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.

Very Flexible? Hypermobile? Finding the Middle Way

With Susanne Lahusen
22 Sep 2017

Yogacampus London
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

This workshop looks at what hypermobility is and how it affects body and mind, how to recognise it and how to work with it. You might be hypermobile yourself or you simply want to learn more about this condition to guide your students.

The session will be a mix of theory and practical ideas and explorations.

For some, hypermobility presents a multitude of problems, others experience almost no symptoms.

Hypermobility can mean being an elite gymnast, dancer or instagram yogi, or it might mean being severely disabled and not being well enough to take part in most everyday activities. Many people with hypermobility are somewhere in between.

Today’s culture tends to see yoga largely as a tool to make us more flexible, and classes often attract people who possess greater than average flexibility. Recent research on fascia and stretching is challenging traditional ideas of what is healthy and what leads to ease of movement. Hypermobility might look like an advantage for yoga, but it needs to be addressed with knowledge and awareness so it does not lead to pain and injury.

Specifically, the workshop will address the following points:

  • What is hypermobility?
  • Tests and criteria for hypermobility and Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder
  • An overview of Ehlers Danlos and other conditions
  • Lesser known symptoms and challenges that frequently come with hypermobility
  • Identifying and rebalancing overstretched as well as tight areas, finding strength and stability whilst mobilising stiffer areas
  • Guiding and improving proprioception and co ordination
  • Finding language that is helpful
  • Exploring safe and effective hands on assists
  • How to adapt your practice in general classes if you are hypermobile
  • Ideas on structuring sessions so that awareness and stability are addressed from the very beginning of class

This workshop is open to trainee teachers, existing yoga teachers and established practitioners who would like to learn more on the subject of hypermobility.

Times

13.00 to 17.30

Eligibility

This workshop is open to trainee teachers, existing yoga teachers and established practitioners who would like to learn more on the subject of hypermobility.

Capacity

30

Demystifying Yoga Retreats: Practical Realities, Tangible Advice and Preservation Tools for Teachers

With Kirsty Gallagher
29 Sep 2017

Yogacampus London
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

Over the course of the workshop we will not only explore what it takes to run a successful yoga retreat but also how to take care of yourself as a teacher, so that you can in turn give the very best to your students during the retreat.

The first part of the workshop will be dedicated to the realities of teaching a yoga retreat. We’ll delve into questions to ask yourself and things to be aware of before embarking on teaching retreats. We’ll cover logistics, explore the different types of yoga retreats, theme ideas and financials. Finally we’ll look at the demands on you as a teacher and how to handle situations that may arise.

The second half of the workshop will be dedicated to self-care and preservation, as in Kirsty’s experience this is one of the most important aspects to teaching a yoga retreat – you cannot give and give without filling back up and the energetic demands on you as a retreat teacher can be huge. In this part of the workshop, she will share with you ways to ensure that you are looking after yourself to avoid burnout and how to stay energetically in alignment with yourself so that you can become a clear container to hold the space for the retreat.

Kirsty has made yoga retreats her life, travelling all over the world teaching workshops, master classes and over 60 international yoga retreats. Her retreats have been featured in The Times, National Geographic and The Metro and reviewed by Yoga Magazine and Queen of Retreats. She is a lululemon ambassador and regular contributor for the yoga and wellness press, with articles featured in Yoga Magazine, Yoga Life Magazine in Dubai and various other publications.

Times

10am to 5pm with one hour for lunch.

Eligibility

Open to yoga teachers and teachers in training interested in running their own retreats.

Capacity

30

Mental Health Basics for Yoga Teachers

With Lisa Kaley-Isley
30 Sep – 1 Oct 2017

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

Surveys conducted with yoga participants consistently reveal that seeking relief from stress, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and the experience of trauma are amoung the most frequently cited reasons people come to yoga classes.

However, for most of us, our yoga teacher training provided only minimal information about mental health conditions and how to intentionally use yoga practices to relieve them. There are some general good practice and specific condition adaptations that are useful to be aware in order to create a safer, more supportive environment for these students. Having this knowledge can help yoga teachers feel more confident and capable to guide and respond appropriately to students so they do no harm, and to increase the possibility of providing their students with a positive yoga experience.

