Workshops & Courses

Yogacampus Events

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

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

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

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

Experiential Anatomy Intensive - The Most Fun Anatomy Course Ever

With Judith Hanson Lasater
30 Mar – 3 Apr 2017

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

Registration for this course will close at noon on Tuesday 28th March – please ensure you have booked before then if you wish to attend.

Deeply understanding the anatomy and movement principles of the body is an invaluable tool for yoga teachers and serious students. Not only does it help your teaching, it also enriches your own practice. This Experiential Anatomy course is unlike most anatomy classes.

We do not start with learning lists of anatomical facts; instead we start with what you already know: asana practice.

From asana, we extrapolate the anatomical and kinesiological principles that you have experienced in your body. We just give names to what you already have felt and “know in your bones”.

Our work will be focused around learning specific anatomy by first feeling it in our bodies and seeing it in other bodies. Often participants realise they already know a lot about anatomy because they feel it bodily rather than have the ability to verbalize it. The important next step is that we will uncover together the movement principles (kinesiology) and be able to name the anatomical parts that are moving. So this 30-hour course is all about practical knowledge. We focus on learning what helps us practice with awareness and teach with confidence.

Many students have offered the feedback that this course was not only interesting and fun, but provided a firm basis for their teaching.

Is this Course For Me?

This course is for you if you have:..

  • been shy about studying anatomy,
  • felt bored at the very thought of studying anatomy,
  • have felt excited about learning anatomy, but the only courses near you are just academic and lack a practical focus for yoga teachers,
  • studied anatomy before but want a refresher with a yoga emphasis.

Required book for the course: Yogabody: Anatomy, Kinesology, and Asana by Judith Hanson Lasater, PhD, PT.

Props: As part of this course we will provide 3 blankets, 1 bolster, 2 blocks, 2 bricks and 1 strap and these props will be available to purchase at a discount at the end of the course.

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

Times

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

Eligibility

Open to yoga teachers, teachers in training and serious students

Capacity

65

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

With Uma Dinsmore-Tuli
31 Mar 2017

Yogacampus London
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

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

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

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

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

Times

9.30am to 5pm with an hour for lunch

Eligibility

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

Capacity

30

Total Yoga Nidra Foundation Course

With Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, Nirlipta Tuli
1–2 Apr 2017

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

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

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

The Total Yoga Nidra Open Access Foundation Weekend is a self-contained and complete retreat style immersion (non-residential) open to anyone with an interest in experiencing Total Yoga Nidra. It is both a standalone weekend course that covers all the fundamentals of Total Yoga Nidra, as well as being a pre-requisite for moving on to the full Total Yoga Nidra Teacher 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 foundation course?

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

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

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

Times

Saturday – 10.30am to 5.30pm
Sunday – 9.30am to 4.30pm

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

Eligibility

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

Capacity

45

Finding Your Authentic Voice: Practical Performance Skills for Yoga Teachers

With Sarah Scharf
2 Apr 2017

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

In this day-long workshop, suitable for all teachers and teachers-in-training, we will explore vocal and physical theatre techniques to improve your teaching practice. We will also discuss the role of being a yoga teacher and how to express more of your true self with your students in a meaningful way.

Holding space authentically requires strong and receptive presence and this workshop aims to give concrete tools to develop your unique voice. During the day you will have a chance to receive individual feedback on ways to help improve your vocal skills, build awareness of language habits and ways to clarify teaching as well as fun warm-ups and exercises to increase comfort with improvisation and responding to the moment.

Themes will include:

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

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

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

Times

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

Eligibility

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

Capacity

28

Relax and Renew: Learning to Teach Restorative Yoga

With Judith Hanson Lasater
6–10 Apr 2017

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

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

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

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

At the end of the event the props will be available to purchase at a discount. The props will include blankets, bolsters, blocks, bricks and straps. We mention this as you may wish to consider bringing a bag to take home any you may decide to purchase.

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

Times

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

Eligibility

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

Capacity

80

Introduction to Mindful Yoga in Supportive and Palliative Care

With Kate Binnie
7 Apr 2017

Yogacampus London
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

This workshop is aimed at yoga teachers and therapists interested in working with common chronic and terminal conditions. The day will also be of use to health and social care professionals and complementary therapists who wish to add Mindful Yoga skills to their toolkit.

During the day we will be looking at:

• Overview of common conditions and their symptoms: COPD, cancer, neurological conditions, heart failure and dementia
• Pain, breathlessness, issues with movement, fatigue, anxiety and depression and the application of yoga
• The importance of the breath: “If you can breathe you can do yoga”. Mindful breathing is the core of this way of working – learn about the physiology and psychology of breath work
• How to adapt a practice safely – learn practical skills and specific sequences developed in the hospice
• Ways to set up groups in community, charity and healthcare settings – making a “pitch” from a public health approach
• Self-care is important when working with loss, death and dying – yoga is the perfect “resilience toolkit”. Looking after yourself and using yoga in the workplace for healthcare professionals

Kate will also be sharing her experience of working within the NHS; the challenges she has faced and the positive changes that she has seen develop.

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

10am to 5.00pm with a one hour lunch break.

Eligibility

This day is for all interested in learning about working within supportive and palliative care in healthcare settings. This day is for 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

50

Emergency First Aid at Work Certificate

With Michael Bond
23 Apr 2017

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

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

Course content

Our emergency first aid course covers the following topics:

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

Times

9.30am to 4.30pm with 30 minutes for lunch

Eligibility

Open to all

Capacity

12

Yoga for Stress and Burnout

With Leah Barnett, Charlotte Watts
26–28 Apr 2017

Yogacampus London
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

Stress is a major part of 21st century living, with the World Health Organization estimating that by 2020, stress-related disorders will be the second leading cause of disabilities in the world. This epidemic is an underlying cause of low energy, anxiety, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), loss of sex drive, insomnia, depression, tooth-grinding, high blood pressure, skin problems, infertility, weight gain and heart disease. Yoga and meditation practices offer a very real (and well-researched) method to allow heightened body systems to calm back down and teach individuals tools to self-soothe. The aim of yoga is to ‘still the mind’ through body awareness and connection, intercepting the chattering monkey of the analytical left brain, so dominant in Western cultures.

