Meet Michelle Shipley ERTY 500 & Valerie Giles ERYT 500 Mothership Yoga School Founders, Lead Teachers

Mothership School of Yoga is a Yoga Alliance Accredited School.

 We aim to offer our clients a unique experience by limiting our training sizes to offer

a very personalized experience.


200 Hour RYTT

Mothership School of Yoga’s philosophy is “transformation went THAT way!”

Our objective is to give our students the yoga foundations and skills to create and guide comprehensive Hatha Flow and Restorative classes comprised of multi-level students. Our 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training follows the guidelines set out by the Yoga Alliance, ensuring the highest educational standards of quality, integrity, and professionalism.

Our training focus is on helping our students find their passion and personal teaching style by developing a personal practice, turning inward to listen and trust their inner wisdom and voice and by engaging our students to learn through experiential learning practices. We do not churn out carbon copies of ourselves, rather, we encourage each student to find their authentic voice and personal style within the parameters of the history, traditions and safe alignment principals of the lineages of yoga.

Each 200-hour yoga student will learn to take into account physical limitations or injury of practitioners by incorporating modifications and props while embodying clear language to cue the class with a strong focus on safety through alignment. Classes are taught to incorporate meditation, pranayama, mantras, mudras, and bandhas as well as themes, history and traditions.

Teacher Training Students require only the desire to explore their yoga practice by taking a journey into the self.  This is a life-changing study that will unfold into a  life-long yoga discipline.  In yoga, we are always students. Please note this course requires full focus and the energy and time to give full attention to study and practice for the duration of the program.

We have a growing faculty of teachers who come into the training to share their expert knowledge with the Mothership School of Yoga students.

200 Hour HATHA Yoga Teacher Training – London, On.

Our training is broken into THREE modules over SIX long weekends to easily accommodate teacher training into your schedule.

Friday 5 – 9PM

Saturday 8AM – 6PM

Sunday 8AM – 4PM

Module ONE:  

September 23, 24, 25, 2022

October 21, 22, 23, 2022

Module TWO:

November 25, 26, 27, 2022

 January 13, 14, 15, 2023

Module THREE:

February  24, 25, 26, 2023

March  24, 25, 26, 2023


London, Ontario.

200 Hour RYTT Course Includes:

Techniques: (140 Hours)

Learn the basic principles of asana with a focus on alignment. Objectives to give the student the skills to create a comprehensive class for a class of all-level students.
* Postures with hands-on assists.
* Modifications for various fitness levels, injury, and level of practice
* Use of props to assist in modifications
* Flow sequences
* Foundation Pranayams
* Mediation
* Restorative practices
* Mantras
* Mudras
* Bandhas

Teaching Methodology: (25 Hours)

*Design a mixed level class

*Develop Language + Embody Your Authentic Voice
*Learn How To Be A Leader with an Emphasis on Leading Rather Than Teaching
*Learn Effective Verbal Cueing
*Understand the Principals of Krama + How to Incorporate Modifications
*Sequencing for a Mixed Level Class
*Sequencing Flows with a Steady Progression of Learning i.e.)8 Week Beginner Class
*Learning to Cue Postures by Language
*Incorporating Assists + Modifications

Anatomy + Physiology + Kinesiology:  (20 Hours)

Course materials draw from: The Anatomy Coloring Book and Anatomy of Hatha Yoga and Yoga Anatomy by Paul Grilley, we will learn the effective benefits and contraindacations for all techniques.

*Learn Body Mind Relationship
*Learn The Effects of Structural Alignment on Asanas
*Learn How To Avoid Injuries + Accommodate for Injuries
*Learn How To Utilize Props To Assist or Enhance
*Learn The Importance of Breathing Techniques within Asana Practice

Yoga Philosophy + Psychology + Lifestyle:  (30 hours)

*Using the principals described in the book Eastern Body Western Mind by Anodea Judith         introduce the Chakra System + How it relates to Western Culture
*Understand how to incorporate spirituality into your personal practice + into teaching
*How to “Keep it Real” + How to relate spirituality to the physical practice
*Study of Koshas + Sutras + Bhagavad Gita

Practicum: (20 hours)

*Design + Teach a 60 Minute Class
*Students Learn Tools to Design a class of 30, 45, 60 Minutes in Length
*Give Feedback to Fellow Students + Receive Evaluations
*Understanding the Value of Feedback +Evaluation as a Receiver + Giver
*Learn How to Design A Class +Manage Time to Deliver a Well Balanced Class

Pranayama / Meditation: (11 Hours)

*Read Light on Pranayam by BKS Iyengar + Apply Practical Application in Class
*Learn Different Types of Pranayama + Benefits + Contraindications
*Understand How to Incorporate Pranayama into Both personal and Classroom Practices
*Know Benefits As Role As A teacher in Developing A Personal Meditation Practice


We Offer TWO Options For Our

200 Hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training:

1. Modules in London, On.

2. A Destination Intensive (ON-HOLD Until Travel Restrictions lift post COVID-19)


Teachers in Training Fall 2015 / Winter 2016

The Mothership School of Yoga – Yoga Alliance Certified 200-Hour Training Investment:

Total: $3100.00 CDN.

