What Students are Saying

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~ See What Students Say



Take some time to read through our Reviews. These graduates voluntarily provided feedback about their experience and wanted to share it with others who are considering the program.

Please feel free to contact any students who have provided reviews & emails.
They would be happy to connect & answer any questions you may have!


Siobhan O'Leary, 2015


Siobhan Shares: I would really recommend this course to anyone. It was an amazing experience and I really feel that I am qualified and we covered so much. It was really well organized and flowed very well from one class to the next.

Siobhan Comes From:  Ireland

Training Location:  Cliffs of Moher Retreat Centre, Ireland



Brittany Zart, 2015


Brittany Shares: The program was so much more than just learning how to teach yoga, although it certainly taught me that too, and well. It was also such a powerful exploration of yoga philosophy and a great opportunity to study yoga passionately with like-minded people from around the world. I learned such invaluable lessons and made life-long friends.

Brittany Comes From:  Korea via USA

Training Location:  Cliffs of Moher Retreat Centre, Ireland

CONTACT Brittany

Mary Hamel, 2015


Mary Shares: The 200hour training course is a life changing journey. I came back happier, more confident, and extremely excited to start teaching yoga. It reaffirmed my passion for yoga and gave me so many things to think about as I move forward. The days are long but the time we have to relax is nice. I would definitely recommend this program to anyone looking to become a yoga teacher, you’ll get so much out of it.

Mary Comes From:  United States

Training Location:  Pura Vida Spa & Retreat Centre, Costa Rica


Melody Boza, 2015


Melody Shares: The most unique thing about Yogacara’s program is that they schedule 200hrs in just 16 days. If you’re prepared to totally immerse yourself and are limited in the time you can be away from home- then this the perfect program for you. It was for me.

Melody Comes From:  United States

Training Location:  Pura Vida Spa & Retreat Centre, Costa Rica


Kristen Ollinger, 2015


Kristen Shares: I spent hours trying to find the right program for me to do my 200-hour yoga teacher training. What attracted me to Yogacara was the small class size and the duration of the program. The small class size allowed for the teachers to get to know each student and it allowed the students to bond with one another and create a very comfortable setting in which to learn and share. The duration of the program allowed me to fit it into my work/holiday schedule much easier than some of the other programs out there that are 1-month or longer.

This program was also great because Yogacara arranges everything for the tuition (accommodations, food, manuals, shuttle from the airport) and they are fast at replying to e-mails, questions and concerns. Finally, I feel like this program adequately prepared me for ‘real life’ by conducting quizzes and a final practicum. This was awesome preparation! Thanks for everything Yogacara!

Kristen Comes From:  Canada

Training Location:  Pura Vida Spa & Retreat Centre, Costa Rica



Rachel Forseth, 2015


Rachel Shares: Aside from being able to teach yoga, Yogacara Teacher Training was absolutely life-changing. The sense of community you feel with so many like-minded people is wonderful… my yoga family. The bond is there forever! The intensive program is indeed intense but if you love and are passionate about yoga, it feels less like work which is what I think everyone who completes the training is hoping for by being able to teach.

Rachel Comes From:  Canada

Training Location:  Kalani Oceanside Retreat, Hawaii USA


Erin Murray, 2015


Erin Shares: It was life-changing. I was mostly in it for the asana but being exposed to the meditation and other aspects of yoga was more than I could have imagined. I think I’ve learned life lessons about living in the moment and meditation that will make me be a happier person. I think everyone should go through this training!

Erin Comes From:  Canada

Training Location:  Kalani Oceanside Retreat, Hawaii USA



Sheena Parda, 2015


Sheena Shares: So much fun. Very
intensive. Make sure that you know that you are going there to learn and not just for a vacation. There is some free time but its more about becoming a yoga teacher.

Sheena Comes From:  USA

Training Location:  Kalani Oceanside Retreat, Hawaii USA



Anna Johnston, 2015


Anna Shares: It’s scary at first, lots of information is shared and emotions come up to the surface. I learned a lot about myself. It was life changing. Be brave and kind and open. There is an amazing process that happens on this journey. Embrace every moment.

Anna Comes From:  Canada

Training Location:  Sea to Sky Retreat, Whistler Canada



Joanna Griffin, 2015


Joanna Shares: If you have a growing interest in yoga in any of its many forms then I would highly recommend taking this course! Even if you do not want to be a teacher. The knowledge base that you come away with is just amazing and will set you up as you move forward as a practitioner in this growing and varied industry. There is no judgement or pressure. You are encouraged to be you! It was the most organic and wonderful experience and I would recommend it to everyone! Thank you Yogacara!

