Thank you for an amazing experience, unforgettable! My love for yoga and life has grown. Love to you all, ye have been fantastic teachers.

Ivi xx


Our paths were meant to meet! I was at a point in my life I needed "that push" that you gave to all of us. Thank you so much for sharing all your great knowledge. Thanks to the great teacher you are.

Namaste, Christelle



Thanks for changing my Life....

and my Breath :)



Live, Love, Laugh

Endless Thanks

Angela xxx


Thank you for starting me on this incredaible journey.

This is just the beginning.

Karen x


What can I say Roy? Thank you so much for guiding me through the course and mainly my spiritual path.

Namaste, love you, Paulo


Thank you for sharing your aliveness, vitality, heart and wisdom, and empowering me to strengthen my owm. To become free in my blissful state of being.

Much love, Megan


Thank you

Thank you

Thank you

A wonderful journey

I am very grateful


Teacher Training Diploma Course - Level One Prospectus


An internationally recognised School of Yoga …………………providing excellence in training

Learn Yoga and evolve yourself; teach Yoga and evolve Society


(Swami Satyananda Saraswati)


Director of Studies:

Roy Griffin(Ireland)


Roy Griffin

Joanne Maguire

Clare Bassett

Catherine Lynch


Duration: 21 days


Next course in your area: Dublin: 7th to 29th July 2018



Venue: The Crown Centre, 6 Dartmouth Place, Ranelagh, Dublin 6


Cost: €1750


Online Application Form:

An Overview of our System and Centres

The YTTC teaches a system of yoga called the Crown System, it is comprehensive as it teaches how to teach the system of yoga rather than a particular style of yoga.

Our System: The Crown Centre

Our teachers learn how to teach:

  • Stability Yoga (Alignment & Mobility)
  • Core Yoga (Activate the Power)
  • Flow Yoga (Strong & Energetic)
  • Cardio Blast Yoga (Sun Salutations)
  • Restorative Yoga (Healing and Bliss Out)
  • Joint Releasing Yoga (Ache & Pain Relief)
  • Mindfulness Meditation (Constant Awareness)
  • Breathing Meditation (Energize)


Our Centres: The Crown Centre

We teach a system of classes through our yoga centres which are called the Crown Centre. We have a number of centres at the moment with the intention to open one in your area.

  • The Crown Centre Naas, Unit 5, Monread Commercial Park, Naas, Co. Kildare
  • The Crown Centre Avoca(Rathcoole), Fitzmaurice Road, Rathcoole, Co. Dublin
  • The Crown Centre Ranelagh, 6 Dartmouth Place, Ranelagh, Dublin 6
  • The Crown Centre Drumcondra, 22A Drumcpondra Road Upper, Dublin 9
  • The Crown Centre Tallaght, Tallaght, Westpark, Tallaght Village, Dublin 24


Our Teachers: The Crown Centre

We only employ our fully quailified YTTC crown system yoga teacher and are looking for new teachers to expand our yoga centre. The training continues for all our yoga teacher with twice monthly workshop were we devlop our teachers to be the most well rounded and excellent teacher they can be.

Material covered:

  • Progress Self Practice
  • Progress Teaching Practice
  • Developing your students
  • The comminucation skills of excellence
  • How to teach workshops
  • The procedures of a yoga centre
  • And more...



Course Content

Yoga is a system of physical, mental and spiritual development, the benefits of which are now recognised by millions worldwide. The word 'Yoga' means to 'unite' or to 'join', precisely because it harmonises and integrates all the levels of our multidimensional being, so that we realise our deepest potential and 'wholeness', health in the deepest sense of the word. Yoga is the oldest system of self-development in the world and is the birthright of each and every one of us.


The Yoga Therapy & Training Centre(YTTC) was established in 1996 to meet the increasing demand for professional Yoga training, and is now Ireland's largest Yoga training body. In the short time since its establishment, demand for training courses has increased and are now available in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Belfast, L'Derry.


With international recognition, the YTTC is a Yoga Alliance registered school, and is a member of The International Yoga Federation. The organisation has gained a reputation for quality and excellence in teaching. This highly recognised Yoga qualification has to date been awarded to over 2000 students enabling them to teach Yoga at a professional level.


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Aims & Objectives

The Aims of the First Stage Teacher Training Diploma Course are:


1. To provide the foundation on which trainee teachers can develop and evolve their physical, mental and spiritual well-being.

2. To build on the trainee teacher's knowledge of Yoga.

3. To provide trainee teachers with the knowledge, skills and attitude to teach Yoga safely, confidently and professionally.

