triyoga 350 hour yoga teacher training diploma
with Anna Ashby + Tony Watson
2nd november 2019
triyoga’s yoga teacher training diploma, which is fully recognised and accredited by the British Wheel of Yoga, Yoga Alliance Professionals (Yoga Alliance UK) and the Yoga Alliance USA, is established as one of the leading trainings in the UK.
Taught in London at triyoga Soho the diploma is 24 months long and comprises over 350 hours of tuition and practice.
The in-depth programme covers asana, pranayama, meditation, philosophy, anatomy and physiology and includes a monthly mentoring and professional supervision programme to provide feedback, advice and support when you begin teaching.
For all intakes, anatomy and physiology sessions are taught by experienced yoga teacher and osteopath Chris Swain. Philosophy and meditation sessions are taught by acclaimed teacher Carlos Pomeda - providing one of the most comprehensive groundings in yoga philosophy of any teacher training diploma in the UK.
In addition, each intake has two lead asana teachers, with four fully qualified teachers assisting. The teachers come from different schools of yoga to give a broad perspective within a structured teaching syllabus. The teachers for the upcoming intakes are as follows:
November 2019 – Anna Ashby and Tony Watson
June 2020 – Lisa Sanfilippo and Erika Tourell
If you are interested in applying for an intake, we strongly recommend that you start attending classes with one/both of the asana teachers for that intake. triyoga’s class schedule is available online.
“The length of the course allows time for us as students to consolidate and put into practice the considerable learning we have undertaken. It has opened my eyes to further learning opportunities and interests, and left me eager to continue studying not only as a teacher, but always as a student.” – Kimann Jones
“I truly enjoyed the time spent during the Teacher Training at triyoga. I’ve found the whole course, teachers and fellow students extremely inspirational to develop my teaching skills as well as deepening my knowledge about yoga. I would surely recommend the course to anyone who would like to seriously immerse themselves in the new journey of practice and learning yoga.” – Lino Zinchi
There are 16 modules, which take place on weekends with modules 6 and 14 also taking place on a Monday. The first 14 modules take place over 18 months. This is followed by 6 months mentoring and professional supervision and a further 2 modules to help you ground and consolidate your teaching practice.
Teaching methods include: lectures, experiential classes, small and large group work, practice teaching time, exercises for learning and discovery, lectures and review of homework.
Asana sessions are taught by the lead asana tutors with four fully qualified teachers assisting, providing a ratio of 1 teacher per 8 students.
The 16 core weekend modules cover the following general areas:
- evolution of your own practice and focus on understanding of what’s happening in your body/mind as your foundation to teach
- 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
- essential pranayama, breath awareness and restorative yoga
- practical anatomy & physiology, including conditions you may encounter when you teach
- different approaches to meditation, personal and experiential teaching practice
- the history of yoga
- foundation in the main yoga philosophy schools including tantra, hatha, vedanta and kashmir saivism
- study of key texts including the yoga sutras of patanjali, the yoga upanishads and shiva sutras
- basic sanskrit
- teaching skills including learning theory, presentation expertise, articulation, class planning and sequencing
- common issues arising out of a teaching practice such as covering classes, teaching one to one and groups
- essentials of setting up your own yoga business
- first aid training
- ethical practice
consistent, focussed learning
Students are taught, tutored and supervised throughout by the same small group of asana teachers, which provides a grounded consistency where you can be sure that those who are teaching you are familiar with your practice and your development as the course progresses. While we wholly encourage you to develop your own teaching practice, we feel that this can be best achieved under the consistent and watchful eye of a few key teachers.
