Yoga Teacher Training 2018: A new approach

Yoga Teacher Training 2018: A new approach

Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) is a step that many practitioners take to deeper their personal understanding of yoga. Not everyone goes into a YTT wanting to actually come out of it as a yoga teacher!

Whether you’re interested in taking that next step in order to make a career of teaching, or just to steep yourself in the study of yoga, the Avid Yogi YTT at Meadowlark Yoga offers a unique program of in-depth training.

I’m personally super excited about the evolution of our YTT program for next year.

Here are some of the reasons why:

New structure:

In the 2018 Training, we have taken on board feedback from previous years to format the required hours into a ten-day module, plus individual weekends.

Course dates for 2018:

Module 1: 16 – 25 February with Ame Wren
Module 2: 17/18 March with Karen Kirkness (Anatomy)
Module 3 (4 weekends): 21/22 April, 5/6 May, 9/10 & 23/24 June with Nadine Watton

I think this structure brings the best of both worlds, as trainees get the initial ten days to bond as a group and establish the daily routine of intensive yoga practice. Once these routines have been established, the group will set off on their continued journey to incorporate what they have learned into their “normal” lives.

The Training continues in a series of weekends. Following on from the ten-day intensive module, I will have the group for a weekend of Yoga Anatomy training during which we will work together to build on the fundamentals of alignment established in the first ten days. After that, the rest of the Training hours are given in a series of weekends that culminate in the final 200 Hour Certificate given in June to successful graduates.

New Team:

In addition to the new structure of Intensive + Weekends for the 2018 Training, I’m also delighted to be working with two experienced and inspirational colleagues in yoga: Meadowlark’s own Nadine Watton, and Boston Yoga School founder, Ame Wren.
Together the three of us bring 50 years of yoga experience to the table as long-term professional teachers.
Each of us embraces the Ashtanga method in our personal practice, and in our teachings we adapt and incorporate our wide range of experience and influence to make the practice accessible and enjoyable for every ability group. In short, we are avid yogis ourselves and have a passion for sharing this approach!

Meet the Team:

Ame will be exploring the various approaches to asana practice with which she is intimately familiar. She is especially masterful as a designer of Vinyasa sequences and will cover most of the Vinyasa and “Flow” hours of the training. Ame has a rich background in philosophy and alignment as well, and these influences will also infuse every one of the 90 hours that Trainees will spend with Ame in February.

Karen (hi, that’s me!) will be teaching all the anatomy hours as well as hands-on adjustments, and as always there will be chanting and pranayama. I bring nearly 20 years of passion for learning into my own teachings and love sharing this approach on the Trainings I’m a part of, because we are all simultaneously learning together.

Nadine has a background in dance and taught yoga professionally for over a decade while starting her family in London. Although Nadine’s specialist subject is Yin and Restorative techniques, she has a very proficient Ashtanga yoga practice and is an experienced Mysore style practitioner herself. Nadine is know for her friendly manner and ability to engage with everyone to bring a group together in movement. Her loving, family-inspired ways make her a very sought-after yoga teacher and this comes through in all her hours of training.

Our 2018 200hr Yoga Teacher Training course is registered with Yoga Alliance USA.

Pre-requisites for our training include:

  • Teacher Trainee hopefuls must have 2 years minimum yoga practice experience.
  • Teacher Trainee hopefuls must be at least 21 years of age at time of application.
  • Edinburgh-based applicants are strongly advised to attend Yoga classes at Meadowlark Yoga regularly in order to develop relationships with our experienced Yoga teachers.

If you’re interested in our 2018 training, starting on 16th February, apply online here or contact for more information.

Meadowlark Yoga

Visit our studio on the edge of the Meadows, open 7 days a week offering Ashtanga Vinyasa and other styles of 43 Argyle Place, Edinburgh, EH9 1JT 0131 2287581