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.

Watch Your Back - a Healthy Approach to Teaching Spinal Alignment

With Jane Craggs, Louise Tanner
15 Dec 2018

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

£75 each or £280 for all 4 in the series

Details at yogacampus.com

The approach in this workshop will be to help students become aware of how they hold and move their bodies habitually. They will then build on this using simple, asana sequences that retrain the mind and body to find healthy function and alignment, on and off the yoga mat. The day will involve therapeutic mobilisation and stabilisation practices. There will also be teaching about the function of the spine, how it works, common problems and how mindful yoga can help.

Topics that will be covered in this workshop:

• Yoga therapy – focus on function
• The Spine – major muscles
• Asana Practice for stabilisation
• The need for mobilisation and Integrated Movement
• Asana Practice – Mobilisation

What you can expect to benefit from coming to the training:

• Understand neutral alignment, flexion and extension of the spine
• Learn how to apply this understanding functionally in asana
• Learn how the breath supports both alignment and function of the spine
• Learn how to work with breath and body to develop spinal stability
• Learn how to work with breath and body to develop appropriate mobility

Question and answers will be integrated throughout the day.

The Mindful Teaching Series is a set of four 1 day workshops that will cover various topics to improve yoga teaching skills.

15th September 2018 – Essential Breath – Breathing Into Physical and Mental Alignment

15th December 2018 – Watch your Back – A Healthy Approach to Teaching Spinal Alignment

2nd March 2019 – Confident Teaching – Supporting Your Students’ Progression

1st June 2019 – Yogic Heritage – Re-integrating Asana Into Philosophical Context

Book all four workshops together and save £20!

Times

930am to 5pm

Eligibility

Open to yoga teachers, trainees, and all of those with an interest in the topic

Capacity

30

Total Yoga Nidra Teacher and Facilitator Training

With Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, Nirlipta Tuli, Ben Wolff
18 Jan 2019

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

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

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

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

What is Total Yoga Nidra?

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

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

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

In this course you will learn:

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

Topics covered include:

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

Before you apply:

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

A prerequisite for taking this course is satisfactory completion of the Total Yoga Nidra Immersion Experience: Comparative and Creative Forms of Yoga Nidra , formerly known as the Total Yoga Nidra Foundation . Please note that this course is also available online, to be completed at your own pace. You can purchase the Total Yoga Nidra Online Foundation here.

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

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

STATEMENT OF INCLUSION

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

Requirements

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

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

Eligibility

The course is primarily designed for qualified yoga teachers and yoga therapists and trainee yoga teachers who have completed the Total Yoga Nidra Immersion Experience (formerly known as the ‘Foundation’ course).

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 Immersion Experience, are also welcome but will need to complete the application form.

If you are interested in joining the course for personal development only and are not interested in teaching yoga nidra, you are welcome to join and will not be required to deliver yoga nidra to the group, or do the case-study and will not receive a Yogacampus certificate .
Yoga teachers who have already completed the Total Yoga Nidra Immersion Experience do not need to complete the application form and can book directly onto the course via the Yogacampus website.

In very exceptional circumstances, yoga teachers with a broad background of using yoga nidra in different settings, yoga nidra teachers and those that have experiences a large range of yoga nidra from different traditions may be able to join the training without completing the Immersion Experience – if you feel that you would be eligible for this, 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

Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training - Manchester

With Janine Hurley
18 Jan 2019

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

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

The course will cover:

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

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

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

Times

09.30 to 17.00 each day with one hour for lunch.

Eligibility

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

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

Capacity

30

Emergency First Aid at Work Certificate - London 2019

With Paul Woodhouse
19 Jan 2019

Yogacampus Finsbury Park
7 Thane Works,
Thane Villas, London N7 7PH

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 Paul 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

Alternative 2019 dates for this course are as follows:

Saturday 19th January 2019 at Yogacampus Finsbury Park. (Sold out)
Sunday 10th February 2019 at West London Buddhist Centre.
Sunday 10th March 2019 at West London Buddhist Centre.
Sunday 14th April 2019 at West London Buddhist Centre.
Sunday 12th May 2019 at West London Buddhist Centre.
Sunday 16th June 2019 at West London Buddhist Centre.
Sunday 8th September 2019 at West London Buddhist Centre.
Sunday 3rd November 2019 at West London Buddhist Centre.
Sunday 8th December 2019 at Yogacampus Finsbury Park.

Click the ‘Book Now’ on the right hand side of this webpage to book selected sessions from the above dates (subject to availability). Dates mentioned above are for reference purposes, bookings will open approx. 2 calendar months before start date.

Times

9.30am to 4.30pm with 30 minutes for lunch

Eligibility

Open to all.

Capacity

12

Yoga as a Somatic Practice

With Susanne Lahusen
20 Jan 2019

Yogacampus Finsbury Park
7 Thane Works,
Thane Villas, London N7 7PH

How can somatic practices help us to have a yoga practice that is more in tune with our individual anatomy and way of moving?

Somatic practices give equal value to internal experience and external observation and guidance. Examples are Feldenkrais, the Alexander Technique, Hanna Somatics and Body Mind Centering.

Integration of these and other techniques into yoga classes is becoming more popular. Traditionally, yoga classes give very clear instructions as to what is the correct way to perform an asana. Modifications are permitted as long as they can be seen as either a stepping stone towards an ideal form of an asana, or as a substitute e.g. in case of injury. In any case, they are usually regarded as less advanced and somewhat inferior.

Recent research in fascia and neuroscience has led to doubts about the usefulness of always going into a movement the same way with the same dynamics and from the same angle. Habitual patterns, no matter how helpful they might have been initially, might no longer contribute to healthy fascia and functional and enjoyable movement.

Much of this research has led to a much greater support of somatic approaches in yoga teaching. The challenge is to find an experiential, somatically-influenced approach, whilst not being too open ended to fit into a conventional yoga class structure.

What can you expect

  • Practical somatic exercises that can give us more movement choices
  • Techniques to become aware of habits and holding patterns
  • Breathing practices that can be integrated into everyday life as well as yoga practice
  • Theoretical knowledge about the history of somatics, its key proponents, ideas and practices
  • Examples of recent myofascial and neuroscientific research that support somatic theories, and how these findings can change the way we move, exercise and practice yoga
  • Practical ideas of how we can integrate somatic work into a yoga class without losing structure, clarity and flow whilst encouraging experiential approaches and playfulness

Student in photograph: Julienne Schembri

Times

10am to 5pm with a 60-minute lunch break.

Eligibility

Open to all.

Capacity

28

Yoga for Anxiety and Depression - 2019

With Lisa Kaley-Isley
23 Jan 2019

Yogacampus Finsbury Park
7 Thane Works,
Thane Villas, London N7 7PH

The training intensive will integrate practical application of yoga philosophy and practice. We will review the models of the kosha-s, guna-s, dosha-s and vital 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.

Topics will be covered over the course of 5 days:

•Conceptual models to understand how the mind and body interact and influence each other to give rise to the symptoms of anxiety and depression, and how yoga practice facilitates mental health.

•The vital role of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) in how we react, respond, and cope with internal and external stressors.

•Guidance to select and sequence yoga practices to positively influence the direction of change in the body-mind for self-practice and teaching.

•Key principles for teaching students experiencing anxiety and depression, and best practices to create a safe space in general yoga classes.

By attending this training, you can expect to gain:

•Personal experience of integrated yoga practices designed to create greater clarity, peace, and capacity in every part of yourself

•In pairs experience teaching a sattva enhancing approach to yoga practice

•Increased understanding of anxiety and depression as aspects of the human condition, and expanded confidence to use yoga practice and philosophy to relieve symptoms of these conditions

•Enhanced self-awareness and self-compassion

•An opportunity to ask questions relevant to adapting yoga practices to improve mental health

Suggested outline for the day

10:00 Daily welcoming check in and practice
11:30 Time for yourself to use as you need and like
11:45 Morning lecture and practice
13:00 Lunch break
14:00 Guided relaxation to digest
14:30 Afternoon lecture
15:30 Time for yourself to use as you need and like
15:45 Afternoon practice
17:00 Q & A, catch up, review
17:30 Close for the day

Day 1 Organising framework for the course, Kosha’s, Kosha’s experienced in integrated practice
Day 2 Autonomic nervous system, Dosha’s, Prana Vayus, Regulation of prana in practice
Day 3 Gunas, Diagnostic symptoms of Anxiety, practice to calm stress and anxiety
Day 4 Vital essences, Diagnostic symptoms of Depression, practice to lift mood and energy
Day 5 Scope of practice, teaching principles, practice teaching, integration of the 5 days

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

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

28

Vinyasa Krama: the Energetics of Sequencing – A ParaYoga Master Training

With Tanya Boigenzahn
30 Jan 2019

Yogacampus Finsbury Park
7 Thane Works,
Thane Villas, London N7 7PH

Vinyasa Krama means “wise progression.” It refers to the ancient and time tested principles of sequencing which are the foundation for the high art of truly skilled, compelling and powerful teaching–the essential piece that separates great yoga teachers from the rest.

Explore the principles for radical efficiency and effectiveness in your teaching, how to address specific physical/mental needs of your students, how to use asana holistically, maximizing the bio-mechanics of your classes as well as how to maximize the benefits of every class you teach and/or your personal practice.

In the Vinyasa Krama training, you will learn various methodologies to create a complete practice that embodies a theme and creates an intentional result.

Topics Covered

  • The physical/bio-mechanic considerations of safe and affective sequencing
  • The energetic effect of all major asanas
  • Orchestrating the arc of a class at the levels of mind, body, and energy
  • Heightening the accessibility to more challenging poses
  • The asanas and pranayama practices that support particular meditation techniques
  • Practice and the gunas (the three attributes of the natural world)
  • Sequencing for your ayurvedic type
  • Practice and its affect on the Three Essences
  • Designing a practice to suit your life and aspirations
  • The art of efficiency and effectiveness
  • An entirely rewritten and redesigned 150-plus page manual for Vinyasa Krama that follows the newly formatted and organized lectures point by point

Recommended Reading
The Heart of Yoga by TKV Desikachar (pp IX-140)

It is recommended that you read it before the workshop begins. For those of you interested in receiving course credit for your Level I or II Certification with ParaYoga and/or the Yoga Alliance RYT program, the reading and its corresponding book report is mandatory.

Times

9.30 AM to 1PM and 2.30PM to 6.00PM each day

Eligibility

Open to yoga teachers and teacher trainees.

Capacity

28

Teaching Yin Yoga: Minds, Meridians, Moments - London

With Norman Blair
6 Feb 2019

Yogacampus Islington
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

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

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

Special guest teachers on the course:

Anatomy session with Emma Charlton
Emma Charlton – an experienced aromatherapist and body worker who began teaching soft tissue anatomy in 2004 and has co-taught on part of Norman Blair’s Yin Yoga Intensive’s team for the past 3 years – will host an anatomy session which is a chance to explore how your body functions in relation to your yoga practice. Together we’ll look at the anatomy of a selection of yin yoga poses in a format designed to make anatomy accessible and relevant to your yoga practice. The afternoon will also include a discussion about fascia; definitions, structure, function and its role in moving and supporting our human forms. The afternoon is a chance to share and develop your anatomy understanding and inspire you to continue learning about the body as you continue along your yoga journey.

Meditation session with Maitripushpa Bois
A self-proclaimed meditation geek, Maitripushpa has practicing meditation for over 30 years. Drawing mainly from the Buddhist tradition, her teaching is also influenced by her practice and study of meditation from the Taoist, Confucian, Catholic (Benedictine and Jesuit) traditions as well as by her 20+ year yoga practice and its meditative elements. In this session, Maitripushpa will discuss the role of meditation and how it can compliment a Yin Yoga practice.

