Our 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training

Our 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training

We believe in excellence in yoga teacher training. For us and our students, this is far beyond teaching asana. Contemporary Yoga is a truly holistic programme that offers a transformational experience for students that explores deep into the yoga tradition and modern movement theory to build skills that support and enhance a beautiful life of teaching.

You won’t learn rigid shapes, cues or patterns here. Your highly experienced and respected teachers will take you on an enlightening and experiential journey of movement and yoga that creates stability and ease, and can be applied to every yoga style.

“This training surpassed all expectations - challenging, inspiring, and deeply informative.”
Bridget McNamara, 2017

Whether it whispers to deepen your practice or exclaims to share with others, we invite you to hear your inner calling and come explore.

Contemporary Yoga Teacher Training dives into the foundations of anatomy, alignment and movement in a way that is safe, stable, easeful and empowering.

With every breath and movement, you’ll be supported to find your own feet, resource your strength from within, and give voice to the passion that calls you.

Next 200-hour courses

January 2019 Intensive
5-12th, 14-19th, 21-24th January
Two rest days on Sundays 13th and 20th

9 Weekends over 5 months
April to August 2019

2x9 Days
24th August to 1st September 2019
12th-20th October 2019

Investment: $3250 (Early Bird)

Graduates of the 200-hour training are empowered to:

  • Understand essential anatomy and physiology hands-on
  • Investigate and enrich their understanding and practice of yoga
    Embody natural, functional movement
  • Grow their own sustainable and nourishing practice
  • Explore traditional yoga philosophy and history in a relevant way
  • Apply principles of biomechanics and developmental movement patterns to healthy, easeful and steady movement in the wider yoga tradition
  • Inquire, discuss, challenge, investigate, experience and try all learnings themselves in a safe environment, supported by their tutors and peers
  • Develop a full and authentic approach to yoga, asana and meditation
  • Deepen their personal journey, transformation and spiritual practice
  • Have a clear sense of their own unique offering
  • Give voice and confidence to their inner teacher
  • Embrace yoga and movement as a lifelong study
  • Build personal resilience and wellbeing
  • Teach safely, confidently and creatively in their community
  • Gain international recognition and accreditation to teach professionally worldwide

Choose Your Format

Our 200 hour yoga teacher training offering comes in three different formats.

20 Day Intensive 2019

Be fully immersed in yoga teacher training. We’ll spend 20 days together with two rest days.

Next training is 5-24th January 2019

Book January 2019

Weekend Mode 2019

Autumn and Winter 2019: 9 weekends over five months.

27-28 April | 11-12 May | 25-26 May
8-9 June | 22-23 Jun | 6-7 July
20-21 July | 3-4 August | 17-18 August

Book Weekends 2019

2x9 Day Intensive

Two sets of 9 days, with a month and a half off in between to let everything sink in.

Part 1 :: 24 August - 1 September 2019
Part 2 :: 12-20 October 2019

Book 2x9 Days 2019

Let’s Break It Down

Our 200-hour yoga teacher training course content can be broken down into several parts.

Face-to-face and heart-to-heart

170 hours are spent directly with your tutors where you will:

  • Fully explore how developmental movement patterns grow into naturally-aligned asana.
  • Discuss groundbreaking research into human anatomy & physiology and its relevance to yoga.
  • Get hands-on with bones and muscles and how they work together in asana.
  • Investigate yoga biomechanics with a focus on containment and stability.
  • Understand postural analysis, using yoga to restore natural balance and full-range of motion.
  • Work with the subtle energies of the body to purify the nadis and touch the natural mind.
  • Discover how the Yoga tradition is about meeting each moment with presence and openness.
  • Experience how yoga philosophy has the power to reshape your daily life.
  • Gain confidence in your teaching skills and teaching practice.

Home study

30 hours are home study in the form of an investigational journal about:

  • How your personal practice is developing
  • Review the public classes you attend
  • Workbook homework on philosophy, anatomy and physiology
  • Optional teaching apprenticeships with a senior teacher

We encourage you to start your journal as early as possible in the training - even before the training begins!

The journal may take many forms - writing, photos, drawings, blog posts etc. We will review the journal towards the end of the teacher training course to offer some constructive feedback and help answer any questions that may have arisen. 

On the first day of the training we will orientate you with more details as to what is expected of your journal.