Joanna Comes From:  United Kingdom

Training Location:  Sea to Sky Retreat, Whistler Canada



Kelly Krawchuk, 2015


Kelly Shares: The program covers so much information, and you really have to completely devote yourself to learning all that is required. I believe that being so immersed in the program really places a standard on the instructor that you strive to be. The journey was life changing and I am so happy that I trusted my instincts and applied. I will always have a very special place in my heart for both the students that attended with me as well as the teachers. It was an unforgettable experience and I am honoured to have been apart of it.

Kelly Comes From:  Canada

Training Location:  Sea to Sky Retreat, Whistler Canada



Samantha Moore, 2015


Samantha Shares: I would let them know to be prepared to get very close with your classmates and teachers, and to be prepared to leave them all at the end! It’s sad but is also a very amazing experience and the bonds you create with the other students there are unbreakable. It’s an amazing time.

Samantha Comes From:  Canada

Training Location:  Sea to Sky Retreat, Whistler Canada

CONTACT Samantha


Michelle LeHegarate, 2015


Michelle Shares: This program is far beyond asana. The knowledge you will gain from this program will stay with you for life. After looking at many different options in BC this is by far the best choice I could have made.

Michelle Comes From:  Canada

Training Location:  Sea to Sky Retreat, Whistler Canada


Annette McQueen, 2015


Annette Shares: This a great program to start a yoga practice, to deepen your knowledge and to learn to safely guide students in their practice. Well rounded and highly recommended.

Annette Comes From:  Canada

Training Location:  Vancouver, Canada



Tracilyn Jones, 2015


Tracilyn Shares: I had a wonderful experience. The program is very compacted and intense therefore I really takes a while to “soak in” after I got home. I didn’t realize all I was learning at the time. Even if you never intend on teaching yoga it’s one of the best gifts you can give yourself. I have had a major sleep disorder for many years and the skills I learned there about mediation, silence, being kind to yourself, and so much more has helped me over come it. I know I am only a few weeks out of the program but my sleep and my over all health is much better. Regardless if I ever teach yoga or not it was worth going for that reason alone. Also in my life moving forward I feel very grounded, as if I have a firm brick of knowledge to stand on.

Tracilyn Comes From:  USA

Training Location:  Sea to Sky Retreat, Whistler Canada

CONTACT Tracilyn


Andrea Eilers, 2015


Andrea Shares: Yogacara will provide an professional teaching program where an emerging teacher could build community, spirituality, resources, precise, safe cuing and general readiness to feel equips to graduate and teach upon completion.

Andrea Comes From:  Canada

Training Location:  University of British Columbia (UBC) Vancouver, Canada



Sarah Blenkhorn, 2014


Sarah Shares: My Yogacara experience has been life-changing! Among other things, I attribute this to having amazing teachers… and a smaller group of students which for me is always conducive for learning, and which also made it feel more intimate and personal and afforded a lot of conversation and exploration. The 16 day program may seem intimidating, and there IS work involved and there are days that you feel tired but the program also allows some downtime and is paced very well.

Sarah Comes From:  Canada

Training Location:  Ibiza, Spain



Tanya Solvsten, 2014


Tanya Shares: It’s intense, they are not joking, but every second of the roller coaster is worth it, the end of the program is only the beginning, both teachers are so different yet patient and welcoming, the whole experience is life changing.

Tanya Comes From:  Canada

Training Location:  Costa Rica



Robert MacKenzie, 2014


Robert Shares: Dedicate the time of the program to you, your rest and recovery and as much as possible. Do not plan to do other activities during the program (e.g. games, too many calls home, extra sports, work and emails). I followed my own advice during the program and feel rewarded for doing so. I stayed healthy, energetic and balanced, which (I believe) helped me extract a maximum from the program.

Robert Comes From:  Switzerland

Training Location:  Ibiza, Spain



Tobi Phillips, 2014


Tobi Shares: This is an intense program, but such an amazing experience, if you really love Yoga and want to learn more about it and yourself this is the program for you, I would highly recommend it, this program has taught me so much and has made me want to learn more.

