When is the Next Course?
Our next 300+ Hour Yoga Teacher Training course was previously due to start in September 2020, due to coronavirus we have postponed the course until spring 2021. The details are still being finalised so check back here soon (or get in touch with us to stay updated). There is an initial three night residential, which is a great way to meet and get to know your fellow students and teachers, and kickstart your journey into yoga teaching. After that we run the course one weekend of every month (including 3 Fridays), with a Christmas break in December and a Summer break in August.
2020 Residential: Postponed!
Friday 4 to Monday 7 September 2020 at the beautiful Potash Barns set in the Hamlet of Brundish in deepest Suffolk.
The residential is retreat-style, where we get to know each other, spend lots of time practicing yoga and meditation, with good vegetarian/vegan food, fresh air, open spaces, peace, quiet, and tranquility. The perfect time to sink into your practice and dedicate a full weekend to just yoga yoga yoga and more yoga!
The fully equipped studio is upstairs with views on one side overlooking a green field (with some gorgeous pet goats), the other side overlooking a row of glistening trees.
Accommodation is shared in the converted barns in upstairs twin rooms, with living spaces and kitchens downstairs. In your free time you can socialise or spend quiet time on your own.
Arrive from midday on Friday 4th, for lunch at 1pm. This will be followed by an informal gathering in the studio (or outside under the beautiful trees if the weather is kind), settling in to your accommodation, and an evening meditation before a wonderful 3-course dinner.
From there the weekend will unfold, with classes officially finishing on Sunday 5pm. Sunday evening is spent together talking yoga and life in general. We leave by 10am Monday morning.
If, however, you need to arrive later on the Friday and/or leave on Sunday evening, that can be arranged.
At the Old School Studio, Long Melford
Fridays 9am-5pm / Saturdays 8am-5pm / Sundays 7am-4pm
(You are welcome to arrive anything from an hour before the start times to settle in, have a cuppa, chat to the tutors and students, or spend time on your mat in your own practice.
Please arrive no later than 15 mins before the start time).
19 & 20 September / 17 & 18 October /
14 & 15 November
9 & 10 January / 12, 13 & 14 February /
13 & 14 March / 10 & 11 April / 8 & 9 May /
12 & 13 June / 9, 10 & 11 July /
11 & 12 September / 9 & 10 October /
12, 13 & 14 November.
How much is the course?
The full cost for our 300+ hour East of England Yoga School Teacher Training is £3800.
Early Bird Price: £3500 (with full deposit paid by 31 May 2020).
We have 1 bursary space available per course, see below for details.
What you get:
The fee includes all tuition and mentoring with Brenda, Laurence and Ali, guest teachers and tutors, the residential at Potash Barns, classes, workshops and the course manual.
The course manual is a folder which you receive at the first weekend. The course material is printed out, so more time can be spent in practice and discussion, rather than writing. The folder enables you to add your own notes, and will be an invaluable reference throughout your teaching career.
Student insurance, while on the training, with Yoga Alliance Professionals, is included. The exciting thing about East of England Yoga School is that you start to teach quite soon on in the course, so by the time you are fully qualified you already have plenty of experience, and possibly your own classes already set up.
At each weekend session, a lovely selection of herbal teas and seasonal fruit are provided, and you bring your own lunches (we just ask you to avoid garlic!). You are welcome to bring your own coffee, ‘normal’ tea and milk products if needed. There is a fridge and stove in the kitchen.
You will need:
- Your favorite yoga mat.
- A blanket – handy to kneel on, sit on and cover yourself with in relaxation.
- A pillow for the delicious relaxations.
- Any other props that you like to use (straps / blocks etc.) We have bolsters, one per person, at the studio.
- Stationary – we provide a note pad, but bring your pens/pencils/highlighters etc.
There are no required text books, as you will possibly already have a bit of a library of yoga books, or you will slowly add to your collection according to your interests, and which are helpful on your personal yoga path. We do, however, have a great list of recommended books (below) that we and past students have found helpful.
There is an expectation that you attend a regular yoga class with your regular teacher, AND attend and log a minimum of 10 other classes to broaden your experience and knowledge of different teaching styles.
It is advised that you keep a personal journal throughout your training.
Your ‘business’ folder – approx. £10 (discussed on the course)… so don’t spend anything yet!
