300 Hour Advanced Teacher Training

A 300 Hour Advanced Training in Milngavie, Glasgow for Yoga Teachers

Yoga and Mindfulness as a Tool for Modern Day Living

An advanced 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training with a focus on Yoga as Therapy particularly in relationship to Mental Health, Accessibility and Physical Rehabilitation – Accredited with Yoga Alliance Professionals

Training Course: Teaching Aims and Syllabus

Course Aims

This advanced 300 Hour training for qualified yoga teachers is aimed at building your skills as a yoga teacher to allow you to work skilfully, appropriately and therapeutically in both group and 1:1 sessions with those who may be suffering with their mental health from, for example, anxiety, extreme stress, or depression, and those who may be struggling with physical injury, illness or limitation. It will build extensively on the skills you honed in your 200 hour foundational training, helping you to understand how yoga practices can work therapeutically for optimising physical and mental wellbeing.

It will also help you to make your sessions more accessible by looking at yoga for those who may find accessing a mainstream class difficult such as students with special needs or trauma or students who could not do a mat based class and may need chair yoga.

Doing this course will make you a highly skilled yoga teacher with an extensive knowledge base of the physiological, neurological and emotional impact of yoga practices. We hope this will allow you to reach and help those for whom mainstream classes are not an option and who need 1:1 sessions, as well as maximising your understanding of how to design mainstream classes to bring optimum health and wellbeing to your students, keeping them coming back again and again.

As well as honing your teaching skills, the course is aimed at helping you to become the best version of yourself , both through the yoga and mindfulness practices you will engage in and explore but also through a life coaching programme. Yoga teachers have a knack of giving out a great deal whilst often not paying attention to their own needs. A key part of the training is a self-development programme with Sarah Philp, a highly trained and skilled psychologist, life coach and yoga teacher who has designed the self-development programme specifically with yoga teachers in mind. Her programme Yoga:Align will help you develop a clear vision of how you want to work and live in a way that cultivates your own happiness and wellbeing.

The training will also encompass a 2-day Yin and Restorative training with experienced yin and restorative teacher and trainer Melissa Corozon in order to cultivate a deep understanding of how to practice and teach moving into stillness and you will also explore gut health and it’s relationship to immunity with Dr Debbie Cronin, a biochemist and yoga teacher.

The course will take place over six 4-day modules (Thursday to Sunday) spaced 8 weeks apart, giving ample time for self-practice and study relevant to each module between modules. We want you to embody what you will be teaching. There are 180 contact hours and 120 non-contact hours. 120 of the contact hours will be with lead trainer Jo Lockhart the owner of YogaJo’s in Glasgow, a busy community yoga, yoga therapy and wellbeing centre. She is an experienced yoga teacher, teacher trainer, 580 hour Minded Institute Yoga Therapist and dedicated yoga practitioner who through her own life challenges understands the benefits of yoga as a therapeutic tool only too well.

This course is for you if you want to be a highly knowledgeable and skilled yoga teacher, equipped with a skill base which enables you to share yoga therapeutically with a wider audience based on recent scientific developments in the world of yoga research.

The mental health of our nation is currently fragile I know this training is much needed. Yoga and Mindfulness can help people to heal and it is important we have the correct knowledge base as teachers to fulfil that need appropriately.

The Syllabus

The course will consists of 6 modules :

6 x 4 day modules – 30 contact hours + 20 non-contact hours

Non-contact hours will be a mixture of personal practice, online group work. prescribed reading, planning sessions to deliver, and 2 case studies (1 mental health and 1 physical condition).

