Welcome. This training is so much more than hours put in for a certificate. If you’ve been looking for a new start, a meaningful change, a way to go from feeling stuck to feeling excited about your life again – you’re done looking.
It’s time to start moving. Keep reading –
Starting something new can be scary and make you second guess if you’re making the right decisions, but I’ve never looked back since day one of this training. I know I am where I should be. And I’m certain I chose the right person to teach me and lead me on a fantastic new path.
~ Julie Fasan, Pranalife YTT Graduate 2017
I will never forget YTT. It has contributed to massive changes in my life. You bridged this gap between my regular life to something beyond that.
~ Kimmi Luu, Pranalife YTT Graduate 2013
Turn the yoga you love into the passion you live.
There are plenty of yoga teachers in the world. What people crave and seek out are instructors who are great at teaching yoga, who have fun while challenging others to make positive changes, teachers who model the freedom yoga can create. Pranalife Yoga Teacher Training gives you the knowledge, training, and practice you need to be that great yoga teacher.
Get full immersion into the practice of yoga and the art of teaching it. You’ll have access to the best research and experience in yoga teaching available today, based on my work with experts in back biomechanics, physiotherapy, yoga, movement, voice training, class development, entrepreneurship, and more. Which means you’ll be confident, have real credibility, and be ready to inspire everyone who studies with you. And you’ll be part of a fabulous community of Pranalife Yoga Instructors.
I’ve studied yoga since 1998 and have been a full-time Advanced Instructor since 2006. What I’ve learned in nearly 5000 hours of teaching and teacher training, and what I bring to Pranalife YTT, is an understanding that if you have the right training and community, the kind Pranalife Yoga gives you, you can do good, do well, AND love the journey.
I’ve seen this training make good yoga practices great, draw out the best in teachers, and transform lives. It’s good stuff; get on it.
Asia Nelson, Certified Advanced Yoga Instructor, Yoga Alliance registered (E-RYT 200)
Pranalife Yoga Founder & YTT Lead Instructor
I’d checked out several different programs and the best I could describe this decision to do Pranalife Yoga’s teacher training was it just felt right. I also felt worried that I might have ‘bit off more than I can chew’ but every weekend in class has reignited my love of yoga and my passion to learn. My gut was right, and I have no regrets!
~ Dr. Natasha Zajc-Dalcourt, Pranalife YTT Graduate 2017
First – You don’t need to want to teach to benefit from this training.
Immerse yourself in powerful movement and philosophy, and learn how to build a practice to suit your needs and interests as they change over time. People take this training for personal interest every year and LOVE it. You’ll also become part of the Pranalife Yoga community, connecting with the best people and building life-long friendships based on your shared passion.
If you want to teach –
In today’s yoga teaching market it seems like you’ve only got two options: teach as many of the same postures in the same classes as a studio can give you for the rate they’re willing to pay you, or have the capital to invest in starting your own studio and take on the job of Studio Owner (and likely Manager) as well as Yoga Teacher. Both can be great options, but they’re not the only ones.
With Pranalife Yoga Certification you can do something different: build a self-directed yoga career that fits YOU, with the flexibility to design classes that reflect your personality and passion and fit the needs of the people who practice with you.
Since 2008, Pranalife Yoga has been certifying confident, credible yoga instructors with the freedom to teach when/where/how/what/as much as they want, with the tools to create their own path.
As a Pranalife Yoga Certified Teacher, you’ll be qualified to teach anywhere, to anyone. You’ll learn how to design classes based on your clients’ changing needs and interests. No getting bored (you OR your clients) of the same series or encouraging repetitive stress injuries from only knowing (and being allowed to teach) a limited sequence of postures. Your classes, workshops, private sessions, retreats and beyond will always be as fresh as you make them, evolving to include what you learn through experience, and becoming part of what YOU have to offer as a unique, empowered teacher.
The learning never ends; here’s where it begins.
