then welcome. This training is so much more than hours put in to become a Certified Yoga Teacher. 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 and work again – you’re done looking. With Pranalife Yoga Teacher Training you’ll be part of a community that does curiosity instead of competition, and studies the best of yoga and teaching instead of getting stuck in outdated dogma. You’ll build a practice and future that reflects YOU and delights the people who will practice with you again and again.
You know how yoga makes you feel and what it’s done for you, and you have a deep desire to share that with others. But translating your personal experience into powerful teaching means learning how to “speak yoga” = how to give your passion a VOICE and a language. With Pranalife YTT, you gain the skills to teach great yoga and movement “fluently” – using YOUR voice, your story to bring this practice to life in a way that’s uniquely YOURS.
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
There are plenty of yoga teachers. What people want is an instructor who’s great at teaching, who has fun while challenging them to make positive changes, a teacher who models the freedom yoga can create. Pranalife Yoga Teacher Training gives you what you need to be that teacher people love and follow.
I’m Asia Nelson, Founder of Pranalife Yoga Teacher Training. I’ve taught yoga full-time for over ten years through classes, workshops, retreats, events, and trainings. Clients stick with me because they love WHAT and HOW I teach. It’s my passion to create – everything from a perfect hip-strengthening sequence to this 200hr teacher training.
I’ve tested what works and what doesn’t out there. I’ve also interviewed dozens of yoga teachers to find out what they adored about their trainings, and what those trainings lacked. Pranalife YTT is built from that research and experience.
With Pranalife Yoga Teacher Training (YTT), you’ll reclaim your yoga practice and dive deep into the art of teaching. You’ll study expert biomechanics research, yoga & movement practices, voice training, class development, entrepreneurship, and more. I bring over 5000 hours of teaching experience and twice that in practical experience to this leading-edge training, 10 years in the making – and better every year. You’ll come out confident, have real credibility, and be ready to inspire everyone who studies with you.
If you have the right training and community, the kind Pranalife Yoga gives you, you can love your journey, and create a journey others will love to take with you.
Asia Nelson, Certified Advanced Yoga Instructor, Yoga Alliance registered Experienced Teacher (E-RYT 200)
Pranalife Yoga Founder & YTT Lead Instructor
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
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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 have to want to teach to benefit from this training.
Immerse yourself in a powerful movement and life philosophy, and learn how to change your practice to suit your needs and interests 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 to build supportive, life-long friendships.
This is a VERY welcoming environment for people who love to move and want a safe space to learn, change and grow, free of comparative negativity.
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 will 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 YOU 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.
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
YTT is so powerful and important to me, I didn’t miss it even when it landed a day after my own wedding! #priorities
~ Jessica Joan, Pranalife YTT 2018
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I actually couldn’t believe that by the end of my challenge 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
~ Selam Debs, YTT Grad & Juici Yoga Studio Owner
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
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 part of our crew, prepared to teach brilliant yoga practitioners will love, and building a life 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?
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I get this question a lot, so let me answer it here: You do NOT have to want to teach. Take the training if you’re excited to do it! Do it for yourself, refresh your own practice, and teach only if/when you’re ready.
You do not need any experience in yoga to take this training. Sounds strange, but trust me: your practice will evolve so much during our time together, and you’ll have time to build a strong and realistic discipline. In many ways, the less experience (and potential dogma, poor movement patterns, and addiction to “the” way to do yoga) you have, the better.
You will need to be in good enough health to move safely – including being on your hands/wrists/knees, and challenging all of your joints with bodyweight-bearing movements and shapes. Every body has its own biography and biology, so as long as you are capable of doing a basic yoga practice that you feel good about, you’re ready.
You will also need to be in a good mental space. Yoga Teacher Training should never be considered a replacement for therapy. Healing, transformation, and empowerment are outcomes of doing this YTT, but it is not a substitute for professional support if you’re struggling with mental health issues.
To receive Pranalife Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) Certification, complete the following between April – November:
Courses run on ALTERNATING WEEKENDS (so you don’t lose your weekends for months on end), and include in-person training, guest instructors, online/self-directed work, group/partner practice, 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. We also get that life happens; you’re able to miss up to three days (20hrs) of the training and still be certified.
