240-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification Program (RYT-200)
Ajna Yoga is the only yoga college accredited by the government on Vancouver Island. We are the only BC college that specializes in therapeutic yoga. Students can apply to Student Aid BC for loans. Take advantage of our Early Bird Special. Only $2,000 ($300 off) if you register and pay by August 15! Space is limited!
We offer more in-class hours than any program on Vancouver Island, with 240 in-class teaching hours and an additional 60 teaching application hours – 300 hours in total!
Deepen your own practice and learn how to safely teach therapeutic Hatha/ Flow yoga to beginner students. Ajna’s 240-Hour Yoga Teacher Training certification program is a comprehensive 12- week course, designed to exceed the requirements from the Yoga Alliance. This course is designed to be a hands-on learning experience, with practical applications of student-centred teaching techniques. We believe that adults learn most effectively through personal experience. Graduates can register with the Yoga Alliance as RYT-200 and teach all over the world.
- Duration: 12 weeks.
- Location: Ajna Studio, 2185 Theatre Lane, Victoria, B.C.
- Tuition: $2,300.00 Early bird special- $300 off if registered and paid by August 15.
- $150 is a non refundable registration fee.
- Deposit: a minimum of $400.00 is required to hold your spot.
- Remainder of payment due 3 weeks before the program start date.
- Fall: September 17 – December 8, 2016.
- Tuesday, Thursday, 5:00pm – 9:00pm.
- Saturday 9am – 5:00pm
Open the accordion section to read what our graduates are saying about student the 240 hour program.
“Jules and Michelle truly nurtured each person’s skills and provided us a safe place to explore our teaching styles. Each class was so thought provoking and inspiring. I looked forward to classes as friendships grew and our group supported each other through this beautiful journey. I had heard that the program was going to be amazing but I didn’t realize it would be life changing. Thanks you Jules and Michelle for your knowledge, your kindness, your presence, your guidance, your support and your generosity.” Mabel C.
“Jules & Michelle you both create such a safe, loving place to explore yoga. I always know when either of you are teaching a class, I’m in a safe place to practice and explore. Thank you for giving all this knowledge and comfort to listen to my inner voice and body. I will be forever grateful. I look forward to the next practice I get to take from you both. Thank you for being such amazing teachers!” – Krystle B.
“During this teacher training it was a joy to witness everyone’s teaching skills develop, their confidence grow and blossom as well as my own. The availability of both Jules and Michelle for questions and extra help was impressive. I felt that when I asked for assistance during or after the class I was well attended to and supported with genuine care and attention. – Sarah N.”
“This yoga teacher training course increased my competence as a teacher and exceeded my expectations. It was skillfully presented, and challenging without ever being overwhelming. Jules and Michelle are both warm and compassionate teachers and I felt cared for during the program.” – Janis C.
“This teacher training program was as amazing as everyone told me it would be- you surpassed my expectations. I most appreciated the kind loving intention behind the whole program. I felt wonderfully supported. Thank you both so much for what you have created.” – Chris T.
“I was amazed at both Jules and Michelle’s in-depth knowledge of the body. The passion for both the body and Yoga was palpable. This course was amazing and truly life altering. I feel like I was re-built from the ground up and am so grateful for the time reserved for introspection. I feel like the growth that occurred is not only going to reflect on the mat in my own practice but also off the mat. The changes in my perception of both my practice and myself are profound and I will eternally be grateful. You are both amazing, Thank you so much for your guidance, your love, and sharing your passion.” – Lara S.
“I enjoyed everything about this course. I loved the way it was laid out. How we started at the feet and worked our way up through the body following the chakras. Everything seemed to knit together along the way – finishing like a beautiful blanket. I want to express to Jules and Michelle my gratitude. This has been quite a journey over the last few months, and I do feel it is just the beginning of a life long journey. I will never forget my experience. Thank you.” – Robin M.
