PAST EVENTS ....
Mind-Body AFLCA Instructor Training
May 23-24, 2015 (Sat-Sun) - 8 am - 5 pm
This is a quick weekend course for anyone who wishes to teach basic yoga-based fitness classes. Hosted at Red Deer College, this course can be combined with other Alberta Fitness Leadership Certification Association courses and training, to qualify you as an AFLCA-certified Group Exercise - Mind-Body Instructor.
NOTE: Reasonable yoga background & group fitness leadership experience highly recommended! Those pursuing AFLCA certification would normally take theire Exercise Theory and Group Exercise Fundamentals courses prior to this course.
Check the Red Deer College Continuing Education (Be Fit For Life) website for info and to register.
Check the Provincial Fitness Unit website for AFLCA certification details.
Check the Group Exercise - Mind-Body Designation section for registration details.
Test-Drive A 200-hr
Yoga Teacher Training Intensive Between Aug 3-21, 2018
(Next one tentatively Aug 2019)
Only 12 spots available!
16 Night Mountain Retreat Intensive (August)
(at COE - Centre for Outdoor Education, Nordegg AB)
Plus 2 Fall (Sept) Weekends
(in Red Deer, AB)
Where else will your TT include ...
A mountain environment to support a yogic lifestyle
Quiet live-in lodge with no distractions ... so you can focus on your training
Amazing nourishing food all prepared & provided
Daily outdoor cross-training opportunities
(hike, swim, paddle, climb)
Suzanne, your head instructor, staying right on-site
Small class size so more individualized instruction for you
Graduates will be eligible to Certify with the Yoga Alliance as a RYT-200 (Registered Yoga Teacher).
This program accepts a VERY LIMITED number of students (max 12) so apply early! Accepted students will get tons of personalized attention! You should have at least 2 years of yoga practice to apply.
"Suzanne's teaching philosophy is a balance of extremes; she combines amazing physical ability with the wisdom of a sage. There is no injury that she hasn't had and no posture that she hasn't tried. Her attitude makes yoga accessible and fun."
- Andrew Moseson, YA 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training Graduate
Suzanne has Advanced Yoga Teacher Certification from both the YA - Yoga Alliance (ERYT-500) and the YAA - Yoga Association of Alberta (600-hr) and is also a Certified Yoga Therapist with the IAYT - International Association of Yoga Therapists . She has a diverse background in Ashtanga/Power/Flow, Hatha, Yin, and the martial-arts inspired Budokon Yoga.
Her more specialized therapeutic training includes specific modules in Yin, Tensegrity, Ayurveda, Yoga Nidra, Cancer, Yoga & The Brain, Trauma & Mental Health, Yoga for Anger, Anxiety, Depression and more. Suzanne offers countless unique programs including Yoga for Cancer, Addictions, Brain Injuries, Mindfulness Meditation, & Sleep Disorders. Workshops she has hosted include everything from Advanced Arm Balances & Inversions to Budokon (martial-arts inspired) Primary Series and Chakra Balancing.
She has tons of experience teaching diverse populations (Older Adults, At-Risk Youth, Athletes, Children) in many settings, so you'll get a great foundation to "grow your practice" in the direction life takes you. Suzanne logs about 1000 hours of teaching annually and has taught full-time for over a decade. You do the math!
Suzanne also draws from her background as a martial artist (3rd degree black belt), elite athlete (mountain-biking), multi-sport coaching background (NCCP skiing, cycling, kayaking), fitness leader expertise (AFLCA), and experience as a College Kinesiology Instructor. These all influence her teaching & approach.
A Typical Day of Yoga Intensive Training
6:30-7:30 am – Meditation, Pranayama & Discussion
7:30-9:00 am – Morning Asana Practice
9-10 am – Breakfast & Break
10 am - 1 pm – Anatomy-Physiology, Asana Practice /Posture Breakdown,
Teaching & Assisting (Methods)
1-2 pm - Lunch & Mid-Day Break
2:00-5:30 pm – Outdoor Activities & Adventures, Outdoor Philosophy
(e.g. Hike/Walk, Scenic Yoga), Teaching & Planning
5:30-7 pm – Supper & Evening Break
7-9 pm – Gentle Evening Asana & Relaxation, Discussion & Integration
The Intensive Facility (COE - Centre for Outdoor Education):
Your 17 Day (16 Night) Live-In Intensive will be at the serene COE Lodge, Nordegg Alberta, Canada (All meals & 16 nights accommodation provided).
