Yoga teacher training

About the yoga teacher training course

This Yoga teacher training course is for people who want to access a deep wisdom, embody this wisdom, and convey it to others in a practical way.

The theoretical content gives you a deep understanding of the yoga poses and how they can express some of life’s fundamental principles. At the same time there is a great emphasis on developing your own physical practice of the poses and the skill of teaching them to others. This convergence of theory and practice in the field of yoga gradually helps you build up your own inner resource of wisdom and strength, so that you can apply this in all aspects of your daily life, and  also impart it to others.

The course has been designed by yoga teacher Karen Patterson. It is based largely on the approach to yoga developed by spiritual teacher Heinz Grill

The yoga teacher training course consists of 24 monthly weekend workshops in Somerset with Karen Patterson and physiotherapist Jill Canney, and one long weekend per year in Italy with the spiritual teacher Heinz Grill. The course lasts two years and is made up of eight modules lasting 3 months each. A yoga teaching certificate accredited by the Independent Yoga Network will be issued following completion of 8 modules, some written assignments and tests and an assessed teaching practice. 

Entry criteria

If you are interested in enrolling on the course, it is recommended that you:

  • have some familiarity with the approach to yoga taught at Yoga in Somerset, and know that this is the approach you would like to develop further
  • are able to practice the basic poses including the sun salutations and the shoulderstand
  • have established some sort of regular practice at home.

In order to meet these criteria you should have attended weekly classes at Yoga in Somerset for a period of at least 6 months AND/OR completed the  yoga intensive course.

Dates of next course

The next 6 week yoga intensive course., which provides an essential foundation for the yoga teacher training course, will start on 5th January 2019.

The next two year yoga teacher training course is planned to begin in May 2019.

To find out more or register your interest please ring 01823 400122 or email Karen.

Content of the yoga teacher training course


You will receive expert tuition to help you form each asana to the best of your potential.Understanding and practising the yoga asanas (poses).

Physical asana practice forms a large part of the course. You will receive expert tuition to help you form each asana to the best of your potential and to practice more advanced asanas. As well as physical yoga practice, we will study pictures and passages of text together. In this way you will build a relationship to a large number of the classical yoga asanas, getting to know the qualities they express. You will learn how each asana should be structured to give a healthy relationship between stability, activity and relaxation in different parts of the body.


A new, artistic way of giving shape to the yoga poses

Developing a personally felt relationship to the asanas means that each pose can be shaped in an artistic way. You will learn how to give expression to each position in its meaning when you practise.

Developing personal strengths for everyday life

You will learn and experience how the so-called “soul-forces”, the thinking, the feeling and the will can be strengthened through this artistic way of yoga practice.

Learning to shape clear thoughts: You will learn how carefully formed thoughts or mental pictures can help you to shape the yoga postures in a clear, natural and harmonious way.
Learning to feel subtle qualities: You will learn how to develop deeper, inner feelings for the inherent characteristic qualities of the different yoga poses and the chakras.
Developing your will power: You will learn how to use your will power or body in a harmonious well ordered way that combines both lightness and strength. The movements stay light, the consciousness and breathing remain free, yet at the same time you can experience the joy and satisfaction of an active challenge.
Developing these personal strengths in asana practice helps us shape our ideas more clearly, feel and relate more sensitively and build our stamina and perseverance in general life.


Scorpion splitsEnergy flow and the chakras

We will look carefully at pictures and demonstrations of the different yoga movements, and also at the plants around us in nature. These careful observations will help us understand the different life-energies and their natural laws. You will develop a feeling for the natural patterns these different energies take and learn how to shape the same lightness, harmony and gracefulness into your yoga practice. In this way you will learn how to restore a natural and health-giving energy flow to the body.
You will learn how this life energy can be guided to gather at one or more of the seven different chakras when practising an asana. You will get to know the inner qualities that are associated with each chakra.


Yoga practice and its connection to our health

When we are able to express a natural harmony, spaciousness and lightness in the movements out of an active, ordered and clear consciousness, the effect is naturally regenerating. With the help of some basic anatomy and physiology (taught by physiotherapist Jill Canney) you will learn to understand the connections between yoga practice and the health of the body.

You will learn how to restore a natural and health-giving energy flow to the body.


