The Life Centre sister company Yogacampus offers specialist training with experts in their field, with these courses typically leading to a certificate of competency to teach this speciality. Expand your area of expertise by learning to teach Yoga Nidra or Mindfulness or becoming a pregnancy, mother and baby or teens yoga teacher.

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Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training - Manchester 2017

With Janine Hurley
12 May – 25 Jun 2017, 12:33–11:17

Yogacampus Manchester
293A Deansgate (behind Philip Jones estate agents and opposite the Hilton Hotel), Manchester M3 4EW

0161 834 6283

£650 (£615 until 20th January 2017 until )

With contributions from midwives and a detailed training manual this course provides both the theoretical and practical training necessary to teach yoga classes specifically for pregnant women. Sessions will include mantra, mudra, nada yoga and pranavidya practices, encouraging you to think for yourself and to develop your own style and method of teaching pregnancy yoga within a clear framework of safety guidelines.The emphasis of the course is on supporting healthy pregnancy through appropriate holistic yoga practices. Please read the prospectus below for additional information on this course

The course will cover:

  • how to design and teach appropriate yoga classes and private sessions to all pregnant women, including those with previous yoga experience and practice and those who are new to yoga, as well as those in the early postnatal stage;
  • how to teach a full range of holistic yoga techniques that enhance a woman’s experience of pregnancy as a preparation for motherhood, and in the immediate postnatal period, including asana, paired asana, pranayama, nada yoga, mudra, bandha, mantra, prana vidya, dharana, meditation, and pratyahara through yoga nidra (deep relaxation); and
  • how to understand the philosophical and spiritual basis of yoga in the context of the emotional journey towards birth and motherhood, and to use that understanding as the basis of all pregnancy yoga teaching, and for the immediate period of postnatal recovery.

The course involves obligatory detailed observations of pregnancy yoga classes and/or DVDs (as broad a range of approaches as you are able to find) and three short assignments that help you to focus your learning in a practical manner by creating handouts, publicity material and health questionnaires for your future students. Towards the end of course there will be an appraisal session at which your teaching is observed by experienced pregnancy yoga teachers. The appraisal is conducted in a supportive and mutually respectful manner, so that most trainees find this experience to be hugely enjoyable, often commenting that the appraisal session was one of their favourite parts of the course.

The pre-course assignments will be sent to you as part of the email booking confirmation you receive so please do look out for this.

Times

09.30 to 17.00 each day with one hour for lunch.

Eligibility

Open to existing yoga teachers of any yoga tradition with an interest in teaching specialist pregnancy classes and to trainee yoga teachers from any teacher training course, so long as you have some experience of teaching. If you fulfil this requirement you can book the course on-line below and DO NOT need to complete the application form.

We also will consider applications from midwives and medical practitioners who have a strong yoga practice. In this case you must complete the application form below and email it to info@yogacampus.com for approval before you book onto the course.

Capacity

30

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Teaching Yoga and Mindfulness to Young People

With Charlotta Martinus
7–11 Jun 2017, 16:59–16:59

Lift Islington
45 White Lion Street, London N1 9PW

020 7527 7030

£625

This course attracts professionals from the fields of education, medicine, social work and mental health who wish to incorporate the use of yoga in their work with young people. The course is experiential and led by Charlotta Martinus who is in the unique position of having worked both as a Teacher in Secondary school and yoga teacher as well as a Yoga Therapist for Mental Health within CAMHS. She brings all her experience of the school environment as well as the work within the NHS to bear in the course, covering all aspects of caring for the adolescent both therapeutically and in preventative measures.

In its 13th year, this course has had the valuable input from many professionals including Dr Dan Siegel (author on countless books about adolescents and mindfulness) and Osteopaths, Educators, Psychiatrists, Physiotherapists, Psychology professors and Yoga Elders.

The course is endorsed by Dr Sat Bir Khalsa, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard School of Medicine as well as countless Heads of schools across the world who have funded teachers to undergo the training course.

Upon finishing the course, you are invited to an online support group where Charlotta continues to support and guide as well as being included in a directory of teachers, partnering with schools to offer the best in yoga teachers. There are also infinite number of infographics, powerpoint and films continuously created for your sole use. Furthermore you are invited to the annual conference, Instill, in London consisting of TeenYoga teachers, Policy Makers, experts from all around the world, where you can further your knowledge, broaden your skill set and recharge your inspiration battery!

As a seasoned pedagogue, Charlotta adapts the course to the students present, making sure everyone’s learning style is adequately supported, bringing in practical exercises together with group and pair work as well as conventional lecture type learning. There is a therapeutic element to the course, where we get an opportunity to reflect and take our experience a little deeper.

Many graduates feel the course has been life changing, as they have come to a deeper understanding both of themselves, yoga and adolescents, giving them confidence and tools to support young people in all settings.

Since the course began in 2004, yoga has grown exponentially at around 10% per year (BWY 2012) and schools are no exception. The mindfulness wave has brought tolerance, interest and even passion for related sciences, especially yoga. Moreover, the new directive by the government of well-being interventions for both teachers and pupils, supports increased yoga in schools. You can view more information on this here.

Course content

The course is more than a training in how to teach asana to 11-22 year olds, it is also an exploration in how to share the philosophy and psychology of yoga to ensure more positive mental health for the students. The hope is that you will come away with a toolbox of material to use in the classroom, including class structures, behaviour management and ideas of how to share philosophy and psychology with the group. You may also come away with a deeper understanding of your own teenage years and the impact they had on your subsequent development.

This course will cover:

  • physical development
  • mental development (neuroscience)
  • psycho-social development and theories of adolescence
  • behavioural management
  • mindfulness techniques
  • how to structure a 10, 20, 30 or 60 minute class
  • how to introduce philosophical discourse involving yoga philosophy
  • how to introduce meditation
  • how to teach pranayama and asana
  • current situation in education and CAMHS and how to market yourself

The course comes with a detailed and comprehensive manual (130 pages), with plenty of practical class structures for you to use. In this manual you will find a detailed list of the benefits of yoga and a list of gender specific and age specific postures.

It is with a great deal of passion and conviction that Charlotta offers you this course; her life’s work and purpose. If you would like to chat or get to know Charlotta better, don’t hesitate to email her or read her blog here: www.teenyoga.com/blog/

Click here for a recent article on why yoga should be on the curriculum.

Read an Elephant Journal article by Charlotta on Teaching Yoga to Young People.

Times

09.00 to 17.00 each day

Requirements

PLEASE NOTE that the venue does not provide yoga mats or props so you need to bring with you your mat and any props you need for sitting.

Eligibility

Ideally, you should have EITHER a yoga teaching qualification (from any tradition) OR at least two years regular yoga practice under the guidance of an experienced teacher and some experience of working with teens. In both cases you need an interest in working with teens and ideally some experience of working with them. If you do not fulfil these criteria, please feel free to contact Charlotta on training@teenyoga.co.uk for a preliminary interview to ascertain whether this course is for you. Please call Charlotta on 01761 470658 for a chat.

Capacity

26

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Meditation Teacher Training - Patanjali’s Prana Samyama Technique

With Anna Bhushan
29 Jun – 2 Jul 2017, 16:01–16:01

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
4a Castletown Road, London W14 9HE

020 7381 3086, 020 7381 4608

£520 (£460 until 31st March 2017 until )

The Yoga Healing Foundation is offering two-half bursaries at the reduced cost of £260 to cover the course fee. Please contact bursaries@traditionalyoga.co.uk to apply. All applications must be received no less than two calendar months from the start date of the course. Applications will be reviewed by our bursary committee and we aim to give a decision no later than six weeks before the start of the course.

