Our aim is to provide a thought-provoking course, which actively encourages students to question current teaching methods and alignment cues. During the course, we will encourage trainees to develop a deeper understanding of how they work with, and relate to, their bodies, and how to adapt that understanding to create new, healthier approaches to living and moving.
Our approach to yoga is driven by the most current scientific anatomical and movement research and we hope to produce intelligent, skilful and responsive teachers, who nurture their practice and teaching of yoga through a consistent and mature personal practice.
The course content will be practical and skills-based, and will also facilitate a personal journey of exploration and discovery. Material will be delivered in a variety of ways including formal lectures, guided practice and asana technique classes, group work, teaching practice and individual study and reading. The course covers four key areas:
- asana, pranayama and meditation
- anatomy and physiology
- teaching skills
- mentoring and supervision
We will explore the place of yoga in our modern lives, and show how it remains current and relevant to practitioners in the Western world. The study of anatomy and physiology is highlighted on this course, and will be delivered by renowned teachers Peter Blackaby and Gary Carter, providing one of the most comprehensive groundings in anatomy of any teacher training diploma in the UK.
We are following advice from the Government and the British Wheel of Yoga and the Intelligent Yoga Teacher Training course will be delivered online until it is safe to return to the yoga studio. For more information, please visit the FAQ.
We believe in supporting all trainees throughout their training, and beyond.
At IYTT, you are never just a number, and we hope to stay in touch and continue to support you well beyond your time on the course. We have created a mentoring program for all trainees which includes structured 1:1 mentor meetings and group supervision meetings facilitated by the leading yoga teachers.
We are also unique in having at least one senior yoga teacher acting as an assistant to the team, as well as one recent graduate, who has recently completed their training with Catherine Annis. Our assistant teachers also generously make themselves available to offer advice and support. We’re honoured to have them, and value the fresh perspective they bring to the teaching sessions.
At the end of each IYTT programme, there will be opportunities for trainees to join the teaching team as teaching assistants once they have graduated. This is a valuable chance for you to review your training from the other side, and to work closely with the teaching team, learning how to hold space and deliver a teacher training programme first hand.
The course will include:
- How to develop a strong self-practice as the foundation for teaching
- Practical functional anatomy & physiology, including the latest research on fascia
- Constructing and deconstructing postures so that they are suitable for students with differing abilities and experience
- Safe practice, postural issues and preventing injury
- Body-reading and applying respectful adjustments
- Teaching skills including voice and verbal skills, sequencing, class organisation and lesson planning for groups and adapting your approach for private clients
- Assisting and observing skills
- Essential prāṇāyāma, breath awareness and restorative yoga
- The history of yoga and its place in the modern world
- Ethics and responsibilities of yoga teachers
- Business skills and marketing
Outside the modules, trainees will also be required to attend:
- 60 hours classes / workshops with recommended teachers
- 30 hours documented self practice
- 15 hours observing
- 20 hours assisting
- 2 hours observed class teaching
- 8 hours first aid (approximate)
- 5 hours mentor meetings and professional supervision
- There will be small amounts of reading and written work given after each module.
Total of all contact and non-contact hours: 400 hours
During the course, we'll cover the following aspects of yoga:
Trainees will be encouraged to develop a strong personal practice, so that they can begin to teach from their own experience, developing into embodied and authentic yoga teachers. IYTT will provide an illustrated list of key asanas, including Sanskrit and English names, which we teach and require trainees to learn and understand, even though they may not able to practice all of them personally. Classes are led by two teachers (Catherine Annis and Tanya Love), so there is plenty of opportunity for individual attention and personal guidance, and an interactive approach is encouraged throughout.
- Discover the relationship between healthy, functional movement and gravity, breath and the spine
- Develop a thorough understanding of functional anatomy as it applies to the yoga postures
- Create safe, intelligent and sustainable movement and alignment principles, which can be applied to all forms of yoga
- Develop a mature sensitive self-practice to suit your own unique needs
- Provide trainees with an ability to teach a wide range of bodies effectively and safely
- Learn to adapt and modify poses whenever appropriate.
Anatomy & physiology
We’re passionate about creating a course which acknowledges and celebrates the intelligence and adaptability of the human body. The core anatomy teachings on the IYTT will be delivered by Peter Blackaby and Gary Carter, who each bring many years of expertise to the course. They are both well known for their clarity and bring an unparalleled depth and breadth of knowledge in this important area of study.
Key areas of study:
- The basics of anatomy and physiology (bones, muscles organs, endocrine and nervous systems)
- Body reading and how to identify unnecessary tension and holding patterns
- Help your students re-establish easy, beneficial movement
- Understand fundamental movement principles and biomechanics
- Discover how the theory of anatomy and physiology applies in the moving body, and what your students are doing in asana
- Be inspired as you discover how the study of anatomy links the physical body directly to the teaching of yoga
- See how anatomy is a vibrant tool, stimulating a dynamic exploration into the teaching and practice of yoga.
The philosophy will examine the history of yoga, both modern and ancient, and explore key texts including:
- The Upanishads
- The Bhagavad Gita
- The Hatha Yoga Pradipika.
We will also look at the links between yoga and Buddhism and introduce the fundamentals of meditation.
Roles, ethics & responsibilities
Yoga teachers need to develop a keen sense of how they are perceived, and the role they play. We'll cover:
- Creating a professional, ethical and supportive environment
- How to support vulnerable and impressionable students
- Key legal and ethical responsibilities of becoming a yoga teacher.
Teaching skills & methodology
The course will focus on creating knowledgeable and confident teachers. We will equip trainees with effective classroom skills, including:
- principles of demonstration
- how to effectively hold the space whilst teaching
- observing and assisting
- delivering clear verbal instructions and cues
- giving and receiving feedback
- safe, intelligent and respectful hands-on adjustments
- lesson planning
- sequencing and class organisation
- how to integrate those with common injuries and issues
- teaching private clients in a 1:1 setting.
There will be additional talks and workshops covering social media, building your yoga business and marketing yourself as a yoga teacher.
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