The Resonance of Unity
Yoga Teacher Training
Transform Yourself & Lead Society In Healing
Immerse yourself in yoga knowledge, practice and culture
“Each of us can discover the source within; develop one-pointedness, find flow in our movement, abide in our center and exude the power of stillness and clarity.
An integrated yoga practice can offer this to us.”
– ZAMIR DHANJI, FOUNDER OF THE MYSTIC YOGI
Designed to deepen your knowledge of yoga, strengthen your practice and empower you to guide others in healing through connection, the TRU Yoga Certification (YTT) has three pillars:
Train in Hatha, Vinyasa, and Raja Yoga. Disciplined daily practice of meditation, pranayama and mantras with live raga music and kirtan.
Integrate somatic theory and practice for regulating the nervous system, understanding triggers, trauma and the biology of belief.
Experience an ashram-style learning environment. Practice together as a family, devoted to self-knowledge with inclusivity and integrity.
Join us: Here’s everything you need to know.
Take the leap: April 1-30th, 2023
Whether you want to develop a transformational practice, become a certified teacher, or expand your existing knowledge and skillset – this training is for you.
Receive your 200hr YTT Certification in beautiful Costa Rica this April, alongside a community of fellow seekers ready to step into their power and purpose.
3 Interconnected Modules of Yoga
Our training will be divided into three modules that cover the foundations for a holistic yoga teacher training. All modules will be interconnected and weaved throughout your journey to certification for true integration.
Module 1: Anatomy of Practice
Understanding the “why, what and how” of yoga practice.
Just like the different parts of the body work together to form our anatomy, yoga has an anatomy of its own. By experiencing how yoga asana, chanting, pranayama, meditation, philosophy connect to the greater systems of yoga, a huge ‘aha’ moment happens for you.
We begin by working with each of the parts and understanding their significance and how to practice them.
Develop a holistic practice that integrates yoga asana, pranayama, chanting, meditation and contemplation.
De-colonize the commercial and sexualized idea of yoga, understanding it as both an indigenous & transcendent spirituality.
Understand the 8 limbs as a blueprint for the yoga journey of cultivating ethics, training the mind and realizing the Self.
Discover key historical figures and teachings from Yoga sutras, Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads and other spiritual traditions
Module 2: Soma and Psyche
Explore the body and mind as a whole organism of interdependent parts.
Soma means “body”, and Psyche means “mind”. In this module you will deepen your understanding of yoga through contributions from the fields of buddhist psychology, somatic psychotherapy, physics, biology and neuroscience.
Receive teachings on the nervous system, polyvagal theory, interoception and different strategies for self-regulation. You will understand how thoughts, feelings, sensations, attitudes and beliefs systems have an impact on physical well-being.
Able to lead somatic practices to regulate the nervous system
Explore how core beliefs are formed and determine our self-concept
Understand how our triggers and traumas influence our perception of safety
Learn the chakra system as an inner science of human potential
Module 3: Art of Teaching
Develop the confidence to lead transformational Yoga classes.
To teach is to learn. You will accelerate your integration and competency by learning how to teach from the inside-out. Learn the key methods for teaching and designing a Holistic Yoga class that includes mantra, pranayama, warm-ups, asana, savasana and meditation.
We create a fine balance of solo exploration, group practice, lecture, demonstration and private instruction.
Understand how to teach postures using verbal cues, observation and demonstration of techniques
Create a safe teaching space through classroom set-up, boundaries, and language
Develop technical skills to teach, and deliver classes with creativity and passion
Learn key modification for postures to work with a diverse population of students
Yoga is a subtle science that works on the different facets of our human experience – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
The path of a yoga teacher training course is more than just learning how to teach a one hour yoga class, it is about embodying yoga and empowering others to heal and learn about the deeper dimensions of life. It is about strengthening and deepening your understanding of the yogic teachings, practices and culture to guide your students on their own path.
If you’re ready to:
- Open your mind to ancient teachings and decolonized methods of yoga practice;
- Put in the work and step into the role of a student so you can be a better teacher; and
- Bring the practice of yoga back to its origins, discover contemporary applications of the inner sciences, and heal society through connectedness…
This unique YTT is created to guide you on this journey.
What is the TRU Yoga approach?
