Level 1 250 hour teacher training

Our next course will begin in November 2018. ONLY ONE SPACE LEFT. (Our 2019 course will start in October)

Taught by Keren Cooksey with Amanda Brown (both SYT Yoga Alliance and with  combined teacher experience of over 45 years), our 250-hour vinyasa course is devoted to excellence, exploration, creativity and community.

We have designed this course for those who want to embark on the journey of becoming a teacher or for existing teachers who want to enhance their skills and delve deeper into the rich world of tantric vinyasa yoga.

Our teacher training program asks you to come on a life changing journey with us into yogic philosophy, to throw yourself passionately into learning sequencing and alignment and to have a whole lot of fun on the way. We promise you that if you put in the effort, we will equip you with a comprehensive set of tools so that you flourish as both an informed practitioner and creative teacher of yoga. This of course takes time, effort, and commitment.

Our training takes place over the course of a year. The full Teacher Training Program comprises 10 weekends, and meets Yoga Alliance’s requirement for certification at their 250 hour level. The course is suitable for people with at least 2 years regular yoga practice and a proven commitment to further developing their understanding of yoga.

WHAT DO WE COVER?

  • What is yoga? the history and science behind this practice
  • Asana – correct alignment and how to effectively verbally cue postures
  • Sequencing – safe and creative vinyasa sequencing
  • Anatomy and embodied yoga with Amanda
  • Restorative yoga – using props to hold and support the body for deep rest
  • Yoga for common injuries
  • Prenatal – learn how to adapt to allow a pregnant woman into your classes (we also offer full prenatal training at the studio)
  • Sanskrit studies – with sanskrit scholar Josh Michaell from San Fransisco (via skype)
  • Philosophy – the chakra system, the Bhagavhad Gita, the Yoga Sutras
  • Bhakti yoga – learn how to play and lead chants
  • Ayurveda for health and happiness – Keren is currently studying to be an ayurvedic consultant
  • Meditation – finding the way that works for you
  • Pranayama – the yoga of the breath

BEYOND GRADUATION

Above all else one of our main aims at FYS has been to create a yoga community and we are so proud of the friendships and support network we see forming during and after the teacher training.

Keren and Amanda will continue to be on hand to offer advise and guidance at any step of your teaching journey. Keren is still in regular contact with her trainees over in Australia to offer small fry advice on sequencing and playlists or big decision advice on what further training to do or how to open a studio in their home town!

At FYS Keren and Amanda also offer a variety of level 2 training modules allowing you to work your way to becoming a 500 FYS teacher or just to delve deeper for the fun and love of it as they both continue to do themselves.

And beyond graduation you will become part of a private online forum of past trainees with a monthly essay delivered by Keren on the theme for the month which then births discussion, questions, sharing of sequences, playlists and harmonium lessons.

ABOUT YOUR TEACHERS

Keren has been teaching for 15 years and has been running teacher training courses for over 6 years both here and in her Brisbane studio, in total she has trained over a 100 teachers and she LOVES IT. Keren feels very fortunate in her own yoga journey to have trained with some of the most inspiring teachers the world over. Keren is a perpetual student and her training includes:

  • 2004 Hatha Yoga training with My Health Yoga in Brisbane
  • 2011 Jivamukti and vinyasa with Essence of Living on the Gold Coast
  • 2012 Lotus Flow in San Fransisco
  • 2012 Kundalini with Guru Das in Byron Bay
  • 2013 Level 2 100 hour Lotus Flow in Bali
  • 2017 Ayurveda for Women’s Health in New York
  • 2018 Trauma Sensitive Yoga in Boston
  • 2018 Ongoing Ayurvedic lifestyle consultant course with Ayurvedic Institute

To read more about Keren and here own style/training/journey please click here.

And please note, while this course is predominately a vinyasa teacher training, Keren will share with you the depth of her teaching from a variety of style including Hatha, Kundalini, Jivamukti and Anusara to ensure you leave the course able to teach any body 

Master class with Keren

About Amanda

Amanda has been studying yoga and meditation for over 30 years and she continues to study at every opportunity! After her initial training as a sculptor she taught within the Iyengar tradition for 20 years and also qualified in yoga for healthy lower backs, tibetan yoga and with the British Wheel.

Her experience as a biodynamic CranioSacral practitioner has deeply informed her current practice. She is particularly interested in offering students the opportunity to come home to their bodies, adapting practices to individual needs and facilitating an intuitive understanding of anatomy, function, energetics and basic sanity.

WHY CHOOSE THIS TRAINING?

What you can expect from this teacher training is a rich, varied, fun, challenging year that will encourage you to look at yoga and yourself in new ways and hopefully will be the start of a journey into yoga that will last a lifetime.

There are a number of wonderful training courses out there both in Cornwall and beyond and we would be happy to direct you to them should this course not meet your needs.

