Somatic Yoga and Buddhist Mindfulness Teacher Training

Somatic Yoga and Buddhist Mindfulness Teacher Training

Why Still Flowing Training?

  • Are you looking for a fresh perspective on yoga teacher training?
  • Do you want to understand and cultivate a meditation practice that integrates seamlessly with your yoga practice and teaching?
  • Would you like to develop your own authentic teaching style and voice with a clear foundation in mindfulness that is founded on neuroscience embodied in its approach and trauma sensitive?
  • Do you want to be part of a training programme that opens out into ongoing community (Sangha) along with continuous professional development, mentoring, and support through a wide range of ongoing classes in real and online, CPD workshops, retreats, advanced trainings, mentoring and therapeutic support both in the UK and Internationally?
  • Do you want to be part of a training that provides you with an opportunity to teach at The Yoga Garden on completion of your training?
  • If you are interested in personal exploration, developing depth and authenticity in your practice and teaching and are looking for a creative inclusive approach that suits all brain and body types then come and join us on Still Flowing!The training is offered to small groups (maximum 12 participants) to cultivate a personal and well held experience for all involved

Testimonial – Caitlin Prince

I’ve not found anything like Still Flowing Yoga’s teacher training and practice community anywhere else in the world, and I’ve roamed the globe looking. It feels like the practice offered by Still Flowing has been developed from the inside out; learned in the body, from the body, taught whilst embodied. Still Flowing brings together knowledge from yoga, mindfulness and somatic therapy, but it is the way this understanding has been metabolised through practice and then transmitted to students from a nervous system embodying these practices that creates a uniquely safe, and powerful, container. The practice space offered by Still Flowing has allowed me to experience profound safety and resource in my body, that facilitates not only dropping into the depths of my psyche but also helps me inhabit my every day life with more ease, confidence and flexibility.  I’ve used what I’ve learned in class in my work as a therapist and yoga teacher, but also in my relationships—able to reach for resources in the body and be more present and resilient, whatever the moment throws at me.(Testimonial from Caitlin Prince ongoing Still Flowing student, practitioner since 2009, teacher & therapist – caitlin_prince@outlook.com

Outline of Course Content

Self Practice

Self practice is the foundation for teaching. There will be space allocated throughout the training to cultivate self practice, and in between modules students will be given self practice assignments including journalling and using self practice to create and develop your own teaching cues.

Led Asana Practice

The led practice will be structured around the developmental sequence which will be the template we use for creating an intelligent class that works with the natural body and the sequence of evolutionary human movement from birth to adulthood. We will explore side bending postures, extension postures, flexion postures, rotation postures, balancing and sitting Postures and how they fit into and form a coherent sequence that work together to liberate unecessary stress and tension and create greater freedom in the body and mind.

A range of themes will be explored including foundation and grounding, breath, fluidity, spaciousness, core release, working with tension and holding patterns and awakening different anatomical and physiological structures through yoga asana.

The flows are often creative, exploratory and intuitive drawing on complementary approaches to asana such as Slow Flow Gentle Vinyasa, Scaravelli Inspired, Body Mind Centering, Somatic, Mindfulness based and Trauma Sensitive approaches.

Insight (Mindfulness and Metta) Meditation

Teaching and practices on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness from a Somatic approach in sitting, walking, resting, breathing, movement, enquiry and dialogue.

Contemplations and practices in and with nature (teachings on interdependence)

Teachings and practices on loving kindness (Metta)

Working with and unravelling the inner critic as a support for being a teacher

A general exploration into basic Buddhadharma with an emphasis on the Buddha’s Teaching on the Four Noble Truths (Suffering and liberation from suffering) and the Noble Eightfold Path (The Middle Way)

Creative Somatic Process

In the afternoon sessions throughout the training there will be held space where we explore different modes of artistic expression such as drawing, writing, sound, song, non-stylised movement as creative means to process and work through subconscious material that may arise through the somatic approach.

Dialogue, Question and Answer

In the afternoon sessions there is held somatic space for sharing, dialogue, question and answer. As this training has self-enquiry at its heart, It is an important part of learning to be involved in a process where questions can be explored together as a group from a body based perspective. Gemma is a skilled facilitator and uses her background in trauma therapy to hold a space that has a therapeutic and transformational energy.

Yoga Philosophy

History and Philosophy of Yoga and the Upanishads

The Bhagavad Gita

Patanjali, Tantra and Hatha Yoga

Asana Technique & Areas of Enquiry

In depth embodied enquiry into foundation, core, bandhas and breath in side bending postures, extension postures, flexion postures, rotation postures, balancing and sitting postures.

Unlocking the process of enquiry and open invitational exploratory yoga

Working with the gravity/rebound response in order to cultivate release through the spine along with stability, spaciousness and lightness through the body

Unwinding the core,ongoing focus on unwinding and awakening the responsive deep core (psoas)

Bandhas – subtle bandha work –  exploring how the body is supported from the inside out and experiencing how to contain energy in the body, directing the energy ever more deeply into awakening the core and spine

Cultivating Felt Sense – working with asana as a feeling practice and one that accesses reptilian and limbic circuits in the brain and establishes regulation at the level of the autonomic nervous system

Understanding how to balance the sympathetic, parasympathetic and social engagement parts of the autonomic nervous system through asana, movement, mindfulness, metta and complementary relational practices

Deep Listening – working with the body’s language and internal dialogue in order to work individually with practice. Learning how to listen to another persons system – cultivating yoga practice and teaching for the individual

Languaging and Witnessing – Learning how to use skilful, open, enquiry based language in order to empower students. Working with listening, witnessing, sharing and relational exercises.

Adjustment Clinic – Somatic touch work and assists (Body Mind Centering inspired) Listening and supporting with your hands.

Integrating all of the above

Embodied Yoga Anatomy Physiology

Anatomy and Physiology is taught through guided sensory experiences inviting you to learn about your body from the inside-out.

You will learn about the internal workings of the body through physical explorations: These movement experiences will let you connect with the structures you’re experiencing 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.

Anatomical and physiological awareness is used 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 and you will have ample teaching opportunities over the training

You will be supported to teach honestly using your own practice and experiences as your inspiration and your guide for teaching

You will learn how to teach an intelligent developmental sequence which will be put into a practicum on the last week of the training

Grounding, Attention and Containing

Class Structure and Sequence

Demonstrating and Assisting

Teacher and Teaching Ethics

Rhythm, Pace and Timing

Understanding how to use language effectively.

What can Still Flowing Yoga and Movement look like?

Here are a few clips for you to see with Marcela and Gemma. This work is often difficult to capture or fix in a particular form as it expresses in different ways at different times but follows clear embodiment principles. The movement blossoms and expresses from the inside out and is born from our inner landscape dancing into and playing with form rather than imposing an outer fixed systemised form on the body.

Video Playlist

Below you can see four videos from our Playlist. Please select videos to watch from the top right corner.

Hey! To the Earth

Creative Collaboration that was born in lockdown with Gemma singing and Marcela dancing

Still Flowing KaleidoSymmetry

Creative Collaboration with Still Flowing and Taran Burns Videographer

Soundtracks by Transmitstatim and Kroke (Usual Happiness)

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)