Day 1: Grounding, Orientation and Agency
In this day we will experientially explore different ways we can access and bring to practice, these key foundational guides into presence and safety. This is particularly important for those with chronic stress, trauma, anxiety and pain. We will cover how to guide these skills of drawing people kindly back to their present moment experience and needs.
Day 2: Observing and Responding to Needs
In this day we will bring to life how we recognise signs of need through body signs and responses. This can highlight our habits of pushing into our bodies and letting the head run the show. This is where imposing our will towards goal-orientation or fixing can run roughshod over deeper body feelings and needs. Stepping back to feel – rather than thinking – our way through a physical practice can bring us back to the healing of whole.
Day 3: The Language of Embodied Awareness
In this day we experience the real reception of our internal and external languaging on all aspects of our being. When many messages in the modern world are of a critical, punishing and judgmental nature, there is ever more need for our yoga teaching language to be invitational, compassionate and easeful. We will feel out our responses to instructions that are insistent and willful, countering these to find our own authentic voices of speaking to bodies and minds with kindness.
Day 4: Resourcing Yourself to Support Others
In this day we acknowledge and meet the tendencies of compassion fatigue in those who give to others. Turning our kind attention inwards, we can recognise our deep need to have our survival needs met, before we can have any access to growth or self-actualisation. Recognising that co-regulation with students is part of teaching yoga, we explore how we can offer this without depleting our own resources. Also how our own boundaries allow us to support others on many levels.