The Yogasara Advanced Teacher Training Course 2019 – 20

Dates for 2019 – 20 Course


  •     September 21st– 22nd
  •    October 19th– 20th
  •    November 16th– 17th
  •    December 14th– 15th


  •     January 11th– 12th
  •    February 15th– 16th
  •    March 14th– 15th
  •    April 18th– 19th
  •    May 16th– 17th
  •    June 13th– 14th
  •    Retreat July 20thto 29th
  •    September 5thto 6th

Get in touch to book


Cost – £3,100
Early bird discount (deposit paid by end of May 2019) – £2,975
Pay in full discount – £2,875

A deposit of £650 will secure your place.

Unless paying in full, payments in monthly installments from September 2019 to June 2020

There are limited bursary places available for those in genuine need. Please contact Sarah if you feel you are eligible.


The weekends are held at Yogasara Studio in Bristol, and the retreat is in Portugal –

Those with children are welcome on our retreats – childcare will be available at a small additional cost.


Sarah: 07789 501 884 or [email protected]

The Yogasara Advanced Teacher Training is an exciting journey designed to take you and your teaching to new depths.

This training will lead to a 500 hour Independent Yoga Network (IYN) Qualification. IYN are one of the UK’s leading accreditors who require above average standards. You can rest assured you will complete the course with real depth and integrity as well as a professional qualification.

The course takes place over 12 weekends and an 8 day retreat. Led by Sarah Harlow and Christopher Gladwell with Sam Burkey and other guest teachers who are experts in their field.

We will dive deeply into the rich and diverse body of knowledge known as Yoga. Honouring tradition alongside fresh and innovative approaches, you will be supported to foster and enrich your own authentic teaching style. Become a more confident, inspiring teacher and empower your students with deeper knowledge and presence.

This course is an immersion into the Yogasara Method. An immersion intended to elicit more from you as a teacher. It is also a journey of personal transformation. The Yogasara Method includes practices that can facilitate revelation so that your teaching is inspired by your own ‘knowing’.

Who is this course for? Yogasara Teacher Training graduates; those who have completed a minimum of 200 hours with any other accredited school; it is also suitable for 500 hour graduates who want to undertake a training in Yoga Tantra. Yogasara Method

We offer the content of this training in response to feedback from teachers who want to go deeper, along with our own insights and reflections after many years of offering teacher trainings.

Therefore this course has a dual focus: to take you deeper into your own personal Sadhana and to equip you with more knowledge and teaching skills.

Personal Sadhana

Your personal practice is the source that inspires and informs your teaching. As you travel deeper into your own power and wisdom, you naturally have the capacity to take others to greater depths.

From a Yogasara Krama Vinyasa Tantra perspective this includes: Asana, Breath, Pranayama, Bandha, Mudra, Kriyas, Mantra, Devotion, Dance, Voice, Philosophy, Psychology and your understanding of Community. See (link to yogasara method).

We know that transformation can happen in many ways. There are three primary methods seen within Shamanism, Tantra and contemporary psychology / psychotherapy. They are: Practice, receiving Medicine prescribed by a teacher, healer or therapist with appropriate support, and divine intervention or Grace.

Practice, practice, practice! From a neuroscience perspective we can change our brains through repetition. We can grow new neural pathways and create a brain that maps our experience of the life we want instead of the habits we have formed. Through dedication and repetition we can re-orientate ourselves physically, mentally, emotionally and energetically. The brain and body are, of course, one continuum of being human. Our yoga practices can be tailored to train the brain, body, heart and mind to become what we want more of in our lives. As dedicated practitioners and teachers we know that this can happen!

Medicine. By medicine we mean receiving something of benefit from a teacher, healer or therapist. The medicine could be a specific practice or process that the teacher / therapist knows or senses could facilitate our greater freedom. As part of the Yogasara Method we offer some of the things we have found, through our direct experience, can facilitate profound shifts. These include: giving you a personal Mantra, giving you specific personal practices, Systemic Constellation work, Sweat Lodge, Movement Medicine and Natural Dance, Prayer and Ceremony. These will all be included in this course.

Grace. Tantra tells us that by opening to the life force that is everywhere we can allow Grace to move through us and bring about healing and awakening in ways that are often mysterious! Grace is not something you can ‘get’ but something that we believe is more likely to arrive if you can ‘get out of the way’! By this we mean continuing to bring the light of awareness to all of the ways that we hold back from being our most vibrant loving selves. Grace is opening to the beauty and profundity of life in simple everyday ways. We believe that Grace can arise naturally when we are in a state of openness, gratitude and oriented towards love and kindness.

Empowered Teaching Skills

This course will get you off your mat and into the room to be of greater service to your students. We will enable you to offer more presence and knowledge through an in-depth exploration of teaching the physical and philosophical aspects of yoga. There will be a strong focus on applied Anatomy and Physiology with a view to developing skilled adjustments and facilitation. This will be rooted in our training in structural bodywork and will include body reading and individual assessment; including working with injury and other specific health conditions. We will explore the postures from the Yogasara Krama Vinyasa Tantra Sequences in depth and teach Kramas (modifications) that can enable students of different abilities to practice safely and intelligently.

