Yoga Teacher Training - Barefoot Yoga Studio

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Yoga Teacher Training


This course is being held on-site in our studio in Lucan subject to Covid regulations (see more below)

Learn to teach yoga with Irelands premium Yoga Teacher Training Studio. With an emphasis on detailed anatomy and physiology, this practical course also includes a Business module to set you up on your new journey.

This course is accredited by Yoga Alliance International (YAI) and draws on the knowledge of leading Irish teachers from a variety of yoga traditions.

Applications are being taken for our upcoming course starting in September 2022. Please email us for more information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This course is suitable for all ages and levels of fitness. Although some knowledge and experience of yoga is preferable, it is not essential as all students will learn from the bottom up.

Recognised Qualification – 200 hour Diploma in Yoga Teaching (YAI – 200) YAI-Certified-Teacher-logo-200hr1

Accreditation & Hours
The course follows the Yoga Alliance International syllabus and specifications utilising the most contemporary methods and practice, while keeping close to the classical structures set down in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.

The course comprises of 200 hours, 150 of which are Tutor Contact hours; Home Assignments cover the remaining 20 hours.

Two options available: one weekend per month over 12 months or 2 weekends per month over 6 months.

Weekends consist of Saturday and Sunday attendance – 10am to 4.30pm

Course Outline:yoga (Custom)


  • In-depth exploration of asana
  • Correct alignment
  • How to instruct
  • Qualities of a teacher
  • Demonstrating, assisting, observing and adjusting
  • Safety in the classroom
  • How to adapt and modify the asana to the individual
  • Developing your style
  • Therapeutic values of asana
  • Etiquette of adjusting
  • Sequencing classes and Lesson Planning
  • Developing teacher presence and teacher voice
  • Practice teaching groups

Anatomy & Physiology

  • Introduction to Anatomy for Yoga: Terminology, Index of Bones and Muscles, the Musculoskeletal System, including Functions and Types of Joints
  • Anatomy of Movement
  • Principles of Structural Alignment
  • Anatomy of the Spine: Introduction, Movements of the Spine
  • Spinal Curves and Intervertebral Discs – Theory and Practice
  • Cervical Vertebrae: Alignment & Musculature of the Neck
  • The Neck in Asana - Theory and Practice, including Jalandhara Bandha
  • Pelvis, Sacrum, Sacro-Iliac Joint and Pelvic Floor
  • Mula Bandha: the primary Bandha in the pelvis
  • The Lower Limb, Bones and Muscles: Femur, Knee Joint, Feet, Arches, Ankles and Calves
  • The Pectoral Girdle: Movements of the Scapula
  • Movements of the Arm at the Shoulder Joint
  • The Wrist, Hand and Forearm: muscles and bones
  • Movement of the Arm at the Elbow Joint
  • Shoulders, Hand and Wrist: Experiential Anatomy
  • Abdominal Muscles
  • Abdominals in Asana and Pranayama Practice, Uddiyana Bandha
  • The Respiratory System: Organs and Functions
  • The Mechanics of Breathing
  • Muscles of Respiration and the Physiology of Respiration
  • Breathing Basics
  • Health and Safety
  • Modifications: Back Problems
  • Modifications: Blood Pressure
  • Modifications: Arthritis

Business Module

  • Steps to start up
  • Business Plan Development
  • Marketing & Advertisement
  • Promotion of Business
  • Qualities and Responsibilities of a Yoga Teacher

MeditationRestorative Yoga Workshop

  • Why meditate
  • Exploring different methods of meditation
  • Universal life force meditation
  • Visualisation
  • Philosophy & Ethics
  • Eight limbs of yoga
  • Introduction to the Classical Texts

The yoga sutras

  • 4 Limbs of Yoga
  • Ethics of a teacher
  • The philosophy and aim of yoga
  • Applying yoga philosophy to your practice


  • Yoga breath and pranayama
  • Breath techniques, effects and methods of teaching
  • Yoga Nidra
  • Relaxation Techniques
  • The Human System
  • Subtle Anatomy

This course costs €2,500 and is payable one month before the course starts. We also offer an Early Bird discount for the first number of bookings. Book early and save €250 so your course costs just €2,250.

