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Best Yoga Teacher Trainer

Nominated by
OM Yoga magazine
Best Yoga Teacher Training 2023

Yoga Group


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COST: £3400.00

£3400.00 is the early bird offer when paid in full before 1st August 2024.

Full cost £4200.00

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"A good teacher is like a candle – it consumes itself to light the way for others."


Laura Akram Yoga Teacher & Yoga Therapist

Laura Akram

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As featured in Om Yoga Magazine

Laura is a qualified Yoga Therapist as well as a yoga teacher so is able to offer valuable insight into why and how yoga ‘works’.


You will understand how different practices impact the nervous system, giving you the confidence to deliver various techniques safely to your students.


Laura is also a practising Chartered Accountant so is able to give practical advice on the business of Yoga and how to manage your financial obligations.

Featured in OM YOGA magazine.

Paul Allen Senior YgaTeacher

Paul Allen

Paul Allen is a senior Yoga teacher registered with the Yoga Alliance UK.


Paul has 12 years background, which initially began with Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Other journeys followed by Paul led him to Iyengar Yoga, Shivananda Yoga, Baptiste Yoga, Jiva Mukti and the restorative practice of Yin Yoga.

Over the years, Paul's practice has taken elements from all these styles and continues to evolve. 

Paul's Yoga Mantra states, "You listen to the body, You practice accordingly and then you pass on the magic".

Zahir Akram Course Leader
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Zahir Akram

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Winner of the award for the best Yoga teacher in Surrey 2019, Zahir teaches the anatomy sections of the course and helps us understand how to apply the understanding of basic human anatomy to our poses.

He was featured in Om Yoga Magazine as one of the top 10 Male Yoga teachers to know about.

And featured again a few months later - OMYOGA

Zahir is also the author of; 'Yoga - Madness or Meditation?' which is part of the reading list. 

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Akram Yoga teacher training review
Akram Yoga Studio / Addlestone
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Ignite your yoga teaching journey with Akram Yoga's exclusive 300-Hour Teacher Training program. Unlock a new level of expertise, elevate your teaching skills, and become an exceptional yoga instructor. Immerse yourself in a transformative experience that goes beyond the ordinary.

Key Features of our 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training:

  1. Advanced Specialization: Dive deeper into specialized areas such as the Brain and Nervous system, the respiratory system, Injuries, back pain, philosophy, and practical human anatomy. Expand your knowledge and gain a competitive edge in the industry.

  2. Experienced Faculty: Learn from highly trained and experienced yoga teachers Paul Allen, Laura Akram and award-winning yoga teacher Zahir Akram. Our faculty are passionate about sharing their wisdom and empowering you to become the best version of yourself as a yoga teacher.

  3. Personalized Guidance: Benefit from individualized attention and mentorship throughout the program. Our dedicated faculty will support your growth, provide constructive feedback, and help you overcome challenges.

  4. Immersive In-person Experience: Immerse yourself in a transformative setting that fosters self-discovery, connection, and personal growth. In-person training provides a unique opportunity to deepen your practice and connect with like-minded individuals.


The benefits of our 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training:

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Benefits of our course:

Advanced Certification:

Earn a prestigious 300-Hour Yoga Alliance certification, recognized worldwide, and enhance your professional credibility.

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Benefits of our course:

Career Advancement:

Open doors to exciting teaching opportunities and expand your career options. Stand out as a highly trained instructor with specialized knowledge.

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Benefits of our course:

Personal Transformation: Experience a profound personal transformation as you deepen your practice, connect with your true self, and cultivate a balanced and fulfilling lifestyle.

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Ready to embark on a life-changing yoga teaching journey? Take the next step and join Akram Yoga's 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training program. Secure your spot today and become a skilled, confident, and sought-after yoga instructor. Fill in our Application form and start your transformational journey now.

“Proper teaching is recognized with ease. You can know it without fail because it awakens within you that sensation which tells you this is something you have always known.”

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Step into a transformative journey of enlightenment and empowerment with our comprehensive yoga course. Our meticulously crafted curriculum offers immersive, dual-format training that blends 200 hours of direct, hands-on learning and 100 hours of enriching self-study.

Picture yourself soaking up invaluable knowledge during our interactive morning theory sessions. Uncover the profound wisdom rooted in yogic philosophy and delve into the complexities of the nervous system. Integrating yoga's theoretical aspects into the practice creates a synergistic harmony between mind, body, and spirit.

As the day unfolds, afternoons are dedicated to the practical exploration of the 84 quintessential yoga asanas detailed in your guidebooks. Dive into the fascinating world of anatomy, physiology, and the intricate interplay of each pose's nervous and respiratory systems.


Our unique approach enables you to connect morning theory with afternoon practicals, enriching your understanding of yoga as a holistic discipline.

The self-study portion of the course complements the in-person sessions. Comprised of thought-provoking essays and insightful "reflections", this course segment prompts you to contemplate your learnings from each weekend and how these will inform your teaching style.


