ALBERTA YOGA COLLEGE
"A Training Program Like No Other"
Never miss a day's work when you sign up for this Program...
The Alberta Yoga College is radically different in many ways with three start dates a year
Become a Certified Yoga Teacher by March 27! Register now for the Winter Session beginning January 6.
• Become a confident and competent yoga instructor with our warm support!
• Complete in three months or take longer with prior approval from the Director to finish the 200-hour program
• Never miss a day's work (we meet Thursday and Friday evenings and on Saturday afternoons)
• Learn all you need to get started, including Alignment-based Asana, Anatomy, Vinyasa, Philosophy, Restorative and Prenatal Yoga, Yoga for Seniors, Yoga for Kids, Class Planning and Sanskrit
• Worldwide acceptance with 200-hour Yoga Alliance Certification
• See each day’s program in detail on the online calendar
• Use RESP and RSP funds to pay for the 200-hour course
• Free yoga classes during and beforehand - with some conditions
• Six expert faculty who have trained yoga teachers more than 18 years
• Convenient location dedicated to teacher training. Excellent parking
• Teach all ages safely. Learn to deal with yours and others anxiety through yoga
• Only sign up for what you can afford. Take Anatomy and Philosophy/Spirituality on Thursday nights only to start with if your finances or time is limited
• Don't want to teach? Just want to deepen your knowledge for personal growth? This program is also designed for you!
"I left every module wanting to learn more and wishing the program were longer" - Sara, Spring 2020
“I am so glad I took the dive into yoga teacher training through AYC" - Naminder, Spring 2020
“I’m walking away from this a changed person...for the better!!!" - Diane, Spring 2020
“Best yoga school ever" - Erin, Spring 2020
“Everyone is super friendly and respectful" - Hannah, Spring 2020
Rob has directed yoga studios and yoga teacher training for 20 years as former director of The Yoga Studio South and former director of the Yoga Studio College of Canada. In 2012 he created The Alberta Yoga College, which he directs, overseeing 23 graduating classes of competent and confident yoga teachers.
A Yoga Alliance 500-hour Experienced Yoga Teacher, he is excited to be offering this radically different teacher training program with its emphasis on high quality instruction from experts in each field, and flexibility for everyone’s timetable and budget.
In 2020 he published a critical overview of modern yoga: The New Yoga: From Cult and Dogma to Science and Sanity. It invites yoga students and teachers to a radical new vision of a more inclusive, evidence-based yoga. The New Yoga maintains the essence of traditional yoga but questions traditional instructions through the lens of modern movement sciences.
He trained on three five-week trips to Pune, India, in 2003, 2005 and 2007 with Yoga Master BKS Iyengar (One of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people in the world in 2004). He now enjoys the freedom to draw from a wider range of influences, especially evidence-based movement sciences.
He began his career in journalism, working as Deputy Night News Editor on the award-winning Daily Mail in London (circulation 2 million) and Health Writer for the Calgary Herald for 17 years. His work appeared extensively in The Medical Post and the Yoga Journal. He wrote First Clue, an encyclopedia of finding out, published by Pan Books.
"I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you have taught me. It has made me an excellent teacher in any environment and with any level of students. I seem to know just what to do and how to teach them - forever grateful." - R.B.
"Your teaching has changed my perspective on yoga in so many “human” ways!" - Margo Dodginghorse.
Cliona Corbett, PT
Cliona has treated a wide variety of musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiorespiratory conditions while working in private orthopaedic clinics and community care facilities. Currently she is a physical therapist at the Calgary Chronic Pain Centre, the largest multidisciplinary pain management centre in North America, where she integrates yoga and pilates techniques into physical therapy treatments. She is presently involved in a pilot research study to examine the benefits of yoga in chronic pain patients. In addition, Cliona teaches specialty yoga therapy classes to individuals with persistent pain and the general public.
Cliona is a Registered Physical Therapist and a yoga teacher. She received her Master of Science in Physical Therapy at the University of Alberta and completed her yoga teacher training through the Yoga Studio College of Canada. She continues her yoga studies with Judith Hanson Lasater PT, Julie Gudmestad PT and Neil Pearson PT. Cliona has also completed her Stott Pilates Instructor course and acupuncture certification.
"Cliona did an awesome job." - Cori
"Yoga is the thread that weaves my life together, pulls me forward, lifts me up and challenges me to be more."
From corporate Engineer to kids yoga teacher and trainer, through Ayurveda, habit change and natural plant medicine. Yoga is the golden thread that has woven a path of healing, wisdom and compassion through Krista’s life and career.
