This is a full immersion in Traditional Rishiculture Yoga

Next Course March 2020

The best way to be able to teach Yoga is to make it a part of your life so that you will be live and breathe Yoga. On this yoga teacher training course in Cardiff you will learn that yoga is not just a set of exercises you teach in a class since there really is so much more to yoga than that. Yoga is a way of life where you continuously learn to live in the best way that you can and create an environment where you can grow. When we can realise this we can then support others to better themselves whether it is just to keep themselves fit and healthy or whether they want to grow consciously too. This course will enable you to realise this and it will get you into the right space so that you are in a position to teach.patanjaliweb

You will need an open mind, an interest to learn and a yearning to grow. It is a very comprehensive course and many concepts may take a while to sink in, but if you are open they will all connect when you are ready. Yoga is a life-times work and as you evolve it evolves with you.

This yoga teacher training course will help ground you and support you to develop on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. You should expect to see yourself change whilst on the course although many changes will be subtle which is why you will be expected to keep a Yoga diary. This diary should be used to keep a note of all thoughts, feelings, experiences, difficulties and breakthroughs. Reflection on this journal will prove to be a valuable addition to your personal journey.

There will be a reading list. All book & reference purchase requirements will be kept to a minimum as best as possible since this can be costly however do expect to purchase some. I will give you lots of articles and essays to read to make up your point of reference. Since you are learning Rishiculture Ashtanga Yoga in the tradition taught by Swami Gitananda the majority of it will come from this source.

This yoga teacher training course is made up of both the Step by Step course written By Swami Gitananda and the additional Teacher Training content. The Step by Step course is so intensive that even if you have done it before you will only understand and experience it better when you re-visit it making you a much more confident teacher. There will be opportunities to teach, digest and discuss the content. Please note  – if you have done the Step by Step course before you will not be required to repeat the written work.

There will be daily yoga practice and weekly questions to answer. You will have essays to write, lesson plans, handouts and presentations to prepare. Not all at the same time! But you will need to be able to put regular time aside to keep it all together. Being organised is a necessary quality to cultivate if you don’t already have it.

You need to be able to put time and effort into this course and be dedicated in all ways. Commitment is a must especially if you are planning to teach. What you put in is what you will get out – so the more you put in the more you will get out.

This Yoga Teacher Training course will be spread over 14 months and we will meet for one weekend each month with classes for two full days. The course will be concluded after the 14 months with a certificate ceremony.

You should not miss any of the course weekends. However, should this happen all course content will need to be made up. This will sometimes need to be done by private tuition which is not included in the course fee. You will need to work this out with Kalavathi.

The Yoga Teaching Qualification is not guaranteed, it is awarded to those who do the work to an acceptable standard and show that they are ready to teach. However you will all receive a certificate for the completion of the foundation course which is a part of the teacher training.

The course fee includes the monthly training weekends, all teacher training course material, the Step by Step course book (fee adjusted for those who already have it but you will need to take out the yoga life subscription), 1 year subscription to Yoga Life Magazine from Ananda Ashram, South India and also guaranteed eligibility for student teacher training insurance to cover you for practice teaching. There is a small charge later for the insurance when it is needed. Upon graduation this gets upgraded to teachers status.

Teaching opportunities will be made available for you at the Om Studio. You will get teaching practice on the course as well as general class teaching practice at scheduled times during the week. You will also have observation and mentoring opportunities with your peer trainer teachers. Coming to a regular weekly class is required during the training. If you live to far from the studio to attend there are alternatives that you will need to discuss with Kalavathi.

We will cover the following on the Teacher Training Course:

Asana – Physical & posture practice and discipline    

Pranayama – Breath awareness leading to breath & energy control

Sanskrit – Basic understanding for correct pronunciation

Philosophy – Looking at Yoga through certain texts e.g. Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras

Kriyas & Mudras & Bhandas – Yoga Techniques producing particular outcomes 

Mantra Chanting – Learning various Sanskrit Chants


Bhajans – Uplifting Devotional Singing

Yantra – A Yogic Science of Number related to divisions of life

Diet & Nutrition – Looking at a Yogic diet and related cleansing & fasting practices

