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'Naomi’s style is like none other I have come across - while being greatly informed by theory and academia, her approach is steeped confidently in experience based practise and is led with incredible intuition.

In my ten years of teaching no one has ever presented a movement training where the teacher is supportively led into honestly and productively deconstructing their own practise, their teaching style, in fact, their whole self.'

- Tasha Bermingham

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Teacher mentoring - Liberate & elevate


Why ongoing Mentoring:

I have been teaching in London for thirteen years and mentoring yoga teachers for seven years. 

More than ever I see a need to support teachers to take a necessary step into the deeper layers of their teaching practice which can only be accessed through continuous and regular mentoring and support in combination with intelligent practice and reflection.

Learning alignment, sequencing, practical and therapeutic ways of assisting students are just primary steps to get you to the point of delivering a class. Pretty much anyone can do this….and lots of people do.

The real art of teaching and what will set you apart from the great glut of qualified teachers and why this mentoring is unique – is in learning how to sensitively balance and integrate our own necessary development, self-enquiry and reflection with the essential techniques for holding space for others in a powerful, yet non-intrusive way. It is this combination that builds resilient and embodied teachers in the face of growing pressure, fierce competition and energetic pulls.

L&E is more than a teacher mentoring, we believe it is a creative recovery for the individual.  

The programme is not an easy opt out as we understand that picking apart some very unhealthy patterns is central to clarity and growth. We will encourage you to find out who you really are and what motivated you to teach in the first place. We will support you in identifying that which no longer serves (no, really). Newer teachers do not have the necessary experience to work towards these questions in such depth, it is confronting work and their needs are different as they require more practical support and guidance.

For more experienced teachers this work is central to determining whether breakthroughs will occur.

I have now separated the programmes into two different offerings: L&E Foundation (Liberate) and L&E Master (Elevate).

L&E Foundation is for anyone currently teaching yoga for at least 6 months but we highly recommend everyone to start here.

L&E Master is for teachers with a minimum 4 years teaching experience - there is no negotiation on this, you have to have 4 years to even begin to get close to understanding what needs to be looked at! 

Excellent teachers are born from eternal students – deeper practices bring up different and important questions about teaching.


I didn’t know what I was signing up for, I came in late and Naomi gifted me Mary’s place ( a scholarship in memory of a previous student). An hounour to receive, even if I had a little trouble receiving it for a while, I don’t know where or who I’d be without it. Who was I six months ago? I was me - of course - but what seems like a totally different version of me. L&E isn’t about poses or anatomy or even your students (they will all benefit). It’s about you...how you’re showing up and how you’re hiding. We all hide. If you’re considering doing Liberate & Elevate my advice would be to DO IT....but don’t expect it to be easy!
— Jess Leitch

‘liberate’ - online Foundation 2019

Minimum 6 months experience

6 month online programmE

via live calls + access to a private membership area

2019 Dates  

Bi weekly calls on a Tues or Friday tbc:

  • April The Download

  • May On Your Voice

  • June Teaching Practice

  • July The Business of Yoga

  • August Your Brain is Magic

  • September Taking it into the World

Venue

Your home and my office! All calls will be recorded so you can watch at a time convenient to you.

Pay in full: £550

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Balance due early March 2019 (email for payment plans)

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WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • 8-9 90 minute bi weekly calls (all recorded)

  • time for Q&A’s

  • access to a private membership area where all calls will be uploaded for you to watch at anytime

  • access to downloadable pdfs

  • access to a private facebook page for community updates, support and shares.


‘elevate’ - in person Master 2018-2019 (waitlist only) 

Minimum 4 years experience

6 month in person programme

6 x 4hr sessions + access to a private membership area

2018/2019 Dates & Topics

Fridays on:

  • December 7 The Axis

  • January 18 Amore & Psyche

  • February 8 The Electric Body

  • March 8 Elegant Alignment

  • April 5 Bridging The Traditional & Original

  • May 3 Don’t Go Back To Sleep

 

Venue

Union Station Yoga, Battersea, London

Time: 2-6 pm

Price: £550

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One to one sessions

For individuals via phone or Skype £50

These sessions can be a one off to discuss something in particular or part of a few over a period of time. 

