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. 

Topics covered:

  • Meditation

  • Fundamentals of teaching
    (voice, demonstrating, sequencing, assisting, adjusting, etc)

  • Group practicum

  • Ethics

  • 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.


Testimonials

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May 2020 - february 2021 ProgramME

May 1 - 3, 2020: 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. click for more info

June 5 - 7, 2020: 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! click for more info

July 3 - 5, 2020: Asana I
Learn the basic alignment, assists and variations for sun salutations A and B, as well as for the basic yoga postures.
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August 7 - 9, 2020: Philosophy
Study the philosophy of yoga by examining the following texts/subjects:

  • Patanjali's Yoga Sutras

  • the Bhagavad Gita

  • Hindu Mythology

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September 13 - 15, 2020: Asana II
Learn the basic alignment, assists and variations for more advanced postures. click for more info

October 16 - 18, 2020: 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.
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November 13 - 15, 2020: Principles of Teaching
We will review together the principles of teaching and the following aspects:

  • voicing

  • class structures/sequencing

  • creating a playlist

  • tempo/timing

  • 3 types of students/teachers

  • practice teaching

  • assists

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December 4 - 6, 2020: Energetic Anatomy
We will explore the energetic anatomy, including:

  • the bandhas

  • prana

  • 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

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January 8 - 10, 2021: 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. click for more info

February 5 -7, 2021: Business of Yoga
Learn about the various business aspects of teaching yoga:

  • Retreats

  • Private classes

  • Corporate classes

  • Ethics

  • Social Media

  • Running a business

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Fridays - 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturdays - 1:00 - 7:00 pm
Sundays - 1:00 - 7:00 pm

 

Required reading: 

  • Jivamukti Yoga by Sharon Gannon & David Life

  • The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Sri Swami Satchidananda

*Registration by May 1st, 2020.
*Attendance mandatory 2 classes per week.
*Requirements: Minimum 1 year consistent practice and a letter of intention by the first day of training.

Suggested reading:

  • 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

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Faculty

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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 addition to her teaching, she has led yoga retreats in Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica. In 2008, Jennifer released her first instructional DVD, YogaFlo for Peace and followed it up in 2010 with YogaFlo for the Earth.

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Bram Levinson is an author (www.theexaminedlifebook.comwww.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.

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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. She draws from experiences and relationships in all areas of her life to bring creativity, compassion, joy and laughter to her classes and teachings.

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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 completed her 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.

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Natasha Nina has been practicing yoga since the age of 17 and teaching since 2014. She completed her 250-hour Yoga Flo teacher training in Montreal in 2011 at Luna Yoga, and her 300-hour Jivamukti yoga teacher training in Costa Rica with founder of Jivamukti Yoga, David Life in the summer of 2016. She recently finished a 40-hour Anatomy and Sequencing teacher training in Montreal with Moksha Yoga. Nina lives to learn and pass on the teachings of yoga. Reconnect with your higher Self and explore the depth of your soul with Nina. Her heart is filled with gratitude for having the opportunity to share the Jivamukti yoga method around the world - getting you high on life through meditation, chanting, Self-study and movement.

Andrea Rubin was first introduced to yoga more than 20 years ago, and has been practicing regularly since 2008. She kept coming back to her mat for the immense physical and mental benefits it provided. As a registered dietitian with a background in cooking she counsels people to improve their food choices and feel better in their own skin. Her message of empowerment through personal choices and actions is woven into all of her teachings. She graduated from Luna's 250-hr Yoga Flo Teacher Training in the summer of 2014 and is filled with gratitude for the inspiring teachers she has found there. You can find her at www.nutritionmtl.com when she's not on her mat or in the kitchen.

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A practitioner and teacher of both yoga and Acroyoga, Anna Kowaleski has made her mission to share her passion on and off the mat, with focuses on community, kindness and joy. Through working together with others and tapping into our own inner strength, she believes that yoga is an incredibly powerful practice that can provide healing, growth and happiness. Anna received her 250hr teacher certification in 2017 from Luna Yoga Montreal.


Guest Teachers:

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Dawn Mauricio has been practicing and studying Insight Meditation since 2005, sitting silent residential retreats in Canada, United States, Thailand, Burma, and South Africa, including a 3-month silent retreat at Insight Meditation Society. Since discovering the Dharma, Dawn has graduated from Spirit Rock's Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Training and the Dedicated Practitioners' Program, as well as the first teacher development group of True North Insight. She is a meditation retreat teacher for teenagers with Inward Bound Mindfulness Education and is currently in Spirit Rock's 4-year Teacher Training. Dawn is known to teach with a playful, dynamic, and heartfelt approach, and leads daylong retreats and mindfulness workshops in Canada and the US.

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Patricia-Saraswati Letendre has been teaching since 2010, having done more than 1000 hours of training and eighteen years of personal practice. With an extensive knowledge of the human body a passion for therapeutic practices, Patricia strives to help students develop a more holistic understanding of yoga through creative movements, breath-work, and awareness. Having studied and taught various branches of yoga (Hatha, Hatha flow, Vinyasa, Yin, Therapeutic, and Restorative), Patricia hopes to be a guide for anyone interested in exploring the powerful healing effects of yoga on overall health and wellness.


Pricing

Early-bird discount

$3000 + tax
Until March 1st, 2020

Regular Price

$3500 + tax
Full tuition due by May 1st, 2020

Register by December 31st, 2019 and get your required books included for free!
*Teacher Trainees are eligible for a 50% discount (valid for one use) off the Annual Membership ($540 discounted/$1080 regular price), as well as a 15% discount off all other services and products.
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$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 2020.

Tax Deductible

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 info@lunayoga.ca


SCHOLARSHIP

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. For details and requirements click here.
The deadline for submission for this year’s training has passed.