teacher training

The main teacher on the course will be Julie Garrioch

Julie is a 500ERYT Seasonal Yoga teacher, aerial yoga teacher and pilates instructor with 20 years experience working in the fitness industry. Julie is passionate about sharing her knowledge and experience with others to enhance their wellbeing and now training others to share the love of yoga.

The course will run from September to August at Julie's new studio - Aerial Roots Yoga & Pilates, F4, Elmbank Mill, The Charrier, Menstrie FK11 7BU.


Tel 01786 230352 https://www.aerialrootsstudio.com/

2018 / 2019Stirling September 2018 - August 2019 Course - 200 RYT
HoursSaturday 12.00 - 5.30, Sunday. 08.00 - 16.00
Module 1Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th September, 2018
Module 2Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th October
Module 3Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th November
Module 4Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th December
Module 5Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th January, 2019
Module 6Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th February
Module 7Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th March
Module 8Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th April
Module 9Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th May
Module 10Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd June
Module 11Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th June
Module 12Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th August
Module 13
Assessment & Graduation
Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th August

Going Away to Study Yoga Versus Studying at Home

Going Away to Study Yoga Versus Studying at Home

21 Aug 2017


Autobiography of a Yoga Wally Part 2

Chapter on going away to study Yoga versus staying at home


As a yoga teacher who has studied a lot abroad, I am often asked about yoga intensives and

whether you should study yoga teacher training in one month long chunk on a beach in Goa,

or at home over a longer period of time. They both have their benefits, of which I am sure

you are aware of many – shorter training time, intensity of practice, immersion, heat (!!), etc.

but I hope you will find the benefits of my experience helpful to add to the mix.

The yoga school I attended ran its programs in intensive month long courses. Progressing

as you completed the syllabus and practical exams, and moved on to the next month’s

trainings and initiations. I did the training in chunks, my first month in Rishikesh was the first

Yoga I ever practiced and when I got hooked by the teachings of Swami Vivekananda there.

My sister, who was with me in India, was not so captivated and so did not stay the whole

month and we met in Delhi later, but that month changed my life forever.


A few years later, when I worked for Ernst and Young as a chartered accountant, I had the

luck to be offered 3 months of leave before entering into the next phase of my journey with

them. I jumped at the chance and headed back to Swami. He had moved the school to

Thailand, so I studied months 2-4 on the gorgeous beaches there. Once I had finished, that

was it for my career, I was on the path of Yoga and quit my job almost as soon as I returned

home. I happened to be following a year long 200 hour teacher training at the time too, and

that is how I met Julie and Sue my co-directors at Seasonal Yoga.

I then went back and forward to the school in Thailand each year until I had completed the

Hatha and Kundalini programs (26 months) and then started retreating with my meditation

teacher Sahajananda.


What was interesting about going in and out of the school like that was being able to take the

teachings and then try to apply them for a few months before heading back for more

intensive training. This is great. Some of the other students there just stayed in the ‘yoga

bubble’ surrounded by beaches and other young practitioners also eating brown rice and

discussing the latest colonic advice. It was very easy to assume you were making progress

there, having amazing meditations with hours of practice each day and never losing your

temper, even when your ‘fan spot’ was taken by a new comer to the school.

I couldn’t help but wonder what would happen if you removed these people and popped

them back into their family home for a week with their parents and siblings to see just how

evolved they really were. I know that I was a total Yoga wally for many years before my

regular trips back home to Glasgow brought me well and truly back to earth.

You see, when you remove yourself to practice yoga, it brings a sort of re-integration period

when you come home.

•Internal conflict at the vast differences in ethos of the two places,

•lack of community and support upon your return,

•gradual melting away of the impact of the training, and if you do not go away again all

the good may disappear completely,

•lack of compatibility of the teachings with real life- you are not able to really understand the demands of the life of a working parent, and so inappropriate advice on practices and depth may be given

•and the most important one - you separate yoga from life.


So, although I highly recommend going away and doing intensive periods of practice, these

should be integrated into the life you lead. They should support your growth of all the areas

of your life, your work, your family life, your studies, your place in society, as well as your

personal evolution, to allow a more integrated evolution of your whole being which will have

a lasting impact

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