YOGA TEACHER TRAINING
& ENRICHMENT PROGRAMME
ADVANCE YOUR TEACHING WITH OUR 300 HOUR TRAINING
Our 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training & Enrichment Programme offers unique and in-depth content that takes your knowledge and skills to another level. Curating your course around a set of mandatory units of study with additional content that suits your interests or specialisms means you continue to become the yoga teacher that you want to be.
20 days of outstanding training on Core Modules and 18 days of inspiring Elective Courses with highly experienced tutors who are specialists in their fields
We support your pace. You can begin your study at any time starting with the Core Modules or one of our elective short courses. Our mentor support will follow your individual progress through the course to successful completion. Study at your own pace but allow about 24 months from the start of your first course or module
Application of embodied practice, somatics, and trauma-sensitivity throughout
Small group training for optimum personal and professional enrichment
Online participation available on most modules (at least until end 2021)
Bursaries and financial support available
500 Hour accreditation with Yoga Alliance International & The Independent Yoga Network (in progress)
BEGIN ANYTIME IN 2021 | LONDON & ONLINE | from £3,750
The 300 hour training requires you to log 270 hours of studio-based contact. This is divided into Core Modules (20 days) and Elective Courses (18 days). While Core Modules are mandatory, Elective Courses can be selected from our collection of Courses. The remaining 30 hours are 'non-contact' and completed in your own time with online study and assessment.
The content of each of our core module (CM) is mapped across the Four Core Competencies required by Yoga Alliance: Techniques Training & Practice; Teaching Methodology; Anatomy (Beyond the Fundamentals - please see note below regarding essential completion of the Fundamentals online course***); Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle & Ethics.You can take the modules in any order
CM 1 EMBRYOLOGY, YOGA & SELF-ENQUIRY
The Origins of the Body and the Sense of Self. Movement and body exploration, somatic psychology and phenomenological philosophy to contextualise the evolution of vairous aspect of the body and its orientation in the world, and contemplate the emergence of the self.
CM 2 THE ORIGINS OF MOVEMENT
The Infant Developmental Movement Patterns - Theory and practical irect exploration into the origins of movement from infant to child, and its and application to Form/Asana for creative self-practice, class and sequencing plans.
CM 3 EXPERIENTIAL ANATOMY - ORGAN SYSTEMS
Content and Container, understanding the Organ Systems through applied explorations into the CardioRespiratory System, Digestive System and Urinary system; how their structures can support the framework of our skeletal syste.
CM 4 EQUITY & INCLUSION
Essential contemporary conversations and practicum including issues related to neurodiversity and issues relative to the queer body and experience in the field of yoga.
CM 5 HISTORY & PHILOSOPHY
A step by step walk through the history of classical Indian philosophy to situate the earliest literature of the Vedas and Upanishads through to the sutra tradition, as well as getting to know the so-called six systems of philosophical thought and the contentions between them.
CM 6 BREATHING & PRANAYAMA
Explorations through experiential anatomy of breath and bandhas with a view to creating and sustaining a self practice as the basis for teaching. Various techniques are evaluated, pranic concepts revisited, and pranayama situated in the overall context of yoga practice through textual referencing.
Curate your 18 days of Elective Courses by choosing from our portfolio of CPD Courses so that your training is tailored to your interests. We're adding new courses all the time so do keep your eyes peeled. Courses vary in duration and location so you choose the best fit for you.
Where and when are will the training days be held?
"This training is a journey that takes you exactly where you need to be, not necessarily where you thought you were going. Go with an open heart and mind and it will be one of the greatest journeys of your life!"
DATES & VENUE
The following dates and venue are relevant for our next 300 hour yoga teacher training starting in 2021 although you can start at any time with pre-course study and Elective Courses.
CORE MODULE DATES
Core Modules usually run over weekends with in-person and online access possibilities.
You'll make up the rest of your course contact hours (Elective Courses) by signing up for individual CPD Courses, which you can easily fit in to your schedule.
In-person training days are usually held at The Chocolate Studio, London or the Soma Lab, London (Stoke Newington). Each self-contained studio is easily accessible with good transport routes as well as accommodation options for those that need them. Mats and props are provided (unless otherwise advised).
We also livestream from the studio spaces to support you with online access.
STUDY & ASSESSMENT
Throughout the 300 hour training, you'll need to set aside time to dive into the required study. This is necessary for building up your 30 hours of non-contact time required to reach the 300 hour expectation. You'll also need to complete various assignments, practical assessments as well as attend training days and observations in order to graduate.
You'll receive pre-course study for each of the Core Modules and Elective Courses (such as reading, research and self-reflective work) so that you can fully participate in discussions. Your tutors will guide you on this, but as a guideline you should allow 4-8 hours for a typical Core Module or Elective Course. These hours contributes to your non-contact hours requirements for certification.
