SHARING KNOWLEDGE

Stress is a major part of 21st century living, with the World Health Organization estimating that by 2020, stress-related disorders will be the second leading cause of disabilities in the world. This epidemic is an underlying cause of low energy, anxiety, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), loss of sex drive, insomnia, depression, tooth-grinding, high blood pressure, skin problems, infertility, weight gain and heart disease. Yoga and meditation practices offer a very real (and well-researched) method to allow heightened body systems to calm back down and teach individuals tools to self-soothe. The aim of yoga is to ‘still the mind’ through body awareness and connection, intercepting the chattering monkey of the analytical left brain, so dominant in Western cultures.

‘Burnout’ is a term used to describe the emotional and physical collapse that can occur after long-term or chronic stress. At this point where the mind-body is on ‘constant alert’, teachers need to be able to guide students into a sense of safety and stillness so that they can notice and be with intense sensations without exacerbating reactive tendencies.

This course will explore how psycho-social stress – the ‘neck-up’, ruminating stress we tend to get stuck in in modern societies – can affect people and how the modern body needs special consideration for the way the average student lives their lives. You will understand how to teach yoga in a way which is effective, gentle and appropriate to the individual with stressed body systems, their particular responses, energetics, mind-sets and postural considerations. Grounding, mindful and somatic work will be explored to help you promote healing, energy and positive change in your teaching.

The themes in these days will be woven throughout the course, both in discussion and experientially.

The physiology of stress:

  • Explanations of psycho-social stress; the different levels of stress – ‘normal’ stress through to burnout and adrenal fatigue
  • Physical effects of stress, how this affects asana – and how to gauge levels
  • Emotional and psychological effects of stress and how this affects attention, reactions, control issues etc.

Stress within yoga therapy:

  • The yoga model of healing with an overview of prana and how practices can help energy flow freely
  • Guidance for teachers on how to direct students in understanding the spiritual relevance of yoga and their illness
  • Where the latest neuro-scientific research fits in with the ‘stilling the mind’ effects of yoga, mindfulness and meditation
  • What ‘resilience’ means in relation to yoga and compassion; how mindfulness within our practice helps to cultivate this equanimity and ‘grace under pressure’ in those reactive to stress

The experience of the student with chronic stress, adrenal fatigue and burnout:

  • How it feels to move and experience asana and attention with pain, intense emotional reactions.
  • The effects of trauma (shock and developmental) on the primal body, how this can manifest and how it needs to be approached to prevent relapse.
  • The importance of identity – how the teacher can help the student not attach to the identity of suffering in chronic illnesses.

Considerations of teaching to students with mind-body stress:

  • The necessity of compassion (ahimsa and karuna) and deep listening within our practice, our own bodies and our world, to be able to work with people’s needs on an individual level.
  • Working with the yamas and the gunas as guides for working with chronically heightened energy and mind-sets.
  • Unhelpful samskaras in stress and the modern world; examination of personality types, how this can work against recovery and how yoga can help.
  • Teaching language; using mindfulness, creativity and compassion to encourage practice with a soft mind and body – with humour to release and create a positive sensory experience!

Stress in the physical body:

  • How the stressed and fatigued body feels; helping the teacher to understand the particular sensations, reactions and barriers that arise.
  • Mindfulness (and within physical practice) to help ‘anchor in the moment’, ‘pacing’ and the ‘doing less-is-more’ approach. Why we need to ‘be’ and not ‘do’; right effort, effortless effort and aparigraha, asteya and santosha over ambition and achieving. Treating the body as a friend.
  • Common stress-induced breath patterns and how to allow change without creating further stress; observing key stress breath signs and how to respond
  • Belly connection; centring and moving from the hara for reconnecting. Body fluidity and neuroplasticity and how stress can create hardening, viscosity and lack of adaptation
  • Skull-sacrum polarity to free mind-body flow, open the yin cooling base of the brain and encourage easy communication between cranium and pelvis for nervous system regulation and self-soothing abilities.

