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Laya Point is delighted to welcome Uma Dinsmore-Tuli for this unique women's workshop.

Uma Dinsmore-Tuli brings through empowered yogic teachings for women at all stages of life, exploring physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual development and wellbeing. 

There will be an open class in yoga for women’s health in the evening of Friday – from 7pm til 9 pm . It will be an extra special, women’s practical yoga session!

All women welcome to attend (even if you are not attending the full day’s programme, for example if you are attending the yoga nidra foundation course and would like to arrive the evening before then you are welcome to attend this session).

Thursday - menstruality consciousness - conscious menstruation as a yoga practice

Friday - one day programme in yoga for fertility and healthy menstruation (CPD for teachers and open to all with an interest).

If you are a woman of any age, with any interest in promoting optimum vitality and deep nurture to support your well being at every dimension of being, then this is the evening session for you: experience a truly delicious and profoundly feminine approach to nourishing yoga for menstrual health, for menopausal health, and to support fertility, pregnancy and postnatal recovery; at every stage of life. There is deeply restorative yoga sleep (yoga nidra) and delicious, luscious movements and elegant gestures and gentle sound. There is beauty, grace and nurture. This session is deeply revitalising and nourishing at a profound level. This yoga for women is all about reconnecting with the deep blood wisdom of cycles throughout the whole of a woman’s life, from pre-menarche to post-menopause. The practice of women’s yoga enables us to access the inner guidance of our source wisdom so that we may more readily reside in wellbeing and peace with our experiences as women. It helps us feel grounded, energised, free and joyful!

As preparation for these workshops you are asked to read the introduction to Yoni Shakti – freely downloadable from http://www.yonishakti.co/resources

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Thursday 10 March outline:  

Yoga and the ecology of self care to support menstruality consciousness – sharing conscious menstruation as a yoga practice.

 

Schedule for 10 March

1000 Yoga nidra for menstrual health: Elemental awareness and ecology of self care – the planetary imperative for healthy and honoured menstruation

1030 Opening circle and vision sharing, followed by welcome chants, meditation, introductions and motivations 

1100 Practical ritual for supporting menstrual health and radical ecology of self care. Overview of menstrual and fertility challenges, relevant anatomy and subtle anatomy (energy pathways), and yoga therapeutic range of response. 

1140 Short break

1150 Practical yoga to support healthy menstruation and optimal fertility, including nada yoga (sound), rhythmic asanas to unblock energy (shakti bandhas), pointers for self-study (swadhyaya) - restorative yoga, and fluid nourishing sequences of movement and breath to optimise prana for menstrual and reproductive health. 

1300-1400 LUNCH

1400- 1500 walk

1500 Questions and offerings - issues arising from the practices and talks. 

1600 short break- 

1630 Mantra and yoga nidra to optimise prana flow in the heart/womb meridian

1700Closing meditation and shakti circle for support and development of menstruality consciousness as a spiritual practice 

1700 Close

Friday 11 March outline – 

Yoga for fertility and healthy menstruation (CPD for teachers and open to all with an interest).  This experiential workshop is open to all women and yoga teachers/yoga therapists/health care practitioners who are seeking to create positive menstrual health and to enhance fertility, whether for themselves personally, or for their students and clients. The day counts as continuing professional development (CPD) for teachers who have completed prior trainings with Uma, and can also count towards CPD points for general yoga teachers and teachers/therapists who have prior trainings in prenatal/postnatal yoga, yoga therapy or yoga for women’s health. Health care practitioners with an interest in yoga and women’s health are also welcome to attend, provided they have a living interest in and practice of yoga. 

 

The intention of this day is to provide practical experience of rhythmic and restorative yoga postures (asana), gestures (mudra) breath (pranayama), energy locks (bandha) and heart-based meditations (yoga nidra) that promote healthy menstruation and optimise fertility. Therapeutic sequences of integrated yoga postures will be taught, and relevant case studies discussed. An overview of common menstrual and fertility challenges and opportunities will be discussed in relation to appropriate yoga therapeutic responses. By the end of the day, participants will have a thorough understanding of the key practical and theoretical yoga therapeutic range of responses that are helpful to support healthy menstruation and optimal fertility. 

 

There will be plenty of opportunity for questions and discussions of specific issues relation to yoga and menstrual health. This means that if you have specific personal or professional interests relating to fertility and menstruation that you are invited to bring your questions and experiences to share with the group. The programme is open to responsive, intuitive attunements and adjustments to meet the specific needs of those attending 

 

Schedule for 11 March

1000 Yoga nidra for menstrual health and optimal fertility

1030 Welcome chants, meditation, introductions and motivations 

1100 Overview of fertility challenges, relevant anatomy and subtle anatomy (energy pathways), and yoga therapeutic range of response. 

