Yoga Teacher Training FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions
PRIOR TO ENROLLING
PRIOR TO THE TRAINING
DURING THE TRAINING
AFTER THE TRAINING
PRIOR TO ENROLLING
Q: How proficient in yoga do I need to be to complete the teacher training?
A: The Byron Yoga Centre Teacher Training courses include daily asana practice; either a yoga class or throughout the day during sessions. We strongly recommend that applicants have a consistent asana practice and are relatively comfortable practicing daily.
People with a foundation in the basic and fundamental yoga postures are suited for this training. An advanced practitioner is not necessarily a person who can move deeply into advanced postures; an advanced practitioner is someone who comes to the mat with a level of maturity, a willingness to learn and an understanding of the limits of their own body.
This course is not ideally suited to people completely new to yoga and we recommend you develop your asana practice first through local classes to learn the fundamentals of yoga basics. During the training you will deepen your understanding of the asanas while simultaneously learning how to teach.
If you have a regular yoga practice you may be more ready than you realise. We encourage you to call the Byron Yoga Centre and talk to the founder John Ogilvie on (02) 6685 8327 if you're uncertain of your suitability for the training.
Q: What is the Byron Yoga Centre Teacher Training Certification?
A: Upon successful completion of the Byron Yoga Centre Teacher Training, trainees will receive a Byron Yoga Centre certificate as an acknowledgment. This is the first step toward teaching. With this certificate, new teachers can begin the process of refining their skills as yoga teachers at many local gyms and small yoga studios, as well as with private clients.
Trainees will also receive their Yoga Alliance 200-Hour Certification (RYT200) as soon as they apply for it and pay a registration fee. Yoga Alliance 200-Hour Certification offers the added benefit of a listing on their website and the recognition of a national certifying body. Yoga Alliance certification is also a requirement for employment at many gyms and yoga studios.
Q: What is the Certificate IV in Yoga Teaching- 10540NAT?
A: Byron Yoga Centre is proud to announce the introduction of a Certificate IV level yoga teacher training qualification which is accredited as a VETAB nationally recognised course.
Our full time 7 week training is Australia’s first, fully accredited Certificate IV in Yoga Teaching and also Yoga Alliance and YTAA recognised.
This represents the highest possible qualification in yoga teaching that is recognised both in Australia and internationally. This is in addition to all of our teacher training courses still holding the internationally recognised Yoga Alliance Accreditation and eligibility for the Yoga Teachers Association of Australia.
In order to be able to offer this high standard of teacher training, Byron Yoga Centre is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) in Australia, and all our trainers are nationally recognised Training and Assessment trainers and assessors.
This course offers the best possible investment you can make in your yoga training.The course is comprised of 10 units of competency that are transferable within the VETAB education system. These are;
YGTWOR401A Work within a yoga school framework
YGTPRC402A Perform a range of Yoga practices
YGTTEA403A Teach a general yoga class
SISXOHS101A Follow occupational health and safety policies
HLTAP301B Recognise healthy body systems in a health care context
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
HLTCOM404C Communicate effectively with clients
HLTCOM405D Administer a practice
TAEDEL401A Plan, organise and deliver group-based learning
- CHCRH503B Develop leisure and health programs for clients with special needs
In addition to this, the course still holds the internationally recognised Yoga Alliance 500 hour Accreditation and eligibility for the Yoga Teachers Association of Australia (350 hours). To offer this high standard of teacher training Byron Yoga Centre is now a RTO (Registered Training Organisation) in Australia which is similar to a TAFE, and all our trainers are nationally recognised training and assessment trained trainers.
The course is a Centrelink approved short course. You may apply to Centrelink for Austudy, the Education Supplement or the Education Entry Payment. Our institution code for Centrelink is 2P978.
A pre-requisite to the course is that learners have had a minimum of one hundred and twenty hours of class asana instruction over a two year period, which must be verified by their yoga teacher.
