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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.


South East CPD Day 2017. Somatic Movement Education with Evanthia Baldwin


Sunday 12th November 2017 10am-4pm

Venue: 1st Kingston Hill Scout Group, 
293 Park Rd, Kingston upon Thames KT2 5LY
(Free parking outside hut, or in road. Nearest station Norbiton)

Cost: £10 non-refundable deposit plus a minimum £10 donation payable in advance

Contact South East Area Officer Tamasine Hoad, 07989 646675
e mail:
Outline plan for the day
10am-11am Introductions, Somatic Movement Education (SME) 
SME is the re-education of neuro muscular movement and it uses specific movement techniques to re-educate the sensory motor system to release chronic muscle tension and to re-gain greater voluntary control of our muscles and movement.   It is very gentle practice, making brain and muscle connection more efficient. It is an experience of the body from within.
 I will be explaining how it works in detail, why it is more efficient to stretching and why is a must, for chronically tensed muscles and postural issues.
11am-11.15am Drink/Toilette break 

11.15am -1pm  Somatics Class
In this class we will explore movements to help release the extensors muscles of the back.

1pm-2pm   Lunch Break

2pm-3pm   Somatics Class
We will explore movements to help release the neck and shoulders

3pm-3.30pm         Questions

3.30- 4pm  Area Meeting

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.

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.

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.

Yoga Teachers 'Bring and Share' Retreat

“Spend 5 days sharing ideas and learning from experienced teachers in the beautiful, vibrant French countryside of the Poitou-Charentes”

Tuesday 29th May ~ Saturday 2nd June 2018
A FRYOG CPD Event at La Roseraie-Romagne

CPD Provider: Helen Sutcliffe (FRYOG); Teacher-Organiser: Helen Gilhooly (FRYOG)
This event is ideal for newly qualified and experienced teachers as well as trainee teachers who can try out their teaching and receive feedback in a supportive environment.

Included in the retreat are:
* Hatha yoga teacher-led sessions
* 'Bring and share' sessions and discussion of teaching methods
* Taught sessions on how to teach sequences
* CPD provider-led sessions on yoga adaptations
* Accommodation in four beautiful French farmhouse-style rooms
* Visits to local attractions (inc. monkey park and market)
* Free use of the swimming pool, hot tub and extensive gardens
* Advice on transport to/from airport and free bike hire

Total cost (based on two or three people sharing a room) £199 pp
Airport + local transport cost £30 pp (based on 4 people sharing)
Nearest airports: Poitiers and Limoges

The main objective of this teachers' retreat is to relax, enjoy yoga, share ideas and issues, and learn from each other. We will have taught sessions led by CPD provider, Helen Sutcliffe and organiser, Helen Gilhooly. For training or newly qualified teachers, you are welcome to take the chance to teach a yoga session and receive feedback. If you have a special skill to share, please let us know and share it in a session.

For further information please contact Helen Gilhooly at: or phone 0033 549 87 0850
Find us on Facebook ‘Yoga Retreats at La Roseraie Romagne’ or at

Additional information:
You will be staying at ‘La Roseraie’, an historic 1850s Charentais stone farmhouse full of character and charm with beautiful exposed oak beams, large fireplaces and wood floors. The spacious en-suite bedrooms, large lounge, terrace and sitting out areas, private grounds and swimming pool provide space and tranquillity for all.

In the same ethos of sharing and enjoying together (and also to keep costs down), everyone will contribute to a food and drink 'kitty' (between £30 and £50 p/p) and we will have fun cooking and preparing together. The menu will largely be vegetarian-based but we can decide the menu together to satisfy everyone's dietary needs.


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

Indira Ghandi (1917 -1984)