workshops and courses I have attended to carry on my education and understanding of Yoga further.

Mentoring program with Maurizio Marmorato 

A series of one on one mentoring sessions, working on alignment, physical awareness and Yoga assist techniques. The mentoring sessions also included the observation of one of my classes and adjusting in his regular classes.

Annie Carpenter workshop - moving through the koshas: practices for transformation.

Known as a “teachers’ teacher,” Annie is the creator of SmartFLOW Yoga, an intelligent marriage of mindful movement with compassionate, wakeful alignment.

The workshops are designed for Teachers. Physical alignment is the pathway into the inner layers: You will learn subtle anatomy and portals to each inner sheath and learn to access the interpenetrating passages that both ground and elevate your and your students’ practices, and lives. 

_ open to contentment: a backbend focussed workshop

_ connect: hands on adjustments

Ana Forrest workshops - Healing yoga practice

Ana Forrest is an internationally recognised pioneer in yoga and emotional healing. Forrest Yoga is a unique and deeply healing style of yoga renowned as an intensely physical, internally focused practice that emphasises how to carry a transformative experience off the mat and into daily life.

_ Building the Warrior Heart

Learn to breathe in a way that opens your core and gives the heart the support and counsel of the rest of the primary charkas. Learn to remove the emotional shielding from your heart.  Begin building skill in accessing, cleansing and resolving emotional issues and move them out of the cell tissue. 

_ Luminose core

Forrest Yoga takes you on a physical and mental journey deep into the core of your own being. Shed what is no longer useful, keep what is of value. Challenge and move your core energy into those areas where it has yet to be. 

_ Gravity surfing

Change your relationship to gravity. In this session you will learn the fundamentals of lift-off, moving through the air with grace and landing with precision and lightness. 

Master teacher Tias Little, 3 days workshop - The Yogi and the Buddha

Through Yoga practice, the Buddha cultivated a firm spine and open hip joints to embody the highest wisdom called prajna. The word prajna suggests an insight or understanding that is not simply intellectual but involves an embodied, cellular knowing. In this 3 days workshop, we combine the powerful techniques of asana and pranayama with the clear and poignant teachings of the Buddha dharma. We use asana to strengthen the body and dharma study to gain insight into the mind and emotional body. This process requires sensitivity, listening and a capacity to intimately connect with what is happening. Through dharma study, guided meditation, somatic awareness and yoga postures, this immersion is a profound integration of yoga and mindfulness. Tias guides students to states of inner reflection through poems of awakening from the Taoist and Zen traditions. 

Ana Muriel - Energy Flow: exploring the alchemy of flow. 

The 10th body is the Radiant Body and refers to a field of energy that extends 9 feet around us.  Energy comes into the body through the crown chakra, goes up and down the spine picking up speed and then extends and builds up the Radiant Body. Some refer to the Radiant Body as a band that sits on top of the aura, almost like a golden tip or energy field. A powerful 10th body makes one courageous and radiant.

Ourmala Refugees Awareness Yoga teacher training.

Today’s media shows countless images of refugees and asylum-seekers, often in a desperate and derogatory light. Their reality is harsh and many are vulnerable. They are also some of the most brave, wonderful and inspiring individuals. 

Teaching Yoga to this group is not like teaching a standard public class. Some may be clinically traumatised and highly vulnerable, many are not. Either way, there are cultural, gender and practical considerations to be taken into account to ensure that as Yoga teachers we are teaching to the best of our ability, taking our duty of care seriously and always putting the wellbeing of our students above all else.

This Refugee Awareness for Yoga Teachers course has been especially designed for Yoga teachers and those in teacher training.  Ourmala has been dedicated to providing Yoga classes for refugees and asylum-seekers in London since 2011 and this course is based on good practice for working with people who have experienced atrocities such as torture, sexual violence in conflict and human trafficking as well as our own practical experience. 

Yin Yoga Workshop with Norman Blair

Norman Blair is one of the most experienced yin yoga teachers in the Uk. Norman has been practicing yoga since the early 1990s and started teaching in 2001. He has years of experience in teaching Yin yoga and weaves into this wonderful practice his own background of Ashtanga yoga and Buddha-Dharma meditation to create a potent mix that is soothing, grounding and inspiring. He sees yoga as a beautiful way of being, which will enhance your life, welcome you back to your body, release habitual tension and encourage a greater focus and quality of mind. He has trained with teachers such as Hamish HendryJudith LasaterRichard FreemanAlaric Newcombe and Sarah Powers. His approach is about enabling accessibility, encouraging acceptance and deepening awareness. He recently published Brightening Our Inner Skies: Yin and Yoga.

