Teacher Development


Learning to be a teacher of yoga starts with a practice.

Training to become a teacher is conducted over time. It takes dedication and perseverance. Developing a depth of understanding and learning to communicate from direct experience is a lifelong journey.

At Yoga Mandir our program to train teachers is grounded in a commitment to practice and is an expression of, and contribution to community. Working alongside colleagues, under the guidance of experienced teachers, day by day and week by week.

Trainees based in Canberra assist teachers in weekly classes, whilst those who live remotely access material online to support their own practice inquiry. The group as a whole meet to work together over a 3-day period developing skills, identifying strengths and weaknesses and supporting one another to evolve as individuals and as teachers.

Access to all our Teacher Development programs is made via an email to our Training Coordinator: training[at]yogamandir.com.au


Teacher development dates for 2020-2021 are:

Term Term Dates Teacher Development Weekends
Term 4, 2020 12 Oct-20 Dec • 23-25 October. 3-day weekend commencing Friday
• 4-6 December. 3-day weekend commencing Friday
Term 1, 2021​ 2 Feb-14 April • 12-14 February. 3-day weekend commencing Friday
• 26-28 March. 3-day weekend commencing Friday
Term 2, 2021 19 April-27 June Dates TBC​
Term 3, 2021 12 July-19 Sept Dates TBC​
Term 4, 2021 5 Oct-19 Dec Dates TBC

Cost and enrolment

Cost per weekend is $230 and enrolment is made for each 3-day weekend separately.

Bookings close two weeks prior to attendance.



Intake of trainee teachers into the Teacher Development Program is on an individual basis and can happen at any point in time. Application is via an email expression of Interest (EOI) to the Training Coordinator at:  training[at]yogamandir.com.au stating your yoga history and experience.
Alan will want to meet with you directly to discuss your participation.


Yoga Teachers and Trainees who participate in our Teacher Development Program may apply to participate in the Reflective Practice-Teacher Program. Reflective practice focuses on human behaviour and considers how individuals learn and evolve. The program recognises that

‘the perception of objects changes dependent on the position of the viewer’

so that we understand that what we see in others often reflects our own preferences and biases and that the views of others may challenge our own views or broaden our understanding of how individual teachers evolve.

Reflective Practice Teachers meetings are scheduled 6-weekly via a zoom group meeting with Alan where case studies are presented by individuals for discussion by the group. Reflective Practice-Teachers can be Canberra based or distance. Once enrolled individuals will be organised in smaller discussion groups.

Prerequisites: Enrolment in Teacher Development Program

Cost. $100 per term (2 sessions)

When: Fridays at 11.30-1.30pm. Weeks 4 & 10 of term.

These sessions will be recorded for those unable to attend in the time zone.

Reflective Practice begins in 2021

Enrolment is via an email to the Training Coordinator at: training[at]yogamandir.com.au


Trainees and Teachers involved in our Teacher Development program can enrol and access online study material for the 10 week term on our Online study-Trainee teacher and Online study-Certified teacher programs. This material supports practice and understanding of the broader principles that underpin teaching.

Cost: cost per term is $150

Prerequisites: Enrolment in Teacher Development Program

Bookings close two weeks prior to the commencement of the term.



Tutors are appointed by Alan to oversee an individual Trainee for a period of 6-12 months. Tutors should meet regularly with their allocated Trainee either in person or via Zoom.

Meetings may include:

  • Practice together following a sequence
  • A review of individual asanas
  • Assisting and adjusting asanas

Tutoring is a community service that participants in the Reflective Practice-Teacher program may undertake. Tutors meet with Alan via supervision for discussion on their role or their observations and development of the allocated Trainee.


Supervision involves guidance and feedback from Alan regarding specific issues of practice, teaching or student development. Supervision may be of two types:

Teacher Supervision involves a sixty minute booked
session with Alan where a teacher submits material in the form of recordings, questions or reflections one week prior to the session.

Examples of supervision:
– a case study of a student presentation or issue
– a review of a recording of teaching or practice concerns
– reflections on a specific area of philosophy

Cost: $100 per session
When: Tuesday 10.30-11.30am

Tutor Supervision involves a review of their role or
to discuss their observations of their Trainee. 
A Tutor submits material in the form of recordings, questions or
reflections one week prior to the session.

Cost. No payment.

When: Tutor supervision is arranged directly with
Alan Goode.


Yoga Mandir offers internships for student/ teachers to participate in the life of the Institute and to gain valuable experience in the running of a school.
Internships operate at three levels:

1. Trainee Internship

For registered teachers in training who wish to undertake further experiential learning. Interns assist in classes and have responsibilities for maintaining the Institute through volunteer duties.

2. TEACHER Internship

Certified teachers who reside outside the Canberra can enrol in an internship from as little as 1 week up to a period of 2-3 months at a time.

3. STUDENT Internship

For experienced students to assist in the life of the Institute to further their development.

Application process

Application for an internship is via an email Expression of Interest (EOI) to the Training Coordinator at: training[at]yogamandir.com.au stating your yoga background, which level of internship and reason for applying