next live ONLINE TRAINING starts January 2024

200-Hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training

The most successful way to become a confident yoga teacher 

"Best thing I've ever done was sign up for Paula's 200hr Vinyasa flow yoga teacher training . . . was soo much more than I expected . . .It's a win win decision"
Marie Bradley
Yoga Teacher

The World Deserves Excellent Yoga Teachers

When you bring your heartfelt passion and commitment to Durga Yoga Teacher Training you will emerge fully confident, fully prepared and fully aligned to build your career and offer your students the deepest, richest yoga experience possible
The way that you practice yoga has been revolutionised over the last few years
The future of Yoga Teacher Training combines the ease of online learning with the support of an online platform so you never have to feel alone or miss out. 

What are the benefits for you?


Expert national and international teachers

This unique training experience with our senior and internationally recognized trainers Paula Mitten (Ireland),  Jennilee Toner (USA) and Aparna Shukla (India), ensures you are receiving the best teachers in Yoga Teacher Training


You will develop your meditation & physical asana practice with guided workshops and 2 hour classes that will take you to a whole new level


Discover the best way to train from the comfort of your own home combined with an in-person day retreat at the end of your training for a revolutionary yoga experience

Over our time together you will receive 180 live contact hours through online training weekends and online live weekly classes

You will get access to our membership hub with recordings from all of our training sessions plus additional bonus sessions, PDF's, training manuals and study guides

This truly is a yoga immersion that will empower you to live a yogic life

Stand out from the crowd

Be guided to build your confidence, find your unique teaching style, and transform how you feel and show up in the world, so that you can shine brightly as a yoga teacher

You will hugely benefit from the incredible support of our team of Durga qualified teaching assistants who will be with you, cheering you on every step of the way. 

You will gain over 20 hours of practical teaching experience during your training and learn the exact steps to setting up your own yoga business


Meet your facilitators

Paula Mitten

Paula Mitten is an internationally recognised yoga teacher and yoga teacher trainer. She’s the creator of Durga Yoga Ireland and Yoga Teachers Masterclass. Paula is a teacher of teachers, teaching yoga for 18 years and facilitating teacher training since 2011.

Paula's passion is encouraging self exploration and inner belief in her students and is committed to building a yoga community of support, connection and generosity. 

When she's not teaching yoga you will find Paula dancing in her kitchen to 90's old school music, or at the stables with the horses. In the stillness of the morning, before the rest of the world wakes, Paula enjoys sitting leisurely over a pot of fresh organic coffee and taking some quiet time to think. 

Paula's first experience with yoga was while working as a costume designer in film and television. She found pranayama as a way to destress, and cope with anxiety and overwhelm.

She went on to take over 1,000 hours in Yoga Teacher Training, as well as training in Sports Psychology, Anatomy and Physiology, Business and Marketing, Leadership and Transformation Skills.

Paula’s spiritual journey is never finished, and she considers herself a dedicated student for life. 

Jennilee Toner

Jennilee Toner is a student and teacher of yoga and human anatomy. Her story (so far) includes: practicing hatha and vinyasa yoga since 1996, teaching both disciplines since 2003, teaching experiential anatomy to yoga teachers in training—internationally—since 2010, as well as facilitating her own Hot Warrior Yoga and Inner Sanctum Yoga teacher training programmes since 2012 and 2016 respectively. 

But that’s not all . . . she also wrote a book called The Perfect Chaturanga: A Comprehensive Guide to the Human Body Through the Practice of Vinyasa Yoga

Her yoga journey began in 1996 while working as a deputy sheriff and training as a medic, military policewoman, and drill sergeant for the U.S. Army. Following the sudden death of her mother, she found herself wanting to make a change and be a more kind and compassionate person. Enter yoga. For the first time she became aware of how everything’s connected, and has been a lover and practitioner of yoga ever since.

