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Yoga with Sam

200hr Yoga Teacher Training in Maidenhead

September 2024 to September 2025


The Samara Yoga School 200hr teacher training is a comprehensive 200-hour Yoga Alliance® Registered Teacher Training led by Sam Mills (ERYT-200).

The training is designed for enthusiastic students of yoga who desire a more committed practice and deeper understanding of the yoga pathway in life, as well as those who want to learn the tools of teaching and sharing their deep love for this beautiful ancient system for body, mind and spirit.

The course is spread out over 12 months, allowing you to fully integrate the practices and teachings so that you feel ready to begin your new career of teaching this wonderful practice when you graduate.

In this foundation course, you will have the opportunity to learn anatomy and physiology specifically designed for yoga teaching, our Philosophy teacher is originally from India where she was first introduced to Indian Philosophy in early childhood. She has spent decades immersing herself in all aspects of yoga philosophy and has been lecturing in all the BAVA conferences in London for the past six years on philosophy topics.

We will also be joined by guest teachers who are experts in their fields and Sam will mentor you all the way and be your principle teacher.

The curriculum includes:
• The study of asana (proper alignment, benefits and potential risks)
• The science and art of sequencing
• Hands-on adjustments
• How to observe bodies
• How to use props to improve or modify postures
• Cultivating your voice
• Yoga history and philosophy
• The Five-Elements, Merdians & Seasonal Yoga
• Sanskrit names of postures
• The Business of Yoga

In the safe and relaxed environment of this course you will be given the tools, training and opportunity to teach, as well as the opportunity to observe and assist classes.

Once completed, you will be able to register with the Yoga Alliance for your RYT-200.

Weekend modules will enable you to:

  • Teach, teach teach! This course is designed to give you at least 5 hours of teaching experience as the lead trainer to ensure that you leave feeling confident in knowing how to teach and having had ample time and experience to do so!
  • Deeply understand the anatomy and physiology of the body and how it directly relates to yoga.
  • Create effective and empowering classes that inspire and develop your teaching knowledge and skills.
  • Know how to help your pregnant yoga students.
  • Give clear verbal cues and hands-on adjustments.
  • Become masterful in the biomechanics of the body by learning precise alignment techniques.
  • Find Your Voice and your own Unique Teaching Style.

Minimum 12 - 18 months regular yoga practice is required. No prior teaching experience necessary, nor do you have to be flexible, injury-free or super athletic!

Requirements: 12 weekends of in-person instruction; 2-5 hours of at-home study per week and a consistent personal yoga practice. You will also be required to observe 10 yoga classes; teach at least 10 classes, submit your final assessment based on 9 hours of 1:1 teaching with written notes and feedback from your 1:1 students.

Schedule: Saturdays & Sundays 9.30am to 5pm

Weekend Dates: 14&15 Sept, 19&20 Oct, 16&17 Nov, 14&15 Dec, 11&12 Jan 2025, 8&9 Feb, 8&9 March, 12&13 April, 10&11 May, 14&15 June, 12&13 July, 9&10 Aug, 13&14 Sept

Venue: Braywick Nature Centre, Hibbert Road, Maidenhead, SL6 2DG

Cost: £2,800 (£400 deposit to secure your place and the option of paying the balance in full or £200 per month for 12 months **EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: Save £200 if you sign up before the 31st of March 2024**

Tuition includes training and homework handouts. Books and other supplies are not included.

Places are limited to just 10!



SAM MILLS – Lead Trainer

Sam’s childhood was steeped in Indian Philosophical teachings and she has been teaching yoga for over 15 years. Sam has studied and learnt from some of the best teachers in the world and continues to deepen her knowledge of the body, mind and breath year on year!




VIJAYA SUBRAMANIAN: Philosophy Teacher

Vijaya had a successful 17 year career as an investment professional. She is a practising Vedic astrologer and has

obtained the certificate of Jyotisha Pandita, after studying the Brihat Parasara Hora Sastra with her Guru Pandit Sanjay Rath. She is currently enrolled with him to study the Jaimini Sutras and Mantra Sastra. She is studying Vedanta under the guidance of Swami Parmarthananda, a disciple of Swami Dayananda of Arsha Vidya, and is also pursuing Sanskrit studies in SOAS University, London.



KAREN KIRKNESS: Anatomy Inspired

Karen is passionate about helping movement teachers awaken their inner anatomist through creative practice to inspire curiosity without the overwhelm. She has designed an incredible online course called Anatomy Inspired. Karen teaches anatomy and movement from the heart with techniques forged in experience and grounded by her evidence-based approach to inspiring next-level education for movement teachers


DESIRÉE RUMBAUGH - Teaching Methodology

Desiree Rumbaugh is an internationally recognized yoga teacher with unquenchable enthusiasm for life, love and healing. She blends playful humor with an authentic inquiry into the nature of being to bring the ancient teachings of wisdom into the asana practice and then into modern life. She is an E-RYT and a YACEP with Yoga Alliance.

Her passion for teaching both the art and the science of yoga is fueled in part by her own experience recovering from deep grief as a bereaved parent.


VANESSA HODGE: Midwife and Prenatal Yoga Teacher

Vanessa has been a practising midwife since 2000.
She was a Labour ward co-ordinator for 5 years at Wexham Park Hospital after 10 years of rotating around all areas of the maternity unit. Vanessa teaches hypnobirthing, reflexology and prenatal yoga.



VANESSA LAMPERT: Chinese Meridians and 5 Elements

Vanessa is a poet and acupuncturist from Oxfordshire. Her debut pamphlet On Long Loan was published by Live Canon in October and her first collection will be published by Seren in Spring 2023.

In 2021 she won the Ver Poets Open Competition and the Edward Cawston Thomas Fellowship Poetry Competition, placed second in the Kent and Sussex Poetry Society Open Competition, and was commended in the National Poetry Competition.


PETE CHERRY: Pranayama

Pete is one of the most knowledgeable teachers of meditation and pranayama. Pete has trained with Erich Schiffman and also studied with some of the world’s leading teachers including renowned anatomist Leslie Kaminoff, master Power Yoga teacher Fred Busch, Daizan Julian Skinner the first westerner to become a Zen master, and Dr Shrikrishna, one of India’s foremost authorities on the study of breath control. Pete holds a First Class Master’s Degree from SOAS in Buddhist Studies and Sanskrit and is currently undertaking a PhD.

Pete’s passion is to enable all students to experience the richness of self awareness and the startling benefits of regular mind training.