We also have a library of many of our favourite Yoga books - resources that you can take home with you during the training to enhance your extra study.

PLUS, we offer an extensive Yoga Training Manual - an amazing resource that will serve and support you for many future years in your life as a Yoga practitioner and teacher.

Some of the techniques and methodologies:

You will learn valuable techniques to enhance your own Yoga practice and gain the skills to teach Contemporary Yoga principles in a safe and relaxed environment:

  • Experiencing and investigating functional yoga
  • Spinal awareness and practices for spinal and joint health
  • Discover an embodied fluid support
  • Breath and Vinyasa flow from the inside out
  • Get creative with teaching and practicing Sun Salutations
  • Finding your ground and foundations – yielding, gravity and breath in theory and in practice
  • Stability, balance and neutrality in natural and easeful movement and Yoga asana
  • Discover a breathing, supportive and balanced core
  • Learn to give sensitive and intuitive adjustments that empower  your students
  • Learn effective and empowering cueing
  • and much much more!

A day in the life of a yoga student

An example of our daily schedule:

7:30-9.00am Asana class with a key focus for the day

9:00-9:30am Breakfast

9:30-11:30am Yoga philosophy & applied yoga

11:30-1:30pm Methodologies & technologies

1:30-2:30pm Lunch

2:30-4:30pm Anatomy & physiology

4:30-6:30pm Practical applications & teaching skills

Plus regular opportunities for tea and discussion with your teachers and fellow students.

Next 200-hour courses

20-day Intensive 2019
5-24th January

9 Weekends over 5 months
April to August 2019

2x9 Days Mode
August to Oct 2019

Book January 2019

Book Weekends 2019

Book 2x9 Days 2019

 You’re In Good Hands

Your senior teachers have over 80 years of yoga experience and teaching between them. We’ve practiced it all, and offer you an investigative and transformational approach to movement, teaching and self-development that you’ll carry far beyond the course.

Each of us teach with love and care, and our passion is to strengthen and shine light on your inner resources as a confident, skilled and soulful human, practitioner and teacher.

Karla and Neal are senior teachers with Donna Farhi on her internationally acclaimed yoga training programs. They are recognised within the New Zealand Yoga community as leaders in Restorative Yoga and in innovative, safe movement practices.

Dyana comes from the background of teaching medical science at Wellpark College and a thirty-year teaching apprenticeship in Buddha Dharma.

Vincent is an acclaimed international Yoga Teacher Trainer with a particular focus on Yoga Therapy.

Haidee brings her passion, knowledge and experience of teaching Yoga and movement to all her classes and training sessions.

Each are experts in their field and have the common goal of delivering excellence in every class, course and workshop.

 

New initiatives run alongside the trainings, including professional development workshops, private tuition and year-long mentoring. We are here to support you through your whole yoga journey.

Dyana Wells

Dyana Wells

Core Faculty

For those excited to delve into the spiritual, philosophical and metaphysical, it’s wonderful to do so with a scientist.

Dyana takes you as deep into the mysteries of the mind as she does into the intricacy and function of anatomy and biology to explore the rich interplay between yoga and science.
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Neal Ghoshal

Neal Ghoshal

Core Faculty

When someone loves what they do with all of their heart, it emanates to everyone they work with. Neal is one of these people.

His teaching focuses on exploring and refining natural movement and alignment principles, and to embody these in a way that takes our spiritual practice into our everyday lives.
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Karla Brodie

Karla Brodie

Core Faculty

Intuitive, honest, attentive, creative, joyful and full of expression — there’s something about Karla that speaks directly to your insides, and suddenly you realise you have a newfound conversation with your inner world as well as you gain a deeper understanding of balanced posture and integrated movement.
Read more >>

Dyana Wells

Dyana Wells

Core Faculty

For those excited to delve into the spiritual, philosophical and metaphysical, it’s wonderful to do so with a scientist.

Dyana takes you as deep into the mysteries of the mind as she does into the intricacy and function of anatomy and biology to explore the rich interplay between yoga and science.
Read more >>

Neal Ghoshal

Neal Ghoshal

Core Faculty

When someone loves what they do with all of their heart, it emanates to everyone they work with. Neal is one of these people.

