Are you ready for a life-changing experience?

WHY DO THIS YOGA TEACHER TRAINING?

Our Yoga Teacher Training programs are designed to take you to
the spiritual heart of the practice

Integrated approach

Learn how to teach both Hatha and Vinyasa yoga, and integrate BKS Iyengar alignment principles into a mindful Vinyasa Flow

Find your own voice

You can only teach what you know, so we give you the skills to teach from your own experience and practical knowledge

Personal attention

We teach in small groups to give you the personal attention you deserve for maximum learning

Hatha & Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training in London

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This is a DOGMA FREE training with interesting, innovative teachers, all of whom are serious yoga practitioners with global reputations:

  • Heather Elton (Asana)
  • Matthew Clark (Philosophy)
  • Richelle Ricard (Anatomy)
  • Kat Owens (Trauma Sensitive Yoga)

For more information about our teachers, visit our Yoga Teacher Training Faculty page.

The training is truly transformative – you’ll experience an authentic process that encourages you look at your own reality, takes you deeper in your own practice, and gives you the skills to teach yoga.

Space is limited to 16 students. We encourage you to apply early to ensure a place on the program. The course is accredited by Yoga Alliance USA and Yoga Alliance Professionals UK (200+ hours).

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

The practice

  • Practice Hatha and Vinyasa yoga in a safe and supportive way, and watch your body and mind transform.
  • Develop a skilful and varied asana practice, which is the starting place for an authentic yogic inquiry – a practice that moves beyond a mere physical experience to make it relevant to real life.
  • Deepen your own practice and have an experience that will provide you lifelong inspiration and context to teach yoga.
  • Learn the principles of breath/bandhas/dristi, that tie poses together into a seamless ‘moving meditation’.
  • Learn how to breathe and feel your body and mind transform.
  • Study BKS Iyengar alignment principles and develop precise technique to avoid injury.
  • Explore the ‘inner/outer’ techniques of yoga, to reveal the spiritual path underlying the practice.
  • Learn how to teach restorative yoga to nourish the body and reduce anxiety.
  • Practise basic pranayama and meditation.
  • Learn to take the practice off the mat, integrate the knowledge into your life and share it with others.
  • Be able to make an informed decision about what aspects of yoga you like, what you want to practise and teach.

Creating a yoga class

  • Study safe alignment and actions in the poses, so you understand how to sequence Vinyasa Flow in a coherent and logical way
  • Build movement vocabularies and learn to sequence Vinyasa Flow as a seamless ‘moving meditation’.
  • Rather than memorise someone else’s Vinyasa sequence, we want you have the knowledge and confidence to make up your own.
  • Work in groups and individually to create Vinyasa Flow sequences.
  • Learn how to structure and teach your own yoga class.
  • Learn how to design a class that is accessible, sustainable and transformational.

Yoga anatomy

  • Learn yoga anatomy and techniques to break down ‘peak poses’ so you can teach ‘workshop style’.
  • Learn how to teach yoga safely and for all levels of practitioners and different body types. 
  • Understand basic anatomy and safe alignment so you can prevent injuries in your students and yourself.

Adjustment clinic

  • Get hands-on experience with adjustments and props, to prepare you for working with all body types.
  • Learn how to use props and modifications to make yoga accessible to everyone.
  • Learn basic teaching points essential to each asana.
  • Know what to say and how to refine your verbal cues so that you can communicate effectively.
  • Learn to guide the student’s physical body and breath to provide stability and equanimity in the pose.
  • Study the Vinyasa of Touch, and the power of intention, to release patterns of emotional holding in the body.

Yoga philosophy

  • Hindu, Buddhist and contemporary yogic philosophy are taught in a way that lifts it ‘off the page’ and ‘off the mat’.
  • Integrate ancient wisdom traditions with contemporary psychology into a mindful practice.
  • Understand how yoga philosophy is not just an academic lesson, but a yogic inquiry relevant to real life.
  • We aim to reveal the spiritual path underlying the practice so you can glimpse your true nature – Purusha (pure consciousness).
  • Understand basic yoga philosophy in a way that you can integrate it into your teachings and personal practice.
  • Begin a genuine spiritual practice. 

