Teacher Trainings 2019-09-03T14:02:13+00:00

A Balanced Approach Hatha Yoga Teachers Training

with Allison Ulan, Robin Golt, Joanna Abbatt, Teresa Rassenti and guest teachers.

Since 2002, Allison Ulan’s program has certified over 200 teachers through this intensive program accredited though The Yoga Alliance of North America. Our graduates have become experts in vinyasa krama yoga, restorative yoga, body alignment specialists and mindful movement instructors.

Allison Ulan created A Balanced Approach Hatha Yoga Teachers Training programs to provide a comprehensive training that presents the traditional and contemporary approaches of Hatha Yoga infused with the practices of mindfulness and physiology.

The program’s goals are to:

1. provide yoga practitioners and yoga teachers the principles of yoga asana and pranayama which support optimal health and well-being,

2. offer thorough training in the ethics and philosophy of Yoga so the teachings are grounded in compassion, experience and application,

3. provide curriculum in anatomy and physiology in sound scientific information on optimal body alignment. Special attention is provided in how to work with different body types, functional anatomy practices and somatic development.

4. outline the basics of neurology and how it applies to practicing mindfulness, concentration and meditation,

5. detail the contemplative science of yoga through philosophy and mindfulness meditation,

6. teach the progressive stages of mindfulness to embody karuna (compassion), metta (loving-kindness), mudita (joy), upekkha (serenity), concentration (jnana) and sati (insight),

7. outline, teach and provide participants with sound techniques to work with diverse populations. This program give graduates the tools to design programs to the needs of their future students.

The next Yoga training programs are:
Yearlong Program 250 Hours - Friday, April 26th, 2019 to Sunday March 22nd, 2020
200 Hour Monthlong July Intensive Program - Monday, July 7th to Friday, July 31st, 2020

Basic Certification
Advanced Certification

Professional Yoga Certifications

Join these in-depth professional trainings to study, practice and integrate the ancient techniques of Yoga in the Krishnamacharya traditions infused with contemporary techniques of physiology and neurology.  These programs focus Ashtanga Hatha Yoga through the principles of Ayurveda and science.  The programs cover the principles of alignment and asana,  the dynamics of healthy breathing, kriya-pranayama techniques, the 5 Element Approach, Ayurvedic Principles in Yoga, Vinyasa Krama (skilful class sequencing), Teaching Methodology, Anatomy and Physiology, the foundations of Mindfulness Meditation, Yoga History and Philosophy.

2019 – 2020 Training Dates

250 Hour Base Certification – Yearlong Training Program 2019/2020

April 26th, 2019 to March 22nd, 2020 – Yearlong program is scheduled in ten weekend modules

Study breaks during August 2019 and December 2019.

200 Hour Base Certification – Monthlong Intensive in the Foundations of Ashtanga Yoga

– July 2019

July 7th to July 31st, 2020

Yearlong Training Program 2019-2020

10 Weekend Module and One Daylong Retreat

Studio Mindful Montreal (1820 rue Mullins, suite 6, Montréal)

Fridays from 6 – 9 pm, Saturdays from 10 am to 5 pm and Sundays from 9 am to 4 pm.

Weekend One:  April 26, 27 and 28, 2019 – Foundations of Yoga Practice and it’s History – Principles of alignment and asana – Anatomy of the Lumbar Spine and Pelvis – Introduction to Sanskrit terminology

Weekend Two:  May 24, 25 and 26, 2019 – Grounding and Balancing Practices – Supine and Standing Postures – Anatomy of the Lower Body – Breathing 101 – Samkhya Philosophy

Weekend Three:  June 14, 15 and 16, 2019 – Postural Practices for Vitality – Sitting postures, twists and foundational core sequences for core integrity and axial extension – Ayurveda 101 – Breathing 202

Weekend Four:  July 12, 13 and 14, 2019 – Anatomy and Physiology with Joanna Abbatt – Ayurvedic Anatomy with Allison Ulan

Weekend Five:  September 13, 14 and 15, 2019 – Articulating the Spine for health –  Forward bends, Twists and Beginner Backbends of Yoga therapeutics – Anatomy of the Upper Body – Breathing 303 – Kriyas

Weekend Six:  October 18, 19 and 20, 2019 – Axial Extension and Beginner Inversions – Philosophy on Vedanta, Advaita Vedanta and Tantric Schools of Yoga with Robin Golt.

