Deciding to register onto a Yoga Teacher Training, or indeed, embark on a career as Yoga Teacher is an important and big step. It is our heartfelt mission to support you fully along the teaching path.
Of course, learning and education goes both ways and as with all training, the more energy you put in yourself, the greater the reward and your learning.
As a prerequisite to the training you should have at least one year’s consistent Yoga practice.
We highly recommend that you attend a number of classes or a workshop with one or more of the core faculty - Dyana, Vincent, Neal or Karla. This is so you have a clearer idea as to how we teach, our approach, the teaching principles and so on.
Books to read before, during and after the course
We strongly suggest that you do some preliminary study before the start of your course. On this page are listed some books that you are required reading for the course. Whilst you can read these during the course, reading beforehand will help you prepare well for the training.
We do of course provide participants with a course manual which contains much of the core content of the training - it becomes a great resource for students’ future career as a Yoga teacher.
On all training courses with Contemporary Yoga you have access to our ever growing library of books, which you may read during the course, in breaks, and even take home with you between course dates.
Below are some of the books that we have in our library and others that we also highly recommend too, as a way to continually build your ongoing resources that will serve you well as a Yoga teacher.
Yoga Mind Body and Spirit
Anatomy Coloring Book For Yoga
Pathways to a Centered Body
Donna Farhi and Leila Stuart
Your Personal Yoga Journal
As part of the training you will be required to keep a journal - a record of your journey with Yoga with us. The purpose of the journal is:
- To give students confidence in their own process of learning.
- To develop that understanding that learning to teach well is built on a foundation of personal research and investigation.
- To encourage students to explore the ideas of others and their own to deepen their understanding of the body/mind.
- To encourage students to develop observational skills and the ability to analyse and solve problems.
- So that we can observe that there has been a learning process happening for students.
Please consider that the journal should take close to 30 hours of time - this is in addition to the in-class face-to-face training with the teachers.
We encourage you to start your journal as early as possible in the training - even before the training begins. The journal may take many forms - writing, photos, drawings, blog posts etc. We will review the journal towards the end of the teacher training course to offer some constructive feedback and help answer any questions that may have arisen. On the first day of the training we will orientate you with more details as to what is expected of your journal.
As part of your journal, we also ask you to complete some assignments - these may include reflections on classes that you have attended outside of the course - what was your impression of the class, teacher, style, was it safe, what did you learn and so on. Reflections on your own personal teaching style and what you may bring to teaching Yoga.
Again, we will orientate you on the first day of the training as to what these assignments will entail.