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What is Seasonal Yoga Flow?
Seasonal Yoga flow is a style of dynamic Yoga practice which is designed to align you with the changing energies of nature and the seasons. A practice that improves physical strength and flexibility and brings balance and harmony to your life. The concept was created in 1995 by Julie Hanson and Sue Woodd as an antidote to the stress and anxiety of modern life. It combines Yoga, Tai Chi, Chi Kung and a modern understanding about body movement, with Traditional Chinese Medicine ideas about the changing nature of the seasons around us, and within.
Start Classes at Seasonal Yoga Academy
Seasonal Yoga Academy is a yoga studio in Pollokshields, Glasgow Southside. With a choice of very experienced teachers and a community feeling which will welcome you to your first class, or your 100th! We are here to support you throughout the seasons of the year and the seasons of your life, bringing together people of all ages, abilities and aspirations, to nourish body and mind.
There are many types of classes & workshops held at the Seasonal academy, from complete beginner classes to advanced teacher training courses.
TRY OUR SEASONAL FLOW WITH THE TRIAL PASS- FIRST 4 CLASSES £204 CLASSES £20
International Yoga Teacher Training Courses
We are very proud to be able to offer year long SEASONAL YOGA TEACHER TRAINING courses in several cities throughout Europe.
Glasgow is our main Academy, and offers 200 & 300 hour courses. The 200 hour course starts twice a year in January and May, and the 300 hour course begins in January.
Our London training is situated in a venue in the south of London, Cobham in Surrey. We start our 200 hour course there in March.
The Liverpool 200 hour course begins in January, Finland in September, Germany in October, and Spain will start in 2017.
For dates and venues and more information please see the links below.
Seasonal Yoga in the Community
“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.” ~ Rabindranath Tagore
At Seasonal Yoga we recognise that we are part of the local community and we are aspiring to be a positive part. We are very grateful for all that we receive, and so offer back through free weekly community classes, charity workshops, community initiatives in schools, volunteering groups and more. If you are interested in what we are doing and would like to join us in a small or big way, or have a project that you would like us to support, please get in touch. We would love to hear from you.
"The sun never says to the earth, 'You owe me.' Look what happens with a love like that. It lights up the whole sky". ~ Hafiz
I just wanted to drop you a wee note and say a HUGE, HUGE thank you for everything SYTT had given me
Some of you may know I’ve been working for a few months at a detox retreat in Malta. As a yoga teacher/wellness coach.
I really didn’t quite realise the amazing tool box of knowledge (asanas, TCM, pranayama), and inspiration I had available to download in
What was at times quite challenging and diverse classes – sometimes 10 classes a week with very differing abilities.
I really feel a more evolved and confident yogi now due to your collective teachings.
Megan Glasgow Dec 16
The seasonal yoga teacher training has taken me on an inspiring journey both on and off the mat. The course was delivered in a dynamic yet nurturing way reminding us how relevant the teachings of yoga are for modern life, truly life changing.
Claire Bradley Glasgow Dec 16
I really enjoyed my SYTT year.
I have completed a foundation year in yoga that taught me about yoga philosophy so I had a good grounding.
However, this year has really allowed me to grow and develop spiritually, delving deeper into the knowledge and wisdom of Ashtanga ( 8 limbs of Yoga, by patanjali ) and putting theory into practice to make me a happier more relaxed and more compassionate person.
Claire Bradley Glasgow
Jen - Glasgow December 16
I have come from being shy, awkward person who hated the limelight to being able to stand in front of people and deliver it talk, in class, imitation. Yoga has opened my heart, my mind and my hips! I now have a first for knowledge, the desire to continue learning, A LifeGoal.
Relationships have improved, my self esteem, my eating habits too. I have met a fantastic group of people and some wonderful inspirational teachers. I wish you all well and cannot thank you enough for starting me off on my journey.
Shona Rafferty Glasgow Dec 2016
The seasonal yoga teacher training has taking me on an inspiring journey both on and off the mat. The course was delivered in a dynamic yet nurturing way reminding us how relevant the teachings of yoga are for long life, Life changing
Shina Rafferty Glasgow Dec 2016
Thank you for all of your help and support throughout the year and for introducing me to seasonal living - start of a new and exciting journey
Rose - Glasgow 16
This year has been an incredible journey. Julie, sue, claire, Cat, Marit and Karen what's a gift you have given to us all ! Thank you ! You have taught us tools to access in every situation of life to ground, find stillness, invigorate power, reflect, nurture and grow as individuals. You have allowed us to embody seasonal yoga and taught as a refreshing approach to life information that we can now pass on to our students. Wonderful !!
