Aimed at experienced yoga students and teachers, Yogacampus offers a range of 5- or 6-day yoga intensive training courses (30+ hours of tuition) taught by a selection of leading international teachers.

Yogacampus also offers Yoga Teacher Training Courses in London and Yorkshire.

Browse all upcoming Yogacampus intensive training courses below and book online, or contact the Yogacampus office.

For more information on Yogacampus training courses please visit the Yogacampus website.

Total Yoga Nidra Teacher and Facilitator Training

With Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, Nirlipta Tuli, Ben Wolff
3 Nov – 9 Dec 2017

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

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 Immersion Experience: Comparative and Creative Forms of Yoga Nidra , formerly known as 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

Are you pregnant? Breastfeeding? Or perhaps you want to know more about your eligibility – Please click here to download the Statement of Inclusion document which is a genuine welcome from Uma and details the appropriate support for women considering attending any of her courses.

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

Integrating Mindfulness and Compassion in Professional Practice

With Karen Atkinson
10 Nov – 20 Apr 2018

Yogacampus London
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

£1385 payable in full or £1485 payable in 3 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. Please contact info@yogacampus.com to pay the discounted rate of £1385 in full.

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.

Details at yogacampus.com

Are you interested in bringing the benefits of mindfulness, self-compassion and compassion to others?
Do you wish to work with people on a one-to-one basis?
Perhaps you wish to move beyond delivering simple meditation practices as part of your yoga classes?

Then you might consider becoming a MindfulnessUK Trained Teacher. This course is suitable for yoga teachers, yoga therapists, those interested in meditation and those who want Continued Professional Development.

The Integrating Mindfulness and Compassion in Professional Practice training is accredited by the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding body through which you will discover in-depth practices to enable you to offer therapeutic Mindfulness and Compassion for your clients. This advanced training assumes that you have already studied the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction programme (or similar) and is the only training of this level currently being offered in the UK.

Mindfulness UK is a Registered Training Centre and a Member of the UK Network of Mindfulness based Teacher Training Organisations. The training 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

Relax and Restore: Restorative Yoga Immersion

With Adelene Cheong
22–26 Nov 2017

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

To ‘rest’, to ‘relax’ and to ‘restore’ is a natural vital process in our lives. Rest supports optimal physiological functioning, and promotes healing and growth. During rest, one’s autonomic nervous system switches from sympathetic-dominance to parasympathetic-dominance, regeneration and restoration is accelerated. Research has shown that relaxation and rest is essential to everyone of all ages and culture, size and shape.

Come and learn the science and art of Restorative Yoga, the skills to practice active relaxation. This immersion supports ample space and time for learning, reflection and integration. Whether your intention is to deepen personal understanding of restorative practices, or to offer it to family / friends, or to teach and share this healing practice, there will be comprehensive coverage of both the theoretical and practical application of restorative yoga.

This comprehensive immersion offers 30 hours of study and practice of:

  • Physiology of relaxation, and the Autonomic Nervous System
  • Continuum of consciousness
  • Relaxation skills / tools
  • Sensory & somatic intelligence
  • Sequencing a practice
  • Variations to adapt and modify, creative use of props​
  • Teaching skills and ethics
  • Adjustments and touch
  • Group vs One-to-one
  • Relaxation and Five Koshas (Physical, Energetic, Emotional, Mental, Pure Being)
  • The process of reflection and integration

Option for certification (additional fee of £100 applies):

Upon successful completion of 30 hours immersion and a follow-up project, trainees will receive a certificate of completion, be offered to join an invitation-only online forum, and also be listed on www.restorativeyogateachers.com, which is a widely promoted site by Judith Hanson Lasater and Adelene Cheong for this work.

Times

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

Eligibility

Open to yoga teachers, teachers in training and keen practitioners of restorative yoga.

Capacity

30

Well Woman Yoga Therapy Training

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

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

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

Are you pregnant? Breastfeeding? Do you have young children? Or perhaps you want to know more about your eligibility – Please click here to download the Statement of Inclusion document which is a genuine welcome from Uma and details the appropriate support for women considering attending any of her courses.

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

45

Hypno Yoga for Birth - London

With Janine Hurley
25 Nov – 28 Jan 2018

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

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.

Find out more from course tutor Janine about what this course has to offer:


Untitled from Yoga Creative Calm on Vimeo.

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

The (He)art of Authentic Teaching

With Tanja Mickwitz
1 Dec 2017

Yogacampus London
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

As with anything in life it is easy to become distracted on our path as teachers. We can become overly focused on what others are doing, what we think we should be teaching, what sells and what we believe our students want. But the teaching which truly transmits and lands with students can only come from one place – your heart.

In this workshop we will look at some key ingredients to teaching from your truth to become the most effective and connected teacher you can be. The journey starts with getting very clear on the ‘why’ – what is your main motivation for teaching and how can this be crafted into a succinct teaching sankalpa. A specific sankalpa for teaching serves as an anchor into what truly matters to you and keeps you connected every time you teach. With a clear sankalpa the next step is the foundation of having a sadhana which supports you. We will look at ways to commit to practice in a sustainable way that fits in with busy schedules. It is essential to keep nourishing the seeker within to be able to give generously as a teacher. The final part of the workshop will be spent working on how to incorporate your sankalpa into teaching in practical means. We will work on teaching skills and finding your own authentic voice as you connect to what is true to you.

Taking time to reconnect to your dharma as a teacher will energise and inspire your teaching as well as deepen your ability to connect with students.

Times

9.30am to 5pm with one hour for lunch

Eligibility

Open to yoga teachers and teachers in training.

Capacity

30

Bespoke Yoga: Demystifying 1-1 Teaching Re-run

With Sarah Litton
2 Dec 2017

The Arc Centre
98b St Paul Street, London N1 7DF

Teaching yoga in a class setting requires a different skillset to teaching clients on a 1-1 basis. So how do we confidently gain and safely utilise these skills? In this day-long workshop, Sarah Litton will be offering practical tips and skills to prepare you for teaching on a 1-1 basis. With a focus on integrating yogic principles, Sarah will show you how to structure your private session to include asana and postural analysis, philosophy and energetics to help bring balance to your client. This session will also positively inform your class teaching if you are teaching small groups.

Principles covered in the workshop:

Yoga Asana and Postural Analysis
No individual is perfectly aligned physically, so it is important to understand how to identify postural imbalances and how they may manifest in a yoga practice. If not specifically addressed, postural imbalances can become greater the more we practice, thus increasing the potential for injury. By learning how to identify these tendencies in our clients, we are more able to assist them to self-correct with intelligence, thus rebalancing their bodies and their practice over time.

Philosophy and Spirituality
By incorporating the philosophy of The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, we can learn how to balance the mind as we align the body, which can significantly decrease anxiety and stress levels.

Koshas and the Energetic Body
The internal alignment of the Bandhas (via the three diaphragms), the Anamaya, Pranamaya and Manamaya Koshas, along with the correct mechanics of breathing – offer our clients the practical means by which to deepen inner awareness and create the optimum conditions required for a safe and life-long practice.

Sarah Litton has been a Board Member and on the Teaching Faculty of the Yogacampus Level 1 Teacher Training Programme since its inception in 2003 and has also taught on the Yoga Therapy Diploma Course. She teaches Pranayama, Philosophy and all aspects of Yoga Asana, specialising in 1-1 sessions for rehabilitation and correctional work.

Times

9.30am to 5pm with lunch.

Eligibility

Open to yoga teachers and trainee teachers.

Capacity

20

Anatomy Centred Approach to Alignment

With Zephyr Wildman
2–3 Dec 2017

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

The way we carry ourselves sends a message to the world conveying our state of mind, perspective and our physical health. To the trained eye posture is the tell-all for those suffering from pain and those that live in balance. The foundation of our body is inherently based on our feet, knees and hips and a little bit of TLC in those areas can have remarkable effects for our overall health. Our main objective with this workshop is to re-educate the body for pain-free movement by restoring postural balance, increase self-knowledge in dynamic flow, habits and routine and most importantly re-learn how to carry ourselves off the yoga mat.

We will look at specific alignment issues and causes of pain with a focus on the spine and postural integrity. Evaluation of posture will be our focus, however it takes more than just good posture to maintain good health and balance. We will explore methods of assessing problems with movement issues, the three diaphragms and also discuss the myofacial planes. We will explore techniques for dealing with Flexion and Extension Syndrome, while putting a special focus on understanding the focal points of weakness, stability and how they are affected by our lifestyle and genetic predisposition.

This workshop will introduce the importance and functions of the Pelvic Girdle. We will discuss and develop techniques for assessing problem areas and imbalance within the uniqueness of every pelvis. Hands on practice of applying and developing techniques that build alignment, flexibility and stability of the pelvis to alleviate pain and aid balanced holistic health. Zephyr will instruct students on bespoke yoga asana and basic massage techniques to alleviate misalignments and pain due to every day lifestyle problems.

Throughout the workshop there will be focus on anatomy and function of the feet, knees and hips. Working from the ground up, we will learn to see the body in action and how the interconnected lines of intelligence inform our patterns of movement and sometimes can result in pain. Approaching the feet, knees and hips as, literally, the foundations of our bodies’ health and balance, we will evaluate the alignment of the feet and legs and discuss how to assess alignment highlighting common problems, misalignments and causes of pain. By looking at the feet, knees and hips as the foundation for the spine and the connections the spine has to the rest of the body, we understand that this foundation is critical to supporting that well-being and balance for the entire body. The metaphor for the Middle Path as our centre of balance is well illustrated in the application of techniques for this session. Zephyr will use yoga asana and massage techniques as well as customised sequencing to create paths to long term healing.

Times

10am to 5pm each day with a 1-hour lunch break. Please arrive by 9.45am at the latest

Eligibility

Open to yoga teachers and teachers in training, as well as those interested in anatomy and alignment.

Capacity

30

Liberate Nidra Shakti: Creative Explorations in Total Yoga Nidra

With Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, Nirlipta Tuli, Ben Wolff
9 Dec 2017

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

This experiential day-long workshop is open to everyone who is currently practicing, sharing and teaching yoga nidra.

All yoga nidra teachers/yoga therapists/health care practitioners who are currently practicing and working with yoga nidra are invited to attend this day of continuing professional development. It is emphatically non-dogmatic and non-denominational, respecting and welcoming teachers of all forms and from all schools of yoga nidra. The day counts as continuing professional development (CPD) for teachers who have completed prior trainings with Uma, Nirlipta and the Yoga Nidra Network, and can also count towards CPD points for other yoga teachers and teachers/therapists who have prior trainings in yoga nidra or clinical hypnotherapy. Mental health care practitioners and health care practitioners with a practice of yoga nidra, and experience of sharing yoga nidra with their clients are also welcome to attend the day, provided they have a living interest in and regular practice of yoga nidra.

The intention of this day is to inspire creative explorations in total yoga nidra. We will provide practical experience of responsive, open and creative and inspirational yoga nidra that supports health, wellness and creativity. A range of different yoga nidra practices will be shared, and relevant case studies discussed.

Current exciting developments worldwide across a number of different lineages in the US and Europe will be presented, and by end of the day, participants will have an up to date understanding of the key recent explorations liberating our understanding of the scope of the practice of yoga nidra.

There will be plenty of opportunities for questions and discussions of specific issues relation to total yoga nidra and health. This means that if you have specific personal or professional interests relating to yoga nidra that you are invited to bring your questions and experiences to share with the group. The programme is open to responsive, intuitive attunements and adjustments to meet the specific needs of those attending.

Suggested pre-course listening and reading
Total Yoga Nidra tracks freely downloadable from www.yoganidranetwork.org – check out those by the tutors Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, Ben Wolff and Nirlipta Tuli.

Learning resources provided for participants after the course
Audio recordings of practices shared on the day will be made available through www.yoganidranetwork.org site, you will need to create an account on this site (either as a student or as a teacher) and then our dedicated student support worker, Priyal will be in touch with you to ensure that you have received access to download the nidras recorded during the workshop, and also to send you access to an online feedback survey. Please be sure to look out for emails from priyal@yoganidranetwork.org

Times

9.30am to 4.30pm.

Eligibility

Open to all yoga teachers/yoga therapists/health care practitioners who are currently practicing and working with yoga nidra.

