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Thank you for your enquiry about the BWYQ Progression Course. We are very pleased to offer this study programme enabling existing yoga teachers to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding commensurate with achieving the level 4 BWYQ Diploma in Teaching Yoga.

You have made a good choice. You will be working with two very experienced tutors who have trained hundreds of yoga teachers between them and have decades of experience to share with you.


Who is this course for?

BWY teachers who have attained a BWYT/Q Yoga Teaching Certificate course and wish to progress towards a full Ofqual regulated BWYQ Diploma in Yoga Teaching.



The course is nationally recognised and meets stringent Ofqual requirements at Level 4. Details of these standards can be read in the specifications attached.



The aim and intention of the course is to offer twelve training days to cover the extra syllabus requirements to achieve a full Diploma. The Progression syllabus covers the following areas of learning-

  • Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras
  • Hatha Yoga Pradipika
  • Upanishads
  • Bhagavad Gita
  • Proficient Teaching of Asana based yoga classes to a mixed level group
  • Integrating subtle practices into general yoga classes including – Pranayama, Mudra, Bandha and Meditation


Entry requirements:

  1. Anyone who previously attended a BWY Diploma course but did not finalise their qualification.
  2. Anyone who has passed the BWYT or BWYQ Yoga teaching Certificate and is already teaching Yoga.



Structure of the programme

The course will run over 12 training days between September 2021 and July 2022.


Blended Learning

There are lots of advantages to learning online. Lofty yogic philosophy takes some getting used to and having a chance to listen back on recorded lectures and discussions is very useful. We will not only help you become better online yoga teachers but also support you in fine tuning your live teaching skills on the face-to-face training days.


To pass the course, you will be required to-

  1. Attend 12 training days (84 hours). Four days will be delivered face to face and eight days will be delivered online via Zoom. This may change depending on government restrictions.
  2. Complete assignments related to the following key areas of learning-
  • Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras
  • Hatha Yoga Pradipika
  • Upanishads
  • Bhagavad Gita
  • Teaching Asana to a mixed level group with good proficiency
  • Teaching subtle practices including – Pranayama, Mudra, Bandha and Meditation

Online learning



We will be using the Zoom platform to deliver most training days. It is a very stable platform that enables recording and file sharing. You will need to download the zoom app onto your computer to participate in the online training days.


Google Drive

Your assignments will be held in a Google drive folder so that both you and we can have easy but safe password protected access to the resources and your work. You will need to set up a gmail address to access your secured student folder.


Location of Live training days

The three Live training days will be held in Central London at the London Rehearsal Space, Moorgate on Sundays.



We are mindful that further government restriction may affect the delivery of the course. If this is the case, we will deliver all of the training days online as required to ensure that we adhere to the government guidelines and recommendations. Rest assured that we have this in hand and the quality of your training will not be affected.


How will you be Assessed?

This is a competency-based qualification. This means that you are being assessed on your skills and the knowledge that underpins those skills. As the course unfolds, you may find some skills easy to learn and others more difficult. Until you attain competency in a particular area, your work will be referred until you are competent. The term referred simply means that you have not yet demonstrated a skill or shown evidence of understanding a topic to the required standard. If an assignment is referred, you will be guided to address the areas that have been identified and will resubmit the work. If a practical assessment is referred, you will be re-assessed on the referred points over a period of time or on a particular day until competency is attained. As you acquire experience and knowledge, you will become increasingly competent in all areas. Referrals are perfectly normal in this type of qualification because they highlight areas in which you need to develop more skills. It is unusual not to be referred during your training as becoming competent in teaching is the purpose of undertaking such a course in the first instance. By the end of the course, you will have progressed to competency in yoga teaching.


You will be assessed by your tutors and peers in a variety of ways including:

  • Written work in the form of Worksheets
  • Micro-teaching to your peers
  • Online Presentations using slides
  • Formal classroom teaching assessments
  • Online teaching assessments

To pass the course you have to:

  1. Complete and pass all summative assignments
  2. Pass all aspects of your Assessed Class Teaching (ACT)
  3. Attend at least 80% of the course.

The qualification guidelines are included in the attachment.


RPL programme

If you are a non-BWY teacher and wish to attain the BWYQ Diploma in Yoga Teaching, it may be possible to take you through a short programme to help you gain recognition of prior learning and experience so that you can go on to do the progression programme. Please ask about this.


