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Teacher Training course with Tara Fraser in Devon

A 300 hour BWYQ Level 4 Certificate Course over 18 months beginning June 24th 2017 in Tiverton, Devon

160 tutor contact hours over 18 months delivered in 23 meetings, mostly Saturdays with 5 full weekends (Saturday and Sunday)
No meetings during school holidays (Summer, Easter and Christmas).  Additional online Anatomy and Physiology Course.  Option
to upgrade training to full BWYQ level 4 Diploma course a year or more after completion.

Full information and application form available from

BWY Foundation Course with Bram Williams

This 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. 

For a full syllabus or any enquiries please email us or call Nigel on 07725950683

When: Saturday 10.00-5.00pm
Dates: Sept 16th, Oct 7th, Nov 11th, Dec 2nd,
Jan 20th, Feb 10th, Feb 24th, March 24th.
Price: £660 plus membership of the bwy (£34)
Teacher: Bram Williams

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:

Dates to be arranged

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

Simply Sutras - a study course on the Yoga Sutras with Wendy Haring

A study course on book 2 of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras.  The course will consist of chanting, discussions on meaning and interpretation, meditative practice, with asana and pranayama.  Wendy is a BWY Diploma teacher with many years of experience of studying and teaching of the Sutras.
Meetings on May 21st, June 18th, July 2nd, Sept 2nd, Oct 22nd, Nov 5th, Dec 10th
For more information or to book, please contact Wendy at or call 07719879798

When: Sundays 2.00-5.30pm
Date: May 21st - Dec 10th 2017
Cost: £350
Teacher: Wendy Haring

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: Saturdays 10.30-5.00pm
Dates: 2017 - Sept 23rd, Oct 28th, Dec 16th, 
             2018 -Jan 13th, Feb 3rd, March 10th, 
                        April 14th, May 12th.
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: June 3rd - July 15th
Cost: £77 for 7 weeks
Teacher: Julie de Seneville

Astanga self practice beginners course

Learn astanga yoga in the traditional way.  Early morning self practice, or Mysore style, is the time honoured way that astanga yoga has been passed down over the years.  In these classes you will be taught one to one within the class, with lots of personal attention from Dimitris, who will guide you safely and securely posture by posture through the traditional sequence of postures.  You will learn by repetition and can practice totally at your own pace.  Start and finish anytime within the timings of the class.  Special offer of 8 classes for £60 for beginners to this type of class

When: Tuesdays 7.00-9.00am and Fridays 7.00-9.00am
Next Course: Start anytime
Cost: £60 for 8 successive classes
Teacher: Dimitris

Please email or call with any queries.

Astanga yoga non-beginners course

Term time course for people familiar with astanga yoga. You must be reasonably familiar with at least the sun-salutations and standing postures of astanga yoga. On the course 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 head stand from time to time.

When:  Monday 6.30-7.30pm
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Cost/Duration:  June 26th - July 31st
                               6 weeks - £66
Teacher:  Freddie

Astanga yoga beginners/improvers 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. 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: Thursday 8.00-9.00pm
Next Course:  June 22nd - August 3rd
Cost/Duration: £77 - 7 week course
Teacher: Ian

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:  June 28th - July 26th
Tutor:  Freddie
Cost:  5 weeks - £55

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 2.00-3.00pm
Cost: £45 for 4 weeks
Teacher: Anna Wise
Next Course: - September - dates to be confirmed