Capacity

27

Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training - London 2017

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

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

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

Are you pregnant? Breastfeeding? Do you have young children? Or perhaps you want to know more about your eligibility – Please click here to download the Statement of Inclusion document which is a genuine welcome from Uma and details the appropriate support for women considering attending any of her courses.

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.

Capacity

32

Yoni Shakti - The Ten Wisdom Goddesses (Living with the Mahavidyas)

With Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, Sivani Mata
15 Dec 2017

Yogacampus London
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

This experiential day long workshop explores how the potent power of the ten great wisdom goddesses can be experienced through yoga. Meet the great wisdom goddesses and celebrate every stage of women’s lives, from menarche, with the luscious Sodasi, the sixteen year old goddess, through to the crowning wisdom of Dhumavati, the grandmother goddess. Learn how the Dasa Mahavidyas can support the experience of the female siddhis: initiatory experiences granting insight, wisdom and empowerment.

The intention of this day is to provide practical experience of breath (pranayama), rhythmic and restorative yoga postures (asana), gestures (mudra), heart-based meditations (yoga nidra) and deep, joyful heart songs (kirtan) that celebrate every part of being woman. The programme is open to responsive, intuitive attunements and adjustments to meet the specific needs of those attending.

It is open to all women and to yoga teachers/ yoga therapists/ health care practitioners/ midwives / doulas who are interested in attending, either for themselves personally, or for their students and clients. The day counts as continuing professional development (CPD) for teachers who have completed prior trainings with Uma, and can also count towards CPD points for general yoga teachers and teachers/therapists who have prior trainings in yoga therapy for women’s health.

Optional suggested course reading (before, during and after the day workshop): Yoni Shakti by Uma Dinsmore-Tuli

Times

9.30am to 5pm with 1 hour for lunch.

Eligibility

Open to all.

Capacity

30

Making Sense of Income Tax for Self-Employed Yoga Teachers

With Abdul Jamal
5 Jan 2018

Yogacampus London
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

This workshop provides an insight into what it means to be self-employed with regards to tax, VAT, self-assessments and other requirements set by HMRC. During the afternoon session, you will receive practical guidance on how to register as self-employed or as a limited company and to fill out a tax return. In addition, the workshop will address issues around expenses, preparing for the possibility of a tax investigation, and will provide tips on how to avoid fines and penalties.

The afternoon will cover:

  • What is self-employment
  • Is it better to trade through a limited company
  • What is VAT and who needs to be registered
  • The stage at which HMRC needs to be notified
  • Whether it is better to engage a tax agent or not
  • The four classes of National Insurance
  • When tax and NI need to be paid
  • What is a tax return
  • The reason why tax and NI is often paid in advance
  • The types of expenses that can be offset against income
  • Expenses particular to yoga teachers such as ongoing training, travel in the UK and abroad, workshops run by teachers, the use of home for work, and yoga clothing
  • Expenses incurred prior to becoming self-employed
  • Expenses paid in cash
  • Income received in cash

In addition, we will look at how best to keep good accounting records using a sample scenario on Excel.

This workshop is open to all existing yoga teachers, trainee teachers looking to register as self-employed, yoga therapists and other complementary health practitioners with an interest in self-employment.

Times

14.00-16.30

Eligibility

This workshop is open to all existing yoga teachers, trainee teachers looking to register as self-employed, yoga therapists and other complementary health practitioners with an interest in self-employment.

Capacity

30

Total Yoga Nidra Immersion Experience: Comparative and Creative Forms of Yoga Nidra - Manchester

With Nirlipta Tuli, Gillian Shippey, Janice Wong
6–7 Jan 2018

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

Awaken your consciousness of sleep and dream through the tantric practice of expanded awareness for lucid living. Become alive to the source of well-being, happiness and purpose in every dimension of life.

We understand yoga nidra to be the most transformative, potent and remarkably adaptive of all yoga practices. Yoga nidra is in fact not really a single practice, but rather an experience of altered states of consciousness, essentially meditative experiences which can be used therapeutically for healing, as well as to enhance creativity and productivity and to improve sleep and general health.

Formerly known as ‘The Total Yoga Nidra Open Access Foundation Weekend’, Total Yoga Nidra Immersion Experience: Comparative and Creative Forms of Yoga Nidra is a self-contained and complete retreat style immersion (non-residential) open to anyone with an interest in experiencing Total Yoga Nidra. It is both a standalone weekend course that covers all the fundamentals of Total Yoga Nidra, as well as being a pre-requisite for moving on to the full Total Yoga Nidra Teacher Training that starts in 2016. The intention of this part of the course is to offer an accessible and profound immersion in the experience of Total Yoga Nidra, providing a perfect opportunity for those who have encountered other partial or limited forms of the practice to meet the full spectrum of approaches to yoga nidra.

What’s in the foundation course?

A combination of theory and practice to give you a sound foundation (or to deepen your existing foundation) of understanding about what yoga nidra is in the broadest sense, and how it works, together with plenty of live, responsive and practical experiences of a full range of yoga nidra. We will cover:

1. Welcome to Yoga Nidra
2. History and Development
3. Intentions, and How They Shape the Practice
4. Comparative Structures
5. Comparative Rotations of Consciousness
6. The Science of Yoga Nidra
7. The Philosophy of Yoga Nidra
8. Liminality & Creativity
9. Sleep, Memory & Dreams
10. Trance: Hypnosis & Yoga Nidra
11. Yoga Nidra as a Meditative Practice
12. Sankalpa
13. Yoga Nidra & Bhakti Yoga
14. Growing your Own Practice

Times

10.30am to 5pm each day with a lunch break

Eligibility

Open to anyone with an interest in practising yoga nidra. No teaching experience needed.

Capacity

30

Teaching Yoga and Mindfulness for Children

With Jyoti Manuel, Ayala Homossany, Emma Naisbett, Dr Katya Langmuur, Beryl Lovegrove
12 Jan – 11 Mar 2018

The London School of Capoeira
Unit 1 and 2, Leeds Place, London N4 3RF

Teaching Yoga and Mindfulness to Children will give you an extensive set of tools to help children navigate the challenges of life and highlight their natural joy and peace. This is one of the most comprehensive courses of its kind in the UK. The strategies taught will prepare you to inspire children to independently integrate the holistic benefits of yoga and meditation into their lifestyle.

Course Outcomes:

  • You will learn different approaches to help children from the age of 2 – 13 years embrace their full potential through the practise of yoga
  • You will learn from highly experienced practitioners in the field of mindfulness and meditation to explore engaging, fun and creative practices
  • You will learn extensive tools to learn to create a mindful space for children giving them life long tools to enhance their wellbeing and confidence

Topics Covered:

(Please note the topics covered are provided as a guide on what to expect throughout the experience.)

Topic 1 – Introducing the Yoga Practice
You will be provided with a background to the evolution of our practice and the possibilities of Yoga. Whether you are a parent, teacher or therapist, we will provide you with the personal and practical knowledge to enter various situations ready to bring the best out of the child.

Topic 2 – Practitioner & Child
You will be guided through how to develop relationships with children and their carers. A positive intention will be established from the outset, and you will be encouraged to celebrate the child’s strengths as you support them in embracing their potential.

Topic 3 – Teaching Yoga Through the Ages (Includes live kids classes)
A series of live classes displaying how to approach techniques with specific ages groups will make for a lively experience. Get a first-hand insight of how to address various requirements of a class and become more certain of your talent in delivering this discipline.

Topic 4 -Family Yoga
Learn how to deliver yoga and mindfulness to families.

Topic 5 – Sound and Breathing Techniques
Develop an understanding of how to help children access the tool of their breath. we will also explore the use sound, rhythm and singing as a valuable part of the practise.

Topic 6 – Asanas
Asanas are the yoga poses. They help to realign, balance and strengthen the body. The course leaders will guide you through how to adapt poses for the different ages, to build sequences and to nurture the potential within.

Topic 7 – Meditation and Mindfulness
Special Yoga methodology encourages a mindful practice in all aspects, inviting a deeper physical and emotional awareness of the body for both yourself and the child.

Topic 8 – Children With Special Needs
You will gain an understanding of how to meet the needs of children in the mainstream environment.

Topic 9 – Yoga in Schools
You will be guided through a variety of styles to suit teaching yoga in schools. This will involve teaching yoga for a school play scheme, as an after-school club activity and ways to effectively integrate yoga as part of a lesson plan.

Topic 10 – Applying Special Yoga
A series of case studies and live children’s classes will provide you with a deeper insight into how the core principles can be practically applied.

Topic 11 – Creating a Class
You will learn how to pose questions, challenge behaviours and become aware of a child’s range of abilities to help tailor your practice accordingly.

What experience do I need for this course?

This course is open to all, including people who do not teach yoga professionally. if you are not a yoga teacher or a trainee yoga teacher you will need to provide a reference from your yoga teacher. Regular attendees of this course include but are not limited to:

  • Occupational therapists
  • Yoga teachers and yoga therapists
  • Trainee yoga teachers
  • School teachers and staff
  • Parents

Teaching Style:

You will be guided through highly effective and accessible strategies for integrating the remedial advantages of Special Yoga methodology into the lives of children with special needs. With these skills you will have the ability to tailor various settings to the specific needs of the child or group you support.

Once payment has been made, you will be emailed a registration form for completion prior to your booking being finalised.

Times

Weekends 1 and 3: 9.30am to 5.30pm each day
Weekends 2 and 4: 9am to 5.30pm each day

Eligibility

Open to yoga teachers, school teachers, yoga practitioners, therapists and parents with an interest in the healing art of yoga.

Capacity

30

Dreamsong Yoga Nidra and Your Voice:  Vocal Explorations for Yoga Nidra Teachers

With Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, Susie Ro-Prater
12 Jan 2018

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

*We will rest together in multiple practices of well supported deep Total Yoga Nidra experiences, and we shall sing together, and explore our voices in many practical experiences of responsive, open and creative and inspirational voice and body that supports the richness and heartfelt authenticity of our voices however we choose to use them. A range of different singing, and other vocal practices will be shared, and harmonies explored.

There will be plenty of opportunities for questions and discussions of specific issues relation to total yoga nidra and health. This means that if you have specific personal or professional interests relating to yoga nidra that you are invited to bring your questions and experiences to share with the group. The programme is open to responsive, intuitive attunements and adjustments to meet the specific needs of those attending.

You will experience and learn

  • multiple nourishing yoga nidra practices
  • multiple valuable vocal techniques for deepening connection and confidence with your voice
  • multiple pranayama tools (breath techniques) to support voice projection and power
  • multiple methods for integrating voice and heartfelt authenticity for use in teaching

This experiential day-long workshop is open to everyone who is currently practicing, sharing and teaching yoga (nidra). It is emphatically non-dogmatic and non-denominational, respecting and welcoming teachers of all forms and from all schools of yoga (nidra). The day counts as continuing professional development (CPD) for teachers who have completed prior trainings with Uma, and the Yoga Nidra Network, and can also count towards CPD points for other yoga teachers and teachers/therapists who have prior trainings in yoga (nidra). Mental health care practitioners and health care practitioners with a practice of yoga nidra, and experience of sharing yoga (nidra) with their clients are also welcome to attend the day, provided they have a living interest in and regular practice of yoga (nidra).

Suggested pre-course listening and reading
Total Yoga Nidra tracks freely downloadable from www.yoganidranetwork.org and links to Susie’s vocal work at http://www.susiero.co.uk/

Learning resources provided for participants after the course
Audio recordings of practices shared on the day will be made available through www.yoganidranetwork.org site, you will need to create an account on this site (either as a student or as a teacher) and then our dedicated student support worker, Priyal will be in touch with you to ensure that you have received access to download the nidras recorded during the workshop, and also to send you access to an online feedback survey. Please be sure to look out for emails from priyal@yoganidranetwork.org

Your tutors
Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and Susie-Ro Prater love to share this work together, and have developed this beautiful combination of Yoga Nidra and Voicework in a number of retreats, festivals and workshops in Portugal and the UK.

Times

10am to 5.30pm with a break for lunch.

Eligibility

Open to all yoga teachers/yoga therapists/health care practitioners who are currently practicing and working with yoga nidra.

