About Real Yoga

About Real Yoga

Real Yoga offers training to a high standard for those wishing to teach Yoga professionally and who wish to work with a therapeutic focus.

We provide:

  • Professional training in Yoga Teaching
  • Postgraduate training in Yoga Therapy
  • Continuing Professional Development for yoga teachers and therapists
  • Reflective practice groups and mentoring, real time and on line.

We have team of skilled and experienced tutors who are dedicated both to yoga and sharing their knowledge.

Post graduate yoga therapyAt the heart of our training is care and support for the students

Real Yoga offers:

  • small groups
  • in depth training
  • holistic, healing and therapeutic focus
  • Accredited qualifications

The Real Yoga training school has been offering yoga training for over 10 years.

And has worked actively with other training organisation on developing a standard for training yoga therapists.

Real Yoga Tutors

Jean Danford

Founder and principle of Real Yoga and has decades of experience of teaching yoga, teaching in adult education, schools and hospitals. She has been training yoga teachers for over 25 years, firstly for FRYOG and in 2006, when the new National Occupational Standards were developed, she began training others in Yoga Therapy establishing Real Yoga as a training school in its own right.

In 2016 Jean’s first book Yoga Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis was published, and she was invited to present her work at the International Association of Yoga Therapists conference in 2017.

Jean has served as a representative for yoga therapy with CNHC and is an IAYT member and recognised Yoga Therapist. She is also a trained and qualified healer and counsellor. In 1985, she trained and qualified in deep tissue bodywork as a postural integrator, and is a senior tutor for the College of Healing . She is an active member of The British Council for Yoga Therapy serving on the accreditation panel.

Jean Danford Yoga for Parkinsons and MS

Patricia Cronin

Is a Senior Tutor and course director for Real Yoga delivering the training courses that are based in Egham Surrey. She is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists and is registered with the Complementary and Natural Health Care Council. She runs a thriving yoga therapy practice for private clients from her home and provides yoga therapy in the Eating Disorders Unit of a NHS Trust and in a busy private Psychiatric Clinic, both in Berkshire.

In addition, she has many years of experience of working with; chronic fatigue and related conditions, yoga for healthy backs in conjunction with a local osteopath practice, and teaching meditation courses. She has a professional background in training and developing people and an Award in Education and Training. She has been practicing yoga and meditation for over 40 years and has loved every moment, but she considers training yoga therapists to be her passion.

Jackie Hayfield

Is a teaching assistant for Real Yoga and has been teaching yoga for nearly 20 years. She qualified as a yoga therapist with Real Yoga in 2016, and is registered with the Complementary and Natural Health Care Council. She runs a variety of classes including therapeutic, chair yoga, and assisted yoga for disabled people with MS. She runs a yoga therapy practice from her home studio in Ringwood, on the edge of the New Forest, where she offers small group courses as well as 1to1 yoga therapy. She currently serves as the Secretary for the British Council for Yoga Therapy (BCYT).

Karen Sear

Has taught yoga for over 10 years and graduated as a therapist with Real Yoga in 2015.
Karen says about yoga therapy: “As I continue to teach and practice I am further con-vinced of the healing potential of physical softness and conscious breathing. I encourage a slow and very simple approach, with movement following breath, making yoga more in-trospective and much deeper, enabling us to be more attentive to the present and to sense more about ourselves”
Karen teaches group and private yoga classes in Warwickshire and teaches on the thera-py training as well as assessing the teacher training groups.

Carolyn Daniel

Carolyn leads our teacher training programme. She has a background as a health professional, trained at the Royal Marsden Hospital, her career included teaching and research posts at both UCL, the Royal Marsden & at St Bart’s hospitals.
Carolyn has been practicing yoga for over 30 years and trained as both a Yoga teacher and Yoga therapist, with Real Yoga.
She has been teaching for eight years at The Inner Place in Ledbury, which she currently manages.

Specialist Tutors

We invite specialist tutors such as Physiotherapists, Ayurvedic Practitioners and other subject matter experts, to share their expertise.

Real Yoga. Yoga Teacher Training.

Real Yoga Students Benefit From...


CNHC Registration

Graduates of the Real Yoga Training School are trained to a standard which allows them to register with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)

The British Council of Yoga Therapy

BCYT Accredited

Accredited with The British Council for Yoga Therapy and follows the National Occupational Standard for Yoga Therapy and the Core Curriculum set by BCYT.

Balens Specialist Insurance

Real Yoga has a special Block Scheme Insurance with Balens for both its yoga therapy and teacher training, covering teachers and therapists throughout their training.

Upcoming training events from Real Yoga

The Interface Between Healing and Yoga

Exploring the common history that links these two modalities and how one supports the other in our understanding of the human state. We will practice some of the pranic healing techniques and learn to 'sense' subtle energy. Useful in self care and with clients.

Dates for 2022 :
To Be Confirmed

Yoga Therapy for People Living with and Beyond Cancer

There are many different types of cancer, with a myriad of treatments and possible side effects that ensue. Yoga Therapy can be offered alongside these treatments, to empower and support individuals to negotiate the physical, emotional and mental aspects that this journey brings.

Venue To Be Confirmed
Weekend 1st & 2nd October 2022 9:30am-4:30pm

Post Graduate Course in Yoga Therapy

Yoga Therapy is the adaptation of yoga teaching for people with specific health needs. It is taught by yoga teachers with additional training and experience in the therapeutic application of yoga.

We are now inviting applicants for our next yoga Therapy training
Dates to be confirmed...