This online course will be taught by the following list of faculty. Classes are scheduled as per the topics and the availability of teachers.
Dr. Yogananth Andiappan Ph.D
Yogacharya Vishnu Kumar
Dr. Anjhana Priya (Ayurveda Doctor)
To view the faculty profile, please visit this page
Course certification and accreditation
This online course is a collaboration between International Yoga Academy (IYA) Hong Kong and the Asana Andiappan College of Yoga and Research Centre (AACRC) India. IYA is accredited by various organisations including the Vedic Wellness University, Florida, USA, Indian Yoga Federation, New Delhi, India and the Yoga Alliance USA.
The International Yoga Academy is also the exclusive community partner of the Andiappan Yoga Community (AYC), a registered NGO that runs yoga programs for the financially disadvantaged, various other special groups such as breast cancer patients, stroke patients and pain patients. Graduates of IYA's teacher training courses can volunteer for the AYC projects both online and onsite community programs.
The IYA faculty teachers are highly qualified and experienced in the field of yoga teaching and research. Most of the lead teachers hold a PhD, Master of Philosophy and Master Degrees in Yogic Science. Some faculties of the courses include experienced and qualified Ayurvedic doctors as well as Physiotherapists.
All courses run by the International Yoga Academy meet the highest standards in yoga training and teaching. IYA pioneered yoga courses in modular format which enable students to complete these courses as per their schedule and requirement. All our online courses are live stream, interactive and are not pre-recorded. This is to ensure students have the opportunity to interact with the teachers and to learn each subject thoroughly.
International Yoga Academy is a recognised body of the Indian Yoga Federation. Through the organization, over five thousand yoga teacher training graduates have been professionally trained and are currently teaching in over fifty countries. This organization has helped bridge the eastern and western philosophy. IYA and its member organization support research and education in yoga and serves as a professional organization for yoga teachers of all traditions and lineages. For more details please visit www.iya-asia.com
The International Yoga Academy (IYA) offers support of the application process with the Yoga Alliance should you require any assistance. Graduates from the IYA would be a given a free online listing on the teachers’ directory (https://iya-asia.com/teacher-directory/) with the yoga course(s) completed with IYA.
The International Yoga Academy (IYA) teacher training programmes and team of faculty are internationally accredited, have exclusive recognitions and qualify for the RYT 200, RYT 300, E-RYT 500 Yoga Alliance Registration. The school and all its courses are accredited by International Yoga Academy Hong Kong. We also offer assistance in registering with the Yoga Alliance and International Yoga Academy after the completion of the course.
The Yoga Alliance is an international governing board for yoga teachers and training courses around the globe. Upon completion of this course, students can apply for RPYT (Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher) with yoga alliance by fulfilling the requirements of Yoga Alliance registration standards. We offer assistance to students interested in applying for a Yoga Alliance Registration after completing a teacher training course.
All graduates of the IYA Teacher Training Program are invited to become a teaching volunteer at the Andiappan Yoga Community where they can continue to learn and obtain teaching experience in the various community projects. For more details, please visit www.yogacommunity.org
All students who have completed the course will receive an internationally recognised teacher training certification.
Mode of Learning:
All teacher training classes are conducted via zoom or google meet. Once the admission is confirmed our staff will set up the online class booking system and assist you with the process of booking the online yoga classes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: There are many yoga schools offering Online Yoga Classes and Courses . Why should I enrol in International Yoga Accademy's Courses? What sets your online course apart?
A: Please read our About us page to know more about our School. Also a point to note is 100% of all our teacher training classes are live and intereactive and not precorded.
I am a Yoga Teacher, What is the difference between a regular yoga teacher and a yoga therapist?
Generally, a regular yoga teacher teaches a fixed sequence of poses and breathing techniques to a group of random people that may have various limitations and needs, whereas the yoga therapist is an experienced Yoga Teacher who has studied the application of yoga for various common physical and mental ailments. They have deeper knowledge about not just the general anatomy and physiology but also the diagnosis, symptoms, and stages of various common ailments.
They also know how to apply various practices in yoga as a preventive, restorative, and rehabilitative therapy. Yoga Therapist usually tailor makes yogic practices for each and every individual or occasionally handle small groups for those experiencing similar health issues.
A Yoga Therapist draws from the principles of Yoga and the full range of various Yoga practices, research-based knowledge, and assessment skills and methods to enable the body’s natural healing abilities.
Q: Why should I choose International Yoga Academy to learn online?
The method of learning has changed over the years. From being confined to the four walls of a physical studio to the freedom and enjoyment of learning a course online especially during the current challenging times. From professionals to students, online learning has become the go to method of learning whether it is school, new courses, languages and even university degrees can now be learnt online.
Our highly experienced and qualified Yoga teachers with over fifteen years of teaching experience designed this online course to ensure a thorough learning experience.
