course detail

A journey from the body to the soul...

Setting the highest standards in yoga teaching, triyogas advanced teacher training course will enable + empower teachers to hone their skills in order to effectively teach students of all levels + experience. Delving deeper into the rich and diverse body of knowledge known as yoga and honouring its tradition alongside fresh + innovative approaches, participants will be supported to foster + enrich their own authentic style and voice to become confident, inspiring and embodied teachers.

Course Description
The course programme comprises: Asana, Pranayama, Meditation, Philosophy (traditional yoga texts and Western philosophy), experiential Anatomy + Physiology, Subtle Body Anatomy, Voicework, Chanting, Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teachers and applied Teaching Methodology.

Each module weekend will be themed and will integrate teachings, theory and practice to provide a holistic view of a topic. Modules are progressive, each building upon the work from previous modules, supporting a pace of learning that enables students to integrate material and practices into their own practice and teaching outside of the course.

The course framework provides continuity and community, and an environment that is supportive and empowered where learning and exploration spark reflection, self-inquiry, and the development of evaluation and appraisal skills. Throughout the programme, students will assess the effectiveness and progression of their teaching skills both individually and with the support of their tutors and peer-group.

On successful completion of the course, participants will have:

  • Gained a fuller understanding of the different approaches, methods + philosophies of yoga which can support and nurture students of all different backgrounds and experience, and be able to skilfully apply them;
  • Understood better the role + challenges of the modern yoga teacher as it relates to an evolving tradition, and;
  • Increased their confidence both personally + professionally. 

Course Outcomes
More specifically, participants will have: 

  • Deepened + refined their own personal practice, including applying modifications, variations + intelligent approaches to practicing intermediate/advanced (or Level 2) asana;
  • Developed reflective, self-evaluation + appraisal skills with which to objectively assess the effectiveness of their teaching taking into consideration pedagogy and effective communication;
  • Contemplated and worked with progressive learning techniques + creative sequencing to ensure safe + methodical practice according to student level, needs + capacity;
  • Refined language + communication skills covering essential + subtle alignment, clear methodology, and authentic and inclusive voice;
  • Gained confidence in how to give skilful assists with sensitivity + awareness;
  • Engaged in a dialogue to understand more fully the dynamics of the student/teacher relationship, covering different aspects such as praise and blame, transference, projection, criticism, idealisation + counter transference;
  • Studied in-depth key texts of the yoga tradition + related western texts in order to more skilfully weave teachings into classes, workshops + retreats;
  • Understood more accurately the roots of the yoga tradition and the way yoga has been adapted + evolved in the modern age; used this knowledge to contemplate and articulate the role/responsibilities of a modern yoga teacher;
  • Refined their learning + practise of various pranayama + meditation techniques and how to make them accessible + relevant to students of all levels + experience;
  • Further clarified + refined their knowledge + understanding of subtle body anatomy and how it can relate to asana practice, pranayama + chanting;
  • Increased their knowledge of anatomy as it relates to sound alignment covering case studies/scenarios that often come up in class along with effective ways to deal with them;
  • Been introduced to the elementary stages of kirtan leadership + by the end of the training to be empowered to confidently lead simple, introductory mantras accompanied by harmonium drone in classes, workshops and retreats;
  • Been introduced to the basic tenets of Ayurveda as the medicinal arm of yoga;
  • Embraced personal practice + balanced living as the means to embody modern yoga and maintain a wellspring of enthusiasm + creativity.

Faculty
The course will be led by two of triyoga's most experienced teachers and teacher trainers - Anna Ashby and Jean Hall. Anna and Jean will be joined by a team of experts, responsible for delivering specific portions of the course: 

Chris Swain
Nikki Slade
Richard Rosen
Carlos Pomeda
Suzanne Newcombe
Jason Birch
Bill Mahony
Gary Carter
Jono Condous
Steve Haines
Sarah Deco
Dave Behrens
Gillian Evans

Structural Breakdown
Each of the 11x 3-day modules includes theoretical, practical and experiential components which integrate to explore a central topic of theme from several perspectives.

Module 1
Welcome + Intention
Anatomy Workshop + Practicum: Breath + Gravity
Asana Exploration: Breath, Gravity + Movement
The Methodology of Instruction
Practicum: Reading Bodies - What do you See?
Reflection, Meditation + Self-Evaluation/Appraisal Skills
Chanting + Voicework

Module 2
The History and Philosophy of Yoga: An Introduction
Upanisads: Breath of the Eternal
Asana Exploration: Embodiment through Thematic Teaching
Bhagavad Gita: Epic, Inspiration, Foundation for Living + Teaching
Practicum: Embodiment through Thematic Teaching
Talk + Discussion: Pedagogy - The Study + Practice of How Best to Teach

Module 3
Anatomy Workshop: Feet + Legs
Anatomy Practicum: Foundation, Skeletal/Muscular Systems + Case Studies
Asana Exploration: Foundation + the Subtleties of Muscular Action
Restorative + Breath Exploration: Following the Pathway of the Breath + Yoga Nidra
Practicum: The Fine Art of Assisting
Reflection, Meditation + Self-Evaluation/Appraisal Skills
Chanting + Voicework

