Intelligent Yoga Teacher Training

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NEW certified 200+ hour yoga teaching training course

  • Yoga, Alliance, Professionals, Trainer, Senior, Teacher, Scaravelli, Catherine AnnisThe next course begins September 2018
  • 18 month course
  • 200+ hours
  • London
  • Maximum 18 students
  • Certified and accredited by Yoga Alliance Professionals

Intelligent Yoga Teacher Training (IYTT) was founded in 2017 by Catherine Annis (Yoga Alliance Professionals SYT). Our mission is to establish the training as one of the world’s leading yoga teacher training schools.

Our course has met the stringent requirements set by Yoga Alliance Professionals, demonstrating that our courses are of the highest standard and that our graduates may use the title ‘Registered Yoga Teacher‘ RYT as a sign of quality training, when they register themselves with Yoga Alliance Professionals.

The course focuses strongly on developing a clear understanding of the fundamentals of movement and anatomy, and our faculty includes world renowned teachers, Peter Blackaby and Gary Carter, making it one of the most comprehensive groundings in anatomy of any teacher training diploma in the UK.

IYTT has been created to develop, knowledgeable, responsive and confident teachers who teach yoga based on a solid understanding of both the fundamental workings of the body and an appreciation of its natural intelligence.

The course is aimed at teachers, trainee teachers and students wishing to become teachers and for those who wish to significantly deepen their knowledge, practice or teaching of informed, safe and effective yoga, breathwork, meditation and other related subjects.



Our aim is to provide a pioneering course, which actively encourages students to question current teaching methods and alignment cues.  During the course, we will encourage trainees to develop a deeper understanding of how they work with and relate to their bodies, and how to adapt that understanding to create new, healthier approaches to living and moving.

Our approach to yoga is driven by the most current scientific anatomical and movement research and we hope to produce intelligent, skilful and responsive teachers, who nurture their practice and teaching of yoga through a consistent and mature personal practice.

We honour and embrace the lessons from the original, traditional yoga teachers (such as Iyengar, Krishnamacharya and Desikachar), and celebrate the depth of their wisdom, and their legacy.  Their insights have inspired us to continue developing and expanding the teaching of yoga, to develop a strong, robust and distinguished training which can also incorporate the lessons of the modern world, so that our training becomes modern and accessible and offers the best of contemporary yoga teaching.

The course content will be practical and skills-based, and will also facilitate a personal journey of exploration and discovery.   Material will be delivered in a variety of ways including formal lectures, guided practice and asana technique classes, group work, teaching practice and individual study and reading.  The course covers four key areas:

  • asana, pranayama and meditation – 54 hours
  • anatomy and physiology – 56 hours
  • teaching skills – 100 hours
  • philosophy – 12 hours
  • mentoring and supervision – 12 hours

Total Contact Hours: 234 

We aim to explore the place of yoga in our modern lives, and show how it remains current and relevant to practitioners in the Western world.  The study of anatomy and physiology is highlighted on this course, and will be delivered by renowned teachers Peter Blackaby and Gary Carter, providing one of the most comprehensive groundings in anatomy of any teacher training diploma in the UK.

The course will cover the following areas:

  • Developing a strong self-practice as the foundation for teaching
  • Practical functional anatomy & physiology, including the latest research on fascia
  • Constructing and deconstructing postures so that they are suitable for students with differing abilities and experience
  • Safe practice, postural issues and preventing injury
  • Teaching skills including voice and verbal skills, sequencing, class organisation and lesson planning for groups and adapting your approach for private clients
  • Assisting and observing skills
  • Essential prāṇāyāma, breath awareness and restorative yoga
  • Meditation
  • The history of yoga and its place in the modern world
  • Ethics and responsibilities of yoga teachers
  • Business skills and marketing

Outside the modules, trainees will also be required to attend:

  • 90 hours classes / workshops with recommended teachers
  • 15 hours observing
  • 20 hours assisting
  • 2 hours observed class teaching
  • 8 hours first aid (approximate)
  • 5 hours mentor meetings and professional supervision
  • There will be small amounts of reading and written work given after each module.

