A weekend professional development workshop helping movement teachers to provide specific support for people with ongoing conditions and those needing support during life changes.
As teachers we want to keep our classes and 1:1’s inclusive and available to everybody, but sometimes specific physical needs require particular interventions. And as teachers we need more knowledge and greater understanding to enable us to provide the right support.
The Movement for Every Body workshop covers a range of medical conditions, and how to give appropriate and safe support to people with those conditions. This will enable you to keep your classes inclusive and set up special classes catering for specific needs if you wish to.
We also cover the special needs of elderly people and have some fun with chair yoga.
You’ll learn how to manage a range of medical conditions, including:
And you’ll also learn how to help people to manage life changes, such as the menopause, and how to work with elderly people.
You’ll get lots of ideas and tools for teaching, including some sequences to get you started.
Who’s it for?
This workshop is suitable for all teachers of movement, including Yoga Teachers, Pilates Teachers and Dance Teachers. Contact us for details.
This workshop can be used as CPD and a certificate will be issued on completion.
About the course leader
Amanda Edlin worked for many years in the treatment rooms of professional sport and also in clinical practice. Her work involved many areas of physical and mental health including rehabilitation, injury prevention and maintaining optimum performance. Whether working with an international rugby player or a recovering elderly client, her focus has always been on the individual; understanding their needs and providing the best possible outcomes.
Amanda is also a Yoga Teacher and started her yoga journey over 35 years ago. In addition to teaching yoga classes, she can also be found leading yoga teacher training courses and workshops at wakingmindsyoga.co.uk
Her knowledge of movement and rehabilitation combine for this workshop to give you the benefit of years of professional knowledge and experience.
Second in a series of workshops looking at different aspects of yoga.
A hands on practical session to learn the correct alignment principles for standing postures in a vinyasa practice. Practice with modifications to ensure an injury free practice and to continue a yoga practice if injured. Try out some of the variations to common postures to find out which options are best suited to your own practice or how to develop your posture further. We will learn the transitions of the ashtanga vinyasa standing series along with correct breathing, drishti and bandhas to develop a personal self-practice. Try out some vinyasa flow sequences to practice the alignment, modification/variation, transition, bandhas and drishtis. You will be able to move into yoga postures more easily and safely as a result.
Fourth in a series of workshops looking at different aspects of yoga.
Turn your world upside down.
Overcome blocked fears of so-called advanced postures.
Understand the physics of body stacking.
Practical hands on session. See the world from a different perspective. Learn to defy gravity, build strength and overcome fears through practicing some of the basic arm balances and inversions of the Rocket Vinyasa 2 series. We spend so much of our time seated or standing in the yoga studio, at home or work isn’t it time to give those legs a rest? Inversions and arm balances not only allow the legs to relax but the shoulders and arms, which are often neglected, are used to make your existing practice challenging but fun. Postures will be explored individually and then linked together for a full or part Rocket 2 sequence. Postures covered are: pincha mayurasana, bakasana, parsva bakasana A, B, eka pada bakasana, galavasana, koundinyasana A, B, astavakrasana, baddha hasta sirsasana A and Mukta Hasta Sirsasana A. Use this workshop to build your own routine and fly the Rocket.
First in a series of workshops looking at different aspects of yoga.
These aspects are the foundation of all vinyasa (flow) yoga and once practiced other postures will become easier to master.
Explore these 3 ingredients of vinyasa styles of yoga and understand how they relate to the 8 limbs of ashtanga yoga. We will be practicing techniques to utilise during a vinyasa (flow) yoga session which will help deepen your own yoga practice. Create a healthier body through engaging these techniques.
Breath control leads to stabilisation of the mind. There will be a focus on the basis of ujjayi pranayama (victorious breath) and how to use this in relation to movement within the practice.
There will also be practice techniques in engaging yogic locks (bandhas) in relation to both yoga postures (asana) and breathing (pranayama) techniques. Bandhas help control the energy in the body and can help develop and stronger, lighter practice. We will focus on these locks to become more stable in a posture.
Finally by incorporating a focus point to each posture more internal awareness develops. We will be looking at some of the main gazing points (drishtis) and practice their use within a vinyasa practice.
