The Yogasara Advanced Teacher Training is an exciting journey designed to take you and your teaching to new depths.
This training will lead to a 500 hour Independent Yoga Network (IYN) Qualification. IYN are one of the UK’s leading accreditors who require above average standards. You can rest assured you will complete the course with real depth and integrity as well as a professional qualification.
The course takes place over 11 weekends and a one week retreat. Led by Sarah Harlow and Sam Burkey with other guest teachers who are experts in their field.
We will dive deeply into the rich and diverse body of knowledge known as Yoga. Honouring tradition alongside fresh and innovative approaches, you will be supported to foster and enrich your own authentic teaching style. Become a more confident, inspiring teacher and empower your students with deeper knowledge and presence.
This course is an immersion into the Yogasara Method. An immersion intended to elicit more from you as a teacher. It is also a journey of personal transformation. The Yogasara Method includes practices that can facilitate revelation so that your teaching is inspired by your own ‘knowing’.
Who is this course for? Yogasara Teacher Training graduates; those who have completed a minimum of 200 hours with any other accredited school; it is also suitable for 500 hour graduates who want to undertake a training in Yoga Tantra.
We offer the content of this training in response to feedback from teachers who want to go deeper, along with our own insights and reflections after many years of offering teacher trainings.
Therefore this course has a dual focus: to take you deeper into your own personal Sadhana and to equip you with more knowledge and teaching skills.
Your personal practice is the source that inspires and informs your teaching. As you travel deeper into your own power and wisdom, you naturally have the capacity to take others to greater depths.
From a Yogasara Krama Vinyasa Tantra perspective this includes: Asana, Breath, Pranayama, Bandha, Mudra, Kriyas, Mantra, Devotion, Dance, Voice, Philosophy, Psychology and your understanding of Community. See Yogasara Method.
We know that transformation can happen in many ways. There are three primary methods seen within Shamanism, Tantra and contemporary psychology / psychotherapy. They are: Practice, receiving Medicine prescribed by a teacher, healer or therapist with appropriate support, and divine intervention or Grace.
Practice, practice, practice! From a neuroscience perspective we can change our brains through repetition. We can grow new neural pathways and create a brain that maps our experience of the life we want instead of the habits we have formed. Through dedication and repetition we can re-orientate ourselves physically, mentally, emotionally and energetically. The brain and body are, of course, one continuum of being human. Our yoga practices can be tailored to train the brain, body, heart and mind to become what we want more of in our lives. As dedicated practitioners and teachers we know that this can happen!
Medicine. By medicine we mean receiving something of benefit from a teacher, healer or therapist. The medicine could be a specific practice or process that the teacher / therapist knows or senses could facilitate our greater freedom. As part of the Yogasara Method we offer some of the things we have found, through our direct experience, can facilitate profound shifts. These include: giving you a personal Mantra, giving you specific personal practices, Systemic Constellation work, Movement Medicine, Prayer and Ceremony. These will all be included in this course.
Grace. Tantra tells us that by opening to the life force that is everywhere we can allow Grace to move through us and bring about healing and awakening in ways that are often mysterious! Grace is not something you can ‘get’ but something that we believe is more likely to arrive if you can ‘get out of the way’! By this we mean continuing to bring the light of awareness to all of the ways that we hold back from being our most vibrant loving selves. Grace is opening to the beauty and profundity of life in simple everyday ways. We believe that Grace can arise naturally when we are in a state of openness, gratitude and oriented towards love and kindness.
Empowered Teaching Skills
This course will get you off your mat and into the room to be of greater service to your students. We will enable you to offer more presence and knowledge through an in-depth exploration of teaching the physical and philosophical aspects of yoga. There will be a strong focus on applied Anatomy and Physiology with a view to developing skilled adjustments and facilitation. This will be rooted in our training in structural bodywork and will include body reading and individual assessment; including working with injury and other specific health conditions. We will explore the postures from the Yogasara Krama Vinyasa Tantra Sequences in depth and teach Kramas (modifications) that can enable students of different abilities to practice safely and intelligently.
The course provides continuity and community, an environment that is supportive, where learning and exploration spark reflection, self-inquiry, and the development of evaluation and appraisal skills. Throughout the course, you will have lots of opportunities to reflect on the effectiveness and progression of your teaching skills with the support of teachers and peers.
Assessment is ongoing throughout the course, and there are two methods of formal assessment:
Allocated topic (in pairs) – This could be more experiential, i.e. in the form of a ‘yoga class’ or in the style of a presentation, depending on your topic and preferred teaching method. Examples of topics are: specific anatomy, kriyas, subtle body, psychological health, philosophy, and voice/chanting.