Weekend Seven:  November 22, 23 and 24, 2019 – Ayurvedic Anatomy and Protocols in the Yoga class – Breathing 404: Progressive stages of Pranayama

Daylong Mindfulness Retreat : Sunday, December 15th, 2019 – Daylong Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation Retreat in Compassion and Mindfulness

Weekend Eight: January 17, 18 and 19, 2020 – Teaching Methodology – Vinyasa Krama Techniques – Class and posture sequencing for progressive learning and according to Ayurveda principles.
Yoga sequences for Back Conditions – Correcting Postural Asymmetry, Balancing alignment after injury, protocols for scoliosis and herniated discs conditions

Weekend Nine: February 21, 22 and 23, 2020 – Teaching Methodology – Vinyasa Krama Techniques – The Ethics of Teaching, Skills in observation, posture assessment and effective adjustments

Weekend Ten: March 20, 21 and 22, 2020 – Teaching Methodology – class sequencing and plans, verbal instruction skills,  demonstration protocols and presenting a Yoga class

April and May – Teaching practicals set up over three weekends (set to the trainees availability)

Tuition: If paid in full by April 15th, 2019 the tuition is $2500 plus gst $125 and pst $249.38 = $2874.38
If paid after April 15th, 2019, the tuition is $2900 plus GST $145 and PST $289.28 = $3,334.28.

Or pay per module and the tuition is $290 plus gst $14.50 and pst $28.93 = $333.43 

The course is limited to ten participants so all trainees receive one on one attention and mentorship from the training faculty. The yearlong program faculty instructors are Allison Ulan, Joanna Abbatt, Robin Golt, Teresa Rassenti and other guest teachers. If you want to secure yourself a place in the next yearlong training, please fill out the application form. We will confirm your presence within 2 days of receiving your application. We ask that apon acceptance into the program, you place a $400 deposit to confirm your commitment to the training program.

200 Hour Basic Certification – July Monthlong Intensive 2019

Part 1 –  Abhyasa and Vairagya – Deepening One’s Personal Practice

July 2nd to July 14th, 2019

In this two week section you will deepen your own personal understanding of yoga through yoga asana, pranayama and meditation. Plus you will study the history and philosophy of Yoga and how it applies to contemporary practices. In-depth anatomy and physiology labs will support understanding of alignment for both physical safety, health and physiological progress. You will learn the foundation principles of Ayurveda which classical yoga is based on. (100 Hour Training)

The daily schedule in Part One will be Tuesdays to Fridays from 7 am to 4 pm, Saturdays from 9 am to 2 pm and Sunday 10 am to 4 pm. No class on Monday, July 15th. 

Part 2 –  Mudita, Karuna and Upekkha – Cultivating the Heart and Wisdom of a Yoga Teacher

July 16th to July 27th, 2019

July 28th to October 30th, 2019 – Take Home Exam

In the second two week section, the techniques of teaching will be studied, practised and refined.  Over 2 weeks, you will learn  teaching methodology which encompasses the art of posture sequencing, the techniques of assisting, class planning for student success  and short term/long term lesson planning.  There will be in-depth study of philosophy through the ancient texts of The Bhagavad Gita and The Yoga Sutras. More in-depth study in Ayurveda to understand how to work with 7 doshic constitutions at different ages and seasonal changes.  (100 Hour Training)

The daily schedule in part two will be Tuesdays to Fridays from 7 am to 4 pm, Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm and one Sunday, July 21st from 10 am to 4 pm. No class on Monday July 22nd. 

This monthlong intensive training is accredited as a 200 hour base certification through The Yoga Alliance of North America. This training fulfills and exceeds the standards of the Yoga Alliance 200 hour yoga teacher certification.

Tuition for the July Intensive :

If paying for the full month, enjoy a discounted rate of $2500 plus gst $125 and pst $249.38 = $2874.38
If paid after June 1st, 2019, the tuition is $2900 plus GST $145 and PST $289.28 = $3,334.28.

If you are interested in participating in the July Intensive training, please fill it out the application form and send it to Allison Ulan at allisonulan@gmail.com. We will be happy to review your application and welcome you into this rewarding training.

This training is limited to 12 participants. This assures all participants receive individual attention and mentorship from the faculty to make their training a rewarding experience. If you are interested in participating, contact us by e-mail at allisonulan@gmail.com, or by phone at 514-523-4006. We will be happy to answer any questions and help you begin your application process. Plus, payment plans are available. Simply speak to us to create a payment schedule which works with your needs.

