Workshops & Courses

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

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

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

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

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

With Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, Nirlipta Tuli, Theo Wildcroft
27 Apr 2019

Colet House
151 Talgarth Road , London W14 9DA

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

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

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

What’s in the Total Yoga Nidra Immersion Experience course?

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

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

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

STATEMENT OF INCLUSION

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

Times

Saturday – 11am to 5.30pm
Sunday – 9.30am to 5pm

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

Eligibility

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

Capacity

45

Emergency First Aid at Work Certificate - London 2019

With Paul Woodhouse
12 May 2019

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

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

Course content

Our emergency first aid course covers the following topics:

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

Alternative 2019 dates for this course are as follows:

Sunday 10th March 2019 at West London Buddhist Centre.
Sunday 14th April 2019 at West London Buddhist Centre.
Sunday 12th May 2019 at West London Buddhist Centre.
Sunday 16th June 2019 at West London Buddhist Centre.
Sunday 8th September 2019 at West London Buddhist Centre.
Sunday 3rd November 2019 at West London Buddhist Centre.
Sunday 8th December 2019 at Yogacampus Finsbury Park.

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

Times

9.30am to 4.30pm with 30 minutes for lunch

Eligibility

Open to all.

Capacity

12

Yoga for Scoliosis: An Introductory Workshop

With Adelene Cheong
12 May 2019

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

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

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

This workshop offers:

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

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

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

Drop in classes at The Life Centre:
Adelene teaches Relax and Restore classes at our sister studio, The Life Centre, in Islington. If you would like to drop in to one of her classes, click here to view an upcoming schedule.

Times

9.30am to 5pm with one hour for lunch

Eligibility

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

Capacity

28

Yoga as a Somatic Practice

With Susanne Lahusen
31 May 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

What can you expect

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

Student in photograph: Julienne Schembri

Times

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

Eligibility

Open to all.

Capacity

28

Voice & Presence for Yoga Teaching

With Sarah Scharf
1 Jun 2019

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

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

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

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

Day 1

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

Day 2

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

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

Testimonials:

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

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

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

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

Times

9.30 to 17.00 with a one hour lunch break.

Eligibility

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

Capacity

27

Unveiling the Light of the Heart

With Graham Burns, Raquel Alves, Zephyr Wildman
1 Jun 2019

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

The heart is a complex and enigmatic organ. At the purely mechanical level, its beating keeps us alive. But it is also commonly seen as the seat of powerful emotions such as love and compassion. And in early Indian philosophy, the space within the heart (sometimes called the ‘cave of the heart’) was seen as the abode of our essential self, our true nature, who we really are at the deepest level.

Reaching awareness of that true nature of the self is the essence of yoga, and the heart has always had a special and revered place in the yoga tradition. Patañjali speaks of a ‘heart lotus’ as a focal point for meditation, and most (if not all) of the esoteric models of the yogic body which grew up in the Tantric traditions locate an important energetic centre at the heart which can be accessed through yoga practice. In Buddhism too, the heart centre is important, and is sometimes seen as the home of the ‘clear light of bliss’.

Yet, how often in our everyday life (and even in our yoga practice) do we allow our head to rule our heart, so that that clear light fails to shine as brightly as it might? Would it benefit us and others if, instead of being ruled by our head, we were able to access that light and allow it to shine?

We are really excited that Zephyr, Graham and Raquel – three of Yogacampus’ most experienced and popular teachers – have come together to offer this two day immersion into yogic theories and practices which will allow you to unveil and brighten the light of your own heart. Each of them brings their own unique perspective and specific areas of expertise to help that light shine, and you will enjoy:

• Discussion of the significance of the heart and the heart centre in Indian philosophy generally, and in the yoga tradition specifically.
• An exploration of the physiology of the heart, and the psychology associated with it.
• A range of profound practices throughout the weekend – including āsana, bandha, mudra, prāṇāyāma, meditation, and yoga nidrā – all aimed at helping you unveil that light.
• Plenty of time for question and answer.

The workshop is open to all levels of yoga experience, except complete beginners. However, some experience of prāṇāyāma and meditation will be helpful.

Times

9.30 to 17.00 each day

Eligibility

The workshop is open to all levels of yoga experience, except complete beginners. However, some experience of prāṇāyāma and meditation will be helpful.

Capacity

26

Yogic Heritage - Re-integrating Asana Into Philosophical Context

With Jane Craggs, Louise Tanner
1 Jun 2019

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

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

Details at yogacampus.com

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

Topics that will be covered in this workshop:

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

You can expect from this day:

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


“Watch your back!” Yoga Campus, The Life Centre North 2018. from Roscoe Rutter on Vimeo.

The video is an extract from the ‘Watch your Back – A Healthy Approach to Teaching Spinal Alignment’ workshop in December 2018 courtesy of Roscoe Rutter Ltd

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

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

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

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

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

Book all four workshops together and save £20!

Times

930am to 5pm

Eligibility

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

Capacity

30

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

With Tias Little
7–8 Jun 2019

Yogacampus Islington
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

Cultivating Embodied Wisdom: Friday June 7th [Sold Out]

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

Healing the Organic Body: Saturday June 8th [Sold Out]

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

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

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

Times

9.30 to 17.00 each day

Eligibility

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

Capacity

50

An Introduction to Pregnancy and Postnatal Yoga

With Tara Lee, Clare Daniell
7 Jun 2019

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

£90 (£80 before 1st April 2019 until )

Details at yogacampus.com

As a yoga teacher you have a responsibility to understand the changes that are taking place during pregnancy and the postnatal period so that you can teach safely and effectively.

This one day workshop will help you to:

• Teach your pregnant students with confidence and advise them on specific modifications to their practice
• Understand the hormonal and bodily changes that impact yoga practice for pre and post natal students
• Know how to assess whether a student can join your open class and identify when it is best for them not to
• Discuss common problems that occur and how yoga can help

Tara Lee has been practicing yoga for almost 25 years and has taught thousands of pregnant women over the last 15 years, guiding them through their pregnancies and births. Tara has released 10 yoga DVDs which have sold over 150,000 copies and her Pregnancy Yoga DVD is a bestseller on Amazon. Tara co -authored a book Pregnancy Health Yoga.

Tara has been teaching Pregnancy Yoga, Mother and Baby Yoga, and General Yoga classes at our sister studio, The Life Centre, for 15 years. Click here to view her schedule.

Clare Daniell discovered yoga in her teens and trained to teach in her 20s. Clare has worked alongside Tara for the last 5 years, co-writing and producing DVDs and trainings.

Times

9.30 to 17.00

Eligibility

Open to yoga teachers and teacher trainees. Pregnant women with a strong, established yoga practice also welcome.

Capacity

28

Sensory Awareness Training for Yoga Attunement (SATYA 2)

With Tias Little
9 Jun 2019

Yogacampus Islington
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

SATYA (Sensory Awareness Training for Yoga Attunement)

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

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

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

SATYA 2 Course of Study

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

Topics Covered

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

Eligibility

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

Certification

Upon completion of this course, you will receive a Yogacampus Certificate of Completion for the 5-day intensive (30 hours). If you wish to gain certification from Prajna Yoga as a SATYA teacher, you are required to take at least one of the workshops on June 7th or 8th and complete additional hours of self-study. You will then have 45 hours of SATYA 2 training.

To become a SATYA teacher, all SATYA courses are required – please see the Prajna Yoga website for further information on the certification process: https://www.prajnayoga.net/yoga-training/satya/

Friday June 7th – Cultivating Embodied Wisdom

or

Saturday June 8th – Healing the Organic Body

Click here to find out more information about the workshops and book your place.

Benefit from £100 discount if you book both 5 day SATYA 1 and 2 immersions plus accompanying elective workshops in full. Save an extra £50 with early bird offers if booked before 31st December. Discounts automatically applied at checkout.

Yoga Therapy Diploma

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

Times

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

Eligibility

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

Capacity

50

Applied Yoga as a Therapeutic Tool to Heal

With Zephyr Wildman
12 Jun 2019

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

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

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

Day 1: Foundations and Introduction to the 5 Koshas

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

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

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

Day 2: Postural Integrity and the Spine

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

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

Day 3: Feet, Knees and Hips.

