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Continuing Professional Development

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is an essential component of professional and personal life.  Friends of Yoga members offer a wide range of opportunities for members to complete the required CPD days. Further details on your options for CPD are available from Training Standards Officer Aimee Newton 07968 160657 or

Below are some of the CPD days currently offered.  Booking with the organiser is essential.


Introduction to Intelligent Yoga

with Pete Blackaby
Sunday 26th November 2017
Time : 10.30 – 16.30
At The Virginia Water Community Centre
35 Cabrera Avenue, Virginia Water, Surrey, GU25 4EY.
Cost £55

To reserve a place or if you have any queries, please contact Victoria James, preferably by email (please note new email address) : or call 07917 448344.
Yoga with its associated techniques has been growing as a system in the west for at least 50 years. Whilst it has undoubtedly brought huge benefits and deep insights into our culture there are a few things that are worthy of review and redirecting. The way we practice asana may be one of them.

On this workshop I will put forward the view that some asanas are not at all helpful, possibly harmful, and that the emphasis on the exercise element is misplaced. I would like to put forward the perspective that the practice we do in Yoga is to help us understand ourselves and our responses to the world better, we do this through physical practice, but our attention is on sensation and feelings rather than execution and performance.

Balancing Mind, Body & the Books!

Birch Tree Yoga Studio, Wickham, Hants
TIME: 10am-4.30pm
TUTORS: Victoria Bedford & Karen Percival
SATURDAY 2nd September 2017 10am-4.30pm

COST £60
(12 spaces only)
In this workshop we will look at the practicalities of being a yoga teacher & running a yoga business.

Drawing on Victoria's experience of being an accountant & Karens experience of being a secondary school teacher and running a successful private yoga studio for the past 8 years.
The morning will be a practical session with Karen, focussing on strength & balance in Asana practice, how to create lesson plans that flow, how to differentiate for less/more able students and how to build towards a challenging pose ie. Headstands.

Then after lunch, Victoria will deliver a session on how to manage the finances, make a tax return and VAT. Finishing with a balancing pranayama & meditation practice.

A day of practical inspiration with

Saturday 21st April 2018, 10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m.
At Aston Parish Hall, Rosegarth Avenue, Aston, Sheffield, S26 2DB
(1 mile from Junction 31 on the M1). This day is being subsidised by FRYOG. Cost for members £20
Non-members who wish to come must join FRYOG and pay £20 subscription
(no other fee payable)
To book a place contact Ann Key, 44 Nickerwood Drive, Aston, Sheffield, S26 2BX.
Tel. 0114 287 2610. E-mail
Aims of the day
To explore the benefits and applications of linking the physical, philosophical and
spiritual in our everyday practice and in a class situation.
To re-invigorate our approach by presenting new ways of working to truly engage
mind, body and spirit.
To practice together and experience an enjoyable day which we hope will inspire you
to consider a fresh perspective on the traditional.

About Your Tutors
Rachael Claxton and Sinead Dalton both trained with Helen Sutcliffe, Rachel qualifying in 2014 and Sinead in 2015. Rachael has a special interest in chair yoga and currently  teaches both beginners and mixed ability classes in the Matlock area.  Sinead works for a local mental health charity and currently teaches mixed ability yoga classes at the Eco Centre, Wirksworth.
Helen Sutcliffe has been involved in Yoga all of her adult life and has been teaching over 38 years. She is a FRYOG Tutor Trainer as well as a Practical and Theory Assessor. She is based in Matlock, Derbyshire where she runs Serenity Yoga and Therapies. Helen’s firm belief is that Yoga is beneficial for all and should be accessible to all. She describes her style as eclectic with roots firmly in the tradition.



Sunday 4th June 2017– 9.30am – 4.30pm
(With Mike Bond –
Virginia Water Community Centre, 35 Cabrera Avenue,
Virginia Water, Surrey, GU25 4EY.

