Land of Yoga Level 1 Teacher Training Diploma
SPECIAL NOTE: Yoga Australia has set down a minimum requirement for teacher trainees to complete,
in order to be recognised and registered as a Yoga Teacher in Australia.
The Land of Yoga course is well over DOUBLE these requirements.
The reason for this is: the aim of this course is not to make someone qualified; it is to make one an advanced Yogi, with deep and comprehensive knowledge - not merely theoretical, but practical. There is no simple time-frame for this... the course takes as long as each participant needs.
Any person who completes this course will have a certainty about their abilities and knowledge, as an experienced Yoga teacher.
They will have a very broad understanding of Yoga and Health.
* In most cases this course will be likely to take more than one year, and even possibly two.
It depends on how much free time is available, and how many other commitments one has.
Any additional months will be charged at $250 from then on.
This price includes Unlimited
classes, free attendance to all workshops,
The training for this occurs as a guided One-on-One relationship with Toby Wallace, over the period of at least one year (or more).
Held mostly in group classes, this will be a Practical education of on-going Individual practice and mentorship.
The knowledge/learning is gained through a practical experience of the techniques and theory,
as explored by the teacher trainee over time. Regular monitoring of progress is maintained by Toby, with direct feedback.
The Course is designed to fulfil all the minimum requirements listed by Yoga Australia.
*Note: 2 requirements will not be met at Land of Yoga:
Anatomy and Physiology 1 must be completed externally (by Correspondence is suitable);
and First Aid must also be completed externally (St. Johns).
The training is in Integrated Raja Yoga. As in, I (Toby) will teach people all the precepts of Classical Yoga, integrating many modern styles as well, all being relevant to the discovery of what it means to be a Yogi - whether in the western world, or not. Over a year or more, each teacher trainee will be guided personally towards whatever they fear, whatever they misunderstand, and whatever they do not know is in the way. They will receive a mentoring that is practical and relevant to every day situations. The trainee teacher will be regularly advised during this process. The mentorship will be psychological most of all, in the traditional Guru/Sadhaka style. This is a spiritual relationship. It will continue long after the initial training program has ended. During the course, each student will be guided through the process, as they begin to study all relevant texts and take on the new challenge of becoming a teacher. The texts will cover the full range of education, necessarily experienced practically in life. Trainees will regularly be required to discuss their experiences with me; they will be required to write a journal for the first year, and at least one essay on each text, including personal insights into the actual testing of the theory. There will be no predetermined order for which yogic area each student will look into. This will happen naturally throughout the course. (But all listed texts [see below] MUST be completed by the end of the course). The texts will be introduced, individually, at times deemed appropriate and relevant, according to the development of the student. As the student continues to cover the full range of practices everyday – which will always speak for themselves eventually - and meanwhile embarks upon the wide-ranging philosophy and wisdoms of the many Yogic texts... slowly, everything will fall into place.
This is a practical integration of theory. It happens naturally as one continues to practise.
The main thing to understand is that the
NOTE: This course is very comprehensive and detailed. It can be very demanding, and also challenging.
It is an opportunity to grow beyond the familiar and the 'safe'.
It is a chance to learn about one's body, one's mind, and one's reality, in a new way. The student can expect big changes in their life,
a new awareness of self that cannot be imagined beforehand... with a significant development in maturity and mental health.
One will begin to see the world and other people very differently - through the eyes of a yogi.
One will begin to see that one's own mind is the only source of limitation.
Self Practice: The applicant must previously have practised/experienced Yoga
for at least 1 year, and have attended at least 6mths of classes at Land of Yoga
(it's important to form a relationship of familiarity and trust before sharing this deeper and very personal commitment).
