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Feel Alive Again

Do What You Love

200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training


You’ve reached this DEFINING MOMENT in your life!

You can choose to remain where you are


You can make a bold move forward in your life.


This INSPIRING JUNCTURE is propelled by a yearning for something more, to DEEPEN AND NOURISH YOUR PRACTICE, and to explore a more profound connection within.

I never thought I would become a yoga teacher, let alone open a studio and run a teacher training. Fear and self-doubt kept me from trying something new, from living my dream. But my very first yoga teacher training cracked my heart wide open and CHANGED MY LIFE FOREVER! Shyness and fear fell away. I love sharing this empowering practice with everyone.

This Program is for heart-centred souls wishing to go deeper with their practice, to UNRAVEL THE MYSTERIES OF LIFE, and to explore the inner landscapes of themselves.


The first half of our teacher training delves into the art of yoga. The training is deeply rooted in alignment principles to keep students safe, so you know how to modify poses for your body and others. We explore the philosophy and spiritual aspects of yoga to begin to change our lives. You will be introduced to Ayurveda and breathing techniques to start to change your habits, become healthier, and have more energy.

The second half of the teacher training moves onto the art of teaching, where we build on skilful teaching techniques session by session. We’ll explore how to create a safe, beautiful space for your students, languaging skills to empower your students, and more. You’ll discover your unique voice (no matter how shy you may be – we don’t throw you into teaching right away like most trainings do, but instead build your confidence). We’ll teach you the skills needed to be a successful yoga teacher and how to make it a viable business for yourself, so you can have a career you love and enjoy waking up in the mornings to share your love of yoga with others.


The training is on the weekends (mostly every 2nd weekend), so you can begin to integrate it into your life. DOWNLOAD OUR INFORMATION PACKAGE!

If you want to live a more vibrant life, filled with presence, connection, and joyful health while helping others experience the same, then this program is for you.





Program Director, Chrysalis YTT

What can this Training do for you?

This program has transformed people’s lives for over 8 years now – students have learned more about the yoga practice, changed their jobs, and love what they do by teaching yoga at studios, gyms, recreational centers, for cities, and in homes.

The YTT process facilitated the discovery of courage that I didn’t know existed within me. I had placed limits on myself without even realizing it. Most endeavors in my life have been filled with pre-conceived notions of the outcome and where the experience would take me. I have realized through the teacher training that there does not always have to be an “end game” or finish line. I have learned the importance of a connection with my inner voice has become a priority. The ability to respect and listen to others reminds me how powerful relationships can be. The meditation and pranayama techniques I have been exposed to are tools that I will carry with me forever.
Deb M.
I decided to make the leap to YTT after many years of wanting to take teacher training, but stepping back out of fear of public speaking. What I enjoyed the most - was the connection with other YTTs and our teachers. The material was presented in such a fun and informative fashion. The entire program is very organized from the binders, to the flash cards, agendas, assisting yoga teachers in the studio, to the respect of our time and keeping things on pace. I don't think there's one thing that was missed or that I would change. I feel that I've gained knowledge about yoga as well as about myself. I feel more confident and centred.
Debbie D.
I decided to join the YTT program at Chrysalis because firstly, I LOVE yoga. But it was coming to a time in my journey where I knew that I wanted it to take on a bigger role in my life, and I wanted to share my passion for yoga and message of self-empowerment with anyone willing to try it. Beyond the in-depth knowledge of yoga poses and philosophy, I love the community and bonds I was able to make in the group. There was a genuine sense of support and sharing as we learned so much about our practices and selves. There's a connection now between all the trainees and our incredible instructors that we'll have all of our lives!
Danielle M.
I had reached a point in my life where I felt a little stuck, and I was looking for a way to break-through some unproductive behavior patterns. After researching a bunch of YTT programs, I decided on Chrysalis, mainly because of the authenticity I felt from the teachers when I attended the information session. I value how Chrysalis YTT was spread out over several weekends. This format allowed for real absorption of the material and true in-depth learning. The course was delivered in a very organized, logical and fun way and created an incredibly safe learning environment for myself and the rest of our group. Chrysalis YTT has been an incredible life-changing experience for me.
Jason C.
YTT at Chrysalis has been one of the most rewarding, profound, transformative, awakening, and emotionally uplifting times of my life. I’ve gained the knowledge and confidence to lead students through a safe and beneficial yoga practice, but have also learned that a good teacher is always a student first. I’ve gained a deeper personal practice, a deeper understanding of the type of yoga that calls to me, inner strength, confidence, lifelong friendships, a sense of wonder and excitement to see what my yoga future holds among many other things.
Sydney K.

