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

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

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

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 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

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

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

Meditation on the natural breath is central to Yoga and Dhamma systems, its purpose is to bring balance and harmony to the mind. In the long term it has the power to transform mental habit patterns leading to profound happiness and peace. The practice is rooted in the traditions from which contemporary models of mindfulness arise. An awareness of the original philosophical and ethical context is fundamental to a good understanding of meditation practice.

Benefits of the technique include:

  • The release of deep stress
  • Bathes the mind and frees it from the accumulated reactions that build up through our lives leaving the mind lighter, clearer and more peaceful
  • Greater concentration and focus
  • The observed breath (prana) travels to every cell in the body bringing harmony and health
  • An increasingly balanced, positive and contented mind
  • Increased will power, independence and compassion
  • Transformation of unhelpful tendencies of the mind
  • Subtler awareness of self and others
  • Observation of the natural breath enables mindfulness of the present, not just at the surface but at three levels of the mind, the conscious, sub-consious and unconscious

Training and Certification:

During the course you will:

  • Gain a deep understanding of the technique in both theory and practice
  • Develop the knowledge of how this technique relates to other meditation practices, and why it is central to the Yoga system
  • Understand the stages of meditation and their systematic development
  • Learn the skills to facilitate your students practice and answer their questions
  • Be provided with a comprehensive, easy-to-follow handbook covering all aspects of instruction, course notes for students, and FAQs

Certification:

You will receive a Yogacampus certificate of completion following full attendance of the course and assigned homework. You are welcome to attend the training without completing the other criteria outlined below, however, these are required in order to receive a certificate to teach.

1. A certificate of completion to teach will be issued to students who already hold a qualification in yoga or a complementary therapy, (for example a 200 hour yoga teacher training qualification) and who complete the additional steps below.

2. Course assignment: A reflective statement on the subject of natural breath meditation that can be submitted either as a 1000 word essay or a 5 minute video or audio recording. This will be based on the content covered during the training and details will be given at the end of the course. This must be completed within 6 months of the training course.

3. Requisite self-practice component for certification: To attend a Traditional Yoga Awareness Meditation Weekend or a residential retreat within 6 months of the training. This is so that you have had personal experience of practicing the technique before you begin to teach. The weekend course fee is included in the training course cost, but you are still invited to make the suggested donation. Click here for the Weekend Course calendar.

Handbooks:

All course participants will be given two exclusive handbooks, beautifully illustrated, printed and simply bound for easy use in class.

Understanding Prana Samyama gives the background, context and theoretical basis of the technique.

Understanding Prana Samyama

Teaching Prana Samyama is a practical step by step guide on how to teach the technique. It includes a frequently asked questions section, practical tips as well as an outline of key guidance.

Meditation Classifications

All participants will also be given the slide presentation resources from the course for reference.

Guided Meditation App:

An app for iPhone and Android is available for attendees of the course, containing guided meditations that can be used for home practice and/ or as a teaching resource.

Guided Meditation App

Mentoring Program:

A popular feature of the course is that as a charity, Traditional Yoga offer a mentoring scheme for everyone who attends the training, to help them get started and to support them during their teaching on an ongoing basis. In addition, tri-yearly teachers’ meetings are held which all course graduates are invited to – these are experience sharing sessions and they include meditation, discussion, training refresher and development, and general advice. People value the community aspect of these and find them very supportive and helpful.

Bursaries

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.

Course designed by Dr. Kumar

Dr. Kumar is internationally recognized as an inspirational yoga and meditation teacher as well as an award-winning scientist. His teaching is informed by his extensive experiential and theoretical knowledge, developed through his education in more than 37 schools of Hatha yoga and 50 traditions of meditation, and progressed through decades of self-practice. This training program designed by him 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 de-contextualized, yet they are secular, systematic and scientific. What is distinctive about this teacher training course is its commitment to present original ancient teachings, in their whole and undiluted practical form for a contemporary audience. Dr Kumar’s guided meditation recordings are at the heart of the training and available to all graduating teachers.

