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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

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 For Health with Sophie Matthew

woman performing yoga pose buddha konasana
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:  April 21st - May 19th
Cost: £55 for 5 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: tba
Cost: £20
Teacher: Nigel 

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 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:  April 16th - May 21st
Teacher: Rebecca Small 
Cost: 6 weeks  £66

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:  April 19th - May 24th
Teacher: Ian
Cost:  6 weeks - £66 

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:  April 11th - May 16th  
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 2.00-3.00pm
Dates:  May 1st, 8th, 15th 22nd
Teacher: Anna Wise
Cost:  4 weeks - £45