This comprehensive training offers an authentic, informative and sustainable way for you to deepen your understanding of the practice, science, art and philosophy of yoga.

Whether you want to enrich your life or plan on teaching, this training will take you on a journey of self discovery.

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The Ralston Method 250hr Yoga Alliance certified teacher training provides a solid foundation to become a confident teacher of yoga, informed with current knowledge and discovering depth in one’s own personal practice. The comprehensive curriculum covers the art, science and philosophy of yoga and how to interweave knowledge of functional anatomy, alignment and assists, to empower you to teach from a place of your own knowing, no rehearsed scripts, no ill-informed cues, you will learn how to truely teach yoga.  This training offers a unique experience to receive tutoring and guidance from one of New Zealand’s most well respected and successful yoga teachers.  Nikki is committed to providing you with the highest quality of education along with practical tools, so that you can confidently step forth into the world and help people find more ease and freedom in their body and mind.  Wether you want to go on and teach in studios or simply share with family and friends, through this training you can help others rediscover happiness and joy in their lives, in sharing the practice with others, we in turn learn even more about ourselves.

“To become a yoga teacher is one of the greatest services you can contribute to the world and one of the most honourable occupations you can have.”

This Teacher Training will take you on an exciting journey of self-discovery, self-inquiry and personal transformation.  The training is divided into 8 intensive weekends   (Fri- Sun) over 5 months to fit in with your lifestyle.  Teaching yoga is much more than just being a physical education provider.  To be a successful, well rounded yoga teacher requires a solid foundation in each of the aspects of yoga listed below, that we ensure you will be well equiped with upon completion.

“I feel so lucky to have found Nikki as a yoga teacher and mentor.  Every single one of her classes is filled with purposeful guidance, wisdom, joy and her unforgettable sense of humor. She has this magical way of making this ancient wisdom become so relevant and easy to understand in the context of our modern day lives. Not only does she have a wealth of knowledge to share, but she is also such a fantastically kind-hearted and passionate human, giving so much support and opportunity for growth to all her students.” Lisa


You will learn


  • Anatomy & Physiology

  • Application of anatomy to Yoga

  • Movement inquiries, how to awaken proprioceptive awareness in students

  • Yoga for longevity- how to work with injury and limitation, individual alignment, biomechanics, modifications and use of props

  • Pranayama and meditation, how to use multiple pathways to focus the mind

  • Intelligent sequencing and organisation


  • Yama and Niyama: learning and living the yogic ethical observances, on and off the mat

  • History and Philosophical concepts of classical Yoga

  • Subtle energy through the Koshas, Vayus, Nadis and Chakras

  • Integrating myth and philosophical elements into teaching

  • Basic Sanskrit pronunciation for key concepts


  • Qualities of a teacher, teaching pedagogy and relating to students

  • Learn to cultivate your authentic voice and captivate students attention

  • Get sharp organisation, clear verbal instruction, keen observation skills, purposful demonstration skills and adjustments.

  • Inspiring students without enmeshing


  • Asana practice engaging body, mind and spirit

  • Deep personal inquiry to unlock your individual potential.

  • Align your intent, attitude and action to shift beyond insecurities, to inspire incredible self-esteem and self-respect that will impact every area of your life

  • Through daily practice develop mindfulness, balance of action, strength/stamina, flexibility, alignment/form, knowledge and understanding of the postures.

  • Cultivating your life-long home practice: tools for deepening awareness and developing source material for teaching

  • Observation & Practice Teaching

  • Building a successful career and yoga business


Course dates 2020:

The course framework and length allows you to ingest and digest the full yogic experience. Training is divided into 8 intensive weekend modules with one long weekend intensive designed to fit around your lifestyle.

Weekends are:
Fridays 6-9pm
Saturdays 7am- 6pm Sunday 7am-5pm  

*Long weekend immersion: Thursday 13th -Sunday 16th August

Module 1: May 1st-3rd
Module 2: May 22nd-24th
Module 3: June 12th-14th
Module 4: July 3rd-5th
Module 5: July 24th- 26th
Module 6: August 13th-16th Long weekend immersion
Module 7:August 28th-30th Module 8: Sept 11th-13th

Modules will be held at Urban Ashram studio in Browns Bay, Auckland with some possible offsite learning and explorations.

