LUNA YOGA TEACHER TRAINING
This 10-month, 250-hour teacher training in the Luna Yoga Flo (or vinyasa-based) style incorporates a practical approach to yoga philosophy, history and mythology, with a strong emphasis on applying the teachings to a modern-day setting. In addition to exploring numerous yoga postures and their variations, trainees will be immersed in the intricacies of pranayama, the bandhas, and meditation. The techniques and practices learned will be brought together when exploring how to demonstrate postures, sequence classes logically and fluidly, and adjust conscientiously. Complemented by extensive anatomy training and a look at the ethics associated with the responsibility of teaching, the participants will leave the training with a deeper understanding of the yoga practices and teachings and feeling empowered and ready to teach with confidence.
- Fundamentals of teaching
(voice, demonstrating, sequencing, assisting, adjusting, etc)
- Group practicum
- Philosophy, history, and mythology
- Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras
- Sanskrit & chanting
- Asana analysis & alignment
- Pranayama, bandhas
- Anatomy & physiology
- Kriyas and Chakras
Our teacher training faculty is comprised of a passionate and compassionate community of instructors who guide and support you throughout the entire programme and beyond. We provide in the moment feedback to help support your development and build your confidence in taking the seat of the teacher. Upon completion of the training you have the opportunity to teach the Friday night Intro to Yoga donation classes for which you will also receive guidance and feedback. Whether your goal is to become a teacher or simply to explore the yoga practices more deeply, this 10-month programme provides the practical tools and foundation for graduates to move into the next phases of their lives and careers with passion, inspiration and direction.
2018 Program Details
November 9 - 11, 2018: Principles of Teaching
We will review together the principles of teaching and the following aspects:
- class structures/sequencing
- creating a playlist
- 3 types of students/teachers
- practice teaching
December 7 - 9, 2018: Energetic Anatomy
We will explore the energetic anatomy, including:
- the bandhas
- the vayus
- the nadis
- the chakras and their associated karmic relationships and learn about the different layers of the subtle body, the koshas, as well as the practices to purify them
January 11 - 13, 2019: Satsang to Sanskrit: Taking your Practice and Teaching Deeper
A weekend of communing and taking our practice deeper through chanting, practices of purification (kriyas), investigating karma and learning Sanskrit.
February 1 - 3, 2019: Business of Yoga
Learn about the various business aspects of teaching yoga:
- Private classes
- Corporate classes
- Social Media
- Running a business
May 4 - 6, 2018: The origins of Yoga
Delve deeper into the origins of Yoga; what is it, and what are the main texts of reference? This first weekend of training we will look at the Hatha Yoga Pradipika and Patanjali's yoga sutras.
June 1 - 3, 2018: Anatomy
Learn about the main muscle groups, which ones are activated or stretched in the basic postures, considerations to keep in mind for typical injures, and more!
July 6 - 8, 2018: Asana I
Learn the basic alignment, assists and variations for sun salutations A and B, as well as for the basic yoga postures.
August 3 - 5, 2018: Meditation
An in-depth review of the history of Buddhism and meditation in all its forms; we will examine how feelings, emotions and intentions can come into play and learn what are the 4 Brahmavirahas et the 4 Noble Truths. Finally, we will learn tools to help bring these practices into our every day lives.
September 14 - 16, 2018: Asana II
Learn the basic alignment, assists and variations for more advanced postures.
October 12 - 14, 2018: Philosophy
Study the philosophy of yoga by examining the following texts/subjects:
- Patanjali's Yoga Sutras
- the Bhagavad Gita
- Hindu Mythology
Fridays - 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturdays - 1:00 - 7:00 pm
Sundays - 1:00 - 7:00 pm
- Jivamukti Yoga by Sharon Gannon & David Life
- The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Sri Swami Satchidananda
*Attendance mandatory 2 classes per week.
*Requirements: Minimum 1 year consistent practice and a letter of intention by the first day of training.
*Registration by May 1st, 2018.
- The Myths of the Asanas by Alanna Kaivalya
- Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff
- Yoga Assists by Sharon Gannon & David Life
- The Living Gita by Sri Swami Satchidananda
- The Examined Life by Bram Levinson
- A Year in the Light by Bram Levinson
Jennifer Maagendans is a yoga teacher, entrepreneur, and environmentalist. She is the director and founder of Luna Yoga in Old Montreal. Practicing yoga since 1996, Jennifer has a background in gymnastics, is a certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher, and holds a degree in Environmental Studies from Concordia University. Her teaching emphasizes inner peace and happiness, as well as a strong connection to the earth. In 2008, Jennifer released her first instructional DVD, YogaFlo for Peace and followed it up in 2010 with YogaFlo for the Earth. In addition to leading yoga retreats in Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica, she teaches at her studio Luna Yoga in Old Montreal. You can follow her blog at www.therelaxedvegan.blogspot.ca.
