Yoga Teacher Trainings

new 200hr training both locally & abroad

Center for Natural Living teaches and guides you to understand yoga - to practice, to share and teach.  We meditate, explore and learn how the inner healing affects the outer.  Through the discourse of the Philosophy, of the Yamas and the Niyamas, we learn how to find our own "center" even amidst the outer challenges.

Our small groups give you the chance to get individualized feedback from our  instructors who embody yoga.  With a strong focus on the techniques of structural and energetic anatomy of asanas our training will leave you feeling empowered and ready to share your practice.

The Center for Natural Living’s 200 hour training in Hatha and Raja Yoga as described by the Sutras of Patanjali, and Workshops/Classes are known for in-depth instruction in Asana technique, Philosophy, and Energetic Bodies and Systems.  Choose your training location as an immersion in Costa Rica or Toronto, an extended weekend schedule in Toronto, or a combination of half the training in Toronto and half in Costa Rica.

The lead teachers are rated ERYT500  instructors, each with a 500hr certification from the Himalayan Institute.  The Center’s certification is sanctioned by both US & Canada Yoga Alliances.

Training Manual:

Yoga Anatomy:

CE credits are also possible for the Yoga Anatomy and/or Philosophy sections. 


More than just a certification.


At our beautiful locations across the world, you will find yourself surrounded by those looking to deepen their practice, and their connection with earth & each other. You leave with more than a certification. You will leave with an experience and a family.


Learn from experienced professionals.


The Center For Natural Living's instructors are committed to providing a uniquely designed and individually focused program that leaves you feeling confident in sharing your practice with others.

The 2 lead teachers are:

Irum Naqvi, creator of the YTT Manual, a 200 hours registered curriculum with Yoga Alliance, available on Amazon, and Stillness in Chaos.   Attend a yoga session with Irum in Toronto - any Tuesday at 10 am & 6 pm (please RSVP your attendance to

Jo Ann Staugaard-Jones, author of the Concise Book of Yoga Anatomy and the Vital Psoas Muscle through Lotus Publishing and North Atlantic Books.

For more information about each of our instructors, visit their personal websites.


Irum Naqvi - yoga will meet you where you are

Jo Ann Jones