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

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

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

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

Yoga, Neuroplasticity and the Brain

With Tias Little
20 Apr 2018

Yogacampus Islington
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

In yoga the deepest pulse of life in the body is known as the kundalini, a current of neurological force that flows through the central channel of the spine. The language of yoga describing the force (shakti) of the central nervous system bears close resemblance to contemporary research on the brain, brain stem and spinal cord. This course explores how yoga practice including asana, pranayama, yoga nidra and meditative states impact the vast neuronal assemblies in the brain. Through practice and study, we will see how light, image, vibration, loving awareness and finely articulated movement help rewire and heal the brain. We practice the SATYA movements (Sensory Awareness Training for Yoga) in order to generate more expansive and finely tuned brain maps. We will compare and contrast descriptions of the cranial chakras with lower (reptilian), middle (mammalian) and upper (neo-cortex) brains.

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 5pm

Eligibility

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

Capacity

50

The Element Earth: Embodying Foundation

With Alessandra Pecorella
21 Apr 2018

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

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

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

• Learn the solar and lunar Earth foundation sequences for the Visvamitrasana/Bhujapidasana family of asanas and work with the Prana Flow Three-Part Vinyasa Method and Vinyasa Krama to teach to all levels
• Reinforce namaskars from Module One, and practice teaching corresponding namaskars to Earth Sequences: Rhythmic Vinyasa B, Dancing Warrior I
• Continue to integrate and understand the five movements and Prana Vinyasa Mudra Vinyasas
• Teach and assist five primary alignment actions of the core “blueprint” asanas of the mandalas and sequence combinations with skill, effectiveness, fluency, and creativity
• Apply Prana Vinyasa Energetic Alignment Method to embody prana and teach these movements as keys to alignment and flow within the Earth Sequence
• Hands on assists and alignment for the new asanas introduced by the Earth Sequence beyond Namaskar
• Introduction to wave sequencing for the earth sequences for hip opening and a lunar sequence for deep flexibility and regeneration

The above module is the second in a series of 6 which make up the full 90-hour Prana Flow teacher training designed to deepen your learning of the 5 life-giving Elements: SOLAR/LUNAR NAMASKAR (Module 1) EARTH (Module 2), WATER (Module 3), FIRE (Module 4), AIR (Module 5) and SPACE (Module 6). Find out more about the full Embodying The Flow: Prana Vinyasa Mandala of Asanas Teacher Training 90 Hour training course here.

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

BOOKING INFORMATION
The Booking Link will take you to the full 90Hour course booking wizard, which will allow you to select one or more modules of your choice – to book only this workshop, please select MODULE 2

Times

9.15am to 5.45pm each day with one hour for lunch (7.5 hours per day)

Eligibility

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

Capacity

28

Yoga, Fascia and the Feeling of Being Me

With Tias Little
21 Apr 2018

Yogacampus Islington
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

Yoga as Therapy for Back Problems

With Anna Blackmore
21–22 Apr 2018

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

Each year some 40% of the population is affected by back pain and it costs around £5 billion in lost working days. Many people with back pain are told by their doctors to take up yoga. Thus it is very important for yoga teachers and yoga therapists, to know and understand enough about back problems to have the confidence to be able to help such students.
In this workshop you will learn about some of the most common conditions affecting the back, how to determine which asanas might be suitable and which to avoid and to incorporate breathing and mind techniques (the koshas) in order to help relieve pain, mobilise and strengthen the spine and for rehabilitation and problem prevention.

This weekend workshop will cover:

• Anatomy and pathology of common conditions including; herniated disc, facet joint sprain, sciatica, arthritis, scoliosis, sacroiliac joint pain, spondylolisthesis and more
• How to assess and record posture and spinal movements
• Sequences to address common postural imbalances
• Red flag symptoms and contraindications
• Pain relief
• Relaxation positions and techniques
• The role of the mind
• Simple hands on bodywork techniques
• Yoga poses for different types of problem
• Breathing and energy blocks

The workshop will contain some theory, as well as practical work, and is aimed at yoga teachers, trainee teachers and yoga therapists.

Anna has been teaching yoga for over 35 years, trained and worked as an osteopath, shiatsu practitioner and hypnotherapist and currently focuses on yoga therapy. She is a board member and teacher on the Yogacampus yoga therapy diploma course and also taught for many years on the teacher training courses.

Times

9.30am to 5.00pm each day with a one hour lunch break

Eligibility

For yoga teachers, trainee teachers, and yoga therapists wishing to learn more about yoga as a therapy for back problems.

Capacity

28

Sensory Awareness Training for Yoga Attunement (SATYA I)

With Tias Little
22–26 Apr 2018

Yogacampus Islington
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 receive full credit hours for SATYA 1, you will be required to take either of the 1-day workshops on:

Friday 20th April on Yoga, Neuroplasticity and the Brain (available)

OR

Saturday 21st April on Yoga, Fascia and the Feeling of Being Me (sold out). 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 5pm with one hour for lunch.

Eligibility

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

Capacity

30

Digital Marketing 101 for Yoga Teachers

With Kelly McHugh
29 Apr 2018

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

This workshop is for yoga teachers with no previous marketing experience who want to learn the essential digital marketing activities for successful yoga teachers.

Topics that will be covered over the course of this workshop:

• The digital marketing landscape and tools for growth
• How to grow your audience on social media
• How to turn your website visitors into students
• How to get started with email marketing
• The technology you need to support your marketing activities
• Vision, goals setting and how to create a marketing plan

By attending this workshop, you can expect to:

• Gain a basic understanding of social media, websites and email marketing
• Create a vision for the next 12 months
• Have a clearer idea of what needs to be done to work towards goals and vision
• Devise a marketing action plan for the next three months.

Kelly is the founder of two yoga businesses, Good Yoga Life and Digital Yoga Academy and has spent over 15 years working in global businesses, agencies and start-ups managing marketing teams and multi million pound budgets. Kelly is passionate about supporting yoga teachers to turn their passion and expertise into a successful yoga business.

Times

1pm – 5pm with tea break

Eligibility

Open to all yoga teachers, teachers in training, and those with an interest in digital marketing for the yoga industry.

