Registered Yoga Detour Instructor

Become an official member of the Detour family

These questions keep too many of us from teaching authentically, trapped in the fear of what might happen if we decide to venture off the path into unknown territory.

Yoga Detour has created the roadmap for that alternate path.

Detour Method Online provides the foundation needed to move forward with direction, confidence and clarity, creating the bridge between the yoga you love and the other forms of movement and exercise necessary for a balanced practice.

This Course is for you if...
  • You’re looking for the foundation that will take your teaching in a new, exciting direction.
  • You understand that the basics are where it’s at. When we master the basics, our options are limitless.
  • You know that yoga isn’t the only thing our bodies need to feel and stay healthy.
  • You want to offer your students more “movement” but lack the tools and confidence to venture outside the yoga box.
  • You’ve been inspired by all the awesomeness currently swirling around the internet about CARs, mobility vs. flexibility, old-fashioned yoga cues and dogmatic teaching but you’re not sure where to start
  • You want to practice yoga and/or teach it in a way that is informed, sustainable, and FUN.
This Course is NOT for you if...
  • You aren’t interested in infusing your practice or teaching with information that might contradict what you’ve been previously taught from other yoga instructors.
  • You’re not interested in deviating from a set sequence of postures.
  • You’d rather not focus on the fundamentals.
  • You already feel super confident in your teaching, have spent countless hours studying with other instructors from multiple disciplines and feel skeptical that you can benefit from this program.
  • You are looking for a practice-along series of classes – this ain’t that.
  • You prefer to learn for free off platforms like Instagram.

“I feel like I see bodies so much better and am now equipped with a much better toolbox to help my students. I gained knowledge more rapidly than I could have imagined, and I’m thankful for that!”

– Alison, DMO April 2019

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“This training gave me a better understanding of how to structure a class using the principles of progressive strengthening as it applies to yoga movement and postures. I feel more confident in answering questions from students about WHY we are doing certain movements/exercises. I also feel that I can prepare my students not only for traditional yoga postures but also real world scenarios so they are stronger and able to handle anything that comes their way.”

– Grace, DMO November 2018

Sign up below for front of the line access when registration begins.

MODULE 1: Yoga Detour Foundations

If you’re looking for a quick fix of the Detour approach, this is it. We cover the key pillars of an informed practice, giving you a taste of all the good stuff:

  • Four ways to the move the spine that will keep it healthy for life
  • The one “core” exercise we never compromise on
  • How to bulletproof your forward bends
  • What your shoulders are dying to tell you they need, and how to give this to them in every class

You’ll integrate everything covered in this module to create the sun-salutations of your dreams, moving with the kind of strength and purpose that your body has been longing for!

MODULE 2: Get Grounded
Applying Lower Body Strength and Mobility to an Integrated Asana Practice

If you love standing postures and never want to part with your forward bends, this is the module for you. In it we explore:

  • How to build lasting strength and mobility
  • How to mitigate nagging hamstring pain
  • Why our hips are crying out for help (and come to their rescue)
  • Progressions to revolutionize your ankles, knees and hips

We’ll look at how to apply this information to standing postures, teaching you our tried, tested and true approach to breaking things down into their component parts, showing you how to design classes that are not only more accessible, but also hotbeds of ‘ah-ha’ moments.

MODULE 3: Lift-Off
Applying Upper Body Strength and Mobility to an Integrated Asana Practice

We leave no stone unturned when it comes to everything upper body:

  • Why upper body strength is illusive for so many of us
  • Non-negotiable wrist-prep
  • How to access key muscle groups that will have your backbends, arm-balances and inversions feeling like totally different poses (in the best way possible)
  • How to make any upper-body focused practice accessible and enjoyable for all levels

By the end of this module you’ll apply what you’ve learned to the art of sequencing, discovering endless possibilities for planning your self-practice and/or your classes.

MODULE 4: Floor Play
Rediscovering Your Practice from the Ground Up

This module embraces play and unstructured movement. It’s also the perfect antidote to a practice that’s only known the confines of a yoga mat or the rigidity of a set sequence. Dive into:

  • Our favourite ways to use the ground as a resource when it comes to building strength and enhancing mobility
  • The YD approach to seated postures (without having to sit still)
  • Using locomotion to differentiate your classes
  • The best ways to help yourself and your students tap into down-regulation and nervous system relaxation

We’ll cap things off by constructing an entire class that will have any level of practitioner tapping into curiosity beyond their comfort zone, feeling simultaneously challenged and cared for.

This course is jam-packed. We present the information in a way that is totally digestible but we want to make sure you don’t get bogged down. That’s why we’ll take a week “off” in between Module 2 and 3, where you can take time to absorb what’s been covered and play a bit of catch up. Your success is our priority, and we believe that a little R+R goes a long way in that process.


Four modules reinforce the central pillars of the Detour method. Each module contains four different lessons that layer on the knowledge-bombs, one step at a time. We’ll cover one module per week (with the exception of Integration Week).


Each lesson includes professionally-shot video content as well as checks for understanding to ensure you’re keeping up along the way. We also guide you through four (optional) culminating assessments that will carry over directly into your personal practice and teaching.