These videos were taken of Jim Mallinson teaching Yoga Philosophy on the 2014 and 2015  trainings:

How to teach

  • We want you to learn how to teach yoga, so we’ve built extra hours into our Practicum module.
  • Watch and give demonstrations of asanas, adjustments and Vinyasa Flow sequences.
  • Learn how to make your demonstrations seen and understood by students.
  • Learn how to demonstrate in a way that won’t harm your body.
  • Watch videos of your performance and get valuable feedback from teachers and colleagues.
  • Learn how to make yoga your business in our unique business module. 
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WHAT WE BELIEVE
  • Yoga is an ancient science that uses the body and breath to penetrate the mind and liberate us from suffering. Yoga is the path to enlightenment – Moksha.
  • While there are many different authentic paths of Hatha yoga, we believe that they merge into ONE essential teaching that uses the body and the breath to liberate ourselves from suffering.
  • Asana gives you freedom physically from illness and disease.
  • Pranayama frees you from your regular breath and makes the pranic body vibrant and subtle.
  • Meditation prepares an unstable and distracted mind for the inner limbs of yoga.
  • We aim to give you the highest skills possible to teach and reveal the spiritual path underlying the practice so you can glimpse your true nature – Purusha (pure consciousness.)
  • We want you to live the yogic reality – and to take the practice off the mat, integrate the knowledge into your life and share it with others.
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WHERE IS IT?

The London Yoga Teacher Training is held at the West London Buddhist Centre.

This is a beautiful and tranquil space offering classes in meditation and Buddhism, with a dedicated and aesthetic yoga studio. The centre is committed to providing space for yoga and has invested in really good equipment.

There’s a spacious reception area to sit and relax in. Downstairs is a library and two special rooms for meditation events. The whole centre is fully accessible with a lift, disabled shower and toilet.

It’s easy to get to and close to tube (Paddington, Queensway and Royal Oak) and bus links.

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WHAT PEOPLE SAY

"A life-transforming experience"

“The minute I stumbled across an advertisement for Heather’s course I knew it was the right one for me. Heather is a passionate, caring and truly inspirational teacher. I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to study with her and the internationally renowned teachers she invited to join the faculty. The training was not just physically, intellectually and spiritually challenging. It was a life-transforming experience for me. I not only developed a solid personal practice but got a deep understanding of the science of Yoga and the necessary skills and confidence to share my knowledge with others. I will always feel grateful to Heather for her guidance, support and sharing her wisdom.” – Youla Faita

"A true teacher"

“Heather is wonderful, she’s honest and disciplined – devoted to yoga. Since graduating, she has continued to support us providing advice on how to sequence a series of classes and how to grow business ideas into reality. She’s dedicated to her student’s success after the training – a true teacher.” – Laura Beckett

"I feel as if I have my life back"

“The London TTC training was seriously good. I learned so much about alignment. As an Astanga practitioner I’ll have fewer injuries. The most profound thing that happened to me on the course was the change that happened in myself. It got into me deeply and transformed the way I am. I’ve changed the way I behave, how I react to situations and the way I deal with them. My mind is more controlled and I can get out of my daydream and focus on something else. I feel as if I have my life back.” – Ines Romanelli

"A non-dogmatic approach and true authentic wisdom"

“The training was very well structured and all the workshops complimented each other to weaving together a deeper understanding of yoga. … Yes we’ve got to look inwards on our yoga journey, but what is yoga all about? I have full respect for the way you teach with a non-dogmatic approach and true authentic wisdom. I didn’t want to do something wishy-washy, or LA style, and feel that this training has been really authentic. That is really difficult to achieve in the commercial world of yoga. The yoga you taught feels REAL. Consequently, I feel a lot more connected to myself and my own practice and know what I want to teach and how I want to teach.” – Lexie Tanner

"Exceptional quality, a beautiful journey"

“The London YTT was of exceptional quality, so well structured and professionally done. It’s been such a beautiful journey. We are incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to study with such knowledgeable, inspiring and brilliant teachers!” – Chryssa Benopoulou

"The transformation is amazing"

