Yoga Teacher Training

Want to become a Yoga Teacher???

Would you like to…

  • Deepen your practice and understanding of yoga for your own personal development?
  • Learn how to teach this ancient discipline or add it to your current repertoire?
  • Get an Internationally Recognised 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher Certificate from Yoga Alliance Professionals and an Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga?
  • Command a higher rate of pay in gyms or start out on your own and do something you LOVE for a living?? 🙂

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Hi! I’m Victoria, the Founder of StretchBodyMind. After 5 years of successfully teaching Pilates Instructors I started delivering my own brand of Yoga Teacher Training in Northern Ireland over three years ago. I am now teaching in two Scottish locations  – EAST and WEST – where I am supported by two excellent Yoga Teachers.

At the end of the course, you will receive TWO certificates (for the price of one!) allowing you to teach Hatha yoga but during the course you will also receive the latest in positive psychology, mindfulness meditation and Kundalini Kriyas – in short, a personal development education as well as professional development one!

 

The new courses start in July and Sept 2017.

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Clicking this link will take you to PayPal where you can pay your deposit.
You will then be directed to a welcome page where you can fill in your application form.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IS THE AIM OF THIS COURSE? 
You might already be a great Instructor with a sound knowledge of the body and how it moves, or a Wellness Professional with an understanding of the mind, but you want to know more about the mind-body-spirit connection. Or you might just be someone who has bitten the Yoga bug and wants to understand more than just the movements. Wherever you are, the StretchBodyMind Yoga Teacher Training course is designed to build on your knowledge and train you in a modern hatha style of Yoga using the ancient works of Patanjali as a base for our work.

This is an intimate quality learning experience. Your Trainers deliver hands-on training in a small group (never more than 8 people) so they are totally approachable, available and offers the best philosophy and teaching alignment. In each of the weekends you will be invited to become fully present to your body, mind and breath so that you can experience the state of “yoga” and you will then be expected to teach this to YOUR students.

 

WHAT WILL WE COVER?

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Each morning of your course will begin with a two-hour practice session where you will delve into the experience and the technique of asana, pranayama, meditation and mantra allowing you to deepen your personal practice of yoga while learning as much as possible about the application of technique for teaching.
:: The course will involve a detailed study of the practice, benefits and likely effects (physical, mental and emotional) of certain Asanas (postures) and an understanding of the necessary precautions and limitations and how to safely apply these.
:: Selected classical Pranayamas (breathing practices), and their anatomical and physiological effects, will be studied and practised.
:: There will be consideration of selected classical Mudras (body positions which invoke particular moods and mental attitudes) and Bandhas (psycho-physiological locks) and methods of combining the Bandhas with pranayama, mudras and other Yoga techniques.
:: There will be an introduction to the Kriyas (internal cleansing practices of Hatha Yoga) as well as an introduction to Kundalini Kriyas (exercise sets to awaken kundalini energy).
:: There will be an exploration of Yoga Nidra: (a deep relaxation technique); its place in therapy, in eliminating insomnia, improving the depth and quality of sleep and as a preparation for meditation as well as a look at modern and ancient theories of Meditation and practical techniques.

 

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Teaching Methodology:
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A minimum 3-hour portion of each day will be given to the study of teaching methodology.
Topics include:
:: the study of alignment principles
:: creative and intelligent class sequencing
:: the art of physical demonstrations
:: verbal and physical adjustments
:: modifications for all ages and posture types
as well as voice and presence of the teacher including Sanskrit – the ancient language of yoga. You learn the stories behind the names of the poses as you learn to properly pronounce their Sanskrit names.

Anatomy & Physiology:
In this portion of the training you will focus on the study of the musculo-skeletal and organ systems as well as anatomy of movement. It is important that teachers of yoga have an understanding of how the body moves (and doesn’t move!) so that they can lead a class with confidence and skill.

There will also be a focus on Eastern Anatomy of the Energetic Body. Topics of study include an introduction to the concepts of Prana (Life Energy/ Force), Chakras (energy centres governing aspects of our personality, bodily functions and health) and Nadis (energy pathways or meridians). This portion of our studies allows us to go beyond the physical body and delve into the exploration of our subtle energetic bodies.

Yoga Philosophy & History of Yoga:
Afternoon sessions of the training programme will rotate through the study of Yoga Philosophy, as it puts the physical practice into a much larger context, and the History of Yoga, looking at the major philosophical ages and their impact on the yoga practiced today. You will also receive life coaching on how to authentically incorporate yoga into your life and teaching style using the eight-limbed philosophy of the Yoga Sutras.

