embodied dancer - Abby Hoffmann Yoga


embodied dancer - Abby Hoffmann Yoga

embodied dancer

yoga teacher training

2012/2013 prospectus

Where the dancer stands is holy ground

Martha Graham


1 Course aims

2 Why us?

3 Who is this course suitable for?

4 Faculty

8 Course content and structure

10 Careers

11 Assessment and graduation

12 Course dates and costs

13 Application and accreditation

Embodied Dancer contacts 44 7941 922 575

info@abbyhoffmannyoga.com www.abbyhoffmannyoga.com

Welcome! 1

To this unique teacher training, the first of its kind in the UK, that will offer not just a

creative and deep vinyasa-based yoga teacher training, but a unique curriculum

entitled Embodied Dancer. This curriculum draws from a broad knowledge base of somatic

practices, contemporary and classical dance pedagogy, yoga philosophy and embodied


Course Aims

The aim of the course is to provide yoga teachers already teaching and those with a strong

background in movement the opportunity to take their existing skills to a new level.

Embodied Dancer will equip students with the specific tools and knowledge needed to

work with dancers, dance students or performance groups, either as an in-house yoga

teacher for dance companies and dance and theatre trainings or as a provider of 1–1

tuition where needed. Our ultimate aim is to teach you how teach from a place of

exploration, creativity, somatic awareness and flow, and to develop your own

unique style.

If it is not your aim to work with these groups however, this course will still provide you with

an intense and creative experience, above and beyond a basic 200-hour course and will

equip you to teach yoga with a high level of expertise and integrity. Yoga teaching is an art,

and with this in mind this training will approach

the teaching as a creative unfolding, using the

body as a basis for enquiry through the

techniques of asana, pranayama, meditation,

somatic movement, and both experiential and

applied anatomy.

Alongside the training is the intention to

generate a community of highly skilled yoga

teachers who are interested in supporting dancers or performers in their art form, and who

are able to teach alignment-focused, breath-driven classes with the emphasis on injury

prevention, mindful awareness of the moving body and application of the techniques of

yoga to the area of performance and/or dance training.

Why us? 2

There are many excellent yoga teacher trainings on offer currently, but Embodied Dancer

aims to offer a unique experience.

Our core values are:

Small is beautiful! Numbers are limited to 12. This enables an excellent tutor–student

ratio and means you will receive higher levels of supervision and feedback than on most

larger TT’s.

Professional expertise The faculty between them share over 100 years of movement,

yoga and dance experience and are experts in their respective fields with links into

professional practice.

Learning experience All our modules are of post-graduate level and are written and

produced with supporting materials to the highest standards via an online learning

environment. We support you whilst encouraging active learning and self-enquiry.

Training as research This teacher training will enable students to develop as specialists

who can help to grow the small but

increasingly important field of research into

yoga and its application in the field of

dance, performance and education. The

case studies will form an important

contribution to this.

Right: Our venue, Golden Door Yoga

Studio, a fully equipped and intimate space

in Archway. www.dynamicflowyoga.co.uk

Who is this course suitable for? 3

If you are already a dancer, dance educator, physiotherapist, movement practitioner or

dance teacher who wants to incorporate yoga principles into your work then this course is

for you.

If you are already qualified as a yoga teacher at the 200-hour level and wish to delve

deeper into a specialised area such as dance or performance then this course is for you,

as you can gain accreditation at the 500-hour level with Yoga Alliance UK.

Due to the expectation that you will already be a dance or teaching professional, the

course will be held at a higher level than most yoga teacher trainings, since applicants will

already possess a strong understanding of the human body, movement principles and

pedagogical methods from previous dance training and careers.

Pre-requisites: Previous yoga teacher training, experience of teaching movement or

dance, physiotherapy or movement therapy qualifications or similar. All participants are

expected to have an established yoga practice, evidence of which must be supported by

an interview or practice day, or by taking part in one of our tutors’ open classes. Details of

all teachers’ timetables are available on their individual websites. We encourage you to

ask us questions in advance to determine if this course is a fit for you – and us!

Who will you be taught by?