The course will be of particular interest to yoga teachers looking to integrate meditation into their teaching – in an authentic, informed and systematic way. Also for meditation practitioners who are inspired to teach within their own professional context.

Meditation on the natural breath is central to Yoga and Buddhist systems. Referred to by Patanjali as Prana Samyama, its purpose is to bring balance and harmony to the mind. In the long term it has the power to transform mental habit patterns leading to profound happiness and peace. The practice is rooted in the traditions from which contemporary models of mindfulness arise. An awareness of the original philosophical and ethical context is fundamental to a good understanding of meditation practice. Dr Kumar keeps us connected to the source, the lineage and the philosophical principles that are essential to maintain the purity of the original techniques and benefit from them fully. They are not adapted, modified or decontextualised, yet they are secular, systematic and scientific. What is distinctive about this teacher training course is its commitment to present original ancient teachings, in their whole and undiluted practical form for a contemporary audience.

Benefits of the technique include:

  • The release of deep stress
  • Mindfulness in the present moment
  • Greater concentration and focus
  • An increasingly balanced, positive and contented mind
  • Increased will power, independence and compassion
  • Transformation of unhelpful tendencies of the mind (e.g. negative rumination, anxiety and anger)
  • Subtler awareness of self and others

Training and Certification

During the course you will:

  • Gain a deep understanding of the technique in both theory and practice
  • Develop the knowledge of how this technique relates to other meditation practices, and why it is central to Patanjali’s eightfold path
  • Understand the stages of meditation and their systematic development
  • Learn the skills to facilitate your students practice and answer their questions
  • Be given access to the Traditional Yoga teachers App, with an exclusive set of guided meditation recordings by Dr ALV Kumar to use in your classes, updated annually
  • Be provided with a comprehensive, easy-to-follow handbook covering all aspects of instruction, course notes for students and FAQs

All graduates of the course will be certified by Traditional Yoga, a Yoga Alliance accredited training school and will receive a certificate of attendance from Yogacampus.

Course Components and Requirements

The training course will take place over four days, however in order to complete the training and certification you are required to attend a Traditional Yoga Awareness Meditation Weekend course so that you have had personal experience of the technique before you begin to teach it. The Traditional Yoga Awareness Meditation Weekend course covers 12 hours. Please click here for details of the weekend courses.

We recommend that you attend the Awareness Meditation Weekend course before the three day training if possible. Otherwise you would need to attend within 6 months of training in order to complete certification. If you have previously attended a Traditional Yoga weekend course or retreat you are eligible to be certified directly after the training.

After the Course

All graduates will have the opportunity to become a registered Traditional Yoga meditation teacher and:

  • Have ongoing access to teaching support and advice. Each new registered teacher will be assigned an experienced teacher as a mentor to go to for guidance and will have the opportunity to attend top up training events
  • Be part of a UK network of Traditional Yoga Meditation Teachers
  • Supplement your income with meditation teaching, while making a difference to peoples lives by sharing the benefits of this profound technique
  • Be listed on the Traditional Yoga website as a recommended teacher and have help with the promotion of your classes, from poster templates to web listing and newsletter features

Times

10am to 5pm each day with one hour for lunch

Eligibility

This course is primarily aimed at yoga teachers looking to integrate meditation into their teaching, in an authentic, informed and systematic way. The training is also open to meditation practitioners who are inspired to teach within their own professional context. The 4-day training can be attended by any yoga teacher (qualified or in training).

Capacity

25

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Teaching Yin Yoga: Minds, Meridians, Moments in Manchester

With Norman Blair
10–12 Aug 2017, 12:01–12:01

Yogacampus Manchester
293A Deansgate (behind Philip Jones estate agents and opposite the Hilton Hotel), Manchester M3 4EW

0161 834 6283

£245

This three-day, specialist training is taught by Norman Blair, one of the most experienced Yin yoga teachers in the country. He was first introduced to Yin yoga in Manchester in 2001 and has been teaching this style since 2003. Yin yoga is an increasingly popular form of practice. The postures are floor based and are held for several minutes. The keys to practicing are stillness, becoming softer and staying at appropriate edge. We are invited to explore inner landscapes with qualities of self-reflection and acceptance. We attempt to experience these qualities free of judgment or attachment – with equanimity. We learn to pay attention to what is, as it is – with an attitude of kindness.

Participants will learn the main postures of the Yin yoga practice and the principles behind this way of practicing. You will also be shown how to guide a person into postures and will be taught contraindications and you will receive a detailed manual.

The training is open to teachers and teachers in training, as well those with an established understanding and practice of Yin yoga.

Times

10am to 5pm each day with an hour for lunch.

Eligibility

The training is open to teachers and teachers in training, as well those with an established understanding and practice of Yin yoga.

Capacity

30

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Delivering Mindfulness Meditation To Others (Meditation Facilitation Mentorship Programme)

With Michael Stone
16 Aug – 6 Nov 2017, 16:04–16:35

Yogacampus London
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

+44 (0) 20 7704 0919

£1,375

There are a limited number of scholarship positions available: for more information, please e-mail info@yogacampus.com.

Have you studied mindfulness or meditation and want to go deeper? Are you a yoga teacher, psychologist, nurse, educator or in the caring professions and want to facilitate meditation within your vocation? Do you want to learn the deeper roots of contemplative practice?

This Meditation Facilitation Mentorship Program (MFMP 2017) is a two month training for delivering mindfulness meditation practices to others, including a variety of different populations, in small groups or one on one.

The course will integrate the traditional maps of meditation in the Buddhist and yoga traditions with the insights of Western psychology and neuroscience. The aim is to prepare participants to teach meditation by combining deep personal understanding, a contemporary language for describing what happens in meditation, and the essential skills for facilitation.

How is this course different from other Mindfulness trainings?

This course is similar to other mindfulness training programs because it offers a language for teaching meditation that is secular and rooted in evidence-based research. It differs from MBSR and similar mindfulness trainings in that we juxtapose Western scientific research and clinical techniques with a thorough study of the ethical and historical maps from which these meditative techniques are derived.

For example, we may alternate between studying the Buddha’s description of working with strong emotions like anger, with approaches to emotions that are rooted in western psychology. Or we may talk about anxiety from a cognitive science perspective, then learn meditation practices for transforming anxiety, and then juxtapose this with “eastern” theories about the existential dimension of anxiety.

Michael writes: “My formal academic training is in psychology, my meditative training is monastic, I’m an independent scholar, and I’m also a father and someone who cares deeply about healing in communities., I teach using multiple lenses, rooted in tradition but alive and adaptable to what’s needed in contemporary times, especially in reaching different populations. From the technology issues that create distraction in teens or people suffering from depression and pain – each groups needs a different approach and it’s precisely this blending of approaches that makes this course unique, personal, and practical.”

Combining in-person training sessions with on-line peer-based learning, this two month training with Michael Stone and guest faculty is an opportunity to deepen your understanding of meditation practice and learn how to deliver mindfulness meditation with skill.

