We constantly review and update our NOS suites and related products to ensure that they remain current with the ever changing work of the industry. We need assistance from those out in the sector to help us shape these NOS projects and ensure that they reflect best working practices.

National Occupational Standards (NOS) Yoga Practice Consultation

Following a successful consultation of the Yoga Practice NOS and request for further engagement, SkillsActive (the Sector Skills Council for Active Leisure and Wellbeing) is running additional online survey and Industry Focus groups in the four nations to update stakeholders on the development of the National Occupational Standards following consultation.

Employers and training providers are invited to find out more, review and discuss the drafts that have been proposed.

There a number of ways you can be involved and find out more information:

  • Attend one of the Focus groups please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register a place
  • Login to the online webinar on the 24th November 2017 (1pm to 3 pm only) – please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register a place
  • Complete the online survey – you will need to download the draft Yoga Practice NOS document and click on this link
  • Complete a paper based survey – you will need to request a paper based version of the NOS survey from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The draft Yoga Practice NOS can be found here

The focus group are:

Scotland (Focus Group) Glasgow 20th November 2017
Wales (Focus Group) Cardiff 23rd November 2017
England (Focus Group) London 27th November 2017
Norther Ireland Focus Group 29th November 2017
Online Focus Group 24th November 2017 (1pm to 3 pm only)

Registrations will be from 2:30pm and 5:30pm and the meeting will take place between 3pm to 5pm and 6pm to 8 pm. Please book your free place early. Once you have confirmed your place by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. we will acknowledge receipt.

The consultation closes on the 30th November 2017

Yoga Practice – Overview

For the purpose of proposed NOS for Yoga Practice

The word Yoga come from the Sanskrit word “yuj” which means to “join” or “unite”. In the context of this suite of National Occupational Standards, Yoga includes, but is not limited to, breath and body practices, and the Yoga of meditation. Through postures (asanas), breathing (pranayama), concentration (pratyahara), single pointedness, (dhyana) meditation (dharana) and relaxation the body and mind are brought into balance and harmony providing a powerful tool for physical and mental health. Yoga classes take a wide variety of forms and may have multiple purposes, including promoting fitness and health, relieving common ailments, enhancing quality of life and managing stress, although for some, Yoga is considered primarily or solely as a path to spiritual enlightenment. lassical yoga comprises all of the branches of yoga, including, but not limited to, bhakti yoga, karma yoga, and kriya yoga. The ‘classical’ concept of Yoga is underpinned by many varied ancient texts, some of which come from India, that provide a strong and direct lineage that is followed by yoga practitioners.

National Occupational Standards

National Occupational Standards (NOS) describe the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to undertake a particular task or job to a nationally recognised level of competence. National Occupational Standards are benchmarks of performance, not regulation. They provide the means for assessing performance in a job: they are work-related statements of the ability, knowledge, understanding and experience that an individual should have to carry out key tasks effectively. Anyone in an occupation covered by NOS can use them to determine what level of competence is required and more importantly, whether their own performance meets that industry or sector expectation. The Development of any National Occupational Standard goes through a rigorous research, development, consultation and refinement process that is agreed by an industry led Steering Group and Government office in all four nations across the UK.

Scotland ONLY

Activity Leadership qualification structure in Scotland

SkillsActive has secured a small amount of funding earlier in the year to review and update the qualification structures for the Activity Leadership sector in Scotland.

Following preliminary discussions with key stakeholders, a lot of development work has been done with help from sector experts and our colleagues responsible for accreditation at the Scottish Qualification Authority.

SkillsActive are now in a position to consult on what has been identified as the new qualification structures for the Scottish SVQ qualifications product to ensure this is fit for purpose for training the workforce.

We are therefore inviting you to participate in this consultation to share your views on the qualification structures proposed.

On the links below you can access:

SVQ in Activity Leadership qualification structure

The closing date for the survey is Tuesday 14th November 2017.

Many thanks for your contribution and we are looking forward to sharing with you the final outcome of this development.


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