The Yoga Studio Carlisle

100 Hour Yoga Immersion
with Janet Richards.
Friday 9th of April -18th of April 2021


This course is focussed on the functional aspects of Hatha Yoga and the fact that we are all different physically and emotionally is at the heart of Janet’s Teacher Training Programme. 

She structures her programme so that you will understand this concept anatomically using the system developed by Paul and Suzee Grilley in their internationally acclaimed Yin Yoga Teacher Training programme. We will break down the fundamental poses so that you will understand the intention of each pose, how to pay attention to what is happening, and how to make adjustments according to what stops you. You will then be in a position to provide guidance to others using the same formula. 

You will receive a comprehensive 18 hour anatomy module taught by our anatomy teacher Gail Jefferson where she helps you to connect the body with the pose. Additionally, we provide you with a philosophy module taught by Senior Yoga Teacher, Karen Kirkness that will give you an insight into the ancient yogic texts and show you how to link this into our modern lifestyle. 

You will also receive 2 hours of mentoring, at a time to suit you with Janet. This can take place either online or in person so you don’t have to worry about travelling. 

Janet has a friendly, approachable and straight forward style when teaching, with both practical and theoretical aspects of yoga covered in depth, with plenty of time for exploration. You will be assured of a full programme which will ensure that you have all of the tools necessary to progress to teaching yoga upon completion. 

.In addition, you will receive 38 hours face to face tuition in the anatomy and philosophy modules being taught by our subject matter experts. There are only 15 non-contact hours in our programme and these are spent prior to your attendance on this training programme in order to ensure that you are as prepared for this course as you can be. 

Places are limited to 16.

Please note that accommodation and food is not provided.


The Module is taking place at Dacre Hall in Lanercost which is about 8 miles north east of Carlisle. It is the oldest village hall in the UK and attached to Lanercost Priory. It is such a peaceful location that this first module, will feel very much like a yoga retreat as we focus on the fundamentals of the programme. If you wish to stay there is plenty of guest accommodation and a popular coffee shop on the door step. 

Course Outline

We encourage our students to find their own unique teaching style as the course unfolds.

Our programme includes:

  • Fundamental Yoga Poses
  • Alignment, modifications, adjustments
  • Pranayama
  • Meditation
  • Yoga Anatomy
  • Yoga Philosophy
  • Sequencing
  • Stress Relief
  • Boundaries
  • Practice Teaching
  • How to set up as a teacher/business
  • Pre and post course support

Teacher Training Comprises
Five Key Elements

  • Development of your own Asana practice, including essentials of Pranayama and Meditation.
  • Comprehensive foundation in Yoga Philosophy.
  • Comprehensive foundation in Anatomy and Physiology and its application in the practice of Asana.
  • Comprehensive foundation in fundamental asanas, including modifications, adjustments, alignment, and sequencing.
  • Essential insights into the Yoga Business and setting up as a Teacher

The Course Will Give You

  • The ability to teach Level 1 asana classes confidently and competently.
  • A thorough understanding that everyone is different and provide you will the tools to adapt your teaching style to make your classes suitable for all.
  • This include modifications, adjustments, sequencing and alignment.
  • The chance to explore your communication and teaching style so you can find the style that suits you best.
  • An in depth study of yoga philosophy and yoga anatomy.
  • The opportunity to develop your own practice, discover what stops you and what you can do about it. This will then enable you to assist others discover the same during your teachings.
  • An awareness of the issues that can arise for you as a teacher.
  • A professional and ethical framework from which to practice.

Teaching methods include: Lectures, experiential classes, led classes, group work, practice teaching time with real students and the opportunity to review your progress.

On Graduation You Will Receive The Following Certification

  • The Yoga Studio is a Registered Yoga School (RYS) with Yoga Alliance, which designates this teacher training program as one which follows Yoga Alliance’s standards. Students who complete a verified training with this school are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYTs).
  • Certificate of Completion.

What Will A Typical Day Look Like?

Here is the breakdown of what you will study.

This is an intensive programme and the day will start at 7am.

An average day will look like this:

7:00am – Morning Practice

9:30am – Practical or theoretical session

1:00pm – Lunch

2:00pm – Practical or theoretical session

6:00pm – Finish

The morning practice sessions are designed to help you develop your personal practice and understand how muscles and connective tissue need a different approach to work them effectively and safely.

What Is Unique On Our Training Course?

  • Development of your personal practice. The emphasis will be on encouraging you to modify your practice to suit your level with full support and modifications provided by Janet.
  • Yin Yoga practice led by Janet. The emphasis here will be on cementing your understanding that everybody is unique physically and emotionally and that connective tissues need a different type of stressor to be work effectively and safely.
  • Working with experienced and diverse teachers.
  • Assistance and support post-course.
  • A Training Manual.
  • An emphasis on the 8 limbed path and not just asana practise.

    Pre-Requisites and Investment

    • Trainees must have a regular practice over the proceeding 12 months
    • Acceptance is subject to completion of the application form and approval by teaching faculty

Book Your Place

Our 100 Hour Yoga Immersion course runs from Friday 9th of April 2021 to 18th of April 2021 (inclusive) and costs £1500.

