TEACHER TRAINING with Master Teacher Nicky Knoff CAIRNS, Queensland

Level 7 – Intermediate Intensive

Sunday 27th December 2015 to Sunday 17th January 2016
5:45 am – 4:00 pm
Non – residential


The Yoga School
Suite 14, 159 – 161 Pease St (Piccones Shopping Village)
Manoora, CAIRNS, PO Box 975, Edge Hill, 4870, QLD


James E. Bryan (ERYT500) – Program Director
Mobile 0415 362 534
Email: james@knoffyoga.com
Website: www.knoffyoga.com

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It is important to continue learning in yoga (as in life), especially once you are actively teaching and caught up in the world of yoga business – trying to make a living out of what we love doing. The levels in the Knoff Yoga System are designed for professional yoga teachers. Studying intensively is the most efficient way to utilise your limited and precious time.

The Knoff Yoga Asana Teacher Training program consist of 5 Levels:

  • Discovery
  • Foundation
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Master

Each of these levels has is own separate syllabus and each higher level is based on the one before. To attend Intermediate you need to have completed Discovery and Foundation so you are physically and mentally prepared for the task.

All of the levels are based on the unique Knoff Yoga Principles of:

  • Sequencing
  • Teaching
  • Adjusting
  • Observation
  • Demonstration
  • Practice


  1. Foundation
  1. Cardinal Directions
  1. Centering
  1. Earth/Heaven Extension
  1. Scissoring
  1. Bandhas
  1. Co-Contraction
  1. Spiralic Action
  1. Reciprocal Inhibition
  1. Body Proportions
  1. Alignment
  1. Timing
  1. Creating Space
  1. Coiling
  1. Balancing Ha/Tha
  1. Synchronising Breath & Movement
  1. Micro-Movements
  1. Vinyasa
  1. Balancing Strength & Flexibility
  1. Progression
  1. Mindfulness
  1. Effortless Effort
  1. Five Elements
  1. Enjoyment


The Intermediate Asana, Pranayama & Meditation syllabus consists of:

  • Earth & Sun Salutations
  • 8 Inverted Poses (heating)
  • 14 Standing Poses
  • 4 Arm Balancings
  • 9 Forward Bends
  • 5 Sitting Poses
  • 2 Abdominals
  • 2 Twists
  • 7 Backbends
  • 8 Inverted Poses (cooling)
  • Relaxation
  • 9 Pranayama
  • Breath focused Meditation


The Anatomy syllabus covers the basics of movement, muscles and bones and is taught with direct application to the yoga postures. The Philosophy looks at: Tantra – Revelation for Kali-Yuga, The History and Theory of Hatha Yoga, The Technology of Traditional Hatha-Yoga, Ethical Guidelines for Yoga Teachers, and Yoga Sutras Chanting.

You will not necessarily master all of the postures and techniques during the Course. It  will be up to you to maintain the discipline and focus gained during the Course in your on-going self-practice. You will learn how to create a graduated, multi level practice, so that you can continue to progress without burning out.

Combined with the Discovery and Foundation syllabus, you will have enough information, knowledge and skills to teach yoga competently and successfully for many years to come.

The postures and techniques learned at this level are not suitable for beginners. In other words, do not return to your yoga studio and inflict the Intermediate syllabus on unprepared students as you might harm them.

With the Knoff Yoga System you will learn how to teach appropriate levels for a wide range of students. Beginners are taught the Discovery syllabus. When they are comfortable with this, they can progress to Foundation. Only when they are reasonably proficient with Foundation would you introduce them to the Intermediate syllabus.

We offer a further 2 Levels of study (Advanced & Master) to assist in your professional development. Before thinking about attending these higher levels, you must be competent with the Intermediate program, as each new level is a big step up in effort and capability.

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

The Intermediate Course, combined with:

  • Level 2 – Chair Yoga
  • Level 4 – Pregnancy Yoga
  • Level 5 – Yoga Therapy A
  • Level 6 – Yoga Therapy B

Provides the necessary hours to register with the Yoga Alliance for their 300 Hour registration, which allows yoga teachers to use RYT300 after their names.

Alternatively, all of the above, combined with:

  • Level 1 – Discovery
  • Level 3 – Foundation

Provides the necessary hours to register with the Yoga Alliance for their 500 Hour registration, which allows yoga teachers to use RYT500 after their names.

