What you will learn


This intensive course, structured to meet the requirements of the Yoga Alliance 200-hour certification, is an awakening, progressive and practical immersion into the skills, wisdom and effectiveness of teaching and practicing a balanced approach to yoga based on applied anatomy and intelligent sequencing, enriched with Eastern and Western philosophy and mind-body teachings. We regard, and train our students to regard, yoga as an evolving, living tradition that is continually being influenced by new findings and developments in the mind-body field. 


How to prepare for the course


To facilitate your study and minimise costs, we will build a ‘shared yoga book library’. Each trainee will be asked to bring along an allocated book for the library, which they can naturally take back with thwem when the course is over. 


The course will give you

  • a universally applicable foundation upon which to build your teaching and practice,
  • a broad perspective into the origins, philosophy, practice and teaching of yoga,
  • essentials in applied anatomy, physiology and somatic awareness,
  • principles of safe, supportive and effective lesson planning,
  • practical skills-based teaching methodology,
  • first aid for the yoga classroom.


With the above elements, the course is designed to help you develop the skills and confidence needed to be effective in class, but also lay the foundations for a life of learning and teaching.


Let’s look at each aspect or the training in more detail below.


Teaching methodology


Lesson Planning at YYTT 2014

You will learn to use pinmen to construct effective, well sequenced yoga classes.


Leading a class might look quite simple, but there is ample preparation, planning and awareness behind each class. As a trainee, you will learn effective ‘classroom skills’ including demonstration, giving instructions, use of voice, safe adjustments, lesson planning, class sequencing and more.


Simon Teaching


Philosophy and history of yoga

The theory and philosophy of yoga form an important foundation that helps you understand the source and guidance behind most of what you practice and will teach. It will also hugely enrich your personal practice and teaching experience by adding to its authenticity. When learned in the proper context, philosophy can be fascinating, healing, empowering and life changing. Yoga philosophy stimulates your enquiry and our understanding of consciousness. You will be introduced to key texts in the yogic tradition: Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, the Bhagavad Gita, the essential Upanishads and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, with guidelines towards the study of other texts..


Almost every style of modern yoga can very clearly trace its roots to just a handful of teachers. Understanding where yoga came from helps you gain appreciation for its rich history and gives you a better understanding of the “bigger picture” of yoga in all its newer incarnations. Initially trained as a historian, Simon vibrantly presents the bigger picture, building bridges between disciplines, cultures and historical eras in a way that sparks the desire to learn more.


Simon teaching at YYTT 2031


Applied anatomy for yoga

Studying anatomy can be about learning the names and locations of bones, muscles and other body parts and how they move. It is quite another experience to viscerally witness applied anatomy in action. You will be amazed to discover how anatomical awareness will instantly improve your practice and teaching by giving you the tools to justify why you teach what you teach and to help you, and your students, stay safe and properly aligned in class. 


Applied anatomy is one of Simon and Eija's personal passions, and their insights will give you a comprehensive understanding of what is going on internally during practice. Studies will include audio-visual presentations, hands-on exploration of anatomy and body reading.


Simon teaching ay YYTT 2013


Teaching practicum

This course is structured as a total immersion and as such, you will find that your ability to absorb and apply information, though challenged, will also be greatly increased. By the 2nd half of the course, you will begin observing and co-teaching sections of live classes with your peers and receiving feedback from your performance. This is where everything you have learned comes together and you start to find your feet and voice as a leader. In keeping with the non-dogmatic nature of our training, you will be encouraged to develop your own personal style of teaching.


Self practice classes


Self practice at YYTT 2013

On self-practice mornings, students receive personal guidance on their asana practice.


The life and business of teaching

Teaching is like any career in that you must be determined in your study and work and take conscious steps toward success. You will explore realistic options and lifestyles for yoga teachers including: how to teach privately, how to work for studios, how to market yourself and even the possibility of how to go about opening your own school or studio.


We make a living by what we get,
we make a life by what we give.

Winston Churchill


YYTT 2013