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

Supporting Your Practice

Supporting Your Practice

16 Mar 2017

Supporting Your Practice- by Fiona Shepherd


As we move into spring we’ll be starting to lift the energy of our yoga practice, introducing more standing postures, balances and twists. With the practice of spring we will be rooting down into the ground, focussing on the foundations. As with each change in the season we will be moving into these postures gradually – we’ve been working low down on the mat with long held postures through the winter and as we move into spring we look to what is happening around us – the shoots of spring flowers gently coming up through the earth. If we were planting a new tree we would give it support until it had firmly rooted down. So we can bring that idea into our practice and utilise some support from blocks, bricks and also a wall.

I love balances as they give you a clear indication of where your mind is – when the mind is steady it is much easier to achieve steadiness in the posture but when we have lot going on in the mind it can be more difficult to find that steadiness and we are wobbling about all over the place. The challenge is therefore to cultivate the stillness in the mind to allow the balance to happen – putting aside any internal chatter and creating a focus. That takes time and practice and so during this early time of spring having additional support to gently ease into the balances is a great help. Utilising the wall is a good place to start – having it there just to lean on if you start to wobble. Sometimes just knowing it is there is all you need. You can then gradually move away from it as you build confidence. For a posture such as vrkasana (tree pose) it can help you build confidence in moving the foot higher up the inside leg or taking the arms up higher.

The wall is also a great tool to use for finding alignment and opening up in postures, particularly trikonasana (triangle pose) or ardha chandrasana (half moon). Having the support of the wall behind you helps you discover where you can move to without any fear of toppling over.

These lessons we can also take off the mat, ensuring we have the support we need around us. That support can help us achieve more than we thought we could and as with the wall, sometimes it’s just good to know it’s there in case you do need it. So, be gentle with yourself, ensure you have the support system you need, utilise it if and when you need to but don’t become reliant on it.


I’ll be exploring some of these postures and others in my seasonal sanctuary sessions during April:

Seasonal Sanctuary - Spring 8th April https://www.facebook.com/events/1850783411863064/

Seasonal Sanctuary - Finding Stillness 30th April https://www.facebook.com/events/607601496095591/

or visit www.fishepherd.com for further details

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