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.
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.
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 Breathwork, Pranayama & 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
A dedicated yoga practitioner of almost 30 years and mother of tow, Cherie runs the renowned Yoga Mama pregnancy teacher trainings and will give a basic overview of what you should know on our course.
Inna has been a devoted practitioner of yoga over many forms since leaving her desk job and will be sharing her knowledge of yin yoga with us. She brings awareness and kindness to her teaching with a very clear and approachable style and presence
A qualified physiotherapist Celest brings her expertise on how to create and plan unique sequences. Her classes are always fun, challenging and information packed!
Jools founded Reclaim Yourself Retreats 15 years ago and is now a leader in sustainable yoga retreats in extraordinary places. She will share advice on how to present yourself professionally in order to get noticed when applying for jobs at studios and on retreats. She is a whizz at social media and will discuss guidelines on how to remain professional whilst showing your unique personality.
Yoga Therapy & 1:1s
Charlie has been teaching yoga for over 20 years and specialises in yoga therapy and 1:1 sessions. He will share his insights as to how best to approach a private lesson and dealing with yoga for injuries.
Inspired by her Indian roots, British-born Practitioner Geeta is the author the book ‘Ayurveda, Ancient Wisdom for Modern Wellbeing’.
She will share an overview of Ayurveda, the sister science to yoga and and how it is used to resolve a host of complaints and health conditions through herbs, diet, nutrition, lifestyle, therapeutic treatments, yoga, breathing and meditation.
Diet & Food
Known for her blog Bettina’s Kitchen the plant-based chef works with Jamie Oliver and Conde Nast magazine. Growing up to Bulgarian-Danish parents in Tanzania, she has had a broad exposure to many cuisines and cultures of food.
Her own health difficulties have led her to specialise in health supporting food on yoga retreats and now her own retreats as well as publishing her first book ‘Happy Food’ with a second in the pipeline.
She will share her views on balancing a healthy diet to support your yoga practice.
About The 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Foundation Course
The Keen on Yoga 200-hour yoga teacher foundation course is unique in providing the broadest possible overview of what is an increasingly complex and so, often confusing subject.
With exposure to a wide variety of teachers over the diverse faces of yoga such as breathing, anatomy, diet and business, as well as the postural teaching we will support every student to find their individual and particular voice and style.
Our aim is to produce confident and happy teachers, something which is achievable only through getting to know their subject deeply, inside out, and, not only in theory, but in practice. We want yoga to become your lifestyle, the very way you live, a way of ascertaining and connecting to the beliefs you hold dear.
Although the course is Ashtanga-based, this is simply to provide a traditional and firm foundation in yoga and you will have all the tools to teach yoga in any style you choose. The modules on yin yoga and sequencing will round out your learning. Both during and on completion of the course there will be absolutely no pressure to teach ashtanga and other styles that will be presented throughout the course.
It is essential then that our understanding of yoga must be personal but, in the same way, knowledge arrives in different ways for every individual. For this reason, we have brought together varied approaches and presentations of yoga, confident in the belief, that the more information you have access to, the more teachers and perspectives, the more likely that our graduate teachers will arrive to being inspiring leaders of the field.
Areas covered in the foundation course
- Anatomy of yoga
- Pranayama and breath work
- Philosophy of yoga
- The business of yoga
- Yoga and diet
- Private yoga
- Ethics of being a yoga teacher
Methods of teaching
- Group work
- Partner work
- Personal practice
- Practical and written assessments
Work outside of the class
- 50 hours of recorded extra-curricular class/workshop attendance
- 30 hours of personal practice journal entries
- 15 hours of assignments
Required for completion
In order to graduate from the 200 hour Foundation Course all students must complete the following:
- Full attendance of all the training modules
- Written exam on asana technique and instruction
- Written exam on philosophy of yoga
- Written exam on anatomy and physiology
- Teach a full led primary series class
- Assist with postural adjustments in the Mysore class demonstrating adequate knowledge
- Show satisfactory knowledge of asanas in the primary series
- Complete log book of self-practice, workshops and class attendance
Providing personal support is the foundation of this course. The quality and level of our care and assistance on your journey through the training and beginning to teach, is what we believe makes our offering particularly special.
For this reason, we schedule regular 1:1 catch ups over the course of our time together, as well as, should you desire it, always being on the other end of a phone, email or face to face, when you leave to begin teaching.
It is of fundamental importance that you never feel alone on this path. It is a unique opportunity and gift to teach, but, equally, the journey does not always run smoothly and to that ends, the faculty will be there for you outside their scheduled teaching responsibilities.
We are teachers, but we are also human and providing warmth, care, support and humour is our primary focus alongside sharing the specialist knowledge we hold.
On completion of the foundation training, you will have:
- The ability to teach and lead a group class confidently
- An understanding of basic adjustments and postural alignment, both physically and with appropriate verbal cues
- A relevant understanding of yoga anatomy and terms
- Knowledge of Sanskrit names for the primary series of Ashtanga yoga postures
- Ability to teach a 1:1 lesson, tailoring it to the specifications of the individual
- Ability to thoughtfully assess a student as to modifications and particular adjustments to sequencing
- An understanding of the basics of breath-work and pranayama as it relates to yoga practice more widely and how to teach it more safely
- Ability to and be able to explain basic yoga philosophy, its ideas and terms, and understand how this contextualizes postural practice
- Ability to demonstrate adequate knowledge of yoga asana, particularly as it relates to the Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series and an understanding of how to use that as a basis to create your own sequences
- A personal yoga practice that works for you and your life
- An appreciation of the wider sphere of yoga practice, both as it relates to dietary requirements and health issues, but, also how it relates to the teacher, their lifestyle and personal ethics.
- Your own marketing plan for yoga teaching aims
- A whole new set of mentors and friends that live the yoga lifestyle and support you in your yoga teaching journey
Bookings Open from January 2020
The course is over 10 months from October 2020 to June 2021,
weekend dates as below
- October 24/25
- 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
- Deposit due on acceptance of application, £1,200
- First payment, due 30th March: £600
- Second payment, due 30th May: £600
- Third payment, due 30th July: £600
- Balance payment, due 30th September, £600
Early Bird: £3,100 if paid in full by 31 March
The 200-hour yoga teacher foundation course will be held at the Light Centre Monument,
36 St Mary at Hill, London EC3R 8DU
The Light Centre is one of London’s most established yoga and wellness centres, it’s bright and airy and has a great vibe for a yoga education environment.
Ideally located in Central London the venue is well served by public transport.
Nearest tube stations
- Monument Station: District & Circle lines, 3-minute walk
- Bank Station: Central, Northern and Waterloo & City lines, 7-minute walk
Overground train stations
- London Bridge: 10-minute walk
- Liverpool Street: 12-minute walk
- Fenchurch Street: 6-minute walk
- Cannon Street: 10-minute walk