workshops & short courses

Short Courses

Explore & Develop Your Practice

Wednesday 10 March 6:30pm – Wednesday 31 March 9pm

Are you looking to deepen your understanding of your yoga practice? To explore a little more key concepts like anatomy, alignment, philosophy, breath & meditation? Join Harriet and Sarah for a 4-week series of exploratory, collaborative and community-focussed workshops.⁠

Course Outline:
Week 1. Understanding Alignment⁠
Week 2. Building Strength & mobility⁠
Week 3. Exploring breath and meditation⁠
Week 4. Self practice & intro to yoga philosophy⁠

This course is for anyone looking to explore and develop their practice: great for students, teachers, trainees, and those thinking about diving into teacher training.⁠

Each session starts with an hour of practice, then we have 90 mins of lecture/discussion. You are provided with a detailed mini-manual for the course, plus extra resources. The sessions are recorded, and once the course has completed you will have access to the recordings for 1 year.

Yoga, Trauma, & the Nervous System

Thursday 6 May 6:30pm – Thursday 3 June 9:30pm

(NB: this course is FULLY BOOKED. Email hello@nourishyogatraining.com to be added to the wait list.)

In recent years, trauma has become an ever more present word, concept, and question for many yoga teachers, in both their personal and teaching practises. “Trauma-informed” and “Trauma-aware” yoga teacher trainings abound, often offering competing ideas and practices, or simply practices which are triggering and disempowering for students and survivors.This course grows out of the political justice work of grassroots organisations of survivors, disabled activists and those who hold space for them. We will examine together the many ways in which therapeutic yoga spaces can enable practices to be offered either as tools of liberation, or of well-meaning disempowerment.

Our teaching team brings together three facilitators who have been working for years in the space of social justice-informed, inclusive, survivor-focussed yoga teaching and practice. Their desire is to share with you a deeply practical, evidence and experience informed approach to yoga, the nervous system and trauma.

There is no simple fix or cookie-cutter approach to working with these ideas in our yoga teacher and practice. We will share knowledge and experience with you, but perhaps most importantly equip you with the tools to ask questions, build your confidence, and develop strategies for working with a wide variety of students and situations.

Course Outline
1. Welcome, Introduction & Agency (Harriet/Theo): You’ll be welcomed to the course, introduced to the key themes and ideas covered. We’ll begin to think about how our yoga practice, our lives and our world intersect with trauma, stress & the nervous system. We’ll consider the concept of agency and how it manifests in yoga and beyond.

2. Trauma & the Nervous System (Laura/Harriet): Deep dive into the anatomy of stress and the nervous system. We’ll unpack the relationship between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, and what happens when we’re stressed or experience traumatic situations.

3. Approaches to Asana (Harriet): Building on weeks 1 & 2, we’ll turn our attention to the practice, teaching & sequencing of asana. We’ll consider how we can become more invitational in our language and teaching, and how we can enhance our understanding of asana through awareness of the nervous system & stress.

4. Approaches to Pranayama, Meditation & Relaxation (Theo/Harriet): Pranayama and meditation have the capacity to be some of the most transformative and nourishing practices within yoga, and at the same time, hold potential to be some of the most triggering and upsetting. This week we’ll consider how to enhance our sharing of these practices to be inclusive of neurodiversity & stress.

5. Social & Political Contexts of Trauma (Theo/Harriet): In our final week, we’ll explore the social and political contexts of trauma in contemporary yoga, and more broadly within our lives and world. We’ll discuss strategies for integrating this course, as well as practical ideas for how to put your new learnings into practice.

This module is offered as part of Nourish’s 300 hour teacher training, but can be taken by any teacher wishing to improve their skills in this area as Continuing Professional Development (CPD). The module will run as five weekly sessions of three hours, and combine theory, practice and skills development.

Nourish Yoga Training’s 300 hour Advanced Teacher Training is registered with Yoga Alliance (International), and is completed as a series of standalone modules which can be taken over 3 years. More modules are forthcoming in 2021.

There are limited spaces available. As this course focuses on a personal, experiential approach to the material, live attendance is required. You are able to miss one session and a recorded session can be provided for the missed module only at no further cost. If you need to miss the final week, which includes a teaching practice and feedback session, a catch up session may be provided at the trainer’s discretion, and will incur an extra charge.

A note on the purpose of this space
This course is intended as an introduction and overview of the nervous system, stress and trauma for yoga teachers. This course is not a therapeutic space, nor it is a counselling course. We acknowledge that the material presented could naturally give rise to strong feelings, memories and experiences for our students, and will do our best to offer support through signposting to appropriate services which may provide more structured and clinical support if needed.

