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.


Befriending the Breath

FRYOG South Area CPD Training Day
with Michael Hutchinson

The Virginia Water Community Centre
35 Cabrera Avenue Virginia Water GU25 4EY
Sunday, 18th February 2018 - 10am – 4pm

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
Ways of working with the breath are key to both our own enjoyment and benefit from Yoga and to that of our students. Beginning in the 1980s, when I first met Sri TKV Desikachar and began studying with his student Paul Harvey, I have been greatly privileged in what I have been able to learn about working with the breath. Drawing also on my 30 years of daily practice with the breath in Asana and Pr???y?ma, I hope to share, with you, ideas that you can apply immediately in your own practice and go on to share with your students.

If you plan to attend, it would be useful to read Chapter 6 of Sri TKV Desikachar’s ‘Heart of Yoga’

Cost for the day : £45

Chakra Dharana

FRYOG Subsidised CPD Training Day
with Swami Satvikananda Saraswati

The Virginia Water Community Centre
35 Cabrera Avenue Virginia Water GU25 4EY
Sunday, 4th March 2018 - 10am – 4pm
(including a mini FRYOG Community Meeting of 30 minutes)

Non-FRYOG members may apply upon purchase of a FRYOG membership.
Cost : £10 deposit + £10 minimum donation to FRYOG.

Please contact Victoria James if you would like to book a place :-
Email :
Telephone : 07917 448344
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 Tradition and is a yoga teacher and therapist with over forty years experience both as a student and a teacher. She offers a range of Yoga Classes including general Satyananda Yoga, Pregnancy Yoga, Baby Yoga and Meditation. She regularly holds weekend Yoga Workshops and six month Courses.

Swami Satvikananda is trained in the Satyananda Yoga tradition (Bihar School of Yoga), holds a Satyananda Yoga teaching Diploma, a Friends Of Yoga (FRYOG) teaching diploma and a British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) accredited teaching diploma. She also trained for a further two and a half years with the Yoga Biomedical Trust gaining their full therapy diploma to become a yoga therapist and their diplomas in Pregnancy and Childbirth, Nervous Conditions, Low Back Pain as well as Asthma and Respiratory Conditions.

Shankhaprakshalana, Laghoo Shankhaprakshalana, Kunjal & Jala Neti

The Yoga Room, Otterbourne House, Chobham Road, Ottershaw, Chertsey, Surrey KT16 0QF
Saturday 24th March 2018

The cost of the day is £45.00. Booking essential - places for 9 – 10 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.

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.

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. 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 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.

REFRESHINGLY TRADITIONAL - A day of practical inspiration

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.



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
Sunday, 30th September 2018 - 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)