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Courses below are scheduled to begin from Spring 2021 onwards

BWY Foundation Courses and Teacher Training courses 

The 60-hour Foundation course is designed to explore yoga in more depth. It includes practical and theoretical work on asana, pranayama, concentration and meditation as well as topics such as the history of yoga and the different paths and schools of yoga as well as an introduction to basic yoga philosophy - the yoga Sutras of Patanjali and the Hathayogapradipika and more.
This course is intended for students who would like to develop their knowledge of yoga further as well as for those wanting to train as teachers as it provides them with a good introduction to our Certificate and Diploma teaching courses.  

The longer Teacher Training courses involve a more in depth look at teaching techniques, lesson planning, anatomy, modifying and adapting postures for all needs, and teaching practice within the course.  

We are planning courses for 2021 beginning in the Spring.  Please email if you are interested.

BWY Foundation course level 1 with Federica Panichi starts May 2021

BWY Foundation Course 60h accredited training

By taking this 60h accredited training course you can expect to broaden your knowledge and experience of yoga, either for your personal interest and study or as preparation for teacher training. Even if it is not a teaching qualification in its own right, the BWY Foundation Course is the standard entry requirement for the BWY Certificate and Diploma teacher training courses.
The minimum entry requirement for the Foundation training is two years’ experience of practising yoga in any style with a suitably qualified and experienced yoga teacher. You may be asked to attend a class or a short informal interview prior to acceptance on to the course. 
In case social restrictions are still in place, we might be able to start the course online via Zoom.

Course Content
The course is roughly 50% practical (asana, pranayama, meditation, chanting, mudra, kriya) 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 test 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 course provides a comprehensive grounding in basic practical techniques taught in the context of the philosophy that underpins yoga. It is an ideal preparation for those who may wish to train as yoga teachers in the future, but it is equally suitable for yoga students who do not wish to teach.

The Teacher
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
Yoga Junction


Nigel (Yoga Junction’s director) - [email protected]
Freddie (course tutor) – [email protected] (exclusively for the course) and [email protected]

Dates and Price

10 Meetings on Saturdays 10.00am-5.00pm 
(1-hour break) 
8th May, 15th May, 19th June, 17th July, 11th Sept, 2nd Oct, 23rd Oct, 13th Nov, 27th Nov, 4th Dec.

Cost - £600 course fees plus £60 registration fee.  You must also be a member of the bwy which costs £37 per year.


Breathwork and Pranayama teacher training
40-hour CPD course for teachers, therapist, and practitioners
Accredited by Yoga Alliance Professionals UK     with Laurent Roure

What is Breathwork and Pranayama?
There are many different yoga systems which embrace pranayama and breathwork and place it at the forefront of their teachings. However, within some Western yoga schools and the detriment of the trainee teachers, breathing practices are often treated as an optional addition to asanas and their importance is overlooked and downplayed.

Pranayama is the fourth limb in Patanjali’s eight limbs of yoga and is thus a vital part of an authentic, rewarding and conscientious yoga practice. It is therefore vital to have access to comprehensive teaching within the sphere of the breath if one wants to unlock the full potential of their yoga practice but also, influence their health and their wellbeing. Practising pranayama and breathwork can have a transformative, healing and calming influence on the body and mind. It can be used to change old patterns and cultivate vitality. Learning to balance the breath helps us to balance the mind and consequently our lives.

The benefits of Breathwork and Pranayama

Indispensable tools that help us build a safe and strong physical practice (yogic or non-yogic)
Decreases feelings of stress and tension.
Reduces anxiety and depression.
Soothes the nervous system.
Aids muscle relaxation and pain management.
Helps oxidize the blood and enhance the respiratory system.
Helps to control and change the levels of O2 and CO2 to influence body functions.
Helps the good function of the lymphatic, urinatory, excretory, digestive, immune, circulatory, endocrine systems.
Slows down the heart rate and enhance the cardiovascular system.
Lowers and stabilizes blood pressure.
Increases energy levels.
Helps the fight of breathlessness and pulmonary diseases.
Helps the fight against insomnia and sleeping disorders.
Helps and support the mind and body during challenging illnesses and treatment.
Develops body awareness, concentration, mindfulness, focus, and stamina.
Support and lead to Meditation practices, yoga Nidra and specific deep relaxation.
Who is this training for?
Laurent is pleased to offer a well-structured, concise, practical training for anyone who wants to offer pranayama and breathwork as part of their bodywork classes to private clients or within health-care.

The structure of this pranayama and breathwork course is designed to be easily comprehensible and accessible to all levels of yoga teachers, movement teachers, complementary therapists, psychotherapists and counsellors, nurses and anyone else who would like to incorporate and give these valuable tools within their sessions or during their self-practice.

