March 18 - June 7, 2019

My first online program — "way back" in 2015 — began at the request of teachers who were just starting out and, naturally, feeling a bit overwhelmed and under-confident with putting their training into practice. They were trained, certified and technically “ready.” They had opportunities to bring this yoga they loved to classes of students like all of us. Only, they felt like they needed more.

And options… were limited.

Another yoga training or certification seemed to be an expensive and time-consuming track resulting in having even MORE information to process… which seemed almost counter-intuitive.

While they may not have put it into words, at this stage… there simply was no place to go for the community and support necessary to assimilate and integrate all they had received in training. There was no mentorship available to help yoga teachers bring all they knew, all they loved, and all they had become… into their own classes.

Having worked with yoga teachers since 2007, I saw this need: the need for an accessible, practical and supportive framework for professional development outside of the traditional teacher-training model.

And so, The Skillful Yogi was born.

I created that original online teacher-mentoring program to respond to the following four needs that I believe are essential for all yoga teachers who want to get better and more effective at what they do:

1. Ongoing, Dynamic ENGAGMENT with the Subject

We’re busy. Constraints of time, resources and energy may make our own professional development as teachers a challenge. But more importantly, in order to become a better teacher and remain enthusiastic about what you do, it is crucial that you keep refining your skills and understanding, right?

I wanted to create a program that made the important work of refinement of your skills and your continuing education as a teacher accessible, affordable, and effective.

2. A FRAMEWORK to integrate what they receive in training.

The Skillful Yogi is less about giving you new information and knowledge, although there is some of that too. It’s more about empowering you to take ownership of the tools and knowledge you already have so you can share them with confidence and skill.

But even more than that, ownership of your skills and knowledge allows YOUR unique voice to emerge, so you begin to teach not only from what you’ve been taught, but from who you ARE.

3. Even the best 200-hour training is JUST THE BEGINNING!

We know that yoga is a path of lifelong learning and growth. Isn’t teaching as well? As you begin and continue teaching, questions naturally arise based on your real-life experience. Real students, with real bodies in real-life teaching situations are the best sources of ongoing learning if we have the structure and support to process what comes up in class.

In this program, you’ll get answers to your questions, clarify your understanding, fill in the gaps of your knowledge and receive clear guidance in further refining your teaching skills.

And, while our group mentoring program is NOT an advanced teacher training, you will grow and improve in your teaching, and your practice, in ways you would not have expected.

4. We FLOURISH in good company.

In yoga, learning happens best when done in community. As teachers, we may be leaders in our local community and yet we don’t have a network to tap into ourselves. It might be because we did our training in another city, or we live in rural area, not close to other teachers.

The Skillful Yogi is about working closely with other teachers and being part of stimulating, supportive, and respectful learning community is part of what.

As you’ll read below, that original program was not only well-received, it was pretty revolutionary in terms of structure and content. Most importantly, though, was the impact it had on our participants.

This is why I’m thrilled to announce the return of my online mentoring program this Spring.

I’ll be leading a small group through the most-requested topics for going beyond the basics of great teaching to take your skills to the next level of impact, authenticity, effectiveness.

You’ll leave grounded in your abilities, confident in serving your students, and more inspired than ever to share your unique gifts. You’ll emerge as a stand-out teacher in your local community who guides, inspires and empowers students not only to DO yoga, but to LOVE yoga!

Now, that original six-month program was incredible, and extended. But what I’m hearing from teachers now is that time is a rare commodity for most of us.

We’re looking for efficient and effective tools to hone our skills. I understand it’s important to see noticeable improvement rather quickly. This is why I made this program only three months. Believe me, big shifts are not only possible in this amount of time, they’re practically a certainty given our content, our process and all the support that will be available to you.

Pre-work begins March 1. If you’re ready to take your teaching to the next level of impact and effectiveness as a sought-after voice in your local community, I’d love to welcome you.

This program is eligible for 6 Continuing Education (non-contact hours) credits in accordance with Yoga Alliance standards. See for more information.


  • Creative, fresh and intelligent PROGRESSIVE SEQUENCING
  • Next-level THEMING to touch the hearts of your students
  • ALL THINGS BUSINESS - Finding your niche, getting gigs, marketing yourself and more
  • Planning outstanding WORKSHOPS & CLASS SERIES
  • Teaching BEGINNERS, introducing PRANAYAMA & MEDITATION
  • ADDRESSING SPECIAL NEEDS - Pose modifications and variations 2.0, adapting your teaching to serve all your students, specific populations, and non-traditional settings

And, of course, there's always more!



- Six Zoom calls that are recorded and uploaded so you never need to attend anything live

– Half of our time in these calls will be a presentation on one of our topics. The other half will be devoted to Q&A and discussion. You’ll be encouraged to submit questions and topics for discussion in advance

- Two 30-minute private coaching sessions or video review with a 30-minute feedback session

- Supplemental written materials and downloadable PDFs

- Unlimited e-mail support during the period of the program.

- You’ll be part of our Skillful Yogi online community forum, where you’ll receive member-exclusive content like our daily column for inspiration, The Yogi Home Companion: Timeless Wisdom for Living Yoga, live talks and more.

