Yoga Life: Yoga Teacher Training Course
~ Follow your heart and teach Yoga ~
Our life changing and fun filled yoga teacher training program goes beyond the physical postures by exploring the philosophical, emotional and spiritual aspects of the the traditional ancient teachings of Yoga.
Yoga Life Teacher Training is an established teacher training program. Yoga Life TT has successfully been running their program for 7 years education yoga students from all over the world becoming inspirational yoga teachers.
Yoga Life TT is led by highly regarded teacher, Wenche Beard, and assisted by Eva Kristlova, both qualified Births Wheel of Yoga teachers with thousands of teaching hours experience, both fiercely dedicated to Yoga and their students. Our course allows you to learn from one of the country’s leading instructors and develop your passion for yoga in an inspirational and nuretering environment.
Meet the team
Wenche has been sharing her love for yoga over the last 18 years with people from all over the world and she is the founder of the beautiful Yoga Life Studio in Eastbourne, UK.
Wenche opened the doors to the Yoga Life studio in 2007 creating a sanctuary for yoga lovers, where people from all walks of life come together sharing in Yoga.
Wenche then went on to create Yoga Life Retreats & Holidays, and still continues to offer exiting destinations around the UK and world wide. Wenche’s passion for yoga continued to grow and a dream of running an accredited yoga school educating students to become inspirational yoga teachers became a reality in 2013 when she launched Yoga Life TT. Wenche has been inspired by many different teachers and styles through the years and combined her learning into her own unique teaching style accessible for all.
Wenche and Eva have worked together since 2013 when Eva started working at the Yoga Life Studio with Wenche. Their relationship grew stronger and both of their dedication and passion combined is the seed of the Yoga Life Studio and TT today.
Also on our team we have Penelope Coomber which is highly educated within Yoga, the teachings of Patanjali and meditation. Penelope also works as an assessor with the British Wheel of Yoga.
Our A&P teacher is Zoe Carroll. Zoe is a highly respected teacher in A&P at Brighton University, UK. She is also a massage therapist, mindfulness teacher and Yoga teacher.
Using her unique style, Wenche retains the authenticity of this classic discipline and medicine form that yoga is, yet relates it to the demands of our modern world. Wenche is a registered senior yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals. This accreditation of Yoga Life TT demonstrates excellent standards as set by Yoga Alliance Professionals and Wenche’ years of experience living yoga.
Our course is accredited by Yoga Alliance Professionals as a RYS300+ qualification, teaching world wide. The endorsement of this highly regarded body gives you as students the designation Trainee Yoga Teacher (TYT) and provides you with insurance to teach up to two classes a week whilst under training. When you are ready to teach will be decided by your teacher and yourself.
When your course is completed you will be able to register your RYT300+ qualification recognised world wide. Insurance is in the hands of the teacher when qualified.
Our TT course meets the stringent requirements and our graduates are trained to the highest standard. We as a school always aim to evolve and continue to evaluate our program so the standard of quality is always kept.
Wenche believes that the world needs yoga more then ever now and with her determination, passion, weeks of correspondence with Yoga Alliance and hours of reconstructing the course so that it would be suitable for online teaching (without loosing standard or content) we are super proud to offer our teacher training online. We are over the moon with joy that our students this years were able to follow their dream in becoming yoga teachers. Our students are amazing, true yogis on the path, and it is a real privilege to be able to be a part of their journey in these unprecedented times. The results are remarkable and it shows that our program can continue to educate yoga teachers of the highest standard online.
Yoga Life TT is therefore very proud to offer Yoga TT on line in 2022 again. This means that the program is available world wide and you can become a qualified yoga teacher from the comfort of your own home.
The contact we have with the students is beautiful and heartfelt, something that really is felt in our cyber Yoga Room. The energy is tangible and connection strong, giving a really strong foundation for learning and developing into wonderful yoga teachers and I hope you will join us in 2022.
What will I study?
