200 Hours of Yoga Teacher Training (recognized by Yoga Alliance)

BECOME A CERTIFIED YOGA INSTRUCTOR BY NEXT SUMMER!

An 8-weekend program starting in April 2020

8 WEEKENDS OPTION: April 10 to May 31, 2020
(First weekend: Friday to Monday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Subsequent weekends: Fridays from 5-9 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays
from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.)
Location: Vancouver Island University, Building 190

Early bird Special: $2,200 (+ GST) if you register by December 31, 2019
Regular Price $2,550 (+ GST)

Register today! Send an etransfer to info@choose2be.ca
Payment plans are available upon request!

HALF-PRICE FOR CURRENT YOGA INSTRUCTORS!
Upgrade your teaching skills and increase your confidence!
ONLY $1,100 + GST

Check my post about committing to a yoga teacher training with no previous experience. https://www.choose2be.ca/yoga-teacher/

"This is one of the best 200 hour teacher training programs I have seen!  Such high caliber of teachers- so diverse, interesting and important material." Lindsay J. Campa, Yoga Therapist

  • Learn from Teachers of different styles of Yoga
  • 18 Sequenced Vinyasa Classes detailed program included
  • Explore the Chakras system in depth
  • Apprenticeship and mentoring possibilities

"Vero put together this teacher -training course from her heart and soul and it shows, this YTT have made a huge difference in my life. . This course has CHANGED MY LIFE and I couldn’t have done it without the help of this community." Robin Minty

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2018 YTT graduate and teachers

Check this post for 2018 YTT headline: https://www.choose2be.ca/yoga-school/

2019 YTT graduate and teachers

Turn Your Yoga Passion Into a Career

Choose2Be now offer you an amazing opportunity to become a yoga leader in your community! Certification leader and inspirational fitness instructor Veronique Rioux and her team will educate and guide you through the 200 hours of Yoga Teacher Training certification and help turn your yoga passion into a career!

Curriculum Breakdown

  • Technique, training and practice, 100 hours
  • Anatomy of the body, 10 hours
  • Anatomy of the Chakra and energy body, 10 hours
  • Philosophy, 20 hours
  • Ethics for Yoga teacher, 10 hours
  • Teaching methodology, 20 hours
  • Business of Yoga, 5 hours
  • Practice teaching, 5 hours
  • Homework, 20 hours
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Yoga Teacher Training Certification Description

Choose2be’s 200 hours of Yoga Teacher Training certification is designed to deepen your yoga practice and knowledge. Explore yoga philosophy, anatomy, asana, pranayama, meditation, mantra, and practice teaching in a safe environment with other students. In this program, you will learn to create an asana sequence for students at all levels using props and hands-on assistance. Certification is led by Veronique Rioux, with the participation of guest instructors specialized in specific areas.

Early bird rate $2200 + GST if you before January 1, 2020
Regular Price $2550 + GST

Register today! Send a etransfer at info@choose2be.ca
Payment plans are available upon request!

4 recommended/mandatory book to buy

In addition to the Yoga handout and Chakra Yoga manual I will be providing, I recommend you to order theses 4 books. They are mandatory to help you understand anatomy portion of the YTT. I placed them in order of importance and you can easily order them from amazon, simply click on the link of the book.

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YTT
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Andrew Desrochers: Intention circle workshop

April 13, 2020, 1-3pm
Manifest your deepest desires while assisting others in manifesting their desires.
As we sit in a group, we each get a chance to talk about something that we want to manifest in our life. It can be anything!! Examples are: (Physical, emotional or mental healings. Career or occupational advances. Relationship or love miracles. Personal growth or spiritual breakthroughs. Obstacles you are wanting to overcome. Anything at all!) Each person gets a minute or 2 to share their intention. Followed by 3-5 minutes of meditation, where you and the rest of the group visualize your intention. (Be very clear so that we can all paint a bright mental image) Everyone gets an equal turn and time to have space held for them. Setting intention aligns your mind and your heart with your desires. Doing this helps us stay on track with our purpose and keep momentum moving quickly towards our dreams. Doing this in a group intensifies the energy substantially! Miracles happen and dreams come true, fast! I have tonnes of testimonials in my life and from the groups I’ve been in. This stuff works!! I promise!
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Laura Jesson Love: Meditation

Saturday April 18, 2020, 8:30am - 5:30pm

About Laura Jesson:

A natural born yogi, from philosophy to physical activity, breath and body, movement and stillness, Laura is always striving for balance in her life and empowering the same in others. After five years of personal practice, she took her first training in Moksha Yoga, followed by PreNatal Yoga with Janice Clarfield, and Yin Yoga with Bernie Clark. One strong source of inspiration and teachings woven throughout continues to be the influence of Michael Stone, who was a Psychotherapist, Yoga, Buddhist and Mindful Meditation teacher, author, activist, mentor and friend.

