BWY Foundation Course

British Wheel of Yoga Foundation Course Level 1.

Now taking enquiries and applications for

Oct 2019 – June 2020

Foundation Course Graduation Group June 2018

Who it is for?

The course is suitable for anyone who wishes to develop their personal practice of yoga and delve deeper into its philosophy and traditions.  It 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 is equally suitable for yoga students who do not wish to teach.

On completion of the course (minimum attendance of 80% of the course, i.e. 8 of 10 sessions) you will be awarded the British Wheel of Yoga Foundation Course 1 Certificate of Attendance.

Eligibility for this course:

 In order to apply for this course you should have:

  1. A minimum of two years yoga class attendance with a qualified and experienced yoga teacher.
  2. Students must join the British Wheel of Yoga if not already a member.

Course dates and Introductory session 2019-20:

An Introductory session will be held on Saturday September 7th  2019,  9am – 12pm, to give an overview of the content and flavour of the course, and to answer any questions you might have.  Following attendance of this session you can apply for a place on the course.  It is recommended you attend the introductory session before applying, however if for any reason you can’t make it please contact me.

The course itself is 60 hours of tuition split over 10 sessions.  The sessions will run monthly on Saturdays from October to May, followed by two consecutive sessions on a single weekend in June.  Course dates for 2019-20 are as follows:

2019: October 5th, November 2nd, December 7th

2020: January 11th, February 8th, March 7th, April 4th, May 9th, June 6th and 7th

Course times are 9am – 4.30pm.

Course Content:

The Course Syllabus includes the following:

  • preparation for physical practice
  • asana (postures) foundational poses and pose groups (e.g. twists, forward bends etc.)
  • mudra (seals or hand gestures)
  • basic breathing and pranayama (breath control),
  • kriya (cleansing practices)
  • concentration techniques and first steps in meditation
  • relaxation techniques
  • chanting (including Om and the Bija Mantras)
  • Talks including the History of Yoga, Prana and the Pranic Body, Overview and philosophy of key yogic texts, the Paths of Yoga, and the Eight Limbs of Yoga

The course will be delivered via lectures, class discussions and group work.  We will explore the physical aspects of yoga by experiencing them as practice, both individually and with partners, throughout our sessions together.  You’ll be required to practise regularly at home throughout the course (following instruction; support and handouts will be given) and you are encouraged to reflect upon and make notes on your practice in journal form.  Other than this there is no written homework and the course is not formally assessed.  On completion of the course you will be awarded the British Wheel of Yoga Foundation Course 1 Certificate of Attendance.


The course will cost £580, spread over three payments, 1) prior to starting the course in October, 2) prior to the January session, 3) prior to the April session.

In addition there will be a BWY registration fee of £60 payable with your first course payment.  You will also need to take out membership with the British Wheel of Yoga, if you are not already a member, PRIOR to registering on the course, currently £34.

You may also like to budget for books.  We will be discussing recommended and suggested reading at the Introduction Session.  I’ll provide handouts with passages from the texts we will be looking at during the course, so whilst not essential, it would be useful to have the following (please note edition if you are purchasing, but don’t worry if you already have a different one, you can still use it):

  • The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, translation and commentary by Sri Swami Satchidananda, Integral Yoga Publications, Yogaville, Virginia.
  • The Upanishads, translation and introduction by Juan Mascaro, Penguin Classics.
  • The Bhagavad Gita, Translated for the modern reader by Eknath Easwaran, Nilgiri press.
  • The Heart of Yoga, TKV Desikachar, Inner Traditions International
  • The Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Swami Muktibhodandanda, Bihar Publications, Munger, Bihar, India

You will also need to bring your own writing materials and yoga equipment for physical practice to the course. Yoga equipment would preferably be a minimum of a mat, a block, a strap and two bricks.  Other equipment may be provided for use during course sessions on loan (e.g. bolster, eye bag etc.).  Should you wish to purchase any equipment I would be delighted to order it for you and pass on my BWY Teachers discount (35%), please contact me for further details.

Course location:

All sessions, including the introductory morning, will be held at the following venue:

Ashley Village Hall, Main Street, Ashley, Market Harborough LE16 8HG

This course is an excellent grounding for a lifetime of personal exploration of the fascinating art/science of yoga, and can also be the first stage to a teaching career.  I look forward to welcoming you to the first steps on your journey.


* Completion of the Foundation Course would be advantageous when applying to join a BWY Diploma course and is highly recommended, although not mandatory.


Excellent course, very enjoyable. Excellent tutor.

What did you like most about the course: Caroline’s knowledge and enthusiasm

Overall this was a brilliant course. Caroline made it so enjoyable and delivered the course brilliantly. I love how passionately she speaks of Yoga and has really inspired me to take my own practice to the next level. Thank you !

I have enormously enjoyed the course and will take a lot away from it and a far deeper knowledge and understanding and also wider interest in yoga and its grounding, basis and philosophy.

Caroline has been an excellent tutor and has made taken us on a brilliant journey over the last 9 months…she has delivered the course way above my expectations

What did you like most about the course: The professionalism in the way Caroline delivered the course and the amount of time we took to understand the build up of asanas Caroline is an excellent tutor whose knowledge and passion for yoga shows in everything she does and says