The knowledge and skills I gained through this program have helped me both personally to better understand and manage my own pain, and have also strongly influenced the direction I have to chosen to take in my professional practice. The Therapeutic Yoga for Pain Management Certificate is a practical and comprehensive program, taught by skilled and passionate professionals working in the fields of Yoga Therapy and Pain Management. I highly recommend it!
I discovered yoga through theatre work, and I found myself wanting more; to delve into the rich legacy and history, learn aspects of practice that go beyond replicating a shape. The programs at Langara genuinely changed my life. It’s like being given a beautiful gift - I love this work, the people I’ve met, my students. I’m very grateful for the experience. Dive in, but get ready for your life to change! Complete a training like this, and you come out internally beautified on the other side. It’s transformational. Since I’ve graduated, I’ve taught all over - for yoga studios, corporate yoga, private lessons. I’ve offered outdoor Karma Yoga in Sydney, Australia. Right now I work at UBC Rec, so I get sent all over campus and sometimes the city, teaching students, faculty, people from all walks of life. I bring it into my theatre and film work as well, assisting performers in dropping into their breath and their bodies. In the future, I would love to create a yoga oasis space, where people can come to rest and recuperate. I aspire to work with kids and individuals recovering from trauma, as I firmly believe yoga offers some incredible tools to assist in the journey of trauma recovery.
As a Clinical Trauma Counsellor, I am always searching for ways in which I can better serve my clients. I wanted to help survivors connect with their thoughts, bodies and feelings on a deeper somatic level. Therapeutic yoga has amazing healing benefits that strengthen and deepen my work each day. Clients have shared that they look forward to the regular end of session practice, as it assists them in their own journeys. This program is an excellent asset to any Practitioner who is looking to access resources to help Trauma Survivors navigate through their experiences with a greater sense of ease and comfort. In my private practice, Elysian Counselling, I integrate the restorative aspects of Trauma-Informed Yoga Therapy, in collaboration with Clinical Counselling to help clients access a greater sense of wholeness and well-being. It is an honour and a privilege to be able to provide such unique and helpful service to those whom I serve.
The program at Langara influenced me personally and professionally. Personally, the assignments were profound in developing insights about my personal strengths and challenges. In my counselling practice, I have become more invitational in approach and more effectively incorporate yogic breathing and grounding approaches. Since completing the program, I typically begin individual and group counselling sessions with an invitation to include yogic breathing and grounding techniques as well as yoga forms to complement more traditional talk therapy. Some clients have asked for a personal recording of breathing and grounding techniques so they can practice at home! Overall, the Langara instructors are well-informed, committed to student success, real-life practitioners and passionate about their work. I am so impressed with my learning experience that I am contemplating taking a yoga teacher training course at Langara.
I have been practicing yoga for 11 years and teaching for 5. I first started teaching patients and staff at Vancouver General Hospital and now I am teaching weekly classes at a local gym in Kitsilano. I am hoping to expand my teaching experience into the field of Yoga Therapy My experience in both of these programs was very rewarding and what I learnt, I felt could be applied not only to my professional practice but also to my private/personal practice. I would highly recommend yoga teacher training with Langara to anyone who has an interest in using yoga as a tool to learn more about themselves and others. There is a level of compassion and support in the yogic community that is incomparable, and this I feel has the potential to inspire us to learn as students and flourish as teachers.
The different instructors offer a comprehensive understanding of how trauma affects the mind and body and the role therapeutic yoga can play in recovery. I have applied this to my work as an addictions counselor, and have gained more confidence and knowledge in my yoga classes."
Tahia Devisscher (2018 Alumni)
I decided to register in the Langara YTT program because of its holistic approach to teaching, its focus on traditional yoga, and its comprehensive curriculum. The program exceeded my expectations. We were not only exposed to an array of subjects and insights shared by instructors with a wealth of experience in their discipline, but we were also given the time to reflect on and digest what we were learning. The program included diverse classes, readings and practices sequenced in a meaningful way to build the different skills we needed to become confident and safe yoga teachers. Having a program that extends over two terms is an opportunity for more in-depth learning, and to integrate this new knowledge in our day-to-day life. This transformative process helped me create a much-needed space for introspection, self-development, and grounding despite a very busy schedule. By the end of the program I felt more energized, focused and connected. I also understood more about myself, which helped me develop my own style of teaching. I am deeply thankful for the opportunity to learn from inspiring instructors and my cohort of fellow yogis.
Caitlin McColl (2017 Alumni)
Through the Langara YTT 250 hour program I have become more confident both on and off the mat. It has deepened my daily yoga practice and improved my spiritual, mental and physical well-being through learning meditations, pranayama (breath work), and yogic philosophy. I am so grateful to have learned to teach holistic yoga classes which give my students a well-rounded mind, body and spirit ‘workout’ and ‘work in’, something they find so much more beneficial than other yoga classes which are just poses and where yoga is treated as just a form of exercise, when it is so much more.
