Course Modules and Structure
1 ASANA PRACTICE
Learn a variety of different postures and how to teach them including; alignment cues, dristi focal point, benefits and aims, teaching points, modifications, adaptations, contraindications, common errors, tactile cueing (the art of adjustment). Postures in the following positions are taught –
Balance Postures and Arm Balances
2 STRUCTURE OF A YOGA CLASS
Learn how to design and compile lesson plans appropriate for a beginner, intermediate or advanced Yoga session, with a structured warm up, standing poses, balance poses, floor poses, including specific modifications and adaptations for clients of varying abilities.
3 TEACHING SKILLS
Understand the professional qualities of an instructor, ethics and code of practice. Teaching skills such as:
Communication Skills (screening, active listening, building rapport, open questions, giving feedback)
Voice projection and intonation
Reasonable adaptations, modifications and progressions
The art of adjustment
Teaching position and demonstrations
Observation and correction
Understand the various types of prana and their location within the body. Practice different breathwork techniques such as: Anuloma Viloma, Bhastrika and Kapalabhati.
5 BHANDAS AND MUDRAS
Learn the three main body locks and gain an insight into their power to redirect and contain prana within the body. Identify a variety of different hand positions and their meanings and significance when performing them during meditation.
Undertand the power of mantra to clear the throat chakra, open the heart and it’s role in thought control. Learn the key mantras in yoga, their meaning and significance.
7 MEDITATION AND YOGA NIDRA
Understand the real meaning of meditation – to reach the state of mind called Dhyana, which is the 7th limb on the 8 limbs of yoga – the penultimate stop before Samadhi or enlightenment. Understand the importance of proper relaxation, learning various meditation techniques and the practice of yoga nidra.
Learn the location, colour, yantra, qualities and shadow aspects of each of the seven chakras and gain an understanding of the health implications if there is a blockage in any of them. Identify yoga asanas to assist in correcting any imbalances.
9 ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY
Learn musculo-skeletal anatomy as related to movement and posture. Identify the major bones and joints of the body. Understand origins, insertions and muscle actions of the individual superficial and deep muscles of the body. Identify which groups of muscles act together to produce specific movement.
10 YOGA HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY
Gain an understanding of the five thousand year history of yoga from it’s origins in the Vedic scriptures, to Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. Learn the true essence of this spiritual practice and the Eight Limbs of Yoga.
11 TEACHING A CLASS
Experience teaching individual asanas in partners throughout the course, culminating in a mock assessment, teaching a whole class from your designed lesson plans and get feedback to improve performance in time for the final practical assessment.
This course is recognised by Yoga Alliance (under the name of Union Yoga UK – a partner company)
Attendance at a yoga class for a minimum of six months
This consists of Lesson plans for a beginner, intermediate and advanced session
Yoga theory paper (70% pass mark)
One hour practical exam teaching an intermediate yoga class