Teacher Training Brighton and Hove, West Sussex, UK

Where to find a yoga teacher training near you?

You can find our yoga teacher training in Hove. We are based at Upstairs at Six on Western Road in Hove. We train you only on the weekends, so that you have Monday to Friday to work.

No need to go to India to train to be a Yoga Teacher

I am so happy that you landed here. I will take you on a journey to India in Hove! I spent almost two years traveling in India before settling down back in Europe.

With broad knowledge in different styles of yoga (Ashtanga, Dynamic, Iyengar, Vinyasa, Jivamukti, Flow, Restorative, etc.), you will be introduced to a variety of different styles. At the same time, you will learn individual alignment and how to adapt postures to each new body. You will encourage freedom of movement and enjoy a playful discovery of body and mind. Alignment is not based on a one fit for everybody rule, but learning how to read bodies and invite them to feel and reach their optimum health.

“I couldn’t recommend this course more highly. Beautifully and intelligently constructed in a way that builds on your learning and seamlessly gets you teaching from the start. Incredibly passionate teachers, each very different but with a wealth of knowledge and experience to impart. If this is something you are considering, then this is the one to go for”

Sundara Teacher Training will give you the foundation and tools to find your authentic voice and style as a teacher. Self-inquiry and learn about the ancient art of Hatha Yoga but adapting it to modern times and bodies.

Yoga Teacher Training Brighton – FAQ:

· How much do you focus on anatomy?

We focus on the basics of anatomy plus introduce you to functional anatomy. It’s not worth knowing or quoting more than 650 muscles in your body if you don’t know what you can do with them. So, we group them into groups and learn how we can activate them and use them to facilitate strength and flexibility in your body and encourage better blood flow. Each month we will focus on a particular area, so for example, will you learn how to avoid wrist problems, lower and upper back as neck discomfort, shoulder stabilisation and how to move safely deeper into postures. Being a teacher you have to know how to treat other people’s bodies safely and learn about some basic functions.

· How much do you focus on the asanas?

Asana means posture and the definition of asana as you will learn on the course is to be stable but relaxed. Each weekend starts with a class (different teachers will present their authentic way of teaching to you) and each weekend ends with meditation or restorative class. We learn how to create Bandha (co-activation of opposing muscle groups to protect joints) and how to adapt each posture to different bodies as to how to apply Vinyasa Krama (step by step progression) in learning classical asanas.  So, every weekend expect movement and shapes.

· How much do you focus on the Sanskrit?

We don’t expect you to be fluent in Sanskrit when you graduate (lol), but learning a few key words can help to understand the philosophy of yoga and concepts better. Take it as learning a new culture and language and enjoy the ride with all the awkwardness this sometimes may bring.

There are some people who want to make everything theirs and laugh about Sanskrit. They want to call everything in English. Maybe it’s because they don’t speak any other languages? Personally, speaking various foreign languages, I never thought of learning Sanskrit as something that sounds “superior” or tries to alienate. The key concept is to be open. Open to other perspectives is part of yoga. Mudras have names. I heard somebody saying “you can call it as you wish”. Why, if it has already a name? It’s not about the name, but the constant reinventing things as they belong to the me culture that is worrisome.

Sanskrit is a wonderful way of expressing concepts and if you do my course, yes, you will learn some of those “words” and will be surprised how they stick with you! No intent to be arrogant, superior or whatever other excuse there is. I am not English and I don’t make everything my culture. It’s not about making it yours, it’s about being open to all.

· How much do you focus on the philosophy? Sutras etc.

Philosophy is an essential part of the whole course. Even thus, we want you to teach safe and adapt classical yoga postures to modern bodies; we believe that yoga is more than just moving in and out of a posture. The philosophy of yoga goes back 1000s of years, and you will learn when yoga was first mentioned, different goals of yoga according to different traditions, to what yoga means in modern times and overall, you can be part of what it might mean in the future! Part of this will involve diving into a bit of history and examining socio-economic impacts present at certain times that have influenced the evolution of yoga.

· How much do we learn about pranayama, meditation, kriyas and chanting?

You learn how to free your breath, and overall we will teach you to still the breath. Often in modern exercise classes, people over breathe, and this can lead to all sorts of different results. We will teach you the physiological benefits of breathing less than usual. We also show you basic pranayama techniques.

Meditation is an essential part of this course. We will introduce you to various methods.

Chanting mantras and learning about their meaning is also part of this course as well as kriyas and mudras.

· Will I find my authentic voice?

We will help you not only to find your authentic voice but also your authentic teaching. You will learn how to use all inclusive language and will be given guidance on levelling your voice to the audience in front of you.

