200 Hour teacher training
with Shankara, Darby and special guests
February 2018 - December 2018

Aspiring to greatly deepen your understanding of the Ashtanga Practice, it’s influence on the yoga in North America and gain the tools and skills to share it with others in a safe and trusting way?
Looking to develop your yoga practice within a traditional framework while taking a journey of self-discovery and personal growth?
This course is for anyone with a genuine interest in learning.

To register please contact:
Shankara: alchemyoga@yahoo.com

Course content:

The greater part of this course will cover material on The Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga methodology

     -Breathing, Bandha/Posture, Gaze and Vinyasa Krama.
Understanding the importance of these principles, their role in the good development of the physical practice, and also how they bring steady development and harmony of all aspects of being.

Exploring the sequencing of the Mysore Ashtanga Tradition along with other posture sequences from the same traditional source, to carry these roots into your practice and teaching.

     -Preventing and dealing with injury, both in ourselves and in others through good understanding of yoga asana and body mechanics. This will involve a study of the basics of fascial meridians and their role in bio-mechanics.
     -We will develop an eye for reading into another’s posture and alignment within the practice.
     -An in depth study of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and other pertinent texts.
     -Developing sensitivity through touch and learning the art of making adjustments with healing hands.
     -Communication and the art of teaching. Learning to transmit basic knowledge of the practice within the context of a guided class.
     -Meditation and awareness through movement.
     -Basics of nutrition and healthy living.
     -And much more…

Mark Darby will teach 2 weekends, bringing his deep knowledge of the Ashtanga practice. We will share many moments of discovery and insights helping us to move forward, both in our practice and in our teaching.

Darby and Shankara have been giving Teacher Trainings together for over 10 years, in Montreal and abroad, and create both a deep and concentrated learning experience, as well as an enjoyable environment to explore and grow together.

Pleased to welcome a few special guests, for sharing on the Anatomy, Energetic and Voice aspects for this course:

     -Kaveesha has been living and studying different forms of healing since the early 90’s, including Reiki, Holistic Nutrition, plant lore, meditation, dance, prayer as well as indigenous forms of healing and purification. She has been a practitioner of Craniosacral Therapy since 1995 and has since and has since deepened her learning and nourished her capacity to listen, receive guidance and hold sacred healing space for people. She will share her understanding of Anatomy and guide us through a process of developing a more sensitive touch as a basis for supporting adjustments in others.

     -In a previous lifetime, Ramya was an Engineer. In 1996, when a Satori Zen retreat shattered her belief system, she left her old skin behind and embarked on an ongoing world journey based on unlearning, unwinding, and being here.
With awareness and presence at the core of her practice, she has developed her own synthesis of self-transformation modalities and shares that through workshops and retreats since 2000.
She will share and guide us through a journey into our Esoteric Anatomy, the chakra system, carrying our practice into a place that includes what lies beyond out physical body. We will become aware of our own energetic patterns and how to bring them to a place of rest and develop a sensitivity of the subtle bodies and their movement in another person. The environment of the yoga studio can be a busy place, we will learn tools to assist in tuning up the quality of this environment and ground our experiences.
Web presence: www.floramya.com

     -Rafaelle Mackay is a professional singer, therapeutic musician and vocal coach. Her approach is based on body awareness, breath alignment and vocal meditation. Her studies in Jazz and Hindustani Classical signing bring vocal improvisation as a main thread in her teaching method. Rafaelle will hold space as we explore several aspects of our voice as a means for breaking through blockages in communication and self-expression. We will develop our voice and it’s expressive nature as an ideal tool for teaching.
Rafaelle holds a Creative Choir and Sound Yoga classes on a regular basis as well as various holistic retreats and meditative concerts.
Web Presence: www.rafaelemackai.com


Dates for 2018
12 weekends over the course of the year
Saturday and Sunday, 8:00-11:30 and 1:00-5:00


February 17-18
February 24-25
March 24-25
April 7-8
April 21-22
April 28-29
July 28-29
August 18-19
September 15-16
November 3-4
November 17-18
December 8-9

Cost: 2750$ +tx if you register before December 31st, 2017
         3000$ +tx after December 31st,2017
A 500$ deposit will be required to reserve your space


Sattva Yoga Shala is registered with
the Yoga Alliance (RYS).
At the end of the course, if the student
has fulfilled all the requirements required,
he will receive a 200-hour Certificate
of yoga training which is recognized by
the Yoga Alliance of North America.