Distance Learning Courses

How to Register


The Distance Learning Courses enable teachers to develop understanding around a specific topic.  Courses are likely to require approximately 5 - 6 hours of study, normally spread over two or more weeks.  Materials are provided online and assessment is through submission of worksheets or short assignments.

Course booking is open from 10.00am Tuesday 1st November 2016 and courses run from January to May 2017.  Please do not attempt to book courses not running in this time frame. All bookings and payments for these course are made online.  There is no cheque payment facility.

You need to be logged on to register and then the booking process is quick and simple. 

Once you are logged on:

1. Select Distance Learning from the left hand Members Area menu.                
    (If you cannot see this menu, click the Members Area link at the top right of the page.)  .

2. Select a course title from the Distance Learning course summary.

3. Select  Programme details to see more information about any of the courses, including dates and availability. 

4. Follow the onscreen instructions to book a course.
If you have any problems with the booking process, contact the BWY Central Office:
Email: office@bwy.org.uk              Telephone: 01529 306851    
6. Once your booking is complete, your course tutor will email you and the course will begin.

How to Choose a Topic and Enroll on a Distance Learning IST Course

Read here the list of the Current Topics.

The bookable period is between January to May. The topics may be repeated two or three times in that period. The web site will have the booking open on Tuesday 1st November 2016

Each topic date has five places. You will be able to see how many places may be left.
When you see a topic of interest to you in the précis list, go to the individual Tutor’s information, which has further  details about themselves and the content of their courses.

The cost for all courses is £48 of which £40 is the tutor fee and £8 is the BWY administration fee.

Follow the booking instructions.  When you have paid for the course, then your Tutor will be informed that you have booked by your contact details automatically going to them.  Your Tutor will then email you, confirming they know that you have booked and with some more information.

The time it takes for you to do the course. There is a good space of time for you to complete the course but within that time, you are only expected to take 5 or 6 hours of study.

Précis List of Current Topics

Alison Hogy

Felicity Leigh

Margaret Woodley

Tabitha Evans

Wendy Teasdill

The Tutors and Course Information



19 Wheatfield Close, Ovingham, Northumberland, NE42 6BA


Alison has been a member of the British Wheel for over 25 years she has lived and taught Yoga in the USA - Boston, Europe - Germany and France and is trilingual. She is a DCT now in Northumberland and has currently been involved in training Foundation Course Tutors. Her yoga practice is an eclectic style drawing from the traditions of Satyananda , Iyengar and Tri yoga. She also is a Yoga Biomedical Therapist specialising in Back Pain, Cancer and Asthma. Alison’s focus in her classes and teaching is to help students attain a more positive and confident outlook on life through improvement as well as enjoyment in their yogic practices.
Topic Information:

1. Kinesiology Skeletal Revision & Terminology: The Movements & Muscles of the Hip Joint

This course is suitable for those who have a keen interest in A&P and kinesiology. It is designed for teachers who have average to above knowledge in this area who wish to develop a more detailed and subtle practice.
The course starts with revision of skeletal terminology and looks at recognizing and correcting misalignments. Then it progresses onto identifying the muscles of the hip & thigh joints and applying this knowledge to several yogic practices. The last part asks you to choose a specific “ailment” (4 are set by the tutor), research it and look for ways to improve or enhance this, bringing the body back towards a more balanced state. The practices can also allow you to develop more subtle awareness in your own practice working with a variety of skills , namely at the level of the koshas "

Final Registration Dates:

Booking will be available again from Tuesday 1st November 2016

2. Kinesiology Skeletal Revision & Terminology: The Movements & Muscles of the Shoulder

This course is best designed for trainees who have background knowledge in kinesiology terminology already. Ideally they will have completed the Hip IST programme. The course explains and differentiates between ;the shoulder joint, girdle and complex. Worksheets with practical tasks involve applying this theory to asanas by reinforcing and understanding specific muscles and their joint movements.
The final part of the course involves independent research on ailments associated with the shoulder.

