Advanced Teacher Training 2019, Cheltenham
500hr Yoga Alliance Certified.

Seven Core Modules with Ian Davis and a wide choice of Elective Sessions with many different experts in their own field.

Deepen your knowledge as well as your individuality, to help you stand out and become a better teacher.

Start whenever you like. Enrolling now!

200hr courses are a great foundation, but they are broad courses. Doing 500 hour allows you to dig much, much deeper on the subjects that matter most to you. Often when students go on to teach there is a realisation that teaching yoga is far bigger and more nuanced than most people realise.

In this course we get a chance to build on the knowledge and skills we already have and really look deeply into subjects such as alignment, sequencing, anatomy and physiology.

Open only to those with an existing 200hr teacher training qualification, this is a chance to refine and hone your yoga understanding and teaching skills and take you to the next level.


The first half of the course is structured as Seven Core Modules with Ian Davis.


These Core Modules build on subjects that make a huge difference in all yoga classes and help us to become a better teacher. Each weekend will be Saturday and Sunday 9am to 6pm (latest) with an hour at lunch and a few other breaks along the way.

Core Module Weekend 1 - Growing as a teacher and as a student.
February 9th & 10th 2019

Taking a look at both our yoga practice and our teaching and working out what we need to really grow in both.  Every teacher is individual, we will work to create a bespoke plan for the teacher and student you’d like to be.

Core Module Weekend 2 - Awesome skills for yoga teaching.
March 2nd & 3rd 2019

Storytelling, weaving themes through a class, better cuing, ways to use our voice, sequencing, connecting to our students and helping them to connect to themselves.  This weekend is all about becoming a better teacher.

Core Module Weekend 3 - A happier, healthier life.
May 11th & 12th 2019

Considering the great texts and teachings of yoga - chakras, kosha’s, Sutras and the Gita.  Not treating them as historical or scholarly works but as incredible tools to help us and our students transform ourselves and lead truly happier healthier lives.

Core Module Weekend 4 - Advanced anatomy and physiology.
June 8th & 9th 2019

How muscles get stronger. How we use slow twitch and fast twitch muscles differently in the body.  Understanding what effects our energy.  The difference between strength and stamina.  And learning to create more stability in the body.  We’ll also spend a day considering the mechanics, importance and value of good breathing.

Core Module Weekend 5 - Muscles in focus.
August 3rd & 4th 2019

Yoga works brilliantly right through the body and should touch all of our muscles from quads to cardiac.  Some are real problem areas for people, so we will take a look at those to understand why and have a plan for how we can make a difference in them.  Particularly glutes, serratus, psoas, transverse abdominus and pelvic floor.

Core Module Weekend 6 - Teaching actions not postures.
September 21st & 22nd 2019

Tiny shifts in the alignment of a pose can move the work from one muscle to another without really changing the way a pose looks.  We need to see those shifts and changes and teach our students to feel and make them deliberately in their own practice.  This weekend focuses on alignment and the super important skill of teaching actions to our students, not poses.

Core Module Weekend 7 - Yoga is for every body.
November 9th & 10th 2019

We will spend the weekend considering inclusivity.  Yoga has the potential to become seen as something for the beautiful and young.  But yoga’s greatest strength has always been it’s ability to work in and on every body and mind.  We will consider how we spread the message to wider audiences.  Particularly young and old, the overweight, the poorly, those with learning difficulties, anxiety or depression.

Elective Sessions (remaining 140 hours of course):

For the second half of the course, we then choose from a wide variety of specialist teacher training workshops to help you be the teacher you want to be. This is where we can really focus on what inspires you.

To total another 140 hours - every month there will be a different Elective Session aimed specifically at teachers - deeper dives on specific topics.  For example teaching ashtanga, yoga for sports or pregnancy yoga.  Understanding Sanskrit, the core, compassion, ayurveda, hands on assists, movement without pain, yoga for children, or for teens.   Seeing how yoga fits in with buddhism or tantra or how it can help with emotional trauma, back pain or autism.  Workshops will be all different lengths - some day long, some weekends a few of them even week long intensives. You choose just the workshops and subjects that inspire you.


The Core Module Weekends and the Elective Sessions are all held at The Yoga Studio, 53-57 Rodney Road, Cheltenham.

When can I start and what are the dates?

You get to choose when you start the course. All Seven Core Modules and the remaining 140 hours of Elective Sessions must be completed within two years.


Cost : 
£325 deposit secures your place.  
Each of the Core Module Weekends is £120. The Seven Core Module Weekends total £840.
The Elective Sessions will vary in price depending on the sessions you choose.
Total Cost :
We would estimate the total cost of the course and qualifications (including your deposit, Core Module Weekends and your choice of Elective Sessions) to be around £2,185.


Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th July : The Yin Space’s Mel McLaughlin. Advanced Yin Yoga Teacher Training. The course material you can look forward to will include: Morning Qigong & Yin, Meridian Sequencing & Meditations, Yin Pranayama, 2 extra meridians and The Great Channel, Trauma/ pain & emotional release discussions, Finishing with 2hr Masterclass each day to tie everything together. This course is for those ready to unravel deeper layers to teach to and learn more about the benefits of yin yoga.

15 hours.

Saturday July 6th : Tanja Mickwitz. Thread the Theme - Skills for Inspired Teaching. Using themes skillfully in your classes infuses your teaching with meaning. This is a practical workshop focused on how to incorporate themes in a creative and consistent way. More information

7 hours.

Sunday July 7th : Chair Yoga with Richard Kravetz. This Chair Yoga workshop will provide you with the necessary tools to guide the elderly or less-abled towards maintaining a safe degree of exercise and movement to help reduce deterioration in older age and promote health & independence with a view to a healthier outlook. More information.

7 hours.

Thursday 31st October to Monday 4th November : Teach Yoga and Mindfulness to Children Training. With this certificate you will be eligible for insurance to teach yoga to children in any setting. Ideal for Primary School teachers wanting to learn more about yoga and mindfulness and begin to share this with their pupils, as well as Yoga Teachers, youth workers, parents and carers, wanting to set up private classes. More information.

60 hours.

Saturday 30th November : Yoga for Digestive Health with author and yoga teacher Charlotte Watts. This day explores the theory and practice for yoga teachers, yoga therapists, experienced practitioners and other body and movement therapists and workers. We’ll cover the fascial, stress, trauma and sensory connections with digestive issues that are so relevant within yoga philosophy and practice.

This training will explore how yoga – with its focus on stilling the mind – can have profound effects through the gut-brain axis on conditions such as IBS, IBD, acid reflux, colitis, diverticulitis and more. Charlotte will shed light on these continual communications between the gut and the brain and the relevance of the fascia, vagus nerve, interoception and proprioception in digestive health. Also how yoga philosophy focuses on accessing this central axis and recognising our need to listen to our visceral states. This will be practically applied for students’ practice and teaching approach. More Information.

7.5 hours.

2020 ELECTIVE SESSIONS, CHOOSE FROM (more being added all the time):

Dates coming soon for 2020 : Workshops with Advanced Certified Jivamukti Teacher Emma Henry.

W.C Monday 9th March 2020 : Poppy Perinatal 3 Day Teacher Training with Charlie Speller. More information to follow.

Monday March 23rd - Friday 27th : Tina Pashumati James. 5 Day Immersion - Ashtanga First Series. An opportunity to join a group of dedicated students and experienced teachers to deepen your understanding of the Ashtanga Vinyasa Primary Series. More information

Saturday March 28th - Sunday 29th : Tina Pashumati James. 2 Day Immersion - Ashtanga Second Series, Therapeutics and some Third Series. More Information.

Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th June 2020 : A Weekend Immersion with Andrew McGonigle “Dr Yogi”. More information to follow.


Thursday 10th - Sunday 13th September 2020 : Restorative Yoga: An Intensive Training for Teachers with Anna Ashby. This unique teacher training focuses on the practice, art and teaching of restorative yoga.

The weekend offers a retreat-like atmosphere which includes practice, study and learning of Restorative asana, the basic anatomy and physiology of Restorative yoga, as well as, how to sequence and teach a restorative yoga class. Particular emphasis is given to assisting and adjusting the postures to suit individual needs.

This training is designed for teachers and teacher trainees and includes ample time for exploring, understanding and practicing adjusting the postures.

Weekend schedule includes:

– Restorative yoga practice

– The art of teaching Restorative yoga: environment, intention, breath, sequencing and assisting – Basic Anatomy/Physiology of Restorative yoga

– Journaling and discussion

More information.

28 hours.


Module 1 : Jan 25th & 26th - Growing as a teacher and as a student.

Module 2 : Feb 29th & March 1st - Awesome skills for yoga teaching.

Module 3 : Apr 25th & 26th - A happier, healthier life.

Module 4 : May 9th & 10th - Advanced anatomy and physiology.

Module 5 : Aug 8th & 9th - Muscles in focus.

Module 6 : Oct 10th & 11th - Teaching actions not postures.

Module 7 : Nov 7th & 8th - Yoga is for every body.

When can I start and what are the dates?

You get to choose when you start the course. All Seven Core Modules and the remaining 140 hours of Elective Sessions must be completed within two years.

Cost : 
£325 deposit secures your place.  
Each of the Core Module Weekends is £120. The Seven Core Module Weekends total £840.
The Elective Sessions will vary in price depending on the sessions you choose.
Total Cost :
We would estimate the total cost of the course and qualifications (including your deposit, Core Module Weekends and your choice of Elective Sessions) to be around £2,185.
Venue :
The Yoga Studio at Cheltenham Pilates & Yoga Studios, First Floor, 53-57 Rodney Road, GL50 1HX.
Contact : / 07973 135089 - please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or would like to chat further.