Course Content


This course provides a comprehensive explanation of classical eight-limbed ashtanga yoga and hatha yoga systems, as well as supporting studies of:

  • Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
  • Ayurveda: an introduction to this system of health care derived from the Vedic tradition (basic concepts as related to yoga practice)
  • History of Yoga
  • Subtle Body Theory
  • Anatomy and Physiology as they relate to Yoga
  • Pranayama and Meditation Theory (see pranayama curriculum)
  • Yoga Philosophy and Psychology


  • Shat Karma (internal and external cleansing practices)
  • Pranayama (breathing practices)
  • Mudras and Bandhas (energy locks)
  • Dharana and Dhyana (concentration and meditation as described in the Yoga Sutras)
  • Asanas (yoga postures) (see asana curriculum)
  • Pratyahara: kirtan (devotional chanting), mantra yoga and hand mudras

Asana Curriculum

The asana program develops two interdependent tracks of learning:

(1) The morning asana classes offer two to three different levels/styles to choose from, and are primarily to develop your practice by exploring a diverse range of postures with the classical aim of ‘triputi’, uniting body, breath and mind.
(2) The afternoon clinics lay the foundation to prepare you to teach a beginning level asana class. A core of 28 postures will be studied, covering the common principles underlying the classical actions of balance, twists, inversions, standing, sitting, reclining, forward, backward and lateral bends. Each clinic includes student-teaching exercises, covering the following aspects:

  • The intent of the asana: alignment and biomechanics
  • Modifications and the appropriate use of props
  • Basic manual adjustments
  • Skills in verbalizing and demonstrating the postures
  • Integration of breath and mindfulness in the practice of asana

Specialty Classes

  • Power-Hatha Flows, exploring a broader variety of asanas
  • Asana and Ayurveda: classification of asanas according to one’s constitution
  • Restorative Yoga
  • Chair Yoga
  • Yin Yoga
  • Partner Yoga
  • Prenatal Yoga
  • Asanas for the female cycle: premenstrual – peri-menopause
  • Health benefits and contraindications
  • How asana affects the flow of Prana or life force

Teaching Skills

  • Designing a balanced beginning class
  • Principles of sequencing asanas
  • Teaching beginners with varying abilities
  • Supervised student teaching
  • Setting up classes in your community
  • Evolving a personal teaching style
  • Ethics in teaching yoga

Pranayama and Meditation Curriculum

Pranayama purifies the body and mind, developing one’s concentration for effective sitting meditation. The daily sessions are to cultivate a personal practice and to prepare you to teach beginning level pranayama and meditation. You will systematically learn a variety of classical pranayama drawing from the Hatha Yoga system, including the 4 Purifications and 3 Bandhas, covering the following aspects:

  • Benefits and contraindications
  • How pranayama affects the flow of Prana or life force
  • Classification of pranayama according to Tridoshic Theory
  • Teaching methodology and supervised student teaching

Home Assignments

There are written assignments, selected readings and quiz reviews that are provided at the end of the July session. These assignments are not graded, but are required to be completed and handed in by the August session in order to receive the Certificate of Completion. Approximate time spent on these assignments ranges between 10-15 hours.

Formal Student-Teaching Sessions

Midway thru the August session, each student will present two separate student-teaching practice sessions – one for a beginning level pranayama and meditation class and one for a beginning level asana class. These are done in small groups of ten students with an instructor observing. (Note: You will be teaching your fellow YTT students, not the public). A full orientation for both student-teaching sessions is done at the end of the July session. What you will be teaching is based on what you learned in the July Session.  It is expected that during the break between July and August you will be preparing for your final student-teaching sessions. There will also be some scheduled class time at the start of the August session to review and consult with your instructors.

Certificate of Completion

The Salt Spring Centre of Yoga is currently a registered school with the Yoga Alliance and our Yoga Teacher Training program qualifies anyone who completes it to register as an RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) at the 200 hour level. To receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of the course, the following are mandatory:

(1) Full attendance and participation for the entire program
(2) Completion of all readings and assignments (assignments are not graded)
(3) Attendance and participation in the Formal Student-Teaching Sessions for (a) Pranayama & Meditation and (b) Asana.
(4) Payment of all fees as agreed in the Student Enrollment Contract. (Those students who choose a payment plan option will receive their Certificate of Completion when all payments under the plan have been received.)

Absenteeism due to medical reasons or other deemed emergency will need to be approved by the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga Program Director to remain eligible to receive the Certificate of Completion. Particulars of Absenteeism are outlined in the Student Agreement Contract.