The aYs runs three types of certificated courses:
- Introductory Workshops
- Foundation Courses
- Teacher Training Courses
aYs Courses, an Overview
The aYs is not currently an accredited body with BWY.
However the aYs is linked with the Sadhana Mala teacher training course, and this is accredited with the BWY. As a result of this collaboration it is hoped that the aYs will shortly be able to resume its status as an accredited body with the BWY.
Introductory Workshops (IW)
These workshops are 10 hours in duration and are a first step for students who wish to explore yoga in a little more depth. Students will need some experience of yoga, as a rule of thumb most students attending these courses tend to have one years experience of yoga, however this is down to the discretion of the tutor so don’t let it dissuade you from applying for a place. Your experience can be from any tradition or approach to yoga.
When you start the course you will receive a course file with material that covers the following subjects:
Pranayama (breathing basics)
An introduction to yoga philosophy
The background to yoga.
Sound in yoga
This is an informal workshop and there is no set homework.
You must be a member of the aYs and on successful completion you will be awarded an aYs IW Certificate.
- IW Course Synopsis
- aYs Membership Form
Foundation Courses (FC)
The tutors for these courses are all senior teaching members of the aYs.
These courses are 60 hours in duration and are for students who wish to deepen their knowledge of and relationship with Yoga, and also for those who wish to take a first step towards teacher training. Students will usually have two years experience of yoga, and this can be from any tradition or approach.
When you begin the course your will receive a course file with material that covers the following subjects:
- Asana (posture)
- The philosophy of the Yoga Sutra
- The background to yoga
- Designing a home practice
- Sound and Chanting
- An introduction to kinesiology – how the body moves
This course has no formal set homework but the tutor will suggest areas of study and reading, and there will be some suggested home practice.
You must be a member of the aYs and on successful completion you will be awarded an aYs FC Certificate.
To find your nearest course please refer to the Courses list page.
- FC Synopsis
- aYs Membership Form
The aYs teacher training course is run in collaboration with Sadhana Mala.
Sadhana Mala is run by Dave Charlton and Ranju Roy who are both senior teachers with the aYs and they have a wealth of experience in teaching and presenting the ideas of yoga at all levels. For further details visit Sadhana Mala or contact Ranju Roy on email@example.com or 01823 275766
Student teachers must be trainee members of the aYs and on successful completion will be awarded an aYs/SM certificate, and a BWY Associate Teacher Diploma. They will be qualified to teach group classes.
The aYs Advanced Training/Therapy Course is also run in collaboration with Sadhana Mala. It is run by by Dave Charlton and Ranju Roy under the title “The Art of Individual Teaching”.
It is a 2-year training for qualified Yoga teachers who wish to train specifically in teaching Yoga to individuals and applying Yoga as a therapy. It complements the 2-year aYs/Sadhana Mala Teacher Training Course, but is also open to other teachers with a specific interest in the viniyoga of Yoga.
On successful completion students will be registered as aYs Teachers and will meet the criteria of the British Council for Yoga Therapy.
To find details please refer to the Courses List page or contact Ranju Roy on 01823 275766 or firstname.lastname@example.org