Aparna Shukla

Aparna is a Mindfulness and Philosophy Teacher, Health care professional, a qualified Nurse , Midwife with Masters Degree in Nursing and an Asana Yoga Teacher. Although a yoga practitioner from her childhood she started practising Raj Yoga by Swami Vivekananda in 2012. During this time she stumbled upon Mindfulness and decided to train in “Therapeutic Use of Mindfulness” with the Institute of Integrative counselling and psychotherapy in Ireland. In year 2016 Aparna studied “Reflective Practice” from University College Dublin [UCD] Ireland and her project was based on Mindfulness workshop she facilitates for The Richmond Education Centre.

Aparna was born in India but living in Ireland since 2002 and is in a unique position to understand Eastern and western philosophy and mindset. Aparna combines scientific knowledge with ancient wisdom, she practices and teaches Mindfulness, Yoga ,meditation and spirituality in her daily life.


Q. Is this training a Hybrid model? 

A. No! We don't believe in the hybrid model. Our training is fully online, meaning there won't be any students in the studio with our teachers. You will also get to attend a 1 day in-person retreat where we get to be in the room together without any live streaming or technology in the background. The best of both worlds without any compromise. 

Q. Is there a set schedule for the online classes or is it self paced?

A. All classes are live on a set schedule; all classes will be recorded and uploaded into our membership hub for you to catch up on any live sessions that you might miss.

Q. I'm not very flexible, can I still take the training?

A. Yes! Yoga Teacher Training is not about being flexible (although you might notice your flexibility increasing over our 6 months together) Some of the best yoga teachers in the world will tell you that they are not very flexible. 

Q. I practice yoga regularly but I'm not that good at all of the poses. Will I be out of my depth?

A. No, you will not be out of your depth. We are looking for passion, not perfection. If you enjoy doing yoga and you are passionate to share your love of yoga with others then you will fit right in.

Q. How can you correct my alignment in the online sessions?

A. This is an advanced teaching skill that the Durga team have mastered to perfection!! (AND you will learn the exact method that we use to adjust without touch, when you take our training).
Using what we see in the students in front of us, combined with impeccable cues, expansive language and leadership skills, allow us to safely and effectively guide students of any level without the need to place our hands on them.

Q. Is there the same energetic connection  from the online training?

A. To quote one of our recent online graduates “we laughed, we cried, we danced and we grew and blossomed in our practice and in ourselves.”
The connections that you create during your online sessions are as deep and meaningful as any time spent in person allowing you to make friendships that will last a lifetime.

Q. Can you see exactly what I am doing in the online classes?

A. Yes! We can see you perfectly. We will help you to set up your camera correctly and on our side we use a 55″ screen to ensure we can see you without any difficulty  – AKA no hiding down the back! We also have our team of assistant teachers there during your morning practice to ensure you get the best possible support.

Q. What is the time commitment outside of our scheduled weekends?

A. You are expected to do a minimum of 20 hours of revision and class planning outside of our scheduled time together. That works out at around 1 hr per week. 


Module 1 - Meditation

Develop your daily meditation by practicing different meditation techniques which you can use within your own personal practice as well as a practice that you can offer as a teacher of yoga.

Module 2 - Asana & Pranayama

In this module you will deeply immerse yourself in the yoga asana and pranayama practice to develop your own ability on the mat. You will discover how to teach and sequence unique, intelligent vinyasa flow classes and learn cueing techniques to ensure your students know exactly what to do to work with their body. We will cover how to impeccably assist throughout class allowing your students to experience each pose in a way that feels right for them.

Module 3 - History & Philosophy

Learn the ancient philosophy of yoga and how to put it into practice in a modern world. You will dive into the roots of yoga and the philosophy behind the yoga practice and you will be able to use all of this knowledge for the rest of your life to support a sustainable future.

