Richard offers a certified in depth 250 hour teacher trainer plus in conjunction with Contemporary School of Yoga.YogaTrainerPlus

Our mission is to inspire a new generation of contemporary yoga teachers, paying deep respect of the origins of yoga, and supporting those who are willing to be pioneers and take yoga to the next level. We are confident that our graduates will have the skills to go out into the world, find themselves, teach and inspire change.


CSY offers a 250hour Teacher Trainer Plus to a select group each year. Our Teacher Trainer Plus stands above other 200hour Foundation Trainings because it acknowledges the need for in depth teaching experience, skills, and advice rather than just helping you to improve your personal asana practice. We offer unique mentoring, support and training, which include an emphasis on you teaching throughout the course and developing your skills to become part of a new generation of yoga teachers.

Our unique course offers a multi-disciplinary yoga teacher training, recognised and accredited by Yoga Alliance Professionals. It is the perfect foundation Teacher training for anyone wishing to start on their journey as a yoga teacher or serve as an additional training to those who have already completed a teacher training but feel that they require greater knowledge and confidence to become an amazing yoga facilitator.



What will the course be covering?

This 6-month programme will examine all aspects of yoga, from the physical practices of asana, pranayama, meditation and anatomy in its many layers and forms. There will also be an in depth study of the philosophy of yoga, the key Yogic Philosophical texts, and spiritual concepts made relevant to todays world.

We will also be teaching you how to teach in today’s contemporary culture. Covering everything from sequencing, adjustments, building confidence, vocal projection, and contemporary methods of promotion and social media.

The course will leave you with an understanding of how to teach many styles or forms of yoga, including Hatha, Vinyasa, Hot Yoga, Yin and Restorative. Providing you with the knowledge to put together your own yoga sequences, and with confidence your own style.

Dates for Teacher Trainer plus 2018

 The course will be structured into 4 modules:

Module 1 – The dimensions of Yoga

18th & 19th  August 2018 – Intro weekend

Journey to Power

September 2018 – 7 day UK retreat (dates TBC)

Module 2 – Teaching Yoga – 4 weekends

22nd & 23rd September 2018

29th & 30th  September 2018

13th & 14th October 2018

20th & 21st October 2018

Module 3 Process and Practice – 2 months

November & December 2018

 Module 4 – Reaching your Fullest Potential – 4 weekends

 5th & 6th January 2019

12th & 13th January 2019

26th & 27th January 2019

2nd & 3rd February 2019

Assessment & Graduation weekend

16th & 17th February 2019

Who will be teaching the course?

Richard George – qualified Yoga Alliance Professional Senior Teacher, will teach all contact hours for the 2017 intake.

Richard has been practicing yoga since the start of the year 2000 and has over 12 years of teaching experience. He has completed multiple teacher training courses himself over these many years, and completed a 3 year 250 hour teacher training with the British Wheel of Yoga. Richard has since completed a 2 year diploma in Yoga Therapy and a 3 year course in Shamanic Practices. Additional training has been in Restorative yoga, Connective Tissue, Ayurveda and Thai massage.

He has experience of setting up his own classes and working for yoga studios and gyms in both Birmingham and London and has also taught for Birmingham City Council, which involved being monitored and assessed by OFSTED. During his time teaching he has run many successful retreats abroad and taught classes and workshops in many cities around the world.

How experienced do I need to be at yoga?

Our mission for CSY Teacher Trainer plus program is to set a higher standard of teaching from our graduates, Although a large portion of your course will be aimed at deepening your understanding of the practice of yoga, we do require that you have a sufficient level of asana practice prior to the course. You should have a minimum of 2 years consistent practice (this could be attending classes, self practice or a combination of both) and that you be practicing yoga 5-6 times a week prior to the training. The main emphasis of our training course is to teach you the depths of yoga and to give you a whole range of teaching tools to make you one of the new pioneers of yoga teaching.

Enthusiasm and passion for yoga is more important to us than if you are fluent in Sanskrit and able to practice “difficult” yoga postures.

It is a requirement that you have attended a minimum of 20 hours of classes with Richard George, your course tutor, to ensure that the teacher/student relationship is going to work.

If for any reason you cannot attend Richard’s classes an assessment day will be arranged, so that you can meet your course tutor and discuss if the course is suitable for you.

How do I sign up?

Please contact for an info pack and application form.

Once your application has been successful, we will require a non-refundable deposit of £500 to guarantee your place on the course.

How much?

This deposit of £500 will be deducted from your total fees for the course, which are £3200 for 2018 intake.

We then require an additional minimum of £1000 before 31st July, to ensure your place on the Trainer course.

If you pay full fees before the course starts (10th August 2018) we offer a £200 early bird discount.

Additional monthly payments can be arranged through CSY, but you must have your full fees paid by the end of December 2018.

Payments can be made by cash or bank transfer.

Applications will be on a first come, first served basis.

We reserve the right to refuse or take the place off a student who has not paid their fees as agreed, and certificates will only be issued to those who have no further payments outstanding.

