The Zenways yoga teacher training is uniquely rooted in the Zen Buddhist tradition. The two-week, 200-hour, total-immersion format is designed to take you deeper into your practice and intention to become a teacher.
Zen is concerned with finding your own truth and expressing that, and on that journey your body and your experience is your wisest guide. Rather than orientating our course around “our” way and “our” sequences, scripts and postures, we instead orientate ourselves towards your path as an individual. We focus on giving you the principles and techniques to equip you for a lifetime of exploring, developing and evolving, and finding how to teach your truth. We’d love to welcome you into our community of teachers to support you on your ongoing journey.
Zenways 200hr Intensive Yoga Teacher Training
- Accredited by the world-wide standards body Yoga Alliance, and the Independent Yoga Network. Graduates are eligible to join REPS (Register of Exercise Professionals).
- Our yoga teacher training course has been running for almost 10 years and we have a growing community of over 200 teachers.
- The course is uniquely based in the Yogacara (yoga practice) philosophy of Mahayana Buddhism, and was written by Zen master Daizan Skinner based on wisdom gained from 25+ years of Zen and yoga study.
- The intensive, total immersion process supports a deep, transformational journey, giving you rich experience to teach from. Recent studies have also shown this to be the most efficient way to learn.
- Gain a comprehensive “tool kit” that allows you to find your true expression and develop as a teacher.
- With a minimum two years yoga practice, the course will leave you feeling ready to teach.
Navigate this page
What’s different about our course?
What will I study?
What are the pre-requisites?
What do I need to do to qualify?
What about after I qualify?
How do I apply?
Feedback & Testamonials
upcoming yoga teacher training courses
About the course
Let us give you the tools to teach the style of yoga that’s exactly right for you
The Zenways yoga teacher training course uses a different approach to the norm. We believe that you never stop growing as a yoga teacher so we don’t simply give you a set of sequences and postures that you are then authorised to teach. Instead we focus on the principles and supply the tool kit that allows you to find your true expression and develop as a teacher.
When you understand the key elements of physical alignment, you can apply them to respond creatively to your students’ needs. Also you learn how to experience and cultivate energy – both your own and your students’. Added to this you will come to know how it is to bring mindfulness and presence to the work – the all-important Zen part which makes your yoga truly yoga and not just gymnastics.
The course was even better than I expected – more in-depth, and I feel much more confident than I thought could be possible in the time-frameDonna Booth, Sutherland.
Why a two week course?
Firstly the intensive, total immersion process supports a deep, transformational journey, giving you a rich and authentic experience to teach from.
Secondly, recent studies have shown the intensive method to be the most efficient way to learn a new skill. When you step outside of your normal life to focus intensely on a new direction, your rate of progress can be spectacular.
That’s why we teach people to be yoga teachers on a fast-track, intensive course. You knock through the barriers to your success much more easily because you have momentum behind you. You’re completely immersed in learning, practising and teaching yoga for two whole weeks straight. You’re surrounded by others on the same path and the teacher is right there for you. In this time, not only will you acquire the skills for your future career, but you’ll probably find you’re going through a supercharged personal growth process.
Really, how can I learn how to be a yoga teacher in only two weeks?
We think of it like learning to drive a car. With intensive study, you can pass your driving test quite quickly. However, many people feel that it’s only once you’ve passed your test that you really learn to drive. Yoga is the same. Plan on your development as a yoga teacher taking the rest of your life.
The path of yoga is truly an endless journey – you never stop learning, you never stop growing, and out of this comes something really special that you can share with your students – all based on the foundations learnt on our yoga teacher training course.
Where does the course come from?
The course was written by Julian Daizan Skinner, the first Englishman to go to Japan and become a Roshi or Zen Master in the rigorous Rinzai tradition of Zen. Daizan is registered at the 500-hour level with the Yoga Alliance and as a Yoga Elder with the Independent Yoga Network.