Alternatively payment plans are available to spread the cost of your training- please contact us to discuss how we can best work payment for you over a period of time. 

Once approved, a non-refundable deposit is required to secure your place.

For the duration of the course students will receive a 20% discount at Barefoot Yoga Studio for class passes, unlimited passes and workshops. 

What happens if there are future lockdowns or Covid 19 restrictions preventing on-site delivery of the course? Our priority is to deliver the course on-site and we will do everything we can to make this happen while adhering to regulations. However, we have very restricted numbers to ensure that if we are forced to deliver some of the course on-line, we will still have very low teacher to student ratios and personal attention can be given to each student. Our tutors are firmly committed to ensuring that to the best of their ability you will get a great experience even if some of it has to be delivered on-line. Rest assured, the course will be delivered on-site unless there are regulations preventing this. Feel free to speak to us about this and ask us any questions you may have before booking this course.

Exams and Assignments
The Yoga Training Course takes place over 12 weekends in the year.  Weekends consist of Saturday and Sunday attendance – 10.45am – 5.30pm. Continuous home practice and regular attendance of a Yoga class is also expected. You will receive a comprehensive manual and folder at the start of the course and comprehensive notes throughout. 

Participants are expected, as part of their training, to set up and teach a small Yoga class – with the continued support of their Tutors. Trainees will be required to particapate in Teacher Training practice throughout the course and this will be assessed on a continuous basis. 

All Systems of the Body will be explored and the topic of Anatomy and Physiology will be fully related to Yoga. For this module (Anatomy), written assignments are to be completed throughout the course which form part of the final assessment of each student.   

Earn As You Learn
Barefoot students can start teaching public classes mid-way through their training course. This presents an extraordinary opportunity to gain teaching experience while you are continuing your education, and offers an opportunity for the training to pay for itself. Teaching is made possible with "Student Teacher" insurance, which can be organised through Balens Insurance.

Mentoring Programme
At the end of the course you are not left in limbo! You will have access to a diverse range of senior teachers and peers to provide mentorship and assist with any queries you have. This has proved invaluable to previous students as they move on from our course. 

Course Tutors

Paula Flood
Paula has been teaching hatha and prenatal Yoga in Dublin since 2001 and is a registered Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance UK. This accreditation demonstrates excellent standards as set by YAUK.

In 1999 Paula qualified with Marie Quail, a senior Iyengar and Satyananda-trained teacher based in Northern Ireland. ‘There is so much to learn in the field of yoga and my interest has led me to complete numerous trainings including in yoga anatomy, yoga therapy, Viniyoga, restorative yoga, anti-gravity and prenatal yoga, mindfulness meditation and Buteyko breathing.’ Paula contributes to many Teacher Training programs throughout Ireland with a clear focus on anatomy & physiology.

Michael McCann
A senior teacher trainer with twenty years experience, Michael has studied the ancient yogic texts in depth since the 1970s. His satsangs, meditation, pranayama and philosophy teachings offer a wellspring of wisdom and experiential perspective on the ancient teachings. Michael is chairperson for the Yoga Fellowship of Northern Ireland and is a regular contributor to various wellness and yoga publications. 

Clare Bassett

Clare is an experienced and passionate teacher and tutor with many years’ experience training yoga teachers mainly on the YTTC (Yoga training and therapy centre) diploma courses.She began her own yoga journey in 2001 then trained as a yoga teacher under Roy Griffin and Marie Quail with the YTTC in 2006.

What are current students have to say -

"I am really enjoying this course. It is well structured and the instructors are knowledgeable and present the wealth of information in an accessible way. The handouts are of extremely high quality. I feel much more confident in my practice already and look forward to deepening my knowledge in the future. The teaching practice is very helpful also in preparing us to lead classes" - Veronica

"I have really enjoyed my training thus far and feel I've gotten a lot out of the course. It has benefited and deepened my own practice as well as preparing me for teaching. The support given by Tara and the other mentors is great and they have been available and generous with their time throughout" - Sarah

"The teachers are excellent and it has a lovely vibe - not at all intimidating! When I was thinking of doing YTT, I thought I'd encouter very experienced people, way more advanced than I, but the atmosphere in Barefoot is supportive and nurturing. I'd highly recommend it!" - Fiona