Yoga Teacher Training (YTT)


At the award winning Yorkshire Centre for Wellbeing in Harrogate, North Yorkshire

Encompassing Harrogate, Leeds, York, Bradford, Sheffield, Yorkshire

(Yoga alliance accredited) Sep 2024 – July 2025

Ready to change your life? Develop a new flexible income? Work in a ‘job’ you are passionate about? Learn something new and life changing?

You are invited to join James for the Gopala yoga Teacher Training course starting September 2024, running on 36 Fridays 10.30am-4pm until July 2025.

James showing an adjustment in Uttitha Parsvakonasana

In the course James shares all the knowledge and wisdom he has gained from being on the spiritual path for 20 years and including the 5 years he spent living and studying Philosophy, Ayurveda and Yoga in India.

Student practice teaching in the Centres garden

The goal of this Teacher training is to educate and train students how to teach a Hatha Yoga, Hath-flow Yoga and Vinyasa style Yoga classes which are the primary styles James teaches on a weekly basis.

The intention is also to provide weekly coaching to students to help them develop and grow as individuals, encouraging a yogic lifestyle, looking at diet, Ayurveda, meditation, breath work, personal philosophy and self-healing etc.

Yoga is a unification process of uniting Body, Mind and Spirit into a cohesive whole. James integrates the deeper spiritual teachings of Yoga into the course to help students become more integrated, happy, healthy human beings.

Therefore it is not necessarily only for those who want to be teachers but also for those who are looking to expand their knowledge in all areas of health, wellbeing and yoga. James will provide coaching over the 11 month period to assist students reach their desired goals.

Students practicing adjustments

James lived and studied in India for 5 years completing his MA in Indian Philosophy in Varanasi, over  a 3 year period. He will be the designated teacher for the TTC, teaching the majority of the syllabus. He will be assisted by Rachel Milnes, a highly qualified physiotherapist, who will teach part of the Anatomy and Physiology.

Rachel Milnes teaching Anatomy and Physiology on the course

As a qualified Pilates teacher James understands the mechanics of the body and potential injuries etc. Good postural alignment and a safe physical practice are taught in great depth and detail to create a perfect balance between the physical and spiritual aspect of the Yoga practice.

Student practice teaching

The course will take place on Fridays, 10.30am-4pm, with a 30 minute lunch break (equalling 5h hours pr day).  It will run for a total of 36 Fridays which equals 180 contact hours and 25 hours of non-contact/self study running up until the end of July 2024.  We will take breaks around most of the major holidays and half terms to work around those participants who have children in schools whilst still reaching our 200 hours. We will not be able to work exactly to the Summer and Easter holidays due to the need to meet the hours required for the course.

Adjustment practice in Tikonasana

Course requirements and details

Students will preferably have 18 months Yoga experience if they intend to teach Yoga after the course. Beginners are also welcome and their practice will develop rapidly over the year. Students will be expected to attend a weekly timetabled class with James during the year for added support.

Student practice teaching outside in the Centres gardens

The course will include full instruction on how to teach an Asana class going through, warm up, classical and Astanga based Sun salutations, standing, seated, twists and balance poses, back bends and inversions with modifications and adaptions. And how to sequence and present a class of Hatha, Hatha Yoga and Flow Yoga.

The course also includes Pranayama, Regular meditation, Diet and Yogic Lifestyle according to Ayurveda, Yogic Philosophy and Chakras and the Subtle Body amongst various other relevant topics.

With Rachel you will learn Anatomy and Physiology, Science of Movement and grounding, Breathing for performance and Mechanics of breath.

Helen Dempster will introduce pregnancy Yoga and Yin Yoga. 

Anne-Marie will teach Yoga Nida and Restorative Yoga.

This is an excellent first rated course with highly accredited and qualified teachers. You will finish the course feeling confident and ready to set up your own Yoga teaching career

If you are interested James invites you to join a complimentary class (if you are new to the Centre) to meet him, get a taste of his teaching style and ask any questions you may have.

 If you would like more information, to join the class or to see the full syllabus/dates or to sign up please contact James on [email protected] or make an enquiry below.

Early Bird Cost: £2950 if booked before August 1st 2024. Otherwise £3200. Installment payments before start date possible – please discuss with James



Techniques, Training and Practise:

James will cover the 5 major areas of Asanas – standing poses, forward bends, backbends, twits and inversions. Students will also learn how to structure a class eg warm up, sun salutations, standing poses, mat poses and final relaxation. He will teach both classical Hatha Yoga and Astanga Yoga based sun salutations.

We will focus on correct alignment and how to adjust each other’s which will also assist in learning about the intricacies and alignment of an Asana. We will also be covering Modifications, Contradictions and Counter poses, Pelvic Alignment and lower back health.

We will also cover Pranayama, Meditation and Chanting. Techniques covered include Nadi Shodhana, Kapala Bhati, Gayatri mantra and Mindfulness.

Anatomy and Physiology:

With Rachel Milnes, Anatomy and Physiology, Breathing and Movement

Applied Anatomy and Physiology 101

  • Applied bone and muscle anatomy
  • Myofascial and cellular physiology
  • Planes of movement
  • Basic biomechanical assessment and kinetic chain approach: Shoulder girdle, Lumbo-pelvic-hip complex, foot foundation
  • Systems: Neuro (Peripheral/Autonomic), Cardio, Respiratory, Vascular, Endocrine
  • Most common pathology and injury patterns

Science of movement in Yoga: From the floor up

  • Biomechanical and scientific principles of movement and loading in Yoga
  • Motor control and recruitment patterns
  • Ground Reaction Force principles and how it relates to Yoga
  • Tensegrity and its applied function to Yoga

Mechanics of Breath/Respiration

  • Muscles of breathing and their applied function
  • Motor control and breathing
  • Autonomic nervous system and breathing, Vagus nerve
  • Breathing quality assessment: apical, thoracic and diaphragmatic breathing patterns, breath wave, Hi-Lo testing
  • Breathing and the hand
  • Breathing practical

2.  With James – Chakras and the Subtle Body

James will teach an introduction to the Chakra system and the subtle body looking at different Asanas to activate the Chakras.

3. Non contact hours, summary of A&P with Rachel

Yoga Philosophy, Ethics and Lifestyle:

Texts/seminars covered by James will be

  • The History of Yoga
  • Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
  • Bhagavad Gita
  • Hatha Yoga Pradapika
  • Ayurveda and Yogic lifestyle seminars (Introduction to Doshas and Avurvedic Principles, Diet. Yogic Lifestyle, planning your daily schedule for sadhana).
  • NCH – essay on Spiritual aspect of Yoga

Teaching Methodology:

Seminars on Marketing and business aspect of being a Yoga teacher.

Teaching how to develop communication skills, demonstration assisting and correcting will be included in the afternoon sessions. We will also cover Adjustments, Modifications, Contradictions and counter poses.

NCH – students create their own sequences and hand in for review


Students will have plenty of time to practise teaching classes, with ample time for giving and receiving feedback.

Non contact Hours:

Already mentioned. Essays written on:

  1. Essay: Discuss one topic from Anatomy and Physiology
  2. Essay: Explore Spiritual aspect of Yoga
  3. Researching and preparing to create your own sequence in Hatha or Flow class
  4. Revision/preparation for final exam

 No refunds upon payment of course.