Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Nourishment & Depletion - Therapy / Yoga Therapy from Somatic Perspective, Advanced Enquiry 2019

Nourishment & Depletion 
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, 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 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 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.

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.

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
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.

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:
£700  / Early Bird Discount (booking before 31st January 2019) £630

Full Board Accommodation Cost:
From £650, except camping options and day rates for local commuters are cheaper.
See below for different options.

Cost and Types of Accommodation:
   Please Note: This is the cost for the accommodation which is separate from the Tuition fee.

Please see the below and choose your accommodation.
And state it at the point of booking. The first come, the first served.
It is going to be a cozy, small group training, around 12-16 people max.

Mezzanine bedroom   (Sleeps up to 4 people)
This is a beautiful open plan bedroom with en suite shower room situated above the yoga studio.
£650 per person

Single room 1
A small but stylish room with a beautiful view. Use of shared bathrooms.

Single room 2   (could sleep 1 comfortably or 2 at a squash*)
A small but stylish room with a beautiful view. Use of shared bathrooms.

*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…
£650 per person 

Bunk bed room (sleeps 2)
A small but comfortable and stylish room with a beautiful view. Use of shared bathrooms.
£680 per person

Large room
A good size bedroom for 2 people with big windows and a beautiful view.
£735 per person

Day 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, yoga tuition and use of the facility at Kilnhanger
£345 for the week

Camping (limited to 2 people)
£455 for the week

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.
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)

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. X
Jean Hall (Yoga teacher and trainer) 

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