Specific therapeutic yoga tools:

  • Recognising that our culture continually consumes and ‘fills up.’ Understanding how yoga can provide a space for emptying out, releasing and letting go.
  • The role of sound and vibration within a healing practice, how this can be simply woven within asana to allow the breath to release – and as a formal part of teaching.
  • Exploration of counting own breath pace, mantra etc to still the chatter of the left brain.
  • The difficulties of meditation for the stressed and how to hold, guide and facilitate; the internally critical tendencies of those with heightened stress responses – thanking the negative voices!

Required Pre-Reading
Please note that you will be required to carry out some pre-reading before the course to enable you to get the most out of the training. We therefore recommend that you register for the course as early as possible to allow yourself plenty of time to prepare. You will receive instructions for the pre-course assignments together with your booking confirmation. Please note it is your responsibility to read the joining instructions that will be outlined in your booking confirmation email.

YOU CAN ALSO TAKE THE FULL 5-DAY SPECIALIST TRAINING (30 HRS) AND RECEIVE A CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION FROM YOGACAMPUS. MORE INFORMATION HERE.

About Richard Kravetz

Richard Kravetz has been teaching Yoga for over 15 years to adults, children and people with special needs. He holds a BWY Diploma for teaching adults and children and served as County Rep for North London and City 2005-2013.

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About Sherezade Ruano-Santana

Sherezade is the Founder and Director of TheBreathingPractice programme, a project inspired by ancient techniques such as Yoga and Meditation, and driven my medical outcomes. She is a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) in arrhythmias based at Imperial College NHS Trust, with extensive knowledge and background in Cardiovascular Research.

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About Beryl Lovegrove

Beryl began practicing Yoga over 40 years ago and has been teaching yoga to children for the last 10. Beryl is a qualified teacher with Yogacampus and accredited by the British Wheel of Yoga.

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About Dr Katya Langmuur

Katyayani or Dr Katya Langmuur has fifteen years worth of experience in teaching meditation among her many other achievements.

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About Emma Naisbett

Having worked as an education professional for over 20 years, Emma has an exceptional understanding of primary teaching across all key stages.

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About Ulrica Norberg

Yogiraj Ulrica Norberg is an inquirer and thinker and has throughout her life been creative and contemplative, always with the intention of “how can you express an opinion if you don’t try, dvelve into it or explore it” – in mind and spirit.

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About Jyoti Manuel

Jyoti has been practising yoga and meditation for over 40 years and has been teaching since 1990. She founded Special Yoga in 2004 with the humble vision to provide a nurturing, safe and inclusive setting to deliver the work to special children and their families in the UK.

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About Chris Dunkerley

Chris Dunkerley has been a first aid instructor for many years. He has practical experience gained with voluntary organisations and with the ambulance service.

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About Lucy Arnsby-Wilson

Lucy was first introduced to yoga whilst studying her BSc in Psychology at Goldsmiths College. It was also at this time that she began working with young people with a diagnosis of autism as a home education tutor.

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About Kirsty Gallagher

Kirsty Gallagher is a London based internationally recognised yoga teacher with an infectious passion for the practice and life.

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About Gillian Shippey

Gillian is a Yoga Therapist based in Hebden Bridge who was first introduced to yoga whilst training at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance in the 90’s. Gillian began teaching 17 years ago working with professional dancers including Phoenix Dance Theatre and Carte Blanche, Norway’s national contemporary dance company.

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About James Mallinson

James Mallinson is Senior Lecturer in Sanskrit and Classical Indian Civilisation at SOAS, University of London. He has edited and translated several texts on hathayoga from the eleventh to fifteenth centuries CE.

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About Jill Amison

After discovering the transformative and healing powers Yoga had on her partner's Leukemia diagnosis, Jill has completed a 500hr Teacher Training, trained as a Yoga Therapist specialising in Yoga for Cancer, and most recently completed a 300hr advanced teacher training. Jill truly believes yoga is for everyone and teaches in a way that encourages and supports Every Body.

