Taking the leap to train as a Yoga teacher is huge!

We understand this. 

Investing a large sum of money in good faith – you need to be sure the qualification you get is recognised and accredited. 

Unfortunately …not all Yoga training courses are created equal!

There are a huge variety of training schools and teachers out there.

At The EnergyWise Academy we are proud of the fact that we are a recognised training provider for one of the UK’s leading Awarding Organisations, namely Active IQ. Our brand of Yoga is called Realistic Yoga for good reason. 

Realistic Yoga Teachers do not profess to be the most advanced practitioners, they know that this is not what inspires their class members.  

Realistic Yoga Teachers are approachable, friendly and understanding. They have never lost sight of how they felt when first starting out. 

We take our work very seriously. To make sure that you will be the best Yoga Teacher you can be.

So much so, we only employ teacher-trainer/tutors who have gained a professional tutor qualification. 

We don’t think it is enough to just accumulate years of teaching the general public and then turn your hand to training future teachers. 

Teaching class members who only attend once per week …many of whom are simply looking to de-stress and relax …is a completely different skill to passing on knowledge of Anatomy & Physiology to a high standard.

Additionally, your tutor needs to have been trained in the art of appraising and offering constructive feedback which is not something teaching the public entails. 

To ensure you get the highest quality of training – our courses are all rigorously internally and externally verified and are based on the most up to date National Occupational Standards – NOS.

We have exactly the same standing as any Higher Education college across the U.K. and all our Tutors and Assessors have a recognised tutoring qualification.

Our tutors have specialist qualifications according to the subject they are teaching, however the art of passing on knowledge and teaching skills is a common thread throughout the academy with a collective 65 years practical experience between us…19 of which include teacher training. 

We know this sets us apart from many training providers and our reputation for also teaching Mat Pilates instructors and Fitness Professionals is second to none.

When you choose Realistic Yoga at The EnergyWise Academy you know you are in safe hands.

I am loving learning all about teaching Yoga and I feel studying with The EnergyWise Academy is preparing me to be a safe considerate teacher.

I have learned loads …despite already being a fully qualified Physiotherapist and Pilates Teacher! I highly recommend this course.

Christina Purcell

The Yoga Teacher Training Course provided by The EnergyWise Academy has been truly life changing for me. More than simply earning a certificate, the Academy is like a family and “Auntie Fiona” is always there full of life and incredible support.

The course itself is fantastic and truly strengthens my love of Yoga. From the written aspect to physically planning and teaching sessions, you are guided through and always feel a great sense of achievement after each weekend. Recommend 100% – 5 star course.

Vikki Adam

The EnergyWise Academy is a very supportive and professional learning environment.

I highly recommend the Yoga Teacher Training course to others who are thinking of starting their Yoga Teacher Training journey. 

Madi Chaney

Who is this course for?

This course is for you if you have been thinking of becoming a Yoga Teacher …but didn’t know where to start. 

It is for you …even if you think you are not good enough!

You may be surprised to learn that the majority of our past students have felt exactly like you. 

Worried that their practice is not good enough. 

That they are too old

…too young

…too stiff

..too shy

…too fat

…too uninspiring.

They don’t look glamourous enough for Instagram!!!

The list goes on!

What if I were to tell you that your class members will love you for who you are.

Somebody that they can look up to because of your caring nature and empathy.

Think of all the Yoga teachers who have taught you. Some you will have liked …others …not so much. 

There are thousands of Yoga classes taught around the country every day. 

No two classes are the same in the same way no two teachers are the same. 

Oscar Wilde hit the nail on the head when he said “Be yourself …everybody else is taken”

There is only one you. 

This course is for you if you have a passion for Yoga, are keen to help others to learn, have an open mind and are willing to put in the hours it will take.

We’ll have some fun along the way and inevitably your new classmates will share your values and often our students form life-long friendships.

If Yoga is something you’ve often thought you’d like to teach, then we know this is the ideal course for you.

You will be expected to have a history of self practice BUT you are not expected to be able to perform seriously advanced moves.

Your ability to perform is not what makes you a fabulous teacher. We have built our reputation on training teachers to teach …not to simply demonstrate!

How is this course structured?

To attain this qualification you must successfully complete all of the five Units in their entirety including all mandatory practical observations and written worksheets. Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga (QCF) comprises five units as determined by the National Occupational Standards.

