Teacher training


Welcome to our Yoga Teacher Training Course Page

Here you will find all the information about our Yoga Alliance UK accredited 200hour and 500hour Yoga Teacher Trainings. Click on the links below to navigate to where you want on the page.



Our RYT200 Yoga Alliance UK accredited Yoga Teacher Training is a 2-year programme, of which the first year is our 1-Year Intensive Course, The Heart of Yoga. This begins every year at the end of January/early February. The next course begins 6/7 February 2016. This course is comprised of eight weekends in the year. For full details Heart of YOga 2016 click here. The second year of the TT comprises four Intensive 5 Day blocks, the dates of which are TBC for  2016. There will be a maximum of 10 Trainees on this course.

Our RYT500 Yoga Alliance UK accredited Teacher training begins March 2016, and completes the full 3 year cycle of our comprehensive training programme. It will have a mamimum of 5 Trainees, who must have completed the RYT 200 course with us. The students who have successfully completed our RYt 200 need not move stright into the RYT 500 in the subsequent year, but can come back to it later if they wish. The year takes the form of an Apprenticeship, and is comprised of 7 Blocks of Teaching Assistance covering over 50 classes with the Senior Tutors and 4 Weekend Workshops.

Both courses are suitable for anyone wishing to be trained to teach Hatha or Ashtanga Yoga. 

For a comprehensive description of the course content, please click on either RYT 200 Content  or RYT 500 Content.



2016 Dates 

RYT 200 - Teacher Training: 4 x 5 day blocks. 

Block 1: TBC
Block 2: TBC
Block 3: TBC
Block 4: TBC

RYT 500 - Apprenticeship and Clinics/Tutorials/Workshops.

Apprnticeship usually commences on March 1st each Year.

Apprenticeship is over the course of the year in blocks of teaching 4 consecutive mysore classes, and 3 consecutive guided classes. There will be 7 Blocks in the course of the Year.The dates of these blocks will be arranged with each Trainee individually. As well as these, the Trainee Apprentice will have to assist at at least 2 Beginner's Introductory Courses. In total, therefore, there will be over 50 classes at which the Apprentice teaches alongside and under the direct supervision of the Tutors. In addition there will be one-on-one Adjustment Clinics, Philosophy Tutorials and at least 2 Workshops in the School's Calendar which the trainee will have to attend. Details of these can be arranged between Tutors and Apprentice.



As one of the 6 schools of classical Indian thought, Yoga is a philosophy, a way of life and a practice. Its aim is to reconcile all aspects of the human being and to uncover the deepest and truest nature of what we are. Yoga is a practice of the heart and it’s teaching must come from the heart. Before one can be a teacher one must be a practitioner. If we are to guide anyone else on the path of yoga we must first walk it ourselves. Sharing one’s experience of Yoga as a teacher is a vocation, not a career.

Our Training Programme, which can be one (RYT 200) or two years (RYT 500), will emphasise personal practice in the three ways that Patanjali lists in the first Sutra of Sadhanah Padah. 

(i) Tapah – the doing of the daily practices
(ii) Svaadhyaya – the observation of oneself, one’s habits, thoughts and responses  as well as the study of the scriptures that teach us about the Self. 
(iii) Ishwara Pranidhaanani – the effort to develop humility and selflessness.
Established in their own practice, which is underscored by the philosophy of the Yoga Sutra and Bhagavad Gita, and in a spirit of service, it will be possible for the prospective teachers to approach their own students with more than just a battery of techniques, but with a depth of understanding that will enable them to impart their knowledge of Yoga and its practices from the heart, and in a way that can most significantly benefit their students both on and off the mat.

The courses will provide the philosophical and practical training and the personal support to enable the prospective teacher to: 
(i) become firmly established in their own practice, and 
(ii) the skills, techniques and detailed information on all levels, from the anatomical to the spiritual, to safely and confidently guide others in the developing of a Yoga practice appropriate to the each individual.

The courses are modular and for a comprehensive description of the course content, please click on either RYT 200 Content  or RYT 500 Content.



Course Tutors 

The Course will be taught by David Collins and Paula Herbert, the Directors of Ashtanga Yoga Dublin. Both are Authorised by Manju Pattabhi Jois to teach Ashtanga Yoga. David has been practising Yoga for 24 years and teaching for 20 of those. Since 1999 he has practised and taught Ashtanga Yoga in the tradition of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Paula has been practising for over 15 years and teaching for 10 of those. Both she and David studied intensively from 2002- 2006 with Lino Miele, before going to Mysore to practice directly with Sri K.Pattabhi Jois between 2005 and 2007. In total they have spent nearly a year in India studying Yoga.

They established Ashtanga Yoga Dublin in 2002 as a traditional Ashtanga Shala, and continue their Ashtanga studies now with Manju Jois and senior certified teacher Peter Sanson. Since 2008 both of these come annuallly to teach at Ashtanga Yoga Dublin.

Paula and David study Pranayama with Paul Dallaghan, who is certified by Sri O. P. Tiwari of Kaivayaldham, who is one of the few masters today teaching Pranayama practice with a classical technique, where the scientific outlook harmonises with traditional wisdom.They are also students of Vedic Chanting and Yoga Philosophy with Sanskrit Professor Dr. M. A. Jayashree and Prof M. A. Narasimhan of the Ananta Research Foundation, Mysore. In addition, David has an Honours Degree in Biology from the University of Dublin, Trinity College, and has trained in Makko–Ho Shiatsu at the Natural Health Training Centre Dublin, while Paula is a qualified Energetic Massage Therapist and Polarity Therapist. These latter qualifications give them a special interest and insight into Yoga Anatomy, both physical and subtle, which is a very important facet of their teaching.



Course Fees 

The Course Fee is €2895.  There are a number of Payment Options. Call David with any questions.

  1. €1000 deposit (Non-refundable, non-transferable) now and balance €1895 before January 15th in the year of the course.
  2. Early Bird rate: Full fee of €2750 payable by Sept 15 of year preceding course. 




Applicants should have at least 2 years of regular Ashtanga, Iyengar or other Hatha Yoga practice and send an Application Form (download above) to David Collins, TT Course Director, Ashtanga Yoga Dublin, rear 16 Main St., Blackrock, Co.Dublin. Applicants will be contacted immediately on receipt of Application Form and if not already a student at Ashtanga Yoga Dublin, will generally be asked to come to class at tha Shala and meet the Tutors.



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