October 2020 to June 2021
Light Centre Monument, London
Keen on Yoga have put together a team of experts in their field to deliver a total yoga immersion over a 10-month period. The 200-hour Yoga Alliance Professionals registered course is designed that you will be able to keep up with full-time work and over the period you both learn in-depth a range of yoga subjects as well being supported with a whole lifestyle.
Only a small number of applicants will be accepted, so you will receive the personal attention you need to feel confident and knowledgeable enough to start on your own teaching journey. Space and support will be given for you to develop your own practice and find your own voice and style within the structure and care provided by the program.
Be prepared to enjoy this process. It will be hard work, but it will be taught in an engaging and practical way, so that it doesn’t feel like it. Once completed, whether you just want to deepen your practice, or go straight out to teach, an overview of yoga will be yours to navigate and interpret with the clear tools and principles imparted.
Yoga is a comprehensive and valuable science that benefits from a full and thorough exploration, it is also a subtle art of healing and therapy. We aim to impart this to you on an experiential basis, engaging and instructing whilst also caring and nurturing.
The best teacher is one who teaches from their own experience. Only what is known oneself can be taught, so personal practice and teaching practice is the bedrock of the training.
The course has been structured to provide a broad context and understanding of yoga. Based on the traditional Ashtanga Yoga practice, the root of all other more-modern styles, we encourage a non-dogmatic and open-minded further exploration and include sequencing and yin yoga modules.
There will be a strong focus on postural understanding and suitable assisting technique is at the heart of the training. This will be conveyed in instruction on anatomy for yoga and physical adjustments, as well as how to lead and best cue a class verbally.
A really great teacher also has a depth to their yoga beyond asana. For this reason, there will also be instruction by a whole host of highly esteemed teachers. Subjects will include breathwork (pranayama), yoga nidra, yoga philosophy in theory, as well as practically applied, and a fun and inspiring take on anatomy for yoga.
Plenty of time will also be left for karma yoga too, working on our relationships as a group, as we go through this transformational process together. We will also cover an overview of the subtle science of Ayurveda, diet and nutrition for yoga, as well sharing our own experiences with food, moreover, many meals together!
Teaching practice will focus on understanding led class and individual teaching dynamics. This will be done through instruction on theory as well as practical application, looking at physical as well as verbal adjustments and cues, suiting and making them inclusive, clear and motivating for all students.
Towards the end of the course, we will cover the yoga for business element, focusing on building the skills necessary for a career as a yoga teacher and how to best convey your authenticity through today’s marketing methods.
Our support will not end with the course, we will stay in touch as part of a support group network, where you can receive mentoring when needed.
We have put together a team that are all renowned in their field with the common aim of supporting and developing you throughout the months. Lead teacher Adam Keen is joined by Stu Girling for anatomy, as well as Laurent Roure for breath work, pranayama and yoga nidra and Inna Cos will cover yin yoga. Guest teachers include Jools Sampson, founder of Reclaim Yourself yoga retreats, who will cover business aspects of social media and putting yourself forward for jobs in the sought after retreat world.
Adam Keen – Lead Teacher
Adam keen has taught Ashtanga yoga for almost 20 years, in London as well as internationally. Coming from an academic background in philosophy, as well as time working as a vegetarian chef, his teaching reflects a pragmatic as well as textured and deep approach. Teaching Mysore style yoga almost every day, he has seen every type of body and approach to practice. All people given equal attention and care from beginners to more advanced.
Trained and accredited in Mysore India, at the source of Ashtanga yoga, he is also down to earth and warm hearted, the focus being on building a practice with each person to suit their needs, rather than the other way around.
Through the depth of teaching Adam offers, imparting rock-solid foundations and practical guidance, everyone will have the confidence to make the presentation and ancient teaching uniquely their own expression for the current age. Yoga is an organic, growing, and living thing, the individual journey should be kindled and supported rather than dictated.
Stu Girling – Anatomy & Physiology
Stu brings life to the subject of yoga anatomy. World renowned for his teaching as well as his humour, he keeps up a busy schedule teaching internationally, as well as managing a popular YouTube channel where he has worked with all of the world renowned yoga teachers of the Ashtanga tradition. Stu’s real uniqueness lies in instructing the principles of how to work on this subject, practically. Rather than just learning facts, you will walk away with real knowledge that can be applied to the reality of teaching.
