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The 200-Hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training equips you to be a registered, qualified, and certified yoga teacher in the United Kingdom, Europe, and worldwide. This is a carefully constructed teacher training program with regular ongoing support and input from experienced teachers. Whatever your motivation to become a yoga teacher, this course requires dedication and commitment. The course is well rounded and delivered in a non-dogmatic, accessible, practical, and meaningful manner.
The accommodation is a modest bungalow set, in a secluded orange grove. The bungalow comprises of six bedrooms (four of these rooms come with a basic en-suite), a lounge, and kitchen area. There is also a covered terrace overlooking the pool and orange grove.
Bahia Yoga adheres to Yoga Alliance guidelines and covers the full 180 hours of contact time with tutors and 20 hours plus more of self-study and mentor support. Between the course dates you will complete non-contact learning. You will also receive on-line support with a guided meditation practice led by Jake Dartington. The period between April and October 2016 allows ample time to complete written assignments and to develop teachings skills with on going mentor support. Details of which are sent to students on acceptance onto the course.
You will receive one to one and group support throughout the course. The teachers are available for questions pre and post teaching sessions. Bahia Yoga offers regular feedback and encouragement to help nurture your development. Course work, home study assignments, and practices are built gradually to reflect your skills and match the knowledge you will have gained each month. There is a whole new wealth of knowledge to absorb and learn, be ready, committed, and prepared both off and on the mat.
Create time for weekly home study, along with the upkeep of a regular yoga practice and journal for the duration of the training. Be prepared for an interactive, challenging, and rewarding learning experience. During the trainings you will have regular scheduled breaks, a balance of practical and theory lessons to ensure your weekend is creative and manageable.
In order to qualify as a yoga teacher you will need to have attended 100% of the course, successfully completed all written assignments, satisfactorily completed the anatomy paper and yoga theory paper, observed three external classes with written observations, assisted in two external or internal yoga classes, participated and engaged in group presentations and group exercises, competently passed the final practicum exam, and teaching a yoga class before an examiner.
This sections cover anatomy and physiology, as well as energy anatomy. It also looks at the practical application including the benefits of yoga, contraindications, and healthy movement patterns.
Anatomy and physiology (bones, joints, muscles, organs, and bodily systems)
Energetic body, the five Pranas
Healthy movement and kinesiology
The five sheaths, pancha koa
The yogi diet and lifestyle
The yogic body, nadis, and chakras kualini
The history and philosophy of yoga offers a practical insight on the development and broader context of yoga and its transition to the west. Remaining respectful to both traditional and modern day yoga styles with friendly dialogues on the precept of non-violence (ahimsa) and the concepts of dharma (duty) and karma (action).
Modern yoga and yoga styles
Overview of ancient yoga texts
Patajalis yoga sutras
Paths of yoga, Bhakti, Raja, Karma, Jnana
Simple Sanskrit pronunciation and meaning
The development of yoga in the west
The history of yoga
Yoga philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita
The art of communication and learning how to teach effectively are key skills for yoga teachers. Through practical observation, hands on assisting, correcting, and demonstration you will learn how to meet the specific needs of your yoga students.
Assisting in yoga classes
Business aspects of teaching yoga
Creating a six week course plan
How to sequence a dynamic yoga class
How to sequence a modified Hatha class
How to sequence restorative yoga poses
How to teach a beginners class
Learning through observation
Methods of learning
Principles of adjustments
Principles of demonstration
Principles of Vinyasa Krama
Qualities of a great yoga teacher
Sequencing and alignment
Teaching styles and the ethics of teaching
From the onset you will have continuous teaching practice sessions working in pairs and small groups, which eventually lead to teaching a full group of students. You will have ample opportunity to perfect the art of teaching with clear guidance, support, and encouragement throughout. Teaching what you practice is of great importance and the course provides a good balance for deepening your own practice which in turn helps you to become a great yoga teacher.
Assisting in yoga classes
Learning through observation
Pair work and group work
Receiving and giving feedback
Teaching a live practicum
This section covers analytical training on how to teach and practice specific yoga techniques and also guided self-practice on the techniques themselves. These two keys areas for practice and theory receive the most substantial emphasis.