Breathing session with Ben Wolff
Ben is a London-based yoga teacher, clinical hypnotherapist and dream yoga practitioner who’s main focus is on The Breath. Having spent 5 years researching its healing power and ability to relieve, reduce and remove suffering, he has established more than 50 individual and unique breaths specifically targeted to individual conditions and pathologies according to physiological principles based on how the nervous system operates. In this session, Ben will discuss The Breath and various breathing techniques.
In our Yang world, Yin yoga is becoming increasingly popular. Come along and find out how this staying in poses can profoundly influence the quality of our well-being: as well as physical stretching, this form of practice impacts on our energetic body, our mental states and our emotions. Learn from experiencing this practice first hand how you can incorporate Yin yoga in your practicing and your teaching.

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

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

Recommended reading:
Brightening Our Inner Skies: Yin and Yoga

Times

10am to 5pm each day with time for lunch.

Eligibility

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

Capacity

36

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

With Ayala Homossany
8 Feb 2019

Yogacampus Finsbury Park
7 Thane Works,
Thane Villas, London N7 7PH

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.

In this feature, Ayala shares Five Steps for Fostering Children’s Creativity and Self-Expression Through Yoga – click here to read!

Times

10.00 to 17.00 with one hour for lunch

Eligibility

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

Capacity

20

Emergency First Aid at Work Certificate - London 2019

With Paul Woodhouse
10 Feb 2019

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 Paul 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

Alternative 2019 dates for this course are as follows:

Saturday 19th January 2019 at Yogacampus Finsbury Park. (Sold out)
Sunday 10th February 2019 at West London Buddhist Centre.
Sunday 10th March 2019 at West London Buddhist Centre.
Sunday 14th April 2019 at West London Buddhist Centre.
Sunday 12th May 2019 at West London Buddhist Centre.
Sunday 16th June 2019 at West London Buddhist Centre.
Sunday 8th September 2019 at West London Buddhist Centre.
Sunday 3rd November 2019 at West London Buddhist Centre.
Sunday 8th December 2019 at Yogacampus Finsbury Park.

Click the ‘Book Now’ on the right hand side of this webpage to book selected sessions from the above dates (subject to availability). Dates mentioned above are for reference purposes, bookings will open approx. 2 calendar months before start date.

Times

9.30am to 4.30pm with 30 minutes for lunch

Eligibility

Open to all.

Capacity

12

Emergency First Aid at Work Certificate - Manchester

With Chris Dunkerley
10 Feb 2019

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

Women in Yoga: Workshop Collaboration

With Ruth Westoby, Eunice Laurel
10 Feb 2019

Yogacampus Finsbury Park
7 Thane Works,
Thane Villas, London N7 7PH

We will take various perspectives – such as the history of women in yoga, awareness of an individual’s lived experience, power dynamics and the gendered esoteric yogic body – to explore the picture of women and the feminine in yoga. Gender issues in yoga affect multiple aspects of practicing and teaching yoga, and are embedded in the story of yoga’s past, both historically and philosophically. This area has seen an upsurge in attention in recent years and this workshop is an opportunity to think and feel our way through the facts, theories and possible opportunities. Eunice Laurel and Ruth Westoby will co-facilitate this discussion, combining their respective research to present a practical, theoretical and resource-rich workshop on women in yoga.

This workshop offers:
• The history of women in yoga led by Ruth Westoby
• Sexual trauma: the history of a survivor’s body led by Eunice Laurel
• Critical gender issues in modern yoga co-facilitated by Eunice Laurel and Ruth Westoby
• Trauma-aware yoga perspectives for a general class co-facilitated by Eunice Laurel and Ruth Westoby

Learning outcomes
This workshop will equip participants with a felt experience and historical framework within which to situate critical enquiries around women and gender in yoga. Eunice and Ruth will present interactive and discussion-based learning in a respectful environment to process the material and develop personal viewpoints. Participants will take home comprehensive resource guides to continue their studies in this area.

Certification
You will receive a certificate of completion. This is not a trauma-informed training course to enable you to teach to specific trauma populations.

Eunice Laurel
Eunice is the founder of independent yoga programme, Movement for Healing, that offers free and sliding-scale trauma-inclusive yoga and self-care tools to women who have experienced sexual violence. She partners with female-centred rape crisis support and advocacy organisations in London, as well as serving private clients and groups. Eunice has been studying yoga since 2000, and teaching for nearly 15 years.
www.movementforhealing.org
www.eunicelaurel.com

Ruth Westoby
Ruth Westoby is fascinated by yoga both in academia and practice. Ruth began practicing yoga over twenty years ago, started teaching fifteen years ago and is researching for a doctoral degree on gendered constructions in haṭha yoga at SOAS under the supervision of James Mallinson. The teachers who have influenced Ruth include Hamish Hendry and Richard Freeman. Ruth works on Yoga Teacher Training courses teaching history and philosophy, as well as various workshops and writings.
www.enigmatic.yoga

Times

9.30am to 5pm

Eligibility

Open to all.

Capacity

28

Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training - London 2019

With Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, Lisa White
13 Feb 2019

Colet House
151 Talgarth Road , London W14 9DA

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

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

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

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

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

Pregnancy Yoga as Yoga Therapy

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

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

STATEMENT OF INCLUSION

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

Times

TIMINGS
Wednesday: 10.00 to 18.30
Thursday: 09.30 to 18.00 and 18.30 to 20.30
Friday: 09.30 to 18.30
Saturday: 09.30 to 18.00 and 18.30 to 21.30
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

45

Yoga Therapy for Menstrual Health and Fertility

With Uma Dinsmore-Tuli
15 Feb 2019

Yogacampus Islington
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

The intention of this day is to provide practical experience of rhythmic and restorative yoga postures (asana), gestures (mudra), breath (pranayama), energy locks (bandha) and heart-based meditations (yoga nidra) that promote healthy menstruation and optimise fertility. Therapeutic sequences of integrated yoga postures will be taught, and relevant case studies discussed. An overview of common menstrual and fertility challenges and opportunities will be discussed in relation to appropriate yoga therapeutic responses. By the end of the day, participants will have a thorough understanding of the key practical and theoretical yoga therapeutic range of responses that are helpful to support healthy menstruation and optimal fertility.

There will be plenty of opportunity for questions and discussions of specific issues relation to yoga and menstrual health. If you have specific personal or professional interests relating to fertility and menstruation, you are invited to bring your questions and experiences to share with the group. The programme is open to responsive, intuitive atunements and adjustments to meet the specific needs of those attending.

Proposed schedule
10.00 Welcome, meditation, introductions and motivations
10.30 Yoga nidra for menstrual health and optimal fertility
11.00 Overview of menstrual and fertility challenges, relevant anatomy and subtle anatomy (energy pathways), and yoga therapeutic range of response
11.40 Short break
11.50 Practical yoga to support healthy menstruation and optimal fertility, including nada yoga (sound), rhythmic asanas to unblock energy (shakti bandhas), pointers for self-study (swadhyaya) – restorative yoga, and fluid nourishing sequences of movement and breath to optimise prana for menstrual and reproductive health
13.00-14.00 LUNCH
14.00 Questions and offerings – issues arising from the morning session
14.30 Exploring natural fertility management from a yogic perspective: considering the significance of the natal moon for conception and contraception, and the observation of menstrual cycle shifts (dreams, emotions, feelings and physical signs), cervical mucus, cervical position and basal temperature as a form of self-knowledge (svadhyaya)
15.00 The lunar dimension of yoga therapy for optimal fertility and menstrual health – honouring the moons inside and outside – theory and practice (modified chandra sequences with yoga therapy for menstrual pain relief and ovulatory support)
15.30 Hasta mudra variations of promoting optimal menstrual health and to enhance fertility
16.00 Mantra and yoga nidra to optimise prana flow in the heart/womb meridian
16.30 Further questions and evaluations
16.40 Closing meditation and shakti circle for support and development of optimal fertility
17.00 Close

Recommended pre-course reading and listening

For this one-day workshop, there is recommended pre-course reading and listening freely downloadable by clicking on the the links below. The details are also included in your booking confirmation email.

Reading

The Introduction to Yoni Shakti PDF

Heart Womb River Sacred Greeting Gesture PDF

Listening

Please listen to the following Yoga Nidra practice:s

Yoni Shakti Yoga Nidra 3: Cyclical Wisdom (Menstruation, cycles and seasonal turnings – Tara)

Yoni Shakti Yoga Nidra 5: Nourishing Growth (nurturing the capacity to support new life – Bhuvaneshwari)

Living Earth Wild Nidra (rooted and enraptured)

Optional additional Reading

Baby Making Bible (yoga practices) – Emma Cannon

Total Fertility – Emma Cannon

Total yoga nidra tracks freely downloadable from www.yonishakti.co and www.yoganidranetwork.org

STATEMENT OF INCLUSION

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

Times

Friday 15th February 2019

Eligibility

Although this workshop is particularly relevant for yoga teachers, trainee teachers, and yoga therapists, it is open to all women with an established yoga practice and an interest in fertility and menstrual health.

Capacity

45

Yoga for Digestive Health - Manchester

With Charlotte Watts
16 Feb 2019

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

This training will explore how yoga – with its focus on stilling the mind – can have profound effects through the gut-brain axis on conditions such as IBS, IBD, acid reflux, colitis, diverticulitis and more. Charlotte will shed light on these continual communications between the gut and the brain and the relevance of the fascia, vagus nerve, interoception and proprioception in digestive health. Also how yoga philosophy focuses on accessing this central axis and recognising our need to listen to our visceral states. This will be practically applied for students’ practice and teaching approach.

Topics that will be covered:

•Journey around the digestive system

•Philosophy for the modern gut

•Visceral subtle and physical anatomy

•Body psychotherapy and the chakras

•Practices that particularly support gut-brain axis communication, digestive soothing, visceral ‘slide-and-glide’, grounding for lower chakra connection and intelligent bandha utilisation to reduce, rather than increase tension through the gut

•Specific conditions

What you can expect to gain from the training:

•Gaining understanding of digestive system health as the heart of our whole being, relating and health through all other body systems.

•Understanding how exploring digestive aspects in relation to breath, mindfulness, posture, anatomy, movement, stress and trauma can help us unravel the root causes of unrest in the lower chakras.

•A focus on breath awareness allows the breath to drop into the belly and diaphragm, essential for good digestive function and understanding the fascial connections within the viscera help shape movement that enables optimal function.

•How coming back to a mindful asana practice with guidance from gut feelings can feed into an intelligent practice guided by the yamas and gunas.

Suggested outline for the day

9.30am – 11am – Introduction to the Digestive System from anatomy, fascia and Ayurvedic perspectives

11am – 11.30am – Grounding and somatic practices to drop into the belly

11.30am to 12.30pm – Stress, trauma and modern chakra theory in relation to digestive health

12.30pm – 1pm– Practice to move from the belly and feet

1pm – 2pm LUNCH

2pm – 2.30pm – overview of specific conditions from medical and Ayurvedic perspectives

2.30pm – 3.30pm – Restorative and supported inversion practice

3.30pm – 4.30pm – Sounding, nyasa and meditation

4.30pm – 5pm – Q&A

Click here to read this special feature extracted from Charlotte Watts upcoming publication, Yoga Therapy for Digestive Health (Singing Dragon 2018), on her own journey with digestive health issues and how she overcame them, as well as the biochemistry between your gut and mind, how yoga can support the digestive system and practices to improve gut health.

Times

9.30 to 17.00 with one hour for lunch

Eligibility

Open to all.

Capacity

30

Teaching Yoga and Mindfulness to Young People - Manchester

With Charlotta Martinus
20–24 Feb 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Course content

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

This course will cover:

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

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

Extra Materials:

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.

Podcast: Changing the Face of Yoga Podcast by Stephanie Cunningham; Episode 9 – Teen Yoga for Charlotta Martinus. Click here to listen.

