The IYT’s Yoga Teacher Training 500 hour Diploma Course
Our yoga teacher training 500 hour Diploma Course is structured into three modules, with each module delivered over one year. This modular structure is designed so that students can set their own pace, choosing whether to progress on to the next year as they feel is appropriate.
Year 1: The Structure and Practice of Yoga
This is a 60 hour non-residential Foundation Course. These hours may be taught as the teacher wishes, and as is appropriate to their students i.e. over five 12 hour weekends or six 10 hour weekends or any other variation. There is a focus on the different parts of the body, learning about anatomy as it applies to asanas (postures), whilst simultaneously working with whole body connections. There is a mix of asana practice and theoretical teaching of anatomy. Throughout the year, the course introduces students to the philosophy of yoga, pranayama (breathing practices) and the bandhas. Read more…
Year 2: The Path of Yoga
This is a residential course comprising of five weekends and a week long retreat. During Year 2 the focus is on the student’s own practice, together with the philosophy of yoga, and anatomy and physiology as it relates to the yoga postures. This year continues on from the first year in developing the students’ own understanding and practice of yoga including yoga philosophy, pranayama and the bandhas.
Year 3: Passing the Teaching On
This is a residential course comprising of five weekends and a week long retreat. Throughout year 3 the emphasis is on the teaching of yoga, the class structure, the professionalism and the role of a teacher. We believe that we can only teach from our own transformation – surrendering to the effects of yoga on body, soul and psyche.
Years 1 and 2 can be attended for the students’ own development, in order to deepen their own practice and understanding of yoga. Each weekend (or each year) of these first two years may be attended as CPD.
In order to qualify as an IYT teacher and be certified as a holder of our yoga teacher training 500 hour diploma course, all three years must be completed.