Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training

Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training

Next session  Fall 2019
(45 contact hours)

Full Program (100 hours towards Master Teacher Certificate 500hr YTT)

  • 30 classes with an experienced Ashtanga Yoga Teacher
  • 30 classes teaching Ashtanga Yoga
  • Thesis supervised by Denise Davis-Gains
  • Intensive with senior Ashtanga Teacher (approval required)
  • Must be able to execute and teach the primary series to graduate – practical exam

Program cost: $1500.00 (Atlas YTT graduates ask about program discount)
Pre-requisite: Basic 200 hour YTT
To Register: Register early! Deposit of $150.00 to apply. Full payment necessary to confirm space in the program. Send an email with your name, address, telephone and email address indicating your intention to register. A copy of your YTT certificate and deposit fee are required to complete the application process.

(This course can be used towards your 500hr YTT certification as a specialization. In order to use this course, you must be
registered in the 500hr YTT program.)

For Further Inquiries you can contact: Denise Davis-Gains at or 519.240.9642

Required Reading:

Ashtanga Yoga: The Practice Manual – David Swenson

Yoga Mala

Yoga Mala – Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

Ashtanga Yoga

Ashtanga Yoga: Practice & Philosophy – Gregor Maehle

The Heart Of Yoga: Developing A Personal Practice

The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice – T.K.V. Desikachar

Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga

Meditations from the Mat – Rof Gates & Katrina Kenison

Your Instructor

Denise Davis-Gains has been teaching fitness and studying meditation since 1980, and has been teaching yoga since 1993. After completing her first yoga certification with Susie Dias in Toronto, Denise actively sought to find time with senior teachers of this ancient tradition.  She holds two university degrees and continues to pursue higher education. 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 since 1997. Denise taught Intro to Yoga, Group Exercise and Physical Fitness in the Kinesiology department of Wilfrid Laurier University for 16 years and is currently an Instructor at Conestoga College where she teaches physical education in the community Services sector of the Health Sciences Department. She has been a facilitator and Production & Staff 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). Most recently, at Kripalu, Denise assisted in a program in support of Parkinson’s patients and their caregivers and a nutrition program.

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


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Director: Denise Davis-Gains
Phone: +1 519-240-9642