Tamara Yoga Intensive Teacher Training

Module 1: September 2019 – Claremont, Perth

Module 2: September 2020 – Claremont, Perth

Tamara Yoga Intensive Teacher Training modules are each a big step towards becoming an outstanding yoga teacher and in deepening your own Yoga practice.

Yoga Immersion

The TYTT Intensive modules mean you get to experience full absorption in Yoga. One of the best things about Tamara Yoga Teacher Training is how deep it is. Not for the faint hearted, it’s not for the people who come to class just to stretch a bit. It’s for those of us who’ve discovered something profound. Something, paradoxically we feel we’ve been missing; yet it’s been deep within us. Truth. Connection. Bliss.

It’s like we start to experience feeling more like ourselves. And we have to learn more. And we can’t not share it. Because Yoga opens us to the magic of life again, just like when we were little, and our imaginations were magical, and so much was enchanting to us. When you recollect your own pure being, it’s wonderful for everybody because we’re all interconnected. Maybe that’s one of the reasons such special bonds form in TYTT.

Teaching Yoga is a gift and a joy. If you’ve got that kind of secret excitement that you know this is what you want to do, email us at [email protected] for an application form.

The Intensive format works for those who want to eat, breathe and sleep Yoga for a concentrated period of time.

Our comprehensive curriculum

–  Yoga philosophy: gain understanding of the profound philosophy of Yoga and how you can apply it every day.
–  Yoga Sutra of Patanjali: discover how to incorporate this ancient wisdom into your life and how to weave it into your classes.
–  Developing your own practice: take your practice to another level, learn safe form for yourself, and deepen your experience of yoga.
–  Asana: learn detailed specific asana alignment, contraindications and benefits.
–  Ethics: truly embody yoga by living its teachings.
–  Voice: learn about voice tone, rhythm and clear communication techniques.
–  Non-violent communication: discover how to communicate with loving kindness and truth with yourself and others.
–  Teaching methodology: learn the skills and strategies that we’ve proven work to be an effective yoga teacher.
–  Teaching skills: discover how to create optimal states for learning and how to communicate clearly and powerfully.
–  Vinyasa sequencing: discover how to pace and sequence engaging classes that help students experience skill in action and increase mindfulness.
–  Pranayama: breath is considered the bridge between the body and the mind. Learn more about this key to unlocking your potential.
– Inner cleansing: how to practice and teach purifying, healing kriya breathing techniques.
–  Yogic Physiology: you’ll be guided through the subtle and esoteric teachings of yoga.
–  Chakras: discover how to balance the subtle energy centres that govern relationships, creativity, personal power, magnetism, emotions, intuition and the ability to access your highest self.
–  Mantra: you’ll delve into the mystic formulas that draw you deeply into meditation and assist with profound transformation.
–  Meditation: you’ll learn about the gateway to inspiration, intuition, insight, well being and regeneration for yourself and your students.
–  Presentation Skills: how to captivate the attention of your students.
–  Learning styles: how to teach accounting for each student’s uniqueness, so every student learns from you. Become adept at communicating in a way that students feel the class has been individualised for them.
–  Anatomy and Physiology: learn about the anatomy of movement, the nervous system, the physiology of the respiratory system, the circulatory system and the lymphatic system.
–  Mudras, Bandhas and Drishti: gain knowledge of the energetic circuits, keys and locks in your body.
–  Tantra: enrich your awareness through study, contemplation and practice of the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra.
– The Radiance Sutras: the yoga of delight, wonder and astonishment.
–  Yoga for pregnancy: you’ll understand the anatomical and physiological changes that occur during pregnancy, how to teach pregnant women, and enable them to feel strong and supported during this miraculous time.
–  Teaching yoga to children and teens: learn about their specific needs and abilities and how to teach enchanting classes children and teens will love.
–  Teaching yoga to seniors: You’ll be educated in research that supports the benefits of yoga practice for the elderly, including specific asana, contraindications and teaching tips.
–  Yoga therapy: learn about therapeutic application of yoga for students with injuries and illness.
–  Restorative Yoga: understand how to teach rejuvenating, restorative postures that will calm and soothe your students. Learn how to position bolsters and blankets to provide softness and support enabling students to release tension and relax deeply.
–  Yin Yoga: learn how to enhance the natural range of motion, releasing into the connective tissue to enhance the flow of prana in the tissues around the joints.
–  ISHTA: how to tailor lessons to meet individual needs so the class experience is safe, therapeutic, nurturing and liberating.
–  Ayurveda: the ancient, holistic Indian medicine of healing.
–  Practicum: practice teaching opportunities with constructive feedback.
–  Demonstration: principles of asana demonstration. Learn how, why and when to demonstrate postures to inspire and educate your students.
–  How to create a ‘yoga space’: help your students feel transported from the mundane to an extraordinary experience of yoga.
–  Adjustments: how to adjust students via hands on assists.
– Multi-skilled: become accomplished at incorporating the many different aspects of yoga into a seamless practice that you enjoy and students love.
–  Develop confidence and the knowledge: to teach Beginners, All Levels and Advanced Vinyasa classes.
–  Opportunities provided to observe and assist: sit in on classes so you gain valuable experience enabling you to be ready to teach when you graduate.
–  And so much more!

