Headstand Workshops

Yogashala Ibiza

BWY Norfolk presents an In Service Training Day

A Journey of Sequencing Vinyasa Flow towards Splits practice Hanumanasana

10am – 4pm on Saturday 23 June at Costessey Centre, NR8 5AH

Jacqueline Purnell is qualified to teach the BWY Foundation Course One and Two. She is a qualified BWY Pregnancy Yoga teacher and also teaches pregnancy classes, post-natal recovery and baby Yoga.

Certified as a Jivamukti Yoga Teacher, and assisting on Quantum Yoga Teacher Trainings, Jacqueline has completed Ashtanga Vinyasa teacher training in India with the late Derek Ireland, followed Shandor Remete and attended teacher training of the Shadow School for 6 years. Jacqueline appears in the DVD 'Beyond Dynamic Yoga'.

Yogashala Ibiza

Outline plan for the day
10 10.15 Introduction to the day, structure, tutor and a short explanation of the subject matter. 
10.15 12.15 Practice of Vinyasa Flows 
12.15 1 handout & Theory.

1 - 2pm LUNCH 

2 2.45 Breath, and progression in the Planning of safe front splits practice. 
2.45 3.45 Individual requirements for teachers’ modification.
3.45 4 Evaluation, summary of the day, questions. 

Other information
Please bring along your usual yoga props, mat, belt, and blanket plus blocks x 4 and bricks x 2, if you have them.

Aimed at all levels to create current opportunities to enhance teaching methodologies as discussed.

Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided and our charity book stall will be open on the day

Full details and to book your place, please visit www.yogashalaibiza.com Cost £35

We look forward to welcoming you. 

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A workshop for Teachers by Jacqueline Purnell in Surrey

"Vinyasa Flow leading to Urdhva Dhanurasana" Cobham Village Hall, Lushington Drive, Cobham, Surrey KT11 2LU (BWY South East Region)

YOGA CPD DAY
Venue: Cobham Village Hall, Lushington Drive, Cobham, Surrey KT11 2LU
Date: Sunday 3rd September 2017, 1000 till 1600
Organisers: BWY South East Region
Topic: Backbends
Instructor: Jacqueline Purnell

A workshop for Teachers by Jacqueline Purnell in Surrey

“Our instructor, Jacqueline Purnell, who at once demonstrated a friendly, pleasant & well-informed teaching style. Her awareness of anatomy & physiology was impressive, but she created an atmosphere in which we felt very comfortable & got us sharing our own experience.

A workshop for Teachers by Jacqueline Purnell in SurreyYou already know everything you need about backbending.’ said Jacqui, ‘Today will be about enhancement.’ She went on to explain that Upward Bow/Wheel/Chakrasana is a Gateway posture & can open up a new dimension of backbending. Her talk was broken up by small group discussions & plenaries. We looked at Precautions, Benefits Postures that can lead up to Upward Bow, Philosophical & Psychological aspects of backbends. We discussed the Psoas at length & Jacqui gave us magnificent handouts of muscles with colouring-in possibilities! The knowledge Jacqui shared entered our bodies as we practised on the mat under her expert guidance.
We had a half hour for lunch & then happily returned to our class, which ended with a lovely guided Relaxation.”
Caroline O’Hagan BWY-0019429

Objectives

By the end of the morning the students will (be able to):
– Practise a sequence of postures relating to Forearm Balance within various groups of asana
– Utilise their charts to notate their sequencing of Vinyasa Flows and explore creating their own versions

Aims of the Afternoon
– To offer students the opportunity to develop deeper knowledge of the physical foundations of Backbends.
– To explore the delivery of gateways into the keynote asana within other groups of asana

Objectives
By the end of the afternoon the students will (be able to):
– Reproduce the sequence/Vinyasa Flow moving towards full Wheel or a modification
– Utilise their charts to notate preventative practice for protection of vulnerable areas

