200-hour Yoga Teacher Training | Level 1 Yoga Foundation Course
Gingi Lee & Charli Van Ness | September 2023–March 2024 | 200 hours | IN STUDIO | Price: £2985
This unique 200-hour yoga teacher training programme has been running since 2016 and has evolved from more than 25 years experience teaching and running a yoga centre. The Shala School of Yoga is a Yoga Alliance accredited yoga training centre, and our 200-hour Yoga Alliance qualification is designed to give you the skills, knowledge and confidence to thrive in today’s yoga environment. It is also designed to explore yoga for your own personal development, and on a personal level it is usually a hugely transformational experience. Most of the course takes place in our beautiful South London yoga studio, with around 40 hours of online learning (livestream and on demand) to consolidate the teachings of yoga anatomy and philosophy.
200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Course Overview
The Shala School of Yoga was set up in 2016 for our experienced teaching team to pass on their considerable knowledge and nurture a new generation of yoga teachers. The 200-hour yoga teacher training programme crafts and intertwines traditional methods with a more contemporary approach and provides a non-dogmatic comprehensive immersion introducing the vast subject of yoga. The course is always evolving as the yoga world evolves and we examine many aspects of the art and science of yoga, from the physical practices of asana, pranayama, kriya and anatomy to the mental, philosophical and spiritual nature of the practice. The asana study is influenced by ashtanga vinyasa yoga but is broad in scope laying a solid foundation to go on and teach a range of styles of yoga. Each student will be guided to hone their skills for their final assessment to teach a style of yoga that resonates with their own individual practice. The course gives space for reading, coursework and teaching practice with rigorous feedback and guidance from peers and the team. Our detailed feedback process is particularly beneficial in helping trainees find their own authentic voice as a teacher and fulfil their own individual potential.
“the team uplifted and highlighted our innate gifts with support, encouragement and celebration. I felt respected and seen.”
“Attention, care and encouragement was given to every student. Listening, appreciating, acknowledging and respecting the individual’s life experience and stage of development, allowed them to grow in the space.”
Our objective for graduates on our 200-hour yoga teacher training programme is to instil confidence for each individual to find their own unique way of teaching. We aim for our graduates to firstly deepen their practice and understanding of the many layers of yoga and then for those who wish to teach, to go on to teach with passion, compassion and integrity, spreading yoga to others in a meaningful way. Our 200-hour yoga teacher training programme accepts around 15-18 students per intake, allowing an intimate environment with a strong sense of community and plenty of individual guidance and support.
Our wider teacher training programme is based on CPD modules to allow you the flexibility to go on after your 200-hour and choose your own individual path of learning. For further study with us after your 200 hour, we offer a blended approach with our short CPD modules, with in studio, livestream and on demand options for many courses. Many graduates for example will go on to do a 3, 4 or 5 day module in a particular style of yoga such as yin, restorative, pranayama etc to focus on a specialty. The wider programme allows you to comprehend topics fully and with a variety of learning styles in mind and also to continue to stock up and refuel when you feel the need for fresh inspiration and deeper evolution as a teacher.a
200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Teaching Faculty
The Shala School of Yoga brings together an exceptionally experienced and gifted team of teachers giving a broad and diverse exploration of the subject of yoga. Leading our next 200-hour yoga teacher training course starting September 2023 are senior Yoga Alliance E-500-RYT teachers Gingi Lee and Charli Van Ness.
Also on the team are: Dr Matthew Clark who will delve into the History and Philosophy of yoga; Melanie Cooper who brings Anatomy and Physiology to life, Norman Blair who will introduce you to Yin practices and Hamish Hendry and Liz Lark who share their experiences and invaluable insights from decades of teaching.
Lead Yoga Teacher: Gingi Lee
The founder of the Shala, Gingi has taught, trained and inspired many British and international yoga teachers over the last two decades. Gingi initially studied and taught martial arts and then moved on to study Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga with the late Derek Ireland. He has been teaching yoga and running his own centre for 25+ years. In the last few years he has regularly trained with Bodyrolling innovator Yamuna Zake and he now incorporates this practice into his teachings. Read more on his Biography.
"I didn't expect to go so deep with this practice on the TTC. Very intense and emotional experience. Gingi held such a safe supportive space it was really special."
"I feel very lucky to learn from such a gifted adjuster. Gingi has such a lovely approach to this art."
Supporting Lead Teacher: Charli Van Ness
Charli teaches Classes, Workshops + Retreats to the community of all ages, especially to those who are vulnerable or in recovery. She is an E-RYT 500hrs Yoga Teacher, runs her own RYS 200hrs Teacher Training School and collaborates with other studios bringing Teacher Training Courses to the community for those wishing to become teachers or for self development. Being a YACEP Provider, Charli also runs short CPD Courses – KulaKids Teacher Training, Padme Humm Sound Healing CPD Training + Women’s Wellbeing CPD Training. Charli is in absolute JOY when sharing her healing modality ‘Sound Energy Medicine’ (VibroAcoustic Therapy) + Womb Mandala Healing delivered in Groups, Privately + to accompany Art Therapy and Massage Therapists in Treatments.
Read more on her full Biography.