You'll maintain a homework diary and upload entries to shared folders for your tutors to review and provide feedback, ensuring your learning journey is continuous and progressive.

Our 10-month curriculum is packed with enlightening modules that give you a taste of the expansive world of yoga while delving deep into specific aspects. Here's a sneak peek:



  • Trace the origins of yoga through time.

  • Unravel the enigma of Tantra, focusing on the Vigyan Bhairava Tantra, a conversation between Shiva, the first yogi, and Parvati.

  • Dispel the misconceptions surrounding Tantra.

  • Explore the modern relevance of spiritual texts like the Bhagavad Gita and The Yoga Sutras.

  • Learn about the historical evolution of yoga asanas.

Anatomy & Physiology

By studying the brain, nervous system, and stress, you can expect to achieve the following learning outcomes:

  • Understanding the Brain: Throughout the 10 months, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of the structure, functions, and key components of the brain. We will explore how different regions of the brain contribute to various cognitive processes, emotions, and behaviors.

  • Nervous System Knowledge: We will explore the nervous system, including its divisions (central and peripheral) and their respective functions. We will look at the role of neurons, neurotransmitters, and neural pathways in facilitating communication within the nervous system.

  • Stress Response Mechanisms: We will examine the physiological and psychological aspects of the stress response. We will study and learn about the role of the nervous system in detecting and responding to stressors, including the activation of the fight-or-flight response and the release of stress hormones.

  • Impact of Stress on the Body: You will understand the effects of chronic stress on the body and its relationship with various health conditions. We will explore how stress can influence our immune function, cardiovascular health, digestion, sleep patterns, and mental well-being.

  • Coping Strategies: You will learn effective breathing techniques for managing stress and promoting resilience. We will learn about posture and pose adjustments (in relation to gravity) that can positively impact the brain, nervous system and the stress response.

  • Practical Applications: We will apply the knowledge gained to real-life scenarios and contexts. By the end of the course, you will understanding how an advanced understanding (relative to a 200-hour qualification) of the brain, nervous system, and stress can be utilized in Yoga.

  • Awareness and Empathy: We will develop increased self-awareness and empathy towards oneself and others regarding the impact of stress on mental and physical health. We will gain insights into promoting holistic well-being and supporting others in stress management.

  • By achieving these learning outcomes, you will be equipped with a comprehensive understanding of the brain, nervous system, and stress, enabling you to make informed decisions about self-care, stress management, and supporting others in their well-being journeys.

  • Respiratory System Understanding: Gain in-depth knowledge of the intricacies of the respiratory system and its relevance to yoga. Understand the scientific principles of breathing in yoga and its impact on overall well-being.

  • Optimal Breathing Techniques: Break down scientific studies to explore and understand the most effective and optimal breathing methods in various yoga poses. Learn how to synchronize breath with movement for enhanced physical and mental benefits.

  • Individualized Breathing Approaches: Develop an understanding that there is no singular "right" or "wrong" way to breathe in yoga or in general. Explore the individualized nature of breath and empower students to find their own unique breath patterns that support their practice.

  • Modifications for Back Pain: Learn how to modify yoga poses to accommodate specific types of back pain, including Sciatica. Gain the skills to adapt poses and sequences to address individual needs, promoting safety and accessibility for students with back-related concerns.

  • Personalized Approach to Back Pain: Develop an awareness that back pain is not a generic condition. Understand the diverse causes and manifestations of back pain, and learn to approach each case with individualized care and attention.

  • Exploration of Thomas Myers' Anatomy Trains: Delve deep into the concepts presented in Thomas Myers' Anatomy Trains, understanding the interconnectedness of muscles, fascia, and movement patterns in the body. Apply this knowledge to enhance alignment, movement efficiency, and overall body awareness in yoga practice.

  • Injury Prevention and Recovery: Understand common yoga injuries and explore concepts such as recovery, tolerance, and load. Learn how to create a safe and supportive environment for students, promoting injury prevention and fostering an understanding of healthy movement patterns.

Other Forms of Practice

  • Discover the principles and benefits of Yin Yoga and how to integrate it into your classes.

  • Learn about advanced sequencing, special populations yoga, trauma-sensitive yoga, and the art of "adjusting."

  • Be guided through the 26 & 2 and "Advanced 84" sequences by our expert tutor, James Tenconi.

Practical Exploration & Anatomy

  • Comprehensive Exploration of Yoga Poses: Explore the key 84 Hatha Yoga poses, including their variations and modifications. Develop a deep understanding of the alignment, benefits, and potential challenges associated with each pose.

  • Reconceptualizing Flexibility: Demystify the concept of flexibility in relation to yoga. Gain insight into how flexibility is not solely about achieving extreme ranges of motion but rather about finding a balanced and functional range that supports your body's needs.

