Schedule & Assessment
The IYTT schedule has been designed in a modular format to provide an immersive and cohesive learning experience, with ongoing assessment.
There are 6 training modules in total. Five are 5 days each, and one is 4 days. In addition there will be mock exam assessments to attend as well as a final exam which will be externally assessed. The course runs over 18 months, from September 2018 to March 2020, providing 234 contact hours. There will be a maximum of 18 trainees, to ensure plenty of time for individual attention and mentoring throughout the course.
|Module 1||Fundamental movement principles||12-16 September||2018|
|Module 2||Making connections and personal practice||16-20 January||2019|
|Module 3||Breath, bones and articulations||21-24 March||2019|
|Module 4||Body reading and recognising individuality||5-9 June||2019|
|Mid Term Assessment||Teaching & personal practice||15 June||2019|
|Module 5||Communication and language||11-15 September||2019|
|Mock Exam Assessment||Observed teaching practice||19-21 November||2019|
|Module 6||Fine tuning||8-12 January||2020|
|Final Exam Assessment||Teaching an observed class - assessed by an external examiner||24-26 March||2020|
|Graduation||Graduation & certification||March/April||2020|
All trainees will be assessed on an ongoing basis throughout the course. We will provide regular feedback and mentoring to help you develop and grow, supporting you as you gain the necessary confidence and knowledge required in your new role as yoga teacher.
All trainees are required to participate in all aspects and classes of the course, including all activities related to developing teaching skills. All trainees are required to complete all assigned pre-course preparation and reading and all homework given during the course.
Written homework and exam
Throughout the course, trainees will be set reading and small amounts of written work, and are required to complete and achieve an acceptable standard for all written assignments and assessments.
- Trainees are required to maintain their own yoga diary to record their personal yoga practice. This is a tool to encourage trainees to reflect and explore their experience whilst working with breath, meditation, observing, assisting and teaching.
- Trainees will be required to complete multiple choice questionnaires on anatomy and physiology in preparation for the sessions on basic anatomy.
- Trainees will also be required to complete and hand in two philosophy essays, which demonstrate their understanding of yoga philosophy.
- All trainees will be required to design a lesson plan for 2 60-minute yoga classes, including details of all props and relevant asana modifications, as well as a comprehensive 6 weeks’ beginners’ course. Both will need to be fully annotated and illustrated with stick figures, and they will be assessed and marked. You will be thoroughly prepared, guided, and briefed for this homework, and will receive clear and comprehensive feedback.
- Towards the end of the course, trainees will receive a take-home exam paper, which will examine their understanding of asana, anatomy and physiology and teaching skills. This will be assessed.
All trainees are encouraged to begin practicing their teaching skills as soon as possible, to thoroughly prepare them for the formal assessments, so that they develop into skillful and confident teachers. All trainees are required to teach 10 classes, minimum 10 hours of total teaching time, between Module 1 and Module 5. Trainees should submit fully detailed lesson plans together with documentation showing that these classes have taken place.
To successfully graduate from the IYTT course, each trainee’s teaching skills will be observed and assessed on three separate occasions: twice internally (by Catherine Annis and Tanya Love) and once externally (by an independent assessor). There will be ample teaching practice during the course modules to prepare you for these assessments.
The first teaching assessment is internal, and will take place approximately half way through the course, at the mid-term assessment. All trainees will teach two poses to their fellow trainees. You will be provided with comprehensive feedback on all aspects of your teaching skills to help you identify areas for development.
The second teaching assessment, the mock assessment, is a 60 minute class taught to a group of minimum 5 students. The class plan and the class will be observed and feedback will be provided by the course tutors. Each class will be observed and assessed by the IYTT core teachers. Feedback will be provided to help you identify areas of strength, and any areas where you need to improve to reach the standard required to pass the final assessment.
Final assessed taught class
The third teaching assessment is the final assessed taught class. This is a 1 hour class taught to a minimum of 5 students, to be assessed by an external assessor who will be a Yoga Alliance Professionals Senior Yoga Teacher. Students are responsible for arranging their own sample students and for paying the necessary assessment fees directly to the assessors (currently on average £90 per assessment).
This assessment procedure is intended to be rigorous, and is designed to ensure that trainees graduate as confident, well-practiced, safe and resourceful teachers, who have the necessary skills to adapt and modify their classes to suit students of all abilities. Trainees will take part in plenty of teaching practice during the modules and in the periods between modules to ensure they are thoroughly prepared for the assessments. The feedback provided throughout the course and during the assessments helps trainees develop their teaching skills, build confidence and ensure their teaching is clear and easily accessible, so that they become effective and engaging teachers.
Other requirements towards graduation
In addition to the written homework and assessed classes, each student will also be required to complete the following elements outside the modules:
- 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
First Aid Course – All students are required to complete a basic First Aid course (at their own expense) before they begin teaching students outside the course.
Graduation is only possible once all the above elements have been completed.
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