A Useful Guide to Yoga Props: Learn to Get Creative and Enhance your Practice

A Useful Guide to Yoga Props: Learn to Get Creative and Enhance your Practice

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Join us for an exploration of how to use props in both your active and passive yoga practices.  Knowing how to properly use props will allow you and your students to:

-           Maintain an alignment that supports their bodies

-          Provide support when learning new poses, building strength   and flexibility

-          Increase comfort and release tension

-          Proactively prevent injuries

-          Support existing injuries in the healing process

-          Makes yoga accessible to all 


-          Discussion about usage of props.

-          Active asana practice using props

-          Passive yin practice using props

We welcome:

-          Any yoga practitioners who would like to learn how to use props to enhance their yoga practice.

-          Yoga teachers who are looking to understand additional ways to support their students.  If you are a yoga teacher, this workshop counts 3 hours towards your Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Units.


Props or materials for students to bring:

·         Rice bag

·         Eye pillow or wash cloth

·         Pen/pencil

·         Paper

·         Water bottle

·         Mat if needed

Props Provided:

·         Bolster

·         2 purple foam blocks per person

·         Shallow block (chip foam block)

·         Strap

·         Blanket

·         Mat

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Beverly Akhurst ERYT 500, YACEP
and Ara Cusack ERYT 500, YACEP
Saturday August 27th, 2017 1:00-4:00 PM
$75.00 + GST
MAXIMUM participants 12
Hours count as 3 Continuing Ed. Units for registered Yoga Teachers

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training

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200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Ocean Breath Yoga School located on Granville Island, Vancouver, BC with some time shared at Eastside Fitness, Fraser and 43rd Ave, Vancouver

Ocean Breath  200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training can be taken:

As the full 200 Hours for those who intend to teach.
Yoga Alliance Certification received.
As 2 x 100 Hour Modules.
The first 100 Yoga Foundations for those who may or may not want to teach but would like to deepen their understanding of the practice
These modules can be taken back to back or the second module at a later date as long as it is within 2 years of the Foundations. The 2 together will provide you with Certification
The first 100 Hour Yoga Foundations Program is only a personal training program. This will give you a deeper understanding of your practice, but will not provide you any teaching certification. It will however give you a fundamental base of knowledge to continue on to become a Teacher.

 The First 100 Hours will be a Program on the Foundations of Yoga

The 100 Hours will consist of:

  • History of Yoga
  • Philosophy: Yamas, Niyamas, 
  • Asana practice and theory.
  • Fundamentals of Pranayama
  • Meditation Instruction
  • Guidance with Personal Practice
  • Practical Anatomy
  • Journalling
  • Chakras and Energy Body
  • Mantra

The Second 100 Hours will focus on the Techniques, Qualities and Practical abilities required to guide students through full caring classes.

This 100 Hours will consist of:

  • Arriving at "the Seat of The Teacher"
  • Finding your voice as a Teacher
  • The Language of Teaching
  • How to Apply Anatomy to the unique bodies you will encounter
  • Fundamentals of Anatomy
  • Exploring and building your Empathetic Abilities
  • Hands on Assists - When to touch, when not to touch.
  • Intro to Biotensegrity and Fascial connections
  • Practice Teaching on Each training day
  • Applying the Ethics of Yoga to your Teaching
  • The Business of Yoga
  • Awareness of other core segments of teaching. (i.e. Prenatal and Postnatal, Yoga for Aging, Restorative and Yin intros.)

    There are 20 non contact hours required which will be dedicated to readings, practice sessions with your peers, and practicum hours.

This is a Teacher Training with a Hatha, Yin, and Breath awareness focus. Training is limited to 12 students in order to ensure that each student is able to have space for inquiry, to practice teach and to have time with the instructors. Classes will be weekly for the Foundations, Friday nights, full Saturdays and full day Sundays and biweekly during the 100 Hour Seat of the Teacher to ensure time to immerse in materials learned. No classes over the Thanksgiving weekend.

Participants will receive a pass to attend classes and will be provided studio space to practice teach with peers and friends at Ocean Breath Yoga. Practicum time will be required of each student before certification. 

Join us at Granville Island (with some days at Eastside Fitness) to connect to body, breath, mind, heart and each other and discover the real power within us all.

Next 200 Hour Training starts September 16th - December 10th, 2017
100 Hour Yoga Foundations for anyone immersing in practice.
-September 16th to October 22nd.
100 Hour Seat of the Teacher for students continuing on to be certified as Teachers or Certified Teachers wanting to receive more training on functional, empathic teaching.
-October 25th to December 16th.

Ocean Breath Yoga Studio and School (Granville Island)

Beverly Akhurst, ERYT 500 , Owner and Director
Ara Cusack, ERYT 500, Owner Puzzle Tree, Instructor and Lead Instructor in 30 + Teacher Training Programs over the years.
Lucy St. John, ERYT 500, Instructor and trainer.

100 Hour - Anyone looking to challenge their practice and deepen their knowledge
200 Hour - Anyone looking to become a Yoga Teacher or be able to guide others through practice. Must have at least a practice that has been consistent for 1 year or with instructor permission.

$1800.00 + GST - 100 Hour (each segment)
Early Bird to July 15th, 2017 $1650 + GST
$3450.00 + GST - 200 Hour (savings of $150)
Early Bird to July 15th, 2017 $3350 + GST
$500.00  + GST - Deposit to secure your Training Space.

If You have any questions about the program please direct them to Ocean Breath Yoga School

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This Level 1 Training is a stand-alone training event AND the first step of our Full Certification track.
Learn all the benefits of Full Certification here.

This event, held in areas around the world, introduces attendees to the YogaKids’ one-of-a-kind way of teaching yoga to children. The YogaKids program is more than just poses. It blends traditional yoga and its benefits with theories of multiple learning styles in a comprehensive, imaginative, and playful approach to education. This revolutionary approach, developed by YogaKids founder, yoga-pioneer/ educator/author Marsha Wenig, has been helping children — along with adults — discover the pleasures and benefits of yoga for over 20 years.

Attendees will experience 3 full days of life-changing love and laughter, led by one of our experienced trainers. They will be introduced to all 14 of the YogaKids Elements, the building blocks of this amazing program. These Elements (Math Medley, Laughing Language, Visual Vignettes… to name just a few) incorporate all the different ways children learn. They combine yoga with reading, writing, science, art, music, games, ecology, philosophy and much more — and thus, create a matrix for learning that’s accessible to all children.

Attendees also will be introduced to the 20 categories of YogaKids poses/activities. The YogaKids program has over 185 poses/activities and the Foundations Training teaches 85 of them. (The others can be learned by joining the Certification track.) Some poses are based on traditional yoga asanas, while many are unique to the YogaKids program. In addition, attendees will learn successful strategies for lesson planning and will have the opportunity to team-teach an original YogaKids class to children. Other topics covered during the workshop include the different developmental stages of children, inclusive teaching, and guidelines for teaching a successful YogaKids class.

Foundations Training events are for anyone wanting to give the gift of yoga to children: yogis, parents, teachers, occupational therapists, speech therapists, and other child-focused professionals. No yoga experience is required.


  • Saturday Oct. 7th, 2017: 9:00AM – 6:30PM
  • Sunday Oct 8th, 2017: 9:30AM – 6:00PM

TRAINER: Sara Hastings-Morris

LOCATION: Ocean Breath Yoga – 1521 Foreshore Walk, Vancouver, BC V6H 3X3, Canada

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