We all know what it feels like to have a pose that we would love to do but that never seems to get any easier. For some students, the struggle towards that elusive asana can have a huge effect on their entire practice, physically, mentally and emotionally. This workshop will give you practical ideas on empowering your students, giving progressions and variations of poses (with and without props) to take them a little further on their journey, feeling that they have achieved something and going away happy.
Through a selection of typical asanas, we will cover the following areas:
Discover what you can do with modifications to help bring all your students along for the ride!
This workshop is open to all yoga teachers regardless of training and lineage, all yoga teacher trainees, and any advanced yoga student interested in teaching skills.
Watch out for our next CPD workshop on dealing with common conditions and injuries!
Most of us are familiar with the use of hypnotherapy to help overcome fears, like flying. Similarly, hypnobirthing can help to remove worries, concerns, and negative associations in relation to childbirth. By developing a solid understanding of the biological and psychological elements of childbirth, you will come to realise how a woman's body is perfectly designed to allow her to birth her baby physiologically (i.e. naturally), so that any doubts and negative associations are replaced by calm confidence and a positive approach. (Try thinking powerful -vs- painful….).
Hypnobirthing teaches techniques which work with the natural, physiological process, to help you maintain a quiet, calm confidence as you progress through labour and birth. However, there may be times when nature needs a helping hand, and these techniques are of equal (maybe even greater) value, where labour doesn’t unfold so smoothly and intervention is suggested. By exploring the use of intervention and learning simple tools and techniques, hypnobirthing will also help empower you with the confidence to accept, delay or even say ‘no' to intervention.
These tools, combined with the simple and gentle self-hypnosis and breathing techniques you will learn together, can have a profound effect, helping labour and birth to be an empowering and joyful experience.
Introduction to hypnotherapy and hypnobirthing
Natural labour - how the muscles of the uterus work, the autonomic nervous system and the hormones of labour
Language & positive affirmations
The power of the mind & how the body follows where the mind leads
Upward stage (early & active Labour): breathing & visualisatios, positions, things to do, massage
Position of baby
Relaxation and scripts to work on at home
Recap of upward stage
Downward stage (from transition to birthing baby & placenta): breathing & visualisations, positions, things to do
Due date, induction & ways to encourage spontaneous labour
Pelvic floor & perineal massage
Cascade of interventions & the role of birth partner
Fear releasing & building confidence
Cost is for two people, and includes MP3 download and online resources.
A special event to experience the meditative and healing wonders of sound!
All you need do is turn up and lie down, and be bathed in the sounds and vibrations of the gong, a sacred instrument that has been used for thousands of years for the purpose of healing.
There is a science behind this experience. The gong's sounds and vibrations create an alpha brainwave state, where mental activity includes daydreaming and imagination. This is then followed by a theta brainwave state, where activity includes sleep, dreaming and deep meditation.
Theta brainwave frequencies are most often where the gongs will take you. Even though you still feel present, you have entered a dreamlike, deep meditative state. Theta is a good state of consciousness to be in for healing to occur.
Even though there is a science behind sound therapy, this special experience can also be explained by quoting Kabir's Ecstatic Poems translated by Robert Bly:
'.....near your breastbone there's an open flower. Drink the honey that is all around that flower. Waves are coming in: there's so much magnificence near the ocean! Listen: sound of big seashells! Sound of bells!'
Open to all.
We will use the longer time to explore yoga asana in greater depth, notably standing postures and inversions, developing our awareness of their shape and directionality. We will explore ways to achieve and experience the postures with more ease and stability.
We will also devote time to pranayama practice at the end of the workshop.
Open to all levels, although not suitable for complete beginners as a minimum experience of inversions is required.
Watch out for our next CPD workshops in the new year!
Gentle movement can also help the flow of labour, as can simple change of position, and indeed a static position. Being able to practice these movements and positions in advance means that you know what to do when the time comes, without having to think about it.
When it comes to birthing your baby, the most natural position for expelling anything from our body is squatting. However, in our culture and with the work most of us do, this is not something that comes naturally to all of us. Working on postures which help build the ability to squat more comfortably can help, but we'll also look at alternative positions for birthing your baby.
We will cover the following:
Breathing for labour
Positions & movement to help labour flow
Massage for labour
Relaxation techniques to calm & quieten the mind, and keep the birthing space free from stress and anxiety
Breathing to birth your baby
Postions for birth
Meditation to release worries, doubts, concerns
Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation)