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.

Making Sense of Income Tax for Self-Employed Yoga Teachers

With Abdul Jamal
28 Jul 2017

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

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

With Ayala Homossany
29 Jul 2017

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

Pranayama Intensive with Dr. Kumar

With ALV Kumar
5–6 Aug 2017

Yogacampus London
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

£190

We have two bursaries available for those who may not be able to financially cover the full course fees. If you would like to apply for a full or partial bursary, please contact info@traditionalyoga.co.uk for an application form. Applications close on 20th July.

Details at yogacampus.com

Pranayama is the branch of yoga which explores how modifying our breath affects the human system on both gross and subtle levels.

Learning how to cultivate healthy breathing habits which result in positive changes in our physical and mental states, is an essential tool for both teacher and student in helping to optimise and maintain well-being and equilibrium. Many of these techniques are simple to learn, yet profound in their impact on our physiology at a cellular and chromosomal level.

There are literally thousands of Pranayama techniques, of which only a small fraction are familiar to most teachers today. In combination with his scientific background, as a master of meditation and Kayachikitsa (yoga therapy), Dr Kumar offers a unique perspective on Pranayama and its various applications, particularly for Western students lacking access to original Sanskrit texts.

This workshop will provide a special opportunity to experience and explore practical methodologies for addressing many common ailments from heart disease, diabetes and obesity to depression, anxiety and insomnia.

We will also be examining the significance of external and internal respiratory techniques, and the Ayurvedic concepts of prakritika and vaikritika, which relate to the balance/imbalance of our elemental nature.

Times

09.30am to 5pm each day with a break for lunch.

Eligibility

Open to those with an established yoga, meditation and pranayama practice.

Capacity

45

Teaching Yin Yoga: Minds, Meridians, Moments in Manchester

With Norman Blair
10–12 Aug 2017

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

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

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

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

Times

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

Eligibility

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

Capacity

30

Muscle Imbalances, Neck and Shoulder Pain: Yoga Solutions

With Julie Gudmestad
19–20 Aug 2017

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

After the last two years sell out events in Manchester we are delighted Julie Gudmestad is returning to teach a two-day workshop on the topic of Muscle Imbalances, Neck and Shoulder Pain.

Muscle imbalances can contribute to pain, injury, and chronic problems in any part of the body, and a thoughtful yoga practice can help to correct these imbalances. In this workshop, we will review the anatomy of important muscle groups, and how imbalances (strong vs. weak and tight vs. flexible) contribute to misalignments that set the stage for problems. We will also practice yoga poses and sequences to help correct imbalances, improve alignment and relieve pain.

Specific focus will be placed on the upper back, neck and shoulders as well as important muscle groups that include the trapezius, serratus anterior, and the rotator cuff.

This workshop is open to all. Some previous study of anatomy is helpful but not mandatory.

Times

9.30am to 5pm with lunch break.

Eligibility

For yoga teachers, trainee teachers, and all practitioners with an understanding of anatomy. This training counts as an approved electives for the Yogacampus Yoga Therapy Diploma

Capacity

30

Creativity, Sexuality and the Cycles of our Lives: a Yoga CPD Day

With Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, Sivani Mata
8 Sep 2017

Yogacampus London
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

What is the relationship between creativity, sexuality and the cycles of our lives? How does energy move, as creative and sexual expression, and how does she get blocked? What is the relationship between rest and activity in relation to our creative and sexual cycles? What is the nature of Shakti and how has she been constrained? How can we understand the movements of Shakti? How can the Great Wisdom Goddesses Kamalatmika (the lotus goddess of delight) and Matangi (the wild outcaste poet) support our understanding of creative and sexual energies?

This experiential day long workshop is open to all women and yoga teachers, yoga therapists and health care practitioners who are seeking to support positive experiences of creativity and sexuality in women’s lives, 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 therapists, depending upon the requirements of their professional associations. Health care practitioners, psychotherapists, sexological body workers and coaches with an interest in yoga, sexuality and creativity are also welcome to attend, provided they have a living interest in and practice of yoga.

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 promote healthy creative and sexual energies. Supportive sequences of integrated yoga postures will be taught, and there will be time for discussion. An overview of common creative and sexual challenges and opportunities will be discussed in relation to appropriate yogic responses. By the end of the day, participants will have an understanding of the key practical and theoretical yoga-tantra responses that are helpful to support the expression of women’s creativity and sexuality.

There will be plenty of opportunity for questions and discussions. The programme is open to responsive, intuitive attunements and adjustments to meet the specific needs of those attending.

Pre-course listening
The Wild Garden Total Yoga Nidra track is freely downloadable from www.yonishakti.co and www.yoganidranetwork.org

Pre-course reading
This session is informed by extensive research into the history and politics of yoga, and it reclaims for women’s bodies, the practices that nourish our source and heal the disconnections that we often experience as women living in a man’s world. The cycles of energy and the rhythms of sexual and creative pleasures that the session explores are rooted in menstruality consciousness, an awareness of the cycles of creativity and sexual patterns of arousal, desire, satiation and disinterest.

Optional suggested course reading (during and after the day workshop): Yoni Shakti is the key text for reference during this day workshop

Drawing of Kamalatmika by Sivani Mata Francis

STATEMENT of INCLUSION

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

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

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

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

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

Times

10am to 5pm with one hour for lunch

Eligibility

Open to all women and yoga teachers/ yoga therapists/ health care practitioners who are seeking to support positive experiences of creativity and sexuality in women’s lives.

Capacity

30

Intuition and Ethics, Intimacy and Boundaries: How to BE a Yoga Teacher and Therapist

With Lisa Kaley-Isley, Uma Dinsmore-Tuli
9–10 Sep 2017

Yogacampus London
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

This new course takes us into the realm of the relationship between yoga teacher and student, yoga therapist and client. We’ll discuss the everyday reality of what it means to BE a yoga teacher, not just lead a yoga class. It is a role with responsibilities different than others in our lives, and just like any other it benefits from mindful reflection and well-honed relationship skills. It doesn’t matter what style of yoga you teach, every one of us has to interact with our students to be of service. We must be able to listen and ask questions to get to know them and their needs, and also be able to set boundaries to manage our time and energy. We all need to know how far we can go in being of service, being friendly, and how to maintain the seat of the teacher when we start to go too far in extending ourselves.

Whether we feel energised or exhausted, consulted or stolen from in-exchanges with our students affects our quality of life and willingness to keep giving. Boundaries for each kind of relationship vary (teacher, friend, lover, family member, etc.) and getting it right (or wrong) takes establishing good habits for the long-term healthy outcome of your life and career. We recognise the need to regularly top up our teaching skills, but we’ve not established the good practice of refining our relationship skills. Here’s a good way to start.

This course aims to fill a gap in the skills training that all yoga teachers and therapists need and need reminding about: how to relate mindfully and skillfully with our students. Ask yourself: do you ever struggle with how to set limits with your students in their requests for extra help with conditions in conversations before or after class? Do you wonder how far you can go in offering extra help, and do you feel you need to know more in order to be more helpful? Do you struggle with how and when to say “no?” Do you wonder how to ask and respond to emotions experienced in class? To invitations to tea, or a date, or a hen do?

  • We’ll draw on ethical standards for yoga teachers and therapists and make them come alive in small group scenarios in order to face these issues with support instead of all alone in the moment
  • We’ll practice observing, listening, and asking questions to learn something about our own habits, perceptions, and beliefs. These colour and limit our comfort and competence zone, so we’ll also practice moving beyond them
  • It’s not financially easy to make a living as a yoga teacher. Many of us have issues with money. How do you ethically and practically advertise your services, extend your scope of practice, and get cover when you are ill?
  • Yoga therapy is becoming trendy. What does it mean to be a yoga therapist? What knowledge, skills, and abilities do you need in order to move into this role? Do you want to? What’s the difference and what’s the same in yoga therapy and working 1-2-1 with a student as a yoga teacher?

This workshop will draw on and integrate the yoga tradition of teacher-student relationships and the western cultural expectations of teachers and therapists. Both have insights to offer and incorporate. It’s necessary for us to reconcile for ourselves different standards in order to make conscious choices and put them into practice where we actually live and work.

The workshop will involve reading, discussion, pair and small group work, and guided self-reflection practice. Yoga is inherently a relational practice and it has always taken as its remit the big questions in life. Embody the tradition with conscious intent in the support of sanga.

This training is also a mandatory module for the Yoga Therapy Diploma course

STATEMENT of INCLUSION

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

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

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

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

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

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

Times

9:30am to 5:00pm each day with a break for lunch

Eligibility

For yoga teachers, yoga therapists, and trainee yoga therapists, and all (including trainee yoga teachers) with an established yoga practice and an interest in working therapeutically.

Capacity

30

Sacred Sound and Vocal Toning Teacher Training

With Anne Malone
9 Sep – 26 Nov 2017

Colet House
151 Talgarth Road , London W14 9DA

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

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

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

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

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

The course will consist of:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rhythm
Develop your rhythm through movement, dance, and drumming

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

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

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

Times

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

Eligibility

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

Capacity

12

Emergency First Aid at Work Certificate

With Michael Bond
10 Sep 2017

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

Total Yoga Nidra for Children

With Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, Lucy Arnsby-Wilson
15 Sep 2017

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

Childhood is a time of openness, growth, huge imaginative capacity, often boundless energy and an intuitive connection with spirit. It can also be a time of great vulnerability, anxiety and deep suffering. Children of all ages often enjoy yoga nidra, and there are very many therapeutic applications of yoga nidra for children’s physical, mental and emotional health. This experiential day-long workshop explores how yoga nidra can support all aspects of children’s well-being from ages three up to the end of adolescence. It includes practical experience of Total Yoga Nidra for children and families, including practices that incorporate story, song, mantra, music, metaphor and dreamscapes for children.

It is open to all who have an interest in Total Yoga Nidra for children at home and in schools, including parents/guardians and yoga teachers/ yoga therapists/ health care practitioners who are seeking to support childhood experiences, either for their own children, or for their students and clients.

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 general yoga teachers and teachers/therapists who have prior trainings in children’s yoga, or yoga therapy. Parents, guardians, teachers, children’s mental health professionals, and/or other health and social care providers with an interest in yoga for children are also welcome to attend, provided they have a living interest in and experience and practice of yoga nidra.