Teaching skills

You will build up practical experience of teaching and correcting other participants on the course. As you continue to develop your understanding of the individual yoga poses you will learn how to convey the essence of theses poses to your students through verbal instruction and manual adjustments so that you can help each individual reach their full potential. As you develop a feeling for the different types of energy flow, you will learn how to help your students become energised, motivated, calmer and more focused.


The different approaches to yoga and the evolution of human consciousness

We will look at the way human consciousness has changed over the centuries. We will also examine some of the different styles of yoga, different forms of concentration, and different approaches to breathing that have been developed at different times. We will look at the meaning of these different practices for people’s health and personal development in the past and today.



A delicious wholefood vegetarian lunch is provided on each Saturday to give participants a taste of an aesthetic style of cooking based on grains, vegetables, salads, nuts and seeds, herbs and spices. Further information about vegetarian nutrition can be given if requested.


Barley burger, haloumi, salad, beetroot closeup

Course book

The main course book is “The Soul Dimension of Yoga” by Heinz Grill and we will work with it together on the course. The book focuses on the seven so-called ‘chakras’ or energy centres and describes the inner ‘soul qualities’ connected with each chakra. It teaches us how we can express these inner qualities in the practice of yoga poses and ultimately in our everyday lives.

Course structure

The yoga teacher training course consists of 24 monthly weekend workshops. Each weekend runs from 9 am – 5.30 pm on Saturday, and from 9 am – 1 pm on Sunday. One weekend per year is held in Italy in order to study directly with Heinz Grill, the founder of this new approach to yoga.

The course follows a modular approach. To complete each module you need to attend at least two of the three weekends which make up that module and complete a short written assignment at the end of it. A minimum of 19 weekends must be attended to complete the training.

Home practice and assignments

You should allow 3 – 4 hours per week for home study and personal practice in between weekends. You will be given various topics to study and some months there will be a short written assignment. At the end of each module you will be asked to submit a written assignment which will be assessed towards your qualification. Each month you will also be asked to prepare one or a few poses to teach the rest of the group the following month. A 200 hour yoga teaching certificate accredited by the Independent Yoga Network will be issued following completion of all 8 modules, 2 further assignments and an assessed teaching practice .


Extons Barn, Milverton, Somerset, TA4 1RG
Extons Barn is a peaceful, rural yoga studio 20 minutes from Taunton. During the breaks you will be able to enjoy lovely gardens or country walks with stunning views of the Quantock hills.



Some local friends have offered to provide low cost accommodation to those needing to stay overnight. Please ask Karen. There are also plenty of local B&B’s . The link below is recommended:

Runnington Cider Barn ( A 15 minute drive. Minimum 2 night stays at weekends. Ask for a “yoga discount”. Apartment with kitchan also available.):



Pond and top lawnEntrance to yoga studio at Extons BarnView over Quantocks

















How to book

To book email Karen.

Do feel free to ring for a chat if you have any queries, on 01823 400122.



The total cost of the course is £900 per year.  In addition you will need around £400 per year for the weekends in Italy.

Payment is asked for in installments as follows:


£350 payable in April 2019, then 11 payments of £50 per month

£350 payable in April 2020, then 11 payments of £50 per month.

The cost includes lunch on the Saturday of each weekend.

The tutors


Karen Patterson runs yoga classes and yoga teacher training courses in and around Taunton, Somerset in the South West of England.Karen Patterson started teaching yoga in London in 1992. She attained teaching certificates both at the Heinz Grill yoga school in 1993 and with the British Wheel of yoga in 1996. In 1996 she moved to Somerset and established ‘Yoga in Somerset’, holding various classes in the Taunton area. In 2008 the yoga studio at Extons Barn was built, providing a beautiful and peaceful rural space where yoga classes, workshops and rejuvenation days are held. Karen also teaches at yoga festivals and runs training days for qualified yoga teachers. Through years of study, practice and teaching Karen has acquired a deep understanding of the yoga poses in their inner characters, their technical practice and the personal learning steps they offer us for life.

Jill Canney is a practising physiotherapist. She teaches anatomy and physiology on the course.


“As ever, I marvel at how much we learnt over the three months… I have really enjoyed gaining an understanding of this approach… I have certainly experienced an increased clarity in my awareness, a deepening of my ability to focus. Most enjoyably….. I seem more able to detach from unhelpful, anxious or frustrated thinking. Thank you!! “