The course references used are Websites,YouTube and Powerpoint. Alternative Website references are given for the Powerpoint sections if software not available. A link is also provided for a free download for those who wish to access the Powerpoint references.

Final Registration Dates:

Booking will be available again from Tuesday 1st November 2016


Tel: 01457 850844 (mobile/fax: 07092 072461)


Felicity attended her first yoga classes while in the 6th Form at school and few years later she was introduced by her BWY diploma course tutor to the teachings of Prof T Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar. Since then, this approach has been the principal influence on her practice and teaching. She has tutored both Route 1 and Route 2 (Distance Learning) BWY diploma courses and is also a diploma course verifier (IQA). Felicity was the BWY County Rep for Greater Manchester for several years and also served on the Education Committee. With 30 years' experience as a pharmacist and a PhD in pharmacology, Felicity now works as a freelance medical writer and is particularly interested in the therapeutic effects of yoga and ayurveda.
Topic Information: up to 6 weeks is allowed for completion of each course

3. A First Exploration of Ayurveda

Yoga and Ayurveda are closely related disciplines that are rooted in the Vedic tradition of India. This course is intended for students with little or no prior knowledge of ayurveda and it includes an introduction to some of the classical Sanskrit texts on this subject and an exploration of some basic principles and concepts through a course booklet and audio CD. There will also be two worksheets for you to complete, related to constitutional assessment and dietary habits and preferences.

Final Registration Dates:

Booking will be available again from Tuesday 1st November 2016

4. Ayurveda and Yoga Practice

In this course you will use ayurvedic principles to evaluate and refine your personal yoga practice and teaching. The course work will include keeping a record of your current practice, analyzing your observations and then exploring ways that you could develop your practice to better support your ayurvedic constitution. You will also be encouraged to consider how you could use ayurvedic principles to develop effective and enjoyable practices for your students. The course materials will include a booklet, an audio CD, a practice diary template and two worksheets on which to record your observations and practice plans.
(N.B. Although the course is intended for students with some prior knowledge of Ayurveda - and specifically of the constitutional characteristics associated with the three doshas - suggestions for background reading will be offered in the course booklet.)

Final Registration Dates:

Booking will be available again from Tuesday 1st November 2016

5. Yoga in Specific Health Conditions: Looking for Clinical Evidence on the Internet

This course explores some sources of reliable, evidence-based information on health benefits of yoga that can be found on the Internet. These include the NHS Choices website (UK), the NCCIH website (USA), and PubMed. The course materials include an information and instructions booklet (with supplementary audio files), and two worksheets on which to record your findings and comments. In the course booklet there are links to articles and videos, and questions to be completed on two worksheets. The questions on Worksheet 1 are based on a published clinical paper on the effects of yoga in chronic low back pain. The first two of three questions on Worksheet 2 look at (1) a review paper and (2) a clinical study paper of choice on the effects of yoga in one of three common health conditions (hypertension, diabetes and cancer). The third question invites you to use information in another published clinical paper on yoga in low back pain, together with your own knowledge and experience, to consider what yoga practices might be suitable for individuals with low back pain. The completed worksheets are sent to the Tutor by email for comment/advice.

(N.B. Basic computer skills and access to the Internet are essential to be able to complete this course.)

Final Registration Dates:

Booking will be available again from Tuesday 1st November 2016


Newlyn Wratting Road, Haverhill Suffolk, CB9 0DB

Tel: 01440 702921


Margaret began yoga in the 1970s gaining her BWY diploma in 1982. She is a DCT running Distance Learning IST courses for the Wheel. She spent time in India at the KYM with Desikachar and has worked with him on his visits to England. She was greatly influenced and encouraged by the late John Davies. She has a love of pranayama, which was instigated and encouraged by Paul Harvey during her time on his 4 year Practitioner course.
Topic Information: Each pack has between: 15 and 21 pages

6. Preliminary Pranayama

This first of two courses is designed to prepare for pranayama practice by using the breath in asana with both sound and ratios which extend the exhalation. There are two practices to complete and comment on and some reading around what the ancient texts tell us about pranayama with a questionnaire to complete and further reading suggested.
There is an introduction to the course on a CD with a metronome sound included to help with timing and counting.

