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bridget woods kramer (bwk) school of yoga

advanced teacher training +300 hour modules & electives

...with Bridget Woods Kramer Bill Mahony Ellen Saltonstall Gillian Nevin Ananda Leone Jono Condous Sophie Coats

bridget woods kramer (bwk) school of yoga

Teaching Faculty

Bridget Woods Kramer


Bill Mahony

Ellen Saltonstall

Gillian Nevin

Jono Condous

Ananda Leone

Sophie Coats

500 hour yoga alliance advanced teacher training program (+300 TT to be combined with a 200 TT for 500 hour certification)

This unique +300 Advanced Teacher Training (ATT) program is designed to support qualified yoga teachers to develop, deepen and enhance their teaching skills. The full 500 hours is comprised of the Anusara 108 Immersion, the 100-hour Anusara Teacher Training program and/or the Bridget Woods Kramer 200-hour Bali Teacher Training (one month intensive), followed by an additional 300 hours of advanced level yoga training modules* spread across two years. Teachers from other 200 training programmes are welcome to join this +300 hour ATT as long as their 200 TT is registered with Yoga Alliance.  *In the current economic climate we appreciate that some people may not be able to commit fully to another teacher training over a specific period of time (two years).  Each module can be taken as a stand-alone course to enhance specific teaching skills without committing to the full 300 hours of teaching.  This gives you the option to build up the necessary hours you need for a further qualification in a time frame that works for you. Each module will be repeated so if you miss one it can be done at a later date.

the entire rolling program with modules that can be done independently: the art of yoga philosophy & ethics: parts 1 & 2 therapeutics: parts 1 & 2 pre/post natal yoga yoga & counselling/yoga as a successful business restorative yoga & yoga nidra ayurveda chakra and energy systems of the body online philosophy course with Bill Mahony

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Part One: Compulsory Modules

1) The Art of Yoga Asana 1 & 2: The Practice Teaching & Assisting  The use of demonstrations to enhance the experience and understanding of a pose. How to sequence creatively.  The art of theming - looking at what inspires you and how to inspire your students:    • Asana: Levels 1, 2 & 3  Comprehensive understanding and use of the Universal Principles of Alignment™  The use of Mudras to enhance your Asana practice. 

Pranayama (& Yoga Kriyas) Covering the physical, respiratory and mental processes of Pranayama: basic to advanced techniques. Pranayama is a subtle practice with dramatic effects on the respiratory and endocrine system and both the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system. The Pranayama and Kriyas are taught by Yogacharya Ananda Leone, Founder & Course Director of the Yoga Akademie Berlin NB - Part of this module will be held at a retreat in Cornwall. Please see additional handouts for details and dates of the next retreat.


2) Philosophy & Ethics: Parts 1 & 2 In-depth study of Sanskrit texts to deepen our understanding of the philosophy behind the practice of life-affirming forms of yoga. This module will include the practice of meditation, teaching different meditation techniques, the ethics of teaching and qualities of being a teacher.  You will learn how to integrate these teachings both ‘on’ and ‘off’ the mat both as a teacher and practitioner, bringing yoga into everyday life. 

Study of Key Tantric Texts including: The Pratyabhijna Hrdaya -  Swami Shantananda’s “The Splendor of Recognition”  Vijnana Bhairava - Swami Lakshman Joo’s “The Practice of Centering Awareness.”

Study of Classical Yoga Texts: Online Study Program The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

Study of The Narada Bhakti Sutras:     Bhakti Sutras  - Exquisite Love by Bill Mahony This module is taught by Bill Mahony who is known in the international yoga community for his scholarly yet deeply accessible teaching that brings the wisdom of yogic texts into the contours of our lives today.

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3) Therapeutics: 1 & 2 Anatomy and Physiology. This series of workshops taught by Ellen Saltonstall will give students an in-depth understanding of common conditions and injuries that yoga students often have, and how yoga can help in the healing process. Ellen will share her extensive collection of therapeutic modalities, which includes adaptations of yoga poses, observation and hands-on work, and the use of small rubber balls to massage the body.  Enhance your knowledge and confidence to help yourself and your students to move out of pain and into strength and freedom with these very practical workshops.   The spine, including disc problems, sciatica and sacroiliac issues, shoulders, neck and arms, scoliosis, hips to feet, osteoporosis and Q and A. More information can be found on Ellen’s website:


Part Two: Compulsory Modules

(non contact hours - to be completed in your own time) 1) Written Dissertation A dissertation of 3000 words on a subject/specialisation of your choice. To be submitted no later than June 2014 for those wishing to complete their ATT in September 2014.