- All course materials are downloadable and always available so you can work with the content at your own pace, wherever and whenever it works for you.



"Thank you for an amazing course filled with valuable information. Please continue to do what you do. Your love and dedication of yoga shines through in the delivery of this training. I would highly recommend this course to others."~ Diane Bellefontaine

"I couldn’t imagine that I would benefit so much from an online course." ~ Mariane Thorberg

"Everything from cost, to online format, content was amazing." ~ Katherine Giard

"An incredibly enlightening and uplifting experience. ~ Cary Lawrence

It was a fabulous session exactly what I had hoped it would be. It got me immersed in my practice and gave me many ideas on how to get myself to my mat, and what to do on my mat once I got there! Thank you for a wonderful course, and for all your time and energy ~ Megan Morgan

You are amazing! Thanks so much for offering this program. It is really nice to have a the support of a community like this to grow as a yoga teacher and also as an individual! ~ Nicole Blackwood

A most thoughtfully designed program of teachings and methods of working with them... Not everyone has the means or opportunity to attend workshops regularly, these sessions inspire and inform my practices. Truly grateful for all this~ Milda Graham

Barrie is not only an amazing teacher but her material is beautifully structured and detailed, addressing both our bigger community of teachers (of various backgrounds) and our individual needs for our personal journeys...I really loved how you so generously shared so much with all of us and I can feel the love through the attention to detail and giving us personal advice. It’s greatly appreciated! THANK YOU for a unique program! Your organization and mastery of the course and the material is very inspiring! ~ Mariane Thorberg

Your insights, the exercises and the experiences and insights of all who shared in this session, felt like I jumped out of a kiddie pool and dove into an ocean of wealth, beauty and promise. ~ Joanna Mathioudakis

I want to thank you for all you did to make the mentoring program such a gratifying, edifying, inspiring experience. It went far beyond my expectations and has given me a fantastic template for furthering study on my own. I was extremely impressed by the professionalism, the attention to detail, the format, the content, but most of all, by your generosity in being willing to attend to all the individual needs of the participants.~ Cindy Durack

I feel encouraged and motivated to believe and trust in my ability to share my passion for Yoga…Even after just 3 weeks I have a sense that my practice has deepened and that my perspective has changed.~ Maud Hansen

I love how you teach, Barrie. You are so generous with your wisdom and yet you know just how much we need at this moment in time. ~ Susan MacPhee

I felt I learned a lot - particularly around a way of working with philosophy in teaching that felt much more approachable, authentic and grounded in lived experience for me.~ Sara Lamb

You cover an amazing amount of material in the meetings, and quite a wide spectrum between philosophy, teaching/class planning tips, and specifics about poses. I'm really grateful for all of it, it's very helpful to me.~ Tracy Murdoch

You will grow in way you do not expect. The skill set of the teaching is exceptional. Well worth the investment.~ Gerard MacPhee

Your Instructor

Barrie Risman
Barrie Risman

Barrie Risman is widely regarded as one of Canada’s most highly skilled yoga educators, teacher–trainers and mentors. She is well known for her ability to convey the essence of the wisdom teachings of yoga with exceptional clarity, insight, and relevance to students of all levels and from all walks of life.

Barrie's teaching weaves together the technical precision of refined alignment-based practice with an ever-present awareness of the great wisdom of yoga philosophy distilled from decades of intensive study and practice.

Teaching for close to 2 decades, Barrie shares the depth of her experience and knowledge to reveal a uniquely accessible, authentic and integrated approach to yoga. She empowers students with tools to deepen their understanding and inspires them to embrace asana as a path for expansive self-discovery and inner growth.

Barrie's forthcoming book, Evolving Your Yoga: Ten Principles for an Enlightened Practiceis a guide for teachers and continuing students to deepen, expand, and integrate the benefits of yoga in their lives.

A seasoned trainer and mentor of new teachers, Barrie serves on several teacher-training faculties including HappyTree Yoga in Montreal, PranaShanti Yoga Centre of Ottawa, and Shakti Yoga in Geneseo, New York. She is the creator of The Skillful Yogi professional development courses, retreats and mentoring programs for yoga teachers.

Barrie was the co-founder and co-director of Shri Yoga, Montreal’s seminal place for the practice of Alignment-based, Heart-centered Hatha Yoga from 2011-2016. From 2003-2012, she was a Senior Anusara Yoga teacher and teacher trainer. Barrie led Anusara Yoga events throughout Canada, the US and internationally and served on the Anusara Yoga Teacher Certification Committee from 2006-2012, mentoring new teachers toward certification.

She has been a dedicated student of Iyengar Yoga for more than 25 years. She continues to study regularly with her primary mentor, Kevin Gardiner, a senior Iyengar Yoga teacher and co-founder of the Iyengar Yoga Institute of New York.

From 1997-2003, Barrie served as a full-time staff member for the SYDA Foundation in India and the US, immersed in the study and practice of all the traditional yogic disciplines.

Barrie is the proud Co-creator and Co-director of the World Spine Care Yoga Project, whose mission is to bring the benefits of posture, breathing and mindfulness as a tool for pain management and active self care to low mobility populations around the world.

Click here for Barrie's full CV.

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