The 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Immersion follows the guidelines set out by the Yoga Alliance, ensuring the highest educational standards of quality, integrity and professionalism.
The Vancouver School of Yoga concentrates on exceptional training. Rather than operating as a yoga studio running daily classes, we focus on training great teachers. The philosophy of our training is to make the rich and profound practice of yoga accessible, enjoyable, and inspiring for everyone, while both honouring the traditions of yoga and playing a part in its evolution.
Students enrolled in the program will embark upon a powerful journey that offers multi-faceted and cohesive transformation. In order to be effective at teaching such a revolutionary practice, teachers in training must undergo this journey themselves. VSY offers an opportunity and an education that gives participants access to both the personal and the applied trajectories of Yoga, as well as the tools that facilitate exceptional teaching. Students will expand their horizons of the many aspects of the tradition, including the development of a solid asana practice based on clear yogic philosophy, biomechanical alignment principles, and skillful sequencing.
This approach offers teachers in training an embodied connection to the rich tradition of Yoga, and one in which they feel empowered to develop their own authentic teaching voices. The training includes an exploration of precise alignment and action in level one asanas, giving students a solid working foundation from which to build their teaching skills, as well as how to observe students for a more refined view, and how to both create and hold a sacred and safe space for transformation.
We have a faculty of teachers who come to share their expert knowledge and distilled teachings with the VSY trainees. Some of the topics included are: the history of yoga; relevant and meaningful yoga philosophy; balancing bio-mechanical principles of alignment; yoga of the subtle body and chakras; taking the seat of the teacher; effective observation; skillful assisting & adjusting; restorative yoga; prenatal yoga; conscious breathing; and emotional release, to name a few. In this way, the students’ faculties of discernment and inner wisdom are stimulated. A clear understanding of the gifts within each topic allows teachers in training to have a solid understanding of Hatha Yoga and gives them creative license over their own teaching style.
Participants need only have the desire to embark on what is essentially a life-long discipline, and the energy and time to give full attention to study and practice for the duration of the program.
Much like the Yoga Teacher Training Immersion, the Yoga Teacher Training Enriched follows, and in fact surpasses, the guidelines set out by the Yoga Alliance. This 240-hour program includes all the fundamentals of the 200-hour program, but moves participants even more deeply into all aspects of yoga practice and teaching. A full 30% more in-class hours (240 compared to 180) of hands-on training gives students the time to truly refine their teaching skills.
The Yoga Teacher Training – Enriched meets the criteria for Student Aid BC; therefore students may be eligible for financial assistance. Because the part-time program was designed specifically to make our Yoga Teacher Training accessible to anyone, its format allows students to work while attending.
Some of the additional content included in the 240-hour program is: a more refined teaching methodology; an expansion upon structural therapy; a more robust exploration of the business of yoga, including creating a business and marketing plan; and more time spent developing a well-rounded practice including asana, pranayama, meditation and mantra.
One 30-minute practicum class taught to the group will be evaluated, including feedback on strengths and weaknesses specific to each student teacher. Student teachers then have a second opportunity to teach a full 75-minute class toward the end of the program to practice and refine their teaching skills.
|200-hour Immersion||240-hour Enriched|
|Length||6 weeks||12 weeks|
|Format||30 hours/week, 5 days||20 hours/week, 3 days|
|In Class Hours||180 hours||240 hours|
Principles of Practice – 100 hours / 120 hours
- The source of great yoga teaching is personal practice. Personal practice opens the door to the teacher’s innate wisdom, allowing that wisdom to be expressed “from the heart”. Using the principles of modern holistic biomechanics, teachers in training utilize the most elegant and user-friendly methods available. Rather than adhering to a specific sequence of postures only, daily practice includes creative sequencing techniques. Some Pranayama (breath expansion) techniques and an introduction to meditation are components of daily practice. By the end of the program teachers in training will have a well-rounded personal yoga practice that informs their teaching.