A requirement for entry into the course is that the participant has a history of regular committed practice of yoga for a period of at least two years.
A suitable assessment for English language competency may be used if required.
Students are required to demonstrate the equivalent of Australian High School Year 10 proficiency in literacy and numeracy
Education is one of Australia's best strategies to achieve social, economic and environmental sustainability.
Vocational education and training (VET) is 'education and training for work' and part of a broader educational network in Australia that includes schools, universities and adult and community education.
The Australian VET system is one of the most sophisticated in the world because it is:
The employers, unions and professional associations of an industry define the outcomes that are required from training;
The VET system is jointly-managed by state, territory and Australian governments, in partnership with industry and training providers;
Clients of the VET system are employers and individuals who use it or intend to use it. This simple, flexible and relevant system responds to client needs.
Q: Is the training an asana intensive?
A: No, the training is not an extreme yoga asana intensive. It is designed as a fun and interactive course that is focussed on achieving a holistic knowledge of yoga and gaining the skills necessary to teach yoga to others with awareness and understanding.
Q: What style of yoga is taught - hatha, iyengar, vinyasa flow or other?
A: John and most of the teachers are Iyengar trained. Our emphasis in asana is on posture and correct alignment rather than a particular style.
Q: I have a background in physiotherapy, do I still need the required anatomy texts?
A: If you are already familiar with human anatomy through previous study and have qualifications in physiotherapy or similar, please bring the texts you have available.
Q: I want to enrol in the training to develop my own practice rather than teach, is this ok?
A: Yes, the course is also designed for those who may not wish to be teachers at this stage of their yoga journey, but would like to deepen their own practice and experience of yoga. There is, however, a strong focus on teaching.
Q: I follow a different spiritual path (or I don’t have a spiritual path), is this ok?
A: Yes, our tradition respects and honors all paths. Yoga can only deepen your own spirituality.
Q: Are books and materials included in the price of the training?
A: No, we request that you purchase these books prior to the training to gain the most from the experience. The only supplied and included material is the Yoga Teacher Training Manual. The manual will be handed out on the first day of the training. We stock the recommended reading list and you can order directly from the Byron Yoga Centre. Alternatively you can order from the Amazon website, or search your local secondhand book store.
Q: When will I find out if I have been accepted into the training?
A: After you submit your completed teacher training application form and have paid the $600 deposit, you will be contacted via email with an acceptance letter, subject to availability.
Q:What is the refund policy if I'm unable to attend the training?
A: If a student withdraws or transfers from the course, the following refund policy applies:
a) If the student withdraws 45 days or more prior to course commencement the student will receive a full refund of all monies paid, minus an administration fee of $200.
b) If the student withdraws 30-44 days prior to the course commencement the student will receive 75% of the full course fee or any monies paid, minus an administration fee of $200.
c) If the student withdraws 14-29 days prior to course commencement the student will receive 50% of the full course fee or any monies paid, minus an administration fee of $200.
d) If the student withdraws 1-13 days prior to course commencement or withdraws after the course commences, the full course fee or any monies paid, is non-refundable.
Q: If the course is full can I join a waitlist for the training?
A: If the course is full, we still accept bookings and your deposit of $600 will hold a place on the waitlist. If we're unable to confirm your place, you will have the choice to either have your deposit fully refunded or transferred to another course.
Q: How many students are enrolled in each training?
A: Our training courses average 24 students, with a high student - teacher ratio.
Q: What is the typical age range of the students?
A: Students generally range from 20 to 55 years of age, with the average age of 35.
Q: Do I need other qualifications or experience to be accepted into the training?
A: To qualify for our Teacher Training Courses, you must complete an application form and include details of your background and experience. You must be proficient in English language. Each application is considered on an individual basis.
Q: Are meals and accommodation included in the price of the training?