Each call generally lasts up to 45 minutes and take place on a Tuesday and Wednesday morning.

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Up-coming events and retreats for yoga teachers

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The longer I sit with the programme content, the more I am hit by what an incredible support system it is. Naomi could easily choose to be just another teacher but she puts herself out there and creates a safe yet challenging space for teachers to grow. That’s hard! And she does it with such strength.

I have developed in the past 6 months not just as a teacher of many things but as a person. I’ve faced personality traits and hang ups that have been there for years that I didn’t even realise or know how to address but through the course I’ve really started to identify and deal with. It’s made me a more confident teacher and facilitator.

Every time I do a mindfulness session I am so much more aware now of my voice and my confidence - today I led a meditation and it was my best yet - confident, calm, strong and firm. I really surprised myself!

Every day / week I have another realisation that’s come out of this and I only wish I had thrown myself into it more.

There are so many trainings out there and this is totally different - because Naomi shares how people can hold their own space and strength. With that knowledge we have all the training we need: the rest is technicalities!!
— Laila Datoo
Studying with Naomi is transformational. She holds a soft power that catches and sparks your mid. This has been amazing for y teaching practice - I’ve felt myself become more confident. resilient and vibrant. Teaching - with love - what I love and knowing how to protect myself. She inspires me to be curious, creative and passionate.’
— Kat Basquill

COLLABORATORS


 

Collaboration and community is at the heart of Liberate & Elevate.

Together we grow.

We believe it is that simple.  We make a point of sharing knowledge. We become mirrors for one another. We provide support, feedback and guidance.

It is of the utmost importance that every single person teaching on the programme not only has exceptional skills and experience to share but that they live yoga with unparalleled integrity. 

We work with excellent teachers who are doing the work, we can help you.

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Ana Muriel

Jivamukti Yoga Teacher, Mentor, Holistic health coach with a background in marketing and communication.

www.anamuriel.org

Ana and I met 2 years ago and I knew instantly she was a sister for life. She is an integral part of L&E, a constant source of inspiration and my biggest muse and mirror. Her experience, knowledge and creativity is vast as is the heart she shares from. Her commitment to the path is unshakeable. Ana co-writes and co-teaches the Master Programme and also assists the Foundation. She is unique and totally brilliant and we are both prone to an inapropriate fit of the giggles. 

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Carolyn Cowan

Kundalini Yoga teacher, Teacher Trainer and Psychosexual Therapist specialising in addiction & trauma recovery.

www.carolyncowan.com

I first came into contact with Carolyn when we were both on the Sadhaka schedule. Years later we sat on a panel together for a triyoga symposium. I was immediately impressed by her enigmatic personality and fearlessness. Her multi-layered experience as therapist and artist plus her fascinating history made her a no brainer to work with. Carolyn currently teaches the Elegant Alignment module on the Master Programme.

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Mollie Morris

Yoga teacher, Teacher Trainer, Franklin Method facilitator and Co-director of Sadhaka Yoga Centre.

www.molliemorris.com

Some people you meet and you know they will always be an ever present in your life. Mollie is such a person. Her interest in and fascination with all things movement keeps her at the forefront of a scene which is ever evolving. Despite her huge experience the humility and grace with which she practices and shares makes her the perfect addition to the L&E facutly. I have always been inspired by Mollie's commitment to transformation. Mollie is teaching on the L&E teacher's retreat in October. 

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NIKKI SLADE

Kirtan leader and trainer, leading pioneer in the field of chanting and sound work in the UK.

www.nikkislade.com

I first met Nikki in the same way many yoga teachers do - at one of her kirtans at triyoga. Her voice blew me away but more than that her ability to lead a room and hold space in a beautifully wise way. Nikki then asked me to work as an assessor on her 'Learn to Lead Kirtan' training. It was a wonderful experience and I knew I wanted to work with her again. Nikki will be teaching on the 2018 Liberate & Elevate teacher's retreat in June. 