A.M.: Working from the ground up, we will learn to see the body in action and how the interconnected lines of intelligence inform our patterns of movement and pain. Literally the foundations of our bodies health and balance, we will evaluate the alignment of the feet and legs and discuss how to assess alignment highlighting common problems, misalignments and causes of pain.

P.M.: The metaphor for the Middle Path as our centre of balance is well illustrated in the application of techniques for this afternoon’s session. By looking at the feet, knees and hips as the foundation for the spine and the connections the spine has to the rest of the body, we understand that this foundation is critical to supporting that well being and balance for the entire body.

Day 4: Pelvic Girdle

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

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

Day 5: Shoulder Girdle

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

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

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

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

Eligibility

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

Capacity

30

Practical Guide to Teaching and Sequencing a Restorative Yoga Practice

With Adelene Cheong
15 Jun 2019

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

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

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

Seeking answers to these questions and more?

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

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

What students can expect to gain from this course:

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

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

Times

09.30 to 17.00 with a 75 minute lunch break

Eligibility

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

Capacity

24

Sequencing: the Deeper Dimensions

With Graham Burns, Susanne Lahusen
15–22 Jun 2019

Les Passeroses, Nonac
Nonac, (near Angouleme) France

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Times

Costs

Shared room
£1,025 (SOLD OUT)

Single with shared bathroom
£1,265 (SOLD OUT)

Single room with en-suite
£1,370 (SOLD OUT)

Eligibility

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

Capacity

15

Emergency First Aid at Work Certificate

With Paul Woodhouse
16 Jun 2019

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

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

Course content

Our emergency first aid course covers the following topics:

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

Alternative 2019 dates for this course are as follows:

Sunday 12th May 2019 at West London Buddhist Centre.
Sunday 8th September 2019 at West London Buddhist Centre. (not yet open for bookings)
Sunday 3rd November 2019 at West London Buddhist Centre. (not yet open for bookings)
Sunday 8th December 2019 at Yogacampus Finsbury Park. (not yet open for bookings)

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

Times

9.30 to 16.30 with a 30 minute break for lunch

Eligibility

Open to all.

Capacity

12

Bespoke Yoga: Demystifying 1-1 Teaching

With Sarah Litton
22 Jun 2019

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

Sarah will guide you on day one through gathering information from postural analysis, and then on the second day how to convert the information gained into understanding the cause of any misalignments in postures. Once identified the next step is how to rebalance these imbalances with the application of yogic principles.

Principles covered in the workshop:

Yoga Asana and Postural Analysis

No individual is perfectly aligned physically. On the first day we will understand how to identify and record postural imbalances. If not specifically addressed, these can become greater the more we practice, thus increasing the potential for injury.
On the second day we will progress into studying the correct alignment of various asana, and how we can use this template to rebalance misalignments discovered in the posture session. By learning how to identify these tendencies in our clients, we are more able to assist them to self-correct with intelligence, thus bringing harmony to their bodies and practice over time.

Philosophy and Spirituality

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

Koshas and the Energetic Body

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

Limited to 20 participants for a more personalised learning experience

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

Times

9.30 to 17.00 each day

Eligibility

Open to yoga teachers and trainee teachers.

Capacity

20

Exploring the Polarities of Fluidity and Containment

With Charlotte Watts
23 Jun 2019

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

£85 (£10 off before 23rd April until )

Details at yogacampus.com

We all need the quality of fluidity to move, express and adapt, but how is such fluid contained? This is the constant interplay we are calling on continually in life – in body and in thought – and a yoga practice with embodied awareness can help us explore such polarities. We will explore how we need both somatic (fascial, formless) and gathering, strengthening (muscular, ‘form’) practices for the full range of body understanding and expression, and where they feed into each other. From the context of living in a demanding and stimulating world, we will discuss the role fluidity plays in keeping us playful and adaptable and where that needs the safe boundaries of containment to be able to explore such freedom.

Topics covered in this workshop include:

• The viewpoint of polarity rather than just opposites; looking at the yin-yang model, the gunas, the breath and even our own embryological history as examples of the continual interdependence of related and differing qualities.
• Recognising that there is always movement and stillness within practices with and without motion, we can develop a practice and teaching of deep listening and responding.
• How our need for both fluidity and containment is related to our survival strategies and patterns that come from unconscious self-protection instincts.
• What this actually means in terms of how we feel, move and take action – softness and strength via ‘stirha sukha asanam’.
• Observing the differing energetic qualities of the gunas to guide a sensitive and nuanced physical practice.
• Using the guide of the yamas to inform us when we move in deeper and when we allow in stillness.
• How we gauge what we need over what we may want or think we may need from these viewpoints – in yoga as in life.

What can you expect to gain from attending this workshop:

• Bringing a fuller view of the mind-body’s needs playing out through our physical and meditative yoga practice.
• How to guide self and taught practice in relation to our own and others’ boundaries.
• The role that somatics play within fostering mind-body safety.
• How a stronger physical practice needs the foundations of softness, fluidity and care.
• How to listen in and cultivate a practice based on self-compassion and deeper needs.
• The recognition that we need different things on different days.

Suggested outline for the day:

9.30am – 10.15am Introduction to the concepts of polarities and where those of fluidity and containment fit in to our practices

10.15am – 11.30pm Somatic practices to explore the formless and fluid; noticing the breath cycle as an example we can readily feel

11.30 – 11.45pm BREAK

11.45 – 12.15pm Discussion of the practice in relation to the gunas

12.15pm – 1pm A stronger more contained, practice with ‘form’ to feel the difference in energetic qualities

1pm – 2pm LUNCH

2pm – 2.30pm Talk on how we can use concepts of the yamas as guides to inwardly sensing where fluidity meets containment

2.30pm – 4.15pm Exercises and practice to experience the yamas in motion. Through fostering awareness of where outer skin reaches in to inner fascia, muscle, bone and organ and vice versa, we can differentiate where we feel fluidity and containment moment-to-moment to integrate as a whole

4.15pm – 5pm Diads for self and shared reflection of the concepts and practices

Certification

You will receive a Yogacampus Certificate of Attendance.

Times

9.30 to 17.00 with one hour for lunch break

Eligibility

Open to yoga teachers, teacher trainees, and practitioners with an interest in the topic.

Capacity

28

The Yogic Breath: Special instructions in Medieval Yoga for the proper technique of Prāṇāyāma

With Jacqueline Hargreaves, Jason Birch
6 Jul 2019

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

£90 (£80 until 12th May until )

Details at yogacampus.com

Yogic breathing (prāṇāyāma) has a long and diverse history in religious traditions of India. Its purpose and practice has been documented at great length throughout the second millennium, thus providing a valuable source of information for teachers and students of yoga.

In this workshop, a brief history on prāṇāyāma will be presented. It will cover the underlying rationale, theory and methods that inform its sophisticated application in late-medieval Haṭhayoga.

The extraordinary way of breathing described in the 15th-century Haṭhapradīpikā will be the central focus of the practical sessions. Through demonstration and experimentation, the bellows breath (bhastrī) and alternate nostril breathing with and without retentions (kumbhaka) will be discussed and practised, with a view to understanding how these methods can simultaneously invigorate and relax, while quietening the mind for meditation.

The following questions will be addressed:

  • What is yogic breathing (prāṇāyāma) and its role in Yoga?
  • How has the practice developed over the centuries?
  • What are the distinct features of yogic breathing (prāṇāyāma) in Haṭha Yoga?
  • Are there requisites for the practice, such as diet, posture and cleansing techniques?
  • Are there any contraindications and ill-effects?
  • How are internal locks (bandha) and rhythms applied?
  • What are the traditional signs of success in the practice?

To conclude, a number of suggestions will be made on how prāṇāyāma techniques can be integrated with other components of Yoga, such as postural practice and meditation, so as to meet the needs of contemporary practitioners and its therapeutic application in modern times.

The programme will include the reading of primary sources in Sanskrit (with English translations) accompanied by illustrated manuscripts, photographs, visual demonstrations and practical experiments.

All are welcome to attend.

Times

9.30am to 5pm with a 90 minute lunch break.

