Advanced Training: Philosophy, Sanskrit and Chanting

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Philosophy Teacher Training

Advanced Training: Philosophy, Sanskrit and Chanting

100 hours

Part of Yoga Hero’s 300 hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Course

15th – 25th October 2020


Yoga Hero’s 300 hour advanced yoga teacher training course is designed to take your yoga teaching to the next level, and beyond! This is a well-rounded course, covering all aspects of deepening your yoga teaching; anatomy, philosophy, Sanskrit, chanting, sequencing, teaching methodology, and so much more…

This 100 hour module can be attended as part of our 300 hour course, or on its own.

All Yoga Hero Teacher Training Courses are underpinned by the following philosophy:

Safety first; how to help students modify for their energy levels, strength and flexibility at each moment. A focus on safety throughout each practice keeps both student and instructor mindful and present.

Secondary to that is improvement; personal, professional, mental and physical improvement. At Yoga Hero, we believe every time you step on your yoga mat; it’s a hero move. It can be easy to turn on the telly, or go to the pub, so the decision to yoga or meditation instead, is the work of a hero! Every time you decide to do your yoga, or your meditation, or both, it’s a huge contribution towards that continual improvement.

We all have strength to build, or patience to cultivate, or philosophy to learn, or alignment to understand. As Yoga Heroes, understanding and respecting this is stage 1, and working towards your own personal and professional improvement is stage 2; which lasts a lifetime.

Philosophy, Sanskrit and Chanting

100 hours

Led by Hali Schwartz

In this ambitious 100 hour advanced teacher training course, we will be delving into the heart and soul of yoga philosophy, learning about its incredible journey through the ages, from ancient to modern.

This program will take us through some of yoga’s earliest surviving scriptures, the Upanishads, where we will be able to see how yoga, as a spiritual practice, began. We will then weave our way through history to one of yoga’s most important texts – the Bhagavad Gita, where we are  introduced to yoga philosophy not as a concept, but as teachings that are meant to be applied directly into our lives.

As we continue to move through time, we encounter the Yoga Sūtras of sage Patañjali which teach us how to know the real Self by overcoming many of the obstacles that stand in our way of this knowledge. Historically, this practice has been called, rāja yoga.

Lastly, we will see how the complex and fascinating system of Tantra, gave rise to such ideas as the chakras, and kundalini, and to the famous system that today we call hatha yoga.

As part of our studies into the above texts, we will learning how to correctly pronounce the sounds of the Sanskrit ‘alphabet’, using many of the key terminologies of both yoga philosophy as well as the āsanas of hatha yoga. 

Hali is both honored and delighted to be a part of Yoga Hero’s 300 hour teacher training program.

Course Objectives:

  • –  To foster a deeper understanding of the vast and complex history of yoga and its rich scriptural and philosophical teachings.
  • –  Learning the necessary skills to effectively communicate some of the themes of yoga philosophy to our students in a class setting.
  • –  Introduction to the Sanskrit language and learning the correct pronunciation of its phonetic system. Using the hatha yoga āsanas as well as the philosophic terminology in order to practice our Sanskrit skills.
  • –  Chanting: history, purpose & practice
  • –  Deepening our own meditation practice and learning how to guide students intomeditation based on the principals of yoga philosophy.


Curriculum Outline:


October 15&16

  1. The history and origins of yoga: the impulse to seek
  2. The Vedas and Upanishads – yoga’s earliest scriptural roots
  3. Vedant philosophy and the important themes found in the Upanishads
  4. The Five Schools of Yoga: their history, teachings, philosophy, and practices.
  5. Focus on jnāna yoga
  6. Reading, discussion & chanting: chosen verses and hymns from the Upanishads
  7. What IS meditation? Why we practice.


