Diploma in Teaching Yoga

The popularity of Yoga for its health and fitness benefits continues to grow. Both gyms and yoga centres are seeing an increased demand for yoga classes on their timetables. There are many different styles of Yoga. This Yoga Professionals course is based around the practice of Hatha Yoga – the foundation from where many popular styles of yoga have developed. On the course you will learn yoga asanas (positions), pranayama (breath control), mudra (hand positions), as well as meditation and yoga kriyas (cleansing techniques).

This course is suitable for individuals who do not hold a fitness related qualification but have experience practicing yoga and would like to develop a new and rewarding career in teaching yoga .It is also the ideal course for Level 2 Fitness Instructors and Level 3 Personal Trainers who are looking to make an investment in their career and develop the skills to teach yoga classes and one-to-one sessions.

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Training formats

Blended learning

This format is suitable if you don’t currently hold a fitness qualification or are a Level 2 qualified fitness instructor. It blends practical, face to face teaching with eLearning for the Level 3 Anatomy and Physiology component of the course.

Face to face

If you are personal trainer or have successfully completed Level 3 Anatomy and Physiology, then choose this route to complete the practical days and yoga-based theory components of the course only.

Become a yoga instructor with YMCAfit

Read our brochure to find out more about becoming a yoga instructor. 



You may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan

This course is available with an Advanced Learning Loan covering the full course fee. Find out more.

Learn to:

  • Adapt yoga practices to meet participants needs during a yoga session
  • Review yoga sessions with individuals
  • Plan, prepare, instruct and adapt yoga sessions
  • Design a progressive programme of yoga
  • Understand how to identify personal goals with participants
  • Fundamentals of teaching yoga (philosophy and practices)
  • Deal with common conditions encountered in a yoga class

If you choose the blended learning format, you will also learn to:

  • Identify the major bones, muscles and muscle actions of the body
  • Explain the workings of the body’s cardiovascular (CV) and energy systems
  • Identify the components and principles of fitness
  • Relate the health and safety at work act to the health and fitness environment.
  • Recommended two years experience of practicing yoga


Face to face

  • 9 days intensive learning over the weekends

Please note: To enrol on the face to face course you must have a current Level 3 Anatomy & Physiology qualification

Blended learning

  • Level 3 Anatomy & Physiology theory via eLearning to be completed in advance of course attendance
  • 9 days intensive learning over the weekends


  • Multiple choice theory paper (blended learning course only)
  • Worksheets
  • Practical assessment
  • Practice journal
  • Case study


  • YMCA Awards Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga


Course price


  • Blended learning: £1,499
  • Intensive: £1,199

Payment Options:

• Full payment
• Direct debit plan
• Advanced learning loan application*

*All Advanced learning loan applications require an upfront payment of £375 which is refunded upon receipt of full funding.

Pay for your course in six monthly instalments

Interest free direct debit is available on Diploma in Teaching Yoga bookings. Contact us to find out more.

Special offer

Save 10% on course fees when you book and pay in full, two or more months in advance of the course's start date.

Special offer course price: £1,349 (save £150)

Advanced Learning Loans


This loan is designed to help students over the age of 24 to pay for their course fees.

Find out if you are eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan.

Payment methods

You can pay for YMCAfit courses in the following ways:

  • Credit/debit card by telephone on 0844 346 0036
  • In person at our offices during the hours 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday
  • Cheques or postal orders by post. Please make these payable to ‘YMCA Fitness Industry Training’
  • Purchase order/invoice
  • By fax on 0843 221 1548

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