A workshop for Teachers by Jacqueline Purnell in Surrey

Teaching Material Used On The Day
Handouts
Interactive handouts
Methods of presenting the subject
Talks & discussions, demonstration, detailed verbal instructions.
Assessment: question and answer, feedback and observation

A workshop for Teachers by Jacqueline Purnell in Surrey

About the Tutor Jacqueline Purnell ERYT 500 Yoga Alliance, BWY Dip.
Jacqueline is licensed to teach the BWY Foundation Course One and Two. A qualified BWY Pregnancy Yoga teacher, she also teaches pregnancy classes, post-natal recovery and baby Yoga.
Jacqueline has been described as a leading innovator in the instruction of Vinyasa Flow Yoga— guiding teachers and student teachers to create transformational vinyasa flow sequences to enhance their teaching and their understanding of Flow.
Jacqueline integrates the Breath in synchronisation with the most creative and demanding of Flows.
Also known for bringing the seeds of challenging postures alive for modern practitioners. Practitioners who wish to go deeper, to smoothly transform their practice into a truly life-transforming journey.

Outline plan for the day
10.00– 10.10 Introduction, housekeeping
10.10 – 11.00 Introduction of Spinal Extensions Pavanmuktasana,Bandha,Pranayama
11.00 – 11.30 Lecture and Q&A (handouts)
11.30 – 11.50 Tea Break
11.50 – 12.40 Lead asana practice dynamic sequences incorporating pavanmuktasana
12.40 – 13.00 Feedback, discussion, Q&A
13.00 – 14.00 LUNCH
14.00 – 14.45 Further feedback, practical work with handouts and Q&A
14.45 – 15.30 Lead asana practice facilitating safe techniques to develop towards keynote posture
15.30 – 16.00 Evaluation questionnaire (given and collected by host),

A workshop for Teachers by Jacqueline Purnell in Surrey

Other information and what to bring with you on the day.
Bring yoga mat and wear appropriate clothing.
Also bring a belt, yoga blocks and a blanket for relaxation.
Clothing wear layers for warmth.
Looking for new ways to present challenging postures? Then join Jacqueline on the journey of leading to extensions.

Dear Jacqueline,
I so enjoyed the day with you, and learnt so much.
Julia
Guildford December 2015

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Wednesday, 07 June 2017 08:10

Breathing and Diving

Gain your fitness in beautiful Ibiza environments
2017 Ibiza Yoga Diving Holiday from only £769.00

Breathing and Diving

Spend time above the sea and in the world under the Mediterranean Sea. In Ibiza

Breathing and Diving

Since the age of eighteen, Jacqueline Purnell, founder of Yogashala Ibiza, has had a deep love of Sub-Aqua diving and loves to combine the calming aspect of scuba diving with yoga at many of the magical diving sites for the yoga diving courses and holidays that she runs in Ibiza.

Yoga diving Holidays are perfect for people who want to practice or improve their breathing underwater and dive alongside a huge variety of fish and marine life in the warm and crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea surrounding Ibiza.

Explore new horizons and exist for a time along side the fish in their environment a world where you can truly get away from it all.

Enjoy a vital new world and experience Ibiza from the perspective of the waters of the White Isle of Ibiza.

Depending on your requirements you can become certified with a PADI Open Water Course or a PADI Advanced Diving Course and enjoy an early morning Yoga Class with a very light brunch of fruit and muesli before we set off to dive.

The Yoga Diving Holiday includes:

A welcoming ceremony where we share our local knowledge of magical beaches, authentic and fine dining, and places to dance

(Full concierge service if required at additional investment)

Yoga ClassAn early morning Yoga class per day for five days with one free day: 6 classes altogether. Simple fruit and muesli breakfast except on free day and arrival and departure dates.

Breathing and Diving

Accommodation in Spanish Family run apartments with a pool and with own bathroom.

Massages and treatments including acupressure and deep tissue work. (Available daily depending on requirements charges apply).