Capacity

30

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

With Alessandra Pecorella
5–6 May 2018

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

Module Three: Embodying Fluidity

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

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

• Learn the solar and lunar Water foundation sequences for the Eka Pada Rajakapotasana family of asanas and work with the Prana Flow Three-Part Vinyasa Method and Vinyasa Krama to teach to all levels
• Learn how hip opening and heart opening backbends support and complement each other, focus on basic standing asanas
• Wave sequencing for the Eka Pada Rajakapotasana sequence and how it is a progression from the foundation earth sequence
• Reinforce namaskars from Module One and practice teaching corresponding namaskars to the Water Sequences: Dancing Warrior Side-Opening Variation
• Develop an understanding of the fluid nature in your body and the flow of the water-element practices
• Teach and assist five primary alignment actions of the core “blueprint” asanas of the mandalas and sequence combinations with skill, effectiveness, fluency, and creativity.
• Hands-on assists and alignments for the new asanas introduced by the Water Sequence beyond Namaskar
• Reinforce the Three-Part Vinyasa and wave sequencing teaching methodology within the earth and water sequences
• Experience Prana Flow method of hands-on assists as both adjustments and “enhancements” to the core movement of the asanas beyond namaskar of the water sequence
• Review application of basic anatomy to understand the way prana flows in the muscles, bones and fascia for balancing and lengthening qualities of structural embodiment within the asanas.
• Enjoy a special Mandala of Asanas Method – self and partner massage for regeneration and learning muscles, joints and boney landmarks of the body relevant to practice.
• Teaching movement patterns across a family of Asanas rather than individual asanas (Mandala of 108 Asanas™)
• Emphasizing + learning creative multidimensional Wave Sequencing™ across categories of asanas for sequencing a dynamic relationship between families of asanas (standing, backbends, arm balances, core cultivation, forward bends, hip openers, etc.)
• Using ‘alignment in flow’ techniques of the Three-Part Vinyasa™ as a method of dynamic alignment to keep the flow of prana alive through breath and natural movement of the body

Further Information:
The above module is the third in a series of 6 which make up the full 90-hour Prana Flow teacher training designed to deepen your learning of the 5 life-giving Elements: SOLAR/LUNAR NAMASKAR (Module 1) EARTH (Module 2), WATER (Module 3), FIRE (Module 4), AIR (Module 5) and SPACE (Module 6). Find out more about the full Embodying The Flow: Prana Vinyasa Mandala of Asanas Teacher Training 90 Hour training course here.

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

BOOKING INFORMATION
The Booking Link will take you to the full 90Hour course booking wizard, which will allow you to select one or more modules of your choice – to book only this workshop, please select MODULE 3

Times

9.15am to 5.45pm each day with one hour for lunch (7.5 hours per day)

Eligibility

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

Capacity

28

Yoga for Anxiety: Practice and Practical Tips

With Lisa Kaley-Isley
11 May 2018

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

This workshop is for all of us who came to yoga practice, and have stayed with yoga practice because it helps manage our stress and anxiety. I’ll guide us through practices adapted to facilitate calm presence and make recommendations for how to incorporate these elements into home practice and teaching.

The instruction that “yoga is stilling the mind” exists to remind us that our usually busy, sometimes racing minds are capable of operating at a steadier pace. That calmer pace is desirable and achievable through yoga practice. We need to experience that in order to really know it is possible, and we need to repeat it to trust it is reliable. The key techniques are how we use our bodies, regulate our breath, and focus our minds so that they become yoked together in a shared state of being. On this day together we’ll review guiding concepts and experience simple practices to integrate into daily life, home practice, and teaching.

Topics that will be covered during the training:

• Understanding and positively influencing the autonomic nervous system (ANS) that underlies the stress response and anxiety, pranamaya kosha.

• Understanding the positively influencing the mind, manomaya kosha.

• Practices to integrate and regulate mind and energy toward calmness.

• Yoga concepts than inform practice choices.

• Intergrating calming practies into daily routine and diverse practice styles.

By attending this training, you can expect to gain the following:

• We are not alone: practicing in community with other yogis who also experience stress and anxiety builds connections and enduring feelings of support.

• Yoga can help us feel more comfortable in our own minds as well as bodies: we can be present, mindful, and experience ourselves in ways that recognise thoughts and emotions without having to avoid or be consumed by them.

• We can feel this way again: everything we learn and experience can be practiced again to reproduce the effect.

• We have something to share: what helps us will help some others.

Suggested itinerary for each day:

9:30 Introduction and overview
10:00 Practice
11:30 Tea break
11:45 Lecture and practice
13:00 Lunch break
14:00 Guided relaxation to digest
14:30 Lecture and practice
15:45 Tea break
16:00 Integrated practice and practice guidance
17:30 Closing

Times

9.30am to 5pm

Eligibility

Open to all.

Capacity

28

Yoga Teaching Methodology Masterclass

With Marc Beuvain
2 Jun 2018

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

Learn how to sequence a class without pre-planning

In order to create a yoga practice you need to thoroughly understand the logic and principles of sequencing. This one day workshop taught by international teacher Marc Beuvain, you will learn how to acquire the independence and creativity needed to create and teach a session tailor-made to the person or group you have in front of you and to design your own sequences for your personal practice. The teaching will prepare you to teach spontaneously, without needing to plan your classes in advance. You will learn how to design your sequences on the spot, according to the mood and needs of the group or individual you have in front of you, like a master chef whose intimate knowledge of ingredients and sensitive relationship to food, allow him to cook without a recipe book.

In this workshop you will learn:

• The logic and principles of yoga sequencing
• The parameters to take into account when creating a practice
• How to ensure that each yoga practice leads to a more centred state
• The different teaching styles to use based on the individual needs of the students
• How to create and guide a spontaneous practice
• How to adapt a practice – how to simplify or strengthen a session
• How to prepare and compensate for the main exercise to ensure comfort and safety
• Learn to combine postures, breathing exercises and meditation in a single class
• Nyasa, mudra, mantras and bhavanas in physical and breathing practices

Times

From 930am to 5pm with one hour for lunch break

Eligibility

Open to yoga teachers and trainees.

Capacity

28

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 – 08.30 to 12.00 and 13.00 to 14.00

Eligibility

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

Capacity

90

Hathābhyāsapaddhati: A Precursor of Modern Yoga

With Jacqueline Hargreaves, Jason Birch
3 Jun 2018

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

One hundred and twelve āsanas, many of which are based on the movements of animals, are described in an eighteenth-century yoga text called the Haṭhābhyāsapaddhati, ‘a manual on the practice of Haṭhayoga’. The āsanas are divided into six sequences and some of them involve repetitive movement and require extraordinary strength and flexibility, as well as the use of rope. Many of these āsanas remain unknown to modern yoga practitioners.

The morning will introduce the Haṭhābhyāsapaddhati with a general lecture on the practice it teaches and its place within the broader history of yoga. Obvious questions will be addressed, such as the text’s date and authorship, unique features of its content and the role of its āsanas within the system of yoga it teaches. The text’s contribution to the traditions of yoga at the Mysore Palace and its possible influence on Kṛṣṇamācārya will be discussed.

The afternoon will guide participants through a practice based on a truncated sequence using some of the more accessible āsanas in the Haṭhābhyāsapaddhati. The Sanskrit descriptions and some nineteenth-century illustrations will be presented so that various possibilities and ambiguities for each āsana can be explored. The earliest known dog and cat poses, which are very different to those in modern yoga, will be included, as well as various birds and reptiles. The poses will be taught in a safe way with options to make it accessible for most body types.

Times

9.30am to 5pm with lunch break.

Eligibility

Open to teachers and trainees as well as those with an interest in yoga studies.

Capacity

28

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

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

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

So where do we begin? When is a good time to practice? For whom is the practice designed? Which pose comes before or after supported child’s pose? How could the practice be varied? 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

Emergency First Aid at Work Certificate

With Paul Woodhouse
10 Jun 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

The Philosophy of Healing - An introduction to Yoga Therapy

With Marc Beuvain, Anna Blackmore
16 Jun 2018

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

Join us for two days of exploration of yoga philosophy and practice of healing, through discussion and practice.

