As the Senior Yoga Teacher on the course I teacher the majority of the course modules (around 75%) and the remainder is taught by the studio owner who focuses on the anatomy modules.

This course will focus on the practicalities of becoming a yoga teacher with a strong emphasis on teaching skills and anatomy, underpinned by the traditions and philosophy of yoga. The following topics will be included in the syllabus:

Anatomy and Physiology, Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Nervous Systems, Specific medical issues in the classroom (backs, knees etc.)
Bhandhas, Kriyas and Mudras – theory and practice
Basic Lesson planning.
Pranayama practice and teaching in a general class.
Teaching a pose in detail – learning to analyse the breakdown of a pose and how to teach it
Indian Mythology and Yoga
Meditation practice and Teaching meditation in a general class
 Hot yoga – benefits and constraints
Relaxation techniques
Creative sequencing parts I and II
The Eight Limbs and the Koshas
Teaching Advanced Asana
The Art of Adjustment (+ variation and approximation)
Yoga philosophy –The Yoga Sutras and their use in a modern yoga class
 Chakra Theory and its use in lesson planning and Teaching Practice
 Setting up as a yoga teacher – the practicalities.


-  Trainees will become knowledgeable in the various styles of yoga, including hot yoga

-  Trainees will understand the pedagogy of yoga

-  Trainees will learn the art of observation and adjustment in asana

-  Trainees will become knowledgeable about the roots and philosophy of yoga, particularly the Sutras of Patanjali

-  Trainees will learn basic Sanskrit terms

-  Trainees will be able to teach led classes

-  Trainees will be able to teach led classes incorporating basic meditation and pranayama techniques

-  Trainees will become knowledgeable on the basic skills of the yoga business


The course will provide a folder which will build into a full manual by the end of the course and which will match the modules set out in this syllabus.  A reading list will be provided upon the start of the course. Students must source their own books.


Practitioners are expected to have a minimum of 2 years of strong yoga practice before they can be accepted onto a teacher training course.  It is also helpful for practitioners to have a basic understanding of the philosophy of yoga in general and specifically the style of yoga that they wish to pursue.  This should include the importance of diet and the various arms of yoga, albeit they may not have a deep knowledge of this when they enrol onto the course.   The 200 hour course is very much a foundation course and there is a lot of information to get through, so by having some fundamental understanding and a strong practice means that the pace of the course is not held up by individuals’ lack of knowledge on the subjects. 

Successful applicants should be in good health and have stable personal circumstances to complete this course with the focus and dedication it requires.


-  Essays – two assignments: one essay based on history of yoga & philosophy or a practical yoga topic and a quiz paper on  anatomy.

-  Formal Detailed Class Plan for the final practical assessment

-  Observational class assessment - trainee will be assessed teaching a led class, including adjustments

-   Occasional articles to read and pop quizzes

-   Continuous assessment by the tutors based on class participation.



The course normally consists of 21 tuition days.  These consist of 9 two day modules, Saturday and Sunday from 9.00am - 6.00pm and one three day module, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10.00am – 6.00pm.  Typical day structure: Morning topic led by Christine or Zahir, 1 hour practice with Christine, lunch break, the day’s second topic and teaching practice. Students should be aware that some of the main modules will be run as workshops and there will be other participants as well as the teacher training group.


Trainees should attend a minimum of 90% of the course.  Should trainees miss more than this minimum, they will need to agree with the teacher on which modules to re-take.  The school reserves the right to charge additional fees for these catch up modules.


This training school has met the stringent requirements set by Yoga Alliance Professionals, demonstrating that the course is of the highest standard and that our graduates may use the title ‘Registered Yoga Teacher’ RYT as a sign of quality training when they register themselves with Yoga Alliance Professionals.

Terms and Conditions
Practice Experience
Students should have been practicing yoga for 2 years and have a strong practice before they embark on a teacher training course. Exceptions may be granted at the discretion of the SYT. All students should have a written reference from their current teacher unless they regularly with the SYT, Laura or Zahir Akram.

Students should be physically fit enough to do the course and have stable home circumstances which will permit them to show the commitment required to succeed on the course.

Level of practice is not as important as the will and commitment to improve. Practitioners with a weaker practice will be expected to show significant improvement during the course. Failure to do so may result in them not being able to pass the course.

A deposit of £500 is required to secure a place on the course and should be paid at the time of the booking.  The deposit is non-refundable.

The remaining fee of £2200 should be paid 30 days before the beginning of the course. Payment by instalments for hardship cases may be considered at the discretion of the school.

Any student paying by instalments will be obliged to complete the payments regardless of whether or not they finish the course.

 Applications will be taken on a ‘first come first served’ basis and students who have paid their deposit will have priority over those who haven’t. 

All applicants must complete the application form available online at or by email; contact the SYT Pre-existing medical/mental conditions must be declared on the application form. Non-declared conditions cannot be taken into consideration if they later prove to be an issue with the student being able to complete the course.

