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BWY Foundation Courses and Teacher Training courses 

The 60-hour Foundation 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 2 foundation courses starting in the next few months.

The longer Teacher Training courses involve a more in depth look at teaching techniques, lesson planning, anatomy, modifying and adapting postures for all needs, and teaching practice within the course.  We have a Certificate course starting in September this year.

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

Mindfulness For Health with Sophie Matthew

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This 8 week course is based on the work of Vidyamala Burch, an internationally respected leader in the field of Mindfulness Based Pain Management. The course book ‘Mindfulness for Health’ won first prize for popular medicine in the 2014 British Medical Association Awards.

Most people completing the course report lasting benefits, including:

• A greater capacity to manage their health symptoms
• An increased ability to relax and experienced calm
• More energy, enthusiasm and appreciation of life

People with back pain, arthritis, diabetes, MS, Chronic Fatigue, cancer, whiplash, migraines, fibromyalgia and many other conditions have benefited from this course.

Course dates: - Thursdays 2.30-5.00pm   next course January 2019 -dates tba   8 week course
Cost:  £190 ( concessions available)

For queries or information contact Sophie:

07956 666 458

Sophie Matthew has been practicing mindfulness meditation for 7 years and is an accredited mindfulness teacher. She has trained with Breathworks (for whom she is also an associate teacher), the University of Bangor and the Mindfulness in Schools Project. She teaches several different mindfulness courses as well as delivering workshops and taster sessions for organisations and working one to one. She adheres to the UK Network of Mindfulness-based Teachers Good Practice Guidelines and is supervised via the Mindfulness Network CIC as well, as well as supervising herself.

Mindfulness has transformed Sophie’s life and she is passionate about sharing the benefits. We all suffer from stress, illness and pain 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 -

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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:  September 8th - October 13th
Cost: £66 for 6 weeks
Teacher: Julie de Seneville

Introduction to Yoga workshop

If you are a beginner to yoga and are wondering what sort of things to expect in a yoga class, then you might benefit from coming along to this workshop.  We will explain what sort of things happen in classes; why there are so many different styles; the benefits of doing yoga regularly; and we will try 3 short classes of distinctly different types of yoga.  There will be lots of time to ask questions, and Nigel will be able to advise you on which classes would be best for you to attend at the studio, and also give other general advice about yoga in general.  Please feel free to call Nigel on 07725950683 if you have any queries in advance.

When: dates t.b.a. 
Cost: £25
Teacher: Nigel 

Astanga yoga beginners course

This course is suitable for total beginners to yoga, or for people who have done other types of yoga but not astanga.  On the course you will go through the sun-salutations, standing postures, some of the primary series, and the finishing postures of astanga yoga, looking at safe ways to practice each posture and movement, with a range of modifications where necessary.

When:  Monday 6.30-7.30pm
Dates: September 24th - October 29th
Teacher: Ian Stoneham
Cost: 6 weeks  £66