The course consists of 5 units including original yogic texts, underpinning the principles of teaching yoga, anatomy and physiology for yoga, lesson planning, teaching asanas, relaxation, pranayama and meditation. You will learn to plan a series of yoga sessions and teach with confidence. We will also cover health and safety in yoga.
The syllabi’s are:
Pre Study Work
When you have sign up to the course, you are asked to write an essay/paper on your journey to yoga, what It has meant for you, what yoga means to you now and why you want to become a Yoga Teacher/take the course. Basically sharing your love affair with yoga and your drive/passion to wanting to learn more.
You will then be allocated 2 postures you are to study in dept including posture name (english and Sanskrit), precautions, adaptions, benefits, philosophy etc.
As well as starting to gather information for your posture packs you are asked to start studying the ancient texts such as the HYP, Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads and Yoga Sutras of Patanjali so that you are prepared for the lectures on each of the books.
The course includes our own Yoga Teacher Training manual of 250 pages which is authored by Wenche and contributed by specialists. Additionally you will recieve a library of digital information to support your study of subjects on hand. You will receive a book list which is not included in the course fee.
Unit 1 Underlying the Principles of Yoga
Aims and origin of Yoga
Ancient Yoga texts
The eight limbs of Yoga
The four paths of Yoga
Chakras (what they are and what they store)
Styles of modern Yoga
Benefits of Yoga
Understanding teaching skills
Roles & responsibility
Unit 2 Anatomy & Physiology
Effects of Yoga
Unit 3 Planning a series of Yoga sessions
Introducing breath awareness
Introducing concentration and meditation
Unit 4 Health & Safety
The screening process
Information for participants/students on the mat
Collecting client information
Health & safety aspects of teaching
Unit 5 Teaching a Yoga session
Components of a Yoga session
Other aspects of a Yoga session
Planning a series of Yoga sessions
Helping participants/students to improve
Modifications & adoptions
Art of adjustments
Self evaluation & self reflection
Setting up a Yoga class/advertisement
Some of the physical yoga sessions led by Wenche and Eva will be pre-recorded as well as we will ask you to pre-record some of your teachings and send to us for evaluation. We are keeping pre-recorded work/sessions to a minimum as I believe face to face is extremely important for optimal learning and development.
The first couple of months of your training will have main focus on philosophy/ancient teachings and scriptures as well as your posture packs to complete and deliver for marking. We also start the process of understanding the difference between relaxation and meditation preparing you for creating your own script to be delivered.
As we go through the syllabus you will begin to develop a much deeper understanding in teaching yoga.
Yoga Life TT goes in depth in teaching you to create your own lessons, giving room for a variety of styles to develop. It is important for us that we help you to find the yoga teacher inside of you, so you can teach from a heartfelt space of knowledge and care for your future students. This will help you in developing your ’style’ and adding your own ‘flavour’ to your teaching .
The course is based on pre-study, live streamed meetings on course dates, pre-recorded deliveries, 121 monthly follow up/support meetings, pre-recorded yoga sessions practice from teachers and monthly homework study for submission and marking.
How will I be assessed?
A variety of methods will be used including practical assents, continues observation in your development, deliveries of asanas, relaxation, pranayama and meditation.
You will be completing worksheets and homework for marking as well as a portfolio of evidence of home practice and class attendance. There will also be a test on anatomy and physiology and a final exam on teaching a full 90min class of your choice of style and team within guidelines.
How long is the course?
The course is delivered over 13 weekend dates (see below), a total of 10 months. Training hours are 10am to 7pm UK timezone.
Online training dates for 2022:
March 5th, 6th, 26th, 27th
April 23rd, 24th
May 28th, 29th
June 25th, 26th
July 30th, 31st
August 27th, 28th
September 24th, 25th
October 15th, 16th, 29th, 30th
November 12th, 13th, 26th, 27th
December 3rd, 4th
What are the entry requirements and how do I apply?
