Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Nourishment & Depletion - "The Nervous System" Advanced Enquiry for Yoga and Therapy Professionals 2019

Nourishment & Depletion - The Nervous System
Therapy / Yoga Therapy from Somatic Perspective, Advanced Enquiry 2019
for Yoga Teachers and Holistic / Psychotherapists and keen practitioners
with Aki Omori
8th -  15th June 2019 

This is a professional training designed for yoga teachers, teacher trainees, holistic therapists, psychotherapists or keen movement practitioners.

It is an enquiry and investigation into our innate ability to balance “depletion & nourishment” and enquire 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 yoga practice in general inc. restorative yoga and other therapeutic modalities and to our daily lives.

This one week residential trainings (50 hours) is held at a beautiful venue in Surrey, called Kilnhanger, near Guildford. Kilnhanger.  
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 and learning.

This is a professional training, however, if you are have keen interest in participating, there is a chance that you will be accepted on this training.  If you are such an individual, please enquire.

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 a deeper insight into the nature of the NS and into how we ‘regulate/balance’ and what that means. This is a hugely informative and enriching study. 

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 relationship or in fact 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/Breath work
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. 

Introduction to Authentic Movement 
This wonderful practice really teaches us to witness oneself and another and speak about it in a way that helps both the person moving or the person witnessing.  Essential skill for supporting oneself or another/others which I find often undeveloped in practitioners and teachers.  Also a great tool for a profound processing of emotions and other psychological and physical matters.

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.
Also to support professionals to cultivate the practice that is sustainable and rewarding.  

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. 

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.

A non-refundable deposit of £250 is required to secure your place on the training.
Remainder is due 2 weeks before the training commences. 
Please email Aki for a booking details and an application form. ( 

Tuition fee and Full Board Accommodation Cost:
Please see the below and choose your accommodation.  The tuition fee is included in the costs below. 
Please state your first and second choice at the point of booking. The first come, the first served.  It is going to be a cozy, small group training, around 12 people max. 
The cost includes the tuition fee, all the meals and the use of the facilities and teas / coffees. 

Mezzanine bedroom   (Sleeps up to 4 people)
This is a beautiful open plan bedroom with en suite shower room situated above the yoga studio. 
£1,350 per person

Single roomA small but stylish room with a beautiful view. Use of shared bathrooms. 

Bunk bed room (sleeps 2) 
A small but comfortable and stylish room with a beautiful view. Use of shared bathrooms. 
£1,380 per person

Large room
A good size bedroom for 2 people with big windows and a beautiful view. 
£1,435 per person

Deluxe shepherds hut 
A beautifully hand crafted shepherds hut with a double bed and its own kitchenette and shower room 
£1,435 per person - shared    £1,736 per person - single

Commuters rate
For those who live nearby and would like to commute to attend the retreat, there is a day rate which includes all the meals and use of the facility at Kilnhanger
£1,045 for the week 

Camping (limited to 2 people)
Includes all the meals and use of the facility (inc use of shower facilities) at Kilnhanger
£1,155 for the week 

Aki is a real explorer of all movements and living body-mind. 
As a yoga teacher, having practiced many styles and approaches of yoga over 30 years, she now mainly teaches a slow vinyasa flow style, integrating somatic perspective of movements. 
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. 
She is a Body-Mind Centering® practitioner (by the time of the June training, she will be a certified BMC® teacher) and an Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapist, and is a registered somatic movement therapist / educator, and a qualified NARM therapist working with developmental / relational trauma with adult clients.
She teaches Somatic Movement workshops on embodied anatomy, developmental movement, embryology. Teaches a restorative yoga teachers immersion training, and runs regular retreats, as well as own training programs for yoga teachers and therapists, such as this one. 