Over the years he has studied yoga with many teachers in the UK, China and Japan, and travelled to India to study with 90 year-old Sri Pattabhi Jois. He has synthesised the most useful elements of what he learned, both within and outside Zen monasteries, into Zenways yoga – a practice that fosters the Zen experience and develops wellbeing, focus, awareness and suppleness on all levels.
All the Zenways course tutors have a wide experience of yoga practice and are students of Zen. The diverse experience embedded in the Zenways approach will bring you success when you teach and at the same time will allow you to develop both as a person and as a teacher.
If your mind is open or ready to open, you can only benefit from this approach. For me it was the missing link to go deeper on my yoga journey.Maxine Craig, Bournemouth
Zenways is registered with world-wide standards body Yoga Alliance, and the UK-based Independent Yoga Network (IYN). The British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) limits its members to those schools based in Hinduism. The BWY is aware of this anomaly and is working to amend its rules so that it can accept the religious and cultural diversity within yoga. All three organisations vet and monitor teacher training standards.
The Yoga Alliance and IYN set the following levels of certification: a 200-hour training is for people who want to be regular yoga teachers. 500 hours is usually for people who want to train other teachers. You can be assured that with our qualification you can get insurance, international and UK recognition and after qualification you can put the letters RYT200 after your name (Registered Yoga Teacher 200hr).
Zenways teachers are active in health clubs, gyms and many other situations across the country as well as elsewhere in Europe, Asia, and America. Due to our Independent Yoga Network accreditation, successful graduates are eligible to join the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS), which has been set up to help safeguard and to promote the health and interests of people who are using the services of exercise and fitness instructors, teachers and trainers.
A view on Zen Yoga
Most yoga schools are based in Hindu or Vedic philosophy, but if you have more of a leaning towards the Buddhist view of life then Zenways is for you. Our yoga teacher training course is uniquely based in the Yogacara (lit. yoga practice) philosophy of Mahayana Buddhism, which is one of the cornerstones of Zen. Yogacara emphasises the exploration of our true nature through meditative and yogic practices, and describes a detailed Buddhist psychological view of the mind and our senses.
What is zen yoga?
The practice of Zen Yoga emphasises three key areas: mindfulness, alignment and energy. For more information read the Wikipedia article here. In this short video, Daizan talks more about Zen Yoga:
What will I study on the course?
Yoga Alliance and IYN registered yoga teacher training courses are required to have an extensive range of study and Zenways is no different. On the practical side, you’ll be learning about yoga asanas or postures, breathing methods or pranayama, meditation and relaxation techniques, mudras (the yoga of gesture), and spontaneous (or natural) yoga. On the theory side you will be studying anatomy and physiology, the body’s energy system, philosophy (which unlike most Hindu-based yoga schools, is Buddhist philosophy), ethics, business methods and safety.
I would recommend the course. Be prepared to go on a deep and interesting journey Francoise Lamouche, London
How are the days structured?
A typical day on the course is something like this:
6.00 – 7.00 Guided Meditation
7.00 – 7.30 Breakfast
7.30 – 8.30 Yoga Nidra – (yogic sleep)
8.30 – 10.30 Physical Yoga – work on asanas
10.30 – 12.00 Class
12.00 – 12.30 Lunch
12.30 – 4.30 Class/academic study/teaching practice
4.30 – 5.30 Chanting/breathwork
5.30 – 6.00 Supper
6.00 – 7.00 Reido (spontaneous yoga)
7.00 – 7.30 Mudras – the yoga of gesture
7.30 – 8.30 Meditation
Our practice is to delight the life force within youMasahiro Oki
Why does it cost so much?
We are committed to keeping the course affordable and our yoga teacher training course is still one of the best value Yoga Alliance registered courses. When you consider your earnings potential, our training course is excellent value for money.
