Yoga Teacher Training

Mind to Body 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program

The 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training program at Mind to Body follows the guidelines set out by the Yoga Alliance, ensuring the highest educational standards of quality, integrity, and professionalism. We concentrate on providing exceptional training for all students. Our goal is to make the rich and profound practice of yoga accessible, inspiring, and enjoyable for everyone, while both honoring the traditions of yoga and playing a part in its evolution.

Whether you are an aspiring yoga teacher or interested in an in-depth study of yoga for personal development, this program will be one of the best four months of your life.

Program Curriculum

Anatomy & Physiology

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.

Principles of Practice

The best yoga teachers consistently practice yoga to develop their physical, mental, and emotional strength. This emphasis on a synergistic connection between the body and mind allows teachers gain the wisdom necessary to teach from their hearts.

The best way to teach yoga is by having your own practice. A personal practice will allow you fully develop your wisdom and skill as a teacher who teaches the mind-body connection of yoga.  By utilizing the principles of modern holistic biomechanics, teachers-in-training will use the most elegant and user-friendly methods of teaching available. Rather than practicing a specific sequence of postures every day, your practice will include creative sequencing techniques. The introduction to meditation and Pranayama (breath expansion) techniques are components of our daily practice. By the end of the program, teachers-in-training will have the skills necessary to build a well-rounded personal yoga practice.

Teaching Methodology

The central focus of this 200-hour yoga teacher training program is on how to lead a safe, effective, and joyful yoga class.   The methodology plays an integral role in leading a successful and interesting yoga class. Teachers-in-training will learn to listen to their own voice and become aware of their patterns of language, and be encouraged to examine and refine the clarity of their communication. Teachers will begin to explore their tone of voice to teach different types of classes, such as the difference between the chakra vs asana voice. The use of language will be observed and the use of simple language will be encouraged to refine teaching techniques. Teachers-in-training will learn detailed ways of staying present while practicing asanas, encouraging relaxation or tension where appropriate, and integrating a breathing to guide asana practice. Skills and knowledge on how to cue will be explored in order to align the body safely and comfortably to encourage a deeper release while keeping the breath connection going. General principles in giving physical adjustments will be taught under guidance.

Yoga Philosophy, Ethics & Lifestyle

Philosophy
Yoga’s philosophy goal is to seek the answer the question, “Who are we?” All of yoga’s philosophy can be woven into teaching its physical practice, which enriches the students’ experience. The origin of yoga and its philosophy are fascinating subjects. Via lectures and discussions, a good foundation of knowledge and understanding of yoga is developed. The key texts of yoga will be explored, such as The Upanishads, The Bhagavad Gita, and The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.

Ethics and Lifestyle
What is ethical behaviour? How does a lifestyle aligned with our highest good positively affect our ability to teach? Understanding the yoga guidelines and adapting the yogic texts to the modern world will be a starting point for a discussion of ethics. Teachers-in-training will learn to apply these ideas to practical situations and embody a holistic understanding of ethics in yoga.

Meditation and Chanting
Teacher-in-training will learn how stillness can allow our innate nature to become visible. Various forms of meditations, such as breath, mantra, counting, chakras, light, mala will be explored. We will also when and how to meditate.
Sanskrit Basics
The ancient Sanskrit language is understood to be a “revealed” language because of its development from a natural, spoken language to a poetic, literary language. If you can say “Triple-tall, no-foam, half-caf Grande Cappuccino, extra-hot, non-fat,” you can pronounce posture names in Sanskrit. Although it is not necessary to teach a yoga class entirely in Sanskrit, the language holds a certain power and beauty. Posture names and the basic root components of those names are studied.
Ayurveda

Ayurveda is the sister science of yoga. The theory may appear complex, with lots of Sanskrit terminology, however, its principles are beautifully simple and are as relevant as ever in the 21st Century. We will be exploring our ‘dosha’ or Ayurvedic mind body type; better understand ourselves, our partners and others; how and why life in the 21st century has the potential to unbalance all 3 doshas; learn daily Ayurvedic routines- why it makes sense to do a bit more than brush your teeth; why massage is considered so essential in Ayurveda and how to give yourself a daily massage; you are what you eat, balancing the 6 tastes, and the effects of food on the mind; learn useful Ayurvedic herbs and spices and how to use these to improve the agni (digestive fire).

