Professional Yoga Teacher Trainings
This past fall, I knew I needed to immerse into something fully that would help me balance emotionally, release tension and not worry about things out of my control. I also had a thirst to learn something new. It was good fortune that I came across Nora Benian's 200 hr Yogaaah Teacher Training Program. I wasn't in it necessarily to become a teacher, but I wanted the rest of it -the form, the content and the container.
Though I have been on and off the mat for many years, I was full of apprehension about my abilities. When I started the training, I was truly a bundle of nerves. I could barely sit in cross legged easy pose for more than a minute or two due to much pain and discomfort in my knees. I had never done anything online like this and was very doubtful of the results. Thankfully I was proven wrong. Nora's experienced, compassionate, detail-oriented guidance allowed me to feel incredibly safe and supported in my studies and practice.
Her training had depth and inclusivity which was fostered by some amazingly dedicated co- instructors. I began to truly appreciate the vast realm that is Yoga. Anatomy classes left me awestruck and Philosophy broadened my perspective. The other subjects were equally enriching.
There were times however, that i fell behind in homework and felt overwhelmed with juggling jobs & personal life. More than once I was ready to bail on this commitment. I just felt I "wasn't good enough" . Nora was non-judgmental and steadfast in her belief that I was doing fine, and simply urged me to just continue showing up to classes and to keep both an open heart and mind. It paid off. I graduated and am a happy fledgling yoga teacher! I’ve cultivated much more compassion for myself and feel able to share the gift of vulnerability with others. And now I'm teaching 5 classes a week!
If you are considering a training with Nora Benian, put any doubts aside. You will be glad you did.
Alicia Miecznikowski, Guelph, On.
Nora’s 200 Hour Yogaaah Teacher Training course was so informative and inspirational, beyond words. I felt it was complete, thorough and extremely organized. I had learned a great deal about yoga and my personal practice grew immensely. I was changed by it. Nora Benian is an inspired, informed, kind and patient teacher who delivers a great expansive subject with great ease and clarity.
I recommend this course to anyone interested in improving upon their personal practice and or beginning a teacher. I assure you will feel like one after.
Thanks again Nora. These will be days I will always remember!!
Adele Levesque, Hamilton On.
"Wow! The Practitioners at my clinic loved the Therapeutic yoga course that Nora taught and were able to implement the learned practices immediately into their Physio and Chiro practices. She provided so much information that inspired us all to do more with our patients. We were amazed that such simple movements and focuses could make such an impact. "Thanks so much Nora!
Yours in health,
Dr. Vanita Bali, Chiropractor Toronto
"I recently took Nora's Restorative Teacher's Training course and it was one of the best trainings I have ever experienced. This training is for all bodies regardless if you are a teacher or just wanting to add more self-care to your daily routine. Nora is a knowledgeable and gifted teacher. Her presence and teachings are a gift to the world. "
"Thank you so much for the lovely days I spent with you learning and practicing restorative yoga! I learned a lot about the process and myself and will be teaching what I learned from you this week."
Elise Chamberlain, BSRN, RYT, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist, Tennessee
"I just completed a Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Nora and loved what I learned. Not only did Nora offer practical, easy-to-use tips to incorporate, but she shared her wisdom with grace and authenticity. She speaks soothingly and compassionately yet has a direct approach that is a pleasure to listen to. I highly recommend her classes and trainings and look forward to learning more from her." Maral Duckworth, Hamilton, On.
"Nora and her course Restorative yoga training is amazing. I was not expecting how powerfully it can help people in such a deep level of energy (Prana). Not only did she teach physical exercise but also teach Yoga philosophy; to be more positive and peaceful while teaching the class beautifully. I recently completed her Restorative yoga teacher training and now I am in love with this."
Saraswati River, staff at Sivananda Yoga Center, Vietnam
"Nora's Restorative yoga training is a very comprehensive course and it's designed for all levels of teachers. I felt immense support from Nora throughout the whole training. She is highly educated in all aspects of yoga, you'll leave this course fully prepared to go out and teach restorative. Nora is a kind individual who brings light and laughter to some of the intensities of yoga training. I've taken so much from this experience and feel completely capable to teach restorative yoga." THANK YOU NORA!!!!!
Ali Kopinto, Yoga teacher, California
"Nora just taught me in the Yin Yoga teacher training. She is an excellent instructor with a sense of humour and has a great way of importing information & teaching. Her material was clear and precise as well as provided constructive feedback to the group. She offered to send more information on the fascia and encouraged us to stay connected after the program. I felt totally supported."
