Spirit of Programme
A Unique Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Programme in Ibiza (Spain), Morocco and Thailand with a Buddhist Heart.
“Still Flowing Yoga Teacher Training is a Somatic Approach to the Ancient teachings of Yoga & Meditation, skillfully leading students through dynamism to awakened stillness by weaving together and integrating flowing Dynamic Vinyasa Yoga, Yin & Scaravelli Yoga, Buddhist Meditation (Insight (Vipassana)/Mindfulness/Metta), Asana Technique, Teaching Methodology, Yoga & Buddhist Philosophy, and Applied Yoga Anatomy & Physiology :- Preparing our students to teach Yoga from the heart with integrity, skill, and understanding”
Broadly speaking Still Flowing Yoga Teacher Training is an integrated approach, offering students an accessible, direct, modern interpretation of Patanjali’s Classical Eight Limbs of Ashtanga Yoga interwoven with the Buddha’s Teaching on Mindfulness, firmly orientating students towards a state of embodied awareness within daily modern life, where these practices are ultimately employed as tools for personal liberation.
Still Flowing works to integrate the Buddhist Insight Meditation practices of concentration, enquiry and loving kindness into the practice and teaching of modern Yoga (particularly asana).
Still Flowing Yoga Style
Still Flowing is a Fusion approach, drawing heavily on the essence of Vinyasa Yoga (foundation, core/bandhas, breath, breath synchronised movement, progressive sequencing, natural flow and timing) and then integrating Scaravelli for deep awakening of the spine, Yin for cultivating sensation and parasympathetic arousal, Iyengar for technical and progressive construction in asana and Restorative for renewal, regeneration and surrender.
If you want to learn organically and intuitively this is for you.
Still Flowing is about:-
- Using self enquiry and self practice as the source for soulful, inspired teaching using a somatic approach (working within the realm of felt sensation and the body as experienced from within)
- Using the asana skilfully in order to establish a responsive relationship with the ground that provides internal support and stability through the deep core structures of the body, cultivating stability from inside out
- Awakening the spine, in order to establish a sense of ease, space and connectedness in the body, and balance in the nervous system
- Cultivating felt sense in order to be more aware of and touch more deeply into sensation and emotion and feel where the body is held. blocked or frozen
- The gathering of attention and focus internally, so the unwinding of constriction and holding patterns may take place
- Attuning more and more to the body’s language, and the mind settling back into quiet
- An ongoing and deepening integration of the body, heart and mind of functional, structural and energetic integrity
- Honouring and working with the individual in all its diversity of shapes, sizes, cultures, ages, levels, conditioning, and restrictions
- Finding ways to practise and teach that encourage both creative expression and containment in the body using classical yoga postures as our templates for exploration.
- Employing the practices to embrace normal every day life and be committed to a process of understanding ourselves and others.
NB. Our approach is non – performance based, and as yoga teacher trainers we aim to facilitate a programme where students cultivate a deep understanding of simplicity and foundational asana rather than an immediately gratifying experience of “advanced” asana which can result, particularly over time, not only in physical injury but also in dysregulation of the nervous system.
The programme encourages students to be dilligent, engaged, and enquiring to benefit most from this programme, this highlights the fact that learning prescriptive routines and flows by heart will not form part of the teaching methodology.
Still Flowing / Vinyasa Flow Yoga
“Vinyasa is a term applied to the rhythm inherent in all natural processes.. it is the flow of the seasons, the rise and fall of the tide in response to the moon, a leaf unfolding, opening, withering, drying up and falling to the ground, a flamenco rhythm building to a climax and fading away, the flow of surya namaskar, these are all progressive sequences that unfold with inherent harmony or Vinyasa”.
You will experience and be led through different tones, speeds and intensity of flows (dynamic, gentle, deep and mindful) encouraging a broader understanding of Vinyasa Flow yoga and opening up the form in accessibility to all levels and ages by learning how to adapt and modify the flow both in tone and sequence.
In some instances the flow will be at slow motion speed in order that students may cultivate deep enquiry into the foundation, core and breath, be ready to hone your stamina and concentration here as you learn to support yourself internally!
During most of the programme, 45 mins daily will be allocated in the morning to developing a self practice, fomenting what is being learnt into your own practice.
The Art of Teaching
50% of teaching methodology dedicated to actual teaching practice with real live yoga guinea pigs
- How to teach honestly using your own practice as your inspiration and guide for teaching
- How to demonstrate, assist and adjust
- Enquiring into and understanding the intelligence and reasoning behind a class structure and a particular sequence and delivering an intelligent sequence.
