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triyoga 200-hour yoga teacher training diploma

starting 14th november


Given the news of the lockdown starting on 2nd Nov, the first module of the course will take place online.

Stepping up to be of service in exceptional times
There has never been a better time to train as a yoga teacher – so you can serve your family, your community, your work place, creating local hubs of healing and support. 

triyoga’s yoga teacher training is fully recognised and accredited by Yoga Alliance Professionals (Yoga Alliance UK) and Yoga Alliance USA. It has been running since 2005 and is established as one of the leading trainings in the UK.

This 18-month long training comprises more than 200 hours of tuition and practice. The in-depth programme covers asana, pranayama (breathing practices), meditation, philosophy, anatomy and physiology.

For all intakes, anatomy and physiology sessions are 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.

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:

The teachers for the November 2020 intake are Lisa Sanfilippo and Erika Tourell, two of triyoga’s most experienced teachers with more than 40 years combined experience teaching.

triyoga’s  class schedule  is available online:

“triyoga’s 200-hour teacher training is not just a course to learn how to teach yoga poses, it is a profound life experience and the more you put into it the more it will give you back. Extraordinary teachers will guide you through an empowering learning process where you will develop confidence by finding your very own voice and exploring your unique teaching style.” – Stefania Ponti


‘The environment created by the skill and kindness of my teachers & fellow students encouraged and supported me throughout the training, inspiring me to look deeper into the wider aspects of yoga. The considerable bedrock of knowledge I was gifted through the training is something I build from daily in my personal and teaching practice.’ – Estella Alvares

course content

Modules take place on weekends, with some rare exceptions.

Teaching methods include: lectures in-person and online, experiential classes, 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 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 raja yoga
  • basic sanskrit
  • teaching skills including 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
  • chanting
  • ethical practice
  • range of contemporary topics including cultural appropriation; diversity and inclusion; consent; and how to teach online

The training gives you the tools for being in your own body, mind, emotions and soul.  Through yogas practices and philosophy you will learn the language to communicate with others to promote their healing,  whilst doing this for yourself. 

You will develop the language of positive practices which cultivate resilience, intuition and balance in your nervous system and learn how to communicate to others the calm and energy that is the basis for being of service and spiritual and community growth. 

course structure

consistent, focused learning

Students are taught, tutored and supervised throughout by the same small group of asana teachers (personal tutor and teaching assistants), providing 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.

personal tutor

At the beginning of the training, you will be assigned a personal tutor from your two asana teachers who will monitor your progress throughout the course, 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 one-to-one formally on at least two occasions during the course to discuss your development as the training proceeds.

assessment + graduation

The triyoga teacher training diploma 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 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.

additional hours

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) – social distancing dependent
  • 18 hours assisting (minimum) – social distancing dependent
  • 6 hours first aid training (external)
  • 1 hour personal tuition (minimum)
  • 2 hours observed class teaching
  • extra hours are needed and scheduled during the course for the practical assessments 

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.

learning outcomes

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 two 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:

  1. Certification of Excellence from triyoga Education
  2. Eligibility to join Yoga Alliance Professionals at Associate – Level 1 status
  3. Eligibility for Yoga Alliance USA 200 RYT
  4. Eligibility to register as REPS Level 3 (Yoga)

A full scholarship for this intake is offered to a member of the BIPOC community. To request an application form, please email justyna@triyoga.co.uk.


The triyoga teacher training diploma is fully recognised and accredited by Yoga Alliance Professionals (UK) at 200 hours level and by Yoga Alliance USA at 200 hours level.


additional information

The asana is taught in London at triyoga Soho and Camden. Until social distancing is eased, trainees will be split into groups and attend modules alternately in studio and online in order to allow as much face-to-face time with their asana tutors. Philosophy will be taught online, and some of the anatomy and physiology modules too. Contingency plans are in place to move the training fully online should external events require it.  

frequently asked questions

Q. How long is the course?
The course lasts 18 months and comprises 200 hours of tuition and much more of practice. 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, in centre and online, experiential classes, 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 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 (social distancing dependent).

