yoga teacher training
Where the dancer stands is holy ground
1 Course aims
2 Why us?
3 Who is this course suitable for?
8 Course content and structure
11 Assessment and graduation
12 Course dates and costs
13 Application and accreditation
Embodied Dancer contacts 44 7941 922 575
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Aki Omori, Dina Cohen, Marcela Enriquez-Wakeham, Caroline Gill, Jess Glenny
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
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.
Module 1. ASANA PRACTICE AND TECHNIQUES
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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! 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 &
! 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
Module 2 ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY
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
! 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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Module 3 METHODOLOGY AND ART OF TEACHING
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.
! 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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Module 4 HISTORY & THEORY
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
! ! 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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Module 5 RESEARCH PROJECT/PLACEMENT
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.
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.
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
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
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
To apply in the first instance please email firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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,
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
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Unit 1: It all starts with a Cell…
Curve Exploration: A physical exploration
introducing the idea of primary and
Embodying Anatomy: What “embodying”
actually means, and how a knowledge of
anatomy can improve your practice and
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
Unit 2: An Introduction to Bones
Form & Function: How bones are built,
their role in our body, and how to keep
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
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
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.
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