Living Yoga: 200-Hour Vinyasa Teacher Training with Leigh Khoo, June 1 - 30

200-hour Yoga Alliance Recognised Course
Led by Leigh Khoo
1-2, 8-23, 29-30 June 2019

At the heart of yoga is connection — to the practice, to the community, to yourself. Before we can share the gift of yoga, we must first do the inner work. This training asks that you be ready to do just that —to shed restrictive beliefs, to dare to be vulnerable and, most importantly, to dare to be yourself.

Shaped by Leigh’s contemplative and engaging teaching style, this foundational training program brings a plethora of essential pillars to the table — yoga philosophy, functional anatomy, sequencing, asana modifications and Ayurveda, all of which we will study within a framework of daily pranayama, asana and meditation practice.

Consisting of three modules taught over 20 days, the curriculum guarantees you a solid starting foundation to confidently teach vinyasa yoga, but it is also so much more. Our time together creates an experiential learning environment for you to explore, debate and discover your own truths about your body and your practice. From that space, the training will support you to step into your authentic voice, so the yoga you share is relatable, honest and real.


Yoga found Leigh 12 years ago, in a tiny Keong Saik Road shophouse studio. As much as she enjoyed working up a good sweat, it was the meditation practice after the asana sessions that really drew her in. Her teacher Sunil Dahiya used to say: “Where are you in your body? Meditate on that.” That set the tone for Leigh’s yoga journey. While she naturally inclines towards strong vinyasa sequences, she also has an insatiable appetite to learn about the deeper philosophies of yoga and meditation, which she believes are key to unlocking the wisdom of our consciousness.

Leigh lives life guided by her heart and gut, and that was what gave her the intuitive faith to leave a full-time job in magazine publishing to pursue her yoga studies in 2013 with Bali-based Anusara teacher Emily Kuser. She later trained with Power Yoga founder Bryan Kest and renowned Yin Yoga teacher Jo Phee. Interestingly, all her teachers are advocates of meditation. As a sickly child, Leigh was nursed back to health by an Ayurvedic doctor, and that sparked her interest in holistic healing. She currently studies Ayurvedic healing with America-based Ayurvedic teacher Dr. David Frawley.

Through her years of teaching, Leigh has learned to understand and, more importantly, respect anatomical differences, and she encourages practitioners to tune in to their inner alignment — asanas that look right on the outside may not necessarily feel so within. Her classes are dynamic and flowing, but also mindful and contemplative, especially when she is teaching yin yoga and meditation (her favourite!). She is greatly inspired by the written word, which she often shares in the form of quotes, stories and poetry in class.

When she's not on the mat, Leigh is the dining editor at food discovery app Burpple, a hungry reader and a most enthusiastic traveller. You're also likely to find her at Bollywood dancing, which she loves for its carefree exuberance! She sees life as the greatest teacher of all, with every moment (especially the challenging ones) serving as an opportunity to connect to our deepest self, so as to live with compassion, intention and integrity — that to her is yoga in action, and the most important practice of all.


Module I: The Body

We begin our training with the most tangible — our physical practice. Our bodies become the tools through which we experience, explore and redefine our asana practice. We will break down basic and advanced asanas and their modifications, and learn to harness the use of both manual and verbal cues in adjustments and assists. Functional anatomy sessions play an integral role in this module — led by a physiotherapist (so familiar with treating yoga injuries!), these highly engaging sessions will bring asanas to life, teaching you healthy and sustainable movement patterns, while empowering you to work with your body (and others’) in mindful, inclusive and efficient ways.

Module II: Beyond the Mat

In this module, we delve into subtler concepts and topics that are beyond the physical. We will explore Ayurveda, sacred texts, mantra, philosophy and mythology, and navigate the world of chakras, pranayama and meditation. The aim of this module is to offer a deeper, contemplative viewpoint of the practice, alongside a grounded approach to weave and integrate these insights into modern living.

Module III: The Art of Teaching

In this module, we prepare to take the seat of a teacher, discovering our unique gifts and authentic voice. We will explore the language of yoga — tone, clarity, rhythm and pace; learn intelligent sequencing; and dive deep into the art of theming, drawing on yoga philosophy, mythology and our life experiences as inspiration for building impactful class templates. We will learn how to set up our teaching space, how to manage surprise scenarios, and refine our teaching through daily practice teaching sessions and lots of feedback.


8:15am - 10:30am Morning Practice
10:30am - 12:30pm Workshops/Methodology
12:30pm - 1:30pm Break
1:30pm - 3:30pm Workshops/Methodology
3:30pm - 5pm Afternoon Practice
5pm - 6:15pm Practise Teaching + Debrief

8:15am - 10:30am Morning Practice
10:30am - 12:30pm Workshops/Methodology
12:30pm - 1:30pm Break
1:30pm - 3:30pm Workshops/Methodology
3:30pm - 4:30pm Afternoon Practice
4:30pm - 5:45pm Practise Teaching + Debrief

7am - 9am Morning Practice
9am - 11am Workshops/Methodology
11am - 12pm Break
12pm - 2pm Workshops/Methodology
2pm - 3:30pm Afternoon Practice
3:30pm - 5pm Practise Teaching + Debrief


Required reading list:

  1. Living the Sutras - A guide to yoga wisdom beyond the mat by Kelly DiNardo and Amy Pearce-Hayden
  2. Light on Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar
  3. Yoga and The Quest for True Self by Stephen Cope

Recommended extras:

  1. The Palace of Illusions: A Novel by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
  2. Jivamukti Yoga - Practices for liberating body and soul by Sharon Gannon and David Life
  3. Ayurvedic Healing - A comprehensive guide by Dr. David Frawley
  4. Any preferred translation of the Bhagavad Gita

All books are available on Book Depository


Early Bird (by 1 March): $3,250
Full Tuition: $3,600
Deposit: $500


All trainees are entitled to unlimited complimentary yoga classes and 10% off all retail during the period of the training, and 20% off our packages upon completion of the teacher training.


All deposits are non-refundable.
Any cancellation received 60 days prior to course incurs a fee of $250.
Any cancellation received 30 days prior to course will result in forfeit of the full tuition fee.