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We offer a number of paths & trainings to become a yoga teacher. Quality education is our value.

Yoga Moves Vinyasa Teacher Training (RYT 200 hours)

Foundational program to deepen your practice and learn how to teach

Would you like to do what you love?

Master the fundamentals, broaden your understanding of yoga, help you to find your voice, your confidence and learn how to share your love of yoga! Completing our program will mark the beginning of your new life as a skilled and inspired yoga teacher.

From day one we will guide you in deepening your practice and honing your skills to become a confident and empowering teacher. Become a source of inspiration begins with your own personal yoga practice, both on and off the mat. Yoga is not just physical gymnastics, but a practice of the heart, mind and spirit. Be prepared to push your mental and physical boundaries through this journey.

We offer the Vinyasa Teacher Training (200 hours) in 2 formats. Both programs have the same curriculum and hours of training:

The Yoga Moves program (est. 2001) is one of the Netherlands top teacher training courses for fluid vinyasa based powerful yoga. We set the standard for quality in training and we get results: our graduates are some of the hottest yogi’s in The Netherlands and around the world!

Ready to jump in and go on a journey with us? 

The Yoga Moves Teacher Training Approach

What will you learn?

  • Awareness on how to see and respond to people, their bodies, and their potential.
  • Sound strategies for bringing the most out of your students and how to deepen your own practice and understanding.
  • A deep understanding of working from the foundation up.
  • How to intelligently build and teach creative yoga classes that are fun, beautiful and inspirational.
  • Your students are ready to come back for more!

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People say

"I really loved the course and the energy of the teachers and students. I learned sooooo much! It has made me even hungrier to go deeper into yoga."

Happy Student Teacher Trainee

It made me realise I’m still at the beginning and that there’s a whole world out there to discover! It made a big change in my life.

Eva Student

Just loved the training, made me love yoga even more, made me want to learn more, made me want to get involved more. Made me want to teach more!

Sarah Teacher Trainee

I found out this training is a journey, aiming not to become someone who knows all the yoga poses perfectly, but to become who you are, so you can inspire others."

Brechtje 2015 Teacher Trainee

It was hard to learn yoga again – after knowing yoga as a practice – learning to teach yoga is very different from practicing it. I have learned so much!

Radj 2016 Teacher Trainee

Become a real teacher!

Someone who can respond, see people and inspire potential.

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The curriculum of both the long program as the intensive model are the same. 

Your Practice in Depth

To teach yoga means you practice yoga. We focus on your own deep practice. We will give you lots of experience to feel and deepen your own practice, learning principles of practice combined with intelligent understanding of how to work in your own body to enhance the flow of energy.

Yoga Philosophy

Without grounding in yoga philosophy, yoga may as well be another sport or another addiction we add to our list of attachments. You will be introduced to the essential basic concepts, the history, development and application of classical Indian philosophical thought.

Anatomy & Physiology

This part of the course introduces you to the basic principles of the physiology of the human body with consideration to specific physiological mechanisms activated or affected by yoga practices.

Teaching Methods

You will learn and study the language of the body, how to respond to individuals and situations while moving a group forward. Develop your verbal and non-verbal instruction, visual demonstration, touch, voice, assist your students to find their potential. Learn how to teach safely and creatively in beginners, multi-level and experienced classes including attention on the breath, lifestyle and the principles of yoga.

Study & Homework

Let’s be honest: students tell us this course is challenging! You will be asked to read a lot, practice a lot, observe classes, and prepare some assignments.


You will start practice teaching starting immediately in your own environment, reading a number of books, and will meet your study group regularly.

Feedback

We want you to grow, so we integrate personal feedback of your practice and teaching all the way through. You will get to know the trainers and they will get to know you.

Examination

At the end of the program you will have a few points of final evaluation, including your practice, theory, and evaluation of you teaching a class. We ask you to attend, observe classes a minimum number of with the trainers from the teacher-training program

Yoga Alliance Certification

Compared to other schools we offer more contact training hours and ask serious commitment from students. Upon successful completion of the program, you can register with Yoga Alliance as a RYT 200 (internationally recognised Yoga Teacher certificate).

What style of yoga is the Yoga Moves teacher training?

Expect to learn how to teach a creative yoga flow that integrates great and deep body alignment. Vinyasa Flow is a creative and grounded approach to building the experience of yoga. It incorporates the essentials of alignment, breath coordinated movement (principles of vinyasa), focus or dristi and core or bandhas. Multi-level sequencing will be explored as a way to integrate an effective, creative and dynamic teaching method based upon vinyasa-krama (stages of evolution) and pose /counter-pose. We will also integrate Iyengar –based awareness in your teaching and practice.

What can I expect from the program?

