Taking the Next Step

There comes a point on our yoga journey when we begin to feel a hunger for knowledge, an internal drive to develop our practice further. From deep inside our curiosity stirs. An inner light is awakening…

This is how it felt for Sanjay when he first had the taste for more yogic knowledge back in 2002. A karmic ambition that led him to enrol in his first yoga teacher training course in 2003, and has continued to move him forward ever since.

Applications are now open.

This yoga teacher training program is set over a 4 month period.

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The Foundation Yoga Teacher Training

Phoenix Yoga Studios is presenting a unique yoga teacher training for anyone interested in deepening their practice as well as for prospective teachers. Our training is based on the Mahayana Buddhist school of thought training, focusing on the Lam-Rim which is rooted in the teachings of Compassion and Wisdom. They are a deeply grounded, philosophical and practical set of teachings, useful for daily life.

Our second unique aspect is the practical mentoring of your teaching. Unlike many teacher trainings, our aim is to impart the skills needed to teach a public class, not just in theory but through the actual practice of doing it! This will involve one-to-one mentoring with our teaching staff, recognising your individual strengths and weakness as a new teacher and applying the necessary improvements.

To ensure you get the most out of your training, we limit our intake to 10 students so you can receive maximum attention and time with Sanjay.

Component 1: Study

Texts we will study and meditate on include:

Mahayana Tibetan Buddhist Lam-Rim (main text) – Foundation topics include karma, compassion and kindness, anger and patience, impermanence and death, attachment.

Yoga sutras of Patanjali (supporting material)

This component also includes study in asana, mantra, Ayurveda, and pranayama.

Component 2: Class Teaching

To successfully complete this training and become a confident teacher the following is included:

• One-on-one mentoring with our teaching staff – including feedback and developing language skills.

• Public teaching, assisting and assessing classes at Phoenix.

• How to work as a yoga teacher – studio and class requirements.

Component 3: Personal Practice

• Practicing a minimum of 3 yoga classes per week (at least 1 at Phoenix). Training includes unlimited classes at Phoenix.

• 21 Day Yoga Challenge.

• Pranayama practice.

• Daily meditation in conjunction with the Lam-Rim studies.

• 1 Ayurvedic fast.


Upon successful completion of this Foundation Teacher Training you will be certified to teach yoga within fitness centres, yoga studios, schools, corporate offices and more. Accredited by Clear Light Yoga Association.


Sanjay has been practising since 1996 and guiding yoga students since 2003. He has a deep commitment to his personal practice and to benefiting others. His main influences have been from Ashtanga Yoga, Ayurveda and Mahayana Tibetan Buddhism.

He currently has a commitment with his own teacher Lama Zopa Rinpoche to complete by 2023, as well as completing a 5 year study program within Mahayana Buddhism, and a Master in Counselling at Monash.

‘Sanjay is that rare breed of teacher who combines intelligent, focused instruction with an innate intuitive ability to read his students accurately both on a mental and physical level.’

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Training Details

Classes will be held every weekend, except Easter weekend:

• Saturdays from 1pm – 5pm and/or

• Sundays from 9am – 5pm.

Minimum of 15 weekends plus one-to-one sessions, personal practice, class assessing and practice teaching.

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