Final Registration Dates:

Course Number:17/37     30th May 2017

7. The Viniyoga of Pranayama

In the second course there are two practice sessions; firstly using sound in asana and secondly to prepare for the practice of Anuloma Ujjayi pranayama, with your comments on the practice required.
There is some reading around what the modern yoga masters tell us about the practice of pranayama with a questionnaire to complete and further reading is suggested. Some precautions and prohibitions are given for both courses. There is an introduction to the course on a C.D.

Final Registration Dates:

Course Number:17/40     30th May 2017

8. Planning a Vinyasa for Self and Class

In this course guidance is given on planning a vinyasa using a number of postures in a given format. You are talked through the first practice on the CD, which also includes an introduction. There are two more practices for you to complete using different postures. You are then asked to plan a vinyasa yourself using three more postures using the given format. Details of postures with preparation, variations and modifications are also provided. This course is suitable for those not already familiar with the style of yoga developed through Desikachar from his father Krishnamacharya. The course is not all sequence based and may suit the more recently qualified teacher.

Final Registration Dates:

Course Number:17/43     30th May 2017


3 Ranworth Walk, Bedford, MK40 4NB

Tel: 01234 341161



Tabitha has over 17 years teaching experience with yoga. She has been a BWY Diploma course tutor since 2001 and has served 3 years in the BWY Education Committee as NISTO (BWY National In Service Training Officer). Prior to investing deeply in yoga training and study she was a research scientist (with an Honours Degree in Chemical Physics from Edinburgh University) and in 1998 she obtained a PGCE in Secondary Science from De Montfort University. She has of course done other training (e.g. ITEC Anatomy , Physiology and Body Massage Diploma in 1993; Yoga Philosophy Module in 2005 and The Progressive Stages of Meditation Module 2011). Currently, along with her husband, she set up and runs the www.sudokasana.co.uk web-site which offers a growing library of yoga information and ideas – all free to view, print and share.
Topic Information:

9. Introducing Chakras

This course aims to give you seeds of ideas for introducing chakra concepts into a yoga class in the hope that this will stimulate you to develop your own approaches. The course consists of three parts: practice and reflection on some different approaches to Tadasana; a guided internet research of when and how to adapt practice to emphasize a particular chakra; and a feather-and-chakra contemplation practice. The course pack will include two audio CDs (one to guide you through the different Tadasana approaches and one to guide you through the feather-and-chakra contemplation) plus a CDrom of course notes – all of which will be yours to keep (regardless of whether you complete the course or not).
Please note that this course does require you to have internet access.

Final Registration Dates:

Booking will be available again from Tuesday 1st November 2016

10. Muladhara Chakra and the Earth

This course is intended both as a follow on course to the Distance learning IST course, “Introducing Chakras” and as a stand-alone course. On this course you will be invited to reflect on some of the different aspects of Muladhara chakra and to explore some practices that relate to Muladhara chakra.

Overall, this course aims :

To offer seed ideas for introducing Muladhara chakra concepts into yoga classes in the hope that this will stimulate course participants to develop their own approaches.

To give yoga teachers greater confidence in developing and sharing their understanding of Muladhara chakra in their teaching.

To develop physical awareness of the body.

Final Registration Dates:

Booking will be available again from Tuesday 1st November 2016

11. First and second Chakras

This course is intended both as a follow on course for either of the Distance learning IST courses "Introducing Chakras" and "Muladhara Chakra and the Earth".
On this course you will be invited to reflect on some of the different aspects of the first and second chakra and to explore some practices that relate to these chakras. The idea with this course is to offer seed ideas for introducing first and second chakra concepts into yoga classes in the hope that this will stimulate course participants to develop their own approaches to sharing their chakra understanding with their students. This course is thus both for personal development and enhancing one’s teaching of yoga.
As part of the course participants will be supplied with two audio CDs ("Some Practices for 1st and 2nd Chakras" and "3 Relaxations for nurturing your bones") which give audio instructions for the practices explored on the course. A CD-rom of text files will also be supplied, and this will contain forms for you to complete and supplementary notes. These will be for participants to keep regardless of whether they complete the course. The course also assumes participants will have easy access to yoga texts and books – but no particular text or book is required