This training comprises:

  • Non-residential training in London – 16-20th August and 1st-6th November 2017
  • peer-based learning: you will be partnered with other students in the course for feedback and co-study, creating a community learning environment. These Skype based sessions will last for 50 minutes and will take place once a week between in-person sessions.
  • continued support after graduating.

To complete the training you will also need to:

  • complete one personal essay, 3 pages in length, due half-way through the programme
  • undertake practice teaching assessed by Michael and guest faculty during the in-person intensives
  • maintain a 30 minute (minimum) daily meditation practice

While not a requirement, participants are in addition encouraged to participate in one silent retreat with Michael (annual retreats offered in France, British Columbia, or New York) .

Additional benefits of taking the course include the study of traditional and contemporary texts, joining a community of like-minded practitioners for reciprocal learning and curriculum building and embodying your own mindfulness practice into your daily life.

Course Content

Each day you will learn a technique, where it comes from, how it’s used, and then you will practice teaching it to others in dyads, groups and through role-play. Imagine you are learning a technique and then learning drills that will teach you to embody and facilitate that practice.

1. Foundations of Practice and Theory

  • Embody your practice of meditation, learn to stabilise your mind, and cultivate concentration and equanimity.
  • Learn the 4 Foundations of Mindfulness and how they interact with different people.
  • Understand the psychological and philosophical teachings from Vipassana, Yoga Sutra, and Zen traditions that inform meditative practices and maps of the mind.
  • Combine theory and practice to develop your understanding
  • Ethical Foundations of meditation practice and the 8-fold path

2. Applications, including Therapeutic Applications

  • Receive coaching on teaching mindfulness to a variety of different populations, both as small groups and one on one.
  • Skill building in offering meditation for anxiety, depression, ADHD, substance misuse, and other common symptoms.
  • Obtain the tools for starting your own mindfulness program in a variety of settings

The outline schedule for the course is as follows:

09.30 – 10.00: Sitting and Walking Meditation and Check-In
10.00 – 12.00: Theory Session
12.00 – 13:30: Lunch
13:30 – 16:00 Teaching Skills, Role Play & Applications
16.15 – 17.15 Yoga / Movement Practice

Reading Kit
We recommend you download and read through the Reading Kit.
Download here for part 1 and here for part 2.

Times

09.30 to 17.15 daily with a break for lunch.

Requirements

Please complete the application form and email to info@yogacampus.com and nicole@michaelstoneteaching.com.

Eligibility

Applicants should already have a commitment to a regular personal meditation practice and orientation toward serving others. In the past, psychologists, yoga teachers, palliative care providers, teachers, nurses, physicians, social workers and other caring professions have been the type of students who has benefited most from the course.

Capacity

30

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Sacred Sound and Vocal Toning Teacher Training

With Anne Malone
9 Sep – 26 Nov 2017, 16:44–15:38

Colet House
151 Talgarth Road , London W14 9DA

020 8748 9338

£550

We were born to sing and play music…Let’s demystify and explore the world of sound and rediscover The Alchemist of Sound within you…

This unique 6-day (3 weekends) teacher training course will explore the essence of Sound as you experience the ease of playing instruments, singing and chanting from the heart, building your skills and self confidence as a Sacred Sound Facilitator. Covering a range of skills, you will learn and craft the art of Sacred Sound and Shamanic journeying, explore vocal toning and vocal sensibility, improvisation, harmony, rhythm developing and fine tuning your facilitation skills and self confidence.

You will learn how to play and place the Tibetan singing bowl directly on specific Chakras, how to tone (or tune) the body, play the Hang, Shamanic drum, Rainstick and Sansula; the foundations of Sound Bathing, explore the ancient pathways within the heartbeat of these instruments as we organically and lovingly weave these skills into a healing Savasana Sound Bath.

During the course, we will explore the magic of Vocal Toning, Chanting and Mantra, as well as study the structure of a well balanced playlist, rediscover the joy of singing together, improvising with music, song and harmony and intuitive song writing. This on-going monthly course – which also includes a one to one session with Anne – is an invitation to explore, expand and develop your natural healing qualities and creativity through sacred sound, singing, chanting and shamanic journeying.

All levels welcome. Connect and evolve within an ongoing Sacred Sound Community…no previous experience necessary. The connection and support of the group provides a powerful holding.

The course will consist of:

Singing Bowl Chakra Placement
Placing the Singing Bowl on various Chakras, we will learn how to sing the Bowl with ease while balancing directly on the body, allowing the depth of vibration to resonate and release energetic stagnation. This method of Healing Sound has an extraordinary effect on the body, and will play an integral part in our workshop

The Art of Vocal Toning
Using pure vocal tones; the body’s natural tuning instrument, we will learn how to clear the Chakras and instil a healing resonance throughout the body, by “signing” or “toning” healing sounds directly into the body’s sonic aura, tuning the body on a cellular level

Shamanic Drumming
Connecting to our heartbeats through Shamanic drumming, we’ll explore the gentleness of heart rhythm, expanding into movement

Sound Bathing
Sound actually becomes physical; its vibrations coursing through every cell, tuning the body on a cellular level using sacred sound. These vibrations resonate with the body’s molecules, balancing and releasing blockages

Creativity
Explore and develop your creativity through improvisation, movement, creative writing, and a variety of inspirational stimulus. Discover the power of Sacred Sound instruments …. Tibetan Bowls, Gongs, Hang, Rainstick and drums, as you develop your own relationship with these magical friends

Sing with Ease
Develop confidence in singing and self-expression as you strengthen your voice and explore the magical world of Mantra and Devotional Chant and Song

Rhythm
Develop your rhythm through movement, dance, and drumming

Playlist
Study the structure of a well balanced playlist, exploring wide variety of musical genres

Facilitation Skills
How to find the loving power within your heart and share with your class, session or performance

Individual or group guitar and Sacred Sound sessions
Learn to accompany your singing and chanting. Develop a deeper knowledge and hands on connection with the various instruments of Sacred Sound.

Times

Each session will run from 10am to 5.00pm with a one hour lunch break

Eligibility

All levels welcome. Connect and evolve within an ongoing Sacred Sound Community…no previous experience necessary.

Capacity

25

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Baby Yoga and Baby Massage - Manchester

With Janine Hurley, Justine Baines
22–24 Sep 2017, 13:14–13:14

Yogacampus Manchester
293A Deansgate (behind Philip Jones estate agents and opposite the Hilton Hotel), Manchester M3 4EW

0161 834 6283

£395

Combining the skills of Janine Hurley, yoga teacher and hypnotherapist, and Justine Baines (RN, RHV, BSc.Hons), health visitor and infant feeding lead for Manchester, who between them have 25 years’ experience of working with mums and babies, this teacher training provides yoga teachers, trainee teachers and other yoga practitioners already working with babies with the platform to create a nurturing yet fun and interactive yoga practice for both mother and baby (or dads or grandparents). You will learn tools and techniques to understand how to facilitate nourishing and supportive groups for postnatal women with their babies, inlcuding:-

  • the importance of baby’s developmental readiness
  • how to apply different yoga and massage techniques to achieve and help both parent and baby to develop in harmony
  • practical information on managing common, but problematic issues that may affect practice, such as reflux and colic
  • an understanding of baby states and maternal and child attachment
  • how to identify those who may present as vulnerable, and to develop strategies to manage those challenges
  • common postnatal ailments and ways to tailor a yoga practice in relation to yoga therapy and yoga philosophy.

