The Yoga Studio Carlisle

100 Hour Yoga Immersion
with Emma Vasquez and Janet Richards

There has been much in the press about Coronavirus and I am sure that if you are reading this page that you may be giving some thought about how Coronavirus will affect our upcoming course starting on 22nd May. It is certainly uncharted waters and as yet we are not sure where these events will take us. However, we have 10 weeks (14/03/20) before our course starts and over the next few weeks we should have a clearer picture regarding any measures that we can take to keep ourselves safe and to make sure the training goes ahead as planned. We wish to re-assure you that we have no plans to cancel the course and we are taking all appropriate measures, based upon the most recent guidelines. These will be reassessed as we learn more and we shall keep in touch. Firstly our venue at Lanercost has a very low footfall and we have sole use of it. We have our own toilets and kitchen facilities. Before we start we shall personally clean it thoroughly to make sure we have the best of starts. All the equipment we are using is used solely for the YTT – it is currently in Janet’s loft! This will also be fully cleaned before we start. During module 1 we have no sessions timetabled for adjustments and modifications. These take place in Module 2 so in the event that non-contact is still preferable in May then you will not be missing out on anything at all. Verbal cues and adjustments are all we need at this stage. The practical sessions in Module 1 are all about understanding the functional aspects of our practice and exploring each pose. The teaching, and therefore closer contact, takes place in August. If necessary Janet will self isolate a couple of weeks before the course to ensure that she is fully fit and ready to go. In the event any of our guest teachers becomes incapacitated we have the flexibility to move these sessions to August so that you will not miss any of their training input either. In the words of the Dalai Lama: “I find hope in the darkest days and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.” If you have any questions or any suggestions then please do not hesitate to get in touch. Friday 22nd to Sunday 31st May 2020 (inclusive)

Have you ever wanted to find out more about Yoga? Wanted to deepen your understanding of anatomy and yogic philosophy? Take some time out to immerse yourself in Yoga with no distraction? Thought about developing your Yoga practice? If so this 100 hour immersion is for you.

Our teacher training course is a partnership between our founding teacher, Janet Richards and our studio owner, Emma Vasquez.

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 our teachings.

We structure our programme so that you will understand this concept anatomically and 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 receive a comprehensive 10 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 with 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.

Both Emma and Janet have a friendly, approachable and straight forward style when teaching, with both practical and theoretical aspects of yoga covered in depth and plenty of time for exploration. You will be assured of a full programme which will help you understanding your yoga practice and how to progress safely. However, this immersion is so much more than just asana practice it also includes the 8 limbs of yoga and how to integrate these principles into your daily life.

If you are looking to teach in the future this immersion counts as 100 hours towards a Teacher Training Qualification and you can attend Part 2 of the programme which runs between the 19th to 30th August 2021 inclusive and qualify as a 200 hour Yoga teacher.

The studio schedule is becoming very busy now and so to improve the experience for our students we have decided  to move the YTT to a separate venue. However, the practice teaching sessions will still be held at the studio.

This course 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.

Places are limited to 16.

Please note that accommodation and food is not provided.

Book Your Place

Our 100 Hour Yoga Immersion course runs from Friday 22nd May to Sunday 31st May 2020 (inclusive) and costs £1500.

10% Early Bird Discount if you sign on by 31st January 2020

Deposit on Booking: £250 (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 8 weeks before the start of the training: 100% refund less the deposit.
4 to 8 weeks before the start of the training: 50% refund less the deposit.
Up to 4 weeks before the start of the training: No refund will be given.

If you are interested in finding out more, then please get in touch with us by either phoning Emma or dropping her an e-mail at

Emma Vasquez

Meet Our Teacher – Emma Vaaquez

My yoga journey started in 2012 after delving deeply into the Vedas and other ancient yoga texts. The philosophy of yoga still remains one of my deepest interests and this is the grounding of all my teaching. Initially I practiced Yin, Restorative and Aerial Yoga and then in 2013 I went to my first Ashtanga Yoga class and I found my passion in life.

I have had a 6 day a week Ashtanga yoga practice since 2013 and currently practice up to Advanced A series.

I have trained in Ashtanga yoga with Manju Jois and am authorised to teach Ashtanga Yoga by him, which is the highest accreditation there is.

I am the founder and owner of Ashtanga Yoga Carlisle and I run Cumbria’s Ashtanga Yoga Mysore programme here at The Yoga Studio.

I found yoga at a time in my life where I needed some direction and some structure, the discipline Ashtanga gave me helped immensely with coping with the severe illness of my twin sister.

It also is an outlet for my rather fiery yang personality, so consequently I like to work with strength, stamina and stability. Yoga keeps me chilled and I love breaking the practice down for students, making yoga accessible and available for all.

My first ever yoga class was Aerial Yoga here at the studio with Martin in 2012 and we now own the studio together.

My heart and soul go into my classes and I look forward to kickstarting your yoga journey with you, and helping seasoned practitioners grow and entwine practice into their daily lives.

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 teacher training with Sonja Appel the founder of Sushumna Yoga in Goa, and I am an accredited Yoga Alliance Teacher and Trainer.

I have continued to develop my yoga practice and have completed a further 200hrs training in Yin Yoga  training with Paul and Suzee Grilley, Bernie Clark, Josh Summers, Rebecca Shepherd and Karen Kirkness.

I founded the Yoga Studio in in 2013 and teach the 200 hours Functional Hatha training with Emma. My experiences undergoing numerous trainings led me to create this wonderful programme for those wanting to become teachers.

I now enjoy coming to many more classes as a student – it is a wonderful place to recharge my batteries.

I look forward to sharing the oasis of tranquility that is yoga- with you very soon.


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.

You can fill out the form below, give us a ring on 07850 668402 and speak to Emma direct, or e-mail Emma on

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