Teacher Training
"Teach what is inside you, not as it applies to you, but as it applies to the other."
Yogacharya Sri T. Krishnamacharya


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Your Health Source MagazineThe Ebb and Flow of Pain:
Finding relief through yoga therapy
An Interview with Felicia Pavlovic
Interview by Barbara Bryan
Your Health Source Magazine
April 2007


When Felicia Pavlovic first began practicing yoga, she was 19. Amidst the deities, chants and incense, it meant nothing more to her than the ambient winds of her faith in Catholicism and prayer. Until 'knowledge' led her to her own embodiment as a yoga therapist.

For almost two decades, Pavlovic at 37, practices her asanas, (postures) while taking annual treks to India in pursuit of being the best yoga therapist she can be. In 2003, it was all nearly obliterated when a near fatal car accident left her with a herniated disc, a broken mandible (jaw) and still to this day, a body that can no longer do the postures she was once so capable
The Source Of Our Teaching
Yogacarya Sri T KrishnamacharyaYogacarya Sri T Krishnamacharya was regarded as the grandfather of modern yoga. In addition to being a yogi, he was also a well known healer, linguist, musician, researcher, author and expert scholar in the six Indian Schools of Vedic Philosophy. He was a true pioneer in his ability to translate ancient teachings and make them relevant in a modern context.
As a teacher his principle was "Teach what is inside you, not as it applies to you, to yourself, but as it applies to the other." He taught that yoga should always be adapted to the unique needs, circumstances and goals of each individual. In refusing to standardize the practice and teaching methodology, he demonstrated a deep understanding of yoga relevant for all students.
During the one hundred years of his life (1888-1989), he inspired thousands of practitioners worldwide and today his teachings have become very popular through his many students - notably his son TKV Desikachar, Indra Devi, BKS Iyengar and Pattabhi Jois.
Meditation Sanga

The Yoga Therapy Toronto community of students will gather every Thursday evening to participate in a 'spiritual community' - or what is known as a 'sanga.'
The purpose of this weekly meditation group is to practice together as a supportive community. We will begin with a few minutes of gentle movement and conscious breath practice to prepare the body and mind for sitting; followed by a guided seated meditation session; and ending with a relaxation period. The focus will be on mindfulness and how we can be fully engaged in life.

These sessions will be facilitated by Ante Pavlovic.
Venue:
Yoga Therapy Toronto
(located at 692 Bloor St. W. - 2nd floor, just one street east of Christie subway station)
Time:
7:30pm to 8:45pm
Dates:
Every Thursday from October to April - please check drop-in schedule for confirmation.
Sessions begin first Thursday in October and continue until last Thursday in April.
(No sessions from May to September).
Cost:
by donation only - pay what you can.
All proceeds will go towards our volunteer Outreach activities helping those in need.
If you would like to find out more information, please call or e-mail.
All are welcome!
Private Sessions
All of our sessions are taught on a one-on-one basis, unless there is a specific reason for teaching in a group setting. Instructing on a private basis allows us as Yoga Therapists to gain a deeper understanding of who you are, which will then allow us to plan specifically for your needs.
Once we understand your needs, we develop a personalized home practice that may include some of the following tools:
  • diet & lifestyle recommendations
  • conscious and mindful breathing
  • appropriately sequenced and individualized physical movements
  • meditative practices
  • visualization
  • use of sound and mantra
  • dream yoga
  • guided relaxation & yoga nidra

Initial Consultation includes:
  • Intake: Inquiring and assessing student's health history, current treatments and medications, current physical, mental and emotional condition, and student's health and wellness goals.
  • Yoga Practice: Each practice is tailored to suit your specific needs, capabilities, goals, and life circumstances. We will then teach you this personal practice.
  • Take Home: Students will be provided an accompanying diagram of the practice to be done at home.
  • Follow-Up Sessions: All throughout this process, you are strongly encouraged to check in with the teacher with any questions, concerns or personal feedback. Depending on your needs, follow up sessions may be necessary in order to revise and update your personal practice. As you change, so must the practice.
Private sessions are by appointment only.
So please call or email for a consultation.

Private Session Fees - $90 / hour

Please be advised that your initial Consultation, Assessment & Yoga Session is typically 90 minutes ($135).

* Please respect our 24 hour cancellation policy or full fees may apply.

Special Introductory Offer
for New Students
:
3 private classes (including the initial consultation) for $260 (includes tax).
Class#1 - consultation & first practice (1.5 hrs)
Class#2 - 1 hr follow-up session
Class#3 - 1 hr follow-up session

* please note that all 3 sessions must be scheduled within 3 months of starting (they will not be carried over beyond 3 months).

