Metta Yoga Teacher Training

Edmonton, AB / Summer 2021

Metta – means benevolence, loving-kindness, friendliness, good will and genuine happiness of all beings, without exception. We are a community driven yoga studio committed to growing our collective. Our teachers are dedicated and our studio is authentic.

200 hour METTA INTENSIVE

Accessibility is our core value. Metta instructors offer simple and intelligent  techniques with accessibility at the forefront of our classes. The Metta Yoga 200 hour Teacher Training Program is geared towards anyone who would like to deepen their personal yoga practice, harvest greater self-awareness, learn the art of effective, concise and powerful teaching, as well as diving into Yoga History and Philosophy. The groundwork we complete at this training will provide experiential growth for teachers to emerge as dedicated students for their life and their teachings on and off the mat. This teacher training invites each student’s unique voice, strengths and experiences to foster their growth to becoming authentic yoga teachers.

The key ingredient to setting our Metta graduating teachers up for success is built around the evolution of the Metta Yoga sequences.  The Metta Yoga 200 hour teacher training emphasizes a foundational yoga practice based in alignment and anatomy, linking yoga principles and philosophies.  

You will walk away with the ability to teach smart yoga sequences with a strong foundation in teaching methodology, anatomy and alignment.  In addition to the physical aspects of yoga, you will learn trauma informed teaching, yoga philosophy, yoga history, meditation, chanting and pranayama. 

ASANA

Daily Practice & Meditation – Our 200 hour intensive training includes a balance of daily asana practice and meditation. If this is your first time meditating don’t be intimidated! This is an introduction to meditation, a great way to unplug and connect to yourself. The intensity of a daily practice will help your mind and body gather all the information of this training on and off your mat. Your practice is an extension of your teaching.

PRACTICE TEACHING

This is your chance to share your voice. During this training, you will have ample opportunity to teach a sequence of poses to fellow trainees in order to gain experience standing in the “instructor role”.  

Coaching is provided throughout the course to emphasize the confidence you will gain and provide the support required to continue your journey after this training. The Metta 200 hour teacher training provides an environment for you to lead a strong, safe and accessible yoga class. 

YOGA HISTORY & PHILOSOPHY

Yoga postures are just the tip of the iceberg. There is so much more to discover and learn in your yoga practice, which we will explore during this training through the subjects of yoga history, philosophy and more.

METTA INSTRUCTOR ROSTER

Angela Zawada, Yoga Alliance E-RYT® 500
Brandi Wilson, Yoga Alliance (YA ID 303873) E-RYT® 500, YACEP®
Nicki Doane
Mallorie Buoy, Yoga Alliance E-RYT® 500, YACEP®
Katie Joliceur

COURSE CURRICULUM

Basic and Functional Anatomy
Teaching Methodology
Practice Teaching
Sequencing (Metta Sequences)
Posture/Alignment Workshops
Verbal and Hands-on Adjustments
Mental Well Being
Trauma Informed Teaching
Yoga History & Philosophy
Meditation, Pranayama & Chanting
Business & Ethics of Yoga

PREREQUISITE

A dedicated yoga practice.

CERTIFICATION

Requirements:

  • Must attend all lectures and practices during the intensive; modifications encouraged so all practices can be attended by all practitioners
  • Complete distant learning projects post intensive
  • Come with a 100% open mind and heart to absorb all the goodness this training will bring
  • Upon completion of the above each participant will receive their Yoga Alliance certified 200 hour Metta Yoga Teacher Training Certification

PERSONAL INVESTMENT

  • $3500 +gst
  • EARLY BIRD PRICE $3250 +gst ends May 25th, 2020
  • Early bird payment plan available of 3 equal installments due May 25th; no exceptions; must contact studio to register this option.

CANCELLATION POLICY

  • 50% refund policy 60 days prior to start of training
  • Cancellations made within 30 days prior to training will not be eligible for refund

INSTRUCTOR BIOS

Angela Zawada

Angela Zawada is the founder of Metta Yoga Edmonton and the super fun mom of two young boys. 

After growing up on a tobacco farm in Ontario, Angela moved to Edmonton to play volleyball with the University of Alberta Pandas.  

After a degree and three national volleyball championships, she turned to yoga to keep her body and mind in shape.  

She’s turned her passion for sport, sweat, and fun into a successful community of yoga studios in Edmonton and Calgary.

Prior to launching Metta Yoga, Angela was a leader in Canada’s Moksha / Modo Yoga community.  During her time with Moksha / Modo, Angela co-created the flow sequence with Dina Tsouluhas.  Angela and Dina also teamed up with Canadian yoga legends Ted Grand and Jessica Robertson to lead Moksha / Modo flow teacher training.

Angela has taken numerous trainings with leading instructors, including:

  • Moksha / Modo Level 1 in Thailand;
  • Moksha / Modo Level 2 & Yin in Toronto;
  • Baptiste Level 1 & 2 with Baron Baptiste;
  • Art of Assisting with Paige Ellison,
  • Rocket Training with David Kyle (x 2); and
  • Kula Training with Schylar Grant

Brandi Wilson

Brandi Wilson (owner/director of Metta Hot Yoga Calgary) does more than teach yoga and run the show at Metta Yoga YYC. She has been practicing yoga for 20 years, teaching for over 10 of those years, and is obsessed with creating community and developing yoga teachers and students.

