Yoga Teacher Training in London

2018 Teacher Training with Cat Alip-Douglas


This training is for students who wish to deepen their understanding of the yoga practice in a closely mentored 5 months program. The training is suitable for those who are looking to transition into the role of a teacher, as well as those who may wish to simply deepen their own practice.

Previous years have attracted students from the UK, Europe and beyond. The training has reached capacity each year, so advance application is encouraged.

This 200hr (300+hr with independent study required) course presents a foundation in yoga principals with a strong emphasis on vinyasa.  Trainees are expected to maintain a daily meditation and a consistent (5/6 days a week) asana practice during their training. A set sequence will be provided at the start of the training, and students will be encouraged to self-practice this sequence. Developing a self-practice, identifying and overcoming challenges are an important step in the student’s ability to teach.

The course will include the following areas of study:
–   Asana, bandha, drishti
–   Applied anatomy
–   Mechanics of fundamental assists
–   Philosophy
–   Pranayama
–   Meditation
–   Teaching methodology
–   Ethics (yama/niyama)



The course will run over a period of 5 months, beginning June 20th & ending October 28th
Pre-course work provided on/around May 1st as preparation and to be completed for modules.

Sangyé Yoga School: Awakening Student Foundation Teacher Training 2018 – Schedule

1st: June 20-24
2nd: July 13-15
3rd: August 2-5 Samye Ling Retreat/Meditation Intensive
4th: August 31-September 2
5th: September 28-30
6th: October 12-14
7th: October 24-28

Finish Date: October 28th



All dates will be held at Sangyé Yoga School, 300 Kensal Rd, London, W10 5BE
– with the exception of the dates August 2nd-5th- which will be held at Samye Ling, Eskdalemuir, near Langholm, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland (more details below).


 At the end of the course, it is expected that you will:

  • be knowledgeable in vinyasa yoga structure and components
  • learn the art of observation and assists in asana practice
  • be able to teach a solid vinyasa class
  • become knowledgeable about the foundation and philosophy of Yoga, primarily The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
  • learn the ethical conducts (according to the yamas/niyamas) and understand the relevance of translating them into lifestyle practice as a teacher
  • have a foundational knowledge in the middle way schools of Buddhism including an introduction to the heart sutra
  • learn how to formulate talks to enhance students’ understanding and application of Yoga philosophy
  • be able to teach and incorporate basic meditation and pranayama techniques in class
  • learn Sanskrit names for fundamental asanas and know correct pronunciation of select sutras/chants
  • overcome some fears and see your potential…


Practitioners are expected to have a minimum 3 years of a strong yoga practice before they can be considered and possibly accepted onto this teacher training course. The following postures should be well established and will be the basis for assessments: paschimottanasana, urdvha dhanurasana & salamba sirsasana.

It is also helpful for students to have a basic understanding of yoga through the required reading list. This should include the importance of a compassionate diet and the ethical conduct as outlined by the yama/niyama’s – albeit they may not have a deep knowledge of this when they initially enrol onto the course.  A minimum number of 12 additional classes taught by Cat to be attended over the course of the training dates. This is to be able to check in with the trainee’s practice on a regular basis and to also become familiar with sequencing by direct experience.

The 200 hour course is meant to serve as an introduction to their path as a teacher. We strongly believe that  discipline and continuous study is an integral part in the trainee’s experience and development as both a student and a teacher.

Successful applicants should be in good health and have stable personal circumstances to complete this course with the focus and dedication it requires. Please think seriously about the commitment involved in undertaking this course and ensure you can attend the dates, fulfill the assignments and requirements on top of your current responsibilities/lifestyle.


Please email to register your interest and receive the application form:

Applicants will also be asked to submit two reference forms:
1. current yoga teacher or main teacher of 2+ years
2. personal reference


Before the Course:

  • Informal interview/assessment of practice after submission of application form
  • Essays – 1 submitted after application approval: max 1,500 words written on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (Chapters 1 or 2), Swami Satchidananda translation due before the start of the course, no later than June 15th
  • Completion of anatomy modules (online) & pre-course reading

During the Course:

  • Attendance log for classes, meditation, journal keeping
  • Teaching development – trainees will be assessed on their ability of teaching a led class, including adjustments
  • Practice development – students will be assessed on their own practice/development in the set sequence provided
  • Mid term and final written assessment



Students should attend a minimum of 90% of the course to complete.  Should students miss more than this minimum, they will need to agree with the teacher on which modules to re-take.  Additional fees will apply for any catch up modules that would require a private session.

