Advanced Intensives and Continuing Education

Advanced Intensives offer continuing education for teachers and advanced students. Each intensive comprises one module of study towards 500-hour Certification or hours of CPD (Continuing Professional Development) credits.

Upcoming Dates

Yoga and Mindfulness Immersion

Friday 28th February to Sunday 1st March 2020 Hours: 12.00-6.00pm

Enjoy three days of immersive practice and wisdom sessions focusing on the common traditional roots of yoga and mindfulness.

- Practice sessions of mindfulness meditation and contemplative practices from the yogic and Buddhist traditions; including sitting, movement and breath awareness practices and restorative yoga.

- Understand the therapeutic benefits of mindfulness practices based on the most recent scientific findings.

- Learn about ancient teaching texts that reveal philosophical origins of yoga and mindfulness.

- Gain a thorough understanding of subtle body anatomy as it relates to yoga and mindfulness; the koshas, chakras, prana vayus, nadis and bandhas.

The findings of neuroscience in the last twenty years are responsible for the massive popular acceptance of mindfulness. The empirical evidence from the many scientific studies that have now been done, reveal how the effects and benefits of embodied movement, yoga and mindfulness practices on the body, the nervous system, the brain, the hormones, emotions and in our relationships. These studies offer fascinating insights that support what the traditional wisdom traditions have known for thousands of years.

We will consider the key philosophical texts related to mindfulness practice and key Buddhist and Yogic principles will provide the philosophical underpinnings to practice modalities, including the Eight Limbs, the Eightfold path, the Four Noble Truths, and the Brahma Viharas. We will also study the evolving wisdom among contemporary Buddhist teachers on relational mindfulness within the contemplative traditions.

Your tutor Ciara holds a Masters Degree in Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy. An ERYT500, she is Director of the YogaRoom teacher trainings. She is in private practice as a psychotherapist and has taught teachers, therapists and counsellors internationally the therapeutic applications of mindfulness and yoga.

Cost: €240


Certified First Aid Course

Emergency First Aid Thursday March 19th 2020

Hours: 8.00-5.30pm

This one-day course is offered and Certified by the Irish Red Cross. An important life skill and essential as a caring health professional. This course is aimed at yoga teachers, or anyone interested in being able to respond to an emergency medical situation if it should arise. There will be particular emphasis on injuries and critical care relevant to yoga teacher or fitness/ health work.

Modules Covered: Intro to First aid, Casualty assessment, Heart Disease, stroke, CPR and choking on adults, Wounds and bleeding, altered Levels of consciousness, Musculoskeletal Injuries, Burns, and Poison.

Counts as 8 hours Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Students will receive a Irish Red Cross Certificate valid for three years.

Cost: €140

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Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training

Part One: Wednesday 25th to Sunday 29th March 2020 Part Two: Wednesday 13th to Sunday 17th May 2020

First Irish Prenatal Teacher Training Programme Certified by Yoga Alliance ( This fully accredited professional training is open to yoga teachers and health professionals. Currently processing applications for October 2019 start.

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Yoga for Trauma - Belfast

May 18th, 19th, 20st and 21st 2020

Hours: 9.00-5.00pm

A four-day training in for yoga teachers, counsellors, psychotherapists and other mental health professionals. Learn practical and accessible tools that you can use with groups and individuals to alleviate trauma and symptoms of PTSD, stress, anxiety, addiction and other mental and emotional imbalances. Practical sessions of chair yoga, restorative yoga, mindfulness practices and gentle movement will combine with theory sessions so you understand the science of these practical applications through the latest findings in neuroscience and medical studies.

We are delighted to use the lovely Tobar Mhuire Retreat Centre in Co. Down. 45 minutes from Belfast, the centre has long been appreciated as a centre of healing and reconciliation. It has state of the art facilities, in an idyllilc surrounded by gardens and contemplative walks.

The training days will run from 9am to 5pm. There is a payment option to have a cooked lunch each day and a limited number of residential full room and board places

Ciara Cronin is director of teacher training at the YogaRoom. She works in private practice as a mindfulness-based psychotherapist. She also trains therapists and counselors, and works with groups teaching yoga and mindfulness for trauma. In the past three years she has worked in Dublin, Northern Ireland and Palestine educating yoga teachers and mental health professionals, and teaching group sessions, in yoga and mindfulness for trauma.

Cost: €420. Counts as 28 hours CPD.

Two course lunch for four days: Additional €60

Residential Full Board: private room, ensuite, breakfast, lunch and dinner: Additional €240

Cost: €420

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Anatomy & Physiology for Yoga

Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th June 2020

Hours: 8.00-5.00pm

Learn the fundamentals of anatomy and physiology as it relates to teaching yoga.

Taught by Connie Walsh, a qualified nurse and yoga therapist who has worked in the area of yoga therapeutics for over 20 years, specialising in yoga for chronic illness, cancer and rehabilitation from injury. Connie has shared her vast knowledge of teaching yoga to students with health vulnerabilities in teacher training programmes nationwide. She is a regular faculty member on our 200-hour and 500-hour trainings.