 
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kristi Rodelli

Forrest Yoga Teacher, Mentor, Writer & currently....new mama!

www.kristimaeyoga.com

Kristi and I met at Indaba Yoga where we both teach. She likes to remind me of the time we first met (I stuck a post it note with my name on it on her foot during a workshop -classy!) Our friendship has blossomed into something really beautiful ever since. Along with Ana she was the first person that came to mind when I decided to embark on the mentoring. She is the Earth to our Air and Fire. She has such great insight, is brave, beautiful and articulate. Kristi is currently on maternity leave but we hope she will be back with us in 2018.

 

 

testimonials


What drew me to Naomi in particular, amongst many accomplished yoga teachers is her authenticity likely rooted in her continuous effort to challenge the boundaries of her practice fearlessly.

Throughout the mentorship, Naomi has encouraged us to do the same; offering more questions than answers, extending invitations rather than providing instructions. Within the safe space which she anchors so intuitively (in person and online), she allowed for the organic unfolding of our respective journeys as we navigate through as a growing community.

Liberate & Elevate 2017 has been a major catalyst towards celebrating my voice as a teacher, an artist and a person. Naomi continues to inspire me to share from a place of integrity by simply being a living example of that.
— David Kam

Naomi’s raw honesty, intuitive wisdom and sharing of her own vulnerabilities created a mirror for us to see ourselves so clearly. I have no words to express how lucky I feel to have stumbled into her class. From the first breath something was disturbed on a deep, subtle level which I didn’t even realise was there. Something awakens each time I’m under her guidance, whether it’s a knowing of purpose or Self which I fear could steer me into dark and murky waters or a strength which I’m yet to step into... i don’t know. But I’m determined to find out.
— Suzie Hunter-Smith

This programme is a life changer. Naomi is able to to support the group as a whole but also tend to us as individuals helping us realise our potential.

Her understanding and experience is like gold dust. I have come out of this feeling more sure about who I am and what I want from my teaching, not to mention the beautiful community it has created.

Thank you Naomi - you magic witch.
— Laura Shipsey

I attended Naomi’s L&E retreat last year. As a guilt riddled working Mum it’s got to be something really worthwhile for me to take a weekend away from my kids.

I felt confident with Naomi that it was. The weekend was deeply moving and affecting but what I really gained from it unravelled over the coming months. It was an intense and valuable transference of skill, energy and information and I learnt so much that has refined and informed my teaching.
— Charlie Anderson

I’m on the current L&E programme and cannot express in words the freedom I am experiencing as a woman, in my personal life and as a full time teacher of yoga in London.

If you knew me before and saw me now you would be amazed at the change! This work is honest and goes straight to the truth. Prepare to meet the self you always knew was in there and burst out into love and acceptance held by the most amazing community.

It’s like gaining a second family that you can be completely yourself around.
— Frankie Guarino

I embarked on the Liberate and Elevate programme as several teachers I know and respect had recommended it, and I was at a stage in my yoga teaching practice where I felt I needed an injection of something - although I wasn’t really sure what that ‘something’ was!

The programme has helped me really dig into what I’m about as a teacher (my essence), the direction I want to move in, and the work I need to continue to further my teaching practice. Naomi very skilfully creates a space, community and framework for this exploration, allowing each of us to do the work, but always within a safe container.

It’s not always been an easy process but it has been immensely worthwhile. As we draw to the end of the programme I am now clear on what the ‘something’ I felt was missing from my teaching - a clear sense and belief in the unique teacher I am. I am excited to continue the journey.

I am grateful to Naomi and Ana for facilitating this progamme with such a lightness of touch, depth of experience and expertise, honesty and humour.
Thank you.
— Vicky Leitch

I came to the Liberate & Elevate Master programme at a time when I was feeling pretty stuck. I was even questioning whether I wanted to carry on teaching. The morning after our first session, I remember waking up and feeling so much lighter and more hopeful.

I absolutely loved every session and received so many nuggets of wisdom. However for profound shifts to happen within me, it was nonetheless a slow burn process. Naomi and Ana wisely advised us that for some, this can be the case and I trusted them and kept walking the path, using the beautiful tools we were being given.