These units are subsequently divided into components, which are completed over one year.

  • Underpinning principles of teaching Yoga (L/503/2581)
  • Anatomy and physiology for Yoga (F/503/2580)
  • Planning a series of Yoga sessions (J/503/2581)
  • Health and safety for Yoga (L/503/2582)
  • Teaching a Yoga session (R/503/2583)

Home learning tasks will be given out throughout the course, the combination of which will make up your 200 hours of Yoga Teacher Training.

Upon successful completion you will receive an Active IQ Level 3 Diploma allowing you to teach Hatha Yoga. This is just the beginning.  As a member of The EnergyWise Academy ‘family’ you will be invited to subsequent CPD – Continual Professional Development Days not only on the subject of Yoga but also Teaching Skills, Building a Business and Social Media training.

Additionally, throughout the course, you will receive practical business advice including how to set up classes and how much to charge… we’ve taught hundreds of student teachers just like you and have vast experience of these practical aspects.

Our experienced professionally trained tutors offer far more than any teaching manual or textbook!

What is the pre-requisite?

In order to join this training course a background in attending Yoga classes is essential, alternatively you may have built your self-practice at home.

We’re happy with wherever you gained your experience and don’t  expect you to have only attended one specific type or school of Yoga, nor do we expect you to have evidence of how many classes you have attended.

We like to  trust that our students will be truthful and authentic. It would soon become obvious if you have no experience of Yoga …besides …why would you lie?

If anything…we’ve found that people are more likely to downplay their ability than exaggerate it.

It’s called being human.

Don’t forget, the year you spend training will immerse you in the practices of Yoga and build on your existing ability.

There are deliberate  gaps in the training weekends to allow time to attend classes, self-practice and gradually build up your knowledge and ability.

How much does it cost?

The full cost of this 200 hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training is £2,500. We also offer an easy payment plan to suit your budget and accept Credit/Debit Card payments.

Next step? Check out the pre-requisites then email and we will do our best to reply to you within 24 hours.

We are proud to be an accredited training provider with our Awarding Organisation Active IQ who will issue you with a Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga on successful completion of your training.

This certificate is endorsed by Ofqual and is recognised throughout the UK by all insurance companies, employers, studio owners and health & leisure clubs. It is also recognised worldwide …in fact …anywhere which respects our UK education system. 
Please be assured …we do not employ high-pressure sales people. We want you to want to join our course and we believe it’s not in anybody’s best interest to try to badger somebody into joining a course that is not a perfect fit for them …or us!

Unlike many training courses we will only ever have a maximum of ten students per course. We believe that it is impossible to deliver quality personalised training to any more than ten people at a time. And with over 10,000 hours of teacher training under our belts …we know our stuff!

So if you are keen to start a rewarding career in teaching Yoga …don’t miss out!

Email now 


When is the next course?

The following dates were the dates which we set before all restrictions were put in place. We have a contingency plan which means that we will deliver the theoretical elements of this course until such times as it is safe to meet face to face in the fabulous Beetroot Sauvage studio. As and when we know when this will be …we will resurrect the training course and make adjustments to the timetable to ensure we deliver the highest quality of training that you would expect from The EnergyWise Academy. All subsequent dates will be set by the group to suit each student.

If you did not watch the video on the home page which explains our contingency plans …please take a few minutes to watch it now.

Our next 200 hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training course will be on the following dates plus an additional weekend to be agreed by the group:

Saturday 18th  & Sunday 19th April 2020 – replaced with blended eLearning 

Saturday 16th  & Sunday 17th May 2020 – replaced with blended eLearning – to be confirmed nearer the time 

Saturday 13th  & Sunday 14th June 2020 – we hope to resume face to face training at Beetroot Sauvage by this date tbc

Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd August  2020

Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th October 2020

Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th November 2020

Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th December  2020

Saturday 23rd  & Sunday 24th January 2021 – Exams

We already have students who have reserved their space in advance which only leaves six spaces!

If you are keen to attend our next course please register your interest as soon as you can.

Each day comprises 7.5 hours, 9.30am – 5.00pm and is a mixture of theoretical and practical tuition.

Email us at to find out about our Early Bird discount

How do I book my space?

If you are keen to find out if this course would suit you – send  an email to  

You can rest assured that we do not employ any ‘cheesy’ sales people. 

