Six Part Therapy Training Course (Yoga Chikitsa)
This course is a comprehensive and multi faceted course. Ameliorating that which hinders, distresses and binds us is what the applied art and science of yoga therapy is. The teacher learns not just what list of poses to give, but how to look into and understand that there are various presenting facets of the each individual obstacle that is linked to a core of causation and consequence. It is multifaceted in that the teacher learns to address a full range of the obstacles of distress and ill-ease that arise in their students; from the physical to the physiological to the neuro-psychological. It addresses both structure and function of the body and brings a parallel of the structure and function of asana as a healing mode. As the series is structured from the learning point of view, there it is a requirement to attend the course sequentially. This course is suitable for the situation where there is a number of already certified and experienced teachers wishing to attend the series.
Four Days Understanding From the Base
The purpose of these four day sessions is to link the teacher with ways to help the students attending their classes. In each session we undertake an in-depth study of the subject of each four day block. The teacher studies the dynamics, Statics, co-ordinations and integrations of the asanas they teach their students – how the asana(s) interact with the whole student, as well as effect change in a part of the student. The first two days is the study and observation of the asanas and of the students performing, this leads onto an understanding of how to adjust, adapt, arrange and organise the asana(s) to bring benefit as well as knowledge to the student. These four day sessions are for the teacher, however the experienced and interested student can attend days 1 and 2 of any session.
Through the regions
These sessions are an investigation into a “region or Loka” of the body. It is suitable for the teacher as well as those mature students who wish to undertake a deeper study of a specific region.
According to Indian Philosophy there are fourteen realms or divisions of the universe: seven above and seven below. Each of these realms (loka) correspond to a region of the body : bhuloka – pelvic region, bhuvarloka – navel region, suvarloka – diaphragm, mahaloka – heart, janoloka – neck, tapoloka – eyebrow centre and satyaloka – crown of the head. The regions below are : atala – the hips, vitala – the thighs, sutala – the knees, rasatala – the calves, talatala – the ankles, mahatala – the metatarsals, and patala – the soles of the feet. See III.27 in Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali – BKS Iyengar, Harper Collins, London
Special Therapy Cases
These sessions are for certified teachers of Iyengar Yoga who are working in a therapeutic situation with complex cases. During the session I offer guidance to the teachers on how to proceed with their student.