300-hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training
with Hart Lazer, assisted by Donna Read

300 hour professional certification program
16 weekend intensives August 2017 – November 2018

Teaching is the very heart of United Yoga Montreal. This course is designed to strengthen and deepen the understanding of yoga as a self-nourishing process as well as to add to the knowledge base of current yoga teachers. Our approach encourages each student to internalize the skills they learn with us and find their own unique expression as a teacher.


In this section of the 300-hour Advanced TT, emphasis will be placed on teaching clear and precise principles of alignment in both fast-paced movement practices and long-held supported practices. Other important topics include masterfully sequencing poses to attain a certain focus in your practice and teaching, learning to work with mixed level classes, and addressing common problems and injuries that occur in the intermediate and advanced level student.

The intent of this program is to advance and accelerate your practice as well as give you an opportunity to teach advanced-level poses including inversions, hip openings, advanced backbends and twists. You will gain hands on experience in adjusting and assisting students to move safely into these complex poses. Injuries and special needs will be addressed along with some meditation and breath work.

You will have the opportunity to learn:

  • How to teach intermediate and advanced level poses in the safest possible way
  • Effective language to communicate instructions clearly
  • Preparation of lesson plans and creation of exciting sequences from different categories of poses or methods of practice
  • How to adjust with skill and precision
  • How to safely take your students deeper into their practice
  • How to work with musculo-skeletal problems in intermediate to advanced poses
  • The importance of practicing and teaching breath work
  • How to deepen your meditation practice and teach from your own experience


Teaching wall yoga and restorative classes requires a specialized skillset. Ideally, these poses are practiced for years before teaching them. Our deep knowledge and experience in these two areas will help initiate and deepen your wall yoga and restorative practices. This course will teach the principles of a strong asana practice using ropes and slings on the wall as well as teach how to support with props to achieve a practice that is restorative and/or recuperative in nature.

The intention of this course is to learn to teach with ropes, slings, chairs and many other props with full attention on supporting students in the safest and deepest way possible, one that can bring a sense of profound physical relaxation and mental calmness.

You will have the opportunity to learn:

  • How to teach with ropes and slings on the yoga wall
  • Sequencing practices on the yoga wall
  • Adaptation of poses from all categories (inversions, standing poses, backbends, twists and forward bends) with different props from ropes and slings on the yoga wall, to working with chairs, benches, bolsters, blocks and belts.
  • Sequencing different types of restorative practices
  • Effective verbal cuing skills to communicate instructions clearly
  • How to adjust with skill and precision using props to take your students safely into new or deeper postures


This portion of the 300-hour Advanced TT will focus on understanding the major systems of the body as related to restorative and/or recuperative asana practices, savasana, breath awareness and meditation. Systems covered will be the musculoskeletal system, nervous system, organ system, immune, digestive, circulatory and lymphatic systems.

The intention of this program is to acquire new skills to effectively help students that may be in difficulty and may need to practice yoga in a therapeutic way to feel better. Hart and Donna are invested in educating yoga teachers to become knowledgeable about the potential effects of yoga and meditation as a path to wellbeing.

You will have the opportunity to learn:

  • The multiple layers of the human body and psyche as emphasized by the yoga tradition (the koshas).
  • How to join physical movement with breath awareness and spiritual intention – the integration of breath, body and mind – the physical and emotional process towards restoring balance, well-being and improved health.
  • How to teach poses and/or practices for different needs or illnesses.
  • How to work with props to support your students in a therapeutic way.
  • Using different meditation and visualization techniques to help students deal with fear, trauma and everyday life experiences.
  • How to teach breath awareness and different variations of savasana.

Topics covered in this training:

View The Yoga Therapeutics Topic Descriptions PDF
  • Upper back, neck and shoulders
  • Lower back and hamstrings
  • Hips, groins and knees
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Cancer
  • Sexual trauma
  • Chronic pain, anxiety and depression
  • Stress and trauma
  • Asthma, snoring and sleep apnea
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$4250.00 + tax paid in full by August 25th, 2017
$4500.00 + tax for a monthly payment plan
(Please email Donna Read for more details at unitedyogamontreal@gmail.com )

Friday: 5:30pm-9:30pm
Saturday: 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday: 9:00am-5:00pm

Schedule: Part 1: Lesson Planning, Sequencing, Teaching Skills and Adjustments

August 25-27, 2017
October 6-8, 2017
October 27-29, 2017
November 17-19, 2017

Schedule: Part 2: Teaching Wall Yoga and Restoratives

February 9-11, 2018
March 9-11, 2018
April 6-8, 2018
April 27-29, 2018

Schedule: Part 3: Therapeutic Approach: Restoratives, Breath Awareness, Meditation and Savasana

May 25-27, 2018
June 15-17, 2018
July 13-15, 2018
August 10-12, 2018
September 7-9, 2018
September 28-30, 2018
October 19-21, 2018
November 16-18, 2018

*** Times may vary occasionally, (ie: start or finish earlier or later) but please plan in your schedule to start and finish at these times.

Admission requirements:

  • At least two years of yoga practice
  • Completed a recognized 200-hour yoga teacher-training program
  • Currently teaching yoga classes at the beginner level
  • Personal practice must be at an intermediate level
  • Essential to have proficient understanding and practice of backbends and shoulder stand

Program requirements:

  • Submission of homework and assignments
  • Monthly independent home yoga and meditation practices are given.
  • Punctual attendance in full is mandatory. Should any hours be missed, the student is responsible to make up these hours in order to receive a certificate of completion.
  • Successfully pass both oral and written exams

NB: Every year, we hold a few spaces in each module for students who wish to study the content independently from the 300-hour certification. See Workshops & Intensives for information on the separate modules.

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Successful completion of this programme is recognized by the Association Des Naturothérapeutes Du Quebec (ANQ), and may be used as part of the requirements towards becoming a registered naturotherapist in Quebec, with the ability to issue insurance receipts.

Total of 300 hours Includes:

  • 270 hours of direct class time with Hart Lazer and/or Donna Read
  • 30 hours of group assignments, personal home-study and practice

*** Schedule is subject to change for unforeseen reasons. ***