Foundation Course

The Yoga Scotland Foundation Course is offered to students who wish to develop their knowledge of yoga further; it is also a prerequisite for those wanting to train as teachers prior to taking the teaching diploma course.

This wonderful 60-hour course is designed to allow you to explore yoga in more depth than in a typical class, and to expand and consolidate your personal practice. You'll have the opportunity to experience many aspects of yoga – from a wide range of asanas, various pranayama techniques, concentration (dharana) and meditation (dhyana) – alongside topics such as the history of yoga and its different paths and schools.

A Yoga Scotland Foundation Course Certificate is awarded to students who attend a minimum of 80% of the course but please note that the Foundation Course is not a teacher training course and does not provide those who complete the course with a teaching qualification.

The next Foundation Courses starts in September 2019.

For more information contact us.


  • Applicants must have regularly attended yoga classes taught by a recognised teacher for a minimum of two years.
  • Students must be able to attend the mandatory first day of the course.
  • Students should continue to attend a regular class taught by a recognised yoga teacher and continue their personal practice.


Sixty hours, spread over one year, comprising 10 x 6 hour days. Each day starts at 10.00 am and finishes at 5.00 pm.


The cost of the Foundation Course is £555. A deposit of £75 is payable on acceptance to the course and payments can be made in instalments. All monies paid are non-refundable. Yoga Scotland Membership is included as part of the course. 

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 Training Coordinator.



Central Foundation Course

Ali Freeman

Lindsey Porter

Lindsey completed her 200 hour YTT with Yogrishi Vishvketu in Akhanda Hatha Yoga in Rishikesh India in 2006, is also Curvy Yoga qualified and currently undertaking further experiential anatomy training with Judith Hanson Lasater. She is based in Falkirk. She's passionate about sharing the benefits yoga can bring to all minds and bodies regardless of age. As well as teaching regular yoga classes, running 1 Day yoga workshops and weekend Wellbeing Retreats she supports fundraising for various charities and in particular SAMH the Scottish Association for Mental Health. Lindsey co-produces an international podcast series - YEDTalks - sharing Yoga Every Day listened to in over 70 countries. She writes wellbeing based articles and publications include the Huffington Post, OM Yoga magazine, YOGA magazine and you may even recognise her from her contributions to the Yoga Scotland magazine. She has previous experience of working for 20 years in the Financial Services sector in project management with various banks around the world. She is the Chair of the Board of Directors for CVS Falkirk. She lives with her husband and 2 young boys. She is looking forward to working with Ali Freeman the co-tutor for Polmont training course and sharing yoga with all future students.


Aberdeen Foundation Course

Rona Main

Rona has been practicing Yoga for 18 years and teaching for 10 years.  Yoga and family have become her vocation.  

Rona trained as a Yoga Teacher during time spent in London, qualifying in 2007 with the British Wheel of Yoga Teaching Diploma.  Teaching in the Inverurie area of Aberdeenshire, she agrees that Yoga should be accessible to all ages, abilities and backgrounds. Gratitude, openness and collaboration are at the heart of her practice. 

Hatha led, her style draws on a mix of traditional and modern teaching influences in asana, pranayama and relaxation.  She works closely with the breath in all aspects of asana practice, often with sequences, encouraging Students to build strength and flexibility at their own pace.    

Identifying what can disturb inner peace, and helping Students find Santosha through Yoga, is a recurring theme she builds upon.  Although work-in-progress, this includes Rona’s own personal exploration into a more minimal and uncluttered lifestyle.  

Rona also teaches children and youngsters in schools, and has recently incorporated more restorative Yoga and meditation into her adult classes.

Rona is a co-tutor for the Yoga Scotland Aberdeen Foundation Course and believes this is a very rewarding step for Students seeking a deeper appreciation of Yoga and an enhanced practice.

Sandra Cook


Galashiels Foundation Course

Ali Freeman

Andrea Duffin

    Feedback from previous students


    "I look forward to every Saturday of the Foundation Course.  From the start it has given me the time and space to transform my day-to-day practice. It offers much more than just asana practice; we delve into yoga theory, anatomy and philosophy.  I am only halfway through and yet this opportunity has already proved invaluable."

    "I am loving the Foundation Course. Each month I’m excited to be there and I learn so much from the tutors (and my fellow attendees!) every time. My own practice, self-awareness and understanding of yoga have advanced significantly and I’m only halfway through. It makes my whole life better."

    "Would thoroughly recommend this course for anyone wishing to increase their knowledge of yoga whether they decide to do the Teacher training or not! I have loved it!"

    "I’m very glad I signed up for the Foundation Course. It explains, gels and clarifies what you think you already know and shows you that you are learning indefinitely."

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