MĀ Yoga’s yoga teacher training education system brings the theory and practices together beautifully. We’ve brought together the most inspiring group of educators that have a passion for the practices of yoga and how they can present them authentically.
Students of all ages, interest levels, and abilities find their home here with our expert faculty. We offer you different styles and perspectives while nurturing your individual expression. We’ve spent over ten years developing our 200 hour yoga teacher training curriculum to deliver you the highest standard in yoga education.
~ Various schedules and study options that fit your needs
~ Leading experts in the field of yoga education and global master teachers
~ Internationally recognized certification with Yoga Alliance
~ An opportunity to explore your personal power and refine your skills
~ Ongoing support both during training and after graduation
~ Free pass to our studio while enrolled in our 200-hour program.
As leaders in the field of yoga education, we have graduated hundreds of students over the last decade. Read more about our curriculum below.
MĀ Yoga is located in Dragon Alley, Victoria, BC Canada.
Blending the sacred traditional teachings of yoga and the perspective of the modern practitioner, students are able to see that the questions that were being asked about the nature of existence are truly timeless. Why am I here? Where did I come from? What am I meant to do? What is my body saying “yes” to and what is it resisting? These are important reflections as we navigate our lives.
We are not here to provide answers in all cases, but we can introduce you to the philosophical framework that invites you to explore yourself, your body, your being, the world, and the nature of experience. Expect to question your notions about what yoga means and to engage with your peers in respectful discussions about the teachings.
In this accelerated learning environment, you are not only a student, but alive in the teachings. You will learn to discover what is true for you each day in your body and that your perspective is something that is trusted and respected within the teachings of the school.
We offer a Spring and Fall 14 week program that includes morning and weekends as well as a summer 5 week intensive. Working with small groups we’ve been able to create a hands on curriculum, offering valuable classroom teaching experience and mentoring.
Anatomy and physiology will be taught by a local Naturopathic Doctor and yoga teacher extraordinaire, Carrie Watkins ND E-RYT 500.
A key component of our training program involves learning how to teach yoga in a trauma-sensitive fashion. This addition will give a deeper understanding of the physiological and mental implications of trauma and how this may show up in your classroom. Having this perspective can also serve teachers to work with both marginalized populations (those living with addictions, mental health challenges, etc), as well as with students who may be recovering from physical or emotional trauma, grief or loss. This is a perfect first step for teachers who are interested in doing yoga outreach or work with individuals in specialized settings.
If you appreciate the unique offerings that are created at MĀ yoga, our 200 hour program gives students the opportunity to learn what we are passionate about.
Vinyasa yoga, passive practices (yin and restorative) with sacred sound, Meditation, Chanting, with a trauma informed lens.
This is where we will focus the majority of the curriculum. Daily Sadhana (ritual) gives the student an opportunity to be truly impacted by the practices. It is here where we are learning to stay with ourselves. Some days we may feel focused and clear and other days, harder aspects of ourselves can arise that can be more difficult to face. Students are encouraged to explore their varied experiences through movement, breath, sound, and stillness. Early morning classes are a combination of the MĀ Yoga Vinyasa series that will be your first template into the teaching experience. Meditation and mantra chanting are always included in the morning practices.
Sacred sound work in the form of crystal bowls, gongs, vocal toning and other instruments are uniquely taught within yin and restorative practices as a specialty at MĀ Yoga. This is a unique offering that we pass on to our students in our 200 hour training. An introduction to these delicate instruments as well as an introduction to yin and restorative allow our graduates to carry on our work.
Each of us have a unique reason for being here and we contribute the most to the world when we are able to drop into a space of authenticity. The structure of our 200 hour yoga teacher training allows students to engage in a strong template of practice, while exploring our own creative nature. Truly, the most vital thing you bring to the program is yourself. Our teaching methods aim to organically reach a range of learning styles. Students feel their own individual experience through movement and practice. Theory is built up with our lively philosophical discussions and hands on Anatomy and Physiology classes. You will build confidence with many teaching opportunities and check ins. In the end, what emerges is teachers who share from a space of knowing the practice themselves. Our staff is here to support you in finding an authentic voice in your teaching while honouring the cultural richness of the origins of the South Indian traditions where yogic practice originated.