ONLINE ANATOMY COURSE***
If you haven't already completed the online Anatomy Fundamentals course (essential part of the Barefoot Body 200-Hour Teacher Training & Enrichment Programme) you'll need to set aside time for that. This will contribute 24 hours of your Elective contact hours requirement.
You'll be required to do some reading, research or to prepare assignments around each training weekend to fully integrate content and practices, and to receive feedback from your tutors. As a guideline you should expect 2-4 hours of home study time following each Module or Elective Course.
Course handouts will be provided for each module and elective course as necessary. You'll also need access to a computer, internet, camera, printer, and stationery. Mats and props are provided on training days at our studio venues.
In addition to studio contact hours, you'll need to successfully complete a number of written assignments and practical assessments. These are designed for you to demonstrate your skills and learning, and for tutors to offer constructive feedback.
ASSESSMENTS FOR CORE MODULES
3 written assignments and a variety of worksheets
Self-reflective practice journals
Glossary of yogic terms & concepts
Personal teaching reference portfolio
6-week course to be taught to a small group (4-8 people)
Ongoing assessment of teaching skills through core modules
Video recording of your class teaching
You are also required to attend and log at least 20 yoga classes over the course of the training as well as 4 class observations with a suitably qualified teacher
ASSESSMENTS FOR ELECTIVE COURSES
Each of the Elective Courses will have their own assessment methods and criteria along similar lines to the Core Modules (see above). Find out more on each individual course page. View collection of Elective Courses here >
There is a minimum requirement for successful Yoga Alliance certification of 270 contact hours or studio time distributed throughout Core Modules and Elective Courses. You don't have to attend all the Core Modules in one year so if you miss one, you're able to make it up the following year. If, however, you're signed up to attend a training for a Core Module or Elective Course and are unable to make one of the days, we'll help you catch up the content you missed with the relevant tutor, usually via Skype/Zoom. Please note that an additional fee is payable in these cases.
How much does it cost? Are payment plans or bursaries available?
FEES & PAYMENT
Course fees start from £3,750 with payment plans to help spread the cost. Bursaries are available, and we're pleased to offer Barefoot Body 200-Hour graduates a 10% discount. Included in the fees:
20 days of face-to-face tuition on Core Modules
18 Elective days from our portfolio of CPD Courses
6 hours of one-on-one mentoring via Zoom
Unlimited tea on training days!
We're committed to minimising financial barriers, which is why we offer a generous payment plan. Those that have graduated from the Barefoot Body 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training & Enrichment Programme are eligible for a further reduction.
£3,000 within 8 weeks of registration
24 monthly payments of £150
24 monthly payments of £125
books from the required reading lists (although we do our best to locate free online resources)
making up missed training days
remarking and resubmitting assignments and/or assessments
admin fee of £40 for payment plans that include installments (WAIVED until 30 July 2021)
travel, accommodation, and catering/subsistence costs
costs associated with attending 20 yoga classes and 4 class observations with a suitably qualified teacher
costs associated with access to a computer, internet connectivity, email account, printer, stationery, and camera for video assignment (contact us for Learning Support)
First Aid course (not essential but highly recommended)
*DEPOSIT & REFUNDS
In order to secure your place on the teacher training, you'll need to pay your deposit and then arrange a standing order for monthly installments. Please note that the deposit is non-refundable in all circumstances. We will only refund fees paid-to-date, minus your deposit within three calendar months of the start date of your first Core Module or elective Short Course. No refunds will be offered on fees paid-to-date after that time, and you will be contractually responsible for any fees outstanding. Fees are non-transferable to another training.
As part of our commitment to accessibility, we're proud to offer a bursary and scholarship scheme for this yoga teacher training course.
Applicants must be able to demonstrate their need for financial support, their dedication to the practice of yoga, as well as present their vision for taking the practice off the mat and out into community/outreach settings.
To make an application, please complete our short, confidential form.
Who will be teaching on the training programme?
I doubt you could find better teachers to guide you. They share their knowledge and experience with integrity, and create a safe, supportive learning environment.
Our core faculty of senior tutors are experts in their fields. You also have access to some exceptional guest tutors and two world renowned anatomy tutors for your online anatomy course.
Guest Tutor with expertise in sequencing and flow
Guest Tutor with expertise in somatics and pedagogy
Guest Tutor with expertise in embodied anatomy
Guest Tutor with expertise in inclusivity and community
Online Anatomy Tutor
Online Anatomy Tutor
In order to be eligible for a place on this teacher training, you should have an existing 200 hour yoga teacher certificate. You'll be asked to scan and send this in to us as part of your application process.
