200 hour yoga teacher training

The 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training is appropriate for anyone who would like to deepen their personal yoga practice, cultivate greater self-awareness, and learn the art of becoming an effective and inspirational teacher.  The program is designed to help you grow and evolve as an inspired student of life and as a Yoga teacher. Our emphasis is on developing an insightful and intelligent practice rooted in alignment and connection to Self and others.

Next Information Sessions: 

We have completed our group information sessions with faculty teachers for the Oct. 2018/19 program, however if you have any questions about the program, please contact us, and we would be happy to speak with you.

Kula’s  200hour Yoga Teacher Training was established in 2008  and is revered as one of Toronto’s most comprehensive Teacher Training Programs. Over 250 teachers have passed through our doors since 2008  as confident and talented Yoga Teachers and students of life.

The Teacher Training program is carefully crafted by Bethy Rutty, Jesse Enright and Colin Matthews as well as internationally renowned Tantrik Yoga expert,  Christopher Hareesh Wallis. All teachers are personally dedicated to evolving and refining the program year after year, and this year we are introducing a new and improved teacher training manual with a comprehensive guide to the 27 principle asanas (postures).

We pride ourselves on providing an approachable atmosphere built on a strong community culture that provides a level of education “that is rare to find in the modern, yoga world” (Christopher Wallis, The Mattamayura Institute).

Program Prerequisite: Students have a developed and dedicated yoga practice. The training requires a willingness to connect deeply and to explore with an open heart!

Why Study with Kula? 

  • Learn to become a knowledgable and skilled yoga teacher, and above all learn to embrace your unique individuality in how you teach. 
  • Reviewed as Oakville’s leading Yoga Teacher Training Programs.
  • Nationally and internationally renowned teachers to personally support and guide you to help you find your own voice. 
  • A 2015 new and improved teacher training manual including descriptions and analysis of all 27 principal asanas.
  • The opportunity to teach at Kula Yoga Studios through our Community Classes (specifically dedicated classes taught by Kula YTT graduates). 
  • An approachable yet uniquely comprehensive program – “something still rare in the yoga world” (Christopher Wallis, author of Tantra Illuminated).
  • Our tight knit, inclusive community that extends long after the program end. Our goal is to build and sustain long-term relationships with our students to support them on their life-long journey.

To submit an application or to discuss the program please emailinfo@mykulaoakville.ca

If you’d like more information about the Teacher Training, we would be happy to answer your questions at our free information session:  

We have completed our group information sessions with faculty teachers for the Oct. 2018/19 program, however if you have any questions about the program, please contact us, and we would be happy to speak with you.

COURSE CURRICULUM:

Fundamentals of Yoga

TEACHERS: COLIN MATTHEWS & BETH RUTTY & JESSE ENRIGHT

The Fundamentals of Yoga guides students on an inner and outer journey by developing and expanding personal practice both on the mat and in life.  Curriculum includes:

  • Develop a solid foundation in asana practice, including: general form, energy flows, breath integration, and anatomical nuances of postures.
  • Comprehensive study of Kula’s Level 1 Syllabus, which includes 27 principal asana (postures) that encompass standing poses, hip openers, arm balances, backbends, inversions, twists, seated postures, and restorative poses.
  • Pranayama (breath practice) and meditation.
  • Study of human anatomy and its functional relationship in asana.
  • Fundamentals of posture modification.
  • Introduction to Yoga Philosophy and  its relevance to practice and daily life.
  • Applied study through Kula’s Postural workbook assignments and study materials.

Upon completion of the Fundamentals of Yoga module, students can expect an enriched understanding of mindful and efficient practice that optimally supports the needs of their body.  They will experience the profound benefits of a deeper pranayama and meditation practice, and possess in-depth biomechanical knowledge of syllabus 1 asana postures.

