Yoga Teacher training – RYT 500 Course Content

Application Procedure

Applicants should call David to arrange a meeting to discuss the requirements and commitments involved in the course. His number is 087 237 6383. You will also have to download and complete the Teacher Training Course Application Form.

Introduction to RYT 500 Yoga Teaching Apprenticeship

This RYT 500 Yoga Teacher Training Course has been designed to be the third and final year of Ashtanga Yoga Dublin’s comprehensive programme for the training of Yoga teachers of the highest standard. The programme reflects the philosophy of the school, that Yoga is a process of self-discovery and maturation, of revealing the fullest potential of the individual, enabling each person to live healthily and happily, aware and self-reliant.

Yoga Teachers should be on this journey of Self-discovery and must be deeply committed to it. They should be experienced in the practices and well versed in the texts describing them and the path they help us negotiate. To be able to guide anyone else, one must first first have travelled the road oneself. Thus we have developed our Training Programme ( RYT 200 and RYT 500) for those who are committed to becoming the best teachers they can be.

To take this course, a trainee must have completed our RYT200 Training.

RYT 500 Yoga Teacher Training Course

The complete Programme is as follows:

Year 1 – Heart of Yoga Foundation Course
Year 2 – RYT 200

  • Deepen Practice
  • Teaching observation
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Teaching Techniques
  • Philosophy
  • Chanting & Meditation
Year 3 – RYT 500

  • All elements from Year 2
  • Apprenticeship
  • Teaching through year with Mentor

The third year of the programme we call the Apprenticeship year and a maximum of 3 trainees will be taken. During this year the Trainees will each teach 50 classes alongside and under the tutelage of the Course Directors. This is a minimum of 100 hours practical experience with students and will enable them to learn how to assist the progress of a student over a longer period, as well as become skilled in appropriate modifications and adjustments. The exposure to many students, to different bodies, ages, shapes and sizes and the demands this places on them as teachers to respond to each individual is the best training possible. Having the support and guidance of very experienced Tutors working with them daily will enable them to develop a reservoir of experience greater than any theoretical training.

Nonetheless, both theoretical and practical training continues alongside the Teaching Practice. Philosophy continues, and Anatomy and Subtle Anatomy in particular are further explored through Workshops and the syllabus extends now to the end of Primary Series and into the Intermediate Series of Ashtanga Yoga. Again personal practices are worked on ever more deeply at both the technical level, but more now also on an emotional and spiritual level. Here, the ethos of our Shala, as one in which yoga is presented as a spiritual practice, rather than merely a physical one, will underscore the whole programme.

Modular Course Approach

The Course is modular and the details of each module are given below.

While the foundation of the Course is Ashtanga Yoga Primary and Second Series, the syllabus and delivery of the course will prepare students to teach both traditional Ashtanga Yoga or a more general Hatha Yoga style class.

Table of Course Content

Please Note: All contact hours are with SYT’s David Collins and Paula Herbert.

Element Subject Contact Hrs Total Hrs
Module 1 Personal Practice 105 120
Module 2 Teaching Practice 100 110
Module 3 Teaching Methodology 30 30
Module 4 Yoga Philosophy 48 60
Module 5 Yoga Anatomy 18 30
Module 6 Yoga Physiology 15 20
Module 7 Lifestyle&Nutrition 10 20
Module 1 Business 5 10


Module 1 Personal Practice

This Module is to bring the Trainee ever deeper into understanding the nature and purpose of correct (ie appropriate) Yoga Practice, balancing all of the tools available –asana, pranayama, chanting and meditation, to bring about peace and clarity in themselves.

There are specific classes in Pranayama, Chanting and meditation, as well as asana practice. In these classes students are taught the practices and how to teach them.

  1. Asana : Yoga Chikitsa Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga and Nadi Shodhana Intermediate Series (where appropriate).
  2. Pranayama: including Mudra, Kriya, Bandha:
    • puraka rechaka kumbhaka
    • anuloma viloma pranayama
    • surya and chandra bhedana pranayamas
    • shitali and sitkari pranayamas
    • ujjaya pranayama
    • bramhari pranayama
    • mula, uddiyana and jalandhara bandha
    • jala and surya neti
    • kapalabhati
    • agni sara
    • jivha bandha
    • simha mudra
    • brahma mudra
    • other mudra
  3. Chanting
    • Shantih Mantra
    • Svadhyaya – choice of own chanting
    • Yoga Sutranii Samadhih Padah and Sadhanah Padah
  4. Meditation
    • anapana sati
    • hridayakasha
    • other

Module 2 – Teaching Practice – Apprenticeship

This represents the core of this training programme and will take place in weekly blocks of teaching consecutively Mysore classes one week and of Counted (Guided) classes the following week, over a period of not less than one year. Each Trainee will do at least 10 such 2 – weekly blocks over the course of the year as well as a several Beginners Introductory workshops.