Final Registration Dates:

Booking will be available again from Tuesday 1st November 2016




Wendy has been practicing Yoga since the late seventies, when she picked up hepatitis on an overland journey to India; unconventionally, she began with Pranayama, and this recognition of the energy body has informed her yoga practice ever since. Before having a family she lived mostly in Asia, teaching English as a foreign language in Japan and Hong Kong, travelling and studying in India, Nepal, China and Tibet. Nowadays Wendy lives, writes and teaches in Glastonbury. She is a DCT and a BWY Foundation and Modules tutor (Pregnancy Yoga and Mudras and Bandhas), and served on the education committee as Modules Officer from 2008 to 2011. She combines a strong back-ground in Iyengar Yoga with sensitive attention to pranic flow in Asana, from which the Mudras and Bandhas arise. Pelvic floor problems are often a natural follow-on from pregnancy and birth, and Wendy is keen on encouraging women to support themselves through Yoga techniques.
Topic Information:

12. The Pelvic Floor in Yoga Practice for Pregnancy, Labour and Post-partum

This course is suitable for women who are pregnant, women who have recently had a baby and women teachers who would like to address aspects of strengthening and developing sensitivity in the pelvic floor in their classes. The course covers both theory and practice; there is an overview of the female pelvic floor, including its structure and the general stressors which can weaken it, as well as an examination of the energetic ramifications of Mula Bandha. A spectrum of practices are suggested and participants are encouraged to design and develop their own simple and appropriate practice, to be followed for two weeks. Feed-back is encouraged and participants gauge their own progress.

Final Registration Dates:

Booking will be available again from Tuesday 1st November 2016

13. Pelvic Floor 2. Asana Practice Integrating Pelvic Floor Awareness throughout a woman’s life

This course is a follow-on from `The Pelvic Floor in Yoga Practice for Pregnancy, Labour and Post-partum’. It is for women who would like more in-depth knowledge on how to support the pelvic floor through Yoga practice, both in personal practice and teaching, on a long-term basis.

Final Registration Dates:

Booking will be available again from Tuesday 1st November 2016

14. Using an exercise ball to facilitate pelvic floor awareness in classical asana

This course gives simple techniques to heighten pelvic floor awareness, encourage good posture and better breathing, develop strength and generally reduce the risk and symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse. Along with all the course information, there is also an audio CD to practice from.
Using a small exercise ball helps increase sensitivity to the pelvic floor in a number of ways. The balls are soft, resilient, flexible and supportive. They are also fun to work with. They cost about £5.00.

Final Registration Dates:

Booking will be available again from Tuesday 1st November 2016
  • These courses are open to all teacher members of the BWY. All members must access to a PC or laptop and have an email address and printer, to enable good communications with their  Tutor.  All course material is provided on CD.
  • There are a maximum of 5 people on each course.
  • All courses have a specially produced audio CD.
  • The amount of written materials supplied for each course is of a similar quantity.
  • Each course will take between 5 to 6 hours for you to complete.
  • You do a course evaluation at the end.
  • These courses are monitored as to student satisfaction, just as in a face to face course.
  • The courses are designed for various levels of subject knowledge / experience.
  • The Tutors meet up to compare their course material level.
  • There are 2 CDs posted to you. One is an audio CD for you to follow. The second CD has on it all the course material. This second CD is for you to load onto your PC. This is the most reliable way. It means that you can work directly on screen where information is asked for and attach back to your Tutor, who in turn attaches their comments/advice back to you. You will need to print it all off first, so that you can get the full picture, otherwise you will lose the thread.
  • Your Tutor will let you know whether you need to use a book.

The Courses asking for photographs will necessitate you having a digital camera. We hope that these courses will provide an enjoyable and rewarding option for those of you finding difficulties in fulfilling your ongoing training requirements.