200 Hours Yoga Teacher Training: Fundamentals

October 2020 to February 2021


This program weaves together the science and soul of yoga. You will explore essential skills necessary for any teacher or serious student of yoga: establishing a strong personal practice, asana, philosophy, anatomy, subtle anatomy, meditation, pranayama, sanskrit basics, chanting, and an intro to teaching methodology.

Our internationally renowned program, accredited with the Yoga Alliance, is designed for serious students who have a minimum of two years personal practice experience and who are looking to either deepen their relationship to yoga or initiate the process of becoming a great teacher.

A Taste of Teacher Training Pass

We’ll be offering one week of unlimited classes FREE to anyone interested in learning more about our training program. Because all of our teaching staff have completed at least three hundred hours of training here, we think our drop-in classes are a wonderful representation of our yoga education program. Pick a week, set up your pass, and see if our studio is the right fit for you.

Have any questions about the program? Curious to learn more? to our Yoga Education Manager for an immediate response.

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Why choose Octopus Garden for your 200-hour training?

  • With an integrated, well-informed, and open perspective, we tie together the insights and wisdom of many different traditions, as well as cutting edge insights into human anatomy, biomechanics, and neuroscience, to create a cohesive and innovative approach.
  • The schedule is designed so students can continue to work full or part-time while enrolled in the program.
  • Exceptional senior faculty led by co-directors YuMee Chung and Nicky Poole and supported by the teaching team of Octopus Garden Yoga.
  • Community building is one of our primary objectives. To that end, we try wherever possible to build and sustain a long-term commitment to our students and assist them in meeting their personal goals.
  • This program is accredited by the federal government. Official tuition income tax receipts will be issued upon completion of any of our registered teacher training programs.
  • We are accredited by Yoga Alliance. Successful graduates of this program can apply for RYT-200 status.

YA-RYS-200 The Octopus Garden 200-Hour Fundamentals Program is accredited by Yoga Alliance. Successful graduates of this program can apply for RYT-200 status.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are books and materials included in the price of the training?

This training includes a comprehensive manual and we distribute some materials electronically to minimize waste.

What text books are required?

There are two required texts. ‘Anatomy of Movement” by Blandine Calais-Germain, and ‘Yoga Sutras of Patanjali’ by Swami Satchitananda. In addition you will be required to purchase an Anatomy App: Essential Anatomy 5, by 3D Medical.

When will I find out if I have been accepted into the program?

After your initial application has been received, you find out within a week if you have been accepted (via email).

How proficient in yoga do you have to be to do the program?

We ask that all students have a minimum of two years of practice. Students should have a general level of knowledge regarding asana (physical practice) including sun salutations and basic postures. A regular meditation practice is an asset but not required.

How is the learning structured?

We structure the program with over six weekends, approximately one weekend per month over five months. In addition we meet every Wednesday evening over the program. The schedule is spaced this way to assist you with balancing your life, job, and other commitments with the program requirements.

How does this program compare to other 200-hour training programs?

We endeavor to provide a deep dive into all aspects of the yoga practice in the 200-hour program. For those who are serious about pursuing teaching careers, we recommend a 500 hour program of study that includes: (a) the 200-Hour Fundamentals portion as the substantive foundation, and (b) the 300-Hour Effective Teaching program which methodically unpacks the art of teaching. In other words, we explore what to teach before studying how to teach.

What is the class size and student demographic?

Our Yoga Education classes typically range from 20-30 students. We have welcomed students in their late teens all the way through to their late 70’s. We teach with trans-competency and endeavour to create safe space for all beings.

Can I continue to work while I complete this program?

The program is designed to be compatible with full- or part-time work. There are three full Fridays included in the course, and all other components take place evenings and weekends.

What if I miss a class?

Students can miss up to 10% of the scheduled in-class time (or 18 contact hours), and still receive a certificate. If you miss more than this, you will be required to make up the hours with our teaching assistants at your own expense.

Do you offer scholarships or work-exchange programs?

