YOGA WEST TEACHER TRAINING
A yoga teacher training is not just about becoming a yoga teacher; it’s about becoming. Our psychotherapist-led programme transforms your yoga practice and your life. You’ll evolve and grow by challenging yourself to do things you didn’t think possible. You’ll receive the support and guidance of our experienced and inspirational faculty. You’ll make friends for life with your fellow trainees.
You’ll get the opportunity to playfully investigate, correct and refine your practice; to explore and challenge its anatomical, philosophical, historical and psychological underpinnings and to better understand yourself and your relationship with the practice.
You will leave this training with the knowledge, motivation and practical skills to deliver extraordinary classes and share your love of yoga with others. You’ll benefit from ongoing support during and after the training from our faculty and have the opportunity to teach community classes. Many of our graduates are now teaching classes for Yoga West and for other studios all over London.
Our training takes place in our beautiful training space. An oasis of calm in busy London a couple of minutes walk from Shepherds Bush Station and a short walk from Hammersmith, Chiswick, Fulham, Holland Park, Notting Hill and Kensington.
Find out more below including our powerful written and filmed graduate testimonials.
200HR YOGA ALLIANCE TRAINING
Asana: How to correctly and properly align the poses in a modified half primary
The Yoga Body: Exploring the subtle body and building an understanding of the yogic approach to the body
MEDITATION & PRANAYAMA
Further your meditation practice and learn the physiology underpinning meditation and
pranayama. Learn meditation techniques you can teach others one-on-one or in groups
Teaching technique: You’ll be teaching from day one of the training as well as being guided by your very experienced instructors to ensure you leave the training able to deliver powerful, inspirational classes
Sequencing: You’ll build on the modified half primary. Students will learn how to teach two sequences: a modified Ashtanga half primary and a dynamic flowing vinyasa sequence
Communication: How to effectively communicate and inspire your students
Assists: How to safely and confidently adjust your students
Yoga and Music: How to make the perfect playlist to marry up with your flow, show ways of creating light narrative & emotional arks through class or how to pick music that creates a nice ambient background if you feel that’d suit your teaching better.
Group work, self-enquiry and journaling overseen by a practicing psychotherapist to support fundamental change and on-going growth
PHILOSOPHY & HISTORY
Understanding the deep and complex history and underpinnings of these two beautiful reflective practices: yoga and meditation
ANATOMY & PHISIOLOGY
Better understand what happens to your body when you practice, the benefits and the risks
YOGA & BUSINESS
How to market yourself to students and studios. How to build your own classes, retreats and workshops. How to use social media to grow your business
'I realised that the reason I wanted to teach yoga was because of the impact it had had on me and that I wanted to share that with other people' - Anna
'It genuinely feels like a family. Everyone is so different but we all share this amazing passion: think its going to have really changed my life.' - Syb
'Just do it. You don't know how you're going to feet after doing the course so the best thing is to just do it and not worry about what you have to do after.' - Elissia
YW TT TASTERS
A teacher training is a chance to transform not just your yoga practice but also your life. If now feels like the time for a powerful transformation, building a deeper love and understanding of your practice and building the foundations for a career as a yoga or meditation teacher then join us.
Dates for teacher training Q&A sessions for our January Teacher Training are below, click on the dates to book:
These will be held by our amazing Lead Teacher Training Instructors.
YW TT SCHOLARSHIP
Our purpose is to give everyone the opportunity to build a regular yoga practice. We know that for some of us the practice is transformational and we'd like to live in a world where this opportunity is available to everyone irrespective of economics and culture. We are excited to reflect this in our Teacher Training. Yoga West is proud to share it’s BIPOC & LGBTQ+ scholarship scheme. Equal opportunities are incredibly important to us, education systems were born with discriminatory policies and we hope this scholarship will be a small step in the right direction. There is the equivalent of one full scholarship place available on each training, which can be delivered as a single full scholarship or several mini scholarships. It is available to anyone who will increase availability of yoga to communities with little or no access for economic, cultural or social reasons.
