Current Course Content – 2019/2020 Modules

The modules of the Advanced Yoga Teacher Training are based on a perspective of deep anatomical and kinesthetic awareness, protecting, nurturing and strengthening the body. Our objective is for our teachers to have the confidence to observe, correct, adjust or suggest pre-poses help students with abnormal movement patterns or restrictions. In conjunction with this, we intend for the teaching and practice will follow the principals of self-love, student love and mindfulness of movement, instruction and teaching.

The course consists of the following modules:

Exquisite Sequencing | Susan Church – 22nd & 23rd June 2019

The Art of Vinyasa | Susie Murray – 27th & 28th July 2019

Neuroconnective Yoga | Bev Porrino – 24th & 25th August 2019

Myofascial movement | Susan Church | Lower Body – 21st & 22nd September 2019

Wise Women | Melissa Curtis – 26th – 28th October 2019

Myofascial movement | Susan Church | Upper Body – 23rd & 24th November 2019

Goal Setting & Energy Medicine | Orla Fitzgerald – 4th & 5th January 2020

Restorative Yoga | Sophia Pallaro  – 1st & 2nd February | 29th & 1st March 2020

Introducing Yoga as a Therapy | Susan Church – 28th & 29th March 2020

The Essence of Yin | A 50 hr Yin Teacher Training with Eimear Beardmore – 16th & 17th May | 13th & 14th June 2020

Pranayama: Breath is the king of the mind | Marianne Jacuzzi – 25th – 28th June 2020

Anatomy for Yoga Teachers | Gary Carter – 9th – 12th July 2020

Subtle Body Anatomy & Energy Medicine | Veronica Larsson – 8th & 9th, 22nd & 23rd August 2020

Mindfulness & Yoga | Sophi Pallaro – 5th & 6th September 2020


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Exquisite Sequencing
Susan Church – 22nd & 23rd June 2019

Need help developing wonderful, authentic, and effective yoga sequences? The Exquisite Yoga Sequencing module will arm you with the knowledge, inspiration, and technique you need to generate fresh, safe sequences that represent your own style as a teacher. Learn how to create effective sequences for each asana category including arm balances, backbends, forward bends, twists, and inversions.

  • Themed sequences
  • Balance, Flow, Energising, Calming
  • Goal setting
  • Strength, Core, Flexibility, Bone Health
  • Age-specific – Young adult, Childbearing years (males and females), menopause and beyond

Module Price: €260


The Art of Vinyasa
Susie Murray – 27th & 28th July 2019

The Art of Vinyasa will guide you to a meaningful understanding of how to incorporate flow into your teaching.  We will be focusing on unearthing your authentic and unique voice to your students and expertly leading them through a mindful meditative Vinyasa practice.  Today’s dynamic style of practice has resonated deeply with the modern body but it is key to understand the roots of Vinyasa Krama and how it has evolved and changed for our students today.   Through this module, we will dig deep into the origins of this style, the principles of the practice and develop and hone the skills required for Vinyasa.

Module Price: €260


Neuroconnective Yoga
Bev Porrino – 24th & 25th August 2019

This two-day course will help you to understand why we become stuck in our physiology, and as you begin to understand the processes and systems driving your neurology you will learn how to successfully change your patterns.

“Habits Are Learned. So Why Not Learn Good Ones”

As yoga teachers and movement practitioners, we are often approached by our students who are perplexed as to why they don’t seem to get further in their yoga practice. They tell you that they can’t touch their toes or twist as deeply on one side as they can on the other, or maybe they just can’t lift up their legs in navasana. These problems are due to muscle compensations and imbalances in the neurokinetic chains.

What You Will Learn On This Course:

Anatomists over the years have divided the body into 8 systems. We will take a look at how these systems work together and the impact they have on our wellbeing when they don’t.

The Science & Spirit of Breath:

  • How breathing affects every system in the body.
  • Relaxation Response vs Fight /Flight /Freeze
  • The physiology of Apical and abdomino-diaphragmatic breathing.
  • Activate your diaphragm for better breath.
  • Pranayama and the nervous system.

