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Yoga Teacher Training

What Does it Take to Become a Yoga Teacher?

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!

So warmly,
Leena & Emma
YTT Co-Directors


Dates for Weekend Intensives
Sept 22-24
Oct 13-15
Nov 17-19
Dec 9 (one day only)
Jan 12-14
Feb 9-11
Mar 2-4
Mar 23-25
April 20-22
May 11-13
June 1-3

Weekend Schedule (times may vary):
Friday- 5:30-9:30pm
Saturday- 9:30-1pm, 2:30-6:00
Sunday- 9:30-1pm, 2:30-6:00

Science of Practice

  • Detailed study of fundamental, intermediate, and restorative yoga postures including modifications of poses and use of props
  • Biomechanical principles of alignment for a safe and sustainable practice
  • Pranayama practice and introduction to the subtle body and chakra systems
    -Physical, mental, emotional and energetic benefits of postures
  • Build a supportive home practice
  • Use the tools of Ayurveda to bring more balance to your practice and lifestyle
  • Learn a variety of meditation techniques to bring more presence and awareness to your life

Art of Teaching

  • Learn to teach effectively with confidence and compassion
  • Learn to give clear, simple instructions through verbal cues and body language
  • Learn to see and understand a variety of bodies in terms of proper alignment
  • Share your love for yoga from your authentic experience and teach with heart-based themes
  • Understand sequencing strategies for all levels
  • Learn useful strategies for teaching beginners
  • Understand common misalignments, key points of safety, and modifications
  • Practice hands on adjustments and enhancements
  • Demonstrate postures and techniques clearly and effectively
  • Modify the practice for special groups such as prenatal yoga, seniors, teens, and round bodies
  • Teach breathing and pranayama techniques
  • Many opportunities to practice teaching will be given. We aim to create a supportive community throughout the training. You will receive constructive feedback from your teachers and peers to help you refine your teaching skills and feel at ease in front of a class.

Anatomy and Therapeutics

  • Study Western anatomy and physiology, with an emphasis on experiential anatomy
  • Understand the physical effects of yoga on the body
  • Learn about the anatomy of the breath, and the effect of yoga on the central nervous, endocrine, and immune systems
  • Learn how proper alignment can help avoid injury and decrease chronic pain
  • Introduction to subtle body anatomy: prana, the chakra system, the vayus and nadis

Yogic History, Philosophy, Ethics and Business

  • Learn about the ethics of yoga: Living the yamas and niyamas
  • Historical context of the roots of yoga
  • Study the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and the Bhagavad Gita
  • Understanding privilege and oppression to create safer spaces for all bodies, genders, and ages
  • Discuss the ethics of teaching yoga and integrity in student-teacher relationship
  • Consider the business of Yoga: how to get started as a teacher and build a student base

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.


  • Download our 2017 YTT Application Form.
  • Submit your completed application form by email to with "YTT Application 2017" in the subject line.
  • For early acceptance, apply by July 19, 2017.
  • Once your application has been received, we may ask to set up a personal interview to review your application.
  • You will be notified of your acceptance by July 26, 2017.
  • If space permits, late applications may be accepted up until Sept 15, 2017.
  • After notification of acceptance you will need to pay a $500+hst non-refundable deposit to confirm and secure your spot in the training.

$3,600+hst: Early bird rate, must be paid in full by Aug 21, 2017 $3,800+hst: Regular rate (10-month payment plan)

Tuition includes:

  • Unlimited drop-in classes for the duration of the program ($1,070 value)
  • 10% discount off props and most workshops for duration of the program
  • Regular support and interaction with faculty and program assistants
  • Manuals and handouts created for the YTT

Payment Options

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.

  • OR in instalments — ten payments of $330+hst paid on the first of each month from September 2017-June 2018. Post-dated cheques are the only acceptable form of payment for this option. $20 fee for any bounced cheques.

Refund Policy

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:

  • Attendance in all teacher training classroom hours
  • Attendance of 1-2 classes each week (50 classes minimum over the duration of the program) at Queen Street Yoga (unlimited classes are included in your tuition fees!)
  • A home practice for the duration of the program
  • Successful completion of monthly homework assignments and reading assignments (plan for 2-3 hours each week for homework)
  • Observe, assist and report on a minimum of 12 classes
  • Complete a 10-class practicum of practice teaching and peer review
  • Successful completion of teaching demonstration and comprehensive open-book exam at the end of the program.

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.

Teacher Training Faculty

Leena Miller Cressman, YTT Program Director

Leena Miller Cressman

E-RYT-500, YTT Program Director
Science of Practice, Art of Teaching, Business and Ethics of Teaching

Emma Dines, YTT Program Director

Emma Dines

E-RYT 200, YTT Program Director, YTT Practicum Advisor
History of Yoga, Philosophy and Art of Teaching

Jesse Enright, Experiential Anatomy and Founder of Smart Yoga

Jesse Enright

E-RYT-500, Yoga Therapist, Cranial Sacral Therapist, Founder of Smart Yoga
Experiential Yoga Anatomy

Kathryn Bruni-Young, Co-Founder of Yoga Detour Teacher Training

Kathryn Bruni-Young

Co-founder of Yoga Detour Teacher Training
Mindful Strength Training, Functional Movement

Matthew Remski, Ayurvedic Health Educator, YTT Faculty

Matthew Remski

Yoga Therapist, AHE (Ayurvedic Health Educator)
History of Yoga, Philosophy, Ayurveda

Christi-an Slomka, YTT Faculty

Christi-an Slomka

Former director of Kula Yoga Toronto
Anti-Oppression, Queer Yoga & Facilitating Inclusive Spaces

Tiina Veer, Founder of Yoga for Round Bodies

Tiina Veer

Founder of Yoga for Round Bodies

Students gather to hear some alignment tips from Studio Director Emma. Queen Street Yoga is a locally-owned business, operating in the Tri-Cities area for over 10 years!

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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.

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)