The faculty is comprised of highly experienced teachers, trainers who been practising and

teaching yoga for many years in a variety of traditions. Some of us are also dancers and

performers and so understand the demands and workings of the profession. As course

mentors, our teachers will provide warm, supportive and professional guidance, and you

will have the opportunity to take part in classes with us, as well as observe and assist, the

cornerstone of your development as a teacher

Faculty 4

Aki Omori, Dina Cohen, Marcela Enriquez-Wakeham, Caroline Gill, Jess Glenny

Abby Hoffmann

Abby Hoffmann BA, MA, PhD (Course Director)

Teaching skills, asana, history of yoga and dance, research skills.

Course Mentor www.abbyhoffmannyoga.com

Abby has enjoyed a long relationship with yoga,

starting practice in the 1980’s as a student of

dance and deepening these practices in the

1990’s with astanga vinyasa yoga as taught by

Guruji – Sri K Pattabhi Jois, Hamish Hendry,

John Scott and other long-time practitioners of

the form. Abby has been teaching since 2001

mainly astanga vinyasa and vinyasa flow yoga in

Norwich, London and Cambridge. She has been

a trainer of teachers since 2008 initially with

Camyoga teacher training and latterly with Still

Flowing Yoga in Spain. She is an experienced

lecturer in Higher Education, having taught in the dance department of Middlesex

University and at London Contemporary Dance School, and currently at Northampton

University as Lecturer of Dance. She is also on the faculty of London Contemporary Dance

School’s Summer School. Abby’s recently completed PhD entitled Yoga and the Dancer:

principles of hatha yoga and their contribution to the education of the dancer forms the

basis for this training, and it is envisaged that the course will provide a research forum

from which to inform the dance and yoga communities. Abby is currently a student of the

Leslie Kaminoff Principles of Anatomy course, run by Yoga Anatomy.net.

Jess Glenny Somatic movement, asana, slow


yoga. Course Mentor www.movingprayer.co.uk

Jess has been practising yoga since 1981 and

teaching since 2003. She is a Yoga Register Teacher

at 1,000 (advanced) level, a certified Phoenix Rising

Yoga Therapist and a Registered Somatic Movement

Educator and Therapist. She works with all sorts of

people with all sorts of bodies, but specialises in

working with people with hypermobility and professional dancers. She has a background in

performance dance and taught yoga on the professional dance programme at Greenwich

Dance for many years. Jess teaches astanga vinyasa, vinyasa flow and slow yoga classes

in south-east London, where she also works one-to-one with Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy

clients from all over the country.

Jess says: For me, whatever arises in the body is an opportunity for deepening and

expansion. When we remove the labels from our physical experience and tune into our

body on a subtle level, we begin to become aware that our physical ‘limitations’, our

injuries and imbalances, are our greatest opportunities for liberating our own potential.

Each and every one of our experiences comes to us as the seed of a blessing, as the

invitation to wake up to wild new possibilities for being. Moving body practices teach us

how to receive that blessing.

Caroline Gill Asana and fundamental voice work for

yoga teachers. Course Mentor


www.voicemoves.co.uk www.yogawithacaroline.com

Caroline is a qualified yoga teacher who has practised

yoga and other forms of movement for over 20 years.

She has a background in the visual, musical and

physical arts, and is also a vocalist and performer. She

is particularly interested in the state of conscious

embodiment which arises through regular yoga practice – this state also being the domain

of the performer and indeed of anyone committed to living life to the full! Caroline is

qualified through the LIfe Centre in London at 500-hour level, and her own personal

practice includes two trips to the Astanga Vinyasa Yoga Institute in Mysore, India, and

teacher training and intensive study with teachers including Christopher Gladwell, John

Scott, Richard Freeman, Shiva Rea, Louisa Sear, Donna Farhi, Tias Little, Nancy Gilgoff

and Aadil Palkivala. Main teacher: The Practice!

Additionally, Caroline qualified in 2000 as a voice-movement therapist and works in the

field of vocal arts therapy and voice coaching.

Marcela Enriquez-Wakeham Anatomy and and physiology of asana


Originally from Mexico, Marcela has had a lifelong

passion for movement: she has a degree in

contemporary dance, and has extensively studied

yoga, Pilates, chakra balancing and Buddhist

insight meditation. She is now an Experienced

Registered Yoga Alliance teacher, teaching

Vinyasa flow yoga and anatomy. She is currently

the lead teacher in technique and vinyasa flow and

anatomy for Still Flowing Yoga teacher training in

Ibiza and Thailand, as well as teaching at London’s

Triyoga in Chelsea and Primrose Hill.

