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October 2024 - March 2025
200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with
Erik Hanzen & Krista Daneluz Vieira

Yoga is an ancient tradition of self-realization that emphasizes physical and mental well-being, and integration of the body, mind and spirit through following a holistic path. It is a multi-faceted system that helps you expand your awareness of who and what you are and learn to live life in a balanced and centered way. While much of the world is focused on what is going on outside, yoga turns your attention to what is happening within, in such a way as to spark an inner clarity, inner purpose and direction that leads to a peaceful, harmonious way of being in the world.

This 200 hour teacher training is for those who wish to learn to teach the art of yoga to others, as well as those who wish to deepen their understanding of this life-giving practice (though you may not wish to teach it per se). The training will focus on yoga history and philosophy, postures, meditation and breathing techniques, yoga anatomy and alignment, teaching methodology, ethics, business and modern yoga, ayurveda and yogic lifestyle as well as a teaching practicum.


This program is designed to be as a well-rounded and supportive as possible for you on your journey to deepening your personal practice and experience of yoga as well as learning the many aspects of how to guide yoga classes with understanding, technical awareness, intuition, anatomical acuity and confidence. Here are the areas we will cover in more depth:

Yoga History and Philosophy

Yoga has a rich history with many lineages and paths. Here you will learn about the pillars of yoga, understanding the foundation and roots upon which the current system of yoga has been built. You will explore yogic foundational books such as the Wisdom of Yoga, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and learn the traditional teachings of prominent yoga teachers who were instrumental in developing the system of yoga and conveying it’s knowledge to the world. You will learn the 5 paths of yoga, the obstacles that arise on the path and how to overcome them, the koshas (yogic sheaths), the kleshas (5 causes of suffering) and chakras (energy systems).


Postures, Meditation and Breathing Techniques

You will learn the benefits, contraindications, physical considerations and embodiment of over 80 foundational yoga postures (asanas). This segment will guide you to understand energy placement in each shape, how to create core containment, how to modify for different body types and abilities and de-mystify nuances within the physical practice. Your personal yoga practice will be developed through regular classes. You will learn how to practice and teach multiple breathing techniques and styles of meditation.


Yoga Anatomy and Alignment

Understanding the body’s systems and how they function is central to guiding yoga classes safely and with integrity. This segment demystifies the body so that you develop a solid understanding of how all the systems within the body work together to create well-being, so that the practice of yoga lasts a lifetime. We will explore the nervous system, endocrine system and respiration systems to more thoroughly understand how the body strives to create balance within. You will also learn about the musculoskeletal structure of the body, it’s relevance within cueing postures and creating shapes safely and intentionally. You will learn your own unique alignment and how to navigate alignment concerns within postures related to injuries, ability and different body shapes.


Teaching Methodology

A foundational part of this training is learning how to guide students safely in and out of yoga postures in a seamless, flowing manner, while creating unique sequences that energize and increase prana (lifeforce energy) within the body. You will learn specific postural cueing, how to create intentional and innovative class plans with ease, how to balance the different energies (pranas) within the body and how to hold space within your classes. You will have ample time to teach, practice and apply the techniques learned with feedback and support.


Ethics, Business and Modern Yoga

Though yoga is not a regulated industry (like physiotherapy or massage therapy), it does rest on a set of principles that allow practitioners and teachers of yoga to operate under an ethical framework to support the integrity, safety and autonomy of both students and teachers alike. You will learn these principles and how to uphold them within this course. Yoga today is not like it was even 100 years ago. Much has changed and the west has taken a large departure from the east in terms of the purpose and application of yoga. You will learn about cultural appropriation, and how to integrate yoga and its principles and practices into modern life. Yoga can become a career path, if you so choose it. You will learn how to create a path forward for yourself, what to expect within the yoga industry and how to create a sustainable and fulfilling career for yourself.


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Ayurveda and Yogic Lifestyle

Ayurveda means “science of life”. It includes a systemic approach to governing health and well-being in the body through balancing the doshas (regulatory systems of body, mind and behaviour) with the three gunas (qualities) that are innate to each individual. You will learn about the yogic diet and the inner effects of what you consume as fuel based on your specific dosha. We will also embark on a sadhana (personal spiritual practice) to expand your awareness of self and the world through the application of breathing techniques, contemplation, meditation and reflection.



