Yoga Teacher Training

Yoga Teacher Training at Adapted Yoga and Pilates

About Our Programme

So you want to be a yoga teacher?

We welcome expressions of interest and applications. Entry to the program is based on the maturity and committed-ness of the prospective student; it is not open on a first come first serve basis. You will also be expected to be currently practicing yoga, be it personally or with a studio.

The Adapted Yoga and Pilates Yoga Teacher Training Program in Christchurch focuses on community development through individual development.

Our mission is to share our knowledge and passion for Yoga and authentic Vedic philosophy, to prepare you to be able to accept the responsibility of Yoga and to pass it on confidently and gracefully. We teach Yoga without any alteration to its essence, so you can be more adaptable with your teaching and your journey with yoga. There is a strong focus on philosophy and Shatkarma (cleansing techniques) is emphasised.

Our goal is to guide you towards the practice of Yam and Niyam as a way of life and to help you to find balance and peace in life, as we provide apprenticeships as a community yoga practitioner after our initial education modules to ensure your ongoing development.

Although this program prepares you to be a yoga teacher it is, more importantly, a journey of personal growth that furthers your own practice on a physical, mental and spiritual level. After gaining a firm theoretical and practical foundation, you will then integrate this understanding into the art of teaching yoga. If you complete the course to our satisfaction you will achieve a International Yoga Alliance 200 hr accreditation and an Adapted Yoga and Pilates Yoga Teacher Certification.

We now offer a NZQA Level 4 group fitness qualification allowing a robust training integrating western sports science with eastern philosophy. This is a never seen before training that facilitates national and international qualification in both Eastern and Western views of group based Yoga. With both online and face to face based training.

So what makes us different?

The course will guide you through correct and sufficient knowledge of yoga, yogic philosophy, proper teaching skills and enough practical training to teach others with ease and confidence. We will provide post-course support; we offer this to all of our students. Our teachers can be contacted directly throughout the course and in the future; we will work with you and support you throughout your ongoing Yoga journey.

Please note that there are job opportunities available for the right students after completion of the program.

What you will be learning?


A solid foundation on the principles and practice of Asana, which includes introduction to basic Asana and their therapeutics, including injury prevention and management.


Understanding the principles and practice of life force (Prana).

Yoga Philosophy

History and philosophy of Yoga with a focus on the Baghavad Gita and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, and basic Sanskrit pronunciation and chanting.

Anatomy and Physiology

As it pertains to yoga.

​Teaching Methodology and Practice

Principles of teaching, including sequencing, adjusting, assisting, demonstrating, and instructing in a clear and engaging manner. These will be taught through practice teaching with simulated classes of various formats from one-on-one to group classes.

Our Next Programme

Get in Touch About the Next 2020 Intake

 We are currently taking applications for our Spring 2020 programme!

This programme will begin with group online training from the week of the 2nd November 2020 this online portion of the training will run for 6 weeks- these online sessions will occur on the days and times that work for the group of trainees, this is our ‘Foundations of Yoga’ portion. In mid Jan 2021 you will be the online and physical part of our ‘Learn to Teach’ portion. You will join in on a 3 night retreat in Feb, assist and learn to teach ‘real’ students not just Yoga Teacher Trainees and participate in some full day face to face sessions throughout the training period (these will be on days that suits the trainee group as we often have people from out of town). You will participate in special population workshops where you will be assisting and getting hands on practice with a wide range of different conditions and people. The apprenticeship will include teaching, assisting and demonstrating two classes a week with your teaching mentors and will include different teaching situations to deepen your knowledge and experiences on a very practical and supportive level.


We invite you to a full month orientation of Adapted to ensure that we are a good fit for you for the huge commitment that is Teacher Training.

To participate in this programme, you need to have a good level of experience with Yoga (physical capacity is not a concern for us as we see Yoga as adaptable), be interested in supporting the community and giving back to society, be ready to be challenged and to be open to learning, leaving your pre conceived ideas at the door.

We expect that you participate in a minimum of 2 classes a week with Adapted throughout your training (unlimited classes are included in the cost) 

We expect that you practise daily throughout your training

A 20% deposit is expected in full 2 weeks prior to the beginning of the course. Payment is then spread through 5 monthly payments or upfront if you choose.

Each programme has strictly limited numbers.

To find out more or secure your space in our next programme please click the button below.


What our students have to say

“Tilak and Rebecca are really supportive, both during the training and outside the training. So any questions or anything they are both really approachable.”

Charmaine Aitken

Yoga Teacher

“The course is not just learning how to instruct people to do yoga; it goes profoundly deeper. A lot of it comes down to imrpovement of the self, self-realisation and appreciation of your role in society….”

Mike Wilson

Yoga Teacher

“I would thoroughly recommend the course, but only to people who are genuinely commited to the journey, and not just a means to an end.”

Mike Wilson

Yoga Teacher