Dina Cohen Meditation & Pranayama


Dina teaches at Triyoga and the Life

Centre and runs classes at her home studio

Golden Door. Her teaching is i n s p i r e d by

the f l u i d , b r e a t h-synchronised dance of

astanga vinyasa, the precision and integrity of

Iyengar, the quiet stillness of yin and restorative yoga, and by insight meditation in the

Buddhist tradition. She trained as a Dynamic Yoga teacher in 2000 with Godfrey Devereux

in Ibiza, and has since become accredited with both the British Wheel and the Yoga

Alliance at the advanced 500-hour level, studying intensively with many renowned

teachers worldwide. She is a mentor on the Yoga Campus teacher training programme

and is currently undergoing further training herself in person-centred counselling.

Aki Omori Embodied anatomy and movement exploration. Course Mentor


Course structure and content

Aki has studied many styles of yoga over the last 20

years. She is a Somatic Movement Therapist and

trained in Structural Yoga Therapy. She teaches from

movement principles rather than with the objective of

simply achieving forms. She is also a well recognised

restorative yoga teacher and an experienced

pranayama practitioner. She is inspired by tantra and

devoted to advaita (non-dual) teaching. Aki teaches at

London’s Triyoga, at Soho, Chelsea and Primrose Hill.

Aki is also a keen contact improviser!

The course will take place intensively from October 2012 - July 2013, with some

weekends starting on Friday evening. A typical day is from 10 to 6pm – with a lunch break!

During this time you will be expected to undertake a case study (to be agreed) typically in

a training institution, or with a company or individual performer. This case study will form

an integral part of the final assessment and our exciting research forum.


This module will give students the opportunity to deepen their own inquiry into their

practice and to develop the skills to teach yoga in the vinyasa flow style, modifying

elements of the practice to suit different levels of ability and/or dance background. The

underlying principle of this module is to strengthen and develop personal practice as well

as develop skills in sequencing, demonstration, sensitivity to breath and application of safe

movement/dance practice. Yin yoga, restorative yoga and somatic movement practices are

also explored within this module, as are pranayama and meditation techniques.


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Module Content

! Core strength and bandhas

! Advanced asanas for your own !practice

! Surya namaskar: the many creative approaches

! Different styles of yoga and their relevance to dancers.

! Styles covered on the course: yin yoga, vinyasa flow, astanga vinyasa &

! Restorative

! Hands-on adjustments/assists

! Somatic movement principles

! Pranayama and meditation

! Sequencing and choreography

! Breathing and application to movement/dance practice

12 units. Contact hours 90; study hours 40, including observation and


! Assessed by practical teaching/observation/assisting assignments and practice diary


This module will explore in-depth not only the western anatomical model of the body, but

also the subtle energetic body, as well as the specific biomechanics of dance and

movement. Embedded in the course is Leslie Kaminoff’s Yoga Fundamentals, an online

resource to support the in-class learning which covers 30 hours of learning materials

Module Content

! Overview of the muscular and skeletal systems

! Planes of the body, muscle action introduction to kinesiology

! Anatomy of breath

! Anatomy of the dancer Injury prevention, body type and somatype

2 Units. Contact hours 15; study hours 20

Kaminoff fundamentals 10 units = 20 hours of study time video content/worksheets

Assessed by in-class explorations, written assignment and worksheets

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This module will give you some practical and theoretical tools to equip you to teach well

and safely in a variety of environments. The module will involve both tutor and peer-to-

peer feedback, and support in practical teaching sessions. The module includes one full

day of fundamental voice work for yoga teachers.

Module Content

! Teaching skills

! Class management

! Ethics and responsibilities

! Working in institutions

! Planning and evaluation

! Teaching privately

! Voice work for yoga teachers

4 units. Contact hours 30; study hours 20

Assessment by worksheet and continuous assessment practice diary

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This module will provide students with a theoretical and contextual background to yoga as

it is practiced in the West and will also make links with dance and somatic practices. The

module will also touch into the psychological benefits of yoga for dancers drawing upon

the work of dance and sports psychology

Module Content

! ! Background to modern yoga: Krishnamacharya onward

! ! History of somatic practices

! ! Dance history - the links between East and West

! ! Psychological benefits of yoga for dancers

2 units. Contact hours 15; study hours minimum 30

Assessment by extended essay on selected topic 1500 words

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Independent study and research methods. Taking as a case study, a dancer, performer or

student dancer in training, this module will explore how to research. Using both qualitative

and quantitative methods, students will explore and document the benefits of yoga for the

dancer, performer or individual.