From the moment the course begins, you’ll have access to the private Detour Learning Forum, a space exclusive to those who are enrolled in this training. Ask questions and engage with those immersed in this journey alongside you.


Engage in four live calls where Cecily and the YD team will tie together the elements of each week’s theme and provide opportunity for Q+A using the Zoom webinar platform. They’ll also review assessments and provide feedback.


THREE audio-classes led by Cecily covering different aspects of the practice (sun salutations, lower body strength and backbends).These classes will do wonders to help you see how the “non-yoga” material can be seamlessly integrated into a flow-style practice.
Value = $75

FOUR Detour Maps (one per module) – downloadable guides for crafting sequences out of the material covered in this course. These maps will tie everything together! In the past, students have claimed they made all the difference in helping them connect the dots with this work.
Value = $800

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“Cecily was the perfect guide during the transitional moment I was having as a yoga teacher. (YD is like FRC for postural yoga). In fact, Detour Method Online was a missing piece to the puzzle that is being a yoga teacher. And don’t get me wrong, that puzzle is never complete. It’s a learning & growing thing that never ends. And- yes, I still absolutely love being a yoga teacher.”

– Zuri, DMO November 2018

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“In the Detour Method Online training, we were introduced to mapping out peak poses or themes for our classes – really breaking everything down into its smallest components. And then puzzling it all back together into a cohesively flowing class. Game changer!”

– Anna, DMO November 2018

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“As a result of DMO, I feel totally inspired again. The best thing about this program is the combination of a super solid foundation for the creation of a safe and sustainable practice as well as the tools to make it our own so that growth and evolution continue well beyond the end of the class. Best decision I’ve made for my teaching and my own body, and I’ll be forever grateful.”

– Joelle, DMO November 2018


Next Program Dates:
March 30th - May 1st, 2020

Early access price $1149 (reg $1299)

Registration opens March 20th. The official countdown begins!


    • Have a clear understanding of how the body is designed to move
    • Realize that you’re not “too late” or the last to know about this stuff
    • Be addicted to asking “WHY” and no longer take answers for face-value
    • Stop worrying about the gaps in your training up until now
    • Possess a well of tools and resources that will transform your personal practice and make your teaching magnetic and engaging
    • Wish you’d taken this course ages ago!

Our Policies

With the easy-to-implement tools and progressions you’ll learn in this online course, combined with ambition and endless curiosity, you will have what it takes to approach the practice with newfound inspiration. We have made every effort to share this material from a place of genuine excitement and careful investment in what YOU need.

Will this course answer all of your questions? No.

Will it contradict some of the other things you’ve been taught in the past? Quite possibly.

Will taking this training make you want to dig deeper, analyze further and investigate more thoroughly? We certainly hope so!

We guarantee that this course will expand your horizons. The degree to which they expand is up to you!

If you change your mind or discover that this course really isn’t what you need right now, we get it. We also know that life happens, and that circumstances can arise to keep you from participating in this training in the way you first imagined. That’s why we stand by our policy to refund you within 7 days of the course start date. All refund requests received by that Sunday 11:59pm EST will be honoured without question. After this time, no refunds will be granted.

“Seriously, thank you for everything you do and for putting this out there. I was looking for you and didn’t even know it. You have opened my eyes to a better way – being curious and not accepting the status quo. I deserve better and my students deserve better. Thank you.”

– Carin

“I’ve been following the Detour for years now. I remembering finding the FB page and thinking, “Thank Christ. They’re talking about what I want to talk about but don’t know how. And they’re challenging movement paradigms in a way I want to but don’t know how.” Yoga Detour has been, and continues to be, instrumental in reshaping my approach to yoga.”

– Tori

“Ever since I found you on the internet I’ve been incorporating more strength and mobility work into my vinyasa classes. I even started a new class at the gym where we only focus on mobility. I would never have had the guts to teach a class like that without your knowledge.”

– Danielle


I’m not a yoga teacher - can I still take this course?

YES! We’ve designed this course with both students and teachers in mind. As a practitioner, you’ll benefit from the many lessons that focus on waking up different areas of the body, giving you new material to integrate into your normal practice or routine. The checks for understanding along the way will help to ensure that you’re not just going through the motions – you’ll actually know WHY you’re doing things a certain way and how you can continue to progress through these movements in a way that is best for your body.

I’ve been teaching for ages. Will I learn anything new from this course?

That’s going to depend on a) what you’re looking for and b) what you’ve already done. If you’ve been immersed in non-yoga trainings in the past and have already learned how to integrate mobility training, strength work and non-linear movement into your classes, then you likely already know much of what we’re offering here. But if you’re relatively new to the movement world, with most of your experience coming from 200HR and 300HR teacher trainings, then YES – you need this training. Even if you are somewhat familiar with the “other stuff” like FRC and Yoga Tune-Up, this course will help you figure out how to weave everything together in a way that is authentic and informed.

When does the 2020 course start?

We begin March 30th and wrap everything up by May 1st, 2020.

Module 1 starts on March 30th, which means that’s when you’ll receive access to all the material. Work through it at your own pace.

