Intelligent Yoga Teacher Training (iytt)
Are you looking for a new perspective on yoga teacher training?
At iytt, we’re passionate about creating a course which acknowledges and celebrates the intelligence and adaptability of the human body.
Our aim is to provide a thought-provoking course, which actively encourages students to question current teaching methods and alignment cues. During the course, we will encourage trainees to develop a deeper understanding of how they work with, and relate to, their bodies, and how to adapt that understanding to create new, healthier approaches to living and moving.
Our approach to yoga is driven by the most current scientific anatomical and movement research and we will work hard to help you develop into a skilful and responsive teacher, to nurture your approach and understanding of yoga through a consistent, mature and intelligent personal practice.
The course content will be practical and skills-based, and will facilitate a personal journey of exploration and discovery. Material will be delivered in a variety of ways including formal lectures, guided practice and asana technique classes, group work, teaching practice and individual study and reading.
Reasons to choose iytt
∗ Small group - only 18 trainees - gives you the attention you deserve
∗ Immersive environment – each module is 4/5 days long, giving you time to absorb and reflect on your learning
∗ Non-dogmatic approach – the practice includes influences from somatics, Feldenkrais & functional movement and we actively encourage questions and curiosity
∗ Central London location – Belgravia
∗ Recognised and accredited by both the British Wheel of Yoga and Yoga Alliance Professionals (at 200hr level)
∗ With our world renowned teaching team, we believe iytt offers you one of the most comprehensive groundings in anatomy of any teacher training diploma in the UK
Why is iytt different?
∗ We’re interested in developing a new approach to teaching yoga, which is built on a solid understanding of the fundamental workings of the body and an appreciation of its natural intelligence
∗ We will focus on developing your teaching skills, so that you emerge with strong, confident teaching skills and become a skilful and responsive teacher
∗ Our approach is based on the latest findings on fascia and movement science, and we’ll help you discover ways of incorporating this knowledge into your teaching
∗ We’re more interested in exploring the process of movement and in encouraging each individual to develop their own felt sense than in making traditional yoga shapes. Our classes are therefore accessible for a wide range of bodies and abilities and offer a safe space within which we can all play, sense and grow.
The iytt teaching team has over 200 years of combined yoga practice. With all this knowledge, wisdom and experience, you'll be in safe hands.
Peter Blackaby – Functional Anatomy
Pete has 30-plus years' experience as a yoga teacher and trainer, and is trained as an osteopath. A teacher of supreme clarity, he is the author of our key text, Intelligent Yoga. Peter and joins us to teach functional anatomy, help us examine our practice, and help us distill the essence of why we do what we do in yoga.
Gary Carter – Myofascial Connections
Gary has been teaching and practicing yoga and other movement practices for over 25 years. What he doesn't know about yoga and the body simply isn't worth thinking about. We're delighted to welcome him to share his understanding and expertise about anatomy, particularly in relation to our understanding of the fascia and connective tissues.
Catherine Annis – Course Leader and Core Teacher
Originally a professional dancer, Catherine has been practicing for almost 40 years, and teaching since 2004. She's been teaching yoga teachers for the last 6 years at Triyoga, and is responsible for creating the iytt. She is your core yoga trainer and mentor.
Tanya Love – Core Teacher
Tanya has been practicing yoga for 20 years. She has a particular interest in the therapeutic applications of yoga, has studied Living Anatomy with the Cranio Sacral Therapy Educational Trust, and joins Catherine as one of your core yoga trainers and mentors.
Neville Cregan – Philosophy
Nev is interested in cultural appropriation and exploring whether modern Western scientific knowledge is changing our approach to yoga. He's a yoga teacher and massage therapist too, and will be helping us delve into the mysteries of yoga philosophy through his down-to-earth and accessible approach.
Jody Barber – Introduction to Anatomy
Jody is a Chartered Physiotherapist of 26 years with a special interest in treating people with a neurological diagnosis. She'll be introducing us to anatomy basics, so you're sure to understand your asana from your elbow.
Intelligent Yoga Teacher Training (iytt) is recognised and certified by both the British Wheel of Yoga and by Yoga Alliance Professionals (UK) at 200 hours level.
Why is Accreditation Important?
Yoga teaching has evolved, becoming more professional and organised and teachers are now required to hold valid insurance before yoga studios will employ them.
Originally, yoga was passed from teacher to student, on a 1:1 basis. Students would study for many years with their teacher, only beginning to teach once they had their teacher’s blessing. The teaching of yoga has changed, and it’s now much less common for people to work privately - we are more likely to attend class with several other students.
If you really want to follow your dream and begin sharing your love for yoga, it's important to find a course which resonates with you, and which you know will help you develop the skills and experience to be the best teacher you can.
It's also essential to demonstrate to future employers that you have met certain criteria and that you are able to teach safe, intelligent and thoughtful classes. With iytt, we believe we have created one of the best courses of its type, and we look forward to practising and exploring yoga together.
