Yoga Teacher Training & Therapy Course
During this four-year course students will:
- learn to be fully trained confident yoga teachers.
- know how to teach classes to all ages and abilities.
- have the ability to teach one to one.
- study the ancient yoga texts and understand how they are applicable today.
- investigate anatomy & physiology and research various pathologies.
- study how yoga views the world and the human condition.
- understand how to observe an individual through the science of yoga and āyurveda.
- know how to vary, modify, combine and apply each of yoga’s tools to create different effects and outcomes.
- train to be a yoga therapist.
The lead faculty for this course is Colin Dunsmuir, an experienced course tutor, who was certified as a Yoga Teacher Trainer and Yoga Therapist directly by T.K.V. Desikachar in 2009.
Students will achieve over 1000 hours of training. Accreditations will be given from the British Council of Yoga Therapy (BCYT) and has been applied to be received from British Wheel of Yoga (BWY). Successful graduates will also be able to join the Complementary and Natural Healthcare (CNHC) register of Yoga Therapists one-year post their graduation.
An introductory weekend is planned for Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th September 2019 at Minus One Workshop, London W6.
The course consists of three modules that take place at the weekend, once a month over four years and an opportunity to take an internship in India at the end of the course.
Modules 1 and 2
The first two modules cover the following areas:
History of Yoga: understanding the background.
Philosophy and Psychology: letting Yoga transform.
Asana: Purpose, Practice and Benefits: giving meaning to physical practices.
Class and Course Planning: teaching Yoga with confidence, purpose and direction.
Pranayama: Teach breathing with confidence and knowledge.
Bandha and Mudra: unlocking the mysteries and purpose of these powerful ancient techniques.
Eastern Anatomy and Physiology: realisitc, relevant and applicable understanding for a yoga teacher.
Western Anatomy and Physiology: realisitc, relevant and applicable understanding.
Introduction to Ayurveda: learn how to apply and practice the ‘Science of Life’.
Concepts of Meditation in Yoga: experience and be able to teach steps to meditation.
Introduction to Mantra and Vedic Chanting: confidence through making and teaching sounds.
Practice Management: creating boundaries in relationships.
course content: module 3
Practical Yoga Therapy Skills:
This module will teach how to assess any individual with any pathology. Train how to check and test a person’s structure and its’ functions, understand their potential and also be able to identify the sources of many issues. Students will learn how to ask relevant, focused and appropriate questions that help build a picture as well as learning the ancient art of taking the pulse.
Pathology: Western models of health and disease.
Students will study common medical conditions, their symptoms, management, prognosis, and contraindications. They will have the opportunity to learn from visiting case studies, listen to podcasts, use medical apps, follow guided research and read notable published sources.
Yoga and Āyurveda: Eastern models of health and disease.
This module develops the yoga and āyurvedic approach to health and disease. From individual āyurvedic constitutions (tri-doṣa) and their specific expressed imbalances, to mental health, anxiety and depression are all explained from a yoga perspective and understood through a deconstruction of how yoga views the many realms of the human condition. Importantly understanding food, diet and lifestyle as key influencers on human health will form an interesting part of the ongoing study.
Specific Application of Yoga’s methods and tools.
Throughout the course students will also learn the purpose and potential effects of each tool/technique/method, and considerable emphasis will be placed on how and when to modify, vary and adapt. They will also understand the realistic benefits, limitations and contraindications that are presented in each situation. This is the skill of a Yoga Therapist and the art of Viniyoga.
Yoga Therapy Practice Management.
By the end of the course students will be armed with strategies dependent on the unique circumstance presented, so that they can work safely under good ethical codes of conduct, understand the dynamics and boundaries needed to maintain healthy relationships as well as dealing with the potential difficulties and great successes that come when working as a Yoga Therapist today.
The Aims of the first two modules are to:
Ensure students have a personal practice that evolves specific to their needs.
Present all the tools of yoga, how to use them, their functions, benefits and contra-indications.
Enable students to develop their own personal yoga experience, knowledge and skills.
Explore the role of yoga in developing and supporting a genuine and sustainable lifestyle.
Create a safe, supportive and nurturing environment for learning.
Provide creative methods, skills and experience for teaching yoga.
Empower students to evolve their own individual approach to teaching yoga.
Develop the capacity to teach whoever needs teaching, whether in a group class or a one to one.
Develop yoga teachers to understand Yoga and Āyurveda.
Be clear, consistent and unhurried in course delivery, yet progressive in nature.
The Aims of Module Three are to:
Learn the art of ‘Yoga Therapy’ which involves individual practices for health and happiness.
Study both Yoga and Āyurvedic philosophy to understand their real life application to physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health and disease.
Teach pulse reading.
Practice applying Yoga’s tools on common health conditions.
Learn about Western models of health and disease.
Understand food and diet based on constitution.
Develop and practice consultation skills and examination methodology.
Learn the process to arrive at a diagnosis and be able to select a focus for Yoga Therapy.
Enhance teaching methods and therapeutic relationship skills.
Develop strategies for working in the National Healthcare System, privately and complimentary environments.
Build communication skills needed with clients and health care professionals.
Learn in a safe, supportive and nurturing environment.
The course is currently under accreditation with the British Wheel of Yoga. On completion graduates will receive a ‘BWY Accredited Group Yoga Teaching Certificate’.
The BWY is recognised by the Central Council for Physical Recreation (CCPR) and Sport England as the national Governing Body for Yoga in Great Britain. As a Governing and Awarding Body, they accredit other Yoga Teacher Training organisations.
Furthermore, the course is verified by the British Council of Yoga Therapy to ensure that the training students receive adheres to the core curriculum set out in the National Occupation Standards for Yoga Therapy.
Students who complete all their one-to-one therapy case studies will thereby meet the criteria to be registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), an initiative supported by the Department of Health to regulate Complementary Health Care in the UK.
As such, they will be able to classify themselves in the UK as a ‘Yoga Therapist’. Registration with the CNHC will be eligible 1 year after the course ends.
eligibility + pre-requisites
This course is open to all yoga practitioners who are motivated in developing and evolving their experience. A few pre-requisites apply:
Have practiced some form of Yoga under guidance for a period of at least three years.
Ideally have completed an Introductory Course, Foundation Course, Yoga Teacher Training or something similar.
Should be mentally and emotionally stable, be committed to continuing self-development and happy being a student with homeowrk to complete each month.
Have a passion for yoga and wish to use this training to help themselves and others.