triyoga teacher training diploma
with Lisa Sanfilippo and Erika Tourell
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.
Our twice yearly trainings in London at triyoga Soho run in June and November. Trainings are 24 months long and comprise 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:
June 2018 – Lisa Sanfilippo and Erika Tourell
November 2018 – Susannah Hoffman and Tim Cummins
June 2019 – Mimi Kuo-Deemer and Jean Hall
November 2019 – Anna Ashby and Tony Watson
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.
We have taken a number of years to evolve triyoga’s training offering, both listening to student feedback and constantly revisiting the course structure and content ourselves. We firmly believe we are now able to offer one of the most comprehensive, thorough and fully accredited trainings available in the UK today. We look forward to receiving your application or answering any further questions you may have. Please take a look at our extensive faq section, or contact Flavia, the teacher training administrator, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 020 7449 3151.
“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
course start: Sat 16 June 2018
applicationTo request an application form for the June 2018 intake please contact email@example.com
020 7449 3151
- Lisa Sanfilippo
- Erika Tourell
- Carlos Pomeda
- Chris Swain
- Andrew McGonigle
- Jonathan Sattin