Teacher's Renewal Series Workshops


Teaching yoga is a privilege, and at On The Mat, that privilege is our passion.

We are constantly exploring theory and technique that help us improve how to best serve our students. Being a good yoga teacher means committing to growth; continually evolving by sharing ideas, asking questions, being in community, and seeking knowledge that will help us share yoga in a meaningful and safe way. Our Teacher’s Renewal Series workshops are for all yoga teachers who are interested in professional development, and finding support and inspiration in our very own, and very rich yoga community.

The Teacher’s Renewal Series Workshops can vary in length.  Some offer bite sized, fun, and interactive 2 hour workshops on current topics specific to teaching group classes. Other topics need more time, so we take a deeper dive, over 5-8 hours in a weekend to examine theory, foster critical discussion, and offer opportunities for practice teaching and feedback with a keen lens on the topics at hand. Whatever format works in your schedule, come and stretch your teaching muscles, find community with other people who love teaching yoga, occasionally get uncomfortable, and continue your growth as a teacher in a safe and supportive environment.



Teacher's Renewal Series Workshop - Giving and Receiving Feedback

Event Date: 
Saturday, November 30, 2019 to Sunday, December 1, 2019

November 30 and December 1 (Saturday from 12-4, and Sunday from 10:30-2:30) with Robin Thompson and Barbie Leggett - $160 plus HST

A weekend workshop designed to strengthen your effectiveness as a teacher by learning how to give and receive constructive feedback. There will be opportunities for practice teaching, and to reflect on insights and personal feedback to support your strengths as a teacher, and to identify areas for growth. Learn to refine your teaching based on structured feedback, and to find your authentic voice and true self. You will also learn how to provide useful feedback to others. 


Teacher's Renewal Series Workshop - The "All Levels" Class

Event Date: 
Saturday, January 4, 2020 to Sunday, January 5, 2020

Saturday, January 4 (8:30-12:30), and Sunday, January 5 (9-1) with Ali Sangster and Tori Jarvis Grant - $130 plus HST

What does an "all-levels" class REALLY mean?  How do we keep everyone safe, challenged, stimulated, and coming back to see us?  Eeek...it's a lot to think about!  Join Ali and Tori for an interactive weekend that focuses on ways to engage every body and everybody in your classes.  The weekend will include lecture and discussions on techniques and languaging to ensure safety, proper modifications, planning for, and teaching ALL bodies.


Teacher's Renewal Workshop - A Recipe for Restoration

Event Date: 
Saturday, January 18, 2020

Saturday, January 18 with Michelle Marshall and Robin Thompson, from 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm - $35 plus HST

In this Teacher's Renewal Series, Robin and Michelle share all of the ingredients necessary to create a delicious Restorative experience.  Learn the purpose of the practice itself, the important distinctions between Yin and Restorative, and the perfect placement of a Restorative pose in a movement based class. Find out how to create the right environment for the practice to be effective including props, lighting, music, voice and timing.  Finally, experience correct posture set up, and receive the nourishing effects of the practice for yourself.