Since PranaShanti’s inception in 2008, Devinder Kaur, envisioned Ottawa’s first 300-Hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Program.  Seeing the need for advanced yogic studies in the region, in 2014, Devinder Kaur with Steffi Retzlaff’s support and background in adult higher education began researching approaches for PranaShanti’s newest training program.
Following this initial stage, Kathleen Burr, with her expertise in program development, continued the work and formulated the program that we offer today.  We are grateful to Steffi and Kathleen for their dedication and contributions to this exceptional program.

PranaShanti Yoga Centre’s 300 Hour Program is a comprehensive course of study that delves deeply into all aspects of Yoga to build on the knowledge and skills developed at the 200-Hour Level. This self-paced modular approach to advanced Yogic education allows you to customize a pathway based on your own unique needs.

We believe that studying with a variety of highly trained teachers increases everyone’s knowledge and depth of experience. Our dedicated and skilled faculty deliver a well-rounded curriculum that enables you to refine your expertise in particular areas of interest due to their areas of specialization. You are welcome to start taking 300 Hour Level courses and formally enroll in the program at any time throughout the year.

Some benefits of formal enrollment in the program: Since PranaShanti is an ESDC Certified Educational Institution, you will receive a tuition tax receipt once a year as long as you are enrolled in the program and actively taking courses; you will also be able to complete the practicum requirements detailed below as a student in the 300-Hour program (these cannot be completed if you are not enrolled); if you complete the program as a formally enrolled student, you will be eligible for 300-Hour Certification.

Please note: completion of a 200-Hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training program is a prerequisite to the 300-Hour program. If you have not yet completed a 200-Hour program, PranaShanti offers two per year: a part-time program that begins every fall and a summer intensive from June to August.

Yoga Alliance Standards and Certification

Yoga Alliance® is the largest nonprofit association representing the yoga community. Their mission is to promote and support the integrity and diversity of the teaching of yoga.

PranaShanti Yoga Centre is a Registered Yoga School (RYS) with Yoga Alliance and Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT) are responsible for delivering the curriculum for this program.

After successful completion of the 300 Hour Program, you can opt to register with Yoga Alliance at the RYT 500 Level if you completed RYS 200 training and accrued 100 hours of teaching experience upon completion of your 200 Hour program.

Visit PranaShanti’s Yoga Alliance page.

Curriculum

The 300 Hour Program consists of the following components:

    • 12 Core Modules that you are required to complete. This amounts to 200 contact hours and a total of 255 hours including non-contact hours; and
    • A variety of Elective Options that you will choose. This includes a minimum of 90 contact hours and will ultimately amount to 300+ Hours including non-contact hours.

This program is based on the 5 Educational Categories outlined by Yoga Alliance with a minimum number of designated hours. At least 270 contact hours must be fulfilled. Thus, participants will complete 300+ Hours of study since time is allotted for training breaks in addition to pre- and post-assignments.

Approximately one Core Module or Elective Option will be offered each month. We intend to offer Core Modules on a yearly basis and Elective Options every second year. New Elective Options will be offered based on the needs and interests of participants. The Core Modules and Elective Options can be taken in any order. This program is self-initiated. With a completion window of five years, you can choose what courses to take and when. You will be responsible for updating a set of Tracking Sheets to ensure all requirements are met before submitting your whole package for certification.

Courses may be accompanied by pre- and post-training assignments. All assignments are to be submitted to PranaShanti after completing the requirements for a Core Module or Elective Option. Our Teaching Team will review and provide feedback as needed. Participants will keep copies of all marked documents and then ultimately submit with all materials in the final package.