Participating in the training is not enough to graduate from the course. To graduate successfully (and acquire 300 hour accreditation) you'll need to meet the following criteria:
Attend 270 hours of studio contact time, equivalent to 38 training days (ie. 18 days of Core Modules + 20 days of Electives) within 3 years
Complete written assignments and practical assessments to a satisfactory standard
Attend and log 20 yoga classes with a teacher of your choice
Attend and log 4 class observations with a teacher of your choice
This course is undergoing accreditation with Yoga Alliance (International) at 300 hour level, and the Independent Yoga Network. Once you've graduated successfully (and based on your current 200 hour status) you'll be eligible to:
Register with Yoga Alliance as a RYT500 (once you've accrued a further 100 teacher hours after graduation)
Update your membership status with the Independent Yoga Network (UK) based on their requirements
Add your new training hours towards any further courses with Yoga Alliance Professionals or the Independent Yoga Network
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How long does it take to complete the training?
That really depends on you but it typically takes around 2 years to complete. You will need to plan for 20 days of face-to-face tuition (contact hours) but you must also complete 18 days of Electives, as well as time for pre-course stuy and post-course assignments on the majority of core modules and short courses.
Are we training in a specific style of yoga?
No. In terms of asana/form practice, our approach is to teach the fundamentals of anatomy and movement to apply to your own preferred practice. Each of our tutors will share from their own experience. We welcome teachers and practitioners from all styles of yoga.
How often does the 300 hour training run? When can I start?
You can start anytime and manage your own pace. We will support you with mentoring as your progress through the content and assignments. Core Modules each year so you will need to plan to do all six of these, and then take your pick from our growing calendar of CPD/Short Courses.
I'm struggling with finances. What are my options?
Payment plans are always available to spread costs after an initial deposit. If you are on a low income or identify/work with underrepresented communities in yoga teaching you may very well be eligible for bursary support, there are several places on each course, or a full scholarship.
What if I can’t make the dates for training weekends?
There is a minimum requirement for successful Yoga Alliance certification of 270 contact hours. If you can't attend one of the training weekends for the Core Modules, you can easily take that module the following year.
If something comes up and you can't make a part of one of the days, we can help you catch up the content that you missed with the relevant tutor via Skype/Zoom. Please note that there will be an additional fee for that.
What do the fees cover exactly? And what's not included?
The fees cover the following:
- 20 days of face-to-face tuition (ie. training weekends for Core Modules)
- 18 days of Electives from our portfolio of courses
- a comprehensive set of course handouts
- 8 hours of personal one-on-one mentoring during the course via Zoom
- unlimited tea on training days
Fees don't include:
Is the course accredited?
Absolutely. Barefoot Body Training is a Registered Yoga School with Yoga Alliance international. Our accreditation with Yoga Alliance the Independent Yoga Network are both in progress.
How many people will I be training with?
Our training groups are usually between 10-16 people. Many teacher training providers have around 30 trainees in their cohorts but we prefer to keep things small. That way, we ensure as much personal contribution to your learning as possible.
I've got a lot on. How much work is involved? What about exams and essays?
Many of our trainees have busy lives but we make it as easy as possible for you to fit the training around other commitments. Training days can be flexible and you can take up to 3 years to complete the course. We also send out notes to help prepare you ahead of each training weekend.
In terms of hours, you'll need to complete 270 hours of contact time (through Core Modules and Electives) and at least 30 hours of non-contact time. This is completed through pre-course study (reading, research, self-reflective work etc), class observations and attendence, as well as a couple of hours a week preparing for training weekends and working on assignments.
You'll be pleased to hear that we don't believe that written exams and long-winded essays are the best way to learn or assess. That's why we favour worksheets and reflective journals instead! Sometimes we'll ask you for a video or audio submission.
The work load is very manageable, and we're here to support you. You will have a dedicated mentor to talk to alongside your tutors.
If I attend all the trainings, does that mean I automatically graduate?
No. Participating in the training is not enough to graduate from the course.
To graduate successfully (and acquire 300 hour accreditation) you'll need to meet the following criteria:
I took my 200 hour with Barefoot Body Training. Am I eligible for a discount on the 300 hour training?
Yes, absolutely. We're thrilled you're considering deepening your training with us. Barefoot Body Training 200 hour graduates receive a discount to the fees. Please see the section on Fees & Payment for more information.
How do I know if I'm eligible for a bursary or scholarship?
We have several places for bursaries and full scholarships. If you're on a low income or identify/work with underrepresented communities in yoga teaching you may very well be eligible for one of these places. The best thing to do is to get in touch with us directly or fill out the form to check your eligibility. Please revisit the Fees and Payment section for more.
GET IN TOUCH
We're sure you have plenty of questions and we warmly welcome them. We'd love to advise and support you on your continuing professional development as a yoga teacher. Send us an email or simply fill out the form below.