200 Hour Teacher Training Course 2020

Expert,Yoga Teacher Training in Dublin and Wicklow, partly online.

There are hundreds of 200-hour teacher trainings out there and it can be a challenge to decide which one is right for you. Here, we’ll tell you about some of the specific aspects of the Greystones Yoga Teacher Training:

Our Way With Yoga

If you are attracted to yoga and perhaps already beginning to understand that the practice is ultimately a journey of self-discovery, then this is the training course for you. Maybe you want to teach yoga, or maybe you love what yoga is already doing for you and you want to understand and learn more. Perhaps you are already teaching and would like to enhance your knowledge of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga (which, taught mindfully, will be the foundation of the course), and Yin Yoga, which is a wonderful complement to a mindful Ashtanga practice. The course will deepen your practice and your understanding of yoga, and show you how a personal practice can nurture and support you throughout your life. It will also give you the skills, knowledge and confidence to start out as a teacher if that is what your goal is.

At Greystones Yoga, while we place great value on the student/teacher relationship and stay true to the methodology of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga,  we follow no guru and teach the practice in an extremely mindful way. We encourage our students to discover how their own yoga practice can be their best teacher. The environment, as well as the teaching philosophy, is inclusive, compassionate, adaptive and non-dogmatic. 

A 5-month Completion Date

Things have changed radically on the yoga landscape because of the current pandemic. Our current 200 hour course was unexpectedly moved online and we continue to teach that way for now. We have all adapted to this style of teaching and learning and there are undoubtedly advantages for students in terms of commuting and time costs.  However, although much of the next TTC will take place online, we hope to gather together too, particularly during the full week of study in April. If this is not possible, either for the entire group or for an individual on the course (because of temporary lockdowns in certain areas), the modules will all be live-streamed, so participants can take part from anywhere.  Places are extremely limited because we must be ready to comply with social distancing guidelines. 

Expert Tuition

The principal tutor on the course is founder of Greystones Yoga, Ríonach O’Flynn. Ríonach has been practising yoga for over 20 years and is a Certified Senior Yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals. 

Ríonach O’Flynn

Senior Greystones Yoga teacher Ingrid Jaanisoo will be the primary tutor on the Yin Yoga Module.

Ingrid Jaanisoo

History & Philosophy of Yoga

Marianne Jacuzzi

This is a vast and sometimes complex subject that you could study for a lifetime and more. Our goal will be to give you a solid introduction to the Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita (the foundational texts on our course).We will study Patanjali’s eightfold path called ashtanga, “eight limbs” (ashta=eight, anga=limb) and explore how the practice and philosophy of yoga can enable us to live a healthier, happier and more purposeful life. We will also look at the history of modern yoga from the time of Krishnamacharya and see how the various styles of yoga now practised in the West evolved from his teachings. 

While yoga philosophy will be interwoven throughout the course,  yoga scholar, writer and teacher Marianne Jacuzzi will deliver two specific modules sharing her extraordinary knowledge of this subject.

Yoga Anatomy

Stu Girling

We are delighted to have internationally renowned yoga anatomy teacher Stu Girling teach the anatomy module on our Teacher Training course in 2020. Stu is founder of the popular loveyogaanatomy.com website and youtube channel and has been teaching yoga related anatomy for the last 9 years both on teacher trainings and international workshops. He has unique expertise in the area of yoga-related anatomy, with a deep understanding of the subject that comes from a 20-year personal yoga practice, a BSc Hons in Health Studies, and many years of sharing his knowledge with yoga students and teachers worldwide. Stu also offers therapeutic Bodywork exclusively for yoga practitioners. The underlying philosophy that guides what he shares is that knowledge is of no value unless we can understand how to use it and have use for it. With this in mind, his teaching focuses on what makes us individual, how we can understand our limitations and restrictions and how we can avoid injury and create balance. Stu is known for integrating fun and practical experimentation into every workshop and emphasises the importance of getting to grips with the concepts rather than getting bogged down in the detail.

Yoga Fundamentals and Asana Teaching Techniques.

