‘Teaching yoga is not about teaching YOGA, it is about teaching PEOPLE yoga’.

Course Director – Jackie Quayle (BWY.Dip, FCT, IYN Yoga Elder)

Jackie has been teaching yoga for 11 years, and practising for 17 years. A British Wheel of Yoga Foundation Course tutor (levels 1 and 2), as well as a Yoga Elder with the IYN, she has taught many workshops, teacher intensives, and courses over the past 11 years. She is passionate about yoga, but more than that, she is passionate about people, and developing their dream, or dharma.

Guest teachers (TBC)

This course is a 200-hour Independent Yoga Network registered teaching certificate, open to applicants with a minimum of 2-3 years yoga practice, preferably with a regular teacher, and acceptance on to the course will be dependent on an open day/interview, and references (two will be required, at least one of them from a yoga teacher).

The certification will be from The Yoga Bank, which is an IYN registered yoga school.

Of the 200 hours, 180 will be full contact, and run over 24 days, over the course of 12 months:

2018 : Feb 10th and 11th, March 17th and 18th, April 7th and 8th, May 12th and 13th, June 9th and 10th, July 14th and 15th, August 11th and 12th, September 15th and 16th, October 6th and 7th, Nov 10th and 11th, December 8th and 9th, and 2019; Jan 12th and 13th.

2 Days per month, (one full weekend per calendar month), 9.30am to 5.30pm Sat and Sun (with an hour for lunch).

180 hours full contact, 20 hours non-contact (this will be made up of classes, workshops, and retreats, and self-study, and needs to be recorded).

Cost: £1750.00 ; £500.00 non-refundable deposit, and £125.00 per month over ten months.

Aims and Objectives

By the end of the course student teachers will be able to, (and feel confident to) teach yoga to the public, including asana, pranayama, philosophy, mantra, mudras, meditation, and relaxation. They will feel comfortable and confident using verbal cues and adjustments, be able to lesson plan effectively and safely, and feel confident in teaching an all level hatha yoga class.

They will also be encouraged to begin or maintain a regular home practice, working with svadhyaya (self-study).

Asana (75 hours):


Applied anatomy and physiology: Forward bends, Back bends, Twists, Side bends, Standing postures, Seated postures, Inversions, and prone and supine postures

Adjustments (verbal cueing and physical hands on adjustments)

Warming up, benefits, modifications, counter poses, and cooling down

Sanskrit names and meanings

Ethics of physical adjustments, and understanding students’ personal space

Lesson planning to a ‘Peak Pose’

The effects of stress on the body (and an in-depth look at the anatomy of the hips), and how to recognise it in your students


History and Philosophy (30 hours):


The history and origins of yoga

An in-depth look at the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, The Upanishads, The Bhagavad Gita and The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

The Paths and Styles of yoga

How to integrate yoga philosophy into daily life

How to teach the basics of yoga philosophy in your yoga classes


Pranayama (20 hours):


Teaching techniques, modifications, and benefits of:

The Pranic Body, and the Pancha Vayus (5 vital winds)

Basic breathing, and the three-part yogic breath

Ujayi (Victorious breath)

Nadi Shodhana (Alternate nostril breath)

Breath Retention (Antar Khumbaka and Bahya Kumbhaka)

Anuloma Viloma

Brahmari (Humming bee breath)

(The student teacher will also be asked to complete a pranayama diary over the 12 months)

The remaining hours will be covering:

Mudras (seals, hand positions)

Kriyas (cleansing techniques, including Bhastrika, Kappalabhati, and Tratakem)

The Chakras

Relaxation, yoga nidra and its importance in the modern world


Theming lessons

Health and safety, and risk assessment

Yoga ethics (the importance of boundaries between students and teachers)



The Yoga Bank teaching certificate will only be given once the student has fulfilled and obtained the following criteria:

Minimum 80% attendance over the length of the course

Two – ten-minute theoretical presentations to the rest of the group

Teaching practice;

15-minute meditation, 30-minute asana to a peak pose (including modifications, contraindications, and benefits), 45-minute class, to include pranayama, asana, and relaxation.

A 60-minute and a 90-minute full class to the ‘public’, and these will be assessed by at least two teachers from the course, (to include full lesson plan).

Each teaching practice or presentation will have a full lesson plan accompanying it, and will be shared with the rest of the group.

Three essays over the length of the course, subjects including ‘The Importance of Relaxation’, ‘Meditation from the Sutras’, ‘The Paths of Yoga’, ‘Integrating the Chakras into Daily Life’, ‘The Teaching from the Gita’, and will include at least one philosophical study, and one practical.

Evidence of a pranayama diary, and 20 non-contact hours (this can be in the form of workshops, retreats, and self-study).

A first aid certificate (HSE approved).

Public Liability Insurance (this can be obtained when you become a member of IYN, and can be done through them).


This course will run alongside the Yoga Bank studio itself, (similar to an apprenticeship scheme).

The best way to become a good yoga teacher is to actually teach yoga.  During the training you will be able to sit in and observe any of the yoga classes at the studio, the different styles, and teaching methods, of our diverse and experienced teachers.

You can then assist the yoga teachers once your confidence builds, teaching either the warm up, the pranayama, or the relaxation part of the class.

We want to nurture and encourage our future yoga teachers, to enable them to become confident and inspirational yoga teachers, and also to develop the student (new) teachers unique and authentic voice.

Upon Completion

There will be a voluntary mentoring scheme in place for all qualified Yoga Bank teachers, scheduled evenings whereby we can discuss openly and safely, the trials and difficulties of teaching, and ask questions of our more experienced teachers/elders.

Following the 200 TT there will be modules to add, each one a teaching certification.


To ensure that the Yoga Bank teaching standard is kept up, 10 hours (points) minimum CPD (Continued Professional Development) will be required annually.


For more information or to apply, contact:

Jackie Quayle – Jackie@theyogabank.co.uk

07939 568999