Eligibility

Open to all with an interest in the history of yoga and prāṇāyāma

Capacity

28

Shakti Rising – Healing & Empowering Practices for Women

With Shiva Rea
9–12 Jul 2019

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

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

- Shakti Sangama Tantra

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Integrate Mudra, Mantra and Meditations for Shakti Sadhana

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Stories and myths of the life of the Yogini

Further studies:

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

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

Times

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

Eligibility

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

Capacity

95

❤The Kirtan Love Experience European Tour❤

With Jai Uttal
11 Jul 2019

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

£48 (£40 ends 31st March until )

Details at yogacampus.com

Embark on a vocal journey through the sacred sounds of ancient India. With call-and-response group chanting and storytelling, Jai Uttal creates a space of invocation, prayer, and heartfelt expression. “These ancient chants,” says Jai “contain a transformative power and healing energy. By singing these prayers we join a stream of consciousness and devotion that has been flowing for centuries.”

Jai has been leading Kirtans worldwide for close to 50 years, creating a safe environment for people to open their hearts and voices.

No previous experience is needed. This is an exploration and expression of the heart and the spirit.

BOOKINGS FOR THIS EVENT THROUGH EVENTBRITE HERE


The Kirtan Love Experience European Tour with Jai Uttal – July 2019 from Yogacampus on Vimeo.

Want more?

Join Jai Uttal and his beloved wife Nubia on Saturday 13th July for two unique workshops at Yogacampus Training Centre in Islington.

From 10am to 1pm Nubia will lead us through a half day on Yoga and the Art of Mudras, while in the afternoon from 2pm to 5.30pm Jai will demystify the secrets of kirtan with his workshop on Everyday Bhakti: Walking in Devotion.

Times

19.30 to 22.00

Eligibility

Open to all

Capacity

400

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

With Shiva Rea
12 Jul 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You can find Shiva’s teaching schedule here.*

Times

19.30 to 21.30

Eligibility

Open to all.

Capacity

95

Yoga and the Art of Mudras

With Nubia Teixeira
13 Jul 2019

Yogacampus Islington
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

£40

You are also invited to stay on for Nubia’s partner, Jai’s workshop Everyday Bhakti: Walking in Devotion taking place that afternoon from 14.00 to 17.30 and receive a £10 discount if you book both workshops.

Details at yogacampus.com

In this workshop Nubia will share her love and passion for the practice of mudras, some of the gems that she has collected for via dedicated practice, and her mastery and expertise on combining mudras with asana to expresses the inspired storytelling from Bhakti, the devotional tradition of yoga. This is also an opportunity to delve deeper into Nubia’s book, Yoga and the Art of Mudra which will be available for signed copies by the author herself.

About the Book

Yoga and the Art of Mudras is a guided journey into the alchemy of asana (yoga pose) and mudra (symbolic hand gesture). In this book, Nubia fuses her passion for yoga and dance with her love for bhakti (devotion). In so doing, she has created a unique and contemporary yoga system that encompasses all three healing arts.

In this half day workshop, you will:

o Experience and embody the mudras in your life and your yoga practice
o Connect with ancient wisdom traditions
o Delve into symbology and sacred geometry
o Evoke the energy of the Gods and Goddesses

Nubia has devoted herself to teaching different aspects of yoga for almost 30 years. Perceiving yoga as a healing art, Nubia’s refinement and unique style overflows with sacred meaning and heartfelt inspiration.

Book reviews

“The hands are extensions of the heart, reflecting what is in your heart. Mudras tell stories with the hands. Nubia’s hands express the celestial stories and songs of her innermost heart – the eternal abode of Divine Love where God and the soul dance in ecstatic delight. Nubia is an other-worldly apsara who has taken birth amongst us mortals, to show us the keys to the heart of heaven and how to open the secret door. This is an incredibly important book.”

  • Sharon Gannon, founder of Jivamukti Yoga

“A beautiful book, full of gestures of embodied understanding and refreshing postures that can enhance your yoga and deepen your practice as an act of devotion and love.”

  • Jack Kornfield Author, Buddhist practitioner and one of the key teachers to introduce Buddhist mindfulness practice to the West.

“Nubia Teixeira’s offerings bring the inner art of mudras from Odissi Temple Dance into a pioneering, fully embodied yogic expression. Steeped in her lifelong experience of the Bhakti and Hatha Yoga traditions, Nubia has created a truly classic mudra book to treasure and draw from for the rest of your life. Blessings to Nubia and to all who are awakened by this extraordinary gift.”

  • Shiva Rea, yogini, author Tending the Heart Fire

“Just as we use our voices to chant the sacred name, so we can use our hands to deepen our meditation in the form of these sacred mudras. Nubia is our guide on a beautiful journey into this ancient wisdom. She shares with grace, wisdom, knowledge and passion – such a blessing!”

  • Deva Premal – Musician and Meditative Mantra Muse.

You are also invited to stay on for Nubia’s beloved husband, Jai’s workshop Everyday Bhakti: Walking in Devotion taking place that afternoon from 2pm to 5.30pm and receive a £10 discount if you book both workshops.

As part of the Kirtan Love Experience Tour, we are excited to welcome back Jai Uttal after almost 6 years for his unique Ecstatic Chanting concert taking place on Thursday 11th July at Cecil Sharp House at 7.30pm. You can book your tickets via Eventbrite here

Times

10.00 to 13.00

Eligibility

Open to all.

Capacity

50

Everyday Bhakti: Walking in Devotion

With Jai Uttal
13 Jul 2019

Yogacampus Islington
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

£55 (£50 until 25th March until )

You are also invited to join Jai’s partner Nubia, in the morning for her half day workshop Yoga and the Art of Mudras taking place from 10.00 to 13.00 and receive a £10 discount if you book both workshops.

Details at yogacampus.com

Love people, feed them and remember God.”

—Mahajji Neem Karoli Baba.

The calls of the day are loud and demanding; responsibilities pull us right and left. How can we honour the world around us and our blessed life without ever letting go of the divine cord of love? Of course we are all humans and we forget God a thousand times a day but don’t worry. Let’s start with baby steps and, through patience and grace, begin to see all life as an expression of the divine play.

For everyone who loves and practices kirtan (chanting the ecstatic songs of ancient India), this workshop will fuel your soul. International musician Jai Uttal will share and demystify some of the secrets of kirtan. We can all can sing, lead, and share our hearts with others. The practice of chanting can become our teacher, guiding us home.

We will explore:

o The path of personal relationship to Spirit
o Connecting to the Divine
o Mantras & their meaning
o Music & rhythm
o Healing through singing

Jai Uttal, grammy nominee, kirtan artist, and world music pioneer has been a leading influence in the Bhakti tradition for the past 50 years. Jai considers devotion to be the core of his musical and spiritual life, and he whole-heartedly shares his passionate heart through his voice and songs.

Jai creates a safe environment for people to open their hearts and voices.

No previous experience is needed. This is an exploration and expression of the heart and the spirit.

Tabla drummer Daniel Paul has been traveling the kirtan chanting circuit for many years. He performs with a wide variety of artists, but primarily accompanies Jai Uttal in programs and workshops worldwide. Daniel earned his degree in the classical music of India, after devoting 9 years to the Ali Akbar College of Music in California, training under several of India’s greatest classical master musicians, including Zakir Hussain, Swapan Chaudhuri, and the legendary Ali Akbar Khan. When not touring Daniel resides on the island of Maui in Hawaii.

You are also invited to join Jai’s beloved wife Nubia, in the morning for her half day workshop Yoga and the Art of Mudras taking place from 10am to 1pm and receive a £10 discount if you book both workshops

As part of the Kirtan Love Experience Tour, we are excited to welcome back Jai Uttal after almost 6 years for his unique Ecstatic Chanting concert taking place on Thursday 11th July at Cecil Sharp House at 7.30pm. You can book your tickets via Eventbrite here.

Times

14.00 to 17.30

Eligibility

No previous experience is needed. This is an exploration and expression of the heart and the spirit.