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About Sophie Carr

Sophie has been studying, practising and teaching yoga and meditation for 25 years.She specialises in teaching mindfulness, yin yoga, restoratives, pranayama and pregnancy yoga. She is also a birth doula and mindful birth educator. Sophie co-owns the Stables Yoga Centre in York, which is home to the Yogacampus North teacher training.

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About Pip Elysium

London native Pip Elysium is a founder of AcroYogaDance, artist and Global AcroYoga teacher. Pip trained in ballet school but before graduating was already looking for a different approach to exploring movement and the body. After graduating Pip travelled to India to study Ayurvedic and Yoga in at the home of ayurvedic medicine, in Kerala. This is where she found began her path of by a 'whole body' healing system.

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About Eugene Vegan Butcher

Eugene is a yoga teacher, acroyoga teacher, martial artist and leading innovator in the evolution of AcroYogaDance - a transformational partner practise, which develops union, trust and harmonious movement between two people. Eventually manifesting as a partner vinyasa, a moving meditation and elegant acroyoga dance.

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About Chloé McKay

As an experienced yoga teacher and physical therapist Chloé has taught both in London and internationally. Chloé trained in London and is a fully accredited teacher with the British Wheel of Yoga.

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About Ayala Homossany

With an unyielding appreciation for the creative elements that yoga entails, Ayala Homossany uses her background in classical ballet and design to bring her own unique teaching into classes. Ayala is the author of the Enchanted Wonders ™ cards and is a qualified British Wheel of Yoga and a senior Yoga Alliance teacher.

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About Justine Baines

Justine served in the NHS for over 25 years and since then has devoted to her passion of early infant years in to better supporting families in to their transition to parenthood. By using the techniques of Baby Massage and Baby Yoga, this allows her to develop skills in understanding how babies communicate and interpreting their behaviour, and disseminate these skills in a therapeutic way. Justine is a Registered Nurse for Adults as well as Registered Health Visitor and holds a Bachelors of Science with Honours.

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About Sonia Perry

Sonia started Yoga at 14. Since then she has enjoyed practicing a wide range of traditional and contemporary styles.Having worked with a wide range of complementary therapies (Reflexology, Kinesiology, Healing, Counselling, Neuro Linguistic Programming and Hypnotherapy) for over 20 years, Sonia has extensive experience of the relationship between the mind, body and spirit. With this she is able to help Yoga students get to grips with the breadth and depth of this ancient science.

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About Sivani Mata

Sivani Mata has been practicing yoga asana since childhood, over the years developing her understanding of the practice in align with the wisdom and intuition of her own body. She has been greatly inspired by her incredible teacher and friend Uma Dinsmore-Tuli who has helped her to listen further to her own intuitive wisdom and honour the cycles and rhythms of life that arise naturally.

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About Janice Wong

Janice started teaching yoga in 2001 and is a qualified British Wheel of Yoga teacher (500hrs), a breast feeding peer supporter (UNICEF) and certified to incorporate hypnotherapy into Pregnancy Yoga classes (Yogacampus).

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About Ben Wolff

Ben is a London-based yoga teacher, clinical hypnotherapist and dream yoga practitioner. He is a tutor for London-held Total Yoga Nidra teacher trainings, and a contributor to the Total Yoga Nidra Online Foundation.

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About Alessandra Pecorella

Alessandra, a second generation yogini and electronic engineer, has lived according to the principles of Yoga and Ayurveda from an early age and for nearly three decades. She has studied in many traditions such as: Bhakty, Surya, Astanga, Prana Flow, Kriya, Raja, Tantra and Ayurveda with foremost teachers and swamis, from both the East and the West. She is the Founder and principal of Aditya, Yoga School for Conscious Living.

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About Raquel Alves

Raquel started teaching in 1992 and is qualified with Para Yoga (Rod Stryker), BWY and Sivannanda. She brings a wealth of knowledge to her teaching, with great attention to alignment and empowers her students to have fun and to inquire within, and aiding them to empower themselves.

