Yoga for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME)

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.

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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.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS aka ‘ME’) is an exhaustive condition known to have stress and its immune effects as key contributing factors. By understanding its common symptoms and possible ‘rebound’ of creating and using energy, you will learn how to help students safely regain strength and find new ways of coping with these symptoms and living life.

The subjects outlined below will be covered and in-depth notes provided, so that much time can be spent practicing the applications and felt sense of the yoga teaching work. Many aspects will be covered within practice itself, with time allowed for teaching practice, to makes notes and for reflection.

The themes of the first three days will be followed throughout, with focus on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (M.E.) and teaching practices for this state, that are also relevant for those with any burnout, fatigue states or in recovery from serious illness.

  • Specific considerations for those with CFS and Burnout conditions.
  • How it feels to for the person with these conditions to move, open and stretch.
  • Considerations for the mind-set of those with CFS and Burnout; how habits as samskaras can affect the very practice that could help with observing and unravelling these unhelpful habits. Guidance for teachers on how to direct students in understanding the energetic balance of their yoga practice and their illness. How to manage energy within yoga to learn to increase resilience without relapse.
  • The relevance of trauma within fatigue and stress states and how this can manifest in practice and ‘rebound’. How trauma and inflammation create fatigue and chronic pain and how to work with these.
  • The recent research and implications of relapse in ME/CFS.
  • The need for both restoration and movement and finding the balance within fascia, body fluids and structural needs.

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 will receive a certificate of attendance. Please note that to receive your certificate of completion you will need to complete the full 5-day course.

What our students say

Loved how knowledgeable and passionate you all are. So amazing to be in a space that is so understanding and non-judgmental . Jess R. on Teaching Yoga for Stress and Burnout, January 2016

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