‘Burnout’ is a term used to describe the emotional and physical collapse that can occur after long-term or chronic stress. At this point where the mind-body is on ‘constant alert’, teachers need to be able to guide students into a sense of safety and stillness so that they can notice and be with intense sensations without exacerbating reactive tendencies.

This course will explore how psycho-social stress – the ‘neck-up’, ruminating stress we tend to get stuck in in modern societies – can affect people and how the modern body needs special consideration for the way the average student lives their lives. You will understand how to teach yoga in a way which is effective, gentle and appropriate to the individual with stressed body systems, their particular responses, energetics, mind-sets and postural considerations. Grounding, mindful and somatic work will be explored to help you promote healing, energy and positive change in your teaching.

The themes in these days will be woven throughout the course, both in discussion and experientially.

The physiology of stress:

  • Explanations of psycho-social stress; the different levels of stress – ‘normal’ stress through to burnout and adrenal fatigue
  • Physical effects of stress, how this affects asana – and how to gauge levels
  • Emotional and psychological effects of stress and how this affects attention, reactions, control issues etc.

Stress within yoga therapy:

  • The yoga model of healing with an overview of prana and how practices can help energy flow freely
  • Guidance for teachers on how to direct students in understanding the spiritual relevance of yoga and their illness
  • Where the latest neuro-scientific research fits in with the ‘stilling the mind’ effects of yoga, mindfulness and meditation
  • What ‘resilience’ means in relation to yoga and compassion; how mindfulness within our practice helps to cultivate this equanimity and ‘grace under pressure’ in those reactive to stress

The experience of the student with chronic stress, adrenal fatigue and burnout:

  • How it feels to move and experience asana and attention with pain, intense emotional reactions.
  • The effects of trauma (shock and developmental) on the primal body, how this can manifest and how it needs to be approached to prevent relapse.
  • The importance of identity – how the teacher can help the student not attach to the identity of suffering in chronic illnesses.

Considerations of teaching to students with mind-body stress:

  • The necessity of compassion (ahimsa and karuna) and deep listening within our practice, our own bodies and our world, to be able to work with people’s needs on an individual level.
  • Working with the yamas and the gunas as guides for working with chronically heightened energy and mind-sets.
  • Unhelpful samskaras in stress and the modern world; examination of personality types, how this can work against recovery and how yoga can help.
  • Teaching language; using mindfulness, creativity and compassion to encourage practice with a soft mind and body – with humour to release and create a positive sensory experience!

Stress in the physical body:

  • How the stressed and fatigued body feels; helping the teacher to understand the particular sensations, reactions and barriers that arise.
  • Mindfulness (and within physical practice) to help ‘anchor in the moment’, ‘pacing’ and the ‘doing less-is-more’ approach. Why we need to ‘be’ and not ‘do’; right effort, effortless effort and aparigraha, asteya and santosha over ambition and achieving. Treating the body as a friend.
  • Common stress-induced breath patterns and how to allow change without creating further stress; observing key stress breath signs and how to respond
  • Belly connection; centring and moving from the hara for reconnecting. Body fluidity and neuroplasticity and how stress can create hardening, viscosity and lack of adaptation
  • Skull-sacrum polarity to free mind-body flow, open the yin cooling base of the brain and encourage easy communication between cranium and pelvis for nervous system regulation and self-soothing abilities.

Specific therapeutic yoga tools:

  • Recognising that our culture continually consumes and ‘fills up.’ Understanding how yoga can provide a space for emptying out, releasing and letting go.
  • The role of sound and vibration within a healing practice, how this can be simply woven within asana to allow the breath to release – and as a formal part of teaching.
  • Exploration of counting own breath pace, mantra etc to still the chatter of the left brain.
  • The difficulties of meditation for the stressed and how to hold, guide and facilitate; the internally critical tendencies of those with heightened stress responses – thanking the negative voices!

Required Pre-Reading
Please note that you will be required to carry out some pre-reading before the course to enable you to get the most out of the training. We therefore recommend that you register for the course as early as possible to allow yourself plenty of time to prepare. You will receive instructions for the pre-course assignments together with your booking confirmation. Please note it is your responsibility to read the joining instructions that will be outlined in your booking confirmation email.

YOU CAN ALSO TAKE THE FULL 5-DAY SPECIALIST TRAINING (30 HRS) AND RECEIVE A CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION FROM YOGACAMPUS. MORE INFORMATION HERE.

Times

9.30am to 5pm each day

Eligibility

This course is for yoga teachers and trainee teachers. It is also suitable for health professionals who have an interest in these conditions, such as occupational therapists, doctors, physiotherapists and nurses.

Capacity

30

Yoga for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME)

With Leah Barnett, Charlotte Watts
29–30 Apr 2017

Yogacampus London
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

Stress is a major part of 21st century living, with the World Health Organization estimating that by 2020, stress-related disorders will be the second leading cause of disabilities in the world. This epidemic is an underlying cause of low energy, anxiety, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), loss of sex drive, insomnia, depression, tooth-grinding, high blood pressure, skin problems, infertility, weight gain and heart disease. Yoga and meditation practices offer a very real (and well-researched) method to allow heightened body systems to calm back down and teach individuals tools to self-soothe. The aim of yoga is to ‘still the mind’ through body awareness and connection, intercepting the chattering monkey of the analytical left brain, so dominant in Western cultures.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS aka ‘ME’) is an exhaustive condition known to have stress and its immune effects as key contributing factors. By understanding its common symptoms and possible ‘rebound’ of creating and using energy, you will learn how to help students safely regain strength and find new ways of coping with these symptoms and living life.