Please note this day is not suitable for people with no prior experience of yoga nidra. It is not a training course in how to teach yoga nidra, it is a specialist further study day for people who are already familiar with sharing the practice for children. For foundation weekends and full trainings in Total Yoga Nidra please see www.yoganidranetwork.org

The intention of this day is to provide practical experience of Total Yoga Nidra for children from ages 3 up til 18. A diverse range of Total Yoga Nidra practices and some breath and gentle sound and movement practices will be taught, and relevant case studies discussed. An overview of common and unusual childhood challenges and opportunities will be discussed in relation to appropriate yogic responses.

By the end of the day, participants will have an understanding of the key practical and theoretical yoga therapeutic range of responses that are helpful to support children’s well being through Total Yoga Nidra. There will be plenty of opportunities for questions and discussions of specific issues. This means that if you have specific personal or professional interests relating to yoga nidra for children, 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.

Tutors
Both tutors are experienced yoga therapists, teacher-trainers, yoga teachers and mothers. Lucy Arnsby-Wilson is a clinical psychologist with special expertise and experience in child mental health,
including work with children with autism. She has been training yoga teachers and mental health professionals in skills for sharing yoga with children with special needs for many years. Lucy is mother to two daughters and one son, aged between two and seven. Uma Dinsmore- Tuli has been training yoga therapists and yoga teachers (including running courses for family yoga, and yoga for mothers and babies/young children), for nearly twenty years. Uma runs retreats and trainings where families are welcome to bring their children, and she established the family- friendly yoga camp Santosa in 2005, which provides yoga and yoga nidra sessions for children and families in an eco-camp environment. Her four books and CDs and DVDs on yoga all include Total Yoga Nidra Practices. Uma is mother to two sons and one daughter, aged between nine and eighteen.

Proposed schedule
1000 Welcome yoga nidra
1030 Meditation, introductions and motivations (reasons for attending the day)
1100 Micro-nidra for settling very young children in yoga classes
1115 Overview of childhood experiences that can be supported by yoga nidra, including relevant anatomy and subtle anatomy (energy pathways), and yoga therapeutic range of response
1140 Short break
1155 Total Yoga Nidra for nourishing and calming frightened children (Lucy) – followed by an overview of working with refugee children – meeting their needs, and learning from this work in relation to other children’s needs
1245 Pre-lunch nidra for children and families: welcoming abundance (Uma)
1300-1400 LUNCH
1400 Questions and offerings – issues arising from the morning practice and talks
1430 Exploring childhood from a yogic perspective: five dimensions of being in childhood
1500 Yoga Nidra and narrative – Finding inner guidance – total Yoga Nidra for intuitive connection in children – promoting a connection with the inner teacher
1530 More on practical support through yoga nidra practice for children – meeting different needs through relational and responsive Total Yoga Nidra
1600 Mantra and yoga nidra to settle sleepless children
1630 Further questions and evaluations
1715 Meditation and shakti circle for support of children through Total Yoga Nidra
1730 Close

Pre-course listening
Total yoga nidra tracks by the tutors freely downloadable from www.yoganidranetwork.org
Learning resources provided for participants after the course Audio recordings of the yoga nidra practices delivered on the course downloadable after the course from: www.yoganidranetwork.org – you will receive an email from sivani@yoganidranetwork.org after the course with details of how to access this.

STATEMENT of INCLUSION

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

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

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

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

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

Times

10am to 5.30pm

Eligibility

Parents, guardians, teachers, children’s mental health professionals, and/or other health and social care providers with an interest in yoga for children are also welcome to attend, provided they have a living interest in and experience and practice of yoga nidra.

Capacity

40

Total Yoga Nidra Foundation Course

With Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, Nirlipta Tuli, Ben Wolff
16–17 Sep 2017

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.

The Total Yoga Nidra Open Access Foundation Weekend 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

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

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

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

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

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

Times

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

Baby Yoga and Baby Massage - Manchester

With Janine Hurley, Justine Baines
22–24 Sep 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

Times

09.30 to 17.00 each day

Eligibility

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

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

Capacity

30

Demystifying Yoga Retreats: Practical Realities, Tangible Advice and Preservation Tools for Teachers

With Kirsty Gallagher
29 Sep 2017

Yogacampus London
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

Over the course of the workshop we will not only explore what it takes to run a successful yoga retreat but also how to take care of yourself as a teacher, so that you can in turn give the very best to your students during the retreat.

The first part of the workshop will be dedicated to the realities of teaching a yoga retreat. We’ll delve into questions to ask yourself and things to be aware of before embarking on teaching retreats. We’ll cover logistics, explore the different types of yoga retreats, theme ideas and financials. Finally we’ll look at the demands on you as a teacher and how to handle situations that may arise.

The second half of the workshop will be dedicated to self-care and preservation, as in Kirsty’s experience this is one of the most important aspects to teaching a yoga retreat – you cannot give and give without filling back up and the energetic demands on you as a retreat teacher can be huge. In this part of the workshop, she will share with you ways to ensure that you are looking after yourself to avoid burnout and how to stay energetically in alignment with yourself so that you can become a clear container to hold the space for the retreat.