Capacity

45

Total Yoga Nidra Immersion Experience: Comparative and Creative Forms of Yoga Nidra - 2018

With Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, Nirlipta Tuli, Ben Wolff
13–14 Jan 2018

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

Awaken your consciousness of sleep and dream through the tantric practice of expanded awareness for lucid living. Become alive to the source of well-being, happiness and purpose in every dimension of life.

We understand yoga nidra to be the most transformative, potent and remarkably adaptive of all yoga practices. Yoga nidra is in fact not really a single practice, but rather an experience of altered states of consciousness, essentially meditative experiences which can be used therapeutically for healing, as well as to enhance creativity and productivity and to improve sleep and general health.

Formerly known as ‘The Total Yoga Nidra Open Access Foundation Weekend’, Total Yoga Nidra Immersion Experience: Comparative and Creative Forms of Yoga Nidra is a self-contained and complete retreat style immersion (non-residential) open to anyone with an interest in experiencing Total Yoga Nidra. It is both a standalone weekend course that covers all the fundamentals of Total Yoga Nidra, as well as being a pre-requisite for moving on to the full Total Yoga Nidra Teacher and Facilitator Training. The intention of this part of the course is to offer an accessible and profound immersion in the experience of Total Yoga Nidra, providing a perfect opportunity for those who have encountered other partial or limited forms of the practice to meet the full spectrum of approaches to yoga nidra.

What’s in the foundation course?

A combination of theory and practice to give you a sound foundation (or to deepen your existing foundation) of understanding about what yoga nidra is in the broadest sense, and how it works, together with plenty of live, responsive and practical experiences of a full range of yoga nidra. We will cover:

1. Welcome to Yoga Nidra
2. History and Development
3. Intentions, and How They Shape the Practice
4. Comparative Structures
5. Comparative Rotations of Consciousness
6. The Science of Yoga Nidra
7. The Philosophy of Yoga Nidra
8. Liminality & Creativity
9. Sleep, Memory & Dreams
10. Trance: Hypnosis & Yoga Nidra
11. Yoga Nidra as a Meditative Practice
12. Sankalpa
13. Yoga Nidra & Bhakti Yoga
14. Growing your Own Practice

Please note: this Total Yoga Nidra Foundation is also available through the Yoga Nidra Network at other locations and online

STATEMENT OF INCLUSION

Are you pregnant? Breastfeeding? Do you have young children? Or perhaps you want to know more about your eligibility – Please click here to download the Statement of Inclusion document which is a genuine welcome from Uma and details the appropriate support for women considering attending any of her courses.

Times

Saturday – 10.30am to 5.30pm
Sunday – 9.30am to 4.30pm

Please note: mats, bolsters and blankets are provided by the teachers, but if you have a special desire or preference to use your own mat and blanket please do bring them along.

Eligibility

Open to anyone with an interest in practising yoga nidra. No teaching experience needed.

Capacity

45

Emergency First Aid at Work Certificate

With Paul Woodhouse
28 Jan 2018

West London Buddhist Centre
Royal Oak House, 45a Porchester Rd, London W2 5DP

This 1 day *Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) training course is a Level 2 QCF Award and makes anyone who completes it a formally qualified emergency first aider. You will obtain a nationally recognised certificate which is valid for 3 years however Mike will specifically address the types of emergencies a yoga teacher is more likely to come across in a class settings.

Course content

Our emergency first aid course covers the following topics:

  • Aims and principles of first aid and the roles and responsibilities of a first aider
  • What to do in an emergency Prioritising injuries and action in an emergency
  • How to provide immediate medical care in an emergency
  • How to assess if someone is unconscious, whether or not they are breathing and how and when to put them into the recovery position or start CPR
  • We will cover common accidents and injuries and empower you with the skills and confidence to provide an immediate and appropriate first aid response
  • Treatment of an unconscious casualty who is breathing – recovery position
  • Treatment of an unconscious casualty who is not breathing – CPR
  • Importance of a defibrillator and how to use an AED
  • Assessment and treatment of a casualty who is wounded or bleeding
  • Assessment and treatment of miscellaneous medical conditions
  • Record keeping and accident forms

Times

9.30am to 4.30pm with 30 minutes for lunch

Eligibility

Open to all.

Capacity

12

Yoga for Anxiety and Depression - 2018

With Lisa Kaley-Isley
31 Jan – 4 Feb 2018

Yogacampus London
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

Emotions, just like everything else that can be experienced, are parts of the continuum that is our whole potential as human beings. Anxiety is over-stimulation of the body and mind that has a quality of restless movement to it. Depression can be experienced as the opposite, with the felt quality of heaviness, stuckness, and inertia. In depression the mind might be busy or dull, but most often it’s busy with repeating the same thoughts. The thoughts want to be repeated without being acted upon, and the body barely wants to move. The reality is many of us experience both of these states, sometimes in oscillation, and sometimes at the same time. Anxiety and depression each interfere with effective action and thus they are the original mental impediments and sources of suffering the yoga practices were developed to affect. Centuries later we still battle with our minds. Fortunately, we also still have access to the time tested yoga tools that have helped many more before us develop the capacity to be calm, clear, and skillful action takers.

This 5-day training is intended for yoga practitioners, teachers, and therapists at all levels of yoga experience except absolute beginners. All experience is personal, and all change must begin with ourselves. Somewhere on the continuum from minimal to profound, we have all experienced these qualities of the human mind. So our first focus will be svadharma/self-awareness that includes awareness of attitudes, expectations, judgments, and feelings related to the states of anxiety and depression. One of my intentions for this training will be to expand your comfort zone with feeling and responding to the feelings of another when in the grip of these two emotions.

The training will integrate practical application of yoga philosophy and practice. We will review the models of the kosha-s, guna-s, dosha-s and essences to explore how they help us understand our selves and others, and the suggestions they offer for modifications to practice. We experience the effects of sequencing movement coordinated with breath, breathing practices, and meditation foci that have the intention of physically, physiologically, and mentally/emotionally shifting us into a more sattvic/balanced state of mindful attention. We will spend time in lecture and discussion understanding the logic behind selecting practice elements and sequencing in this manner so that you can reproduce the effects in your own practice and classes.

Everything changes, even those things we knowingly or unknowingly rigidly hold onto. We can influence the direction of change, but we cannot fully determine it. The more clearly we know and see ourselves as we are, the more effectively we can create changes in our lives that we may enjoy. Once we have tasted a sweet experience, we naturally want to know how to re-create it. Once we have created it, we need to know how to sustain it. This workshop is about helping you to make the best use of the yoga tools you are already using so those lingering states of mind that bind you loosen their hold and transform into the energy that helps you grow.

Daily Structure (modification may occur)

10.00 – 10:30 Chanting and Lecture
10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 12:45 Morning practice
12:45 – 13:00 Personal reflection on lecture and practice
13:00 – 14:15 Lunch on your own
14:15 – 14:30 Group Q&A on lecture and practice
14:30 – 16:00 Lecture and discussion
16:00 – 16:15 Break
16:15 – 17:15 Afternoon practice
17:15 – 17:30 Wrap up, Chanting, and personal reflection on the lecture and practice

Recommended reading:
Mindful Relationships: Seven Skills for Success Integrating the Science of Mind, Body and Brain, by B Grace Bullock, Handspring Publishing, UK, 2016.

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

Times

10am to 5.30pm each day with one hour for lunch.

Eligibility

This 5-day training is intended for yoga practitioners, teachers, and therapists at all levels except absolute beginners.

Capacity

30

Teaching Yoga and Mindfulness to Young People - Manchester

With Charlotta Martinus, Yvonne Morey
14–18 Feb 2018

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

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

09.30 to 17.00 each day

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

30

Yoga for Scoliosis Introductory Day

With Adelene Cheong
16 Feb 2018

Yogacampus London
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

Can yoga improve the condition of scoliosis? How does one practice yoga with scoliosis? Does it help, and yield sustainable long term results? What about the frustration, depletion, self-consciousness, disharmony that one can experience? As someone with scoliosis,these are some of the questions Adelene had and would like to share with you in this one day workshop open to teachers and practitioners alike.

With open discussions held within a safe sharing environment, Adelene will share her journey and experience. We will learn and understand practising with scoliosis, explore how the therapeutic effects of yoga can be applied specifically to structural / functional imbalances. This non-invasive approach to the condition could potentially help to alleviate physical discomfort, recalibrate and re-map postural alignment, re-establish and refine balance, release emotional psychological tension on practising and living with scoliosis.

The intention of this workshop is to offer insights into the spinal health of those with scoliosis, as well as modified practices to improve the symptoms of scoliosis and restorative postures to balance and rejuvenate. Through years of training, research, teaching, self-study and dedicated practice, Adelene has successfully helped herself and many others reclaim freedom (physically, emotionally and mentally), hope and empowerment within themselves.

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

Times

9.30am to 5pm with one hour for lunch

Eligibility

This workshop is open to teachers, trainees and yoga practitioners.

Capacity

30

Embodying the Flow - Prana Vinyasa and the Art of Namaskar

With Alessandra Pecorella
24–25 Feb 2018

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

All Namaskars within the Prana Vinyasa methodology follow an elemental template of five namaskars for each element, and each namaskar has a corresponding solar-lunar sequence.

The foundational theory of Namaskar offers an intelligent introduction to every solar-lunar sequence to prime the body for the elemental sequences. The state of namaskar is “to bow, to realize the essence,” and in this weekend workshop we will explore Foundational Namaskars as the consummate Vinyasa to enter the flow.

This is a unique opportunity for trainees and teachers new to Vinyasa to connect with the source of Vinyasa methodology and practice, as originally taught by Shiva Rea. Alessandra has been practicing with Shiva for the last 15 years and assisting her for the last five years.

Times

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

Eligibility

Open to all with an interest in Prana Vinyasa flow and the Art of Namaskars.

Capacity

30

Elevating Children’s Imagination, Creativity and Self Expression through Yoga

With Ayala Homossany
3 Mar 2018

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

Sometimes we are not sure how to access our creativity or inspiration, and from time to time we know what we want to do or say, but we are unsure how to truly express ourselves.

As children, our first dreams may have been to be an astronaut, a firefighter, an actor or singer. Most children do not get the privilege to express their dreams. Most are being told by their surroundings to get back to reality, stop showing off, or that their dreams are unachievable. As a result, many children give up their dreams and literally mute their ability to express their thoughts, ideas, aspirations and emotions.

When we, adults, deny children from expressing themselves freely, we create a generation which is afraid to express itself, explore, innovate, and create. These communication blocks have been documented in medical literature as potentially leading into unhealthy situations, both physically and mentally.

Therefore, just as we practice yoga on the mat, or yoga in our daily life as adults, we can also use yoga as a magical tool to provide children with the ability to fully express themselves in any form. Doing that will allow our children to express their deepest emotions, to be heard, seen, noticed, and accepted. As Albert Einstein acknowledged many years ago: “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.”

Throughout the workshop, we will concentrate on introducing tools to enhance children’s motorical, verbal and emotional expression through the practice of yoga. In creative ways, we will learn how to enable the children, stimulate self-expression and give them a stage for their creativity. We will explore how yoga practice can be extended and become a fantastic and invaluable tool to nurture the child’s imagination and curiosity and enhance their language skills.

You will come out of the workshop with tangible knowledge and ideas that will make a happy addition to your tool box and will spice up your yoga practice with children and kids yoga classes. Such ideas will include, among others, the use of different props, the use of Enchanted Wonders A-Z yoga cards, games, songs and more.

The course is open to parents, yoga teachers and trainee yoga teachers and to those working with children. Yoga practice experience in necessary.

Times

9.30am to 5pm with one hour for lunch

Eligibility

The course is open to parents, yoga teachers and trainee yoga teachers and to those working with children. Yoga practice experience in necessary.

Capacity

28

Emergency First Aid at Work Certificate

With Paul Woodhouse
4 Mar 2018

West London Buddhist Centre
Royal Oak House, 45a Porchester Rd, London W2 5DP

This 1 day Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) training course is a Level 2 QCF Award and makes anyone who completes it a formally qualified emergency first aider. You will obtain a nationally recognised certificate which is valid for 3 years however Mike will specifically address the types of emergencies a yoga teacher is more likely to come across in a class settings.