Sure, it’s a lot of money and it’s a big decision. Teacher Daizan remembers:
“I have a confession to make. I never set out to be a yoga teacher. Don’t get me wrong, I loved my yoga. I was pretty regular in my own practice and got to classes now and then. But then things turned a corner and…well, some amazing things have happened to me since I first qualified not long after the millennium.
- I’m not flexible enough
- I love yoga but I don’t know if I could teach it
- I’m not the right age to be a yoga teacher
- I don’t have the time or money to study”
Maybe when you consider teaching yoga, similar feelings come up for you. We know where you’re coming from. Yoga is a vast and deep discipline, thousands of years old. We’re quite right to think very seriously before we undergo teaching it. But the thing is the world needs yoga teachers!
Never have humans lived in such a frazzled, stressful, unnatural environment. People are crying out for help. Every year, yoga gets more popular because it really makes a difference.
Maybe it seems quite expensive to go through the training. No question, even though the Zenways yoga teacher training is one of the best-value courses in the UK, it’s not cheap. That is, until you work out how long it would take to earn the money to pay back your training costs. If you teach two classes a day (London professionals may be doing anything up to five and we’re assuming an average of £50 per class) you’ll pay for your training in under a month. We don’t know of many other professions where you can cover your training costs that quickly and where you get to go to bed with such a sense of satisfaction.
What prerequisites/skills/training/experience do I need?
When you make your application we will ask you to let us have an idea of your experience of yoga and related disciplines and your state of health and we’ll take it from there. Roughly speaking you’ll need at least two years of regular yoga practice (or equivalent) before doing our yoga teacher training.
If you’d like to speak to a recently qualified student or to one of our teachers, email us at email@example.com and we’ll put you in touch.
Does attendance on the course automatically qualify me to teach?
No. To qualify for our yoga teacher training course, you are required to:
- Attend the whole of the course
- Present satisfactory coursework whilst on the course
- Following the end of the course, submit satisfactory essays on: “Anatomy and physiology” and “The role of a yoga teacher”
- Following the end of the course, teach five one-hour classes and submit lesson plans and reflections on your teaching
Then you will receive your teacher’s certificate and can become a registered yoga teacher (RYT) with the Yoga Alliance and with the IYN. You are then automatically eligible for REPS registration.
Obviously this depend largely on where you live, what you already do and how much time you have.
We are absolutely positive that whatever your own life experience and state of health, you can find a niche and find people who are grateful for your help and are happy to pay you for it.
Gyms will pay about £25-40 per class in London. How much you charge for private classes would be up to you. The sky’s the limit!
Are there any Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements?
Once qualified, Zenways does not require you to maintain a CPD record. However, we would strongly encourage you to join the Yoga Alliance and they do require you to record your CPD training hours.
We would also encourage you to maintain a teaching membership of Zenways (cost of £20/year). This provides you discounted access to all our workshops and courses (which you can use for CPD training), and covers access to our private teaching members website with a forum and resources for you practice.
I can’t wait to get started! How do I apply?
Simply call us on 01698 542677 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll guide you through the registration process.
You will need to secure your place with a £300 deposit.
What is Zenways?
Zenways is the organisation created by Julian Daizan Skinner Roshi to promote and encourage activities and practices that enhance human wellbeing and awakening (satori or kensho – the enlightenment of Zen) in the many different situations we find ourselves in.
More feedback and student comments
The tuition was thorough, inspirational and heartfelt.
Sarah Pike, Cumbria.
Inspirational teacher, Daizan really showed his love, passion and knowledge in a lovely accessible way.
Kirstie Anderson, Isle of Lewis
The course was interesting, informative and enjoyable. For someone who bores easily, I was surprised how stimulating it was.
Sylvie Walls, Cornwall.
If your heart’s there, just do it! Total immersion offers a unique opportunity to thoroughly develop yourself and your teaching skills to a deep level.
Cheryl Mason, Leeds.
Go with an open heart and an open mind. Cultures, beliefs and expectations will clash but everyone and everything is a teacher.
David Peers, Fordingbridge.