(Individual Course Brochures are available for download (.pdf format) under each Course listed on our Home Page).

Knoff Yoga offers 9 Levels of Teacher Training for continuing professional development split into two streams:

Chair Yoga
Pregnancy Yoga
Yoga – Holistic Healing A (structural)
Yoga – Holistic Healing B (organic)

These courses fit together in a progressive system that allows you to complete them over a period of time to suit you:

    • Level 1 – Discovery (1 week)
    • Level 2 – Chair Yoga (2 days)
    • Level 3 – Foundation (3 weeks)
    • Level 4 – Pregnancy Yoga (1 week)
    • Level 5 – Yoga – Holistic Healing A (1 week)
    • Level 6 – Yoga – Holistic Healing B (1 week)
    • Level 7 – Intermediate (4 weeks)
    • Level 8 – Advanced (4 weeks)
    • Level 9 – Master (4 weeks)

(Please note longer courses can be split, e.g. 2 weeks at a time.)



  • The Discovery Course is the beginning.
  • To attend Discovery, you need to have been attending regular yoga classes for a minimum of 1 year so that you are moderately yoga-fit.
  • To attend Chair Yoga a regular yoga practice (any style of yoga) for a minimum of 12 months is required. The postures and techniques covered in this Course are modifications of the Discovery and Foundation Courses. While it is not mandatory to attend the Discovery and Foundation courses to attend Chair Yoga it is recommended, as having a good understanding of these makes Chair Yoga more accessible and relatable.
  • Discovery is the pre-requisite for Foundation.
  • Discovery and Foundation are the pre-requisites for Pregnancy, Yoga Holistic Healing A, Yoga Holistic Healing B and Intermediate.
  • Intermediate is the pre-requisite for Advanced.
  • Advanced is the pre-requisite for Master.


Knoff Yoga is registered with Yoga Alliance as an RYS200 and RYS300 school.

RYS200: Level 1 – Discovery and Level 3 – Foundation Courses combined.

On completing these 2 Courses you are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance for RYT200

RYS300: Level 2 – Chair Yoga, Level 4 – Pregnancy Yoga, Level 5 – Yoga Holistic Healing A, Level 6 – Yoga Holistic Healing B, and Level 7 – Intermediate combined.

On completing these 7 Courses (for the RYS200 and  RYS300 hour totals) you are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance for RYT500

(Note: Knoff Yoga Advanced and Master Level Courses are beyond the Yoga Alliance scope).






Each of the 9 Levels of Teacher Training cover a comprehensive syllabus including:

  1. Asana – how to achieve correct anatomical alignment, safely and with confidence
  1. Pranayama – breath-work for teaching and self-practice
  1. Meditation – traditional, simple and effective
  1. Teaching Methodology – practice real-time teaching in a supportive environment
  1. Philosophy, Ethics & Yogic Lifestyle – the big picture made simple
  1. Sanskrit pronunciation – asana names and common yoga terms
  1. Applied Anatomy – for safe practice and teaching
  1. Knoff Yoga unique:
  • Principles of Demonstration
  • Principles of Adjusting
  • Principles of Observation
  • Principles of Practice
  • Principles of Sequencing
  • Principles of Teaching


Knoff Yoga combines the anatomical alignment and intelligence of Iyengar Yoga, with the energetic principles of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, resulting in the 5 Pillars of Practice.


These 5 Pillars of Practice are applied each and every time you step onto a yoga mat:

  1. ASANA – Focusing on the physical structure using correct anatomical alignment.
  1. VINYASA – Connecting techniques synchronizing movement with breath.
  1. BANDHA – Muscular and energetic locks to transform internal energy creating heat.
  1. PRANAYAMA – Controlled expansion of the life-force.
  1. DRISHTI – Specific focal points for directing the eyes and composing the mind.


Knoff Yoga is a system-based program, which is logical, clear and easy to understand.  Knoff Yoga takes an extremely complex subject and intelligently simplifies it.  Knoff Yoga is grounded in tradition and incorporates western scientific principles.  You learn how to teach from a solid base of knowledge, imparting confidence – all the work has been done, you simply follow the systems and guide your students.


  1. 9 progressive levels
  2. 5 segments per class
  3. Time percentages for segments
  4. 11 Asana groups
  5. 5 Bandhas
  6. Right/Left weeks
  7. 5 week rotational sequence
  8. 24 Principles of Practice


  1. You study under the guidance of a Master Teacher with over 50 years experience.
  2. All classes are dedicated to Teacher Training – not public classes.
  3. Courses are designed so you are certificated and may teach straight away using the comprehensive course content.
  4. Flexible learning with levels, plus options to split courses to fit into your schedule.
  5. Courses are based on modern learning methodology.
  6. Each level prepares you for the next with logical progression.
  7. Principle-based so that you are not rote learning or following a script. The principles free you to teach from your own unique understanding.
  8. Yoga Alliance registered for international recognition.

Systems mean:

  • You teach with substance and guide with confidence.
  • You do not have to reinvent the wheel for every class.
  • You do not have to be a super yogi – just share and care.

