We can’t wait to share the journey with you!

Thinking about becoming a Yoga teacher?
Not sure? Book a discovery call to find out more.

Our next foundational course starts autumn 2024.
Dates coming soon! Register your interest.

Are you ready?

Come and join our
Acclaimed 200hr Foundational Yoga Teacher Training

Why should I train to be a yoga teacher?

You don't have to want to teach!

A yoga teacher training course quite simply has the power to change your life.

Treat yourself to one of the most relevant courses for personal development...

...and take personal responsibility for your health, education and lifestyle.

Your confidence will soar and the inspiration from training will ignite any number of changes in your life.

It truly is an amazing return on investment!

Next training dates

Application deadline: Monday 10 Oct 2022
(6 weeks prior to course start date – 21 Nov 2022)

If you're at all curious about sharing the gift of yoga with others...

...or even if you're just looking to deepen your personal practice...

and open a door to a path that is truly fulfilling

...then book 1:1 Discovery Call 👉

We totally appreciate this journey requires a big commitment in time, money and energy.

So our discovery call is a great opportunity to ask all the questions you might have.

We're excited to meet you!

Join our free taster session + Q&A first

If you're at all curious about sharing the gift of yoga with others...

...or even if you're just looking to deepen your personal practice...

and open a door to a path that is truly fulfilling

...then register now to join our next FREE:

Teacher Training  Taster Session + Info Talk

We totally appreciate this journey requires a big commitment in time, money and energy.

So our informal taster sessions are a great opportunity to meet the teachers, get a taste of the training and ask any questions you have.

We're excited to meet you!

EXCITED FOR OCTOBER? WHY WAIT?!

Join our Enrichment Programme – a programme of events designed to help you deepen your knowledge, fine tune your practice, connect with your fellow students & cultivate your passion for yoga.

 

Schedule your free 1:1 Discovery Call first!

If you're at all curious about sharing the gift of yoga with others...

...or even if you're just looking to deepen your personal practice...

and open a door to a path that is truly fulfilling...

Join our next FREE Teacher Training Taster Sessions + Info Talk

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Schedule your FREE 1:1 Discovery Call now

We totally appreciate this journey requires a big commitment in time, money and energy.

So a 1:1 Discovery Call is a great opportunity to speak with the teacher and ask all the questions you might have, and see if you want to join our next taster session.

We're excited to meet you!

Whitespace Teacher Training highlights

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100 supplementary course hours to integrate the elements learned
DB, DW, MB YTT
Learn from teachers with over 60 years of combined experience
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Train over 6 months with monthly payment plans

Key Aims & Outcomes

A foundational yoga course is a powerful journey of self-discovery designed to prepare and help you to dive deeper into this transformational and life-changing practice, learn to skilfully guide others and become qualified to teach yoga.

  1. Become a skilled, competent and confident teacher, starting to teach public classes while you’re in still training.
  2. Your own personal transformation through yoga practices, enquiry and discussion.
  3. Community involvement -study with others who share a passion for yoga and can become friends for life.

What does the foundational training cover?

You will deepen your knowledge and experience of yoga through structured classroom and online learning, personal practice and self-study, class attendance & observation and individual mentoring sessions.

Inner landscape of yoga
  • Philosophy, history, and the evolution of yoga and yoga today
  • Cultural appropriation vs. appreciation
  • Yogic models of the Chakras, Nadis, and Kundalini, and Energetics (prana)
  • Subtle body schema including the Five Sheaths (Pancha Kosha)
Anatomy of asana
  • Anatomy & physiology fundamentals (muscles, bones, organs, bodily systems, etc)
  • Biomechanics and body reading
  • Healthy movement and holding patterns
Deepening your yoga practice
  • Asana, Meditation, Pranayama (breathing techniques)
  • Bandhas (Body locks) and Kriyas (Yogic cleansing practices)
  • Sanskrit – Practical learning of Sanskrit terms
  • Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra.
Teaching practice
  • Ongoing teaching practice
  • Applying and refining teaching techniques
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Observing and assisting in live classes
  • Setting up and teaching your own classes
Teaching methodology
  • Exploring alignment
  • Finding your voice and how to give safe verbal and hands on cues
  • Principles of demonstration
  • Learning through observation & reading bodies
  • Principles of sequencing and teaching styles
  • Inclusivity and the ethics of teaching
  • Qualities of a great yoga teacher
  • Methods of learning and Teaching in different settings including teaching online
The business of yoga
  • Developing a personal teaching philosophy
  • Understanding the teacher-student relationship
  • Ethics and teaching as a vocation
  • Building your business and tools of the trade
  • Marketing yourself as a yoga teacher
  • Finding appropriate yoga space

Your yoga alliance certification

On completion of the course, you will receive a Yoga Alliance Accredited Teaching Certificate.

