200 Hours Yoga & Hot Yoga Teacher Training
Join the next new course in September 2023
This course is accredited with Yoga Alliance and offers over 230 contact hours of direct instruction. From our studio in Bristol, you’ll meet and learn from a wide range of Yoga teachers and other experts who specialise in subjects related to Yoga – including fascia and bodywork, meditation and mindfulness, sanskrit, human anatomy/ physiology, and more.
Yogafurie was invited to participate in defining occupational standards for Yoga teachers. You can be sure that the course will meet any and all new legislative requirements.
Your course is led by Ed Wood (E-RYT500, YACEP, Yoga Elder). Ed is certified to the highest level with Yoga Alliance International, and is a registered Yoga Elder with the Independent Yoga Network.
A maximum of 16 people are admitted to the Yoga Teacher Training Course
It’s essential that you get the personal attention you need in order to develop to your fullest potential. So, our course numbers are capped at 16. If you are on a course with 20+ other people, your needs can get lost in the crowd. We will ensure this doesn’t happen.
Based in evidence
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 Yogafurie team are here to help; you can contact us if you need support with any aspect of the program.
Your career as a Teacher
Is this for me?
Embarking on teacher training is a big step. The course will challenge and grow you in lots of ways. As you would have heard in the video, people discuss this first-hand: it’s an enjoyable and positive experience, and it requires some commitment and effort.
Read what previous trainees have to say about our course. You can also take a look at our blog article Who Needs Teacher Training? : it talks a bit more about the profile and experience of candidates.
A typical Yoga and Hot Yoga teacher training course weekend comprises seven elements of practice and learning. You can read more about them here…
Half of your course time is spent in practice of one kind or another – and most of this will be movement practice. This means physically practicing and perfecting a broad range of asana – postures you’d see in classes aimed at mixed groups (which is the most usual teaching situation). We’ll also analyse postures in terms of:
- Safely entering, holding and exiting.
- Anatomical breakdown: key muscles, key alignments.
- Possible adjustments and facilitations – how to assess what will be most suitable for different people.
- Modifications and the use of props to support practice.
Most important of all – you will have time to deeply feel and experience Yoga postures from within. There are some key instructions to give for each pose, but the best teaching comes from a deep body awareness – good teachers tell you what they’re feeling physically, not just what shape to make. This is authentic and it really connects with people: as the often-used saying goes: You are your own best teacher. It turns out that you are your own best student as well.
You’ll learn from your Yogafurie course leader, and from guest asana teachers who can bring different perspectives to enrich your learning.
Meditation and breathing
The connection between Yoga or Hot Yoga practice and settled, calm breath and mind is well known. But how do you actually do that – and how can you teach it to others? We look at a range of breath exercises, and a number of techniques to focus and clear our minds.
There’s really too much to list here, what we can say in summary is:
- Much of our work is based on the Hatha Yoga Pradipika (HYP), which is on the course reading list.
- We practice sometimes in silence, and we also learn to use mantras, mudras and gaze focus to enhance concentration.
- Your Yogafurie course leader will take you through your HYP work, and we will be supported by mindfulness and meditation experts, again to offer fresh perspectives and new insights.
We offer you a strong course, and your Yogafurie course leaders will work with you individually and as a group to get you up to speed with what you need to know. In addition, there are lots of visiting teachers who will bring all their experience and knowledge to the course for you in specialist subjects related to your study. A lot of effort has been put into finding the right people, and the feedback we get is tremendously positive. The added dimension of this extra resource is really popular with our students. Keep reading to hear more about our wonderful guest speakers.
Sangha and sharing
Teacher training is a journey – a journey you’ll share with at most 15 other people on a Yogafurie course, as numbers are strictly limited to 16 maximum. People grow together, and make friends from their shared experience. As a teacher, you’ll likely still be in touch and helping each other with advice and suggestions long after the course ends – or covering each other’s classes etc.
