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200-hour yoga teacher training IN STUDIO WITH SOME BLENDED CONTENT

The Shala School of Yoga’s 200-hour yoga teacher training programme has been described by past graduates as “transformational”, “life-changing” and “mind-blowing”.  Our carefully curated Yoga Alliance accredited programme with an  experienced and dedicated teaching faculty will take practitioners deeper into their yoga practice, instilling teaching skills and knowledge and nurturing a new generation of authentic teachers.

200-hour Yoga Teacher Training | Level 1 Yoga Foundation Course

Gingi Lee & Charli Van Ness | September 2024–March 2025 | 200 hours | IN STUDIO | Price: £3250

RYS Yoga LogoThis 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.

The yoga teaching faculty comprises some of the UK’s most experienced and inspirational teachers including Gingi LeeCharli Van Ness and Melanie Cooper, all of whom have E-RYT-500 status, plus Dr Matthew Clark and guest teacher Hamish Hendry.  The course offers a solid foundation for all yogi/nis, whether you know you wish to teach yoga, or you are primarily looking to enrich your own personal yoga journey.  

Our 2024 open days have now passed so if you are interested in joining us for September 2024  and would like to chat with our teacher training manager, please email us to request a call.  

Alternatively, if you are interested in joining us for Sept 2025, please sign up for one of our Open Days, where you can meet the teachers, visit the studio and find out more about the programme and ask all your questions.

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200-hour 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 usually accepts 18-20 students per intake, allowing an intimate environment with a strong sense of community and plenty of  individual guidance and support.


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Graduate Jane discussing her 200-hour YTT experiences

Graduate Leila discussing her 200-hour YTT experiences

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200-hour Yoga Teacher Training 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 2024 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, and Hamish Hendry who brings invaluable insights from decades of teaching. 


Lead Yoga Teacher Trainer:
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

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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.”

“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 Trainer: 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.

“Charli for me was a discovery of energy, empathy, vibrant development of ideas and beautiful practice”

“Charli’s creativity and focus on being “true to your essence” has made me realise that my yoga is good enough – that I have a voice and a style that is worthy of exploring and sharing.”

“Charli is a wonderful asset to the team [she has a] fun, joyful, enthusiastic approach to teaching and learning. She is highly experienced but manages to deliver her knowledge with a lightness of touch and huge energy which was really great to experience​

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What to Expect from our 200-hour Teacher Training Course

By the end of the course you can expect to:

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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. 


200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Course Structure

In Studio

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.

Blended Learning

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 two 1-1 mentoring sessions with the lead teachers via Zoom.  


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). 

Continued Professional Development Beyond the 200-Hour Programme

Our wider teacher training  programme  is based on elective 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 short CPD modules, with in studio, livestream and on demand options for many courses. Many graduates will come back to study with us on 3-6 day module in a particular field of yoga such as yin, restorative, pregnancy, aerial, yoga nidra, sacred sound, adjusts and assists, pranayama etc to focus on a specialty. 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.

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. You can also choose to qualify as a 500-RYT with us by joining our 300-hour L2 Programme.

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200-hour Yoga Teacher Training 2023/2024 Course Dates

  • There are 22 days in the studio over a period of 7 months + livestream anatomy module + on demand resources
  • 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

September 2024–March 2025 Dates

  • Saturday, September 14, 2024
  • Sunday, September 15, 2024
  • Monday, September 16, 2024
  • Saturday, October 19, 2024
  • Sunday, October 20, 2024
  • Monday, October 21, 2024
  • Saturday, November 16, 2024
  • Sunday, November 17, 2024
  • Monday, November 18, 2024
  • Saturday, December 14, 2024
  • Sunday, December 15, 2024
  • Monday, December 16, 2024
  • Saturday, January 11, 2025
  • Sunday, January 12, 2025
  • Monday, January 13, 2025
  • Saturday, February 15, 2025
  • Sunday, February 16, 2025
  • Monday, February 17, 2025
  • Friday, March 21, 2025
  • Saturday, March 22, 2025
  • Sunday, March 23, 2025
  • Monday, March 24, 2025

September 2025–March 2026 Dates

  • Saturday, September 13, 2025
  • Sunday, September 14, 2025
  • Monday, September 15, 2025
  • Saturday, October 18, 2025
  • Sunday, October 19, 2025
  • Monday, October 20, 2025
  • Saturday, November 15, 2025
  • Sunday, November 16, 2025
  • Monday, November 17, 2025
  • Saturday, December 13, 2025
  • Sunday, December 14, 2025
  • Monday, December 15, 2025
  • Saturday, January 10, 2026
  • Sunday, January 11, 2026
  • Monday, January 12, 2026
  • Saturday, February 7, 2026
  • Sunday, February 8, 2026
  • Monday, February 9, 2026
  • Friday, March 13, 2026
  • Saturday, March 14, 2026
  • Sunday, March 15, 2026
  • Monday, March 16, 2026

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