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Diploma in Teaching Yoga At Body Bliss Yoga In Leigh-on-Sea, Essex

Diploma in Teaching Yoga


Dates for Yoga Instructor Course

This course can be started anytime, please call 07394145128 for details

The Yoga Instructor Training Involves:

Our Level 3 CYQ Diploma in Teaching yoga is designed for individuals who have busy lives and would like a rewarding career in teaching yoga. Blended learning allows you to study at home along with regular face to face weekends of learning. Whether you are a parent or have a busy career, this course would be ideal for you.

CYQ (central YMCA Qualifications) are the UK’s leading awarding organisation in the health, fitness and wellbeing sector. They develop and award industry-leading qualifications helping people across the world to develop new careers in the health and fitness industry and beyond.

This course is suitable for those who do not have a fitness related qualification or are already teaching in the fitness industry who are looking to make an investment in their career to teach yoga. Individuals who already hold an existing Level 2 or 3 qualification will be exempt from certain units.

Yoga Training Qualification Aim

This qualification recognises the skills and knowledge and competence required of an individual to work in an unsupervised capacity; planning, instructing and evaluating a safe and effective yoga session with a knowledge and understanding of yoga from ancient beginnings to modern world.

Course Content 7 Units. Learners are expected to successfully achieve all seven mandatory units to gain certification.

About The Yoga Teacher Training Course

The 500 hour Diploma in Teaching Yoga course will give you the skills to teach asana, pranayama, mudra and bandha as a safe and confident teacher. You will learn how yoga practices can offer various results, ranging from good health, a stronger body to a peaceful mind and learning about your personal journey with Yoga. The main aim of Hatha Yoga practice is to prepare us for deeper yoga, a subject also covered on the course. Hatha Yoga is the foundation of all yoga lineages, once you have the grounding of Hatha you will grow into your true self and teach with integreity and passion and importantly, compassion.

What you will learn before becoming a Yoga Instructor

  • A wide variety of asanas (positions), pranayama (breath control), mudra (hand positions), as well as meditation and yoga kriyas (cleansing techniques).
  • How to adapt yoga practices to meet participants needs during a yoga session
  • How to review yoga sessions with individuals
  • To plan, prepare, instruct and adapt yoga sessions
  • To design a progressive programme of yoga
  • To understand how to identify personal goals with participants
  • The fundamentals of teaching yoga (philosophy and practices)
  • How to deal with common conditions encountered in a yoga class
  • To identify the major bones, muscles and muscle actions of the body
  • To explain the workings of the body’s cardiovascular (CV) and energy systems
  • To identify the components and principles of fitness
  • How to relate the Health and Safety at Work Act to the gym environment
  • To identify excellent teaching skills in order to deliver safe and effective exercise programmes
  • To identify good customer care and strategies for the adoption and maintenance of physical activity
  • How to apply specific health checks
  • Plan, teach, deliver and evaluate a Yoga session

How you will be assessed on your yoga course

A combination of practical and written assessment methods including:

  • Multiple choice theory papers Level 2 and Level 3
  • Worksheets
  • Practical assessment
  • Practice Journal/Diary

What you qualify with

YMCA Awards Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga

20 REPs points / Entry to REPs at Level 3

Continual Professional Development pathways:Diploma in Teaching Pilates

Who can do the yoga teacher training course?

  • Anyone over 16
  • We recommended two years’ experience of practising yoga

Meditation, Classical Yoga, Chanting and the four different paths of Yoga are also covered on the course. Yoga lineages and variations of many styles are embraced from ancient to modern times. In our modern 21st century and living in the West, our approach to health and safety is of priority, our course will teach you adaptations and progressions in every pose (asana) this is a necessity for any teacher as you will be faced with many different levels of your participants’ health, flexibility and strength in a class environment.

Our course will teach yoga practices such as asana (postures), pranayama (breathing techniques to direct energy), meditation, kriyas (cleansing techniques to speed up the practice and aintain health), mudras (seals) and bandhas (locks) as well as introducing them to the deeper dimensions of yoga practices.

The Diploma in Teaching Yoga meets the National Occupational Standards at Level 3. YMCA Awards are recognised as an accredited qualification entering the Register of Exercise professional at a Level 3 thereby opening lots of doors and opportunities for you to teach. this is a professional course geared towards those who desire to teach yoga and achieve a highly recognised qualification. If you would like to learn more about this fascinating ancient discipline without a certificate and for your own knowledge then we offer a Yoga Philosophy course which is a great stepping stone prior to the full certified Level 3 yoga teacher course. For more information please see our Philosophy of Yoga Course.