Laurent Roure –
Breathwork & Pranayama
Laurent approaches his teachings with one foot in the traditional and the other foot in the more practical and down to earth practice.
He gives simple, accessible and valuable tools to learning teachers so you will be able to pass them on to your students in the safest way.
His traditional practice is with Swami Gitananda which has a strong emphasis on the foundation of Pranayama – Mechanics, rhythmic and developments, followed by the obvious eight classical pranayama breaths + the bandhas, the vayus, the kumbakhas, kriyas etc.
Through the years he has also added to his work breathing techniques designed to help healing and support health. The therapeutic aspect of the breath is very much present with him and he works with the Minded Institute and offers courses for stress and anxiety and in 2020, he will add work for cancer patients.
Swami Nityamuktananda –
Yoga History & Philosophy
Yoga, Vedanta and the Buddhist teaching of Mindfulness (Satipatthana) are all part of the teachings of the Great Himalayan Masters. The Himalayan region has brought forth many great wisdom teachers, Sages and Saints, immersed in a state of knowing that is not limited by religious bias, cultural boxes or styles of yoga. It is this pure and yet universal wisdom which attracted Swami Nityamuktananda to dedicate her life to it. She took samnyasa (becoming a traditional Indian renunciate and teacher) in 2003 from Swami Anubhavananda and confirmed her vows in a traditional Vedic ceremony with Swami Veda Bharati in 2007.
It is a true honour to have her sharing her depth of knowledge with us.
Inna Cos –
Inna will be teaching yin yoga on the training and sharing this relaxing and soothing style of yoga.
Jools Sampson –
Business of Yoga
Jools is the founder and owner of Reclaim Yourself, offering global yoga retreats and exclusive yoga and travel experiences in some of the most remarkable places on earth. She leads her team to combine an exquisite blend of world-class yoga, divine healthy cuisine and exceptional, unique accommodation.
Jools will be sharing her business perspective on what makes a good retreat teacher, how to apply for retreat jobs and how to present yourself professionally but more importantly authentically at the same time.
She is a master at social media and works with some of the top people in the business.
Charlie Taylor Rugman –
Charlie was one of the first ever yoga teachers in London and has decades of experience. His is an expert in teaching 1:1 yoga lessons and will share his knowledge on how to identify your students’ needs and and develop a structure to help them build clear progress in their practice with each session.
You will learn how to give specialised instruction delivered clearly and concisely and teach private classes to practitioners of all levels from complete beginner to experienced yogi.
Each day will start with a yoga practice, these classes will be conducted by Adam who will bring his 20 years of personal, daily-practice to bear on looking at how best each student can move forward in a safe, enjoyable and sustainable way.
Through a daily morning practice, we will all deepen and refine our yoga-practice, the very foundation of our teaching. Whatever level, everyone can progress their yoga through a deepening of understanding as to yoga method and technique. Any sustainable, outward, expressions of advancement, always spring from this hidden inner development.
Classes will be conducted as led (guided classes), as well as self-practice, generally called Mysore-style after the place of its origin, this provides the unique experience of an independent practice, whilst in the motivating and supportive presence of a group environment. It also allows every student to progress at their own level, with specific and personal guidance from Adam as to how to make the practice work for them.
Learning to Teach
Every class is different, with all students varied in ability and temperament, as well as the need for evolution and progress. For this reason, teaching is not so much about learning facts, rather than clear principles to be intelligently and skillfully applied. Classes need to be suited to the students in front of you, inclusive, yet challenging. They also need to be kept fresh and inspiring with a view to working with individuals over the long term, as yoga should really be applied. In order to achieve all this successfully, many techniques need to be understood and absorbed on a personal level, so as our instruction is passed on with genuine energy, clarity and integrity. This involves such aspects as working with the power of description and voice in how to give cues and guide a class. It also means looking at how to demo effectively and safely, as well as giving thoughtful and effective adjustments, suited to the unique requirements of each student, and aimed at supporting their individual journey with yoga.
