International Diploma of Yoga Teaching (460hrs)

Total Hours: 460

10 study weekends + 6-day residential

This International Diploma course is an integration of yoga's classical teachings based on the various yoga paths and traditions of yoga. The International Yoga Teachers Association does not have a guru, or owner.  It embraces many traditions acknowledging that 'many paths lead us up the mountain'. This inclusive approach creates a solid and stable foundation for student teachers to develop their own style of expression and teaching of yoga.

Graduates of this course are respected and acknowledged as some of the best yoga teachers around the world. IYTA teachers can be relied upon to deliver a well structured yoga class with strict adherence to safety and respect for students - whether beginners or advanced.

This course covers 460 hours of training which include the following units of study:
  • Anatomy and Physiology – body systems, corrections, sequencing and safety
  • The Subtle Physiology of Yoga – subtle energy systems, chakras, energy flow, Prana, the breath
  • Philosophy, Ethics and Lifestyle – history and traditions and applying yoga principles in everyday life
  • Techniques – interactive sessions including study of postures, meditation, breathing techniques, movement, limbering, mudras and mantras
  • Teaching Methodology – principles of effective teaching, how to prepare, design and present a balanced yoga class
  • Integrative Practice and Teaching Practicum – how to deliver a well-structured, safe, flowing yoga class
  • Yoga Business – what is required as a registered yoga teacher and what is required to set up and run a yoga business
  • Specialties – pre and post natal, seniors, back care, children.
  • Personal homework (yoga classes and reading) related to the course.
  • Journalling and class observations

All student will receive the IYTA Asana Handbook.

Duration and Delivery

The IYTA International Diploma of Yoga Teaching is 460 hours of training over a 12-month period.

  • Face-to-face Students: view all course material via our online learning system and attend one study weekend per month (February to November, 8.30am – 5.30pm, Saturday and Sunday) in Crows Nest, Sydney.
  • Distance Education Students (now with *LIVE* streaming): view all course material via our online learning system PLUS the option of viewing the study weekends via live streaming.  Stay connected and up-to-date with your studies in real-time.

Note: Face-to-face AND Distance Education Students will receive copy of all lecture videos two days post study weekend. A six-day Residential is mandatory for all students to attend in person.

The Curriculum and Faculty

The Curriculum is based on the classical teachings of Hatha Yoga. The International Yoga Teachers Association has one of the most experienced yoga faculties in the world, with 20 experienced lecturers. IYTA lecturers are chosen based on their experience as Yoga teachers (with Diploma and post graduate qualifications) as well as expertise in their respective yoga subject area.

IYTA lecturers are not just good yoga teachers, they are great lecturers. Their yoga training draws from a broad range of lineages including: Dru, Iyengar, Satyananda, Vinyasa, Yin, Oki-Do, Bikram, Ryoho and Yoga Therapy. Many have additional qualifications in Physiotherapy, Counselling, Adult Education, Psychology, Law, Nursing, Midwifery, K-12 Teaching, Arts, Engineering and as well as university or TAFE lecturing.

Educational Excellence

Every unit of the International Diploma of Yoga Teaching is structured with clear learning outcomes and these learning outcomes are tested with an assessment for each category of the curriculum. Assessments are marked with very high standards, expectations for referencing and research clearly demonstrated. The practical assessment is an opportunity to prove to the IYTA Faculty that students are truly ready to teach. A high standard is expected as would be warranted with this world-class Diploma.

Open Day

Not sure if this course is right for you? We hold two open days per year for potential students to join us for a Q&A session with faculty members, a free yoga class and to talk to current students. These open days are run in an informative, friendly and safe environment. The next scheduled open day will be in July 2019. Stay tuned for more information.

As a Graduate you will:

  • receive an International Diploma of Yoga Teaching and we'll send you a certificate to display;
  • be respected and acknowledged as one of the best trained yoga teachers, anywhere in the world;
  • be able to design and deliver safe, well structured yoga classes - in any environment - as a relief or regular Yoga Teacher;
  • qualify as a Full Teaching Member of the International Yoga Teachers Association;
  • with Full Membership, be recognised with Australian Health Funds so your yoga students can claim their classes on their health fund plan (where applicable).
  • with Full Membership, will be listed under "Find a Teacher" on the IYTA Website and can have your own web page - hosted on IYTA for free!
  • with Full Membership, have access to minimum of 10% off further training with IYTA, FREE monthly CPD video access, Insurance discount (see membership benefits for full list of benefits).

Course Availability

Next Intake: 2019 - Now OPEN for Applications

  • February 2 & 3
  • March 2 & 3
  • April 6 & 7
  • May 4 & 5
  • May Residential 16 - 21
  • June 15 & 16
  • July 27 & 28
  • August 24 & 25
  • September 21 & 22
  • October 26 & 27
  • November 23 & 24

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Total Course

(the deposit is *included* in these prices)
Early Bird $950 $5,800
this payment must be paid in full by 17-Dec-2018 to qualify for Early Bird
In Full $950 $6,550
full payment due by 25-Feb-2019
By Instalment $950 $7,000
paid by 7 x $1000 equal Instalments
first instalment due by 25-Feb-2019
A non-refundable deposit of $950 must be paid initially to secure your place - this is NOT the first instalment
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What others say:

The quality of the teachers at IYTA for the Diploma of Yoga Teaching in 2016 were outstanding. Each study weekend, I built confidence and developed my skills.

After I graduated, from my very first class as a teacher, I was able to observe students as I moved around the class ; offering them modifications or aligning their posture. Since then, each class has helped me to fine-tune my individual way of teaching and today I teach up to 7 to 10 classes each week.

Being inspired by my mentor (Astrid Pickup) helped me with my personal goals and motivation to continue and improve. I have found after a year of teaching that I now have my own individual style and I am able to read correctly my student’s posture and assist them in perfecting it. The best reward I have at the end of a class is a big smile with a heart-felt thank you. Students are returning on a regular basis to my classes and the sizes of my classes are also increasing. THANK YOU IYTA for your guidance in my Yoga path!

Marie Ecosse -
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