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.
We continue to follow advice from the Government and the British Wheel of Yoga and have been advised to deliver the Intelligent Yoga Teacher Training course online until it is safe to return to the yoga studio.
This new situation is challenging for us all, but yoga teaches us to accept difficult situations and to adapt accordingly. We have therefore adapted the course so that we can 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 through the magic of the internet.
We will follow all Government advice for as long as necessary to maintain the safety of our trainees and teachers. We are also following British Wheel of Yoga guidance to uphold the quality and standards of teaching and teacher training during these unprecedented times.
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.
Following advice from the Government and the British Wheel of Yoga the Intelligent Yoga Teacher Training course will be delivered online until it is safe to return to the yoga studio.
We currently use the Zoom platform, which offers password protection and encryption for all data transferred during Zoom meetings. We are confident that all training sessions can be delivered online whilst protecting every individuals privacy and security.
We will follow guidance from British Wheel of Yoga (our accrediting body) and the Government regarding social distancing and best safe practice. Currently, we presume that Module 1 will be delivered online via Zoom. We will only return to the studio when it is safe to do so.
We have adapted the course content to make it more accessible in an online environment and are embracing the learning opportunities.
Online classes make yoga accessible for a whole new group of potential students - those who may be isolated or find it difficult to travel, or who may prefer to avoid large groups. We've also 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. We are all learning to enhance our teaching skills, whether we're teaching through Zoom, or in person.
We've been in touch with the British Wheel of Yoga and are following their guidance to uphold the quality and standards of teaching and teacher training as we deliver our training though the online Zoom platform.
The advice from British Wheel of Yoga as of June 2020 is as follows:
"At present all courses are either suspended or being delivered online.
This has presented an opportunity for blended course in the future i.e. where courses may include some online delivery.
We have agreed these stipulations: Whenever possible (post pandemic):
- Courses must have a minimum of 70% face to face delivery.
- Teaching assessments must be done with face to face teaching.
- These stipulations will be reviewed in a year."
BWY have therefore advised that they will uphold their accreditation of the IYTT programme so long as trainees continue to receive the same amount of hours of training and we adhere to the same high standards of teaching that we would if we were delivering the class in the studio, via an in-person format.
In the current environment, we expect that at least the first module will be delivered online and we will re-assess the situation for each module.
The IYTT diploma is fully recognised and accredited by the British Wheel of Yoga and by Yoga Alliance Professionals (UK).
Upon successful graduation from the 18 month course, IYTT trainees will receive the following certification:
- Intelligent Yoga Teacher Training Diploma certificate
- British Wheel of Yoga certification
- Eligibility to join Yoga Alliance Professionals at Associate – Level 1 status
- Eligibility to register as REPS Level 3 (Yoga)
The British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) is recognised by The Sports Council as the governing body for Yoga in the UK. BWY accreditation is also honoured throughout the European community. Upon successful graduation, our trainees become BWY-accredited yoga teachers, which entitles them to use the abbreviation ‘BWY’ and BWY logo as part of their title. BWY teacher membership also includes a market-leading teaching insurance and full support from the BWY.
As a BWY accredited group, IYTT will be verified annually for quality.
Yoga Alliance Professionals is an organisation which has created accredited 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.
Places are limited to 18 trainees to ensure the best standard of training, and providing a personal and supportive learning experience. Applications are considered on a first-come-first-served basis. All applications and investments are subject to acceptance on to the training.
We highly recommend you come and meet the teachers before you commit to any Teacher Training Programme. We recommend you attend at least one class with either Catherine or Tanya, so that you understand how they practice, and to ensure that you will enjoy your time working with them. If you'd like to come and talk to one of us, please get in touch, and we'll arrange time for an informal chat, when you can ask any questions, and get to know us.
We’re looking for serious and committed students with a solid foundation in the basic yoga postures. We don’t require you to be able to perform the most complex and challenging poses – we’re looking for students with a mature practice – students 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. In addition, 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.
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 (included in your BWY student teacher membership) and have your First Aid at Work certificate in place, we encourage you to begin teaching.
We are delighted that the Light Centre have offered IYTT trainees a special discounted membership. The Light Centre has London branches in Belgravia, Moorgate and Monument.
Membership is usually £85 per month (£95 including Mysore), but is available to IYTT trainees for £50 (without Mysore: 44% discount) or £55 per month (including Mysore).
This discounted membership has no minimum term, but ends when your training ends.
At the end of the course, the Light Centre is keen to offer on-going support to all our graduates in the form of an on-going discount and potentially teaching positions too.
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.
Students must attend 100% of the contact hours to obtain their BWY Accreditation. 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 catch up on 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.
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 cannot be recreated during a 1-to-1.
Yes, absolutely! 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.
Our Teacher Training programme is spread over 18 months 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, 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 as planned.
Our aim is to provide a Teaching Training Programme at least once a year.
The course is structured into 6 main modules, of either 4 or 5 days duration, 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:
9.15 - 11.00am Asana practice
11.00 - 11.15am Break
11.15 - 12.30pm Class study session
12.30 - 1.30pm Lunch
1.30 - 3.30pm Class study session
3.30 - 3.45 pm Break
3.45 - 5.00pm Class study session
No. In order to qualify as a yoga teacher, you are required to:
- Attend 100% of the course
- Complete all written assignments
- Complete all class attendance, observing and assisting hours
- Demonstrate that you have understood and learned the basics of anatomy by passing the anatomy assignments
- Demonstrate your teaching skills during a mid-term observed teaching exercise
- Demonstrate that you can teach an hour long class during the final observed class assessments
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