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Teacher Training

The Yoga Scotland teacher training is a part-time course lasting for 500 hours over two years. At present we run two courses – in Edinburgh and Glasgow starting alternate years. Students explore a practical and theoretical syllabus that covers: anatomy and physiology (including common medical conditions), the practice and teaching of asanas, pranayama, history and philosophy of yoga and class management.

Graduates are awarded the Yoga Scotland Teaching Diploma. You should have been practising for a minimum of two years and should also normally have taken our Foundation Course. Experienced applicants who have not taken a Foundation Course will be seriously considered, but if you have practised for under three years your application for a place on a training course is very unlikely to be successful.

The next course will be starting in Edinburgh in September 2018. Application packs are now available. Interviews will be held on 30 June and 1 July 2018 at G25 in Edinburgh.

Application forms can be downloaded from this page, application enquiries can be emailed to tamsin at


The cost of the Teacher Training Course is £3,275 for the 2-year course. This includes the cost of the 13 weekends and the 2 residential weekends weekends, as well as a First Aid Certificate valid for three years. Students who are offered a place on the course will be required to pay a non-returnable deposit of £590 on acceptance of their place as well as an annual fee of £1,330. All moneys paid are non-refundable. Each year’s fee must be paid before the year commences. The student will be responsible for their own travel and buying any books (although each course has an extensive library of books to borrow).

Bursaries are available under certain criteria, including low waged or in receipt of certain benefits. Students can request a bursary application form on being accepted on the course, from the Teacher Training Coordinator Elaine Samson admin at

The Teacher Training Course will run over 2 years, comprising 2 residential and 13 non-residential weekends. Course weekends will run from 10am to 5pm. The residential weekends will run from dinner at 7pm on Friday to 5pm on Sunday.



Edinburgh 2018-20

 Year 1  Year 2
Interviews: 30 June/1 July 2018, at G25, St Margaret’s House, 151 London Road, Edinburgh EH7 6AE  7-8 Sept 2019
8-9 Sept 2018  12-13 Oct 2019
20-21 Oct 2018  29 Nov-1 Dec 2019 (residential)
30 Nov-2 Dec 2018 (residential)  18-19 Jan 2020
19-20 Jan 2019  29 Feb-1 Mar 2020
2-3 Mar 2019  25-26 April 2020
13-14 Apr 2019  27-28 June 2020
 25-26 May 2019
29-30 June 2019

Glasgow Training weekends:
In the Moment, 72 Berkeley Street, Glasgow G3 7DS

Edinburgh Training weekends:
G25, St Margaret’s House, 151 London Road, Edinburgh, EH7 6AE.

Residential weekends:
Lendrick Lodge, Brig O’ Turk, Callander, FK17 8HR

Course Features:
  • A solid grounding in the various classical postures and practices of Hatha Yoga.
  • An acquaintance with some of the major Eastern sources of yoga knowledge and their significance in modern life.
  • A basic insight into the anatomy, physiology and movement potential of the human body
  • Continual teaching practice which is an integral part of the two year part-time course
  • The course is delivered by a range of tutors: A Lead Hatha Yoga tutor plus visiting specialists, a Philosophy Tutor and a Tutor for Anatomy and Physiology.
Feedback and comments from previous students:
  • The theoretical and intellectual challenge has been terrific. Not easy but very rewarding. Homework has been tough in time- consumption
    but if planned well it engenders self-discipline
  • I think the course is brilliant but can be difficult and challenging at times – but in a good way. The Hatha involves more work than expected, the Anatomy & Physiology is a little easier than expected and the philosophy is as difficult as I expected  but I think the levels of difficulty are appropriate
  • Asana home practice has been a challenge time-wise when working full time BUT priorities change and have to
  • Both tutors are excellent and clearly have a wealth of experience to share. It is my hope they carry on inspiring others for a long time. They complement each other and are brilliant teachers with different styles. Both are very approachable
  • Assessments are challenging but have been well thought-out and targeted appropriately
  • I like the Anatomy tutor’s style of teaching – her lectures are structured and her notes very clear
  • The course has more than met my expectations and has been both challenging and informative
  • Very knowledgeable and good-humoured
  • I love the tutor’s style of teaching. I think she is gentle yet takes control and is very informative

Graduating class of 2017, Glasgow

Glasgow Class of 2017, with their Hatha tutors, Cathy Swan and Yvonne Austen.
Glasgow Class of 2017, with their Hatha tutors, Cathy Swan and Yvonne Austen.