We encourage you to get involved as much as you want to, and to contribute whatever you feel you can to the group experience. We all come from different walks of life, and have different opinions. Yoga (and Hot Yoga) bring us together, and the group is stronger for all its diversity.
On a practical note, you’ll do group assignments and teach classes in groups. We also have a shared lunch each course day. Once or twice you’ll be asked to help with cleaning lunch dishes away, loading and unloading the dishwasher, and keeping the coffee pot topped up (Pukka tea and Extract coffee is free on the course).
We do a lot of practice. There’s also study to be done, because a good teacher has broad and deep background knowledge.
You will learn about:
Human anatomy and physiology
We discuss some of the latest ideas emerging from the sciences of anatomy and therapy. What is Yoga (or Hot Yoga) really doing to bodies and minds? Knowing this means you can design relevant and powerful sequences for your classes and for your own personal development. More and more studios are using heat – how does this change things, what else do you need to know to guide students safely and well? There’s additional strain on the teacher too – we’ll discuss ways we can care for ourselves as teachers.
Yoga teaches about an energy body of prana woven into our physical body. What does this actually mean? How can we work with it in our own practice and when we design classes? and what are the implications for practice and for designing classes? These energy ideas have shaped much of the practice we do: teachers need to understand them.
Yoga philosophy, lifestyle and ethics
Ok, so we understand that there is a subtle energy body. But how does this relate to the fundamental principles of Yoga? We look at the history of Yoga, and how it’s evolved through the ages. We get a better understanding of what we do today – and why we do it. This is a foundation to base lifestyle choices on.
Practicalities of teaching and holding classes
What does it mean to be self-employed, what are your insurance and data protection obligations, what are the marketing basics you need to know? And for those who are interested, where would you start if you want to open a studio?
We are visited by a number of speakers to support your Yogafurie work: you will have multiple sessions with bodywork and fascia experts, a research scientist and doctor, and a Sanskrit scholar.
You’ll practice teaching most weekends on the course. This starts with teaching for just a few minutes to the rest of the group and sharing feedback for everyone else. Gradually you’ll take on more and more. You’ll teach some public classes to friends and family and report on your experience as part of your ongoing assignments. And at the end of the course, you’ll undertake a teaching assessment.
We believe that you need regular practice to overcome nerves and be comfortable standing in front of groups of people and speaking publicly. This kind of confidence comes with practice. Your sangha – your course group – are all working through exactly the same experience, so there’s a lot to share and learn from each other.
We also look at practicalities, like how to plan classes and how to use language well so that your teaching is succinct and to the point but also being engaging and interesting. We discuss how to manage spaces and groups. You’ll learn to create a positive learning environment, and you’ll develop your own unique delivery style.
Practice makes perfect, and when it comes to Yogafurie’s Yoga Teacher Training in Bristol, you will definitely get plenty of practice.
Eating together brings people together. We each bring in some food to share on each course day, and there’s always a great buzz at lunchtime as we discover the delights in store. You’ll be chatting to your new colleagues like old friends before you know it. By the end of your course, you will probably feel like old friends as you will have shared so many experiences – and so much food!
You don’t have to join in shared lunch of course – it is optional. If you do, then we ask that you only bring in vegetarian food. Please do tell people what’s in your dish, just in case there are food allergies etc to be mindful of.
You’ll receive your own copy of the Yogafurie Academy 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 books, many are available as e-books, which makes them cheaper to buy.
You’ll be taught by a mix of experts from many disciplines related to Yoga, as well as learning a great deal from your Yogafurie course leader. Check out the section on Guest Speakers, on this page.
We can support you. Contact email@example.com 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 section below 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.
Course dates for September 2023 will be published soon!
