Yoga Alliance Accredited:
200-hr Yoga Teacher Training (6 month program)
$2,750 — EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: $200 OFF UNTIL JUNE 1, 2019 - REGISTER HERE
Start date: October 18, 2019 — End date: April 12, 2020
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: $200 OFF UNTIL JUNE 1, 2019.
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“I cannot say enough good things about Maria Toso. She had us up in front of the class on our very first day. She truly prepared us for being in front of people and teaching a class. Our final was teaching a one-hour public class, so we would have real life experience teaching with confidence in a class setting other than our classmates. She helped me experience and understand yoga on a very deep level, and left me with no doubt I was on the correct path. I feel she taught me not only how to be a good teacher, but also to be a better person in my own life. I would highly recommend her teacher training to anyone looking to complete a sound, fulfilling training.” - Jenna Staloch, Teacher Training Graduate, 2015
"Maria Toso is a fantastic teacher. Her balanced viewpoint ensures that any student of any background will feel welcome and appreciated for who they are and what they bring to the world. Maria is an incredibly accomplished yogi as well, and has a way of breaking down poses and helping students find their own cues that allows them to find their own inner instructor." - Meghan Hatalla, Teacher Training graduate, 2016
"Maria is a wonderful teacher. Her in depth knowledge in teaching asana is great, but I really benefitted from her knowledge in meditation and somatics. I believe her teachings far exceeds what is offered in those areas at the 200 hour level, elsewhere". - Lisa Ophoven, Teacher Training Graduate, 2017
"Teacher training Instructor Maria Toso is exceptionally qualified to guide students. Her areas of expertise include, but are not limited to: meditation, yoga nidra, yoga philosophy & history, asanas, modifications and cueing techniques. Through loving kindness and sharing her deep understanding of yoga; she provides students with a solid base from which to build our own practice and instills confidence. An Inspiring and Supportive role model!" - Kathy Young, Teacher Training Graduate, 2016
Embark on the most transformational journey of your life
Yoga is the quieting down of the agitated mind. Everything we do in yoga, be it asanas (poses), breath control (pranayama) and Meditation, is all with the goal of calming or even stilling the agitated mind. To come into Peace. To be a true expression of your Light. Unencumbered by our reactive wounds, anxiety and fear. Join Maria's yoga teacher training and learn how to quiet the mind through the ancient yogic practices. Then go teach others.The world needs real yoga. Not just poses that make your body pretty but yoga that cultivates your connection to your Divine Self. You don't have to be young and strong to learn how to teach yoga. You need to be willing to question what your mind has been telling you about you and others. You need to be willing to let go of judging and to do the hardest work of all: that of gaining mastery over the ego-based-mind-neurosis.
This is a six month 3-day per month (Friday-Sunday) immersion based program combining lecture, discussion, experiential components, and lab classes. Yoga practices (asana, meditation, self-study) as well as coaching and mentoring will be provided throughout the program. Students will be required to complete at-home practice and assignments in between weekend immersions. Embarking on your 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training with Maria Toso, E-RYT 500, will prepare you to be an exceptional teacher and leader who will inspire others to walk to the true path of the yogi, one of lifelong growth, humility and compassion.
Learning to be a yoga teacher with Maria Toso is also a healing journey deeply into yourself. It's a solid way to break through any stubborn lack of self-confidence or persistent anxiety that has held you back from expressing your true voice with peace and authenticity. During this 6-month training the ancient yogic practices will be brought to life within you and help you take inventory of your own life as you cultivate your solid teacher teacher voice step by step. You will emerge from this training a better you, a more confident you and a more peaceful you.
Breath of Life yoga School is accredited with Yoga Alliance as a RYS 200 (Registered Yoga School 200 hrs) as our training school has met and exceeded the stringent requirements set by Yoga Alliance, demonstrating that our courses are of the highest standard and that our graduates may register with the Yoga Alliance and use the title ‘Registered Yoga Teacher’ RYT as a sign of quality training.
Following the succesful completion of this 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training program, you will be able to:
Teach a Hatha based yoga class in a safe and supportive way.
Demonstrate the basics of gentle and alignment focused asana class.
Combine Restorative Yoga with Somatics (Soma Yoga)
Understand how to sequence a class and transition between poses.
Provide modifications and accommodations for special populations and needs.
Teach basic pranayama and meditation.
Understand the stress response (fight, flight, or freeze) and how to relax the body.
Work one-on-one with clients or in a group setting and adhere to professional ethics
Apply yoga philosophy to daily living.
The Breath of Life Yoga School’s 200 hour yoga teacher training is divided into 5 courses that can be taken i 6 months (currently September 2019-May 2020) or you many choose to take fewer courses and spread the length of the program out over a longer period as your time allows. Each course is a stand alone course that you can also choose to take to deepen a certain area of your practice even if you do not have immediate plans to become a teacher. You may choose to register for the whole program ($2,700) or register for one class series at a time ($545 per course).
