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 start in September 2020.

For more information contact us.


Prerequisites

  • 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.

Duration

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.

Cost

The cost of the Foundation Course is £585. A deposit 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 Administrator.

 

How To Apply

Download our forms and prospectus from the sidebar on this page.  The closing date for applications has been extended until the 14th August 2020.

 

Tutors

Edinburgh Foundation Course

Ali Freeman

Ali began teaching hatha yoga classes in 2004 and co-teaching on the Yoga Scotland Foundation Course at Polmont in 2011, and Galashiels in 2019. He broadly follows the tradition of Sri Krishnamacharya and in particular the teachings of his son Sri Desikachar, who encouraged each individual to personalise their own yoga practice.

Ali began his own yoga journey in India 35 years ago, when he began learning pranayama techniques from an old Baba on the beach. He has a great interest in mantra that can lead to a profound meditative state, and kirtan, the joyful singing of yoga, that can lead to happiness.

He and his partner Judie have now been practising hatha yoga together for 30 years. They continue to run their Judali Yoga classes from Northumberland, where they encourage you to develop your own personalised daily yoga practice, while attending weekly yoga classes - and most importantly for best results - to sustain both over time. The benefits are enormous. Enjoy!

Lindsey Porter

Lindsey completed her 200 hour YTT with Yogrishi Vishvketu in Akhanda Hatha Yoga in Rishikesh India in 2006. She is Curvy Yoga qualified, has undertaken further studies in experiential anatomy training with Judith Hanson Lasater and also Special Yoga & Mindfulness for Autism & ADHD. Based in Falkirk, Lindsey is passionate about sharing the benefits yoga can bring to all minds and bodies regardless of age. She fuses her backgrounds in these different trainings into her classes to help make them accessible to all.

As well as teaching regular yoga classes, running various workshops, weekend Wellbeing Retreats and the occasional yoga journey to India, she supports fundraising and raising awarenessfor various charities and in particular SAMH the Scottish Association for Mental Health. Lindsey is a Signatory of the Mental Health Charter for physical activity and sport. She co-produces a free international podcast series - Voices of Yoga (voicesofyoga.com) - sharing inspiring stories from yogis around the world which is listened to in over 70 countries. She writes wellbeing based articles and publications include the Huffington Post, OM Yoga magazine, YOGA magazine and our own Yoga Scotland magazine. Lindsey’s first book, 'Whirlpools, yoga and the balance of life' was published in December 2018 by Book Reality Experience.

Lindsey has previous experience of working for 20 years in the Financial Services sector, in project management for banks around the world. She is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for CVS Falkirk & District - her local third sector interface organisation.

She loves working with Ali Freeman her co-tutor for the Edinburgh YS Foundation course and looks forward to 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.

 

Galashiels Foundation Course

Ali Freeman

Ali began teaching hatha yoga classes in 2004 and co-teaching on the Yoga Scotland Foundation Course at Polmont in 2011, and Galashiels in 2019. He broadly follows the tradition of Sri Krishnamacharya and in particular the teachings of his son Sri Desikachar, who encouraged each individual to personalise their own yoga practice.

Ali began his own yoga journey in India 35 years ago, when he began learning pranayama techniques from an old Baba on the beach. He has a great interest in mantra that can lead to a profound meditative state, and kirtan, the joyful singing of yoga, that can lead to happiness.

He and his partner Judie have now been practising hatha yoga together for 30 years. They continue to run their Judali Yoga classes from Northumberland, where they encourage you to develop your own personalised daily yoga practice, while attending weekly yoga classes - and most importantly for best results - to sustain both over time. The benefits are enormous. Enjoy!

Andrea Duffin

Andrea owns and runs The Yoga Mill Centre in Galashiels and teaches Yoga to all ages.

She first encountered meditation and relaxation techniques when she was 19, and later on after she had my 3rd child her interest in meditation led her to yoga, as a movement to help her aching body. And it did. First the asana practice helped to heal her physical aches and pains after a difficult pregnancy, then she realised how much more there was and fell in love with the deeper teachings of the practice.

Andrea has been teaching yoga and meditation to adults and children for over 10 years and in 2016 completed her 3 years training with Yoga Scotland. The 3 years with Yoga Scotland was a wonderfully intense, in-depth training of 1 year of Foundation Course followed by two years of Teacher Training to gain her 500 hours qualification. She has also completed the 1 year Living Yoga Course with Yoga Scotland.

On the Teacher Training Course we not only learned how to practice, but how to teach this practice. In philosophy we studied the ancient texts to support our personal practice and our teaching. Anatomy lectures helped us gain an insight into why we move in certain ways and how the practice of yoga physically helps our health, physically and mentally.

Of course we are ever the student and Andrea continues to learn through workshops, personal practice and learning something new from each of her students every time she leads a class.

Andrea's classes are suitable for everyone; beginners and those wishing to deepen their practice. She teaces a hatha class that embodies the whole of yoga, meditation, pranayama (breathwork) asana (postures) and philosophy. And usually a lovely long relaxation to end.

Andrea sees yoga as something deeply personal to everyone as we explore our inner landscape through our practice. She loves teaching everyone to work intuitively, working from within and meeting ourselves where we are. Finding the essence of our true nature through exploration of the body, mind and spirit.

 

Glasgow Foundation Course

Melanie Cook

Melanie has been practicing yoga and meditation since the early 1990's, in order to manage a serious back condition and anxiety.

She has been teaching since 1995, having been introduced to the work the The Yoga For Health Foundation (YfHF) based in Bedfordshire.  After completing Teacher Training with the YfHF in 1995, she then became a teacher at their residential centre.  During her time there she continued her studies for the Remedial Teacher Training Course which she completed in 1996.

Melanie moved to Edinburgh and completed the Yoga Scotland Teacher Training Diploma in 1999.  She has completed numerous other trainings in pregnancy, yoga for children, pranayama and GP referral.  Melanie has run a number of BWY Foundation Courses and set up and run a Remedial Yoga Teacher Training course with her husband.  She is a guest tutor in Yoga and Disability Awareness for the Scottish School of Yoga Therapy.

Melanie teaches a number of classes in Edinburgh and the Lothians, offering accessible and inclusive classes, chair classes and private sessions for people with long-term conditions and disabilities. She continues to be inspired by her students, many of whom are living with life changing conditions. 

Melanie is currently working on a number of projects for yoga and MS and Dementia friendly yoga.  She continues to study and practice in the areas of yoga, mindfulness, ayurveda, Theravaden Buddhism and neuroplasticity.

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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