Capacity

50

Earth Mandala Pilgrimage to Avebury

With Shiva Rea
14 Jul 2019

Avebury Stone Circle
Avebury, Wiltshire SN8 1RF

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

Details at yogacampus.com

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

This day-long pilgrimage to Avebury Stone Circle, West Kennet Long Barrow and Silbury Hill will include a guide to the sacred history of these sites, meditation and movement alchemy with the ancient stones and sacred landscape. Shiva will be joined by Chris Park; expert druid, artist, performer, organic architect, celebrant, facilitator, healer and skep beekeeper within the Sacred Grove of the Bee. Chris’s work and life have been inspired greatly by druidry and other native wisdom traditions of Britain and Europe.

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

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

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

You can find Shiva’s teaching schedule here.*

Times

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

Eligibility

Open to all.

Capacity

60

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

With Ayala Homossany
26 Jul 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Times

10.00 to 17.00 with one hour for lunch

Eligibility

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

Capacity

20

Mindful Yoga in Supportive and Palliative Care and into Bereavement

With Kate Binnie
27 Jul 2019

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

This weekend workshop is aimed at yoga teachers and therapists interested in supporting people with life-limiting conditions in the community and in healthcare settings including hospitals, hospices and care homes. The training is also for healthcare professionals already working with life-limiting and advanced illness, who have a grounding in yoga and/or mindfulness and who wish to integrate these approaches to care. The course will also be of use to bereavement counsellors, plus mental health, social and spiritual care providers and complementary therapists who wish to add Mindful Yoga skills to their toolkit.

During the training we will be looking at:

  • Overview of common conditions with supportive & palliative care needs: why is there room for non-pharmacological interventions as part of integrated care? What is the evidence for their use & where does mindful yoga fit in?
  • Common symptoms across diagnostic groups; pain, breathlessness, issues with movement, fatigue, anxiety and depression – how can mindful yoga help?
  • The importance of the breath: “If you can breathe you can practice yoga”. Breath awareness is core to this way of working. Learn about the science of self-regulation & “how to” tips on working with patients (and families) right up to end of life.
  • Where there is illness and death there is grief and loss. How can we use mindful yoga for patients dealing with their own losses and facing death, plus support those who are or will be bereaved?
  • How to adapt a practice safely; learn compassion-focused, practical skills and specific sequences developed in clinical practice.
  • Exploring setting up groups in community, charity and healthcare settings; making a “pitch” to funders and commissioners based on an understanding of current policy directives from the NHS.
  • Self-care is important when working with loss, death and dying; mindful yoga is the perfect “resilience toolkit”. Introducing yoga in the workplace for healthcare professionals, and practices for self-care.

Kate Binnie is an HCPC registered music psychotherapist, yoga and mindfulness teacher (CPCAB) with an Msc in Palliative Care. She holds a PT senior research associate post at University of Bristol working on the Wellcome funded Life of Breath project. She also teaches on the YogaCampus Yoga Therapy diploma, and runs regular Breath-Body-Mind Integration trainings for healthcare professionals across the UK. Kate’s blogs about her work can be found on the Life of Breath website.

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

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

Times

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

Eligibility

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

Capacity

28

Exploring The Technology of Yoga for Optimal Well-Being

With Dr. ALV Kumar
9 Aug 2019

Yogacampus Islington
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

£315 (£285 - ends 1st March 2019 until )

Details at yogacampus.com

Dr Kumar brings a unique synergistic approach to yoga, which has evolved from a lifelong immersion in the various traditions of both north and south India. This includes the branch of Ayurvedic medicine called Kaya Chikitsa, an internal self-healing system which is virtually unknown in the West. Dr. Kumar draws on his experience of studying and practising within eighty six traditions of yoga, approaching it as an applied science of mind and body.

His mastery as a meditation teacher, honouring the lineage of Patanjali and Buddha, provides an effective and dynamic methodology in harnessing the power of the mind to connect with our human physiology on a sub-atomic level.

His knowledge derives not only from his scientific background, but also from his personal experience of repairing and rehabilitating his own body through yoga, following a serious accident.

The objective of the course will be to explore the purpose and practice of postures on a biochemical and cellular level. This will be invaluable to practitioners of every level, especially those in somatic-based professions such as physiotherapy, osteopathy, and massage/bodywork, which emphasise internal perception and experience.

Dr. Kumar will highlight the holistic teachings of the great Krishnamacharya, with a focus on the therapeutic and metabolic effects of asana.

Participants will develop an understanding of the evolution of modern styles of Asana purpose and practice such as Ashtanaga Vinyasa, Iyengar, Viniyoga and Power Yoga, the genesis of which is his legacy. Krishnamacharya’s yoga is considered to be complete, based on the systems outlined in traditional texts such as, Yoga Rahasya, Sri Tattwanidhi and Kapala Kurantaka.

The course will include exploration of the applied Yoga physiology of the asana practice of the following five systems:

  • Srishti Krama, practice for endurance
  • Rakshna Krama, practice for strength
  • Shikshana Krama, practice for alignment and balance
  • Adhyatmika Krama, practice for zero resistance
  • Chikitsa Krama, practice for therapy

The same underlying scientific principles of physiology are applied in YogaKaya Chikitsa, the tradition of masso therapy using techniques involving physical manipulation for intensive and immediate recovery. The aim is to revive this ancient technique that is in danger of dying out in India. Yoga Kaya Chikitsa, throws new light on widely-practiced body therapies such as massage and osteopathy by applying subtler psychological and physiological dimensions.

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.

Meditation 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.

Dr. Kumar has devised a training program – Meditation Teacher Training in the Yoga Darshana Tradition of Patanjali, facilitated by Anna Bhushan – to keep practitioners connected to the source, the lineage and the philosophical principles that are essential to maintain the purity of the original Prana Samyama techniques and benefit from them fully. 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.

The Meditation Teacher Training course will run in London and Manchester

Times

9.30 to 17.00 each day

Eligibility

Open to yoga teachers, trainees, practitioners and especially those in somatic-based professions such as physiotherapy, osteopathy, and massage/bodywork.

Capacity

50

Crossing the Rainbow Bridge

With Liz Lark
4–5 Sep 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pre-reading:

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

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

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

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

About Liz:


Liz Lark from Yogacampus on Vimeo.

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

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

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

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

Times

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

Eligibility

Open to teachers, trainees, and established yoga practitioners,

Capacity

28

The Heart-Brain Connection and Coherence: Making Contact with your Heart

With Sherezade Ruano-Santana
5 Sep 2019

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

It is long been known that emotions have a physiological impact on our bodies; Research conducted by HeartMath shows that the electromagnetic current of the heart is sixty times higher in amplitude than the field of the brain’s one. The heart’s electromagnetic field can be measured more than ten feet from the body. This energetic field pulses waves of energy carrying information whilst synchronising other processes in the body.

Modern medicine has come to believe that the heart is just a simple pump. Far from this view, the heart has played an important role in understanding the body since ancient times. Research by John and Beatrice Lacey in the 1060s and 1070s demonstrated that the heart was not just a simple pump but also an organ of great intelligence, with its own nervous system, decision-making powers, and connections to the brain. These researchers found that the heart is in constant communication with the brain, affecting how we perceive and react to the world.

In this two day workshop, we will explore how different emotions can affect the electromagnetic field of the heart, our energy levels, our mood and our interaction with other people.

This is called heart coherence, an important mechanism –known to be overlooked by modern medicine- which explains how the heart communicates with the brain and the rest of the organs in order to bring synchronicity into our life.

Sherezade will explain how hypersensitivity can be an extraordinarily important trait in those experiencing anxiety and low mood. She will guide students into an exploratory journey into our heart’s ability to feel, communicate, and remember.

Each day will be filled with practices aimed to explore, learn and experience how it feels when the heart and the brain are in coherence.

The workshop is aimed at:

  • Yoga teachers and Yoga therapists
  • Healthcare professionals that would like to expand their knowledge in this area and with a special interest in cardiology and cardiovascular health
  • This workshop is also suitable for those affected by or recovering from (cardiac rehabilitation) cardiovascular disease that would like to know more about their energetic heart and the importance of Heart-brain coherence in their recovery.

Some previous study of anatomy of the Cardiovascular system is helpful but not essential.

Times

9.30 to 17.00 each day

Eligibility

Opne to yoga teachers, yoga therapists, health care professionals and those affected by or recovering from (cardiac rehabilitation) cardiovascular disease with an interest in the topic.

