Power of Presence

September – December 2022
Power of Presence

200hr Online and In-Studio Teacher Training Program

Power of Presence is a 200-hour training that offers a thorough introduction to yoga as a form of movement medicine, personal empowerment, and mindful presence.

Whether you are wanting to become a yoga teacher or to explore yourself through deep commitment to the practice, this training will give you the tools you need to access your inner guidance system. With a strong emphasis on movement, meditation and breathing practices, this training is a true expression of yin and yang. An intermingling of ancient Eastern tradition and modern Western science, this training is designed to prepare anyone with a keen desire—to teach or practice yoga as an authentic extension of their own unique experience.

We can say with confidence that this program is for ANYONE. We have created a safe container for you to step out of your comfort zone and explore your potential. Whether you are brand new to yoga or a seasoned practitioner, you will experience the unifying effect of the practice and lifestyle through this dynamic training.

Your Lead Trainers

Robert Aranyosi

Unlike many, Rob took his first teacher training having only done a handful of yoga classes, for no reason other than he knew yoga made him feel good. Shortly after graduating, he left his full time job as an auto mechanic to pursue a life filled with yoga. Since then, Rob's entire life has revolved around yoga, continuing to practice and learn everyday and share his teachings with those who are interested. He has taken over 1000 hours of trainings, some with internationally recognized teachers such as Dylan Werner and Jason Crandell, all related to yoga and movement and has taught countless hours in the form of studio classes, privates, workshops and trainings over the years. Rob believes that just like us, yoga is an ever-evolving practice and as the practice evolves, so does the movement. In a thorough yet lighthearted way, his teachings are focused on bringing together traditional and non-traditional movements to help students create connection to themselves through the practice of movement.

Robert Aranyosi

Unlike many, Rob took his first teacher training having only done a handful of yoga classes, for no reason other than he knew yoga made him feel good. Shortly after graduating, he left his full time job as an auto mechanic to pursue a life filled with yoga. Since then, Rob's entire life has revolved around yoga, continuing to practice and learn everyday and share his teachings with those who are interested. He has taken over 1000 hours of trainings, some with internationally recognized teachers such as Dylan Werner and Jason Crandell, all related to yoga and movement and has taught countless hours in the form of studio classes, privates, workshops and trainings over the years. Rob believes that just like us, yoga is an ever-evolving practice and as the practice evolves, so does the movement. In a thorough yet lighthearted way, his teachings are focused on bringing together traditional and non-traditional movements to help students create connection to themselves through the practice of movement.

Robert Aranyosi

Jessica Magnan

Inspired by the notion that a teacher’s true mission is to create more teachers rather than to gather students—Jess is eager to share the knowledge, tools, and experience she has gained over nearly a decade of teaching yoga. Jess has studied with and been influenced by Tiffany Cruikshank, Elena Brower, Guru Singh, Kia Miller, Sally Kempton, Joe Dispenza, Marianne Williamson, Gabrielle Bernstein and Rod Stryker. She also has an extensive background in meditation and metaphysical philosophy, a degree in Sociology and is a certified Integral Coach. Jess experienced a healing within her role as a teacher and student of yoga. It is her belief that the physical body is the device by which we come into alignment with our true nature as powerful and creative spiritual beings. Her journey has led her to practice and teach yoga as a form of medicine that can be administered by anyone at any stage in the game. Her approach is deliberate yet gentle and reminds students that there is nothing to conquer or even to learn but rather to remember—we are already enough. Jess has devoted her life to helping others to reclaim their power, vitality, peace, worth and connection.

Jessica Magnan

Inspired by the notion that a teacher’s true mission is to create more teachers rather than to gather students—Jess is eager to share the knowledge, tools, and experience she has gained over nearly a decade of teaching yoga. Jess has studied with and been influenced by Tiffany Cruikshank, Elena Brower, Guru Singh, Kia Miller, Sally Kempton, Joe Dispenza, Marianne Williamson, Gabrielle Bernstein and Rod Stryker. She also has an extensive background in meditation and metaphysical philosophy, a degree in Sociology and is a certified Integral Coach. Jess experienced a healing within her role as a teacher and student of yoga. It is her belief that the physical body is the device by which we come into alignment with our true nature as powerful and creative spiritual beings. Her journey has led her to practice and teach yoga as a form of medicine that can be administered by anyone at any stage in the game. Her approach is deliberate yet gentle and reminds students that there is nothing to conquer or even to learn but rather to remember—we are already enough. Jess has devoted her life to helping others to reclaim their power, vitality, peace, worth and connection.

