300-hour Advanced Hatha Yoga Teacher Training

If you are a yoga teacher with a desire to deepen your practice, seize the rare opportunity of this year-long 300-hour Advanced Hatha Yoga Teacher Training. Elevate your skills, knowledge and self-confidence to evolve your teaching expertise and stand out from the crowd.

This is the next-level in yoga teacher training! Refine your techniques and reveal more benefits, contraindications and modifications for many Yogic practices including asana, pranayama, mudras, bandhas and meditation.

Benefit from practicum experience and coaching with two of Montreal’s leading yoga teachers: Barrie Risman and Melanie Richards.  The richness of what you can give in your own teaching will flourish in this supportive, intimate and welcoming environment.

Our advanced Hatha teacher training covers:

  • Advanced asana practice and postures
  • Advanced breath-work and Pranayama
  • Advanced teaching methodology, including safe and beneficial hands-on assists
  • A deeper understanding of bio-mechanic principles of alignment in all categories of poses, variations, modifications and use of props
  • Progressive sequencing strategies
  • Creative flow sequencing
  • Restorative yoga
  • Accessible and inclusive yoga  – chair yoga, gentle yoga, yoga for limited mobility, therapeutic yoga
  • How to teach trauma-informed yoga classes
  • In-depth yoga philosophy
  • Subtle anatomy
  • Meditation and mindfulness training
  • Refining your own voice as a teacher
  • Voice, language and conscious communication
  • Personal development and mentoring
  • Developing your yoga business
  • Ethics, leadership and community building

Barrie Risman teacher of advanced teacher training at HappyTree

Your Teachers

  • Barrie Risman
  • Melanie Richards
  • Lyne St-Roch

Learn about your teachers and guests here…

Program Details


Have completed the 200-hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training recognized by the Yoga Alliance.

Breakdown of hours

11 weekends from February 2020 until March 2021 – 165 contact hours with Barrie Risman, Melanie Richards and guests.

Fridays: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturdays: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sundays: 9:00am – 4:00pm

5-day retreat led by Barrie Risman and Melanie Richards – 45 hours.

Electives to be completed at HappyTree no later than May 2021 – 60 hours.

Personal Study – 30 hours.

Elective Options

Must complete 60 hours from any of these options

  • Yin Yoga Teacher Training (40 hours)
  • Advanced Yin Teacher Training (15 hours)
  • Children’s Yoga Teacher Training (15 hours)
  • Gentle Yoga Teacher training (15 hours)
  • Trauma Informed Yoga Training (15 hours)
  • Ayurvedic Studies (15 hours)
  • Sanskrit Studies (15 hours)
  • Any other HappyTree offerings (workshops, series, or other special offerings)


2020: Feb 21-23, March 20-22, April 24-26, May 21-25 (RETREAT IN SUTTON), June 19-21, September 11-13, October 2-4, November 6-8, December 4-6
2021: January 22-24, February 26-28, March 12-14


All pricing options include 11 weekends of tuition and a 20-class card at HappyTree valid for the duration of the training

Regular price: $4,000 +tx*

Early Bird: $3,800 +tx until October 31st, 2019

HappyTree 200-hr graduates: $3,600 +tx until October 31st, 2019

Payment plan: $4,200 +tx ($4,829.90) over 10 months ($500 non-refundable deposit and 10 monthly payments of $433.00)

NOT INCLUDED: Retreat cost of $500 to be paid directly to the retreat centre. Price includes 4 nights of double occupancy lodging and all organic vegetarian meals.

60 hours of elective courses at HappyTree (15% discount)

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