5 Day Discovery Teacher Training

Teacher training with Master Teacher Nicky Knoff E-RYT 500

Don't miss this opportunity to learn with Master Teacher Nicky Knoff.

This is an exceptional opportunity for you to start your Yoga teacher training journey.

Nicky Knoff, along with James Bryan, have developed the Knoff Yoga System drawing on over 80 years of combined experience and through direct study with the Masters of Iyengar Yoga, Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and Bikram Yoga.

The Level 1 – Discovery course is the first of 9 levels. It is specifically designed to get you up and running as a yoga teacher with comprehensive tuition, a Teacher Training Handbook, Level 1 – Discovery Asana and Pranayama Manual and your Teaching Certificate (providing you graduate).

In 5 days you will learn a fully balanced program and how to teach correctly, safely and engage meaningfully with your students, with 27 asanas, 2 pranayamas, and breath focused meditation, yoga philosophy, anatomy and teaching methodology.

On completion of the one week intensive, students/teacher trainees have the opportunity to study for a further three weeks intensive teacher training to upgrade their teaching certificate to the Level 2 – Chair Yoga, or Level 3 – Foundation Level.

This 5-Day Level 1 – Discovery Course, combined with the three-week Level 3 – Foundation Course, is registered with the Yoga Alliance (www.yogaalliance.org) for 200-hour Yoga Teacher registration.

Students who do not wish to teach may also attend the course to intensively deepen their practice and grow their yoga knowledge.

Residential and non-residential options are available.

The benefits of an immersive teacher training

Taking this time out of your normal day to day life and immersing yourself in study and practice can be a transformative experience. Learning with Nicky is truly an opportunity not to be missed since there are only a handful of Master teachers globally with her depth of practice and knowledge who are still teaching.

About the Course

Following the guidelines of the International Yoga Alliance, you will study Asana, Pranayama & Meditation, Yoga Philosophy, Ethics & Lifestyle, Anatomy and Teaching Methodology.

This Course is based on the unique Knoff Yoga Principles of:

- Sequencing

- Teaching

- Adjusting

- Observation

- Demonstration

- Practice

There will be an in-depth study of the Knoff Yoga 24 Principles of Practice

  1. Foundation
  2. Cardinal Directions
  3. Centering
  4. Earth/Heaven Extension
  5. Scissoring
  6. Bandhas
  7. Co-Contraction
  8. Spiralic Action
  9. Reciprocal Inhibition
  10. Body Proportions
  11. Alignment
  12. Timing
  13. Creating Space
  14. Coiling
  15. Balancing Ha/Tha
  16. Synchronizing Breath & Movement
  17. Micro-Movements
  18. Vinyasa
  19. Balancing Strength & Flexibility
  20. Progression
  21. Mindfulness
  22. Effortless Effort
  23. Five Elements
  24. Enjoyment

The Discovery Asana, Pranayama & Meditation syllabus consists of:

Earth & Sun Salutations, Inverted Poses (heating and cooling) Standing Poses, Arm Balancing, Forward Bends, Sitting Poses, Abdominals, Twists, Backbends
Relaxation, Pranayama, Breath focused Meditation.

The Anatomy covers the basics of movement, muscles and bones and is taught with direct application to the yoga postures.

The philosophy looks at: historical and theoretical principles of hatha yoga; the eight limbs of yoga; emphasis is on how theory of yoga translates to practice of life, with particular focus on yamas and niyamas; eastern and western philosophies underlying principles of yoga, and introduces Yoga Sutras Chanting.

Whats included

The fee covers all tuition, Teacher Training Handbook, Discovery Asana and Pranayama Manual and your Teaching Certificate.

  • 5 nights’ accommodation Sunday to Thursday
  • Luxury twin and single share accommodation
  • Buffet-style breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Tea, coffee and fruit available all day
  • Use of all facilities, swimming pool, spa, gym, TV room, library

Whats not included

  • Travel to and from the retreat centre.  
  • Alcohol is not available on these retreats

Nicky Knoff

Nicky Knoff ERYT500 was born in 1938 to a Dutch father and an English mother. The family was living in Indonesia when the Japanese invaded at the start of WWII. Nicky was in a concentration camp from the age of three and a half years to nearly eight years old.