With Pranalife YTT your training never ends, so your teaching never gets old or outdated.
~ Pranalife YTT Grad & Juici Yoga Studio Owner Selam Debs
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
April 13 – June 23, 2019
Saturday 11am – 6pm (ONLINE: 11am – 12:30pm; LIVE: 2pm – 6pm) &
Sunday 9am – 4pm TWICE A MONTH (alternating weekends)
Location: Juici Yoga, Waterloo ON
Finally understand the basics of bodies in motion, and move from being told what postures to do to knowing what postures do. Learn how to make spines safe, stable, healthy and mobile, how to create BETTER joint mobility without the wear and tear we see in traditional yoga, and how to make practices truly personal by creatively evolving postures and including movements that bring new life to your body on (and off) the mat.
Then, explore how to use the ancient ideas of yogis to reset your mind and free yourself from shite habits. In the safe and supportive space of the training, you’ll explore how else your life can be and find the courage to make changes to support your growth and freedom.
These weekends are transformative, and will leave you feeling energized, connected to an amazing crew of people who care about the changes they’re making, and empowered. It’s pretty bad-ass.
September 7 – November 17, 2019 (no classes over Thanksgiving)
Saturday 11am – 6pm (ONLINE: 11am – 12:30pm; LIVE: 2pm – 6pm) &
Sunday 9am – 4pm TWICE A MONTH (alternating weekends)
Location: Juici Yoga, Waterloo ON
Learn how to translate the yoga practice you love + the passion you’ve gathered from the spring course into teaching that’s clear, creative, and excellent.
To keep this training affordable, we’ve held our pricing this year.
The overall cost of the course is $3800, and if you pay in full up front, you save $200.
Pranalife Yoga Teacher Training is ESDC Certified, which means:
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
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
It’s never been a better time to become a yoga teacher. Check out the 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 …
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 makes Pranalife Yoga Teacher Training different? The world of movement is HUGE. The world of yoga is changing. Pranalife Yoga 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 movements based on real-life demands rather than esoteric, extreme postures, Pranalife Yoga is rare in this field for having deep experience with changing for the better.
We don’t blindly follow a guru. We don’t dictate a 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.
Our yoga teacher training runs ONCE A YEAR with weekend classes twice a month April through November, and no classes July and August. All in-person class dates for the FULL training are circled in green in the YTT calendar: See the calendar
You 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 THE DATES? Our training is designed with real life in mind: You can miss up to three days (20hrs) of 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. Working full-time, raising my boys and finding time to take care of myself was overwhelming and often resulted in things being half-done, no sense of accomplishment and feeling mediocre in all aspects of my life.
Asia provided a calm, safe, inviting environment, with opportunities to explore and grow. She emphasizes 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.
Asia is open about how her practice has evolved and encourages us to question the “WHY” of our choices on and off the mat. The structure of YTT allowed me to take my practice to an entirely different level.
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I was able to slow down and give myself permission to “do the thing and let it go” – remain present instead of worrying about what was next on my list. I stopped seeking perfection, comparing what I do with what I could do in the past, or what the person on the mat beside me or in my Instagram feeds could do. This came off of my mat tenfold.
Instead of striving for an “image” of perfection, I found joy and gratitude for what I can do. I’m a better parent, wife, friend, and a much stronger teacher.~ Lindsay Egan, Pranalife YTT Graduate 2016
Here’s an idea of the power of this life-changing training, from Pranalife YTT Erin Ivens:
Before I started the YTT program, I’d been a small person, not in the physical sense (I’m almost 6 feet tall) but in the social and emotional sense. I hate being the focus of attention and don’t do well when put in the spotlight. I become insecure and second-guess everything I say. At work (and in life if I think about it) I avoid asking questions because I feel it makes me look stupid.
Today and every day since I first met Asia, this has been changing. I’ve embraced Asia’s mantra of “You are BIG”. If I’m feeling anxious about approaching someone or asking a question, I say to myself BE BIG and I push myself to do what I need to do.
I had a breakthrough moment this morning: I was asked to attend an important meeting. 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.
Thank you Asia for helping me transform into 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