4. To produce Yoga Teachers who by taking responsibility for their own physical, mental and spiritual health are true ambassadors of the ancient system of Yoga.



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Accreditation & Hours

The course follows the Yoga Alliance syllabus and specifications utilising the most contemporary methods and practice, while keeping close to the classical structures set down in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.


The course comprises of 200 hours, 180 of which are Tutor Contact hours; Home Assignments cover the remaining 20 hours. The course duration is 21 days run over 23 days.



There are no special entry requirements but a basic knowledge of yoga postures is helpful. A good measure of self-motivation is required for all aspects of the course and a genuine desire to learn and grow from the teachings of yoga.


Trainee Teachers are required to attend all tutorials and are expected to arrive 10 minutes before the start of each training day. Punctuality and commitment are expected throughout the course, and in keeping with the ethos of Yoga Philosophy, Trainee Teachers will be expected to show awareness both on and off the mat.


Any training days that are missed must be made up by attendance at other suitable seminars, at the discretion of the course tutors. Assignments are given throughout the course and are designed to equip the Trainee Teacher with the necessary skills to enable them to teach safely and with confidence.


Teaching practice will take place throughout the course and Trainee Teachers are encouraged to make informal arrangements with family and friends to teach beginner classes in order to gain valuable extra teaching practice.


As well as providing each student with the necessary skills for teaching Yoga, the course gives an excellent opportunity for personal development and growth. Knowledge of Yoga practice will be enhanced and encouraged by the "Yoga For You" sessions, which begin the typical training day.


Evaluation sheets are provided at the beginning of the course and are available for ongoing feedback at the student?s discretion.


Online Application Form


A Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Diploma is awarded on successful completion of the course.

Finally, we want you to enjoy the course, the YTTC delivers all its courses in a relaxed and supportive environment. Our tutors are all approachable and available at all times to give advice and support. It is hoped that you will make many new friends on the course. Feedback from former students tells us that even if you choose not to teach, the course is a valuable and life-changing experience.


Our Mentoring System

It is our intention to support our students to the best of our ability and our mentoring systems is designed for that purpose.

Once our students qualify they are welcome to attain aditional days on the level one course at no extra cost. It is an open offer to all students to avail of the mentoring system, it is not obligatory.

Normally how this works is when the newly qualified teacher goes out and teaches some yoga classes then returns for some extras days to receive feedback on their progress and ask any questions that might arise.

There are elements of the course that take time for the beginner teachers to get to teach in their classes and the mentoring system is a great way to refresh your understanding for the best benefit of your students.

There is no time limit on the mentoring system.


Course Modules

Posture (Asana)

Our system of training has three phases and layers all the different aspects of yoga together to encompass the full system of Hatha Yoga.


Phases 1:

In the first phase of the course we focus on alignment(similiar to Iyengar yoga focus) and stability working from the outside in.

Phases 2:

In the second phase of the course we develop the intermediate practice and move deeper into the body and inner alignment by introducing the ujjayi and locks in asana practice and teaching.(simiillar to Asthanga yoga focus)

Yoga Nidra becomes more important at this stage, as we hold the postures longer with less effort(Yoga Nidra/Relaxation) and more subtle adjustment with Pranayama(Breathing). Simply put, the longer we hold the posture the less effort we put in and the more energy we get in return. This is called Vitality.

Phase 3:

The third phase of the course focuses on moving from the inside out, moving from our center. The balance of effort and no effort. layering mindfulness meditation into posture practice and moving in the flow state.(simillar to vinyasa yoga flow focus)

Finding our true center, at the physical level this is called the "Natural Integraty of the Body"


This module also includes:


  • Standing
  • Balancing
  • Forward Bends
  • Twists
  • Backbends
  • Inversions

Class Plan:

  • Centering
  • Limbering
  • Strengthening
  • Calming Down
  • Pranayama
  • Yoga Nidra


  • Stability
  • Mobility
  • Flexibility

Acticating the Core

  • Ujayyi (Victorious Breath)
  • The Locks (Bandha)
  • Yielding

Vinyasa Flow

  • The Anatomy of Movement
  • The balance of effort and no effort
  • Moving from our centre


Breathing (Pranayama)

Breathing practice is layered throughout the course and is integrated into postures, relaxation and meditation practice and teaching.

We begin with simple breath awareness and develop the practice and teaching so that each technique naturally evolves into the other.

