Workshops & Courses

Yogacampus Events

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.

Emergency First Aid at Work Certificate

With Paul Woodhouse
28 Jan 2018

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

Times

9.30am to 4.30pm with 30 minutes for lunch

Eligibility

Open to all.

Capacity

12

Yoga for Anxiety and Depression - 2018

With Lisa Kaley-Isley
31 Jan – 4 Feb 2018

Yogacampus London
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

Emotions, just like everything else that can be experienced, are parts of the continuum that is our whole potential as human beings. Anxiety is over-stimulation of the body and mind that has a quality of restless movement to it. Depression can be experienced as the opposite, with the felt quality of heaviness, stuckness, and inertia. In depression the mind might be busy or dull, but most often it’s busy with repeating the same thoughts. The thoughts want to be repeated without being acted upon, and the body barely wants to move. The reality is many of us experience both of these states, sometimes in oscillation, and sometimes at the same time. Anxiety and depression each interfere with effective action and thus they are the original mental impediments and sources of suffering the yoga practices were developed to affect. Centuries later we still battle with our minds. Fortunately, we also still have access to the time tested yoga tools that have helped many more before us develop the capacity to be calm, clear, and skillful action takers.

This 5-day training is intended for yoga practitioners, teachers, and therapists at all levels of yoga experience except absolute beginners. All experience is personal, and all change must begin with ourselves. Somewhere on the continuum from minimal to profound, we have all experienced these qualities of the human mind. So our first focus will be svadharma/self-awareness that includes awareness of attitudes, expectations, judgments, and feelings related to the states of anxiety and depression. One of my intentions for this training will be to expand your comfort zone with feeling and responding to the feelings of another when in the grip of these two emotions.

The training will integrate practical application of yoga philosophy and practice. We will review the models of the kosha-s, guna-s, dosha-s and essences to explore how they help us understand our selves and others, and the suggestions they offer for modifications to practice. We experience the effects of sequencing movement coordinated with breath, breathing practices, and meditation foci that have the intention of physically, physiologically, and mentally/emotionally shifting us into a more sattvic/balanced state of mindful attention. We will spend time in lecture and discussion understanding the logic behind selecting practice elements and sequencing in this manner so that you can reproduce the effects in your own practice and classes.

Everything changes, even those things we knowingly or unknowingly rigidly hold onto. We can influence the direction of change, but we cannot fully determine it. The more clearly we know and see ourselves as we are, the more effectively we can create changes in our lives that we may enjoy. Once we have tasted a sweet experience, we naturally want to know how to re-create it. Once we have created it, we need to know how to sustain it. This workshop is about helping you to make the best use of the yoga tools you are already using so those lingering states of mind that bind you loosen their hold and transform into the energy that helps you grow.

Daily Structure (modification may occur)

10.00 – 10:30 Chanting and Lecture
10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 12:45 Morning practice
12:45 – 13:00 Personal reflection on lecture and practice
13:00 – 14:15 Lunch on your own
14:15 – 14:30 Group Q&A on lecture and practice
14:30 – 16:00 Lecture and discussion
16:00 – 16:15 Break
16:15 – 17:15 Afternoon practice
17:15 – 17:30 Wrap up, Chanting, and personal reflection on the lecture and practice

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

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

Times

10am to 5.30pm each day with one hour for lunch.

Eligibility

This 5-day training is intended for yoga practitioners, teachers, and therapists at all levels except absolute beginners.

Capacity

30

Yoga for Scoliosis Introductory Day

With Adelene Cheong
16 Feb 2018

Yogacampus London
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

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 and would like to share with you in this one day workshop open to teachers and practitioners alike.

With open discussions held within a safe sharing environment, Adelene will share her journey and experience. We will learn and understand practising 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, recalibrate and re-map postural alignment, re-establish and refine balance, release emotional psychological tension on practising and living with scoliosis.

The intention of this workshop is to offer insights into the spinal health of those with scoliosis, as well as modified practices to improve the symptoms of scoliosis and restorative postures to balance and rejuvenate. 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.

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

Times

9.30am to 5pm with one hour for lunch

Eligibility

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

Capacity

30

Embodying the Flow - Prana Vinyasa and the Art of Namaskar

With Alessandra Pecorella
24–25 Feb 2018

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

All Namaskars within the Prana Vinyasa methodology follow an elemental template of five namaskars for each element, and each namaskar has a corresponding solar-lunar sequence.

The foundational theory of Namaskar offers an intelligent introduction to every solar-lunar sequence to prime the body for the elemental sequences. The state of namaskar is “to bow, to realize the essence,” and in this weekend workshop we will explore Foundational Namaskars as the consummate Vinyasa to enter the flow.

This is a unique opportunity for trainees and teachers new to Vinyasa to connect with the source of Vinyasa methodology and practice, as originally taught by Shiva Rea. Alessandra has been practicing with Shiva for the last 15 years and assisting her for the last five years.

Times

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

Eligibility

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

Capacity

30

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

With Ayala Homossany
3 Mar 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Times

9.30am to 5pm with one hour for lunch

Eligibility

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

Capacity

28

Emergency First Aid at Work Certificate

With Paul Woodhouse
4 Mar 2018

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

Times

9.30am to 4.30pm with 30 minutes for lunch

Eligibility

Open to all.

Capacity

12

Yoga as Medicine: A Weekend Workshop

With Timothy McCall
17–18 Mar 2018

Yogacampus London
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

This is the weekend only option for Yoga As Medicine (YAM) training with Dr. Timothy McCall, hosted by Yogacampus and The Minded Institute.