Course content

Our emergency first aid course covers the following topics:

  • Aims and principles of first aid and the roles and responsibilities of a first aider
  • What to do in an emergency Prioritising injuries and action in an emergency
  • How to provide immediate medical care in an emergency
  • How to assess if someone is unconscious, whether or not they are breathing and how and when to put them into the recovery position or start CPR
  • We will cover common accidents and injuries and empower you with the skills and confidence to provide an immediate and appropriate first aid response
  • Treatment of an unconscious casualty who is breathing – recovery position
  • Treatment of an unconscious casualty who is not breathing – CPR
  • Importance of a defibrillator and how to use an AED
  • Assessment and treatment of a casualty who is wounded or bleeding
  • Assessment and treatment of miscellaneous medical conditions
  • Record keeping and accident forms

Times

9.30am to 4.30pm with 30 minutes for lunch

Eligibility

Open to all.

Capacity

12

Teaching Yin Yoga: Minds, Meridians, Moments - London

With Norman Blair
10–14 Mar 2018

Yogacampus London
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

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 time 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

36

Embodying The Flow: Prana Vinyasa® Mandala of Asanas – 90 Hour Training

With Alessandra Pecorella
10 Mar – 24 Jun 2018

Dance Fusion Academy
First Floor, 141-145 Kentish Town Road, London NW1 8PB

£1340 until 25th January 2018 payable in full. £1440 thereafter payable in installments of £360 (Please see cost details below).

You can take advantage of our special £100 discount if you pay the full course fees up front until 25th January 2018. Please contact info@yogacampus.com to pay the discounted rate of £1340 in full.

If paying in installments, you will be required to pay a non-refundable £360 deposit upon booking followed by 3 further installments of £360 payable on before the start of the course. 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 £1440.

Details at yogacampus.com

Teaching vinyasa is an art that requires teachers to develop related tools using their voice, hands-on assists, observation and energetic awareness to provide guidance that facilitates the state of flow of a class. Learn the art of teaching Prana Vinyasa® – or Prana Flow® – as originated by the iconic Shiva Rea.

This empowering and evolutionary vinyasa training, is the only one of its kind being offered at Yogacampus. Led by the UK’s first Affiliate Prana Flow Trainer®, Alessandra Pecorella, this specialist course will offer you the tools to embody the energetic flow of yoga on and off the mat, deepen your practice, and learn to share vinyasa for all levels. This self-contained 90-hour teacher training course is aimed at aspiring trainees and seasoned teachers alike. Join Alessandra on a holistic and authentic journey to teaching vinyasa yoga.

The Training
Through the full-spectrum Wave Sequencing of Prana Vinyasa, you will learn the energetic alignment for core asanas within the Mandala of Asanas™ as taught at Samudra School of Yoga, based upon an integrated understanding of the following principles:

1) Movements of Prana;
2) Practical anatomy;
3) Open and strengthen the core structures of embodiment from head to toe, skin to subtle body;
4) Teach alignment in the flow of movement with creative and effective solar/lunar sequences.

You will begin practicing the art of teaching on the very first day, developing the teaching tools of using your voice, hands on assists, observation, and energetic awareness to facilitate the state of flow within a class. In this 90-hour training, you will focus on the Prana Flow® method of teaching alignment in the flow of a practice, creating movement alchemy that balances the elemental body and a deep understanding of asanas within the Mandala of Asanas™. Energetic alignment will be emphasised to begin to cultivate the balancing of the Five Elements and full spectrum embodiment of the organising intelligence of our life-force through the movements of Prana.

You will explore the many dimensions of creating a soul-inspiring class; guiding the microcosm of your students to experience healing connection to the whole. This approach to teaching encourages an evolutionary journey into living yoga as we begin to heal the body of our life through the empowerment of a full spectrum practice. We will emphasise teaching from a flow-state to translate this integrative practice to our students. You will learn 10 Namaskars – 10 Solar and 10 Lunar Sequences as the starting point for teaching vinyasa in a full energetic spectrum.

Format
The 90 hour training will run over six weekends (Saturday and Sunday) as follows:

Module One: Embodying the Flow – Prana Vinyasa & the Art of Solar vs Lunar Namaskar
Module Two: Embodying Earth – Foundation Earth
Module Three: Embodying Water – Standing Asanas, Hip Opening, Fluid Flow
Module Four: Embodying Fire – Twisting and Arm Balances
Module Five: Embodying Air & Space – Backbends and Standing Balance Asanas
Module Six: Embodying Lunar Prana Vinyasa

Dates
Module One: Weekend of 10-11 March 2018
Module Two: Weekend of 24-25 March 2018
Module Three: Weekend of 21-22 April 2018
Module Four: Weekend of 12-13 May 2018
Module Five: Weekend of 09-10 June 2018
Module Six: Weekend of 23-24 June 2018

This is a unique opportunity for trainees, new teachers and experienced teachers to connect with the source of vinyasa methodology and practice, as originally taught by Shiva Rea herself. Alessandra has been practicing with Shiva for the last 15 years and assisting her for the last five years. She is also the Founder and Principal of Aditya Yoga School for Conscious Living, which is affiliated with Samudra School of Yoga, offering 200/500 hour teaching qualifications.

Additional Certification
The 90-hour training can also count towards a 200-hour qualification with Shiva Rea through Samudra School of Yoga. Please contact Samudra School of Yoga directly for more information. Alternatively, you can continue the training directly with Alessandra through her school, Aditya Yoga School for Conscious Living based in London. Both schools are affiliated and you can find more information by contacting Aditya Yoga School.

Please see the attached Prospectus for a module breakdown and more information. Note the full price for this course is £1440 payable in four instalments of £360 each. Please note the full course fees must be paid by the start date of the first module. See information on the right-hand side of the page.

Times

9.15am to 5.45pm each day with one hour for lunch (7.5 hours per day)

Eligibility

Opent to yoga trainees, new teachers and experienced teachers wishing to learn about vinyasa methodology and practice.

Capacity

25

Yoga as Medicine: A Weekend Workshop

With Timothy McCall
17–18 Mar 2018

Yogacampus London
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

This is the weekend only option for Yoga As Medicine (YAM) training with Dr. Timothy McCall, hosted by Yogacampus and The Minded Institute.

Practice observing bodies, study breathing patterns, analysing doshas (body-mind types as described in ancient Ayurvedic medicine), and tailoring personalized therapeutic yoga practices. Lectures, yoga practices, writing exercises and guided meditations complement the group case work. In addition, on Sunday, Timothy will demonstrate an in-depth yoga therapy evaluation of one of the workshop participants.

To attend the full 5-day programme please click here for more information.

Times

09.30 to 12.30 and 14.00 to 17.00 (90 min lunch break)

Eligibility

Yoga teachers and trainee teachers plus yoga therapists. We also welcome serious students of yoga and those seeking yoga therapy for such conditions as back pain, cancer, arthritis, heart problems, Parkinson’s disease, anxiety and depression.

Capacity

7 (please note that The Minded Institute is also taking bookings so the total number of participants will be around 50).

Yoga as Medicine - Full Programme

With Timothy McCall
17–21 Mar 2018

Yogacampus London
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

£575 until 30th November 2017 and £625 thereafter

Details at yogacampus.com

Yoga As Medicine is a 5-day, 30-hour, hands-on, roll-up-your sleeves intensive workshop, with much of the time spent doing yoga therapy in small groups under Timothy’s supervision. This training is hosted by Yogacampus and The Minded Institute.

Practice observing bodies, study breathing patterns, analysing doshas (body-mind types as described in ancient Ayurvedic medicine), and tailoring personalized therapeutic yoga practices. Lectures, yoga practices, writing exercises and guided meditations complement the group case work. In addition, on Sunday, Timothy will demonstrate an in-depth yoga therapy evaluation of one of the workshop participants.

During case work, which begins Monday, and in detailed discussions of selected cases, we evaluate “patients” in five categories, using the acronym SNAPS: Structural, Nervous System and Breath, Ayurveda, Psychology and Spirituality. This holistic roadmap allows for a systematic assessment of function on all levels of body, mind and spirit. YAM uses the full palette of yogic tools including poses, breathing techniques, meditation and philosophy as well as dietary and lifestyle advice.

For those unable to join us for the full 5-days, there are a limited numbers of spots available to attend the weekend-only portion of the training. Click here for more information.

Recommended reading in preparation for this course:

Yoga as Medicine: The Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing by Timothy McCall
The Principles & Practice of Yoga in Health Care edited by Sat Bir Khalsa, Lorenzo Cohen, Timothy McCall, and Shirley Telles

Times

09.30 to 12.30 and 14.00 to 17.00 (90 min lunch break)

Eligibility

This 5-day training is intended for yoga teachers and trainee teachers plus yoga therapists. We also welcome serious students of yoga and those seeking yoga therapy for such conditions as back pain, cancer, arthritis, heart problems, Parkinson’s disease, anxiety and depression.

Capacity

18 (please note that The Minded Institute is also taking bookings so the total number of participants will be 36)

Moving toward the Centre: Pranayama Intensive

With Judith Hanson Lasater
24–28 Mar 2018

The Hellenic Centre
16-18 Paddington Street, London W1U 5AS

We are excited to welcome back Judith Hanson-Lasater as she offers an exclusive training on Pranayama and Moving toward the Centre. This particular training will focus on our yoga practice, including Active poses in the first session of the day, and Restorative poses in the afternoon session.

Both the Active and Restorative poses will therefore be selected specifically to open us to our breathing. While it is not well-known, in traditional yoga training pranayama practice was much more important than asana practice. We will approach the topic first from breathing awareness techniques that are suitable for all levels of students, and then move into traditional pranayama practice. Classic yoga teachings state that pranayama is the gateway to meditation.

In addition to the classical techniques of practice, we will explore ourselves through discussion, short writing assignments, and the cultivation of an introspective attitude.

This 5-day intensive is for you if:

  • You regularly practice pranayama
  • You do not presently practice pranayama regularly but really want to
  • You are curious about the effects of the regular practice of pranayama
  • You want to understand better the relationship of the effects of asana on pranayama practice

Props: As part of this course we will provide 1 bolster, 2 blocks, 2 bricks and these props will be available to purchase at a discount at the end of the course. You are required to bring your own x 3 firm blankets and 1 strap. Ideally you will bring the “D” ring belt that is six feet long and two inches wide.

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

Thoughts from Judith’s students:

“What I appreciated most about Judith’s Pranayama Intensive was the thoughtful, progressive structure of the workshop. Each class segment was organized thematically around principles of practice and respiratory physiology, asana to prepare for Pranayama, and restoratives to integrate. My understanding of asana and pranayama sequencing grew by leaps and bounds. One of my favorite workshops!” – Mary E. Richards, M.S.

Times

10am to 5.15pm each day with a 75 minute lunch break.

Eligibility

Open to all with an interest in breathing practices and how these relate to asana practice.

Capacity

80

Meditation Teacher Training in the Yoga Darshana Tradition of Patanjali

With Anna Bhushan
5–8 Apr 2018

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

£520

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 by 1st March 2018.

Details at yogacampus.com

This 4-day Meditation Teacher Training will be of particular interest to yoga teachers and trainees looking to integrate meditation into their teaching in an authentic, informed, and systematic way.

Meditation on the natural breath is central to Yoga and Dhamma 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 decontextualized, 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. Dr Kumar’s guided meditation recordings are at the heart of the training and available to all certified teachers to use in their classes.

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
  • 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
  • Access a comprehensive, easy-to-follow handbook covering all aspects of instruction, course notes for students and FAQs
  • Receive a Yogacampus certificate of attendance

A certificate of competency to teach will be issued to students who already hold a qualification in yoga or a complementary therapy, (for example a 200 hour yoga teacher training qualification) and who complete the post-course assignment. You will have 6 weeks following the end of the course to complete your assignment. Details will be sent to you separately.

Pre-requisites

Traditional Yoga Awareness Meditation Weekend Course:12 hours total. In order to complete the training and certification you are required to attend a Traditional Yoga Awareness Meditation Weekend course as a pre-requisite. This is so that you have had personal experience of the technique before you begin to learn how to teach it. Please click here for details of the weekend courses. Please note that the weekend course must be booked and paid for separately.

