Level 1 (200hr)
Beginner to Intermediate
Ashram Yoga’s yoga teacher training programme is designed to empower you to become a confident, competent and qualified yoga teacher. Level 1 gives you a firm foundation in yoga whether your intention is to teach or deepen your own knowledge.
Ashram Yoga is a Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance. This course provides all the training and contact hours to be a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200).
Our Level 1 (200Hr) teacher training program is offered either as a 7-month part-time course or as a one-month immersion.
One month Immersion:
1-28 May - Ohui Retreat, Coromandel
April - October (9 weekends)
For more details on the part-time training and one month course, follow the links below.
The course covers a full spectrum of yoga practices from absolute beginners to intermediate level, including:
Asanas: Yoga postures – moving, holding and corrective for the various bodily systems, e.g. digestive, hormonal, reproductive, etc.
Pranayama: Yogic breathing techniques to both energise and balance the body.
Mudra: Yogic hand gestures that direct internal energy.
Mantra: Sanskrit words, sounds and phrases that, when chanted, help to focus the mind and create a meditative state.
Nidra Vidya: Systematic yogic relaxation to release stress and emotional tension.
Dhyana: Introductory meditation practices that will increase awareness and calm the mind.
Shatkarmas: Techniques to purify and cleanse the body.
Anatomy and Physiology: Structure and function of the main physiological systems. The anatomy of knees, hips, shoulder girdle and alignment for safety in yoga classes.
Yoga Therapy: Elementary therapeutic yoga for back problems, migraines, breathing needs, etc. Application of yoga to harmonise the body, energy, mind and emotions.
Teaching Skills: Teaching methodology, class structure, lesson planning and practical experience.
Ayurveda: Introduction to Ayurveda – the sister science to yoga.
Philosophy: Introduction to yoga philosophy and ancient wisdom.
All course material is presented in workbooks for you to keep and make notes in. Extra text books are beneficial but not compulsory and are available for purchase through Ashram Yoga. This course includes homework assignments that we will mark and give you feedback on, but there are no pass/fail exams.
On completion of this course you will be able to:
Formulate group and individual classes for differing levels of ability and needs including utilising yoga postures (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama), relaxation and simple meditation techniques.
Apply beginners to intermediate yoga practices for overall health, wellness and therapeutic benefits.
Understand how to apply the practices for optimum effect – for yourself and in yoga classes.
Understand the physiological and psychological effects of practicing yoga: how it affects our body, energy, brain and mind.
Atma Okan (pictured right) is the Managing Director of Ashram Yoga, having been involved since Ashram Yoga’s inception. She manages and lives adjacent to Ohui Retreat with her young family. Atma is highly regarded by students and teachers for her lifetime's dedication to the yogic path. Her long experience of practising and teaching yoga, combined with her understanding disposition make her a wonderful teacher and support.
Devananda or 'Dee' (pictured left) is a Director and Senior Instructor at Ashram Yoga. Having studied with, taught and trained for Ashram Yoga for over a decade she whole-heartedly brings focus to Ashram Yoga course development, teacher and trainee support and connection. Dee is known for her abundance of infectious energy, good humour and appreciated for making yogic principles relevant and achievable in daily life.
Additionally, other teachers are involved on trainings to deliver specialty topics and offer their wealth of experience and perspectives.