All trainees will be assessed on an ongoing basis throughout the course. We will provide regular feedback and mentoring to help you develop and grow, supporting you as you gain the necessary confidence and knowledge required in your new role as yoga teacher.
All trainees are required to participate in all aspects and classes of the course, including all activities related to developing teaching skills. All trainees are required to complete all assigned pre-course preparation and reading and all homework given during the course.
Written homework and exam
Throughout the course, trainees will be set reading and small amounts of written work, and are required to complete and achieve an acceptable standard for all written assignments and assessments.
- Trainees are required to maintain their own yoga diary to record their personal yoga practice. This is a tool to encourage trainees to reflect and explore their experience whilst working with breath, meditation, observing, assisting and teaching.
- Trainees will be required to complete multiple choice questionnaires on anatomy and physiology in preparation for the sessions on basic anatomy.
- Trainees will also be required to complete and hand in a philosophy essay, which demonstrate their understanding of yoga philosophy.
- All trainees will be required to design a lesson plan for 1 60-minute yoga classes, including details of all props and relevant asana modifications, as well as a comprehensive 5 weeks’ beginners’ course. You will be thoroughly prepared, guided, and briefed for this homework, and will receive clear and comprehensive feedback.
All trainees are encouraged to begin practicing their teaching skills as soon as possible, to thoroughly prepare them for the formal assessments, so that they develop into skillful and confident teachers. There will be ample teaching practice during the course to prepare you for these assessments.
- Mid-course assessmentThe first teaching assessment is internal, and will take place approximately half way through the course, at the mid-course assessment. All trainees will teach two poses to their fellow trainees. You will be provided with comprehensive feedback on all aspects of your teaching skills to help you identify areas for development.
- Final assessed taught class
The final teaching assessment is the final assessed taught class. This is a 30 min Asana class taught to a minimum of 5 students AND a 15 minute Pranayama practice taught to a minimum of 5 student. Students are responsible for arranging their own sample students.
This assessment procedure is intended to be thorough, and is designed to ensure that trainees graduate as confident, well-practiced, safe and resourceful teachers, who have the necessary skills to adapt and modify their classes to suit students of all abilities. Trainees will take part in plenty of teaching practice during the modules and in the periods between modules to ensure they are thoroughly prepared for the assessments. The feedback provided throughout the course and during the assessments helps trainees develop their teaching skills, build confidence and ensure their teaching is clear and easily accessible, so that they become effective and engaging teachers.
First Aid Course – All students are required to complete a basic First Aid course (at their own expense) before they begin teaching students outside the course.