Teacher Training delivered in Hornchurch, Essex.

200hr Yoga | 20hr Advanced Yoga Sequencing | 20hr Rocket Yoga | Reformer Pilates

Yoga Alliance Accredited & Registered Training School

Embark on a journey to pursue your passion by cultivating a rewarding career as a certified Yoga or Reformer Pilates Teacher. 



Calling all Yoga, Pilates, Fitness, Exercise Professionals & Physiotherapists!! Grow your career with an Urban Reformer Pilates Qualification

An Urban Reformer Pilates Qualification is a powerful addition to the repertoire of treatment and teaching tools for all Fitness, Exercise & Rehabilitation Professionals, who understand the importance of the quality of movement.

Urban Reformer Pilates Training will teach you a comprehensive classics & contemporary Reformer repertoire, in line with industry standards of reformer teaching nationwide. Giving you the skills to teach both 121 and studio group reformer settings

Yoga Teacher Training

Courses & Certificates

200hr YTT

This course is designed to give you the tools to teach both restorative and dynamic classes with various styles of Yoga to gain your 200hr teacher’s certificate and become a Yoga Alliance RYT. You’ll become skilled in modifying yoga for different groups, and discover how to create a class that’s both safe and fun. From there we’ll support you in developing your own unique style.

Rocket Yoga 

This training is designed to give you the knowledge and skills to teach the powerful Rocket Yoga System. A dynamic intergration of the traditional Ashtanga series 1 & 2, with a faster pace and continuous flow. Adding diversity to your teaching. 

Advanced Sequencing

Designed for yoga instructors seeking to elevate their sequencing skills to an advanced level. Through this course participants will delve deep into the art and science of creating dynamic and effective yoga sequences that cater to diverse student needs and levels. Explore advanced sequencing principles, refine transitions, cultivate creativity and much more.

“Perfect learning platform & unique opportunity to learn, practice and teach in a live studio environment.”


Yoga Teacher Training Essex was launched in 2016, emerging from the renowned Urban Hot Yoga Studio in the vibrant heart of Hornchurch, Essex. Our state-of-the-art Hot Yoga studio provides the perfect platform for you to learn, practice, and teach in a dynamic live studio environment.

In September 2022, we expanded our curriculum to include Reformer Pilates Teacher Training creating Essex Yoga Reformer Pilates Academy. Currently offering two courses per year along with advanced CPD courses to support and enhance students’ teaching skills.

With a 100% pass rate on both platforms and growing enrollment, we attribute our success to our exceptionally talented Lead Teachers. They bring diverse teaching methods, deep knowledge, and specialised expertise to guide their students through every step of the journey.

Join us for a unique and transformative training experience that will elevate your practice and teaching to new heights!

Why we are different?

At Essex Yoga & Reformer Pilates Academy, you’ll train and work alongside our experienced teaching team, gaining a diverse range of hands-on experience and personalised guidance throughout the courses.

Our Yoga Teacher Training immerses you in the many paths of yoga, surrounded by like-minded individuals, equipping you with the skills and knowledge to excel as a Yoga Teacher in Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, Ashtanga, and Hot Yoga. The Hot Yoga component provides the unique ability to teach various styles in a heated environment of up to 36°C, as well as in traditional room temperature settings.

You’ll have regular opportunities to assist our teachers at Urban Hot Yoga in live classes, setting our program apart from other teacher training schools.

Our Reformer Pilates Teacher Training goes beyond the basics, equipping you with a dynamic range of classic, contemporary and dynamic Reformer exercises, in line with industry standards of reformer teaching nationwide. Allowing you to seamlessly navigate both one-on-one and studio group reformer settings.  The live studio sessions provide the perfect platform for guided learning, questions and notes.

Across all courses, you’ll receive tailored instruction, corrections, energy projection techniques, and more, allowing you to develop your own inspirational teaching style. We also focus on building your confidence, fostering client relationships, and understanding that becoming a teacher of Yoga or Reformer Pilates is ‘more than just a certificate’


The spirit of the Yoga Alliance Standards is to include a school in the RYS® (Registered Yoga School) Directory only when its YTT (Yoga Teacher Training):

  • Has a definite, pre-defined curriculum that meets the Yoga Alliance Standards.
  • Is taught by yoga teacher trainers who are qualified to train teachers
  • Offers a consistent approach that is conducive to depth, rather than a survey of different approaches.

All standards for a RYS are intended to be clear, implementable reflections of the above criteria.

From Our Students

It’s always best to hear current and past people’s experiences, please view a selection of our students and what they had to say… 

Having just completed the 200 hour teacher training course I would highly recommend this to anyone thinking about doing their teacher training. It’s an amazing experience and I’ve learnt so much, both about yoga and myself. Shahana and Maggie are both brilliant teachers and offer support and guidance throughout, really making you believe in yourself along the way, the support received from the other students was also amazing. The course takes commitment, but all of the effort is definitely worth it! I’m really glad I chose Urban 121 for my training and look forward to continuing my yoga journey.

Hayley Tabbard

Thank you so much for developing a teacher training program that not only worked within my schedule, but has taught me exactly what I need to know to begin teaching immediately. The live teaching in classes as part of the training programme is one of the best aspects of the course, because it really gives you real life experience of what it’s like to teach. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone considering to teach. Namaste.

Ravi O'Reilly

The Yoga Teacher Training has been an incredible experience and opportunity to be a part of. The course has been well managed with continuous communication from the teachers, organisers and other students. The schedule fitted perfectly alongside work commitments with space between the sessions to allow for self-study and attending studio classes for practice. The teachers share so much knowledge and experience which inspires you to develop your own yoga practice, self-belief and confidence to teach. I am very pleased that I chose Yoga Teacher Training Essex at Urban Hot Yoga for Yoga Teacher Training and would highly recommend the experience.

Hannah Law

Had an amazing journey with Yoga Teacher Training Essex @ Urban Hot Yoga, such a great team, was like being part of a family. The teachers were so supportive and were available 24/7. It has definitely been one of the best experiences of my life and I am so grateful to them all.

Gemma Smith

The course has completely transformed me! The teachers are great, they encourage you to be curious and explore postures, not to adopt a one size fits all approach. I couldn’t be happier with the great deal of knowledge I acquired throughout this training. The classes are intense, the work goes deep and stays in the body long after class is over!! The added bonus of this course was the opportunity to share my experience with other students, sharing our journey together. 

Tanya Lewis

The course was well organised and managed, with great communication and contact before the course providing helpful info. Teachers on the course was very good with different styles meaning more was learnt. A really intensive course, but learnt lots, great fun and ran by fantastic people. Would recommend to anyone wanting to become a yoga teacher. Another benefit is being able to take part in teaching small sections of a live class while on the course, which really helped in building confidence.

Anna Granger

‘I found the Reformer Training course at Urban Reformer Pilates a great experience.

The knowledge gained quite outstanding from our teacher Erica.

She was very knowledgeable, approachable and  always happy to spend extra time making sure our understanding of the principles of the course were clear.

I came away feeling a confidence to be able to now work at the studio being able to create a safe, effective and enjoyable class to the members there.

Somewhere I enjoy working and training at myself, always made welcome by the owners.

A very clean establishment.’

Nicola Allen

Knowledgeable and supportive teachers. Wonderfully delivered, making the entire course thoroughly enjoyable. Would thoroughly recommend the Studio and course to anyone looking to learn more. Thank you!

Victoria Gillespie

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