Living Yoga: 200-hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training with Leigh Khoo, May 30 - Jun 21
200-hour Yoga Alliance Recognised Course
Led by Leigh Khoo
May 30 - June 12 in Hom Yoga Raffles Place, Singapore
June 14 - 21 in Ubud, Bali
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 empowering teaching style, this 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.
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.
Regular circle sharing and introspective discussions are part of the coursework, so participants should be open to a degree of vulnerability and honesty. Leigh also teaches based on energetic, intuitive alignment, which may be significantly different from what many practitioners are used to. It is recommended that you take at least a few classes with her to familiarise yourself with her teaching style before committing to this training.
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 common 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. This course does not focus on teaching advanced asana, although you are free to express your own asana variations during our daily practice.
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.
Early Bird (by 1 Mar): $3,200*
*Tuition excludes Bali flight, accommodation and living expenses, which should average at S$600.
Accommodation and travelling in Bali
Please contact us here. Leigh spends a lot of time studying and practising in Ubud, Bali, and has tons of accommodation, food and travel recommendations to share.
30 - 31 May (Sat - Sun): 7am - 6pm
1 - 4 June (Mon - Thu): 8:30am - 6pm
5 June (Fri): Savasana day
6 - 7 June (Sat - Sun): 7am - 6pm
8 - 11 June (Mon - Thu): 8:30am - 6pm
12 June (Fri): 8:30am - 2pm
13 June (Sat): Travel day to Ubud, Bali
14 - 20 June (Sun - Sat): 7am - 6pm
21 June (Sun): 7am - 2pm
Sample weekday schedule in Singapore
8:30am - 10:30am: Morning practice
10:30am - 11am: Break
11am - 1pm: Workshop, teaching methodology
1pm - 2pm: Lunch
2pm - 3pm: Workshop, teaching methodology
3pm - 5pm: Practise teaching
5pm - 6pm: Evening practice
Sample weekend schedule in Singapore and daily schedule in Bali
7am - 9am: Morning practice
9am - 9:30am: Break
9:30am - 12pm: Workshop, teaching methodology
12pm - 1pm: Lunch
1pm - 3pm: Workshop, teaching methodology
3pm - 4:30pm: Practise teaching
4:30pm - 6pm: Evening practice
- Yoga and the Quest for the True Self - Stephen Cope
- Yoga Mind, Body and Spirit - Donna Farhi
- Living the Sutras: A Guide to Yoga Wisdom Beyond the Mat - Amy Pearce-Hayden and Kelly DiNardo
- The Radiance Sutras - Lorin Roche
Recommended reading (not compulsory):
- The Palace of Illusions - Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
- A Life Worth Breathing - Max Strom
- Ayurvedic Healing - David Frawley
- Awakening Shakti - Sally Kempton
- Yoga Mythology: 64 Asanas and their Stories - Devdutt Pattanaik
- Any translation of the Bhagavad Gita
All trainees are entitled to unlimited complimentary yoga classes, 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.
ABOUT LEIGH KHOO
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 ask: “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 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 a hungry reader and a voracious traveller, and she loves seeking out destinations for her next Living Yoga retreats. 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.