300-hour Core Module

This module lies at the heart of our YA accredited 300-hour Level 2 training and it is the only mandatory part of our programme. It spans six days (option of in studio and online or online only) covering a broad spectrum of topics from ethics and inclusivity to sequencing, theming, self care, authentic marketing & much much more.

Core Module for 300-hour Teacher Training Programme | Hybrid

Sat-Sun 11-12 September, 9-10 October & 6-7 November |  VIRTUAL LIVESTREAM & IN-STUDIO

This 60-hour core module is central to our exciting 300-hour programme providing a practical and inspiring foundation to the programme. It is the only compulsory module on our programme and you are free to choose all other modules, effectively creating your own tailor-made 300-hour course based on your own passions – find out more about the whole entire programme here

You can do the core at any stage of your training, so if you want to start with any of the other trainings you can. We do recommend that you do the core early on in your journey especially if you are a new teacher as it can help students navigate through what they may want to study as part of the programme. 

Course Overview

The core module is broad in scope, touching on a wide range of topics to help solidify your teachings, as well as spark new areas of interests. The course is designed to deepen your knowledge, support you to evolve as a teacher and help you choose your path for further specialist training. Many of the topics we offer within this core module are subjects that you may then choose to study in more depth as modules on our 300-hr training. We generally recommend doing the core module early on, but you can opt to complete this module at any point.

The course is led by Melanie Cooper and Gingi Lee, with appearances from numerous other teachers from our teaching faculty including Norman Blair, Barrie Risman, Kath Roberts, Jennie Wadsten,  Adelene Cheong and others.

Please click the pink button below if you are ready to apply for the core and it will take you to a short application form. You can also do this through the Application Form and Process button at the bottom of the webpage. 


Application Form


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Course Content

The mandatory core module is designed to be extensive in its scope, covering aspects of teaching that are relevant to all, whatever your focus. It will include subjects such as:

  • Dharma
  • Pranayama
  • Anatomy
  • Yoga Ethics
  • Inclusivity
  • Intelligent Sequencing
  • Theming 
  • Sustainable Self-care
  • Yoga History & Philosophy
  • Authentic Marketing
  • Teaching Online
  • Challenges of Teaching
  • Sequencing
  • Assists and Adjusts


  • A Yoga Alliance accredited 200-hour yoga teacher training is a prerequisite for joining our 300-hour Level 2 training. 
  • The core module can be taken at any point in your training journey (after completion of a 200-hour course) 
  • It is recommended you take it early on if possible, as it will help guide you in your selection of future modules.  
  • The first three days of this module take place over a long weekend IN STUDIO at The Shala in London  
  • Three further Saturdays then take place on online. Catch up recordings of online sessions will be available for you to revisit for an additional 2 weeks after completion of the course. In exceptional circumstance you can submit a request for an extension for access but note this will be at an admin cost of £25.
  • For those who are unable to travel to the studio, there is the option to attend the entire 6-days of the core module online 
  • You will receive 60 accredited Level 2 hours towards your 300-hour training, 48 hours are contact hours with 12 hours of prep and homework
  • Once you have completed your 300-hour training you can register as a RYT 500 teacher
  • Teacher Bio

    The course is led by Gingi Lee and Melanie Cooper with a number of guest specialist teachers.

    Gingi Lee

    Co-director of the Shala, Gingi founded the Shala in 1997 as one of London's first dedicated yoga centres. Gingi began studying and teaching martial arts in the 1980s and he has been teaching yoga for over 25 years. He is one of the country's most senior ashtanga yoga teachers and he has played a key role in popularising ashtanga yoga in the UK, having taught, trained and inspired many British yoga teachers. 

    In 2016 he established the Shala School of Yoga teacher training programme. Read Gingi full Biography here.

    Melanie Cooper (E-RYT 500)

    Melanie has been teaching yoga since 1997 and teaching on a wide variety of teacher trainings since 2010. She is passionate about the ability of yoga to heal and transform peoples’ lives and her deep connection to and love of yoga is evident in her teachings.

    Melanie divides her time between the UK and Goa running teacher trainings and retreats in UK, Sweden, Crete and India. She is the author of 'Teaching Yoga Adjusting Asana’. Read Melanie's full biography here.

    • "

      Levelling up to level 2 training! What a fantastic next stage in my yoga journey with a beautiful group of heart-centred teachers @theshalalond. I feel such humility and gratitude for the knowledge bestowed upon me by the inspirational faculty providing the core training. Made even more special by sharing the experience with this gorgeous group. May all our journeys continue to be as enlightening as they are joyful. Thank you all.



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      "I felt this core module was a wonderful taster of the potential further learning available at the Shala, as well as a wide variety of styles, teachers and areas of study. There was a real sense of community created, in a completely online format, which surprised and delighted me. I learnt a lot and felt a deeper connection to my practice and love of teaching a result. The module helps you explore your voice as a teacher, your values, ways of working and provides numerous paths to follow. The approach was inclusive and supportive. I felt held by Melanie, Jennie and Rina the whole time. I gained a connection and a lot of respect for the other teachers on the course. There is on-going support and connection from both the leaders and participants, which demonstrates the lack of hierarchy and value of all involved. The lead teachers have reached out with free offerings post the course too, which is greatly appreciated. I would highly recommend to any teacher looking for a place to extend their study and get the most from a 300 hour teacher training."