- How to use themes, language, voice, creativity and timing
Asana Technique & Applied Yoga Anatomy & Physiology
Asana technique and principles of emodiment and alignment are explored within the context of the ground/foundation, the core/internal dynamic and the breath/diaphragm.
We will study the mechanics of brokendown asana, in all the foundational classical yoga asana, and how asana due to the shape of each individuals’ bones will be expressed differently in each body, and from this understanding move students away from one size fits all technique, and towards realizing how their own bodies work, exploring their own range of motion so that they may help others do the same. By consequence, this will allow students to understand how to adapt and modify asana for different objectives, different needs, different bodies and different levels and how to use props appropriately to these effects.
An in depth exploration of the deep core muscular structures, of the breath and the spine and their relationship to gravity will provide the context for the study of Yoga Anatomy on this course. Through both formal study and practical enquiry into these systems we willl focus particularly on the function of the diaphragm, the psoas and the spine.
We will use anatomical awareness as a powerful tool to keep our bodies safe and our minds grounded in reality, and as a way to hone our meditative awareness as it flows deep into our own body exploring and breaking down the concept of alignment through felt sensation and discovering our own anatomy from the inside out.
Complementary Asana Forms : Scaravelli & Yin Yoga
We employ these forms as templates for enquiry.
These practices will encourage a deeper exploration into the body, giving students the time they need to enquire.
These forms provide a slower, more considered meditative approach to asana and as such can provide yoga students with a bridge that leads them to a state of embodied meditative awareness and may encourage and support a more formal meditation practice.
These forms lend themselves to an exploration of felt sensation arising in the body, and into experiencing our anatomy from the inside out (Somatics). We are encouraged here to explore our edges and cultivate sensitivity towards ourselves.
These forms can be used to skillfully release deeply held patterns of tension and constriction, and sometimes even work to release the residual energy of trauma that is to be found bound in the nervous system.
Insight (Vipassana) Meditation
Please note that Buddhist Meditation forms an integral part of the 200 hr programme and our ongoing work into synthesising the Teachings of Yoga and Buddhism.
Daily Mindfulness Sitting / Enquiry / Dialogue Practice:
Continuous enquiry into the breath, the physical body, feelings and emotions, thinking and the cognitive mind, and consciouness itself, complemented by teachings on loving kindness (Metta) as the home base for the cultivation of all the Four Brahmaviharas (Immesurable Minds)
A general introduction to basic Buddhadharma with an emphasis on the Buddha’s Teaching on the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path to complement and inform Patanjali’s Classical Yoga Path
(The specific mix of complementary subjects are taught depend upon the combination of teachers, for example: chanting/mudra/and hindu mythology is a speciality taught by Sabrina Rosenberg)
- The History and Origins of Yoga from Shamanism until the present day (compulsory)
- Chanting / Mudra / Hindu Mythology
- Basic Thai Yoga Massage or Shiatsu for Adjustments or Adjustment Clinic (compulsory)
- Shamanic Meditations
- Esoteric Anatomy: Chakras and Subtle Energetic Systems
Testimonial from Simon Bekker, who graduated in April 2011 in Koh Phangan, and who is now teaching Yoga (email@example.com)
A really exceptional course. The range of teachers — each with their own perspective, areas of expertise and unique individuality — made for a very well-rounded teacher training. I found the Buddhist Insight aspects invaluable, providing a useful complimentary perspective on the Yoga philosophy, provoking insights into one’s own personality and motivations, as well as developing calm, patience and persistence with the meditations.
The morning Asana class was inspiring, stimulating, challenging and fun; I really learnt a lot. Just the right amount of anatomy, and excellent insights into Yoga technique that I use daily when teaching. In general, a considered curriculum, that was broad enough to be comprehensive whilst still remaining manageable. The schedule, while intense, also provided enough free time to integrate, regroup and do self-study. Oh, and the setting was beautiful.
I’d highly recommend the course to any aspiring yoga teachers who not only want a technically solid course, but also one with real spiritual depth”.
Musings on Integrated Practice by Caitlin Prince, Still Flowing Graduate March 2010, Occupational Therapist and Yoga Teacher (firstname.lastname@example.org):
“My practice eases and gives way, spreading itself generously into the mundane and routine. I feel the pegs my fingers as I hang out the laundry, watching the wind shift through the mango tree. I am aware of the subtle warmth of satisfaction brewing in my belly, as I wipe, and clean and make my home. As I lay my head on husband’s chest, and the puppy bounds in, never one to be left out, and a lazy moment of affection morphs into an overflowing eruption of new family love”.