Next course starts: February 3rd, 2018.
This is a one-year teacher training program that gives the student excellent training in the ability to teach Yoga in all its aspects, and development in Yogic understanding and way of living. Undertake the Classical Yoga Teacher training, and you will also explore your experience of life, being, and reality, guided by an intense study of the Yoga Sutras. You will learn how to practise and teach all eight Limbs of Yoga.
As a non-dualist school, we practice Self Enquiry to find the deepest layer of Self. Our approach, handed down by master to student over hundreds of generations, is the authentic understanding that you yourself are an expression of Universal Consciousness. In Self Enquiry, the personal and the universal meet harmoniously in your thoughts, feelings and awareness.
The result for you is that not only will you become competent to teach the postures of Yoga, you will be a teacher with an understanding of what YOGA is. You will have more skills than only Asana, increasing your teaching options. And most importantly, you will have begun to take that path towards deep transformation, which is the birthright of all of us
To be accepted in this course, you will need:
- At least one year's experience in asana
- Letter of referral from current teacher
- Willing to take up still-mind meditation
- Current practice of still-mind meditation
- 2 year's asana experience
The Diploma of Classical Yoga focusses on the techniques and skills needed to teach Yoga, not on teaching a specific style of Yoga. Therefore any style you are comfortable with, and wish to teach in the future, is applicable. You do not need to be trained in one specific style of Yoga (eg: Ashtanga, Bikram, etc).
The Diploma of Classical Yoga is designed to cover the core principles of Yoga teaching laid out by Yoga Australia (500+ hours). The course covers:
Philosophy of Yoga (Swadhyaya)
- Including study of Patanjali's Sutras and Yogic philosophy
- History of Yoga
- Yoga Traditions
The Eight Limbs of Yoga
This section covers the physical and non-physical aspects of Yoga, the Eight Limbs of Yoga, and how they affect us, our students, and how to incorporate them into the classroom.
Principles of Asana
Looking at the physiology of asana, and the components that make a well balanced Yoga class - forward bends, backbends, twists and inversions. We will also look at traditional components of Yoga that round out a Yoga practice, such as Chakras, Mudtras and Bandhas.
This is designed to integrate the academic and real experience of Yoga, in order to teach effectively and offer your students a real and holistic experince.
Anatomy and Physiology
An indepth look at the anatomy of Yoga movement, problems that may arise in the classroom, and how to teach Yoga safely. We will look at:
- Skeletal System
- Joints and Movement
- Problematic Joints
- Digestive System
- Circulatory System
- Respiratory System
- Endocrine System
- Nervous System
- Lymphatic System
We will also explore some aspects of human development, including nutrition, teaching Yoga to children and how aging effects the movement of the body, the challenges and safety considerations of teaching Yoga during pregnancy, and the phychological problems that can effect a Yoga class.
We will look at the princilples and methods of teaching, as well as how to plan and design your class. Opportunities to practice teaching will be provided, as will two mandatory teaching rounds.
We will discuss commercial principles that apply to starting your own business, including applying for Yoga Australia and insurance.
The Diploma of Classical Yoga course will allow you to become competent to teach the postures of Yoga. You will be a teacher with an understanding of what YOGA is. You will have more skills than only Asana, increasing your teaching options. And most importantly, you will have begun to take that path towards deep transformation, which is the birthright of all of us.
You will have:
- Competence to teach Asana at the level you wish to aim at yourself – i.e., some will prefer to cultivate a gentle or older clientele, others will want to teach a more demanding level of physical work.
- Competence in anatomical understanding of Asana
- Competence to include still-mind meditation in your yoga classes
- Competence to teach a clear understanding of the Eight Limbs of Yoga:
- Yama - ethics
- Niyama - clear mental state
- Asana - the postures of Yoga
- Pranayama - conscious breathing
- Pratyahara - conscious sensory awareness
- Dharana - concentration, contemplation
- Dhyana - still mind meditation
- Samadhi - transformed awareness
- Become established in a regular practice of deep still meditation
- Understanding of the teacher/student relationship in the development of the Yogi
- Become part of a living lineage of Yoga teachers
- Satisfy entry criteria into Yoga Australia
Our course is nationally recognised in Yoga. Completion of our training gives entry to Yoga Australia, thus conferring national recognition of your qualifications by a peak body within the industry, and attracting insurance cover without difficulty.
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The Diploma of Classical Yoga is a 1 year course. ACCY has two intakes per year, one in January and one in July.