What can I expect?

Intensive Teacher Training Tuition begins at 7.45am and concludes at 6pm over a 2-week period during springtime. Additionally, each evening you’ll need to allocate revision and study time to prepare you for the exam at the conclusion of the Intensive modules. This rigorous schedule allows you to totally immerse yourself in the wisdom of yoga, allowing for transformational growth. You’ll delve deep into the tradition and culture of Yoga while you learn the art of teaching Yoga.

The Tamara Yoga approach is based on the awareness that within each of us is a deep well of contentment, strength and joy. Yoga is a tool that helps you recover your natural peacefulness and to know the true brilliance of your soul. We want to inspire you to realise your potential with Yoga.

Our internationally recognised Tamara Yoga Level 1 Teacher Training is known for outstanding results in reliably producing the highest quality teachers who’ve enjoyed every step of their training and are ready to share their knowledge with others.

Training requirements

To successfully graduate as a Level 1 Tamara Yoga Teacher you will need to complete:

–       2 Tamara Yoga Intensive modules
–       200 yoga classes at Tamara Yoga (if you live outside of Perth you can simply attend our retreats.)

Between each Intensive module there’s ample time to process what you’ve learned and complete assignments and research at an in-depth level. Unlike other programmes that attempt to ‘cram’ in the requirements, which often leads to information overload and a lack of confidence in teaching your own classes, at Tamara Yoga years of teaching teachers means we’ve tailored the best learning format specially for you.

Other training options for you

If you’re looking to expand your practice and learn more about Yoga, you could enrol in one Intensive module simply for the purpose of deepening your knowledge of yoga.

If you need to upgrade your existing qualifications

If you’ve previously completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training elsewhere, and need further training to be recognised as a Registered Level 1 Yoga Teacher with Yoga Australia, subject to application, you may be eligible to enrol with us to upgrade your qualification by successfully completing one Tamara Yoga Intensive Teacher Training module.

How to apply

Acceptance into our program is via application and class numbers are strictly limited.  Please email [email protected] for an application form and further information.

Once accepted, a $250 deposit secures your place. The balance of $2,775 is due by August 15, 2019.

If you choose to do a second Intensive Module to gain the Level 1 Registered Teacher qualification, a $250 deposit secures your place. The balance of $2,775 is due by August 15, 2020.


To give you a student’s perspective, here’s some feedback from previous TYTT Intensive trainees:

“I can honestly say that teacher training was nothing short of a transformational experience. Fantastic teachers, a perfectly paced program and a beautiful group of students meant every session and every day made us feel completely invigorated and inspired. Not only did my own practice evolve in ways I thought impossible in such a short time, Tamara’s practical teaching tools make you feel so empowered to share all aspects of yoga with those around you. You may be like me, with no intention to ever be a ‘yoga teacher’. All I can say is I thoroughly encourage you to go on an Intensive – not only will your own practice grow immensely, you will also feel totally inspired and able to integrate teaching yoga into all aspects of everyday life with family, friends, and at work. It’s no surprise that Tamara constantly brings out the best in the whole group to create an experience, which is simultaneously totally grounding and completely inspiring. Whatever your reason, if you have any inclination to undertake teacher training, then do it. You’ll get more out of it than you imagined possible, and the contentment, love and laughter will stay with you and make you feel like every day is being lived to your fullest potential.” Dr. Anna West