We suggest that you have at least two years of regular yoga practice/experience.
You need to be dedicated and passionate having a deep desire to learn more of this ancient medicine form that yoga really is.
We often get asked how ‘good’ do I need to be in yoga to become a yoga teacher? Our belief is that yoga is not about how deep your back bend is, or how open your hips are or how long can I stand on your head. Yoga is so much more then the pose. Yoga is a journey learning more about the teachings physically, mentally and emotionally.
Nevertheless the course involves physical movement so therefor a degree of physical fitness is necessary. Still we have a long experience of working with all levels of health and fitness. We find that people that have found yoga through different kinds of rehabilitation during their healing journey. From substance abuse, cancer, ME, chronic fatigue, operations of different kinds, trauma and other emotional issues are often inspired to share their recovery journey through yoga. We support this with deep passion and upmost respect as we believe there is a yoga practice for everyone.
If you feel this YTT is the course for you, simply send us an email showing your interest and a little bit about yourself, your yoga experience and why you want to learn more of what yoga is. Information pack will be sent to you once we receive your email.
When you enquire about the Yoga Life Teacher Training course we will have a dialogue via email and/or a digital meeting with you. We will have a warm conversation where questions are asked to share a little of your life journey so far, your Yoga journey and reasoning for wanting to do this course and becoming a Yoga teacher. We will go through the course set up, the homework/home study, the focus on the philosophy/ancient texts (as this has also a big part of the course) etc.
This meeting is for you to make sure you have all your questions answered and we get to know each other, after all we are gong to be sharing an amazing journey together.
When accepted on the course you will receive a booking from and terms and conditions, and off you go further on the path of learning in yoga with us.
What are the costs?
The total cost of the courses is £2995,-
This includes the Yoga Life Teacher Training dates listed, a rich PDF manual incorporating the learnings of the course in dept, PDF on A&P, several study sheets to support your study, pre-recorded yoga sessions for your personal practice, 1 to 1 support meetings and lots of love and care!
50% deposit on booking and monthly payments followed. Payment plans are available on request.
‘Our teacher training course has met the stringent requirements set by Yoga Alliance Professionals. Our graduates are trained to the highest standard and are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance Professionals’.
Follow your heart, deepen your practice & follow your dream.
Join Wenche and the team for an experience of a lifetime you will never regret.
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07780 535134
Yours in Yoga
Wenche & Eva
My Online Journey
After booking my yoga training with Yoga Studios last year, I was very concerned that it would not happen as the COVID pandemic evolved. I was delighted to find out it would go ahead, although initially a little apprehensive that it would be on Zoom. As the course progressed, working on Zoom actually worked really well. In fact, as we approached the first time we had to teach to the group, we had to do it through Zoom and I felt this gave us an advantage over other teachers who were having to work this all out themselves for the first time. We had the support of our teachers and other students to test this new way of teaching within a supportive and caring group.
Other areas of concern in an online teaching environment were being taught how to adjust, but Wenche and Eva have addressed this by giving this area of teaching careful attention with close up demos explaining how to adjust (when we are able to) but also how to verbally adjust our classes so we are equipped with the skills to help our future classes, whether online or in a studio where we are unable to touch students.
I am only part way through the course but I have learnt so much and the additional monthly 1-1 Zoom calls have also been a great support to me.
I think the way Yoga Life have adapted to these unusual circumstances has been thoughtfully managed to ensure we get the most from our training and don’t miss out by not being in the studio. We continue to feel we are part of a close group with consistent support and always feeling like we can approach the teachers throughout the month in-between training sessions.
Louise Horne September 2020
What an experience it has been, growing physically, spiritually and mentally over the past 8 months with an inspirational group of women around me to support me, hold me when needed and help me to find the really hard lessons within myself that I needed to learn. I don’t think I can fully put into words how much this experience has changed me. I feel more connected with who I really am deep down inside than ever before, and I genuinely believe that the state of contentment I have discovered is down to the challenges and obstacles that I have faced and overcome on this journey.
