A Y P Yoga  with Tristan Dorling

AYP 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Course

Le Moulin-de-Chaves, Dordogne, France

14th September - 12th October 2020

 About the course

     During September and October 2020, we will be running a 29-day Yoga Teacher Training Course (TTC) in The Dordogne in the Centre of France.

    The focus of the training is on qualifying teachers to be able to teach asanas (postures), Spinal Breathing Pranayama, Deep Meditation practice, Samyama and the mudras and bandhas.

    The course will also cover many other aspects of yoga, from subtle anatomy to advanced pranayama practices and from yoga philosophy to self-inquiry (advaita).  The yoga will be full-scope, covering all eight limbs of yoga.

    The course covers both practice and theory and is run as a retreat. Practice classes will include asana, pranayama, meditation and samyama. The course will be taught in the English language.

The venue

   The course will be held at Le Moulin-de-Chaves, which is a beautiful yoga retreat centre located near Bergerac in Dordogne, France.

    The centre has a large house, two meditation halls and beautiful grounds by a river.


Course Curriculum


Many aspects of yoga will be covered, including some of the most subtle and effective aspects of yoga practice.  The curriculum for the course has been approved by the Yoga Alliance.

The curriculum will include:

There will be 45 minutes of Karma Yoga (service to others) each day.

            The full course curriculum can be found here.Course curriculum


Upon completion of the course, participants will become qualified as a yoga teacher and will be able to register with the Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200).


    Food on the course will be vegetarian. Special diets such as vegan, gluten-free and sugar-free can be catered for, if you let us know in advance.  Two meals will be served each day during the course (brunch and dinner). Hot drinks will be available all day.

Course teachers:

            Tristan Dorling  

        Tristan first began the practice of yoga in 1985 at school when he was 16 years old. At the age of 19 he travelled to the Himalayas to live in a Mahayana Buddhist monastery. This was really his first introduction to the higher teachings and to the spiritual life. He had his first awakening experience a year later after a meditation retreat in a Buddhist cave monastery in Thailand and experienced the awakening of kundalini the following year in 1991. Read more…


            Pieter Scheffe

      Pieter came into contact with yoga when he was eighteen years old. It felt like a homecoming and in the next few years he completed different teacher trainings in Holland, France and India.

            After working as a therapist and a teacher in combination with teaching yoga, the realization dawned that he wanted to fully dedicate his time to practicing, teaching and studying yoga. This resulted in a year of sadhana in India and daily practices have been an import aspect of life ever since. Coming into contact with AYP was a real blessing because, looking back at it, many years were spent in less efficient practices. And although the intentions were good, an efficient and solid method of practice was missing.  Read more…


           Alex Wales

      Alex first came to yoga through meditation, and this practice continues to provide the foundation of his yoga journey and the inspiration for his teaching.


      He sees the practice of yoga postures as a means to integrate the subtle transformative effects of meditation with the physical body creating space in life for peace, energy and creativity to arise.  Read more…Course Teachers


    Prices are in Euros. The price includes accommodation, food and all the classes and training. Transfers from the airport and travel insurance are not included. The campervan option is for people bringing their own campervan for the course.

    A non-refundable deposit of 400 Euros is required to secure a place on the course. The balance is then due three-months before the course starts.

    Early-bird prices are available until the 21st June 2020. There are a limited number of single rooms, so these rooms are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.


    If you would like to join this course, contact me and I will send you an application form.

   Once your place on the course has been approved, you can make the payment for the deposit through our secure payment server here.

Getting there:

    Directions for getting to Le Moulin Retreat Centre are on their website here.

Typical daily schedule


06:00-07:35 am             Asana, pranayama, meditation and samyama

07:45-8:35 am                Pranayama, meditation and samyama

09:15 -10:15 am              Morning lecture

10:30 am                         Brunch

2:00 pm -3:00 pm          Afternoon lecture / subject class

3:20 pm- 4:10 pm          Asana class / teaching practice

4:10 pm - 5:00 pm         Pranayama, meditation and samyama

5:30 pm                           Dinner

7:00 pm                           Evening lecture   

Days off

    One day each week will be free for people to relax or explore the local area.