We aim to offer a unique learning experience, which will underpin your philosophy of practice with a clinical based evidence approach so that we can help and support you to teach fun and nourishing classes.

While the course focus is mainly tuned to the baby, we will also offer an overview of the postnatal mother, both emotionally and physically. (Janine also teaches on the 6 day intensive post natal yoga module.)

Although primarily aimed at yoga teachers and trainee teachers, this course may also be suitable for you if you are an experienced yoga practitioner already working with babies, children or as a health practitioner. Please see below for application details. We will equip you with the skills to enable you to teach enjoyable therapeutic classes for families in both the private and public health sector.

Times

09.30 to 17.00 each day

Eligibility

Open to existing yoga teachers of any yoga tradition with an interest in teaching specialist baby yoga and baby massage classes and to trainee yoga teachers from any teacher training course, so long as you have some experience of teaching. If you fulfil this requirement you can book the course on-line below and DO NOT need to complete the application form.

We also will consider applications from those who already work with babies or children or as a health practitioner and who have a strong yoga practice. In this case you must complete the application form below and email it to info@yogacampus.com for approval before you book onto the course.

Capacity

30

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Total Yoga Nidra Teacher and Facilitator Training

With Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, Nirlipta Tuli
3 Nov – 9 Dec 2017, 10:58–10:58

Kagyu Samye Dzong Tibetan Buddhist Centre
15 Spa Road, Bermondsey,, London SE16 3SA

+44 (0)20 3327 1650

£777

This course trains yoga teachers and other practitioners to teach and facilitate yoga nidra with confidence in class settings, one-to-ones, and for a range of therapeutic applications. Uniquely amongst yoga nidra trainings, it offers Total Yoga Nidra, a comprehensive, inclusive and non-dogmatic approach to yoga nidra that respects and explores not only a range of practice methods, but also acknowledges a variety of different levels of experience during yoga nidra.

  • Encounter yoga nidra in its totality
  • Explore the multiple forms and levels of this remarkable yoga practice
  • Become empowered to deepen your own intuitive practice of meditative yoga nidra beyond the limits of standard trademarked and traditional forms
  • Understand the full living range of different methods, lineages and levels of total yoga nidra
  • Experience total yoga nidra as a living intelligence of the heart, an adaptogenic practice of deep healing and self-discovery
  • Grow in confidence to share responsive and appropriate total yoga nidra practice with students and clients

This training, designed and tutored by Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and Nirlipta Tuli, who together have over forty years experience of practice, teaching and working therapeutically with all forms and levels of yoga nidra, is a uniquely comparative and creative, experiential course, held in a Buddhist monastery setting in London. It offers both practical training and personal and professional development.

What is Total Yoga Nidra?

Total Yoga Nidra is a comprehensive, inclusive and non-dogmatic approach to yoga nidra that respects and explores not only a range of practice methods, but also acknowledges and supports a variety of different levels of experience during yoga nidra. Total yoga nidra empowers you to encounter yoga nidra in its totality: as an adaptogenic meditative practice without limits in terms of its capacity to heal, nourish and liberate.

Most people who are familiar with yoga nidra have listened to some kind of pre-recorded audio track(s), but might not have had the opportunity to encounter the practice live from a teacher in a group setting; and although many people may have experienced a live group yoga nidra, where a teacher delivers a standard script to a group of students, this relaxing experience is very different from practising yoga nidra that has been specifically tailored for a particular individual, for example in a one-to-one setting. This experience in turn is different from the encounter with yoga nidra that comes during a practice that is co-created by teacher and student together, with the specific intention to meet the student precisely where s/he is right now, both in language and method of practice, and in terms of the level at which that practice can be most appropriately met.

And whilst all of these experiences of yoga nidra certainly bring huge benefits, an entirely different set of possibilities open up when yoga nidra is set free from the need to have any external auditory guide of any kind. At this level of self practice, the protocols for practice are so deeply familiar to the practitioner that when we simply lie (or sit) quietly, then the practice can be invited to unfold silently, in the voice of our own intuitive inner guide.

In this course you will learn:

  • to devise and deliver Total Yoga Nidra practices appropriate to your needs and those of your students and clients;
  • a clear practical understanding of the structure and function of Total Yoga Nidra, including models of best practice, and techniques to be avoided;
  • a practical understanding of the key principles of yogic psychology and philosophy relevant to the practice of Total Yoga Nidra;
  • a contextual understanding of the development and history of Total Yoga Nidra across different lineages;
  • to share Total Yoga Nidra with an informed sensitivity to the emotional and spiritual experiences of those receiving the practice;
  • to teach a range of restorative yoga asanas suitable for use during yoga nidra practice;
  • to teach within the appropriate safety guidelines for this type of yoga practice.

Topics covered include:

  • Understanding the structure and variations in approaches to, and levels of, Total Yoga Nidra practice
  • Clinical hypnosis, self-hypnosis and yoga nidra – a full exploration of the relationship between these practices
  • Further explorations in history and development of yoga nidra: nyasa, tantra, Satyananda Yoga, Himalayan Institute, Richard Miller, Swami Veda Bharati, Swami Jneshvara Bharati
  • Deeper explorations of yoga philosophy and cosmology in relation to Total Yoga Nidra
  • Exploring research on yoga nidra exploring the value of understandings from neuroscience, clinical psychology, psycho-neuro-immunology and physiology in relation to the function of yoga nidra, including stress and the relaxation response
  • Restorative asana: refinements on propping poses for yoga nidra
  • Sankalpa: resolution and intention setting, listening to inner guidance, framing and using Sankalpa within and around yoga nidra
  • Breath awareness /pranayama: specific use within the structure of yoga nidra session, and to support the practice of yoga nidra
  • Visualisations: a range of different traditional and creative scripting options, contra- indications, appropriateness and therapeutic value
  • Creativity and innovation: devising your own Total Yoga Nidra experiences; metaphor, poetry and grammar for enlightened communication
  • Responsiveness: tailoring script to needs of target populations, bespoke scripts: utilising client images in yoga nidra
  • Self-development: sample practices, support for self-reflection and growth
  • Dharana: yoga nidra as an aid to improve concentration
  • Dhyana: yoga nidra as the meditative heart of yoga
  • Living yoga nidra: practical and effective integration of yoga nidra into daily life
  • Total yoga nidra as a therapeutic tool

Before you apply:

Please read the course prospectus for full details of eligibility, preparatory work and in course assignments.

A prerequisite for taking this course is satisfactory completion of the Total Yoga Nidra Foundation. Please note that this course is also available online, to be completed at your own pace. You can purchase the Total Yoga Nidra Online Foundation here.

You must also watch this video before applying for the course.

Please note that this workshop counts towards elective hours on the Yoga Therapy Diploma.

STATEMENT OF INCLUSION from Uma:

“Please know that I warmly welcome all women of all stages of life to my courses. My assistants and I and make every effort to ensure that everyone is genuinely supported and honoured by providing appropriate practices during courses, retreats and workshops.

There is no exclusion from practice or teaching space on account of womanly needs. For example, menstruating women are offered suitable practices to support their bleed time, menopausal woman are given opportunities to rest and/or adjust room temperature as necessary, and pregnant women are provided with the props and time and space they need to be at ease in the learning/retreat environment. Lactating women are welcome to express milk, and/or to feed their children in comfort in the main class space if they chose, or to be provided with an alternative comfortable and appropriate space to do so. Lactating women will never be asked by myself or any of my assistants to go into the toilets to express milk or feed their babies on my courses, and menstruating, premenstrual or menopausal women will never be excluded from practice because of their current physical or emotional needs.

