300hr Advanced Yoga Teacher Training
Accessible Yoga, Yoga Psychology, Spiritual Development
About the Program: Advanced Yoga is Accessible Yoga
Whilst a 200hr yoga training is enough to get you going in the yoga world, to let you start practising teaching and getting a feel for your clients and their possible needs, it is pretty much common knowledge that it is not a complete training in and of itself.
But as we complete our first training, we can move into the field of experimental teaching with much more and more hours in a classroom simply cannot give us. This helps us to define who we want to teach and what we might like to specialise in.
What I started to notice when I was putting my trainings together was that advanced trainings were mostly offering advanced asana training. In fact, in a lot of advanced training courses, you were expected to undergo a tough regime of advanced physical asana to be able to get to the deeper teachings.
I saw that many people spent thousands of pounds on completing their 500hr training, only to realise finally that they wanted to specialise or continue into the arena of Yoga Therapy. Then they had to spend more and more to access these trainings.
I firmly believe that advanced yoga is accessible yoga. If you want to advance as a yoga teacher, then you probably want to open your teachings out to more people, not restrict them to fewer people as advanced asana will inevitably do.
So I put together this advanced yoga programme enabling you to complete your 500hr of training whilst at the same time being totally accessible to you, as a unique person in a unique body, and helping you to advance your ability to be able to bring yoga to many people in diverse areas.
Whilst this training is not a yoga therapy training, it is run by yoga Elders, Senior Yoga Teachers and Yoga Therapists with a huge amount of experience in the field of accessible yoga. We have highly esteemed yoga teachers who run international organisations dedicated to brining yoga to all. And we have experienced yoga teachers dedicated to enabling you to advance your own personal experience of the transformational tools of yoga at your own rate of growth in a completely safe and supported space.
I would have been happy if this course had never ended! It has been such a delight to meet Steph and to be held by her and the group. Steph presents the course content in such a grounded and accessible way and brings humour and humanness to the learning. This has made it safe to share and to experiment and I have really appreciated that. For me, this feels just the beginning of a longer journeying with Steph and all the wisdom and experience she shares so generously. Thank you!
— Helen Gibson
What you will Learn: Course Modules
Module 1: September 11 & 12, 2021
Online Retreat with Stephanie Shanti & Lila Lolling
Module 2: September 25 & 26, 2021
Myofascial Release for Yoga Teachers with Stephanie Shanti
Module 3: Ongoing Zoom Sessions during Training
Stress and its Effects of the Panchakoshas (5 sheaths) with Lila Lolling
Module 4: October 15 - 17, 2021
20hr Yoga Philosophy Certification with Lila Lolling
Module 5: November 12 - 14, 2021
30hr Accessible Yoga Teacher Training Certification with Alessandra Uma Cocchi
Module 6: December 4 & 5, 2021
15hr Special Yoga with Jyoti Jo Manuel
Module 7: January 15 & 16, 2022
Module 8: March 5 & 6, 2022
30hr Womb Yoga & Yoga Nidra with Uma Dinsmore Tuli
Module 9: March 26 & 27, 2022
15hr Subtle Anatomy & Chakra Development Intensive Part One with Stephanie Shanti
Module 10: May 2 - 8, 2022
55hr Prana Intensive Immersion at Shanticentre Italy
with Stephanie Shanti and Lila Lolling
Module 11: May 21 & 22, 2022
20hr Subtle Anatomy & Chakra Development Intensive Part Two with Stephanie Shanti
Module 12: July 15 - 17, 2022
15hr Presentations and Graduation Retreat
Located at St Weburghs Community Centre, Bristol
Home Study: 15hrs
* details in "Full Course Description"
Home Study: 15 hours
Spiritual diary requirement for purification of the nadis and subtle energy system to be submitted weekly to Stephanie Shanti.
Required reading: Lila Lolling's Walking the Ancient Path of Yoga. You will be required to answer the questions in the bookend turn them in by Module 8, May 2022.
Give a 75-minute workshop on the subject of your choice (chosen from topics within the course). You will need to prepare as if you are offering this workshop to your students as an advanced teacher.
I've done yoga in different parts of the world for a long time but it was meeting this lovely lady (and the other yoginis on the way) that finally made me take it more seriously and bring yoga into all parts of my life - as it should be!
Steph is truly inspirational and motivational and she makes you feel like there's nothing you can't do. Namaste!