Asanas from traditional and modern Hatha yoga
Bandhas, energy locks for the body
Kriyas, yogic cleansing techniques
Mantras and chanting
Meditation, Vipassana, and metta practices
Pranayama, breath extension techniques
Yoga Nidra and Savasana
An essential reality for yoga teachers in the modern day world is the business side of yoga. From lesson planning and waivers to setting up classes and finances. You will receive guidelines and support on how to set yourself up and how to get out there in the big wide yoga world.
Yoga as a business and practice
Classroom protocols and responsibilities
Marketing yourself as a yoga teacher
Delivering yoga to health clubs, groups, and individuals
Essential business skills
Caroline is a pranayama and methodology tutor. In 1997, Caroline Arthur was introduced to the teachings of Sir Tirumalai Krishnamacharya by Sheila Baker and she begun studying with aYs (The Association of Yoga Studies). She completed her trainings with Ranju Roy and Dave Charlton as part of the Sadhana Mala Teacher and Therapy Practitioner Training Program (aYs and The British Wheel of Yoga).
Her approach to yoga is sensitive and respectful of each persons uniqueness and starting point, incorporating pranayama, relaxation techniques, meditations, study, and sound into her teachings. Caroline offers yoga tuition, classes, and workshops in Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, and Lincolnshire.
Claire is teaching methodology and dynamic yoga. Claire Hatchell has been a skilled and vibrant yogini teaching yoga since 2003. She runs popular classes throughout Birmingham in Hatha yoga, Power yoga, and Pregnancy yoga. Claire holds a teaching diploma with The British Wheel of Yoga, along with specialist qualifications in Pregnancy yoga, and is certified to practice Thai yoga massage, awarded through the Traditional Thai yoga Massage Association (TTYMA).
Claire is highly respected amongst the yoga teacher trainees; her sessions are stimulating, engaging and extremely enjoyable. She delivers teachings with fun, ease, and clarity. Claire teaches various aspects of the teacher-training course from yogi locks (bandhas), asana alignment and techniques, and sequencing and linking of asanans with the concept of Vinyasa Krama.
Jake Dartington is a respected Vipassana meditation teacher and philosophy tutor. Working with Gaia House, Manchester Mindfulness, Bristol Gaia House Group, Sheffield Insight Meditation Centre, and various Meditation Centers in the United Kingdom and Europe. Jake has been practicing Buddhist meditation and yoga since 1995, training as a Dharma teacher with Christina Feldman. He is also influenced by Stephen and Martine Batchelor.
Jake holds masters degrees in both philosophy and Buddhist studies. He teaches religious studies and philosophy at Bilborough College, exploring ways to integrate mindfulness practices within mainstream educational settings. For the past six years, keen to bring meditation into young peoples lives, Jake has been regularly committed to teaching young peoples meditation retreats in Gaia House. Jake brings humility, warmth, kindness, and his teachings prove very popular with the yoga teacher trainees.
Jasmin is the course director and teaching tutor. Since the mid 90s, Jasmins presence in the psychological, health, and well-being field has flourished. Her passion for yoga developed alongside her martial arts training. In 1994, she completed her fitness-training course and embarked on her psychology degree. In 2003, she travelled to India training in the classical eight limbs of Hatha yoga.
With specialist training in meditation, Pregnancy yoga, yoga Nidra, and Restorative yoga; she is an E-RYT 500-hour Yoga Alliance registered teacher and 200-hour Ashtanga yoga teacher. Citing Judith Hanson Lasater, Swami Govindananda, Swami Satyaprakash, and Ryan Spielman are her influential teachers.
Jasmin is a qualified psychologist, supervisor, and student of Zen; she is ever thankful for the on-going support from her Zen teacher. Jasmin leads regular charity yoga sessions and free yoga outdoor sessions, as she believes yoga should be accessible to all ages, levels of ability, and agility.
Kate is an Ayurveda tutor. Kate is a fully qualified Ayurveda practitioner whose intent is to bring about health, happiness, and harmony. She is keen to increase knowledge of Ayurveda in the United Kingdom and helping others gain understanding of themselves and others in order to have great health.