Be Well and Be Yoga,
Allison Ulan – Director and Lead Instructor of A Balanced Approach Teacher Training Programs and Mindful Montreal

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Who are these trainings designed for?

  • These trainings are for the experienced yoga student who wants to deepen their personal yoga practice and understand yoga from it’s ancient origins. 
  • These trainings provide a strong base for the person who wants to teach yoga as a career or as an augment to their current vocation. 
  • These courses are beneficial for current teachers of other forms of Yoga to understand the principles of Yoga from the Ayurvedic perspective and how to present to these techniques skillfully to customize yoga routines for whole being healing of a student.  
  • It is highly recommended that to participate in this course, an interested student should have a minimum of 3 – 5 years of dedicated yoga study/practice already “under their yogic belt”. 
  • All trainings with Allison Ulan are recognized and certified through The Yoga Alliance of North America.

200 Hour Course Curriculum

  • The 5 element theory
  • The koshas
  • The 3 doshas principle
  • Theory and practice of Yoga (includes Asanas, Pranayamas, Kriyas, Bhandas and Chanting) pertaining to the 3 doshas and seasonal changes.
  • Anatomy and Physiology from the Western and Eastern Perspectives (Principles covered will be “grounded” femurs, extension/traction of spine, balanced body alignment for the individual, the dynamics of breathing, the dynamics of energy and progressive sequencing programs to intelligently support mind/body integration.)
  • Anatomical understanding of The 5 Vayu Theory.
  • Ayurveda 101 – Diet and Lifestyle
  • Physical Education and Yoga – How Yoga’s ancient system supports developing various components of fitness.
  • Stress and Emotions – Yoga as a practical methodology in management of stress and increasing equanimity with emotional states. 
  • Vipassana Meditation –  its various forms and benefits as tools for mental clarity and emotional resilience. 
  • Yoga Philosophy – Texts to be studied will be The Bhagavad Gita, Hatha Yoga Pradipika and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, plus excerpts from various classical texts on Yoga.
  • Study of the Four paths of Yoga and the eight limb approach. 
  • Yoga practices as prevention and cure for stress and stress related problems such as anxiety, depression, hypertension, migraines, fatigue, asthma and chronic pain.
  • Teaching Methodology – how to teach classes to relax, educate, elucidate and inspire.
  • Assists and Adjustment Methodology for respect and safety of both student and teacher.

Advanced Teacher Training Programs – Monthly Yoga Teacher Practice Sessions and Professional Development Circle

by Allison Ulan and Robin Golt

Keeping Your Yoga Groove On

Yoga Teacher Professional Development Circle

September 2018 to June 2019

Embodiment is the key to waking up on any level. It ensures that our practices are grounded.  It allows us to relate to emotional states with patience and compassion. Plus, embodiment allows us to recognize obstacles and work with them skillfully. In these Yoga Teacher sessions for Yoga teachers, Allison and Robin unpack the embodiment techniques from traditional Hatha Yoga, Ayurveda and Mindfulness Based Meditation. Plus, expect time to shop talk and share your current teaching challenges in a convivial atmosphere of colleagues.

The monthly sessions address:

~ What is embodied philosophy, and how can it breathe new life into your classes.

~ What are somatic yoga practices, and how can they help you and your students access alignment and vitality with less effort.

~ What are the stages of learning that appear in the Yoga classroom and how to work effectively at each particular stage.

~ Somatic Yoga practices for body care and rebalancing the nervous system

~ Alignment cues and protocol in yoga asana practices and pranayama

~ Teaching Methodology

~ Pranayama (yoga of breathing) to balance and tone the nervous system

~ Yoga philosophy which builds safety, inclusion, understanding and self regulation.

We have both been teaching and mentoring teachers in Montreal and across North America for 25 years. Yoga teachers search us out for this next level in their training.  To respond to this need, we designed this yearlong program to offer in-depth sessions in philosophy, asana, somatic practices and teaching practices.

Our first event, Embodying the Sacred Yoga Teachers’ Immersion Weekend, was in August 2018.

In every session, expect to be surprised, expect to practice deeply, expect to listen, expect to share to unpack issues essential to yoga instructors and expect to grow in community.

Schedule: Mondays 2 pm – 4 pm

2018 dates: September 25th, October 26th, November 28th

2019 dates – January 21st, February 25th, March 25th, April 29th, May 27th and June 26th (one Wednesday session before we pause for the summer).