Profession & Business of Yoga

This section covers the role of a yoga teacher, getting yourself established as a professional yoga teacher, and then being successful in teaching yoga as your source of livelihood.

Practicum
Towards the end of the program each student will teach a yoga class to her/his classmates. Specific criteria will be used to grade the yoga class taught by students, and the number of practicum hours received will be related to the number of students in class.

Additional Assignments & Homework  - 15 to 20 hours

Why choose Mind to Body Yoga for your 200-hour training?

  • We ensure the highest educational standards of quality, integrity, and professionalism, and exceed the training standards set out by Yoga Alliance.
  • The schedule allows students to continue to work full or part-time while enrolled in the program.
  • Community leader guest faculty – students will be studying with the best of the best.
  • With an integrated, well-informed, and open perspective, we tie together the insights and wisdom of many different traditions. This creates a cohesive and innovative approach to yoga with skills that can be applied in the modern world.
  • We provide encouragement and guidance to help you find your unique voice, and develop your internal wisdom and mind-body connection.
  • Community building is one of the primary objectives of our program. Wherever possible, we try to build and sustain a long-term commitment to our students and assist them in meeting their personal goals.
  • Mind to Body Yoga Teacher Training school is registered as "Certified Private Educational Institute" with government of Canada. Students will be issued certificates to claim education-related tax credits, such as the tuition tax credit.
  • Our program is accredited by the Yoga Alliance. Successful graduates of this program can apply for RYT-200 status.

Tuition

$3300 (+ HST). Tuition includes unlimited drop-in classes for the duration of the program.

Tuition includes:

  • Unlimited drop-in classes for the duration of the program.
  • Private consultation with the program director to set goals.
  • Textbooks are included in the tuition cost.
  • 10% discount off props and most workshops for duration of the program.

Payment Options:
A $500 (+HST) non-refundable deposit will be required upon acceptance of your application. If the deposit is paid before June 14, 2018, you will receive a 3-month pass to Mind to Body so you can enjoy our classes prior to starting the program.

The remaining balance may be paid:
In full — one payment of $2800 (+HST) due Sep 1, 2018.
In installments — four payments: $735 (+HST) on Sep 1st, Oct 1st, Nov 1st, and Dec 1st 2018.

Faculty for Yoga Teacher Training Program

Community leader guest faculty – students will be studying with the best of the best.  Please see bio of the lead teachers Pritpal Singh and Tony Murdock, other special guests are brought in as per the demands of curriculum.

Pritpal Singh

The Art of Happiness Mind to Body Yoga Mississauga

Pritpal  is the founder and Director of Mind to Body Yoga & Fitness.  She has Bachelor of Commerce degree  from University of Toronto (CES) and Certification in Human Resources Management from Humber College.  She worked in the corporate world for over 15 years, however her  passion for yoga & fitness eventually pulled her away from the corporate world.  While holding a full-time corporate job, she obtained certifications in Fitness Leadership and started working in the fitness field on a part-time basis since 2005.

Always wanting to maintain a work-life balance and yearning to get in touch with her inner self, she also began her yoga journey in 2007.  Since then she has practiced and instructed yoga classes virtually everyday and also breathing exercises known as pranayama (prah-nai-Yah-mah).   She saw and felt the changes in her mind & body including toning, flexibility and tranquility.  Yoga has brought her the mental peace and a sense of gratitude.  It has put her in touch with her inner self, brining calmness deep inside her.