200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Course Structure
The course is designed to be manageable wrapped around “life” and full time work. There are seven long weekends that take place in the studio and we do require students to attend in person. We feel strongly that these practices are best learnt and experienced in person where we can fully explore the deeper energetics and nuances, including communicating through touch. In instances where you are absolutely unable to come into the studio due to extenuating circumstances, then we will do our best to accommodate attend via Zoom livestream, but this should be in exceptional circumstances only and we are not always able to facilitate this.
The programme has some components of blended learning in the form of livestream online sessions (anatomy) and some pre-recorded content for philosophy and anatomy. We have incorporated blended learning where we feel it is most beneficial to assimilating information. Our library of accessible on -demand anatomy videos for example facilitates drip feed learning and allows you to return to the content to consolidate learning.
The course includes mentoring in small group sessions via Zoom. The aim of these sessions is to support you through the course and provide a safe and intimate forum for discussion and answering any specific questions which may come up for you.
As a guideline there is usually about 10 hours of coursework to do each month between the weekend sessions, in addition to teaching practice and your own personal practice.
Assessment is continuous throughout the course and also includes a 1-hour final practical assessment teaching a small group class of your personal choice. The group usually comprises 5-10 students (mixture of public and trainees).
As a Shala 200-hour student you have the added benefit of being able to study any of our additional specialist modules to allow you to also teach areas of yoga that are of particular interest to you. These specialist interest courses range from pregnancy yoga to sequencing, aerial, yin yoga, yoga nidra, pranayama, sacred sound, adjusts & assists and restorative yoga and are usually in short modules of 3-6 days. Students who complete their 200-hour and then also do a specialist module would be qualified to teach these as specialist subjects (although there are some exceptions to this rule). See other elective modules here.
200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Syllabus
This 200-hour yoga teacher training course is a foundation yoga course which will introduce students to the vast subject of yoga. The Asana segments will be loosely influenced by ashtanga but will be broad in scope using the ashtanga sequence as a framework to explore postures and hands-on adjustments in more depth. We will explore an accessible beginners vinyasa sequence, in addition to the ashtanga primary sequence and will also offer some guidance on other vinyasa sequences. Students will be equipped to go on to teach ashtanga or to explore vinyasa sequencing of their own. In the final assessment, students may choose to teach any style of class they wish to. The approach will be non-dogmatic and will touch on the traditional and more contemporary approaches to yoga. You will learn some hands-on adjustments, detailed alignment and technical break down of the postures.
A typical day starts with pranayama, meditation and/or chanting and a personal asana practice. There are 200+ contact hours in total in addition to about 70 non-contact hours required for assignments and coursework.
What to Expect from our 200-hour Training Course
By the end of the course you can expect to:
- be able to confidently teach a led Vinyasa Level 1 and Level 2 class or another class of your choice
- have found your feet as a teacher and your own individual voice
- be able to safely adjust key postures
- have an understanding of anatomy & physiology and be able to translate this into your teachings
- have a connection with the philosophical and historical roots of yoga and be able to transmit this into teaching
- have a full grasp of the ethics of yoga and how this translates into being a teacher and “living yoga”
- be confident to lead simple pranayama, meditation and chanting within the class
- have a deeper connection to yoga and your own personal practice and be consciously taking yoga beyond your mat into every day life
The Shala School of Yoga Teacher Training Programme
200-hour Yoga Teacher Training 2023-2024 Course Dates
- The dates of our 200-hour modules are set out below and will not change unless there are exceptional circumstances.
- It is essential that you are available to attend all days of each module to fulfil your requirements and graduate from the training.
- When IN STUDIO, the course takes place at the Shala in West Norwood.
- The hours for our weekends are usually 9am–6pm in the studio (*8.30am-6pm on Saturdays). In extenuating circumstances, we will try to accommodate students to attend via Zoom but this is not encouraged or guaranteed.
- Here are the upcoming dates for our next course
- Saturday 23 September 2023
- Sunday 24 September 2023
- Monday 25 September 2023
- Saturday 21 October 2023
- Sunday 22 October 2023
- Monday 23 October 2023
- Saturday 18 November 2023
- Sunday 19 November 2023
- Monday 20 November 2023
- Saturday 9 December 2023
- Sunday 10 December 2023
- Monday 11 December 2023
- Saturday 6 January 2024
- Sunday 7 January 2024
- Monday 8 January 2024
- Saturday 10 February 2024
- Sunday 11 February 2024
- Monday 12 February 2024
- Saturday 16 March 2024
- Sunday 17 March 2024
- Monday 18 March 2024
Course Requirements & Recommendations
Our syllabus breaks down as follows though since the course has been restructured to accommodate more flexible learning this is an approximate guideline
- Asana: Beginners | 32 hr
- Asana: Level 2 (based on the ashtanga Primary series) | 32 hr
- Asana: Adjustments | 20 hr
- Asana: Exploration through Personal Practice | 17 hr
- Teaching Methodology | (incorporated within Asana teachings)
- Pranayama, Meditation & Chanting | 20 hr
- Anatomy & Physiology | 20 hr
- History & Philosophy | 20 hr
- Ethics of Yoga | 4 hr
- Guest Teachers | 15 hr
- Intro & Closing Sessions, Assessment, Other | 25 hr
- 5-10 hours expected per week of independent study