Sama Yoga Intensives and Teacher Training

2018 Applications now open

Taught by senior teacher Julie Smerdon, owner of Shri Yoga in Brisbane Australia and facilitator of their widely sought-after Teacher Training Program. Her program has produced some of Australia's top yoga teachers.

Julie's teaching is sought-after around the world. We are blessed to have her share her gifts with us at Sama. Learning from an international teacher is an experience you will always remember.


Our program is a 200-hour course devoted to excellence, exploration, creativity and community. Designed for a range of individuals from those who want to learn more and not teach to those ready to embark on the journey of becoming a teacher... or additional education for teachers who want to enhance their skills.

Our practice intensives and teacher training program will equip you with a comprehensive set of tools so that you flourish as both an informed practitioner and creative teacher of yoga.


This takes time, effort, and commitment.

Our training takes place over the course of a year, and is divided into 3 sections. The full Teacher Training Program comprises 12 weekends, and meets Yoga Alliance’s requirement for certification at their 200-hour level.   (Additional requirements will apply for the Yoga Alliance 200-hour certification)

1. Anusara Intensive

Grow your yoga practice on every level during this potent 100-hour intensive studies program designed for yogis living full lives in the 21st century.


Each weekend will be a step on a journey that will exponentially deepen your understanding of the core practices of yoga including asana, pranayama, mantra and meditation We’ll also explore yoga philosophy, Ayurveda and basic anatomy.


Although our Intensive Studies Program does not give instruction on how to teach yoga, it is a solid and comprehensive groundwork for those wishing to start their journey toward teaching, and a further enhancement to the foundation of those who are already teaching yoga.

*Prerequisites for the Anusara Intensive:  Open to any student with some class experience who has a desire to learn more about Yoga.

100 hours – three modules may be done as a stand-alone course for personal development, or in conjunction with the Teaching Skills Modules in 2019.

Module Dates:

Module 1 - May 19, 20, 26, 27

Module 2 - June 30, July 1, 7, 8

Module 3 - September 29, 30, October 6, 7


Single Module $702

Full 100 hours in 2018 $1976 [$150 off until April 1]

* Save 4% by paying with Cash/Check in the studio. Six Month Payment Plan Available.

** These first three modules are required for a teaching certificate in the Anusara Style of yoga in addition to completing the Teaching Skills section (targeted to begin in 2019)

2. Anatomy Weekend

10 Hours

Deepen your understand of Anatomy in an integrated and hands-on way with Sama Teacher Natalie Pendergrass, who teaches Massage Therapy and Reflexology at Elgin Community College.


Broaden your skill set as a teacher and deepen your personal practice through an exploration of anatomy and alignment, and how working with the natural order of the body is a path to strength, freedom and healing.

This weekend will be held Saturday and Sunday from 12:30 - 5:30 pm.

Date TBD in 2018

Cost: $240 (special rate for trainees. This weekend is also open to the public)

*This weekend is open to anyone interested in going deeper in anatomy specifically for yoga and is required for those pursuing the 200 hour Teacher Training certification.

3. Teaching Skills

100 hours (dates TBD in 2019) – All 3 Practice Intensive Modules must be completed before taking the Teaching Skills Modules

We are a registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance at the 200 hour level.

The final piece in our teacher training, our Teaching Skills Modules are  designed to fully equip teachers to skilfully share their love of yoga. This training is designed to refine proficiency in the essential areas of accomplished teaching including:

• Language:  Clear and Relevant Communication
• Observation Skills:  Being Present in your teaching
• The Artful use Of Voice
• The Art of Touch:  Physical Adjustments
• Teaching Multi-level classes
• Basic Therapeutics
• Instructing the Breath
• Teaching Alignment in a Pose
• Effective Verbal Cueing
• The Art of Theming
• Creative Sequencing

*Prerequisites for Teaching Skills Modules: Completion of the Practice-Based Intensives

*Class attendance and practice teaching will also be required, all requirements must be completed within 12 months of the end of training in order to receive certification.

2018 dates

Practice Intensives

  • Module 1: May 19, 20, 26, 27

  • Module 2: June 30, July 1, 7, 8

  • Module 3: September 29, 30, October 6, 7

Anatomy Weekend

  • TBD in 2018

Teaching Skills

  • Five Modules - Dates TBD

Session times for all weekends are Saturdays 9.00-5.30pm and Sundays 10am-4pm

What is Anusara Yoga?

Anusara yoga classes are based on a non-dual Tantric philosophy that an intrinsic energy of Oneness underlies everything and everyone.


Anusara yoga teachers are trained to look for this goodness first – in the poses, in our practices, ourselves and in all of life’s experience.


This perspective is a shift from looking to ‘fix or correct’ the student, to a vision of service by enhancing and revealing more beauty and innate goodness that is the Supreme nature already present in the student.


Anusara yoga teachers are committed to creating an uplifting and empowering experience for every student in class. They inspire lightheartedness and playfulness with a joyful creativity that is the nature of the Anusara yoga practice.

A key element in an Anusara class is a heart theme, a virtue. The theme is skillfully woven through the breath and postural instructions of the asana (poses) effectively creating the attitudinal expression of the poses from the ‘inside out’.


The heart quality cultivates the connection between the physical yoga poses and the greater spiritual purposes of yogic practices.

A unique set of concise bio-mechanical alignment principles called the “Universal Principles of Alignment™” , is applied to each asana.


Anusara yoga teachers are trained to integrate these alignment instructions with the attitudinal heart theme in artful and varying ways, offering students a new experience of yoga in every class.

Movements and actions within every pose are coordinated with the breath. Postural alignments in each pose are checked in reference to the Universal Principles of Alignment and the teacher may use verbal cues and/or physical adjustments to help each student enhance their full form of the pose..


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