Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

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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.


The Essence of Yoga

Saturday 6th October 2018
9am – 5pm
Datchet Village Hall, Datchet, SL3

Cost: £40 for the day. Refreshments will be provided.
Please bring: your yoga mat, writing materials and lunch.
To book: phone 078 3434 0981 / email
This one-day workshop is for all FRYOG members interested in revisiting the original Essence of Yoga as outlined in the Ramayana and the Bhagavad Gita. The former will be considered in its’ relation to Diwali and the latter will be explored with regards to Spirituality. Patanjali’s Eight Limbs of Yoga will also be discussed and examined.

A gentle morning practise, pranayama, meditation and chanting has been incorporated into the day. There will be many opportunities for self-reflection, group work and whole-class discussions regarding teaching practice, yoga philosophy and spirituality. Deliberately organised a month before Diwali, you can use outcomes from the session to influence your own teaching during this auspicious time of year.

The workshop will be taught by Kamna, known to all as Kay. Kay has advocated the mental, emotional and physiological benefits of dance, fitness and yoga for women through her company LovetheBeat since 2009. Since then, she has worked within and amongst various boroughs, councils and organisations to deliver safe and effective dance lessons, courses and training sessions across London, Hertfordshire and Berkshire.

Kay has practised yoga since 2006 when she learnt it during a seven-month stay in India and completed a Health & Beauty Diploma at the same time which is where she first learned to massage. She finally qualified as a Yoga Instructor in 2017 through the UK based organisation FRYOG for whom she is now an Area Officer . Kay is also a qualified, Bellydance, Bollywood, Streetdance, Exercise to Music, Aerobics & Zumba instructor. Additionally Kay is an Inner Dance facilitator; a practise which uses music to guide people on an inner journey leading to deep meditation, awakenings and transformations.
Professionally, her background is in the field of Education and Social Care. She has a degree in Education Studies, an MA in Inclusive Education and a PGCE in Primary Education. Her goal has always been to help others and she sincerely and actively believes in LifeLong Learning.

Kay uses her life experiences as lessons of reflection which help steer and mould her workshops. Her workshops include philosophy, discussions on spirituality and she is an advocate of self-healing. As a result, Kay’s workshops are very people-orientated and often revolve around the needs of the class. Her teaching style is very relaxed, informal and full of knowledge and insight. As a Hindu she has been raised using Yogic principles and believes Yoga has the power to help people on a physical, physiological, emotional, educational and spiritual level.

Kay would like to welcome you to her ‘The Essence of Yoga workshop’ where you will receive the opportunity to reflect upon, re-dicover and re-ignite your teaching style. Namaste.

Yoga Weekend Retreat

Friday 15th to Sunday 17th June 2018
St Lawrence, Isle of Wight
Accommodation - single en-suite or shared twin rooms
Cost - £240 single occupancy room or £180 shared - inclusive of
meals and all yoga practices

Regular ferries from Portsmouth, Southsea, Lymington and
Southampton. If travelling as a foot passenger then pick ups can
be arranged for Friday afternoon from Cowes and Ryde.
An intimate weekend of early morning chanting, morning and afternoon asanas and pranayama classes, pre-lunch meditation classes and afternoon yoga nidra. Combined with stunning views and walks, wonderful home-cooked vegan food and great company.



Sunday 17th June 2018– 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

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

This is Mike’s final year as a First Aid Trainer before retiring and therefore the last opportunity to experience his fun way of teaching this very essential subject.

Living Fearlessly in a Fearful World

A weekend of yoga on beautiful Dartmoor, exploring ways to dive into the profound inner relaxation that accompanies fearlessness
Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th September
Barefoot Barn, Chagford, Devon
with Sheila Coombes and Bill Wood

This is the first Fryog sponsored CPD event in the southwest so don’t delay. Priority will be given to participants coming for the weekend with remaining places allotted to single day attendees.
Weekend: £75 (£65 early bird by 31st May).
Saturday sponsored CPD: Fryog members £20 non-members £30 (non-members must first become Fryog members [£20 ] and pay an introductory fee of £10 for the workshop)
Sunday Open Workshop: £45 (this day qualifies as a CPD for Fryog teachers)
Initial enquiries and details of how to make payment email Sheila Coombes:
For information on the venue visit
To find accommodation in the area
Sheila Coombes : CPD Saturday 11am 5pm

Freedom in Relationship

Life is a ‘relationship’ and according to Patanjali fear underlies every experience: fear of losing what we have, and fear of not getting what we want. Either way we can find ourselves in a constant state of ‘high alert’ with the ensuing physical, emotional and mental consequences.

This is a day of study, practise and groupwork. We will look at ‘fear’ in the classical and modern sense and cover the A&P of the fear response and how to transform that through yoga. There will also be the opportunity to experience ‘neurogenic tremor releasing’ - techniques helpful in relaxing deep seated muscular tension.

Sheila is a Fryog training course tutor and theory assessor. She has taught yoga since the late ‘seventies—initially in the Sivananda tradition and for the past twenty years inspired by the teachings of Krishnamacharya and Desikachar. She now works mostly one-to-one from a practice near Totnes, south Devon, offering yogatherapy as a means to health and wellbeing.

Bill Wood: Sunday 9.30am—3.30pm

Yoga, Relaxation and Presence

An experiential day exploring the connection between being more present and mindful, and feeling more relaxed in ourselves. Most of the day will be spent in guided practice, with a ‘workshop’ period after lunch where individual questions can be explored.

A yoga teacher since 1994, Bill runs weekly classes in south Devon, and weekend workshops and retreats all around the UK. While inspired by many different yoga schools and meditation traditions, the language Bill has found most helpful – in his own practice and his teaching – has evolved from the work of the late Vanda Scaravelli.
For more information on Bill visit

Moving with the Breath

FRYOG South Area CPD Training Day
with Bill Wood

Virginia Water Community Centre
35 Cabrera Avenue Virginia Water GU25 4EY
9th June 2019 - 10am – 4pm

Cost for the day : £55

For further details of the plan for the day and/or to apply for a place, please contact :-
Victoria James, preferably by email : or by telephone : 07917 448344
The more we relax, the more the natural tidal movements of our breathing can emerge and guide us in our yoga practice. Open to all, this workshop will be a blend of posture, relaxation, and sitting practice.

A yoga teacher since 1994, Bill runs weekly classes in south Devon, and weekend workshops and retreats all around the UK.

Though inspired by many different yoga and meditation traditions, Bill’s main influence has been the teachings of the late Vanda Scaravelli and he continues to study with Sandra Sabatini, one of her closest students.

Stepping up your yoga anatomy: The cervical and thoracic spines – Part 2

FRYOG South Area CPD Training Day

Saturday, 13th October 2018 – 10am - 4pm
At Laleham Primary School, near Staines, Middlesex.
with Lesley Dike
Cost £55

To book your place, please contact me, Victoria James, preferably by email : or Tel.: 07917 448344
To begin the second day, we will get our thoracic spines going with both rotation and extension postures. Then we will revisit some of the main issues that we covered on our first day together. And we will also deal with any questions that have arisen from Part 1 in your teaching and practice. We will then look at posture, the role of stress in these areas and how to promote healthy necks. The complex role of the scapula will then be explored and we will look at practical ways to strengthen in this area, in order to promote a healthy upper back and neck. The day will have both theoretical and practical components.

If you missed part 1, you are more than welcome to attend this day. The practical and the initial revision will bring you up to speed.

About the tutor
Les qualified as a yoga teacher with the British Wheel of Yoga in 1981. Later she embarked on a career in musculoskeletal physiotherapy, which is when her anatomy learning really started. Understanding anatomy revolutionised the way she teaches, with a strong emphasis on safety and on healthy movement habits. She worked in the NHS for 8 years and then slowly moved into developing her own private practice ‘Physio for yoga’. Her major influences are Pete Blackaby (yoga teacher and osteopath) and Joanne Elphinston (physiotherapist and coach). Les takes a very functional approach, weaving her physiotherapy knowledge into yoga asana. Her style is honest, refreshing and entertaining. Her enthusiasm for anatomy is infectious... who knew anatomy could be so much fun?!

This time we shall be at a new venue, Laleham C of E Primary School, The Broadway, Laleham, Staines, Middlesex, TW18 1SB. If coming by train you will also need a taxi (or a 40 min walk) to get to the venue. There is plenty of parking at the venue.


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

Indira Ghandi (1917 -1984)

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