triyoga 200-hour yoga teacher training
next course starts Sept 2022
The next course will be in September and the details below, including teachers, will be updated in early 2022. Email our Teacher Training Manager, email@example.com, if you would like to be kept updated.
If you are interested in more than just the shape of yoga postures, want to dive deep into the teachings of yoga and wish to train with leading teachers at the top of their profession, this programme is for you.
The triyoga 18-month Level 1 yoga teacher training has been running since 2005 and is established as one of the leading and most comprehensive trainings in the UK. It comprises 220 hours of tuition and practice, plus 130 hours of class attendance, observation and assisting, plus study time.
This in-depth programme covers asana, breath awareness, pranayama, meditation, yoga philosophy, anatomy and physiology, as well as discussions on contemporary topics such as diversity and inclusion, social media, creating a yoga CV and more.
This Level 1 training is led by experienced teachers Anna Ashby and Tony Watson who together bring a combined experience of over 30 years of asana and yoga practices which have evolved from both diverse and traditional backgrounds.
The power of their collaboration lies in synthesizing ideas which move toward a common vision. Anna and Tony share the intention to deliver the teachings using an embodied approach which encourages listening, sensing, and skilful action. With a strong pedagogic focus, they weave a tapestry of knowledge that illuminates the practice, shining light on enquiry based learning and critical thinking.
If you have never practised with Anna Ashby and Tony Watson before, please attend their classes beforehand to familiarise yourself with their teaching and make sure they’re the right tutors for you. You can check their class schedule here by filtering by name.
Anatomy and physiology is taught by experienced yoga teacher and osteopath Chris Swain.
Philosophy and meditation sessions are taught by SOAS scholar Daniel Simpson, who provides one of the most comprehensive groundings in yoga philosophy of any teacher training diploma in the UK.
triyoga’s yoga teacher training is recognised and accredited by Yoga Alliance Professionals (Yoga Alliance UK) and Yoga Alliance USA.
Contingency plans are in place to move the Level 1 training online should external events require it. Given the circumstances regarding the pandemic, triyoga reserves the right to move the course fully online for the safety of all participants.
Modules usually take place on weekends, with rare exceptions.
Teaching methods include lectures in-person and online, experiential classes, group work, practice teaching time, exercises for learning and discovery, dialogue and homework that reaffirms the teaching within the modules.
The modules cover the following general areas:
- refinement and evolution of yoga practices with a focus on embodied understanding as a foundation to teach
- teaching practice, with constructive feedback and self-evaluation techniques
- de-construction and analysis of key poses, their core alignment points and how to teach them
- common postural problems, modifications, safe practice and preventing injury
- how to make sensitive adjustments (as permitted under social distancing guidelines)
- essential pranayama, breath awareness and a taste of restorative yoga
- practical anatomy and physiology, including conditions you may encounter when you teach
- different approaches to meditation
- the history of yoga
- foundation in the main yoga philosophy schools including tantra, hatha, vedanta and raja yoga
- basic Sanskrit
- art of teaching: skills including articulation, methodology, intention, class planning and sequencing
- mentor support, with teaching practice and common issues that arise when beginning to teach
- essentials of setting up your own yoga business
- a range of contemporary topics including cultural appropriation, diversity and inclusion, consent and how to write a yoga CV
consistent, focused learning
Students are taught and supervised throughout by the same tutor, with the help of teaching assistants who support you throughout the course. This offers consistency and familiarity in order to ensure that your practice and teaching evolve into an authentic and skillful expression as the course progresses.
The tutors will monitor your progress throughout the course. You will formally meet yours one-to-one on at least two occasions during the course to discuss your development. You will also be assigned a teaching assistant, who will support you in consultation with your personal tutor. The assistant will help you with questions and any concerns you may have, will offer support when necessary, and together with your tutor will identify key areas for you to work on as your teaching skills develop.
assessment + graduation
The triyoga teacher training course is a combination of continuous assessment, practical assessment and written examinations. After each module, reading and written work are set. Towards the end of the training, there are slightly longer pieces of work in each subject area to complete with a multiple choice test in anatomy and a yoga philosophy essay. You will need to plan ahead so that you set aside enough time for your reading and homework.