Namaste and the highest in me thanks the highest in you
Anna Sheard - Glasgow 15
This teacher training course has given me so much more than knowledge and skills necessary to be successful yoga teacher. I made amazing friends who have supported me on this journey and I've learned more about myself too. thank you for this wonderful opportunity
Gillian Davies - Glasgow 15
The course has been a fantastic opportunity to find out who I really and what I really wanted in life and all of that through yoga…. The teachers were inspiring and I found friends which will remain there for life. Although I do not know whether I want to teach before starting I now find myself running one class of week and attending a new training next month to be able to teach pre-and postnatal Yoga. Just to mention that I really enjoy being in small group being quite shy and my English is not my first language. I felt it easier for me to interact with people and get out there
Alice Baudot Glasgow 15
The 200 hour seasonal yoga teacher training is a fantastic journey of self discovery undergrowth. The course leaders Julie, Marit, Sue and Claire lead me through an amazing process which leaves you feeling more than equipped to teach yoga. The blend of physical Asana and spiritual knowledge is perfect. I'd highly recommend the course to anyone considering teaching yoga - or even just wanting to deepen their personal knowledge and practice.
Liz Farrant Glasgow 15
The course has been a fantastic opportunity to find out who I really and what I really wanted in life and all of that through yoga….
Really terrific course- Great teachers and interesting content. Thoroughly recommended as I know feel that I have the tools to get out there and teach
George Bramhill - Dec 15
The 10 months that I have spent studying the 200 hour RYT with the seasonal yoga Academy have been great. It has provided me with the structure to develop my own practice in Asana, Pranayama and meditation. This in itself has allowed me to reap the benefits. The teaching environment is great it is relaxed whilst it makes sure that knowledge is transferred and learning takes place. The practical assessments throughout the year are a great preparation. A year of centring. A year of getting back in touch with myself. A year of learning. A year of change.
Awesome. Karen Duff. Glasgow May 16
Dawn Clark Kerr
SYTT is an amazing journey into the world of seasonal yoga - loved The Year and can't wait to start teaching
Dawn Clark Kerr -Glasgow Dec 15
A life changing best year of my life with inspiring and amazing teachers
Allana milliken - Glasgow Dec 15
Where do you begin? This course has been a transformation in so many ways. It's not an exaggeration to say that since coming to that first class in May, my life has changed completely, and in many ways I couldn't have foreseen. The quality, warmth and generosity of the teachers the incredible fellow yogis I have had the pleasure of getting to know and watch blossom into amazing teachers, it it Is quite a humbling experience. Bittersweet that it had to come to an end, I have loved every second I feel like I've been part of something really special. To the class of May 2015 to Julie, Sue, Claire, Marit & Cat, from the bottom of my heart to the highest part of me, thank you and namaste,
As I journeyed through the 300 hr course, I knew it would be well crafted and expertly delivered, as I had experienced the team with the 200hrs. On this course however you really shift up a gear and discover in depth the physical practice, adjustments, breath work and the mind. My confidence and tenacity to give things ago flourished, and I now regularly lead workshops and mini retreats, which prior to the course had been an aspiration.My personal practice has taken on a whole new meaning of enquiry. It’s a big undertaking but well worth it, I can thoroughly recommend it.
One of the first things I did when I arrived in Glasgow ten years ago, was to Chi and Co, (now Seasonal Academy) run by Julie Hanson and supported by a knowledgeable team of teachers. Initially, I attended the Wednesday morning class. This enabled me to meet a great group of people from the local area and I soon realised that all new faces got the same welcome. Within this network, I enjoyed the rewarding experience of Seasonal Yoga where our Practice was adapted according to the seasons/what the Glasgow weather was doing! I was able to learn the reasons and benefits for the positions and feel more stretched and flexible afterwards. In addition, we were taught about what foods complimented the seasons and hence our Practice- new ideas for recipes! To add to my knowledge of the local area, the 'Apres Yoga' was a must. There was always an open invitation to reward ourselves with a coffee at a well know nearby establishment! Here, I was able to get reliable recommendations for anything from the phone number of a good plumber to a good curry house!I soon began to attend more classes during the week, both morning and evenings, as well as the energising Sunday morning class, rewarding myself with a big breakfast afterwards! I even managed to persuade my husband to attend Yoga for Runners as a form of exercise to compliment his running.
Over the years, I have used the special breathing technique that I have learned, to get me through stressful times, for example, during my degree course.On reflection, it did seem that the day spent after a yoga class was filled with more positive and uplifting moments! Was this due to the yoga practice, the wonderful teachers, the people in the class or the Après Yoga? Try it and find out for yourself. I am now moving on from Glasgow and will be searching for a similar experience. I still have ties to Glasgow so I will be back to get my Chi and Co fix!