— Lindsay Ratcliffe
Stephanie Shanti and Lila Lolling will be your main guides along this journey and will teach the core courses including those only open to students of the ATTC. They will lead you through your own personal journey into deeper experiential philosophy, chakra development, experiential anatomy and myofascial release as well as your own personalised and accessible yoga practices.
And we have modules with visiting Yoga teacher and Yoga Therapists including Uma Alessandra Cocchi, Uma Dinsmore Tuli, Jyoti Jo Manuel, Theodora Wildcroft introducing you to working more therapeutically in the field of Accessible Yoga, Womb Yoga, Yoga Nidra and Special Yoga, as well as Ethical Relationships in yoga, Bhakti Yoga and Yoga for Cancer.
The rest is that you will become an advanced yoga teacher who is able to translate the ancient tools and techniques to a wide range of bodies, in a wide range of life situations. And along the way you will deepen your personal understanding of the yoga tools and philosophy to become a stronger leader in translating the tools of yoga in your daily life.
Main Training Instructors
Stephanie Shanti Bosanko is the director and co-founder of Shanticentre. She has taught yoga and Reiki retreats and trainings as well as organized 100+ visiting teachers.
Her original teacher training was with Sivananda organisation in 2000. Since then she has completed many yoga programs in UK and India.
Lila Saraswati Lolling, author and classical yoga teacher, has more than 20 years experience studying within ashrams and teaching ancient scriptures to studio owners and yoga trainees.
"My heart lies in the intersection of ancient yoga and climate activism. Ancient teachings were left for this moment in time as a guide to live a regenerative life. And a climate positive lifestyle that is spiritual rooted in non-dualistic Truth, can be a healing medicine the world needs. Be the medicine." ecoyogalife.com
Visiting Course Instructors
Alessandra Uma Cocchi
Accessible Yoga Trainer
Uma started serving as an Accessible Yoga volunteer with Jivana Heyman since the beginnings of the movement, and became an official trainer for Accessible Yoga in Europe in 2016.
Around the same time she was certified as a Yoga Therapist by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (U.S.A.). She carries out clinical research in the therapeutic field to assess the impact of Yoga on inflammatory chronic diseases and other conditions.
She has been teaching the Integral Yoga of Sri Swami Satchidananda since 2003, and serves today an Integral Yoga trainer as well.
Uma’s cultural background is in sociology. She lives in Italy and loves UK.
Jyoti Jo Manuel
Special Child Yoga
Jyoti Jo Manuel has been practising yoga since the mid 70's and teaching since in the late 80's. She was one of the pioneers of yoga for children in the UK and started the first training in 2003.
Her personal journey has been greatly impacted by yoga and she would say that yoga has had a massive impact in her healing. Her path with yoga took her to a therapeutic practise for children with special and additional needs.
In 2003 she founded Special Yoga, a charitable organisation whose mission is to reach as many children as possible around the world. She believes that all children are special and deserve to experience peace, joy and fulfilment of their potential and purpose.
Special Yoga offers yoga and mindfulness trainings for children, children with special and additional needs, and bespoke trainings for education, parents and pediatric professionals. Jyoti Jo Manuel Founder Special Yoga Ltd
*At Special Yoga we believe that all children are Special and deserve to experience peace, joy and fulfilment of their potential and purpose.*
Uma Dinsmore-Tuli PhD
Womb Yoga & Yoga Nidra
Uma Dinsmore-Tuli PhD writer, visionary, radical yogini, Total Yoga Nidra advocate and eco-feminist activist Uma met yoga in 1969, at the age of four, and fell in love. She’s been practicing ever since, and teaching yoga since 1994.
A yoga therapist with special expertise in yoga therapy for women’s health, Uma is a mother of three, and has written four books on yoga for women, including the massive Yoni Shakti now in its second printing. Uma works internationally, sharing yoga retreats, trainings and empowerments that support the natural arising of prana shakti: the power of life.
Since 2001 she has trained a total of over one thousand specialist teachers in Total Yoga Nidra, Women’s Yoga (womb yoga for all stages of women’s lives), and therapeutic yoga for pregnancy, birth, and postnatal recovery. Uma’s diploma in Yoga Therapy is from the Yoga Biomedical Trust, and her initial yoga studies were with Iyengar and Satyananda yoga teachers.