This part of the course will also take a closer look at the Bhagavad Gita and will include an Introduction to Ayurveda – the sister science of yoga and understanding your Dosha (constitutional type). We also look at modern trends and developments in yoga and how it has evolved since its introduction to the West.

 

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Teaching Experience:
When you become a yoga teacher, you are essentially starting a small business. Not enough people talk about this, but it’s true. Even if you’re only teaching one class a week at your local community centre, you still need to know how to write a catchy yet clear class description, get the word out about your classes and connect with all those students you really want to teach. So this course will walk you through the ins and outs of how to start your teaching with a clear plan in place so that you can get (and keep!) the students and classes you want.

You will leave this training with a 10-week series in hand, ready to teach the moment you get your graduation certificate. This includes a theme for the series, the sequences, and the marketing materials – all of which you’ll create along the way with the support of our training community. No teacher training programme would be complete without a closer look at the ethical guidelines and responsibilities of the yoga teacher. Therefore the course will also cover some key aspects of the business aspect of teaching yoga such as liability and insurance.

 

WHAT STYLE OF YOGA ARE WE LEARNING?
The StretchBodyMind 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Course focuses on the fundamentals of Hatha Yoga which are key to all styles of yoga. Your principal tutor (Victoria) has trained in Kundalini, Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow, Pre-Natal, Children’s and Anusara Yoga amongst others so all these different influences will be brought together into your training. The certificate you receive will allow you to teach Hatha yoga which is a very broad designation and will allow you to find your distinct and personal teaching style. Victoria is intentionally seeking students for this programme who want to find their own voice as a yoga teacher. While she will certainly provide you with a multitude of strong tools and templates to build with, this is your time to learn and share what yoga means to you.

 

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WHAT DO YOU EXPECT OF ME?
StretchBodyMind asks that you ensure at least a 90% attendance and completion of course and practical homework. You will also be assessed according to the Active IQ and Yoga Alliance UK guidelines.

Assessment:
1. Students will complete a Learner Achievement Portfolio showcasing their knowledge in the main elements of the course
2. Students will be required to create a 10-week class outline to ensure their knowledge is deeper than teaching one class
3. Students will complete a practical assessment of their teaching skills
4. Students will have a number of interviews with the Tutor/Assessor throughout the course

All successful graduates will receive an Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga, a certificate of completion from StretchBodyMind and RYT 200 (Registered Yoga Teacher) status from Yoga Alliance Professionals.

 

WHAT KIND OF HOMEWORK IS INVOLVED?
Students in this training are expected to do a variety of activities and assignments between training weekends. The homework is designed to both help you integrate what you learned in the previous session and prepare for the next. This includes, but is not limited to, practice teaching, reading related books and handouts, completing a Learner Achievement Portfolio (LAP), writing up pose instructions, writing an essay, creating your own 10-week series (complete with sequences & marketing) and more. For most people, this ends up being a couple of hours per week.

 

WHAT ARE THE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?
There are no special entry requirements although the course is best suited to those already practising Yoga with a strong self-practice of 2 years or more, or those already working within the fitness or health industry. Individual attention and guidance in the subtlety and art of yoga practice will be offered so that you may progress towards developing or deepening your own personal practice.

 

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WHAT IF I CAN’T DO (FILL IN THE BLANK) POSE? CAN I STILL BE PART OF THIS COURSE?
You are definitely not alone! But no one needs to be able to put their leg behind their head (or even close) to participate. This course helps you build your skills and confidence to then create the same safe, supportive environment for your future students and does not teach you to become a human pretzel (unless, of course, you were previously!) although your flexibility and confidence in the asanas will improve through the regular practice.

 

WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE?
The training weekends are 16 hours long and involve two 8 hour days on Saturdays and Sundays.
(There will be additional group and self-study time required on the Friday night in the last 3 weekends).

Sample Daily Schedule:
2015 YTT pic9.30am-10.30am   Led asana practice and meditation
10.30am-12pm   Practice to integrate teaching, sequencing and anatomy principles
12pm-1pm   Teaching methodology
1pm-1.30pm   Lunch break
1.30pm-2.30pm   Philosophy or history of yoga
2.30pm-4.30pm   Asana lab: alignment, risks, variations
4.30pm-5pm   Meditation practice and closing

 

WILL THERE BE SUPPORT BETWEEN SESSIONS?
Community is an integral component of StretchBodyMind training and in order to ensure that’s a continuous experience for everyone, even when you’re not together in person, your training group will have a private Facebook group where you can stay connected between modules (and even after graduation!). On top of that, Victoria will be available by email contact throughout the duration of the course.

