teacher training diploma faqs

course structure/content

how long is the course? 
The course lasts 24 months and contains at least 390 contact hours. There are 16 weekend modules. The first 14 modules take place over 18 months. This is followed by 6 months mentoring and professional supervision and an additional 2 weekend modules. For TT21 the course will run from June 2017 - June 2019. A schedule of modules for the upcoming training can be downloaded once an enquiry has been submitted.

how often does the course run?
We commence two training intakes per year, in June and in November.

can I complete in less than 2 years?
It is not possible to compress the course. We do encourage our students to start to teach around a year or so into the course.

what style of yoga is taught?
Our approach is non-dogmatic and inclusive. We encourage all of our students to discover their practice and orientation through their own experience and enquiry. Therefore, we welcome applicants from all orientations of yoga.

what content does the course cover? 
The 16 core weekend modules cover the following general areas: 

  • the evolution of your own practice as your foundation to teach 
  • teaching skills including learning theory, presentation expertise, articulation, class planning and sequencing
  • analysis of key poses and their core alignment points  
  • how to construct and deconstruct postures to be suitable to different practitioners and levels of experience 
  • safe practice, postural problems and preventing injury 
  • how to make sensitive adjustments 
  • essential prāṇāyāma, breath awareness and restorative yoga 
  • practical anatomy & physiology, including conditions you may encounter when you teach 
  • meditation 
  • the history of yoga
  • a foundation in the main yoga philosophy schools including Tantra, Haṭha, Vedānta and Kashmir Saivism 
  • a study of key texts including the Yoga Sūtras of Patanjali, the Yoga Upanisads and the Shiva Sutras
  • basic Sanskrit 
  • essentials of setting up your own yoga business
  • ethical practice

how is the course material delivered? 
Teaching methods include: lectures, experiential classes, small and large group work, practice teaching time and individual homework and exercises to encourage in depth learning and discovery.

who teaches on the programme?
There are two main asana teachers and 4 teaching assistants on each intake. The asana teachers for the June 2017 intake will be Jean Hall and Mimi Kuo-Deemer. The philosophy component of the course is delivered by Carlos Pomeda and the anatomy and physiology sessions are led by Chris Swain. A list of all faculty is available here.

do I need to live in London?
Many of our students do live in or around London, but several of our students travel in from much further afield: Jersey, the West Country, Wales, Scotland and even mainland Europe.

is it possible to work full time alongside the training?
Absolutely. Many of our students work full time and/or have families. The majority of the contact hours on the training take place over weekends.

how much homework is there?
The triyoga teacher training diploma is a combination of continuous assessment, practical and written examinations. After each module, reading and small amounts of written work are set. Towards the end of the training, there are slightly longer pieces of work in each subject area to complete. On average, past students have set aside between 5 - 10 hours to complete coursework per week in addition to attendance at the weekend modules.

how much practice will I be expected to do?
We recommend that you begin regular classes (a minimum of 2x per week) with course tutors or teachers approved by the course tutors. In addition, it is strongly recommended that you begin self-practice at home. This will enable you to experiment creatively, question and work toward integrating what you learn in class. Ultimately, this training is about you discovering your own embodied understanding of yoga and teaching from your personal experience and process of inquiry. To do this effectively requires self-practice, contemplation, meditation, acquired knowledge and experience.

As a requirement of the training students must attend a minimum 90 hours of taught classes, observe a minimum 15 hours of classes and assist a minimum of 18 hours of classes.

what happens if I miss a module?
In the event that you miss a weekend (or a section) of training, the manner in which you can catch up on the content will depend on the type of session you missed. If the session was anatomy & physiology or philosophy, you'll be able to join this session with another intake at no extra cost.
If you miss an asana component, you will need to agree on a catch up plan with your tutor. This may include attending an extra session with your tutor charged at £60 per hour (split between all students who have missed the module). We ask students to try and not miss more than two modules over the duration of the whole course.

I have particular learning needs, is support available?
Yes. We have policies in place to support students with particular learning needs. Please contact us to discuss your individual situation.

Where does the training take place?
The majority of training modules take place at triyoga's Soho studio. On rare occasions modules may also take place at our Camden studio or at another London location.

application process

how do I apply?
All applicants must fill in an application form - please submit an enquiry to download an application form and schedule of dates. Aside from personal details and information about your yoga experience, we ask for a contemplation and a reference from your yoga teacher.

Completed application forms should be emailed or posted to the Teacher Training Administrator, Flavia Cerrone, flavia@triyoga.co.uk, triyoga, 10-11 St Georges Mews, London NW1 8XE

The deadline for applications for the June 2017 intake is Friday 12 May 2017.

how can I pay the £20 course application fee?
The £20 application fee can be made by one of the following methods: 

Cheque made payable to 'triyoga UK Ltd.'
Credit / debit card - please call 0207 449 3151 to make payment
BACS transfer - please contact flavia@triyoga.co.uk for bank details

do you take on everyone who applies?
We have many more applicants that we have places, so once the closing date for applications has passed we will interview all candidates. 

how many students do you take on the course?
We take a maximum of 32 new students onto each intake.

what level yoga practitioner do I need to be?
Applicants should have a minimum of 2 years consistent yoga practice. 

my hamstrings are super tight, I can't do a headstand - can I still apply?
Absolutely! Though we are looking for students who have an established, serious practice, we know and understand that all bodies are different. We will be looking at your intention toward practice and how you work with your body as it is now. More importantly, we consider your potential for growth and development as a dedicated practitioner and teacher.

what happens if I'm working with an injury?
Depending on the nature of the injury you may want to contact us during the application process to assess how your injury will impact on your participation in the course.

am I too old to apply?
We do not have an age limit. Current and previous students on the course have ranged in age from early 20s to mid 60s.

what happens at the interview?
All applicants who have submitted a complete application will be invited to interview.  The interview is in two parts.

