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Teacher Training

The Foundation Training for Yoga Teachers with Patrick Creelman

Personal transformation is the goal of this programme – through strong, intelligent daily practice and theory-based workshops for developing a solid foundation in teaching yoga. This training will focus on the most essential skills necessary to step into a classroom upon graduation and confidently guide a 60-minute vinyasa practice based on strength and intelligent alignment.

A time-tested programme with graduates currently teaching in major studios all over the world, this training has proven to be a professional step towards being a fully-accredited yoga teacher and a huge leap into your own empowerment.

The Foundation is a 22-day, full-time training programme. It offers a positive philosophy grounded in recognising life's innate goodness combined with Universal Principles of Alignment. To ensure that teachers retain the practical classroom skills and academic study of the history and literature of yoga, there are weekly summaries and exams to reflect the progress.

Patrick has over 10 years of experience in teaching teachers. He will lead and support the entire group through the challenge of becoming confident in your own potential, whilst embodying the knowledge that is most important and having practical experience with the essential skills. This programme has proven time and time again to produce life-changing positive results.

Yoga Alliance Accredited School
PURE Yoga is a registered school with Yoga Alliance. Our teacher training programmes and teachers are internationally accredited, have exclusive recognition and qualify for the 200-hr Yoga Alliance Certification.

Yoga Alliance is an international governing board for yoga teachers and training programmes in the U.S. and globally. Graduates of our programme are automatically eligible to register as a RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) with Yoga Alliance. Becoming a RYT means having a higher profile and gaining international recognition as a yoga teacher, attributes that many hiring studios look for.

Mission Statement
We offer this training in an effort to grow our community of committed yoga practitioners, empowering those who demonstrate dedication to a personal practice, by sharing the knowledge, skills and tools we have learned so they too can start teaching yoga.

We intend to guide trainees toward a healthy self-confidence, while at the same time invoking in them a sense of humility and excitement, knowing that they are at the beginning of a long journey.

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• In-depth study of basic alignments for over 100 asanas. Beginner & intermediate poses
• Learn safe positioning for beginner-level students
• Key modifications for all standard poses for stiff, injured or beginner students
• Key guidelines for keeping students safe whilst practising with you
• Key understanding of balancing muscle engagement & active stretching
• Learn how to create optimal opening of the body in every pose
• Focal point Intelligence – discover which is the centre point for each asana and how to benefit from activating towards and from it to perform the full pose
• Key descriptive language for effective teaching of asana
• Benefits and potential risks of each asana
• Adjustments – physical and verbal

Yoga Props Usage

• Study the proper use of a yoga chair, belt, blanket, blocks, bolster and yoga mat
• Learn quick use of props for flow classes
• Learn more methodical use of props for slower study of asanas
• Use props for injuries and to investigate poses from different approaches to go deeper

Anatomy & Physiology

• Introduction to yoga anatomy – organs and systems of the body, skeletal system, muscular system, and the biomechanical intelligence of the body
• Study all the major joints – movements, restrictions, muscular system, physiology, postural muscles
• Understand the muscular system – muscles for movement and alignment in asana

• Study the timeline for an overview of the historical Yoga Lineages
• Understand how we got here: from the first schools of yoga all the way to the modern era
• Tantra and modern yoga
• Buddha and Buddhism's influence on yoga
• Classical Yoga of Patañjali =>Yoga Sutra study
• The Bhagavad Gita

• Understanding the Five Elements (Space, Air, Fire, Water, Earth)
• The Three Doshas (3 main mind/body principles that create special mental and physical characteristics)
• Examine the basics of a Yogic Diet – You Are What You Eat

Yogic Practices
• Esoteric Anatomy (the anatomical system of conscious energy within the body)
• Chakras (energy centres)
• Mudras (seal or locking energies)
• Bandhas (energy locks)
• Vayus (energies of the breath)
• Nadis (system of passageways through our bodies where we transform and move the energy of the breath)

• Study the basic techniques for breath awareness
• Learn reclining pranayama for activating the ribs, then the lungs
• Learn Ujjaii 1, Ujjaii 2, Viloma & Nadi Shodhana
• Learn the benefits of deep relaxation
• Practise yoga nidra
• Kriya – explore the traditional basic active cleansing techniques

• Start a daily practice during the training with guided meditation techniques
• Daily journal exercises to contemplate the challenges and the rewards of meditation
• Begin a self-practice of basic meditation
• Learn the basics of teaching meditation

