Yoga Teacher Training Course Teachers

Course Leader

Victoria Adamson BA(hons) PDip is the founder of Apanaveda School of Yoga.

In 1997, Victoria trained in India under the discipline of Sivananda, and has continued to study all different styles and disciplines of yoga including Purna yoga, Scaravelli and a Diploma and Post Grad in Pranayama.

Victoria has passionately taught yoga full time since 1997 with creativity and confidence, in classes, workshops, courses and retreats, and has a wonderful following of students, some of whom have been with her for 20 years.
She has many referrals from GPs and physiotherapists, to rehabilitate skeletal alignment and lack of mobility following surgery or injury. Victoria has also worked with athletes and high profile sports people. Victoria’s knowledge and love of the breath has enriched not only her personal practice, but has helped numerous students overcome many stress related problems and allowed her to enhance the quality of life for clients who have become affected by the pressures of everyday life.

She had the desire to start a teacher training course where her knowledge and passion can be passed on to graduates who will also teach with compassion and embrace the principles of Apanaveda, to grow the philosophy of the 8 Limbs of Yoga as a base for personal and teaching skills, with Diploma level pranayama underpinning this 9 month course.

Ahimsa (non-harming) and Satya (truthfulness) are the main principles of teaching under the discipline of Apanaveda, Svadhyaya (self-study) and Samtosa (contentment) are essential precepts for heart-felt teaching and essential for acknowledging one’s own parusha (true-self).

This is what Apanaveda’s yoga teacher training course will encourage and nurture.

A selection of the teachers below will be contributing on each course

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GARY CARTER KMI, IASI, YTTC, BAWLA, LTDip, Institute of Anatomical Sciences

We are delighted to have Gary Carter on our Apanaveda Yoga Teacher Training course.

Gary Carter has over 30 years of experience in movement physical training, anatomical study and bodywork practices. With a background in athletics, competition cycling, bodybuilding, martial arts, yoga and manual therapies, he himself has studied with many inspiring teachers, trainers and masters in their fields including the training in ‘elasticity of the spine and stretching at age 14 by a professional cycling coach.

From this background he has created his own unique way of working which he incorporates into his teachings, trainings and practices, where students learn techniques and methods of training that bring long term results to the Feel, Movement and Look of the body.

This has culminated in a movement Training called ‘Myofascial Movement Training’ , this training has profound effects for movement professionals of any modality. He has worked with athletes and runners with ‘elastic running’ techniques which has culminated in training with Team GB Masters athletes in the World Championships in Brazil 2013 and Spain 2018 with gold medal results.

He started the Natural Bodies Centre in 1991 to teach, train and encourage kinaesthetic awareness, ease of movement, efficient body use in exercise, sport and many movement disciplines which can bring a renewed sense of health and vitality through into everyday life through revolutionised personal training techniques, Yoga, Pilates, Gyrotonics, Martial Arts and Fascial Movement practices. He has taught for many years in prisons and psychiatric units. He has hosted and taught alongside Tom Myers for the first ground-breaking anatomy training courses in the UK in 1998 through to 2003 of which after graduating with the KMI school in 2001 Gary co-taught with Tom on anatomy training courses in the UK and USA.

He studied his Yoga Teacher Training in 1991 with Mary Stewart, Sophy Hoare, Peter Blackaby and Fascial movement Genius John Stirk and after a brief time with Vanda Scaravelli met and studied with Diane Long in Florence and Rome.

Over the past 15 years he has lectured in Movement Anatomy and Fascial Anatomy for Yoga, Yoga teacher trainings, Pilates teacher trainings and massage schools, Hospital Physiotherapists, Dance Trainings and Martial Arts trainings all over the UK and Ireland. He has run the Science of Movement course at Middlesex university from 2007- 2011 and studied in Dissection at the Institute of Anatomy in Vienna with Todd Garcia, along with Dissection studies with Gil Hedley, and runs Dissective studies for the
student teachers of his Anatomy of movement courses with Julian Baker.

He has also run 20 yoga teacher training and continues to run his Anatomy, Myofascial yoga and Pilates courses in England, Scotland, Ireland and Europe.

Gary is also part of the Fascial net plastination project, working alongside Gunter Von Hagens team from Bodyworlds, in Germany to create the worlds first Plastinated Fascial Human, displaying the first pieces ever seen as 3D imaged plastinated models at the World Fascia Research Congress in Berlin 2018.


Simon Frost NRTe RTSm will be joining the anatomy module of this TTC. There will be 40 hours contact teaching from myself and Simon Frost. This will enable our students to understand the movement of the skeletal body and function of each muscle group supporting that movement. Therefore there will be a life size skeleton with us at all times on the course and this skeletal reference will be a beautiful way to explain visually what is happening inside the body when learning the functions of asana.

The key muscles will be referred to the whole time with their proper names so this repetitive reference to the muscles will help my students absorb information in a relaxed and easy way. We will include Dr. Ray Long’s book on ‘Key Muscles of the Body’ in my student’s enrolment pack, to gain some basic knowledge of muscular function before the course begins.

We will go through the body section by section in relation to postures, ie feet and ankles; legs and hips; pelvis and abdomen; spine and neck; shoulders and arms in relation to postures. This will also allow the students to study at home in manageable amounts.

As well as theoretical study Simon will demonstrate on my body correct and incorrect positions and explain why it is so important to understand skeletal alignment, centre of gravity, and articulation of joints. The students will then work in pairs to see each others’ bodies and feel their own body working correctly, with Simon and myself there to guide and assist them.

