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Shala Ashtanga Yoga Centre Inc.

Edmonton AB


Contract Teaching Positions


The Shala Ashtanga Yoga Centre Inc (SAYC) is an Ashtanga Yoga Studio committed to the lineage of the late Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois and his grandson R. Sharath Jois. We are Edmonton’s only studio dedicated to the practice, teaching and dissemination of the Ashtanga Yoga system. We are dedicated to offering the practice to all students regardless of experience with compassion, support, encouragement, knowledge and passion.

The Shala has been in operation for 2 years and will be moving to the heart of downtown Edmonton early 2018. Once downtown the centre will be offering classes for every level of student from Beginner to Intermediate. Although Ashtanga and the Mysore Practice is the core and backbone of our studio, once in our new location we will be offering Ashtanga Inspired Vinyasa (Flow), SATTVA, Yin and Restorative classes as a through line to support the students and growing community.


We are looking for teachers who are knowledgeable, experienced and dedicated to a regular practice, and are committed to the continued learning of yoga. Teachers will lead 1-4 classes per week depending on their teaching discipline, experience and availability.


We are looking for teachers for the following yoga disciplines:


Ashtanga Classes - 1-4 class commitment

Teachers must have an established Ashtanga Practice, be Authorized or Certified by KPJAYI or a 200 hr Yoga Alliance Teacher Training Certification with an Ashtanga Focus or any combination of the above.


  • Mysore (2 class min commitment)

  • Led Primary Series

  • Led Half Primary Series

  • Led Foundation Classes


Class Duration: 45 min - 2 hours


Ashtanga Inspired (Flow) - 1-2 class commitment

The Ashtanga Inspired sequences will change monthly depending on the focus and direction of the overall practice as decided by the lead Teachers of the Shala. We will be taking into consideration what the common interests, concerns, issues and focuses of the students are to create new sequences monthly that will be followed by all Ashtanga Inspired Vinyasa teachers. All classes will focus on Tristana and follow the same foundational vinyasa sequences that are integral to Ashtanga. We still encourage individual variations and creativity as the class progresses  through the month.


Teachers of Ashtanga Inspired must attend one “Teacher Practice” a month to go over the sequence.


Class Duration: 45-90 min


SATTVA Classes -  1-3 class commitment

Teachers must be certified by the SATTVA School and follow the SATTVA sequence as disseminated by the Sattva School of Yoga. Sequences are made available at the start of each month, and teachers are encouraged to attend one SATTVA “Teacher Practice” at SAYC a month.


Class Duration: 45-90 min


Yin & Restorative Classes 1-3 class commitment

Teachers must have a focus in Yin or a Restorative practice. Eventually Yin and Restorative class focus will align with Ashtanga Inspired and SATTVA sequences. Priority will be given to those with Yin and/or Restorative Yoga Alliance certifications.


Class Duration: 45-75 min


What we offer:

  • Flexibility with schedule taking into account the needs of the teacher, studio and students

  • Access to student base

  • Access to unlimited yoga if leading 2 or more classes ($134.00 value)

  • Open and supportive environment

  • Discounts on merchandise, in studio workshops, space rental for classes and private sessions


Roles &  Responsibilities

  • Teach & lead students within the scope of your discipline with a high standard of care, compassion and professionalism

  • Work cooperatively with teachers and students in a team approach to health and wellness

  • Maintain and grow your students

  • Attend at least one workshop per year either at SAYC or at other studios to continue to be a student of your practice

  • Attend Teacher meetings when called

  • Attend Teacher Practices for individual discipline either once a month or as they are called

  • Attend classes led by other Teachers  at SAYC at least 1/ month to support the team and community as it is integral to share your practice with students and teacher in the community.

  • Arrive 15 minutes early and stay 15 minutes after class to set the tone of your class and be available to answer questions


At SAYC we operate as a team. We work together to grow individually and as a team we help each other out whenever we are able. As such at times you may be responsible to operate the front desk upon arrival until your class starts if there is no karma reception or another teacher offering their help

Front desk responsibility

  • Answering phone/ text in case students are contacting the studio to let us know they are going to be late

  • Sign in all student & teachers that attend the class

  • Take, process and enter payments into database

  • Lock up if you are the last class of the day or no class is to follow

  • Sweep the floor after every class



  • Must provide proof of Certification (200 hr Yoga Alliance Teacher Training Minimum)

  • Carry your own insurance according to the mandates of your profession, and make available to SAYC

  • Have been practicing your discipline for min of 2 years


Compensation: Reflective of education, training, and teaching experience


End Date: Positions will be available until full


Please send resume and cover letter to Kellie/ Linda at theshala@mail.com to apply. Cover letter should include details of your education, specialty, workshops attended and experience. A demonstration class will be required as part of the job application.