This course is ideal if you are looking to make your yoga teaching more trauma-aware and inclusive. However, this course does not prepare you to teach speciality “Trauma-Sensitive/Trauma-Aware” classes (i.e. targeted directly/especially at students navigating trauma), nor does it prepare you to work with students in a clinical or therapeutic way.

Pre-requisites
This course is appropriate for those who, as a minimum, have completed their 200 hour yoga teacher training. We will consider trainee teachers on application, please email harriet@nourishyogatraining.com to discuss.

Sliding scale pricing: £139/£169/£199 (no further discounts applicable)

Teaching Yin Yoga: An Introduction

Friday 21 May 9am-6pm

Yin yoga is a powerful practice. It is also complementary to the yang practices centred in so many trainings today. However, there is a rich history and tradition to yin that might not be conveyed in a standard 200 hour program. This introduction to teaching yin is for yoga teachers who wish to advance and deepen their understanding of yin theory and principles.

We will cover the practical elements of teaching safe, functional and accessible yin. There will also be exploration of Chinese meridian theory, Yin anatomy and how Yin and Yang can inform one another. This is a training that will strengthen and support previous mainstream yoga trainings. With these fundamental building blocks you will be able to lead students through well rounded, informed Yin practices.

About the facilitator
Venetia is a teacher and trainer who is currently completing her MA in traditions of Yoga and Meditation. Learning, inquiry and subtlety have all informed Venetia’s teaching. She believes a practice doesn’t have to be forceful to be effective, and after years of Ashtanga and athletics she found the quiet practice of yin and it has guided her work and studies ever since. She has taken training and workshops with Bernie Clark and Norman Blair. As well as advanced training in TCM and Meridian theory with Josh Summers. Venetia is currently registered with Yoga Alliance (E-RYT® 500).

Course Outline
Friday AM: History and principles of Yin yoga
Friday PM: Anatomy (fascia, the nervous system and the skeletal body)
Saturday AM: Teaching skills and sequencing
Saturday PM: Props and postures
Sunday AM: Introduction to Chinese meridian theory
Sunday PM: Yin vs Yang, Integrating Yin and accessibility

Daily schedule: 9am-10am Practice, 10am-1pm Lecture/Discussion, 2-6pm Lecture/Discussion

Assessment
In order to complete the 30 hours:
Two short essays (750 words each) will be submitted. These will focus on Yin Theory and Teaching Yin respectively, and will be fully outlined on the first day of training.

One observed (can be recorded or live zoomed) teaching practicum of one hour. To be submitted or taught at a set date, within two weeks of training.

FAQ’s
Pre-course reading?
Suggested: Bernie Clark: Complete Guide to Yin Yoga, Paul Grilley: Yin Yoga

Who is this training for?
This weekend is offered as a 30 hour teacher training. It is suitable for anyone looking to explore and build their understanding of teaching yin yoga and is of benefit to yoga teachers and practitioners alike. If you wish to receive a certificate as part of your CPD as a yoga teacher, you will need to attend most sessions live (see below) and submit assessment pieces. We welcome registrations from enthusiastic and interested students, however we cannot endorse teaching yin yoga solely from this course without completing a 200 hour training program and obtaining appropriate insurance.

Do I need to attend ‘Live’?
There are limited spaces available. As this course focuses on peer-to peer interaction and engagement with the material, live attendance is required. You are able to miss one session (AM or PM) and a recorded session can be provided for the missed module only at no further cost.

Pricing
NO further discounts available (i.e. no student discounts, etc).
Community price £319
Standard price £339
Supporter price £359

Delivered Online via Zoom, you will receive a PDF manual for the course.

Introduction to Restorative Yoga

Friday 2 July 6pm – Sunday 4 July 6pm

Let’s take refuge in Rest. There is very little we can reclaim with certainty right now, but I have found centering rest gives me a point of inner anchorage from which to navigate both our unprecedented times and the seasonal changes.

Restorative yoga is a profoundly nourishing, restful and gentle form of practice. The intention of this weekend is to introduce the key principles, postures & practices of restorative yoga, so you can begin to explore its qualities, effects and possibilities in your own practice, and if you are a yoga teacher, begin to share this practice with your students.

Given how common experiences of stress, burnout and fatigue are for many people, restorative yoga can offer an extremely supportive space for us to actively relax and rest in a way that feels held and guided.