Kirsty has made yoga retreats her life, travelling all over the world teaching workshops, master classes and over 60 international yoga retreats. Her retreats have been featured in The Times, National Geographic and The Metro and reviewed by Yoga Magazine and Queen of Retreats. She is a lululemon ambassador and regular contributor for the yoga and wellness press, with articles featured in Yoga Magazine, Yoga Life Magazine in Dubai and various other publications.

Times

10am to 5pm with one hour for lunch.

Eligibility

Open to yoga teachers and teachers in training interested in running their own retreats.

Capacity

30

Mental Health Basics for Yoga Teachers

With Lisa Kaley-Isley
30 Sep – 1 Oct 2017

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

Surveys conducted with yoga participants consistently reveal that seeking relief from stress, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and the experience of trauma are amoung the most frequently cited reasons people come to yoga classes.

However, for most of us, our yoga teacher training provided only minimal information about mental health conditions and how to intentionally use yoga practices to relieve them. There are some general good practice and specific condition adaptations that are useful to be aware in order to create a safer, more supportive environment for these students. Having this knowledge can help yoga teachers feel more confident and capable to guide and respond appropriately to students so they do no harm, and to increase the possibility of providing their students with a positive yoga experience.

This introductory 2-day training provides:

  • Information about the key diagnostic features of anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and trauma
  • The physiological mechanisms that are the mind-body basis for anxiety and trauma symptoms
  • Yoga concepts and practices that can help and hinder recovery from an eating disorder
  • Keys to creating a trauma sensitive class
  • Practices that can positively shift physiological states to facilitate calming, positive coping, distress tolerance, and emotion regulation
  • Increased awareness to bring to student interactions and class management to create a safe, supportive environment

Day one: Saturday
About mental health conditions: Anxiety and Depression. Differentiated and shared features. Continuum of severity – everyday human experience to disruptive and severe. What a yoga teachers needs to know to understand and respond constructively to students.
The mind-body interaction: Autonomic nervous system, SNS, PNS. Physical symptoms. Mental/emotional symptoms. How it works and how it changes.
Practice: Experience individual and integrated asana, pranayama, guided relaxation and meditation practices that can directly effect change in the body-mind.

Day two: Sunday
About mental health conditions: Eating Disorders and Trauma. Differentiated and shared features. Continuum of severity – everyday human experience to disruptive and severe. What a yoga teachers needs to know to understand and respond constructively to students.
Things to be aware of in class: Reactions to touch/adjustements, breathing, savasana, lights, language cuing, philosophical concepts, emotional release in class (crying). Holding safe space with clarity and boundaries. Balancing taking care of your self, having compassion, showing interest and not being intrusive.
Knowing your scope of expertise and competence: Knowing your scope, how to expand it, when and how to refer appropriately.
Practice: Experience individual and integrated asana, pranayama, guided relaxation and meditation practices that can directly effect change in the body-mind.

For more in depth mental health focused training with Lisa we offer:
Yoga For Anxiety: Practice and Practial Tips, 19 March 2017

Yoga, Mindfulness, and Compassion: Antidotes for a Modern Mind, 20 – 27 May, 2017

Yoga for Eating Disorders and Emotional Trauma, July 15 -16, 2017

Intuition + Ethics, Intimacy + Boundaries Intuition: How to BE a Yoga Teacher, 9 – 10 September, 2017

Yoga for Anxiety and Depression, 18 – 22 October, 2017

Times

9.30am to 5.00pm each day (with a break for lunch).

Eligibility

For yoga teachers, yoga therapists and trainee yoga teachers.

Capacity

26

The Therapeutic Wisdom of Yoga: Rewriting the Story of Our Health and Growth

With Doug Keller
3–7 Oct 2017

Yogacampus London
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

This 5-day training will begin with an in-depth look at the neck and shoulders; focusing on upper body and spinal health, with an additional focus on working with scoliosis — including both principles for targeted work with scoliosis, as well as insights into how these principles are useful for everyone, since asymmetries that lead to muscular and joint problems are nearly always present, whether one has a scoliosis or not. This will add new dimensions to practice, including the pairing of intentional breathing to realignment actions in asana.

From there Doug will expand into a treatment of the health of the whole body, and in particular the low back, sacrum, hips, knees and feet. The central focus will be on ‘movement impairment syndromes’ – patterns of movement closely connected to pain problems as well as joint and muscle injury. This approach to pain problems is especially suited to yoga, and will provide teachers and practitioners with a vital toolbox for recognising and assessing these patterns, and designing an approach through specifically targeted asana practice and remedial exercises aimed at changing them for the better.

This year the dimension of the ‘Vayus’ will be added as well, weaving in not only elements of pranayama in relation to health, but practical toning exercises for the ‘core’ related to the experience of the Vayus that can be incorporated into asana practice as well as pranayama. This practical work is related to the concepts contained in ‘The Fascial Web’ by Schultz and Feitis, as well as ideas developed by Orit Sen-Gupta in ‘Vayu’s Gate.’

Each day will include work with the Vayus, pranayama and Yoga Nidra — including discussion of the principles behind each practice, and some historical background from hatha yoga texts In addition, each day will begin with a practice, which will give participants a chance to experience how the principles being covered might be introduced simply in the class setting of an asana practice.

The training in the afternoon will include some hands-on experience both in learning how to recognize postural and movement patterns for working with students or clients more individually — and for learning to make effective adjustments.

