Teacher Training

  • Melissa Wasserfall

    Melissa Wasserfall started practicing Ashtanga yoga in 1998 under the guidance of Hamish Hendry and Brian Cooper, in Edinburgh. she has maintained a solid practice for over 17 years (with the exception of two pregnancies!) and has been fortunate to study on multiple occasions with Pattabhi Jois and Sharath. She has enjoyed soaking in knowledge from many Authorised and Certified Ashtanga yoga teachers , as well as learning from other styles of Yoga. She has a diploma in Sports and Remedial massage, and continues to be a lifelong student of anatomy. She ran a studio in Edinburgh before relocating to Edmonton, where she ran True Yoga for 9 years, before passing on the baton…

  • 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Mexico

    This 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training program will be certified by Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga School and will be focusing on the traditional Hatha Yoga methods and applying them to Astanga, Vinyasa, Yin, and Flow style classes. Upon graduation, you will be able to teach yoga anywhere is the world!
    As a student teacher trainee, you will learn everything you need to know to take your own practice deeper and to teach a safe and intelligent yoga class. The course covers yoga asanas, anatomy, pranayama, philosophy, and meditation. This will help shape your life and teaching style!
    As this is a Travelling Yogi Retreats adventure, you will have the luxury of being well taken care of with breakfast and dinner included each day with a variety of both Mexican and International dishes served family style, a private pool and pool deck where our classes will be held in the mornings, a cooler space indoors for evening classes, karma/charity work in the community, 2 full day excursions as a group and every Saturday off so that you can explore, nap, have a beach day or whatever your heart desires!

    Your Teacher
    Mandy McPherson, E-RYT & Lead Teacher

    The course outline will be available at yogaalliance.org 

    October 5th-26th, 2019 

    Daily Schedule Sample 

    7:00-8:00 am Meditation

    8:00-9:30 am Yoga Practice
    9:00-9: 30 am Breakfast
    9:30-12:30 pm Theory, Philosophy or Teaching Methodology
    12:30-2:30 pm Break
    2:30-5:00 pm Teaching Practice and Discussion
    5:00-6:30 pm Yoga Practice
    6:30-7:30 pm- Adjusts and Assists
    7:30- Dinner




    $3995+gst for a single trainee in a shared room

    Non Residential (local pricing)
    $3000+gst for the course only trainees (non-residential, breakfast included)

    Your Accommodations

    This part of Mexico is known for being very safe & open-minded while maintaining a traditional feel. The villa that has been chosen is, GORGEOUS. It is a large private villa with an assortment of bedrooms and staffed with a cook & housekeeper. This villa features a gorgeous pool deck & terrace for your asana practices and open space indoors with cooling fans for your theory portions of the training, so that everyone is comfortable.

    Sean B., a popular American chef living in Puerto Vallarta, will prepare and serve family style meals for breakfast & dinner each day. He can accommodate vegan, vegetarian & gluten free. There are many restaurants and shops in the area if you choose to find a meal in your downtime. The beach is just a 5-minute walk down to the sunny, walkable and swimmable playa. The municipal bus system is easy, safe and runs every 10 minutes so you can easily make your way to explore surrounding communities.
    This is a very safe and tourist friendly part of Mexico and my second home, so feel free to ask Mandy for advice on anything! The home is yours and includes use of the heated dipping pool, air-conditioning in bedrooms, TV’s, WIFI and cleaning service. A reminder that it is co-ed communal living, so sharing is caring……but it is huge and there is plenty of room to have alone time.

    Registration form HERE : 


  • YTT In Studio 2020

    Yoga Teacher Training January 2020

    Our Yoga Teacher Training will take place in the studio over 8 in-studio weekends and 1 amazing retreat weekend in beautiful rural Alberta!

    This 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training program is certified by Yoga Alliance as an RYS and will be focusing on the traditional Hatha Yoga methods and applying them to Vinyasa, Yin, and Flow style classes. As a trainee, you will learn everything you need to know to take your own practice deeper and to teach a safe and intelligent yoga class. The course covers yoga asanas, anatomy, sequencing, adjusting, pranayama, philosophy, mantra and ceremony applications. This will help shape your life and teaching style!

    Mandy, your Lead Teacher, takes students through the tools of teaching, filtered with humor and deep knowledge. Elements of sacred ceremony, ancient traditions, and new research will all be applied throughout your education.

    Taking your yoga teacher training over an extended schedule helps you to live your life while learning and growing. We will meet each training weekend and immerse in all things yoga. There will be physical practice, teaching methodology, philosophy, Ayurveda & anatomy sprinkled throughout the weekends.

    Your Teachers

    Mandy McPherson, E-RYT & Lead Teacher


    Melissa Wasserfall, E-RYT & RMT Anatomy


    Ian Hayward, Ayurvedic Studies


    Tiffany Sparrow, BMT & RYT500 Philosophy & Mantra


    The course outline will be available at yogaalliance.org by December 1, 2019


    January 10-12 January 17-19 February 7-9 (Melissa & Tiffany) February 28-March 1 March 20-22 April 3-5 April 24-26 May 8-10 May 22-24 Retreat Weekend

    Daily Schedule Sample

    *subject to change, example only


    5:30-6:30 | Hot Flow

    7:00-8:30 | Yin Yoga

    8:30-10pm | Theory


    10:45-11:45 | Hot Flow

    11:45-12:30 | Break

    12:30-1:30 | Warm Gentle

    1:30-5 | In studio learning

    5-6 | Break

    6-9pm | In studio learning


    9:15-10:30| Progressive Flow

    10:30-12 | Break

    12-3 | In studio learning

    3-5 | Practicums

    Each weekend will be intensive, however, you will have time to eat, digest and integrate. We strive for a balance of physical output and mental input.

    Early Bird pricing $2995 +gst if registered by October 15, 2019 

    After October 15, 2019 price is $3295 +gst



  • Yoga Teacher Training Question and Asana

    Taking your teacher training is a big step and it’s so unique and different for each student. Some attend to be teachers, some attend because they love learning about “stuff” and some are looking to support their own practice while digging into YOGA as a whole. It is not asana/postures only. There is so much more! Mandy McPherson, our Lead Teacher in the 200 hour Yoga Teacher a training program is hosting this class as an opportunity to practice with her and chat about the YTT. We have two programs currently and more in the works!


    If you’ve ever had the tug on your soul of “is there more” or “ could I teach yoga?” then please join us for a free class and an opportunity to ask questions with Mandy.

    This is a free class!!
    September 7th, 2019 

    *anyone that registers this night will be entered to win $300 off their course fees PLUS a 5 class pass to use or share!