In each module we will explore the following in relation to the topics we are studying in that module:

Jo Lockhart Senior Trainer

 

  • Personal practice – embodying what we teach
  • Breathwork
  • Functional anatomy and physiology associated with the topic
  • Adapting asana appropriately
  • Appropriate sequencing
  • Mindfulness practices
  • Neuroscience associated with the topic
  • Applying yoga and mindfulness techniques appropriately in both a 1:1 setting and a group setting
  • Working Appropriately with the koshas
  • Applying yogic philosophy
  • How to properly assess and plan sessions for 1:1
  • How to plan group classes
  • How to attune well to clients
  • Adapting for teaching online
  • Ethics and safeguarding
  • Self-development programme

Module 1  Maintaining Homeostasis

  • Practice including pranayama and meditation
  • The autonomic nervous system in detail
  • The Endocrine System
  • When things go wrong – the neuroscience of stress
  • What is a bio-psycho-social approach to wellbeing
  • The koshas as a guide to holistic wellbeing
  • Functional anatomy and its application in injury and rehabilitation – the shoulder girdle
  • Self-development programme

30 hours contact – 20 hours non-contact

Module 2 – Yoga for Mental Health

  • Practice including pranayama and meditation
  • Exploring Mindfulness
  • Yoga for Depression
  • Yoga for Anxiety
  • Functional Anatomy and its application in injury and rehabilitation – the spine
  • Self-development programme for yoga teachers

30 hours contact – 20 hours non-contact

Module 3 – Embodying Stillness

  • Yin and Restorative Training for Yoga Teachers
  • Yoga Nidra
  • Facilitating Meditation to aid mental health  Self-development programme for yoga teachers

30 hours contact – 20 hours non-contact

Module 4 – Somatics and Trauma Sensitive Yoga

  • Practice including pranayama and meditation
  • The Somatic Nervous System
  • Trauma sensitive yoga
  • Yoga for back pain
  • Functional Anatomy and its application in injury and rehabilitation – the core
  • Self-development programme for yoga teachers

30 hours contact – 20 hours non-contact

Module 5 – Optimising Wellbeing

  • Practice including pranayama and meditation
  • The Immune System
  • The Enteric Nervous system and gut health
  • Yoga for Immune System disorders
  • Functional Anatomy and its application in injury and rehabilitation – the hips and pelvis
  • Adapting practice for specific conditions including Parkinson’s, cancer, MS
  • Self-development programme for yoga teachers

30 hours contact – 20 hours non-contact

Module 6 – Making Yoga Accessible

  • Practice including pranayama and meditation
  • Adapting Yoga for ADHD and autism
  • Adapting practice as we age
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chair yoga
  • Self-development programme for yoga teachers

30 hours contact – 20 hours non-contact

Total 300 hours

The Syllabus

The course will consists of 6 modules :

6 x 4 day modules – 30 contact hours + 20 non-contact hours

Non-contact hours will be a mixture of personal practice, online group work. prescribed reading, planning sessions to deliver, and 2 case studies (1 mental health and 1 physical condition).

In each module we will explore the following in relation to the topics we are studying in that module:

  • Personal practice – embodying what we teach
  • Breathwork
  • Functional anatomy and physiology associated with the topic
  • Adapting asana appropriately
  • Appropriate sequencing
  • Mindfulness practices
  • Neuroscience associated with the topic
  • Applying yoga and mindfulness techniques appropriately in both a 1:1 setting and a group setting
  • Working Appropriately with the koshas
  • Applying yogic philosophy
  • How to properly assess and plan sessions for 1:1
  • How to plan group classes
  • How to attune well to clients
  • Adapting for teaching online
  • Ethics and safeguarding
  • Self-development programme

Module 1  Maintaining Homeostasis

  • Practice including pranayama and meditation
  • The autonomic nervous system in detail
  • The Endocrine System
  • When things go wrong – the neuroscience of stress
  • What is a bio-psycho-social approach to wellbeing
  • The koshas as a guide to holistic wellbeing
  • Functional anatomy and its application in injury and rehabilitation – the shoulder girdle
  • Self-development programme

30 hours contact – 20 hours non-contact

Module 2 – Yoga for Mental Health

  • Practice including pranayama and meditation
  • Exploring Mindfulness
  • Yoga for Depression
  • Yoga for Anxiety
  • Functional Anatomy and its application in injury and rehabilitation – the spine
  • Self-development programme for yoga teachers

30 hours contact – 20 hours non-contact

Module 3 – Embodying Stillness

  • Yin and Restorative Training for Yoga Teachers
  • Yoga Nidra
  • Facilitating Meditation to aid mental health  Self-development programme for yoga teachers