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 and physiology or philosophy, you’ll be able to catch up via the recordings or 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 not to 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. Philosophy and anatomy will be delivered online.

Q. How do I apply?
All applicants must fill in an application form – please submit an enquiry to download an application form or email flavia@triyoga.co.uk. 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 to flavia@triyoga.co.uk.

The £20 application fee can be made by one of the following methods:

Cheque made payable to ‘triyoga UK Ltd.’
BACS transfer – please contact flavia@triyoga.co.uk for bank details

Q. How much does the course cost?
Course fee: £4250 (£ 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. Required texts are not included.

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 of £180.55 for the length of the training (18 months).

Q. Are there any extra costs?
Yes, these include:
– 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. I have an injury, 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?
No! 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, or if need be, online. 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?
Take some 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 50% discount on classes. 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, and a valid insurance certificate you will be able 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.

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
– Eligibility for Yoga Alliance Professionals (UK) Associate Teacher – Level 1 status
– Eligibility for Yoga Alliance USA RYS 200
– Eligibility for REPS Level 3 (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: flavia@triyoga.co.uk 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.

application form


application deadline: Fri 06 November 2020

course start: Sat 14 November 2020

download schedule


application fee: £ 20 (discounted from course fee if accepted onto training)
course fee: £4250
discount fee: £50 (available if you pay for the whole course fee up front)


confirmed timetable will be available soon


The application form for the Autumn 2020 intake can be downloaded by clicking the red 'application form' button above.

Please complete the form, following all the instructions, and together with a portrait photo email it to flavia@triyoga.co.uk

A full scholarship for this intake is offered to a member of the BIPOC community. To request an application form, please email justyna@triyoga.co.uk


020 7449 3151


Lisa Sanfilippo teaches yoga as a pathway for personal transformation, and for our collective awakening. Her yoga influences include hatha and restorative yoga, with intensive training in anusara yoga (integrating biomechanics of alignment and tantric philosophy), Vedic/Transcendental meditation, the East/West integrations of the chakra system and trauma-sensitive yoga.

She has taught at triyoga since its early days in the mid 2000s, starting by covering classes while working at a progressive think tank, then focusing on yoga teaching as a central calling. Lisa’s passion in teacher training that you learn yoga to help you manage your body, mind, energy and emotions – to feel safe and nourished, strong and integral – and to offer these tools and practices to others with sensitivity. She is passionate about helping new yoga teachers to be of service to others – to help them to find peace and power, rooted in soul and spirit, in the service of the positive changes we wish to see in our world.

Lisa is an expert in yoga therapy approaches to sleep problems, and has authored two books (including Sleep Recovery, 2020) and scholarly chapters, and appears in media articles and professional conferences on the topic. She is also a qualified psychotherapist and a yoga therapist in private practice.

Erika Tourell has been practising yoga, meditation and healing therapies for over three decades. She has been teaching at triyoga since it opened 20 years ago and has been trained by many of the world’s leading teachers in many different styles of hatha yoga including Iyengar, ashtanga, para, yin/yang, yoga nidra and restorative yoga. Throughout the 1990s Erika practised in monasteries and ashrams from Thailand to India, awakening in her a love of yoga philosophy and Vedic chanting.

Erika draws on the teachings of Buddhism, Advaita Vedanta (non-dual) philosophy and Tantra to awaken in her students a deeper awareness of spirituality and its usefulness in navigating through the stresses of modern day life. Erika has also in a wide variety of hands on healing modalities (massage and bodywork) and worked bodywork therapist in conjunction with yoga teaching for 25 years.

For two decades, Erika has led healing retreats for women, combining yoga, movement, meditation and ritual in a safe space. She helps to guide them through the cycles and seasons of womanhood and creates a greater sense of community in which they feel supported and can celebrate one another. Erika also served as the founding consulting at Daylesford/ Bamford spas in London and in five-star hotels in the UK and Europe.