A: Our part time residential and intensive courses include both meals and accommodation. Our Certificate IV courses offer accommodation options only. Twin share accommodation on site is offered from $150 per week. A very limited number of beds for share accommodation is available to consider as your permanent residence for a period of time, at our specially designed yoga centre. You can apply for accommodation at the time of your booking. Also an alternative range of yoga friendly options will be sent to you upon request including single options at the time of booking.
*Accommodation venue may change due to circumstances beyond our control however you would be notified immediately.
Q: What kind of food is provided during the Intensive Trainings?
A: The food that is provided on intensives is healthy and delicious vegetarian cuisine, it is light and easily digestible to support you during this time of study. Gluten and dairy free options are available, please advise any special dietary requests in advance.
It's important to enjoy nurturing food during a time of physical and mental exercise, by booking the meal option it also frees up your time otherwise spent on shopping and preparing meals, so that you can study or rest instead. It would be very difficult, not to mention time-consuming, to feed yourself to the same standard at the same price and we're unable to provide kitchen facilities.
Food included in the intensive course includes three meals a day; breakfast (porridge, muesli, fruit) lunch, dinner and fruit for afternoon tea. Herbal teas are always available. Mealtimes are also a time of socialising and bonding with your fellow students, asking questions and sharing experience which is also an important aspect of the training.
A sample of some of our dishes can be found on our website under articles and we always include a recipe in our monthly newsletter. We receive very good feedback for our catering and people often return on retreat because they enjoyed the food as well as the yoga experience so much! A typical lunch or dinner would be a vegetable soup, curry or baked dish, rice, and a variety of salads.
Q: Can you help organise accommodation if I choose to stay off site?
A: A very limited number of beds for share accommodation is available on site from $150 per week. If you would prefer to arrange your own accommodation off-site we recommend you refer to short term accommodation in the local Byron Bay newspaper, The Echo.
Q: Do you offer a local travel discount card for students?
A: No, town is easily accessible either a ten minute walk or it's easy to hire a bike during your time in Byron. Please ask for details when you arrive.
Q: What do I need to bring for the training?
A: We suggest you bring a mixture of lightweight and warm, comfortable yoga clothing, layers are best, light shoes / sandals, swim wear, sunhat, sunglasses, sunscreen, toiletries and first aid kit, insect repellent, camera, alarm clock, torch, journal, water bottle, light raincoat or umbrella, and daypack. Please bring your own bath and beach towel.
You will need to bring your own props to the course. These include:
- yoga mat, strap, block, and eye pillow
If you do not have these you can purchase them from us when you arrive for the course.
You will also need a laptop computer for the 20 day intensive training and Certificate IV courses.
PRIOR TO THE TRAINING
Q: Do I need to purchase all the books on the required text list?
A: Yes, we recommend you purchase all the books for reference and reading prior to the training and bring them all with you.
Q: Do I need to complete any homework prior to the start of the training?
A: Yes, we will send a list of reading and it is important that you have a basic understanding of anatomy before the course starts. There is a short online assignment to be completed before the course - details will be sent to you around 6 weeks before the start date. Even though it may seem awhile until the start of the course, please start this work as soon as possible and do some each day so that a regular study program is established by the start of the training.
Q: Do I need to develop my asana practice prior to the start of the training?
A: Yes, we will email a list of the level 1 postures for you to practice and recommend you become familiar with the Sanskrit names which you can listen by referring to the course content section of the website. You should also practice with the Level 1 and/or 2 DVD prior to the training to familiarise yourself with the asanas.
Q: How do I secure a place on the training?
A: Please complete the online application form including your credit card details for the $600 deposit.
Q: When is full payment for the training due?
A: The balance of the course fees are payable six weeks before the training start date.
DURING THE TRAINING
Q: Do I need to follow any ethical guidelines?
A: Yes, there are some simple guidelines to help create a sattvic (yogic) environment, conducive to study and learning. Trainees in residence are expected to be cigarette, drug and alcohol free and are asked to maintain silence (where practical) in the mornings before 9am and after 9.30pm. We request trainees be mindful that the Byron Yoga Centre is a place of study and learning and that socialising can be done at the local café or beach. We also ask trainees in residence to be vegetarian on site.
