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.
“If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.”
William Blake