CPD Courses

  • 5 Lessons

    Abhyasa & Vairagya Through the Iyengar Lens

    Abhyasa and Vairagya describe the dual pathways of action and dispassion. This short subject introduces us to the twin pillars of Yoga.

    In the Yoga Sutras Patanjali gives the two general means of practice. In the opening chapter he indicates Abhyasa/Vairagya (Action and dispassion) for those who are supremely intense in their efforts.

  • 6 Lessons

    Art of Sequencing

    This course is intended to give you a format you can use when creating sequences, classes and courses with a specific, therapeutic goal, eg. ‘strengthen the lower back’ or ‘mobilise the shoulder joint’. Learning how to sequence in this way takes your teaching from general class style teaching (which has often a ‘shot-gun’ approach to yoga, covering a bit of everything, including postures which suit most but not all students) towards focused and targeted sequences which are created specifically for the person/group of people in mind, and have clear results.

  • 4 Lessons

    Ashtanga Yoga: The 8 Limbs of Yoga

    Ashtanga Yoga refers to the 8 limbs of yoga, and BKS Iyengar describes their relationship in the following way "...yoga is divided into three parts. Yama and niyama are one part. Asana, pranayama and pratyahara are the second part. Dharana, dhyana and samadhi are the third part".

  • 8 Lessons

    Breathe Light, Not Deep: Healthy Breath On and Off the Mat

    Do you often ask your students to “take a deep breath in”?

    What actually happens when we breathe deeply?

    What are the benefits of breathing in a light, soft, subtle manner? 

    Are there more effective and useful phrases we could use to cue the breath?

    This course explores and compares deep breathing and light breathing. There are many wonderful ways to breathe, but some are more effective than others. Since we tend to cue when and how to breathe regularly in a yoga class, we need to ensure that we are asking our students to breathe in a healthy way through out class to expand the likelihood of healthy breathing patterns flowing into daily life.

    When we ask our students to “breathe in deeply”, often they will gulp the air in, sometimes through the mouth, up in the chest, taking in a large volume of air in small amount of time. This would increase both the numbers of breaths taken per minute as well as the volume of air per minute, e.g. hyperventilation. This is actually quite similar to the response of the sympathetic nervous system, when in fight or flight mode. If students repeat this many times though out the class, this may cause an unhealthy breathing pattern in daily life too.

    So, what if we taught our students to breathe in a way which was subtle, light, soft, quiet, slow and low in the body? This actually increases our tolerance to CO2, which is a necessary gas required to transfer O2 to our cells, to provide us with energy. As counter intuitive as this might sound, the less we breathe, the more O2 our body receives and therefore the more energy we have.

    In this course, you will learn why breathing less is important and effective. Ginny will share the anatomy and physiology of breathing as well as some pranayama techniques which can be used to help you breathe less air volume. She will also lead you though some asana practices for yourself and your students to help breathe lightly during class.

    1 CPD point will be automatically allocated to your dashboard on completion of this course.

  • 7 Lessons

    First Nations and Yoga Practice

    In this short introductory course, board members of Ngungwulah Aboriginal Corporation present some important principles of working as a yoga teacher in Australia.  How best to consider and pay respect to Country, Culture and Community?  How best to understand reciprocity as a mutual way towards physical, mental and spiritual development in this nation?

  • 7 Lessons

    From the Ground Up – Functional Foot Placement for All Students

    Are you confused about where to place the feet in standing poses?  

    Have you found different teachers teach different alignment cues?  

    Have some of your students struggled to find steadiness in these poses?  

    In this course, we will explore how to teach the main standing asana based on functional anatomy and feet placement. Once we have a solid foundation, we can cultivate a feeling of stability, strength and ease in any asana. We are all so different and one alignment cue does not suit all bodies.

    This course will help you explore potential variations for feet placement in Tadasana, Virabhadrasana I & II, Trikonasana and Parsvottanasana.  

  • 13 Lessons

    GSA Insurance – We’ve got your back!

    Insurance is not about us. It’s about you. It’s about you sleeping comfortably at night knowing you’ve properly mitigated your risk. 

    We’ve got your back because we listen, take action, and consistently deliver. That may sound surprising, but that’s what makes us different.‍

  • 5 Lessons

    How Your Thoughts Shape Digestion

    In Ayurvedic medicine physical disharmony in digestion is the primary cause of disease. In fact, we aim to harmonise digestion first for absolutely any health condition. The gut microbiome is perhaps the most important to all other biomes in the body. However, in Ayurveda, there are many deeper layers to digestion functioning well. With meditation, yoga asanas, pranayama, sattvic food (nutritional psychiatry) and self enquiry we begin to once again digest the present moment and heal the physical digestive tract. Amazingly, these days we have all of this Ancient wisdom completely backed up by research! In this course we look into Yogic perspective of mental and physical digestion.

  • 5 Lessons

    Incorporating Postnatal Students in Yoga Classes

    Learn key anatomical changes, safety guidelines, and practices that will enable you to confidently welcome postpartum students into your general class.

    Many new mums are eager to get back onto their mats. Hence it's important that yoga teachers have foundational knowledge to keep them safe, while allowing them to make the most of their practice. This course will equip you with a broad understanding of the postpartum body, common contraindications, as well as practices may support recovery post birthing.

