The Yogasara Yoga Teacher Training Course

250 hours leading to YAP (Yoga Alliance Professionals) teaching qualification, next course starts in Spring 2026

Information below is from our 2024 course.

If you’d like to register to be sent an application form when we open applications again, please sign up here.

The Yogasara Yoga Teacher Training Course is a journey of Self discovery and Empowerment. We aim to inspire you and take you deeper into the many facets of Yoga, so that your life is enriched in all areas.

We believe that the path of Yoga is Dharma (‘purpose’ or ‘calling’). You can join this course to deepen your own practice, for healing, awakening, and cultivating love and wisdom. This course will enable you to begin teaching or to realise the other ways in which you can share the benefits you will create and receive. This course may lead you to teach yoga and/or to be more resourced and supported to flourish in your current work, your relationships, your community and in the wider web of life.

We offer a warm welcome to people from all walks of life and heartily encourage LGBTQ+ and people of all ethnicities to apply. We are passionate about making Yoga accessible to students and potential students who might be more inclined to explore Yoga if they saw more Yoga teachers that represented them.

We start with 250 hours because we know that teaching is a lifelong journey! We give you extra time above the regular 200 hours so that you can learn and integrate more fully and have more depth when you qualify. We will give you more so that you can offer more!

We will encourage you to realise the depth that this path can offer and continue your journey; we also offer an Advanced Teacher Training along with continued professional development (CPD) courses, workshops and retreats.

We will encourage you to share from the depth of your own experience and provide lots of opportunities to develop your personal practice and Sadhana alongside giving you lots of learning and information gathering opportunities. Your personal practice will be core to bringing your emergent ‘inner teacher’ to life and to the world!

We draw upon the rich and fascinating history of traditional yoga and demystify and translate teachings from Patanjali and Traditional Tantrik Yoga. Our aim is to enable a thoroughly contemporary and relevant understanding that you can apply to everyday life. We draw on current research from neuroscience and psychology, and the universal principles offered from yoga and other wisdom traditions. We want you to be able to understand philosophy from the inside out so that you can inspire others.

Why Yogasara?

  • “Yogasara” means “the Essence of Yoga”. We are passionate about upholding the essence of Yoga as a profound wisdom tradition that facilitates empowerment on and off the mat!
  • We are one of the longest standing studios in Bristol and have been offering TT’s since 2008.
  • We have trained many of Bristol’s most popular teachers including some who have now gone on to offer their own trainings.
  • Our course director Sarah Harlow has been practicing Yoga for 30 years and is also a transpersonal therapist and bodyworker. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience.
  •  All our course tutors are senior teachers and bring expertise from their related professions into the mix.
  • All our courses are in-person. We flourish in and feel safer in the physical presence of other humans, and there is greater potential to deepen relationships and embody the teachings.
  • You will receive a warm welcome from Yogasara, our studio is a CIC and we hold Community at the heart of our offerings.
  • Previous students consistently feedback how safe, loved and seen they felt and that they make meaningful and lasting connections with other students.
  • All our courses are trauma-informed and the integration of Body, Psyche and Spirit are at the heart of our approach.
  • We facilitate yoga and psychological wellbeing in a down to earth and integrated manner rooted in ancient wisdom and modern scientific research.
  • We appreciate and support each individual’s journey into teaching so that the transition from student to teacher is respected, supported and timely.

Dates and Times

The course takes places over 12 weekends.

2024

March 23rd – 24th / April 20th – 21st / May 18th – 19th / June 8th – 9th / July 6th – 7th / August 10th – 11th / September 7th – 8th / October 5th – 6th / November 2nd – 3rd / November 30th – December 1st

2025

January 11th – 12th / February 8th – 9th

Timings are 9.30 to 5pm each day (assessment days may be longer) at Yogasara Studio in Bristol

FAQs

What happens each weekend?

Most weekends there will be a led class in the morning on one day and a self-practice space the next. In the led classes we teach you the art of Vinyasa – linking breath with movement (‘Vinyasa’ was not originally a ‘style of yoga” but a meditative practice that supports the nervous system and facilitates the synergy of breath, movement and awareness). We share opening and closing chants and break down postures in detail and explore them in depth physically and energetically. We also take a journey through the Chakra system during some of these sessions. We demystify the Chakras and facilitate exploration of, understanding and embodiment of this map physically and energetically.

The self-practice sessions are our Yogasara signature offering. As long-term practitioners we know the importance of personal practice – which is how the tradition of modern yoga evolved. The led class is a very contemporary format and so much of the nuance of practice can be lost. In the self-practice space we have several experienced teachers on hand to help you develop your personal practice with 1-1 attention, and room to explore postures in more depth with guidance. It also allows you time to create a bespoke practice that takes into account things like: your energy levels, mood, menstrual cycle, injuries, the season, more challenging postures that might not be offered in the average led class, or maybe things you avoid – which may hold real treasure for you!