This is a recognised industry standard for you to obtain insurance and to teach anywhere in the world!

Why Whitespace training?

Our teacher Training programmes are all experts in their specialist subjects and dedicated to passing that knowledge to their students through a very well-balanced syllabus.

In addition to the 200 contact hours there are 100 supplementary hours, so the course is effectively 200 (+100hrs). These hours really help to integrate the fundamental elements learned and develop a well-rounded, confident and experienced teacher.

You will be part of the Whitespace community from the start and be mentored through your transition from graduate to fully-fledged teacher.

You will teach your own real-life class during your training with full support from the teaching team.

You may even be selected to teach on the studio timetable.

Sound good?
Great! Let's meet your new teachers...

Each Whitespace teacher has been invited to share their unique wisdom and expertise.

All our faculty are highly experienced teacher trainers from various yoga backgrounds.

So this gives you an opportunity to explore yoga from different perspectives.

Deborah Berryman

Hi I’m Deborah, I’m the founder of our yoga teacher training programme. I’ve been teaching teachers for over 10 years and I’m told my love for yoga is infectious! I’ll be your mentor, helping you apply and refine your teaching techniques. We’ll also explore what it means to run a yoga business.

Mona Baur

Hi I’m Mona, your philosophy guide, together we will dive deep into the inner landscape of yoga. We’ll explore the history of yoga and what it means in the world today. You’ll also begin to understand the effects of the subtle body and how we can use this to grow on and off the mat.

Matt Huy

Hi I’m Matt, your anatomy expert. I will provide you with a light hearted and engaging approach to complex anatomical concepts! You won’t be expected to memorise long lists of muscles and bones, I want to teach a broad framework for understanding the human body for you to have your own insight.

Dawn Wright

Hi I’m Dawn, it’s my job to teach you the qualities of a great teacher and help you become one. Together we’ll geek out on the anatomy of asana – muscles, bones, bodily systems, biomechanics, body reading, healthy movement and holding patterns – I promise we’ll have fun along the way!

Susie White

Hi I’m Susie, I have recently joined the team and am thrilled to be guiding others towards their goal of becoming a yoga teacher. One of my favourite things about yoga is that there is always something new to learn or explore. No matter what you need in the moment, yoga is there to support you. It’s become a constant companion in my own life.

A hybrid of in-studio and livestream

Your thirst for knowledge is just the beginning.

Now that you’ve considered your intentions and motivations, it’s time to start putting a plan in action.

A foundational yoga teacher training course requires commitment and both physical and mental stamina.

This is a 200hr part-time course. We teach a mix of in-studio and livestream classes; experience has taught us which works best for each section of the course.

200hr Course

Our 200hr programme is a hybrid of in-studio and livestream.

It gives you time for practice and integration between each phase, so you will not only understand, but also embody the teachings.

Each study session brings something new and exciting to your practice, knowledge and awareness.

  • Profoundly transformative experience
  • Additional hours with projects and assignments to help integrate and embody the learning
  • Time for integration between teaching sessions
  • Fits around everyday life
  • Flexible payment plans available
  • Includes discounted Classes, Courses and Workshops - 50% off Way of Life and At Home Memberships! 10% off Class Passes and Drop In Classes, 10% off Courses and Workshops (excludes teacher trainings) 
200h course
30-day intensive
£2,650

Our 200h programme is a hybrid of in-studio and livestream, spread over 1 month.

It includes online mentoring throughout November and December, with graduation in January to support the transition into 'real world' teaching.

  • Radically change your life
  • 2 months post-course mentoring
  • Only 30 days out of everyday schedule
  • Completely focus on yoga
  • Includes 1-month At-Home livestream membership
  • 10% discount on Class Passes or Way of Life Membership
  • Flexible payment plans available
300h Course
part-time over 6 months
£2,650

Our 300h programme is a hybrid of in-studio and livestream, spread over 6 months.

It gives you time for practice and integration between each phase, so you will not only understand, but also embody the teachings.

Each study session brings something new and exciting to your practice, knowledge and awareness.

  • Profoundly transformative experience
  • Additional hours with projects and assignments to help integrate and embody the learning
  • Time for integration between teaching sessions
  • Fits around everyday life
  • Includes 6-month At-Home livestream membership
  • 10% discount on Class Passes or Way of Life Membership
  • Flexible payment plans available

What are the course dates?