You will receive a Teacher Training Handbook and Intermediate Asana Manual and an Intermediate Teaching Certificate (if you pass the Course).



To  join  the  Intermediate  Course,  you  are  required  to  have  completed  the  Level  1 – Discovery and Level 3 – Foundation Courses, or an equivalent 200-hour certification. Please see the HOW TO APPLY section of this brochure for full details of the application process.



When you satisfactorily complete the Course requirements, you will be awarded with the professional credential of a ‘Teaching Certificate’ Level 7 – Intermediate. Otherwise, you will be awarded with a ‘Statement of Attendance’, providing you attend all classes and complete all assignments. The Level 7 – Intermediate Teacher Training certificate is valid for 5 years. For certificate renewal information see the section ‘How to Renew Your Teaching Certificate’ in the link Teacher Training – Tell Me More. On completion of this 22-day Intensive Course, students/teacher trainees have the opportunity to study other Knoff Yoga Courses.




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Please note:

  • Students are encouraged to observe public classes when possible.
  • Preparation reading of your Teacher Training Handbook is required for some of the Practicum components. This Handbook will be provided to you on the first day of the Course.
  • You must attend the entire Course in order to graduate.
  • You must attend the Graduation Ceremony on the last afternoon of the Course to receive your Teaching Certificate.



  • Light on Yoga – B.K.S. Iyengar
  • Scientific Keys Volume 1: The Key Muscles of Yoga – Ray Long
  • Yoga Philosophy & History Manual – Georg Feuerstein
  • Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Workbook & CD – Vyaas Houston
  • The Heart of Yoga – T.K.V. Desikachar

These books can be purchased from our Online Shop or at The Yoga School in Cairns.



By ‘Visible Body’:

  1. Muscle Premium
  1. Skeleton Premium
  1. Human Anatomy Atlas



Complete the online Application Form under the link Teacher Training-Apply Now
You can also download the print version and send to:
The Program Director, email james@knoffyoga.com
We will send you an email that your Application has been approved.

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Once your application has been approved a non-refundable deposit of $500 is required to secure your place.

Course Fee
A 10% early-bird discount is offered if the full discounted fee of $3,141 is paid six weeks before the Course starts, by 15th November 2015 (see refund policy below). Otherwise  the  full  fee  is  AUD  $3,490.  The  fee  covers  all  tuition,  Teacher  Training Handbook, Intermediate Manual and your Teaching Certificate.

Method of Payment
Once your application has been approved by Nicky Knoff, a non-refundable deposit of $500 is required to secure your place.

Any outstanding balance of the Course Fee is to be paid 30 days before the course, by 27th November 2015 unless other arrangements have been agreed to.

For national Internet banking, make payment to: Knoff Yoga, BSB 034-664, Account Number 168549 (with your Surname, Cairns L7 T/T as ID)

For international money transfers, make payment to: Knoff Yoga, Westpac Bank, Cairns, Shop 117, Cairns Central Shopping Centre, Cairns, Queensland, Australia 4870. Australia Branch Number 034-664, Account Number 168549, SWIFT Code wpacau2s.

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  • Payment of the Early-Bird discounted Course Fees are non-refundable but may be transferred to another Course providing it is attended within 12 months.

In all other cases:

  • Up to 31 days prior to the start of the Course – full refund of your payment less non-refundable deposit.
  • Within 30 days prior to the start of the Course – no refund, but you may transfer your full payment (including deposit) to another Knoff Yoga Teacher Training Course, providing it is done within 12 months.
  • Once the Course has started – no refund or credits on any payment, partial or full.
  • If the Course does not proceed – 100% refund including deposit.

Note: To obtain a refund, all Course materials must be returned to Knoff Yoga.



If attending from interstate or overseas, we advise you to obtain Travel Insurance to cover any unforeseen circumstances.



Yoga Alliance Registration – Knoff Yoga is an officially Registered Yoga School 200, 300 & 500 Hours, with the Yoga Alliance (www.yogaalliance.org).

