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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 Glasgow in September 2017. Application packs are now available and applications are still being accepted.

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 12 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.

Glasgow 2017-19

Year 1 Year 2
tbc June 2017 (Interviews) 1-2 September 2018
2-3 September 2017 13-14 October 2018
7-8 October 2017 23-25 November 2018 Residential
17-19 November 2017 Residential 12-13 January 2019
13-14 January 2018 23-24 February 2019
24-25 February 2018 6-7 April 2019
14-15 April 2018 18-19 May 2019
9-10 June 2018  29-30 June 2019


Edinburgh 2016-18

 Year 1  Year 2
25-26 June 2016 (Interviews) 2-3 September 2017
3-4 September 2016 14-15 October 2017
15-16 October 2016 24-26 November 2017 Residential
2-4 December 2016 Residential 20-21 January 2018
14-15 January 2017 3-4 March 2018
25-26 February 2017 14-15 April 2018
8-9 April 2017 9-10 June 2018
20-21 May 2017  
1-2 July 2017  

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 four tutors: two for Hatha Yoga, one for Philosophy and one 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.