About Us

Welcome to Carlisle Yoga School. 





Carlisle Yoga School is Carlisle’s only registered 200 hour Yoga School with Yoga Alliance and offers yoga for students who would like to become teachers or develop their teaching skills further.

We also offer day and weekend yoga retreats, where you can enjoy some space for yourself and take some time out from your usual routine. These events are suitable for everyone no matter how much experience you have of yoga.

Sessions are offered at Dacre Hall in Lanercost, Cumbria. This beautiful and historic building forms part of the 12th Century Lanercost Priory, which is an English heritage site. It is situated in the beautiful Irthing Valley and is just 2 miles from the market town of Brampton and Hadrian’s Wall.

All classes are led by our founding teacher Janet Richards and include beautiful home-made vegetarian food lovingly prepared by our very own Gabbi Walden. Please let us know if you have any allergies.

If attending an event it would be helpful if you bring your own mat. All other yoga props will be provided and are cleaned in accordance with COVID guidelines.


Janet Richards -founder and lead teacher

Janet did not discover yoga until she was 46 years of age.

After having spent over 27 years working in the public sector she was suffering from stress and anxiety and turned to yoga as an act of desperation. 

After starting to practice yoga she started to feel stronger both physically and mentally. 

She completed her 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training Course in India with Sonja Appel of Sushumna Yoga in 2013. She has continued to develop her physical and theoretical understanding of yoga by training in person with Bernie Clark, Paul Grilley, Josh Summers, Karen Kirkness, Rebecca Shepherd and Lucy Crawford. It total she has completed an additional 200 hours of Yin Yoga Teacher Training.

She founded Carlisle Yoga in 2014 which morphed into The Yoga Studio Carlisle and was recognised as one of the top 25 yoga studios in the UK by Women’s Health Magazine and top 30 yoga studios in the UK by Origym in 2018, whilst under her tenure.

She takes a functional approach to teaching yoga and understands that everyone will find limitations in their practice as a result of their physical shape. This makes her teachings accessible to everyone. She is registered as a Continuing Education Provider with Yoga Alliance.