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 people’s 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
  • Be given an exclusive set of guided meditation recordings by Dr. Kumar to use in your classes

“Fantastic course for anyone wishing to teach meditation. The course was wonderfully presented by Anna, an incredibly inspiring teacher, and the supporting teaching materials and recordings we received are invaluable resources for any teacher. The mentoring scheme and ongoing support for all new teachers is very reassuring – to know that no question will go unanswered has given me the confidence to teach and share this life-changing meditation technique with my students. Teaching Prana Samyama is incredibly rewarding, I highly recommend this course!”

– Vanessa Nelson, yoga teacher who graduated from the 2016 course and then registered as a Traditional Yoga Meditation Teacher. She is now teaching weekly classes.

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

Finding Your Authentic Voice: Practical Performance Skills for Yoga Teachers

With Sarah Scharf
8 Apr 2018

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

In this day-long workshop, suitable for all teachers and teachers-in-training, we will explore vocal and physical theatre techniques to improve your teaching practice. We will also discuss the role of being a yoga teacher and how to express more of your true self with your students in a meaningful way.

Holding space authentically requires strong and receptive presence and this workshop aims to give concrete tools to develop your unique voice. During the day you will have a chance to receive individual feedback on ways to help improve your vocal skills, build awareness of language habits and ways to clarify teaching as well as fun warm-ups and exercises to increase comfort with improvisation and responding to the moment.

Themes will include:

  • Body language
  • Instruction through vocal inflection, projection and intonation
  • Effective teaching tools: visual, audio and kinesthetic
  • Improvisation and being present with the students in the room

Not thoroughly covered in most trainings, these skills are vital to being an effective teacher. This work is appropriate for teachers at any stage in their career. Come prepared to play with your edges and grow your teaching practice.

Sarah Scharf (MFA Physical Theatre) is a yoga teacher and teacher trainer who uses movement practice as an avenue to create resilience, freedom, creativity and self-knowledge to improve quality of life. She has taught yoga and movement for theatre at The Lifecentre, Yogacampus, Triyoga, Yoga on the Lane, The Young Vic, RSC and the American Conservatory Theater. Sarah is currently working on book for yoga teachers to improve teaching voices and raise the bar for quality yoga teaching.

Times

10am to 5pm with a one hour lunch break.

Eligibility

Suitable for teachers, teachers-in-training and group facilitators.

Capacity

27

Relax and Renew: Learning to Teach Restorative Yoga

With Judith Hanson Lasater
11–15 Apr 2018

The Hellenic Centre
16-18 Paddington Street, London W1U 5AS

We work very hard in our lives, and while we may sleep, we rarely take time to rest. Restorative yoga postures help us learn to relax and rest deeply and completely. During deep relaxation, all the organ systems of the body are benefited. A few of the measurable results of relaxation are the reduction of blood pressure and the improvement of immune function, as well as improvement in digestion, fertility, elimination and the reduction of muscle tension and general fatigue.

Judith Hanson Lasater is credited with establishing restorative yoga as a modern yogic discipline and has taught Restorative Yoga teacher trainings around the world since 2001. Her Yogacampus intensives invariably sell out quickly. In this training we will learn the art and skill of teaching restorative yoga. With Judith and her team of assistants, we will cover all aspects of the subject, including the physiology of relaxation, the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of restorative yoga, special postures for menstruation, pregnancy and menopause, how to adapt postures for individual needs, and how to sequence and teach a restorative yoga class. Each session will be highly practical, giving you the chance to practise a range of restorative postures, as well as including lots of hands-on adjustments and discussion.

Please note that you are required to bring with you to each day of the training, a copy of Judith’s book Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times plus the Reading Packet that will be emailed to you when you register. You should also bring a yoga mat, an eyebag, and a hand towel. All other props will be provided.

Props: As part of this course we will provide 1 bolster, 2 blocks, 2 bricks and these props will be available to purchase at a discount at the end of the course. You are required to bring your own x 3 firm blankets and 1 strap. Ideally you will bring the “D” ring belt that is six feet long and two inches wide.

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

Times

10:00am – 5:15pm (with 75-minute lunch break)

Eligibility

Open to yoga teachers, trainee teachers and experienced yoga students.

Capacity

80

Yoga, Fascia and the Feeling of Being Me

With Tias Little
21 Apr 2018

Yogacampus London
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

Connective tissue (fascia) holds us together. Literally. It keeps our bones upright, our organs in place and supports the pathway of our nerves. A dedicated yoga practice involves moving layer by layer through these connective tissues. While fascia is the prime mover of the body, it is also a vessel for holding memory, feelings, dreams and identity. In this day long, we practice movements that enhance the flow of fascia through the body. We also track how thoughts, feeling, memory and a sense of “I” are imprinted on the connective tissues. Like working in clay, this yoga practice will make the fascia malleable, shapeshifting the container of who we think we are and who we think we ought to be.

This 1-day training forms part of the 45 hour SATYA Level 1 training; the first course of its kind being offered outside of the U.S. To become certified you will be required to complete the 30-hour Intensive running 22nd to 26th April 2018 – Sensory Awareness Training for Yoga Attunement. In addition, there will be some self study to make up the full 45 hours. There will be no charge for the self study element.

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

Times

9.30am to 5.00pm with one hour for lunch

Eligibility

This workshop is open to teachers, teachers in training and those with an understanding of Tias’s teaching style.

Capacity

50

Sequencing: the Deeper Dimensions

With Susanne Lahusen, Graham Burns
22 Apr 2018

Thane Works, Finsbury Park
Finsbury Park, London N7

A teacher who has mastered the art of class sequencing can transform an otherwise mundane vinyasa class into something truly inspirational. Really effective sequencing requires much more than simply learning how to string postures together. It needs:

  • clarity of purpose
  • a good understanding of the mechanics of the body
  • recognition of how different postures and practices will impact the practitioner energetically.

This special one day workshop will help focus and deepen your understanding of how to employ the body’s mechanics together with the profound energetic ideas of yoga to create class sequences which will inspire your students, and which are safe and effective on all levels – physical, energetic, mental and emotional.

Although the whole day will address both physical and energetic aspects of sequencing, our morning session will focus primarily on the physical body. We will explore:

  • the balance between symmetry and asymmetry, between contraction and release, between internal and external rotation
  • variations on warm-up sequences
  • finding neutral and counter poses in dynamic sequences
  • efficient sequencing of muscle activation
  • creative approaches to balancing the three planes of movement
  • using repetition to build strength not strain.

In the afternoon, we will look at the interaction between some of the energetic templates which the yoga traditions have given us to help our sequencing. We will consider:

  • the five prana vayus, and how they interact with the five elements of nature
  • their relationship with the three gunas – rajas, tamas and sattva – and with the Ayurvedic doshas – pitta, kapha and vata
  • how to use sequencing to build the positive qualities of the doshas, and to tap into the ‘subtle doshas’ – tejas, ojas and prana
  • the importance of appropriate breath awareness, pranayama and meditation practices in effective sequencing
  • how timing and language impact on the effect of a class.

Although primarily aimed at yoga teachers and trainee teachers, the ideas discussed will be relevant to anyone with a self-practice – or wondering how to build their own practice. The day will mix theory, practice, and interactive experimentation, and will conclude with a taught practice bringing together many of the ideas discussed.

Times

9.30am to 5.00pm

Eligibility

For yoga teachers, trainee teachers, and all experienced yoga practitioners interested in learning more about how to sequence a practice.

Capacity

27

Sensory Awareness Training for Yoga Attunement (SATYA I)

With Tias Little
22–26 Apr 2018

Yogacampus London
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

£600 until 16th December and £625 thereafter

Details at yogacampus.com

SATYA I
Sensory Awareness Training for Yoga Attunement

Yoga is a process of remapping the body’s energetic field and aligning it with the greater force of the universe. In order to heighten awareness and increase physical vitality, there is much evidence today on the effectiveness of slow movements, done in isolation and without force. In this course, we practice fine articulated movement, designed to build somatic intelligence, proprioceptive awareness and neuroplasticity. The SATYA movements replenish the body by “soaking” the tissues. Done mostly on the floor, SATYA involves sliding, gliding, stretching and unwinding movements. The movements serve to reduce fatigue, pump the viscera and align the vertebral column. This training covers the foundational movements that comprise the SATYA practice. Whether to restore your own body or to learn the key principles of the SATYA practice for the classroom, this course is a journey through the sensorimotor system. Practicing the SATYA movements brings mobilisation to the joints and bi-lateral symmetry to the right and left sides of the body, called in classical yoga the “sun” and “moon” sides of the body. Each day we follow the SATYA sequences with standing poses, twists, sidebends and inversions to build stabilisation for the core tissues of the body.

Course of Study
• Cultivate essential sensory-motor awareness
• Reduce body fatigue
• Address low back pain
• Design fundamental sequences that include both SATYA and asana

Additional topics
• The importance of spirals and counter spirals
• “It’s all about the joints”: Working with the tendons, ligaments and joint spaces
• Being in the “Pause”: the importance of not-doing
• How gravity can be your friend
• Re-educating the neural-muscular system and brain pathways
• How to “ride the edge” through small movements
• The healing potential of the movements and their effects on the myofascial system

This training is the first course of its kind being offered outside of the U.S. SATYA level 1 training is 45 hours. You can either complete the 5-day Intensive, or, if you wish to be certified in the full Level 1 training, you will be required to take the 1-day workshop on Saturday 21st April on Yoga, Fascia and the Feeling of Being Me. In addition, there will be some self study to make up the full 45 hours. There will be no charge for the self study element.

To see the progression of the SATYA training, please see the Prajna Yoga website for more information LINK.

Yoga Therapy Diploma

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

Times

9.30am to 12.30pm, and 2pm to 5pm each day.

Eligibility

Open to yoga teachers and therapists, as well teachers in training and those familiar with Tias’s style of teaching.

Capacity

50

Chair Yoga Specialist Workshop

With Richard Kravetz
28 Apr 2018

Beethoven Centre
Third Avenue (adjacent to 174k), London W10 4JL

Our Chair Yoga course will provide you with the necessary tools to guide the elderly or less-abled towards maintaining a degree of exercise and movement and helping to slow down deterioration in older age.

You will become increasingly confident in making a difference to the lives of those who experience difficulty taking part in traditional yoga classes. Your knowledge in creating the optimum environment for classes to become engaging, interactive and supportive will evolve. You will also learn anti-rheumatic methods to help release tension in the limbs and relax muscular tension in the joints

Topic Summary:

Please note the course outline is provided as a guide on what to expect throughout the experience. The one-day intensive course will focus on the many ways you can evolve your yoga practice to become available for a wider community with varying levels of mobility.

You will learn how to structure and plan a yoga session for adults with physical restrictions and implement the necessary tools to teach people with learning difficulties. These skills can be integrated into a class or taught as a one to one session. You will observe how props such as chairs, blocks, bolsters and belts can enhance the quality of the physical practice, and how specific practices can be introduced effectively. Having completed this course you will have the capacity to encourage a person with limited mobility to explore their potential in becoming physically, emotionally and psychologically
stronger.

Teaching Style:

Practical solutions to demonstrate how movements and postures can be adjusted and used to become accessible for students who are elderly or less-abled are the primary focus throughout the day. The course tutor will frequently engage you in an experiential series of coordinated sequences using props and hands on assistance for a flexible and adaptable teaching approach.

This course is open to all, including those who do not teach yoga professionally. Regular attendees of this course include but are not limited to:

  • Special needs teachers
  • Parents
  • Practitioners
  • Yoga teachers
  • Care professionals
  • Anyone interested

Times

9.30am to 5.30pm with one hour for lunch.

Eligibility

This course is open to all, including those who do not teach yoga professionally.

Capacity

30

Yoga for Adults with Special Needs

With Richard Kravetz
11–13 May 2018

Yogacampus London
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

Inclusivity includes everyone. It is through this principle that Yoga for Adults with Special Needs was developed. We are a part of an ageing population suffering from a shortage of quality health and fitness services, and this course is dedicated to addressing the situation.