I walk my talk. I care very passionately indeed about the rights of women to celebrate the experiences of being a woman, including menstruating, navigating the premenstruum, ovulating, being pregnant, menopausal or breastfeeding and expressing milk. I spent three years of my life pregnant, eight years of my life breastfeeding, and seven years as a breastfeeding counsellor, where I saw that disrespectful attitudes towards breastfeeding adversely impacted on women’s confidence and capacity to breastfeed their children. As an advocate of conscious menstruality, I also observe that the cyclical fluxes of menstrual and menopausal experiences are neither recognised nor honoured by many yoga teaching approaches, and this disempowers women by encouraging a disconnection from their naturally arising flow and change at emotional and physical levels.

I observe that in many yoga teaching environments there is an implicit disrespect or exclusion of menstruating, menopausal, premenstrual, pregnant or lactating women simply because their physical and emotional needs are disregarded, or seen to be inconvenient and disruptive to the general flow of teaching. As an antidote to this, I actively welcome the opportunity to met these needs in my courses and workshops as a chance to encounter a deeper and broader range of yoga practice appropriate to all stages of life.

I seek to ensure that on my courses nobody is disrespected or excluded because of their experiences or women’s life stages. Everyone is invited to be comfortable and at ease, knowing that their particular life stage experiences are honoured and welcome.”

Requirements

When there are still places available you will see a Book Now link in the Action column of the table below. Clicking this will take you to our online booking area (which opens in a new window), where you will need to log in — or create an account if you do not yet have one — before proceeding to select and book your chosen sessions. If you see a Waiting List link this means the course is sold out but you can still register and join the waiting list.

Once your booking/payment has been processed you will receive a confirmation email from us straight away. This email will also contain details of pre course work and so it is important that you read it.

Eligibility

The course is primarily designed for qualified yoga teachers and yoga therapists and trainee yoga teachers who have completed the Total Yoga Nidra Foundation Course.

We kindly ask that dedicated yoga practitioners, counsellors, psychotherapists, life coaches, clinical hypnotherapists, complementary medicine practitioners and others with an interest in the healing power of yoga who have done the Total Yoga Nidra Foundation Course, complete the application form. Please note that this group will not receive a Yogacampus certificate and will not be required to deliver yoga nidra to the group, but will be expected to complete the other homework and in-course assessments.

Yoga teachers who have already completed the Total Yoga Nidra Foundation Course do not need to complete the application form and can book directly onto the course via the Yogacampus website.

If you are a yoga teacher with a broad background of using yoga nidra in different settings and have NOT completed the Foundation Course but would still like to be considered for the Total Yoga Nidra Teacher and Facilitator Training, please email info@yogacampus.com stating that this is what you wish to do. You will be sent an online questionnaire to complete.

All participants need to have fluent spoken and written English.

Capacity

36

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Integrating Mindfulness and Compassion in Professional Practice

With Karen Atkinson
10 Nov – 20 Apr 2018, 15:04–16:39

Yogacampus London
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

+44 (0) 20 7704 0919

£1385 until 1st September 2017 payable in full. £1485 thereafter payable in installments of £495 (Please see cost details below)

You can take advantage of our special £100 off discount if you pay the full course fees up front, available until 1st September 2017. Please contact info@yogacampus.com to pay the discounted rate of £1385 in full. Please note that after this date, the discount will no longer apply.

If paying in installments, you will be required to pay a non-refundable £495 deposit upon booking followed by 2 further installments of £495 payable on 8th January 2018 and 8th March 2018 respectively. Please note you will be required to set up a standing order details of which will be sent to you with your booking confirmation. The total price of the course is £1485.

Bursaries We are offering two bursaries of £250 off the total course fee for each bursary. Please contact info@yogacampus.com to apply. All applications must be received no less than two calendar months from the start date of the course.

In addition to the course fee you are required to pay a registration fee of £130 to the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body – This should be paid at the first module.

Yogacampus is delighted to be offering this Foundation Degree Level qualification in Teaching Mindfulness and Compassion with Karen Atkinson of Mindfulness UK, a Registered Training Centre and a Member of the UK Network of Mindfulness based Teacher Training Organisations. It offers a complete progression route to enable professionals to gain the skills and knowledge to deliver mindfulness to others. This qualification has been designed in a flexible format to teach a wide range of professionals how to work therapeutically with mindfulness and compassion and integrate these skills into their own profession, applying this teaching to individuals, groups and organisations.

The aim of the course is to ensure that professionals gain the necessary depth and knowledge to teach the skills of mindfulness and compassion to patients, clients and students, thereby setting and maintaining high standards and helping the benefits of mindfulness to spread and flourish throughout Europe. Currently, there is no other course of this level being offered in the UK.

The Qualification:

  • is unique as it is externally verified by the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body
  • can be added to the graduate’s CV and recognised in an employment context
  • is delivered with 6 days of teaching over a 6 month period
  • consists of 200 hours in total
  • offers a one hour face to face tutorial to support learning
  • requires personal practice, reflection and inquiry into mindfulness and compassion
  • consists of pre-reading, observational assessments and assignments
  • includes extensive clinical examples of when and how to apply mindfulness in a therapeutic context
  • discusses when mindfulness is not appropriate as an intervention

There are a total of 6 teaching days, each of which are to be completed one after the other sequentially, incorporating a total of 8 Learning Outcomes:

  1. Use mindfulness and compassion skills for personal development
  2. Understand how mindfulness practice affects health and well being
  3. Teach mindfulness skills and practices
  4. Understand the key therapeutic elements of mindfulness and suffering
  5. Understand the therapeutic qualities of self-compassion and compassion to others practices
  6. Explain to clients how mindfulness and compassion can enhance their relationship with others
  7. Understand the application of relevant neuroscience to teaching mindfulness practices
  8. Continue to develop professionally

Read more about the Course Content in our Prospectus on the right-hand side.

The qualification consists of pre-reading prior to a teaching day, and time is then allocated to complete assignments before the next teaching day. Some of the assessments will take place over the teaching days in addition to home study assignments. You will need to maintain a daily personal mindfulness meditation practice.

There are 37 hours of face to face teaching, which includes one private tutorial via Skype or telephone, and a further 163 hours of directed learning hours, making a total of 200 hours. You will be given some specific articles, books and internet resources to study and there will also be the opportunity to explore areas of individual specific interest.

Students must attend all 6 teaching days to complete the course. When applying, applicants must also send a copy of a certificate of completion of a substantial introductory mindfulness-based programme, such as the eight-week Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Programme or Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). To be acceptable other introductory courses must fulfil the following criteria:

(i) deliver at least 12 teaching hours
(ii) require home practice of mindfulness and mindfulness meditations
(iii) have an interactive component such that the learner’s developing practice is discussed with the tutor, whether in class, online, via SKYPE or telephone
If you fulfill the eligibility criteria and wish to apply for the course, please complete the application form.

What are some the differences between this course and the MBSR Teacher Training?

The IMCPP Course will allow you to teach on a 1:1 basis as well as offer bespoke courses for specialist groups.You will also gain a professional clinical qualification recognised by the UK Network of Teacher Training organisations. The emphasis of this course is on the therapeutic and neuro-scientific aspects of mindfulness with specific training in compassion itself.

