AYP 200-hour Teacher Training Course, Dordogne, France
Note: Unfortunately this course has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.
14th September - 12th October 2020
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. The region is hilly with forests and beautiful cliffs.
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.
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:
- Asana practice and teaching
- Deep Meditation practice and teaching
- Spinal Breathing Pranayama practice and teaching
- Samyama practice and teaching
- Mudras and Bhandas
- The history of the philosophy of yoga
- Physical anatomy
- Subtle anatomy
- Practicalities of teaching yoga
There will be 50 minutes of Karma Yoga (service to others) each day, which forms part of the training.
The full course curriculum can be found here.
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). The Yoga Alliance are an internationally recognised registration body.
TTC Course Teachers
Tristan has been practicing yoga and meditation for around 30 years and teaching internationally for the last 10 years. He trained in Nepal, Thailand, India and Sri Lanka.
He specializes in the teaching of meditation, pranayama and the philosophy of yoga.
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.
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.
Sometimes when people ask me what I do in life, I like to answer “researcher”. “Ah that’s good!” they say. Then follows invariably: “In what?” “in Yoga.” Some look disappointed, others laugh out loud… Yet this is a noble path and a fairly accurate definition of what a yogi is, who, driven by an invisible force, searches relentlessly (or almost!) through their practices, to capture the essence of life in its purest form.
Food will be vegetarian. The food served will support a yoga and meditation practice. We can also cater for vegan diets and special diets such as dairy or gluten free, if you let us know in advance.
Hot drinks will be available all day.
Campervan: 2,980 euros per person
Shared twin room (3rd floor): 3,120 euros per person
Shared twin room (standard): 3,400 euros per person
Single: 3,820 euros
Single en-suite: 4,240 euros per person
The price includes accommodation, food and all the classes and training. The campervan option is for people bringing their own campervan for the course.
There are a limited number of single rooms, so these rooms are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.
A deposit of 400 Euros is required to secure a place on the course.
If you are coming on your own and staying in a shared room, then you will be allocated a room with someone of the same gender.
Getting there and away
Directions for getting to Le Moulin Retreat Centre are on their website. The nearest international airports are Bordeaux, Limoges and Bergerac. Bordeaux is 2,5 hours from Paris by train.
Arrival is between 14:00 and 16:00 on the 14th September 2020, with departure by 13:00 on the 12th October.
Frequently asked questions
Yes, upon successful completion of the course, you will become qualified as a yoga teacher. AYP (Advanced Yoga Practices) is registered as a Teacher Training School with the Yoga Alliance (YA). This means that the training we provide to teachers, meets their standards of training provision.
Once qualified you will be eligible to register as a yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance. You will qualify to register as an RYT 200 (Registered Yoga Teacher who has completed 200 hours of training).
The Yoga Alliance is an internationally recognised registration body, so the qualification will allow you to teach in any country in the world.
Many Yoga Teacher Training Courses only train teachers to teach asana (posture) practice, which is just one of the eight limbs of yoga. On this course, as well as learning how to teach asana practice, teachers will be trained to teach Spinal Breathing Pranayama, Deep Meditation, Samyama practice and mudras and bandhas. The course will cover the teaching of all eight limbs of yoga and will be full-scope.
Assessment is carried out in three ways. The first is through course participation. Secondly there is a practical teaching assessment towards the end of the course. Lastly there is a written exam at the end of the course. The written examination will not cover the full course curriculum, but will only cover the material that students need to know to effectively teach yoga.
Yes, all of the training is completed during the 29 day course, with students graduating at the end of the course. There is a recommended reading list, so students can begin their study before the course starts if they wish.
Yes, the recommended reading list can be found here. It is only a recommended list, not compulsory, so you can take a look at whatever books you are drawn to. All of the books on the list are relevant to the material covered on the course.
14th September 2020 (arrival day)
14:00 – 16:00 Arrival
16:00 – 17:30 Introduction followed by practice session
19:30 Welcome meeting
September 15th – October 11th 2020
06:00 – 07:35 Asana, pranayama, meditation and samyama
07:50 – 08:45 Pranayama, meditation and samyama
09:00 – 10:00 Morning lecture/ workshop
14:00 – 15:00 Afternoon lecture / workshop
15:20 – 16:10 Asana class / teaching practice
16:10 – 17:00 Pranayama, meditation and samyama
19:30 Evening lecture
12th October 2020 (last day)
07:50 – 08:45 Pranayama, meditation and samyama
12:00 – 13:00 Farewells and departure