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Yoga teacher training in Toronto

Yoga teacher training in Toronto is more common, and useful, than you might think. Ask any yoga instructor and they will tell you that the benefits of completing a yoga teacher certification program extend far beyond the practical benefit of becoming qualified to teach a class. While gaining the skills to teach yoga is undoubtedly, the main draw for most, another, perhaps more important draw, is the guarantee of taking one's practice further by deconstructing the most basic and fundamental principles of practicing yoga in the first place.

The closest thing to a "standard" among teacher training programs appears to be those outlined in the Yoga Alliance organization. Many yoga studios typically offer 200- and 500-hour course formats that cover a variety of categories ranging from anatomy, philosophy, and a mix of theoretical and practical teaching methodologies.

Many studios have made teacher training certification more accessible by scheduling courses on weeknights and weekends. Here's a list of various studios across Toronto that offer fully comprehensive teacher training programs.

Downward Dog
For over 10 years, Downward Dog has been training some of the city's best yoga teachers. There are three 'modules' to their program that collectively total over 500 hours of training. Graduates of the basic 200 hour certificate can apply to continue on to the professional program which includes assisting classes at the studio and further education through a variety of specialized workshops.

Octopus Garden
Octopus Garden offers up to 1000 hours of study through three programs of study; a 200- (fundamentals), 300- (effective teaching), and 500- (therapeutic yoga practitioner) hour program. Here, the basic 200-hour course includes working closely with a peer mentor and graduates of the 500-hour program are able to teach and practice therapeutic yoga both in studios and a clinical setting. As a bonus, all three programs are accredited by the federal government, and tuition income tax receipts are issued upon completion of the program.

Yoga Sanctuary
200- and 500-hour teacher training is available at all of Yoga Sanctuary's three campuses (College, Danforth, and Richmond Hill) and can be completed through two formats: a 12-week intensive or 8 months of weekends. A continuing education option is also available and includes access to an additional 300 hours worth of workshops. Also recognized by the federal government, graduates of the program receive official Tuition Fee and Education Textbook Credit receipts that can be used for income tax purposes.

Ahimsa Yoga Centre
Ahimsa's Yogāyāma training program offers a competitively-priced core 200-hour training program that can be completed through a weekend format over 15 weeks-- typically beginning in the Fall. As a bonus, graduates of the core 200-hour Yogāyāma program are eligible to participate in the continuing education program which includes paid teaching opportunities within the studio and the opportunity to attend a variety of workshops free of charge.

Tula Yoga
Teacher training is available throughout the year at each of their three locations within the city and offered over weeknights and weekends. Their Hatha Yoga and Power Vinyasa focused 200-hour course also includes a practicum component where 20 hours are spent teaching and assisting in live classes.

Yoga Therapy Toronto
There are more than 300 hours integrated into the training program at Yoga Therapy Toronto, where graduates emerge as qualified yoga teachers and yoga therapists. The 9-month program runs over 21 sessions on Sundays and an additional 3-day workshop, with a curriculum that includes a combination of group and private classes, mentorship, and practical in-class assisting and teaching experience.

Both the 200- and 300-hour teacher training programs are registered with the Federal Government of Canada allowing tuition and textbooks to be tax deductible. The 200-hour program can be completed in a one-month intensive format, or over 15 weekends (27 weekends for the 300-hour program) that run throughout the fall and winter seasons. Training at Yogaspace focuses mainly on Hatha, Vinyasa, and Therapeutic Yoga and students have the option to teach for 2 months at the studio.

889 Yoga
889 Yoga's brand new Living Yoga Program is set to begin in Fall 2012. The full 200-hour program is broken out in modules that can be completed on an individual basis as well. Classes are held weeknights and weekends and completed over a five month period, and the faculty is comprised of both international and locally-based teachers with several years of experience in their particular areas of expertise.

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