 

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WHERE ARE THE VENUES?
There are TWO Yoga Teacher Training venues in 2017: EAST and WEST. The EAST venue is at the Loretto School in Musselburgh. The WEST venue is at the Holiday Inn Express, Hamilton.

WHAT ARE THE DATES?

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HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
The cost of the course is £2500.

You can also pay in instalments by paying a small deposit of £250 and then regular monthly payments by BACS Transfer.

The cost of the training includes tuition and your Teacher Training Manual as well as registration with Active IQ and Yoga Alliance Professionals.

Tuition costs do not include textbooks, travel to the venue, or any residential costs. The approximate cost for the required reading is around £50. You will be asked to purchase the books from the required reading list a minimum of two weeks before the course commences as there will be advanced reading assignments. The required texts are widely available from local booksellers or can be ordered online. You are free to purchase your books directly from Victoria’s Amazon shop or wherever you’d like – or even get them from the library!

 

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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE COURSE IS FINISHED?
You will initially complete the Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in  Teaching Yoga. Once you have received your certificate of completion from StretchBodyMind you will also be registered with Yoga Alliance Professionals at the 200 hour level which will allow you to use the letters RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) after your name, join the Yoga Alliance Professionals register as a Yoga Teacher and apply for work in many studios, gyms and health clubs. It is recommended that you begin teaching as soon as you complete the course to small groups of friends and neighbours so that you are developing what you have learned during your training.

The benefits of completing an intensive yoga study are not limited to teaching, however. Many students who take teacher training programmes never intend to teach. Participants find that the in-depth nature of this programme helps them to deepen their personal yoga practice. Since each weekend builds on the one before it, the potential for growth is orders of magnitude larger than the growth that can be attained in a normal group class setting.

Additionally, attending a long term training programme gives you the opportunity to connect with and build a community of peers and friends who share your love of yoga. Many people find they stay in close contact with their teacher training classmates for many years to come.

The first time I stood at the front of the teacher training class to lead a pose I shook from head to foot. In my mind there was no way I was cut out for this. Nine months later I qualified as a yoga teacher, and the week after I took my first yoga class! What a transformation. – Brid, YTT 2014 Graduate

AND FINALLY, WHAT ARE THE MAIN POINTS OF DIFFERENCE? 

There are a lot of different Yoga Teacher Training courses out there which can make it difficult to choose the one that’s right for you. So, if you like…

  • Small class sizes (maximum 8 people per course) and lots of personal attention from your course tutors
  • Hands-on practice of teaching skills so you develop as a teacher rather than having to write essays to prove your worth as a student
  • A chance to try out different styles of hatha yoga to find the one that fits your style of teaching rather than having to teach to a set script
  • A personal development education using proven tools for transformation as well as professional development training
  • A shared learning experience in which you feel encouraged, accepted and part of a community no matter how advanced your asana practice
  • TWO industry-recognised qualifications from the one course

Then the StretchBodyMind Yoga Teacher Training is the one for you!

 

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Please Note: I am fully committed to the StretchBodyMind Yoga Teacher Training and I want you to be sure that you are too. For this reason there are NO refunds. While I am offering an installment option, it is important to remember that by paying your deposit you are committing to the full programme and will have to pay the full amount, even if you drop out of the training. You will also not be allowed to graduate until you have paid the remainder of the course costs. ~ Victoria

Please email me if you need any more information or want to arrange a chat. I’d LOVE to talk to you!

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I am registered with Yoga Alliance Professionals as a Senior Yoga Teacher which is the highest teaching standard offered by Yoga Alliance Professionals as is described as “the pinnacle of the yoga teacher career path combining training and experience. This is a similar status to what Yoga Alliance USA refer to as an E-RYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher), but is set to a much higher standard, requiring at least 8 years of teaching experience to qualify”.

 

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The StretchBodyMind training school has met the stringent requirements set by Yoga Alliance Professionals, demonstrating that The StretchBodyMind Yoga Teacher Training course is of the highest standard and that our graduates may use the title ‘Registered Yoga Teacher’ RYT as a sign of quality training. (You will also be registered with Yoga Alliance Professionals as a Trainee Yoga Teacher as soon as you start the course).