Course Content – 2021 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:

Spring summer 2021 schedule –

  • EXQUISITE SEQUENCING Susan Church – February 27th & 28th 16h
  • KUNDALINI YOGA Helen Bourke – March  20th, 21st 16h
  • THE ART OF VINYASA Susie Murray – April 10th, 11th & May 29th, 30th 50h
  • THE LOWER BODY MYOFASCIAL MOVEMENT Susan Church – May 8th & 9th 16h
  • RESTORATIVE YOGA MINDFUL & COMPASSIONATE TEACHING Sophia Pallaro – June 12th & 13th, June 26th & 27th 50h
  • YIN YOGA Eimear Beardmore – July 17th & 18th August 7th & 8th 50h
  • THE UPPER BODY MYOFASCIAL MOVEMENT Susan Church – September 5th & 6th 16h
  • WISE WOMEN YOGA FOR WOMENS HEALTH Melissa Curtis – September 25th & 26th 16h
  • INTRO TO YOGA AS THERAPY Susan Church – October 2nd & 3rd 16h
  • NEUROCONNECTIVE YOGA Bev Porrino – October 23rd & 24th 16h
  • YOGA BUSINESS & ONLINE TEACHING Karolina Krzemianowksa– November 13th & 14th 16h
  • ASANA FUNDAMENTALS & ADJUSTMENTS Rohan Hennessy – December 3rd (evening), 4th & 5th 20h


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The Art of Vinyasa
Susie Murray 

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.


Exquisite Sequencing
Susan Church 

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


Wise women – Yoga for Women’s Health
Melissa Curtis 

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.


Embodied Anatomy- Myosfascial movement – The Lower Body
Susan Church 

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.


Embodied Anatomy- Myosfascial movement – The Upper Body
Susan Church 

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


Neuroconnective Yoga
Bev Porrino 

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.


Mindfulness and Yoga – Mind, Body, and Spirit
Sophia Pallaro

This 4-day training is an exploration of Restorative Yoga. It is designed to equip students with the ability to teach restorative classes, and to incorporate restorative poses in other styles. Students should expect to practice restorative on each day of the course. This will constitute the foundation for the theoretical and pedagogical aspects of the module. 


The 4 days cover:

  • Principles of Restorative yoga 
  • Restorative Yoga as the art of “Being”
  • The anatomy and physiology of the nervous system – how this relates to Restorative
  • Restorative Poses – exploration and breaking down of poses for personal practice and to teach effectively
  • Principles of Teaching Restorative: creating the environment; use of language; mindful presence
  • Sequencing principles in Restorative Yoga – Smooth Transitions 
  • Adjusting in Restorative Yoga – Intelligently use props to assist individual needs
  • Mindfulness and letting go during Restorative 
  • Dealing with students’ difficulties in Restorative Class – offering practical and compassionate solutions


The Essence of Yin – A 50 hr Yin Teacher Training
Eimear Beardmore 

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


Asana Fundamentals & Adjustments
Rohan Hennessy 

This module will break down and examine classical asanas with a focus on:

Alignment – Adapting the pose to suit our bodies rather than forcing our bodies to copy the pose. Figuring out how to make our own subtle adjustments can completely change the whole feel of the asana and bring the sense of ease we are striving for.

Engagement – Which areas of the body should be working? Where is the effort required to hold the pose and to possibly go deeper?

Release – Where can we relax and soften without losing the form of the pose? We are usually holding way more tension than we realise and the hardest part is figuring out how to let go.

Developing this awareness in our own practice is essential in learning safe and effective adjustment techniques with our students. The adjustments section will focus on:

Adapting basic alignment to suit different body types and abilities.

Recognising where the body needs to work and where to relax.

Knowing when to help a student move further into a pose and when to ease them back.

Examining safe and effective hands on adjustments and deciding when a verbal cue is preferable.

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.