The robust three-day course explores the tools you can use to support adults with a variety of different abilities in discovering their potential through the therapeutic benefits of Special Yoga.

How this Course Benefits You

  1. You will develop the knowledge to guide differently abled individuals in a yoga session.
  2. Your confidence to integrate training into a group and individual session will increase.
  3. You will strengthen your understanding of how the yoga practice can influence functions of the body from a physiological, physical and emotional perspective.
  4. Your skills will be refined through the use of props during the practice.

Topics Covered
Please note the course outline is provided as a guide on what to expect throughout the experience.

Topic 1 – Introducing the Special Yoga Practice
You will be provided with a background to the evolution of the practice and the possibilities of Special Yoga. Whether you are a parent, teacher or therapist, we will provide you with the personal and practical knowledge to enter various situations with confidence to nourish their fullest potential.

Topic 2 – Sound and Breathing Techniques
Music and the voice can be powerful tools in installing, rhythm, flow and a compelling ambience into your sessions, especially when combined with mudras, a hand movement that will direct the flow of energy through your body. The various ways to incorporate music and mudras into your practice will be introduced.

Topic 3 – Working with Groups
Different strategies will be demonstrated throughout to support you in understanding the importance of keeping an open mind and having a dynamic approach. The module will also consider various group sizes and environments.

Topic 4 – Chair Yoga
As a leader in the practice of Chair yoga, Richard Kravetz will help you advance your skills by teaching a range of yoga poses adapted for people who are less mobile. Chair yoga has proved to be invaluable for the members of our community and will give you the capacity to ensure no one will feel excluded from the sessions your offer.

Topic 5 – Meditation Techniques
Special Yoga methodology encourages a mindful practice in all aspects, inviting a deeper physical and emotional awareness of the body for both yourself and the person you support.

Topic 6 – Asanas
Asanas are the yoga poses. They help to realign, balance and strengthen the body. The course leaders will guide you through how to adapt poses for the different ages, to build sequences and to nurture the potential within.

Topic 7 – Yoga Nidra
You will be directing movements in a sequence that will encourage the body to relax. This will be adopted by reading a range of books, studying research and undergoing specialist training.

Topic 8 – Applying Special Yoga
A series of case studies and live demonstrations will provide you with a deeper insight into how core principles can be practically applied.

Topic 9 – Creating a Class
You will learn how to pose questions, challenge behaviours and become aware of a person’s range of abilities to help tailor your practice accordingly in both a one-to-one sessions and group settings.

Teaching Style
You will be guided through highly effective and accessible strategies for integrating the remedial advantages of Special Yoga methodology into the lives of adults with special needs. With these skills you will have the ability to tailor various settings to the specific needs of the child or group you support.

The strategies taught throughout this course will be applicable to a range of special needs including, but not excluded to, people with:

  • ASD
  • ADD/ADHD
  • PDD
  • Anxiety disorder
  • Learning difficulties
  • Motor planning issues
  • Developmental delays
  • Neurological disorders
  • Sensory impairment

What experience do I need for this course?
This course is open to all, including people who do not teach yoga professionally. Regular attendees of this course include but not limited to:

Previous students have included:

  • Occupational therapists
  • Day centre supervisors
  • Support workers
  • Health professionals
  • Yoga teachers
  • School teachers
  • Social service professionals
  • Residential homes carers
  • Therapists

Times

9:30am to 5:30pm each day with one hour for lunch.

Eligibility

Open to yoga teachers, practitioners, therapists and those looking after adults with special needs with an interest in the healing art of yoga.

Capacity

30

Teaching Yoga for ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

With Charlotte Watts, Leah Barnett
18–20 May 2018

The Light Centre (Victoria)
9 Eccleston Street, London SW1W 9LX

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS aka ‘ME’) is an exhaustive condition known to have stress and its immune effects as key contributing factors. By understanding its common symptoms and the implications for those it affects in the changes of creating and using energy, you will learn how to help students safely regain strength and find new ways of coping with these symptoms and living life.

As with the previous course on Teaching Yoga for Stress and Burnout, this course will explore how psycho-social stress – the ‘neck-up’, ruminating stress we tend to get stuck in in modern societies – can affect people and how the modern body needs special consideration for the way the average student lives their lives. Stress and trauma will be discussed as key contributing factors to CFS. This course follows on well from the Teaching Yoga for Stress and Burnout one, for a well-rounded and in-depth experiential understanding of how it feels to move and live from an exhausted state. It can also be done without participation of that course as will reiterate points brought forward.

The subjects outlined below will be covered and in-depth notes provided, so that much time can be spent practicing the applications and felt sense of the yoga teaching work. Many aspects will be covered within practice itself, with time allowed for teaching practice, to makes notes and for reflection.

COURSE CONTENTS
The themes in these days will be woven throughout the entire course, both in discussion and experientially.

  • An overview of definitions, contributing factors and the latest scientific understanding of fatigue conditions
  • Specific physical and emotional considerations for those with CFS and ME conditions; how it feels to for the person with these conditions to move, open and stretch
  • Considerations for the mind-set of those with CFS and Burnout; how habits as samskaras can affect the very practice that could help with observing and unravelling these unhelpful habits. Guidance for teachers on how to direct students in understanding the energetic balance of their yoga practice and their illness. How to manage energy within yoga to learn to increase resilience without relapse
  • The relevance of trauma within fatigue and stress states and how this can manifest in practice and ‘rebound’. How trauma and inflammation create fatigue and chronic pain and how to work with these
  • The recent research and implications of relapse in ME/CFS
  • The need for both restoration and movement and finding the balance within fascia, body fluids and structural needs
  • The effects of trauma (shock and developmental) on the primal body, how this can manifest and how it needs to be approached to prevent relapse
  • The importance of identity – how the teacher can help the student not attach to the identity of suffering in chronic illnesses
  • How it feels to move and experience asana and attention with pain, exhaustion and intense emotional reactions
  • The necessity of compassion (ahimsa and karuna) and deep listening within our practice, our own bodies and our world, to be able to work with people’s needs on an individual level
  • Working with the yamas and the gunas as guides for working with chronically heightened energy and mind-sets
  • Unhelpful samskaras in stress and the modern world; examination of personality types, how this can work against recovery and how yoga can help
  • Teaching language; using mindfulness, creativity and compassion to encourage practice with a soft mind and body – with humour to release and create a positive sensory experience!

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

Times

9.30am to 5pm each day with a break for lunch

Eligibility

This course is for yoga teachers and trainee teachers. It is also suitable for health professionals who have an interest in these conditions, such as occupational therapists, doctors, physiotherapists and nurses.

Capacity

24

Yoga for Sports: Specialist Training for Movement Therapists, Yoga Teachers and Athletes

With Jim Harrington
2–6 Jun 2018

Yogacampus London
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

From footballers to runners and triathletes; there is a growing interest in yoga among athletes. They are looking to yoga teachers to help them keep their bodies injury-free and to sharpen mental focus. However, there is a difference between the average yoga enthusiast and a fully focused athlete. The athlete generally has no ambition to “make progress” in their yoga practice; their ambitions are elsewhere, and probably much harder to achieve.

This 5-day intensive training is now in its 3rd year at Yogacampus. You can view a clip from last year’s training here. Jim Harrington is an Australian based in Cape Town. He has 20 years yoga teaching experience, holds a diplomas in Remedial Therapies and Sports Therapies, and has years of experience with professional athletes. His background includes a stint as the Yoga Coach to the Indian National Cricket team in a bid to improve fitness and mental focus and 2 seasons touring India with the Delhi Daredevils IPL team.

This course will offer you the skills to work more effectively and safely with athletes and to understand the mechanics of yoga in a sport’s context. If you are a yoga teacher, a personal trainer, coach or a movement therapist working with soft tissues, then this cutting edge course could be for you.

Each morning will start with a Yoga for Sport practice; offering physical yoga postures that are most versatile and useful for the majority of athletes. Jim will also guide students into each of the following topics over the course of the training:

The “problem” of generic yoga
Who made up the rules of yoga alignment? Take a closer look from an anatomy and physiology perspective. Jim believes that traditional yoga practices, applied intelligently, can enhance performance in any person, but it isn’t a “one size fits all” method.

There are many myths and “rules of thumb” in yoga; some of these are misplaced or not based on healthy biomechanics. We will explore functional movement as a paradigm for yoga practice and how this fact alone prevents many serious sports people from enjoying the benefits of yoga. Specifically, we will focus on the lower limbs and pelvis, the shoulder girdle and lumbar spine as well as identifying a better way to view “core strength”.

This “alignment re-defined” aspect of the course is a foundation that will be useful to all yoga practitioners who are looking to improve their asana practice and also for sustainable and safe ways to practice. A solid understanding of biomechanics, joint structure and functional movement is essential for working with serious sports people so this is the starting point for the Yoga for Sports practices.

What is the role of the yoga coach? And who else is in the team?
We will explore all the practicalities of working with mid-to-high level sports people and how to work effectively in a professional sports environment. The planning starts with identifying targets, goals, injury profiles, body mechanics and mental state in a chosen field, and then applying interventions from the ancient yoga practices.

Injuries
One bad injury can literally end a sports career. We will explore yoga as prehab and as rehab in sports, identifying and explaining common injuries and problems. In this extended course we will spend more time analysing what makes up healthy or unhealthy posture, and typical imbalances that develop through our sports and life. We will look at the possibilities of postural correction and management through yoga asana.

Introduction to mind training
An application of Mindfulness with breathing and other breath techniques and the physiology of getting in the zone; we will apply Pranayama to sports, specifically with regard to fitness, recovery, and VO2 max. Practical pre-match breathing ratios and techniques to enhance calm and focus will be taught.

Creating a class plan
A deeper delve into the art of sequencing and planning classes for specific purposes; understanding training periodisation, recovery, pre-event and post-event restorative yoga.

Research Paper
Students will be required to submit a short (800 words) research paper. It is hoped that this exercise builds the confidence to continue working in the this very rewarding field. Specific instructions will be sent via email to students upon registration for the course.

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

Times

9.30am to 5pm each day with a lunch break.

Eligibility

This course is open to yoga teachers, personal trainers and movement therapists as well as those with a strong interest in yoga and sport.

Capacity

27

Special Yoga for Special Children - Summer 2018

With Jyoti Manuel
9–15 Jun 2018

Yogacampus London
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

Special Yoga for Special Children is Special Yoga flagship course. The course was developed by Jyoti Jo Manuel who has led the path in the UK for the delivery of therapeutic yoga for children with special and additional needs for many years.

Special Yoga for Special Children training provides what is needed to help those caring for and working with children with special needs to support the development of their potential. As a participant, you will be guided through highly effective and accessible strategies for integrating the remedial advantages of Special Yoga methodology into the lives of children with special and additional
needs.

With these skills you will have the ability to tailor this therapeutic intervention in various settings to the specific needs of the child or group you support. of special yoga’s unique and mindful practice that has supported thousands of children who are differently abled around the world.

We believe that all children are special and that all children deserve to experience inner peace, joy, comfort and fulfillment of their potential and purpose.

This comprehensive course is appropriate for sharing yoga with all children and young people with special and additional needs, including children with autism and ADHD, Downs Syndrome, cerebral palsy and PMLD and other learning, developmental and physical challenges. We welcome you to join this course, regardless of your yoga skills. If however, you are on a path to teaching Special Yoga professionally, then this is the first step you need to take to join Special Yogas’s development programme and become a professional Special Yoga practitioner.

The course is accredited by Yoga Alliance and ASDAN and recognised by The British Wheel of Yoga. Please note that in order to qualify for the ASDN certificate, you will need to pay an additional £10.

Special Yoga’s methodology includes the classical yoga practices of movement, breathing, deep relaxation combined with sound, rhythm, massage and sensory integration techniques.

Yogacampus is delighted to be partnering up with Special Yoga to provide the training in London.

Further training
Following on from the 7 day Special Yoga for Special Children training, attendees are invited to join the Special Yoga Practitioner Development Programme.

This is continued learning (Special Yoga for Special Children Part 2) expanding on the tools and techniques experienced in the 7-day foundation course. It includes Mentoring and Peer to Peer support, evaluation and development of your own practice and practice with the children.