Philosophy, Ethics and Lifestyle: (100 HRS)
Study of Sacred Texts and Yogic Educational texts:
This is a major section of the course focus, in the development of an Advanced Yogic Consciousness. Texts studied:
Teaching Yoga - The Teacher/Student Relationship (Farhi); Bhagavad Gita; Avadhutta Gita; Raja Yoga (Vivekanand); Jnana Yoga (Vivekanand); Karma Yoga (Vivekanand); Bhakti Yoga (Vivekanand); Tantra: The Supreme Understanding (Osho); 9 Principal Upanishads (Satyananda); Yoga Sutras (Patanjali); Autobiography of a Yogi (Yogananda); Tree of Yoga (Iyengar); Hatha Yoga Pradipika (Satyananda),
Land of Yoga 18-part 'Path to Enlightenment' Meditation CD Series).
· The Life of a Yogi - What does it mean to be a Yogi? What is Yoga? Who am I?
· What is Health? (Mental, Physical, Emotional, Psychological).
· Study of Consciousness (One’s Reality as a reflection of Mind).
· Why do we do Yoga? What is Yoga (
· What is Energy? How to harness Energy. How to observe energetic themes in our life.
· Yoga and God/Atman/Supreme Consciousness
· Non-Duality - and Freedom.
· Karma, Teaching, Being.
· Tantra Philosophy - Trust and Surrender.
· The Teacher/Student relationship, and Teacher Ethics.
· What is Raja Yoga? What is Hatha Yoga?
· Prana and Akasha. Existence as the transition between these 2 states.
All of these 'concepts' will be constantly reviewed and referred to, reflected upon in reference to the life the student lives,
and the experiences they have throughout the duration of the course, as they continue to open their bodies and minds with the practices.
Anatomy and Physiology: (60 HRS)
The main technical area is not included as part of the Land of Yoga program and must be completed during the timeframe of course,
- in the first 6mths - usually by correspondence: Anatomy and Physiology 1.
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However, the Teacher Training aspect of the Land of Yoga course most certainly focuses upon anatomy and physiology,
all the time, in every pose... especially as we expand our awareness of the body, its parts,
and its relationship to illness, injury, breath, and the mind.
In the LOY teacher training there is a constant integration of this technical knowledge - especially as we focus upon different health conditions -
as we develop a broader understanding of yoga and the relationship one has with one's body.
Many hours will be spent in classes on a practical level applying this knowledge.
The study of psychosomatic health and illness is expanded here.
The main text for this is The Psychology of Health (Greg Neville).
Yogic Physiology: (60 HRS)
Study of subtle yogic physiology and energy fields.
(Texts: Swara Yoga(Satyananda), Kundalini Yoga, Raja Yoga, Moola Bandha, Taming the Kundalini)
Swara, Prana, Akasha, Gunas, Nadis, Prana Vayus, Chakras, Pancha Tattwas, Pancha Koshas.
· Kundalini Yoga and the realisation of Energy.
· Ancient practices/concepts
· How to understand the influences of Swara, Prana, and Vibration.
· Metaphor, Energy, and Matter.
· The Bandhas
Each student will be required to focus on each of these aspects on a Practical level. In the beginning they will learn the theory, and slowly over time see for themselves the developing possibilities, through Meditation. Many different meditative practices will be involved here. They will be guided through this by me on a daily basis. There will always be ‘the next step’, and they will be challenged to find out for themselves the Apparent truth.
Techniques: (400 HRS)
(Texts: Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha, Mudras for Healing (Dev), Yoga Nidra, Land of Yoga 18-part Meditation CD series)
· Asana, Kriya, Shatkarma.
· Relaxation, Meditation, Yoga Nidra.
· Pranayama, Bandha, 5 Dynamic Tibetans,
7 Psychic Breathing Practices, Tantra.
· Mantra/Japa, Yantra.
All of these areas are covered daily in the regular Land of Yoga classes. Students have free access to 15 classes per week, and all Workshops. Themes range relative to weather/the seasons, day/night, Kundalini Sessions (with relative practices), Beginner/Advanced sessions, Pre-Natal/Mums and Bubs/Aged Care/Children Classes. The student will regularly be given their own Individual practice – to be done both at home and in class - written down in Journal form, and discussed; but most technique work will be done in the group classes, with all the different level of practitioners in the same room, all sharing the same and yet unique experiences together (and hence, comparing). Also, at times, Private sessions will be held with me. Pranayama and Meditation will be a Major focus.