Our goal in designing this course was to ensure that the students taking this course would experience it as more than just a means to earn another certificate of completion, but rather as a life-changing experience. With the help of our teachers and the feedback received from our past students, we have structured the Teacher Training Course in modules to enhance your learning experience.
The modules are designed to ensure that you understand all the basic poses and integrate them into the more advanced techniques. As long as you have had some experience with yoga practice in the past, you will have no problem learning and understanding the subjects taught in the modules.
All the classes are conducted as live interactive sessions in which students can interact with the instructor and ask questions when something is unclear. To ensure that students are prepared for every class, they are given study notes before every session.
Everything from the Course content, recommended group class hours to the assessment process are all completed online, after which a certificate is awarded following the assignment review.
Q: I have been practicing yoga for only three months. Am I eligible to enroll in your online teacher training courses?
A: Yes you may, with the exception of our Intermediate to Advance Level course where we require students to have had at least 6 months of regular yoga practice. Otherwise, the rest of our teacher training courses are open to students of all levels. These courses offer great foundational knowledge of yoga, particularly yoga philosophy, theories, basic practices, and teaching methods.
Q: Is there a fee I need to pay to confirm my enrollment?
A: Yes, you need to pay a 100% non-refundable deposit to confirm your enrollment. Once the admission is confirmed, the payment cannot be refunded or transferred.
Q: What are the recommended group yoga classes (50 classes) that I see in the course break down hours?
These are classes we recommend you to attend at your own schedule during the course study period. These classes will give you good exposure in learning various styles, various levels with various teachers. These are very good opportunities to interact with the teachers After each class the teacher will give you a recommendation to improve your practice. You will also attend these classes online at your own schedule. The classes you can choose are listed in this page https://iya-asia.com/class-schedule/ you will receive the online login details to book and attend the classes after confirming your admission.
Q: What are Andiappan Yoga Classes (30 classes) that I see in the course break down hours?
All YTT students can attend up to 15 Andiappan Yoga classes (2hrs each) as part of the teacher training learning. There are also exclusive Andiappan Yoga classes conducted for ongoing YTT students where they get to interact with the teachers and ask questions from the syllabus about their practice and improve on their limitations.This class will equip students with the knowledge to develop a sequence for self-practice which they can do at home or while traveling. The ability to put together a sequence to meet one’s goals while taking into consideration one’s limitations will be very important when one starts to teach. The booking for these classes are also the same as the other group classes.
Q: What is community teaching and assisting classes that I see in the course break down hours?
Teaching assistance and class teaching observation – Yoga teaching is not complete if it is not shared with all those who are in real need of its benefits . Come observe, assist and teach with the volunteer teachers of Andiappan Yoga Community – AYC (www.yogacommunity.org) one of the largest non profit yoga organisation in HK. You will be also invited to be a volunteer teacher after the graduation of the course.
** Group Practice classes, Andiappan Yoga Classes:, Teaching assist and class teaching observation can be also attended through online classes.
Q: What does the course fee include?
The Online Learning Mode Option course Fee Includes
1) Registration Fee
2) Course Manuals and Notes
3) Recommended online group classes
4) Online Andiappan Yoga Classes
5) Examination and Assessment
Q: How long does it take between the time I apply for a course and the time I can confirm my enrollment?
A: Admissions to our courses begin three months prior to their start dates. Because we admit only limited students per course for efficient learning, slots will get filled up quickly. We recommend that you fill up your application online as soon as we have available courses, and make your payment confirmation as soon as we have confirmed your application, usually within three-five days of your application.
Q: What if I decide to change my course date to another batch; are there any charges?
A: Change of Batch request: Course fee once paid and admission confirmed, if student cannot attend the course he/she enrolled, the student can apply for change of batch with a valid reason and supporting documents . The request must be made before the start of the class. The new batch requested for transfer should fall within six months from the original batch date. The batch transfer can be done only once.
Q: How can you ensure that the students coming out of this online learning are qualified to teach, and is it possible to learn everything online?
A: There is more to becoming a teacher than just learning. You need some qualities to teach yoga regardless of how you have learned. They are:
- Keen interest and open-mindedness
- Regular practice
- Willingness to read extensively
- Desire to teach others to develop one’s self
- The knowledge that learning yoga never stops
Note that while this training gives in-depth knowledge about yoga, learning never truly ends.
Q: How does one prepare for your teacher training courses?
A: We highly recommend you confirm your registration at least one month before the course’s start date by paying the course fee in order to secure your slot.
We also recommend that you get a head start on our required reading materials by purchasing the materials through our online store and reading them before you embark on the training. This isn’t a requirement, but doing so will give you an idea of what to expect, preparing you better mentally and physically as you anticipate full immersion in the training.
Q: What is your professional advice to me on how to make the best of the teacher training program?
Keep an open mind learning approach during the training. Learn the positives from teachers of different lineage and learn to apply the techniques in your practice first and give time to reflect. Don’t judge the teaching approach just by doing once or twice.
