Our Flagship 500-hour Integral Yoga Studies Teacher Training Programme
Conscious awareness is a requirement for an integral yoga teacher to be able to hold space for their students. This teacher training programme develops teachers—slowly and deeply—to embody the conscious awareness required for their daily living teaching practice. We are here in this world to learn through service to others; our teacher training programme is designed to help students feel ready to share the benefits of the practices with others in their communities.
In the tradition of Integral Yoga Dharma Ananda, the training is extremely thorough and unique. The teaching is informed by contemplative education, scientific research, transpersonal psychology, classical yogic traditions and other wisdom traditions, elements of shamanism, as well more modern and culturally-responsive teachings. Our approach is universalist, inclusive and accessible, while also honouring and respecting tradition.
Why Our Teacher Training Programme is Different
Many newly trained yoga teachers do not always feel confident enough to begin teaching. The length and depth of this programme prepares teachers extremely well. There is no such thing as haste on the yogic path. Haste lacks consciousness, and yoga is the path of consciousness. This is one of the eight laws of the integral yogic path and an attitude that is unwavering in our teaching and supporting learning on the programme.
Trainee teachers will also have the opportunity to choose between three distinct study pathways for Integral Yoga Studies, giving them the opportunity to develop further in a preferred area of study more suited to their personal and professional preferences.
The level of ongoing support provided to our students for navigating the awakening process and develop integrally as authentic teachers is one important feature of our teacher training programme. This support never ends for our alumni who will remain connected through our student and teacher community of practice. Additionally, we take the ethics very seriously. Firstly, the ethical foundations of the integral yogic path underpin the entire training course and are continually revisited. Secondly, the ethics of teaching is an area that is given attention in order to prepare students for their real-world living practice as yogis for life.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What can I expect to learn on this 500-hour teacher training programme?
- This programme covers a broad range of practices thoroughly and it differs from many other teacher training courses in that:
- Our trainee teachers learn and develop their capacity to take an integral approach to the teaching and supporting learning of yoga;
- Our trainee teachers study the foundational classical texts and ancient philosophical, religious and spiritual traditions in depth;
- Our trainee teachers learn and practice a range of yogic practices as integrated alongside one another rather than compartmentalised;
- Our trainee teachers are trained in-depth in Dhyana Yoga (Meditation), Yin Yoga and various other forms of Hatha Yoga, traditional and modern Kundalini Yoga, some elements of Kriya Yoga, Tantra, Yoga Nidra, Eastern (and Western) Philosophy, Yoga Anatomy and Physiology, some elements of Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine, Plant-based Nutrition and more;
- Our trainee teachers are taught how to combine and adapt various traditions and practices to take an integral approach, ultimately teaching them to be intuitive, culturally-responsive and creative teachers;
- Our trainee teachers learn and practice various forms of meditation in depth;
- Our trainee teachers learn and practice various other compatible branches, techniques, paths and systems that can be integrated in an open, creative and fluid system like Integral Yoga of the Dharma Ananda tradition;
- Our trainee teachers are shown how to develop, sustain and then deepen their personal daily practice;
- Our trainee teachers are introduced to advances in educational and scientific research on yoga, meditation and other contemplative practices as well as advances from transpersonal psychology;
- Our trainee teachers are encouraged to and supported in beginning to integrate what they learn and practice as students and teachers, whether this is full-time, part-time, context-based (by bringing the beauty of integral yogic practices to their place of work for supporting health and wellbeing) and more.
How are the 500-hours covered on the programme?
The breakdown of the programme is as follows:
Face-to-face (384 hours)
This involves attendance to 24 weekend retreats (26 hours worth of study per month).
Self-study Online (96 hours)
This involves completing the official Yoga Anatomy online course, the completion of all learning activities for each weekend retreat, as well as taking time for exam preparation and teaching preparation (4 hours worth of study per month).
Reflective Teaching Practice (40 hours)
This involves students completing 10 practice sessions and writing a reflective teaching portfolio that reflects upon the experience (to begin after attendance of 12 weekend retreats and submit in the penultimate weekend retreat of the programme, weekend retreat 23).