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About Tanja Mickwitz

Tanja teaches mindful and alignment-based vinyasa which she likes to refer to as ‘soulful flow’ as there is always an emphasis on making an inner connection and moving much deeper than just the outer shape of the poses.

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About Fabiano Culora

Fabiano’s relationship with Yoga began in 1995 as a student of traditional Hatha forms. This companionship has taken his practice down many paths meeting various styles, as his bodymind needs shifted through his life journeys. As a facilitator he now offers students support from a release based, somatic perspective to yogic enquiries. He has a regular class In Leeds which he titles ‘A Somatic Approach to Yoga.’ He is registered with ISMETA.

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About Anna Bhushan

Anna has taught meditation to over 300 people and has run meditation teacher training courses for the last four years.

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About Louise Tanner

Louise has been teaching Yoga for 13 years. She is qualified with the British Wheel of Yoga and has completed intensive teacher and yoga therapy training with the the inspirational Mohan family (A.G. Mohan, Indra Mohan and Ganesh Mohan). Her studies with the Mohan’s are ongoing and together with Jane Craggs, Louise is now teaching classes, retreats, workshops and clinics as Svastha Yoga Manchester.

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About Abdul Jamal

Abdul Jamal is a Chartered Accountant and Tax Agent to yoga teachers.

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About Kate Binnie

Kate has been working as a clinical Music Therapist for over 10 years and works in a hospice in Oxfordshire, where she integrates yoga and mindfulness techniques into her therapeutic work with patients and their families.

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About Sarah Scharf

Sarah Scharf (MFA) is a yoga teacher and teacher trainer using movement practice as an avenue to create resilience, freedom, creativity and self-knowledge to improve quality of life. She holds a BA in Dramatic Arts and an MFA in Physical Theatre, she has worked as an actor, director and movement director.

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About Lizzie Lasater

Lizzie Lasater believes that we are all already Buddhas, we just don’t know it yet. She learned yoga from her mother, Restorative yoga pioneer and Yoga Journal Magazine co-founder, Judith Hanson Lasater. Raised in San Francisco, Lizzie lives in the Alps with her Austrian husband.

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About Narayani

Narayani is known for her powerful devotional singing and for facilitating voicework that opens the heart and encourages our highest expression. A qualified yoga teacher, she leads kirtan and voicework workshops around the world.

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About ALV Kumar

Dr ALV Kumar is internationally recognised as an inspirational yoga and meditation teacher/ teacher trainer as well as an award-winning scientist. who brings together western science and ancient yogic wisdom. He learnt directly under Vishnudevananda, Satyananda, BKS Iyengar, Pattabhi Jois, Desikachar, Swami Rama and other renowned teachers, as well as unknown but equally accomplished Himalayan masters and monks. In 1992 he was involved in a road accident, and was told that he might not walk again. He was bed ridden for two years, but used his deep knowledge of yoga to design a programme of treatment for himself and, by the following year, he was mobile and in two years he could run. In gratitude for the benefit he has received he has dedicated his life to teaching yoga and meditation.

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About Adelene Cheong

Adelene is a leading teacher of restorative yoga, with a particular specialism in yoga for scoliosis. She sees yoga as a journey of continuous, liberating experiences, open to everyone, and continues to be inspired by her main teachers, Judith Hanson Lasater and Donna Farhi, who she regularly assists on workshops and trainings.

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About Emma Henry

One of London's most popular teachers, Emma holds advanced certification in Jivamukti Yoga. She hosts yoga workshops and retreats around the world, and is a mentor for the Jivamukti Teacher Training programmes.

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About Anne Malone

Anne Malone is an internationally recognised singer/songwriter and musician, as well as a lover of yoga and meditation. This combination gives her a deep understanding of how music and movement flow and unfold with ease and grace, creating a wonderful world of sacred sound.

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About Penny Roberts

A yoga teacher for nearly 20 years, Penny is a certified yoga therapist with a special interest in postural and structural assessment and adjustments; joint replacement rehabilitation; breath; and yoga for the less mobile.