Times

09.30 to 17.00 each day

Eligibility

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

Capacity

30

[Nadis, Circulation and the Joints] and [Gravity as Therapy: SATYA, Savasana and Yoga Nidra]

With Tias Little
1–2 Mar 2019

Yogacampus Islington
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

Nadis, Circulation and the Joints: Friday 1st March

In yoga, the nadis are described as rivers of energy that flow through the body. They are the circulatory pathways of blood, lymphatic and nerve that run through all the tissues of the body. They move via arcs, curves, spirals and elliptical flow. In this immersion, we do SATYA movements and yoga postures that increase circulation through the joints of the body. We use rocking, circular and spiral movements to open the fascia of the body. When there is flow through the currents of the nadis there is radiant health and longevity in the body.

Gravity as Therapy: SATYA, Savasana and Yoga Nidra: Saturday 2nd March

In this class we drop with gravity into the earth in order to heal the subtle body. When we do not resist gravity, but allow our bones and connective tissues to release there is a profound letting go. We alternate between movement and stillness in order to allow awareness to settle into the interior. We use SATYA and savasana to “drop in” so that layers of the psyche and emotional self can dissolve. Then through the practice of yoga nidra, like rain into dry ground, we soak into the essential awareness, nourishing nerve, blood and bone.

Booking Update:
There are limited drop in sessions available for these workshops, as it is also a requirement for the SATYA1 training. In order to be fair, places are being reserved for those wishing to do the full qualification (5 day intensive + 1 day workshop of choice).

Friday 1st March: Nadis, Circulation and the Joints – Still available for drop in.

Saturday 2nd March: Gravity as Therapy: SATYA, Savasana and Yoga Nidra – Fully booked for drop in (please add your name to the wait list)

If you are doing the full SATYA qualification and wish to book one of the above workshops alongside the intensive, email us on info@yogacampus.com with your chosen workshop (if it is not available for booking directly through the website).

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

Times

9.30 to 17.00 each day

Eligibility

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

Capacity

50

The Art of Sacred Sound: Foundation Course

With Anne Malone
1 Mar – 9 Jun 2019

Yogacampus Finsbury Park
7 Thane Works,
Thane Villas, London N7 7PH

£550 (£50 off until 31st December 2018 until )

Details at yogacampus.com

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…

Who is this training for?

Anyone interested in an introduction to combining Sound Healing, Mantra and Song within their Yoga/Holistic practice and/or class; musicians who wish to add a healing dimension to their compositions; anyone wanting to learn how to use Singing Bowls, Drums, and Rainstick; and those wishing to enhance their quality of life and healing through the use of sound therapy.

Module 1
Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd March

During the first weekend, participants will be introduced to the following concepts, ideas, and experiential practices:

  • Introduction to Singing Bowls (how they are made and history of the bowls)
  • How to play a Singing Bowl
  • Group demonstration and explanation of techniques (mallet hold and placement, playing/singing technique)
  • Introduction to placement of Bowls directly on body and science behind vibrational contact and effect on molecular make up of body
  • Group demonstration and explanation of techniques (how to stabilise Bowl on body, techniques for singing the Bowl on body)
  • Introduction to Shamanic Drum and Rainstick
  • 1:1 demonstration, practice and technique guidance
  • Incorporating Singing Bowls, Drum and Rainstick to create a Sound Bath

The weekend will also include a 90 minute Sound Bath using all Sacred Sound instruments and skills demonstration and facilitation of Sound Bath by Anne.

Module 2
Friday 7th to Sunday 9th June

During the second weekend, participants will be introduced to the following concepts, ideas, and experiential practices:

  • Introduction to additional Instruments: Hang & Sansula
  • Introduction of Song/Mantra/Chant into class Savasana
  • Introduction to Guided Meditation for Sound Bath
  • Devise guided meditation based on personal experience
  • Group practice

The weekend will also include a 90 minute Sound Bath using all Sacred Sound instruments and skills demonstration and facilitation of Sound Bath by Anne.

In between the two modules students will be expected to practice and embed their learning from Module 1, as well as schedule a 1:1 session with Anne to go over any questions and practice some of the techniques with Anne’s guidance (at no extra cost to the student).

Times

Each session will run from 9.30am 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

18

Yoga for Scoliosis: An Introductory Workshop

With Adelene Cheong
2 Mar 2019

Yogacampus Finsbury Park
7 Thane Works,
Thane Villas, London N7 7PH

Can yoga improve the condition of scoliosis? How does one practice yoga with scoliosis? Does it help, and yield sustainable long term results? What about the frustration, depletion, self-consciousness, disharmony that one can experience? As someone with scoliosis,these are some of the questions Adelene had. This introductory workshop is open to students, teachers and practitioners alike, to demonstrate and offer a tested approach in practising and living with scoliosis.

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

This workshop offers:

  • Insights into the spinal health of those with scoliosis
  • Ability to develop sensory intelligence and acumen
  • Modified practices to improve the symptoms of scoliosis
  • Confidence building in managing and practising with scoliosis
  • Restorative postures to balance and rejuvenate
  • Tips for healthy daily posture for optimal support

Through years of training, research, teaching, self-study and dedicated practice, Adelene has successfully helped herself and many others reclaim freedom (physically, emotionally and mentally), hope and empowerment within themselves.
Join Adelene on this day workshop to understand it, to experience it, to share it!

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

Times

9.30am to 5pm with one hour for lunch

Eligibility

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

Capacity

28

Confident Teaching - Supporting Your Students’ Progression

With Jane Craggs, Louise Tanner
2 Mar 2019

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

£75 each or £280 for all 4 in the series

Details at yogacampus.com

Topics that will be covered in this workshop:

• How to establish breath led class
• Teaching the range within the target group
• Giving your students confidence through authentic, embodied teaching (the why as well as the how)
• How to observe your students, what to look out for (Release valves,)
• Clear instruction; less is more, responding to what students bring, layering and giving space
• Prioritising appropriate adjustment; when to and when not to (from the spine outwards)
• Finding the pleasant reward of the practice (balancing sthira and sukha)
• Mindfulness – the thread that links all the elements of the practice

What you can expect to benefit from coming to the training:

• Learn how to accommodate the needs of their student and what to prioritise, in the class
• Hone observational skill and a learn range of ways to respond to what they see
• Appreciate the level of mindfulness required to teach with clarity and compassion and work towards cultivating this
• Understand that as yoga teachers we are seen as yoga role models so it is our responsibility to be authentic, to teach what we practice and experience.

The day will start with a breath led, deconstructed asana practice, followed by Q&A. Teaching practice group work will be introduced later in the day and then techniques and skills for being a confident teacher will be discussed.

The Mindful Teaching Series is a set of four 1 day workshops that will cover various topics to improve yoga teaching skills.

15th September 2018 – Essential Breath – Breathing Into Physical and Mental Alignment

15th December 2018 – Watch your Back – A Healthy Approach to Teaching Spinal Alignment

2nd March 2019 – Confident Teaching – Supporting Your Students’ Progression

1st June 2019 – Yogic Heritage – Re-integrating Asana Into Philosophical Context

Book all four workshops together and save £20!

Times

930am to 5pm

Eligibility

Open to yoga teachers, trainees, and all of those with an interest in the topic

Capacity

30

Sensory Awareness Training for Yoga Attunement (SATYA 1)

With Tias Little
3 Mar 2019

Yogacampus Islington
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

£675 (£650 ends 31st December until )

Details at yogacampus.com

SATYA
Sensory Awareness Training for Yoga Attunement

In a totally unique way, the SATYA practice opens doorways into the interior, providing new pathways of perception and feeling. It guides students away from “doing” movement and toward sensing, receiving and “being” movement. As an adjunct to yoga practice, somatic awareness leads to embodied wisdom.

SATYA is Prajna Yoga’s “yin” style practice. All the movements are done on the floor in a flowing fashion, without force. The SATYA movements cultivate inner listening and heighten proprioceptive awareness. This awareness is the body’s innate intelligence. By increasing our capacity for sensory awareness, we become more sentient, wakeful beings in the world. The exercises are non-weight bearing and involve sliding, gliding and circular movements to reduce myo-fascial holding in the body.

The SATYA training, along with yoga postures, involves neural-muscular re-education. Like in vinyasa training, breath is combined with movement in order to deepen the respiratory rhythm. All movements support profound physical rest of the body and prepare for savasana and yoga nidra (the yogic sleep).

SATYA 1 Course of Study

During SATYA 1, students will learn the key principles and embody the foundational movements of the SATYA practice.

Topics Covered:

• How to cultivate essential sensory-motor awareness by experiencing small movements out of gravity.
• The way SATYA movements benefit the lower back.
• The effects of SATYA on the iliopsoas and spine.
• The anatomy of the five myo-fascial sheaths and how to use the SATYA movements combined with asana practice to develop an awareness of each sheath.
• How to be in “The Pause” and experience the importance of not doing.
• Reduce body fatigue.
• Address low back pain.
• The importance of spirals and counter spirals.
• “It’s all about the joints”: working with the tendons, ligaments and joint spaces.
• Being in the “Pause”: the importance of not-doing.
• How gravity can be your friend.
• How to “ride the edge” through small movements.

Times

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

Eligibility

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

Capacity

50

In Relation to Gravity: Yoga, Fascia and Assists

With Lizzie Reumont
9 Mar 2019

Yogacampus Finsbury Park
7 Thane Works,
Thane Villas, London N7 7PH

£190 (£170 ends 31st January 2019 until )

Details at yogacampus.com

As yoga practitioners and teachers, our life is spent with a lens on relationship. Relationship to our-self, relationship to others, relationship to the earth; these are fruitful grounds of observation. While these aspects of the yoga practice may seem obvious, these are the very aspects that tend to get confused or altogether lost in the hustle and bustle of teaching at different locations at different times to different people, especially in a large city. Too often the emphasis on the mat is on the ‘what’ instead of the ‘how’; it is up to the teachers to rectify this misunderstanding.

This two day course will strip away at the many layers of complexity of teaching yoga, and address the foundation of relationship, particularly as it pertains to creating healthy boundaries with students assisting in yoga asana. We will explore the building blocks of holding a space, how to body ‘read’, defining levels of touch, and how to use the voice in conjunction with touch to convey meaning. Special time will be given to understanding the role of fascia in releasing strain patterns that become evident through the asana practice and working with a fascial structure to balance physical and emotional form. This course aims to increase confidence as your understanding of communicating through language and touch is refined through iteration and practice over our two days together.

What you can expect:
• An understanding of the role of fascia in movement potential and limitation
• An embodied understanding of levels of touch
• Practice in ‘body reading’ and how it relates to asana
• Hands-on practice in creating and holding safe boundaries of therapeutic relationship
• A deepening of anatomical knowledge and how it relates to body movement
• Clarity on how to assist students into, and out of asana to deepen their understanding of the yoga practice
• Practical ideas about how to use language and energetics rather than hands to assist students
• How to protect yourself as a teacher when serving others
• An in depth toolkit for how to assist students in key asanas such as standings, seated, twists, front extension and inversions
• A mixture of lecture, embodied asana practice and partner work, as well as an iterative process of questions and answers

About Lizzie: An advanced certified Jivamukti teacher, Rolfer, Rolf Movement practitioner and craniosacral therapist, it was a liver transplant in 2013 that gave her special insight to the fascial body and its relationship to organs, muscles and bones. Lizzie’s passion for yoga, movement and touch comes from a place of both theoretical knowledge and self examination; her intention is to create a safe space for teachers to embody and deepen their own understanding of yoga asana, energetic of touch and the fascial body so that they may better interact and encourage positive change within their students.

Times

9.30 to 17.00 each day (with a one hour break for lunch)

Eligibility

Open to yoga teachers and teachers in training. Advanced practitioners with an interest in applying the concepts to self knowledge also welcome.