All in all, the training will be an exploration into the many dimensions of wisdom that the ever-evolving practice of hatha yoga has to offer to us as body, mind and spirit work to maintain health and grow in heart in the face of the many challenges — including pain, injury and dysfunction — that life throws at us.

Thematic Topics Through the Training:

‘The Head is the Foundation’
Traditionally we think of the foundation of the body — in yoga and in our posture in life — in terms of the foundation set by the feet (and how the bones are ‘stacked’ above it). But we can also look at freedom and spaciousness in posture and movement in terms of the placement and movement of the head upon the spine, with the maxim, “As above, so below.” The guiding principle will be the yogic insights behind the ‘bandhas’ — Jalandhara bandha in particular.

This session will focus on alignment and actions of the head and neck, combined with stabilization of the ‘Core,’ with special emphasis on stabilization in twists and head rotation — and how this attention to strengthening and the release of tension can bring greater freedom and better alignment in the rest of the body, particularly in the low back, sacrum and hips.

Insights into — and to be learned from — Scoliosis
The afternoon will introduce an understanding of the asymmetries — side-bends and rotations of the spine that affect the rib cage, neck and shoulders — that are typical of scoliosis and which are also present to a much lesser degree in many of us who do not have scoliosis, but experience pain and difficulties from more subtle versions of these asymmetries.

This will include practical tools for making assessments, along with tools of practice that can be taught to students so that they can learn to be self-correcting, throughout the day as well as in their asana and breath practice.

This topic will lead us into basic principles of shoulder alignment combined with the breath and actions for the neck. We will cover all of the planes of movement for the shoulders in asana practice, which will be carried over into the next morning’s asana practice.

The Myofascial ‘Sutras’ of the Arms
The work with the upper body from the first day will be carried over into the practice and into a deeper exploration of the myofascial lines or ‘sutras’ that govern the actions of the arms — the lines of larger muscles that govern the movement of the shoulder blades and give the arms their power, as well as the deeper lines of muscles that govern rotations and are crucial for the health of the rotator cuffs, elbows and wrists.
We will cover actions, ‘openings’ and stretches in non-weightbearing poses, as well as the challenges — and benefits — of poses in which the arms bear weight. Additional connections to scoliosis and asymmetries in the shoulders will be made, with suggestions for practice.

The afternoon session will also begin to bring these ideas into the breath, and in particular to practical exercises and awareness related to the Vayus, which bring together deep actions of the core, the breath, the neck and shoulders in seated as well as reclining pranayama and breath-centered meditation. The breath practice will lead into Yoga Nidra combined with mantra awareness.
The work with pranayama, the Vayus and Yoga Nidra will continue in the afternoon on both Saturday and Sunday.

Mobilising: Getting Stiff Students Moving Through Targeted Strengthening — and The Secrets of the Hamstrings
The problems of ‘stiffness’ — particularly in the hips and hamstrings — that present a challenge in yoga class, as well as being a cause of typical pain problems in the lower back, are actually symptoms of our movement habits and patterns, particularly in forward bending (which is what we do more than anything else in our life of movement).

  • We will explore the ‘Lumbar Flexion’ pattern of movement in the spine that is a significant cause of stiffness, and how to overcome it — which will strengthen the lower back, help overcome harmful postural habits, and help us make progress in achieving greater flexibility in the hamstrings and hips. Without awareness of these patterns, one can easily spend years doing hamstring stretches and see little progress!
  • We will also cover sequencing for stretches that address hip pain caused by tightness, as well as sequencing for sciatic pain arising from problems in the piriformis.

Feet and Knees
The topic of the Flexion Syndrome will introduce the idea — particularly in standing poses — that how we place the weight in our feet will ‘talk to’ the muscles of the hips.

The afternoon will explore the structure and the actions of the feet more deeply, and how ‘bandhas’ can be practiced in both the feet and the knees that maintain their health and integrity. This will include both practical exercises for working with the feet (particularly with problems of bunions, plantar fasciitis and some other common foot and ankle problems) and actions and sequencing for floor poses — forward bends, hip openers, twists and backbends.

This will lead us into the topic of working with hypermobility — first the problem of hyperextension in the knees and other knee problems, and then the topic of the second pattern of movement to be covered fully on Sunday: the Lumbar Extension Syndrome.

Stabilizing: Helping Flexible Students Avoid Joint Pain and Injury
A problem faced by advancing yoga students as well as people drawn to yoga who are more innately flexible is the problem of hypermobility — which leads to joint pain and (ultimately) joint deterioration and inflammation, as well as pain in the muscles and ligaments that are meant to stabilise the joints.

  • These problems arise from innate flexibility and even hypermobility, but are also made worse by movement habits and patterns that can be called the ‘Lumbar Extension Syndrome’ pattern of movement, which gives rise to imbalances in the use of muscles in yoga poses and in life.
  • We will explore this ‘Extension’ pattern of the lumbar spine and how to overcome it — returning to strengthening the ‘Core,’ especially in relation to the psoas and hip flexors, as well as proper actions of the hamstrings and gluteals to help us make progress in balancing a healthy range of movement balanced with joint stability in yoga practice that can make the practice more pain and injury-fee.
  • Emphasis will especially be on promoting sacral stability, as well as poses and exercises addressing hip pain from a weak piriformis and hip abductors.