Click here to read more about Dr. Kumar.

Course taught by Anna Bhushan

The course will be taught by teacher trainer, Anna Bhushan based on a systematic program conceived by Dr. Kumar. Anna has practiced in established meditation traditions since her childhood. Since 2003 she has been training closely with Dr. Kumar and working to bring the benefits of meditation to people in the UK. Outside of her work as a trustee and teacher for The Yoga Healing Foundation, Anna is a Senior Lecturer in Art & Design. Her academic research explores the application of meditation practice into Higher Education contexts, particularly for the purpose of enhancing well being and creativity.

Click here to read more about Anna Bhushan.

Video testimonials by meditation teachers and practitioners:

Yogacampus Teacher Training Board Member and Course Tutor Sarah Litton discusses about how to use Samadhi for higher purpose.

Yogacampus Teacher Training Board Member and Course Tutor Catriona Brokenshire shares insight about Dr Kumar.

Click here to watch more video testimonials.

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

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

Teaching Yoga for Stress and Burnout

With Charlotte Watts, Leah Barnett
26–28 Apr 2019

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

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

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

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

COURSE CONTENTS

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

The physiology of stress:

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

Stress within yoga therapy:

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

The experience of the student with chronic stress, adrenal fatigue and burnout:

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

Considerations of teaching to students with mind-body stress:

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

Stress in the physical body:

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

Specific therapeutic yoga tools:

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

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

VIDEO: Surrendering to Spaciousness

The following clip is an extract from the teachings on the Teaching Yoga for Stress & Burnout course.
Drawings are courtesy of Sam from Cartoon Communications. http://www.cartooncommunications.com/
Music: https://www.bensound.com/royalty-free-music

Download: and read the full version of the comic here!

Certification

You have the option to attend this 3 day (20 hour) Specialist Training in Yoga for Stress & Burnout and receive a certificate of attendance (eligible for CPD points) or, complete the follow up to this course, Teaching Yoga for ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome to accredit you with a 33 Hour Specialist Training Certificate in Yoga for Stress, Burnout, Me and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. In order to qualify, both courses must be attended in full and ensure satisfactory completion of all course work following the training.

Teaching Yoga for ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome will run in London on Saturday 18th to Sunday 19th May 2019. See more details here.

10% Off

If you book both Teaching Yoga for Stress and Burnout (26th to 28th April 2019) and Yoga for ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (18th to 19th May 2019) together. Discount automatically applied at checkout. Not in conjunction with any other special offer.

Course Work details:

Pre-reading
Designing a class plan
Written reflective piece
Due one month after completion of final training weekend

More detailed course work instructions will be included in the booking confirmation email you receive (Joining Instructions).

Times

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

Eligibility

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

Capacity

24

Teaching Yoga for ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

With Charlotte Watts, Leah Barnett
18–19 May 2019

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

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

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

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

COURSE CONTENTS

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

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

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

VIDEO: Less is More

The following clip is an extract from the teachings on the Teaching Yoga for CFS/ME course.
Drawings are courtesy of Sam from Cartoon Communications. http://www.cartooncommunications.com/
Music: https://www.bensound.com/royalty-free-music

Download: and read the full version of the comic here!

Certification

You have the option to attend this 3 day (20 hour) Specialist Training in Yoga for ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and receive a certificate of attendance (eligible for CPD points) or, complete the follow up to this course, Teaching Yoga for Stress & Burnout to accredit you with a 33 Hour Specialist Training Certificate in Yoga for Stress, Burnout, Me and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. In order to qualify, both courses must be attended in full and ensure satisfactory completion of all course work following the training.

Teaching Yoga for Stress and Burnout will run in London between Friday 26th April to Sunday 28th April 2019. See more details here.