The Trainees will work under the guidance of the Tutors, learning how to help a student to progress over the course of a year. They will experience how to build a practice, what changes to expect and how to deal with many different types of student. They will discover that in Yoga one size does not fit all and how the practices are used to give maximum benefit to the student.

Module 3 – Teaching Methodology.
This module is taught as 30hours Adjustment Clinics arranged with Senior tutor.

Clinic 1.

  1. Asana Teaching techniques covering asana up to Navasana in Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series.
  2. Etiquette of Hands-on Adjustments.
  3. Precautions: When, who and why not to adjust a student
  4. Adjustments and Modifications: the how of adjustments appropriate to these asana.
Clinic 2.

The same 1-4 as clinic one but for asana from Navasana to the end of Yoga Chikitsa Primary Series of Vinyasa Krama and up to Ardha Matsyendrasana of Second Series of Vinyasa Krama Intermediate Series.

Module 4 – Yoga Philosophy

Taught as a series of themed study and discussion tutorials and a series of 4 written assignments in conjunction with ongoing chanting classes.

  1. Yoga History: Origins and Branches of Yoga. Lineages, Modern Yoga.
  2. Philosophy: Bhagavad Gita. Reading, Study, Discussion and Chanting and application of principles to life, practice and teaching.
  3. Philosophy: Patanjali Yoga Sutra: Samadhih and Sadhanah Padah and Sutra 1-8 of Vibhutih Padah. Study of Sanskrit, Translation, Discussion, Chanting and application of principles to life, practice and teaching.
  4. Philosophy: Hatha Yoga Pradipika. Chapters 1 and 2. Study of Sanskrit and translation with emphasis on traditional protocols of practice relating of asana and pranayama.
  5. Other texts: Gheranda Samhita, Yoga Mala, Light on Life and Heart of Yoga.

Module 5 – Yoga Anatomy
Taught as 6x 3hrs themed clinics, the module will give a detailed understanding of the anatomy of yoga postures as well as a thorough understanding of the functional systems of the human body as they relate to Yoga practices, and in particular what conditions and stages of life/health require particular practices or modifications of practices.

Physical Anatomy Clinics cover:

  1. Principles of Structure and Movement: Skeletal System, Joint Structure and Articulation, types of movement at each joint. Factors that restrict movement: Tension, Compression, Orientation, Propertion.
  2. Muscular System: Muscles of the hips and legs, back, shoulder and arm, abdomen, neck.
  3. Agonists, Antagonists and Synergists in various postures.
  4. Priciples of neuromuscular physiology: Reciprocal inhibition, Spinal reflex arcs, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitaton, PNF.
  5. Muscles systems in Respiration. Physiology of respiration
  6. The Circulatory System

Module 6 – Yoga Physiology/Subtle Anatomy
This module is taught as a weekend workshop, during which we will explore the subtle energy system, through the seven major energy centres (Chakras). The human energy field is affected by touch, diet, sound, attitudes and beliefs, relationships, life experience, trauma and environmental factors.

When energy flows efficiently without any major blockages, we have a strong foundation for good health. Once we understand how energy moves through the body and how this energy flow affects our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being, we can use specific chakra balancing techniques to optimise the vibration of each energy centre, bringing body, mind and spirit into harmony and restoring our natural state of wholeness.

Themes include:

  • Overview of the subtle energy system and the seven chakras
  • Chakra Meditation
  • Asana (posture) practice to tune into the Chakras
  • Balancing the seven Chakras
  • Meditation on the seven Chakras
  • Yoga Nidra on the seven Chakras

We will examine each chakra in detail. The physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of each will be discussed. The Workshop will include time to explore any issues that may surface for participants with the Chakra, as well as meditation and balancing techniques, including Yoga asana, to allow for introspection and the development of self-awareness.

Modules 7 & 8 – Lifestyle & Nutrition, The business of Yoga

This Module involves principle of Ayurveda, Yogic Diet, Cooking, Accounting, Taxation, Record Keeping and is taught by apprecticeship in the kitchen and in the Yoga Shala Reception, plus assignments.

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