Level 1 Vinyasa Teacher Training


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Brahmani Yoga Centre, Anjuna, Goa, 403509, India
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Thursday, 4 Feb 2016 to Friday, 18 Mar 2016
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  • Anna Smallwood, Lead Trainer
  • Emil Wendel, Philosophy
  • Jennie Wadsten, Teaching Methodology
  • Joanne Smallwood, Teaching Methodology
  • Stuart Girling, Anatomy & Physiology
  • Anouk Petzoldt Aoun, Pranayama & Meditation


4 February 2016 to 18 March 2016


Brahmani Yoga Goa

Yoga Alliance Registered RYS 200


This 6 week, 250 plus hour, Level One teacher training programme is designed to be an intensive training in the basics of teaching the Brahmani Style of Vinyasa Flow Yoga. During the course you will learn to deepen your understanding of the asanas through exploration, develop your own practice, how to structure sequences, hands on adjustments, communication skills for teachers, yoga philosophy, anatomy and physiology, pranayama and meditation and good assisting skills. You will be learning not only in the teacher training environment but also be working in the public classes at Brahmani, hands on, under the guidance of our senior teachers.  This will give you real life experience of the classroom with the complete support of the Brahmani staff.

Course Contents

This course has several unique aspects that you will not find in other programmes:

  • Working with several highly experienced teachers, who have all trained directly with Julie Martin at Brahmani Yoga.
  • Small select group: No more than 12 participants on the course.
  • Practical work in a real class room environment with experienced teachers supervising. Not just working on other teacher trainees.
  • Emphasis on assisting / apprenticing so that you feel confident in a real classroom environment.
  • This programme gives you 250 hours of Yoga Alliance registered curriculum.
  • Working directly in the world renown Brahmani environment to cultivate the best skills with  encouraging and supportive staff. 



  • You must have been practicing Vinyasa Flow yoga regularly (4-6 times a week) for at least 3 years with a senior teacher.
  • You must have a good basic understanding within your own body for the most common asanas.
  • You must have a good understanding of how the breath works with movement.
  • You must have a recommendation from your regular teacher that you are ready to embark on an intensive training course. (see application).
  • You must be open minded and prepared to learn different techniques and approaches to teaching and learning.

This course is 250 hours of intensive practice and teaching skills over 6 weeks. You will be working about 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. Saturdays are ½ days and most Sundays are completely free. There is also 30 hours of pre-homework that must be completed before the course starts.

Teaching yoga and maintaining a practice involves a lot of hard work and discipline and this course is designed to give you a foundation reflecting that. It is important you understand this is not a “yoga holiday” or a “retreat” before you apply.

All the teachers at Brahmani Yoga are dedicated to teaching WELL and SAFELY and therefore do not believe you can do a month or so of training and be prepared to go out and teach WELL. Teaching is a vocation so we look at the level one course as your starting point. On this course we will establish the basics of teaching, communication, adjustments, sequencing, anatomy & physiology, yoga philosophy, pranayama & meditation and all aspects of yoga to give you a solid foundation.  You will be exploring all these topics on a personal level as well as for teaching purposes, guided by experienced and nurturing teachers.

Brahmani Yoga also believes that many forms of yoga are beneficial and therefore you will be participating in all of the daily public classes at Brahmani to gain a well rounded understanding of asana practice.  This includes not only the Vinyasa Flow classes but also Hatha, Ashtanga, Restorative and more.

There are non-contact hours included on this course. Most of these hours must be completed as pre-homework which consists of reading and report writing as well as some practical exercises to give you a good preparation and a look at what we will be working on. The homework will be sent to you once you have been accepted on the course and must be completed before the course starts.

We also put an emphasis on assisting/apprenticing once you have finished the course. There is so much valuable experience to be gained working alongside knowledgeable teachers for an extended period of time that you cannot attain by attending a course. By the end of the course you will be confident in assisting and will also have a foundation for teaching beginners and general level classes. For those of you who already teach it will fine tune your skills and allow you an opportunity to delve deeper into your understanding of teaching.


