Full Vernyoga Educational / Training History



Vernette Butler

'Jaskaram Kaur'
(Psy. Dip.NLP. Dip.Couns. Dip.YTh. Dip.YTTC. Dip.SYVC. Dip.YHlth, RkM, REPs, E-RYT, RPYT, MFHT, MSPY, MCSV, MSFTR)

Fully insured & registered (Licensed) Yoga Teacher (inc. pre/postnatal), Pilates & Fitness Instructor and Holistic Therapist.






I've been practicing, studying and teaching yoga (and Pilates on and off) for over 16 years and written articles for Yoga (UK), Yoga and Health, Natural Health, Yoga Abode, Positive Health Online, My Life Yoga and Curves Newsletters. Been an holistic therapist for 23 years. A gym Instructor for 9 years at 2 local gyms.


Although my yoga lineage is 4th in line from Swami Sivananda (via AM Newland of Sunpower Yoga, who trained with Swami Vishnu Devananda), I draw heavily from many inspirations from the evolving styles that include up to date anatomical and bio-mechanical knowledge (Tom Myers of Anatomy Trains, Leslie Kaminoff and Sadie Nardini), the creative fluid vinyasa of appleyoga (Katy Appleyoga) and Shiva Rea, to Kashmir Shaivism and the beautiful tantric texts.




Yoga Qualifications:


Sun Power Yoga: CYQ Yoga Teacher (TTC) Diploma L3/200hours (YA USA / REPs 3) Jan 2013 + short 1hr refresh classes each year at Yoga Shows in Oct 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014


Katy Appleton / appleyoga:

Pranic Peace Retreat  Aug 2013 (10hrs practice)

Workshop 'Spread Your Wings To Fly' Oct 2013 (90mins)

Workshop 'Apple Soul Shine' Nov 2013 (90mins)

applecore I Training 'Architecture of Asana' Jan 2014 inc. A&P (72hrs)

applecore II Training 'Tuning in to the Inner Landscape' April 2014 inc. philosophy & psychology (72hrs)

Volunteer assessment body for teacher trainees - Sept 2014

Yoga Show refresh classes: Oct 2011, 2012, 2013, volunteer helper on appleyoga stand at 2014,

Pre and Postnatal Yoga TTC (with Baby Yoga. Baby Massage and Post Natal Pilates) (95hrs) Sept 2015

Workshop 'Lakshmi Flow' Oct 2015 (90mins)

Italy Soul Shine Retreat, Italy 3-10th Sept 2016 (28hours)

Saraswati Workshop 23.2.17 Hosting and assisting (2.5hrs)

Autumn Nourishment 12.10.17 Hosting and practicing (2.5hrs)




Sadie Nardini and Tyler McCoy - Core Strength Vinyasa (CSV): Yoga Teacher Training & Business Courses

(in person and online):

Rockstar TTC (21hours), YA 5hours contact, 20hours YA non contact, July 2014

Evolution TTC (20hours), YA 5hours contact, 20hours YA non contact, Aug 2014

The Journey (20hours), Sept 2014

Total Freedom - Marketing (18hours), Apr 2015

Yoga of Success (3hours),

14 Day Detox, Yoga for Weight Loss - (20hours ), Aug 2014

Yoga Shred / HIIT (2hours)

Total Transformation TTC (20 hours),

Bad*ss Yoga TTC (13hours), YA 10-15 CPD credits, Aug 2015

Yoga Variations Course Oct 2015 (5hours),

The Warrior Within: Empower Your Yoga and Inner Strength! (7hours) Apr 2016

The Revolution Yoga Anatomy Teacher Training Course (12.5hours) Jun 2016

21 Day Yoga Shred

Yoga for Insomnia

Arm Balances and Inversions Workshop London 17.3.17 (2hours)


Tyler McCoy: 7 Day Yoga Cut (HIIT), (4hours) Jan 2015

Meditation and Stress Reduction (3hours)




Shiva Rea & Christopher Tompkins:

Workshops: Yoga Trance Dance Jun 2013 & July 2014 (90mins each). Working on Sahaja, Prana Flow and Dance.

Course: History and Evolution of Yoga Vinyasa with Christopher Tompkins and Shiva Rea, Oct 2014 -May 2015: 40hour immersion into the most up to date scholarship on the evolution of yoga featuring new historical discoveries and previously un-translated manuscripts mostly from tantric shaivism on the lost method, sequence or vinyasa of the practices that feature in the hatha manuals from the 14thc onward.




Other Various Yoga Qualifications:

Sivananda Yoga Teacher Course (TTC) Dip. (200hrs),

British Wheel of Yoga Foundation Cert.