Communal rest is oftentimes inherent to yoga as rest practice; every time we take savasana at the end of a class we have attended (physically or virtually) we are embracing collective rest. Resting in held spaces, supported by the facilitator as well the people we share the setting with, can not only take us deeper into our own rest but can also be a way to embrace how community action and activism benefits from these moments of collective inaction.

Course Outline
Friday 6-9pm: Welcome, practice, what is restorative yoga?
Saturday 10am-1pm: Conditions for rest
Saturday 3-6pm: Key principles of restorative yoga, practice
Sunday 10am-1pm: Sharing restorative yoga
Sunday 3-6pm: Breath & restorative yoga, practice

Who is this weekend for?
For anyone looking to explore and build their understanding of restorative yoga. Perfect if you are feeling like you need a retreat from the world, to rest and lie down. It is of benefit to yoga practitioners and yoga teachers alike.

This weekend is offered as part of the 300 hour teacher training, but can be taken by any teacher wishing to improve their skills in this area as Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Nourish Yoga Training’s 300 hour Advanced Teacher Training is registered with Yoga Alliance (International), and is completed as a series of standalone modules which can be taken over 3 years. More modules are forthcoming in 2021.

There are limited spaces available. As this course focusses on a personal, experiential approach to the material, live attendance is required. You are able to miss one session and a recorded session can be provided for the missed module only at no further cost.

Sliding scale pricing: £139/£169/£199 (no further discounts applicable)

Overview of Yoga Philosophy & Yoga Sutra Book 1

6 July – 3 August 2021 | Tuesday Evenings 6:30-9:30pm

All too often, yoga philosophy can feel just as inaccessible as some of the morre complex and gymnastic asana.

If you’ve tried tackling yoga philosophy, and it’s ended up feeling like you’re attempting a mental handstand, then this is the course for you.

At Nourish, everything we do is underpinned by our values: it has to be joyful, inclusive & person-centered. And now we’re bringing those values and our signature approach to help make yoga philosophy more accessible, inclusive and joyful for you!

Join Harriet and Venetia for a journey over 5 weeks, which will firmly orient you in the story and perspectives of yoga philosophies ranging from Classical Yoga to Tantra, Haṭhayoga to Buddhism. This course aims to act as an introduction to these systems of thought and practice, helping you to navigate what can often seem like competing and conflicting ideas. We’ll also build a foundation in Sanskrit, before diving into the Yoga Sūtra of Patañjali.

This is a course firmly grounded in practice and experience — along with talking about ideas, we’ll also find ways to explore these concepts in an embodied and practical way. So yes, there’ll be lectures and discussion, but there’ll also be meditation, prāṇāyāma and even some movement thrown in.

We’re thrilled to be bringing this course to you, and hope that you’ll find solace, inspiration and joy in what will be uncovered.

Course Outline
Welcome, Introduction: In our first session, we’ll identify some landmarks in the history of yoga and its surrounding philosophies. We’ll investigate the āstika & nāstika schools of South Asian philosophy, and how they relate to the study of yoga philosophy (and for us today!).

Sanskrit for Yogis: Sanskrit can be both a beautiful language, and a confounding factor for those new to exploring yoga philosophy. Learn the basic sounds of the Sanskrit alphabet, and begin to pronounce familiar Sanskrit words. We’ll also explore the historical and political context of Sanskrit, particularly how it is used in today’s yoga world.

Overview of Yoga Philosophies: In this session, we will begin to unravel common threads of yoga philosophy and begin to build our understanding of how they intersect and relate to each other. We’ll define & explore: pre-modern haṭhayoga, tantra and relationships to Buddhism, mindfulness & new age philosophies.

Introducing the Yoga Sūtra of Patañjali: We begin to turn our attention to the Yoga Sūtra of Patañjali: in this session we will explore the history of the text and Patañjali. We’ll find ways to make the Yoga Sūtra accessible and interesting for us as contemporary practitioners, as we dive into unpacking our first few sūtras.

Exploring Book One of the Yoga Sūtra: In our final session, we’ll continue our journey with Book One of the Yoga Sūtra: Samādhipādaḥ (Book on Samādhi). We’ll draw out the key themes and ideas from what is sometimes an obscure and abstract text, but contains some truly beautiful insights and approaches to practice. This isn’t a line-by-line reading: instead we’ll work thematically and highlight key sūtras as we go.

Who is this course for?
This course is suitable for anyone interested in deepening their knowledge and understanding of systems of yoga philosophy and thinking. We welcome interested students, teacher trainees, and yoga teachers.

