Explore.   Experience.   Lead.

Whether it's about yoga or leading anything in life, we are ever the student. As a yoga teacher our role is to create a safe space within which discovery may occur. The dance is in knowing when to step in and when to step out. The art is in being aware, present and authentic. Keep them safe, and let them be. If you're lucky they come out better, faster, stronger than you. If you want to learn more about teaching, then teach. The rest will follow.

“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.” Mark Van Doren

Immersion Weekends

Laurentians QC and Ottawa ON

These specialized immersion experiences are designed for yoga teachers and practitioners interested in deepening their practice and studies. Whether taken individually for continuing education credits or as part of a plan for earning a 300hr certificate, these courses count.

300hr: If you are interested in pursuing a 300hr (YA) certificate, contact Kat, as there is currently a small group formed to do just that. 8 applicants will be accepted for this unique and customized training and there are some spots still available.

You'll work with us directly in a relaxed setting, practical, experienced, professional teachings as well as the opportunity to build your own skills and practice.

  • Monthly immersions, practicums and assignments
  • Mentorship program in Ottawa
  • Support between sessions
  • Self-study based on area of specialization
  • Customized for the group attending

Weekend Immersion dates:

  • April 27 - 30 (Thursday 7pm to Sunday 2pm) (YTT only)
  • May 26 - 28 (Friday 7pm to Sunday 2pm) Pranayama Immersion
  • June 22-25 (Thursday 7pm-Sunday 2pm) Yogic Anatomy Immersion
  • July 13-16 (Thursday 7pm-Sunday 2pm)
  • August 24-28 (Thursday 7pm-Monday 2pm)
  • September 7-10 (Thursday 7pm-Sunday 2pm

Information about specific content, course fee, structure and flexibility of modules is available to serious applicants. Please contact makataliving@gmail.com directly.

Yin + Restorative Yoga Immersion: 30 hour training

Thursday, April 6 – Sunday, April 9, 2017

Prepare to go deep! This 4 day intensive experience of yin and restorative yoga is the perfect platform from which to dive into these popular styles of yoga. With a special focus on the nervous system and using yin and restorative yoga as tools for stress relief and pain management, this training will provide big insights into where yoga fits in our fast-paced modern world.

Through experiential learning and guided discussion, we will explore:

  • the physical and energetic bodies,
  • poses,
  • modifications,
  • sequencing,
  • breath work,
  • Ayurvedic principles.

This training is for dedicated yoga students looking to deepen their practice, as well as yoga teachers wishing to incorporate yin or a blended yin/restorative style of yoga into their offerings. Students who complete the training will receive a yin yoga teacher training certificate. This training also counts as 32 contact hours towards Yoga Alliance Continuing Education requirements.

Your stay: Participants will share a cozy, simple farmhouse with its four bedrooms, kitchen, livingroom and full bathroom. The farmhouse’s well-equipped kitchen will be stocked with essentials for self-serve breakfast and lunch. A simple vegetarian evening meal will be prepared for the group to enjoy together. Participants are welcome to bring food and supplement as needed.

Arrival & departure: Participants should aim to arrive between 6:00-6:30pm on Thursday, April 6 to get settled in. Course begins at 7pm. Departure will be after lunch on Sunday, April 9, around 2pm.

Early bird rate: $625 on or before March 1, 2017
Regular rate: $675 after March 1, 2017

Location: Laurentians, QC (~2 hours from downtown Ottawa)

This training has 8 places available.

For more info or to register contact: Erin (erin@erinbidlake.com) or Kat (makataliving@gmail.com).


Makata Living Yoga 200hr and 300hr – Ottawa, ON: ongoing

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