200 Hour Teacher Training Course 2020

There are hundreds of 200-hour teacher trainings out there and it can be a challenge to decide which one is right for you. So here, we’ll tell you about some of the specific aspects of the Greystones Yoga Studio 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 will be the foundation of the course), and Yin Yoga, which is a wonderful complement to an 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 GYS, 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 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

The timetable of our Teacher Training is designed to keep you engaged on the course by allowing you to complete your training between February and June 2020, meeting for 5 weekends, except for April, when there will be a full week of training. 

Expert Tuition

The principle tutor on the course is Ríonach O’Flynn, a Certified Senior Yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals (this is the highest level of accreditation with Yoga Alliance Professionals). Ingrid Jaanisoo will assist and will be the primary tutor on the Yin Yoga Module. The history and philosophy of yoga will be taught by yoga scholar, writer and teacher, Marianne Jacuzzi.  

Yoga Fundamentals and Asana Teaching Techniques.

Every time we meet, we will begin the day 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.

History & Philosophy of Yoga

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.

Pranayama, Meditation & The Subtle Body

“Chakras”, “Nadis”, “Bandhas” and “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.

Yoga Anatomy

A good understanding of how the body works and how to keep it safe during a yoga practice is essential for every teacher. During the 20 hours of anatomy on the GYS TTC you will learn:

  • How to make poses accessible for any student
  • What to do when students have an injury 
  • How each muscle is used and how slight alterations in a pose can enhance or reduce its effectiveness
  • How the breath opens the body and is fundamental to a good yoga practice.
  • How to keep your students safe in every pose


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 teaching space – how to develop your teaching presence and make your students feel comfortable and confident in your teaching.
  • The importance of ongoing study to maintain both your personal practice and your teaching standards
  • Ethical guidelines for teachers 
  • The business of Yoga – how to set up classes and deal with financial affairs.

Assessment & Graduation

Students will be continually assessed throughout the entire course and a final weekend of assessment and feedback will take place in June. 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.

Certified Yoga Trainer

How To Apply

You can download the Application Form here. Please return it by email or post. 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

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. 


The full 200-hour training fee is €2,500. Discounted Early Bird Fee of €2,300 applies for payments made in full before November 30th, 2019. Otherwise, we have a flexible payment plan available if you would like to pay in monthly instalments, paying €400 for 5 months after your initial deposit has been paid. Please contact us for details.

Your non-refundable course fee includes:

  • All tuition during 200 hours
  • A 12-month subscription to YogaAnatomy.Net, the resource we will be using as we teach the Anatomy Module of the Training Programme. This is exclusively available through yoga teacher training programmes and includes all handouts, visuals and ongoing 12 month, individual access to this resource.
  • Manual for Teacher Training Course

Your course fee does not include:

  • Additional Reading List (3 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. You can pay online by card, or by cheque or cash at the studio.


Training will take place at Greystones Yoga between February and June 2020.  Dates are as follows:

February 7 – 9
March 6 – 8
April 4 – 10 
May 2 – 4
May 22 – May 24
June 26 – 29

5 weekends, generally Friday afternoon to Sunday evening except for a bank holiday weekend in May where we’ll study from Saturday pm to Monday to include the bank holiday,  and one week (9am to 6:30pm) over Easter school holidays). There is a degree of flexibility regarding some of the dates (some modules can be made up). Please register your interest by sending an email to Ríonach O’Flynn, Teacher Training Director, info@greystonesyoga.ie