RYT 200 Yoga Teacher Training

Registered International Yoga Teacher Training in Salmon Arm

With joy and love, Namaste School of Yoga opened its doors in October 2014 and was excited to offer the first Yoga Teacher Training in the Shuswap area.

Yoga Teacher Training has been described as a soul transforming, life-changing experience!  Undergo this journey and deepen your own understanding of the Yoga Tradition. Or inspire others to wake up and transform.

“We must “be” before we can “do”. And we must “do” only to the extent to which we are. No one can give what he has not received.

To give a thing you must first have it in your possession”

                                                                                                                                                                                                        A Course in Miracles

About Namaste School of Yoga

Our mission is to create a supportive inclusive, non-competitive atmosphere in which yoga practitioners can learn and grow. The Namaste School of Yoga is    Registered Yoga School 200 (RYS 200). Yoga Alliance non-profit International organization dedicated that sets the standards, ethics, and code of conduct in the yoga industry.

Namaste School of Yoga’s is dedicated to a schedule that helps students learn and digest the many aspects of this course. For this reason, the course is taught over a 9-month span to help students learn and absorb the teaching fully. It’s only when having time to bring concepts into our lives that we are able to recall and teach others. According to a National Study of how students learn it is best to not exceed 7 hours per day of content anymore leads to an overloaded and decrease the effectiveness of what one is learning.  Namaste School of Yoga’s intention is to provide the best possible environment for students to grow and learn, so capping class to 7hrs per day and providing time between for students to have a better ability to digest and remember what is being taught. (see schedule below)

Teacher training will be taught by lead instructor Nancy Whitticase (see bio)

About the Course: The intention of the 200-hour course is to bridge the ancient wisdom of the 8 limbs of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras with a modern understanding of anatomy and physiology. We will learn how to honour the Union of Mind, Body & Spirit. Students will practice and learn the general principles of the 8 limbs of yoga. A detailed study of the History of yoga and the history of yoga from the east to west. Philosophy of the Yoga Sutra’s of Patanjali and the Bhagavad Gita will be studied. We will start our exploration of the 8limbs of yoga with the 1st limb Yama’s (5 moral restraints) and Niyamas 2nd limb (5 observances) and how they apply to the practice will be examined. Through class discussion, demonstrations students will learn about the 3rd limb of yoga the Asanas(postures).  Students will practice and learn the general principles, benefits, alignment, assists and the effects of the postures on the physical/emotional/and energy body. Students will be able to adjust and modify postures through the use of props and posture modifications. Students will explore the art of sequencing and study the anatomy of the major body systems and the effects the Asanas have on the mind, body, and spirit.

Students will also learn about Pranayama ( the science of breathing) the 4th limb of yoga. They will understand the anatomy of breathing and the healing potential of breath work. Students will explore techniques in Pranayamas and how to blend this into their own practice and into a class setting. Students will also learn and practice the techniques and principles of Pratyahara 5th limb (withdraw of the senses), Dharana 6th limb (concentration), Dhyana 7th limb(meditation) and Samadhi 8th limb(self-realization).  They will practice and learn techniques and variations in methods of yoga postures, withdrawing of their senses, concentration, meditation, spirituality, and understanding of the mind/body/spirit connection. Students will learn about the subtle energy such as the 5 sheaths, prana, banda’s, chakras, Guna’s, Dosha’s and Nadi’s and how they affect us emotionally, energetically and physically.

Students will also learn the skills to become an effective yoga teacher. Techniques such as understanding the purpose of having your own practice and the power of intention. Students will have the ability to understand communications styles and how students learn. Students will be inspired to bring all aspects of yoga in a classroom. They will also learn lifestyles and ethics for Yoga Teachers. And though their own practicum students will practice being in the seat of a lead instructor in a class. They will practice preparing class lessons, teaching, hands-on assists leading all other aspects of a yoga class with confidence, flow, and grace and work towards teaching their own class.

The 200 hours will be divided between developing a personal practice, alignment of postures, yoga techniques, teaching methodology, anatomy, physiology, yoga philosophy, lifestyles, ethics for teachers, practicum, homework, and the business of yoga. There will be a contact and non-contact hours aspect of the course, students will be required to work on assigned, reading of the yoga sutra’s, homework papers and personal practice in and outside of class.

Students who successfully complete the 200-hour training will be presented with a ‘YOGA TEACHERS TRAINING CERTIFICATE’ at the 200-hour level and can register this certification with Yoga Alliance to become an RYT 200 registered yoga teacher.

Teacher training will be taught by lead instructor Nancy Whitticase (see Nancy Whitticase’s page)

Yoga Alliance Educational required hours

  • Technique, training, and practice – 100hrs
  • Teaching Methodology – 25hrs
  • Anatomy & Physiology – 20hrs
  • Yoga Philosophy, Life Styles & Ethics – 30hrs
  • Practicum – 10hrs
  • Independent studies – 15hrs

Weekend Schedule

  • Friday 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Saturday 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
  • Sunday 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

New School program starts October 2020

The program will run one weekend a month with May having two weekends (one being a practicum). The course will end June 2021

If you are interested in the course, contact Nancy at innerpeaceyogi@gmail.com or call/text her at +1 250 832 3647.

Register Now! Only a limited number of students will be accepted for the program.

The cost of the RYT 200 hour program is $2400. Books, supplies, and taxes are not included.