Scuba dive options daily except the day off.

For more information, please contact us

Breathing and Diving

DivingThe cost for this retreat is from £769 per week in a shared room in your self-catering apartment (same sex), or to have your own room from £979. Please see costs and dates for more info, prices and availability.

Safety briefing and instruction of equipment

Talk on local marine life

Fast RIB ride out to a local island

Non-swimmers or snorkelers can enjoy our beach or the boat ride.

Diving and Yoga Diving Holidays. Please contact us for more details and to book on.

Breathing and Diving

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Yogashalaibiza offers cutting edge Prenatal Teacher Training 2009 to 2017 Yogashalaibiza offers cutting edge Prenatal Teacher Training 2009 to 2017

Yogashalaibiza offers cutting edge Prenatal Teacher Training 2009 to 2017The Telegraph newspaper in the UK reveals the dozens of neonatal maternity units which have been closed or downgraded since 2010 and the dozens more now under threat.

The move is towards more units being guided by midwives and more home births brings a new tradition being ushered in.

The skills given in the Prenatal and Post Natal Yoga Teacher Training by Yoga are so key as it becomes more and more important to guide mothers towards healthy and happy home births.

Trimester specific training in Asana and much much more vital information regarding the lifestyle of the Pregnant woman and to take her through the first six months after the birth.

Trust in the experts.

Click here for more information contact us

Yogashalaibiza offers cutting edge Prenatal Teacher Training 2009 to 2017

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Wednesday, 18 January 2017 09:17

Exciting New Days ahead in London for 2017

Exciting New Days ahead in London for 2017

Jacqueline Purnell is continuing to champion experts in the field of Yoga to deliver their expertise to existing teachers and student teachers for 2017 and beyond with exciting new course content. The London venues have been hand chosen by Jacqueline and she continues to create close relationships with the personnel at these beautiful and comfortable yoga homes. The following venue Jacqueline visited while it was still a building site and she had to don a hard hat and "visualise!".

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Monday, 01 August 2016 01:01

A Practice for Life!

A Practice for Life!

How can we practice in ways that accommodate our changing needs at different phases of life? After 40 years practice (35 of which teaching), mistakes, joy, some injuries, plus normal wear & tear experienced in a body aged 68 years - I still take great pleasure in my practice, am enthused by teaching and by further studies, and am fit, strong & flexible.

Initially, it’s important to gain insight into certain key principles of alignment, and with beginners, I see this kind of attention to detail as a very necessary phase, primarily to help students develop awareness. As our bodies, circumstances & needs change, so must our practice. But generally, its not uncommon to stay stuck in a particular approach, or remain with a teacher out of loyalty or habit, without re-assessing whether its still appropriate.

In the first 20 years of my classical Hatha Yoga practice, I developed awareness, learned to listen to my body, and developed a great love of chanting & Yogic philosophy. When I took up Astanga in my late 40’s - among many other benefits, I learned the huge value of practising no matter what, no matter how reluctant or tired I was, and as a result I became much stronger psychologically as well as very fit and agile. Unfortunately I also trained myself to override the feedback from my body-mind - in some ways this was marvellous in terms of overcoming long-held negative mental tendencies, but I also lost much of my ability to be intuitively creative & responsive.

Some years ago I took up a very skilfully sequenced form of Vinyasa Flow - Music! Ever-changing flows! It took me right out of the silently beautiful, albeit fixed framework of Astanga into a completely different world where I was invited to practice each move according to how I felt on any given day & in any given moment - ha! - heresy according to the system I’d been practising! But I truly believe that each style - Hatha, Astanga, Vinyasa Flow, Restorative, etc - all have their various benefits and that its up to us, as resident in our own bodies, to learn how best to practice at various different phases of our lives.

AA Practice for Life!s teachers we need to respect the varying needs and capabilities of our students, offer asana variations, and create an enabling atmosphere that allows participants space to adapt. With practice, this teaching method works very well within the context of an engaging, challenging class without disrupting the feeling of flow.

