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200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training

Dynamic Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training With The Yoga Edge

We are delighted to welcome you to our very own yoga teacher training programme. Whether your aim is to make a career change, just teach on the side, or you simply want to grow your practice and deepen your knowledge of yoga, we are committed to giving you a transformative and deeply enriching experience. The programme is fully accredited with the Yoga Alliance, and will be led by Tom Hamilton (founder of The Yoga Edge) and senior teacher Craig Norris, and supported by other amazing teachers and coaches. 

SPRING 2017 PROGRAMME - APPLICATIONS CLOSED

SPRING 2018 PROGRAMME - DATES TBC

Through this unique programme, you will:

  • Learn the skills and knowledge you need to teach a great dynamic vinyasa yoga class.
  • Step into your full potential and discover how you can teach and live authentically, with power and joy.
  • Deepen your practice and experience the transformative effects of consistent practice and a yogic lifestyle.
  • Experience and learn how yogic philosophy, chanting, meditation, mantra, pranayama and other tools can be applied to modern life.
  • Share your journey with committed teachers and fellow teachers-to-be; group size is limited so you are guaranteed to get space and support.

The programme will be highly experiential in nature, with you getting lots of practical experience and practice, as this is what we believe is key to becoming a confident, compelling and engaging teacher (and we think is the best and most fun way to learn!).

The course will be run in April and May 2017, and has been scheduled to fall over Easter and the May bank holidays.  So if you work a 9-5 day job you will only have to take 4 days off work in order to make all 22 course dates.  See the list of all the course dates below. 

WHY TEACH DYNAMIC VINYASA YOGA?

Yoga continues to be a booming industry worldwide, and dynamic vinyasa yoga offers what more and more people seem to be looking for: a yoga style which is accessible, adapted for our modern lifestyle and offering a strong physical workout. As a teacher of our dynamic and playful style of yoga, you will be able to lead students through a challenging full body workout, helping them build a deep connection to their bodies, to step out of their comfort zone and take a deeper look at themselves and their habitual patterns, and to find calm and relaxation. The style is constantly evolving, and is widely sought after by studios and gyms. 

2017 PROGRAMME DATES (TOTAL 22 DAYS)

Friday 14th April - Sunday 23rd April 2017 | 10 Day Intensive 8-6pm
Saturday 29th April - Monday 1st May 2017 | 3 Day Intensive 8-6pm
Saturday 6th May - Sunday 7th May 2017 | 2 Day Intensive 8-6pm
Saturday 13th May - Sunday 14th May 2017 | 2 Day Intensive 8-6pm
Saturday 20th May - Sunday 21st May 2017 | 2 Day Intensive 8-6pm
Saturday 27th May - Monday 29th May 2017 | 3 Day Intensive 8-6pm

100% attendance to all 22 days is required to complete the programme and for certification.

WHAT WILL A TRAINING PROGRAMME GIVE ME?

  • The confidence to stand up and lead a powerful and content-rich dynamic vinyasa class, with the understanding of how to adapt for beginners and those working with injury.
  • The ability to teach and assist in a compelling, honest and heartfelt way that will have your students coming back for more!
  • The qualification to teach in gyms and studios worldwide, as well as equipping you with the knowledge to set up your own classes and private sessions.
  • Tools to transform all areas of your life including your well-being, your relationships and your career.

IS MY PRACTICE GOOD ENOUGH?

Yes it is! The main requirement for a teacher training program is that you are bodily aware and have a regular practice under your belt. Your teachings will come from your own first-hand experiences of the practice and it certainly doesn't matter whether you can do a headstand or not. Throughout the teacher training programme you will practice every day, vastly improving your own practice, your knowledge and your understanding of how the body moves.

NOT SURE IF TEACHING IS FOR YOU?

Even if teaching yoga isn't your ultimate goal, a teacher training programme will take your knowledge of yoga to a whole new level both mentally and physically and give you the tools to transform your practice and your life off the mat.

WHAT MAKES US UNIQUE

  • Experiential learning – our teaching style is practical and hands-on. 
  • Lots of teaching practice – you will teach every single day of the training. 
  • An opportunity to practise your teaching on real students in our studio community classes - an experience like no other!
  • Support for you to grow as a person, to let go of things that hold you back and learn how to achieve the things in your life that matter to you the most. 
  • Small group environment - we limit our training to a maximum of 16 participants.

