A Transformational and Advanced Approach to the Study of Yoga


Our world needs leaders who have a foundation of peace of mind, compassion, and clarity. This is why we offer our 300 Hour Advanced Teacher Training. Through the ancient wisdom of the Yoga Sutras, the Eight Limbs of Yoga, Ayurveda and Somatic Science, continue the journey to master as you deepen your own practice.

This program begins where the 200 Hour program ends, providing an in-depth and advanced study of Yoga. This program emphasizes the philosophical study of Yoga, asana, pranayama, and meditation to develop a more deeply embodied practice and teaching skills. With a focus on working in 1:1, and individualizing the practice of your students.

Our programs are designed to support you through the discovery of self with an emphasis on personal experience and interoceptive learning through a trauma-informed lens. As a place to confidently and lovingly share this gift with others.

Our training is led live with the supportive guidance of our lead teacher Melanie Taylor. Including both class time with our peers, practicum, and 1:1 mentoring. 

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After more than 20 years in Hatha Yoga training, teaching and practice our founder had an experience with ViniYoga, and everything changed! What struck her was the focus on the movement with adaptation that honored the yogi as they are in moment. And, having this combined with the breath lead movement that had been a part of her practice for decades, she knew she had stumbled onto a foundation for her own practice that would eventually lead us to the beginning of the Life of Wellness Institute.

Four Key Differentiators of ViniYoga

  • Linkage of Breath and Movement: Viniyoga links movement with the breath, which makes each movement more powerful, mindful, and structurally integrated than non-breath-centered movement. Some poses are done on inhale; others, on exhale. We even use the breath to do subtle, yet powerful, micro-movements when we stay in a pose.
  • Use of Movement and Stay: Viniyoga students move in and out of poses before staying in them. Movement systematically prepares the body to hold a pose by warming the muscle groups that will be taxed in that pose. Movement also helps reprogram habitual movement patterns, so students move more functionally, even in non-yoga activities. We can also flow between poses with the best of them!
  • Adaptation: Viniyoga adapts poses to the practitioner, rather than assuming there is one “right” way to do a pose. The goal is to achieve the function of a pose, instead of its form. This means that two students can do the same pose but look significantly different from each other. Ideally, they are feeling the same effects of the pose in their body.
  • Sequencing: Viniyoga teachers carefully design classes so that each pose prepares for or erases strain from the poses before and after it. Proper sequencing both makes the practices safer (both in the short term and for years of consistent practice) and allows the practitioner to move more deeply into each posture with greater ease. 

This Certificate Program is open to students who have completed a 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Certification with a Yoga Alliance Certified School. If your 200-hour training was not through the Life of Wellness Institute, you may be required to take a bridge workshop. Allowances are available for dedicated and serious yoga students who are not on a teaching track may be invited to attend for the purposes of advanced study.

Module 1 – Advanced Philosophy, Ethics, and Teaching Presence

  • Advanced exploration of the Yoga Sutras
  • Co-Creating relationship building
  • Teacher presence
  • Building trust
  • Explicit Informed Consent
  • Active listening
  • Creating awareness
  • Planning and Goal Setting
  • Designing Actions 
  • Self Management
  • Ethics and Scope of Practice
  • Practicum

Module 2 – Transforming Lives with Advanced Yoga 

  • Advanced study of eight limbs of Yoga
  • The Science of Yoga and the Body Systems
  • In-depth understanding the dis-ease of Dosha
  • Holding Space
  • Understanding our client’s needs
  • Adaptive Yoga (Langhana, Brahmana, Sama Vritti)
  • Tailoring the practice to the client (through asana, chakra meditation, mantra, mudra, and pranayama)
  • The Business of 1:1 Yoga

Module 3 – Advanced Anatomy and Physiology: Myofascia and Connected Tissue

  • Advanced exploration of DFL
  • Advanced exploration of SBL
  • Advanced exploration of SFL
  • Advanced exploration of LL
  • Advanced exploration of SL
  • Advanced exploration of Arm Lines
  • Business of 1:1 Yoga
  • Practicum

Our Methodology

The beauty of this lineage and methodology is the adaptability to every student, in every moment. As a yoga therapist this is essential to honoring and supporting the yogi! Viniyoga meets each yogi EXACTLY where they are and adapts the practice to meet the unique condition and specific goals of the yogi. In this way everything about the practice is customized to the student. There is no single practice, no single style, no single intention, and no right way to be in a pose. From this foundation Viniyoga can be as gentle and as strong as any other practice while also honoring the individual as they are. 

Viniyoga (prefixes vi and ni plus yoga) is an ancient Sanskrit term that implies differentiation, adaptation, and appropriate application. For our founder it has become an honoring true self, leaning in to resistance with curious discovery and loving kindness.

Viniyoga is a comprehensive and authentic transmission of the teachings of yoga including āsana, prāṇāyāma, bandha, sound, chanting, meditation, personal ritual and study of texts. 