Day 1 Anna Blackmore

This day will be about exploring some of the yogic models for interpreting physical, mental and emotional issues. There will be mostly practical experiential exercises, combined with some talk and discussion.

In the morning we will again focus on the pancakosha (five levels of being). Using yoga techniques,including meditation, asana, sukshma vyayama (subtle exercises), pranayama and mantra to help gain a better understanding of the five levels in ourselves. Thus we can begin to see how we might use them as a framework for tailoring a practice to meet the individual needs of students and to select techniques to address the appropriate levels.

In the second part of the day we will look at the five main prana vayus (the energy currents within the body). These are closely linked with the breath and directly influenced by pranayama, although all other techniques affect them also in various ways. Through simple pranayama exercises, we will explore how each vayu has a particular direction of flow and sphere of influence in the body-mind, and discuss how these connect with the psychophysiological processes. Thus we can deepen our understanding of the therapeutic applications of pranayama and other subtle yoga practices.

Day 2 Marc Beuvain

Our second day will explore the yogic understanding of the duality of the human condition. We will discover how our matter (drshyam) and our consciousness (drashta), can be antagonistic or harmonious, leading respectively to suffering and ill-health, or happiness and holistic health.

In the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali suggests two different approaches which can be put into practice in our endeavours to reconcile matter and consciousness. The first, samanam, is a way of using all the yogic techniques to pacify suffering and illness, without delving any deeper into the root causes of our problems. The second, sodanam or ultimate yoga therapy is a more challenging but more direct route, which consists in healing suffering at the source, by learning to listen to our deepest inner selves.

During this workshop the panca maya/panca kosa model will facilitate our understanding of holistic health, and a detailed study of the klesas will shed light on the links between the mind, the emotions and illness. Lastly, we will discuss the therapists role and the importance of respecting the patient’s objectives in finding the appropriate tools for each individual.

Times

9:30am to 5:00pm with a one hour break for lunch

Eligibility

For yoga teachers, yoga therapists, and trainee yoga therapists, and all (including trainee yoga teachers) with an established yoga practice and an interest in working therapeutically.

Capacity

30

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 Islington
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

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

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

The Element Fire: Twisting and Arm Balances

With Alessandra Pecorella
23 Jun 2018

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

Module Four: Embodying Inner Fire – Prana Vinyasa Sequencing, Hands-on Assists and Energetic Alignment for Standing Asanas, Arm Balances, Core Cultivation and Twisting

In this fourth Prana Vinyasa Foundation module, deepen your understanding of the Foundation Water Prana Vinyasa sequence, as well as begin the Foundation Fire sequence, connecting the hip-opening family to the arm-balance family of asanas.

Through the opening movement meditation, classical and dancing warrior namaskars, core cultivation, Prana Vinyasa wave sequence, peak asana and lunar mudrasanas of the Bakasana sequence, we will slowly and effectively embody the flow of prana connected to twisting and arm balancing, our relationship to fire and our instinctual body.

The Foundation Fire Prana Vinyasa sequence opens and strengthens your inner and outer hips, hamstrings, side-waist, shoulder and core center through the positive repetition of this three-wave prana vinyasa sequence.

• Learn the solar and lunar Fire foundation sequences for the Bakasana family of asanas and work with Prana Flow Three-Part Vinyasa Method and Vinyasa Krama to teach to all levels
• Reinforce namaskars from previous modules, and practice teaching corresponding namaskars to the Fire Sequences: Dancing Warrior Hip Opening Variation, Rhythmic Namaskar A
• Develop an awareness for cultivating and tending your inner fire as sacred activation for harnessing strength and presence
• Continue to develop an understanding of the Three-Part Vinyasa and wave sequencing in the progression through the foundation sequences
• Wave sequencing for fire foundation sequences for hip opening and arm balances and the lunar fire sequence for deep flexibility and regeneration
• Hands on assists and alignment for the new asanas introduced by the Fire Sequence beyond Namaskar
• Learn to teach and assist five primary alignment actions of the core “blueprint” asanas of the mandalas and sequence combinations with skill, effectiveness, fluency, and creativity
• Review and apply basic anatomy to understand the way prana flows in the muscles, bones and fascia for balancing and lengthening qualities of structural embodiment within the asanas
• Special Mandala of Asanas Method
• Practice and integrate Prana Vinyasa methodologies of:
• Teaching movement patterns across a family of Asanas rather than individual asanas (Mandala of 108 Asanas™)
• Emphasizing + learning creative multidimensional Wave Sequencing™ across categories of asanas for sequencing a dynamic relationship between families of asanas (standing, backbends, arm balances, core cultivation, forward bends, hip openers, etc.)
• Using ‘alignment in flow’ techniques of the Three Part Vinyasa™ as a method of dynamic alignment to keep the flow of prana alive through breath and natural movement of the body

Further Information:
The above module is the first in a series of 6 which make up the full 90-hour Prana Flow teacher training designed to deepen your learning of the 5 life-giving Elements: SOLAR/LUNAR NAMASKAR (Module 1) EARTH (Module 2), WATER (Module 3), FIRE (Module 4), AIR (Module 5) and SPACE (Module 6). Find out more about the full Embodying The Flow: Prana Vinyasa Mandala of Asanas Teacher Training 90 Hour training course here.

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

BOOKING INFORMATION
The Booking Link will take you to the full 90Hour course booking wizard, which will allow you to select one or more modules of your choice – to book only this workshop, please select MODULE 4

Times

9.15am to 5.45pm each day with one hour for lunch (7.5 hours per day)

Eligibility

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

Capacity

28

Chakra Yoga: The Energetics of Body, Mind and Spirit

With Katrina Repka, Ulrica Norberg
4–8 Jul 2018

Yogacampus 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 Islington
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

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

With Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, Nirlipta Tuli, Ben Wolff, Sivani Mata
7 Jul 2018

Colet House
151 Talgarth Road , London W14 9DA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

STATEMENT OF INCLUSION

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

Times

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

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

Eligibility

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

Capacity

54

The Element Air: Backbends

With Alessandra Pecorella
14 Jul 2018

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

Module Five: Embodying Space of the Heart

As part of the first “pathway” of the all-level Pathways of Prana Vinyasa system, this foundation air-heart prana vinyasa sequence opens and strengthens your inner and outer hips, quadriceps, side-waist, shoulder, balance oriented stabilization skills and heart opening through the positive repetition of this three-wave prana vinyasa sequence. The foundation space-integration prana vinyasa sequence lengthens inner hips, groin, hamstrings, creates space in the spine, promotes shoulder and core stability.

In this module, teachers will deepen their understanding of the Foundation Air Prana Vinyasa sequence, as well as begin the Foundation Space – Integration sequence, connecting the backbending and standing balance families of asanas to the asana families of the previous four modules.

Through the opening movement meditation, classical and dancing warrior namaskars, core cultivation, Prana Vinyasa wave sequence, peak asana, and lunar mudrasanas of the Natarajasana sequence and Integration-Vasisthasana/Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana sequence, we will slowly and effectively embody the flow of prana connected to backbending and standing balance asanas, our relationship to the integrated embodiment of all elements and our instinctual body.