Sample Daily Timetable

(subject to some variation)

7:30 – 9:30am Practice, observe or assist in the Self Practice class. You will practice 6 days a week.
9.45 – 11.30am Practice, observe or assist in the Vinyasa Flow Beginners or Intermediate classes or Ashtanga or Hatha classes 6 days a week. This is done on rotation so you will spend plenty of time in each class throughout the 6 weeks.
11.30 – 12.30pm Three times a week we will meet for a general discourse. These sessions will be an opportunity to ask questions or share experiences that we might not always have time to address in the other sessions.
3 – 5.30pm Technique and theory work. These sessions will include sequencing, alignment and asana investigation, hands on adjustment work and teaching skills as well as Anatomy & Physiology and Yoga Philosophy, depending on the day. These sessions will be 5 days a week. Yoga Philosophy is with Emil Wendel. Our Anatomy & Physiology teacher will be Stuart Girling.
5.30 – 7pm Pranayama and Meditation with Anouk Petzoldt Aoun 4 times a week. These sessions will include some Kriyas and Mudras as well as Kirtan. For the last week of the course you will have 6:00am pranayama and meditation with Emil Wendel instead of the evening classes.




£1,850 sterling (£300 non-refundable deposit is payable once you have been accepted in order to reserve your space. The balance for the course is due 6 weeks before the start date. For more details see the cancellation policy at the bottom of this page.

About The Instructors

Anna Smallwood, (Lead Trainer)

Anna was first introduced to yoga in 1998 as part of her training as Professional Contemporary Dancer. She completed a Bachelor of Dance at the Victorian College of The Arts in  Melbourne, and always pulled back to her yoga practice whilst working as a dancer. She immediately fell in love with Ashtanga and Vinyasa flow practices as it allowed to find freedom through movement, yet unlike dance it was driven by the breath.
Anna completed yoga teacher training at Brahmani Yoga in 2005 and then felt very privileged to be invited back to teach there for several seasons.  Anna has also taught internationally on the Shakti Spirit, and Brahamani Yoga teacher training courses in Bali and Goa.  As well as leading retreats in India, Bali and Australia.
Now Anna is founder the Berry Yoga Shala, on the beautiful South Coast of NSW Australia. Her classes are inspired by her love of dance, movement and music, but also tapping into  those beautiful moments of stillness and spaciousness and really listening to what arises from within that space.
Anna is forever grateful for the teachings of Julie Martin, Emil Wendel, Clive Sheridan, and Rachel Hull who have illuminated her Sadhana with their teachings.  www.roamingyogis.com.au


Emil Wendel, E-RYT 500 (Philosophy)

Emil was born in Switzerland and has been living in Asia since the mid-seventies, studying Sanskrit and Indian Dharma on the Subcontinent, as well as Chinese Philosophy and Taoism in East Asia.
His long residency of 25 years in India and Nepal has allowed Emil an exceptional insight in to the depth of Indian civilization and its philosophical current.  He is sharing this insight in teacher training courses, retreats and workshops all around the world, serving to develop and deepen the yogic process.
He has been part of the Brahmani faculty since it’s inception more than 7 years ago, offering meditation modules, Mantra Vidya, Mudra sequences, Pranayama and philosophy courses.
For more information on Emil’s yoga and his tour schedule see.  www.beyond-the-asana.com


Jennie Wadsten, E-RYT 500 (Teaching Methodology)

Jennie fell in love with yoga in 1999 and has been teaching full time since 2005. She has attended a wide range of teacher trainings and workshops over the years, ie. in Ashtanga vinyasa, Anusara yoga,  Brahmani Yoga’s Vinyasa flow, Virya yoga,Yin yoga, Ayurvedic yoga massage and anatomy. She is curious and eager to continually broaden as well as deepen her knowledge; yoga is a lifelong experience.

