Teacher training

The Yoga Society Ireland have operated a Teacher Training programme since 1981 The two year part-time accredited training course produces teachers that are highly qualified, confident and competent, enabling our teachers to bring yoga into their communities thereby providing a service that makes a positive difference to people’s lives. 


The aim of the course is to provide a comprehensive course in yoga studies enabling the students to become competent yoga teachers.  It is our aim that every student would gain a deep insight and understanding of the whole philosophy of yoga and its relevance in everyday life.




  • The history and background of yoga
  • The philosophy behind yoga practice based on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.
  • Detailed study of the Bhagavad-Gita, the Upanishads and the sutras.
  • The Mind, Body, Spirit interdependence and interconnectedness.
  • The theory and practice of yoga from the asanas (Postures) to dhyana (Meditation).
  • The practical aspects of teaching yoga including presentations from students.
  • Anatomy and physiology as it related to the practice and teaching of yoga.
  • Nutrition: presenting a balanced approach to healthy eating.
  • First Aid and Child Protection

The course is not only viewed as a practical course but on a very personal level is regarded as a course for the self-development of the individual.  




We see Professional Development as providing on-going learning for our teachers to continue to upgrade their skills and learning.  There is a need to pursue continued education and training in order to improve and increase knowledge of the subject and for personal development and growth within that subject.

Professional Development is provided through ongoing seminars/workshops and days.


COURSE DIRECTOR - Anne-Marie McGlinchey






Tutors have completed a three year Tutor Training Course and were awarded a Tutors Certificate following the successful completion of the course and submission of final thesis.   

The entry requirement for participation - qualified yoga teacher with 5 year’s teaching experience.


Rosemary Sheehy: Rosemary was first introduced to yoga in the early 1970’s in the U.S. She was one of the first to graduate with her Teacher’s Diploma in 1983 from the Yoga Society Ireland.  She has been teaching yoga since then.  Rosemary acted as Secretary of the Yoga Society Ireland from 1981 to 2000.  She was President of the Society from 2000 to 2009.  


Margaret Rabbitte: Margaret is a retired primary teacher with a B Comm. H.Dip and Pimary Dip in Ed. She qualified as a yoga teacher in1995 and has been teaching classes since then. Margaret acted as secretary for approximately nine years. She is currently president of  the society.


Colette Brady: Colette is a Primary School teacher.  After many years of practicing Yoga she qualified as a Yoga teacher in 1983 and has taught yoga since then in different centers.  She has experienced teaching Yoga to people with M.S. and working on a one-to-one basis. She served as president of Yoga Society Ireland 1996-1997.


Rosetta Nulty: Rosetta is a Primary School teacher with a Higher Diploma in Special Education Needs.  She qualified as a Yoga Teacher in 1995 and has taught Yoga in the Dublin area since then.  She has given classes to teachers, parents and children.  She was Treasurer of Yoga Society Ireland 2000-2002 and is presently Vice President of the Society.


Colette Cullinan R.S.M.: Colette has a teaching background. She qualified as a yoga teacher with Y.S.I. in 1995 and has been a member of the society since its inception. Her yoga experience includes classes with both staff and residents in a residential addiction recovery centre. Colette holds an M.A. in contemporary theology and facilitates workshops and retreats incorporating yoga, cosmology, contemporary spirituality and theology.





“Yoga has interested me for many years but this Diploma course has really been great for my life’s journey.  The road as been widened and opened up, cleared of some blocks, levelled and smoothed a little.  The light has improved and I now have great map to guide me forward”.

Ann, Dublin.


“I found the Teacher Training Course to be a deeply personal journey that has been simply transforming.  I made wonderful friends, had great craic and am deeply grateful to Anne Marie for her untiring work, dedication and personal commitment to each and every one of use.  Her back-room team of tutors added immensely to the course and they each gave richly of themselves.  I feel honoured and humbled to have shared so much growth time with this group”.

Treasa, Co. Meath 


“The Teacher Training course offered me the opportunity to journey with really interesting friends and educators who have enriched and developed my life.  The training has deepened my appreciation of the centrality of Yoga in my life process and how I engage with life’s challenges and joys.  I feel as if the journey is only beginning and I look forward to the future with an open mind and heart”. 

Fionnuala, Co. Meath. 


“Being totally submerged in Yoga at the weekends and cut off from the busy pace of modern life was hugely beneficial to me and allowed me to incorporate the ‘calm’ into my everyday life.  I loved every minute of the course and getting to know everyone”.

Pauline, Co. Cavan


I have been ‘dabbling’ with Yoga for a long time and felt very much drawn to do this course.  I can honestly say that doing this course was one of the best choices I have made.  It has had a profoundly beneficial effect on both my life and on that of my family.  It has been a tremendous support to me and I have met the most wonderful people as a result”.

Kerry, Co. Donegal


“I discovered Yoga five years with my partner.  She subsequently stopped her practice whereas I have been enveloped in its subtle power since that time.  This course has been the toughest, but most rewarding thing I have done.  I have met wonderful like-minded people”.

Ken, Co. Louth


“I learned about the course from a friend who had completed it three years ago.  I liked what I heard and decided to do it, primarily for my own benefit, as a means of personal development and stress management.  This course has offered me more than I could have hoped for.  It has taught me to look at life and work in a different way”.  

Bernie, Co. Laois



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