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Yoga Professionals


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Conrad Paul Duckworth - Yoga Professionals founder, inspiration and guiding light.

Change your life and the lives of others. Make 2019 the year you take action, follow your dreams and inner calling and become a yoga teacher!

2016, our year in below

The Complete Guide to Yoga Book

The Complete Guide To Yoga For Fitness Professionals - Out now!

by Conrad Paul and Debbie Lawrence

The book is based around the knowledge needed to teach yoga classes and practices to meet the National Occupational Standards of the Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga. It also incorporates a lot of Conrad Paul's teaching, self practice experiences and knowledge. This is a fantastic body of work for the modern day Yogi who wishes to understand ancient and present day practices. The Complete Guide has special themed asana sequences included for digestion, balance, strength and meditation posture preparation. Recommended reading pre-course.

Click here for more information

Teaching Vinyasa 2 day CPD workshop is coming June 2015 book now!

Yoga a home practice DVD

All new Sanskrit page

You said, we did! Student's asked for Sanskrit singular posture and mantras in audio format, we give you the all new Sanskrit audio page.

The speaking of Sanskrit names and seed sounds (bija mantras) during a yoga asana class is considered to enhance the energy and overall yoga experience. Yoga Professionals teach modern practices from ancient wisdom which includes the use of Sanskrit for authenticity of the original yoga path.

Click below to listen to the popular poses in Sanskrit and English, a vital tool for all Yoga teachers to embed the essence of Yoga from the subtle level into the physical.



Click to hear the Sanskrit

Yoga stickman of the Belly Twist.


Congratulations to all our students who just passed their assessments to become yoga teachers! 4 days of assessing nearly 40 candidates and the quality of teaching was outstanding. Well done, go out and shine the light of Yoga!

Above: The stages of headstand (Sirsasana) from the book 'The Complete Guide to Yoga for Fitness Professionals'

The Side Crow, from The Complete Guide to Yoga for Fitness Professionals

Mantras are a very easy way to attain a deeper Yoga practice and are taught throughout the Yoga Professionals practical training days. Two of the Yoga Professionals tutors have released mantra c.d.s and below you can hear Renu Singh chant Asato Ma.

Renu Singh, Yoga Professionals lecturer, releases first mantra and Yoga Nidra c.d.

Asato Ma - Renu Singh

Asato ma
Renu Singh (Daily Mantras)

Click above to hear 'Asato Ma' from this beautiful double album from Renu Singh.

To buy this wonderful double c.d. contact Renu at:

Sharda 24.09.14

"Big big big Congrats everyone! I have had the best time of my life EVER on this course. I am so happy to have met so many like minded people. I wish i could take you all and go live in a little yogi village together and do sun salutes every day and bliss out. If i could go back and do it all over again I WOULD tomorrow! i have done something i never thought i would have the confidence to do in a million years.

I held my 1st real real class tonight with 100% of the people being people i didn't at all know. I loved it, i wasn't scared or nervous or anything. They all kind of looked worried doing the class and i was like 'crap' in my mind. But at the end they were like 'oh my gosh so good we loved it'.

Ohhh its true yoga does bring you pure bliss. I've been dancing round my house like an idiot! Not cried yet but its coming.

Thank you everyone.

i hope you're all as blissed out and excited as i am. dream come true.

love love love"

Marj 24.09.14

Once again a huge thank you for the 9 wonderful days we spent on our Yoga course. I enjoyed it so much and it was a real pleasure to meet you and absorb all your brilliant teachings. It was also a great pleasure to study alongside my lovely fellow students and share my yoga journey with you all.

I hope we can all stay in touch and it would be lovely if we could come together again at some point in the future.



Recent student testimonials ....

We really don't like to big ourselves up as a teacher training school, however we would like you to read how students who just qualified feel. Congratulations to all students from Manchester Cheadle for passing your assessments this weekend and salutations to your hard work and wonderful teaching. Om Tat Sat!

Ann 13.10.14

"I cannot believe I am a fully qualified level 3 Yoga Teacher although I appreciate that my learning really only starts here as I begin my journey to become the best Yoga teacher I can be. The type of teacher I become is all up to me now but through the Level 3 Diploma you provided me with the full toolbox and a solid foundation on which I can credibly and solidly build. Without doubt the course was challenging on many levels and I needed to be disciplined and committed throughout but it was so worth it and I am still aghast at how much I learned from you, the depth of the knowledge I've acquired even as a novice, and the fact that I'm now actually teaching Yoga myself.

