Tosha Teacher Training

October- April 2019

Overall I am just beyond myself with gratitude for the training. It opened up windows into my soul that I didn’t even realize were boarded up. I am lighter and much more fearless.”
— Kali Wunner- yoga teacher and graduate

photo by Anda Ambrosini

The Tosha teacher training is aimed at guiding you on the path of self-inquiry while challenging you to expand to your fullest, thriving radiance. Using the multifarious lens of yoga we will hone the tools of curiosity, resilience, and compassion to seek a deeper relationship with our highest, wisest, and kindest Self. The program will equip you with the knowledge and confidence to make yoga an integral part of the rest of your life; whether you ultimately decide to pursue a path of teaching or not.

photo by Derren Raser

photo by Derren Raser

This program takes a broad scope in understanding the word Yoga and together we will unpack the significance of this term. Our primary lens will be Vinyasa yoga - a flowing sequence of specific asanas coordinated with the movements of the breath.  But Vinyasa also refers to the cyclic nature of life in general-  the natural expansion and contraction or creation and destruction of life. Throughout the course we will learn to live the cycles of our life more whole-heartedly and with more grace. 

We will explore what it means to do yoga today- in our present time, and how this differs from (and is consistent with) the models of Classical Yoga.


We will use a map of the subtle body to guide us through the course while devoting extensive time to exploring applied physical anatomy of how breathing happens, how the spine moves, and how these elements combine to create asana and our experience.

When the body is explored closely enough- we see how the principle philosophies of yoga are actually mapped into our cells. We will examine these philosophies more closely though some of the classical texts of yoga: such as the Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Our study will include chanting some of the Sutras, questioning them and integrating them personally. We’ll also explore the work of taking the philosophy of yoga and making it accessible and bite-sized for a standard yoga class.

The coursework combines didactic and experiential modes of learning woven together to give you time to absorb the material.   Additionally, the training will incorporate The Work that Reconnects - Joanna Macy's model for transformation as a means of deepening our experience in an emotional and personal way, as well as situating yoga within the current framework of our difficult times.

Ultimately, the Tosha teacher training aims to empower you to be your own author (ity); to accomplish this, the training is woven with teachings on the sacred feminine and systems theory and will honor the cycle of this yoga journey within the greater cycles of the earth and solar system.

photo: Derren Raser

photo: Derren Raser

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Throughout the course we will also explore and practice the art and science of teaching yoga with our main areas of focus on:

  • Tuning the instrument of the voice

  • Effective word choice

  • The principles of powerfully sequencing a yoga class

There will be extensive time to practice teaching yoga followed by critique and discussion. 

We will also extend our focus to examine some of the elements of the business of yoga such as marketing, how much to charge clients, and how to conduct private sessions. All coalescing to give you a strong platform for a thriving business teaching yoga.

photo: Derren Raser

photo: Derren Raser

Whether you’re planning to pursue a career path of teaching yoga, simply want to deepen your practice or are somewhere in between- this training will prepare you for the challenges of beginning to teach yoga and qualify you to handle those challenges with confidence and grace.


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January 18th- May 26th

  • First Term: January 18th- February 22nd

  • Second Term: March 6th- April 14th

  • Third Term: April 24th- May 17th

  • Closing river camping trip: May 24th-26th

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    Weekly ::

Fridays  7:30 - 2:45 (with a lunch break)
Wednesdays 7:00- 8:30 AM 
Sunday 7:00-9:00 PM

Additional ::

There will be some special event classes on Saturdays February 16th, March 30th, and May 18th from 1:00-5:00 Potential additional dates added for excursions…tba
Teaching practicum times will also be set (these are flexible)

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Course Texts: The required reading list will be provided to students after approval of application. Handouts will be given throughout the course to be compiled into a manual. Books (part of the required and optional reading) are at the cost of the student. Also note that there will be several prerequisite books to read before the course begins.

photo: Derren Raser

photo: Derren Raser

The training is led by Tosha Yoga founder Suzanne Dunning with the additional instruction by guest lecturers.  Suzanne aims to share her unique compilation of the rich teachings of yoga within a reverent and very applicable context.  Drawing on the rich knowledge in our community the training will also be woven with guest teachings from experts across the vast field of yoga.

This teacher training program is a unique journey towards self-recognition and empowerment using the tools of yoga. Its aim is to guide you in kindling your heart fire, finding your voice, and harnessing and surrendering to the powerful alchemy of breath.

More about Suzanne: Suzanne started doing yoga as a child and started informally teaching when she was in high school. She then trained with Alice Joanou- a Vinyasa-krama teacher in the TKV Desikachar lineage and began teaching in Oakland while attending college. During this time she practiced and taught at Loka Yoga.  Before moving home to Arcata she completed a degree in Medical Anthropology at UC Berkeley- studying how humans interpret illness and healing. She has had a yoga practice for her entire adult life and aims to never retire from teaching or practicing yoga.

She has been most deeply inspired by her primary teachers Alice Joanou, Lori Snyder,  Leslie Kaminoff, Shiva Rea, Tiffany Cruikshank, and David Moreno, Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield, and Deep Ecologist Joanna Macy.

Several important notes: 

  • Priority acceptance into the program will be given to students who are already regular yoga students of Suzanne's.

  • Attendance and completion of all assignments is necessary for successful graduation of the program. Suzanne withholds the right to grant certification only after careful consideration that the student is ready to teach yoga.

  • Upon completion of the training there will be an optional additional course of mentorship. This additional container of study will be by invitation only.

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The growth and healing I experienced during the program was profound and continues to unfold in surprising and gratifying ways. The program was ambitious and unique, and in many ways, I feel like I got exactly what I hoped for and more out of a yoga teacher training program.
— Nina Transue- graduate and yoga teacher
This training made us all much better teachers (and humans).
— Emily Benvie- yoga teacher and graduate