A cornerstone of Knoff Yoga is the appropriate use of props (straps, blankets, blocks, bricks, bolsters, chairs, inversion swings, etc.). Using props where they are necessary, but gradually working towards freedom from the props and full expression of classical postures in order to develop the full expression of our human potential.

We call the Knoff Yoga intensive approach to training the ‘Baked Cake Method’.  If you want to bake a cake and it requires one hour in the oven, you do not remove it every ten minutes, let it cool down, and then put it back in the oven.  If you do, you end up with an inedible mess!  You need the powerful cumulative effects of deepening your practice and teaching if you want to be a credible teacher with your own experience and insights.


At the end of a course you may receive either a Teaching Certificate or a Statement of Attendance.

In order to obtain the Teaching Certificate, you are required to:

  • Attend all course classes.
  • Attend the teacher/student feedback session.
  • Complete all the assignments and presentations.
  • Pass all the exams and assessments.

In order to obtain the Statement of Attendance, you are required to:

  • Attend all course classes.
  • Attend the teacher/student feedback session.
  • Complete all the assignments and presentations.

Being lazy, argumentative or closed minded may result in not receiving either a Teaching Certificate or a Statement of Attendance.


Valid for 3 years:

  • Level 1 – Discovery
  • Level 2 – Chair Yoga
  • Level 3 – Foundation

Valid for 5 years:

  • Level 4 – Pregnancy Yoga
  • Level 5 – Yoga – Holistic Healing A
  • Level 6 – Yoga – Holistic Healing B
  • Level 7 – Intermediate
  • Level 8 – Advanced
  • Level 9 – Master

To renew your certificate you have 4 options:

  • Send current photos of you practicing in correct order the Asana syllabus of your Certificate. This is followed up with a telephone/Skype review.  Fee $120 per hour, plus $30 per digital certificate and $50 for hard copies including postage within Australia.
  • Attend a private class with Nicky Knoff or James E. Bryan to view your practice. Fee $120 per hour, plus $30 per digital certificate and $50 for hard copies including postage within Australia.
  • Participate part-time in a Knoff Yoga Teacher Training Course. Fee based on hours attending, plus $30 per digital certificate and $50 for hard copies including postage within Australia
  • Upgrade to a higher-level certificate through Knoff Yoga Teacher Training.

For any questions, please contact James E. Bryan ERYT 500 (Program Director and Master Teacher) james@knoffyoga.com


  • Ensure you meet the course pre-requisites.
  • Check the course dates are suitable.
  • Download the appropriate brochure from our Home Page for detailed information of the course.
  • Complete the Application Form and return to the Program Director for review and acceptance.
  • Once your application is approved a non-refundable deposit will be requested to book your place.
  • You can view the link below to check the required and recommended text books for each course:

Teacher Training ‘Required’ and ‘Recommended’ Book List



Early-birds: An early-bird discount is available if you choose to pay the full amount six weeks prior to the commencement of the course. Please view the relevant course brochure for more details. These brochures can be found on the landing page of each individual course.

If you initially pay the deposit only, to guarantee your place on the course the balance of all fees must be paid four weeks prior to the commencement of the course.

  • Level 1 – Discovery $1,299 (Deposit $200)
  • Level 2 – Chair Yoga $449 (Deposit $100)
  • Level 3 – Foundation $3,599 (Deposit $400)
  • Level 4 – Pregnancy Yoga $1,299 (Deposit $200)
  • Level 5 – Yoga – Holistic Healing A $1,299 (Deposit $200)
  • Level 6 – Yoga – Holistic Healing B $1,299 (Deposit $200)
  • Level 7 – Intermediate $4499 (Deposit $500)
  • Level 8 – Advanced $4499 (Deposit $500)
  • Level 9 – Master $4499 (Deposit $500)


  • Payment of the early-bird discounted fee is non-refundable, but may be transferred to another Knoff Yoga course providing it is used within 12 months.

When paying the full fee (no early-bird discount):

  • Up to thirty-one days prior to the start of the course – full refund less non-refundable deposit.
  • Within thirty days prior to the start of the course – no refund, but may transfer to another Knoff Yoga Course providing it is used within 12 months.
  • Once the course has started – no refund or credits on any payment.
  • If the course does not proceed – 100% refund including deposit.


As a certificated Knoff Yoga teacher, I agree to uphold the ethical goals set forth in the following Code of Conduct:

  • Adhere to the traditional yoga principles as written in the Yamas and Niyamas.
  • Uphold the integrity of the yoga vocation by conducting myself in a professional and conscientious manner.
  • Teach only the appropriate Asana, Pranayama and Meditation for which you are certificated.
  • Acknowledge the limitations of your skills and scope of practice and where appropriate, shall refer students to seek alternative instruction, advice, treatment or direction.
  • Create and maintain a safe, clean and comfortable environment for the practice of yoga.
  • Actively encourage diversity by respecting all students regardless of age, physical limitations, race, creed, gender, ethnicity, religious affiliations or sexual orientation.
  • Respect the rights, dignity and privacy of all students.
  • Avoid works and actions that constitute sexual harassment.
  • Adhere to all local government and national laws that pertain to yoga teaching and business.
  • To stay abreast of new developments in the field of Yoga through educational activities and study.