Through completion of the diploma I significantly improved my own yoga practice and although I had previously felt uncomfortable with chanting and some pranayama, by the end of the course you had given me the confidence not just to practice competently but also to teach others with confidence. So thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience, for your guidance, numerous tips, book recommendations and much more, and for your Northern sense of humour which was much appreciated especially on the intense days!

Yoga sequence for digestion. 01.03.15 Manchester, Cheadle Teachers in Training Course

Assistant course director Jonathan Thompson lectures on self evaluation and the reason for reflection, 15.03.15.

Practical workshop on Main phase asanas, London, One Kx, 15.03.15.

Final relaxation clip

One Kx, London students oozing the joy of Yoga during their teacher training weekend 28.03.15.

Day 9 of our London course, beautiful yogis!

25.04.15 a group of teachers in training express the path of Hatha Yoga! Brilliant stuff...... a wonderful day for us all, Om Tat Sat!

Darshan (sight) All the names of the graduates from Manchester, Cheadle assessments were offered to Krisna for blessings on their yoga teacher journey at the Radha Krisna Temple in Soho Street, London. Hari Om Tat Sat!

Birmingham course Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga course with their tutor Clare Whitehouse.

Students practice the Hatha Yoga Pradipika version of Bramhari.

Student presentation on 'lateral extension' poses, 24.01.16.

Moving into the one legged crane, a very tough pose. Om Namah Shivaya!

Yoga Professionals are proud to offer the Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga. The award brings the ancient teachings and the modern understandings of yoga, together.

The course will give you the skills to teach asana, pranayama, mudra, bandha and other Hatha Yoga practices. You will learn how yoga practices can offer various results, ranging from good health and well being to inner peace, happiness and more. The main aim of Hatha Yoga practice is to prepare us for deeper yoga, a subject also covered on the course. Hatha Yoga is the physical practice translated as 'forced' where the practitioner uses postures, breathing, cleansing and energy locks as part of their transformation in health of mind, body and spiritual self.

Meditation, chanting, Classical Yoga, and the four different paths of Yoga are also covered on the course. Both householder and renunciation practice's are explored along with the different stages of a yoga practitioners personal journey. Yoga lineages and variations of many styles are embraced from ancient to modern times.

More detailed information can be found in our online prospectus, please download from the link at the bottom of the page.

Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga - 230 guided learning hours plus 270 practice hours.

Yoga Professionals training course train teachers to teach yoga practices such as asana (postures), pranayama (breathing techniques to direct energy), meditation, kriyas (cleansing techniques to speed up the practice and maintain health), mudras (seals) and bandhas (locks) as well as introducing them to the deeper dimensions of yoga practices to include philosophy and stages of yogic development. 

One element of the coursework is to build a portfolio of evidence to show how you plan to teach a week 1/5/10 yoga session and the interim stages. Below is an example week 5 main phase session plan with preparatory, full and counter versions offered for the 'standing/balance' pose Vrkshasana (the tree).

Try the lung cleansing, energising pranayama exercise

Yoga Professionals (Yoga..

Student testimonials


Thanks for another great weekend I learned loads. However, I really wanted to drop you line before I forgot to say, I love, love, love the Yoga Professionals website.

I am writing this from my bed full of cold but still able to watch your great and informative videos. That said I love the 'stickman' illustrations so helpful for one who cannot draw, and the Sanskrit sounding out of the asanas. Great revision aids!

See you Saturday.

Kind wishes

Frederika x


When booking the course I had no idea what to expect. Having not studied for a few years it was a little daunting.

On meeting the instructors, it felt natural and I felt extremely welcomed by each teacher. From there on in it was a very enjoyable and a fun learning experience. Each day was different and the support was amazing. Each teacher bought something different to the lessons.

The content was expansive and very informative. It all seemed to fit in naturally each time we got up and taught or had homework to complete.

What it gave me was confidence in myself. In starting my own classes now this course has given me the tools to share that joy and light I received from the tutors to other people; that is truly special.

Phillip, London


Dear Yoga Professionals,

Here is a quick update on my yoga teaching journey since i passed 3 months ago.

I have been so lucky to be able to secure myself a lovely little studio in Stoke. Today it has been three months since I opened my doors and I was overwhelmed last night that I physically couldn't fit anyone else into the class. I'm so pleased that I'm now having to take bookings, as classes are getting so full. I've also had the honour of working at a local school with 2-4 year olds. Teaching those little dots is the most exhilarating (and tiring) thing that I have ever done! I even made it on to our local BBC radio on Sunday to talk about Yoga and how it is seen by the Christian church.

