New Yoga Teacher Training Diploma
Accredited by ITEC
Training courses start in January 2021 and another in September 2021 and run for ten months each. This is an authentic college qualification (NFQ level 3, eqivalent of QQI level 6) and is recognised worldwide. Learn postures, breathing techniques, meditation & mindfulness, anatomy & physiology, yoga philosophy, yoga types & styles and much more in this dynamic training course in the West of Ireland. Online option available.
The benefits of a yoga teacher training go far beyond a teaching qualification and the aim of my training course is to give you the resources to greatly improve your quality of life & health. Not only will you qualify as a teacher but you will also gain an invaluable deeper mental, physical, emotional and spiritual awareness & development for yourself and in your life.
Learn how to manage a business and set up your own practice. Also learn how to work for others in health and fitness approaches. Learn the anatomy of yoga from the physical to the emotional level. Study Yoga philosophy and understand asana, pranayama, mudra, bandha, kriyas and much more.
- Fully recognized qualification
- Learn all aspects of yoga teaching
- Eligible to work in gyms and spas
- Learn health and safety
- Learn anatomy and physiology
- Learn client care
- Online training option available
I absolutely loved it from start to finish. The course material was very interesting and I felt that I learned loads! ... I looked forward to each weekend and moved mountains to get away each month! I will really miss it from now on. I would certainly recommend the course to anyone interested in this journey. Your guidance and support were excellent, Aisling. You made the whole experience worth the effort (even learning anatomy!!). –Susan
Aisling is a beautiful teacher, full of wisdom and insight and more than willing to extend herself beyond her role to meet the need of her students” Gorgeous premises, we were spoiled rotten 🙂 Excellent materials were chosen carefully to provide students with a comprehensive, thorough and robust education preparing them as competent yoga teachers in the future. Such is the quality of the training that I have already commenced my journey as a yoga teacher seeing clients privately and in groups. The focus on the philosophical and spiritual as well as the physical. A fantastic course, would recommend to anyone interested in pursuing a yoga teacher career. Thank you. –Zara
If I was to pick one word to describe this course it would be "lifechanging". I found myself at a crossroads in 2019 and I wasn't quite sure what to do next with my life. I practised yoga daily and one morning in August I had a revelation during my practice that I would love to become a yoga instructor. I found this course online and began that September. Aisling is a very beautiful person both inside and out. She has a beautiful style of teaching where you will never feel overwhelmed by the course allowing you to get the very best of all that is on offer. If you take the journey with Aisling she will not disappoint you. You will come away with not just a qualification but a true understanding of the vast world of yoga. Om Shanti and best of luck–Desiree
It was such an incredible yogic journey with Aisling. She went over and above to ensure our continued full engagement with the course despite the recent challenges. I cannot praise Aisling and this course enough. It was thorough and in-depth, enlightening both for the body and mind. I gained so much knowledge about the anatomy of the body, the practical side of yoga teaching and the many yoga workshops we attended. I gained personally from meditation practice and relaxation during this course. I enjoyed being part of the many discussions our group had together. We learned from each other too, always receiving genuine praise and encouragement from Aisling. Thank you for a wonderful experience Aisling. You are an amazing teacher and leader.–Angela
I have just completed and enjoyed my yoga training with Aisling. I now feel confident enough to start teaching. I found the course to be well structured, informative and manageable. Aisling has a lot of experience & knowledge of the course. This course will bring out the yogi in you. I would highly recommend. –David, Loughrea, Co. Galway
"This Yoga Teacher Training was a beautiful journey in all senses. It helped me to acknowledge and accept my emotions and feelings in order to be more present. It also involved a vast content of anatomy and physiology, as well as content related to the philosophy and culture of Yoga in a way to implement it in our Western lifestyle. This journey will definitely help you to grow as a human and to be more kind with yourself and every living being on earth" –Camilla
Glad I did it, thank you for the encouragement and believing in us and for bringing in the different teachers from different styles. –From anonymous feedback form
Loads of information, support, guidance, encouragement. I felt that I learned so much. Absolutely loved the whole experience. –From anonymous feedback form
Variety + immersion in the philosophy of yoga and life! Very informative. Really enjoyed the breathing and meditation aspects and exposure to different styles of yoga. –From anonymous feedback form
Broad and interesting topics and variety. Interesting guest teachers. Brilliant tuition. Super course! –From anonymous feedback form
The practical yoga classes were the strongest and most enjoyable, especially Daryl and the Iyengar course. The actual teaching was very beneficial. –From anonymous feedback form
Whole yoga lifestyle approach & emphasis on all aspects of yoga. Life changing course. –From anonymous feedback form
It was a fun course to do but also very challenging. I have a good understanding of the science behind yoga. –From anonymous feedback form
Couldn't rate this course highly enough , loved every minute and learned so much. –Gretta
I was impressed by it’s content and the fact that it was ITEC approved.–From anonymous feedback form
When: One weekend a month starting in Sept 2020. The following training will be in Jan 2021, dates to follow.
Where: Galway Cultural Institute, Salthill, Galway (map)
Time: One Year Course, 10 weekends, 200 hours. Internationally accredited training with ITEC.
In this course, we start at the beginning so we learn how to understand the physical body, the muscles and organs, how to work with them, manipulate them to enable them to heal. The approach stems strongly from a sports injury and nutritionist health perspective. Then as we heal the body we move to the breath and the mind and work with meditation and relaxation so that we can fully connect to the body. From this place we are then in a position to look at what is this body and what is this mind, we will explore this philosophy mainly through the yogic ideas & texts, but will consider philosophy as a whole and are open to all ideas and suggestions from participants in the course. We have the approach that all experience is valid and respected as it is.