2) Practicum Twelve hours of assisting students in classes and/or on workshops and immersions with ATT recognised teachers. Twelve hours of observation in classes/workshops of your choice. 

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Part Three: Elective Modules

(a minimum of 4 elective modules must be completed for the +300 ATT)

1) Pre & Post Natal Even if you have no desire to teach pre & postnatal yoga, this course is still for you. All teachers will have pregnant students coming to class. This module provides a broad foundation in pre and postnatal care for pregnant women practising yoga. The 2½ day workshop will consider in detail the role of a yoga practice during this pivotal period in the life of a woman. As yoga teachers, we have both the honour and responsibility of creating an environment where yoga asanas can become a safe and invaluable means of support for the women in our classes. The course will look at each stage of the perinatal period i.e. the period from conception through pregnancy and birth and up to the end of the baby’s first year. The relationship between positions and their particular relevance and suitability to the different stages will be demonstrated  and discussed. The aim of the course is to enhance your ability as a teacher to respond appropriately to the needs of your pregnant and postnatal students, and in so doing, have a positive impact upon her experience of this critical period. Run by BWK and Gillian Nevin (Active Birth Teacher, Birth Doula, Baby Massage Instructor)


2) Yoga and Counselling/Yoga as a successful Business: This weekend will combine how to run yoga as a business and how to take care of yourself as a yoga teacher in a caring profession.

Yoga & Counselling (Inner/Outer Body – The Kosha’s)

Yoga is a powerful medium and has the potential to offer a safe framework for exploring embodied issues. When we move we are expressing a way of being, our physical movements are also affected by our psychological and emotional patterning. We will look at the different layers/sheaths of the body (Koshas) and the deep order to the energetic structure of the Inner Body and how this creates the energy blueprint for the physical and mental body. We will also address the importance of healthy boundaries in a yoga practice both as teacher and workshop/retreat facilitator and how to develop an emotional sensitivity to yoga sessions. This course will be run by Therapist and Yoga Teacher: Amanda Nash

Professional Yoga Teachers need to develop specific business skills. Running Yoga Retreats and Workshops, How to run a Yoga studio How to promote yourself online and with social media, networking and marketing: Facebook, Twitter etc Facilitated by Cathy Wood, international sports athlete and journalist.

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3) Restorative Yoga & Yoga Nidra: Exploring other styles of yoga is an important element to broadening your education and teaching skills. Balancing a strong dynamic practice with a softer restorative style of yoga is key to creating a well-rounded approach to teaching, which encompasses all age groups, abilities and disabilities. • Including yoga for chronic stress & anxiety,  • Depression,  • Sleep disorders  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder • Yoga for Menopause and Seniors.  This course will be taught by Bridget Woods Kramer.

4) Ayurveda:  Ayurveda, “the knowledge for long life” Ayurveda stresses a balance of three elemental energies or humours: Vayu / vata (air & space – “wind”), pitta (fire & water – “bile”) and kapha (water & earth – “phlegm” We will exploring how to balance the dosha’s through asana practice and diet, which practices suit your dosha and how to adapt your practice according to the Seasons.  • Vatta Practice • Pitta Practice • Kapha Practice • Yoga diet and nutrition.  Taught by Jonathan Condous, Ayurvedic Practitioner Bsc & BWK


5) Chakra and Energy Systems of the Body: A Journey through the Chakras (wheels of consciousness) The Chakra system is considered one of the main internal energy systems of the body. We will explore the 7 major energy centers located along the central channel of the spine through asana, sound (bija seed mantras) and meditation. Through these practices we can clear and balance our chakras: a closed or blocked chakra can open more fully or a center that is too open and/or dominant can be brought into balance. The result is a more balance within our internal energy system and therefore more balance, joy and freedom in our lives.  This course will be taught be Bridget Woods Kramer

NB There is an additional fee to pay for the following elective: Online Philosophy Course with Bill Mahony The course will be approximately 6 sessions of 2 hrs each which can also be downloaded for students to view and will be a study of the yoga sutras.

