Foundation Course

The Yoga Scotland Foundation Course is offered to students who wish to develop their knowledge of yoga further; it is also a prerequisite for those wanting to train as teachers prior to taking the teaching diploma course.

The Yoga Scotland Foundation Course is an opportunity for students to develop their knowledge and understanding of yoga. It is also a prerequisite for those wishing to train as teachers, prior to taking the Teacher Training diploma course.

This comprehensive 60-hour course is designed to enable you to explore yoga in more depth than in a typical class as well as expand and consolidate your personal practice. You will be invited to experience the many aspects of yoga – asana, pranayama, concentration (dharana) and meditation (dhyana) – alongside topics such as the history and philosophy of yoga and its different paths and schools.

A Yoga Scotland Foundation Course Certificate is awarded to students who attend a minimum of 80% of the course but please note that the Foundation Course is not a teacher training course and does not provide those who complete the course with a teaching qualification.

The next Foundation Courses will be running in Edinburgh and Glasgow starting in Sept 2024. Applications for these courses will open soon. If you would like to ask any questions, please email

We welcome applications to our Bursary scheme, please see information here




“I look forward to every Saturday of the Foundation Course.  From the start it has given me the time and space to transform my day-to-day practice. It offers much more than just asana practice; we delve into yoga theory, anatomy and philosophy.  I am only halfway through and yet this opportunity has already proved invaluable.”

“I am loving the Foundation Course. Each month I’m excited to be there and I learn so much from the tutors (and my fellow attendees!) every time. My own practice, self-awareness and understanding of yoga have advanced significantly and I’m only halfway through. It makes my whole life better.”

“Would thoroughly recommend this course for anyone wishing to increase their knowledge of yoga whether they decide to do the Teacher training or not! I have loved it!”

“I’m very glad I signed up for the Foundation Course. It explains, gels and clarifies what you think you already know and shows you that you are learning indefinitely.”

Course Information


  • Applicants must have regularly attended yoga classes taught by a recognised teacher for a minimum of two years.
  • Students must be able to attend the mandatory first day of the course.
  • Students should continue to attend a regular class taught by a recognised yoga teacher including developing and continuing their personal practice.


    60 hours, spread over one year, comprising 10 x 6 hour days. Each day starts at 10.00 am and finishes at 5.00 pm.


    How To Apply

    Download our WORD forms and prospectus, these can be found below towards the bottom of this page.

    If you have any questions about the course or applying please us via the Contact page.

    Please submit your application by – 29 April 2024 to


    The cost of the Foundation Course is £TBC. A deposit is payable on acceptance of the course. All monies paid are non-refundable. Yoga Scotland Membership is included as part of the course.

    Bursaries are available under certain criteria, including low waged or in receipt of certain benefits. Students can request a bursary application form from our Administraion Team before applying via our Contact Page.

    Glasgow Foundation Course


    Course Prospectus: click here



    Shiatsu and Thai Massage Training Scotland,

    72 Berkeley St., Glasgow G3 7PH

    Course Dates:

    2023                         2024

    Sat 16 Sept  (1)       Sat 27 Jan     (5)

    Sat  7 Sept   (2)       Sat 24 Feb    (6)

    Sat  4 Oct     (3)      Sat 23 Mar   (7)

    Sat  9 Nov    (4)      Sat 27 Apr    (8)

                                     Sat 25 May  (9)

                                     Sat 22 Jun   (10)

    Edinburgh Foundation Course


    Course Prospectus click here



    Blazin’ Studios

    151 London Road., Edinburgh EH7 6AE

    Course Dates:

    2023                     2024

    Sat 9 Sept (1)       Sat 27 Jan   (5)

    Sat 7 Oct   (2)       Sat 17 Feb  (6)

    Sat 4 Nov  (3)        Sat 23 Mar (7)

    Sat 2 Dec  (4)        Sat 4 May   (8)

                                   Sat 1 June   (9)

                                   Sat 6 July   (10)

    Glasgow Foundation Course



    Shiatsu and Thai Massage Training Scotland,

    72 Berkeley St., Glasgow G3 7PH

    Course Dates:

    2024   2025 
    Sat 21 Sept (1)   Sat 25 Jan (5)  
    Sat 19 Oct (2)   Sat 22 Feb (6)  
    Sat 16 Nov (3)   Sat 15 March (7)  
    Sat 14 Dec (4)   Sat 26 April (8)  
      Sat 17 May (9)  
      Sat 14 June (10)  

    Edinburgh Foundation Course



    Santosha Wellness Centre,

    21 Albert Street, Edinburgh EH7 5LH

    Course Dates:

    2024  2025 
    Sat 7 Sept (1)   Sat 11 Jan (5)  
    Sat 5 Oct (2)   Sat 8 Feb (6)  
    Sat 9 Nov (3)   Sat 1 March (7)  
    Sat 7 Dec (4)   Sat 5 April (8)  
      Sat 3 May (9)  
      Sat 7 June (10)  

    Document downloads

    Glasgow Foundation Course


    Document downloads

    Edinburgh Foundation Course


    Course Tutors

    Lindsey Porter

    Lindsey completed her 200 hour YTT with Yogrishi Vishvketu in Akhanda Hatha Yoga in Rishikesh India in 2006. She is Curvy Yoga qualified, has undertaken further studies in experiential anatomy training with Judith Hanson Lasater and also Special Yoga & Mindfulness for Autism & ADHD, and Yin Yoga training with Bernie Clark. Based in Falkirk, Lindsey is passionate about sharing the benefits yoga can bring to all minds and bodies. She fuses her backgrounds in these different trainings into her classes to help make them accessible to all. 