Jessica Magnan

Program Overview

  • Deep dive into different breathing practices and the physiology behind them
  • A versatile and mindful approach to teaching and practicing vinyasa based yoga
  • Understanding and integrating yogic philosophy as a teacher and a modern yogi
  • Understanding and integrating physical and energetic anatomy in fundamental poses and movements
  • Exploring modern movement theory and classic alignment principles
  • Embodying presence and sensitivity through breathwork and meditation
  • Exploring themes and principles that bolster a modern yoga class and your life
  • Understanding and using creative intelligent sequencing principles
  • Developing self-awareness and voice to create an authentic and unique experience
  • Exploring the business of yoga, being a yoga teacher and its many avenues
  • Basic understanding of biomechanics and how it applies to the yoga practice and everyday functional movement
  • Development of critical thinking skills that go far beyond the yoga room

What’s Included

  • 200-HR Yoga Teacher Training Certificate (recognized by Yoga Alliance)
  • 180 contact hours with lead trainers and guest instructors
  • 20-Class Bundle for Elevate Yoga ($400 value, class bundles do not expire)
  • Manual, journal and handouts
  • Lifetime 25% discount on all class passes and merchandise at Elevate Yoga

Certified Educational Institution

Our program is a Certified Educational Institution by ESDC (Employment and Social Development Canada). Students may claim fees paid for the purposes of the tuition, education and tax credits.

Schedule

Friday 6-9PM (First weekend only)
Saturdays 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Sundays 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Dates

Sept 16-18
Sept 24-25
Oct 1-2
Oct 15-16
Oct 22-23
Nov 5-6
Nov 12-13
Nov 26-27
Dec 3-4
Dec- 10-11
Dec 17-18

The Guest Teachers

More to follow.

Shanèl Dear

Shanèl (She/Her) is a 200 hour certified teacher with further trainings in accessibility, anti-oppression and the Detour Method. She currently teaches in the GTA and frequents Ottawa and Montreal. She is passionate about making wellness accessible to all communities. She teaches from a body positive, trauma informed and anti-colonial lens. Her favorite part about teaching is connecting through breath and sharing a laugh.

Workshop – Creating Brave Spaces in Yoga with Focus on Inclusion and Anti Oppression 

Explore how to create brave spaces for students to show up their most authentic selves and foster an environment of belonging.  Learn to recognize intersections of privilege and oppression within your yoga practice as well as the yoga industry and understand how you  can use your privilege(s) to create more space for inclusivity and accessibility. We will also talk about inclusive cueing and modifications for bigger bodies as well as disabled bodies.

 

Mark Wilkinson

Mark Wilkinson

Dr. Mark Wilkinson has led a joyful professional life unhindered by boundaries, combining the best of movement, science, the arts, and leadership into a career as a yoga teacher, actor/opera singer, fervent volunteer, and voice specialist. He has been seen and heard on stages and soundwaves throughout Canada as a baritone soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, voice-over artist, and national anthem singer. He has enjoyed contributing to the Ottawa-Gatineau community with all of the major artistic organizations and professional sports teams. Additionally, he was a busy yoga teacher at Elevate, Rama Lotus, and Upward Dog for many years. He owes a debt of gratitude to Mike Dynie and Mark Laham, his primary yoga mentors, for all of their generosity in their teachings. Dr. Mark received his doctoral degree in vocal health from The Ohio State University.

Workshop – A Primal Sound and the First Human Instrument

A public yoga class is a moving meditation carried on the breath of the students and the voice of the teacher. The gentle guidance of a teacher inspires every inhale, every exhale, and every powerfully soft movement of every individual in the space. Yoga is a humbling, universal practice and yet even the most experience yogis finds themselves drawn to particular teachers. This connection/resonance is unavoidable.

In this rare workshop, Mark Wilkinson (known to most as “Dr. Mark”) shares his voice with hopeful yoga teachers who are looking to find theirs. Bringing together all the parts that make up the human voice – anatomy, physiology, psychology, emotion, speech, singing, acoustics, physics, communication, and others – Dr. Mark opens yogis’ hearts and minds to a topic too often forgotten in most yoga teacher trainings: the care and maintenance of a yoga teacher’s voice to ensure a long life of happy, healthy yoga-teaching.

Allison Tomotsugu

Allison Tomotsugu

Allison became a lifetime student and teacher of Yoga in 2001. She has a disciplined self practice and has been teaching alignment based Yoga and Yoga Teacher Trainings for 18 years. Allison has worked extensively in the field of health sciences and research and has had the opportunity to study with world renowned Yogi’s, all of which inspire and inform her ever evolving teachings. Drawing on her studies with Darren Rhodes, David Robson, Cameron Shayne, Fiona Stang and Mark Stephens, Allison brings alignment to the forefront of creatively sequenced Yoga classes that are physiologically nourishing and mentally challenging. In her trainings you’ll find Allison professing passionately about the potential of the Nervous System and how we have the real ability to use Yoga as a way to rewire the way we think, feel and act in the world. In her unique approach to teaching, Allison navigates the traditional and sometimes mystical parts of Yoga with clarity and perspective.

