Living Yoga

The Living Yoga Course is a beautiful opportunity for those of you – having completed a Yoga Scotland Foundation Course or equivalent course – who would like to continue to develop and deepen your study of yoga and personal practice but who don't yet wish to go on to teacher training. This course builds on previous learning and provides the perfect opportunity to go deeper into your practice, asking questions and engaging in discussion.

The course is also open to teachers who wish to refresh and renew their own personal practice.

The next Living Yoga Course starts September 2019.

Course Features

At the end of the course, you will have a more integrated understanding of the different aspects of yoga, be able to plan your personal yoga practice, have a deeper understanding of a selection of classic yoga texts and be able to apply your understanding of yoga philosophy to daily life.

To this aim, you will:

  • Develop a daily practice of 30–45 minutes.
  • Learn the benefits of keeping a daily practice diary, including reflection on yoga's impact on your life.
  • Read and study essential yoga texts (approximately 4 hours per month)
  • Understand and apply principles of foundation, alignment and breathing in postures.
  • Practise a range of asana and appreciate asana as a process rather than a goal.
  • Recognise the value of both static and flow-based approaches to asana.
  • Practise a range of natural breathing and pranayama techniques.
  • Practise mudra and bandha.
  • Practise a range of relaxation techniques.
  • Practise a range of concentration/meditation techniques.
  • Understand the use of sound in yoga including chanting a variety of mantra.
  • Understand the use of kriya and have practical experience of some of them.
  • Understand basic anatomy, physiology and kinesiology in relation to yoga practice.
  • Understand pranic or subtle anatomy in relation to yoga.
  • Understand the basic precepts of yoga philosophy.


  • You must have already completed a Yoga Scotland Foundation Course or equivalent course.
  • Continue to attend regular classes with a recognised teacher.


60 hours, comprising of ten days (mostly Saturdays) of six hours each. Please see sidebar for dates and venues.


The cost of the Living Yoga Course is £595. A deposit of £95 is payable on acceptance to the course and payment by instalments is available. All monies paid are non-refundable.

Bursaries are available subject to 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 Co-Ordinator.

For more information, please contact us.


How To Apply

Download our forms and prospectus from the sidebar on this page.



Edinburgh Course: Kath McDonald

Kath started practicing yoga in 1984. She was suffering from sciatica and neck problems and had heard that yoga might help.  Little did she realise it would transform her life. Kath was lucky enough to attend classes with Jane Thomson in her Borders Studio and become involved in the thriving Borders Yoga Circle, which organised a programme of inspiring visiting yoga teachers.  The seminar at St Andrews became an annual fixture as well as regular visits to Lendrick Lodge, where she attended many of the summer yoga weeks and weekends and learned from a huge range of teachers from a wide variety of traditions.  

Kath had no option but to start teaching yoga in 1993, when a friend hired a hall and drummed up a class.  This led to training with the SYTA and taking on more classes. She trained with the Prison Phoenix Trust and has done some teaching in prisons. She taught on the first Yoga Scotland Foundation Courses from 2002, on the first Living Yoga course in 2009 and on 3 of the Edinburgh Teacher Training courses.  Kath has served on the YS executive committee as On-Going Training coordinator and secretary and more recently on the Board of Trustees as secretary. She is now happy to retire from Trustee duties and return to teaching on the Living Yoga course.


Aberdeen Course: Yvonne Austen

Yvonne is a Yoga teacher/therapist. 

She has been practising yoga formally since she was 9 years old, before that it was an informal and natural practice that seemed to be an innate enquiry into what it means to Be.  The journey has been the one constant throughout her life – a sutra leading her towards a sense of Self.  More formal study has been varied and Yvonne has learnt much from many people. The most enduring teaching has been from Dr Shrikrishna Bhushan Tengshe, who truly teaches from his presence and to whom she will always and forever remain grateful for such depth of knowledge and inspiration.  

Yvonne’s 50 year daily practice, however, has been the main resource for opening a universe and universal wonder of discovery that continues to inspire and enlighten, and to which she feels truly thankful. Her own teaching will always stress the invaluable lessons to be learnt from checking in on a daily basis with Self.




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