Joy Of Life Foundation
Inspiring 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training
2018 dates to be announced soon...

Exploring the full spectrum of yoga, including health, nutrition, personal development and creative expression...

 

Certified and registered with Yoga Alliance UK

Course Overview

An inspirational and comprehensive yoga training course which provides the first stepping stone in your teaching journey and qualifies you to begin teaching yoga professionally. It offers a deep and often life changing experience.

Our Yoga Teacher Training school has met the stringent requirements set by Yoga Alliance UK, demonstrating that our courses are of the highest standard and that our graduates may use the title 'Registered Yoga Teacher' RYT as a sign of quality training. Our course training hours far exceed the minimum requirement of 200 hours from Yoga Alliance.

The programme is also suitable for practitioners who may not be interested in teaching yoga but would like to take their own practice and knowledge to a deeper level. If you already teach you may simply want to use this course to enhance your skills and provide an opportunity to immerse yourself once again in practice and study.

We teach traditional hatha yoga giving you a solid foundation from which you will develop your own teaching skills and methods. We explore through study and practice, an inspirational integral system of yoga including all paths of yoga; Raja, Bhakti, Karma and Jnana.

Alongside this are workshops to help you find your confidence as a teacher and your own unique teaching style. We provide a strong emphasis on health, which will come not only through teachings but also through experiencing a healthy diet whilst together for our residential part of the trainings.

Daily meditation and chanting will form an integral part of the course alongside the practise and study of yoga asanas, yoga philosophy and the principles of a yogic lifestyle. Each student is encouraged to find their own voice and develop their creativity in developing their teaching skills.  

Course Content

The course delivers a comprehensive programme encompassing the full spectrum of yoga.

You will learn:
Yoga asanas and pranayama (practical and teaching methodology).
Meditation (practical and teaching methodology).
Anatomy and physiology (both physical and energetic).
Chanting and the power of mantra.
Planning classes and structuring courses.
Yoga philosophy (teachings and open discussions).
Nutrition and understanding the foundations of health.
Cleansing techniques (shat kriyas).
Yoga ethics and lifestyle.
Confidence skills in voice projection, communication and compassionate understanding.

Throughout the residential, participants will experience:

1. A daily yoga class
2. In-depth sessions focused on sequencing alignment and adjustments including vinyasa sequences of standing poses, forward bends, twists, back bends, inversions and balances etc
3. Study of the physical and energetic anatomy of the human body
4. Exploration and study of major yogic texts, including the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, the Bhagavad Gita and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika
5. Daily meditation practice and instruction on how to teach meditation to others
6. Practicing purifying and detoxifying hatha yoga kriyas
7. Exploring the relevance of yoga philosophy in today's society and yoga ethics, how to live a more effective, positive and harmonious life
8. Lessons in basic Sanskrit and pronouncing the asana names and mantras
9. Practices for creative self expression to develop confidence and authentic teaching

Traditional hatha yoga practices: Includes the progressive practice of traditional yoga techniques with emphasis on asana, pranayama, kriya, bandha, meditation and chanting Sanskrit mantras. During your personal practise classes, you will receive adjustments and corrections to help you improve and advance. 

Teaching methodology: Includes qualities of a yoga teacher, ethics, how to observe, demonstrate, motivate, assist/correct, instruct, understand different teaching styles, how to set up and start your own yoga classes.

Teaching experience: Includes teaching practice in a class environment, observing, assisting, giving/receiving feedback in relation to teaching.

Anatomy & physiology: Study of the various major body systems and how they are affected by hatha yoga, including the cardiovascular system, respiratory system, digestive system, skeletal and muscular systems and endocrine system. We will also be looking at the energetic anatomy of the human system including chakras and tattwas and how an understanding of these deepen and broaden our practice and effectiveness of teaching methodology. 

Yoga philosophy & history: Origins of yoga, the evolution of yoga, yogic lifestyle. making the ancient practices relevant today. The four paths of yoga including - Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Raja Yoga and Jnana Yoga.

Nutrition & health: What constitutes a yogic diet and the benefits, the three gunas, and exploring why positive nutrition is not just about food.

Keeping a spiritual diary: Throughout the course you will be given guidance of keeping a record of your practise and how this can help you progress along the path.

Assessment & certification: You are assessed throughout the course and will be required to submit various summaries of work in both written, oral and creative forms of presentation. 

If you think this course is for you please read the course pre-requisites and fill in the application form. There will be a final assessment including practical teaching sessions and a written assessment at the end of the course. Graduates will receive a Yoga Alliance 200 hour teaching certificate.