The harsh experiences of the war forced Nicky to confront, at a very early age, the basic realities of life - what was important and what was not. Nicky learned that we all have an inner essence, that when stripped of the veneer of social conditioning, we are all essentially the same, but with conditioning we are capable of doing the most horrific acts. Nicky's approach to teaching yoga is to help her students challenge their social conditioning, to guide them towards revealing their own inner essence, so they may reach their full potential as human beings.

Nicky Knoff was a student of Bikram Choudhury in Japan from 1970 to 1974, before Hot Yoga (an American invention), before he became famous, and before he started his bad behaviour.
In those years, Bikram had a strong practice, was clear and competent in his teaching, and treated his students with respect. Nicky categorically condemns all sexual misconduct and abuse of students.

When travelling on holiday from Japan, Nicky discovered Iyengar Yoga and started studying with many Iyengar teachers all over the world, one of them being Martyn Jackson in Sydney, Australia. Nicky made many trips to Pune, India to study with B.K.S. Iyengar, Geeta and Prashant and in 1992 was certificated as a Senior Iyengar Yoga Teacher.

In 1989, Nicky went to Mysore, India to study with K. Pattabhi Jois, where she learned the first three series of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. In 1991 she travelled to Maui, Hawaii to learn the 4th Series from Nancy Gilgoff and the other Ashtanga yogis there. In 1980, Nicky attended her first Vipassana Meditation Course with S.N. Goenka. Nicky attended many Vipassana 10-day silent retreats and also a 30-day retreat at Igatpuri, India in 1988.

From 1974 to 1984 Nicky taught yoga at the Crippled Children's Society in New Zealand, spending 4 years in Dunedin and 6 years in Auckland. This experience led Nicky to specialise in Yoga Therapy. In 1980, Nicky opened the first full-time yoga school in Auckland, the New Zealand School of Yoga.

In 1984 Nicky moved to Australia and opened the Queensland School of Yoga in Noosaville.
In 1992 she moved to Cairns, and opened the Ashtanga Yoga Academy. In 2000, Nicky moved to Colorado, USA where she opened the Academy of Yoga. For the next 4 years, Nicky attended classes at many yoga schools throughout the United States and also the Yoga Journal Estes Park Convention for 4 consecutive years, where she studied with many very experienced yoga teachers.

Nicky returned to Australia in 2004 and now runs teacher training courses, teaches workshops, intensives, private classes, and holistic healing nationally and internationally. Through Nicky's passion for yoga, The Knoff Yoga System has evolved over 40 years and provides a unique program for better yoga practice and teaching.

"I have been practicing and teaching Yoga myself for many years and was seeking to attend a 200 hour training to commit deeper to my practice. I travelled half way around the world (Dresden, Germany) to study Knoff Yoga because the moment I met Nicky many months before, it was obvious to me that she is a person who has dedicated her life very wisely and effectively to the teachings. Nicky is a true Master in the art of Yoga. She is honest, precise and has many great stories to share from over 40 years’ experience on the Yoga mat. Her knowledge of the body and asanas along with her keen eye provided our group with incredible adjustments that ensured each and every one of us understood – at the cellular level – how wonderful and transformative a solid Yoga practice can be. I am ever grateful for how generously Nicky passed on her wisdom and would recommend Knoff Yoga to anyone. Thank you!” Amber Spear, Yoga Teacher & Student, Perth, AUSTRALIA

Prices start from $1169

Non Residential Course Fees

An early-bird discount is offered if the full discounted fee of NZD $1169 is paid six weeks before the course 24th September 2021

Otherwise the Full Fee is NZD $1299

Residential Course Fees (12 placements available)

An early-bird discount is offered if the full discounted fee of NZD $1970 is paid six weeks before the course 24th September 2021

Otherwise the Full Fee is NZD $2100

Apply to join the course by contacting James

For more information contact Rachel

Retreat Schedule
Nov 1, 2021

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