At the beginning of the training, you will be assigned a personal tutor from among your asana teachers who will monitor your progress throughout the training, assist you with any concerns you may have and help when necessary, to identify any key areas that you might benefit from paying particular attention to. You will meet with them formally on at least two occasions during the course to discuss your development as the training proceeds.
mentoring and professional supervision
In the last 6 months of the training, you will meet every month for two hours in a small supervision group (approximately 4 students), which is specifically designed to help you refine your personal practice and assist you make the transition from student to professional teacher. This group, which will be taken by one of your asana teachers, will be a forum for you to address the key issues that teachers typically encounter when they are ‘out there’ in the teaching world e.g. dealing with injuries, troublesome students, getting a class started. It will also be an excellent opportunity to address specific issues about your own practice, share and get feedback and support from your peers, whether for the evolution of your own practice or your teaching.
assessment + graduation
The triyoga teacher training diploma is a combination of continuous assessment, practical and written examinations. After each module, reading and small amounts of written work are set. Towards the end of the training, there are slightly longer pieces of work in each subject area to complete plus a multiple choice paper in anatomy. We have noted how many of our students prefer this to having to write long essays as it “keeps the pot simmering” from start to finish.
Outside the weekend modules, you will also be required to attend:
- 90 additional class or workshop/course hours for your own practice development
- 15 hours observing (minimum)
- 18 hours assisting (minimum)
- 12 hours mentoring meetings
- 6 hours first aid training (external)
- 1 hour personal tuition (minimum)
- 2 hours observed class teaching
Ideally, attendance, observing and assisting sessions should be done at triyoga. However, we realise that for some this may not be possible. In such cases, attending, assisting and observing hours may be taken with teachers in the UK or abroad, provided the teachers are approved by the triyoga faculty. First aid training must meet the requirements of the British Wheel of Yoga
The course is designed to provide students with:
- an embodied, self-aware knowledge that will enable you to teach Level 1 asana classes confidently and competently
- awareness of safe practice for both teacher and student through modification and sequencing of asanas to suit an individual’s body
- self-confidence and belief in your ability to communicate and demonstrate
- understanding of risk assessment and first aid
- step by step guidance in designing a 6-week beginner’s course that you can immediately apply in your teaching
- a thorough grounding in the history and philosophy of yoga
- insightful awareness of your own practice: both an acceptance of its limits and the tools to evolve an experiential foundation of yoga philosophy and how to integrate this into your life
- thorough knowledge of anatomy and physiology and its application in the practise of asana
- practical advice on how to set up your own yoga business from people who already have
- an awareness of the issues that can arise for you as a teacher
- a professional and ethical framework from which to practice
eligibility + pre-requisites
Applicants should have a minimum of 2 years consistent yoga practice.
Graduation from the training is not a given. All areas must be complete and passed before certificates are issued.
On graduation students receive the following certification:
- Certificate of Excellence from triyoga Education
- British Wheel of Yoga certification
- 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 diploma is fully recognised and accredited by the British Wheel of Yoga, by Yoga Alliance Professionals (UK) at 200 hours level and by Yoga Alliance USA at 200 hours level.
At around Module 12 (after their first class observations) students are invited to join the triyoga in the community scheme. This matches trainee teachers with classes at voluntary organisations across London: we have current placements at MIND, SHP, West Euston Partnership and Mind Yourself.
“I love teaching my weekly triyoga in the community class in Vauxhall. It is such a rewarding and heart opening experience to see my students keep coming back to the mat deepening and developing their yoga practice. As for me, I built my confidence, find my own voice as a yoga teacher and take part in a brilliant community resource. What could be better. Thank you triyoga” – Pam, triyoga in the community teacher
frequently asked questions
Q. How long is the course?
The course lasts 24 months and comprises over 350 hours of tuition and practice. There are 16 weekend modules. The first 14 modules take place over 18 months. This is followed by 6 months mentoring and professional supervision and an additional 2 weekend modules. For TT23 the course will run from June 2018 – May 2020. A schedule of modules for the upcoming training can be downloaded from the main TT diploma page.
Q. How often does the course run?
We commence two training intakes per year, in June and in November.