  • Restorative Yoga – Elective Option (30 Hours)
  • Yin Yoga/Ying Yoga Foundation and Advanced – Elective Option (25-30 Hours)
  • Meditation – Core Module (25 Hours)
  • Pranayama/Breathe to Heal – Core Module (20 Hours)
  • Sequencing – Core Module (20 Hours)
  • Sanskrit Language  – Core Module (10 Hours)
  • Mantra and the Yoga of Sound – Core Module (10 Hours)
  • Yoga for Everyone and Trauma-Informed Practice – Elective Module (20 Hours)
  • Next Level Theming: Teaching that Awakens the Heart  – Elective Option (20 Hours)
  • Children’s Yoga and Mindfulness – Elective Option (20 Hours)
  • Advanced Restorative Yoga – Elective Option (20 Hours)
  • Yoga Nidra – Elective Option (15 Hours)
  • Gentle Yoga – Elective Option (15 Hours)
  • Chair Yoga – Elective Option (15 Hours)
  • Yoga for Seniors and Healthy Aging Training – Elective Option (15 Hours)
  • Hot Stone Restorative Yoga – Elective Option (6 Hours)
  • Teaching Methodology – Core Module (20 Hours)
  • Ethics and Business of Yoga/Conscious Business – Core Module (10 Hours)
  • The Power of You: Define Your Authentic Voice – Elective Module (12 Hours)
  • Anatomy, Physiology and Bio-Mechanics – Core Module (20 Hours)
  • Yoga of the Subtle Body – Core Module (20 Hours)
  • Yogic Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics – Core Module (20 Hours)
  • Principles of Ayurveda Foundation and Advanced – Core Module (20 Hours)
Self Study and Supported Learning – Core Module (40 Hours)
Practicum (10+ Hours)
  • Teaching under the supervision of a Faculty Member during Core and Elective modules.
Cohort Classes (10 Hours)
  • Participate in Cohort Classes at PranaShanti Yoga Centre held specifically for 300 Hour participants by Lead Trainers.
Personal Practice (10 Hours)
  • Attend a variety of Hatha, Gentle, Restorative, Therapeutic and Yin Yoga classes at PranaShanti Yoga Centre and prepare a written review of your experiences.
Self Reflection (10 Hours)
  • Read assigned books from the Reading List. When you approach the end of your training, complete 3 book reports based on the guidelines provided.
Mentorship (Optional)
  • Schedule one-on-one sessions with 300-Hour Teachers.

Upcoming Courses

Courses are available as “Core” and “Elective” modules varying from small modules of 5 hours up to larger modules of 20 and 30 hours. Because our program is self-paced, you can decide when you would like to take each module. Our Course Listing is published based on the calendar year with courses paused in July and August for summer break.
Date / Time: May 27-29, 2022
Friday: 6 pm ET – 9 pm ET
Saturday and Sunday: 10 am ET – 5 pm ET
Instructor: Barrie
Teaching with Purpose: Designing Smart, Safe, and Creative Classes for All
Learn how to thoughtfully and intelligently create mixed-level group classes that meet students where they are.
In this training, you’ll apply an alignment-based approach to sequencing that is grounded in applied anatomy and sound bio-mechanical principles.
 
You’ll receive a manual that includes templates for sequencing full-spectrum classes as well as postural categories including back-bends, hip openers/twists/seated poses, arm balances/inversions, and restorative yoga.
 
You’ll also practice energetic, elemental, and theme-based approaches to class offerings. You can expect an interactive combination of lecture, individual exercises, small group work, and practice building and teaching poses.
 
Date / Time: June 3-5, 2022
Friday: 6 pm ET – 9 pm ET
Saturday and Sunday: 11:30 am ET – 5:30 pm ET
Instructor: Michael
Chair Yoga Training
For ALL Yoga Teachers and Students!
Chair Yoga adapts traditional yoga poses so that they can be done with a chair for support, making yoga more accessible for all people.
 
Our society is aging and there are many people unable to practice a standard yoga class. Chair yoga also provides a gentle but effective practice for those with mobility or disability issues.
 
The chair takes the place of the yoga mat, and poses are seated or supported by the chair. You get a warm-up, stretching and strengthening, whether you’re coming off a sports injury, challenged by the physical limits of aging, or have been sitting for too many hours at your desk.
 
This program will offer you the tools to help you and/or your students build strength, awareness and confidence as well as to increase well-being both physically and mentally. Learn how to work with this ever growing group who can get so much benefit from the practice of yoga with the assistance of a chair!
 
Date / Time: June 10-12, 2022
Friday and Saturday: 9 am ET – 5 pm ET
Sunday: 11:30 am ET – 5 pm ET
Instructor: Laura Fowler Massie
Teaching Yoga and Mindfulness to Children

For Parents, Caregivers, Yoga Teachers and Students!
Calm Kids Yoga® Training was created by Laura Fowler Massie to help share the power and magic of children’s yoga with educators, yoga teachers and parents.
 