Capacity

28

Emergency First Aid at Work Certificate - London 2019

With Paul Woodhouse
10 Mar 2019

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 Paul 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

Alternative 2019 dates for this course are as follows:

Saturday 19th January 2019 at Yogacampus Finsbury Park. (Sold out)
Sunday 10th February 2019 at West London Buddhist Centre.
Sunday 10th March 2019 at West London Buddhist Centre.
Sunday 14th April 2019 at West London Buddhist Centre.
Sunday 12th May 2019 at West London Buddhist Centre.
Sunday 16th June 2019 at West London Buddhist Centre.
Sunday 8th September 2019 at West London Buddhist Centre.
Sunday 3rd November 2019 at West London Buddhist Centre.
Sunday 8th December 2019 at Yogacampus Finsbury Park.

Click the ‘Book Now’ on the right hand side of this webpage to book selected sessions from the above dates (subject to availability). Dates mentioned above are for reference purposes, bookings will open approx. 2 calendar months before start date.

Times

9.30am to 4.30pm with 30 minutes for lunch

Eligibility

Open to all.

Capacity

12

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

With Jim Harrington
13 Mar 2019

Yogacampus Finsbury Park
7 Thane Works,
Thane Villas, London N7 7PH

£650 (£575 before 15th January 2019 until )

Details at yogacampus.com

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

This 5-day intensive training is now in its 4th year at Yogacampus. Jim Harrington is an Australian based in Cape Town. He has 20 years yoga teaching experience, holds a diplomas in Remedial Therapies and Sports Therapies, and has years of experience with professional athletes. His background includes a stint as the Yoga Coach to the Indian National Cricket team in a bid to improve fitness and mental focus and 2 seasons touring India with the Delhi Daredevils IPL team.

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

Watch this clip from the 2016 course where Jim explains the practical application of a hand Bandha (Mani bandha) as taught by Simon Borg-Olivier and Bianca Machliss of Yoga Synergy.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jim’s publication on ‘Yoga for Sports Training’ will be released in 2019.

Times

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

Eligibility

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

Capacity

27

Yoga as Therapy for Back Problems

With Anna Blackmore
16 Mar 2019

Yogacampus Finsbury Park
7 Thane Works,
Thane Villas, London N7 7PH

Each year some 40% of the population is affected by back pain and it costs around £5 billion in lost working days. Many people with back pain are told by their doctors to take up yoga. It thus behoves yoga teachers and yoga therapists, to know and understand enough about back problems to have the confidence to be able to help such students.

In this workshop you will learn about some of the most common conditions affecting the back, how to determine which asanas might be suitable and which to avoid. Also how to incorporate breathing and mind techniques (the koshas) in order to help relieve pain, mobilise and strengthen the spine and for rehabilitation and problem prevention.

This weekend workshop will cover:

• Anatomy and pathology of common conditions including; herniated disc, facet joint sprain, sciatica, arthritis, scoliosis, sacroiliac joint pain, spondylolisthesis and more
• How to assess and record posture and spinal movements
• Sequences to address common postural imbalances
• Red flag symptoms and contraindications
• Pain relief
• Relaxation positions and techniques
• The role of the mind
• Simple hands on bodywork techniques
• Yoga poses and sequences for different types of problem
• Breathing and energy blocks

The workshop will contain some theory, as well as practical work, and is aimed at yoga teachers, trainee teachers and yoga therapists.

Anna has been teaching yoga for over 35 years, trained and worked as an osteopath, shiatsu practitioner and hypnotherapist and currently focuses on yoga therapy. She is a faculty member on the Yoga Campus yoga therapy diploma course and also taught for many years on the teacher training courses.

Times

9.30 to 17.00 each day with a one hour lunch break

Eligibility

For yoga teachers, trainee teachers, and yoga therapists wishing to learn more about yoga as a therapy for back problems.

Capacity

28

Advanced Restorative Teacher Training:Therapeutic Aspects of Restorative Yoga

With Judith Hanson Lasater
22 Mar 2019

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

Those who teach restorative yoga frequently discover the amazing power of this practice. This 30 Hour Advanced Restorative Yoga Teacher Training will cover more complex aspects of teaching restorative yoga than the basic Relax and Renew® course. Included will be work with postures that may benefit anxiety, depression, infertility, dysmennorrhoea and other conditions. A section of the workshop will focus on the therapeutic aspect of inversions.

This advanced training also goes into more depth about the therapeutic relationship between the student and the teacher, pranayama, some Ayurveda and more work with the organs. It will also give you training about how to work with students who have more physical/mental challenges.

Eligibility:

To be eligible for this Level 2 advanced training, you need to have completed Judith’s Relax and Renew®: Learning to Teach Restorative Yoga Level 1, and have received a certificate from her, or taken and received a certificate of completion for a Restorative teacher training from Lizzie Lasater or Adelene Cheong.

NO EXCEPTIONS

Pre-Reading:
Before the training you are asked to read:

Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times and Restore and Rebalance: Yoga for Deep Relaxation by Judith Hanson Lasater

The Heart Speaks: a Cardiologist Reveals the Secret Language of Healing by Mimi Gaurneri,

and it is strongly recommended that you read The Female Brain and The Male Brain, by Louann Brizendine.

Props:
As part of this course we will provide 1 bolster, 2 blocks, 2 bricks and these props will be available to purchase at a discount at the end of the course. You are required to bring your own x 5 firm blankets and 1 strap. Ideally you will bring the “D” ring belt that is six feet long and two inches wide.

Please ensure you look out for the reading packet detailing your pre-reading and prop requirements, which will be included in your booking confirmation email.

Times

10.00am to 5.15pm each day

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for this training, you need to have completed Judith’s Relax and Renew®: Learning to Teach Restorative Yoga Level 1, and you should ideally hold a current Relax and Renew® Trainer certificate sent to you by Judith. However, if you have completed the basic training but not yet submitted the project report required for certification, you may still register for this intensive but you must give Judith your completed Level 1 project upon arriving at the first morning session of Level 2.

Capacity

80

Meditation Teacher Training in the Yoga Darshana Tradition of Patanjali

With Anna Bhushan
30 Mar – 2 Apr 2019

Yogacampus Finsbury Park
7 Thane Works,
Thane Villas, London N7 7PH

£550

The Yoga Healing Foundation is offering two-half bursaries at the reduced cost of £275 to cover the course fee. Please contact bursaries@traditionalyoga.co.uk to apply. All applications must be received by 15th February 2019.

Details at yogacampus.com

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

The common thread that runs through all of the ancient Indian systems of thought, including Patanjali’s Yoga Darshana, is the simple idea that we have the potential to transform ourselves, to develop a freer, purer, happier way of being human and to share this great peace with others. At the heart of Yoga Darshana is the practice of meditating on the natural, uncontrolled breath referred to as Prana Samyama. The practice is rooted in the traditions from which contemporary models of mindfulness arise and is central to all Yoga and Dhamma systems.

Our mental and emotional state is always reflected in the breath. When we observe the breath, we are observing the fluctuations of the mind. When we are agitated so is the breath. When we are at peace, so is the breath. The breath is directly connected to the unconscious mind, specifically referred to by Patanjali as ‘citta’, the mind of feeling. Over time in observing the natural breath, we notice our breath becomes harmonious as does our mind. By bringing ourselves to a state of calm awareness, we can then work to transform deep-rooted habits patterns of the mind in order to realise lasting peace within.

“By becoming an observer inside, you nurture the tree of happiness, the reality of your own mind” – Dr Kumar

Through meditating on the natural breath we strengthen the conscious mind and cultivate its ability to be aware. Without awareness we cannot bring about change. Unlike concentrating on other objects of meditation, the natural, uncontrolled breath offers a way to observe and become aware of the subtle reality of the mind at conscious, sub-conscious and unconscious levels. The natural breath is entirely unconditional, objective, free from liking or disliking and brings us into the reality of the present. These qualities of the breath give it a special status within classical meditation traditions and single it out as the purest method for cultivating samadhi (tranquil concentration).

An awareness of the original philosophical and ethical context is fundamental to a good understanding of meditation practice. Dr. Kumar keeps us connected to the source, the lineage and the philosophical principles that are essential to maintain the purity of the original techniques and benefit from them fully. They are not adapted, modified or decontextualized, yet they are secular, systematic and scientific. What is distinctive about this teacher training course is its commitment to present original ancient teachings, in an undiluted practical form for a contemporary audience. The lineage of yogis and teachers that have preserved these techniques for centuries are respected and referenced. Dr Kumar’s guided meditation recordings are at the heart of the training and available to all certified teachers to use in their classes.

Benefits of the technique include:

• The release of deep stress
• An increasingly balanced, positive and contented mind
• Increased will power, independence and compassion
• Transformation of unskilful, negative and inhibiting tendencies of the mind
• Subtler awareness of self and others
• Mindfulness in the present moment
• Greater concentration, insight and focus

During the course you will:

• Gain a deep understanding of the technique in both theory and practice
• Develop the knowledge of how this technique relates to other meditation practices and why it is central to Patanjali’s eightfold path and Buddha’s teaching.
• Understand the stages of meditation and their systematic development
• Learn the skills to facilitate your students’ practice and answer their questions
• Access a comprehensive, easy-to-follow handbook covering all aspects of instruction, course notes for students and FAQs*

All graduates will have the opportunity to have ongoing access to teaching support and mentorship and be part of a UK wide community of Prana Samyama teachers.

Pre-requisites

In order to complete the training and certification you are required to attend a Traditional Yoga Awareness Meditation Weekend or a residential retreat within 6 months of the training. We suggest that this is prior to the training where possible. This is so that you have had personal experience of practicing the technique immersively before you begin to teach. Please click here for details of the weekend courses and retreats. The weekend course fee is included in the training course cost, but you are still invited to make the suggested donation.

Please note that the above mentioned weekend courses are managed directly by Traditional Yoga and any queries can be directed to them on info@traditionalyoga.co.uk

Dr Kumar discusses the difference between concentration and awareness in meditation
This footage was taken during the Traditional Yoga Winter Retreat in Hyderabad, India in 2015.

Read more here about meditation on the natural breath.

Times

9.30 to 17.00 each day with one hour for lunch

Eligibility

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

Capacity

28

Hypno Yoga for Birth - Manchester

With Janine Hurley
30 Mar 2019

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

This course offers a 4 day 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 focused 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

09.30am 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

30

Baby Yoga and Baby Massage - Manchester

With Janine Hurley, Justine Baines
5 Apr 2019

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

Relax and Renew: Learning to Teach Restorative Yoga

With Judith Hanson Lasater
7–4 Apr 2019

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

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

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

Pre-reading
Please note that you are required to read and bring with you to each day of the training, a copy of Judith’s book Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times, and Restore and Rebalance: Yoga for Deep Relaxation, plus the Reading Packet that will be emailed to you when you register.

Props:
As part of this course we will provide 1 bolster, 2 blocks, 2 bricks and these props will be available to purchase at a discount at the end of the course. You are required to bring your own mat, eyebag, hand towel, x 5 firm blankets and 1 strap. Ideally you will bring the “D” ring belt that is six feet long and two inches wide. Details of what is required are outlined in further detail in your booking confirmation email ‘Reading Packet’.

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

Times

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

Eligibility

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

Capacity

80

The Evolution of a Yoga Practice: Discovering the Path to Embodiment

With Julie Martin
10 Apr 2019

Yogacampus Finsbury Park
7 Thane Works,
Thane Villas, London N7 7PH

During this 5 day immersion Julie’s aim is to help you understand the importance of an embodied practice and she will look at the “why” and “how” of letting go of old dogmas and rules. There are no sacred cows here and everything needs to be questioned. There are reasons why we need to step back and look at what we inherited from the cross cultural transmission of yoga and discover what is still useful and relevant for the modern practitioner. This will help us to return to our commitment and motivation for being a yogi and a yoga teacher.​

What to expect:

We’ll look at a lot of “why’s” and “why nots” before we delve into understanding the underlying essence of a Tantric Hatha based practice which was rooted in experiencing the present moment.

