Teachers Training Course

 Take Your Practice to the Next Level
      Train to be a Yoga Teacher - an Ambassador of Peace


Would you like to take your practice and understanding of the

Yogic teachings to a deeper level?  
     Have you benefited a lot from your yoga practice
      and would like to share this with others?

( We have just completed our training for 2020/21 but Emma plans to run another training starting September 2022.

Contact Emma for upcoming dates ).

In 2020/21 Yoga Bromley will be offering an inspirational and comprehensive 200 hour yoga training course which is deeply rooted in the tradition of yoga and part of a powerful lineage of yoga masters. The course offers a profound personal, often life-changing experience, helping you to build a firm foundation of inner discipline and providing you with the experience and wisdom to share that with others. This training will help you experience the transformational power of yoga and an enhanced quality of life and will also teach you safe, effective and clear ways of confidently passing these teachings on.

The course will be limited to just 8-10 students so it will be an intimate training setting with plenty of personal attention and guidance.

It would be lovely to have some more teachers in the Bromley area so that we can increase our schedule of available classes for the local community and this is a wonderful way for you to get experience in teaching with our guidance.


You don’t have to be a master of yoga to apply... A dedicated regular yoga practise is enough and your sincere desire and commitment to personal growth. Even if you do not wish to be a yoga teacher, you may take this course for the deeper understanding of the philosophy as well as for the inspirational, purifying experience and for all round personal development. You may have already experienced the positive effect yoga has had on your life and are keen to share this with others.

Course Dates, Venue & Investment

What's great about this course is you do not have to take all your holiday time from work to take it! It will be spread into 1 day modules mainly every 2-3 weeks over 8-9 months which will take place in Bromley at a student's garden holistic studio. Then there will be 3 full days at our retreat venue Casa Santosha in the Andalucian hills of southern Spain. So if you work full-time, you only need to take a few days' annual leave to take the course.
You can find full details of Casa Santosha on our website www.casasantosha.com. The closest airport is Malaga. If needed our venue in Bromley can offer accommodation for the weekends from £20 a night.


The training will be on these dates starting in just a few weeks in September 2020. There will be one 2 day module in April in Bromley. 

Sunday 13th September
Saturday 10th October
Sunday 25th October
Saturday 7th November
Sunday 22nd November
Saturday 5th December
Saturday 19th December

Gap for Christmas

Sunday 10th January
Saturday 23rd January
Sunday 7th February
Saturday 20th February
Sunday 7th March
Saturday 20th March
Friday & Saturday 2nd & 3rd April ( first half of Easter weekend)
Sunday 18th April
Wednesday 5th-Sunday 9th May - at Casa Santosha Spain 

On the day modules in Bromley, we will start early at 7.30am and end about 6pm. We will also try to meet online one Thursday in between modules for a Q & A session and maybe a short practice class. There will be homework assignments to do and a practice schedule given out at each class. 

On the 4-day retreat at Casa Santosha in Spain we will have a transfer from Malaga airport for 1.30pm on Wednesday 5th May and we will drop you back to Malaga airport on Sunday 9th May at about 2pm, so you would need to book a flight that would fit in with these timings. Timings for flights can be discussed with Emma on booking. If you book early you can usually get a return flight for under £100.

Here is a typical daily schedule. It will be a similar schedule for the 4-days training in Spain. We aim to create an authentic ashram experience where students feel safe and relaxed, supported and nurtured throughout their training.

7.30am - 8.30am - Meditation and Mantra chanting
8.30am - Light fruits and herbal tea or a smoothie
8.45am - 10.45am Yoga asana and pranayama practice with themes of study
10.45am - A hearty vegetarian brunch 
Noon -4pm -  2 main lectures/workshops with a tea break in between
4.30pm -6.30pm - Yoga asana and pranayama study and practice/with teaching techniques
6.30pm - closing meditation/homework assignments followed by a light soup supper

£2,795 or  £2,675 if paid in full by September 30th 2020.

A non-refundable deposit of £500 is required to hold your space on the training course. The rest can either be paid in instalments or as a lump sum. The balance is due at the latest by the end of April 2020. If more time is needed for payment, this can be arranged and can be discussed with Emma Brown, the course leader. We can even make up a monthly payment scheme where the course can be paid for progressively whilst the course is taking place - and possibly longer if needed.

All training in Bromley, the 3-day training in Spain and meetings in between
Pure ayurvedic, vegetarian meals on all weekends and during the training at Casa Santosha
Accommodation in a shared twin room during the 4 night/ 3 day training at Casa Santosha, Spain
Course manual:
Tuition and mentoring
Personal guidance, feedback and support
Teaching Diploma (upon graduation)

Not included:
Suggested reading material (other than the course manual which will be given on booking)
Travel to and from Bromley, ( if you do not live in Bromley ), and flights to Malaga for the training at Casa Santosha. ( Emma can advise on this on booking - you can usually find flights for less than £100 if booked in advance )
Neti pot, Japa Mala Meditation beads (required and very inexpensive to buy)​

Main Course Tutor- Emma Brown - Senior Yoga Teacher

Emma is the director and founder of Yoga Bromley and has been teaching yoga, meditation and philosophy for more than 25 years. She took the Sivananda Yoga Teachers' Training Course in Neyyar Dam, India in 1994 and her Advanced Teachers' Training at Sivananda Headquarters in Canada and in Rudraprayag, Himalayas in India in 2000/2014.

