Yogafurie Academy Course Guide

Yoga and Hot Yoga teacher Training at Yogafurie in Bristol

Be the best teacher you can be…

Graduates of the Yogafurie course are qualified to teach both Yoga and Hot Yoga. More and more studios are using heat – having the skills and experience to lead safe classes at temperature opens up lots of new and exciting work opportunities.

The Yoga industry is about to be rocked by new occupational standards for teachers. Yogafurie is part of the expert working group developing and evaluating standards. You can be sure that the course will meet all of the new legislative requirements.

The course is accredited with Yoga Alliance and offers 224 contact hours of direct instruction, plus 80 additional hours of group practice. You’ll meet and learn from a wide range of guest teachers who specialise in subjects related to Yoga – from fascia, to meditation, sanskrit and human anatomy/ physiology.

It’s evidence-based

What you will learn comes from established medical fact and recent research, or from some of Yoga’s most revered ancient practice manuals. You’ll emerge familiar with the esoteric principles of Yoga, and a clear knowledge of how these ideas become real in our bodies and minds through practice.

Breadth of learning

You’ll develop new language skills to communicate your knowledge in an a safe, appropriate and engaging way. You’ll learn how to plan and build Yoga practice sequences, and when to include guided breath exercises or meditations.

Your support network starts here

The course is scheduled to minimise the impact on your annual leave in your current job. If you work weekdays 9-5, you’ll probably only need to use 6 days of your leave allowance.

There’s a support network in place for you. The teacher training group is the sangha – your Yoga practice and development community. Throughout the course – and for years afterwards in many cases – you’ll find yourself supporting and being supported by the sangha.

The Yogafurie team are here to help as well; you can contact us if you need help with any aspect of the program. As you read through these pages, you’ll see we have extra catch-up time built in to the program, in case you unavoidably miss some time or if you just need extra help.

A unique training program

Learn more about the distinctive flavour of the Yogafurie Yoga and Hot Yoga teacher training course in Bristol. Click to read what one of our trainees said about the course and integrating it with working life.

Your career as a teacher

Teachers are often self-employed, and some go on to create Yoga studios. There are some essential aspects of running a small business that you will learn about, such as basic tax, marketing/ social media basics and data protection. We’ll cover out the essentials and a little bit more, so that when the time comes, you’ll know how to run the paperwork as smoothly as your classes.

Read more

Click this link to read our blog article Who Needs Teacher Training? It talks a bit more about the profile and experience of candidates. Take a look and get in touch.


Frequently-asked questions

Do I have to be able to do all the postures if I want to do the course?

No. It’s important that you want to learn and you’re willing to put effort into your own development. People change a great deal on teacher training, and your Yoga ability is going to grow. No need to be superwoman or superman already! It’s ok to be yourself, and start where you are.

Why does it take 224 hours spread over 10 months?

We believe that your body and mind need time to absorb the changes and things you’ll learn. Read more about this on our blog in an artlcle contrasting longer immersion courses with shorter intensive courses

I have an injury/ long term illness – does that mean I can’t do the course?

Many people practice Yoga because it helps them recover from injuries or to manage other illnesses. In fact, a previous Yogafurie Teacher Trainee saw a great improvement in her ME condition which she attributed to the course. Learning to live with injuries or other conditions can be a great teacher. Talk to the Yogafurie team about any concerns you have if you are unsure.




How much work can I expect do I in my own time?

You’ll be asked to practice in your own time – some of this can be going to classes, and some can be by yourself in your own home. There will also be reading and assignments for you to complete. You can probably expect to spend on average of around 2 hours per week on assignments and reading. That’s an average – there will be some weeks when there is nothing to do except practice, and other weeks when the assignments are set and you’re actively working on them.

I don’t want to teach – what can I get from the course?

We’ll practice a lot of Yoga postures, breathing exercises, and meditations. You’ll also learn a lot about the philosophy of Yoga, about human anatomy as it applies to Yoga, and the skills to communicate all this in a way that’s relevant to newcomers and experienced Yogis alike. If you don’t plan to teach – if you’re really just keen to know more – then there’s a great deal on offer.

Manipura Chakra

Is the course very spiritual?

Some people see Yoga as a very spiritual practice, and others don’t. You can make our own mind up. You’ll learn about the philosophy of Yoga, and this philosophy grew up alongside the spiritual traditions of India, so there is a definite cross-over of ideas. Trainees take practice to a deeper level, and this alone can make you more settled and effective in life. You’ll gain an appreciation for how some people use Yoga to develop spiritually – it’s up to you whether you blend this into your lifestyle.

Read more

We’ve prepared a blog article to help you get ready for teacher training. And in a different blog article, (written by one of our students), you can read her reflections on her Yoga journey through the course.


Learning resources

You’ll receive your own copy of the Yogafurie Teacher Training Manual to keep. We will often base group discussions on sections from the manual.

There are some other books you’ll need to read. Some – like The Hatha Yoga Pradipika and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras – are old works from Yoga’s history, and are just as relevant to today’s practitioner as when they were written. Some are much more recent, and shed new light on Yoga’s ancient methods. All of them will enrich your knowledge of Yoga and its philosophy and application. We’ll send you details of required reading when you join the course: many are available as e-books, which makes them cheaper to buy.


We can support you. Contact if you have dyslexia and want to discuss how we can support you on the course.


You’re expected to attend every scheduled course event and presentation. One of these is offsite, where the whole group visits a Yoga festival for a day. However, we understand that you may have already scheduled a significant life event, such as marriage. And during the course, people can experience dramatic changes in other areas that can affect attendance at the last minute. See the Course Calendar and Schedule page for more information on how we can support you.

Assignments and assessment

Your final assessment comprises a written exam, a teaching assessment, and your course work. Your course work during the course includes your practice diary and some group and individual assignments. You must submit all your coursework on time to pass the course. Your teaching in your assessment class must be safe. Your written exam reflects your knowledge as a teacher. Special arrangements are available for people with dyslexia – ask for details.