Practice observing bodies, study breathing patterns, analysing doshas (body-mind types as described in ancient Ayurvedic medicine), and tailoring personalized therapeutic yoga practices. Lectures, yoga practices, writing exercises and guided meditations complement the group case work. In addition, on Sunday, Timothy will demonstrate an in-depth yoga therapy evaluation of one of the workshop participants.

To attend the full 5-day programme please click here for more information.

Times

09.30 to 12.30 and 14.00 to 17.00 (90 min lunch break)

Eligibility

Yoga teachers and trainee teachers plus yoga therapists. We also welcome serious students of yoga and those seeking yoga therapy for such conditions as back pain, cancer, arthritis, heart problems, Parkinson’s disease, anxiety and depression.

Capacity

7 (please note that The Minded Institute is also taking bookings so the total number of participants will be around 50).

Yoga as Medicine - Full Programme

With Timothy McCall
17–21 Mar 2018

Yogacampus London
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

£575 until 30th November 2017 and £625 thereafter

Details at yogacampus.com

Yoga As Medicine is a 5-day, 30-hour, hands-on, roll-up-your sleeves intensive workshop, with much of the time spent doing yoga therapy in small groups under Timothy’s supervision. This training is hosted by Yogacampus and The Minded Institute.

Practice observing bodies, study breathing patterns, analysing doshas (body-mind types as described in ancient Ayurvedic medicine), and tailoring personalized therapeutic yoga practices. Lectures, yoga practices, writing exercises and guided meditations complement the group case work. In addition, on Sunday, Timothy will demonstrate an in-depth yoga therapy evaluation of one of the workshop participants.

During case work, which begins Monday, and in detailed discussions of selected cases, we evaluate “patients” in five categories, using the acronym SNAPS: Structural, Nervous System and Breath, Ayurveda, Psychology and Spirituality. This holistic roadmap allows for a systematic assessment of function on all levels of body, mind and spirit. YAM uses the full palette of yogic tools including poses, breathing techniques, meditation and philosophy as well as dietary and lifestyle advice.

For those unable to join us for the full 5-days, there are a limited numbers of spots available to attend the weekend-only portion of the training. Click here for more information.

Recommended reading in preparation for this course:

Yoga as Medicine: The Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing by Timothy McCall
The Principles & Practice of Yoga in Health Care edited by Sat Bir Khalsa, Lorenzo Cohen, Timothy McCall, and Shirley Telles

Times

09.30 to 12.30 and 14.00 to 17.00 (90 min lunch break)

Eligibility

This 5-day training is intended for yoga teachers and trainee teachers plus yoga therapists. We also welcome serious students of yoga and those seeking yoga therapy for such conditions as back pain, cancer, arthritis, heart problems, Parkinson’s disease, anxiety and depression.

Capacity

18 (please note that The Minded Institute is also taking bookings so the total number of participants will be 36)

Yoga for Menopause Support: Responding to the Diversity of Experiences of Menopause with Yoga

With Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, Diane Danzebrink
23 Mar 2018

Yogacampus London
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

This experiential day long workshop is open to all women and yoga teachers, yoga therapists and health care practitioners who are seeking to support positive perspectives on experiences of menopause in women’s lives; either for themselves personally, or for their students and clients.

The day counts as continuing professional development (CPD) for teachers who have completed prior trainings with Uma, and can also count towards CPD points for general yoga teachers and therapists, depending upon the requirements of their professional associations. Health care practitioners, psychotherapists, and coaches with an interest in yoga and menopause are also welcome to attend, provided they have a living interest in and practice of yoga.

The intention of this day is to provide practical experience and good information, to answer questions and provide nourishing practice. Uma will be sharing yoga practices including total yoga nidra, breath (pranayama), rhythmic and restorative yoga postures (asana), gestures (mudra), and heart-based meditations (yoga nidra) that promote healthy menopause. Supportive sequences of integrated and restorative yoga postures will be taught, and there will be plenty of time for discussion. An overview of common menopausal challenges and opportunities will be discussed in relation to appropriate yogic responses. By the end of the day, participants will have an understanding of the key practical and theoretical yoga responses that are helpful to support the wide variety of experiences of menopause.

There will be plenty of opportunity for questions and discussions. The programme is designed to be open to responsive, intuitive attunements and adjustments to meet the specific needs of those attending. Diane Danzebrink from Menopause Support will be on hand to answer questions.

STATEMENT of INCLUSION

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

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

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

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

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

Times

9.30am to 5pm with an hour for lunch

Eligibility

Open to all women and yoga teachers, yoga therapists and health care practitioners who are seeking to support positive perspectives on experiences of menopause in women’s lives; either for themselves personally, or for their students and clients.

Capacity

45

Moving toward the Centre: Pranayama Intensive

With Judith Hanson Lasater
24–28 Mar 2018

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

We are excited to welcome back Judith Hanson-Lasater as she offers an exclusive training on Pranayama and Moving toward the Centre. This particular training will focus on our yoga practice, including Active poses in the first session of the day, and Restorative poses in the afternoon session.

Both the Active and Restorative poses will therefore be selected specifically to open us to our breathing. While it is not well-known, in traditional yoga training pranayama practice was much more important than asana practice. We will approach the topic first from breathing awareness techniques that are suitable for all levels of students, and then move into traditional pranayama practice. Classic yoga teachings state that pranayama is the gateway to meditation.