The subjects outlined below will be covered and in-depth notes provided, so that much time can be spent practicing the applications and felt sense of the yoga teaching work. Many aspects will be covered within practice itself, with time allowed for teaching practice, to makes notes and for reflection.

The themes of the first three days will be followed throughout, with focus on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (M.E.) and teaching practices for this state, that are also relevant for those with any burnout, fatigue states or in recovery from serious illness.

  • Specific considerations for those with CFS and Burnout conditions.
  • How it feels to for the person with these conditions to move, open and stretch.
  • Considerations for the mind-set of those with CFS and Burnout; how habits as samskaras can affect the very practice that could help with observing and unravelling these unhelpful habits. Guidance for teachers on how to direct students in understanding the energetic balance of their yoga practice and their illness. How to manage energy within yoga to learn to increase resilience without relapse.
  • The relevance of trauma within fatigue and stress states and how this can manifest in practice and ‘rebound’. How trauma and inflammation create fatigue and chronic pain and how to work with these.
  • The recent research and implications of relapse in ME/CFS.
  • The need for both restoration and movement and finding the balance within fascia, body fluids and structural needs.

Required Pre-Reading
Please note that you will be required to carry out some pre-reading before the course to enable you to get the most out of the training. We therefore recommend that you register for the course as early as possible to allow yourself plenty of time to prepare. You will receive instructions for the pre-course assignments together with your booking confirmation. Please note it is your responsibility to read the joining instructions that will be outlined in your booking confirmation email.

YOU CAN ALSO TAKE THE FULL 5-DAY SPECIALIST TRAINING (30 HRS) AND RECEIVE A CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION FROM YOGACAMPUS. MORE INFORMATION HERE.

Times

9.30am to 5pm

Eligibility

This course is for yoga teachers and trainee teachers. It is also suitable for health professionals who have an interest in these conditions, such as occupational therapists, doctors, physiotherapists and nurses.

Capacity

30

Yoga, Mindfulness and Compassion: Antidotes for a Modern Mind - France

With Lisa Kaley-Isley, Karen Atkinson
20–27 May 2017

Les Passeroses, Nonac
Nonac, (near Angouleme) France

£975 (sharing); £1225 (single room - subject to availability). (£925 (sharing); £1175 (single) until 15th January 2017 until )

Details at yogacampus.com

Stress, anxiety, and depression are evidence of our lives feeling out of balance. Yoga, mindfulness, and compassion practices were designed to counter the imbalance and help us cultivate calm in the midst of stress, be present with our experience, and take kind care of ourselves. Taking time out of our busy lives to immerse ourselves in nature and practice with kindred spirits can also be a much-needed balm to every day life. This weeklong personal retreat and training intensive in France is designed to find the balance between caring for our selves and learning new skills to share with others. Lisa and Karen will weave together yoga, mindfulness, and compassion practices for personal transformation, and provide tuition about how to facilitate these experiences with your students and clients.

This retreat and training intensive is open to yoga teacher trainees and teachers, yoga therapy trainees and therapists, and therapists of all types who are yoga practitioners with sufficient experience to benefit.

The daily schedule will include practice interwoven with tuition. Lisa will provide information and guide yoga and meditation practices designed to relieve symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression. The curriculum for Lisa’s sessions is excerpted from her 5-day intensive training on Yoga for Anxiety and Depression. Karen’s teaching will include guiding mindfulness meditation and compassion practices and instruction relevant to leading others in these practices. The curriculum for Karen’s sessions is drawn from her 5-day Mindfulness and Compassion teaching qualification.

Karen and Lisa will alternate leading meditation sessions before breakfast, practice and didactic sessions in the morning, practice and didactic sessions in the afternoon, and some evenings. Evening sessions will focus on methods of guided relaxation to facilitate integration and restoration from the days’ activities. There will be free time for rest and exploration after lunch and alternate evenings.

On site there are beautifully landscaped grounds, a pool, and a comfortable reading room. The centre is in the midst of French farmland offering plentiful walks through open fields, woods, a vineyard, and to nearby small, rural villages. We will offer group mindfulness meditation walks as well as the opportunity to roam on your own.

Teaching Retreat Overview

Personal practice and experience are always the foundation for yoga and mindfulness teaching. Grounded in our own experience of practice and being a student, we become ready and able to share what we have learned with our students and clients.

In this retreat we will discuss and experience the following:

  • Yoga Therapy conceptual models for understanding human experience, including the conditions of chronic stress, anxiety, and depression, and practical application of the models to facilitate growth, healing, and transformation
  • Exploring yoga source texts to reveal how they define mental health and disorder, and the tools they recommend to promote acceptance and change
  • Symptoms of anxiety and depression as they manifest at the level of all 5 kosha-s/sheaths (body, physiology, mind and emotions, intuition/inner wisdom, and connection to something greater than self), and yoga strategies for addressing those symptoms at each level to facilitate integration and wellness
  • Rationale for practice elements and adaptations, safety considerations, and common emotional challenges that show up in class and relationships when teaching and providing yoga therapy to people experiencing anxiety, depression, and anxious depression
  • A deepening of awareness through the practices of mindfulness and compassion
  • Exploration of the therapeutic aspects of these approaches for the self and others and how they contribute to the identification and amelioration of suffering
  • Exploration of the model of inquiry to enhance teaching and promote transformation through mindful self-compassion
  • An understanding of the underpinning neuroscience that drives us to think and behave as we do. Once we understand why we do what we do, we can make more positive choices within our lives through the creation of space, promoting a refreshing sense of freedom

Daily Structure

7:30-8:00: Morning meditation practice
8:30-9:30: Breakfast
10:00-13:00: Morning yoga and/or mindfulness practice + Lecture
13:00-14:00: Lunch
14:00-15:00: Free time (may include walking meditation, rest, pool time, reading, etc)
15:00-17:00: Afternoon yoga and/or mindfulness practice + Lecture
17:00-18:00: Free time
18:00-19:00: Dinner
19:00 onwards: Alternating evenings will include free time, group activities, and relaxing

Students have the option to schedule one to one time with Karen and Lisa.

