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Glasgow Yoga Teacher Training Course: Becoming a CYS Certified Instructor

Updated: Jan 27

Our 200-hour accredited Glasgow CYS Yoga Teacher Training course, held at Merchant City Yoga, will guide you to develop a deep understanding of yoga, build on your personal practice, and gain the practical skills and confidence needed to guide students through a fulfilling yoga class. The CYS Yoga Teacher Training programme has been running for over 20 years, with roots dating back to the early days of yoga in Scotland in the 1970s. It is one of the leading yoga teacher training courses in the UK and has been ranked as number 1 in the UK's top 10 trainings here AND here. Find out more about the prestigious accredited course below.



Glasgow Yoga Teacher Training Curriculum Overview

Our course covers a wide range of topics to ensure you have a solid foundation in both the theory and practice of yoga. Through this training, you will learn about:

  • History and context of yoga

  • Philosophical and spiritual study, including Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras & The Bhagavad Gita

  • Asanas – working with the Ashtanga Vinyasa Primary Series, in addition to Hatha, Sivananda, Iyengar, Scaravelli-inspired, Yin and Vinyasa Flow styles

  • Anatomy and Physiology – understanding how yoga impacts the various body systems, with additional tuition in Anatomy for Yoga

  • Pranayama – the science behind the breath

  • The Subtle Body – including Nadis, Chakras, Bandhas, and Kriyas

  • Meditation – practice and understanding

  • Relaxation techniques

  • Kirtan and the use of music, mantras, and chanting

  • Yoga for special circumstances, such as back pain, pregnancy, children, and seniors

Practical Teaching Skills & Hands-On Adjustments

Our Glasgow Yoga Teacher Training course extends beyond theoretical knowledge. We emphasise the importance of hands-on experience, which includes:

  • Practice teaching skills

  • Hands-on adjustments in postures

  • Tutorials in Mindfulness, NLP, Alexander Technique, and Nutrition for a holistic approach to yoga teaching

Personal Development & Self-Reflection

Developing self-awareness and understanding how yoga ethics and philosophy relate to your practice and teaching are important components of our programme. We incorporate:

  • Myers-Briggs Personality Profiling for building self-awareness

  • Guidance for self-practice, personal development, and accountability

The Business of Yoga

To prepare you for a successful yoga teaching career, our training provides insights into:

  • Setting up your classes

  • Marketing, Accounting, and Insurance

  • A 6-hour Emergency First Aid course, available to all students outside the course hours

About Course Director June Mitchell

CYS Yoga Teacher Training Course Director June Mitchell has been teaching yoga full time since the early 1980s. June qualified to teach in Sivananda Yoga in 1976/77 through her inspirational teacher and mentor, the late William Mowat Thomson. He was the founder of the Edinburgh-based Scottish Yoga Centre of the 1970s and is widely credited as bringing yoga to Scotland. He was Patron of CYS from its inception in 2003, giving it a lineage unique in the UK.


June then had the benefit in the 1980s and 90s of many trainings with the best yoga teachers in the UK through the British Wheel of Yoga, plus inspirational 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 a direct student of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India.


She is dedicated to the traditional teachings of yoga and has been Scotland’s, and one of the UK’s, leading yoga teachers for very many years. She has taught and inspired a large number of highly successful yoga teachers who are now running their own yoga centres and charities worldwide.


In 2003 June 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.


By enrolling in our Glasgow Yoga Teacher Training course today you will be part of one of the most established yoga schools in the UK, joining a community of passionate and skilled yoga professionals with a deep understanding and education in the practice.


You can find out more about our Glasgow Yoga Teacher Training course here.

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