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Teaching Mastery is for yoga teachers who are ready to take the next step on their career and professional development path and have improved CLARITY, CONFIDENCE + SKILLS as a teacher. 

You will not only discover more about yourself as a Yogi/Yogini but learn how to bring out your special brand of MAGIC and powerfully share it so you make a real impact in your community and student’s lives.

We are the #1 choice for Yoga Teacher Training in Durham Region and the GTA so you KNOW you are making a great investment in yourself.

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Success Stories

Connected to My Confidence AND Purpose!

“I completed the 200-Hour Inspiring Spirit Program back in 2012 at Balance Life Yoga. That program alone was life changing, but I was craving more for the past few years!

The 300-hour Yoga Teaching Training brought my practice and mind to the next level. It gave me so much confidence and purpose not only as a women but also to start teaching Yoga, which is what I was truly looking for!”

– Jessica H.

Even MORE Clarity, Confidence + Knowledge

The words thank you doesn’t seem enough to express my gratitude for the time, inspiration and one of the most amazing experiences in my life.

The 300-Hour Teacher Training came to me when I was in a beautiful place and in my own centre, but NOW I have EVEN MORE positivity, confidence, knowledge and inspiration in myself and in my teachings.

– Cindy L.,Oshawa, On

So Much More! Clarity and Confidence Beyond My Wildest Dreams!

I knew that the Teaching Mastery 300 HR YTT was going to be amazing based on my experience with the Inspiring Spirit Self Development & 200 HR YTT Program. However, I did not know just how AMAZING it was going to be! Every aspect of my life has improved since beginning the 300 HR training just a few months ago.

I feel more clear and confident about my desires and boundaries in my career, relationship, family and friends. I have learned many skills and tools that help me every day to re-evaluate and find what is meaningful in my life, allowing me to take back the happiness and purpose that I was missing.

My Balanced Life family has literally changed my life over the past 4 months, and I'm excited to see where else this amazing group of cheerleaders will encourage me to go moving forward!

– Keisha D. Ajax, On.

Join Shasta Townsend + the senior teaching team at Balanced Life Yoga for Teaching Mastery – A 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification Program.

This program gives you not only a huge breadth of tools + skills to serve your students, but it allows you as the teacher to truly embody the spirit of Yoga and stand in your power as a true professional + transformative teacher of Yoga.

10X your clarity, confidence and connection :)

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How It Works

Teaching Mastery is three components:

1. Nine (9) compulsory master modules that total 180 hours.

* The description of each follows below and the investment.

2. Ninety (90) hours of additional ELECTIVE COURSES at Balanced Life Yoga

** Elective Courses fees are NOT included in your Teaching Mastery investment but Teaching Mastery students receive first choice and reduced fees on these offerings.

3. Twenty (25 hours) of PERSONAL PRACTICE.

The JUICY 2019/2020 Teaching Mastery 300 HR Compulsory Courses

We’ve put together a special program for us to dive in together + begin the journey with ease + joy, including:

1. Accelerated Success – The Applied Teachings of the Ancient Yogis + Mystical Traditions for Today’s Modern Yogi with Shasta. September 11-13, 2020

Millions of people are turning to Yoga as a tool to add meaning to their life AND live a great life both on and off the Yoga mat so as teachers we must learn to both embody and teach the “spiritual” side of this tradition.

Students long for a connection to something “bigger”, beautiful and profound while at the same time learning the “skills” to navigate the day-to-day ups + downs of modern living with ease.

As teachers we may feel insecure that we being too woo-woo, or feel worried or out of our depth in teaching “spiritual side”.

In this inspired + life changing module, you will learn HOW to share soulful wisdom in an authentic, inspired and practical way that will give your students a bounty of tools for living well AND coming back to your classes for more!

Shasta gives you a profound and down-to-earth understanding of the ancient teachings including the path of Classical Yoga, Tantric/Shakti-ism and Shamanism/First People's Teachings.

She shares the How To of applying these ancient wisdoms to our modern world including the skills so that you and your students will have better relationships, improved connection + harmony, greater success in career + with finances and feel more alive and at home in the universe.

The time for truly masterful teachers who embody this sacred path is upon us + you will learn who to do that and BE that with ease in this module.

2. Adaptive Yoga – Creating An Effective Personalized Practice for Anyone with Dr. Sarah. September 25-27, 2020

Yoga really does help with everything!!!

Building on your understanding of Yoga a a truly transformative “technology”, you will also learn to apply your study of Yoga a tool to physically release, relax and allow the body to recover for the toll life may take on it.

