200 Hours Yoga Teacher Training

24th August 2018 to 13th September 2018

We are delighted to welcome Sonja Appel back to the studio for the 3rd time to deliver our excellent yoga teacher training course. Janet, our studio owner, completed her 300 hour teacher training with Sonja in India in 2013. You can check out the blog she kept during her time in India on the following link, which will give you an insight into what to expect if you embark on this training programme.


Sonja is the founder and Senior Teacher of Sushumna Yoga and is based in India. She started her journey in yoga with the late Shri Pattabhi Jois from Mysore. Learning the authentic Mysore self- practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa. She has his blessing to teach this formidable practise. Sonja is certified by the ‘British School of Yoga’ in Hatha & Meditation & also certified as a ‘Vibrant Living Teacher’ in Hatha Flow. Sonja is also a certified Pre & Post Pregnancy & Children & Teens Teacher. With Santosha Yoga.

Having studied intensely, mainly in India, then London she believes that ‘living yoga’ in its essence helps to impart her knowledge better and more succinctly. She started practicing yoga 20 years ago and has 18 intensive years of experience teaching yoga. She is also registered with Yoga Alliance, E-RYT 500. She has taught over 20 000+ hours of Yoga and Teacher Training. Sonja has devised her own practice in yoga called ‘Sushumna’ which is a carefully worked out vinyasa flow, meditation and pranayama. This allows one to find meditation in the practice and in the process to unleash within ourselves our innate, kundalini Shakti. The flow is spontaneous and she mixes up the asanas in interesting ways, with the help of inspiring music, always ending with a deep relaxing meditation (Yoga nidra). As in Ashtanga – drishti, bandhas, ujjayi breath, counting & vinyasa is always employed.

Course Outline

We train dedicated Yoga Practitioners to teach confidently and safely, arming them with age old lessons of self-discovery. We particularly encourage our students to find their own unique teaching style as the course unfolds. Here is the breakdown of what you will study.

Teacher Training comprises Five Key Elements:

  • Rigorous development of your own Asana practice, including essentials of Pranayama and Meditation.
  • Comprehensive foundation in Yoga Philosophy.
  • Good grounding in Anatomy and Physiology and its application in the practice of Asana.
  • Teaching expertise including Articulation, Presenting Skills and the Art of Adjusting.
  • Essential insights into the Yoga Business and setting up as a Teacher

On Graduation you will receive the following Certification:

  • Certificate of Completion from Sushumna Yoga.
  • Eligibility for Yoga Alliance (YA) USA, RYT 200 (recognised internationally).
  • Eligibility through us to register with Yoga Alliance International (India & internationally based) and Yoga Alliance UK

(if you complete all the requirements)

The Course will Give You

  • An emboldened, self-aware knowledge that will enable you to teach Level 1 asana classes confidently and competently.
  • Awareness of safe practice for both teacher and student, through modification and sequencing of Asanas to suit an individual’s body.
  • Self-confidence and belief in your ability to communicate and demonstrate.
  • Understanding of risk assessment.
  • A thorough grounding in the history of yoga.
  • Insightful awareness of your own practice: both an acceptance of its limits and the tools to evolve.
  • An experiential foundation of yoga philosophy and how to integrate this into your life.
  • An awareness of the issues that can arise for you as a teacher.
  • A professional and ethical framework from which to practice.

Teaching methods include: Lectures, experiential classes, led classes, small and large group work, practice teaching time that will be filmed and constructive criticism given after viewing, exercises for learning and discovery and a review of homework.

What will a typical day look like?

6:00am – 08:00am Led Mysore (for 1 week) and Sushumna Vinyasa Flow (for 2 weeks)
8:00am – 09:00am Pranayama and Meditation
09:00am – 10:00am Break
10:00am -1:00pm Anatomy/Philosophy/Hatha/Adjustments
1:00pm – 2:00pm Break
2:00pm – 6:00pm Sushumna Yoga/Hatha/Practise Teaching

There will be half a day off a week that runs from Friday to Thursday and most days end at 5pm.

What is unique on our training course?

  • Daily Mysore self -practice as taught by Shri K Pattabhi Jois, Mysore, India for one week to get the basics and Sushumna Vinyasa Flow for two weeks.
  • The course is not integrated with drop-in classes or other students not on the training.
  • Video support to help you improve your teaching skills.
  • Green juice fast and silent days (once a week)
  • Working with experienced, international and multi-diverse teachers.
  • Encouragement in assisting/apprenticing after the course with Janet.
  • Good, practical knowledge of yoga therapy & Ayurveda.
  • Training Manuals and valuable literature.
  • An emphasis on the 8 limbed path and not just asana practise.

PRICE: £2,700

If you wish you can choose to take this course in two modules:

Module 1: 24th August to 2nd September 2018     Price: £1500

Module 2: 2nd to 12th September 2019                  Price: £1500

Deposit on Booking: £250 (non-refundable)

This price includes:

  • High quality training with experienced, international teachers, all who are recognised in their field.
  • Group Mentoring and Video Assistance
  • Training manuals & other literature

Please note this DOES NOT include food and accommodation.

Cancellation Policy:

Deposits: All deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Full Payments: For places paid in full and then cancelled the following applies:

More than 8 weeks before the start of the training: 100% refund less the deposit.
4 to 8 weeks before the start of the training: 50% refund less the deposit.
Up to 4 weeks before the start of the training: No refund will be given.

