Next Program Fall 2020: Mid Oct/ Early Nov
Immerse yourself in the Ashtanga System*
To Register or any questions
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Our Yoga Alliance 200 Hour Teacher Training & Ashtanga Enrichment Program will provide you with the tools to begin Svadhyaya (self-study) and develop the skills you need to share your passion.
"This is the best teacher training course we have seen in years"
Canadian Yoga Alliance
Schedule: Starting Fall 2020
200hr: Next Course Fall 2020 (tentative start date: mid Oct) This Teacher Training Program with be a blended online and in-studio course.
During this time we will be offering the option of a Online only certified 200hr Teacher Training Program. The online program will be accessible through zoom bringing the program live to your living room.
Weekend Schedule: will be decided with trainees
300hr (Additional 5 weeks): Not available at this time. If you are interested let us know via email.
Dates are subject to change due to needs of the group.
Next Teacher Training & Ashtanga Enrichment
200 & 300 Hour Teacher Training “Yoga of Patanjali” with Melissa Wasserfall
Date: Mid Oct/ Nov 2020 (exact date TBA)
Express interest or for more information email
The Shala's True Yoga Teacher Training Program is facilitated by Melissa Wasserfall.
Melissa’s teaching philosophy is to bring her knowledge of yoga and the musculo-skeletal system to her students, so they can practice and teach from a place of knowledge and confidence.
“I am passionate about yoga and it’s benefits, which I experience first hand through my own practice every day, and I hope to ignite and impart this to my students, awakening in them their own self knowledge and wisdom, which exists in each of us. The yoga practice is the real teacher.”
True Yoga Teacher Training program is registered with the Yoga Alliance (RYS). Once the student has fulfilled all the RYS requirements they will receive their 200-hour Certificate “Yoga of Patanjali” training which is recognized by the Yoga Alliance of North America.
The Shala's True Yoga Teacher Training Course
2020 Course Information
Melissa Wasserfall True Yoga
Melissa has been practicing and teaching Ashtanga and Vinyasa flow yoga for over 20years. She’s known for her vigorous classes, understanding of poses, and knowledge of anatomy and energy in relation to yoga postures.
Dr. Neil Dalal Associate Professor in Philosophy and Religious Studies.
Neil Dalal's research interests include Indian philosophy, history of Indian religions, Yoga, Vedanta, meditation, religious experience, and contemplative theory. He was co-director of Gurukulam (a feature length documentary on Vedanta); Co-editor of Asian Perspectives on Animal Ethics: Rethinking the Nonhuman. He is currently working on a book manuscript titled “Contemplative Practice in Advaita Vedanta;” and articles on “Sudden and Gradual Enlightenment in Advaita Vedanta;” and “Imagination and Meditation in the Early Upanishads.”
Ian Hayward Ayurvedic Wellness Consultant
Ian Hayward learnt Panchakarma therapy and an extensive range of body work and elimination therapies at Maharishi Vedic University in Valkenburg, Holland and was the Ayurvedic consultant to the British Royal Family. While overseas he ran one of the largest Ayurvedic spas and treatment centres in Europe before he moved to Canada. He is currently the Director of Elemental Life Solutions.
Tuition: online payment below
Early Bird, before Sept 30
IN STUDIO:$2,900 +taxes
ONLINE: $1,700 +taxes
Regular, after Sept 30
IN STUDIO: $3,400 +taxes
ONLINE: $1,900 +taxes
Minimum deposit of $500 +gst (non-refundable) is required to reserve space if not paying tuition in full.
Full tuition is non-refundable once program commences.
*Tuition can be made in 2 installments before program begins. This option is not available on early bird pricing
*Although Ashtanga focused the course will cover other Vinyasa systems. This 200 hour Teacher Training is approved by both Yoga Alliance and Canadian Yoga Alliance. We aim to provide you with a clear, concise, mature teacher training that meets and exceeds the course requirements of both Yoga Alliance and Canadian Yoga Alliance.
Please note this course does not provide teacher with a KPJAYI Certification or Authorization
Our training includes in-class instruction plus practical teaching experience to help you build your yoga practice and confidence.
This course will focus on asana from the Ashtanga yoga system. You will learn through your own practice and instruction on how to teach and experience the full primary series, proper vinyasas count and asanas sequencing as well as some asana from the other 5 sequences. There will also be an intense look at the foundational postures of yoga, backbends, shoulder stands, headstands as well we will explore how to modify asanas to teach to the individual and look at some Classic Hatha asanas.
Shala's 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training online with full Yoga Alliance accreditation will provide you a learning opportunity to become a teacher from your living room during the time of covid. Your living room will be your yoga home while you connect with a community of students in studio and via zoom who all have a passion to move deeper into their yoga practice and learn to teach from this experience.