It must be understood that my classes almost always contain Yogic discussion. We are always having Question/Answer forums about each of our bodies, minds, Health, and Yogic discoveries. People learn from each other, directly and indirectly. Students will always be engaging with this development, guided by the teacher.
The student must also attend a minimum of 5 classes in each of Ashtanga Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Bikram Yoga – as a means of observing different techniques, especially these 3 Modern Yogas, highly popular in the western world especially. An essay must be written about each of these.
Teaching Methodology: (100 HRS)
(Texts include: Teaching Yoga (Farhi), Yoga for Children, Prenatal Yoga, Yogic Management of Common Diseases,
Yoga for the Digestive System, Chair Yoga for Seniors DVD)
· Assistance, correction, demonstration, student learning styles.
· Knowledge of Variations; Yoga for Children, Prenatal Yoga, Aged Care Yoga.
· Therapeutic Yoga - (Psycho-Somatic Health, Counselling, Healing, Psychology of Yoga, Yoga for Illness and Injury).
· Different style Comparisons (Classical/Contemporary).
· Communication; ‘Role of the Teacher/Yogi’; Being Perfect; Giving.
Students will be examined - Theoretically and Practically – and will also be required to write essays on these subjects. Much of this knowledge will be taught practically, in the traditional 'Ashram' environment of group classes, observation, and mentor guidance.
Integrative practice and Teaching: (80 HRS)
· Must volunteer to teach 12 hrs (over 12 weeks) an Aged Care exercise class. This will be designed by me, and will include the simple therapeutic Pawanmuktasan (Anti-Rheumatic) practices. An alternative option is to teach a 12wk Childcare program.
· Must instruct, privately, one friend over a 3 month program 1-on-1, and write a journal about this, discussing plans with me.
· Supervised Teaching practice; assistance in classes taught by qualified teacher. Students will be challenged quite early to start showing/explaining to beginners the simple poses and practices. As all classes at Land of Yoga will include both the public and trainee teachers, there will be countless moments when the student will be randomly asked to choose the next group pose…to show how this is to be done…and to take a beginner aside and guide them individually through a set of practices.
· When ready, the trainee will start teaching classes at Land of Yoga. This will be without pay and will give the student ample time to practise and grow through experience, learning to be aware of and responsible for their development.
Specialities: Therapeutic Yoga: (50 HRS)
A huge emphasis will be placed upon the study of this area (Yoga for Illness, Injury, and Emotional Healing).
In particular will be a focus upon Yoga for Anxiety, Yoga for Depression, and Yoga for Children.
Further studies will be applied to Cancer therapy, and many respiration, motor nerve, and digestive illnesses.
An in-depth study in the therapeutic applications of Pranayama.
A thorough study in psychosomatic health, and also appropriate counselling methods.
This section will not be covered as part of the Land of Yoga program, and will need to be done outside of the curriculum,
within the first 8 mths of this course.
REQUIREMENTS OF APPLICANTS
- Must have previously practised Yoga for at least 1 year, and have attended at least 6mths of classes at Land of Yoga.
- Must Volunteer to teach guided exercise in an Aged Care Facility, or ChildCare Centre,
for 6 sessions.
- Must train a friend One-on-One over a 3 month period.
- Must complete Land of Yoga Teachers' Exam and All Assignments to an 80% Level.
- Must complete approx. 850hrs total study.
- Must attend a minimum of 5 classes each of Ashtanga Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Bikram Yoga.
- Must complete at least Three weeks of more than 8 classes (in each week) at Land of Yoga.
- Must meditate (still-mind) for 30 mins a day, on a minimum of 3 days per week. (150 sessions in one year).
- Must complete Anatomy and Physiology 1 (Externally) within the first 6mths of this course.
