About the IYA
The IYA is a democratic organisation with charitable status that aims to share its love of yoga with people in Ireland, Europe and abroad. It is an association of students, teachers and tutors from all walks of life that share the common desire to explore the personal and universal on an exciting journey. Our foundations are based on the study of classical Yoga texts, education through experience and Yoga as a way of life.
The IYA provides a wide range of comprehensive education courses, delivered by highly skilled and knowledgeable tutors who train intensively in order to teach from spiritual depth. The Irish Yoga Association (IYA) was founded in 1978 by a group of Yoga practitioners who saw the need for trained Yoga teachers in Ireland. Kate Savino was the founding member and the first Secretary and Gary Westby was the first Chairman. The first Teacher Training Course took place in 1978-80. To date some 220 Yoga Teachers have qualified with the IYA. The syllabus includes Asana, Pranayama, Meditation, Relaxation Techniques, Philosophy, Anatomy & Physiology, First Aid and Psychology. The Course is run on a part time basis over four years and results in a diploma which is highly recognised and sought after as a valid qualification by VEC’s, as well as other institutions and organizations.
Teacher Training Course
This course is run for and by the members of the IYA. The training shall explore classical and contemporary methods, in keeping with Patanjali’s Sutras and the Hathayogapradipika.
This qualification allows you to teach all over Europe. You can start teaching after 2 years of training. The course is governed by the
IYA Teacher Training Course: Statement of Ethos.
The Irish Yoga Association Teacher Training Course (IYA TTC) is run for and by the members of the Irish Yoga Association. The training of students shall explore classical and contemporary methods, in keeping with Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and the Hathayogapradipika. The overall aim being to provide the students with the knowledge, skills and attitude to teach Yoga. The Course is fully comprehensive in that it deals with the physical, emotional, mental, psychological and spiritual aspects of Yoga in recognition of Yoga as a tool for self development. The Course includes aspects such as Yoga in Pregnancy, Mental Health & Yoga for Children (Child Protection Act covered) & Health & Safety. The course follows the Syllabus together with the Training Specification and Standards as set out by the Irish Yoga Association. The IYA holds a Child Protection Policy & a Health & Safety Statement. The Course is run over a four year period.
There is also a minimum requirement of 27 hours per annum attendance at weekly classes (6 x 1.5 hours classes per term, preferably with IYA teachers) in the first 3 years, total 81 hours.
The IYA TTC is run as a continuous course and as such is presented as a continuum. It is therefore not presented in interchangeable modules nor is it possible to defer one element, section or year.
The IYA has no schools associated with it, and delivers its own training.