Laura is currently finding more peace through stillness in Meditation, Relaxation and lots of cycling! When not on her mat Laura takes all she learns being mom to two beautiful boys and creates more love in life.

E-RYT 500+, Moksha 500 hours, Prenatal Yoga, Yin Yoga, Trauma Sensitive Training, Mindfulness Meditation Training. BA Degree in Psychology. Post Graduate Diploma in Wellness and Lifestyle Management.

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Jessica Lowry: An Introduction to Iyengar Yoga. Special Focus: Alignment

April 19, 2020, 8:30am - 12:30pm

Jessica first completed a 300 hr TTP through Moksana yoga in Victoria BC and started teaching in 2007. Once introduced to the practice of Iyengar yoga she committed to this lineage and the demanding path of certification which calls for 4 years of study, followed by 3 years of training.  Lowry is a certified Iyengar yoga instructor .  She teaches privately,  and group classes in Ladysmith and in Nanaimo at Bend Over Backwards Studio.  Jessica is a classically trained actor and has performed in theatres across Canada. She is passionate in the exploration of play and discipline in both yoga and theatre.  Jessica is a TD Artist in the Schools through the Nanaimo Art Gallery and offers programs that align Yoga and Theatre in schools.    alignwithjessica.com

Class description:

Iyengar yoga is a practice founded by B.K.S Iyengar who is known as the father of modern yoga. Iyengar yoga offers a thorough teaching methodology that introduces poses, and specific actions within poses progressively such that a student learn and build their understanding of pose work, alignment,  and themselves, safely and systemically. Many associate props with this practise. Props are part of the practise but are used in many creative ways not only to support but to enhance learning.  Jessica will be sharing elements of Iyengar yoga to give student teachers a taste of this practise and how it might inform the questions they ask when approaching, ‘What am I teaching and why? ‘What do I see in my students and how can I help them improve?’ She is excited to share her passion for this practice with those interested in the subject of yoga.

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Non Violent Communication with Myriam Verzat

Friday May 15, 2020, 7-9pm

Welcome to a two hours workshop based on a Nonviolent Communication (https://www.nonviolentcommunication.com/), a revolutionary approach now worldly renowned, developed by Marshall Rosenberg to:

  • Connect to yourself at any time to find what is really important to you.
  • express your true self to others without judgments.
  •  listen deeply to someone else’s truth even when you hear criticism
  •  engage in difficult and challenging conversations with a great dose of empathy.
About Myriam:
Nonviolent Communication (NVC) has been a very important in my life since I was a child. It is a process and a way of relating to each other that my parents have invited in our family since I was very little. I can see how much it has helped and still helps to nurture our relationships in my nuclear family of six people.
After reading and experiencing by my-self for many years, I joined a community and studied Nonviolent Communication for a in Montreal. Meanwhile, I started offering workshops with Erik Pena Salazar from Communication Synergie. I moved recently to Nanaimo and I am starting a training to engage in the certification process (The Center for Nonviolent Communication) with The Farthest Shore on Gabriola Island.
I feel so grateful about having NVC in my life that I want to share it with others. I have the deep conviction that the way we relate to ourselves and to each other is at the core of the type of violence we observe and perpetuate in the world. I think we need to make a deep change in the way we relate to ourselves, to each other and to the planet if we want to survive as a species on this planet. And I definitely want to be part of this change! I am combining my NVC work to nature connection and improvisation approaches. To know more about me, please visit: www.myriamverzat.com.
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Anatomy with Hilary

Saturday April 24 & May 9, 2020, 8:30am - 12:30pm
About this Anatomy workshop:
Student will learn about the topics of bony and muscular anatomy and how they pertain to yoga asana. This curriculum also addresses injury prevention from the perspective of anatomical variety according to the teachings of Paul Grilley.
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Myofascial release, postural alignment and Sanskrit with Tasha Mae

Friday May 1, 2020, 5-9pm

In this workshop, we discover the many benefits and uses of bringing a dowel into your practice. The dowel can be used as a tool to assist with postural alignment and myofascial release. We will use the dowel to explore the ancient technique of tapping, as a tool to assist with lengthening and creating space in the body, and even as a way to assist in teaching your students, and yourself, proper alignment when moving through the asanas.