Module 2 will be covered the week of April 6th.

The week of April 13th is an integration week where you can get caught up on anything that may have been missed, and use the time to integrate and absorb all that we’ve covered so far.

Module 3 will be covered the week of April 20th.
Module 4 will be covered the week of April 27th.

What if I can't keep up with the course pace?

Fear not! You’ll continue to have access to the online course content for as long as it exists (aka forever). Everything downloadable is yours to keep. The live calls will all be recorded, so even if you miss those it’s not a big deal. If you aren’t able to turn in the assessments during the live session, we’ll give you until the end of the month to submit anything you want feedback on. You don’t need to submit assessments to receive your certificate of completion.

What are the minimum system requirements to access course materials?

This course is based on videos that are hosted at and while these may work on older setups, we strongly recommend keeping your system as up to date as possible. Browsers and operating systems are constantly releasing bug fixes, security updates, and improvements, and using the latest browser version can always help to prevent issues.

Supported Browsers

If you’re using an older browser, system, or website, you’ll need to upgrade to continue watching Vimeo videos.

Here is a list of our supported browsers/versions:

  • Chrome 30+ (has automatic updates)
  • Firefox 27+ (has automatic updates)
  • Internet Explorer 11
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Safari 9+

Supported Operating Systems

The Vimeo player operates in a wide range of operating systems, but we can only guarantee full functionality on systems that are still being supported by their proprietors.

  • Microsoft has ended support for Windows XP and Windows Vista.
  • The earliest version of MacOS is still receiving extended support from Apple is Sierra (v. 10.12.6), and support for it is rumoured to end in September 2019.
  • Earlier versions of MacOS (El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks, etc) are not supported.


  • Android (Lollipop) version 5.0+
  • iOS version 9.3.5+

Internet Connection Requirements

A minimum stable speed of 5 Mbps or faster is required to stream high-quality videos on the Internet. For optimal performance, a hardwired connection via Ethernet is best, but if you prefer to use WiFi, be sure that your router is configured correctly and that your network is not being shared with other devices (this can limit the starting speeds you pay your Internet Service Provider for).

Not sure what speeds your device is receiving? Visit (on mobile or desktop) for an estimate. We recommend performing this test a few times since bandwidth can change.

What time are the live learning sessions and how do they work?

We’ll go live on Zoom every Thursday of the course at 9am EST. All calls are recorded so don’t worry if you have to miss one here and there!

Each week you’ll receive a link that will take you directly to the call – all you need to do is plug it into your browser at the time of the session. Cecily and/or members of the YD team will review the key take-aways from that week’s module, after which you’ll have the chance to raise your hand and get answers to any questions you’ve got about that week’s materials.

And if the live calls don’t work for you, fret not! You can still ask all your questions in the private Facebook Think Tank and watch the call recordings whenever it’s convenient.

What's the time commitment each week? Can I go through each module at my own pace?

Plan to watch one lesson per day (videos average 12-40min), saving some time on the side for the little exercises we give you along the way. The culminating assessment at the end of each module can be completed in 1-2 hours depending on your learning style. Our live sessions (60-90min) will take place once a week, so with all being said and done you’re looking at about 4-6 hours of time per week.

We welcome you to use this training in a way that will work with your schedule. You will have access to the video content for as long as it exists and everything downloadable is yours to keep. The private learning forum can be accessed at any time, and the live sessions will all be recorded and downloadable should you not have the chance to participate in person. Culminating assessments can be submitted for feedback anytime before December 20th, 2019.

I learn best through one-on-one interaction. Will I have direct access to Cecily in this training?

You will have direct access with Cecily as well as the opportunity to interact with members of the Detour team. DMO Team Leaders will be moderating the private learning forum, joining Cecily on the live calls and providing feedback on assessments.

Is this training eligible for CECs?

Yes. As of June 2019 DMO is eligible to receive Continuing Education Credits (CECs) through canfitpro.

DMO is also eligible for Yoga Australia Continuing Development points.

Will I receive a certificate for this training?

Yes once you’ve completed all four modules you will receive a digital certificate of completion, but keep in mind that this is not a teacher training program or YTT, so you will not receive a certificate to teach. If you wish to receive feedback on assignments from Cecily and the team you will need to submit the four module assignments before December 20th.

How often will this training run?

The Detour Method Online Training will run twice a year – once in the Fall, and again the following Spring. The next instalment of the program will open for registration in March 2020.

Do I need to do anything to prepare for this course in advance?

You can do absolutely nothing to prepare for this course and still benefit a ton! That being said, what you get out of something is often a reflection of what you put into it. If you want to get your head in the game, we recommend the following resources:

Move Your DNA – Katy Bowman
The New Rules of Posture – Mary Bond
The Guide to Better Movement – Todd Hargrove

What currency is the price in?

Pricing currency depends on location. If you are purchasing from outside of Canada, the cost is in USD. If you are purchasing within Canada, the cost is in CAD.

Is this training tax-deductible?

If you’re a self-employed teacher or trainer you should be able to expense the cost of this course. We will provide you with an official sales receipt for your records.

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