Byron Yoga Centre’s comprehensive and superlative Level 1 is the ideal foundation for your yoga teaching career or to deepen your understanding of all aspects of yoga.
The course is comprised of three parts – Parts A, B and C. Part A is pre-residential intensive correspondence preparation. Part B is a 12 day residential program, however there are options for how you complete Part C:
The Premier Course: 20 Day Residential intensive with correspondence preparation Part A, residential Part B and residential Part C, including public class practical teaching opportunity
The Concise Course: 12 Day Residential Intensive with pre-course correspondence Part A plus, residential Part B and correspondence component Part C
The Hybrid Course: Online interactive Part A with correspondence components that can be completed before or after the residential. Part B 12 Day Residential Intensive
We also offer a Flexible Learning option. You can complete more of the correspondence component before booking into the residential intensive, suitable for those who have the time to start the online study now but leave the dates for the residential open.
The Premier Course: 20 Day Residential Intensive with extended practical teaching opportunities
Price from $4800 (includes all meals and 19 nights in quad (4) share room with shared bathroom, other accommodation options subject to cost and availability)
Earlybird Price from $4700*– offer only available for bookings made more than 8 weeks prior to course commencement.
‘I was so pleased I chose this option. I could start the online Part A immediately, I was well prepared for the residential intensive and I gained so much confidence from all the practical teaching experience. I felt ready to teach straight away.’ Ellie, Level 1 graduate
In the Premier course option you start the initial online units for the 200 hour certificate 6 weeks before the residential course. You can work through the pre-intensive assignments and practical components in your own time while being fully supported through Skype supervision.
The 20 day residential course at Byron Yoga Retreat Centre is an all inclusive experience. While the timetable is intensive, you will be mentored by experienced trainers and benefit from the tranquility and community of the eco haven on the outskirts of Byron Bay.
You will gain your Level 1 200 hour RYT certificate on successful completion of the 20 day residential course. As part of this Premier option you will benefit from extended practical teaching experience of our public classes.
Part A pre-course preparation: approx 30-40 hours
Includes online study, practising asana with Byron Yoga Centre’s DVDs and some Skype supervised sessions with our trainers. It is recommended you allow 4-6 weeks to complete this Part A.
Part B the first 12 days of the residential intensive (see Course Content below).
Part C the 8 day residential intensive offers the opportunity for additional supervised practical teaching of public classes, supported online self study, plus participation in additional learning, workshops and practical sessions (see sample program below).
The Premier Course 20 day residential option is ideal for those looking for a comprehensive training with time to integrate their leaning. The Part A pre-course prep will fully prepare you for the residential intensive so this is suitable for those looking for a course purely to deepen their own understanding and practice of yoga or anyone at the start of their yoga teaching journey. With the Premier course you have the opportunity to teach additional public classes at Byron Yoga Centre and be supported in completing the Part C, post course elements, while a resident at the Byron Yoga Retreat Centre.
We recommend the Premier Course 20 day residential as the most thorough and holistic option.
The Concise Course: 12 Day Residential Intensive with supervised correspondence components
Price from $3550 (includes all meals and 11 nights in quad (4) share room with shared bathroom, other accommodation options subject to cost and availability)
Earlybird Price $3250* – offer only available for bookings made more than 8 weeks prior to course commencement.
In this option you complete the pre-residential intensive preparation hours in your own time and can start this pre-prep 6 weeks before the residential course.
The 12 day residential course at Byron Yoga Retreat Centre is an all inclusive experience. While the timetable is intensive, you will be mentored by experienced trainers and benefit from the tranquility and community of the eco haven on the outskirts of Byron Bay.
As the residential intensive is just 12 days you will still need to complete further practical and online elements in your own time under the Skype supervision of our trainers. You will gain your 200 hour RYT certificate on successful completion of the final correspondence component.
Part A pre-course preparation: approx 30-40 hours
Includes online study, practicing asana with Byron Yoga Centre’s DVDs and some preparation Skype supervised sessions with our trainers. It is recommended you allow 4-6 weeks to complete this Part A.
Part B 12 day residential intensive (see Course Content below)
Part C practical and online study: approx 80 hours
Post residential course work including online study, Skype supervised sessions, attending classes and journaling your practice teaching experience. Or you can choose to book into one or more of our Modular Trainings and the hours can be used towards completing the required hours. If you have not completed your Part C within 2 years you will need to contact us to re-register and you will be charged a re-engagement fee of $150.
This Concise Course 12 day residential option is for those with limited time for the residential intensive component. You will undertake the pre-course Part A and so arrive for the intensive fully prepared. Part C is comprised of our online study system with supervised support from our trainers, practical teaching experience and completing a journal of classes, teaching and yogic practices. You could also use the hours from one or more of our Modular Trainings towards your Part C.
This course is suitable for those who are either currently teaching informally, have access to practical teaching experience opportunities or who are perhaps teaching other modalities such as Pilates or personal training.
The 12 day residential course is only recommended for those who do not have the time to join the Premier 20 day program.
If you choose to do the 12 day residential course you can always come back to Byron Yoga Retreat Centre and join the 8 day Part C of a future Level 1 course. This is the ideal way to complete the Part C component as you have peer group support, access to teachers and additional opportunities to teach public classes plus extra workshops to further your skills and knowledge. To join an 8 day Part C residential please email firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW! Hybrid Course (30% online / 70% residential)
Our new Hybrid Course allows you to jump into your Level 1 online and complete up to 30% of the course before you join one of our 12 day residential intensives in Byron Bay.
