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Teacher Training 

200-Hour Teacher Training Course

If you love yoga and are 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 authentic course is run by extremely experienced teachers for whom yoga is a way of life. The 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. 

A 4-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 4-month period, with 5 weekends and one full week of training. The course is held twice yearly, from October to January and from February to May. 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, the intention is to hold most of the next course, from October 2021 to January 2022, in person, in Ríonach’s studio in Delgany, County Wicklow. The only exception to this will be Stu Girling’s anatomy classes and Marianne Jacuzzi’s philosophy classes (both these teachers live outside Ireland). Their classes will be live-streamed, with the teachers present in real-time, interacting with the group (they are not pre-recorded online courses). Recordings will also be made available of the anatomy and philosophy modules for later revision. Only 8 places will be available on the course, to enable a real connection between the group and the teachers and enhance the learning experience. To encourage students to practise regularly, attendance at all regular, weekly online yoga 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.  You will also see that yoga is more than a postural practice, with emphasis on meditation and pranayama (yogic breathing) as well as asana (poses). 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

Stu Girling is a yoga anatomy teacher of international standing and author of “The Illustrated Yoga Anatomy”. The huge advantage of his teaching is that he is himself a long time Ashtanga yoga practitioner. This is the only Irish Yoga Teacher Training that offers Stu’s personal contribution as a teacher. He has a deep understanding of what makes us anatomically individual, how we can understand our limitations and restrictions and how we can avoid injury and create balance. Stu engages brilliantly with students and makes anatomy fun, with practical experimentation designed to help students get to grips with the important concepts of anatomy, rather than getting bogged down in the detail.  He firmly believes that knowledge of anatomy is of no value unless we can understand how to use it, and this is evident in the accessible way he teaches.

Meditation & Pranayama

These days, everyone knows that regular meditation practice brings clarity and calm to your life.  Putting it into practice, however, can be easier said than done without the right guidance.  This course will teach you the simple, invaluable techniques that will help you to make meditation part of your daily life.  If you already have a practice, you will be taught how to deepen it. We will practice meditation and pranayama (yoga breathing techniques) every time we meet.   By the end of the course, you will have a profound understanding of how a yoga, meditation and pranayama practice positively 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 Senior Yoga teacher and trainer with Yoga Alliance Professionals, I am delighted to have renowned yoga philosophy and anatomy teachers, Marianne Jacuzzi and Stu Girling, and former student and fellow-teacher, Ingrid Jaanisoo, to whom I passed on Greystones Yoga in 2010,  as my guests and collaborators on my trainings.

Stu Girling

Stu Girling

Stu Girling 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

While yoga philosophy will be interwoven throughout the course, yoga scholar Marianne Jacuzzi will deliver specific modules.  Marianne has spent a lifetime building her extraordinary depth of knowledge and has trained in three traditions, Ashtanga, Iyengar and Sivananda. Her love of yoga philosophy has ignited a passion for the subject in students worldwide. 

Ingrid Jaanisoo

Ingrid Jaanisoo

Director of Greystones Yoga, Ingrid Jaanisoo is the primary tutor on the Yin Yoga Module. Ingrid has been practising for over ten years and is a certified Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals. She has a deep love for Yin yoga and is passionate about the benefits of combining a Yin practice with any other yoga style you may enjoy.

Assessment & Graduation

Students will submit a written assignment at the end of the course and will be continually assessed throughout. 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:
This course is now full (waiting list only). The next course runs from February to April 2022. Applications are open now. Places (8 only) fill quickly so please apply early if you are interested.

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.  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 (4 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

Vaccinated students only. 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.