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)
Community Classes (10+ Hours)
  • Teach and attend Community Classes at PranaShanti Yoga Centre under the supervision of a Faculty Member.
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: January 22-23, 2022
Saturday and Sunday: 10 am ET – 4 pm ET
Instructors: Barrie Risman

The Power of You: Define Your Authentic Voice

Become an Outstanding, Sought-after Teacher in your Community
As yoga teachers, we often assume that only the most charismatic instructors are sought after and have consistently full classes. But that is far from the truth! The reality is that every yoga teacher can – and should – inspire passion, commitment, and loyalty.
 
In this course you will:
 
  • Clarify your intention and purpose as a yoga teacher;
  • Identify your niche and the people you are meant to serve;
  • Articulate your story and examine your experiences in yoga to uncover your unique and authentic voice as a teacher; and
  • Learn how to share your passion and love for yoga with students in ways that inspire them.
Date / Time: February 4-6, 2022
Friday: 6 pm ET – 9 pm ET
Saturday and Sunday: 11 am ET – 5 pm ET
Instructor: Michael
Yoga for Seniors & Healthy Aging Training
For ALL Yoga Teachers and Students!
In 2017, Canada’s Seniors officially out numbered children. With no signs of this trend lessening any time soon, learning to teach yoga to our Seniors safely and mindfully is becoming an increasingly important skill in the yoga teaching world. Understanding the common physical and mental issues and having the qualifications to teach yoga to this large segment of our population will provide yoga teachers and care givers with a unique and very rewarding way to serve our communities.
 
In the training we will address common physical issues that will need accommodation in class, for example: osteoporosis, arthritis, COPD or CAD. Learning to create skillful modifications for older students, some coming to yoga for the first time, will allow for teachers and care givers to offer the gifts of yoga with confidence. Adapting to the needs in the room will allow for a strong, challenging, but equally relaxed and meditative practice.
 
Date / Time: February 18-20, 2022
Friday: 6 pm ET – 9 pm ET
Saturday and Sunday: 10 am ET – 4 pm ET
Instructor: Barrie
Teaching Yoga to Brand-New Beginners
This training is designed to equip new and experienced teachers with tools and strategies to teach brand-new students with confidence and skill, both online and in-person.

Introducing the power and potency of yoga to new students can be one of the most rewarding types of teaching there is. Yet, many teachers find that this type of teaching comes with its own set of unique challenges.

This training is intended for teachers who have completed a 200-hour level training. Participants can expect to participate in group discussions and simple asana practices in each session and complete short written assignments between sessions.

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Date / Time: March 4-6, 2022
Friday: 6:30 pm ET – 8:30 pm ET
Saturday and Sunday: 9 am ET – 6 pm ET
Instructor: Cat and Lailee
Yin Yoga Teacher Training – Advanced
Build on your Yin Yoga Teacher Training Foundation

Yin Yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga, incorporating principles of traditional Chinese medicine, with asanas (postures) that are held for longer periods of time than in other styles. The sequences of postures are meant to stimulate the channels of the subtle body known as meridians in Chinese medicine and as nadis in Hatha yoga.

Building on our Yin Yoga Teacher Training Foundations course, we will guide you to discover deeper facets of this quiet practice: 
 
  • Understanding the Meridian System and Qi and how it relates to the practice of Yin Yoga;
  • Developing a meditative state through the practice of Yin Yoga and Mindfulness;
  • Exploring additional postures including contraindications, modifications and alternatives, the use of props and counter poses;
  • Sequencing for Yin Yoga classes for specific themes and needs.
Date / Time: March 18-20, 2022
Friday: 6 pm ET – 9 pm ET
Saturday and Sunday: 9 am ET – 6 pm ET
Instructor: Stephanie
Teaching Methodology

Enhance & Advance Your Teaching Skills

In this theoretical course with some practice time, we will examine how to; effectively observe when teaching in a group setting and respond accordingly, find a balance between demonstration and observation, manage time and set priorities when dealing with classes of varying lengths and styles, and understand the student learning process and how to communicate effectively.

Through the study of these various aspects of teaching, we will also discuss the importance of finding your own voice as a teacher.

 

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Date / Time: April 1-3, 2022
Friday: 6 pm ET – 9 pm ET
Saturday and Sunday: 9 am ET – 6 pm ET
Instructor: Melissa
Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga Training
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: April 22-24, 2022
Friday: 6 pm ET – 9 pm ET
Saturday and Sunday: 9:30 am ET – 5 pm ET
Instructor: Max Strom
Breathe to Heal
This 15-hour course is an opportunity for transformation. Step into a space that is designed for you to safely dive deep within yourself, to heal any wounds life has left you with and to tend to scars of struggles you’ve overcome.

Divided over 3 days you’ll be presented with a balanced program of lecture, writing, breathing and movement.

The aim is for you to reconnect with yourself on a deep level, to reconcile with events in the past, to explore your direction in life and to learn techniques that will help you immediately to manage stress, anxiety and depression.

The added value to this in-person course is that besides the personal journey you’ll be on, experiencing this work as a group creates a supportive community. You are not alone.

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Date / Time: May 6-8, 2022
Friday: 6 pm ET – 9 pm ET
Saturday and Sunday: 10 am ET – 5 pm ET
Instructor: Catherine Collobert, PhD
Classical Yoga Philosophy
The practice of yoga dates back at least 5,000 years and continues to this day to be an experiential path to spiritual enlightenment.
Understanding the history and evolution of this practice can shed more light on its current iteration and allow us to explore its various aspects in more depth, as yoga was meant to be much more than exercise.
 
This training will explore central themes in some of the most significant historical texts on yoga and yoga practice such as the Rig Veda, the Upanishads, the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, the Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali in order to gain a better understanding of yoga’s beginnings and cultural roots.
 
We will examine in more detail the larger context of yoga practice beyond asana and pranayama, as well as the origins of the physical practice of yoga postures and its evolution as the central focus in the West’s adoption of yoga.
 
This training is designed for yoga teachers, yoga practitioners, and all those wanting to learn more about the origins of yoga, its historical and cultural context, and philosophical underpinnings.
 
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: 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. 
 

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.