$3995 (includes 4 week online introduction course plus 11 nights in quad share (4) room with shared bathroom, other accommodation options subject to cost and availability)
$3650 Intro price (book by 17 Sept for course starting 9 Oct)
Starts online Sat 9 Oct 2021 (subject to adequate numbers) 4 week online course, live Zoom Saturdays 10-11am (Sat 9, 16, 23 & 30 Oct). Start now, select any of the 12 day residential dates when you are ready for Part B
Over a 4 week introduction period you will be offered weekly live zoom sessions (10-11am Saturdays), enjoy an on-demand yoga class each week (x 4) and one 30 minute one-one-one mentoring support from a senior teacher. Study commitment from only 4 hours per week.
You will be supplied with a digital Level 1 manual and full access to all the online resources, journaling requirements and assignments (approx. 65-80 hours) that need to be completed alongside the 12 day residential in obtaining your Level 1 certificate. You can complete as much or as little of this as you choose over the 4 week online course and continue in your own time before, and / or after, your residential intensive.
You work at your own pace in your own time, supported by your mentor. If you have finished the online units before coming to Byron Bay, on successful completion of the assessments, you could graduate at the end of the 12 day residential.
This course is suitable for all levels of trainees. However, it is those with more yoga experience and with motivation for self study that are more likely to successfully finish all the online work before their residential. Those with less than 5 years of yoga practice or those who prefer to work in a more integrated style are recommended to only undertake some of the units prior to the residential or to select the 20 day Complete Course option.
Part A 4 week online introduction, pre-course preparation and online course work: 40-80 hours
4 x weekly live/recorded zoom sessions (intro to philosophy, anatomy and Ayurveda), 4 x recorded yoga classes, a one-on-one 30 minute online mentoring session and email support. It is recommended that you allow 6-12 weeks to complete the correspondent units, however you can take up to 12 months. Any units not competed before your Part B can be undertaken post residential course.
Part B 12 day residential intensive (see Course Content below), book your Part B at a later date when you are ready.
Part C (If required) Completion of correspondence components
Post residential course work would include any online study not completed prior to or during the residential including journaling your practice teaching experience. If you have not completed your Part C within 2 years you will need to contact us to re-register and you will be charged a re-engagement fee of $150.
(pay 50% to start online and pay the other 50% when you choose your 12 day residential course at a later date)
Each of our lead teachers have over 20 years of knowledge and expertise. Under the guidance of veteran yoga teachers, John Ogilvie and Kara Goodsell the teaching staff on this course are experienced and dedicated. You’ll be inspired by our resident and guest yoga teachers alike, who ‘walk their talk’, living the yoga lifestyle, and are all knowledgeable and passionate about their subjects. All are passionate about supporting you in your continuing yoga journey.
Other experienced teachers include:
John Ogilvie | Kara Goodsell | Davina Kruse | Marita Dortins | Maria Kirsten | Madhava Das | Jade Abbott | Bec Isaacs
Residential Course Content
The Part B residential consists of an intensive program covering a broad range of fascinating subjects all aimed at deepening your understanding of not just the postures, but also pranayama (breathing practices), meditation, and yoga philosophy and lifestyle.
Practical and lecture sessions have an average of 18 students and a maximum of 24, they will include the following:
- Asana Techniques and Alignment
- Teaching Methodology and Language
- Adjusting and correcting students
- Sequencing for classes and private students
- Applied Anatomy and Physiology
- Modifications and variations of poses
- Yoga Philosophy, focus on the 8 Limbs
- Lifestyle & Ethics for Yoga Teachers
- Meditation and pranayama practices
- Teaching Practice with feedback from senior teachers
A big focus for us is teaching you to teach and making sure that both your practice and your teaching is safe and aware. All teacher trainees get the opportunity to develop their teaching skills in a real-life context in yoga classes for the public.
Over a relatively short time, you’ll emerge with the practical skills and confidence to launch your yoga teaching career.
Example of daily timetable 12 day residential
| 6:00am||-|| 8:00am||Asanas class with senior teachers / practical teaching classes
| 8:00am||-|| 9:00am||Breakfast
| 9:00am||-||10:30am||Practical and Lectures
|11:00am||-||12:30am||Practical and Lectures
|12:30pm||-|| 2:00pm||Lunch and free time
| 2:00pm||-|| 3:30pm||Practical and Lectures
| 3:30pm||-|| 4:00pm||Afternoon Tea
| 4:00pm||-|| 6:00pm||Practical and Lectures
| 6:00pm||-|| 7:00pm||Dinner
| 7:00pm||-|| 8:00pm||Practical and Lectures
Example of daily timetable for the additional 8 day residential (Premier Course)
| 6:00am||-|| 7:30am||Practice teaching or participating in public yoga classes
| 7:30am||-|| 8:00am||Pranayama and Meditation
|9:00am||-||12:00pm||Attend Special Yoga Teaching Clinics/Workshops and Complete assignments
|12:00pm||-|| 2:00pm||Lunch and free time
| 2:00pm||-|| 4:00pm||Attend Special Yoga Teaching Clinics/Workshops and Complete assignments
| 4:00pm||-|| 6:00pm||Practice teaching or participating in public yoga classes
| 6:00pm||-|| 7:00pm||Dinner
| 7:00pm||-|| 8:00pm||Practical and Lectures
A deposit of $600 is payable on registration and all bookings must be paid in full 6 weeks before course start date. However we still accept bookings up until the day of the course. We offer internet banking and credit card facilities.