100-Hour Assisting School 2020

July 13 – 31, 2020

David Robson teaching in the studio

This is a course for those interested in the Ashtanga Yoga system, and who want to learn more about the tradition of Ashtanga and the Mysore-style of practice. This is NOT a teacher training course. This course will NOT provide any credentials or certificates that state you are a teacher. If you want to be Authorized to teach Ashtanga Yoga, you need to go and study with Sharath Jois at SYC in Mysore, India.

The goal of this program is to communicate a thorough knowledge of the Ashtanga Yoga technique, a keen eye for anatomy, and safe assisting practices. The focus of this course will be hands-on adjusting techniques and working in the mysore room. The course will also offer training in functional anatomy with Arielle Nash, and a section on learning how to actively listen to and help students with Sandra Pribanic.

The pre-requisite for this course is AYCT’s Ashtanga Primary Series Intensive.

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

Course Structure

Adjustment Techniques- 28 hours

This section is the focus of Assisting School: gaining the tools to assist and adjust students. These workshops, taught by David Robson and Jelena Vesić will cover different techniques and options for assisting. The teaching 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.

Practicum; Assisting in the Mysore room- 7.5 hours

Under the guidance of David & Jelena, you will have the opportunity to use what you have learned in Assisting School in the Mysore room. Learning in the busy AYCT studio is excellent training in helping a variety of levels of practitioner, establishing trust, and

problem solving adjustments.

Ashtanga Practice- 31 hours

All of one’s knowledge for assisting and adjusting comes from one’s own experience in their practice. Assisting School participants will attend daily Mysore-style and Led classes at AYCT.

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 segment provides a holistic understanding of how the body functions and responds to specific adjustments. This portion of the course will be taught by Arielle Nash.

Additional Skills in Listening and Helping- 15 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.


Mon, Jul 13 to Sat, Jul 31, 2020

Workshop Schedule:

Week 1

  • Mon Jul 13: AM Mysore/1 – 4p: Adjustment Techniques
  • Tue Jul 14: AM Mysore/1 – 4p: Adjustment Techniques
  • Wed Jul 15: AM Mysore /1 – 4p: Additional Skills
  • Thu Jul 16: AM Mysore /1 – 4p: Adjustment Techniques
  • Fri Jul 17: AM Mysore /1 – 4p: Additional Skills
  • Sat Jul 18: 8-9.30: Led Primary /1 – 5p: Adjustment Techniques

Week 2

  • Mon Jul 20: Moonday/1 – 4p: Additional Skills
  • Tue Jul 21: AM Mysore/1 – 4p: Adjustment Techniques
  • Wed Jul 22: AM Mysore /1 – 4p: Additional Skills
  • Thu Jul 23: AM Mysore /12:30 – 4p: Anatomy Workshop
  • Fri Jul 24: AM Mysore /12:30 – 5p: Anatomy Workshop
  • Sat Jul 25: 8-9.30: Led Primary /11 – 5p: Anatomy Workshop
  • Sun Jul 26: 11a – 5p: Anatomy Workshop

Week 3

  • Mon Jul 27: AM Mysore /1 – 4p: Adjustment Techniques
  • Tue Jul 28: AM Mysore /1 – 4p: Adjustment Techniques
  • Wed Jul 29: AM Mysore /1 – 4p: Additional Skills
  • Thu Jul 30: AM Mysore /1 – 4p: Adjustment Techniques
  • Fri Jul 31: AM Mysore /1 – 4p: Adjustment Techniques & Closing Ceremony

Practicum hours will be scheduled on the day of the first workshop and will consist of 5 x 1.5 hour shifts during morning and evening Mysore classes.


$2,150 + HST(13%)

A $500 + HST non-refundable deposit is required upon acceptance into the course.
Enrollment in Assisting School includes an Unlimited Membership to practice at AYCT for the duration of the training.

For both Primary Series Intensive & Assisting School: $2900 + HST(13%).

Preregistration is required. Full payment is required to reserve your spot in the course. There will be a 20% administration fee on refunds for cancellations made before July 6, 2020. There are no refunds or credits granted for cancellations made on or after July 6, 2020.

Pre-requisites & Application:

Interested applicants must have completed a Primary Series Intensive with David Robson. Applicants must also have an established, daily Mysore-style practice.

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

Tell us how long you have practiced Ashtanga, and where:
Describe any injuries and/or conditions that would need to be considered when assisting:
Tell us what you hope to gain from Assisting School:

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

About Arielle Nash

Arielle NashArielle is a dedicated Ashtangi with over a decade of teaching experience. Holding a degree in Sport Science, extensive professional courses and certifications and following a career training pro athletes, Arielle is also well versed in anatomy, biomechanics and movement patterning, and she applies this to her teaching daily.

Over the last 10 years, she has had the opportunity to teach alongside, or study with highly skilled teachers such as David Robson, Richard Freeman & Mary Taylor, Sri OP Tiwari, Jeff & Harmony Lichty, Chuck Miller, and Prem & Rahda. Her primary teachers are Paul Dallaghan (Thailand), and R. Sharath Jois (Mysore, India), to who she travels annually to study.

She is the founder of the Ashtanga Yoga Research Project, who has conducted global research on Ashtanga, gender difference and injury. Arielle teaches continuing education courses for yoga teachers, focusing on women’s anatomy, prenatal yoga (yoga for pregnant women), injury prevention and rehab, and adjustment techniques.

About Sandra Pribanic

Knowledge is only rumor until it lives in your bones. (Asaro tribe)

Sandra found Ashtanga “by coincidence” in 2011, and has been inspired by daily practice since.

Her work is about exploring places where mind–body–heart–spirit can experience connectedness (however briefly!), about recognizing what moves and makes one alive, about creating space for what is loud inside (intense/difficult emotions) to quiet down, and what is quiet to get heard. Above all, about making space for all there is.

Sandra is a Registered Psychotherapist, with a private practice in Toronto. Her practice and teaching integrate body-centered, psychodynamic and transpersonal psychotherapy, craniosacral and energy work.