As students practising alone or under the guidance of a teacher, we need to develop confidence to honour our own capabilities in a general class environment, as well as knowing how to subtly & skilfully modify a particular posture(s) to something more appropriate to our own body, without getting flustered or feeling as though we”re being disrespectful to the teacher.

Jacqueline Purnell has event managed a special day of CPD with Jane who will be teaching later this year in London.

Email us at for more details.

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Saturday, 30 July 2016 15:29

Yoga CPD Day at the Light Centre

YOGA CPD DAY AT THE LIGHT CENTRE

 

YOGA CPD DAY AT THE LIGHT CENTRE
Venue: The Light Centre, 114 London Wall, City of London
Date: Saturday 23 July 2016, 1000 till 1600
Organisers: BWY London
Topic: Backbends
Instructor: Jacqueline Purnell

It was fine weather & The Light Centre is a short distance from Moorgate Underground & relatively easy to find, as many nearby their buildings have their numbers on the door. The Light Centre is modern, clean & very attractive. A receptionist was on duty & we found the room easily because it was signposted & labeled. There was a kettle & a great range of teas & nice biscuits & so forth. Yoga mats, bolsters & blocks in tasteful colours abounded in every room!

Anthony Grover, who is also national treasurer of BWY, introduced our instructor, Jacqueline Purnell, who at once demonstrated a friendly, pleasant & well-informed teaching style. Her awareness of anatomy & physiology was impressive, but she created an atmosphere in which we felt very comfortable & got us sharing our own experience.
YOGA CPD DAY AT THE LIGHT CENTREYou already know everything you need about backbending.’ said Jacqui, ‘Today will be about enhancement.’ She went on to explain that Upward Bow/Wheel/Chakrasana is a Gateway posture & can open up a new dimension of backbending. Her talk was broken up by small group discussions & plenaries. We looked at Precautions, Benefits Postures that can lead up to Upward Bow, Philosophical & Psychological aspects of backbends. We discussed the Psoas at length & Jacqui gave us magnificent handouts of muscles with colouring-in possibilities! The knowledge Jacqui shared entered our bodies as we practised on the mat under her expert guidance.

We had a half hour for lunch & then happily returned to our class, which ended with a lovely guided Relaxation.

Caroline O’Hagan BWY-0019429

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Sunday, 17 January 2016 23:38

Headstand Workshop

Headstand Workshop

£665.00 inclusive

Price includes three nights shared accommodation, all tuition, and a hearty brunch and dinner at the Garden of Joy both days. Meals are prepared using the finest available home-grown, organic vegetables.

Headstand WorkshopSchedule
Fri 6th - Arrive in Ibiza. Welcome talk.
Sat 8th & Sun 9th

06.00 - 10.00 Headstand Workshop
10.00 - 11.00 Brunch
11.00 - 16.00 Free Time
16.00 - 18.00 Headstand Workshop
18.00 - 19.00 Dinner

Mon 10th - Depart Ibiza

Accommodation

Accommodation is off-site in twin rooms with catering facilities. These are in apartments just 10-15 minutes walk from our centre, with a beautiful beach, local supermarkets, restaurants and cafes near by.

Single rooms are available on application for a supplement.

Headstand Workshop

What's not included

Insurance, flights and transfers to our venue are not included in the cost of the course.

We recommend that you book your flight as early as possible. Ryanair and Easyjet offer cheap flights. If you need help in finding a flight please contact us.

Taxi transfers from the airport to our centre cost approximately €35 each way.

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Happy Easter!

Semana Santa on Ibiza

It’s Easter weekend already, its around 20°C all weekend long and everyone is relaxed for the holiday. Here is a photo of me enjoying the rays at the beach today (whilst reading up on my Yoga postures!) and an example of one of the beautiful little churches on the island where the locals will be celebrating. From me and everyone at YogaShala Ibiza to wherever you are right now – we wish you a very happy weekend filled with friends, family and fun. (And hopefully see you in Ibiza soon!)