We welcome all enquires for the opportunity to be considered.
HOW ADVANCED MUST I BE TO ENROL?
You don’t have to be able to levitate or to bend yourself like a pretzel to attend the Yoga West teacher training. The most important characteristics for the training are an open mind and a willingness to embrace a new way of being. To get the most out of the training we typically require you to have practiced regularly for at least two years. If you have experience in a complimentary area such as training, dance or physical therapy we may make an exception to this rule. If this is the case please get in contact and we’d be happy to discuss the specifics of your situation.
WHAT CERTIFICATE WILL I RECEIVE?
All applicants who complete the training will receive a Yoga Alliance 200-hour yoga teacher training certificate and be eligible to register as a certified teacher with the Yoga Alliance.
DO YOU HAVE PAYMENT PLANS?
Yes, please contact the studio to discuss payment options. All fees must be paid prior to the first day of the course.
HOW DO I SPEAK TO THE TEACHER TRAINERS BEFORE ENROLLING?
We have several Q&As scheduled with the faculty leaders at Yoga West prior to the teacher trainings, you can book these via our Workshops Page. We also strongly recommend you attend classes at the studio with the teacher-training faculty before the course starts.
WHAT TEACHING OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE?
All teacher training graduates will be able to share two weekly community classes.. All graduates will have the opportunity to undertake a one-hour one-on-one exit interview including tailored advice on how to build their teaching career.
HOW WILL I BE EXAMINED?
All students will be examined informally throughout the teacher training and will answer a questionnaire and will be assessed teaching a small group of fellow students at the end of the training.
HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL ATTEND THE COURSE?
The course will be intimate with no more than 30 students permitted to attend.
WHAT READING WILL I HAVE TO DO ON THE COURSE?
Once you have registered for the training you will receive a recommended reading list. The reading list is optional not obligatory. There will also be an informal book group that all students will be encouraged to attend to deepen and share their understanding of these texts. The groups are included in the course fee.
I’M NOT SURE I WANT TO TEACH
No worries. There are many reasons to undertake a teacher training. A desire to teach others is one of these reasons but not the only one. The training will be a transformational experience so who knows how you will feel about teaching at the end of the training. Some people started the training wanting to teach and others started it off not wanting to teach.
POST GRADUATE SUPPORT
We’re incredibly proud to host a successful, well-loved training and even more proud to host
such a strong community. After you finish your Teacher Training you may wonder what
happens next? At Yoga West we bridge the gap post training as you start navigating your way
through the teaching world. Read on about the programmes and options we have that you
can take advantage of after graduating.
After completing training most graduates “take a breather” so you can integrate everything you have learnt and
experienced. Following this one of the Yoga West team will be in touch with you about teaching our community
classes. These are held in-studio on Mondays & Wednesdays at 5pm. The community classes are a wonderful
opportunity for you to immediately put what you’ve learnt into practice and get experience teaching larger groups in
a studio setting. These classes are also priced a little differently to give our community yoga for less. Invite friends,
family and loved ones to come down and show support and see how much you have learned!
Our assistant programme is slowly making its way back after covid. In this programme you are assigned to a specific
weekly class and teacher. Support them during class, practice making physical adjustments, get inspired by long
standing yogis and teachers. This programme again isn’t compulsory and the team will reach out to grads to
schedule each round the assistant programme starts.
Anna Bing, a graduate from our second teacher training, heads up our exciting ambassador programme. This
programme nurtures you as you develop into your teaching career with monthly gatherings. These take place at the
studio and are a mixture of paid and free events operating in a drop in style fashion. In these sessions you will:
• Connect with graduates from other Yoga West teacher trainings and deepen your connection to graduates from your
• Consolidate, embed and extend your knowledge for both your personal and teaching practice
• Receive informal mentoring, peer support and insights from your peers and teachers
• Discover a safe space for young teachers to discuss and share experiences as you develop
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