Yoga Teacher Training
At Edinburgh Community Yoga, we offer informative and practical Yoga Teacher Training which cover the basics essential for this kind of work.
We are passionate and experienced yoga outreach practitioners and want to ensure teachers are well informed and prepared when taking yoga into outreach settings.
The fundamentals of yoga outreach – weekend workshop
22-23 September, Merchant City Yoga, Glasgow
Saturday 22 September
9-11am / 1-5pm
Sunday 23 September
9.30am-12.30pm / 2-5pm
This workshop is open to yoga teachers interested in outreach work and also to people who have not completed a yoga teacher training but who are keen to further their learning or are looking to facilitate a yoga group as a part of their work. If you would like to host the workshop in your place of work or yoga studio please contact us for more info. Cost is £150. If finance is a genuine barrier to attending and you feel passionately about this work we will offer 2 discounted places.
This twelve-hour workshop will highlight the importance of understanding the neuroscience and physiology of the stress response. You will learn how yoga works to establish a healthy nervous system and brain and why this is valuable information for anyone wishing to teach yoga in an outreach setting. We will link this to yoga philosophy and the wider traditional teachings of yoga.
Over the weekend we will share practice together, learn from each other and have plenty of time for group discussion.
Alongside this, we will discuss some of the practicalities, ethics and challenges of working in the community. We will demonstrate practical tools to enable you to begin to build the skills necessary to offer safe, authentic yoga classes which meet the needs of the client group, giving consideration to teaching cues and some of the needs of the clients we work with and what we have found to be helpful.
Throughout the two days you will be led through several yoga practices, which will encompass our approach to asana, pranayama and meditation and prompt you to begin to develop your own.
While we will have lots of time to experiences the practices for ourselves and consider how they impact on us and our students. Please note this workshop will not be focused on teaching specific asana or on training yoga teachers in a particular style of yoga.
Our wish is that you can apply the principles you learn to your individual teaching style and have the confidence to reach out to groups of people who might not turn up to a general yoga class.
Neuroscience, Stress and Yoga Outreach
Saturday 1st September from 13:00-17:15 Perth Yoga Studio
Yoga teachers, and non yoga teachers are welcome to attend one or both workshops on Cost is £25.00 per workshop or £40.00 plus booking fee to attend both. We will offer 2 discounted places for anyone for whom finance is a genuine barrier. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you feel a discounted space would allow you to attend.
Neuroscience, the stress response and Yoga.
We live in a time where stress, chronic stress, busyness and burnout are often discussed and commmonly accepted as part of everyday life. This workshop aims to help you understand why our bodies and minds respond in the way they do to stress, understand the impact of this and learn how yoga and other mind/body practices can be a useful practice in mediating this. The workshop will:
1. Explore what stress, and chronic stress is
2. Cover the brain/nervous system physiology, the neuroscience behind the stress response and how and why it impacts on us
3. Discover the potential for the practice of yoga to change our nervous system and offer practical strategies for doing this.
An Introduction to Yoga Outreach
Edinburgh Community Yoga is a not for profit social enterprise and exists to offer the practice of yoga to people who cannot or do not access regular yoga classes. We teach military veterans, women affected by trauma, people in addiciton recovery and in prisons. across Edinburgh. We also run NHS staff wellbeing programmes and a social prescribing project.
This workshop is a brief introduction to the practicalities of teaching in outreach settings and is open to yoga teachers, yoga teacher trainees and anyone else with an interest in this work. it is a introduction to the content of our 2 day training which runs in Glasgow and Edinburgh. The workshop will cover:
1. Why yoga can be a beneficial practice for our service users
2. Practicalities, Challenges and Ethics of the Work
3. How to get going
An introduction to yoga outreach
This four-hour workshop designed to be offered as a module on teacher training programmes highlights the importance of understanding the neuroscience and physiology of the stress response. They will learn how yoga works to establish a healthy nervous system and brain and why this is valuable information for anyone wishing to teach yoga.
Alongside this, we will discuss some of the practicalities, ethics and challenges of working in outreach settings and demonstrate practical tools to enable new teachers to begin to build the skills necessary to offer safe, authentic yoga classes which meet the needs of the client group.
Students will be led through a yoga practice, which will encompass our approach to asana, pranayama and meditation. Designed to allow the students to experience for themselves the themes discussed.
This training fits into a number of the Yoga Alliance 200 hrs teaching standards. Number two – Teaching Methodology, number three – Anatomy and Physiology and also number 4 – Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teachers.
“The experience and expertise shared by Laura and Lorraine during their yoga outreach training is invaluable to any yoga teacher, not just those looking to work in an outreach setting. Laura and Lorraine are exceptionally generous teachers and the programme itself is the perfect blend of theory and practical teachings.”
Judi Farrell, Merchant City Yoga, CYS Yoga Teacher Training
“It’s so refreshing when someone comes to introduce and talk about their specialism and it lights a spark in you, that’s what Laura does. She is so knowledgeable and enthusiastic about her subject that it just leaves you wanting more!”
“It’s time to expand our training Information to match the ever changing ways that stress impacts clients and make sure our trained teachers know how to deal with the new wide client base that yoga is attracting. We invite Laura to be the one to help us to do this on our trainings. She is always a huge success!”
Julie Hanson, Seasonal Yoga
“Interesting and inspiring training delivered by two practitioners with a wealth of knowledge and experience of outreach work. They are both clearly passionate about the work that they do and about helping others to take the benefits of yoga into areas of the community where it is less accessible. Highly recommended.”
“If you’re interested in taking Yoga where it is most needed this course is a must! Laura and Lorraine bring to the table a wealth of invaluable practical experience of working with different vulnerable populations. The material is underpinned by rigorous neuroscience and presented in an accessible format in a relaxed and supportive environment.”
“The course managed to somehow combine basic essentials of community development, pedagogy, neuroscience, philosophy, and anatomy in just two days. It was a small group of committed students with a great teacher/ student ratio and scope for further depth and practice for those that wanted it. The case studies and lesson planning were particularly useful for building up our awareness of complex needs and barriers to accessing yoga, as well as confidence in how to ‘meet people on the mat’. It was the perfect antidote to some of the more image-conscious yoga trends and helped us reconnect with core principles and values. Thank you Lorraine and Laura.”