Places are limited.

Counts as 22 hours CPD.

Cost: €220

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Going Deeper Into Yoga with Michael McCann

Monday 15th,Tuesday 16th June 2020 8.00-5.00pm

Guided by Michael McCann, this is a unique opportunity to drop deep and reconnect to your soul’s inner Wisdom. Inspire your practice and press reset on your teaching skills by deepening through the ancient wisdom practices. Two day of immersive sessions of gentle guided asana, meditation and pranayama practices and inspiring Satsangs with Michael McCann on philosophy, meditation and the wisdom texts. Michael McCann is Ireland’s preeminent yoga philosophy teacher. A hugely popular and profound presence on The Yoga Room’s teacher training programmes, his wise and generous heart-felt teachings have inspired so many who have been lucky to sit with him and learn from his limitless well of priceless wisdom.

Counts as 16 Hours towards 500-Hour Accreditation or continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Cost €190

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Restorative Yoga Teacher Training

Thursday 25th, Friday 26th, Saturday 27th June 12.00-6.00pm.

A three-day training for teachers and serious students.

Learn to teach Restorative Yoga to groups and individuals competently and compassionately. You will understand the important therapeutic applications of restorative yoga and why it is an essential component of a well-rounded yoga practice. Restorative yoga is a powerful practice that transforms stress, regulates emotional imbalances, improves immune function, digestive function, memory and fertility.

On this training there will be plenty of practical sessions of restorative yoga combined with theoretical understanding of the latest findings in neuroscience and recent medical studies, which validate the ancient teachings of yoga, meditation and mindfulness to reveal the enormous physical and emotional benefits of restorative yoga.

Ciara holds a Masters Degree in Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy. She is Director of the YogaRoom teacher trainings. She is in private practice as a psychotherapist and has taught therapists and counsellors internationally on the therapeutic applications of mindflness and yoga.

An ERYT500, her restorative yoga combines her experience of meditation and mindfuless and draws from Judith Hason Lasater and the Iyengar tradition, as well as restorative yoga teacher trainings she attended with Sudha Carolyn Lundeen from the Kripalu institute and Yin yoga with Sarah Powers.

For bookings contact (01) 2196666 or e: [email protected]

Counts as 20 hours CPD.

Cost: €280

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Yoga Nidra

Oct 8th, 9th and 10th 2020

Hours: 12.00-6.00pm

Three day advanced intensive training with Ciara Cronin.

Learn the art of Yoga Nidra, an ancient guided technique which leads to the deepest state of relaxation.

Cost 240

Cost: €240

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Yoga for Trauma - Devon

A five-day residential training programme in the beautiful Karuna Institute, on the Devon Moors. Dates: (5-day format) Sunday 1 November – Friday 6 November 2020

Venue: The Karuna Institute, Natsworthy Manor, Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ13 7TR

Cost: £820 - Deposit: £320

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Tutor: Ciara Cronin MA, UKCP, ERYT500, YACEP, RPYT

A five-day intensive training for yoga teachers, counsellors, psychotherapists and other mental health professionals. Learn and experience practical and accessible tools that you can use for self-care, or with groups and individuals to alleviate trauma and symptoms of PTSD, stress, anxiety, addiction and other mental and emotional imbalances. Practical sessions of chair yoga, restorative yoga, mindfulness practices and gentle movement will combine with theory sessions; so the science of these practical applications can be understood through the latest findings in neuroscience and medical studies.

Participants don’t need to have a background in yoga but experience in a mindful movement practice would be a benefit (e.g. yoga, Kum Nye, authentic movement or tai chi). Teachers and mental health professionals will learn safe, effective body-based practices they can use themselves, and with groups and individuals to support a calmer nervous system, better body awareness and increased emotional regulation.

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How to Apply

If you are attending an Intensive as part of 500-hour accreditation please Download PDF application form from link in column opposite. Or for .doc format please email us at [email protected]


Please contact our Teacher Training Programme Director Ciara Cronin on +353 86 8832633 or 01 2196666 or by email [email protected]

PDF Brochure

Application Form

» Download 200-Hour application form.

» Download 500-Hour application form.

» Contact our programme advisor

Application forms should be emailed to [email protected] or posted to:
Ciara Cronin, Teacher Training Programme Director, The YogaRoom, 262 Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland.


"Thanks Ciara, Tony and Jodie for all your help, wisdom and support. It's been a huge eight months and I have learnt so much. Thank you and loads of love."Eithne

"Thank you all. You've enlightened my mind, heart and body with your teachings and wisdom."Jessica

"Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. Your guidance and support have been amazing. I've learnt so much on my journey here. Thanks for showing me the way."Emma

"Thank you all for your super instruction and guidance throughout the course. It's been fantastic."Dawn

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