Tobi Comes From:  Canada

Training Location:  Costa Rica



Stephanie Billard, 2014


Stephanie Comes From:  France

Training Location:  Ibiza, Spain

CONTACT Stephanie


Courtney Snider, 2014


Courtney Shares: Be prepared for the emotional side of things!! I did not expect it, but it was exactly what I needed and would NEVER give back this experience for anything in the world!

Courtney Comes From:  Canada

Training Location:  Costa Rica

CONTACT Courtney


Francine Larocque, 2014

Francine Shares: This is an INTENSIVE program… be prepared to live and breathe yoga – all day, everyday! This is not a vacation, this is work! However, it’s the best kind of work I could ever dream of! With an open mind and heart you will have the opportunity to transform your life with daily meditation, and gain a deeper understanding of yoga, holistically. You will learn how to effectively cue and teach asana poses and really bring your personal practice to the next level.

Francine Comes From:  Canada

Training Location:  Sea to Sky Retreat, Whistler Canada

CONTACT Francine


Catherine Pitura, 2014


Catherine Shares: Great for those who wish to teach Yoga, deepen their Yoga practice, or just to learn more about themselves as a person.

Catherine Comes From:  Canada

Training Location:  Sea to Sky Retreat, Whistler Canada

CONTACT Catherine


Veerle Dandoy, 2014


Veerle Shares: Quality of the program, quality of the teachers, teachers were highly motivated and professional, serious program with exam, location, small group (11 people), healthy food,  zen environment with friendly people.

Veerle Comes From:  Netherlands

Training Location:  Sea to Sky Retreat, Whistler Canada


Scott Fitzgerald, 2014


Scott Shares:The program really prepares you to teach. I left the program feeling confident to go right out and teach a class. Another program we initially signed up for had 30+ students and 2 teachers. Yogacara is unbeatable in this respect.

Scott Comes From:  Netherlands

Training Location:  Sea to Sky Retreat, Whistler Canada



Annika Clark, 2014


Annika Shares: The program goes by really fast. Be open. Be ready to learn. Remember the yoga teachings and where it can from.

Annika Comes From:  Canada

Training Location:  Costa Rica



Kaleigh Mancha, 2014


Kaleigh Shares: A 200 hour training condensed into less than 3 weeks is work. If you are looking for downtime or vacation time, do that before or after the training. Additionally understand that this is not just a certification program, its a comprehensive program that allows for and promotes emotional and cognitive developments and insights.

Kaleigh Comes From:  USA

Training Location:  Costa Rica



Gwendolyn Penner, 2014


Gwendolyn Shares: Passionate teachers. Great information. Well organized. Lovely setting.

Gwendolyn Comes From:  Canada

Training Location:  Sea to Sky Retreat, Whistler Canada

CONTACT Gwendolyn


Sarah Tambosso-McMillan, 2014


Sarah Shares: It is a great opportunity to connect with like minded people. Fun, exciting and educational.

Sarah Comes From:  Canada

Training Location:  Sea to Sky Retreat, Whistler Canada



Blythe Kunderman, 2013


Blythe Shares: I would strongly encourage you to attend this training. The small class size, intimate space and integrity in which Yogacara operates really left a fantastic impression on me and I would recommend the program with confidence that others would also have a great experience.

Blythe Comes From:  Canada

Training Location:  Vancouver, Canada



Katie Tribe, 2013


Katie Shares: I am grateful for the Teacher’s ability to guide and teach us while encouraging us to find our own voices, answers, and opinions – this creates a very open and inquisitive environment, which is so helpful as we try to find and take steps on our own path. We are learning, but are also encouraged to work on ourselves, as opposed to just emulating someone else. It is truly a gift to be able to teach others while allowing them to grow in their own unique way.

Katie Comes From:  Canada

Training Location:  Vancouver, Canada


Nicole Hermanson, 2013


Nicole Shares: If you’re thinking about it, sign up! This was a great life experience. I learned so much more than just the asanas. Learning about the 8 limbs and the yogic philosophy changed my life and I highly recommend taking the 200-hour program… but not just anywhere, you get such a unique experience at Yogacara and Thomas is such a knowledgeable and fantastic teacher!

Nicole Comes From:  Canada

Training Location:  Vancouver, Canada


Kerri Considine, 2013


Kerri Shares: When I finished the program I felt that I was totally prepared to teach yoga. I am a certified school teacher and never felt the security as I do from the teachings I received from Yogacara.