September 2022
200h 30-day intensive course
Intake Starts 26th September 2022 - LIMITED SPACES

Full day in-person sessions (weekdays)
8:00 – 17.30

  • 26th September – 30th September 2022
  • 3rd October - 7th October 2022
  • 10th October - 14th October 2022
  • 17th October - 21st October 2022

 

Evening online mentoring sessions
18:00 – 20:00

  • 9th November 2022
  • 23rd November 2022
  • 7th December 2022

 

Final assessments
2 hour slot

  • 14th - 15th January 2023

 

Closing Ceremony Graduation Evening
18:00 - 21:00 In-studio

  • 20th January 2023
November 2022
300h 6-month course
Intake Starts 21st November 2022 - LIMITED SPACES

Full day in-person sessions
9:00 – 17.30

  • 21st - 26th November 2022
  • 10th - 11th December 2022
  • 5th - 8th January 2023
  • 20th - 22nd January 2023
  • 25th - 26th February 2023
  • 25th - 26th March 2023
  • 22nd - 23rds April 2023

 

Evening online sessions
18:00 – 21:00

  • 4th, 11th, & 18th January 2023
  • 8th, 15th, & 22nd February 2023
  • 8th, 15th, & 22nd March 2023

 

Final assessments
2 hour slot

  • 29th - 30th April 2023

 

Closing Ceremony Graduation Evening
18:00 - 21:00 In-studio

  • 12th May 2023
October 2023
200hr course
Intake Starts 5th October - LIMITED SPACES

From January until September an 'Enrichment Programme' will be available to all students signed up to the course.

This will include:

  • Social events
  • Posture labs
  • Workshops
  • Book club
  • WhatsApp group

 

OCTOBER 2023 COURSE DATES

Full day in-person sessions
9:00 – 17.30

  • 5th – 8th October 2023
  • 21st – 22nd October 2023   
  • 4th – 5th November 2023
  • 23rd – 26th November 2023
  • 8th – 10th December 2023
  • 17th – 18th February 2024
  • 16th – 17th March 2024
  • 13th -14th April 2024

Evening online sessions
18:00 – 21:00

  • 22nd & 29th November 2023
  • 6th December 2023
  • 10th & 31st January 2024
  • 7th & 14th February 2024
  • 6th & 13th March 2024

Final assessments
2 hour slot

  • 27th – 28th April 2024

Closing Ceremony Graduation Evening
18:00 - 21:00 In-studio

  • 10th May 2024

What are the flexible payment options?

Bookings on application are all on a first come first served basis and confirmed on payment.

Payment plans can be set up with the final balance to be settled before the end of your training.

The initial deposit must be minimum 10%, with your remaining payments being spread over the remaining months.

If paying upfront, a 10% deposit secures your space, with the remaining balance to be paid once completing your assessment.

Please make sure you have read and understood our Cancellation Policy before you book.  

In the event of cancellation:

90 days or more prior to the course start date:
Your payment will be refunded (less the non-refundable deposit)

61 – 89 days prior to the start date:
Payments are not refundable but are transferable to a future whitespace training, workshops or classes (less the non-refundable deposit)

60 days or less prior to the start date:
Payments are not refundable or transferable.

Leaving the Training
It is our aim and policy to facilitate teacher trainees who may be experiencing difficulties either with the training or in other areas of their life so they are able to complete the teacher training programme. However, we understand that in some circumstances this is not possible and students have no choice other than to leave the programme. In this instance, we will be unable to give you a certificate or graduate you from the training, and your course fees are still due and cannot be refunded.

EXCITED FOR OCTOBER? WHY WAIT?!

Join our Enrichment Programme after you have signed up as a teacher trainee.

From May to September the studio will offer a programme of events and workshops, designed to help you to get to know your fellow students, deepen your knowledge, fine tune your practice, and cultivate your passion for yoga!

Book these events with 10% discount – exclusive to our future teacher trainees!

The programme includes:

  • Posture labs to work on your alignment & play with modifications
  • Workshop to build a home practice toolkit to use your during your course
  • Book club to discuss and enjoy yoga philosophy together
  • Social events to help you get to know your fellow course members
  • WhatsApp group to chat amongst yourselves and organise get – togethers

Dates:

20th Aug – Summer Picnic at the Peace Pagoda
31st Aug, 14th Sept & 28th Sept – Community Book Club
23rd Sept  – Developing a Home Practice
24th Sept – Posture Labs

For full details please see our events section on our website

ENRICHMENT PROGRAMME

Get in touch to receive your 10% off

“Yoga does not just change the way we see things…

It transforms the person who sees.”

