Frequently asked Questions:
WHO IS THE YOGA TEACHER TRAINING ACCREDITED WITH?
The Active Balance Yoga Teacher Diploma is accredited by Yoga Alliance. Once qualified you can join the Yoga Alliance register and use the letters RYT 200 after your name.
The course is also registered with the Independent Yoga Network. Membership with the Independent Yoga Network (IYN) allows you use the letters RYT after your name and also, allows you to join the Register for Exercise Professionals (REPs), which is useful if you want to work within the fitness industry.
These organisations offer professional support, insurance options and establish professional standards with regards to your role as a yoga teacher.
WHAT WILL THE COURSE COVER?
This will be a comprehensive, in-depth course.
The course will cover asanas/yoga poses; pranayama/yoga breathing techniques; mudras and bandhas. All will be studied in detail, with regards to alignment, benefits and contraindications, modifications and adjustments, effective and safe sequencing.
Also, the course will study applied anatomy modules, yoga philosophy elements and detailed energetic anatomy with techniques aimed at holistic development.
We will study the business side of teaching yoga, registration to professional bodies, insurance, taxation, ethical marketing, relationship with other yoga teachers etc.
WHAT IS THE EXPERIENCE OF THE COURSE LEADER?
Stefan has taught yoga for over 20 years. He runs successful yoga classes, workshops and charity events in the Grantham area.
He trained in Integral yoga in his country, Romania and also qualified with a Power Yoga school here in the UK.
He has years of experience teaching Sports Massage for Grantham College and UKHolistics as well as teaching and assessment for one of the Yoga Teacher Training Schools in the UK.
This gives him the possibility to teach to an excellent level, both the yoga subjects, as well as all the related anatomy elements, the business principles, ethical marketing etc. See testimonials for more information.
HOW MANY CONTACT HOURS WILL I RECEIVE?
This is a 200 hours qualification. An industry standard, which requires a minimum of 180 contact hours and a minimum of 20 self-study hours. The course will take nine and a half weekends during ten months in order to allow enough time between the different modules to assimilate all the required theory and to be able to reflect on the practical, physiological and philosophical elements that are part of the Yoga Teacher Training Course.
If a training course is too short, you might find that there isn’t enough time to learn in a correct manner the many aspects we will cover. If a training course is too long, it would take a very long time to achieve the qualification of a registered yoga teacher.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I MISS PART OF THE COURSE?
Because this is a 200 hours course, if you miss any of the hours you will need to recuperate those hours We will aim to be as flexible as possible, but it is in your best interest to make sure before you join the course that you can take part in all the modules. It is important to take part and cover all the modules which will be presented in order to fully benefit from your comprehensive training.
I AM NEW TO YOGA. CAN I JOIN STRAIGHT AWAY THE ACTIVE BALANCE YOGA TEACHER TRAINING PROGRAM?
In order to be accepted on the course, you need to practice yoga for a minimum of two years prior to the start date of your course. This will help you to make the most of the Teacher Training program, and it also ensures that are safe during training and in your ability to teach once qualified. Therefore we recommend you continue to take part in a regular weekly class and we look forward to welcoming you on the Training Program once a minimum of two years has been completed.
DO I NEED TO BE VERY FLEXIBLE TO ENROL ON THIS COURSE?
Certainly not! You do need to have practiced yoga regularly for a minimum of two years before enrolling on the 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training. That will mean that your body is prepared to take part in such a training course. The training itself might feel intense and challenging at times, but you will always work with the body, not against it. Safe practice is a priority, and on that safety, we can build effective teaching and practice methods. We expect people of all ages, body types, and levels of fitness and flexibility to be able to successfully complete their training and to inspire others to benefit from the yoga classes.
HOW MUCH TEACHING WILL I DO ON THE COURSE?
You will be encouraged to teach from day one and will be given the opportunity to teach as much as possible, during the modules that are taught as well as at the practical exams.
You are invited to practice teaching yoga on family and friends through the course; this will be important in order to prepare for the two practice exams.
HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED DURING THE COURSE?
You will be assessed throughout the course as well as halfway through and at the end of the training period, in order to help you assimilate all the modules of the course.
CAN I SPREAD THE COST OF THE COURSE?
Yes, you can. In order to reserve your place on the Yoga Teacher Training Course, you must pay the non-refundable deposit (£600).
You can pay in instalments the remainder of the tuition fee. Most people will spread the cost over a ten months period (£210 monthly). If you pay in full the cost of the course up to one month before the course starts you can receive a £50 discount. Contact us to arrange a payment plan.
WHAT WILL THE COST COVER?
The cost of the course will cover participation to the nine weekends of the training course, the manual, the theoretical and practical exams and the certificate.
There are a few extra costs to consider: the purchase of the books recommended for extra reading (you will be given a reading list); yoga equipment (you need a yoga mat, a yoga belt, a couple of blocks etc).
Before you will teach courses for the public, you will also need to take part in a first aid course. This tends not to be a very costly course, but it is important for your insurance and for the safety of your students.
WHAT IS EXPECTED OF ME DURING THE COURSE?
The course will involve taking part in all the dates specific to your training. As expected, it does involve study time, homework and practicing the art of teaching yoga techniques with family and friends. This will ensure a solid theoretical and practical knowledge by the end of your course. Some aspects of the course will be optional, so people who are able to challenge further can have a chance to do so.
