Body Symphonies 300 Hour Yoga Teacher and Practitioner Training
Classical Yoga is taught alongside somatic awareness, movement and sound. In the 300-hour course we will also look at how to teach safely and with compassion. We will study philosophy and anatomy and physiology, mainly in the context of the work. We will cover how to teach, advise and correct, while reflecting on what seems to work (or not) and the reasons why that may be. The more the course unfolds, the more your own enquiries will create the ground from which we will progress.
We will devote part of the training to looking at what most commonly shows up in a class, ranging from organisational considerations to injuries and some ways to address them. A key element is understanding the creative ways to support someone in a pose, enabling you to adapt your teaching to the individual. You will learn how to discern who in class is the person who needs you to assist the most and why that is, and how to offer help in different forms.
- study the theories of pancha prana, pancha vayus and pancha koshas
- learn to get to know our own body and energy fields
- work with asanas, pranayama, bandhas and meditation, breath, movement, micromovements and spontaneous instinctual movement
- use the above to investigate in great depth the internal cavities of the abdomen, chest, throat and head as well as the feelings and sensations of our overall being
- draw our own map of what will inform our own awareness, self-knowledge, physiological, psychological, emotional, energetic and spiritual growth.
Assignments will be completed during the course between modules.
You will be expected to shadow 38 classes of at least an hour and a half from different teachers.
Each participant will receive one to one mentorship every 6 weeks (the time frame may change depending on participant numbers).
You will be required to:
- continue your own practice
- undertake reflective journaling
- study in your own time
- attend classes
- in the second part of the course start practising teaching a group of friends
- complete assignments given between modules
There will be workshops during the course to spotlight teaching enquiries.
Contact time, including teaching and shadowing, will form at least 240 of the 300 hours.
The Course Director
The Director of this teacher training course, Annamaria Sacco, started practising yoga in 1991. Annamaria created and successfully ran Yoga Stable in Edinburgh for sixteen years. Annamaria taught around 100 students per week in person for over fifteen years and has a wealth of teaching knowledge to share.
Annamaria trained and taught in the Iyengar System until 2020, under the main influence of Firooza Ali Razvi, with whom Annamaria studied regularly for 16 years. Over her time studying the Iyengar system Annamaria felt that what she was connecting with through the practice was simply Yoga, and that is beyond label. The years of discipline of deeply listening, honouring and reflecting, developed into a practice which is very deep, somatically informed, archetypal, instinctual, compassionate, open and forever curious. Annamaria taught regular classes to students of all ages and abilities, remedial yoga classes one to one, prenatal classes and post-natal mother and baby courses during these years.
Her deepest love lies in bringing the practice more fully into our lives, not only experiencing it on our mats. Annamaria chooses simplicity in exposition. She believes in sharing through experiential understanding, with depth and humour, while remaining steeped in openness and self-enquiry.
This course is suitable for teachers/practitioners who meet one of the following criteria:
- 200-hour qualified yoga teachers
- Iyengar yoga intermediate practitioners
- Practitioners with a well-established, long-standing and regular practice in another form of yoga
- Students who have been attending classes with Annamaria regularly for a number of years.
The provisional venue is the beautiful The Stable at The Lane (previously Yoga Stable), 3A Montgomery Street Lane, Edinburgh, EH8 7HS.
The venue may change depending on numbers and Covid regulations.
Snacks are provided during the course. Please bring your own lunch.
Although the course begins in May 2021, you may apply to join up until September. Annamaria will provide opportunities to catch up on learning from the May and July weekends.
29th – 30th May
3rd – 4th July
11th – 12th September
30th – 31st October
13th – 14th November
11th – 12th December
8th – 9th Jan
26th – 27th Feb
12th – 13th March
9th – 10th April
4th – 5th June
2nd – 3rd July
Deposit of £440 in advance, then 15 monthly instalments of £164
Body Symphonies Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training/Post-graduate Course
This course is for experienced yoga teachers who wish to support women in this important transition in their life.
The course has its strong foundation in what the course leader learnt over sixteen years of regularly teaching pregnancy yoga class from the women attending the classes, and in how this informed how the teaching had to adapt and grow each time to meet the person and the group.
The course includes asanas, meditation, mindfulness of breathing, sound. Skills on how to facilitate a group of this kind will be shared, as well as practical important tools on how to correct and modify the practice to suit the different phases of pregnancy safely.
We will look at what the most common challenges showing in class are and the teacher will share a lot of her tools on how to handle them and above all, her understanding of principles of practice, so you can find also safe different ways of your own.
The course teacher, Annamaria Sacco, taught for 20 years in the Iyengar Yoga system to senior and mentorship level, and was very fortunate to study yoga over 30 years with very inspiring teachers. Annamaria also trained in Leboyer Toning directly with his assistant Shanti Shivani, as she grew interested in bringing this work back. Annamaria started teaching yoga for pregnancy in 2006, and is mother to two young adults. She became pregnant with her first child during her training as a teacher, and although she had to post pone her assessment, half of her training happened whilst pregnant. Annamaria has also been teaching remedial yoga since 2007 and postnatal yoga since 2000. Annamaria supports women and their babies as craniosacral therapist in individual or family sessions and is currently studying perinatal imprints on the Integrative Baby Therapy Course with Embodied Consciousness trainings.
The course is 65 hours of which 42 are contact hours. It is held in Edinburgh, over one week Monday to Thursday and one week-end Saturday and Sunday a few months later when we gather to review together and assess before beginning.
Dates: 11th-14th October 2021 and 26th-27th March 2022
Body Symphonies Mother and Baby Teacher and Practitioner Training Course
The training is for yoga teachers and/or as well as professionals who have experience of bodywork who wish to support women in the period from 12 weeks to the crawling or more mobile phase of their baby.
The course has its strong foundation in what the course leader learnt over twenty years of regularly teaching post natal mother & baby classes from the women attending the classes with their babies , and a lot of what Annamaria learnt from observing and holding these groups.
The course includes facilitation skills on how to hold a group of this kind, helpful sequences, explanations on what should be avoided and why or what can be supportive and why. What challenges may arise and how to deal with them. What are the most common physical problems that can show up in such a class. How to use movement and song to help mothers connect with their babies but also with one another as part of community. The use of the course to help foster community and connection and a support network of friendships which will lasts for many years beyond the class you will teach. The modules focus on breath awareness, meditation techniques, grounding techniques, relevant anatomy and physiology, movement and play, baby massage techniques, group support skills.
The course teacher, Annamaria Sacco, taught for 20 years in the Iyengar Yoga system to senior and mentorship level, and was very fortunate to study yoga over 30 years with very inspiring teachers.
Annamaria also supports women and their babies as craniosacral therapist and is currently studying perinatal imprints on the Integrative Baby Therapy Course with Embodied Consciousness trainings. Annamaria started teaching yoga postnatal mother and baby classes after the birth of her first child, in 2000. It happened spontaneously from meeting with a group of women to learn baby massage, and from there, deciding to collectively hire a hall and pay 50p each to gather and have Annamaria facilitate the group. Her own children were constant source of teaching in the process. Over time the classes evolved into their own form.
The course is 65 hours of which 42 are contact hours. It has been accredited by the IYN and it is held in Edinburgh, over one week Monday to Thursday and one week-end Saturday and Sunday a few months later when we gather to review together and assess before beginning.
Dates: 16th-20th November 2021
19th-20th March 2022
Cost : £670