Based around themes, our workshops are for those who want to advance their practice. Lasting from two to five hours, the themes range from practical subjects such as science and anatomy to the more esoteric practices such as meditation and relaxation, mantra, and pranayama. Yoga is such a vast subject (it is 5000 years old, after all!), there is always something new to learn, regardless of how many years you have been practising.
Guided Ashtanga Workshop with Mike McCabe 14th April 3.30pm to 5.30pm
Aroma Balance Workshop with Joanna Najduch April 21st 1.00pm to 6.00pm
As the earth begins to warm up after the coolness of Winter, come and celebrate Spring and your own transformational energy with Joanna in this special Aroma Balance Yoga Workshop!
We must first release to receive and make space for the new. Through Asana, Pranayama, Mudra and Mantra we will be balancing and regenerating the Somatic energy body as well as calming the mind.
We will be calling upon the nourishing and healing aspects of Neal’s Yard Remedies Essential Oils to enhance our experience, releasing stagnant energy, feelings or blockages.
With Joanna’s knowledge of Aromatherapy, the combination of the oils and the yoga will provide a cathartic experience to create somatic and emotional balance.
Be prepared to plant your seed intentions and emerge renewed and refreshed
and ready to embrace the Spring Season!
Joanna’s wonderfully calming Yoga Nidra will end the workshop!
The workshop will flow like this:
1-2.30pm -Prana Flow Yoga
2.30-3.pm-Tea/Coffee Break with homemade Deliciously Ella Energy Balls!
3.00-4.30 pm – Aroma Balance Workshop where we will look and at and sample some amazing Neal’s Yard Essential Oils and learn about their many uses and healing properties. You will then have the opportunity to mix your own personal Aroma Balance Essential Oil Blend to take away with you in little 50ml bottles!
4.30-6.00pm- Relaxing Restorative Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra using your very own personal Aroma Blend applied to your feet and temples!
Investment £45.00 (Inc snacks and Neal’s Yard Essential Oils)
Pranayama Weekend Intensive with Philip Xerri April 28th and 29th 10.00am to 3.30pm
Pranayama in perspective
The Five phases of a progressive practice – This course will provide a “birds eye” view and experience through lecture and practice of the five phases – Foundations, Developmental, Alignment, Purification and Classical. It will include an explanation of the particular phase, an understanding of its physical and energetic aims followed by a practical application of one or more practices taken from that phase.
Pranayama – The Healing Dimension
This course will explore various ways of channelling the inherent power of Pranayama towards self-healing. It will include: Directional Healing; Rhythmical Breathing; various ‘power’ breaths based around Bhastrika Pranayama; specific practices for the Nervous System and various Pranayama Kriyas that aim to release deep seated tension.
Suitable for serious students and teachers alike. 10 CPD Points. Handouts available on the day. Attendance Certificates if requested.
Philip Xerri was born in Cardiff, Wales in 1948. He was an accomplished athlete and rugby player in his youth. He became a ‘wanderer’ in his 20’s and then aged 28 walked into a yoga class run by Philip Jones in Cardiff. This was a major turning point. Since this time Philip has continually practiced and taught Yoga and Pranayama throughout the UK and Europe. He founded Yoga Quests in 1986.
Philip studied yoga and Pranayama with Dr. Swami Gitananda in India 1980/1981, graduated with an honours degree in Comparative Religion 1984 and a Post Graduate Certficate of Education in Religious Studies 1985.
Philip has experienced many different schools of Yoga, qualified in Remedial Massage, Reflexology and Touch for Health. Philip has run Yoga Quests for the last 25 years.
Philip has also written Manuals on How To Teach Pranayama, a short fictional novel based in India entitled “Seek And You Will Not Find” and has also produced a CD of Yogic Poetry and Stories which aim to portray various ‘spiritual’ concepts in new and different ways – often with a humorous twist.
Noah Maze - 5 Day Teacher Tune Up May 2nd to May 6th 10.00am to 6.00pm
35 Hours CPD (Including the asana session)
Asana Session 10.00am to 11.30am (Suitable for all) Can be booked Separately
Teacher Session 12.30pm to 6.00pm (Teachers and Students Teachers)
DAY 1 CREATE: Sequencing Strategies for Success
We lay the groundwork for creating effective class plans and sequences for a variety of purposes.
Sequencing for alignment based classes
Introduction to sequencing templates
Sequencing for repetition of shape and action
Sequencing for vinyasa classes
Sequencing for creativity
Sequencing for peak pose classes
Sequencing for beginners
Sequencing for student progress in one class and over time
Asana session: Stand
This standing pose class will ground you and prepare you for whatever lies ahead, as standing poses prepare you for every other type of pose. Expect clear instructions, step by step sequencing, strong work in fundamental poses, refinements and some good old fashioned standing poses.
DAY 2 SPEAK: Communicating in the Seat of the Teacher
Say what you mean, mean what you say.
Refine your use of language so that every word conveys your meaning. We will refine verbal cues so that your voice is more potent and your instructions are more resonant:
Potent and accurate verbs
Active voice and passive voice
Instructions for what to do
Instructions for how to do it
Instructional hierarchy of foundation, basic shape, key actions, and refinements
Asana session: Sit
This all levels forward bend focused class will open your legs, hips and back to move progressively and safely into deepening seated forward bends, hip openers and twists and inversions. Expect step by step instructions, progressive sequencing, the use of props and applied anatomy to strengthen and safely unlock the potency of these introverted poses.
