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BWYQ Progression to Diploma in Teaching Yoga (RQF) Level 4

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British Wheel of Yoga Progression to Diploma in Teaching Yoga

Dear Prospective Student

Thank you for your interest in the BWYQ Progression leading to a Diploma in Teaching Yoga. This course is designed for teachers who already hold a BWYQ Certificate in Teaching Yoga and wish to further their studies to gain the full Diploma in Teaching Yoga at Level 4.

You’ve made a good choice. The British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) is the governing body of Yoga in the UK, and its teacher-training courses meet the highest OFQUAL regulated standards. By completing a BWY teacher-training course with us, you can be confident that you are being trained by well-established experts with decades of teaching experience.

This programme is designed to build on your existing knowledge base.

The Certificate programme has given you the foundational skills to start running general classes for the public at large. You will have gained essential skills such as:

  • Course and lesson planning
  • Teaching asana, breathing and relaxation
  • Understanding vulnerable areas and how to adjust and modify
  • Analysing asana fully, including their relation to anatomy and kinesiology as applied to yoga teaching
  • Legal and professional considerations in teaching and marketing yourself online
  • Foundations of Yoga and Ayurveda philosophy
  • Teaching online

In this programme, you will go deep into Yoga philosophy and immerse yourself in deeper practices. You will learn how to:

  • Integrate Pranayama and Meditation into your classes
  • Study Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras in more depth
  • Study the Hatha Yoga Pradipika with an added Ayurvedic perspective
  • Study the Bhagavad Gita
  • Have a general understanding of the key teachings of the ten key Upanishads

Philosophy

Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras

Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras is indisputably the most influential philosophical text in modern yoga. It was written around 200 BCE (opinions vary) and is made up of 198 sutras or aphorisms (literally translated as ‘threads’) There are four parts and each part seems to address a different audience about the true nature of yoga and how to embark on the road towards the ultimate experience of truth or samadhi. The second part is considered to be the most practical and is commonly taught in yoga courses. The famous ‘Ashtanga Yoga’ or eight limbs of yoga originates from this text. Many concepts lend themselves well to practical yoga teaching and yogic living.

Hatha Yoga Pradipika

This text was written around 1450 by Swatmarama who identified as a Nath, a tantric monastic community that became well known in India at the time. It draws upon many ideas that had been formulated beforehand in Buddhist Tantra. It shares the same medical terminology and techniques used in Ayurveda but there is not evidence that it has drawn ideas from Ayurveda directly because many ideas pre-date Ayurvedic literature. It is perhaps the most recognisable model for progressive traditional yoga practice and many of the practices we use today are inspired by its teachings including asana, pranayama, mudra and bandha.

Bhagavad Gita

The Gita is not really an autonomous work but rather a part of the great Indian epic the Mahabharata, which was written over 500BCE and contains over 72 chapters. The story is set at the time when two feuding families (essentially one family because the feud is between cousins) are about to go to war. Arguna, the main protagonist has asked the God, Lord Krishna to be his charioteer as they are about to enter battle and at the very last moment, he has deep doubts about the integrity of going to war. This leads to a deep philosophical discussion between himself and Lord Krishna about the meaning of life. The Gita is one of the most holy books in India and presents us with a wider perspective of yoga and how to apply it to our everyday lives. There are references to Karma Yoga as well as the other forms of yoga and make up the teachings of many integral, monastic yoga schools like Sivananda. The teachings of the Gita are very profound and like the other texts, a new understanding can be gained every time it is read.

Ayurveda

Many students choose to work with me because of my specialism in Ayurveda.

Ayurveda is the traditional healing system of India that developed at the same time as Yoga. The goal of Ayurveda is ultimately the same as Yoga but it’s focus is different. Ayurveda is concerned with promoting healthy living by gaining an understanding of our innate nature (Prakrti) and identifying diet and lifestyle habits that do not support health. Ayurveda from a yogic perspective draws our attention to the concept of Agni or metabolic fire which is also mentioned in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika (1450- Swatmarama). Ayurveda and Yoga are described as sister sciences because they are mutually supportive. It is difficult to live with Ayurvedic principles without the support and discipline that yoga practice instils. This is why it is useful to include Ayurveda in one’s foundations when teaching yoga to others.

On this programme we will go deeper into the fundamental principles of Ayurveda including the five elements (Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space) and how they pair up and create doshas to fulfil vital functions. The three doshas or functional entities are Vata, Pitta and Kapha. We are all a combination of the three because we all exist on a spectrum but some of us display qualities associated with one dosha more than the others. Ayurveda is a fascinating model that growing in popularity particularly in the yoga world. It is as relevant in today’s world as it has always been and helps to deepen our understanding of why things are the way they are. By choosing this programme, you will gain a basic understanding of how it could be applied not only to your yoga teaching but also to your life.

You may be inspired to gain a deeper foundation by attending the BWY accredited Ayurveda in Action Online Programme. This extra training is not compulsory, but it deepens the spiritual elements of yoga practice and adds layers to your teaching.

For further information, click here.

Experiential Learning and Early Teaching

At the BWY, we believe that you learn best by doing and we will encourage you to start applying everything you are learning to your yoga teaching. As you know, the beauty of BWYQ Teacher Training courses is that you are insured to teach from Day 1 as a Student Teacher (on condition that you have a current Emergency First Aid at Work Certificate, attainable in a day).

Our priority is to train you to teach Yoga not merely to practise it. You will learn how to teach live classes as well as online.

All practical and philosophical work has a teaching focus of some kind as well as personal development.

Blended Learning

Blended learning is a balanced approach that ultimately enhances and embeds learning for all.

Most of the programme will be delivered online but there will be a face-to-face retreat in the middle of the course.

Ten days will be delivered via the Zoom platform with lectures recorded. This allows you to save on travel expenses yet continue to develop your skills and knowledge in the comfort of your own home with the opportunity to listen back on lectures as many times as you need to.

Retreat

In the middle of the course, there will be a 3-day retreat to help you immerse yourself into the yoga experience so you can understand yogic teachings on a deeper, spiritual level. It is difficult to integrate this material into yoga teaching if you have not been given the time and space to explore the techniques for yourself. We use a lovely centre in Hampshire which is very accessible from London and the Southeast. The tuition fees are included in the overall cost of the course however the accommodation fees are charged separately.

Basic course information

Course dates: TBA

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Dates: 14 days.

Deepen your yoga practice

Patanjali's Yoga Sutras

Pranayama, Mantra and Meditation

Yoga philosophy

Hatha Yoga Pradipika and Ayurveda

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYjiO_e1eyE&t=46s

Here is some feedback from past students:
“The tutors delivered the course in a professional and interesting way. I have learned a lot!” Adriana
“I really appreciated the emphasis on safety and kindness.” Adriana M
“I’m not sure what I would change. My experience of the training was excellent!” Amanda
“The best feature fo the course is that we are allowed to start teaching from the start of the course (after completing our Emergency First Aid training which only took a day!) This gave me the opportunity to gain teaching experience throughout the course. I also liked the fact that we were constantly being assessed in class in small tasks which gave me the opportunity to continuously learn and grow.” Anu
If you are interested in finding out more or looking to receive a student pack
Click here to download a Student pack for the BWYQ Certificate in Yoga Teaching (RQF) Level 4

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