The BWY Foundation Course offers an exciting opportunity for students to deepen their knowledge and experience of yoga. It aims to develop a confident home practice and offers an excellent preparation for students who plan to join a Teacher Training Course; for British Wheel Teacher Training Courses the Foundation Course is the standard entry requirement.
This 60 hour course is designed to explore yoga in more depth than you could in your weekly class. It includes practical and theoretical work on the eight limbs of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras such as asana (postures), pranayama (breath control), concentration, and meditation as well as topics such as the history of yoga, and the different paths and schools of yoga.
The course is for everyone who would like to develop their knowledge and experience of yoga further. The course is also useful for those wanting to go on to train as BWY teachers to provide them with the basics and introduction to the BWY diploma course.
The Foundation Course is not a teaching qualification.
Applicants must have a minimum of 2 consecutive year’s yoga experience with a reputable teacher before starting the course.
An interview with me will take place in order to provide the opportunity to find out the suitability for the course. Please bear in mind, that this course is an investment into your development and requires commitment for its duration, which makes it important that you feel comfortable with your choice.
Boreham Village Hall, Main Rd, Boreham, Chelmsford CM3 3JD.
The hall has ample parking and is easily accessible from A12.
The course involves 60 contact hours and will comprise of 10 full Saturdays. Please note an 80% attendance is required to receive your certificate.
- Mar 12th 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Course dates Saturdays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- April 16th
- May 7th
- June 4th
- July 2nd
- Sept 3rd, 24th
- Oct 22nd
- Nov 19th
2 extra days are yet to be confirmed but are likely to be Aug 13th and Dec 3rd
Students are required to practice regularly throughout the course, attend a weekly class and keep a personal practice journal. Other than this there is no home/written work and the course is not formally assessed.
Please see full syllabus here
The following books are required:
- “The Heart of Yoga” by TKV Desikachar
- “Asana, Pranayama, Mudra, Bandha” Swami Satyananda Saraswati
- A copy of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras is also required for the course and my recommended translation is “The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali” by Shri Swami Satchidananda.
Costs and payment details
The cost of the course is £450 for the 10 days of tuition. The payment structure is £150 non-refundable deposit payable on acceptance application this is not negotiable, £150 by 30th April, and £150 by 31st May
You will also need to pay:
- BWY Membership £34 for one year (paid directly to the BWY here) if you are not already a member.
- BWY Course registration fee £60 (covers administration and certification costs).
There is an initial deposit of £150. Please note that this deposit is not refundable under any circumstances. If you pay for a course and are unable to take part, or are unable to complete the course, for whatever reason, the fees are non-refundable. I may be able to give you credit to do another course, but this is completely at my discretion.
The balance to be paid either in full at the start of the course or in two instalments of £150 due on at the start of the course and the second on the second weekend of the coruse.
Cheques for course fees made payable to Emma Turnbull, for bank transfer to Emma Turnbull Sort Code: 09-01-33 Account: 40761687 . If you need assistance with paying the £450 fee then also contact me. Also please contact me for Paypal/Credit Card options.
Booking the course
If you are interested in taking this course then please complete the application form here, this initially reserves your place. On completion of your interview and acceptance on the course, you will be required to pay your BWY membership (if you haven’t done so already), registration and course fees or a deposit in order to secure your place.
- Read the course syllabus here.
- Download application form here.
- Download teacher reference form here.
- Return as requested completed teacher reference form and signed application form to me at 10 Bakersfield, Mayland, Essex, CM3 6GT.
- Join BWY here.
- Pay BWY registration fee and deposit or full course fees. The £60 registration fee needs to be sent to me on a separate cheque issued to the British Wheel of Yoga and sent onto them by me.
I attended my Foundation course in 2003 as I was looking for more than I could get from my weekly class, I think this is a fabulous course, it was the beginning of a yogic lifestyle for me rather than just a practice – I really began to learn how to take yoga off the mat and into my life! I also really enjoyed mixing with likeminded people – all on our own yogic journeys! I am delighted to now be able to offer this course to others.