Your own ‘tool box’ of simple, accessible practices

Supporting our health and wellbeing each day is so important. Committing to just a few minutes of practice each day can make a huge difference to your life.
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An introduction to this course

It can be difficult to find stillness in a busy world

Your course instructor

Helen McCabe

Helen started practicing yoga in 1992, as new mum-to-be, working in an exciting but stressful job in the film industry. It has played a major part in her life ever since. She is a registered Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals and has had the privilege of studying with some wonderful senior teachers over the last nearly 30 years.  Based in Dorset with her family, Helen has been teaching yoga since 2003. She also teaches somatic movement, mentors other teachers and runs regular retreats and workshops both here and internationally. She teaches with a gentle, inclusive and encouraging approach which has practitioner empowerment at it’s heart. Helen is passionate about supporting people to develop a deep connection and awareness of their own body through these practices, sharing simple tools that support people to develop a self practice that works for them and their life. Helen is currently furthering her study of yoga as a therapeutic practice through the Yogamedicine® advanced teacher training programme as well as with the wonderful Align somatics. She is a qualified Somatic movement coach. She is also passionate about the importance of building community. As a mother of grown up daughters the involvement with the Urban Yogis UK project which looks to share this practice with young people is also very close to her heart.

What you will learn

Over the six modules, which invite you to explore and practice at your own pace, we will share a framework of simple practice tools, so that you can develop an embodied self practice of your own. Awareness of our breath and movement are just part of the practice of yoga and it is important to also be aware of the philosophy that underpins it. We will introduce some of the foundational philosophical topics and also recommend some of the resources for further learning.

  • How to guide yourself through a simple relaxation

  • A simple breathing practice

  • Understand basic functional movement principles

  • How to practice a sun salutation sequence with variations and options

  • A simple movement sequence of standing asanas (postures)

  • A simple movement sequence of seated asanas (postures)

  • An introduction to the philosophy that is at the heart of these practices

  • Exploring of the practice of yoga as a tool for self inquiry

FAQ

  • Who is this course for?

    Suitable for anyone looking for simple daily tools to resource their physical and mental wellbeing.

  • What equipment do I need?

    A simple yoga mat or other suitable non slip surface. A warm blanket for relaxation and as a prop. Props such as blocks are helpful but not essential. We will show you how to improvise with items that you will have at home.

  • What do I need to wear?

    Comfortable clothing that you can move easily in. We recommend that you practice with bare feet.

When we look after ourselves, we can look after those we love too.

Although the modules will be accessible at weekly intervals, there is no hurry. We've designed this course so that you can work through it at your own pace, doing as much or as little as you feel ready to do. This is ultimately a lifetime's practice

Course curriculum

  • 1

    WELCOME

  • 2

    MODULE 1 - 'PAUSE'

  • 3

    MODULE 2 - 'BACK TO CENTRE'

  • 4

    MODULE 3 - 'RESOURCE'

    • Introduction to Module 3 - exploring simple functional movements to support your practice

    • Exploring functional shoulder mobility

    • Exploring Functional Hip mobility for seated postures

    • Exploring functional hip mobility for standing postures

    • Summary of Module 3

    • Self Practice Journal

  • 5

    MODULE 4 - 'FOUNDATION'

    • RECAP of Module 2

    • Introduction to Module 4 - starting to explore the foundational standing postures (asanas) as we build strength and stability.

    • Before we start - a video to watch first before we begin to explore the individual asanas

    • Practice 1 - Standing Forward Folds

    • Practice 2 - Utthita Trikoṇāsana

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    • Practice 3 - Utthita Pārśvakoṇāsana

    • Practice 4 - Prasarita padmottanasana

    • Practice 5 - Parsvottanasana

    • (4) Hasta Padangusthasana

    • Module 4 - Putting it all together

    • Self Practice Journal

  • 6

    MODULE 5 - 'FINDING SPACE'

    • Introduction to Module 5 - exploring the foundational seated postures (asanas) and how we can find space in the body

    • RECAP of the practices up to and including Module 4

    • Practice 1 - Dandasana

    • Practice 2 - Paschimottanasana

    • Practice 3 - Purvottanassana

    • Practice 4 - Baddakonasana

    • Summary of module 5 and putting it all together

    • PRACTICE OVERVIEW SO FAR (Up to module 5)

    • Self Practice Journal

  • 7

    MODULE 6 - 'PRACTICE'

    • Introduction to Module 6 - revising what we have explored so far and putting it all together.

    • Revisting the preparatory practices from Module 1

    • MODULE 6 PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER

    • Self Practice Journal

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Pricing

We have put a lot of time, love and resources into creating this course, but we also want to make sure that financial hardship is not a barrier to accessing these practice tools. So we also have a number of discounted places available. Please get in touch for more details.