Living Yoga Advanced Teacher Training – The Whole Course
Movement is life. This training explores movement as the doorway to the mind-body relationship. It marries ancient yogic wisdom with modern somatic insights. We offer you an extensive tool-kit of yoga practices, principles and knowledge and a tried and tested road map to guide you on every step of the journey.
The essence of this work can be distilled into three parts; we explore what it means to live in a body and how to sense and feel ourselves; we investigate how to enliven consciousness at every level of our being; we integrate that learning into movement in general and asana specifically.
We use two primary movement maps. One investigates the experiential anatomy of our breathing, fluid, organic, skeletal, neuro-muscular, and fascial bodies. The other explores developmental movement patterns (called Basic Neurocellular Patterns or BNP’s within Body-Mind Centering). These are the inner blueprints for the evolution of human movement. They emerge in infancy and govern our cognitive, emotional and perceptual processes as well as our physical abilities. When we apply these maps onto the practice of asana and the yoga as a life practice we move towards ease, clarity, flexibility, confidence and awareness.
Are you ready to embody your yoga? The journey begins here……
30 days starting August 8th 2020, ending October 28th, 2021
Venue: Loreto Abbey, Dalkey and Fitzpatrick Castle, Dalkey
Times:10.00-13.00 and 14.30- 17.30 each day with additional self-practice starting at 8am on days 2-8
Costs/Personal Investment: €3,600. Early bird: €3,300 payable before May 8th, 2020.
Teachers: Lisa Petersen, Christine Howitt, John Sharkey
Ready to book? What to do next
- Request an application form and submit it with a deposit (see below).
- We’ll get back to you within two weeks of receiving your form to let you know if you have been accepted.
- Upon acceptance, you’ll receive a welcome pack, pre-course reading, looking and listening suggestions, and our introduction manual. We will also send you a logistics document with suggestions relating to travel, subsistence and accommodation.
- We’ll refund your deposit if you are not eligible or if we think you are not suitable, and (if possible) advise you about a more appropriate course.
- Once accepted, please pay your remainder fees (as per the early bird, payment plan or individual payment terms and conditions agreed).
Need more information?
- Contact our Training Co-ordinator Áine at [email protected] with any questions. We are happy to organise a phone call to answer your individual queries, help you plan your training or customise your learning.
- Please request our logistics document for suggestions relating to travel, subsistence and accommodation.
- Want to have an experience of the practice? Check out Lisa’s sample online classes on ekhartyoga.com. Our other teachers may have local workshops in your area.
- Check our website, join the Living Yoga Facebook page, or sign up to our quarterly newsletter for up-to-date news on events in your locality and to hear about all the other goodies on offer.
Module 1 – Embodying the Breathing, Fluid and Organ Body in Yoga – Prevertebrate Patterns
The Fluidity in Form. Moving from the Inside Out
This module explores the first six developmental movement patterns from vibration to mouthing (our earliest movement building blocks). It focuses on embodying your fluid, breathing and organ systems. This includes understanding the dance of the diaphragms, investigating our core body, and accessing support from our organs. It investigates how to use these systems and patterns for support, balance, ease, strength and in a yoga practice.
- Awakens the innate fluidity that underlies all form including asana and vinyasa.
- Helps you build the skills you need to be able to move from the inside out. This creates intuitive and instinctive alignment.
- Introduces practices that allow prana to flow more easily so you feel nurtured, sustained, alive, vital, healthy and resilient.
- Examines what it means to feel safe with yourself and how to truly tend and befriend all your patterns.
- Addresses injury rehabilitation and safe sustainable practice.
- Introduces pattern and asana analysis through a somatic and developmental lens.
- Explores the panca kosha model and its application on and off the mat.
Module 2 – Embodying the Skeletal Body in Yoga – Vertebrate Patterns
Befriending your Spine, Integrating your Limbs
This module explores the next four developmental movement patterns from prespinal to homolateral and focuses on skills for embodying your skeletal system. It investigates how to recruit your bones for support and stability and how find balanced joint space within a yoga practice.
- Examines long term spinal health and integrity and how to use the spine in an optimal way.
- Addresses what is meant by ‘good’ posture and how to analyse posture.
- Studies the pelvic and shoulder girdles and all the joints from the periphery to the core, their relationship to the spine and to each other.
- Troubleshoots common spinal injuries and complaints.
- Hones pattern and asana analysis through a somatic and developmental lens.
Module 3 – Embodying The Muscular and Fascial Body in Yoga – Vertebrate Patterns
The Myofascial Web
This module explores the final developmental movement pattern called contralateral and focuses on embodying the myofascial body. It investigates connective tissue continuities (muscles, fascia, ligaments, tendons, bones) and the role of the nervous system in a yoga practice.
- Introduces fascia as the integrating matrix of the body.
- Examines how to acquire strong and balanced muscle tone safely through an asana practice
- Deals intelligently with the ‘s’ word (stretching)
- Refines core muscle practices
- Retrains muscular reflexes
- Hones postural repatterning practices.
- Creates yoga sequences that train fascia.
Module 4 – Integration and Competency – The Democratic Body Community
Our last module offers integration and consolidation of all learning so far. It addresses both teaching and competency as well as professional issues, ethics and lifestyle for yoga teachers. We will review all of our movement maps, classes, templates, plans, sequences, and look at further application and continued creativity, support and insight as a teacher and educator.