Kate is a top-performing Ayurveda graduate with in depth knowledge of Ayurveda as well as teaching and coaching experience. During her spare time, Kate attends Advaita Vedanta and meditation classes, dances, reads, and spends time with her three young children.
Rachel is an anatomy and physiology tutor. Rachel Burrs interest in the ancient yoga practice was ignited after treating a yoga teacher in 1997. Rachel acknowledges how this understanding has enhanced areas of her physiotherapy practice. Rachel brings together the theoretical and practical aspects of anatomy and physiology to yoga teachers effortlessly.
Rachel has a bachelor of science (honors degree) in physiotherapy. As an established physiotherapist, she works with the Great Britain rowing and the Great Britain wheelchair tennis team. She has worked with national level athletes in a variety of other sports such as football, golf, athletics, and tennis. She has taught numerous yoga teacher trainees at Yoga London and Yoga Nottingham.
The teacher training will take place in Orange Tree Retreat Valencia, Spain.
|Activities ||General |
Light meals are included in the price of the retreat.
Enjoy the relaxing benefits of yoga
Pick and squeeze your own oranges
Relax by the large terrace around the pool
Sit and read in the covered decking area overlooking the pool
Please book your flight to arrive at Valencia Airport (VLC).
"I was doing yoga on and off for years, and was lucky to discover Yoga at the age of 15 in school. The decision to train as a Yoga teacher was influenced by a few life events that came together at the same time. I had a bit of a ‘light bulb’ moment and knew that I needed Yoga in my life I began to carry out daily practice at home and attend a Yoga class each week."
"As a full time Occupational Therapist working in the NHS, I was training as a Mindfulness practitioner (MBCT). I also began a Foundation course with BWY and it was during this time I attended a MBCT conference where I met Jasmin and Jake and discovered the teacher-training programme with Bahia Yoga in Nottingham. It was a case of being in the right place at the right time. I met the necessary requirements to apply for the course, once my application was accepted; I met with Jasmin for an informal interview and was subsequently offered a place on the teacher-training programme."
"The Yoga teacher training with Jasmin at Bahia Yoga was excellent, it was really hard work but very authentic and from the heart. We had expert teachers who brought their own experiences and knowledge as well as Jasmin and Jake, which gave the training more depth."
"I was with a great bunch of people and we really supported each other through the course. We worked as a team using a strengths approach where we would share resources, information, study skills and go the extra mile if one of us was struggling with an aspect of the training. We still remain great friends."
"The most challenging aspect of the course was study for the course duration and fitting this into my other commitments. I did put a lot of hours into the home study, and it really paid off, as I know the material inside and out which enables me to feel confident in teaching classes."
"I learned so much about myself, some good bits and some frustrating bits, working with a body, which would not conform and perform to what my mind expected!! I developed a frozen shoulder and had to work with this, which frustrated the life out of me at times. I had to learn to work with my weaknesses, facing them head on. Tears were spilled on the mat many times. And now I see, ‘all of that’ was the journey I needed to go on and come out the other side with acceptance and compassion for myself."
"All the things I asked from the training have come to fruition; I have been able to put plan B into action, turning a hobby into a business, I have toned up, become more strong and flexible in both mind and body. I have more balance in work, life and the fun playful aspects of my life. I feel happy again, which is priceless."
"I have two classes a week in Mansfield and these are very popular, I was lucky to inherit the venue and some students from my previous Yoga teacher. Posters and word of mouth has ensured a good turn out each session and I have about 20 plus people attending each session. I love the continuation of my development including, self-practice, reading, session planning and teaching. Yoga is a fully integrated part of me now I don’t know where one starts and the other ends. I can’t thank Jasmin enough for being my guide and inspiration."
