Zen Ambassador: Mindfulness Teacher Training,
specialising in mindfulness for the workplace
Training and qualification in Mindfulness Teaching for delivery of mindfulness and wellness practices for workplaces, organisations and communities. Led by training body Ten for Zen and supervised by Martin Stepek, one of Scotland’s most respected mindfulness teachers and founder of Zen Ambassadors. October 2023
MBSR (Mindfulness for Stress Reduction) Trained Teacher, Mindfulness Facilitator Professional Training – MIND, 2018
One year diploma training and course, in the delivery of the globally accredited MBSR programme, and mindfulness for health, wellbeing, individual and group teaching and facilitation. Accredited by MIND (the UK’s principal mental health organisation).
The Earth Gate Course – trauma informed mindfulness practice
Training course in theory, practice and application of mindfulness for resiliency, emotional regulation, inner strength and managing societal and ancestral trauma. Led by Dr Larry Ward. 2020.
Compassion Focused Therapy Training – Introductory Level
Intensive training in Compassion Focused Therapy, Foundations: conceptualising compassion from evolutionary, psychological, scientific and philosophical perspectives and application of compassion as a tool for wellbeing and peace. June 2020
Yoga & Meditation:
Meditation Teacher Training
Meditation training in India, US and the UK, with immersions in Insight Meditation and Vipassana.
Advanced Yoga Teacher Qualified (Yoga Alliance) March 2018
Awarded on criteria of hours’ and years’ of teaching, credits acquired from continued professional development training, and further skills and experience in restorative, yin, pranayama, meditation and yoga nidra.
Restorative Yoga Teacher Certificate, with Barefoot Body
Training in the anatomy, somatic psychology and trauma-sensitivity as well as yoga philosphy texts and growing body of work in Emboded Sanskrit towards this for experienced teachers-only training qualification. Achievement of this award completing hours and experience towards Yoga Alliance Advanced Teacher Qualification (as above).
Yoga Nidra Immeresion, with Kamina Desai of the Amrit Institute
Study and practice in the philosophy, history (from ancient texts to modern day), neuroscience, and modern day applications of Yoga Nidra with Kamina Desai, a world leading authority on Yoga Nidra and the Eduction Director of the Amrit Institute (USA).
Immersion in Classical Yoga practice and philosophy with Ranjiv and Swati Chanchani
Weekend intensive with these Master teachers who studied with Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar and have been studying and developing their yoga teaching in north India since the 1970s. They teach the fundamentals of yoga philosophy and practice as presented in the Yoga Sutras and ancient Indian texts. They developed Yoga for children and young people and are behind the introduction of Yoga to the national curriculum in Indian schools. (London, April 2017)
Pranayama Foundation Immersion and Teacher Training with Phillip Xerri
Residential training in learning, applying and teaching of the Foundation and Classical Pranayamas (yogic techniques to balance energy, modulate energy, adapt energy of the mind, body and spirit), led by whom is considered to be the UK and Europe’s leading authority on Pranayama practice and teaching (Cambridge, July 2016)
Restorative Yoga Teacher Training Diploma with Sue Flamm
4 day residential course, Belgium. Learning the practice, philosophy and teaching methodology of the Puja Method of Restorative Yoga – for compassionate living, teaching and yoga practice (Belgium, January 2-16)
Yoga for Lower Back and Upper Back Care, with Annie Carpenter (London), 2013
Yoga Training & intensive with Bobby Clennell
Senior Teacher at New York Iyengar Institute, and long time – 40 years- student of BKS Iyengar, 2013
Restorative Yoga with Annie Carpenter(senior teacher at Exhale, California), 2012
Training with AadhilPalkivala (The “Teacher’s Teacher”), 2012
Yin Yoga Teacher Training, Yoga Alliance accredited with Paul Grilley (considered the father of modern Yin Yoga), philosophy, practice and teaching over 5 days (August 2011, London)
Yoga Therapeutics (Teacher Training) with Bo Forbes (London), 2011
Anatomy with Judith Lasater, (London), 2010
Yin Yoga & Mindfulness, Rishikesh, (India), 2003
Yoga Therapy, Jag Therapy, Mysore, (India), 2007
Senior Accredited Hatha Yoga Teacher, International Yoga Alliance Yoga Instructor
(India 2005 – 2006)
British Wheel of Yoga Foundation Diploma (London) 2003- 2004
Suicide Awareness and Prevention Training – accredited MIND, 2023
Mental Health Training for Yoga Teachers
Professional development course. Learning and training in trauma-informed yoga teaching, understanding of mental health and disorders; and teaching methodology taking into account social justice as well as individual health. Oct. 2019