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Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs


Course starting Canterbury Yoga Studio, Harbledown: June 10th 2019 

Small group, early booking advised


Dates: Mondays 1.30-2.45pm

Jun 10th, 24th, Jul 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, Sep 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th, Oct 7th, 14th

Contact Dr Susan Jeffery for info/to book at or call 01304 620467

This 12 week course, ‘Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs’ is unique, specific and evidence-based.  Find more information at

Current general yoga students who may suffer from episodes of back pain can often gain great benefit from attending a 12-week YHLB course – they then have this lifelong toolkit to hand for self-management plus it is a very user-friendly motivator to instil a habit of regular home practice for general well-being.  The sequences have the aim of improving and maintaining health of the lower back, but involve the whole body and the whole person.  They will also learn how to function in general classes more happily. 

YHLB is an ideal foundation course for newcomers to yoga, even if they only have occasional back pain, as they will learn the basics of most aspects of yoga. It brings a whole new population of people to yoga.  Many YHLB students become great general class students later in general classes with this understanding of the seeds of movements and importance of home practice and positive mental attitude.  This brings new students into yoga classes and centres.

This course will help you  to help yourself forever.


  1. For access onto the course, you will need to purchase your YHLB RESOURCES PACK before the course starts from our not-for-profit social enterprise  Click on the ‘Get Resources’ page (recommend you choose ‘Option PLUS CD’) or click here:  The cost of this is: £60 (plus £5.50 P&P) (Not keen or able to make purchases online? – Please talk to your YHLB teacher asap asking them to obtain this for you.)  This Pack helps you long-term.
  2. Class 1 – £77 = Teaching Fees payable directly to teacher
  3. Class 7 – £77 = Teaching Fees payable directly to teacher


Embodied Yoga Principles Weekend in Canterbury

Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd June 2019: 10am – 4pm each day

Cost: £55 per day OR £100 if you book both days. A number of by donation places also available.

Venue: Canterbury Yoga in Harbledown, Canterbury

You can find out more about the EYP method here:

EYP can quickly reveal depth of feeling and emotion and may not be helpful if you are dealing with acture trauma or mental health issues, or if you have recently had a major life change such as a major bereavement. Please contact Karin to discuss if you are not sure it is right for you.

Email Karin to book

Saturday: Embodying the Summer Solstice

Workshop with Jamie Abrams and Karin van Maanen, both senior Embodied Yoga Principles (EYP) teachers. In this workshop we’ll explore how it is to embody the summer and set some intentions for the second half of the year. This workshop is suitable for yoga practitioners of all levels. The physical yoga is not difficult. EYP invites us to go to a deeper reflective level with our practice and take part in inquiry with other practitioners to gain insight, and have fun. It is community spirited and we learn from eachother through interaction and discussion. 


Sunday: Introduction to EYP Teacher Training

Workshop for yoga teachers who would like to experience the depth that EYP can bring to their teaching, with Jamie Abrams and Karin van Maanen, both senior Embodied Yoga Principles (EYP) teachers and teacher trainers. This workshop gives you an experience of the EYPTT planned in Canterbury in Ocotber 2019. Click here for more info about the teacher training.





Continues June 1st


Come on a Yoga journey to explore together with like minded people who share your passion for Yoga 

This course is an excellent way to deepen your knowledge and understanding of yoga. It includes practical and theoretical work on the eight limbs of yoga from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali including the ethical foundations of yoga, asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing practices) concentration, meditation practices and relaxation techniques. You will learn about the history of yoga, the different paths of yoga and different schools of yoga. You will learn about different mudras (hand gestures) and some simple chanting and mantra.

The course is designed to explore yoga in much more depth than you would in an average class. You will learn how to build and develop your own personal yoga practice as well as gaining a deeper insight into all aspects of yoga. Former students have found the Foundation course to be life changing!. Students are expected to continue to practice with their own teacher regularly. You will also be encouraged to reflect upon your Yoga experiences and keep a Yoga journal. The course includes private tutorials with tutors at different stages of the course which may be done by phone or Skype.


  • This course is suitable for all those who have had approximately two years of yoga classes with a qualified teacher.
  • Anyone wishing to train to become a British Wheel Yoga teacher.
  • Anyone wishing to deepen their understanding of Yoga.



The following resources will be supplied

Course book ‘The Heart of Yoga’ T.K.V. Desikachar. Inner Traditions International ISBN 0-89281-764-X which includes Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.