Teaching Methodology – 25 hours / 35 hours
- This 200-hour yoga teacher training program’s central focus is on how to lead a safe, effective and joyful yoga class. The methodology of teaching plays an integral role in leading a successful and interesting yoga class. Teachers in training learn to listen to their own voice, their own particular pattern of language, and from there begin to examine and refine communication to become as clear as possible. This approach has far-reaching effects on and off the mat. Beginning by writing and then speaking simple scripts describing the performance of everyday activities – things we take for granted like opening a door – the mechanics and the art of precise direction unfolds. By the time the teachers in training lead their own classes, they are fully aware of nuance of language and how to use it effectively to inspire and deepen the experience of yoga for their students. This skill coupled with an understanding of bio-mechanics, optimal alignment, verbal and physical adjustments and developing a class intention to enrich and add meaning to their class gives VSBY’s teachers in training a diverse and colourful pallet to draw from. Ultimately, it is our own inner wisdom, humour and unique voice we seek to reveal as a teacher.
- Physical Adjustments
- A Yoga student absorbs information in three ways – verbally, visually or through sensation. Touch can be one of the most powerful teaching tools a teacher has. Understanding types of touch – directive, affirming or therapeutic – teachers in training develop appropriate and non-injurious skills to communicate and connect with their students.
Anatomy & Physiology – 20 hours / 25 hours
- An understanding of the structure of the body and how postures create change within that structure is key to safe instruction. Practical applied anatomy, observing types of body – organic or muscular – is a component of the anatomy training. Compressive and tensile forces and variations in skeletal structure are explored as well as muscle groups, the subtle body, and it’s energies. Students are provided with an excellent text to support their studies in Anatomy.
Yoga Philosophy, Ethics & Lifestyle – 30 hours / 44 hours
- When teaching this art and science of Yoga, the question “What are we actually teaching?” needs to be answered. Yoga philosophy can be interwoven into the physical practice itself to enrich the experience and give it context. The origins of Yoga and the development of its philosophy are fascinating subjects. Yoga philosophy ultimately seeks to answer the question “who are we?” Through lectures, D.V.D. presentations and discussion, a foundation of understanding is developed. Classical Yoga, Tantra Yoga and the dualistic and non-dualistic philosophies are explored. Key texts – The Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras are also summarized.
- Ethics and Lifestyle
- What is ethical behaviour? How does a lifestyle aligned with our highest good affect our ability to teach? Considering these questions and the approaches Yogic texts have taken, as well as how our modern world deals with these questions is the starting point for a discussion of Ethics. Teachers in training also play-act practical situations to embody an understanding of the importance of Ethics.
- Meditation and Chanting
- Stillness can allow our innate nature to become visible. Invoking energy through the vibration of sound can harmonize us with our environment. Students learn the role these approaches play in creating sacred space, and learn several Sanskrit invocations and their meaning.
- Sanskrit Basics
- If you can say “Extra-hot, non-fat, triple-tall no-foam half-caf Grande Cappuccino”, you can pronounce posture names in Sanskrit. Sanskrit is understood to be a “revealed” language. Though it is not necessary to teach a Yoga class entirely in Sanskrit, the language itself holds a certain power and beauty. Often it is easier to teach a class a posture name in Sanskrit than try to find an appropriate English equivalent. Posture names and the basic root components of those names are studied.
Practicum – 10 hours / 16 hours minimum
- Each student will teach a whole yoga class toward the end of the program to her/his class. Students will be graded according to a specific criteria. The number of Practicum hours is in direct relation to the number of students.
Additional Assignments & Homework – 15 hours / [20 hours]
Immersion Dates and Schedule
January 16th – February 24th, 2017
- January 16 – 20, 23 – 27, 30 – 31
- February 1 – 3, 6 – 10, 14 – 17, 20 – 24
May 23rd – June 30th, 2017
- May 23 – 26, 29- 31
- June 1 – 2, 5 – 9, 12 – 16, 19 – 23, 26 – 30
September 5 – October 13, 2017
- September 5 – 8, 11-15, 18-22, 25-29
- October 2-6, 10-13
Classes are held Monday through Friday, 9:30am to 5:30pm, with an hour for lunch. On occasion students will get an afternoon off.
