The word yoga means "union" in Sanskrit, the language of ancient India where yoga originated. Yoga is primarily thought of as exercise through stretching, it is actual about creating a balance between strength and flexibility within the body via a series of poses and postures each with a specific purpose and benefit. Today there are a number of styles of yoga classes available, including Hatha yoga, a slow paced yoga class, Vinyasa yoga, is a breathe-synchronised form of performance yoga based around Sun Salutations, Ashtanga or power yoga, a fast-paced intensive style of yoga. Other forms of popular yoga classes include Iyengar yoga, which is based around the idea of body-alignment, Kundalini yoga, a form of yoga that is concerned with freeing energy in the lower body through breathing and movement and Bikram or hot yoga, which is practised in near 100 degree heat in order to loosen tight muscles - a popular form of yoga for professional sportsmen and women.
Who is the Yoga Teacher training course aimed at?
Yoga is less a job for its teachers and more of a lifestyle choice. Students looking to study to become a yoga teacher should have vast experience of yoga classes and appreciate that being a yoga teacher is a vocation. During yoga teacher training students will develop a knowledge of the origins of yoga, as well as its varying techniques, vast history and extensive knowledge of its classical teachings. As such the journey to becoming a qualified yoga teacher usually spans a number of years. Foundation courses can last a number of weeks, months or even years, with the British Wheel of Yoga Foundation and Diploma courses lasting a total of 120 teaching hours and 500 hours (over 2 to 4 years) respectively, while the Camyoga entry level course lasting 200 hours, which can take up to 12 months to graduate.
Yoga Teacher training course content
As with most health and fitness courses, yoga teacher training includes the study of the body's anatomy and physiology, including the study of biomechanics and the pathology of injuries. Other modules can include:
- Yoga fundamentals and teaching techniques
- History and philosophy of yoga, including classical texts
- Structuring and planning yoga classes
- Teaching and presentation skills
Other yoga courses may special in yoga for pregnancy, pre and post natal yoga, baby yoga, yoga for children, yoga and sport and more.
Graduating the Yoga Teacher training course
Graduating from any recognised yoga teaching training course will have taken some time and a fair deal of financial investment. However, as a fully trained yoga teacher graduates will be in high demand as yoga is very popular, yet due to the demands of training, under staffed form of group exercise in many health clubs. Many popular health club and gym chains do employ trained yoga teachers but many do not, meaning a good yoga teacher will be able to find work relatively easily, either as a health club resident yoga teacher or more likely a freelance yoga teacher that works at a number of different clubs and facilities throughout a given week.
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