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200 Hour Yoga Course

This will qualify you for the 200 hours Yoga Alliance Training Certificate. This concentrates mainly on teaching Asana skills. After qualifying you may continue your training to be awarded the 500 hour certificate. This includes all the eight limbs of Yoga, including Pranayama, meditation and practical philosophy.

Teacher training weekends, weekly retreats and days will be held in UK and abroad throughout the year - see the RESIDENTIALS & EVENTS page.

Here is the training programme and syllabus outline for our Karuna Yoga Teaching Diploma Certificate. Each candidate has an attendance card, which they present or hand in at the end of each module. The course consists of 3 modules.

As a student you will need to:

  1. establish a daily practice

  2. continue with your weekly local class

  3. go to a second weekly class, either at the Yoga Centre with Ruth or a local class

  4. do practical homework/reading as given in your newsletter

  5. attend 7 days of residentials for each module

  6. complete the coursework necessary for that particular module (see syllabus)

  7. at some point during the three modules, you will be required to complete a first aid course (these are held on our weekends, usually once a year)

Forthcoming events, practice tips and bits of inspiration are announced in the regular teacher training newsletter. There are residential weekends, days and a week yoga retreat in the Greek Isle of Lesbos.

Sometimes guest speakers give talks at our residentials and days and students take an active part at these lectures, which are followed with questions and answers.

Pranayama can be practised in or after savasana and before breakfast on the residentials. Meditation is practised during residentials and days sometimes after savasana

1st Module

Students will be given the whole syllabus.

Students are required to:

  • establish a daily practice, this is the 1st and most important requisite

  • obtain the 6 set books for study during the course (Ruth will have your books at the initial assessment (list attached)

  • attend talks given on Anatomy & Physiology

  • submit the Anatomy Questionnaire

  • familiarise themselves with the Sanskrit names

  • attend talks on Mudras and Bandhas

  • practise deep breathing 10 minutes a day (if not practising Pranayama)

  • continue a daily yoga practise

  • take out insurance - see below

You will need to take out insurance cover before you start the 2nd Module.  We recommend that this is through Wellbeing Insurance or telephone 01252 735806 or email

2nd Module

Students are required to:


  • practise teaching and correcting students

  • begin to work towards the ‘A’ advanced postures

  • teaching Assessment & Personal Assessment including Ujjayi, Pranayama

  • Personal Assessment (Students are not assessed “A” advanced asanas until Module 3)

  • complete and submit the Professional Teaching Paper

  • continue to learn Sanskrit names, practise Pranayama & begin Ujjayi breathing

  • attend talks to include Kriyas

  • practice Bhastrika and Alternate Nasal breathing

3rd Module

Students are required to:


  • answer the Postures Questionnaire

  • attend talks to include Kriyas

  • practise the ‘A’ advanced postures (aids to be used if necessary) 

  • be assessed in their Teaching & Personal ability for final certification

3rd Module practical assessments are taken by senior qualified teachers: Ruth moderates. A maximum of 5 trainee students can take their assessment at any one time.

This is a practical course that lifts the heart and spirit. It is a natural progression that when you love your yoga so much, your love overflows and you want to share it with others.

Once you’re ready to embark on teacher training send us the initial £200 registration fee and the completed preliminary questionnaire (cheques payable to R White) with a passport photograph attached. With this correspondence, please let us know when you would like to attend either a teacher training class, a yoga day or residential weekend so that Ruth can assess where you would fit in prior to starting the course. This is also a good opportunity to meet Ruth and your fellow teachers in training and discuss the course content.

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