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About Michael Stone

The late Michael Stone was an activist, family man, and teacher of yoga and Buddhism. His method was to slow down traditional yoga sequences and explore them anatomically and psychologically. He continues to be the voice that inspired a new generation of practitioners integrating social change and contemplative practice, and has authored five books, most recently 'Awake in the World: Yoga & Buddhist Teachings for Living an Engaged Life'.

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About Charlotta Martinus

Charlotta Martinus has worked with teenagers most of her adult life. Firstly, as a language teacher both in the UK and abroad, exploring different pedagogical frameworks within different cultures.

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About Janine Hurley

Janine has taught hugely popular pregnancy yoga and kids' yoga classes in Manchester since 2005. As well being a qualified general yoga and mother and baby yoga teacher, and has also managed the children's yoga programme at the Independent Yoga Network festival. Janine has been assisting Uma Dinsmore-Tuli on Northern trainings and workshops since 2011.

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About Zephyr Wildman

Zephyr has been teaching yoga in London since 2002, having trained with the very first intake of Yogacampus trainees. She has been teaching on the Yogacampus Yoga Teacher Training Diploma course since 2005. Her teachers Rod Stryker, Richard Freeman and Doug Keller inspire her to share the blessings found in Yoga, Tantra, Ayurveda, and the art of energetically sequencing bespoke therapeutic practices for students of all different abilities.

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About Mary Mackie

A student of yoga for over 30 years, Mary is qualified not just as a yoga teacher, but also as a yoga therapist, a nurse, and an active birth practitioner. A British Wheel of Yoga Diploma Course Tutor, one of her specialities as a teacher trainer is anatomy and physiology relevant to yoga teaching.

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About Lisa White

A long time student of, and assistant to, Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, as well as a Yogacampus teacher training graduate, Lisa has taught perinatal yoga for over 8 years. She is the founder of Lotusbaby, and now of Yoga Place Baby where she is developing a complete range of pre and postnatal practices. Lisa has practised yoga since the age of 4.

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About Marc Beuvain

Marc Beuvain studied yoga therapy in India at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram. He has 15 years of international teaching experience and specialises in a personalised approach, adapting yoga to each person's needs and making inner reconciliation accessible to each individual.

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About Norman Blair

Norman is one of the most experienced yin yoga teachers in the country, having taught the style since 2003. His practice and teaching embrace both ashtanga yoga and yin yoga.

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About Donna Southwell

A dedicated Astanga practitioner and teacher, and mother of two children, as well as an experienced teacher of pregnancy and post-natal yoga, Donna has a particular interest in how yoga can be used specifically to benefit women during pregnancy and beyond.

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About Amanda Latchmore

Amanda is a British Wheel of Yoga trained teacher and Somatic Movement Educator based in Harrogate. She has practised yoga since the early 1970s and taught since 1997. Originally a teacher of Astanga Vinyasa, Amanda's main teaching influences now are the work of Donna Farhi and Amy Matthews. Amanda has Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Certification from both Donna Farhi and Erich Schiffmann.

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About Paul Palmarozza

Iinvolved in training and education for over 30 years, Paul has been a tutor in philosophy, specialising in Advaita Vedanta, at The School of Economic Science since 1975, where his studies have also encompassed the Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, Sanskrit and jyotisha (Vedic astrology).

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About Jane Craggs

Jane first encountered yoga whilst in University, studying drama and then whilst living in Spain she began to study in the classical yoga tradition and completed teacher training there. She undertook further training with the BWY and on Donna Farhi’s advanced teacher training programme. She has been teaching in Manchester since 2001 when she set up Yogaspace and subsequently Manchester Yoga Shala - a yoga teachers collective.

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About Susanne Lahusen

Susanne Lahusen's early yoga background was in Astanga Vinyasa yoga, which she began to practise in 1991. Since then she has studied with a range of teachers. As well as yoga teaching, she holds qualifications in Movement Studies and Sports Science, an MA in Dance, and certification in Pilates, gyrotonic, gyrokinesis and Alexander. She has taught experiential anatomy and somatics for many years.