This introductory 2-day training provides:

  • Information about the key diagnostic features of anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and trauma
  • The physiological mechanisms that are the mind-body basis for anxiety and trauma symptoms
  • Yoga concepts and practices that can help and hinder recovery from an eating disorder
  • Keys to creating a trauma sensitive class
  • Practices that can positively shift physiological states to facilitate calming, positive coping, distress tolerance, and emotion regulation
  • Increased awareness to bring to student interactions and class management to create a safe, supportive environment

Day one: Saturday
About mental health conditions: Anxiety and Depression. Differentiated and shared features. Continuum of severity – everyday human experience to disruptive and severe. What a yoga teachers needs to know to understand and respond constructively to students.
The mind-body interaction: Autonomic nervous system, SNS, PNS. Physical symptoms. Mental/emotional symptoms. How it works and how it changes.
Practice: Experience individual and integrated asana, pranayama, guided relaxation and meditation practices that can directly effect change in the body-mind.

Day two: Sunday
About mental health conditions: Eating Disorders and Trauma. Differentiated and shared features. Continuum of severity – everyday human experience to disruptive and severe. What a yoga teachers needs to know to understand and respond constructively to students.
Things to be aware of in class: Reactions to touch/adjustements, breathing, savasana, lights, language cuing, philosophical concepts, emotional release in class (crying). Holding safe space with clarity and boundaries. Balancing taking care of your self, having compassion, showing interest and not being intrusive.
Knowing your scope of expertise and competence: Knowing your scope, how to expand it, when and how to refer appropriately.
Practice: Experience individual and integrated asana, pranayama, guided relaxation and meditation practices that can directly effect change in the body-mind.

For more in depth mental health focused training with Lisa we offer:

Intuition + Ethics, Intimacy + Boundaries Intuition: How to BE a Yoga Teacher, 9 – 10 September, 2017

Yoga for Anxiety and Depression, 18 – 22 October, 2017

Times

9.30am to 5.00pm each day (with a break for lunch).

Eligibility

For yoga teachers, yoga therapists and trainee yoga teachers.

Capacity

26

The Therapeutic Wisdom of Yoga: Rewriting the Story of Our Health and Growth

With Doug Keller
3–7 Oct 2017

Yogacampus London
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

Hatha yoga was never simply about stretching, or even seeking ‘fitness’ and strength, though it certainly includes these benefits. Hatha yoga focused on the blocks or ‘knots’ — physical as well as energetic and emotional — that get in the way of the creative flow of thought and movement and which are often at the root of pain and suffering. This was described in terms of the flow of energy — prana — through ‘channels’ or nadis in the body on many levels.

In some of the newest therapeutic insights in contemporary thought, we are coming to understand the cause of much of our chronic pain as arising from ‘distortions’ in the fascia, a specific form of the connective tissue in our body. This description — and its treatment — is amazingly similar to the description given by the yogis, as well as the ‘Marma’-centered disciplines of Ayurveda. The practice of asana is well-suited to overcoming these distortions. We can also recognize the root of ‘yoga injuries’ and pain caused by imbalances in yoga practice, as well as other disciplines of physical movement and sport,that gives rise to or intensifies these distortions.

This perspective is described as the ‘Fascial Distortion Model,’ and it is very practical. There are six types of fascial distortion, a few of which especially appear as the most common causes of pain in yoga and in life, and they are recognized easily by how the person describes or points to the kind of pain he or she is suffering. Three of these forms of pain-and-limitation-causing are especially relevant, and recognizable, to us as yoga practitioners and teachers.

This 5 day training will introduce you to this Fascial Distortion Model, relate it to the understanding of Marma as an approach to self-care in yoga practice, and apply this understanding to the themes that we will cover in practical and user-friendly ways.

Beginning with an in-depth look at the neck and shoulders, this training will be focusing on upper body and spinal health, with an additional focus on working with scoliosis — including both principles for targeted work with scoliosis, as well as insights into how these principles are useful for everyone, since asymmetries that lead to muscular and joint problems are nearly always present, whether one has a scoliosis or not. This will add new dimensions to practice, including the pairing of intentional breathing to realignment actions in asana.

From there Doug will expand into a treatment of the health of the whole body, and in particular the low back, sacrum, hips, knees and feet. The central focus will be on ‘movement impairment syndromes’ – patterns of movement closely connected to pain problems as well as joint and muscle injury. This approach to pain problems is especially suited to yoga, and will provide teachers and practitioners with a vital toolbox for recognising and assessing these patterns, and designing an approach through specifically targeted asana practice and remedial exercises aimed at changing them for the better.

