Our Yoga Workshops offer all an opportunity to explore, expand and experience an aspect of yoga to deepen your personal practice and teaching. They are also an invitation to connect with others within the yoga community.
To Book an event:
Event bookings are managed on our memberships portal. You will need to log in or create an account and then you can book your event.
*Please note that some events are run by GYA. Booking is directly with them.
IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND A BOOKED EVENT DUE TO HAVING COVID SYMPTOMS/HAVING TO SELF ISOLATE WE WILL ISSUE A FULL REFUND OR TRANSFER TO ANOTHER EVENT.
ONGOING TRAINING FOR TEACHERS (OGT)
Yoga Scotland Teacher members are required to accrue 15 points per year. 500 hour trained YS teacher members are able to use the YS logo on their advertising materials. To accrue points teachers may:
Attend Yoga Scotland training events: Full day (8 points) and Half day (4 points);
Attend non YS events/trainings and count 1 point per hour of training;
Private Study counts up to 5 points, for a minumum 5 hours learning;
First Aid is updated every 3 years. We provide ‘Emergency First Aid at work’ at reduced prices
Teachers may carry over up to 5 points annually.
YS points are added automatically to a teachers profile after they attend, and other training/learning is listed on the annual re-registration online forms when renewing membership.
The committee have taken a very flexible approach to accruing OGT points this year. Due to circumstances many teachers have been unable to teach or attend training events. Therfore we are allowing 2 years to accrue 15 points so that nobody is disadvantaged.
If you have any questions please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Women in Yoga: An Exploration with Amelia Wood
The worshops are available as recordings for a limited time. The sessions are mainly lecture/discussion based. Please book if you are interested in receiving the recordings links as stand alone or to replace missed sessions.
Date: Saturdays 15, 22, 29 January + 5 February 2022
Price: £96 members discount at checkout
In this course we will explore the shifting roles of women in pre-modern and modern yoga contexts, how and why significant changes came about and what this means for our practice. Drawing on hatha texts, ethnographic work and recent scholarship we will trace the relationship between yoga – as a practice, philosophy and spiritual goal – and women, their role and the social expectations placed upon them.
Amelia Wood is a yoga teacher, practitioner and PhD candidate at SOAS, University of London researching spiritual abuse in modern transnational yoga movements. She completed her MA in the Traditions of Yoga and Meditation at SOAS in 2015 and specialised in the representations of women in pre-modern yoga practices. Amelia has been teaching yoga and working in the yoga industry for over a decade and now focus’s on facilitating courses on historical and contemporary critical issues in yoga and assisting on yoga teacher training courses.
Lecture + discussions live online
In this course we will explore the shifting roles of women in pre-modern and modern yoga contexts, how and why significant changes came about and what this means for our practice.
Drawing on hatha texts, ethnographic work and recent scholarship we will trace the relationship between yoga – as a practice, philosophy and spiritual goal – and women, their role and the social expectations placed upon them. We will look at the impact of prominent women on what has become modern, globalised yoga, the concept of the divine feminine and consider questions such as: to what extent spiritual goals or movement practices inherently gendered? There will be time to discuss our own yoga practice, as students and teachers, in relation to our findings.
At the end of this course you will have an understanding of where representations of women can be found in pre-modern yoga texts and images. You will gain knowledge about the key historical moments, movements and individuals that shaped the yoga landscape into what it became in the 20th century. You will develop a critical understanding of the history of yoga and question previously accepted norms.
Please note: all texts will be presented as translations so there is no requirement to read Sanskrit. This course is open to all genders and is not exclusive to women.
Introduction: course overview and welcome.
Representations of women in pre-modern yoga texts: where can we find women in hatha yoga and tantric texts? We will look at the hatha yoga corpus, specifically sections that reference practices for women, to build a picture of expected roles in the quest for liberation. In early hatha yoga was liberation a realistic goal for a woman?
Looking beyond hatha sources: we will examine images, Buddhist and tantric sources to widen our scope in the search for women in yoga. We will consider divine representations of women such as the yogini and what implications this has for the bodies of real women.
Ethnographic work in the modern world: is there room for women in the lineage of living hatha yogis today? Is it different for white western women and Indian women?
Powerful women: which powerful women were instrumental in creating and shaping yoga communities in the early to mid twentieth century? We will look at the lives of Indra Devi, Helena Blavatsky (of the Theosophical Society), Gita Iyengar and Yogini Sunita. Who did they learn from and pass their teachings too? We will also consider the idea of the feminine body, spiritual stretching and the relationship between yoga, health and wealth.
Yoga, women and feminism: to what extent are differing ideas of liberation compatible for women who practice yoga today? In our final week we will look at encounters between yoga, beauty standards, the #metoo movement and moving beyond traditional lineages.
Conclusion: we will draw our exploration, thoughts and ideas to a close. We’ll consider how our understanding of the history of yoga has changed having altered our view to centralise the roles, representations and lives of women in yoga.