Module Content

Research skills and case study !preparation

1 unit.. 15 hours; Study hours minimum 10 tbc

Assessed by documented case study

Total teaching hours

23 days, 180 contact hours 135 hours self-study and research project: 315 hours total.

Teaching methods

You will learn through practical sessions, lectures, supporting materials, seminars and

research case study.


As yoga and somatic principles are being integrated into dance, performance and drama

education there is a call for movement specialists with yoga expertise. This training will

give you a solid base from which to expand your teaching experience in a variety of

environments as well as becoming a creative and rigorous teacher of asana. As a large

part of the course involves research into movement principles and the efficacy of yoga as

a supplementary practice for dancers and performers, it is envisaged that graduates will

also find opportunities to apply their research skills in the growing field of Dance Science.

Our current students are on placements/teaching practice at The Place (London School of

Contemporary Dance) Russell Maliphant Dance Company, Prague Conservatory of Dance

Course duration and dates

Dates: 2012 October - July 2013. The training is spread over 24 days

2012 October 6th & 27/28

November 24/25 Dec 8/9


2013 Jan 26/27 Feb 16/17 March 23/24 April 6/7 & 27/28 May 25/26 June 15/16

July 27/28

Assessment and graduation

By 100 per cent attendance, written assignment, continuous assessment, research project

and observed teaching practices. Missing modules may result in failure of the course but

can be re-attended at a reduced cost and by prior arrangement with the course director

and faculty. Completion of the course does not guarantee graduation: this is dependent on

passing all areas of the course. Modules can be re-taken at a reduced cost and at the

director’s discretion. Special consideration will be given if illness or emergency are



Total cost £3200 to be paid in two installments of £1600 OR as a one off payment of £2700

or at the director’s discretion in monthly payments. The price includes all course

materials, including a comprehensive course manual, handouts and online classroom


Additional costs

First Aid training (about £70) and Insurance (approximately £100 per year). There is a

reading list, which will be issued before the course starts, and you are expected to buy

several key texts.


Acceptance on the course is by interview, attendance at an introduction day and reference

from a teacher or colleague as to your suitability for the course. We expect that applicants

will have either a substantial history of movement practice and knowledge and experience

of yoga from any tradition or school, but experience of dynamic or vinyasa style practice is

highly encouraged.

To apply in the first instance please email info@abbyhoffmannyoga.com or telephone

07941 575 922


The course is fully accredited through the Yoga Alliance UK www.yogaalliance.co.uk. On

receiving your certificate you can then register as an Registered Yoga Teacher and have

access to the Yoga Alliance’s support, insurance and publicity. Insurance through the YA is

advised as is a current First Aid certificate. At the time of writing additional dance-specific

accreditation is also being investigated through the Council for Dance Education and

Training (CDET).


If becoming a better yoga teacher or enhancing your

practice is a goal for you this year, join us as we

discover the deepest principles of yoga by exploring

the deepest structures of the body.

Yogis: how many times have you stopped mid-asana, wondering about

the sensations you were feeling and wishing you could work with them to

bring you deeper into your practice?

Teachers: how many times have you been approached by a student with

an anatomy question and had no idea how to answer? Would you like to

feel more comfortable in the guidance and adjustments you give your


Now is the time to upgrade your yoga anatomy knowledge by studying

with experts in the field.

Join us as we study with Leslie Kaminoff & Amy

Matthews, world-renowned Yoga Educators,

who are partnering with Embodied Dancer to

bring Yoga Anatomy to life.

How youʼll learn in this course…

This 30-hour workshop covers the

essentials of Yoga Anatomy from

the perspective of the breath, the

spine, and the limbs. The core

concepts of yoga: Prana/Apana,

Sthira/Sukha, Brmhana/Langhana

serve as a lens through which the

vast subject of anatomy becomes

focused, fascinating and immensely


Because the workshop focuses on

grasping fundamental concepts

rather than memorizing endless

details, students can easily embody

the material and put it to practical

use immediately. In addition, there

is a high level of interactivity

through questions, group activities,

demonstrations, and homework


Eligible for CEUs with the Yoga


INTERESTED? CONTACT ABBY info@abbyhoffmannyoga.com & +0044 7941 922 575 FOR ALL THE DETAILS.