What am I investing in?

  • All training and assessment from Richard George – qualified Yoga Alliance Professionals Senior Yoga Teacher
  • 10 full weekends of training at Yoga Sweat
  • 7 Day UK retreat (accommodation, training and meals)
  • Printed and bound whopping 325-page Yoga Sweat Trainer plus manual.
  • Opportunity to access and observe classes
  • All Assessments (written and practical) for the 250 hour course
  • One full weekend of assessment, observations and graduation ceremony.
  • All students’ names, phone numbers and email addresses will be forwarded to YAP (and no other third parties) to be approved for their free membership upgrade.
  • Discounted 6 month membership available with Yogasweat
  • Free trainee membership with Yoga Alliance Professionals
  • Subsidised join up fee if you upgrade your YAP membership within 14 days of graduation. (saves you £35 set up fee).

What’s not included?

  • Reading list (most books can be purchased second hand nowadays on amazon or ebay), but all books recommended will be useful for your future yoga-teaching career.
  • Travel for UK retreat
  • Accommodation and Travel for weekend Training sessions
  • Food and snacks for weekend Training at Yoga Sweat
  • Insurance (available from Yoga Alliance professionals for only £15 for course duration)
  • Any catch up or re-assessment sessions organised outside of scheduled course times.

 Do I have to attend all sessions?

  • You are required to attend at all sessions of the Trainer plus course, but special circumstances may be considered.
  • Absence must be reported to the course tutor as soon as possible so alternative teaching methods can be arranged at an additional charge.
  • If you do miss sessions you will be given additional assignments, (either written or recorded), to be completed before the final assessment weekend. We reserve the right to charge an additional fee for this.
  • A minimum of 90% attendance is required gain your Teaching certificate.

How will I be assessed?

Throughout the course the Senior Teacher, colleagues from your course and additional teachers from Yoga Sweat will assess you honestly for the following;

  • Micro teaching of Savasana/ Relaxation
  • Observation and write up of 3 yoga classes
  • 3 In depth Asana studies
  • Log of all classes taught during the course
  • Final Lesson plan
  • Final Teaching Practice

The emphasis of this course is to make you confident in communicating, observing, assessing and evaluating – these are all essential qualities needed to become an amazing teacher!

The assessments will be on going throughout the course, so as if the need for extra guidance or tuition arises then we can arrange this with your course tutor or mentor. We want to assure you that we will do our best to help you become confident in teaching before your final assessment.

All assignments must be completed before the final graduation weekend in February 2019. Certificates will only be issued to those successfully completing all assessment criteria.

Additional assessments can be arranged with the course tutor within 2 months of the training end date at an additional minimum cost of £100 depending on what is required.

Will there be any homework?

Throughout the course most of the homework will be additional reading in preparation for the following session. Module 3 will be dedicated to the student being self-motivated to offer small classes to friends/ colleagues, observing classes and completing Asana studies. In Module 4 you will be required to prepare a complete teaching plan to support your final teaching assessment.

Who will be accrediting me?

Our Teacher Trainer plus has met the exceptional high standards set by Yoga Alliance Professionals. Graduates from our course are trained to be confident in teaching multiple styles of yoga at a foundation level with safety and care for all students. Teachers graduating from our course are also able to register with Yoga Alliance Professionals. Our certificate is recognized by all major establishments with the UK and worldwide.

* Subsidised join up fee is available to all graduates if they upgrade their YAP membership within 14 days of graduation.

Do you offer refunds?

The non-refundable deposit of £500 is to be paid within 7 days of being accepted on the course to guarantee your place.

Deposit and all other payments are non refundable.

What if I want to pull out?

Rarely this happens but if for personal reasons you need to pull out of the course no refund will be given. However, you may be offered a place to complete the modules missed and complete the course the following year only with the Course Tutor’s discretion.

What if I need to cancel my place?

If for any reason you need to cancel your place, please email as soon as possible so that we can offer your place to another. Deposit and payments made up to that date would unfortunately not be refunded.

What if the course is cancelled?

We will notify the students at the first available date, to inform them if the course will be cancelled. In these circumstances only a full refund will be issued.

What if I have any concerns during the course?

Please report any concerns immediately to your Student Mentor or Course Tutor; an informal chat is usually all that is required to sort things out. If further action is required then a formal written complaint can be emailed to where someone will respond to this within 7 days. Your complaint will remain anonymous if requested.

If for any unforeseen circumstance a full answer cannot be given within 7 days, you will be contacted with the reason why and when a full answer can be expected.

What happens after the course?

If successful in passing all assessments and homework, you will be issued with a certificate, and you will be a fully qualified yoga teacher. We will also be offering post course training days for further study and support. As a member of Yoga Alliance Professionals, you are required to continue your learning each year to keep you up to date with current thoughts and teachings in the contemporary yoga scene.

Code of Conduct

All students will be issued with a code of conduct to be signed and agreed by all on the first day of the training course.