What We Offer

High Standards

We deliver only the best! Our program is Yoga Alliance accredited and is certified as a Private Educational Institution with the Federal Government of Canada, so you’re eligible for a tax credit. We’re organized, reliable and pride ourselves in giving you the best education.

Experienced Faculty

We want to empower you with the knowledge we’ve acquired in class design, teaching, workshop development and more. Our faculty has all completed thousands of hours of training, have years of practice, and have taught (and currently teach) in many studios. We’re skilled in marketing and business management, and the lead trainer owns the yoga studio.

Masterful Delivery

Our training is spread over several weekends so you can still live your life and have time to incorporate your new skills and the transformational process. Our highly organized training is delivered through many formats – yoga flashcards, two manuals, in class study, assignments, videos and more – so you can be the best yoga teacher.

Unparalleled Value

We’ve been teaching this teacher training program for many years now, and every year we refine and perfect the teacher training to deliver outstanding content. We keep up-to-date with industry standards, and we honour that your progression is uniquely yours. We strive to create a place of safety and an environment where you’ll create lifelong friendships and support.

Shanine in yoga poseShanine Dennill
Program Director

Specialty:  Asana Techniques, Pranayama, Class Design, Theming & Sequencing, The Business of Yoga, Ethics, Teaching Methodology

Shanine was introduced to yoga in 1999 while living in South Africa. It wasn’t until she came to Canada in 2001 that she fell deeply in love with it, as it changed her life. She earned a 250–hour level certification from the Yoga Center of Burlington and a 200–hour level Anusara Yoga Teacher Training with Todd Norian and Ann Greene. She has also done a Mediation Facilitator program, a Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training, and a Restorative Yoga Teacher Training. After experiencing moments of grief in her life, she found yoga brought deep healing. Her newfound passion focuses on tantra yoga and how breath, stillness, and energy can truly transform your life. She is currently taking another yoga teacher training with her teacher, Rod Stryker. Shanine LOVES training teachers-to-be. She brings to her teaching compassion and sensitivity while still challenging students to explore deeper.


Rachel -Yin Yoga Teacher TrainingRachel Saxon
Faculty Member

Specialty:  Asana Techniques, Intro to Restorative Yoga, Language Skills, Teaching Methodology

Rachel was always involved in sports growing up and craved physical movement as an adult. She really started developing a more serious yoga practice in 2011 and completed her 200-hour training at Chrysalis Yoga in the inaugural year of the program. Since then, she has also taken Restorative Yoga Teacher Training, Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training, and Yin Yoga Teacher Training. She is continuing her yoga studies with Tiffany Cruikshank and the Yoga Medicine Teacher Training program. Rachel has a degree in Biochemistry and loves learning about anatomy and functional movement. She teaches from a foundation-based perspective with a focus on overall body health. Rachel enjoys sharing her knowledge on all things body and movement-related, and is excited to help students discover their teaching voice!


Tony in yoga poseTony Murdock
Faculty Member

Specialty:  Philosophy and Meditation

Tony’s spiritual journey began in 1972. He then completed an Honours Degree in Comparative Religions and a Master’s degree in Sanskrit and Hindu Religious History. Tony started teaching meditation in 1998. He’s been part of several Yoga Teacher Training Programs for many years now.  Tony developed a Meditation Teacher Training Program and now runs it through Chrysalis Yoga. Since 2007 he has taught meditation classes at Wellspring, supporting those with Cancer. Tony is also a Therapeutic Touch practitioner and has released 3 meditation CDs.


Mieka F in yoga poseMieka Forte
Faculty Member

Specialty:  Anatomy & Physiology

Dance and movement have always been a part of Mieka’s life. While studying Kinesiology in university, Yoga seemed to be a natural extension of what she was already doing. Yoga became a massive part of her life and helped her overcome so many obstacles including her personal experience with cancer. Yoga began as a physical practice for her and has evolved into a journey of acceptance and understanding of both herself and others. Mieka Forte is a Certified Exercise Physiologist, has her BA in Kinesiology, RYT 200 and is Stott Pilates certified. She has had the pleasure of working in the health and wellness industry for over 16 years.


Johanna in yoga poseJohanna De Castro
Faculty Member

Specialty:  The Art of Adjustments & Demoing, Intro to Kids’ Yoga

Johanna is involved in many communities through her love for yoga, sports, and her previous work at the Boys & Girls Club of Hamilton. To be able to connect with others, share conversations and real moments allows her to do everything she loves in life! Johanna is grateful to her yoga teachers, her husband, and family. They’ve helped her transform in a way that she never thought possible. This journey has allowed her to open up a deeper connection to herself and has given her the courage to open her heart to great possibilities. She truly loves what she does and wants to share this with others. Johanna brings to her classes balance, and lightheartedness wrapped up with lots of love, laughter, hard work, and tutu’s on special occasions!