First Aid Certificate: ‘Emergency First Aid at Work’ valid for 3 years, and regularly updated, is essential. You will be required to have this by the fourth month of the course.
If, for any reason, you need to miss a module, you may be required to pay £150 / day to make up the hours with the course tutors.
Once qualified, you will also need insurance, which the above organisations offer. If you already have insurance, ask your insurer if they will also cover yoga teaching.
Accommodation: if you need somewhere local to stay for the weekend modules, let us know. There are modern B&B’s and stunning 14thC pubs which we can recommend. If you have time, stay longer so you can enjoy all the area has to offer.
Transport: If you need a lift to and from Sudbury train station, we are happy to pick you up and drop you off.
We require a £500 deposit to secure your booking. A minimum of a further £600 is to be paid 6 weeks prior to the residential.
The remainder of the course fees to be paid in either:
4 Payments in November 2020, March, June and October 2021.
by 12 monthly payments commencing November 2020.
Payments should be made by Direct Debit or electronic transfer on a mutually agreed date.
As there are no required text books, we asked our students to nominate the books they found most useful. Their comments are in italics.
Chakra Yoga, Anodea Judith, PhD
‘tells me all I need to know about each posture, stretching, the breath’
Wheels of Life, Anodea Judith, PhD
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications 2015
Llewellyn Publications 1987
Insight Yoga, Sarah Powers
Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc 2008
The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga: The Philosophy and Practice of Yin Yoga, Bernie Clarke
Publisher: White Cloud Press 2012
Intelligent Yoga: Listening to the Body’s Innate Wisdom, Peter Blackaby
Publisher: Casita Press 2018
‘A definite’, recommended by Brenda
Body Mindful Yoga: Create a Powerful and Affirming Relationship with your Body, Jennifer Kreatsoulas,PhD & Robert Butera
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications 2018
The Unadorned Thread of Yoga: The Yoga-Sutra of Patanjali in English, Salvatore Zambita
Publisher: Yoga-Sutras Institute Press 1992
‘..great interpretation of the sutras’
The Anatomy Colouring Book, Wynn Kapit/Lawrence M Elson
Publisher: Pearson 2013
‘great book if you like colour and learning with drawing’
Awakening the Spine: Yoga for Health, Vitality and Energy, Vanda Scaravelli
Publisher: Pinter & Martin Ltd 2011
Notes on Yoga – The legacy of Vanda Scaravelli, Diane Long and Sophy Hoare
Publisher: YogaWords 2017
Yoga Body – the origins of modern posture practice, Mark Singleton
Publisher: Oxford University Press 2010
‘a good book on asana and where it comes from’
Yoga Adjustments – philosophy, principles and techniques, Mark Stephens*
Yoga Sequencing – designing transformative yoga classes, Mark Stephens
Publisher: North Atlantic Books 2014
North Atlantic Books 2012
‘this is my go to book’*
The Heart of Yoga – Developing a Personal Practice, T.K.V. Desikacher
Publisher: Inner Traditions 1999
Qualifying as a yoga teacher requires students to make a considerable financial investment in their future and we therefore offer a bursary award to one student on each of our teacher training courses. This is a grant open to individuals who have a regular yoga practice, ready to take the next step to teaching yoga, and have a strong inclination to support and benefit community based projects.
You may already volunteer or work for a charitable organisation or in a social work/health/education setting or have a particular interest in supporting a particular community.
If financial circumstances are preventing you from following a yoga teaching path, a reduction in fees of up to 50% is available for those who can demonstrate their qualification will be used to teach in a community based setting, supporting those groups who would benefit most from your teaching.
Following an informal interview, you will be asked to apply in writing outlining your personal circumstances and explaining how an award will enable you to move forward with your intention of training as a yoga teacher to make a direct and measurable outcome to your chosen community setting.
Successful candidates are usually, but not necessarily on a low income. This scheme is not open to practitioners & yoga teachers who have already completed one or more training courses.
East of England Yoga School take each application on their individual merit and each is treated in the strictest confidence.
Coporate Sponsorship / Nomination:
If you are a Corporate / Social Enterprise / Charity / Individual that would like to sponsor a successful candidate’s expenses or are a Partner Institute that would like to nominate a particular candidate in exchange for teaching commitments please contact us.