Frequently asked questions :

Does this course lead to an international Yoga Teacher qualification?

Why is this course different from other Yoga Teacher Training Courses?

How are the course participants assessed?

Is all of the training completed on the course?

Is there a recommended reading list for the course?


Experiences from past courses


(watch on Youtube)

    If you have any questions about the Teacher Training Course that are not answered above, you can contact me here.


Reviews from previous AYP Yoga Teacher Training courses

      "Over our month-long journey together on the AYP Teacher Training Course we deeply explored all eight limbs of yoga, not just as an academic exercise but as a set of powerful practices that bring about as much purification and spiritual evolution as any person could want. Our teachers gave us clear instructions on how to apply these practices for a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable yogic journey.

      The retreat environment was very supportive, friendly, fun, and often lighthearted while still remaining professional. It was quite evident that each of our instructors taught us from the perspective of considerable experience and deep inner silence. There were no questions about yoga that our teachers couldn't answer, and no difficulties in practices that they couldn't help us overcome. I greatly deepened my own personal practice, met my yoga family, and had the time of my life."

Joel, USA


    “Passed with distinction the yoga teacher training course. The level of individual attention given to us by enlightened teachers is beyond words. We are all grateful and full of joy for such teachers.

Even people who are already yoga teachers and did this training say it is like no other. I can highly recommend the Advanced Yoga Practices Teacher Training. It is so much more than a teacher training course, it was also a retreat and a means to connect with colleagues from around the world. And above all to learn from great teachers who know ...and make dear life long friends and begin changing ourselves fundamentally.”

Nathalie, Singapore


    “Excellent teachers and teaching. I would certainly highly recommend this AYP teacher training.”

Isabelle: France


    “This course was everything I had hoped and more. Full-scope yoga training taught by true yogis who were both available and approachable. Despite having studied yoga for many years prior to the course, I still learned a tremendous amount. It drew a diverse array of students from all over the world, a group that came to feel more like family than mere friends. My only regret was that it all had to end. I would highly recommend this program to anyone interested in learning to teach about all of the limbs of yoga.”

Richard: USA


    “Thanks to the instructors, staff, and fellow students on the AYP Teacher Training Course 2017. It was a privilege to know you all. You have made it possible for me to enjoy this course and I felt at home amongst people I could trust.”

Alain: Canada


    “Advanced Yoga Practices (AYP)’s 200-hour teacher-training prepares its trainees to begin teaching the principles and techniques of yoga safely and competently.”

Wolfi: Austria


    “Participating in the AYP Teacher Training Course was one of the most beautiful experiences of my life, so intense emotionally and energetically. Meeting all these people from around the world (there were 13 different nationalities), each one was different but so special, sensitive, aware, caring, full of love ... You could feel a boundless bhakti! What a great human experience ... Discover what it was for everyone in our lives, how long we had practiced (9 years for some!), how we had arrived there, sharing our experiences and discussing the effects of practices. We did not know each other for the most part, but we had this strong connection through AYP.

From the first day, we felt like part of the same family. And our "Teachers"! All passionate (and therefore exciting) and open to share with us all their knowledge without restraint, each with his specialty.

Beyond the content of the training, we practiced a lot (3 to 4 sessions per day) and experienced for the most part a certain energy surcharge, generating a lot of laughs (sometimes collective!), and crying too. We shared strong moments together, which created a strong cohesion in the group. We left rich of lessons, meetings, and a foolproof bhakti .

If you have the opportunity to participate in one of the next training sessions AYP TTC, do not hesitate ...


Amandine: France


Early Bird price

Full price


2,980 Euros per person

3,278 Euros

Small shared twin room

3,120 Euros per person

3,432 Euros

Regular shared twin room

3,400 Euros per person

3,740 Euros


3,820 Euros per person

4,257 Euros

Single with private bathroom

4,240 Euros per person

4,774 Euros