INTERESTED IN OUR CURRENT LYATT? (started January 2019. Ends October 2020)
You can still book the following four day training modules as individual study tracks.
The Nervous System and Yoga, The Vocal Body and Yoga, The Fluid Body 2 and Yoga.


Integrity. Authenticity. Embodiment.

We have changed our format this year in favour of fewer but longer modules. We hope it will enrich your experience and allow you dive deeper. We now offer you a choice of three primary modules followed by an integration intensive. This offers you 30 days training spread over 14 months if you do the course in one iteration. If not, you are welcome to take the primary three modules in any order over subsequent iterations finishing with module 4.

Are you ready to embody your yoga? The journey begins here……

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 welcome qualified teachers from all traditions for one or more modules starting in any order. We also consider experienced students of yoga who wish to deepen their practice and understanding.

Two Movement Maps

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.

Practical Applications in the Practice and Teaching of Yoga

For many people this work opens a door to the life-long journey of what is means to be embodied. We seek to offer education that is accessible as well as inspiring. This course is designed so that your learning has a clear practical application both in your teaching and practice. It will take you into the realm of safe practice, injury prevention and rehabilitation, as well as how to make intelligent, skilful choices on the mat and in the world.

All learning is directly mapped on to the teaching and practice of yoga asana, vinyasa, pranayama, meditation and restorative yoga. It is supported by somatic movement education, experiential anatomy and physiology, subtle-body anatomy, functional movement, neuroscience, voice-work, lifestyle/ethics for Yoga teachers, and teaching methodology.

Daily Structure

Mornings start with a supervised self-practice followed by a break. We continue with a short lecture, somatic enquiry, warm-up and guided asana/vinyasa practice. Afternoons include question and answer sessions, guided practice, partner work, practicum, repatterning processes, meditation, restorative practices and Yoga Nidra.

Our Ethos

  • We respect and value all traditional schools and teachings while embracing modern masters and the continuing innovation and creativity that has allowed Yoga to evolve and thrive.
  • In this practice, we use our bodies, minds and spirits as living laboratories. They help us engage in a personal investigation of what it means to be a fully alive human being.
  • We use the panca kosha model as described in the Taittirīya Upanishad to support the full continuum of your learning and development.
  • We believe that a great Yoga teacher is a truly unique blend of explorer, seeker, artist, scientist, guide and educator. This training seeks to cultivate your unique, individual presence, voice, style and expression so that your teaching becomes a creative, self-renewing process.
  • Although the practice starts with the holy trinity of me, myself and I, we trust that it naturally extends to your relationships with others and to how you want to be in the world.
  • We know that optimum learning happens in a warm, non-competitive, relaxed yet highly professional environment. We deeply appreciate that every one of our students has a distinct and individual learning style and offer skilled practices to accommodate a diversity of learners.
  • Our teaching methodology is grounded in a pedagogic model that was created by master teacher Donna Farhi. It values curiosity, enquiry, innovation, adaptability, and exploration over more authoritarian models.
  • It is our mission to develop highly skilled, intuitive, educated, professional Yoga teachers where self-enquiry, self-trust and self-care are paramount.

Learning Objectives

These are some of the outcomes our students have shared with us:

  • Increased self-trust and self-confidence as a teacher and as a practitioner.
  • Evolution of the student’s personal practice.
  • Inspiration. Insight. Understanding.
  • Refined understanding of how alignment can instinctively arise.
  • Movement abilities which potentially increase poise, ease, grace, power, co-ordination, strength, balance, integration and authenticity.
  • Increased knowledge of anatomy and physiology and how to apply it in an embodied and individual way. This includes physical and subtle-body anatomy.
  • Refined kinaesthetic, proprioceptive and intero-receptive intelligence. Increased skills to sense, feel, map, track, register, visualise and embody ourselves.
  • Analysis of posture and movement patterns – how to read bodies, offer embodied solutions and troubleshoot common issues.
  • Enhanced awareness of what constitutes safe practice for self and others. Injury prevention and rehabilitation. Creative sequencing that models safe practice and addresses learning challenges.
  • Understanding asana as a vehicle for prana. Learning how to create, sustain and circulate pranic energies within the physical forms of yoga.
  • Identification of old patterns or samskaras (in the physical, mental and emotional bodies), entrainment and integration of new patterns.
  • Heightened touch skills: how and when to offer touch and how to apply skilful modifications.
  • Embodiment and channelling of the voice and inner presence in teaching. Refined language and communication skills.
  • Solid grounding in this teaching methodology and the lineage of this pedagogic model: being an effective educator, learning styles, trust, permission, process and more.
  • Enhanced understanding of the lifestyle ethics of a yoga teacher, the dynamics of the teacher-student relationship, and how to responsibly practice and teach in the modern world.
  • Embodiment of self-compassion and loving kindness as the basis for a life-practice of yoga. Acknowledgement and knowledge of our heartfelt desires and how to follow them.

About Our Course Teachers

Our faculty is comprised of inspiring, highly trained, dedicated, passionate individuals. All teachers delight in offering you a wealth of knowledge and sharing many decades of experience.

As well as two lead teachers on each module, we have a minimum of two assistant teachers who have undertaken the training before. The extra eyes, ears and hands in the room are an invaluable part of what we offer. Together, we can offer you personalised attention in a group setting. As a former participant said ‘There is always someone nearby to ask or notice if you need help’.

Lisa Petersen

Lisa is the founder of Living Yoga. She currently calls herself a somatic pioneer, embodied anatomist and Yoga educator. Lisa is known for her clarity, presence, humour and passion as well as her ability to simplify complex anatomical theories and see patterns.

Lisa counts her lucky stars that she met Donna Farhi in 2000 and continues to study with this master teacher to this day. She is immensely grateful to have learned embodied anatomy directly from Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen between 2008-2010 and from Amy Matthews since 2006. Lisa co-taught Farhi’s 2013 and 2015 Advanced Teacher Training and incorporates Body-Mind Centering® extensively into her teaching.

Her style is warm and personable. Her workshops and trainings are innovative and authentic as she guides her students towards personal transformation both on and off the mat. Lisa is passionate about finding the balance between being and doing, movement and stillness, strength and fluidity, discipline and freedom. She offers immersions in Yoga, somatic movement and embodied anatomy internationally. She is a qualified Yoga Teacher, Yoga Therapist, Somatic Movement Educator and Pre- and Peri-natal Instructor. and

Christine Howitt

Christine is a Yoga teacher and shiatsu practitioner based in Manchester. She lays down the foundations of the LYATT along with Lisa. Christine is well known and respected for her instinctive approach to teaching. She offers a deep well of power as she takes her students on an embodied journey into themselves. Christine is a founder-member of Bodywyse Alternative Health Centre and teaches classes and workshops nationally as well as working one to one on a therapeutic basis. She is also part of the faculty for the Yoga Campus North Teacher Training. Her Buddhist roots have led her to develop a clear, keen and well-honed kindness, with which she treats students and colleagues alike.

John Sharkey

John Sharkey is an international educator, author and authority in the areas of Clinical Anatomy, Exercise Physiology, human movement and the manual treatment of chronic pain using European Neuromuscular Therapy. He is currently a senior lecturer within the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Life Sciences, University of Chester/NTC, Dublin and is the programme leader of the Biotensegrity focused Thiel soft fix cadaver dissection courses department of anatomy and human identification, Dundee University, Scotland.

John has been delivering human anatomy dissection courses for many years teaching the geometry of anatomy and movement from the unique Biotensegrity-Anatomy for the 21st Century perspective. His presentations are respectful, dynamic, entertaining, educational and insightful.

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