Junction 11/13 M25. Virginia Water Railway Station, 15 minute walk.
Free parking at Community Centre
Cost £75

To reserve a place or if you have any queries, please contact Victoria James, preferably by email : Or call 07917 448344
The day will provide you with everything you need to know to deal with first aid issues that may arise in a yoga class (also covers children’s yoga) and what items to keep in your first aid kit. You will receive a certificate of attendance, which will count as attendance at a FRYOG CPD day, and a First Aid booklet.

Feedback from a previous First Aid Day:-
• Excellent, I could tell he knew his subject extremely well, was funny too!
• He made everything fun and interesting without under-valuing the topic.

Only 12 places are available, please check if you need to renew your First Aid Certificate and book early to secure your place.


Saturday 13th May 2017, 10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m.
At Aston Parish Hall, Aston, Sheffield. (1 mile from Junction 31 on the M1).
Cost: £35 for members, £40 for non-members

To book a place contact Ann Key, 44 Nickerwood Drive, Aston, Sheffield, S26 2BX.
Tel. 0114 287 2610. E-mail
Outline plan for the day
The day will include an introduction to Ruthy Alon's "Bones for Life" programme, defining and cultivating the spine's two main responses to pressure and will then focus on neck and lumbar spine. In the afternoon we will explore strategies for uprightness and improving posture and locomotion through exploring evolutionary patterns of movement. There will also be question and answer sessions on integrating the day's work into weekly classes.

Other information
Whilst this course is aimed primarily at teachers who wish to integrate exercises designed to combat osteoporosis into their weekly classes, it could benefit anyone with an interest or concern in this field, or anyone who simply wants to improve their posture and movement.

About the Tutor
Marye Wyvill (Upasana) trained for five years at the Dharma Yoga Centre under the tutelage of Julie Friedeberger and Swami Dharmananda, and later spent four years as a resident and teacher at Mandala Yoga Ashram in Wales. She has also trained on Ruthy Alon’s “Bones for Life”™ programme, designed to stimulate bone strength through natural movement and weight-bearing posture.

Ageing Without Growing Old


Workshop with Patricia Cronin
Sunday 9th April 2017 - Time: 09.30 – 16.30
At The Virginia Water Community Centre
35 Cabrera Avenue, Virginia Water, Surrey, GU25 4EY.

Cost £55

To reserve a place or if you have any queries, please contact Victoria James, preferably by email (please note new email address): or call 07917 448344
“The Warmth of your Heart Prevents your Body from Rusting”

I love this quote because it so elegantly explains why yoga is the perfect holistic practice to help us age without growing old.

In this workshop we will explore:

? The modern science of ageing; the physical and emotional challenges and how yoga can help us deal with them.
? What happens in the subtle body as prana progressively moves upwards and the elements in the chakras fall away
? How we can plan classes for seniors that will help maintain strength, mobility and breathing capacity
? How we can safely integrate different strengths and abilities within a group
? How we can harness the benefits of community within the yoga setting to build confidence and optimism

This CPD will be a mix of theory, small group discussion and practical exercises and will give you the confidence to develop truly holistic yoga practices for older clients both one to one or in a group setting. Including how to adapt practices for the most common diseases of ageing such as arthritis, high blood pressure, COPD, diabetes.

Patricia Cronin is a CNHC registered yoga therapist and yoga teacher. She works in both the NHS and the private medical sector and has her own busy yoga therapy practice based in Englefield Green Surrey. She is a yoga therapy tutor for Real Yoga, a teacher training school based in Ledbury Herefordshire.

She has been privileged to work with seniors individually and in groups for the last 7 years. Ageing and dying well, is a subject very close to her heart.

She believes that helping people to negotiate older age gracefully and contentedly, with warmth in their heart, is one of the most rewarding aspects of teaching yoga and she learns about life from her client’s everyday.


“We must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose…”

Indira Ghandi (1917 -1984)