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…”

Guest teacher:   Jane Okondo 
Jane has been practicing in the field of somatic therapy since 1995. She is a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist with ISMETA, a Registered Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist and Registered Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. Her work with somatic movement includes, Continuum and Discipline of Authentic Movement. Jane teaches on the Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy Diploma training in Russia and Lithuania. She is currently participating in the Circles of Four programme for the Discipline of Authentic Movement, with Janet Adler as her mentor. Her focus of research has been on the connection between breath, somatic patterns and fluid body dynamics and how movement supports our access to resiliency and connection.
Jane will teach a class on Authentic Movement 
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What participants from last year’s training said:  
“I spent a nurturing, nourishing week with Aki at Kilnhanger last June.  Aki’s passion for somatic enquiry both in movement and stillness was delivered beautifully.  There is a depth, truth and richness to her teaching that emanates from her own embodiment of these practices.  Aki brought together a talented and compassionate group of women and we were supported by beautiful surroundings and an amazing chef.  I continue to employ much of what I learnt in my own yoga practice and with my students.”   Dora - a yoga teacher 

“Aki’s passion for this subject is infectious and I found it a deeply affecting experience.  I am still integrating it.  The training revealed what parts of me are not yet embodied and where my work is - not always a comfortable process but profoundly necessary - particularly as a teacher and a facilitator.   Beautiful place and people, delicious food and fun added much nourishment.  I am truly grateful.”   Tamsin - a psychotherapist / therapy group facilitator / trainer of psychotherapists 

“I truly enjoyed Aki’s training.  Getting to know the layers of our body from a developmental and embodied perspective… Wealth of information I can use both in my hands on and therapeutic practices.  Aki’s spontaneous way of teaching brings the information to live.  I can highly recommend it.”   Annetta - a yoga teacher / trauma therapist / family constellation facilitator / acupuncturist 

And some more from the previous years: 
This is a groundbreaking training for those wishing for a deeper exploration of the body-mind connection within the overall theme of nourishment. 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.
Bridget - a yogi and a writer 

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 done 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

Thank you so much for such an incredible teacher training….
I feel that I have learnt so many skills that can deepen and support my yoga practice and 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 am more grounded, more present, more available to others, more at ease in my everyday movements and feel completely inspired to continue learning…  I 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 - Nutritionist - 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.  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 a practitioner and as a teacher as well.   Whatever happened, thank you Aki and thank you girls! I felt at home, safe and supported in this group from the first moment. And felt at home in this house, in the area.
For me personally it was a truly transformational weekend.  Zsuzsa - yoga teacher

Aki’s in-depth knowledge and generous spirit make her teaching a unique experience. Little gems of insight and understanding continuously arise during her sessions, which profoundly shifts awareness and perception so there comes about a real felt knowing in the body and new confidence in moving. Big thank you Aki. 
Jean Hall  - a senior yoga teacher and trainer

Supervision / Mentoring and Consultancy Service

Yoga and Somatics Mentoring & Supervision Service:

I have been giving much supervision to teacher training students and other yoga teachers for sometime. Also offering advice to teacher training faculties over the past years that I have decided to make it a little more formal in this area of service that I offer.

This is a mentoring and Supervision and Consultancy offered for yoga teachers, teacher trainees, somatic practitioners and for those who wish to include somatic perspective on their trainings, workshops and teaching.
Aki is available for individual & group mentoring/supervision, consultancy in person and Skype supervision and consultancy.

Mentoring / Supervision

Group of 2 persons
1.5hrs 100 (50 each)
2hrs 120 (60 each)

Group mentoring / supervision 3 - 5 persons
2hrs 150 (divided by the number of participants)
3hrs 200 (divided by the number of participants)

Whole day (6-7 hrs with breaks) 3-10 persons
400 (divided by the number of participants)
*In case of hiring a space, then the cost of the hire will be added to the fee, unless something else is discussed and arranged.

Skype one to one mentoring / supervision / consultancy (skype or on phone) 45min 50
1hr 60

One to one mentoring / supervision / consultancy in person
1hr 60

For more details and booking sessions:

Or send me a text message.  +44-7966204842

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Yoga and Meditation - Long Weekend Retreat at Kilnhanger, Surrey, UK 2019

A Long Weekend Yoga Retreat with Aki Omori
At Kilnhanger, Surrey

Come for a long weekend of relaxing and enlivening yoga retreat at the stunningly beautiful Kilnhanger in the Surrey Hills.

I am running two long weekend retreats in 2019.
March 28th - 31st  2019
July 4th - 7th 2019

The Place
Kilnhanger is a wonderful retreat centre that is unlike any other.
It is a family run place and they provide the atmosphere and facilities that are friendly, honest, sophisticated and stylish.  This unique venue creates retreats that are relaxing in so many ways and quite luxurious in other ways.