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Bridget Woods Kramer School of Yoga +300 Advanced Teacher Training Faculty

About Bridget Woods Kramer Internationally renowned yoga teacher Bridget Woods Kramer, commenced her yoga practices in India in 1975 embarking on an intense program of study and self practice to become a senior teacher. She has concentrated on teaching yoga since 1988 in the Astanga, Iyengar and Siddha Yoga traditions. In 2001 Bridget became a Senior Certified Anusara Yoga Teacher. Bridget’s Youtube© meditation and Anusara® Yoga Part 2 video’s have been viewed over a million times contributing to making her a leading figure in the Yoga community. As a visionary in the fitness market she has authored numerous articles and books. Recently released, she designed and demonstrated the Yoga practice in Triyoga’s most recent publication ‘Everyone try Yoga’ and the accompanying DVD. She is known for her sense of humour, dynamic style of teaching and close attention to alignment detail. The Bridget Woods Kramer School of Yoga 200hr Yoga Alliance teacher training in Bali is considered to be one of the finest teacher trainings of its kind and brings together Bridget, Carlos Pomeda & Ananda Leone in an intensive and uplifting program of Asana Study, Pranayama & Philosophy.


About Ellen Saltonstall Ellen Saltonstall, E-RYT 500, is a certified yoga instructor based in New York City with extensive training in Iyengar and Anusara Yoga (certified in 2000). Her teaching has been strongly influenced by her background in dance and massage therapy, and her interest in the subtle interplay of body, mind and spirit. She has been a practitioner of meditation and yoga for over 30 years, and currently studies with meditation teacher Paul Muller-Ortega. She teaches nationally and internationally with a specialty in anatomy and therapeutics, of which she is a life-long student. She is known for her clarity and a down-to-earth style. She teaches Kinetic Awareness, a method of bodywork using rubber balls, and she authored the first book on the method: Kinetic Awareness, Discovering Your Bodymind, 1983. Ellen has also published two books with Dr. Loren Fishman: Yoga for Arthritis, 2008, and Yoga for Osteoporosis, 2010, and has several other books in process. For more information,

About Bill Mahony William K. Mahony, PhD, is  known in the international yoga community for his scholarly yet deeply accessible teaching that brings the wisdom of yogic texts into the contours of our lives today. The author of several books on the religions of India, Bill has a deep understanding of the yogic life grounded in over four decades of his own spiritual practice. Bill has presented workshops and seminars such as these throughout the world. He is Professor of Religion and Chair of the Religion Department at Davidson College, one of the best centers of higher learning in the United States. For further information please contact: or


About Gillian Nevin Gilly Nevin is a qualified Active Birth Teacher and Birth Doula. She trained with the highly knowledgable Janet Balaskas and now has a busy practice in Cornwall & London. Qualifications: - BSc (HONS ) Mathematics  - MA (Art History)  - Associate of the Active Birth Centre  - Developmental Baby Massage Instructor  - Birth Art Cafe Mentor  - Birth Doula  Contact: 01872 240625

About Jono Condous Jono fell in love with Ayurveda while studying Yoga in India in 1998. He has completed a 4-year degree at Middlesex in Complementary Health - Ayurveda, and is a Yoga Alliance certified instructor. He has undergone clinical internships in Sri Lanka and India and is a member of The Ayurvedic Practitioner’s Association. Jono believes in the power of Yoga and Ayurveda combined to deeply transform lives. He shares this between his practice at triyoga in London and therapy room at home in Brighton. His vision is to create a Spiritual Healing Retreat Space in nature where we may rest and be deeply nurtured.


About Ananda Leone Ananda Leone, born in 1963 to Italian parents, grew up between Brazil, Argentina and Canada and now lives in Germany, where, in 1990, he established Berlin’s Academy for Yoga. A man of many disciplines, Ananda graduated in 1989 with a degree in Forest Engineering, danced Ballet with the Teatro Guaria Brazil, studied traditional Chinese medicine and trained as a naturopath before going to India to train with Swami Gitananda in Yoga and Yoga Therapy. The result of that trip was Ananda’s initiation into the Yogacharya lineage.  In 1995 Ananda graduated as a yoga teacher from BDY (the German professional association of Yoga teachers) in Dusseldorf. Ananda comes to Bali a few times a year where he holds retreats in English and German. Ananda teaches yoga, pranayama and meditation with a warm, hand’s on approach.

About Sophie Coats Sophie first practiced yoga when she visited India for 9 months in 1988. Over the years she studied in various traditions: Ashtanga, Sivananda, & BKS Iyengar qualifying as a teacher in 2006.  In 2006 she met Bridget Woods Kramer and from then on dedicated her practice and teaching to the Anusara Method of Yoga.  Sophie teaches regular classes in London at The Light Centre and Triyoga and one to one private sessions.  She also teaches workshops and retreats abroad.  Sophie teaches with a rare combination of clarity, strength and gentleness. 

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Advanced teacher training  

Bridget Woods Kramer School of Yoga