This is a life-changing and rewarding course that requires a commitment to reading, study, homework, practice and reflection in between modules. Outside the weekend sessions, which you can see here, you will also be required to attend:
- 100 additional class or workshop/course hours for your own practice development
- 13 hours class observing (minimum)
- class assisting (subject to Covid guidelines)
- 6 hours first aid training (external)
- 1 hour personal tuition/feedback with tutor (minimum)
- 2 hours observed class teaching
- 10 hours meeting (minimum) with your group’s teaching assistant
- additional hours for study, study groups and self-practice
Attendance, observing and assisting should be done at triyoga when possible. However, we realise that for some this is not practical. In such cases, attending, assisting and observing hours may be taken with teachers in the UK or abroad, provided the teachers are approved in advance by your tutors.
The course is designed to provide you with:
- an embodied, self-aware knowledge that will enable you to teach beginners and general level yoga classes confidently and competently
- how to safely design sequences
- awareness of how to adapt postures to suit individuals
- self-confidence and belief in your ability to communicate, demonstrate and share your experience of yoga
- risk assessment and first aid
- ability to design a six-week beginner’s course, with feedback that you can immediately draw upon in your teaching
- a broad grounding in the history and philosophy of different yoga traditions
- insightful awareness into your own practice: working within the expression of your body, and learning how to directly apply yoga philosophy within everyday life
- honest self-evaluation based on awareness, critical thinking and compassion
- thorough knowledge of anatomy and physiology and its application in the practice of asana and how to teach safely
- practical advice on how to set up your own yoga business
- awareness and support for how to manage issues that can arise from teaching
- a professional and ethical framework from which to practise
eligibility + pre-requisites
Applicants must have a minimum of two years’ consistent all-round yoga practice including āsana, breath and yoga philosophy.
If you have never practised with Anna or Tony, we ask that you attend their classes first to understand their teaching framework.
Anna Ashby has been studying and practising yoga for more than 30 years and teaching since the late 90s. She is one of London’s leading yoga teachers and a dedicated triyoga teacher. As a founder and senior faculty member of triyoga’s teacher training program, she holds the highest level of certification from recognised accrediting bodies, Yoga Alliance Professionals in the UK and Yoga Alliance US (Senior Teacher/E-RYT 500). Anna’s teaching style has evolved from her study of dance, in-depth training with established yoga systems that focus on alignment, and a dedicated meditation practice that developed while she lived for 12 years in a yoga ashram in upstate New York. She has been teaching restorative yoga at triyoga for 15 years using the weekly classes to develop and refine her teaching of the restorative practices. Her book, Restorative Yoga: Power, Presence, Practice for Teachers, is due for release in spring 2022. For more information about Anna’s schedule visit her website www.annaashby.com
Tony Watson is a yoga teacher, Pilates teacher, bodyworker and cranial-sacral therapist at triyoga, and a tutor on the triyoga teacher training programme. Tony graduated from Laban, where he trained as a contemporary dancer and was also introduced to yoga, Pilates and various somatic-based practises. He then taught at Laban at undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as specialised workshops for the Pilates teacher training course. He co-taught the experiential anatomy module at Yogacampus for its yoga therapy diploma. Tony’s approach to teaching Hatha Yoga is broad, and underpinned by his belief that yoga is a system to be embodied. He encourages enquiry based learning within a framework of structural alignment. He is inspired by the teachings of BKS Iyengar and has a deep respect for Donna Farhi. However, it is his students who continually inform his teaching and further his learning.
Chris Swain has been teaching yoga for 25 years and is on the faculty of the triyoga foundational teacher training course. He qualified as a teacher with the Chinese Yoga Federation in 1987 then as an Iyengar yoga teacher, then was ntroduced to Ashtanga yoga with John Scott in London in 1999. While studying for an English Literature degree at UEA in the early 1980s Chris first came across yoga, Kempo (a martial art), Cheirology (hand reading) and meditation. During this time he developed a deep interest in natural healing. He moved to London in 1996 to take a four-year degree in osteopathy, deepening his understanding of western medical models. He teaches asana- and anatomy-based workshops incorporating his knowledge of anatomy and osteopathy. The reason he practises yoga is simple: “A day with yoga is better than a day without yoga.”
Graduation from the training is not guaranteed. All coursework and requirements must be completed and passed before certificates are issued. Participation and personal conduct are taken into account by tutors in considering whether a student is ready to teach.
On graduation you receive the following certification:
- Certification of Excellence from triyoga Education
- Eligibility to join Yoga Alliance Professionals at Associate – Level 1 status
- Eligibility for Yoga Alliance USA 200 RYT
- Eligibility to register as REPS Level 3 (Yoga)
The triyoga teacher training is recognised and accredited by Yoga Alliance Professionals (UK) at 200 hours level and by Yoga Alliance USA at 200 hours level.