In addition to the classical techniques of practice, we will explore ourselves through discussion, short writing assignments, and the cultivation of an introspective attitude.

This 5-day intensive is for you if:

  • You regularly practice pranayama
  • You do not presently practice pranayama regularly but really want to
  • You are curious about the effects of the regular practice of pranayama
  • You want to understand better the relationship of the effects of asana on pranayama practice

Props: As part of this course we will provide 1 bolster, 2 blocks, 2 bricks and these props will be available to purchase at a discount at the end of the course. You are required to bring your own x 3 firm blankets and 1 strap. Ideally you will bring the “D” ring belt that is six feet long and two inches wide.

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

Thoughts from Judith’s students:

“What I appreciated most about Judith’s Pranayama Intensive was the thoughtful, progressive structure of the workshop. Each class segment was organized thematically around principles of practice and respiratory physiology, asana to prepare for Pranayama, and restoratives to integrate. My understanding of asana and pranayama sequencing grew by leaps and bounds. One of my favorite workshops!” – Mary E. Richards, M.S.

Watch the video below to find out more from Judith herself about what this course has to offer:

Times

10am to 5.15pm each day with a 75 minute lunch break.

Eligibility

Open to all with an interest in breathing practices and how these relate to asana practice.

Capacity

80

Sequencing: the Deeper Dimensions

With Susanne Lahusen, Graham Burns
25 Mar 2018

Thane Works, 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

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

With Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, Sivani Mata
6 Apr 2018

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

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

This experiential day long workshop is open to all women and yoga teachers, yoga therapists and health care practitioners who are seeking to support positive experiences of creativity and sexuality in women’s lives, either for themselves personally, or for their students and clients.

The day counts as continuing professional development (CPD) for teachers who have completed prior trainings with Uma, and can also count towards CPD points for general yoga teachers and therapists, depending upon the requirements of their professional associations. Health care practitioners, psychotherapists, sexological body workers and coaches with an interest in yoga, sexuality and creativity are also welcome to attend, provided they have a living interest in and practice of yoga.

The intention of this day is to provide practical experience of breath (pranayama), rhythmic and restorative yoga postures (asana), gestures (mudra), heart-based meditations (yoga nidra) and deep, joyful heart songs (kirtan) that promote healthy creative and sexual energies. Supportive sequences of integrated yoga postures will be taught, and there will be time for discussion. An overview of common creative and sexual challenges and opportunities will be discussed in relation to appropriate yogic responses. By the end of the day, participants will have an understanding of the key practical and theoretical yoga-tantra responses that are helpful to support the expression of women’s creativity and sexuality.

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

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

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

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

Drawing of Kamalatmika by Sivani Mata Francis

STATEMENT OF INCLUSION
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

10:30am to 5:30pm with one hour for lunch

Eligibility

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

Capacity

45

Intimacy and Ethics, Boundaries and Intuition: Creating Safe and Supportive Sangha for Yoga Teachers

With Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, Lisa Kaley-Isley
7–8 Apr 2018

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

Run successfully for 4 years, this course delves into the realm of the many facets of the relationship between yoga teachers / yoga therapists and students. Due to the positive intentions of yoga, we tend to expect the usual problems of human relationships not to exist in the yoga world but they do. As yogis we sometimes struggle to know what to do when navigating the powerful interpersonal dynamics that can arise when sharing the teachings of yoga. In the context of acknowledging that the topics of touch, money, time, and marketing can arouse anxiety, we’ll provide a safe space for discussion and exploration. We’ll turn the aspirational into the practical, and explore the kind of self-awareness that empowers wise choice making. All are welcome and invited so that the multiple perspectives of our community are heard and considered. Together let’s ensure that our yoga practice fulfils its potential to enable us to be our best selves with each other

During the weekend, we will:

  • do yoga practices designed to foster connection to intuition
  • explore the role of intimacy in yoga teaching
  • receive guidance and engage in discussion about setting appropriate boundaries
  • enliven meaningful connection to the deepest yoga principles
  • have time to discuss individual questions and concerns around these topics

This course aims to fill a gap in the skills training that all yoga teachers and therapists need and need reminding about: how to relate mindfully and skillfully with our students. Intuiting how to respond wisely and well when someone presses uncomfortably on our boundaries is an issue for both teachers and students. We don’t always feel we have a place to have these discussions, and it is clear that our community needs to create space to openly consider these questions with discernment and openness to multiple perspectives.

Yoga prompts self-awareness and self-reflection, and this workshop provides a place for us to do this in a supportive community. Sangha is the antidote for feeling isolated and alone with questions that we all face and need to find our way to resolve. Connecting to inner intuition further enables us to feel guided by the wisdom needed to take action that helps rather than harms. Ethics and boundaries, intimacy and intuition are interwoven concepts and dynamics in all relationships. Creating a safe space in the yoga community requires us to prioritise reflection and re-commit to adherence to sound ethical principles so we feel more comfortable and act more responsibly with each other.

The workshop will include pre-reading Donna Farhi’s book Teaching Yoga. There will be exercises in pairs, small and large group discussion, and practices designed to facilitate self-awareness and self-empowerment.

Together, yoga therapists Lisa Kaley-Isley and Uma Dinsmore-Tuli have been teaching yoga to groups and individuals for over thirty years. They have developed this workshop because they know it is vital to open up a safe, protective and thoughtful space for yoga teachers and students to explore these important issues.

Times

9.30am to 5pm with time for lunch break.