This course will be taught live over 20 weeks from Oct 2020 to Mar 2021 in which you will zoom into the studio from wherever you are. The course will include online yoga classes, pranayama, meditation and lecture classes. The online course will offer flexibility to learn at your own pace as it will be recorded for your review or if you are unable to attend any of the live classes. Please note: attendance will be required in the livestream classes at Melissa's discretion.
This course will help you begin to understand the 8 limbs of Ashtanga Yoga. We will look at the koshas, kleshas, the vayus, the yamas, and Niyamas and explore and discuss the yoga sutras, the bhagavad gita and ayurveda.
I. Deepen your practice to learn to teach others
Breath & Vinyasa
Learn the mechanism of the breath & movement system of vinyasa and its affect on the physical, emotional, mental and energetic body.
Bandha & Posture
Deepen your experience of the bandhas as energetic locks and learn how to use them to circulate energy and understand the affects and learn how to apply this to various asanas.
Brings about a deepening of concentration and realization of oneness during the practice and deepen your understanding of yoga as a transformative process.
Begin to explore different forms of Pranayama or breath control and experience how the practice of pranayama can helps us keep from distractions and provides us a strong platform to develop our yoga practice.
Experience how your yoga practice can become a meditative asana/ physical practice while also looking at different ways of approaching meditation outside of the asana practice.
Explore several aspects of the voice as a tool for teaching and in self-practice to help break through mental, physical and energetic blockages in the body. (Guest speaker)
Discuss and learn ancient and modern views on this subject. Learn how to support your mental, physical, energetic practice through food and nutrition.
II. Teaching Students
The second aspect of the training will involve gaining the confidence and developing skills that will allow you to transmit your own experience and practice. The course will explore the use of words to give concise and progressive verbal instructions when leading a class, teaching a mysore style class or privately. We will also focus on how to communicate safely and clearly through physical adjustments and how to read postural and energetic imbalances of the students.
Sequencing yoga classes
Learn how to use your unique teaching style and understanding of your practice to develop strong sequencing skills for a Vinyasa style class.
Anatomy as it relates to the yoga asanas and the physical body
Learning very specific physical anatomy that corresponds to the course content. Guidelines will be presented as to how to talk about yoga anatomy when teaching. You will learn and discuss adjustments, alignment, ujjayi breath, contra- indications, drishti and bandhas. Common injuries, misalignment, and strength and flexibility issues that can arise from asana practice. Basic anatomy will be part of the suggested readings.
Begin to understand and discuss how a yoga practice operates beyond the physical body and moves into the body as consciousness
200 Hours of Instruction including
20 Hour Practicum
10 hour Academic study of the History of ancient
& modern yoga including 3 hours of Sanskrit with Dr. Neil Dalal
5-8 hours of intensive workshops/ mysore practice
with Certified/ Authorized Ashtanga Teacher
2.5 Hour Ayurveda Module with Ian Hayward
Led Primary Series, Led Vinyasa Class, Assisting in
Notebook of comprehensive literature for study including but not
limited to a copy of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, primary series
sequence with sanskrit names and count, and other course content.
Ashtanga Primary Series, Gregor Maehle
Vinyasa Karma, Matthew Sweeney
Teacher Training Schedule
Friday Nights: 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturdays: 8:00am – 6:00pm (2hr break)
Sundays: 8:00am – 6:00pm (2hr break)
Hours: 9.5 weekends at 20 hours
and an additional 5-8hrs intensive mysore practice and/or workshops with authorized/ certified Ashtanga teacher
Past Mysore intensives with Harmony Slater & Russel Case
Note: Hours may vary slightly based on instructor and material to be covered.
About Melissa Wasserfall
I started practicing Ashtanga yoga as a daily practice at The Yoga Centre, Edinburgh under the direction of Hamish Hendry and then became a teacher there, completing my teacher training in 1999. I am a direct student of the late Sri K.Pattabhi Jois and have completed my 200 ERYT and 500 RYT teacher trainings.
I have diplomas in sports and remedial massage, phytotherapy (the study of herbs), energy healing and holographic re-patterning. Whilst I focus almost exclusively on yoga teaching now, all of these trainings have enabled me to fine tune my ability to read people’s bodies, and to see where each individual student needs particular attention.
Ashtanga yoga can be a very masculine practice and I aim to balance that with the feminine aspect of surrender and softening.
Since the birth of my children, the first in 2005, I have been teaching pre and post natal yoga as well as mom and baby yoga. I aim to provide comprehensive information on all aspects of childbirth, during pregnancy and after. I am Y.A.A, C.Y.A and Y.A certified and currently teach first and second series Ashtanga yoga. I try to return to Mysore, India, whenever possible to continue my studies with R.Sharath.
10018 105st Edmonton, AB
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