About Tasha Mae
Movement is Tasha’s passion and she considers herself a lifelong student. She is curious and interested in discovering the most wholesome way to keep our body healthy and well balanced by practicing just sitting, pranayama, strength training, natural movement, HIIT, and the yoga asanas. Tasha Mae is not only passionate about movement, but also loves to share it with other people. She has currently been teaching yoga and fitness for 6 years. Tasha Mae has over 1200 hours of training and is an 800hour Internationally Certified Vijnana Yoga Teacher as well as a Personal Trainer and Fitness Class Instructor. She has also studied and practiced the Tensegrity Repair Series with Gioia Irwin and Flo Dedame.

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Meghan Gorosh trauma sensitive and Yoga nidra

May 2, 2020, 8:30am - 12:30pm

Meghan Bio:

Meg is a certified and registered Yoga Instructor, a certified TRE® Provider, and holds a diploma in Social Services. Meg’s approach to yoga is trauma informed, and based in cultivating friendliness with one’s body through mindful attention and intention to breath, sensation, and movement. She also focuses a great deal on nervous system health and stress physiology, and how we can use the power of neuroplasticity to transform patterns that no longer serve our highest self.

Meg began her lifelong love affair with yoga fifteen years ago. The evolutionary and compassionate nature of yoga drew her in and she's never looked back. She believes in the transformative and illuminative qualities of yoga, and offers them with the intention of creating deep connection to one’s self.

Through her work as a mental health and addictions outreach worker, Meg discovered the practice of TRE®, or tension and trauma releasing exercises, and trained under Jessica Schaeffer in Portland, Oregon. TRE® has been an invaluable addition to her toolbox of health and wellness empowerment, and she is passionate about sharing it and empowering others in their well being.

Meg’s overall work focuses on getting to know and befriending the body through a compassionate and strengths based approach. She strongly believes that the healthier one’s connection is to one’s body, the more one can enliven inner resources thereby facilitating growth and transformation.

Meg has over 1000 hours of training in styles from Vinyasa to Yin, and as a lifelong learner, attends professional development workshops and trainings whenever she can, and very often has her face buried in a book! When not immersed in pro-d, you will find Meg in the yoga studio, hiking, or sitting quietly and enjoying what this beautiful island has to offer.

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introduction to Ashtanga primary series with Devon Bennett YFL, YT200

May 3, 2020, 8:30-10:30am

After a decade of practice and over three years of instructing, Devon has taught well over 1000 classes and remains passionate about yoga asana.  For the last three years Devon has been practicing Ashtanga Vinyasa and is now sharing the practice.

In the workshop we will learn

  • Opening invocation
  • Surya Namaskar A and B
  • The fundamental asanas
  • The primary series postures
  • Closing sequence
  • Closing mantra
  • The count
  • The lineage and history of Ashtanga Vinyasa
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Tibetan bowl signing meditation with Benjamin Bollich

Friday May 8, 2020, 7:30pm - 8:30pm
While living abroad for 15 years I was introduced to a powerful, mystical and healing instrument, the Tibetan Singing Bowl.

On Meditation: When two frequencies join together another is created through a process called entrainment. As the Tibetan Singing Bowl’s special harmonic frequencies penetrate your bodies sensory systems, entrainment can facilitate deeper states of meditation via alpha and theta waveforms.

On Healing: The harmonics of Tibetan Singing Bowls stimulate the brain’s corpus collosum, which is the bridge between the right and left hemispheres. As the two sides become more synchronized, the release of stress, worry, anxiety, fear and other feelings that have a negative impact on our health enables us to experience more balance, clarity, and productivity. Tibetan Singing Bowls also create strong vibrations that facilitate sensory integration processes. This can be especially helpful for individuals with hyper and hyposensitive disorders.Sound vibration affects each individual differently on a physical, emotional and spiritual level. It is clear that Tibetan Singing Bowls facilitate relaxation, which improves meditation practice and your sense of well-being.