* All fees include HST.
Saraswathi Vasudevan
After completing two post-graduate degrees (in Psychology and Nutrition) from the University of Madras, Saraswathi was one of the very first to receive a Diploma in Yoga from the highly regarded KYM Institute of Yoga Studies in Chennai, India.
For over 16 years she served as a yoga teacher, therapist, consultant and teacher trainer at KYM. In addition, as the former head of the Research Department at KYM, she has also spearheaded a government sponsored research study on Yoga & Epilepsy.
More recently, Saraswathi has been teaching and training yoga teachers, teacher trainers and trainee therapists both within India and abroad. She is also trained in the art of facilitation and has been working with expert facilitators across India.

 

Yoga Teacher Training - September 2017 to May 2018
** This Teacher Training curriculum is structured in a way that fulfills the requirements of Yoga Therapy Toronto and also supercedes the 200 hour requirements of organizations such as Yoga Alliance. **



This is a comprehensive curriculum that combines the ancient wisdom of Yoga & Ayurveda with Modern Science. The foundation of this program is based on the respected teachings of yoga master T.Krishnamacharya and his son TKV Desikachar, along with an integration of western Psychology and Therapy.

This 300 hour training will delve into both the SCIENCE (ie: the various tools and techniques) and the ART (ie: how to apply the tools; when to apply the tools; when not to apply certain techniques, etc.) of practicing and teaching yoga.

Your interest in this training may lie in exploring your personal development and deepening your practice of yoga. Furthermore, if you wish to pursue becoming a Certificatied Yoga Teacher (CYT), you are required to fulfill all academic and non-academic requirements.

This journey may be viewed as a three-step process emphasizing:

a) personal development
b) becoming a competent Yoga Instructor grounded in classical yoga techniques and their modifications for every individual
c) evolving into a Yoga Teacher/Therapist who can safely and effectively guide others on their personal journeys

Personal Development
The primary focus will be on each individual's Personal Development. We respect the fact that we all have different starting points and we all evolve at different rates. As we often say: "Information + Integration = Transformation" and in order for true transformation to occur, we need to nurture our connection with the appropriate practices and relationships.

Yoga Instructor
Another key component of this training is to learn, and properly understand, the various tools and techniques Yoga has to offer. Each student will learn how to appropriately apply these teachings for their own personal practice and learn how to safely guide others.

Yoga Teacher and/or Yoga Therapist
Going one step beyond the level of Instructor, a Teacher is someone who has embodied the teaching in an experiential manner and is able to share that embodied learning with others in a way that is appropriate to that student. Only through your own ongoing learning, practice, mentorship and evolution will you be prepared for the time when students will look to you for instruction, guidance and support.

Program Benefits
Mentorship
The student-teacher relationship lays the foundations for learning. In this course, each student has a mentor who provides support and advice throughout the training, with an emphasis on cultivating a healthy Student-Teacher relationship based on respect, faith and trust. In addition, for those graduates who are interested in continuing with their studies, Yoga Therapy Toronto offers ongoing mentorship to assist and aid each student along their personal and professional paths.

Personal Attention
This course's strength lies in the personal attention and guidance each student receives for their personal and professional development and offers two-full-time teachers in class at all times for greater personal attention.

Community
An opportunity to participate and engage in a spiritual community of like-minded and open-hearted yoga practitioners. The program is designed to nurture your development and transformation on a personal level, as well as with your fellow community of students.

Weekend Residential Retreats
An opportunity to explore and deeply experience the therapeutic tools of yoga. These retreats (in October & May) will be held at a residential retreat centre (located in nature within one hour of Toronto), and will be primarily in silence, with guided facilitation.

Assisting Internship
Once we feel the student is ready, we offer a 1 month Assisting Internship at our centre where each student will get an opportunity to assist a drop-in group class. This enables the student to refine and enhance their ability to work with the general public.

Opportunity to Teach Community Karma Classes / Volunteer Outreach
Once we feel the student is ready, we offer an opportunity to teach one of the weekly drop-in community karma classes at our centre, as well as the opportunity to volunteer teach as part of our Community Outreach Program.

Comprehensive Knowledge
The foundation of this program is based on the respected teachings of yoga master T.Krishnamacharya and his son TKV Desikachar, along with an integration of western Psychology and Therapy.


