The course consists of seven main themes of study:

  1. asana
  2. pranayama
  3. meditation
  4. teaching
  5. philosophy
  6. anatomy and physiology
  7. setting up as a yoga teacher

Programme Details

Our workshops will elevate you to new levels of personal practice and vastly deepen your understanding of Yoga. We offer a wide range of functional principles and practical skills . Included in the workshops will be the following and so much more:

Asana

  • Extensive practice and analysis of the asanas
  • Adjustments; optimal physical alignment within the poses
  • Internal awareness; the inner content of the asanas
  • Therapeutic application of the postures
  • Adapting postures for all ages and types of ability
  • Tuning up; safe asana practice
  • Flowing forms; movement sequences
  • Partner Yoga
  • Personal practice; choreographing your own routines

Pranayama

Teaching Ujjya breathing

  • Feeling the flow; abdominal breathing
  • Full flow; the complete Yoga breath
  • Ujjya (the victorious breath)
  • Nadi Sodhana (alternate nostril breathing)
  • Kapalabhati (kriya: skull shining breath)
  • Kumbhaka (rhythmic breathing)
  • The Bandhas (energy seals)

Meditation

  • Vipasana (breath awareness)
  • Tratak (kriya: gazing)
  • Mantra (incl. Aum and Gayatri)
  • Sound Meditation (incl. Tibetan bells and crystal bowl)
  • Visualisation
  • Mudras (types and effects)
  • Sacred geometry (mandala and yantra)
  • Chakras, nadis and prana
  • The hara; our physical and spiritual centre
  • Microcosmic orbit

Teaching

Steve leading a singing bowl meditation

Teaching yoga is an immensely rewarding way of being of service to others. The course will enable you to develop skills and sensitivity essential to teach Yoga effectively and with confidence. Practical teaching experience will be gained within a wide variety of settings and will include the following topics:

  • Designing and sequencing your own class and workshop presentations
  • Varying styles and methods of teaching
  • Teaching Yoga safely ( adjustments, contraindications , adaptations for all ) 
  • Speciality Yoga; an overview (prenatal, therapeutic, kids, seniors)

Philosophy

  • Study of the ancient texts including 
  • The Upanishads 
  • the Yoga Sutras 
  • The Bhagavad Gita  

Anatomy and Physiology

  • Practical anatomy relating to your Yoga practice 
  • Anatomy video presentations followed by group discussion 
  • Preventing and overcoming injuries
  • Physiological effects of the asanas

 

Setting Up as a Yoga Teacher

 

Identifying your vision,  style and approach 

Practical considerations of running a yoga buisness 

Publicity and Promotion 

Social media 

 

"Light on Yoga" - Thorsons
B K S Iyengar
An asana-bible presented by a master Hatha Yogi.
Great for comparative reflections in relation to your particular choice of teacher or style.
"The Ten Principal Upanishads" - Faber & Faber
W B Yeats with co-author Sri Purohit Swami
Enjoyable and accessible translations of the Upanishads which provide a bright philosophical back-drop to the yogic teachings.
"The Bhagavad Gita" - Penguin
Eknath Easwaran
A clear and lyrical translation of the grand poem regarded as sacred for thousands of years with an introduction placing the Gita within its historical and cultural context.
"Yoga Sutras of Patanjali" - Inner Traditions
Georg Feuerstein
A good, scholarly read around the sutras! Another clear translation can be found in the book "The Heart of Yoga" by T K V Desikachar.
"Yoga Anatomy" - Human Kinetics
Lesley Kaminoff and Amy Mathews
Wonderfully illustrated exploration of the anatomical aspects of the Hatha poses.
Included with the training are online downloadable course notes and two instructional audio albums .
The course also often offers the opportunity to share resources, network and participate in our ongoing projects (festivals, books, recordings etc).
 

Teaching the tree