ONLINE - Teaching Yoga for Immune and Respiratory Health
Learn the nature of breath in relation to our natural defences and how it contributes to the health of our immune and respiratory systems. This course takes you through the functions of the immune and respiratory systems and how they orchestrate in the body with each other (and other body systems).
Type of Event
- Teacher Training
Every Friday 17.00 to 18.00 UK time from 12th June for a yoga practice
Every Monday 17.00 to 18.00 UK time from 15th June for discussion and Q&A
The relationship between our immunity and how safe or unsafe we feel is tied into our breath, which becomes faster and shallower when we enter protective modes. Healing becomes compromised when we are get stuck in heightened stress responses – we cannot be in survival and growth at the same time.
Understanding how our immune system shapes our boundaries between the outside world and our internal landscape is key to supporting it, so it can respond to perceived threat and danger. Our respiratory system has a similar response to the internal and external; constantly taking in nourishment through the inhalation and releasing that which does not serve us through the exhalation. These two systems are intrinsically linked in our function and health, and how we relate to the world around us.
Over 6 weeks we will explore the immune and respiratory systems and how they relate to movement, embodied awareness and self-compassion. We will also explore a range of practices incorporating movement, meditation and breath to develop a sound understanding of how to structure effective sequences.
WEEKLY COURSE STRUCTURE:
Each week you will receive a detailed presentation on an area of physiology and how the yoga system can support this. This will be pre-recorded in both video and audio format (self-study).
A physical practice to support respiratory and immune health in different planes and with a different relationship to gravity, presence and self (live each week Mondays 5pm-6pm UK time).
Live weekly discussion and group learning (each week Fridays 5pm-6pm UK time).
You will also receive a weekly supportive practice as an audio resource to bring in other aspects of the yoga path or related, more modern, complementary techniques (self-study).
At the end of the course there is an optional final assignment to design a class, based on what you have learned which will be marked with teacher feedback.
The course will require 3.5 -4 hrs per week of study and practice
- Week 1 Health defences- supporting our boundaries and self-protection physically and emotionally.
- Week 2 Inflammation as part of the stress response- over-stimulation and hyper-vigilance
- Week 3 How contact, pressure, movement and stimulation of physical movement can support immunity via the lymphatic system and fascial hydration – and how these feed back into respiratory health
- Week 4 Mindful practices as stress reduction and how they related to detoxification, immune modulation and appropriate immune expression.
- Week 5 Embodied and self-compassionate practices in relation to the sense of self. The importance of self-massage and touch – embodiment through self-massage and touch via dermatones, soothing the nervous system.
- Week 6 Yoga philosophy to support the breath body (pranamaya kosha) and exploring and hindrances (kleshas. Sound and mantra’s relationship in supporting respiratory and immune health Bringing it all together – a full sequence incorporating all of the aspects covered in the course.