A discussion on your findings will follow each section of the body’s work.


Reference books:

Atlas of Anatomy’ – Thieme

Joint Structure and Function’ – 3rd edition – P. K. Levangie

The Key Muscles of Yoga’ – Dr. Ray Long

Yoga Anatomy’ – Leslie Kaminoff

Psychology of meditation

Nicole Hartley BA (hons) will join us on this course to demonstrate how mindfulness and meditation can be brought into asana practice through vipassana meditation. This embodies satya principles in one’s own practice but brings an important philosophy of humility into teaching. The mind of the aspirant was a very interesting subject in the teachings of Sivananda as there is a fine line between teaching with humility and teaching with superiority. The ego (ahamkara) identifies with ‘I know’ and this can have a negative effect and become ‘I know more than you’. I have come across this too many times in the yoga world of teaching and it has an exclusive and isolating energy for a student in class. Mindfulness teaching embodies the principles of ahimsa, satya, sauca, samtosa and tapas to enlighten yoga teaching into a more compassionate and inclusive experience. ‘With humility comes wisdom’ Swami Sivananda.

We will assess the students’ capacity to understand mindfulness through their participation in class. I will also give individual sessions to anyone who needs extra guidance as this is a very personal experience and one which has to become part of their life. Nicole has a degree in psychology and will work individually with students to encourage the principle of svadhyaya and tapas. Nicole will be guiding mindfulness movement and psychological enquiry to identify personal dharma for self-development. Sauca – purity in diet as well as lifestyle will also be encouraged during the month of meditation self practice. The students will keep a personal diary for a month of daily meditation, to enable discussions and analysis of any mental blockages, individual experiences, teaching techniques and personal ideas for releasing chitta vritti.

On a practical level, there will be numerous different types of meditation to explore on a personal level and finding ways of teaching stillness that suits the individual minds of students. This will include: Tratak meditation, body scan, yoga nidras, loving-kindness meditations, mantra repetition, visualisation meditation, gratitude meditation, body-miracle meditation, vipassana meditation, silent meditation practice, meditation in movement, walking meditation, prana kriya, polarity meditation, pancha kosha kriya and the pranava aum.

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Reference books:

Yoga Nidra’ – Swami Satyananda

Meditation and Mantras’ – Swami Vishnu-Devananda

Thought Power’ – Sri Swami Sivananda

Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself’ – Dr. Joe Dispenza

The Little book of Mindfulness’ – Dr Patrizia Collard

Mindfulness for Beginners’ – Jon Kabat-Zinn

Bill Wood will be inspiring the students on this course to find a holistic self practice as well as understanding the principles of Scaravelli’s teachings. He will be encouraging a deeper feeling to mind/body interaction and a meditative understanding of yoga itself.

While inspired by many different yoga ‘schools’ and meditation traditions, the language Bill has found most helpful – in his own practice and his teaching – has evolved from the work of the late Vanda Scaravelli.

A yoga teacher since 1994, Bill has studied extensively since 1996 with Diane Long and, for the last few years, with Sandra Sabatini, two of Vanda Scaravelli’s longest standing students.

He has also trained at length with Sophie Hoare and John Stirk, and back in the mid-1990s qualified both as a Sivananda Teacher and as a Yoga Therapist with the YBT.

He also works as a psychotherapist with a private practice in Devon.



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Microbiome/Intestinal Health

Emma Backshall is a Health & Wellness Coach and Personal Trainer.  She has worked in the health, fitness & wellness industry since 1997 and has a wealth of experience gained over the past 21 years.

Emma works very holistically with her clients helping them to become fitter, healthier and stronger from the inside using nutrition, exercise, yoga, pilates and mindset.  She is passionate about promoting health & wellness from both a physical and mental/emotional perspective giving her clients the tools & education they need to make life long changes in the way they sleep, move, breathe, think and fuel themselves starting at foundation level with their microbiome & intestinal health.

Emma continues to enhance her own knowledge & self-development by regularly attending courses and workshops which allows Emma to help her clients move towards and into optimum health, no matter where their starting point.

·      Science of the Microbiome – what is it?
·      What causes cardio metabolic dysfunction/Toxic Gut Microbiome?
·      Link between Intestinal health & mental/emotional health to include the Vagus Nerve
·      Link between intestinal health and sleep in connection with melatonin / circadian rhythms /weight loss / metabolic rate
·      Link between intestinal health and stress in connection with cortisol and insulin & the part that yoga plays in reducing stress
·      Link between toxic load, heavy metals & inflammation at cellular level
·      Importance of the liver and intestinal health in connection with hormone balance
·      Steps to take to optimise the microbiome and intestinal health.

Creative teaching

Dan Peppiatt founder of ‘Yoga Like Water’ teacher training course will be joining the course to demonstrate the expression of inner teaching through creativity and fun!

Dan took up yoga over twenty years ago after a variety of physical symptoms resulting from anxiety.

He spent many years as a science teacher after a stint at medical school and combines his teaching experience and scientific background to explain things in a clear, logical and non dogmatic way.

He truly believes that there is a perfect form of yoga for everyone, we just have to trust ourselves to find it!

He will give an insight to different styles of teaching and the opportunity to feel the body properly with blind-fold yoga, partner work and the principles of spacial awareness, gravity and lines of force in the body and a logical way of understanding how any posture fits your body or those of your students without having to remember specific alignment cues.

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