ToniToni Gordon
Faculty Member

Specialty:  Ayurveda

Toni came to Chrysalis with the goal of adding a systematic practice of yoga to both her personal and professional life. In her psychotherapy practice, she blends Western style techniques of working with mind and Eastern modalities of working with the body. She approaches health and healing at all levels of self; mind, body, emotions, and energies. The holistic beauty of Ayurveda offers a sense of connection and compassion to our change experiences. Both Ayurveda and yoga encourage the body’s system of healing to move more freely; Ayurveda through conscious contact with the environment, yoga through conscious contact with the Self. Toni has a graduate degree in Counselling Psychology, is a registered psychotherapist (RP) as well as a Certified Ayurvedic Counsellor, and proud member of the YTT graduating class of 2015.


Other Faculty Members
Natalie Pearson-Workman
Specialty:  Intro to Yin Yoga, Intro to Yoga Nidra

Ingrid Pulpan
Specialty:  Intro to Prenatal Yoga

Sally Ryan
Specialty:  Energy of a Class & Boundaries

Amanda Everitt
Specialty:  Teaching Assistant (Mentor)

We believe that for true transformation to occur, you need time to assimilate the information and incorporate it into your regular life. We spread the teacher training over 6-7 months, where we meet every second weekend, so you digest all the information.


Fridays @ 6:00 – 9:00pm
Saturdays @ 10:00am – 6:00pm
Sundays @ 10:00am – 5:00pm

11 Weekends:

Sep 18 – 20, 2020
Oct 2 – 4
Oct 16 – 18
Oct 30 – Nov 1
Nov 13 – 15
Nov 27 – 29
Dec 11 – 13
Jan 8 – 10, 2021
Jan 22 – 24
Feb 5 – 7
Feb 19 – 21

* You’ll also be required to attend 1-2 yoga class(es) a week for personal practice (you’ll receive free unlimited yoga), as well as assist a class every few weeks as part of your homework.


Receive $1,200 in Value of Added Items!

We provide tons of support materials to help you on your transformational journey:

  • Flash Cards with the yoga pose, Sanskrit name, English name, instructions for the pose and gentle modifications. All poses are coded to help in sequencing and designing classes.
  • Access to Videos on each pose learned.
  • An Asana Manual that contains worksheets on every pose (each pose sheet includes modifications and adjustments).
  • A Teacher’s Manual that includes notes on qualities of a great teacher, alignment principles, theming, skilful sequencing, demoing, adjustments, language skills, philosophy, anatomy, Ayurveda, business information, and ethics.
  • Unlimited Yoga at Chrysalis during the yoga teacher training
  • A Starter Package to help you with your yoga practice
  • 10% Off Retail Items and Workshops during the Teacher Training program (except international teachers)
  • Tons more
  • Once you graduate, you get an opportunity to teach Karma Classes and receive a YTT graduate membership at a discounted rate (to our regular membership).



$3,200 + HST if paid in full by Sep 11, 2020
$3,500 + HST if paying in instalments (payment plan) or if paying after Sep 11, 2020

* You’ll receive an educational tax credit or you can write off your tuition as a business expense (we will teach you how to do this)
** Unlimited yoga is included for the duration of the teacher training.



A non-refundable deposit of $500 + HST is due at time of acceptance into the program (this is included in the price of the teacher training listed above).


Payment Plan

If paying in instalments or after Sep 11, 2020, the balance (after deposit) must be paid in 6 monthly instalments of $500 + HST payable on the first of Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar.


Extra Costs

Required texts, which is roughly $100 (including HST).
All other materials are included in the cost of the program (flashcards, manuals, unlimited yoga).


Terms & Conditions

  • Price does not include HST.
  • Deposit is non-refundable (under any circumstances).
  • Payment does not guarantee certification (please review our information package to see what is required for certification).
  • Making up missed sessions in YTT costs $90 + HST per hour.
  • If you cancel the YTT program before the teacher training begins, a full refund will be given, minus the non-refundable deposit. If you cancel after the teacher training starts, you’ll be refunded the prorated amount (YTT tuition spread over 11 weekends) minus the deposit. If you wish not to receive a refund and continue the teacher training at a future date, you’re welcome to apply the amount paid towards a future training (as credit) – an additional $150 + HST administration fee is required.


Information Package

Learn more about the modules, schedule, homework, reading list, requirements for certification, and FAQs by downloading this Informational Booklet!


Apply Now


Download this Application form (a fillable pdf), complete it and send it to me: shanine@chrysalisyoga.ca. 

Application deadline is Feb 27, 2020.


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