10% Early Bird Discount if you sign on by 30th of November 2020.
Payments in full as follows:
o 100hrs YTT Module 1 only – 12th February 2021

Pre-Requisites and Investment

• Trainees must have a regular practice over the proceeding 12 months
• Acceptance is subject to completion of the application form and approval by teaching faculty

Deposit on Booking: £500 (non-refundable)

Cancellation Policy:

Deposits: All deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Full Payments: For places paid in full and then cancelled the following applies:

More than 12 weeks before the start of the training: 100% refund less the deposit.
12 to 8 weeks before the start of the training: 50% refund less the deposit.
Up to 8 weeks before the start of the training: No refund will be given.


Janet Richards

Meet Our Teacher – Janet Richards

My yoga journey started as I was approaching my 46th birthday, I became increasingly aware that I had to make some changes to my life as my wellbeing diminished.

I was working long hours in a demanding job and commuting from Carlisle to Newcastle on a daily basis. My family were neglected and I was exhausted. To make matters worse I am an insulin dependant diabetic and my sugar control was all over the place! I had heard about yoga and knew that it was supposed to be good for getting you fit, but more importantly for calming the mind and so I decided to give it a go.

It really helped and as time went by I felt better and better. In 2013 I went to India and completed 300hrs Vinyasa Flow teacher training and I am an accredited Yoga Alliance Teacher and Trainer.I also founded Carlisle Yoga in 2014.

Over the years that followed I discovered the practice of Yin Yoga. I loved the way that the practice helped me to use the pose to get into your body and so to explore my journey through the 8 Limbs of Yoga.

I have continued to develop my yoga practice and have completed a further 250 hours training in Yin Yogatraining with Paul and Suzee Grilley, Bernie Clark, Josh Summers, Rebecca Shepherd and Karen Kirkness.

Karen Kirkness

Meet Our Philosophy Teacher – Karen Kirkness

Karen Kirkness has been practising yoga since the late 90s and teaching since 2002. She did her foundational training with Paul Dallaghan in Thailand and first practised in Mysore in 2003. After decades of study and teaching, Karen’s self-practice embraces and connects many styles. Karen is a founding teacher of Meadowlark Yoga and continues to own and manage the studio with her team in and around Edinburgh. She is a mother of two very young children and lives with her husband in the Scottish Borders.

Informed by her years of research, Karen deals with the physical and subtle body as an interconnected matrix of spirals. Karen’s experience at the University of Edinburgh studying classical anatomy as a Masters student in the dissection room was both spiritual and academic. Her continuing study of anatomy alongside yoga philosophy brings Karen a unique grasp of integrated gross and subtle body concepts. Informed by the Sāṃkhya philosophy of yoga, Karen’s understanding of gross anatomy fits in the framework of cosmology and she sees the body as nothing separate from the rest of the material Universe.

Karen’s teaching practice is about connecting with each student to help them discover how to joyfully progress in their practice while minimising risk. She loves giving (and receiving) yoga adjustments crafted through personal experience, research, and creative play. Her study of philosophy is focused on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the Baghavad Gita, and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. Karen delivers workshops and trainings on these texts from a multi-sensory approach to engage every learning style and inspire a lifelong passion for yoga philosophy.


Gail Jefferson

Meet Our Anatomy Teacher – Gail Jefferson

Gail currently works as Senior Lecturer at University of Cumbria, teaching Under and Post graduate radiographers, primarily covering Medical Image Interpretation and Advanced Practice. She also teaches anatomy to Medical students at Lancaster University Medical School and provides in-house teaching at the Cumberland Infirmary for medics. She is also employed as a Reporting Radiographer for North Cumbria Hospitals Trust and teaches CPD for Health Practitioners via two companies.

She completed her PGD in Medical Image Interpretation and has been x-ray reporting for 19 years and is currently completing her dissertation for her MSc.

As if that wasn’t enough she also presents at conferences nationally including recent events at the British Institute of Radiology at Manchester University relating to Forensic Imaging and the Royal Marsden Hospital in London presenting a Thoracic Trauma lecture.

She became involved with Forensic Radiography early in her career due to the Lockerbie Air Crash and has remained actively interested and involved since then. She is a Founder member of the Northern Forensic Group which was then the Association of Forensic Radiographers and is now an International concern. She remains the NW Forensic Radiography Coordinator for UKFRRT.

She surprisingly squeezes in some social life revolving around her family and friends and often involving good food, wine and laughter! She enjoys travel whether it be a night away in Edinburgh, a long weekend in Lisbon or an exotic beach.

To attempt a ‘beach body’ she enjoys fitness, involving a variety of classes including circuits, bodypump etc . However she only recently discovered the pleasure of Yoga and particularly The Yoga Studio team.

We are delighted that she has taken time out of her busy schedule to deliver anatomy training for this Teacher Training Course.


Find Out More

If you have any questions about our Yoga Teacher Training course, please do get in touch.


    The Yoga Studio
    Kinmont Barn
    Treasury Court
    CA3 8RF