Oh boy, was it harder than I ever expected it to be! I knew I was taking a blind leap of faith, and I knew that this was the path I needed to be on, but I had no idea how much baggage I was carting around with me that needed to be shifted and burnt through, nor how much it would hurt to unpick it all. Feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness that I hadn’t felt in years came flooding back. I discovered that one of my defence mechanisms is building in a Get out of Jail Free card, overloading myself with other ‘important’ things that have to take priority over the choices I have made – the choice to commit to my practice, to become closer with my true self – so that then when the hard work gets too much, I can pull the trigger and explain away the avoidance as me simply not having the time to do the work. I am so good at giving my energy away to others, as a means of excusing my own bad behaviour and avoiding the work that really needs to be done (the self-care, humility, sitting in the stillness… all of this and more), that I don’t even notice when I’m doing it!
I thought yoga had healed me and taken me to a point of being ready to share it’s magic with others; what I didn’t realise is that I was only at the very beginning of my healing journey and that this is a path that I have chosen to walk down and will be walking down for the rest of my life, perhaps holding a hand out to help others behind me find their way forwards and keep their footing, but also looking ahead to others holding lights blazing ahead of me and helping me to find my way too. There is such beauty to be found in this place of humbleness and of needing support – the strength is in choosing to let go and dive in head first, not in fighting to hold back the tides that will flow no matter what. Writing these words brings tears to my eyes, because I know that this lesson is the big one that I have been running away from, refusing to listen to for years. It is my dharma and is the thing I will take away most from this experience.
This journey has taught me so much more than how to facilitate safe yoga practice for others (I am hugely grateful that it has provided me with this skill, and I will relish the opportunity to use it – I am definitely not ungrateful for this, or unaware of the value of this skill in itself); I have learnt how to recognise my trigger points, how to work through them safely and with love, how to let go and how to recognise where the real lessons lie and what to do with them when I find them. For the first time in over 5 years, I feel genuine hope, determination and excitement for the life I have ahead of me. I know that the years I am yet to live will be the most fruitful, joyous and exciting of my life so far and that I am only just beginning to live the life and walk the path that I am meant to be on. I have found a calling, a passion, that I know will never die.
So, thank you to Wenche and Eva, for bringing me back to life. For reconnecting me with my true self and igniting a fire of passion and love inside me that will never be extinguished. If I wasn’t sure of it before, I know now for sure that Karma is real, because this experience has been a light-filled reward for all the pain and sorrows I have been through leading up to this point. I know that more will come, and I am ready for them, because I can see that you only get to experience huge highs and joys and wonders after journeying through the low, dark places. Without the sun, the moon could not shine as brightly and beautifully in contrast. This poem by Erin Hansen perfectly sums it up:
And off I go! x
I decided to take the plunge and enrol on the YTT course after a brief conversation with the teachers Eva and Wenche, not really fully aware of how much my life would change in the forthcoming months.
I have made some beautiful new friendships that have given me strength, courage and love along the way. At low points of self doubt, the hope and strength of the group pulled me through which stopped me from giving up. I learnt how to let go of judgement of both myself and others thus opening my eyes to live from the heart. For this I am eternally grateful. These friends have now become my family and I can’t imagine my life without them.
My two patient, loving and beautiful teachers have taught me tolerance, acceptance of what is and have helped create fluidity within my life and yoga practise. They nurtured and encouraged my strengths at the same time as supporting my weaknesses which demonstrated how to love myself from a pure and kind place. They shone a light of hope when my will and ego wanted to give up. Thank goodness I didn’t give up! . All I can say is WOW what an amazing journey !!
For anyone reading this with any doubt in their minds as to whether YTT is for them, I would say jump on board, hold on tight, buckle yourself in and be prepared to be taken to the stars and back!!! :))))))
With love, light and serenity.