Yoga becomes a way of life. For those of us who feel deeply grateful of this practice, the question of being able to share this gift arises often in our hearts and minds.
Within our school when the question of training to become a teacher of yoga arises for a student, we encourage them to hold a lens or view of gratitude and to consider the question one about intention rather than attainment of a certificate. In proposing this frame for questioning we find that students are able to put down the many insecurities that emerge, including "am I good enough; I am not worthy; I am too young: I am too old... and so on.
The program that we offer in the school is a pathway to deepen understanding about how "yoga becomes the teacher of yoga". We engage directly in questions about how students actually learn to be practitioners of yoga. We have subjects on the theory and methods of teaching as well as theory and philosophy of yoga.
Students who are drawn to deepen their relationship to yoga through a more structured and formal learning pathway are able to enrole in our program. The one prerequisite is that at enrolment the student has attended a minimum of 75 hours of classes taught by Polly Realf. Those who complete the course (as detailed below) will be able to gain Level 1 Teacher registration with Yoga Australia.
The program accepts new students every July and the cost is $550 + gst per term. Each term includes 33 contact hours which are comprehensivesly supported by online study material including reading, audio and video materials. The complete course is 12 discrete terms of study (4 each year) which can be undertaken over a period of up to 8 years and in not less than 3 years. The completed course is 402 hours. After attending an intake term, (July each year) students are able to attend on a term by term basis as suitable within their lifestyle committments.
Each term requires attendance in an 18 hour weekend program of sessions including practicums and theory components, some of which require pre attendance assignment work. (These weekends are often scheduled at our Burrum National Park studio which is located at Woodgate Beach.) There is also a week of early morning classes in each term (these asana immersion weeks are part of an existing program of classes offered at our Hervey Bay school) Students enrolled in the progam also attend in the capacity as 'observers' and later as 'assistants' in 4 classes each term. These classes are selected from a timetable of classes on the Hervey Bay School of Yoga timetable.
|The teacher training course includes 12 terms of study which encompass:|
|Practice techniques||150 hours|
|Teaching methodology||36 hours|
|Philosophy and ethics||60 hours|
|Yogic physiology||24 hours|
|Integrative practice and teaching, including speciality training||96 hours|
|Anatomy and physiology||36 hours|
|The timetable for 2017/2018 is as follows|
Friday evening-Sunday evening
|Asana immersion weeks
Mon - Friday 6.15am- 7.45am
|25 Sept - 10 Dec||6 - 8 Oct||20 - 24 November 2017|
|22 Jan - 30 March||2 - 4 March||5 - 9 February|
|16 April - 29 June||18 - 20 May||30 April - 4 May|
|New intake year. To register your interest please email us.|
|16 July - 21 Sept||17 - 19 August||30 July - 3 August|
|8 Oct - 14 Dec||9 - 11 November||22 - 26 October|