    As well as teaching regular yoga classes, running various workshops, weekend Wellbeing Retreats and the occasional yoga journey to India, she supports fundraising and raising awareness for various charities and in particular SAMH the Scottish Association for Mental Health. Lindsey is a Signatory of the Mental Health Charter for physical activity and sport.  She often leads funded sessions to various groups in the communitiy including, carers groups and Care Homes for people living with dementia.

    She is a published author of 2 books and had contributed articles to various Yoga magazines and Wellbeing publications.

    She co-founded in 2016 the award nominated international yoga podcast series – Voices of Yoga (available on Soundcloud).

    Lindsey has previous experience of working for 20 years in the Financial Services sector, in project management for financial institutions. 

    Melanie Cook

    Melanie has been practicing yoga and meditation since the early 1990’s, in order to manage a serious back condition and anxiety.

    She has been teaching since 1995, having been introduced to the work the The Yoga For Health Foundation (YfHF) based in Bedfordshire.  After completing Teacher Training with the YfHF in 1995, she then became a teacher at their residential centre.  During her time there she continued her studies for the Remedial Teacher Training Course which she completed in 1996.

    Melanie moved to Edinburgh and completed the Yoga Scotland Teacher Training Diploma in 1999.  She has completed numerous other trainings in pregnancy, yoga for children, pranayama and GP referral.  Melanie has run a number of BWY Foundation Courses and set up and run a Remedial Yoga Teacher Training course with her husband.  She is a guest tutor in Yoga and Disability Awareness for the Scottish School of Yoga Therapy.

    Melanie teaches a number of classes in Edinburgh and the Lothians, offering accessible and inclusive classes, chair classes and private sessions for people with long-term conditions and disabilities. She continues to be inspired by her students, many of whom are living with life changing conditions.

    Melanie is currently working on a number of projects for yoga and MS and Dementia friendly yoga.  She continues to study and practice in the areas of yoga, mindfulness, ayurveda, Theravaden Buddhism and neuroplasticity.

    Andrea Duffin

    Andrea owns and runs The Yoga Mill Centre in Galashiels and teaches Yoga to all ages.

    She first encountered meditation and relaxation techniques when she was 19, and later on after she had her 3rd child her interest in meditation led her to yoga, as a movement to help her aching body. And it did. First the asana practice helped to heal her physical aches and pains after a difficult pregnancy, then she realised how much more there was and fell in love with the deeper teachings of the practice.

    Andrea has been teaching yoga and meditation to adults and children for over 10 years and in 2016 completed her 3 years training with Yoga Scotland. The 3 years with Yoga Scotland was a wonderfully intense, in-depth training of 1 year of Foundation Course followed by two years of Teacher Training to gain her 500 hours qualification. She has also completed the 1 year Living Yoga Course with Yoga Scotland.

    On the Teacher Training Course we not only learned how to practice, but how to teach this practice. In philosophy we studied the ancient texts to support our personal practice and our teaching. Anatomy lectures helped us gain an insight into why we move in certain ways and how the practice of yoga physically helps our health, physically and mentally.

    Of course we are ever the student and Andrea continues to learn through workshops, personal practice and learning something new from each of her students every time she leads a class.

    Andrea’s classes are suitable for everyone; beginners and those wishing to deepen their practice. She teaches a hatha class that embodies the whole of yoga: meditation, pranayama (breathwork), asana (postures), philosophy and usually a lovely long relaxation to end.

    Andrea sees yoga as something deeply personal to everyone as we explore our inner landscape through our practice. She loves teaching everyone to work intuitively, working from within and meeting ourselves where we are. Finding the essence of our true nature through exploration of the body, mind and spirit.

    Unfortunately due to a change in circumstances, the Sept 2023 is not running this year.

    Rona Main

    Rona has been practicing Yoga for 18 years and teaching for 10 years.  Yoga and family have become her vocation.  

    Rona trained as a Yoga Teacher during time spent in London, qualifying in 2007 with the British Wheel of Yoga Teaching Diploma.  Teaching in the Inverurie area of Aberdeenshire, she agrees that Yoga should be accessible to all ages, abilities and backgrounds. Gratitude, openness and collaboration are at the heart of her practice. 

    Hatha led, her style draws on a mix of traditional and modern teaching influences in asana, pranayama and relaxation.  She works closely with the breath in all aspects of asana practice, often with sequences, encouraging Students to build strength and flexibility at their own pace.    

    Identifying what can disturb inner peace, and helping Students find Santosha through Yoga, is a recurring theme she builds upon.  Although work-in-progress, this includes Rona’s own personal exploration into a more minimal and uncluttered lifestyle.  

    Rona also teaches children and youngsters in schools, and has recently incorporated more restorative Yoga and meditation into her adult classes.

    Rona is a co-tutor for the Yoga Scotland Aberdeen Foundation Course and believes this is a very rewarding step for Students seeking a deeper appreciation of Yoga and an enhanced practice.

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