British Wheel of Yoga

Diploma Course

South West Yoga Academy:  Yoga in theory and practice

After many years of collaboration, the BWY Diploma Course Tutors in the south west of England have come together to form a brand new training school - the SOUTH WEST YOGA ACADEMY.  SWYA courses will give trainee teachers a rich yoga experience, working with a diverse range of established and respected tutors, each bringing their own areas of expertise, specialist knowledge and yoga background.

All the tutors have undergone extensive training and practice over many years, and all are qualified yoga teacher trainers and assessors, licensed to teach the BWY Diploma.  They have over a hundred years of yoga teaching experience between them from which to draw and share.  Angela Ashwin (Exmouth), Andrea Newman (Bristol and Minehead), Wendy Teasdill (Glastonbury) and Debby Wilkinson (Devizes) form the teaching team that will run BWY level 4 Yoga Teaching Diploma courses around the South West region. 

The first SOUTH WEST YOGA ACADEMY course is anticipated to take place in Glastonbury, beginning spring 2014.  Prospective students must have a minimum of 3 years’ yoga experience, and have completed the BWY Foundation Course (or equivalent) by the start of the course.  A further course is planned to begin in 2015 in another south west location.  A timetable of introductory days for those interested to find out more will be published soon.

For further information about the SOUTH WEST YOGA ACADEMY or about the BWY level 4 Yoga Teaching Diploma, please get in touch with any of the tutors – contact details below.  If you would like to explore the possibility of training as a yoga teacher and are looking for a quality training course in the south west with the SWYA, please email …. expressing your interest and stating where you live, and we will keep you up to date with information as it becomes available.

Angela Ashwin  01395 224605
Andrea Newman  01643 708410
Wendy Teasdill  01458 898 263
Debby Wilkinson  01380 816844

About the British Wheel of Yoga:

The British Wheel of Yoga is internationally recognised for its safe and thorough teaching of Yoga. The BWY Diploma is a professional qualification which reflects ancient values at work in the modern world, where professionalism goes hand in hand with esoteric integrity.

The level of commitment required to obtain the Diploma is high and it should not be undertaken lightly. It does equip one to teach with confidence and autonomy. Whether you are seeking to teach Yoga on a part-time or full-time basis, the investment is the same. Note that the major investment is in terms of time and application. It may change your life.

The British Wheel of Yoga does not have a set style, and the approach to asana (or not) will depend on the individual tutors. Appropriate modification, safety in asanas and adaptation of postures for common (and often uncommon) medical conditions are the key features of BWY asana training. The course is comprehensive, covering everything from how the muscles and joints work within the postures, through Pranayama, Mantra, Meditation and class management, to the main philosophical texts and how they are relevant, both to the history of Yoga and Yoga as it is practised in the West today.

Teaching methods are student-centred and fun; while there is plenty of theory (too much, some say) in the syllabus, interactive teaching methods are used to keep things moving. Practical Yoga sessions, role-play, pair and group work are all employed to help you develop confidence and autonomy in exploring the topics on the timetable. The syllabus requires that you do peer presentations on the topics for each unit - anatomy and physiology for Unit One, Philosophy for Unit Three, for example. For people unaccustomed to public speaking, this seems like a tough call in the beginning: but what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Feedback is always encouraging and supportive, and the process is particularly transformational and confidence-building.

What I feel is a particular strength of the Wheel qualification is that each person is free to explore and develop their own style within its framework. The key to safe Yoga teaching is understanding, and that understanding comes through experience, observation, dedication and - teaching. We do small peer-group teaching sessions from the beginning of the course, in which we road-test how to deal practically and professionally with the situations (common and uncommon) which can arise in a Yoga class. You are encouraged to start teaching your own class as soon as possible.