10% Off

If you book both Teaching Yoga for Stress and Burnout (26th to 28th April 2019) and Yoga for ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (18th to 19th May 2019) together. Discount automatically applied at checkout. Not in conjunction with any other special offer.

Course Work details:

Pre-reading
Designing a class plan
Written reflective piece
Due one month after completion of final training weekend

More detailed course work instructions will be included in the booking confirmation email you receive (Joining Instructions).

Times

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

Eligibility

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

Capacity

24

Teaching Yoga and Mindfulness to Young People

With Charlotta Martinus
26 Jun 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Course content

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

This course will cover:

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

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

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

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

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

Times

09.30 to 17.00 each day

Eligibility

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

Capacity

25

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.

Recommended Reading

Brightening Our Inner Skies: Yin and Yoga

Certification

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.

You will receive a Yogacampus certificate of completion following full attendance of the course and assigned homework.

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

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

Meditation on the natural breath is central to Yoga and Dhamma systems, its purpose is to bring balance and harmony to the mind. In the long term it has the power to transform mental habit patterns leading to profound happiness and peace. The practice is rooted in the traditions from which contemporary models of mindfulness arise. An awareness of the original philosophical and ethical context is fundamental to a good understanding of meditation practice.

Benefits of the technique include:

  • The release of deep stress
  • Bathes the mind and frees it from the accumulated reactions that build up through our lives leaving the mind lighter, clearer and more peaceful
  • Greater concentration and focus
  • The observed breath (prana) travels to every cell in the body bringing harmony and health
  • An increasingly balanced, positive and contented mind
  • Increased will power, independence and compassion
  • Transformation of unhelpful tendencies of the mind
  • Subtler awareness of self and others
  • Observation of the natural breath enables mindfulness of the present, not just at the surface but at three levels of the mind, the conscious, sub-consious and unconscious

Training and Certification:

During the course you will:

  • Gain a deep understanding of the technique in both theory and practice
  • Develop the knowledge of how this technique relates to other meditation practices, and why it is central to the Yoga system
  • Understand the stages of meditation and their systematic development
  • Learn the skills to facilitate your students practice and answer their questions
  • Be provided with a comprehensive, easy-to-follow handbook covering all aspects of instruction, course notes for students, and FAQs

Certification:

You will receive a Yogacampus certificate of completion following full attendance of the course and assigned homework. You are welcome to attend the training without completing the other criteria outlined below, however, these are required in order to receive a certificate to teach.

1. A certificate of completion to teach will be issued to students who already hold a qualification in yoga or a complementary therapy, (for example a 200 hour yoga teacher training qualification) and who complete the additional steps below.

2. Course assignment: A reflective statement on the subject of natural breath meditation that can be submitted either as a 1000 word essay or a 5 minute video or audio recording. This will be based on the content covered during the training and details will be given at the end of the course. This must be completed within 6 months of the training course.

3. Requisite self-practice component for certification: To attend a Traditional Yoga Awareness Meditation Weekend or a residential retreat within 6 months of the training. This is so that you have had personal experience of practicing the technique before you begin to teach. The weekend course fee is included in the training course cost, but you are still invited to make the suggested donation. The North Wales Weekend Course takes place at Gladstone’s Library at Hawarden. This beautiful venue is just one hours drive from Manchester and also can be reached by train. Hawarden station is a 5 minute walk from Gladstone’s Library.

Alternatively, click here for the full Weekend Course calendar..

Handbooks:

All course participants will be given two exclusive handbooks, beautifully illustrated, printed and simply bound for easy use in class.

Understanding Prana Samyama gives the background, context and theoretical basis of the technique.

Understanding Prana Samyama

Teaching Prana Samyama is a practical step by step guide on how to teach the technique. It includes a frequently asked questions section, practical tips as well as an outline of key guidance.

Meditation Classifications

All participants will also be given the slide presentation resources from the course for reference.