Ananda Mayi, California
"After practicing yoga for a year with Nora Benian, my trust of her knowledge of the body / mind connection, her communication and her listening skills led me to seek her assistance in working through some life issues. Nora counseled me in regards to both business situations and personal relationships. She offers an insight into a deeper place that confirmed and supported what my heart knew but my head would not allow.
Nora allows you to feel your emotions and come up with solutions and interesting perspectives. I have had both traditional and spiritual counseling and coaching, and they both have their places on our paths. But Nora offers an intelligent mix of both realistic and heart driven ways to come to a place of peace, contentment and understanding of ourselves.”
Barbara W. , designer Toronto
“Nora has really helped me get focused on my priorities. I am incredibly impressed with the progress I have made in achieving my goals once I was able to identify what I wanted and how to get there with Nora's guidance. Nora is a very genuine, non-judgemental, and kind-hearted person. Her methods have helped me organize my life and get the results I was hoping for, she is a great person to talk to. I would highly recommend life coaching with Nora.”
“In my many sessions with Nora in regards to my well-being, I have come to learn so much about myself and my reactions to stress. She’s has been an amazing Life and Health Coach and her knowledge and accurate readings of my behaviour were perfect. Her compassion and empathy made me feel comfortable working with her. She has a high work ethic and is a professional all around and I will not hesitate to recommend her.”
“Nora is an insightful life coach and offers her wisdom generously. Her intuitive approach allows her to quickly find the areas in my life that needed support and/or change. She follows up with very practical exercises and suggestions that allowed me to see more deeply what she was seeing and then provides the impetus for growth and healing. I highly recommend Nora's services to anyone wishing to make life improvements.”
Yoga Therapy and Yoga Classes
"Nora has been teaching us yoga since 2009 providing training for strength and flexibility, as well as including Yoga therapy when necessary. She is a wonderful teacher and provides varied and individualized classes to address both immediate concerns and longer term objectives. We both play tennis avidly and Paul wouldn’t miss an opportunity to get out on the golf course. Our performance in our games have improved immensely over the years as our bodies have become stronger and more flexible because of our twice weekly yoga classes with Nora. We also haven’t had an injury in years and continue to feel unlimited in our movements. Her classes are relaxing and also therapeutic. We have benefited enormously from her services and enjoy her company very much."
Paul Morrison LLB, Miller Thomson, and Janet Morrison, M.A. C. Psych Assoc.
"What I love about Nora's classes is that they truly reflect her depth of knowledge and passion for all aspects of yoga. I appreciate her calm and reassuring voice, her humour, her interest in finding out what each person needs or wants to work on and the ability to incorporate it into the class. I cannot thank Nora enough for her thoughtful and insightful classes during this pandemic, which brought about a sense of calm during these most unsettling times." JW
"I have been practicing Yoga Flow for a few years and hadn’t taken a Yin or Restorative class until I began taking yours. I have to say that I have come to prefer Yin and Restorative over Yoga Flow. I feel much more relaxed after the classes. I do a lot of desk work during the day and feel so much better during (and after!) your classes. I can feel the tension melt away. As someone who has anxiety, I find that your classes have not only helped me physically but mentally as well. Looking forward to your classes this week!"
Kathleen Cummings, Toronto
"I have been practicing yoga on and off for 45 years. Recently, for six months to get back into shape, I took private lessons from Nora, one to three times a week. I loved doing yoga with Nora. She has a great depth of knowledge and an amazing ability to intuitively sense what is needed on an individual basis and adapt to the need. She makes learning yoga enjoyable and easy. At the end of a session I always felt deeply relaxed. I also benefited very much not only from Nora’s wisdom but her practical suggestions on nutrition. Nora is a real find and I highly recommend her as a teacher."
Joyce Miller, Arbitrator/Lawyer
"Nora became a student of mine in 2006. She completed the one-year 500 hr Yoga Teacher Training Program in Guelph and since then, Nora has grown by leaps and bounds in the area of teaching yoga, both in Canada and internationally. Nora is a life-long learner, with endless curiosity, systematically learning and then applying her knowledge for the benefits of her students. She is fun, friendly, authentic and balanced, as well as being professional, organized, and punctual. Nora has also co-taught with me in past yoga teacher training programs. I wish Nora every success as she grows her yoga offerings wherever she is."
Rita Cupitt, Yoga Teacher Instructor, Blue Heron Yoga, Guelph, On.