  • Embracing Anatomical Variations: Grasp the significance of understanding anatomical variations among individuals. Learn why the approach to yoga should be personalized, taking into account individual differences in body structure, limitations, and strengths. Recognize that "one size does not fit all" in yoga practice.

  • Understanding Gravity's Influence: Develop an understanding of the interplay between gravity and yoga poses. Explore how gravity affects body alignment, stability, and balance. Gain insights into how your body responds to different intentions and actions within yoga poses.

  • Creative Sequencing Techniques: Acquire a wide range of creative and innovative techniques for designing advanced yoga class sequences. Explore various sequencing approaches, such as peak pose sequencing, theme-based sequencing, and sequencing for specific intentions or target areas.

  • By achieving these learning outcomes, you will be equipped with a comprehensive understanding of Yoga poses, the importance of personalized approaches in yoga practice, and the influence of gravity on body alignment and intentions. This knowledge will empower you to guide students effectively, honor their unique anatomical differences, and foster a balanced and safe yoga practice.


Join us in this extraordinary adventure of self-discovery and growth as we delve into the ancient wisdom and modern science of yoga. More detailed information will be provided during the introductory weekend. We can't wait to guide you on this transformative journey.

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Elevate your yoga teaching skills at the award-winning studio 🏆 voted as the best in Surrey in 2023.


We firmly believe in the immense value of in-person yoga teacher training. It provides a unique opportunity for you to not only receive guidance from experienced tutors but also learn from your peers. In-person training fosters profound connections and a sense of community that often extends long after you've completed your teaching journey.

Imagine this: attending an in-person training is like embarking on a transformative adventure with like-minded individuals who share your passion for yoga. Together, you form lasting friendships that enrich your personal and professional life. These connections become your support system, guiding you even after you've stepped into the role of a yoga teacher.

Moreover, in-person training allows you to witness firsthand the wonders of yoga in action. By being in close proximity to your fellow students, you have the opportunity to observe real bodies in motion, understanding the nuances of different yoga postures and learning to identify potential challenges or areas of focus. This real-time interaction with real people provides an invaluable learning experience that cannot be replicated through virtual platforms like Zoom.


Our course leader, Zahir, recently shared his profound reflections on the life-changing experience of in-person teacher training alongside the class of 2022/23. His heartfelt account resonates with the deep impact that can only be achieved through face-to-face interactions and shared physical experiences. READ BLOG


No virtual setting can truly replicate the transformative power and lasting memories created during in-person yoga teacher training.

Join us in embracing the richness of in-person training and embark on a journey that will shape not only your teaching skills but also your personal growth and connection to a vibrant yoga community.
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Yoga Teacher Training Day Breakdown:

Morning Session:

- Start of the day: 08:30
- Location: Upstairs studio
- Focus: Theory-based sessions covering various modules outlined in the prospectus
- Topics covered: For example, the morning session begins with an in-depth exploration of the nervous system and its significance in yoga practice. We delve into the intricate workings of the nervous system, examining how it influences our movements, breath, and overall well-being during yoga sessions.
- Practical application: Through interactive discussions and exercises, we explore how understanding the nervous system (for example) enhances our ability to create safe and effective yoga sequences. We delve into the connections between the nervous system and essential aspects of yoga, including alignment, breathwork, and relaxation techniques.












Breaks: We provide two breaks during the morning sessions, each lasting approximately 15 minutes. These breaks offer an opportunity to recharge, make a cup of coffee, and enjoy some biscuits in our office (both provided). It's also a chance to stretch your legs and rejuvenate before diving back in.

Lunch Break:

Time: 12:30-13:00

Facilities: Our training facility includes a convenient fridge and microwave on-site, allowing you to bring your own lunch and store it if needed. You can also enjoy your lunch within the building. If you prefer to explore other options, there are plenty of choices available just a few hundred yards away. Tesco, as well as various coffee shops and eateries, provide a range of dining possibilities to suit different tastes and preferences.

Afternoon Session:

- Start: 13:00-16:00
- Location: Main downstairs studio
- Focus: Practical-based activities
- Applying knowledge: The afternoon sessions primarily focus on practical applications. We take the concepts and theories covered in the morning session and apply them practically. For instance, we explore functional anatomy by actively performing the poses outlined in your manuals. By doing so, we gain a deeper understanding of how our bodies interact with gravity, the optimal way to breathe (as there is no strictly right or wrong way), and how to ensure our intentions align with our body's responses in each pose. This comprehensive breakdown and explanation will be provided in great detail.




End of Day:

Finish time: 16:00
This structured training day aims to equip you with the necessary tools and expertise to become a confident and competent yoga teacher.


Note: The schedule and specific activities may vary slightly based on the particular training program and its curriculum.

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If you don't have time to book, don't worry. Just turn up and we will find you a mat.


The Old Barclays Bank

157 Station Road,

Addlestone, (near Weybridge),


KT15 2AT


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