Pranalife Yoga Teacher Training is registered with the Yoga Alliance.
Pranalife Yoga Teacher Training is ESDC Certified; you can claim tuition tax credits for our courses.
I wish I could stand on the roof tops and scream “Take Pranalife Yoga Teacher Training!” This training changed my life to say the least. It was incredible to grow along side some of the most amazing people I’ve ever met.
And YOU, Asia: To have been in the presence of such a wonderful teacher, friend and woman. You are my inspiration. Thank you for just being so damn awesome! You have created gold with Pranalife and anyone who has the opportunity to be in your course is truly lucky! I feel confident and ready to take the tools I’ve gained and excel as a Yoga Teacher.
~ Cathy Benjamin, Pranalife YTT Graduate 2013
I actually couldn’t believe that by the end of my [challenge] session, I wasn’t even thinking about my breath or my nerves anymore. I truly felt more comfortable than I ever could have imagined. I’m still in a bit of a daze about that, because I just can’t believe I felt that way.
I was just in awe the whole morning! Thank you, thank you, thank you! An experience I will always remember!!
~ Su Pete Heise, Pranalife YTT Graduate 2017
I came home after today’s YTT and did the adjustments we learned on my boyfriend and he just melted. I felt so confident in what I was doing after all the practice we did as a group, and he loved it..
I am truly so grateful for how much I’ve learned from you over the past six months!! Thank you, one million times over.~ Tat Benning, Pranalife YTT Graduate 2015
As a Certified Pranalife Yoga Teacher you also become part of a larger community of people who share your passion and become your supportive professional network. When you’ve finished training, you’ll be certified to lead yoga classes anywhere in the world. You’ll be able to create your own style, teach brilliant yoga practitioners will love, and design a lifestyle that fits YOU.
Confidence is born of competence: You can make your dream a reality if you have the right tools and commit to yourself to say YES to the future you want.
Are you in?
The Pranalife YTT community is filled with positivity. It’s a group of amazing people who share a passion and remain connected professionally and socially even once the training is over. There’s genuine care for one another and we’re each other’s #1 cheerleaders. I love my PranaPeeps!!
~ Christine Cumming, Pranalife YTT Graduate 2014
I do really feel Pranalife has superior training to what’s out there, now that I’ve talked to other teachers. You cover all aspects of yoga, not just “here are a few dozen postures and the lingo for those” and anything else you’re gonna drown. I can be thrown into any situation and feel competent to teach it.
~ Karen SP, Pranalife YTT Graduate 2014
NOTE: 2019’s exact dates will be set soon. They’ll be very similar to 2018’s, so use this calendar as a general guide.
Our training runs ONCE A YEAR, two weeks a month for six months (no classes in July and August).
All in-person class dates for the FULL training are circled in green in the calendar to the right: See the calendar
Class days run 9:00am – 4:00pm.
CAN’T MAKE SOME OF THESE DATES? The training is designed with real life in mind: You can miss up to 20hrs of the in-person classes and still be certified.
You don’t have to teach right away (or ever); take the training if you’re excited to do it! Once you’ve done the training you can integrate it into your practice, and start teaching if/when you’re ready.
If you want to become a Certified Yoga Instructor, we recommend you have six months to a year of experience practicing yoga before beginning the training. No matter what your experience, your passion is the most important thing, so apply even if you don’t have this history with yoga. We’ll consider your application in terms of your overall preparedness for the course; your practice will evolve throughout the training.
To receive Pranalife Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) BASIC Certification, you’ll complete the following:
Courses combine in-person training time with Pranalife and guest instructors (including voice coaches, dance instructors, and theatre/improv coaches) and your YTT crew, plus online/self-directed homework, group/partner work, dares (yup!), workshops, Q&A, readings and projects. It’s all done with your real life in mind so out-of-class work won’t take more than a few hours week max. We also get that life happens; you’re able to miss up to 20hrs of the training.