Eligibility

Open to teachers, trainee teachers, yoga therapist and holistic practitioners.

Capacity

45

Finding Your Authentic Voice: Practical Performance Skills for Yoga Teachers

With Sarah Scharf
8 Apr 2018

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

In this day-long workshop, suitable for all teachers and teachers-in-training, we will explore vocal and physical theatre techniques to improve your teaching practice. 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.

Holding space authentically requires strong and receptive presence and this workshop aims to give concrete tools to develop your unique voice. 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 as well as fun warm-ups and exercises to increase comfort with improvisation and responding to the moment.

Themes will include:

  • Body language
  • Instruction through vocal inflection, projection and intonation
  • Effective teaching tools: visual, audio and kinesthetic
  • Improvisation and being present with the students in the room

Not thoroughly covered in most trainings, these skills are vital to being an effective teacher. This work is appropriate for teachers at any stage in their career. Come prepared to play with your edges and grow your teaching practice.

Sarah Scharf (MFA Physical Theatre) is a yoga teacher and teacher trainer who uses movement practice as an avenue to create resilience, freedom, creativity and self-knowledge to improve quality of life. She has taught yoga and movement for theatre at The Lifecentre, Yogacampus, Triyoga, Yoga on the Lane, The Young Vic, RSC and the American Conservatory Theater. Sarah is currently working on book for yoga teachers to improve teaching voices and raise the bar for quality yoga teaching.

Times

10am to 5pm with a one hour lunch break.

Eligibility

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

Capacity

27

Relax and Renew: Learning to Teach Restorative Yoga

With Judith Hanson Lasater
11–15 Apr 2018

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

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

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

Please note that you are required to bring with you to each day of the training, a copy of Judith’s book Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times plus the Reading Packet that will be emailed to you when you register. You should also bring a yoga mat, an eyebag, and a hand towel. All other props will be provided.

Props: As part of this course we will provide 1 bolster, 2 blocks, 2 bricks and these props will be available to purchase at a discount at the end of the course. You are required to bring your own x 3 firm blankets and 1 strap. Ideally you will bring the “D” ring belt that is six feet long and two inches wide.

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

Times

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

Eligibility

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

Capacity

80

Thread the Theme - Skills for Inspired Teaching

With Tanja Mickwitz
14–15 Apr 2018

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

Using themes skilfully in your classes infuses your teaching with meaning. It is a way to stay both inspired as a teacher and relevant for your students. It’s easy to fall into the trap of ‘sandwiching’ a theme, in other words only relating to the theme at the start and end of class. In this training we will look at how we can creatively thread the idea through the whole practice. A well crafted theme makes for depth of practice and a full well-rounded experience for your students. It can give them something deeper and more meaningful to take away from the class in terms of how to integrate yoga into their lives off the mat as well as keep you continuously inspired and evolving as a teacher.

The two-day workshop will include some of the following:

  • Choosing relevant themes for your classes
  • How to layer your teaching to create depth of experience
  • How to consistently weave a theme through the whole class
  • Practical teaching tools
  • Group work
  • Group discussion
  • Individual teaching

Students can expect to walk away with:

  • A practical template to map out an integrated theme
  • Skills to integrate a theme into all parts of a class
  • Tools for varied, nuanced and layered teaching
  • Inspiration to find new and engaging themes for classes
  • Inspiration to teach yoga which supports students’ lives off the mat
  • Inspiration to stay authentic, relevant and ignited as a teacher

This workshop will be very experiential and focus on practical application with opportunity for discussion, group work and individual teaching practice including feedback and reflection. We will explore how tools such as energetics and mindful language can help create a theme successfully. The aim is to find ways to weave and integrate themes more fully into class, so that all parts of the practice support the experience and reflect your chosen focus. We will look at how to find themes which are true to who you are and your experience so you stay authentic as a teacher. These skills will enable your teaching to become more layered and nuanced rendering your whole teaching experience more rewarding for both yourself and your students.

Connect with Tanja – www.tanjamickwitzyoga.com

Times

9.30am to 5pm

Eligibility

Open to yoga teachers and teachers in training.

Capacity

28

Yoga, Fascia and the Feeling of Being Me

With Tias Little
21 Apr 2018

Yogacampus London
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

Connective tissue (fascia) holds us together. Literally. It keeps our bones upright, our organs in place and supports the pathway of our nerves. A dedicated yoga practice involves moving layer by layer through these connective tissues. While fascia is the prime mover of the body, it is also a vessel for holding memory, feelings, dreams and identity. In this day long, we practice movements that enhance the flow of fascia through the body. We also track how thoughts, feeling, memory and a sense of “I” are imprinted on the connective tissues. Like working in clay, this yoga practice will make the fascia malleable, shapeshifting the container of who we think we are and who we think we ought to be.

This 1-day training forms part of the 45 hour SATYA Level 1 training; the first course of its kind being offered outside of the U.S. To become certified you will be required to complete the 30-hour Intensive running 22nd to 26th April 2018 – Sensory Awareness Training for Yoga Attunement. In addition, there will be some self study to make up the full 45 hours. There will be no charge for the self study element.

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

Times

9.30am to 5.00pm with one hour for lunch

Eligibility

This workshop is open to teachers, teachers in training and those with an understanding of Tias’s teaching style.

