Policy Documents

Course Overview Krishna Yoga Teacher Training Diploma

Aims & Objectives Aim:

To enable student teachers to build and develop the knowledge, skills and attitude necessary to become an effective, professional yoga teacher. To provide a basis for the continued study of the philosophy, principles and practice of Yoga. Student Teacher Objectives:

  • Teach preparatory movements prior to traditional asana practice, including joint mobilising and muscle warming techniques.
  • Progress with integrity into and out of a wide range of movements and hatha yoga asanas ranging from simple to the more complex.
  • Confidently define and teach the difference between prohibitions and precautions and relate them to anatomical and physiological knowledge.
  • Understand the reason for modifications within yoga postures and be able to teach and communicate these effectively.
  • Students will be able to quote respected resources to give their teachings creditability and integrity.
  • Recognise efficient breathing habits and teach progression from basic breathing to pranayama and meditation using a range of techniques including mudras and bandhas.
  • Design and utilise a scheme of work with a course plan, and a detailed lesson plan showing student numbers, ability levels, aims and objectives.
  • Assess their students’ progress and achievements.
  • Evaluate their own teaching skills as they progress in their teaching career.
  • Recognise the challenges associated with beginners, mixed ability and more experienced yoga students that attend their classes.
  • Create a safe working environment for a yoga class which involves an interchange of information between students and teachers.
  • Identify and apply the historical and theoretical principles of yoga with specific reference to Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra.
  • State the English and Sanskrit names of Asanas and Pranayama.

Course venue:

Kingston upon Thames

Course Structure:

10 weekends over the course of 8 months.

Each day starts promptly at 9:30 am and finishes at 5:30 pm with a short lunch break.

Criteria for acceptance:

Applicants must have been practising yoga regularly for a minimum of two years.

A written reference is required from their current yoga teacher.

Predominant yoga style:

The style taught on this course is Vinyasa Krama which in Sanskrit means ‘movement and sequence methodology’. Ramaswami (Author of “The Complete Book of Vinyasa Krama”) describes it as the “perfect method to study, teach and practice yoga by integrating the functions of mind, body and breath in the same time frame, a practitioner will experience the real joy of yoga practice, the mind closely follows the slow smooth ujjayi breathing and the joining of mind and body takes place with the breath acting as its harness.” It is through these techniques that students will gain true confidence in their teaching ability and skills together with enhancing their personal practice.

After the student receives their diploma, they will be able to teach any style of yoga they choose.

Assessment methodology & criteria:

Each module will have a mixture of teaching practice, written work and a personal practice requirement. All coursework must be handed by the deadline set by the course director. All coursework has a pass mark of 80%. 6 Prior to the first weekend, students must have familiarised themselves with the course syllabus and have read the core texts.

Core Texts:

Title Author

Yoga Sutra of Patanjali Sri Swami Satchindananda

The Yoga Book Stephan Sturgess Asana Pranayama

Mudra Bandha Swami Satyananda Saraswat

Yoga Anatomy Leslie Kaminof

The power of breath Swami Saradananda

The complete book of Vinyasa yoga Srivasta Rama Swami

Recommended Reading:

Title Author

Moving into stillness Erich Schiffaman

Light on Yoga BKS Iyenger

Yoga Nindra Swami Satyananda Sarswati

Chakra Meditation Swami Saradananda

Moving on (pathway to personal growth) Margaret Pinkerton

Living Gita Translated by Swami Satchidananda

Yoga Tradition George Feuerstein

Ashtanga Yoga, The Practice Manual David Swenson

Beyond Power Yoga Beryl Bender Birch

Terms & Conditions

Practice Experience

  • Students should have been practising yoga for at least 2 years and be able to demonstrate a high level of competence prior to embarking on a teacher training course.
  • The full fee should be paid 30 days before the beginning of the course in order to qualify for any discount.
  • If paying by instalments, money must be paid on time and full course fees must have been paid 2 months before the final assessment.
  • Krishna Yoga reserves the right to refuse continuance of the course and/or final assessment to students who have not paid their full fees or instalments by the required dates.
  • Fees must be paid in full before the graduation certificate will be issued.

