Intuition and Ethics, Intimacy and Boundaries:

How to BE a Yoga Teacher and Therapist

09 - 10 September 2017 | 0930 - 1700 each day

with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and Lisa Kaley-Isley 

at Yogacampus London, 1 Britannia Row, Islington, London, N1 8QH

 

This course takes us into the realm of the relationship between yoga teacher and student, yoga therapist and client. We’ll discuss the everyday reality of what it means to BE a yoga teacher, not just lead a yoga class. It is a role with responsibilities different than others in our lives, and just like any other it benefits from mindful reflection and well-honed relationship skills. It doesn’t matter what style of yoga you teach, every one of us has to interact with our students to be of service. We must be able to listen and ask questions to get to know them and their needs, and also be able to set boundaries to manage our time and energy. We all need to know how far we can go in being of service, being friendly, and how to maintain the seat of the teacher when we start to go too far in extending ourselves. 

Whether we feel energised or exhausted, consulted or stolen from in-exchanges with our students affects our quality of life and willingness to keep giving. Boundaries for each kind of relationship vary (teacher, friend, lover, family member, etc.) and getting it right (or wrong) takes establishing good habits for the long-term healthy outcome of your life and career. We recognise the need to regularly top up our teaching skills, but we’ve not established the good practice of refining our relationship skills. Here’s a good way to start. 

This course aims to fill a gap in the skills training that all yoga teachers and therapists need and need reminding about: how to relate mindfully and skillfully with our students. Ask yourself: do you ever struggle with how to set limits with your students in their requests for extra help with conditions in conversations before or after class? Do you wonder how far you can go in offering extra help, and do you feel you need to know more in order to be more helpful? Do you struggle with how and when to say “no?” Do you wonder how to ask and respond to emotions experienced in class? To invitations to tea, or a date, or a hen do? 

  • We’ll draw on ethical standards for yoga teachers and therapists and make them come alive in small group scenarios in order to face these issues with support instead of all alone in the moment
  • We’ll practice observing, listening, and asking questions to learn something about our own habits, perceptions, and beliefs. These colour and limit our comfort and competence zone, so we’ll also practice moving beyond them
  • It’s not financially easy to make a living as a yoga teacher. Many of us have issues with money. How do you ethically and practically advertise your services, extend your scope of practice, and get cover when you are ill?
  • Yoga therapy is becoming trendy. What does it mean to be a yoga therapist? What knowledge, skills, and abilities do you need in order to move into this role? Do you want to? What’s the difference and what’s the same in yoga therapy and working 1-2-1 with a student as a yoga teacher?

This workshop will draw on and integrate the yoga tradition of teacher-student relationships and the western cultural expectations of teachers and therapists. Both have insights to offer and incorporate. It’s necessary for us to reconcile for ourselves different standards in order to make conscious choices and put them into practice where we actually live and work. 

The workshop will involve reading, discussion, pair and small group work, and guided self-reflection practice. Yoga is inherently a relational practice and it has always taken as its remit the big questions in life. Embody the tradition with conscious intent in the support of sanga. 

This training is also a mandatory module for the Yoga Therapy Diploma course 

 

Cost and Booking

The cost of this course is £180

To book go to www.yogacampus.com/workshops//intuition-ethics-intimacy-boundaries/

 

STATEMENT of INCLUSION

A genuine welcome and appropriate support for women considering attending any of our courses from Uma:

“Please know that I warmly welcome all women of all stages of life to my courses. My assistants and I and make every effort to ensure that everyone is genuinely supported and honoured by providing appropriate practices during courses, retreats and workshops. 
There is no exclusion from practice or teaching space on account of womanly needs. For example, menstruating women are offered suitable practices to support their bleed time, menopausal woman are given opportunities to rest and/or adjust room temperature as necessary, and pregnant women are provided with the props and time and space they need to be at ease in the learning/retreat environment. 

Lactating women are welcome to express milk, and/or to feed their children in comfort in the main class space if they chose, or to be provided with an alternative comfortable and appropriate space to do so. Lactating women will never be asked by myself or any of my assistants to go into the toilets to express milk or feed their babies on my courses, and menstruating, premenstrual or menopausal women will never be excluded from practice because of their current physical or emotional needs. 

I walk my talk. I care very passionately indeed about the rights of women to celebrate the experiences of being a woman, including menstruating, navigating the premenstruum, ovulating, being pregnant, menopausal or breastfeeding and expressing milk. I spent three years of my life pregnant, eight years of my life breastfeeding, and seven years as a breastfeeding counsellor, where I saw that disrespectful attitudes towards breastfeeding adversely impacted on women’s confidence and capacity to breastfeed feed their children. As an advocate of conscious menstruality, I also observe that the cyclical fluxes of menstrual and menopausal experiences are neither recognised nor honoured by many yoga teaching approaches ,and this disempowers women by encouraging a disconnection from their naturally arising flow and change at emotional and physical levels.

I observe that in many yoga teaching environments there is an implicit disrespect or exclusion of menstruating, menopausal, premenstrual, pregnant or lactating women simply because their physical and emotional needs are disregarded, or seen to be inconvenient and disruptive to the general flow of teaching. As an antidote to this, I actively welcome the opportunity to met these needs in my courses and workshops as a chance to encounter a deeper and broader range of yoga practice appropriate to all stages of life. 

I seek to ensure that on my courses nobody is disrespected or excluded because of their experiences or women’s life stages. Everyone is invited to be comfortable and at ease, knowing that their particular life stage experiences are honoured and welcome.”

Date: 

Saturday, September 9, 2017 to Sunday, September 10, 2017

STATEMENT OF INCLUSION

Are you pregnant? Breastfeeding? Do you have young children? Or perhaps you want to know more about your eligibility – Please see our Statement of Inclusion page which is a genuine welcome from Uma and details the appropriate support for women considering attending any of her courses.


Terms & Conditions: Transfers, Cancellations and Refunds

Once booked on to a course (and paid):

  • A course is transferable to a friend up to 48 hours before the course starts – you are welcome to transfer your place to a friend at no additional cost.

  • You are welcome to transfer onto another course (subject to availability) up to 30 days before the course you are currently booked on starts for an admin fee of 10% of the price of the original course or £20, whichever is the greater. Transfers can only be done to courses run in house by Womb Yoga (indicated in the Booking section of the course information – if not indicated the course is NOT run by the Womb Yoga), if you want to transfer to a course hosted by a 3rd party you will need to cancel with the Yoga Nidra Network and prebook with them. Transfers within 30 days of the start date you are currently booked on to can only be done if we have someone to fill the space, at the time the transfer is requested. If there is noone to fill the space, then it will not be possible to transfer you.

  • You are welcome to cancel your place up to 30 days before the course starts, for a refund minus 20% of the course fee or £30, whichever is the greater. Cancellations within 30 days of the start date can only be done if we have someone to fill the space at the time the cancellation is requested. If there is noone to fill the space, then you will not receive a refund.

  • For courses run by a 3rd party host, please contact them directly for their terms and conditions, as they may vary to ours.

  • The current Terms and Conditions apply at time of cancellation/transfer, when there there has been an update since time of booking.

Terms & Conditions, most recent revision 2 Jan 2018