Yoga Teacher Training – next course starts September 2023 – enrolment now open
Our Yoga Teacher Training Course was developed to give students an in-depth and holistic approach to yoga.
You’ll benefit from the knowledge and expertise of our tutors, who combined, have over 200 years and thousands of hours of experience in the study, practice and teaching of yoga. They have trained with some of the world’s most highly respected teachers from a wide range of yoga schools that include Ashtanga, Iyengar, Sivananda and many more. Each one of our teachers brings something unique to our teacher training course. This eclectic mix of backgrounds creates an ideal environment for students to develop their very own personal approach to yoga.
Our two year course comprises 44 days of practice and study held over 20 weekends in Devon. Two of these are Thursday to Sunday full board residential weekends based at Middle Coombe Farm near Tiverton. This venue is ideally located in the rolling countryside of Devon. It offers a peaceful environment – perfect for Yoga study and contemplation. Classes are held in a converted thatched cider press barn with underfloor heating and beautiful views across the Devon hills.
“It is clear that there is a thread which runs through the school which is warm, wise, fun and full of love. I felt nurtured and nourished throughout the whole experience”.
Kathy, Graduate Student.
As well as learning the correct procedure and practice of a wide range of asanas, students will also cover Mudras and Bandhas, Pranayama, Kriyas and meditation practices in detail.
You’ll also study anatomy, physiology and pathology – essential for any yoga teacher. A broad based understanding of the eleven body systems are the key areas of study. However, we have also given particular emphasis to the varied beneficial physical affects that yoga asana can bring to the body and explore these too. Keith Bellis, the tutor for this subject, has over 40 years of experience in teaching the subject and is himself a yoga and Shiatsu practitioner.
Yoga philosophy also makes up an important part of our yoga teacher training course. You’ll be guided through this fascinating subject and learn about many of the ancient yoga traditions. Principal yoga texts that are studied include the major Upanisads, The Bhagavad Gita, The Yoga Sutra and The Hatha Yoga Pradepika.
Added to this we also explore: The sthula, suksma and karana sarira (gross, subtle and casual bodies); Pancha koshas (five sheaths); Nadis, chakras and granthis (subtle channels, centres and knots); Prana (vital force); Kundalini (coiled serpent power); Tri gunas (three strands or aspects of phenomenal reality); Kleshas (afflictions); Jivatman and paramatman (individual self and supreme self).
Finally, it’s imperative that potential teachers have the tools to teach with confidence and clarity. Our course includes a complete module on teaching skills – from preparing interesting class plans and understanding how learning takes place, to the development of language clarity and safe ‘in-class’ practice.
500 Hour Qualification.
The course is 284 taught hours over 44 days (20 monthly weekends), plus 250 hours theory home study and 500 hours home practice and 150 hours of recorded weekly class, workshop, or retreat attendance leading to 500 hour qualification with the YTT Yoga Register. The prerequisites for joining the course are: two or more years of regular practice including classes, workshops, retreat attendance and/or completion of the school’s (or another organisation’s) Foundation Course.
Areas of study include:
- Preliminary exercises
- Asanas – yoga Postures
- Kriyas: exercises to cleanse and purify the internal organs and to strengthen the immune system using breath and bandha only Pranayama: breathing exercises to retain and extend the flow of vital energy
- Relaxation technques
- Mudras and Bandhas: psycho-physical processes acting on the nervous and subtle energy systems
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Subtle Anatomy: Chakras, Koshas, Nadis, theoretical and practical understanding
- Yoga Philosophy: Yoga Sutra, Samkhya, Vedanta, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Upanishads and Bhagavad Gita
- Mantra: chanting sound vibrations
- Dietary guidelines: Ayurvedic and naturopathic approaches
- Teaching skills and practice
- Hands-on guidance
- Guidelines for setting up classes and courses
- Pathology of specific health conditions helped by yoga
- Listening skills
- Swara Yoga
- Introduction to Ayurveda
- Acu-Yoga: yoga postures in relation to the acupuncture meridians of subtle energy
- Self-Massage Techniques and basic Shiatsu skills and introduction to
- DSY yoga bodywork
- A yoga business – practicalities and publicity
- Four comprehensive course manuals provided
- All students will be encouraged and guided on further developing self practice and study
- September 9-10
- September 28-October 1 (Residential)
- October 28-29
- (No November weekend)
- December 2-3
- January 20-21
- February 10-11
- March 16-17
- April 13-14
- May 18-19
- June 15-16
- July 20-21
- (No August weekend)
- September 14-15
- October 12-13
- November 9-10
- December 7-8
- January 11-12
- February 15-16
- March 22-23
- April 24-27 (Residential)
- (No May weekend)
- June 7-8
The overall course fee total is £4520 which includes:
- Training course tuition fees = £3740
This includes 44 days of tuition.
- The full board residential fees = £780
Residential fees include 6 nights full board accommodation over two Thursday to Sunday weekends and includes all meals and drinks from arrival to departure of the residential weekends.
On successful completion of the two years, the Devon School of Yoga Teacher Training Diploma is awarded. The Diploma is recognised by the Independent Yoga Network and the Yoga Register. Professional insurance cover is available on merit, so students may begin limited teaching during the course.
“I have gained so much from the teachings…
It is wonderful and I am already beginning to put into practise what I have learnt.”
Caroline, TTC Student.