Yoga Teacher Training

Yoga Teacher Training Courses

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All three 12 month CYS teacher training courses begin in September each year and we are currently taking applications for the September 2019 entries.   

The Classical Yoga School is an RYS200 (Registered Yoga School, ID No. 11350) with the Yoga Alliance based in the US and gives worldwide accreditation – www.yogaalliance.org

Course structure is 12 contact 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;  9 – 1pm on two Sundays, February and June.   There are a further 28 contact hours of shadowing/observing/assisting an experienced teacher.  In addition, regular practice/study/written work in the months between course weekends combine to around 350 hours in total over the year.   

We have just a few places remaining for Edinburgh/Perth, Merchant City Yoga, Glasgow and Addlestone, Surrey.  The start dates are –

30/31 August for Edinburgh/Perth

6/7 September for MCY, Glasgow

13/14 September for Addlestone, Surrey

If you would like to have an informal chat about your interest in training to become a yoga teacher, in the first instance please contact June Mitchell for Edinburgh/Perth and Addlestone, Surrey and Judi Farrell for Merchant City Yoga, Glasgow on the emails below.

June Mitchell, Course Director on june.cysyoga@gmail.com for Edinburgh/Perth and Addlestone, Surrey

Judi Farrell, Lead Trainer, on judi@merchantcityoga.com for Glasgow.

 

Testimonials

Brilliant.  Life changing course.  Covers every aspect of yoga practice and philosophy with the input of many experts.  Emma CYS Graduate 2019

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 admin@cysyogateachertraining.com or Judi Farrell at Merchant City Yoga for the Glasgow course – judi@merchantcityyoga.com

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 www.perthyogastudio.com.

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 www.yogaalliance.org 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.

Courses

The 2019 CYS courses will begin: Edinburgh/Perth – on 30/31 August 2019, Merchant City Yoga, Glasgow – on 6/7 September 2019, Addlestone, Surrey – on 13/14 September 2019.


Edinburgh and Perthshire

12 month Yoga Teacher Training Course

Venues:  David Lloyd Newhaven Place, Newhaven, Edinburgh EH6 4LX

and Perth Yoga Studio, Old Academy Building, 7 Rose Terrace, Perth PH1 5HA


Syllabus


Asana practice and teaching workshops in the Ashtanga Vinyasa Primary Series, Sivananda Hatha Yoga, Iyengar Yoga and Flow Yoga.   Philosophical/spiritual Study of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras;  Anatomy and Physiology – plus specialist expert tuition in Yoganatomy;  Pranayama – the science behind the breath;  Nadis, Chakras, Bandhas and Kriyas;  Koshas and Vayus;  Relaxation and Meditation techniques;  Kirtan and the use of music, mantras and chanting;  Guidance for Self-practice and Personal Development;  Yoga for special circumstances, ie:  for children, pregnant women, back pain, seniors, etc.   

… and to help develop a sound holistic approach to yoga teaching, the course uniquely includes tutorials in – T’ai Chi and Qigong; NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming), Nutrition, The Alexander Technique, Hands-on Skills for adjusting in postures and Myers Briggs Personality profiling for building self-awareness to teach.   A 4-hour Emergency First Aid Course will also be made available to all students out with the course hours and will be programmed in the summer of 2020. 

Tutors

Course Director June Mitchell, Lead Trainer  Judi Farrell, Gareth Magee, James Boag, Siobhan Lappin, Clare Fulton, Judy Cameron, John Connelly, Dr. Jackie Chaplin, Tony Young/Narad, Agracitta Brawley, Mark Smith, Alex Woodward, Jenny Lovatt, Jan Moffat Osband;   and assisted throughout by CYS qualified teachers.

