downDAWG Yoga Teacher Training


Do you love good tunes and power yoga? Are you currently a Yoga or Fitness Instructor and want to shake your asana? If you want to learn a ground breaking fusion blend of vinyasa yoga and fitness, THIS TRAINING IS FOR YOU! This training is your opportunity to go outside the box, use music as an inspirational and motivational tool, and learn to teach a class that is multi-leveled, welcoming and truly FUN!


In this 18 hour, CEC approved training participants will learn:


  • Over 35 poses and how to teach them to music using the 32 count
  • Progressions and regressions for each pose so each class participant feels successful
  • Safety techniques, biomechanics, anatomy and proper alignment will be covered and reviewed
  • How to create fun, creative downDAWG lesson plans/combinations with smooth transitions
  • Teaching and effective cuing techniques
  • How to format a class that has smooth transitions


Training is 2 full days. Cost is $319 (plus applicable taxes) which includes a PDF of the teacher manual, marketing tools, completion certificate and other teaching materials.


COURSE MANUALS: downDAWG is going green. Course participants will receive a PDF of the manual via email 1 week prior to the training. We encourage participants to read the manual with a tablet or laptop. Should this not be an option, participants are welcome to print off the manual and bring it to their training.

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Are there any prerequisites for taking downDAWG?

There are no prerequisites for this training. Being a registered fitness leader, yoga/pilates teacher or having any type of dance background is an asset but by no means necessary. All downDAWG Yoga® course participants need is a passion and desire to learn an inspiring, new way to get people onto a yoga mat. All necessary teaching techniques will be explained, reviewed and practiced throughout the 2 days with a friendly, knowledgeable master trainer.


What should I bring to my DDY Training?

  • Yoga mat
  • Water bottle
  • Snacks and lunch
  • Pen/Pencil
  • Comfortable layered clothing/change of clothes
  • Cash or cheques if you like any of the DDY teacher swag like our exclusive lululemon athletica teacher tank tops
  • Yoga Anatomy book This book is available on It is called Yoga Anatomy (1st or 2nd Edition) by Leslie Kaminoff Cost is approximately $16. This book is not mandatory to purchase but is highly recommend. It will be referenced throughout the training and is an amazing resource to have.

Is there a practical or written exam?

There is no written exam however upon completion of the course, all downDAWG Yoga® participants are asked to teach 4 karma classes. downDAWG Yoga® is very much about giving back to our communities. These classes can be done at any studio, community centre, school, women’s shelter, etc. All teachers have to do is organize the space(s), teach 4 – 1 hour classes, fill out the Karma Class form given at the training, and return to Teaching karma classes is not only a great way to give back but to also practice your downDAWG Yoga® techniques in preparation of teaching your own regular classes. There is no practical either however, participants are expected to bring enthusiasm and energy to the training. Your master trainer will provide each participant with feedback and support through the 2 days. No participant is expected to be a downDAWG master teacher when they leave the training. All we ask is that each participant bring their best self, a willingness to learn and ready for some serious fun!



After I’ve completed my DDY training, are there any monthly membership fees?

Yes, downDAWG Yoga® teachers are required to pay a monthly membership fee. We offer a variety of helpful perks that support our teachers continue to teach innovative and creative classes. We support our teachers by providing marketing material, choreography, music and so much more. We believe in creating an opportunity for DDY teachers to stay connected through teacher forums, our website and blog, social media and more. We believe this helps teachers flourish with success and we are committed to help make that happen.


Membership fee includes many perks such as:


  1. Promotion and Advertisement – As a current teacher you will be featured on the downDAWG Yoga® website. Your information will be available under the “Teachers” page for facilities and Fitness managers to view. You will also have the opportunity to list your classes on the website under the “Schedule” page for participants to find you. We also provide professionally made, beautiful DDY posters made by Spice Creative, that teachers may use to help promote their classes.
  2. DOWNlow Newsletter – You will receive a quarterly newsletter that will keep teachers up to date with all the fun things going on with downDAWG. Events, classes, new teachers and more will be revealed to keep everyone in the loop and involved in the downDAWG community. Teachers are showcased here as well.
  3. Use of the downDAWG Yoga® name – As a current teacher you are able to use the registered and trademarked company name downDAWG Yoga® You will also be given the class description to use for all your classes at every facility you teach at.
  4. Choreography and Music – We are committed to supporting our teachers supplying them with music, up to date sequences and choreography keeping downDAWG classes fresh and creative.


Our monthly membership fees are reasonable at $21 CDN (plus applicable taxes) for all the above perks and more. Membership fees must stay up to date in order to continue status as a downDAWG Yoga Teacher. downDAWG Yoga memberships may be cancelled by emailing with a minimum of 30 days notice. Failure to provide proper notice will result in being charged for the coming months membership. Membership fees are non-refundable.  Further details on our membership are reviewed and discussed at each downDAWG Yoga Teacher Course.

Already a downDAWG Yoga Teacher? Click here to manage your membership fees.


