas and integrate them into class settings
• Dive into practical anatomy and find your own voice to weave anatomical concepts throughout public classes
• Explore spinal mechanics for a wider and applicable understanding of safe and effective body movement which will support all styles of yoga
• Injury assessment and management
• Biomechanics for Restorative Yoga
• Receive basic anatomical information on cautions and contraindications of various poses
• Anatomy and Physiology of body tissues for Yin Yoga
• Biomechanics for Yin Yoga
• Discuss how trauma manifests physically in the body
• Examine the anatomy and physiology of different body types
• Fluid dynamics in the body (ie: arthritis, inflammation, bogginess, circulation)
• Visceral health (ie: pelvic organs, abdominal organs, cardiovascular)

Breath, Meditation, Visualization and Chanting

• Experience the differences of Vayus , including prana, udana, samana, apana, and vyana
• Receive guidance to expand of your knowledge of how and when to use breathing techniques, the practice of breathwork as it is a powerful discipline to enhance therapeutic classes and aid in meditation and to prepare oneself for movement
• In-depth look at classical pranayamas and preparatory breathing techniques
• Learn how to layer guided meditation with clear focus and visualization techniques.
• Exploring seated meditation of 3, 5 and 15 minutes
• Understanding the effects of chanting as a healing tool to mobilize energy in the gross and subtle body
• Finding your voice for guided relaxation, body scans and the use of appropriate imagery
• Understand and enjoy the power mantra. Mantra, the Sanskrit word, man, meaning mind, and, tra, meaning deliverance, or, projection. Chanting the sacred sound of the mantra delivers us from our sense of dependency
• Chanting/use of sound soothes us on a cellular level
• Enjoy and understand the benefits of extended silence in an in-class setting

Mudras and Joint Freeing

• Expand your knowledge of the use of hand and body mudras and how to utilize them in a therapeutic manner
• Integrate mudras into classes with an understanding of sequencing, timing, and themes for individual Therapeutic Yoga classes, different months and seasons
• Overall joint health and mobility using Ayurveda and yoga to facilitate natural healing
• Understanding various ailments of joints using yoga as a lens
• Learn various sequences of joint freeing and understand their positive effects on the body
• Begin to understand the shifts toward floating the joints, understanding movements to support resilience, primal movement and maintenance of the body.

Homework and Integrated Yoga Practice

• Observation classes for any classes offered on the schedule (exemptions include Karma and New Grad classes, pre-registered courses, workshops and open practice classes)
• Supervised practice teaching sessions with constructive feedback
• Self Study/Homework includes reading texts, written assignments and oral presentations
• Open Practice/Mysore classes
• Individual and group projects


In order to meet course requirements students are required to attend:

  • Faculty Weekend (228 hr)
  • 20 Open Practice Faculty-Led Classes (30 hr)
  • 7 Yin Faculty-Led Classes (10.5 hr = 1/month)
  • 7 Restorative Faculty-Led Classes (10.5 hr = 1/month)
  • 7 Observation Classes (10.5 hr = 1/month)
  • Assignments (10.5 hr)

This course includes One Year of Unlimited Yoga!

  • Faculty Weekend (228 hr)
  • 20 Open Practice Classes (30 hr)
  • 7 Yin Classes (10.5 hr = 1/month)
  • 7 Restorative Classes (10.5 hr = 1/month)
  • 7 Observation Classes (10.5 hr = 1/month)
  • Assignments (10.5 hr)

Open Practice Schedule Wednesday:  1:00-3:00pm Thursday:  5:15pm-7:15pm Friday: 6:00pm-8:00pm

Class size is limited. Please register early to secure your spot! This course includes One Year of Unlimited Yoga!

