BWY has a reputation for excellence in its own yoga teacher training qualifications and it seeks to maintain diversity of teaching and tradition by offering recognition to the high standards of yoga teacher training offered by other organisations. As a Sport England Governing Body for yoga, the BWY therefore offers accreditation, via a rigorous application process, to yoga teacher training organisations in the UK. In 2017 the name given to organisations that successfully complete this process was changed to Approved Training Organisation (ATO).
Becoming a BWY ATO is a way for organisations to demonstrate that their Fundamental/ Extended teacher training programmes meet a high-quality standard. The subsequent use of the BWY ATO/EAG logo is also intended to be a benchmark of quality and validation.
Other benefits of being a BWY ATO include:
- Students who qualify via an ATO will become BWY accredited teachers, benefiting from a market-leading insurance policy and many other benefits of BWY tutor membership including the quarterly magazine, Spectrum, Congress, training days and discounts on yoga equipment and free entry to the Om Yoga Shows.
- ATO qualified tutors achieve BWY accredited teacher status
- Linking to the BWY is an opportunity for information exchange, co-operation, networking and sharing good practice.
- BWY ATO status offers authority to the ATO qualification and REPs recognition (Register of Exercise Professionals).
- BWY arranges networking and training events for ATOs and it is hoped that accredited organisations will correspond, meet and work together as a wider yoga learning community.
BWY employs Amanda Jayne Buchanan one day a week as our Approved Groups Liaison Officer (AGLO) and she is there to support and assist our existing groups and potential organisations wishing to apply for ATO status. If you are interested in becoming an ATO, please email Amanda who will guide you through the process. You can contact Amanda on AGLO@bwy.org.uk
BWY Established Accredited Groups
London Yoga Teacher Training (LYTT)
The LYTTG is a group of colleagues who run yoga teacher training courses, short courses, workshops and postgraduate days. We are influenced by Vanda Scaravelli and Mary Stewart, two yoga teachers whose work emphasises the relationship between gravity, breath and the spine. This approach to yoga has produced a diverse community of experienced professionals who enjoy working together to deliver high quality yoga teaching and teacher training.
Our current teacher training course continues until October 2017; our next course will commence in 2018. The course meets monthly on a Friday and Saturday in central London.
Founding directors are Chloe Fremantle and Anne-Marie H Zulkahari; 2015-17 course directors are Anne-Marie H Zulkahari, Cara Bowen and Lisa McRory; faculty includes Peter Blackaby, Lesley Dike, Neville Cregan, Christiane Kerr, Ruth Polden, Sarah Linsey and Bridget Thornborrow.
For more information go to www.lyttg.co.uk
For enquiries about yoga teacher training contact firstname.lastname@example.org
For enquiries about workshops contact email@example.com
Mandala Yoga Ashram (MYA)
Mandala Yoga Ashram is an internationally renowned centre of yogic science. It is dedicated to presenting the breadth of yogic teachings, including meditation and philosophy, to all those who are sincerely looking to awaken joy and bring a greater quality and depth to their life. Mandala Yoga Ashram is an independent institution which is not affiliated to any religious beliefs or sects; it is only concerned with awakening the intelligence and potential which exists innate in each human being. It is one of the few authentic ashrams outside of India.
Telephone: +44 (0)1558 685358
Teach Yoga Ltd (TYL)
Teach Yoga offer BWY Accredited and Yoga Alliance Teacher Training Courses, together with Therapeutic Yoga training, workshops and retreats.
Teach Yoga was founded in 2001 by Elena Voyce PhD, who was a pioneer of Therapeutic Yoga in the UK and is well known for her unique system that combines Ancient Wisdom with principles of rehabilitation and modern science, making it one of the safest, transformational methods available. She is joined on the course by tutors who are experts in the fields of asana, pranayama, meditation, anatomy and physiology. Senior course tutors include Swami Saradananda and Krishnaa Devi, who is also one of the only Sanskrit Scholars in the UK.
Our training is about much more than pieces of paper. The investment that you make in it is also an investment into making true progress with your yoga journey, opening up new opportunities for yourself in life and taking a course that is designed to give you the practical tools and experience necessary to prepare you for a fulfilling teaching path.
