Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
As a potential teacher training applicant, we know you may have many questions to help you find the right course for you. We've done our best to answer some of the most frequently asked questions here.
We're passionate about this teacher training course, and will do all we can to help.
The course will be blended, with some modules delivered in person and some online.
We have adapted the course content to make it more accessible in an online environment and are embracing the learning opportunities this new format offers. We've found that online teaching demands subtly different teaching skills, particularly focusing us on the use of language and ability to offer adjustments when touch is not possible.
Online classes make yoga accessible for a whole new group of potential students - for instance, those who may be isolated or find it difficult to travel, or who may prefer to avoid large groups. We are all learning to enhance our teaching skills, whether we're teaching online or in person and look forward to exploring new accessible approaches.
This is a blend of learning which takes place in-person, in the studio and online.
Most yoga teachers have adapted to the pandemic by moving their classes online. This is a unique and challenging approach to teaching and something we believe is here to stay.
We have therefore chosen to bring part of this training online, to support you as you develop your teaching skills and adapt to any situation.
Following the training, we are confident that you will feel prepared and secure in your teaching skills whether teaching in-person or online.
We’re looking for serious and committed students with a solid foundation in the basic yoga postures.
- You don't need to be able to perform the most complex and challenging poses
- You do need a mature practice. We're looking for practitioners who know their own limits and who have a desire to learn and deepen their understanding of yoga
- You should have a minimum of 2 years regular and consistent yoga practice, preferably through class attendance
- You will also need a regular yoga teacher whose classes you have been attending for at least a year, who can provide a reference to support your application (*)
- Some element of self-practice is viewed very favourably
We are equally happy to welcome applications from serious yoga students who would like to deepen their knowledge and understanding of yoga, regardless of whether they currently intend to become teachers themselves.
* If you don't have a regular teacher, but you meet the other criteria, please contact Catherine to discuss options.
The course is structured into 5 modules, providing an opportunity to immerse ourselves in the experience and practice of yoga, creating an in-depth and cohesive training experience.
A typical training day looks like this:
9.00 - 11.00am Asana practice
11.00 - 11.15am Break
11.15 - 12.30pm Class study / teaching skills session
12.30 - 1.30pm Lunch
1.30 - 3.30pm Class study / teaching practice session
3.30 - 3.45 pm Break
3.45 - 5.15pm Class study session
We recommend you meet the teachers before you commit to any Teacher Training Programme. It's a great idea to attend at least one class with Catherine, so that you understand the focus of this practice and to ensure that you will enjoy your time working with us.
If you'd like to discuss any element of the course or your suitability, please get in touch and we'll arrange time for an informal chat, when you can ask any questions and we can get to know one another.
Places are limited to 18 trainees to ensure the best standard of training. We believe that small classes provide a more personal and supportive learning experience.
Applications are considered on a first-come-first-served basis, so we recommend you apply early to ensure your place on the course.
Many trainees undertake our teacher training to simply deepen their own personal development, to open opportunities for the future, or just teach their family and friends. Some are still undecided – happy to see where the process takes them.
We welcome applications from everyone who is interested in enhancing their knowledge and experience of yoga.
Provided you have maintained your commitment to the process, we will always endeavour to support your progress and help you achieve graduation. If you do fall behind, we will work together to agree a Personal Development Plan to bring you back on track.
Support may include, but is not restricted to:
- extra mentoring sessions
- private sessions
- additional assignments or workshops and reassessments.
Please note, there may be additional fees associated with each of these support methods.
Trainees must attend 100% of the contact hours to graduate. However, we understand that life is sometimes unpredictable, and that you may not be able to foresee every conflict.
If you miss a session, you may still complete the program with your intake provided you schedule a catch-up session (private or group), or agree extra work with your Course Tutor at some point during the program to cover the material you missed. These catch up sessions are not included in your course fees and, whilst we will work with you to minimise any expense, there may be additional costs.
For some sessions, (for example, some anatomy sessions), you may be able to catch up by watching the recording. Alternatively, you may be able to join the following intake for any sessions you miss - at no extra cost.
While these ‘catch-up’ sessions offer a degree of flexibility, we strongly recommend you attend all the group training days. The experience of learning within a group is powerful and it's difficult to recreate it during a 1-to-1.
We encourage you to start teaching your friends and family as soon as possible to help you develop your own teaching voice, and build confidence and teaching skills.
As soon as you have arranged your teaching insurance (£25 for 18 months through Yoga Alliance Professionals) and have your First Aid at Work certificate in place, we encourage you to begin teaching.
The IYTT diploma is fully recognised and accredited by Yoga Alliance Professionals (UK).
Upon successful graduation from the course, IYTT trainees will receive the following certification:
- Intelligent Yoga Teacher Training Diploma certificate
- Eligibility to join Yoga Alliance Professionals at Associate – Level 1 status
Yoga Alliance Professionals is an organisation which has developed a nationally recognised standard for yoga teachers and yoga teacher trainings. More and more yoga studios and health club providers require their teachers to be Accredited. Yoga Alliance demonstrates excellent training standards and is a mark of distinction. IYTT is accredited by YAP at 200 hours level.
Our Teacher Training programme is intentionally spacious to allow plenty of time to integrate the learning, and deepen your own personal practice, as well as embody your new teaching skills.
We are committed to helping you graduate from the training. If you find you are unable to complete all the work in the given time or meet the criteria to pass, we will work together to create a programme which is achievable and realistic, to help you complete the work required, so that you can graduate at a time and pace that suits you.
Our aim is to provide a Teaching Training Programme at least once a year, stating in the Autumn. Please see the Schedule & Assessment page for full details.
Catherine offers reduced price classes to IYTT trainees. In addition, there are regular opportunities to join extra mentoring groups and workshops with the faculty teachers, including Gary Carter.
We are delighted that the Light Centre have also expressed a desire to offer on-going support to all our graduates in the form of a discount and potential teaching experience.
In order to qualify as a yoga teacher, you are required to:
- Attend 100% of the course
- Complete all written assignments successfully
- Demonstrate that you have understood and learned the basics of anatomy and embodied movement
- Complete all class attendance, observing and assisting hours
- Demonstrate your teaching skills meet the required standard during a mid-term observed teaching exercise
- Demonstrate that you can teach an hour long class to the required standard during the final observed class assessments
This situation is challenging for us all, but yoga teaches us to accept difficult situations and to adapt accordingly. We have therefore adapted the course and have created a blended course, delivering part online and part in person (when the situation allows). We'll still deliver you the same great content, with the same world-leading teachers. The only difference is that we’ll be joining each other from our own homes for some of the modules, which gives us a valuable opportunity for us all to explore how to deliver high- quality online teaching.
We will follow Government advice for as long as necessary to maintain the safety of our trainees and teachers. We are also committed to uphold the highest quality and standards of teaching and teacher training.
Although online teaching provides a different experience, it nonetheless enables us to reach students who might otherwise be unable to access yoga classes. As a teaching body, we have each individually found the online world to be surprisingly valuable and enriching. We all look forward to sharing this new skillset, embracing the opportunities and maintaining contact with our existing and future trainees.
If you have any questions about any aspect of the training, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
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