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Yoga Mindfulness Teacher Training

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Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher Training

A Unique Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Programme in Ibiza (Spain) and the UK (Scotland) with a Buddhist Heart.

Still Flowing Yoga Teacher Training is a Somatic Approach to the Ancient Wisdom Teachings of Yoga & Meditation, skilfully introducing students to how the Buddhist Meditation Practices of Mindfulness and Metta can be integrated into the practice of Yoga and its teaching in order to facilitate a clearer sense of direction, precision, care and depth. The somatic focus on Still Flowing is the uniting element, the thread that connects and integrates the complementary Yoga forms  we explore – such as Scaravelli Inspired, Slow Flow Vinyasa, Mindful, Trauma Sensitive, Therapeutic and Restorative, guiding our students towards a gradual embodied awakening both in stillness and in movement.

Broadly speaking Still Flowing Yoga Teacher Training is an integrative 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 awakening within daily modern life, where these complementary practices are ultimately employed as tools for personal liberation.

 

What is Still Flowing Yoga?

Still Flowing is a fusion approach to Yoga asana. It has both constructive and deconstructive elements, both Yin and Yang, both active and passive, both sympathetic and parasympathetic aspects to it.

It works to establish deep regulation or balance inside the physiology through various means. Firstly by cultivating an aware, responsive, considerate and kind relationship with the body.

As we slowly cultivate this relationship so we establish the appropriate ground from which to explore both the deep core and the periphery of the body, slowly restoring the vital internal balance of stability, fluidity and spaciousness.

Drawing on the essence and internal framework of Vinyasa Yoga we explore and awaken the foundation, deep core, bandhas and breath in a slow fluid style that has a gentle dynamism to it, honouring the more active sympathetic part of our nervous system.

We integrate Scaravelli inspired Yoga for unwinding, release, enquiry, containment, awakening the spine, and understanding how to let go of unskilful habitual tendencies in the body.

We explore Restorative Yoga as a way to honour the parasympathetic part of our nervous system inviting deep rest, renewal, and regeneration.

This synthesis has a therapeutic bias, has a deeply healing potential, and is taught in such a way that is trauma sensitive.

Still Flowing is creative, intuitive and fluid, it gives permission and empowerment to the practitioner allowing for exploration and offering many options and ways to approach posture work. The yoga postures support a wider practice of  embodiment and are employed therapeutically with a focus on felt sense in order to bring us gradually more deeply and intimately into our bodies.

Thomas Hanna defined Somatics as  “…the field of study dealing with somatic phenomena, i.e., the human being as experienced by himself (or herself) from the inside.” He defined soma as the body experienced from within.

NB. Our approach is non – performance based, and as yoga teacher trainers we aim to facilitate a programme where students cultivate an understanding of beauty 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.

If you want to learn organically and intuitively in an intimate atmosphere with quality individualised tuition, and you have a passion and openness to journey into these ancient wisdom practices then this programme is for you.

For 200 hrs graduates from different schools: – Due to the unique non mainstream approach integrating some cutting edge healing work – If you have already done a 200 hr programme and wish to do an advanced training with a therapeutic bias.. this programme could well be for you.

Course Content:

Morning Self- Practice

The first practice of the day will be dedicated to developing a self practice which will be the foundation of your teaching life. 45 mins daily will be allocated  to self practice,  this period will also serve as an opportunity to integrate what you are learning in the other sessions into your own  practice.

Morning Guided Practice

You will experience and be introduced to different intensities of fluid and thematic sequences that are focused around ground, undoing, release, and intuitive creativity drawing on Slow Flow, Gentle Vinyasa, Scaravelli Inspired, Somatic and Mindful approaches to Yoga Asana.

The morning classes emphasise how to structure a class, the different families of postures and how they fit together in an intelligent sequence, and the integration of themes into a guided class.

After Breakfast Karma  Yoga / Mindful Silent Work Period

A daily karma yoga session or silent mindful work period is an integral part of the daily practice. 45 minutes is devoted to community tasks such as preparing the dinner, cleaning the yoga shala, taking charge of washing clothes, sweeping the outdoor spaces, washing up, cleaning the kitchen etc.  An opportunity to work for the greater good, in community, in silence, also a change to discharge and integrate keeping connected to the daily aspects of life.

Midday Class

Insight (Mindfulness and Metta) 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 Practice : Sitting / Enquiry / Dialogue / Embodiment.

Teaching and Practices on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness. Continuous enquiry into the breath, the physical body, feelings and emotions, thinking and the cognitive mind, and consciouness itself.

Teachings and Practices 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

Yoga Philosophy

What is  Yoga?

Teachings and Enquiry into Patanjali’s Classical Eight Limbs of Ashtanga Yoga

Appropriate Attitudes for Practice and Teaching Yoga

Afternoon

Asana Technique & Areas of Enquiry

Overview:

Enquiry into Foundation, Core, Bandhas, and Breath in Standing, Balancing, Sitting, Twists, Backbends and Inversions.