There is a time limit (once the course finishes) to complete: 14 days- exceptions for family emergencies, health reasons, etc. Extensions may be granted if the student is unable to complete the requirements due to unforeseen circumstances.

Students are expected to maintain an asana practice at 5-6 days a week for the duration of the training (once a week in a class environment with cat and self-practise on the sequence provided). In addition to the asana practice, students are expected to maintain a daily (seated) meditation practice.



The course will provide a printed workbook/manual.  A reading list will be provided once the student has been accepted into the course. Students are expected to read these books before the start of the course. These books will need to be purchased separately, and are not included in the cost of tuition.



This training school has met the stringent requirements set by Yoga Alliance UK, demonstrating that the course is of the highest standard and that our graduates may use the title ‘Registered Yoga Teacher’ RYT as a sign of quality training when they register themselves with Yoga Alliance UK.’ Cat Alip-Douglas is registered as a Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance UK.


We strongly suggest that students should have a consistent & regular practice for at least 3 years and have a solid practice before they embark on a teacher training course. Primarily, this will enable students to then communicate and teach with inner-confidence. That said, the 5+ month course can also facilitate a development of the yoga practice through the immersive process and would serve the purpose of deepening the awareness for those who are undertaking it with that intention. To reiterate, the following postures should be well established and will be the basis for assessments: paschimottanasana, urdvha dhanurasana & salamba sirsasana.



After your application has been reviewed and you receive an invitation to join the course, a non-returnable deposit of £500 is necessary to secure a place and should be paid at the time of the booking. The invitation will be valid for 14 days from receipt. The full fee must be paid by the 1st of May.

Applications will be taken on a ‘first come first served’ basis and students who have paid their deposit will have priority over those who haven’t.We reserve the right to refuse a place to students who have not paid their deposit or full fees by the required date.The fees must be paid in full and any private sessions paid for before a graduation certificate will be issued.



-Training and assessment by a qualified Yoga Alliance UK Senior Yoga Teacher
-A manual and other appropriate paperwork
-Teacher trainees will receive a 50% discount on the monthly unlimited class pass at Sangyé Yoga School for the duration of the training.
-A potentially life changing experience…
Not included:
– This is not a residential course; therefore, accommodations, meals etc are not covered

– Classes, workshops at Sangyé Yoga School. However, a discount for classes and workshops will be offered to teacher trainees.
– Insurance: RECOMMENDED by start of course (you can purchase this from Yoga Alliance UK from £25)
-A certificate (paying the fees does not guarantee you a certificate as you will need to successfully pass all assignments and attend a minimum of 90% the course).
-Books from the reading list
-Travel to/accommodation at the Samye Ling retreat. Nearest rail station is Lockerbie – change at Carlisle if travelling from London. You must book your accommodation as soon as you are accepted into the course. Payment is not due until check in date. Details here




Course investment: £3,700
Early Bird Discount: £3,200 when you book and pay in full before 2nd February, 2018
The price above includes VAT at 20%



To secure your space a non-returnable deposit of £500 is required upon booking. The balance is due by the 1st May. Payments may be made by cash, cheque or direct bank transfer. Alternatively, you can pay with debit or credit card (fees apply).

These costs include all tuition, a manual as well as final exam classes and your teaching diploma. In addition you will need to purchase the books listed on the reading list. Travel & accommodation at Samye Ling retreat is not included.



The full amount must be paid by the 1st of May. No refunds will be given after the start of the course. The initial deposit is non-refundable.

Course leader reserves the right to cancel the course in advance if a minimum number of students are not registered.



1st module
JUNE 20-24 (wed-sun)

JULY 13-15 (fri-sun)
AUGUST 2-5 (thu-sun)
Samye Ling Meditation & Yoga Retreat, Scotland
Arrive on Thu 2nd Aug by 2:00pm, departure on Sun 5th Aug by 11:00am

AUGUST 31 – SEPTEMBER 2 (fri-sun)

SEPTEMBER 28-30 (fri-sun)

OCTOBER 12-14 (fri-sun)

OCTOBER 24-28 (wed-sun)



After submitting the application form, prospective trainees will be required to attend class, to better understand their asana practice. Please email to pre-register- applications must be received one week prior.

November: Thursday 23rd: 7pm
December: Saturday 9th: 11am – TT Q&A after class
January: Saturday 20th: 11am – TT Q&A after class
February: Thursday 8th: 7pm
March: Saturday 24th: 11am

More dates to follow as required.



For more information & further enquiries- please email: