Course Content – 2018/ 2019 Modules

300-hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Course by selecting modules that suit your needs.

Upcoming Modules in 2019 at The elbowroom:

  • Fresh perspectives on life the universe and everything – Marianne Jacuzzi
  • Yin Yoga Teacher Training – Eimear Beardmore
  • Advanced Yoga for Shoulders and Arm Balances – Susan Church & Orla Crosse
  • Pranayama: Breath is the king of the mind – Marianne Jacuzzi
  • Introduction to Yoga as Therapy – Susan Church
  • The deep self-care of Meditation and Energy Medicine – Dr Anthony Sharkey
  • Subtle Body Yoga – Veronica Larsson
  • Mindfulness & Yoga; Mind, Body & Spirit – Sophia Pallaro

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Anatomy For Yoga Teachers
Gary Carter

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.


Yin Yoga Module
Eimear Beardmore – 2nd & 3rd February | 23rd & 24th March 2019

Eimear Beardmore is delighted to be leading a 4 day 50hr Yin Teacher Training in The Elbowroom in February and March 2019. With a background in education, she has designed a curriculum that supports trainees as emerging teachers and practitioners of yin. Drawing on her experience in dance and somatics Eimear will be situating the practice of yin yoga at the heart of this training. Within each individual’s practice, there is a wealth of insight and wisdom that can translate into a powerful and authentic teaching offering. 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

Upon completion of the course, trainees will have the skills necessary to craft and teach effective Yin practices. As Eimear is Dublin based there is an opportunity for support and dialogue as you continue your teaching journey. Eimear has been teaching yoga since 2012, yin since 2014 and was one of the first yin trained teachers in Dublin. She has studied with yin teachers Bernie Clark and Josh Summers. Having taught over 1000 hours of Yin she welcomes the opportunity to share her knowledge and experience with you on this training.
Training is suitable for those both interested in teaching Yin Yoga or for those who simply wish to deepen their understanding of the practice.


Advanced Yoga for Shoulders and Arm Balances
Susan Church and Orla Crosse – 9th & 10th February 2019

The ball and socket joint of the shoulder is one of the most unstable in the body. A poor design becomes the teacher’s biggest challenge.

Explore the workings of the dynamic and static shoulder joint controlling system. Learn how to activate the most accurate and stable shoulder position in each pose for your body and then your students.

What on earth is a stable shoulder? Well, the trick is that it looks different when the arms are in different positions. So, we may have been telling them the wrong thing! When we understand the difference between scapular stabilisation and shoulder stabilisation; when we go deep into the torso to ignite these stabilisers. Then and only then can we master chaturanga, dragonfly, 8 limbed post and all of those crazy arm balances.

  • Take your downward dog to up dog- through safe chaturanga the next level with the latest evidence-based information.
  • Learn about the complex anatomy of the arms, wrists, and hands – bones, ligaments, muscles.
  • Elbows! What way are they supposed to point in arm balance poses?
  • Wrists! One of the most common complaints in a Yoga class is that of sore wrists, no matter how you cue your classes, not to mention Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
  • Did you know your hand position directly affects your shoulder and breath and vice versa? Is there a way to avoid problems?

We think so. It comes down to a knowledge of the arms anatomical structures related to each pose. Our goal is to simplify so that you and your students have the best experience deepening their practice safely.

From seemingly simple asana like Khumbakasana and Ardha Mucka Svanasana to Crane, Crow, Grasshopper and Handstand, your arms are your base of support for all those super arm balances. Women especially suffer from these more strength orientated inverted balance poses. Knowing the correct positioning of wrists, hands, elbows, and shoulders will really assist in educating yourself and your students into more advanced balances.


Pranayama – Breath is the king of the mind
Marianne Jacuzzi – 23rd & 24th February 2019

Practice the core aspects of pranayama with Marianne and understand their purpose according to the Yoga Sutras and Hatha Yoga Pradipika.

This module will include:

  • The main types of Pranayama, along with benefits and contraindications 
(complete breath, Ujjayi, Surya Bhedha, Nadi Shodhana, Kapalabhati, Bhastrika, Sithali/Sitkari, Bhramari, Samanu)
  • “The Four Purifications”: an elegant series of kriyas to cleanse and balance the subtle energy in the body, suitable for everyone
  • Extensive practice of advanced pranayama, bandhas, mudras, and hybrid techniques. How to integrate asana, pranayama and meditation
  • A deeper understanding of the anatomy and physiology of breathing, including the subtle anatomy of nadis, prana, chakras and kundalini energy
  • Guidance towards working with students who have respiratory problems due to asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, cardiac disease or obesity; and correcting breathing irregularities, such as reverse breathing, uneven breathing, rapid breathing and chest breathing.
  • The breath as a bridge between body and mind and pranayama as the fourth limb of yoga
  • Safety issues around the integration of advanced breathing practices into your yoga classes
  • Practice-teaching sessions conducted in a supportive manner so that you can develop your own style of presentation


Introduction to Yoga as Therapy
Susan Church – 9th & 10th March 2019

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.

Yoga therapy is the adaptation of yoga practices for people with health challenges. Yoga therapists prescribe specific regimens of postures, breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques to suit individual needs. Medical research shows that Yoga therapy is among the most effective complementary therapies for several common ailments. The challenges may be an illness, a temporary condition like an injury, or a chronic condition.

  • 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


The deep self-care of Meditation and Energy Medicine
Dr Anthony Sharkey 6th & 7th April 2019

The module will have two interwoven elements which you can add to your already existing self-care toolkit. They don’t require you to take any ‘time out’ as they can be practiced moment to moment throughout your day in any place and situation.

Meditation is usually thought of as a means of disciplining and controlling the mind which you have to spend hours of time practicing on a meditation cushion. Most seasoned meditators including myself in the past have found that despite years of conscientious practice doing this we have remained essentially untransformed. Sure, during meditation I would feel more calm etc. but as soon as I stood up from formal practice my stressful thoughts and feelings would start up again just as intensely.

What you will learn are a whole approach to meditation which more and more meditation teachers are tuning into and teaching. This approach does not rely on applying a technique or any type of control or discipline and one which doesn’t require you to sit formally if you are not naturally drawn to doing this.

Specifically, you will learn:

  • How to stop practicing meditation as a technique and start practicing it as an attitude so you can practice it all the time no matter what.
    You’ll learn to shift meditation from trying to control your mind (which will lead to a dead end) to let go of control. Since most of our psychological makeup is geared towards control of some sort making this shift is what makes meditation such a powerful tool for emotional and spiritual transformation. Trying to control your mind or anything for that matter is innately stressful. When you learn and practice letting go trying to control in the context of meditation you will spontaneously start doing the same thing in your life because it feels so good to do.
  • How to move beyond the meditator
    The mediator is the one who is controlling, manipulating and exerting effort and trying to make something happen. Until you leave the meditator aside meditation will be just another chore on your to-do list and it will stop being a relaxing and revitalising process. When you learn to set the meditator aside you’ll then have the knowledge and skill to set any part of you that wants to control, manipulate or that is trying to make things happen aside. This is a truly liberating experience, it doesn’t mean that you will stop wanting things to happen, it just means that there will be much less stress attached to your activities.
  • How to live the way you meditate so that every moment is one of spacious possibility
    When you have a little bit of practice of the above, it becomes a very easy matter to live in this way. When you really let go of control and set aside the one doing the controlling an inner atmosphere develops which is a very spacious and full of possibility. Ultimately it’s a space where you can have a direct experience of the reality of yourself as ‘an infinite being without limitation’. You as an ‘infinite being without limitation’ doesn’t require any effort or discipline to maintain since it is your natural state of being to begin with. Connecting with this level of reality in our everyday life normally eludes us but you can expect to experience it much more consistently and regularly after our time together.


Energy Medicine Tools
Dr Anthony Sharkey

Energy Psychology techniques are a simple set of self-help strategies which combine Chinese and Western medical theory and practice, practically oriented understandings from Neuroscience, best practice Western psychotherapy theory, Buddhist philosophy and Insight Meditation practice and Western Habit change theory. The strategies take a few moments to apply.

They don’t involve Yoga poses, Breathing techniques, Tai Chi, Meditation, talking in any detail about what’s going on, thinking differently, reframing, catharsis, bodywork, journalling or any of the usual ways you might think of changing yourself.

Instead, they are a way of gently touching your body (mostly your head and chest) with focused intent which works immediately and often dramatically to reverse any blocks in the natural flow of your creative energy.

In other words, they are a way to quickly and easily fix any metaphorical blown fuses that may be getting in the way of your Goal setting efforts.

The module has two simple outcomes for you:

  •  Learn how to apply Energy Psychology techniques to the process of setting your goals – so that you massively increase the likelihood that they will actually manifest
  • To give you the tools and support you need to keep practicing after the workshop. This workshop is no different from any other you might do – you’ll get the best results when you keep practicing what you have learned after the workshop the workshop is over. This module will have minimal theory and lots of practice.


Subtle Body Anatomy & Yoga Energy Medicine
Veronica Larson – 10th – 13th May 2019

Understanding and Working with Subtle Energy Pathways, Vibrational Transformation & Consciousness

Experiential learning and study of Subtle Body Anatomy in Yoga:

  • Chakra, Kosha, Vayu, Nadi: How they interrelate, how they affect everything in a person (body, mind, emotions, connection to spirit) and how to work with those systems to bring them into balance.
  • The Chakra system: Asana work, balancing and clearing work, meditations and work in consciousness.
  • Breathwork, Meditation and Energy clearing work
  • The 4 bodies; physical, mental, emotional, spiritual
  • Teaching from a level of energy/soul connection
  • How to read energy in others/postures
  • Teaching using a language that facilitates wholeness and harmony
  • Being the Change
  • Cultivating Listening, Becoming Sensitive, Trusting your awareness, and Improving observational/ listening skills


Mindfulness & Yoga; Mind, Body & Spirit Module
Sophia Pallaro – 8th & 9th June 2019

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.


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.

In this module you will learn about:

  • The divine feminine
  • Yoga for Menstruation
  • Yoga for Fertility Support
  • Yoga for Postnatal Women
  • Yoga for Menopause

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

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

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.