Hello. I started going to seasonal yoga classes at Chi&Co last February. ( now Seasonal academy) I would like to share the benefits I are getting. My body is in better shape and more flexible. I feel calmer and in better mood. Also got many friends there. After our yoga class(usually 9:30am) we going to our favourite coffee shop near to Julie's studio and have coffee and chat in a nice environment. Can't wait for my next class on Tuesday.
Maria Gonzalez Spanish lady living in Glasgow
My first yoga class was in September 2002 after I had completed 6 months of chemotherapy and radiotherapy for breast cancer.Thanks to Julie Hanson and her team of teachers I have been practising yoga for over 10 years. I am a cancer survivor! For me going to Chi & Co for seasonal flow yoga is 60 minutes of practice, then moving on to Moira Jane’s for ‘after class socializing’ – coffee/tea/soya hot chocolate/orange juice/cold water etc. etc. and catching up with news of fellow yogis. This gives me the ‘feel good’ factor. Then about 45 minutes later, we all go to do our own daily chores – filled with ‘good energies’, till we meet each other again for the next yoga class! If I can score practising yoga for my well-being I’m definitely giving it a BIG 10!
The course was wonderful, getting into the depth of Yoga, in a relaxing way, life changing with the help of great teachers.
I first came to Julie and Chi Yoga (now Seasonal Academy ) after a serious car accident. After surgery and physical therapy, I still had several mobility issues and just climbing stairs was an arduous challenge. Julie patiently worked with my body over a long period of time, helping it to strengthen and gently encouraging it to open. That was well over a decade ago. These days, nobody would ever guess that I had been in an accident. With Julie’s support and encouragement, I’ve even become a yoga teacher myself. Although I now live in another city, I still visit Glasgow regularly and come to Julie’s classes. I’ve never stopped learning from Julie and would readily recommend both her and Chi Yoga Glasgow to anyone thinking of taking up yoga. Anyone can benefit tremendously from yoga and, thanks to Julie and Chi Yoga, I’m proof of that!
Ripon North Yorkshire
By continuing my yoga journey with the 300 hour course I was privileged to learn from, and with, an amazing group of people. As a teacher I increased my understanding of alignment, adjustments and energy, and as a student I was introduced to new concepts and ideas that help me to grow as a person and are still helping me now.
I personally evolved through the course. It taught me a lot that I was able to use to make life brighter, simple and easier.
Alison - Glasgow 2015
I loved every moment and aspect of this amazing course. Thank you to all of the teachers Julie, Marit, Sue, Ros, Claire and Rory. Each and every one of you are an inspiration. It has been the most amazing year of evolution and learning and I am so very sad it has ended. I have made beautiful friends and learned tools which I will continue to use and develop in life.
Love and Light Alison x
I've had an amazing year and can't recommend seasonal yoga teacher training high enough. I've learned loads and can't wait to get started teaching my own classes. Oh, and the teachers rock!
Robert Carlyle Actor
I found Julie to be an excellent teacher. Someone who achieves great results with her non judgemental hugely encouraging common sense approach.
Sarah Cobham 2013
Well its been just over a year since I graduated from "SYTT London 2012", where does the time go?
I am grateful and thankful each day for you all and I have so many great memories from the course,
The knowledge and guidance you all shared anchors me in my teaching and continued study & self practice.
Running two beginners classes each week, I find is lots of fun and a wonderful part of my continued learning.
I am humbled by the enthusiasm and commitment of the students and learn from each class I guide, it is so truly wonderful to observe their changes.
The students love the seasonal aspects of the classes and are taking yoga off their mat into their day, particularly using their breath awareness :-)
So with deep gratitude, this is a Thank You from my students and myself
Sarah Cobham course 2012
My first yoga class was in September 2002 after I had completed 6 months of chemotherapy and radiotherapy for breast cancer.
Thanks to Julie Hanson and her team of teachers I have been practising yoga for over 10 years. I am a cancer survivor!
For me going to Chi & Co for seasonal flow yoga is 60 minutes of practice, then moving on to Moira Jane’s for ‘after class socializing’ – coffee/tea/soya hot chocolate/orange juice/cold water etc. etc. and catching up with news of fellow yogis. This gives me the ‘feel good’ factor. Then about 45 minutes later, we all go to do our own daily chores – filled with ‘good energies’, till we meet each other again for the next yoga class!
If I can score practising yoga for my well-being I’m definitely giving it a BIG 10!