Q: How good at Yoga do I need to be to do the teacher training?
We recommend that you have done at least one year of consistent yoga practice and are comfortable practicing in the Ashtanga or Vinyasa Flow style. If you have a regular yoga practice you may be more ready than you think. We're looking for students with a solid Foundations in the basic yoga postures. An advanced yoga student is not someone who can move into the most twisted poses, but someone who comes to the mat with a willingness to learn and who knows the limits of their own body.
Q: How are the 200 hours covered on this course?
The training is comprehensive covers much more than the minimum hours stipulated by Yoga Alliance. The basic breakdown includes 180 contact hours, 40-60 hours of self study, plus self-practices. Many yoga trainings out there are offered as a 'personal yoga bootcamp'. They train students to have an amazing yoga practice, which is great... But can they teach? We dedicate over 30 hours to you teaching. Our students can teach a full class by midway through the course. From then on it's about honing your skills and practice, practice, practice.
Q: What are the days like on the Teacher Training Course?
The course is intensive and we pack in a lot to each day. A typical timetable is:
- 9.00 -11.00am Yoga Class
- 11.00-11.15am Break (run to the toilet/grab a coffee)
- 11.15-13.00pm Theory Class (e.g. anatomy/techniques theory)
- 13.00-14.00pm Enjoy lunch
- 14.00-16.00pm Theory Class (e.g. business of yoga/yogic lifestyle)
- 16.00-16.15pm Break (time for a cup of tea and cake)
- 16.00-18.00pm Teaching Methodology/Practice (getting you teaching)
Q: Do I automatically qualify as a yoga teacher by attending the course?
No, to qualify you are required to:
- Attend 100% of the course
- Complete all written coursework
- Pass 1 x anatomy and physiology exam
- Pass 1 x yoga theory exam
- Pass 1 x practical exam teaching a class before an examiner
Q: What if I miss a day?
100% completion of the course is required in order to become certified. We offer a deferral program for those who need to fit the course around existing commitments. Contact us for more information.
Q: What books are required for the course?
- Ashtanga Yoga Manual (any edition) by David Swenson
- Yoga Anatomy (any edition) by Leslie Kaminoff
Q: When can I start teaching?
You may begin teaching classes approximately half way through the course. You will then be able to get "Trainee Insurance" and have an opportunity to earn money to cover course fees.
Q: Who is YogaLondon accredited with?
YogaLondon is registered with Yoga Alliance and closely follows their curriculum guidelines. For more details visit the Yoga Alliance website.
Q: What are the main differences between the British Wheel of Yoga and Yoga Alliance?
The three largest registries for yoga training schools are British Wheel of Yoga, Yoga Alliance and Yoga Alliance UK. The British Wheel of Yoga is well known within the UK and is fantastic for Hatha-based, long format courses. Yoga Alliance dominates the Vinyasa Flow realm of yoga training and is better recognised internationally. For a comprehensive look at these organisations read How to Become a Yoga Teacher.
Q: What styles of yoga will I be qualified to teach upon graduation?
Our certification allows you to teach in a number of yoga styles. While the training itself is held in the Vinyasa Flow style, graduates are also able to teach Power Yoga, Restorative Yoga, general Hatha Yoga and in the Ashtanga Vinyasa style.
Q: I currently practice Bikram/Hatha Yoga. Can I take your training?
While we greatly value a student's experience in any yoga style, it is essential that trainees have familiarity with sun salutations from Ashtanga Vinyasa to embark on our courses. If you are coming from another style of yoga, you may like to look at our 1-year training course. This longer format allows trainees to develop their practice in the Vinyasa Flow style while learning to become a yoga teacher. If you are unsure about which style of yoga you do, contact us on 020 3286 2534.
Q: I'm pregnant. Can I do the training?
Congratulations! It sounds like you've already embarked on an intensive 9-month course... Becoming a mum. Our advice would be to wait until after the birth of your baby. Do get in touch, and we'll let you know what courses are in store for next year.
Q: What is the Payment Policy?
We are committed to keeping yoga training accessible. No payments are required until you are accepted onto the course. Once accepted you will need to secure your place by paying a deposit. The balance is then due in full or monthly instalments. Please ring us at 020 3286 2534 or contact us us for more details.
Q: Do you offer accommodation?
Our venue in Bermondsey offers dormitory accommodation at a minimal price. This has greatly helped past students coming in from around the UK or abroad. For more information about staying in the centre visit our accommodations page.
Q: Can I visit your centre?
We frequently run "Try Us" sessions where prospective students may test our Vinyasa Flow style and meet the YogaLondon team. Visit the Try Us Evening page for more details.
Questions? Call us on 020 3286 2534 or contact us.