300-hour Advanced Hatha Teacher Training

Coming in September 2018!

With Barrie Risman, E-RYT 500,
Melanie Richards, 
E-RYT 200 and guest teachers

Are you a yoga teacher who is ready to further your teaching skills and stand out from the crowd? Become a HappyTree 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (500-RYT) with the Yoga Alliance!

Led by two of Montreal’s leading teacher-trainers, Barrie Risman and Melanie Richards, you’ll delve deeper into all aspects of exceptional yoga teaching, advanced practice and study. You’ll be empowered to share your own unique gifts as a teacher in a supportive atmosphere that sparks inquiry, insight and expansion.

Seize this opportunity to deepen your knowledge and refine your skills as part of a transformational community of teachers whereby each member is valued and encouraged on their own personal path of exploration and self-discovery. Space is limited!

Our comprehensive includes:

  • Advanced practice and postures
  • A deeper understanding of biomechanical principles of alignment in:
    • all categories of poses (asana)
    • pose variations
    • modifications
    • prop usage
  • Advanced teaching methodology
  • Progressive sequencing strategies
  • Creative advanced flow sequencing
  • Advanced breath-work and Pranayama
  • Meditation and mindfulness training
  • Restorative yoga
  • Accessible and Inclusive Yoga  – chair yoga, therapeutic benefits of yoga
  • How to teach trauma-informed yoga classes
  • Refining your own voice as a teacher
  • Voice and effective verbal instruction
  • Conscious communication
  • In-depth yoga philosophy
  • Personal development
  • Developing your yoga business
  • Ethics, leadership and community building

Photo credit: Nina Konjini

Guest Teachers:

  • 15 hours with Carina Raisman of Re:source Yoga on anatomy and physiology
  • 5 hours with Bhaskar Goswami of Daana, The Bodhi Principle and HappyTree Yoga on yogic lifestyle
  • 5 hours with Lisa Lajoie from Tapping Into It on developing you intuition

2018 Schedule and breakdown of hours:

11 weekends at HappyTree Yoga (1 weekend per month) from September 2018 to December 2019 – 165 hours

  • Fridays  6:30-10:00 pm
  • Saturday 1:30-7:30 pm
  • Sunday 9:00 am-4:00 pm*

5-day retreat led by Barrie Risman and Melanie Richards – 45 hours total
Electives to be completed at HappyTree no later than February 2020 – 60 hours
Personal Study – 30 hours
*Schedule may change

Elective Options at HappyTree, September 2017 to February 2020:

  • Yin Yoga Teacher Training
  • Pre-natal Yoga Teacher Training (1 module only)
  • Children’s Yoga Teacher Training
  • Gentle Yoga Teacher training
  • Master Classes with leaders from the Montreal Yoga community
  • Ayurveda workshop
  • Les Prana Vayus avec Lyne St-Roch (en français)
  • Creative advanced flow sequencing
  • Other specified HappyTree offerings, TBD

Photo credit: Nina Konjini


200-hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training recognized by the Yoga Alliance

How to apply

To apply please an email to melanie@happytreeyoga.com sharing:

  • Where you completed your 200-hour training?
  • A brief description of your current teaching experience?
  • What you hope to get out of the 300-hour advanced training?
  • Your personal and/or professional goals as a yoga teacher/practicioner?


Graduates of HappyTree’s 200-hour training: $3,900 + tax*  (price valid until March 31st, 2018)
New Students: $4,200 + tax*
Payment plan: $4,500 + taxes
A $500 non-refundable deposit upon registration and 10 monthly pre-authorized credit card payments 0f $467.50 from September 2018 – June 2019
Please note that there is a $500 non-refundable deposit on all payment options.

Inclusions and exclusions* Includes 11 weekends, 60 hours of electives at HappyTree and a 20-class card valid for the duration of the training (February 2018 – January 2019). Retreat costs not included. $400 to be paid directly to the retreat centre ($100 deposit upon registration and $300 upon arrival at the retreat)

Terms and Conditions for Teacher Trainings:

  • Applications must be approved prior to confirming enrolment.
  • Payment must be received in full prior to the first weekend of 300 hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training (HYTT) or a payment plan established.
  • For the Super Early Bird or Early Bird price to apply, payment must be received in full on or before the discount deadline
  • Unpaid registrations are not confirmed
  • Cancellation requests received more than one month in advance of the training will be refunded in full, minus the $500 non-refundable deposit.
  • Cancellation requests received one month or less before the training are non-refundable and non-transferable