30 hours contact – 20 hours non-contact

Yoga philosophy study

Module 4 – Somatics and Trauma Sensitive Yoga

  • Practice including pranayama and meditation
  • The Somatic Nervous System
  • Trauma sensitive yoga
  • Yoga for back pain
  • Functional Anatomy and its application in injury and rehabilitation – the core
  • Self-development programme for yoga teachers

30 hours contact – 20 hours non-contact

Module 5 – Optimising Wellbeing

  • Practice including pranayama and meditation
  • The Immune System
  • The Enteric Nervous system and gut health
  • Yoga for Immune System disorders
  • Functional Anatomy and its application in injury and rehabilitation – the hips and pelvis
  • Adapting practice for specific conditions including Parkinson’s, cancer, MS
  • Self-development programme for yoga teachers

30 hours contact – 20 hours non-contact

Module 6 – Making Yoga Accessible

  • Practice including pranayama and meditation
  • Adapting Yoga for Special Needs adults and children
  • Adapting practice as we age
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chair yoga
  • Self-development programme for yoga teachers

30 hours contact – 20 hours non-contact

Total 300 hours

The Yoga:Align Self-Development Programme

Yoga:Align – grow your impact

Yoga:Align is an empowering programme designed to take you on an inner journey to help you live and teach in a way that is rooted in integrity and identity.  As a yoga teacher your strength comes from really knowing yourself and being authentically present.  This allows you to nurture the connection between yourself, yoga and those you teach enabling them to heal and thrive. After all, you teach who you are.

As teachers it is important to do the inner work to explore and clarify the intellectual, emotional and spiritual dynamics that inform and guide your teaching, relationships and work. With deeper self-understanding it is possible to design and take the actions required to grow your impact in a way that doesn’t mean giving more and working harder.  Knowing yourself is necessary for good teaching.

Yoga:Align is about doing the inner work required to become aware of, unlearn and relearn habits and patterns of being and interacting. It does not stop there: it is also about the power of the collective.  We will nurture connection to reduce isolation and create a community rooted in authenticity and honesty.

Yoga:Align is informed by the latest research on adult learning, neuroscience and coaching.  It consists of six carefully crafted and tailored modules.  There are four cross-cutting and fundamental values: trust, connection, growth and individual and collective efficacy. 

Outcomes:

By the end of the programme you will:

  • Have a strong sense of identity
  • Know, listen to and use your inner wisdom
  • Move through self-doubt, fear and perfectionism to grow your impact
  • Communicate with strength
  • Embrace action
  • Value yourself and the contribution you make
  • Be connected with and contribute to a wider community

Delivery:

  • 6 modules.
  • Each module will be followed up with an email summarising the main points and sharing the resources referred to.
  • There will be a few tasks offered as ‘homework’ over the course of the programme. These will not be time heavy and are designed to support the participants to think, reflect, explore and take action.

The Yoga:Align Self-Development Programme

Yoga:Align – grow your impact

Yoga:Align is an empowering programme designed to take you on an inner journey to help you live and teach in a way that is rooted in integrity and identity.  As a yoga teacher your strength comes from really knowing yourself and being authentically present.  This allows you to nurture the connection between yourself, yoga and those you teach enabling them to heal and thrive. After all, you teach who you are.

As teachers it is important to do the inner work to explore and clarify the intellectual, emotional and spiritual dynamics that inform and guide your teaching, relationships and work. With deeper self-understanding it is possible to design and take the actions required to grow your impact in a way that doesn’t mean giving more and working harder.  Knowing yourself is necessary for good teaching.

Yoga:Align is about doing the inner work required to become aware of, unlearn and relearn habits and patterns of being and interacting. It does not stop there: it is also about the power of the collective.  We will nurture connection to reduce isolation and create a community rooted in authenticity and honesty.

Yoga:Align is informed by the latest research on adult learning, neuroscience and coaching.  It consists of six carefully crafted and tailored modules.  There are four cross-cutting and fundamental values: trust, connection, growth and individual and collective efficacy. 