Krista graduated from The Yoga College in 2007 and received her YogaKids certification in 2009. A love to learn more prompts continued training from yoga, ayurveda and habit gurus; Geeta Iyengar, Judith Lasater, Martin Kirk, Julie Gudmestad, Alan Milheim, Cate Stillman and Dana Skoglund.
After pioneering yoga programs within Calgary schools and leading kids yoga teacher trainings for 10 years Krista’s yogic path led her to weave the wisdom of Yoga and Ayurveda into the lives of moms and teachers following the principle that if we "Nourish the Mother the Child will Thrive"
Krista currently inspires moms and teachers to live fuller, happier lives and leads a community of wellness professionals to make a real difference in the world.
"Krista is a lovely presenter and knows her stuff."- Deana
"Krista is a true natural." - Cindy
E-RYT 200 & RPYT
Sara Villamil grew up in Calgary. As a dancer and lover of movement and sport, she has always been enthralled with the capabilities of the human body. Around age 16, when transitioning away from dance, Sara found yoga and it was a perfect fit. In 2004, she made the leap to take her first Yoga Teacher Training in Calgary. She went on to study more seriously at YogaWorks in New York City. Since then, she graduated from the Alberta Yoga College and also became a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher. She believes in continuing education and always learning. She is becoming increasingly interested in weaving movement disciplines, from outside of the world of yoga, onto the mat.
She passionately creates a safe, welcoming space for people to practice yoga. Regardless of ability, Sara believes there is a yoga practice to suit everyone. She loves to create graceful, strong yoga sequences that give her students a sense of inner strength, power and relaxation.
Sara currently teachers a variety of classes. She specializes in Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga, Yoga for Seniors and Vinyasa Flow Yoga. She has co-taught in 200-Hour Yoga Alliance Yoga Teacher Trainings and runs her own Yoga Alliance 85-hour Prenatal Teacher Training School.
"Sara is awesome!" - Jacqui Basha
"Sara is a great instructor and very enthusiastic." - Michale
Curran has taught numerous yoga teacher trainings, workshops and classes, focussing on meditation and philosophy. He is excited to now bring that experience to The Alberta Yoga College.
He began this teaching in 2009. First studying in north India, Curran has built on a rich tradition of hatha and raja yoga, emphasizing the power of yoga in self inquiry and critical thinking.
He holds an honours degree in political science and philosophy from the University of Victoria, and a certificate in film studies from Vancouver Film School. In 2011, Curran founded Define Yoga School with his wife, Lisa Whitford, designing a 200-hour yoga teacher training curriculum and manual and a 50-hour meditation teacher training curriculum and manual. Curran was director of teaching at Calgary’s Bodhi Tree Yoga Centre, where he provided leadership and mentoring to the teaching staff from 2014-2017. He currently teaches regular drop in classes at Yoga Santosha in Calgary.
"Curran is absolutely brilliant." - Connor
"I would have given Curran a 6/5 if it was available." - Karoline
Victoria’s yoga journey began 21 years ago. She enjoyed a regular practice of yoga and meditation for many years but it was while volunteering with the MS Society in their yoga program (2004-2007) that she truly came to understand that yoga is for everybody. “You don’t have to be flexible; you just need to be willing.”
In 2005, she sought out what she believed to be the best yoga teacher training program available in Calgary at the time - and graduated from The Yoga College of Canada in 2006 under the guidance of Rob Walker. Victoria has continued teaching yoga and meditation at various studios across Calgary for the next 14 years. “I’m forever grateful for what Iyengar yoga has taught me, alignment, precision, strength and dedication”
In 2014, Victoria became a Hypnotherapist through Calgary Hypnosis Academy under the guidance of Wally Muller. She is a member of the National Guild of Hypnotists. “Hypnosis has deepened my personal meditation practice and my meditation teaching tremendously. The sub-conscious mind is infinite in strength and wisdom, enlightening the pathway that reveals our strength, passion and purpose.”
Victoria’s deep spiritual belief in infinite universal energy and profound connection with the Divine continues to illuminate and deepen her spiritual path. She holds certifications in Reiki, Gateway Dream Coaching, Numerology EFT, Yoga Nidra and Tarot.
"Victoria is one of the most calming and insightful people I have ever met." - Connor
"Victoria has a great personality and seems to be a natural teacher." - Stephanie
#5, 2439 54 Ave SW (just east of Crowchild Trail, north of Glenmore Trail)
111 Woodmont Crescent SW
Mon-Wed: 9:00 am - 11:00 am & 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Thu-Sat: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Sun: 10:00 am - 11:30 am
We are open for in-person inquiries 20 minutes before and after public classes. Check the Public Class schedule for times.