Martin and Fran welcome you to their home of yoga set high in the hills next to Veliko Tarnovo. The centre is a fully equipped modernised farmhouse with private bathrooms, student areas, large studio, large private grounds, and a small pool (in season)


Your course is a full 200 hours and is accredited with Yoga Alliance and Yoga Alliance International.

The two weeks I spent in Veliko Tarnovo were unforgettable and made a huge impact for me – on and off the mat.” Louise 2018


New dates to be published soon.

  • June 2023 TBA
  • July 2023 TBA


I’ve just completed teacher training with Yoga Dharma. It was hard work, but I cannot recommend it enough. Martin and Steve are fantastic teachers and were incredibly supportive throughout. I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to train with them – I came away excited to go deeper.” Ben 2017 


  • Swimming pool (in season)
  • Yoga studio
  • Large grounds/sun loungers
  • Student lounge/cellar
  • Tea/coffee/snacks
  • Centre resources include a small library, pens & paper
  • Movie nights
  • Stunning location


If you are searching for an overall authentic yoga teacher training, this one is for you. The two weeks I spent in Veliko Tarnovo were unforgettable and made a huge impact for me – on and off the mat.” Judith 2017


  • Vinyasa krama (intelligent sequence building) Structuring a class
  • Applied anatomy
  • Alignment and adjustment
  • Classroom dynamics
  • Vocal skills
  • Kriyas, Bandhas, Chakras and the Subtle body
  • Sanskrit
  • Business and ethics
  • Philosophy. The Yoga Sutras, HYP, Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads
  • Tantra and Sutric yoga
  • Meditation and relaxation



  • 06:00 Shat karmas (optional)
  • 06:30 Asana practice
  • 08:00 Pranayama
  • 08:30 Meditation
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:30 Presentations
  • 12:30 Break
  • 12:45 Adjustment clinic
  • 14:45 Break
  • 15:00 Teaching practice
  • 17:00 Dinner
  • 19:00 Self study time

Your day begins with traditional Shat Karmas (kriyas) which are optional. The asana practice is guided self practice with lots of adjustments, followed by pranayama and meditation.

The expertise and energy made teacher training a transformative experience”


The practical afternoon sessions focus on aligning, modifying and adjusting a full range of postures. This includes anatomy & physiology & using props,


Practice teaching, lesson planning, adjusting, and advising on alignment with applied anatomy, voice skills, class room dynamics.


Presentations & discussions on the philosophy and history of yoga. Business. Ethics. Hatha/Tantric & Sutric yoga etc.


The days are structured while allowing for personal development. Advice and support is available throughout ensuring everyone explores their individual potential.


We have been delivering these courses for 17 years and as such our system has a verifiable track record. Immersing yourself in the experience with dedication and enthusiasm over the 15 days will fully prepare and equip you for a rewarding career as a yoga teacher.

Get all the support and information to find and walk your path as a yoga teacher. Learn from Martin´s outstanding understanding of the human body. Study yoga philosophy in a very open, non-dogmatic way. The opportunity to dive completely into yoga

Advanced yoga teacher training


Our course content and program has been fine tuned over the 20 years we’ve running training courses. We simply know from experience that our content is second to none. We are passionate about maintaining the highest standards and our record supports this.


“Martin is a brilliant teacher. His knowledge and expertise on the practical, philosophical and historical elements of yoga are second to none”


Chemoreceptors, found in the respiratory centre at the base of your brain, monitor levels of C02 and O2 by detecting changes in the pH levels of the cerebral spinal fluid

Through the build-up of Co2 the capacity to retain the breath is limited. According to Haldane .01 percent change in C02 brings change in action of the respiratory system.” Martin Thompson 2018.


Holding the breath creates a response called cerebral anoxia. The capillaries, where gas exchange takes place are not all working at the same time, so when the brain calls for more oxygen, the resting capillaries respond through cerebral vasodilation. This relaxes smooth muscle widening blood vessels, and increasing blood flow to a particular part of the body most in need”. Martin Thompson 2018.


  • All meals + Snacks & refreshments on site
  • Accommodation
  • Course notes
  • All tuition
  • Laundry
  • Yoga library, pencils/paper


  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Meals snacks and drinks off site

“It was truly a life-changing experience and great value for money.”

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We include a free day which you can choose to visit Veliko Tarnovo. We can arrange transport (cheap taxi) and advise on how to get the best out of this historic city. You could visit the spa just below us and take advantage of the cheapest massage around. Alternatively you can stay at the centre and take a walk across our mountain.


Your 15 days will inspire you to reach your potential while equipping you with first class knowledge and skills. The course is structured in step by step logical process (vinyasa krama) in preparation for the final class assessments.

The teachers adapted their approach to suit all our individual abilities” Dan, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018.

On arrival we’ll welcome you with refreshments following your journey. We continue with a tour around the centre, allocating rooms and discussing a few house guidelines. Time is available for Q&A’S before a restorative class and a short meditation which is followed by dinner.

The literature, education materials, methods of teaching during the training, were to the highest level” Ania 2010.

Day two begins with a full practice and this is our opportunity to plan how to advance your practice over the 15 days. If your new to yoga philosophy its ok, as we begin with introductory presentations. If your not so new to this there’s plenty of scope to express this, or we may break off into smaller groups.

“Study yoga philosophy in a very open, non-dogmatic way” Judith 2017.

During the course of the first 7-8 days the presentations and general structure of the course is set to provide the knowledge and skills necessary for your final assessment. The focus of the second 6 or so days is to practice as much as you need to fine tune your assessment.

Learning will still take place but space is provided within the structure to focus on that final class assessment.

The training structure and format was excellent” Kirk 2014.

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  • Call Martin on: 00447787357306
  • Email: askyogadharma@protonmail.com
  • Centre address: Gartsite (Гърците), Voneshta Voda, Veliko Tarnovo. 5035

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