DAY 3 SEE: Observation, Demonstration & Pose Improvement Strategies
A picture is worth a thousand words. The ability to show students what you mean is crucial. Many of your students are visual learners and they won’t fully understand you until they see it. We will explore and practice a variety of types of postural demonstrations and pose improvement strategies:
How to see and observe students
Fine tuning your sight
Demonstrating pose shape
Demonstrating pose improvement
Demonstrating key actions
Use of demonstrations in vinyasa classes
Use of demonstration for beginners
Reading the room: Using demonstration to change the flow or energy in class
Asana Session: Extend
This strong mixed level backbend workshop will systematically strengthen your core and open your shoulders, upper back and hips/legs for backbends. We will progress from fundamental backbends into Urdhva Dhanurasana (Upward Bow/Full Wheel), standing up to Tadasana from Urdhva Dhanurasana and dropping back from Tadasana to Urdhva Dhanurasana. Expect step by step teaching, careful and specific sequencing, work with props, modifications, options and clear stages for all levels, and a passionate call to engage your heart.
DAY 4 REACH: Conscious Use of Myth and Metaphor
We focus and hone in on more subtle aspects of teaching: theme, metaphor and the evocative power of mythic consciousness. We explore:
The conscious use of myth and metaphor
Mythic narrative and storytelling
Class opening and closing strategies
Theme integration strategies
Tools to deepen Sadhana
Vulnerability and teaching
Ethics and boundaries
Asana session: Awaken
This session will deeply explore the principles that empower you to open your body/mind/heart safely and powerfully, by building opening and awareness in a well-rounded, potent, full spectrum practice of asana, pranayama, and meditation. We will dive deeply into our bodies, minds and hearts to enjoy the bliss of integrated awareness and ability.
DAY 5 BREATHE: Vinyasa Sequencing and Transitions
We study vinyasa flow sequencing and teaching techniques to highlight breath and movement, rhythm and momentum of continuous practice without sacrificing sound alignment. We explore:
Pranayama and effective use of breath as primary support
Crafting intelligent, effective and creative vinyasa sequences
Weaving form, foundation in precision into the flow
Learning new and healthy biomechanical approaches to vinyasa
Pacing and pulse: the dance of holding and flowing
Set sequence vinyasa: Why?
Considering how to develop advanced sequences
Asana session: Flow
This strong all levels vinyasa workshop will build on fundamental vinyasa poses and transitions (sun salutations), build heat, focus and strength as we progress into increasingly complex and creative peak sequences that combine standing poses, hip openers, arm balances, inversions and backbends. Expect strong continuous practice, in rhythm with your breath, alignment combined with flow. Come ready to play hard and challenge your practice.
Certificates of attendance available, and 35 HOURS CPD
Investment for whole Teacher Tune Up £660.00 (Early Bird Discount by 1st April £620.00)
Investment for Asana Sessions Only £220.00 (Early Bird Discount by 1st April £180.00)
Noah Mazé has devoted his life to the subject of yoga. Noah is best known for his clear, precise and methodical teaching style, his tangible knowledge, and his ability to transmit with openness, curiosity, and wit. In the words of his students: Noah’s fierce and compassionate dedication to yoga inspires and holds space for students to journey deeper into body, heart, mind, and spirit than they ever could have imagined.
Noah began a regular hatha practice when he was 14 years old and has spent his life in learning. He has collected, gathered, experienced and embodied this vast subject: seeking out the best teachers, learning from different lineages and absorbing much of what has been on offer.
Ever-advancing the conversation and curriculum in yoga education, Noah co-founded his school, YOGAMAZÉ, with his wife, Tracy, in 2012. Together they have pioneered training content to enhance and sharpen the skills of yoga teachers. Noah believes that always remaining a student is one of the most essential skills a teacher needs, and has thus devoted himself to creating pathways for teachers to continue their learning and cultivation of voice and skill. In addition to creating and developing the YOGAMAZÉ curriculum, Noah serves as faculty for teacher trainings around the world, and acts as a consultant to corporations developing yoga education programs. He is a regular presenter at Wanderlust Festivals and contributes to publications including Yoga International, Yoga Journal and more. He offers online classes at Yoga International, on Wanderlust TV, and offers a vast array of online content via his own site, which can be found at yogamaze.net.
Noah lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Tracy, his two children Madeleine and Oliver; three rescued dogs, two rescued kittens, and (usually) at least one goldfish.
Bookings for workshops and courses cancellation policy:
When booking for courses + workshops, please note that we can only provide a full refund (less a 10% admin fee) for cancellations made more than 28 days before the start date. For any other cancellations there will be no refunds or transfers unless your place can be filled from a waiting list, in which case we will refund the fee (less a 20% admin fee). If a course or workshop is cancelled you will be offered either a cash refund or the option of being transferred to an alternative event. Once you have committed to a course or workshop, we recommend that you attend the scheduled number of sessions to get the most out of the programme.