200 hr Somatic Yoga and Buddhist Mindfulness Teacher Training

The training is offered to small groups (maximum 12 participants) to cultivate a personal and well-held experience for all involved.  We are known for giving students specific, individual attention and for directing students to find their “own” yoga and teaching that is authentic to their practice and experience.

Trainings Integrating Yoga, Neuroscience, Somatics and Mindfulness

Outline of Course Content

Self Practice

The last practice of the day will be dedicated to developing a self practice which is the foundation of your teaching life. 45 mins daily will be allocated  to self practice,  this period is very important and serves as an opportunity to deeply connect with yourself; to rest, reflect, journal, move, meditate, process and integrate what you are receiving in the other sessions throughout the day into your own understanding and practice.

Led Practice

You will experience and be introduced to different intensities of fluid and thematic sequences that are focused around foundation and ground, core unwinding, breath, undoing tension and release, awakening different anatomical and physiological structures.

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

The morning classes emphasise and show case how to structure a class, how the different families of postures work together and how to form intelligent sequences.

Insight (Mindfulness and Metta) Meditation

Teaching and Practices on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness from a Somatic Embodied Perspective 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 undoing the Inner Critic

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: Employing the arts (drawing, writing, sound, song, non stylised movement) as creative means to process and titrate subconscious material that may arise through mindfulness and somatic practices and cultivating artistic forms of embodied therapeutic expression.

Yoga Philosophy

History and Philosophy of Yoga and the Upanishads

The Bhagavad Gita

Patanjali, Tantra and Hatha Yoga

Asana Technique & Areas of Enquiry

Enquiry into Foundation, Core, Bandhas, and Breath Synchronised Movement 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 – Shiatsu and Somatic Bodywork for developing assists

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 for enquiry based somatic teaching

What does 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)