A portion of the program will be spent practice teaching, building plans and teaching classes with other program participants as students so that you can develop and hone your ability to guide yoga classes with ease. You will learn to teach vinyasa (flow yoga), hatha yoga and restorative yoga. This segment will help you lean into the confidence to guide classes, learn to weave cues together in flowing sequences and hold space as a yoga teacher for your students.

Questions & Answers

Why Take a Teacher Training?

Yoga is typically taught through physical movement classes, specialty pre-registered classes that help you take the practice deeper and off the mat and through workshops or other trainings. The yoga classes alone don’t give the same time and depth to go into the layers of yoga that a training does. In teacher training, we have the opportunity to explore topics of interest at length, engage in meaningful dialogue and discussion with other students and spend the time to understand and learn in a way that is not possible otherwise. If you find yourself wanting more information or seeking to go deeper into what you are experiencing in day to day yoga classes, teacher training is the next logical step for you.

What if I don’t see myself teaching yoga afterward?

Many students attend teacher trainings with no intentions of teaching yoga afterward, and this is totally okay. This may change throughout the course of your training. As a student, whether or not you ever teach yoga, you will find this immersion an incredible gift to yourself from a practical standpoint of doing yoga on the mat, as well as through the vast knowledge you will be exposed to and the unique practices you are introduced to throughout the program. All of these elements together provide a highly enriching experience that will deepen your love and understanding of yoga and its long-reaching benefits within your life, in a way that daily classes cannot.

Are there any pre-requisites I need in order to take this training?

No, there are not. You do not have to have any specific length of practice or experience of yoga behind you in order to take this training. You will benefit from this training whether you are new to yoga or have been practicing yoga for several years, therefore all are welcome to attend. An open mind and a desire to learn more are all that are required.

I feel like I am not the ‘typical yogi’. Is this still for me?

Yes, this is still for you. We do not exclude anyone from the training based on body type, image, race, gender, etc. We all come to yoga from different upbringings, backgrounds, belief systems, etc. Yoga is a beneficial practice for everyone and as such, we welcome people from all walks of life and all ages into our program.

Will I be guaranteed a job teaching yoga upon completion?

No, this training is designed to equip you with all the tools and skills you need to offer yoga classes, but like any career, you will have to apply to different studios to teach classes upon graduation and that includes Yogarise. You will receive ample information to support you in preparing for a nourishing and fulfilling career within yoga, if you so choose to go in that direction, but there is no guarantee of a teaching position at Yogarise after finishing the training.

Upon finishing the training, what if I don’t feel ready to teach?

We offer mentorship opportunities and further training to support you upon graduation so that you are not left in limbo after completing training. We recognize that the integration period following teacher trainings can take weeks to months to assimilate what you have learned and we will continue to support you and offer opportunities so that you can cultivate a path to teaching if you so choose.

What is the format of the training?

The training is a balance of lecture style presentation and discussion, and physical yoga practice and analysis. As much as possible, weekends will include both aspects so that you are experiencing a blend of sitting and movement to keep the body from stiffening up. We always recommend moving, standing, and changing your position whenever you need during classes and lectures so that you are honouring your body and your specific needs during the program.

Are there any required reading materials I need to purchase?

Yes, there are 4 required texts you will need to acquire to support you through this program: •Teaching Yoga: Essential Foundations and Techniques by Mark Stephens •The Wisdom of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras by Ravi Ravindra •The Key Muscles of Hatha Yoga by Ray Long MD •The Wisdom of Yoga by Stephen Cope


Dates and Hours of the Training

The training runs from October 2024 – March 2025 and takes place over 10 weekends.

The dates of the program are:

  • Oct 18-20

  • Oct 25-27

  • Nov 8-10

  • Nov 15-17

  • Dec 6-8

  • Jan 10-12

  • Jan 24-26

  • Feb 7-9

  • Feb 21-23

  • Mar 7-9


The hours each weekend are:

  • Friday: 5:00 – 9:00pm

  • Saturday: 12:00 – 5:00pm

  • Sunday: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Why take my training at Yogarise?

