Yoga Instructor in the Satyananda Tradition
This course approaches instructing yoga as another form of sadhana, a reflective practice of continuous improvement and transformation.
Each intake begins with completion of Raja Yoga and Hatha Yoga modules in either order. Karma Yoga is now an included part of the course and needs to be completed as a co-requisite.
From 2023 we are moving to a mixed delivery format that includes residential blocks as well as online components. Special arrangements for distance students.
There are 6 subjects
See individual course module pages for more details.
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1. Raja Yoga – June 2023 (runs annually) ,
Now includes 5 day residential 29 May – 2 June, plus 12 weeks online from June 5. See details
2. Hatha Yoga – January 2024 (runs annually)
Now includes 5 day residential 22 – 26 January, plus 12 weeks online from Jan 30 January 2024
3. Karma Yoga – Mid year 2024 (runs annually)
4. Yoga Instructor 1 – Foundation
10 weeks from early October 2023
Now includes 3 day residential long weekend 29 September – 2 October, plus 10 weeks online from October 2.
5. Yoga Instructor 2 – Reflect and Respond
10 weeks from January 2024
Now includes 7 day residential 15 – 21 January, plus 10 weeks online from Jan 30 January 2024
6. Yoga Instructor 3 – Community
10 weeks from April 2024
Yoga Instructor in the Satyananda Tradition is a re-imagining of what it is to be a yoga instructor. This is a highly practical course. You will learn through immersion, first by doing the practices as your own personal sadhana, and then, during the three Instructor specific modules, learn by continuous instructing practice, drawing on your personal experience as you instruct.
The courses contain a mix of short residential stays and online study and practice at home.
Payments are spaced over the duration of the six modules of the overall course. Additional modified payment plans are available. Don’t hesitate to discuss with us if you would like to do these courses but will need time to manage payments.
Entry into Instructor specific modules is dependent on successful completion of prerequisite Hatha and Raja Yoga modules, and demonstrated personal readiness to begin to instruct yoga.
Completion of prerequisite modules in themselves does not guarantee entry into Instructor modules.
The three instructor specific modules are designed to be completed in linear order. Apply for the Instructor course after you have completed the other modules.
Karma Yoga is a co-requisite course and may need to be completed prior to Instructor Module 1, otherwise, after the three Instructor modules.
All 6 course modules need to be completed to receive the qualification.
Residential blocks are completed at Rocklyn Yoga Ashram near Daylesford. Details here:
Online components are presented through online live classes, tutorials, lectures and workshops, with a comprehensive learning resource website to support your learning. Most live sessions are also video recorded for later viewing.
During the Instructor Modules the sessions other than classes are highly interactive with a high percentage of the time engaged in practice instructing one another.
You will also be expected to have a group of friends or family that you instruct, and learn from instructing, during these three modules.
The practices taught and the style of instruction are all according to the Satyananda tradition.
We are an independent Australian based social enterprise.
Course content and fee details are listed on the individual course pages.
You will gain confidence to encourage students to practice regularly, stand on their own feet, and develop resilience in every aspect of their lives.
The course has been rewritten to suit the needs of our time. As a graduate you will have the technical and practical skills to support your students in the wake of the pandemic and the social and personal pressures that are emerging.
The course is designed to be resilient to future challenges in our complex times. We provide a strong structure for learning with professional personalised support that builds on over twenty years local and international experience in developing courses for yoga instructors.
We are aware of the challenges for graduate instructors, and we facilitate a comprehensive network for mutual support and ongoing development for graduates.
Swami Vimalratna will guide these courses leading a dedicated team of teachers. He is well known as a yoga course developer and teacher with the ability to make deep traditional knowledge clear and practical. He has a PhD on the topic of understanding and sharing cultural wisdom. The courses are designed for immersion and true understanding, not an academic approach. Instead, there are useful tools with direct application in life and clear guidelines on how to use them. Learning is structured to build incrementally throughout the courses.
Vimalratna has 27 years experience teaching yoga and a Diploma in Satyananda Yoga Teaching. He is also an award winning filmmaker with degrees in graphic design and animation. Therefore, the courses have been prepared with creative high quality manuals, recordings and other resources. The whole learning process is steeped in personal understanding of yoga, to help make the experience enjoyable, approachable and real.