Pilamaya Soma Yoga 300 Hour Teacher Training
Pilamaya means ‘thank you’ in the Native American language of the Lakota people. This word embodies the sense of gratitude and contentment brought into the gift of life via somatic practices such as yoga and other Earth-based traditions. The course honours the wisdom has been gathered and shared by the seekers and keepers who have served humanity since we began to walk this Earth.
Pilamaya Soma Yoga is an advanced teaching course that offers a bio-spiritual approach that brings together the scientific and the sacred for the purpose of movement therapy. This self-development course imparts a diverse array of knowledge and holds the space for students to learn how to teach yoga and movement therapy. Pilamaya wishes to share what is needed for the adventure to truly begin.
The 300-hour programme has been curated for those who wish to have a deep learning experience and also provides a foundation for anyone who wishes to undertake a 500-hour training in our Yogologie Somatic Movement Therapy.
How it is
This version of the Pilamaya vibration has emerged through Shaura as a result of her interaction with sacred ceremony, prayer, and diverse yogic and therapeutic practices. It honours the medicine wheel teachings by following the cycle of life and energetic forces that create and complete the Earth experience.
Pilamaya specifically opens a portal to the road that leads us to heart-way living—a way of being that is connected to this planet and beyond. It delves deeply into the potential for transformation through innovative applications of somatic practices, yoga asana, breathwork, and sacred sounds. Furthermore, we explore how ritualistic practices have connected to divine energy from the beginning of recorded time. Pilamaya wishes to connect students to their innate wisdom, deepen their unique offerings, and connect to the rituals of their lives.
Pilamaya Soma Yoga can be considered shamanic in nature, for when we all reach back to our roots as children of the Earth our re-connection to this simple fact brings us onto the heart-way. In becoming heart–warriors, we align with the whole of nature and our place in the world becomes clearer.
How it Goes
The Pilamaya Soma Yoga programme is curated to offer an alchemical flow that has been born out of a clear vision that looks to develop humans so that they can understand their unique influence on the future generations that are to yet to come to this Earth.
The course aligns with the four directions of the medicine wheel (found in many indigenous systems) and the fifth element, which is the centre. Therefore, we will take a journey from birth to death; from north all the way back to north, from winter though spring, to summer and autumn, until we reach the winter again. The training experience builds consecutively upon each focus to impart a deep understanding of how embodied practices meet us where we are and evolve with us as we grow.
Through this process you will leave the training with a deeper comprehension of human dynamics that will guide you in fitting the practice to the individuals and groups you will work with as a teacher.
The course is run over a period of 18 months and includes:
- 8 two-night weekends,
- 1 five-night residential session,
- Each of the four directions is taught over two weekends; the focus of the five-night residential is the centre.
Included in the course material is embodied Kundalini Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Hatha Yoga, embodied Yin Yoga, Laya Yoga, kinesiology, movement re-patterning, appropriate use of touch, sacred songs, breathwork, meditation, poetry, art, process work, therapeutic integration, and assessment tools.
What it Gives
Our students leave this training with a clearer understanding of themselves as humans who are co-evolving—evolving alongside this Earth and all other beings. Therefore, the Pilamaya training course is suitable for people who wish to undergo a deeper process of self-integration. All students will leave with the ability to understand how multidimensional aspects of somatic yogic practices can be utilised to lead groups or individuals towards embodiment. The training instils excellence in teaching and includes developing the compassion, sensitivity, and confidence to create safety for all students.
Pilamaya students learn how the development of movement patterns impact upon brain development. Through their own experiencing, the students become proficient in curating sessions to work with the innate intelligence of each person or group. Learning to listen carefully to the body, the mind, the emotions, and the Field brings forth the alchemist in the facilitator. The co-creative dance begins.
Mirroring the vastness of wisdom, we delve into a philosophical dialogue that encourages connections between the energetic and the biochemical levels of the human being. We discuss how to weave philosophical themes into movement and breathwork. Students will also gain a deep appreciation in the influence of embodied movement in the anatomical, physiological, neurophysiological, and subtle energetic systems of our bodies. Our graduates leave possessing the language and confidence to describe the physiological benefits of mind and body practice to the general public and to medical professionals.
