The term ‘standards’ is difficult to apply to Yoga. By its very
nature, Yoga is concerned with inward, subjective events, rather than
outward, objective performance. However, government and education
authorities and students rightly require some assurance that their
Yoga teacher will not only be fully qualified but also competent in
their Yoga profession. In drawing up these standards the Yoga
Federation of Ireland has attempted to address the authorities’ and
To serve the needs of students by having a sound practical and
theoretical grounding in Yoga and Yoga teaching methods, all
teacher training organisations within the Yoga Federation of
Ireland must provide a minimum of two year’s teacher training in
order to qualify as a Yoga Teacher.
Only those students who have completed a minimum of two years’
regular Yoga practice may be selected for a teacher training
A teacher’s diploma will be awarded only on completion of the
two-year teacher training course.
Each Training Course must have a minimum of 400 contact teaching hours and
600 hours in total for the course
- While each Yoga training organisation has its own individual style, it
is the aim of each organisation to enable students to develop
knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to become effective,
safe and professional teachers of Yoga.
Each training course will cover the Eight Limbs of Yoga as its core
subjects, together with a minimum of 50 contact teaching hours of
Anatomy and Physiology. A First Aid Certificate Course and module
on Child Protection will also be included as mandatory.
Individual tutors are encouraged to extend areas of study in the light of
their particular knowledge, as long as they are appropriately
qualified in the area, as there are many valid approaches to the
Each training organisation will provide a platform for continuing
professional study and self-development within the principles, philosophy and
practice of Yoga.
skill is mainly measured by the teacher's
ability to help students practise safely in
all aspects of Yoga
A group of students working together for their teaching qualifications
should not exceed 18 (eighteen) in number.
Teacher training courses will be conducted by tutors whose qualifications
meet the following criteria as laid down by the Yoga Federation of
(The above criteria is applicable until the end of 2005. After that
recognised tutor training will be required)
(a) Those who have trained in the last five years (since 1998)
need either a 2 year teacher training course qualification
and 5 years teaching experience or a tutor training
(b) Those who have trained within the last 5 – 10 years, need
to be in possession of any recognised Yoga teacher qualification
(c) Those who have trained more than 10 years ago need to have
been teaching continuously in the meantime.
The Yoga Federation of Ireland has developed and set in place a
monitoring system for the monitoring of training courses and
adherence to agreed standards.
All enquiries concerning the above teacher training standards must be made
in writing to the Yoga Federation of Ireland, 20 Auburn Drive,
Killiney, Co. Dublin.
Federation of Ireland, 20 Auburn Drive, Killiney, Co. Dublin
+353 1 2352120, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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