Recognised by Yoga Australia, the national association for Australia's Yoga teachers from all yoga styles, as meeting requirements for Level 1 membership.
This is a comprehensive and transformative course. You will travel to the depths of yoga and yourself and your growing skills as a teacher will blossom from the discovery of your own deep innate wisdom.
Information Session Saturday 23 November, 3.00 - 5.00 pm - please book in so we have an idea of numbers.
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The Yoga Spirit Studios Teacher Training Course is a comprehensive training that will expand and deepen your understanding as a teacher and yoga practitioner. It is especially suitable for teachers who have perhaps qualified initially with a shorter course.
In the 2014 intake we are also offering some subjects as individual subjects which will allow you to refresh some areas of learning as part of your Continuing Professional Development.
We also arrange professional development training for yoga teachers. See Workshops and retreats for information about any current professional development sessions for qualified yoga teachers. Currently booking Teaching Meditation to Children training.
The range of courses now available is wide and it can be confusing to navigate and differentiate what might be the best course to undertake. It is important to shop around and make an informed decision as to which course is right for you. Here are some questions you might find it useful to consider and perhaps ask providers:
- How important is it to do a course that allows me entry to Yoga Australia as a Level 1 member?
Yoga Australia has the highest standards in Australia for membership. An initial qualification must take at least 12 months to complete, and it must have minimum contact hours in a range of subject areas. This initial qualification allows you entry as a Level 1 teacher. To become a Level 2 or 3 with Yoga Australia you must have taught for a number of years and undertake further studies. These high standards are gaining recognition in Australia's insurance industry for professional indemnity and public liability insurance, and in the health insurance industry, with many funds now recognising Yoga Australia members as providers. Yoga Australia membership is certainly valuable. Yoga Australia has some FAQs at http://www.yogaaustralia.org.au/FAQ that may also help clarify this for you.
- Does the course I am considering allow me immediate entry into Yoga Australia Level 1 membership without further study, mentoring or expense?
Unfortunately some courses are advertised as "Yoga Australia registered" when in fact the course does not completely fulfill Yoga Australia's requirements, with additional mentoring hours and possibly qualifications in Anatomy and Physiology being required, at additional expense. This is not always immediately obvious in the marketing material so be sure to ask, not only the provider but Yoga Australia as well.
- What are the pros and cons of doing a short intensive course or a longer in depth course?
Will you be able to absorb and retain a large amount of new information if it is presented in a very short space of time? Will a short course enable me to deeply embody the teachings and to grow and transform as a longer course will. Note that Yoga Australia requires a course to be of at least 12 months duration for these reasons and if your training is shorter, Yoga Australia will require you to undertake additional mentoring.
Be invited on a kinaesthetic exploration of your innerself as you discover how yoga can excavate body memories and how healing can be found through movement. Your inner teacher will emerge from a crysalis of deep-felt understanding of the origins of movement and of the connection of movement and feeling states.
This is not a course in difficult or showy poses and it is not about learning set sequences to show to others. It is not a fast track to certification as it takes time to integrate the deep teachings of the hatha yoga path.
You will learn through hands on experience while participating in a thorough curriculum that provides sound training in western sciences and classical hatha yoga studies. Above all, and impossible to separate from the development of your teaching, this course will deepen your connection to the spiritual roots of the practice and will light the path for a rich and rewarding journey of self-discovery.
Trainees meet at non-residential weekend workshops every 3 to 6 weeks over the course of 18 months, attend classes and courses at the studio, complete online and written assignments and attend a five day residential intensive.
If you have a dream to embrace yoga as a way of life, to deepen your understanding of yourself and the practice, to share it with others, then this is the course for you.
