For those who’ve completed a foundation course and want to explore yoga on a deeper level, our Yoga Alliance approved advanced teacher training allows you get there in a supportive group environment.
Delivered between the East and West, this carefully curated training begins in Rishikesh, India – home of yoga – and concludes in London, UK – a city at the cutting edge of modern movement and personal growth.
As experts in their field, Carl Faure (Senior Yoga Teacher) and Calli Popham (Chartered Teacher Level 2) work together to lead this successful course that promises both a profound and thoroughly educational experience. To help co-create the powerful group field for our unique advanced training, we’ve brought in Conor Cregg, an experienced group facilitator, to lead the co-counselling aspect. You will learn repatterning and basic counselling skills (for non-professionals), about meta-cognition and reactivity, and how to hold space, as we do, for individuals and groups.
Half of the training takes place at our Broadway Market studio over the course of a week. This bright and calming space is just the right environment to absorb your yoga training.
We’ve seen many of our foundation graduates happily continue their development, as well as other non-Stretch Yoga Alliance qualified teachers. Carl (Senior Yoga Teacher) and Calli (Chartered Teacher Level 2) work harmoniously together to offer their varied knowledge and experiences, both in the seat of the teacher and as practitioners.
A week of immersive training commences at Sattva Retreat, located near the heart of Rishikesh, the birthplace of yoga and ancient wisdom, and home to great Indian epic texts such as the Mahabharata, Bhagavad Gita, and the Upanishads.
Nestled in the powerful energy and natural beauty of the Himalayas, this haven rests alongside a pure waterway that flows down from the mountains and into the Ganges River, revered as ‘Mother Ganga’ by yogis for her healing characteristics.
Here you’ll reach deeper into Patanjali’s yoga sutras, Ayurvedic science and India’s rich philosophical heritage; you will tap into the power of storytelling, creative sequencing and discover your unique voice in your teaching; and finally, we will help you explore your purpose and find the fierce passion in your teaching.
Senior Yoga Teacher and Founding Director of Stretch
Carl has studied a variety of yoga practices and is particularly interested in the kind of yoga exploration first pioneered by Vanda Scaravelli. He is excited about how these paradigm-bothering practices intersect and complement both the modern movement world and ancient yogic philosophy. Carl loves to draw influence from practices outside of the yoga space, too: breath-work, inquiry and group process work inform the foundation and advanced teacher trainings.
Now a seasoned teacher of 12 years’ experience, cut at the heart of the London yoga scene and having brought over 100 new yoga teachers through, Carl is delighted to deliver a fully developed training programme that he heads up with Calli.
Chartered Teacher Level 2
Calli has been practising yoga for over 20 years; she has over 500 hours of training and teaches workshops and retreats internationally. Calli's energy and enthusiasm for yoga and teaching is contagious; she’s passionate, playful and nurturing in her teaching style and is known for her strong, fluid, intelligently sequenced, creative flows that weave powerful intention. Happiest standing on her hands, Calli is a self confessed anatomy geek who loves to learn, teach and share from her heart.
Conor is a process designer and facilitator, leading processes focused on self inquiry. He trained as a counsellor and uses a person-centric approach combined with somatic experiencing to support individuals to come to a deeper awareness of behaviour patterns that no longer serve them. Conor’s background is in psychology. With a BA in Psychology and an MSc in Behaviour Change, he has also trained as a holistic counsellor. During these workshops, we learn some of the basic skills needed to hold a neutral space for emotional processing. We will explore inquiry as a tool for stimulating change; using our bodies to tell us what’s going on behind the stories; our reactivity and what we broadcast unconsciously; co-counselling skills; resourcing ourselves, and more.
Price excludes accommodation at Sattva, flights to India and transfers.
The Stretch 150-hour advanced teacher training is split between East and West: one week in the ‘home of yoga’, Rishikesh (7am–8pm daily), followed by another week in London (7am–6pm daily). If you’re not Stretch 250-hour teacher training qualified, please note you’ll need to attend one of the CPD days listed below.
Stretch, London (CPD)
Stretch, London (CPD)
What you’ll learn
Here’s a brief overview of each module covered within the programme.
An in-depth exploration of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras with an accompanying insight into classical yoga and its historical positioning with modern postural yoga (MPY) canon.
Discover a wide range of meditation practices, their origins and applications.