Capacity

50

Sensory Awareness Training for Yoga Attunement (SATYA I)

With Tias Little
22–26 Apr 2018

Yogacampus London
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

SATYA I
Sensory Awareness Training for Yoga Attunement

Yoga is a process of remapping the body’s energetic field and aligning it with the greater force of the universe. In order to heighten awareness and increase physical vitality, there is much evidence today on the effectiveness of slow movements, done in isolation and without force. In this course, we practice fine articulated movement, designed to build somatic intelligence, proprioceptive awareness and neuroplasticity. The SATYA movements replenish the body by “soaking” the tissues. Done mostly on the floor, SATYA involves sliding, gliding, stretching and unwinding movements. The movements serve to reduce fatigue, pump the viscera and align the vertebral column. This training covers the foundational movements that comprise the SATYA practice. Whether to restore your own body or to learn the key principles of the SATYA practice for the classroom, this course is a journey through the sensorimotor system. Practicing the SATYA movements brings mobilisation to the joints and bi-lateral symmetry to the right and left sides of the body, called in classical yoga the “sun” and “moon” sides of the body. Each day we follow the SATYA sequences with standing poses, twists, sidebends and inversions to build stabilisation for the core tissues of the body.

Course of Study
• Cultivate essential sensory-motor awareness
• Reduce body fatigue
• Address low back pain
• Design fundamental sequences that include both SATYA and asana

Additional topics
• The importance of spirals and counter spirals
• “It’s all about the joints”: Working with the tendons, ligaments and joint spaces
• Being in the “Pause”: the importance of not-doing
• How gravity can be your friend
• Re-educating the neural-muscular system and brain pathways
• How to “ride the edge” through small movements
• The healing potential of the movements and their effects on the myofascial system

This training is the first course of its kind being offered outside of the U.S. SATYA level 1 training is 45 hours. You can either complete the 5-day Intensive, or, if you wish to be certified in the full Level 1 training, you will be required to take the 1-day workshop on Saturday 21st April on Yoga, Fascia and the Feeling of Being Me. In addition, there will be some self study to make up the full 45 hours. There will be no charge for the self study element.

To see the progression of the SATYA training, please see the Prajna Yoga website for more information LINK.

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 and those familiar with Tias’s style of teaching.

Capacity

50

Chair Yoga Specialist Workshop

With Richard Kravetz
28 Apr 2018

Beethoven Centre
Third Avenue (adjacent to 174k), London W10 4JL

Our Chair Yoga course will provide you with the necessary tools to guide the elderly or less-abled towards maintaining a degree of exercise and movement and helping to slow down deterioration in older age.

You will become increasingly confident in making a difference to the lives of those who experience difficulty taking part in traditional yoga classes. Your knowledge in creating the optimum environment for classes to become engaging, interactive and supportive will evolve. You will also learn anti-rheumatic methods to help release tension in the limbs and relax muscular tension in the joints

Topic Summary:

Please note the course outline is provided as a guide on what to expect throughout the experience. The one-day intensive course will focus on the many ways you can evolve your yoga practice to become available for a wider community with varying levels of mobility.

You will learn how to structure and plan a yoga session for adults with physical restrictions and implement the necessary tools to teach people with learning difficulties. These skills can be integrated into a class or taught as a one to one session. You will observe how props such as chairs, blocks, bolsters and belts can enhance the quality of the physical practice, and how specific practices can be introduced effectively. Having completed this course you will have the capacity to encourage a person with limited mobility to explore their potential in becoming physically, emotionally and psychologically
stronger.

Teaching Style:

Practical solutions to demonstrate how movements and postures can be adjusted and used to become accessible for students who are elderly or less-abled are the primary focus throughout the day. The course tutor will frequently engage you in an experiential series of coordinated sequences using props and hands on assistance for a flexible and adaptable teaching approach.

This course is open to all, including those who do not teach yoga professionally. Regular attendees of this course include but are not limited to:

  • Special needs teachers
  • Parents
  • Practitioners
  • Yoga teachers
  • Care professionals
  • Anyone interested

Times

9.30am to 5.30pm with one hour for lunch.

Eligibility

This course is open to all, including those who do not teach yoga professionally.

Capacity

30

Embodying Shakti – Healing and Empowering Practices for Women

With Shiva Rea
3–7 Jun 2018

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

Shakti Prana Flow is a path to 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.

We begin healing and empowerment within the sacred vessel of our body and a cellular connection to embodied consiousness invoked as Shakti from the root “shak” or life-energy, innate power, kinetic force.

For five days, we will explore how to teach prana flow lunar art for women to nourish and balance our physical, emotional, energetic, sexual, relational, hormonal and spiritual dimensions of being a woman in all-phases of our life.

Open to practitioners as well as yoga teachers, each day is a ritual of awakening, self-knowledge, embodiment, collective movement meditation, deep listening and creative expression.

We will learn three healing and empowering shakti prana flow practices encompassing physical, emotional, hormonal, energetic, spiritual dimensions of a women’s life. In this first module of Shakti Prana Flow Lunar Arts Immersion and Teacher Emplowerment, we explore the Universal aspects of the Goddess as the Great Mother encompassing the three phases of a women’s journey from fertility to motherhood to the great change of the wisdom years.

You will learn three Shakti Prana Flow lunar sequences for hip opening, backbending, and creativity as well foundations of the inner arts of meditation, mudra, pranayama and puja (ritual offering). For balance, we will also enjoy optional solar “sacred training for women”.

