Edinburgh Community Yoga Teacher Training

Yoga Teacher Training

At Edinburgh Community Yoga, we offer informative and practical Yoga Teacher Training which cover the basics essential for this kind of work.

We are passionate and experienced yoga outreach practitioners and want to ensure teachers are well informed and prepared when taking yoga into outreach settings.

The Fundamentals Of Yoga Outreach

Next dates:

26-27 September online via Zoom- tickets available here

Are you interested in teaching yoga to underserved groups, out-with a regular studio setting?

Join us for an online version of our training on ‘The Fundamentals of Yoga Outreach’ this autumn.

Live sessions will take place on Saturday the 26th September and Sunday the 27th September. Eight live hours in four blocks as below.

Saturday (4.5hrs) 10am-1pm and 3pm-4.30 pm
Sunday (3.5hrs) 10am-12.30pm and 2.30pm-3.30pm

Plus, approximately 4 hours of pre course lectures and practices which we will ask you to access prior to attending the live weekend.

Price £150


We are offering three discounted places to account for the systemic injustice that statistically places certain groups in a lower income bracket. One for anyone who has a genuine desire to teach in underserved communities and is unable to afford the training at full price; one from anyone from Black or Minority ethnic background; and one for anyone who identifies as LGBTQI+.

Please contact us for more details.

UPDATE 4TH SEPTEMBER – All Scholarship spaces have now been filled. Thank you so much for applying.

Course outline:

This twelve-hour workshop aims to equip you with the skills and expertise that can support you to offer your teaching within outreach settings. Over the weekend we will share practice together, learn from each other and have plenty of time for group discussion. We will also discuss some of the practicalities, ethics and challenges of working in the community and we will demonstrate practical tools to enable you to begin to build the skills necessary to offer safe, authentic yoga classes which aim meet the needs of your chosen client group.

We will highlight the importance of understanding the neuroscience and physiology of the stress response. You will learn how yoga works to establish a healthy nervous system and brain and why this is valuable information for anyone wishing to teach yoga in an outreach setting. We will link this to yoga philosophy and the wider conversations around power dynamics and student teacher relationships.

In order to reduce the amount of time spent on online learning platforms and to give you as much flexibility as possible we will be sending some self-directed learning for you to complete in advance of the weekend which will include online lectures and led practice.

Please note this workshop will not be focused on teaching specific asana or on training yoga teachers in a particular style of yoga. Our wish is that you can apply the principles you learn with us to your individual teaching style and have the confidence to reach out to groups of people who might not attend a general yoga class.

Whilst this yoga course is designed for yoga teachers, those with a regular yoga practice who work in community settings are very welcome to attend.

Trauma Informed Training for Yoga Teachers

We are joining with our friends at Meadowlark Yoga to run an online Trauma Informed Yoga training for Yoga Teachers.

What is it?

Are you interested in bringing a more trauma informed approach to your teaching or yoga spaces?  Join the movement to make every yoga teacher trauma-informed whether working in a yoga studio or as preparation for working in the community with underserved groups.

This training will run online over 5 weeks and will include a combination of self directed learning and live sessions. There will be a focus on reflective practice, practical skills and interactive discussion.

What will I learn?

This course will allow you to understand the principles, theory and practice of bringing a more trauma informed approach to your teaching and allow you to consider how yoga can be a practice that can offer people the opportunity to be empowered in their choices. The course will be underpinned and delivered with a social justice lens and will incorporate study of systemic oppression, trauma theory, neuroscience and how we can create safer yoga spaces by developing awareness and understanding of trauma informed practice.

What you will not learn?

This training does not provide you with a yoga therapy or trauma therapy certificate or give you the necessary skills to use this title. This will be covered in more detail in the course.

This course is also not intended to be therapeutic for those who have experienced trauma  or to offer space for people to work through their own trauma. Some content may be triggering for some individuals.


The investment for this training is 3 monthly payments of £200, a total of £600.

There are a small number of scholarships available, please contact lorraine@edinburghcommunityyoga.co.uk to learn more.

100% of this course is online.  The course will take the following format:

  • 20 live hours via Zoom (4hrs each Saturday)
  • 30 hours of coursework (6hrs self paced per week)

You can find out more, and book your space here.

For providers of 200, 300 and 500hrs teacher trainings we offer an introduction to yoga outreach

This four-hour workshop designed to be offered as a module on teacher training programmes highlights the importance of understanding the neuroscience and physiology of the stress response. The students will learn how yoga works to establish a healthy nervous system and brain and why this is valuable information for anyone wishing to teach yoga.

Alongside this, we will discuss some of the practicalities, ethics and challenges of working in outreach settings and demonstrate practical tools to enable new teachers to begin to build the skills necessary to offer safe, authentic yoga classes which meet the needs of the client group.

Students will be led through a yoga practice, which will encompass our approach to asana, pranayama and meditation. Designed to allow the students to experience for themselves the themes discussed.

This training fits into a number of the Yoga Alliance 200 hrs teaching standards. Number two – Teaching Methodology, number three – Anatomy and Physiology and also number 4 – Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teachers.


£300 to institutions. Please email or call us to discuss before making a payment.


“The experience and expertise shared by Laura and Lorraine during their yoga outreach training is invaluable to any yoga teacher, not just those looking to work in an outreach setting. Laura and Lorraine are exceptionally generous teachers and the programme itself is the perfect blend of theory and practical teachings.” 
Judi Farrell, Merchant City Yoga, CYS Yoga Teacher Training

“It’s so refreshing when someone comes to introduce and talk about their specialism and it lights a spark in you, that’s what Laura does. She is so knowledgeable and enthusiastic about her subject that it just leaves you wanting more!” 

“It’s time to expand our training Information to match the ever changing ways that stress impacts clients and make sure our trained teachers know how to deal with the new wide client base that yoga is attracting. We invite Laura to be the one to help us to do this on our trainings. She is always a huge success!” 
Julie Hanson, Seasonal Yoga

“Interesting and inspiring training delivered by two practitioners with a wealth of knowledge and experience of outreach work. They are both clearly passionate about the work that they do and about helping others to take the benefits of yoga into areas of the community where it is less accessible. Highly recommended.”

“If you’re interested in taking Yoga where it is most needed this course is a must! Laura and Lorraine bring to the table a wealth of invaluable practical experience of working with different vulnerable populations. The material is underpinned by rigorous neuroscience and presented in an accessible format in a relaxed and supportive environment.”

“The course managed to somehow combine basic essentials of community development, pedagogy, neuroscience, philosophy, and anatomy in just two days. It was a small group of committed students with a great teacher/ student ratio and scope for further depth and practice for those that wanted it. The case studies and lesson planning were particularly useful for building up our awareness of complex needs and barriers to accessing yoga, as well as confidence in how to ‘meet people on the mat’. It was the perfect antidote to some of the more image-conscious yoga trends and helped us reconnect with core principles and values. Thank you Lorraine and Laura.”

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