cYs Practitioner Training Programme Study Format and Syllabus

Programme Contact, Study, Teaching and Supervision Hours

This full teacher training programme totalling over 700 teacher training hours (over 640 hours training plus a minimum of 75 hours at Introductory/Foundation level) meets the European Minimum Standard of 500 hours training over 4 years.

It also exceeds the national educational standards in the UK of a Governing Body of Yoga, the British Wheel of Yoga with its 2 years minimum and 240 contact hours and 500 course hours as well as the Yoga Alliance 500 accumulated seminar and study hours Yoga Teacher levels.

A minimum of 460 contact hours within 640 course hours over three years or when combined with the IW and FC Programme prerequisites a minimum of 510 contact hours within 715 course hours through:

  • 425 contact hours over 21 non-residential three day workshops with Paul Harvey and Specialist Faculty Teachers.
  • 20 hours personal lessons with an acceptably experienced teacher.
  • 10 hours individual and group class supervision for your current teaching work from the second year with an acceptable supervisor.
  • 5 hours (approx) external group class assessment from the second year with an acceptable external assessor.
  • 100 hours in home study and course completion projects.
  • 80 hours personal teaching in group classes and individual lessons.

Assessment and Projects

There will be informal and formal teaching and practice assessments with emphasis on the overall quality of the individual students’ development. The work will be assessed by the Programme trainer or where appropriate faculty support teachers.

  • Continuing assessment of coursework given as both theoretical and practical home study is necessary and the student is expected to fulfil each year satisfactorily in terms of completion on time and the quality of the work submitted. The home study will include written work each weekend around Yoga theory and practice, Yoga Sūtra study, anatomy and physiology, teaching methodology and counselling skills. Here the students own personal teacher will support the students own efforts with the home study homework.
  • All students will be required to teaching group classes by the second year and working with individuals by the third year.
  • Live teaching experience is necessary based on actual teaching experience of 40 hours group class teaching over at least 3 terms from the end of the first year and eight individual case studies of at least 5 tuition hours each to be undertaken from the end of the second year. The case files will be supervised with appropriate feedback.
  • There will also be external examination of around 5 hours (3 hours teaching plus feedback time) of the student’s own group classes in the second and third years by a teaching practice assessor who will make a written evaluation.

Syllabus Topics & Content

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A minimum of 460 contact hours within 640 course hours over three years:

  1. Yoga Sādhana – Yoga Practice
    • Individual lessons for personal practice
    • Group workshops to develop self planning, planning for others and observational skills.
    • Building and working with basic, group class and personalised Learning or Healing Yoga practices.
  2. Yoga Sūtra – Yoga Psychology
    • An in-depth study of Chapters One and Two of the Yoga Sūtra.
  3. Roots of Yoga and Related Texts
    • Definition of Yoga according to root texts.
    • Approaches to and evolution of Yoga.
    • Overview of related texts
  4. Āsana – Yoga Postures
    • Definition according to Yoga texts.
    • Detailed study of Primary Āsana.
    • Introduction to Intermediate Āsana.
    • Overview of Advanced Āsana.
    • Classification, sequence building, compensation and breathing.
    • Movement, stay, variation and modification.
    • Āsana with sound, Mudrā and Bandha.
    • Apprenticeship into the Art and theory of observation in practice.
  5. Prāṇāyāma – Seated Yoga Breathing
    • Definition according to Yoga texts.
    • Detailed study of important techniques and theory of Prāṇa and Nādī.
    • Preparation, classification, components and sequence building within Prāṇāyāma.
  6. Dhyāna – Yoga Meditation
    • Introduction into the various aspects of Dhyāna (Meditation) within practice.
    • Basic techniques of Dhāraṇā (Concentration) and Bhāvana (Visualisation) applied through Āsana and Prāṇāyāma.
    • Refinement of practice through meditation.
  7. Yoga Cikitsa – Yoga Therapeutics
    • The therapeutic possibilities of Yoga in working with problems or illness.
    • Study of Āyurveda and its therapeutic links with Yoga.
  8. viniyoga of Yoga – Application of Yoga
    • The Teachings from T Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar.
    • Eastern and Western Teaching Methodology and the student teacher relationship.
    • Advantages and disadvantages of individual and group tuition.
    • Application of Yoga for individual and group situations.
    • Organisational and Ethical aspects of teaching.
    • Introduction to counselling skills.
  9. Saṃskṛta and Nāda – Yoga of Sound
    • Introducing the Romanised Saṃskṛta alphabet.
    • Understanding the important names in Āsana and Prāṇāyāma.
    • Application of voice work and techniques for sound in practice.
    • Reciting the Yoga Sūtra and Yoga teachings.
  10. The Human System
    • Study of anatomy, physiology, pathology, pharmacology and kinesiology.
  11. Svādhyāya – Home Study
    • Formal home study of a practical nature through reading, practice planning, theory questions and personal practice.
    • Completion of final year Yoga Sūtra study project.
    • Completion of 80 hours external group and one to one teaching.

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