What is the Sheffield Yoga Symposium?
Anyone who knows me, knows that I am passionate about my yoga and I am passionate about enabling others to flourish and teach too.
Many of the teachers at the Yoga at the Reach studio where once my pupils. After teaching them, sometimes I see something in them as individuals and realise it’s time to have a discussion with them about starting training themselves!
It was during one of these discussions that I became aware of the cost of training and the stark fact that training today is far more expensive than when I trained all those years ago and that potential teachers, and indeed current teachers themselves have to make harsh choices about what training they take, if any, due to cost.
Knowing how much yoga teacher training benefits teachers and how much it benefits their friends and the communities’ local to them, I decided I needed to step up and try to do something about it.
I decided I wanted to do something to help teachers and potential teachers find a way to afford yoga teacher trainings.
Not a yoga teacher...why should you attend?
I heard about the symposiums that were running in London and decided that a series of similar events in Sheffield would be a great idea for a number of reasons. Firstly, we could learn more about yoga in a structured, educational and intelligent way. Secondly, we could invite some of the UK’s most amazing minds on yoga to Sheffield. Thirdly, we could get our local yoga community in Sheffield together and involved in helping each other and fourthly, we could raise some monies for a good cause. Exciting stuff!
What's the plan?
With the help of handful of amazing speaker – Ben Major, Hamish Hendry and Amy Bartle, I now have symposiums booked in for October, November and January. We have topics such as:
• Exploring the Yoga Sutras (27 Oct - Ben)
• 'Keeping yoga real’, How can we keep the spirit of yoga real in today’s world (24 Nov - Hamish)
• How ethical is social media in yoga? When does advertising turn into ego and vanity (12 Jan - Amy)
We are still waiting for another amazing speaker (Joey Miles) to confirm, hopefully for February!
Where, when and how much?
The first symposium will be held at the Yoga at the Reach. We will be charging £5.00 per person and all monies (less speaker’s expenses) will go in to the charity and when we raise enough money to fund a training we will be inviting teachers/potential teachers to apply to see if we can help them fund their courses.
After the initial symposium I am hoping another local studio will host to help spread awareness of their studio and also the project as it’s a win, win to help awareness about yoga studios in Sheffield but also a way for the studios to help their students and teachers and potential students get their teacher trainings funded.
You can book your seat at the symposium now and we have a Facebook group called Sheffield Yoga Symposium.