Location: Mindful Montreal, Allison Ulan’s Studio – 1820 Rue Mullins, suite 6, Montreal, H3K 1N8

Fee: $20 plus taxes = $23 per session

Make payment via e-transfer, cheque or cash.

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Allison Ulan – ERYT-500, YACEP, B.F.A. Dance

Allison (ERYT-500, YACEP, B.F.A. Dance – The Juilliard School of Arts) has been exploring yoga and meditation as a path of learning and healing since 1987.  She is the director of A Balanced Approach Yoga Training Programs since 2002. Plus she is the founder of Mindful Montreal since 2016. Her central mission is to present classes and trainings that allow students to embody ease, freedom, equanimity and joy through the techniques of mindfulness and Yoga.  Through traditional and contemporary yoga practices, Allison has certified over 200 teachers who have become yoga instructors in Yoga for Health, Yoga for Alignment, Yoga for Athletics and Mindfulness based Yoga programs. Her programs present a systematic approach to yoga as both a physical health practice and a mindfulness meditation system.

Her training has spanned over 30 years. She immersed herself in studies partaking in short and long meditation retreats in North America and India with master meditation teachers such as the Dalai Lama in (2004 and 2007), Pema Chodron (2009 – 2013) and Joseph Goldstein in 2011. Her main yoga teachers have been Mary Dunn, Richard Freeman, Richard Rosen and Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. She holds advanced certificates and trainings from The Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore, India, The Kripalu Centre in Lenox, Massachusetts, The Yoga Workshop in Colorado, The Shree Ma Ayurvedic Centre in Ottawa, and Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacres, California. From her 20 year contemporary dance career and movement training, she incorporates the somatic methods Body Mind Centring and experiential anatomy in her courses.  Time spent studying with Allison is a journey of knowing the intelligence of the body and resting in the radiance of awareness. For seventeen years, she was the director of Ashtanga Yoga Montreal.  Now she is a freelance teacher who provides Yoga and Mindfulness at McGill University and addiction treatment programs.

Robin Golt – ERYT-500, YACEP

For over 25 years, Robin Golt, has been sharing the luminous teachings of yoga with students and teachers throughout Canada.   She is widely recognized as an authority on the wisdom teachings of yoga and non-dual tantra.
Robin’s asana background combined with her passion for study, deep understanding of yoga philosophy, and  unique ability to shed light on the traditional teachings for contemporary Western yogis has made her a popular teacher for many trainings over the past decade.
For her, study (swadhyaya) is as key as any other practice.  How can we fully benefit from our experiences without understanding?   Study helps refine our capacities for insight, and connect intelligently to the heart.
Robin spent 9 years studying intensively with Paul Muller-Ortega, and was instrumental in the early work of his Blue Throat Yoga programs. In 2013 she encountered the work and teachings of Mark Dyczkowsi and continues to study with him.  She has also spent many thousands of hours over the past 32 years learning from her first spiritual teacher (who prefers to remain anonymous).
Robin’s “Roots of Yoga, Online Course of Study” has been introducing yogis to swadhyaya since 2015. Currently keeping her busy is a work-in-progress entitled The Deepening Journey: Yoga Philosophy Study Guide and Workbook.

Teresa Rassenti – Physiotherapist with osteopathic approach, B.Sc. P.T., RYT 200

Teresa has worked as a physiotherapist in private practice for over 35 years, and has been integrating her osteopathic and yoga training into the mix since 2003. With a bachelor in science and extensive post graduate formations, she is well positioned to deliver the integrated ‘systems’ module of the training. During A Balanced Approach Yearlong Training, Teresa will be teach the mechanics of the diaphragms, the organ systems, the cranio-sacral mechanisms and endocrine systems.

Joanna Abbat – M.A. Biomechanics, B.F.A. Dance, RYT 200

Joanna Abbatt, Masters in Biomechanics, McGill University, B.F.A. in Dance from
York University, is a licensed massage therapist (masso-kinesitherapie, member
of FQM), Pilates certified, NYC, Gyrotonic certified, LA, and was a professional
dancer in Montreal for 15 years. She has taught functional anatomy throughout
Montreal for many years, with focus for dancers, yogis and movement
specialists. She was one of the first to bring Pilates to Montreal in 1990, before
any Pilates studios existed and has established herself as a movement therapist,
working with dancers, circus performers, yogis, and many regular folks. Her
focus has always been to keep people moving and to help troubleshoot
mechanical problems with her clients. In this functional anatomy training for
yogis, her passion for movement and biomechanics is sure to come through.