• Learn the solar and lunar Air Foundation sequences for the Natarajasana family of asanas and work with Prana Flow Three-Part Vinyasa Method and Vinyasa Krama to teach to all levels
• Learn the solar and lunar Space Foundation sequences for the Vasisthasana family of asanas and work with Prana Flow Three-Part Vinyasa Method and Vinyasa Krama to teach to all levels
• Heart-expanding nature of a backbending practice, and the foundation-integration of the previous sequences
• Continue to develop an understanding of the Three-Part Vinyasa and wave sequencing in the progression through the foundation sequences
• Wave sequencing for Air + Space foundation sequences for backbending and balance and the lunar Air + Space sequence for deep flexibility and regeneration.
• Hands on assists and alignment for the new asanas introduced by the Air + Space Sequences beyond Namaskar
• Learn to edit the first 4 foundation sequences based on your understanding of wave sequencing, kramas, and families of asanas
• Develop Energetic Observation – ability to assess imbalances, blockages and leaks of energy to a person’s body, mind and heartfire.
• Continue to develop skills of basic anatomy to understand the way prana flows in the muscles, bones and fascia for balancing and lengthening qualities of structural embodiment within the asanas
• Special Mandala of Asanas Method – self and partner massage for regeneration and learning muscles, joints, and boney landmarks of the body relevant to practice

Further Information:
The above module is the first in a series of 6 which make up the full 90-hour Prana Flow teacher training designed to deepen your learning of the 5 life-giving Elements: SOLAR/LUNAR NAMASKAR (Module 1) EARTH (Module 2), WATER (Module 3), FIRE (Module 4), AIR (Module 5) and SPACE (Module 6). Find out more about the full Embodying The Flow: Prana Vinyasa Mandala of Asanas Teacher Training 90 Hour training course here.

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

BOOKING INFORMATION
The Booking Link will take you to the full 90Hour course booking wizard, which will allow you to select one or more modules of your choice – to book only this workshop, please select MODULE 5

Times

9.15am to 5.45pm each day with one hour for lunch (7.5 hours per day)

Eligibility

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

Capacity

28

Prana in Action: How to Teach an Integrated Breath-led Practice

With Jane Craggs
1–5 Aug 2018

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

We all know as teachers that the breath is key to a transformative practice. But how integrated is the way we teach the breath in relation to other elements of a class? In this 5-day training we will journey deeply into the experience of the breath as a tool for deepening the practice of yoga. We will look in detail at how breath supports asana, asanas for emphasising different phases and functions of the breath, the theory of prana and safe introduction of pranayama. We will also touch on basic therapeutic applications of breath, exploring ways in which breathing techniques can balance mind and body.

Topics to be covered

• Relaxing the breath – how to encourage healthy passive breath
• Ujjayi – the key to unlocking prana. A thorough exploration.
• How the breath surrounds the asana – leading movement from breath
• Theory of prana and prana vayus
• Using sound and mantra to emphasise and extend the breath
• Pranayama: how to transition into pleasant and safe practices.
• Breath and pranayama as a therapeutic tool

What will student gain from coming to training

• An indepth experience of breath led yoga to support their own practice
• How to effectively lead students in an experience of deepening connection with the breath
• Clarity about function of the breath and asana in relation to basic therapeutic application
• Practical methodology for introducing Ujjayi and other pranayama techniques to students of all levels
• A greater understanding of the theory of prana and how it impacts our life.
• How to support students with home practices

Daily schedule

DAY 1

  • Breath investigation-experiential practices
  • Where the breath moves,practicing Ujjayi
  • Beginning to unite breath and movement

DAY 2

  • The breath and prana (ancient texts and modern perspective)
  • Supporting asana with breath
  • Emphasising breath with asana

DAY 3

  • Mantra and bhavana (ancient texts and modern perspective)
  • Practising using sound and mantra
  • Learning how to extend breath
  • Learning about langhana and brahmana

DAY 4

  • Pranayama( ancient texts and modern perspective)
  • How to prepare students for pranayama
  • Simple pranayama practices suitable for all
  • Progression of practice
  • Integrating mantra/intention

DAY 5

  • Mindful breathing mindful teaching
  • Consolidation
  • How we can really support our students to have a home practice
  • Therapeutic application of the breath

Times

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

Eligibility

Open to teachers and teachers in training as well as those with a practice of Pranayama.

Capacity

30

Yoga for Emotional Trauma and Eating Disorders

With Lisa Kaley-Isley
7 Sep 2018

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

Eating disorders and the experience of trauma often disconnect us from our bodies. Yoga provides the perfect empowering, re-embodying, compassionate antidote we need to re-establish positive, self-care relationships with our selves.

As a culture, we have increasingly begun to acknowledge the impact of disordered eating and body image on our lives, and to acknowledge that the experience of trauma lives on in our bodies. At the same time, the number of people practicing yoga has grown tremendously. At a time when we need a way to heal our conflictual relationship with self-care, and bring self-compassion to our action and interactions, yoga provides what we need at every level involved in the transformation of our self-identity. We’ll apply to the tools of yoga practice to creating more awareness, acceptance, and skilful change in our self-relationships.

Topics that will be covered during the training:

• Understanding and positively influencing the autonomic nervous system (ANS) that underlies symptoms of anxiety and trauma, pranamaya kosha.

• Reconnecting with inner wisdom and guidance, and distinguishing it from the self-critical voice, vijnamaya kosha.

• Practices to integrate and regulate wisdom and energy toward greater self-acceptance, and to re-direct the power of will and determination toward life affirming action.

• Yoga concepts than inform practice element choices.

By attending this training, you can expect to gain the following:

• We are not alone: practicing in community with other yogis who have also experienced disordered eating and trauma builds connections and enduring feelings of support.

• Yoga can help us feel more comfortable in our own minds as well as bodies: we can be present, mindful, and experience ourselves in ways that recognise thoughts and emotions without having to avoid or be consumed by them, including the thoughts and symptoms that seem beyond our control.

• “The issues live in our tissues” – the body holds and reveals what the mind tries to conceal. Yoga practice can be misused as another way to loose weight, punish and control our bodies, and distract from what we are feeling. We’ll address the yoga concepts and language cues that can perpetuate our self-injurious behaviours and provide alternatives.

• Language is powerful: we’ll experience re-directing our minds to desired objects of attention, and ways to self-guide, adapt, and teach that create safe space for practice.

Themes for each day:

Friday
Physical and physiological symptoms common to disordered eating and experience of trauma and practices to re-set physiological reactivity.

Saturday
Inner voices and our relationship to self. Drawing on yoga philosophy and concepts that support acceptance and change.

Sunday
Connecting to an integrated practice that can become a sustained source of support.

Suggested itinerary for each day:

9:30 Introduction and overview
10:00 Practice
11:30 Tea break
11:45 Lecture and practice
13:00 Lunch break
14:00 Guided relaxation to digest
14:30 Lecture and practice
15:45 Tea break
16:00 Integrated practice and practice guidance
17:30 Closing

Times

9.30am to 5pm each day with a lunch break

Eligibility

Open to yoga practitioners, teachers, and therapists at all levels except absolute beginners.