What fees include/ what is not included Included in fee:

    • Training and assessment by a qualified Yoga Alliance Professionals SYT
    • A full manual and other appropriate paperwork.

Not included in fee:

    • Flights/accommodation, food and drink for students.
    • Insurance.
    • Books.

The Certificate

Having paid the fees does not guarantee that a graduation certificate will be issued to a student. To successfully pass, students will each have to submit all assignments and attend a minimum of 80% the course. The 9 pass mark is 80% of the aggregate module percentages.

During the course:

  • Students are expected to behave in a respectable manner at all times and any kind of disruptive behaviour will not be tolerated.
  • For the duration of the course, students are expected to do daily self-practice and to attend a yoga class taught by a fully qualified yoga teacher at least once a week and to keep a diary.
  • Students are required to re-do any module in which they score a mark of less than 80%. Cost of extra tuition and re-assessment will be in addition to the course fee.
  • Minimum attendance required is 80%.
  • Coursework must be handed to the assessor by the due date.

Refund Policy:

If a student fails to complete the course and/or pass the assessments or is dismissed from the course, any money already paid is non-refundable.

Grievance Procedure

What is a grievance or complaint? A complaint is an expression of dissatisfaction, either written or spoken. A complaint can be made by an individual or a group. You may wish to complain if you are not satisfied with the way you have been treated, the service you have received or the tuition you have received from your teacher. Principles Your school recognises that complaints are an important part of customer feedback.

  • All complaints will be investigated fully and fairly.
  • Complaints will be dealt with in confidence. The only exception to this is when others could be put at risk by matters referred to in the complaint.
  • If the complainant is not happy with the result of the response to the complaint, they will have the right to appeal to the teachers’ industry body such as Yoga Alliance Professionals.

Your school is committed to ensuring that its services, products and courses are of the highest quality. The complaints procedure enables your school to respond clearly and properly to complaints and to know when and why people are not satisfied with its services and courses so that they can improve them.

 

Complaints about a Teacher Training Course:

There are three stages that you can follow to try to resolve the issue. We will always try to resolve any complaint as soon as possible. You may wish to involve an advocate, friend or someone else to support you at any stage. If you need a sign language or community language interpreter, please let the person dealing with the complaint know and every reasonable effort will be made to provide it. 

Stage One: Speak to the individual(s) concerned and try to resolve the complaint informally on the day. If you are not satisfied with the response you have received, try to resolve the issue by following stage two.

Stage Two: Outline the details of your complaint by letter or email and send it to the Course Director who will progress the complaint. Your complaint will be acknowledged within 3 working days from the date it is received.

The response will contain the following information:

    • Name of the person who will investigate the complaint
    • The date(s) that the incident(s) happened
    • What support you can expect to receive during the process of the complaint
    • An expected response date In fairness to all parties and to ensure the investigator is able to investigate the complaint in an open and meaningful way, we cannot guarantee your anonymity. In exceptional cases, however, where a child or vulnerable adult is involved, in accordance with national guidelines and good practice the identity of individuals at risk will be protected. When the person(s) who are dealing with the complaint have had an opportunity to review it, they will write to the tutor or person about whom the complaint has been made. The letter will outline the main elements of your complaint and ask for a full written response. At this point, if further relevant information comes to light, you may be asked for your comments to ensure the investigator has a balanced understanding. When your response has been received, the investigator will consider all the information available to them and make a decision. The response will include the following information:
    • Details of the investigation
    • A decision about whether the complaint is upheld or not
    • The reason for the decision
    • The redress, if appropriate, which will be offered to you, for example, an apology, additional help or direct you to other sources of advice or support
    • Any other action that may be taken in light of the complaint

If it is not possible to provide a full answer to your complaint within 30 working days, the letter will outline the reasons why and give a date by which a full answer is expected.

Stage Three: If you are still not satisfied with the response to your complaint then outline the reasons for your dissatisfaction by post or email to Yoga Alliance Professionals (if the teachers are Yoga Alliance Professionals accredited). Contact information will be provided in the response to Stage Two