“I am very grateful for all of the knowledge and information handed down from Tamara. I now appreciate the ISHTA lineage, and feel that Tamara has handed the trainees, and new teachers, a spark of the flame that was lit a long time ago and passed down from Yogi to Yogi. To me, the program was much more than just teacher training. I wasn’t sure what I had signed up for, as I wasn’t familiar with Tamara Yoga. I now believe that what I was looking for was inspiration. I am very pleased to say, that I was inspired in many ways. For me, being inspired to continue learning and researching the material that was provided was an added bonus. As a result I am inspired to pass on this knowledge and practice where I can to help others to enter and continue to pursue the Yoga journey.” David McSweeney

“Having just completed my first Yoga Teacher Training intensive I feel exhilarated and empowered. I have learnt so much about health and wellbeing as well as profoundly improved my yoga practice. Tamara is a true master; I am honoured and privileged to be her student. A highly enriching experience, thank you!” Margo Halbert

As the countdown to my final intensive is fast approaching I am taking a moment to sit back and reflect. I am feeling an overwhelming feeling of surprise. I am surprised that I made it this far; I am surprised how much yoga has become part of my everyday life and not just the asana class I attend. I am surprised how confident, excited, inspired and at ease I am with the prospect that I will soon have my own students. Although I will be a perpetual student of Yoga as I still have so much to learn. I am ready and eager to pass on all that I have learned to anyone that will listen. When I decided to enrol in the Tamara Yoga Teacher Training Intensive there were many things that my husband and I considered. Not once did we consider that the word Intensive has been used very deliberately by the organisers of this course. It was a little clue as to the content and the pace of the course. I didn’t pick up on this and just thought, the Intensives would be less disruptive to my family’s daily life (than Tamara’s 2 year course). No consideration was given to my learning style. Which is far from intense. I am a slow and steady kind of girl. In order for the amount of information to be shared with us from the dedicated and knowledgeable yogis of TY the pace is fast and heavy. I didn’t consider homesickness and love sickness that I would feel leaving my small child and husband, as I was so enthusiastic to begin. With that said, Tamara Yoga Teacher Training was most definitely the right choice for me. It has left me informed, inspired, intrigued and excited. It has opened my heart and mind (and hips) to a new way of moving through my life. My body has stretched, strengthened and softened, I accept my limitations and look forward to developing more of my unending, unlimited potential.” Renae Morris

“My experience has been transformative! I feel I have learnt so much valuable knowledge that I can apply to my practice, my teaching and my life. The compassion Tamara has shown, along with her knowledge & passion for yoga has inspired me. I have fallen more deeply in love with the practice of yoga and truly feel more balanced and alive than ever before! This has been one of the best things I’ve ever done. Thank you for everything! You have my love and devotion for life.” Courtney Walter

 Tamara Yoga Teacher Training Intensive 2019 Required Reading List

  • Chakra Yoga, Alan Finger
  • The Tantra of the Yoga Sutras, Alan Finger, Wendy Newton
  • Yin Yoga, Outline of a Quiet Practice, Paul Grilley
  • The Radiance Sutra – The Bhairava Tantra, Lorin Roche
  • A Path with Heart – Jack Kornfield
  • Autobiography of a Yogi, Paramahamsa Yogananda