Sonja Appel

Meet our Senior Teacher - Sonja Appel

“I believe in an holistic approach to the study of yoga, giving people a well-rounded yoga education. I combine alignment techniques of the body, with breath techniques for calming and balancing the mind. I also use focus and visualisation to balance the body and brain. And without chanting or music there is no inspiration and concentration. These techniques are consistently employed to enhance Meditation (the ultimate reason for the practice of asana).”

“The philosophy behind the practice of postures has to relate to a wider focus on all the 8 limbs of a proper yoga practice”.

Sonja keeps up with a daily Mysore self-practice as taught to her by her late Guruji, Sri K Pattabhi Jois of Mysore and her own practice of Vinyasa Flow. Sonja’s Teachers are from all over the world and have greatly helped and influenced her, they are: Shri Pattabhi Jois, Sharat Rangaswamy, Saraswati Rangaswamy, Shri Sheshadri, Cathy Louise Broda, Leela Miller, John Scott, Edward Clarke, David Swenson, Claire Best, Anna Ashby, Daniel Aaron, Simon Borg Olivier, Rolf & Marci Naujokat, Emil Wendel (yoga philosophy), Yat Malmgren (movement psychology), Mercia Hetherington (Ballet) and Imogen Claire (Ballet). She has a B.A. in Classical Theatre and Acting and an M.A. in Contemporary Dance. She comes from a professional performing arts background and has found yoga disciplines to be invaluable in balancing and maintaining calmness in her life. Sonja is a writer and has a certificate of Yoga Philosophy from Oxford University. She also conducts workshops in Ashtanga, Sushumna Vinyasa Flow, Restorative Yoga, Mysore self-practice & Sushumna Yoga Pranayama & Meditation.

Sonja does not believe in organised religion or the dogma that goes with this. Her living Guru now is Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev.

Meet our Philosophy Teacher - Ruth Westoby

Ruth Westoby is authorised level two in the Aṣṭāṅga lineage and a doctoral researcher in yoga

Ruth is fascinated by yoga both in academia and practice. She began exploring yoga practices twenty-two years ago and has taught for over ten. As well as posture-based classes she teaches history and philosophy on yoga teacher trainings and workshops.

Ruth’s main teachers are Hamish Hendry whom she assists, Richard Freeman, Sharat Jois, and the late Śrī K Pattabhis Jois. She was awarded an MA in Indian Religions from SOAS in 2010 with Distinction. Since then she has been studying Sanskrit and caring for her young family. She writes for the practitioner journal Pushpam.

Ruth recently collaborated with SOAS’s Haṭha Yoga Project interpreting postures from the Sanskrit text the Haṭhābhyāsapaddhati shortly to be released as an educational documentary. She is currently working on doctoral research into gendered conceptions in Sanskrit texts on yoga at SOAS under the supervision of James Mallinson.

For more information and workshop listings please see enigmatic.yoga.

Gail Jefferson

Meet our Anatomy Teacher - Gail Jefferson

Gail currently works as Senior Lecturer at University of Cumbria, teaching Under and Post graduate radiographers, primarily covering Medical Image Interpretation and Advanced Practice. She also teaches anatomy to Medical students at Lancaster University Medical School and provides in-house teaching at the Cumberland Infirmary for medics. She is also employed as a Reporting Radiographer for North Cumbria Hospitals Trust and teaches CPD for Health Practitioners via two companies.

She completed her PGD in Medical Image Interpretation and has been x-ray reporting for 19 years and is currently completing her dissertation for her MSc.

As if that wasn’t enough she also presents at conferences nationally including recent events at the British Institute of Radiology at Manchester University relating to Forensic Imaging and the Royal Marsden Hospital in London presenting a Thoracic Trauma lecture.

She became involved with Forensic Radiography early in her career due to the Lockerbie Air Crash and has remained actively interested and involved since then. She is a Founder member of the Northern Forensic Group which was then the Association of Forensic Radiographers and is now an International concern. She remains the NW Forensic Radiography Coordinator for UKFRRT.

She surprisingly squeezes in some social life revolving around her family and friends and often involving good food, wine and laughter! She enjoys travel whether it be a night away in Edinburgh, a long weekend in Lisbon or an exotic beach.

To attempt a ‘beach body’ she enjoys fitness, involving a variety of classes including circuits, bodypump etc . However she only recently discovered the pleasure of Yoga and particularly The Yoga Studio team.

We are delighted that she has taken time out of her busy schedule to deliver anatomy training for this Teacher Training Course.

Meet our Teaching Assistant - Janet Richards

Janet didn’t discover yoga until she was 46 years of age. She was suffering from stress and poor health and turned to yoga as an act of desperation. Slowly she regained her health and control of her life with the help of a regular yoga practice and in 2013 went to India to study with Sonja Appel at Sushumna Yoga. She found this a profound and life changing experience. She has continued her yoga journey training with Bernie Clark, Lucy Crawford Scott, Karen Kirkness Breneman and Josh Summers.

She is the owner of the successful The Yoga Studio, a small boutique yoga studio and she is delighted to be hosting this event in the historic City of Carlisle in Cumbria.

Find Out More

If you have any questions about our Yoga Teacher Training course, please do get in touch.

You can fill out the form below, give us a ring on 07850 668402 and speak to Janet direct, or e-mail Janet on janet@theyogastudiocarlisle.co.uk.

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