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Teacher Training & Yoga Intensive Courses

200-Hour Teacher Training Course

If you are attracted to yoga and perhaps already beginning to understand that the practice is ultimately a journey of self-discovery, then a 200-hour  Yoga Teacher Training can be the next step. Maybe you want to teach yoga, or maybe you love what yoga is already doing for you and you want to understand and learn more. But finding the right Yoga Teacher Training course in Ireland, or anywhere in the world, can be a challenge.  There are so many out there, and it can be difficult to understand which one is right for you.  This course will deepen your practice and your understanding of yoga, and show you how a personal practice can nurture and support you throughout your life. It will also give you the skills, knowledge and confidence to start out as a teacher. Read on to find out more:

A 5-Month Completion Date

The timetable is designed to keep you engaged on the course by allowing you to complete your Irish yoga teacher training over a 5-month period, with 5 weekends and one full week of training. Things have changed radically on the yoga landscape because of the current pandemic. We have all adapted to online teaching and learning and there are undoubtedly advantages for students in terms of commuting and time costs. However, although much of the next TTC will take place online, we hope to be able to gather together too, particularly during the second half of the course.  Only 8 places will be offered on this next course so that we can comply with social distancing when we meet. To encourage students to practise regularly, attendance at all weekly online classes during the Teacher Training course is included with the course fee.

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Yoga Fundamentals & Asana Teaching Techniques

One of the main goals of the course will be to help you establish your own regular self-practice (if you don’t already have one) and really integrate this into your life. Every day will begin with an asana (postural) practice. You will learn how to teach an Ashtanga Vinyasa class up to Navasana in the Primary Series, including backbends and the Finishing Sequence, exploring how and why to modify where necessary to accommodate the individual student, whatever their body type or stage of life. You will also study Yin Yoga during a specific module of the course. The principles of observation, alignment, safe and gentle adjustment, communication with and support for your student at all times will be highlighted throughout your training.

Yoga Philosophy

This is a vast and sometimes complex subject that you could study for a lifetime and more. The goal will be to give you a solid introduction to the subject via the classical texts, the Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita. We will study Patanjali’s eightfold path called ashtanga, (“eight limbs”) and explore how the practice and philosophy of yoga can enable us to live a healthier, happier and more purposeful life. We will also look at the history of modern yoga from the time of Krishnamacharya and see how the various styles of yoga now practised in the West evolved from his teachings.

Yoga Anatomy

Knowledge of anatomy, while essential, is of no value unless we can understand how to use it. Stu Girling, who is a yoga anatomy teacher of international standing, teaches the anatomy module on this course, focuses on what makes us individual, how we can understand our limitations and restrictions and how we can avoid injury and create balance. Stu integrates fun and practical experimentation into his teaching and emphasises the importance of getting to grips with the concepts rather than getting bogged down in the detail. This is the only Irish Yoga Teacher Training that Stu currently teaches for.

Pranayama, Meditation & The Subtle Body

“Nadis”, “Bandhas” and “Koshas”.just a few of the terms that you may have heard in yoga class and may not fully understand. Through the study of meditation and yogic breathing techniques (pranayama), you will gain a better understanding of the subtle body and the terminology around it, learning how your practice impacts your entire being and your daily relationship with the world around you.

The Ethics & Business of Teaching

You will learn about both the practical and ethical aspects of being an authentic teacher in today’s very busy yoga environment.

This module will include:

  • How to develop your teaching presence and make your students feel comfortable and confident in your teaching.
  • Directions for ongoing study to maintain both your personal practice and your teaching standards.
  • Ethical guidelines for teachers.
  • The business of Yoga 

Expert Tuition

While I place great value on the student/teacher relationship and stay true to the methodology of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga, I encourage my students to discover how their own yoga practice can be their best teacher. The environment, as well as the teaching philosophy, is inclusive, compassionate, adaptive and non-dogmatic.

Ríonach O'Flynn

Ríonach O’Flynn

As a Certified 500+ hours Senior Yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals, I am the principal teacher on Teacher Training and Exploring Yoga courses. I am delighted to have renowned yoga philosophy and anatomy teachers as my guests and collaborators on my trainings.

Stu Girling

Stu Girling

Internationally renowned yoga anatomy teacher Stu Girling teaches the anatomy module on the Teacher Training. Stu is founder of the popular loveyogaanatomy.com website and YouTube channel. He has unique expertise in the area of yoga related anatomy, with a deep understanding of the subject that comes from a 20-year personal yoga practice, a BSc Hons in Health Studies, and many years of sharing his knowledge with yoga students and teachers worldwide. 

Marianne Jacuzzi

Marianne Jacuzzi

In addition to the yoga philosophy that will be interwoven throughout the course, yoga scholar, writer and teacher Marianne Jacuzzi will deliver four specific modules across the course.  Marianne was first drawn to yoga philosophy in her teens and has spent a lifetime building her extraordinary depth of knowledge on the subject. She has trained directly as a teacher in three traditions, Ashtanga, Iyengar and Sivananda. Marianne is a truly inspirational teacher whose vast knowledge of yoga philosophy is responsible for igniting a passion for the subject in students worldwide. 

Assessment & Graduation

Students will be continually assessed throughout the entire course. Attendance, engagement and teaching skills will be considered. Graduating students will be awarded their 200-hour Teacher Training Certificate, which is internationally recognised through the auspices of Yoga Alliance Professionals UK.

How To Apply 

The next course will run from October 2021 to January 2022 on the following dates:

October 8 – 10
October 25 – 30 (Bank holiday Monday to Saturday)
November 19 – 21 
December 10 – 12
January 14 – 16
January 28 – 20

5 weekends, from Friday to Sunday and one week in April. There is a degree of flexibility regarding some of the dates due to the online nature of parts of the course.

This is an extremely authentic Irish teacher training course featuring an international panel of teachers. To be considered for the course, you must be practising yoga for at least two years. This does not have to be Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, though you need to understand that this style of yoga is the foundation of the course.

Fees

The full 200-hour training fee is €2,500, which includes complimentary attendance at all online classes between payment of deposit and end of the course.  Early Bird fee of €2,300 applies for payments received in full by July 31st.  Your non-refundable deposit of €500 is due upon acceptance of your application. The full fee is due by 8 September 2021. A flexible payment plan to arrange full payment by 8 September is available after deposit is paid. Please email hello@rionachoflynn.com with any queries.

Your non-refundable course fee includes:

  • All tuition during 200 hours
  • Manual for Teacher Training Course
  • Attendance at all weekly online classes during the course

Your course fee does not include:

  • Additional Reading List (3 essential texts, further optional reading)
  • Your membership or insurance with Yoga Alliance Professionals (required if you want to teach)
  • A non-refundable deposit of €500 secures your place. 

Download an Application Form and please scan and return to hello@rionachoflynn.com 

If your application is accepted, you’ll need to pay your €500 non-refundable deposit to confirm your place. Once your deposit is received, you’ll receive more information about the course, including a full syllabus and timetable and some initial study to get started on before we meet for our first weekend of training.

If you have any questions in the meantime about your studies or the training course, you can contact Ríonach O’Flynn, Director of Teacher Training at hello@rionachoflynn.com

Terms & Conditions for Teacher Training

Deposit and further fees are non-refundable and non-transferable, except in the case of cancellation by Ríonach Yoga, in which case full refunds will be made. Students must complete all modules of the course (either online or in-person) to be awarded a certificate from Yoga Alliance Professionals.