75 HOURS

History and Philosophy of Yoga

TEACHER: CHRISTOPHER “HAREESH” WALLIS

Yoga has a rich and varied history, which encompasses different philosophical and religious traditions from classical to contemporary teachings.  In History and Philosphy of Yoga, You will study Yoga texts and practices through the lens of a contemporary Tantric Yoga Tradition. Taught by author and renowned international Tantric scholar, Christopher “Hareesh” Wallis, you can expect a thorough introduction to the history of Yoga, and to learn the most current and cutting edge perspectives on Tantra and Yoga philosophy.

15 HOURS

Anatomy and Physiology

TEACHERS: COLIN MATTHEWS & BETH RUTTY & JESSE ENRIGHT

Becoming a skillful Yoga teachers requires a thorough understanding of the human body.  In Anatomy and Physiology, you will learn the biomechanics of asana and the human body through the Smart YogaTM system. You will develop a thorough understanding of how the muscles and joints work in relation to the practice of Yoga, and how this knowledge can be applied in teaching. Finally, you will learn to deconstruct postures from an anatomical perspective and modify them to benefit individual students.

Meditation, Philosophy & Practice Intensive

TEACHERS: COLIN MATTHEWS & BETH RUTTY & JESSE ENRIGHT

During this intensive you will develop the most important cornerstone of being a teacher, your practice.  You will be practicing regularly throughout the program; however, this segment is designed to enhance your growing edge by going deeper into the practice of Yoga, practical Philosophy, Meditation and Pranayama. Weekly extended practices allow time to combine various modalities in an in-depth and experiential way. Be prepared to transform, be inspired and shine!

The Art of Teaching, Sequencing & Becoming a Yoga Teacher

TEACHERS: COLIN MATTHEWS & BETH RUTTY & JESSE ENRIGHT

Learn how to apply your knowledge of Yoga philosophy, anatomy, asana, meditation and pranayama into teaching skillful, inspiring and intelligent classes. This includes understanding how to sequence a class around a theme or specific area of the body, or create movement-focused classes (i.e. back bends or hip openers). You will learn how to adapt your teaching style as needed, from gentle restorative classes to powerful Vinyasa classes. You will also be able to teach competently in both a hot and regular temperature studio environment.

You will learn to:

• Communicate clearly and effectively

• See your students and understand their needs

• Apply effective hands-on adjustments

• Modify postures for diverse anatomical needs

• Create classes that attend to varying student levels

• Hold the auspicious seat of the teacher

• Use props effectively to supports students

• Demonstrate postures concisely and powerfully

To hone your skills and increase your confidence as an instructor, you will practice teaching your fellow students, as well as a diverse group of guests from the public. You will also observe and assist in regular classes at Kula.

58 HOURS

Observation

To maximize the learning experience, Teacher Trainers will observe three classes at Kula, following which they will assist in three classes at Kula.

9 HOURS
Personal Practice

As a commitment to study, and deepening one’s practice, Teacher Trainers are expected to take a minimum of 1 additional class per week at Kula during the program.

20 HOURS MINIMUM

teacher training faculty

BETH RUTTY

Beth has been teaching yoga since 2001, and a Facilitator in Kula’s Teacher Training program since 2009. She is a Yoga Alliance certified E-RYT 500 teacher. Beth has a passion for teaching Meditation, Pranayama and Asana. She offers these practices to students as a vehicle through which to practice yoga and join the mind, body and heart. She offers the attention to detail from the Iyengar system, a focus on breath awareness from the Ashtanga system, and alignment based on universal anatomical principles from the Anusara system. Beth’s teaching poetically weaves themes that elevate the practice and inform a deeper understanding.

Beth encourages students to cultivate the awareness and skills to connect to their teacher within, and to live in the fullness of their embodiment.  She invites and supports each teacher trainee to teach from the most authentic place within themselves.

COLIN MATTHEWS

Colin is the founder and director of Kula, established in 2003.  He is a Yoga Alliance certified E-RYT 500 teacher, and holds two degrees from Dalhousie University in Education and Physical Education. Colin has studied with renowned Yoga teachers since 1999 across a variety of Yoga lineages, providing a breadth of technical and philosophical knowledge from which he shares.   He is a certified Medical Intuitive with primary study under Dr. Mona Lisa Schulz.

