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. Throughout the course you will be supported by both the course teachers and your student group.
Our yoga teacher training 500 hour Diploma Course is structured into three modules, with each module delivered over a period of 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.
In years two and three all of the teaching is residential, providing the right environment for your journey of self-transformation, through the practice of yoga, to unfold. Years 1 and 2 can be attended for the students’ own development, in order to deepen their personal practice and understanding of yoga.
In order to qualify as an accredited IYT teacher and be certified as a holder of our yoga teacher training 500 hour diploma course, all three years must be completed.
During Years 2 and 3 of the course, students can use the Accredited IYT Student Teacher logo and take out discounted student teacher insurance to enable them to start teaching under the guidance of their course tutors.
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 other variations.
During the course 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.
Course Fees: £600 - £790 (subject to course location)
Year 2: The Path of Yoga
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.
Course Fees: £1,790
Year 3: Passing the Teaching On
A residential course comprising of five weekends and a week long retreat. Throughout the third year, 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.
Course Fees: £1,790
Qualifying as a yoga teacher represents a significant investment, both financial and of your time and energies. The Inner Yoga Trust works hard to ensure that our yoga teacher training costs are inline with other professional teaching courses.
Year 1 The Structure and Practice of Yoga | £600 - £790
(subject to course location) Payment terms are set by each course tutor. For those paying in full before the course starts a discount may be available at the discretion of your tutor.
Year 2 The Path of Yoga | £1,790
Year 3 Passing the Teaching On | £1,790
Year 2 and Year 3 course fees are payable by a non-refundable deposit of £593 on acceptance of your place and the outstanding balance payable by monthly standing order. A 5% discount is applied when paying course fees in full before the course start date.
Student membership of the IYT is a requirement for all students enrolled on our IYT500 course, including Year 1. All student members receive discounts on IYT workshops and retreats, regular eNewsletters, access to our Members Only section of the website giving access to many teaching articles and guidance documents plus 25-40% discounts with Yogastudio.co.uk.
Help with Course Fees
The IYT offers a small number of bursary awards that are funded by our Abundance Club. One bursary is awarded per course. Accommodation costs are not covered by the bursary scheme. If financial circumstances are preventing you from following a yoga teaching path, please contact the course tutor. All applications are treated in strict confidence and are assessed on an individual basis by our Board of Trustees. Guidelines for IYT Bursary Award Applications
- all tuition fees including visiting and specialist teachers
- written and correspondence parts of the course
- personal interviews and one to one mentoring and support from your course tutor(s)
- all handouts and course administration
- access to our Members Only section of the website which includes many articles and guidance documents.
Course Fees exclude:
- IYT Student Membership for Years 1, 2 and 3
- Year 2 and Year 3 accommodation costs of between £800 and £1,200 per year.
- Student Teacher insurance
- Year 3 external assessment of your own class – £60 plus tutor’s reasonable travel expenses.