Enriched Dates and Schedule
October 21, 2016 – January 22, 2017
- Oct 21 – 23, 28 – 30
- Nov 4 – 6, 11 – 13, 18 – 20, 25 – 27
- Dec 2 – 4, 9 – 11, 16 – 18
- Jan 6 – 8, 13 – 15, 20 – 22
October 20, 2017 – January 27, 2018
- Oct 20-22, 27-29
- Nov 3-5, 17-19, 24-26
- Dec 1-3, 8-10, 15-17
- Jan 5-7, 12-14, 19-21, 26-27
Classes are held Friday evenings 5 – 9pm and both Saturday and Sunday from 9am – 6pm over 12 weekends. Classes are not scheduled over the holidays.
Bring all your questions to an info session! Meet faculty members who will discuss the school, programs, instructors and opportunities in the yoga industry.
- Tuesday, April 4 at 6pm
- Tuesday, August 8 at 6pm
Should you enroll in a Yoga Teacher Training after attending an info session, you will receive a discount of $100 off the cost of tuition (this discount can’t be combined with others). Please register at least one day prior to an info session by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 604-688-5060.
The Vancouver School of Yoga welcomes students of any sex, sexual orientation, marital status, race, colour, national or ethnic origin, or religion.
- High school diploma or equivalent or minimum 19 years of age prior to the start of the program
- Completed application form and health evaluation
- $100 application fee
- Personal interview with the Admissions Director
- Fluency in English
- Free of disability or disease that could impede the learning process of the individual or jeopardize the health and safety of fellow students/clients
- Prior experience with yoga ~ minimum 6 months of a personal practice
Upon successful acceptance of your Vancouver School of Yoga application for admission, you will be required to provide the following:
- Proof of age and identity (a photocopy of either your driver’s license, passport, or other photo ID)
- Proof of high school diploma or equivalent, if applicable
- A doctor’s note stating that you are in good physical health with no disability or disease that could impede the learning process of the individual or jeopardize the health and safety of fellow students/clients
- A signed copy of the Student Enrolment Contract
- A 20% deposit on tuition and other costs
|Texts and Supplies||$145.00||$145.00|
|Student Record Archiving Fee||$10.00||$10.00|
This $100 fee is paid at the time the application is submitted to VSBM/VSY and is non-refundable.
Tuition for the Yoga Teacher Training Immersion and Enriched are $2,750 and $3,200 respectively. A 20% deposit on the total cost of the program less the application fee is due upon registration. The balance is due according to the payment plan selected.
Texts and Supplies
All equipment, including yoga mats and props, is supplied by the school. Students are welcome to bring their own mat if preferred. Each student receives the following texts:
- Anatomy of Movement by Blandine Callais-Germain
- Light on Yoga by BKS Iyengar
Student Record Archiving Fee
PTIB bylaws require that all career training student records are stored electronically off-site. Each student’s enrolment contract, transcript and diploma or certificate is stored with Datawitness for a period of no less than 25 years, retrievable only by VSBM/VSY administrative staff.
- Option One
- Full payment at the time of registration.
- Save Money! Receive 5% discount on tuition if paid one month in advance.
- *This offer may not be combined with any other discounts.
- Option Two
- Deposit 20% at the time of registration
- Payment 80% on the first day of classes
- Option three
- Deposit 20% at the time of registration
- Payment #1 – 40% on the first day of classes
- Payment #2 – 40% on an agreed upon date (at the 30% mark in the program)
Student Aid BC: The Yoga Teacher Training Enriched is approved for government funded student loans as a full-time program. Financial assistance may be available to eligible students.
For more information go to: www.studentaidbc.ca or call the school for assistance.
VSBM/VSY is pleased to offer one scholarship per Yoga Teacher Training intake. The scholarship covers 25% of the tuition fee.
