Beginners 1: April 13-19
Beginners 2: July 12-15
Beginners 3: September 6-9
Mysore: November 8-11
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We welcome students from any yoga background who have enjoyed a strong regular practice for at least two years. These courses are aimed at anyone who is serious about teaching professionally, and who has the drive and ambition to devote the energy and time to become a successful teacher. The course demands dedication both physically and mentally. If you are unsure of your suitability, please contact us or drop in to discuss.
Unlike most training courses which once finished, leave you to get on with it, this course is broken down into bite size chunks so you can start teaching what you have learnt, and then come back, address any issues which have come up while you taught, and then learn the next part. This way you not only get teaching experience without being overwhelmed, but you are constantly in touch with the trainers so you have support.
The starting point on your journey is our entry level foundation course which is split into two parts:
Ashtanga Yoga Beginners 1
Ashtanga Yoga Beginners 2
These two courses are designed to get you teaching safely and effectively. with a strong emphasis on acquiring teaching skills through hands-on practice and a well-structured formula, the aim is to get you out there teaching and gaining confidence.
Ashtanga Yoga Beginners Course – Level 1
Level 1 will train you to teach an 8 week course for complete beginners. This beginners 1 course takes you from teaching the sun salutations through all the standing postures and some of the finishing sequence. The course is structured to motivate and encourage home practice in your students and to give them a taste of self practice and self empowerment. During your training you will become a Union Yoga Centre member and have the opportunity to be involved in yoga classes as a trainee teacher. You will automatically be insured throughout your training and encouraged to observe classes taught at the centre. You are part of an apprenticeship program which promotes learning and doing together.
What do I get after Ashtanga Yoga Beginners Course – Level 1?
You come out of Level 1 with a confident and sound approach to teaching your own Beginners 1 course. We will provide you with teaching resources and wholesale priced equipment, and assist you in promoting your classes. You will have the advice and support of a mentor throughout this
Ashtanga Yoga Beginners Course – Level 2
After your first experience of teaching and using the same approach as Level 1, you will train to teach students who have completed the beginners 1 course, and are now learning the asanas of the primary series up to the Marichyasana series. The class will be extended to include preparatory exercises for backbending, and the finishing sequence will be extended. You will be given the chance to both observe and assist in yoga classes at the centre.
What do I get after Ashtanga Yoga Beginners Course – Level 2?
You finish Level 2 with increased confidence both in verbally teaching the ashtanga series up to Marichyasana and in encouraging your students to progress towards complete self practice of what they have learnt. Successful completion of the Foundation Course gives you RYT accreditation with Yoga Alliance UK, and will allow you to enroll on the Diploma Upgrade consisting of Beginners 3 and Mysore, which will lead to the qualification of Yoga Alliance UK RYT200 teacher.
BEGINNERS 3 and MYSORE
If you have completed Beginners 1+2 or are already teaching and want to upgrade to Yoga Alliance UK RYT200 accreditation, taking Beginners 3 +Mysore will give you this qualification.
Beginners 3 and Mysore can be taken as separate modules, but note only taking one module will not lead to RYT200 accreditation. However, both Beginners 3 and Mysore are great stand-alone modules which will enhance your existing teaching skills.
Ever wondered how to teach the second half of the primary series? This is the part-particularly the asanas around Bujapidasana to Supta Kurmasana-which often become a block for many students. In Beginners 3 you will learn sequences which are based on sound physiological research and principles. You will not only learn these effective sequences, but the science behind them, and put the theory into practice by creating your own sequences for hard to attain asanas.
Following the principles of Beginners 2 which introduces adjusting in the standing postures, you will be learning how to adjust in the first half of the primary series.
This is the culmination of Beginners 1, 2 and 3. You will now learn how to teach in the traditional Mysore style, having carefully nurtured your students to this level. This module concentrates on adjusting in all its forms and subtleties, and we will be using Brian Cooper's widely acclaimed manual 'the Art of Adjusting', now compulsory on many teacher training courses throughout the world.