CPDs and further study build the overall training to 100 hours and once completed the Practitioner is invited to join the Professional Body of Special Yoga Practitioners. As the industry leader in delivery and training of Therapeutic Yoga for Children with Special Needs our overarching view is that the quality of delivery of the work is paramount. Our Special Yoga Practitioners Development Programme is geared to safeguard this quality and professionalism with our ongoing support, evaluation and training beyond qualification as a Special Yoga Practitioner.

Times

9.30am to 5.30pm with one hour for lunch.

Eligibility

Open to yoga teachers, practitioners, therapists and parents with an interest in the healing art of yoga.

Capacity

30

Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training - Manchester

With Janine Hurley
15 Jun – 22 Jul 2018

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

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

Sequencing: the Deeper Dimensions

With Graham Burns, Susanne Lahusen
16–23 Jun 2018

Les Passeroses, Nonac
Nonac, (near Angouleme) France

In response to popular demand, we are delighted once again to offer a residential intensive with two of our very own teacher training faculty. Join Susanne and Graham in the lovely rural surroundings of Les Passeroses, near Angoulème in western France, to deepen your understanding of the physical, energetic and practical aspects of safe and inspiring class sequencing.

A teacher who has mastered the art of sequencing can transform an otherwise mundane vinyasa class into something truly inspirational. Really effective sequencing requires much more than simply stringing postures together. It needs:

  • clarity of purpose
  • a good understanding of the mechanics of the body
  • recognition of how different postures and practices will impact the practitioner energetically
  • the practical teaching skills to transmit this knowledge effectively.

This intensive will help focus and deepen your understanding of how to employ the body’s mechanics together with the profound energetic ideas of yoga to create and deliver class sequences which will inspire your students, and which are safe and effective on all levels – physical, energetic, mental and emotional.

Through an interactive mix of practice and theory, we will explore:

  • the balance between symmetry and asymmetry, between contraction and release, between internal and external rotation
  • variations on warm-up sequences
  • finding neutral and counter poses in dynamic sequences
  • creative approaches to balancing the three planes of movement
  • using repetition to build strength not strain
  • the tantric approach to the body, and how it impacts on sequencing
  • the five prana vayus, and how they interact with the five elements of nature
  • their relationship with the three gunas – rajas, tamas and sattva – and with the Ayurvedic doshas – pitta, kapha and vata
  • how to use sequencing to build the positive qualities of the doshas, and to tap into the ‘subtle doshas’ – tejas, ojas and prana
  • the importance of appropriate breath awareness, pranayama and meditation practices in effective sequencing
  • how timing and language impact on the effect of a class.

Each day will incorporate a full morning practice taught by either Susanne or Graham, and, throughout the week, there will be practical experiential anatomy sessions, practical sequencing exercises, asana breakdown and modifications, and discussion of some of the philosophical ideas behind sequencing – as well as gyrokinesis, seated and walking meditations, yoga nidra, and more. The intensive will include plenty of time for rest and relaxation, including a half day excursion to a local town.

Les Passeroses was established as a yoga retreat centre in 2004 in an old farmhouse and grounds south of Angoulème. The house retains many original features, with oak floors, exposed beams and stone fireplaces, and the en suite bedrooms and Moroccan influenced salon are simply but stylishly furnished. The yoga studio is fully equipped with mats and props. Outside, the large oval pool is surrounded by wooden decking, and a tiled terrace with panoramic view, as well as a large garden, and plenty of local walks.

Food at Les Passeroses deservedly receives rave reviews. The vegetarian meals use seasonal produce grown in their own gardens and orchard, alongside market bought organic goods and local wine. Weather permitting, meals are served under cover of a charming roofed terrace. Fruit, snacks and hot and cold drinks are also available throughout the day. Massages will also be available.

This intensive is limited to 15 participants, so book early. A small number of single rooms are available (see price details for single supplement): otherwise accommodation is in spacious twin rooms. The price of the intensive does not include travel: from London, we recommend travelling by train to Angoulème (change at Lille Marne la Vallee or Paris); alternatively, the nearest airport is Bordeaux. Transfers to and from Angoulème station (approx. 30 minutes each way) are included in the intensive price; transfers from Bordeaux will incur an extra charge.

PLEASE SEE THE PROSPECTUS IN THE LINK OPPOSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT LES PASSEROSES.

If you would like to see more pictures of the venue, please see the Les Passeroses webpage here or read through this wonderful blog post that one of our attendees from the 2016 course documented about her experience here .

Times

Shared room (5 rooms):
£950 Early Bird until 6th December
£995 thereafter

Single with shared bathroom (2 rooms):
£1150 Early Bird until 6th December
£1225 thereafter

Single room with en-suite (3 rooms):
£1290 Early Bird until 6th December
£1350 thereafter

Eligibility

The intensive is primarily aimed at yoga teachers and those learning to teach, but is also open to experienced practitioners looking to deepen their knowledge of sequencing practices.

Capacity

15

Yin Yoga: Minds, Meridians, Moments - Manchester 2018

With Norman Blair
20–24 Jun 2018

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

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

Mindful Yoga in Supportive and Palliative Care and into Bereavement

With Kate Binnie
23–24 Jun 2018

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

This weekend workshop is aimed at yoga teachers and therapists interested in working with common life-limiting conditions. The training will also be of use to those working with bereavement, plus mental health and social care professionals and complementary therapists who wish to add Mindful Yoga skills to their toolkit.

During the training we will be looking at:

  • Overview of common conditions; COPD, cancer, neurological illness, heart failure and dementia – why is there room for non-pharmacological interventions? What is the evidence for their use?
  • Common symptoms; pain, breathlessness, issues with movement, fatigue, anxiety and depression – how can mindful yoga help?
  • The importance of the breath: “If you can breathe you can practice”. Mindful breathing is the core of this way of working – learn about psycho-physical integration through breath awareness, and effects on self-regulation
  • Where there is illness and death there is grief and loss – how can we use mindful yoga for patients dealing with their own losses and facing death, plus support those who are or will be bereaved?
  • How to adapt a practice safely – learn practical skills and specific sequences developed in the hospice
  • Exploring setting up groups in community, charity and healthcare settings – making a “pitch” to funders and commissioners.
  • Self-care is important when working with loss, death and dying – mindful yoga is the perfect “resilience toolkit”. Looking after yourself and using yoga in the workplace for healthcare professionals.

Kate Binnie is an HPC registered music psychotherapist and mindful yoga therapist with an Msc in Palliative Care. She is an associate researcher at Bristol University working on the Wellcome funded Life of Breath project (www.lifeofbreath.co.uk) towards her Phd which is on the uses of body-mind therapies in advanced disease.

For more information please read Kate’s article on Mindful Yoga on the Hospice UK website. Kate is also involved with Life of Breath, a Wellcome Trust research project on breathlessness. You can read her blogs for LOB here.

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

Times

9.30am to 5.00pm with a one hour lunch break.

Eligibility

This course is for all interested in learning about working within supportive and palliative care in healthcare settings. This may include yoga teachers, yoga therapists and supervisors interested in working with chronic and life limiting illness within healthcare as well as those on the yoga therapy diploma.

Capacity

27

Chakra Yoga: The Energetics of Body, Mind and Spirit

With Katrina Repka, Ulrica Norberg
4–8 Jul 2018

Thane Works, Finsbury Park
Finsbury Park, London N7

Are you interested in what happens in the body, mind and spirit in yoga and meditation practice? Do you want to learn more about energy, how energy can be moved, altered and expanded in order to live a fuller life? Do you want to learn more about how our bodily anatomy and physiology is affected by energy and the other way around?

Then this comprehensive 5-day intensive training for dedicated students and teachers is something for you.

In yoga we work with energy. The energy of the body, mind, and spirit. Often you hear teachers touch on the deeper layers of yoga philosophy; in this 5-day intensive we will cover the chakra system from a well-rounded perspective, looking at asana, pranayama, mantras, and meditation, and the philosophy and methodology they are embedded in.

This intensive is primarily practical – meaning there is a lot of time on the mat Investigating, opening, strenghtening, lengthening, trying, and testing. This will provide a much deeper understanding of what the chakras are and how they correlate to anatomy, bioenergy and physiology. It will give you many tools to take your yoga practice further, as well as make it more designed to fit your needs.

Contents:

  • Chakra Theory and Philosophy
  • Biomechanics
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Energetics – The Subtle Body
  • Tantra theory and philosophy
  • Guided asana, pranayama and meditation
  • Chakra Psychology
  • Mantras and Yantras

Teachers:
Katrina Repka (E-RYT 500) and Ulrica Norberg (E-RYT 500), two of Europe’s most renowed Yoga Masters, are colleagues and dedicated students of Kavi Yogiraj Alan Finger, founder of the ISHTA lineage.

Katrina has been studying yoga since 1990 and teaching since 2001. She holds a Masters degree in Communication and has written books and articles on the chakras and other topics related to yoga. She has led numerous international teacher trainings, retreats, and workshops, and has a deep personal knowledge of the chakras through many years of dedicated study.

Ulrica has a chakra yoga training background under the chakra expert/author Anodea Judith as well as deep studies in the subject with various other teachers. Ulrica holds a Masters degree in Film and journalism and is author of over 10 books on the topic of yoga, meditation, and health, many of which have been translated into several languages.

You will be given a comprehensive workshop manual. In addition, we recommend that you read the books ”Eastern Body Western Mind” by Anodea Judith and ”ChakraYoga” by Alan Finger and Katrina Repka.

Times

9.30am to 4.45pm each day with lunch break.

Eligibility

Open to yoga teachers, teachers in training and serious yoga students with an interest in the chakra system.

Capacity

27

Mindfulness for Children

With Emma Naisbett, Dr Katya Langmuur
7–22 Jul 2018

Yogacampus London
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

This course will prepare you to support children in discovering a greater sense of self-awareness throughout this four day course. By exploring both the technical theories and using practical ‘hands on, minds on’ exercises, you will support children in developing healthy habits that will help them to self-regulate their behaviour. Through this unique training you will explore how to support the nature of consciousness, build children’s resilience and heighten their self-confidence.

How this Course Benefits You

  • Your understanding of how to create mindful spaces will expand.
  • You will have the opportunity to reflect on and deepen your personal mindfulness practice.
  • You will learn how to help children discover ways to self-regulate their emotions. With an emphasis on cultivating attitudes of gratitude, and nurturing kindness towards themselves and others.
  • You will learn fun and creative ways to teach mindfulness to children using tools such as breath work, sound and visualisation.

Topics Covered

Please note the topics covered are provided as a guide on what to expect throughout the experience.

Topic 1 – The Intentions and Benefits of Mindfulness and Meditation
The course tutors will guide you through the history of mindfulness and meditation. Whether you are a parent, teacher or therapist, their guidance will provide you with the holistic knowledge to be prepared in various situations to bring the best out of the child.

Topic 2 – Breath and Voice Work
Develop an understanding of how to use sound, rhythm and chanting as a valuable part of the practise.

Topic 3 – Music and Movement
You will be guided through a series of music and movement practices that will become supporting tools in encouraging children to explore the depth of their attention spans.

Topic 4 – Visualisation
Various visualisation practices will be explored as a form of meditative play. An experimental approach will be adopted to help you find creative ways of supporting children in dealing with everyday pressures using visualisation.

Topic 5 – Cultivating Gratitude and Compassion
You will be shown specific teaching techniques to expand your ability to encourage gratitude, self-compassion and compassion for others around them.

Topic 6 – The Nature of Consciousness
Your tutors will guide you through the concept of consciousness and how it can be nurtured within children.

Topic 7 – Tools to build resilience and self-confidence
You will be shown specific teaching techniques to expand your ability to encourage resilience and self-confidence.

Teaching Style

You will be guided through highly effective and accessible strategies for integrating the remedial advantages of Special Yoga methodology into the lives of children. This experience is learning to teach from the heart and not just from the book to explore ways of supporting children while deepening your personal practice. With these skills you could tailor various settings to the specific needs of the child or group you support.

What experience do I need for this course?

This course is open to all, including people who do not teach yoga professionally. However it is recommended that you have some previous experience in a mindful practice. This could include (but is not restricted to) attendance of an 8 Week Mindfulness Training, a Vipassana retreat or ongoing personal practice.