Dharana & Dhyana – Concentration leading to meditation

Hindu Yogic Concepts – Looking at Yoga as a way of Life and its origins in Hinduism

Anatomy & Physiology – An outline of the basic functions and physiology of the body

Yoga Chikitsa – Learning about Yoga and its use as a therapy

Learning to Teach – Understanding the basics required for teaching

Teaching Practice – Teaching & Mentoring experience

Working as a Yoga Teacher – Help to get started and running your own business 

Communication – Build confidence with your oral and practical aspects of teaching

Teaching Problems – Learn about various issues/difficulties that can arise

Modifications & Adjustments – learn when these are appropriate and for who 

Assessment – You will be assessed regularly and will receive feedback 

and much much more!

Your teacher trainer will be Yogacharini Yoga Chemmal Kalavathi Devi. Kalavathi undertook the 6 month intensive Yoga Teacher Training programme at Ananda Ashram, Pondicherry, South India in 1999 which gave her approx 1400 contact training hours. She has returned for more training 10 times in the past 19 years where she has more than doubled these contact hours. In 2015 Kalavathi was awarded the advanced Year Teacher Training Certificate from the ashram and she is the main contact for Gitananda Yoga in the UK and organises the UK tours for Yogachariya Dr Ananda Bhavanani, son & successor of Swami Gitananda.

Your certificate will be from Om Studio and endorsed by Ananda Ashram, Pondicherry, South India. Your Teaching Certificate will enable you to get your own teaching insurance and teach all over the world. Should you require to you will be able to use it to join the Independant Yoga Network and Yoga Alliance.

The cost for the Course is £2250  /  £2050*

*price adjusted for those who have already completed the Foundation Course/Swami Gitananda’s Step by Step Course.


To apply for a place on the 2020 Teacher Training Course please send your a detailed account of your Yoga experience to Kalavathi. Booking is available now.

The course dates are as follows:

28/29 March
25/26 April
6/7 June
4/5 July
8/9 Aug
5/6 Sept
3/4 Oct
31/1 Nov
28/29 Nov
9/10 Jan 2021
6/7 Feb 
6/7 March
3/4 April
8/9 May

To secure your place you need to pay a £500 deposit. Please see below for our terms.

Cheques should be made payable please to Yoga Wales. Thank you.

Terms and Conditions: We have a small studio with limited space so we want to be sure we have committed students. Because of this the deposit is non-refundable but can be transferred to future courses through arrangement. If a participant needs to withdraw their registration prior to 1 week before the start of the course the non-refundable deposit will be retained but the rest of the fee returned. After this there are no refunds. However if you do need to defer you can return for a future course where there is space. There may be an admin fee and any additional classes will have to be paid for.

Financial Help:

If you are looking for funds to help you with paying for the training you will find various business start up loans. Have a look on google. One student in the past has used Purple Shoots and it worked out really well for her. Not only was the financial side beneficial but she has had lots of small business advice too.

For anyone looking to get a personal bank loan to cover the cost of the training you will be looking at approx paying £100 a month for 2 years – this covers the borrowing and any fees and interest for the period.  Repaying it over a longer period would reduce the monthly fee.

We can take a credit card payment although there would be a charge on this as per the company we use to take this payment for us.  There are credit cards that give long 0% on either cash or purchase so they are worth looking at too if need be.