The acronym TRU stands for The Resonance of Unity.
Yoga means union, and is both a path, practice and realization of Oneness. Through yoga we learn to create a harmonious resonance between body, mind and spirit, which brings about continuous insights into how life operates. Through self-knowledge, we can heal ourselves and create the life we want, while living in service to the whole.
The more we practice, we discover that yoga itself is the teacher; only through the experience of yoga can it really be known. As instructors, it is our role to always seek greater understanding and utilize this wisdom to guide others on their inner path.
By showing up as a student, even as we instruct, we are opening the doors to greater connection, understanding and unity in the world. With the TRU Yoga approach, you embody connection beyond the constraints of westernized yoga and step into your purpose as a true guiding light.
Become a great yoga teacher by learning to be a great student; understand the philosophy behind the practice of yoga
A Totally Unique Yoga Teacher Training (YTT)
There are different paths to cultivating our human potential, we each have to find the balance of these ways of knowing that are attuned to our temperament. The inner curriculum of this training will expose you to five of these core competencies with practices, principles and teachings that you will integrate into your personal path.
High Vibrations: Strong, flexible, grounded and filled with life-force
Powerful Cognitions: Open, self-inquiring, multi-dimensional perception
Soulful wisdom: Loving, creative, capable of ecstatic states
Community minded: Balanced, inclusive, life-reverent
Noble simplicity: Spacious, flowing, in harmony with natural principles
Your Experience Options
Whether you’re joining us from across the world or across the road, build your own experience to fit what you’re looking for.
- EARLY BIRD Rate: $2100 USD (Before Jan. 31st) / $2,300 USD Full Price
- If you are a Costa Rican National and/or are a member of the Awake community, please specify in the application form for a special rate.
We are partnering with Awake – a beautiful center for awakening in the heart of Uvita, Costa Rica. There are three (3) accommodation options to meet your personal preferences and budget.
- Dorm: Accommodates up to 3 individuals
- Double Room: Great for friends or couples
- Single Deluxe: Enjoy a deluxe casita with private bathroom and balcony all to yourself
Accommodation includes a meal service specially designed for the YTT. A full-service breakfast each morning, abundant healthy snacks and drinks in the afternoon, and buffet dinner in the evening. Everything is vegetarian, gluten-free, organic and locally sourced.
All accommodations are booked directly through Awake – visit website for booking information.
“Zamir’s training is a wealth of information that is accessible and relevant to all with texts, discussion, and asanas to help incorporate the teachings. Yoga teachers who have learned about the 8 limbs of yoga in their training can find a renewed understanding; students who are new to the practice can find a clear introduction to the concepts.”
Meet Your Guide: Zamir Dhanji
Zamir’s hatha yoga training was influenced by a number of teachers – particularly Swami Sivananda and Donna Farhi – and he completed his 500 hr teacher training under David Goulet in Chakra Yoga. This approach provides a holistic understanding of the body-mind system rooted in modern science…which also corroborates the knowledge of ancient yogis.
He served as an instructor in yoga asana, pranayama, meditation and yoga philosophy for the Langara College yoga teacher training program, teaching both in Vancouver and internationally. He’s trained in Compassionate Inquiry, a somatic-based psychotherapy developed by Dr. Gabor Mate, which informs his healing work as both a yoga teacher and holistic counselor.
He has co-created a program for healing attachment trauma called “Patterns to Presence”, with behavioural scientist Sabrina Lakhani.
He studies Ati-Yoga under Wisdom Master Maticintin, founder of HUMUH : Clear Mind Buddhism and his spiritual teacher for the last decade, spending extended periods in the monastery studying meditation, buddhist logic and doing karma yoga.
In 2020 he founded Mystic Yogi and published The Inner Path, a yoga philosophy practice deck with stunning art and contemporary guidance for yoga seekers looking to integrate the 8 limbs of yoga into their life.
Assistant Instructor: Marie Boisvert
Marie rooted her Yoga training in 2008 through the Sivananda Organization in traditional Hatha Yoga with a 200 hour YTT. This turned into a deep dive in a vinyasa-based power yoga 300 hour YTT where she learned the foundations of Ashtanga Yoga, anatomy and creative/informed sequencing.
