Yoga teacher training

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Student yoga teachers learning and sharing in the ashram's Sadhana Hall

The ashram offers a high standard, practical and professional Yoga Teacher Training Course that produces quality, inspiring and authentic yoga teachers. The most recent course was from 2015 - 2017. The next course will start in 2019 and fuller details of this course will be available this Autumn.

The purpose of the course is to:

  • provide professional, comprehensive and quality training in all aspects of yoga teaching
  • enable students to develop their own sadhana (personal yoga practice) in a systematic and guided way.

The course integrates the profound spiritual practices and development that lie at the heart of yoga. The emphasis is on awakening the faculties of each student, thus developing the capacity to transmit yoga to others on a profound level. It creates high quality teachers who have undergone their own process of self-transformation and who teach from the depth and passion of their own experience of the yoga practices.

The course benefits from being taught by a small team of tutors, each with different areas of expertise and passion. Some are ashram residents so offer experience of full immersion in a yogic way of life, and others live elsewhere in the UK, bringing experience of the application of a yogic life in our busy world.

Successful completion of the course results in a teaching Diploma from the ashram and also one from the British Wheel of Yoga who accredit the ashram course.  Graduates are recognised by both the ashram and the British Wheel of Yoga and are able to teach yoga throughout the UK and many European countries.

The course covers:

  • anatomy and physiology
  • asana (physical postures) including practicing safely to avoid injury and for different medical conditions
  • pranaymama (breath control) - practicing a variety of techniques
  • bandhas (psycho-physiological locks) and mudras (symbolic body positions and hand gestures)
  • shat karmas (cleansing practices)
  • meditation - practicing several methods
  • relaxation including yoga nidra (deep relaxation)
  • yogic energy centres and pathways
  • mantra yoga
  • karma yoga
  • symbols and yantra
  • yogic philosophy such as Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, the Bhagavad Gita and selected Upanishads
  • first aid
  • safeguarding and protection of children and vulnerable adults
  • the practicalities of setting up a yoga class, working for an organisation or being self-employed
  • teaching methods
  • lesson and course planning
  • class management
  • a project of choice in the 2nd year.

The course takes 2 years with 69 days spent at the ashram. The dates for the most recent course (which can give a guide for future courses) were:

  • in the first year:
    • 1 week in September (Sat 19 - Sat 26 Sep 2015)
    • regular weekend retreats (Fri 23 - Sun 25 Oct 2015; Fri 20 - Sun 22 Nov 2015; Thu 18 - Sun 21 Feb 2016; Fri 18 - Sun 20 Mar 2016; Fri 15 - Sun 17 Apr 2016; Thu 19 - Sun 22 May 2016)
    • a 2 week retreat in July (Sat 16 - Sat 30 Jul 2016)
  • in the second year:
    • regular weekend retreats (Thu 22 - Sun 25 Sep 2016; Fri 21 - Sun 23 Oct 2016; Thu 24 - Sun 27 Nov 2016; Thu 16 - Sun 19 Feb 2017; Fri 24 - Sun 26 Mar 2017; Fri 5 - Sun 7 May 2017; Thu 15 - Sun 18 Jun 2017)
    • finishing with a 2 week retreat in July (Sat 15 - Sat 29 Jul 2017).

For details of the 2015-2017 course - which will be used as a model for future courses - please refer to the prospectus and also see Reflections on the Yoga Teacher Training Course by previous students who successfully completed the course.

If you are new to the ashram and interested in the next ashram yoga teacher training course, we would strongly suggest visiting the ashram for a course or a stay to gain an initial expereince of the ashram teachings, routine and energies. Whilst in the ashram you can also ask to speak with Swami Krishnapremananda or Maha Sattwa about your interest in the ashram course.