If you’re looking for a Teachers Training course in Yoga, don’t look anywhere else! The 13-months at the Om Studio with Kalavathi, Jeremy and the other students has been a wonderful experience and one that I’m now privileged to be able to share with others. In its thorough Step-by-Step approach, Kalavathi shares the essential foundations for Yoga as well as her own knowledge and experience to give prospective teachers a sound education, confidence and dedicated personal practice to go out and teach. The studio in Cardiff is a very special place… a “h“Om”e away from home for so many students who find themselves there, in a general class or by signing up to the foundation course and/or teachers training. I am both humbled and incredibly grateful for the opportunity.
Gemma 2015 group
In this day and age of instant Yoga training, this course stands apart for its step-by-step methodical approach to learning Yoga, for its in-depth coverage of various aspects of the subject and its emphasis on the tradition of Swadhaya (introspective self discovery). This 13 month course has brought about a transformational change in me and I highly recommend it for anyone who is passionate about gaining a thorough insight into practicing and teaching Yoga. The teacher Kalavathi’s comprehensive grasp on the subject and adherence to the traditional teaching approach as practiced in the Indian Yoga ashrams, makes me grateful for the privilege to be her student and thankful for the opportunity to gain authentic Yoga training while being in the UK.
Neeraj, 2015 group
I can highly recommend this course. I am 4 and a half months in and my body, mind, attitude, outlook, everything really, has changed dramatically as a result (after just this short amount of time, I can’t wait to see what will have happened to me by March next year. Even if you don’t end up teaching, the course it worth doing for the amount you will find ways to improve every aspect of your life. Kalavathi is an excellent teacher who is really helping us to develop, not just as teachers, but as individuals on a journey of self and spiritual discovery. I am so glad I am doing the course. The journey I started when I first entered the Om studio had been a life changing one, and I can’t think of a better location to begin to change one’s life as profoundly as i seem to be. The welcoming, energising, sacred atmosphere, combined with Kalavathi’s experienced, knowledgeable, and caring teaching, makes for the perfect environment to begin to examine your inner self, take care of mind, body and soul, and meet some wonderful kindred spirits. If you are looking for quality yoga teaching in Cardiff then look no further, you have found it here
Esther, 2014 group
I’m so glad to be in this course. Kalavathi is a very experienced and dedicated Yoga teacher. Apart from the vast yoga knowledge, she also shares with us her teaching experience of 15 yrs. These are valuable lessons for when we start teaching. The course is conducted in a purpose built yoga studio so it always feels sacred and welcomed here. I feel that a one year course is not too long but enough time for us to absorb and immerse in the practice over time. Should we wish, we can further our training in the India ashram when this one year is over. It is where Gitananda Yoga originated. Personally I find the Gitananda Yoga teaching very practical and special indeed. The teaching has been passed down over generations to preserve its purest form, so we are not learning the watered down or mishmash yoga like so many these days. In this lineage, spiritual growth or finding inner balance is not abstract concept but very much attainable if we practice and put in the right effort. It really is life changing and powerful !
Lee, 2014 group
I think I have learnt the most I have ever learnt on any course ever! I know I am working harder now than I ever did for my degree. I think it is an amazing course and we are being taught to the highest standard, I love it and am amazed when I look to compare what I knew at the start of 2014 and what I know now. I am so grateful for finding you all and sometimes wonder upon how it is possible that I find myself so far away from home lying in Shavasana in a converted double garage studio in Cardiff feeling like my life is being revolutionised! After this weekend, as always, I feel energised and excited about life. Thank You xx Tina ….and after completing: Both the Foundation and Teacher Training courses ran by Kalavathi at Om studio share a vast amount of knowledge and culture that has been passed on directly from Ananda Ashram. Kalavathi delivers the teachings in a way that enables you to digest what you need to learn so that you can teach to the best of your ability. As a student, I felt that the only way to absorb what I needed, was to give my best effort and respect. The dedication Kalavathi gives to teaching inspires the dedication that is required to learn. As a result of this untold contract I feel that I have gained so much more than a “Yoga teacher qualification”. Even though I was living in Manchester and the Om studio is in Cardiff, the course required me to live and breath Yoga, and consequently remains within me. Practically the course equipped me well to set up classes and teach Yoga to the best of my ability, but the real value of the course for me personally has been my own growth. It has taught me a lot about myself. Knowing the potential profound effects that Yoga can bring to someone’s life, teaching is a responsibility that I don’t take lightly. I am grateful for the intense teaching and learning these courses provided, as I am now able to draw upon the effort and respect that was needed to gain the qualification. Such a worthwhile course which has continued to teach me and I expect will continue to do so throughout my life. Invaluable.
Tina, 2014 group
Kalavathi has the depth of understanding needed to allow the essence of Yoga to truly flourish in any aspirant (Sadhak). If you are a beginner on the path of yoga or have practiced for eons I would highly recommend her as a facilitator and teacher of Rishiculture Ashtanga Yoga. I have never seen any teacher yoga or otherwise put in the level of work that Kalavathi does. I completed two Foundation courses with Kalavathi before the Yoga Teacher Training.
Tony, 2014 group