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Ashtanga Yoga Course

Ashtanga Yoga

Practitioner level 3

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain skills and knowledge to practice Ashtanga Yoga
  • Be awarded the professional BSY Diploma
  • Become a Registered BSY Ashtanga Yoga Teacher
  • Be awarded the Level 3 ABC externally validated Certificate*

You can study this course from the comfort of your own home; in your own time and at your own pace; with helpful support and encouragement from our friendly tutors.

Ashtanga Yoga is a dynamic form of Hatha Yoga in which each posture is taught in a set sequence, each pose preparing you for the next one. What sets Ashtanga Yoga apart from other approaches to Yoga is the way that the physical work is joined together by means of Vinyasa – breathing and movement synchronisation. For each movement there is also a Drishti or gaze point, and internal muscles are engaged using Bandha. This combination of Vinyasa, Drishti and Bandha creates the foundations for a correct Ashtanga practice. This course concentrates on the Primary Series of the Ashtanga system to make the body healthy and strong.


  • Lesson One
    • History and Traditions
      • The Eight Limbs
    • Overview of Practice
  • Lesson Two
    • Foundations for Ashtanga Yoga Practice
      • Breathing
      • Bandhas
      • Drishti
      • The Five Elements
  • Lesson Three
    • Getting Started / Using Sanskrit in Ashtanga Yoga
      • Practical Considerations
      • Safety
      • Comfort
      • Food and Drink
      • Limbering Up
      • Limbering Up Sequence
    • Using Sanskrit in Ashtanga Yoga
      • The Opening Mantra
      • Counting
      • Asanas
  • Lesson Four
    • Surya Namaskar and Vinyasa Counting
      • Surya Namaskar A
      • Modifications and Tips
      • Vinyasa Counting
      • Surya Namaskar A Vinyasa Counting
      • Surya Namaskar B Vinyasa Counting
  • Lesson Five
    • Standing Postures
      • Sequence
  • Lesson Six
    • Seated Postures
      • Half Vinyasa
      • Forward Bends
      • Sequence
      • Spinal Twists
      • Advanced Postures
  • Lesson Seven
    •  Ending the Practice
      •  Finishing Postures
      •  Relaxation
      • The Closing Mantra
      • Questions

No practical training is required to complete this course.

Enrol on this course from £70 £50

There are two ways you can enrol on this course. You can:

  • Pay with a deposit of £70 £50, followed by 11 monthly instalments of £25
  • or
  • Pay the total course fee of £345 £325 in one sum and also receive a special gift from our selection – free

To enrol by phone, please call our friendly course advisors on Freephone 0800 731 9271 – Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

*ABC registration is essential with this course at any time during the studies. Registration fee of £20 applies. Full details on request.

It's excellent, and fits in with my busy lifestyle an I have enjoyed learning academically as well as physically. The assignments are returned promptly so that I can start on another. The staff have been very helpful. I just wish I had enrolled years ago.
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