Course outline

500 guided learning hours

Unit 1: Anatomy and Physiology Level 3 (150 hours)

» Bones and joints » Muscles and muscle actions » Energy systems » Cardiopulmonary system » Components of fitness » Nervous and endocrine systems

Unit 2: Health Safety and Welfare in a Fitness Environment (19 hours)

» Emergency planning procedures » Health and safety at work » Code of ethical conduct » Safeguarding the welfare of children and vulnerable adults

Unit 3: Principles of Exercise, Fitness and Health (28 hours)

» Adaptations of training principles » Long term effects of exercise » Components of health related fitness » Principles and variables of health related fitness » Contraindications and key safety guidelines for special populations

Unit 4: Know How to Support Clients Who Take Part in Exercise and Physical Activity (13 hours)

»Understand how to form effective working relationships with clients » Professional boundaries and interactions with clients and working professionals » Communication skills for motivation » Understand the importance of valuing equality and diversity when working with clients » Client support and customer service

Unit 5: Philosophy and Fundamentals of Yoga (150 hours)

» Fundamentals of teaching yoga (philosophy) – Worksheet A » Fundamentals of teaching yoga (practices) – Worksheet B » Precautions, prohibitions, modifications and benefits of asana – Worksheet C » Dealing with common conditions encountered in a yoga class – Worksheet D

Unit 6: Programming a Yoga Session (70 hours)

» Understand how to plan, prepare, programme and teach a yoga session

Unit 7: Delivering a Yoga Session (70 hours)

» Understand how teach, adapt and progress a yoga session » Collect feedback and evaluate the session The 60 hours are achieved through teaching and self practice which is recorded in your yoga journal.

  • Price: £1499
  • Deposit To Book: £250

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Frequently asked questions about the yoga course:

Why does your course take 12 months when others range between 2 weeks and 3 years?

A Body Bliss YMCA Awards course is a condensed learning experience that takes on average 12 months of dedication and commitment. This is a 500 hour course offered over such a time frame because we believe the need for quality yoga teachers is high and so we have designed our training to a more modern pace. We also believe that gaining a teaching qualification is just the start of a long journey, as soon as you have qualified the best way of learning about yourself and teaching is actually doing and experiencing it. Other courses ranging from 2 weeks to 3 years are available from other training providers and we advise that you as a potential student take time to study other training options to ensure you choose the correct route for you.

What does Level 3 mean?

Within the qualifications framework of the UK and Europe certain standards are required to meet certain levels. Within the active leisure industry the framework ranges from level 1 to 4. Level 1 would allow you to work with people within your career as long as you are supervised. Level 3 allows you to train to a level where you have proven knowledge (through various methods) that you are “fit for purpose” to teach to a group of adults unsupervised (hence you can teach yoga classes).

Is there much paperwork involved?

The simple answer is yes. You will be required to prove your knowledge of yoga through a series of worksheets based around unit 5 of the award (internally assessed), as well as completing a theory paper of Anatomy and Physiology L3 (externally assessed) along with worksheets on unit 2 and a theory paper on unit 3. You will also need to write a 60 hour yoga practice journal to map your personal development. During your practical training you will learn how to build a portfolio of evidence that proves you have planned a 10 week programme of yoga for a mixed ability group of people and include detailed session plans for weeks 1/5/10 with your practical assessment based on your week 5 planned session. The class will be comprised of relaxation/warm up, sun salutes and 7 main phase postures (to teach a balanced sequence) along with an ending/closing and final pranayama/meditation practice.

What type of yoga will I be qualified to teach?

All forms of physical practice are translated from the Sanskrit word Hatha to mean ‘with force’ therefore all physical practices are Hatha. Some current yoga lineages are set sequences of Hatha yoga poses taught with a linking of postures known as vinyasa. Vinyasa means ‘to place with intent’ and also means to ‘link with the breath’, therefore Ashtanga vinyasa yoga is a practice of 56 Hatha yoga postures linked together in a routine known as ‘The primary series’. Hot yoga is a series of 26 yoga poses taught in a hot room. By the end of your training you will be able to teach from gentle restorative classes to a more dynamic style with the grounding of a more classic session which you will plan to teach for your assessment. This introduction to yoga will be the starting point from which further study in the direction you choose will begin. Yoga philosophy is a deep and long term study program. This course will provide you with the skills to teach a hatha yoga class.

Do I need insurance once I am qualifed?

All Yoga teachers should have insurance and the CYQ Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga will grant you options as to where you buy yours. As a recognised industry award you are entitled (if you wish) to join the Register of Exercise Professionals, often needed if you plan to teach in health clubs, who offer insurance as an additional option to membership. Other options of where to buy insurance are also available and will be given during your practical workshops.

Why should I choose Body Bliss Studio over another Yoga training school?

We believe all students pick the right training course for them. Our advice is to look around and check us out against the others teaching schools and ensure the training is around you and your life as well as meeting your requirements for your teaching ambitions. We do however recommend you choose an accredited qualification which is also nationally and internationally recognised. YMCA Awards is ofqual regulated and highly recommended by local clubs and government run leisure centres.

Is the award recognised anywhere outside the UK?

Yes if you choose to join REPs you will automatically be eligible to register for EREPs (the European register) and beyond. Please go to for further information.

Please contact Tracey Bailey for any further questions about our courses on 07854500171

How To Find Us

Body Bliss Yoga

1430 London Road

Leigh-on-Sea, Essex


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