Upon Successful Completion of the Training Program, Participants Will Have:
  • An appropriate personal home practice created and developed over the course of the program
  • An in-depth understanding and appreciation of the art, science and philosophy of Yoga
  • Developed a comprehensive knowledge of the theory of Asana, Pranayama and Meditation and how to appropriately apply these tools of Yoga
  • Acquired the ability to teach group classes and general (non-therapeutic) individual sessions in a safe, effective and confident manner
  • Acquired the tools to enact positive changes in their own lives and to provide the same guidance and consultation for others
  • An opportunity to be part of a community of people who are similarly committed to a path of personal growth and transformation
  • The eligibility to apply for the 200 hour teacher certification with the Yoga Alliance, with the possibility of continuing education & mentorship to reach the 500 hour teacher certification.
  • A certificate recognizing oneself as a 'Certified Yoga Teacher' (CYT)
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Program Features
The Teacher Training involves 300 hours of study over 9 months:

Included in the Total Cost of the Training Program:
  • 280 overall teacher contact hours (lecture and practice sessions)
  • 2 individual private sessions to discuss personal practice & professional development (sessions in Oct/Feb)
  • Unlimited Drop-in Group classes during the training, with a minimum expected attendance of 50 Group Classes - at least 40 classes with Felicia and Ante, plus 10 meditation classes (75 hours)
  • Two Residential Weekend Retreats at a retreat centre
  • Observation of Group Classes (5 hours)
  • Volunteer Outreach Teaching (10 hours - optional)
  • All required texts and course materials
Program Modules & Curriculum
Course study units will include the following main areas of focus:

Yoga History, Philosophy, Ethics and Lifestyle
  • A general overview of Patanjali's Yoga Sutra-s (the ancient teachings considered to be the "Heart of Yoga"), as well as in-depth studies of the most important concepts presented in the Sutra-s
  • Origins of Yoga and the application of these ancient teachings for modern living
  • Introduction to the major concepts found in other Classical Teachings and Texts of Yoga, such as: the Upanisad-s, Bhagavad Gita, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Yoga Rahasya, Yoga Yajnavalkya and Yoga Taravali
  • Comparative Overview of Yoga Philosophy and Western Psychology
Yoga Anatomy, Physiology and Subtle Energy Systems
  • Introduction to experiential and functional Anatomy as it relates to the practice and teaching of Yoga
  • Introduction to Subtle Yogic Anatomy, Physiology and Energy Systems
  • Introduction to Ayurveda and how to apply these concepts to your personal practice, diet and lifestyle
Teaching Methodologies and Integrated Teaching Practice
  • Proper Course Planning and Development of an appropriate Yoga Practice
  • Learn the Classical Techniques of Yoga and how to appropriately 'modify for ease' and 'intensify for challenge'
  • Teaching Yoga for Group Classes & Individuals
  • Introduction to Yoga Therapy (Yoga Cikitsa) and how to apply the appropriate tools for private sessions
  • Safely teaching Pre & Post Natal Yoga
  • Assistant Teaching Internships and Supervised Teaching practicum
  • Nurturing and developing appropriate Communication Skills
  • Understanding the proper role and ethics in Teacher-Student relationship
Supervised Study and Integrated Yoga Practice
  • Daily Personal Yoga practice (at home)
  • General Group Yoga classes
  • Individual Private Sessions with Mentor/Teacher – includes development of student's personal Yoga practice, study supervision, and mentoring as a student Teacher
  • Experiential application of the therapeutic tools of yoga: explore asana, pranayama, and meditation in a residential setting located in nature. These three day weekend retreats (in October and May) will be held primarily in silence, with guided facilitation.
  • Observing Group Taught Classes – includes Assistant-Teaching Internship
  • Supervised Teaching Practicum – includes practice teaching sessions with constructive group feedback
  • Supervised Self Study - includes reading texts, written assignments and oral presentations
  • Supervised Continuing Education Courses - (optional - at an added cost)
Dates & Times
The Training will begin in September 2017 and end in May 2018.

We will meet for a total of 16 Sundays (with all sessions beginning at 9am and ending at 5pm).
For the most part, this works out to be 2 Sundays per month, with occasional breaks.

Also, we will be attending 2 Residential Weekend Retreats:
Retreat#1 - Fri, Oct.20 to Sun, Oct.22, 2017
Retreat#2 - Fri, May 11 to Sun, May 13, 2018

These retreats will be held at a residential retreat centre (located in nature within one hour of Toronto), and will be primarily in silence, with guided facilitation.
You will arrive on Friday afternoon and leave on Sunday afternoon. Carpooling and shared transportation may be arranged with fellow participants.

Also, students are required to attend a minimum of 50 drop-in group classes throughout the training (at least 40 classes with Felicia and Ante, plus 10 meditation classes).
In addition, there will be 2 private sessions scheduled with your trainer throughout the program to discuss personal & professional development.

