The curriculum is built around six main topics, each of which is designed to give you a comprehensive and practically-applicable understanding of essential subjects related to the teaching of yoga. The main style of yoga taught during this 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training is Hatha Yoga, which offers an opportunity to explore each pose in great depth and create a solid foundation for practicing and teaching yoga safely and appropriately. We will also look at other styles of yoga including Vinyasa Yoga and Restorative Yoga.
What you will learn
Anatomy & Physiology
We will explore the anatomy and biomechanics of movement and study of the key body systems as it relates to the practice of yoga. We will discover how the body works (with a particular focus on the musculoskeletal system, the respiratory system and the nervous system) and apply this important knowledge to teach safely and consciously, with the mentality that every human body is unique and yoga poses can be adapted to make the practice accessible for all. You will learn how to avoid injuries and strengthen your mind-body connection.
Origins of Yoga
You will gain an understanding of the history and philosophy of yoga, and learn about the roots of yoga and how it has branched into where it is now. Key yogic texts, such as the Bhagavad Gita, the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the Vedas and the Upanishads will be explored. We will discuss the moral and ethical principles and dilemmas related to teaching an ancient practice in a modern society.
Learn how to structure and sequence yoga classes. Emphasis is placed on giving you the techniques and skills to teach students of differing abilities and needs, and how to adapt practices and poses. You will learn about classroom management, communication, cueing and adjustments.
Practice & Evolve
During the training there will be ample opportunities to deepen your own practice in all aspects of yoga - on and off the mat. You will be supported in developing a daily yoga practice incorporating asana, pranayama and meditation. You will also get to integrate and demonstrate your learnings, through asana (posture) workshops, conducting micro-lessons, and a final teaching exam.
The Business of Yoga
Both your trainers have built highly successful careers as Yoga Teachers. This training will show you the many different routes you can take to share your passion and knowledge with others. A career in yoga teaching will look different for everyone. You will explore ways of how you can make a viable income with yoga, as well as enhancing your marketing skills. The importance of scope of practice and professionalism will also be discussed.
Beyond The Mat
Additional workshops and classes will be offered on a variety of topics, including an Introduction to Ayurveda, how to modify yoga for Pregnancy and the basics of Yoga Therapy. These sessions will provide an insight into different areas of interest and niches that you could specialize or train further in.
What your days will look like
07:30-09:00 | Morning Yoga Class
09:00-10:00 | Breakfast
10:00-13:00 | Theory Lessons and Interactive Workshops (e.g. Yoga & the Nervous System, or Exploring the Eight Limbs of Yoga)
13:00-15:00 | Lunch and Rest
15:00-17:00 | Asana Workshop & Teaching Practice (e.g. The Fundamentals of Warrior II pose)
17:00-18:30 | Afternoon Yoga Class
Evenings are free for dinner, studying and relaxing. You can expect 1 hour of reading material or homework assignments each evening.
There is one day off each week to rest, get a massage, go for an organized hike, and explore the surrounding areas.
Manouk Tideman - Your Lead Trainer
Of Dutch origin but an avid traveler, Manouk is the Lead Trainer for this program. She is a certified Yoga Therapist and Yoga Teacher Trainer, with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the realm of therapeutic and remedial yoga. Her own practice began in 2006, and it has carried her through some monumental life experiences, including multiple open-heart surgeries and the unexpected passing of her father.
She is a lecturer for the world-renown Yoga Therapy Institute, and has created programs and taught for some of the most successful Yoga Schools in Europe.
Her passion for yoga is contagious and she encourages each of her trainees to cultivate a yoga practice that is authentic and nourishing. She has taught yoga across the globe at training and retreat centers in Australia, New Zealand, Panama, Spain and France. She lectures on the importance of the Body-Mind connection to PhD students at world-renown hospitals, and works privately with individuals experiencing anxiety and chronic fatigue.
Jo Woollacott -Your Co-Trainer
Jo is the co-trainer for this program. She embarked on her yoga journey at 16, combating a childhood posture defect that thwarted her sports ambitions. In 1979, she completed her teacher training, initially to delve deeper into her own practise. With a global pursuit of diverse yoga styles, workshops, and trainings, Jo cultivated a wealth of knowledge. Her fascination with vegetarian cuisine and alternative health led her to become a massage and reiki master, as well as a holistic health coach.
For a decade, Jo has served as the owner-manager of WHY retreat, infusing it with her passion for well-being. Her life's narrative includes living on a sailboat, globetrotting adventures, and a poignant chapter—supporting her late husband's seven-year cancer battle through natural methods. Jo's biography is an odyssey of resilience, holistic wisdom, and a dedication to the intertwining paths of yoga and well-being.