None of this could've been achieved without your excellent teachings, so thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

Espi, Stoke.

Dear Yoga Professionals,

Made it! Thanks so much of your teaching and support. I can't believe I am now a fully qualified yoga teacher! The teacher didn't show up in my gym last Thursday and I took the class, it felt amazing afterwards, I am covering for another teacher in a couple of weeks and now working on my CV.


I realise how much knowledge I have gained on your course - the Yoga Professionals course is so structured and comprehensive it has given me so much more than I realised. THANK YOU THANK YOU.

Thanks a million for everything!!!!



The Crow, from The Complete Guide to Yoga for Fitness Professionals

Student testimonial 04.06.14

"Dear Yoga Professionals,

Thank you so much for preparing me for the big wide world of yoga teaching. Your induction into all aspects of yoga was at the perfect pitch and pace for my learning needs. I enjoyed all the theoretical and practical aspects of the training you provided too. I felt encouraged and supported throughout the course.

Thank you for helping me prepare for teaching. I especially like the course tutors depth of knowledge on the subject of yoga, and their warmth and empathy. I would and have recommended your course to others that are interested in yoga teacher training.

Thank you again.



Dear Yoga Professionals,

Just wanted to say thank you for your outstanding teaching of the face to face element of the Diploma in Teaching Yoga Course.

I would like to add the following in regards to the course:-

The blended learning format is ideal, it makes the whole course easy to manage.

The course tutoring was inspirational and the breadth and diversity of his knowledge of yoga and its associated subjects made the course a complete learning experience as well as extremely entertaining at times!

I feel ready to teach and inspired to learn more, the underpinning knowledge of anatomy and physiology, yoga theory and history, gives the confidence that you know your subject beyond just being able to produce a lesson plan and teach it.

I knew this was the right course for me on first contact with the YMCA sales team, their warm enthusiastic approach is superb.

Lastly id like to say the venue was also first class, I would recommend this course to anyone who has a desire to become yoga teacher.

Mark 20.05.14

Student testimonials, 15.08.14

Dear Yoga Professionals, Just wanted to thank you so much for the wonderful yoga course just completed with Yoga Professionals via YMCAfit, have thoroughly enjoyed it all, even though it was challenging and exhausting at some points. But you have both been so encouraging and supportive, while being professionally inspiring teachers. Am so thrilled to have completed it and passed, and am looking forward to a whole new chapter in my life, so thank you, thank you both!

Hope to see you both soon on another of your yoga courses...

Much love and appreciation,


Try the deep relaxation technique below. Lie on your back in a comfortable warm space and spend time for yourself for peace, relaxation and healing.

Pancha Maya Kosha D...
Yoga Professionals (Yoga...

Manchester, Cheadle students on their final day of training.

Ruth 24.09.14

Just a little message to say a huge thank you to everything you taught me over the last few months. It has completely changed my life and I never thought that I would have the confidence (and knowledge) to teach, but you really gave me everything that I needed.

I've been teaching about 3 weeks now and absolutely loving it, I've got a job at a studio as well as some classes I started up myself so I'm teaching 7 classes at the moment.

I'm really looking forward to my yoga journey as I know this is only the start and I really do have you to thank for that.

Hope our paths will cross again soon

Love Ruth"

Lecture (clip) on Surya Namaskara, One Kx, Kings Cross, London

London students practicing Nadi Shodana (energy channel purification pranayama).

Conrad is top left (beardless), below him in yellow is the then Bramacharia Sita (now Swami Sita), middle swami in orange is Swami Swaroopananda and right the beloved Swami SadaSivananda (Conrad's Swamiji).

Final weekend of the Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga course where perceptions of yoga were turned upside down, literally!

All our Manchester yogis passed their assessments..... amazing stuff!

Students and course director Annie Vincent (far right) practice their handstands. Turning their world upside down! 20.06.15.

How to teach a main phase asana

Teaching Vinyasa Certificate course was amazing fun, thank you yogis!

The jump through sequence with the splits (Hanumanasana).

The supine warm up sequence from Yoga Professionals course.

Director: Conrad Paul, founder and director of Yoga Professionals.

Venue: One KX, Kings Cross, London.

Teaching Vinyasa 2 day workshop. Practice and create challenging new sequences for your classes.

A 6 cpd course which teaches you to be your own teacher and to be creative with your yoga sequences. Add all new sequences and ideas to your class repertoire and shine the light of yoga.