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Here is what RYT 200 students said about Namaste School of Yoga

Kenidy Welyk – Salmon Arm, BC – RYT 200

The 200hr Yoga Teaching Training was one of the best experience I could have had and one of the best things I did for myself. Throughout the course, I learned about the anatomy of the human body and what happens to it when you engage in asana practice. I found that though out the 9-month course you not only learn about working with other peoples bodies but your own: you learn your own strengths and weaknesses. I went into this course quite new to yoga and valued just as much from the course has someone who had been doing it for many years. What I took away from the training is the core knowledge of asana, meditation, chanting, chakras and so much more. The 9 months were very emotional and enlightening, it was life changing in such a positive way that I hope everyone will get to experience the RYT 200 Yoga Teacher Training Course with Nancy.

Viktoria Gridley-Haack – Salmon Arm, BC – RYT 200

Thank you, Nancy, for giving me the opportunity to deepen my personal practice and truly understand the roots of yoga and how it all connects. The Yoga Teacher Training course provided me with a solid foundation of yoga that I can build on. The course format and content were logically sequenced to deepen my personal practice and prepare me for teaching. Nancy was all organized and gave good support to help guide us through the program. As the course takes place over nine months it requires commitment but allows you to digest the information and learn to how to grow with your practice. I would recommend this course to others and I’m excited to begin my journey as a teacher and pass on my new found knowledge.

Cate Currie – Founder Curriebird Studio’s Armstrong, BC – RYT 200

I came into the Teacher Training program at Namaste Yoga and Wellness Centre blindly stumbling to find my way inward. I was a struggling young artist, a newly single mother of two, and feeling lost amongst a sea of changes. I wanted to do something with my life that meant something. I had spent my days striving toward the goals of those around me, always feeling like something was missing. I wanted to heal my mind, body; find my souls purpose. This Yoga Teacher Training and guidance I received was like a permission slip to be who I really was. It has to lead me, in under a year to believe in myself again. To gain the skills and confidence to teach from my experience and to be a better human being. Since graduating I have started my own Yoga and Art Studio (Curriebird Studio in Armstrong BC) and more importantly a dialogue within my community about well-being, healing and discovery.

Nancy’s approach to education in yoga is challenging, ask you to take a deeper look inside of yourself. Facing personal truths, forgiving and healing. Asking you to come fully into your body with discipline and awareness. With that level of self-knowledge and exploration also comes a strong foundation in gratitude and self-love. The seeds to foster a strong personal practice in self-celebration and compassion. Throughout the 9 months, she provides one with a wide understanding of the benefits of a yoga practice and the tools to express it teaching authentically. Her focus lies in tradition, safety and her personal love of yoga. I am ever grateful for the lessons I have learned, the friendships I have gained and the healing I underwent during those nine months. Nancy held the space for me to understand what I already knew inside. That I’m enough, that my personal story is important and that I have something to give. By sharing my truth through the practice of yoga I automatically liberate others to do the same. Reminding them how amazing they are. Just as this training reminded me.

Sincerely and with gratitude, Cate Currie RYT 200 founder of Curriebird Studios, Est 2016

Visit me at www.curribirdstudio.wix.xom/armstrong/armstrong 

Jacey Growler – Kamloops, BC – RYT 200

Thank you, Nancy, for sharing your deep passion with us. Your joy for yoga is so incredibly inspiring to me. The philosophy you offered will forever resonate within my newly deepened yoga practice!

Wendy Wright – Kelowna, BC- RYT 200

I chose Namaste School of Yoga teacher training for a number of reasons. I loved the idea of doing training for over 9 months. That would fit in well with my work and life. I also knew Nancy to be a deeply spiritual person and a fantastic yoga teacher so that had huge appeal!And I simply love the community of Salmon Arm (I lived about an 1- 1/2 hours away) But I do have a confession to make, I didn’t actually take this course to be a yoga teacher. I wanted to further my understanding of yoga, both through the spiritual lens and the physical lens. And I had a huge transition coming up that I wanted to greet with open arms and an open heart that would enable me to extricate myself from a 27-year career. Yes, I was retiring, to reframe the idea of retirement I have now come to the thought that I am creating space to do something different in my life and that “different” now includes teaching yoga. It was not that long into the course that I determined that it was my path to pursue. Go figure! So that is my little personal blurb and by sharing this I hope that it will encourage us who are in the fall or winter of our lives to seek out a yoga teacher training course, either for personal growth or serve as a teacher and I would hight recommend you do this journey with Nancy at Namaste School of Yoga. Doing the over the nine months provide an anchor to weather the storms of life and absorb all the teachings. I found Nancy to be very Knowledgeable with respect to the physical postures, the spiritual teachings, philosophy and meditation techniques: she is well organized and though ‘strict” at times she helps me to create the space in me to deepen my personal prate and to welcome all the comes with open arms and an open heart. Thank you, Nancy…Namaste!

Hanka Mosher – Salmon Arm, BC – RYT 200

I took the Yoga Teacher Training course to deepen my personal practice and to get a sense of accomplishment within my practice.  I enjoyed the journey along the way, I learned way more than I expected to and enjoyed the group like-minded people. I really appreciated the timeline of this course, the fact that it was offered over 9 months and on weekends made it possible to do with a family and work. The whole experience was very inspiring and I would do it again 🙂

Laura Cleary – Vernon, BC – RYT 200

Thank- You Nancy for your teaching’s over the 9-month course. It truly was a wonderfully insightful journey and it has changed my life forever.