daoist flow yoga teacher training
5 Dec 2022 – 1 Nov 2023
230 contact hours
triyoga camden + online
A 230-hour Daoist Flow yoga teacher training with Jean Hall, Mimi Kuo-Deemer and James Rafael.
The core of this yoga teacher training begins from the idea that everything is part of the whole, a belief found within both yoga and Daoist traditions. From this starting point of interconnectedness, our practices will align us with this sense of wholeness. This opens us to discover our full potential and inherent wisdom, fluidity and ease within ourselves.
Mimi and Jean have been running teaching trainings together for 11 years at triyoga, with James being actively involved with their work for the past eight years. Together, they offer this training with dedication, humour and depth. Over the years, they have taught in-depth enquiry-based learning, experiential embodiment and practical skills to trainees, enabling them to take their love of yoga into the world with compassion, clarity and confidence.
In this Daoist Flow teacher training, they will share their love for yoga, qigong and somatic movement principles, resulting in a far-reaching and vibrant landscape of practice that unites each. In the ever-evolving world of contemporary yoga, it’s more important now than ever to honour these traditions with respect and humility. They are as relevant today as they always have been, and so we can treasure them deeply for ourselves, and for those we may choose to pass them on to.
This training is open to those who wish to teach yoga but equally open to those who wish to deepen their knowledge and approach to mind-body movement.
It is accredited with Yoga Alliance Professionals (UK) and Yoga Alliance (US).
As soon as you have booked, please download, complete and return the student information form (under additional information at the bottom of this page).
This training is scheduled to take place at triyoga in Camden and online. Should external events, safety priorities or social distancing require it, some modules may be run online-only.
A previous student’s reflection:
“I spent nearly two years researching to find the right yoga teacher training and then as if by magic, the perfect one fell into my lap. I had already practiced a little with Mimi Kuo-Deemer in her yoga and qigong classes at triyoga, and fell in love with her innovative combination of yoga, qigong and somatic practice. Then when I practiced with Jean Hall, my whole understanding of yoga, movement and breath turned upside down. Mimi and Jean have developed the most incredible training which promotes self-learning and curiosity – qualities that empower you to question. As the saying goes, ‘We are our greatest guides’. Mimi and Jean gave me the confidence to believe this. And even though I started the course primarily for personal development, by the end I was in love with teaching and so inspired to share the fun and profound benefits of moving with others. Also trust me when I say this course is for everyone. Before practicing yoga, I had suffered from chronic back pain and injury, but Mimi and Jean design the practical classes in ways that ease you in and gently open up the body so that it’s ready to feel and move. They’re able to guide you to that sweet point of ”effortless effort’ or flow, where everything is working in sync, the mind is quiet, the breath is long and deep, and the movement is free. Thank you, Mimi and Jean, the amazing guest teachers, mentors and lovely assistants for all your hard work, generosity and passion to share. This training has truly been an awakening!'” – Katt Wright, Daoist Flow Intake 1 (2019–2020)
Key themes covered:
- Principles of energy + alignment (intention, meridian theory, Chinese five element models)
- Primary Movement Patterns (yield, expansion, return, spanda, foundation, etc)
- Holding space
- Breath awareness and pranayama
- Yogic, Buddhist + Daoist Philosophy
- Yoga vinyasa flow practice + theory
- Qigong practice + theory
- Somatic anatomy
- Meditation + mindfulness
- Methodologies of teaching
- The art of seeing
- Injury prevention
- Restorative vinyasa + healing practices
- The art of assists + adjusting
- Sequencing – classes, 1:1 and courses
- Role of the teacher – student/teacher interaction
- Voice + chanting
This 230-hour immersive teacher training consists of 23 tuition days delivered through five modules over 11 months. There are four five–day modules and one three–day module. The five-day modules are usually Monday to Friday, with one from Sunday to Thursday, and the last module is Monday to Wednesday. There is then a three-month mentorship period at the end.
Between modules, trainees meet in small groups, attend and observe classes, practice your teaching, and complete a total of four short written assignments, two case studies and course reading.
This teacher training is based upon the understanding that we learn best from our personal experience. Therefore each module will be experiential and exploratory so that you can develop a felt understanding (somatic) and embodied knowledge of yoga, energy and meditation practices as well as the principles underlying them.
This approach will be integrated with practical teaching methodologies so that you can effectively share this knowledge and emerge as skilled, articulate and embodied yoga teachers. Because we believe good teaching is based on openness, commitment, compassion and integrity, this training will NOT include assessments or marks.
