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Specialist Yoga Course

Specialist Yoga Teacher

Practitioner level 4

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain the skills and knowledge to become a Specialist Yoga Teacher
  • Be awarded the professional BSY Diploma
  • Become a Registered BSY Specialist Yoga Teacher
  • Be awarded the Level 4 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. There is also an essential 1 day of practical training for this course.

Study of this course will equip you with the skills and techniques to work as a self-employed Yoga teacher. You will gain specialist expertise in several popular areas of Yoga – children’s Yoga from age three through to late teens; Yoga as an aid to conception through to pre- and post-natal practice – all of which will enable you to expand your Yoga teaching to a whole new range of students.

As a Hatha Yoga teacher you will gain an understanding of the development of Yoga, Yoga movements and contraindications, Yogic breathing and relaxation as well as class routines and management.

You will also be equipped with the knowledge required to adapt Yoga postures and to teach safe and supportive Yoga to all of your students. You will discover how to draw on the natural energy and imagination of children to teach them Yoga poses and games that they will love.  A complete and comprehensive course of study for the conscientious, aspiring yoga teacher.


  • Lesson One
    • Yoga Origins and Philosophy
      • Introduction
      • Origin of Yoga
      • Paths of Yoga
      • Limbs of Hatha Yoga
      • The Yamas and Niyamas
      • Philosophy of Yoga
      • The Seven Chakras
  • Lesson Two
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology: Part One
      • Introduction
      • Systems of the Body
      • The Skeletal System
      • The Articulatory System
      • The Muscular System
  • Lesson Three
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology: Part Two
      • The Respiratory System
      • The Circulatory System
      • The Digestive System
      • The Reproductive System
      • The Excretory System
      • The Endocrine System
      • The Nervous System
  • Lesson Four
    • Breathing
      • Introduction
      • Benefits of Breathing Techniques
      • Yogic Breathing
      • Useful Prayanamas to Practise
      • Further Techniques
  • Lesson Five
    • Relaxation
      • Introduction
      • Four Positions
      • What is Relaxation?
      • Using the Imagination
      • Progressive Relaxation
      • Yoga Nidra
  • Lesson Six
    • Yoga Movements
      •  Introduction
      • Positions
      • Zones and Aspects
      • Primary Extended Body Positions (PEBP)
      • Yoga Movements (Movements, Parts and Positions)
  • Lesson Seven
    • Class Management
      • Introduction
      • Limbering up Exercises
      • Standard Version
      • A Class Routine
      • Points to Remember
      • Contraindications
  • Lesson Eight
    • Sequences of Movement
      • The Salute to the Sun
      • Variations
  • Lesson Nine
    • Lesson Planning
      •  The Beginning, Middle and End
      • Specimen Lesson
      • Breathing Techniques
      • Limbering Up
      • Movements
      • Relaxation
  • Lesson Ten
    • Teaching Specialist Groups – Pregnancy: Conception
      • Introduction
      • The Start of the Journey
      • Postures to Aid Conception
  • Lesson Eleven
    • Teaching Specialist Groups – Pregnancy:  The Changing Body
      • Some Changes and Suggested Management
  • Lesson Twelve
    • Teaching Specialist Groups – Pregnancy: Pre-Natal
      • The First Trimester
      • Postures Suitable for the First Trimester
      • The Second Trimester
      • Postures Suitable for the Second Trimester
      • The Third Trimester
      • Postures Suitable for the Third Trimester
      • Postures Not to be Included During Pregnancy
      • The Pelvic Floor
  • Lesson Thirteen
    • Teaching Specialist Groups – Pregnancy: Post-Natal
      • Introduction
      • Soon After Giving Birth
      • Six Weeks after Giving Birth
      • Four Months after Giving Birth
      • Yoga for Mothers and Babies
      • Infant Development
      • Movements for Babies
      • Working Together
  • Lesson Fourteen
    • Teaching Specialist Groups: Pre- and Post-Natal
      • Adapting a Regular Class
      • Class Formats for Pre- and Post-Natal Yoga
  • Lesson Fifteen
    • Teaching Specialist Groups: Children
      •  Introduction
      • Why do Children need Yoga?
      • What is Children’s Yoga?
      • What Age to Start?
      • Benefits of Children’s Yoga
      • Planning the Session
      • The Elements
  • Lesson Sixteen
    • Teaching Specialist Groups – Children: Aged 3-5
      •  Introduction
      • Chanting
      • Breathing Exercises and Games
      • Warm Up
      • Yoga Poses and Games
      • Relaxation, Meditative Awareness and Conclusion
  • Lesson Seventeen
    • Teaching Specialist Groups – Children: Aged 5-8
      •  Introduction
      • The Routine
      • Chanting, Breathing Exercises and Breathing Games
      • Warm Up
      • Yoga Poses and Games
      • Relaxation, Meditative Awareness and Conclusion
  • Lesson Eighteen
    • Teaching Specialist Groups – Children: Aged 8-11
      • Introduction
      • The Routine
      • Chanting, Breathing Exercises and Breathing Games
      • Warm Up
      • Yoga Poses and Games
      • Relaxation, Meditative Awareness and Conclusion
  • Lesson Nineteen
    • Teaching Specialist Groups – Children: 11 to Teens
      • Introduction
      • Chanting and Breathing
      • Postures
      • Sitting
      • Kneeling
      • Standing
      • Lying
  • Lesson Twenty
    • Teaching Specialist Groups – Children: Planning the Course
      •  The Leader’s Role
      • Using Equipment and Space
      • Using Sequences
  • Lesson Twenty One
    • Becoming a Business
      •  Introduction
      • Let’s Talk About Money
      • Money as Energy
      • Have a Plan
      • Finances and Budgeting
      • The Bumps and Hassles
      • Bookkeeping
      • Income Tax
      • National Insurance
      • Value Added Tax
  • Lesson Twenty Two
    • Marketing Yourself and Finding Clients
      •  Introduction
      • Identifying your Market
      • Reaching People
      • Using Outside Organisations
      • Press and Public Relations
      • What Happens Next?

1 day of Practical Training is essential for this course. Practical workshops can be held in various locations around the UK and are available for an additional fee of £75 per day. Your practical training is a valuable opportunity to learn directly from an experienced practical training tutor with specialist skills.

Enrol on this course from £70 £50

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

  • Pay with a deposit of £75 £55, followed by 18 monthly instalments of £40
  • or
  • Pay the total course fee of £795 £775 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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