Course Dates for 2019-20

Friday evenings:                     6.3O – 9.3Opm (refreshments included)

Saturdays:                                9am – 6pm (vegetarian lunch and refreshments included)

Plus 2 Sunday mornings:       9am til 1pm – February and June 2020

 

Module 1                  30 and 31  August – Edinburgh 2019                /
Module 2                  27/28 September – Perth  
Module 3                  25/26 October – Edinburgh
Module 4                  22/23 November  – Perth
Module 5                  10/11 January – Edinburgh
Module 6                  7/8/9 February– PerthFrid eve, Sat, Sun til 1pm
Module 7                  6/7 March – Edinburgh
Module 8                  3/4 April  – Perth
Module 9                  8/9 May – Edinburgh
Module 10                5/6/7 June – Birnam Arts Centre, Frid eve, Sat, Sun til 1pm
Module 11                3 and 4 July Edinburgh
Module 12                31July/1 August – Perth

Addlestone, Surrey

12 month Yoga Teacher Training Course
Venues:  Muriel Wise Suite, Addlestone Community Centre, Garfield Rd, ADDLESTONE, Surrey KT15 2NJ

Syllabus

Asana practice and teaching workshops in the Ashtanga Vinyasa Primary Series, Sivananda Hatha Yoga, Iyengar Yoga and Flow Yoga.  Philosophical/spiritual Study of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras;  Anatomy and Physiology – plus specialist expert tuition in Yoganatomy;  Pranayama – the science behind the breath;  Nadis, Chakras, Bandhas and Kriyas;  Koshas and Vayus;  Relaxation and Meditation techniques;  Kirtan and the use of music, mantras and chanting;  Guidance for Self-practice and Personal Development;  Yoga for special circumstances, ie:  for children, pregnant women, back pain, seniors, etc.

to help develop a sound holistic approach to yoga teaching, the course uniquely includes tutorials in –     T’ai Chi and Qigong;  NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming), Nutrition, The Alexander Technique, Hands-on Skills for adjusting in postures and Myers Briggs Personality profiling for building self-awareness to teach.   A 6-hour Emergency First Aid Course will also be made available to all students out with the course hours and will be programmed in the summer of 2020.

Tutors

Course Director June Mitchell, Lead Trainer Judi Farrell, Sarah Vaughan, Julia Woodham, James Boag, Dale Spence, Trish Spence, Kerry Emerson-Pyle, Jenny Thomas, Rosie Tamkin, Kamal Thapen, Tony Young/Narad, Alex Woodward, Lisa Marie Bertoni – and assisted throughout by CYS qualified teachers.

Course Dates for 2019-20

Friday evenings:                     6.30 – 9.30pm (refreshments included)

Saturdays:                                9am – 6pm (vegetarian lunch and refreshments included)

Plus 2 Sunday mornings:       9am til 1pm – February and June 2020

 

Module 1                13/14 September 2019
Module 2                  11/12 October
Module 3                  8/9 November
Module 4                  6/7 December
Module 5                  24/25 January 2020  
Module 6                  21/22/23 February + Sunday, 9 til 1pm
Module 7                  20/21 March
Module 8                  17/18 April
Module 9                  22/23 May
Module 10                19/20/21 June + Sunday, 9 til 1pm
Module 11                17/18 July
Module 12                14/15 August

Glasgow, Merchant City Yoga

Merchant City Yoga, The Jacobean Building, 2nd Floor, 49 Virginia Street, GLASGOW G1 1TS

Friday evenings: 6.30 – 9.30pm (refreshments included)
Saturdays: 9am – 6pm (vegetarian lunch and refreshments included)
Plus two Sunday mornings: 9am til 1pm – February and June 2019

To apply –
Contact Judi Farrell
0141 255 0689
info@merchantcityyoga.com

  • Philosophical and Spiritual Study of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras
  • Asanas- For personal practice we are working with the Ashtanga Vinyasa Primary Series in addition to studying Sivananda, Iyengar and Yoga Flow styles
  • Pranayama- the science behind the breath
  • Nadis, Chakras, Bandhas and Kriyas
  • Relaxation and Meditation techniques
  • The use of Music, Mantras and Chanting
  • Anatomy and Physiology- covering all the body systems and understanding how yoga acts on them with additional specialist tuition in Yoganatomy.
  • Guidance for Self-Practice and Personal Development
  • Yoga for special circumstances, i.e: back pain, pregnancy, children, seniors, restorative, etc.
  • Tutorials in Chi Gung, Tai Chi, NLP, Alexander Technique, Nutrition and Myers-Briggs personality profiling
  • Setting up your classes marketing, Accounting, etc.