Jennie strongly believes that there are many truths in yoga; what is “right” will be different from one person to another, and her intention with her teaching is to guide the students into learning how to communicate with their bodies and mind; using principles of alignment as a structure and then tuning in to what is true to them instead of just listening to general guidelines. She encourages curiosity and to cultivate breath, awareness and gratitude; to make it easier to access these qualities into our everyday life, off the mat. She’s warm, enthusiastic and has an extensive knowledge in biomechanics and how to make the practice safe but still a nurturing exploration.

Jennie met Julie Martin at Brahmani Yoga in Goa in 2006, and ever since, India has been her home during Swedish winters.


Joanne Smallwood, E-RYT 200 (Teaching Methodology)

Joanne Smallwood has been a devoted yoga practitioner since her early twenties, and has taught internationally for the past 9 years. Completing her Teacher Training in 2005 at The Downward Dog Yoga Centre in Toronto, with Ron Reid and Diane Bruni, she soon traded the infamous Canadian winters for warmer shores of India. Since 2005, Joanne has been working in Goa, India, as the general manager of Brahmani Yoga. This enabled her to expand her knowledge and love of yoga, her teaching, whilst allowing her to further develop her passion through courses and in her own practice.

During that time, Joanne attended most of the Brahmani teacher trainings including Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow, Prenatal and Restorative, and holds the Yoga Alliance 500 hours accreditation. Her teaching embraces Ashtanga Yoga, but also reflects her diverse background to incorporate other traditions and styles. She teaches with awareness and enthusiasm, whilst always being attentive to students’ needs and the energy of the class.  Joanne also teaches the Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training at Brahmani Yoga.  www.joannesmallwood.com


Stuart Girling, (Anatomy & Physiology)

Stuart is an Ashtanga teacher and bodyworker specializing in yoga related injuries and tension patterns. His interest in anatomy started when he was working as a personal trainer while studying for a BSc in Health Studies.Taking up yoga about 12 years ago he found himself often drawing on his anatomy knowledge to better understand his own body as it struggled with the physical aspects of the practice. What started as two individual interests merged into a passion for yoga anatomy. Stuart brings this passion to the classroom and approaches the subject from the point of view that knowledge on it’s own is of little use unless you also understand how to apply it. Realizing that many people struggle with yoga anatomy & physiology he focuses on making the learning experience fun, relevant and above all useful. Stuart believes that similar to using a knowledge of different pranayama techniques to choose the right one to help balance a students doshas, so too can a good understanding of yoga related anatomy & physiology be a tool in a teachers toolbox to help balance and progress a students practice.


Anouk Petzoldt Aoun, RYT 500 (Pranayama & Meditation)

Having studied various styles of Hatha Yoga for thirteen years Anouk is drawn deeply into the vast world of Yoga philosophy and the practices of Pranayama and meditation.

Anouk completed her teacher training with Brahmani in 2009, and is honored to have become part of the Brahmani teaching team. For her, Yoga is a gift to humanity, and teaching an act of giving and devotion. She is passionate about helping people to experience the benefits of Yoga beyond the pure physical experience and beyond our minds, allowing for the mystery and magic of life to unfold.

While remaining inquisitive, Anouk believes we best evolve through good intention, discipline, our own humility, and our love for ourselves and ‘the other’. She would like to help students cultivate these qualities as she continues to cultivate them herself through her practice.

Anouk will be teaching Pranayama & Meditation on this training.


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Cancellation Policy For Teacher Training Programmes


A non-refundable deposit is required to hold your place once you have completed an application and have been accepted on the course.


Due 60 days prior to the beginning of the program unless otherwide stated above.

Refund And Cancellation Policy

In extenuating circumstances, such as bereavement or serious illness, the course can be deferred to a later date, subject to availability and deferral fee.


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Included for £1,850

- 250 hours of Yoga Alliance registered curriculum