We look forward to seeing you in a course soon and having you join the DDY family! Should you have any further questions please feel free to connect with us at



downDAWG Yoga Teacher Training Testimonials


“Being a fitness instructor with very little background in yoga, I was quite apprehensive about taking this course; I was worried whether I would be prepared enough to teach this format afterwards. However, once I met Amy all my reservations went away. She is professional, organized, encouraging and a wealth of information. The lesson plan she taught was easy to understand and apply. I came away feeling confident and equipped with enough tools and information to make my first lesson plan. I love the downDAWG PARTY principle and I have been turned into a ‘believer’. I now intend to make downDAWG yoga an integral part of my teaching format.”


“I was thoroughly impressed with Amy’s ability to not only merge the music with the poses but also with her charming approach to explaining the motivation behind the concept and her willingness to welcome all walks of life into her workshop and onto the mat.”


“Amy is an expert in her field, and has an incredible knack for balancing learning in a fun yet challenging format. Taking workshops with Amy have been inspiring and fun-filled learning experiences for me, both as a teacher, and as a student. Her fitness/yoga classes are extremely well led, she is an instructor who makes every student feel included, accepted and acknowledged. She is a true leader, always conducting safe and effective group sessions with tons of interaction and fun.”


Upcoming downDAWG Yoga Teacher Training Courses

Spring 2014

Commonwealth Pool

4636 Elk Lake Drive

Victoria, BC

Registration available through Commonwealth Pool Ph: 250-475-7620

$319 plus applicable taxes


Spring 2014

University of British Columbia

Vancouver, BC

Registration information TBA

$319 plus applicable taxes


May 31 – June 1, 2014

Exclusive downDAWG Yoga course

Optional wine and cheese welcome Friday, May 30, 7-8pm Victoria, BC

$319 plus applicable taxes

Course times: Saturday 8am-6pm and Sunday 830am-5pm


June 8, 2014
downDAWG Yoga Workshop
Sunday June 8, 2014
9:30 AM – 11:30 AM


Lifeline Fitness
227 King Street South
Waterloo, ON N2J 4C5

$35 plus HST

Click here for more info!

September 14, 2014

downDAWG Yoga Workshop

Sunday September 14, 2014

9:30AM – 11:30AM


Lifeline Fitness

227 King Street South

Waterloo, ON N2J 4C5

$35 plus HST

Click here for more info!

October 18-19 2014

Exclusive downDAWG Yoga course

October 18-19, 2014

Saturday 8:00am-6:00pm and Sunday 8:30am-5:00pm

Victoria, BC

$319 plus applicable taxes


Fall 2015

downDAWG Yoga course

Victoria, BC

$319 plus applicable taxes

Saturday 8am-6pm and Sunday 8:30am-5pm

Approved for 18 BCRPA CEC’s


January 31-February 1, 2015

downDAWG Yoga Instructor course

Saturday: 9:30 AM- 6:00 PM, Sunday: 8am-5:30pm

Lifeline Fitness
227 King Street South
Waterloo, ON N2J 4C5

$319 plus applicable taxes
Approved for BCRPA CEC’s

Rescheduling for Summer/Fall 2015


Host a downDAWG Yoga Training

Looking to bring downDAWG Yoga to you? Book one of our talented trainers to come to your facility. We can teach out of schools, fitness clubs, and personal training/yoga studio’s. Aside from receiving valuable Continuing Education Credits, there are many perks and benefits of hosting a training. You save on travel and accommodations as the Master Trainer comes to you! Bringing downDAWG to you is a great way offer a new, innovative yoga fitness format that is increasingly growing in demand. Group discounts for host facility staff and teachers are available.

Space and Host Guidelines

  • Space required to be available for full period of the downDAWG Yoga Teacher Training Workshop (8am to 6pm, Sat. & Sun. 2 day workshops, same room for both days preferred)
  • Space required to have a iPod or CD audio sound system in an enclosed room. Wireless headset is a nice to have, but not mandatory.
  • Space required to be large enough to accommodate 15 people or more comfortably.
  • Commitment from the facility to perform joint marketing within their community in hopes to fill the training. Marketing materials are provided by downDAWG Yoga.


Please contact downDAWG Yoga CEO, Amy Allen for more details.


Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellation of a course by downDAWG Yoga: All trainings require a minimum of 10 participants to run, so please be sure to REGISTER EARLY to avoid disappointment. In the event of a cancellation, you will be notified via email as soon as possible and receive a full refund for any fees paid. downDAWG Yoga is not responsible for the costs participants incur arranging to attend an event, this includes travel and hotel.


Cancellation of registration by a participant: Cancellations in writing will be accepted up to two weeks prior to the training date. Any cancellations received by phone or after that date will not be accepted, no refunds will be issued. Written cancellations must include participants full name, mailing address and postal code. All approved cancellations will be charged a 20% administration charge. A refund cheque will be issued 30 days after scheduled training date.


Please note that downDAWG Yoga does not provide liability insurance waivers. Every instructor is an independent contractor who decides his/her rates, schedule, terms & agreements. Please refer to your insurance company, attorney, or facility.

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