We know that there is a big choice of yoga teacher trainings for you to consider, but if you want more out of your time and financial investment in teacher training than being able to instruct from your mat, then in a nutshell, we offer an embodied approach to practice and teaching that is trauma-informed and inspired by accessibility and inclusivity. We also put professional ethics at the heart of all that we do. Interested? Then, read on!


Course Director, Beverley Nolan, has more than ten years teacher training experience as a Senior Tutor, Faculty Lead and IST/CPD provider on top of more than 30 years experience as a practitioner and class teacher. She has co-created a syllabus that includes an embodied approach to yoga practices and philosophy, weaves trauma-sensitivity throughout the modules of study, and nurtures the personal enrichment of participants as well as their professional development. On top of this, the course aims to encourage involvement in outreach and accessibility projects.

  • 11 weekends/25 days of outstanding training with an experienced faculty who think outside the box 

  • 20 hours of online anatomy study with the renowned team of Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews

  • The principles of embodied anatomy and trauma-sensitivity explored and applied throughout

  • 4 innovative tutors with more than 60 years experience between them from Astanga to Scaravelli-inspired practice - who know when to be serious and when to have fun. (They have bucket loads of teacher training experience too.) Plus 2 amazing Guest Tutors.

  • Mentoring throughout your course and during your first year of teaching

  • Embodied self-coaching techniques instilled from the start

  • Professional support in designing and teaching your first 6 week course

  • Encouragement in developing an outreach project of your choice

  • Guided exploration into the depth and relevance of yoga philosophy

  • Facilitated examination of contemporary yoga culture

  • Accreditation with Yoga Alliance (Intl) and IYN (in progress)

PS. We don't believe that the number of hours is the best measure of quality, but if you need to do the maths, this is way more than 200 hours you need to feel ready to teach.


We want you to to not only strike out with your own identity and direction as a yoga teacher but also to have industry recognition, so our programme contains all of the elements and more that enable us to register the syllabus with the international Yoga Alliance and in process with the UK's Independent Yoga Network. Our programme also offers you unique support and encouragement in developing a Yoga Outreach Project of your choice - it's important to us that all our graduates are passionate about yoga teaching and inspired to take yoga into communities and settings where there might be barriers to accessing or attending regular classes.


Our Faculty team has amazing depth and creativity and each of us takes a somatic approach to embodied practice. We have either trained with Tom Myers (Anatomy Trains), Bonnie Bainbnridge Cohen (Body Mind Centering), Amy Matthews (BodyMind Centering, Laban Movement Analysis, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Yoga), Linda Hartley (BodyMind Centering, IBMT, Somatic Psychology), Michael Lee (Phoenix Rising) and Donna Farhi (yoga teacher and author - you'll find some of her books on our reading list), or consider these innovators key influencers in our ongoing practice and study. We also continue to inspire each other and our satellite interests in Feldenkrais, Contact Improvisation, Embodided Sanskrit, experiential anatomy, yoga outreach projects, trauma-informed initiatives, embodied social justice research, and reading off-piste!


The course syllabus is divided into the following units of study and practice:

Unit 1 Techniques, Training & Practice

Asana and Movement Fundamentals - practice, sequencing and teaching. Applied anatomy. Pranayama Fundamentals - practice and teaching. Relaxation methods. Meditation/Concentration techniques.

Unit 2 - Teaching Methodology

Class and Course Planning, Teaching Techniques and Methodologies, Yoga Access and Outreach Matters, Health and Safety Matters, Being Trauma-Informed, Ethical Matters & Codes of Conduct, the Business of Yoga.

Unit 3 - Anatomy & Physiology
Physical Anatomy with an experiential approach (finding the felt-sense of systems and structures). Alignment and Adaptations - what, when and why. Subtle Anatomy - chakra system, pranic system, kosha model.

Unit 4 - Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle & Ethics for Yoga teachers
History of  Modern Postural Yoga - as it is told today. Contemporary Yoga Culture - thorny issues, Selected Texts for Study, including but not exclusively, the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and the Vijnanabhairava Tantra. Sanskrit Fundamentals - key terminology. Philosophy Fundamentals - getting to grips with concepts.

Unit 5 - Practicum

Teaching Practice in peer to peer setting. Giving and receiving feedback. Self-evaluation techniques. Teaching your own 6 week course to friends/family/colleagues.

DATES & VENUE 2020/2021

The course will be running at the The ARC Centre in Islington, London. Close to tubes and bus routes, and various accommodation options, we think you'll find it easy to get to and enjoy studying in this space.

These are the dates for your diary. You will need to attend ALL the training days as part of your certification requirements. Each training day begins promptly at 9.30am and finishes at 5.30pm. Please note that September, January and May training weekends include the Friday.

2020: Sept 25-27, Oct 24-25, Nov 14-15, Dec 12-13

2021: Jan 15-17, Feb 13-14, Mar 13-14, Apr 17-18, May 14-16, Jun 11-12, Jul 10-11

*We know that life throws a few curve balls, so if you have to unavoidably miss a training day or weekend, you may be able to make up the content directly with the tutor(s) concerned. This would incur additional costs which are detailed in our Student Handbook.


We have various payment options and we think one of these will suit you. We only accept 16 students on this course. We think that keeping course numbers small ensures maximum input from your tutors in your learning and self-development. We hope you agree.


