Level 1 250 hour teacher training in Cornwall

Our next level 1 250/300hr course will begin in October 2020 at our Falmouth studio in Cornwall and is currently FULL

Our 2020 level 1 course in Falmouth will run From October 2020. Please see below for more information and dates. This course is currently FULL, please contact us to be added to the waitlist

Taught by Keren Cooksey with Amanda Brown (both SYT Yoga Alliance and with  combined teacher experience of over 45 years), our 250-300 hour vinyasa course is devoted to excellence, exploration, creativity and community.

We have designed this course for those who want to embark on the journey of becoming a teacher or for existing teachers who want to enhance their skills and delve deeper into the rich world of tantric vinyasa yoga.

Our teacher training program asks you to come on a life changing journey with us into yogic philosophy, to throw yourself passionately into learning sequencing and alignment and to have a whole lot of fun on the way. We promise you that if you put in the effort, we will equip you with a comprehensive set of tools so that you flourish as both an informed practitioner and creative teacher of yoga. This of course takes time, effort, and commitment.

Our training takes place over the course of a year from our Falmouth yoga studio in Cornwall. The full Teacher Training Program comprises 10 weekends, and meets Yoga Alliance’s requirement for certification at their 300 hour level. The course is suitable for people with at least 2 years regular yoga practice and a proven commitment to further developing their understanding of yoga.

UPDATE – with current situation regarding Covoid-19 and the uncertainty surrounding how social distancing measures will continue, we will be taking a much smaller group in 2020 and limit the intake to 12. We are also preparing for any part of the curriculum to be taught online via zoom should this be required. If you have any specific questions relating to this please do not hesitate to contact us


  • What is yoga? the history and science behind this practice
  • Asana – correct alignment and how to effectively verbally cue postures
  • Sequencing – safe and creative vinyasa sequencing
  • Anatomy and embodied yoga 
  • Restorative yoga and yin yoga – looking at stillness practices and how they compliment our more yang practices
  • Yoga for common injuries
  • Prenatal – learn how to adapt to allow a pregnant woman into your classes 
  • Sanskrit studies 
  • Philosophy – the chakra system, the Bhagavhad Gita, the Yoga Sutras and tantric philosophy 
  • Bhakti yoga – learn how to sing, play and lead chants
  • Ayurveda for health and happiness – Keren is a qualified ayurvedic practitioner 
  • Meditation – finding the way that works for you
  • Pranayama – the yoga of the breath
  • Practice teaching- voicing, cueing, confident teaching skills
  • NEW for 2020 – we will now be including a new module on social justice and yoga, plus added emphasis on teaching via online mediums and trauma informed classrooms 


Above all else one of our main aims at FYS has been to create a yoga community here in Cornwall and we are so proud of the friendships and support network we see forming during and after the teacher training.

Keren and Amanda will continue to be on hand to offer advise and guidance at any step of your teaching journey. Keren is still in regular contact with her trainees over in Australia to offer small fry advice on sequencing and playlists or big decision advice on what further training to do or how to open a studio in their home town!

At FYS Keren and Amanda also offer a variety of level 2 training modules allowing you to work your way to becoming a 500 FYS teacher or just to delve deeper for the fun and love of it as they both continue to do themselves.

And beyond graduation you will become part of a private online forum of past trainees with a monthly essay delivered by Keren on the theme for the month which then births discussion, questions, sharing of sequences, playlists and harmonium lessons.


