Welcome to Yoga Uttara Teacher Training, Land and Heart Practice.
I’m so glad you’re here!
You’re thinking about signing up to do a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training. That’s a big decision.
I’ve detailed the intention of the Land and Heart Practice, added my own biography and included program details.
We’ll get started in June 2019. Here’s the tentative schedule (details subject to change).
Yoga is steeped in history and simultaneously rooted in the present moment. This 200-hour teacher training is an inquiry into your own reasons for practicing yoga, a lesson in yoga’s history and a collaborative approach to developing teaching techniques.
I call this training Land and Heart Practice as a reminder of our connection to and gratitude for the land. Yoga has been around for dozens of generations. The practice transcends cultures and is practiced by all kinds of people because it teaches a universal truth – that we are all connected through heartfelt feeling to the land and to each other.
In this program, you will examine your relationship to yourself, to others and to the land through the lens of yoga. You will investigate the wheel of yoga, the eight-fold path, anatomy, the poses of yoga, meditation, acroyoga and therapeutic applications of yoga.
Yoga is the tool to navigate life and to understand how to manage your journey. The practice is an examination of the spiritual, physical and emotional self and how we relate to everything around us.
The intention of yoga is to understand the Self in relation to the self. The Self is the underlying nature of bliss shared with all living beings. The self is the personality, body and mind unique to each person. By understanding that everyone/thing exists in harmony, you can mindfully negotiate your way through life’s ups and downs. Yoga removes the obstacles that keep you obsessed with life’s highs and lows and helps you access your underlying nature of bliss and calm. Through the practice, you access your true Self and understand that the land and all living beings are connected.
Over 200 intensive hours, you will discover how this elaborate practice fits into your life and you will define your skills as a teacher. As a teacher of yoga, you will use compassion and patience to guide your students toward their own application of a land and heart practice. The responsibility of teaching yoga is enormous, but your commitment to learn about the task is proof of your willingness to take on the task.
Welcome to the program. Be receptive to new ideas and acknowledge every teacher with whom you come in contact. Your commitment to deepen your practice and to teach others about their own yoga is admirable. Peace will guide your way, but be tenacious and determined in your journey.
I have been practicing yoga since 2001 and teaching since 2010. My love for the practice and for sharing knowledge lead me to multiple teacher trainings, and I will continue to take more training. Below is a list of yoga teacher training programs I have completed:
300-hour YTT Hatha Yoga, Ajna Yoga School (2010)
100-hour YTT Ashtanga Yoga, Loka Yoga School (2016)
50-hour YTT AcroYoga, AcroYoga Inc. (2017)
50-hour YTT Ashtanga Yoga, Manju Jois (2017)
15-hour YTT Yin Yoga, Carly Forest (2017)
I also have a certificate in community coaching from the National Coaching Certification Board of Canada (NCCP) and a Master’s Degree in Adult Education from Athabasca University.
In 2013, I launched my website and blog, Yoga Uttara. In Sanskrit, Uttara translates to mean “north” or “up.” My home is in Yellowknife in Canada’s Northwest Territories, so describing my yoga practice as “way up there” is significant.
Since I started teaching in 2010, I have dreamed of leading a yoga teacher training. This 200-hour YTT is the result of many years of practice, contemplation, teaching and writing.
By signing up to be a student of Yoga Uttara School, you will also be a teacher. The practice of yoga is dynamic because it pays equal merit to its history and teachers and its present and students.
Every yogi is a teacher and a student.
I intend to reflect that statement through collaborative learning. Yoga fits into our lives in unexpected ways and every yogi provides a unique insight into the value of the practice.
Yoga is about mental fortitude, physical strength and steadiness of mind. Practicing yoga provides me with the strength to overcome physical and emotional challenges. Teaching yoga provides me an outlet to share my passion. Writing about yoga is a way to capture the journey. I am excited to have compiled what I know into a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training and I look forward to telling my stories and hearing about your perceptions and knowledge of yoga.
Meet you on the mat.