Capacity

28

Teaching to the People in the Room: Classroom Management and Teaching Principles

With Lisa Kaley-Isley
7–8 Sep 2019

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

£190

Book both workshops for automatic £25 discount.

Details at yogacampus.com

We’ve told the world that yoga can help, and now the people are turning up in droves to find out how. It’s not enough anymore to know how to teach a pre-planned sequenced class. We need to know how to adapt to the people in the room and make yoga practice more broadly accessible. One of the oldest definitions of yoga from the Katha Upanishad is “skill in action.” Our students are pushing us to enrich our skill set repertoire in order to be good teachers for them. The intention of this workshop is to help you grow your capacity to be the teacher your students need you to be, and in your heart you want to be, too.

The growth of yoga therapy has emerged from this need. But as we have focused on learning to provide personalised practice for the one, it’s become clear that what is equally needed are more knowledgeable and skilled group yoga teachers who can adapt to the needs of the many in a group class setting. This workshop is for us.

Teacher training does not end with the first 200 hours; it just begins. Even when we continue to study, very few electives address the issues we turn to our Facebook friends to help us solve – the nitty gritty of turning up every class, being the best teacher we can to the people who have shown up, doing our best not to hurt them, and over time helping those students grow in the ways that yoga practice can help us do. We’ll draw on our collective experience to personalise the general principles and make them as applicable as possible in your lives – the people who show up.

In this series of two-day workshops part 1 will focus on Classroom Management and Teaching Principles. Part 2 will cover Cultivating Healthy Teacher-Student Relationships. It is strongly advised to take part 1 if you want to take part 2, but each can be taken as a stand-alone workshop.

Upskilling Principles for Adapting Yoga Group Classes

1. CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT
a. Creating a welcoming, safe space for practice and experience
b. Awareness of impact of teacher language and actions
c. Bi-directional communication to inform and receive feedback
d. Making yoga practice more “accessible” for a broader range of people
e. Setting and maintaining healthy flexible boundaries with time management before, during, and after class

2. TEACHING PRINCIPLES
a. Awareness of multiple perceptions of language cues and developing options
b. Promoting informed adaption and accessibility for the people in the room
c. Intentions and effects of sequencing choices
i. Starting and ending points
ii. Energetic regulation
iii. Peak pose and cumulative practice effects

Part 2 of the series will take place on 6/7 December and you can take advantage of a £25 discount if you book both trainings. Book your place on both workshops here.

Recommended pre-reading:
1. Moonaz, Steffanie, What’s the difference between accessible yoga and yoga therapy?
2. Farhi, Donna, Teaching Yoga: Exploring the Teacher-Student Relationship, Rodmell Press, CA, 2006.

Times

10am to 5pm with a lunch break.

Eligibility

These workshops are open to all trainee yoga teacher and yoga therapists and qualified yoga teachers and yoga therapists would want to enhance their group class teaching student sensitivity, adaptive teaching capacity, and interpersonal relationship skills.

Capacity

24

Buddha and the Yogis: Crossing Paths - Bodhisattvas and Warriors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The daily schedule:

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

11:30-11:45: Break

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

13.00-14.30 Lunch Break

14.30 to 15.30: Lecture and meditation Mahayana (Robert)

15.30 to 15.45 Break

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

Richard Freeman

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

Mary Taylor

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

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

Robert Thurman

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

https://bobthurman.com/biography/

Podcast

Stunning the Mind with Yoga – Episode #178 of the Bob Thurman Podcast

Opening this podcast with an introduction to the Medicine Buddha and his long time co-teacher + friend Richard Freeman, Professor Thurman explore the connections between Hatha Yoga, Buddhist Philosophy + the Indic Inner Sciences through a close translation of the classic fifteenth-century Sanskrit manual on hatha yoga, “The Hatha Yoga Pradīpikā” by Svāmi Svātmārāma.

Times

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

Eligibility

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

Capacity

90

Prana in Action: The Therapeutic Breath

With Jane Craggs
20 Sep 2019

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

“After a bird tied by a string flies here and there without finding a resting place, it finally settles down at the place it is bound. Similarly the mind, after flying here and there, without finding a resting place, settles in the breath, for the mind is bound to the breath.”

- Chandogya Upanishad

Day one

Breath and the theory of prana. Experiencing the breath in our own practice.

The autonomic nervous system and how the breath affects it

Day two

The Gunas and polyvagal theory.

Understanding brahmana (charging,nourishing,building) and langhana (discharging,calming,reducing) practices.

Day 3

How to create practices for stress resilience, lifting mood and calming agitation.( introducing bhavana, sound and mantra for positive mental shift).

Awareness of appropriate approaches to the breath to ensure safe and supportive practice for all.

Times

9.30 to 17.00 each day

Eligibility

Open to all.

Capacity

30

The Element Earth: Embodying Foundation

With Alessandra Pecorella
28 Sep 2019

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

Module Two: Embodying Earth – Prana Vinyasa Sequencing, Hands-on Assists and Energetic Alignment for Standing Asanas, Arm Balances, and Hip Openers

As the first “pathway” of the all-level Pathways of Prana Vinyasa system, this foundation earth Prana Vinyasa sequence massages your inner and outer hips, hamstrings, side-waist, shoulder and heart opening through the positive repetition of this three-wave prana vinyasa sequence. In this module, teachers begin to learn the Foundation Earth Prana Vinyasa sequence, centered in the hip-opening family. Through the opening movement meditation, classical and dancing warrior namaskars, core cultivation, prana vinyasa wave sequence, peak asana, and lunar mudrasanas of the bhujapidasana and visvamitrasana sequence, we will slowly and effectively embody the flow of prana connected to hip opening, our relationship to the earth and our instinctual body.

• Learn the solar and lunar Earth foundation sequences for the Visvamitrasana/Bhujapidasana family of asanas and work with the Prana Flow Three-Part Vinyasa Method and Vinyasa Krama to teach to all levels

• Reinforce namaskars from Module One, and practice teaching corresponding namaskars to Earth Sequences: Rhythmic Vinyasa B, Dancing Warrior I

• Continue to integrate and understand the five movements and Prana Vinyasa Mudra Vinyasas

• Teach and assist five primary alignment actions of the core “blueprint” asanas of the mandalas and sequence combinations with skill, effectiveness, fluency, and creativity

• Apply Prana Vinyasa Energetic Alignment Method to embody prana and teach these movements as keys to alignment and flow within the Earth Sequence

• Hands on assists and alignment for the new asanas introduced by the Earth Sequence beyond Namaskar

• Introduction to wave sequencing for the earth sequences for hip opening and a lunar sequence for deep flexibility and regeneration

Further Information:

The above module is the third in a series of 6 which make up the full 90-hour Prana Flow teacher training designed to deepen your learning of the 5 life-giving Elements:

SOLAR/LUNAR NAMASKAR (Module 1)
EARTH (Module 2),
WATER (Module 3) – being offered in Manchester on 26th and 27th October 2019. See here for more details.
FIRE (Module 4),
AIR (Module 5)
and SPACE (Module 6).

They can be attended as stand-alone workshops or the hours gained can be contributed towards a full 90Hour certification through Aditya Yoga School for Conscious Living

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

Times

9.30 to 17.00 each day

Eligibility

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

Capacity

30

Self-Care and Yoga: The Intersection Between Marma Therapy and Yoga, with Myofascial Foundations

With Doug Keller
3 Oct 2019

Yogacampus Islington
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

The affinity between Marma therapy in Ayurveda and the perspective on health taken by Hatha Yoga — on both a theoretical and practical level — has rarely been made explicit as a system of self-care. But the expanding field of myofascial therapy provides a sound basis for exploring this relationship between Marma and Yoga, and finding applications in practice — especially to specific problems.

This two-day training will not be simply theoretical, though it will provide foundations for credibly understanding these connections. We’ll focus on some specific and common therapeutic problems that are responsive to self-care practices — in the hips, knees and feet, as well as shoulders down to the wrists, neck and jaw — and make connections between marma points and yoga practices in a way that sets forth some simple and manageable programs of action.