We’ve got to let go of making shapes or refining them and turn inwards so that our practice expands from the inside out.

Each day we’ll take apart aspects of “understanding”, getting some background before we move forward. For teachers and practitioners alike you will experience information in your own body as well as examine it from different perspectives. We let go of “right” and “wrong” and become explorers, without an agenda, discovering the map of our bodies, minds and deeper connection to life.

The Schedule
9.30-5pm each day

​Morning Sessions:

Every morning will begin with a somatic meditation and carry on into an embodied movement practice.

Afternoon Sessions:

After a lunch break will continue the day with a lecture, dialogue and physical practices to guide us towards truth within.

Day 1: History

How did we end up with rigid structures of practice when our goal is freedom? Should we question lineage and does the guru/disciple relationship have value for us in modern life. What does yoga mean today? If we teach, what are we really trying to share with people? Do we have to arrive at injury before we question our practice or our teachers?

Day 2: Embodiment, Somatics, Proprioception, Interoception, conscious awareness.

What do these terms really mean, why are they important and is it still yoga? Looking at the layers of practice and how to move away from shapes and stretching towards guiding a sensing and feeling experience. Understanding the communication with the nervous system in re-patterning movement and relationships.

Day 3: Looking at old alignment principles

Why were they there? What was useful, what wasn’t? How can we translate the useful stuff into new movement principles. Dropping our old teaching cues and finding a new language that helps us translate sensation and gives the practice back to the student. How to guide students to understand that their body is the vehicle by which they feel and experience and help them get beyond what they “think”.

Day 4: Stability vs Structure – Mobility vs Stretching – Moving vs Static

We are always in relationship with our bodies and when we begin a conversation of curiosity we can let go of patterns and old ideas about ourselves. We can discover this through negotiation, being in conversation with the breath and learning the difference between a physical action and awareness of action.

Day 5: What unfolds when structure is removed?

Improvisational movement and allowing the body to find its own shapes helps us to embody our stories through movement, stillness, pausing and being present. We find truth in movement no longer bound by expectations.


Julie’s unique perspective on the evolution of yoga

Julie’s passion for curiosity and the questioning of the “norms”, together with a lifetime of practice has led her to become a leading voice in the world of yoga. Having been brought up as a Vedantist and embracing asana later in life at 25 Julie learned that ultimately every practice, every scripture, every lineage was based on individuality, cultural aspects of the moment, opinion, and perspective. All of this is not necessarily useful or even meant for world wide consumption. During her 20 plus years of teaching she has watched the modern western world allow yoga to evolve, sometimes for the better, sometimes, not so much.

Times

9.30 to 17.00 each day

Eligibility

Open to teachers, trainees and advanced practitioners.

Capacity

24

Yoga for Scoliosis: An Introductory Workshop - Manchester

With Adelene Cheong
13 Apr 2019

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

£75

Book both workshops together and save £10! (Yoga for Scoliosis on 13/04/19 and Restorative Yoga on 14/04/19)

Details at yogacampus.com

Can yoga improve the condition of scoliosis? How does one practice yoga with scoliosis? Does it help, and yield sustainable long term results? What about the frustration, depletion, self-consciousness, disharmony that one can experience? As someone with scoliosis,these are some of the questions Adelene had. This introductory workshop is open to students, teachers and practitioners alike, to demonstrate and offer a tested approach in practising and living with scoliosis.

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

This workshop offers:

  • Insights into the spinal health of those with scoliosis
  • Ability to develop sensory intelligence and acumen
  • Modified practices to improve the symptoms of scoliosis
  • Confidence building in managing and practising with scoliosis
  • Restorative postures to balance and rejuvenate
  • Tips for healthy daily posture for optimal support

Through years of training, research, teaching, self-study and dedicated practice, Adelene has successfully helped herself and many others reclaim freedom (physically, emotionally and mentally), hope and empowerment within themselves.
Join Adelene on this day workshop to understand it, to experience it, to share it!

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

Restorative Yoga: The Art + Science of Rest and Relaxation day workshop – Sunday 14th April 2019
Why not join Adelene on Sunday 14th April for a one day Rest and Relaxation restorative yoga workshop and make the weekend out of it? Book both together and save £10 at the checkout. Just click ‘Book Now’ and add both sessions to your basket. Click here to read more about the programme for the day.

Times

9.30 to 17.00 with one hour for lunch

Eligibility

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

Capacity

30

Restorative Yoga: The Art + Science of Rest and Relaxation - Manchester

With Adelene Cheong
14 Apr 2019

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

£75

Book both workshops together and save £10! (Yoga for Scoliosis on 13/04/19 and Restorative Yoga on 14/04/19)

Details at yogacampus.com

‘Deep Rest is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, it is respect for life.’ – Adelene Cheong

This workshop offers insights on the beauty of slowing down, to support effective quality rest. Understand and experience how this practice affects the Autonomic Nervous System for health and rejuvenation, and hone your skills to relaxation.

This workshop offers:

• Experiential practice to support your Rest and rejuvenation
• Theory and discussions on Rest and relaxation
• Introduction to the physiology of relaxation
• Effective positioning and alignment for optimal healing
• Understand the energetic impressions of Restorative poses

Adelene will share her knowledge and experience of Restorative Yoga: the art of relaxation for deep conscious rest, informed by western science and experienced and tested by practitioners of all ages. This day offers a combination of lectures, experiential practice, with time for discussion and questions. Suitable for all level practitioners, especially if you are intending to further join the Relax and Restore (Level 1) Intensive.

Yoga for Scoliosis: An Introductory Workshop – Saturday 13th April 2019
Why not join Adelene on Saturday 13th April for a one day introductory workshop to Yoga for Scoliosis and make the weekend out of it? Book both together and save £10 at the checkout. Just click ‘Book Now’ and add both sessions to your basket. Click here to read more about the programme for the day.

Times

9.30 to 17.00 with one hour for lunch

Eligibility

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

Capacity

30

Voice & Presence for Yoga Teaching

With Sarah Scharf
1 Jun 2019

Yogacampus Finsbury Park
7 Thane Works,
Thane Villas, London N7 7PH

The art of teaching is a craft that entails bringing your whole self to what you do. Suitable for all teachers and teachers-in-training, we will explore voice and physical theatre techniques to improve your teaching presence. We will also discuss the role of being a yoga teacher, and how to express more of your true self with your students in a meaningful way. We all have some level of anxiety that comes with teaching; public speaking is the number one fear for most people. Facing your fears mindfully and learning to see the process as valuable is a way to bring a yogic approach to your development as a teacher.

Holding space authentically requires strong and receptive awareness, similar to the awareness an actor needs on stage. This work will give you concrete tools to develop your unique voice, as well as learning how to improve your tone, musicality, diction, projection and ability to care for your voice. As a professional teacher your voice is your most valuable asset; over use or misuse can lead to missed classes. If you want to teach, you need to learn how to protect your instrument. During the day, you will have a chance to receive individual feedback on ways to help improve your vocal skills, build awareness of language habits, and ways to clarify teaching. Lots of fun warm-ups and exercises to increase comfort with improvisation and responding to the moment will break the ice and help you move from fear to confidence getting up in front of groups.

The second day will build upon the first and give you more space to take this work further. Students from previous years are welcome to join in the second day.

Day 1

  • Body language
  • Voice Anatomy and Technique: Finding your safe and clear sound -How people learn best: reaching visual, audio and kinesthetic learners -Understanding your place on the stage: sight lines, floor work and acoustics
  • Improvisation and being present with the students in the room
  • Embracing the practice of teaching: journaling and self-care

Day 2

  • Role Playing
  • Individual Coaching
  • Beyond Improvisation: playing each moment
  • Your unique voice- owning your power by speaking your truth
  • Language- why what you say matters and less is more
  • Boundaries and the role of the teacher

Not thoroughly covered in most trainings, these skills are vital to being a great teacher. This work is appropriate for teachers at any stage in their career. Come prepared to play with your edges and surprise yourself!

Testimonials:

“The course was good and it is really needed for yoga teachers. Inspirational and more ‘actor’ practice adds value to people and their communication.” – Ann Goodin on Finding Your Authentic Voice: Practical Performance Skills for Yoga Teachers, April 2017

“Loved, loved, loved this workshop. A good balance of practical and theory. It could be an overwhelming day if too much individual in front of the group, but it totally wasn’t overwhelming at all.” – Shannon Cant, yoga teacher of over 5 years, participant in April 2018

_“Sarah is so knowledgeable and someone who I felt I could trust and listen to and release inhibitions and fears. Fab lady.” _ – Julia Woodward, training to be a yoga teacher, participant April 2018

Sarah Scharf is a teacher, mentor, writer and performer. Her work in yoga, movement and theatre has taken her around the world. Training yoga teachers in voice and presence is a passion that has led her to write a book on the subject, to be released in late 2019. She hopes to elevate yoga classes by supporting teachers to see the journey of self-expression and integration at the heart of yoga teaching. Sarah believes everyone has something valuable to say. Originally from California she now lives in Vienna with her husband and son where she teaches all kinds of students and leads trainings. Read more about her work on www.sarahscharf.com

Times

9.30 to 17.00 with a one hour lunch break.

Eligibility

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

Capacity

27

Yogic Heritage - Re-integrating Asana Into Philosophical Context

With Jane Craggs, Louise Tanner
1 Jun 2019

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

£75 each or £280 for all 4 in the series

Details at yogacampus.com

The majority of present day yoga classes are, in truth, asana focussed. In this workshop we remind teachers how much more yoga has to offer us beyond asana. We will explore some key elements of The Yoga Sutras to reveal the precious mindfulness practices that build mental strength and can transform our lives.

Topics that will be covered in this workshop:

• A re-introduction to the Yoga Sutras and the key elements that develop mental strength through mindfulness
• Kriya Yoga – Understanding the nature of the mind and how yoga uses it’s tendencies to move from distraction towards mental focus.
• Sthiram and sukham – using the support of our breath to practice asana mindfully in support of satvika; physical health and mental strength; optimal panic flow
• From the 8 Limbs, the Yamas and Niyamas – guides to support mindfulness during daily life

You can expect from this day:

• Chanting
• Introduction of theory to Yoga Sutras and teaching Kriya Yoga,
• A complete practice integrating theory on embodying mindful breathing using ujjayi, asana cultivating sthira and sukha, mantra with bhavana and pranayama
• Explaining the process of a complete practice; mindfully refining the quality of the breath to coral the flow of prana and cultivate satva
• Re-introduction to 8 Limbs, focus on Yamas and Niyamas as mindfulness practices for daily life

The Mindful Teaching Series is a set of four 1 day workshops that will cover various topics to improve yoga teaching skills.

15th September 2018 – Essential Breath – Breathing Into Physical and Mental Alignment

15th December 2018 – Watch your Back – A Healthy Approach to Teaching Spinal Alignment

2nd March 2019 – Confident Teaching – Supporting Your Students’ Progression

1st June 2019 – Yogic Heritage – Re-integrating Asana Into Philosophical Context

Book all four workshops together and save £20!

Times

930am to 5pm

Eligibility

Open to yoga teachers, trainees, and all of those with an interest in the topic

Capacity

30

[Cultivating Embodied Wisdom] and [Healing the Organic Body]

With Tias Little
7–8 Jun 2019

Yogacampus Islington
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

Cultivating Embodied Wisdom: Friday June 7th

It is our aim in practice to support the body’s innate intelligence, the physician within. We consider this inherent intelligence to be the greatest of healers. The somatic awareness includes the movement of fascia, neurological function, cellular metabolism and visceral function. Yet how can we support this intelligence so that our bodies are healthy, clear and vital? Through SATYA movements, savasana and insight practices (vipassana) we connect to the inherent potency that sustains all biological activity within. By heightening somatic awareness we are able to listen to the way blood and nerve pulse through the tissues. Practicing SATYA is like having a hundred stethoscopes located throughout your body. This develops greater intimacy and sensitivity for the flow of prana inside.

