Yoga is experiencing growth in popularity as a form of exercise and in acceptance as a therapy for a range of medical conditions including heart disease, high blood pressure, asthma, depression, diabetes, epilepsy, and arthritis. Even amongst medical profession, yoga is becoming generally accepted as a therapy, especially with regards to mental health diseases.

MENTAL HEALTH IN AUSTRALIA

The World Health Organisation states that “there is no health without mental health”, highlighting the association between mental and physical health. People living with mental illness have poorer physical health and higher rates of mortality, compared with people with good mental health. [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Australian health quick facts:

  • Around half of the population aged 16-85 will experience a mental disorder at some time in their life.
  • 1 in 5 (20%) of the population had experienced a common mental disorder in 2007.
  • The most popular mental issues are anxiety disorders, depression and substance use disorders.
  • Mental and substance use disorders were estimated to be responsible for 12.1% of the total burden of disease (third as a broad disease group after Cancer) in 2011.
  • Almost 1 in 7 (13.9%) of children and adolescents aged 4–17 years were assessed as having mental health disorders in 2013/14.
  • 4 million people were estimated to have experience a common mental disorder in 2015.
  • $9 billion was spent on mental health in 2015/16.
  • Non-fatal burden of disease in 2016: 23.6% mental and behavioural disorders, 22.7% musculoskeletal disorders, 11.9% respiratory disorders.
  • Health Care and Social Assistance is the most growing industry in Australia.

WHAT IS YOGA?

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Yoga is a scientific system of physical and mental practices that originated in India around three thousands of years ago. Its purpose is to help people achieve their highest potential and to experience enduring health and happiness; it’s a system that is designed to cultivate a greater sense of self-awareness and higher consciousness. Yoga programs help restore equilibrium to body, mind and spirit, achieving a sense of wholeness.

The system and various techniques of Yoga lead to greater integration of being, internal peacefulness, and clarity of the mind. Yoga cultivates health and wellbeing (physical, emotional, mental and social) through the regular practice of a range of many different techniques, including postures and movement, breath awareness and breathing exercises, relaxation and concentration, self-inquiry and meditation.

YOGA BENEFITS

The practice of yoga develops strength and flexibility, while soothing your nerves and calming your mind. Yoga affects your whole body: muscles, joints, skin, nerves, respiration, brain and much more.

Some of the main yoga benefits are:

  • Reduced stress, anxiety and fatigue
  • Improved heart health and normalise blood pressure
  • Improved flexibility and balance
  • Promote healthy eating habits
  • Reduced back pain and improved posture
  • Increase strength

HOW TO BECOME A YOGA TEACHER

Yoga is one of Australia’s largest growing fitness activities. It has expanded into gyms, retreats, health resorts, schools, care homes and yoga studios creating a high demand for teachers. The industry continues to expand in areas of niche services, such as yoga for special needs and other life stages such as seniors and children.

Health Care and Social Assistance is projected to have the strongest employment growth of any industry over the five years to May 2022, supported by the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and Australia’s ageing population. A high proportion of this industry’s workforce is aged 55 years or older, suggesting that retirements will provide significant opportunities over the next decade.
82% of the people employed in this field hold post school qualification, either Cert III or higher VET and Bachelor degrees.

Though the Health industry is changing its approach to yoga, there are still only a few schools that offer courses to become yoga teachers. Furthermore, most of them set tight entry requirements such as previous experience in the field. One of our schools working mostly with international students recently decided to begin a Yoga course path both in Melbourne and Sydney, available for beginners as well. This is great news as it allows more people to enter this growing industry and launch their career as a Yoga Teacher.

CERT IV AND DIPLOMA OF YOGA TEACHING

Yoga teaching involves instructing students in yoga asanas, class development, safety in yoga sequencing and postures. In addition to the fundamentals of yoga teaching topics, the Cert IV in Yoga Teaching also covers important areas like philosophy, western and yogic anatomy, yogic history and small business management. The course will also teach how to promote physical fitness and emotional wellbeing, and how to help students gain insight on their mind/body connection. Graduates of the course may find themselves working as a yoga teacher in a variety of teaching situations including: studios, private teaching or studio management.

For students who wish to deepen their knowledge of yoga and become a more specialised yoga teacher, the Diploma of Yoga Teaching is the perfect way to achieve their goals. In addition to studying more advanced yoga postures, the course also covers important areas like adjustments, advanced sequencing, pranayama (breath work) and meditation as well as yoga to clients with special needs.

Both courses last 1 year and include theoretical and practical lessons. Where possible, students will be allocated to different studios throughout their course, in order to experience different levels of facilities and resources; this mean that students are able to modify their yoga classes based on the facilities available to them. A first aid course is also included in the qualifications.[/vc_column_text][vc_message message_box_color=”warning” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-thumbs-o-up”]

Be a step ahead, begin your Yoga course and start your career today!

REFERENCES
Abs.gov.au. (2019). 4326.0 – National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing: Summary of Results, 2007. [online] Available at: http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/4326.0.
Hotline, J. and Hotline, E. (2019). Australian Jobs. [online] Department of Jobs and Small Business. Available at: https://www.jobs.gov.au/australian-jobs-publication.