Immersion Course



This Immersion Course is designed for yoga practitioners and teachers looking for a deeper understanding and approach to the Ashtanga Yoga system. These authentic teachings will be offered from Gillian’s personal experience of fourteen years working with the ancient lineage system ‘Parampara’ at the source in Mysore, India.

The course will consist of a detailed analysis of the Asanas of the Primary Series including adjustment and alignment techniques. There will also be comprehensive studies of Yoga Philosophy, Anatomy and Physiology and Yogic Breathwork.

This one year course is held over ten weekend modules for people that are ready to go beyond the Asanas and to make Ashtanga Yoga an integral part of their life journey.


Course Outline

Guided Led Primary and Mysore Style Classes

The Guided Led Primary classes will be an in-depth study of the Ashtanga Yoga method with careful emphasis on learning the traditional Vinyasa system. The Mysore Style Classes will have a strong focus on working with the Tristana method to train the mind transforming your practice into a moving meditation.

Yoga Asana and Adjustment Techniques

A detailed analysis of the key deconstruction and alignment techniques of the Ashtanga Yoga Primary series. There will be a strong focus on developing a solid foundation in the core alignment points of each asana. Practical hands- on adjustments will provide students with the concrete knowledge to learn safe and effective adjustments.

History and Philosophy of Yoga

An overview of the origins and the fundamental ideas on which classical yoga practice is based. This provides a basis for a study of teachings found in the ancient yogic scriptures including the Upanishads, Bhagavad-gita, and the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Lecturer: Marianne Jacuzzi

Anatomy and Physiology

A practical exploration into the key anatomical and physiological principles relevant to the Ashtanga yoga practice. Students will develop a solid understanding about the functional anatomy and physiology of the body to better understand safe and stable physical alignment in each asana of the Primary series. Lecturer: Daniela Gonzalez Arez

Yogic Breathwork, Bandhas and Yoga Nidra Meditation
The study of yogic breathing techniques and working with the yogic locks (bandhas) of the body: mula, uddiyana and jalandhara bandhas will be an integral element of the course. The practice of Yoga Nidra Meditation is a guided meditation which helps the body assimilate the teachings leaving you relaxed and restored.


Course Dates

Please note that this course is now fully booked.


Course Dates:

  • January 25th & 26th
  • February 22nd & 23rd
  • March 28th & 29th
  • April 25th & 26th
  • May 23rd & 24th
  • June 20th & 21st
  • September 5th & 6th
  • October 3rd & 4th
  • November 7th & 8th
  • December 5th & 6th

Weekend Format

(variations may occur from month to month)


  • 10.00-11.00: Yogic Breathwork
  • 11.00-13.00:  Guided Led Primary Class
  • 13.00-14.00: Lunch
  • 14.00-15.15: Asana Alignment Techniques
  • 15.15-16.30: Anatomy and Physiology
  • 16.30-17.00: Yoga Nidra Meditation


  • 10.00-11.00: Yogic Breathwork
  • 11.00-13.00: Mysore Style Class
  • 13.00-14.00: Lunch
  • 14.00-15.15: Adjustment Techniques
  • 15.15-16.30: Yoga Philosophy
  • 16.30-17.00: Yoga Nidra Meditation



Eligibility and Pre-Requisites:

Applicants should have at least 2 years of a consistent Ashtanga yoga practice. This course is suitable for both Primary and Intermediate Series practitioners. Contact Gillian if you have any queries in relation to your experience.


How to apply:

  • Complete and return the downloadable Application Form.
  • You will be contacted by Gillian to arrange an informal interview.
  • Once you are accepted you need to confirm your attendance on the course by payment of €500 deposit to secure your space.


Course fees

  • Basic fee is €1,790. A €500 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your place and the balance is to be paid in full before commencement of course.
  • Participants will receive a comprehensive training manual and there will be recommended reading texts for the Yoga Philosophy module.
  • Participants will receive a Certificate of completion on successful participation in all course modules. Please note that this is not a Teacher Training Course.



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