Yoga Therapy Foundation - Cert. of Merit, Biomedical Trust (200hrs),

Yoga Teacher (TTC) ASET L3 Dip. (200hrs),

Yoga For Health NCFE Dip. (200hrs) (inc. basic massage therapies),

Yoga Therapy L1 & L2 Dips. (4years) Inc. massage & nutrition,

Thai Yoga Massage Dip. (200hrs)




Various Yoga Workshops:

Kevala Centre, Yoga Practical Training weekend 2006 (14hrs)

Howard Napper - Age Defying Yoga, Oct 2011 (90mins)

Leah Bracknell - Shamanic Yoga May 2014 (3hrs), Oct 2014 (90mins) and Oct 2015 (90mins), Serenity Relaxation Session May 2015 (3hrs)

Nichola Cummiskey -  Indo Board Yoga Feb 2014 (2hrs)

Emma Heald (appleyoga) - Aug 2014 (2.5hr)

Carolyn Cowan - Heart Opening and De-stressing Kundalini - Dec 2014




Online Yoga CPD and self improvement eCourses:

Lucas Rockwood - Yoga and Pilates for Neck and Back care - Oct 2015 (9.5hrs)

Jennifer Kries - Yin Yoga - Aug 2014 (1hr)
Paula Fortunato - Yin Yoga for Happy Hips and Hamstrings (90mins)
Swami Jnaneshvara / Abhyasa Ashram - Yoga As Meditation -  Sept 2014

Mark Keane - Chakras - Kundalini Yoga (12hrs) April 2015
Valinda-Variam Kaur - Kundalini for Stress and Anxiety -April 2015 (2.5hrs)
Raghunath Cappo -Born to Fly - Yoga Philosophy, Inversions and Kirtan (35hrs)

Raghunath Cappo - Learning Harmonium for Yoga (2hrs) 2017

Kassandra Reinhardt - Chair Yoga (July 2016) 2.5hrs

Kassandra Reinhardt - Yoga for Weightlifting, Powerlifting & Body Building (4hrs) Jun 2016

Kassandra Reinhardt - Yin Yoga for Flexibility and Stress Relief (2017) 

Tatiana Abbey - Postnatal Yoga - Basic Class (2.5hrs)

Erin Motz - PBYP - (20hours practice enhancement) jun-aug 2016

Kathryn Budig - Aim True Online Course for Self Empowerment (2hours) Oct 2016

Erin Motz PBYP II - (20hours practice enhancement) nov 16 

21 Goddess Yoga Course (self practice enhancement) Mar 17 - 

Brett Larkin - Yoga Teacher Training (refresher) April 17 

Tiffany Cruikshank - Yoga Medicine - Yoga Anatomy - 20hours - (refresher) Dec 2017

Lisa Powers, Libby Seery - Meditation and Mudras - (3hrs) March 2018

Josie Mckenlay - Yoga Teacher Training - An Intro to Pranayama (5hrs) Mar 19



I've also studied the work of and been inspired by:

Sri T. Krishnamacharya, Swami Vishnu Devananda, Swami Sivananda, TKS Desikachar, BKS Iyengar & Geeta Iyengar, Bryon Kest, Erich Schiffmann, Beryl Bender Birch, Baron Baptiste, Kate Agnew, Paul Grilley, Leslie Kaminoff, Tom Myers (Anatomy Trains), Vani Devi,  Naomi Absolom, Ana Forrest, Marlene Henny, Marlene Smits, Leila Sadaghee, David Keil, Stephanie Foster, Anton Simmha, John Scott, Louise Soloman, Karen Voight, Lynne Robinson and Bernie Clarke, all of whom I owe as much thanks to for the inspiration they have provided over the years as those that I have studied with in person.




Fitness  / Pilates Qualifications:

I also have 10 years gym instruction and personal training experience, worked at four gyms, run a HIIT Yoga class, previously ran a LBT / Bodysculpt class for 4 years as well as currently running a circuit fitness class (2017- ) and fusion (yoga & pilates) classes (2010- )

CYQ L2 Gym / Fitness Instruction (inc. A&P) 2008

CYQ L2 Exercise To Music

CYQ L3 Pilates Instructor 2014

REPS Circuit Training Certificate

First Aid for Sports Certificate (HSE)

Curves: Release 1, 2, 3 Certs: - Circuit Coach, Sales and Presentations, Weight Management. Jun 2009

Curves Complete / Cleveland Clinic Cert. - Counselling, Coaching and Nutrition. Aug 2013

Online Pilates / Fitness / Anatomy..... CPD eCourses:

Josie Mckenlay:

Pilates 30 Sessions - level 1-3 (11.5hrs) Sept 2016 and ongoing revision

Express Pilates (4hrs) Sept 2017

Pilates Teacher Training (Refresher) (7hrs) May 17 and again Mar 18

Barre Belle 31 day Teacher Training (10.5 hrs) Mar - July18

7 Day Pilates(1 hour) July 2018

Post Natal Pilates - 4th Trimester (1hour) July 2018

Barre Belle Express - May 2018 (1hour)

Pilates Back Care - treat, manage and eliminate - July 2018 (2hours)

Anatomy and Physiology  Mar 17 - ongoing

Tom Myers of Anatomy Trains - The Power of Movement in mind-body transformation (30mins) Aug 2016

