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WIith Mariza Smith

Almost everybody sits on the mat on day one and questions whether or not they have it in them to become teachers. What has struck me most profoundly during past teacher training courses is the ability and willingness for complete transformation. I watch people blossom before my eyes, they inhabit a space that they hadn’t previously thought possible and they draw on incredible reserves of resilience in order to keep growing, keep learning and keep striving to do the very best they can.

What I tell my students on day one is that that completing this course is actually just the beginning. Yes you can go out and teach, but what you really have is a licence to begin the journey to becoming a true teacher.

It takes courage and dedication to choose to change your life and it takes hard work and experience to become an accomplished teacher.

The time spent on the course encourages people to find their own voice, to learn and make mistakes in a safe environment.

Paying a fee does not guarantee a pass, students are expected to work hard, to study and most importantly to improve.


Vinyasa Teacher 

Training Courses

2024 DATES

Vinyasa plus Yin Trainings
  08 - 30 April 

YinYang Training
12 November - December 4 

All held in Chamonix Mont Blanc, France
Fully Yoga Alliance accredited (200hr RYT)



Authenticity, empathy and compassion


Small, personal groups with lots of individual attention

Space to learn, grow, transform

Peaceful setting, in touch with nature

Teaching practice from day 1

key modules

programme overview


  • what makes a good teacher

  • how can we respond to students with empathy whilst still protecting ourselves

  • holding the space

  • making everybody feel welcome/ being inclusive

  • teaching from the heart

  • authenticity

  • finding our voice

  • honouring the body

  • staying calm


We will begin teaching practice from week 1. The aim of this course is to provide a safe environment for students to grow at their own pace. Until the final assessment – teaching practice will not be judged or marked – though feedback will be given.  The aim is not to be a perfect teacher from day one – but to have the space and encouragement to find your own voice and teaching style.

There will be a final, practical assessment in week 4


A yoga practice is about so much more than just the poses.  Hands on adjustments can allow a student to feel both safe and supported. The relationship between student and teacher requires trust, empathy and mutual respect. Through daily workshops incorporating hands on adjusts, other kinds of touch and how to adjust a student verbally we will empower each future teacher to deal with any real life class situation that arises.


There will be twice daily meditation sessions during the course. We will begin with sitting for around 10 minutes morning and evening and by the end of the course students will be able to sit for 30 minutes straight. We will explore different techniques in meditation so that each student is able to find a technique that best works for them.

Pranayama sessions will be every morning after practice. We will go through a number of different breathing techniques so that by the end of the course students will be able to choreograph their own self practice and teach basic pranayama to students.


Yoga teaches us to be inclusive. With yoga growing in popularity all the time, we are starting to see a bigger variation in the level of students knowledge, body types, injuries and speciality yoga – such as yoga for pregnancy.  We will explore the ways in which we can teach an open level class keeping all different types of students both safe and happy.  We will also extend this module to include modifying your own self practice in accordance with your needs.


As with Love, we cannot truly show our students compassion and empathy until we learn how to first show it to ourselves. We will explore the ways in which a constant negative internal dialogue can impede our spiritual and individual growth and learn tools for developing our own sense of empathy.


We will be working from the Yoga Sutras, Baghavad Gita, Hatha Yoga Pradipika and the Upanishads. We aim to always make yoga philosophy current and relevant and understand the ways in which it can enhance the lives we already lead.


Manon Charon - Yin Yoga, TCM, how to adjust savasana, handbalanes and upside down.



WIith Mariza Smith


A sample daily schedule is as follows, please note this is only a guide and may change;

Monday - Saturday

8.45-10.45 am:  Meditation, Pranayama and asana Practice, Mariza Yoga vinyasa

10.45-11.20: break

11.20 - 12.20: Asana theory

12.30 - 13.25: Philosphy/anatomy/teaching methods/practice

13.30 - 13.45: Adjustments workshop

13.45 - 15.00: Break

15.00 - 16.00: Teaching practice

16.10 -17.10: Asana workshop

17.20 - 17.45 philosophy/anatomy/questions

17.45 - 19.30 Asana practice and evening meditation

There will be one day off each week to rest and explore Chamonix 


A complete, take home training manual will be provided. Students are required to bring their own yoga mats and a strap with them to the course. 



Information and how to book your place

The investment required for all materials and accommodation is £2350 triple/2550 double room

Before July 31st 2023 we are offering an early bird price of £2275

Private apartment from £3000

Teaching only,  no accommodation - £1875

A deposit of £750 is required to secure your place on the course.

The course will run with a maximum of 16 to ensure students get individual attention and a high level of personal care.

To be eligible for the course, students must have a minimum of 12 months consistent practice and be able to complete the application form.  We may ask for a short, sample video of your practice 

Accommodation is in the beautiful Gare Des Glaciers, at the foot of the Bossons Glacier.

Please contact me directly at with any questions or click below to pay your deposit and  to book your place 

Please take a moment to read our following terms and conditions regarding payment;

A deposit of £750 is due at the time of booking and to confirm your space on the course. 

Deposits are refundable up to 75 days before the start of the course, less a £75 administration fee.

Within 75 days, the deposit may be transferred to a future course, but no refunds will be given.

Balance payments are due 75 days before the start of the course. 

Please note that no refunds will be given once the course has begun. 

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