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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.


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)
Outline plan for the day
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.



Date: September 9th 2017
Venue: 32 Cubitt St, London WC1X 0LR, UK
Time: 10am - 5pm
Cost: £95
Outline plan for the day
This September don't miss this chance to work with the two leading lights of Somatic yoga! The dynamic duo, Tanya and James are combining their unique somatic skills to show you how to transform areas in your body where stress and tension get stuck. Join us for this full day of somatic yoga, where we will teach you somatic flow which will reset your brain to muscle communication. You will leave with a movement menu for better flexibility, renewed energy, and sustained feelings of peace and well-being.

Is this you?
*Sitting perched over a keyboard for hours on end?
*Overly busy, tired and stressed?
*Suffering from injuries that hinder your movement practice or favourite sport?
*Imbalances in your posture from repetitive tasks?

When stress becomes the normal.
The whole body stays tight and sore when reactions to stress become a habit. They create a domino effect throughout your body. Sitting for long periods of time and stress are two of the main culprits in creating imbalances. When repeated daily the brain learns that these are the norm. For example, sitting in a slouched position with your head tilted forward while working on your laptop creates ongoing neck, shoulder, and lower back tension.

Ready to make a change in your Body and Mind?
Take time for yourself and join us to explore......
*How to assess muscular imbalances and delate them with somatic solutions
*Restorative mediations to rebalance the mind and body
*Movements to release lower and upper back pain
*Sequences for neck and shoulder stiffness
*How to heal hip and knee strain

Tanya Fitzpatrick draws on a varied background of bodywork and has been teaching movement since 1999. She is a certified as a Somatic Movement Educator, an advanced yoga teacher trainer, and a Body-Mind Centering Professional. She has trained hundreds of individuals and groups how to move without pain and is regarded as one of Ireland’s leading Movement Educators. Tanya is based out of London, and her experience in coaching cutting edge movement education empowers her clients to move in ways they never thought possible. Visit her website:

James Knight has been a Yoga Teacher, Certified Hanna Somatic Educator, and Integrative Therapist for over 25 years. With his combined experience as an intuitive bodyworker, psychotherapist, and movement educator James found a way to combine the most progressive life enhancing techniques into a seamless flow of breath and mindful movement. He is based out of San Diego, California, however he spends most of his time travelling worldwide facilitating teacher training certifications, workshops, and spiritual yoga retreats. His passion is to inspire others into the path of self-mastery. Visit his website:


‘Shankhaprakshalana , Laghoo Shankhaprakshalana, Kunjal & Jala Neti’.
at The Yoga Room, Otterbourne House, Chobham Road, Ottershaw, Chertsey, Surrey KT16 0QF

DATE CHANGE: now 23rd September.

Cost £45.00. Booking essential - places for 10 – 12 only.

To reserve a place contact Swami Satvikananda or phone on the LANDLINE 01932 872587. You can TEXT the mobile on 07941 453466, but DO NOT phone on this number – there is very little mobile signal here. Once you have been accepted send a cheque made out to Swami Satvikananda for the full amount.

DO NOT rely on SatNav or AA map to get to The Yoga Room. A map is available on the website and be mindful of the parking instructions.
Outline plan for the day
This day is important for all Teachers and Trainee Teachers who have never performed these Kriyas before. This is an important part of yoga practice but must never be done without guidance or without a teacher. It is also suitable for those Yogis and Yoginis who aren’t teachers but who want to experience the power of these practices. The advice to yogis is to do this practice twice a year, once in Spring and once in Autumn.

If you are not known to Swami Satvikananda and have never done Shankhaprakshalana before then you will only be able to do the short practice of Lahgoo. You do need to make her aware of any medical conditions. If you wish to perform Shakaprakshalana then you must undertake to keep to the strict diet necessary for a month after the practice. No such diet is needed for the shorter practice of Laghoo Shankhaprakshalana.

The day will start at promptly 8.30am. You will need to arrive here at 8.00am at the latest. You MUST NOT eat anything beforehand. The designated asanas will be performed plus Shankhaprakshalana or Laghoo. Afterwards students will have a short rest before completing the practice with Kunjal followed by Jala Neti. Another rest needs to follow before eating a bowl of kitcheree which will be provided.