  • 10 Lessons

    Menopause: Embrace Healing through Therapeutic Yoga and Complementary Therapies

    Topics covered include:

    • Menopause as a transformational rite of passage, entering Sagescence
    • Does Menopause Need a New Narrative?  Re-discover health, vitality, energy in menopause
    • Asana & Beyond: Essential Considerations for Teaching Yoga During Menopause
    • Rite of Passage in a women’s life 
    • EFT for Menopause Interactive Practice
    • Menopause Demystified – Unravelling Hormonal Changes, Minimising Symptoms while Embracing a Vibrant Life
    • Sex, Menopause and Beyond
    • Menopause – your Second Spring
    • Lets pause to talk Menopause

    Completion of this course adds 6 CPD points to your annual tally.

  • 7 Lessons

    Mental Health Aware Yoga & Trauma Informed Teaching

    Nearly 80% of yoga students report practicing yoga for mental health reasons. In this course you'll discover how yoga can empower healing and transformation, and how it can support students in overcoming depression, anxiety and trauma.

  • 7 Lessons

    Modern Yoga: Understanding The Patterns That Run Your Life

    In this 1hr short course Duncan moves through a lecture outlining and exploring seven critical spiritual practices of the Modern Yogi.  

    Including: Maha Vrata, taking the great vow. Transcending suffering through understanding the Kleshas. The Jiva-Atman, individual soul and Svadhyaya, study of the self. The three types of Karma we encounter in life and the conscious choice available to us through the Buddhi, higher intellect. Understanding the Ahamkara, the I-am maker and Santosha, contentment. Vasana and Samkaras, understanding the unconscious thought patterns that can run your life. And Sadhana, utilising the practice of yoga to transcend suffering.

    1 CPD points will be automatically allocated to your dashboard on completion of this course.

  • 9 Lessons

    Nervous System Health: Increase Oxygen While Lowering Heart Rate

    Good circulation is a paramount state of good health. To really get supreme health, we want to keep the blood circulating. While the heart rate can stay very low, as much as possible you don’t want your heart rate to go up too often. It’s good if it varies, maybe from 45 beats to 75 beats up and down every minute; a healthy heart should do that. It’s called good heart rate variability. But the idea that you should get your heart rate up to 120 or 160 beats 45 minutes three times a week, is outdated.

    The yogi has been said to count their life, not by the number of years they live, but by the number of beats their heart makes and the number of breaths they take. So let’s consider therefore that the aim is not to get your heart rate up, but rather to get the blood vessels, the vascular system to work very effectively at moving blood through the body without the heart racing.

    I want you to feel that you’re getting strong while focusing on being relaxed and not feeling tense. Whenever the body feels tension, it retards blood flow and increases the stress response which depletes your immune system. I want you to enhance blood flow, get good circulation with the heart rate low. I want you to get energy in your body without having to breathe so much. 

    3 CPD points will be automatically allocated to your dashboard on completion of this course.

  • 3 Lessons

    Spinal Integrity in Yoga

    In yoga, we know that a healthy spine supports a healthy mind because of the direct correlation between the primary nadi (Sushumna), the physical spine, and one’s emotional wellbeing. However, during practice many students may compromise their spine by either trying to muscle (drag) or passively collapse (drop) their body into unhealthy positions and depths that have little or no relationship with their spinal integrity.

    In this course we'll explore simple and effective ways you can support your students in developing spinal awareness and integrity for a safer, more sustainable practice and improved wellbeing.

    Completion of this course adds 2 CPD points to your annual tally.

  • 6 Lessons

    Supporting At-Risk Groups with Yoga 

    Insights, practical tips and ideas for creating an appropriate and beneficial yoga practice for people who may have experienced trauma, mental health challenges, homelessness, addiction and disadvantage.

  • 4 Lessons

    Teaching Mudras: Bring the Art of Gesture into your Classes

    Mudras are ancient hand gestures that have been used for centuries to enhance mental focus and soothe the nervous system. Often referred to as "Yoga for the hands," these gentle yet powerful tools can help deepen your students' practice and elevate their experience on the mat. In this course, you'll discover the transformative benefits of mudras and learn how to seamlessly incorporate them into your daily yoga classes. From enhancing concentration to promoting relaxation. Help your students to unlock the hidden potential of their practice! 

    2 CPD points will be automatically allocated to your dashboard on completion of this course.

  • 10 Lessons

    The Modern Science of Pain 

    Learn about recent advances in the understanding of pain. Yoga can assist with the management of both acute and chronic pain, and the potential for relief of chronic pain by establishing some regular yogic practices.

  • 6 Lessons

    What are the Chakras?

    Dive into an exploration of the chakras from an evolutionary perspective. Consider the chakras from the intriguing views of Shri Aurobindo’s (that Prakrti is the motor behind the 2 billion years of evolution of life on earth) and Paul MacLean (the Triune Brain Theory), to an in-depth study of the chakras as the motor behind our past evolutionary journey.

    We'll examine
    the reptilian (base chakra), mammalian (sacral chakra) and primate (navel chakra) brain circuitry, followed by considering how future chakra activation may result in expanding our sense-of-self to include love for all humanity (heart chakra); recognizing all matter as the crystallized body of the Divine (throat chakra); experiencing the cosmic intelligence behind all creation (third-eye cakra); and finally, realizing ourselves as infinite consciousness (crown chakra). 

  • 8 Lessons

    Yoga Vasistha: Non Duality in Daily Life

    In this short course Josh moves through a lecture exploring the concept of non-duality with reference to the important yogic text Yoga Vasistha.

    Yoga is both a state and a means to that state. According to the Yoga Vasistha, yoga is nonduality, and this state can be attained while living a human life of duality. By assuming the state of nonduality as best as one can in any moment, actions performed are of greater import and fairness to the world. When actions are taken in this manner, the normal operation of karma is suspended and the yogi is freed from illusion in this life, and liberated from the cycle of compulsory death and rebirth.

    1 CPD point will be automatically allocated to your dashboard on completion of this course.