At Queen Street Yoga, we believe the answer to this question is community. And community takes time to grow. This is why we structure our 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) to take place over course of 10 months. We want to provide time for relationships to grow, for trust to develop, for confidence to build, and for conversations to deepen. While teacher training is a substantial commitment, with our format you don’t have to put your life on hold while developing your yoga practice.
Participants in our two previous YTT programs regularly exclaimed about how supported and encouraged they felt by the faculty and by one another. There was a tangible feeling of deep learning and relationship building happening in the group. Many participants spoke about how the program was impacting and transforming their lives "off the mat", giving them the confidence to try new things, or make significant changes in their lives.
Our 2017 Yoga Teacher Training Program starts in September, and meets one weekend each month until June. If you have been considering our program but something has been holding you back, please come talk to us. And know that wherever you are starting from, whether you want to simply deepen your practice or you are ready to find your voice as a yoga teacher, that we will create a learning community together that can support you.
If you're on the fence about applying, please know that this is likely the only program we will offer for the next few years.
Take the first step and come to one of our info sessions and check out our application form. To receive early acceptance submit your application by July 19. We hope yours is among them!
Leena & Emma
Attend an information session about our 2017-2018 program.
Meet Leena and Emma, co-directors of the Teacher Training Program, and bring your questions and curiosities about our program and our approach.
"I feel that I have learned a depth of yoga instruction and skill that will take the rest of my life to integrate both into my practise and into my life. I have opened my body and my mind into a glimpse of where yoga has come from and where yoga culture is today. It has been an initiation into an ever growing, living body of knowledge and wisdom." - Amanda I.
"In this training I have gained knowledge and with that, confidence. The knowledge gained from this program will stick with me, in my yoga practice and in my life outside of yoga. I wasn't really sure if I could be a yoga teacher. I struggled with that the entire training. But with the amazing opportunities you provided to practice these new teachings skills, it became clear to me that I totally could do it. And to my surprise, I really like it! This is a practice that will resonate with me always." - Abby P.
"The most important and profound thing I gained from this training was the process of learning something new and making space for mistakes all along the way. Initially I was holding high expectations of myself and trying very hard to do this perfectly. I became discouraged and disenchanted with the training until I realized how my expectations were getting in the way of play and exploration. Once I opened up the possibility for mistakes and invited them in as valuable teachers, the whole experience shifted...Now I know exactly what that means and I see these lessons have universal applications in other areas of my life. Overall, I have gained a tremendous wealth of knowledge to teach asana to students and I have found my voice in the process. I will use that voice to creatively combine this knowledge with my other teachings to be more adventurous and creative." - Chris B.
Read this letter about our program from one of our graduates.
Dates for Weekend Intensives
Weekend Schedule (times may vary):
History of Yoga, Philosophy, Ayurveda
Experiential Yoga Anatomy
Mindful Strength Training, Functional Movement
Plus other special guests!
Founder of Yoga for Round Bodies
Former director of Kula Yoga Toronto
Anti-Oppression, Queer Yoga & Facilitating Inclusive Spaces
Science of Practice
Art of Teaching
Anatomy and Therapeutics
Yogic History, Philosophy, Ethics and Business
Dear Leena and Emma,
After our final YTT weekend I wanted to write a note to say “thank you”! My feelings are of deep humility mingled with emerging confidence, and an even deeper respect for the care you’ve taken in organizing the process, the curriculum, the support, and the group.
This training is at the cutting edge of what’s offered, with its strong blend of biomechanics, social justice, science of teaching, philosophy, and interpersonal work. The kinds of work our training has been doing is exactly what many people have been asking for: more rigorous, more critical, more self-reflexive, with greater supports over longer periods of time.
The asana training was exceptional. It’s amazing how much better everyone’s alignment got — and how they can now teach it to others. That was in a year. Amazing. It took me a lot longer in my own practice to get to where you’ve brought everyone in one year together.
The guest teachers were very different from one another, and well chosen because of that. The community of practice you created by having the talking partners, and the team teaching, and the feed-forward practices was very, very valuable to me. As I choked out through my sobs last week, it’s true that in most cases, I interact with people who are just like me. I can’t remember the last time I tried so hard and earned so many rewards with such a diverse group of equals. Amazing. This is something a shorter, intensive training can’t give.
I have, pretty much, nothing but good things to say about the training. I feel really lucky to have been in this group, at this time. I feel ready to take up my seat as teacher, and my own personal practice has really developed over the year as I approach my yoga study more intensely and with added goals. I feel energized and empowered.
Personally, I want to thank you both for being who you are, and owning it. It has been a pleasure to get to spend more time with you this year, and to deepen our conversations about topics we are all interested in. Thank you again. Hugs and namaste! ;-)
-Aimée Morrison, PhD (2014 YTT Graduate)