Yoga Diploma – Yoga Teacher Training
- Level 5, 120 Credits
- Full time for 1 year
- Mixed Mode Learning – A mix of online and on campus classes.
- All courses run subject to numbers
- February 2019 – This qualification is under review at a national level as part of a wider review of qualifications by NZQA, and therefore Wellpark College will not be offering a Yoga qualification until the new qualifications have been implemented, hopefully in 2019
Why you should study for a 700 hour Yoga Diploma and teacher qualification.
- A full 700 hour course has the time and space to teach you how to build on your practice and teach safely with knowledge of anatomy and confidence with adjustments.
- You have many opportunities to teach yoga classes during your training, with tutor and peer support so when you graduate you are ready to work in the global community of yoga.
- Blended Learning means that your practical learning sessions will be run at the college in Grey Lynn during 1-2 week block courses at the start of the year and at the end of each term. Your online learning allows you to either participate in a life virtual classroom session or log in later at a more convenient time.
- You are training at the only NZQA registered yoga programme in NZ.
- You can apply for student loans and allowances.
- You are joining a community of students learning to be natural health practitioners and part of the new approach to holistic health.
Is a 200 hour yoga course really enough? Come and talk to us and learn why we think you deserve more.
Make an appointment today to meet with our Enrolement Advisor to discuss if our Yoga Diploma is the right course for you.
The Wellpark College teacher training programme is a registered yoga school with the Yoga Alliance at levels 200 and 500 hours.
To gain accreditation at 500 hours, students must provide documentation showing 100 hours of postgraduate teaching. Our graduates are able to work in many countries in the world and can apply to be Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT) with the Yoga Alliance. Graduates of the Wellpark Yoga Diploma are also recognised by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) and may apply for membership.
- Community yoga classes.
- Resorts, spas and fitness centres.
- Working in an integrated health clinic.
- Integrating knowledge of yoga with other healing modalities.
Entry Criteria: Yoga Diploma
To be accepted on to the Wellpark College Diploma in Yoga, you must meet the following entry criteria.
- Be 18 years of age prior to commencing your programme.
- Have no communicable diseases, physical or psychological impairments which may adversely affect your ability to undertake a programme of study or work with people in a clinical setting.
- Be able to communicate competently in English. International students or residents whose first language is neither English nor Maori shall provide IELTS results with a minimum bandscore of 6.0 overall, or evidence of a comparable level of proficiency in written and spoken English. Please note International students will need to complete the online component of the program in the college Library in order to comply with the conditions of their student visas
- Have had 6 months’ prior yoga practice.
- Students enrolling for a complete qualification must submit a short essay of no more than one A4 page with their application. They should clearly state their reasons for wanting to study in the programme and work in the profession.
- Have a current first aid certificate before commencing the clinical component of the programme.
Students will undergo an interview with the Yoga Faculty to confirm their suitability for the programme. The Faculty has the discretionary right to decline a student a place if they think she/he is unsuitable or will be unlikely to succeed with their studies.
Candidates should consider that they will be studying at the tertiary level and need to be able to plan academic studies, study independently, structure ideas, complete assessment work on time and have good verbal and written communication skills.
Wellpark College subscribes to the principles of human rights and equal opportunity in education and the Human Rights Act. No individual will be assessed for entry on the basis of age, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, country of origin, religion or race.
International students please refer to the international students page of our website.
When you qualify can you teach any style of yoga?
We teach from a foundation of practice so that you will be able to adapt to meet the needs of varies clients & groups.
What are the full time career prospects like for newly qualified yoga teachers in Auckland?
Opportunities for yoga teachers tend to be part-time hours teaching classes in gyms, yoga studios etc. However, graduates can approach health providers, community programmes, foundations etc to introduce themselves & to enquire about employment opportunities.
What do you teach that will allow me to become a Qualified Yoga Teacher?
We are not affiliated to any one ‘style’ of yoga.
We teach yoga practices that form the base of your teaching style.