Pre-requisites & Application
A minimum of one year consistent practice, including regular 3-6 day per week practice. We carefully select our applicants so that we can work closely with our teachers to guarantee a higher level of proficiency.
This training will leave you feeling confident in your own practice and ready to teach. We believe that the best teachers embody yoga in their day to day life, therefore, this course is designed to help you dive deep into all facets of yoga so that the teachings become a part of your life. The course framework and length allows you to ingest and digest the full yogic experience.

You will be given weekly homework assignments consisting of reading, review points, practice teaching and weekly personal practice recommendations. You should plan for 2-3 hours a week of homework plus a regular yoga practice.

Pricing options
(Cash, EFTPOS and Online Transfer payment methods only)

Earlybird price $4,995 includes 5 month membership at Urban Ashram*                  (if paid in full before February 1st 2020)
Full price $5,400 includes 5 month membership at Urban Ashram*

* considerations taken for out of Auckland applicants. Payment plans are available over a 6 month period, please inquire with your application.


What do past trainees have to say?

“Nikki’s training has been instrumental in developing my confidence as a yoga student and teacher-in-training. The modules are incredibly informative and meticulously designed. She presents information in a clear, approachable way by drawing on her years of experience, visiting experts and a wealth of written material. I am so impressed by how many different levels of experience she’s been able to attend to in our training: from students who had started practicing recently to current teachers, Nikki meets us all where we’re at and gives us the tools to progress. I walked into the training unsure if I wanted to teach, but I feel so confident after everything that I’ve learned that I’m really looking forward to leading my first class.” Alexa

"Deciding to do Nikki's teacher training has been life-changing for me. The way Nikki teaches makes her very in-depth and comprehensive training light and fun. Her knowledge on anatomy and yoga philosophy are phenomenal, managing to adapt this ancient knowledge and apply it to our modern day lifestyles. Throughout the training, I have felt so much support not only from Nikki herself but from the 'yoga family' that this training creates" Francesca 

"A heart of gratitude. For me, the last six months have been a journey to myself. Nikki's education is not only inspiring and fun but incredibly well structured and full of fundamental knowledge from philosophy to anatomy. I did not have much experience in the history of yoga and only basic understanding of the correct physical execution of the asana practice, let alone the interplay between muscles, bones, etc.. Also, English is not my mother tongue, but from the beginning, I felt very well taken care of and always well supported. I particularly liked the time between the modules, where each could develop further, supported by engaging homework, and could process what they had learned. Not to forget the wonderful time with the other girls, the many beautiful and different characters and, the shared experiences. Thanks to this exceptional training, one is not only able to teach yoga with heart but also feels secure in it." Jannina


What if I'm not able bodied enough, bendy enough, young enough, slim enough....?  

Truth be told, if you carry on like that you will never feel ready enough and you just won't start!  Our Teacher Training is all inclusive as we feel each individual has gifts to share with the world to connect and inspire to all walks of life as we believe YOGA IS FOR EVERYONE not just slim bendy people like the media may make out.  The healing benefits of yoga need to get to the people and places that need it most.  Don't worry all those 'not enough' insecurities.... we get into those too!

What will I be qualified to teach?

Upon completion you will be confident and certified to to teach general Hatha and Vinyasa classes.  To become a Ralston Method certified teacher requires 500hrs of teacher training with Nikki, that you can work towards over the next few years with advanced modules upon completion of this 250hr program.  After completing the 50 hour Lunar module you will be certified to teach Yin based or Centred classes. The Ralston Method is certified with Yoga Alliance Australia Worldwide.

Is there on going support after?

The real questions start to arise once you start teaching and one of the big benefits of this training is the ongoing support and mentoring from Nikki.  The opportunity to observe and assist in classes to get together for alumni practices and feedback groups is invaluable.  Advanced teacher training modules with Nikki to keep developing your practice and teaching over the years to come, will keep you expanding your knowledge.

Got more questions or want to chat with me and find out if this training is for you?

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