Healing the Organic Body: Saturday June 8th

When the organs perform optimally, there is radiant health and sustained energy in the entire body. However many people suffer from stagnation in the viscera due to excess sitting, dietary imbalances and emotional holding. In this immersion we optimize the flow of prana (blood and lymph) through the internal organs. We practice SATYA and yoga postures to help squeeze, wring, cleanse and drain fluids through each organ. When the viscera are alternately compressed, stretched and expanded, their inherent patterns of motion, called motility, are supported. The SATYA movements also serve to help maintain the suppleness and support of the visceral ligaments. Through repeated rocking movements, ligamentous restrictions are alternately loosened and tightened. When the organs are in a balanced state, the metabolic flow is improved and there is vitality in the body.

These workshops can also be booked as standalone days for those interested in studying with Tias.

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

Times

9.30 to 17.00 each day

Eligibility

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

Capacity

50

Sensory Awareness Training for Yoga Attunement (SATYA 2)

With Tias Little
9 Jun 2019

Yogacampus Islington
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

£675 (£650 before 31st December until )

Details at yogacampus.com

SATYA (Sensory Awareness Training for Yoga Attunement)

In a totally unique way, the SATYA practice opens doorways into the interior, providing new pathways of perception and feeling. It guides students away from “doing” movement and toward sensing, receiving and “being” movement. As an adjunct to yoga practice, somatic awareness leads to embodied wisdom.

SATYA is Prajna Yoga’s “yin” style practice. All the movements are done on the floor in a flowing fashion, without force. The SATYA movements cultivate inner listening and heighten proprioceptive awareness. This awareness is the body’s innate intelligence. By increasing our capacity for sensory awareness, we become more sentient, wakeful beings in the world. The exercises are non-weight bearing and involve sliding, gliding and circular movements to reduce myo-fascial holding in the body.

The SATYA training, along with yoga postures, involves neural-muscular re-education. Like in vinyasa training, breath is combined with movement in order to deepen the respiratory rhythm. All movements support profound physical rest of the body and prepare for savasana and yoga nidra (the yogic sleep).

SATYA 2 Course of Study

SATYA 2 brings further depth to the practice and study of the SATYA movements. In this course students will learn how to design SATYA sequences and assist movements to facilitate greater myo-fascial release.

Topics Covered

• How to use SATYA movements to prepare the body for asana.
• How to design SATYA sequences to release specific areas of the body (e.g., lower back, hips, shoulders, and neck).
• How to manually assist the SATYA movements to stretch the myo-fascia.
• How to design SATYA sequences that include both SATYA and asana.
• How to give facilitated assists to stretch the connective tissues within the SATYA movements.
• How SATYA supports pulsatory rhythms in the body.
• How SATYA works as a kind of “visceral manipulation”.
• How SATYA supports circulation of blood and lymph.
• How to use savasana in SATYA.
• Dharma practice: Working with Hindrances.

Eligibility

To be eligible for SATYA 2, students must have completed SATYA 1.

Times

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

Eligibility

Open to yoga teachers and therapists, as well teachers in training who have previously completed the SATYA 1 training.

Capacity

50

Shakti Rising – Healing & Empowering Practices for Women

With Shiva Rea
9 Jun 2019

Cecil Sharp House
2 Regent's Park Road, London NW1 7AY

Shakti is the creator of the universe, the universe is her form… In Shakti is the form of all things, of all that lives and moves in the world. There is no jewel rarer than woman.

- Shakti Sangama Tantra

Join a circle to connect modern-day yoginis with the universal and ancient yoga traditions that honour the Shakti within all of creation. Shakti Prana Flow is path of awaken the living connection of the sacred feminine from fertility, pregnancy, motherhood and the change that continues to deepen through the loving and transformative process.

Deepen your cultivation of embodied spirituality, opening to and nurturing the creative juices, passion, and wise depths of Shakti within. Be empowered to support women in these phases: moon cycle, fertile juiciness, pre-natal, motherhood, creative empowerment and wisdom change.

Each day is an empowerment into two complete solar and lunar Shakti Prana Vinyasa master classes for the practitioner. Main focus will be on the cyclical nature of the female body through Chandra and Shakti Prana Flow Namaskars (moon and goddess movement meditations), special wave sequences, Shakta-based sacred prayers, chants, mantra and texts, women’s ritual circle, and contemplation of one’s life journey.

Throughout our time together, we seek to create an embodied spirituality, opening to and nurturing the creative juices, embodied passion, and wise depths of Shakti within.

Women of all ages, backgrounds, and experience in yoga are invited to:

• Explore the embodiment of the Shakti based on 25+ years’ experience offering yoga in a women’s circle as an empowerment to initiate women’s circles in your teaching

• Experience four Shakti Prana Vinyasa sequences for Saraswati Ma (creative flow), Lakshmi Ma (abundant flow), Durga Ma (empowered flow) and Radharani (sringara flow) that are healing for all women from pregnant goddesses to wisdom women

• Roots and Evolution: Chandra Namaskar and four Prana Flow Shakti Namaskars to honour the full spectrum of the goddess in movement meditation

• Integrate Mudra, Mantra and Meditations for Shakti Sadhana

• Awaken your Body Altar: Living Altar – personal altar care and universal puja (offering practice)

• Explore the cyclical principles and practices that cultivate women’s physical, emotional and spiritual health to cultivate your life-force and align with natural rhythms

• Sacred female anatomy-physiology and foundation understanding of the monthly and seasonal changes within a woman’s body

• Pre-natal Vinyasa: principles of practice, krama/wave sequencing, use of props to support all stages of pregnancy

• Shakti Prana Flow support for hormonal changes through fluid movement, relaxation and meditation in motion

• Shakti: the mother goddess tradition within yoga and universally as spiritual support for the initiation of a woman’s life

• Study and Chanting from the Lalita Sahasranama (or 1000 Names of the Goddess)

• Darshan/background: Mini ‘Her’-story of the Great Goddess, Triple Mother, Shakta Tradition, Life of the Yoginis and Shakti Rising today

• Archetypes – Shakti as Mother and Shakti as Independent Goddess: A reflection for all phases and choices of a women’s life

• Stories and myths of the life of the Yogini

Further studies:

Shiva is also offering an evening of music and ecstatic meditative flow on Friday 12th July – book your place on Rhythm & Flow – Prana Vinyasa and Free-form Movement Meditation here – and will also be offering an Earth Mandala Pilgrimage to Avebury on Sunday 14th July 2019. Book your place here.

Book all three courses together and save £25. Discount applied at checkout.

Times

9.30 to 17.00 each day with one hour and half break for lunch

Eligibility

Open to yoga teachers, teachers in training, and anyone with an interest in Shakti empowering practices, familiar with Shiva Rea’s style.

Capacity

95

Applied Yoga as a Therapeutic Tool to Heal

With Zephyr Wildman
12 Jun 2019

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

Yoga refines our movement and breath. In its therapeutic applications, asana and pranayama become the tools by which we address patterns of movement, breath and being that are at the root of chronic pain, limitation and even disease. Because of the way we’re built, and the lives we live we all face challenges individual in our life and practice, often with chronic pain. Our own structure and patterns of movement often lead us directly into these problems, unless we recognize and change them. Even when we exercise regularly or have a regular practice, we allow some muscles to dominate, leaving others weak and unused. This can eventually lead to pain and injury, even for the experienced practitioner.

Each morning will involve an exploration of the structural alignment, anatomy, muscles and function of the area that is the days’ focus plus time to review the prior days learning. In the afternoon we will apply the morning’s tuition through practice, utilising yoga asana, pranayama, kriyas and basic massage techniques.

Day 1: Foundations and Introduction to the 5 Koshas

A.M.: Students will be introduced to the concept of the “Middle Path” through a lecture on the philosophical and practical approach to working therapeutically with people’s injuries, ailments, mental health, chronic pain and addiction. Using the modality of the Koshas, we will dissect each sheath individually with applied philosophy to treat an individual or class effectively. The emphasis for Day 1 will be on creating the foundations to be referenced throughout the 5 days and include an overview of;

  • common structural problems
  • patterns of movement
  • Ayurvedic imbalances
  • Pranic problems in the body and mind

P.M.: The afternoon will continue with a customised sequences inspired by the Koshas to start to gain tools to treat common imbalances and pain.

Day 2: Postural Integrity and the Spine

A.M.: With a thorough comprehension of the Koshas and a holistic approach, we will now begin to 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 for the morning, however it takes more than just “good” posture to maintain “good” health and balance. We will explore methods of assessing problems with movement, the three diaphragms and we will also discuss the myofacial planes. We will assess techniques for dealing with Flexion and Extension Syndrome, while putting a special focus on understanding the focal points of weakness and stability and how they are affected by our lifestyle and genetic predisposition.

P.M.: After a morning of theory and observation, we will put into practice some application techniques that have been effective in reducing chronic pain and common conditions of the spine and posture.

Day 3: Feet, Knees and Hips.

A.M.: 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 pain. 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.

P.M.: The metaphor for the Middle Path as our centre of balance is well illustrated in the application of techniques for this afternoon’s session. 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.

Day 4: Pelvic Girdle

A.M.: We will discuss and develop techniques for assessing problem areas and imbalance within the uniqueness of every pelvis. A keen attention to detail will aid the student to look at the alignment and observe and identify misalignment. We will discuss common problems and causes of pain, and most importantly how the pelvic girdle influences structural alignment for the rest of the body.

P.M.: Hands on practice of applying the mornings lecture and developing techniques that build alignment, flexibility and stability of the pelvis to alleviate misalignments and pain due to every day lifestyle problems.

Day 5: Shoulder Girdle

A.M.: We will observe how improving range of motion can ease chronic pain in areas around the shoulder, neck and head, especially when the individual has experienced injury in these areas. We will pay close attention to evaluating posture and what it tells us about the state of the shoulder girdle. Observing the alignment and correctly ascertaining the causes of imbalance are crucial to this area as its range of motion and susceptibility to injury make it one of the more complex areas of focus.

P.M.: Applying yoga asana and basic massage techniques that help to extend the range of motion with a specific injury related approach (e.g.,frozen shoulder, rotator cuff injury) will be unique to this afternoon’s application.

Related Video
In this interview with Conscious2, Zephyr shares her story of finding purpose in her life through yoga, and how yoga helped her move through deep grief and into fulfillment and joy. Get to know more about Zephyr here.

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

Eligibility

For yoga teachers, trainee teachers and experienced yoga students. Some previous anatomy training is recommended: you will be expected to have a working knowledge of basic anatomy terms and major muscle groups in the body. Also counts as an approved elective for the Yogacampus Yoga Therapy Diploma Course

Capacity

30

Practical Guide to Teaching and Sequencing a Restorative Yoga Practice

With Adelene Cheong
15 Jun 2019

Yogacampus Finsbury Park
7 Thane Works,
Thane Villas, London N7 7PH

Having learnt and experienced the joy and benefits of practising Restorative Yoga, and maybe considering to deepen your understanding, or possibly teach it to others?

• So where do we begin?
• When is a good time to practice?
• For whom is the practice designed?
• Which pose comes before or after supported child’s pose?
• How could the practice be varied?
• What about music or verbal guided relaxation?
• We could teach Salamba Supta Baddha Konasana with safe alignment instructions and setup, but how do we encourage ‘relaxation’ response?
• What about emotional and mental relaxation?

Seeking answers to these questions and more?