This Level 7 – Intermediate Course, combined with Level 2 – Chair Yoga, Level 4 – Pregnancy Yoga, Level 5 – Yoga Therapy A, and Level 6 – Yoga Therapy B Courses, is registered with the Yoga Alliance (www.yogaalliance.org) for 300-hour Yoga Teacher registration. With this international registration you are able to use the letters RYT300 (Registered Yoga Teacher) after your name for professional purposes.

Alternatively, all of the above, combined with Level 1 – Discovery and Level 3 – Foundation is registered with the Yoga Alliance (www.yogaalliance.org) for 500-hour Yoga Teacher registration. With this international registration you are able to use the letters RYT500 (Registered Yoga Teacher) after your name for professional purposes.


Special Offers for Certificated Teachers:

Become a Knoff Yoga System Teacher

For less than $2 per week, this membership allows you to get straight into teaching using the fully set-up Knoff Yoga System. We provide you with the copyrighted syllabus, teaching materials, forms, weekly themes & use of our logo for advertising media. In addition, you will have access to continuing support & updates via our online Member Login.



  • Knoff Yoga System Teachers can be included on our website.
  • We publish a monthly e-newsletter to help with your on-going education.
  • Upgrade your Teacher Certification through our 9 Levels of Teacher Training.
  • Join our workshops and retreats at our Cairns headquarters, throughout Australia & overseas.
  • Obtain Yoga Alliance international registration



The Knoff Yoga School supplies all yoga equipment, including top quality mats for your use at the school. You will need to bring a yoga mat for any home practice. Be sure to bring a sarong or shawl to cover you during relaxation and to wear during meditation and pranayama. Please also bring your own towel. Wear shorts or tights and a close fitting t-shirt or singlet. Loose or baggy clothing interferes with your teacher’s (and your) ability to see your body and its movements. Jewellery and valuables should not be brought to class. This includes navel rings, nipple rings and other piercings. Please no perfumes or deodorants. There is a shower at The Yoga School for your use. It is essential to have short fingernails.



The Course is held at The Yoga School, located at Suite 14, 159-161 Pease St, Cairns. Type our address into www.airbnb.com.au to help you find accommodation close by. Cairns is a relatively flat city surrounded by beautiful hills and a bicycle is great for getting around.



At Knoff Yoga we believe that the rationale or purpose of practicing yoga is to experience freedom in the body and mind through the creation of strong, flexible, healthy, and disciplined individuals.

Master Teachers Nicky Knoff and James E. Bryan have refined the Knoff Yoga System drawing on over 70 years of combined experience and through direct study with the Masters of Iyengar Yoga, Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and Bikram Yoga.

Today the Knoff Yoga System is taught to teacher trainees and students across the globe, in countries as diverse as Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Taiwan, the Czech Republic, Germany and Austria.



The Knoff Yoga System is an intelligent and dynamic program that focuses on practical detail and simplicity. It offers all students a clear understanding of every facet of yoga and caters for every level of yoga practice and teaching.

The Knoff Yoga System incorporates the most up to date and thoroughly researched teaching programs available today.

The key focus of the Knoff Yoga System is to ensure correct anatomical alignment of the human body, structural balance and energetic application of yoga techniques.

All Knoff Yoga System techniques honour and recognize the individuality of every student and are adjusted for individual body shapes and proportions.



The Knoff Yoga System is built on the following values:

  • The Individual – we practice and teach in step-by-step progression. We honour and respect the individuality of every student and adjust our practice and teaching for body proportions and capability.
  • Ongoing Education – we understand that for the long-term well-being of yourself and your students, education is as important as exercise.
  • Positive Communication – we understand that for a yoga teacher to cultivate the right environment for learning, they must use positive communication with constructive encouragement
  • Strong Ethics – we adhere to a strong ethical framework, which is enshrined in the Knoff Yoga Code of Conduct.



Knoff Yoga proudly delivers 9 Levels of Teacher Training, from Discovery to Master:


Level 1 – Discovery

Level 2 – Chair Yoga

Level 3 – Foundation

Level 4 – Pregnancy Yoga

Level 5 – Yoga Therapy A

Level 6 – Yoga Therapy B

Level 7 – Intermediate

Level 8 – Advanced

Level 9 – Master


All our Course levels cover a comprehensive syllabus including:

  • Asana
  • Pranayama
  • Meditation
  • Teaching Methodology
  • Philosophy, Ethics & Yogic Lifestyle
  • Anatomy

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