Ongoing Training

To ensure the standard of teaching remains high and your knowledge remains relevant and up-to-date, Yoga Scotland operates a system for monitoring Continuous Professional Development (CPD) of which the Ongoing Training (OGT) scheme is a part. The system is based on retrospective self-certification for the 12-month period prior to insurance/membership renewal.

Teachers will be required to accrue 15 CPD points every year. Yoga Scotland runs fantastic Ongoing Training days for you to choose from (see below) so this shouldn't feel too onerous. Each OGT day is worth 7.5 points, so two OGT days per year will fulfill the requirements. Simple. And even better, as a Yoga Scotland member you receive a discount with each OGT training costing £40.

Further, British Wheel of Yoga In-Service Training (IST) days also count as equivalent OGT days, i.e., worth 7.5 points. Information about BWY In-Service Training events is available via BWY Scotland IST.

Teachers can also attend other training days which they feel would best further their continuing professional and personal development. These events are worth 1 point per hour.

In addition, teachers can undertake directed private study, which can count for a maximum of 5 points in any year but must involve at least 7.5 hours of private study.

Not a member of Yoga Scotland but would like to attend one of our Ongoing Training days? Don't worry, all teachers are welcome to attend at a cost to non-members of £50.

Download our current OGT programme from this page and book via

If finance is a barrier to you attending an OGT day that you think would enhance your practice and your teaching, please get in touch as financial help may be available. 


Ongoing Training Days 2019


Sunday 17 March 2019

Maryhill Burgh Halls, 10–24 Gairbraid Ave, Glasgow, G20 8YE          £40/£50

Sequencing of Vinyasa Flow to Upward Bow or Wheel Posture

with Jacqueline Purnell

This day aims to explain the physical origins of the postures leading towards back-bends, including the A&P required for teachers to enhance their students experience to open safely towards the keynote or a modification thereof. To experience a revision of postures required to sequence vinyasa flows towards the keynote. To practise their findings within the framework of vinyasa flow.

By the end of the morning students should:

  • have explored the origins and benefits of back-bends

  • have moved their bodies through vinyasa flows leading towards the keynote posture,

    with suitable modifications

  • have practised organising the posture.

By the end of the afternoon students should:

  • have qualified useful pavanmuktasana

  • have taken part in a group discussion session on sequencing including standing, kneeling,

    sitting and supine postures within sequences

  • discussed the session regarding motivation within a group format.

(Participants to bring mat, belt, 4 x blocks and 2 x bricks.)

Jacqueline Purnell is a Tutor BWY Foundation Course One and Two. A qualified BWY Pregnancy Yoga teacher, she also teaches pregnancy classes, post-natal recovery and baby Yoga. She is a certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher and has completed Astanga Vinyasa teacher training in India with the late Derek Ireland, followed Shandor Remete, and attended teacher training at the Shadow School for six years. Jacqueline appears in the DVD 'Beyond Dynamic Yoga'


Saturday 23 March 2019

G25, St Margaret’s House, Edinburgh         £40/£50

Meditation for Children with Andrea Duffin

Yoga is becoming ever more popular as a useful tool and activity for children. There are many games and fun ways to get children moving through yoga, building physical fitness, strength and flexibility, building confidence and having fun doing it. In fact it seems a perfect fit for children’s energy and natural ability to move their bodies.

Who hasn’t seen a young toddler’s downward dog and not marvelled at how at ease they are at exploring within their bodies? But meditation? How does that work for children? Our image of an adult meditating is generally in a seated posture, becoming still and quietening the mind. Not what we would think of as an easy task for most children.

Meditation for children can look very different. It can be a moving, noisy, creative activity. It can involve walking, drawing, sound, touch and, yes, also stillness, relaxation and peace too. So how do we help the children in our lives to meditate? How can we help children learn the tools to help them move into a place of peace?

This training day will look at some of the ways we can work with children in our families, in our schools and in our young yoga classes to help teach the essence of meditation. Be prepared for some fun!

Andrea Duffin has been teaching for nine years and teaches adult and children’s yoga classes and workshops in the Scottish Borders.She has worked with children in many settings over the years and has completed yoga training for children in yoga and specifically in meditation. Andrea has worked as an assessor for the highly respected Connected Kids programme, helping others to realise their passion in teaching meditation as a therapy to children worldwide.

Andrea believes that as we learn to harness the benefits of yoga and meditation as adults that these tools can be given to children of any age so that they learn to navigate the bigger emotions that we all have and move into adulthood with a stronger sense of self and peace.