2020/2021 – 300 Hour Teacher Training Schedule

Faculty Led Weekend Hours:
Saturday 9:00am-1:00pm/2:00pm-6:00pm
Sunday 9:00am-1:00pm/2:00pm-6:00pm
(16 hours of lecture time)

Note that dates with * will be:
Saturday 3:15pm-5:30pm, 6:00pm-8:15pm
Sunday 4:15pm-6:30pm, 7:00pm-9:15pm
(9 hours of lecture time)

Also note:
Friday September 11 will be 6:00pm-8:00pm

2020 2021
Sept 11*, 12, 13 Jan 9, 10
Sept 26, 27 Jan 16*, 17*
Oct 3*, 4* Jan 23, 24
Oct 16, 17 Feb 6, 7
Oct 31, Nov 1 Feb 20, 21
Nov 14, 15 Mar 6, 7
Dec 28, 29 Mar 20, 21
Dec 12, 13

300 Hour Reading List


The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice by T. K. V. Desikachar

Ayurveda: The Science of Self Healing: A Practical Guide by Vasant Lad

The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali with commentary by Chip Hartranft PDF online (free!) 

The Key Muscles of Yoga by Ray Long

Highly Recommended: 

The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice by T. K. V. Desikachar

Prana And Pranayama by Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati

Eastern Body, Western Mind: Psychology and the Chakra System As a Path to the Self by Anodea Judith Insight

Yin Yoga by Sarah Powers

The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga: The Philosophy and Practice of Yin Yoga by Bernie Clark

The Brain that Changes Itself by Dr Norman Doidge

Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma by Peter A. Lavine

The Child The Family And The Outside World by D W Winnicott

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk M.D.

The Path of Yoga: An Essential Guide to Its Principles and Practices by Georg Feuerstein

Yoga Therapy: A Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Yoga and Ayurveda for Health and Fitness by A.G. Mohan

 Tuition & Payment Plans

$4,975 (not subject to HST)
Tuition fees are 100% tax-deductible and an Income Tax Receipt is issued.

Graduates of Yoga Sanctuary Academy 250hr Yoga Teacher Training receive a 10% discount – $4,477.50 (excludes Early Bird discount). A non-refundable $500 deposit is due upon acceptance to the program. All payments may be made by 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.

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

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 questions about payments contact our Education Program Advisor, Joanne, or call our Danforth Studio at 416-461-6161.


Ongoing Programs

Yoga Sanctuary Academy Academy offers different ongoing programs for graduates who are interested in continuing with various aspects of their studies free of charge.

Assisting Internship
Yoga Sanctuary Academy Assisting Internship program is available at each of our locations. This internship offers new grads the opportunity to assist in public drop in classes. Our Assisting program offers our new graduates a platform in which to refine and enhance their new skill set while being mentored by a senior teacher. A three (3) month minimum commitment is required.

New Graduate Classes
Yoga Sanctuary Academy provides new graduates an opportunity to teach on our public schedule! New graduate classes program offers a one-two month opportunity (4-8 week session) for graduates to build their teaching experience within an established studio setting. These classes are offered at each location of Yoga Sanctuary Academy.

Volunteer Positions
As a committed member of the community,Yoga Sanctuary Academy is requested to participate in various single community events, often many teachers are requested. We encourage our new graduates to participate, this adds yet another opportunity for grads to build their experience! Graduates of Yoga Sanctuary Academy Yoga Teacher Training are in great demand for their in-depth knowledge, clear instruction, ability to teach to all levels, and ability to guide students to the experience of self-awareness that is the true essence of yoga.Yoga Sanctuary Academy teachers range in age from their 20s to their 70s and can be found teaching in community yoga studios around the globe; in urban and rural areas; in schools, prisons, and hospitals; and at workplaces from the United Nations in Africa, a retreat centre in Nicaragua and yoga studios in Japan and Korea, because Yoga Sanctuary Academy supports individual inquiry and expression and helps teachers the places you find our teachers are as varied as the teachers themselves.

Established Teacher Training since 2001.

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.

Tuition fees are 100% tax deductible. Students will receive an official Tuition Fee Receipt (T2202A) for Income Tax purposes for any of our Yoga Teacher Training Programs.

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.

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