This module is offered as part of Nourish’s 300 hour teacher training, but can be taken by any teacher wishing to improve their skills in this area as Continuing Professional Development (CPD). The module will run as five weekly sessions of three hours, and combine theory, practice and skills development.

Nourish Yoga Training’s 300 hour Advanced Teacher Training is registered with Yoga Alliance (International), and is completed as a series of standalone modules which can be taken over 3 years. There are limited spaces available. If you are taking this course as CPD or part of our 300 hours, you are able to miss one session and a recorded session can be provided for the missed module only at no further cost.

Course Materials
You will be provided with a manual via PDF, with a copy of Book One of the Yoga Sūtra. You will receive a further reading list, which is recommended, rather than required reading.

Sliding scale pricing: £139/£169/£199 (no further discounts applicable)

Workshops

Rest, Rest, Rest: Extended Yin, Restorative & Nidra Practice

Next available dates:
Sunday 7 March  3pm-5pm
 

Join Harriet for an extended practice dedicated to REST!

We’ll start with a grounding meditation, then a short discussion describing the different practices of yin, restorative yoga and yoga nidra.

Next, we’ll work with each practice in turn to create a soothing and restful space for our bodies & minds.

Rest is a radical practice. Resist busy-culture. Perfect if you’ve been feeling the pressure of “lockdown productivity”. Perfect if you like lying down.

We’ll be coming together via zoom. You can join this extended practice from your bed, or yoga mat. You’ll want some cushions/pillows and blankets to get nice and comfy.

Sliding scale pricing available (£10, £14 or £18 depending on your circumstances)

Yoga, Race & Liberation

Saturday 24 April  3:30pm-6:30pm
 

‘There are two racisms: the racism that discriminates, and the racism that kills.’ – A. Sivanandan.

Questions of race, racism and decolonisation have come to the mainstream in Western yoga communities over the last few years, largely due to the extraordinary efforts of South Asian, Black, queer and female teachers. But underlying assumptions about what yoga is and where it comes from often remain rooted in far-right Hindu nationalist narratives and (self–)Orientalism – even, perhaps especially, in many antiracist yoga spaces. Texts emerging from casteist, patriarchal traditions, like the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and the Bhagavad Gita, are placed at the centre of modern yoga and used as inspiration for calls to progressive political action; but many of these calls go no further than encouraging education, advocacy for inclusion, and individualised responsibility.

This workshop is a space for exploring and energising possibilities. What would it look like to organise, to build power and networks of support, as well as educating or advocating? Who are our ancestors and comrades in this work – communities of contemplative practice and care who were/are actively resisting unjust and violent states? Diversity, equity, and inclusion might be valuable goals, but what about working towards a more radical transformation of our world? What about resistance, solidarity, and liberation?

Workshop outline

Hindu fascist yoga?: historic and political contexts to modern postural yoga.
Spiritual liberation, political liberation: introducing some radical ancestors.
Educate, agitate, organise: where do we go from here?

Hindu fascist yoga?: historic and political contexts to modern postural yoga.
Drawing on Mark Singleton’s Yoga Body and Elizabeth De Michelis’ A History of Modern Yoga, we’ll sketch out an understanding of modern postural yoga – the practice done at studios and retreat centres around the world – as an early 20th century innovation, inspired as much by Western gymnastics as by any South Asian physical or spiritual traditions. Drawing on insights and evidence from critical yoga studies scholars, we’ll explore how dominant narratives about the ‘roots’ of yoga, even in popular progressive spaces, can centre orthodox, oppressive pre-modern traditions, and (more importantly) reinforce the soft power propaganda projects of the violently regressive Hindu far right that’s currently in government in India.

Spiritual liberation, political liberation: introducing some radical ancestors.
Focusing on traditions with links to modern and pre-modern yoga, we’ll celebrate the memory of radical spiritual ancestors and predecessors, broadening the landscape and sinking alternative roots to our practice. Adapting to the experiences of those in the room, we’ll focus on traditions often erased in contemporary Western yoga discourse such as Islamic tantra among medieval Isma’ilis, early Sikh communes and open kitchens, and the biggest religious movement of the 20th century, Ambedkar’s anti-caste Dalit Buddhism.


