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 for Stress, Burnout and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

With Charlotte Watts, Leah Barnett
26–30 Apr 2017

Yogacampus London
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

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 is 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.

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 possible ‘rebound’ 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.

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.

This is a five-day course laid out as follows:

  • Days 1-3: focus on the stress, burnout and adrenal fatigue
  • Day 4-5: focus on CFS/ME to draw in the content of days 1-2 and offer extra considerations for exhaustive conditions.
  • All content will be relevant for any stress-related condition

To see a fully comprehensive outline of what the course will cover in detail, please download a copy of the course prospectus available on the right hand side of this webpage or clicking the bold text.

The subjects outlined in the prospectus 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.

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.

Related videos: Watch a clip from Fiona Agombar’s DVD Beat Fatigue with Yoga and Charlotte Watts’ Short Chair Sequence

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

This course can either be attended as a full 5-day training, or you can opt to attend as follows:

  • Wednesday 26th to Friday 28th April as a 3-day training covering Teaching Yoga for Stress and Burnout. See here for details.
  • Saturday 29th to Sunday 30th April as a 2-day training covering Teaching Yoga for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and ME. See here for details.


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


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.



Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training - Manchester 2017

With Janine Hurley
12 May – 25 Jun 2017

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.


09.30 to 17.00 each day with one hour for lunch.


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 for approval before you book onto the course.



Teaching Yoga and Mindfulness to Young People

With Charlotta Martinus
7–11 Jun 2017

Lift Islington
45 White Lion Street, London N1 9PW

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:

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.


09.00 to 17.00 each day


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


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 for a preliminary interview to ascertain whether this course is for you. Please call Charlotta on 01761 470658 for a chat.



Meditation Teacher Training - Patanjali’s Prana Samyama Technique

With Anna Bhushan
29 Jun – 2 Jul 2017

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

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

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

Benefits of the technique include:

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

Training and Certification

During the course you will:

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

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

Course Components and Requirements

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

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

After the Course

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

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


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


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).



Teaching Yin Yoga: Minds, Meridians, Moments in Manchester

With Norman Blair
10–12 Aug 2017

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

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

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

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


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


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



Delivering Mindfulness Meditation To Others (Meditation Facilitation Mentorship Programme)

With Michael Stone
16 Aug – 6 Nov 2017

Yogacampus London
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

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

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

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

How is this course different from other Mindfulness trainings?

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

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

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

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

This training comprises:

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

To complete the training you will also need to:

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

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

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

Course Content

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

1. Foundations of Practice and Theory

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

2. Applications, including Therapeutic Applications

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

The outline schedule for the course is as follows:

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


09.30 to 17.15 daily with a break for lunch.


Please complete the application form and email to and


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



Sacred Sound and Vocal Toning Teacher Training

With Anne Malone
9 Sep – 26 Nov 2017

Colet House
151 Talgarth Road , London W14 9DA

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

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

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

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

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

The course will consist of:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Develop your rhythm through movement, dance, and drumming

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

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

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


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


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



Baby Yoga and Baby Massage - Manchester

With Janine Hurley, Justine Baines
22–24 Sep 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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


09.30 to 17.00 each day


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 for approval before you book onto the course.



Integrating Mindfulness and Compassion in Professional Practice

With Karen Atkinson
10 Nov – 30 Dec 2017

Yogacampus London
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

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

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

The Qualification:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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



Well Woman Yoga Therapy Training

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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Please enquire with The Yoga Nidra Network directly


Please enquire with the Yoga Nidra Network

Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training - London 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pregnancy Yoga as Yoga Therapy

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

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


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


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 for approval before you book onto the course.