• Yoga Teacher Training

  • Learn Yoga, Love Yoga, Live Yoga
    Download ACCY Yoga Teacher Training Information Prospectus 2019 (pdf)

    Next course starts 2nd of February, 2019.

    How would you create a safe, yet challenging Yoga class?  How do you share that indescribible feeling of peace and renewal that you feel after your own Yoga practice? ACCY has 20 years of experience teaching Yogis to share their love and passion of Yoga with others. 

    The Australian College of Classical Yoga was founded by Swami Shantananda in 1999, and her deep knowledge and wisdom are reflected in this unique training course.  The Yoga Sutras lie at the heart of Yoga, they are what differentiate Yoga from aerobics.  Swami Shantananda has developed an interpretation of the Yoga Sutras that is profound in its deep understanding of human mentality and spirituality; one that measures up to both traditional and modern understandings of the philosophy of Yoga.  


    This traditional Yogic practice is combined with a scientific, no-nonsense approach to the physical practice (asana), that is grounded in anatomy and physiology.  ACCY’s approach to asana is built on the science of physical movement - the body is both challenged and protected, and teacher trainees learn to teach who is front of them because they understand the requirements of the body to perform the pose.  They do not rely on memorised formula to teach.


    ACCY’s philosphical and physiological approach to Yoga is tied together with a modern approach to teaching practices, enabling both teacher trainees - and their students to follow - to learn in a dynamic, challenging environment that nurtures and fosters greater interest in learning.

    ACCY's Diploma of Classical Yoga is also a wonderful way to further develop your own practice, even for those who have no plans to teach at the moment.   Classical Yoga embraces all aspects of Yoga. With its physical, mental, and spiritual components, traditional Yoga is the ultimate therapyAs 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. 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.

  • Prerequisites
    • At least one year's experience in asana
    • Letter of referral from current teacher
    • Willing to take up still-mind meditation
  • Good to have
    • 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).
  • Course Outline

    The Diploma of Classical Yoga is designed to cover the core principles of Yoga teaching laid out by Yoga Australia (500+ hours).

  • Philosophy of Yoga

    Swadhyaya, including study of Patanjali's Sutras and Yogic philosophy.

  • History of Yoga
  • Yoga Traditions
  • Sanskrit
  • 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 Yoga

    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.

  • Integrate the academic and real experience of Yoga in order to teach effectively and offer your students a real and holistic experience.

    Self Enquiry
    Self Enquiry

    Integrate the academic and real experience of Yoga in order to teach effectively and offer your students a real and holistic experience.

  • 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 topics including Skeletal System, Musculature, Joints and Movement, Problematic Joints, Digestive System, Circulatory System, Respiratory System, Endocrine System, Nervous System, and 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.

  • Teaching Methodology

    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.

  • Commercial Principles

    We will discuss commercial principles that apply to starting your own business, including applying for Yoga Australia and inss commercial principles that apply to starting your own business, including applying for Yoga Australia and insurance.