Teaching Vinyasa Yoga workshop students selfie with course director Jonathan Thompson, far left.

L3 Yoga Diploma students practice teaching samprajnata (with seed) meditation - here they are using AUM to focus and concentrate the mind, 23.01.16.

Side Crow girl power style!

News and courses

NEWS (5th July 2019)

We are having some difficulty in being able to provide you our usual excellent courses, full website and web resources including our Student Zone.

Many apologies to anyone affected. We are working to rectify these challenges, resume our services and get you back on track to become a Yoga Teacher and share the yoga light.

Blessings to Lord Ganesha (remover of obstacles, bringer of knowledge and wisdom).

'Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha.'



Exploring all things yoga including inspirational, educational and relevant weekly posts for new students, recently qualified and also industry established ex YP students.

After the sad news of Yoga Professionals founder Conrad Paul's death and passing on to new and exciting yoga adventures, there has been time for reflection and deep spiritual lessons for us all. These lessons and love will continue to unfold and his last and final gifts to us will I'm sure take time to reveal themselves. Let us be open to them all.

This blog can be a space for us to continue his legacy and spiritual lineage, heart-ful insight, passion for yoga and professionalism in the teaching industry.

Find all new blog posts HERE

More to come soon.

With love and light,

Wayne Duckworth.

Become a Certified Yoga Instructor with Yoga Professionals.

Practice and learn how to teach Kriyas on the L3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga course

Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga course, One KX, Kings Cross, London.

Video: Nauli Kriya performed by one of our students. Pics: Top to bottom: Group photo, Scorpion pose, Handstands, Headstand with Garudasana legs, Jonathan Thompson and Smita Raja, Yoga Professionals Course Directors.

Yoga Nindra 1 Finished
Yoga Professionals (All thing..

Learn to chant and bless your class on the Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga Course.

It isn't easy when you first start chanting. Sanskrit can be hard to pronounce when you're new to the practice. In time, it gets easier. Namaste!

Past Students From the London, Birmingham and Brighton Courses, 05.03.17

Krisna Darshan, 25.02.17.

'Yoga stay' with Shiva/Josh Lipscombe at Casa Ananda, Spain, click here for more........

Experience yoga at its very core, simple and beautiful, With Shiva/Josh Lipscombe, at his Yoga House/mini ashram in Spain. Click above for more details.

Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga, Manchester, 21.01.17.

Yoga Nidra - session 1 audio, free to try here............

This yoga nidra session is available to use by anyone with no prior health condition. Om Tat Sat.

Yoga Nidra - 6 CPD points

Teaching Vinyasa - 6 CPD points

Our recent Birmingham course

Birmingham yoga teachers in training. Amazing students ready to shine the light!

Our recent London course pictures, namaste!

Final day for our London based L3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga course. 4 weeks from now they will take their practical assessments to become qualified teachers of yoga and be ready to go out and shine the light! Salutations to your dedication, Hari Om Tat Sat!

Top pic: Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga student's practicing the Rhudrasana (Lord Shiva in his destruction phase) posture.

Bottom pic: Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward facing dog pose) group asana practice.

Blessings from Radha and Krisna! Darshan received on behalf by Smita Raja, Yoga Professionals course director, at the Crawley Hindu Temple. Hari Krisna, Hari Bol!

Our weekend in pictures/video

This past weekend ran 2 Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga practical weekends as well as 2 practical assessments. See pics below of London and Manchester practical courses. All students are shining the light of yoga with respect and commitment to the ancient practices. Hari Om Tat Sat!

Krisna and Radha. Darshan received by Yoga Professionals course director Smita Raja for all current Yoga Professionals students.

Rama, Sita and Lakshmi. Notice they are all wearing outfits speckled with different coloured paint in celebration of the Hindu holiday Holi (the festival of colours, or the festival of sharing love).

Read more here........

Courses now booking. Why not sign up early to achieve your anatomy and physiology units before you start your practical training?

Recent course photos

Teaching Vinyasa 6 cpd certificate course with course director Jonathan Thompson.

Bristol Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga students group photo. Beautiful Rudrasana postures here (Lord Shiva in his destruction phase).

Top pic: Birmingham Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga students practice 'chidakasha dharana' (concentration on the inner space). Above pic: Students practice acro yoga. N.B. this is not part of the course!

Manchester teachers in training

Manchester Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga students practicing their main phase asana teaching of: Top, Virahbadrasana (warrior pose). Above, Vrksasana (the tree). 13/14.02.16.