Open to all Women to:

  • Explore the power of yoga practice in a community of women
  • Learn three Shakti Prana Flow lunar arts sequences for healing for all women from pregnant goddesses to wisdom women
  • Learn ways to embody the cyclical teachings, principles and practices that cultivate women’s physical, emotional and spiritual health to cultivate your life-force and align with natural rhythms
  • Understand and learn to teach yoni bandha – the inner teachings of mula bandha, vajroli mudra for health
  • Cultivate the Inner Arts – mudra, mantra and meditations for lunar regeneration
  • Awaken Body Altar/Living Altar –self-care the art and activation of your personal Shakti altar
  • Learn to offer Ritual Prana Flow – universal offering ritual and practice for women’s circles
  • Ways to support embodiment of self- love – healing of body image/ inner dialogue with love
  • Online Shakti Prana Flow portal for continuing to integrate the practices, women’s circles and connecting with new-full moon meditations throughout the year for inner support and creative empowerment

Based on many pilgrimages to India, initiation into Shakta and Tantric traditions and over 25 years of offering yoga for women, Shiva will offer both root and evolutionary practices from Tantra, Ayurveda, Bhakti, and Prana Flow teachings that can bring libration, integration, empowerment to women in a circle of tenderness, support and love.

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. – by Shakti Sangama Tantra

Shiva will also be offering a Yoga Trance Dance workshop on the evening of Tuesday 5th June 2018. You can find more information here.

Times

Sunday – 10.30 to 13.00 and 14.30 to 18.00
Monday – 09.00 to 13.00 and 14.30 to 17.30
Tuesday – 09.00 to 13.00 and 14.30 to 17.30
Wednesday – 09.00 to 13.00 and 14.30 to 17.30
Thursday – 09.00 to 12.00 and 13.30 to 15.00

Eligibility

Open to teachers, teachers in training and those with a study of feminine practices.

Capacity

90

Yoga Trance Dance with Shiva Rea

With Shiva Rea
5 Jun 2018

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

Join Shiva from 19.30 to 21.30 for her signature Yoga Trance Dance free-form movement meditation.

A unique exploration of the eternal flow of natural movement and a meeting of two great rivers: yoga and intrinsic dance. Its intention is to bring greater fluidity, breath, range of motion, stamina for life and embodied joy into our being and lives. This liberating and spontaneous music led dance begins with sahaja prana yoga (the experience of prana initiating yoga asana) before flowing into an exploration of free-form, breath driven movement, allowing our bodies to break free of the limited range of motion we subject ourselves to daily. This high-energy movement meditation will help liberate your creative life force by allowing your whole body a chance to express yourself. Join us in relearning the natural freedom of movement and let the creative force move through you!

Shiva is running a 5-day intensive from Sunday 3rd to Thursday 7th June 2018 on Embodying Shakti – Healing and Empowering Practices for Women.

Times

19.30 to 21.30

Mats and props are not required for Yoga Trance Dance!

Eligibility

The workshop is open to students of all levels of yoga experience.

Capacity

95

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

With Ayala Homossany
8 Jun 2018

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

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 and trainee yoga teachers and to those working with children. Yoga practice experience in necessary.

Times

9.30am to 5pm with one hour for lunch

Eligibility

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

Capacity

30

Practical Guide to Teaching Restorative Yoga

With Adelene Cheong
9–10 Jun 2018

Thane Works, 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? Does verbal guided relaxation help? We could teach Salamba Supta Baddha Konasana with safe alignment instructions and setup, but how do we offer ‘relaxation’? 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 emphasis of this weekend is not on learning more poses, rather we will discuss class management, practically 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.

Adelene has been researching, experimenting and teaching Restorative Yoga to both group and privately since 2005. She now offers a 30 hour Relax and Restore Immersion for in depth study through experiential learning and Practice Labs.

Suitable and open to all who have already explored Restorative Yoga but especially useful for those who wish to teach restorative classes or wish to incorporate restorative yoga into their general classes.

Times

09.30 to 17.00 with a 60 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
16–23 Jun 2018

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 Angoulème 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 Angoulème. 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 Angoulème (change at Lille Marne la Vallee or Paris); alternatively, the nearest airport is Bordeaux. Transfers to and from Angoulème 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

Shared room (5 rooms):
£950 Early Bird until 6th December
£995 thereafter

Single with shared bathroom (2 rooms):
£1150 Early Bird until 6th December
£1225 thereafter

Single room with en-suite (3 rooms):
£1290 Early Bird until 6th December
£1350 thereafter

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

Sprained, Strained or Pained - Using Yoga to Rebuild after Injury

With Julie Gudmestad
20–24 Jun 2018

Yogacampus London
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

£595 before 1st March and £625 thereafter

Details at yogacampus.com

Julie Gudmestad returns to London to share more of her knowledge on the therapeutic applications of yoga. As a yoga teacher and physical therapist with 40 years of experience, she has devoted her professional life to integrating her physical therapist’s knowledge of the body, and how it is injured, with the healing powers of yoga.

This workshop will focus on using yoga poses to rebuild strength and flexibility for students who are returning to yoga after injury, illness or other cause of deconditioning. While some previous study of anatomy is strongly suggested, these five days will focus on asana practice and sequencing, rather than in-depth anatomy study.