These classes will take place in a group setting as well as in partner work. After having been well instructed in possible ways of assisting, verbally and physically, groups will often be split into in order to practice these ideas on one another. Gradually, we will also build towards conducting the opportunity of conducting a full-class, both guided and self-practice. Here, every effort is made to make sure that each participant feels confident and supported in their development on what can be quite a nerve-wracking experience.
Adam will lead the majority of these classes, though a number of other guest-teachers will also be called upon to provide a broad-overview of approaches and styles. There will be a chance to assist Adam at his Mysore practice in the City of London.
Anatomy for Yoga
Stu Girling will conduct this module. He is well renowned for presenting a clear anatomy program whilst making it so highly enjoyable that what can be a dry subject is memorable as and when you need it. Diagrams and workbooks will be provided, as well as practical demonstrations of the applied principles as they relate to individual bodies. No one walks away from a Stu Girling anatomy module without a smile upon their face, a unique achievement in this subject for a unique, knowledgeable, and very entertaining course leader.
Classical yoga, its context and theory, will be laid out in a clear and lively way by Adam and Charlie Taylor-Rugman. The emphasis will be on discussion, allowing for a personal interpretation and understanding to be made from the traditional texts. Here, these will be The Bhagavad Gita and The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.
This doesn’t have to be a dry and heavy subject; instead, looking at these texts in detail, they will be revealed to present just as valuable and practical source of guidance in the present day, as they did when they were originally written.
Pranayama, Breathwork, and Yoga Nidra
All yoga-asana finally leads back to a bedrock in appreciation and understanding the power of the breath as it relates to the deeper nervous-system. These classes are the instrumental in their isolated focus on establishing this connection, using breath to develop both energy and relaxation in the body. Along, with this, further techniques will be taught pertaining to Yoga Nidra, invaluable for the end of any yoga class.
Ashtanga Yoga is the basis of all styles known as Vinyasa. However, learning how to combine these postures in different ways, as well as different variations, is a unique and subtle skill. Should you wish to teach a freer-style than traditional ashtanga, these classes will give you the tools to do so.
Yin Yoga an incredibly complementary practice to the more dynamic style of Ashtanga. In these classes, you will learn how to use longer-holds in certain postures in order to restore, as well as facilitate deeper openings in the body. Achieving a basic knowledge of how to use this style is also very useful in effectively working with individuals suffering with health difficulties, mental as well as physical, requiring a more therapeutic and gentle approach to their practice.
Ayurveda, the ‘sister-science’ of health to yoga will be presented.
Diet & Nutrition
Food provides the base and the condition of the body just as much as asana does. For this reason, dietary suggestions and discussions are an important part of this course., as well as an introduction to other methods of eating, such as Macrobiotics, The wholefoods Diet, and Veganism.
Business For Yoga
All aspects of running a yoga business will be considered, from organizing classes, time and record keeping, to social media and advertising. Contacts will also be given to take care of such things as insurance and tax.
Exams & Requirements for Graduation
There will be regular quizzes and short-assignments set over the duration of the TT. There will also be a practical and theory exam at the end of the training. It is essential that all students pass this in order to graduate.
We are absolutely committed to helping each and every one of our students complete the course and go on to teach confidently as fully-fledged teachers. We will assist with any requirements not fully met, in order that we are able to overcome any difficulties an individual may encounter with an aspect of the course.
By the end of the training we expect all students to be able to clearly and confidently lead a class, as well as show a clear understanding of verbal cues and physical adjustments. Graduates will also demonstrate an understanding of the context of yoga-asana within the wider perpective or yoga philosophy, which also means an appreciation of the importance of teacher-ethics as defined in the yamas and niyamas of Patanjali.
Requisite to completing the course is both maintaining a personal commitment to practicing at least 4 times per week, as well as attending a minimum of 100 hours of classes, workshops or retreats outside of the TT. These will be briefly recorded in a log-book which will be discussed in class.
It is also necessary that the required reading is kept up with in order to be able to take full part in the group discussions referring and using these texts.
Bookings Will Open January 2020
The course is over 10 months from October 2020 to June 2021,
weekend dates as below
- October 26/27
- November 21/22
- December 5/6
- January 23/24
- February 20/21
- March 20/21
- April 17/18
- May 15/16
- June 19/20
- June 26/27