Module 1: M-F 5–9 Dec 2022
Nature is our teacher: vinyasa yoga, somatics + qigong
Module 2: M-F 6–10 Feb 2023
Movement patterns and vinyasa yoga: rediscovering our natural movement wisdom
Module 3: M-F 8–12 May 2023
Vinyasa yoga + qigong: harmonising with the movement of energy and intention
Module 4: Sun-Thu 30 July to 3 Aug
Fundamentals of teaching, creativity + sequencing
Module 5: M-W 30 Oct to 1 Nov
Practicalities of teaching + what a deeper practice means
Modules 1 to 4: 9am–5.15pm daily
Module 5: 9am-5pm daily
This course is available both in-studio and online. Modules are recorded and will be available for 21 days afterwards. If joining online, you must have your camera on and be in camera view. You cannot miss more than 18 hours of the course in real time (live or online). See bottom of page for information on missed modules.
On completion of the training, you will have:
- Ability to teach safe, clear, creative and effective yoga classes informed by natural, universal movement patterns from somatics and the softness, energy and intention of qigong.
- A deeper understanding and appreciation for yoga, somatics, qigong, movement, embodiment, creativity and passion for practice + teaching.
- Knowledge of somatic anatomy and its relevance and application to yoga and movement.
- Skills to communicate and share yoga as a healing and transformative practice in skillful, safe and authentic ways.
- Confidence in your self-practice.
- Confidence to be in the role of the teacher and support your students health, balance and wellbeing to the best of your ability.
eligibility + pre-requisites
Jean, Mimi and James understand that some students take a training because they want to teach for the first time or deepen their existing teaching. But they also understand that many students join a training simply because they want to further their own understanding of the practice they know and love, a practice that so often has transformed their lives and given so much to them.
Whatever draws your heart to this training, Jean, Mimi and James will guide and support you through your journey. They have a combined experience of more than 55 years practising and teaching yoga, qigong, somatics and other movement practices such as internal martial arts and dance. This training represents the intersection of their passions, perspectives, vision and expertise, refined over many years.
We welcome people to apply from all social, ethnic, gender, age and religious backgrounds.
Applicants are required to have:
- Two years of regular yoga practice
- A general understanding of yogic philosophy
- An openness and willingness to explore yoga experientially
- A commitment to fulfilling the course requirements in respects to attending modules, completing homework and deepening your yoga, movement and meditation practice
If you are unsure of your eligibility to book onto the training, please email email@example.com.
We are pleased to offer three 50% scholarships for this training – BIPOC, LGBQT+ and financial hardship. Please complete and return the application form, along with a recent photograph. The deadline for applications is 1st October 2022. Download the application form.
There will be no final exam, but throughout the course modules, teaching practices and assignments there will be ongoing assessment by the senior teachers and faculty members through observation and feedback. This will also extend into the mentorship period.
Trainees who fall behind in meeting the course requirements will be supported in catching up and improving in the areas which they may not feel confident in.
Deferral is considered a useful and viable option to enable trainees to graduate at a later date if necessary.
Certification will be determined based on completion of the required hours, full engagement and interaction with the course contents and a satisfactory level of completed assignments.
To successfully complete the training and gain accreditation students are required to:
- Attend a minimum of 90 per cent of the course. If a student misses more than this, a catch-up session will be agreed with the assistants or tutors at an additional charge.
- Complete practice hours with senior teachers
- Complete all course assignments to a satisfactory standard
- Attend all peer group study exchange meetings (skype attendance allowed)
- Complete all mentorship requirements: observation and assisting hours with senior/approved teachers
On successful completion of the training, graduates will be able to register with Yoga Alliance Professionals at Associate Level 1 level and with Yoga Alliance USA as a 200-hour RYT (registered yoga teacher).
A payment plan is available, paying four instalments of £750 (a total of £3,000). The first is paid when you book and then the LATEST dates the remaining three are due are 01/01/2023, 01/02/2023 and 01/03/2023. To pay this way, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and one of the team will contact you to book you in and take payment over the phone. You must download, complete and return the student information form as soon as you have booked.
After course enrolment, complete this student information form and email it to email@example.com
Please also include a photo of yourself (a headshot, please – not doing a fancy yoga pose!)
