Yoga Teacher Training

Yoga Teacher Training Courses


All three 12 month CYS teacher training courses begin in September each year and we are now taking applications for the September 2019 entry,

Course structure is 12 hours over one weekend a month for 10 of the months and in February and June it’s 16 hours;   6.30 – 9.30pm on Friday evenings and Saturdays 9 til 6pm.   In February and June 2020 it will also be 9 til 1pm on Sunday mornings. 

Meet up dates for applicants are below: 

Merchant City Yoga, Glasgow – Saturday, 9th June – check time with Judi

Addlestone Community Centre, Addlestone, Surrey – Saturday, 15th June, 12.30 – 2pm

David Lloyd Newhaven, Edinburgh – Saturday, 29th June, 12.30 – 2pm

Merchant City Yoga, Glasgow, Saturday, 8th July, check time with Judi

To arrange to come along for an informal chat about your interest in training to become a yoga teacher, contact June Mitchell for Edinburgh/Perth and Addlestone, Surrey and Judi Farrell for Merchant City Yoga, Glasgow on the emails below.

For more information contact June Mitchell, Course Director, on for Edinburgh/Perth and Addlestone, Surrey; and Judi Farrell, Lead Trainer, on for Glasgow.



The CYS Teacher Training Course was a journey of discovery and development.   June and her team guided me through each stage, offering me their support and knowledge along the way.   It gave me so much to think about, brought me into contact with a wonderful group of fellow students, fired my enthusiasm and gave me the courage to take on the challenge of becoming a yoga teacher in my own right.   Thank you.   Jill CYS Graduate 2018

An amazing experience!   I learned so much and discovered pieces of myself that I didn’t know existed.  I graduated feeling that I could share yoga with others in an authentic way.    This was not my goal when I joined the teacher training.  My only aim was to learn more about a practice that I felt had changed my life for the better.  The course offered this and so much more in a beautifully structured way.   I am grateful beyond words and can’t recommend CYS enough.  Stephanie CYS Graduate 2018

One of the best decisions I have ever made!   A year of hard work, personal exploration and growth through yoga.  I am extremely grateful for the inspiring tutors and support from all my classmates and course leader, June Mitchell.   Looking forward to the journey of teaching ahead.   Tina CYS Graduate 2018

Where do I start?  What a journey June!  I cannot tell you how much this course has changed my life.  I have learned so, so much.  I will never thank you enough for what I discovered through your course.  I loved every single minute of it.  It has brought the light and peace into my life.   I have worked really hard and this showed me that I can;  I can be who I want to be.  Best feeling ever.  Thank you June, I will miss you.   Anna CYS Graduate 2018

Well, what can I say!   This course has been life changing for me and what a journey it’s been.  June and the CYS team are the most approachable, accommodating, informative and generous instructors you could ever wish to meet.   I couldn’t recommend this course enough and you never lose touch, the connection is always there if you need support or advice.   Love you guys.   Amanda CYS graduate 2017

The course was a life changing experience.  I cannot thank June and Judi enough for everything – thank you.   Fi CYS graduate 2017

An amazing course – loved every minute and learned so much.   Excellent teachers, inspirational workshops/visiting teachers and an amazing class of trainees.  Practical, experiential and life changing.  thank you.   Dee, CYS graduate 2017

This is the most fantastic teacher training course.   Comprehensive, supportive and the very best start for anyone wanting to teach Yoga in an ethical, holistic and safe way, improving the lives of all who get involved.   Thanks to June Mitchell and everyone who continues to strive to make it so.  I am eternally grateful.   Serena, CYS graduate 2017

For all of the work that I am involved with now as a yoga teacher, this teacher training most certainly opened my eyes and my heart to the practice of yoga.   It not only served as my foundation but I became more curious about how I become a teacher, how to be in service to others under the lineage and traditions of yoga.   The work on the training is understandably thorough.   June has this unique way of imparting her many, many years of knowledge.  Changed everything for me. Positively.  I still from time to time look back on my course work and get those ‘Ah ha’ moments that June talked about only a few years ago.  I owe this course a huge amount of gratitude.   Lynette, Spring 2017  (Graduate 2013)