This year the dimension of the ‘Vayus’ will be added as well, weaving in not only elements of pranayama in relation to health, but practical toning exercises for the ‘core’ related to the experience of the Vayus that can be incorporated into asana practice as well as pranayama. This practical work is related to the concepts contained in ‘The Fascial Web’ by Schultz and Feitis, as well as ideas developed by Orit Sen-Gupta in ‘Vayu’s Gate.’

Each day will include work with the Vayus, pranayama and Yoga Nidra — including discussion of the principles behind each practice, and some historical background from hatha yoga texts In addition, each day will begin with a practice, which will give participants a chance to experience how the principles being covered might be introduced simply in the class setting of an asana practice.

The training in the afternoon will include some hands-on experience both in learning how to recognize postural and movement patterns for working with students or clients more individually — and for learning to make effective adjustments.

All in all, the training will be an exploration into the many dimensions of wisdom that the ever-evolving practice of hatha yoga has to offer to us as body, mind and spirit work to maintain health and grow in heart in the face of the many challenges — including pain, injury and dysfunction — that life throws at us.

Thematic Topics Through the Training:

‘The Head is the Foundation’
Traditionally we think of the foundation of the body — in yoga and in our posture in life — in terms of the foundation set by the feet (and how the bones are ‘stacked’ above it). But we can also look at freedom and spaciousness in posture and movement in terms of the placement and movement of the head upon the spine, with the maxim, “As above, so below.” The guiding principle will be the yogic insights behind the ‘bandhas’ — Jalandhara bandha in particular.

This session will focus on alignment and actions of the head and neck, combined with stabilization of the ‘Core,’ with special emphasis on stabilization in twists and head rotation — and how this attention to strengthening and the release of tension can bring greater freedom and better alignment in the rest of the body, particularly in the low back, sacrum and hips.

Insights into — and to be learned from — Scoliosis
The afternoon will introduce an understanding of the asymmetries — side-bends and rotations of the spine that affect the rib cage, neck and shoulders — that are typical of scoliosis and which are also present to a much lesser degree in many of us who do not have scoliosis, but experience pain and difficulties from more subtle versions of these asymmetries.

This will include practical tools for making assessments, along with tools of practice that can be taught to students so that they can learn to be self-correcting, throughout the day as well as in their asana and breath practice.

This topic will lead us into basic principles of shoulder alignment combined with the breath and actions for the neck. We will cover all of the planes of movement for the shoulders in asana practice, which will be carried over into the next morning’s asana practice.

The Myofascial ‘Sutras’ of the Arms
The work with the upper body from the first day will be carried over into the practice and into a deeper exploration of the myofascial lines or ‘sutras’ that govern the actions of the arms — the lines of larger muscles that govern the movement of the shoulder blades and give the arms their power, as well as the deeper lines of muscles that govern rotations and are crucial for the health of the rotator cuffs, elbows and wrists.
We will cover actions, ‘openings’ and stretches in non-weightbearing poses, as well as the challenges — and benefits — of poses in which the arms bear weight. Additional connections to scoliosis and asymmetries in the shoulders will be made, with suggestions for practice.

The afternoon session will also begin to bring these ideas into the breath, and in particular to practical exercises and awareness related to the Vayus, which bring together deep actions of the core, the breath, the neck and shoulders in seated as well as reclining pranayama and breath-centered meditation. The breath practice will lead into Yoga Nidra combined with mantra awareness.
The work with pranayama, the Vayus and Yoga Nidra will continue in the afternoon on both Saturday and Sunday.

Mobilising: Getting Stiff Students Moving Through Targeted Strengthening — and The Secrets of the Hamstrings
The problems of ‘stiffness’ — particularly in the hips and hamstrings — that present a challenge in yoga class, as well as being a cause of typical pain problems in the lower back, are actually symptoms of our movement habits and patterns, particularly in forward bending (which is what we do more than anything else in our life of movement).

