Alexander Petrogiani

E-RYT 500+









Elevate Your Yoga Journey with Petroyama’s IN FOR YIN 40hr Yoga Alliance YACEP® Teacher Training Program

Unlock a holistic yoga experience powered by Petroyama’s IN FOR YIN 40hr Yoga Alliance YACEP® Teacher Training Program. Here’s why this program is your next step to professional growth


Proudly, YogaRenew is a Registered Yoga School (RYS®) with Yoga Alliance and a recognized YACEP provider. This ensures that our training stands among the elite, adhering to the highest standards set by the Yoga Alliance.


Students who successfully complete our 40 HR Yin Yoga Teacher Training Online can proudly use this certification as a Continuing Education CEU course, further solidifying their professional standing in the yoga community.


Our trainers combine the prowess of the Yoga Alliance credentials with relevant academic degrees or certifications. This holistic blend ensures that their expertise spans across a broad spectrum of the YA Educational Categories.

Embrace the path of excellence. Choose Petroyama’s IN FOR YIN 🧘‍♀️

This course structure provides a comprehensive look into Yin Yoga, offering participants a deep understanding of its history, philosophy, and practical applications. It can be further detailed or adapted based on the specific needs or desires of the participants.

Over a 10-day immersive course on Yin Yoga 🌟

participants will embark on a journey from the origins and philosophy of Yin, rooted in Taoist concepts, to its modern-day practice. The course delves into the fundamental principles of Yin, emphasizing the role of fascia, muscles, and joints, and illuminates the physical and emotional benefits, ranging from enhanced flexibility to stress reduction. A core component of the program is dedicated to the art of sequencing, ensuring a harmonious flow between asanas, all while exploring the essentials of Yin poses. As the course progresses, participants experience guided Yin classes targeting specific areas like the hips and spine, learn the adept use of props and modifications, and finally, step into the role of the instructor, practicing cueing and leading classes, culminating in a feedback-rich environment to refine their teaching skills.
This comprehensive Yin Yoga course is open and free for all who wish to delve into the depths of Yin practice and philosophy. For those seeking official Yoga Alliance YACEP credentials, we kindly suggest a donation of $555. In exchange for your contribution, participants will receive three 30-minute personalized Zoom sessions and undergo an evaluation to ensure the highest standards of teaching proficiency are met and maintained.




Why Yoga & Meditation?

According to various organizations, approximately 1.5 million Canadians regularly practice yoga in one of its many forms—meditation being one of them. Yoga involves directed breathing while participants move their bodies into specific poses. This voluntary breathing can increase activity in the parasympathetic nervous system, leading to a decrease in emotional arousal (Sovik, 2000). Consistent with this view, college students who performed directed breathing had lower levels of physical and mental stress than did control participants.

Yoga & The Immune System

Yoga may help your immune system. When compared to people in a sample relation condition (nature walks and soft music), people who performed yoga had greater changes in gene expression in immune cells circulating in the blood stream (Qu et al., 2013).

The Importance of Breath

The average person takes approximately 21,000 breaths per day and the practice of breathing is a powerful way to increase conscious control over involuntary systems. Through the awareness of each inhalation and exhalation, the breath moves freely between outer and inner worlds, so that a whole new world can begin to open up from within.

Why Meditation?

Trained meditators showed a larger decrease in activity in areas of the frontal lobes related to the “self” (the medial prefrontal cortex) than did novices. They also showed increased activity in areas related to the perception of one’s bodily states. These results suggest that meditation does in fact help us separate ourselves from our own narratives and live in the present moment.

Meditation & Physical Health

Meditation helps the practitioner control his or her physiological responses, thereby decreasing stress and preventing health problems such as cardiovascular disease.


A meditation practitioner and teacher of consciousness, Alexander holds two black belts in both Nerkin Ouj and Arnis De Mano/Balintawa. He has also completed his Bodhi Tree Yoga E-RYT 200 and Akhanda Yoga E-RYT 500 certifications across Canada, Peru and India. Since then, he has trained over 30 yoga teachers through the Yoga Alliance and is currently studying mental health at the University of Toronto.


“I had the most amazing experience last night. I woke up feeling grateful to be alive again. I have really been struggling to let go of what I cannot control. Something happened last night and I cannot explain it but I am really excited. Thank you so much!”



Shamanic Healing Circle Participant

“Alx understand the importance of mental wellness and the interrelationship between mind, body and spirit. Through his teachings, Alx effectively provides his students with the strategies to achieve overall wellness in an inclusive manner. I have experienced first-hand the negative effects of poor stress management and endorse Alx in his work with the University of Toronto”

A/Sgt Will White 3470

Durham Regional Police

“Alexander Petrogiani is an exceptional person. Alx has been teaching yoga at In The Spirit Yoga for seven years. He is passionate about everything yoga and cares for every student he encounters. His therapeutic relationship with the students bring out the best in all.

Alx’s ability to inspire people to learn, feel and understand is truly a rare quality. I have watched him facilitate seven successful Yoga Teacher Training Programs. His inherent ability to provide concise instruction, allowed the students to understand what is required for both practical confidence and curriculum requirements.”