His teaching focuses on exploring and refining natural movement and alignment principles, and to embody these in a way that takes our spiritual practice into our everyday lives. 
Read more >>

Karla Brodie

Karla Brodie

Core Faculty

Intuitive, honest, attentive, creative, joyful and full of expression — there’s something about Karla that speaks directly to your insides, and suddenly you realise you have a newfound conversation with your inner world as well as you gain a deeper understanding of balanced posture and integrated movement.
Read more >>

Vincent Bolletta

Vincent Bolletta

Senior Guest Faculty

Vincent will get under your skin, and you’ll like it.

He poses intelligent questions and nudges you toward finding your answers — sometimes with gentle subtlety, sometimes so pointedly your longstanding bubble will burst and make room for the fresh, new knowledge you needed.
Read more >>

 

Haidee Stairmand

Haidee Stairmand

Guest Faculty

Haidee brings a pragmatic approach to her teaching and offers students a clear, approachable and understandable way to develop their Yoga through self sensing, and awareness.

She is passionate about making yoga accessible for all, enabling an individualistic approach.

She has a unique ability to connect to others in a simple but profound way and sees Yoga as a holistic therapeutic modality that encompasses traditional and contemporary approaches to the Practice.

Sandra Palmer

Sandra Palmer

Guest Faculty

As a certified psychologist I have always been interested in the the relationship between the body and the mind and my masters thesis was in the field of psychoneuroimmunology.

I have a particular interest in the way Yoga can be used to provide balance and stillness (and consequently energy) in this fast paced world we live in.

Vincent Bolletta

Vincent Bolletta

Senior Guest Faculty

Vincent will get under your skin, and you’ll like it.

He poses intelligent questions and nudges you toward finding your answers — sometimes with gentle subtlety, sometimes so pointedly your longstanding bubble will burst and make room for the fresh, new knowledge you needed.
Read more >>

Haidee Stairmand

Haidee Stairmand

Guest Faculty

Haidee brings a pragmatic approach to her teaching and offers students a clear, approachable and understandable way to develop their Yoga through self-sensing, and awareness.

She is passionate about making yoga accessible for all, enabling an individualistic approach.

She has a unique ability to connect to others in a simple but profound way and sees Yoga as a holistic therapeutic modality that encompasses traditional and contemporary approaches to the Practice.
Read more >>

Vincent Bolletta

Senior Guest Faculty

Vincent will get under your skin, and you’ll like it.

He poses intelligent questions and nudges you toward finding your answers — sometimes with gentle subtlety, sometimes so pointedly your longstanding bubble will burst and make room for the fresh, new knowledge you needed.
Read more >>

Haidee Stairmand

Guest Faculty

Haidee brings a pragmatic approach to her teaching and offers students a clear, approachable and understandable way to develop their Yoga through self-sensing, and awareness.

She is passionate about making yoga accessible for all, enabling an individualistic approach.

She has a unique ability to connect to others in a simple but profound way and sees Yoga as a holistic therapeutic modality that encompasses traditional and contemporary approaches to the Practice.
Read more >>

Yoga Teacher Registration Pathway

We are delighted and proud to be registered with two major Yoga organisations – Yoga New Zealand and Yoga Alliance.

You’ll also get our own Contemporary Yoga certificate!

Full details on Yoga New Zealand and Yoga Alliance Registration >>

Be inspired where you learn

Our 200-hour teacher training campus is in beautiful St Heliers, one of Auckland’s picturesque seaside suburbs.

With upmarket shops and cafes, a perfect swimming beach and an easy walk to the training venue, it’s a haven that’s the perfect place to immerse yourself into a Yoga training.

More info on the venue

What Our Graduates Say (read more here)

 

... a mindful journey to come back home, to your true "being", of who you are, where you are, and how you are going forward. It's the shortest and most easeful pathway to discover your true "being".

Nanxi Chen

Thank you I am inspired, amazed, changed, still learning, moved. I am inspired to keep on learning and exploring and this course has totally changed my view and perception of yoga in a profound way.

Anne de Brouwer

The 300 hour yoga teacher training has surpassed all my expectations. The amazing blend of teachers results in a myriad of deep learning. Each teacher is an expert in their own area and shares their unique wealth of knowledge in a way which is easy to take on board.

Sandra Palmer

Contemporary Yoga is connecting yoga back its roots in a very exciting, stimulating and open minded way.

Michaela Robinson

I am a physiotherapist and as well as gaining vital skills to teach yoga I have also gained insight and knowledge that I will apply in my physiotherapy career.

