Leena Miller Cressman
E-RYT-500, YTT Program Director
Science of Practice, Art of Teaching, Business and Ethics of Teaching
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 check out our application form. To receive early acceptance submit your application by July 19. We hope yours is among them!
Leena & Emma
Dates for Weekend Intensives
Dec 9 (one day only)
Weekend Schedule (times may vary):
Saturday- 9:30-1pm, 2:30-6:00
Sunday- 9:30-1pm, 2:30-6:00
Science of Practice
Art of Teaching
Anatomy and Therapeutics
Yogic History, Philosophy, Ethics and Business
Applicants are required to have a minimum of 12-18 months regular yoga study with a qualified teacher (preferably in alignment-based yoga such as Anusara or Iyengar). It is beneficial if you also have a home/personal practice. Applicants must attend a minimum of 5 classes at Queen Street Yoga (at least 2 must be with Emma or Leena) to determine if this training is suitable for you.
$3,600+hst: Early bird rate, must be paid in full by Aug 21, 2017 $3,800+hst: Regular rate (10-month payment plan)
A $500 (+HST) non-refundable deposit will be required upon acceptance of your application to reserve your spot in the training. The remaining balance may be paid:
In full — one payment of $3,600+hst by Aug 21, 2017. Paid via e-transfer or cheque.
A full refund minus deposit will be issued if notice to cancel is received at least one month before the start date. There will be no refunds or transfers after 30 days prior to the start date. These refund policies apply to both payment options, either tuition paid in full or by instalments.
In order to receive a certificate of completion, participants must complete the following in full:
Queen Street Yoga’s Yoga Teacher Training is registered with the Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga School (RYS-200) in Hatha Yoga, and goes above and beyond their RYS-200 requirements. Upon successful completion of the program, you can submit your certificate and application at YA in order to register as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200).
We are also registered with the federal government as a Certified Educational Institution. Upon completion of the program, we can provide you with a tax receipt (T2202A) for your tuition just like you would get from a college or university.
E-RYT-500, YTT Program Director
Science of Practice, Art of Teaching, Business and Ethics of Teaching
E-RYT 200, YTT Program Director, YTT Practicum Advisor
History of Yoga, Philosophy and Art of Teaching
E-RYT-500, Yoga Therapist, Cranial Sacral Therapist, Founder of Smart Yoga
Experiential Yoga Anatomy
Co-founder of Yoga Detour Teacher Training
Mindful Strength Training, Functional Movement
Yoga Therapist, AHE (Ayurvedic Health Educator)
History of Yoga, Philosophy, Ayurveda
Former director of Kula Yoga Toronto
Anti-Oppression, Queer Yoga & Facilitating Inclusive Spaces
Founder of Yoga for Round Bodies
Required texts are an additional cost, outside of tuition costs. Books can also often be found at local libraries or bought second hand online. We recommend students put aside around $100 for required texts/additional reading material.
We will give you lots of printed resources as part of the training - we have created a library of handouts that you will receive throughout the program to support our lectures and your learning. We have heard from participants that the written resources we provided during the training were incredibly helpful to their learning.
For early acceptance apply by July 19th. Notification for early acceptance will be made on July 26th via email. If space permits, we will accept late applications up until September 15th.
We ask that all students have a minimum of two years of practice, ideally with a teacher and in a form of alignment-based yoga. Students should have a general level of knowledge of yoga asana including sun salutations and basic postures. You do not have to be an elite pretzel to be in this program- all bodies and abilities are welcome! All applicants must attend a minimum of 5 classes at QSY prior to applying and at least 2 of those classes must be with Leena or Emma.
Students are asked to carefully clear their schedules for the weekend intensives. The special guests, lectures, and exercises happening on these weekends are very valuable and not repeatable. That being said, we understand that illnesses and life circumstances still happen, and we will work with you if there are circumstances that must prevent you from attending part of one of the weekend intensives. Students are responsible for making-up any missed hours of training. This may involve additional written assignments, obtaining notes/recordings from classmates, attending additional relevant workshops or possibly one-on-one time with a faculty member.
(Faculty hourly rate: $75+hst. One hour private session is equivalent to 3 hours of class time. This cost is not covered in the tuition fee.)
We advise setting aside 2-3 hours a week to complete assigned readings and homework. This is in addition to attendance in yoga or meditation classes at QSY (1-2 per week) and at least 2 hours of home practice per week.
Yes. Our program will equip you with teaching skills and confidence to begin your journey as a yoga teacher. We believe that learning never stops, and encourage all of our graduates to continue to find ways to expand their learning and understanding as they develop as teachers.
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.
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.
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)
Get a feel for our program by reading blog posts written by some of our YTT participants: