TEACHER TRAINING

26th FEB
2023

THE CHI KRI GOLD STANDARD
YOGA TEACHER TRAINING COURSE 2023/24


  • Date: 26th Feb 2023
  • Course Duration: 200 hours
  • Phone: +44 (0) 7956 60 88 99
  • Email: gold@chikri.com

Instalment plans for 3, 6, 12 and 24 months are available.

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Chi Kri Yoga is one of the oldest yoga lineages in the UK. It has a blood lineage of yogis dating all the way back to 1876. These authentic yoga teachings and practices made their way to London (via Kenya) in 1976 thanks to Tara Patel. Tara was one of the earliest pioneers of modern yoga in Britain. In the early 90s, her son Neil Patel took over the work and added his own brand and style to it. The reason students come to study at Chi Kri is to gain a traditional Indian family’s spirit of yoga with the highly contemporary style of the current grandmaster of the teachings. Being a highly regarded yogi and a rapper concurrently, Neil has always been able to reach and teach students and trainees at all levels, ages and backgrounds

The Chi Kri Gold Standard Teacher Training course encompasses everything you will need to know to start teaching yoga, whilst also being trained in the Chi Kri lifestyle, which will include philosophy, personal development and creativity.

Some of the things we will discuss and study in modules

  • The Ashtanga Yoga system
  • Techniques of Meditation
  • Asana – a minimum of 25 yoga postures, their benefits, and how to teach them
  • The entire chakra system
  • Techniques of yogic cleanliness
  • How to relax at will
  • Classical and contemporary breathing techniques
  • How to master your mind
  • Sleep, stress and relaxation
  • Mantras: the purpose of them and how to create your own
  • How to concentrate
  • The metaphysical science of creation and our purpose on earth today
  • How to adjust asanas professionally
  • The Yugas: the cycle of time and evolution
  • How to teach a yoga class effectively
  • Yamas and Niyamas – personal and public ‘codes of conduct’.
  • Confidence and speech skills
  • The laws of karma

The 200-hour in-person course, with over 20 modules, will comprise of 1 or 2 modules per month for 18 months, in North-West London. Breaks will be given for all the major holidays. We will commence in late February 2023 and will graduate in September 2024. Insurance, stationary manuals and videos will be provided. And for those concerned about Covid-19, we will maintain a fully Covid secure environment and have prepared the relevant protocols and contingencies, including the facility for online meetings, a fully digital course manual and other online resources, should we need them.

There will also be additional smaller sub-group meet-ups for study, teaching practice and other social get-togethers. These groups will be your opportunity to guide, support and give feedback to each other as you progress through the course. It’s these groups that have been a source of great support to trainees in the past and have created deep bonds and lifelong friendships.

Q: Are you looking for a life purpose or new career path?

Being a yoga teacher fulfils a deep soulful desire inside each one of us. All of us want to be able to make a living, whilst making a difference every day. Teaching yoga is the act of giving personal power back to another human being. It is giving them a connection to better health, peace of mind, restful sleep, stronger immunity, a positive mindset, a powerful body and a deeper connection to their soul and our Source. Imagine you did that for a living!

Q: Do you want to get the most out of your mind and body?

At Chi Kri we teach a series of in-depth yogic exercises, including physical, psychological, breathing, meditation and relaxation techniques, equipping you with dozens of easy-to-use tools which will benefit you throughout your life. The mind-body connection is capable of unlimited possibilities - from lowering blood pressure to regulating your temperature; and from clearing colds to overpowering cancer! Astonishing powers lie in this connection, and they will all be spoken about on this course.

Q: Have you ever wondered what the true meaning of life is?

If you’ve ever wondered what this life is about, then this course will provide you with incredible answers. These explanations will come from a deep and thorough understanding of India’s greatest scriptures, quantum mechanics, yogic philosophy, metaphysics and direct teachings from the Source. You will get to know the mind of God, the nature of the universe, the reasons why terrible things happen on earth, how karma works, and exactly what you’re supposed to be doing on Earth in the 2020s!

Q: Would you like to be enlightened?

Wisdom is a rare commodity. We stumble across it in books, mature people and occasionally as we fleet through life. On this course, however, hours of new, authentic and original Chi Kri spiritual wisdom will be broken down and taught to the trainees. In the yoga world, it is said that “wisdom is the greatest cleanser” (Swami Sri Yukteswar) because it purges the mind of worry, fear and stress, relieving the body of disease, lethargy and weariness.

Q: Do you want to get a good night’s sleep?