The first part will be a face-to-face chat with one of the main asana teachers on the programme. We will give you a timeslot for this. These interviews will take place at triyoga head office in Primrose Hill. The second part takes the form of an asana class for all applicants which will be held at our Camden studio. 

how can I prepare for my interview?

If possible take one or more classes with one, other or both of the main asana teachers, reflect on their teaching style and approach. Review your contemplations from the application form - think deeply about why you want to do the training. Consider what information you need from us to help you to decide whether you take up a place on the training, if offered.

when will I know whether I have a place on the course?
Successful applicants will be offered a place on the training during the week following the interviews. If your application is not successful this time round, we can carry it forward to a future training. We will be able to offer some feedback on your practice and suggest classes or teachers that you might like to attend.

costs

how much does the course cost?
application fee: £20 (discounted from course fee if accepted onto the training) 
course fee: £4500 
discounted fee available if you pay for the whole course up front: £4200

Course fees are non refundable + include all tuition, mentoring, course manuals + handouts.  

can I set up a payment plan?
Yes. We will require a deposit of £1000 up front and then 24 monthly payments of £145.

are there any extra costs? 
Yes, these include:

  • British Wheel of Yoga Registration Fee: £50 (one off payment) 
  • British Wheel of Yoga Membership (includes insurance to teach): £76 (annual payment) 
  • First Aid course 
  • Required texts

what benefits do I get as a triyoga teacher trainee?
Teacher trainees receive unlimited classes for £54 per month. If you visit triyoga 3 times per week this price is equates to a 70% discount on our regular class price. Discounts for some triyoga workshops are also available + 10% off all triyoga shop purchases.

deferring/leaving the training

what happens if I become pregnant?
In the event that you become pregnant, the teacher training administration and teachers undertake to be as flexible as possible and support you to work out the best way forward. We have a set of guidelines for students who have become pregnant to help them through the training and our aim is to ensure that you are given the necessary support.

I feel ‘gifted' to have become pregnant during my teacher training. Thanks to the support from the all team - teachers, students, ... - I managed to get through the whole program missing only 2 modules that I was able to catch up quite smoothly. In addition I learnt a lot experiencing so many internal changes and this has nourished my thought process to become a teacher. This teacher training is a 2 years journey that is as important as the destination. I wouldn't do it differently.
Emma, 2015 graduate

what happens if I get injured?
In difficult circumstances e.g. injury, the teacher training administration and teachers undertake to be as flexible as possible and support you to work out the best way forward.  Subject to prior consultation with the teacher trainers and a fully qualified medical practitioner, if you suffer an injury you may come to sessions and adjust the poses to suit your condition or observe as is appropriate.

Our intention always is to try to find ways of helping students complete the training on the intake originally applied for. However, we understand that there may be some instances where it is not possible to continue and a deferral to another intake may be necessary.

what happens if I want to leave the course?
It is our aim and policy to facilitate teacher trainees who may be experiencing difficulties either with the training or in other areas of their life so they are able to complete the teacher training programme. However, we understand that in some circumstances this is not possible and students have no choice other than to leave the programme. In this instance we will be unable to give you a certificate or graduate you from the training and your course fees for the remainder of the training are still due unless an exemption applies.

graduating/becoming a teacher

when can I start teaching yoga?
Once you have a valid first aid certificate, your student teacher insurance with the British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) will cover you to teach outside of the training weekends. We encourage students to start teaching friends and family as soon as possible. Many students start organising and teaching public classes around a year into the training.

After the first class observations (around Module 12) students are invited to join the triyoga in the community scheme. This matches trainee teachers with classes at voluntary organisations across London: we have current placements at MIND, SHP, West Euston Partnership, Kids Company and Mind Yourself.

what qualifications do I get at the end of the training?
On graduation you will receive the following certification: 

  • Certificate of Excellence from triyoga Education 
  • British Wheel of Yoga certification
  • Eligibility for Yoga Alliance Professionals (UK) Associate Teacher - Level 1 status
  • Eligibility for Yoga Alliance USA RYS 200 
  • Eligibility for REPS Level III (Yoga)

where can I work after I've graduated?
Our graduates work in yoga studios, gyms, church halls, community centres. Some set up corporate classes or volunteer. You will have the relevant experience, qualifications and insurance to develop your teaching career in the way that works for you.  

Students may to decide to develop more specific skills in areas that are of particular interest to them: for example, pregnancy yogateaching yoga to childrenrestorative yoga, mindfulness and meditation or hot yoga.

There are opportunities for our very best graduates to become Teaching Assistants on the TT programme. Many of our past graduates now teach classes at triyoga studios.

I've got more questions, who can I ask?
Contact Flavia of the triyoga teacher training team: flavia@triyoga.co.uk or call 020 7449 3151.