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Yoga Teacher Training

A 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training

January 2020 – October 2020


The yogiyoga teacher training  diploma is a 200 hour foundation course, registered with Yoga Alliance Professionals (UK).  It will run from January 2020 to October 2020 over 10 consecutive months.

Erika Shapiro, founder and director of yogiyoga and an SYT teacher registered with YAP (UK) will deliver at least 70% of the course. Belinda Chapman and visiting teachers will deliver the anatomy and physiology.

This is an in-depth program that aims to give you a solid foundation and build your confidence as a teacher. It will cover the areas of asana, pranayama, meditation, philosophy, anatomy and physiology.


The teaching team

Erika Shapiro

Erika  trained as a 500 hour teacher with the Art of Contemporary Yoga with Joanne Avison (author of Yoga: Fascia, Anatomy and Movement) , Alex Filmer Loch (author of  Inside Meditation and The Inner Power of Stillness) and Linda D’Antal. She studied further, completing a 200 hour meditation training with Alex Filmer-Loch, as well as further studies in Integrated Yoga therapeutics with Bo Forbes. She is also qualified in pre and post-natal yoga. She teaches vinyasa flow, as well as restorative and Yin. Her Yin studies have been through workshops with Sarah Powers and Paul Grilley, as well as completing Norman Blair’s advanced Yin training. She has a strong interest in meditation and particularly in mindfulness practices.  She has been running CPD courses for teachers in their first years of teaching, as well as mentoring teachers on a one to one basis and is passionate about supporting teachers on their path, as they train, but also once they are trained.

The course will teach students to deliver a hatha or vinyasa flow class, which is mindful and alignment focused. Students will learn to theme and prepare well- rounded classes.

Belinda Chapman

Belinda trained as a classical dancer and worked professionally for international dance companies including Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures. She went on to qualify as a yoga teacher and massage therapist along with Anatomy and Physiology.

She has practiced for over 10 years running Yoga classes in London and Devon along with retreat centres / health and yoga studios and private 1 to1 sessions for clients. She tailors her classes to the needs of each group being sensitive to age, body restrictions and contraindications. Having a grounding in classical ballet her focus is on alignment and technique, creating the foundations for a healthy long term practice; encouraging clients to understand their own bodies and deepen their understanding of yoga.

She teaches Hatha and vinyasa flow classes incorporating core stability based exercises to enhance a grounded practice.

Jessica Lambert

Jessica is a Yoga Teacher and Osteopath who discovered both practices through an interest for movement, health and well-being.

Jessica will be assisting our programme by sharing a depth of anatomy & physiology knowledge – this was not only gained through study as an Osteopath, but from years of teaching, learning from other teachers / experts and previously sharing her knowledge on other teacher training sessions.

Appreciating that for new teachers, who may not come from a background in health care or movement, anatomy and physiology can be a very overwhelming topic – Jessica will strive to make the sessions visual, practical and relevant to both the yoga studio and your safety as a teacher. 

What does the course deliver?

Our course is a 200 hour yoga teacher training registered with YAP (UK). It aims to provide you with the following:


  • The capacity to teach yoga in gyms, studios and one to one to practitioners in their first years of practice.
  • A foundation in the understanding of yoga philosophy and psychology and integrating it into a yoga class.
  • A solid foundation in anatomy and physiology and how to cater for common injuries.
  • The ability to teach basic pranayama and meditation techniques.
  • Developing and delivering verbal and gentle manual adjustments.
  • The ability to sequence asanas and build class themes integrating asana, philosophy, pranayama and meditation.
  • The ability to teach a variety of classes, with numerous themes.
  • The ability to structure and deliver a balanced and sound class to students of different abilities.
  • Business skills to run your own yoga business.

Structure and content

The training is run over a 10 month period and will be run over 10 weekends, consisting of Saturdays and Sundays, as well as 2 Fridays (the first and last weekend), for a total of 22 days of training.  There will also be ongoing reading, as well as written and practical assessments to be carried out following each module.

Each module will consist of asana practice, pranayama, teaching and  sequencing skills, theme building, anatomy, yoga philosophy and  meditation practice.


Module 1

Working from the ground up, building a solid base to our practice and teaching.
Feet, hands, legs.
An introduction to physiology.

January 10th, 11th and 12th, 2020

Module 2

Exploring balance, potential and creativity: balancing steadiness and ease in our practice.
The Pelvis and lower back.

February 15th and 16th, 2020

Module 3

The ethics of teaching, developing knowledge of self and learning to hold space for others.
The spine.

March 14th and 15th, 2020

Module 4

Teaching yoga from the heart: a heart-centered practice.
Understanding the nervous system and an introduction to physiology.

April 4th and 5th, 2020

Module 5

Refining our confidence and verbal skills: stepping into the role of the teacher.
The upper body: chest, shoulders, neck, throat.

May 16th and 17th, 2020

Module 6

Bringing the practice together; delivering a well rounded class.
The body as whole: understanding the basics of fascia.

June 13th and 14th, 2020

Module 7

Yoga, universal consciousness, the yogic path.
The body as a whole: Understanding myofascial continuities.

July 11th and 12th, 2020

Module 8

Working with a diverse population: inclusive yoga.
Integrating pregnant and post-natal ladies into class, common injuries, teaching safely, hyper-mobility, teaching inversions.

August 15th and 16th, 2020

Module 9

Yoga in a fast-paced world: the art of relaxation and release.
Integrating restorative, meditation, mindfulness, relaxation into class.

September 19th and 20th, 2020

Module 10

Final assessment weekend

October 16th, 17th, and 18th, 2020


Application process and requirements:

Applications forms can be downloaded here and need to be emailed to or posted to:

58C, Allfarthing Lane
SW182AJ Lonodn

Successful applicants will be invited for an interview and we will confirm your acceptance on the course following this and any further information required.

  • You will need to have a minimum of 2 years practice and 2 references (one from a yoga teacher who has known you for at least 12 months).

  • It is important that you are able to find time for the required commitment to this course. A yoga teacher training requires a significant time commitment and it is important that you are able to dedicate that time.
  • There will be a requirement to complete assignments after each module.
  • Any module missed will need to be made up for through one to one sessions at a cost of £40 per hour.

Complete our online application questionnaire


Total Cost of Course

Cost of full course: £2790 paid upfront (£500 upon application and the rest 60 days before the start of the course), or a deposit payment of £500 (followed by 10 instalments of £240).

If your application has been accepted and you would like to pay for the course, you may do so by clicking the links below:

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We acknowledge how important it is to find the right teacher training for each individual. If you have never been to Erika’s classes and would like to try a complimentary class with her and book in a chat, email us on and we will arrange that for you.

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