The British Wheel of Yoga Congress is an annual event for Yoga teachers and students held in the UK ith the aim of providing continuois professional development for teachers, socialising and networking in the Yoga community and shopping at the Yoga marketplace.The BWY also carries out their AGM and other annual business of interest to members like myself. This year the congress is on the 8th to the 10th April at Warwick University with every delegate in an ensuite room in the University Halls of residence.
One change this year is that you can now book online – I have just done this and it ran really smoothly.The benefit of doing this is that you can see which workshops have places left and make your choices accordingly. I have chosen a mixture of asana practice and lectures, discussions and Q & A.
Here are the details about the workships I am doing:
Friday 8th April 2011
Session A 14:30pm – 16:00pm Howard Napper: Unlocking the Secrets of Stregth through Yoga I have followed Howard Napper’s work for a while so I am really looking forward to taking part in his workshop for real.
Session B 20:00pm – 21:30pm Paul Fox: Adjusting Students in Forward Bends Paul has a gentle, knowledgeable and down to earth manner which is just the type of teaching I respond well to at the moment. I struggle with forward bends and my lower back is tingling with the joy of anticipation of being properly assisted and adjusted in these postures. I went to one of Paul’s sessions last year and learnt how to assist and adjust students in twisting postures. I put this immediately into practice with my classes and so as well as enjoying myself, I am hoping to learn some new tricks for my students with this workshop.
Saturday 9th April 2011
Session C 11:15am – 12:45pm: Ruth Gilmore: Function and Malfunction of the Gastrointestinal System (GIT): How Yoga Can Encourage Digestive Wellbeing
Session D 16:45pm – 18:15pm Ruth Gilmore: Function and Malfunction of the Immune System: How Yoga Can Encourage Immune Wellbeing”
I suffer from Crohn’s Disease which is a immunilogical disease affecting the GI system so I am very interested in these two lectures by Dr Ruth Gilmore. I am considering using my direct knowledge and experience for developing a ISTD for GI disorders so these workshops will help me with this too (my first degree is in Zoology so I have formal knowledge as well). We are so lucky that Ruth attends congress and gives these informative lectures as she is both a medical doctor and Yoga teacher. I always try to catch at least one of Ruth’s lectures.
Session E 20:00pm – 21:30pm Bob Insley, Zoe Knott, Hugh Grainger, Be Insley: Eke Pada Rajakapotanasana – King pigeon One of my absolute all time favourite postures so this workshop will be pure indulgence for me. I have not been taught by any of the teachers before so I am looking forward to this too.
Sunday 10th April 2011
Session F 10:00am – 11:30am Lisa Petersen: A Fine Balance – ‘Being’ v’s ‘Doing’ Lisa has worked with one of my favourite teachers, Donna Farhi.