Yoga Therapy Module 1: The Foundations


Tuning into the Body

In this foundation course, you can dip your toe for your own self-care and self development. ANS if you’re interested in our Diploma, this is the initial 50 hours out of 550+hr training. before you commit to a diploma training. Through experiential learning, gain deeper understanding of the yoga united yoga therapy style, find new skills to self-care, improve relationships and discover your gift to the world. Empower others seeking physical, mental and emotional health.

You may choose to take this course as a stand alone option to create an immediate impact on your own health and wellbeing, and the therapeutic services you currently provide, or as the first module to our 550 hour therapy diploma training accredited by the British Council for Yoga Therapy. So you don’t have to commit to our full 18 month training until you have experienced this first module.

This is also the first module of the extensive 550 hour diploma training, ‘Module 1 The Wise Domain: Tuning into the Body’, is taught through the guidance of a highly qualified and experienced team of tutors. It is quality assured by the British Wheel of Yoga BOOK HERE

How This Course Benefits You

  • You will become more conversant with the many holistic skills and effective tools to guide others towards their full potential, and starting with your own
  • You will engage in practices designed to practice a greater connection to a loving presence where everyone around you benefits
  • You will cultivate a sustainable home practice which enables you to translate your skills in life situations, to deepen personal relationships, improve professional ones, and be unapologetically yourself.
  • You will learn about some common conditions – anxiety, depression, lower back pain, and neck, shoulder & upper back stiffness

Topics Covered

Topic 1 – Asana and embodied movement

You will be guided through movement, sequences, stasis and self-reflection to access a deeper awareness of body and mind processing.

Topic 2 – Structure and function of the respiratory & circulatory systems

You will explore different breathing techniques and their influence on the function of the respiratory system, focusing the mind, and changing mood. Explore the heart and lungs in an embodied way, and with group support.

Topic 3 – Structure and function of the nervous system

Understanding visceral responses to danger, safety, fear and joy. You will be guided through practices that recover homeostasis and wellbeing including restorative postures and Yoga Nidra.

Topic 4 – Back pain, shoulder & neck stiffness

Specific yoga sequences will address stiffness & pain throughout the spine. Preparation, physical benefits, contraindications & energetic elements will be the factors you learn to consider in choosing the best techniques for individual cases.

Topic 5 – Anxiety, anger and depression – physical, mental & emotional health

You will have a greater understanding of some common conditions – back pain, anxiety, anger, depression – to assist health seekers in communicating and understanding their own needs. Meeting and greeting special needs and difficulties are included.

Topic 6 –  Prana and energetic connection working 1-2-1

The tutor will guide you through subtle anatomy  and multiple perspectives through which we can understand health, disease and wholeness.

Topic 7 – Philosophy, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and the mind

The ancient theories of human nature will be explored alongside suffering and that which stands in the way of discovery, recovery, and coming home.

Topic 8 – Language, deep listening, sound and silence

Techniques to nourish the body & mind will be discovered. You will create a space in which to investigate body-centred dialogue and the power of words. Create deep connection and empathy with self and others.

Class Dates & Times

In person in London and online courses 


Important: After payment, you will be required to fill in an application form (Emailed to you). Payments will be held until application is accepted. Payments will be fully refunded if the course is not suitable for the student. 

Course Certification

Your success in completing the Yoga Therapy Module 1 course will be celebrated with a distinguished certificate of completion from BWY who have assessed and quality-assured this course. You will also receive a certificate from us at  Yoga United Education.

Teaching Style

The tutors facilitate students through body-centred experience which creates an unforgettably direct route to learning. Tutors ensure a safe space is created in which to share knowledge, experience profound insight, and practices that support the learning process.

Tutors encourage students to cultivate a deeper understanding of sadhana, dharma, authenticity and joy.

Judy Hirsh Sampath – Course Leader

Co-founder of Yoga United, Judy Hirsh Sampath brings a creative mix of yoga-based practices to engage health seekers of all ages, sizes and abilities to tune into their own head space to messages of the body, and inner wisdom. Judy is dedicated to sharing this gift to others to become empowered, confident and successful professionals in their field. She has been supporting yoga students and therapy clients since 2002 in groups, private practice, mental health, and fertility settings. She is qualified yoga teacher (BWY dip), and IYN Elder. She is a certified yoga therapist with Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy (PRYT600), and Certified with International Association of Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT), and CNHC UK.

Antonia Boyle – 
Antonia Boyle is a Master Practitioner Neuro Linguistic Programming and qualified NLP Health Specialist. She is Founder Director and Director of Training of Alpha Waves International PDS. Alpha Waves is a personal development system that aims to ‘untangle your mind’ and encourages you to become a more relaxed person in every aspect of your everyday life. Her other areas of expertise are yoga, meditation and relaxation. Antonia has trained yoga teachers for more than 20 years for the British Wheel of Yoga and has been teaching yoga professionally for more than 35 years.

Beverley Nolan – Beverley’s works and ongoing learning is underpinned by an unfaltering interest in the layers of the bodymind and its role as a repository for our personal and collective narratives. Through experiential anatomy, somatic psychology and the compassionate discipline of Authentic Movement, Beverley integrates a unique set of skills with her dedicated yoga practice and brings this experience to both group and 121 settings.

Mary Mackie – Mary is a yoga teacher trainer and anatomy tutor who teaches on some of the top training courses in the UK. Her nursing background in palliative care lead her to a career in yoga therapy. She is a specialist in Diabetes and Asthma, works with small groups for back pain and 1-2-1 with conditions such as Irritable bowel, arthritis, respiratory disease, cardiac diseases, high blood pressure and, of course, stress.

Sylviane Gianina – philosophy with Sylviane is potent and thought-provoking. Her teaching is contemporary, versatile and innovative, with a solid foundation in traditional ancient wisdom. It challenges beliefs and conditionings and invites an experiential in-depth exploration of the yoga classics. She uses a vast array of skills to hold a space, fine-tune and mirror perceived reality so students can access and integrate the gems in traditional teachings. As an explorer of yoga, she keeps practicing, studying, questioning and upgrading all the teachings she has received over the years.

Useful Information

What experience do I need for this course?

This course welcomes those who have found yoga to be a life-saver in times of trouble. This course is for those who love learning, connecting through discussion, & ask deep questions about their unique gifts and what they have to offer, anyone curious about how to live life well, improve relationships, and create lasting change. You will have the opportunity to try out new ways of being within a supported and inclusive environment, and improve inter-personal relationships within your field of work, and your life.

  • All yoga teachers
  • Trainee yoga teachers
  • Yoga students with at least 3 years regular practice
  • Body workers and therapists in other modalities
  • Special needs and paediatric professionals
  • Givers and carers

Can I become a Yoga Therapist after completing this course?

This foundation course is NOT a qualification in yoga therapy. It acts as Module 1 of the 550 hour Yoga United Yoga Therapy Training which is scheduled to continue with further modules in 2020/2021. Completion of this module is a pre-requisite for the 550hour course.

You will be introduced to our inspirational faculty of tutors who are dedicated to deep learning, playful exploration and empowering education.

This inspirational course is also a powerful stand-alone personal development BWY module.

For more information, and next course dates


Contact  Judy Hirsh Sampath |  T: 07956 375607  E: 

In the meantime, you may wish to reflect on the following questions before you sign up –

  • What does yoga mean to you?
  • How has yoga changed your life?
  • What is your intention for joining the course?
  • Who am I?
  • What is my unique gift to the world?

Judy Hirsh Sampath is an IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy professional


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