Shaidah Karim (2016 Alumni)
The LYTT program has a knowledgeable faculty which allowed us to experience different teaching styles and find our own voice as a yoga teacher. Before the program, the idea of teaching terrified me. We started one-on-one with a partner and with constant practice, I built up confidence. Now I am comfortable teaching and can't wait to get on my mat to share my love of yoga.
Janet Richards (2016 Alumni)
Making the choice to take the Langara Yoga Teacher Training was one of the best decisions I have ever made. From the very start of the course in September, I could tell we were in for a very intense and thorough six months.The teachers were so knowledgeable and experienced. They came to class each week and gave 100% of their time, attention and support to the students. The courses were well developed and relevant, leaving the students with the knowledge and skills that it takes to become great Yoga teachers. The Langara YTT Program has enriched my own Yoga practice and prepared me to understand and teach Yoga to others. I am truly grateful for this experience and I am excited to share all of the valuable lessons that I have learned with my students!
Judy Lyon (2015 Alumni)
I continue to be awestruck by the multi-faceted dimension of the teachings and the vast impact they have and will continue to have on my perception, my beliefs and my overall life. It is both subtle and powerful to experience how the teachings have become woven into my daily life and I’m aware that my learning has only just begun.I experienced immense freedom while also embracing new challenges throughout the practice. This program had a way of challenging me to the edges of my comfort zone while at the same time offering support and encouragement from a community of highly experienced teachers and courageous classmates to step forward to a new way of being. I felt honored to be part of this diverse, heartfelt community. I appreciate that the teachers instructed from a delicate balance of lived experience and the long lineage of revealed wisdom, while encouraging exploration of our lived experience both on and off the mat. I have worked as a counsellor in the field of trauma and addictions for over 20 years and this is some of the most powerful therapy I have ever experienced. I am so grateful to be blessed with these teachings and am honored to share the knowledge in my professional and personal life. This training can assist you with challenges in every area of your life. If you want a truly traditional experience of yoga beyond the asanas, then register today. It’s a beautiful journey.
Denise Tambellini (2014 Alumni)
The Langara Yoga Teacher Training is an excellent program! Comprehensive, challenging and life changing. Provides a strong academic base, balanced with practical and philosophical pillars of knowledge. The program is a significant benchmark for other programs to aspire toward. Lanara does not promote a studio but promotes the development of yoga teachers, and the truly joyful pursuit of unity: body, mind and spirit. You won't be disappointed.
Fiona Summers (2013 Alumni)
I chose Langara's YTT program because it was the most schematically comprehensive, and the weekend scheduling enabled me to keep working while I attended the classes. I learned that when it comes to teaching yoga, practice is better than the largest amount of theory, and that one person truly can make a difference - this knowledge serves as inspiration to get me on my mat everyday. I feel much healthier, stronger and confident in my ability to teach as a result of this program. I would highly recommend it to anyone seeking to begin as a teacher or to deepen their personal practice.
Sharmin Hiriji (2012 alumni)
Becoming a teacher of yoga, has deepened my understanding of the practice and how it weaves into the other parts of my life, allowing me to live more fully and with balance in a society of constant change.The program is designed to be holistic, supportive and change inspiring. It fosters a community of peers who support you through the transformational experience. The instructors are dedicated and take the time to get to know each and every one of their students, while creating a space to share individual obstacles and the emotional impact the experience can have on your day-to-day life. Now I create my own daily yoga and meditation practice based on what I am feeling or need that day, helping me to better deal with the ups and downs of daily life. On a social level, I have a new found confidence with people. Connecting my healthcare profession with my love for yoga and spiritual growth has made such an impact on my life and exemplified what balance feels like. In so many ways my yoga journey has allowed me to better connect with all areas of my life. Who would have thought rolling out your yoga mat could do all that?
Michelle Merry (2011 alumni)
Be prepared to work hard, make lifelong friends, have fun and be empowered to finally enter the sacred space of a yoga teacher. This holistic program is life changing, brilliantly organized, and thorough covering all aspects of yoga, from its history to anatomy and physiology. All members of the faculty are extremely knowledgeable, and warmly draw the student towards embracing yoga as a way of life. I would recommend this program to anyone, in any stage of life, and in any stage of yoga practice.
Tracy Sundbo (2010 alumni)
My journey through the Langara College Yoga Teacher Training program was life transforming. It truly exceeded my expectations. The faculty presented and delivered the program content from a place of experience and encouraged me to explore myself at a deeper level. Taking this course was one of my best life decisions.
Barj S Dhahan, 2009 alumni
When a student is ready, the teacher is already there. For many years I had been exploring the question, 'Who am I and how do I effectively and meaningfully live in a world of challenge and change?' Last year I was drawn to explore this question further through Langara College’s Yoga Teachers Training Program. The six month program was a fabulous journey on which I learnt to breathe and to become more aware of my body. It was a growing and expanding communion of body, breath, mind and spirit within a caring and supporting community of a diverse group of learners, students and teachers alike..
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