The workshop will be mostly a practical session, with room for discussion/exploration of ideas. This workshop will use strong practice, so recommended not to eat at least 3 hours before.
Join the Coffee Cup Choir for a one off free adult community choir workshop at Space to Move.
All welcome, any level of experience.
The venue is Wheelchair Accessible.
The session will be delivered by Daisy Higman and Jake Bradshaw and will involve learning a range of skills and techniques, world and popular songs.
FREE CHOIR TASTER
with Far Flung Dance Theatre
Friday 21st February
6.00pm - 7.30pm
No need to book
Just turn up & sing your heart out
Fifth in a series of workshops looking at different aspects of yoga.
Pranayama (control of life force) forms a fundamental part of any yoga practice. Within a vinyasa system it is inherent in the practice itself. However developing a full pranayama practice can help avoid sicknesses and create focus when a vinyasa practice cannot be done. It can also deepen awareness leading to meditation.
Learn and practice a variety of pranayama techniques including ujjayi with bandhas (locks), nadi shodana, bastrika, surya bhedana, sitali and the unique and illuminating Chitshakti Prakriya.
Next we will develop a more aware and meditative mind through a Yin Yoga series. Based on Chinese meridian theory and as a way to strengthen and release connective tissues in the body, we will explore some of the Yin postures in terms of its benefit to cultivate a meditation practice. In itself it Yin Yoga is a great way to calm both body and mind. Longer holds in postures allow body tissues to be worked on which are ignored in a dynamic vinyasa practice. While this develops a quieter practice it is by no means a weaker practice. By practicing some Yin Yoga and moving further towards a quieter mind, we are ready to end the workshop in a meditation practice. It has been often said that meditation is the best medication. We will be using a meditation approach which can allow individuals to overcome personal issues as well as experience a deep blissful state. This technique has been used in unique settings, but now it is available to you.
Bhakti Yoga is the yogic path of love and devotion and Kirtan/Devotional Singing is the musical expression of this. It facilitates a connection with the vibration of the heart and heartful expression.
During this musical yoga of the heart, we sing devotional songs and spiritually uplifting mantras which connect us to the ever present, vibrating field of love in a highly tangible way.
Kirtan chanting is a form of meditation. Think of it as ‘mindful singing’. Chanting uses mantra to focus the mind and create a state of heart-opening vibratory bliss.
People have been chanting the names of the divine for thousands of years. It’s an experience that opens the heart and everyone is encouraged to participate. Even beginners, and anyone new to singing in a group, will feel the joy of connection to spirit as you are lead through learning and chanting the ancient sacred names and mantras.
This devotional singing expression of Bhakti Yoga has a unique capacity to release long-held emotions, blocks and trauma; Walls constructed long ago come crumbling down. Wounds that we never knew were there begin to heal. Long-submerged emotions come to the surface. As we sing, we immerse ourselves in an endless river of prayer. And we effortlessly move into a meditative state that creates a safe haven for the flower of the heart to unfold.
The harmonium produces a unique sound that merges seamlessly with the voice, guides the chanting, holds the voices and encourages various harmonies to emerge within the group. As an acoustic instrument, played by the movement of air, it is the perfect yogic instrument; it becomes one with the musician and feels like a living, breathing member of the group.
As we co-create this field of sacred sound and share this experience of opening to love, the mind stills, we have a direct experience of our own energy and the energy field around us and can feel a sense of unity and oneness.
No singing experience is necessary to enjoy Kirtan; you are welcomed into a joyful, supportive environment, which is open to all.
Third in a series of workshops looking at different aspects of yoga.
The seated series of the Ashtanga Vinyasa series is known as Yoga Chikitsa (detoxification). Learn the alignment and sequencing of this series of postures. The workshop includes how to modify or vary your own practice to create a safe but challenging yoga flow. Receive relevant adjustments to get the full feel of each posture. This will create a muscle memory when practiced sufficiently, so the body will remember the correct position for each posture. Learn how to finish the vinyasa sequence to cool down the body and slow down the mind for the most effective benefits. There will be a focus on drishti, bandhas as well as modified vinyasas.