Keren has been teaching for 17 years and has been running teacher training courses for over 8 years both here and in her Brisbane studio, in total she has trained over a 100 teachers and she LOVES IT. Keren feels very fortunate in her own yoga journey to have trained with some of the most inspiring teachers the world over. Keren is a perpetual student and her trainings include:

  • 2004 200hr Hatha Yoga training with My Health Yoga in Brisbane
  • 2011 200hr Jivamukti and vinyasa with Essence of Living on the Gold Coast
  • 2012 200hr Lotus Flow in San Francisco
  • 2012  Kundalini with Guru Das in Byron Bay
  • 2013 Level 2 100hr Lotus Flow in Bali
  • 2017 50hr Ayurveda for Women’s Health in New York
  • 2018 50hr Trauma Sensitive Yoga in Boston
  • 2018 30hr Yin yoga training in Dublin 
  • 2018 750hr Ayurvedic practitoner course with Ayurvedic Institute, Croydon 
  • 2020 30hr yin level 2 training in Belfast 
  • 2020 40hr Yoga Nidra training
  • 2020 25hr Lotus Flow ‘learn to fly’ training 

To read more about Keren and here own style/training/journey please click here.

And please note, while this course is predominately a vinyasa teacher training, Keren will share with you the depth of her teaching from a variety of style including Hatha, Kundalini, Jivamukti and Anusara to ensure you leave the course able to teach any body 

Master class with Keren

About Amanda

Amanda has been studying yoga and meditation for over 30 years and she continues to study at every opportunity! After her initial training as a sculptor she taught within the Iyengar tradition for 20 years and also qualified in yoga for healthy lower backs, tibetan yoga and with the British Wheel.

Her experience as a biodynamic CranioSacral practitioner has deeply informed her current practice. She is particularly interested in offering students the opportunity to come home to their bodies, adapting practices to individual needs and facilitating an intuitive understanding of anatomy, function, energetics and basic sanity.


What you can expect from this teacher training is a rich, varied, fun, challenging year that will encourage you to look at yoga and yourself in new ways and hopefully will be the start of a journey into yoga that will last a lifetime.

There are a number of wonderful training courses out there both in Cornwall/Devon and beyond and we would be happy to direct you to them should this course not meet your needs.

However, why do we love the course we have developed, why do we think it rocks? Here’s why…

  • Proven methodology that has resulted in many well trained, passionate teachers that continue to come back and undertake further studies with us
  • Senior teachers with a combined experience of over 45 years and a great love of all things yoga
  • 15 students per intake (Cornwall) and 8 (Devon) to ensure a close knit supportive group with individual attention
  • YA registered both here in the UK and in Australia
  • Access to a strong and supportive community of previous trainees providing ongoing mentorship and inspiration
  • and so much more…but we don’t like to blow our own trumpets too much…watch this space for a video previous students saying why THEY love the course


The first thing we always ask interested students to do is come along to a class with Keren or to do a few classes on her podcast (yogawithkeren) to ensure the style of vinyasa she teaches resonates with you. We want you to love this course as much as we do! From there we ask you to complete the application form. Once received Keren will be in touch to arrange a short interview to complete your application and also to put you in touch with past trainees so you can interview them and get an honest overview of the course from a graduates point of view.


  • The course will be run one weekend per month over 10 months, Fri-Sun
  • Weekend hours Friday 7-9pm, Saturday 10.30am-6pm and Sunday 9am-5pm
  • As well as study modules, you will need to complete a certain amount of classes, as well as class observations, class assists and towards the end of the course and practice teaching classes
  • In 2020 Keren will be joined by senior yoga teacher Amanda Brown  and there will be an additional visiting teacher TBC
  • There is monthly homework which needs to be handed in on time as part of the accreditation criteria
  • The course will include two final exams, one practical and one theory
  • The course is accredited with Yoga Alliance UK and will enable you to register as a level 1 yoga teacher
  • Keren and Amanda are registered as a Senior Yoga Teachers with Yoga Alliance having studied over 1000 hours of training each
  • The course costs £2100 early bird (payable by 1st May 2020 in full) or £2300 after that or if choosing a monthly payment plan (£500 non refundable deposit and ten monthly payments)
  • The 250/300 hour course is meant to serve as an introduction to your path as a teacher- continuous study is essential and Keren can recommend further trainings in the UK or overseas as well as offering CPD and level 2 courses in Falmouth
  • Successful applicants should be in good health and have stable personal circumstances to complete this course with the focus and dedication it requires. This is not a tick and flick course. Please think seriously about the commitment involved in undertaking this course and ensure you can attend all modules and allow the time required for classes and homework. Paying for the course does not result in accreditation as a yoga teacher, meeting the course requirements (classes, homework, exam, practice) and showing passion and commitment will result in certification.