Workshop – The Science of Yoga

As Yoga teachers we have a responsibility to be knowledgeable in our field. In a day where Yoga teachers primarily guide a form of physical movement practice we must have a solid foundation in understanding Kinesiology and Physiology. Our students deserve that.

This unique workshop looks at the nature of our nature from the inside out. Through understanding our Nervous System and all of it’s functions we can truly begin to know ourselves. In fact, we can not talk about ‘the self’ without discussing the Nervous System as it is at the very core of our being. Through the uncovering of what “I” truly is we can tap into the vast potential of our Nervous System and use Yoga as a way to rewire our behaviour patterns on and off the Yoga mat.

Workshop – Budokon and Animal Locomotion

This workshop is one of a kind. Allison and Maegan team up to bring you a hybrid practice that is poetry in motion. Budokon is a flowing movement practice that blends Yoga, Martial Arts and Dance into a mind bending experience of the self.

Olivia Urquhart

Olivia Urquhart

Born and raised in Ottawa, Olivia attended the University of Ottawa graduating with an Honours Bachelor with a specialization in Human Kinetics. She then went on to graduate from the Intensive Massage Therapy program at Algonquin College. Olivia has worked for a number of years as a personal trainer, mobility coach, and traveling sports therapist for Algonquin College Athletics. With an extensive background in fundamental movement and injury prevention mobility work, she combines these aspects into her yoga practice with an upbeat vinyasa style class. Practicing yoga for almost 10 years she has and continues to learn and deepen her love of movement. With a passion for all things health and wellness, Olivia loves to educate her patients and fellow yogis and share with them the practices of living a healthy and happy lifestyle.

Workshop – Yoga as Injury Prevention

This workshop is going to highlight the important areas in which yoga not only helps to prevent injuries but also acts as a perfect compliment to most physical rehabilitation programs. Using our anatomy knowledge we are going to uncover the major ways in which yoga can enhance our bodies flexibility, mobility, stability, and proprioception. These areas are critical for injury prevention and recovery as these factors alone, when left untreated, can impair activities of daily living among general population groups.

Briya Freeman

Briya Freeman

Briya Freeman is an Ottawa-based facilitator who draws on over 15 years’ practice and study in yoga, meditation, and mind-body healing. She is the creator of Ayurveda for Vibrant Living, a course which teaches you to become your own best healer using principles of self-care, herbalism and natural wisdom. As a facilitator, Briya is known for opening spaces for learning which support relaxation, stress-reduction, and comprehensive learning.

Workshop – Intro to Ayurveda

This session explores a practical introduction to Ayurveda, the sister science of yoga.

Ayurveda is a 5,000 year old system of natural healing from Ancient India. It is widely considered to be the mother of all natural healing traditions and uses a combination of self-care, herbalism and natural nutrition to promote mind-body balance, harmony and personal awakening. Ayurveda is intuitive, logical, time-tested and based on the wisdom of nature. At its core, Ayurveda empowers you to become your own best healer, and supports a deeper connection with who you truly are.

In this session, you will be introduced to basic principles relating to the 3 doshas (or the 3 mind-body types) and the benefits of Ayurveda in the modern practice of yoga.

Expect guided breathwork, refreshing perspectives and practical insights for a deeper relationship with your true nature. This session will be guided by guest facilitator Briya Freeman, a long-term practitioner and facilitator of courses in Ayurveda and self-healing.

What our graduates are saying about the program.

“In January 2020, I embarked on a life changing journey. After taking only a handful of yoga classes I followed a persistant nudge pushing me to take Yoga Teacher Training. My online research for opportunities in the city of Ottawa led me to Jess and Rob’s Power of Presence training at Elevate Yoga. From our first class together, I knew I was in a supportive community where I would be free to evolve within all the 8 Limbs of Yoga. The training and guidance I received was far more than I could have ever expected. Jess and Rob are both extremely knowledgeable and professional. They created a place where our entire group was welcomed and supported. The content was broad, the delivery was thought provoking, feedback was positive and timely. The passion they have for what they do is like no other. I will always be so grateful I followed that nudge and took the leap into the unknown especially given it brought me to learn from two extremely inspiring yoga teachers!”

What our graduates are saying about the program.

“In January 2020, I embarked on a life changing journey. After taking only a handful of yoga classes I followed a persistant nudge pushing me to take Yoga Teacher Training. My online research for opportunities in the city of Ottawa led me to Jess and Rob’s Power of Presence training at Elevate Yoga. From our first class together, I knew I was in a supportive community where I would be free to evolve within all the 8 Limbs of Yoga. The training and guidance I received was far more than I could have ever expected. Jess and Rob are both extremely knowledgeable and professional. They created a place where our entire group was welcomed and supported. The content was broad, the delivery was thought provoking, feedback was positive and timely. The passion they have for what they do is like no other. I will always be so grateful I followed that nudge and took the leap into the unknown especially given it brought me to learn from two extremely inspiring yoga teachers!”