She continued her lifelong apprenticeship with the Fierce Grace Scholarship awarded by Ryan Lier into a 100 hour Vinyasa-Krama YTT learning how to integrate yoga off the mat and into the world.
In 2019 Marie began her study of Ayurveda attaining100 hours Intro to Ayurveda with Dr. Sonal Bhatt, M.D of Ayurveda from the University of Ayurveda, Jamnagar Ayurvedic University, India. Marie’s work and study continues in the field with a mild obsession of Yoga as a means to regulate our nervous system, and co-exist with our environment.
Mystical Music: Prosad Freeman
Prosad’s journey is the story two worlds merging… the fusion of Eastern Mysticism and meditation with Western creative spirit and energy; where his sitar and guitar dance together creating ecstatic colours of sound and where the inner stillness and outer waves of musical expression collide.
Prosad has spent two decades studying classical Indian Sitar and raga music with multiple teachers and masters. Starting with George Harrison’s Sitar Teacher, Shambhu Das, a direct Disciple of Ravi Shankar and ending with the Master of Masters, Ali Akbar Khan Sahib’s son, Alam Khan. Prosad has performed and recorded with great artists such as Grammy Award winner Chris Berry and Australian legend Xavier Rudd (on his album Spirit Bird).
Inspired greatly by his spiritual teacher, Maestro Tulshi Sen, Prosad has spent years creating a deep understanding of the power of sound to transform and awaken consciousness. Mystics and physicists will both tell us that the world is made of sound and vibration. Being in tune in this way helps us awaken to our highest purpose, deepest happiness and ultimately to realize our full power as divine, creative beings.
Through ancient ragas, Vedic mantras and special tonal frequencies, Prosad helps to facilitate this inward journey of the soul.
Are you ready to lead deeper transformations? More importantly, are you ready to experience one of your own?
“I gained a deeper connection to my steady and peaceful centre, and learnt tools along the path of self-discovery. Zamir’s guidance & wisdom was beautifully poised to deliver this content like a precious jewel and his heart is purely wanting to share this offering with others. A true gift.”
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is it by application only?
This training is unique and it’s important to us that everyone participating is a good fit for this program. We want to ensure that you are mentally and physically aligned to the approach of our YTT.
I’ve already a certified teacher, is this still for me?
If you are already a certified yoga teacher, we still highly recommend this training. Most entry level YTT’s do not cover the depth and breadth of what we offer here. Transformative yoga practice requires a deeper understanding of mantra, meditation, breath-work and dharma teachings – in addition to the moving principles of practice that help you perform asana from the inside-out.
If you are already a yoga teacher, please specify this in your application for an additional discount.
What is the refund policy if I’m unable to make it after I sign up?
We understand, life happens! Unless there are extenuating circumstances as determined by The Mystic Yogi team, your deposit is non-refundable up to 60 days before the training begins. This will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
There are only 20 spots in the training, so we recommend that you apply and put your deposit down early if yo are serious.
What is the Inner Path Deck?
The Inner Path Deck is a card deck and tool developed by The Mystic Yogi to support you with your individual practice and to provide a deeper understanding of yogic philosophies with your students.
To compliment your experience with the TRU Yoga Teacher Training and to support you post-certification with your classes, you’ll receive a complimentary deck.
Want to gift a deck or start exploring the 8 Limbs concepts and other philosophies sooner? Learn more here.
Are payment plans available?
Yes! If your application is accepted, a deposit of $795 is due to secure your participation. The remainder is due 30 days before the program begins.
What are the 8 Limbs?
Over 2,500 years ago, the Indian sage Patanjali defined eight components, or “limbs” as the blueprint for the yoga journey. He condensed the Indian yogic tradition into an open-ended system for cultivating ethical character, training the mind and realizing the Self.
Learn more about them in the YTT
What kind of Yoga will we do?
While we tend not to prescribe to a specific type or ‘brand’ of yoga as now seen in mainstream practices, you will become established in hatha yoga, raja yoga and vinyasa yoga.
Can I do this certification if I’m new to practicing yoga?
This training is by application and we do ask your experience and journey with your yoga practice to make sure you’re a good fit for this certification. If you’ve never done yoga before, we suggest that you start to take classes and develop some practice before applying to a teacher training.