Thu 06 February 2020 / Yogarise Peckham

100 Hour Advanced Training: Transformational Learning and Teaching Eleonora Ramsby Herrera


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Transformational Learning & Teaching:

A Trauma Sensitive & Mental Health Approach



This 100-hour developmental practice focuses on further deepening the yoga teachers knowledge of yoga in the areas of asana, sequencing, experiential anatomy, subtle movement qualities as well as conscious communication and mindful teaching skills. Teaching methodology and teacher ethics is of central importance and focuses on taking a trauma sensitive and mental health approach both in the perspective of the student and teacher. Course participants are required to develop their understanding of these key areas in an integrative way through theoretical and practical learning and teaching. Below follows a brief description about the modules are included in the course.


  • Explore subtle movement qualities in the body

You will explore how to practice and teach postures in ways that encourage less induced effort by drawing on functional anatomy and using the body’s natural structural support of the skeleton. Using imagery , guided interoceptive explorations and different physical intentions, you will explore how to engage physically in the body in a variety of different ways in accordance to what you wish to achieve in each posture. This approach brings complexity, creativity and individuality to the practice and counters the notion that there is “one right way of practicing a yoga posture”.


  • Facilitate autonomous learning in your students

Explore how you as a teacher can create a safe space for your students to explore their practice in their own way. Teach your students to develop skills to become self-sustainable learners. This will be studied through placing a strong emphasis on developing interoceptive awareness, it is practiced individually and through task based exercises with your peers which includes problem solving and reflective discussions.


  • Developing your personal expression

What inspires you as a teacher? What brought you to teaching in the first place? What are your hearts interests and how to do invite it into your work as a teacher? You are encouraged to interweave what you love and feel genuinely connected to with your teachings with the purpose to find your own creative and authentic expression as a yoga teacher.


  • Refine your language and instructions

The spoken word is powerful and it is one of the yoga teachers main tools in communicating information to their students. In addition to learning about giving clear instructions of what to do, this course focus specifically on developing skills as a teacher to instruct how to do certain actions. How do you breathe? How do you relax and stay present? How do you engage your core? How to you stabilise the pelvis? How do you create space around the neck and shoulders? More so, at the heart of this lies the development of how to use language in an inclusive and considerate way to cultivate a safe and supportive learning environment for students.


  • Holding a safe space 

What does it mean to hold a safe space for students? How are we involved in the development of their practice and experience? We will explore how to meet students in a compassionate and genuinely empathetic way. The first step will be to learn about your own rules and beliefs as well as strengths and limitations in setting and maintaining personal boundaries. This will lead to defined guidelines concerning your own and your students’ safety and highlights where your role as a yoga teacher begins and ends.


  • The teacher-learner dynamic relationship and reflective ethics

Teaching yoga is a two-way dynamic relationship and deeper awareness of your own feelings, helpful and unhelpful thoughts, behaviour, words and actions can greatly influence the relationship you have with your students. By further reflecting on the power dynamics between teacher and student we will open the channels for on-going reflection of your own personal values and ethics in regard to teaching and your professional responsibility. 


  • The body as reference

The broad definition of yoga offers a myriad of definitions of what the practice constitutes. The body as the main frame of reference in hatha yoga will be explored in the context of embodiment and diversity to become aware of what it actually means to be embodied and how and informed understanding of our own relationship to our body can shape the teaching you offer. Understanding and healing the relationship we have with our own bodies is the starting point. 


  • Construct classes thematically and responsibly

Yoga has become a panacea for modern day ills and as teachers we need to act responsibly when making claims, prescriptions and suggestions of how to apply techniques and what we like to address with them. We will give you an overview as well as basic understanding of yoga and mindfulness techniques for anxiety, depression, self-regulation, stress as well as general emotional well-being. 


  • Develop a mindful touch

What is the intention of hands-on-adjustments? When is it best used, and how, in a yoga class and when should the teacher leave the student to its own accord? These are questions that will be raised and discussed as a backdrop to practicing safe and conscious hands-on-adjustments with the purpose to, as teachers, support students in reaching their full capacity in their asana practice at that given moment.



Eleonora Ramsby Herrera, course director

Eleonora is a Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals and registered as a 500-ERYT and YACEP through Yoga Alliance International. Eleonora is an accredited Yoga Teacher Training director – teaching 200-hour trainings in both London, Stockholm and Lisbon. She further offers Continuous Professional Development courses and mentoring for professional yoga teachers. Eleonora has collaborated with the Swedish Prison Probation Service where she co-taught on the national yoga teacher training programme for prison workers. She has co-developed and co-taught trauma sensitive yoga programmes for incarcerated people in collaboration with trauma yoga therapist Josefin Wikström, the Prison Yoga Project and Yogobe, Scandinavia’s largest online yoga platform. This extended into the co-creation of an PTSD programme for trauma survivors directed by Josefin Wikström in collaboration with Yogobe. Eleonora established and taught the trauma sensitive yoga programme at Solace Women´s Aid (North London Rape Crisis Centre), working with female trauma survivors. She has developed and taught yoga & mindfulness meditation programmes for drama students at the Big Creative Academy and vocational dance students at London Contemporary Dance School. Eleonora holds a BA (Hons) first class degree in Contemporary Dance from London Contemporary Dance School and a Masters in Effective Learning and Teaching from the Institute of Education, University College of London (distinction). She continues her depth of study through her PhD studies at The Department of Education, Society and Practice at the Institute of Education UCL. Eleonora merges her passion for education and autonomous learning with facilitating yoga and meditation. Her work places extra attention on the use of language, purposeful instructions and the power-dynamics between learner and teacher with the intention to create a safe, supportive and constructive learning environment. Eleonora’s experience of working with bodies and movement contributes to her in-depth understanding of the physical aspect of yoga. Her classes are informative, dynamic and creative, and aim to address the student as a whole being. She brings a clear anatomical awareness to her teaching by integrating a variety of somatic and yoga techniques with focus on the precision of breath, non-doing (i.e. work smarter, not harder), free-movement and functional musculoskeletal alignment.


Franzi Boehm, co-teacher

Franziska holds a BSc (Hons) Psychology, MSc Occupational Psychology, a PgDip in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy and further psychology qualifications in psychometric assessment and personality testing. As a psychologist and psychotherapist Franziska is treating individual clients and groups privately as well as in clinical programmes for alcohol and substance misuse and at council outreach centres. She sees clients for an array of difficulties – depression, anxiety, ptsd, trauma, ocd, eating disorders, substance use etc. She works under the ethical framework and adheres to the professional conduct of the BPS ‘British Psychological Society’ and BACP ‘British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy’. Franzi combines her clinical therapy practice and yoga by joining the two in a holistic format of body psychotherapy as she has a keen interest in treating psychological difficulties through bodily practices. She is an E-RYT 200-hour hatha yoga teacher and she further teaches pre- and postnatal yoga, yoga nidra and restorative yoga as well as mindfulness. She teaches on the 200-hour YA certified training with course director Eleonora Ramsby Herrera.


This training takes place over 3 long weekends:

Thu 6 – Sun 9 Feb 2020

Thu 5 – Sun 8 Mar 2020

Thu 21 – Sun 24 May 2020