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YTT Curriculum & Admissions

Teacher Training Curriculum - What You Will Learn

  • Detailed study of fundamental, intermediate, and restorative yoga postures including modifications of poses and use of props
  • The New Science of Stretching - understanding range of motion in relation to the nervous system, and unlearning common misconceptions about yoga and stretching
  • Functional Movement - what it is, why it’s helpful, how we can integrate it into yoga practice for a more healthy and sustainable practice
  • Biomechanical principles of alignment for a safe and sustainable practice

  • Learn how to build a supportive home practice
  • Learn a variety of meditation techniques to bring more presence and awareness to your life
  • Explore breath awareness, pranayama, and introduction to the subtle body and chakra systems
  • Physical, mental, emotional, and energetic benefits of postures
  • Use the tools of Ayurveda to bring more balance to your practice and lifestyle

  • 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 to create dynamic classes for a range of students
  • Learn invaluable 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 students in bigger bodies
  • Teach breathing and pranayama techniques

  • Study anatomy and physiology, with an emphasis on experiential learning and embodied understanding
  • 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 alignment and the practice of interoception can help avoid injury and decrease chronic pain

  • Learn about the historical context of yoga - how yoga asana as we practice it today is not the 1000-year-old practice many people claim it is
  • Learn about the main philosophical schools and texts that have influenced modern postural yoga
  • Participate in dynamic discussions about the relevance of the Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita (both pre-feminist, pre-scientific texts) to our modern context 

  • Learn to articulate and express your worldview and beliefs through exercises of contemplation and self-reflection
  • Discover how to share your worldview conscientiously through your yoga teaching
  • Learn about privilege and oppression and how to create safer spaces for more bodies, genders, and ages
  • Explore yoga and body image and the approach of Health At Every Size (HAES) and how to encourage body positivity in your life and your teaching
  • Discuss the ethics of teaching yoga and integrity in the student-teacher relationship

  • Get clear on what populations you most want to teach, and consider how to reach out to them and best serve them
  • Discuss platforms for marketing, how to build a student base and begin to create a niche for yourself
  • Discuss creative ways to begin offering classes, considering non-traditional spaces to offer yoga and how to leverage your community connections
  • Understand that building a career as a yoga teacher takes time and effort, and programs that promise you instant success as a yoga teacher may not be telling you the whole story

What our graduates have to say about the program

"If you are considering a YTT, for personal reasons or career ones, Queen Street Yoga has your back in every way. Every organization I reach out to that knows Queen Street Yoga and their wonderful reputation, and places more trust in me as a yoga teacher because I did my training there. I know I made the right decision for myself and for my career in yoga. This program will fill you up in many ways and give you a deep thirst to live out one of the main values of yoga; being a continual learner.” 

- Alexandra Kyriakou, QSY YTT 2018 Graduate

"I was surprised at how well rounded the training was in terms of content. This YTT program was so much more than learning how to get people in and out of yoga poses. I came away with a better understanding of human anatomy and biomechanics, the value of incorporating movement practices beyond “traditional” postural yoga, and was challenged to think about the broader impacts of teaching yoga in my community."

- Wendy Michaud, QSY YTT 2018 Graduate

"Leena is the kind of teacher who can see the strength within a person before they see it in themselves. Leena’s teaching is nuanced and layered: she builds upon key lessons in subtle and interconnecting ways. As a teacher trainer, her depth of knowledge and her commitment to ethical practice create a safe and engaging learning environment. Leena is an attentive and warm teacher who brings great integrity to her teaching practice."

 - Kate Parizeau, QSY YTT 2018 Graduate

"When I think of Emma’s teaching, I think of her creative, playful, joyful, humorous, exploratory approach, and how this was interwoven into her teaching... By inspiring us with her enthusiasm and infectious energy, Emma gave us permission to take risks and make mistakes. Emma helped us understand that each of us have a gift/uniqueness that we can bring to our yoga teaching, whether that be a spirit of playfulness, mindfulness, or motivation." 

- Nadine Quehl, QSY YTT 2018 Graduate

"I felt totally prepared to teach yoga after attending YTT and I draw upon the wise teaching advice provided to me in every class I teach. Emma and Leena have thought deeply about what it means to be a yoga teacher and they share this knowledge and expertise through the YTT with lectures, experiential learning, and stories." 

 - Kristin Phillips, QSY YTT 2018 Graduate

"When I reflect on my experience at QSY, what stands out most is the supportive and inclusive learning environment that Emma and Leena facilitate. It is clear they are both committed to ongoing learning themselves and offering the most up-to-date information possible in the YTT program. Another highlight is all the amazing guest teachers they bring in throughout the training, who offer a variety of perspectives! Something I did not considered before the program is the subtle power of the words you choose when teaching, and the effect they have on students.” 

- Allie Bisset, QSY YTT 2018 Graduate

Applications &Admissions

Applicants to our program must:

  • Submit an application form to info@queenstreetyoga.com
  • Have a minimum of 12 months of yoga experience with a qualified teacher, preferably in alignment-based yoga. If you do not meet this requirement, please get in touch with us to discuss options and possibilities. 
  • Attend a minimum of 5 classes at Queen Street Yoga (at least 1 must be with Emma) to determine if this training is suitable for you.

Early Acceptance

Submit your application form by April 30, 2019, to be considered for early acceptance. Notification for early acceptance will be made by May 15th, 2019, via email. A non-refundable deposit of $500+hst will be required to reserve your spot in the program.