The course provides continuity and community, an environment that is supportive, where learning and exploration spark reflection, self-inquiry, and the development of evaluation and appraisal skills. Throughout the course, you will have lots of opportunities to reflect on the effectiveness and progression of your teaching skills with the support of teachers and peers.

Assessment is through teaching on chosen topics solo and in pairs. You will teach a detailed class in pairs, themed on an allocated topic. Topics include specific anatomy, kriyas, subtle body, psychological health, philosophy, and voice/chanting.

Your final assessment will be to deliver your own mini workshop with a theme we decide together, so that you step outside of your comfort zone! You will be guided and supported through this process, it will be an opportunity for you to study an area of interest in more depth and offer something you feel inspired and passionate about sharing.

The weekends are modular. The order of these modules (apart from the first and the end) will be confirmed upon confirmation of availability of guest teachers. The final schedule will be available by July 2019 at the latest.

Most weekends will include a led class on the Saturday morning and self practice with individual attention on the Sunday morning. The led classes will explore the Yogasara Krama Vinyasa approach with appropriate use of props, incorporating applied yogic philosophy. Much of the learning will be experiential and the led classes will weave in topics such as Ayurveda and Chinese medicine, and other themes that are relevant to the group as we journey together. The led and self practice sessions are rich with information and experiential learning. We will cover a lot of material not explicitly outlined below because it will arise in response to the group and individual needs.

Each module will include an in-depth exploration of Breath, Pranayama, Kriya, Chanting and Meditation.

Module 1

• Opening Circle + Intention
• Exploration of Mantra
• Tantra: Vijnana Bhairava Tantra + Yoga Spandakarika
• Allocation of Projects
• Anatomy Workshop: Focus on Bandha + Mudra, Orientation, Gravity and Directional Forces / Vayus
• Practicum: Body Reading

Module 2

• Pedagogy: The Study + Practice of How to Teach
• Language: The Poetry of Teaching
• Effective Communication for all Learners – Visual, Aural, Kinaesthetic and Digital
• Practicum: Orientation and Planes of Movement.
• Applied Anatomy and Adjustment Skills
• Hands on Teaching: Getting off your mat and learning how and when to offer verbal cues, hands on adjustments and demonstrations appropriately and be able to do them simultaneously
• Intro to Structural Bodywork Techniques

Module 3

• Applied Anatomy and Physiology
• Practicum: Posture Workshop – Understanding the Interplay of the Physical and Subtle Bodies
• Subtle Body Maps: Koshas, Dimensions of Being, Lenses of Awareness
• Creating Liminal Space
• Yoga + Neuroscience: Contemporary Applications
• Class Choreography / Sequencing + Kramic Approaches
• Teaching Lab: Working with Themes, Seasons and Cycles

Module 4

• Study of Sacred Texts: Comparison of Tantra and Sutra
• Yogic / Transpersonal Psychology
• Teacher-Student Relationship: Understanding Transference and Counter-Transference
• Demystifying the Guru Principle
• History of Yoga + Discussion about Cultural Appropriation
• Chakra Maps: Traditional and Contemporary Perspectives

Module 4

• Teaching ‘Off-Your-Mat’: 30 Minute Sessions with Individual Feedback from Teachers and Peers

Module 5

• Teaching ‘Off-Your-Mat’: 30 Minute Sessions with Individual Feedback from Teachers and Peers
• Discussion + Reflection in Groups
• Further Applied Anatomy + Adjustment Skills (responsive to what unfolds from the teaching and feedback so far)

Module 6

• Systemic Constellations: This work can reveal how our individual conditioning is related to our ancestral inheritance. This profound process can illuminate and bring about healing of patterns that are unconscious, allowing us to live more of our full potential.

Module 7

• Anatomy and Physiology: The Spine, Skull and Bones + Moving from the Skeletal Body
• Anatomy and Physiology: Muscles, Tendons and Ligaments + Moving from the Muscular Body
• Working with Specific Health Conditions and Injury + Use of Props

Module 8

• Anatomy and Physiology: The Endocrine System + Moving with the Emotions
• Stress vs. Stimulation + Releasing Stress through Asana, Movement and Spanda
• Movement as Medicine – Natural Dance: Conscious embodiment through free movement / dance is a profound way to fully inhabit yourself, access your creativity and connect to spirit in a tangible way

Module 9

• Assessment Topics – Revisit through discussion and experiential learning: themes, seasons, choreography and sequencing, working with specific groups, injury, mental and emotional wellbeing and philosophy/spirituality
• Tantric Philosophy
• Practicum: Engaged Tantric Practices
• Experiential Workshop: Yoga Nidra

Module 10

• Teaching Assessment: Offering a Class on your Allocated Topic in Pairs

Module 11

• Breath + Prana: Consciousness, the Body and Spirit
• Pranayama: Expansion
• Yoga Nidra: Fundamental Principles of Teaching


Each day will begin with a combination of sitting Meditation, Pranayama, Mantra/chanting, Nagas and Asana.

There will be a Sweat Lodge, Voicework and Movement Medicine practices.

For your final assessment, you will deliver your mini workshop which you will develop over the length of the course (some assessments will be delivered on the last weekend instead of the retreat).

Module 12

• Final Mini Workshop Assessments
• Chanting, Celebration and Closing Circle

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:

call Sarah on 07789 501 884 or email [email protected]