Yoga Alliance 200 Hour Certification in Yoga Teaching
Next course starts on May 2018.
Our 200 hour teaching diploma meets and exceeds the international education standards set by the Yoga Alliance. This course is suitable for anyone who wishes to deepen and refine their understanding of Hatha Yoga, learn how to teach safely to healthy adults in group class settings and obtain insurance cover.
Our approach to Yoga contains the seeds of Ahimsa (non-violence), Satya (Truth) and Karuna (compassion) – key ethical suggestions as espoused by Patanjali. This informs both the way we teach our students as well as our trainee teachers.
Poses and physical practice are taught following Elena’s comprehensive RASS method, (Release, Align, Strengthen, Stretch) which has been devised from years of extensive research and experience in the field of applied anatomy. By aligning the body as well as possible, and through understanding the anatomical and physiological effects of each pose and movement, we can ensure that we are teaching safely, effectively and appropriately to find physical and emotional benefit.
The RASS method brings the speed of the mind and body into the same room. When the body is released and aligned properly, you feel more energized and connected.
Strengthening through the RASS method cultivates harmonious strength for the whole body and strengthens weaker muscles that can often be overlooked.
Stretching or lengthening muscles is only effective when it comes after preparing the body through releasing, aligning and strengthening. It is very easy for people to over stretch. Stretching the body in a misaligned way does not provide any stability for the body and is not beneficial later on in life. RASS promotes a safe approach to stretching.
Our Yoga Alliance course is built from the following foundations:
- Deepening your own practice. This is a fundamental part of teaching, as our inspiration comes from what we know which in turn comes from what we have experienced.
- Deep focus on each posture, drawing out key points, benefits, contraindications, modifications and anatomical implications.
- Interactive Anatomy and physiology lectures with clear and concise presentations to provide you with reference materials to refer back to.
- Lesson planning: How to assess the level of the class and devise effective sequences, class themes, and encourage growth and development in your students.
- Building up your teaching practice, initially in small groups to develop experience and confidence.
- Philosophical grounding: As an ancient practice, Yoga has a rich history and comes in a variety of forms. You will be introduced to this long and varied history and will explore key texts such as the Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika.
- Homework assignments: Homework is an important part of the learning process and it helps us to assess how well you understand the topics.
- Meditation and the Subtle Body, Mudras, Chakras and Bandhas and how they can be incorporated in your teaching.
- Research: Towards the latter stages of the course, you will be asked to complete an independent research project relating yoga to a topic of personal interest.
- Preparations for teaching: This component covers areas of healthy and safety, insurance and how to start approaching places to teach in.
- Teaching assessments: By the end of the course you will have the tools and confidence to structure and teach a class. You will be given constructive feedback on the delivery of your lesson, allowing you to take away further tools to help you develop as a teacher.
Upon completion of the Yoga Alliance 200 hour certificate in Yoga Teaching, you will be able to take further development and CPD training to specialise in teaching to special populations for example, yoga for back health or teaching to children and teenagers.