Q: Who is the course accredited with?

A: The course is registered with and accredited by the Independent Yoga Network (IYN) and also externally verified and accredited with the CMA (the Complementary Medical Association).

Q: What will the course cover?

A: The course is in-depth, covering postures, sequences, anatomy and physiology all relating to children. We will also cover meditation and mindfulness for children, sound and mantra work, as well as lots of ways to make children’s classes fun and engaging! The course also explores different themes for classes, the business side of setting up as a teacher and lots more!

Q: I am new to yoga, Can I join the course?

A: In order to be accepted on the course, you need to have been practising 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 in your ability teaching once qualified. The course is open to existing adult yoga teachers and those that work with children in a professional capacity.

Q: How will I be assessed?

A: Your teaching will be assessed as part of the qualification. You will be asked to prepare a class and teach this to your peers.

Q: What will the cost cover?

A: The cost of the course covers participation over the three day period, the manual, the video manual, the practical exam and the certificate.

There are a few extra costs to consider: Before you begin teaching to children, you will require an enhanced DBS certificate. We will inform you on the course details about how to apply and the costs involved. Sometimes schools and colleges may apply for an enhanced DBS on your behalf. Schools and colleges may also require you to hold a first aid certificate. This is not a very costly course, but it is important for your insurance and for the safety of your students.

You will also require some props, but we will advise during the course on the best and most cost effective places to purchase these. Mats are often also required when teaching children and teens but again we will advise about the options available for purchase.

You may also wish to purchase some of the books recommended for extra reading (you will be given a reading list) but these are totally optional and not a requirement for teaching.  

Q: What type of yoga do you teach?

A: We teach a style of hatha yoga, which is based on the ancient yoga scriptures, drawing on different yoga traditions and is accessible to all.

Q: What do I need to bring with me to class?

A: Just bring yourself! All equipment, including mats, blocks and belts are provided for you.

Q: What happens after the course?

Active Balance Yoga School has been recognised as a Centre of Excellence by the Complementary Medical Association (The CMA), meaning we hold full Training School Membership of the Complementary Medical Association. This membership is highly prestigious and it demonstrates our commitment to the very highest standards of excellence in training courses- and our dedication to supporting you, as our Student. When you successfully complete this course, you will be eligible to apply for Full Membership of the Complementary Medical Association and will be entitled to use the letters MCMA after your name.

Once you completed the course, you will be able to gain insurance to teach classes to children. We will discuss on the course which options are available and we will make sure you are fully equipped to teach in a different settings: schools, nurseries, colleges, village halls, a yoga studio or  a gym.

Q: How experienced is the course leader?

A: Claudine has been practicing yoga for twenty years and has a wealth of experience to offer. She teaches many kids, teen and family classes each week in a variety of settings including classes for children who have been excluded from formal education. She is registered with the Independent Yoga Network (IYN) for her adult, children’s and teen qualifications and also has extensive experience with Special Needs children.

Q: What are your qualifications?

A: I am a fully insured, qualified Sunpower Yoga Teacher. I hold a Yoga Alliance 200 hours qualification and have achieved YMCA level 3 in Anatomy. I have also trained in children’s yoga  (certified by the Independant Yoga Network – IYN) and in providing yoga to children with ASD and ADHD. I hold a Teen Yoga and mindfulness qualification too (certified by the Yoga Alliance).

Q: How long have you been practising yoga?

A: I have been practising since 2000 and have experience with a wide selection of yoga styles and teachers