Asana and movement
Advanced asana practise and a fresh approach to some traditional asanas. High-level inversion training and the use of props such as chairs (plus less traditional props, too). Functional movement as yoga and how to straddle seemingly different paradigms by looking to classical yoga philosophy for guidance.
A fresh perspective from ‘dead man’s’ anatomy, looking at the role of intention and well-trodden neural pathways as opposed to the muscle-centric mechanistic approach favoured by many schools. Experiencing and discovering the subtle yet powerful approach that started with Vanda Scaravelli and was developed by those that followed her.
A further exploration into pranayama practice and its deeper purpose.
A range of troubleshooting and applied techniques to support some of the commonplace injuries that are presented in the yoga room.
Finding purpose and unlocking creative potential
Working with myriad techniques to help you find your voice, your style, and to step into your stride as creative, expressive and passionate teachers.
Group therapeutic processing
With Conor as our guide, we will deepen the group field and explore new ways to hold space and emotionally support your students (and each other) with what may come up in the classroom, retreat space or trainings.
Deepen and further your own yoga practice
As well as practising for two hours every day you train, you will get plenty of personal assistance and help with your poses, encouraged to deepen your practice and to set and achieve goals within it.
We will look at each stage of pregnancy and the postnatal period highlighting physical, mental and emotional changes that might show up for women during this period. This enables you to help them modify practice safely during a non-pre- or postnatal class.
In between the East and West modules, we will be holding in-touch days for all students to touch base with Carl and Calli. These will be opportunities to discuss any difficulties, to bring any new learnings, discoveries or questions. We encourage students to take advantage of these days.
Reading list and homework
Upon signing up for the course, you will receive a comprehensive reading list that has been collated by Carl and Calli. This reading list isn’t definitive and will naturally expand. There is required reading and recommended reading. You will also need to bring a copy of the Stretch teacher training manual. Information on where to obtain the manual will be given to you on registration. There will be ongoing homework and assessments throughout the course and these are to be completed in your own time.
Please fill out the application form below, and we’ll get back to you with more detail as soon as we can.
We require students to have completed a 200-hour Yoga Alliance Professionals approved Yoga Teacher Training, or the Stretch 250-hour foundation training. If you have not qualified via Stretch, you’ll need to complete the CPD day in December, which you can find and book on MINDBODY.
Flight prices and duration will vary depending on airline. There are multiple flights from London to Delhi from £450 and connecting flights from Delhi to Dehradun from £50. We will suggest flight times to help coordinate students’ travel, and will assist in organising your ground transfers from Dehradun to Rishikesh.
All accommodation costs include three locally sourced, organic, vegetarian meals per day, and access to fresh water, teas, fruit throughout your 7-night stay in Rishikesh. Double or twin accommodation is £595 per person, and single occupancy accommodation is £895 per person.
50% of the course fee is due upon booking. The remaining amount is due six weeks before the training starts. Please contact us to discuss any payment plans.
Refunds and cancellations
All deposits paid for the Stretch Teacher Training programme are non-refundable, but we will do our best to make sure you complete the course. If for any reason you are unable to complete the training you have signed up to, we will offer you the opportunity to complete your training at a later date, ensuring you are fully prepared to teach once qualified. If for any reason Stretch has to cancel or postpone the course you are enrolled on, we will offer you a full refund on the course tuition fees paid.
Code of conduct
We require all students to be present in both body and mind at every session throughout the training. We understand life can get in the way, and we can make allowances if pre-agreed or in case of extreme circumstances. We will ensure you are caught up on any material missed; this will be at cost of £100 per day missed. It is not possible to miss any of the first week in Rishikesh. It is your responsibility to communicate to us via email if you need to miss any sessions and to book in additional hours to catch up. If for any reason you are unable to complete the training you have signed up to, we will offer you the opportunity to complete your training at a later date, ensuring you are fully prepared to teach once qualified.
We are confident you will thoroughly enjoy this course. However, if you have any complaints, these can be received either via email to email@example.com or we can arrange a mutually convenient time to talk about any issues that may arise. Our main goal is to ensure you have a positive experience and enjoy learning with Stretch. While we are hopeful each individual values the course as much as we do, we’re always happy to receive feedback to make sure we continue to grow our offering and maintain high quality training.
A discounted Stretch membership is available for the duration of your Yoga Teacher Training. Please ask for more details if you’d like one!
Our teacher training course has met the stringent requirements set by Yoga Alliance Professionals. Our graduates are trained to the highest standards and are encouraged to register with Yoga Alliance Professionals.