However, why do we love the course we have developed, why do we think it rocks? Here’s why…

  • Proven methodology that has resulted in many well trained, passionate teachers that continue to come back and undertake further studies with us
  • Senior teachers with a combined experience of over 45 years and a great love of all things yoga
  • 10-12 students per intake to ensure a close knit supportive group with individual attention
  • YA registered both here in the UK and in Australia
  • Access to a strong and supportive community of previous trainees providing ongoing mentorship and inspiration
  • and so much more…but we don’t like to blow our own trumpets too much…watch this space for a video previous students saying why THEY love the course

THE APPLICATION PROCESS

The first thing we always ask interested students to do is come along to a class with Keren to ensure the style of vinyasa she teaches resonates with you. We want you to love this course as much as we do! From there we ask you to complete the application form. Once received Keren will be in touch to arrange a short interview to complete your application and also to put you in touch with past trainees so you can interview them and get an honest overview of the course from a graduates point of view.

THE NITTY GRITTY STUFF

  • The course will be run one weekend per month over 10 months, Fri-Sun
  • Weekend hours Friday 7-9pm, Saturday 10.30am-6pm and Sunday 9am-5pm
  • As well as study modules, you will need to complete a certain amount of classes, as well as class observations, class assists and towards the end of the course and practice teaching classes
  • In 2018 Keren will be joined by senior yoga teacher Amanda Brown  and there will be an additional visiting teacher TBC.
  • For the duration of the course, classes with Keren are a free added bonus (where space allows)  and you can purchase a ten class pass for the other teachers at the student rate of £55 
  • There is monthly homework which needs to be handed in on time as part of the accreditation criteria
  • The course will include two final exams, one practical and one theory
  • The course is accredited with Yoga Alliance UK and will enable you to register as a level 1 yoga teacher
  • Keren and Amanda are registered as a Senior Yoga Teachers with Yoga Alliance having studied over 1000 hours of training each
  • The course costs £2050 early bird (payable by 1st July 2018 in full) or £2250 after 1st July 2018 or if choosing a monthly payment plan (£500 deposit and £175 per month)
  • The 250 hour course is meant to serve as an introduction to your path as a teacher- continuous study is essential and Keren can recommend further trainings in the UK or overseas as well as offering CPD and level 2 courses in Falmouth
  • Successful applicants should be in good health and have stable personal circumstances to complete this course with the focus and dedication it requires. This is not a tick and flick course. Please think seriously about the commitment involved in undertaking this course and ensure you can attend all modules and allow the time required for classes and homework. Paying for the course does not result in accreditation as a yoga teacher, meeting the course requirements (classes,
    homework, exam, practice) and showing passion and commitment will result in certification.


Please review the Frequently asked questions and 2018NOV-TT-OUTLINE-FINAL-1-1 (2) and liability-and-grievance-TT-form-1 for further information.


What past students say about the course

"There are many good courses out there to continue a learning journey. But I chose my love of Yoga as a route to deepening my awareness of my practice and meet some like-minded yogis. Keren’s Teacher Training course did more than this … it was inspirational and life-changing! At times it was deeply moving and tough, at times I had to bare my soul, unlock habitual thought patterns and beliefs and question my own understanding of the world around me. This course enabled me to learn, grow, ‘let go’ and offer acceptance in a way that I couldn’t have anticipated or intended but it certainly was where I needed to be! It tested me to my limits both spiritually and physically.
I am most grateful to Keren for her ability to guide students in maximising their potential, knowing when to ‘push’ them forward and when to hold back. Keren provides her students with the tools to give attention to find their strength and inner soulful simplicities. Her love for Bhakti yoga brings depth and history to the learning as well as utter joy within the community that is created through students’ shared practice and learning. We sang, we chanted, we danced, we studied, we practiced yoga, we cried and it was all worth it! At Falmouth Yoga space Keren has created a supportive and most friendly environment for yoga students to feel nourished with the richness of exploring all aspects yoga and philosophy. If I could, I’d do the course all over again!"

Completed Level 1 training in 2016

I loved level 1 yoga teacher training with Keren, it was an amazing learning journey- both challenging and rewarding. Keren balances the teaching of physical poses and alignment with myth/story telling and yoga philosophy. All sessions were stimulating and well-planned; I especially enjoyed the group discussions on texts we studied.

I found Keren to be a very sensitive and instinctive teacher and she always gave us insightful feedback enabling us to develop as trainee teachers. I would thoroughly recommend this course

Completed Level 1 training in 2016

I found the course to be one of the best things I’ve ever experienced. The knowledge base is great and I learnt so much about myself, my body and the roots of yoga, but probably what touched my heart the most was the loving community of falmouth yoga space that Keren has created with all the wonderful yogis and teachers 💛🙏 there’s a lot of love in that space 💖

Completed Level 1 training in 2018

Level 1 teacher training is a first step into a whole new understanding of yoga and life as you know it. To be guided with honest feedback and nurtured with firm yet gentle care is essential. Keren delivered on all fronts for me. The course is thorough, well researched, gets you absolutely ready for teaching and her passion makes it such a joy to study. I highly recommend it as your first step into yoga teacher training.

Completed Level 1 training in 2013

I am very gratefully to both Jacqui and Keren for providing a comprehensive training with lots of heart. Topics covered included philosophy, anatomy, sanskrit, asana, business and much more, it actually amazes me how much I was able to learn in a level 1 teacher training. I was supported and challenged to find my own teaching voice, develop my personal practice and to take my yoga practise off my mat into my daily life.

Completed Level 1 training in 2014