teacher training

200 hour Yoga Teacher Training
Intelligent Vinyasa and Hatha Yoga
with Jonni-lyn Friel and Guest Teachers


Hemma Yoga and Acupuncture is pleased to be collaborating with Namaha Yoga School in order to offer a  200 hour Yoga Teacher Training this year at Hemma. It is a certified 200 hour training through Yoga Alliance, following the guidelines expected and exceeding both the hours and information required.  The course will take place over a series of 10 weekends, of which 9 of them are on site at Hemma.  It is a unique training, in that it offers both a weekend experience for those of use with work and busy lives,as well as a weekend immersion. This weekend immersion allows you to experience the Gurukula system, where you live and study with your teacher as well as are immersed in the yogic lifestyle. This Vinyasa and Hatha Yoga Teacher training will guide you through a transformational experience of both body and spirit. The style of Vinyasa taught is joyful, challenging and uses the precision of alignment, while allowing you to flow through the Vinyasa tradition. Hatha is a broad term used to describe all styles of yoga that use physical movement. In this training, we will teach Hatha through sequencing, to be a more static style of yoga and accessible to a wide range of people. This is where the creativity and joy come into teaching! You will feel able, as a teacher, to easily adapt to different levels of students and class planning in a safe and skillful way. As a Yoga Teacher you will leave feeling confident in creating different levels of Vinyasa classes as well as more traditional Hatha Yoga classes, teaching meditation and pranayama, as well as Dharma talks.

Course Outline

History and Philosophy of yoga

The history of yoga and its introduction to the west, is a fascinating and important part of the study of yoga. Yoga is a spiritual, physical and mental tradition that comes from India. Its important to both know this and acknowledge this, as we learn and teach from this tradition. The philosophy is the backbone of yoga, and helps to give both context to the teachings, as well as offer us different perspectives on how to live our lives.


A daily meditation practice is deeply important and equal to all aspects of our yoga practice. During this training our meditation practices will include active, breath, silent, mantra and visual.  The trainee will be supported to discover the form that is most meaningful to their practice.


Sanskrit is the language of Yoga, Mantras, Indian Vedic Philosophy and Spiritual Enlightenment. Learn about its history and subtle science of sound. Learn techniques for refined pronunciation. To hold the practice is to understand its language. To speak clearly from a basic knowledge will draw your voice and presence more skillfully into the room. Ground your education in the art of Sanskrit and enjoy the potency of yoga both physically as well as vibrationally.

Alignment and postural modifications

Over the course of one’s yoga life, alignment and the power to modify will make a radical difference to the depth of practice and to the subtleties of personal awareness and insight. We will study through experience as well as discussion, the best and most effective ways to modify for safety as well as alignment suitable for all.

Anatomy and Physiology of Yoga

Both the subtle anatomy and physical anatomy will be explored in great detail during this course. Both in how to sequence poses, sequence classes and use our knowledge to create and understand the human body a little better. Each person is different but there are some basic guidelines that we use as teachers to teach who is in front of us, to the best of our ability.


Literally means to extend the prana. To explore its intimate passage of our breath to our body, and through both, to ourselves. Prana translates as “life-force” and working skillfully with pranayama means to expand our life’s vital energy. Develop a personal pranayama practice, as well as learn how and why, to teach specific pranayama practices to students as well as build their own practices.

Hands on assisting

A powerful tool for the teacher. To support and administer the right touch for the maximum potential shift, including consent and the deeper awareness that the student and pose are perfect as they are. We are merely guides to offer a deeper understanding of the pose and experience.  How to assist without getting in the way of the student’s experience or making it about yourself, as well as consent and the ethics of touch and safe touch.


Ayurveda is an ancient Indian holistic health and wellness system, that outlines a way for you to live in harmony with the environment, the world, the universe and your true Self. Ayurveda covers all aspects of health and well-being associated with the physical body, the mind, and the Spirit.  Yoga and Ayurveda are commonly referred to as sister sciences since they developed together and have influenced one another throughout history. Ayurveda employs yoga as a therapeutic treatment, and yoga is enriched through the knowledge of Ayurveda.