Her journey started in early 2000 with a strong dislike of gyms and workouts and was searching for an outlet to get healthy (and happy). Enter yoga! She stumbled across a yoga DVD, began practicing in her living room, and fell in love with the strength, mindfulness and results she experienced. Brandi’s natural desire and need to connect with people brought her out of her living room and into the yoga studios, where she serendipitously came across Moksha Yoga Edmonton and met the owner Angela (now business partner and best friend). There was no looking back – she was hooked and found her true calling.

Brandi took her first teacher training in Kerala, India in 2009. She continued to attend trainings and receive certificates in Vinyasa and Yin yoga throughout the years. From the beginning, Angela of Moksha Yoga Edmonton (now Metta Yoga YEG) worked with her through practice teaching classes and community classes, patiently guiding her to find her voice and confidence in teaching. Fast Forward to 2010/2011, Brandi quit her corporate job to teach yoga full time and in addition took on the manager role of Angela’s Edmonton west studio.


Over a glass (or maybe it was a bottle) of wine, Brandi and Angela decided to open a studio together! Long story and long journey short, Brandi moved to Calgary and opened up Moksha Yoga Calgary North in May 2013. Starting out with only 2 teachers plus herself has mentored and developed dozens of teachers to date. In November 2018 Brandi and Angela created a new brand for their studios to Metta Yoga Calgary to continue to thrive and grow their student and teacher community.


Brandi attributes her work ethic to her very hard working parents who raised her and her siblings on a farm in Southwest Saskatchewan. She wears many hats in the studio, from janitor and manager to teacher and friend, and no matter what hat she is wearing her values and goals are simple – she is driven to impact people’s lives through community and yoga. Brandi has completed over 1000hrs of certified yoga trainings throughout her yoga career, and continues her passion to learn all things yoga and develop her own teaching and mentoring skills.

Nicki Doane

Nicki Doane is an internationally recognized yoga teacher, known for her ability to make the practice of yoga accessible to every body. She began her study of yoga at the age of 18 while attending the University of Massachusetts. From her first class, she knew she had found something special and deeply familiar. While she began to practice yoga on a purely physical plane and because it felt good, it became apparent some years later that there was more to Yoga than she originally thought. In 1991, Nicki traveled to Mysore, India to study with Sri K Pattabhi Jois, the master of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. She fell in love with the practice and continued her studies with Pattabhi Jois until his death in 2009. What she experienced on that first trip was a radical realization that yoga is much more than a physical practice. The yoga affected her deeply on an emotional and spiritual level. After that she was hooked! As she delved deeper into the Ashtanga practice she became curious about her teacher’s teacher and his lineage. She learned that Tirumalai Krishnamacharya had been Pattabhi Jois’ teacher and also the teacher of BKS Iyengar. This led her to study Iyengar Yoga with Mr. Iyengar, his children and with many of his senior teachers as well including Gabriella Giubilaro and Patricia Walden, at his institute in Pune, India. Nicki has always believed that her practice continued to grow and evolve due to her study and practice of both of these systems of Yoga. Nicki continues to study to study yoga with senior teachers and believes that a great teacher must always remain a dedicated student.

Nicki’s teaching has grown out of her practice and her deep faith in yoga and she chooses to honor her students as individuals first and foremost. Nicki’s style combines asana, pranayama, philosophy, and poetry and her classes are strong and accessible to everyone. Nicki uses humor in her teaching to set her students at ease and she is considered to be very relatable and down to earth. She is known as a Teacher’s teacher and loves igniting the spark of yoga in her students.

Nicki lives on the beautiful island of Maui, Hawaii, where she owns and directs the Maya Yoga Studio on the North Shore of Maui. She has been featured in numerous articles and has graced the cover of Yoga Journal magazine. She is featured in 2 Ashtanga Yoga videos available through Gaiam and in 9 videos entitled Maya Yoga Vinyasa on her youtube channel. She is currently finishing a book on Yoga for beginners.

Nicki teaches workshops and teacher training courses at her studio on Maui and travels all over the world conducting workshops, teacher trainings, and retreats.

Mallorie Buoy

Mallorie (Prem) has been a yoga teacher, an educator, a spiritual teacher and guide, a compassionate inquiry practitioner, a foster parent, and entrepreneur for over 10 years, initially exploring each of these paths for personal guidance and purpose. As her connection to self expanded, all of these roles merged into offerings that are clear, authentic and of the most service to humanity. Utilizing daily self-inquiry and analyzing the ways in which Spiritual Laws meet and co-create with current social structures, Mallorie is passionate about amalgamating the alchemical and the pragmatic, the metaphysical with social justice, and spiritual awakening with genuine support and uplifting of those living in vulnerable and marginalized circumstances.  

Mallorie is committed to providing the deepest experience in this training as possible, as spiritual truths and social justice must merge in every moment; indeed, it is our work and responsibility as leaders in our changing world. 

Katie Joliceur

Katie Jolicoeur has been teaching yoga in various community spaces for almost a decade. She is passionate about learning how to ensure the practice of yoga is most accessible, so that the practice might support all members of the community, not just the select few.  

Katie has leaned heavily on the healing benefits of yoga and meditation to support her on her own journey through various experiences with mental health challenges and mental illness. In her teachings, Katie presents the practice from a place of authenticity and gives each student room to explore and allow the tools to guide each individual in their healing.  

Katie is dedicated to sharing this work with fellow teachers and members of the community.