For me, the real transformation happened right after the end of the programme, once I’d digested everything. Creative flow and inspiration returned, I fell back in love with my life, my practice and my teaching. And I finally feel like I’m teaching from a place that is much more authentic, and am more able to trust that inner voice.

Naomi and Ana both hold space in such a safe, loving and honest way, which is key to the success of the mentoring, as it creates a container in which healing can start to happen. I am immensely grateful to both of them and to the beautiful group of women who gravitated to them.
— Annabel Chown

Just had to thank you again for yesterday. I honestly feel like i’m working through and peeling back layers of ‘stuff’ that had attached itself to me from not really questioning things and getting pulled along by the current.

When I left yesterday I almost felt a bit high, like i’m beginning to wake up and see things for what they are. I felt really alive. It’s an incredible feeling.

So glad I jumped on board and thank you for making your idea for the programme a reality, I think what we’re doing is pretty special.
— Clare Waters

Naomi is even more honest, loving, real and courageous in person than I could’ve anticipated. I would never have guessed just how much clarity, reassurance and confidence I would’ve gained during the session and that was only possible due to Naomi’s ability to hold a nurturing, open and safe environment for us to share.
— Emma Jones

Liberate and Elevate is about serious, honest, real enquiry that will shift not only your perspective on life but bring your whole being back into alignment with your true self and purpose...and what better place to teach from is there than that?

Naomi’s style is like none other I have come across: while being greatly informed by theory and academia her approach is steeped confidently in experience based practise and is lead with incredible intuition. In my ten years of teaching no one has ever presented a movement training where the teacher is supportively lead into honestly and productively deconstructing their own practise, their teaching style, in fact, their whole self. This work is immensely powerful with both the rich and real changes it unearths and the nourishing and supportive way healthier more nourishing pathways are laid down. This course should be a staple for all serious movement practitioners.
— Tasha Bermingham

It is not simply Naomi’s technical precision, dedication, ability to hold a room and her accepting but ‘no bullshit’ attitude that draws people to her classes again and again - it’s her spirit; unparalleled, unvarnished, unmistakable - that makes her one of the best teachers I have ever had.
— Kerry Sutherland

In a city full of fantastic yoga teachers Naomi stands out. Her honesty, creativity and embodiment of what she is sharing at that moment, whether it be through meditation, chanting or movement, draws you deep into the practice and into yourself.

There’s always an undeniable shift both personally and in the collective energy in the room by the end. Attending Naomi’s classes and workshops has helped elevate my own practice and deepen my exploration of yoga.
— Hanna Verghese

If you are looking for unconditional support for a little while then this is the place to land. Liberate & Elevate is not like any other training or workshop I have done.

If you are not prepared to acknowledge where you are in your teaching and the broader aspects of your life then this one is probably not for you. Honestly, it’s not always pleasant or easy and you will need to join forces with others in order to get the most from the programme. It might even feel a little ‘Dorian Gray’ at times.

If you ask me what I got from it all, I honestly I can’t really put my finger on it but like all magic, it’s not concise, linear or clear. It’s a process that keeps unfolding leaving you with a resonance of support and connection that will encourage you to take the next step, leap or jump. A little bit of magic, a lot of sage and togetherness without separation There is a reason why it’s called Liberate & Elevate and I encourage you to go and find out why for yourself
— Sarah Williams
 

Last year I went on a remarkable journey of connecting to my voice figuratively & literally as a teacher. I’d heard about the ‘Liberate & Elevate’ mentoring programme with Naomi from fellow teachers and was convinced she could help me. I was in a place where I felt like I had something to offer as a teacher but it wasn’t coming across consistently. I struggled with losing my voice, regular imposter syndrome and a lack of self acceptance. I felt stuck and disconnected....a bit lost.⠀

Working with Naomi changed all of that and so many more things. She helped me anchor myself in my voice unapologetically. She helped me to recognise the gifts I bring as a teacher and practitioner of yoga, as a creative person. She is fierce, but also fair and loving. She wants the best for her mentees...she wants us to be free! ⠀

L&E was a game changer and opened up so much for me. If you are a teacher trying to find your voice and connect to your inner creative this course does it.
— Jonelle Lewis

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