The ideas presented in this session can be helpful to moderately flexible students, as well as providing helpful tips for teachers dealing with overly flexible students.

2 Day Workshop
Doug will also be running a 2 day workshop to complement this training looking at sacral stability, lower back and hip pain and how to interweave these with practical work on the bandhas, vayus and breath in asana: Holding Firm in the Sacred and the Sacrum: Sacral Stability, Low Back and Hip Pain on the 08th and 09th October.

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

Times

10am to 5pm each day with 60 minutes for lunch.

Eligibility

Open to yoga teachers, trainees and inquiring students

Capacity

50

Kirtan Immersion Weekend with Bhavana

With Narayani
7–8 Oct 2017

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

Deepen your understanding of kirtan, mantra and Bhakti Yoga. Whether you would like to learn to lead kirtan in groups or to develop your own personal practice, this weekend will provide you with inspiration, confidence and understanding. Immerse yourself in chanting, voicework, asana, theory, movement and rhythm as a way to open to the depth of this powerful practice.

During the weekend we will sing Kirtan, discover what it is and explore the meanings and essence of the mantras and chants. We will deepen the connection to our voices and inner rhythm using voicework and playful exercises. We will experience the power of using mantra during yoga asana practice. We will encourage you to find the confidence and skill to share Kirtan and mantra with others.

Kirtan is the yoga of the heart, the yoga of devotion. Repeating Sanskrit mantras creates a meditative and uplifted mental state, and helps to melt inhibitions that can suppress our voices and expression. It can take us deep inside to a place of inner peace and stillness.

During this weekend we will:

  • Sing Kirtan
  • Practice yoga asana using Mantra
  • Explore the theory and meaning behind singing Kirtan
  • Explore the meaning of individual chants
  • Deepen the connection with your voice to help remove any inhibitions
  • Offer guidance around holding a Kirtan session.
  • Use playful exercises to help you connect to the rhythmical element of sharing kirtan
  • Invite you to lead Kirtan with the group (optional)
  • Explore Om and the Bija Mantras of the Chakras

You can listen to Narayani and Matt’s (Bhavana) recordings on their website here: http://www.bhavanamusic.com/

Times

10am to 5pm each day with 60 minutes for lunch

Eligibility

Open to all who wish to deepen their understanding of Kirtan or wish to lead Kirtan.

Capacity

30

Holding Firm in the Sacred and the Sacrum: Sacral Stability, Low Back and Hip Pain

With Doug Keller
8–9 Oct 2017

Yogacampus London
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

This 2-day workshop with Doug Keller will look at sacral stability, low back and hip pain and interweave these with practical work on the bandhas, vayus and breath in asana.

Low Back, sacral and hip pain — particularly from problems of weakness and sacral instability — not only arise in everyday life, but are sometimes worsened through yoga practice that overemphasizes flexibility. This is a paradox, since yoga since its inception has been about stability in every sense of the word!

This course will focus on pain problems arising in and around the sacrum, as well as related problems in the hips and low back. We will take a practical approach to stability that weaves in ideas concerning bandhas and the Vayus that can be incorporated into both asana and pranayama (and breath is indeed a vital part of pain management!)

This will include practical toning exercises for the ‘core’ related to the experience of the Vayus as intimately related to bandha. This practical work is related to the concepts contained in ‘The Fascial Web’ by Schultz and Feitis, as well as ideas developed by Orit Sen-Gupta in ‘Vayu’s Gate.’

This 2-day workshop with Doug Keller will look at sacral stability, low back and hip pain and interweave these with practical work on the bandhas, vayus and breath in asana. The training will be a combination of lecture and practice, in the form of ‘news you can use’ that is helpful to both teachers and inquiring practitioners of yoga.

5 Day Intensive
Doug will also be running a 5 day intensive to complement this workshop looking in-depth at the neck and shoulders; focusing on upper body and spinal health, with an additional focus on working with scoliosis at sacral stability: The Therapeutic Wisdom of Yoga: Rewriting the Story of Our Health and Growth from the 03rd to 07th October.

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

Times

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

Eligibility

Open to yoga teachers and inquiring students.

Capacity

50

Teaching Yoga and Mindfulness to Young People - London

With Charlotta Martinus
11–15 Oct 2017

The Skylight Centre
49 Corsica Street, London N5 1JT

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

Requirements

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

Eligibility

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

Capacity

25

Emergency First Aid at Work Certificate - Manchester

With Chris Dunkerley
14 Oct 2017

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

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 Chris Dunkerley 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

10am to 5pm with 30 minutes for lunch

Eligibility

Open to all.

Capacity

12

Yoga for Anxiety and Depression

With Lisa Kaley-Isley
18–22 Oct 2017

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

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

_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

Restorative Inversions

With Adelene Cheong, Lizzie Lasater
20 Oct 2017

Yogacampus London
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

The most advanced and powerful poses in Restorative yoga for quieting the brain, decreasing anxiety, boosting the immune system, fertility, and hormonal balance.

Join us for a targeted look at the theory, alignment and energetics of supported inversions. Enjoy and rejoice in the experience of these potent poses.