On Inner-Attainment Experiences:
For more information please contact Ben Bollich at the following: namastenanaimo@gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/innerattainment/
Phone Number: 250-802-1930

Mala and mantra with Karen Phillips RYT and RN (retired)

Sunday May 10, 2020, 10:30am - 12:30pm

Mala, Mantra, Meditation
Mala bead necklaces are an ancient tool developed to keep the mind focused during the practice of meditation. Mantras are sacred combinations of sound chanted aloud or silently to invoke spiritual qualities. The two join together when the Mala is used to count the repetitions of mantra chanted.
In this workshop you will create your own Mala necklace from traditional rudraksha seeds and semi precious stones. You will then learn to use it with a mantra to aid your meditation practice.
All Mala supplies included. No meditation experience necessary.

About Karen

Yoga found its way into my life in 2002 and over the past 17 years I've had the honour of studying with many amazing teachers both locally and abroad. In 2005 I took the first of many teacher trainings and began the journey of sharing the blessings of yoga with others.

Over the years my personal practice has evolved and changed according to my physical injuries and lifestyle. This personal journey has given me the tools to teach yoga to people in different stages of life. My recent exploration of Buddhism has added a new flavour to my classes that feels timely with the current state of the world. I weave poetry, music, meditation and mantra into my classes to enhance the experience for my students.

I am forever humbled by the power of yoga and have seen the changes it can effect first hand. I am grateful to all my teachers and students from whom I continue to learn and grow.

 

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Kundalini Yoga with Ren Fukushima

Friday April 26, 2020, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Ren is a proud West Coast Weirdo! She is a Japanese-Canadian, former A-type freakshow, fight or flight work-a-holic turned Dakini, Divine Feminine, Kundalini Realness/Self-Healing Evangelist Extraordinaire. Unable to heal a debilitating injury medically, she was forced into existential crisis = spiritual awakening. Ren had no choice but to heal herself spiritually and emotionally and was blessed to be connected with the ancient and powerful healing technology of Kundalini Yoga. Ren is an E-RYT200 and receives ongoing training through the Kundalini Research Institute (KRI). She completed her Teacher Training in 2012 at the Guru Ram Das Ashram in New Mexico, the home of Yogi Bhajan, Master of Kundalini Yoga. As a teacher and mentor, Ren is able to help students navigate grief, deep-seated anger, chronic pain, intimacy blocks and nervous system related illness. She has deep, embodied wisdom in the realms of core wound healing, the balancing of the masculine and feminine energies and is skillful at teaching people how to harness and transform sexual energy into emotional healing. Ren uses the sacred technology of Kundalini Yoga and Rebirthing Kundalini Yoga to help students release emotional plaque and trauma from the body. She is co-founder of Garuda Centre, a natural health centre in Nanaimo, BC.

"Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan is the Yoga of Awareness. It is a dynamic, powerful tool that is designed to give you an experience of your soul. In Kundalini Yoga we harness the mental, physical, and nervous energies of the body and put them under the domain of the will, which is the instrument of the soul. This technology precisely and consciously combines breath, mudra, eye-focus, mantra, body locks, and postures to balance the glandular system, strengthen the nervous system, expand lung capacity, and purify the blood. It brings balance to the body, mind, and soul."- 3HO Organization

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Basha Nemeskeri: Yoga Philosophy

Philosophy Saturday and Sunday May 16 & 17, 2020, 8:30am - 5:30pm

In Basha Nemeskeri own words:

Like many of us, suffering brought me to yoga. It was the vulnerability and honesty of the teacher that showed me that we are all in this together - that we all go through the heartaches, and the joys, and the boredom. After a few years of practicing, I simply couldn't NOT teach others, because of how much I'd learned and fallen in love with in the practice. I have done teacher trainings in Anusara, Ashtanga and Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy and have yet to cease wanting to keep learning more about this never ending field. When I teach, I think of what could help my students feel as good as their bodies were designed to feel...to remember how fantastic we're all meant to feel if we take care and pay attention. I like to remind the fellas I teach that they are quite possibly the most flexible guys in their entire family lineage, and to take that as a big pat on the back 🙂 I like to encourage and motivate, and show people how remarkable they truly are.

