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.


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

Shankhaprakshalana, Laghoo Shankhaprakshalana, Kunjal & Jala Neti


The Yoga Room, Otterbourne House, Chobham Road, Ottershaw, Chertsey, Surrey KT16 0QF
Saturday 15th September

Cost of the day has not gone up and is still £45.00. Booking essential - places for 9 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 because there is very little mobile signal at The Yoga Room. Once you have been accepted please send a cheque made out to Swami Satvikananda for the full amount.
DO NOT rely on SatNav or AA map to get here. A map is available on the website and please be mindful of the parking instructions.
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 and you do need to make her aware of any medical conditions that you may have when applying to do any of the practices. If you wish to perform the full Shankhaprakshalana 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. If you are not known to Swami Satvikananda you DO NEED to talk to her before you can be accepted on the day so that she knows that you understand the commitment that you will be making.

The day will start promptly at 8.30am. You will need to arrive here by 8.00am at the latest. You MUST NOT eat anything beforehand. The designated asanas will be performed plus the full 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.

The asanas that you need to perform are simple and you will be given a handout before you come to the day. Diet sheets 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 at The Yoga Room, 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.

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

Chakra Dharana - Exploring The Chakras With Pranayama, Chanting, Meditation And Yoga Nidra

Subsidised CPD day

With Swami Satvikananda Saraswati
Saturday 9th February 2019
10am - 4pm
1st Kingston Hill Scout Group (Registered Charity No. 303755)
293 Park Road, Kingston-Upon-Thames, Surrey KT2 5LY
If you would like a place please contact:
Tel: 07989 646675
Our energy body influences our complete Self so it is important to not only work with the physical body and the annamaya kosha with asanas but also to activate the chakras through the pranamaya kosha, and the higher koshas, using pranayama practices, chanting into the chakras with the bija mantras and meditation on the lotuses and the chakra elements. You will be using the unique practice of Yoga Nidra to explore the inner depths of the energy body and allowing yourself to experience the direct relationship between the kshetrams, trigger points, of each chakra, and the chakra itself through guided meditation. Handouts will be given and chakra mandalas will be available for you to take away and colour so you can use them as your own tool for Meditation at home.

Swami Satvikananda is a yoga Swami initiated by Swami Niranjanananda in Bihar, North East India. She always teaches Satyananda Yoga and is a yoga teacher and therapist with over forty years experience both as a student and a teacher.

Please bring a VEGETARIAN lunch to SHARE. No MEAT or FISH please

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.

Demystifying Lower Back Pain

A FRYOG Subsidised CPD Day
With Aimee Newton M.Ost, Dip FRYOG

Sunday 07/10/18
Westbrook Hall, Tempest Avenue, Waterlooville, Hampshire PO7 8NU
FRYOG Members £20 (Deposit £10 with £10 minimum donation required to reserve place. Booking essential due to limited spaces.

For more information contact: Aimee Newton, 07968 160657
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Low back pain is a common cause for people to seek out yoga and trying to incorporate students into a general class can be a challenge. Understanding the anatomy of the spine and some common conditions which cause pain can really help to make you feel more confident as a teacher.

This FRYOG subsidised CPD day is for FRYOG yoga teachers and FRYOG members wanting to understand more about low back pain and is run by Aimee Newton a qualified Osteopath and FRYOG yoga teacher of 12 years.

What we will be aiming to look at during the day -
• Deeper look into spinal anatomy and pathology
• Common Terminology explained e.g ‘sciatica’ ‘slipped disc’
• Red Flags and when to when to refer
• Discussion on should you integrate these students in a general class?
• The day is mainly theory based class however we will try to include some practical skills and alternative practices for managing low back pain using yoga

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.

6-Hour CPD Workshop on Yoga Dance and Yoga for Mental Wellness

Sun 18th November, 10-4pm.
Birmingham Buddhist Centre, Jasmine Room,
11 Park Rd, Birmingham B13 8AB. (On-road parking.)

To Book (15 places) please contact Chris Seymour-Smith:
M: 0795 664 7773
FB: Breathe Yoga with Chris
Early Bird Special (by 18/09/18): £50
Cost (19/09/18 - 18/10/18): £55
(Non-refundable after 18/10/18)

Refreshments provided. Please bring own lunch.
(Request: Please respect the Buddhist Centre by bringing in only vegetarian/vegan food).
Containing balanced elements of creativity, performance, meditation and knowledge updates, this workshop promises inspiration both for your Yoga teaching and for your personal Yoga path.

The incredible impact of meditation on many mental health issues such as depression is accepted, but perhaps not fully appreciated. So, how can we really make the most of this incredible potential tool for mental wellness in our teaching? In this workshop we explore both a moving meditation (Tripsichore Yoga Dance) and the most common mental health issues (such as depression, anxiety) – and the connection between them:

Element 1: Yoga for Mental Health: an Update and a Planning Resource
In an increasingly busy Yoga teaching market, up-to-date knowledge will place you head and shoulders above the crowd. But in an increasingly broken world, understanding mental health issues will give your yoga teaching both body and a heart.

(Led by Chris Seymour-Smith, 26 years’ experience in teaching and mentoring young people and adults with mental health issues. Her intention is to develop increased access to Yoga for people who never make it to a gym. Chris has been practising Hatha Yoga for 42 years and qualified as a 200H FRYOG Hatha Yoga teacher in 2017.)

Element 2: Yoga Dance
Tripsichore Yoga Dance is a moving meditation – performative, experiential and meditative – so take from it what you need.

Format … An energetic 3-hour class in three parts, consisting of the Simple Tripsichore Sun Salutes warm-up, followed by creative Yoga choreographic work. ALL levels.

(Led by Nikki Durrant, of NCDC Performance, is a leading UK Yoga Dance teacher of the Tripsichore Dance technique. She began practising Yoga in 1991 and has been teaching since 2005. Her goal is to achieve wholeness of being through a diligent and disciplined Yoga practice. Her intention is to inspire, challenge and exhilarate all levels of Yoga practitioners, while continuing her own yogic path.)

Element 3: Yoga Dance Lesson-Planning
Planning to be creative! Allowing for full range of abilities: Immobile to Advanced.
Includes sample lesson plans which you can adapt and make your own.

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.


“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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