Moving from control to surrender, the day will include discussion and practice:

  • Benefits of inversions
  • Common fears
  • Safe practices
  • Contraindications
  • Preparing to invert
  • Prana and apana energy
  • Inversions and menstruation

Key poses include:

  • Salamba Setu Bandhasana (Supported Bridge Pose)
  • Viparita Karani variations (Elevated Legs up the Wall)
  • Salamba Sarvangasana (Chair Shoulder Stand)

Appropriate for teachers and serious students. Please bring an eye cover, notebook, and dress warmly.

Join Adelene Cheong and Lizzie Lasater (both Advanced Relax and Renew® Trainers) for this special and vital workshop.

Times

9.30am to 5pm with a lunch break.

Eligibility

This workshop is suitable for teachers and dedicated practitioners.

Capacity

30

Deep Rest: A Weekend for Women with Adelene Cheong and Lizzie Lasater

With Adelene Cheong, Lizzie Lasater
21–22 Oct 2017

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

Overwhelmed, overworked, and overcommitted, women today don’t need more of anything, except rest.

Join Lizzie Lasater and Adelene Cheong for two days of active and quiet practice from the sacred feminine.

Moving from contraction to expansion, we will practice:

  • Somatic inquiry
  • Breath-based asana
  • Restorative yoga
  • Meditation
  • Yoga Nidra

Moving beyond the physical, discussion topics will include:

  • Relationship between the physical, energetic and emotional bodies
  • Anatomy of the female pelvis
  • Embodied empathy
  • Becoming vulnerable to yourself
  • The physiology of relaxation

Through these potent methods for decreasing anxiety, dissolving feelings of isolation, and finding stillness amidst the busyness of your life, we will find refuge on the mat.

Focused on abundance and optimism, this workshop nourishes your heart energy to help move toward silence. Paradoxically, by giving yourself the gift of intense rest, you make space to discover more energy for relationships, work and creativity.

Appropriate for women of all ages and levels. All sharing and partner work is completely optional. Please bring an eye cover, two blankets, a notebook, and dress warmly. This workshop is also very appropriate for yoga teachers interested in adding Restorative yoga elements to their classes.

Times

9.30am to 5pm each day with one hour for lunch

Eligibility

This workshop is open to all, and suitable for yoga teachers interested in adding Restorative yoga elements to their classes.

Capacity

26

Emergency First Aid at Work Certificate

With Michael Bond
29 Oct 2017

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

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

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

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

STATEMENT OF INCLUSION from Uma:

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

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

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

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

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

Requirements

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

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

Eligibility

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

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

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

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

All participants need to have fluent spoken and written English.

Capacity

36

Ashtanga Yoga and the Art of Adjusting

With Donna Southwell
4–5 Nov 2017

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

This weekend workshop will help to deepen your knowledge of the postures in the Ashtanga Yoga primary series. It will also provide you with the skills to work with Ashtanga Yoga students in a safe, effective and authentic way.

During the weekend we will look at:

  • The alignment of the postures in the Ashtanga Yoga primary series
  • The principles behind safe and effective hands on adjustments
  • How to give safe and effective hands on adjustments
  • How to modify the practice for common injuries and contra-indications
  • How to hold the space for safe and transformational practice

Donna has been practising Ashtanga yoga since 1999. She spent a number of years studying with Hamish Hendry at Ashtanga Yoga London where she learnt to teach in the traditional hands on method. She has been travelling regularly to study in Mysore since 2002, originally studying with Sri K Pattabhi Jois and now studying with Sharath Jois. In 2012 she received the level 2 authorisation qualifying her to teach both the primary and intermediate series of Ashtanga.

Times

9.30am to 5pm each day with time for lunch.

Eligibility

Open to yoga teachers and trainees. Those from other disciplines are also welcome to attend if they have an interest in Ashtanga.

Capacity

30

Integrating Mindfulness and Compassion in Professional Practice

With Karen Atkinson
10 Nov – 20 Apr 2018

Yogacampus London
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

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

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

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

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

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

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

INSTILL Conference 2017 on Yoga, Education and Well Being in Schools

With Charlotta Martinus
11 Nov 2017

Pimlico Academy
Lupus Street, London SW1V 3AT

£90 or £75 for members of The Teen Yoga Foundation

Details at yogacampus.com

It is an exciting time to be working with yoga in education!

At the 2015 and 2016 Instill conference, we focused on identifying and discussing the benefits of yoga for young people in schools. During the conference and since we have seen a lot of evidence of these benefits, and furthermore that schools are beginning to notice the value of yoga. Figures from the Department of Education in 2010 indicate that 22% of primary schools offered yoga in some form in the UK at that time, and over the intervening years it has become increasingly available in secondary schools. The practice of yoga for young people is extending and consolidating, here and in other countries.

With this in mind, the Instill conference aims to offer a forum for everyone working with yoga in education, which includes schools interested in offering yoga as well as PE teachers and yoga teachers. The conference is an invitation to come together and explore current practices and research findings in the field in order to develop a coherent, powerful and unified voice for yoga in education and to identify and share good practice in yoga in schools.

Yoga is rising to the challenges of helping schools respond to PSHE outlines, responding to Ofsted’s focus on Social and Emotional Learning and also the new requirement to deliver Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural guidance to pupils. The conference offers a valuable opportunity to explore these challenges. We are moving forward from a focus on why do yoga to how.