In a world where finances, social media, family, relationships, phone, emails and a host of other responsibilities are constantly demanding your attention, advanced yoga skills will bring about peace, balance and control. Yoga methods teach us how to function in a world like this, without ever feeling flustered, upset or anxious. Yoga gives you the power to let the world move around you, but let it not move you. You can send your breath into suspension, your body into deep sleep and your heart into stillness – at will! If you live like a Ferrari, yoga gives you Bosch brakes and Pirelli tyres to match! If you want to sustain a high-performance lifestyle, you will need hi-powered yoga skills to balance you out!

Q: Are you concerned about what you will be leaving behind for your loved ones?

When the inevitable happens, we all want to leave something valuable to our loved ones. We often think in terms of passing on money, homes, heirlooms, businesses and assets. But the biggest inheritance you will ever leave a loved one is the love you gave them, the compassion you demonstrated to others, the communal principles you upheld and the example you set by your temperament, speech and decisions. When we do a course, like the Chi Kri Gold Standard, we bring extra peace, wisdom, knowledge and skills into our lives, improving the way we function as human beings. This smoothly evolved character, nature and personality then gets passed on to your loved ones; and pretty soon, what you have studied becomes what they have learnt.

A YOGA TEACHER TRAINING COURSE – THAT’S NOT JUST FOR TEACHERS!

Only 19% of people who have ever joined our course have ever expressed a desire to teach yoga! However, at the end of the course, 64.8% end up teaching the subject!

Here is one example: “I never intended to teach. I did the Chi Kri Gold Standard Yoga Teacher Training Course because I was interested in yoga, and wanted to develop personally. But I learnt so much – and realized how wonderful and beneficial it was – that I wanted to share it with others!” - Smirti Kotecha

What trainees discover and experience on the course is so life-changing, they can’t stop help spreading the good news! This course is less about teaching yoga – that is the end result of growing spiritually. It is more about mastering your mind, understanding your body, increasing your knowledge and evolving your soul through the journey of life.

Graduate Testimonials


“This will be the journey of a lifetime: Experience it, enjoy it and go without any fear.  Also have lots of fun with your fellow trainees who may become your lifelong friends. Not only will you gain the obvious physical strength, but you will become stronger mentally, emotionally and spiritually. You will feel empowered. Most importantly you will evolve and become a better person.”

- Miti Shah


“If you're looking to make a quick buck, and just be taught textbook yoga this is not the course for you. However, if you want to evolve as a human being, understand the deep responsibility that comes with being a yoga teacher and have a lot of fun along the way, this is the perfect opportunity … A lot of time and energy was invested in my development - an incredible amount of thought and detail went in to assessing my progress and yet, all along the way, I still felt supported and part of a wonderful family…”

- Rakhee Vithlani


“I found Neil to be a spiritual warrior who has yogic principles indelibly fused into his being. I was nourished by his knowledge and guidance and will always be grateful for the invaluable experience I received during the course.”

- Meera Patel


“Neil Patel is easily the best teacher you will find in the UK today. And you will probably have to search very hard, and for a very long time, to find a better teacher anywhere else in the world. He is head and shoulders above any of the hundreds of teachers that I have met so far.”

- Mehul Shah


“The Chi Kri Gold Standard Training Course taught me to be more resilient, confident, motivated and disciplined. The knowledge-based content was abundantly intellectual and interesting. Chi Kri is the foundation for creativity, physical and mental power.”

- Mina Changela


“Neil gives above and beyond in all he does. I have been very fortunate to have been in the presence of Neil's company for many years … Not only did the Chi Kri Teacher Training program educate me about yoga it also gave me invaluable lessons for my self-development and self-realization.

Chi Kri has an abundance of knowledge. This enabled me to build a great basis and foundation upon which I could teach and continue learning. Seeds were being planted along the way having come into fruition in their own time.

The high standard of training was delivered in a comprehensive, manageable fashion with the time taken to break each subject down – I could not have asked for anything more.”

- Karupa Patel


“You also have to place your complete trust in Neil because he will tell you things you quite often don’t want to hear, and he will take you right away from your cosy little comfort zone! Neil will discipline you with the strictness of a father (and then give you the love of a mother when it is least expected).

Be prepared for your ego to get a hammering, but to know that is necessary if you want to grow spiritually, although sometimes this will be hard! But always remind yourself why you wanted to do the course, and that you have placed yourself under Neil’s guidance for a reason. I can promise you that you will finish the course a completely different person to the one who started it.

I have no idea how Neil does what he does. He gets to know each one of us inside and out; and he knows our weaknesses and our strengths better than we do ourselves!!

I still can’t quite comprehend how blessed I have been to have had the chance to do this course. If you are thinking about doing the course, and are prepared to work hard and to be completely guided by Neil, I would say go ahead and do it. As Neil says, “when opportunity knocks, rip the flippin’ door off!”

- Shirley Jordan


“To be honest, when Neil first mentioned The Chi Kri Gold Standard Teacher Training Course to me a couple of years ago - I remember politely expressing to him that I wasn’t really interested and had no intention of ever teaching yoga!

Yet today, I can tell you that doing the Chi Kri Gold Standard Course has been, without a doubt, THE best decision I have made in my whole life. Every moment was so special, and what Chi Kri has taught me, I will carry with me forever.

I am so blessed that Neil took the time to explain to me then that the course would be so much deeper than only learning about asanas (physical poses) - and that we would unravel all the spiritual secrets of the universe – from God to the purpose of life; to death, to love, to karma, to meditation, to peace and so much more.

We were taught yoga philosophy to a level beyond what I could have ever dreamt (and believe me, my expectations are out of this world!). As the course imparted unsurpassable wisdom to us, I felt like I’d finally found the missing pieces to my jigsaw puzzle – all the questions I had about my place in this world and the drama of life was finally making sense. And not only that, the tutor diligently made sure that every single one of us applied what
we learnt in our daily lives so that we evolved into yoga teachers who actually lived what they taught, even outside the classroom. He intuitively knew our internal spiritual battles, and compassionately showed us how to conquer our darkness and find the light of our souls.

This process of character development was not always easy. Often our egos had to be chiselled and we really had to question ourselves – but my God it was worth it! For only through heat and pressure can a piece of coal turn into a diamond!

Chi Kri genuinely puts its heart and soul into bringing out the best in every single one of us – they worked selflessly and humbly night and day to help us grow into the people we wanted to be.

As a result, the bond between us teachers who took this journey together has developed into something unshakeable and so precious - we are now a close family. Never did I imagine 2 years ago that I would fall in love with yoga and meditation as deeply as I did through this course. So much so that I have dedicated my life to teaching everything I’m learning.

Even if, like me, you don’t know if you want to teach, if there’s even the tiniest spark in your heart to do the Chi Kri Gold Standard Course –- then trust it and follow it. I promise you Chi Kri will not let you down - you will never find what Chi Kri has to offer anywhere else in the world.

With deepest reverence - thank you Neil for allowing me to train under you – my soul is eternally grateful.”

- Sheena Shah

The Modules of the Chi Kri Gold Course

The course will comprise of approximately 22 modules, below are examples of the module titles and content.

Modules will always feature a “satsang” (spiritual discourse), as well as creative and expressive training exercises.

MODULE 1 – Philosophy of Chi Kri Yoga
What is Chi Kri? What is Yoga? What is Yoga Teaching?

“Yoga” has one specific meaning, but many different variations, both traditional and modern. In this opening module, you will learn the true meaning of yoga, and all about its variations e.g. “hatha”, “vinyasa”, “bhakti” and “japa”. You will also get to understand the character, nature, quality and role of the ideal yoga teacher and a full history of Chi Kri Yoga.

MODULE 2 – Philosophy of Yoga
The Ashtanga Yoga System

Here you will be introduced to fascinating eight-limbed structure behind all modern yoga systems: Ashtanga. Comprising of physical exercises, spiritual principles, breathwork, relaxation, meditation and more, you will get to understand why the path of yoga has been constructed in the fashion it has; and how to approach it.

MODULES 3 & 4 – Philosophy of Yoga
Yamas & Niyamas

Two of the ashtanga yoga limbs are yamas and niyamas – the personal and public codes of conduct for a yogi. These integral codes of conduct will be taught and discussed. Applying these principles will undoubtedly improve your spiritual path and your day-to-day dealings with those around you.

MODULE 5 – Philosophy of Yoga
The Yugas

Ever wondered what will be happening in 7099 AD? Will we still be here? Or what the world was doing in 10,000 BC? The yugas contextualise humanity’s evolution en masse, through periods of enlightenment and of discord and confusion. Information in this module is highly unique to Chi Kri, and is not worth missing.

MODULES 6-11 – The Art and Science of Yoga Poses

Throughout these six asana modules, you will be taken through a minimum of 25 Chi Kri Yoga postures in exacting detail. You will learn the psychology of the postures, as well as how they are designed to work on the physical body; not just in a muscular or cardio-vascular sense – but right into the nervous, circulatory, endocrine, skeletal, and digestive systems.

