The day will use postures, breath work, mantra, affirmation, meditation, relaxation and pairs work to examine and present different translations of Patanjali's Yoga Sutra 1.30. This Sutra discusses nine obstacles to our yoga practice which are fatigue, doubt and lack of perseverance, lack of enthusiasm, dullness, overindulgence, false perception, lack of perseverance and regression.
Questionnaires will be used to identify each individual's blockages and coaching guidance will be offered on overcoming these. There will also be guidance on teaching the nine obstacles in general classes and a handout on suggested yoga practices and lifestyle advice to overcome the nine obstacles.
Please bring your own yoga mat and props as none will be provided.
Lunch is BYO or find a local cafe. Hot drinks will be provided, but please bring your own mug or cup.
Anna Semlyen (York, North Yorkshire Y010 4BH) began yoga in 1990 and has been teaching since 1996. She qualified with BWY in 1999. Co-author of Yoga For Healthy Lower Backs (Lotus Press) and Relaxations CD (www.yogaforbacks.co.uk), she is also the. BWY Specialist Advisor on Back Care and Therapeutic research.
Anna research has carried out research into yoga as a treatment for low back pain with the University of York's Health Sciences Department, demonstrating a 30% benefit of specialist yoga over usual GP care and showing how specialist yoga can be a cost effective treatment by reducing the number of days off work. The research has been published in one of the top five medical journals, Annals of Internal Medicine (http://annals.org/content/155/9/569.full.pdf+html) and in the journal Spine, as well as three other related scientific publications.
Anna is a partner in the www.yogaforbacks.co.uk Institute with Alison Trewhela, which has over 400 trained teachers in back care yoga. She teaches weekly classes in Yoga In York (www.yogainyork.co.uk) in addition to her private lessons. She has tutored at the BWY Congress on Yoga and Dosha and the Seasons, the Gunas, Self Confidence and Energy. Anna Semlyen has BWY Dip, BA (Oxon) MSc in Health Economics, Ayurveda Foundations Dip, Reiki 2 and is fully DBS checked She does many IST and workshop dates a year and enjoys travelling around the UK as well as working for HF holidays teaching yoga www.hfholidays.co.uk. Anna travels by train. She has written extensively on yoga for Spectrum and other magazines and has recorded 2 relaxation CDs.