Unity Yoga Teacher Training (IYN) 200 hrs
A personal and professional journey to share the benefits & depth of inclusive yoga.
The next course starts in September 2022.
What is Unity Yoga Teacher Training?
The Unity Yoga Teacher Training is a level 4 training and recognised by the Independent Yoga Network. It offers an in-depth syllabus, covering the foundations of yoga. You will graduate from the course confident to teach yoga, with a recognised and respected qualification.
The programme was established and is taught by Sevanti, Founder and Director of Unity. Additional respected and renowned teachers share their passion and experience in specific subjects, bringing a diverse range of subjects and approaches to the heart of yoga. The core of meditation and authentic practice runs through all facilitators to deliver a dynamic and fresh framework for each student to blossom as an individual and as a teacher.
Should you wish to experience some Unity Yoga, we have a wonderful 7 day Chakra Yoga course, designed and recorded by Sevanti in 2021, available for download here. You can also try Sevanti’s teaching with our compliments, here: Complimentary Heart Chakra Yoga Class (2 hours).
When is the next course?
The next course begins on Thursday 29 September 2022 and runs two to four days a month until June 2023. The full timetable is below.
“Unity Yoga has a special place in my heart. I started this course hoping to learn more about how to teach yoga and I left feeling inspired and changed not just as a teacher but in all aspects of my life. Unity Yoga has nurtured my body, my mind and my soul. This 9 months teacher training course feels more like the beginning of a new direction in my life and I can’t wait to find out where it will take me. What I love most about this course is how it allows you to let you find out about the teacher you want to be as opposed to following someone else’s path that’s already laid out for you. It requires you to dig deep and it was more challenging than I could have imagined, but then all things worth doing are. So if you want a true yoga practice I can’t recommend this course more. Sevanti is an incredible teacher.” – Hilde
- A thorough, intensive and enlightening training that will prepare you and guide you through the running and teaching of your own classes.
- A nine-month diploma, with over 200 hours of contact tuition, recognised by the IYN.
- Monthly long-weekend sessions (2 or 3 days) at the Unity Centre in Lewes: Thursdays 9.30am-5.30pm, Fridays 9.00am-6.00pm and Saturdays 9.30-6.00pm.
- 50/50 practical & theoretical study.
- Set coursework (written assignments, asana charts and a journal)
- Teaching 4 months external weekly classes, plus three months of one-to-ones, with written feedback.
- A practical exam, anatomy & physiology exam and a written paper set as homework.
- Asana, Mudra, Pranayama, Meditation, Kirtan, Ritual, Yantra, Mantra and Sound Healing. A thorough foundation in Yoga, covering a spectrum of subjects, welcoming all styles of yoga.
- Understanding Unity Yoga. Day two of each training weekend will include a 90-minute Unity Yoga class with Sevanti.
- Unity Partner Yoga™
- Specific Anatomy & Physiology sessions lead by A&P lecturers Earle Abrahamson & Chris Swain. Two Anatomy & Physiology classes with Earle 10am-6pm and one day with Chris, from 10am-5pm. Plus one exam (one hour).
- Small groups; a maximum of 6 students (this may increase depending on Covid-19 restrictions) to allow a supportive, family-like atmosphere.
- Created and run by Sevanti, Founder and Director of the Unity Centre & School, plus visiting respected & renowned teachers offer sessions in specialised areas such as yoga for special needs, pregnancy, less-able-bodied, deaf, elderly & children. Teachers include Ellen Lee, who is the current chair of the Independent Yoga Network.
- Supportive teachers.
- Beautiful space to learn in.
- A fun, awakening and inspiring personal journey.
- An excellent, highly regarded professional certificate with the most supportive and authentic body, IYN.
- The course requirements suggest that you have had a regular yoga practice for at least three years. This means practicing around 3 times per week, including at least one weekly taught class. This guideline is flexible so please call to discuss your experience. Often a strong current passion and commitment to the path may be more worthy than years of a weaker relationship with yoga. Each student is unique.
- A face-to-face or telephone interview will be required before acceptance on the course.
- Students must read the the full terms and conditions and students learning contract. These are in the prospectus, which you can download from this page. We require signed contracts to show that you understand and agree with the terms and conditions, including that if the student chooses to not continue the course the full course fees must still be paid and no monies are refundable.
- Ongoing support with admin and payment organisation.
- Information regarding bursaries and grants for those on a low income. Please contact Rosie at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Teaching manuals downloadable on Dropbox.
- Becoming a member of IYN, with access to information and support.
- A discount on student insurance.
- Graduates are eligible to register with CIMSPA.
- A one-day Emergency First Aid at Work course, accredited by ITC and valid for three years. A valid first aid certificate is required, this is an additional £95.
- The opportunity to teach at Unity with marketing support after the course.
