Practical Information.

Capacity for personal process.

A substantial aspect of this training is dedicated to deepening your own personal exploration and embodiment. During this process, it is very likely that body memories and emotions will surface. Yoga therapy is not a spiritual bypass and so some apprentices might need to access extra therapeutic support such as cranial-sacral therapy, body psychotherapy, somatic experiencing e.t.c,. If you have experienced any trauma in the past, you are raw, activated and not seeking professional help, this apprenticeship would not be for you. It is not a substitute for counselling. You need to be robust enough to face challenging topics, encounter your shadow and have the capacity to engage without becoming overwhelmed or doubtful. 

Assessments:

This training uses assessments to empower individuals to take responsibility for their own learning and development. Assessments consist of assignments, written reflections and case studies. An apprenticeship training places no pressure to tick the right boxes. Assessments are used to support commitment and accountability,  Please read here about the decolonial-feminine centred learning pathway that this course follows.

In this training, we use body mapping, journaling and sharing to measure growth and insight. Journal prompts and self reflections are given out at the end of each theme and students use these to reflect and integrate understandings.  This material forms the basis of the written assignments. You will not be asked to quote some one else's work but to rely on and use your own experience and insight. 

There are 2 assignments: The first assignment is given out half way in first year and the second assignment is given out towards the end of the first year with the winter months to focus on completion.

At the last weekend in year 2, each apprentice will facilitate a 1 and half hour therapeutic yoga session to the group.

At the end of the course each apprentice needs to complete 3 case studies. 2  of which follow two different clients over a minimum of 8 sessions and one of a therapeutic yoga class ( maximum 6 people) over a minimum of 8 weeks. You will have 5 months to complete this.

You will also need to have a minimum of 8 sessions of yoga therapy yourself to understand the experience of being a client.

Scope of practice:

This course will support you to become clear and confident about how to integrate body orientated therapeutic yoga skills into your existing professional practice. It will define what you can do as well as your professional boundaries. You will understand about safeguarding for the public and when to refer onwards to a mental health/caring professional.

If you complete the case studies and assignments you will come out of this training qualified in a diploma:

Yoga therapy for women's somatic health, sexual-emotional wellness & trauma integration.

You will gain the skills to work with body process, read your clients somatic expressions, knowing when to put the brakes on without reactivating their nervous system. You will be able to facilitate and teach small groups and 1 to 1 sessions, supporting women who are recovering from chronic stress, burn out, traumatic loss, injury or harm.  If you are a mental health/caring professional, you can incorporate these skills into your practice and work more comprehensively with trauma. 

Pre requisites:

You will be an existing holistic, mental health or caring professional and have a background in yoga or embodiment. If you are a yoga teacher please consider if you are ready to shift into a therapeutic way of working which is very different to yoga teaching. You will need to have an A & P level 3 to be eligible for insurance. You can take an online course, please see here.

Before the course starts, I ask each apprentice to sign and honour an agreement, respecting terms and conditions, confidentiality and commitment to self -care. It ensures we build a safe container together.  

Professional standards.

Yoga has traditionally always existed away from authority and elites. However, given incidents of guru and cult abuse, yoga has not been safe or free from exploitation. Professional bodies can offer protective structures for the public but they currently exist within a yoga industrial complex that generates  profit, rules and rigid structures .

Womb Gaia healing arts is a member school of the Yoga therapy collective, an emerging professional body that is committed to a non hierarchal, democratic way of professional accountability, validation and ethical conduct. Students who complete this course will be able to register with the YTC and receive professional recognition, mediation support and mentoring.