    • "

      The 300 hr is a beautiful, inspiring and incredibly informative course, delivered by exceptional, dedicated teachers, who shared their knowledge with love and generosity. The group dynamic was wonderful and I feel I've met friends who I will know for life. I felt my teaching improved immediately as I absorbed and learned from everyone on the course. Such a supportive, encouraging and open community. I'm so grateful to be part of this experience and share all that I learn from it.



    • "

      he "Core Module" of the 300hrs course opens up discussions into so many different areas of yoga that we may not otherwise as teachers get a chance to explore away from traditional asana practice. I really enjoyed this course, the teachers are highly knowledgable, engaging, compassionate and kind and the students I shared my experience with were an incredible group who I am proud to be part of a yoga family with. This course is wonderful and I cannot wait to explore more modules in greater depth.


    • "

      I really enjoyed the 300h core course. It was very interesting, varied and well structured. All the teachers were great and helped creating a very warm sense of community. I'm very happy to have joined the Shala and I feel inspired to carry on learning.


      Chiara D

    • "

      Melanie is an incredibly knowledgeable teacher with so much wisdom as well as impressive knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics. Her classes and teacher training both create a space that allows you to go deep and learn so much in a space held with lightness and love.


      Zoë Anda Pither

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      Gingi is "a passionate and knowledgeable teacher, who engages with the students and creates an open and honest environment for sharing and learning."


    • "

      One of the most dedicated and professional teachers I have had the pleasure to meet. Jennie has wealth of knowledge and experience that she shares to her students, always with smile and kindness. Fun, charismatic and generous. A teachers teacher.


      Katja Niemela

    Interview with 300 hr TT graduate Lesley Collinson

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    Course Dates

    The course has the following modules scheduled:

    Sat 11 September 2021


    Saturday 12 September 2021


    Saturday 9 October 2021


    Sunday 10 October 2021

    9-5:30 pm

    Saturday 6 November 2021

    9-5:30 pm

    Sunday 7 November 2021

    9 am -5:30 pm


    • The cost is £495 for the full 6-day HYBRID training (IN STUDIO or LIVESTREAMED ONLINE; or 6 days LIVESTREAMED ONLINE).
    • A non-refundable deposit of £150 is required on booking.
    • To reserve your place, please >>click the PAY DEPOSIT button>> click ENROLL >> select the payment item >> choose deposit or pay in full
    • If you do not pay in full, please ensure that you save your credit card details so we can process the final payment of £345. This will happen 21 days before the start of the course and a receipt will be sent to you when the payment has been taken.
    • 300 hour students get a 10% discount on trainings after they have booked three trainings with us including the core. Email us if this is the case and the discount will be applied when the balance is taken.

    Please fill out this short application form and we will get back to you within a few days of submission. Once you have been accepted on the training we will email you to ask for your 200 hrs Yoga Alliance accredited Yoga Teacher raining certificate if you are doing the course to be certified. If you are studying for your own self interest this will not be required. 

    Application form

    Trainings at the Shala are run independently and all payments for training services are accepted on behalf of the individual teachers. 

    • The livestreamed elements of this training will be recorded and anyone who is unable to attend this part can email us to request a link to the recording, which will be available for 7 days after the event. In exceptional circumstance you can submit a request for an extension for access but note this will be at an admin cost of £25.
    • Late cancellations and no shows will be charged as if you had attended. 
    • In the event that a training is cancelled by the Shala you will be offered a refund or the option to be transferred to an alternative event
    • The course leaders and the Shala reserve the right to photograph or film during the programme and to use these images for our website and marketing purposes

    We are fully committed to providing the most accurate experience on the course based upon the description and we encourage open and honest communication throughout. Should you wish to make any complaints or raise any issues, please follow the procedure laid out below so we can find a resolution as quickly as possible.

    You may involve someone else to support you at any stage.

    Stage One: Speak to the teacher training manager by emailing teachertraining@theshala.co.uk concerned within 3 days after your experience and try to resolve informally. The teacher training manager will aim to come back to you within 2 working days with a resolve. If you are not satisfied with the response you have received, follow stage two.

    Stage Two: Outline the details of your complaint by email to the teacher training manager who will investigate the complaint. Your complaint will be acknowledged within 3 working days from the date it is received. Please include the following information in your email:

  • The date(s) that the incident happene
  • Class/course/workshop the complaint stems from
  • Why you are complaining and what resolution you would expect?
  • Whether you want to make the complaint anonymously or not ( in the case of anybody at risk we have the right to break confidentiality in order to try and prevent the risk)

  • The teacher training manager will then investigate the complaint through reviewing the details, and in some cases possibly writing to the tutor or person about whom the complaint has been made. The letter will outline the main elements of your complaint and ask for a full written response.

    At this point, if further relevant information comes to light, you may be asked for your comments to ensure the investigator has a balanced understanding. When your response has been received, the investigator will consider all the information available to them and make a decision.

    The response will include the following information:

  • Details of the investigation
  • A decision about whether the complaint was upheld or not
  • The reason for the decision
  • The re-dress, if appropriate, will be offered to you, for example, an apology, additional help or directing you to other sources of advice or support
  • Any other action that may be taken in light of the complaint

  • If it is not possible to provide a full answer to your complaint within 30 working days, the letter will outline reasons why and give a date by which a full answer is expected.

    • Deposit £150, non refundable but can be transferred to another person 
    • The remaining balance is refundable up to 1 month before the event.  
    • Cancellation 2 - 4 weeks before the event: 50 % of the balance in refund only
    • Cancellation less than 2 weeks before the event: no refund