  • We will explore the ‘Lumbar Flexion’ pattern of movement in the spine that is a significant cause of stiffness, and how to overcome it — which will strengthen the lower back, help overcome harmful postural habits, and help us make progress in achieving greater flexibility in the hamstrings and hips. Without awareness of these patterns, one can easily spend years doing hamstring stretches and see little progress!
  • We will also cover sequencing for stretches that address hip pain caused by tightness, as well as sequencing for sciatic pain arising from problems in the piriformis.

Feet and Knees
The topic of the Flexion Syndrome will introduce the idea — particularly in standing poses — that how we place the weight in our feet will ‘talk to’ the muscles of the hips.

The afternoon will explore the structure and the actions of the feet more deeply, and how ‘bandhas’ can be practiced in both the feet and the knees that maintain their health and integrity. This will include both practical exercises for working with the feet (particularly with problems of bunions, plantar fasciitis and some other common foot and ankle problems) and actions and sequencing for floor poses — forward bends, hip openers, twists and backbends.

This will lead us into the topic of working with hypermobility — first the problem of hyperextension in the knees and other knee problems, and then the topic of the second pattern of movement to be covered fully on Sunday: the Lumbar Extension Syndrome.

Stabilizing: Helping Flexible Students Avoid Joint Pain and Injury
A problem faced by advancing yoga students as well as people drawn to yoga who are more innately flexible is the problem of hypermobility — which leads to joint pain and (ultimately) joint deterioration and inflammation, as well as pain in the muscles and ligaments that are meant to stabilise the joints.

  • These problems arise from innate flexibility and even hypermobility, but are also made worse by movement habits and patterns that can be called the ‘Lumbar Extension Syndrome’ pattern of movement, which gives rise to imbalances in the use of muscles in yoga poses and in life.
  • We will explore this ‘Extension’ pattern of the lumbar spine and how to overcome it — returning to strengthening the ‘Core,’ especially in relation to the psoas and hip flexors, as well as proper actions of the hamstrings and gluteals to help us make progress in balancing a healthy range of movement balanced with joint stability in yoga practice that can make the practice more pain and injury-fee.
  • Emphasis will especially be on promoting sacral stability, as well as poses and exercises addressing hip pain from a weak piriformis and hip abductors.

The ideas presented in this session can be helpful to moderately flexible students, as well as providing helpful tips for teachers dealing with overly flexible students.

2 Day Workshop
Doug will also be running a 2 day workshop to complement this training looking at sacral stability, lower back and hip pain and how to interweave these with practical work on the bandhas, vayus and breath in asana: Holding Firm in the Sacred and the Sacrum: Sacral Stability, Low Back and Hip Pain on the 08th and 09th October.

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

Times

10am to 5pm each day with 60 minutes for lunch.

Eligibility

Open to yoga teachers, trainees and inquiring students

Capacity

50

Kirtan Immersion Weekend with Bhavana (Narayani and Mat Baker)

With Narayani
7–8 Oct 2017

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

Deepen your understanding of kirtan, mantra and Bhakti Yoga. Whether you would like to learn to lead kirtan in groups or to develop your own personal practice, this weekend will provide you with inspiration, confidence and understanding. Immerse yourself in chanting, voicework, asana, theory, movement and rhythm as a way to open to the depth of this powerful practice.

During the weekend we will sing Kirtan, discover what it is and explore the meanings and essence of the mantras and chants. We will deepen the connection to our voices and inner rhythm using voicework and playful exercises. We will experience the power of using mantra during yoga asana practice. We will encourage you to find the confidence and skill to share Kirtan and mantra with others.

Kirtan is the yoga of the heart, the yoga of devotion. Repeating Sanskrit mantras creates a meditative and uplifted mental state, and helps to melt inhibitions that can suppress our voices and expression. It can take us deep inside to a place of inner peace and stillness.

During this weekend we will:

  • Sing Kirtan
  • Practice yoga asana using Mantra
  • Explore the theory and meaning behind singing Kirtan
  • Explore the meaning of individual chants
  • Deepen the connection with your voice to help remove any inhibitions
  • Offer guidance around holding a Kirtan session.
  • Use playful exercises to help you connect to the rhythmical element of sharing kirtan
  • Invite you to lead Kirtan with the group (optional)
  • Explore Om and the Bija Mantras of the Chakras

Bhavana will also be running a special kirtan evening on 7th October from 7pm-9pm. You can find more information here.