- Embodied Teaching
- Body Intelligence
- Yogic Physiology
- Classical Philosophy
- Ayurveda Lifestyle
- Living Yoga Residential Intensive
- Specialty Yoga
- Yoga Business
Sandra Bryant - Principal Teacher Trainer
Sandra Bryant is one of Adelaide's finest yoga teachers and Director of Essence of Yoga at Golden Grove. Sandra was the first trained by Rebecca Richards, founder of Yoga Spirit Studios. After completing her formal studies, Sandra went on to study with Donna Farhi, whose ideas have been a major source of inspiration for the Yoga Spirit model of yoga and our teacher training. Sandra completed Donna's Advanced Teacher Training in 2005. Sandra is now one of Donna's senior associates and has assisted on the Advanced Teacher Training and Workshop intensives in New Zealand and Australia. Currently undertaking further studies in Yoga Anatomy, and Somatic Movement studies, Sandra is continually evolving as a yoga practitioner and teacher, and enjoys sharing her knowledge of this ancient practice. Sandra was a teacher at Yoga Spirit Studios until 2010 when she opened her own studio, Essence of Yoga, in the north-eastern suburb of Golden Grove.
Maarten is an accredited yoga and meditation teacher with a background in exercise physiology and neuroscience. He is also a research scientist in health sciences where he is investigating the potential for yoga as a complementary therapy in addressing chronic clinical conditions. As his knowledge base includes both the wisdom of yoga and western science, he is able to bridge the two fields, thereby providing students with an integral approach to understanding the amazing human mind-body being.
David is a Yoga Teacher and Lecturer with over 20 years of yogic experience. He will share his wisdom with you in the Yoga Philosophy module.
Helen is a qualified Ayurvedic Natural Therapist and long time Yoga practitioner. She will share with you her passion for natural health in Yogic Lifestyles and Ayurvedic Studies.
"This teacher training course opened up an aspect of myself I had not realised existed and has given me the confidence to share what I have learnt with others. It has also given me a solid foundation from which to continue my journey through yoga. I would sincerely recommend this course to any one who wishes to be a Yoga Teacher or wants to study yoga for their personal growth." Charlton 2010 Graduate
“I have really enjoyed the course as it has developed my yoga in more ways than I could have imagined, it has challenged and helped me face fears. That in turn has
built my confidence and helped me grow emotionally and spiritually. The use of
different teachers to present the different subject areas and their own personal touch
has kept the course fresh and interesting. To be able to do this course with people
that are encouraging and supportive has created friendships that I know will continue on throughout my life. “ – Judy 2008 graduate
“I have discovered the Yoga Teacher training course to be a
creative, intriguing and a rewarding journey. Learning and
linking concepts has enhanced my understanding of teaching the whole person. The lectures have always been well organised and thorough. The studio is a lovely calm, warm environment for
study and meditation. Perfect.” – CC Corell, 07–08 trainee
“The course sets high standards of learning and each unit is professionally written, relevant and delivered with excellence. I found the course provided a safe and loving environment in which I was nudged out of my comfort zone and into a world of fear and immense reward.” - Adrianne 2005 graduate
“I had been teaching Yoga classes in my local community for 3 years and felt the need to further my knowledge and gain a formal accreditation. As the course unfolded I felt a new found confidence in my teaching, and looking back I feel it has been a huge step forward. As a group we shared an incredible journey, had lots of laughs, and many insights along the way. This is a great opportunity to study Yoga in Adelaide and I have no hesitation in recommending this course to aspiring or existing teachers of yoga.” Lis 2005 graduate
“The course remains very true to the deeper aspects of yoga which are increasingly missing from many presentations of the discipline. The work was deep and challenging in unexpected ways. Over the period of the training as a group we grew closer and by the end of the course I was really proud of everyone’s achievements and standard of teaching. I would recommend this course to people who are looking to deepen their understanding of yoga, either for their own personal growth and understanding or to become teachers.” Lindy 2005 graduate
The Prospectus for the 2014-15 course is now attached below. It contains:
- Full description of what to expect from this course
- Detailed subject content
- Course fees and timetable
Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and Application Form This document outlines our policy on recognition of prior learning and how to apply for it.
Withdrawals from the Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Course This document covers how we handle issues of fees, completed subjects and other matters of relevance when a student withdraws from the Teacher Training Course.
Attendance policy This document outlines how the 80% attendance policy is applied