Her training in Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy was with the late Mukunda Stiles, and her continuing inspiration is the ‘Feminine Unfolding’ asana practice shared by Angela Farmer.
In 2005, Uma created the annual Santosa Living Yoga and Bhakti Camp, which now has sister camps in Ireland and Cornwall. She is co-founder of the Yoga Nidra Network and has developed Total Yoga Nidra, Wild Nidra and Nidra Shakti: radical creative and intuitive approaches to sharing yoga nidra.
Uma’s passion as a writer and as a teacher is to transmit the clarity of awareness, creativity and profound vitality nourished by yoga tantra. Her practice and teaching respects the cyclical powers of the living earth, and honours human life cycles as spiritual initiations (including conscious menstruation, menopause, birth and postnatal recovery).
Uma’s yogini heroine is Lalleshwari, and she aspires to embody in her own practice and teachings Lalla’s combination of ‘… compassion, commonsense knowledge and resistance to authority’.
Bhakti Yoga Immersion
Sivani Mata is an artist who is blessed to be a student of Bhakti (the yoga of love and devotion) and began her journey with this practice through attending various Kirtan evenings in London and on her travels.
She is grateful for the many teachers and traditions that have influenced her journey, and is particularly inspired by the teachings of Babaji: to live in Truth, Simplicity and Love. She began to share Kirtan in her local London community in 2009 and has continued regularly ever since, there and around the UK and Europe. During this time Sivani Mata has released four Kirtan albums, the most recent titled Jasmine Garden which blends Kirtan with her passion for mystic poetry.
Sivani Mata organised the UK’s first ever Bhakti Music Festival (in August 2011), and subsequent BE LOVE Bhakti Immersion days in London, which have brought devotional musical practices from various traditions together as one, in the spirit of universal love and devotion.
Inspired by her Bhakti practice, Sivani Mata also shares responsive yoga practice honouring naturally arising internal rhythms, including yoga nidra, nourishing asana and dance predominantly for woman, and co-teaches on Uma Dinsmore-Tuli’s “Well Woman Yoga Therapy Teacher Training”.
Sivani Mata is also currently working on an exploration for ancient Goddess traditions from around the world through drawing, and is writing a book on this theme called “Faces of the Feminine”. naturalmysticbhajans.co.uk
Theo Wildcroft, PhD
Theo is a teacher, trainer, writer and scholar working for a more sustainable relationship between our many selves, the communities that hold us, and the world that nourishes us.
Her research considers the democratization of yoga post-lineage, and the many different ways yoga communities are responding to concerns about safety in practice. She is at the forefront of the movement for trauma sensitivity, diversity and inclusion, an honorary lifetime member of the BWY, and registered with both the IYN (RYT500) and Yoga Alliance (E-RYT® 500, YACEP®). She’s also a Visiting Fellow at the Open University, UK, Coordinator of the SOAS Centre of Yoga Studies, and founding member of Alt-ac.uk.
An accomplished writer with two decades of experience in group facilitation, she not only delivers compelling lectures and inspiring writing, but holds careful and thoughtful spaces for groups and individuals to deepen their knowledge, share experiences and acquire new skills. Her monograph Post-lineage yoga: from guru to #metoo is out now.
Yoga for cancer
Morven Hamilton has been practising yoga since 1995 and teaching it since 2008. Motivated by a fascination with yoga's power to heal, she specialised in restorative yoga after doing initial training. This interest led her to yoga therapy and her training in 2010 with Susie Hately, founder of the yoga Thrive programme for people affected by cancer.
She has worked extensively with people seeking the therapeutic benefits of yoga, including those suffering from anxiety, stress, insomnia and depression, CFS, COPD, cancer and those recovering from injury. In 2011 Morven began her work at Penny Brohn Cancer Care in Bristol, the flagship centre for the UK's leading complementary cancer care organisation. From 2011 to 2016 she worked closely with Penny Brohn clients, running yoga courses for people with cancer and their loved ones. She also worked as a group facilitator on Penny Brohn's Living Well course - a two-day course for people coping with cancer.
Mindfulness has played an increasingly important role in Morven's own practice and daily life, and is integral to her teaching style. She has
trained on the advanced Breathworks Mindfulness for Health teacher training programme, directed by Vidyamala Burch.
Morven works on a group and one to one basis with people affected by cancer and has run retreats and workshops for people with a diagnosis and their loved ones.