Guided Meditation App:

An app for iPhone and Android is available for attendees of the course, containing guided meditations that can be used for home practice and/ or as a teaching resource.

Guided Meditation App

Mentoring Program:

A popular feature of the course is that as a charity, Traditional Yoga offer a mentoring scheme for everyone who attends the training, to help them get started and to support them during their teaching on an ongoing basis. In addition, tri-yearly teachers’ meetings are held which all course graduates are invited to – these are experience sharing sessions and they include meditation, discussion, training refresher and development, and general advice. People value the community aspect of these and find them very supportive and helpful.

Bursaries

The Yoga Healing Foundation is offering two-half bursaries at the reduced cost of £200 to cover the course fee. Please contact bursaries@traditionalyoga.co.uk to apply. All applications must be received by 27th July 2019.

Course designed by Dr. Kumar

Dr. Kumar is internationally recognized as an inspirational yoga and meditation teacher as well as an award-winning scientist. His teaching is informed by his extensive experiential and theoretical knowledge, developed through his education in more than 37 schools of Hatha yoga and 50 traditions of meditation, and progressed through decades of self-practice. This training program designed by him 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 de-contextualized, yet they are secular, systematic and scientific. What is distinctive about this teacher training course is its commitment to present original ancient teachings, in their whole and undiluted practical form for a contemporary audience. Dr Kumar’s guided meditation recordings are at the heart of the training and available to all graduating teachers.

Click here to read more about Dr. Kumar.

Course taught by Anna Bhushan

The course will be taught by teacher trainer, Anna Bhushan based on a systematic program conceived by Dr. Kumar. Anna has practiced in established meditation traditions since her childhood. Since 2003 she has been training closely with Dr. Kumar and working to bring the benefits of meditation to people in the UK. Outside of her work as a trustee and teacher for The Yoga Healing Foundation, Anna is a Senior Lecturer in Art & Design. Her academic research explores the application of meditation practice into Higher Education contexts, particularly for the purpose of enhancing well being and creativity.

Click here to read more about Anna Bhushan.

Video testimonials by meditation teachers and practitioners:

Yogacampus Teacher Training Board Member and Course Tutor Sarah Litton discusses about how to use Samadhi for higher purpose.

Yogacampus Teacher Training Board Member and Course Tutor Catriona Brokenshire shares insight about Dr Kumar.

Click here to watch more video testimonials.

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 3-day training can be attended by any yoga teacher (qualified or in training).

Capacity

30

Chair-Up: Chairs as an Educational Tool - 50 hour Teacher Training

With Bart Adins
24–29 Sep 2019

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

Would you like to help make a difference in how an elderly or less-abled individual feels about themselves, their body and energy levels? Are you keen to work with this particular population or those suffering from a sedentary lifestyle and introduce them to the gift of the chair? Are you ready to see how incorporating chairs into your yoga teaching can open up new teaching opportunities for you? Then this Yoga Alliance certified 50-hour Teacher Training with international Rolfing expert Bart Adins is for you.

This 6-day, 50-hour Teacher Training will teach you how to use the Chair as a multifunctional tool with variety of approaches and uses; a means to adapt postures and sun salutations, and help cultivate somatic awareness. You will also practice, explore and take away specific sequences to offer as variations to a traditional yoga practice. This will help you to adapt your classes so that everyone can enjoy the benefits of using the Chair as a prop. By weaving the use of the chair into your teaching, you will not only improve how your clients move and their day-to-day posture, but also help increase their body awareness and options for self-regulation.

Key themes covered in the training include:

  • Embodied anatomy and alignment
  • Somatic approach to sun salutations, sitting and standing positions with chairs
  • Therapeutic sequences on floor and in standing without chairs
  • Teaching methodology for office yoga and yoga with elderly

Days 1 and 2
We will explore anatomy and alignment in your own body. Efficient breathing, sitting and standing are central themes in this process. You will explore how to orient and stabilise through the intelligence of the body. Chair-Up™ integrates a somatic and embodied approach, which goes beyond consciously “keeping yourself straight”. Through exploring sensations and perceptions we can learn on a deeper level how to get a different and healthier relationship in gravity. In this weekend you will also learn how to assist and adjust students in experiencing a better sitting and standing position.