(total contact and non-contact) Total hours: 400 hours


Trainees will be encouraged to develop a strong personal practice, so that they can begin to teach from their own experience, developing into embodied and authentic yoga teachers.  IYTT will provide an illustrated list of key asanas, including Sanskrit and English names, which we teach and require trainees to learn and understand, even though they may not able to practice all of them personally.  Classes are led by two teachers (Catherine Annis and Tanya Love), so there is plenty of opportunity for individual attention and personal guidance, and an interactive approach is encouraged throughout.

Our asana teaching will be grounded in the key principles of healthy, functional movement, with reference to gravity, breath and the function of the spine.  We will help trainees develop a thorough understanding of functional anatomy as it applies to the yoga postures.  This understanding will enable us to create safe, intelligent and sustainable movement and alignment principles, which can be applied to all forms of yoga.  Developing a clear knowledge of anatomy will also help trainees create a self-practice to suit their own unique needs.  A key element of the course will be to provide trainees with an ability to teach a wide range of bodies effectively and safely, so that they are able to adapt and modify poses whenever appropriate.

Anatomy and physiology

We’re passionate about creating a course which acknowledges and celebrates the intelligence and adaptability of the human body.  The core anatomy teachings on the IYTT will be delivered by Peter Blackaby and Gary Carter, who each bring many years of expertise to the course.  They are both well known for their clarity and bring an unparalleled depth and breadth of knowledge in this important area of study.

We will cover the basics of anatomy and physiology (bones, muscles organs, endocrine and nervous systems) early in the course, and build knowledge and understanding from that point.  We will cover body reading and encourage trainees to identify unnecessary tension and holding patterns and teach them how to help their students re-establish healthy movements. We aim to transmit a clear and accessible understanding of fundamental movement principles and biomechanics, so that trainees understand how the theory of anatomy and physiology applies in the real, physical moving body, and what they are asking their students to do in asana.  Anatomy can be challenging – we want to bring it to life, to make it relevant and inspiring, linking an understanding of the physical body directly to the teaching of yoga, so that it becomes a vibrant tool, stimulating a dynamic exploration into the teaching and practice of yoga.

Yoga philosophy

The philosophy will examine the history of yoga, both modern and ancient, and explore key texts including the Upanishads, Patanjali, the Bhagavad Gita and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. We will also look at the links between yoga and Buddhism and introduce the fundamentals of meditation.

Teaching skills and methodology

The course will focus on creating knowledgeable and confident teachers.  We will equip trainees with effective classroom skills, including:  principles of demonstration; the use of your voice to instil confidence and create atmosphere; observing and assisting; delivering clear verbal instructions and cues; giving and receiving feedback; safe, intelligent and respectful hands-on adjustments; lesson planning; sequencing and class organisation. Trainees will learn how to safely teach beginners, and how to integrate those with common injuries and issues.  We will also cover teaching private clients in a 1:1 setting.

Roles, ethics and responsibilities

Yoga teachers need to develop a keen sense of how they are perceived, and the role they play in supporting students who are often vulnerable and impressionable.  We will cover the ethics of teaching, and the key responsibilities of becoming a yoga teacher.

Professional Skills

There will be additional talks and workshops covering social media, building your yoga business and marketing yourself as a yoga teacher.

In accordance with Yoga Alliance Professionals standards, Senior Yoga Teacher Catherine Annis will be teaching 70% of the contact hours on the IYTT course.




Our faculty has over 175 years of combined yoga experience.  With all their knowledge, wisdom and guidance, you’ll be in safe hands.

Catherine Annis – core teacher

Catherine Annis, Intelligent, Yoga, Teacher, Training, Scaravelli, InspiredCatherine Annis has taught the teacher training course at Triyoga for five years, and is a member of the Triyoga teaching advisory committee.