Scheduled Classes:
(subject to change with prior notice)
Scheduled Dates
(all Sunday sessions from 9am to 5pm)
Session #1 Sunday, Sep. 24, 2017
Session #2 Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017
Session #3 Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017
3 day Residential Retreat Fri-Sun, Oct. 20-22, 2017
Session #4 Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017
Session #5 Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017
Session #6 Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017
Session #7 Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017
Session #8 Sunday, Dec.10, 2017
Session #9 Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018
Session #10 Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018
Session #11 Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018
Session #12 Sunday, Mar. 4, 2018
Session #13 Sunday, Mar.18, 2018
Session #14 Sunday, Apr. 8, 2018
Session #15 Sunday, Apr. 22, 2018
3 day Residential Retreat Fri-Sun, May. 11-13, 2018
Session #16 Sunday, May. 27, 2018
GRADUATION

Training Schedule
(16 Sundays - all sessions from 9am to 5pm)

 9:00 -  10:00 Group Asana Practice
or
Supervised Group Practicum
(Teaching & Feedback)
10:00 - 10:45 Class Planning & Sequencing Principles
10:45 - 11:00 BREAK
11:00 - 12:00 Yoga Philosophy & Yoga Therapy
12:00 - 1:00 Group Chanting & Pranayama Practice
or
Supervised Group Practicum
(Teaching & Feedback)
  1:00 - 2:15 LUNCH
  2:15 - 3:45 Teaching Methodology & Anatomy
(Asana Techniques, Practice Teaching, Assisting)
  3:45 - 4:00 BREAK
  4:00 - 5:00

Group Restorative & Meditative Practice
or
Supervised Group Practicum
(Teaching & Feedback)

Location
Downtown Toronto.
Sunday training sessions & private sessions will take place at Yoga Therapy Toronto
(located at 692 Bloor St. W. - 2nd floor, just one street east of Christie subway station)
To view a Location Map, please click here.
Group Size
It is proposed that approximately 20 students will be accepted in this program.

It is important for us to proceed with a committed group of students where each person is guaranteed to receive sufficient personal attention and guidance from the Trainers (about 10 students per Trainer). Also, we feel it is important to build a sense of community where appropriate learning and healthy relationships may be nurtured in a safe environment.
Cost
The Total Cost of the Training Program is $5,000 (includes all taxes).

Over the course of the 300 hour training, this works out to be $15 per training hour + HST.

Payment Schedule:

Due upon Acceptance: $1,000 (of which $250 is a non-refundable enrollment fee).
Due by September 24, 2017: $2,000.
Due by January 21, 2018: $2,000.

If an alternative payment plan is required, please contact us directly for further options.
Faculty
Main Faculty:
Both Felicia Pavlovic & Ante Pavlovic will be co-teaching all sessions.
Potential Applicants
  • Those wishing to become an internationally accredited yoga teacher in one of the most authentic yoga traditions in the world
  • Those who teach already but wish to further their studies and evolve their teaching methods
  • Those seeking to deepen their knowledge of yoga for their own personal practice and evolution

Though some knowledge of yoga is helpful, you are not required to have previous Yoga experience.
Admission & Certification Requirements
Admission Requirements:
While everyone can practice yoga for their own health and well-being, not all are ready to become teachers. A few elements are essential in becoming good teachers of yoga. Thus, a few pre-requisites are suggested to apply for this training program:
  • The applicant must be at least 18 years of age and have a sincere desire to help oneself and others with Yoga.
  • The applicant must be willing to commit to a regular personal practice.
  • The applicant must be mentally and emotionally mature when interacting with others and also possess reasonably good communication skills.
The program includes periods of intensive study and Yoga practice, which requires dedication and commitment to self-discovery through Yoga. As Yoga is designed for the needs of each unique individual person, there is no requirement for particular levels of fitness, strength or flexibility to do yoga postures.

Certification Requirements:
In order to receive your teaching certification, we require that each student fulfills all academic & non-academic criteria:
  • You miss no more than 2 Sunday sessions over the course of the training (otherwise, you will be required to make up hours in order to receive your certification). 
  • You attend a minimum of 50 group classes (at least 40 classes with Felicia and Ante, plus 10 meditation classes) over the course of the training (approximately 5 classes per month).
  • You complete and hand in all assignments in a timely manner.
  • You demonstrate a certain proficiency and competency in teaching the art and science of yoga, along with effective communication skills.
Application & Selection Procedure
The applicant must fill in an application form and attend a personal interview. We request to meet every applicant in order to ensure that there is a suitable compatability for all involved, as well as to discuss any further questions, clarifications and expectations about the training.
Please get your application in as early as possible as there is a tendency for a waiting list of applicants. Upon acceptance, a fee of $1,000 is required in order to secure your enrollment in the training (of which $250 is non-refundable).



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