October 17&18

1. Introduction to the philosophical system of sāmkhya. Similarities and differences between it and vedānt

  1. The Bhagavad Gita: history of the worlds first and most complete yoga scripture
  2. The four yogas in the Gita: focus on karma yoga
  3. Religion and philosophy in the Gita
  4. Reading and chanting: chosen verses from the Gita
  5. Discussion: how we can use the yoga lessons of the Gita in our lives. How to

incorporate this into our yoga classes

  1. Reading and chanting: chosen verses from the Gita
  2. Prānāyām: principals & practice
  3. Meditation as the culmination of Prānāyām


October 19&20

  1. Introduction to the Sanskrit phonetic system and pronunciation of its sounds
  2. Using some terminology from hatha yoga, as well as from the upanishads topractice correct pronunciation
  3. Prānāyām continues
  4. Bhakti yoga in focus
  5. Chanting as a bhakti yoga practice
  6. Meditation as a culmination of chanting


October 21&22

  1. Rāja yoga in focus: Patañjali’s Yoga Darshan
  2. The importance of the Yoga Sutras
  3. Themes within the text
  4. How the text is laid out – names of its 4 chapters
  5. Chapters 1 & 2 – in depth analysis and study
  6. Learning to properly pronounce and chant key sūtras
  7. Prānāyām and meditation – learning the skills of effective communication


October 23&24

  1. Hatha yoga in focus: roots, history and philosophy
  2. What IS tantra?
  3. How tantra lays the foundation for hatha yoga
  4. In depth look at some of hatha yoga’s main scriptures
  5. Nadi, kundalini, chakra: in depth exploration
  6. How prānāyām and meditation fit in to the overall methodology of hatha yoga
  7. Hatha yoga as a gateway to rāja yoga


October 25. Final day

  1. Putting it all together
  2. How to incorporate yoga philosophy into our classes
  3. Practicum – project development in groups of 3
  4. Presentation of group projects
  5. Closing ceremony


Please note that throughout the course of each day there will be some time spent in hatha yoga and restorative practice. This is so that we can bring our knowledge to life and also to break up the day so that it is not just sitting for lecture and study.

There will be 2-3 homework assignments as well as required reading within the duration of this course.

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Thursday 15th – Sunday 25th October 2020, 8:30 – 5:30pm

Tuesday 20th October will be 8:30 – 1:00pm


The price for this 100 hour module is £1,600

The price for Yoga Hero teacher trainees and graduates is £1,500


Payable in instalments – please see Payment Plan below



If you book on to two modules of our 300 hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Course, we will offer a 5% discount on the total cost

If you book on to three modules of our 300 hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Course, we will offer a 7.5% discount on the total cost

If you book on to four modules of our 300 hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Course, we will offer a 10% discount on the total cost

If you book on to all modules of our 300 hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Course, we will offer a 15% discount on the total cost

Payment Plan

Payment in installments is available:

Deposit of £300 – this is non-refundable, and required to confirm your place on the course

Payment of £500 required by 1st August

Payment of £500 required by 1st September

Balance required by 1st October

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Yoga Teacher Training

Coronavirus Contingency Planning 

Updated 9th April 2020

Should social distancing and / or lock down measures be in place to stop the spread of COVID-19, we will offer part, or all, of this course online, using ‘Zoom software’; or something similar.

Our priority would be to hold the teacher training altogether in the Yoga Hero studio, however, should part or all of the training move online, it’s great to know that there are many benefits to attending an online training including:

  • You get to attend from your own home, so no travelling each morning and evening
  • We’re able to share slides with images and text in a digestible format
  • There’s real clarity to all the information
  • You’re able to record lectures for future reference

If part or all of the training will be held online, in advance of the training, we will hold a ‘test’ online session for all to attend; to get a feel for the software and for the format. It can feel alien at first to consider learning online, but we’ve experienced great success with this so far.

Our Teacher Training team will keep you posted at all stages, and if learning online is not something that works for you, we would happily postpone your place to a future training.


Course Leader

Hali Schwartz

Hali Schwartz

Hali says:

I have been immersed in the world of yoga since I was a young girl. My very first yoga teacher was my mother. I have such a clear and distinct memory of being 8 years old and asking my mother: “What is Yoga?”  Her answer mystified me, being so young. She answered: “Yoga means ‘balance.’” In those days I didn’t quite understand what that meant. At that time it had already been a few years that she had been studying and practicing yoga and meditation with great devotion. I went with her to all the classes and sessions she was taking with an Indian guru who was touring Canada and the US. It was the 1970’s and there was a growing group of people who were truly pioneers in exploring the world of yoga and finding out how its teachings can transform lives. Every day they would come to my house for their yoga meetings and I would sit and listen and laugh and absorb the energy of it, even though I didn’t really know what they were talking about.