Participants will gain a well-rounded and detailed knowledge and understanding of pranayama and breathwork both in theory and practice through a clear step-by-step approach. The course is an intensive and condenses what is usually learned over a fairly lengthy period of time into just three weekends. This training is a great first step towards developing a deeper understanding of pranayama and alternative breathwork techniques.

With these different tools in hand, participants on the course will be equipped to offer practices with varying themes that can be used in a range of settings with students of different needs and in different therapeutic settings.

Besides health and wellbeing on a physical level, the training is also intended to raise awareness of the importance of pranayama and breathwork for mental and spiritual health.

What are the aims and objectives of the training?
The training and assignments specifically explore how to teach and how use pranayama and breathwork as a self-practice. This is a practical course and the content is designed in a way that anyone can access.

Understanding classical pranayama, their effects and influences on the body and the mind.
Learning some breathwork alternatives techniques to pranayama.
Providing the key elements and skills required to incorporate pranayama and breathwork intuitively, effectively and safely into a class or a session.
Offering pranayama and breathwork responsibly and with confidence.
Learning how to create sequences with pranayama and specific breathwork as the main theme or as a complement to other yoga techniques, movements or meditations.
Learning how to adapt pranayama and alternative breathwork techniques to specific needs and different populations of students.
Learning how to use pranayama and breathwork techniques in therapeutic settings.
Allowing teachers to fully explore and experience the character of pranayama and breathwork for themselves and to grow their own practice.
Course Content
Pranayama and breathwork: history and philosophy.
Anatomy and physiology of the breath.
Understanding of the concept of energy.
The foundation of pranayama: mechanics, rhythms, holistic developments.
Definition and introduction to “the eight classical pranayama breaths’’.
Understanding the different qualities, purposes and benefits of each breathing technique: how & why?
Learning to bring and to use safely and effectively pranayama techniques in our yoga practice and daily life.
Breath-centred yoga: moving and breathing.
Breath: the gateway to the mind.
The breath within meditation and relaxation.
Definition of breathwork: how does it differ from pranayama?
Supplemental breathwork disciplines.
Breathwork as a healing and support mechanism: anxiety, stress, depression, asthma and breathlessness, sleep disorder etc.
Analysing and reading the breath and recognising different breathing patterns.
How to teach pranayama and breathwork to others.
How to develop a self-practice and keeping it going.
What are the requirements and home studies?
This course is a 40-hour CPD training accredited by Yoga Alliance Professionals UK (for yoga teachers only).
Non-yoga teachers will receive a 40-hour Yogalaurent certificate of completion.
To receive this accreditation/certificate, you will be expected to:

Attend and commit to the three weekends and show a good understanding and comprehension of the practice and the teaching of pranayama and breathwork – 36 contact hours.
Home practice. At the end of each module, you will be given small breathwork sequences to practice at home. This is an important part of the course allowing you to assimilate and to further the understanding of the techniques previously learnt. 4 hours minimum +.
All these hours apply whether you are looking to receive the Yoga Alliance Professional UK accreditation or not. The course is designed and written for both yoga teachers and any other trainees.
Please note: home studies are designed to support the theory and the content of the training. You won’t be marked or judge on the results. Discussions and exchanges will rise from the results. They will help you understand the work and improve the way you teach and practice.

What will you receive?
Thirty-six contact hours with Laurent Roure.
Practical experience of bodywork, pranayama, breathwork, meditation and relaxation techniques.
Lectures and discussions.
Course material: PDF handouts – power points.
Videos, audios and scripts of pranayama and breathwork.
Feedback and discussion post home studies.
One free contact session for support and mentoring if requested post-training.
Yoga teachers will receive a Yoga Alliance Professionals UK 40-hour Pranayama and Breathwork accreditation – you will be qualified to teach Pranayama and Breathwork.
Other trainees will receive a Yogalaurent 40-hour Pranayama and Breathwork certificate of completion – you will be qualified to teach Pranayama and Breathwork.
Study hours & timescale:
This course is spread out over four weekends. You will study theory and breathing techniques for nine hours per weekend. It is advisable to take part in all four weekends to understand the whole program and to experience the logical continuity of the whole course.

New Dates for 2021 face to face course.

Sat. 10.00-5.00pm (6 hrs + 1hr lunch) 
Sun. 12:30pm – 5:30pm (with15mins break) .

September  18th/19th
October 9th/10th
November 6th/7th

Cost £595  - early bird booking price £545 if booked and paid in full by Dec 31st.