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COURSE CONTENTS OVERVIEW
The aim of the course is to restore an understanding of the progressive relationship of the different limbs of yoga for the purification of the body and mind. Participants will gain a broad knowledge of the diverse systems that comprise and inform the yoga tradition. The course will include:
- Practice and theory covering both hatha yoga & meditation
- Therapeutic Yoga for a range of common and chronic health problems
- Specialised training in Kaya chikitsa and Kaya samvadhana therapeutic yoga and massage (Bio Neuron Feedback Mechanism)
- Asana practice from beginner to advanced level. The focus will be on understanding the principles that underlie the sequencing of asanas.
- Important kriya, pranayama, mudra and bandana techniques not commonly practiced in the West
- Sessions led by visiting faculty, covering topics such as anatomy and physiology, Ayurveda, Acupressure and Sujok
- A four day intensive meditation course based on the teachings of Buddha, Patanjali, and Shankaracharya.
- Introduction to Indian philosophy
ALV KUMAR- Lead Teacher
Kumar’s experience spans five decades. His teaching is informed by his lifelong learning, extensive knowledge and deep understanding of Indian yoga traditions. Kumar has studied in over 37 yoga ashrams with some of India’s most renowned teachers. The first teachers to introduce him to meditation were close disciples of Swami Sivananda, Satyananda Saraswati and Vishnudevananda with whom Kumar worked closely. Following this he was trained at the Bihar School of Yoga and in various Kriya Yoga traditions, including Babaji Kriya yoga. He went on to study directly with BKSIyengar and then Pattabhi Jois. As a meditation practitioner and teacher, he has studied in all the main Indian traditions, and in Buddhist traditions in Thailand, Sri Lanka and Myanmar. His interest in teaching came about as a result of a car crash in 1992 that resulted in complete paralysis of the lower body. He used his knowledge of yoga to restore his body to full health. Following this experience he decided to dedicate as much time as possible to teaching yoga to heal both body and mind. As well as being a reputed scientist, Kumar has taught more than 15,000 people in India on a voluntary basis. He was recently honoured with the Bharat Jyoti Award and the Glory of India Award for his outstanding public service in the field of yoga. Kumar has been teaching in Britain since 2007 and has many committed students from the Uk where he runs annual retreats and workshops. He has trained yoga teachers from the USA, Germany, Italy, China and Australia and is a Yoga Alliance registered E-RYT trainer.
CATRIONA BROKENSHIRE-Assistant teacher
Catriona originally trained with Godfrey Devereux at The Life Centre; she then went on to complete a BWY Diploma course. Her main practise was initially Astanga Vinyasa and she practised regularly with John Scott for 2 years. In 1996 she met Shandor Remete who became her major influence. Catriona went on to study with Swami Veda Bharati (disciple of Swami Rama) and Dr Rolf Sovik, spiritual director of The Himalayan Institute. Catriona has attended Dr Sovik’s advanced trainings and recently ompleted a 3-year Subtle Integration Therapy course. She has been studying meditation with Kumar since 2011. Catriona is a Board Member and part of the teaching faculty on The Life Centre Teacher Training Programme and teaches primarily at The Life Centre, Yoga Campus and Triyoga in London. She is registered 500-hour Yoga Alliance teacher.
PATRICIA KENDRICK-Assistant teacher
Patty has practiced Yoga for over twenty years and was initially trained in the Iyengar Tradition before going on to explore other methods. She has studied with Geeta Iyengar and Devki Desai from Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Institute in Pune, and with renowned trainers Julie Gudmestad and Donna Fahri among others. Patty recently qualified as a Hanna Somatic Coach which is an affective form of Neuromuscular mind body training. Patty now trains primarily with Kumar with whom she has been working since 2010.
RAQUEL ALVES-Assistant teacher
Raquel started teaching in 1992, she is qualified with Para Yoga (Rod Stryker), British Wheel of Yoga, Sivananda. Originallyfrom Africa, she now lives in the UK. She also practiced Ashtanga yoga for years under John Scott and spent 4 months in Mysore with Sri Pathabi Jois, previously she did Iyengar Yoga. She is a Mentor for the Teacher training program at Yoga Campus/Life Centre and runs Foundation courses for the British Wheel of Yoga.