“Jules and Michelle, you have a willingness to share personal experiences that encourages students to reflect and open up. You are both very clear about what the expectations are for each class, providing precise instruction throughout the course for every component. The course design was excellent, offering opportunity for immediate practice and group discussion, and time for deeper independent reflection. You are both excellent teachers, so lovely and kind and fun – able to offer visual and verbal instruction, advice, and you really listen to your students. I received so much more out of the course than I ever expected. Thank you so much!” -Sarah C.
“I enjoyed everything about this course. I think the format of the course is beyond perfect. It seemed designed to train us in a particular order, giving us the proper tools that we needed and the confidence to ultimately teach our own class. My favorite part was to watch each person blossom from beginning to end, like a lotus.” – Lori P.
“I had a delightful experience with this course. It really was incredibly worthwhile. I have personally benefited from the class in so many ways and have found a new sense of awareness in my own body. I feel that this course was exactly what I needed, even though I didn’t know it when I first signed up, it feels like it was meant to be. I am just so glad I was able to go on this journey with Michelle and Jules, they have been so supportive and helpful and have absolutely left me feeling confident and eager to share what I know, as well as continue to learn as a student myself. Everybody involved in the course has helped me grow and blossom as I transformed into a confident yoga teacher myself. It has been a great joy to spend so much time with fellow Yogis, and has left me feeling very inspired!” – Michelle T.
“Thank you both Jules and Michelle for the wonderful guidance over the course of these past weeks. It has been an absolute pleasure to get to know each of you and my classmates. Your teaching of course, has had and will continue to have a strong influence on the yoga teacher that is developing within me. I look forward to continued growth as I carry on through the 500 hour program.” – Sue W.
“This course was AMAZING! I’m still fairly new to yoga and this was a great way to build on my own practice, as well as learning how to teach others. If you’re one of those people who loves yoga but would like a better understanding of the background and postures, you should think about taking this course to broaden your horizon! Michelle and Jules are professional, understanding, patient, motivating, and their love of yoga shines through every minute of this course. They prepare you every step of the way so that you come out in the end 100% confident you’ll be able to teach a large yoga class or an individual one on one session. All the guest instructors that were brought in were terrific, and knowledgeable. It gave a great variety to the course. The entire course and ALL the instructors really validate that yoga is for EVERYONE! 🙂 Many Thanks To You Both! All The Love” – Lee D.
“The program was more than a yoga teaching program. Yes, the focus on asanas was great, and we learned them, but there was another important part of the education. We focus a lot in society about the physical world (hatha yoga), but in Ajna, Michelle and Jules also taught the spiritual and emotional aspects of yoga. We learned by discussion, writing, and reading, but we also learned by example. In today’s business world there is the term emotional intelligence, we got to experience Emotional and spiritual intelligence in all of our classes. We learned by seeing and doing, by being kind, supportive, compassionate, excited and grateful, just like our teachers. The virtues the teachers brought to their classes rubbed off on us students, as we started to introduce the virtues into our everyday life. Yes, we learned how to do the warrior poses, but we also learned how to be better balanced in the spiritual and emotional world too.” – Pete R.
“Thank you again so much for everything you’ve done for us in this course, it has truly been a life altering experience. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from you and Jules, the course has surpassed all of my expectations, and has transcended into my every day life. Thank you!” – Kim G.
“I have taken many Fitness, Life Coaching, University, and Management courses and I must admit I was not expecting the challenge of the 300 Hour course. The course is ‘The Best’ course for anatomy I believe I have taken and with the addition of the ‘Yoga related’ information –This is an amazing course! I am so fortunate to have you both as teachers. You have created an atmosphere and teachings to allow me to feel comfortable to bring back my compassion for others, my intuition, my truth, my passion to teach and my spirituality.” – Anne R.
“Thank you both for your inspired vision and passion. You are providing a much-needed local forum for personal growth, transformation and connection – one that is safe, nurturing and profound. Your students will go out into the world and help to make it a better place. This is very good work that you are doing! I feel privileged and honoured to have you as my teachers.” – Guy F.
