ADAPTIVE YOGA TEACHER TRAINING COURSE May 2016
Immerse yourself in this AYTT course, held exclusively at Help for Heroes Recovery Centre, Tedworth House.
This course is designed for fully trained, experienced and insured Yoga teachers who wish to work in the field of trauma in wounded, injured and sick military personnel, active and veterans.
You will learn to: Investigate and understand the yogic traditions more deeply and learn the evidence-based science of Yoga Take your own Yoga teaching to another level by uderstanding how to offer powerful adjustments, assists and alignments to our wounded, injured and sick (WIS) Guide our beneficiaries to be non-judgemental and gain confidence, self-awareness and compassion for themselves Build affirming emotions, using challenges to grow and heal
The course programme will be both rewarding and helpful in your lifelong Yoga training. We also know the challenges you will face as you go deeper into your own mind, body and emotions.
8-day residential course Cost: £1,500 (including food and lodging)
INTERESTED? Please send your CV with a covering letter detailing your Yoga teaching experience to: Emma Wilding Help for Heroes, Tedworth House, Tidworth, Wiltshire SP9 7AJ email: email@example.com
Please include a short essay (no more than 500 words) on why you would like to be considered for this course and why you would like to teach our beneficiaries.
Yoga at Help for Heroes
Yoga, to some, may not be the most obvious tool to help wounded, injured or sick serving and veteran members of the Armed Forces. However Yoga is being used by Help for Heroes to help them overcome their physical and psychological injuries, and it plays a significant role in the road to recovery for many of our heroes.
Yoga helps our wounded manage their physical and emotional state, and enables them to regain a sense of calm and peace and to see obstacles as manageable challenges as well as providing their families with vital tools to support them.
Suzie Jennings is a leading yoga expert and the first to be employed by the Ministry of Defence, (MoD) six years ago to develop classes for wounded veterans and has been running the Yoga sessions for Help for Heroes since 2012. From her experience of hands on and on the floor assists, it became clear that a more specialised and structured programme would be needed and so the Adaptive Yoga Programme was born.
While the sessions are designed partly to rebuild strength, they also aim to assist with post-combat symptoms such as insomnia, depression, phantom pain and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).Classes consist of learning to be fully present in the body, breathing techniques, relaxation, as well as the postures and their benefits. Therapeutic Yoga, Reiki, Meditation and Yoga Nidra are all part of the Yoga experience at Help for Heroes.
After her years of experience, Suzie realised that there did not seem to be any other yoga teachers working in this field and it was important that all her knowledge and expertise needed to be passed on to other yoga teachers. Acknowledging the need for the continued support of our serving and veteran personnel, she had the idea of training yoga teachers in her Programme and with the backing and support of Help for Heroes, established the Adaptive Yoga Teacher Training Programme (AYTTP). Ten students have graduated already with another course set for May 2016.
One veteran who has felt the benefit of the yoga sessions is former Corporal Josh Boggi. Josh joined the army in January 2004 at the age of 17, as he’d always wanted to be a soldier. His father served for 11 years and he aspired to follow in his footsteps. Josh was blown up two months into his third tour of Afghanistan after stepping on an IED. It was New Year’s Eve 2010.
He was casevaced back to Camp Bastion and was put to sleep on the helicopter. When he woke up seven days later in intensive care at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, his father broke the news that his back was broken and both his legs were amputated. Later his right arm was amputated. Like many of the amputees at the Help for Heroes Recovery Centre at Tedworth House in Wiltshire, his recovery has been aided by adaptive yoga.
He said: “I feel great after the yoga, and at night when I can’t switch off, Suzie’s breathing techniques calm me down.”
In creating more teaching staff, each of the four H4H Recovery Centres will be able to offer adaptive yoga, benefiting our wounded and their families across the country and to this end it is hoped that 10 suitable candidates will be invited on the 8 day residential course
Suzie explained: “We look forward to rolling out adaptive yoga and relaxation classes in all our recovery centres very soon with a long term aim to offer online resources, making this an accessible tool for all, not just in the recovery centres but from their own home or on the move.”
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For more information, please contact the Help for Heroes communications office at 01980 844237 or email requests and information to firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about Help for Heroes, please visit www.helpforheroes.org.uk
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ABOUT HELP FOR HEROES
Help for Heroes offers comprehensive support to those who have suffered life-changing injuries and illnesses while serving our country. This support is provided through grants direct to our Heroes and their families, grants to other charities and through four Help for Heroes Recovery Centres across the UK. A study in September 2014 by Help for Heroes and the Royal College of Psychiatrists found that 75,000 men and women may need long term support following our involvement in the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.