During the self-practice sessions we also teach you foundational knowledge of Bandhas, Kriyas, Breath and Pranayama, Mantra and prayer and help you explore and embody the Vayus and Koshas, essential Yogic maps that bring the practice to life! If you don’t have a personal practice, don’t worry we will help you build one and there is a Yogasara sequence to help you with this.

This space also means we can offer students with more diverse needs can still join our training. The self-practice style of class really lends itself to supporting modifications that can be hard to incorporate in a led class.

The afternoons are a combination of yogic philosophy and transpersonal psychology, including trauma awareness, embodied anatomy, and teaching skills. Other teaching sessions include how to hold space, teaching practice, voice work, Movement Medicine, and a roots of yoga workshop. This roots of yoga session will support and inspire you for the essay which is about the history of yoga, consumerism and cultural appropriation – a juicy topic to get you reflecting deeply about yoga from many angles!

What are the timings of the days?

We generally run from 9.30-5 or 5.30pm. Lunch is an hour, and we aim to take this at 1pm but, alongside breaks, we will respond to the needs of the group and move with the energy of the day.

How will my progress be assessed?

There is continuous assessment during the course through; self-reflection (you submit some written self-reflection forms) group work (through a presentation of chosen yogic topic), fulfilling apprentice hours and an essay.

About half-way through the course, you will have the opportunity to do a mini trial session where you will receive feedback from your peers and in-depth feedback from your teachers. This is done in a sensitive and supportive fashion and students feedback it is one of the most transformative experiences of the course.

There is a teaching assessment at the end of the course and two more assessment dates, scheduled a few months after the course, to allow those who need a bit more time to prepare. You cannot fail this course! We may refer you if you don’t meet the criteria and support you to develop any areas that need to be fulfilled to pass.

How much practice do I need to do?

We suggest you attend at least 1-3 classes a week and start to incorporate a daily home practice. This could be asana, meditation, mantra, prayer, pranayama or a combination. It could be a few minutes a day or as long as you wish, depending on your lifestyle. Yoga is a beautiful and empowering way of life and the more you are able to embody the practice the more profound your teaching will be and the more benefits you will receive personally.

We suggest you keep a practice diary during the course to help you track your journey.

How many hours a week should I plan to spend outside of class?

Students spend on average 2-3 hours/week for reading and homework assignments. This varies depending on the lifestyle demands of each student. Most students report wanting to dive in due to their passion and fascination with the course material! Depending on how you manage your time, you might have nothing to do some weeks and more to do at other times.

When will we start teaching?

You will take your first steps into teaching by about the third to fourth weekend. Your teaching time will gradually increase through the course until you are teaching pretty much a full class for your final assessment. Many students decide to set up small classes with their friends, family or other students outside of course hours. This is a great way to learn and explore what your teaching style is. We also host low-cost community classes at Yogasara that are offered by trainees so you can get your hands-on the general public – your students will be part of teaching you to teach!

What style of yoga do you teach on the course?

You will learn to teach in the style of Yogasara Krama Vinyasa Tantra (the ‘Yogasara Method‘) – Kramas are modifications to make your teaching accessible to all bodies. This has been inspired by the training that the course tutors have completed. Influences include, Astanga, Anusara, Vini, Bihar School and Forrest. This provides you with an integrated approach that honours the depth and breadth of the practice. We aim to inspire and empower you to develop own unique offering, so that your teaching is congruent with your own embodied integrity and wisdom.

Who’s teaching it?

Your course is led by Sarah Harlow (YAP senior teacher-trainer and IYN Yoga Elder). Sarah is also a transpersonal psychologist, embodied psychotherapist and body worker, so all our trainings naturally have a therapeutic and trauma informed dimension.

Sarah is supported and assisted by several of Yogasara’s most senior teachers, who also bring expertise in other areas such as psychology, neuroscience and more. We are supported by experts in related disciplines to offer you an in-depth and transformative journey on many levels.

How many hours is the course?

This is a 250-hour course. This means that we have a minimum of 180 hours direct contact time with tutors and the remaining hours are through self-study and apprentice hours. In reality you are likely to exceed both of these figures

What books do I need to read?

You’ll receive the Yogasara handbook and a reading list. The handbook contains essential information for the course, and an introduction to many of the topics we will cover. It serves as a great quick reference but does not replace the vast and in-depth knowledge contained in the books on the reading list!

The reading list is for life – we don’t expect you to read everything on here during this course! The authors have dedicated years and years of their lives to being able to share knowledge in this depth. We want you to be inspired and curious and digest the material at your own pace. We will give you specific chapters to read and also send you video resources and shorter articles to support you in your learning.