The Feldenkrais Method® for Yoga Practitioners and Teachers with Alan Caig Wilson member of the UK Feldenkrais Guild
FULLY BOOKED please contact email@example.com to go on the waiting list/be given priority when we re-run this workshop
Date: Sunday 27th March 2022 Time: 10.30am – 4.30pm
Location: The Yoga Mill, Galasheils
Price: £60 members discount at checkout
The Feldenkrais Method® lives very close to the human body. It is highly experiential and it is based on three strands of thinking and exploring: logical engineering – moving one part of the frame has a necessary effect on other parts and on the frame itself; balance – human movement is functional and aims to achieve effective, satisfying results. To do this we need a sense of good connection with the ground and a sense of safety as we alter our relationship with gravity; origins of movement – we first moved in order to think, we learned in moving before we knew we were learning. Understanding what might have been happening back then is central to developing greater awareness of ourselves as adults, perhaps allowing us to ditch current restructive habits.
Feldenkrais sessions almost always begin with a supine scan of yourself where you are now. From this baseline, movements are verbally introduced that slowly build to occupy the whole of your physical and mental frame. At the end of the session you are first returned to a supine state, where you sense the changes that have occurred in your sensation of yourself, and then to your feet.
As you gently return to the full effects of gravity on your creative and mobile self, you begin to notice the effects in terms of a different kind of relationship to your moving self and the world of objects, people and events around you.
Alan’s workshop for you as Yoga Practitioners will explore the essential connections all the way from the top of the spine to the heels. A sequence of lessons will take you through a re-experiencing of rolling, reaching, twisting, folding and extending – designed to re-place your head on top of the structure uniquely designed to carry it.
Alan’s background in theatre and physical theatre. Over the years he has studied and trained in a range of somatic and creative disciplines including mime and physical theatre with Jacques Lecoq in Paris, Laban Movement Analysis with Jean Newlove in London, Yoga with Krishna Srikumar in Edinburgh and Feldenkrais® with Mark Reese and others in Berlin.
He began his Feldenkrais® practice in Ipswich, where he shared workshop space with Katherine of Ipswich Ashtanga. He continues to teach workshops in Ipswich. For 12 years he was a tutor in Feldenkrais® at London Contemporary Dance School and for 9 years taught a summer school for somatic therapists and dancers for the Polish Institute of Choreology in Poznan.
He is now based in Edinburgh. During the pandemic he has developed an online presence teaching Feldenkrais to people all over the UK and in Mumbai. He also teaches an in-real-life weekly class for Dance Base in Edinburgh.
First Aid Training
If you wish to attend a First Aid Training and your preferred date/venue is full please email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know so we can organise further sessions.
26th February 2022 (FULLY BOOKED) Aberdeen, at Unit 4 Kittibrewster Shopping Centre, Clifton Road, AB24 4RZ
5th March 2022 (FULLY BOOKED) Edinburgh Unit 1 West Craigs Industrial Estate, EH12 0BD
12th March 2022 LIMITED PLACES AVAILABLE Glasgow at Suite 2 Buchanan Tower, Cumbernauld Road, Stepps, G33 6HZ
19th March 2022 (FULLY BOOKED) Edinburgh at Unit 1 West Craigs Industrial Estate, EH12 0BD
Price: £75 members discount at checkout
JOURNALING FOR YOGA TEACHERS & PRACTIONERS with Noelle Harrison
Date: 5th December 2021 & 16th January 2022 10am – 1 pm
Price: £60 members discount at checkout
Journaling for: Self-Awareness and Intention Setting | Self-Healing, Self-Care and Self-Love | Journaling for manifestation and to ignite your spark | Journaling for intuitive insight and empowerment
Noelle is the best-selling author of eleven novels, and five plays. Her books have been translated in over 13 different countries. She has been teaching creative writing for over twenty-five years working in schools, community groups, and third level education. She also possesses a Masters in Creative Writing with Distinction from Edinburgh Napier University and is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Yoga has always been a crucial part of Noelle’s life as a writer. She has been practising yoga and journaling for over forty years. She’s a qualified yoga teacher in Vinyasa, Restorative, Yin, and Menopause Yoga. In 2016, Noelle set up Aurora Writers’ Retreats, with the specific focus of offering workshops, classes, and retreats blending the practices of yoga, journaling, meditation, and creative writing. She has run several day and residential retreats in Scotland, Norway, Ireland, and England. Since the pandemic, Noelle has been teaching weekly journaling and yoga classes onas well as online retreat days, and yoga and journaling circles through Aurora Writers.
Menopause and Yoga
with Petra Coveney
Date: Saturday 26th February 2022
Location: Beetroot Sauvage, 33-41Ratcliffe Terrace, Edinburgh EH9 1SX
Time: 12 noon – 6pm
Price: £80 members discount at check out.