In this workshop, Adelene will share her experience in teaching and sequencing this magical practice of relaxation and rest. The focus of this weekend is on class management, practicality, and challenges of teaching Restorative Yoga. Learn the art and science of sequencing a complete Restorative Yoga practice, and hone your skills to teach in a one-to-one or a group setting. There will be two Practical Lab demonstrations and debriefs to support our learning, and lots of opportunity for Q&A.

This weekend is suitable and open to those who have some experience with Restorative Yoga, and especially helpful for those who intend to teach Restorative classes or to incorporate Restorative Yoga into general classes.

What students can expect to gain from this course:

• Learn conditions to support relaxation and rest
• Restorative Yoga and the Five Koshas
• Sequencing a Restorative Yoga practice
• Prop management
• Teaching one-to-one or in a group setting
• Practice Lab to experience, observe and learn

Adelene has been researching, experimenting and teaching Restorative Yoga since 2005. She offers the foundation and advanced 30 hour intensives on Relax and Restore internationally. Please note that the intention for this workshop is on the practicality and management when practising and teaching Restorative Yoga. It is highly recommended and encouraged to explore the 30 hour intensives for in depth study of Restorative poses, setups and alignments, principles, philosophy and theory.

Times

09.30 to 17.00 with a 75 minute lunch break

Eligibility

Open to all who have already explored restorative yoga but especially useful for those who wish to teach restorative classes or who wish to better incorporate restorative yoga into their general classes.

Capacity

24

Sequencing: the Deeper Dimensions

With Graham Burns, Susanne Lahusen
15–22 Jun 2019

Les Passeroses, Nonac
Nonac, (near Angouleme) France

See above (Ends 31st December 2018 until )

Details at yogacampus.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Times

Costs

Shared room
£1,025 (EB Rate £975)

Single with shared bathroom
£1,265 (EB Rate £1,200)

Single room with en-suite
£1,370 (EB Rate £1,300)

Eligibility

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

Capacity

15

Teaching Yin Yoga: Minds, Meridians, Moments - Manchester

With Norman Blair
10 Jul 2019

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.

Special guest teachers on the course:

Anatomy session with Emma Charlton
Emma Charlton – an experienced aromatherapist and body worker who began teaching soft tissue anatomy in 2004 and has co-taught on part of Norman Blair’s Yin Yoga Intensive’s team for the past 3 years – will host an anatomy session which is a chance to explore how your body functions in relation to your yoga practice. Together we’ll look at the anatomy of a selection of yin yoga poses in a format designed to make anatomy accessible and relevant to your yoga practice. The afternoon will also include a discussion about fascia; definitions, structure, function and its role in moving and supporting our human forms. The afternoon is a chance to share and develop your anatomy understanding and inspire you to continue learning about the body as you continue along your yoga journey.

Meditation session with Maitripushpa Bois
A self-proclaimed meditation geek, Maitripushpa has practicing meditation for over 30 years. Drawing mainly from the Buddhist tradition, her teaching is also influenced by her practice and study of meditation from the Taoist, Confucian, Catholic (Benedictine and Jesuit) traditions as well as by her 20+ year yoga practice and its meditative elements. In this session, Maitripushpa will discuss the role of meditation and how it can compliment a Yin Yoga practice.

Breathing session with Ben Wolff
Ben is a London-based yoga teacher, clinical hypnotherapist and dream yoga practitioner who’s main focus is on The Breath. Having spent 5 years researching its healing power and ability to relieve, reduce and remove suffering, he has established more than 50 individual and unique breaths specifically targeted to individual conditions and pathologies according to physiological principles based on how the nervous system operates. In this session, Ben will discuss The Breath and various breathing techniques.

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

Rhythm & Flow – Prana Vinyasa and Free-form Movement Meditation

With Shiva Rea
12 Jul 2019

Cecil Sharp House
2 Regent's Park Road, London NW1 7AY

Music and movement are the oldest of meditative tools and bass, the universal sound of the heartbeat and root power.

Experience an evening that is balance of Prana Flow yoga and free-form movement to in a mix of global roots rhythm.

We will begin with Roots Prana Flow to open our hips, spine and heart to move from our innate intelligence and fluid power.

We will then unwind into free-form movement and deep meditation to regenerate our being in natural rhythm and flow.

Shiva is also offering a 5-day training on Shakti Rising – Healing & Empowering Practices for Women from Tuesday 9th to Saturday 13th July 2019 at Cecil Sharp House, London which you can book here. Shiva will also be offering an Earth Mandala Pilgrimage to Avebury on Sunday 14th July 2019. Book your place here.

Attend all three of Shiva’s events and receive a £25 discount. Discount automatically applied at checkout.

You can find Shiva’s teaching schedule here.*

Times

19.30 to 21.30

Eligibility

Open to all.

Capacity

95

Earth Mandala Pilgrimage to Avebury

With Shiva Rea
14 Jul 2019

Avebury Stone Circle
Avebury, Wiltshire SN8 1RF

£55 if using own transport, £85 including return coach trip.

Details at yogacampus.com

Join Shiva on a pilgrimage to the ancient site of Avebury to connect our energetic body to the earth’s elemental energies.These sacred sites link the western view of the earth mandala pilgrimage with the awakening of the inner body pilgrimage in yoga to realise the sacred nature within us all.

This day-long pilgrimage to Avebury Stone Circle, West Kennet Long Barrow and Silbury Hill will include a guide to the sacred history of these sites, meditation and movement alchemy with the ancient stones and sacred landscape.

The pilgrimage will begin at Avebury at 10.30 am. You can either make your own way there or a coach will be leaving from Cecil Sharp House at 8 a.m. You will need to bring with you all you need to be comfortable for a day outside and wear clothes suitable for movement and meditation. Lunch is not included and you can either bring your own or there are a number of options to buy lunch at Avebury. Coaches will be leaving Avebury to return to Cecil Sharp House at 4.00 p.m.

Shiva is also offering a 5-day training on Shakti Rising – Healing & Empowering Practices for Women from Tuesday 9th to Saturday 13th July 2019 at Cecil Sharp House, London which you can book here. Shiva will also be offering an evening workshop on Friday 12th July 2019 to explore Rhythm & Flow – Prana Vinyasa and Free-form Movement Meditation. You can book your space here.

Attend all three of Shiva’s events and receive a £25 discount. Discount automatically applied at checkout.

You can find Shiva’s teaching schedule here.*

Times

Either meet at Avebury at 10.30 or coaches will be leaving London at 8am from Cecil Sharp House, NW1 7AY. The pilgrimage will end around 16.00 and so those on the coach will get back to London by about 18.30.

Eligibility

Open to all.

Capacity

60

Crossing the Rainbow Bridge

With Liz Lark
4–5 Sep 2019

Yogacampus Finsbury Park
7 Thane Works,
Thane Villas, London N7 7PH

Gather tools of yoga to paint and sculpt a purposeful path with body and brain nourishing practices.

As we cross the bridge we will travel through the colour spectrum each day, drawing inspiration from the 5 elements, 5 senses, 5 sheaths (Koshas), and 5 patterns of Prana (bio-energy), to balance and cleanse body, mind and emotions. As we travel, we will create an art mandala with colour and symbol.

Each day focuses on different tools of ‘Yoga Art’:

  • Creative embodiment through authentic movement & somatics
  • Breath as ‘the key to the door’
  • Visualisation – Inspiration from arts & nature kingdoms (colour, sound, shape)
  • Dosha : Three bio elemental energies within body, mind and environment (Vatta, Pitta, Kapha)
  • Sequencing in the ‘Yin Yang Yin’ format
  • The 5 Element, 5 Senses, and 5 Koshas (layers of consciousness)
  • ‘Yogassage’: Interactive adjustments, awareness through Ahimsa (kindness) in listening hands
  • Mudra (gesture), Mantra (sound and mind protection), song, and meditation
  • Inspirational quotes to provide themes for practice and teaching
  • Teaching skills though somatic language, touch and tending
  • Contemporary views of self care: To tend, attend, and intend rooted in tradition
  • Relaxations

The course will nourish the layers of being, inspired by colours of the spectrum, celebrating Magenta with creative yoga practices, returning to Earth to conclude the crossing, which will be painted as we proceed. ‘Yin Yang Yin’ sequencing will be practiced, for a balanced yoga practice and tools for teachers will be offered to enrich resources.

Pre-reading:

1001 Pearls of Yoga Wisdom by Liz Lark (Watkins Books). Available on Amazon here.

Recommended reading:
Yoga Teaching Handbook: A Practical Guide for Yoga Teachers and Trainees by Sian O’Neill, specifically Chapter 3 contributed by Liz Lark. Available on Amazon here.

Copies of both books will be available for purchase on the course (£10). alongside DVDs and various artworks.

Recordings of relaxations and sample teaching sessions will be emailed to you after the course.

About Liz:


Liz Lark from Yogacampus on Vimeo.

Liz ia a Board Member of Yogacampus since its inception in 2003, during which she teaches and shares sequencing, adjustments and teaching skills, running retreats and workshops (see www.lizlark.com).

Tending the Self is a major theme in Liz ’s practice and is approaching 25 years of teaching. Art inspires her teaching today, with singing and creative authentic movement.

Since 1998 she has written 8 books (see ‘1001 Pearls of Yoga Wisdom’ Watkins), her own self publications, and most recently the Sequencing Chapter in ‘Yoga Teachers Manual’ (Jessica KIngsley 2018).

Liz brings together her passions of Nature, Travel, Art, with her inner travels to share creative sequencing, somatic practices & visualisation, meditation and deep relaxations.

Times

10.00 to 17.00 each day with a one hour break for lunch around 1pm

Eligibility

Open to teachers, trainees, and established yoga practitioners,

Capacity

28

Meditation Teacher Training in the Yoga Darshana Tradition of Patanjali - Manchester

With Anna Bhushan
6 Sep 2019

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

£400

Bursaries
Traditional Yoga are offering two half bursaries for this course (£200 off the full price). Please contact info@traditionalyoga.co.uk to apply. The deadline for applications is 27th July 2019.

Details at yogacampus.com

This 3-day Meditation Teacher Training will be of particular interest to yoga teachers and trainees looking to integrate meditation into their teaching in an authentic, informed, and systematic way.

The common thread that runs through all of the ancient Indian systems of thought, including Patanjali’s Yoga Darshana, is the simple idea that we have the potential to transform ourselves, to develop a freer, purer, happier way of being human and to share this great peace with others. At the heart of Yoga Darshana is the practice of meditating on the natural, uncontrolled breath referred to as Prana Samyama. The practice is rooted in the traditions from which contemporary models of mindfulness arise and is central to all Yoga and Dhamma systems.

Our mental and emotional state is always reflected in the breath. When we observe the breath, we are observing the fluctuations of the mind. When we are agitated so is the breath. When we are at peace, so is the breath. The breath is directly connected to the unconscious mind, specifically referred to by Patanjali as ‘citta’, the mind of feeling. Over time in observing the natural breath, we notice our breath becomes harmonious as does our mind. By bringing ourselves to a state of calm awareness, we can then work to transform deep-rooted habits patterns of the mind in order to realise lasting peace within.

“By becoming an observer inside, you nurture the tree of happiness, the reality of your own mind” – Dr Kumar

Through meditating on the natural breath we strengthen the conscious mind and cultivate its ability to be aware. Without awareness we cannot bring about change. Unlike concentrating on other objects of meditation, the natural, uncontrolled breath offers a way to observe and become aware of the subtle reality of the mind at conscious, sub-conscious and unconscious levels. The natural breath is entirely unconditional, objective, free from liking or disliking and brings us into the reality of the present. These qualities of the breath give it a special status within classical meditation traditions and single it out as the purest method for cultivating samadhi (tranquil concentration).

