Become a Certified Yoga Teacher!
The Yoga Sanctuary has been successfully training students to become teachers
for 11 years. Our program is constantly "evolving" to ensure
we maintain verifiable standards of excellence.
Experienced teachers, great students, community and tradition
- these are all the established qualities of The Yoga Sanctuary's teacher
A Certificate is granted upon satisfactory completion of
all courses. The Yoga Sanctuary is a Certified Private Educational Institute
and all of our teacher training programs are registered with the government.
Students receive an official tuition fee receipt for income tax purposes.
The Yoga Sanctuary is recognized by the Yoga Alliance (United States)
and is a registered school of Yoga Alliance for both the 200 and 500 hour
levels of teacher training. We are a member of the Canadian Yoga Alliance.
As a Certified Yoga Teacher you will be qualified to teach globally.
Online Application Form Required
To register for any of the 250 Hour Teacher Training
Programs please fill out our online
"The decision to take Yoga Sanctuary's 250
Hour Yoga Teacher Training became a critical milestone in my personal
journey that began 3 years ago and continues to grow daily. I'd like to
express my gratitude to Cynthia and the wonderful YTT teachers at Richmond
Hill who are passionate and caring enough to pour hours, days, months
into cultivating students' understanding and appreciation of yoga - they
are equally graceful in their yoga practice and their life's training.
The YTT program offered excellent teaching with high standards. The satsang/harmony
that flourished between the students and teachers made the experience
a transformative and invigorating one.
This program gave me a fearlessness - to speak in front of groups, to
express myself freely and creatively, to take personal risks. All this
was reflected in the expression of my sequences, in the way I can manage
a class, in the way I offer modifications and in the inspiring thoughts
to share. The YTT program has also reaffirmed that my own yoga practice
is an expression of my own faith. More than ever before, my practice has
given me a sense of peace, expansion, inner strength and resiliency needed
to face the complexities of life today. All of this, I would like to share
Graduation Day (very emotional) marked for me only the beginning. I recognize
that the learning is endless, but I have a willingness to dive in and
am excited and eager to encounter the next step in my journey.
Thank you Cynthia for giving me and my soul a home this past year. I couldn't
have had a more inspiring place to immerse myself."
With love, Janessa Gazmen
If there was a ninth limb in Patanjali's Yoga, it
would have to be The Yoga Sanctuary's AYTT program.
Larry St. Aubin ~ Graduate of Advance to the Next Level
300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training
"From my accumulation of experiences, I am
even more thankful that I've had this opportunity to learn from you [Cynthia]
and Karusia. Your approach is very open-minded and balanced.
I have benefited immensely as a teacher from learning both Hatha and Ashtanga.
I love how you guys exude warmth and fun."
Kaelyn ~ Student and Graduate of Evolving Spirit
250 Hour Yoga Teacher Training 2006-2007
Words can not begin to express the gratitude that
I feel towards Cynthia Funk and the Toronto Yoga Sanctuary. I began my
Yoga Teachers Training in 2004 and went on to do the Advanced Teachers
Training 2 years later and have nothing but the highest regard and respect
for the quality and level of training which I received during both of
When I began my studies at the Yoga Sanctuary, little did I know that
the knowledge, wisdom, guidance, and kindness which Cynthia and the many
excellent teachers she employs would take me as far, serve me as well,
or influence me in as many positive ways as they have. Cynthia, Karusia,
and Cora are superlative teachers and the teacher training program at
the Toronto Yoga Sanctuary is one of the best programs available.
The Evolving Spirit 250 YTT was everything I hoped it would be as it helped
me to develop excellent skills and to overcome my stage fright and fear
of teaching; it provided many opportunities for students to hone their
personal practice and enhance their skills as well as consistently practice
teaching what we had learned.
After a few years of teaching professionally full-time and learning to
hone my craft, I got very hungry for more and the Advanced Teacher Training
program provided me with exactly what I was looking for: the space, support,
guidance and mentorship needed in order to address the many issues and
challenges faced by new teachers. It taught me to deepen my personal practice
and take it to deeper levels as well as enhanced my teaching skills, language
and adjustments necessary to effectively teach advanced practices to multi-level
The sense of community, the friendships, the good satsang, the wise and
generous sharing of knowledge, experience, and the wisdom of all the teachers
and students who cross the threshold of The Yoga Sanctuary are, and continue
to be, an invaluable part of my life and I highly recommend and encourage
anyone considering a teacher's training to participate in this most excellent
Cynthia and Kimberley are two shining spirits who have profoundly impacted
my life. I wish them both endless love, light and happiness.
Deborah Whipple ~ Student and Graduate of Evolving Spirit
250 Hour Yoga Teacher Training and Advance to the Next Level 300 Hour
Yoga Teacher Training