We only want to work with students who are a good fit and who are keen to help teach others …spreading the benefits of having yoga in your life. 

If becoming a Yoga teacher is not right for you at this point in time we will respect this.

You have nothing to lose by reaching out …right now!

If not now …when?

To secure your place we will ask you to fill in a Registration Form and make a deposit of £250. 

We understand that is a big investment and you may like to know that most of our students pay their fees over the duration of the course. 

Alternatively you can pay your fees in full and make a saving of £150 …it is up to you. 

Where is this training course held?

Since we ran our first Yoga Teacher Training course in 2015 we have been searching for the perfect space and we are so excited to be able to announce that as from March 2020 we will be delivering our Yoga Teacher Training courses within Beetroot Sauvage Wellness Centre, 33-41 Ratcliffe Terrace, Edinburgh EH9 1SX

This little piece of heaven is situated in the Newington area of Edinburgh, near The Meadows and is quite simply an oasis and sanctuary in a busy, bustling city. 

We wanted to enhance your training experience and just know that you will feel calm, nurtured, and safe in this space. 

The large windows allow sunlight to flood the space while the underfloor heating ensures that you will always feel cozy and warm throughout your day.  There is a separate classroom with tables and chairs as we have always believed that in order to absorb the theoretical aspects of Yoga you need to be comfortable …because …lets be honest  …sitting on the floor is not conducive to learning. 

An added bonus …which is what sealed the deal for us …is the fabulous cafe which is 100% plant-based, serving a daily menu of breakfasts and lunches that are equal parts healthy and indulgent. Everyone who is involved in running Beetroot Sauvage is enthusiastic about putting a smile on your face and nourishment in your body. 

Who teaches this course?

Perhaps what makes our teaching team unique is that they are all experienced and qualified Pilates teachers who have been drawn to Yoga as a means of broadening their education and personal development.  

We recognise that Yoga and Pilates are two entirely separate disciplines and respect the fact that Yoga has been around for more than 5,000 years. Joseph Pilates is known to have based his work on a variety of disciplines including Yoga and Tai Chi. 

There are however many similarities between these methods and in particular the mind body connection required for both.   You can rest assured however that our Yoga course is built on the eight limbs of Yoga that Pantajali describes. The diversity of our team means that you will be given a rich education on all aspects of Yoga which will be a strong foundation on which to build your future career. 

Dawn Gillies has a long history of teaching fitness, Mat Pilates and latterly Yoga over 16 years. 

Dawn’s positive sunny attitude is what makes her students feel at ease while striving to do the best they can. Past Yoga student teachers have been delighted at how much they can learn in a short space of time and that their first teaching practice was actually an enjoyable experience. Building on each weekend in confidence and competence.
If she had to pick a favourite aspect of Yoga it would have to be the fourth limb – Pranayama – breath control and the science behind this which links to the body’s nervous system. 
Dawn is our Senior Yoga Tutor and Assessor.

Jenny  Lister has worked as a Physical Education teacher for over 20 years. In 2015, she began the journey first to train as a Pilates teacher, then as a Yoga teacher.
She was inspired to become a Pilates teacher after personal experience of the benefits of Realistic Pilates and wanted to share the benefits she had gained. More recently Jenny has trained as a yoga teacher after many years of self-practice.
Jenny has found the de-stress and relaxation benefits of Yoga have helped her personally and she is keen to pass this on to others in her capacity as both a Yoga teacher and teacher trainer.  As a dedicated Vegan Jenny is most interested in the first limb of Yoga – Yama. 

Fiona Brown has been teaching a variety of disciplines for over 31 years.
She is the founder of The EnergyWise Academy and has in excess of 10,000 hours of teacher training – initially Pilates teachers.

Fiona has only recently added Yoga teaching to her skills however her wealth and depth of knowledge in terms of teaching teachers how to teach is what she passionately passes on. Focusing mainly on the third limb of Yoga – Asanas along with practical teaching skills.  

Fiona’s main role is that of mentor and adviser to all of the teaching team but she can still be found enlightening new students on the importance of optimal alignment throughout all practice …she can’t help herself!

Realistically …we know it will take years of practice to master all eight limbs. Most people will never attain this in their life …but we all have to start somewhere. 

We don’t live in a perfect world. 

Yoga is an amazing tool to have in your armoury …and if you can help pass that on to others …that is what  makes it all the more worthwhile.