Absolutely, Positively, Strong. Positive Psychology + Yoga - Mercedes Ngoh Sieff

During this daylong workshop expert Vinyasa Flow Yoga teacher and qualified Positive Psychology Coach Mercedes Sieff explored both physical strengths and character strengths.
Positive Psychology is commonly referred to as ‘the Science of Happiness’ and one where the study of Strengths plays a large part.  Mercedes combined two practices which lend perfectly to each other as both are concerned with human flourishing and potential. The morning session consisted of a challenging, interactive, full spectrum vinyasa flow practice.  The afternoon explored Positive Psychology + Strengths Building. The evening closed with a restorative session and meditation, exploring the new research around the benefits of developing a mindfulness practice based around key character strengths. 

Qigong - sacred energy arts

Qigong is an ancient Asian system of health and self-development. Slow circular, repetitive movements invoke a sense of inner peace and relaxation. Learning to cultivate and manage a high grade of Energy. Special emphasis will be placed on intention, alignment and Taoist “natural breath”. This class was built on strength, grace and calm. Suitable for all levels.

Sacred Energy Arts draws from the teachings of yoga, healing, and martial arts. Sifu Matthew Cohen developed this method after discovering that even though healing, yoga, and internal martial arts stand alone as great health systems, something powerful and transformative emerges when the practices join. Together they compliment each other to create a complete practice. 

Patrick Beach workshop - Open Heart Open Mind / Backbend with ease

Focusing on a number of heart-opening postures and taking them to unexpected places of movement and freedom in our bodies. So often we find ourselves caught up on just one path or swirling the same old circles, with the same old narratives. Use this expansive, expectation-shattering practice to break out of old habits and start moving in new directions! Learn to move your spine safely through its full range of motion with grace and ease. Expect to leave class with a new sense of space and a lighthearted mindset.

Monthly Yin Yoga workshop with Georgina Evans

This practice is suitable for all levels of yoga practitioner.  Each individual can use props as needed to facilitate 'appropriate' stretch in healthy tissues and to achieve appropriate holding and support in vulnerable (injured, hypermobile, sensitive) tissues. Lying and seated poses are held for a longer period of time: 1 - 5 minutes. This gives us time to relax, let go, open up and connect to our inner experience. In the quietness of Yin yoga, we follow each moment, breath by breath. Over time, we get to know ourselves better -  we become more familiar with who we are and how we feel. We tap into the deep roots of love from which all seeds are nourished, encouraged and nurtured to fruition.  

Emma Landolt - Inversion workshops. 

Workshops to go deeper into the practise of inversions. 
Working on headstand variations, handstands and forearm balances.

Strengthening the upper body and the core, learning different techniques to get upside down, overcoming fear and enjoying all the benefits to the body, mind and soul.

Ana Muriel workshop - Reclaim your freedom / Emphasis on shoulders  & hips

In relation to the Glandular system and energetics of the chakras, as they open they allow the flow of prana to heal, and make the glandular inner machine, inner body to work at its best. Shoulders connected to chakras 4, 5, 6. / thymus, thyroid, parathyroid and pineal glands. Hips connected to chakras 1,2, 3 / adrenal glands, pancreas, reproductive glands. As pranic healing happens in these centres, pericardium expands for the emperor (heart) to open up into unconditional compassion and love. And in love, primal wisdom leads the way.

Maurizio Marmorato retreat - Yin and Yang

A week with dynamic flowing sequences as well as restorative / Yin practices

Patrick Beach workshop - A Complete Practice

A well-rounded yoga practice moving through asana, pranayama and meditation that work to create a true connection between body and mind. Exploring the moment as we center the mind, move the body, and dig into the rhythm of your breath. This all-levels practice opens up the body and embrace new opportunities and challenges, while still providing plenty of time to stay grounded in comfort zone.

Ana Muriel retreat - Summer Equinox Soul Flow

A beautiful spiritual and healing 3 days of yoga and meditation, learning healing flows and meditation techniques. 

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