Originally a professional dancer, she has been practicing for almost 40 years, and teaching since 2004.  During that time, she has explored Sivananda, Iyengar, Astanga and various forms of Hatha yoga, and is now most inspired by the teachings of Vanda Scaravelli.   She has taught at the Pilates Foundation, as guest teacher on several yoga teacher trainings and, as one of the leading teachers of Scaravelli inspired yoga, has been invited to teach workshops in Dallas, Abu Dhabi and Vienna.

She created the Scaravelli Inspired Yoga Immersion Course – a five-day residential intensive for teachers and teacher trainees, which has been running annually since 2009, and teaches regular workshops and courses around the UK.  Since 2006 she has organised and taught private yoga retreats annually in Europe, India and the Middle East.

In August 2018, she is co-leading a seminar in Italy, celebrating the work of Vanda Scaravelli, drawing together Vanda’s five original students (Diane Long, Sophy Hoare, Sandra Sabatini, Elizabeth Pauncz and Rosella Baroncini) for a week of workshops and study.  Catherine holds a MA in ballet studies, and is a qualified Thai massage therapist.


Tanya Love– core teacher

Tanya Love, yoga, teacher, training, ttcTanya Love has been practising yoga for 20 years and qualified as a teacher with Triyoga in 2011. She assisted and mentored on a Triyoga teacher training in 2012/13. She qualified as a pregnancy yoga teacher with Yoga Campus and completed two Scaravelli Inspired teachers’ immersion courses with Catherine Annis and a specialist teachers’ course with John Stirk.

She studied Living Anatomy with the CranioSacral Therapy Educational Trust and holds an Association of Physical and Natural Therapists qualification in Anatomy and Physiology. She is currently training in Hakomi, a mindfulness based form of Body Psychotherapy. She teaches Hatha and Scaravelli Inspired classes and workshops across London. Tanya has a particular interest in the therapeutic applications of yoga, and works with the charity Change Grow Live to make yoga available to those in recovery from substance addictions.


Peter Blackaby – functional anatomy

Peter Blackaby, Catherine Annis, Intelligent, Yoga, Teacher, Training, Scaravelli, InspiredPeter started practicing yoga seriously in 1978 as a student of the Iyengar system, and qualified as an Iyengar teacher in 1986.  He qualified as an Osteopath at the College of Osteopaths at Regents College London in 1994, and in 1995 he co-taught a two-year teacher training course with John Stirk and Sophy Hoare.  From 1995-97, he taught anatomy and physiology at the Chiron centre for Body Centred Psychotherapy in Ealing, and in 2002 he taught a 2-year TT for the British Wheel of Yoga.

Over the last 15 years, Peter has focused on the scientific underpinning of the practice of yoga, both in the bio-mechanical sense and in the mind /body relationship.

He currently teaches functional anatomy on the London Yoga Teacher Training course and two other local courses. He also teaches the anatomy module at the Esther Myers Yoga Studio in Toronto, and is regularly invited to teach throughout England Wales and Scotland and abroad.


Gary Carter – anatomy and myofascial connections

Gary Carter, Catherine Annis, Intelligent, Yoga, Teacher, Training, Scaravelli, InspiredGary Carter has been teaching and practising yoga and various other movement practices for 25 years. He has studied Shiatsu, Chi Ne Tsang, CranioSacral Therapy and in 1998 met Tom Myers and studied the Anatomy Trains theory in depth, completing the KMI Structural Integration training.

Over the past 15 years he has lectured in Movement Anatomy for Yoga, Yoga teacher trainings, Pilates teacher trainings and massage schools all over the UK.  He has run the Science of Movement course at Middlesex University from 2007- 2011 and studied Dissection at the Institute of Anatomy in Vienna. He ran his Natural Bodies centre in Brighton for over 20 years offering several yoga teacher trainings and continues to run his Anatomy and Yoga courses in England, Scotland and Ireland.