Days 3 and 4
These two days will cover the limitations and issues faced by those leading a sedentary lifestyle with a specific focus on office workers. This population commonly complains about pain caused by sitting, yet few know how to reverse the more physically wearing and damaging effects of the chair. It’s time to reclaim the chair and move away from its limitations. With the right guidance, office workers can re-learn how to not only sit, but also to use the chair as a tool to move and gain body awareness at work. You will learn how to integrate chairs into your yoga teaching within a corporate, or office setting. These accessible alternatives were developed to focus on movement quality through the sense of weight and space. Chairs will play an extensive role, but we will also practice in laying and standing.

Days 5 and 6
The final two day focus on how to teach yoga to seniors. Learn how to help make a difference in how elderly and less-abled individuals feel about themselves, their body and energy levels. We will investigate ways that Chair-Up can help with various health challenges seniors face and offer you the ability to teach classes and help older-age target groups maintain physical independence as well as an increased mental and physical awareness.

Bart Adins

Bart is a Certified Rolfer™ and Rolf Movement Practitioner ™ with the European Rolfing Association. Having been fascinated by the mind and body connection from an early age, Bart pursued a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Ghent University followed by a Masters in Sport and Exercise Psychology with a specialisation in Mindfulness.

He is the Founder of Chair-Up™, a movement practice that uses chairs as a transitional tool in order to help discover new movement possibilities and awareness. He sees this therapeutic practice as a means to apply healthy postural movements and habits in our every-day undertakings, not just for the duration of the yoga class.

Times

9.30am to 5.30pm each day with 60 minutes for lunch.

Eligibility

Open to teachers, trainees, and yoga therapists.

Capacity

28

Teaching Yoga for Stress and Burnout - Manchester

With Charlotte Watts, Leah Barnett
11 Oct 2019

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

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

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

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

COURSE CONTENTS

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

The physiology of stress:

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

Stress within yoga therapy:

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

The experience of the student with chronic stress, adrenal fatigue and burnout:

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

Considerations of teaching to students with mind-body stress:

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

Stress in the physical body:

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

Specific therapeutic yoga tools:

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

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

VIDEO: Surrendering to Spaciousness

The following clip is an extract from the teachings on the Teaching Yoga for Stress & Burnout course.
Drawings are courtesy of Sam from Cartoon Communications. http://www.cartooncommunications.com/
Music: https://www.bensound.com/royalty-free-music

Download: and read the full version of the comic here!

Certification

You have the option to attend this 3 day (21 hour) Specialist Training in Yoga for Stress & Burnout and receive a certificate of attendance (eligible for CPD points) or, complete the follow up to this course, Teaching Yoga for ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome to accredit you with a 35 Hour Specialist Training Certificate in Yoga for Stress, Burnout, Me and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. In order to qualify, both courses must be attended in full and ensure satisfactory completion of all course work following the training.

Course Work details:

Pre-reading
Designing a class plan
Written reflective piece
Due one month after completion of final training weekend

More detailed course work instructions will be included in the booking confirmation email you receive (Joining Instructions).

Teaching Yoga for ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome will run in Manchester between Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th November 2019. See more details here.

Times

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

Eligibility

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

Capacity

30

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

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 31st 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

Teaching Yoga for ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - Manchester

With Charlotte Watts, Leah Barnett
9 Nov 2019

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

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

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

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

COURSE CONTENTS

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

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

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

VIDEO: Less is More

The following clip is an extract from the teachings on the Teaching Yoga for CFS/ME course.
Drawings are courtesy of Sam from Cartoon Communications. http://www.cartooncommunications.com/
Music: https://www.bensound.com/royalty-free-music

Download: and read the full version of the comic here!