Power of Presence

“Power of Presence did far more than shape my yoga practice, it helped shape my spiritual and personal journey. Rob and Jess bring many years of experience, expertise and genuine connection and kindness to each one of their students. Their experience is VAST and compliments so well that any new aspiring teacher can find something to connect to. They provide incredible tools and concepts to give space for unique and authentic aspiring teachers to grow. I have never felt so excited and prepared to be a yoga teacher and a student of life.”

“The Power of Presence Yoga Teacher Training is a valuable experience that I highly recommend. Jess & Rob make the perfect team. They complement each other so well and create a safe space to learn and grow throughout the program.” 

“The Power of Presence is much more than a training program to become a certified yoga teacher, as it is an open space which encourages personal growth, group learning and meaningful thought processes, throughout. Rob and Jess have a way of guiding students which is entirely collaborative, enriching and open. As individuals and as teachers, they truly complement each other and provide an enriching platform from which students are able to learn and begin to understand what yoga could mean to them.”

“Elevate Yoga’s YTT, Power of Presence with Rob and Jess is TRANSFORMATIONAL. Whether you’re looking to teach or simply deepen your practice, the concepts, practices and philosophies taught by the instructors and TA’s will change your life. If you’re looking for authentic, knowledgeable and driven teachers in an extremely fun, safe and supportive environment, this is the course for you!”

“Jess and Rob created a safe environment to train in. Their yoga training was inclusive and accessible and catered to a wide variety of interests in the yoga realm. They were able to change from onsite format pre-pandemic to an online format once the pandemic hit – with a balanced approach!! Thank you both!!!”

“Both are extraordinary teachers, passionate and willing to share their knowledge with us. Rob loves movement and teaches us how to sequence classes in a creative and safe way. While Jess guides us in the philosophy and meditation of yoga. The combination is simply perfect. Highly recommended!”

“The training and guidance I received was far more than I could have ever expected. Jess and Rob are both extremely knowledgeable and professional. They created a place where our entire group was welcomed and supported. The content was broad, the delivery was thought provoking, feedback was positive and timely. The passion they have for what they do is like no other. I will always be so grateful I followed that nudge and took the leap into the unknown especially given it brought me to learn from two extremely inspiring yoga teachers!”

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Early Bird – Save $300!
$2,899 +HST (by July 1, 2022)
$3,199 +HST (after July 1, 2022)

Payment plans available upon request. $500 +HST deposit required to secure Early Bird price.
Refunds available minus $500 +HST administration fee before September 1, 2022.
No refunds will be given beyond this date.

Scholarship Opportunities

As an act of Seva (service), we will be offering scholarships for BIPOC and individuals who are in need of financial support.

We are extending a $1,000 credit to 3 participants in our winter yoga teacher training.
Please send us a short essay that speaks to why you feel we should choose you for a scholarship.

Kindly send your submissions to hello@elevateyoga.ca.
Submission deadline July 1, 2022.

FAQ

  • What are the requirements to take this teacher training? How experienced do I have to be with yoga?

    The only requirement is that you are willing to show up and commit this time to yourself. Although having a yoga practice prior to the program may give you a slight advantage, no experience at all is required. Still worried? Don’t be, Rob took his first teacher training program after only a few yoga classes and here he is.

  • Is this program only for people who want to teach?

    No, this program is for anyone who is curious about deepening their understanding and practice of yoga.

  • What style of yoga will I learn to teach?

    This is a vinyasa flow based training program with emphasis on functional creative movement, meditation, pranayama and yoga philosophy. You will be well equipped to teach studio classes, corporate classes and private sessions.

  • Do successful graduates have an opportunity to be instructors at Elevate? What criteria do you use for hiring them?

    We are always open to interviewing graduates for teaching opportunities at Elevate. To help our graduates get started with their teaching experience, they will have the opportunity to teach Community Classes at Elevate.

  • Do I have to attend all the dates?

    Although attending all dates is highly recommended, we can accomodate missing up to 20 hours.

    Missing over 20 hours may unfortunately make you ineligible to receive the program completion certificate due to the Yoga Alliance Standards.

  • How much homework will there be?

    Outside of the weekends we have the teacher training, there will be a few hours a week at most, of homework that is assigned. There will be recommended readings and tasks for those who want to put more into this, but the mandatory homework workload will be low to accommodate those with busy schedules and not as much time.

  • Do you offer free yoga class for trainees during the weekday?

    Each trainee receives a 20-Class Bundle for Elevate—giving full access to classes on our schedule. Trainees are free to use the classes as they please. In addition, trainees receive a lifetime 25% discount on their purchase of class passes and bundles.