Every day will begin with an Asana, Pranayama & Meditation class. One of our main goals will be to help you establish your own regular, daily practice (if you don’t already have one). You will learn about the importance of a personal practice and how to integrate this into your life. We’ll look at diet and nutrition to support your practice and your life. You will learn, through demonstration and extensive practice, how to teach a class up to Navasana in the Primary Series, including backbends and the Finishing Sequence, exploring how to modify where necessary to accommodate the individual student, whatever their body type or stage of life. You will also study Yin Yoga during a specific module of the course. The principles of observation, alignment, safe and gentle adjustment, communication with and support for your student at all times will be highlighted throughout your training with us.

Pranayama, Meditation & The Subtle Body

“Nadis”, “Bandhas”, “Koshas” …..just a few of the terms that you may have heard in yoga class and may not fully understand.  Through the study of meditation and yogic breathing techniques (pranayama), you will gain a better understanding of the subtle body and the terminology around it, learning how your practice impacts your entire being.

The Ethics & Business of Teaching

You will learn about both the practical and ethical aspects of being an authentic teacher in today’s very busy yoga environment. This module will include:

  • Your presence in the online and physical teaching space – how to develop your teaching presence and make your students feel comfortable and confident in your teaching, whether you are with them in person or teaching online. 
  • The importance of ongoing study to maintain both your personal practice and your teaching standards
  • Ethical guidelines for teachers 
  • The business of Yoga 

Assessment & Graduation

Students will be continually assessed throughout the course and graduation will take place in January 2021. Graduating students will be awarded their Greystones Yoga 200-hour Teacher Training Certificate, which is internationally recognised through the auspices of Yoga Alliance Professionals UK.

What Former Students Say:

‘The yoga teacher training course at Greystones Yoga was fantastic on many levels. Learning about the history and philosophy has given me a much deeper understanding of what yoga is all about, which has brought a new dimension to my own practice. On a practical level the course gave me both the tools and confidence to teach a class which I couldn’t have imagined doing when I first signed up. Ríonach is a wonderful teacher who shared with us her knowledge, experience and passion for yoga which made the course very special. She knows her stuff and is more than happy to share it. I met some lovely people and the views of the sea from the studio made the setting perfect. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who has a love for yoga and wants to learn more.”
Susan Elliott, Teacher Training Graduate
“I enrolled in the course to deepen my own knowledge and understanding of yoga, conscious of the benefits it was already bringing to my life. And it turned out to be everything I had hoped for and so much more! All aspects of the course were really enjoyable, from the teaching practice, to the philosophy, general discussions and anatomy learning. But it was Ríonach in particular, along with the other teachers, that  made this course so special – incredibly knowledgeable, understanding and so caring and supportive of each and every student. We had a fantastic group, all of whom loved this course, and I would have no hesitation recommending it to anyone considering teaching or who just like myself, wants to deepen their own knowledge. It has taught me so much and given me the  confidence and ability to progress (and maybe one day teach others!)”
Jane Baxter,  Teacher Training Graduate
“Having been a student of Greystones Yoga studio for a number of years now, when I saw the 200hr  T.T. advertised there was no decision to make. Ríonach and her team of Ingrid Jaanisoo and Marianne Jacuzzi (Philosophy) have constructed a fantastic TT course. Ríonach has created a safe,encouraging and open space that catered for and supported each individual student and student teacher. Her willingness to share her considerable knowledge on all aspects of yoga was a joy to experience and this has given me a solid foundation and the confidence to begin my journey as a yoga teacher. I would advise any student at any level or anyone considering teaching yoga not to miss this opportunity. You will also meet some great people!”
Gerald Monaghan, Teacher Training Graduate
“If you are looking for an authentic, grounded, inspiring yoga teacher training then Greystones Yoga is what you need. I signed up to deepen my own practice but got so much more. Ríonach has a passion for Ashtanga and this comes across without ego, her  experience of asana, pranayama, anatomy and philosophy of yoga is real. I always felt in safe hands, encouraged and supported. I ended the training wanting to do it all over again and am grateful to have been given a gift to take with me into my life.”
Priscilla Duffy, Teacher Training Graduate
I have been practising yoga for nearly 15 years and for the past 10 years it has been a dream of mine to do a yoga teacher training course. With three young children and working full time, I didn’t think it would be possible for my dream to become a reality. But when I  became aware of this (wonderful) Yoga Teacher Training Course being held in Greystones Yoga Studio, under the expert tutelage of Ríonach along with Marianne and Ingrid, I knew that I could not miss out on the opportunity to learn from such dedicated and knowledgeable yogis! 
It has been a life changing experience for me to complete this course. It has deepened my knowledge and practice so much. I cannot recommend this course highly enough!⭐
Nóra Fulton, Teacher Training Graduate
“I found the Greystones Yoga TT  to be an intensive immersion in all aspects of yoga.  A wonderful learning process conducted in a safe , loving place with total support from the teachers and other students in the group.  I feel I have been given so much confidence to continue my own daily practice in addition to the possibility of teaching others.  I feel extremely grateful for every minute and truthfully would have loved to continue for longer.”
Hedda Moore, Teacher Training Graduate
“Given the challenges of work/family  health, & life in general, I was a ‘woman on the edge!’!!!  In need of finding another path, a physical edge while cultivating a calm acceptance of self and spirit. Having an appreciation of Ashtanga yoga,  I had thought of going back to it, but didn’t quite know how or even if I could do it. Until an email from GYS popped up, announcing a teacher training course.The rest is history… It became a reality under the wonderful tuition of Ríonach O’Flynn and Ingrid Jaanisoo, whose transformative teachings of ashtanga vinyasa yoga brought about a life-changing experience and practice, complimented by Marianne Jacuzzi’s historical and philosophical teachings. I can honestly say I haven’t looked back and whether you want to teach or not, if you have a genuine interest in Ashtanga yoga this course is a must. Transformative!!”
Debs Nicholson, Graduate
Certified Yoga Trainer