Teaching Methodology
• Study the art of teaching
• Observe the structure of classroom dynamics
• Practise teaching one-on-one with fellow teachers
• Practise teaching small groups of 2-5 students
• Contemplate your key motivations for teaching and realise that by knowing them, you can use them to teach from the core of your being
• Establishing Your Teaching Voice with exercises and feedback
• Introductions & Closing exercises for professional classes
• The Art of Good Demonstrations
• Ethics to consider as part of committing to the path of yoga and the seat of a Teacher
• Explore Confident and Welcoming Body Language

Weekly exercises in the Art & Science of Sequencing Theory 


Part 1:

19-29 November 2020

Day off: 24 November (Tuesday)


Part 2:

7-17 January 2021

Day off: 12 January (Tuesday)



7:00am – 9:00am Morning Intensive (Asana, Pranayama, Meditation)

10:00am – 5:00pm Study (including break)


Morning Intensives
The Morning Intensives are the daily asana practice. The intensives run 7:00am – 9:00am daily (Tuesdays off). They include asana, pranayama and meditation practice.

They are an integral part of the programme where techniques are learned, skills are sharpened and the fire of transformation is fuelled. The commitment to practising with the same group of yogis over an extended period of time has enormous power in it.

This part of the programme is open to students who desire a life-affirming shift, but are not participating in the full Teacher Training. Those registered in the Full Teacher Training have this included in the programme. 

Students who are interested in participating should bear in mind that this will be a physically and emotionally demanding programme. It will require a strong commitment and personal sacrifice, as well as the support of the student's primary support network.

Interested students must
• Have a deep desire to learn and personally explore the deeper dimensions of yoga
• Have a minimum of 12 months of regular yoga practice
• Be free of major injuries going into the programme
• Have a coachable attitude
• Be fully committed and understand that 100% full attendance is required
• Be willing to forgo most other personal or professional commitments for the duration of the programme
• Have read the required readings and submitted homework below prior to the beginning of the course.

Homework Submission Prior to Start of Course

• Bhagavad Gita – 250- to 500-word summary of the main teachings, PLUS choose 3 favorite chapters and write 1 paragraph on each: what you learned from it and why you liked it.
• Light on Life – Write a 250-word summary and what you found to be the most insightful or inspiring aspect of this book
• Light on Yoga - Write a basic explanation of the Yamas & Niyamas as outlined in the first section of Light On Yoga and how they are beneficial to your life today.
• Practice, Study & Memorise the WildLotus Foundation Practice Sequence. (Students should know the poses by name and picture using Light On Yoga as reference)

Required Readings Prior to Training

• Light on Life - by B.K.S. Iyengar
• Bhagavad Gita (any version)
• Light on Yoga - by B.K.S. Iyengar
• WildLotus Foundation Practice Sequence (will be sent to students before training)


Full Training

Super Early-bird 20% off Discount: HK$31,600 (Limited to the first 10 registrants)

Early-bird 10% off Discount: HK$35,550

Regular Price: HK$39,500



Application is NOT required for Morning Intensive sign-up. Please register at PURE Yoga Studio reception


1-Part Morning Intensive Practice (10 Practices)

HK$3,520 (HK$352 per session)


Any 5-session Morning Intensive Practice

You must confirmed your selected days upon registration

HK$2,200 (HK$440 per session)


Morning Intensive Practice Drop-in

You must confirm selected day upon registration

HK$550 per session


Special 50% off Graduate Discount

Applies to:

Graduates of The Foundation Training for Yoga Teacher & WildLotus: 300-hour Advanced Teacher Training

One-Part or 6-session Morning Intensive Practice only

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Minimum Students
This programme requires a minimum of 25 students


Early-Bird Discount
Super Early-bird Price: Limited to the first 10 registrants, full payment must be made within seven days after confirmation.

Early-Bird Price: Application sent in on or before 30 September 2020.
Regular Price: Application sent in starting from 1 October 2020.

· No refund or credit will be given for cancellation starting 1 October 2020.
· Valid refunds are subject to a 10% processing fee that will be deducted from your refund.


Healthy-licious juice cleanse offer from nood food

  • $200 discount on nood food 3-Day juice cleanse for all yoga event registrants. Ask nood food staff at your event location for details.


Special offer from PURE Apparel:

  • 20% off all PURE Apparel retail products for all yoga event registrants.


Contact & Enquiries:
For enquiries, please email


*If there is any discrepancy between the printed and web versions, the web version shall prevail.

Yoga experience

Pure Yoga Cardholders can opt to have their contracts temporarily suspended for the duration of the course. Please check YES if you would like to have your account suspended. Suspension period is on a monthly basis. You can choose the start day of your suspension. You are able to reactivate your account any time by filling in a reactivation form at the studio.
Should you wish to join any classes during the training, you will receive 50% off the regular price for drop-ins