Sarah Diskin

The manual is an amazing resource and always will be.

Meghann Stewart

Just completed the 200 hour teacher training ... a very empowering experience.

The teachers were outstanding: each teach from their own unique perspective inside a carefully crafted, well-designed programme of studies ... a great combination of practice and theory.

Sandy Farquhar

Not only has this training changed my whole perspective on the practice of yoga, but also within my life itself.

A truly transformational journey supported by wonderful teachers, and I look forward to sharing this knowledge and practice. Thank you to you all.

Charlotte Inglis

This is a truly unique Yoga Teacher Training. The wealth and depth of knowledge and experience of four exceptional teachers provides a foundation for students which inspires, empowers and transforms. Immense gratitude for a profound learning journey.

Kelly Watkin

Four generous and vastly different teachers combine to offer something more unique and valuable than expected. It is beyond yoga as I knew it — it was an investment in the rest of my life.

Sarah Hart

Those who are serious about where to invest their time and money in a Yoga Teacher Training, can rest assured that the Contemporary team deliver a comprehensive training which enables a solid foundation from which to grow. Highly recommended.

KeiShana Coursey

Meditation practices were brilliant, as were the talks. A wealth of knowledge.

Melissa Gardiner

Contemporary Yoga has given me more than what I’d expect from a teacher training course. All the teachers are truly experts in what they do and their passion is infectious.

Alana Chao

All the teachers are truly experts in what they do and their passion is infectious. I would recommend this to anyone wanting to do a yoga teachers training. It was much more than that, it was a life-changing, amazing experience.

Anne de Brouwer

I would recommend this course to anyone wanting to do Yoga teacher training. It is so much more than that - a life-changing, amazing experience.

Lutza Szabo

This training has awakened in me the huge possibility that awaits. Moving away from the scripted style of teaching a new found freedom has been found an an excitement and what awaits. Thank you.

Sophie Hartnell

I have enjoyed it so much and feel I have taken so much away into my everyday life as well as my Yoga. Karla, Neal, Dyana and Haidee are all unique and true to their core. I look forward to earning so much more from them.

Abbie Rose

This is an invaluable course that will expand your love and understanding of yoga beyond what you ever thought was possible!

Mia Pistorius

My teacher training has empowered me. It has given me a wealth of knowledge while allowing me the freedom to explore. The beauty of the course was the balance between structure and self development.

The respect my teachers give to yoga, and the generosity to share their knowledge in a gentle safe environment, was humbling.

Michelle Watson

A life-changing experience with lovely teachers!

Carolyn Austin

I was amazed by the depth and breadth of yoga on the human mind and body that the teachers of this course have.

Sarah Diskin

This training offers so much for enriching your lifestyle as a whole. It has influenced how I approach my social, personal and professional life in ways I would never have envisioned.

Beautiful people sharing the beauty of life.

Patrick Lamrock

What a transformational Yoga teacher training! These four amazing teachers create incredible alchemy in teaching Yoga. They create such a safe learning environment and there is wonderful support throughout. I highly highly recommend the courses at Contemporary Yoga.

Yumi Drozdowski

I feel exceptionally honoured to have spent time with Karla and Neal. Their passion and curiosity for movement and the authentic experience of self is inspiring and encouraging.

Jessica Dziwulska

I would recommend this course to everyone, even those who are not into yoga or those who have not tried yoga before. This course is for everyone.

Kelly Rijnaarts

Words can hardly express how grateful I am for what I learned with their guidance in just three weeks, the most important of which was connecting with myself and others in a truly authentic, supportive, caring and sustainable way that I can’t wait to pay forward as a teacher. Thank you!

Sarah Hart

The 200-hour teacher training was an amazing, immersive experience. The breadth of material was exceptional and I walked away with a new-found appreciation for all aspects of Yoga as a way of life as well as a wonderful practice ... just brilliant.

Olivia Rysenbry

An outstanding teacher training that integrated so much valuable information from truly knowledgeable, gentle, kind human beings.

The knowledge shared I will value for life, and continue to thread through my own teaching.

Fleur Easter

I would recommend this course to everyone, even those who are not into yoga or those who have not tried yoga before. This course is for everyone.

Kelly Rijnaarts

Thank you I am inspired, amazed, changed, still learning, moved. I am inspired to keep on learning and exploring and this course has totally changed my view and perception of yoga in a profound way.