“Michelle and Jules, you have offered me such a unique opportunity to search, find, welcome, and then strengthen. And to know that this is a life long process but that one should find solace in doing so and never stop believing and being aware. I love you both for it. You have opened up a side of me that I have been stunting for so long.” – Lori K.
“Jules and Michelle, you are inspiring teachers – welcoming, knowledgeable, grounded, open, supportive, and honest. You share your practice and knowledge with us in a kind, supportive, and authoritative way. I think you also work together well as a team and your cooperative and collaborative style is infectious. You speak very respectfully of all styles of yoga and the yoga community and instill a sense of respect in your students. I also really liked the structure of the program where we came together and practiced as a group at the beginning of each class. As practice is the foundation, it was good to have that built into the program.” – Adia K.
The 240-Hour Yoga Teacher Training includes a free, 3-month unlimited yoga membership to Ajna Yoga studio classes during the program as well as 3 certification program classes a week. We begin each program class with an Asana class, break for food, and then explore the nightly curriculum.
Our program is based on following the “8 limbs of Yoga” as we explore:
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Teaching is ultimately about sharing your knowledge with others. Each time we meet (3 times a week for 12 weeks), you will be a student in a yoga class with a Ajna Yoga faculty member. Each yoga class is based on a different aspect of yoga practice – themes range from increasing core strength to incorporating yoga philosophy in your physical practice. We support your development of a regular yoga practice, so you can share your authentic experience as a yoga practitioner with your students. Personal attention is given in each class so that you can better understand your own body in the context of yoga practice.
What Makes Our Program Unique?
Our course is designed to teach you (as a student) to go inward, to feel into your body and to move from a place of listening to your inner teacher.
We teach your how to make yoga accessible for all bodies and give you 16 hours of Therapeutic Yoga Training. We feel yoga therapy is an essential skill to have as a teacher.
We begin the course with the foundations of yogic philosophy and the literal foundation of the physical body – the feet. Each week, we delve deeper in the applications of yogic philosophy and the anatomy of the body, using the chakras as a guide.
We study the alignment of over 50 asanas (postures), with special attention given to how we can modify postures to fit the needs of different bodies.
We begin each day with an asana class that focuses on the learning theme of the day, so that you can feel and experience the curriculum in your body. Then we have a food break and come back to discuss, study and review the alignment of postures. Finally, you practice teach the postures, breath and meditation to each other.
We have a great yoga community at Ajna and feel there is a deep bond of a family here. We have worked hard to make sure all student feel respected and safe empowered. We offer low cost community classes and support graduates to teach in studios, community centers and international locations. We are passionate about making yoga accessible and have pioneered placements in mental health, addictions and women’s centers.
We require that each applicant have at least one year of personal yoga practice and are 19 years of age or a Grade 12 graduate. A completed application form is required.
Students must attend 100% of the program to graduate. Additionally, students will:
- Successfully complete two 750-1,000 word papers
- Successfully complete additional homework throughout the course
- Practice teach with a mentor during the course
- Pass an exam class at the end of the course
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- The Key Muscles of Yoga, Ray Long
- Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, translated by Swami Satchitananda, or The Secret Power of Yoga by Nischala Joy Devi
- Ajna Yoga Centre 240-Hour Manual
(included in the course fees and distributed on the first day of class)
- Yoga and the Quest for the True Self, Stephen Cope
- Health, Healing and Beyond : The life of Kirshnamacharia, by TKV Desikachar
- Yoga from the Inside Out: making peace with yourself – Christina Sell
- The Heart of Yoga : Developing a Personal Practice, TKV Desikachar
- Anatomy of Movement, Blandine Calais- German
- Hatha Yoga Illustrated, Martin Kirk
- Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Swami Muktibodhananda
- Yoga Teachers’ Toolbox, Joseph and Lilian Le Page
- Yoga as Medicine, Dr Timothy McCall
- Yoga for Pain Relief, Kelly McGonnigal