Mary Mackie – introduction to anatomy

Mary Mackie, yoga, teacher, training, course, anatomy, bwyMary Mackie first became interested in yoga in her early twenties whilst training as a Registered General Nurse (RGN), and became a BWY teacher in 1990.  She has also trained as a yoga therapist with the Yoga Biomedical Trust and now teaches sessions for specific conditions, particularly knee and back pain, respiratory and stress related conditions. She worked at one of the first palliative care centres in the UK, and has taught Active Birth classes for almost 20 years, during which time she was introduced to the work of Vanda Scaravelli.

Mary has a special interest in anatomy and physiology relevant to yoga teaching, and continues to explore the anatomy and physiology of the body, working on anatomical dissection and discovering the role of the fascia on the living, moving body.  In her work with teacher trainees, she endeavours to inspire as well as instruct students about the amazing ways in which our bodies work and move.


Neville Cregan – yoga philosophy

Neville, Cregan, Intelligent, Yoga, Teacher, Training, Scaravelli, Inspired, ttc, Philosophy

Neville Cregan has been teaching the history and philosophy of yoga since 2003.  During a trip through India in the 1980s, he accidentally ended up at an ashram, and the experience inspired his curiosity.  On his return to the UK, he completed a Humanities BA focusing on Indian religions and philosophy.

He is interested issues of cultural appropriation, and exploring whether modern Western scientific knowledge is changing our approach to yoga.  Neville is also an accredited British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) teacher, and a qualified Thai massage therapist and reflexologist.



IYTT is registered with Yoga Alliance Professionals

Our teacher training course has met the stringent requirements set by Yoga Alliance Professionals, demonstrating that it is of the highest standard.

Upon graduating from the IYTT course, you will receive a Yoga Alliance Accredited 200hr Teaching Certificate – a recognised industry standard for you to obtain insurance and to teach.

As graduates of the IYTT course you may use the title ‘Registered Yoga Teacher‘ RYT as a sign of quality training, once you have registered yourself with Yoga Alliance Professionals.



IYTT Course 1 …. Sept 2018 – May 2020

Training Dates
Module 1 Fundamental movement principles 12-16 September – 2018
Module 2 Anatomy & alignment 16-20 January – 2019
Module 3 Spine & breath awareness 21-24 March – 2019
Module 4 Teaching skills & communication 5-9 June – 2019
Assessment Teaching & personal practice 15 June – 2019
Module 5 Preventing injury 11-15 September – 2019
Assessment Observed teaching practice November – 2019
Module 6 Fine tuning 8-12 January – 2020
Assessment Finals – teaching an observed class March – 2020
Graduation Graduation celebration May – 2020




All trainees will be assessed on an ongoing basis throughout the course.  We will provide regular feedback and mentoring to help you develop and grow, supporting you as you gain the necessary confidence and knowledge required in your new role as yoga teacher.

All trainees are required to participate in all aspects and classes of the course, including all activities related to developing teaching skills.  All trainees are required to complete all assigned pre-course preparation and reading and all homework given during the course.

Written homework and exam

Trainees are required to maintain their own yoga diary to record their personal yoga practice.  This is a tool to encourage trainees to reflect and explore their experience whilst working with breath, meditation, observing, assisting and teaching.

Following Module 2, trainees will be required to complete a multiple choice questionnaire on anatomy and physiology to demonstrate their understanding of basic anatomy.

Trainees will also be required to complete and hand in two philosophy essays, which demonstrate their understanding of yoga philosophy.

All trainees will be required to design a lesson plan for a 60-minute beginners level yoga class, including details of all props and relevant asana modifications, as well as a comprehensive 6 weeks’ beginners’ course. Both will need to be fully annotated and illustrated with stick figures, and they will be assessed and marked. You will be thoroughly prepared, guided, and briefed for this homework, and will receive clear and comprehensive feedback.