I spent a long time searching for the right yoga course and, after a year learning so much more than just the basics of teaching yoga, I am so happy that this is the course I chose.  I would highly recommend it to anyone wishing to gain knowledge of the true meaning of yoga.   Sharon CYS graduate August 2016

I learned so much over the course of the 12 months and developed not only as a teacher but also as a person.   June and the other tutors were always there to support and encourage us.  Life-changing stuff!  Bettine, CYS Graduate August 2016

I had a wonderful weekend last week, a great climax to such a fulfilling year.  I left full of enthusiasm to start my own classes. I can’t thank you and your team enough for such a fabulous foundation to my yoga teaching. I’ll miss you all greatly.     Diane, CYS Graduate, August 2016 

I just want you to know what a truly wonderful, life changing experience this has been for me. I’ve not only enjoyed the course enormously but it’s had a hugely beneficial impact on all aspects of my life. You have put together such an excellent programme. After every weekend I came away enriched in body, mind and soul with so much to reflect on. You personally June create such a warm and compassionate space to learn in – and your own passion for yoga is totally infectious. From the bottom of my heart – thank you.     Sarah, CYS Graduate August 2016

This course has been truly inspiring. I gained so much more than a teaching qualification both physically and spiritually. Sign up – you won’t regret it.    Elaine, CYS Graduate, August 2016

It’s been such a fabulous year learning so much from you, I never dreamed this time 18 months ago I would have had such a wonderful opportunity and come so far. Can’t thank you enough.     Lou, CYS Graduate, August 2016

To apply contact June Mitchell, the Course Director, at or Judi Farrell at Merchant City Yoga for the Glasgow course –

All dates for the Sept 2019 – August 2020 courses are available to click on below and by emailing June and Judi as above.

CYS Yoga Teacher Training   2003 – 2018

 About CYS Yoga Teacher Training

June at KPJAYI- Mysore

CYS Yoga Teacher Training Course Director, June Mitchell, pictured above in 2004 during her time in Mysore, India being taught by Ashtanga Guru, Sri K Pattabhi Jois, has been teaching yoga full time since the early 1980s, running three very successful yoga centres in Perth, Scotland, the current one being Perth Yoga Studio

As a young woman, she qualified in Sivananda Yoga in 1976/77 through her inspirational teacher and mentor, William Mowat Thomson, founder of the Edinburgh-based Scottish Yoga Centre of the 1970s, the man who brought yoga to Scotland and who today is Patron of the Classical Yoga School giving it a lineage unique in the UK.   She then had the great benefit in the 1980s and 90s of many trainings with Iyengar yoga teachers. In 2003 she further qualified in Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga with Certified Ashtanga yoga teacher, Paul Dallaghan’s Centred Yoga on Koh Samui in Thailand and in 2004 was privileged to be a direct student of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India.

She is dedicated to the traditional teachings of yoga and has been one of the UK’s first and leading yoga teachers for very many years. She has taught and inspired a large number of highly successful yoga teachers who are now taking classes and running their own yoga centres and charities throughout Scotland, the South of England, Europe, the USA, South America and even as far as Australia – hello Harry and Allison in Townsville!

In 2003 she co-founded and was Course Director of CYS Scotland, then called the Chi Yoga School, as an independent yoga school offering the highest standards in yoga teacher training.

In 2006 CYS expanded into the South of England and the training courses have continued to thrive since 2010 when June took over as sole owner and Course Director of CYS, now known as the Classical Yoga School.   CYS is an RYS200 – a Registered Yoga School with the US-based Yoga Alliance giving our graduate yoga teachers world-wide certification.

Since September 2015 three courses have been running – Edinburgh/Perthshire, Addlestone, Surrey and at Merchant City Yoga in Glasgow with her friend and colleague, the exceptional Judi Farrell, who has been Lead Trainer with CYS for the past nine years.    As of August 2018 almost 600 students have successfully graduated from CYS over the years.

Under June’s guidance and with the support of a large and inspirational team of tutors, all experts in their various fields, the school has become renowned as the Centre of Excellence in the UK for training enthusiastic yoga students to become inspiring, professional yoga teachers in their own right.