Continued Professional Development (CPD)

We run 2 of the following CPD workshops for qualified yoga teachers every month. Please contact us to find out dates for any of the following modules you are interested in. 

raja yoga, ashtanga yoga

Yoga teacher Training at the ashram

For 8hrs  Yoga Alliance UK,  CPD certificates you can join Saturdays 9:30am to 5:30pm

or stay for a full weekend from Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon (20 hrs certificate). 

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CPDs for yoga teachers

Current Day Price (9:30 – 5pm)- £80

Full weekend- £180

Module 1: Foundations of Yoga Practice

Asana: Jattis & kriyas for loosening & warming up, chatuspada kriya, danda kriya, palavini kriya, pawanmukta kriya, vajrasana and variations, yoga mudra & shakti mudra

Yoga Theory: Defining yoga– ancient & modern aspects, physical & spiritual benefits; Yoga as a path of union with the Supreme Self; Practical issues in establishing your practice

Pranayama: Sukha puravaka pranayama (equal rhythm), loma & viloma (breath retention)

Module 2: Yoga as a Way of Life & Deepening the Breath

Asana: The Hathenas series for lower, middle, upper and complete lung breathing

Yoga Theory: Classifications of yoga–Raja, hatha, mantra, laya, tantra, karma, jnana, bhakti, kundalini, pranayama; Introduction to the yamas (restraints) and niyamas (duties); Yoga as four-fold awareness; Benefits of yoga for stress and nervous tension; Physical and spiritual aspects of shavasana; Yoga as a science of self-realisation; Introduction to Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

Pranayama: Vibhaga Pranayama to activate different parts of the lungs- lower, middle and upper, with associated mudras

Module 3: Yoga as a Path of Awareness

Asana: Kaya vidya (body awareness) series—Vajra veera asana, namaskar mudra series, Uthakatha asana, Meru asana, Hasta padasana, Sama-sthiti, Surya Namaskara and variations, suriya mantras

Yoga Theory: Understanding prana; Obstacles to yogic evolution; Elaboration on the five niyamas (duties); Shata karmas ( cleansing practices)

Pranayama: Pranava/AUM sadhana and its ancient sources; Savitri pranayama (rhythmical breathing) and effects of different timings

Module 4: Yoga and Multi-layered existence

Asana: Loma Viloma (shiva/shakti) balancing—single and double leg lifts, torso lifts

Yoga Theory: Asana as the 3rd step in Ashtanga yoga; The 5 bodies (pancha koshas); key asanas in different yoga traditions; the five pranas; the naris; chakras; the five pancha koshas (sheaths), methods of meditation; introduction to Svara yoga

Pranayama: introduction to Loma- Viloma pranayama (alternate nostril breathing)

Module 5: Understanding Prana

Asana: For spinal health–Supta-vajrasana; For brain vitalisation–Vajra-Veeriya group; For nervous system–Sukha Asana, Baddha Kona Asana, Sama Pada Asana, associated mudras

Yoga Theory: What is Pranayama; Pranayama in the yoga scriptures; the Physiology of respiration; Effect of thoughts and emotions on prana & pranayama; the Guru-Shisya relationship (teacher- student relationship); Y oga diet & health; Introduction to tantra

Pranayama: Sukha & Savitri Pranayama in different rhythms, as pratyahara, dharana and dhyana

Module 6: The Philosphical System of Yoga & Strengthening the Body

Asana: The Sama Sthiti group (14 standing postures) for strength and alignment, including Veeriya Asana (warrior), Trikona Asana (triangle) and Nataraja Asana (Lord Shiva’s dance)

Yoga Theory: The Law of Karma; elaboration on the yoga sutras of Patanjali and the four padas (chapters); the ten major naris; the seven chakras

Pranayama: Sahita pranayama—particular breathing rhythm sequences to purify and vitalise the lungs, liver, digestion, elimination and heart

Module 7: Pratyahara- Withdrawal of the Senses (the fifth limb of Ashtanga yoga)

Asana: A series of 17 pelvic loosening postures

Yoga Theory: What is Pratyahara; the sense organs; control of the senses and mental impressions; pratyahara in the scriptures; Yantra, the yogic science of number, name and form; Colour meditations and the aura

Pranayama: Savitri rhythm beginning with 6/3 and gradually expanding, as an exploration of pratyahara and dharanas

Month 8: Meditation and Inner Balance

Asana: Twisting poses for spinal flexibility and activation of the digestive system
Yoga Theory: How to meditate; meditation in the scriptures; meditation for a healthy and integrated

personality; some yoga sequences for regular sadhana

Pranayama: Bhramari and bhramara pranayama (bee sounds) for cleansing the nervous system, yoni mudra and sanmukhi mudra

Module 9: Yoga and Human Anatomy- the meeting of East and West

Asana: Partner yoga series from Tantric and Hatha yoga, to unite shiva and shakti energy

Yoga Theory: Anatomical structure and body systems: planes and cavities, muscles, tissues, cellular structure, how the nervous system works; yogic system of the five bodies(koshas), how Western anatomy intersects with yogic principles and practices such as asana and pancha pranas (energy flows through the body)

Pranayama: Loma-Viloma Pranayama (alternate nostril breathing with breath retention)

Module 10: 

Asana: Navasana and variations, Halasana and variations, Sarvanga Asana and variations, Setu- bandha-asana

Yoga Theory: review and discussion, what does it mean to teach, finding one’s own style

Pranayama: Full Loma-Viloma pranayama for cleansing and smoothing nervous system