We offer a partial scholarship to a deserving candidate to offset tuition for the 200-Hour program.

How much time should I expect to spend on homework?

We advise setting aside 1-2 hours a week to complete assigned readings and homework. In addition, we expect you to complete 40 classes at the studio. These classes do not have to be completed during the program but please note that your teacher training membership expires on a set date and you will need to pay for classes beyond that date.

Will I be qualified to teach yoga once I complete the 200-Hour Program?

There is no rule about when one is ready to teach and many graduates of our 200-hour program have gone on to teach right away. We believe that a minimum of 500 hours of training gives students the confidence and skills they need to be effective teachers. Most students continue with Octopus Garden to do a full 500 hours of training.

What if I want to teach at Octopus Garden?

All of our teachers are graduates of at least one of our yoga education training programs and all of our teachers have at least 500-hours of teacher training. If you are interested in teaching at Octopus Garden, the first step is building a relationship with us through practice and shared study.

Information Sessions

Want to learn more about the Fundamentals Teacher Training program? Join us for an informal meet and greet. We’ll show you around the studio, tell you about the program, and answer any questions you may have. We’ll also give you a complimentary class either before or after the info session!


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What You Will Learn

  • 50 Asana in detail, including seeds to full expression
  • 3 Surya Namaskar variations
  • Vinyasa flow and alignment focused yoga practice
  • 8 Pranayama techniques
  • 4 Meditation techniques
  • Functional and structural anatomy
  • Chanting, mantra and sanskrit language basics
  • Subtle anatomy: koshas, vayus, nadis, chakras, doshas
  • History of yoga through art and material culture
  • Philosophy of yoga including Bhagavad Gita and Patanjali Yoga Sutra
  • Restorative yoga and rope wall basics
  • Ethics, and scope of practice for yoga teachers
  • Contemporary issues in yoga
  • Teaching and communication skills
  • Business of yoga

Schedule for Fall/Winter 2020/2021

Our Fall/Winter 2020/2021 Program is held one weekend per month (except October which has 2 weekends), and on Wednesday evenings:

  • Weekend One: Friday October 2nd – Sunday October 4th (9:00 – 6:00 PM each day)
  • Weekend Two: Friday October 23rd – Sunday October 25th (9:00 – 6:00 PM each day)
  • Weekend Three: Friday November 13th – Sunday November 15th (9:00 – 6:00 PM each day)
  • Weekend Four: Friday December 4th (5:30 – 9:00PM) Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th (9:00 – 6:00 PM)
  • Weekend Five: Friday January 15th (5:30 – 9:00PM) Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th (9:00 – 6:00PM)
  • Weekend Six: Friday February 5th (5:30 – 9:00 PM) Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th (9:00 AM – 6:00 PM)

Wednesdays (5:30 – 9:00) from Wednesday October 7th 2020 to Wednesday February 3rd, 2021*. Please note there is no class on Wednesday December 23rd and Wednesday December 30th

Program Directors


YuMee Chung is a former lawyer who left a busy practice to engage more deeply with life. Almost two decades later, she is a movement and meditation instructor and a card carrying body nerd who has found her calling as a yoga educator and mentor to new teachers. She is passionate about the yoga of the unseen, including pranayama and yoga energetics, Nada Yoga (the yoga of sound and deep inner listening), and the revelations of yogic seers and mystics. You can learn more about YuMee at www.padmani.com and follow her at @yumeechung.


Nicky Poole has been enmeshed in the study and practice of yoga since 1999. She founded the first yoga studio in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in 2004, and has been based in Canada since 2009. Nicky has a broad range of interests in yoga including: the visual and material history of yoga, Prana Flow yoga, Pre and Post Natal yoga, Kalarippayat martial arts, Axis Syllabus, movement as meditation, and mentoring and supporting new teachers! You can learn more about Nicky at www.nickypoole.com and follow her @yoginicky


$3350 + HST (Includes $500 deposit and $2850 full payment) OR $3780 + HST if paid in instalments (Includes $500 deposit and 4 x $820 instalments)

Tuition includes:

  • Unlimited drop-in classes for the duration of the program (details below)
  • Octopus Garden 200-Hour Training Manual
  • 10% discount off yoga accessories and props, 10% discounts on retail snacks and beverages, and discounts on most workshops for the duration of the program

Payment Options:

A $500 (+HST) non-refundable deposit will be required upon acceptance of your application.