– B.K.S. Iyengar

Diversity scholarship

Whitespace is dedicated to increasing diversity in the yoga community and making yoga accessible to as many people as possible. Our mission to show all communities the life-changing benefits of yoga means we need to do our part to inspire inclusivity.

We recognise that increasing the representation of diverse teachers in the yoga community is central to fulfilling that mission, and we’re excited to commit to this by offering 2 scholarships, covering 50% of tuition for individuals who identify as Black, Brown or LGBTQ+ in our 300h Teacher Training Programme.

The Whitespace Diversity Scholarship is an invitation and incentive to those students who believe that, because of the way they present in the world, they would help to create a more inclusive and safer environment for others.

Please carefully consider the spirit in which it was created and the mission of its intention, and if you feel you would be well served in receiving the award, we invite you to apply.

 

What are our past graduates saying?

- Shari
"Thank for your support and guidance"

The sessions so far have had a profound effect – people and things in my life literally falling away right now! And we’re only half way!

- Julie
"The course took me beyond my expectations."

Despite the difficulties of COVID restrictions we have been so fortunate to have studied a course led by such a knowledgeable and experienced team.
Thank you 🙏

- Emma
“I feel so excited and ready..."

... to take this knowledge forward as I continue my life long journey. This course offered a wide variety of topics including Anatomy, Philosophy & Teaching.

- Amanda
"You really feel ready to go out and teach in the world"

Excellent tutors and spread over a period of time so that each topic be learned and practiced fully.

YTT graduate stories

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Where are we located?

Our location

Whitespace Yoga & Wellbeing Studio
5 St Pauls Court (off the High St)
Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes, MK11 1LJ

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Duration & location

Courses are held at our beautiful, light-filled dedicated yoga studio in Milton Keynes – the perfect environment to immerse yourself in this wonderful practice and share experiences with like-minded people.


Parking

We have very limited free parking available to the rear of the building, entering via Fegan’s Court, although we do recommend you use of the other car parks:

Click here to see other free car parks nearby

Are you ready to apply?
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Application deadline: Friday 1st September 2023

Frequently Asked Questions about teacher training at Whitespace

If you feel that pull, it’s a REALLY good sign!

We are looking for serious and committed students with a solid foundation in the basic yoga postures. It is not about having an advanced practice and mastering the tricky poses, but rather a mature practice – knowing your own limits and coming to the mat with a willingness to learn. We ask for around 1-2+ years regular and consistent yoga practice, preferably through class attendance – but we will also consider students with other relevant experience and/or an established home practice of at least 1 year.

You will also require a regular yoga teacher to provide a reference to support your application. In addition, some element of self-practice is viewed very favourably.

You will teach private classes of your own while you’re in training, probably made up of family and friends. This ensures that you are fully supported by your teachers while you are learning to teach. It also gives you the opportunity to earn money to cover course fees!

Definitely! We highly recommend you do this when exploring any Teacher Training Programme, to ensure you ‘connect’ with the course tutors. We offer regular online teacher training Q & A sessions, and also encourage you to take classes run by the course tutors to appreciate their teaching style. You are also welcome to book a call and have a chat with one of our team.

EVERYONE feels like this before they start the training (including our very own Course Director!). It’s perfectly normal to feel this way – we haven’t yet taught you the knowledge or given you the skills and experience that help to build your confidence.

There is plenty of practice to do this in a safe place with your co-learners. Like any skill, it can be learned, practiced, and refined. Over 90% of our graduates go on to teach, so we are very confident that – with commitment and hard work – you’ll get there too. 

Most studios and gyms require yoga teachers to have an Accredited Teacher’s Certificate and Liability Insurance. On successful completion of this course, you will be awarded a Whitespace Teacher’s Certificate and be Accredited by Yoga Alliance Professionals, as well as having obtained insurance. You will also need a First Aid qualification but will have the opportunity to do a course at the studio while you are training. 

Whitespace is dedicated to increasing diversity in the yoga community and making yoga accessible to as many people as possible. Our mission to show all communities the life-changing benefits of yoga means we need to do our part to inspire inclusivity. 

We recognise that increasing the representation of diverse teachers in the yoga community is central to fulfilling that mission, and we’re excited to commit to this by offering 2 scholarships, covering 50% of tuition for individuals who identify as Black, Brown or LGBTQ+ 

The Whitespace Diversity Scholarship is an invitation and incentive to those students who believe that, because of the way they present in the world, they would help to create a more inclusive and safer environment for others. Please carefully consider the spirit in which it was created and the mission of its intention, and if you feel you would be well served in receiving the award, we invite you to apply. 