The Neurophysiology of Stretching:

  • Sliding Filament Theory and its impact on flexibility.
  • What happens to muscles when the body doesn’t communicate well?
  • Activated Anatomy
  • Asana focus: Strength and flexibility analysis.Balancing acts:
  • The vestibular and ocular systems and their importance in maintaining balance and equilibrium.
  • Stress: The Relaxation Response vs Fight /Flight /Freeze.
  • The role of the Limbic System.
  • The pain path: Somatosensory system and parasympathetic ganglia

NLP, Yoga & Managing States:

  • Language – Be nice, the body can hear you.
  • Yoga as therapy – why yoga can be pivotal for helping people to overcome stress, anxiety and illness.
  • Changing states.

Module Price: €260


Embodied Anatomy- Myosfascial movement – The Lower Body
Susan Church – 21st & 22nd September 2019

Welcome to the wonderful world of Fascia. The new yet age-old concept that movement is not just vectors and levers, but an amazing, sensory trip through body-wide lines of tensegrity. Join us for a first peek into a 3D movement that is fluid and extra strong at the same time.

We will explore how the body is made up of not just muscles, ligaments and tendons, but dynamic hyper-responsive slings of connective tissue which shape us both physically and emotionally. we will apply this understanding to standing Yoga Asana and discover how to bring these methods and concepts to your own practice and that of your students.

Module Price: €260


Wise women – Yoga for Women’s Health
Melissa Curtis – 26th – 28th October 2019

We will be learning through discussion with plenty of practice. Prepare to laugh, cry and be overjoyed.

The science is there, yoga can help women through all their cycles in life and in this training we will explore just that. This is an opportunity for you to learn the fundamental wisdom of your own body, how yoga and pranayama can help and how you can empower others to learn the same. On top of all this, we have chartered women’s health physiotherapist, Orla Crosse, to talk all things pelvic floor health and lots more.

  • The divine feminine.
  • Yoga for menstruation.
  • Yoga for fertility support.
  • Yoga for postnatal women.
  • Yoga for menopause.

This module does not cover pregnancy yoga or mum and baby yoga – for that you will need to complete our dedicated perinatal yoga training course.

Module Price: €390


Embodied Anatomy- Myosfascial movement – The Upper Body
Susan Church – 23rd & 24th November 2019

We will delve into the connection from the arms to the torso and explore the reality of core strength from a fascial perspective. Delving into Healthy arm balances, strength, and glide in the upper body.

  • Begin to explore the concept of Fascia and myofascial
  • Gain ease through glide and elastic recoil
  • Use release techniques to dissolve adhesion
  • Fascia is a sensory Organ –  begin to understand its role in proprioception and introspection.
  • Tailor Yoga practice to be more fascia orientated

Module Price: €260


Goal Setting & Energy Medicine
Orla Fitzgerald – 4th & 5th January 2020

In this module, you will explore the nature of the mind and its impact on all aspects of who you are. You will discover how your thoughts and beliefs influence your health, wellbeing and, ultimately, how you live your life. Using the teachings of Yoga, Chinese medicine and Western science, you will learn techniques to identify and change self-limiting beliefs and behaviours; promote optimum mental and physical health; and cultivate living day-to-day consciously in harmony with your true self.

Over the course of the two days, we will:

  • Explore how biology adapts to your beliefs.
  • Learn Energy Psychology techniques, which combine Chinese and Western medical theory and practice, including understandings from Neuroscience, Psychotherapy, and Epigenetics.
  • Gain an understanding of the Taoist and Chinese medicine teaching of living a simple, balanced life in harmony with nature, including the concepts of Yin/Yang, Qi, the Meridians, and Acupressure points.
  • Learn how to work with Intentions, Goals and Dreams. Apply Energy Psychology techniques, including the gentle tapping of acupressure points, to unlock any self-limiting beliefs and ways of being.
  • Take what you have learned and explore how you can apply it to your own life, in your yoga practice and to your teachings.

Orla Fitzgerald is delighted to be leading this 2-day teacher training in energy medicine and the nature and impact of our beliefs on all aspects of who we are. Orla is a yoga teacher, acupuncturist and Chinese medical herbalist with a background in science, specialising in genetics. She is particularly interested in bringing together the wisdom of Eastern and Western science, medicine and contemplative practices to foster health and harmony in day-to-day life.