Combination of practicing yoga, dancing and eating healthy allows her to feel confident, courageous, energetic, and enthusiastic about life – making her clients feel the same is what motivates Pritpal.  She wants to bring the best out of her clients so that they can reach their full potential and accomplish their goals. “I am genuinely passionate about yoga and want to make a difference in people's lives and help them.  I truly want my clients to succeed and be happy. ”

Pritpal has taught over 2000 hours of yoga classes and yoga courses, and continues to educate herself in yoga & fitness field.  Below is a list of her certifications:

Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher E-RYT200,  Restorative Yoga Teacher, Pre and post natal Teacher         

CAN-FIT-PRO certified Group Instructor Specialist

CAN-FIT-PRO certified Older Adult Fitness Specialist

CAN-FIT-PRO certified Personal Trainer Specialist

Humber College - Fitness Leadership certificate

Tony Murdock

Meditation Workshops in Mississauga

Tony’s spiritual journey began in 1972 when he met his guru Ramakrishna Ananda while traveling through Southern California. After studying with him for 5 months he received his spiritual name Vishnu Das (servant of the preserving aspect of the Divine). From this point forward, he has dedicated his life to personal spiritual unfoldment.

His interest in spiritual development fueled an enthusiasm for world mysticism. This led him to study Comparative Religions at York University and California State University Fullerton. After completing his Honours Degree in Comparative Religions, he continued his academic studies and received his Master’s degree from McMaster University in Sanskrit and Hindu Religious History, with a minor in Christian Studies.

Since 1998 he has been facilitating meditation classes and workshops in various parts of Ontario.  His personal practice and coursework incorporate a blend of meditations drawn from a variety of religious and spiritual traditions, including Hinduism, Buddhism and Christianity. This experience has given him the tools to work successfully for 12 years in corporate middle management. It taught him to balance his life as a meditator with both his work and his personal life.

For the past several years he has taught meditation and yoga philosophy for several Teacher’s Training Programs. Currently he teaches a variety of meditation workshops and classes at various centres all over GTA.

In addition, he offers a Meditation Teacher Training Program. This Meditation Teacher Training Program is a comprehensive 150 hour program that teaches the essential elements of meditation, yoga philosophy, world mysticism, spiritual leadership, compassionate living, as well as the principles of Healing Meditations.

Tony is also a Therapeutic Touch practitioner, pursuing Recognized Practitioner Status with the Therapeutic Touch Network of Ontario. In November 2011 he was the Keynote speaker at their Annual Conference, leading the post-Conference day long workshop. In May 2012 he was the Keynote speaker and led the primary workshop for the Atlantic Therapeutic Touch Network in Halifax.

Sep 2018 Program Schedule

Classes will be held every other Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Friday – 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday – 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

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Testimonials

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Sabrina

The 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training program at Mind to Body was one of the best experiences of my life. This program gave more than I could have imagined possible, by offering weekend training flexibility, special guests, interactive workshops and exciting outings. The atmosphere of the studio is peaceful and inviting making for a comfortable, enjoyable and safe space to learn.

Our teacher Pritpal Singh is a kind compassionate soul who held a disciplined focus to get through all the material. She showed a true love for yoga and offers her students a long term commitment of continued support. I am truly grateful to have had her as a teacher and look up to her as my mentor. Tony Murdoch, our spiritual guide took us through some important yoga philosophy that is often over looked in the West. He has a true passion for meditation and yoga philosophy. With his genuine interest in his field of study, and his charismatic demeanour, it made learning about the roots of yoga fun and intriguing. The quality of training was exceptional and the encouragement and support we received from our trainers was most respected.

A big break through for me, was in my ability to stop comparing myself to my classmates, all experienced yoga students who had years of a strong and consistent practice. Whenever feelings of fear or anxiety would arise, I would kindly remind myself that I was on my own unique yoga journey and would then only compare myself to my last attempt. Learning to accept and appreciate where I was in my life has allowed me to become more focused. This focus has given me mental clarity and confidence to apply the skills I have learned towards building a well-rounded yoga practice that I can share with others.