Detailed Areas:

Unlocking the process of enquiry

Working with the Gravity/Rebound Response in order to cultivate stability and spaciousness in asana

Understanding how lines of energy support, open and integrate the asana

Awakening the responsive core and reptilian spine

Cultivating felt sense, deepening the experience of asana through feeling

Recognising and working with the body’s language to access more detail in the asana

Containing the body within asana, containing energy in the body through the asana

Releasing and engaged rest

Languaging – Using skilful, open, enquiry based language to empower students

Honouring and working with the individual, working away from one size fits all

Integrating all of the above

Embodied Yoga Anatomy Physiology

This part of the programme is approximately 30 hours and takes up most of the 1st or 2nd week depending on the programme.

It involves teaching Anatomy and Physiology through guided sensory experiences to let you learn about your body from the inside-out.

It teaches you about the internal workings of the body through physical explorations: These movement experiences will let you connect with the structures you’re learning about in a richer context than from books alone.

You will journey through the nervous system, the core (diaphragm/psoas and spine), the bones, the fascia, the muscles, and the structures that support breathing.

We use anatomical and physiological awareness as a powerful tool to keep the body safe and the mind grounded, and as a way to hone our meditative somatic awareness as it flows deep into our own body exploring through felt sensation and discovering our own anatomy from the inside out.

The Art of Teaching

A great deal of the teaching methodology is dedicated to actual teaching practice

  • How to teach honestly using your own practice as your inspiration and your guide for teaching
  • Setting up and structuring a class
  • Delivering an intelligence sequence
  • Demonstrating and assisting
  • Understanding the energy dynamics of teaching Yoga – containing the class
  • Teaching 3 short classes of 20 minutes spread over the month
  • How to use themes, language, voice, creativity and timing

Complementary Subjects

(The specific mix of complementary subjects are taught depend upon the combination of teachers, for example: chanting will be part of the programme should Nora Belton be teaching)

  • The History and Origins of Yoga from Shamanism until the present day (compulsory)
  • Adjustment Clinic: Shiatsu and Somatic Bodywork for developing assists (compulsory)
  • Restorative Yoga (depends on faculty)
  • Chanting / Mudra / Hindu Mythology (depends on teaching faculty)
  • Esoteric Anatomy: Chakras and Subtle Energetic Systems (depends on faculty)

Testimonials

The Teacher Training in Ibiza was comprehensive, professional and structured. Considered timetabling enables the student to cope with each day without being physically overwhelmed which is no small feat given the 200 hours in four weeks. No shortage of food and water/tea/coffee ect and comfortable sleeping arrangements also augment the experience in this idyllic Villa setting overlooking the Mediterranean.  The practice is varied and challenging and the approach is one that will definitely make you think and possibly challenge previously held assumptions about all things yoga, so there is variation and stimulation coming at you from all angles.

The combination of Yoga practice and Meditation complement each other perfectly and for myself this was a great benefit, however, for those with no experience of meditation this new concept might prove a challenge so I recommend that this aspect should be considered/investigated before committing to the course, however, the teachers can help to approach this new form of consciousness if you find it a struggle.  Simply put; the teaching staff is excellent, considerate, perceptive and adaptable so that they can cope with and relate to every kind of student,  which of course helps to harmonize what is realistically a group of people who have probably never met before and find themselves living together for a month.  The experience for me was transformative and I feel that it has changed me very much for the better!

Philip Martin – Graduate, Ibiza, May 2014 (ph.e.mar@hotmail.com)

 

I have found that the teachings that I have been introduced over the month are so pertinent and so valid; I am amazed that more people are not practicing in this way. It is so organic, and intuitive. The nature of the somatic approach seems to just make sense on every level.

It has been so wonderful to be in my body, properly connected and dialoguing with it…. I feel it in every cell, its saying thank you!!

To take time, and to not rush past the subtleties of movements is allowing me deeper access to the most fascinating thing on earth, my own self.

Katherine Gibb – Graduate, Ibiza, May 2014 (kat_gibb@yahoo.co.uk)

 

My understanding of yoga now is that it is all about getting into your body, not getting into poses! At times during the course, I wondered if I was good enough or if my self-practice was at a high enough level. This was great to work with and really challenged my thoughts on what yoga is about.

Previously I saw my yoga practice and meditation practices as quite separate, whereas now I am bringing mindfulness into my Hatha Yoga. I am more aware of my body while practicing yoga and feel more freedom to respond to my body. I think I have learnt to be more flexible in my Hatha practice and don’t feel the need to just follow sequences from a book or video. By listening to my body I am able to flow freely from one asana to another in a more fluid way. I see now that through Hatha Yoga I am able to enquire into my body, mind and emotions

Laura Jane Porter – Graduate, Ibiza, May 2014 (laurajaneporter@hotmail.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.

Simon Bekker – Graduate, Koh Phangan, April 2011 (simonbekker@hotmail.com)

 

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