Manoj Sundaram

Bengaluru, India

Sometimes, things just workout and there is no way of explaining such situations. All you have to do is accept and believe you deserve it. Such was my experience at 5 Elements - International School of Yoga and Movement .

Ever since I fell in love with yoga, all I wanted to do was to teach more people about it. Finding the right school was of utmost importance because the mode of basic knowledge imparted to one makes the difference in becoming good at anything. 5 Elements International Schools of Yoga and Movement provides you with that solid foundation to teach yoga confidently to your students. 

The technicality Vinay brings in understanding the asanas and the depth in knowledge Szymon possess not only deepens your understanding of yoga but makes you a better teacher too. 

Deeply rooted in ancient knowledge mixed with modern scientific knowledge and methodology, 5 Elements International School of Yoga and Movement is the place to go if you want to blossom into a wonderful teacher.

Melanie Mi


The 200hr Hatha/Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training course that I attended at the 5 Elements - International School of Yoga in Portugal was excellent. The course covered an extensive curriculum of theory and physical Yoga practice. Vinay and Szymon are gifted teachers. Knowledgeable and patient. They helped me learn, and practise and gain confidence in my ability to become a Yoga Teacher. The class size was small and we each got considerable encouragement to help us complete this challenging course. I feel very grateful to have chosen the 5 Elements - International School of Yoga.

Magdalena Ostrowska-Dołęgowska


I really appreciate the time I've spent on that course. Generally. I enjoyed the schedule, knowlegde that teachers shared with us and - maybe it's the most important - the ways they shared that knowledge. I'm glad I did the course in this particular school. I really like their approach - it's not stiff and rigid, but features a lot of flexibility (just exactly like yoga should!) and broad knowledge, including anatomy. And also, appealing to students' imagery while teaching is the best thing in the world. We've spent a lot of time working with groups with the knowlegde we've received - just to understand it, not only to learn in by heart. The atmosphere was great, practice amazing. I also appreciate discussions about books of yoga, after presentations we, students, all did. And movies we've seen together. 

This is course is for you if you:

  • Want to deepen your yoga knowledge and obtain Yoga Alliance certificate

  • Wish to share yoga practice with others

  • Love working with people

  • Are independent and wish to be able to sequence your own classes

  • Want to learn about practical anatomy to make sure your teachings are safe and beneficial

  • Love to meet people from different life paths and nationalities who are passionate about yoga

  • Explore non-physical aspects of yoga such as pranayama and meditation

  • Reflect on your life’s purpose and ethics via yogic scriptures

  • Develop an engaging personal practice for a healthy body and peaceful mind

  • Begin and exciting career and turn your passion into a profession

What distinguishes our approach to yoga?

  • We believe in a practice that is adapted to individual needs.

  • We refrain from an excessive focus on a ‘handbook’ alignment that is based on straight lines, defined angles and rigidity. We encourage adaptive and spontaneous self-adjustments which can be aided by conscious breathing.

  • We believe that there is no one, ideal version of any posture. Rather, asanas are templates that encourage you to explore the potential of your body, connect to your breath and expand consciousness.

  • The balance of flexibility and strength is the cornerstone of hatha yoga. Therefore, we do not overly emphasize stretching that places flexibility as the main goal of yoga practice.

  • We think that yoga props can be of great help, as long as a student is not dependent them entirely and the props don’t overly complicate the practice. We believe everyone should aim at being able to use or forgo props, at any stage of their practice.

  • We incorporate elements of pranayama and meditation into each yoga class. We think that a yoga practice that is purely physical misses the holistic approach that distinguishes yoga from exercise.


About the Syllabus

This course syllabus exceeds the Yoga Alliance minimal requirements for 200h Teacher Training Courses. Graduates will receive certificates which entitle them to register as 200 - Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT) at Teaching language and certificate language is English.

Here is what you will learn

Techniques, Training and Practice.

  • Asanas
  • Pranayama
  • Mudras
  • Kriyas
  • Meditation

Teaching Methodology.

  •  Communication skills, Use of Language and Voice.
  • Teaching styles: review and self-identification.
  • Principles of demonstration, observation, adjustments.
  • Compassionate Communication, Non-violent Communication.
  • Qualities of a teacher according to yogic science.
  • Business aspects of teaching yoga - across the centuries and now..

Yogic anatomy and physiology.

  • Prana, vayus and koshas: concepts and experimentation.
  • Nadis, meridians: physio-energetic connection.
  • Chakras: health, personality, self-realization.

Class design and sequencing

  • Traditional class designs.
  • Modern class designs.
  • Adaptive class designs.

Human physical anatomy and physiology.

  • Practical anatomy of movements, muscles, fascia, joints and the spine 
  • Experiential science and techniques of stretching.
  • Applied anatomy for safe and sustainable practice.
  • Experiential functioning of the nervous and endocrine systems.
  • Experiential impact of yogic techniques on bodily systems.

Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teachers.

  •  Practical insights from traditional yogic texts (e.g. Samkhya Karika, Yoga Sutras, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Bhagavad Gita): creation, human mind, gunas, body-mind connection.
  • Yoga lifestyle, Ayurveda, Yamas, Niyamas.
  • Origins and meaning of physical yoga practice (asanas)
  • Comparative review of the main Yoga traditions in the 20th and 21st centuries.
  • Ethics for yoga teachers.

Upcoming Online 200HR Teacher Training 

20 JUNE - 19 JULY, 2020.​

9 September- 29 September, 2020.

Krakow, Poland.

For queries about teaching team, pricing or any other information about the course, please submit here.