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BWY Foundation Courses 

Add your content hereThis 60-hour course is designed to explore yoga in more depth. It includes practical and theoretical work on asana, pranayama, concentration and meditation as well as topics such as the history of yoga and the different paths and schools of yoga as well as an introduction to basic yoga philosophy - the yoga Sutras of Patanjali and the Hathayogapradipika and more.

This course is intended for students who would like to develop their knowledge of yoga further as well as for those wanting to train as teachers as it provides them with a good introduction to our Certificate and Diploma teaching courses.

We have courses running throughout the year with experienced BWY qualified teachers.  Please see the BWY COURSES section for all the details

Diploma in Thai Yoga Massage with Amy Ku Redler

An opportunity to gain a solid grounding in the art of Thai Yoga Massage, the diploma course is ideal for Yoga and Pilates teachers and other therapists keen to broaden and deepen their skills and to enhance their careers. Thumb, palm, elbow, knee and foot pressure, combined with gentle applied Hatha based Yoga stretches are used by the masseur to stimulate and balance the energy flow and release blockages, leading to increased vitality and wellbeing. 

A great deal of attention will be given to your posture and ways that you work as a practitioner in order to move with ease and stability. It offers valuable skills for already existing professionals, Yoga and Pilates Teachers, Dancers, Actors, Physiotherapists, Osteopaths, Therapists and all those who would like develop the skills they already have and learn new and innovative ones to complement their knowledge of the body-mind relationship. The roots of Thai Yoga Massage are in yoga philosophy. It is unknown how much Chinese and other Eastern forms of medicine have influenced, but it is evident that there are overlaps.
The dialogue and cross fertilisation between different massages and healing modalities continue on to this day. We will start each teaching day with a mindfulness and loving kindness meditation to centre and prepare ourselves for our day. 

We then proceed to go through the course material over six weekends to build a therapeutic toolbox of acupressure (trigger) points, applied hatha yoga stretches, and energy line work. We will think about how to tailor a treatment to suit an individual’s needs. We will learn how to approach our work mindfully to create the best conditions for healing and supporting the emotional, physical, psychological and spiritual/energetic aspects of the individual. 

Thai Yoga Massage is beneficial for those who are interested in, and open to, healing/energy work, but also those who need a health and wellbeing MOT, a physical workout, or who want to deal with a specific injury. The training will culminate in a practical and theoretical examination.

To contact Amy or view her website please see:

Saturdays and Sundays in 2018
April 28, 29,  May 5, 6, May 26,27,  June 30,  July 1, July 28, 29,  Sept 29, 30.

Price: £995 plus course manual and examination fee £175.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction with Sophie Matthew

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Mindfulness has been clinically proven to reduce stress, promote feelings of wellbeing and improve mental and physical health.
This 8 week course was developed for people suffering from stress related problems and over the past three decades it has become internationally recognised. Research continues to underline its effectiveness and in the UK it has been introduced into the NHS, schools and Parliament.
You will learn to become less anxious and live in a calmer, more empowered way when you find yourself facing the turmoil and chaos of modern day living. You will develop skills to deal with stress, anxiety and difficult emotions leaving you feeling less overwhelmed and more fulfilled.
As well as meditation skills you will learn various methods to take what you learn into your everyday life. 

Next course dates to be arranged.
For queries or information contact Sophie:

07956 666 458

Sophie Matthew has been practicing mindfulness meditation for 6 years. She is an accredited mindfulness teacher with Breathworks and the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at the University of Bangor. Sophie has a strong personal practice and attends regular retreats. She adheres to the UK Network of Mindfulness-based Teachers Good Practice Guidelines.
Sophie has found mindfulness to be invaluable in helping both with stress and living with chronic pain. We all suffer stress to some extent in our lives and mindfulness helps us to live a fuller, richer and more content life in the midst of it all.

"You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf."
Jon Kabat-Zinn

B.W.Y. Module on the History and Philosophy of Yoga with Peter Connolly

This course is for all BWY members who want to develop their knowledge and understanding of the yoga tradition. It will explore the emergence and development of yogic ideas and practices in ancient and medieval India. Key themes will be:
(1) the interplay between orthodox brahmanical traditions (as found in texts such as the Upanisads, the Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Sutra) and heterodox ones such as Buddhism and Jainism in terms of who borrowed what from whom;
(2) the differences in the world-views of the major yogic traditions and how we can make sense of them;
(3) the identification of common patterns that run through the various forms of yoga, and
(4) the importance of studying original sources rather than people's interpretations of them. A brief introduction to philosophical and historical methods will also be provided.