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About Mark Singleton

Mark Singleton has a Ph.D in Divinity from Cambridge University. He has published extensively on modern yoga, including the first collection of scholarship on the topic, Yoga in the Modern World (2008), and the ground-breaking study of the modern history of āsana, Yoga Body, The Origins of Modern Posture Practice. He is a yoga teacher in the Iyengar and Satyananda traditions. His opinions on yoga have appeared (among other places) in the New York Times and Yoga Journal.

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About Lisa Kaley-Isley

A licensed clinical psychologist in the USA, as well as an experienced yoga teacher and yoga therapist, Lisa has conducted research trials into yoga therapy for anxiety, depression and various medical disorders. Since 2004, she has been bridging her knowledge of psychology and yoga to provide yoga therapy to individuals struggling with the everyday stresses of life, mild to severe anxiety and depression, and the concomitant physical and psycho-emotional challenges of coping with acute and chronic medical illness. She is currently training in yoga therapy with Gary Kraftsow, founder of the American Viniyoga Institute, whose principles strongly influence both her teaching style and therapy work.

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About Nirlipta Tuli

Nirlipta Tuli is a BWY accredited yoga teacher and clinical hypnotherapist and has taught all aspects of yoga nidra for over 15 years, both in group sessions and therapeutically to individuals.

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About Karen Atkinson

Karen has a Nursing Degree (Hons), alongside complementary therapy qualifications and is a yoga teacher with the British Wheel of Yoga. She is also on the Yogacampus teaching faculty. Karen has over 17 years of experience teaching Mindfulness and is passionate about making Mindfulness more widely known and experienced.

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About Julie Gudmestad

Julie Gudmestad has been active in Portland, Oregon, as a yoga teacher and licensed physical therapist for over 30 years. Her yoga teaching is primarily informed by the Iyengar method, with modifications to the traditional approach that have significantly enhanced its effectiveness, safety and clarity. Julie has integrated Western medical knowledge with yoga training into a unique teaching style.

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About Pandit Rajmani Tigunait

Pandit Rajmani Tigunait is the Chairman and Spiritual Head of the Himalayan Institute and successor to Sri Swami Rama. Born into a family tradition steeped in spiritual wisdom, Pandit Tigunait has lived and studied with renowned yogic adepts and lectured and taught worldwide for over 30 years. He has written 14 books and holds two doctorates.

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About Michael Bond

Michael Bond teaches anatomy and physiology, and provides first aid tuition to students and teachers completing a yoga teacher training diploma course.

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About Rolf Sovik

Rolf Sovik, Psy.D, began his study of yoga/meditation in 1972. A student of H. H. Swami Rama and Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, he has trained in the US as well as in India and Nepal. He holds a doctorate in clinical psychology as well as degrees in Eastern studies, philosophy, and music.

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About Shiva Rea

Los Angeles based Shiva Rea is a leading teacher of vinyasa flow yoga worldwide. Shiva began exploring yoga at the age of fourteen as a way to understand her name, given to her by her father, a surfer and artist. She has studied in the Krishnamacharya lineage, and explored Tantra, Ayurveda, Bhakti, Kalaripayattu, world dance, yogic art and somatic movement. Her studies and zest for life infuse her approach to living yoga and to 'embodying the flow'. She is known for bringing the roots of yoga alive for modern practitioners in creative, dynamic and life-transforming ways.

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About Doug Keller

Doug Keller has degrees in philosophy from Georgetown and Fordham universities, and has taught yoga internationally for many years. He has been teaching workshops and trainings in the therapeutic applications of yoga for a decade, and is known not only for his effectiveness in communicating this ever-evolving approach in these trainings, but also for his extensive writing on the topic in magazines, journals and his two-volume work on 'Yoga As Therapy'. He is also, in addition to his travelling and teaching, a Distinguished Professor at the Maryland University of Integrative Health in their Master’s Degree programme in Yoga Therapy.