Course dates January 2023
January 20, 21 and 22 (3 days: Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
February 17, 18 and 19 (3 days: Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
March 25 and 26 (2 days: Saturday and Sunday)
April-May 29, 30 and 1 (3 days: Saturday, Sunday and Monday)
June 3 and 4 (2 days: Saturday and Sunday)
June-July 30, 1 and 2 (3 days: Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
August 5 and 6 (2 days: Saturday and Sunday)
August 26, 27 and 28 (3 days: Saturday, Sunday and Monday)
September 23 and 24 (2 days: Saturday and Sunday)
October 6, 7 and 8 (3 days: Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
November 11 and 12 (2 days: Saturday and Sunday)
Total commitment – 28 days. Each day runs 8AM-5PM unless otherwise advised (occasionally we start earlier).
What happens if I miss a session?
We understand that it’s not always possible to make all the training days in full – for instance, if you have already planned a wedding, or a house move etc. Pre-planned, pre-authorised absence is something we can support you with. Please get in touch if you know you will miss time on the course and we can work together to help you.
You can only pass the course if you have a complete attendance record, and in exceptional circumstances you can use catch-up to cover missed content.
A typical course day
8:00AM / Sometimes 6:30AM – Course day begins with physical practice and breath practice, sometimes chanting and meditation.
10:00AM – Mid-morning break, followed by learning together or teaching practice.
12:00PM – Break for lunch. We all bring food to share, on a sunny day we can eat outside
1:00PM – Learning together. This can be guest teachers and experts in specific fields related to yoga.
3:00PM – Mid-afternoon break, followed by learning together or teaching practice.
5:00PM – End of the course day. You are welcome to stay for the evening Hot Yoga class – all trainees qualify for a half price membership.
The course costs £2799 if you pay by instalments, and £2599 if you pay early in full. So, a discount of £200 is available if you make early payment.
You can secure your place with a deposit of £499. We will then hold a place open for you on the course. If you don’t take the place then your deposit is not refundable.
Early payment in full
If you pay the entire balance before the course begins, you qualify for a £200 discount. You only pay £2599 if you pay before you start.
Pay by instalments
If you prefer, then you can pay just the deposit to hold the space. Then you pay the rest of your balance in monthly instalments, £209 on 1st of each month that the course runs.
If you leave the course for any reason, or don’t take up your place, then anything you’ve paid is non-refundable. In exceptional circumstances, we can sometimes carry what you paid over to a future course. Talk to your course leader for further information.
If you cancel your place on the course for any reason then there is no refund available for any amounts already paid.
You must pass a written assessment and a teaching assessment, hand in all assignments set, attend all sessions (apart from agreed, pre-planned absences) and finish paying for the course in order to pass the course and receive your certificate and Yoga Alliance qualification.
Awards are issued to successful graduates at the end of the course.
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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
We believe that your body and mind need time to absorb the changes and things you’ll learn.
Much of your study is based at our purpose-built Bristol studio – check out our gallery to see more. You’ll learn through a mixture of practice and discussion. You’ll be taught by a wide range of experts in various Yoga practices or fields related to Yoga. This will be through direct learning. Although to support the subject matter we’re studying we might watch a TED talk or listen to a relevant podcast. You’ll receive your own copy of the Yogafurie Academy Course manual to keep.
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.
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 2-3 hours per week on assignments and reading.
We’ll practice a lot of Yoga postures, breathing exercises, mantras and meditations. You’ll also learn a lot about the philosophy of Yoga, about human anatomy as it applies to Yoga, and gain 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 still a great deal on offer.
You’ll learn Yoga philosophy, and trainees will take practice to a deeper level. This can make you more settled and effective in life, and some people experience that in a spiritual way. We don’t push any approach: you can make your own mind up. You’ll be introduced to ideas and it’s up to you how they unfold in your life.
Yes. Our course is great value. If you live in a major city, it’s generally cheaper to travel to Bristol and stay overnight on course weekends then it is to study in your home city – especially if you live in London. Plus you have the advantage of being away from everyday life, and you can immerse yourself in study.
Take a look at our travel and accommodation page for further information.
We’ve prepared a blog article as to why Yoga Teacher Training is now more important than ever. And in a different blog article, (written by one of our students), you can read her reflections on her Yoga journey through the course.