Capacity

28

Applying Doshic Anatomy to Yoga Practices

With Maria E Garré
15 Sep 2018

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

Transform the way you understand Ayuveda’s doshic wisdom to go deeper and broaden your understanding of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Embody the academic understanding of the doshas through their sub-types.

Objectives of the training:

• Integrate Ayurvedic principles to the practice of Yoga
• Learn and teach doshic Namaskar practices to enliven cueing, hands-on, rhythm and focus
• Understand the power of organizing a group or private session based upon doshic principles that explore basic anatomy of each dosha
• Locate, apply, and integrate how sub-doshas and their anatomical counterparts influence yoga sequencing and teaching
• Daily morning practices to understand how pranayama and namaskar, asana techniques target sub-dosha of Vata, Pitta, Kapha
• Learn and practice mudra meditations to harmonize the inner and outer self
• Leave with an integrated view of how doshic anatomy and yogic practices come together for balanced living

Pre-Requisite:
• 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training Course or active Yoga practitioner of 2+ years
• Experience teaching Yoga or other modalities preferred
• Basic Ayurvedic foundational knowledge.

Pre-reading required. Textbook of Ayurveda by Vasant Lad Chapters 1,2 and 3 – Available on Amazon here.

Maria has been an educator, author and practitioner in the field of wellness, Yoga and ayurveda for over 20 years. Maria’s main root teachers in Yoga, Therapy and Ayurveda, Janine Galati, Shiva Rea and Vasant Lad, have inspired an integrated, yet authentic approach to uniting the wisdom within the Vedic healing sciences

Times

930am to 530pm each day with a one hour break for lunch.

Eligibility

• 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training Course or active Yoga practitioner of 2+ years
• Experience teaching Yoga or other modalities preferred
• Basic Ayurvedic foundational knowledge.

Capacity

30

Stillness and Quiescence: A Weekend of Yin and Restorative Yoga

With Adelene Cheong, Norman Blair
29–30 Sep 2018

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

Equal parts of stimulation and quiescent, movement and stillness, patience and passion is needed for growth, health and wellness. The secret is often knowing how much stimulation and noise in our day become too much; and how little stillness and quiescence in our lives is lacking. The reality is that many of us lead demanding and difficult lives. We may seem like graceful water birds, gliding serenely on the surface but in fact paddling frantically below to stay afloat.

In our fast-paced society and digital age, rest and stillness are rare and scarce. This two-day workshop offers insights on the beauty of slowing down, to support effective quality rest. Yin and Restorative Yoga are complementary, whilst distinct in their approaches. Understand and experience how this practice affects the Autonomic Nervous System for health and rejuvenation. There will be theory and principles, experiential practices and discussions, offered by two of our leading teachers in their fields.

Adelene will share her knowledge and experience of Restorative Yoga: the practice of relaxation for Deep Conscious Rest. Norman will share his knowledge and experience of Yin yoga: a practice of staying in shapes for several minutes while engaging and exploring edges. May this be an invitation to evaluate our inner landscapes with qualities of self-reflection and acceptance.

Times

9.30am to 5pm with lunch.

Eligibility

Suitable for all level practitioners.

Capacity

28

The Element Space: Standing Balance Asanas

With Alessandra Pecorella
29 Sep 2018

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

Module Six: Space – Standing Balance Asanas

As part of the first “pathway” of the all-level Pathways of Prana Vinyasa system the foundation space-integration prana vinyasa sequence lengthens inner hips, groin, hamstrings, creates space in the spine, promotes shoulder and core stability.

In this module, teachers will deepen their understanding of the Foundation Space – Integration sequence, connecting standing balance families of asanas to the asana families of the previous four modules.
Through the opening movement meditation, classical and dancing warrior namaskars, core cultivation, Prana Vinyasa wave sequence, peak asana, and lunar mudrasanas of the Integration-Vasisthasana/Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana sequence, we will slowly and effectively embody the flow of prana connected to standing balance asanas, our relationship to the integrated embodiment of all elements and our instinctual body.

• Learn the solar and lunar Space Foundation sequences for the Vasisthasana family of asanas and work with Prana Flow Three-Part Vinyasa Method and Vinyasa Krama to teach to all levels
• Learn the foundation-integration of the previous sequences
• Continue to develop an understanding of the Three-Part Vinyasa and wave sequencing in the progression through the foundation sequences
• Wave sequencing for Space foundation sequences for balances and the lunar Space sequence for deep flexibility and regeneration.
• Hands on assists and alignment for the new asanas introduced by the Space Sequences beyond Namaskar
• Learn to edit the first 4 foundation sequences based on your understanding of wave sequencing, kramas, and families of asanas
• Develop Energetic Observation – ability to assess imbalances, blockages and leaks of energy to a person’s body, mind and heartfire.
• Continue to develop skills of basic anatomy to understand the way prana flows in the muscles, bones and fascia for balancing and lengthening qualities of structural embodiment within the asanas
• Special Mandala of Asanas Method – self and partner massage for regeneration and learning muscles, joints, and boney landmarks of the body relevant to practice

Further Information:
The above module is the final in a series of 6 which make up the full 90-hour Prana Flow teacher training designed to deepen your learning of the 5 life-giving Elements: SOLAR/LUNAR NAMASKAR (Module 1) EARTH (Module 2), WATER (Module 3), FIRE (Module 4), AIR (Module 5) and SPACE (Module 6). Find out more about the full Embodying The Flow: Prana Vinyasa Mandala of Asanas Teacher Training 90 Hour training course here.

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

BOOKING INFORMATION
The Booking Link will take you to the full 90Hour course booking wizard, which will allow you to select one or more modules of your choice – to book only this workshop, please select MODULE 6

Times

9.15am to 5.45pm each day with one hour for lunch (7.5 hours per day)

Eligibility

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

Capacity

28

Pranayama is More than the Breath

With Doug Keller
5–6 Oct 2018

Yogacampus Islington
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

20th century yoga has often placed greater emphasis on the physiological processes of the breath — the muscles and movements involved — while early or ‘Classical’ yoga focused almost exclusively on ‘kumbhak’ or breath retention as the essence of ‘breath control.’

A rich period came in between that focused more on the processes of inhalation and exhalation (while refining ideas of breath retention), but not just from a physiological or even technique-obsessed perspective.

Visualization, location of awareness in the body (sometimes involving marma), mantra awareness as well as awareness of subtle blocks or ‘knots’ (‘granthis’) to be ‘pierced’ that had elements of emotion and of the subconscious — all of these were elements or aspects of pranayama.

This two day therapeutic workshop will be a balance between two perspectives. The first is physiological work — through asana focusing upon the torso, shoulders and neck as well as the sacrum and pelvic muscles, as well as breath practice — with an eye to working with typical breathing pattern disorders that teachers should be alerted to. These breathing pattern disorders present the greatest challenges to students in breath practices, both physically and emotionally.