Please note that this training can count towards the elective hours required for the Yogacampus Yoga Therapy Diploma.

Times

09.30 to 17.00 each day with a one-hour lunch break.

Eligibility

Students must already have a qualification at the equivalent of Level 3 (for example A Levels or Foundation Diploma) plus fulfil the requirements of either Group A or Group B below:

Group A:
A professional practice based on a qualification in healthcare, social care or a related field, with evidence of current membership of the appropriate professional regulatory body.
e.g. medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, osteopathy, chiropractic, acupuncture, psychotherapy, counselling, art therapy, social work, support work.

Group B:
A professional practice based on a certificated training in a complementary healthcare field, with evidence of current membership of an appropriate professional body, for at least one year. For example: hypnotherapy, dance therapy, music therapy, complementary medicine, coaching, yoga teaching, yoga therapy, bodywork e.g. massage therapy, Alexander technique.

Applicants must also have done a substantial introductory mindfulness-based programme, such as the eight-week Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Programme or Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). However if you do have a long and sustained history of regular meditation, then we will consider your application but will need to explore with you your prior meditation background.

Capacity

24

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Well Woman Yoga Therapy Training

With Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, Sivani Mata
22–26 Nov 2017, 17:38–17:38

Kagyu Samye Dzong Tibetan Buddhist Centre
15 Spa Road, Bermondsey,, London SE16 3SA

+44 (0)20 3327 1650

£695

This course is all about yoga for women’s health and vital energy throughout our lives. It shares techniques to feel, nurture and build the feminine energy of Shakti for the practical healing and benefit of women in all stages of life. This approach to yoga therapy for women’s well-being is founded upon the understanding that conscious respectful awareness of the menstrual cycle, and of cycles in women’s lives are crucial to female vitality, self-respect and spiritual empowerment.

The Well Woman yoga therapy training (also known as Womb Yoga) is for yoga teachers and experienced yoga practitioners who sense that yoga could be of more practical use to all women in managing health, vital energy and well-being. It is also suitable for holistic health-care practitioners with a sound yoga background who are working in the field of women’s health and would like to integrate the healing benefits of yoga with their own therapeutic practice.

The course presents therapeutic and enlivening yoga practices to support all experiences of femininity throughout a woman’s life. Topics covered included menstruation, pre-menstrual tension, fertility, subfertility, optimal fertility, assisted conception, feminine sexuality, perimenopausal mood swings, headaches, hot flushes and post-menopausal health concerns including osteoporosis. It addresses health issues related to the female pelvic organs, including postnatal recovery and prolapse, and other issues of concern to women in particular, such as menstrual pain, low self-esteem, depression, anaemia and eating disorders.

All these issues are addressed within the context of a yoga therapeutic understanding of feminine emotional life, lunar cycles and the play of the elements in the female body. The course encourages you to think and feel for yourself, and aims to provide you with practical tools from yoga therapy and tantric philosophy to help you to build programmes specially suited to the needs of women seeking full vitality and well-being. Conscious respectful awareness of menstrual and other life cycles form the foundation of this approach to yoga therapy for women’s health.

The course combines theory and practice from yoga and tantra to offer you fresh perspectives, new understandings and a deep appreciation of the healing power of yoga as therapy to optimise health and delight in feminine energy. Practices taught include: asana, pranayama, mudra, bandha, deep relaxation and profound meditations including yoga nidra, sound meditations, moving meditations, visualisations and chants to the deep feminine.

The course content and philosophical background is set out in Uma Dinsmore-Tuli’s book Yoni Shakti: A woman’s guide to power and freedom through yoga and tantra. See www.yoni.shakti.co As preparation for this training you are asked to read the introduction to Yoni Shakti – freely downloadable from here. You can purchase the full book from Uma’s shop here.

Appraisal: The course concludes with a collaborative examination exercise to consolidate learning, and there are a series of short examination questions for students to complete following the end of the course.

Please note that this workshop counts towards elective hours on the Yoga Therapy Diploma.

Please be aware that this an intensive, immersive experience with two very long days. It is more than simply a training course, it can also be a deep psychic and emotional journey of self discovery. We strongly recommend that you do not plan to work (including yoga teaching) on the short evenings of the course. It is a demanding experience that requires your full energy and attention in order for you to really get the most out of it.

STATEMENT of INCLUSION

A genuine welcome and appropriate support for women considering attending any of our courses from Uma:

“Please know that I warmly welcome all women of all stages of life to my courses. My assistants and I and make every effort to ensure that everyone is genuinely supported and honoured by providing appropriate practices during courses, retreats and workshops.
There is no exclusion from practice or teaching space on account of womanly needs. For example, menstruating women are offered suitable practices to support their bleed time, menopausal woman are given opportunities to rest and/or adjust room temperature as necessary, and pregnant women are provided with the props and time and space they need to be at ease in the learning/retreat environment.

Lactating women are welcome to express milk, and/or to feed their children in comfort in the main class space if they chose, or to be provided with an alternative comfortable and appropriate space to do so. Lactating women will never be asked by myself or any of my assistants to go into the toilets to express milk or feed their babies on my courses, and menstruating, premenstrual or menopausal women will never be excluded from practice because of their current physical or emotional needs.

I walk my talk. I care very passionately indeed about the rights of women to celebrate the experiences of being a woman, including menstruating, navigating the premenstruum, ovulating, being pregnant, menopausal or breastfeeding and expressing milk. I spent three years of my life pregnant, eight years of my life breastfeeding, and seven years as a breastfeeding counsellor, where I saw that disrespectful attitudes towards breastfeeding adversely impacted on women’s confidence and capacity to breastfeed feed their children. As an advocate of conscious menstruality, I also observe that the cyclical fluxes of menstrual and menopausal experiences are neither recognised nor honoured by many yoga teaching approaches ,and this disempowers women by encouraging a disconnection from their naturally arising flow and change at emotional and physical levels.

I observe that in many yoga teaching environments there is an implicit disrespect or exclusion of menstruating, menopausal, premenstrual, pregnant or lactating women simply because their physical and emotional needs are disregarded, or seen to be inconvenient and disruptive to the general flow of teaching. As an antidote to this, I actively welcome the opportunity to met these needs in my courses and workshops as a chance to encounter a deeper and broader range of yoga practice appropriate to all stages of life.
I seek to ensure that on my courses nobody is disrespected or excluded because of their experiences or women’s life stages. Everyone is invited to be comfortable and at ease, knowing that their particular life stage experiences are honoured and welcome.”

Times

Day 1 (Wednesday): 1000 – 1800
Day 2 (Thursday): 0930 – 2000
Day 3 (Friday): 0930 – 1800
Day 4 (Saturday): 0930 – 2000
Day 5 (Sunday): 0930 – 1800

Eligibility

The course is designed for existing yoga teachers and yoga therapists. It is also open, on a case-by-case basis to trainee yoga teachers and holistic health care practitioners who have a sound personal yoga practice. For example, in previous years, the course has been attended by acupuncturists, women’s health physiotherapists, counsellors, psychotherapists, midwives, and massage therapists. If you are not a yoga teacher and the aims of this courses resonate with you, please send a short email to info@yogacampus.com outlining your yoga experience and how you see the integration of yoga therapy within your current work in women’s health.