Towards the end of the course, trainees will receive a take-home exam paper, which will examine their understanding of asana, anatomy and physiology and teaching skills.  This will be assessed.


Teaching assessments

All trainees are encouraged to begin practicing their teaching skills as soon as possible, to thoroughly prepare them for the formal assessments, so that they develop into skilful and confident teachers.  All trainees are required to teach 10 classes, minimum 10 hours of total teaching time, between Module 1 and Module 5. Trainees should submit fully detailed lesson plans together with documentation showing that these classes have taken place.

To successfully graduate from the IYTT course, each trainee’s teaching skills will be observed and assessed on three separate occasions: twice internally (by Catherine Annis and Tanya Love) and once externally (by an independent assessor). There will be ample teaching practice during the course modules to prepare you for these assessments.

The first teaching assessment is internal, and will take place approximately half way through the course, at the Mid-Term Assessment.  All trainees will teach two poses to their fellow trainees.  You will be provided with comprehensive feedback on all aspects of your teaching skills to help you identify areas for development.  The second teaching assessment, the Mock Assessment, is a 60 minute class taught to a group of minimum 5 students.  The class plan and the class will be observed and feedback will be provided by the course tutors.  Each class will be observed and assessed by the IYTT core teachers.  Feedback will be provided to help you identify areas of strength, and any area where you need to improve to reach the standard required to pass the Final Assessment.

The third teaching assessment is the Final Assessed Taught Class.  This is a 1 hour class taught to a minimum of 5 students, to be assessed by an external assessor who will be a Yoga Alliance Professionals Senior Yoga Teacher.  Students are responsible for arranging their own sample students and for paying the necessary assessment fees directly to the assessors (currently on average £90 per assessment).


This assessment procedure is intended to be rigorous, and is designed to ensure that trainees graduate as confident, well-practiced, safe and resourceful teachers, who have the necessary skills to adapt and modify their classes to suit students of all abilities. Trainees will take part in plenty of teaching practice during the modules and in the periods between modules to ensure they are thoroughly prepared for the assessments. The feedback provided throughout the course and during the assessments helps trainees develop their teaching skills, build confidence and ensure their teaching is clear and easily accessible, so that they become effective and engaging teachers.

Other requirements towards graduation

In addition to the written homework and assessed classes, each student will also be required to complete the following elements outside the modules:

  • 90 hours classes / workshops with recommended teachers
  • 15 hours observing
  • 20 hours assisting
  • 2 hours observed class teaching
  • 8 hours first aid (approximate)
  • 5 hours mentor meetings and professional supervision

First Aid Course – All students are required to complete a basic First Aid course (at their own expense) before they begin teaching students outside the course.


Graduation is only possible once all the above elements have been completed.




All training modules will take place at the Academy Dance Studios in the heart of Camden Town, London.  The studios are spacious, bright and airy, with wooden floors and plenty of natural light – the perfect venue for our yoga practice.

The venue is easily accessible by public transport, including tube, overland, and bus routes, and the local area is well known for its vibrant café culture.  The nearest tube station is Camden Town, which is just a four minute walk.

The Academy Dance Studios
15 Pratt Mews




Payment may be made in full at the beginning of the course, or in six installments, as laid out in the schedule below.

Payment Schedule

Course beginning September 2018
Deposit due by 1st August 2018 with registration form £1,500
Due by 1 February 2019 £1,000
Due by 1 May 2019 £500
Due by 1 August 2019 £500
Due by 1 November 2019 £495
TOTAL for course £4,495

Students paying the full course fees by 1st August 2018, are eligible for a discount of £250.

