The Teacher Training Programme
During yoga education the transfer of experiential learning takes place in addition to the rational, academic aspects so that the essential elements of Yoga are conveyed and teachers may inspire and guide students on a profound journey of self-discovery.
A yoga teacher does not only have to deal with the physical but also with all the multidimensional aspects such as the energetic, psychological, physiological, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of the student. The ability to transmit these non-verbal aspects of yoga is the fundamental quality that differentiates a real yoga teacher from other teachers.
The required attitude, knowledge and skills to teach yoga should be administered in the proper measure, in the proper sequence, over a proper minimum time. This has been demonstrated over several decades of practical experience in the field of yoga education by all member federations of the EUY, which agreed in 1996 that 500 hours over 4 years is a required minimum.
The qualified yoga teacher will have basic knowledge and understanding of the main classical yoga texts – of which the principles of yoga philosophy as stated by Patanjali Yoga Sutras – and any other texts as required by their tradition or school, along with yoga practices, anatomy, psychology and pedagogy.