The second perspective is that of the ‘yoga body’ which, rather than being an empirical structure (or physical ideal to be attained), was conceived in hatha yoga as a mental construction in practice for the sake of going deeper into practice — the idea of installing the breath in parts of the body, moving through ‘marmas’ in awareness, and the use of ideas of chakras and other ways of conceiving energetic locations in the body.

This opens up a dimension of pranayama practice more related to yoga nidra and meditation than has been explored in contemporary approaches to pranayama, which have been more oriented toward physiology and technique. It is a realm of breath awareness rich with possibility for work on deeper meditative and emotional levels.

Doug is also running a 5-day intensive on The Therapeutic Wisdom of Yoga: Rewriting the Story of Our Health and Growth running from 7th-11th October 2018.

Times

9.30am to 5pm

Eligibility

Open to yoga teachers, trainee teachers and inquiring students

Capacity

50

Total Yoga Nidra for Children

With Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, Lucy Arnsby-Wilson
5 Oct 2018

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

Childhood is a time of openness, growth, huge imaginative capacity, often boundless energy and an intuitive connection with spirit. It can also be a time of great vulnerability, anxiety and deep suffering. Children of all ages often enjoy yoga nidra, and there are very many therapeutic applications of yoga nidra for children’s physical, mental and emotional health. This experiential day-long workshop explores how yoga nidra can support all aspects of children’s well-being from ages three up to the end of adolescence. It includes practical experience of Total Yoga Nidra for children and families, including practices that incorporate story, song, mantra, music, metaphor and dreamscapes for children.

The intention of this day is to provide practical experience of Total Yoga Nidra for children from ages 3 up til 18. A diverse range of Total Yoga Nidra practices and some breath and gentle sound and movement practices will be taught, and relevant case studies discussed. An overview of common and unusual childhood 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 therapeutic range of responses that are helpful to support children’s well being through Total Yoga Nidra. There will be plenty of opportunities for questions and discussions of specific issues. This means that if you have specific personal or professional interests relating to yoga nidra for children, that you are invited to bring your questions and experiences to share with the group. The programme is open to responsive, intuitive attunements and adjustments to meet the specific needs of those attending.

CPD
The day counts as continuing professional development (CPD) for teachers who have completed prior trainings with Uma and the Yoga Nidra Network, and can also count towards CPD points for general yoga teachers and teachers/therapists who have prior trainings in children’s yoga, or yoga therapy. Parents, guardians, teachers, children’s mental health professionals, and/or other health and social care providers with an interest in yoga for children are also welcome to attend, provided they have a living interest in and experience and practice of yoga nidra.

Eligibility
It is open to all who have an interest in Total Yoga Nidra for children at home and in schools, including parents/guardians and yoga teachers/ yoga therapists/ health care practitioners who are seeking to support childhood experiences, either for their own children, or for their students and clients.

Please note this day is not suitable for people with no prior experience of yoga nidra. It is not a training course in how to teach yoga nidra, it is a specialist further study day for people who are already familiar with sharing the practice for children. For foundation weekends and full trainings in Total Yoga Nidra please see www.yoganidranetwork.org

Tutors
Both tutors are experienced yoga therapists, teacher-trainers, yoga teachers and mothers. Lucy Arnsby-Wilson is a clinical psychologist with special expertise and experience in child mental health,
including work with children with autism. She has been training yoga teachers and mental health professionals in skills for sharing yoga with children with special needs for many years. Lucy is mother to two daughters and one son, aged between two and seven. Uma Dinsmore- Tuli has been training yoga therapists and yoga teachers (including running courses for family yoga, and yoga for mothers and babies/young children), for nearly twenty years. Uma runs retreats and trainings where families are welcome to bring their children, and she established the family- friendly yoga camp Santosa in 2005, which provides yoga and yoga nidra sessions for children and families in an eco-camp environment. Her four books and CDs and DVDs on yoga all include Total Yoga Nidra Practices. Uma is mother to two sons and one daughter, aged between nine and eighteen.

Proposed schedule
1000 Welcome yoga nidra
1030 Meditation, introductions and motivations (reasons for attending the day)
1100 Micro-nidra for settling very young children in yoga classes
1115 Overview of childhood experiences that can be supported by yoga nidra, including relevant anatomy and subtle anatomy (energy pathways), and yoga therapeutic range of response
1140 Short break
1155 Total Yoga Nidra for nourishing and calming frightened children (Lucy) – followed by an overview of working with refugee children – meeting their needs, and learning from this work in relation to other children’s needs
1245 Pre-lunch nidra for children and families: welcoming abundance (Uma)
1300-1400 LUNCH
1400 Questions and offerings – issues arising from the morning practice and talks
1430 Exploring childhood from a yogic perspective: five dimensions of being in childhood
1500 Yoga Nidra and narrative – Finding inner guidance – total Yoga Nidra for intuitive connection in children – promoting a connection with the inner teacher
1530 More on practical support through yoga nidra practice for children – meeting different needs through relational and responsive Total Yoga Nidra
1600 Mantra and yoga nidra to settle sleepless children
1630 Further questions and evaluations
1715 Meditation and shakti circle for support of children through Total Yoga Nidra
1730 Close

Pre-course listening
Total yoga nidra tracks by the tutors freely downloadable from www.yoganidranetwork.org
Learning resources provided for participants after the course Audio recordings of the yoga nidra practices delivered on the course downloadable after the course from: www.yoganidranetwork.org – you will receive an email from priyal@yoganidranetwork.org after the course with details of how to access this.

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

10am to 5.30pm

Eligibility

Parents, guardians, teachers, children’s mental health professionals, and/or other health and social care providers with an interest in yoga for children are also welcome to attend, provided they have a living interest in and experience and practice of yoga nidra.

Capacity

28

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

With Doug Keller
7–11 Oct 2018

Yogacampus Islington
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

This 5-day Intensive covers pain problems arising from alignment and movement patterns in all areas of the body — both as they arise in everyday life and in yoga practice. We do this from a fascial as well as musculo-skeletal perspective, relating it to the Prana model of yogic health from the yoga — and in particular, Hatha Yoga — tradition, bringing together contemporary findings with yogic models. This allows us to include attention to the role of the breath as well as mind and emotion on many levels, and to explore how to make the most of our practices of asana, pranayama, meditation and yoga nidra.

Each day covers topics in specific areas of the body, providing principles for movement and action, as well as remedial work and variations on traditional alignments to bring greater integrity to the body and to relieve typical pain patterns. The work includes learning tools for assessment for posture and movement as well as treatment of sequencing of poses — for more effective practice in class, and for individual work with more acute pain patterns.

Some key themes for this Intensive will be: Foundations: Sacrum, Head and Feet — Starting with Sacral Rhythm and Low Back Health.

Physical practice is often approached in terms of ‘foundations’ — most often in terms of the feet. A guiding theme in the training will be the relevance of attending to a number of ‘foundations’ for practice, starting with the sacrum, and then relating sacral rhythm to the foundations of the neck and feet.

At the centre of all movement lies the sacrum, the keystone of the pelvis, which regulates the curve of the spine as well as the ‘openness’ and flexibility of the hips. Much of yoga has focused on the suggested actions of the tailbone — even in describing ‘Mula Bandha’ — but has given little attention to the natural actions of the sacrum. This leaves the ‘tail’ wagging the ‘dog.’