Course Fee Includes

  • Tuition and mentoring
  • Tutoring and facility fees on scheduled course dates
  • Subsidised trainee membership with Yoga Alliance Professionals (YAP).  All student’s names and email addresses will be forwarded to YAP to be approved for their free membership and upgrade.
  • Course handbook, course study manual and other printed teacher training resources
  • Certificate

Course Fee Excludes

  • Pre-course study and course reference books (titles will be given to the student upon registration to the course)
  • Final assessment external teaching assessment fees (payable directly to the assessor, on average £90 per assessment)
  • Compulsory external First Aid course
  • Compulsory Yoga Alliance Professionals Student Teacher Membership (includes student teaching insurance – see website for details)



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Eligibility – Am I ready for Teacher Training?

We’re looking for serious and committed students with a solid foundation in the basic yoga postures. We don’t require you to be able to perform the most complex and challenging poses – we’’re looking for students with a mature practice – students who know their own limits and who come to the mat with a willingness to learn. We ask for a minimum of 2 years regular and consistent yoga practice, preferably through class attendance. You will also require a regular yoga teacher who can provide a reference to support your application. In addition, some element of self-practice is viewed very favourably.

How many students are on the course?

Places are limited to 18 students to ensure the best standard of training, and providing a personal and supportive learning experience. Applications are considered on a first-come-first-served basis.  All applications and investments are subject to acceptance on to the training course(s).

What happens if I fall behind or fail an assignment?

Provided you have maintained your commitment to the process, we will always endeavour to support your progress and help you achieve graduation. If you do fall behind, we will work together to agree a Personal Development Plan to bring you back on track. Support may include, but is not restricted to, extra mentoring sessions, private sessions, additional assignments or workshops and reassessments. Please note, there may be additional fees associated with each of these support methods.

What happens if I can’t attend one day of the training?

Students must attend 100% of the contact hours to obtain their Yoga Alliance Professionals Accreditation. However, we understand that you may not be able to foresee every conflict, and so we have the following contingency in place:

You may still complete the program with your class provided you schedule a catch-up session (private or group) or agree extra work with your Course Tutor at some point during the program to catch up on the material you missed. The cost of a private session is discounted to £65 per hour.

While these ‘catch-up’ sessions offer a degree of flexibility, we strongly recommend you attend all the group training days; there is something powerful in the group learning experience that cannot be recreated during a 1-to-1.

I don’t want to train to be a yoga teacher, can I still do the 200hr Program?

Yes, you can. Lots of students undertake our teacher training to simply deepen their own personal development, to open opportunities for the future, or just teach their family and friends. Some are still undecided – happy to see where the process takes them. These are welcomed and encouraged.

Can I meet the Teachers?

We highly recommend you come and meet the teachers before you commit to any Teacher Training Programme.  We recommend you attend at least one class with either Catherine or Tanya, so that you understand how they practice, and to ensure that you will enjoy your time working with them.  We offer a teacher training taster sessions so that you can get a feel for their teaching style.

When can I start teaching?

We encourage you to start teaching your friends and family as soon as possible.  This ensures you develop your own teaching voice, and build confidence and teaching skills.

How long do I have to complete the 200hr Program?

Our Teacher Training programme is spread over 18 months to allow plenty of time to integrate the learning, and deepen your own personal practice, as well as embody your new teaching skills.  We are committed to helping you graduate from the training.  If you find you are unable to complete all the work in the given time, we will work together to create a programme which is achievable and realistic, to help you complete the work required, so that you can graduate as planned.

How often do the trainings take place?

Our aim is to provide a Teaching Training Programme at least once a year.

Where can I read the full Terms & Conditions?

The full IYTT Terms & Conditions are in the following document: Combined Policy Document IYTT



How to Apply

This Scaravelli Inspired Intelligent Yoga Teacher Training course is strictly limited to a maximum of 18 students in order to provide the highest level of personal attention.

There has been a huge amount of interest in this course, so we encourage you to apply early to secure your place. Closing date for all applications for the 2018 intake is 1st July, 2018

All applications will be reviewed and assessed for eligibility, and places allocated on a first come, first served basis.


To make your booking, please go to the website and fill out the application form.