Outcomes:

By the end of the programme you will:

  • Have a strong sense of identity
  • Know, listen to and use your inner wisdom
  • Move through self-doubt, fear and perfectionism to grow your impact
  • Communicate with strength
  • Embrace action
  • Value yourself and the contribution you make
  • Be connected with and contribute to a wider community

Delivery:

  • 6 modules.
  • Each module will be followed up with an email summarising the main points and sharing the resources referred to.
  • There will be a few tasks offered as ‘homework’ over the course of the programme. These will not be time heavy and are designed to support the participants to think, reflect, explore and take action.

The Course Tutors

Jo Lockhart

Jo Lockhart

Lead Trainer

Jo’s passion for yoga runs deep. Rooted in the depth of transformation practising yoga brought to her own life, it’s a passion she has dedicated her life to sharing. She has been a committed astanga yoga practitioner since 2007 but continues to explore yoga and mindfulness from its many perspectives based on how she feels on a daily basis.  Jo’s son has profound special needs and the physical and emotional benefits of yogic practices enable her to cope with the stresses and challenges she faces on a daily basis. 

She is a registered Yoga Alliance Professionals Senior Teacher and experienced teacher with over 12,000 hours of teaching and over 1200 hours worth of training, training in India and all over the world with some of the worlds top yoga teachers. She is an experienced 200 hour and 300 hour Teacher Trainer and has trained over 145 yoga teachers.  She is also a 580 hour Minded Institute Yoga Therapist and runs her yoga therapy practice from her studio. The Minded Institute led by Heather Mason in London are world leaders in Yoga Therapy, particularly in relation to mental health and Jo has studied the neuroscience and physiology of yoga and its application as a therapeutic intervention in mental health and physical disease in some depth.  She applies what she has studied to her work with a wide range of clients in her yoga therapy practice specialising in particular in Depression Anxiety, PTSD and physical rehabilitation. 

As well as her training with Heather Mason,  Jo’s has trained extensively with David Keil, a world renowned and gifted astanga and yoganatomy teacher. Jo’s own teaching style is heavily influenced by what she has learned from David. She has continued her anatomy training by completing a 9 month myofascial, anatomy and movement course for yoga teachers with Gary Carter in 2016 as well as her anatomy training as part of her studies as a yoga therapist. She has also completed many trainings with Jyoti Manuel of Special Yoga and has been working with special needs children and adults using yoga as a therapeutic intervention for many years as well as lecturing for Special Yoga Teacher Training. She is also a qualified meditation teacher and children’s yoga teacher and a Yoga4Health practitioner. Yoga4health, pioneered by Heather Mason is an organisation dedicated to bringing yoga into the NHS. She is filled with deep gratitude to all of her teachers whose teachings she has been both informed and inspired by.

As well as being a mum to her two children, Jo leads a busy life, running her dedicated Yoga studio, YogaJo’s in Milngavie on the outskirts of Glasgow where she teaches astanga, hatha, flow yoga, mindfulness and meditation as well as yoga for special needs children. Her Yoga Teacher Training school is the result of her commitment to turning out the best most committed yoga teachers she can, who like her, she hopes will go on to share the many benefits of yoga in an accessible way with as many people as possible. 

Sarah Philp

Sarah Philp

Creator of the Self Development Programme Yoga:Align

“I have always been interested in change, improvement and growth. When I think about the different roles and jobs I’ve had over the years improvement has always been at the heart of what I’ve been about, whether that is for individuals, groups, teams or organisations. I am happiest when I am working with others to create the change they seek, or indeed to figure out what they want that change to be.

I have an MA in Psychology and an MSc in Educational Psychology, am a qualified supervisor, coach and yoga teacher. As a Psychologist and a leader in a number of large organisations I bring a depth of knowledge and understanding to the coaching process. I understand and can help you to better understand human behaviour, interaction, organisations and systems as well as change and of course the interaction of all of those. I know this adds value for those I work with.  As a yoga teacher and practitioner I bring my understanding of the mind-body connection to all the work I do. 

I love working with individuals or organisations who are looking to create improvement. I feel this is where my energy and time can make the biggest impact. Also, this is personal, I work with a coach myself. I have explored my own thinking, limiting beliefs, core values and now I drive my life rather than being driven by it both professionally and personally. I know that sounds cheesy but it’s true!”