“Yoga is so powerful. In only 8 weeks, our bodies have transformed and we are radiant versions of ourselves. The transformation is amazing. I’ve got to know myself better through the practice. As a result, I now feel that I have the skills to teach. I needed to work on my confidence to feel secure standing in front of a group of people and this training has helped me to get over my fear of being in the spotlight. I can’t believe that I feel confident to teach, but I do.” – Amanda Higgins

"Incredibly well-organised, very challenging and enlightening"

“The London TTC was incredibly well-organised, as well as being very challenging and enlightening. The time and logistics involved is really impressive. Every step of the way, you’ve put in so much effort and you really should be absolutely congratulated. A huge transformation has occurred in that I’ve always backed away when it came to doing things I thought were too difficult. I always had a marvelous excuse. So, it was true gift to be given the opportunity to practice with someone like Edward Clark. It was truly inspirational. My perceived limitations were tested over and over again, as well as shattered to pieces… I went into such new territory that it was really hard to know what I was supposed to grasp on. I simply stayed with my breath and trusted the process, shifting the fears and the belief that I couldn’t do things. These have been blown away and it’s incredibly empowering. I’m truly proud of what I’ve achieved. It’s been great to be taken meticulously through the different asanas, integrate them with the breath, and learn the adjustments. I love adjusting! I feel totally at ease with it. You taught us to tap into our own instincts. My practice has been completely stripped back and re-built from the ground up. And that is very confronting at times, in terms of changing my posture, the way I walk and sit – and think. That is the power of yoga. It changes your relationships and your life.” – Maureen Papas

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YOUR INVESTMENT

Prerequisites

To be accepted on the training, you need to have a regular yoga practice of 5 times a week for a minimum of two years, to ensure that you have the necessary physical stamina and mental discipline, but also to be embodied in asana practice. Teacher Training programs can be intense on a physical and emotional level. There will be good days and vulnerable days and we will help you find equanimity in the process.

Dates

The dates for the 2018/2019 Yoga Teacher Training are as follows:

15 & 16 Sept | 22 & 23 Sept | 29 & 30 Sept| 13 & 14 Oct | 20 & 21 Oct | 27 & 28 Oct |10 & 11 Nov | 17 & 18 Nov | 24 & 25 Nov | 1 & 2 Dec | 15 & 16 Dec |12 & 13 Jan |19 & 20 Jan | 26 & 27

Price

The cost of the training is £2,695 GBP.

(Payment plans are possible on request.)

Sample daily timetable

Saturdays & Sundays – 9:00 – 18:00

9:00 – 10:30:  Pranayama | Meditation | Asana

10:30 – 11:00:  Tea break

11:00 – 13:00:  Yoga Clinic #1 – Anatomy | Yoga Philosophy | Sequencing Vinyasa Flow

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30:  Business of Yoga

15:30 – 16:00:  Tea break

16:00 – 18:00:  Yoga Clinic #2 – The Matrix of Movement | Adjustments and prop use | Practicum (How to teach)

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A P P L Y  N O W 

Step 1: Fill in the application form below. Please read the instructions carefully.

 

Step 2: Each application will be read in detail, with applicants assessed individually. Successful applicants will receive confirmation of acceptance.

 

Step 3: Pay the full payment of £2,695 GBP to confirm your place on the training.

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About your yoga practise

What does yoga mean to you? When did you start studying yoga? How often do you practice? What styles of yoga have you practiced? How has your practice changed over time? How does yoga affect your life and relationships?
(Discuss your expectations with training, goals, etc.)
Do you have any history with mental illness? If so, please describe. Are you currently taking any medication? (Information on mental illness is essential to ensure safe practice. We have a non-discrimination policy.) Yoga Teacher Training is intense and can bring up strong emotions. It's essential that you have the skills to work through any trauma that might arise. While we try to support you in this process, we are not psychotherapists.

Medical History & Injuries

References

(strengths and challenges), your dedication and commitment to yoga, and an assessment about whether they feel you are ready to do the Yoga Teacher Training program. If you’ve been transient the past few years and can’t do this, no problem, please let us know.
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“Prayatna saithilya annate samapattibhyam”

By relaxation of all strain in the yoga posture there is a merging with the infinite.  

– Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, 2.47 

 

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