We reserve the right to refuse a place to students who have not paid their deposit or full fees by the required date or have not provided a reference.

We reserve the right to refuse a place to students who we deem unsuitable for any reason.

The fees must be paid in full and any private sessions paid for before a graduation certificate will be issued.

What fees include/ what is not included.


Training and assessment by a qualified Yoga Alliance UK SYT

A full manual and other appropriate paperwork

Opportunity to take out Student Yoga Alliance membership including insurance which will allow the student to teach two classes per week whilst training.

Not included:

Travel, accommodation and food for yourself

A certificate; paying the fees does not guarantee you a certificate as you will need to successfully pass all assignments and attend a minimum of 90% the course.

Course books.


During the Course:

1.   Students are expected to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner.

2.   Students will be required to attend at least 90% of the modules and complete all the assignments. Students not complying with this requirement will be required to make up the missing modules at an additional cost, see point 7.

3.   Unauthorised absence. If a student is unable to attend a session, for example due to illness, they are expected to contact the SYT in a timely manner, preferably before the start of the session. If they do not do so the absence will be deemed unauthorised. Two unauthorised absences for any reason whatsoever, will lead to dismissal from the course.

4.   Students are expected to have completed all their assignments before they take their final practical exam. In exceptional circumstances a grace period may be permitted but no certificate can be issued until all assignments are completed to a satisfactory standard.

5.   If any practical assignments are required to be repeated a pro rata module fee of £100 will apply. Resubmission of written assignments will incur a marking fee of £20.

6.   Students are expected to be developing a home practice as part of their studies and should keep a practice diary which can be shown to the SYT on request.

7.   Extensions may be granted if student is unable to complete the requirements due to unforeseen circumstances, for example, health issues.  A medical certificate will be required in support. Should this occur students would have to wait until the missed modules are next scheduled in order to take them, alternatively private sessions may be arranged with the SYT at additional cost.

8.   Students may make up two missed modules during the course at the discretion of the SYT, free of charge by joining the next group. If any further modules are missed a fee of £100 per day will apply, unless an exceptional circumstances extension has been granted.

9.   Continuous assessment is an integral part of the course and the SYT can remove a student from the course at any time if she feels that student is not suitable to become a teacher.

10.    As a student of CFYTT, you consent to your contact details (name, email and phone number) being passed onto our partners, Yoga Alliance Professionals, so they can contact you directly and invite you to register as a Trainee and Teacher. You have the option of opting out of this registration process.

Cancelation of Course: - Course leaders reserve the right to cancel the course at any point. If there are insufficient student numbers to make the course viable and the course is not started a full refund would apply. For other circumstances please refer to the refund policy.


Refund Policy
Payment Deposit Dates

Deposit of £500 is payable on booking and is normally non-refundable. Exceptional circumstances will be considered but do not guarantee a refund.

Student Pulling Out of Course

Cancellation up to 30 days before the start of the course – loss of deposit.

Cancellation after 30 days before the start of the course – loss of deposit and 20% of the remaining fee.

Cancellation after the start of the course – no refund. Exceptional circumstances will be considered but do not guarantee a refund.

We appreciate that personal circumstances may change and students may need to pull out of the course for a variety of reasons and each case will be considered on its own merits.

Students being dismissed from the course will not be entitled to any refund.

Procedure on how to make a cancellation

Cancellations must be communicated in writing to the SYT, Christine Felix.

Cancellations with exceptional circumstances for consideration of a refund must be supported by documentary evidence, e.g. a medical certificate.


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Loving your yoga practice and want to share it with others? Why not take it to the next level?

Then why not consider teacher training?

This course focuses on the practicalities of becoming a yoga teacher, with a strong emphasis on anatomy and teaching skills, underpinned by the traditions and philosophy of yoga.

The syllabus includes:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Lesson planning and sequencing
  • Pranayama practice and teaching
  • The Eights Limbs and the Koshas
  • Bandhas, Kriyas and Mudras
  • Hot Yoga
  • Meditation practice and teaching
  • The Art of Adjustment
  • Chakra Theory
  • The practicalities of setting up as a yoga teacher.

Next 200 hour Yoga Alliance ProfessionalsTeacher Training course starts at  Akram Yoga in Addlestone is starts 16th November 2019

Booking is live on the Akram website or you can contact me directly on for details and/or an application form. Cost £2700 (£500 deposit to secure your place).
Time commitment; one weekend a month for 10 months. See below for a full list of the dates. All dates are Saturday and Sunday except the final assessment weekend which also includes a Friday (please note you must be available on this day)

Full Teacher Training Schedule


November 2019:

November 16th and 17th

December 7th and 8th

January 18th and 19th

February 7th and 8th

March 7th and 8th

April 25th and 26th

May 16th and 17th

June 6th and 7th

June 28th and 29th

July 17th, 18th and 19th