Yoga Like Water:
Teacher Training and Immersion Course
In 2017 we have two courses running:
Why not train to become a yoga teacher or just immerse yourself in a much deeper practice for a year. At the same time get to spend time in glorious North Devon or Morocco and after classes go surfing, kayaking, paddle-boarding or just sit on the beach and watch the sun go down?
I find that many people want to deepen their practice but feel that a teacher training is the only way to go about it, which isn't true. The reality is that there is a glut of yoga teachers, many of them have very little experience of self-practice and half empty classes. Simply wanting a teaching qualification as a means to make extra money is a very poor motivation for taking this course. However I do understand that many people will sensibly want to add this option at the same time as delving deeper into their own journey.
The 'Yoga Like Water' courses provide a deep immersion into yoga for yogis, existing teachers or those wishing to teach with a much deeper understanding of yoga. It encourages self discovery, inner exploration as well as pushing the boundaries of understanding your existing physical and spiritual practice. We want you to discover your own path in yoga, not simply take on someone else's ideas and pass them on. The course offers a very 'hands on' approach. You will be encouraged to get involved, offer your own opinions and develop your own style of practice and teaching right from the start. If you are happy with not being spoon fed other peoples ideas and beliefs then this might well be the course for you!
We have never believed that a piece of paper can qualify anyone to teach yoga to others. Any qualification can never replace your own dedicated self practice and understanding of yoga-after all if you don't understand your own practice how can you expect to help anyone else understand theirs? For those that want to facilitate the yoga journey of others afterwards, we offer a simultaneous, recognized 'Yoga Like Water' teaching qualification. You will not be restricted to any style or method of teaching, in fact we want you to develop your own style as a yoga 'guide' and moreover we want you to encourage others to follow their own inner teachers as well.
The Yoga Like Water course is recognized by the Independent Yoga Network, who fully embrace all styles of yoga that follow the principles of ahimsa (non harming) and satya (truth) and encourage teachers to teach in a style that is authentic to them. It is also recognised by REPS (The Register of Exercise Professionals). As a member of the Independent Yoga Network you have access to their group insurance which covers you to teach anywhere in the world (though you may have to pay extra to cover the USA and Canada). Alternatively you can take out insurance through REPS.
True to our ideals it is of no particular yoga style; not affiliated to any one organisation or association.
The course will cover all the basics of the eight limbs of yoga, yet will also go much deeper and incorporate a wide variety of teachers,passionate about their particular field of expertise. From specialists in various fields of yoga from breath to partner work, through to physiology, anatomy and mindfulness meditation instructors. Our aim is that everyone on the close will explore yoga for themselves and take with them what most people would class as advanced teaching skills, but what we consider to be the fundamental skills of a good teacher or practitioner.
Regardless of whether you choose the residential or year long option. the format is the same:
Self-guided practices and suggested reading between sessions will encourage you to take your own understanding ever deeper, your physical asana, meditation and pranayama will progress quicker than you could ever expect as you start to really feel your yoga practice rather than 'think' it
Additional Course Facilitators
I don't believe that one person should be responsible for delivering his or her opinions to others on a course of any kind, especially this one where the emphasis is to encourage an exploration of your 'own path'. So whilst I will deliver the backbone of the training, I have enlisted the help of some very special teachers to deliver parts of the course of which they have far greater knowledge than me, from pranayama to pilates; partner yoga to restorative, we intend to stay true to our promise of moving beyond yoga.