Start your recommended online group practice and online Andiappan yoga classes as early as possible and keep it regular. Don’t wait until the last minute and rush to finish the classes. These are really good opportunities to interact with the teachers and learn more with the teacher’s guidance.
Although asanas are most people’s major focus in practice of yoga, learn to balance your practice by attending breathing focused classes and meditation classes regularly.
As you know when students become too dependent on group classes, they may not be able to practice yoga without relying on the physical presence of the teacher. It’s important to keep a self practice for at-least a minimum of 15 minutes every day. Listen to the body and practice accordingly.
We also recommend taking a few online private lessons with one of the faculty teachers. This will give you a deeper learning process as every student is unique in learning the techniques as per their limitations. During the private class the teacher can explain your limitations and how to adapt your practice accordingly and see consistent progress in your yoga journey.
Q: Can you issue me an admission confirmation letter so I could apply for permission in my work?
A: Once you have confirmed your admission with payment we will issue the payment invoice with the details of the admission to the course.
Q: Is your school accredited by Yoga Alliance USA? Can I apply for a Yoga Alliance Registration upon completion of my course?
A: All our teacher training programs are registered with Yoga Alliance USA, and yes, students may apply for registration upon completion of the course. However, successful course completion requires submitting an assignment, which is scheduled at the end of every training period. Students who qualify are then granted a Course Graduation Certificate, which is registered with Yoga Alliance USA (RYS 200,300 & 500 and ERYT 500), as well as Asana Andiappan College of Yoga and Research Centre and the International Yoga Academy. Only then, upon receipt of the Certificate, can students register with Yoga Alliance through our assistance.
Q: Am I still eligible to take your training courses although I’m suffering from an injury?
A: Yes, you are. When you fill up our online application form, there is a field where you are asked to mention your injuries and health conditions. Please be accurate and as detailed as possible, so that our faculty may know how to address your injury and teach you the right postural modifications, as well as some yoga therapy techniques. You will also learn how to address and prevent common injuries in yoga practice.
Q: Whom shall I contact for more information?
A: Email us at email@example.com or WhatsApp our Course Coordinator, at +91 6369 780 409 (messages only and no calls).
Q: Apart from the Teacher Training classes, what other learning support do I have during this training period?
A: Throughout the study of this course, students will be given access to over 200 classes of yoga practice videos focusing on various yoga styles with different levels of difficulty, with various teachers.
There are also references to over 1000 yoga asanas/poses. The library gives access to databases with complete details of every pose. The archive is updated often which ensures our students have access to up to date information.
The library of videos provided with this course serves as an invaluable resource that allows our student to learn on their own time and develop a deeper knowledge of yoga and its practice.
What opportunity does your school provide after the completion of the online course.
- As a YTT graduate, you will be invited to become a volunteer teacher in the Andiappan yoga community (www.yogacommunity.org) to teach, assist, and organise classes both online and at the venue community classes.
- If you have been volunteering for community projects regularly, you will be eligible to apply for a scholarship where we provide up to 50% course fee remission.
- You also have access to training videos on how to teach and sequence for various conditions as per the students limitation in our yoga community volunteer administrative page.
- You will receive a teacher profile page www.iya-asia.com with all your qualifications listed in our school’s website where people can search your profile and contact you for classes in your area.
- You will be entitled for a free PDF subscription of Asana – International Yoga journal where you will get updates on latest news, updates on yoga development and articles written by eminent yoga professionals.
- You can also share your yoga learning, teaching experience by writing yoga articles in the asanajournal.com where it will be shared to the yoga community,
- As a past YTT graduate, you are eligible for a discount in the course fee of other teacher training programs offered by our academy to deepen your yoga journey.
- We make sure our graduates are updated with the latest research and development in yoga with regular newsletters sent.
Cancellation and Refund Terms and Conditions
- All Students must undergo online practical assessment and submit a written assignment in order to complete the course.
- Fees, once paid, cannot be refunded or transferred.
- The School reserves the right to change the dates of the training, teaching faculty without prior notice.
Past Student's Feedback
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What Next? How to Confirm the admission to the course?
- Students interested in enrolling in the Online Teacher Training Certificate Course may do so by filling up the Online Application Form and by accepting the course terms and conditions.
- Applications will then be assessed by our Programme Directors. Successful applicants will be informed of their admission within two working days of their application.
- Students can choose to confirm their admission by making secure online payment or send a email to firstname.lastname@example.org send a WhatsApp message to +91 6369 780 409 (no calls, whatsapp message only)
- Your admission is only confirmed when the course fee is fully paid. If for any unavoidable circumstances if you would like to change to the next available course dates you can do so within 7 days from the course fee payment.
- We strongly advise students to prepare for the course by reading the suggested reading materials. Students may also begin using their group class sessions as part of their physical, mental, and spiritual warm-up and preparation.
A minimum of one-month regular yoga practice is required of each student who wishes to enroll in this course.
This course is conducted in the online learning mode. Details about the online class will be sent to you by email after the confirmation of the admission to the course.