200 Hours Yoga Teacher Training - Functional Hatha Yoga

22nd to 31st May 2020 and 20th August to 31st August 2020

If you are interested in studying to be a yoga teacher and looking for an intensive study programme, then look no further than our teacher training course at The Yoga Studio, a dedicated boutique yoga haven located in the heart of the historic City of Carlisle. We are listed as one of the top 25 yoga studios in the UK by Women’s Health magazine.

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

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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 with Rebecca Shepherd that will give you an insight into the ancient yogic texts and show you how to link this into our modern lifestyle.

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.

Places are limited to 16.

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.

Module 1 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.

Module 2 will be taking place at Carlisle Castle in a beautiful space in Cumbria’s Museum of Military life. This module will feel different in tempo as we prepare you for teaching students. We will have a number of practical sessions with genuine yoga students at the yoga studio itself which is only a few minutes walk away.

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 programme and the day will start at either 7am or 8am. You will need to complete both modules in order obtain your 200hrs Yoga Teacher qualification

An average day will look like this:

7:00 or 8:00am         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 Emma and 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.
  • 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 2020

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

Module 1: 22nd May to 31st May 2020                                       Price: £1500

Module 2: 20th August to 31st August 2020                              Price: £1500

Module 2: 19th August to 30th August 2021                              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 Emma to discuss on 07850 668402 or emma@theyogastudiocarlisle.co.uk

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

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

As I was approaching my 46th birthday I became increasingly aware that I had to make some changes to my life before I became a candidate for an early demise! 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 April 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 Carlisle in 2013 and developed it into a thriving yoga community providing quality yoga classes, workshops and teacher trainings. I sold the studio to Emma and Martin in 2019 and continue to support them by teaching classes, workshops and the teacher training programme. I now enjoy coming to many more classes as a student – it is a wonderful place to recharge my batteries.


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 - Rebecca Shepherd

Rebecca is a registered senior instructor with Yoga Alliance UK and is one of the first instructors in the world to have received a RYS 500 hour teaching certificate from the pioneer of modern Yin Yoga – Yoga Master Paul Grilley.  Paul is the world authority on Yin Yoga practice.

She was born and bred in The Lake District and lived in Cockermouth during her formative years.  As a young child she was fascinated by the poses in a Yoga book her Mum and Dad owned and used to copy postures like the cobra, bow and camel.  At school she became interested in drama and at 18 she left home to pursue an acting career in London. She attended The Guildhall School of Music and Drama for 3 years and enjoyed the yoga influenced movement classes which she took.  Following her studies she appeared in a few TV shows and Fringe Theatre productions and also attended her first proper yoga course at The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre in Putney.  At that time in the 90s, Ashtanga was becoming very popular and she began attending regular classes.  Then, in 2001, a friend who was living in Florida, talked her into attending a Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in LA.  She taught this practice for a couple of years until, in 2004, she was handed a copy of the “Yin Yoga – the foundations of a quiet practice” DVD by Paul Grilley.  The Yin practice felt right and the Yang aspect felt familiar and reminded her of her movement classes at Drama School.  That was it…. she had found my calling and in 2006 she attended her first 30 hour anatomy course with Paul Grilley followed directly by an amazing 6 day retreat with Paul and his wife Suzee and 10 other students.  Since then, she has dedicated her life to spreading the word about Yin Yoga and traveling to study with Paul each year.

In 2008 she was honoured to organise the last UK retreat held by Paul in Cornwall. Paul and Suzee are globally credited with re-introducing the world to this deep practice and spent many years traveling the world teaching a functional approach to yoga.  They made a decision to stop flying a few years ago, so the only way to work with them now is to fly to California. 

She has made the trip many times now and was one of the first instructors in the world to receive his 500 Hour teaching certificate in 2012.  She has over 200 hours of advanced studies with him, focussing now on yoga philosophy and meditation. She continues travel to California annually further her studies so that she can share his immense knowledge with her students and stay up to date.

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 emma@theyogastudiocarlisle.co.uk.

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