Anne de Brouwer

This course changed my understanding of what Yoga is. The holistic and thorough approach has revolutionized my personal practice and teaching aspirations.

Gabrielle Henderson

I was amazed by the depth and breadth of yoga on the human mind and body that the teachers of this course have.

Sarah Diskin

Contemporary yoga training has been the ‘icing on the cake’ and if you are ‘stuck’ or need a nudge in the right direction don’t hesitate and sign up now! You will never regret it!

Fiona Ross

Contemporary Yoga is connecting yoga back its roots in a very exciting, stimulating and open minded way.

Michaela Robinson

... a mindful journey to come back home, to your true "being", of who you are, where you are, and how you are going forward. It's the shortest and most easeful pathway to discover your true "being".

Nanxi Chen

What a transformational Yoga teacher training! These four amazing teachers create incredible alchemy in teaching Yoga. They create such a safe learning environment and there is wonderful support throughout. I highly highly recommend the courses at Contemporary Yoga.

Yumi Drozdowski

I am a physiotherapist and as well as gaining vital skills to teach yoga I have also gained insight and knowledge that I will apply in my physiotherapy career.

Sarah Diskin

This training has awakened in me the huge possibility that awaits. Moving away from the scripted style of teaching a new found freedom has been found an an excitement and what awaits. Thank you.

Sophie Hartnell

The 300 hour yoga teacher training has surpassed all my expectations. The amazing blend of teachers results in a myriad of deep learning. Each teacher is an expert in their own area and shares their unique wealth of knowledge in a way which is easy to take on board.

Sandra Palmer

A life-changing experience with lovely teachers!

Carolyn Austin

The 200-hour teacher training was an amazing, immersive experience. The breadth of material was exceptional and I walked away with a new-found appreciation for all aspects of Yoga as a way of life as well as a wonderful practice ... just brilliant.

Olivia Rysenbry

Four generous and vastly different teachers combine to offer something more unique and valuable than expected. It is beyond yoga as I knew it — it was an investment in the rest of my life.

Sarah Hart

Meditation practices were brilliant, as were the talks. A wealth of knowledge.

Melissa Gardiner

Contemporary Yoga has given me more than what I’d expect from a teacher training course. All the teachers are truly experts in what they do and their passion is infectious.

Alana Chao

I would recommend this course to anyone wanting to do Yoga teacher training. It is so much more than that - a life-changing, amazing experience.

Lutza Szabo

I have enjoyed it so much and feel I have taken so much away into my everyday life as well as my Yoga. Karla, Neal, Dyana and Haidee are all unique and true to their core. I look forward to earning so much more from them.

Abbie Rose

Not only has this training changed my whole perspective on the practice of yoga, but also within my life itself.

A truly transformational journey supported by wonderful teachers, and I look forward to sharing this knowledge and practice. Thank you to you all.

Charlotte Inglis

All the teachers are truly experts in what they do and their passion is infectious. I would recommend this to anyone wanting to do a yoga teachers training. It was much more than that, it was a life-changing, amazing experience.

Anne de Brouwer

Those who are serious about where to invest their time and money in a Yoga Teacher Training, can rest assured that the Contemporary team deliver a comprehensive training which enables a solid foundation from which to grow. Highly recommended.

KeiShana Coursey

Just completed the 200 hour teacher training ... a very empowering experience.

The teachers were outstanding: each teach from their own unique perspective inside a carefully crafted, well-designed programme of studies ... a great combination of practice and theory.

Sandy Farquhar

This is an invaluable course that will expand your love and understanding of yoga beyond what you ever thought was possible!

Mia Pistorius

This training offers so much for enriching your lifestyle as a whole. It has influenced how I approach my social, personal and professional life in ways I would never have envisioned.

Beautiful people sharing the beauty of life.

Patrick Lamrock

My teacher training has empowered me. It has given me a wealth of knowledge while allowing me the freedom to explore. The beauty of the course was the balance between structure and self development.

The respect my teachers give to yoga, and the generosity to share their knowledge in a gentle safe environment, was humbling.

Michelle Watson

This is a truly unique Yoga Teacher Training. The wealth and depth of knowledge and experience of four exceptional teachers provides a foundation for students which inspires, empowers and transforms. Immense gratitude for a profound learning journey.

Kelly Watkin

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