Saturday 6 April 2019 – Edinburgh, 10am–4.30pm

First Aid for Yoga Teachers 2018-2019

with Sandra Kirkham

This is a full-day course adapted specifically to suit a yoga class environment. Sandra aims to encourage confidence and competence by providing the knowledge to enable teachers to give immediate but temporary care to someone suffering an unexpected illness or accident. At the end of the course, students will have an understanding of emergency medical situations that can occur in a yoga class, feel confident and competent to deliver the appropriate first aid/care in any situation that may arise, assess an unconscious person and deliver emergency first aid, and understand the importance of accurate record-keeping.

The day is interactive with a wide range of first aid and medical resources available. This course is certificated and a handbook is provided as part of the course. The certificate is valid for three years.

Participants to bring a yoga mat, lunch, pen/paper, any sitting aids required. Wear comfortable clothing.

NB: First Aid for Yoga Teachers accrues CPD points at 1 point per hour – 6 points.

Sandra Kirkham has been teaching first aid for a number of years and has a wealth of knowledge and experience enabling her to teach the subject in great depth and to relate it to yoga teachers. Sandra is a yoga teacher and a registered general nurse, currently working in the acute department at Sherwood Forest Hospital Trust.

Saturday 11 May 2019

In The Moment, Glasgow                             £40/£50

Working with Young Adults and Emotional Stress

with Fiona Clarence

The day will be based on practices used in Fiona’s work with young adults. The morning will include an astanga yinyasa class following traditional teachings; exploration of different aspects of life from a young adult’s perspective including nature and nurture and finishing with yoga nidra used with children.

The afternoon will look at the nervous system, how patterns of use are seen on the physical body and how the nervous system protects itself when it’s under pressure. There will also be the opportunity to practice Likhita Japa, a wonderful form of meditation, working in Sanskrit from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. (Participants to bring a fine-nibbed black pen.)

Fiona Clarence has been a student of yoga for nearly 40 years. She has practised and studied many styles of yoga including: Vanda Scaravelli Yoga with Sophy Hoare; Viniyoga/TSYP with Paul Harvey, Sarah Ryan and Anne Hunter, and the Bihar School of Yoga with Swami Pragumurti, Swami Nirmal and our good friend Carol Godridge. Her general teaching style is traditional Hatha Yoga, with strong reference to breath work.

Fiona has two Yoga Diplomas from the 1980s, the first from the Yoga International School of which she is an Associate, and the second from FRYOG. She was a Tutor for FRYOG for six years.

Fiona is a great believer in sharing best practice with others, to keep her own studies and classes fresh and stimulating. She also holds qualifications in massage and has worked for 20 years in the private sector in an osteopathic clinic. Fiona teaches yoga in the Galleon Centre in Kilmarnock and runs day classes for the elderly through an organisation called the OIR (Opportunities in Retirement).


Saturday 8 June 2019

Greenpark Centre, Polmont                    £40/£50

Yoga and Joint Hypermobility Syndrome (JHS)

with Yvonne Austen & Jacqui Tweddle

As yoga teachers, we are regularly faced with students in our classes who are somewhere on the spectrum of Joint Hypermobility Syndrome (JHS). These students are very often unaware they are hypermobile. Indeed, the occurrence of hypermobility is more common than we may expect, and yoga can attract students on the spectrum.

The day will introduce yoga teachers to the syndrome, and its related conditions and possible complications. There will be both theory and practice throughout the day. You will learn how to observe and identify people with JHS and how to work in a safe and effective way to manage any symptoms a student may currently have, as well as how to go about alerting the student to understanding the condition and working safely themselves. We will cover asana, pranayama and meditation, as JHS can affect all the body systems.

Yvonne is a yoga teacher with a special interest in JHS, and Jacqueline is a yoga teacher who is herself at the more severe end of the spectrum of JHS – having a condition called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.

Yvonne Austen has been a student of yoga throughout her life and probably couldn't say what first drew her to the practice at nine years old. It was with a deep interest in pranayama from the first and an instinctual awareness that this held the key to managing life's vicissitudes. She has continued with a daily practice and it is this committed practice that has fed both her growing understanding and teaching.

Jacqui Tweddle has practised yoga all her life, working with teachers from different schools through the years. Nowadays, she works mostly with Scaravelli-inspired mentors, and practises this intuitive way at home, as it works well with her health conditions. Jacqui qualified as a yoga teacher in 2013 with Yoga Scotland and enjoys teaching people with chronic health conditions, especially people with hypermobility.


Our new OGT programme starts again in September 2019.


Yoga Workshop, Pearce Institute
Women studying
Partner yoga - Down Dog & Half Handstand
Download the pdf of our full programme for 2018-19