- Students are required to take four hours of workshops (including as part of a yoga retreat) with Sevanti through the duration of the diploma. This is in addition to the Friday morning yoga classes that Sevanti will teach as part of the training (these classes will also be open to the public).
- As a student, you will be experiencing a powerful group journey together. We honour the yogic principles to create harmony and flow within the group.
- Our values underpin the flavour of the atmosphere that we create at Unity. Please read through these on our Unity Core Values section and feel if this is in harmony with what you are looking for.
- In addition to the internal and external assessment, the student is also assessed informally throughout the course in practical application, in addition to theoretical input and general conduct. The student must demonstrate the appropriate personal qualities expected of a yoga teacher during the course in order for them to receive their certificate.
- Students are required to arrive to classes and exams on time and hand in assessments and coursework on time. Download the prospectus for the full Ts & Cs.
- Unity has the right to terminate the students participation on the course. Download the prospectus for the full Ts & Cs.
For full information about the syllabus and all topics covered in our yoga teacher training please download the 2021 prospectus. A 2022 prospectus will be published soon and is essentially the same.
“Thank you Sevanti for another wonderful course with an amazing group of people. I’ve learnt so much personally and professionally” – Ali
“What an amazing course, what an amazing teacher! Thanks so much Sevanti, for your authenticity and realness!” – Nathan
Through this sensitive authenticity we are able to explore a diverse spectrum of asanas with various approaches and dynamics. Meditation, breath, letting go, depth, humility, these are the entry points to a long-term nourishing and inspiring practice. Our style changes as we change, but this diploma is interested in the underlying thread of Yoga, the ability, primarily to connect with our ultimate truth and live our potential of love and joy. The dynamics and content may vary between Unity Yoga Teachers, but the central focus is on the fluidity of natural and authentic movement, relationship with breath and the awareness of our fundamental state of being.
A Unity class usually starts with seated meditation, followed by mantra and pranayama. The body is warmed up before flowing through restorative/flowing/dynamic asanas, weaving through an awakening and cleansing journey through the chakras. The approach is sensitive, attentive and sacred. The body-mind is respected as a whole system, honouring the felt sense of emotions, thoughts and beliefs stored within the physical body. With courage, surrender and lightness we tune in to the intelligence of our system, and the simplicity of letting go of the tension held within the body and mind.
Care is taken to be true to our unique body, enjoying a wide range of possibilities and variations to maintain safe and effective alignment. Moving and still postures are carefully chosen to take each practitioner on a deep but fun journey of awareness. The purpose of a Unity Yoga session is to allow each person time to pause, to listen to the body, mind and emotions and to un-do any accumulated tension. We can then replace tension with an open heart, spaciousness, positivity and trust.
Yoga brings awareness to all parts of ourselves, inspiring balance and clarity and ultimately a greater connection with our higher self, and all that surrounds us. Swami Satchidananda (Founder of Integral Yoga) said “(Yoga) is a flexible combination of specific methods designed to develop every aspect of the individual; physical, emotional, intellectual & spiritual. It is a scientific system which integrates the various branches of Yoga in order to bring about a complete & harmonious development of the individual”.
“It has been an amazing journey, which has had a profound effect on me and my life, I am so glad I found you and your course.” – Sophie
“This course has been life changing! :-)” – Carla
Unity Yoga Teacher Training 2022–2023
SESSIONS IN MONTHS 1–9
Two-three days per month
- Session 1: Thursday 29 September – Saturday 1 October 2022
- Session 2: Thursday 10 November – Saturday 12 November
- Session 3: Thursday 8 December & Friday 9 December
- Session 4: Thursday 12 January – Saturday 14 January 2023 (Note first aid course date: see below)
- Session 5: Thursday 9 February – Saturday 11 February
- Session 6: Thursday 9 March – Saturday 11 March
- Session 7: Thursday 27 April & Friday 28 April
- Session 8: Thursday 1 June & Friday 2 June
- Thursdays: 9.30am–5.30pm
- Fridays: 9am–6pm
- Saturdays: 9am–6pm
ASSESSMENT (MONTH 9)
- Coursework deadline: Midday, Monday 12 June 2023
- Practical exams: Thursday 22 June & Friday 23 June
Anatomy & Physiology dates
- A&P session 1: Sunday 29 January 2023, 9.30am-5.30pm – with Earle Abrahamson
- A&P session 2: Sunday 26 February, 9.30am-5.30pm – with Earle Abrahamson
- A&P session 3: Saturday, 18 March, 10am-5pm – with Chris Swain
- A&P exam: 8.30am-9.30am – Date TBA
First Aid Course
- Sunday 15 January 2023: 9.30am-4.30pm.