Laura is an experienced Early Childhood Educator (ECE) with a BA in Psychology and a M.Ed in adult education. She is also a 500hr RYT Hatha Yoga Teacher with specialized training in children’s yoga, restorative yoga and infant massage.
 
With more than 30 years in the yoga and early education sectors, she brings a wealth of knowledge to this children’s yoga training. Laura is a college professor specializing in child development and play-based learning theory.
 
Date / Time: June 17-19, 2022
Friday: 6 pm ET – 9 pm ET
Saturday and Sunday: 9 am ET – 6 pm ET
Instructor: Melissa Delaney
Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Training

For Parents, Caregivers, Yoga Teachers and Students!

Yoga can offer amazing benefits for pregnancy, labour and parenthood; however, there are things that teachers and practitioners need to know!

This interactive course is designed for anyone keen to learn more about Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga, including yoga teachers, fitness instructors, doulas and other health professionals as well as parents to be.

This course will share practices for each stage of the journey from yoga support for conception to partner yoga for pregnancy and labour to yogic recommendations for postpartum recovery to parent/baby yoga poses for bonding. Resources will also be provided to comfort women in the event of pregnancy loss.

Date / Time: September 16-18, 2022
Friday to Sunday: 9 am ET – 5 pm ET each day
Instructor: Anne
Restorative Yoga Training – Foundation

For ALL Yoga Teachers and Students!
Restorative yoga is a style of yoga that makes use of props to fully support the body so that it can naturally relax and let go.
Join Anne Wanda Tessier, an experienced restorative yoga teacher and trainer, for this 30 Hour foundational Restorative Yoga Teacher Training.
 
In this training, you will learn a variety of restorative poses based on her trainings with Judith Hanson Lasater as well as variations for each pose. We will explore how to use props to fully support the body as well as learn how to sequence a class based on individual health conditions as well as group classes. We will explore various ways to elicit the relaxation response with breathing exercises and guided meditations and learn gentle exercises to include in a restorative yoga practice.
 
Learn the benefits of restorative yoga on the body, mind and soul, and its effect on the organs and the nervous system. Through direct experience, practice teaching, and feedback, you leave with the ability to confidently teach a restorative class and learn how you can incorporate restorative yoga in your personal practice.
 
Date / Time: September 30 – October 2, 2022
Friday: 6:30 pm ET – 9 pm ET
Saturday and Sunday: 11 am ET – 6 pm ET
Instructor: Devinder
Yoga Nidra Teacher Training

Yoga Nidra, or yogic sleep, is a type of meditation based on the ancient yogic anatomy of the Koshas, the 5 subtle bodies. Sometimes described as a long savasana, it is actually a combination of deep body relaxation and mental awareness.
Yoga Nidra is a quiet journey inward to stillness that transforms and releases old habits, fatigue, worry, and stress. Yoga Nidra is a technique for physical rejuvenation, mental relaxation, spiritual growth, and overall wellness.
 
This training is for those who would like to offer students the opportunity to experience a systematic method of conscious relaxation. Yoga Nidra has been found to be effective in treating many of the physical symptoms of stress, including insomnia, anxiety, and depression. It is also helpful in the treatment of PTSD and addictions. 
 
Date / Time: October 22, 2022
Saturday: 10 am ET – 6 pm ET
Instructor: Anne
Hot Stone Restorative Yoga Training

For ALL Yoga Teachers!
Join Anne Wanda Tessier (RYT500) for a deeply relaxing and nurturing Hot Stone Restorative Yoga Training. Learn about the history and benefits of this practice and find out how to sequence a restorative yoga class with the use of hot stones.
 
In this full day training, we will review various restorative poses which are ideal for placing hot stones as well as practice how to fully support the body and use props to ensure safety while placing stones. Explore how to use heated volcanic stones to help relax muscles, ground the body and provide comfort to your students.
 
You will learn how to set-up and clean up after a hot-stone restorative class and how to take care of the basalt stones and hot-stone heater. You will also obtain valuable insight on how to promote and manage hosting a hot stone restorative class for individuals, small groups and larger classes.
 
