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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 TRAINING section for all the details

30 hrs Intensive Breathwork & Pranayama course for Yoga Teachers and Practitioners by Laurent Roure

There are many different yoga systems which embrace pranayama and breathwork and place it at the forefront of their teachings. However, within many Western yoga schools, breathing practices are often treated as an optional addition to asanas and their importance is overlooked and downplayed. However, pranayama is the fourth limb in Patanjali’s eight limbs of yoga and is thus a vital part of an authentic, rewarding and conscientious yoga practice. It is therefore vital to have access to comprehensive teaching within the sphere of the breath if one wants to unlock the full potential of their yoga practice. Practicing pranayama can have a transformative, healing and calming influence on the body and mind. It can be used to change old patterns and cultivate vitality. Learning to balance the breath helps us to balance the mind and consequently our lives.

The course:

The course is spreading over three weekends. You will study theory and breathing techniques for ten hours per weekend. It is advisable to take part of the three weekends to understand the all program and to experience the logical continuity of the all course.

Teachers will be able to use the course as a Continuing Professional Development.

The structure of this breathwork and pranayama course is designed to be easily comprehensible and accessible to all levels: yoga teachers will learn how to give valuable tools to their students simply and safely and other interested practitioners will be able to refine and develop their self-practice.

Participants will gain a well-rounded and detailed knowledge and understanding of pranayama and breathwork in both theory and practice through a clear step-by-step approach. The course is an intensive and condenses what is usually learnt over three to five years into just three weekends and is a great first step towards developing a deeper understanding of pranayama.

At each workshop a PDF handout will be supplied that will outline the subjects to be covered. The handout also includes exercises which you are expected to complete before the next session if you wish to gain the most possible from the course.

During and after the course, Laurent the course tutor will be available to answer any questions you may have, give ongoing support with regards to your self-practice and provide teaching support and advice.

Laurent Roure:
Laurent Roure has been practicing and studying pranayama in the style of Dr. Swami Gitananda Saraswati’s yoga system for many years. He is an advocate for the Gitananda system due to its strong emphasis on physical therapeutics. Laurent’s approach to pranayama also utilises breathing techniques from outside the traditional yogic system and seamlessly embeds them into his practice and teaching. Laurent’s approach is thus finely tuned to be relevant and applicable to our twenty-first century lives.

What Can I Expect from the course?

Weekend one:
● Pranayama and breathwork: history and philosophy.
● Anatomy and physiology of the breath.
● Understanding of the concept of energy.
● The foundation of pranayama: mechanics, rhythms, holistic developments.
● How to develop a self-practice and keeping it going.

Weekend two
● Introduction to ‘’the eight classical Pranayama breaths’’
● The difference qualities, purposes and benefits of each breathing technique: how & why?
● Learning to bring and to use pranayama techniques in our yoga practice and daily life.
● Breath: the gateway to the mind.
● The breath within meditation and relaxation.

Weekend three:
● Definition of breathwork: how does it differ from Pranayama?
● Supplemental breathwork disciplines.
● Breathwork as a healing and support mechanism: anxiety, stress, depression, asthma, sleep disorder etc.
● Analysing the breath and recognising different breathing patterns.
● How to teach pranayama and breathwork to others.

The benefits of breathwork and techniques are many and varied:

● Indispensable tools that help us build a safe and strong physical practice.
● Develops body awareness, concentration, mindfulness, focus, and stamina.
● Decreases feelings of stress and tension.
● Soothes the nervous system.
● Aids muscle relaxation and pain management.
● Helps oxidize the blood and the respiratory system.
● Slows down the heart rate.
● Lowers and stabilizes blood pressure.
● Reduces anxiety and depression.
● Increases energy levels.
● Helps the fight against insomnia and sleeping disorders

When: Sat 10.00-5.00pm (6 hrs + 1hr lunch) Sunday 12:30pm – 5:30pm (4 hrs with a tea and biscuits 15 mins break) .  
Dates - 2020  April 4th,5th – May 2nd,3rd –  May 23rd, 24th 
Cost: £550 with early bird offer £500

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Saturday 8.45-9.45am
Next Course:  November 2nd - December 14th
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When: Monday 1.40-3.00pm
Dates: 28th October - 25th November
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