A non-refundable deposit of $500.00 CDN is payable by cash or email transfer on your commitment and acceptance to enrol in the course.

The Tuition Includes:

A training manual to arrive as a PDF and a list of required reading.


  • Proof of Age + Identity
  • A non-refundable deposit of $500.00 is payable by cash or email transfer on your commitment and acceptance to enroll in the course.
  • Signed Copy of Enrolment Contract

Payment Plans for London Modules:

Option One: $3100.00 – Full Payment at Time of Registration

Option Two: $3100.00 – Non-Refundable Deposit of $500.00 at the time of registration. The balance of $2600.00 due on the 1st day of Module One.

Option Three: $3300.00 – Non-Refundable $500.00 deposit at time of registration plus 4 equal payments of $700.00 due September 1, October 1, November 1, January 1.


A student may be entitled to a refund less $500 deposit:

The student provides written notice 30 DAYS prior to the start date.
If the written notice of withdrawal is received once 10% of the modules have begun Mothership retains 30% + $500.00 Non – Refundable Deposit.

If Mothership receives a written notice of withdrawal after 10% or before 40% of modules has elapsed, Mothership retains 50% +$500. Non -Refundable Deposit.

In the event of circumstances beyond the control of the client becoming a reason for withdrawal, Mothership Yoga will apply the monies toward a placement in the next course should the client request this. If the client does not return the above rules apply.


We adhere to a STRICT attendance policy. ALL hours must be accounted for to fulfill the 200 Hour training. Should a student fall sick or have a family emergency and cannot attend any portion of the training module we offer a few combinations of options to make up the contact hours. We do our very best to make this as accessible as possible.

  1. Attend our public classes to accumulate contact hours.
  2. Take the module the next time it is offered (which will delay your graduation date.)
  3. Make arrangements for us to complete an appropriate make-up assignment to bring you up to date.

Please Contact Us For An Enrolment Contract:


200 Hour HATHA Yoga Teacher Training

Intensive 3 Week Immersion – Nicaragua (On HOLD until COVID Restrictions Lift)

 Have you ever wanted to explore your yoga practice, take your understanding of yoga and knowledge of yourself to a deeper level while spending three full weeks at the beach – this is the right course for you!

Dive into our immersion program hosted in an oceanfront accommodation in beautiful Nicaragua.  Trade the hustle of city life for warm ocean breezes, tap into the ocean’s cycle of tides as you tune inward, finding your authentic self without life’s daily grind of distractions.

You may want to develop your yoga practice, become a yoga instructor or have already been instructing and now want to become Yoga Alliance Accredited.  Whatever your desire, we are happy to help facilitate your yoga journey.   Completion of this course will give you a 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Accredited Yoga Teacher Certification.

This is an INTENSIVE course. Classes run Monday through Saturday. Sundays are free to work on courses, rest and explore the rural area of Nicaragua we will reside in, take a panga boat ride through the estuary, partake in surf lessons, a cooking class or just hang out oceanside in a hammock.

The Mothership School of Yoga – Yoga Alliance certified 200-hour training investment:

$3500.00 USD Nicaragua Intensive All-Inclusive: training, shared housing, plant-based meals and airport transfers. (Private accommodations may be arranged based on availability and WILL be subject to additional  rates.)

A non-refundable deposit of $500.00 USD is payable by cash or email transfer on your commitment to the Nicaraguan Intensive 200 Hour training and acceptance to enrol in the course.

The Tuition Includes:

A training manual to arrive by PDF and a list of required reading material and info about shared housing, meals and airport transfers.


  • Proof of Age + Identity
  • A non-refundable deposit of $500.00 USD is payable by cash or email transfer on your commitment and acceptance to enroll in the course.
  • Signed Copy of Enrolment Contract + Mothership School of Yoga Code of ETHICS.

Mothership Yoga Refund Policy on Destination Yoga Teacher Training:

The refund policy strictly applies to the full cost of the Registered Yoga Teacher Training & Accommodation and Meal Package less the $500.00 deposit. This booking is binding and cannot be cancelled. Refunds will NOT be issued due to our commitment to the venues and our subcontractors.

Cancellation 0 – 30 days before start date – 0% refund.
Cancellation 31- 60 days before start date – 25% refund.
Cancellation 61or more days before start date – 100 % refund.

Please Contact Us For An Enrolment Contract!


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