How To Apply

The current course (September 2020 – January 2021) is now full. The next course will run from February 2021 to June 2021).

To be considered for this Teacher Training course, you should be practising yoga for at least two years. This does not have to be Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, though you need to understand that this style of yoga is the foundation of the course. 

You can download the Application Form here. Please complete and scan it to info@greystonesyoga.ie or post to 2 Wendon Park, Delgany Wood, County Wicklow A63 D768. We’ll be in touch within 7 days of receipt of your form. If your application is accepted, you’ll need to pay your €500 non-refundable deposit to confirm your place. Once your deposit is received, we’ll send you more information about the course, including a full syllabus and timetable and some initial study we’d like you to get started on before we meet for our first weekend of training.

If you have any questions in the meantime about your studies or the training course, you can contact Ríonach O’Flynn, Director of Teacher Training, on +353 86 8542741 or info@greystonesyoga.ie


The full 200-hour training fee is €2,500. Early Bird fee of €2,300 applies for payments received in full by December 19th.  Your deposit of €500 is due upon acceptance of your application. Fees must be paid in full by January 19th. Please contact 0868542741 or email info@greystonesyoga with any queries.

Your non-refundable course fee includes:

  • All tuition during 200 hours
  • Manual for Teacher Training Course

Your course fee does not include:

  • Additional Reading List (4 essential texts, further optional reading)
  • Your membership or insurance with Yoga Alliance Professionals (required if you want to teach)

A non-refundable deposit of €500 secures your place. Payment is by bank transfer.

September 2020 – January 2021 dates: (this course is now full)

September 11 – 13 
October 2 – 4
October 24 – 30 (Full Week)
November 20 – 22
December 11 – 13
January 15 – 17

February 2021 – June 2021 dates: (applications accepted now)

February 19 – 21
March 19 – 21
April 12 – 16 (Monday to Friday)
May 14 – 16
June 11 – 13

5 weekends, from Friday afternoon to Sunday evening and one week over April school holidays. There is a degree of flexibility regarding some of the dates (some modules can be made up, particularly now that much of the course may be online).