These suggestions for work will be grounded in contemporary understanding and practices in a way that gives confidence in sharing these ideas with students and clients for specific problems, while respecting the boundaries for scope of practice.

This training promises to open up some new inspiration and possibilities for sharing the therapeutic wisdom of yoga, which plenty of news-you-can-use!

Doug is also running a 5-day intensive on Foundations, Skills and Applications of the Therapeutic Wisdom of Yoga running from Saturday 5th to Wednesday 9th October 2019.

Times

9.30am to 5pm

Eligibility

Open to yoga teachers, trainee teachers and inquiring students

Capacity

50

Yoga for Digestive Health

With Charlotte Watts
5 Oct 2019

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

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

Topics that will be covered:

•Journey around the digestive system

•Philosophy for the modern gut

•Visceral subtle and physical anatomy

•Body psychotherapy and the chakras

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

•Specific conditions

What you can expect to gain from the training:

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

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

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

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

Suggested outline for the day

Day 1

Morning:

Introduction to the Digestive System from anatomy, fascia and Ayurvedic perspectives;

Grounding and somatic practices to drop into the belly and meet visceral communication.

Afternoon:

Stress and trauma in relation to digestive health;

Practices to feel whole body-mind safety registered through the enteric nervous system, psoas and vagus nerve through kind awareness and embodiment.

Day 2

Morning:

Modern chakra theory in relation to digestive health and trauma held in the body that manifests as digestive and other symptoms;

Standing practice to feel the legs and safety in relation to digestion.

Afternoon:

Overview of specific conditions from medical and Ayurvedic perspectives;

Bringing together of yoga practices for digestive health;

Ending on sound, nyasa and meditation.

Certification

You will receive a certificate of attendance.

Times

9.30 to 17.00

Eligibility

Open to all.

Capacity

28

Foundations, Skills and Applications of the Therapeutic Wisdom of Yoga

With Doug Keller
5 Oct 2019

Yogacampus Islington
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

The training is structured to help teachers understand more deeply the therapeutic rationale behind alignment and action instructions in yoga poses — and to know when these instructions are helpful and appropriate, and when variations or a different emphasis are necessary. The instructions are clear, specific and user-friendly, and backed up by knowledge of the anatomy involved in the movements as well as an understanding of the common therapeutic problems that bring students to yoga seeking help.

Beyond its usefulness in the classroom, the training is structured to give tools of assessment and sequencing for ‘mini-series’ of asanas and exercises for working individually with students on therapeutic problems. These ideas will also be helpful for sequencing larger classes or groups working with therapeutic problems in common.

The training has a high return rate for teachers seeking to reinforce what they have learned, and looking for new insights to add to what they know. Likewise, the training always proves to be very accessible to teachers and advancing students coming for the first time, seeking deeper insight into yoga, its rationale, and its benefits.

Themes

Sacroiliac Health: Understanding Pelvic, Low Back and Sciatic Pain

The key to understanding healthy movement as well as the root of much chronic pelvic and low back pain lies in understanding the rhythmic movement of the sacrum and the muscles which support it. When these muscles are not functioning properly, chronic low back and pelvic pain are often the result, and are tied to specific movement patterns that can be corrected through asana combined with specific exercises.

Last year we focused on the influence of the deepest muscles of the spine — the multifidi — which influence the movements of the sacrum, and are a central factor in sacroiliac and low back pain.

This year, we will build upon that, looking at the sheaths of fascia and muscles nested within them that profoundly influence low back health. At this point, research into low back pain is looking beyond trying to isolate factors in low back pain, such as individual muscles, and instead to the thoracolumbar fascia as a matrix of interrelated layers.

This has very concrete and practical implications for our understanding of asana and the dynamics of asana, with applications in all classes of asana. We will be reinforcing and building upon what was covered last year, expanding our understanding of low back health through asana.

This will include not just the health of the lumbar spine and sacroiliac joints, but will also include an exploration of sciatic pain, which radiates from the gluteals down through the leg and sometimes into the foot. It is one of our most ancient pain problems, appearing even in the literature of the Greeks, and is as prevalent today as low back pain.

Our treatment of this topic will include tools for assessment of postural and movement patterns, corrective exercises and sequencing, and related topics of sciatic pain and hip joint health. The principles for good practice will cover working effectively with the different classes of yoga poses.

The Lower Body, with Special Focus on the Knees

Knee health and knee problems is an especially important topic for active (and previously active) people, and yoga practice poses its own challenges and cautions. And knee health usually includes all of the major considerations of the lower body: the feet and health of the arches, including challenges such as bunions/hallux; plantar fasciitis, hamstring and quadriceps tightness or imbalance, the IT band and imbalances in the many muscles surrounding the hips, including the gluteals.

We’ll include assessment principles for the knees and knee problems, awareness of the most common kinds of knee problems and injuries, and principles for safe and helpful practice in yoga poses that will improve the condition of not only the knees, but the feet and hips as well.

This will also include introduction to self-care techniques relating the traditional marma system of Ayurveda with contemporary fascial understanding — which can be incorporated simply into practice, especially for people experiencing joint issues, neuropathy (numbness) and other common problems — for the knees, as well as for the hips and feet.

The Upper Body: Upper Back and Neck, and Their Effect Upon Shoulder Health

Neck and head alignment — and our own subtle habits in using our neck — have a great impact upon the health of our upper back and shoulders, and are the root of a great deal of our upper body pain. This includes jaw alignment and tension, as well as tension arising from postural shifts beginning in the lower body.

Yoga has plenty of principles for the head and neck, including bandha and mudra, that are related to the breath as well as asana, and which can be applied simply and effectively to address upper body pain problems, including neck stiffness and headache pain as well as breathing and functional disorders that affect our everyday health, including sleep.

The principles covered for working with the head and neck in asana and pranayama will naturally lead us into working with the shoulders, and seeing how these principles apply in all classes of asanas. This will take us further in our understanding of what we learn through postural and movement assessment, and the theme of the neck and shoulders will carry forward into Sunday.

Current research into the thoracolumbar fascia will also be brought into play, as well as self-care techniques related to marma.

From Hands to Heart: Spiraling into Shoulder Health through the Arms — and Cultivating Prana and Apana Vayu in the Actions of the Arms

Shoulder work in asana practice, with refined actions that spiral from the hands deep into the shoulders and heart, helps us to keep the shoulder joints aligned and free from damage and irritation, while maintaining the space of the upper body.

These are more than simply physical actions: the subtle and empowering energies of Prana and Apana Vayu — receiving and drawing in, balanced with letting go and expanding — can play a profound role in going deeper into these actions, especially when joined to the breath.

Shoulder ‘opening’ is usually treated through stretches emphasizing external rotation of the arms, and moreover they focus on the action of the arms at the shoulder joint itself. But practice of both internal as well as external rotation is vital for freedom in the shoulders, and these rotations can be practiced more organically as ‘spirals’ which flow from the hands and wrists up to the shoulders.

We will cover the most common forms of movement problems, injuries (rotator cuff, cartilage and ligament injury) and pain syndromes involving the shoulders, elbows and wrists together, and will work with exercises and asanas for improving the ‘spirals’ by which we achieve greater freedom of movement, support healing from injury, and freedom from pain.

This will include arm and shoulder actions as well as variations in arm and shoulder actions in the many classes of yoga poses, as well as remedial exercises for improving shoulder health. Pain assessment as well as principles for working with different levels of pain and injury will be included, especially with regard to rotator cuff injuries — and there will be important insights for working with scoliosis.

The emphasis is on simple actions that can be applied in the poses, as well as self-care exercises related to marma that can be incorporated into your practice, and used to maintain the benefits of practice. These practical actions will be threaded together through the theme of receiving, centering and expanding — Prana and Apana.

Support Materials

Some very important support materials are provided with the training to ensure that you can take in the information and work with it even when the training itself is over. An extensive illustrated manual is provided for you with the training, which includes the teaching points of the training, illustrated and in detail, with space for you to take notes as we go along. This reduces your stress from worrying about taking extensive notes, so that you can be fully present to experience what is being covered in the training.