Kerri Comes From:  Canada

Training Location:  Kalani Oceanside Retreat, Hawaii USA

Amy Ku, 2013


Amy Shares: This program is definitely worthwhile. I’ve learned so much over and I certainly feel well equipped to teach public classes. This speaks to the quality of the teachers here. The small size of this class is a huge advantage as we have much more individual attention & practice. I also love the atmosphere. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen such a wonderful, serene studio, which makes for a great learning environment.

Amy Comes From:  Canada

Training Location:  Vancouver, Canada


Kaylee Boyer, 2013


Kaylee Shares: Come as yourself, open minded, flexible, well rested. Understand you are going to change, the experience itself is extremely healing, and opens up a lot of your past for healing. Be prepared to cry, forgive and listen very closely to your teachers. You will become family. I’m so grateful and thankful I took this journey and I would highly recommend going through this experience.

Kaylee Comes From:  Canada

Training Location:  Kalani Oceanside Retreat, Hawaii USA



Jessica Hider, 2013


Jessica Shares: You experience a major shift while you are there and it’s important to be ready for it. It’s a wonderful learning experience not just for yoga but about yourself.

Jessica Comes From:  Canada

Training Location:  Sea to Sky Retreat, Whistler Canada


Kimberley Turner, 2013


Kimberley Shares:This program is geared for lots of hands on work. You will not graduate from a class of 30 people where maybe you taught for 10mins. You will graduate from a small class with tons of practical and theoretical knowledge and will have taught many times over, in turn feeling incredibly prepared to share your teachings to your own students.

Kimberley Comes From:  Canada

Training Location:  Vancouver, Canada


Emily Long, 2013


Emily Shares: I would definitely suggest this program to others because it is thorough and intimate. The progression was great and the information was balanced. I liked having philosophy, anatomy and other topics in the training. It was really well rounded and informative.

Emily Comes From:  Canada

Training Location:  Vancouver, Canada


Chaya Go, 2012


Chaya Shares: It has been a wonderful journey for me, continues to be, and I’m sincerely glad that I am with Yogacara in this journey! The sincerity and honesty that we are taught to bring into our teaching is wonderful… I am glad we are being taught to speak with our own voices, from a true place. I am very grateful!

Chaya Comes From:  Canada

Training Location:  Vancouver, Canada

Nicole Stratton, 2012


Nicole Shares: From the bottom of my heart I thank you. You have put together a beautiful program and provided a sacred space. Tomas is an outstanding teacher, and the material was truly life changing. All the work you have done for the sake of sharing the eye/heart/life opening knowledge of yoga is beyond appreciated.

Nicole Comes From:  Canada

Training Location:  Vancouver, Canada

Dan Yu, 2012


Dan Shares: The program has opened my eyes to so much more than just physical postures. It helped me so much with adjustments & alignments, and strengthening body and mind. I’ve also learned to teach with an open heart.

Dan Comes From:  Canada

Training Location:  Vancouver, Canada

Khatun Dhamji, 2012


Khatun Shares: The retreat experience was just wonderful. The location was perfect, and goes with out saying that food was superb – nourishing, simple, and yet, most enjoyable, prepared with love and dedication. The accommodation was very comfortable and the environment was so calming; I was struck by the serenity and calmness of the place which reflected so well in the two dogs.

Khatun Comes From:  Canada

Training Location:  Sea to Sky Retreat, Whistler Canada

Angelika Sellick, 2012


Angelika Shares: As a recent graduate of Yogacara’s part-time Teacher Training program, I appreciate having had ample time to reflect on and integrate the material that was discussed and practiced. My understanding of yoga postures (asanas), anatomy, breathing techniques (pranayama), meditation, and key yogic philosophies was deepened, and my personal practice was beautifully cultivated and enriched.

Angelika Comes From:  Canada

Training Location:  Vancouver, Canada


Gina Marquez, 2012


Gina Shares: …thank you for all the care and hard work and for making your YTT and your studio an honest, nourishing place for all.

Gina Comes From:  Canada

Training Location:  Vancouver, Canada


Ellie McMillan, 2010


Ellie Shares: Taking your teacher training at Yogacara will forever change your life, your practice and your outlook on the world.

Ellie Comes From:  Canada

Training Location:  Vancouver, Canada

Kimberly Charbonneau, 2010


Kimberly Shares: I would be happy to connect with anyone considering this program to share more about my training.

Kimberly Comes From:  Canada

Training Location:  Vancouver, Canada

CONTACT Kimberly

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