Yoga Foundation Course In Cardiff

A systematic instruction into the ancient science of RishiCulture Ashtanga Yoga
















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Deepen your understanding with this comprehensive Yoga Foundation course


This covers any covid regulations and enables people to join who don’t live close enough.


Step by Step to Growth through Yoga

This Yoga Foundation course was written by Swami Gitananda for those living around the world who were not able to get to his ashram in South India. It was originally set out as a correspondence course and under the instruction of Yogacharini Meenakshi Devi, Swami Gitananda’s wife, Kalavathi guides groups through this course on behalf of Ananda Ashram in South India.

The Foundation Course, also known as the Step by Step correspondence course, will develop your knowledge of yoga either for interest or with the view to train to teach.

Every visit to the Om Yoga Studio is an absolute joy, it is such a wonderful, welcoming space exuding passion, warmth and love for the yoga way of life. Being part of the Foundation Step by Step course has been an amazing, transformative experience. The course material is so rich and expansive and Kalavathi teaches in a way which is so authentic, respectful and knowledgeable that one truly feels the transference of the wisdom of the ancient teachings in an accessible and down to earth way. Embarking on the course is a big decision, but one that I have not regretted for a single moment and I feel such gratitude for the experience of connection with teachings that will be with me all the way through my life journey.


2015 Foundation Course group


Immerse Yourself In Yoga

Immerse yourself in the lessons contained within this amazing manuscript, studying all aspects of Yoga.  Use this course for self-exploration and growth or as a foundation to teacher training. You will receive the comprehensive course text book and the ashram’s monthly magazine ‘Yoga Life’ for one year.

Aspects of yoga covered in this course are:

  • Asana
  • Pranayama
  • Relaxation
  • Meditation
  • Mantra
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Philosophy
  • …and much much more.

Group meetings are held once a month on a weekend. In the text there are 52 lessons and we assign one lesson to a week. Each lesson contains theory, practice and some written work.

There is an essay on Yoga to do at the end of the course. This can be any aspect of Yoga that interests you.

You are encouraged to keep a Yoga Diary to support you through your growth and experience. You will be invited to join the supportive and invaluable Facebook group for students, where you can get to know your fellow students, learn from one another and share your questions and experiences.

If you have very little Yoga experience then this course is a pre-requisite for the Yoga Teacher Training Course. It is also a pre-requisite to the 6 months Teacher Training Course at the ashram in India itself.

There is a certificate upon completion of all aspects of the course for those who are subscribed to the Yoga Life magazine – one year of which comes free when you enrolled in the course.


Halfway through the foundation course and I’ve learnt so much about myself already! Although there are plenty of areas for me to improve on and grow, there are those where I have learnt that it is okay to be more accepting and kind to myself! This course is so much more than learning a set of postures and is taught in a friendly, comfortable and accomplished manner by Kalavathi. The students in our group come from very different age groups and backgrounds but we all get on well and have a giggle – the unity of Yoga at work!


2015 Foundation Course group

Current Course

Upcoming Course Dates

Monday Evening Foundation Course 2024 – start date 29/01/24 (In person and Online)
  • 29th January
  • 26th February
  • 25th March
  • 22nd April
  • 20th May
  • 17th June
  • 22nd July
  • 19th August
  • 23rd September
  • 21st October
  • 18th November
  • 16th December
  • 20th January
  • 17th February

You may attend in person at the studio or online via Zoom. Recordings will be available.

Monday Evening Foundation Course 2024 - Start date 29th January

Cost and booking details

The Foundation course costs £400 upfront, and £45 per meeting.

The initial £400 cost is the fee to cover the ashrams course, registration and membership with the ashram, the course text, and their monthly magazine all of which have been greatly discounted for these groups.

The meeting fee is charged by Kalavathi for her time preparing, teaching and marking.

Anyone already in possession of the course book due to either having taken this course previously with Kalavathi or directly from the ashram who is wanting to participate in the course is requested only to keep their yoga life subscription up to date and pay for the monthly meetings.

For more information and to book please contact Kalavathi.

To secure your place please against the desired course start date by paying a non refundable £100 deposit. 

In rare occasions we may need to change a meeting date. You will be given notice of this.

All courses can be run online so please request this if it is not stated. 


Terms and conditions


We have a small studio with limited space so we want to be sure we have committed students. Because of this the deposit is non-refundable but can be transferred to future courses through arrangement. If a participant needs to withdraw their registration prior to 1 week before the start of the course the non-refundable deposit will be retained but the rest of the fee returned. After this there are no refunds. However if you do need to defer you can return for a future course where there is space. There may be an admin fee and any additional classes will have to be paid for.