We will start with simple movements which are appropriate for deconditioned students, as is usually the case after an injury recovery period. Then we’ll sequentially build to more challenging poses. During the practice, we will work to train your eyes to see structural misalignments and areas of vulnerability in the poses. As you practice the poses, you’ll learn how to stabilize weak areas, and improve the mobility of stiff, guarded areas, with the goal of restoring normal, pain-free movement and a strong yoga practice.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Foot and knee alignment and stabilization in standing and sitting poses
  • Restoring normal hip mobility
  • In-depth work with the pelvis as the foundation of the spine
  • Strengthening essential posture support muscles
  • Work with the scapula as the foundation of the arm and shoulder
  • Restoring normal shoulder mobility
  • Restoring normal neck movement and alignment, with safety applications for yoga poses

Pre-requisites: Some previous study of anatomy.

Because this workshop will be active, it is not appropriate for students with acute injuries or conditions that severely limit mobility.

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

Times

9.30 am to 5.00 pm each day with lunch break.

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

45

Mindful Yoga in Supportive and Palliative Care and into Bereavement

With Kate Binnie
23–24 Jun 2018

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

This weekend workshop is aimed at yoga teachers and therapists interested in working with common life-limiting conditions. The training will also be of use to those working with bereavement, plus mental health and social care professionals 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; COPD, cancer, neurological illness, heart failure and dementia – why is there room for non-pharmacological interventions? What is the evidence for their use?
  • Common symptoms; 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”. Mindful breathing is the core of this way of working – learn about psycho-physical integration through breath awareness, and effects on self-regulation
  • 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 practical skills and specific sequences developed in the hospice
  • Exploring setting up groups in community, charity and healthcare settings – making a “pitch” to funders and commissioners.
  • Self-care is important when working with loss, death and dying – mindful yoga is the perfect “resilience toolkit”. Looking after yourself and using yoga in the workplace for healthcare professionals.

Kate Binnie is an HPC registered music psychotherapist and mindful yoga therapist with an Msc in Palliative Care. She is an associate researcher at Bristol University working on the Wellcome funded Life of Breath project (www.lifeofbreath.co.uk) towards her Phd which is on the uses of body-mind therapies in advanced disease.

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

27

Chakra Yoga: The Energetics of Body, Mind and Spirit

With Katrina Repka, Ulrica Norberg
4–8 Jul 2018

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

Are you interested in what happens in the body, mind and spirit in yoga and meditation practice? Do you want to learn more about energy, how energy can be moved, altered and expanded in order to live a fuller life? Do you want to learn more about how our bodily anatomy and physiology is affected by energy and the other way around?

Then this comprehensive 5-day intensive training for dedicated students and teachers is something for you.

In yoga we work with energy. The energy of the body, mind, and spirit. Often you hear teachers touch on the deeper layers of yoga philosophy; in this 5-day intensive we will cover the chakra system from a well-rounded perspective, looking at asana, pranayama, mantras, and meditation, and the philosophy and methodology they are embedded in.

This intensive is primarily practical – meaning there is a lot of time on the mat Investigating, opening, strenghtening, lengthening, trying, and testing. This will provide a much deeper understanding of what the chakras are and how they correlate to anatomy, bioenergy and physiology. It will give you many tools to take your yoga practice further, as well as make it more designed to fit your needs.

Contents:

  • Chakra Theory and Philosophy
  • Biomechanics
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Energetics – The Subtle Body
  • Tantra theory and philosophy
  • Guided asana, pranayama and meditation
  • Chakra Psychology
  • Mantras and Yantras

Video:
Watch a short clip of Katrina and Ulrica discussing what to expect on the course:

Teachers:
Katrina Repka (E-RYT 500) and Ulrica Norberg (E-RYT 500), two of Europe’s most renowed Yoga Masters, are colleagues and dedicated students of Kavi Yogiraj Alan Finger, founder of the ISHTA lineage.

Katrina has been studying yoga since 1990 and teaching since 2001. She holds a Masters degree in Communication and has written books and articles on the chakras and other topics related to yoga. She has led numerous international teacher trainings, retreats, and workshops, and has a deep personal knowledge of the chakras through many years of dedicated study.

Ulrica has a chakra yoga training background under the chakra expert/author Anodea Judith as well as deep studies in the subject with various other teachers. Ulrica holds a Masters degree in Film and journalism and is author of over 10 books on the topic of yoga, meditation, and health, many of which have been translated into several languages.

You will be given a comprehensive workshop manual. In addition, we recommend that you read the books ”Eastern Body Western Mind” by Anodea Judith and ”ChakraYoga” by Alan Finger and Katrina Repka.

Times

9.30am to 4.45pm each day with lunch break.

Eligibility

Open to yoga teachers, teachers in training and serious yoga students with an interest in the chakra system.

Capacity

27

Yoga for Fertility and Menstrual Health - London

With Uma Dinsmore-Tuli
6 Jul 2018

Yogacampus London
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

This experiential day long workshop is open to all women and yoga teachers/yoga therapists/health care practitioners who are seeking to create positive menstrual health and to enhance fertility, whether for themselves personally, or for their students and clients. The day counts as continuing professional development (CPD) for teachers who have completed prior trainings with Uma, and can also count towards CPD points for general yoga teachers and teachers/therapists who have prior trainings in prenatal/postnatal yoga, yoga therapy or yoga for women’s health. Healthcare practitioners with an interest in yoga and women’s health are also welcome to attend, provided they have a living interest in and practice of yoga.

