Yoga and Meditation Classes in Sidcup, Bexley, Chislehurst and Hextable, Kent with Clair Yates

BWY Foundation Course 2022

I’m really excited to be planning my next British Wheel of Yoga Foundation Course scheduled to begin in January 2022.  This structured 60-hour course, certified by the British Wheel of Yoga, covers physical yoga practice, philosophy & theory.  It’s the perfect way to delve deeper into yoga, giving you time to absorb the teachings and develop your practice and make yoga part of your life.

***It’s not too late to join the 2022 intake, there are still places, please contact me by email or text if you are interested.

The BWY Foundation Course is a personal development course for those who have a couple of years of yoga classes behind them and wants to know more about this ancient practice than a class environment allows, wants to progress their practice, broaden and widen their toolbox of yoga techniques and make yoga part of their life.  You don’t have to have practiced a certain style of yoga or have a particular athletic ability to join the course.  The Howard Venue is fully accessible and I am a very experienced teacher, everybody will be progressing their own practice, everybody is welcome. We will be meeting twice a month on Saturday afternoons, 1.45 – 5 pm at the Howard Venue, in Hextable starting on  January the 22nd, 2022 – for the full list of dates see below.I took this course myself back in 2007 and it was life-changing, which is one of the reasons I’m so excited to be planning to teach the course again in 2022.  Giving back this life-changing experience I get to go deeper into the teachings with yogis who are really interested and share my love for yoga and I get to watch your life-changing experiences which is a real joy.  The course provides students with the knowledge, the tools, and the space to deepen their relationship with yoga.  We will cover a comprehensive range of asana, pranayama, meditation, mudra, mantra, Kriya, yogic anatomy (chakras, nadis), relaxation, as well as covering the history of yoga, yoga philosophy (including the Yoga Sutras attributed to Patanjali) and the different paths of yoga.

The BWY Foundation course is for:

* students who wish to deepen their personal yoga practice, increase their knowledge of yoga and meet like-minded yogis.

* those considering yoga teacher training as a future option – the course provides a good introduction to and preparation for Certificate and Diploma teaching courses

There’s no formal homework, no essays, to qualify for the certificate, a minimum of 80% attendance is required.

The course follows the BWY syllabus and is approximately 50% practice and 50% theoretical.  Although there is no compulsory written homework, students will be expected to keep a personal practice journal (written, auditory, photographic, or other) and background research (reading, listening to audiobooks, watching videos etc) is encouraged.

Applications are welcome from students from all backgrounds, with a minimum of 2 years of consistent practice with a teacher. Students will also need to be current members of the British Wheel of Yoga to start the course – if you are not a member already, joining is easy.

Investment: £600, plus £60 BWY course registration fee for certification and verification.  Payment plans are available and there is a refund policy in place.

The BWY membership fee is currently £37

Venue: The Howard Venue, 39 Egerton Avenue, Hextable, Kent, BR8 7LG
The Howard Venue is easily accessible from the M25 Swanley Junction and has a large free car park.

The studios are large and airy and have heating and air conditioning that circulate fresh air.

The course will be held on 20 Saturday afternoons over 11 months, from January 2022 to December 2022 – there will be no sessions in August.

Each afternoon of the course will begin at 1.45 pm and end at 5 pm and will include 3 hours of course content plus a refreshment break.

2022 Foundation Course dates – Saturday afternoons: 

  • 22 Jan 2022
  • 5 Feb 2022
  • 19 Feb 2022
  • 5 Mar 2022
  • 19 Mar 2022
  • 2 Apr 2022
  • 9 Apr 2022
  • 21 May 2022
  • 28 May 2022
  • 25 Jun 2022
  • 16 Jul 2022
  • 30 Jul 2022
  • 3 Sep 2022
  • 17 Sep 2022
  • 1 Oct 2022
  • 15 Oct 2022
  • 29 Oct 2022
  • 12 Nov 2022
  • 26 Nov 2022
  • 3 Dec 2022

If you have not been taught by me before, before applying, you will need to attend one of my classes and have a chat either in person or on the phone.

If after the class and chat with me, you decide you definitely want to go ahead and apply for a space on the course, then I will email/give you an application form to fill in.  At that stage, if you are not one of my students, you will need to give me the details of a yoga teacher who I will then approach for a reference.  If you are one of my students, there is no need for a yoga teacher reference as I will be your reference in that respect.

To express your interest and find out more, please contact me: clair.crestyoga@gmail.com / 07974 728 839 for further course information.

2020 Course Testimonials:

“I liked the mix of physical practice and theory during each learning day. Clair is an excellent teacher with a great deal of knowledge and patience.”

“I have just completed 11 months training on a yoga foundation course run by the most amazing tutor Clair Yates it has been of such value, teaching me how to progress in my own practice, different variations of postures, the history, breathing techniques that are not to be underestimated in there effectiveness in cleansing the body and so much more I can’t begin to say. The best thing I’ve ever done for myself.”

“I have been practicing yoga for many years now and what I really enjoyed about the course was how it opened my eyes to the bigger picture of yoga other than it being purely about the practice of asana.  It was lovely to expand my knowledge on a subject that I very much enjoy. Finally meeting up with friends and other like-minded yogis was a nice thing to be doing.”

“I liked the fact that I could see the progression I was making in my personal practice and the confidence it gave me to try new things and to put a routine together knowing that I knew what postures I needed to do before and after say inversions. I liked learning about the history of yoga and also ratio breathing. So very glad I decided to do this course and with such a great tutor, who goes out of her way to make sure you understand all the content covered and interact between the group.”

“I loved this course and can’t believe it’s gone so quickly and I will be quite sad when it ends. This has been one of the best things I have done for myself. Thank you Clair and BWY for having these courses.”

“I really enjoyed being with the other yogis on the foundation course and learning from each other and sharing our experiences. I loved learning about the Philosophy. I found it so interesting and gaining a deeper understanding was extremely enriching for me. I also loved the journaling part and I am still finding it extremely helpful to get stuff out of my head and onto paper. This is a practice I will also continue. I also enjoyed the experiment of going deeper within my asana practice to notice the more subtle reactions within my body. I would definitely recommend the Foundation course for any yogi who wants to explore and deepen their yoga practice further away from the class.”

“Clair has done an amazing job of teaching us the syllabus.  It helped me to commit to practicing yoga more regularly at home. It made me aware of how yoga can become a way of life in the choices I make. I have more awareness now of different pranayama and meditation techniques. I found learning about the 8 limbs of yoga really interesting.”

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