The highly respected and challenging Yoga Scotland Teacher Training is a part-time course, consisting of 500 hours running over two years. In September 2020 Teacher Training courses will start in Edinburgh and the Aberdeen area. The next Glasgow course will start in September 2021. Student teachers will explore a practical and theoretical syllabus that covers anatomy and physiology (including common medical conditions), the practice and teaching of asanas, pranayama, the history and philosophy of yoga, and class management.
Graduates are awarded the Yoga Scotland Teaching Diploma.
- 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 a range of tutors: a lead Hatha yoga tutor plus visiting specialists, a philosophy tutor and a tutor for anatomy and physiology.
- You should have been practising for a minimum of two years.
- You should have taken our Foundation Course. Experienced applicants who have not taken the Foundation Course will be seriously considered. However, because of the challenging nature of this training, if you have practised for less than three years, your application for a place on this course is very unlikely to be successful.
500 hours running over two years. This includes 13 weekends and two residential weekends.
The cost of the Teacher Training Course is £3,355 for the 2-year course. This includes:
- The cost of the 13 weekends and the 2 residential weekends.
- Insurance to teach from Year 1.
- Membership of Yoga Scotland.
Student teachers are asked to undertake Emergency First Aid Training in Year 1. This is available though Yoga Scotland's On-going Training Programme at a cost of £55.
Students who are offered a place on the course will be required to pay a non-returnable deposit on acceptance of their place as well as an annual course fee. All monies 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 from which 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, please contact us for more details.
How To Apply
Download our forms and prospectus from the sidebar on this page. The closing date for applications is the 22nd May 2020.
Cathy Swan (lead tutor), Elizabeth Roberts (philosophy tutor), Amy Hanlon (anatomy & physiology tutor) plus visiting tutors
Cathy initially qualified as a yoga teacher in 1985 and has continued to learn and study with many styles and schools of yoga and her teaching reflects her varied yoga background.
She teaches regular weekly classes, monthly workshops and has several 1:1 yoga therapy clients. She is particularly inspired by the therapeutic benefits of yoga and in keeping updated with the latest research in support of yoga and health. Her strong commitment to a life-long personal practice has been the most important aspect of her learning and growth to date with a particular focus on the subtle aspects of yoga.
Cathy has been a tutor on the Yoga Scotland Teacher Training Course since the 1990s and is passionate about training student teachers in all aspects of yoga, providing a strong and supportive environment for the learning and self-growth that occur during the Teacher Training Course.
Judy Cameron (lead tutor), Elizabeth Roberts (philosophy tutor), Amy Hanlon (anatomy & physiology tutor) plus visiting tutors
Judy has practised yoga for many years and has been teaching since 1995. She trained initially in South India at the Sivananda Vedanta Ashram in Kerala. She subsequently went on to train for a further 2 years with Janet Balaskas, Lolly Stirk and Yvonne Moore at the Active Birth Centre in London. It was at this time that she came to understand how a more intuitive approach to Yoga, based on the teachings of Vanda Scaravelli, could allow something more beautiful to evolve in her practice.
Judy spent 6 years living in Bhutan and while there met her spiritual teacher. Meditation became an important part of her life from this point - not as a way of fixing her life but more as an attitude to life in general.
Judy gained her Diploma in Teaching Yoga with the British Wheel of Yoga in the late 1990’s and also holds teaching certificates in Baby Yoga, and Yoga for the Special Child. She is a qualified midwife and has a strong interest in the use of hypnosis in childbirth and teach HypnoBirthing and Hypnosis for Childbirth.
Judy teaches a mixture of classes in Perth, Crieff and the Scottish Highlands. Her classes include Mixed Ability, Chair Based, Pregnancy, Postnatal Mother and Baby, and Special Yoga for Children. As Co-Director of the YogaBirth Teacher Training and Tutor for both the BWY Pregnancy Module and the Postnatal Module, she has a deep interest in passing on her knowledge to other teachers.
Judy continues to live and explore her yoga by working with the ground, the breath and the spine. Her current teachers, from whom she draws great inspiration, include Diane Long, Sandra Sabatini, Gary Carter and Christine Borg.
Aberdeen/North East Course
Yvonne Austen (lead tutor), visiting tutors and philosophy and A&P tutors to be confirmed.
Feedback and comments from previous students
"The theoretical and intellectual challenge has been terrific. Not easy but very rewarding. Homework has been tough time-wise 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."
Interview dates will be held on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 June 2020 at The Haven in Stonehaven.
Residential weekends are held at Lendrick Lodge and are the 5-7 March 2021 and the 21-23 January 2022.
Interviews will be held on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 June 2020 at G25 in Edinburgh.
Residential weekends are held at Lendrick Lodge and are 27-29 November 2020 and 26-28 November 2021.
Please note there has been a change of date for the interviews. Interviews will be held on 8 and 9 June 2019 at In The Moment Centre for Movement & Wellbeing.
Residential weekends are at Lendrick Lodge, and are 22 - 24 November 2019, and 20 - 22 November 2020.
Interviews will be held on 30 June and 1 July 2018 at G25 in Edinburgh.
Residential weekends are at Lendrick Lodge, and are 30 November - 2 December 2018, and 29 November - 1 December 2019.