A message from our founder

Our 300 hour Advanced Yoga Teacher training continues the journey to master of embodiment living through a deepening of the philosophical study of Yoga, asana, pranayama, and meditation. Our aim is developing a more deeply embodied practice, further developing the skills of teaching, and developing your skills as a mentor. Here we begin the journey to mastery of the 4 key ingredients of living with peace of mind, easefulness, thriving and fulfillment for you AND your students. 

  1. Master the discovery and awareness of your own mind, body and spirit: Because experiencing being in the thick of it prepares you to be a guiding light for others
  2. Go deeper into the why’s within your mind, body and spirit: Going past acceptance and understanding to fully embracing our true self
  3. Embrace embodied living: Because you are whole and complete as you are, and tapping into your inner strength and resilience gives permission for your students to find and honor self
  4. Develop the skills of providing support and mentorship: Because the space we hold for our students to embrace embodied living is the most important gift we can offer. 

In my own yogic journey, I have found a practice that brings peace of mind and balance to my body, mind, and spirit. Where I am connected to my true self, and able to express my Dharma (purpose) with clarity and fulfillment.

Through Tapas (discipline), I cultivated consistency in compassionate self love and loving kindness. In practicing Svadhyaya (study of self), I developed inner wisdom and the ability to restore to my true self. And most importantly, the contentment of Santosha, which reminds me that the journey to mastery is the journey of a lifetime.

This is my advice to you as a Yogi. Discover and lean into a practice that supports you fully and practice it in a way that honors you.

It is on our own mat that we develop ourselves to share this gift. When we are able to put ourselves aside and be the guide for our students to discover their own practice of honoring their true self.

Namaste, Melanie


Our student's voice matters! Hear what they have to say.

Without each unique individual student, our institute would not be who we are today. And, we could not make the difference we make. Their voice is our guiding voice and a true reflection of who we are. Each testimonial tells us what we get right, and what to get better. 

So who better to share with you than our students and clients!

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We limit our class sizes to 10 to create an intimate, inclusive, and highly effective environment while building a uniquely beautiful tribe. So you can sleep well knowing that we are able to spend quality time with you while maximizing your learning potential and creating a support network for the future.
Melanie Taylor - Yoga Therapist, Experienced Yoga Teacher Trainer, Founder
Melanie Taylor
Founder and Senior Yoga Teacher Trainer

Training Calendar

Life of Wellness Institute - ViniYoga Teacher Training with Yoga Therapist Melanie Taylor

2021 – 2022

Module 1 – Sep 21 to Dec 14, 2021 (No class on Nov 11). Tue and Thu from 5:30 to 9:30 pm MST (live virtual training)

Module 2 – Jan 4 to Mar 10, 2022. Tue and Thu from 5:30 to 9:30 pm MST (live virtual training)

Module 3 – Mar 26-27, Apr 9-10, Apr 23-24, May 28-29, Jun 25-26, 2022. 7:00 am to 5:45 pm. (In Airdrie studio or live virtual training as required in our Covid 19 Policies)

What you can count on us for

In this training, you will:

  • Increase your learning potential in our small class sizes while gaining a powerful tribe of support and camaraderie. 
  • Experience how discovery based learning improves your knowledge retention so that you can sleep well knowing your time and investment is secure.
  • Become a part of our teacher network, with on going support for your personal practice and teacher journey. 
  • Benefit from our founders 30+ years of experience in yoga, emotional resilience and discovery based teaching so that you can deepen your personal practice while connecting with your inner teacher and share the gift of yoga authentically and fully. 
  • Be honored and supported by our senior teacher who is dedicated to you finding and deepening your individual practice, connecting to your Dharma and sharing it authentically with the world. 
We are an accredited Canadian School and issue official tax receipts for your tuition. We are currently in the process of Yoga Alliance certification of this program. 

During our journey together you will:

    1. Be honored as who you are and supported in your own journey with loving kindness, empathy, and curiosity
    2. Be part of a supportive community that values your experience and wisdom as a source of deeper learning
    3. Create a foundation through the ancient teachings of ViniYoga and the skills of discovery based transformative learning to deliver a customized and complete experience to your students and clients
    4. Identify your individual niche with the clarity to know, connect with and find your ideal students and clients
    5. Design your own business plan complete with resources you need to successfully live the life of an entrepreneur
    6. Confidently step into your inner strength with ease knowing that your teacher will champion and guide you to fulfilling your dreams
    7. Boldly and courageously step into your self-expression and claim your value in your life and as a ViniYoga Teacher

Through discovery based transformative learning you will discover the foundations of the yogic way of living, find ease and peace in your mind body and spirit, given the tools and resources to create individual and group session plans at ease, and be ready to boldly step in a career as a ViniYoga teacher. Together we will design the career you want, with the skills to set you up for success, and the support network to life you up and continue your journey.

All while having fun, creating a tribe and developing ease in the mind, body and spirit.

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