Their famously fantastic food is nourishing and delicious using organic, eco-friendly and ethically produced food and products wherever possible.   Organic vegetables are grown in their garden.  Many lunch and evenings are enjoyed eating and relaxing outside, taking in the view of “and” from the lovely garden and fresh air or watching the sun go down…

It is located within an area of outstanding natural beauty, set high up in a beautiful woodland with stunning views of the surrey hills.  Glorious sunsets and an abundance of birdlife is often seen from the house.  Surrounded by 40 acres of fields, woodland, orchards and gardens with many idyllic spots to sit and unwind.  And there are many walks in the area nearby.

The well equipped yoga studio has a panoramic view of the surrey hills and the underfloor heating.  It is bright and has a high ceiling.  It is calming and inspiring, providing the most conducive atmosphere for yoga practice.

All the various forms of accommodations offered here are very comfortable and stylishly decorated.

Everybody who came to a retreat / training there in the past all fell in love with the place.

Between yoga classes, time can be spent to enjoy walks and relaxing in the garden and nearby area.

You can secure your place on this retreat by sending a non-refundable deposit of £200.  Please contact me for the transfer details.

There will be an early bird discount of £50 for those who book by the end of March for the May retreat, and by the end of April for the June retreat.

Arrival:  On Thursday, you can arrive between 2-3pm, just in time for an afternoon tea.  And the first session will be from 4pm before the dinner at 6:30pm.
Departure:  On Sunday, we will have a morning yoga practice and we will leave after lunch.

Daily Schedule: 
2 yoga sessions daily, a combination of an active practice and restorative yoga.
Plus a short meditation and pranayama (breathing exercise) just before the breakfast.
There will be long breaks after breakfast and lunch when you can spend relaxing, reading books, walking, enjoy the quiet or socialising with others.

Cost and Accommodation:
The cost includes all yoga sessions and 3 meals per day plus teas and coffees throughout the day and use of the facility.
Please see the below and choose which accommodation would like to be in.
And state it at the point of booking.  The first come, the first served.
It is going to be a cozy, small group retreat, around 12-16 people, which is lovely.

Mezzanine bedroom   (Sleeps up to 4 people)
This is a beautiful open plan bedroom with en suite shower room situated above the yoga studio.
£480  or £430 for discount

Single room 1   (could sleep 1 comfortably or 2 at a squash*)
A small but stylish room with a beautiful view. Use of shared bathrooms.
£545 (single use) or £495 as discount

*This room can be used as a small twin.  So if you are happy to share with a friend or a partner, it might be a nice option for you.
As a twin use…
£460 per person (shared)  or £430 for discount

Single room 2
A small but stylish room with a beautiful view. Use of shared bathrooms.
£545 (single use) or £495 as discount

Bunk bed room (sleeps 2)
A small but comfortable and stylish room with a beautiful view. Use of shared bathrooms.
£490 per person or £440 discount

Large room 
A good size bedroom for 2 people or luxury room for 1 with big windows and a beautiful view.
This room can come with 2 single beds or 1 super king double bed
£515 per person (shared) or £465 discount
£590 (single use) or  £540

Deluxe shepherds hut 
A beautifully hand crafted shepherds hut with double bed and its own kitchenette and shower room. Top of the range.
£515 per person (as double) or £465 discount
£645 (as single) or £595 discount

Day rate for commuters
For those who live nearby and would like to commute to attend the retreat, there is a day rate which includes all the meals, yoga tuition and use of the facility at Kilnhanger
£380 or £330 discount

Camping (limited to 2 people)
£410 or £360 discount

For photos of the venue in Instagram click here
For photos of the accommodation choices in Facebook page click here
More photos of the place in Facebook page click here

Next Retreat / Workshop


September Friday 19th - Sunday 21st SOLD OUT

A weekend in Surrey

Limited space available.

Please email me for details.

September 29th - October 6th

Suleyman's Garden, Turkey SOLD OUT

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Friday 12th September @ Triyoga Primrose Hill

"Adventure in Primitive Reflexes"


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Next Class

Friday 6:15-7:30 Restorative Yoga

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