You can also listen to Narayani and Matt’s (Bhavana) recordings on their website here: http://www.bhavanamusic.com/

Times

10am to 5pm each day with 60 minutes for lunch

Eligibility

Open to all who wish to deepen their understanding of Kirtan or wish to lead Kirtan.

Capacity

30

Holding Firm in the Sacred and the Sacrum: Sacral Stability, Low Back and Hip Pain

With Doug Keller
8–9 Oct 2017

Yogacampus London
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

This 2-day workshop with Doug Keller will look at sacral stability, low back and hip pain and interweave these with practical work on the bandhas, vayus and breath in asana.

Low Back, sacral and hip pain — particularly from problems of weakness and sacral instability — not only arise in everyday life, but are sometimes worsened through yoga practice that overemphasizes flexibility. This is a paradox, since yoga since its inception has been about stability in every sense of the word!

This course will focus on pain problems arising in and around the sacrum, as well as related problems in the hips and low back. We will take a practical approach to stability that weaves in ideas concerning bandhas and the Vayus that can be incorporated into both asana and pranayama (and breath is indeed a vital part of pain management!)

This will include practical toning exercises for the ‘core’ related to the experience of the Vayus as intimately related to bandha. This practical work is related to the concepts contained in ‘The Fascial Web’ by Schultz and Feitis, as well as ideas developed by Orit Sen-Gupta in ‘Vayu’s Gate.’

This 2-day workshop with Doug Keller will look at sacral stability, low back and hip pain and interweave these with practical work on the bandhas, vayus and breath in asana. The training will be a combination of lecture and practice, in the form of ‘news you can use’ that is helpful to both teachers and inquiring practitioners of yoga.

5 Day Intensive
Doug will also be running a 5 day intensive to complement this workshop looking in-depth at the neck and shoulders; focusing on upper body and spinal health, with an additional focus on working with scoliosis at sacral stability: The Therapeutic Wisdom of Yoga: Rewriting the Story of Our Health and Growth from the 03rd to 07th October.

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

Times

10am to 5pm each day with a 60 minute lunch break

Eligibility

Open to yoga teachers and inquiring students.

Capacity

50

Emergency First Aid at Work Certificate - Manchester

With Chris Dunkerley
14 Oct 2017

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

Yoga for Anxiety and Depression

With Lisa Kaley-Isley
18–22 Oct 2017

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

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

Restorative Inversions

With Adelene Cheong, Lizzie Lasater
20 Oct 2017

Yogacampus London
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

The most advanced and powerful poses in Restorative yoga for quieting the brain, decreasing anxiety, boosting the immune system, fertility, and hormonal balance.

Join us for a targeted look at the theory, alignment and energetics of supported inversions. Enjoy and rejoice in the experience of these potent poses.

Moving from control to surrender, the day will include discussion and practice:

  • Benefits of inversions
  • Common fears
  • Safe practices
  • Contraindications
  • Preparing to invert
  • Prana and apana energy
  • Inversions and menstruation

Key poses include:

  • Salamba Setu Bandhasana (Supported Bridge Pose)
  • Viparita Karani variations (Elevated Legs up the Wall)
  • Salamba Sarvangasana (Chair Shoulder Stand)

Appropriate for teachers and serious students. Please bring an eye cover, notebook, and dress warmly.

Join Adelene Cheong and Lizzie Lasater (both Advanced Relax and Renew® Trainers) for this special and vital workshop.

Times

9.30am to 5pm with a lunch break.

Eligibility

This workshop is suitable for teachers and dedicated practitioners.

Capacity

30

Deep Rest: A Weekend for Women with Adelene Cheong and Lizzie Lasater

With Adelene Cheong, Lizzie Lasater
21–22 Oct 2017

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

Overwhelmed, overworked, and overcommitted, women today don’t need more of anything, except rest.

Join Lizzie Lasater and Adelene Cheong for two days of active and quiet practice from the sacred feminine.

Moving from contraction to expansion, we will practice:

  • Somatic inquiry
  • Breath-based asana
  • Restorative yoga
  • Meditation
  • Yoga Nidra

Moving beyond the physical, discussion topics will include:

  • Relationship between the physical, energetic and emotional bodies
  • Anatomy of the female pelvis
  • Embodied empathy
  • Becoming vulnerable to yourself
  • The physiology of relaxation

Through these potent methods for decreasing anxiety, dissolving feelings of isolation, and finding stillness amidst the busyness of your life, we will find refuge on the mat.

