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Yoga Teacher Training Options in Vancouver

October 26, 2011 | 3 min read
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If you live in the Vancouver area and are interested in a yoga teacher training program, you are in luck: A variety of local yoga studios offer a variety of teacher training programs that focus on everything from power flow to prenatal yoga, with options to suit every schedule, style and interest. Many students explore teacher training with the intent to teach, although some dedicated students simply hope to learn more about yoga philosophy to enrich their practice.

Check out the following five Vancouver yoga teacher training options to help you open your heart and your body:

  • Semperviva Yoga: With more than 145 classes per week and more styles of yoga than anywhere else in Vancouver, Semperviva Yoga (semperviva means “forever alive”) offers both 200- and 500-hour yoga teacher trainings in Vancouver and in Europe. Full- and part-time options include the option to focus in hatha, vinyasa, power flow, kundalini, yin and prenatal yoga as well as classes and workshops with renowned teachers. Semperviva City Studio: #100-1985 West Broadway; 877.730.5522;
  • Vancouver School of Bodywork and Massage: You can learn yoga and massage in one location at the Vancouver School of Bodywork and Massage! The school offers a 200-hour yoga teacher training immersion as well as a more advanced 240-hour teacher training enriched module. Following Yoga Alliance guidelines, the Vancouver School of Bodywork and Massage has full-time and part-time programs that run several times a year and focus on a variety of yoga styles. Vancouver School of Bodywork and Massage: 300 – 342 Water Street; 604.688.5060;
  • Divine Light. With its motto of “your own guide awakens,” Divine Light offers 200-, 300- and 500-hour teacher trainings in Vancouver. The Divine Light program focuses on yoga and spirituality, philosophy, Ayurveda, asana and meditation; this program spends more time on the spiritual aspect of yoga than many and does not focus on any particular style of yoga. Divine Light: 1311 Howe Street, Suite 200; 604.566.9642;
  • Yoga West. Home of two levels of 220-hour Kundalini yoga trainings, Yoga West’s teacher training aims to “produce teachers of Kundalini yoga who demonstrate awareness in consciousness, excellence in teaching skills, and serve as an example of depth and maturity of character.” The program is in its 20th year, is certified by the Kundalini Research Institute, and includes weekend classes (Friday through Sunday) as well as a retreat. Yoga West: 2662 West 4th Avenue; 604.732.9642;
  • Open Door Yoga. With an exclusive focus on hatha and prenatal yoga, Open Door Yoga opens its doors to a 200-hour teacher training that meets once a week for six months. The program’s focus includes anatomy, philosophy, asana and meditation. Open Door Yoga; 200-2940 Main Street; 778.371.8179;

Please contact the individual studios with questions about their teacher training programs and to learn more about their certifications, schedules and options for teaching following completion of yoga teacher training. Many studios require Yoga Alliance certification as well, so verify that the training will provide you everything you need for teaching success.

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