200 Hours Yoga Teacher Training - Functional Hatha Yoga

23rd August 2019 to 12th September 2019

If you are interested in studying to be a yoga teacher and looking for a 3 week intensive, then look no further than our teacher training programme at The Yoga Studio, a dedicated boutique yoga haven located in the heart of the historic City of Carlisle.

Our teacher training course is a partnership between our studio owner Janet Richards and our Ashtanga Programme Director Emma Vasquez.

If you click on this link to see our video presentation.

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 Yoga Teacher Training Programme.

We structure our 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 20 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 20 hour philosophy module that will give you an insight into the ancient yogic texts and show you how to link this into our modern lifestyle. This is taught by Ruth Westoby.

There is the opportunity to practice your teaching skills on real clients at the studio so you can get some excellent teaching practice in a safe environment to fully prepare you for the future.

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 ensure that you have all of the tools necessary to progress to teaching yoga upon completion.

We believe that direct contact with the lead teacher(s) is vitally important and in our course you will spend over 145 hours being trained personally by Janet and Emma.  In addition you will receive 20 hours face to face tuition in both 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.

This makes our training one of the most comprehensive available.

If you are interested in finding out more why not come to our Open Day.

Sunday 9th June
11:30am to 1:30pm

This is an excellent opportunity to meet Janet and Emma and find out more.

This FREE Session will include:

* Developing your Ashtanga Practice with Emma
* Developing your understanding of Functional Yoga with Janet
* Discuss the anatomy module with Gail our specialist anatomist teacher
* An insight into the course and sylabbus
* An opportunity to meet others who have already booked on the course or are interested
* Q&A Session


Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga School - 200 hours

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.
  • Practical teaching assignments with real students at The Yoga Studio.
  • Essential insights into the Yoga Business and setting up as a Teacher

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.

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.

What will a typical day look like?

Here is the breakdown of what you will study.

This is an intensive 3 week programme and an average day looks like this:

6-8am           Morning Practice – Ashtanga Mysore Style or Yin

8-9am           Theory with Lead Teacher

10am-1pm    Practical or theoretical session

2-5pm           Practical or theoretical session

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?

  • Mysore self -practice as taught by Shri K Pattabhi Jois, Mysore, India.  The emphasis will be on encouraging you to modify your practice to suit your level with full support and modifications provided by Emma.
  • 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.
  • The course is not integrated with drop-in classes or other students not on the training.
  • 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.

PRICE: £2,700

10% Early Bird Discount if you sign on by 31st January 2019

If you wish you can choose to take this course in two modules:

Module 1: 23rd August to 1st September 2019      Price: £1500

Module 2: 2nd to 12th September 2019                  Price: £1500

Module 2: 7th to 17th September 2020                  Price: £1500

Please note that you need to have completed Module 1 before you can progress onto Module 2

Deposit on Booking: £250 (non-refundable)

We offer flexible payment options please contact Janet to discuss on 07850 668402 or janet@theyogastudiocarlisle.co.uk

10% Early Bird Discount if you sign on by 31st January 2019

This price includes:

  • High quality training with experienced teachers
  • Post Course Support
  • Training manual

Please note this DOES NOT include food and accommodation.

Click here to download the Application Form.

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.

Meet our Teacher - Janet Richards

Janet didn’t discover yoga until she was 46 years of age. She was suffering from stress and poor health and turned to yoga as an act of desperation. Slowly she regained her health and control of her life with the help of a regular yoga practice and in 2013 went to India to study with Sonja Appel at Sushumna Yoga. She found this a profound and life changing experience. She has continued her yoga journey training with Bernie Clark, Lucy Crawford Scott, Karen Kirkness Breneman and Josh Summers.

She is the owner of the successful The Yoga Studio, a small boutique yoga studio and she is delighted to be hosting this event in the historic City of Carlisle in Cumbria.


Meet our Teacher - Emma Vasquez

Emma started her Yoga journey at the Yoga Studio Carlisle in 2013 prominently with yin and restorative Yoga.  After a year of delving into this she went to her first ashtanga yoga class, and never looked back. Since then Emma has practiced ashtanga six days a week delving deeply into the mind science and therapeutic aspects of ashtanga yoga. Emma is a keen practitioner and extremely passionate about making ashtanga available to all. She has undergone ashtanga yoga therapy training with Manju Pattabhi Jois and has received his blessing to teach. She is excited to bring together the yang and yin aspect of yoga together with her much loved friend and teacher Janet Richards. Together they bring the full spectrum of yoga together as one.

Meet our Philosophy Teacher - Ruth Westoby

Ruth Westoby is authorised level two in the Aṣṭāṅga lineage and a doctoral researcher in yoga

Ruth is fascinated by yoga both in academia and practice. She began exploring yoga practices twenty-two years ago and has taught for over ten. As well as posture-based classes she teaches history and philosophy on yoga teacher trainings and workshops.

Ruth’s main teachers are Hamish Hendry whom she assists, Richard Freeman, Sharat Jois, and the late Śrī K Pattabhis Jois. She was awarded an MA in Indian Religions from SOAS in 2010 with Distinction. Since then she has been studying Sanskrit and caring for her young family. She writes for the practitioner journal Pushpam.

Ruth recently collaborated with SOAS’s Haṭha Yoga Project interpreting postures from the Sanskrit text the Haṭhābhyāsapaddhati shortly to be released as an educational documentary. She is currently working on doctoral research into gendered conceptions in Sanskrit texts on yoga at SOAS under the supervision of James Mallinson.

For more information and workshop listings please see enigmatic.yoga.

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 Janet direct, or e-mail Janet on janet@theyogastudiocarlisle.co.uk.

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