Continuing Professional Development

  • Recognised qualification: Recognised Yoga Alliance CPD Courses which count towards a 500-hour certification (RYT-500). Teach worldwide.
  • Course fees: CPD Courses £199
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Continuing Professional Development
It's vital to continue learning and growing as a yoga teacher, and our Continuing Professional Development Courses aim to do just that. Whether you are interested in learning about Shatkarmas and the concept of Agni, deepen your understanding of Marma points, strengthen your adjustments skills, or study the Upanishads, there is a CPD course that will broaden your learning.

A Full Weekend
Life is busy, and our courses are geared to fit even the busiest lifestyle. Our CPD courses take place entirely over one weekend, garnering 14 contact hours of learning. We will have a full day on Saturday, from 9am – 6pm, and then a shorter day on Sunday, from 9am – 4pm.

Build Up to Your 500-hour Certificate
As you increase your knowledge base with each CPD course, you’ll accrue hours that will count towards a 500-hour certificate. As each course increases your knowledge, it also increases your opportunity to certify as a RYT-500 Teacher, setting you apart from the masses. Step by step, you’ll be establishing yourself as a teacher committed to yourself and your students.

Tutors
With a wide range of topics on offer, tutors for each of the CPD courses come from a diverse and endless background of experiential learning and training. They are individuals who have devoted themselves to a particular area of expertise and we are delighted to have them share their skill set with YogaLondon students.

Course Title Dates Location Teacher
Connecting Yoga and Ayurveda June 2019
20190629
June: 29th - 30th
Clapham Station Kim Kriyasagar
Experienced yogis
June 2019
Course Description:
This two-part course will explore yoga practice form an Ayurvedic perspective. On day 1, you’ll explore Ayurvedic principles and how they relate to yoga practice, including sequencing based on doshas. On day 2, we will look at the energy body more closely and discover the fascinating world of Marma or pressure points. Marma points are discussed in the key texts of Ayurveda and some basic knowledge of their location can enhance a yoga practice greatly. We will cover the origins of Marma Therapy, key Marma points that every serious yoga practitioner should know, and some therapeutic Marma points for common ailments. By the end of the weekend, you will be able to:


- Name the 5 Elements and three Doshas
- Match at least 3 Qualities (Gunas) with each of the Doshas
- Explain how different yoga styles relate to the Ayurvedic Gunas (Qualities)
- Locate at least three Marma points
- Suggest at least one asana that can be practised with a Marma point
Mindfulness Meditation July 2019
20190706
July: 6th - 7th
Oval Rebecca Ffrench
Beginners
July 2019
Course Description:
The weekend immersion course will cover the basic principles of mindfulness, its origin and philosophy. Full of exploration and guided meditation practices, this course will help you develop the skills to be able to cope with everyday life using mindfulness techniques. During the course you will learn and practice formal and informal meditation exercises that are linked to mindfulness. You will also design a simple mindfulness meditation practice, either for your personal use or to use in your yoga classes.
Yoga and Depression July 2019
20190713
July: 13th - 14th
Oval Jess Leitch
Experienced yogis
July 2019
Course Description:
Depression is a common mental health crisis that causes people to experience depressed mood, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, low energy, and poor concentration. It is one of the world's leading mental health disorders and it’s symptoms, at their worst, can lead to hospitalisation or suicide. Depression is not only a psychological experience, but a very physical one. Yoga practices have been proven to reduce and relieve the symptoms of depression through mindful movement, breathing and improved self-awareness. This workshop will delve into the psychology, physiology, neuroscience and anatomy of depression. We will practice and explore the theory of simple yet effective techniques that aim to bring harmony to body-mind by rebalancing the nervous system and restoring a sense of aliveness. This weekend is part of a series of CPD trainings centered on Building Emotional Resilience Through Yoga. Others in the series include Anxiety and Post-Traumatic Growth. These may be attended as a singular training or taken in any order. They aim to leave you feeling more confident to speak to your students about their emotional experiences while maintaining professional boundaries, and to manage overwhelm should it arise in group classes or one to one sessions.
Hips and Splits July 2019
20190727
July: 27th - 28th
Oval Corrie McCallum
Beginners
July 2019
Course Description:
Many yoga poses rely on strong and flexible hips and hamstrings. A detailed understanding of the anatomy and movement potential of this area will help you access advanced asanas, manage back pain and develop healthy movement patterns. Using a multi-angled approach to hip and hamstring health, we’ll work to develop your mobility, strength and awareness of the hamstrings and hips.