Academy of Natural Sciences - Nutrition Foundation - Oct 2014

Physiotherapy and Movement - May 17 - ongoing

Dr Fleur Castlereagh - Pilates for Pregnancy - May 17




Professional Yoga and Therapy Memberships:

Yoga Alliance International E-RYT 200,  RPYT

Member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists (MFHT)

Member of REPs for L2 gym, L2 Exercise To Music, Circuit Training, L3 Yoga, L3 Pilates

Sun Power Yoga Registry, a YA/REPS accredited school. (SPY)

Core Strength Vinyasa Registry (CSV)

Member of the British School Of Yoga (MBSYA)

Member of  the British Wheel of Yoga (MBWY) 

Preferred Yoga Teacher on Health & Yoga

Working in accordance with the ethics of  Sun Power Yoga, appleyoga, Yoga Alliance and REPs.

Member of MSFTR (Member of National Therapist Register) and work in accordance with their ethics.






Reiki is my second passion. I don't always fully understand it with my Psychologists hat on but I love how it continues to amaze and inspire me and have been truly in awe at some of the results it has had on the people that have come to me.


Reiki Qualifications:


Reiki Evolution: Reiki 1st and 2nd Degree. I trained with Reiki Evolution and Sue Norman in 2009/10.

I studied both original Japanese Usui Reiki (Usui Reiki Ryoho) and Traditional Western Reiki (Usui Shiki Reiki) and am at Practitioner level 2.


My Reiki Lineages via Reiki Evolution are:

Western Lineage:

  • Mikao Usui>Chujiro Hayash>Hawayo Takata>Florence O’Nea>Jerry Farle>June Wood>Simon Treselya>Marcus Haywar>Diane Whittl>Taggart Kin>Sue Norman>Vernette Butler

Japanese Lineage:

  • Mikao Usui>Suzuki Sa>Chris Mars>Taggart Kin>Sue Norma>Vernette Butler


I have also been attuned by June Lawrance with the following lineage:

  • Mikao Usui>Chujiro Hayashi>Hawayo Takata>Mary Mcfaden>Anand Himani>Anveshi Limberg>Josef Alberts>Rhonda Blunden & Eileen Grainger>June Lawrance>Vernette Butler


Lisa Powers - Reiki Master level Course (inc level 1&2 again also) - July 2016 (13hrs)

                      - Animal Reiki (ongoing)

                      -  Reiki and Acupressure fof Anxiety and Depression (ongoing)

Rosemary Owen - Reiki Masters level Course (inc level 1&2 again also) - Aug 2016 (10hrs)



Massage Courses:


L3 ITEC Diploma in Massage

Massage modules have been included in various courses I have been on but first learnt massage techniques whilst at School and East Surrey College (which was mostly therapeutic face, head, neck and back) and have been practising massage techniques for 18years.

Diploma in Thai Massage (200hours)

Yoga Therapy Diplomas Level 1 and 2 (Dip.Th.) (4year course) Included massage and nutrition


The Yoga Therapy course above as well as previous Yoga Therapy courses and workshops have covered therapeutic, remedial, general massage, as well as Yogic Osteopathic manipulation (similar to Thai Massage) and Shiatsu.


appleyoga prenatal & postnatal yoga TTC including baby yoga and massage



Roman Torgovitsky - Muscle Tension, Pain and Sleep - Myofascial Release and foam rolling - July 2016 (12hrs)






I have counselled the bereaved by suicide. This is something I have life experience of and is hard to cope with when you feel no one can really understand unless they have been there, so I’m not just a counsellor who has learnt everything from a textbook, I can empathise with how you really feel.

Bereavement of this kind needs special understanding of the many stages of grief you go through, and in many ways this form of bereavement can take longer than any other as it’s the choice of the individual and the people left behind have so many questions.

I have been counsellor / life coach for 8 years via voluntary, charity and private work mostly for lifestyle, weight management and nutrition, bereavement (especially suicide), separation, relationships, phobias, anxiety and panic, depression, stress, eating disorders, confidence and self-esteem, sleep disorders, trauma.


"Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live."



Counselling  / Psychology Qualifications and experience:

Cert (MP), Modern Psychology 200hoursBSY Cert (AP), Abnormal Psychology 200hoursCert (NLP), (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) 150hoursCert (PS) in Presentation Skills for Therapists 150hoursDip.NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) Diploma (Merit A+), 200hoursDip.Couns (Counselling Diploma L3/ NVQ 3/A level)  250hoursLevel 2 Certificate in Online Counselling Distance study courseCBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) Distance study course

Applecore II Training ' Tuning in to the Inner Landscape' April 2014 (72hrs), covered psychology and behavioural patterns with Kerry-Lyn Stanton-Downs

Counselling in regards to diet, comfort eating and behaviour was also included on the Curves Complete course - see fitness qualifications



"Thank you for the Reiki, I feel so much better! Much more energy :)" J. Rendall