Our Anatomy and Physiology classes are taught by Dr. Carrie Watkins ND. Her blend of teaching goes far beyond muscles and bones. You will learn how to functionally prep the body in movements and creatively cue postures to effectively recruit the body. You will also dabble into the ideas of the nervous system and how safety in a students overall experience has so many contributing factors. By instructing innovative ways of cueing and structuring classes, teachers can empower the student. We will also explore ways in which we can offer hands on adjustments that are respectful, safe, and useful.
In the MĀ Yoga 200 hour yoga teacher training program, we will explore philosophy through mythology, story, and diving into the history of yoga. So many works of literature and teachings have emerged throughout India that have provided a strong map to living a more connected life.The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, The Vedas, The Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, and the Vijnana Bhairava all have been important works that have influenced and reflected cultural changes and shifts. As we reflect on the teachings, we understand what was happening at that time in history. What made these ideas come alive? Students are guided through homework and group discussions about how the teachings emerge in their own life. Weekly journal exercises and observations help us to make the philosophies learned alive and relevant.
Teaching in the program is a gradual process. For this reason, we take more hours than is required by designation to refine your skills. You will start in a small group, then move to a larger group, gradually move up to teaching a class and meditation as your final practicum. Trust the process. We understand that at some point during the program you will be out of your comfort zone. This is an amazing place for deep learning. You will be supported by staff, interns, and your classmates who will become like family during your training. Even if you don’t plan to teach, we encourage this challenge anyway. Learning to coexist with your nerves allows for unbelievable expansion and personal growth.
As yoga teachers you’re learning a form of body work, where often what comes through can be unexpected. This component of the training helps students understand the physiological, mental, and emotional implications of trauma that can have devastating effects on an individuals well being. We will also learn how body based therapies can help to expand resiliency and empower the practitioner.
Dr. Carrie Watkins (ND) shares from her large body of work and experience on the topic of somatic practice and trauma informed care. This course is relevant for body workers, but you may find that more knowledge in how trauma impacts mood and behaviour can make larger connections of your understanding of the world we share.
Gender diversity is a course included in our 200 hour program.
This course is so much more than a teacher training. Each student is unique, and we value these differences in one another. We want you to find change deep within yourself that chisels out who you are at your core! This familiarity with yourself can expand out to everything you do. The framework of Ayurveda learned within our 200 hour yoga teacher training course can be transformational in the ways you uniquely feed yourself, how you shape a daily routine, and how to engage with seasonal changes. It may explain why you have some preferences and do better without certain influences. You will see that you have a choice in building up your health through these practices and that your most vital self is your most balanced self. We even provide cooking demonstrations that teach you how to prepare some Ayurvedic staples.
This course is taught by Sarada Pranav Jagannath, who is completing her training as an Ayurvedic doctor and holds a masters in psychology and social work. Emmy Chahal will be deconstructing the ideas of colonization within the practices of yoga and how we may create more cultural This course is so much more than a teacher training. Each student is unique, and we value these differences in one another. We want you to find change deep within yourself that chisels out who you are at your core! This familiarity with yourself can expand out to everything you do. The framework of Ayurveda learned within our 200 hour yoga teacher training course can be transformational in the ways you uniquely feed yourself, how you shape a daily routine, and how to engage with seasonal changes. It may explain why you have some preferences and do better without certain influences. You will see that you have a choice in building up your health through these practices and that your most vital self is your most balanced self. We even provide cooking demonstrations that teach you how to prepare some Ayurvedic staples.
Students will practice every Tuesday and Thursday 6-8 am throughout the duration of the program.
Selected Weekend Schedule:
Saturday and Sunday, 9:30 am-3:30 pm:
March 31-April 2
Monday – Friday 9:00am-5:00pm
MĀ Yoga is actively engaging in the conversations around inclusivity within the field of yoga. We have allotted two spaces per training for our 200-hour program and intensive 500-hour program, and one space per 500-hour module for a 50% reduction in cost.
If you are South Asian, a member of the BIPOC community, or trans,
you are eligible for a scholarship.