A Balanced Approach Hatha Yoga Teachers Training

with Allison Ulan E-RYT 500, YACEP, B.F.A. Dance (lead instructor) with faculty  – Joanna Abbatt M.A. Biomechanics, B.F.A. Dance, RYT 200, Robin Golt E-RYT 500 YACEP, Teresa Rassenti Physiotherapist with osteopathic approach, B.Sc. P.T., RYT 200 and guest teachers

Since 2002, Allison Ulan’s program has certified over 300 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 Yoga Teachers Training programs to provide a comprehensive training that presents the traditional approaches of Hatha Yoga infused with the best practices of mindfulness, somatic movement therapy, neurology and physiology.

Basic Certification
Advanced Certification

Professional Yoga Certifications

The next training programs:

2022 Yearlong Program – 300 Hour Hybrid Training
8 Online Modules and One In-person Retreat for ten days
Friday, January 28th to Sunday October 23rd, 2022

200 hour August Intensive – Monthlong Course (In person)
Monday, August 1st to Sunday August 28th, 2022

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.

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

3. provide comprehensive curriculum in anatomy and physiology for optimal body alignment. Special attention is provided on how to work with different body types, functional anatomy conditions 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 seven 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.

Yearlong Training Program

8 Weekend Modules Online and a Ten Day in-person Retreat

Weekend Module Schedule:

Fridays from 6 – 8 pm, Saturdays from 9 am to 5 pm and Sundays from 9 am to 4 pm

Module 1 online :  January 28, 29 and 30, 2022 – Foundations of Yoga Practice and it’s History – Principles of alignment and asana – Anatomy of the Lumbar Spine and Pelvis – Introduction to Sanskrit terminology – Ayurvedic Winter Protocols

Module 2 online :  February 25, 26 and 27, 2022 – Grounding and Balancing Practices – Supine and Standing Postures – Anatomy of the Lower Body – Breathing 101 – Samkhya Philosophy

Module 3 online :  March 25, 26 and 27, 2022 – Postural Practices for Vitality – Sitting postures, twists and foundational core sequences for core integrity and axial extension – Ayurveda 101 and Spring Protocols – Breathing 202

Module 4 online :  April 22, 23 and 24, 2022 – Anatomy and Physiology with Joanna Abbatt

Module 5 online :  May 27, 28 and 29, 2022 – Articulating the Spine for Health –  Forward bends, Twists and Beginner Backbends of Yoga Therapeutics with Allison Ulan – Philosophy on Vedanta, Advaita Vedanta and Tantric Schools of Yoga with Robin Golt.

Module 6 online :  June 24, 25 and 26, 2022 – Axial Extension and Beginner Inversions – Anatomy of the Upper Body with Allison Ulan and guest teachers – Breathing 303 – Kriyas

Module 7 in person : Retreat Training – July 8th to July 17th, 2022 – Teaching Methodology Essentials

  • The Ethics of Teaching, Skills in Observation, Postural Assessment and Effective Adjustments.
  • Class sequencing and course plans,
  • Verbal Instruction Skills,
  • demonstration protocols and presenting a Yoga class

Module 8 online :  September 23, 24 and 25, 2022 – Ayurvedic, Anatomy and Best Practises in the Yoga class – Breathing 404: Progressive stages of Pranayama – Foundation of Mindfulness Meditation (Shamatha, focus and concentration practices)

Module 9 online : October 21, 22 and 23, 2022 – Yoga Sequences for Back Conditions and Correcting Postural Asymmetry

  • Balancing alignment after injury
  • Protocols for Scoliosis and disc conditions
  • Teaching Methodology – Class and posture sequencing for progressive learning and according to Ayurveda principles.

Plus Mindfulness Meditation in the Brahmaviharas (The Four Abodes of Awareness).

Tuition: If paid in full by January 1st, 2022 the tuition is $2500 plus GST $125 and PST $249.38 = $2874.38

If paid after January 1st, 2021, the tuition is $2900 plus GST $145 and PST $289.28 = $3,334.28.     

Or pay per module and the tuition is $300 plus taxes per weekend module (8 modules) $300 plus gst $15.00 and pst $29.93 = $344.93. The Ten Day retreat is $1000 plus taxes. 

The course is limited to sixteen participants to assure that all trainees receive one on one attention and mentorship from director and core faculty. If you want to secure yourself a place in the next yearlong training, please fill out the application form and send to allisonulan@gmail.com. We will confirm your acceptance within the training in 2 to 4 days of receiving your application. On acceptance into the program, you are required to place a $300 deposit to reserve and hold your place.

200 Hour Basic Certification – August Intensive 2022

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

August 1st to August 13th, 2022

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 Mondays to Fridays from 7 am to 4 pm, Saturdays from 9 am to 3 pm

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

August 15th to 28th, 2022

August 28th to October 30th, 2022 – 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 dosha constitutions at different ages and seasonal changes.  (100 Hour Training)

The daily schedule in part two will be Mondays to Fridays from 7 am to 4 pm, Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm

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

Tuition rates for the August Intensive:

Pay early and enjoy a discounted rate. If paid in full by May 1st, 2022, take advantage of the reduced fee of $2500 plus gst $125 and pst $249.38 = $2874.38
If paid after May 1st, 2022, the full tuition is $2900 plus GST $145 and PST $289.28 = $3,334.28.