Bahia Yoga website, edited
"The decision to train as a yoga teacher was influenced by a few life events that came together at the same time. I had a bit of a light bulb moment and knew that I needed yoga in my life; I began to carry out daily practice at home and attend a yoga class each week. I met Jasmin and Jake and discovered the teacher-training program with Bahia Yoga in Nottingham. It was a case of being in the right place at the right time. I met the necessary requirements to apply for the course, once my application was accepted; I met with Jasmin for an informal interview and was subsequently offered a place on the teacher-training program. The yoga teacher training with Jasmin at Bahia Yoga was excellent, it was really hard work but very authentic and from the heart. We had expert teachers who brought their own experiences and knowledge as well as Jasmin and Jake, which gave the training more depth. I was with a great bunch of people and we really supported each other through the course. We worked as a team using a strengths approach where we would share resources, information, study skills, and go the extra mile if one of us were struggling with an aspect of the training. We still remain great friends. The most challenging aspect of the course was study for the course duration and fitting this into my other commitments. I did put a lot of hours into the home study, and it really paid off, as I know the material inside and out which enables me to feel confident in teaching classes. All the things I asked from the training have come to fruition; I have been able to put plan B into action, turning a hobby into a business, I have toned up, become more strong and flexible in both mind and body. I have more balance in work, life, and the fun playful aspects of my life. I feel happy again, which is priceless."
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"I had spent my childhood attending dance classes and wanted to maintain flexibility and tone. I soon found with more practice that there was a whole lot more to yoga than I realized, my general well-being had improved. A few years later, I joined a belly dance class and later a tribal belly dance class. Yoga really helped to strengthen my dance practice and let me progress further in my dance. I enjoyed yoga so much that I wanted to share it with others, and my wish was to be able to teach other dancers who would benefit from yoga not just physically but also mentally and spiritually. On a personal note, I wanted to learn more about the background of yoga. Before I started my training I had spoken to a friend who was nearly at the end of her yoga teacher training. She had confided in me that it would be a real journey and she was absolutely right. I thoroughly enjoyed the training and found that as a group of teacher trainees we bonded really well and helped each other out. Prior to coming onto the course I had been practicing yoga for just over ten years and I felt very ready to start. One of my favorite parts of the course was our discussion about ethics, which really made me think. In addition I loved the drumming sessions from a guest teacher Biant. My biggest surprise was how much more there is to yoga than just asanas (yoga poses). They really are just the tip of the iceberg. Id also say how much of a journey it has been for myself and my fellow trainees as well. The course has changed all of our lives in different ways and we have come out of it happier and more relaxed. An important tip/advice for yoga teacher trainees is to make lots of notes! I still look back on my notes to refresh my mind for making plans for classes and for my personal practice. Also, make sure you have plenty of time for your yoga work outside of the course including a personal yoga practice. Your learning doesnt stop when you leave the studio. Since the course finished, I have set up weekly yoga classes and I am also teaching workshops on yoga for dancers in various parts of the country and also at belly dance events."
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"Over the years I have tried many different exercise disciplines, dipping my toe in and out of yoga, until about six years ago when I found that yoga was the method of choice that I kept coming back to. The more I learned about yoga the more I realized there was to learn! So many folks come to yoga for one reason and leave with something else. After meeting Jasmin I went with my gut feeling I knew this was the right course. Training took the form of regular sessions with Jasmin, who was always available and approachable and the backbone of the course. In addition we had regular guest lecturers, which kept the course fresh. All of the tutors were enthusiastic about their subjects, which was evident in their teaching. There were many challenges on the course, including learning how to stand up in front of others and explaining and guiding them on what to do, and getting my brain to work around the more complex philosophical dialogues we had. I am still mulling over a few of these points! Since doing the course I have learned that I knew more than I thought I did! That if you are passionate about something and you want it enough you will succeed. The favorite part of the course was spending time with lovely people who are as passionate about yoga as I am and learning pranayama with Caroline. My biggest surprise to date is how much I have learned! Final point Id like to share is, if you are looking for a sensitive, in-depth, well structured, true insight into yoga teacher training with added extras and with some brilliant tutors, then this is the one. The week after I qualified I started teaching two yoga/meditation classes a week in Lichfield, as maternity cover for my yoga teacher. Fate or just good planning?"
Bahia Yoga Therapy website, edited