Module Price: €260


Restorative Yoga, Mindful and Compassionate Teaching module
Sophia Pallaro – 1st & 2nd February | 29th Feb & 1st March 2020

  • Anatomy and physiology of the central and peripheral nervous system
  • Restorative for adrenal fatigue
  • Diet and restorative yoga
  • Restorative yoga for restoring good posture
  • Restore to sleep
  • Plan and effectively sequence a restorative class
  • Intelligent use of props to assist individual needs
  • Pranayama in Restorative
  • Yoga Nidra during Restorative
  • Creating a restorative space: balancing talking and silence; voice and pace; music
  • Dealing with difficult emotions during Restorative

Module Price: €490


An Introduction to Yoga as Therapy
Susan Church – 28th & 29th March 2020

If you are interested in bringing your teaching skill to the next level and working with clients on an individual basis or helping those will more serious issues in your classes this module is for you.

In this module you will learn:

  • Working with injuries
  • Working with private clients
  • Comprehensive student assessment
  • Teaching to people with a disease
  • Creating a tailored plan
  • Full prospectus for Embodied Yoga, Anatomy and Asana will be emailed upon request.

Module Price: €260

A snippet from Susans Introduction to yoga as a therapy module


*** Online Yoga training – The Essence of Yin – A 50 hr Yin Teacher Training
Eimear Beardmore – 16th & 17th May | 13th & 14th June 2020

Teaching opportunities will be a significant component of this training. The key tenets of yin yoga- the physical, energetic and mindfulness aspects of the practice will be covered.

The training will include the following:

  • Deepening of each individual’s practice
  • Opportunities to practice the teaching of yin yoga
  • Functional Anatomy
  • Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Encountering the Mind in Yin Yoga
  • Teaching Skills: A Reflective Practitioner

Module Price: €490


Pranayama: Breath is the king of the mind
Marianne Jacuzzi – 25th – 28th June 2020

No matter if you’ve neglected pranayama before, this module will transform your practice. You’ll learn powerful pranayama techniques and understand their purpose according to classical teachings and contemporary science. Strong pranayama is like fire. Its essence is the transformation of the highest order. For authentic yoga practice, pranayama is not optional!

In this module, you will learn to:

  • Practise basic and advanced pranayama: Ujjayi, Surya and Chandra Bhedha, Nadi Shodhana, Kapalabhati, Bhastrika, Sithali/Sitkari, Bhramari, Samanu, Viloma Ujjayi & Spinal Breathing Pranayama)
  • Apply bandhas, mudras, and modern hybrid techniques to traditional pranayamas, understanding the benefits and contraindications
  • Practise and teach the “Four Purifications”: An elegant series of kriyas to cleanse and balance the subtle energy body
  • Integrate asana, pranayama and meditation to create the optimal practice for yourself and your students
  • Work with principles of anatomy, both physical and subtle (nadis, chakras, prana and kundalini) for a safe and effective pranayama practice
  • Understand the esoteric purpose of pranayama according to the teachings of the Yoga Sutras & Hatha Yoga Pradipika

Module Price: €490

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Anatomy for Yoga Teachers
Gary Carter – 9th – 12th July 2020

Open to all movement practitioners, yoga teachers, Pilates Instructors, Dancers, Barre instructors, Fitness instructors.

The elbowroom is delighted to welcome the much sought after instructor Gary Carter for his only Irish Workshop (Anatomy for Movement Practitioners) this year. We all know how important it is to keep our well of knowledge topped up. Without inspiring gurus, our teaching can become jaded and effects our energy in class. Gary’s 4-day immersion will not only inspire you but rejuvenate your teaching skills.