Breath awareness naturally evolves to the three phrases of the breath, to the full yogic breathing.(The Stability Yoga Practice)

As the practice develops, we open to greater energy levels by activate the core and inwardly Yielding, the full yogic breath becomes the ujjayi breath. (The Core & Flow Yoga Practice)

Balancing the subtle energies the ujjayi breath naturally flows into the alternate nostril breathing.(Mindfulness Meditation)

The Alternate nostril breathing progresses to Kalapbhati Breathing.(Insight Meditation)


Breathing Techniques Included:

  • Breath Awareness
  • The Natural Breath
  • Sectional Breathing
  • Full Yogic Breath
  • Ujjayi Breathing
  • Alternate Nostril Breathing
  • Kapalbhati


Relaxation (Yoga Nidra)

This will include simple methods of relaxation and the ancient Tantric art of Yoga Nidra.

Exploring the inner journay of letting go, connecting to the body(Embodiment) and the inner body of lightness. Mindfully exploring the rotation of consciousness around the body and deepening our experience of the 5 Sheaths(physical, energitic, mental, intuitive & Bliss).

As we awaken our bliss body we begin to tap into and awaken the Chakras and the universial truths they reside within. The course explores the practice and teaching of these subtle experience and how to develop them through lesson and course plans.

Yoga Nidra Techniques Included:

  • Connected
  • Lightness
  • Rotation of Consciousness
  • The 5 Koshas(Sheaths)
  • Awakening the Bliss Body
  • The Chakras
  • Returning to the Source



We begin the Meditation module by simply turning in and withdrawing the senses from the outside world, opeining to our inner space. Learning the skills of mindfulness(constant awareness) and the state of being that is not thought but awareness itself.

We explore the four states of consciousness and the awakening that comes from living in the present moment. As the practice develops we explore how to layer with simple steps the process of mindfulness through lesson and course planning.


Techniques Included:

  • Turning In
  • Withdrawl of the Senses
  • Concentration
  • Mindfulness Meditation
  • The Sixth Sense (Being)
  • Four States of Consciousness
  • Awakening Consciousness (Intuition)
  • The Seven Chakras (Personal Truth/Universal Truths)



This will include classical Yoga scriptures such as the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, and the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. We explore living in the present moment, understanding that there is only one practice, one way with many different pathways. Each of us must find our own way on the path as we meet our authentic self through the different life cycles from birth to death, from awakening to realisation.

Along the way we will laugh a lot and share the journey of discovery.


Discussions Included:

  • Living in the Present
  • There is only One Practice (The Way)
  • Our Authentic Self
  • The life Cycles of Life
  • Beyond Birth and Death
  • From Awakening to Realisation
  • The One Source
  • The Two Pillars
  • The Three Tendancies
  • The Six Chakras
  • The Eight Limbs


Anatomy & Safety

Anatomy helps us to understand how the body works. We can then apply this knowledge to the practices of yoga, including asana, pranayama, bandha and mudra. In theory as well as in practice, we will journey around the physical structure and explore how anatomy relates to the postures.


The practical aspect of this module will cover modifications, correct anatomical alignment in the postures (safe practice), and will assist students in identifying various anatomical landmarks on the body.


Topics Included:

  • Structural Alignment
  • The Anatomy of Movement
  • The Spine
  • Pelvic Girdle
  • Pectoral Girdle
  • Lower Limb, Feet
  • Upper Limb, Hands
  • Abdomen
  • Neck
  • Respiratory System

Modifications for common medical conditions in the general class, including back, blood pressure and heart problems.


Subtle Anatomy

We introduce and explore the inner space and the energy that layes within. Tapping into our Energy(Prana) and the flow of energy through the subtle channels(Nadi's) in the body. Engaging the the central Channal(Sushamna) and exploring the latentuniversial energy(Kundalini) that is within us all.

The One Source

  • Freedom

The Two Pillars

  • Awareness
  • Energy

The Three Tendancies

  • Positive
  • Negative
  • Neutral

The 5 Sheaths

  • Physical
  • Energitic
  • Mental
  • Intuitive
  • Bliss

The Six Senses

  • Sight
  • Hearing
  • Touching
  • Taste
  • Smell
  • Being

The Seven Chakras

  • The Root
  • The Sacral
  • The Solar
  • The Heart
  • The Throat
  • The brow
  • The Crown


Teaching & Communication Skills

The student will learn the systematic and structured approach to teaching Yoga that will provide a foundation for their teaching career.


This will include a structured and progressive approach to teaching the asanas, planning a class and safe practice, in a safe and sharing environment, the student will be encouraged to build on his/her confidence in teaching a yoga class.


Presentation skills compliment the teaching practice throughout the course and include observation, speaking and listening skills.

