Relaxation courses are about experiential learning that is supported by guided exercises during meetings and at home, handouts and suggestions for home practice, as well as sharing and learning together. For most people, the small-group context of a course is the most appropriate context for learning about the pathways to relaxation I teach. Regularly meeting with others can support your motivation, and also offers inspiration and a broader perspective on experiential learning as you hear from others about how they are practising and their experience.
I offer regular courses at the Cambridge Buddhist Centre; and some private courses. At the moment the courses take place online due to covid-19.
Introductory - Relaxation Explorer Introducing a range of relaxation traditions through specific exercises and background information, the course offers an experiential learning environment where you can find out what type of practice might suit you. Includes active relaxation traditions (gentle movement relaxations), autogenics, breath relaxation, progressive muscle relaxation, relaxation-oriented meditation, yoga nidra, as well as ways of using mindfulness and your imagination to support your practice.
Training - Progressive Muscle Relaxation Comprehensive training in progressive muscle relaxation, supported by elements of active relaxation, mindfulness and positive emotion training.
Training - Autogenics Comprehensive autogenic training, supported by elements of active relaxation, mindfulness and positive emotion training.
Training - Relaxation Flow: Gentle Movement & Yoga Nidra Training in two relaxation pathways that emphasise flow and play: yoga nidra and gentle somatic movement exercises from the Feldenkrais tradition.
Intermediate - Going Deeper This is a course for experienced relaxation practitioners who want to support their personal practice and explore ways of ‘going deeper’: using gentle autogenics, movement, progressive muscle relaxation, yoga nidra (prerequisites) and meditation to explore dimensions of consciousness/the unconscious for deeper bodymind integration and inner freedom.
Upcoming courses (2022) Intermediate Relaxation (online) - 10 January to 7 February, Mondays 5.30-7pm Training - Progressive Muscle Relaxation (online) - 14 January to 18 March, Fridays 5.30-7pm Introductory - Relaxation Explorer (in person) - 9 May to 27 June, Mondays 5.30-7pm Training - Autogenics (in person) - 13 May to 8 July 2022, Fridays 5.30-7pm Training - Relaxation Flow (movement, Yoga Nidra; in person) - 9 September to 11 November, Fridays 5.30-7pm Training - Progressive Muscle Relaxation (in person) - 31 October to 19 December, Mondays 5.30-7pm Intermediate Relaxation (online) - September to December, TBC
Individual Training I also offer one-to-one training, for people who
cannot participate in small group settings;
benefit from highly individualised training, for example, because of complex ill-health, long-term experience with Buddhist meditation or somatic awareness practice;
want to explore more individualised or upper-level exercises in autogenic training or yoga nidra.
Please email me if you want to book individual training.