In this practical module, you learn how Yoga can release mental and physical injury, disease and discomfort.

We will learn to adapt Yoga for:

• Back and spine injury and pain
• Knee and hip replacements and injuries
• Shoulder and wrist injury and recovery
• Various diseases + pathologies.

You will learn how to adapt Yoga to suit the needs of a specific group or person.

Become a highly sought out teacher who helps people truly feel free + alive!

3. Harmonious Success – Spiritual-Based Business + Money Mastery for Yogis Ready to Make A Living Teaching Yoga with Shasta. October 16-18, 2020

You CAN teach Yoga and make a great 5 or 6-figure income!

Yoga entrepreneur and feminine business leader, Shasta shares two-decades of Yoga business success and shows you how to overcome your own fear of being “salesy” or pushy as well as a proven way to create more ease and financial success by being in service at a higher level.

You will learn how to:

Do what you love and make money.
Heal outdated beliefs about money, success and Spirit.
Apply Universal Success Laws to your life and business to create with ease.
Be the TRUE radiant you and magnetize your ideal students.
Create from your true heart and soul purpose to be in real service to the world.

This module is a truly innovative and spiritually-focused approach to success unlike anything you have experienced before!

4.Go Deeper with Grace – The Art of Advanced Alignment & Biomechanics with Angela. November 6-8, 2020

If you or your students have ever experienced pain, discomfort or just plain confusion in a pose, then you will love this offering!

You will explore fundamental and subtle alignment principles in ways you may have never experienced as a student or a teacher.

There are thousands of poses and thousands of refinements, but Angela makes it both simple and profound in this module by giving you specific “rules” and approaches that will feel easeful + graceful as a teacher.

Armed with this knowledge, as teachers we can provide a powerful + unique experience for our students as we guide them into postures from a truly safe, grounded and transformative approach.

You will also have the confidence + insight to know how to modify or adapt postures for students as well as provide true connection.

With a strong understanding of biomechanics + alignment principles, your teaching will soar while you will also gain a comprehensive understanding of asana.

Deepen and expand your personal practice and learn to use these masterful alignment principles to experience greater strength, stability and freedom while teaching!

5. Understanding the Mind + Mastering Meditation: Practices for Stress Reduction, Mind Mastery + Emotional Balance with Shasta. November 20-22, 2020

In this busy, multi-tasking and many voices shouting world, one simple truth is becoming clear… For answers to life's most profound questions we must look to Yoga's meditative teachings.

Meditation is a powerful tool and this module offers a unique opportunity to experience the deeper wisdom of meditation for daily peace, deeper insight and spiritual transformation + know how to teach it!

You will learn:

• The Path of Meditation – What meditation truly is and why it is necessary as well as the many techniques + practices.
• Neuroscience + Brain Biology – including what brain waves do + how to influence them, areas of the brain that create fear + anxiety and how to calm them and the real connection between brain + body
• Biochemistry + Body – How to overcome “addictive” stories by understanding biochemistry so that you and your students can “feel” different and literally create a new body and new life
• How to choose an appropriate focus for meditation and various techniques including mantra, japa, insight and vipassana (we will practice them all)
• Teaching Meditation – you will learn the Principles for developing meditative practices + how to teach them in any class with ease!

Students are craving new ways to create their brain (overcome anxiety, depression + insomnia) + live a life that is both powerful and easeful, and this module will give you the skills to teach them HOW to do just that.

6. The Art of Advanced Sequencing + Assisting with Angela. December 4-6, 2020

Making great assists + inspired sequencing is an essential aspect of teaching.

Assisting allows your students to receive the benefits of alignment, energy flow and connection, yet many teachers feel insecure, uncertain and even fearful of assisting.

Hands-on touch is also a deeply nourishing and supportive means of allowing students to move past their own limitations, but we have to move past our own limitations as teachers first!

In the first part of this module you will learn how to:

• Assist beginners and common misalignment issues
• Assess anatomy versus misalignment
• Deepen the practice through deeper assists that release tension and blockages
• Feel confident and solid in your assisting skills.

In the second half you will learn create sequences that are rooted in modern biomechanics and ancient energy wisdom which creates classes that are easeful and creative every time. You will learn how to feel inspired, safe + clear when you create classes for groups or individuals and KNOW that you are giving the very best practice.

We will also investigate the role of pacing, music and breath as a means to create a transformative flow that places the brain and body in a syncopated and meditative experience.

Learn the magic of touch, assists + sequencing to teach like a rockstar!