The asana sessions are taught in London at triyoga Soho (and very occasionally Camden). Most of the philosophy and anatomy are currently taught online, with a return to the studios planned for early 2022, subject to Covid guidelines.
Contingency plans are in place to move the training online should external events require it. Given the pandemic, triyoga reserves the right to move the course fully online if safety is compromised.
frequently asked questions
How long is the course?
The course lasts 18 months and comprises 200+ hours of tuition, 130 hours of class attendance, observing, time with your teaching assistants and more, plus personal practice, study, study groups and homework. This is truly an immersion into all aspects of yoga, experiential as well as knowledge. A schedule of modules is above.
How often does the course run?
Usually two training intakes per year, in June and in November, but in 2022 this is switching to a September start.
Can I complete the course in less than 18 months?
No. It is not possible to compress the course. We encourage you to start teaching around a year into the course.
What style of yoga is taught?
Our approach is non-dogmatic and inclusive. We encourage you to discover your practice and orientation through your own experience and enquiry. Therefore, we welcome applicants from all yoga backgrounds.
How is the course material delivered?
Teaching methods include: lectures, in centre and online, experiential classes, group work, practice teaching time, individual homework, written assessments, online quizzes, and exercises to encourage in-depth learning and discovery. Handouts will be given for all subjects. You will be given a reading list. Course books will need to be purchased separately.
Do I need to live in London?
Many of our students live in or around London, but several travel in from further afield: Jersey, the West Country, Wales, Scotland and sometimes mainland Europe.
Is it possible to work full-time alongside the training?
Absolutely. Many of our students work full-time and/or have families. The majority of the contact hours with tutors take place at weekends. As mentioned above, there is a commitment in time and energy that is required in between.
How much homework is there?
The triyoga teacher training course is a combination of continuous assessment, practical and written examinations. After each module, reading and written work are set. Towards the end of the training, there are slightly longer pieces of work in each subject area to complete. On average, past students have set aside between five to ten hours a week to complete coursework, in addition to attending the weekend modules. Most students get back what they put in!
How much practice will I be expected to do?
You will be required to have a self-practice at home (which you should already have, and will develop during the course), as well as attending regular classes (a minimum of two a week) with the course tutors or with teachers approved by them. This combination will enable you to experiment creatively, question, and integrate what you learn in class. This training enables you to discover your own embodied understanding of yoga so that you can teach from your personal experience and process of inquiry – and from your heart. To do this effectively requires self-practice, contemplation, meditation, acquired knowledge and experience.
Students must attend a minimum 100 hours of taught classes and observe a minimum 13 hours of classes.
What happens if I miss a module?
If you miss a weekend (or a section) of training, you can catch up. For anatomy and physiology or philosophy, you can catch up via the recordings or join the same session with another intake at no extra cost.
If you miss asana sessions, you must agree a catch-up plan with your tutor. You many need to attend an extra session with them, charged at £60 an hour (split between all students who missed the module). To graduate, students cannot miss more than two modules over the duration of the course.
I have particular learning needs. Is support available?
Yes. We have policies in place to support students with particular learning needs. Please contact us to discuss your individual situation.
Where is the training?
The majority of training modules take place at triyoga’s Soho studio. On rare occasions modules may take place at our Camden studio or at another London location. Philosophy and anatomy are currently online, and back in the studio in 2022, depending on Covid guidelines at the time.
How do I apply?
All applicants must fill in an application form. Please submit an enquiry to download an application form or email firstname.lastname@example.org. As well as basic personal details it asks for information about your yoga experience, a contemplation, and a reference from your yoga teacher.
Completed application forms should be emailed to email@example.com.
The £20 application fee can be paid by BACS transfer. Contact our TT assistant firstname.lastname@example.org for bank details
How much does the course cost?
Course fee: £4,250 (with a £1,000 non-refundable deposit)
Discounted fee if you pay it all upfront: £4,200
Course fees are non-refundable and include all tuition, mentoring, course manuals and handouts. Required texts are not included.
Can I set up a payment plan?
Yes. We will require a non-refundable deposit of £1,000 upfront and then monthly payments of £179.45 for the length of the training (18 months).
Are there any extra costs?
