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.

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.

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> Ayurvedic Diet and Cleansing Techniques
July: 29th - 30th
Weekends Tarik Dervish
Experienced yogis
July 2017
Course Description:
There is so much information these days about what to eat and how to live, so people end up with a lot of anxiety and don’t know what to put in their food baskets. The Ayurvedic approach to eating and living is quite simple and full of common sense. It has helped countless people make healthy changes to the way they live and eat without a lot of fuss. This weekend focuses on all the key aspects of Ayurveda that relate to our everyday lives. You will also gain an understanding of how to look after your Agni, or metabolic fire, and explore the cleansing techniques known as Shatkarmas. By the end of the weekend, you will be able to:

- Differentiate the three doshas: Vata, Pitta, Kapha and how they relate to the six tastes and general food groups
- Assess and apply Ayurvedic lifestyle recommendations to their own life and explain their relevance in Ayurvedic terms
- Name one food identified with each of the three Yogic Gunas
- Name at least three Shatkarmas and explain how to teach at least one
- Explain the concept of Agni and explain how to identify low Agni
> Integrating Pregnant Students Into Your Yoga
September: 2nd - 3rd
Weekends Anja Brierley Lange
Yoga teachers
September 2017
Course Description:
Pregnancy or Postnatal recovery is not an illness but a natural change and transition in a woman’s life. However, as the women undergoes major hormonal and physiological changes we, as yoga teachers, need to understand how to modify the poses to safely and confidently integrate pregnant and postpartum students into our classes. The weekend will cover the basic physiological changes that yoga teachers need to be aware of. Understand which changes can affect a student’s practice, and learn when to refer, “red flags” and contra-indications. This course will give you the tools to safely integrate and offer modifications to pregnant and postpartum students in your regular classes. By the end of the weekend, you will know:

- Basic physiology of pregnancy and the postpartum period
- Contraindications and when to refer to prenatal/postnatal yoga
- Modifications of sun salutations
- Modifications of most common poses
- Alternatives to contraindicated poses/pranayama
> Mastering Inversions – From Trying to Training
September: 9th - 10th
Weekends Corrie McCallum
Experienced yogis
September 2017
Course Description:
Take a systematic approach to achieving inversions in this weekend immersion. First you’ll learn strength, flexibility, agility and power exercises that help everyone build the necessary tools to fly. Next, learn how to support others physically in these poses, so that you can assist your students or learn how to practice safely at home with friends. Finally, practice breathing exercises and meditations to combat the psychological obstacles that can hold us back from “fear factor” poses and transitions. By the end of the course, everyone will leave with either a confident headstand and handstand or a clear path of how to get there. For those ready for more, we will learn some steps and training ideas for working towards or progressing forearm balances, hollow-back and one-armed inversions. By the end of the weekend, you will be able to:

- Use systematic training regimes for inversions
- Work towards headstand and handstand
- Understand the anatomy behind inversions
- Feel confident in helping others with inversions
- Have set practices to deal with mental barriers to inversions
> Working Towards Splits
September: 20th, 27th
October: 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
November: 1st
Wednesdays 6:45-8:45pm Corrie McCallum
September 2017
Course Description:
So many yoga poses rely on flexible hips and hamstrings. This evening course will develop your understanding of how to both protect and progress in these vital areas. Using a multi-angled approach to hip and hamstring mobility, you’ll work to develop your mobility, strength and awareness of the hamstrings and hips. Each week you’ll build on what you’ve already learnt, taking on topics such as dynamic stretches for the hamstrings and hips, 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 bendy wendy or stiff as a board!By the end of the course, you will:

- Understand the benefits of different types of stretching
- Understand how to find balance between strength and flexibility
- Have a clear path of how to progress in splits
- Learn safe modifications for all levels
- Learn how to sequence with a physical goal in mind
> Advancing Asana Transitions
October: 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
November: 2nd, 9th, 16th
Thursdays 6:45-8:45pm Corrie McCallum
Experienced yogis
October 2017
Course Description:
The magic of vinyasa flow is in the transitions, where the journey is just as important as the destination. Yet often during a lead asana class, the transitions are simply designed to get a student from one pose to the next. On this course you will look at branching out from linear movement patterns and start to explore how we awaken forgotten corners of our bodies and neglected areas of our mats. Each week will start with a lead warm up flow themed on the transitions you’ll be learning that week. These new transitions will then be broken down and analysed along with discussions on modifications and progressions. Towards the end of the course, you’ll explore how you can use these adventurous transitions in a safe and methodical way, looking at how to still counterpose within sequences and how to keep them accessible. You’re guaranteed to leave with a bank of exciting new transitions. During the course, you will learn to:

- Have more confidence with advanced transitions, such as crow to headstand and floating forwards and back
- Have an improved crow pose
- Have an improved tripod headstand
- Understand how to sequence with more confidence
- Gain more insight in how to analyse advanced postures
> Mindfulness and Zen Meditation
December: 2nd - 3rd
Weekends Silvia Pinzaglia
Experienced yogis
December 2017
Course Description:
The course will cover the study of the Mindful meditation with an introduction to the Hara Point, the Eight Gates of Zen, The Four Noble Truths, the ‘Kwan Seum Bosal’ Mantra, the Bodhisattva of Infinite Compassion and how to develop a mindful asana practice.