teacher training

The main teacher on the course will be Julie Garrioch

Julie is a 500ERYT Seasonal Yoga teacher, aerial yoga teacher and pilates instructor with 20 years experience working in the fitness industry. Julie is passionate about sharing her knowledge and experience with others to enhance their wellbeing and now training others to share the love of yoga.

The course will run from September to August at Julie's new studio - Aerial Roots Yoga & Pilates, F4, Elmbank Mill, The Charrier, Menstrie FK11 7BU.

Tel 01786 230352 https://www.aerialrootsstudio.com/

2018 / 2019Stirling September 2018 - August 2019 Course - 200 RYT
HoursSaturday 12.00 - 5.30, Sunday. 08.00 - 16.00
Module 1Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th September, 2018
Module 2Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th October
Module 3Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th November
Module 4Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th December
Module 5Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th January, 2019
Module 6Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th February
Module 7Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th March
Module 8Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th April
Module 9Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th May
Module 10Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd June
Module 11Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th June
Module 12Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th August
Module 13
Assessment & Graduation
Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th August

Yoga Nidra (Guided Meditations)

Yoga Nidra (Guided Meditations)

08 Sep 2017

I am a great fan of yoga nidra (guided relaxations) which allow your body and mind to completely relax and have just released my first collection of guided relaxations available to download.

In our current lives we are pretty much on 24/7 and I find through my yoga classes that people find it very difficult to relax. It’s not something people are used to doing outwith sleep and it’s not something people tend to consciously make time for. I love seeing the effects on people when they’ve experienced a guided relaxation during class – the sense of lightness and calmness in their faces and bodies – and I wanted to share this collection so that people can receive the benefits more often.

It’s incredibly important that we find time to properly relax. In this 24/7 busy and stressful lifestyle our sympathetic nervous system is switched on a lot of the time. This is our fight or flight mode. Whether it is work, family life, financial pressures, anxiety over the future, there are a whole host of stressors which trigger this fight or flight mode. When the sympathetic nervous system is engaged our heart rate increases and our breathing rate is increased in order to get oxygenated blood to the major muscles to react to the stressor. We make short terms decisions based on the information we have to hand to get us away from the stress. With the blood supply busy transporting oxygen to the major muscles our digestive system doesn’t get what it needs to function properly. If we live too much in this state it has a negative impact on our bodies and our lives.

It is therefore important that we ensure we make time to rest and engage the parasympathetic nervous system. This allows our heart rate to slow down, the circulation system to deliver blood and nutrients to all the organs to allow the body to function optimally and repair itself. When we are in a more rested state we are able to take longer term decisions, have the space to step back and find creative solutions to problems and be able to respond rather than react to events.

My guided relaxations are written to allow the body to come to complete muscular relaxation while staying awake and aware. The conscious mind can switch off. I like to think of these as a way for your mind to do a bit of file sorting – if the mind is continually busy it it can get overwhelmed with the filing of information and information gets filed in the wrong place or distorted. When we allow the mind to relax it can have a bit of a tidy up and process information effectively.

In the relaxations you also have the option to utilise a sankalpa or resolve. This is a short phrase, intention or affirmation that you can say near the beginning and end of the relaxation for something that you wish to change. As you relax your mind can take in the intention so that it can act as a reference point for future actions. Here are some examples:

  • I am beautiful and loved. I am proud to be me
  • I trust life to unfold in positive ways. The universe loves me and supports me
  • I choose to see everyone and everything with joy and love
  • Life is change. I adapt easily and accept the past, the present and the future

Any phrase or affirmation you use should be short and simple so that it is easy for you to remember. It should be in the present tense ie said as something that you are doing now rather than something you have done in the past or will do in the future. It should also be in positive language, bringing positive things in to your life rather than being about giving something up. For example “I choose to eat healthy and nutritious food” rather than “I am giving up food that is bad for me”

Using sanklapas and affirmations in this way when we are going about our daily life our mind will look for ways to support these beliefs which will help to make positive changes if you choose.

My collection of guided relaxations is called Earth & Sky and is available to download from

Amazon (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Earth-Sky-Fi-Shepherd/dp/B073YHVZN6/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1504788497&sr=8-9&keywords=fi+shepherd)

Itunes (https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/earth-sky/id1260196922)

Google Play (https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Fi_Shepherd_Earth_Sky?id=B32b5yktco4uumnfr6i5dufileq)

CDBaby (https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/fishepherd)

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