“During my training I unearthed hidden aspects of myself and began to see the feel the world differently. Something shifted. I began to know the real me and saw the world with a fresh set of eyes. This was a revelation. The world, like me, is not one-dimensional. The course shone a light on this wonderful fact and gave me passion again – a hunger to learn and share. What I loved is that it was very clear that our teachers opened various doors to curiosity and it was up to us whether we go through them and find yet more doors. If we opened that door, we had their support and encouragement. A teaching manual won’t give all the answers, and nor should it, in my view. Active learning by experience yields a fuller understanding of the practice. This was a keystone in their teaching methodology. I was glad this wasn’t a set of instructions of alignment or body parts. It was way deeper than that. It’s mind-blowing to think that by the end of the course, I was equipped and confident enough to teach, which I now do twice a week, and do from an authentic perspective. The shift in mindset to lean into fears and accept failures as my greatest teachings has been instrumental in my life off the mat.” – Luiza Cruz, 2022 graduate
Mimi and Jean are senior teachers at triyoga. They previously taught together for several years on the triyoga Level 1 teacher training diploma. Together they have combined experience of more than 40 years of practising and teaching yoga, meditation and other movement arts such qigong and dance. This training is the culmination of their cooperation, vision, passion and expertise.
Jean, as a life-long lover of creativity, movement and adventure, has spent much of her life practicing yoga, exploring bodywork disciplines and travelling. She discovered yoga while training as a dancer and it soon became an integral part of her life, developing alongside her career as a performer and her own personal learning and exploration. In 1995 she qualified as an Iyengar yoga teacher and since then has continued to study different forms of yoga and movement with many great teachers from diverse backgrounds.
Jean is known for her unique creative sequencing that helps to draw students and teachers safely beyond limitations and closer to their true potential and confidence through a somatic approach to yoga, mindful breathing and meditation along with a touch of devotion and playfulness. She teaches in London and internationally as well as being a published author of books that have been translated worldwide: Breathe; Yoga – Simple Steps, Astanga Yoga and Astanga Yoga and Meditation. www.yogajeannie.com
Mimi has been a student of yoga since 1995 and an avid lover of dance since 1978, when her mother put her in ballet school for walking with turned-in toes. Mimi teaches vinyasa yoga, qigong and mindfulness. She champions the balance of playfulness and precision as the best way forward in practice and in life, and never underestimates how sitting, breathing and conscious movement can provide the clearest perspective on the messy, complex and often unpredictable job of being human.
Mimi’s main teachers are Erich Schiffmann, Donna Farhi and Martin Aylward, who continually humble her with the idea that at the heart of yoga and meditation lies the art of living, listening and learning to embody a deeply spiritual tradition. She is a graduate of Stanford University and SOAS, where she received a distinction in her MA in Traditions of Yoga and Meditation. She has also authored three yoga and qigong DVDs/videos and published two books: Qigong and the Tai Chi Axis: Nourishing Practices for Body, Mind and Spirit, and Xiu Yang: Self-Cultivation for a Happier, Healthier and Balanced Life. In 2002, Mimi co-founded Yoga Yard, Beijing’s first and leading yoga studio, which she co-directed for seven years before moving to the UK. www.mkdeemer.com
James has devoted his life to the study of movement, meditation and language. He believes the cultivation of these arts can bring about positive change at the individual and collective level. He uses poetry and philosophy heavily in his teaching, drawing deeply from our connection to the natural world. Mindfulness and addiction recovery are areas of special interest to him, along with creating LGBTQ+-affirming spaces. He teaches the use of language to create more inclusive practice for all.
James studied English literature at Cambridge University, and holds a distinction from the triyoga Teacher Training Diploma, 2013. He is certified to teach qigong through his teacher Sifu Mathew Cohen. He educates other teachers, via the British Wheel of Yoga, to incorporate qigong and mindfulness into vinyasa yoga.
Additional faculty members:
Somatic anatomy: Aki Omori
Philosophy: Daniel Simpson
Voice + chanting: Dan Breakwell
Trainees cannot miss more than 18 hours of the course in real-time (in-studio or livestreamed with camera on and in camera view). Catching up on missed live content can be done through viewing the recordings. These will only be available for 21 days after the module, so must be watched within this time. If you are unable to view the recording of missed content with Jean, Mimi and James within the 21 days, you will be required to attend a catch-up session either in person or online with your teaching assistant. This will involve a 90-minute session per half-day/four hours missed (£95) or a three-hour session for a whole day missed (£195). This fee can be shared between one to three people who were absent.
If recordings of missed anatomy, philosophy and voice work are not viewed within 21 days, the subsequent required catch-up sessions will be via Zoom or Facetime with the faculty tutor at £100 per hour. This can be shared by up to two people who were absent.
If more than three days of livestreamed or in-person content is missed at any one module, you will be required to attend that module (either in-person or in real-time livestream) on the next intake to make up the session and receive certification.