Small Business Practice

Yoga teaches us to be practical, how to live in the world responsibly with awareness. This pragmatic module is a User?s Guide to establishing to setting up a business, self-employment, the often baffling income tax regulations. Students are advised of sensible practice and of potential pitfalls.


Advertising, PR, Getting Started and Promotional Support

Another practical module- students are informed of various methods of letting the world know who and where you are and what you are offering. When possible, at the graduation ceremony PR photographs are taken and issued to your local press if you wish  to start raising awareness of your yoga classes. The YTTC has developed a Corporate Qualified Accreditation for graduates where the practitioner only has to drop in their details.


A full, detailed syllabus, outlining the content of each module will be issued on the first day of the Training Course.


For every module, course supplements will be given to each student in support of the material taught during the training days. We will also recommend a list of relevant reading material.


All applicants must be members of the YTTC, members are entitled to discounts on selected events and will receive regular online issues of our magazine ?Yoga for You.? Each issue is packed with up to date information about courses and events at the centre, details of our ever-popular weekend workshops and news stories of graduates who share experiences of how they have progressed since graduation.


Members also benefit from advertising their yoga classes on our webite on the "Find a Yoga Class in your Area"


Membership also qualifies you to partake in our group insurance scheme where the cost of yoga teaching insurance is greatly reduced.

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Course Tutors


All of the Course Tutors are university level with between 7 and 15 years of teaching experience each. The Course Tutors are:


Roy Griffin

As the director of YTTC Roy is responsible for the day to day running of the organisation, his role involves overseeing the growth and development of the training programs and maintaining the highest standards of yoga training. Through vision and understanding he and his team have developed a series of progressive training programs that express the teachings of the Eight Limbs of Yoga.


As a young boy yoga came naturally to him, where he developed a strong practice in pranayama and meditation. He began his formal training in 1992 and went on to spend time in Sivananda Vedenta International Ashrams in Canada and the Bahamas were he successfully completed his teacher training in 1998. He founded the Irish School of Yoga in 2000 and in 2007 he became the director of the YTTC. Roy believes passionately about spreading the word of yoga and understands it is through team work that we can affect the most people with positive light.


Roys teaching style follows the classical principles of Hatha Yoga, combining asana, pranayama, meditation & yoga nidra with safety and awareness. Each posture tells a story and along the way the student finds their natural state of integrity through proper alignment, right thinking and natural breathing. Roy takes his commitment to yoga very seriously but his innate sense of humour is his constant companion.


Claire Bassett

A teacher and philosophy graduate, Clare started her yoga journey in Spain in 2001, where she studied reiki and yoga in Madrid. Her regular practice brought her so much joy that she had to share it. In 2007 she trained as a Hatha yoga teacher on the Yoga Therapy & Training Centre level one teacher training course and went on to complete the level two and yoga meditation training.


She began her teaching in meditation and went on to train as a yoga tutor with the YTTC in Spain in 2009. She has a deep love of teaching and learning and her focus is constantly learner centered where her students are encouraged and supported to discover and listen to their own inner wisdom while challenging themselves to achieve their full potential.


Guest tutors will contribute as appropriate.

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Course Fees

The fee for the Teacher Training Diploma Course is:€1750

The application form can be fill in online with the deposit (€750) and YTTC membership (€55) forwarded to: Yoga Therapy & Training Centre(YTTC), 6 Dartmouth Place, Ranelagh, Dublin 6, Ireland

Remaining fee(€1000) is due the first day of the course.
All payments can be made by way of cheque, cash or credit card, bank transfer payable to YTTC.

Online Application Form


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Terms and Conditions

When signing up for a course, students are required to commit to attending all the scheduled days on the course. Refunds cannot be given once a course has commenced.

Information published on this web site is provided for the use of its visitors and you are advised that, although care has been taken to ensure technical and factual accuracy, some errors may occur. No guarantee is given of the accuracy or completeness of information on these pages.

Please be aware that the YTTC may alter the information on its web site from time to time. The YTTC shall have no liability arising from the use by any party of the information on this web site.


Return / Refund Policy

• Deposits for all courses must be received 14 days prior to the scheduled course date to ensure your place.

• Cancellations within 14 days will not be refunded.

• Cancellations prior to 14 days will receive a credit towards a future class based on availability and similar cost.


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The Crown Centre will never sell trade, rent, exchange or otherwise share your personal information with any other person, company or organisation.  All information provided on this form is treated as confidential. The YTTC reserves the right to withhold this course should insufficient numbers enrol.



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