Please understand that we receive a lot of applications for a limited number of placements and we will award those students we believe will benefit most from the training. 

To make the learning experience as comprehensive as possible, there are assignments to help embed and integrate the learning. Outside of the training days, you will also be required to undertake a regular home practice, attend regular classes and complete written assignments.

Provided you have maintained your commitment to the process, we will always endeavour to support your progress and help you achieve graduation. We agree a Personal Development Plan to bring you back on track. Support may include, but is not restricted to, ‘mentoring’ by senior teachers, private sessions, additional assignments or workshops and reassessments. Please note, there may be additional fees associated with each of these support methods.

 

Each training session is key to the course schedule and the training you will receive. While students can catch up on the content, it isn’t possible to recreate discussions, questions and reflections in the same way as being a part of the group. Therefore, we urge students to attend all sessions unless there are extreme extenuating circumstances.  Students must also complete 100% of the contact hours to obtain their Yoga Alliance Accreditation.

However, we understand you may not be able to foresee every conflict, and so we have the following contingency in place –

If you miss any of the online sessions it may be possible to catch up using the available recordings and successfully pass the course assessments to demonstrate understanding.

If you miss a maximum of 4 days: You may still complete the programme with your class provided you schedule a private session(s) or semi-private session with the course tutor. Private sessions must be requested in writing and completed within the course timeline. Private sessions are subject to the course tutor’s availability and will be charged at the rate offered by the relevant teacher. Whitespace reserves the right to change the price of these private sessions at any time. A 2 to 3-hour private session equates to one day. The current cost of a private session is £90 per hour. The maximum number of private make-up sessions is four.

If you miss +4 days: In this event, the learning has been compromised and you can no longer obtain certification during this intake. You may choose to continue with the course simply for the learning experience. Or if you would like Certification, you will need to retake the programme, at a discounted price, which is subject to availability. We should note, due to high demand, spaces on future courses cannot be guaranteed.

 

We make our cancellation and refund policy transparent – ensuring it’s available before booking, at the time of booking and also on your receipt confirmation – so you can make an informed decision. Please take time to read this carefully. All clients are asked to agree to Whitespace terms and conditions upon booking a course or workshop.

In the event of Whitespace cancelling the course, you will receive a full refund, or the option of being transferred to another workshop or a credit to your Whitespace account.

In the event of you cancelling your place, provided you have notified us at least 90 days before the start date you can receive a refund (less the non-refundable deposit), or the option of being transferred to a future course or a credit to your Whitespace account

We regret no refund or transfer can be given outside of these terms, including if you are unable to attend due to illness, work, family, or other reasons. Before committing to a course, please ensure you can attend the scheduled number of sessions to get the most out of the programme. This cancellation policy is unconditional.

 

If we’re unable to open the studio, due to weather or covid restrictions for example, we will move the in-studio classes to livestream and then follow up the course with additional in-studio classes on a future date to give you the full qualification needed.

 

We are always looking for passionate, committed, well-trained teachers, who uphold our high standards of safe, inspiring and accessible teaching. Whilst we can’t guarantee any opportunities, our Teaching Certificate is the main gateway onto the Whitespace schedule. Over the years, many of our outstanding graduates have become part of the Whitespace teaching team.

After graduation, our teaching team will recommend a handful of graduates to teach their first class at Whitespace Studio in a prime-time schedule slot. 

We also offer a greatly discounted rate on studio hire, should you wish to practice teaching with friends/family. 

Our graduates work in yoga studios, gyms and community centres. Many of them now teach here at Whitespace! You will have all the knowledge, experience, qualifications and insurance to develop your teaching career in the way that works for you. Yoga Alliance is an internationally recognised accreditation, so really you work anywhere in the world! 

You will also be eligible to join the Register of Exercise Professionals, an organisation used (by gyms and other health service providers) to verify the acceptability of the training of its teachers. 

Absolutely! We’re a Certified Yoga Alliance Training School.  This exclusive accolade demonstrates that our studio has met excellent standards in all the teacher events we run. Students may decide to develop more specific skills in areas that are of particular interest to them such as pregnancy yoga, yin yoga, restorative yoga, mindfulness, and meditation. We offer Advanced Level 2 Training for all of these and more – please see our Teacher Events for more info.  We also offer mentoring opportunities for students wishing to develop on a 1-to-1 basis with a Senior Yoga Teacher.

 

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