Atlas 200hr Yoga Teacher Training programs

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Standards Course

Course Information

  • Course Length: 40 weeks
  • Course Dates: September 2016 & January 2017
  • No class Christmas & NewYears weeks, Reading week & March Break
  • Times: Tuesdays 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Saturday 8am-12pm and 10 full Saturdays 6am-6pm
  • Cost: 3,600.00 (45days before the program begins 200.00 discount) Canadian (plus texts & hst)
  • Instructor: Denise Davis-Gains
    tel: 519.240.9642
  • If you require residency please contact Denise directly to make arrangements for a home-stay or other accommodations.
  • The Atlas Yoga Teacher Training Method – Live your own Yoga

The Atlas yoga method is organized into a complete physically logical system of tapas (or exercise) that will bring mental, physical and spiritual balance, strength and flexibility.  Drawing from ancient wisdom, modern research and science this methodology is a one path to optimal health and wellbeing.


Centering through stillness and breath.  Guided imagery to bring attention and intention into focus and to use the power of the mind to enhance the embodied experience.


Gentle somatic exercises that coordinate breath and range of motion movement will wake up, invigorate, and prepare the body and mind for the asanas (postures) that follow.  A method for releasing chronically contracted muscles, creating freedom and optimal movement.

Posture and alignment

Floor, sitting, and standing asanas that enhance awareness of posture while helping to stretch, strengthen, and elongate the spine.


Carefully calibrated floor, sitting and standing asanas that increase muscle-flexibility, joint range of motion and awareness of self.


Effective asanas that progressively tone and shape abdominals, upper, middle and lower back, gluteals, hamstrings, quadriceps, calves and feet, shoulders, arms and hands.

Balance and Coordination

Standing and moving asanas that center, orient and propel you through space with grace and confidence, through the strengthening of the connection between the center in the old brain stem for balance and the muscles used in each posture infused with prana (life force).

Integration ~ Relaxation ~ Rejeuvenation

Deep relaxation techniques are used to integrate the physical, mental and spiritual efforts of this method; giving the self an opportunity to heal and grow.


The Atlas Method explores movement as a pathway to a deep natural state of meditation.  This integrative method includes a variety of techniques that will move concentrically into deeper and deeper states of consciousness as the participant is ready.

Course Description and Tentative Schedule

Introduction to yoga. Basic introduction to the Ashtanga (eight limbed) system of yoga. This should provide a broad understanding of how asana (postures) and pranayama (breathing exercises) fit into the larger landscape of yogic knowledge and understanding.

Asana: Through demonstration, practice and adjustment, come to understand the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual benefits of some of the basic asana.

Pranayama: Practicing some of the basic pranayama (the complete breath, alternate nostril breathing, the square breath, bellows breathing, etc.) used in yoga classes today, we will learn about breath control (length, retention and rhythm) and its effects on our overall wellness.

Relaxation: Begin to understand the relaxation response through a variety of techniques (progressive relaxation, guided imagery, rhythmic breathing and meditation).

Meditation: Explore this as a goal of hatha yoga. A variety of techniques will be used.

Students will develop a personal practice for the duration of the course. Intention and goal setting will be discussed. Individual fitness level will be examined as it relates to yoga:

  • Flexibility
  • Strength
  • Stamina
  • Psycho-Emotional wellbeing

Students will be introduced to the principles of teaching yoga.

  • Safety
  • Voice
  • Tone
  • Flow/Choreography
  • Content
  • Special needs
  • Ability to demonstrate
  • Ability to talk though the postures
  • Music
  • Par-q
  • Exercise preparation

Students will be expected to practice on their own time what they have learned in class. It is suggested by the instructor that they practice 1-2 hours per day in order to digest the information they are learning.

Your Instructor:
Denise Davis-Gains has been teaching yoga as a certified yoga teacher since 1993. She has been teaching fitness and studying meditation since 1980. She holds two university degrees and continues to pursue higher education in religion and culture. Denise completed a course in Sanskrit with Jonathan Geen at McMaster University. She is trained in the Kripalu method of yoga, a very introspective style that incorporates vinyasa flow and postural analysis. She has been fortunate to be able to study with great yoga masters in the Ashtanga, Iyengar, Sivananda, Kundalini, Himalayan and other styles and schools and brings this variety of experience and style to this program. Denise has been training yoga teachers for the past twelve years. Denise is a part-time faculty member in the physical education / kinesiology department of Wilfrid Laurier University and a Fitness Technologist at Conestoga College where she trains law enforcement/Police/Fire/Paramedic students to meet the physical industry standards.  She continues to be a facilitator and production manager in the Inner Quest Intensive, at the Kripalu Institute, Massachusetts (the Inner Quest Intensive in considered the most intensive and healing program that is run at this institution).

*Please note: payment is required on receipt of notification of acceptance to the program. (refunds will not be issued once admitted to this program)