Additionally, trainee teachers have the opportunity to arrange unlimited Personal Tutorials with the course teachers.
Is this 500-hour teacher training course accredited?
Yes. This teacher training qualification is accredited and internationally recognised by the awarding bodies Yoga Alliance Professionals (YAP) and Independent Yoga Network (IYN).
What is included in the fees of this teacher training programme?
In order to make this teacher training as accessible as possible, the fee for each of the weekend retreat is £200 on a pay-as-you-go basis. In order to make this programme as comprehensive as possible, a one-time registration fee of £300 is also required to include the following:
- The teacher training manual;
- 2.5 year access to the prestigious official online training in Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews;
- Unlimited access to The Art of Integral Being online learning space;
- Unlimited personal tutorials;
- An invitation to the private Facebook group for students;
- A 10% discount to purchase the books that are required reading for the course;
- Unlimited teas and other refreshments at each of the weekend retreats.
Finally, There is an opportunity to work with a licensed health coach for 6-months on a personalised internationally-renowned Metabolic Balance health plan at a discounted rate of 70% (£300 instead of £999).
What if I do not want to work as a yoga teacher by the end of the teacher training programme?
No problem at all. Our 500-hour programme is ideal for those who want to delve deeper into the study of integral yoga, improve their own practice, and commit to their personal wellbeing. It is also ideal for students who simply want to have a transformational experience and to be a part of growing yoga community.
Is there a minimum or maximum age requirement to take this programme?
Trainer teachers must be at least 18-years old to the take the programme. Our yoga students vary from their early 20s to their mid-to-late 50s and 60s. Yoga knows no age barriers and teachers range from ages 20-90.
Can I practice at your school during my training?
When you enrol for our 500-hour teacher training program, you will have access to all regularly scheduled classes at a discounted rate of 50% and all monthly sessions at a discounted rate of 20%.
Is part of the programme online?
Yes. This is a blended learning programme. While the vast majority of the learning is face-to-face from your attendance at the 24 weekend seminars, there is a component online, which can be accessed via our online learning space, that is intended to supplement and support your learning and provide alternative modes for studying an reviewing the taught content. The online component also includes guidance on how to prepare the assessment for this teacher training.
Can I train on this programme if I am pregnant, have a special condition or injury?
Many pregnant students have taken teacher training courses. It all depends how you are feeling, at what stage of pregnancy you are, and whether you have practiced yoga previously. Regardless, all students should first check with their physician to make sure they are clear to take this teacher training. We recommend that you check with your physician first and then sign a waiver stating that you are able to take the course. With your physician’s permission, minor physical limitations can also serve as helpful demonstrations to learn to work with students with similar limitations.
Will I be able to teach yoga whilst I am studying on the programme?
Trainee teachers are encouraged to begin their reflective teaching portfolio and therefore begin to teach as part of their final assessment and training after having attended 12 weekend retreats and receiving approval from the course director.
Will I be qualified to teach after I complete this teacher training programme?
Yes. With the successful completion of all the requirements of the teacher training, newly-qualified teachers will receive their Letter of Completion and Teaching Certificate evidencing their 500-hour accredited training. Newly-qualified teachers may also register with Yoga Alliance (YA), Independent Yoga Network (IYN) and Yoga Alliance Professionals (YAP). This qualification entitles teachers to begin employment in gyms, schools and studios as well as to set up their own private classes or run workshops and retreats. This training is a thorough and professional training for becoming a highly skilled yoga teacher.
What do I need to do after I have completed the programme?
Newly-qualified teachers must obtain Liability Insurance because most gyms, schools and studios require yoga teachers to purchase their own in advance of their employment. Newly-qualified teachers also have the option to register with the UK-based Independent Yoga Network (IYN) and UK-based Yoga Alliance Professionals (YAP). It is worth noting that both accreditation bodies also offer well-priced Liability Insurance for their registered members. Once you have registered you can include RYT-500 after your name (500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher) and use the professional logos. This is required if you intend to teach integral yoga in a professional capacity locally and internationally upon course completion.
How can I apply for this programme?
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic this teacher training is currently on hiatus in the UK until further notice. This information is hopefully coming soon.