“I’ve just returned from a week of training (Yin & Yoga Nidra) with Jennie and Melanie (Cooper). If I stop and cast my mind back to that time, the strongest takeaway isn’t what I actually learned; it’s the sense of renewal, of the safety and space both I and my co-students on the course were given to learn and develop both as yoga teachers and as human beings.
From Day 1 (actually, from way before the course started), Jennie and Melanie worked hard to cultivate a community in which we could all expect to feel supported rather than criticised, accepted rather than outside. And it worked. 20 post-graduate students and 2 teachers from 7/8 different countries in Europe living and learning together for 7 days with none of the cliques or bitching you sometimes find on events of this nature.
The training itself was excellent – a perfect blend of practical and theory and enough carry-home material to allow even a complete newcomer to the teaching the styles of yoga to get started with a degree of confidence. I had already had some training in both Yin and Yoga Nidra, but having the opportunity to go into a bit more depth and to review some of the new developments in the area, particularly with regard to Yoga Nidra has me thinking about offering classes and workshops with renewed vigour.
As teachers, Jennie and Melanie, on the surface at least, Jennie and Melanie are very different personalities, but they are absolutely singing from the same hymn sheet in their intent to provide a first-class training which while respecting both tradition and culture, didn’t allow us to be hidebound or to wrap bad practice in a cloak of slavish adherence to what has gone before. Both teachers encouraged us to question dubious practice and to think for ourselves.
The dancing – ah the dancing! Much fun was had during our Bollywood moments. Where other teachers might encourage you to take time out by stretching your legs with a cup of tea, we would do 10 minutes of Bollywood dancing! I will live with the memory of a normally sedate Melanie flipping out with the picture of ecstasy written all over her face as she led us through those beats, which drew even the villa staff out to join us!
Thank you both for a fun-filled, loving week in which energy, faith and self-belief wss restored for more than a few of us.💗💗💗”