  • Practical & down-to-earth information to apply as a teacher
  • Challenging classes bringing your own practice to a new level
  • Learn to ‘see’ bodies, understand why some people need a different approach
  • Opportunities to teach and observe, coached by senior teachers:
  • Learn to balance and flow a class for beginners and intermediate students
  • Explore your breath and learn how to teach it
  • Learn how to work with props and assist students
  • Internationally recognised certificate qualification (Yoga Alliance, USA RYT-200 level)
  • Working with senior trainers who will really get to know you personally and your practice

What if I don’t want (or don’t know yet) if I want to be a yoga teacher?

Our 200-hour training is ideal for those who want to delve deeper into the study of yoga, and to improve their own practice. It is also great for students who simply want to have a transformational experience and to be a part of our thriving Yoga Community. But be prepared to look at the practice from teachers eyes and ears!

How proficient in yoga do I have to be to do the 200-hour program?

We require that you have a minimum of 12 months of a significant exposure to dynamic yoga or vinyasa-based practices before enrolling in our teacher-training program (and follow our pre-training course: Going Deeper).
We want to make sure that trainees have a good basic foundation in the primary yoga postures, and can follow a fairly intensive practice before learning how to teach. We prefer you have been practicing over 2-3 years, but if you have an easy affinity with learning yoga, and are practicing regularly, we are more flexible in our pre-requisites.

Are there prerequisites?

  • In principle we ask you to have, with a minimum of 2 years. Or 1 year committed personal practice and participation in the Yoga Moves Going Deeper Course (pre-teacher training).
  • Approval from one of our trainers – or if you live far away and are sure of yourself we may accept a recommendation from your own teacher (with permission)
  • Able to manage a vigorous 2+hour asana practice, have a regular yoga practice.
  • Comfortable reading and learning in English. Homework, practice teaching and exams can be written in Dutch

What is the difference between our 200-hour intensive and the extended program format?

Both our year program and our intensive programs are essentially the same course, time and requirements regardless of scheduled format. The different formats were created to meet the variety of scheduling needs of our students.

It is important to note that all of our 200-Hour formats meet the required Yoga Alliance standards as specified on their website, www.yogaalliance.org.

Long Programs

  • Spread over +/- 6 months. We meet about 1 (long) weekend a month.
  • You have time in-between to practice, digest, study & integrate.
  • More time to do all the homework and assignments, meet with your study groups etc. More processing time.
  • Time for your practice to develop – patience is key in yoga!

 Our (Summer) Intensives are:

  • Intense! But what you loose in the long program (time in between) you gain by having a full focused yogi lifestyle experience.
  • Our intensive model actually offers more focus since most people are not juggling work and things in the summer – you can dedicate your energy to the intensive course!
  • You are asked to read and study before the course as much as possible.
  • After intensive part, we gather for one or two weekends, with time between to study, integrate, practice and do your practicum work. 

What are the 200-hour graduation requirements? 

In order to graduate the program you must fulfil the following requirements:

  • Attendance of in-class teacher training sessions
  • Successful completion of homework, assignments and final exams (don’t worry, you will be will prepared!)
  • Participation in a final in-class practice teaching practicum
  • Completion of class taking & observing requirement

How much time should I expect to spend on 200-hour homework?

  • Expect to spend some time daily on your practice. Many students will practice between 1- 1.5 hours a day (self practice or going to classes)
  • Expect between 4-8 hours a week on homework (reading, writing, practice teaching). The homework is designed to support the material covered in class and help you integrate what is presented into your own practice and teaching.
  • Expect to meet with your study group approx. 1-2 times a month for a couple of hours. You will have a much deeper experience when you meet with colleagues to practice your new skills. 

Will I be qualified to teach yoga once I complete the 200-hour teacher training program?

Yes! Graduates of the 200-hour program usually begin teaching in small studios, gyms, with private clientele (friends and family), etc. Many new teachers decide to continue their Teacher Training education and participate in our 300-Hour Professional Program as a way to further solidify their skills, knowledge, and style as a yoga instructor. This training is a thorough, professional training for becoming a highly skilled yoga teacher. It rounds out and solidifies a teacher’s complete education.

What make Yoga Moves teacher training unique?

At Yoga Moves, we have been leading teacher trainings since 2001 and have trained some of the Dutch most celebrated yogis. Our program is considered one of the most respected program in Teacher Training with over 400+ graduates located all over the Netherlands and the world. Our training offers a high quality, demanding, but very grounded course.

Still Looking For Answers?

Lets us help you! We love to connect with you to make sure our program fits your needs. We will also send you our ” YM 200 Teacher Training Info Folder” with more info in it.

What does it cost?

The price for the whole 200 hour program starts at only €2195 (early bird).
Late bird is: €2395

Early bird deadline for the Summer Intensive is 20 May.