I consider the YTT program to have been a huge investment as it has taught me so many valuable things that I’ve happily adopted into my day to day life. I am thankful to have met all the amazing teachers and fellow students along the way. If you are looking to empower yourself and better your life, I highly recommend the YTT program at Mind to Body. It was a truly amazing and life changing experience.

  • Sabrina
Yuki

I had been practicing yoga for about 3 years before I decided to enroll in Yoga Teacher Training program, with the sole intention of improving my yoga poses and continuing to build up my strength and flexibility. What I have taken away from the YTT program is so much more than physical resilience; I have learned a new way of living life – the yogic way of life. I have learned to incorporate yoga into my life and am now a firm believer that balance is in fact the key to health, wealth and happiness. I balance working hard with playing hard, dancing all night long with meditating and practicing yoga the next day, and travelling the world for new adventures with finding adventures in the little things in life. Furthermore, I have learned that the key to my happiness is giving 120% of my effort in everything that I do, without attaching myself to the end results.

My balanced and positive approach to life has no doubt opened up new doors of opportunities in my own personal and professional lives. I cannot be more grateful and am truly humbled to have had the privilege of being one of the first students to complete the 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at Mind to Body Yoga.

The studio was our home over the 4-month period, and it will always feel like home to me. Both Pritpal and Tony were amazing teachers who brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to the program - we explored a wide range of topic from Sanskrit and the philosophy of yoga, to anatomy and Ayurveda, to meditation and Yoga Nidra. It was exciting to feel my body getting stronger each day and to notice myself becoming more aware of my spiritual Self.

I had such a wonderful, eye-opening experience over the course of the program and I would recommend this training to anyone who is looking to not only deepen their yoga practice, but also change their life for the better.

  • Yuki
Angela

I just finished the YTT 200 program and I'm very pleased with all I have learned. The instructor has so much knowledge and always make sure that all students understand each subject before moving on to more advance classes. The studio is very pleasing and clean. The staff is great, always willing to gladly guide the students according to individual needs.

  • Angela
Gayatri

YTT program for 200-Hrs at Mind to Body Yoga & Fitness was life changing for me. Mind to body studio - the place is very spacious, beautiful, positive and clean. I felt at home everytime I stepped inside. The program is not limited to only yoga-postures, it also includes Ayurveda, meditation, Human Body Anatomy and much more. Whether you are beginning or advanced in your practice, all yoga practitioners are welcome and encouraged to join this program. This course is created for individuals with aspirations of becoming yoga teachers but is appropriate for any individual wishing to further expand their yoga practice. Throughout the course you will learn Yoga Alliance-approved curriculum. The best spiritual teachers will share their experience to transform and enrich your life and your onwards teaching. Leave the program with the knowledge, experience and confidence to step in-front of a classroom and share your newfound gifts with the world.

It’s been a while since I have done yoga but my initial days as yogi were comfortable and after graduating from YTT Program, I felt a lot of improvement. I heard one day you miss a yoga class is a day you do not feel complete. It is important to say it became the highlight of my day and after YTT, it has become an important part of my life. The teachers are experts and have an amazing and hearted way to guide you through the class. Some of them became my close friends! All I can say is thank you, all you have taught me has help me through hard moments in my life. All my blessings, always.

  • Gayatri
Sasha

I just recently completed my 200-HR Yoga Teacher Training here at Mind to Body and can attest to it having been a wonderful experience. The owner and program coordinator is kind, approachable, understanding, knowledgeable and helpful. The studio is beautiful, clean and staff is friendly. Yoga teachers associated with this studio are also great. Highly recommend checking this place out.

  • Sasha
Akanksha

It has been an amazing journey at Mind to Body with the Instructor who has been extremely encouraging throughout the process of the Yoga training and my fellow group. We learnt a lot from Ayurveda to Anatomy along with Yoga philosophy and meditation. I have completely transformed my life for the better and cant wait to share and guide others. I will forever be grateful for this beautiful experience.

  • Akanksha

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