The following 5 courses will make up the complete training program:
Asana & Teaching Methodology I & II — COURSE FEE $1100
Classes held on Saturday and Sunday morning (9:30AM-1:30PM) one weekend a month (dates listed below)
The classic Hatha Yoga poses
Somatics and restorative yoga
Structuring a Class
Sequencing of Postures
Props & Postures
Developoing a Home Practice
Mindfulness Meditation and Relaxation — COURSE FEE $550
Classes held on Friday evenings (6:30PM-8:30PM) one weekend a month (dates listed below)
Mindfulness meditation techniques
Chakra based meditation practice
Loving Kindness Meditation
Common roadblocks to a consistent meditation practice
Developoing a Home Practice
Yoga Philosophy - an experiential journey— COURSE FEE $550
Medicine for the stressed-out modern mind. You will guided on a healing journey of applying principles from the Yoga Sutras deeply into your daily life.
Classes held on Saturday afternoons (2:30PM-5:00PM) one weekend a month (dates listed below)
Yoga’s Ethical System: The Yamas & Niyamas
Yoga History (the origins of modern yoga) and philosophy (Yoga Sutra Excerpts)
The Klesha (the cause of human suffering)
Karma and Samskaras
7 Essential Yoga Workhops — COURSE FEE $550
Classes held on Sunday afternoons (2:30PM-5:30PM) one weekend a month (dates listed below)
Ayurvedic Practices September 22, 2019)
Anatomy & Physiology I (October 20, 2019)
Anatomy & Physiology II November 17, 2019)
Restorative & Somatics by Maria Toso (December 15, 2019)
Prenatal Yoga (January 19, 2020)
The Bandhas and Pranayama by Paul Busch (February 16, 2020)
The Chakra Inquiry Workshop by Maria Toso (March 22, 2020)
This training will be a milestone in your life that will reach deeply into all aspects of your life.
As a native Dane, Maria Toso, E-RYT-500 brings over 25 years of yoga and meditation experience from the United States and Europe and is committed to providing exemplary instruction in a safe and compassionate learning environment. Along with her co-teachers, she fasciliates a warm and caring community environment where students can safely develop their spiritual leadership while honoring their own need for growth and learning.
To apply for Maria's 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training starting in the fall of 2019 -- please FILL OUT THIS FORM and Maria will be in touch with you.
200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training over 7 Weekends:
Weekend Training Hours format: Friday 6:30-8:30PM, Saturday 9:30AM-5PM, Sunday 9:30AM-5:30PM
In addition to the weekend hours, students must attend an average of two yoga classes a week. These clases with either Paul Busch and/or with Maria Toso (both at St Paul Yoga Center) are included in your tuition. You many also choose to take these practice hours at other studios in which case you must log the hours and submit class reviews for each class; classes with other teachers are not covered by your tuition.
All classes are held at St Paul Yoga Center 1162 Selby Avenue in St Paul (corner Studio).
Teacher Training Faculty:
Lead Trainer: Maria Toso, E-RYT 500
Anatomy and Alignment: Danielle Berres, S.P.T. and E-RYT-200
Bandhas and Pranayama: Paul Busch, Director of St Paul Yoga Center
Ayurveda: Marcia Meredith, Director of Minnesota Institute of Ayurveda
Maria Toso is a fantastic teacher. Her balanced viewpoint ensures that any student of any background will feel welcome and appreciated for who they are and what they bring to the world. Maria is an incredibly accomplished yogi as well, and has a way of breaking down poses and helping students find their own cues that allows them to find their own inner instructor. - Meghan Hatalla, Teacher Training graduate, 2016
Maria is a wonderful teacher. Her in depth knowledge in teaching asana is great, but I really benefitted from her knowledge in meditation and somatics. I believe her teachings far exceeds what is offered in those areas at the 200 hour level, elsewhere. - Lisa Ophoven, Teacher Training Graduate, 2017
Teacher training Instructor Maria Toso is exceptionally qualified to guide students. Her areas of expertise include, but are not limited to: meditation, yoga nidra, yoga philosophy & history, asanas, modifications and cueing techniques. Through loving kindness and sharing her deep understanding of yoga; she provides students with a solid base from which to build our own practice and instills confidence. An Inspiring and Supportive role model! - Kathy Young, Teacher Training Graduate, 2016
This course was very well put together and led. It was through the instructor’s energy, transparency, honesty, intentions, thoughts, words, compassionate attitude, caring and kindness, that my spiritual experiences were enhanced and growth in perception, awareness, and self-realization were possible. I found this to be a safe space filled with love, acceptance, and non-judgement. A breath of fresh air in the chaos and challenges of everyday living. - Geneah Escobar 2018
There are currently 14 openings left for this training.