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 and Teacher Training courses

At Yoga Junction we run regular Foundation courses and Teacher Training courses with a range of qualified BWY teachers.  The Foundation course is a 6 month, 60 hour course that can be done either out of intererest, or as a stepping stone to the Teacher Training courses.  The Teacher Training course, which is referred to as the BWY Certificate course, is 23 full days of training over 18 months.  It is usually necessary to have done a Foundation Course or equivalent prior to taking part in a Certificate course, but this is down to the teacher's discretion.  We run both types of courses at the studio.  Details of our current Foundation and Certificate courses are below. 
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 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 

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


1. Foundation course level 1 intensive with Tara Fraser in Devon - starts October 2019 with residential accommodation

Tara Fraser has had a lifelong interest in yoga, has been teaching since 1993 and is a BWY Diploma Course Tutor. She believes yoga can help everyone to live well, feel good and age gracefully. Her teaching style draws on several traditions but is heavily influenced by the personalised and therapeutic approach of TKV Desikachar which has been her own practice for many years. In recent years she has been working with Scaravelli inspired teachers who have added a new and exploratory angle to the yoga she practices and teaches. This has been further supported by her training to become a Rolfer with BARSI
Tara is the founder / co-director of Yoga Junction where she teaches workshops and BWY teacher training programmes. She is the author of five best-selling yoga books (Including Yoga for You and The Easy Yoga Workbook) and lectures and teaches nationally and internationally.

This course is taking place at Ashley Court in Devon, with residential accomodation available for non-locals.  Arrival time for each weekend is any time on Friday after 2pm - so if you are staying here for the weekend, you are welcome to arrive early and enjoy a half day in the house and garden.  The course will run from Friday evening until Sunday late afternoon, with a combination of practial and theoretical yoga study sessions, punctuated by delicious home cooked meals.

I have no hesitation in highly recommending this course! The venue was a delightful and unique early Victorian villa located in an idyllic, natural and serene, Devon setting (yet easily accessible minutes from Tiverton Parkway station). Tara’s teaching, born of years of experience, deep understanding and connection, was fascinating. In-depth yet totally accessible with time spent to examine the process and rationale - the theory and practice flowed seamlessly. The' icing on the cake' was the tasty, nutritious food prepared by Nigel and Tara. Each meal was delicious, feeding body and soul. Particularly stunning was the Wild Garlic Risotto prepared with the wild garlic the group picked on our walk through the woods surrounding the house!  - Jan Brades-Payne

When: October 2019 - April 2020
Dates: 4 long weekends - October 19th/20th, December 14th/15th February 8th/9th, April 4th/5th
Price: Course price £660.  
Food and accomodation costs in addition.
Teacher: Tara Fraser with guest tutor Nigel Jones

This course is taking place at Ashley Court in Devon.  For non-locals, accommodation is available at Ashley Court.  Please enquire for more details -

2. BWY Foundation course level 1 with Jane Farrimond - starts September 2019

Jane Farrimond will be the main tutor. Jane is an experienced Foundation Course Tutor and Teacher Trainer and has been inspiring yoga students for 20 years. Her authentic style of teaching is positive, practical, inclusive and adaptable. The benefits include increased health, vitality, connection and focus, on and off the mat. To deepen her understanding of the human form, movement and the flow of life’s energy, Jane also trains in the traditional somatic disciplines of Qi Gong and Tai Ji. 

For more information or application form please contact Nigel at

When: Saturdays 10.00-5.00pm
Dates:   Sept 14, Oct 26, Nov 30, Jan 11, Feb 1, 
Feb 15, Feb 29, March 14, March 28, April 18.
Price: £660
Teacher: Jane Farrimond

3. BWY Foundation course level 2 with Jane Farrimond - starts May 2020 

Foundation Course level 2 is a 60-hour personal development course, for those already established in yoga, and for those who have already completed a level 1 foundation course.

We will enquire further into both the theoretical and experiential study of yoga techniques and philosophy and provide the opportunity to deepen self awareness of the physical, through the exploration of asana and kinesiology, the energetic, through the theory of the pranic body and the practice of pranayama, mudra and bandha, and the holistic, through the experience of yoga nidra and meditation.              

We will research and discuss philosophical concepts of the yoga texts, mainly from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, with reference to other key texts.

You will map your yoga journey during the course,  and you will be encouraged to keep a diary.

This course is suitable for those who have completed a foundation course level 1, or for yoga teachers who wish to refresh and expand their knowledge. 

The course will consist of eight Saturday sessions from 10am-5pm held at Yoga Junction, London N8 9PR and a weekend retreat at Ashley Court in Tiverton, Devon, from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon.

Please contact Nigel for further info and application form.

 Saturdays 10.00-5.00pm at Yoga Junction on
 May 9, 30, June 13, Aug 1, Aug 22, Sept 19, 
 Oct 24, Nov 14.
Devon weekend October 3rd/4th

Price: £660 course fees  £250 retreat fees
Teacher: Jane Farrimond

email Nigel for more details, questions or application form.

Bwy Foundation course level 1 with Federica Panichi - starts June 2020

Federica Panichi is an experienced BWY teacher and is also qualified as an assessor of trainee teachers. She is 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. 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
When: Saturdays 10.00-5.00pm
Dates: 2020 June 6, June 27, July 18, Aug 15, Sep 5, Sep 26, Oct 17, Nov 7, Nov 28, Dec 12.
Price: £660
Teacher: Federica Panichi

contact Nigel for more info. or application form.