Teaching an Evolving Practice - Part One

3 day workshop for teachers - London

Led by:

Julie Martin


17 April 2018 to 19 April 2018


YogaRise London
United Kingdom


Teaching an Evolving Practice

London 17-19th April at Globe House, London
12.30 - 16.30 each day

Yoga is an evolving practice and now more than ever it is changing and being challenged on all levels including anatomical and philosophical.  There are a lot of questions out there to explore and we need to examine how and why we continue to call ourselves yoga teachers. What gives us permission to do that and how do we present that to our students.   

Through time, yoga has been constantly transitioning and evolving. There has been no evidence of any period of time where yoga had a constant and unchanging definition or modality. It fluctuated, moved, flowed with the rhythm of the people and culture. 
The modern yoga practice that has come from India seems to have adopted a rigid or linear structure with defined rules and sequences. This makes sense. Indian culture is rich with chaos and a linear structure encourages discipline. In the west, we live in a more linear society so we need something that allows us more freedom! We need to allow this practice to evolve. We need to include more tantric practices - tuning into sensation and observing the body, embracing what our bodies have to offer us.  

In this 3 day workshop for yoga teachers, we will build a solid practical and theoretical foundation so we can confidently practice, embody and teach this new evolution of yoga and remain open to the changes to come.  We will explore the cultural, historical and anatomical facts that show us the evolution of yoga is completely natural and essential. 


About The Instructors

Julie Martin wants you to think outside the box, get off your mat, shake up the old dogmas and find the freedom to unfold into the beauty of a yoga practice that emerges from the inside. With over 25 years of experience and an international following of students and teachers alike, Julie’s greatest aim is to inspire. Her particular passion for human movement means continual investigation of new anatomical approaches, working with natural movement, range of motion, integrated stability and letting go of some of the old asana myths in order to move with the body and not against it. The practice is always an inquiry, a somatic exploration of sensation, movement, and stillness.
15 years ago Julie set up Brahmani Yoga in Goa, India after teaching in Brighton, UK for over 8 years. The largest motivation for the yoga centre was to create a community that could join together each winter season and practice without judgment, learn to let everything evolve and be totally inclusive to all yogis. What grew out of that is an international reputation especially in training teachers to challenge the “norms” of the yoga world when they no longer work for us. Julie’s work as a teacher trainer leaves students inspired and empowered.
She encourages people to find their own pace, fluidity, and strength in a structure that is only a "suggestion". No longer asking people to get "into" a pose, but if stillness arises in a moment then space is given to pause, feel and sense.
“Coming from a dance background and starting an asana practice to save my knees (which it did) I was initially so thankful for the practice. But as I moved over into the deeper world of yoga and teaching it (25 years ago) I was soon riddled with injuries. I had to rethink how this method that had initially "saved" my body was now the source of pain and injury and why everyone in the midst of it was so intent on a "right way" to do the practice. So I stepped away from the strict methodology (which lost me students in some cases) and worked on combining information from modern anatomy and fascia research, including some of my dance knowledge, with natural movement and letting people find their own alignment instead of forcing ideas of what anything should look like. For me, it's about allowing students to find a somatic practice that nurtures and heals the body and mind.”
Your yoga practice should invite you into a relationship with your self, your body, your mind, and emotions. This is not Instagram yoga or circus skills class. This is moving through layers, feeling, experiencing and observing the process, moving towards stillness, moving towards self.