We train teachers to be vibrantly aware. To teach their students with empathy and understanding of the student's real needs. To understand and accept their own self, and to be constantly in tune with the ebb and flow of their own inner consciousness. For Yoga teachers, to be able not only to accomplish asana themselves, but to be able to help their students, with a clear anatomical understanding of the differences between bodies. For meditation teachers, to have a deep insight into the process of meditation and ordinary mental processes that obstruct it.
Our training is based in a meditative approach to Yoga and to everyday life.
Yoga Teacher Training has a double focus - self-development for the trainee, and the acquisition of skills to teach their own students at any level.
Any background in asana is acceptable, and trainees don't have to change their preferred style. They do, however, have to learn the anatomical underpinnings of asana. This enables great versatility in delivering an asana class to the range of abilities encountered in any class. For their self-development, daily still-mind meditation is required, along with self-enquriy and study of the Sutras.
Meditation is highly sought, currently. Meditation in itself is neither cultural nor religious, it is simply essential, like water. And, like water, it is colourless, odourless and flavourless, unless something is added. We train meditation teachers to enable people from all walks of life who wish to get the benefits of still-mind meditation, without recourse to Yogic culture or Yogic jargon. We see a distinction between still-mind meditation, and its implications for every-day living, and approaches which use visualisation or simple relaxation. We suggest that there is a more profound and longer lasting benefit from stillness. Trainees learn that for themselves at the same time as they are learning to teach others.
All our programs are available by Distance Ed. You may start whenever you like - you are not confined to the on-campus timetable. You will be able to work at your own pace through the work-book.This is a more flexible study option, making it possible for you to take a little longer to complete the course than the on-campus students. Of course you may make as much contact by phone, email, or fax, as you wish, and you are encouraged to visit the College whenever possible, and take part in the in-class interactions with staff and other students.
Prerequisites and future directions. Outlines the path a student could take through ACCY.
Frequently asked questions about the Australian College of Classical Yoga, and our courses.