Do I have enough experience to join the course?

We suggest that students should have at least 3-5 years of yoga practice before applying, some have twenty years + and everything in between! Many people fall in love with the practice, and out of their enthusiasm want to pass it on before they have really gone deep enough to understand the depth of what this ancient tradition has to offer. This isn’t helped by all the ‘quick fire month intensives’ which have sprung up as part of the commodification of yoga – there are very few professions where you would train in a few weeks and expect to come out as an expert! We are passionate about upholding and engendering a deep respect for this path, and will do everything we can to inspire and support you to feel this awe too.

I don’t want to teach yoga right now; can I still join the course?

Yes, we very much encourage people to join this course for their own personal development and transformation. This is the bedrock of teaching anyway, as teaching can arise naturally from your own personal practice. Whether you choose to teach or not, our course can help you be more resourced and supported to flourish in your current work, your relationships, your community and in the wider web of life.

I don’t attend classes very often / at all, but I have a consistent personal practice. Is that OK?

Yes! we heartily encourage this- a combination of going to classes to be held and receive the wisdom and knowledge of the teacher, alongside your own explorations we have found creates the most robust, well rounded and integrated teachers.

Am I too (old, young, inflexible, injured, etc.) to teach?

No! Yoga is for everybody- we welcome diversity. Our past trainees have come from all walks of life in all sorts of shapes and sizes, Students come with pre-existing injuries and illnesses, pregnancy and a vast spectrum of yogic experience.

What if I’m pregnant?

You can still take part. We have had a baby conceived or born on every teacher training so far! Our course leader has 4 children, is also pregnancy and womb yoga teacher trained, and is very passionate about supporting your journey during pregnancy.

What happens if I need to miss a day of training?

Students are allowed to miss up to one weekend (or equivalent) of contact hours (this meets the minimum requirement of Yoga Alliance Professionals). Any more than this and these module(s) will need to be rearranged and completed on one of our future teacher training courses or a relevant CPD course, at additional cost.

Where can I get insured?

You can join Yoga Alliance Professionals as a student and benefit from their group insurance. You can also obtain insurance from many other yoga insurers online.

What if I need learning support?

We will do our best to support you with any neurodiversity needs such as dyslexia or ADHD – for example many of the books are also on Audio and we can support you to fulfil the written work in other formats – please ask for details.

How do I apply?

Get in touch with Sarah – training@yogasara.co.uk. She will arrange an informal interview in person, by phone or on zoom. We know the relationship you have with your teachers is sacred and personal, so we like to have a chance to meet you, and help you decide if we are the right place for you to take this intimate journey. If you decide to go for it, you will then fill out our application form and our finance and admin director Laurence will follow up with you on the practicals. Sarah will then follow up with all the course preparation material.

Do you offer bursary places?

If genuine financial difficulty would inhibit you from attending this course we offer several bursary places ranging from 15-50%. We also offer payment plans that are spread over a longer duration. Please email us to discuss your needs and we will endeavour to support you as much as possible. We are really passionate about helping people from all walks of life to be able to access this training, so don’t be shy – reach out ASAP – these places are limited!

The Yogasara Method

Yogasara means ‘the essence of yoga’. It is the name of our studio where we have chosen teachers whom we believe are congruent with this meaning.

The Yogasara “logo” is actually an ancient Yantra. We chose this symbol to represent what we wanted Yogasara to offer our community. A Yantra is a sacred geometrical shape, and this one represents the Goddess Kamala. She is all about unconditional love, abundance, kindness, creativity, wisdom, kindness, beauty, inclusion – imagine the most love you can conjure up and more and this might get close to what Kamala is all about! We acknowledge and respect the roots of the Yoga traditions and this Yantra represents our shared devotion to this path.

Yogasara has also become short hand for our teaching method – Yogasara Krama Vinyasa Tantra. This is a system of transformational yoga that invites you to realise your deepest self and enable you to re-source through relationship with self, others, the natural and phenomenal world and spirit.

Course Content

Embodiment

Deconstruct and understand the physical postures though practice while cultivating somatic intelligence through interoception and proprioception. You will learn functional anatomy and physiology. The physical and subtle/energy body will be taught from both eastern and western perspectives so that you can explore the relationship between consciousness, emotions and the body. The various yogic maps of the subtle energy body will be covered in detail. These include: the chakras, the koshas, the bandhas, the vayus and mudras. We will compare the contemporary knowledge of neuro-science with esoteric theory.

Breath

We will explore various breathing techniques, as well as Pranayama, which involves breath retention techniques. We will clarify about when and how to practice and teach them, and equally important, when not to use them.