Focused on abundance and optimism, this workshop nourishes your heart energy to help move toward silence. Paradoxically, by giving yourself the gift of intense rest, you make space to discover more energy for relationships, work and creativity.

Appropriate for women of all ages and levels. All sharing and partner work is completely optional. Please bring an eye cover, two blankets, a notebook, and dress warmly. This workshop is also very appropriate for yoga teachers interested in adding Restorative yoga elements to their classes.

Times

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

Eligibility

This workshop is open to all, and suitable for yoga teachers interested in adding Restorative yoga elements to their classes.

Capacity

26

Yoga for Cardiovascular Conditions: An In-depth Exploration of Yoga’s Ability to Heal our Heart

With Sherezade Ruano-Santana
28–29 Oct 2017

Yogacampus London
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death all over the world, and its incidence is increasing mainly due to unhealthy lifestyle and other preventable risk factors. According to The British Heart Foundation research studies in cardiovascular health, there is a significantly higher risk of illness among those who constantly maintain high levels of physical inactivity, sedentary behaviors and high levels of stress. Cardiovascular disease can be seen as one of the most significant global health crises of the moment.

The heart is an incredibly powerful and intelligent organ. Its abilities and strength have been admired by many different cultures since ancient times across the globe. However, modern medicine has influenced the way the heart is seen and understood leading to a simplistic meaning of just a mechanical pump. Yoga philosophy understands the heart as the source of emotions, the seat of our inner light and the house of our true self.

Yoga can be a tremendous benefit to manage stress post cardiac event. The potential benefits of Yoga as an adjunct therapy for cardiovascular disease has been recognized by important organizations, such as American Heart Association, European Society of Cardiology, Harvard Medical School, the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology and even the NHS. Likewise, yoga can be a good addition to medically supervised cardiac rehabilitation programmes and should be seen as an important practice to strengthen the heart muscle and alleviate stress.

These introductory two days training will cover:

  • The Heart, our very first functional organ
  • The heart across different cultures and its evolution in the Western world
  • Why using Yoga in heart disease and cardiac rehabilitation?
  • Research studies and scientific evidence proving Yoga as a safe and effective intervention for heart disease
  • Our role as therapists in a Cardiac Yoga session
  • Stress and anxiety in cardiovascular disease and the potential benefits of Yoga
  • Examples of contraindications and cautions in asana and pranayama
  • Practices that can positively influence the cardiovascular system and reduce symptoms
  • Experiential anatomy and the heart
  • Neurocardiology: the continuous communication between the brain and the heart

The intention of these two days is to offer insights and increase the awareness of the many possibilities that Yoga has for cardiovascular health as well as to explore the different interventions to decrease the worsening of some risk factors. This is a new and exiting opportunity to learn, practice and experiencing how to safely use yoga with especial emphasis in our most vital organ, the heart.

The workshop is aimed at:

  • Yoga teachers and Yoga therapists
  • Healthcare professionals that would like to expand their knowledge in this area and with 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 condition, as well as the many possibilities they have to manage their own health through Yoga

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

Times

9.30am to 5pm

Eligibility

See main description.

Capacity

30

Emergency First Aid at Work Certificate

With Michael Bond
29 Oct 2017

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 Mike 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

Sequencing: the Deeper Dimensions

With Susanne Lahusen, Graham Burns
5 Nov 2017

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

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

26

INSTILL Conference 2017 on Yoga, Education and Well Being in Schools

With Charlotta Martinus
11 Nov 2017

Pimlico Academy
Lupus Street, London SW1V 3AT

£90 or £75 for members of The Teen Yoga Foundation

Details at yogacampus.com

It is an exciting time to be working with yoga in education!

At the 2015 and 2016 Instill conference, we focused on identifying and discussing the benefits of yoga for young people in schools. During the conference and since we have seen a lot of evidence of these benefits, and furthermore that schools are beginning to notice the value of yoga. Figures from the Department of Education in 2010 indicate that 22% of primary schools offered yoga in some form in the UK at that time, and over the intervening years it has become increasingly available in secondary schools. The practice of yoga for young people is extending and consolidating, here and in other countries.

