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 do highly recommend that you attend a number of classes or a workshop with one or more of the core faculty - Karla, Neal, Haidee or Sam. 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.
Essential Reading for all 200-hour Courses
If you were to have one book to support your Yoga teacher training, it should be Yoga Mind, Body and Spirit, by Donna Farhi. This book is like an extension of the training manual that you will receive on the course.
Teaching Yoga by Donna Farhi, is also an essential read for every Yoga teacher.
All the other books listed below are recommended by the teaching faculty (but not essential) .
Yoga Mind Body and Spirit
Pathways to a Centered Body
Donna Farhi and Leila Stuart
Anatomy Coloring Book For Yoga
Your Personal Yoga Journal
As part of the training you will be required to keep a journal - a record of your journey
Over the duration of the course we recommend you keep a journal* for your own personal use.
For this assessment use your journal as a resource, the pre-course questions below), and the completion statements (below), to write a reflection on your learning in this course.
- Why am I interested in the practice of yoga?
- Why have I chosen to do this particular yoga teacher training course?
- What am I bringing to the course?
- What do I hope to experience during this time of teacher training?
Your journal is your personal space for recording what you choose and can be of any length you want and may include writing, drawings, photos etc. Some students have even started their own blog as a journal and included video.
There is no requirement to submit your journal for assessment. However we do require students to submit a two page reflection on 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.
We will orientate you on the training as to what these assignments will entail.