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Course Content – 2020/21 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:

Vinyasa flow – Susie Murray – September 19th & 20th

Exquisite sequencing – Susan Church – October 10th & 11th

Wise women – Melissa Curtis – November 6th,7th & 8th

Goal setting energy medicine – Orla Fitzpatrick – January 16th & 17th

Myofascial – Lower Body – Susan Church – February 13th & 14th

Myofascial – Upper Body – Susan Church – March 13th & 14th

Neuromuscular Yoga – Bev Porrino – April 17th & 18th

Chakra & kundalini Yoga – Cathy Pearson – May 21st, 22nd & 23rd *new

Mindfulness – Sophia Pallaro – July 10th & 11th

Pranayama – Marianne Jacuzzi – August  5th, 6th, 7th & 8th

Yin Yoga – Eimear Breadmore – 50hrs – September 25th, 26th & November 6th & 7th

Restorative – Sophia Pallaro – 50hrs – October 22nd – 25th

Asana fundamentals & adjustments – Rohan Hennessy – dates tbc *new

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The Art of Vinyasa
Susie Murray – 19th & 20th September 2020

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

Exquisite Sequencing
Susan Church – 10th & 11th October 2020

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

Wise women – Yoga for Women’s Health
Melissa Curtis – 6th, 7th & 8th November 2020

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

Goal Setting & Energy Medicine
Orla Fitzgerald – 16th & 17th January 2021

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

Embodied Anatomy- Myosfascial movement – The Lower Body
Susan Church – 13th & 14th February 2020

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

Embodied Anatomy- Myosfascial movement – The Upper Body
Susan Church – 13th & 14th March 2021

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

Neuroconnective Yoga
Bev Porrino – 17th & 18th April 2020

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

Chakra & Kundalini Yoga
Cathy Pearson – 21st, 22nd & 23rd May

In this 20 hour certified Yoga Alliance YACEP, you will be provided with an advanced in-depth study of the science behind the Chakra system, the Nadis and Kundalini and experience how that all links into the practice tools of Yantra, Mantra, Mudra and Bandhas within practice. This is deeply spiritual content that we will explore experientially together. The training is suitable for teachers and dedicated practitioners of yoga with a passion to delve deep into the spiritual realms of practice.

The training is the fruit of over 25 years of Cathy’s self-study and her close connection with many students, wisdom keepers and elders of the global conscious community. Much of the wisdom embedded in the course is a result of her many years of personal sadhana, self-purification and working with clients on a one to one basis and groups in a transformational spiritual environment.
Modules are as follows:
Module 1: Kundalini Energy & it’s pathways– The Serpent, the Lotus and the mud. Transforming the pain & the mundane into the divine through yoga.

Module 2: The 7 Sacred Sites in the Body. What they can hold & represent

Module 3: The Map to Emotional Stability- processing and trauma.

Module 4: Accessing the Gateways. Application in yoga practice and versatility as a teacher in the moment.

Module 5: A: How Prana moves B: Preparing a class/practice on the system of the Chakras.

Module 6: Individually assigned writings & practice notes to be submitted on completion of 15 hrs contact training to account for the final 5 hours of training.

Module Price: €390

Mindfulness and Yoga – Mind, Body, and Spirit
Sophia Pallaro – 10th & 11th July 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

Pranayama: Breath is the king of the mind
Marianne Jacuzzi – 5th – 8th August 2021

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

The Essence of Yin – A 50 hr Yin Teacher Training
Eimear Beardmore – 25th & 26th September | 6th & 7th November 2021

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

Restorative Yoga, Mindful and Compassionate Teaching module
Sophia Pallaro – 50hrs – 22nd – 25th October 2021

  • 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

Asana Fundamentals & Adjustments
Rohan Hennessy – Dates: TBC

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.