This training counts as an elective for the Yogacampus Yoga Therapy Diploma course.

Capacity

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Hypno Yoga for Birth - London

With Janine Hurley
25 Nov – 28 Jan 2018, 16:27–16:27

The Light Centre (Moorgate)
114 London Wall,, London EC2M 5QA

020 7628 7780

£550

This course offers a 4 day (2 weekends) training for pregnancy yoga teachers to integrate hypnotherapy into their classes and to expand their therapeutic skill set. This course acknowledges the wide overlap that exists between yoga and hypnotherapy, and how seamlessly hypnosis can be integrated into the pregnancy yoga setting to achieve a therapeutic outcome.

Hypnosis is a completely natural state of absorption or focussed attention (think yoga nidra). During hypnosis we can make helpful suggestions to the unconscious mind to change behaviours, thoughts and sensations during and post hypnosis. Everyone responds uniquely to hypnosis but most describe the experience as deeply relaxing and nurturing.

Research has shown that hypnosis reduces the length of time for active labour for first time mothers and significantly reduces the need for pain relief. It also promotes more spontaneous deliveries and reduces the incidence of post natal depression.

The course will enable you to be an integrative hypnotherapist for birth within a yoga setting. It has been designed and will be taught by Janine Hurley and Lynne Tomlinson, both of whom are hypnotherapists within the NHS. Janine Hurley is also a yoga teacher who delivers the Yogacampus Pregnancy and Baby Yoga and Baby Massage trainings. Janine was also the co- author of the recent Manchester University study on the effects of ante natal yoga on maternal anxiety and depression.

Integrating hypnotherapy into your teaching will be transformative, not just as an aid for birth but also for your general classes. Yoga is hypnotic and by incorporating the finely tuned skills gained through hypnotherapy you can learn to offer students an added extra resource to delve into their intuitive true nature.

Times

9.30am to 5pm each day

Eligibility

As this teaching will build on your existing pregnancy yoga teaching, this course is for those already trained to teach pregnancy yoga.

Capacity

15

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Total Yoga Nidra Teacher and Facilitator Training - Cumbria, Stroud and further afield

With Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, Nirlipta Tuli
1 Dec Aug 2017, 15:09–10:17

Please enquire with the Yoga Nidra Network

This course trains yoga teachers and other practitioners to teach and facilitate yoga nidra with confidence in class settings, one-to-ones, and for a range of therapeutic applications. Uniquely amongst yoga nidra trainings, it offers Total Yoga Nidra, a comprehensive, inclusive and non-dogmatic approach to yoga nidra that respects and explores not only a range of practice methods, but also acknowledges a variety of different levels of experience during yoga nidra.

  • Encounter yoga nidra in its totality
  • Explore the multiple forms and levels of this remarkable yoga practice
  • Become empowered to deepen your own intuitive practice of meditative yoga nidra beyond the limits of standard trademarked and traditional forms
  • Understand the full living range of different methods, lineages and levels of total yoga nidra
  • Experience total yoga nidra as a living intelligence of the heart, an adaptogenic practice of deep healing and self-discovery
  • Grow in confidence to share responsive and appropriate total yoga nidra practice with students and clients

This training, designed and tutored by Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and Nirlipta Tuli, who together have over forty years experience of practice, teaching and working therapeutically with all forms and levels of yoga nidra, is a uniquely comparative and creative, experiential course, held in multiple locations nationally and internationally. Below is a list of upcoming trainings in Cumbria. Stroud and further afield.

Please note that Yogacampus is not taking bookings for the courses listed below and you will need to make your booking with The Yoga Nidra Network directly.

STROUD
Part One: 05 – 07 September 2017
Part Two: 07 – 09 November 2017

The course trains yoga teachers and therapists to share total yoga nidra with confidence in the class setting, in one-to-ones, both for a range of therapeutic applications, and also as a silent, internalised meditative practice that ultimately does not require the presence of an external auditory guide. The training is rooted in a depth and breadth of personal practice of yoga nidra that intelligently charts, questions and explores the total range of experiences that the practice offers. For more information or to book your place, please click here.

For more information please visit http://www.yoganidranetwork.org/

STATEMENT of INCLUSION

A genuine welcome and appropriate support for women considering attending any of our courses from Uma:

“Please know that I warmly welcome all women of all stages of life to my courses. My assistants and I and make every effort to ensure that everyone is genuinely supported and honoured by providing appropriate practices during courses, retreats and workshops.
There is no exclusion from practice or teaching space on account of womanly needs. For example, menstruating women are offered suitable practices to support their bleed time, menopausal woman are given opportunities to rest and/or adjust room temperature as necessary, and pregnant women are provided with the props and time and space they need to be at ease in the learning/retreat environment.

Lactating women are welcome to express milk, and/or to feed their children in comfort in the main class space if they chose, or to be provided with an alternative comfortable and appropriate space to do so. Lactating women will never be asked by myself or any of my assistants to go into the toilets to express milk or feed their babies on my courses, and menstruating, premenstrual or menopausal women will never be excluded from practice because of their current physical or emotional needs.

I walk my talk. I care very passionately indeed about the rights of women to celebrate the experiences of being a woman, including menstruating, navigating the premenstruum, ovulating, being pregnant, menopausal or breastfeeding and expressing milk. I spent three years of my life pregnant, eight years of my life breastfeeding, and seven years as a breastfeeding counsellor, where I saw that disrespectful attitudes towards breastfeeding adversely impacted on women’s confidence and capacity to breastfeed feed their children. As an advocate of conscious menstruality, I also observe that the cyclical fluxes of menstrual and menopausal experiences are neither recognised nor honoured by many yoga teaching approaches ,and this disempowers women by encouraging a disconnection from their naturally arising flow and change at emotional and physical levels.

I observe that in many yoga teaching environments there is an implicit disrespect or exclusion of menstruating, menopausal, premenstrual, pregnant or lactating women simply because their physical and emotional needs are disregarded, or seen to be inconvenient and disruptive to the general flow of teaching. As an antidote to this, I actively welcome the opportunity to met these needs in my courses and workshops as a chance to encounter a deeper and broader range of yoga practice appropriate to all stages of life.

I seek to ensure that on my courses nobody is disrespected or excluded because of their experiences or women’s life stages. Everyone is invited to be comfortable and at ease, knowing that their particular life stage experiences are honoured and welcome.”

Eligibility

Please enquire with The Yoga Nidra Network directly

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Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training - London 2017

With Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, Lisa White
13–17 Dec 2017, 16:12–16:12

Kagyu Samye Dzong Tibetan Buddhist Centre
15 Spa Road, Bermondsey,, London SE16 3SA

+44 (0)20 3327 1650

£695

With contributions from midwife Emma Yate and a detailed training manual this course provides both the theoretical and practical training necessary to teach yoga classes specifically for pregnant women. Sessions will include mantra, mudra, nada yoga and pranavidya practices, encouraging you to think for yourself and to develop your own style and method of teaching pregnancy yoga within a clear framework of safety guidelines. This course also includes some time on the early stage of postnatal recovery.

The emphasis of the course is on supporting healthy pregnancy through appropriate holistic yoga practices. There will be opportunities for teaching practice, as well as informal assessments during the course and you should be prepared for both a short pre-course assignment and written work during the course.

