Wednesday, January 13, 2016

“Restorative Yoga / Yoga Therapy from Somatic Perspective” Advanced Enquiry / Teachers Training Course for Yoga Teachers and Holistic Therapists with Aki Omori

“Restorative Yoga / Yoga Therapy from Somatic Perspective”
Advanced Enquiry / Teachers Training Course
for Yoga Teachers and Holistic Therapists

Module 1:  Thursday 21th - Sunday 24th July 2016
Module 2:  Thursday 18th - Sunday 21st August 2016

This is a professional training designed for yoga teachers, teacher trainees, holistic therapists, psychotherapists or keen movement practitioners.
It is an enquiry, a vigorous investigation into our innate ability to balance “depletion & nourishment” to understand what supports healing of the body-mind and move toward optimal health.
It is done mainly through experiential study of the Nervous System and Embryology/Infant Developmental Movements, along with other body systems and helpful practices. We then look at application to restorative yoga and other therapeutic modalities and to our daily lives.

It consists of two parts residential trainings (60 hours) held at a beautiful venue in Surrey, called Kilnhanger, near Guildford.  It is located in the wonderful Surrey Hills with an amazing panoramic view from the studio, clean and comfortable accommodation, serving delicious healthy food and over all, an incredibly nurturing environment for this exploration.

The main contents for the training include:
In-depth study of Nervous System (NS) through Experiential Anatomy
To understand how the NS is organised
Embryology / Early Developmental Movements
Understanding the origin gives us an insight into the nature of the NS and how we ‘regulate/balance’ and what that means.
Other Body Systems
The course will also include exploring cells, other body systems, (including Organ System, Immune System, Fluid System) for understanding the wider context of health.
Embodied Relational Presence / Touch / Tissue Reading
We will explore ‘embodied relational presence’ which is fundamental to any therapeutic work or any relationship at present.  Also explore different types of touch that support clients/students’ own healing process, including a conscious choice of ‘not-touching’.
Investigate different types of body tissues and their tones which can inform us of the state the person is in.  We will go beyond ‘body reading’ and look at ‘tissue reading’
Restorative Yoga, Mindfulness, Meditation and Pranayama
                  As foundation these will be also included.
Enquiry into Psycho-physical aspects / our identity  / our sense of boundary
                These aspects of ourselves hugely contribute to our health and we will look into what that might be.  

The aim of this training is to provide practitioners/teachers with tools and understanding in a way that they will be able to create their own unique and powerful body of work.

Somatic work is based on discoveries through our own experiences. 
It combines the approaches of the East and the West.  
The Eastern approach of investigating through ‘being with’ and ‘experiencing’ to come to knowing rather than figuring it out or looking at ourselves from the outside, while being informed by the richness of the Western science of biology, anatomy and physiology.
We then are able to cultivate a field of work where we can work with whatever is actually present in front of us, by being present to it and open to it, instead of being limited by an already existing set of knowledge, or by projecting our set of knowledge and missing what is there.  

The two 3 nights / 4 days (Thursday to Sunday) residential training will provide 60 contact hours. 
As mentioned above, this is a professional training.  However, if you are not yet ‘professional’ in those fields, but still interested in participating, there is a chance that you will be accepted on this training.  Some previous experiences in movement work or bodywork will be helpful but keen interest is essential. If you are such an individual, please enquire.

In truth, the knowledge and experiences you will get on this training will inform you in a much wider context than just Restorative Yoga.  It will influence your perception and understanding of yourself, and others whether they are in your class or clients in your therapy room or people in your life.  As a result, the way you interact with them will change - because you are informed from a much deeper place of understanding and experiences of your own (and empathy and compassion naturally arises from that). It opens a door for continuous further enquiry of your own and invites more authentic and creative ways to approach your work and life.

Cost per module:  £595
£265       Accommodation, Food and use of facility
£330       Tuition Fee
For both module 1 & 2, the total cost will be £1,190.

As the accommodation at the venue (shared accommodation only) will be limited, there will be an option for commuting each day for locals or from a near by B&B.  Please enquire for details and cost for this option.

A non-refundable deposit of £250 is required to secure your place on the training.
Please email me for a booking/application form.  (  

Tuition Fee:
The tuition fee is payable in 3 instalment. 
First payment:  Your deposit £250
Second payment: £205 due 2 weeks before the first module
Third payment: £205 due 2 weeks before the second module.
(Total tuition fee for the both module £660 = £250 + £205 + £205)
The transfer details will be provided upon booking.

Cancellation Policy: 
In case of cancellation, there will be the following fees.
First module:  Your deposit plus £90 for the venue
Second module: Cancellation fee £100 plus £90 for the venue (total £190)  

The venue and booking for the accommodation:
All the training is held at the beautiful venue, called Kilnhanger in Surrey.   
For more information and photos of the place, please go to:
Contact Maddy or Sue
01483 898853
For residential participants, the cost for the accommodation is £265. 
All rooms will be shared either in a twin or a dorm style space for 3-4 participants.
The rooms are beautifully decorated and comfortable.
Please contact Aki to book your room.