Over the past fifteen years, Teach Yoga has evolved whilst keeping the core values of integrity, precision and sincerity consistent. As the school and tutors have grown, our vision has widened and we have been able to combine our years of experience to deliver what we feel is the best training course that we can offer in order to give you optimal guidance on your journey to becoming a Yoga Teacher.
The Society of Yoga Practitioners (TSYP)
Since 2012, TSYP www.tsyp.yoga has been bringing together those UK teachers and therapists who continued to train with TKV Desikachar and his direct students. TSYP is led by an elected committee taken from among its Teacher Trainers and Teacher Members.
Our aims are:
- The dissemination of Sri Desikachar’s authentic teachings, as he received them from his father Sri Krishnamacharya, as we received them from him and as they continue to be revealed through his immediate associates.
- The application and adaptation of these received teachings to the individual and collective needs of those who wish to benefit from this singular tradition.
For this reason we maintain close links with the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram www.kym.org which was founded by Sri Desikachar in 1976 in honour of his father. The backbone of TSYP is teaching and training; to both practice and teach all aspects of yoga, including Mantra, in the light of Sri Desikachar’s vision and tradition.
Attend any of our activities – to be found on the Events Page of www.tsyp.yoga
– ranging from teacher-training, through introductory courses, retreats, day seminars, 1:1 tuition and therapy and group classes, and you will always discover Sri Desikachar’s unique, specific and highly consistent approach to Yoga.
Triyoga is Europe’s leading yoga centre with an international reputation for its dedication to excellence in yoga teaching. The triyoga teacher training diploma has evolved over 10 years to become one of the most comprehensive, highly-respected courses in the UK. It is accredited both through the British Wheel of Yoga and Yoga Alliance (US).
The training offers a rigorous 24 month programme consisting of asana, pranayama, meditation, anatomy and physiology, business skills, professional supervision and one of the most comprehensive groundings in yoga philosophy of any teacher training diploma in the UK, taught by acclaimed teacher Carlos Pomeda. Trainings start in June and in November each year.
Telephone: 020 7449 3151
Yoga Academy (YA)
The Yoga Academy offers BWY accredited, Yoga Alliance US and Yoga Alliance UK registered foundational teacher trainings as well as ongoing training for teachers.
All courses are held at residential venues. The foundational training is not specific to any one contemporary school or style of yoga, but offers broad based education in yoga, offering a sound platform of knowledge in lesson planning and teaching methodology, applied anatomy, pranayama, relevant yoga philosophy and subtle anatomy.
Ongoing training is offered as study immersions of different length with a focus on specific topics that enhance teachers’ teaching skills, inspire their further education and develop their personal practice.
Yoga Satsanga Ashram (YSA)
Yoga Satsanga Ashram is an authentic Yoga teacher training school run in an ashram style as yoga was taught in ancient India, living with the Guru (one who leads us from our darkness or ignorance towards the light of eternal truth or 'sat') in a highly structured routine of Yoga sadhana (practice) which includes:
Asana; Pranayama; Karma yoga; Mantra chanting and understanding the meanings of the sanskrit verses; Study of parts various scriptures including the Yoga Sutras codified by Maharishi Patanjali, Bhagavadgita, Vedas, Hatha yoga Pradipika and many other relevant scriptures; Bhakti yoga or devotional singing to your aspect of divinity; The yogic perspective on the body alongside modern understanding of anatomy and physiology; Satsanga or contemplation and discussion of the vast science of yoga philosophy and the culture of its roots.
Our Ashram is associated with the International Centre for Yoga Education and Research (ICYER), Ananda Ashram based in Pudicherry, S India which was founded by YogaMaharishi Dr Swami Gitananda Giri. We are the first teacher training school in the UK in associated with ICYER training teachers since 2011 in the UK. The Ashram is run by Yogachariya Jnandev and Yogacharini Deepika.
Our courses: 300 hours, 500 hours, Pregnancy and Children's Yoga.
All our courses are residential and usually spread over residential weekends over a year or more.
For further information speak to Yogachariya Jnandev and Yogacharini Deepika, Yoga Satsanga Ashram, Carmartenshire, Wales
Tel: 01437 562200
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