Regular attendees of this course include but are not limited to:

  • Mindfulness or meditation teachers
  • Yoga teachers and yoga therapists
  • Mindfulness or meditation practitioners
  • School teachers and staff

Once payment has been made, you will be emailed a registration form for completion prior to your booking being finalised.

Times

9.30am to 5.30pm each day with one hour for lunch.

Eligibility

Open to yoga teachers, school teachers, yoga practitioners, therapists and parents with an interest in the healing art of yoga.

Capacity

30

Teaching Yoga and Mindfulness for Children - Autumn 2018

With Jyoti Manuel, Ayala Homossany, Emma Naisbett, Beryl Lovegrove, Dr Katya Langmuur
12 Oct – 2 Dec 2018

Yogacampus London
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

Teaching Yoga and Mindfulness to Children will give you an extensive set of tools to help children navigate the challenges of life and highlight their natural joy and peace. This is one of the most comprehensive courses of its kind in the UK. The strategies taught will prepare you to inspire children to independently integrate the holistic benefits of yoga and meditation into their lifestyle.

Course Outcomes:

  • You will learn different approaches to help children from the age of 2 – 13 years embrace their full potential through the practise of yoga
  • You will learn from highly experienced practitioners in the field of mindfulness and meditation to explore engaging, fun and creative practices
  • You will learn extensive tools to learn to create a mindful space for children giving them life long tools to enhance their wellbeing and confidence

Topics Covered:

(Please note the topics covered are provided as a guide on what to expect throughout the experience.)

Topic 1 – Introducing the Yoga Practice
You will be provided with a background to the evolution of our practice and the possibilities of Yoga. Whether you are a parent, teacher or therapist, we will provide you with the personal and practical knowledge to enter various situations ready to bring the best out of the child.

Topic 2 – Practitioner & Child
You will be guided through how to develop relationships with children and their carers. A positive intention will be established from the outset, and you will be encouraged to celebrate the child’s strengths as you support them in embracing their potential.

Topic 3 – Teaching Yoga Through the Ages (Includes live kids classes)
A series of live classes displaying how to approach techniques with specific ages groups will make for a lively experience. Get a first-hand insight of how to address various requirements of a class and become more certain of your talent in delivering this discipline.

Topic 4 -Family Yoga
Learn how to deliver yoga and mindfulness to families.

Topic 5 – Sound and Breathing Techniques
Develop an understanding of how to help children access the tool of their breath. we will also explore the use sound, rhythm and singing as a valuable part of the practise.

Topic 6 – Asanas
Asanas are the yoga poses. They help to realign, balance and strengthen the body. The course leaders will guide you through how to adapt poses for the different ages, to build sequences and to nurture the potential within.

Topic 7 – Meditation and Mindfulness
Special Yoga methodology encourages a mindful practice in all aspects, inviting a deeper physical and emotional awareness of the body for both yourself and the child.

Topic 8 – Children With Special Needs
You will gain an understanding of how to meet the needs of children in the mainstream environment.

Topic 9 – Yoga in Schools
You will be guided through a variety of styles to suit teaching yoga in schools. This will involve teaching yoga for a school play scheme, as an after-school club activity and ways to effectively integrate yoga as part of a lesson plan.

Topic 10 – Applying Special Yoga
A series of case studies and live children’s classes will provide you with a deeper insight into how the core principles can be practically applied.

Topic 11 – Creating a Class
You will learn how to pose questions, challenge behaviours and become aware of a child’s range of abilities to help tailor your practice accordingly.

What experience do I need for this course?

This course is open to all, including people who do not teach yoga professionally. if you are not a yoga teacher or a trainee yoga teacher you will need to provide a reference from your yoga teacher. Regular attendees of this course include but are not limited to:

  • Occupational therapists
  • Yoga teachers and yoga therapists
  • Trainee yoga teachers
  • School teachers and staff
  • Parents

Teaching Style:

You will be guided through highly effective and accessible strategies for integrating the remedial advantages of Special Yoga methodology into the lives of children with special needs. With these skills you will have the ability to tailor various settings to the specific needs of the child or group you support.

Once payment has been made, you will be emailed a registration form for completion prior to your booking being finalised.

Times

Weekends 1 and 3: 9.30am to 5.30pm each day
Weekends 2 and 4: 9am to 5.30pm each day

Eligibility

Open to yoga teachers, school teachers, yoga practitioners, therapists and parents with an interest in the healing art of yoga.

Capacity

30

Teaching Yoga for Stress and Burnout - Manchester

With Charlotte Watts, Leah Barnett
12–14 Oct 2018

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

Stress is a major part of 21st century living, with the World Health Organization estimating that by 2020, stress-related disorders will be the second leading cause of disabilities in the world. This epidemic is an underlying cause of low energy, anxiety, Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), loss of sex drive, insomnia, depression, tooth-grinding, high blood pressure, skin problems, infertility, weight gain and heart disease. Yoga and meditation practices offer a very real (and well-researched) method to allow heightened body systems to calm back down and teach individuals tools to self-soothe. The aim of yoga to ‘still the mind’ through body awareness and connection, intercepting the chattering monkey of the analytical left brain, so dominant in Western cultures.

Burnout is a term used to describe the emotional and physical collapse that can occur after long-term or chronic stress. At this point where the mind-body is on ‘constant alert’, teachers need to be able to guide students into a sense of safety and stillness so that they can notice and be with intense sensations without exacerbating reactive tendencies.

This course will explore how psycho-social stress – the ‘neck-up’, ruminating stress we tend to get stuck in in modern societies – can affect people and how the modern body needs special consideration for the way the average student lives their lives. You will understand how to teach yoga in a way which is effective, gentle and appropriate to the individual with stressed body systems, their particular responses, energetics, mind-sets and postural considerations. Grounding, mindful and somatic work will be explored to help you promote healing, energy and positive change in your teaching.

COURSE CONTENTS
The themes in these days will be woven throughout the entire course, both in discussion and experientially.

The physiology of stress:
• Explanations of psycho-social stress; the different levels of stress – ‘normal’ stress through to burnout and adrenal fatigue.
• Physical effects of stress, how this affects asana – and how to gauge levels.
• Emotional and psychological effects of stress and how this affects attention, reactions, control issues etc.

Stress within yoga therapy:
• The yoga model of healing with an overview of prana and how practices can help energy flow freely.
• Guidance for teachers on how to direct students in understanding the spiritual relevance of yoga and their illness.
• Where the latest neuro-scientific research fits in with the ‘stilling the mind’ effects of yoga, mindfulness and meditation.
• What ‘resilience’ means in relation to yoga and compassion; how mindfulness within our practice helps to cultivate this equanimity and ‘grace under pressure’ in those reactive to stress.

The experience of the student with chronic stress, adrenal fatigue and burnout:
• How it feels to move and experience asana and attention with pain, intense emotional reactions.
• The effects of trauma (shock and developmental) on the primal body, how this can manifest and how it needs to be approached to prevent relapse.
• The importance of identity – how the teacher can help the student not attach to the identity of suffering in chronic illnesses.

Considerations of teaching to students with mind-body stress:
• The necessity of compassion (ahimsa and karuna) and deep listening within our practice, our own bodies and our world, to be able to work with people’s needs on an individual level.
• Working with the yamas and the gunas as guides for working with chronically heightened energy and mind-sets.
• Unhelpful samskaras in stress and the modern world; examination of personality types, how this can work against recovery and how yoga can help.
• Teaching language; using mindfulness, creativity and compassion to encourage practice with a soft mind and body – with humour to release and create a positive sensory experience!

Stress in the physical body:
• How the stressed and fatigued body feels; helping the teacher to understand the particular sensations, reactions and barriers that arise.
• Mindfulness (and within physical practice) to help ‘anchor in the moment’, ‘pacing’ and the ‘doing less-is-more’ approach.
• Why we need to ‘be’ and not ‘do’; right effort, effortless effort and aparigraha, asteya and santosha over ambition and achieving. Treating the body as a friend.
• Common stress-induced breath patterns and how to allow change without creating further stress; observing key stress breath signs and how to respond.
• Belly connection; centring and moving from the hara for reconnecting. Body fluidity and neuroplasticity and how stress can create hardening, viscosity and lack of adaptation
• Skull-sacrum polarity to free mind-body flow, open the yin cooling base of the brain and encourage easy communication between cranium and pelvis for nervous system regulation and self-soothing abilities.

Specific therapeutic yoga tools:
• Recognising that our culture continually consumes and ‘fills up.’ Understanding how yoga can provide a space for emptying out, releasing and letting go.
• The role of sound and vibration within a healing practice, how this can be simply woven within asana to allow the breath to release – and as a formal part of teaching.
• Exploration of counting own breath pace, mantra etc to still the chatter of the left brain.
• The difficulties of meditation for the stressed and how to hold, guide and facilitate; the internally critical tendencies of those with heightened stress responses – thanking the negative voices!

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

Times

9.30am to 5pm each day with a one hour lunch break.

Eligibility

This course is for yoga teachers and trainee teachers. It is also suitable for health professionals who have an interest in these conditions, such as occupational therapists, doctors, physiotherapists and nurses. It is also an approved elective for those on the Yogacampus Yoga Therapy Diploma Course.

Capacity

30

Teaching Yoga for ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - Manchester

With Charlotte Watts, Leah Barnett
10–11 Nov 2018

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

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS aka ‘ME’) is an exhaustive condition known to have stress and its immune effects as key contributing factors. By understanding its common symptoms and the implications for those it affects in the changes of creating and using energy, you will learn how to help students safely regain strength and find new ways of coping with these symptoms and living life.

As with the previous course on Teaching Yoga for Stress and Burnout, this course will explore how psycho-social stress – the ‘neck-up’, ruminating stress we tend to get stuck in in modern societies – can affect people and how the modern body needs special consideration for the way the average student lives their lives. Stress and trauma will be discussed as key contributing factors to CFS. This course follows on well from the Teaching Yoga for Stress and Burnout one, for a well-rounded and in-depth experiential understanding of how it feels to move and live from an exhausted state. It can also be done without participation of that course as will reiterate points brought forward.

The subjects outlined below will be covered and in-depth notes provided, so that much time can be spent practicing the applications and felt sense of the yoga teaching work. Many aspects will be covered within practice itself, with time allowed for teaching practice, to makes notes and for reflection.

COURSE CONTENTS
The themes in these days will be woven throughout the entire course, both in discussion and experientially.

  • An overview of definitions, contributing factors and the latest scientific understanding of fatigue conditions
  • Specific physical and emotional considerations for those with CFS and ME conditions; how it feels to for the person with these conditions to move, open and stretch
  • Considerations for the mind-set of those with CFS and Burnout; how habits as samskaras can affect the very practice that could help with observing and unravelling these unhelpful habits. Guidance for teachers on how to direct students in understanding the energetic balance of their yoga practice and their illness. How to manage energy within yoga to learn to increase resilience without relapse
  • The relevance of trauma within fatigue and stress states and how this can manifest in practice and ‘rebound’. How trauma and inflammation create fatigue and chronic pain and how to work with these
  • The recent research and implications of relapse in ME/CFS
  • The need for both restoration and movement and finding the balance within fascia, body fluids and structural needs
  • The effects of trauma (shock and developmental) on the primal body, how this can manifest and how it needs to be approached to prevent relapse
  • The importance of identity – how the teacher can help the student not attach to the identity of suffering in chronic illnesses
  • How it feels to move and experience asana and attention with pain, exhaustion and intense emotional reactions
  • The necessity of compassion (ahimsa and karuna) and deep listening within our practice, our own bodies and our world, to be able to work with people’s needs on an individual level
  • Working with the yamas and the gunas as guides for working with chronically heightened energy and mind-sets
  • Unhelpful samskaras in stress and the modern world; examination of personality types, how this can work against recovery and how yoga can help
  • Teaching language; using mindfulness, creativity and compassion to encourage practice with a soft mind and body – with humour to release and create a positive sensory experience!

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

Times

9.30am to 5pm each day with a break for lunch.

Eligibility

This course is for yoga teachers and trainee teachers. It is also suitable for health professionals who have an interest in these conditions, such as occupational therapists, doctors, physiotherapists and nurses.

Capacity

30