If you pay in full by the EARLY BIRD deadline of 31 MAY 2019: £3050

£1350 non-refundable deposit to hold your place when accepted on to the course

Balance of £1700 to be made by 31 JULY 2019 (or as agreed by monthly installments).


If you pay in full after 31 MAY 2018: £3550

£1350 non-refundable deposit to hold your place when accepted on to the course
Balance of £2200 to be made by 31 JULY 2019 (or as agreed by monthly installments).


If you would like to spread your investment, you can pay the £1350 non-refundable deposit and then your balance by instalments. There will be an administration charge. Do get in touch to discuss a payment plan.


Your deposit is non-refundable in all circumstances. We will only refund a whole training fee up to 31 July 2019, minus your deposit. No refunds will be offered on training fees after 31 July 2019. Fees are non-transferable to another training.


As part of our commitment to accessibility to core training and ongoing professional development, it is important to us that we minimise financial barriers wherever possible. To this end we offer a bursary scheme on our YTT&E 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 this  short an confidential form.


Your certification is accredited with both Yoga Alliance International and the Independent Yoga Network. On successful completion of your course and all related assignments and practical assessments you will be able to register at 200 Hour level with both organisations.


Please note that in addition to your class attendance, you will be required to do approximately 30-40 hours of pre-course study, including an online Anatomy Course with Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews. You will need access to a computer, internet connectivity and printer to complete the pre-course study and assignments. You may begin your pre-course study on receipt of the full payment of your course fees.


You will be required to do some reading or research to prepare for each study weekend so that you can fully participate in discussions. Your tutors will guide you on this each weekend.


There are a variety of written assignments to complete throughout the course. You will also need to be able to organise a small teaching group (4-8 people) to whom you can teach your six week course - this can be with family or friends or colleagues in a suitable environment. We will also be assessing your teaching skills as we progress through the training and then there is a final teaching assessment.

Your tutors want you to get the best out of this programme and each assignment and the practical assessment are designed for you to demonstrate your skills and learning along the way and to give the tutors the chance to offer constructive feedback. If you fall short of any designated criteria, then your tutor may ask you to resubmit assignments or resit your practical assessment. Additional charges would be charged for remarking, these are details in our Student Handbook.


25 days of face-to-face tuition, 20 hours of approved online Anatomy Course and associated materials, 4 mentoring hours during the course, 4 mentoring hours during your first year of teaching, a comprehensive set of Course Handouts, and (not to be underestimated!) unlimited tea on your training days. As a background project to support your personal process through the training, you will also receive an Art Journal and weekly Journaling Prompts.


Books from the required reading list (we will do our best to locate free online resources), making up missed training days*, remarking assignments**, retaking practical assessments**, your own travel and accommodation costs, your catering/subsistence costs. You are also required to attend and log at least 20 yoga classes over the course of the training and attend and log 4 class observations with a suitably qualified teacher - associated costs are not included in the Course Fees. You should also attend a suitable First Aid course - it's not essential but highly recommended.


Still reading? Excited to join us on this Yoga Teacher Training & Enrichment programme?  Then you should have at least two years regular yoga practice with an experienced teacher who will be willing to offer you a reference if requested. However, we realise that your yoga studies may have been with a variety of teachers and perhaps in online as well as offline settings, so we are happy to consider applications from students with similar relevant experience. Applicants who are able to demonstrate an established self-practice and self-study will also be considered.


You'll need access to a computer, internet connectivity, an email account, a printer and associated stationery throughout the course. Having said all this, please note that we are more than happy to hear from applicants who may need Learning Support during the course.


1. Ready to apply? Then we'd love to hear from you, click here and complete a very brief Application Form.

2. If you would like a more detailed breakdown of the syllabus, then request one here.

3. Our Taster Days are already complete for 2019, but please get in touch to arrange a Skype or face-to-face meeting.


Beverley Nolan - Director of Studies - E-RYT 500, IYN 500, BWY-RT, RSMT/E (ISMETA) 

Tiffany Thorne - Senior Tutor - BWY-Dip, SANSKRIT BA, MA-Phil (Cambridge), Award in Restorative Yoga

Ashley MacDonald - Senior Tutor - RYT-200, Award in Pregnancy Yoga, Award in Restorative Yoga, Teacher- Prison Phoenix Trust, TC-TSY Facilitator

Tamara Ashley - Senior Tutor - 200h Yoga Teaching Certificate, MA Choreography, PhD Dance

Rachael Moore - Guest Tutor - 200h Yoga Teaching Certificate, 200h Vinayasa Flow Teaching Certificate

Judy Hirsh - Guest Tutor - BWY-Dip, IYN-Elder, PRYT600, C-IAYT, CNHC-UK

Not forgetting your online ANATOMY TUTORS, co-authors of the book Yoga Anatomy: Amy Matthews & Leslie Kaminoff



Barefoot Body offers an embodied, trauma-sensitive, and inclusive approach to yoga education that is inspired by somatics and other movement modalities.


Our trainings, courses and events are designed for curious, open-minded practitioners and founded on ethical principles that respect and honour everyone's lived experience.


We actively support and encourage teachers bringing yoga into non-traditional settings and less-represented communities. 

  • Facebook
  • Instagram

© 2020 by Barefoot Body Training Ltd. All rights reserved. Privacy Policy