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

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

Proposed schedule

10.00 Welcome, meditation, introductions and motivations.

10.30 Yoga nidra for menstrual health and optimal fertility

11.00 Overview of menstrual and fertility challenges, relevant anatomy and subtle anatomy (energy pathways), and yoga therapeutic range of response

11.40 Short break

11.50 Practical yoga to support healthy menstruation and optimal fertility, including nada yoga (sound), rhythmic asanas to unblock energy (shakti bandhas), pointers for self-study (swadhyaya) – restorative yoga, and fluid nourishing sequences of movement and breath to optimise prana for menstrual and reproductive health

13.00-14.00 LUNCH

14.00 Questions and offerings – issues arising from the morning session

14.30 Exploring natural fertility management from a yogic perspective: considering the significance of the natal moon for conception and contraception, and the observation of menstrual cycle shifts (dreams, emotions, feelings and physical signs), cervical mucus, cervical position and basal temperature as a form of self-knowledge (svadhyaya)

15.00 The lunar dimension of yoga therapy for optimal fertility and menstrual health – honouring the moons inside and outside – theory and practice (modified chandra sequences with yoga therapy for menstrual pain relief and ovulatory support)

15.30 Hasta mudra variations of promoting optimal menstrual health and to enhance fertility

16.00 Mantra and yoga nidra to optimise prana flow in the heart/womb meridian

16.30 Further questions and evaluations

16.40 Closing meditation and shakti circle for support and development of optimal fertility

17.00 Close

Recommended pre-course listening

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

The Introduction to Yoni Shakti – freely downloadable from here:

You will also be emailed some additional pre reading when you book – watch out for your booking confirmation email with the pre reading link.

Yoni Shakti (Tara chapter) – Uma Dinsmore-Tuli

Baby Making Bible (yoga practices) – Emma Cannon

Additional reading

Total Fertility – Emma Cannon

Downloadable learning resources provided for participants after the course

Audio recordings of the positive menstrual health and optimal fertility yoga nidra practices delivered on the course

Pdf practice guides

Video practice guides

STATEMENT OF INCLUSION

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

Times

Friday 06th July 2018

Eligibility

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

Capacity

30

Empowering the Heart: The Abode of Sacred Joy, Healing and Power

With Rod Stryker
9–13 Nov 2018

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

All that has been described about the culmination of spiritual practice can be found in the yoga tradition’s teachings and practices on the heart. In short, the ancient wisdom revels in the heart as the abode of both Self and Creator––the very place where the two become one. As the singular source of incomparable joy and wholeness, the heart is the fountainhead of healing as well as inner guidance and the source by which self-mastery is unlocked.

In times of so much confusion, grief, sadness, uncertainty and anger, the heart is the abode you must enter if you are to rise above the fray, live with the greatest freedom and enjoy the “highest fortune.” Indeed, the heart lights the path to healing, innate wisdom and worldly success; it will forever remain the final destination for the spiritual seeker. However, its full scope and all that it offers is revealed in stages, veils that are removed in the process of more and more self-discover.

Join Yogarupa Rod Stryker for this most illuminating and important event, a time to settle into your heart of hearts and, drawing from its great wisdom, shine its curative light into the world and thereby establish yourself on the path of unalloyed freedom from all grief and sorrow. This is the path to lasting happiness, meaning and purpose.

This deeply experiential immersion will truly be a journey of transformation and self-illumination, led by a master guide and teacher. Throughout your time with Yogarupa you’ll be guided progressively through the stages of unveiling your heart’s sublime nature. Drawing from the vision and wisdom of complementary yogic traditions and practices (including: Samkhya, The Yoga Sutra, Upanishads, Tantra and Sri Vidya), you will explore the heart’s unique gifts, enabling you to:

  • Abide in Unconditional Joy
  • Live from the Heart’s Innate Virtues
  • Find and Remain Calm in the Midst of Turmoil
  • Cultivate the Qualities of Happiness, Non-Judgment, Compassion and Authenticity
  • Gain Emotional Health and Well Being
  • Dissolve Grief
  • Awaken the Eight Unique Powers of the Heart
  • Achieve Mastery Over Mind
  • Access the Highest Light of Insight
  • Tap into Inner Guidance, Intuition and Wisdom
  • Realize a Life of the “Highest Fortune”

This five-day retreat is designed for all sincere seekers (some yoga experience is recommended), dedicated yoga practitioners as well as aspiring or experienced yoga teachers. Each day will weave lecture and practice, meditation as well as asana, pranayama, and meditation, contemplative and self-reflection practices.

As a participant, you will leave with treasured experiences and invaluable insights, along with sacred and practical tools that will forever change how you see yourself and your life. After these five days, having accessed your heart’s guiding light, you will come to rest in the certainty that you are never alone, you are always being guided and that any struggle can be resolved by knowing the great truths that reside within your own heart.

Rod will also be offering his sold out Yoga Nidra 34 hour Master Training from 17th to 21st November.

Times

9.15 to to 17.30 pm each day (with a 90 minute lunch break)

Eligibility

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

Capacity

90

ParaYoga Nidra: Enlightened Sleep

With Rod Stryker
17–21 Nov 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recommended Reading

Enlightenment without God: Mandukya Upanishad by Swami Rama.

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

NB: ParaYoga Nidra is a PYMT (Master Training) that forms part of an advanced 10-part, 300 hour teacher training program. It is not a standalone certification program for ParaYoga Nidra but is a part of the larger ParaYoga Nidra Certification program. The PYNC program includes the 5-day PYN PYMT, The Four Desires, the Koshas PYMT and the 9-day PYN Certification course.

Rod will also be offering his Continuing Education Immersion on the Heart Lotus from 9th to 13th November.

Times

9.15 to to 17.30 pm each day (with a 90 minute lunch break)

Eligibility

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

Capacity

90