LIFE ON THE MAT 250 hour yoga alliance teacher training

Spynga’s Yoga Alliance credited 2017 Teacher Training Life on The Mat will deepen your physical and meditation practice, build your confidence through practice teaching and help you to cultivate your own individual teaching voice. 

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Life on the Mat 250-hour teacher training program is richly based on three principles that we believe are the essence to a student’s growth in their practice; Integrity, embodiment, and taking the seat of a teacher.  With our collective experience and various backgrounds, our constant objective is to provide a conscious arena where students can take the seat of a teacher with veracity and embody the values of a contemporary yogi living in today’s world. Whether you are interested in deepening your practice or aspire to instruct, our foundational trainings invite you to engage in your own evolution as you learn the academics and practical elements of teaching yoga with the opportunity to apply, express, and execute all that you absorb in your unique fashion. Our teachings are a blend of inspiration from the traditions of Hatha, Ashtanga, Anusara and Jivamukti yoga that creates the art of Vinyasa Yoga.

Life on The Mat Yoga Teacher Training will provide a comprehensive education and understanding of yogic life that includes the fundamentals of meditation, pranayama (breath work) and physical yoga postures within a vinyasa practice. Study the theoretical and philosophical aspects of the Yoga Sutras with an introduction to the chakra system as well as yogic lifestyle and ethics. Students will take an in depth look at the physiological and anatomical human body and learn to teach to every kind of student with intelligent sequencing and give hands-on adjustments.


Overview of Course

Advance study of asana Proper alignment, benefits and potential risks

Informed use of props How to use props to improve or modify a posture

Human Anatomy  In-depth study of basic and advanced anatomy, internal systems, pain and how to implement this language into your class

Meditation Practice Learn the benefits and essence of meditation and build your own practice using various tools and styles

Pranayama Study Explore breathing techniques, their benefits and powerful effects, as well as how to teach traditional pranayama

Exploration of Sadhana (daily practice), Karma (action) and Sankalpa (intention) 

Yoga History and Philosophy Discuss Indian philosophy, lifestyle, esoteric concept, and thought from Patanjali’s sutras based on ancient Buddhist values.

Science and Art of Sequencing Principles of sequencing, how to structure a class using sequencing tools

Chakras Introduction to chakras and how to teach a chakra themed class

Hands on Adjustments How to safely adjust students, discussions on trauma, sensitivity and awareness

Subtle energy locks within our bodies and how to use them in meditation and postures   

Optional Kids Yoga Certification Learn class planning and teaching strategies for 4-7 years old, 8-12 years old, and teens, age appropriate poses, breathing practices, games and relaxation techniques, developmental stages of childhood and how yoga supports motor, cognitive, emotional and chakra development

Sanskrit names for yoga postures


Lisa Barkin, Jodi Fischtein, Charlene Yeh, Jeannine Woodall + Dana Chapman


No formal training experience is required to register for Spynga's Life on The Mat Yoga Teacher Training program; however, due to the intensity of the course, it is advised that you have had at least one year of a regular yoga practice prior to the start of the course. You will be required to take a class with one of our faculty if you are new to the Spynga community.


One of the greatest benefits of participating in the Spynga’s Yoga Teacher Training program is you will be given a complimentary package of classes during the course of your training. 


In addition to attending all the weekend intensives to accumulate required contact hours, students will have 7 months from the start of the training to complete the following contact and non-contact required hours in order to receive their 250 Hour Yoga Alliance Certificate Mandatory in-studio and out of studio yoga classes


Weekend One 
September 8th-10th

Weekend Two 
October 27th-29th

Weekend Three 
November 10th-12th

Weekend Four
November 24th 26th OPTIONAL WEEKEND

Weekend Five 
December 15th-17th

Weekend Six 
January 19th-21st

Weekend Seven
February 9th-11th

Final practical teaching exam
February 17 + 18th


You will be required to hand-in assignments based on yogic readings that are essential to your study during the training. There are 8 books that you will have to purchase in addition to receiving a LIFE ON THE MAT YTT manual. These books provide an important foundational library of yoga texts that all teachers should have. The books are easy to find at any local bookstore or online.


$3750 + tax for your 250-hour Certification which includes the Kids Yoga Weekend *If you wish to opt out of kids yoga weekend, you will receive a 225 hour certification + $250 will be taken off your investment costs.

Teacher training courses are registered with The Minister of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). We can provide students with T2202A certificates to claim education-related tax credits, such as the tuition tax credit. The purpose of tuition tax credit is to allow students to reduce their income taxes by taking into account the total tuition fees paid for education.

If you are ready to delve deeper into the study of yoga and improve your practice or you are looking to begin your journey as a yoga instructor please fill out the application below to get the process started.

We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to our Yoga Community!

To view Life on The Mat 250 Hour Weekends + Modules more indepth, go to  WEEKENDS + MODULES 


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