• 04/11/2016 - 01/09/2017
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Path of Yoga: IYT500 Teacher Training Diploma Year 2

Course Tutors: Pauline Sawyer and Bridget Whitehead

Starting 4 November 2016          Cost £1,790

Location: North of England

The IYT RYS500 hour teacher training diploma is structured into three separate modules, allowing you to complete the course over a suitable period of time for your practice. In years two and three all of the teaching is residential, providing the right environment for your journey of self-transformation to unfold, through the practice of yoga. The Path of Yoga module is the second year of the diploma course and is open to students who completed a Foundation Course (or with equivalent level of experience).

Throughout the course you will be supported by both the course teachers and your student group. The teaching asks you to be open, to experiment, to practice and to take yoga into your life. Along with studying and exploring the physical Asana movement, with its emphasis on anatomy and physiology, the authentic texts of yoga are woven into the teaching. The philosophy of yoga and its spiritual aspects are taught in a way that can transform the body, mind and emotions, touching the heart of our being.

Please contact Tina Moxon on tinamoxon@hotmail.com if you are interested in registering or would like more information. You can download the TT16PS IYT500 Year 2 Application Form and IYT500 Year 2 Application Procedure documents.

Course Outline: Practice of asana, pranayama and meditation; yoga philosophy – The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, The Bhagavad Gita and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika; Kriyas, Mudras, Bandhas; anatomy and physiology; personal practice; Sanskrit; chanting

Structure: 5 residential weekends plus a 7 day retreat week Why Residential?

  • Weekend 1 4-6th November – The 8 Limbs
  • Weekend 2 27-29th January – Anatomy & Physiology
  • Weekend 3 10-12th March – Patanjali
  • Weekend 4 23-25th June – Bhagavad Gita
  • Summer School 18-25th August at Earth Spirit, Glastonbury
  • Weekend 5 8-10th September – Hatha Yoga Pradipika

Personal practice and study: 1-2 hours per day including practice of asana, pranayama and meditation; journal writing; assignment writing

Method of assessment*: Tutor observation of student. Written (or other) assignments. Anatomy and Physiology paper. Meetings between tutors and student. 1:1 interview at end of course.

*for those intending to continue on to the 3rd year of the diploma course, ‘Passing the Teaching On’, this is compulsory; for those doing this course for their own personal development, as a continuation from the 1st year (Foundation Course), or another yoga training course, or IYT CPD, this is optional.

Prior experience: a minimum of 3 years yoga practice, including own personal practice of asana, pranayama and meditation. Completion of Year 1 of the IYT Diploma course (foundation course) or similar course.

What next: completion of this course, including full attendance at residential week/weekends and satisfactory completion of assessment criteria, allows progression on to Year 3 of the IYT diploma course, ‘Passing the Teaching On’.

About the Teachers

Pauline Sawyer (Course Principal and co-founder of the Inner Yoga Trust) has practiced and

Pauline Sawyer
Pauline Sawyer

taught yoga on an inner level since 1979 and took her Iyengar Elementary Certificate in May 1987. Her deep insight and understanding of the body and its link to the mind and spirit comes through her personal practice and extensive study of other disciplines.

Pauline’s teaching is informed by her work with (and study of) Kofi Busia, Jenny Beeken, Victor Van-Kooten and Angela Farmer, BKS Iyengar, Diane Long (who is her current teacher) and Sophie Hoare. Her teaching demonstrates a deep understanding of the inner body, inner awareness and movement. Pauline brings her insight and intuitive awareness into her teaching, emphasizing the balance of the inner energies and healing oneself and others through yoga.

 Bridget Whitehead:

Bridget WhiteheadBridget Whitehead has been practising Yoga since 1989 and teaching since 1999.  Bridget originally trained to teach yoga with the British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) and completed her training with them in 2002. She then went on to train with the Inner Yoga Trust (IYT) and completed her training with the IYT in 2004.  Bridget is a registered elder with the Independent Yoga Network, and a registered senior teacher with Yoga Alliance.

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