The Certificate IV in Yoga Teaching is your first step towards becoming an outstanding yoga teacher. The 12-month program is divided into practical and theory sessions giving you all the tools to teach yoga competently and authentically. You will learn to plan, organise and conduct yoga classes for groups or individuals, including essential methodology for teaching asana (postures), pranayama (breath), and meditation. The content includes Western and Yogic Anatomy, Yoga Philosophy, and the important subject of Yoga Business amongst others.
What do you learn in a Certificate IV in Yoga Teaching?
The Certificate IV in Yoga Teaching course will prepare you to:
Plan, design and conduct effective Yoga classes.
Recognize the essential principles of Yoga teaching.
Apply principles of western and eastern anatomy to Yoga teaching.
Apply essential principles of Yoga philosophy to your teaching.
Monitor student’s Yoga technique and development.
Establish and build healthy student relationships.
Provide Yoga teaching to groups of clients and individuals.
Develop your own personal Yoga sadhana (practice).
Plan, design and write your Yoga business plan.
Understand business and teaching compliance.
Manage Yoga health and safety
Deliver first aid.
Some of the topics you will study include:
Yoga Health and Safety
10696NAT – Certificate IV in Yoga Teaching
CRICOS Course Code
Full Time 12 months
(4 Terms x 10 Weeks)
The job outcomes for this course are:
Yoga teacher employed in Yoga studios or Gyms.
Yoga Studio Owner / Manager
Freelance Yoga Teacher
Yoga Program Coordinator
The program outcomes for this course are:
At this level, yoga teachers will be equipped with the essential components to understand the yoga asanas (physical postures of yoga), differences in yoga styles, yoga anatomy, ethics and philosophy of yoga, safety in teaching and key elements to opening a yoga business.
Additional outcomes include:
The attainment of a First Aid Certificate.
Preparation for further study and vocational skills with development of study and research skills, language and literacy skills, communication skills, time management, planning and managing projects, interpersonal skills and the development of techniques.
A study pathway to the 10697NAT – Diploma of Yoga Teaching.
Units of Competency within the Course
Entry Requirements - Skills, Knowledge and Experience
The learner group for this qualification are people wishing to gain a qualification in order to work as a yoga teacher providing support to groups of individuals within a studio setting or those wishing to open their own small business.
The learner group are those who require a structured, classroom based program with significant practical experience.
This is an entry level course and no previous skills in yoga teaching are necessary. Experience of the yoga industry is preferred but not essential.
Entrants must have:
- Successfully completed the Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) online test. Please note that if you are applying for more than one course with us, you will only need to complete the LLN online test once. Students returning to studies at ALG after a significant gap may be required to complete the LLN online test at the discretion of ALG. For more details on how to complete the online test, please refer to 8.Appendix_Language, Literacy, and Numeracy (LLN) Requirements Factsheet.
The purpose of the LLN online test is to ensure that you have the LLN skills needed to undertake your course. It will also show how we can assist you in any areas where you may need help while studying with us.
- Sufficient level of English proficiency in order to interact with and document client interactions, interpret documents, learner guides and assessment tools, prepare written reports and plans. For more information, please view our English Requirements Factsheet.
- Good communication and interpersonal skills in order to establish and manage professional networks and client relationships with clients of various ages and backgrounds.
Academic Entry Requirements
- Year 10 or equivalent and above.
The learners’ physical attributes may influence their ability to complete the training and assessment. Assessment and training requires students to be physically capable of performing a range of yoga activities. Manual handling is also required.
Students need to be able to relate to clients of differing ages and backgrounds, have a keen interest to assist students to learn to yoga, have good problem solving skills, sound literacy and numeracy skills, be enthusiastic, tactful, patient and have a sense of humour.
The course is aimed at students 18 years of age and over.
Amount of Training, Volume of learning, Mode of Study and Course Expectations
This program is timetabled for 805 hours over a course duration of 52 weeks. This time is divided into both training (on campus and self-paced, distance) and assessment. Students will be required to attend the campus for 135 hours per term and engage in self-paced distance study of 65 hours per term. A term is typically 10 weeks.
The amount of training component is estimated at 80% of the students overall learning (640 hours) and the remaining 20% (160 hours) is attributed to distance learning and assessment. If required, students have the option to further extend their training hours with additional support classes, study groups and resits as published in the timetable.
The volume of learning refers to the total amount of time that a student would be expected to dedicate to successful completion of the course. It includes the structured part of the course as defined above, as well as the self-study, research and practicing of skills that a student would do in their own time. The total Volume of Learning is estimated at 1205 hours (805 structured hours and 400 unstructured). Some students may find that they need more study time and others will find that they can achieve the required level of knowledge and skills in less time than this estimate.
Training and Assessment
Your classroom learning will take place in both theory classrooms and studios. This means your classes will have similar equipment, educational and physical resources to those you will find in a yoga studio.
Where possible, students will be allocated to different studios throughout their course, in order to experience different levels of facilities and resources. This will mean that students are able to modify their yoga classes based on the facilities available to them.
In your classes you can expect to take the role of student and instructor, engage in roleplays, create yoga classes and simulate learning activities that you will then put into practice in the workplace. You will learn and develop your knowledge to plan for your students’ care.
In addition, you will be required to undertake self-paced learning and submit written assessments. A number of practical and skills based assessments will be undertaken in class.
A first aid course is also part of this qualification.
- Written Knowledge Assessments
- Case Studies
- Role Play – Simulated Workplace Situation
- Practical Demonstrations
You will undertake over half of your timetabled study program in a studio. In this practical you will be learning and practicing the skills you will be able to use in your own workplace. In order to successfully complete this component of your study, you will have to successfully complete a range of practical tasks and a practical exam.
Your training will occur on campus and within a gym as appropriate.
Please refer to course timetable for the campus locations.
The primary learning support comes from Student Services or the training and assessment team.
Student Advisors offer support throughout a learner’s studies and can help with the following information:
- Support services
- LLN services (in collaboration with the Training and Assessment team)
- Legal services
- Emergency and health services
- Facilities and resources
- Complaints and appeals processes
Additional sources of student services information available includes:
- Student Services Booklet
- ALG Student Handbook
- Online Student Centres – found on our websites
- Plus a variety of individual factsheets, flyers or electronic messages
- All students need to wear appropriate yoga attire during practical classes so that Trainers and Assessors can assess and correct student’s posture and alignment.
- All students are required to bring their own laptop or tablet device to participate in all theory classes. They are not provided for students. Refer to the BYOD Policy in the student handbook.
- To maximise the chance of a student successfully completing their training, ALG attempts to identify any support individual learners need prior to their enrollment or commencement. Some of the ways to identify learning needs is to ask all prospective students to self-assess. So prior to enrolling please ensure i) you can meet all course requirements (listed in this course overview) ii) you nominate any learning needs they have prior to enrollment either by contacting us or on your application/enrolment forms and iii) consider booking a trial lesson if you have any doubts the course may not be suitable for you from an educational, cultural or other reason. Please refer to Section A3 of the student handbook for details.
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