- Must complete First Aid course (Externally) within first 8 mths of this course.
- Must be willing to Open in the face of Fear, Doubt, and Opinion.
- Must maintain a Yoga Diary for the whole first year, noting down daily practice (including time spent), insights, discoveries, opinions...
- Must practice a minimum of 30mins per week Karma Yoga somewhere.
The student is welcome to attend any class at Land of Yoga, any time, any day, any Workshop; and furthermore, request special help if needed.
These are included in Total Price and given appropriately according to the development of each student,
depending on Themes, Times, and Readiness:
Raja Yoga. (Vivekanand)
Jnana Yoga. (“)
Bhakti Yoga. (“)
Karma Yoga. (“)
Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha. (Satyanand Series)
Four Chapters on Freedom (Yoga Sutras)(“)
Swara Yoga. (“)
Yoga for Children. (“)
Yoga Nidra. (“)
Prenatal Yoga (")
Yogic Management of Common Diseases (")
Yoga for the Digestive System (")
9 Principal Upanishads. (“)
Moola Bandha. (“)
Taming the Kundalini (")
Kundalini Yoga. (Sivananda Radha)
Teaching Yoga (Donna Farhi)
Mudras for Healing (Acharya Keshav Dev)
Autobiography of a Yogi. (Yogananda)
The Tree of Yoga. (Iyengar)
Tantra: The Supreme Understanding. (Osho)
Hatha Yoga Pradipika (Satyananda)
Ideas about Yoga (Wallace)
Path to Enlightenment CD Series (")
Land of Yoga DVD Series (")
The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying (Sogyal Rinpoche)
The Psychology of Health - Natural Psychotherapy (Greg Neville)
The student will be required to write at least one essay on each book/module
and achieve a minimum pass mark of 80%.
PRICE FOR THE COURSE:
$4500 for first year *
* The course may well take more than one year, and any additional months will be charged at $250 from then on.
This includes all of the prescribed texts, CDs and DVDs, and access to all classes and all Workshops at Land of Yoga.
The aim of this training program is to prepare the teacher trainee to have great knowledge,
experience, and confidence in themselves - as not merely teachers of Yoga, but rather, as Yogis.
The course will be very involved, and may take longer than one year.
Great opportunity will be given to the aspirant, to grow beyond their wildest dreams.
It is my promise to facilitate this to my best capacity.
In relation to the technical requirements of the Yoga Australia to recognise a capable teacher,
this training will have you way beyond their minimum standard.
Here is Yoga Australia's stance on membership applications:
"What if my training is not from a teacher-training course registered with Yoga Australia?
Yoga Australia will consider applications for Association membership from all yoga teachers, not only those whose
teacher-training course is registered with the Association. However, if your course of study is not registered with
us (registered courses are listed on the Yoga Australia website), you will need to provide more extensive detail to
enable us to understand that the nature of your training, the topics covered and number of hours of study undertaken
for each of these meet the criteria outlined in the Levels of Membership Curriculum Table for level of membership
which you are seeking. Testimonials from your teachers, colleagues or students regarding the extent or nature of your
teaching should be included."
(Excerpt from Yoga Australia Membership Information, updated June 2013)
To Read this Full Document to understand exactly the requirements of Yoga Australia for Yoga teachers,
and due process for application for membership (and access to Insurance), CLICK HERE.
The main reason it is important for Land of Yoga teacher trainess to be very aware of Yoga Australia
and their minimum requirements is so that at the end of the Land of Yoga training they can be aware of the larger picture
of yoga in Australia, and the way it is regulated. And importantly, if one wants to teach in schools and corporate environments,
one must have Insurance - which will not be available unless one is registered with an overseeing organisation.
By being accepted as a member of Yoga Australia, one then has access to the affiliated Insurance House.
Land of Yoga's Teacher Trainee program is not registered with Yoga Australia,
but is designed to comfortably meet all their minimum requirements.
To see a Word Document version of the Land of Yoga Teacher Training Course
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