Module 4
Anatomy Workshop: The Alignment of the Pelvis
Anatomy Practicum: Pelvis, Reproductive System + Case Studies
Asana Exploration: The Subtleties of the Pelvic Girdle
Introduction to the Subtle Body: Energetics of the Pelvis
Practicum: Assists + Partnering
Reflection, Meditation + Self-Evaluation/Appraisal Skills
Chanting + Voicework

Module 5
Philosophy - Inner Yoga: Seed of the Tree of Tantra
Asana Exploration: Embodying the Teachings
Practicum: Creative + Purposeful Sequencing

Module 6
Anatomy Workshop: The Lower + Mid-Torso
Anatomy Practicum: Mid-Spine, Digestion + Diaphragmatic Movement + Case Studies
Asana Exploration: The Subtleties of Mid-Spinal Alignment
Subtle Body: Strength from the Core
Practicum: Ensuring Student Learning
Reflection, Meditation + Self-Evaluation/Appraisal Skills
Chanting + Voicework

Module 7
Anatomy Workshop: Upper Torso
Anatomy Practicum: Stress Physiology + Nervous System Health + Case Studies
Asana Exploration: The Subtleties of the Shoulder Girdle
Talk + Discussion: The Dharma of Student/Teacher Roles
Subtle Body: Energetics of the Heart
Practicum: Teaching from the Heart
Chanting + Voicework

Module 8
Philosophy - The Crossover Between East and West: The Universal Essence of Yoga Philsophy Across the Ages
Asana Exploration: Embodying the Teachings
Philosophy - The Phenomonology of Lived Experience
Practicum: Creating Liminal Space and Designing Retreats
Shifting Paradigms: Unitive Perception in the Modern World

Module 9
Anatomy Workshop: Cervical Spine + Skull
Anatomy Practicum: Ventricular System, Lymphatic + Endocrine Systems + Case Studies
Asana Exploration: Subtleties of the Neck + Skull
Discussion: The Practice of Self-Care + Balance
Subtle Body: Moving towards the Upper Realms
Successful Yoga Business Practices: Ethics + Politics
Chanting + Voicework

Module 10
Philosophy - The Hatha Yoga Tradition + Modern Yoga
Asan Exploration: Connecting to the Roots of our Tradition in the Modern Age
Sahasrara: The Energy of Expansion

Module 11
Asana + Meditation Practice, Final Project Presentations, Closing Ceremony + Chant

In addition to the modules, there will be 4x guest workshops:

Workshop 1: Pranayama practices (Richard Rosen)
Workshop 2: The fascial body (Gary Carter)
Workshop 3: Yoga and trauma (Steve Haines)
Workshop 4: Ayurveda (Jono Condous)

In total, the programme comprises over 300 hours of tuition, practice and study.

Materials

Modules will take place at triyoga studios, which are fully equipped with mats, props etc. Participants will be provided with a course reading list in advance of the start of the programme - which will include core and recommended texts. All other course materials (handouts, manuals etc.) will be provided at module weekends, as necessary.

Prerequisites
The triyoga advanced teacher training is open to participants who:

1. Have an existing 200 hour teacher training qualification (through any school)
2. Have a minimum of 18 months' post-qualification teaching experience
3. Have a minimum 200 hours post-qualification teaching experience
4. Submit a completed application form (including a reference and a personal contemplation)

Evaluation Procedure and Graduation
Graduation from the training is not a given. To successfully complete the training students are required to:   

  • Attend at least 10 modules (and make up hours if modules are missed)
  • Demonstrate a committed, open and enquiring attitude throughout the training
  • Contribute to in-class and online group discussions
  • Complete all course assessments to a satisfactory standard, including: Case studies; Essays/Reflective writings; Teaching plans; Final project

On successful completion of the course, participants will be awarded with a triyoga advanced teaching training certificate.

Attendance
As indicated above, attendance at least 10 modules is compulsory for the successful completion of the course. If a participant has to miss a module, they must arrange an appropriate content ‘catch up' plan with the module leaders - to ensure that key course teachings are not missed. Where catch up plans require one-to-one tuition outside of scheduled course hours, fees incurred will be met by the student.

Accreditation
The triyoga advanced teacher training is accredited by Yoga Alliance Professionals at the 300 hour level and is also registered by Yoga Alliance (US) at the 300 hour level.

This means that on successful completion of the course, participants will:

1. Receive the triyoga Education advanced teacher training certificate
2. Be eligible to register with the Yoga Alliance as a RYT500 teacher. This is subject to the participant's existing teaching experience + RYT status - see https://www.yogaalliance.org/Credentialing/Credentials_for_Teachers
3. Be able to count the further training hours towards their upgrade to the next level with Yoga Alliance Professionals. For detailed information about joining and upgrade criteria - see https://yogaalliance.co.uk/yoga-teachers/teacher-joining-criteria

Questions?
Please get in touch advancedtt@triyoga.co.uk