Instill is now in its third year, and we hope to provide plenty of spaces for reflection and conversation, aiming to promote interaction and exchange of ideas, so that all the voices are heard.

Here is a clip from the 2015 conference.

Times

9am to 5.30pm

Requirements

Please note that bookings made through us are taken on behalf of The Teen Yoga Foundation. All queries relating to the conference should be sent to The Teen Yoga Foundation at info@teenyogafoundation.com or call 01761 470658.

Eligibility

Open to all with an interest in yoga, education and well-being in schools.

Capacity

50

Yoga Nidra: The Sleep of Awakening

With Rod Stryker
11–15 Nov 2017

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

Yoga Nidra is the sublime science of complete relaxation. But, it is more than that. Rooted in a vast body of knowledge, Yoga Nidra has five different aims or outcomes. Depending upon which one of these five you wish to achieve, the approach changes. On the most basic level, Yoga Nidra is a comprehensive method for maximising health and well being. On a deeper level, it is a wholly spiritual practice; and somewhere in between, it is one of the most profound and accessible ways to reshape the unconscious positively. In this master training, we outline several of the aims of nidra as well as the theory of sankalpa––how you bring thought into form. We then relate this to the concept of dharma and engage some specific exercises to help you achieve yours.

Over the 5 days of this training, you can expect to be fully immersed in this profound tantric practice with some 12 to 14 nidra practices. We will draw on the wisdom of the koshas to inform both your teaching and practice, as well as your life off the mat. The focus of the training will be on Nidra as a healing modality; a transformative modality; a modality for sankalpa; a modality for transcendence; and finally–and the most subtle application of Yoga Nidra–on accessing the timeless wisdom of the sages.

In addition, we will delve into Yoga Nidra in light of the timeless teaching of the Mandukya Upanishad, which explains the three states of consciousness: waking, dreaming and sleeping. This scripture provides valuable insights into the practice of Yoga Nidra and the process of achieving the “4th state”––transcending all other states and revealing the sublime experience of Yoga Nidra.

The 5 days will include joint and subtle movement practices to prepare for the practice. As Yoga Nidra involves total relaxation on the floor, you will need to ensure that you are warm and comfortable lying for extended periods. As well as your mat, please bring with you a thicker mat or extra padding to lie on, a pillow for your head and a blanket to cover yourself.

We are honoured that Rod has agreed to share his teachings at Yogacampus once again following his sold out course last year.

What students are saying about Yogarupa’s Yoga Nidra training:

Yoga Nidra is deeply transformational. When the constrictions of breath and body and the stains of the mind dissolve, we can see clearly. When the source of suffering is revealed by our Soul and higher mind, we can plant the seeds of new ideas in the fertile field of consciousness. At the most elemental, Yoga Nidra relaxes and heals. At its most profound, you will be awakened to the fourth dimension, Turiya. Between those two, Yoga Nidra, when administered skilfully, serves as a tool to change unhelpful mental patterns and wrong self-perception and even heal the effects of trauma. Transformation is gradual but sometimes there are sudden leaps…I felt myself bursting out of the golden egg as a new person.“ ––Inge

This training has been profound for me on a healing level, I have had so many breakthroughs and deep insights. I’m very grateful that I came into this training with a background in yoga as that depth allowed me to access the layers I did. Recognizing, seeing and feeling “the stain” was revolutionary for me––I’m so excited to work with my new sankalpas, it’s going to transform everything! I could never have arrived there on my own!” ––Lindsay

Any senior yoga teacher must graduate to the practice and understanding of Yoga Nidra. Rod teaches from the voices of the ancient teachers, bringing a rich tradition to life.” ––Jeanne

Recommended Reading

Enlightenment without God: Mandukya Upanishad by Swami Rama.

Yogarupa also recommends that for that the month or two prior to the start of the training you begin or recommit to your meditation practice. It will be an invaluable aid to understanding the course curriculum as well as contributing to your overall experience of the training.

If you are interested in exploring yoga nidra from a range of different traditions, incorporating a variety of practice methods and supporting different levels of experience, Yogacampus also offers training in Total Yoga Nidra with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and Nirlipta Tuli at both Foundation level and Teacher/Facilitator Training level.

Times

9.30 am to 5.00 pm each day

Eligibility

This training is primarily designed for those who have completed at least one previous 5 or 6 day training with Rod, whether with Yogacampus or elsewhere. If you have not completed a previous training with Rod, you are eligible to take this intensive if you are a qualified yoga teacher and/or if you have been practising yoga for a minimum of 3 years and have a working knowledge of the subtle body as well as the principles of pranayama and hatha yoga.

Capacity

93

Total Yoga Nidra Foundation - Manchester 2017

With Janice Wong, Gillian Shippey, Nirlipta Tuli
11–12 Nov 2017

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.

The Total Yoga Nidra Open Access Foundation Weekend 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Times

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

Eligibility

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

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

Capacity

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.

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

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

With Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, Nirlipta Tuli
1 Dec Aug 2017

Please enquire with the Yoga Nidra Network

Details at yogacampus.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

STATEMENT of INCLUSION

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eligibility

Please enquire with The Yoga Nidra Network directly

Capacity

Please enquire with the Yoga Nidra Network

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Times

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

Eligibility

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

Capacity

32

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