Q: How much experience do I need to enrol on the course?
Yoga Alliance Professionals recommend that you have done at least two years of consistent yoga practice before enrolling on a 250hr+ course. This makes absolute sense, as you will need an established and disciplined practice to meet the requirements of the course. So if you have a regular yoga practice you may be more ready than you think. Although it is helpful to have an understanding and passion for your practice never forget – an advanced yoga student is not someone who can move into the most twisted poses, but someone who comes to the mat with a willingness to learn and who knows the limits of their own body. So many conversations I have with those interested in the course start with – “But I cant do this and I cant do that” – so please understand, flexibility and the ability to stand on your head are most definitely not pre-requisites …
Q: How are the 250 hours covered on this course?
The training is comprehensive and covers much more than the minimum hours stipulated by Yoga Alliance Professionals. The basic breakdown includes 228 contact hours, 40-60 hours of self-study, plus self-practices over the yearlong course. The Avani Yoga Academy is dedicated to training authentic teachers who understand the depth and breadth of the Yoga tradition. We dedicate over 30 hours to you teaching. Our students are confident to share a full class by midway through the course. From then on it’s about honing your skills and practice, practice, practice.
Q: What are the days like on the Teacher Training Course?
The course is intensive and we pack in a lot to each day. A typical timetable is:
- 9.00 -11.00am Yoga Class
- 11.00-11.15am Break (run to the toilet/grab a coffee)
- 11.15-13.00pm Theory Class (e.g. anatomy/techniques theory)
- 13.00-14.00pm Enjoy lunch
- 14.00-16.00pm Theory Class (e.g. business of yoga/yogic lifestyle)
- 16.00-16.15pm Break (time for a cup of tea and cake)
- 16.00-18.00pm Teaching Methodology/Practice (getting you teaching)
Q: Do I automatically qualify as a yoga teacher by attending the course?
No, as you’ll soon find out being part of a teacher-training course is an alchemic and life-changing process. The Academy doesn’t use words like pass or fail as full support is given to all that enrol in fulfilling their dreams! To make the most of the course it is recommended that you:
- Attend 100% of the course
- Complete all monthly written reflections
- Complete all monthly teaching assignments
- Complete a final teaching share (approximately 2 hours long)
Please note – there are no “pass marks” and no paper or practice that is handed in is judged – as this goes against everything that Yoga stands for! All tasks are offered for students to engage in open-minded self-exploration in a loving and supportive atmosphere. To allow freedom of self expression – creativity and passion for teaching to grow …
Q: What if I miss a day?
Whilst it is recommended that you attend the whole course – there may be circumstances that mean you might miss a day (through emergency or illness for instance). The portal provides the whole course content online – so there are ways to keep up with the work. Debbie can also arrange private sessions in person or via skype should you need support further support.
Please contact Debbie in person if you would love to be a part of the course but you know that a date clashes with another commitment to discuss options.
firstname.lastname@example.org – or call 07901907245
Q: What books are required for the course?
There is a booklist in the course catalogue, which lists some of Debbie’s favourites. However there is no need to rush out and purchase them all – should you decide to be a part of the course you will be given a link to over 50 downloadable books to help with your studies.
Some that I simply wouldn’t do without and would highly recommend adding to your library (to name but a few are:
- The Yamas & Niyamas by Deborah Adele
- The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Iyengar
- Teaching Yoga by Mark Stephens
- Mudras for Healing & Transformation by Joseph & Lilian Le PAge
Q: When can I start teaching?
As part of the course you get FREE Trainee membership with Yoga Alliance Professionals – this will cover you for all aspects of teaching during the course.
You can upgrade to Trainee PLUS for £15, which will cover you to teach 2 classes per week for the duration of the course.
Q: Who is Avani Yoga Academy accredited with?
The Avani Yoga Academy is registered with Yoga Alliance Professionals and closely follows their curriculum guidelines. For more details visit YAP website
Q: What styles of yoga will I be qualified to teach upon graduation?
While Debbie’s practice is inspired in the Vinyasa Flow style, graduates are encouraged to develop their own unique style drawing on many methodologies taught. The course is based on traditional teachings of Hatha Yoga.
Q: I’m pregnant. Can I do the training?
Congratulations! It sounds like you’ve already embarked on an intensive 9-month course… Becoming a mum. Our advice would be to wait until after the birth of your baby. Do get in touch, and we’ll let you know what courses are in store for next year.
Q: What is the Payment Policy?
We are committed to keeping yoga training accessible for all. No payments are required until you are accepted onto the course. Once accepted you will need to secure your place by paying a non-refundable deposit. The balance is then due in full, by 3 instalments or monthly instalments – whatever works best for you. For full details of the pricing structure and instalment dates please go to the teacher training page and click on the payments tab.
Q: What is the Refund Policy?
The deposit is your commitment to take part in the course, which is why it is non-refundable – no course fees can be carried forward to the following course.
If you withdraw from the course prior to its commencement then course fees are non refundable, unless a replacement student is found prior to the start date. No refund will be given until the course has started.
If a replacement student is found, then a refund will be given via bank transfer minus £100 administration fee
If you withdraw from the course once it has commenced, then any course fees paid to that date are non-refundable. If you have chosen to pay via one of the payment plans then all remaining course fees are due in full and will need to be paid.
For any cancellations, please give written notice via email to email@example.com or by post to Debbie Avani at 20 Amberwood Close, Southampton, SO40 2ST
Any Questions I haven’t answered here?
Call Debbie on 07901907245 or email firstname.lastname@example.org