For any further enquiry, please contact Aki via email.
Information can also be found at

Honouring the lineage:
Aki’s work is deeply inspired by Body-Mind Centering® (BMC®) - founded by Bonnie Bainbridge-Cohen, Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy (IBMT) – developed by Linda Hartley and Neuro-Affective Relational Model® (NARM®) – developed by Dr. Laurence Heller, along with many yoga and buddhist teachings,  body-movement studies that she received over the past decades and many other explorations of life by so many wonderful predecessors that informed her.

About the Tutor:
Aki Omori (Dip. IBMT, ISMETA RSME/RSMT, NARM) is a real explorer of all movements and living body-mind.  As a yoga teacher, having practiced many styles and approaches of yoga over 20 years, she now mainly teaches a slow vinyasa flow style in an informative way.  She encourages her students to be actively involved in enquiries so that they will find their own unique path that is honest and truthful to themselves.  Aki’s classes are known for their explorative nature and are fun and light yet profound.  As well as being a yoga teacher, she is also a registered somatic movement therapist/educator and a developmental / relational trauma therapist. 
She teaches workshops on embodied anatomy, developmental movement, embryology and restorative yoga, and runs regular retreats and her own training programs for yoga teachers and therapists. 
She loves driving her car around London Town and dancing in contact improvisation! 

Once one of participants in her workshop described her:
“She is poetic, yet grounded.  She is experiential yet confident in the benefits of exploring different ‘ways in’ to yoga.  She is fluid and inspiring…” 

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Some of the feedback and testimonies from the previous trainings:

Aki is re-running her "Restorative Yoga / Yoga Therapy from Somatic Perspective” this spring and summer at the stunning Kilnhanger venue in the Surrey countryside. This is a groundbreaking training for those wishing for a deeper exploration of the body-mind connection within the overall theme of nourishment. For example, part of the training focuses on the autonomic nervous system and infant development with an objective of not only understanding their functioning and patterns but relating them to how we may move and behave.  I highly recommend this training course - I found it to be fascinating and greatly beneficial to own practice, my teaching and life more broadly.
Susan (Yoga Teacher)

….I feel as if I have had another door opened on my life's path.
Thank you so much to you all for being there to share it with and most
of all thank you so much Aki. I'm not sure how you manage to touch
something so deep with such a light touch but you do and I will be
forever grateful for it.
Bridget (Yogi and Author)

Dear Aki,
I'd like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for an incredibly genuine, educational, experiential training full of so much love, support and friendship.
…. I feel you have opened a door for me on a missing link.  With all the work I've been introduced previously, I've never been introduced to the nervous system, and I feel this is such an important piece of the jigsaw to continue to work with the remnants of my ME…..
Aki you are such a special teacher.  You teach from where you are, and through your body, and communicate with every sense and tool you posses for our bodies and minds to absorb.  I look forward to so many more internal adventures with you. 
Alice (Yoga Teacher)

Hi Aki, 
Thank you so much for such an incredible teacher training….
I feel that I have leant so many techniques that deepen and support my yoga practice and that can help my friends, clients, family and myself with on a day to day basis…..
I really feel I have a deeper understanding of myself and others because of your training. I feel more grounded, more present, more available to others, more at ease in my everyday movements and I feel completely inspired to continue learning about restorative yoga from a somatic movement perspective. I really can't put into words how much it means to me to have done this training. 
Maddy (Yoga and Pilates teacher)

It was really so special and I just wanted to say I feel very fortunate. Whatever you do, Aki,  please PLEASE do more of these deep trainings and share. I feel it is such a subtle teaching to offer and really deserves the space and time... You are wonderful:)
Emily (Yoga teacher)

I can definitely say that taking the decision to go out on a limb and head over to England and spend the weekend with you gorgeous souls was probably the best thing I’ve done this year. I came back floating and so so grateful for the heart opening, soul touching, cellular dancing, the list could go on and on.
And grateful to Aki for being so beautiful and open and for holding us all together with such love
Hazel (Yoga teacher)

Thank you Aki for your incredible teaching, I always feel so lucky that I learn so much, consciously and unconsciously from you. I feel like you always bring me back onto the right track….
Maddy (Yoga teacher)

Yes I went there to grow as a yoga teacher. But I advanced as a human being - which means my  yoga has changed. I changed as yoga practitioner and as teacher as well.
Whatever happened, thank you Aki and thank you girls! I felt at home, safe, supported in this group from the first moment. I felt at home in this house, in that area.
For me personally it was a truly transformational weekend.
Zsuzsa (Yoga teacher)

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