Whether you have just finished your first yoga teacher training and are thinking about what comes next or if you are a seasoned teacher with many years offering a specific style of yoga and now desire to deepen your knowledge and add new classes to your schedule, there are a wide range of yoga, movement, mindfulness and meditation courses and workshops available to choose from.
There is no shortage of teachers offering quality yoga. However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for more. If you have been practicing yoga for years and are now considering teaching, that’s exciting, all you need is the right direction and support. All teachers start their journey at the same place – the beginning. The key to deepening your practice or further your offering is deciding which course or new classes are right for you. Maybe you have developed an interest in a different style of yoga such as Yin, Restorative, Yoga Nidra or pregnancy yoga. Perhaps you are looking to begin teaching a different group of students such as yoga for teens, yoga for a specific need or chair yoga. As you reflect on what feels right for you, a weekend of immersive learning can give a spark of inspiration.
Deepening your practice and furthering your yoga education is an investment – so choose wisely. First consider reviewing your current practice and if you are a teacher, reflect on your teaching schedule to determine where you want to gain more knowledge. Ask yourself what level of further training are you able to commit your time to. How will you apply what you learn, and do you need to get some level of a return on your financial investment? Is simply learning and being part of a supportive and safe teaching environment enough?
We have put together some ideas and some providers of advanced yoga teacher training courses and workshops for you to explore. This is by no means an exhaustive list. There are so many courses, training, and workshops to choose from. The beauty of the practice is that there is always something new to discover and the learning doesn’t have to end after your first training.
In-person and online course providers:
The Yoga in Healthcare Alliance was commissioned to create a 10 week yoga programme for the NHS West London Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). The Yoga4Health programme is now offered to NHS patients nationally. They offer training to both healthcare professionals and yoga teachers who are looking to deliver the YIHA Yoga4Health Social Prescribing Prototocol. The Yoga4Health programme is a fantastic way to expand your teaching whilst making a huge difference.
If you have been practising Iyengar Yoga for some time and would seriously like to consider teaching Iyengar Yoga, discover IYUK, – Iyengar Yoga UK. Applicants must have been practising Iyengar Yoga for a minimum of 3 years. The route to teaching is then through a mentorship which you will need to have in place for 3 years. After a minimum of 6 years regular practice with mentorship, applications are then considered. A process that will test your commitment to the practice whilst also being incredibly rewarding whilst providing you with a life changing experience.
If you are looking for some ideas on which type of course to try, Yoga Campus are a great place to start. They are pioneers in Yoga Teacher Training Courses and a name that you can completely trust to provide you with fantastic quality teaching. Yoga Campus offers a range of specialist courses including Yoga for Digestive Health with Charlotte Watts and Menopause Yoga Teacher Training with Petra Coveney.
Mission is a new studio in London which offers a huge range of teacher training courses with International Teachers. From courses which specialise in a variety of styles such as Restorative Yoga Teacher Training with Anna Ashby to, 300hr advanced training with Jason Crandell and two days of Anatomy Teacher Training with Celest Pereira you will be spoilt for choice in ways to develop your teaching at Mission.
The Minded Institute is an international leader in the field of yoga therapy training. Their Professional Diploma in Yoga Therapy course will allow you to immerse yourself in one of the most well respected yoga therapy training, both in the UK and across the world. Discover a blend of the wisdom of the Yogic and Buddhist traditions with detailed medical knowledge, neuroscience and psychology.
If you are in need of some inspiration for your own practice as a teacher or an opportunity to immerse yourself within the practice but aren’t looking to gain a qualification, Triyoga have a constant stream of interesting short courses and workshops available. Offering a range of practices such as breathwork, asana deconstruction, restorative workshops and more you are bound to find something that will inspire you along your teaching journey.
Special Yoga offer training courses which run online with live teaching webinars, study groups, and practical and theoretical self-study. You can also take a blended course where the webinar are replaced with in-person training. They offer training for both adults and children with additional needs including Autism, ADHD and Cerebral Palsy.
If you are looking to support teens through yoga, Yoga for Teens offer a range of courses to get you started. Supporting teens through the challenges of modern day living is a vital role in today’s society and can be a rewarding and fun element to add to your teaching.
Other notable yoga training and workshop providers:
Anna Ashby – https://www.annaashby.com/
Down to Earth – https://downtoearthlondon.co.uk/courses/
Evolve Yoga Training – https://www.evolveyogatraining.com/
Frog Lotus Yoga – https://froglotusyogainternational.com/
Good Life Yoga School: https://www.goodlifeyogaschool.com/
Radical Darshan – https://www.radicaldarshan.com/
The British Wheel of Yoga – https://www.bwy.org.uk/
The Yoga Academy – https://www.simonlow.com/
The Shala London – https://www.theshalalondon.com/
Yoga with Norman – https://www.yogawithnorman.co.uk/yoga-training
Urban Yogis – https://urbanyogisuk.com/teachertrainingprogramme/
There are many more providers. Seek advice and explore to discover a type of practice and learning environment that best suits your needs.
And finally, consider simply attending a workshop, training and different types of classes to give yourself the gift of expanding and deepening your own practice and enjoy the journey of your learning.
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