Ashtanga Yoga

Level: Practitioner QLS level 3

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain skills and knowledge to practice Ashtanga Yoga – graduates of this course can also obtain professional liability insurance
  • Receive the Certificate of Achievement at QLS Level 3*
  • Become a Registered BSY Ashtanga Yoga Teacher
  • Be awarded the professional BSY Diploma
  • Be eligible to become a member of AHCP (Association of Complementary Practitioners)

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.

Course overview

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

Practical training

No practical training is required to complete this course.

*Registration fee included.