You DO NEED to talk to Swami Satvikananda before you can be accepted on the day so that she knows that you understand the commitment that you will be making to both the practice and the diet. The asanas that you need to perform are simple and you will be given a handout before you come to the day. A diet sheet will also be sent to you if you are doing the full Shankhaprakshalana. Please do not hesitate to phone Swami Satvikananda on her landline 01932 872587 if you have any questions that you need to ask about the day or the practice. You will be thoroughly looked after on the day, nurtured and taken care of. These are truly great practices to experience and you will feel wonderful, totally refreshed and invigorated after the practice. If you do not have a Jala Neti Lota and need to buy one on the day, (£15.00 nose buddy), please make it known at the time of booking.

Satvikananda is both a Satyananda & FRYOG Teacher. She has been studying Satyananda Yoga for nearly 35 years and teaching Satyananda classes for 20 years.

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.

Autumn Yoga Weekend Workshop
with Sandra Sabatini and Michal Havkin


Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th September 2017
9.30am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 4pm each day
At Bamford institute, Main Road, Bamford, Derbyshire, S33 ODY
Cost: £160
A £60 (non-refundable) deposit secures your place.

For more details or to book please contact:
Olivia Lester
Mobile 07842 849285.

Please give your name followed by SS and send an email to confirm that your payment has been made.

Cheques payable to O.Lester and can be sent to 199 Rustlings Road, Sheffield, S11 7AD
“Yoga helps us to purify the body and the mind, bringing us back to the blessed state of receptivity from which we can start to learn.”
Vanda Scaravelli author of ‘Awakening the Spine’

Aims of the weekend
Over these 2 days Sandra Sabatini and her co-teacher Michal Havkin will offer 10 hours of yoga practice. Sandra Sabatini was Vanda Scaravelli’s primary student. She lives in Italy and will travel to England for this workshop. She is the author of 3 books ‘Breath – the Essence of Yoga’, ‘Autumn, Winter, Spring, Summer – Yoga through the Seasons’ and ‘Like a Flower – My Years of Yoga with Vanda Scaravelli’.

Michal Havkin has over three decades of experience dancing and teaching professionally in Israel and around the world. These roots, weaved with her long-term study with Sandra, support you to discover new levels of awareness within the minute changes in your body.

The sessions will incorporate some Feldenkrais movements towards facilitating a playful and different experience of yoga positions. The unfolding of the body will go along with the unfolding of the breath supported by a slow and meditative approach. Benefit from the shared decades of experience in a space of mastery, where we can find a language that talks directly to the body as a whole.

These teachings draw from the very essence of Vanda Scaravelli’s lineage.

This weekend workshop is suitable for committed yoga students and teachers.

A Feldendrais Introductory Workshop with Sabine Blackaby


Sheffield Yoga Workshop
Saturday 18 November 2017, from 10am to 4pm.
Cost £45.
At the Bamford Institute, Bamford, Derbyshire S33 0AY

To book a place and pay via Bank transfer contact Olivia Lester:
Or contact us if you prefer to send a cheque: 07842 849 285 (Olivia)

Please note that unfortunately missed workshops are non-refundable although you may transfer your place to another person.
Finding easier movements in our ribcage, chest and upper back

The area around the ribcage, chest and upper back is often a place where we are not using our full movement potential. It may be that we have forgotten how to move there easily, holding ourselves stiffer than we need to or protecting uneasy feelings. This will most likely compromise our breathing, comfort in movement and our well-being.

In this workshop we will explore unusual ways to invite more awareness and mobility into these upper parts of ourselves. We will work in different orientations on the floor and will explore various movements of our ribs, chest and upper spine. Finding more liveliness in these upper regions will help us improve many every day movements, including our breathing, as well as influence our yoga practice in forward bends, back bends and twists. There will be room for questions and discussion.

And about Sabine...
“After many years working with children and exploring various movement disciplines, I trained as a Feldenkrais teacher in Italy, becoming a practitioner in 1997. In 2006 I completed a three years Feldenkrais mentoring course in Amsterdam and between 2011 and 2013 I took part in the Feldenkrais/Child’s Space training in Amsterdam. I enjoy working with a wide variety of students, from babies and infants to adults, either in groups or individually.”

Please bring your yoga mat and your lunch.

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.


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

Indira Ghandi (1917 -1984)