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). 

Course Structure

2021 Part-Time Teacher Training : June - Dec 2021 (exact dates to be announced soon!)

Please note - We will not be hosting any 1 month immersions in 2021.

Our Auckland-based teacher training courses are held at Yoga Ground Studio, 56 Surrey Crescent, Grey Lynn.


Weekend Course Times

Friday: 4.00pm - 9.00pm (Weekend 1 - 6)

Saturday: 11am - 7.30pm

Sunday: 11am - 6.30pm

A number of breaks are included throughout each day. Please note that meals and hot drinks are not provided.

Course Structure

  • 6 x weekend workshops

  • 1 x anatomy weekend

  • 2 x teaching weekends

  • Daily personal practice for the month in between each workshop

  • Monthly assignments comprising home study and written exercises

Missed Weekends
If you miss a weekend, whether that is the first weekend or one during the course, then that is no problem at all. We can arrange for a course instructor to take you through the course material in a private session. The cost is $300 per day missed, per person.

Course Content

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. This course includes homework assignments that we will mark and give you feedback on, but there are no pass/fail exams.

Skills Gained

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.

Course Instructors

Atma Okan

Atma Okan (pictured right) is the Managing Director of Ashram Yoga, having been involved since Ashram Yoga’s inception. Atma is highly regarded by students and teachers for her lifetime's dedication to the yogic path. Her long experience of practicing and teaching yoga, combined with her understanding disposition make her a wonderful teacher and support. 

Devananda Gleitman

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. ​



$3750 NZD 

Installment Option

$3950 NZD

Participants may pay for this course in installments as below:

·         $500 deposit to secure your place on the course (paid before commencement of course)

·         5 x $600 installments (paid over first 5 months of training)

·         A final payment of $450 (paid in the 6th month of training)

Refund & Cancellation Policies can be found here.


We have two scholarships available to the value of $1,875 each (half of the total course fees). 
For more information and details on how to apply, visit the scholarships page.

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