· Do you teach construction of key postures, alignment and modifications

Our senior yoga teacher, inter alia, has got an Iyengar Style Teacher Training and has studied with Karin O’Bannon (the wild cat eye called by some because she used to be so detailed and could see things). To be able to adjust and align to one’s own individual way takes years of practice and we will teach you how to be safe when practicing and teaching yoga. We believe in Vinyasa Krama (step by step progression) not only in exercise but in life! Modern bodies cannot be forced into shapes they no longer feel good in, so you will learn how to adapt and modify and all this still receiving the same benefits!

· Do you teach sequencing and curriculum planning?

You will learn how to sequence and plan a curriculum from day 1. Vinyasa Krama – step by step, weekend by weekend, so at the end of this course you have a basic beginner program ready to go out to teach to others.

· Do you teach use of props? Would these be provided?

We use props in certain poses and certain times to demonstrate. Restorative Yoga uses a lots of props and it will be all provided. The studio provides blankets, chairs, belts and blocks.

The lead teacher is trained in Iyengar Yoga, which means has learned the correct use of props (blankets, belts, bolsters etc.) for many years.

· Do we have to pay the full amount before we start

There are installment payment options available and be discussed with the senior teacher on the course.

· Why would I do 200hrs over 500hrs?

The 200 hour program we offer is very intensive and you will learn much more than you normally would. This is because I have a tendency to give too much. However, you are not required to know it all and all this serves to keep the passion of further inquiry alive. It’s up to you how much you spent in your private time to further research, read and learn. We certainly give you the opportunity to do so, but if you have limited time, you will learn all the “essential” key points. There will be however tasks to do outside the contact hours.

· How many times has the course been run up until now?

This is our third year, but we have participated in various yoga teacher programs over the last 10 years! The senior yoga teacher participated as the philosophy teacher on a yoga teacher training course in Brighton and Hove and when living in Barcelona participated two times in another one.

What makes her teacher training unique? She has lived in three different countries and has a wealth of other relevant experience that she brings into this training. So, in the past Claudia worked with empowerment (worked for an international NGO defending Human Rights budgets and access to water, education etc.. She also worked in marketing, travel and education. All relevant skills to transfer to you to make you an outstanding successful teacher!

· As we are focussing on lots of different styles of yoga can we teach any classes after?

We are focussing on Hatha Yoga and this you can make either a bit more movement orientated or static. We learn why and what are the benefits of each way. Myself I started with Ashtanga, went to Iyengar, dynamic, practiced Jivamukti, Shadow, Synergy, Power, Hatha, Yin etc. – it’s not about the style you teach, it’s more about the way you will teach and who your audience is.

· Once this round of teachers have completed their courses where can we try their classes?

Previous teachers are free to list their classes on this list and you are more than welcome to join them on a class.

· How much practise would be recommended in between the teaching weekend sessions?

We recommend you dedicate at least 2 hours or more a month. It depends a little bit how deep you want to go!

· What is the difference between IYN and the Yoga Alliance and the Yoga Alliance Professional?

We are registered with the Yoga Alliance Professionals (UK) and in order to offer a teacher training the conditions are more demanding than Yoga Alliance. We advise you to do your research. Different people have come together to design a framework, but at the end of the day it is not legally binding.

· What have you learnt from teaching students? What have you found difficult?

Teaching students for over 15 years has made me grow up quicker. I have met so many different people over the years (also I taught in different countries and that in itself has accelerated growth) and one thing I have learnt is that some people call you a friend too quickly. Friendship takes time and only grows when you master difficulties together.

The same is when teaching “kindness” and “compassion”. These are “concepts” and empty words if you are not able to show any in real life. We are not perfect, we are pone to do some things differently and we may do wrong things or sometimes say the wrong thing. If we cannot communicate, forgive and move on and live life we haven’t found our authentic being.

I firmly believe in being real and I am aware that I am not perfect. At the same time we are enough with what we currently have. I don’t need to pretend. I have a huge knowledge that took over 20 years to accumulate and to respect different view points and perceptions. Living yoga only in the head will lead to misery. Yoga is a union of the heart with the intellect. Yoga is communication! Without communication we get wars, struggle and miscommunication.

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“You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him find it within himself.”

Galileo

As a householder into yoga you can use the tools of ancient philosophy to live a more content life – Sundara Yoga Teacher Training is for real people with attitude, respect and who use “kindness” not only as part of a marketing vocabulary

You can have a look at some of the blogs I wrote here: http://www.sundarayogaflow.com/blog

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