The Yoga Studio Carlisle

200 Hours Yoga Teacher Training – Functional Hatha Yoga

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. 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.

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 philosophy module with Karen Kirkness 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.

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

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 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.



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

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.

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 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 Emma a ring on 07850 668402, or e-mail Emma on

The Yoga Studio
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