All that the School asks from you is a passion for yoga, dedication to your training, and the basic human quality of respect.
In line with the ethical and moral code of yoga, Yama, and Niyama, which will be covered at the course, you are expected to be respectful towards your colleagues and towards your teachers. Disrespectful, illegal, or abusive behavior will be challenged and not tolerated and can result in being asked to leave the course, without the right of any refunds. The Active Balance Yoga School takes pride in its role of training its students to become safe and effective yoga teachers, especially as the role of the yoga teacher can often involve working with people who might be vulnerable.
The vast majority of people who are attracted to this beautiful and exciting career as yoga teachers are wonderful and totally dedicated to improving the lives of others. They will always benefit from the support of the school, even after their training is completed. When that is not the case, and in order to protect the public, the course leader will reserve the right of dismissal from the course, without any refunds, or the right to release a Yoga Practitioner certificate instead of the Yoga Teacher certificate.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN AFTER THE COURSE IS COMPLETED?
Once you finished the course, you will be able to register with Yoga Alliance and/or with Independent Yoga Network and gain insurance to be able to teach classes to the public. We will discuss at the class what options are available and we will make sure you feel fully equipped to teach in a modern setting: a yoga studio, a gym, corporate, public or private classes.
Contact us if you have any other questions. Will add more Q&A here as we hear from you.
Stefan Cunnington, YRT
Allison Glover, YRT, Qualified Yoga Teacher:
"An inspiring and extremely knowledgeable yoga teacher. I feel deeply privileged that Stefan has been my teacher and mentor for the last fifteen years. He opened up the world of yoga for me in a safe and authentic way; training and supporting me to also become a successful yoga teacher. I would highly recommend his teacher training courses."
Libby Jelley, Qualified Yoga Teacher:
"I met Stefan a few years ago on a training course which Stefan was running. He was very welcoming, totally professional in all areas of the teachings. Stefan's knowledge is outstanding and he puts his heart into his work. I left the course feeling totally motivated and deeply inspired. Stefan, you are one of the best teachers in the yoga world and continue to inspire so many. A real pleasure to have met and train with."
Emma Answell, Qualified Yoga Teacher:
"Stefan is a goldmine of yogi knowledge both in practice & in philosophy - his mentoring comes from the heart & his soul and with that, he nurtures & feeds a student's desire to know more, be more & immerse themselves further in the ever giving practice of yoga. I would highly recommend his teacher training to give you a strong foundation & a rich practice knowledge from which you can develop your own teaching style with confidence. His quirky yet gentle nature with which he shares this wisdom is magical."
Michele Parkes, Qualified Yoga Teacher:
"I've been with Stefan for about 21/2 years and can honestly say he is most definitely the best yoga teacher I've practised under. He makes everyone so welcome which is very important when you are new to a class as often the biggest hurdle is just getting there! He is supportive and humorous which makes the classes so enjoyable and I know I can contact him out of class hours if I have a question about my practice without feeling as if I'm intruding I have the privilege of training with him starting in May 2019 and am so very excited."
Stephanie Maxwell-Smith, Qualified Yoga teacher:
"I would describe Stefan as a yoga guru. He is a fountain of knowledge. He is inspiring. He is funny. He is kind. He was my inspiration to become a teacher and he is my rock, now that I am a qualified yoga teacher. A true professional, once you have met Stefan, you will fall in love with all subjects yoga."
Liz Langford, Qualified Yoga Teacher:
"Motivational, encouraging, supportive, inspirational - just some of the words I would use to describe Stefan’s style as a teacher, mentor and exceptional human being. If you are a beginner looking to study yoga and/or meditation or you are seeking a more advanced understanding of principles and practices then Stefan has the wonderful ability to pitch his encyclopaedic knowledge at the perfect level to engage whilst sparking a desire to learn more and improve. He challenges, champions and cheers on his students with a sense of fun and humour. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending a class or event led by Stefan. He is a true Yogi in every sense of the word."
Natasha B. Yoga Practitioner:
"The training session was fantastic and Stefan's instructions were so clear. The Yoga method was really interesting to practice and also to learn the fascinating aspects of theory. I would highly recommend Stefan's training and workshops. They are great fun and really effective!"
Julie H, Yoga Practitioner :
"Stefan presents a wonderful combination of different aspects of yoga. His sessions are energising, focussed and calming, all at the same time.
During training, the time passed quickly and the atmosphere was very friendly. I always take away new information to research and practice."
Gina Crampton, Qualified Yoga Teacher
"Stefan is an experienced yoga practitioner with a wealth of knowledge. His classes are compassionate, fun, inclusive, cover a range of styles and I highly recommend them to all. I would advise anybody wishing to become a yoga teacher to seek out a teacher training course with Stefan. He is friendly, welcoming and a true, honest ambassador for yoga."
Janie McCormick, Community Events Fundraiser:
"On behalf of St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice, I would like to say what a delight it has been to have Stefan heading up our Sponsored Yogathon for the last 5 years.
Stefan was recommended to me several years ago and didn’t hesitate when asked to help us create a fundraising event with a difference. He has donated his time and talents ever since and has helped us to raise in excess of £8,500 to date. Stefan has a passion for helping people and really makes an effort to make sure that everybody is welcome no matter what their level of experience. He is a pleasure to work with and we wish him all the best."
"Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible." ~ Francis of Assisi