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

Important information: This training is limited to 16 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 your 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 financial 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.

Evolving Together – Monthly Master Classes and Professional Development for Yoga Teachers

Advanced Teacher Training Programs with Allison Ulan

November 2019 to June 2020

Evolving Together – Master Class Sessions and Professional Development for Yoga Teachers is back for another year!

These monthly in-depth sessions will nurture your practice, support you in learning best practices for guiding yoga and connect you with other yogis who share your passion.

The monthly session dates for 2019/2020 are:

Saturday, November 30th, 2:30 to 5:30 pm – Mobilizing the Spine – Our first master class session will be on how to safely maximize our back movement and mobilize our spine to support optimal health of our vertebrae, organs and balanced breath dynamics. Then we will study what are proper spinal movement protocols for the general population of student.

Saturday, December 14th – 8:30 am to 2:30 pm – Discovering Our Ground of Being – Daylong Urban Retreat – Complete Practice to Move Inwards and Rest in our Authenticity (Special Full Day Session of Asana, Pranayama, Diad Exercises and Mindfulness Meditation)

Saturday, December 21st – Discovering Our Inner Trampoline – Yoga Therapeutics for the lower back and pelvic floor health

Saturday, January 25th – Rock Solid Foundations – Progressive stages of symmetrical and asymmetrical standing postures and backbends for postural integrity

Saturday, February 29th – The Art of Communication – The foundations of skillful teaching is how we use our speech, presence and pacing.  We will dive deep into how we can be more mindful in our classroom to aid deeper levels of settling, absorbing and embodying yoga principles.  The Asana practice on this date will be the progressive stages of inversions. Great practices for our immune system and lymphatic health.

Saturday, March 28th – Inter-Being – Understanding the Intelligence of the Kosha System to cultivate body awareness, breath, intuition and one’s ground of being.  Asana practice will be twists and backbends.

Saturday, April 25th – Resting in Interdependence – Understanding the progressive stages of Subtle Anatomy and how it is the foundations of Yoga Therapy. Advanced Yoga practice in Restorative and Yoga Nidra.

Saturday, May 30th – Accessing Wholeness – The progressive stages of breath work, pranayama and Yoga Nidra Asana practice will be short and sweet vigorous practice and then deep time in restorative sequences.

Saturday, June 20th –  The Yoga Toolbox – Learn how to link somatic movement material and Yoga asana in creative sequencing to respect your students’ capacities and needs. 

Fee: $50 (includes all taxes) for one session or take advantage of a reduced fee rate of $395 (taxes included) if you pay for all nine sessions together. 

Make payments via e-transfer, cheque or cash to Allison Ulan at allisonulan@gmail.com.

A summary of what to expect and receive from these sessions.:

Teaching Yoga is much more than a set of techniques. It is the ability to create safe space in our classrooms for students to stabilise, move inwards and grow in their capacity to sense what their needs are. These skills take a life time to nurture and embody. We, as yoga teachers, experience immediately that Yoga’s methods are diverse and who we will serve through these teachings is also diverse. Because of this, it can be confusing and at times contradictory, what to teach, when to teach it and to whom. These circles are to dispel this confusion. Over nine sessions over ten months, the group practice and support will give you the knowledge of how to apply the new tools, refine techniques you already possess and embody being a yoga teacher who holds sacred space for others to embody compassion and skill.

As a Yoga teacher, you also need to be nurtured and supported so your journey. Last year, everyone in the group shared how important these monthly meetings were to practice together with friends, unpack teaching, learn new levels of practice and hear each others insights. So important to understand becoming a teacher of depth takes community and time. These monthly circles give everyone the time and space to understand the complex, rewarding, and at times, difficult journey of being a teacher of awareness.

These Teachers’ Circles are about giving you the resources to:
~ take care of yourself,
~ meet and learn with your peers,
~ learn to create classes which support the internal Yoga journey,
~ promote compassionate action,
~ understand skilful functional anatomy techniques,
~ embody the best of mindfulness and Yoga philosophy
~ refine your skills of teaching.
In community, your Yoga intelligence will grow so it can serve your students and address their specific needs.

Last year’s group connected and evolved deeply. As the monthly sessions met, the sharing, insights and resources increased. I hope many of you can join this year’s journey.

The subjects we covered last year were:
1. Back care basics for scoliosis
2. Teaching individuals with herniated disc conditions
3. Teaching Beginner Pranayama – when, to whom and how of the beginning progressive stages
4. Teaching the Tantric concepts – how they can be part of an asana class for deeper self understanding
5. Life and Work-teaching Balance so as yoga teachers we can still grow and progress in our practices
6. Bringing the Classical Yoga Principles of Patanjali Yoga Sutras into class
7. Anatomical understanding of the pelvic floor for structural integrity in Yoga Postures
8. The progressive stages of Backbends
9. Guiding with somatic language to help students connect to the felt sense of their body/mind
10. The 5 Key Principles of Self Awareness and Self Regulation – How they are integral to the Yoga Classroom.

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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.