With this in mind, the Instill conference aims to offer a forum for everyone working with yoga in education, which includes schools interested in offering yoga as well as PE teachers and yoga teachers. The conference is an invitation to come together and explore current practices and research findings in the field in order to develop a coherent, powerful and unified voice for yoga in education and to identify and share good practice in yoga in schools.

Yoga is rising to the challenges of helping schools respond to PSHE outlines, responding to Ofsted’s focus on Social and Emotional Learning and also the new requirement to deliver Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural guidance to pupils. The conference offers a valuable opportunity to explore these challenges. We are moving forward from a focus on why do yoga to how.

Instill is now in its third year, and we hope to provide plenty of spaces for reflection and conversation, aiming to promote interaction and exchange of ideas, so that all the voices are heard.

Here is a clip from the 2015 conference.

Times

9am to 5.30pm

Requirements

Please note that bookings made through us are taken on behalf of The Teen Yoga Foundation. All queries relating to the conference should be sent to The Teen Yoga Foundation at info@teenyogafoundation.com or call 01761 470658.

Eligibility

Open to all with an interest in yoga, education and well-being in schools.

Capacity

50

Yoga Nidra: The Sleep of Awakening

With Rod Stryker
11–15 Nov 2017

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.

If you are interested in exploring yoga nidra from a range of different traditions, incorporating a variety of practice methods and supporting different levels of experience, Yogacampus also offers training in Total Yoga Nidra with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and Nirlipta Tuli at both Foundation level and Teacher/Facilitator Training level.

Times

9.30 am to 5.00 pm each day

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

93

Total Yoga Nidra Foundation - Manchester 2017

With Janice Wong, Gillian Shippey, Nirlipta Tuli
11–12 Nov 2017

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

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.

The Total Yoga Nidra Open Access Foundation Weekend 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 Training that starts in 2016. 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 foundation 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 Foundation is also available through the Yoga Nidra Network at other locations and online.

Times

10.30am to 5pm each day with a lunch break

Eligibility

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

Capacity

30

Bespoke Yoga: Demystifying 1-1 Teaching

With Sarah Litton
18 Nov 2017

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

Teaching yoga in a class setting requires a different skillset to teaching clients on a 1-1 basis. So how do we confidently gain and safely utilise these skills? In this day-long workshop, Sarah Litton will be offering practical tips and skills to prepare you for teaching on a 1-1 basis. With a focus on integrating yogic principles, Sarah will show you how to structure your private session to include asana and postural analysis, philosophy and energetics to help bring balance to your client. This session will also positively inform your class teaching if you are teaching small groups.

Principles covered in the workshop:

Yoga Asana and Postural Analysis
No individual is perfectly aligned physically, so it is important to understand how to identify postural imbalances and how they may manifest in a yoga practice. If not specifically addressed, postural imbalances can become greater the more we practice, thus increasing the potential for injury. By learning how to identify these tendencies in our clients, we are more able to assist them to self-correct with intelligence, thus rebalancing their bodies and their 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 significantly decrease anxiety and stress levels.

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

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.

Eligibility

Open to yoga teachers and trainee teachers.

Capacity

15

Emergency First Aid at Work Certificate

With Michael Bond
19 Nov 2017

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 Mike 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

Relax and Restore: Restorative Yoga Immersion

With Adelene Cheong
22–26 Nov 2017

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

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

Eligibility

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

Capacity

30

The (He)art of Authentic Teaching

With Tanja Mickwitz
1 Dec 2017

Yogacampus London
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

As with anything in life it is easy to become distracted on our path as teachers. We can become overly focused on what others are doing, what we think we should be teaching, what sells and what we believe our students want. But the teaching which truly transmits and lands with students can only come from one place – your heart.

In this workshop we will look at some key ingredients to teaching from your truth to become the most effective and connected teacher you can be. The journey starts with getting very clear on the ‘why’ – what is your main motivation for teaching and how can this be crafted into a succinct teaching sankalpa. A specific sankalpa for teaching serves as an anchor into what truly matters to you and keeps you connected every time you teach. With a clear sankalpa the next step is the foundation of having a sadhana which supports you. We will look at ways to commit to practice in a sustainable way that fits in with busy schedules. It is essential to keep nourishing the seeker within to be able to give generously as a teacher. The final part of the workshop will be spent working on how to incorporate your sankalpa into teaching in practical means. We will work on teaching skills and finding your own authentic voice as you connect to what is true to you.

