Teaching Yoga: New Dimensions

This brand new week long residential training is a follow on from the highly successful Sequencing: the Deeper Dimensions which Susanne Lahusen and Graham Burns have taught for the last five years. The training takes place in the lovely rural surroundings of Les Passeroses, near Angoulême in south-west France, which is easily accessible by train from the UK.

Course Information

Dates

Saturday 13th to Saturday 20th June 2020

Price

Single Room (En-Suite): £1,395 (EB: £1,325)
Single Room (Shared Bathroom): £1,290 (EB: £1,225)
Shared Room (En-Suite): £1,045 (EB: £995)

  • Early Bird Cost ends 6th January 2020
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    Cost Detail

    Single Room (En-Suite): £1,395 (EB: £1,325)
    Single Room (Shared Bathroom): £1,290 (EB: £1,225)
    Shared Room (En-Suite): £1,045 (EB: £995)

  • Booking Full Details

    Teaching Yoga: New Dimensions

    Click BOOK NOW to confirm your place. You will be taken to our booking partner’s site to complete the booking. Please look out for your confirmation email. If the course is fully booked click on WAITING LIST to join the wait list.

  • Venue Les Passeroses, Nonac
  • Location (near Angouleme)
  • Eligibility Full Details

    Eligibility

    The training is open to yoga teachers of all levels of experience as well as to those training to teach. Those with an advanced personal practice looking to develop further also welcome to join.

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    Maximum participants: 15

    Number of hours: 30

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The world of yoga, and yoga teaching, is changing rapidly. For perhaps the first time, serious academic research is questioning some of the ideas and assumptions about teaching yoga which have prevailed for generations. On the one hand, our understanding of the mechanics of the body and of the way in which it moves is constantly shifting; on the other, new insight is being shed onto the way in which, and the reasons why, certain yoga practices developed as they did. In addition, well publicised news stories have called into question the teaching methods of certain prominent so-called lineage holders in the yoga world. All of these developments have brought back into the spotlight the idea that yoga should ultimately be a path of self-awareness and self-enquiry.

Teaching yoga in a way which promotes this self-awareness and self-enquiry calls for much more than simply instructing a set of postures. If we are truly to pass on the essence of yoga to our students, we need to encourage their self-discovery within āsana practice, but also through working with breath and mind. Doing this requires skill in:

• teaching āsana from a somatic perspective
• appreciating the likely energetic impact of our classes
• understanding the relevance of recent biomechanical research
• incorporating breath work (both within āsana and in more structured prāṇāyāma practices)
• communicating philosophical ideas and use of language more generally
• integrating meditation into classes
• wise sequencing of classes, both physically and energetically.

In this training, Graham and Susanne will bring together their combined studies and teaching experience to explore all of these topics through a mixture of practice, discussion, experiential work, and group exercises.

Learn more about:

• integrating somatic and creative movement into vinyāsa flow classes
• how to incorporate key ideas from yoga’s philosophical traditions into teaching
• use of language in yoga teaching to ensure accessibility and inclusivity
• exploring experiential anatomy based on recent research into the science of movement
• incorporating breathing patterns in āsana and how to choose appropriate prāṇāyāma to support a particular āsana focus
• how to integrate meditation teaching, using Patañjali’s approach.

The training is open to yoga teachers of all levels of experience as well as to those training to teach. Each day (apart from Wednesday) will incorporate between 5 and 6 hours teaching, including a full morning practice (approximately 2 hours) taught by either Susanne or Graham. On Wednesday, we will have a morning session only followed by a half day excursion either to Angoulême or (for those who wish) to kayak on a local river (there is a small extra charge for kayaking). Throughout the week, there will be practical experiential anatomy sessions, teaching exercises, and discussions – as well as gyrokinesis, seated and walking meditations, yoga nidrā, and more. There will also be plenty of time for rest and relaxation.

Les Passeroses was established as a yoga retreat centre in 2004 in an old farmhouse and grounds about 30 minutes’ drive south of Angoulême. The house retains many original features, with oak floors, exposed beams and stone fireplaces. The en suite bedrooms are simple, but stylishly furnished with high quality bedding and towels, and are located either in the main house or in a separate house a few metres walk away – each house has its own large swimming pool surrounding by wooden decking, seating, and sun loungers. The yoga studio is fully equipped with mats and props, and there is a separate Moroccan styled salon for relaxation. The main house has a tiled terrace with panoramic view, as well as a large garden, and there are plenty of local walks.

Food at Les Passeroses receives rave reviews. The vegetarian meals use seasonal produce grown in their own gardens and orchard, alongside market bought organic goods and local wine. Weather permitting, lunch and dinner are served under cover of a charming roofed terrace. Fruit, snacks and hot and cold drinks are also available throughout the day. Massages will also be available.

This intensive is limited to 15 participants, so book early. A small number of single rooms are available (see price details for single supplement): otherwise accommodation is in spacious shared rooms. The price does not include travel: from London, we recommend travelling by train to Angoulême (change in Paris); alternatively, the nearest airports are Bordeaux and Bergerac. Transfers to and from Angoulême station (approx. 30 minutes each way) are included in the price; transfers from Bordeaux or Bergerac will incur an extra charge.

What our students say

This was the best yoga retreat I've ever been on! Perfect combination of practice, learning, comfort, food and atmosphere. Couldn't be topped in my opinion. Colleen Nicholas on Sequencing: the Deeper Dimensions France Retreat, June 2016

Course Information

Dates

Saturday 13th to Saturday 20th June 2020

Price

Single Room (En-Suite): £1,395 (EB: £1,325)
Single Room (Shared Bathroom): £1,290 (EB: £1,225)
Shared Room (En-Suite): £1,045 (EB: £995)

  • Early Bird Cost ends 6th January 2020
  • Cost See Cost Details
  • Cost Details Full Details

    Cost Detail

    Single Room (En-Suite): £1,395 (EB: £1,325)
    Single Room (Shared Bathroom): £1,290 (EB: £1,225)
    Shared Room (En-Suite): £1,045 (EB: £995)

  • Booking Full Details

    Teaching Yoga: New Dimensions

    Click BOOK NOW to confirm your place. You will be taken to our booking partner’s site to complete the booking. Please look out for your confirmation email. If the course is fully booked click on WAITING LIST to join the wait list.

  • Venue Les Passeroses, Nonac
  • Location (near Angouleme)
  • Eligibility Full Details

    Eligibility

    The training is open to yoga teachers of all levels of experience as well as to those training to teach. Those with an advanced personal practice looking to develop further also welcome to join.

  • Prospectus Download PDF
  • Other Information Full Details

    Other Information

    Maximum participants: 15

    Number of hours: 30

Book Now