Educate, agitate, organise: where do we go from here?
Taking inspiration from the ancestors discussed before, and from contemporary political and spiritual movements, we’ll dream, discuss, and even lay foundations for strategising. What can we learn from contemporary Buddhist socialists, or engaging critically with Thich Nhat Hanh’s ‘Engaged Buddhism’? How about the Quakers? Again drawing on the experiences, experiences, and communities of those present, there’ll be the opportunity to explore the disability, racial, and economic justice oriented Healing Justice movement, the new wave of trade union organising among yoga teachers in New York, the UK and Germany, and potential future paths for us as individuals and as a community of yoga practitioners and teachers.

Who is this workshop for?
This workshop is for anyone interested in the radical politics of yoga and related traditions – yoga teachers and practitioners, as well as practitioners, educators, and generally interested people from other contexts! It’s suitable as an introduction to race and yoga in the West, and for those invested in yoga race discourse who are keen to broaden the horizons of the dominant discourse, or experience a highly accessible introduction to critical yoga studies and political action beyond education.

Pricing
We believe in the importance and value of this training, and would like to offer a scaled pricing system, which enables attendees to pay which tier feels most appropriate for them. Please note there are NO further discounts available (i.e. no student discounts, etc).

Community Price £29
Standard Price £39
Supporter Price £49

About the facilitator
Simran (they/them) is a yoga teacher, organiser, poet and theatremaker. They’ve been recognised internationally for their education work on race, queerness, colonialism and radical community building in yoga, and are currently the secretary of the newly formed Yoga Teachers’ Union UK, a branch of the grassroots-focused Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain. They’re also the founding director of Coriander Theatre, the UK’s first theatre company made entirely of queer people of colour, and, since graduating from Oxford, live in Hackney where they work for a local anti-poverty charity.

Workshop: Rest, Rest, Rest: Extended Yin, Restorative & Nidra Practice

Sunday 7 March  3-5pm

Explore & Develop Your Practice

4 weeks from Wednesday 10 March 6:30pm

Workshop: Yoga, Race & Liberation

Saturday 24 April 3:30pm-6:30pm

Yoga, Trauma, & the Nervous System

5 weeks from Thursday 6 May 6:30pm-9:30pm (NB: this course is FULLY BOOKED. Email hello@nourishyogatraining.com to be added to the wait list).

Teaching Yin Yoga: An Introduction

Friday 21 May 9am-6pm

Introduction to Restorative Yoga

Friday 2 July 6pm – Sunday 4 July 6pm

Overview of Yoga Philosophy & Yoga Sutra Book 1

Tuesdays, 6 July – 3 August 2021, 6:30-9:30pm

What participants have to say about our workshops & short courses:

The course with Harriet was incredibly rich, combining guided asana practice with informative discussions about the history and philosophy of yoga, anatomy, and self-practice. Harriet led the group wonderfully through these different components, with compassionate and knowledgable guidance and resources on developing our own practice. I was left feeling more grounded, connected, and excited to dive into more learning. Thank you Harriet!
Hannah
2020
Thank you so much for running the four week course! I have absolutely loved it and the time has flown by. I knew I wanted to learn more about yoga but wasn’t sure where to start and it can feel intimidating to explore books or teachings if you’re not a yoga teacher. I definitely had imposter syndrome, thinking ‘I can’t possibly do a yoga course, I have to rest in sun salutations and can’t do lots of poses!’ This course was fantastic for that: I felt really welcome, and have a much clearer idea of the areas I want to explore in more depth now, and some reading suggestions for them. I loved doing a yoga practice before each discussion, which was brilliant for switching gears to focus on the course, and enjoyed the varying practices depending on the topic (especially all the variations of movement in the strength and mobility week). It made the theory seem much more accessible and relevant.⁠

⁠ What I appreciated most though was being encouraged to unpick what yoga means to me - I was feeling a bit stuck before, especially in feeling resistant about home practice, but I’ve realised so much during the course about why I practise yoga and have a new perspective on it.
Georgie
2020
Harriet's class was, to use her word, delicious! From the moment I apprehensively clicked into the zoom I was welcomed with warmth and generosity. Every part of the class was thought out, from the carefully explained use of the props to the playlist that we were sent especially for the class. Despite it being on the Zoom, there was still atmosphere created and it felt as though detail was very important. I can't wait to explore further classes and training with Nourish!
Claire
2020
The Rest, Rest, Rest workshop with Harriet ticks all the boxes for a dreamy afternoon of nesting, relaxation and rest. The workshop set the tone and pace perfectly, allowing a slow journey inwards with time for pause and reflection. It was a blissful way to spend a couple of hours and I felt deeply rested and nourished afterwards.
SJ
2020