12.30am- 1pm What is the Menopause? Definitions from Western medical science & Eastern wellbeing perspectives. Stages of the Menopause, Symptoms and long term Health risks. Causes – Hormones, genetics, ethnicity. Influences: socio-economic status, lifestyle, culture. 1.30pm – 2.00pm Symptoms & Solutions (HRT, nutrition, natural remedies, complimentary therapies) Group discussion and Partner work. 2pm – 2.15pm comfort break. 2.15pm – 3.30pm: Yoga: short talk followed by group discussion and practical workshop of yoga poses. How yoga can help? Being Menopause Aware – How menopause may show up in your yoga classes? How to modify yoga asana for safe practice: Osteopenia, joint and muscle pain, hot flushes and headaches, anxiety and trauma awareness. Accessibility and Adapting your studio space to be welcoming, safe spaces. (Interactive group discussion with demonstration) 3.30-3.45pm comfort break 3.45- 5pm Menopause Yoga™ Introduction to MY basic principles and a 75- minute practice of key breathwork, asana, meditation, self reflection and journal writing. The practice includes techniques for cooling hot flushes, soothing irritability, calming anxiety, supporting sleep, clearing brain fog, lifting low mood and lethargy.* 5pm – Review of Practice & Teaching Practice of key techniques 5.30pm– Recap and Quiz Questions. 5.50pm – 6pm Closing Circle
Petra Coveney is the founder of Menopause Yoga (2013) – the world’s first specialist yoga and wellbeing practice to support women going through the menopause. Her positive approach that brings together western medical science and eastern wellbeing incorporating movement, breath work, mediation and mindset.
She is a member of the British Menopause Society, a 500+ hour senior teacher and trainer for the British Wheel of Yoga and Yoga Alliance Professionals and author of a book ‘Menopause Yoga –A Holistic Guide to Supporting Women on their Menopause Journey,’ which includes a foreword by Dr Louise Newson. Petra has run Menopause Yoga workshops and retreats at the Newson Health Menopause & Wellbeing Centre in Stratford Upon Avon, where she also launched the world’s first professionally accredited menopause teacher training course, in 2019. There are now more than 300 fully qualified teachers located in 15 countries who offer Menopause Yoga classes online and in person. She runs monthly menopause workshops online and fundraising events for the Menopause Charity, writes blogs and magazine articles as well as appearing as a guest speaker on panel discussions and women’s health festivals.
Philosophies of Yoga Module
with Graham Burns
This year long module replicates the Teacher Training Philosophy content for year 1+2.
The lecture/discussion set can be done without homework and up to 20 OGT points will be credited.
To earn credit for Teacher Training you must do the certified course which includes homework. If you subsequently apply to the Teacher Training YS course you will be credited financially and there will be no need to repeat the homework. Full attendance required.
Dates for Discussion Sessions:
26 March 2022, 7 May 2022, 11 June 2022, 9 July 2022, 3 September 2022, 1 October 2022, 12 November 2022, 7 January 2023, 11 February 2023 with pre-recorded 1 hour lecture prior to each discussion session viewed any time.
Time: Each discussion session runs 4pm-5.30pm
Location: online using zoom
Price: Two options
General Interest (no prerequisites,no homework) (counts for OGT) £375 member discount at checkout
Certified course suitable for enhancing Teacher Training hours: includes 4-8 hours homework per unit, for deepening learning
(80 hours TT). £490 member discount at checkout
Do you ever get confused about yoga philosophy? Do you struggle to tell your ātman from your āsana? If so, you are not alone. Over many centuries, yoga practices have been adopted by a number of quite different philosophical viewpoints, so the idea that there is a single ‘yoga philosophy’ is not really accurate.
In this modular online course, we will try to unpack some of this confusion and draw some of these often-tangled threads together. We will look at the similarities between some of the key philosophical traditions which have taken yoga on board, but also explore their differences. What are the philosophical ideas behind the Yoga Sūtras? How do they relate to the yogas of the Bhagavad Gītā? What are the Upaniṣads? What has tantra got to do with yoga? How relevant is all of this to contemporary yoga practice?
The course module lasts for approximately one year, and is structured over 9 units – for each unit, you will receive a recorded lecture (of about one hour in length) to listen to in your own time. This will then be followed by a 90 minute live online discussion session on the material covered in the lecture. The course is open to anyone, yoga teacher or not, wishing to deepen – or simply revisit – their understanding of the philosophical background to yoga through the ages.
The course is led by Dr Graham Burns, one of Yoga Scotland’s philosophy tutors. Graham has taught yoga for over 20 years, and has taught philosophy on yoga teacher training courses for over 10 years, where his non-dogmatic approach and lively and accessible presentation style have been widely praised. As well as teaching yoga, Graham has a MA in Indian Religions, and a PhD in Indian philosophy, and has lectured on the MA course in Traditions of Yoga and Meditation at SOAS University of London.