200 hr YTT in Anusara Yoga, 250 hr in Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy, 500 hr in Pranayama Studies and a 50 Hr Kundalini Certificate. I have been teaching for the last 10 years, and practicing for the last 15 years.

Nura Madjzoub: Teaching Methodology

Art of Sequencing Friday May 23, 2020, 5pm - 9pm
Art of Assisting Saturday May 24, 2020, 8:30am - 5:30pm

About Nura Madjzoub

Nura has been teaching yoga for over a 15 years on multiple continents.  She is an avid traveler, a yogi, a mother and therapeutic massage therapist. Like many others, she is also on a quest to connect to the core; to her truth. She believes that how we practice yoga, and what we come up against on the mat is our very own practice ground for real life.  Yoga keeps her humble, and hungry for more knowledge.  She teaches because she loves to share her own discoveries on her journey through this wonderful and messy life.

Nura has trained and mentored with Sanjeev Bhanot, Founder of Yogalife Foundation, and has completed the 200 hour yoga training at Kripalu Center in Massachusetts.  She is trained, certified and experienced in prenatal yoga and has done further studies in Core Strength Vinyasa, Anusara and Thai yoga massage.  She is also a Licensed and Board Certified Massage Therapist in New York and in the USA with over 1000 hours of training. Nura brings a unique set of skills to her yoga teaching from her background as a therapeutic massage therapist. She enjoys the interplay between yoga and massage work and draws from all her studies in her classes, workshops and trainings. Her yoga teaching is always infused with a strong foundation in anatomy and physiology.  She has been trained, over the past decade and a half, to see the movement and the freedom, as well as the tension and the blocks, in bodies.

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Business of Yoga with Megan Bailey

Sunday May 24, 2020, 8:30am - 12:30pm

In this lesson we will explore considerations for the business of being a yoga teacher.  Clarify your values and goals then set your business strategy in alignment.  Some topics will include business licensing, insurance (e.g. liability, income replacement, disability, worker’s compensation), employee vs. self-employed contractor considerations (tip: always consult your accountant), home-based and commercial space considerations, plus much more.  Bring your questions. About Megan Megan Bailey began practicing yoga after tweaking her back at work.  Tagging along with friends to a class changed her life and career.  The profound physical benefits and application to life outside the mat are why practice is a joy.  Megan began teaching yoga in 2005 and opened her studio, Nanaimo Yoga Sanctuary, in 2006.  In addition to her RYT200, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management, has a Post-degree Diploma in Business, and is completing her MBA part-time while working.  Megan is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources.

Vinyasa flow, Awaken our love warrior spirit and Assisting workshop: Chitose Richards

Friday May 29, 2020, 6-9pm
About this session:
Students will learn how to assist people during a lesson.
Assisting is a kind of massage that enables your pose to go deeper.  You will also know how to use your body to improve your yoga. Send LOVE to assist!
About Chitose:
Chito has been practicing Yoga since 2008. Before moving to Canada, she taught Yoga in Japan for 7 years.  Chito is a certified Vinyasa and Hatha Yoga instructor registered with Yoga Alliance.  She has learned different styles of Yoga from various teachers around the world.  She likes learning as much as she enjoys teaching, subscribing to the mindset that to teach is to learn. Chito believes our minds are materialized and all people in the world can attain happiness. Through Yoga, she has developed an appreciation for life such as family, friends, food we can eat, a roof over our heads, and a bed to sleep in.  Chito believes love and appreciation are the most precious of all things. Keep going to be happy and have something to look forward to every day.  Focus on being positive to attain a good cycle of energy.  This will result in a more fulfilling life.
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With the help of our local Yoga community I was able to put together this very unique Yoga Training. I wanted to equip my students with as much knowledge and experience possible to become their own best yoga teacher. Most of the training I’ve seen have only 1 – 2 main instructors, but even with 15 years of teaching experience I don’t know everything! We had a dozen teachers come in and share their strengths and wisdom in the training. I am so honoured to have been able to inspire such transformation in these peoples’ lives. Thanks so much Matthew Peter Yeomans andhttps://www.facebook.com/yeomansphotoandfilm/ for this video.