Meditation

Study various approaches to meditation including traditional practices from Yoga-Tantra, Buddhist methods, and more contemporary ‘Mindfulness’. We will examine more traditional approaches in the light of recent research in neuroscience.

Mantra

Deepen your practice and understanding of why and how to effectively work with sound and vibration through mantra and chanting.

Self-Inquiry

We will provide opportunities for you to inquire into your own unique conditioning – physically, mentally and emotionally. Through embodied awareness, group work, sharing circles, and individual feedback, along with your own reflections. These experiences can help you to become more aware of how you habitually respond and relate to the world and people around you. The increased awareness you will find through the practices taught on this course can enable you to transform what is unhelpful, find healing, increase your vitality, and find more ease in your life.

Yogic Philosophy

We will study, compare and contrast Sutra and Tantra. This involves study of yoga texts, including Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, the Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, and the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra (VBT). We will compare and contrast these teachings with relevant contemporary and western philosophy. We will also look at the history of yoga, the role of men and women in Yoga historically, and consider the evolution of yoga in modern western culture.

Tantra

Yogasara teacher training courses are rooted in Tantric philosophy. We will demystify the teachings of Tantra so that they can be translated into contemporary life with authenticity. We will engage in tantric meditation, body-work and cultivate intimacy with ourselves and each other. We will work within healthy boundaries whilst encouraging loving connection. Tantra acknowledges sexual energy as a powerful force for awakening. We will NOT be engaging in sexual practices as part of this training! We will clarify the difference between authentic Tantra, rooted in sacred texts such as the VBT, & ‘Neo-Tantra’ which focuses mostly on sexual energy/practice. We will teach you the links between Tantra and Shamanism, and explore prayer and ritual including dance and voice work with guest teachers.

Teachings Skills

The Yogasara teaching training method includes 4 main tenets:

  1. Through detailed verbal cues, using anatomy, poetry &/or metaphor
  2. Demonstration- appropriate demonstration of postures to enable students to ‘see’ the postures with the intention of enabling them to translate the postures into their own body appropriately.
  3. Hands on Teaching- begin learning the skills to enhance students postures with the intention of gifting specific kinaesthetic information & feedback
  4. Through embodied presence or ‘resonance’

Asana

Yogasara Krama Vinyasa Tantra is a breath-led movement practice. We will break down each asana and look in detail at how to modify and teach each posture safely. You need to understand how to offer postures for the myriad of body types, and for those with injury, that you will encounter as a teacher. We will teach how to create intelligent sequences from both a physiological and energetic perspective. We will explore teaching through demonstration, and understand the use of language to communicate effectively.

Yoga Class Choreography

We will consider different ways of structuring a yoga class, and how to hold space for your students. We believe it is important for all students, beginners to the most seasoned practitioners, to feel welcome and safe. An authentic yoga class will include more than the physical body. We will help you understand how philosophy ‘lives’ in the body and mind so that you can share this information with ease. As well as the physical practices and breath, a comprehensive yoga class could include: an opening and closing chant/invocation, a specific theme, working with intention, prayer, sharing sacred texts/poetry, meditation and contemplation. We will help you find your own unique style of teaching.

Hands on Facilitation

This is an important part of teaching physical practice and enables students to feel something that they can’t through verbal cues alone. On this teacher training, we will begin the journey of Hands on Teaching. Physical facilitation is taught alongside an in-depth understanding of anatomy and physiology. Teaching through touch can be profound and healing when offered with skill, integrity and appropriate boundaries and consent.

Working with Cycles

We will clarify how to adapt practice for the seasons and the lunar cycle. This includes teaching that is rooted in an understanding of how we can attune to the natural world, by engaging with the elements consciously. We will teach you how to acknowledge modifications that might be needed for male and female bodies, including how to honour the menstrual cycle, and pregnancy. We will also consider the diversity of an individual’s sense of self in relation to gender, sexual identity and orientation, and clarify masculine and feminine energy as being intrinsic forces within men and women, and not just about gender or sex.

Setting up as a Teacher

We will consider all the different environments in which you could teach yoga, including studios, gyms, corporate environments, educational institutions etc. We will cover legal issues e.g. insurance and contracts as well as effective strategies for marketing yourself.

Investment

Monthly installment plan option – £2,950

Paid by £550 deposit to secure your place. Followed by 12 monthly installments by direct debit of £200 (from March 2024 to February 2025)

Pay in full option – £2,750

Can be paid in full, or with £550 deposit, and balance due in one payment before the first weekend of the course

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Want to find out more?

Please get in touch – training@yogasara.co.uk / 07789 501884 (SMS / WhatsApp)

And/or join our open day on January 20th

Ready to apply?

A place on this course is subject to a successful informal interview with Sarah, which can be done before or after the application.