  • Gravity, Bones, Rolling Bones Influence of shape on movement and asana. A new look on joint dynamics, exploration of gravity’s effect on our structure, movement and posture along with how it shapes us and how to learn to follow the information bone gives us.
  • Fascia, The Tensional Network, Myofascial Arrangements, Anatomy of Connection Learning to understand the fascial network, its structure, form and function. It’s an ability to pass tensional forces through the body which can be beneficial or to our detriment. How tension in the system creates freedom of movement. Working with myofascial connections and inter-relationships, the importance of muscle on the fascial web.
  • Foot and Spine Relationships Exploring the Foot and its structure. How to create gravitational freedom from knowing how to utilise the foot in all movement and the profound effects on spinal health and freedom.
  • Breath to leg connections, where the Arms really come from A look at the breath and what drives movement and its effects on the spine. We study and understand the breathing relationship between the legs and hip joint freedom. Where the arms come from and the effect this ultimately has on all movement, posture and inversions.

Module Price: €535


Subtle Body Anatomy & Energy Medicine
Veronica Larsson – 8th & 9th, 22nd & 23rd August 2020

Course content:

  • Chakra, Vayu, Kosha, Nadi; the Subtle Body Map; their physiology and psychology, how they interrelate and thus affect our experience of our-self and our reality.
  • Asana pertaining to the Subtle Body; Working with an understanding of the Subtle Body Anatomy principles in your own Yoga practice, and in teaching.
  • Adrenal & Nervous System health; Conscious use of Prana & the Breathing Body.
  • The Laws of Nature; Real Time Allowing for Natural Movement of Energy in the Human Body – experiential! – not intellectual
  • Meditation; guided and silent, practicing and developing the ability to focus, listen and refine one’s awareness and intuition.


The four days address the root, sacral, navel and heart chakra and their associated aspects consecutively, and take into account the current state of attendees physiology and psychology; the course follows the path that allows students to most deeply absorb the material in their bodies.

Learning outcome:

The primary objective with this module is to facilitate the participants in being able to be harmoniously and at deep peace in themselves and their own body. In our own BEING, everything, what is needed, becomes obvious. So mostly, we practice this.

This module provides a 2 x 2-day experiential journey through the inner landscape of what is called ‘Subtle Body Anatomy’ in the Yoga tradition. As the name indicates, it is Subtle; not graspable intellectual knowledge, rather, this module is designed to assist you on a journey beyond the current, invisible, limitations of the mind, and into direct contact with the Self – Consciousness – the Life-Creating power that lives and breathes us, and moves through us and is us and creates our human experience, by means of Natural Law.

This module is designed for you to learn through your own body; to give you an embodied foundation to teach from. And because our innate intelligent nature that’s responsible for mental and physical health, Mama Nature, is boss; we learn to listen with humility and respect for the wisdom that already resides in our sacred biology.

This is a vast subject and these 4 days can merely act as an introduction to an experiential body of work indicating, but not controlling, the principles of natural movement of energy in the human body.

A manual to accompanies the practical and very often non-intellectual work, and outlines the main aspects of the Subtle Body, and that you can refer back to as you continue to explore the work over the years.

This module is a soul journey. You cannot travel to the realms of Spirit from a level of grasping mind. Aligning to the Laws of Nature, the power that created you, informs you. This is not about asana, or doing. It is an attuning of the instrument that is your body to the wisdom of the universe that already knows how to play in harmony and be of service in each moment.

Module Price: €535

A snippet from Veronicas Subtle body anatomy & energy medicine module


Mindfulness and Yoga – Mind, Body, and Spirit
Sophia Pallaro – 5th & 6th 2020

This module is an exploration of mindfulness meditation theory and practice, and a guide to their integration in yoga practice and teaching. This module is open to all yoga teachers who have an interest in exploring and integrating a mindfulness approach to yoga:

  • Working with difficulties: desire; aversion; torpor; restlessness; doubt & exploring strategic remedies.
  • Mindfulness and Yoga: How to develop and integrate a mindful quality to yoga practice and different yoga styles.
  • Teaching yoga mindfully. Exploration of themes, practices and ideas to incorporate into a yoga class.
  • Practical aspects of teaching meditation in yoga: techniques, holding the space, voice, environment.

Module Price: €260

The elbowroom has an extensive range of classes for all ages and abilities. We offer such an eclectic mix to enable you to find something that will suit you. If you need any advice, please contact our class advisor who can point you in the right direction.