Cat and Phil Weekend 6&7 July 2019, EHU, Ormskirk

From the fashion floors of Condé Nast in New York to the wooden floors of Sangyé Yoga School, cat had officially traded in her Manolo Blahniks for a more ‘grounded’ approach to life
…in bare feet.
Cat is originally from New York City and has been calling London home since spring 2004. She feels very privileged and grateful to have been involved with the previous incarnation of Sangyé Yoga School (Jivamukti Yoga London) since its inception and manifestation in 2005. With sincere love and admiration, she thanks Manizeh and Danny Rimer for always seeing the best in her. She convinced them to give her a “job” to help run the studio but they kindly encouraged her to serve in a greater capacity.
Simply put, just another ordinary yoga teacher who happened to pick up some titles along the way: Advanced Certified (Jivamukti), SYT (Senior Yoga Teacher – Yoga Alliance UK) and Co-Director of SYS alongside her husband Phil…
…phil is enjoying the second decade of committed daily yoga practice- the first ten years were the hardest!
reluctant to teach & slow to learn- he eventually came to understand that teaching was an extension of practice- in being able to share some insights and the stillness that can be experienced. phil (almost) completed a 10 year apprenticeship with cat alip-douglas. by his own admission, he was “most likely the worst apprentice she has ever had”. despite this, he regularly co-teaches with her on retreats & workshops.

We love welcoming Cat and Phil to the North West – Join them @ £30 per workshop or buy all three for £80

Saturday 6th JULY 10.30 – 1.30

Buddhism: The Four Preliminaries/Reminders  and practicing with awareness.
Asana components: Complete and somewhat challenging vinayasa practice beginning with foundational elements that are often rushed through. The pace will be slow and steady (usually the challenge:), exploring the effect of breath and movement integration on the quality of the mind.
Suitable for all levels including adventurous beginners.

Saturday 6th JULY 3-6pm

 Emptiness (shunyata) or selfless-ness (non-self)  is a key concept in Mahayana Buddhist philosophy. This workshop will begin with a brief introduction on how we erroneously grasp at a sense of self that is intrinsically real – convinced that it is really real! We will then explore some of the inverted postures. Often these postures can be amongst the most psychologically challenging to learn, with a natural sense of fear. This process can highlight the self-grasping that arises which gives birth to a heightened level of fear.  Asana components: Complete vinyasa practice incorporating headstand, forearm stand, and how to approach handstand will be covered. Suitable for all levels, except complete beginners.  

Sunday 7th July 9am – 12pm

Vehicles of Buddhism: This workshop will introduce the 3 turnings of the Dharmic Wheel and aim to give a brief overview of the characteristics of each development.We will then look at some of the deeper back bending postures. Back bending can also be amongst the most dis-stressing postures to learn in the beginning stages of practice. However, due to the lack of intrinsic reality to the postures, with time and intelligent practice they can shift from the impossible to the not only possible, but actually blissful. 
Assana components: Complete vinyasa practice incorporating various techniques on back bending. Be prepared to receive homework!
Suitable for all levels, except complete beginners.


Teacher Tune Ups

Our Teacher Tune ups are designed for both practicing teachers and yoga students who wish to go a little deeper with their study. All are accredited CEP hours with Yoga Alliance.

In 2019 our provision is hosted at Edge Hill University Ormskirk, or Ella and Fleur Hot Yoga, Cheltenham.

STORIES OF YOGA – The Mythology behind the posture In these sessions, asana will interweave asana practice with mythic narrative and yogic teachings to create a rich experience of alignment. We will explore these teachings in both their historical context, as well as how we, as modern yogis, may derive meaning from these ancient wisdom traditions. Each session will be asana based AND will explore tales from Mahabharata, Gita and other sources. Each workshop explores philosophical teachings and/or a mythic narrative of yoga, and we write ourselves into the stories through practices of asana, pranayama and meditation. Bring an open mind, a courageous heart, and a readiness to play and work hard, with a desire to bring the great teachings of yoga directly into your life. Suited for Yoga Teahcers, as we will be building in how to use this content in your teaching. Saturday 23rd November /// 9am – 5pm /// £50 /// ELLA & FLEUR HOT YOGA /// Tutor: Emily Young

yoga teacher training

Emily Young Yoga Professional Development programs are designed to produce confident yoga teachers trained in the traditions and history of classical yoga and grown though learner centred, appropriate functional movement; informed by contemporary research and exercise science.

We strive to open the doors to yoga in any setting and to any body.

We believe in a community of practice, formed by people who engage in a process of collective learning, in a shared domain of human endeavour.

We function in an informed, qualified and professional quality assured environment.

We strive to instill the qualities of self-discipline, respect, and awareness to each one of our students by emphasizing the importance of following the yamas (social code) and niyamas (personal code), the practices of pranayama, meditation, and asana, and the study of philosophy.

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