Lead Teacher

At the heart of any training are always the teachers. The training will be led by Jonni-Lyn Friel, founder and director of Namaha Yoga School, who has taught this program internationally since 2012, and is pleased to be bringing this labor of love to the Hemma community. She is pleased to have warm and knowledgable guest teachers joining her for the training.

Bringing years of experience and a genuine love for yoga and sharing the tools it gives us, Jonni-Lyn Friel E-RYT 500 is a certified Jivamukti teacher whose warmth, humor and compassion shine through her teachings and practice. Her depth of studentship and years of daily exploration in breath and body have transformed her into a skilled personification of yoga. Jonni-Lyn’s deep love and respect for all of Yoga’s teachings, have given her the strength and passion to teach from her heart to those who wish to learn.

Guest teachers:

Shivani Howe is the founder of Ishtadev Niwas Ashram and the non-profit Living Yoga Society. She is an accomplished artist, writer, inspirational speaker and karma sannyasin yogini at the feet of her Gurus Paramahansa Satyananda Saraswati and Paramahansa Satyasangananda Saraswati, in Rikhia Ashram, India. Shivani has completed over a thousand hours of intensive Yoga training and is a certified E-RYT 500 Yoga teacher and teacher trainer.

Sarada Pranav Jagannath is a certified Ayurvedic Wellness Practitioner training to be an Ayurvedic Doctor, certified Counseling Psychologist and Hatha Yoga Teacher.

She comes from a family where Ayurveda and Yoga are an integral part of her daily life. Growing up as a kid in India, she has been greatly fortunate to have been introduced to Ayurveda at an young age by her grandfather an Ayurvedic doctor.

Bringing her intrinsic knowledge passed on to her from her ancestors and her passion for Ayurveda gave her an opportunity to offer many Ayurvedic workshops in New York state, India and Canada in the past 8 years.

Apprentice opportunities

There are 2 apprenticeship opportunities available through this training. You are invited to apply. These positions are available to 200 hour and 500 hour teachers. This a way to re-take your 200 hour training, as well as learn how to mentor and be mentored by Jonni-Lyn Friel. Namaha Yoga School has a mentoring program, that helps teachers find their voice and begin to assist and teach trainings internationally, through the school. Please contact Jonni-Lyn directly at Jonni-lyn@hemma.ca for the cost of the program, more information and the application process.

Dates and Times:

The training will take place over a series of 10 weekends, starting in January 2020.

January 3-5th
January 24-26th
February 7-9th
February 28-March 1st
March 27-29th
April 17-19th
May 8-10th
May 29-31st* immersion weekend
June 5-7th
June 12-14th


Friday’s: 6-8am and 6:45-9:00pm
Saturday’s: 6:30-8:30am and 12:00-6pm
Sunday’s:  8:00-4:30pm

*Please note that the immersion weekend will have a separate daily schedule.


Early bird: $2,200 plus GST if paid in full by November 1st, 2019.

Full price: $2,300 plus GST if paid in full after November 1st, 2019.

Payment plan: 4 payments of $600=$2,400 plus GST.
First payment is a deposit to hold your place in the training and is non-refundable.
Second payment is due by January 3rd.
Third payment is due February 28th.
Fourth payment is due March 27th.

Immersion weekend: $150-$300

*Tuition does not include the immersion weekend, which is separate. Please budget another $150-$300 for the immersion weekend, depending on room preference. This price will include accommodation and all meals.

How To apply:

Please email 200hytt@gmail.com for an application form and more information. You must apply first, to be able to enter the training. For any questions you may have , please email the above or contact jonni-lyn@hemma.ca directly.

The Small print

All payment is due, in full, before the training begins, with the exception of the payment plan. Our refund policy is a full refund, minus 10% administration fees, before December 1st, 2019. After December 1st, 2019 a full refund is available, minus 20% administration fees. For payment plans, the deposit is non-refundable and used to hold your space and a refund is available before January 3rd of the remaining payments minus 20% for administration fees.

*Books required, immersion weekend and transportation to location are not included in the tuition