Date / Time: November 4-6, 2022
Friday: 6 pm ET – 9 pm ET
Saturday and Sunday: 9 am ET – 6 pm ET
Instructor: Laurie and Stephane
Yin Yoga Teacher Training – Foundation

For ALL Yoga Teachers!
Discovering the healing potential of a yin practice is becoming more popular. This 25-hour training is designed for both yoga teachers and dedicated yoga practitioners to delve deep into the practice and theory of Yin Yoga, and explore anatomy, sequencing, safety in postures, introduction to meridian theory, and mindfulness.
 
This training will benefit teachers, practitioners and students alike. It can be used as a therapeutic treatment or as a personal practice. You don’t need to have the desire to teach, only the openness to fully immerse yourself in yoga.
 
This 25-hour intensive is a strong complement for a current Yoga Teacher of any style. It can also be a springboard for the student who is ready to take the leap into a broader perspective and fuller appreciation of the practice of Yin Yoga.
 
Date / Time: December 2-4, 2022
Friday: 9 am ET – 5 pm ET
Saturday: 9 am ET – 5 pm ET
Sunday: 11:30 am ET – 5 pm ET
Instructor: Devinder
Meditation Training
“Meditation: Because some answers can only be found on the Inner net.” – Shira Tamir

Meditation is one of the most natural and rewarding of all human activities. It brings balance, rest, and a growing inner peace.

While its highest and original purpose is to help us awaken our inner, spiritual nature, the benefits to body and mind are well established by medical research.

Practiced on a daily basis, meditation produces profound results on all levels of your being—physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. It connects you with your own inner powers of vitality, clarity, and peace.

Join, PranaShanti Yoga Centre Director, Devinder Kaur, for a pragmatic introductory course to learn more about the powerful affects of meditation and how to teach simple and effective meditation techniques to others.

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Certification Requirements

  • All training must be completed at the same Registered Yoga School, PranaShanti Yoga Centre.
  • During the program, you will be asked to complete a set of required and recommended readings. Core Modules and Elective Options may also have pre-requisite readings. In additional to all other assignments, a total of 3 book reports need to be submitted with your final package to successfully complete the Program.
  • Once all requirements have been successfully completed you will be eligible to receive a 300-Hour Certificate.

Completion Policy

  • If you miss up to 25 percent / 5 hours of a Core Module or Elective Option in Educational Categories 1-4: you may still complete the course by informing yourself of the material missed and scheduling a private session, at your cost, with the Teacher at PranaShanti Yoga Centre.
  • If you miss more than 25 percent / 5 hours of a Core Module or Elective Option in Educational Categories 1-4: you will need to repeat the course.
  • Educational Category 5 must be completed in full.
  • Depending on the situation, other arrangements may be possible on compassionate grounds.

Investment

The program is self-paced and so is your investment. You pay for courses individually at the time of registration. The cost for Core Modules and Elective Options will vary due to the number of hours, number of teachers presenting in the module, early bird savings pricing and other factors. While we make every effort to keep courses as affordable as possible and minimize increases, fees will increase as our operating costs increase.

Approximate Costs for Potential Learning Pathway

Figures are based on early bird pricing, as of 2020, and the cost of books for required readings is not included.

Cost for Core Modules: 200 Contact Hours /255 Total Hours of Training

  • Total for 13 Core Modules: $4,410 + HST

Cost for Elective Options: 72 Contact Hours / 85 Total Hours of Training

  • Restorative Yoga (30 Hours): $440 + HST
  • Yin Yoga (30 Hours): $550 + HST
  • Body Reading and Hands-on Assists (10 Hours): $225 + HST
  • Chair Yoga (15 Hours): $345 + HST
  • Total for 4 Elective Options: $1,585 + HST

Investment for Potential Learning Pathway: 272 Contact Hours / 340 Total Hours of Training

  • $5,995.00 + HST

Program Pre-Payment Option

SAVE! Pre-pay for your 300 Hour Program in advance for $6,943.85 including HST and Program Administration Fee ($199.00).

Tax Receipts

PranaShanti is an ESDC Certified Educational Institution and can provide tax receipts for qualifying trainings.