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About Richard Freeman

Richard Freeman is one of the world’s leading teachers of Astanga Vinyasa yoga. He began the practice of yoga asana and meditation in 1968 and subsequently found an integrative vision in the teachings of the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Richard’s teaching style is unique in that it continuously restructures and reframes the biomechanical and perceptual forms of the asanas and movements in the context of a profound understanding of yoga philosophy, all laden with humour and compassion. Richard spent nearly nine years in Asia studying various traditions which he incorporates into the Astanga yoga practice.

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About Graham Burns

Graham has taught yoga professionally since 2001, having first qualified in the United States. Since then, he has continued to study intensively, especially with leading US based teacher, Rod Stryker. Graham has a Master's degree in Indian Religions from the School of Oriental and African Studies of London University (SOAS), where he specialised in exploring the historical roots of yoga, and is now researching for a PhD on the Upanishads.

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About Anna Blackmore

Anna has been teaching yoga and practising as a bodywork therapist since 1982. She holds Sivananda and Iyengar yoga teaching certificates and has practised and studied many other yoga styles. She also has extensive qualifications and experience in western and oriental therapies, including osteopathy, shiatsu and hypnotherapy.

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About Katrina Repka

Katrina Repka's early training in her native Canada was in Astanga Vinyasa, but her primary influence and teacher is Yogiraj Alan Finger. Katrina is proud to have been the first teacher to offer ISHTA in London.

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About Sasha Markovic

Sasha has been teaching yoga for 15 years. Originally a lecturer in art history, she trained as an Iyengar teacher in 1995, and has since then studied extensively with Shandor Remete, the founder of Shadow Yoga. Shandor is now her main influence and Sasha has undertaken advanced teacher training with him.

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About Sarah Litton

Sarah has been practising yoga for 30 years and teaching for 15 years, and during this time has explored many styles of yoga. She was a physical education teacher from 1983 to 1997. In 2002 she developed rheumatoid arthritis, and due to the understanding gained in rehabilitating herself, she has focused for the last six years on individual sessions in yoga therapy/remedial yoga, while also in her teaching introducing intelligent alignment in postures to preserve the integrity of the joints and prevent compression.

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About Liz Lark

Liz has taught since 1995, is a BWY Diploma holder (1994), and is a registered 500-hour Yoga Alliance teacher. Her teaching and practice is rooted in Astanga Vinyasa (Derek Ireland being her main teacher through the 1990s), however increasingly she is drawing inspiration from the subtle teachings of the Bihar School of Yoga (visualisation, yoga nidra) and other arts to inspire and liberate the spirit.

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About Judith Hanson Lasater

San Francisco based Judith Hanson Lasater has taught yoga since 1971 and is one of the West's best known and most highly respected teachers. As well as extensive study with B. K. S. Iyengar in India and the United States, Judith has a doctorate in East-West psychology and is a physical therapist.

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About Tias Little

Trained in Iyengar and Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga, and a practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism, Tias Little brings to his teaching a wonderful play of metaphor and imagination. He is a licensed massage therapist, and his somatic studies have included in depth training in cranio-sacral therapy. Tias has a Master's degree in Eastern Philosophy from St. John's College, Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he directs his school Prajna Yoga with his wife Surya. He is the author of three books.

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About Catriona Brokenshire

Catriona has been practising regularly since 1980 and teaching full time for the last 15 years. Catriona originally trained with Godfrey Devereux at The Life Centre; she then went on to complete a BWY Diploma course. Her main practise was initially Astanga Vinyasa and she practised regularly with John Scott for 2 years.

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About Rod Stryker

Rod Stryker is the founder of ParaYoga and has taught tantra, meditation, and hatha yoga for more than 30 years.

read Rod Stryker's biography


About Uma Dinsmore-Tuli

Uma Dinsmore-Tuli was first introduced to yoga at the age of four, has been teaching yoga and meditation since 1986 and qualified as a yoga therapist in 1999.

read Uma Dinsmore-Tuli's biography