Cost & Payment Plan
- Discounted price of £3345 if payment received in full by date TBA
- £550 deposit (non-refundable after 14-days of payment or after date TBA)
- The remaining balance of £2795 due by date TBA
- This can still be paid by instalments, but the full fee must be paid by the start of the diploma
- Full price of £3495 if paid after the course start date
- Students have the option to pay in instalments after the start of the diploma
- We require a fee of £1747.50 (which includes a deposit of £550 which is non-refundable after 14-days of payment or after date TBA)
- Four monthly instalments of £436.87 follow, to be paid on dates TBA
If the student chooses not to continue the course, the full course fees must still be paid and no monies are refundable. Please download the prospectus to see the full student learning contract and terms & conditions.
Grants & Bursaries
If you would like to learn more about the different grants and bursaries we recommend visiting the links below:
- Lawrence Atwell Charity – offers grants up to £1500 for those under 26 from disadvantaged backgrounds for vocational training. Find out more
- Princes Trust – Offers up to £500 for those aged up to 30 who are not employed. Find out more
- Reid Trust – Offers up to £1500 for women educated in Britain – next funding round will be in 2020. Find out more
- Al Mizan Charitable Trust – Offers up to £500 for people to access training who would be in hardship – e.g single mothers. Find out more
- The Thomas Wall Trust – Up to £1000 to help people offer vocational courses – prioritise those who have faced hardship. Find out more
Please contact email@example.com if you would like to find out about the Unity Bursary or if you have any questions.
First Aid is an additional £95 (required unless valid First Aid certificate is already held).
PLEASE NOTE: A minimum of 8 students are required to run this course, a full refund will be given if you book and this is not fulfilled
To register your interest for a place on the Unity Yoga Teacher Training 2021, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once we have received confirmation that you would like to join we will contact you to arrange a telephone or face-to-face interview with Sevanti. You will then be asked to complete the booking forms and contracts and pay the deposit to secure your place.
SevantiUnity Yoga Creator & Teacher
Earle AbrahamsonAnatomy, Physiology & Pathology Tutor
Amarjeet BhamraAssisting Tutor
Amber WardAssisting Tutor
Cathy StantonAssisting Tutor
Ellen LeeAssisting Tutor
Kathryn VarleyAssisting Tutor
Lex TitteringtonAssisting Tutor
Narayani BakerAssisting Tutor
Paul CollinsAssisting Tutor
Is an interview required to be accepted onto the diploma?Yes. This will be possible by telephone.
Who will conduct the interview?Sevanti
Will I need to pay a deposit?Yes.
How much will the deposit cost?£550
Can I spread the cost of the diploma?Yes, but the students will receive a discounted price if they pay the full fee before the start of the diploma. See our payment options or contact Rosie, the Unity School Manager to discuss payment options.
Are there grants/bursaries available for the Yoga Teacher Training?
Do I need to take part in the Anatomy & Pathology classes if I already have a certificate?It is mandatory for students to study the A&P for the Unity Yoga Teacher Training (IYN).
Is accommodation included in the price?No.
Is there accommodation?Yes, but at the Brighton studio only. Students can stay at the studio. There is a bathroom, kitchenette, bed, garden, towels and bedding. For students the studio is £25 per night, if the student brings their own bedding, or £35 if Unity provides the bedding. If you are happy to share with other students then cost can be split.
Will I have to fill out a medical form for the diploma?Yes.
What if I don’t have a doctor?We are happy for you to give this form to a nutritionist, holistic doctor or yoga tutor that meets with you on a regular basis.
Is the medical form important?Yes, we need this to ensure that our students are physically and mentally stable in order to complete the diploma.
Is there coursework?Yes, this may build to a minimum of 8 hours per week.
If I can’t make every date can I reschedule?Yes, but this will be an extra fee as stipulated in the prospectus. Often a catch up session will be mandatory in order to thoroughly understand the course material.
If I miss a class due to illness or unforeseen circumstances will I need to pay to retake the class?Yes, in most cases. Unity will offer as much flexibility as possible, and will aim to support the student as best as we can.
If I fail the exam will I need to pay a fee to retake the exam?Yes.
I already have a First Aid certificate, do I still need to take the First Aid course at Unity?It is required that you have a valid (taken within the past 3 years) ‘First Aid in the workplace’ certificate. If you already have this and it is valid then you do not need to take the First Aid course with us.
If I do take the First Aid course at Unity is this is included in the total fee?No, this is an additional £95.
Is there parking near the studio and is it free?There is free parking on Bear Road, which is about a 15-minute walk from the studio. There is pay & display parking nearby.
Do I need to bring lunch?Yes or you can pop to one of the shops or cafes along Lewes Road.
“Things I have liked the most – The loving, kind & supportive teacher & class, the variety of topics covered and the variety of visiting teachers, Nariani’s voice workshop was the most incredible experience, a beautiful, comfortable studio & fully equipped and that we have to set up our own classes”. – Victoria