All sessions will mix presentations from Peter with question, answer and discussion slots. Small group work on key texts and practical activities are also a feature of this module.  Students will be required to undertake preparatory reading for each session and there will be one formal assessment, a short presentation to the group on a topic of your choice. That said, this course is for you, the participant. So bring along all those questions, queries wonderings and hunches that you have about the history and philosophy of yoga and share them with us.

Peter Connolly
Peter Connolly studied for BA, MA and PhD degrees in Comparative Religion and Philosophy at the University of Lancaster and a BSc in Psychology with the Open University. He has taught Indian religion and philosophy on BA and MA courses for over 30 years and has worked with various yoga organisations throughout that time. He is interested in how people go about constructing histories of yoga and the methods they use for making sense of yoga texts. He is also fascinated by all forms of altered states of consciousness and has trained in both Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and hypnosis, both of which offer an interesting perspective on the psychology of yoga. His classes are well known for their clarity of exposition and informal style.

For more details or any queries, please contact Peter -

When: Sundays 12.30-6.15pm

Dates: Jan 21, Feb 18, March 25, April 22, June 10, July 8, sept 16 and October 21. 
Cost: £700 (this includes the £60 
                                 registration fee)
Teacher: Peter Connolly

To book call Nigel 07725950683 or email

Iyengar yoga course

A course for either total beginners to yoga or for students who have done some before. You will be learning a range of standard yoga postures taught in a precise and detailed way by Julie de Seneville, a teacher of many years experience. A range of standing postures, sitting postures, balances and ending each class with a relaxation. Specific emphasis on modifying and adjusting postures so that each individual gets maximum benefit. Julie is very skilled at varying things for everyone in the class and will often use a range of yoga equipment to make each posture accessible to all.

Saturday 8.45-9.45am
Next Course: Nov 4th - Dec 16th
Cost: £77 for 7 weeks
Teacher: Julie de Seneville

Astanga yoga early morning self practice

A small, private, closed Ashtanga self practice group held every Friday from 07:00-08:30. The sessions will go ahead if enough individuals register their interest (4-6 people) and commit to ten sessions.

Self practice in Ashtanga is a way of teaching that allows the student to practice at their own speed and progress in the Ashtanga sequence at their own ability and pace.  It is a private session held in a group setting. 

Dimitris has been practicing Ashtanga daily for more than a decade and teaching for seven years. His focus is on the breath and on working with the body to allow the transformative energy of the practice to take effect.

Please contact Dimitris at for more information and pricing.  

Astanga yoga beginners course

This course is suitable for either total beginners to yoga, or beginners to astanga yoga or to people who have previously done a beginners course and are in need of a recap. On the course you will learn the specific breathing technique involved in the practice, a safe and detailed look at the sun-salutations, which form the basis of the sequence, and a certain number of standing postures, which we will look at in detail. The practice of astanga yoga is potentially very strong and energetic, but should always be practised in a safe, controlled way, and these beginners courses are intended to give you a good solid foundation to take it further if you wish. Even if you are quite experienced in other forms of yoga, if you intend to start practising astanga, we would advise you to begin with a beginners course.

When:  Monday 6.30-7.30pm
Dates:  October 30th - December 18th 
Teacher: Rebecca Small 
Cost: 8 weeks -  £88

Astanga yoga general level course

Term time courses in astanga yoga. On the course we will work through the sun-salutations and standing postures of astanga yoga.  We will go through these each week plus a selection of postures from the primary series as well as working on headstand, shoulder stand and hand stand from time to time.  Ian will teach the course according to the level of the group, but this is mainly for students with some experience.

When: Thursday 8.00-9.00pm
Dates:  Nov 2nd - Dec 14th
Teacher: Ian
Cost:  7 weeks - £77 

Beginners/improvers course

If you are new to yoga, then this course is for you. It will teach you the basics of Hatha Yoga, which is the foundation of the physical yoga practice and most modern styles. On this course you will learn frequently used poses from the main categories (standing, forward bends, twists, backbends, side bends and inversions), including classical Sun Salutations. We will do some breath work, and also look at structural alignment and modifications for individual needs. You will gradually build strength, flexibility and stamina, as well as develop mind and body awareness.

When:  Wednesdays 6.30-7.30pm
Dates:  Nov 8th - Dec 13th
Teacher:  Freddie
Cost:  6 weeks - £66

Baby massage

Massage is a wonderful way of communicating with a baby, strengthening the bond between parent and child. Learning baby massage can give parents increased confidence in handling their babies and better understanding of non-verbal communication. Massage enhances a baby’s feeling of being loved and respected, as well as improving body-mind awareness, co-ordination and brain development. 4 week courses – each week will deal with a different part of the massage sequence, building up to a full body massage

When: Tuesday 1.45-2.45pm
Dates:  November 14th, 21st, 28th, Dec 5th
Teacher: Anna Wise
Cost:  4 weeks - £45