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200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Course

Course dates and booking

Become a certified yoga teacher

This 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training course held at our Sunderland studio is spread over 22 days, with 180 on course hours. This course is endorsed by the awarding body, Active IQ and is accredited with Yoga Alliance.

Course modules and structure

1Structure of a yoga class

Learn how to compile lesson plans appropriate for a beginner, intermediate or advanced Yoga session, with a structured warm up, standing poses, balance poses, floor poses, including specific modifications and adaptations for clients of varying abilities.

2Teaching skills

Understand the professional qualities of an instructor, ethics and code of practice. Teaching skills such as:
  • Communication Skills (screening, active listening, building rapport, open questions, giving feedback)
  • Voice projection and intonation
  • Reasonable adaptations, modifications and progressions
  • The art of adjustment
  • Teaching position and demonstrations
  • Layering technique
  • Observation and correction
  • Learning styles

3Asana Practice

Learn a variety of different postures and how to teach them including; alignment cues, dristi focal point, benefits and aims, teaching points, modifications, adaptations, contraindications, common errors, tactile cueing (the art of adjustment). Postures in the following positions are taught:-

  • Sun Salutations
  • Standing Postures
  • Balance Postures
  • Seated Postures
  • Forward Bends
  • Back Bends
  • Inversions
  • Restorative
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4Yoga history and philosophy

Gain an understanding of the five thousand year history of yoga from it’s origins in the Vedic scriptures, to Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. Learn the true essence of this spiritual practice and the Eight Limbs of Yoga.


Understand the various types of prana and their location within the body. Practice different breathwork techniques such as: Anuloma Viloma, Bhastrika and Kapalabhati.

6Bhandas and mudras

Learn the three main body locks and gain an insight into their power to redirect and contain prana within the body. Identify a variety of different hand positions and their meanings and significance when performing them during meditation.

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Undertand the power of mantra to clear the throat chakra, open the heart and it’s role in thought control. Learn the key mantras in yoga, their meaning and significance. Understand the power of sound.


Learn the location, colour, yantra, qualities and shadow aspects of each of the seven chakras and gain an understanding of the health implications if there is a blockage in any of them. Identify yoga asanas to assist in correcting any imbalances.

9Meditation and yoga nidra

Understand the real meaning of meditation - to reach the state of mind called Dhyana, which is the 7th limb on the 8 limbs of yoga - the penultimate stop before Samadhi or enlightenment. Understand the importance of proper relaxation, learning various meditation techniques and the practice of yoga nidra.

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10Anatomy and physiology

Learn musculo-skeletal anatomy as related to movement and posture. Identify the major bones and joints of the body. Understand origins, insertions and muscle actions of the individual superficial and deep muscles of the body. Identify which groups of muscles act together to produce specific movement.

11Class planning

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12Teaching a class

Experience teaching individual asanas in partners throughout the course, culminating in a mock assessment, teaching a whole class from your designed lesson plans and get feedback to improve performance in time for the final practical assessment.

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Course dates for 2023

This 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training course held at our Sunderland studio is spread over 22 days over a nine-month period, with 180 on course hours.
Date Duration
Friday 21st - Sunday 23rd April 2023 3 Days
Friday 12th May - Sunday 14th May 2023 3 Days
Friday 9th June - Sunday 11th June 2023 3 Days
Friday 7th July - Sunday 9th July 2023 3 Days
Friday 8th September - Sunday 10th September 2023 3 Days
Friday 6th October - Sunday 8th October 2023 3 Days
Friday 10th - Sunday 12th November 2023 3 Days
Examinations take place on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd December 2023 For more information on becoming a certified yoga teacher or to book your place, get in touch today.
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Booking information

Pricing structure and fees

Course cost

The total cost for the 22 days (200 hours) course is £2,400. If paid in full, the price is reduced to £2,200.

An initial deposit of £400 guarantees your place followed by regular monthly instalments until the final balance is settled. The balance must be paid in full before the end of the course.

Manual cost

The cost of the instructor manual is £21.99

Final assessment fee

The cost for your assessor to view your end of course exam class is £65


You can take this training course if you are not in the fitness industry since you will be taught everything from scratch.

Attendance at a yoga class for a minimum of two years. If you have less than two years of attendance, exceptions can be made under certain circumstances, depending on your existing background experience.

Assessment Information

This consists of Lesson plans for a beginner, intermediate and advanced session

Yoga theory paper

One hour practical exam teaching an intermediate yoga class

How do I sign up?

You must pay your initial deposit (see fees above) and complete the application form to be accepted onto the course. The form will be emailed to[email protected]

General Terms and Conditions of Course Booking

I, the undersigned understand and acknowledge the following conditions: -

No refunds are offered under any circumstances. I may apply to postpone my place to a later course (if one is available) or transfer my place to the online course (when available) by request in writing.

The 200 hours is made up of 22 days of training. This equates to 180 hours of contact hours plus a minimum of another 20 hours of distant learning (homework tasks, projects, etc.).

I understand the costs involved in taking this training including the cost of the course itself (£2,400) and the course manual (£21.99 due before start of course) plus the exam video assessment fee (£65 due 7 days before the date of your assessment).

I understand that upon payment of a minimum of £400 deposit, my place on the course is guaranteed. A payment plan of 10 payments of £200 per month is offered and the full balance must be settled (totalling £2,400) and all payments must be finalised before 1st November 2023.

I understand that to gain certification, I must gain 80% attendance on all 22 training dates. In addition, I must successfully pass the one-hour practical assessment (teaching a yoga class to a minimum of 4 students); Design a yoga lesson plan; Yoga Theory Paper (70% pass mark).

I understand that as part of the certification requirements, I will be expected to complete all homework tasks, which include teaching friends and colleagues; written worksheets and designing lesson plans.

Pilates Union UK reserves the right to cancel any course under which circumstances, the tuition fees will be refunded in full.

Pilates Union UK reserves the right to refuse any student onto the course if the prerequisites are not satisfied or for other similar reasons.

Pilates Union UK reserves the right to expel any student from the course, due to academic misconduct, non-attendance on course, violent or threatening behaviour or other similar circumstances, without notice. Upon such circumstances, the student will lose any financial fees or expenses paid.

Full attendance on every training date is required to successfully complete this course

Refunds and cancellations

No refunds are offered under any circumstances. Should you wish to postpone your course to a different date (if one is available), or transfer the course to the online version (when available), then you must put that in writing via email to[email protected]and to your course tutor.

Get in touch

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0191 519 33 51
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