Course content

• Daily asana practice
You will grow and deepen your practice by doing yoga every day, including in specially-crafted sessions with extra time to go deep and experiment with more advanced poses.  You will also learn about aspects of the practice that it is often not possible to spend too much time on in class, including bandhas and mudras.

• Daily meditation, pranayama and chanting practice
You will get to experience how these powerful practices can bring healing and transformation to our minds and bodies.  Combined with other daily rituals, you will be encouraged to follow a yogic lifestyle throughout the programme, to experience the powerful benefits for yourself.  

• Learning to teach yoga
You will be practising teaching from day one of the programme, starting small and with lots of support.  Our emphasis is on helping you stand before your students (or indeed any other audience) as your authentic self, speaking naturally and with power and conviction.  You will learn numerous tools and techniques to help you, and you will get lots of feedback throughout the course. 

• Teaching “real” classes in the studio
During our programme you will have the opportunity to teach real students in our community classes, which will be put on to the studio timetable for the duration of the programme. These classes will be available to our members and the wider community (at a reduced rate). This will give you real teaching experience, which will help you grow as a teacher and which will be valuable if you want to apply for teaching positions. 

• Posture workshops
We will spend time looking at all the key postures during our fun and experimental posture workshops, where you will learn key principles that can be applied to lots of postures, as well as correct alignment, benefits and contraindications, and safe modifications for each posture.

• Learning to assist
You will learn how to give hands-on adjustments and assists to your students to deepen and enrich their practice.  

• Anatomy and physiology
In order to deepen your understanding of the body, we will look at the major systems of the body – including the muscular, skeletal, respiratory, digestive and nervous systems.  Our focus will be on issues that students may commonly suffer from, and how to use our knowledge of anatomy and physiology to ensure we practise in a safe and healing way.  We will also look at the yogic understanding of the body.  

• Yogic history and philosophy
We will set the practice of yoga in its historical context, and we will study some of the most important texts for yoga practitioners, in particular the Bhagavad Gita, the Hatha Yoga Pradipika and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.  Through exercises and discussions we will consider the meaning and aim of yoga as set out in these texts, and explore how those can inform our practice today. 

• Personal transformation
For us, embarking on a yoga teacher training programme always involves personal growth and transformation.  Everyone who shows up for a teacher training programme is already on a journey of self-discovery and improvement, and our aim is to support you in this process.  We will encourage you to look at what is holding you back and to see how you can step up to your full potential – living life with greater happiness, fulfilment, sense of purpose and meaning. 

PROGRAMME PRICE & DEPOSIT

Spring 2018 programme prices are TBC

Price includes a £500 non-refundable deposit payable on application. Trainees will be given free memberships with The Yoga Edge studio for the duration of the programme (existing memberships or passes will be paused). To secure the early bird price, we must receive both your application form and deposit on or before the cut off date.

Yoga Alliance Accredited

The Yoga Edge is a registered training school with Yoga Alliance, an organisation maintaining excellence in the industry.  The Yoga Edge programme and its trainers have been approved according to the standards set by the organisation.  Trainees will be able to register with Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) upon successful completion of the programme (at their own cost).  This accreditation is recognised worldwide.

Trainers

The Yoga Edge teacher training programme will be taught by a group of first class trainers, who all have specific experience and operate at the top of their fields.  The programme will be led by Tom Hamilton, the founder of The Yoga Edge, and senior teacher Craig Norris, with Ellika, Eva, and Vanessa teaching specialist modules.  They all share a passion for yoga, and are looking forward to supporting you on your journey. 

Tom Hamilton | Lead Trainer
Craig Norris | Anatomy & Philosophy
Ellika Benn | Posture Workshops, Energetics & Personal Transformation
Eva Vajna | Teaching Tools, Techniques & Practice
Vanessa Dietzel | Personal Transformation

Read more about our trainers here.

LOCATION

The Yoga Edge teacher training programme will be held both at the studio and one other location in Crystal Palace, South London. This programme is non-residential, therefore students will need to organise their own accommodation and food for the duration of the programme.

Prerequisites

  • At least 1 year of regular yoga practice in any style.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.

Application Process FOR APRIL/MAY 2017 Programme

Step 1 - Pay a £500 non-refundable deposit (only refunded if not accepted on the programme).
Step 2 - Complete and submit the online application form

Please note your application will only be considered once both the deposit and application form are received.

Step 3 - Your application will then be reviewed and a phone interview maybe required (can take up to 14 days).
Step 4 - If accepted, your place on the programme is then secured.
Step 5 - Final balance due 4 weeks before the programme start date, or in 3 monthly instalments before the programme start date.