A pack of handouts that will cover the various practices

If wishing to teach later on this book is also recommended.

‘Asana, Pranayama, Mudra and Bandha’  Swami Satyananda Saraswati Bihar School of Yoga

Other books will be recommended and talked about during the course.


Cora Kemball-Cook: Cora has been practising yoga since 1974 initially learning in the Iyengar style but since 1999 has been greatly influenced by the gentler approach of Vanda Scaravelli and has learnt from Peter Blackaby and Chloe Freemantle who teach this style. Originally she trained as a Speech and Language therapist and worked in the health service for many years. Cora has been a BWY Teacher for 18 years and trained as diploma course tutor in 2005. She runs the busy Canterbury yoga studio hosting many different yoga and meditation workshops. She has completed a BWY Post Graduate Module in Meditation and also practices Transcendental Meditation. She enjoys the continual journey of discovery which Yoga provides. 07711 830275

Lina Newstead: Lina has been practising Yoga since 1975, gaining experience with Yoga teachers from different traditions.  She has taught Yoga to adults, children, pregnant ladies and students with special needs.  Lina holds a BWY Teaching Diploma, and a City & Guilds Level 4 Certificate in Further Education. She has taught the CYQ Diploma in Yoga at The City Lit in London, as well as the BWY Diploma in Canterbury. Her meditation tradition is Tibetan Buddhist as well as Yogic. She teaches Yoga & Meditation weekends & longer retreats. 07799 162443

Karin van Maanen: Karin has been teaching yoga and mindfulness full-time since 2008 and is a BWY Foundation Course and Diploma Course tutor. Major teaching influences include Mindfulness Yoga, Vanda Scaravelli, Sandra Sabatini, Maarten Vermaasse, Peter Blackaby, Gary Carter and mindfulness meditation practice both from secular traditions and Buddhism.
In 2014 Karin completed a Masters of Science degree in Mindfulness Studies at the University of Aberdeen. She is an assistant tutor for the Mindfulness Association and a qualified Embodied Yoga Principles teacher.

Please do call if you have any queries. Cora will be dealing with applications and course administration but if you are unable to reach Cora and have any queries then please contact Lina Newstead.

COURSE DETAILS: There can be up to 16 students on the course.  This course commences on May 4th with an introductory morning and then has 10 sessions.

MAIN COURSE DATES (all Saturdays in 2019 and 2020)

June 1st, July 6th, July 27th , September 14th ,October 5th, November 2nd, November 30th, 2020 Jan 11th, Feb 8th

Course cost: £645 (including course registration fee, course materials)

The course fee will be payable in 3 installments of £215, the first of which is due on accepting a   place on the course, the second in Sept and the third in November. Course payments are non-refundable unless tutors cancel the course.

Some reduced price places available for students experiencing genuine financial hardship. Please contact us to discuss.

The days will run from 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. with approximately an hour for lunch and tea breaks.

Course commitments

Of course we hope you will be able to attend all 10 days. However if you are unable to, we will ask a study buddy (another student) to keep in touch with you and we will make sure you receive electronic resources for the day that you have missed. You need to attend 80% of the course to be able to receive the BWY accreditation. We are not able to offer private tuition to replace dates missed (BWY policy) but we can give you a letter confirming how much you did attend.

There are no formal assessments or homework as part of this course but you will get the most out of it if you can commit to a regular personal yoga practice, going through what we cover on the course between meetings and reading through the additional resources we provide. You will also be encouraged to keep a reflective journal of your personal practice which will help you embed your learning.


Refreshments: Hot drinks and biscuits will be provided. Bring your own packed lunch and on some of the days we will have a shared lunch.


Highfield House Yoga studio, Summer Hill, Harbledown,CT2 8NH

A beautiful purpose-built Yoga studio on the outskirts of Canterbury within easy reach of both Canterbury East and West stations. Free parking.

Please email Cora Kemball-Cook for application form


Advanced training for yoga teachers: October 2019 – September 2020

Upgrade your  experience and understanding  of embodied yoga and meditation with expert guest tutors in a range of yoga specialisms from around the UK

This uniquely tailored course is aimed at yoga teachers who want to refine their skills and find new inspiration and depth in their personal practice and teaching. Karin has invited highly experienced and skilled guest tutors to share their expertise in some very current and developing aspects of yoga. This will help you upgrade your teaching to be informed by some of the latest developments in the world of movement and mind training.

Click here for information about the course modules. These can be attended individually or you can book for the whole course.

To book contact Karin Van Maanen.