Melissa Corazon

Melissa Corazon

Yin and Restorative Yoga

Melissa is a Senior Yoga Teacher with a Masters Degree in Psychology and a background in Dance as well as a Yoga Alliance Approved Senior Yoga Teacher teaching CPD qualifications for teachers in Yin and Restorative Yoga across Glasgow.

She graduated as a Yoga Teacher in Rishikesh, India in 2010 and has continued to travel, work and study around the World as a teacher, student and vegetarian chef. Her focus is on a gentle, nourishing practice that enables her students to tune into their own bodies and work at their own pace.

“I found yoga whilst travelling in Mexico, in it I found a practice to nourish body, mind and spirit and soon had my own daily practice and dedicated myself to studying the different aspects of Yoga. I studied Psychology at University as the body-mind connection has always intrigued me, so I viewed my yoga studies as a natural extension of this.  There were difficulties along the way and times when I ‘fell out’ with the practice, but it was always there for me when I returned.

In 2010 I decided to travel to India to train as a teacher. I spent 6 months there, immersing myself in yoga. I completed a 300-hour Yoga Alliance approved course in Rishikesh and spent time at the Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram and the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Here and also at Yoga Rocks in Crete, where my husband and I were the vegetarian chefs, I was fortunate to meet and study with some wonderful teachers, whose words still continue to evolve and grow with me now.

We returned to the UK at the end of 2012 and I’ve been teaching several classes around Glasgow since then as well as running a vegetarian catering business the yoga kitchen.

I have also completed a 90-hour teaching training with Jude Murray to teach people living with cancer and long term illness and a 5-day Intensive with Donna Farhi, whose books I have always admired. These courses were both wonderful experiences and have added a different aspect to my own practice and therefore my teaching.

I continue to study and develop my practice, learning from great teachers and my wonderful students, who have taught me more than they could realise.”

Debbie Cronin

Debbie Cronin

Lecturer the Enteric Nervous System and Gut Health

Debbie has been practicing yoga since 1995 – she was introduced to it by a friend during her university years and has stuck with it in one form or another since then. She is a scientist (chemistry PhD, Edinburgh University – 1998) and loves understanding as much as she can about how the body works; learning how the impact of nutrition, relaxation, movement and sleep affects our bodies. After working as a post doctoral researcher and for several years in the pharmaceutical industry, she took a career break with her two boys and then retrained as a yoga teacher. She believes the ancient yoga principles chime very well with what science is now uncovering about optimum health.

She did her initial 200-hours yoga teacher training with Jo Lockhart at YogaJo’s in 2015-16 and continues to be taught and inspired by Jo. She also trained in Aerial Yoga with Angela Meiklem (Cloud 9 Yoga) in 2016. In 2018 she obtained a 40-hour continued professional development qualification in Yoga for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) with Heather Mason (The Minded Institute) and in 2019 trained as a Yoga4Health practitioner with the Minded Institute.

Debbie became very interested in nutrition in 2013 when starting researching ways to improve her own health. She found she was able to understand current research and to help friends and family translate misleading headlines and marketing obfuscation in the media.  This interest in nutrition is what leads to her presenting on nutrition, the gut and immunity on this training.

Next Course Dates:    

Module 1 – 7 – 10 NOVEMBER 24
Module 2 – 9 -12 JAN 25
Module 3 – 6 – 9 MARCH 25
Module 4 – 1- 4 MAY 25
Module 5 – 12 – 15 JUNE 25
Module 6 – 21 – 25 AUGUST 25

Costs:

The cost of the course is £2,900.  To secure a place on the course a deposit of £950 is required.  The remaining £1,950 can be paid in 6 instalments of £325. 

The deposit for the course is strictly non-refundable unless a replacement is found for your place.  We want you to have the flexibility to be able to pay the course in instalments, however once the course has started you have taken up a place on the course, which has limited spaces.  For this reason once you start the course you are liable for the cost of the whole course even if you choose to drop out.   You will be asked to sign a payment contract on payment of your deposit.

To request an application form, please email Jo at jolockhart.yoga@gmail.com

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