Applications received after April 30, 2019, will receive a response via email within 2 weeks. Upon notification of acceptance, a non-refundable deposit of $500+hst will be required to reserve your spot in the program.

Final Deadline for Applications

Final deadline for applications is July 31, 2019, though it is possible the program will be full before then. If space permits, we will accept late applications up until September 15th. Our program has sold out every time we have offered it, so we recommend applying early to ensure a spot.

Please note that we only run this program every other year. Our next 200-hr YTT program will be offered in 2021. 

$3,750+hst early bird, paid in full by Aug 31, 2019 (includes deposit)

$3,950+hst regular rate, paid in eight instalments (includes deposit)

Tuition includes:

  • Ten weekend intensives and three Saturday afternoon sessions
  • Unlimited drop-in classes for the duration of the program ($960 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

A non-refundable deposit of $500+hst will be required to reserve your spot in the training. You must make your deposit within 2 weeks of being accepted into the program, otherwise your spot may be given to another applicant. The deposit can be made via e-transfer or cheque only.

The remaining balance may be paid either:

  • In full: by e-transfer or cheque by August 31, 2019.
  • In instalments: using eight post-dated cheques.

A full refund less the non-refundable deposit will be issued if notice to cancel is received at least 30 days  before the start date of the program (Oct 4, 2019). 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 (40 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 to Yoga Alliance to register as an RYT-200 (Registered Yoga Teacher, 200 hours).

We are also registered with the federal government as a Certified Educational Institution. We will provide you with two tax receipts (T2202A), one for the 2019 portion of your tuition and one for the 2020 portion of your tuition.

FAQ

We recommend that applicants have at least one year of yoga experience, ideally with a qualified teacher and in a form of alignment-based yoga. Students should have a general level of knowledge of yoga poses. If you do not meet this requirement, please get in touch with us to discuss possibilities. 

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 1 of those classes must be with Emma.

For early acceptance, send us your application form by April 30, 2019. Notification for early acceptance will be made by May 15th via email. A deposit of $500+hst will be required to reserve your spot in the program.

Applications received after April 30, 2019 will receive a response via email within 2 weeks. Upon notification of acceptance, a deposit of $500+hst will be required to reserve your spot in the program.

Final deadline for applications is July 31, 2019, though we could sell out the program before then. If space permits, we will accept late applications up until September 15th. Our program has sold out every time we have offered it, so we recommend applying early to ensure a spot. 

Students are asked to carefully clear their schedules for the ten weekend intensives and three Saturday sessions. The special guests, lectures, and exercises happening on these weekends are extraordinarily 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. If one-on-one time with a faculty member is necessary to make up the material with you, you will be charged an hourly rate of $75+hst to work with our faculty. One hour private session is equivalent to 3 hours of missed 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.

Our program is rigorous because we want you to graduate with concrete knowledge and skills to teach well. We design the homework to support your learning and grow your confidence as a teacher. 

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 a great deal 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 and they turn to them as resources for years afterwards.

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. If you want to register with the Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga Teacher, you can submit your QSY YTT certificate to them as part of their registration process. 

Testimonials

I absolutely loved my YTT experience at Queen Street Yoga! I am grateful to have taken part in this life-changing experience. Emma and Leena create a training that is compassionate and non-competitive, yet challenging and full of growth. A fully supportive community is created as a place learn, experiment, and to experience an integrated YTT. I worked hard, grew in ways I did not think possible, and created friendships and networks with a group of amazing people.

Laurel O'Gorman, QSY YTT 2018 Graduate

My YTT experience at Queen Street Yoga was transformative. Directors Leena and Emma are genuinely invested in their students. They are humble and kind, sharing their vast knowledge and inviting faculty with specialized skills to round out the incredible learning experience. It was fun and challenging, launching me into my yoga teaching with confidence. I am grateful to Leena, Emma, and everyone involved in the program. 

Denise Bowen, QSY YTT 2018 Graduate

The first thing that stood out to me about Emma as a teacher trainer was her lighthearted nature and sense of humour towards life, which I think is a huge strength because it allows students and student teachers to relax and enjoy the learning experience. She is very open to new information and is not stuck on what she knows. Emma is knowledgeable in many areas of yoga, but doesn’t feel the need to prove that to others. I see this as as strength for student teachers because she doesn’t feel the need to offer the absolute “right” answers to questions or impose her own beliefs on them. Instead Emma is able to offer her own experience, knowing that it will be different for everyone. I think this allows students to explore their learning, rather than feel safe and think that they have all the information they need, which isn't really possible!

Allie Bisset, QSY YTT 2018 Graduate

Leena’s drive to quest into and think critically on substantial topics brings profound integrity that is refreshing and inspiring. Her articulation of complex concept - whether philosophical or bio-mechanical - is consistently clear and concise. She expresses herself with an artful balance of eloquence and economy that bespeaks depth of knowledge. Leena offers innovative perspectives in her teaching that spark aha! moments. 

Rebecca Steiner, QSY YTT 2018 Graduate

I am so proud myself for completing YTT at QSY. It is a comprehensive program, building on each new skill with lots of encouragement and practice. If you want to dive deeper into yoga and find the teaching voice you never knew you had then YTT at QSY is a YES.

Julie Light, QSY YTT 2018 Graduate