View the 2018 schedule calendar ((2019’s dates will be similar, but have not yet been set – full schedule details below)
Asia, thank you! More and more every day I am grateful for the amazing teacher training you provided me. Completely changed the way I view so much in my life.
~ Aaron Friesen, Pranalife YTT Graduate 2013
NOTE: 2019’s dates will be similar, but have not yet been set
April 7 – May 6, 2018
Saturday & Sunday 9:00am – 4:00pm TWICE A MONTH
Location: Community of Hearts Yoga, Waterloo ON
The spring course builds the strong foundation of your own personal yoga practice, on and off your mat.
NOTE: 2019’s dates will be similar, but have not yet been set
September 15 – November 25, 2018 (no classes over Thanksgiving)
Saturday & Sunday 9:00am – 4:00pm TWICE A MONTH
Location: Community of Hearts Yoga, Waterloo ON
The fall course is where you’ll learn how to translate what you’ve learned about yoga into teaching that’s clear, creative, and excellent.
It’s tricky to capture and communicate the power of what happens in this life-changing training, but one of our 2018 YTTers has done it beautifully. This note from Erin Ivens is a great example of the kind of change you can experience by committing – to yourself, and to Pranalife YTT:
Before I started the YTT program, I’d been quite a small person. Obviously not in the physical sense because I’m almost 6 foot, but in the social and emotional sense. I hate having attention brought to me and don’t do well when put in the spotlight because I immediately become insecure and second guess everything I say. That means at work (and really in life if I think about it) I try to stay busy, keep my head down and push through what I need to do and avoid attention. I avoid asking questions because I feel like it makes me look stupid and I don’t like contributing to group conversation because I think my ideas are irrelevant… maybe that’s a byproduct of being a young female in a male-dominated profession.
Today and every day since we first met, that has been changing. I’ve embraced your mantra of “be BIG” and I am trying to integrate it into my daily self. If I’m feeling anxious about approaching someone or asking a question, I say to myself BE BIG and push myself to do what I need to do.
Because of that, I had a breakthrough moment this morning. I was asked to attend an important project meeting and I insisted I go without the usual back up. That is so unlike ‘old’ me. The surprising thing was not only did I attend, but I contributed relevant and important information, followed up with people who ‘owed’ me work and came across as confident and intelligent, because I truly felt that way. Junior to the room by at least 25 years and definitely the only female, I kicked ass (in a professional sense).
So thank you for your positive influence and helping me transform toward my best self. If this kind of magic happens after only three weekends together, I am ecstatic to see where the next few months will go.
~ Erin Ivens, Pranalife YTT 2018
When you’ve completed your Yoga Teacher Training Certification, Pranalife Yoga’s YOGA PRO provides the personal mentorship you need to take your teaching career to the next level.
With other trainings it’s such a commitment for not a lot of reward. Within a few months of graduating from Pranalife Yoga Teacher Training I’m already on track to break even on the investment.
~ Chelsea Winn, Pranalife YTT Graduate 2013
Pricing, payment options, scholarships, and tuition tax credits available through our ESDC Certification:
Pranalife Yoga Teacher Training is ESDC Certified, which means you can claim tuition tax credits for our courses. You’ll get a T2202A tuition tax receipt from us for the tax year in which you’ve taken your YTT.
Pranalife Yoga offers scholarships of $500 off our Yoga Teacher Training tuition.
Thank you for giving me strength to be able to be present, committed and enabling me to give back.
~ Dana Mayhew, Pranalife YTT Graduate 2017
It’s never been a better time to become a yoga teacher. Check out the 2016 Ipsos Yoga in America study to learn more about this booming industry.
Is yoga teaching the right path for you? If you’re wondering about the realities of life as a yoga instructor, read Asia’s blog post on being full-time in this field, including the scoop on pay, perks, and long-term plans …
There’s so much to say about what makes Pranalife Yoga the best yoga teacher training available. Get more details on the Pranalife Yoga Teacher Training experience HERE.