Uniquely, each day of this intensive training course begins with specially designed yoga nidra practices designed for pregnancy, and exquisitely beautiful meditations, sound practices and breath work that gives all students on the course a direct experience of the subtle power of yoga to support the transition to motherhood. There are also deep relaxation and sound practices in the afternoons, and a lot of direct and practical encounters with restorative yoga. The emphasis on practice experience and subtle yoga practice makes the learning process effortless and enjoyable.

The course has always included sessions on dealing with particular maternal adaptations to pregnancy which often cause difficulty, for example, pelvic girdle pain (PGP), pregnancy anaemia, high and low blood pressure, dizziness, heartburn, exhaustion, oedema, insomnia, haemorrhoids, lax ligaments, vulval varicosities and digestive disturbances. Strategies for dealing with these conditions include techniques for prevention, management, relief and on going self-care in one-to-one and group settings, as well as teaching a range of modifications for therapeutically appropriate yoga responses to these issues in general classes and in pregnancy yoga classes. Additionally, an entire afternoon is included on listening skills and basic ways to respond appropriately with yoga therapeutic techniques in relation to anxiety, grief, pregnancy loss, still birth and miscarriage.

In addition to specific skills for dealing with pregnancy related ailments, students also gain valuable transferable skills and experience in therapeutic and restorative yoga propping and yoga nidra, which is practised twice daily on this course

Pregnancy Yoga as Yoga Therapy

This Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training is entirely rooted in Yoga Therapy. It was originally developed by Uma as one of the modules of the old Yoga Biomedical Trust Yoga Therapy Diploma course and formed the basis of some of the trainings which she used to co-teach for Birthlight with Françoise Freedman. Much of the content grew out of Uma’s own research project (part of her special independent studies for the Yoga Therapy Diploma) into appropriately supportive and nurturing yoga for pregnancy, which she conducted during her own pregnancy with her eldest son. The course has been developed and expanded over the years to include the work Uma did when teaching yoga therapy classes for pregnant women at King’s College Hospital and St Thomas’s Hospital, which classes formed the basis of both her Teach Yourself Yoga for Pregnancy and Birth book (Hodder Education) and Mother’s Breath which is a set text on the course.

“In my experience of running this course for the past fifteen years, I observe that yoga teachers who take this course leave with a transformed understanding of the importance of yoga therapy skills in relation to pregnant women, which they then transfer out across all of their yoga teaching.” – Uma Dinsmore-Tuli

STATEMENT of INCLUSION

A genuine welcome and appropriate support for women considering attending any of our courses from Uma:

“Please know that I warmly welcome all women of all stages of life to my courses. My assistants and I and make every effort to ensure that everyone is genuinely supported and honoured by providing appropriate practices during courses, retreats and workshops.
There is no exclusion from practice or teaching space on account of womanly needs. For example, menstruating women are offered suitable practices to support their bleed time, menopausal woman are given opportunities to rest and/or adjust room temperature as necessary, and pregnant women are provided with the props and time and space they need to be at ease in the learning/retreat environment.

Lactating women are welcome to express milk, and/or to feed their children in comfort in the main class space if they chose, or to be provided with an alternative comfortable and appropriate space to do so. Lactating women will never be asked by myself or any of my assistants to go into the toilets to express milk or feed their babies on my courses, and menstruating, premenstrual or menopausal women will never be excluded from practice because of their current physical or emotional needs.

I walk my talk. I care very passionately indeed about the rights of women to celebrate the experiences of being a woman, including menstruating, navigating the premenstruum, ovulating, being pregnant, menopausal or breastfeeding and expressing milk. I spent three years of my life pregnant, eight years of my life breastfeeding, and seven years as a breastfeeding counsellor, where I saw that disrespectful attitudes towards breastfeeding adversely impacted on women’s confidence and capacity to breastfeed feed their children. As an advocate of conscious menstruality, I also observe that the cyclical fluxes of menstrual and menopausal experiences are neither recognised nor honoured by many yoga teaching approaches ,and this disempowers women by encouraging a disconnection from their naturally arising flow and change at emotional and physical levels.

I observe that in many yoga teaching environments there is an implicit disrespect or exclusion of menstruating, menopausal, premenstrual, pregnant or lactating women simply because their physical and emotional needs are disregarded, or seen to be inconvenient and disruptive to the general flow of teaching. As an antidote to this, I actively welcome the opportunity to met these needs in my courses and workshops as a chance to encounter a deeper and broader range of yoga practice appropriate to all stages of life.
I seek to ensure that on my courses nobody is disrespected or excluded because of their experiences or women’s life stages. Everyone is invited to be comfortable and at ease, knowing that their particular life stage experiences are honoured and welcome.”

Times

TIMES
Wednesday: 10.00 to 18.00
Thursday: 09.30 to 18.00 and 18.30 to 20.00
Friday:09.30 to 18.00
Saturday: 09.30 to 18.00 and 18.30 to 21.00
Sunday: 09.30 to 18.00

Eligibility

Open to existing yoga teachers of any yoga tradition with an interest in teaching specialist pregnancy classes and to trainee yoga teachers from any teacher training course, so long as you have some experience of teaching. If you fulfil this requirement you can book the course on-line below and DO NOT need to complete the application form.
We also will consider applications from midwives and medical practitioners who have a strong yoga practice. In this case you must complete the application form below and email it to info@yogacampus.com for approval before you book onto the course.

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Yin Yoga: Minds, Meridians, Moments - Manchester 2018

With Norman Blair
20–24 Jun 2018, 17:19–17:19

Yogacampus Manchester
293A Deansgate (behind Philip Jones estate agents and opposite the Hilton Hotel), Manchester M3 4EW

0161 834 6283

£600

Yin yoga can give us the space to slow down, a chance to stay with our experiences rather than always rushing. In a Yin yoga practice, all the postures are sitting – and all the postures are held for sustained periods of time (often five minutes). Within these long holds there is an encouragement of softness and an emphasis on relaxing muscular tissue. Through these attitudes there can be a gaining of harmony and peace: so there is a greater ease, a deeper sense of balance, feelings of calmness and acceptance.

This five day training will explore the possibilities and examine the potentials of this practice. We will embed ourselves in the practice: looking at the postures, discussing variations and learning teaching skills. The reasons and the results of practising this form will be explained. There will be investigation of the postures, examples of sequencing and plenty of time to evaluate our own experience. Norman will be joined by expert teachers to cover anatomy of Yin yoga, meditation, and neuroscience/breath in Yin yoga. Central themes covered by Norman will include awareness, intention, attending to individuality of anatomy: each of us having our own unique biology ,and our own unique biography. You will learn and experience sequences that can deepen inner quietening, that can open the hips, that can encourage reflection to name but a few.

In our Yang world, Yin yoga is becoming increasingly popular. Come along and find out how this staying in poses can profoundly influence the quality of our well-being: as well as physical stretching, this form of practice impacts on our energetic body, our mental states and our emotions. Learn from experiencing this practice first hand how you can incorporate Yin yoga in your practicing and your teaching.

The training is open to teachers and teachers in training, as well those with an established understanding and practice of Yin yoga.

Please be aware that successful completion of the course is subject to pre-reading and post course work. Details will be sent to students upon registering for the course.

Recommended Reading
Brightening Our Inner Skies: Yin and Yoga

Times

10am to 5pm each day with a 60 minute lunch break

Eligibility

The training is open to teachers and teachers in training, as well those with an established understanding and practice of Yin yoga.

Capacity

30