The training will begin with going deeply into the details of understanding Sacroiliac, Pelvic and Low Back Pain, in terms of sacral stability and the rhythms of its movement in the sacroiliac joint. This will be in the context of the issue of pelvic pain and related low back pain, especially in connection with issues concerning the ‘Core.’ It will include concerns of pain problems stemming from scoliosis, the ‘shorter leg syndrome’ as well as postural imbalances (and tools of evaluation and assessment).

The practical emphasis will be on some simple actions to be incorporated into asana practice that will strengthen the muscles supporting the actions of the sacrum, increasing the stability of the sacroiliac joint as well as the health of the low back and flexibility of the hips.

In this context, we will go much more deeply into the vital role of the breath, particularly in relation to pelvic and back pain, and how asana practice can be used to address breathing pattern disorders and fascial blocks that give rise to them.

This leads directly into the next theme: Breath, Asana and the ‘Core’.

Most asanas involve an element of a twist, and for good reason: this is part of working the ‘Core’ in a way that frees the neck and shoulders, and connects to the lower body and sacrum, enhancing freedom in movement. The breath is part of this, and is key to the connection between upper and lower body via the ribs. Sacral rhythm — depends upon this, and neck and shoulder health are intimately tied to our breathing patterns as well.

Asana practice is an opportunity to explore vital ‘Core’ actions in twisting, as well as to use the arm and neck actions in the poses to deepen our experience of the breath. The ‘Ujjayi’ breath is at the centre of healthy diaphragmatic breathing in the poses, but the actions of the neck and shoulders are crucial to doing it well.

Getting ‘Unstuck’ — Prana Blocks and Fascial Distortions, and How to Work With (And Through) Blocks in Your Practice. This theme will relate the hatha yogic concept of pranic ‘blocks’ — physical as well as energetic and emotional — to contemporary work on the the level of fascia. We’ll consider some of the newest therapeutic insights in contemporary thought, which 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.

These distortions help to explain (and provide an approach to overcoming) not only pains that arise in everyday life, but also 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 on pain is described as the ‘Fascial Distortion Model.’

This will be especially helpful for understanding ‘yoga injuries’ as well as the type of pain complaints that arise with students entering yoga as they begin to move outside of their ordinary boundaries of movement. It will be especially relevant to neck and shoulder pain, and so a good deal of consideration will be given to this area of the body.

Connections will be drawn to the ‘Marma Therapy’ approach used in Ayurveda, as well as the role of Marma in hatha and laya yoga, which is much subtler.

Better Breathing in Asana, Pranayama and Relaxation

The two most fundamental patterns in our lives for maintaining our health are our breathing patterns and our sleep patterns. And these are the two patterns that are the most disordered and dysfunctional in our lives, and with enormous impact on our health.

We will explore ‘openers’ for cultivating space for the breath, as well as toning exercises related to the bandhas for sustaining better breathing patterns. This will include awareness of patterns and tendencies that work against the natural cycle of the breath, such as habits of being ‘stuck’ on the inbreath, or ‘stuck’ on the out breath — and the consequences of these patterns.

Some fundamental pranayamas will be practiced with this awareness of cultivating the space for receiving the breath, and comfort with ‘letting go’ of the outbreath.

The practice will be carried further into yoga nidra, with some discussion of the significance of the practice of yoga nidra in relationship to our sleep patterns. Starting from an exploration of the benefits and function of sleep and the relationship of healthy breathing patterns to sleep, we will explore the approach to yoga nidra as essential to the deeper aspects of yoga practice, including meditation. Our approach will link the processes associated with Kundalini and the essential processes that take place in deep relaxation, especially when facilitated by focused practice.

Insights into — and to be learned from — Scoliosis

The theme of spinal health will include 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.

Doug is also running a 2-day therapeutic workshop on 5th and 6th October entitled: Pranayama is more than the Breath.

Times

9.30am to 5pm each day with lunch.

Eligibility

Open to yoga teachers, trainee teachers and inquiring students.

Capacity

50

Falling in Love with the Bhagavad Gita

With Jeanne Heileman
12–14 Oct 2018

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

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

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

Topics will include and are not limited to:

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

Student will receive:

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

Recommended translation for reading:

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

Students who wish to receive the full 25 hours of continuing education credit will be asked to write a paper answering a specific question, due one month after the last day of the course on 14th November 2018. This paper is to be printed, double spaced and last between 5 – 10 pages, using the information gained from the course and additional information from ongoing study.

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

Times

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

Eligibility

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

Capacity

28

Mental Health Basics for Yoga Teachers

With Lisa Kaley-Isley
20 Oct 2018

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

The word is spreading that yoga can help with a wide variety of mind-body conditions and the number of people trying yoga for what ails them is increasingly exponentially. Yoga teachers are thus challenged to expand their knowledge and skills in order to be the teacher their students need them to be. The cycle of growth where student becomes teacher, and teacher continues to be a student, is how we make this a life long learning path. Fortunately yoga has so very much to offer us! To grow your awareness of how to teach students with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and who have experienced trauma in their lives, join your peers and me for this introductory overview course.

Over the course of 2 days, topics that will be covered include:

•Yoga’s ability to impact the autonomic nervous system (ANS) is a key element in its ability to help yogis regulate emotional states. It also provides the guide for how to choose and sequence practice elements to achieve intended mental/emotional effects. We’ll discuss how the ANS works for you to know and to be able to explain it to your students. Knowledge is power and it provides us with the information we need to choose well.

•Yoga is ultimately concerned with empowerment of the individual to know their own truth and walk their own path. Reconnecting with inner wisdom and guidance, and distinguishing it from the self-critical inner voice, builds the link to knowing both our truth and path more clearly and confidently. Teaching language that guides students to listen to their own bodies and needs is vital to reconnecting them with this inner wisdom.

•Not everything is right for everyone, and not all yoga is therapeutic. In fact, some language cues, poses, breathing practices, and visualisation elements can be harmful for our students. It is only therapeutic if it is beneficial for the individual. We’ll talk about common contraindications to increase awareness and provide options for teaching people with mental health conditions.

Saturday
• Autonomic nervous system and yoga conceptual models to guide practice choices.
• Symptoms of anxiety and depression that yoga practice can influence

Sunday
• Symptoms of eating disorders and trauma that lead to discomfort in class and that yoga practice can influence
• Practices to regulate mind and emotions and to make rest and meditation more accessible

By attending this training, you can expect to be provided as a teacher with information and support. Yoga’s 3 paths are knowledge, action, and service. We are only whole when we incorporate all three. We all chose to be teachers in order to share with others what we have found beneficial ourselves. Then we walk this path long enough to realise that we don’t all benefit from the same things, that our needs change, and that growing means expanding our capacity and comfort zones.

This workshop is intended to give you the information and tools you need to expand your ability to be an effective teacher of service to your students and yourself.

Suggested outline for the day:

10:00 Introduction and overview
10:30 Practice
11:45 Tea breaks
12:00 Lecture and practice
13:00 Lunch break
14:00 Guided relaxation to digest
14:30 Lecture and practice
15:45 Tea break
16:00 Integrated practice and practice guidance
17:00 Closing

Times

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

Eligibility

For yoga teachers, yoga therapists and trainee yoga teachers.

