UK Student interested in the Yoga Teacher Home Study(15 posts) (9 voices)
Everyone I am based in the UK and have been practicing yoga for several years now and would like to study to be a teacher but like a lot of people don't have the money to study on an intensive course at the moment. I have been looking at various home study courses both in the UK and abroad and I am very interested in the correspondence courses offered by Paul.
I am impressed but the amount of quality material the included in the course as most courses seem to provide you only with photocopied booklets. However as I am in the UK I am not sure if this course would be recognised by the Independent Yoga Network here although this is the body which normally recognises distance learning courses.
I'd be grateful if anyone could advise me if it is possible to get insurance to teach here in the UK after doing this course and if it is recognised by the Independent Yoga Network?
Hi There Betty,
You are right about the materials and they constantly work to improve at Aura. You should contact the Independent Yoga Network directly. http://www.independentyoganetwork.org/ For advice on teacher registration and insurance email the registrar, Wendy Jones at email@example.com
If you have no success try phoning Dr Pete Yates on 01902 424048. Mornings preferred. Or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org You'll get answers straight from the source. In my opinion IYN will not give you any of the grief one comes to expect from BWY. At the same time, while talking to the Independent Yoga Network, you can ask them about a list of recommennded insurers.
Below are two Yoga insurance companies for the UK, but I'm sure IYN will have a recommended list.
Namaskar Betty and Vanessa,
Thank you both for your kind words about our courses.
Vanessa's advice about talking directly to the Independent Yoga Network is excellent. It is better to receive information about their guidelines straight from them.
Although we do have UK graduates, I know very little about UK insurers; however, here is my best at attempting to provide you with some additional companies which I came up with on a web search:
I tried to find "UK Yoga liability insurance," but came up empty.
When I searched for "UK Sports liability insurance," I had much more success.
In the States, Yoga teachers are covered for liability under Yoga liability or sports liability.
All the Best.
If you get a recommended list of UK insurance companies from the Independent Yoga Network, please let us know as some yoga teachers from Asia visit your country for extended periods of time.
Thank you everyone for your responses.
Vanessa thank you for the informations and contacts you provided I will follow them up and hopefully get some advice on registration and insurance.
I emailed the yoga link insurance company but have not heard back from them yet.
Vanessa can I ask did you do the Aura home study course and if so are you working in the UK as a yoga teacher?
Paul thank you for the list of insurance companies I will get in touch with them to see if the qualification I would gain with your home study course would be acceptable. I hope so as other UK based home study courses qualify the graduate for insurance even though they do not seem as indepth.
Tai, I will post back here and let you know if I find any suitable yoga insurance. Please look at the link for http://www.yoga-link.co.uk which Vanessa kindly provided as it is a dedicated insurance provider for yoga professionals.
Thank you all again for your responses!
Hi There Betty,
Yes, I am an Aura graduate and I did live in Chatham. Since then, I have been staying with friends in Saskatchewan. After the winter we just had, I may reconsider where I spend the next one. For now, I'm just looking forward to a warm Canadian spring.
Best of luck, with your new adventure in yoga studies.
Please let me know how you go on. I'm also interested in the course but obviously I'm concerned about the financial outlay if the course won't be recognised - of course the personal benefits of increased study and practice will be great.
If you have a regular teacher perhaps mention to them that you're interested in teaching or perhaps book a few private lessons where they can look over your technique or provide feedback when you have a dummy run at teaching a class.
I think online classes can be very good but you also need practical experience.
I'd just like to mention I teach bellydance and there is no govening body for that. I still attend workshops and go to class with my teacher. I think looking to better our own practice and experiencing how others teach is a good way to go. As are forums like this which can provide many helpful suggestions and guidance.
best of luck
I hope Betty will get back to us. One point to consider about the Aura online Yoga teaching course: Most students have years of experience before considering at home training. You can't take this course without experience - the terminology learn curve is too much for somebody with no yoga experience. Also, there is no one who would deny that you need practical experience. That is why the practical exam video is part of the requirements.
You have to send a DVD or streaming video of yourself teaching a yoga class. Written work and years of experience are helpful, but the practical exam is the big hurdle. That means alot of work and preparation time. It also means networking with your teacher, running free mock classes, or networking with local yoga instructors.
Hi There Eve, Jatwilla, and Betty,
About recognition: In the UK there are two registries as mentioned above in this thread. How ds the Independent Yoga Network exist if British Wheel of Yoga is the one and only registry? There is a clever deception here.
Although British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) would have you think they are the only game in town. Also, BWY won't recognise a non-UK credential even if it comes from India. BWY has cleverly played at making themselves appear to be an arm of the government and they don't want anything that's not British.
There is room for a second opinion here. You could contact the Independent Yoga Network. http://www.independentyoganetwork.org/ For advice on teacher registration and insurance email the registrar, Wendy Jones at email@example.com
If you have no success try phoning Dr. Pete Yates on 01902 424048. Mornings preferred. Or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org You'll get answers straight from the source.
I just wanted to add something. I've read plenty about the BWY. I applaud that they have aimed to raise standards but whenever I've contacted them about classes/workshops etc they have not been the most helpful.I'm not sure I like the idea of going down the route of binding yoga to fitness classes but I could see how people would see that, especially with focus on asana. If it's based along a fitness class there are a ton of poses that would be struck off as unsafe.
I don't know - I like most people have a busy life, not everyone can take a months holiday to study here or abroad - as lovely as that sounds right now. I have started a correspondence course in the UK - Passing it would mean I can join and technically give me a teaching credential and be insured. Not that I think it will make me a teacher but as a foundation to see if I am ready to return to home study and to deepen my practice. Let's face it most courses are not cheap.
I would have to part with £3000 and a couple of months in to is decide it isn't for me. I like most people have a busy life, not everyone can take a months holiday to study.I feel it's a step along the learning path.I am sure there are people who sign up who are after a quick buck by becoming a teacher. I think most people are genuine about their studies and as mentioned above have several years experience before considering teaching.
Hi There Eve,
You have made a good decision. Distance learning has many advantages and it's high time some of these groups realised that everyone has a full day with work and children.
BWY does have a fitness yoga taste. That's their choice, but they're also a bit aloof, when it comes down to working with the public. On the other side of the coin, you've got a good organization in the yoga register. I sincerely wish you much luck with your studies.
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Thank you for the general information about yoga practice. This thread is focusing on UK Students interested in Yoga Teacher distance learning courses. If you would like to tell us something about your experience with home study courses or yoga teacher education it would be appreciated.
Thanks a lot - very informative posting!! keep it up!!Posted 1 year ago #
Years ago BWY refused to register me because I'm not a Britisher. They just ignored me, so I remained independent. It was the best thing that ever happened to me as I learned to think for myself. If you are a UK teacher and you really want to be registered there is also a third teacher registry in the UK called Yoga Alliance UK. You have choices these days and you could also go with IYF as a 4th option.Posted 7 months ago #
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