Workshop Syllabus

Unit 1: It all starts with a Cell…

Curve Exploration: A physical exploration

introducing the idea of primary and

secondary curves.

Embodying Anatomy: What “embodying”

actually means, and how a knowledge of

anatomy can improve your practice and

your teaching.

Planes in Space: Immediately applicable

teachings about three dimensional planes

in space, and how to layer this knowledge

into teaching asana.

Baby Cobra Exploration: A practice

about following your innate wisdom to

guide your body’s shape-change, and

learning how to invite your students to do

the same.

Unit 2: An Introduction to Bones

Form & Function: How bones are built,

their role in our body, and how to keep

them healthy.

Joints: The definition of a joint, what joints

look like in the body, and how to protect

joints for a lifetime of healthy practice.

Guided Savasana: A guided exploration

of your skeletal system.

Unit 3: The Spine – Evolution &


Evolution & Development: Examining

the spine through the lenses of history and


The Spine – Piece by Piece: A tour of

individual vertebral bodies, their unique

shapes, and clues they hold about optimal


The Spine – Disks and Curves: The

spine as a balancing system, and how to

get out of your own way as you practice.

Physical Exploration: A guided

meditation traveling through the curves of

the spine.

Unit 4: Lower Limbs & Pathways of


Gravity & Levity: How limbs transfer

weight into the earth and gather support

from the earth.

The Foot: How bones and muscles are

arranged in the foot, and what that means

in terms of body structure and support.

The Upper Lower Limb: The structures

at the top of the leg, and how ideas about

the leg affect movement patterns.

Physical Exploration: Awakening the

arches of the feet, and differentiating the

sitz-bones from the tailbone.

Unit 5: Upper Limbs

Stira, Sukha, & Spirals: Opportunities for

stability and mobility, and how to lead

students to safely support themselves with

their upper bodies.

Scapula & the Shoulder Joint: A look at

the most flexible joint in the body, and how

to keep healthy joint space during asana.

Physical Exploration: Exploring the

scapula as part of the arm.

Unit 6: Muscles & Connective Tissue

Form & Function: Elements of the

muscles and connective tissue, what they

do best, and what this means for a yoga


Muscles & Movement patterns: How our

habits can shape our bodies, and how to

develop new, healthy patterns for life.

Physical Exploration: Differentiating

muscle actions across various joints.

Unit 7: Strength & Flexibility

Muscles as a part of the Nervous

system: The intersection between the

muscles and the nervous system, and the

links between your mind and your


Questions, Answers, & Explorations:

An opportunity to assimilate everything

Leslie Kaminoff & Amy Matthews, co-authors of the #1 bestselling

yoga book Yoga Anatomy, have been bringing the study

of anatomy to life for over 31 years.

Together, they share their teachings with a worldwide audience

online through YogaAnatomy.net, and in person in their Advanced

Studies Program at the Breathing Project in NYC.

that’s been learned so far and try out

some concepts through asana.

Physical Exploration: A partner exercise

using therabands, and a seated


Unit 8: The Breath

Prana & Apana: How the most

fundamental truths of yoga can be traced

to the most basic structures in your body.

Making Space: Techniques to release

your habits and allow the breath to move

into new spaces.

Defining the Diaphragm, Pressure &

Pranayama: An introduction to the

primary muscle responsible for breathing,

and a movement exploration.

The Mechanics of Ujjayi: How ujjayi

works, and when it’s effective in practice.

Physical Exploration: A pranayama

practice focused on prana and apana.

Unit 9: Additional Breathing Muscles &


Breathing – The Accessory Muscles:

Which muscles are actually involved in

breathing, and how this often relates to

back pain.

The Bandhas – Practice & Application:

The basics of the bandhas, and how to set

up a sequence so they can happen


In-Class Exploration: A guided

meditation breath exercise.

Unit 10: Putting Theory into Practice

Finding Your Own Way: A culminating

physical practice for embodying anatomy.

In-Class Exploration: Partner exercise

exploring the pathways of weight through

balancing, standing, and arm-support


Presentation of final research project.

INTERESTED? CONTACT ABBY info@abbyhoffmannyoga.com & +0044 7941 922 575 FOR ALL THE DETAILS.

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