We know we have the best yoga teacher training because we produce the best yoga teachers, but don’t take our word for it. Read about how our training changed one grad’s life: Pranalife Yoga Certified Instructor Sarah DePoray.
What we can say is what makes Pranalife Yoga Teacher Training different: The world of movement is HUGE. The world of yoga is changing as we learn. Pranalife has been a cutting-edge leader for this change for years. Beginning with challenging postures that were damaging people’s backs, and evolving to incorporate creative movements based on real-life demands than esoteric, extreme postures, Pranalife is rare in this field for having deep experience with changing these movements for the better.
We don’t blindly follow a guru. We don’t dictate one small series of movements to a diversity of bodies. We give you tools to design your own practice and show you how to do that for others. We don’t demand that you follow; we empower you to LEAD.
Pranalife Yoga Teacher Training is where you learn how to teach excellent beginner yoga classes with substance, heart, and intelligence. It’s also much more than that: It’s a transformative space of safety, community, and support, where you can explore your passions with others who are ready to grow, wake up, create change, and love their lives. It really is a thing of lore (no really: read what our grads have to say) and a life-changing experience, whether you want to teach, learn more about yoga’s life-changing eight-limbed path, or advance your personal practice.
Over and over again yogis with big hearts and fuzzy goals immerse themselves into advanced trainings (and the debt that it often costs to take them) only to stumble and fail once they try to go pro. They’ve got great skills and love to share with the world, but everyone’s missing out because these yogis don’t know how to make living their passion viable. So, we decided to do something about that –
Pranalife Yoga’s YOGA PRO gives you the guidance and support you’ll need to build your career with confidence. You’ll work on your goals with a great network of passionate yogis and top-notch coaching. If you’ve taken on a huge goal before, you know that this kind of support is invaluable.
Our yoga teacher training runs ONCE A YEAR with classes twice a month beginning in April, and no classes in July and August. All in-person class dates for the FULL training are circled in green in the YTT calendar: See the calendar
Class days run 9:00am – 4:00pm. You must start the training in April, and can’t jump into it in September, as the material we cover in the spring informs the work we do in the fall. CAN’T MAKE SOME OF THESE DATES? The training is designed with real life in mind: You can miss up to 20hrs of the in-person classes. Also, once you’ve completed the training you’ll have access to it for as long as it exists, so you can constantly update your skills and knowledge.
Still haven’t found what you’re looking for? No worries – contact us and we’ll be happy to help you out.
Pranalife Yoga helped me find a sense of balance in my life. The rush of day to day with working full time, raising my boys and somehow finding time to take care of myself was overwhelming and often resulted in things being half-done, no sense of accomplishment and me feeling incredibly mediocre in all aspects of my life.
From the beginning, Asia provided the type of environment that was calm, safe and inviting. Her style of teaching is holistic, influencing the body, mind and spirt. She provides opportunities for exploration and growth and emphasizes the importance of listening to your body and doing what feels right for you. She gives permission to let go of expectations and move in complete freedom. This permission was something that I needed more than I had realized.
She is open and honest about the way her practice has evolved and encourages those around her to question the “why” of the choices they make both on the mat and off of it, be it postures, samskara, or relationships. The way her classes are structured and the encouragement she gave allowed me to move my practice to an entirely different level.
Through my practice with yoga and with Asia, I was able to slow down and give myself permission to “do the thing and let it go.” Remaining present in what I was currently doing instead of worrying about what was next on my “list”. I stopped striving for a sense of perfection on my mat with poses and meditation. I stopped comparing what I was able to do with what I could do in the past or what the person on the mat beside me was doing or on Instagram feeds, and this came off of my mat tenfold.
Instead of striving for an “image” of perfection, I found enjoyment and gratitude for what I can do through listening to myself. It’s made me a better parent, a more attentive wife and friend and a stronger teacher.
~ Lindsay Egan, Pranalife YTT Graduate 2016