Bram Levinson is an author (www.theexaminedlifebook.com, www.ayearinthelight.com), yoga & meditation teacher, blogger and mentor. Based in Montreal, he offers alternative approaches to physical, mental and emotional well-being, promoting healing and spiritual understanding of who we are, why we are here and what this life journey is really all about through group and private classes as well as mentoring sessions, workshops and yoga vacations. He has been on the faculties of multiple conferences, festivals and teacher trainings, and travels throughout the year to bring his teachings to students and teachers around the world.
Frances Vicente is the manager and a teacher at Luna Yoga. With a background in hip hop dance and competitive sport aerobics, Frances first began practicing yoga in 2006 when she started working for lululemon athletica. This became her new passion and way of life. To her, dance is very much an outward expression, whereas yoga offers an opportunity for self-reflection. In 2011, Frances completed her 300-hour Jivamukti Teacher Training with Sharon Gannon and David Life in New York. In January 2013, she became a certified Advanced Jivamukti Teacher and in May 2015 she had the honour and privilege of mentoring the Jivamukti Teacher Training in New York. She is also an ambassador for lululemon athletica for a second time! Frances would like to extend humble thanks and gratitude to her first teachers, Yasmin and Jennifer, her gurus, Sharonji and Davidji, as well as her friends and family who have consistently and unfailingly supported and encouraged her along her path. She draws from experiences and relationships in all areas of her life to bring creativity, compassion, joy and laughter to her classes and teachings.
Athanassia Bitzakidis is a mother and a lawyer for the Quebec Human Rights Commission. A sports enthusiast, she regularly practises hiking and jogging, and it was jogging that brought her to yoga in 2001 in search of flexibility and relaxation. Over the years, she explored several styles of yoga with numerous professors through classes and workshops in Montreal, the United States, Costa Rica and Mexico. Motivated by the desire to physically and spiritually deepen her practice, and with a desire to share the benefits of yoga, she recently completed a 200-hour Luna Yoga Teacher Training in Montreal. Athanassia teaches a dynamic flow accompanied by inspiring music to help strengthen and soften the body and uplift the spirit.
Natasha Dubeau first discovered yoga when she moved to Montreal in 2008 at the age of 17. She is forever thankful to her sister who introduced her to yoga. Shortly after she started practicing, Natasha came to understand yoga as a lifestyle, loving the way it felt in her body, heart and mind. Every practice taught her something new and left her wanting to deepen her practice even more. She discovered Luna Yoga while working at lululemon athletica during university where she completed a Bachelor’s degree in marketing. She felt a special connection to the studio, teachers, and teaching methods. After practicing and learning from her guru and Luna’s studio owner Jennifer, Natasha decided to complete a 200-hour yoga teacher training with Luna Yoga in 2011. She is now teaching yoga and studying to complete her Natural Nutrition diploma with the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. Natasha brings a creative, dynamic, and centered approach to her classes emphasizing on inner peace, happiness and self-reflection.
Joanne Bracciale is a Registered Massage Therapist in Ontario and Quebec. She graduated from Sutherland-Chan School & Teaching Clinic (completing 2 200 hours of practice) in June 2000. She continued in 2008 to complete and graduate from The Dragon and Phoenix School of Shiatsu advanced program. She is a certified Luna Yoga Teacher. http://jmbracciale.com/
$3000 + tax
Until March 1st, 2018
$3500 + tax
Full tuition due by May 1st, 2018
*Teacher Trainees are eligible for a 50% discount off the Annual Membership ($540 discounted/$1080 regular price), as well as a 15% discount off all other services and products.
**A $500 deposit can be made to reserve your spot. Please note that this is non-refundable.
***Please note that full tuition is non-refundable as of May 2018.
Luna Yoga is a recognized Educational Institution by Revenue Quebec and Employment & Social Development Canada. Teacher Training students will receive an official tuition fee receipt for income federal and provincial tax purposes.
No refunds will be issued on teacher training payments. Attendance is mandatory for all weekends. Missed training weekends may be credited towards future Luna Yoga teacher trainings, but solely for those weekends that cover the missed subjects and classes.
For more information and/or to put yourself on the waiting list for our training, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are offering a partial scholarship for our teacher training from the funds raised by last year’s graduates through our Intro to Yoga classes. To apply please send us a personal essay of 500 words or less to email@example.com to let us know why you should be considered for the scholarship. For details and requirements click here.
Deadline: February 15, 2018.