Recommended Reading List

  • The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, Georg Feuerstein
  • The Yoga Tradition, Its History, Literature, Philosophy and Practice, Georg Feuerstein
  • Moola Bandha, The Master Key, Swami Buddhananda
  • Yin Yoga, Bernie Clark
  • Tantra, the Path of Ecstasy, Georg Feuerstein
  • The Shambhala Encyclopedia of Yoga, Georg Feuerstein
  • The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, trans and commentary by Sri Swami Satchidananda
  • Be Here Now, Ram Dass
  • Yoga for Children, M. Stewart and K. Philips
  • Preparing for Birth with Yoga, Janet Balaskas
  • Yoga for Pregnancy, Sandra Jordan
  • Yoga Psychology: A Practical Guide to Meditation, Swami Ajaya
  • Shambhala; The Sacred Path of the Warrior, Chogyam Trungpa
  • Man’s Search for Meaning, Victor Frankl
  • As One Is: To Free the Mind of all Conditioning, J Krishnamurti
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey
  • Sri Vijnana Bhairava Tantra; The Ascent, Swami Satyasangananda Saraswati
  • Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha, Swami Satyananda Saraswati
  • A Sourcebook in Indian Philosophy, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan and Charles A Moore
  • The Gheranda Samhita, trans James Mallinson
  • The Mahabharata, Trans. Chakravarthi V. Narasimhan
  • Science of Breath, Swami Rama, Rudolph Ballentine, M.D. and Alan Hymes, M.D.
  • Yoga, Mind and Body, Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center
  • Moving into Stillness, Eric Schiffman
  • Yoga, the Path to Holistic Health, B.K.S Iyengar
  • Loving Kindness, Sharon Salzberg
  • Faith, Sharon Salzberg
  • A Heart as Wide as the World, Sharon Salzberg
  • Hatha Yoga, the Hidden Language, Swami Sivananda Radha
  • Being Peace, Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Stages of Meditation, The Dalai Lama
  • Creating True Peace, Thich Nhat Hanh
  • The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice, TKV Desikachar
  • Hatha Yoga Pradipika, commentary by Swami Vishnu Devananda
  • Karma-Yoga and Bhakti-Yoga, Swami Vivekananda
  • Bhagavad-Gita, Winthrop Sargeant
  • I Am That, Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • The Spiritual Teaching of Ramana Maharshi, Foreword by C.G. Jung
  • Insight Meditation: The Practice of Freedom, Joseph Goldstein
  • The Wisdom of No Escape, Pema Chodron
  • The Fine Arts of Relaxation, Concentration, and Meditation, J. and M. Levey
  • Yoga Therapy, A.G Mohan and Indri Mohan
  • Ayurveda: Nature’s Medicine, Dr. David Frawley
  • Ayureveda and Marma Therapy, Dr. David Frawley
  • Ayurveda and the Mind, The Healing of Consciousness, Dr. David Frawley
  • Ayurveda: The Ancient Healing Art, Scott Gerson, M.D.
  • The Woman’s Book of Yoga and Health, L. Sparrowe and P. Walden
  • Timeless Healing, Herbert Benson
  • The Relaxation Response, Herbert Benson
  • Ageless Body, Timeless Body, Timeless Mind, Deepak Chopra
  • The Art of Forgiveness, Lovingkindness and Peace, Jack Kornfield
  • Mohandas Gandhi Essential Writings, Intro by John Dear
  • Gandhi on Non-Violence, Thomas Merton
  • The Heart of Understanding- Commentaries on the Prajnaparamita Heart Sutra, Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Perfect Health, Deepak Chopra
  • Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers: An updated Guide to Stress, Stress Related Diseases, and Coping, Robert M. Sapolsky
  • Wise Woman Herbal, Susan Weed
  • Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom, Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing, Christiane Northrup, M.D.
  • Great Eastern Sun, the Wisdom of Shambhala, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Tamara Yoga Teacher Training Intensive 2020 Required Reading List

  • An Introduction to Yoga, Alan Finger
  • The Anatomy of Hatha Yoga, H. David Coulter
  • Yoga for Life, Alan Finger
  • Back Care Basics, Mary Pullig Schatz, MD

Recommended Reading

  • The Spiritual Teaching of Ramana Maharshi, Foreword by C.G. Jung
  • Preparing for Birth with Yoga, Janet Balaskas
  • Yoga for Pregnancy, Sandra Jordan
  • Hatha Yoga Pradipika, commentary by Swami Vishnu Devananda
  • Yoga Mala, Sri K Patthabi Jois
  • Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff
  • Key Muscles of Yoga, Ray Long
  • Key Poses of Yoga, Ray Long
  • Yoga Mat Companion: Back Bends and Twists, Ray Long
  • Yoga Mat Companion: Vinyasa Flow. Standing Poses, Ray Long
  • Yoga Mat Companion: Hip openers and Forward Bends Ray Long
  • Yoga Mat Companion: Arm balances and Inversions, Ray Long



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