200 Hour Teacher Training Programme

"Confidence, Clarity, Compassion are essential qualities of a teacher" BKS Iyengar


with David and Ruth Curtis



David and Ruth have a depth and richness of training and experience that they bring to this training programme. You may simply wish to deepen your own practice by engaging in this process or go on to lead others to experience the transformative practice of yoga. Three years of consistent practice is required to apply for this programme.  Please contact Linda on 0873113100 for further information.



Frequently Asked Questions:


Who is this training programme designed for?

This 200 hour programme is designed for yoga practitioners with a minimium of 3 years consistent practice. There are many trainings of varying lengths and quality so we try to encourage students to attend based on what is appropriate to their existing practice level and not what might at first appear convenient. It takes many years to become a good teacher learning from experience as well as our own practice and studies. This training is designed to help you cultivate your own home practice first and foremost, it will be our own practice that will always be the main platform for teaching.

For those who want to teach a dynamic practice yet learn how to keep their students bodies safe. For existing teachers looking to become the best they can be through confidence and inspiration. Over twenty years we have developed a system of dynamic yoga blended from the Krishnamacharya lineage that promotes a practice of intelligence and awareness, keeping your bodies integrity safe.

In conjunction with the above material which is mainly a template, the content of the course includes the insights of the Lead teachers over many years of practice. Any technique or practice shared on this course has been utilised for many years beforehand and is proven for it's efficiency and beneficial application. Although the exposure to such techiniques may take a short period of time the refinement process will take years. Exposure to unnecessary and seemingly complicated postures or techniques will only hinder the evolution of the individual so this process is kept simple (not to be confused with easy) clear and concise. Coming to a process like this with a 'Beginners Mind' is the best approach as it opens the individual to an authentic learning experience and not just another accomplishment.

How long is the training, the cost and what are the certification requirements?

The 200 hour programme is laid out in a Modular format. There are 15 modules which take two years to complete. Each module has five individual sessions held over a weekend. These sessions are held on Friday evening and Saturday/Sunday morning and afternoon.

Once a minimum number of students have accumulated 180 hours of attendance with our lead faculty members we will hold a 4 Day Immersion for the remaining 20 hours to cover Teaching Methodology, Class Sequencing & Philosophy.

Contact hours – 180 hours MUST be taken with Lead Instructors David Curtis and Ruth Curtis. Each module accounts for 12 hours so a minimum of 13 modules attendance necessary plus Immersion weekend to qualify for certification.

20 hours as a 4 Day Immersion Weekend (held over a Bank Holiday weekend).


Total contact hours = 200 hours

The full cost of the teacher training programme is €2900.00 (includes €400 deposit to secure a space, full tuition, the 4 Day Immersion and Training Manual). A discounted price of €2600.00 if fee is paid in full before commencement of course.


Payment plan: Deposit of €400 secures space once accepted on the course

The remaining €2500 is due over five payments of €500.00 due one week before Modules 1, 4, 8, 12, and 15 commence.

A note on the modular format:

It is a misconception in the present times that a 200 hour training course makes you a teacher of anything. This training has previously been held over one year and then more recently two years to reflect the level and experience of the applicants. However it takes at least 7-10 years of consistent practice and regular teaching to truly be able to call oneself a Teacher.

No doubt you are aware there are many different training programmes available and we do not think that we have devised the best one however we are trying to meet the students where their current level of knowledge is.

This means that for most a year-long programme or less is just not long enough to accumulate and integrate enough experience and knowledge to teach effectively or at any great depth. Each module will include a home practice format that is laid out progressively so that the student can maintain an effective home practice in preparation for the next modules content. It will always be our personal practice that lays the foundation for teaching effectively and intelligently.

When deciding on the right programme for you it is important to consider the quality of the content and experience of the faculty and not just the cost and location of the programme.

Module Schedule: 12 hours per weekend

The schedule takes into account how much an individual can actually take on both experientially and intellectually over a given period of time. We have previously done up to 20 hours in one weekend and in reality that is too much to absorb and be useful for most people.

We meet Friday night 7pm-9.30pm, Saturday 10am -12.30pm and 2pm -4.30pm and Sunday 10am-12.30pm and 1pm-3pm.

This course will include an in-depth study of Yoga-asana including but not limited to: Preparatory work, Sun Salutations, Standing postures, Forward Bends, Twists, Backbends and Inversions - Also including Yoga Philosophy, Introduction to Ayurveda, Yogic Anatomy, Teaching Methodology/Practice and Self-practice.

Graduates will be required to maintain a minimum grade of 85% in attendance and coursework to receive a certification. The Director reserves the right to grant certification on the basis of these requirements only. The certifcation qualifies one to teach only the contents of the foundation course of VFY Ireland. As this is a foundation course it is strongly recommended that graduates continue their studies under experienced teachers on completion of the training.