Q: What happens if I miss a session or class on the timetable?
A: To obtain a certificate and letter of completion, you must attend 100 percent of the classes to comply with Yoga Alliance requirements. However, if due to unforeseeable circumstances or illness, we offer alternative arrangements for you to make up the session/s missed eg. joining part of a later course.
Q: How much time should I expect to spend on homework?
A: Expect to spend approx 7 hours per week on written assignments, including completing a record of your practice, classes attended, observations etc. The homework is designed to support the material covered in class and help you integrate what is presented into your own practice and teaching.
If you are not planning on teaching after the training, you may choose not to complete all of the homework assignments and enrol on the course without receiving certification. However, if you wish to receive your Certification and Letter of Completion for the training, you must attend all the sessions and complete all the homework assignments.
Q: How much time should I expect to spend on my own asana practice?
A: You are expected to have minimum daily practice of 20 minutes asana, 10 minutes pranayama and 10 minutes meditation.
Q: Will I have free time during the training?
A: Yes. Many participants use their free time for reading, studying, and preparing for assessments.
Q: Will I have the opportunity to teach classes during the training?
A: Yes, you will have the opportunity to teach with your fellow trainees under supervision from a senior teacher. 6am and 4pm community classes taught by trainees are offered to the public during the training. You may also be able to teach on an ongoing basis if you choose to stay in Byron to develop your teaching experience in a supported environment.
AFTER THE TRAINING
Q: What is the Yoga Alliance?
A: Yoga Alliance is an organization that was started in 1999 as a way to create nationally recognized standards for yoga teachers and yoga teacher trainings. More and more yoga studios across the world are requiring their teachers to register with Yoga Alliance, either at the 200 or 500 hour level. Yoga Alliance registration, however, is not a legal requirement for teaching yoga. Currently there are no legal certification requirements to be a yoga teacher.
Q: Will I be qualified to teach yoga once I have completed the training?
A: The 12 Day Intensive qualification covers the basis skills and knowledge for conducting a short, beginners class under the supervision of a senior teacher and to undertake basic tasks in assisting in larger general classes. With the successful completion of all the requirements of the 200 hour course, including attending 30 classes after the training, contact hours, homework and assessment, you will receive a certificate evidencing your training at the 200 Hour Level.
On completion of the training, trainees may apply to Yoga Alliance for 200-Hour Certification (RYT200). A fee is payable to Yoga Alliance.
The full time and part time courses cover the necessary skills and knowledge in conducting a general class and would enable graduates to undertake the basic tasks in assisting in larger general and intermediate classes. We recommend you continue to develop your experience under supervision of a senior teacher. With the successful completion of all the requirements of the 330 hour course, including contact hours, homework and assessments, you will receive a certificate evidencing your training at the 330 hour Level.
Upon completion of this course you can then qualify for the 500 hour certfication in your own time, through your own practice, teaching, observations and attending classes. The 500 hour certification allows registration with Yoga Alliance as a senior teacher.
You may also register with the Yoga Alliance under their REGISTERED YOGA TEACHER (RYT) APPLICANTS WHO ARE GRADUATES OF A NON-REGISTERED YOGA SCHOOL by clicking here
Byron Yoga Centre will provide you will the necessary information to process your application.
Q: Is continuing education required to keep my certification?
A: We feel that continuing education is extremely valuable and will inspire you as a teacher. The modest minimum requirement for a Yoga Alliance registered teacher is 30 CEU (continuing education credit) hours per year. We will be offering more advanced Teacher Trainings in the near future, as well as continuing education workshops and specialist courses.
Q: What kind of ongoing support is available after my training?
A: All our training graduates are welcome to continue contacting us regarding questions and support. We offer a newsletter, a blog for alumni, and discounts on future trainings and retreats.