She met Swami Vishnu Devananda, the founder of the Sivananda organisation, in 1993, and then stayed on as full-time voluntary staff with the organisation for 14 years, doing service and spreading the beautiful message and teachings of Yoga.

During her time as staff she directed the Paris, New York and Delhi Centres for several years, and has an in-depth training and experience in all aspects of yoga practice and philosophy.

Emma has been a teacher on the Sivananda Teachers Training Courses and now teaches regularly in Bromley and North London, as well as on other teacher trainings with Yoga London and Universal Yoga.

Emma is also a qualified Ayurvedic nutrition and lifestyle consultant and an Ayurvedic chef and guides people on all issues of health, well being and positive living.

As a result of years of practice, study and embracing yoga as a way of life, Emma is inspired to share the wisdom and joy of yoga from the heart. Emma’s inspiration for leading this course is to share with others what she has learnt from her teachers and personal practice and study of Yoga. She seeks to help others become “Ambassadors of Peace” by finding a deeper sense of purpose and fulfilment in their lives and a profound experience of peace and happiness from within - enabling them, with skills and experience, to share this beauty and wisdom with others.

As Swami Vishnu Devananda would say - Training others to be future peace leaders in the World!

There will also be some guest teachers assisting with aspects of the training.

Curriculum - Course Content

The course is an in-depth study and practice in all areas of Yoga science and philosophy to include practice in class and at home.

We will be studying the following:

Five points of Yoga by Swami Vishnu Devananda as a method to understand the basic principles of Yoga.

1. Proper exercise – Yoga Asanas
2. Proper breathing – Pranayama
3. Proper relaxation – Savasana
4. Proper diet – Vegetarianism
5. Positive thinking and meditation – Vedanta & Dhyanam

Yoga Asanas - based on the traditional Sivananda Yoga Method

  • The sun salutation and the twelve basic yoga postures

  • Pawanmuktasana series ( from the Bihar School of Yoga lineage ) - a gentle series of movements for mobilisation of the physical and energy bodies. A good practice for the older or less able student and a good preparation for the Sivananda class.

  • The main physical, mental and energy benefits of each asana ( posture )

  • Proper posture alignment, deep relaxation, release of blocked energy

  • Ayurvedic approach to Asana practice for your constitutional type

  • Asanas and their effect on the Chakras - 7 main energy centres

  • An introduction to Yang & Yin methods of hatha yoga practice

Pranayama - Breathing exercises

  • The basic practices: kapalabhati, anuloma viloma (alternate nostril breathing)

  • Pranayama as a method to purify the nadis, the energy channels in the body.

  • Advanced pranayama exercises with use of Bandhas ( locks ) to increase effect of the practices.

Yogic Diet & Nutrition

  • Influence of diet on the body and mind

  • Proper diet

  • Nutrition according to Ayurvedic guidelines

  • Ethical, health and spiritual reasons for vegetarianism


  • Guidelines to meditation and setting up a practice

  • The benefits of meditation

  • Different meditation methods using focal points such as the breath, mantras, chakra awareness.

  • Mantras, mantra-initiation (if requested)


  • The six classical exercises for purifying/cleansing the body

  • Hatha Yoga / Kundalini Yoga Theory

  • The astral body

  • The nadis (energy channels) and chakras (energy centres)

How to Teach

  • How to teach Hatha Yoga following the Sivananda sequence and the Pawanmuktasana gentle sequence.

  • Setting up a proper environment for class

  • Establishing a healthy teacher/student relationship

  • How to teach beginners and general level students

  • Lesson planning

  • A class dedicated to how to adapt the practice for pre-natal yoga

  • Teaching Methodology - how to correct and adjust in a sensitive way, use of language and posture, when to demonstrate, setting up classes and venues.

Yoga Philosophy and Psychology

  • What is the goal of Yoga?

  • Understanding from a Yoga perspective, the different levels of our being -physical, mental, energetical and spiritual and how they all connect/interrelate

  • An introduction to the basic philosophy and history of Yoga with the study of classical texts

  • The Guru principle and lineage

  • Understanding the mind and yoga psychology

  • The four paths of Yoga: Karma Yoga (selfless service), Bhakti Yoga (the path of devotion) Raja Yoga (mind control), and Jnana Yoga (the path of wisdom and realisation)

  • An introduction to Ayurveda

  • The law of karma and reincarnation

Anatomy and Physiology

  • The effects of Hatha yoga practices on the major body systems

  • The anatomy of the astral body compared to the physical body - nadis/chakras

Kirtan (Sanskrit Chanting)

  • Introduction to Sanskrit/Devanagri

  • Positive effects of chanting on the mind and emotions

  • Correct pronunciation and mental attitude

  • Learning classical Sanskrit chants and phrases

Bhagavad Gita

  • Study and commentary of the classical scripture with some chanting of the verses

  • How the Gita can be a tool on our path and help us overcome our weaknesses and limitations

Teaching Experience

  • To help you put into practice the skills and methods of teaching in a class environment

  • Attending/observing other Yoga classes during the training to see ways of presenting a class- a signed log will be given for this

  • Setting up your own class for friends and family

  • Teaching practice to other students on the course during the training

  • Positive feedback on teaching practice during the training



For bookings and any questions on the training course please contact Emma on sivanandabromley@yahoo.co.uk or 07765 100436. 

Emma is always happy to meet up if you would like to discuss the course in person.


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