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200-hr Student Training in Ashtanga Yoga

Primary Series Immersion (100-hours) & Assisting School (100-hours) – CYA RYT

At AYCT, our 200-hour training program is designed to help students gain practical experience and understanding of their practice in the Mysore room.

Please note that this is not a teacher certification course. This is a training in the technique and practice of Ashtanga, not a course to train teachers. Only R. Sharath of the KPJ Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India, can grant Authorization and Certification to teach Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.

Our 200-hour program is registered with the Canadian Yoga Alliance. AYCT is also registered as a Private Educational Institution, which means the tuition paid towards our 100 & 200 hour courses can be claimed as a tuition tax credit.

Primary Series Immersion – 100 hours

Join Level-2 Authorized teacher David Robson for an intensive, 100-hour Immersion in Ashtanga Yoga.

This Immersion is for people that love Ashtanga Yoga. The focus of this training is learning about the traditional system. With practice and alignment clinics, learning the traditional vinyasa count, and dedicated study of Sanskrit and the Yoga Sutras, each student will be able to deepen and enrich their practice.

Course Structure

  • Daily Mysore-style practice with David Robson – 40 hours.  For more details on Mysore style, click here.
  • Asana and alignment clinics – 25 hours
  • Learning the traditional vinyasa count for the Primary Series – 20 hours
  • Sanskrit, Philosophy, and Theory of Ashtanga Yoga – 10 hours
  • Nutrition – 5 hours


Sat, May 10 – Sun, Jun 8 2014

Workshop Schedule:

Friday 6-9p, Saturday & Sunday 12-5p

  • May 10 & 11
  • May 16, 17 & 18
  • May 23, 24 & 25
  • May 30, 31 & June 1
  • June 6, 7 & 8

Practice component:

Participants are required to attend daily Mysore practice from Sun. May 10 – Sun. June 8 excluding Saturdays and moon days.


$1750 + HST

A $500 + HST non-refundable deposit is required upon acceptance into the training.

Pre-requisites & Application
In order to get the most out of the training, applicants should have previous experience with Ashtanga Yoga. Registration in the program is completed with the payment of the deposit.

Participants who complete all of the immersion will receive a certificate of completion (NOT a teaching certificate) issued by AYCT and certified by the Canadian Yoga Alliance.  Please note that this is not a teacher certification course. Only R. Sharath of the KPJ Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India, can grant Authorization and Certification to teach Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.

Register Online, or call AYCT at (647) 342-6550.


Assisting School – 100 hours

This program is for students who have completed the Ashtanga Primary Series Immersion and are interested in experiencing what it is like to assist and adjust in a Mysore room.

Assisting a successful Mysore program requires a certain set of skills: thorough knowledge of the Ashtanga Yoga technique, a keen eye for anatomy, and safe assisting practices.

The focus of this course will be anatomy and hands-on adjusting techniques. A portion of the course will be spent on learning how to listen to and help students, practicing with injuries, and supporting students new to the practice.

Enrolment in Assisting School includes an Unlimited Membership to practice at AYCT for the duration of the training.

Course Structure

Anatomy – 20 hours      
Proper knowledge of movement mechanics and integrated anatomy will help you to give safe and effective individual adjustments with confidence. This portion of the course goes beyond basic muscle and bone anatomy, covering all the body’s systems and introduces the fascial lines.  This provides an holistic understanding of how the body functions and responds to specific adjustments.  A thorough manual including images will be provided.
Adjustment Techniques – 45 hours     
This section is the focus of assisting school, gaining the tools to assist and adjust students. David will also focus on how to assist and support students with back, knee, shoulder and hip injuries and spotting issues that might lead to discomfort or pain. Our goal is to teach you how to use touch and pressure to safely, and gracefully assist students.
Practicum; Assisting in the Mysore room – 25 hours      
Under the guidance of David Robson, you will have the opportunity to use what you have learned in assisting school in the Mysore room.  Learning from David in the busy AYCT studio is excellent training in helping a variety of levels of practitioner, establishing trust, and problem solving adjustments. Time spent assisting in the Mysore room, we have found, can really deepen your personal practice and provide a set of useful tools to help students on their path.
Additional Skills in Listening and Helping – 10 hours       
A unique part of Mysore style practice is the dialogue that opens up between teacher and student. Psychotherapist and Ashtangi Sandra Pribanic will lead series of classes on creating a safe space for practitioners and using listening techniques to create awareness of student’s needs.


Fri, June 13 – Sun, July 20  2014

Workshop Schedule:

Friday 6-9p, Saturday & Sunday 12-5p on the following weekends:

  • June 13, 14 & 15
  • June 20, 21 & 22
  • June 27, 28 & 29
  • July 4, 5 & 6
  • July 11, 12 & 13
  • July 18, 19 & 20
Practicum hours will be scheduled on the evening of the first workshop and will consist of 10 x 2.5 hour shifts.

$1750 + HST

A $500 + HST non-refundable deposit is required upon acceptance into the training.

Enrollment in Assisting School includes an Unlimited Membership to practice at AYCT for the duration of the training. Friday June 13 – Sunday July 20.

Pre-requisites & Application
Interested applicants must have previously completed a 100-hour or 40-hour Immersion with David Robson. Applicants also need to have an established, daily Mysore-style practice.

In order to apply for the training, please send the following information to info@ashtangatoronto.com with the subject: AS Application

  1. Name:
  2. Address:
  3. Occupation:
  4. Tell us how long you have practiced Ashtanga, and where:
  5. Describe any injuries and/or conditions that would need to be considered when assisting:
  6. Tell us what you hope to gain from Assisting School:

While this training will provide certification with the Canadian Yoga Alliance, it is important to note that it is not an Ashtanga Teacher Training Program.  We are not training teachers with this program, we are training students. You will not be “Authorized” or “Certified” to teach Ashtanga Yoga in the lineage of Sri K Pattabhi Jois. Only Sharath Jois of the K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India can Authorize and Certify teachers of Ashtanga Yoga.

Register Online, or call AYCT at (647) 342-6550.



David Robson – Ashtanga Yoga  David Robson is the owner and director of the Ashtanga Yoga Centre of Toronto. With 100+ students each morning, he leads one of the world’s largest Mysore programs. After completing a degree in Comparative Religion, David made his first trip to Mysore, India in 2002, where he initiated studies with his teacher Sharath Jois. Since then he has returned annually to deepen and enrich his practice and teaching. David teaches workshops and retreats around the world, and he recently released a popular series of videos on vinyasa, Learn To Float.
Arielle Nash – Anatomy  After obtaining a degree in Kinesiology, Arielle spent more than a decade training professional and other elite athletes.  Since 2002, she has presented continuing education courses in movement mechanics and exercise physiology in North America and Asia. As a course presenter, she is a natural educator with the ability to explain complex information in an interesting and easy-to-understand format.
Acharya Ram Vakkalanka – Philosophy  Acharya Ram Vakkalanka is a Yoga philosopher, Kirtan leader, Sanskrit expert, guided Meditation teacher and Sitar artist. Ram belongs to the spiritual lineage of Dattatreya and his spiritual Guru is Sri Ganapati Sachchidananda Swamiji of Mysore, India. Based in Toronto, Canada, Ram travels in Canada, USA, Thailand and India sharing his deep knowledge of Sanskrit and Yoga Philosophy, conducting Kirtan and Mantra chanting sessions, training Kirtan leaders, performing and teaching Sitar as well as leading Meditation sessions. Ram’s core values are ‘authentic tradition’ and ‘modern presentation’ in all areas of endeavor.