Well Woman Yoga Therapy (Womb Yoga) Teacher Training | PORTUGAL
10 – 17 May 2018
with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and Sivani Mata Francis
at Gravito, 3270-351 Pedrogao Grande, Portugal
Arrivals Thursday 10 May to begin with a session in the evening, departures after brunch on Thursday 17 May
This course is all about yoga for women’s health and vital energy throughout our lives. It shares techniques to feel, nurture and build the feminine energy of Shakti for the practical healing and benefit of women in all stages of life. This approach to yoga therapy for women’s well-being is founded upon the understanding that conscious respectful awareness of the menstrual cycle, and of cycles in women’s lives are crucial to female vitality, self-respect and spiritual empowerment.
The Well Woman yoga therapy training (also known as Womb Yoga) is for yoga teachers and experienced yoga practitioners who sense that yoga could be of more practical use to all women in managing health, vital energy and well-being. It is also suitable for holistic health-care practitioners with a sound yoga background who are working in the field of women’s health and would like to integrate the healing benefits of yoga with their own therapeutic practice.
The course presents therapeutic and enlivening yoga practices to support all experiences of femininity throughout a woman’s life. Topics covered included menstruation, pre-menstrual tension, fertility, subfertility, optimal fertility, assisted conception, feminine sexuality, perimenopausal mood swings, headaches, hot flushes and post-menopausal health concerns including osteoporosis. It addresses health issues related to the female pelvic organs, including postnatal recovery and prolapse, and other issues of concern to women in particular, such as menstrual pain, low self-esteem, depression, anaemia and eating disorders.
All these issues are addressed within the context of a yoga therapeutic understanding of feminine emotional life, lunar cycles and the play of the elements in the female body. The course encourages you to think and feel for yourself, and aims to provide you with practical tools from yoga therapy and tantric philosophy to help you to build programmes specially suited to the needs of women seeking full vitality and well-being. Conscious respectful awareness of menstrual and other life cycles form the foundation of this approach to yoga therapy for women’s health.
The course combines theory and practice from yoga and tantra to offer you fresh perspectives, new understandings and a deep appreciation of the healing power of yoga as therapy to optimise health and delight in feminine energy. Practices taught include: asana, pranayama, mudra, bandha, deep relaxation and profound meditations including yoga nidra, sound meditations, moving meditations, visualisations and chants to the deep feminine.
The course content and philosophical background is set out in Uma Dinsmore-Tuli’s book Yoni Shakti: A woman’s guide to power and freedom through yoga and tantra. See www.yonishakti.co. As preparation for this training you are asked to read the introduction to Yoni Shakti – freely downloadable from here.
Appraisal: The course concludes with a collaborative examination exercise to consolidate learning, and there are a series of short examination questions for students to complete following the end of the course.
General information about the course can be found here: www.wombyoga.org/training/womb-yoga
Cost and Booking
This course is run by Womb Yoga
The cost for this training is €1160.00 EURO,
this includes all tuition and manual (€775 of the cost). It also includes all meals and accommodation in a shared tipi whilst you are there (€385 of the cost).
If you have a beloved partner who wants to join you in Portugal as a retreat option (not joining the training and attending the drop-in open sessions only, usually one-two a day), the cost for them would be €598.00 EURO
Bringing Children: You are welcome to bring your children to enjoy this beautiful setting in Portgual with you. Babies under one are invited free of charge. For children and babies aged between one and five, we ask for a €40 EURO contribution. For children aged 5 -14years we ask you to pay half the full accommodation and food costs (which would be €192.50). If we end up having lots of children with us, we may organise to have a child-minder, the costs of this can then be shared between the parents.
To book for this training please contact Sivani Mata on firstname.lastname@example.org
The accommodation at Gravito (www.gravito.co.uk) is in comfortable decked tipis. Each tipi has lovely views, is set on an individual terrace and is usually shared between 4 guests.
There are two practice places, a very large authentic yurt from Kyrgyzstan with an elevated wooden floor, and an organically shaped outdoor wooden platform shaded under the trees. There are numerous magical spots on the land including a root circle, meditation garden, holy spring valley, private river swimming beach and more… They have stunning views all around and vast clear skies to marvel at the milky way.
The bathroom at Gravito has 3 showers and a veranda overlooking the permaculture garden and there is a spiral compost toilet with a view. There is a restored barn which has an open kitchen/bar and a dining room with an open fire. Their cooking is vegetarian/vegan, using tasty world recipes with an emphasis on balance and restorative health. They also cater for special diets. Organic/bio-dynamic fresh produce comes from our land or is sourced locally, whilst other items are ordered through our own local co-operative via Suma in England.