Through discovery & experiential training you will learn principles of alignment, class sequencing, working with injuries and energy, modifying yoga postures to address an individual’s needs and teaching private, beginning and intermediate classes. You will increase your bodies flexibility, endurance and strength, both physically and mentally!
Yoga comes from the sanskrit word Yug and means union between mind, body and spirit
- Previous yoga and meditation experience of a minimum of six months to two years depending on the person, their practice and background.
Course requirements. You will be expected to:
- Learn from the weekends notes and answer questions the following weekend
- Take at least one yoga class a week for the duration of the training. This can be an online class or suitable personal practice
- Try different styles of yoga to broaden your understanding and awareness as part of your training.
- Maintain some form of meditation practice and to gain a deeper understanding of meditation and breath in your own time.
- Read certain books as part of your training.
- Your own classes, yoga materials (we have our own that you can borrow when at the training) and books. There are no hidden/unexpected costs on this course.
What you get out of the course:
- Yoga is a system of physical, mental and spiritual development
- A recognised qualification for a 200 hour yoga training
- A foundation on which trainee teachers can develop and evolve their physical, mental and spiritual well-being
- A deepened understanding & knowledge of Yoga
- The knowledge, skills and attitude to teach Yoga safely, confidently and professionally
- Become a Yoga Teacher who by taking responsibility for their own physical, mental and spiritual health are true teachers of the ancient system of Yoga
How to Apply
- Fill in the online application form (see button at bottom of the page).
- You will be contacted within 10 working days to arrange a meeting
- Once you are accepted you need to confirm your attendance on the course with a €500 deposit and notify us of your fee payment plan.
- Upon receipt of the deposit you will receive your ‘Acceptance Letter’ which includes details of the course such as times, the book list and the initial work to be completed before we begin the first weekend.
Below are some of the teachers that will run workshops throughout the training, sharing their expertise. There may be some other guest speakers in particular in relation to the philosophy aspect of yoga.
- Anatomy of the postures
- How to develop into stretches from injury and scar tissue
- Flow Yoga
- Restorative yoga
- Yin Yoga
- If/How/When to touch and adjust students
- Modifying postures
- Protecting the neck and back
8 Week course Structure
- Easing into a course
- Hip Opening
- Standing poses
- Back Bending
- Sitting Forward Bends
- Balancing poses
- Chakra Class
Physiology of the body & organs
- Functions of the Stomach & Intestines (Digestion), Liver, lymph, Heart & Circulatory System and more
Diet, health and Ayurvedic knowledge
This includes an Ayurvedic approach to health along with western nutrition info, detoxes and cleanses, when to do them and when not. Also some different ailments that you will encounter as a teacher and how to work with them.
Meditation and Mindfulness
- How to meditate, different approaches to the practice
- Yoga Nidra, different techniques
- How to teach different techniques
- Breath Awareness
- The Natural Breath
- Sectional Breathing
- Full Yogic Breath
- Ujjayi Breathing
- Alternate Nostril Breathing
Other aspects of the course include:
- Mudras & Bandhas
- Philosophy of Yoga
- The 8 Limbs of Ashtanga yoga
- The four types of yoga – Jhana, Karma, Bakti, Raja
- The different styles of teaching – Ashtanga, Iyengar, Yin, Kundalini, Flow, Hatha, Sivananda, satyananda
- Karma & Reincarnation
- The Chakra System
- The Bagavad gita
- Yoga sutras of Patanjali
- Yoga and religion
- The Three Bodies – Physical, Causal, Astral,
- The Three Gunas – Sattva, Rajas & Tamas
- The Three Levels of the mind
- Yamas, Niyamas,
- Kriyas – Neti, Shankaprakshalana, Tratak
- The Business side of Yoga
- Setting up and running your own practice.
- Teaching different levels
- Continuous assessment particularly regarding the anatomical structure of the body
- €50 interview fee (this will be deducted from the overall fee if you join the training)
- €500 non refundable deposit to secure the place (this will be deducted from the overall fee if you join the training)
- Early Bird – €1950 if paid 2 weeks in advance of the training start date
- €2050 if Paid just at the beginning of the training
- There is an option to pay per month for the first six months of training, the first installment must be paid before the course commences
There will be an additional fee for an external examiner, likely about €125 to be confirmed by the examination body.
I am now taking bookings for Sept 2020 (The next training will be in Jan 2021).
The course is run in January and again in September.
Course Dates for the January training 2021:
Jan 30th & 31st
Feb 27th & 28th
Mar 27th & 28th
Apr 24th & 25th
May 22nd & 23rd
June 19th & 20th
July 10th & 11th
Aug 7th & 8th
Aug 28th & 29th
Sep 18th & 19th
Times each of these weekends are:
Saturday 9am – 7:30pm
Sunday 9am – 6:30pm
While these times seem very intense, I have found that this suits people best and the majority of the hours are enjoyable and interesting and there is plenty of rest time while practicing meditation. We also have ample breaks throughout the day.
Meet like-minded people who travel from around the country as well abroad for this training. To date we’ve had students from Clare, Limerick, Mayo, Roscommon, Westmeath, Tipperary, Kerry as well as from overseas places like Germany, Spain, France, Poland & Britain.
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