Our curriculum is recognised by Yoga Alliance (An international registry of certification programmes - www.yogaalliance.org) at the 200 hour level (RYS 200). Insurance coverage is available to those who receive certification through Holistic Insurance (UK).

Where can I do this training?

This training programme in the current format will be held in Sadhana Yoga Studio, Wexford Town beginning in September 2018. 

There will be an Induction to Teacher Training on July 21st 2018 from 10am -12pm.

This will be an opportunity to meet David & Ruth and experience the style and method of Vinyasa Yoga under their guidance. It is strongly recommended that all applicants attend this Induction in Sadhana Yoga studio.

N.B. Please note it is important that the Director observe any candidates practice level to assess whether the training is appropriate for them so please make yourself known as a candidate before any class/workshop you attend begins


Course Curriculum

Our programme is designed for students who may already be serious practitioners and now want to deepen their understanding of how to practice and teach safely, and with inspiration. Learn to implement a strong and intelligent Self-practice. It is through constant and persistent practice that the seed of teaching is sown. When the practice then blossoms the flower of knowledge is ready to be shared. The primal virtues of correct practice are the trinity of; Power (Prana) and it’s cultivation, the Wisdom (Buddhi) needed to maintain it and the Love (Atman) needed to understand it’s correct use.

A large portion of the training is devoted to practice teaching using Vinyasa Krama (intelligent sequencing) from the lineage of Krishnamacharya (Guru of renowned teachers like BKS Iyengar and Sri K Pattabhi Jois). This will prepare those ready to teach the correct approach to sequencing and presenting a safe, effective and challenging class.

Why, if yoga is a therapy, are more and more students sustaining injuries? Learn how to maintain a powerful dynamic practice while keeping it safe and effective. The course gives extensive instruction in the theory and practice of yogaasana, basic kriya, breath, the art of teaching, and a practical overview of yogic and ayurvedic philosophy. Students and yoga instructors alike will find this course effective and comprehensive in its presentation. This training is designed to serve as a catalyst for intense and rapid growth. When you begin to teach, or think like a teacher your understanding will invariably deepen. However only through correct and persistent practice may this process begin. You will be led through this process with inspiration and confidence. Please see our Testimonial page for comments from recent graduates.

Theory and practice of Teaching:

  • How to cultivate safety and intelligence as a teacher
  • How to teach a dynamic and inspiring class
  • How to be a facilitator of sacred space for transformation
  • Helping to turn confidence, clarity and innovation into tools for teaching
  • Inspiring and motivating trust and fearlessness in your students
  • How to teach all levels and all body types
  • Discerning the use of modifications and variations
  • Class types: teaching styles, level of difficulty, focus of the class
  • Use of voice, body language and touch
  • Principles of sequencing and creating routines
  • Choreography versus Clarity
  • How to market yourself as a teacher

Yoga Philosophy:

  • Introduction to Ayurveda – The Three Gunas, Tridoshas
  • Intro to Samkhya Philosophy – Prakriti and Purusha – The 24 Tattvas
  • Yoga of Patanjali – The Eight Limbs – and there practical application
  • Mitahara – applying the intake of pure foods to the yoga practice

Theory and practice of Asanas:

  • How to cultivate a balanced, effective and long lasting home practice step by step
  • Precise Universal actions and alignment in blueprint/key postures
  • Proper engagement of muscles and bones
  • Establishing lines of energy and point of balance – minimising risk and injury
  • Learning to see and understand bodies – learn to address under or over active areas of the body
  • Understanding the 3 stabilizing junctions of the body
  • Hands-on adjustments – The art of touch – When, How and Why
  • Cultivation of power (prana) through correct practice
  • Learn correct activities to ignite the Inner Fire (Jathara Agni) and balance the Five Winds (Pancha Vayu)
  • Finding the balance between Movement and Stillness
  • Prevention and treatment of injuries – the corrective use of postures
  • Purpose and use of props – When and How to use them effectively
  • Working with Breath and Bandha – Awakening the Inner Body
  • Functional Anatomy and Neurophysiology – Introduction to Somatic Movement Education

Theory and Practice of Pranayama:

Conscious breathing requires tremendous sensitivity in order to properly direct life energy (Prana). Prana makes all physical, mental and spiritual life possible. It is the subtle thread that connects us with universal consciousness. Pranayama is a way of using the breath to receive, generate, distribute, and store this vital energy. These breathing techniques promote energized relaxation, calming of the mind and preparation for meditation.

We will introduce some or all of the following methods:

  • Ujjayi
  • Viloma
  • Nadi suddhi


2018 DATES: 

The following dates are for the first three modules in 2018:

  • September 28th -30th - Module 1 - Standing Poses and Basic Preparations - Part 1
  • November 9th -11th - Module 2 - Standing Poses and Basic Preparations - Part 2
  • December 14th - 16th - Module 3 - Standing Poses Refined

Module dates for 2019 TBA

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Classes Offered

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