Spring Festival of
23rd - 25th March at Warwick University
... a stunning line-up of guest teachers at BWY Yoga Fest 2018 (formally known as Congress) from Friday 23rd - Sunday 25th March at Warwick University, Coventry. This year's theme is 'Well Being'. Don't miss out on the most important weekend in the BWY calendar and the best one yet! World-renowned yoga therapist and author of Yoga as Medicine, Dr Timothy McCall, is flying in from the United States to join us for a weekend on the power of yoga to promote health, healing and wellbeing.
Dr McCall will deliver a plenary address, lead a workshop and in an unmissable session he will
demonstrate, with a participant picked from the audience, the process of yoga therapy. He will take a case history, analyse the person's condition and prescribe and deliver yoga practices in front of a live
Our theme of health, healing and wellbeing continues with Heather Mason from the Minded Institute on yoga in the NHS, and a symposium on lower back care led by Dr Robin Monro, Alison Trewhela and Ned Harfiel from Bangor University. Leading academic on the yoga tradition, Elliott Goldberg, is travelling from New York to deliver key findings from his seminal work The Path of Modern Yoga. Elliott is a master storyteller and his painstaking research into the origins of modern yoga practice has created a ground breaking history of the social, cultural and political influences on the evolution of yoga.
Andreas Loh is a composer and pianist who specialises in delivering Yoga Tala music sessions for asana practice and relaxation on his grand piano. He is coming from Berlin to share his unique and original music for yoga.
BWY teacher, Emma S
lade, has written a compelling book Set Free
about her journey from banking to becoming a Buddhist monk in Bhutan. She will join us to share her journey and insights into meditation and mindfulness.
How well do you know your body? At Congress you will be able to learn anatomy and physiology for yoga in a new and exciting way using body paint with Karen Kirkness. Karen will help workshop participants explore the workings of their body via this exciting visual medium.
There will also be sessions by Stacie Graham from OYA Retreats, Laura Bissell on the BWY Gentle Years programme, and many more tutors, including representatives from BWY Established Accredited Groups/Approved Training Centres. There will be a welcome return for AcroYoga Teacher Neilon Pitambar and Shena Grigor.
We have invited the Indian High Commissioner, and Amarjeet Bharma from the All Party Parliamentary Group on Traditional Indian Sciences, to address delegates.
We are incorporating a new festival feel into Congress. Saturday night will offer a choice of relaxing yoga sessions or an Argentinian Tango demonstration and workshop led by yoga teacher and dancer, Bethshona Kenny. There will then be an opportunity to dance until late with music provided by an award winning live band.
On Saturday afternoon we will hold the BWY Annual General Meeting, which will follow this year's successful format of a 15-minute film of the NEC's work over the past year, followed by questions and formal AGM business.
We will have an exciting mix of stall-holders in the Yoga Fest Marketplace selling yoga equipment, clothes, jewellery and many other exciting products. In a new innovation, Saturday will include late-night shopping. Watch out for special events in the Marketplace over the weekend, including news on the new BWY resource packs for those teaching yoga to children and teenagers.
Congress is an exciting, stimulating learning experience where teachers can refresh their
knowledge and become inspired on the next part of their yoga journey. For our non-teaching members, Congress provides an opportunity to dive in and drink deep from the well of knowledge provided by our expert line-up of teachers. Most of all Congress is fun, a chance to catch up with old friends and come together as a community, and to share our passion for yoga. Why not arrange a diploma or certificate course reunion at Congress? And don't forget that, for teachers, it all counts towards your CPD.
We hope to see you there!
Please note that the teaching line-up is correct as we go to press. BWY reserves the right to make changes to the programme as necessary due to the illness or absence of any tutors.