The course is structured around four key areas: anatomy and physiology, philosophy, teaching skills and asana/pranayama practice. Written homework focuses on anatomy and physiology, philosophy and teaching skills.
We expect you to have a daily yoga and breathing practice, and to be teaching a small class six months after the start of the course.
Anatomy and Physiology
This element of the course is taught by Lesley Dike, BWY DCT, Peter Blackaby, nationally renowned yoga teacher, osteopath and author of Intelligent Yoga, and Anne-Marie Zulkahari, LYTTC Founding Director.
Lesley’s sessions provide an accessible introduction to anatomy, linked directly to yoga teaching. Pete’s sessions develop this knowledge into a holistic approach that considers movement in the context of evolution and childhood development, drawing upon the latest research in the field. Anne-Marie draws on her Body Mind Centering training to lead physiology sessions with a somatic, experiential focus.
Neville Cregan teaches this course component in an engaging and accessible manner.
He looks at the history of yoga, both modern and ancient, and explores key texts including the Upanishads, Patanjali, the Bhagavad Gita and the Hathayogapradipika. He also looks at the links between yoga and Buddhism and provides an introduction to meditation.
Your teaching skills are developed through monthly workshops and regular teaching assessments with both your peers and invited guests. There is a focus on developing hands-on experience and honing your teaching skills through practical small group work.
There are specific workshops focusing on key areas including shoulderstand, head balance, pranayama and meditation.
Asana and Pranayama
Asana classes are a key component of this course. All weekend meetings include an extended asana class taught by the course directors and faculty. Classes offer plenty of opportunity for individual attention and an interactive approach is encouraged.
There are also dedicated pranayama and breath awareness sessions each weekend.
The course includes three specialist weekend modules. The pregnancy module is taught by Ruth Polden, leading active birth teacher and yoga teacher. Christiane Kerr, founder of Calm for Kids, leads our module on teaching yoga for children. The weekend module on therapueutic yoga is delivered by course directors and faculty.
Additional talks and workshops to enhance your skills as a yoga teacher include class planning and business and marketing skills.
We run a mentoring scheme with experienced yoga teachers who have previously completed our course. They are available to provide support for you in all aspects of the course and your development as a yoga teacher.