Yoga Classes IbizaThis morning I went to Leanna’s Vinyasa Flow class at Galleria Elefante. I loved the fluid style of her class and she opened up with some beautiful words to bring ourselves into our bodies and in the moment. It is so important before any kind of exercise to take a couple of minutes out to really centre yourself, and be mindful of what you are about to do. Movement linked with coordinated breathing can be so healing; whether this be lifting weights, swimming, going for a run or doing a lovely yoga class. To make the most out of the time in your day that you dedicate to your body it is worth closing your eyes for a few minutes before and beginning to become aware of your breath.

Leanna warmed us up really nicely by a short sequence of moving to Plank pose on the inhale, and back to Downward Dog on the exhale. Doing this repeatedly four or five times really warms up the core, arms, shoulders, legs – it gets it all really! This quickly got a bit harder moving on to Tiger pose (Chakravakasana) where you are on all fours, lifting one leg up and trying to reach back for it – a particularly challenging pose for balance. Although don’t try this one at home reaching back with the arm, it can be very wobbly! Just lifting the leg up behind you is okay. We then were guided gently through a heart-pumping flow involving challenging lunges and my favourite Half-Monkey pose (Ardha Hanamunasana). There were some standing splits, Side Planks, Upward Planks and Warrior II’s mixed in there, overall creating a good amount of internal body heat for a satisfying class.

Chakravakasana Ardha Hanamunasana

What I found really interesting about the class however, was that Leanna spoke about the concept of an ‘easy’ pose – and how people tend misconceive Staff pose (Dandasana) as a simple posture, and it certainly looks it from the animation that I’ve drawn here. But should we ever think of a posture in yoga as ‘easy’? If we tell ourselves it is a rest then we may relax our muscles more into it which could be beneficial, but in fact most people in this picture need to really activate the feet and actively contract their leg muscles in order to main internal rotation to keep the legs from falling open. The spine needs to be kept long, the thigh muscles need to be drawn up, the chest open, and the tailbone drawn down to lengthen the hamstrings. And if you’re feeling really confident about this posture – raise your arms up with the palms facing each other shoulder-distance apart, making it even more challenging. Staff pose is actually the basis for all seated postures (Asanas) and B.K.S. Iyengar says that it reduces fat around the waistline, tones the kidneys and is good for bloating due to gas – pretty good for just an ‘easy’ posture if you ask me.

Dandasana

A well deserved Child’s pose (Balasana) came at the end, and whilst we rested our foreheads on the floor at the end of this difficult series Leanna spoke about concentrating on the parts of us touching the mat, to be mindful and thoughtful. Breathing exercises can act as a really simple, nice meditation to quiet the mind and finish off or start a yoga class.

Yoga IbizaBut moving away from all these technical Yogi terms – at the very end before Savasana, we lay on our backs and extended all four limbs up to the ceiling as Leanna told us to shake them around as if they weren’t attached to our bodies, or like an upside down beetle trying to get up. This was great fun! I could feel my blood fizzing through my arms and legs as we finally lay to rest. Throughout the class from start to finish Leanna’s words were so beautiful and eloquent, her choice of postures so fluid and inspiring, and this got me thinking – how on earth will I say something as inspiring as this in my own classes when I qualify in only a few weeks time? How will I create such a lovely sequence in a unique way?

Luckily I got a bit of time with Leanna after the class to get some Yogi career advice on all of this. She told me what I need to do is jump right in there after finishing my 200-hour course to get in the flow – the trick is to get the first few nerve-wrecking classes over and done with, under your belt so that the experience is there. Leanna mentioned that she still gets nervous before any class that she teaches, and is always wanting to know more never feeling like she is ‘done’ with Yoga education – but also said that this is the sign of a good teacher, always wanting to improve themselves for the benefit of their students. She said that all I need to do is find my unique selling point as a teacher, what kind of class I want to give, and just start without hesitation. Great advice that I was so grateful for – now off to brainstorm ideas…

You can catch Leanna’s Vinyasa Flow class with Yoga Shala Ibiza at 11:15am on Thursdays at La Galleria Elefante.

