CPD: How to Create Your Own Ashtanga Beginners' Courses. Studio & Online - Iriness Yoga & Wellbeing

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CPD: How to Create Your Own Ashtanga Beginners’ Courses. Studio & Online

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CPD: How to Create Your Own Ashtanga Beginners’ Courses. Studio & Online

19 September 2021 - 21 November 2021

Full price: £390

Course summary

This CPD course for yoga teachers and trainee teachers will focus on the teaching methodology of the Ashtanga vinyasa yoga. We’ll guide you towards developing an authentic way of educating beginners through creating your own courses. We’ll coach you on how to integrate the Sanskrit counted guided method, Mysore style of Ashtanga  as well as Pranayama into your own teaching.

We’ll host only eight students at our studio in Horsham, West Sussex and four online, so the highest level of personal attention will be given to each participant.

This course is accredited by Yoga Alliance Professionals, adds to your CPD hours and allows you to grow professionally within the Alliance and beyond.

Course content

How to teach Ashtanga yoga to beginners

  • Scope: Standing sequences & first half of Primary series.
  • Creating your beginners’ courses.
  • Introducing fundamentals of Ashtanga to yoga beginners.
  • Growing independent practitioners. Learning to teach in Mysore style.
  • Learning to teach in guided and Sanskrit counted methods.
  • Alignments & adjusting for beginners.
  • Connecting higher limbs of yoga to the beginner’s mind (Pranayama, Pratyahara).

Course hours breakdown

  • 30 contact hours.
    • 8h – Practice, guided or Mysore.
    • 15h – Methodology of teaching Ashtanga beginners’ courses.
    • 5h – Alignments & adjustments.
    • 2h – Learning to create themes.
  • ~15 hours: Sanskrit numbers learning & homework creating your beginners’ course.

 Time & location

  • 5 sessions of 6h each on Sundays.
  • Dates: Sep 19, 26. October 24, 31; November 21 – 2021.
  • At Iriness Yoga & Wellbeing Horsham, West Sussex and/or online, if restrictions remain and for those unable to attend in person.

Who is this course designed for

  • Yoga teachers, who would like to progress in their Ashtanga teaching as well as create Mysore programmes through courses.
  • Yoga teacher trainees, who would like to get a practical toolkit on how to teach Ashtanga vinyasa yoga and Pranayama.
  • Yoga practitioners, sharing or thinking of sharing Ashtanga practice.
  • Only eight students at Iriness studio and four online.

Entry criteria

  • Knowing full flow of the Primary Series of Ashtanga vinyasa yoga by heart.
  • Knowing or learning prior to the course Sanskrit numbers by heart (few hours pre-course materials will be provided).
  • Love and sincere interest in yoga practice and sharing.
  • Plan to attend 100% of the course in person or online (if restrictions apply).


  • 100% attendance of the course.
  • Creating & presenting your own syllabus for teaching beginners.
  • Teaching modules of your syllabus to the study group.
  • Counting & leading study group.
  • Certificate of Attendance from IYH Iriness Yoga Horsham, accredited school by Yoga Alliance Professionals.

About the trainer

Irina Pashkevich Bourdier has been a dedicated yoga practitioner since 2000. She started teaching Ashtanga vinyasa yoga in 2008.

Irina is a Senior yoga teacher and a trainer with Yoga Alliance Professionals. She is a direct and certified teacher of the world-renowned yogis: John Scott (NZ, UK, Poland), David Keil (US), Shimon Ben-Avi (Israel) and Gregor Maehle (Australia). In the past 20 years, Irina has dedicated more than 2000h to the Teachers’ trainings and yogic CPDs. In addition to yoga education, Irina holds two Masters degrees in education, business, and linguistics.

Irina is passionate about teaching Ashtanga vinyasa yoga in a precise and compassionate way, crafting it for each person.  Her students range from 20 to 85 years old; from professional gymnasts, ballet dancers, and athletes to those with MS, cancer, obesity and other difficult conditions.

Irina’s love for precision and personalisation of the yogic practices was enhanced by her translating and editing a book of the renowned South Korean yoga and anatomy teacher Vayu Jung “The Art of Observing and Adjusting”.  Now she applies the principles of the book to help her students find and maintain their own unique balance within their body, breath, mind and spirit.

Since 2010 Irina has been studying with internationally renowned author and teacher, Gregor Maehle, who is famous for his knowledge of ancient scriptures and explicit way of teaching. Irina shares Kriya, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana and Dhyana (meditation spectrum of yoga) as taught by and learnt directly from Gregor.

After joining her family in Horsham, West Sussex a few years back, Irina has built a brand new yoga studio in the centre of Horsham – Iriness Yoga Horsham. She teaches daily Mysore Ashtanga yoga, Kriya, Pranayama, Meditations and leads courses and workshops for both beginners and experienced practitioners and teachers.


  • £390 for in-studio participants.
  • £310 for online participants in case restrictions continue or if you can only attend online.
  • Deposit 30%.

What’s next

  • If you are confident about joining the course, register and pay a 30% deposit – details below.
  • If you would like to hear more and/or talk to Irina, please email us at info@iriness.com, answering three questions:
    • What forms of yoga have you practised regularly and for how long?
    • What is your yoga practice now: extend and frequency?
    • Do you have any pranayama experience? If so, describe your practices, frequency and for how long you have practised.
  • Irina will contact you soon after receiving your email.

Certification and Yoga Alliance Professionals YAP

After completion of this course and its assignments, you will receive a Certificate of Attendance from Iriness Yoga Horsham – yoga school, accredited by Yoga Alliance Professionals to offer yoga teacher training programmes.

CPD (Continuous Professional Development) are points (or hours) that are accumulated through Further Training courses like this one. When you register with YAP, you  can move up from one membership level to the next, eventually reaching Senior Yoga Teacher status through accumulating your teaching hours and also hours completed as CPDs.

As a graduate of this course, you are eligible to register as a teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals if you have already completed a 200-hour Teacher Training course.  As a yoga teacher, it can be great to feel supported throughout your career and have an official accreditation of a high standard.  This is something that YAP can help with and they offer an online community for you.  As part of their membership you get your own profile page, where you can add up your own articles, photos, videos, events, products and classes (and take payments for these).  You also get access to discounts and excellent resources to develop your skills and knowledge as a teacher.


Welcome to sign up and pay a deposit to secure your space. The remaining amount to be paid 60 days prior to the start of the course.

Register for Studio CPD Course & Pay a deposit
Register for Online CPD Course & Pay a deposit

Deposits are non-refundable unless Iriness Yoga Horsham has to cancel the course. Kindly book only if you are sure, that you will attend the course.

Cancellations made at least 45 calendar days before a course will be 50% refunded. Cancellations within 44 calendar days will not be refunded unless we can fill your space.

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