MODULE 12 – Teaching
The Philosophy of Teaching Others

A very intense and often ground-breaking module for some: How to express yourself, get the right volume, be friendly, hold command and discipline, and many other subtle skills which make a teacher respectable, likable and, most of all, extremely effective.

 

MODULE 13 – Metaphysics
The Star Universe Theory

This fascinating lecture describes the descent of the soul, from the Source, into the human body, spiritually, technically and metaphysically. It will give you the blueprint of the human body like you’ve never seen before, and will explain why we have five limbs, two lungs, five elements and so on, until no question remains.

Module 14 & 15 – Pranayama
The eight classical breathing exercises and Chi Kri Yoga breathing techniques

Pranayama is an accessible yet deeply powerful subject that deals with
concepts such as consciousness, the nervous system and spiritual awakening.
During this module you’ll learn and practice some of the most effective
classical and Chi Kri pranayama techniques.

MODULE 16 – Anatomy & Physiology

This will be an introduction to the anatomy and physiology you should be aware of whilst teaching yoga. We will cover the basics of the major systems to allow you to understand the workings of the physical body.

MODULE 17 – Relaxation and Concentration
How to relax and develop concentration

Without the ability to relax and concentrate, it is impossible to meditate. This module teaches how to switch off the nervous system and withdraw all the vital currents of energy back to the spine and brain, bringing about a sense of calmness and groundedness.

MODULE 18 – Meditation
The Chi Kri Meditation System

Meditation is possibly the most vital aspect of yoga. As well as being crucial to development, it is also shrouded in mystery and intrigue. During this module you will learn some of the key Chi Kri meditation techniques that are extremely effective, yet simple, just as meditation is supposed to be.

MODULE 19 – Philosophy of Yoga
Meditation and Chakras

The chakras are central to yoga. These seven cerebrospinal centres are the stations for the soul. Unlocking them through meditation sets many powers and levels of consciousness free. We will explore their sounds, colours, effects, benefits and associated attributes – a truly enlightening subject full of colour, sound and structure.

MODULE 20 & 21 – Teaching mock exams

During this module you will have the chance to prepare and teach a short class, giving you the opportunity to build up your confidence with a loving group of people, and receive the all-important feedback of your tutors.

MODULE 22 – Tutored revision and practise

This module is your chance to recap all the academic knowledge and inspirational wisdom you will have learned up until this point with your tutor/s.

Course examinations and assessments are likely to take place in May and June 2024.

How do you join?

Step 1:

Email gold@chikri.com for an application form, brochure and to arrange a telephone call.

You will get to speak to Neil, or a member of his team, about your desire to learn yoga at this level. You will get a chance to talk about how the course works, and learn more about the contents. You can ask plenty of questions, voice any concerns/reservations and allow us to help you come to the best decision – for you.

Step 2:

If you express a wish to join us, and get an acceptance on the phone, then you can either book your space with the details below, or arrange an instalment plan. At that stage, you would also file your application form. if you are not investing in one lump sum, you would be investing a £47 deposit / down-payment at this stage too.

Step 3:

Once you have begun your investments, you will be in contact with the course coordinator, Vicky, or Neil for any of your pre-course questions. You will also be given the Teacher/Trainee Agreement, as well as instructions on how to set up training insurance for the course from our insurance provider.

Step 4:

You are now fully enrolled and will be looking forward to the yoga journey of a lifetime! Welcome to Chi Kri!

Current investment for 200 hours training, certification and graduation as a Chi Kri Yoga Graduate Teacher: £2997 (until December 2022)

This includes insurance, manuals, stationary, dinners and all other costs.

Instalment plans for 3, 6, 12 and 24 months are available.

Please enquire for discounts, offers and promotional periods.

Yoga Testimonials


“This will be the journey of a lifetime: Experience it, enjoy it and go without any fear.  Also have lots of fun with your fellow trainees who may become your lifelong friends. Not only will you gain the obvious physical strength, but you will become stronger mentally, emotionally and spiritually. You will feel empowered. Most importantly you will evolve and become a better person.”