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

Train tickets have now been released. If you choose to fly, the nearest airport is Bordeaux, served by British Airways and EasyJet from Gatwick and by Ryanair from Stansted, and also from some regional UK cities.

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

Eligibility

This 5-day training is intended for yoga and mindfulness teachers and therapists. The training is designed to facilitate personal growth and professional competence. This enhanced training will deepen and expand upon topics and practices covered in mental health workshops for yoga teachers offered by Lisa Kaley-Isley, and Mindfulness and Compassion training offered by Karen Atkinson. Health care professionals with experience practicing yoga and meditation, who want to incorporate these techniques into their existing services, will be offered the necessary experience, tools, and philosophical underpinning to expand their scope of competence and begin integrating select practices as appropriate.

Capacity

15

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

With Julie Gudmestad
31 May – 4 Jun 2017

Yogacampus London
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

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.

Muscle imbalances and misalignments are often at the root of injuries and overuse problems, as well as contributing to chronic and recurrent pain. This workshop will focus on using yoga poses to rebuild strength and flexibility while correcting misalignment. 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 stabilise weak areas, and improve the mobility of stiff, guarded areas, with the goal of restoring normal, pain-free movement and a strong yoga practice.

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

10.00 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

Watch your Back! How to Keep a Healthy Spine in Asana Practice

With Jane Craggs, Louise Tanner
4 Jun 2017

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

Each year some 40% of the population is affected by back pain and it costs £5 billion in lost working days and 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.

Join Jane Craggs as she explores spinal health for yourself and your students.

We will explain the structure of the spinal column and how this impacts on how we should perform certain common asanas in all forms of yoga practice. We will then focus on balancing out the different areas of the spine, looking at postures for strengthening, stabilising, releasing and opening and applying them where appropriate. Jane will also be focusing a great deal on the support of the breath for moving the spine.

We will be very interested in any issues you have in your spine in advance of the workshop so that we can tailor the workshop to the group we have.

This workshop is useful for practitioners and teachers alike and can be applied whatever your preferred form of yoga.

Times

10am to 5pm with 60 minutes for lunch

Eligibility

Open to yoga teachers and therapists as well as teachers in training.

Capacity

30

Muscle Imbalances, Neck and Shoulder Pain: Yoga Solutions

With Julie Gudmestad
10–11 Jun 2017

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

After the last two years sell out events in Manchester we are delighted Julie Gudmestad is returning to teach a two-day workshop on the topic of Muscle Imbalances, Neck and Shoulder Pain.

Muscle imbalances can contribute to pain, injury, and chronic problems in any part of the body, and a thoughtful yoga practice can help to correct these imbalances. In this workshop, we will review the anatomy of important muscle groups, and how imbalances (strong vs. weak and tight vs. flexible) contribute to misalignments that set the stage for problems. We will also practice yoga poses and sequences to help correct imbalances, improve alignment and relieve pain.

Specific focus will be placed on the upper back, neck and shoulders as well as important muscle groups that include the trapezius, serratus anterior, and the rotator cuff.

This workshop is open to all. Some previous study of anatomy is helpful but not mandatory.

Times

9.30am to 5pm with lunch break.

Eligibility

For yoga teachers, trainee teachers, and all practitioners with an understanding of anatomy. This training counts as an approved electives for the Yogacampus Yoga Therapy Diploma

Capacity

30

Practical Guide to Teaching Restorative Yoga

With Adelene Cheong
10–11 Jun 2017

Yogacampus London
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

Now that you have experienced the joy and benefits of practising restorative yoga, you are probably excited to dive into this practice further or to teach it to others. But 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? What is an appropriate time for staying in each pose, is it always the same duration? How could the practice be varied? Does verbal guided relaxation help? Seeking answers to these questions and more?

In this 2-day workshop, Adelene shares her personal experience in teaching and sequencing this beautiful practice of active rest. 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.

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

30

Sequencing: the Deeper Dimensions

With Graham Burns, Susanne Lahusen
10–17 Jun 2017

Les Passeroses, Nonac
Nonac, (near Angouleme) France

£975 (sharing); £1225 (single room - subject to availability).

Details at yogacampus.com

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 .

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

Radiance of Fire: A Tantric Cultivation of the Inner Core

With Jeanne Heileman
16–18 Jun 2017

Yogacampus London
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

£275 (£255 until 15th January 2017 until )

Details at yogacampus.com

Contrary to popular thought, our “Core” is not limited to abdominals, just as the core of an apple does not refer to the front of the inner column of the apple. To strengthen and access our Core we must work not only our abdominals, but also the muscles that hold our spine in alignment, the side torso muscles, pelvic floor muscles and the diaphragm.

This centre, known as the “kunda”, or oven in Sanskrit, is often referred to as the “fire centre.” We need a healthy fire in this region for the digestion of food, mental activity and emotional experiences. Once ignited and tended properly, this flame brings us the intelligence to know what we need to do in our life, the confidence to take action and the will and determination to continue actions amidst any challenges. This flame can become a luminous light of vitality for us all.