Yes, these include:
– First Aid course
– Required texts
– Classes (you get 50% off triyoga classes while you’re on the course)
Do you accept everyone who applies?
We usually have many more applicants that we have places. Once the closing date for applications has passed we interview all candidates. We take a maximum of 25 students on each intake.
I can’t do a headstand and my hamstrings are super-tight. Can I still apply?
Absolutely! You need to have an established, serious practice but we know that all bodies are different. We will look at your intention toward practice and how you work with your body as it is now. More importantly, we consider your potential for growth and development as a dedicated practitioner and teacher.
I have an injury. Can I still apply?
If it’s a chronic or a serious acute injury and you’re unsure, contact us during the application process to assess how your injury will impact on your participation.
Am I too old to apply?
No! We do not have an age limit. Current and previous students range from early 20s to mid 60s.
What happens at the interview?
All applicants who have submitted a complete application will be invited to interview. The interview is in two parts.
The first is a face-to-face chat with one of the main asana teachers on the programme. We will give you a timeslot for this. It is at triyoga head office in Primrose Hill or, if necessary, online. The second part is a group asana assessment for all applicants, held at one of our studios.
How can I prepare for my interview?
Take classes with one or both of the asana teachers. Reflect on their teaching style and approach to decide if it is for you. Review your contemplation from the application and think deeply about why you want to do the training. Revise what you know of yoga philosophy or do some reading, considering how you use it in your everyday life.
When will I know if I have a place?
Successful applicants will be offered a place during the week following the interviews. If you’re offered a place and unsure about whether to take it, you can email email@example.com for support or more information to help you decide. If your application is not successful, we will be able to offer some feedback on your practice and suggest classes or teachers that you might like to attend. We can carry the application forward to a future training.
What benefits do I get as a triyoga trainee?
Trainees receive 50% discount on classes. If you visit triyoga three times a week this equates to a 70% discount on our regular class price. Discounts for some triyoga workshops are also available and 10% off all triyoga shop purchases.
Can I cancel my monthly pass?
Yes. There is a £30 fee for cancellations within the first 12 months of your agreement. To cancel or suspend, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What happens if I become pregnant?
If you get pregnant, the teacher training administration and teachers undertake to be as flexible as possible and support you to work out the best way forward. We have a set of guidelines for pregnant students to help you through the training and our aim is to ensure that you’re given the necessary support.
What happens if I get injured?
In difficult circumstances (e.g. injury) the teacher training administration and teachers undertake to be as flexible as possible and support you to work out the best way forward. Subject to consultation with the tutors and a qualified medical practitioner, if you suffer an injury you may come to sessions and adjust the poses to suit your condition or observe as is appropriate. Our intention is to always try to find ways of helping students complete the training on the intake originally applied for. There may be some instances where it is not possible and a deferral to the next intake may be necessary.
What happens if I want to leave the course?
It is our aim and policy to facilitate trainees who may be experiencing difficulties either with the training or in other areas of their life so that they are able to complete the programme. Sometimes this is impossible and students have no choice other than to leave. In this instance you would not graduate or receive a certificate and your course fees for the remainder of the training will still be due unless an exemption applies.
When can I start teaching yoga?
Once you have a valid first aid certificate and a valid insurance certificate you will be able to teach outside of the training weekends. We encourage you to start teaching friends and family as soon as your course tutors give you the go-ahead. Many students start organising and teaching public classes around a year into the training.
What qualifications do I get at the end of the training?
On graduation you will receive the following certification:
– Certificate of Excellence from triyoga Education
– Eligibility for Yoga Alliance Professionals (UK) Associate Teacher – Level 1 status
– Eligibility for Yoga Alliance USA RYS 200
– Eligibility for REPS Level 3 (Yoga)
Where can I work after I’ve graduated?
Our graduates work in yoga studios, gyms, church halls and community centres. Some set up corporate classes or volunteer. You will have the relevant experience, qualifications and insurance to develop your teaching career in the way that works for you.
Many students go on to develop specialist skills in areas of particular interest to them e.g. pregnancy yoga, teaching yoga to children, restorative yoga, mindfulness and meditation or hot yoga.
There are opportunities for some graduates to become teaching assistants on the TT programme.
I have more questions. Who can I speak to?
Contact our Teacher Training Manager, Jacqui, on email@example.com.
dates below are approximate tbc
course start: Sat 17 September 2022
applicationClick the red 'application form' button above to download the form. Email your completed form, with a portrait photo, to firstname.lastname@example.org