Books and Resources

BWY has a list of recommended texts and your tutors will give you guidance on those preferred for their course. As a minimum you will need copies of

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (Swami Satchitananda is very accessible but we will be using several commentaries)

Hatha Yoga Pradipika by Swatmarama (Bihar school of Yoga)

Upanishads (Eknath Easwaran)

Bhagavad Gita (Satchitananda- The Living Gita)


We will also provide you with many online resources, papers and up to date research on the set texts. We also recommend a good Anatomy book for Yoga teachers such as Kappmeier’s Instructing Hatha Yoga or Kaminoff’s second edition of Yoga Anatomy.


Student Support

As your tutors, we will be there to help and support you throughout the course & your peer group will also become a source of support via social media platforms. Other support and information are available via the BWY website and include CPD and Regional events held by the BWY.



Attendance Requirements

You are expected to attend all course days and except where Special Considerations are in evidence, you are required to register 80% attendance. If you miss course days, it is your responsibility to make up the content. This may be done in a variety of ways including extra tutorial time, or attendance at BWY recognised training days. Your tutors will advise you on what is most appropriate in the circumstances.



We will encourage you to create a supportive community with your colleagues. On previous courses, students have supported each other via private Facebook groups and WhatsApp groups. You will certainly not be alone on the journey!


Introductory Day

Before you commit to anything, you will have the chance to meet us and decide whether we are the right tutors for you to work with. An Introductory Day doesn’t tie you into anything but offers you the chance to check out what this course offers you in terms of enhanced skills, knowledge and activity.


Introductory Workshop– ONLINE – JULY 17TH 10.00-2.00PM


Try us out first!

If you have never worked with either of us before, you may wish to attend one of the many learning opportunities we offer. We run many CPD days and Zoom classes which you can join at any time.

Please visit our respective websites below for more information.



Course Dates


Introductory workshop July 17th 2021 10.00-2.00pm (Online)


Day 1Sunday Sept 26thLIVE
Day 2Saturday Oct 9thONLINE
Day 3Saturday Nov 13thONLINE
Day 4Saturday Nov 27THONLINE
Day 5Saturday Dec 11thONLINE
Day 6Sunday Jan 30th 2022LIVE
Day 7Saturday Feb 19thONLINE
Day 8Saturday March 12thONLINE
Day 9Saturday April 2ndONLINE
Day 10Sunday May 15thLIVE
Day 11Saturday June 18thONLINE
Day 12Sunday July 3rdLIVE





Progression students (already passed a BWYT/Q Certificate in Teaching Yoga)

Includes one final assessed class teaching

And BWY/Q registration fees



You will also need to cost in the following-

  1. Emergency First Aid Training (usually around £100 for a one-day training)
  2. Yoga Books (see recommended book list
  3. Anatomy and Physiology Level 3 qualification (BWY online course is £25)


About the Tutors


Wendy Haring

Wendy is a qualified and experienced Yoga Teacher/trainer, currently the chair of BWY Training committee. She began as an Iyengar teacher and has studied with many schools of yoga, more recently with the teachings of Krishnamacharya and studying at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai for over 20 years. She is a trained Vedic Chant teacher. Her approach to teaching is a pragmatic one, and encourages students to experience fully the benefits of yoga through praqctice.  For more information see website www.wendyoga.co.uk


Tarik Dervish

Tarik is a qualified and experienced Yoga Teacher/Trainer and Ayurvedic practitioner. Apart from the Teacher Training course, he also co-tutors the BWY accredited Ayurveda Module with Cathy Mae. He also runs an Ayurveda clinic in Kings Cross and workshops in Yoga and Ayurveda all over the country. He is a contributor to the successful book Yoga Teaching Handbook and the recently released Yoga Student Handbook. He has been teaching Yoga since 1997 and has had a wide variety of trainings from Iyengar, Satyananda, Sivananda and more recently Scaravelli traditions. His main approach is to help students establish a sound physical practice that is appropriate for their Constitution as a foundation for deeper, more subtle meditative work. For more information please visit his website www.yogawell.co.uk



Comments from past students regarding the best features of the course:


The wealth of knowledge, passion and experience the tutors brought with them and shared freely. The way the group was encouraged to support each other and grow together, and opportunities to learn from each other.

I also thought the way the course integrated theory and practical teaching skills was excellent, the variety of topics covered was also excellent the depth of study into the classical texts as well as anatomical focus on postures and injury prevention.

The focus on individual personal development of practise as well as development of teaching skills was great with lots of opportunity to receive individual feedback rather than just being a number going through a course to pass it instead I feel I have really come away with better tools for evaluating my own teaching and am beginning to put these into practise to be able to share the teachings of Yoga more effectively with my students.


The variety of pranayama practices explored, including ratio breathing. The emphasis on the early yogic texts as sources of understanding and inspiration. The quality of the diploma teachers knowledge and practice

I would like to see the following changes:

I think it would be hard to improve this course which I felt was well taught, well supported and well resourced.


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