We also have a payment plans.
See details of the payment arrangements in our application form.

What is included?

Our fees are vat free, so no extra costs on top!

It includes all the course dates, evaluations, observing in classes and a 10x class card (or one month from Infinity) from Yoga Moves. It excludes the cost of books, travel, lunch, online programs & extra classes you may need to take.

Compare the actual “contact hours with senior trainers” when you want to decide between our programs…we know we offer a generous no-short cuts program. You won’t be disappointed!

Are any books and materials included in the price of the trainings?

The Yoga Moves Teacher Training manual is included, but you will need to purchase additional required books. Please wait for your welcome letter before purchasing the books. Yoga Moves gives you discount when you order the books with our shop. All learning material and books are in English.

“When I started doing yoga I never thought it would encompass and touch so many aspects of life…I found out this training is a journey, aiming not to become someone who knows all the yoga poses perfectly, but to become who you are, so you can inspire others.” – Brechtje 2015

“It’s been a very special journey …Intense experience on all levels: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. Learned a lot about yoga and myself. Met great people. Life experience, heart opener. My yoga practice has reached a new level and got a lot of tools to teach others.” – Happy Student  2015

‘I learned to be closer to myself and that I do not have to ‘go away’ to get some rest or peace of mind. I can just turn inwards’
– Anonymous

“What a glorious bunch of young, enthusiastic, bright people I had the pleasure and honor of getting to know and working with…was the best thing about these last few months. I will look back at this time and a huge smile will cover my face! I found an incredible amount of useful material in the YM binder. I am sure I can refer to this later and find loads of helpful tips..I definitely feel confident teaching at beginners vinyasa yoga lesson right now… this practical approach really resonated with me.
– Anonymous

The studio is light and open and is suitable for yoga practice, The exercise we did with Hilary that helped define ourselves as yoga teachers was delightful and very creative and useful. Wonderful to see the positive blind spots we all have. Also a good example of positive team building.” – Susan Pijpers  2016

Two years ago I started my search for a nice teachers training. My goal: going deeper for my own practice. …I made a list of yoga schools to visit before making a choice. Maybe power yoga, maybe Iyengar, Asthanga Vinyasa. Yoga Moves was the first on my list. Entering the building and meeting Hilary gave me the direct answer. Utrecht the city where I studied also made me happy…It was a nice experience! – Enthusiastic Student 2014

My current teacher in The Hague – did teacher training with Yoga Moves, and she is a great teacher with solid knowledge of theory and a great practice. So, I was assured about the quality of the teacher training by looking at her as well. The combination of the program appealed to me the most. Even though I personally practise Ashtanga Vinyasa, I wanted the course that will go broader then only one yoga style. And I really like the atmosphere and people at Yoga Moves 🙂 – Trusting Student 2015

Waarom ik voor de Yoga Moves teacher training heb gekozen. Ik heb naar andere opleidingen gekeken, maar toch gekozen voor de teacher training van Yoga Moves.
De belangrijkste redenen waren:

* Een groep studenten in plaats van individueel,
* Een groep docenten die les geven en niet 1 docent die les geeft,
* 1 jaar (voor mij niet te kort en niet te lang) in plaats van een kortere intensieve opleiding of verspreid over meerdere jaren,
* Vinyasa yoga wat ik een prettige vorm van yoga vind,
* Inhoud van het programma (niet te ‘zweverig’). – Sandra  2013


 

Goede vraag. Ik heb vooral gekozen voor jullie als school, de no-nonsens down to earth mentaliteit. Spiritueel en verbonden zonder zweverig te zijn. En vooral een plek waar iedereen welkom is, laagdrempelig en open. Voor dat ik bij Yoga Moves kwam ben ik diverse plekken geweest maar nergens mij zo thuis gevoeld. Zeer belangrijk, leuke, goede, inspirerende docenten elk op een eigen wijze waardoor je elke keer weer wordt verrast.  Het was dus niet zo zeer de stroming, het niveau of de locatie. Maar vooral jullie zelf die mijn keuze hebben bepaald.  – Happy Student 2014

De afgelopen 10 jaar heb ik een heleboel verschillende yogavormen beoefend. Ik ben begonnen zelfs al 12 jaar geleden toen ik zwanger was van mn eerste kind, dus eerst zwangerschapsyoga. Door al deze verschillende vormen te hebben gedaan ben ik tot de conclusie gekomen dat de vinyasa yoga als vorm mij het meeste ligt.  Waarom dan jullie opleiding zo ver van huis? Heel simpel, ik heb in België niet zo’n school met die instelling en sfeer gevonden. Curious Student – 2013

Ik vind verschillende vormen van yoga fijn, maar om te beoefenen ligt mijn voorkeur tot nu toe bij Ashtanga yoga en Iyengar yoga. Misschien totaal verschillende vormen, maar voor mijzelf werkt deze combinatie erg goed. Om deze reden heb ik voorafgaande aan mijn keuze dan ook gekeken naar de Ashtanga yoga Teacher Training (van Claudia Pradella) en de Iyengar yoga Teachertraining (B.K.S. Iyengar yoga institute Amsterdam).