This 20-hour training will focus on the radiant aspects brought to light from the centre of our body – our torso. You will learn:

  • The anatomy of the core region and how to use muscles properly to strengthen the torso;
  • Different methods of practice that awaken the core and how to sequence practices for teaching;
  • How the Third Chakra, Manipura Chakra, can be awakened in a positive, enjoyable method;
  • How the Fourth Chakra, Anahata Chakra, affects the inner flame and feeds into powerful Pranayama practices;
  • The application of Bandhas and how they play a vital role to increase one’s energy:
  • The art of Vichara, a form of Jnana Yoga, which seeks hidden limitations within us that block our radiance from shining. Once discovered, we will transform this negativity into a bright, vibrant flame, illuminating our talents;
  • The value of Tantric Fire Ceremony and how to perform your own internal fire ceremony to keep your inner light positive.

This training will focus exclusively on the centre of the body, creating strength in the torso. Very few standing poses will be used, if any. Thus, students with ankle, knee and hip injuries will be able to participate. Students will learn how to build energy and fill the spine with this energy, an ingredient for more advanced Tantric practices.

Training Schedule

Friday: 9:30am – 5:30pm
Friday will begin with a 90 minute asana practice with Jeanne and a Pranayama and Meditation practice directly using the torso. From here, we’ll dive into the Anatomy of the Core, covering everything from the skeleton and muscles to the Respiratory System, which is directly related to this region. The aspect of Prana and Pranavayus will be introduced, as well as the Third Chakra, Manipura Chakra, known as the City of Jewels. It is in this region that our jewels, our talents dwell. When we avoid connecting our centre, we avoid connecting to our greatest gifts and the key to our Truth, how we feel and think about things. When we know our Truth and access our talents, our life becomes much easier as we begin to live out our Dharma, what we are meant to do in this lifetime.

The Bandhas will be introduced with information on each one and how to access them. These are powerful applications which retain positive energy within the body to change the vibratory state. A simpler yoga practice will follow that helps students feel the Bandhas, for they are subtle and often hard to experience on the outer physical layers. We will close with a Third Chakra Meditation to feel the power that dwells in our centre.

Saturday: 9.30am – 5.30pm
Saturday will begin with a 90-minute yoga class that focuses on Twists and how the Core is directly involved in twisting the organs, offering purification and cleansing as well as releasing tight muscles in the back. Jeanne will close this session with a Pranayama and Meditation practice repeating some of the Bandha work from the day prior. We will then apply the Tantric practice of Vichara, a form of Jnana Yoga, which removes the layers of ignorance within us to bring light upon our darkness. When we shine some light onto our inner darkest parts, those regions can no longer scare us or hold us back. This practice leads to courage and fearlessness, a skill required of yogis.

With the insight into our dark regions, we will learn how to feed ourselves through Prana and the art of Pranayama. Jeanne will introduce the qualities of the Anahata Chakra, the fourth chakra, which is connected to the diaphragm. When the diaphragm is strong, (a key ingredient in core work) the Heart Chakra is able to sustain its own strength. We will review the muscles along the back body and close with a Core practice focused on the diaphragm and Anahata Chakra, closing with a meditation.

Sunday: 9.30am – 4.30pm
On Sunday, we’ll begin with a 90-minute practice that leads into Arm Balances, applying the anatomical, mental and Tantric tools we’ve gained. While one needs an adequate amount of arm strength and hip opening for Arm Balances, the main ingredient is an ignited fire in the centre, which is the epicentre of the postures. After lunch we will review the types of practices from the weekend and work as a group creating different sequences and practices, based on the needs for our students. We will close the weekend learning about the Tantric Fire Ceremonies and how to create an inner fire ceremony, considered in Tantra to be the most powerful form of fire ceremony. Students will then be guided into a simple asana practice and a Tantric Fire Meditation. Once this fire has been lit and nurtured, students will feel a significant increase in courage, positivity and capacity to accomplish what is needed.

This training serves as 20 hours of Continuing Education through Yoga Alliance US and is aimed at yoga teachers and teachers in training.

Times

Friday: 9.30am to 5.30pm, Saturday 9.30am to 5.30pm, Sunday 9.30am to 4.30pm with a 1 hour lunch each day to give 20 contact hours.

Eligibility

Open to yoga teachers and teachers in training, as well as those with an established practice and a keen interest in Tantra.

Capacity

30

Earth Mandala Pilgrimage to Avebury

With Shiva Rea
1 Jul 2017

Avebury Stone Circle
Avebury, Wiltshire SN8 1RF

£50 if using own transport, £80 including return coach trip.

Details at yogacampus.com

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

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

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

Shiva is also offering a 5-day training on Soma Prana Vinyasa – The Art of Regeneration from Sunday 2nd to Thursday 6th July at Cecil Sharp House, London which you can book here. Shiva will also be offering an evening workshop on Tuesday 4th July to celebrate US Independence Day to explore Freedom in Flow. You can book your space here. *Attend all three of Shiva’s events and receive a £25 discount. You can find Shiva’s teaching schedule here.*

Times

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

Eligibility

Open to all.

Capacity

60

Yoga Therapy: Practical Philosophy of Healing

With Marc Beuvain, Anna Blackmore
1–2 Jul 2017

Yogacampus London
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

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

Day 1 Marc Beuvain

Our first 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.

Day 2 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.

This training is also a mandatory module for the Yoga Therapy Diploma course.

Times

10am to 5pm 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. This training is also a mandatory module for the Yoga Therapy Diploma course.