Devon training information

Our Devon teacher training will run from October 2020 and will be taught by Keren Cooksey, Amanda Brown and assisted by Claire Brown. 

For dates and module information please click HERE – DEVON-TT-OUTLINE-FINAL

The course takes on the same approach and methodology as the Falmouth training, so please review the rest of the information on this page. 

The course costs £2,300 with an early bird price of £2,100 if paid by 1st May 2020. The course can also be paid via a payment plan with a £500 non refundable deposit and £180 monthly payment. 

If you have any further questions at all, please contact Keren

Please review the Frequently asked questions and 2020 SEPT-TT-OUTLINE-FINAL (1) and liability-and-grievance-TT-form-1 for further information.

What past students say about the course

"There are many good courses out there to continue a learning journey. But I chose my love of Yoga as a route to deepening my awareness of my practice and meet some like-minded yogis. Keren’s Teacher Training course did more than this … it was inspirational and life-changing! At times it was deeply moving and tough, at times I had to bare my soul, unlock habitual thought patterns and beliefs and question my own understanding of the world around me. This course enabled me to learn, grow, ‘let go’ and offer acceptance in a way that I couldn’t have anticipated or intended but it certainly was where I needed to be! It tested me to my limits both spiritually and physically.
I am most grateful to Keren for her ability to guide students in maximising their potential, knowing when to ‘push’ them forward and when to hold back. Keren provides her students with the tools to give attention to find their strength and inner soulful simplicities. Her love for Bhakti yoga brings depth and history to the learning as well as utter joy within the community that is created through students’ shared practice and learning. We sang, we chanted, we danced, we studied, we practiced yoga, we cried and it was all worth it! At Falmouth Yoga space Keren has created a supportive and most friendly environment for yoga students to feel nourished with the richness of exploring all aspects yoga and philosophy. If I could, I’d do the course all over again!"

Completed Level 1 training in 2016

I loved level 1 yoga teacher training with Keren, it was an amazing learning journey- both challenging and rewarding. Keren balances the teaching of physical poses and alignment with myth/story telling and yoga philosophy. All sessions were stimulating and well-planned; I especially enjoyed the group discussions on texts we studied.

I found Keren to be a very sensitive and instinctive teacher and she always gave us insightful feedback enabling us to develop as trainee teachers. I would thoroughly recommend this course

Completed Level 1 training in 2016

I found the course to be one of the best things I’ve ever experienced. The knowledge base is great and I learnt so much about myself, my body and the roots of yoga, but probably what touched my heart the most was the loving community of falmouth yoga space that Keren has created with all the wonderful yogis and teachers ?? there’s a lot of love in that space ?

Completed Level 1 training in 2018

Level 1 teacher training is a first step into a whole new understanding of yoga and life as you know it. To be guided with honest feedback and nurtured with firm yet gentle care is essential. Keren delivered on all fronts for me. The course is thorough, well researched, gets you absolutely ready for teaching and her passion makes it such a joy to study. I highly recommend it as your first step into yoga teacher training.

Completed Level 1 training in 2013

I am very gratefully to both Jacqui and Keren for providing a comprehensive training with lots of heart. Topics covered included philosophy, anatomy, sanskrit, asana, business and much more, it actually amazes me how much I was able to learn in a level 1 teacher training. I was supported and challenged to find my own teaching voice, develop my personal practice and to take my yoga practise off my mat into my daily life.

Completed Level 1 training in 2014

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