Course Faculty - Main Teachers: Dory Walker & Lila Conway

Teaching for 14 years, Dory has experienced the true spirit of yoga as transformational practice. She believes in the power of yoga to guide conscious evolution, individually and collectively. Certified to advanced level and teaching full time since 2001, Dory has trained with various yoga schools, amongst them Sivananda (traditional hatha Yoga), Satyananda (yoga nidra and meditation), Khrishnamakarya (Vedic Chant) and Donna Holleman (enlightened asana work), as well as studying yoga therapy with the Biomedical Trust. Through her own practice Dory has discovered that regular practice promotes effective, positive and healthy living and is inspired to help others establish a strong practrice in their own lives. She believes strongly in making the yoga (union) adventure joyful, keeping it light and remembering to laugh! Dory teaches classes, courses and private tuition around Bristol, the South West and London.

Course Faculty - Guest Speakers TBA

 
Dory Walker

Dory Walker

Lila Conway

Lila Conway

Lila is a certified Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance.  She has been practicing yoga for 20 years, teaching full-time since 2001, received advanced level certification in 2004 and in 2007 was given the authority to teach yoga teachers as a principal teacher.  Lila has spent the best part of 8 years living in yoga ashrams in India and Canada, being fully immersed in a yogic life of service, study, practice and teaching yoga to students from across the world.  Lila has trained extensively with various schools including Sivananda (Hatha, Raja, Karma, Jnana and Bhakti Yoga), Swami Vivekananda Saraswati (Tantra Yoga), Krishnamacharya (Vedic Chanting/Sanskrit) and Usha Devi (Iyengar Yoga).  As a result of years of practice and study, Lila is inspired to share the wisdom and joy of yoga from the heart. Lila found transformation in her own life through Hatha Yoga, which ultimately lead her to Bhakti Yoga, the yoga of the heart and the path of devotional service.  Lila spends regular periods of time in India studying and deepening her own practice. She has a highly individual and sensitive approach which resonates deeply with her students. Lila is also deeply inspired with the healing power of food, fasting and detoxification. Based in the South West of England, Lila  teaches weekly yoga classes and workshops, international yoga retreats and yoga teacher training in Europe and India.

Course Reading
Prior to the start of the course you will be expected to be familiar with the following texts:

The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga by Swami Vishnu-Devananda
Dancing the Flame of Life by Dona Holleman
The Bhagavad Gita
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
The Hatha Yoga Pradipika

On booking the course we will also give a more comprehensive book list of texts which have inspired us.

Teaching yoga is a life long and beautiful journey. It is a commitment to continued personal practice and self development. To remain always a student is paramount on a path of continuous learning, growing and evolving. The commitment to this path is full of countless benefits and joy. May your endeavors be fruitful and joyous and may you spread that joy through your example and teaching.

An excellent yoga teacher shares from direct experience and a proper understanding of the spiritual teachings and discipline of yoga.  As a yoga teacher, we need to develop ourselves and our own practice to a deeper level and only then can we truly share with others. 

 

Course Pre-requisites

We recommend that to get the most out of the course you should have a minimum of two years yoga experience consisting of regular practice and already have or be working towards a regular self practice. If you have been practising yoga for less than two years but have an established practice in another spiritual field, meditation, Quigong etc, we are happy to assess each individual case. Please provide a reference from your current teacher. If you are unable to do this please contact us

Locations / Dates / Cost

India

200 hour Yoga Teacher Training
Satsanga Retreat centre Goa / India: 
2018 dates TBC


Satsanga Retreat provides a relaxed, intimate community setting. The centre features two beautiful yoga shalas with wood flooring, swimming pool and tropical gardens - the perfect space to immerse yourself in your yoga study.

Cost: TBA

Includes:
Four week full board residential course
Course manual

Not included:
Flights and transfers in India

Payment terms:
£250 deposit required to secure a place and the balance is due eight weeks before the course begins. Monthly payment plans are an option so please do get in touch.

London + Italy

200 hour Yoga Teacher Training
London & Italy
2018 dates TBC

3 London weekends + 3 week residential in Italy at the beautiful and stunning Masseria Della Zingara.

Cost: £2900 (sharing)

Includes:
All London weekends, including refreshments
Three week full board residential in Italy
Course manual

Not included:
Lunch on the London weekends
Flights and transfers in Italy

Payment terms:
£250 deposit required to secure a place and the balance is due eight weeks before the course begins. Monthly payment plans are an option so please do get in touch.

Booking / Enquiries

To make an enquiry, please contact us and we will send you the relevant application forms. See the Joy Of Life Foundation website for full details.