Capacity

30

Soma Prana Vinyasa - The Art of Regeneration

With Shiva Rea
2–6 Jul 2017

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

Soma Prana Vinyasa is an evolution of vinyasa based in the roots of yoga, tantra, ayurveda and the flow of nature. Soma is a vedic-tantric understanding of the ‘revivifying elixir-nectar’, the secret of longevity, and a refined healing essence that can be regenerated with us through forms of meditation and natural flow. During this five-day intensive, we will dive into a juicy, regenerative practice to regenerate tissues, immunity and joy for life, and restore love through the healing lunar arts of yoga and meditative vinyasa.

Shiva will be offering 35 hours of training instead of the usual 30 hour intensive training format. This new approach to vinyasa is distilled from 24 years of evolution of vinyasa and is the first module (part one) to offer how to teach lunar vinyasa as a balancing healing approach to transforming stress and tensions, cultivating ojas and circulating nectar. Soma Prana Vinyasa™ is a regenerative practice that is one-half meditative prana vinyasa namaskars and deep lunar mudrasanas (long holds) and one-half inner arts of meditation, mantra, mudra, self-massage and deep shavasana. Soma is connected to the inner water, ojas, essence, vitality and amrita as the sublime nectar of healing – the energy that can green a desert, and restore love.

In this extra special five-day intensive you will learn a number of Soma Prana Vinyasa™ sequences for regeneration that incorporate the following elements of a Soma Prana Vinyasa practice:

  • Lunar Prana Vinyasa Namaskars for cultivating movement meditation, fluidity, rejuvenation
  • Lunar mudrasanas – long holds in forward bends, inversions, restorative and supine asanas
  • Meditation – mantra, mudra, and contemplation
  • Opening and closing chants for regeneration
  • Sahaja prana flow – healing flow of spontaneous movement
  • Pranayama –lunar breath flows and other prana kriyas
  • Wisdom sutras from the tantras and universal wisdom to bring into class
  • Prana nadi self-massage – with massage tools, sacred touch and optional essential oils or ayurvedic oils
  • Life-practices for cultivating ojas through Ayurveda

Training counts for 200/500 hr Samudra elective and can be combined with optional online courses for a 108 hour Soma Prana Vinyasa certificate. Please contact Samudra School of Yoga.

We will be joined by critically acclaimed musicians including NME Awards nominee Anne Malone and other special guests.

You are encouraged to attend Shiva’s evening workshop on Tuesday 4th July to celebrate US Independence Day and explore Freedom in Flow. You can book your space here. You can also join Shiva on a pilgrimage to the ancient site of Avebury to connect our energetic body to the earth’s elemental energies on the 01st July – bookings here.

ATTEND ALL THREE OF SHIVA’S EVENTS AND RECEIVE A £25 DISCOUNT. You can see Shiva’s teaching schedule here.

Please note that Cecil Sharp House does not provide yoga mats or props and you will need to bring your own. Thank you for your understanding!

Times

9am to 5.30pm each day with a 90 minute lunch break.

Eligibility

Open to teachers and trainee teachers as well as those already familiar with Shiva Rea and Prana Vinyasa. Please note that if you’ve never studied with Shiva before the level of this Intensive is unlikely to be appropriate. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you are unsure. You can email: info@yogacampus.com

Capacity

95

Freedom in Flow - Prana Vinyasa Movement Meditation Evening Workshop

With Shiva Rea
4 Jul 2017

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

Join our fellow American Shiva Rea on Independence Day for a special evening workshop on finding freedom in flow through Prana Vinyasa movement meditation. This workshop will be primarily asana based, working energetically to enhance the flow of one’s life-energy. Come prepared to explore freedom and independence in thought and movement.

Shiva will also be offering a 5-day Intensive on Soma Prana Vinyasa from Sunday 2nd to Thursday 6th July 2017. You can find more details here. You can also join Shiva on a pilgrimage to the ancient site of Avebury to connect our energetic body to the earth’s elemental energies on the 01st July – bookings here. *Attend all three of Shiva’s events and receive a £25 discount. You can find Shiva’s teaching schedule here.*

Please note that Cecil Sharp House does not provide mats and so you need to bring your own yoga mat plus any props you need for your practice.

Times

7.30pm to 9.30pm

Eligibility

Open to all.

Capacity

95

Yoga for Eating Disorders and Emotional Trauma

With Lisa Kaley-Isley
15–16 Jul 2017

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

Our problems exist to motivate us to grow and change. Many of us need a push or a pull to get moving when it comes to facing the things that truly scare us, feel overwhelming, are outside of our comfort zone, or feel beyond our current capacity. Some of us have also lived through some very painful or challenging experiences and they have left an impression in our bodies, behaviours, and psyches. The only good that can be made of them is to use them as energy to keep our selves growing in a positive direction. However, before we can effectively do that, we have to feel and transform them. That alone can be the obstacle that keeps us stuck in re-experiencing them just as we did the first time, or avoiding having anything to do with them.

Eating disorders and emotional trauma are not the same thing, but they spring from some of the same roots. Many people who have experienced trauma have tried coping with feelings that persist by restricting and regulating their thoughts and bodies. Many people with eating disorders felt interpersonally uncomfortable or anxious long before they got restrictive in their relationship with food. Fear is present in both. We feel out of control, so we try to regain control. It makes sense. But our minds and bodies don’t like to be clamped down for long and they will start to resist. They push us to grow. If we close our ears and minds to inner promptings, then pretty soon new external ones start to crop up.

