The British Wheel of Yoga Foundation Course in Yoga Studies

Cora Kemball-Cook // 3 October 2017

The British Wheel of Yoga Foundation Course in Yoga Studies
Cora Kemball-Cook // 3 October 2017



Come on a Yoga journey to explore together with like minded people who share your passion for Yoga

This course is an excellent way to deepen your knowledge and understanding of yoga. It includes practical and theoretical work on the eight limbs of yoga from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali including the ethical foundations of yoga, asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing practices) concentration, meditation practices and relaxation techniques. You will learn about the history of yoga, the different paths of yoga and different schools of yoga. You will learn about different mudras (hand gestures) and some simple chanting and mantra.

The course is designed to explore yoga in much more depth than you would in an average class. You will learn how to build and develop your own personal yoga practice as well as gaining a deeper insight into all aspects of yoga. Former students have found the Foundation course to be life changing!. Students are expected to continue to practice with their own teacher regularly. You will also be encouraged to reflect upon your Yoga experiences and keep a Yoga journal. The course includes private tutorials with tutors at different stages of the course which may be done by phone or Skype.


  • This course is suitable for all those who have had approximately two years of yoga classes with a qualified teacher.
  • Anyone wishing to train to become a British Wheel Yoga teacher.
  • Anyone wishing to deepen their understanding of Yoga.


The following resources will be supplied

Course book ‘The Heart of Yoga’ T.K.V. Desikachar. Inner Traditions International ISBN 0-89281-764-X which includes Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.

A pack of handouts that will cover the various practices

If wishing to teach later on this book is also recommended.

‘Asana, Pranayama, Mudra and Bandha’  Swami Satyananda Saraswati Bihar School of Yoga

Other books will be recommended and talked about during the course.


Cora Kemball-Cook: Cora has been practising yoga since 1974 initially learning in the Iyengar style but since 1999 has been greatly influenced by the gentler approach of Vanda Scaravelli and has learnt from Peter Blackaby and Chloe Freemantle who teach this style. Originally she trained as a Speech and Language therapist and worked in the health service for many years. Cora has been a BWY Teacher for 18 years and trained as diploma course tutor in 2005. She runs the busy Canterbury yoga studio hosting many different yoga and meditation workshops. She has completed a BWY Post Graduate Module in Meditation and also practices Transcendental Meditation. She enjoys the continual journey of discovery which Yoga provides. 07711 830275

Lina Newstead: Lina has been practising Yoga since 1975, gaining experience with Yoga teachers from different traditions.  She has taught Yoga to adults, children, pregnant ladies and students with special needs.  Lina holds a BWY Teaching Diploma, and a City & Guilds Level 4 Certificate in Further Education. She has taught the CYQ Diploma in Yoga at The City Lit in London, as well as the BWY Diploma in Canterbury. Her meditation tradition is Tibetan Buddhist as well as Yogic. She teaches Yoga & Meditation weekends & longer retreats. 07799 162443

Karin van Maanen: Karin has been teaching yoga and mindfulness full-time since 2008 and is a BWY Foundation Course and Diploma Course tutor. Major teaching influences include Mindfulness Yoga, Vanda Scaravelli, Sandra Sabatini, Maarten Vermaasse, Peter Blackaby, Gary Carter and mindfulness meditation practice both from secular traditions and Buddhism.
In 2014 Karin completed a Masters of Science degree in Mindfulness Studies at the University of Aberdeen. She is an assistant tutor for the Mindfulness Association and a qualified Embodied Yoga Principles teacher.

Please do call if you have any queries. Cora will be dealing with applications and course administration but if you are unable to reach Cora and have any queries then please contact Lina Newstead.

COURSE DETAILS: There can be up to 16 students on the course.  This course commences on Jan 20th with an introductory morning and then has 10 sessions.


Saturday Jan 20th 2018 9.30 -1.00   Fee £17.50

An opportunity to meet the tutors, experience their teaching, get a taste of what the course will be like and to ask questions before committing to the course. You can sign up for the course without attending this but it is recommended you do, especially if you don’t know the tutors.

MAIN COURSE DATES (all Saturdays in 2018)

March 10th, April 21st, May 12th, June 2nd, July 7th, August 4th, September 22nd,October 13th, November 3rd, November 24th

Course cost: £630 (including course registration fee, course materials)

The course fee will be payable in 3 instalments of £210, the first of which is due on accepting a   place on the course, the second in May and the third in August. Course payments are non-refundable unless tutors cancel the course.

Some reduced price places available for students experiencing genuine financial hardship. Please contact us to discuss.

The days will run from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. with approximately an hour for lunch and tea breaks.

Course commitments

Of course we hope you will be able to attend all 10 days. However if you are unable to, we will ask a study buddy (another student) to keep in touch with you and we will make sure you receive electronic resources for the day that you have missed. You need to attend 80% of the course to be able to receive the BWY accreditation. We are not able to offer private tuition to replace dates missed (BWY policy) but we can give you a letter confirming how much you did attend.

There are no formal assessments or homework as part of this course but you will get the most out of it if you can commit to a regular personal yoga practice, going through what we cover on the course between meetings and reading through the additional resources we provide. You will also be encouraged to keep a reflective journal of your personal practice which will help you embed your learning.

Refreshments: Hot drinks and biscuits will be provided. Bring your own packed lunch and on some of the days we will have a shared lunch.


Highfield House Yoga studio, Summer Hill, Harbledown,CT2 8NH

A beautiful purpose-built Yoga studio on the outskirts of Canterbury within easy reach of both Canterbury East and West stations. Free parking.

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