Aug 3 (Friday Night): 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
Aug 4-18 (Sat-Sat, 2 weeks): 6:30 am-8:30 pm
Aug 19 (Sunday): 6:30 am–5 pm
Driving directions to COE (2 hour drive from Red Deer, Alberta) are available from their web site at http://www.coe.ca/sheiling.
Your yoga studio will be a beautiful round yurt with high domed ceiling, a stunning varnished wood floor, a fireplace, and large windows & deck looking out onto mountains. You’ll start every morning with your meditation & asana practice here (facing the mountains in the peace & quiet)!
Your lodge & 17-day home-away-from-home has a large common room with lots of glass & natural light looking out onto the mountains. There are big comfy chairs, couches, & tables for sharing, studying & lounging. Glass doors walk straight out onto a huge multi-level deck. Here you can take in the sunshine, eat your meal outside, sit in the grass or woods in meditation, or just enjoy some down time in the mountain serenity. An outdoor campfire area is a stone’s-throw away from the lodge for our evening tranquility.
All amazing yummy meals are provided starting Saturday morning. (16 days of no grocery shopping or cooking) The group dining area is casual, warm & inviting. You will be encouraged to partake in a healthy nourishing whole food diet that is primarily plant-based. A great buffet-style selection of food is provided at each meal so you can make choices that integrate your learning about Ayurvedic eating directly into your day. Special dietary needs are easily accommodated. Help-yourself coffee, teas & juices always available.
Goldeye Lake is a 15 minute stroll in the woods away so expect some group outings for yoga-by-the-water … or a brisk mountain lake dip if you want one. There is a loop trail around the lake for longer meditative nature walks. The larger Fish Lake is also nearby.
Afternoon excursions will include short trips to places such as Siffleur or Crescent Falls (to do some hiking) or the stunning Abraham Lake (to partake in some “yoga-on-the-rocks” overlooking the turquoise waters). There is an outdoor climbing wall and slack-line on site for the adventurous. SUP yoga and a refreshing dip are definite possibilities on the nearby lakes. Other outdoor adventures (e.g. kayaking, mountain-biking, via ferrata, etc.) will be arranged depending on interest, time, & availability of equipment &/or guides.
Bed-rooms are simple alpine-style with your own bed. Newly-renovated shared bathroom & shower facilities are only a few steps away from your room. Accommodation will be 2-3 people per room. All linens including towels & bedding are provided.
Our human hosts, Cheri & Rolph, are amazing people so you are sure to enjoy your stay. If you are an animal lover, you can also share some quality snuggle time with the friendly resident “canine hosts” Rocky, Hobo & Wilson.
Facilities in Nordegg (12 km away) include a gas station, convenience store, golf course, motel, restaurant, cafe and ice cream shop.
2 Post-Intensive Weekends (in Red Deer, AB) Fall-Sept 2019
will complete your training:
You will teach your practicum classes at a classy yoga studio in Red Deer.
Friday Nights: 6 pm-10 pm
Saturdays/Sundays: 7:30 am-4:30 pm
NOTE: These hours subject to slight adjustment depending on the facility.
Meals & accommodation are not provided for this portion of the training.
Graduation Requirements & Certification:
Student assessment will be ongoing but will include assignments, quizzes, and constant teaching practice & feedback. Suzanne’s mission is that you will feel confident, competent, well-prepared, excited, and ready to ace your final practicums. Program graduates will be eligible to certify with YA - Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200): www.yogaalliance.org. You will be certified to teach Hatha & Flow style yoga.
Requirements to Apply:
Applicants should have a passion for yoga asana, philosophy & lifestyle & be minimum 18 yrs old with:
Minimum 2 years asana practice (or equivalent experience)
Demonstrate competence in asana by attending Suzanne’s classes or submitting video. (Suggested format on application).
Readiness to take the plunge & go all-in (pre & post intensive homework required).
Application form by Apr 15 to save $400. (Earlier application recommended; program may fill.) Later applicants only accepted if space permits & regular price applies.)
Price and Deposit:
$3000 + $1600 (your entire 200-hr training + 16 days of meals, accommodation & taxes.)
Save $400 (discount) if you apply by Apr 15 and are accepted.
$600 non-refundable deposit required upon acceptance.
Balance due by May 1, 2018. (3 month payment plan may be May 1-July 1 available).
No refunds available after July 1, 2018.
A pre-intensive homework package will be emailed to you after acceptance. This is designed to make you feel well-prepared for the training & your journey ahead. Several hours of pre-intensive attendance at local yoga classes is required as part of this so you will be inspired to get on your mat & practice! A list of required/desired textbooks and a pre-intensive checklist of other homework to do before starting the intensive will be included. (Completion of all assigned work is a required part of the 200-hour program.)