About BWY Training

The British Wheel of Yoga is the National Governing Body for Yoga and the largest yoga membership organisation in the country, with a national network of over 4,000 qualified teachers. British Wheel of Yoga Training (BWYT) is the learning and development hub of the Wheel, committed to promoting a greater understanding of yoga and its safe practice through experience, education, discussion, study and training.  From personal development modules, through foundation and diploma courses and in service training days, we can help you to extend and develop your yoga practice and experience in a safe and professional environment.

NEW course for 2017

BWY Gentle Years Yoga Course

A professional development course for yoga teachers

The aim of the course is to equip learners, both professionally and practically, to teach yoga to adults with age related health conditions

Pre-course requirement

Qualified yoga teacher (level 3 or 4 qualification)

Training dates

A 3-day residential, 12 – 14 July 2017


Leicester University

To receive an application form and further information, please contact juliethicklingbwy@gmail.com

The course can take a minimum of 6 months but usually takes 12 months to complete.


Unit 1 Introduction to BWY Gentle Years Yoga©  [theory/knowledge unit]

1.1   Physiology of Older Adults and Age-Related Conditions Course Booklet
[prerequisite distance learning prior to course dates with tutor presentations and group discussions on course dates]
Knowledge and understanding of the normal changes that occur as a result of age, with sections summarising age-related conditions such as dementia, osteoporosis, arthritis, falls, cardiac problems, mental health issues, arthroplasty, etc and the impact of these conditions on yoga practice.
Assessed by BWY Multiple Choice ‘Open Book’ Exam - Exam Results and Certificate of Completion (based upon 75% correct answers – 80 correct answers out of 106) to be included in learner portfolio.

1.2   Safeguarding Responsibilities of BWY Gentle Years Yoga© Teacher

[to be covered on course dates]
Knowledge and understanding of the yoga teacher’s duty of care role and the safe-guarding responsibilities involved with teaching yoga to older adults who may have physical disabilities and/or cognitive impairment.
After viewing Safeguarding Adults DVD on course date, online assessment (via BWY arrangement with external Safeguarding Adults training provider) will result in Certificate of Completion to be included in learner portfolio. [RPL available] Additionally, tutor/assessor(s) will facilitate a review and analysis discussion of the BWY Safeguarding Adults Policy/Procedures (tab 9 following Course Handbook) with additional questioning of learners if required. A tutor assessment statement of each learner’s understanding of how the policy/procedures apply to Gentle Years Yoga teaching will also be included in the learner portfolio.


Unit 2 Applied Physiology and Practical Teaching of Yoga to Older Adults - [practical unit]

      [to be covered by BWY Gentle Years Yoga©  tutors on course dates with follow-up supervision

       and assessment of written assignments plus observed Assessed Class Teaching ]

Practical training over three 8-hour course dates to include –

1)     Review of Physiology and Age-Related Conditions

2)     Review and Discussion of BWY Safeguarding Adults Policy and Procedures and Facilitation of Safeguarding Adults DVD viewing and online assessment [RPL available for those who already have a valid and up-to-date Safeguarding Adults Certificate of Completion]

3)     Writing aims and learning outcomes, course and lesson planning for teaching yoga to older adults

4)     Practical asana/pranayama modifiications/strength training, balance, aerobic activities etc. required for:  general Gentle Years Yoga in the community classes (including carers) and dedicated Chair Yoga classes for students who need to stay seated in chairs.  How to plan for multiple contra-indications.

5)     Practical dharana techniques that improve vestibular system (balance and coordination) and right brain/left brain activity  (required for both falls prevention and to keep brain cells active to reduce (further) memory loss/cognitive dysfunction.  The social/emotional element of classes for older adults; loneliness, social isolation, depression.  Presentation of 1 hour dementia friends information session and information on how to become a dementia friends champion

6)     How to organise outreach sessions, how to support carers

7)     Observation/assessment of learners micro-teaching older adults in small groups

2.1   Micro-teaching Gentle Years Yoga Techniques to Older Adults
        Observed/Assessed on Day 3 of practical course

2.2  Scheme of Work and 10 Week Course Plan  Assessed electronically

2.3  One Detailed Lesson Plan  Assessed electronically

2.4  Assessed Class Teaching (ACT)  Observed/Assessed by Tutor-Assessor or PACT

Unit 3

3.1  Two Case Studies - Research, Analysis, Reflection on Teaching Yoga to Two Older Adults with Different Age-Related Conditions   Assessed electronically



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