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Norman Blair

Norman began practising yoga in the 1990s and has been teaching since 2001. His practice and teaching include Ashtanga, Yin yoga and mindfulness meditation. Training with teachers such as Alaric Newcombe, Judith Hanson Lasater, Richard Freeman and Sarah Powers, he has gained the Yoga Alliance 500 hour accreditation. Norman believes that yoga is accessible to everyone and through regular practice we can experience profound changes in mind and body. His experience has taught him that yoga is an enjoyable way to release and make available energetic potential to enhance our lives. He teaches classes, workshops and teacher trainings in London and around the UK. 

Session

C6 Spaciousness In Yin Yoga
Date: Friday 23 Apr 2021 Time: 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

This Yin Yoga workshop will combine long holds in Yin shapes, meditation and relaxation, grounded in a practice of space. Space for participants to stay and soften in shapes. Spaciousness that can encourage appreciation. In this space, practitioners will be invited to examine choice - numbness or waking up; disconnecting or attention; judgment or calmness in the inevitable whirlwinds of life.  

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J4 Spaciousness In Yin Yoga
Date: Saturday 24 Apr 2021 Time: 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

This Yin Yoga workshop will combine long holds in Yin shapes, meditation and relaxation, grounded in a practice of space. Space for participants to stay and soften in shapes. Spaciousness that can encourage appreciation. In this space, practitioners will be invited to examine choice - numbness or waking up; disconnecting or attention; judgment or calmness in the inevitable whirlwinds of life.  

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M6 Yoga Teacher's Union: An Open Discussion
Date: Sunday 25 Apr 2021 Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

You are invited to be part of an open discussion in a friendly and welcoming forum discussing the common issues facing yoga teachers, businesses and students.

“I think an important question for all involved in the industry at the moment is: How do we place value on yoga and on the teachers who offer it? We need to ask this as teachers ourselves, studios need to consider this and so do the students who come to classes…

— Anna Taylor

The Yoga Teachers Union is about supporting, inspiring and encouraging yoga teachers to appropriately value what we are doing. The Yoga Teachers Union neither offers insurance policies nor accredits yoga training courses - its simple and straightforward purpose is to be a collective voice for yoga teachers. There are numerous challenges in the yoga teaching industry: wage inequality, pay stagnation, saturation of the market, the significant proportion of teachers earning less than the living wage, the often unbalanced power dynamics between studios and staff, and the inherent shame of speaking out about money. These issues have often remained largely unspoken publicly because of fears such as being perceived as “unyogic” or being unappreciative of this path that so many of us feel drawn to and love. The yoga teaching industry, as it stands, is unsustainable, and the consequences of that are far-reaching and multi-faceted.  

The Yoga Teachers Union now has more than 500 teachers signed up expressing interest and a willingness to be involved. With the support and collaboration of the IWGB (Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain) and other similarly positioned unions, such as GWU (Gamer Workers Unite) and the Writers’ Guild we are making significant progress in meeting the challenges that yoga teachers face and fulfilling our Vision, Mission and Values as defined by the many voices and requests that have already come forwards.

For more information: Yoga Teachers Union

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