Accreditation & Certification
The iytt diploma is fully recognised and accredited by the British Wheel of Yoga and by Yoga Alliance Professionals (UK) at 200 hours level.
Upon successful graduation from the 18 month course, iytt trainees will receive the following certification:
1. Intelligent Yoga Teacher Training Diploma certificate
2. British Wheel of Yoga certification
3. Eligibility to join Yoga Alliance Professionals at Associate – Level 1 status
4. Eligibility to register as REPS Level 3 (Yoga)
British Wheel of Yoga
BWY is recognised by The Sports Council as the governing body for Yoga in the UK. BWY accreditation is also honoured throughout the European community. Upon successful graduation, our trainees become BWY-accredited yoga teachers, which entitles them to use the abbreviation ‘BWY’ and BWY logo as part of their title. BWY teacher membership also includes a market-leading teaching insurance and full support from the BWY.
As a BWY accredited group, iytt will be verified annually for quality.
Yoga Alliance Professionals
Intelligent Yoga Teacher Training has met the stringent requirements set by Yoga Alliance Professionals, demonstrating that it is of the highest standard.
As graduates of the iytt course you may use the title 'Associate Level 1 Member' as a sign of quality training, once you have registered yourself with Yoga Alliance Professionals.
All training modules will take place at The Light Centre in Belgravia, Central London. The studios are dedicated to yoga, and provide all the necessary props and equipment.
The centre is very centrally located, close to the main transport hub of Victoria, with easy access to tube, buses, overland and coach routes, and is surrounded by an array of cafés and shops. The Light Centre also shares its entrance with Crussh juice bar, so it’s not far to go for healthy juices and snacks.
The Light Centre Belgravia is a short walk from Victoria tube station which is served by:
∗ Victoria line
∗ District line
∗ Circle line
Victoria Station is a very well served station with many local and national links.
See the TFL website for more details.
The area is well served by numerous buses that run through Victoria Station.
See the TFL website for more details.
If you need help finding your way from the tube or railway stations to the venue, you can use this tfl online walking guide.
Plenty of metered parking is available around the Centre either on Eccleston St or in Eccleston Place. To reach these spaces you need to enter Eccleston St from the Victoria station side. The meters are operational from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday and from 8am to 1.30pm on Saturdays. Sunday is free.
Dates & Prices
The IYTT schedule has been designed in a modular format to provide an immersive and cohesive learning experience, with ongoing assessment. We have allowed plenty of space between each module to give you time to absorb your learning and put it into practice.
There are 6 training modules in total. Five are 5 days each, and one is 4 days. In addition there will be mock exam assessments to attend as well as a final exam which will be externally assessed.
|Module 1||Movement Fundamentals||Oct 23-27||2019|
|Module 2||Intelligent Sequencing||Jan 22-26||2020|
|Module 3||Integrated Practice||Mar 12-15||2020|
|Module 4||Perspective||June 10-14||2020|
|Mid Term Assessment||Teaching Practice||June 20||2020|
|Module 5||Precautions and Boundaries||Sept 16-20||2020|
|Mock Assessment||Observed Teaching Practice||Nov 19-21||2020|
|Module 6||Fine Tuning||Jan 6-10||2021|
|Final Assessment||Teaching an observed class - assessed by an external examiner||Mar 24-26||2021|
|Deposit||Due with registration form||£1,495|
|Installment 1||Due by 1st November 2019||£600|
|Installment 2||Due by 1st February 2020||£600|
|Installment 3||Due by 1st May 2020||£600|
|Installment 4||Due by 1st August 2020||£600|
|Installment 4||Due by 1st November 2020||£600|
|Total for course||£4,495|
Students paying the full course fees by 30th September 2019, are eligible for a discount of £250.
We welcome applicants with an established practice of at least 2 years, who are interested in developing an experiential approach to yoga.
There are 6 training modules in total. Five are 5 days each, and module three is 4 days. In addition there will be mock assessments to attend as well as a final exam which will be externally assessed. The course runs over 18 months, starting in October and ending in March, providing 234 contact hours. There will be a maximum of 18 trainees, to ensure plenty of time for individual attention and mentoring throughout the course.
All trainees will be assessed on an ongoing basis throughout the course. We will provide regular feedback and mentoring to help you develop and grow, supporting you as you gain the necessary confidence and knowledge required in your new role as yoga teacher.
All trainees are required to participate in all aspects and classes of the course, including all activities related to developing teaching skills.
Small amounts of reading will be set as preparation for the course and all modules. We also set assignments and personal research projects after each module which are designed to support your learning and emphasise your personal experience and understanding of the practice.
I send occasional newsletters which include updates on my forthcoming retreats, new courses and workshops, together with occasional meditations or inspiration to help you develop your practice.