Workshop – You will submit a detailed plan for a 2-3 hour workshop and deliver a short section of this workshop. You will develop the workshop content over the length of the course with a theme we decide together, so that you step outside of your comfort zone! We will guide and support you throughout this process. It is an opportunity for you to study an area of interest in more depth and offer something you feel inspired and passionate about sharing.
The weekends are modular. The order of these modules are subject to change in response to the needs of the group as they arise.
Most weekends will include a led class on the Saturday morning and self practice with individual attention on the Sunday morning. The led classes will explore the Yogasara Krama Vinyasa approach with appropriate use of props, incorporating applied yogic philosophy. Much of the learning will be experiential and the led classes will weave in topics such as Ayurveda and Chinese medicine, and other themes that are relevant to the group as we journey together. The led and self practice sessions are rich with information and experiential learning. We will cover a lot of material not explicitly outlined below because it will arise in response to the group and individual needs.
Each module will include an in-depth exploration of Breath, Pranayama, Kriya, Chanting and Meditation.
• Opening Circle + Intention
• Exploration of Mantra
• Tantra: Vijnana Bhairava Tantra + Yoga Spandakarika
• Allocation of Projects
• Anatomy Workshop: Focus on Bandha + Mudra, Orientation, Gravity and Directional Forces / Vayus
• Practicum: Body Reading
• Pedagogy: The Study + Practice of How to Teach
• Language: The Poetry of Teaching
• Effective Communication for all Learners – Visual, Aural, Kinaesthetic and Digital
• Practicum: Orientation and Planes of Movement.
• Applied Anatomy and Adjustment Skills
• Hands on Teaching: Getting off your mat and learning how and when to offer verbal cues, hands on adjustments and demonstrations appropriately and be able to do them simultaneously
• Intro to Structural Bodywork Techniques
• Applied Anatomy and Physiology
• Practicum: Posture Workshop – Understanding the Interplay of the Physical and Subtle Bodies
• Subtle Body Maps: Koshas, Dimensions of Being, Lenses of Awareness
• Creating Liminal Space
• Yoga + Neuroscience: Contemporary Applications
• Class Choreography / Sequencing + Kramic Approaches
• Teaching Lab: Working with Themes, Seasons and Cycles
• Study of Sacred Texts: Comparison of Tantra and Sutra
• Yogic / Transpersonal Psychology
• Teacher-Student Relationship: Understanding Transference and Counter-Transference
• Demystifying the Guru Principle
• History of Yoga + Discussion about Cultural Appropriation
• Chakra Maps: Traditional and Contemporary Perspectives
• Teaching ‘Off-Your-Mat’: Mini Sessions with Individual Feedback from Teachers and Peers
• Discussion + Reflection in Groups
• Further Applied Anatomy + Adjustment Skills (responsive to what unfolds from the teaching and feedback so far)
One Week Retreat in Portugal
The purpose of retreat is to dive deeply into your own experience. We will explore the transformative medicine of Tantric Meditation, Pranayama, Mantra/chanting, Asana, Yoga Nidra, Embodied Presence, Voicework and Movement Medicine. One day of retreat will be dedicated to the mini workshop assessments.
• Systemic Constellations: This work can reveal how our individual conditioning is related to our ancestral inheritance. This profound process can illuminate and bring about healing of patterns that are unconscious, allowing us to live more of our full potential.
• Anatomy and Physiology: The Spine, Skull and Bones + Moving from the Skeletal Body
• Anatomy and Physiology: Muscles, Tendons and Ligaments + Moving from the Muscular Body
• Working with Specific Health Conditions and Injury + Use of Props
• Anatomy and Physiology: The Endocrine System + Moving with the Emotions
• Stress vs. Stimulation + Releasing Stress through Asana, Movement and Spanda
• Movement as Medicine – Natural Dance: Conscious embodiment through free movement / dance is a profound way to fully inhabit yourself, access your creativity and connect to spirit in a tangible way
• Assessment Topics – Revisit through discussion and experiential learning: themes, seasons, choreography and sequencing, working with specific groups, injury, mental and emotional wellbeing and philosophy/spirituality
• Tantric Philosophy
• Practicum: Engaged Tantric Practices
• Experiential Workshop: Yoga Nidra
• Teaching Assessment: Offering a Class on your Allocated Topic in Pairs
• Individual Feedback
• Integration + Celebration
We look forward to welcoming you on this journey of empowerment into teaching.