cYs Yoga Practitioner Programme Topics

A minimum of 460 contact hours within 640 course hours over three years

  1. Yoga Sadhana – Yoga Practice
    • Individual lessons for personal practice
    • Group workshops to develop self planning, planning for others and observational skills.
    • Building and working with basic, group class and personalised Learning or Healing Yoga practices.
  2. Yoga Sutra – Yoga Psychology
    • A in-depth study of Chapters One and Two of the Yoga Sutra.
  3. Roots of Yoga and Related Texts
    • Definition of Yoga according to root texts.
    • Approaches to and evolution of Yoga.
    • Overview of related texts
  4. Asana – Yoga Postures
    • Definition according to Yoga texts.
    • Detailed study of Primary Asana.
    • Introduction to Intermediate Asana.
    • Overview of Advanced Asana.
    • Classification, sequence building, compensation and breathing.
    • Movement, stay, variation and modification.
    • Asana with sound, Mudra and Bandha.
    • Apprenticeship into the Art and theory of observation in practice.
  5. Pranayama – Seated Yoga Breathing
    • Definition according to Yoga texts.
    • Detailed study of important techniques and theory of Prana and Nadi.
    • Preparation, classification, components and sequence building within Pranayama.
  6. Dhyana – Yoga Meditation
    • Introduction into the various aspects of meditation within practice.
    • Basic techniques applied through Asana and Pranayama.
    • Refinement of practice through meditation.
  7. Yoga Cikitsa – Yoga Therapeutics
    • The therapeutic possibilities of Yoga in working with problems or illness.
    • Study of Ayurveda and its therapeutic links with Yoga.
  8. Viniyoga – Application of Yoga
    • The Teachings from T Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar.
    • Eastern and Western Teaching Methodology and the student teacher relationship.
    • Advantages and disadvantages of individual and group tuition.
    • Application of Yoga for individual and group situations.
    • Organisational and Ethical aspects of teaching.
    • Introduction to counselling skills.
  9. Sanskrit and Nada – Yoga of Sound
    • Introducing the Romanised Sanskrit alphabet.
    • Understanding the important names in Asana and Pranayama.
    • Application of voice work and techniques for sound in practice.
    • Reciting the Yoga Sutra and Yoga teachings.
  10. The Human System
    • Study of anatomy, physiology, pathology, pharmacology and kinesiology.
  11. Svadhyaya – Home Study
    • Formal home study of a practical nature through reading, practice planning, theory questions and personal practice.
    • Completion of final year Yoga Sutra study project.
    • Completion of 80 hours external group and one to one teaching.
“All that we know is nothing,
we are merely crammed waste paper baskets
Unless we are in touch with that which laughs at all our knowing.”

DH Lawrence