Years later, in 1988 I traveled to India for the first time to the ash ram where my mother had decided to devote her life. I have traveled there every year since, delving into all aspects of the yoga tradition at the International Meditation Institute (I.M.I. ) in Kullu, in the North Western Himalayas where my mother still lives nearly 40 years later! It was at the institute that I was introduced to yoga philosophy in all its glory. I studied the Sanskrit language, several yoga and vedantic scriptures such as the Upanishads, The Bhagavad Gita, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra (to name but a few) as well as chanting, meditation, hatha, kriya and restorative yoga.

In 1999 I started teaching yoga in Toronto, while continuing my studies in Ashtanga Yoga with the incomparable Ron Reid at the Downward Dog. In 2001, I began teaching yoga philosophy, Sanskrit, chanting and meditation in various teacher training programs around the city, and have trained hundreds of teachers since then at Yoga Space, Octopus Garden, IAM Yoga and Sananda Yoga. I love mentoring new teachers as well as introducing new students in the amazing benefits of this awesome tradition.

In 2002 I took my first  group of yoga students with me to India, and have since lead several pilgrimage voyages to the Himalayas, Goa, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Varanasi, Rajasthan, New Delhi and Mumbai.

I am so passionate about this subject. It is my life’s joy to share this knowledge and this practice with anyone and everyone who has the interest to dive into it!

Who is this course for?

This course is open to all yoga teachers who have a 200 hour accreditation from Yoga Alliance Professionals, and / Yoga Alliance Organisation.

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300 hour Advanced Teacher Training Course Information

The advanced yoga teacher training course comprises the following modules:


Advanced Yin: Diving deeper in to the myofascial lines, meridians, the chakras, and the relationship between the three along with five element theory
50 hours
Led by Angela Jervis-Read
19 – 25th June 2020
Held online


Advanced Training: Philosophy, Sanskrit and Chanting
100 hours
Led by Hali Schwartz
15th – 25th October 2020


Advanced Anatomy: Systems of the body; nervous, endocrine, lymphatic, respiratory, cardiovascular, and yoga’s impact on these
50 hours
Led by Pip Waller
Tuesday 20th – Sunday 25th April 2021


Advanced Anatomy: The musculoskeletal system in yoga; understanding the musculoskeletal system in asana, intelligent sequencing, accommodating common injuries and conditions
50 hours
Led by Angela Jervis-Read
Tuesday 18th – Sunday 23rd May 2021


Advanced Training: The business of being a yoga teacher
50 hours
Led by Holly Mcfee
Tuesday 19th – Sunday 24th October 2021

How it works:

Each module can be booked and attended individually, or attend 300 hours of modules for the full 300 hour accreditation.

Modules will be re-run in 2021 and beyond, and new modules may be added at any point. All modules and their associated assessments must be completed within four calendar years in order to gain the accreditation.


About Yoga Hero

Restorative Yoga Teacher Training

Yoga Hero has been established since March 2013. Initially, classes were ‘popping up’ in church halls, arts galleries, cafes, skateparks… you name it! Over time, we eventually found a beautiful home in Leeds Dock.

Yoga Hero has three studios, one with a capacity of up to 80, one with a capacity of 20, and the third is perfect for small private groups or one to one sessions. At Yoga Hero, we offer everything from Introduction to Yoga Courses, Pay As You Feel Classes, up to 200 hour Foundation Teacher Training Qualifications and Further Training, such as Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and much more!

About Leeds Dock

Leeds Dock

Yoga Hero is based in a beautiful part of Leeds called Leeds Dock. Leeds Dock is a 10 minute walk from Leeds Train Station, or there’s a free water taxi service between the train station and the Dock!


Around Leeds Dock are many affordable hotels, such as:
* Holiday Inn Express (Two minutes’ walk)
* Jury’s Inn (Five minutes’ walk)
* Ibis (Five minutes’ walk)
* Malmaison (Ten minutes’ walk)


There are also many very reasonably priced AirBnBs on the Dock


Leeds is a quite small city with loads going on. The whole city is walkable by foot, probably 40 minutes’ walk from one end to the other at a steady pace. There’s many independent restaurants and cafes, with our favourite North Star Coffee Shop just two doors down from the studio, serving incredible coffee and food during the day.


If you have any questions about Leeds; what to do, where to stay, or how to get here, just ask the team: // 07743513225