Module 4 - Anatomy

In our Anatomy module you will dive into the structure of the body and how that relates to the yoga practice. You will learn about the muscles of the body, the muscle actions in every pose, common misalignment and how to individually modify for yourself and your students 

Module 5 - Hands on assisting & Adjusting

Learn appropriate hands on assisting and adjusting. We will cover why you would place your hands on a student as well as how to assist your students safely, mindfully and respectfully 

Module 6 - Business of Yoga

Learn everything you need to know about getting established up as a yoga teacher. We will show you the exact steps to take to successfully fill your classes and build a strong yoga community.  

Module 7 - The Skills of Teaching Online

In this changing world it is essential that you know how to teach both in person and online. We will teach you everything from teaching skills to the technology needed to establish your classes in the online world.

Module 8 - Restorative and Yin Yoga

You will be given an introduction to teaching restorative and yin yoga so that you can go on to offer these styles of practice after graduation. 

Module 9 - Pregnancy Yoga

As part of your training you will receive a pre recorded module on teaching yoga to a pregnant student. This will allow you to continue to teach your students should any of them become pregnant and want to continue their regular yoga practice.



Our programme is meant for you if you say yes to any of these:

Style of Yoga

You’ll be trained in the vinyasa tradition by teachers who have studied and deeply understand this method. Vinyasa is a modern style of yoga that teaches that the transitions between poses are just as important as the poses themselves


Training is 100% live online sessions in our online training room followed by a 1 day retreat in Ireland. This means you get the benefit of being in the comfort of your own home with the convenience of the online world without loosing the experience of walking into the studio and getting to train in person


What our graduates say about us

Our graduates have gone on to own and teach at some of the best yoga studios in the world. See what our graduates are saying…


Next Training Dates

We meet every Saturday and Sunday of the Scheduled weekends from 8am-5.30pm

Week 1:
27th-28th January

Week 2:
24th – 25th February

Week 3:
23rd – 24th March

Week 4:
27th – 28th April

Week 5:
18th – 19th May

Week 6:
8th – 9th June

Week 7:
29th & 30th June

Week 8:
6th & 7th July

Week 9:
20th (on-line) – 21st July (In-Person)

Your Investment

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What To Expect, Mary's Story

Mary Gardinar

Owner of Shiva Yoga studio

Before I started my yoga teacher training, I researched many different options and yoga schools. I decided on training with Paula Mitten due to many highly spoken recommendations. To say the course was life changing is cliched but also true. I knew from the beginning that the course was intense, and this intensity hooked me straight from the word go. It was clear from the beginning that it was a serious course and that the teachers really wanted us to leave feeling confident in our ability to teach yoga. The broad range of topics covered including philosophy, anatomy, Sanskrit, assisting, business and so much more left me with the literature, resources and confidence to start my teaching journey straight away. Beginning each morning with silent meditation was a struggle to begin with, however I quickly developed my focus and have continued this practice when possible. I loved the intensity of our morning practices and could feel my body get stronger day by day. I really feel my teacher training allowed me to develop both spiritually and physically. Since finishing my teacher training, I delved straight into the world of teaching. I'll began teaching small classes in the local hall and have since opened my own studio where I offer a broad range of various classes on a weekly basis. Over a year after completing my initial teacher training, I feel like I can go back to Paula with any questions or queries and I have, confidence in the knowledge that she will continue to support, encourage and inspire. I genuinely feel confident, fully equipped and inspired as a yoga teacher as a result of my teacher training with Paula.

About Durga Yoga Ireland

Durga is a Hindu goddess of war, strength and protection, the female Divine aspect who was created to destroy the demon that could not be killed by any of the male Gods. 

In the arrogance of the demon, he did not think it possible to be destroyed by a goddess, a mere woman!! 

She is depicted holding the trishula of Shiva, and the conch and discus of Vishnu and rides a lion or tiger to symbolise her control over even the wildest of nature.

. Durga Yoga Ireland’s mission is to empower yoga practitioners to tap into their Durga energy and go out into the world as dedicated students and teachers.

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