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Yoga Classes Ibiza

It’s my second full day on the island and just thinking about it everything has happened so fast already! I gave up my tenancy of my flat in the UK only a week ago, put everything into storage, packed up my car, and headed off to follow my dream of becoming a yoga teacher in Ibiza.

Time goes in a special kind of way on this island – it seems to be much more fluid and relaxed than back home. This morning I did my own yoga practice alone before the sun came up, which was wonderful. I love to be in a class having corrections from teachers and experiencing the energies of other people, but my home-practice is my sort of guilty pleasure. I think it is important to do your own practice in between classes to keep your body agile, to remember what you’ve learnt in previous classes, and to really get to know your own body in the stillness and quiet that comes with being alone. B.K.S. Iyengar in his book Light on Yoga said, “It is only through the mirror of yoga that the whole of man reflects to know himself.

At the end of this class I put my palms together, bowed my head, closed my eyes and said the words ‘Namaste’ . And that got me thinking, why do I do that? Why do we all do that at the end of a yoga class? And do we have to be ‘spiritual’ in order to say it?

In short – I think the answer is no, we don’t need to be spiritual to say this. In Hinduism Namaste means ‘I bow to the divine in you.’, but it really is just a concept of how to respectfully greet another person. In fact - when I worked in a yoga studio in London one of our clients refused to believe that it wasn’t just ‘Have-a-nice-day’ spoken really fast!

Namaste (spoken ‘nah-mas-tay’) may just be one word, but the meaning behind it is explained through a whole phrase. ‘Nama’ means to bow, ‘as’ means I , and ‘te’ means you – so literally it means ‘I bow to you’. It is done at the end of a yoga class to sort of bridge the gap between teacher and student, bringing a nice energetic union when the mind is less active and the atmosphere more peaceful. Some of my friends have commented how they would feel embarassed to say it at the end of a class as they don’t feel they are a true ‘yogi’ – but anyone can say it without any beliefs or knowledge behind it, it is purely a nice greeting.

A nice explanation that I found of Namaste is here:

My soul honours your soul.
I honour the place in you where the entire universe resides.
I honor the light, love, truth, beauty and peace within you, because it is also within me.
In sharing these things we are united, we are the same, we are one.
All of this form just one word! What a beautiful way to end each and every class.

After this home-practice I spent the rest of the day organising myself for the work that I’ll be doing here. I ate my lunch on Talamanca beach and took in some wonderful Mediterranean rays before a meeting with Jacqueline, the YogaShala Ibiza founder, in Santa Gertrudis. Jacqueline totally got me for April Fool’s today as she got me believing that the Bougainvillaea bushes on Ibiza were moving around at night, which we both found hilarious.

There are so many exciting things that we’re doing as a company over the next few months – free classes at the Garden of Joy over the May period, the Detox Holidays, the Pregnancy and Post-Natal Module and the 200-hour Teacher Training that I’ll be on.

I feel so lucky for Jacqueline to have taken me on, and feel blessed to be able to share my journey through these blogs with our readers. Jacqueline has so much knowledge about yoga from years of learning, and I feel like I am ‘downloading’ her amazing information into my mind – how fortunate am I! The meeting was all talk of new posters, leaflets, newsletters and website changes.
So watch this space – we’re about to get busy!

Talking of getting busier - it is amazing to see how each day that passes the roads get a bit busier, there are more people out, the shop owners are sprucing up their places with a splash of paint, the beach clubs are preparing their outside seating areas, new umbrellas and signs go up – the island is preparing for the high season to come and the feeling of summer is beginning to vibrate through every place, person and thing.

Namaste
Ally
1st April 2015

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