Q. Can I complete the course in less than 2 years?
It is not possible to compress the course. We do encourage our students to start to teach around a year or so into the course.
Q. What style of yoga is taught?
Our approach is non-dogmatic and inclusive. We encourage all of our students to discover their practice and orientation through their own experience and enquiry. Therefore, we welcome applicants from all orientations of yoga.
Q. How is the course material delivered?
Teaching methods include: lectures, experiential classes, small and large group work, practice teaching time and individual homework and exercises to encourage in depth learning and discovery.
Q. Do I need to live in London?
Many of our students do live in or around London, but several of our students travel in from much further afield: Jersey, the West Country, Wales, Scotland and even mainland Europe.
Q. 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 on the training take place over weekends.
Q. How much homework is there?
The triyoga teacher training diploma is a combination of continuous assessment, practical and written examinations. After each module, reading and small amounts of 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 5 – 10 hours to complete coursework per week in addition to attendance at the weekend modules.
Q. How much practice will I be expected to do?
We recommend that you begin regular classes (a minimum of 2x per week) with course tutors or teachers approved by the course tutors. In addition, it is strongly recommended that you begin self-practice at home. This will enable you to experiment creatively, question and work toward integrating what you learn in class. Ultimately, this training is about you discovering your own embodied understanding of yoga and teaching from your personal experience and process of inquiry. To do this effectively requires self-practice, contemplation, meditation, acquired knowledge and experience.
As a requirement of the training students must attend a minimum 90 hours of taught classes, observe a minimum 15 hours of classes and assist a minimum of 18 hours of classes.
Q. What happens if I miss a module?
In the event that you miss a weekend (or a section) of training, the manner in which you can catch up on the content will depend on the type of session you missed. If the session was anatomy & physiology or philosophy, you’ll be able to join this session with another intake at no extra cost.
If you miss an asana component, you will need to agree on a catch up plan with your tutor. This may include attending an extra session with your tutor charged at £60 per hour (split between all students who have missed the module). We ask students to try and not miss more than two modules over the duration of the whole course.
Q. 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.
Q. Where does the training take place?
The majority of training modules take place at triyoga’s Soho studio. On rare occasions modules may also take place at our Camden studio or at another London location.
Q. How do I apply?
All applicants must fill in an application form – please submit an enquiry to download an application form or email email@example.com. Aside from personal details and information about your yoga experience, we ask for a contemplation and a reference from your yoga teacher.
Completed application forms should be emailed or posted to the Teacher Training Administrator, Flavia Cerrone, firstname.lastname@example.org, triyoga, Unit 4, 122a Gloucester Avenue, London NW1 8HX.
The £20 application fee can be made by one of the following methods:
Cheque made payable to ‘triyoga UK Ltd.’
Credit / debit card – please call 0207 449 3151 to make payment
BACS transfer – please contact email@example.com for bank details
Q. How much does the course cost?
Course fee: £4500 (£ 1,000 non-refundable deposit)
Discounted fee available if you pay for the whole course up front: £4200
Course fees are non-refundable and include all tuition, mentoring, course manuals and handouts.
Q. Can I set up a payment plan?
Yes. We will require a non-refundable deposit of £1,000 up front and then monthly payments for the length of the training.
Q. Are there any extra costs?
Yes, these include:
– British Wheel of Yoga Registration Fee: £50 (one off payment)
– British Wheel of Yoga Membership (includes insurance to teach): £96 (annual payment)
– First Aid course
– Required texts
Q. Do you take on everyone who applies?
We have many more applicants that we have places, so once the closing date for applications has passed we will interview all candidates.
We take a maximum of 34 new students onto each intake.
Q. My hamstrings are super tight and I can’t do a headstand, can I still apply?
Absolutely! Though we are looking for students who have an established, serious practice, we know and understand that all bodies are different. We will be looking 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.
Q. My hamstrings are super tight and I can’t do a headstand, can I still apply?
Depending on the nature of the injury you may want to contact us during the application process to assess how your injury will impact on your participation in the course.