Certification

You have the option to attend this 2 day (14 hour) Specialist Training in Yoga for ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and receive a certificate of attendance (eligible for CPD points) or, complete the follow up to this course, Teaching Yoga for Stress & Burnout to accredit you with a 35 Hour Specialist Training Certificate in Yoga for Stress, Burnout, Me and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. In order to qualify, both courses must be attended in full and ensure satisfactory completion of all course work following the training.

Course Work details:
Pre-reading
Designing a class plan
Written reflective piece
Due one month after completion of final training weekend

More detailed course work instructions will be included in the booking confirmation email you receive (Joining Instructions).

Teaching Yoga for Stress and Burnout will run in Manchester between Friday 11th and Sunday 13th October 2019. See more details here.

Times

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

Eligibility

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

Capacity

30

Yoga Therapy for Insomnia and Sleep Recovery

With Lisa Sanfilippo
15 Nov 2019

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

With contributions from a Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr Shivanthi Sathanandan, and a detailed training manual, this course provides both the theoretical and practical training necessary to teach yoga classes, courses and one to ones for those experiencing sleep problems. Sessions will include asana, pranayama, meditation, mantra, marma points, mudra and consultation on healthy sleep habits. You will learn to tailor what you offer to individual needs and to work with different body-mind sleep ‘types.’

The emphasis of the course is on supporting healthy sleep through appropriate holistic yoga practices. There will be opportunities for teaching practice, as well as an informal assessment on the final day.

Each day will include a practice of the techniques being learnt, including asana (hatha and restorative), pranayama, meditation, and more so that you have direct experience of all the practices that you are offering to others. We will follow the sleep-wake guidance we will give to others in how we approach the training day. Many who take the course notice that their sleep improves whether they are ‘insomniac’ or not!

Course outline:

On Day 1 you will learn the principles of Yoga Therapy for Insomnia and Sleep Recovery.

We will then take this into a weekend workshop where you will observe the teaching of the key components of the course and classes in a two day intensive format. Days 2 and 3 will be an opportunity for you to learn how this information can be taught in an open environment. You will therefore be observing, practising and assisting a live group of people as part of an integrated learning experience.

On days 4 and 5 you will be back with your original group to review and deepen your understanding of the practices and principles and learn how to apply them as a teacher in your work with students and clients. The knowledge assessment will take place on the last day.

The course will address the following topics:

• Trouble getting to sleep
• Waking in the middle of the night
• Waking too early
• Sleeping too short or too long
• Daytime exhaustion

We will discuss the relationship of sleep recovery techniques to issues such as:

• Adrenal fatigue/ burnout
• Mom (and Dad)somnia – parental sleeplessness
• Mental health and sleep problems
• Identifying post-traumatic insomnia
• Coping with menopause-related sleep issues

In addition to specific skills for dealing with sleep related issues, participants will also learn a therapeutic approach to yoga teaching that includes an assessment of the 5 kosas, simple restorative yoga, and basic assessment skills. By the end of the course, students will also be equipped to teach 4-6 weeks courses on Sleep Recovery.

Book Launch

Join Lisa for the much anticipated launch of her new book, Yoga Therapy for Insomnia and Sleep Recovery on 24th February 2019, 16:30–17:45 at our sister studio, The Life Centre, Islington. The session will include a free talk and Q&A to celebrate.Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the special price of £20 and Lisa will be signing copies. Click here to find out more and book your space.

Times

10.00 to 18.00 each day

Eligibility

Open to existing yoga teachers and to trainee yoga teachers so long as you have some experience of teaching. Also open to existing yoga therapists or yoga therapy students. If you fulfil this requirement you can book the course online and DO NOT need to complete the application form.

We also will consider applications from general health practitioners who have an established yoga practice. In this case you must complete the application form and email it to info@yogacampus.com for approval before you book onto the course.

Capacity

16