The PowerPoint presentations used in the lectures, which follow the information in the manual, will also be available to you to download. You will be able to save them to your computer or tablet as high quality color documents for you to review whenever you wish.
High quality recordings of the lectures and practices will also be provided to you as a download upon request for a small additional fee, which you can use to go back and review your notes, as well as doing the asana and relaxation practices.

Practice

Each day, beginning on Friday, will begin with an asana practice that incorporates the ideas from the training, so that you will have an experiential example of how you can weave these ideas into your classes for the general benefit of your students — and introduce refreshingly new ideas for practice.

And each day will end with a deep yoga nidra practice — along with some explanation of the value and importance of the practice, as well as the fundamental principles (from early ‘laya’ forms of the practice) for guiding students simply and deeply into yoga nidra.

Doug is also running a 2-day therapeutic workshop on 3rd and 4th October entitled: Self-Care and Yoga: The Intersection Between Marma Therapy and Yoga, with Myofascial Foundations

Times

9.30am to 5pm each day with lunch.

Eligibility

Open to yoga teachers, trainee teachers and inquiring students.

Capacity

50

Moola Bandha: The Master Key?

With Melanie Cooper
11 Oct 2019

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

The word bandha is usually translated as “lock,” but what does that actually mean? And where is it located in the physical body?

The pelvic floor is made up of a complex group of muscles, resembling something of a hammock. Forming a diamond shape at the base of your pelvis, these muscles are bordered by the pubic bone in the front, the coccyx in the back, and the sitting bones on the sides. So why do the ancient texts like the Hatha Yoga Pradipika instruct us to contract the muscles of the perineum/cervix and hold for as long as possible, then release? Join senior yoga teacher and author Melanie Cooper for a 3-hour dive into the pelvic floor and its mysteries.

We will look at questions such as:

  • Is a strong Moola Bandha equal to a strong Pelvic Floor? (spoiler alert No!)
  • How does the Pelvic Floor naturally move with the breath?
  • How can we teach Moola bandha in a way that is functionally healthy for the body?
  • How does the pelvic floor interact with the Gluteus muscles and Periformis?
  • How does the Pelvic floor affect our mental health

Some 80% of people have some kind of pelvic floor dysfunction. Moola Bandha could be making this worse. This is knowledge every yoga teacher needs to have.

Melanie will untangle the theory and myths behind the Pelvic Floor, and look at practical exercises to keep the muscle group strong but supple, as well as functional.

Times

3pm to 6pm

Eligibility

Open to all.

Capacity

28

Anatomy made Interesting

With Melanie Cooper, Stu Girling
12–13 Oct 2019

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

£190 (£10 off before 15th July until )

Details at yogacampus.com

To really understand the human body is on every yoga teacher’s bucket list. Not only does it help your teaching, it also enriches your own practice.

In this 2-day workshop, Melanie and Stu will teach you to see the body in action with a specific focus on forward bends, back bends, hips and shoulders. We will look at specific alignment issues and causes of pain, as backed by theory, and practise asana in an experiential way for students to feel their way through their body.

Focusing on the principles of stability, mobility and functional movement, this workshop will address the basic skeletal structure, the main muscle groups; how they work together and interact from the standpoint of asana practice.

You will learn about anatomy in relation to:

  • Your body
  • How to sequence intelligently
  • How to help your students when they meet their physical challenges.

If you are a yoga student wanting to learn more or if you are a yoga teacher wanting to brush up on your anatomy then this course is for you.

Times

9.30am to 5pm each day.

Eligibility

Open to teachers and trainee teachers.

Capacity

26

Falling in Love with the Bhagavad Gita

With Jeanne Heileman
18 Oct 2019

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

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

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

Topics will include and are not limited to:

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

Student will receive:

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

Recommended translation for reading:

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

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

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

Times

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

Eligibility

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

Capacity

28

The Element Water: Standing Asanas, Hip Opening, Fluid Flow

With Alessandra Pecorella
26 Oct 2019

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

Module Three: Embodying Fluidity

Immerse in learning the Foundation Water prana vinyasa sequence, which awakens the fluid spine, front body, side-waist, shoulder and heart opening.

Through the opening movement meditation, classical and dancing warrior namaskars, core cultivation, Prana Vinyasa wave sequence, peak asana, and lunar mudrasanas of the eka pada rajakapotasana sequence, we will slowly and effectively embody the flow of prana connected to backbending, our relationship to water and our instinctual body.

• Learn the solar and lunar Water foundation sequences for the Eka Pada Rajakapotasana family of asanas and work with the Prana Flow Three-Part Vinyasa Method and Vinyasa Krama to teach to all levels

• Learn how hip opening and heart opening backbends support and complement each other, focus on basic standing asanas

• Wave sequencing for the Eka Pada Rajakapotasana sequence and how it is a progression from the foundation earth sequence

• Reinforce namaskars from Module One and practice teaching corresponding namaskars to the Water Sequences: Dancing Warrior Side-Opening Variation

• Develop an understanding of the fluid nature in your body and the flow of the water-element practices

• Teach and assist five primary alignment actions of the core “blueprint” asanas of the mandalas and sequence combinations with skill, effectiveness, fluency, and creativity

• Hands-on assists and alignments for the new asanas introduced by the Water Sequence beyond Namaskar

• Reinforce the Three-Part Vinyasa and wave sequencing teaching methodology within the earth and water sequences

• Experience Prana Flow method of hands-on assists as both adjustments and “enhancements” to the core movement of the asanas beyond namaskar of the water sequence

• Review application of basic anatomy to understand the way prana flows in the muscles, bones and fascia for balancing and lengthening qualities of structural embodiment within the asanas

• Enjoy a special Mandala of Asanas Method – self and partner massage for regeneration and learning muscles, joints and boney landmarks of the body relevant to practice

• Teaching movement patterns across a family of Asanas rather than individual asanas (Mandala of 108 Asanas™)

• Emphasizing + learning creative multidimensional Wave Sequencing™ across categories of asanas for sequencing a dynamic relationship between families of asanas (standing, backbends, arm balances, core cultivation, forward bends, hip openers, etc.)

• Using ‘alignment in flow’ techniques of the Three-Part Vinyasa™ as a method of dynamic alignment to keep the flow of prana alive through breath and natural movement of the body

Further Information:

The above module is the third in a series of 6 which make up the full 90-hour Prana Flow teacher training designed to deepen your learning of the 5 life-giving Elements:

SOLAR/LUNAR NAMASKAR (Module 1)
EARTH (Module 2) – being offered in Manchester on 28th and 29th September 2019. See here for more details.
WATER (Module 3),
FIRE (Module 4),
AIR (Module 5)
and SPACE (Module 6).

They can be attended as stand-alone workshops or the hours gained can be contributed towards a full 90Hour certification through Aditya Yoga School for Conscious Living

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

Times

9.30 to 17.00 each day

Eligibility

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

Capacity

30

Yoga as Transformation - A Journey through the Kleshas, Shariras, and Koshas

With Katrina Repka
30 Oct 2019

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

The fundamental purpose of yoga is transformation. Through practicing yogic techniques and understanding the teachings we can change our body, our thoughts, and the entire matrix of our being in order to become whatever we want to be.

In the second book of the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali lists five kleshas, or errors in thought, and teaches us how to withdraw from them in order to neutralise their power in our lives. The primary klesha, and the one from which all others gain power, is avidya, or ignorance, which is a lack of being able to see clearly beyond the chatter and fluctuations of the mind (known as vrtti) to understand who we really are. In this intensive we will gain a deeper understanding of the kleshas and how to work with them to reconfigure our thinking and lessen their hold over us. Often the kleshas are likened to seeds, and our job is to roast the seeds through various practices in order that they don’t sprout and overgrow in the garden of the mind.

Another way of working towards transformation is to understand and experience the yogic teachings that tell us we are more than just our physical body. There are two paradigms for this exploration: the three shariras and the five koshas.

The three shariras – loosely translated as bodies – are the physical, energetic, and causal aspects of your being, whilst the koshas are the five sheaths, or coverings, that exist within you as energetic expressions of spirit (known as atman). An understanding of the ancient teachings of the shariras and koshas can help you to tune into different vibrations of your consciousness and work more deeply on all aspects of your being: from the most physical to the most subtle. In turn, you will find a greater depth of experience, both on and off the mat. These tools will empower you to access a deeper intelligence and inspiration, and to transform and flourish in every aspect of your life.