Q. Am I too old to apply?
We do not have an age limit. Current and previous students on the course have ranged in age from early 20s to mid 60s.
Q. 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 part will be a face-to-face chat with one of the main asana teachers on the programme. We will give you a timeslot for this. These interviews will take place at triyoga head office in Primrose Hill. The second part takes the form of an asana class for all applicants which will be held at one of our studios.
Q. How can I prepare for my interview?
If possible take one or more classes with one, other or both of the main asana teachers, reflect on their teaching style and approach. Review your contemplations from the application form – think deeply about why you want to do the training. Consider what information you need from us to help you to decide whether you take up a place on the training, if offered.
Q. When will I know if I have a place?
Successful applicants will be offered a place on the training during the week following the interviews. If your application is not successful this time round, we can carry it forward to a future training. We will be able to offer some feedback on your practice and suggest classes or teachers that you might like to attend.
Q. What benefits do I get as a triyoga trainee?
Trainees receive unlimited classes for £54 per month (50% discount). If you visit triyoga 3 times per week this price is 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.
Q. What happens if I become pregnant?
In the event that you become 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 students who have become pregnant to help them through the training and our aim is to ensure that you are given the necessary support.
Q. 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 prior consultation with the teacher trainers and a fully 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 always is to try to find ways of helping students complete the training on the intake originally applied for. However, we understand that there may be some instances where it is not possible to continue and a deferral to another intake may be necessary.
Q. 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 they are able to complete the teacher training programme. However, we understand that in some circumstances this is not possible and students have no choice other than to leave the programme. In this instance we will be unable to give you a certificate or graduate you from the training and your course fees for the remainder of the training are still due unless an exemption applies.
Q. When can I start teaching yoga?
Once you have a valid first aid certificate, your student teacher insurance with the British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) will cover you to teach outside of the training weekends. We encourage students to start teaching friends and family as soon as their course tutors give them the go-ahead. Many students start organising and teaching public classes around a year into the training.
After the first class observations (around Module 12) students are invited to join the triyoga in the community scheme. This matches trainee teachers with classes at voluntary organisations across London: we have current placements at MIND, SHP, West Euston Partnership, Kids Company and Mind Yourself.
Q. 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
– British Wheel of Yoga certification
– Eligibility for Yoga Alliance Professionals (UK) Associate Teacher – Level 1 status
– Eligibility for Yoga Alliance USA RYS 200
– Eligibility for REPS Level III (Yoga)
Q. Where can I work after I’ve graduated?
Our graduates work in yoga studios, gyms, church halls, 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.
Students may to decide to develop more specific skills in areas that are of particular interest to them: for example, pregnancy yoga, teaching yoga to children, restorative yoga, mindfulness and meditation or hot yoga.
There are opportunities for our very best graduates to become Teaching Assistants on the TT programme. Many of our past graduates now teach classes at triyoga studios.
Q. I have more questions, who can I speak to?
Contact Flavia of the triyoga teacher training team: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7449 3151.
Q. Can I cancel my monthly pass?
Yes, you can cancel your monthly pass. Please note that there is a £30 fee for cancellations made within the first 12 months of your agreement. To cancel, please complete the form at www.triyoga.co.uk/discover/agreements at least 20 days before your next billing date.
Did you know that you can also suspend your agreement? You can put your agreement on hold for either 30 or 60 days within a 12 month period. It’s the best option if you are not able to attend triyoga for a month or two, but would like to continue your practice when you return. To suspend, please complete the form at www.triyoga.co.uk/discover/agreements at least 20 days before your next billing date.
course start: Sat 02 November 2019
venuetriyoga soho, London
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- Anna Ashby
- Tony Watson
- Carlos Pomeda
- Chris Swain
- Andrew McGonigle
- Jonathan Sattin
- Anji Gopal