Capacity

28

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

Yoga for Cardiovascular Conditions and Cardiac Rehabilitation Training: An in depth exploration

With Sherezade Ruano-Santana
10 Nov 2018

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

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.

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 fantastic addition to medically supervised cardiac rehabilitation programmes and should be seen as an important practice to strengthen the heart muscle and alleviate stress.

Course Overview

Yoga & Philosophical Contents
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 and The Heart: Yogic view of Anahata
• Our role as teachers, therapists and health professionals
• The energetic Heart: Understanding heart coherence
• Setting up a session: Designing a class safely and effectively using the 8 stages of RhythmiaBreath Method
• Experiential anatomy and movement therapy
• The heart chakras: Using compassion in both teaching and practice
• Asana and Pranayama (poses and breathing exercises): Cautions and Contraindications
• Guidance for teachers on how to support students in understanding the positive balance of their yoga practice and their medical care.
• The Five Bodies Model (Koshas): Key structure for a relaxation practice
• Group Practice
• Broken Heart Syndrome: More than a medical condition. Listening to our emotions

Medical Content

• Embryology: The heart, our first functional organ
• Modern Medicine vs Old Traditions
• Common medical conditions: palpitations, atrial fibrillation, heart failure, myocardial infarction, arrhythmias, ICD and pacemakers
• Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors. Statistics in the UK – British Heart Foundation
• Understanding the most common medical test.
• Assessment of your student/ client / patient prior a Cardiac Yoga session
• The role of stress in cardiovascular disease and Cardiac Rehabilitation
• The psychological and emotional impact of Heart Disease: depression, anxiety, fear and phobias.
• The electromagnetic field of the Heart
• Neurocardiology: a fascinating new area bonding Heart and Brain
• Research studies and scientific evidence proving Yoga as a safe and effective intervention for heart disease
• Anger, emotions and arrhythmias: from brain to heart

Course Work Details:

• Pre-reading of Cardiovascular and Respiratory System
• Group practice: Designing and teaching a session
• Written reflective homework
• Home practice (during the 5 days training course)

After the course:

• Ongoing teaching support from Sherezade Ruano + Teaching group support.
• Become part of the first UK network of teachers specialized in Yoga for Cardiovascular conditions, Cardiac Rehabilitation and Heart health by RhythmiaBreath Programme and Method
• Priority participating in new UK Research Studies merging Yoga and Cardiovascular Conditions
• Upgrade your skills as teachers, therapists or health professionals and become confident delivering interventions for high-risk groups

Requirements:

• This training course is open to all Yoga teachers, Yoga therapists and trainees in both degrees.
• It is also suitable for health professionals who would like to expand their knowledge by using yoga, meditation, and stress-relieving practices in their work environment -clinical or hospital settings.
• Those health professionals interested in this training course should have a personal yoga practice / yoga knowledge or currently been practicing yoga.
• This training course is suitable for those working within the NHS and / or private sector to increase the awareness of the importance of complementary techniques to help cardiac patients through a difficult journey or recovery.
• This course 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.

Times

930 am to 5pm each day with an hour break for lunch

Eligibility

This training course is open to all Yoga teachers, Yoga therapists and trainees in both degrees. It is also suitable for health professionals who would like to expand their knowledge by using yoga, meditation, and stress-relieving practices in their work environment -clinical or hospital settings.

Capacity

28

ParaYoga Nidra: Enlightened Sleep

With Rod Stryker
17–21 Nov 2018

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

ParaYoga Nidra is the sublime science of complete relaxation. But, it is more than that. Rooted in a vast body of knowledge, ParaYoga 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, ParaYoga Nidra is a comprehensive method for maximizing health and well being. On a deeper level, it is a profoundly spiritual practice and somewhere in between, it is one of the most profound and accessible ways to positively reshape the unconscious. 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.

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

Over the 5 days of this training, you can expect to be fully immersed in this profound tantric practice with 12-14 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. Each day will include joint exercises and subtle movement practices to prepare you for ParaYoga Nidra. As this practice involves total relaxation on the floor, you will need to ensure that you are warm and comfortable lying down for extended periods. Along with your mat, consider bringing a thicker mat or extra padding to lie on, a small pillow for your head, etc.

We are honoured that Yogarupa 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.

Note: ParaYoga Nidra is a ParaYoga Master Training and so it’s part of our advanced, 10-part, 300 hour teacher training program. It is open to everyone interested in learning about and experiencing ParaYoga Nidra. It is not a standalone certification program for ParaYoga Nidra. In order become certified to teach ParaYoga Nidra practices, one must complete the larger ParaYoga Nidra Certification program. This program includes the following ParaYoga Master Trainings: the 5-day ParaYoga Nidra, The Four Desires, Secrets of the Sutras and Koshas, along with the 9-day ParaYoga Nidra 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

Relax and Restore: Restorative Yoga Immersion

With Adelene Cheong
21–25 Nov 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Times

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

Eligibility

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

Capacity

30

Yoga for Anxiety and Depression - 2019

With Lisa Kaley-Isley
23 Jan 2019

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

The training intensive will integrate practical application of yoga philosophy and practice. We will review the models of the kosha-s, guna-s, dosha-s and vital 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.

Topics will be covered over the course of 5 days:

•Conceptual models to understand how the mind and body interact and influence each other to give rise to the symptoms of anxiety and depression, and how yoga practice facilitates mental health.

•The vital role of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) in how we react, respond, and cope with internal and external stressors.

•Guidance to select and sequence yoga practices to positively influence the direction of change in the body-mind for self-practice and teaching.

•Key principles for teaching students experiencing anxiety and depression, and best practices to create a safe space in general yoga classes.

By attending this training, you can expect to gain:

•Personal experience of integrated yoga practices designed to create greater clarity, peace, and capacity in every part of yourself

•In pairs experience teaching a sattva enhancing approach to yoga practice

•Increased understanding of anxiety and depression as aspects of the human condition, and expanded confidence to use yoga practice and philosophy to relieve symptoms of these conditions

•Enhanced self-awareness and self-compassion

•An opportunity to ask questions relevant to adapting yoga practices to improve mental health

Suggested outline for the day

10:00 Daily welcoming check in and practice
11:30 Time for yourself to use as you need and like
11:45 Morning lecture and practice
13:00 Lunch break
14:00 Guided relaxation to digest
14:30 Afternoon lecture
15:30 Time for yourself to use as you need and like
15:45 Afternoon practice
17:00 Q & A, catch up, review
17:30 Close for the day

Day 1 Organising framework for the course, Kosha’s, Kosha’s experienced in integrated practice
Day 2 Autonomic nervous system, Dosha’s, Prana Vayus, Regulation of prana in practice
Day 3 Gunas, Diagnostic symptoms of Anxiety, practice to calm stress and anxiety
Day 4 Vital essences, Diagnostic symptoms of Depression, practice to lift mood and energy
Day 5 Scope of practice, teaching principles, practice teaching, integration of the 5 days

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

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

28