Day 1:
10:00 – 11:15 a.m. Lecture: Intro to the Kleshas and Paradigms of the Subtle body
11:15 -11:30 a.m. Mid-morning break
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Annamaya kosha/Stula Sharira focused asana practice
1:00 – 2:15 p.m. Lunch
2:15 – 3:30 p.m. Lecture: Koshas and Asana
3:30 – 3:45 p.m. Afternoon Break
3:45 – 5:15 p.m. Asana with Nyasa and Inner Smile Meditation
5:15 -5:30 p.m. Q/A

Day 2:
10:00 – 11:15 a.m. Lecture: Working with Prana – Pranamaya Kosha/Stula Sharira + The 5 Prana Vayus
11:15 -11:30 Mid-morning break
11:30 – 1 Pranamaya kosha/Stula Sharira focused asana practice
1 – 2:15 Lunch
2:15 – 3:30 p.m. Lecture: Doshas and Koshas
3:30 – 3:45 p.m. Afternoon Break
3:45 – 5:15 p.m. Asana with Sharira Shuddhi Practice
5:15 -5:30 p.m. Q/A

Day 3:
10:00 – 11:15 a.m. Lecture: Working with Manomaya Kosha – the yogic view of mind
11:15 -11:30 Mid-morning break
11:30 – 1 Manomaya kosha/Sukshma Sharira asana practice with kriya
1 – 2:15 Lunch
2:15 – 3:30 p.m. Lecture: Mantras and Kriyas – Mind Tools
3:30 – 3:45 p.m. Afternoon Break
3:45 – 5:15 p.m. Asana with Forest Meditation Practice
5:15 -5:30 p.m. Q/A

Day 4:
10:00 – 11:15 a.m. Lecture: Working with Vijnanamaya Kosha/Sukshma Sharira– Intuition and Higher Intelligence, Antarkarana
11:15 -11:30 a.m. Mid-morning break
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Vijnanamaya kosha focused asana practice with kriya
1:00 – 2:15 p.m. Lunch
2:15 – 3:30 p.m. Lecture: Mudras
3:30 – 3:45 p.m. Afternoon Break
3:45 – 5:15 p.m. Asana with Merudanda Mudra Practice
5:15 -5:30 p.m. Q/A

Day 5:
10:00 – 11:15 a.m. Lecture: Working with Anandamaya Kosha/Karana Sharira – The stages of Samadhi
11:15 -11:30 Mid-morning break
11:30 – 1 Anandamaya/Karana Sharira kosha focused asana practice with kriya
1 – 2:15 Lunch
2:15 – 3:30 p.m. Lecture: Lifestyle of a yogi – how to integrate these teachings off the mat in to your life
3:30 – 3:45 p.m. Afternoon Break
3:45 – 5:15 p.m. Asana with ISHTA meditation practice
5:15 -5:30 p.m. Q/A

Times

10.00 to 17.30 each day

Eligibility

Open to yoga teachers, teacher trainees, and advanced practitioners with an interest in working with the subtle body.

Capacity

28

Sequencing: the Deeper Dimensions

With Susanne Lahusen, Graham Burns
10 Nov 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Times

9.30am to 5.00pm

Eligibility

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

Capacity

27

Yoga for Sleep Recovery: Conquer Insomnia and Sleep Better

With Lisa Sanfilippo
16 Nov 2019

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

Over the course of the weekend, Super Sleep expert Lisa Sanfilippo will be addressing the following:

  • The 5 Keys to Sleep Recovery: A simple, effective step by step programme that will help you sleep better now and in the future
  • Practice the Simple Sleep Sequence and Deeper Sleep Sequences: Easy to remember yoga you can do at home to help you calm down, feel more grounded, and sleep better
  • Troubleshoot your ‘sleep sabotage’ to re-work your habits and ‘sleep proof’ your day
  • Learn how sleep works: how much you need, why you’re waking up in the middle of the night or finding rest elusive
  • Yoga to ‘mop up’ if you have a bad night’s sleep – so you feel alert and calm during the day
  • Easy breath practices to re-balance your nervous system and get you to sleep

Please bring a notebook and pen with you. Ask questions. Leave with new awareness, strategies and tools.

The sessions combine lecture, experiential learning and yoga practice, and you will be provided with a detailed workbook to take home with you.

A special resource-set will help you to put into practice what you learn and you can receive ongoing support as Lisa offers individual follow up sessions to course participants at a special rate.

Please note that your workshop will also be attended by trainees on Lisa’s Yoga Therapy for Insomnia and Sleep Recovery training with Yogacampus who will be learning how to become Insomnia and Sleep Recovery specialists. You will have the added benefit of receiving assists from the trainees to ensure you get the most out of each pose.

Times

11.00 to 16.30 each day with 1 hour for lunch break

Eligibility

Open to all, particularly those affected by insomnia.

Capacity

18

Emergency First Aid at Work Certificate - Manchester

With Chris Dunkerley
17 Nov 2019

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

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

Course content

Our emergency first aid course covers the following topics:

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

Times

10am to 5pm with 30 minutes for lunch

Eligibility

Open to all.

Capacity

12

Relax and Restore: Restorative Yoga Immersion

With Adelene Cheong
20 Nov 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Times

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

Eligibility

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

Capacity

26

Teaching to the People in the Room: Cultivating Healthy Teacher-Student Relationships

With Lisa Kaley-Isley
6–7 Dec 2019

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

We’ve told the world that yoga can help, and now the people are turning up in droves to find out how. It’s not enough anymore to know how to teach a pre-planned sequenced class. We need to know how to adapt to the people in the room and make yoga practice more broadly accessible. One of the oldest definitions of yoga from the Katha Upanishad is “skill in action.” Our students are pushing us to enrich our skill set repertoire in order to be good teachers for them. The intention of this workshop is to help you grow your capacity to be the teacher your students need you to be, and in your heart you want to be, too.

The growth of yoga therapy has emerged from this need. But as we have focused on learning to provide personalised practice for the one, it’s become clear that what is equally needed are more knowledgeable and skilled group yoga teachers who can adapt to the needs of the many in a group class setting. This workshop is for us.

Teacher training does not end with the first 200 hours; it just begins. Even when we continue to study, very few electives address the issues we turn to our Facebook friends to help us solve – the nitty gritty of turning up every class, being the best teacher we can to the people who have shown up, doing our best not to hurt them, and over time helping those students grow in the ways that yoga practice can help us do. We’ll draw on our collective experience to personalise the general principles and make them as applicable as possible in your lives – the people who show up.

In this workshop, Lisa Kaley-Isley will look at the principles of cultivating healthy teacher-student relationships. This is part of a series of workshops that can also be taken as standalone weekends. Part 1 will focus on Classroom Management and Teaching Principles on 7/8 September.

Upskilling Principles for Adapting Yoga Group Classes

1. CULTIVATING HEALTHY TEACHER-STUDENT RELATIONSHIPS
a. Establishing and maintaining healthy student-teacher relationships inside and outside of the room
i. Time management and communication
ii. Dual relationships (e.g., friend and student)
iii. Setting and maintaining healthy boundaries
iv. Hearing the story and other potential sticky wickets
b. Not being caught out and responding constructively to what arises
c. Communication options for obtaining consent to touch and adjust
d. Principles for teaching a trauma sensitive yoga class that is good for most
e. Resources for guidance and referral – having your own sources to turn to
f. Rituals for connection and learning to let go constructively

Part 1 of the series will take place on 7/8 September and you can take advantage of a £25 discount if you book both trainings. Book your place on both workshops here.

Recommended pre-reading for these workshops includes:
1. Moonaz, Steffanie, What’s the difference between accessible yoga and yoga therapy?
2. Farhi, Donna, Teaching Yoga: Exploring the Teacher-Student Relationship, Rodmell Press, CA, 2006.

Times

10m to 5pm each day.

Eligibility

This workshop is open to all trainee yoga teacher and yoga therapists and qualified yoga teachers and yoga therapists would want to enhance their group class teaching student sensitivity, adaptive teaching capacity, and interpersonal relationship skills.

Capacity

24