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500 Hour Yoga Course

This is the training programme and syllabus outline for our Karuna Yoga Teaching Diploma Certificate. Each candidate has an attendance card, which they present or hand in at the end of each module. The course consists of 6 modules.

As a student you will need to:

  • establish a daily practice

  • continue with your weekly local class

  • go to a second weekly class, either at the Yoga Centre or a local class

  • do practical homework/reading as given in your newsletter

  • attend 7 days of residential for each module

  • complete the coursework necessary for that particular module (see syllabus)

At some point during the four modules, you will be required to complete:

  • a first aid course (these are held on residential weekends, usually once a year)

  • a term of philosophy classes or residential which lead to meditation

Forthcoming events, practice tips and bits of inspiration are announced in the regular teacher training newsletter. There are residential weekends, long Wednesdays every 2 months, long weekends and weeks spread throughout the year. 

Guest speakers give talks on our residential and days and students take an active part at these lectures, which are followed with questions and answers.

Pranayama can be practised in or after savasana and before breakfast on the residential. Meditation and chanting are practised during residential and days sometimes after savasana.

Modules gradually become more demanding and include:

1st Module

Students will be given the whole syllabus.

Students are required to:


  • establish a daily practice, this is the 1st and most important requisite

  • obtain the 6 set books for study during the course (Ruth will have your books at the initial assessment)

  • attend talks given on Anatomy & Physiology

  • submit the Anatomy Questionnaire

  • Personal Assessment (Students are not assessed on “A” advanced asanas until Module 6)

2nd Module

Students are required to:


  • familiarise yourselves with the Sanskrit names

  • take out insurance cover (see below)

  • attend talks on Mudras and Bandhas

  • practise deep breathing 10 minutes a day (if not practising Pranayama)

  • continue a daily yoga practise


You will need to take out insurance cover before you start the 3rd Module.  We recommend that this is through Wellbeing Insurance or telephone 01252 735806 or email

3rd Module

Students are required to:


  • complete and submit the Professional Teaching Paper

  • continue to learn Sanskrit names, practise Pranayama & begin Ujjayi breathing. Then Viloma and Bramhari


Personal Assessment, including Ujjaui, Pranayama

4th Module

Students undertake:


  • the practise of teaching students;

  • begin to work towards the ‘A’ advanced postures

  • the practice of Bhastrika and Alternate Nasal breathing from now on.


Teaching Assessment & Personal Assessment

5th Module

Students are required to


  • answer the Postures Questionnaire

  • attend talks to include Kriyas

  • practice the ”A” advanced postures according to ability

Teaching Assessment & Personal Assessment.

6th Module

Students are requested to:


  • answer the Philosophy Questionnaire

  • learn the ‘A’ advanced postures (aids to be used if necessary) 

Teaching & Personal Assessment for final certification.

6th Module practical assessments are taken by senior qualified teachers: Ruth moderates. A maximum of 5 trainee students can take their assessment at any one time.

This is a practical course that lifts the heart and spirit. It is a natural progression that when you love your yoga so much, your love overflows and you want to share it with others.

Once you’re ready to embark on teacher training send us the initial £200 registration fee and the completed preliminary questionnaire (cheques payable to R White) with a passport photograph attached. With this correspondence, please let us know when you would like to attend either a teacher training class, a yoga day or residential weekend so that Ruth can assess where you would fit in prior to starting the course. This is also a good opportunity to meet Ruth and your fellow teachers in training and discuss the course content.

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