CANCELLED Advanced Teacher Training Nepal 22 October – 21 November 2020

TrainingAdvanced Teacher Training
HostHeather Elton, Nepal
Dates22 October - 21 November 2020

Advanced Teacher Training, Nepal

I’m delighted to be joining Heather Elton and her students in Nepal in Autumn 2020. Here’s some of Heather’s write-up for the course:

The training focuses on spiritual practice and is truly transformative – you’ll experience an authentic process that encourages you look at your own reality, takes you deeper in your own practice, and refines your skills to teach yoga.

This is a 300-hour training for people have completed a 200-hour TTC for a total of 500 hours.

A DOGMA FREE training with interesting, innovative teachers, all of whom are serious yoga practitioners with global reputations:

  • Heather Elton (Asana Technique)
  • Ruth Westoby (Philosophy)
  • Westin Harris (Tantric Practice)
  • Kat Owens (Trauma Informed Yoga)
  • Nuria Reed (Vinyasa Yoga)
  • David Keil (Online Anatomy)
  • Plus guest teachings with Rinpoches and Nath yogis

Space is limited to 16 students. The course is accredited by Yoga Alliance USA  (300 hours). For more information please visit

These are the sessions that I will be offering:

Ruth Westoby, practitioner and PhD researcher in yoga studies, will lead sessions on history and philosophy. The sessions will survey the history of yoga, closely read the Amṛtasiddhi, debate controversial issues in contemporary yoga, and engage with material culture.

Ruth will present a clear chronological timeframe of key moments in the history of yoga from the Vedas to modern global forms of yoga. This timeframe will historicise and conceptualise key tenets of thought such as karma (causal action), saṃsāra (the round of rebirth), duḥkha (unsatisfactoriness) and mokṣa (liberation), and dualism and non-dualism.

The 11th-century Amṛtasiddhi is the earliest text to teach the techniques of haṭhayoga. Ruth will orientate the text within its tantric Buddhist roots and Śaiva reworkings (drawing on the work of James Mallinson) and offer a close reading of passages on the yogic body, techniques, and liberation in the world.

Ruth invites you to discuss keys controversies in the practice, teaching and study of yoga in the modern world: the sacred and the secular, abuse and sex, cultural appropriation and identity politics, and conceptualisations and representations of the body.

Ruth will lead the group around the Patan Museum and adjacent sites to explore how abstract teachings are articulated in material artefacts.