by Bridget Whitehead
Published: May 2, 2017 (2 years ago)

Bridget, from Inner Yoga Trust, teaches a 60 hour non-residential Foundation Course taught over six 12 hour weekends. There is a focus on the different parts of the body, learning about anatomy as it applies to asanas (postures), whilst simultaneously working with whole body connections. There is a mix of asana practice and theoretical teaching of anatomy. Throughout the year, the course introduces students to the philosophy of yoga, pranayama (breathing practices) and the bandhas.

Inner Yoga Trust was founded in 1993 by Jenny BeekenPauline Sawyer and Jane Malcomson, the Inner Yoga Trust is a registered UK charity aiming to advance education and relieve disease through the teaching of yoga postures, breathing, relaxation, meditation and to advance the public education and health through the provision of teacher training courses, bursaries and research. The IYT is governed by our Board of Trustees and the teacher training courses are led by our School Board.

The Inner Yoga Trust has followed the teachings of Vanda Scaravelli for the last 15 years with our teachers Diane Long and Sophy Hoare. Vanda Scaravelli was inspired to move and change the Western posture in a way that brought us more into an awareness of the spine and its connection to the limbs.

The term ‘Scaravelli inspired yoga’ was originally suggested by Diane Long, a student of Vanda’s for 25 years, as being a more appropriate way of describing her own teaching. The focus of this way of movement is based on the movement of the spine and the movement of the hips and shoulders. We bring this awareness of movement into our asana teaching.

IYT School Board

The School Board leads the development and delivery of our 500 hour Teacher Training Diploma, including the advanced teacher training programme. They have responsibility for ensuring that the School’s CPD programme meets the needs of our teaching members.

A key aspect of the School Board’s work is to ensure that the integrity and professionalism of the teaching is maintained across all the courses and manage the external course verification process.

The School Board relies on the support and hard work of many IYT members.