Our intention in offering this training is to create a potent space for you to learn, expand and evolve. We cap our numbers at 12 so that you receive ample time to discuss, share, practice your teaching and ask questions, which is hard to do within larger trainings. We acknowledge that building confidence and experience in teaching takes time, and this is why one area of emphasis is on providing extensive teaching opportunities within the program so that you can develop and strengthen your teaching skills. 

Unlike self-paced, online programs, here you will create community with like-minded students in-person, build association of concepts through varied learning styles and hands-on application of techniques and have continuous, direct access to two highly experienced teacher trainers. This training is in-depth, focused and intentionally and progressively nurtures you throughout the program to teach and take your experience of yoga deeper.

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Your Teachers

Erik Hanzen, E-RYT 500 and Krista Daneluz Vieira, E-RYT 500, RMT will be coming together to co-teach and guide this training for you. From personal experience to technical knowledge, both Erik and Krista live and embody a yogic lifestyle, have taught for more than 15 years each and bring integrity, humour, and extensive knowledge to this training. Both have taught multiple 200 hour trainings, 300 hour trainings, mentorships, workshops and more. They see this opportunity to guiding you throughout this program as an honour and look forward to supporting you every step of the way on this path.

Daneluz Vieira

Krista is drawn to what is changeless in a world full of impermanence, and yoga has been the constant method of inquiry along the way. For more than 20 years she has practiced meditation, breathing techniques and yoga. Her classes contain both introspection and proprioception, inviting practitioners to study their patterns, their selves, and attune to their intuitive knowing, while also developing a keen understanding of how the body moves through space.

After multiple trainings in hatha, ashtanga, restorative, yin and philosophy, Krista’s interest in holistic well-being inspired her to complete a 3000 hour Advanced Clinical Massage Therapy Program, enabling her to approach the integration of yoga through movement and breath with deeper integrity and functional knowledge. She has been a lead teacher trainer of yogis since 2014, is an E-RYT 500, YACEP and RMT. She currently shares her time between massage therapy, yoga teacher mentorship, teacher training, and guiding private and group yoga classes at Yogarise, her home-based yoga studio. She is a mother of two, a wife, and is devoted to the study of yoga in all aspects of her life.

Krista is grateful to every teacher on her path who has mentored her and shared their yogic wisdom and knowledge. She in turn offers her experience of yoga and the yogic path with a grateful heart.

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Erik’s love for Yoga and Ayurveda started in 1995 when he was living in Boulder, Colorado and working for an Ayurvedic herbal store. He began his basic Yoga practice to complement his active athletic lifestyle.

Erik now combines his formal education in Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine, and Ayurveda with his athletic background and love for Truth to create a unique way to explore the depths of love, life, and Self through the ancient practice of Akhanda Yoga.

Erik received his traditional Yoga training from Yogrishi Vishvketu. This yogic system, Akhanda Yoga, is based on the 2000 year old Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Akhanda is a balanced form of yoga combining meditation, pranayama, mantra and the practice of asana (postures) which opens the practitioner to return to their natural state of peace. During his training, Erik was given the name Bhakti Prakash meaning “light of devotion”. This devotion can be seen in his love for spreading the light of yoga to others through his light-hearted classes.

After completing his 300 hour advanced teacher training in 2009 in India, Erik began training yoga instructors in Canada and India. Presently Erik enjoys teaching workshops and classes in Ayurveda, breathing therapies, meditation, yogic philosophy, Kundalini and Akhanda Yoga in the Edmonton area and Rishikesh, India. When not teaching yoga he enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, snowboarding, camping, reading and living a simple life. 

Program Investment

The 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training program is an investment of $3,600 + GST

A non-refundable, non-transferable application fee must be submitted to apply. There are 12 spots in the program. 

Upon receiving your application fee, an application form will be sent to you via email that can be submitted electronically. We will contact you within 48 hours of receiving your application form to confirm your registration in the program.

If you have any questions about the program and whether or not this is the right opportunity for you, please email Krista at

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