St Andrews 200 Hour Online Course
Dates for online Self learning / Tutorials – 200 hours (150 self study 50 contact online hours)
Please let us know which of the below suit you best for your live online tutorials:
1 – week day morning – 9.30 – 11.30am
2 – week day evenings – 6.30 – 8.30pm
3 – Weekend morning – 9-11am
4 – weekend evening – 6.00 – 8.00pm
Pre course learning – our yoga fundamentals course
The course will start with a live chat with the course leader (lasting 2 hours) and then around 10 hours of online learning. This part of the course can be done over an extended period, with lots of practice being undertaken and additional reading (this may be useful if you have a few months before the start of the course). Or within a week intensively if you are close to the start of the course.
This section of the learning will include the use of the deconstructing yoga textbook (Hanson and Kilgore) which looks in detail at the basic yoga postures physical aspects, an introduction to the breath and the full yoga breath, an introduction to meditation and yoga nidra and practical application of them all. This part of the course is a great grounding for those going deeper into yoga, and yoga teaching.
Main Body of the Course
The main body of the course is divided into 2 sections, we call them the yin and the yang phase. You may start your course with either of them, depending on which dates suit you best.
Runs mid September – mid December
Includes the 3 yin seasons of Late summer, Autumn and Winter
Runs beginning March – end May
Includes the 3 yang seasons of Spring, Early summer and Summer
Each semester will include information on how to live a seasonal life, with ideas on diet, movement, lifestyle, mind set, from our 2 very experienced founders, Sue Woodd and Julie Hanson, who have been teaching seasonally for many decades. You will learn how to create seasonal movement classes which include tai chi/chi kung movements and awareness of the meridians applied into yoga postures, as well as fundamental concepts of the seasons (like grounding in Spring, expansion in early summer, etc) and how to apply them to your classes. You shall be taught in seasons so you can feel and apply the learning as you go.
In addition to the seasonal content, you will also learn:
Anatomy – from the David Keil Yoganatomy academy, a world renowned teacher in anatomy and its application into yoga, David has been making anatomy interesting and useful for yoga teachers for a very long time.
Yoga philosophy – a comprehensive course from our own Marit Akintewe, which has been used on our in studio trainings for over 10 years. It includes information on the history of yoga, the use of the subtle body in yoga (chakra / nadi / 5 bodies), full discourses on the yoga sutras of patanjanli, including deep dives into the yamas and niyamas in a practical way, discussion on the theory of mind, applications into mindfulness and meditation, and more. These shall be supported by at home reading and practical assignments.
Pranayama – you shall follow our pranayama course from the basics of how the breath works to influencing your state of mind (calming or stimulating), understanding why people have adverse effects and how to support them, and more advanced practices which support mental stillness for concentration and meditation practices. This is a far more comprehensive course then most of the alternatives available in 200 hour teacher training courses.
Meditation – you shall be guided through the begins stages of a mindfulness practice, and built up to a yogic form of practice (advaita vedantic ‘Self Enquiry’ meditation) which works very well with the yoga theory we shall learn on the course. This is a great opportunity for beginners to meditation as well as those who have practiced for years. Marit has a strong background in many years of practice including many long and intensive retreats with the wonderful teacher Sahajanada of Hridaya Yoga.
Ashtanga – John Scott shall be providing 7 tutorials for this course
Course Set Up
How do we keep in Touch?
You will have around 50 hours of live learning, this takes place as group tutorials guiding how to access the online learning, discussion about your learning and any questions you have, regular assessments to keep up with your progress and specialist visits where specialist teachers will visit your group for a specific subject deep dive.
These hours will be split into 2 hour sessions which run at the beginning, middle and end of each module. This translates into approximately 2 hours of live learning every 2 weeks. They shall usually be run by your course leader, with occasional visiting teachers.
You shall also be assigned buddies from your learning group to connect with the other students of the course (this has historically been one of the most successful parts of our courses).
How do you monitor our Progress?
There will be short assessments at the end of each module (each month) and then a longer assessment at the end of each semester (mid Dec and end May). We are also able to monitor your progress through the online content by seeing how much you have completed and your scores on the regular multi-choice quizzes.
We will also meet with you every 2 weeks over our semester times to check in with you in our group tutorials.
How will we Learn how to Teach Yoga if we are not in the same location?
You shall be assigned practicums of yoga teaching practice to perform with your buddies and your group, and then with others outside of the course too. This will start from the first time we meet 😊 You may choose to teach your classes online, or face to face. Be assured that you will be receiving the same information and teaching opportunities as if you were with us in a studio, and our academy is known for how well it prepares its students to actually teach once you have completed the course.
£1350 for the whole course, certified 200 hour teacher training
A Sample of our Resource/Book list
Seasonal yoga manuals
Seasonal yoga book
Science of the breath