In addition and to give extra help in developing good teaching skills, the course will also uniquely include: Chi Gung – Yoga and Chi Gung go very well together and students often enjoy the addition of this type of movement in regular classes;  NLP (neurolinguistic programming) and Myers Briggs personality profiling – teaching yoga is not as easy as a good teacher can make it look and the self awareness and understanding taught in NLP and Myers Briggs sessions are very helpful for acquiring good teaching skills;  hands-on skills for adjusting in postures;   guidance and tuition for postural adjustments from The Alexander Technique, ‘how I use my body affects the way it works’.   It is very helpful as a yoga teacher to have an understanding of the Alexander Technique;  Nutrition – the importance of good nutrition cannot be over-emphasised and of course affects health and fitness.

generic1At both venues, Saturday mornings are for the development of personal Ashtanga Vinyasa practice followed by practical yoga teaching tutorials / methodology and meditation with the remaining time taken up with lectures and practicals.

In addition to weekend tutorials, there is a minimum requirement of one and a half hours of weekly classes (based on 45 weeks per year) from a suitable local teacher. Home practice and study may take up another 2 – 4 hours per week, with assignments to complete for each module. Assessments will be ongoing and together with submitted written module papers, will lead to overall evaluation for certification.

Small groups ensure good input and guidance for each trainee teacher, and will lead to an International Certification CYS Yoga Alliance, enabling graduates to teach worldwide. Full insurance cover will be available to all qualified CYS teachers and the Teachers Register on the website is available to all authorities and parties interested in acquiring the services of fully qualified yoga teachers. Guidance for the setting of professional fees together with the practical aspects of running classes is also given.

Continuing Professional Development – Re-registration for CYS teachers is linked to 12 hrs CPD yearly and workshops from International Yoga teachers are in the CYS post graduate programme.

Accreditation

Governing Body

CYS is an Independent Yoga School with a Governing Body of highly-respected and influential leaders in their respective fields of yoga and personal development. It is led by William Mowat Thomson, the Founder/Principal of the l970’s Edinburgh Scottish Yoga Centre and who, in the l960’s and 70’s, brought yoga to Scotland and created the country’s foundation of yoga teachers. William was June’s teacher and mentor and there is no-one whose yoga teaching and guidance of teachers has had such an impact in Scotland and whose demonstration of the joy and spiritual depth of yoga practice remains an inspiration today. It is a great privilege to have William on our Governing Body as we offer our best endeavours to bring through excellent yoga teachers for the 2lst century and gives CYS a lineage that is as highly valued as it is unique in the UK.   Paul Dallaghan, Founder/Director of Centered Yoga, Yoga Thailand and inspiring International Certified Ashtanga yoga teacher, Dr. Yvonne Fogarty, Cardiologist, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee and yoga practioner, Mary McPherson, leading Scottish complementary therapist and yoga teacher.

CYS Yoga Teacher Training is synonymous with the highest standards and is known as a centre for excellence in yoga teaching. Students coming out of the school with a CYS Yoga Alliance (www.yogaalliance.org) Certificate will be seen to represent the above standards and should expect to finalise their training confident, happy and ready to pass on their understanding and experience of yoga to their students.

Yoga is a lifetime’s study and this course should be seen as a sound foundation to build on while acquiring the wisdom to recognise new openings and pathways for learning as they occur over the years – which they will.