1140 Short break

1150 Practical yoga to support optimal fertility, including nada yoga (sound), rhythmic asanas to unblock energy (shakti bandhas), pointers for self-study (swadhyaya) - restorative yoga, and fluid nourishing sequences of movement and breath to optimise prana for menstrual and reproductive health. 

1300-1400 LUNCH

1400- 1500 Walk with reconnection awareness. 

1430 Exploring natural fertility management from a yogic perspective: considering the significance of the natal moon for conception and contraception, and the observation of menstrual cycle shifts (dreams, emotions, feelings and physical signs), cervical mucus, cervical position and basal temperature as a form of self-knowledge (swadhyaya). 

1500 The lunar dimension of yoga therapy for optimal fertility and menstrual health   - honouring the moons inside and outside - theory and practice (modified chandra sequences with yoga therapy for menstrual pain relief and ovulatory support)

1530 Hasta mudra variations of promoting optimal menstrual health and to enhance fertility

1600 Mantra and yoga nidra to optimise prana flow in the heart/womb meridian

1630 Further questions and evaluations

1640 Closing meditation and shakti circle for support and development of optimal fertility

1700 Close

 

NB Evening session on Friday7 til 9 – practical yoga to support menstrual health and fertility

 

Contribution and Costs:

The cost of hosting and organising the event is shared between the participants.  Each person is also invited to make a gift from the heart for the value of the teaching.

The cost for the accommodation, all meals and contribution to the space hire is £115/person

This includes arrival on the evening before the course and staying for 2 nights. 

It Is possible to arrange to stay for the days in-between the retreats if you are coming for all 4 retreats.
 

Please contact us at info@layapoint.com or 01229 716154 for more information and to book your place.

Through Uma's practice, research, writing, and ongoing yoga teaching with women all over Europe she has created the practices known as Womb Yoga, Shakti Yoga, Total Yoga Nidra and has recently launched the Celtic School of Yoga, collaborating with Jack Harrison, to bring the traditional teachings of yoga to the great western celtic tradition of seasonal practices, health, dance, movement, breath work and celebration, song and storytelling.

Please contact us at info@layapoint.com or 01229 716154 for more information and to book your place.

 

Uma Dinsmore-Tuli

About Uma Dinsmore-Tuli

Uma was first introduced to yoga at the age of four by her mother and began meditating at nine on a pilgrimage with her maternal grandmother. Yoga and meditation have been part of her daily life ever since. As a naturally curious and enquiring yogini, she has engaged passionately and critically with a variety of quite different schools of yoga, most especially Satyananda Yoga and Iyengar Yoga. 

After completing the Yoga Biomedical Trust Diploma in Yoga Therapy in 1999, Uma has continued to find the fully integrated approach of yoga therapy to be the most practical route to the healing power of yoga. She further trained in Structural Yoga Therapy and Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy with Mukunda Stiles, and works as a yoga therapist with special expertise in women’s health. Uma has a PhD in Communications and is a recognised teacher of the British Wheel of Yoga. She has been a training tutor in Yoga Therapy since 2001 and also teaches British Wheel of Yoga In-service training days. As a mother of three, she has been both personally and professionally engaged with the development of pregnancy yoga, yoga for birth and postnatal recovery, and family yoga, and has been training teachers in this field since 2002, when she first tutored for the Birthlight Trust. Since then she has delighted in creating her own courses to promote excellence of teaching in this field, including Well Woman Yoga and a uniquely responsive Integrated Mother and Baby yoga teacher training. With the intention of widening access to pregnancy and postnatal yoga, she founded Sitaram Yoga with her husband in 1998, and it continues to offer pregnancy and postantal yoga classes in London, including at King’s College and St Thomas’s hopsitals. 

The heart of Uma’s daily personal and therapeutic practice is yoga nidra, which she believes to be the most powerfully transformative of all yoga techniques. She first encountered the technique at the Satyananda Yoga Centre in 1995, and has been exploring all aspects of it with fascination ever since. She has studied a variety of different approaches to the practice both in India and the UK, with nationally renowned exponents including Swami Muktidharma (Satyananda Acharya, New Zealand), Mukunda Stiles, and Richard Miller. She has refined a range of particularly feminine therapeutic applications of yoga nidra, including its use for the promotion of fertility, positive birthing, postnatal recovery and conscious menstrual health a source of spiritual empowerment. She has taught yoga nidra to hundreds of people, in every conceivable environment, from nursery schools, hospitals and airports, to giant geodesic domes filled with yogis sheltering from wild storms at yoga festivals and gatherings. She has been sharing the technique with teachers from all lineages on Yoga Therapy training courses and retreats since 1999. 

Uma leads retreats and courses worldwide, sharing the approach to yoga therapy set out in her CDs, DVDs and books: Mother’s Breath, Teach Yourself Yoga for Pregnancy and Birth, and Feel Confident: Yoga for Living. Her new book Yoni Shakti is about the evolution of feminine spiritual authority through yoga and tantra. Uma is currently refining Womb Yoga through a series of international workshops and retreats.

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