Colin’s approach to practice focuses on developing body wisdom as a symbolic lens to gain clarity for empowered alignment on the mat and in the practice of life. He invites an evolving conversation and exploration of living Yoga, with one’s self and in community.  His light-hearted spirit inspires a playful and engaged practice that is deeply rooted in attention, connection and expansion. His desire for teacher trainees is to cultivate the ability to see and support their students, and access their ever-present innate intelligence.

HAREESH CHRIS WALLIS

Christopher Wallis, PhD, also known as Hareesh, was initiated into the yogic path at the age of sixteen and has since taken degrees in Indian philosophy at three prestigious universities, including Oxford, Berkeley, and Rochester, winning academic awards at all three. He has also received traditional yogic education at āshrams in India, Thailand, and upstate New York. He is now a freelance lecturer on meditation, spiritual philosophy, Sanskrit, and mantra-science, as well as offering sādhana coaching. He is the author of the groundbreaking book Tantra Illuminated.

His students say his teaching balances accuracy with accessibility, profundity with clarity, and intellectual integrity with heart-expanding inspiration.

JESSE ENRIGHT

Jesse has been a student of Hatha Yoga since 1994 and a full-time Yoga instructor since 1998. He has studied under senior instructors in India, Australia, Canada and the U.S. including, Gioia Irwin (Vijnana Yoga) and Doug Keller (Yoga Therapeutics). He is trained in Craniosacral Therapy and is certified in the Muscle, Balance and Function system of biomechanical re-education. Jesse has taught alignment and anatomy for teacher training programs since 2003, and he is actively involved in curriculum development.

In 2004, Jesse developed SmartYoga, an approach dedicated to an objective and scientific study of the amazing technology of yoga postures and their effect on the human body. He has a private yoga therapeutics practice working with individuals, doctors, massage therapists and chiropractors to develop personalized yoga programs for people with pain and injury.

Jesse’s teaching style combines precise experiential anatomy with an accessible light- hearted approach.

Hatha Yoga: Its Benefits and What You Can Expect From It 

Yoga comes in different forms and there is no denying that it has a lot of benefits for the body of those who do it. Since there are different forms that need to be made in yoga, people usually start with those that are easy to do. 

Considering that there are several types of yoga, people have a lot of options to choose from. One of those that we offer in our Kula Oakville Yoga Studio classes is Hatha yoga. This is the most common type of yoga that is being referred to when people think of yoga. 

With that, here is a closer look at Hatha yoga and the benefits that it has for you. 

What is Hatha yoga 

The practice of hatha yoga involves breath, body, and mind. Considered as a general category of yoga, Hatha often involves the practice of yoga styles. With it, the body becomes more relaxed and the mind becomes calmer as this may also work as a form of meditation. 

Hatha literally means ‘force’, thus the reason why this type of yoga is often called the yoga of force. Still, this is practised more slowly and with a more static posture compared to the other types of yoga. This type of yoga works best for beginners as this actually helps introduce them to the art of yoga. 

Benefits of Hatha yoga 

Now that you know what Hatha yoga is, here are some of the benefits that you can enjoy with this. 

Core strength 

By doing the poses of Hatha yoga, your core muscles will be improved, especially if you make this as a part of your routine. Once your core strength is improved, it is no doubt that your ability to move for your activities will improve. 

Stress reduction

Although Hatha is not a professional therapy for mental health conditions, it is a great help to those who may be dealing with anxiety or depression. As this works as a form of meditation, it is no doubt that this really helps the mind to relax, even for a bit. 

Stronger immunity 

Another known benefit of Hatha is that it helps improve the immune system. With that, those who do this are more likely to be protected against infections and diseases. Somehow, this also helps improve sleep which is also a crucial element of improving the overall condition of the immune system. 

Overview 

Overall, there are a lot of great things that can be enjoyed upon trying out Hatha yoga. So, make sure to take some classes about it so that you can learn it from yoga experts and professionals. That way, you can maximize your knowledge about this and have it do wonders for your body and your overall health.