British Wheel of Yoga Courses

We run regular weekly classes taught by BWY qualified teachers as well as Teacher training Diplomas, Foundation Courses, Integration Courses, Modules and in service training days. We also offer a weekly class taught by our trainee teachers and open to the public for just £2.

British Wheel of Yoga Foundation Courses

At Yoga Junction we run regular Foundation courses with a range of qualified BWY teachers.  Below there is general information about the foundation course, and specific information about the next scheduled courses.  Please get in touch if you have any questions relating to these courses.
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What are Foundation Courses?

Foundation courses have been run for many years by the British Wheel of Yoga, and are designed for students to either deepen their personal knowledge and experience of yoga, or as a stepping stone towards becoming a teacher.  The course involves 60 contact hours, and you will get a chance to analyse asana (postures), explore a range of pranayama (breathing) techniques, learn about the ancient and modern history of yoga, experience different forms of meditation, some chanting, look at different styles of yoga, and more. 
The world of yoga involves a whole range of different practises and philosophies. In regular classes we only touch the surface of a small part of this massive and wide ranging subject, and generally the emphasis is very much on asana (posture), with some teaching of pranayama (breathing) and meditation.  These courses give you a chance to look at a whole range of practises and ideas that you never have time to look at normally, and are taught by highly qualified and experienced teachers.  They are stimulating, engaging and a whole lot of fun, and it also gives you the opportunity to meet and get to know a group of like minded students who you might otherwise meet only fleetingly in weekly classes.  We have run over 40 of these courses over the years, and in every group we have taught, lifelong friendships have been forged.
So if you are interested in learning more, or maybe are thinking about a bigger change in your life and are considering teaching, these courses are an ideal opportunity to expand and connect with yourself and with other people.  

Course content

The course is roughly 50% practical (asana, pranayama, meditation, chanting) and 50% theoretical (philosophy, history, anatomy, theory of energetic body etc). There is no compulsory homework, although further study for your own interest is advised and supported, and there is no tests or exam! The aim is to broaden your own knowledge and experience of yoga and to consider in which areas you may like to develop your own practice in the future.
The full BWY course syllabus is available - please email for more details.  At the end of the course you will receive a certificate of attendance, if you attend at least 80% of the course.  

Application Procedure

You can apply by filling out and returning the application form preferably by email. Once the application has been received we will arrange for the course tutor to either call you or meet with you to have a brief chat about the course. The application procedure is very straightforward, and the only real qualification for the course is that you have been practising yoga for 2 years or more and that you’re willing to attend with enthusiasm and an enquiring mind!  Once you have been accepted onto the course you will need to pay a non-refundable deposit, and also join the BWY and obtain a BWY membership number.  Full details of the procedure are contained in the course information pack that is available upon request.

Upcoming Foundation courses at Yoga Junction

Below is information about our next courses.  You can obtain information packs and application forms via email upon request

 1. BWY Foundation course with Bram Williams - Saturdays -  starts Sept 16th 2017

Bram Williams will be the main tutor, supported by experienced guest tutors. Bram is an experienced yoga and meditation teacher. His own daily yoga practice has evolved over the years into a subtle, meditative approach to asana with a large emphasis on pranayama as a lead into seated meditation. Having trained in many styles and forms of yoga over more than 20 years, Bram’s teaching approach is flexible and adaptable to the needs of a particular group (or individual). The emphasis of his teaching vocabulary stresses breath release, so awareness is directed to the 'sensation' of the posture, rather than on a body aesthetic or idealised end result. A Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals as well as Foundation Course and a Diploma Course Tutor with the British Wheel of Yoga, Bram is also a qualified Lipreading Tutor.
For those of you wishing to continue towards a full teaching course, Bram is running a BWY Teacher Training Certificate course starting in June 2018.

When: Saturday 10.00-5.00pm
2017:   Sept 16th, Oct 7th, Nov 11th, Dec 2nd
2018:  Jan 20th, Feb 10th, Feb 24th, March 24th, April 7th, April 22nd.
Price: £660 plus membership of the bwy (£34)
Teacher: Bram Williams

2. BWY Foundation course with Katja Patel - Wednesdays - starts November 2017

Katja Patel will be the main tutor, supported by experienced guest tutors. Katja has studied and completed her training in Germany before moving to London and joining the BWY as an accredited teacher. She has completed additional training for pregnancy, children and restorative yoga, as well as BWY Foundation Course and Diploma Course Tutor. Katja has a lighthearted and humorous approach, inspired by her experience of how yoga is able to help overcoming difficulties.

Since the beginning of her yoga practice, Katja has been introduced to Ayurveda and is an experienced ayurvedic massage therapist specializing in treating pregnant and postnatal women. She offers regular workshops in ayurvedic cooking and lifestyle.

When: Wednesdays 9.30am-2.30pm
Dates: 2017:  Nov 8th,  Nov 22nd, Dec 6th
2018: Jan 10th, Jan 24th, Feb 7th, Feb 21st, March 7th, March 21st, April 11th, April 25th, May 9th, May 23rd, June 6th
Price: £610(this includes the £60 course registration fee charged by the bwy)
 plus membership of the bwy (£34)
Teacher: Katja Patel

3. BWY Foundation course with Federica Panichi - Sundays - starts Feb 2018

Federica Panichi will be the main tutor, supported by experienced guest tutors. Freddie is an experienced BWY teacher and is also qualified as an assessor of trainee teachers. She is a part of the Yoga Junction team since 2007. Freddie is a student of Tara Fraser. She has been practising different styles of yoga mainly with tutors inspired by the teachings of Krishnamacharya and his son TKV Desikachar in particular. Her classes focus on flowing sequences of poses with attention to the coordination of breath and movement, proper body alignment and anatomical understanding, but do not follow one strict method or routine of postures; instead, they invite mindfulness and quality of awareness throughout. Freddie is a versatile teacher and teaches Hatha Yoga as well as Vinyasa- based classes, which vary according to group level, physical ability and fitness, and range from gentle to vigorous, from a beginner level to intermediate and more advanced. For further information, visit her website

Freddie – 

When:  Sundays 12.30-6.15pm
Dates: 2018:  Feb 4th, March 4th,  April 8th,  
May 13th, June 3rd,  June  24th, July 22nd,  
Sept 2nd,  Sept 23rd, Oct 14th, Nov 11th Dec 2nd.
Price: £610 plus bwy membership (£34)
Teacher: Federica Panichi