The yoga philosophy and practices that have endured over the centuries have evolved and been adapted to the culture of the time. People haven’t changed that much, but our cultural conditions do have differences. Women in particular have opportunities they have never had before on this scale in recorded history. Those opportunities come along with new challenges as well as all the old ones that still exert their pull. They shape the way we feel about ourselves: what we can have, what we want, what feels missing, and what we deny ourselves in a trade agreement to get other things. All people of all ages can experience trauma and eating disorders, but women and girls are disproprionately likely to do so in comparison to men. Interestingly, we also seem to know what helps us, and like no other time in history, yoga practitioners are disproportionately female and educated. It’s also true that some yoga classes, concepts, language, and class room environments, can arouse in us feelings of safety, whereas others feel less safe. Likewise, some of the instructions and practices can inadvertedly nurture eating disorder behaviour rather than shifting it. So it makes sense that yoga practices that are adapated to the needs of women and men with eating disorders and who have experienced trauma would better serve them.

In this experiential weekend workshop we will learn about the following:

  • An introduction to symptoms of trauma and eating disorders as they manifest in the body-mind
  • Yoga practices for people experiencing the after effects of emotional trauma and eating disorders that can help manage, decrease, and transform existing symptoms
  • Yoga therapy models for understanding symptoms and methods to shift them
  • Contraindications, safety considerations, relevant ethical guidelines, and common emotional challenges that show up in class and relationships

This 2-day training is intended for yoga practitioners, teachers, and therapists at all levels except absolute beginners. The training is designed to facilitate personal growth and to enhance existing yoga teaching and yoga therapy skills. Mental health professionals with experience practicing yoga who want to incorporate yoga techniques into their existing services relevant to these conditions will be offered techniques that can provide a foundation for integrating as approproriate to your scope of competence.

Goals for this training are:

  • To expand your comfort zone with feeling, and responding to the feelings of another, when in the grip of trauma and disorder eating patterns. The first calling is to be a yoga practitioner facilitating your own growth.
  • To provide tools and strategies to help yourself or your student/client in group classes and 1:1 interactions:
    a) in the moment when immediate relief is needed
    b) across time through incorporation of practice elements and strategies to shift your/your student/client’s baseline state to greater equanimity

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

Times

10am to 5pm each day with a lunch break

Eligibility

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

Capacity

28

Making Sense of Income Tax for Self-Employed Yoga Teachers

With Abdul Jamal
28 Jul 2017

Yogacampus London
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

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

The afternoon will cover:

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

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

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

Times

14.00-16.30

Eligibility

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

Capacity

30

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

With Ayala Homossany
29–30 Jul 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The course is open to Yoga Teachers and Trainee Yoga Teachers. It is also open to those working with children who have extensive Yoga experience.

Times

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

Eligibility

The course is open to Yoga Teachers and Trainee Yoga Teachers. It is also open to those working with children who have extensive Yoga experience.

Capacity

28

Pranayama Intensive with Dr. Kumar

With ALV Kumar
5–6 Aug 2017

Yogacampus London
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

Pranayama is the branch of yoga which explores how modifying our breath affects the human system on both gross and subtle levels.

Learning how to cultivate healthy breathing habits which result in positive changes in our physical and mental states, is an essential tool for both teacher and student in helping to optimise and maintain well-being and equilibrium. Many of these techniques are simple to learn, yet profound in their impact on our physiology at a cellular and chromosomal level.

There are literally thousands of Pranayama techniques, of which only a small fraction are familiar to most teachers today. In combination with his scientific background, as a master of meditation and Kayachikitsa (yoga therapy), Dr Kumar offers a unique perspective on Pranayama and its various applications, particularly for Western students lacking access to original Sanskrit texts.

This workshop will provide a special opportunity to experience and explore practical methodologies for addressing many common ailments from heart disease, diabetes and obesity to depression, anxiety and insomnia.

We will also be examining the significance of external and internal respiratory techniques, and the Ayurvedic concepts of prakritika and vaikritika, which relate to the balance/imbalance of our elemental nature.

Times

09.30am to 5pm each day with a break for lunch.

Eligibility

Open to those with an established yoga, meditation and pranayama practice.

Capacity

40

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

With Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, Sivani Mata
8 Sep 2017

Yogacampus London
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Drawing of Kamalatmika by Sivani Mata Francis

Times

10am to 5pm with one hour for lunch

Eligibility

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

Capacity

30

Intuition and Ethics, Intimacy and Boundaries: How to BE a Yoga Teacher and Therapist

With Lisa Kaley-Isley, Uma Dinsmore-Tuli
9–10 Sep 2017

Yogacampus London
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

This new course takes us into the realm of the relationship between yoga teacher and student, yoga therapist and client. We’ll discuss the everyday reality of what it means to BE a yoga teacher, not just lead a yoga class. It is a role with responsibilities different than others in our lives, and just like any other it benefits from mindful reflection and well-honed relationship skills. It doesn’t matter what style of yoga you teach, every one of us has to interact with our students to be of service. We must be able to listen and ask questions to get to know them and their needs, and also be able to set boundaries to manage our time and energy. We all need to know how far we can go in being of service, being friendly, and how to maintain the seat of the teacher when we start to go too far in extending ourselves.

Whether we feel energised or exhausted, consulted or stolen from in-exchanges with our students affects our quality of life and willingness to keep giving. Boundaries for each kind of relationship vary (teacher, friend, lover, family member, etc.) and getting it right (or wrong) takes establishing good habits for the long-term healthy outcome of your life and career. We recognise the need to regularly top up our teaching skills, but we’ve not established the good practice of refining our relationship skills. Here’s a good way to start.

This course aims to fill a gap in the skills training that all yoga teachers and therapists need and need reminding about: how to relate mindfully and skillfully with our students. Ask yourself: do you ever struggle with how to set limits with your students in their requests for extra help with conditions in conversations before or after class? Do you wonder how far you can go in offering extra help, and do you feel you need to know more in order to be more helpful? Do you struggle with how and when to say “no?” Do you wonder how to ask and respond to emotions experienced in class? To invitations to tea, or a date, or a hen do?

