250 hours leading to IYN (Independent Yoga Network) teaching qualification.
The Yogasara Foundation Teacher Training is 250 hours because we know that teaching is a life long journey, which in truth takes years not hours! We give you extra time above the regular 200 hours so that you can learn & integrate more fully and have the edge when you qualify. We will give you more so that you can offer more!
We will encourage you to become a lifelong learner and we also offer an Advanced Teacher Training along with continued professional development (CPD) courses, workshops and retreats.
This course is the beginning of an exciting and enriching path as a Yoga teacher. We will encourage you to share from the depth of your own experience. Your personal practice will be core to bringing your emergent ‘inner teacher’ to life and to the world!
The training takes place over 10 weekends, an 8 day retreat and apprentice hours. You will learn to teach in the style of Integral Vinyasa Flow – with plenty of Kramas (modifications) to make your teaching accessible to all. You will also complete a written assignment, maintain a personal journal, and undertake group work leading to a presentation in a chosen yogic topic. You will teach your fellow students and be asked to review/reflect on your teaching experiences and receive feedback.
The weekends are held at Yogasara Studio in Bristol, and the retreat is in Portugal – www….. Those with children are welcome on our retreats – childcare will be available at a small additional cost.
Each weekend will weave together the multifaceted aspects of yoga- practice and theory.
We will teach you:
Deconstruct and understand the physical postures though practice while cultivating somatic intelligence through interoception and proprioception. You will learn functional anatomy and physiology. The physical and subtle/energy body will be taught from both eastern and western perspectives so that you can explore the relationship between consciousness, emotions and the body. The various yogic maps of the subtle energy body will be covered in detail. These include: the chakras, the koshas, the bandhas, the vayus and mudras. We will compare the contemporary knowledge of neuro-science with esoteric theory.
We will explore various breathing techniques, as well as Pranayama, which involves breath retention techniques. We will clarify about when and how to practice and teach them, and equally important, when not to use them.
Study various approaches to meditation including traditional practices from Yoga-Tantra, Buddhist methods, and more contemporary ‘Mindfulness’. We will examine more traditional approaches in the light of recent research in neuroscience.
Deepen your practice and understanding of why and how to effectively work with sound and vibration through mantra and chanting.
We will provide opportunities for you to inquire into your own unique conditioning – physically, mentally and emotionally. Through embodied awareness, group work, sharing circles, and individual feedback, along with your own reflections. These experiences can help you to become more aware of how you habitually respond and relate to the world and people around you. The increased awareness you will find through the practices taught on this course can enable you to transform what is unhelpful, find healing, increase your vitality, and find more ease in your life.
We will study, compare and contrast Sutra and Tantra. This involves study of yoga texts, including Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, the Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, and the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra (VBT). We will compare and contrast these teachings with relevant contemporary and western philosophy. We will also look at the history of yoga, the role of men and women in Yoga historically, and consider the evolution of yoga in modern western culture.
Yogasara courses are rooted in Tantric philosophy. We will demystify the teachings of Tantra so that they can be translated into contemporary life with authenticity. We will engage in tantric meditation, body-work and cultivate intimacy with ourselves and each other. We will work within healthy boundaries whilst encouraging loving connection. Tantra acknowledges sexual energy as a powerful force for awakening. We will NOT be engaging in sexual practices as part of this training! We will clarify the difference between authentic Tantra, rooted in sacred texts such as the VBT, & ‘Neo-Tantra’ which focuses mostly on sexual energy/practice. We will teach you the links between Tantra and Shamanism, and explore prayer and ritual including dance and voice work with guest teachers.
There is nothing like an intensive period on retreat to deepen your practice. Our retreats are held at a stunning retreat centre in Portugal. On retreat, as well as deepening and integrating the course content and doing your teaching assessment we will balance this intensity with some fun! Such as acro-yoga, dance, shared bodywork and other spontaneous events. There is always someone offering complimentary therapies too.
Integral Vinyasa flow is a breath-led movement practice. We will break down each asana and look in detail at how to modify and teach each posture safely. You need to understand how to offer postures for the myriad of body types, and for those with injury, that you will encounter as a teacher. We will teach how to create intelligent sequences from both a physiological and energetic perspective. We will explore teaching through demonstration, and understand the use of language to communicate effectively.
Yoga Class Choreography
We will consider different ways of structuring a yoga class, and how to hold space for your students. We believe it is important for all students, beginners to the most seasoned practitioners, to feel welcome and safe. An authentic yoga class will include more than the physical body. We will help you understand how philosophy ‘lives’ in the body and mind so that you can share this information with ease. As well as the physical practices and breath, a comprehensive yoga class could include: an opening and closing chant/invocation, a specific theme, working with intention, prayer, sharing sacred texts/poetry, meditation and contemplation. We will help you find your own unique style of teaching.
Hands on Facilitation
This is an important part of teaching physical practice and enables students to feel something that they can’t through verbal cues alone. Physical adjustments are taught alongside an in-depth understanding of anatomy and physiology. Teaching through touch can be profound and healing when offered with skill, integrity and appropriate boundaries.
Working with Cycles
We will clarify how to adapt practice for the seasons and the lunar cycle. This includes teaching that is rooted in an understanding of how we can attune to the natural world, by engaging with the elements consciously. We will teach the differences in practice for men and women, including how to honour the menstrual cycle, and pregnancy. We will also consider the diversity of an individual’s sense of self in relation to gender, sexual identity and orientation, and clarify masculine and feminine energy as being intrinsic forces within men and women, and not just about gender.
Setting up as a Teacher
We will consider all the different environments in which you could teach yoga, including studios, gyms, corporate environments, educational institutions etc. We will cover legal issues e.g. insurance and contracts as well as effective strategies for marketing yourself.
We look forward to welcoming you on this journey of empowerment into teaching.
How to Apply
If you want to sign up or know more:
get in touchwith Sarah on 07789 501 884 or via email at
A place on this course is subject to successful interview, which could be with Sarah or Christopher (Skype/telephone interviews are possible). Confirmation of a place requires a non-refundable deposit to be paid. Earlybird and payment-in-full discounts are available. We also offer payment plans.