As part of your yoga teacher training, your practice will also integratea Asanas (during YG102 & YG104)b) Relaxation (during YG101)c) Meditation (during YG105)d) Pranayama (during YG105) As part of your course work you will also study history and philosophy, teaching methodologies, functional anatomy, safe practice, basic ayurvedic principles, community teaching and business requirements.
What are the expected time requirements for classes and study during the programme?
Online classes on the full-time course are generally 3 days a week. Please note there are two semesters and two terms per semester. Please be aware that the timetable will change from term to term.
You will also be required to teach nine hours of classes as part of the teacher training. There may be opportunities to teach at a programme we are currently involved with called Green Prescriptions. This is a scheme which allows GP’s to refer patients who would benefit from physical activities.
Who are the teachers of the Wellpark Yoga programme?
Our core teachers are Sarah Campus and Felicity Molloy. We have guest tutors visit the college from time to time.
Meet your Teachers
Felicity Molloy – Programme Leader for Yoga and Massage
Felicity is one of New Zealand’s most experienced yoga teachers. Combined with a long-term experience in programme development and clinical massage, she has become a key tertiary educator in natural therapies.
Felicity started her practice of yoga aged 16 studying with a French teacher at high school. As an aspiring professional dancer, she used yoga as a way of understanding flexibility and movement control. She continued practicing yoga throughout her performance career as an injury preventative and stress management strategy. Following a series of acute injuries she was introduced to Light on Yoga and alongside a broad focus on practice in relation to contemporary movement exploration, she completed a 3 year Iyengar yoga teacher training in 1990.
Her main teachers have included Mande White (NZ), John Leebold (Aus) Shandor Remete (Aus) and for the last 15 years she has developed as a teacher with Peter Thompson (Aus).
Felicity’s teaching is based on decades of practice, which has deepened her practical understanding of the living human body, and embodied knowledge. Through curriculum development at Unitec Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts (BPASA), she contributed to New Zealand’s earliest higher educational practices of somatics. Felicity she was one of the first students to study the Diploma in Therapeutic Massage and Remedial Therapies at Wellpark, and then went on to help develop the NZQA programme as-well as teach at Wellpark.
Her interest in programme development has led her to a Master in Education, focussing on the experiential language of dance in NZ Intermediate Schools curricula. Her doctoral thesis draws on somatic concepts of awareness as part of a unique methodology. Her research encompasses the issues of practice based education in the academy.
Sarah Campus – Yoga Tutor
Sarah is a movement lover and was led to yoga through her early training in dance and work as a contemporary dancer. She has enjoyed an amazing relationship weaving both strands together for many years. Sarah is devoted to yoga as a creative practice and mirror of her inside and outside world.
Sarah loves to empower students to cultivate their own personal relationship to their practice through attention to breath, movement dynamics, integrated alignment, and transitions. She encourages students to approach their mat freshly every day and to move towards a creative and inspired freedom in yoga focussed on whole body awareness.
Sarah’s classes flow in a Vinyasa rhythm and open us to grounding, fluidity, balance, stability, refinement and meeting one’s subtle edge with ease and grace. She encourages curiosity and personal inquiry when playing with the forces inherent in the yoga journey. Sarah understands all bodies are unique and diverse and carry infinite potential for transformation.
“I danced from a very young age into adulthood. Yoga has always journeyed with me as valuable ally, teacher and trusted friend. I believe in the power of yoga to integrate and transform body, mind and spirit. Yoga combines my love for beauty and insights into the body moving, for organic and expressive movement, for stillness, and for the joy of connecting and creating relationships with myself and other beings”.
Sarah’s academic achievements include:
2015 Centre for Contemporary Yoga Studies, Auckland.
200 Hour Teacher Training Certificate.
2011 The University of Auckland, Dance Studies, School of Creative Arts and Industries, Masters in Dance Studies
1998 UNITEC, School of Performing and Screen Arts, Diploma in Contemporary Dance
1995 The University of Auckland, Bachelor of Arts, Major Sociology (Scholarship)
*All courses run subject to numbers