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Continuing Education for Yoga Teachers

Elevate your knowledge and teach more authentic, accessible and informed yoga classes.

Sharpen your yogic knowledge

This virtual workshop series is a first step in decolonizing your yoga practice, by connecting to the context, politics and heart of Yoga with incredible South Asian and Desi/diaspora teachers. Dive into ethics, philosophy, Sanskrit and Ayurveda with Shwetha Subramanya and Manu Pallapa. Consider the wisdom of the Bhagavad Gita and the impacts of Om & Namaste with Tejal Patel. And sharpen your understanding of the history of Yoga and Asana with Indu Vashist.

Eight live sessions with incredible teachers
November 2023 to Feb 2024

When you know better, you can do better.

Better understand what it means to be body positive and inclusive. Carly will unpack weight stigma, deconstruct myths and common cultural perceptions around weight and health, and show you how centering accessibility in your yoga or movement classes makes for better learning for everyone. 

If your training didn’t cover ways to make yoga practice adaptive and inclusive to bigger bodied people or a range of needs, this online training will help fill in those gaps. You’ll learn modifications for various bodies and practice verbalizing instructions in a way that helps everyone feel included. Leave with tangible tools to better serve folks of more shapes, sizes and abilities in your classes.

Four virtual sessions with the inimitable Carly Stong
February to April 2024

Breathe differently.

Many yoga teachers were taught to instruct their students to “breathe deeply”, “let out a big sigh”, to breathe together as a group, and lead pranayama techniques. These breathing instructions may need more consideration, especially for students with underlying breathing issues such as asthma. This module will help you re-understand your breath and integrate science-based and trauma-informed approaches into your yogic breath practices. You will learn game-changing techniques to enhance and conserve your own energy while you teach, and use your breath more effectively as you speak.

1 live session with Integrative Breathing Therapist Jennifer Snowdon in Jan 2024. Plus 3 hours of support materials.

Meet our exceptional faculty

Shwetha & Manu Subramanya

YTT Guest Faculty
Intro to Sanskrit, philosophy

Manu and Shwetha have been married for more than 10 years and have a son, Shiva (named after Lord Shiva who is the first Yogi). Both of them were immersed into a culture of shlokas and mantras from childhood. They formally studied Sanskrit from high school. Their specific interest in Sanskrit are in subhashitas (proverbs), hymns and the ancient texts of science.

Shwetha has been practising yoga for more than 25 years and teaching yoga for 5 years. Yoga has given her immense strength and helped her rediscover herself. Since Shwetha come from the birth place of Yoga, India, she has been fortunate to study the ancient texts of yoga to understand the roots of yoga. She practices and teaches vinyasa flow yoga that emphasizes the elements of nature. For her, Yoga is a bridge that connects my soul towards the purpose of life. It teaches her to enjoy the physical movement of the body while experiencing a stillness in the mind.

Manu has been a student of yoga for 10 years. Along with the mental connection with the physical body, his interest in yoga is in the scientific understanding of the eight limbs of yoga, and the influence it has on the individual and universal level.

Tejal Patel

YTT Guest Faculty
philosophy, history and modern cultural context

Hi! My name is Tejal (she/her/hers) - I’m a first-generation Indian American yoga teacher, writer, podcaster, and community organizer. I advocate for yoga through a social justice lens and educate and empower individuals and groups around the world to do the same. I accomplish this by offering people various yoga practices to incorporate into their daily life.

At Tejal Yoga, our virtual yoga & meditation classes are led by South Asian teachers who honor and embody the authentic roots of yoga

At Yoga is Dead, we bring critical conversations about race, power, privilege, body politics, harassment, fair pay, veganism, ahimsa, and gatekeeping to the forefront through our podcast and signature training on cultural appropriation: Act Against Appropropriation, and now through our e-book out now The Original Godmothers of Yoga

At abcdyogi, our inclusive community facilitates healing and connection through storytelling, conversation, performance, art, song, dance, writing, and retreat led by South Asian community offered to a global audience.

Indu Vashist

YTT Guest Faculty
history of yoga on the subcontinent, history of asana on turtle island

As a second generation settler on this land with relationships to other lands, I aim to honour the histories of my Punjabi agrarian ancestors by sharing this land and resources with care and responsibility. Within the context of my yoga practice, this means that I invite mindfulness and integration of the body, mind, spirit and land. I bring a somatic approach into all of my classes whether that’s through vigourous movement, exploratory gentle movements or even restorative shapes. Through movement, I encourage developing greater understanding of proprioception (your body's ability to sense movement, action, and location), interoception (your perception of sensations from inside the body), exteroception (your sensitivity to stimuli that are outside the body), and nociception (your ability to discern what is painful stimuli).

As we live in a pandemic, in late capitalism, in any given moment we are simultaneously asked to balance the global and personal-  caring for ourselves, our families and communities, the collective, and our own shifting economic realities.  All of this can overwhelm the nervous system and create a range of feeling states- from anxiety to anger; fear to frustration; from depression to disconnection; from technological fatigue to technological addiction.  These personal and collective experiences may remain unprocessed or be held in our bodies. As a teacher, I aim to provide you with simple strategies to attune to what is arising and approach that with greater compassion and clarity.  By integrating moment to moment experience and moving stagnant energy, we can make space for a more grounded existence.  I share tools that help us ride out our thoughts, feelings and experiences as they arise during this time of immense change and disordering of the world we live in. Through the use of guided meditation, breathwork, movement, stillness, you will be guided through practices that support your body’s innate wisdom.

In addition to being a movement teacher, I am also a trained historian. While working with me, you can expect to be hit with nuggets of historical facts pertaining to the philosophy of the movement traditions that we are practice together.


Carly Stong

YTT Guest Faculty

inclusion, accessibility & body diversity

Carly Stong is the Educational Director and Lead Instructor at Yoga Teacher Training Kingston. She began her movement exploration as a dancer in her youth and pursued a post-secondary degree in kinesiology and health studies while concurrently completing her Bachelor of Education. She opened a yoga studio in 2011 and, since then, she has offered a contemporary perspective to yoga that is informed by science as well as experience. Her teachings are built on the pillars of critical thinking, anti-oppression, and empowerment and rooted in social activism. As a a passionate advocate for body positivity, Carly sits as a member of the Leadership Team with the Yoga and Body Image Coalition. Her approach to accessibility is modern and informed by a fully embodied and integrated experience; reframing accessibility as the default and not the exception.

Jennifer Snowdon

YTT Guest Faculty

breath physiology and Yogic breathing

Jennifer is a trauma-informed Integrative Breathing Therapist and experienced yoga teacher living in Moncton, NB. Bringing together the traditions of yoga, the science of breath and body, and the understanding of the nervous system and trauma, Jennifer teaches people to breathe, move, and live better.