Taking time to reconnect to your dharma as a teacher will energise and inspire your teaching as well as deepen your ability to connect with students.

Times

9.30am to 5pm with one hour for lunch

Eligibility

Open to yoga teachers and teachers in training.

Capacity

30

Anatomy Centred Approach to Alignment

With Zephyr Wildman
2–3 Dec 2017

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

The way we carry ourselves sends a message to the world conveying our state of mind, perspective and our physical health. To the trained eye posture is the tell-all for those suffering from pain and those that live in balance. The foundation of our body is inherently based on our feet, knees and hips and a little bit of TLC in those areas can have remarkable effects for our overall health. Our main objective with this workshop is to re-educate the body for pain-free movement by restoring postural balance, increase self-knowledge in dynamic flow, habits and routine and most importantly re-learn how to carry ourselves off the yoga mat.

We will 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, however it takes more than just good posture to maintain good health and balance. We will explore methods of assessing problems with movement issues, the three diaphragms and also discuss the myofacial planes. We will explore techniques for dealing with Flexion and Extension Syndrome, while putting a special focus on understanding the focal points of weakness, stability and how they are affected by our lifestyle and genetic predisposition.

This workshop will introduce the importance and functions of the Pelvic Girdle. We will discuss and develop techniques for assessing problem areas and imbalance within the uniqueness of every pelvis. Hands on practice of applying and developing techniques that build alignment, flexibility and stability of the pelvis to alleviate pain and aid balanced holistic health. Zephyr will instruct students on bespoke yoga asana and basic massage techniques to alleviate misalignments and pain due to every day lifestyle problems.

Throughout the workshop there will be focus on anatomy and function of the feet, knees and hips. 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 sometimes can result in pain. Approaching the feet, knees and hips as, 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. 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. The metaphor for the Middle Path as our centre of balance is well illustrated in the application of techniques for this session. Zephyr will use yoga asana and massage techniques as well as customised sequencing to create paths to long term healing.

Times

10am to 5pm each day with a 1-hour lunch break. Please arrive by 9.45am at the latest

Eligibility

Open to yoga teachers and teachers in training, as well as those interested in anatomy and alignment.

Capacity

30

Making Sense of Income Tax for Self-Employed Yoga Teachers

With Abdul Jamal
5 Jan 2018

Yogacampus London
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

This workshop provides an insight into what it means to be self-employed with regards to tax, VAT, self-assessments and other requirements set by HMRC. During the afternoon session, you will receive practical guidance on how to register as self-employed or as a limited company and to fill out a tax return. In addition, the workshop will address issues around expenses, preparing for the possibility of a tax investigation, and will provide tips on how to avoid fines and penalties.

The afternoon will cover:

  • What is self-employment
  • Is it better to trade through a limited company
  • What is VAT and who needs to be registered
  • The stage at which HMRC needs to be notified
  • Whether it is better to engage a tax agent or not
  • The four classes of National Insurance
  • When tax and NI need to be paid
  • What is a tax return
  • The reason why tax and NI is often paid in advance
  • The types of expenses that can be offset against income
  • Expenses particular to yoga teachers such as ongoing training, travel in the UK and abroad, workshops run by teachers, the use of home for work, and yoga clothing
  • Expenses incurred prior to becoming self-employed
  • Expenses paid in cash
  • Income received in cash

In addition, we will look at how best to keep good accounting records using a sample scenario on Excel.

This workshop is open to all existing yoga teachers, trainee teachers looking to register as self-employed, yoga therapists and other complementary health practitioners with an interest in self-employment.

Times

14.00-16.30

Eligibility

This workshop is open to all existing yoga teachers, trainee teachers looking to register as self-employed, yoga therapists and other complementary health practitioners with an interest in self-employment.

Capacity

30

Total Yoga Nidra Foundation Course - Manchester 2018

With Nirlipta Tuli, Gillian Shippey, Janice Wong
6–7 Jan 2018

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

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.

The Total Yoga Nidra Open Access Foundation Weekend 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 Training that starts in 2016. 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 foundation 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

Times

10.30am to 5pm each day with a lunch break

Eligibility

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

Capacity

30

Chakra Yoga: The Energetics of Body, Mind and Spirit

With Katrina Repka, Ulrica Norberg
8–12 Jan 2018

Yogacampus London
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

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

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

30

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