  • We’ll draw on ethical standards for yoga teachers and therapists and make them come alive in small group scenarios in order to face these issues with support instead of all alone in the moment
  • We’ll practice observing, listening, and asking questions to learn something about our own habits, perceptions, and beliefs. These colour and limit our comfort and competence zone, so we’ll also practice moving beyond them
  • It’s not financially easy to make a living as a yoga teacher. Many of us have issues with money. How do you ethically and practically advertise your services, extend your scope of practice, and get cover when you are ill?
  • Yoga therapy is becoming trendy. What does it mean to be a yoga therapist? What knowledge, skills, and abilities do you need in order to move into this role? Do you want to? What’s the difference and what’s the same in yoga therapy and working 1-2-1 with a student as a yoga teacher?

This workshop will draw on and integrate the yoga tradition of teacher-student relationships and the western cultural expectations of teachers and therapists. Both have insights to offer and incorporate. It’s necessary for us to reconcile for ourselves different standards in order to make conscious choices and put them into practice where we actually live and work.

The workshop will involve reading, discussion, pair and small group work, and guided self-reflection practice. Yoga is inherently a relational practice and it has always taken as its remit the big questions in life. Embody the tradition with conscious intent in the support of sanga.

This training is also a mandatory module for the Yoga Therapy Diploma course

Times

9:30am to 5:00pm each day with a 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

Mental Health Basics for Yoga Teachers

With Lisa Kaley-Isley
30 Sep – 1 Oct 2017

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

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

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

This introductory 2-day training provides:

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

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

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

For more in depth mental health focused training with Lisa we offer:
Yoga For Anxiety: Practice and Practial Tips, 19 March 2017

Yoga, Mindfulness, and Compassion: Antidotes for a Modern Mind, 20 – 27 May, 2017

Yoga for Eating Disorders and Emotional Trauma, July 15 -16, 2017

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

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

Times

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

Eligibility

For yoga teachers, yoga therapists and trainee yoga teachers.

Capacity

26

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

With Doug Keller
3–7 Oct 2017

Yogacampus London
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

This 5-day training will begin with an in-depth look at the neck and shoulders; focusing on upper body and spinal health, with an additional focus on working with scoliosis — including both principles for targeted work with scoliosis, as well as insights into how these principles are useful for everyone, since asymmetries that lead to muscular and joint problems are nearly always present, whether one has a scoliosis or not. This will add new dimensions to practice, including the pairing of intentional breathing to realignment actions in asana.

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

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

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

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

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

Thematic Topics Through the Training:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Times

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

Eligibility

Open to yoga teachers, trainees and inquiring students

Capacity

50

Kirtan Immersion Weekend with Bhavana

With Narayani
7–8 Oct 2017

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

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

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

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

During this weekend we will:

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

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

Times

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

Eligibility

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

Capacity

30

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

With Doug Keller
8–9 Oct 2017

Yogacampus London
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Times

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

Eligibility

Open to yoga teachers and inquiring students.

Capacity

50

Yoga for Anxiety and Depression

With Lisa Kaley-Isley
18–22 Oct 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Daily Structure (modification may occur)

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

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

Times

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

Eligibility

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

Capacity

30

Yoga, Meditation and Training in Compassion

With Michael Stone
25–29 Oct 2017

Yogacampus London
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

This 5 day intensive integrates the practice of yoga postures, breathing techniques, meditation and study.

Mornings will focus on slowing down traditional yoga sequences to explore detailed physical alignment while also learning subtle tricks about internal energy patterns and breathing that are rarely taught. You will learn creative new sequences that increase joint mobility, wake up muscles sleepy from passive stretching, and open up new pathways for breathing and movement, including:

  • a holistic approach to postures that balances strength, flexibility, wide ranges of movement, and stillness
  • how to use the breath during movement sequences in ways that turn familiar postures in opportunities for meditation
  • improve habitual movement patterns with simple corrective techniques
  • learn about balancing strength with awareness of the internal energetic patterns of the subtle body
  • yoga class ends with breathing exercises and unique savasana meditations

Afternoons will include guided meditation and study of the Lojong Teachings on Compassion: 59 Pithy Practices for Awakening the Heart. Using this Tibetan yoga text, we’ll explore the process of transforming distractions and habit into positive mental states including greater self-compassion and inspired social engagement.

Lojong is the Tibetan yoga practice that involves working with short phrases (called “slogans”) as a way of generating bodhichitta, the heart and mind of enlightened compassion. Though the practice is more than a millennium old, it has become popular in the West only in the last twenty years because it’s a practice that one can fit very well into an ordinary life and, because it works. We will learn how to meditate on these 59 practices for mind and heart and how to include them in our daily lives. Teachers will learn how to incorporate these teachings into their practice and classes.

This is a great way to study core concepts like emptiness, generosity, forgiveness, and working with fears that come as we let go of attachments. Afternoons will end with quiet postures to settle the day.

This intensive is like being in an anatomy class, a yoga workshop, a university classroom, and a monastery. All at once!

Times

9.30 am to 5.00 pm each day with an hour’s lunch break

Eligibility

Open to yoga teachers, trainee teachers, and all experienced yoga practitioners.

Capacity

40

Yoga Nidra: Relax into Greatness

11–15 Nov 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recommended Reading

Enlightenment without God: Mandukya Upanishad by Swami Rama.

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

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

Times

9.30 am to 5.00 pm each day

Eligibility

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

Capacity

93

Relax and Restore: Restorative Yoga Immersion

With Adelene Cheong
22–26 Nov 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Times

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

Eligibility

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

Capacity

30