An awareness of the original philosophical and ethical context is fundamental to a good understanding of meditation practice. Dr. Kumar keeps us connected to the source, the lineage and the philosophical principles that are essential to maintain the purity of the original techniques and benefit from them fully. They are not adapted, modified or decontextualized, yet they are secular, systematic and scientific. What is distinctive about this teacher training course is its commitment to present original ancient teachings, in an undiluted practical form for a contemporary audience. The lineage of yogis and teachers that have preserved these techniques for centuries are respected and referenced. Dr Kumar’s guided meditation recordings are at the heart of the training and available to all certified teachers to use in their classes.

Benefits of the technique include:

• The release of deep stress
• An increasingly balanced, positive and contented mind
• Increased will power, independence and compassion
• Transformation of unskilful, negative and inhibiting tendencies of the mind
• Subtler awareness of self and others
• Mindfulness in the present moment
• Greater concentration, insight and focus

During the course you will:

• Gain a deep understanding of the technique in both theory and practice
• Develop the knowledge of how this technique relates to other meditation practices and why it is central to Patanjali’s eightfold path and Buddha’s teaching.
• Understand the stages of meditation and their systematic development
• Learn the skills to facilitate your students’ practice and answer their questions
• Access a comprehensive, easy-to-follow handbook covering all aspects of instruction, course notes for students and FAQs*

All graduates will have the opportunity to have ongoing access to teaching support and mentorship and be part of a UK wide community of Prana Samyama teachers.

Pre-requisites

In order to complete the training and certification you are required to attend a Traditional Yoga Awareness Meditation Weekend or a residential retreat within 6 months of the training. We suggest that this is prior to the training where possible. This is so that you have had personal experience of practicing the technique immersively before you begin to teach. Please click here for details of the weekend courses and retreats. The weekend course fee is included in the training course cost, but you are still invited to make the suggested donation.

Please note that the above mentioned weekend courses are managed directly by Traditional Yoga and any queries can be directed to them on info@traditionalyoga.co.uk

Dr Kumar discusses the difference between concentration and awareness in meditation
This footage was taken during the Traditional Yoga Winter Retreat in Hyderabad, India in 2015.

Read more here about meditation on the natural breath.

Times

9.00 to 18.00 each day with one hour for lunch

Eligibility

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

Capacity

30

Buddha and the Yogis: Crossing Paths - Bodhisattvas and Warriors

With Richard Freeman, Mary Taylor, Robert Thurman
15 Sep 2019

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

In today’s world, difference and diversity are being used as roots for divisiveness, and there is no room for understanding the common thread of compassion that is at the centre of every human heart. Lies are replacing truth, conscience is out of vogue, and diversity is becoming a breeding ground for hatred and violence. This sort of intolerance is not new, but it has reached epic levels in current times.

Yet the insight that invites transformation arises where seemingly contradictory or opposing things meet; where night meets day, inhale meets exhale, or peace meets war. If each differing side stands unwavering in its own form, intelligence can grind to a halt. However, instead of resisting the other, a healthy mind learns to compare and contrast, while both contemplating differences and questioning similarities. This is the path of yoga, and this is also the Mahayana path of Buddhism.

In this intensive, we will go deeply into practices and philosophical underpinnings of both Buddhism and yoga. We will train body and mind, opening both to new perspectives. We will explore central themes and corners of these two great schools, which share a common root yet have healthy dissimilarities. In doing so, we will aim to see beyond surface differences that might fool us into divisively pitting them one against the other.

We will do this using asana, meditation, chanting and lively philosophical discussions. We will cultivate the questioning mind and the clarity that is an open, tender heart. In particular, by comparing and contrasting the devotional Bhagavad Gita with the study of Mahayana Buddhism we will explore how these teachings may inform us on a path toward insight and compassion.

The intensive is open to all with an interest in yoga and/or Buddhist philosophy, so long as you have at least 6 months’ regular asana practice and are willing to come with an open mind and heart. No specific understanding of philosophy, yoga or Buddhism, is needed. Each day will begin with a two hour guided asana class which will focus on the internal forms of breathing, bandha, mudra and dristi. In this way, we will work to cultivate the natural intelligence of the body by joining together the complementary aspects of breath, movement, sensation and mind. Working carefully and with attentiveness to subtle detail in this way allows us to move into, out of, and between postures with ease and integrity so that the mind may remain open, clear and steady. This will then lead us into chanting, guided meditation, lecture and discussion.

The daily schedule:

9:30-11:30: Guided Asana (Richard/Mary)

11:30-11:45: Break

11:45-13:00: Chanting related to the Bhagavad Gita and the Mañjushrī Nāma Saṁgītī. Meditation (prana into apana a reflection of Shamata practice) (Richard/Mary)

13.00-14.30 Lunch Break

14.30 to 15.30: Lecture and meditation Mahayana (Robert)

15.30 to 15.45 Break

15:45 – 17.00: Lecture and discussion Mahayana and Bhagavad Gita (All)

Richard Freeman

Richard Freeman has been a student of yoga since 1968, and teaches the Ashtanga Vinyasa method of yoga as taught by his principal teacher, the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, India. Richard’s metaphorical, often humorous, teaching style appeals to students of many backgrounds and nationalities. He teaches workshops and trainings throughout the world, and remains an avid student fascinated by the linking points between different traditions and cultures. He is the co-founder, with Mary, of the Yoga Workshop in Boulder, Colorado; has produced a number of highly regarded yoga audio and video recordings; and is the author of The Mirror of Yoga and co-author of The Art of Vinyasa (Shambhala Publications).

Mary Taylor

Mary Taylor began studying yoga in 1971 and upon finding her primary teacher, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, in 1988, and the Ashtanga Vinyasa system that she experienced the profound and transformative impact that a dedicated and daily practice can have on all aspects of life. She continues to study and practice yoga and Buddhist teachings, travels and co-teaches with Richard Freeman and co-founded with Richard the Yoga Workshop. Mary is also the author of three cookbooks and the co-author of What Are You Hungry For? Women Food and Spiritualit_y (St. Martins Press) and _The Art of Vinyasa (Shambhala Publications).

https://www.richardfreemanyoga.com/richardandmary/

Robert Thurman

Robert Thurman is a recognised world authority on religion and spirituality, Asian history, world philosophy, Buddhist science, Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and an eloquent advocate of the relevance of Buddhist ideas to our daily lives. He has become a leading voice of the value of reason, peace and compassion, was named one of Time magazine’s 25 most influential Americans, and has been profiled by The New York Times and People Magazine.Bob is a gifted communicator who can make complex concepts understandable, introducing challenging ideas with intelligence and humour in a down to earth and comprehensible way.

https://bobthurman.com/biography/

Times

9.30 to 17.00 each day with one hour and half break for lunch

Eligibility

The intensive is open to all with an interest in yoga and/or Buddhist philosophy, so long as you have at least 6 months’ regular asana practice and are willing to come with an open mind and heart.

Capacity

90

Falling in Love with the Bhagavad Gita

With Jeanne Heileman
18 Oct 2019

Yogacampus Finsbury Park
7 Thane Works,
Thane Villas, London N7 7PH

The Bhagavad Gita is considered one of the most studied scriptures in India and is revered as a Love Poem to the Divine. This course will help you experience the beauty and accessibility this scripture offers for all people, not just monks.

This three-day session focuses on exploring the Bhagavad Gita through asana, pranayama, meditation and other Tantric practices. Mornings will begin with a physical practice that weaves in messages from the Gita, closing with Pranayama and Meditation. In the afternoons you will be introduced to chapters of the Gita that leave you inspired and wanting to continue reading on your own. A practice and meditation will close each day. Day One will look at Chapters 1 through to 5, Day Two is Chapters 6 to 12 and Day Three is Chapters 13 to 18.

Topics will include and are not limited to:

  • The Backstory of the Bhagavad Gita – learning the both the truth and symbolism
  • Karma Yoga, Dharma
  • Will, Surrender and Desire
  • How to Love, Who is Krishna, The Art of Surrender
  • Sankhya Philosophy Examined
  • How to Live as a Yogi in our Present Time

Student will receive:

  • Newfound appreciation for the Bhagavad Gita and the start of a long relationship with the scripture
  • Meditation practices which deepen their relationship with their personal concept of the Divine
  • Greater understanding of the hidden meanings behind specific areas of the scripture
  • Knowledge of India’s history behind the story
  • Twenty-five hours of continuing education credit through Yoga Alliance if full attendance and completion of one homework piece are fulfilled

Recommended translation for reading:

The Bhagavad Gita, (2007) by Eknath Easwaran available on Amazon here.

Students who wish to receive the full 25 hours of continuing education credit will be asked to write a paper answering a specific question, due one month after the last day of the course on 20th November 2019. This paper is to be printed, double spaced and last between 5 – 10 pages, using the information gained from the course and additional information from ongoing study.

Jeanne teaches with sensitivity, generosity of spirit and a good dose of humor. In her quest for a deep and meaningful connection with all that yoga has to offer, she has studied extensively in Ashtanga, Iyengar, Anusara, PraYoga, Vini and Tantra Yoga styles; each adding a deeper element of meaning to her practice and teachings.

Times

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

Eligibility

Open to teachers, trainees and students with a keen interest in yoga philosophy.

Capacity

28

Integrating Mindfulness and Compassion in Professional Practice

With Karen Atkinson
8–9 Nov 2019

Yogacampus Finsbury Park
7 Thane Works,
Thane Villas, London N7 7PH

£1550 - See below for further information.

INSTALMENTS
If you wish to pay in instalments, you will be required to pay £975 first payment upon booking (via BOOK NOW link below) followed by a second payment of £575 payable on 3rd January 2020. Please note you will be required to set up a standing order for the second payment, details of which will be sent to you with your booking confirmation email. Please proceed using the ‘Book Now’ link to pay your initial deposit. If you would like to discuss further instalment plans we offer, please get in touch on info@yogacampus.com

A FURTHER £50 OFF FOR ONE PAYMENT IN FULL
You can take advantage of a further £50 off discount with the early bird offer if you pay the full course fees up front. Please email info@yogacampus.com to arrange to pay in full and receive this offer.

BWY Membership Discount – £100
If you are BWY member you can receive £100 discount off the training. Please email info@yogacampus.com AND angie@mindfulnessuk.com quoting your BWY membership number to claim the discount.

Additional Cost
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.

Bursaries
We are offering one bursary place of 50% off the total course fee. Please contact info@yogacampus.com to request an application form. All applications must be received no less than two calendar months from the start date of the course.

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
  • 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, spread over 3 Fridays and Saturdays 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 36 hours of face to face teaching, and a further 164 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 (3 weekends) 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 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher Training is specially for students who wish to train to deliver the 8 week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction programme to others. The IMCPP Course will allow you to teach on a 1:1 basis as well as offer bespoke courses for specialist groups. It is a professional qualification, accredited by the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB). The emphasis of this course is on the therapeutic and neuro-scientific aspects of mindfulness with specific training in compassion itself.

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

Booking information
In order to apply for the course, please download and fill out the application form and register on to the course using the Book Now link – an initial deposit of £975 (£875 before 30th May) which includes the £70 application handling fee is required upon registration and for your application to be considered. If for any reason your application is unsuccessful, you will be refunded in full. See Cost Details for full information on payment.

Times

09.30 to 17.30 each day with a one-hour lunch break.

Eligibility

Students must have a professional practice based on a qualification in healthcare, social care or a related field, Preferably 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, but this is not compulsory.

OR

A professional practice based on a certificated training in a complementary healthcare field, preferably with evidence of current membership of an appropriate professional body, for at least one year, although this is discretionary and not compulsory. For example: hypnotherapy, dance therapy, music therapy, complementary medicine, coaching, yoga teaching, yoga therapy, bodywork e.g. massage therapy, Alexander technique.

Applicants must 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).
Alternatively, if they have a regular Mindfulness meditation practice completion of the MindfulnessUK Online MBSR will be acceptable.

Capacity

24