This course will develop your knowledge of how to both protect and progress these vital areas. Activities will include dynamic stretches, static stretching in pairs and alone with a strap, using props to work into and progress splits, and building a vinyasa flow sequence focused on the splits. This course is suitable for everyone, whether you are a beginner or seasoned yogi and whether you are a bendy wendy or stiff as a board!
Yoga and Post-Traumatic Growth (PTSD) August 2019
20190810
August: 10th - 11th
Oval Jess Leitch
Experienced yogis
August 2019
Course Description:
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition that can develop after exposure to extremely stressful and traumatising events. People experiencing PTSD may have symptoms such as uncontrollable bursts of anger, flashbacks or panic attacks. PTSD is not only a psychological experience, but a very physical one. Often the person suffering from PTSD will disassociate with their own body and this dramatically affects their ability to sense when they have been triggered, resulting in an inability to self-regulate. Yoga practices have been proven to reduce and relieve the symptoms of PTSD through mindful movement, breathing and improved self-awareness. This workshop will delve into the psychology, physiology, neuroscience and anatomy of PTSD. We will practice and explore the theory of simple yet effective techniques that aim to bring harmony to body-mind by rebalancing the nervous system and restoring a sense of awareness and self-compassion. This weekend is part of a series of CPD trainings centered on Building Emotional Resilience Through Yoga. Others in the series include Depression and Anxiety. These may be attended as a singular training or taken in any order. They aim to leave you feeling more confident to speak to your students about their emotional experiences while maintaining professional boundaries, and to manage overwhelm should it arise in group classes or one to one sessions.
Introduction to Yin Yoga August 2019
20190831
August: 31stAugust - 1stSeptember
Oval Anaïs Maniaval
Beginners
August 2019
Course Description:
This course is an introduction to Yin Yoga and its founding principles. It aims at making students comfortable to incorporate this style of yoga into their practice. Yoga teachers will also find it useful to be able to add a short yin sequence at the end of their classes, to help lead students towards stillness and meditation. By the end of this immersion you will have had a taste of a yin practice, understand the founding principles of yin yoga and its benefits, and have started to discover the link between yin yoga and meridians of energy.
Hidden Powers of Sanskrit September 2019
20190921
September: 21st - 22nd
Monument Station Gabriella Burnel
Experienced yogis
September 2019
Course Description:
Why learn Sanskrit? What makes this language unique? How can we learn about ourselves and the creation through the language of Sanskrit? This workshop will address these questions and explore how every word in the Sanskrit language reveals the essence of that which it describes. So if you want to discover the nature of bliss, explore the Sanskrit words which describe it; if you want to discover your inherent power, and what it means to be confident, explore the Sanskrit words that describe it. We will also become comfortable with the sounds of Sanskrit so you feel you can read with confidence; address any yoga related Sanskrit queries; delve deeper into Sanskrit terminology; enjoy the beauty and the art of the Devanagari script. So come along if you would like a therapeutic weekend featuring sounding (including chanting), art, and meditation, all centred around the conscious language that is Sanskrit.
Postnatal Yoga November 2019
20191102
November: 2nd - 3rd
Clapham Jo Harris
Pregnancy yoga teacher&Yoga teachers
November 2019
Course Description:
As a woman gives birth to her baby, so too a mother is ‘born’ and a new chapter in her and her family’s life begins. Yoga can positively support new mothers on this journey of changing responsibilities by offering stability, reassurance and positivity. Practicing pranayama, asana, meditation and relaxation techniques can actively support mothers to feel more centred in the midst of changing emotions, changing nappies, sleep deprivation, general feelings of chaos and often simultaneous feelings of helplessness and utter joy and happiness. Yoga can teach mothers not to be shaken about uncontrollably by the new demands placed upon them; they learn to accept, and to accommodate the changing circumstance with grace and ease, and go with the flow. This CPD weekend is open to certified Prenatal Yoga Teachers only.
Chair Yoga December 2019
20191221
December: 21st - 22nd
Oval Corrie McCallum
Beginners
December 2019
Course Description:
Chair yoga is an excellent practice that makes yoga accessible to a much wider audience. From students with limited mobility or balance to deskbound lifestyles, knowledge of chair yoga can have wide ranging possible uses.

Both mornings of this intensive you will participate in a full yoga practice using chairs. You will break down the postures and analyse the sequences so that you leave with two complete chair yoga practices and the ability to create more on your own.

Alongside these physical practices, we will also spend time looking at pranayama, meditation and chanting, which are naturally therapeutic to everyone, regardless of their level of mobility.