7. An Exploration of Advanced Anatomy for Masterful Teaching with Krista. January 8-10, 2021

In this module, Krista will review and deepen your understanding of anatomy and physiology as it applies to the practice of yoga.

Learn to feel each asana from the inside out so you can be yoga injury free for life. We will start from the ground up and explore the bones, joints, muscles and supporting tissues of the feet/ankles, knees, hips, spine and shoulders and discover how this anatomy applies to practicing, teaching and assisting yoga postures intelligently and confidently.

We will also review universal anatomical terminology, as well as skeletal and muscular anatomy.

For those interested in yoga for better mobility, this module is a valuable resource which demonstrates how, with knowledge of applied anatomy, yoga can be used as a powerful modality for feeling better in your body.

8. Advancing the Practice Through Movement, Stability + Strength with Norma. January 22-24, 2021

As teachers and practitioners, a sustainable, life-long yoga practice is something we all desire. Combining yogic wisdom with science-based movement (such as biomechanics and kinesiology) is a great way to ensure a balanced, health-affirming experience on the mat! This module will offer clear, practical ways to increase stability, mobility and strength in the practice of yoga. You will broaden your knowledge and perspective, drawing from movement science to help you connect with yoga in a whole new way.

Topics will include:

• examining where classical asana meets scientific research and how to incorporate best-practices into your teaching and practice
• dispelling myths and misinformation around core training, and understanding the core from a functional perspective
• strengthening core movements, postures, and sequencing for a core yoga class
• creative, effective ways to incorporate basic props and tools into class (blocks, blankets, bolsters, bands, straps, light weights)
• corrective exercises, asana, breathing and lifestyle changes to prevent pelvic floor disfunction
• learn how some postures can be used as assessments revealing weakness, compensation or limitations
• improve accuracy in cueing and learn creative ways to include whole-body strength and stability in your classes and private sessions

This knowledge will take your teaching to the next level, and allow you to help your students find true balance through yoga.

9. Advanced Energetic Anatomy – The Chakras, Transformative Breath + Energy Body with Helen. February 12-14, 2021

You are more than flesh and bone!

In this offering, you will experience your radiant body, energy field and learn how to stay harmonized.

The ancient yoga masters understood our human body is quite different from the way we understand it in modern times.

They conceived a very detailed and precise anatomy of the human body, which is very subtle and symbolic, rather than just physiological.

This model was used as the foundation to understand and interpret the way our system functioned, or malfunctioned.

In order to effectively work with Yoga as a transformative art, we must have an understanding of energetic anatomy including the Koshas (sheaths of being), Vayus (winds) Nadis (subtle channels) + Chakras (symbolic energy centers).

In this module you will:

• Understand “energetic” anatomy and how the various systems interact
• Learn to understand the “consciousness” and wisdom of the Chakras and create transformation + harmony through Yoga + meditation
• Learn to “diagnose” energy patterns and imbalances in yourself and your students.
• Learn kinesiology to pinpoint areas of stagnation + stress
• Understand “subtle medicine” practices including pranayama.

This module gives you the tools to work beyond just muscle and bone and become a true practitioner of energetic magic.

2020/2021 Teaching Mastery Snap Shot


  • ​September 11-13, 2020
  • ​September 25-27, 2020
  • ​October 16-18, 2020
  • ​November 6-8, 2020
  • ​November 20-22, 2020
  • ​December 4-6, 2020
  • ​January 8-10, 2021
  • ​January 22-24, 2021
  • ​February 12-14, 2021

Module Times

Fridays from 7:00-10:00 pm
Saturdays + Sundays from 8:30 am-5:00 pm

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There Has Never Been A Better Time To Become A Yoga Teacher…

The market growth for yoga in North America is expected to reach $14.03 billion by 2020.

As the collective society is become more health conscious, people are increasingly turning to yoga for increased flexibility, greater mental clarity and relaxation.

In fact, 44.4% of Americans call themselves “aspiring yogis”.

That means there are virtually limitless potential students out there who are ready for you to step up, connect with your light and teach.

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The Teaching Mastery 300-Hour YTT Certification & Yoga Teacher Training Program is backed by the expertise of some of the most in-demand teachers in the GTA.

Your guides throughout the program include Balanced Life Yoga Director, best-selling author and award winning teacher, Shasta Townsend, as well as, senior teachers Angela Ryan, Krista Bromfield, Norma Ackerley, Helen Mason, Jennifer Sisson, and Dr. Sarah Baxter.

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