Deb Niven

Owner of In The Spirit Yoga and President of Wynford Group

“This course was a gamechanger for me! I had just began my yoga journey in Sept of this year. After attending some of Alex’s Yin yoga classes I decided to enroll in the YTT program as I thought it would be a great opportunity to deepen my practice and if I felt called to it become a facilitator.

From wealth of experience from the facilitators, incredibly welcoming and inviting environment, relaxed atmosphere and the very well balance between theory and practical learning approach, lead to this program far exceeding my expectations. Beyond that, the friendships that were forged within our group, the incredible atmosphere that was present, as well as the structure and delivery of this program resulted in profound personal growth for myself beyond my practice. I am deeply grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of this experience and I will most definitely look to attend any further training offered.”

Yin Yoga Alumni

“I really love that YTT is split into modules allowing us time to put into practice what we learned before jumping into the next module. The wisdom and knowledge you give in class is like no other and won’t find anywhere else and although this is my first YTT I know the caliber of what is offered is incomparable. I love the tips and tricks and tidbits you give like start with heart opening poses for Kundalini rising and complete sequences with hips, heart head. Having done yoga for over a decade its easy to forget how yoga could be challenging for newcomers like 3 min poses is a long time and they won’t lose their eyes which cones naturally to me. Only feedback I have is any good questions coming from students it’ll be good to repeat so when we watch the recording we can hear the question in relation to your answer. You make training fun and the community of students become friends. You also combine coaching along with your teachings and you give visuals like the sword which is helpful as I’m a visual learner. What I love most is all your yoga practices are different each time keeping us on our toes. Excited for what’s to come next weekend!”

Yin Yoga Alumni

“Petroyama is a dedicated and passionate yoga instructor, specializing in the profound traditions of Yin Yoga and Kundalini practices. With a holistic approach to teaching, Petroyama seamlessly merges ancient philosophies with modern techniques, ensuring that each session is both a learning experience and a transformative journey for the students. Through the meticulously designed ‘IN FOR YIN’ and ‘KUNDALINI AWAKENING’ programs, Petroyama offers not just yoga training but an exploration into the deeper layers of body, mind, and spirit. Whether you’re diving into the meditative aspects of Yin or awakening the dormant Kundalini energy, with Petroyama, you are ensured an authentic, comprehensive, and enriching experience. Beyond the asanas, Petroyama emphasizes the psychological and physiological aspects of each chakra, ensuring students grasp both the theory and practice. As a E-RYT 500 certified instructor, Petroyama’s teachings adhere to the highest standards, making them a sought-after guide for those yearning for genuine yogic wisdom.”

Yin Yoga Alumni



Interested in learning more about yoga or thinking about becoming a yoga teacher?

The Getting Started with Yoga online program is for you! Whether you want to deepen your practice by exploring the philosophy and history of yoga, or you’re considering taking your RYT-200, Getting Started with Yoga will give you a solid foundation. The program features 40 hours of online learning modules broken into smaller consumable snippets, so that you can dive in and out depending on how much time you have, and includes self-study components to apply the concepts as you learn. Completion of the 40-hour program counts towards your RYT-200.

Module 1: What Is Yoga? - 5 hours

In this module, you’ll be introduced to the philosophy of yoga, including key definitions and ideas. When you’re finished, you’ll be able to:

  • Define yoga, hatha, asana, pranayama and meditation
  • Identify key dates and ideas within the history of yoga
  • Explain the philosophy of yoga
Module 2: Four Paths of Yoga - 4 hours

In this module, you will explore the different paths of yoga and how they relate to your own yoga journey. Upon completing this module, you’ll be able to:

  • Explain the genesis of the paths of yoga
  • Describe raja, janna, bhakti and karma yoga
Module 3: Major Yoga Texts - 6 hours

This module introduces you to the Yoga Sutras of Patangali, including the eight limbs of yoga, the Hatha Yoga Pradapika, and the Bhagavad Gita. You will complete a self-study of the Bhagavad Gita – the definitive yoga text – as you deepen your yoga journey. When you complete this module, you’ll be able to:

  • Identify key yoga texts and explain their concepts
  • Describe the eight limbs of yoga
  • Relate the Bhagavad Gita to your own yoga practice
Module 4: Self vs the self - 5 hours

Through this module, you’ll begin to uncover the Self in relation to the self, the role of the ego and the concept of non-separation and it all relates to the philosophy of yoga.

At the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • Explain the distinction between the Self and the self
  • Identify the role of the ego
  • Describe the concept of non-separation
Module 5: Anatomy and Biomechanics - 5 hours

Moving from the philosophical to the physical, this module provides you with an overview of the major bones and types of joints in the body and joint movements, as well as the major muscles used in yoga asana and the types of muscle contraction. When you’ve completed this module, you will be able to:

  • Identify the major bones in the body
  • Identify the types of joints in the body and describe their movements
  • Identify the major muscles use in yoga asana
  • Describe the types of muscle contraction
Module 6: Physiology - 10 hours

This module will give you a complete overview of to the nervous, cardiovascular, endocrine, digestive and respiratory systems, and how they relate to yoga practices.

Upon completion of this module, you’ll be able to:

  • Describe the function and processes of the systems of the body
  • Connect the processes of the systems of the body to yoga practices

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