With their application forms, scholarship applicants need to submit a short essay describing the following:
- Why do you need the scholarship?
- Why are you a good candidate?
- What are your intentions once certified to teach yoga?
We will accept applications for the scholarship up until one month prior to each course start date and make our decision quickly thereafter. Please note the scholarship recipient will become the “Lead Hand” for their class which involves various responsibilities including assisting instructors and ensuring the studio is clean and tidy.
Tuition Refund Policy
- If the institution receives tuition from the student, or a person on behalf of the student, the institution will refund the student, or the person who paid on behalf of the student, the tuition that was paid in relation to the program in which the student is enrolled if:
- the institution receives a notice of withdrawal from the student no later than seven days after the effective contract date and before the contract start date;
- the student, or the student’s parent or legal guardian, signs the student enrolment contract seven days or less before the contract start date and the institution receives a notice of withdrawal from the student between the date the student, or the student’s parent or legal guardian, signed the student enrolment contract and the contract start date; or
- the student does not attend a work experience component and the institution does not provide all of the hours of instruction of the work experience component within 30 days of the contract end date.
- The institution will refund the tuition for the program and all related fees paid by the student or a person on behalf of the student enrolled in the program if the student is enrolled in the program without having met the admission requirements and did not misrepresent his or her knowledge or skills when applying for admission.
- If a student does not attend any of the first 30% of the hours of instruction to be provided during the contract term, the institution may retain up to 50% of the tuition paid under the student enrolment contract unless the program is provided solely through distance education.
- Unless the program is provided solely through distance education, if the institution receives a notice of withdrawal from a student:
- more than seven days after the effective contract date and
- at least 30 days before the contract start date, the institution may retain up to 10% of the tuition due under the student enrolment contract, to a maximum of $1,000.
- less than 30 days before the contract start date, the institution may retain up to 20% of the tuition due under the student enrolment contract, to a maximum of $1,300.
- after the contract start date
- but before 11% of the hours of instruction to be provided during the contract term have been provided, the institution may retain up to 30% of the tuition due under the student enrolment contract.
- and after 10% but before 30% of the hours of instruction to be provided during the contract term have been provided, the institution may retain up to 50% of the tuition due under the student enrolment contract.
- more than seven days after the effective contract date and
- Unless the program is provided solely through distance education, if the institution provides a notice of dismissal to a student and the date the institution delivers the notice to the student is:
- before 11% of the hours of instruction to be provided during the contract term have been provided, the institution may retain up to 30% of the tuition due under the student enrolment contract.
- after 10% but before 30% of the hours of instruction to be provided during the contract term have been provided, the institution may retain up to 50% of the tuition due under the student enrolment contract.
- If the institution provides the program solely through distance education and the institution receives a student’s notice of withdrawal or the institution delivers a notice of dismissal to the student and:
- the student has completed and received an evaluation of his or her performance for up to 30% of the hours of instruction to be provided during the contract term, the institution may retain up to 30% of the tuition due under the student enrolment contract, or
- the student has completed and received an evaluation of his or her performance for more than 30% but less than 50% of the program, the institution may retain up to 50% of the tuition due under the student enrolment contract.
- The institution will refund fees charged for course materials paid for but not received if the student provides a notice of withdrawal to the institution or the institution provides a notice of dismissal to the student.
- Refunds required under this policy will be paid to the student, or a person who paid the tuition or fees on behalf of the student, within 30 days:
- of the date the institution receives a student’s notice of withdrawal,
- of the date the institution provides a notice of dismissal to the student,
- of the date that the registrar provides notice to the institution that the institution is not complying with section 1(c) or 2 of this policy, or
- after the first 30% of the hours of instruction if section 3 of this policy applies.
- If an international student delivers a copy of a refusal of a study permit to the institution, sections 1(a), 1(b), 4, 7, and 8 of this policy apply as if the copy of the refusal were a notice of withdrawal, unless:
- the international student requests an additional letter of acceptance for the same program that was the subject of the refusal of a study permit, or the program is provided solely through distance education.