- Miti Shah


“If you're looking to make a quick buck, and just be taught textbook yoga this is not the course for you. However, if you want to evolve as a human being, understand the deep responsibility that comes with being a yoga teacher and have a lot of fun along the way, this is the perfect opportunity … A lot of time and energy was invested in my development - an incredible amount of thought and detail went in to assessing my progress and yet, all along the way, I still felt supported and part of a wonderful family…”

- Rakhee Vithlani


“I found Neil to be a spiritual warrior who has yogic principles indelibly fused into his being. I was nourished by his knowledge and guidance and will always be grateful for the invaluable experience I received during the course.”

- Meera Patel


“Neil Patel is easily the best teacher you will find in the UK today. And you will probably have to search very hard, and for a very long time, to find a better teacher anywhere else in the world. He is head and shoulders above any of the hundreds of teachers that I have met so far.”

- Mehul Shah


“The Chi Kri Gold Standard Training Course taught me to be more resilient, confident, motivated and disciplined. The knowledge-based content was abundantly intellectual and interesting. Chi Kri is the foundation for creativity, physical and mental power.”

- Mina Changela


“Neil gives above and beyond in all he does. I have been very fortunate to have been in the presence of Neil's company for many years … Not only did the Chi Kri Teacher Training program educate me about yoga it also gave me invaluable lessons for my self-development and self-realization.

Chi Kri has an abundance of knowledge. This enabled me to build a great basis and foundation upon which I could teach and continue learning. Seeds were being planted along the way having come into fruition in their own time.

The high standard of training was delivered in a comprehensive, manageable fashion with the time taken to break each subject down – I could not have asked for anything more.”

- Karupa Patel


“You also have to place your complete trust in Neil because he will tell you things you quite often don’t want to hear, and he will take you right away from your cosy little comfort zone! Neil will discipline you with the strictness of a father (and then give you the love of a mother when it is least expected).

Be prepared for your ego to get a hammering, but to know that is necessary if you want to grow spiritually, although sometimes this will be hard! But always remind yourself why you wanted to do the course, and that you have placed yourself under Neil’s guidance for a reason. I can promise you that you will finish the course a completely different person to the one who started it.

I have no idea how Neil does what he does. He gets to know each one of us inside and out; and he knows our weaknesses and our strengths better than we do ourselves!!

I still can’t quite comprehend how blessed I have been to have had the chance to do this course. If you are thinking about doing the course, and are prepared to work hard and to be completely guided by Neil, I would say go ahead and do it. As Neil says, “when opportunity knocks, rip the flippin’ door off!”

- Shirley Jordan


“To be honest, when Neil first mentioned The Chi Kri Gold Standard Teacher Training Course to me a couple of years ago - I remember politely expressing to him that I wasn’t really interested and had no intention of ever teaching yoga!

Yet today, I can tell you that doing the Chi Kri Gold Standard Course has been, without a doubt, THE best decision I have made in my whole life. Every moment was so special, and what Chi Kri has taught me, I will carry with me forever.

I am so blessed that Neil took the time to explain to me then that the course would be so much deeper than only learning about asanas (physical poses) - and that we would unravel all the spiritual secrets of the universe – from God to the purpose of life; to death, to love, to karma, to meditation, to peace and so much more.

We were taught yoga philosophy to a level beyond what I could have ever dreamt (and believe me, my expectations are out of this world!). As the course imparted unsurpassable wisdom to us, I felt like I’d finally found the missing pieces to my jigsaw puzzle – all the questions I had about my place in this world and the drama of life was finally making sense. And not only that, the tutor diligently made sure that every single one of us applied what
we learnt in our daily lives so that we evolved into yoga teachers who actually lived what they taught, even outside the classroom. He intuitively knew our internal spiritual battles, and compassionately showed us how to conquer our darkness and find the light of our souls.

This process of character development was not always easy. Often our egos had to be chiselled and we really had to question ourselves – but my God it was worth it! For only through heat and pressure can a piece of coal turn into a diamond!

Chi Kri genuinely puts its heart and soul into bringing out the best in every single one of us – they worked selflessly and humbly night and day to help us grow into the people we wanted to be.

As a result, the bond between us teachers who took this journey together has developed into something unshakeable and so precious - we are now a close family. Never did I imagine 2 years ago that I would fall in love with yoga and meditation as deeply as I did through this course. So much so that I have dedicated my life to teaching everything I’m learning.

Even if, like me, you don’t know if you want to teach, if there’s even the tiniest spark in your heart to do the Chi Kri Gold Standard Course –- then trust it and follow it. I promise you Chi Kri will not let you down - you will never find what Chi Kri has to offer anywhere else in the world.

With deepest reverence - thank you Neil for allowing me to train under you – my soul is eternally grateful.”

- Sheena Shah