East London
School of Yoga

Teacher Training 2021

Stewart Gilchrist and the East London School of Yoga offer innovative and inspiring 200 hour and 500 hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training courses. 


200 hours – starts 13th November 2021 
500 hours – starts 27th November 2021

200 hours

Course starts 13th November 2021  

This course presents a foundation in yoga principles with a strong emphasis on a sound foundation of basic teaching principles. The adherents will be able to lead a vinyasa based hatha yoga class. 

Stewart Gilchrist leads the teacher training and is joined by highly experienced teachers in Sanskrit, Iyengar yoga, history, philosophy and anatomy such as Gabriella Burnel, Khaled Kendsi and Natasha Chawlaand. 

This training school has met the stringent requirements set by Yoga Alliance Professionals UK, demonstrating that the course is of the highest standard. It is recommended that upon completion students should become a full member of Yoga Alliance Professionals UK

Practitioners are expected to have a minimum of 2 years of regular recognised yoga practice before they can be accepted onto a teacher training course. Trainees are expected to maintain a daily yoga practice during their training. 

To apply send a letter of application to East London School of Yoga, 101 Greenway Ave, London E17 3QL.  This should include all relevant experience and supporting information for the application to be considered. The letter should be handwritten.

One weekend per month for 10 months in Central London.

200 hour syllabus 20-21

Code of conduct, Terms & Conditions, Refunds Policy

500 hours

Course starts 27th November 2021  

500 hour syllabus 20-21

For more information about 200 hours and 500 hours teacher training courses, please email info@eastlondonschoolofyoga.com.

Read testimonials from East London School of Yoga trainees


PLEASE NOTE : All classes are back, except where specified.

Stewart's latest workshops.


12h CET – ADDICTIONS! [In Studio + Online]

Sat 06 Nov 2021

The emphasis in this workshop is understanding the main aspects of aspects of a yoga practice that will help cope with the addictions in everyday life.  Placing an emphasis on the mental, physical and emotional benefits of a Yogasana practice; body set, breath set, mind set and sense set.  

12h CET – ADDICTIONS! [In Studio + Online]

Sun 05 Dec 2021

The emphasis in this workshop is creating and developing the aspects of a radical authentic yoga practice that will help cope with the addictions in everyday life.  Looking specifically at a re-interpretation of a traditional non-addiction program and adjusting it for the context of the Yogi.  In all the workshops the four practical aspects of Astanga Yoga: Asana, pranayama, dhyana and mantra are addressed in a vinyasa krama class

Podcasts + Media

  • Air Time w/ Agnes Kru Yoga

    The Podcast to inspire your yoga + teaching Episode 2 Stewart Gilchrist

  • Go For Your Life - Episode 66 Yoga Veteran Series with Stewart Gilchrist

    I am overly excited about this XL episode with the one and only Stewart Gilchrist! He is such a legend and well known for his anarchism, activism, for being political and radical. Without a doubt was this man meant to be my teacher and he has changed my life on so many levels! Have a listen and see for yourself! Will keep this episode on here for two weeks, just in case!

  • Yoga is Vegan podcast featuring Stewart Gilchrist

    Yoga is Vegan podcast featuring Stewart Gilchrist.

    Also available on Apple Music, Spotify.

  • Breathing: Stewart Gilchrist at TEDx London Business School

    Breathing is essential to life. Stewart Gilchrist explains why and what we do in yoga when we focus on the breath. Who knew most of us have probably been breathing wrong for the most of our lives? Watch the video from TEDx London Business School.

  • Who Owns Yoga? | Al Jazeera documentary

    Stewart Gilchrist explains what yoga is and what it is not on the Al Jazeera documentary ‘Who Owns Yoga’, which explores the impact of our modern obsession with one of the world’s oldest physical and spiritual practices.

  • Stewart Gilchrist speaker @ Dept Festival

    Think yoga is all about downward-facing dogs and warrior poses? Well, yes. But it’s also about being an activist. You read that correctly. The modern yogi should help influence politics and morale. Watch Stewart Gilchrist at Dept Festival in 2019.


Ahimsa is the abstinence from injuring any being, at any time and in any manner and is imperative for practitioners of Patanjali’s Astanga (eight-limbed) yoga system. 

In a modern world in dire need of radical change, Stewart Gilchrist advocates for ahimsa as political activism. That’s why he supports various organisations and charities fighting to protect humans, non-human animals and the planet alike. All genuine yoga is built on the firm foundations of an integral morality.

Campaign Against Arms Trade
Peace Pledge Union
Corporate Watch
Hunt Saboteurs
League Against Cruel Sports
Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
Human Rights Watch
Animal Aid

About Stewart

Stewart Gilchrist is a senior registered yoga teacher known throughout London for his popular, innovative, authentic dynamic classes. He infuses his high energy and challenging teachings with yogic knowledge, as well as his unique charisma, politics and humour. His classes include an emphasis on breath, vinyasa and philosophy with strong physical adjustments. Stewart applies the original teachings of yoga to the modern world to create thought-provoking classes.

Having studied both Ashtanga and Jivamukti, Stewart’s spiritual journey led him to train all over the world with teachers who have had a profound effect on his unique style of teaching.

He offers his eternal gratitude to all his teachers: Sabel Thiam, Jennifer Dale, Hamish Hendry, David Life, Sharon Gannon, Swami Nirmalananda and K. Pattabhi Jois.