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Empowered by All You Can Yoga (AYCY)

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What is the cost of this training

The suggested cost of this training is $2400 CAD for earlybird registration, and $2600 CAD at the regular rate. One of the core values of this training is accessibility, including financial accessibility. Payment plans and financial assistance in the form of partial scholarships are available to all who need them and we are committed to working with you to help make the training accessible for all individuals at all stages of life. Contact an instructor for more information. 

What is covered in this training? 

This training meets and exceeds the Yoga Alliance curriculum requirements as a registered Yoga School. The required curriculum includes the physical principles of practice, the history of yoga, physiology and energetics, yoga philosophy, ethics, and the business of yoga. This training has a extra focus on the following:

  • Fostering a safe and appropriate environment, both in the class sequence and in individual bodies.

  • Building a conceptual, foundational understanding of the structure of yoga postures that can be expanded to any pose.

  • Evidence-based psychobiological perspective to best harness and apply the tools and teachings of yoga.

The specific learning objectives of this course are as follows: 

  • Develop a rich understanding of the historical, philosophical, and cultural context of the origins of yoga and it’s practice today. 

  • Compare and contrast different styles and traditions of yoga and the applications of each. 

  • Develop your personal yoga practice including meditation, breath work, and poses. 

  • Safely and effectively lead a yoga practice in a flow, restorative, or yin style based on the rubric of the 5 T’s of Teaching: (tone, technique, timing, transitions, theme). 

  • Foster skills in leadership, communication, and holding space for others. 

  • Fill your yogi toolbox with cognitive, emotional, physical, and spiritual tools for well-being. 

  • Understand the basics of functional human anatomy with a focus on the skeletal, muscular, nervous, lymph and fascia systems.

  • Apply an understanding of the variation in human anatomy to modify the practice to suit different bodies and abilities. 

  • Understand ethical issues in the field of yoga and the scope of practice. 

  • Learn about the business of yoga including administration, finances, marketing, and navigating the world of yoga. 

  • Develop the ability to integrate the tools of yoga into other environments and fields. 

What is the style of the physical practice in this course? 

This course has an eclectic approach drawing from the broad experience of the teachers. One of the goals of the training is to expose students to a wide variety of styles and doctrines from which to build their own teaching practice and style. The primary style of the physical practice will draw from the instructors roots in vinyasa and flow-based practices, however there will be a strong influence of kripalu, hatha, restorative, and yin as well. Students can expect to be comfortable teaching an active flow style class. Yin and restorative styles will be covered in moderate depth, and students will receive an introduction to Yoga Nidra. This course also has an emphasis on accessibility and how to practice and teach in a way that can be modified to suit all bodies and levels of ability.​

Will there be an exam? 

There will be quizzes following each module as a tool to help you learn, monitor your progress, and self-identify strengths as well as areas you may wish to focus on. While there will be consistent feedback throughout the course, students will have the opportunity to have their teaching formally adjudicated twice - once for 30 minutes and once for 60 minutes. Following these opportunities, students will receive feedback from their peers and in-depth, written feedback from their instructors. 

What if I don’t want to teach and am just taking this course for personal development? Do I still have to do the practice teaches and exams? 

Speak to one of our instructors for more information on the option to audit the course and what that would entail. 

What supplies will I need? 

Daily supply checklist 

Each day, come prepared with the following: 

  1. Comfortable clothes you can move in 

  2. Manuals 

  3. Water bottle/tea/snacks

  4. Journal 

  5. Yoga mat and Props  

Manuals and Readings 

Students will be required to download the core manuals from the AYCY website and purchase the Essential Asana Manual from AYCY. It is highly recommended to print at least the Essential Asana Manual as we will be adding lots of notes to each posture. If you have a tablet, you can also use an app that allows you to write with a stylus on PDF’s if you prefer. The other manuals and readings can be used either in digital or printed form depending on personal preference.

Additional essential materials will be provided in PDF form.  Excerpts of key passages from the recommended reading list will be provided to facilitate discussion, allowing you to pick and choose which books stand out to you the most to purchase/borrow. It is not necessary to purchase all the books on the recommended reading list. We will discuss more about the readings and materials on the first day. You are welcome to dive into the books on the list ahead of time if you wish. 


Journaling and reflective writing will be a key component of this course. If you already have a journaling practice you are welcome to continue in the journal you already have, or you may wish to start a new one specifically for this training. We encourage writing by hand rather than typing journal entries if possible. 

Yoga Mat and Props 

In order to get the most out of this training, it is ideal to have the following supplies: 

  1. Good yoga mat 

  2. Two yoga blocks 

  3. Yoga bolster 

  4. Yoga strap 

  5. Yoga blanket 

You can purchase these online or in person, however if it is not possible to purchase all these items right now check out the Props and Equipment section of this handout for some ideas. The easiest items to substitute are a strap and blanket, followed by a bolster. If you aren’t able to purchase all of the props all at once, investing in a good yoga mat is a great priority, followed by blocks. If you have any questions about finding yoga mats or other props that are right for you, don’t hesitate to contact one of the instructors.