This is a one Year part time course for students who have
completed YA200 training and are interested in becoming
Yoga Alliance500 hour registered teachers.
Date: Commencing 4 February
Mantra is the song of a star and it will transport you to that star
The aim of the training course is to FURTHER the training
of professional Ashtanga Yoga Teachers in accordance with
the teachings of the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois of the Ashtanga
Yoga Research Institute Mysore India and Yoga Alliance 500
The course continues the training of YA200 graduates in
order to enhance their professional edge and enable them
to register at the YA500 level with the Yoga Alliance.
Important Note: Training is focused on trainees becoming
teachers at the Yoga Academy. At the successful completion
of the YA500 course trainees may apply for teaching posts
at the Yoga Academy. However, the availability of Yoga Academy
teaching positions are limited to those becoming available
through natural attrition (i.e. existing teachers leaving).
In order to be considered for this course the student MUST
BE a graduate of the YA200 Course as taught at the Yoga
Academy and mastered all poses in the Primary Series.
The student will be assessed for competency in specific
skills, knowledge and attitude as demonstrated via written
and verbal assignments, practical exercises, group discussion,
presentations to peer group and tutor, case studies etc.
While work is not graded, all work must be handed in on
the due date and completed to a satisfactory standard.
To pass the course:
- all the work set by the tutor for the students must be
80% attendance at the classroom sessions, asana sessions,
modules and practicum sessions is required.
Assessment of the students teaching practice will be given
every four weeks. Within the content of the assessment,
areas requiring specific focus and development will be outlined.
Certification and recognition gained from
completion of this course
On successful graduation students are presented with a
certificate from The Yoga Academy,
which entitles them to:
- register with Yoga Alliance
- use the title 'registered yoga teacher' or 'RYT500' after
- use the Yoga Alliance logo.
YA 500 Program Outline
This is a one year part time training program totaling
The program is comprised of:
In addition the students are expected
to undertake home study (approximately 3 hours per week).
The program commences on 4 Februay
This first day allows for the formal
introduction of the course, the tutors and participants:
- Tutors and students are introduced
to one another and given the opportunity to begin developing
the relationships that will mature during the course.
- The course syllabus and year calendar
are issued. In addition, course policies, structures and
procedures are discussed and formally agreed.
- Assignments are outlined and some
- Trainees are also filmed as a group
undertaking the first asana practice of the course (note
this process occurs again at the end of the course to enable
students to see a visible record of their progress). Note:
This process occurs again In Dec so the two can be compared
and the evidence of progress made obvious. These videos
are played side by side at Graduation so the trainees and
their loved one’s can witness the changes (physical, mental.
emotional and spiritual) .
There are FIVE professional development learning modules
for the YA500 course spread over 11 on-site classroom weekends
starting in February 2012 and ending in December 2009:
- Yoga Anatomy and Physiology II (4 Saturday afternoons)
- Business Administration (1 Saturday afternoon)
- Fine Tuning Teaching Skills II (4 Saturday afternoons)
- Teaching Private Clients (1 weekend)
- Philosophy II (8 early Saturday mornings) For more
details see the Professional Development Modules (Level
The essence and integrity of teaching yoga comes from one's
10 hour a week personal practice. Discipline and commitment
to practice is essential .The time-honored adage "you must
walk your talk" definitely applies to teaching yoga.
Trainees attend a total of 10 hours per week of asana practice
in classes, up to 2 hours in duration:
- 2 hours per week in contact with tutor
- 8 hours per week non-contact with tutor (at least one
non-contact class with tutor)
- half hour per month learning chants with tutor
Each student must complete a self-directed 5000 word study
on Yoga Anatomy or Yoga Philosophy.
The Practicum is focused on “hands-on” experiences in actual
yoga classes. This includes:
- on going training as an assistant in a Mysore class (10
months) and Beginner class (2 months).
- at the end on the second month the student will teach
solo their own beginner and Mysore classes (a minimum of
one each per week).
A tutor will be assigned to supervise and guide and support
the student. Trainees find the Practicum to be an exciting,
challenging and potent method of learning how to teach the
vast range of body and personality types within a yoga class.
The student is required to attend a minimum of five face
to face (one hour) meetings with their tutor to discuss
their, practice, teaching skills and other relevant matters
pertaining to the student's progress.
Set in a relaxed atmosphere with music, together with celebratory
cake and chai, the graduation ceremony is attended by family,
friends and peers. It acknowledges the right of passage
from student to teacher.
Certificates are awarded to YA 200 and 500 graduates. There
are speeches, by both trainees and teachers and sometimes
performances of dance or poetry (as the students wish).
Family, friends and peers are thanked and acknowledge for
their willingness to support the trainees through the challenging
year of transformation and growth.
Note: Video presentations are on view (in particular the
first and last asana sessions that visibly show the changes
that have occurred over the year) as are still shots of
the trainees practicing yoga and meditation and teaching
(peer group teaching).
Schedule of Costs:
- Confirmation of YA200 from the Yoga Academy