Om de redenen dat ik denk dat de Yoga Moves teacher training een goede brede basis opleiding is (vanuit deze basis kan ik mij altijd nog meer richten op één vorm), het in een vertrouwde omgeving is, waar ik bekend ben met meerdere docenten en kan vertrouwen op goede kwaliteit, heb ik gekozen voor de teacher training bij Yoga Moves. –  Thoughtful student 2015

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How do I sign up (apply) for the program?

We prefer to meet you before you start so we can see your practice and have a small chat with you.

Fill out and sign and e-mail it to training@yogamoves.nl our:

  1. Application Form Utrecht.
  2. Financial & general terms agreement
  3. Recommendation form: We ask to have one of our teachers (or yours if not possible to come meet us first) make a recommendation. (you can find a recommendation form in the application form below).

Enrollment confirmation: Within 10 working days of receiving your application you will receive an e-mail from Yoga Moves if you are accepted in the program.

  • You will be asked for your €500 deposit or make your full or partial payment

After payment of your deposit, you will receive our welcome packet with the reading list and your first assignments you can start with. The course actually begins when you commit, so sign in early!  The course actually begins when you commit! So sign in early!

In order to receive the early-bird price, your payment must be made in full by the early date. Enrollment is limited and we recommend applying early as to avoid being placed on a wait list.

Upcoming program dates

We currently offer 2 programs a year.

  • One starts each year in January and is offered approx one long weekend a month for approx 8 months. LINK
  • The second is offered as a more intensive program in the summer period. (for 3 weeks, Sundays off) and has usually 2 come back weekends in the fall (for exam and completion topics) LINK

Below we list all the upcoming dates and the relevant workshops offered that we consider good places to “get to know us” or open days.

Interested in Yoga Moves offering our training in your city? Let us know!

 

 

 

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Upcoming

Yoga Moves Vinyasa Teacher Training (200h) - Summer Intensive

with Yoga Moves Teacher Training Team
Starts 31 July 2017 | 3 weeks plus

St. Janshovenstraat 1 | Early Bird: €2195

Yoga Moves Vinyasa Teacher Training (200h) | 2018 long

with Yoga Moves Teacher Training Team
Starts Fri. 12 Jan 2018

Yoga Moves Utrecht | Early Bird fee is: €2195

Registration

Curious?

We would love to speak to you about our program – come take a class with one of our trainers and meet us!

E-mail our training coordinator Leonie with any questions.

About the teachers

David Meijer

David Meijer

Yoga, movement and health have been Davids full time occupation since 2004. In an anatomy training David uses a form of inquiry based on asking and answering questions to stimulate critical thinking. With his playful and pragmatic approach you’ll acquire insight in the way yoga asanas work on the body. Systemic understanding and independence are more important in his classes than summing up textbook facts.

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Hilary Anne Brown

Hilary Anne Brown

Hilary Anne Brown is the founder of Yoga Moves and teaches a lyrical form of (slow flow) vinyasa yoga, a fluid but precise, dynamic yet relaxed method that incorporates the breath as a focus of moving meditation. She teaches with sensitivity and strength, letting you discover what yoga can bring to your life in a real and tangible ways.

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Jasmijn Koelink

Jasmijn Koelink

Jasmijn strives to flavor her yin, slow flow and vinyasa classes with kindness by emphasizing individual adjustments and offering different levels for different bodies. She integrates a meditative style of teaching into her classes where there is more stillness in between -and in- postures, to allow more body awareness.

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Liese van Dam

Liese van Dam

At Yoga Moves Liese offers Birthlight classes for women at all stages of life. During the pre- and postnatal period she helps women prepare for birth and supports them while they grow into their role as mother.

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Marlene Henny

Marlene Henny

Marlene Henny is one of Hollands leading Vinyasa Yoga Teachers. She is a certified and experienced yoga teacher who is known for her skills in sequencing, allowing everybody to join the ride. She is a dynamic yoga teacher and her approach is genuine, dynamic, creative, fun and from the heart. Marlene has been teaching at Yoga Moves since its start - in 2003 and is a leading trainer at the Yoga Moves Teacher Training.

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Sumati Nair

Sumati Nair

Sumati has been teaching both asana classes and philosophy for the past 15 years. What she enjoys most is teaching the different perspectives, offered to us by the great masters, stimulating her students to embark on their own search.

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