The remaining balance may be paid:

  • In full — one payment of $2850 (+HST) due September 10th, 2020.
  • In instalments — four payments of $820 (+HST) due on September 10th, November 10th, December 10th, 2019 and January 10th, 2021.
  • If you are viewing this page after September 10th, please know we do continue to accept applications after this date so long as space remains in the program. Do feel free to apply and we’ll review your application right away.

Membership Details:

Your tuition includes a membership to the studio. That membership will activate on September 1st, or the date you pay your deposit. Should you pay your tuition if full your membership can begin as early as July 1st 2020. That means that signing up earlier for the program is to your benefit as you’ll be able to practice at the studio for more time! All memberships will expire on February 28th, 2021, regardless of the date on which the membership began.


  • A full refund minus deposit will be issued if notice to cancel is received at least one month before the start date. There will be no refunds or transfers after 30 days prior to the start date. Please note: These refund policies apply to both payment options, either tuition in full or by instalments.
  • Alumni of past 200- and 300-Hour programs at Octopus Garden are eligible for a 50% discount.

Alumni Share Their Experience

Listen to what alumni have to say about the 200-Hour Teacher Training program:

The teaching training program and practicing intensively with the community at Octopus Garden throughout the year prior was instrumental in bringing my practice to the next level. As I began delving deeper into my own practice, I learned to trust the honesty of my body’s wisdom and intuition. I found a deeper awareness of my body’s special intelligence and felt more grounded in myself than ever. I have also now deeply accepted that our wounds can blossom into our gifts, and learned to respect this process.   – EH

The Octopus Garden Teacher training program not only transformed my practice, but it gave me amazing (continuing) insight into the anatomical and energetic workings of the body and a deeply joyful renewal of spirit. This is a life-changing program, probably the most valuable and inspirational 200 hours I ever spent!   – EH

The 200-hour program gave me the tools I needed to begin the journey towards becoming a teacher. Covering an inspiring range of subjects, from anatomy to philosophy, this training challenged me to explore unfamiliar perspectives and re-think my own. It also helped me uncover new depths in my personal practice, enhancing my capacity for self-expression and helping me to find my place within a unique and supportive community.   – AB

The 200-hour teacher training opened up my life in remarkable and permanent ways. It was an essential step to deepening and enriching my relationships with myself, others, and the world around me.   – MC

The 200-hour teacher training helped me tremendously in deepening my own practice and understanding yoga at a much more personal and deeper level – this includes the philosophy of yoga as well as my asana practice. Although it was intense I loved every minute and was sad to see the program finish. I was exposed to so many new ideas and I was able to understand how to take yoga off my mat and into my life.   – RM

There is a yoga quote that was given to me a long time ago by B.K.S Iyengar: “Body is the bow, asana is the arrow, and the soul is the target" I understand this completely now and will cherish it that much more because of the program. Much Gratitude.   – AM

The Fundamentals program is wonderful. If you are not certain you want to teach, but really want to deepen your practice and immerse yourself in learning, it is the perfect option. Octopus Garden is a warm and welcoming community of people who will support you on your journey- whatever path you choose to take!   – JK

The course acted as a mirror reflecting the four immeasurables (Equanimity, Loving-kindness, Appreciative Joy, and Compassion) within each of us. The teachers and students brought passion and breathed light into our shared environment which became a blissful space to interact and open up.   – UG

And please read this blog article, written by Kate Vincent, a graduate from the program.

HOW DO I APPLY? email Education@octopusgardenyoga.com for an application form

or click here Apply to the Fundamentals Program