“The course is an amazing blend of eastern philosophy and western science, consolidated by the practice of asana and meditation”.Gail Stephens
Students will particularly focus upon:
The Cycle of Life
- How embodied movement, yoga asana, breathwork, and meditation can support transformative processes
- Learning to sequence to support integration and healing
- Seeing the body as the physical representation of the sum total of the physiological and emotional worlds and of soul-directed information from the subconscious mind to the outside world. Working with the expression of the lifeforce and the body to release somatically held tension, support re-patterning, and moving towards personal sovereignty
- Honouring the journey of life and authentically aligning with students and clients
- Language skills that promote clear, uplifting, and embodied direction that supports safe spaces
- Understanding where one person ends and where the other begins by looking at transference and countertransference of energy in groups and 1:1 settings
- Working with the shadows to shed light on situations that inevitably arise in teacher-student relationships
- Supporting others who are undergoing personal transformation by creating safety and trusting that the individual path of each person leads to deep comprehension for their personal journey
- Advanced facilitation skills for holding and sourcing space
- Exploring the different methodologies that are required for working with groups and individuals
- Personal growth through conscious participation in challenging situations that may arise throughout a course
- Imparting safety, kindness, and personal insight through the teachings of life
- Deepening the ethics of practice as informed by Pilamaya principles using self-reflection, internal processing, somatic exploration, and deep meditation
Curating courses and capturing the creative essence that wishes to express itself uniquely through each individual.
- The course is divided into the residential and four quadrants of weekend sessions.
- Weekend sessions are classed as 28 hours of learning time; the residential is a full yogic immersion and thus is classed as 70 hours of contact time.
- The major topics of the course manual will be covered in embodied practices, lectures, and discussions. The ethos of Pilamaya will be modelled throughout the course. Students are expected to hone their observation skills and pick up any subjects that are woven through the content.
- Some topics will be covered between teaching times in online group-participation seminars and in online material.
- Students will explore the material and what is arising in small groups, triads, online, and in self practice.
- We teach movement and asana to support the overall theme of each focus. This allows students to explore particular ‘families’ of movement to gain further knowledge that will lead to this unique style of delivery.
- The programme has a specific content that must be delivered on or between the teaching times. Pilamaya recognises that each group has unique needs, and therefore there is a strong organic element to the course. Students need to come with a willingness to participate and learn from the group dynamics.
- Self-practice: Students are required to engage in home practice.
- Group dynamic: Students are required to support each other in the processes. This support could be as simple as switching on the computer and practicing together to a discussion and sharing of where students are at in the course material.
- Student support: Students are required to meet with the group mentor between the teaching weekends and residential session.
- Integration of materials: Students are required to complete and submit:
- Nine self-reflective assignments that incorporate the teaching material of the weekend or residential.
- Nine embodied practices.
- One eight-week movement course + one eight-week meditation course.
- Online Anatomy: Students are required to purchase David Keil’s online 200-hour anatomy course and book under the School of Yogologie account. The course must be worked through at home and will be explored on the course.
Quadrant One – North to East – from deep sleep to birth, from birth to infant
Subject – Emerging
Element – Water
Meridians – Kidneys, urinary tract, and bladder
Weekend One– Welcome to Earth
The Shakti Body – Sensing the body – Recognising the sublimity of life contained within and moving through the body
Weekend Two– Flowing with Emotions
The Emotive Body – Feeling the body – Comprehending the emotions and the body working together to experience the dance of shakti
- Somatic practices that journey through the milestones that are associated with unborn, new-born, and infant movement patterns
- Yoga Nidra to support the unborn and new-born consciousness
- Kundalini Yoga asana and movements align with this quadrant
- Soma Yoga Nidra and embodied kundalini yoga are expressions of the practices that have been formulated for Pilamaya
- Exploration as to how movement can be innovatively used to promote embodiment and grounding
- Moving with sound and mantra to allow us to dive into creative experiences that reverberate through the cellular systems
- The use sacred sounds of the Lakota and mantra from Sanskrit to connect our frequencies to the energy of Pilamaya and to finely tune our systems
- Exploring the living skeleton to help us connect to our bodies from the very centre of our architecture
- Discovering how the musculature works to move our skeletons
- Learning about conception to understand the magnificence of the human body
- Exploring the collaborative nature of the body with basic cell biology and morphology
- Discovering the cells of the nervous system
- Going deeper into the nervous system, in particular, the peripheral nervous system
- The spine as the central highway
- Getting to know our connective tissue including the fascia
- Diving into interoception
- Looking at the energy bodies (pancha koshas) of yoga
- Studying meridian theory and connecting it to embryology
- Introduction to kinesiology
- Feeling into kinesthesia
- Tracking the meridians of the kidney, urinary tract, and bladder
- Creating a container to hold a class or session
- Introduction to movement patterns
- Applied kinesiology
- Visual assessment
- Giving clear instructions
- Authentic language skills
- Introduction to the 4 stages of listening
- Transference and countertransference
- Introduction to intergration skills
- Assessing and sequencing with the koshas
Spirit of Pilamaya
- Ethical code of Pilamaya
- The Seven Sacred Values of the White Buffalo Calf Woman as a foundation for our ethical code
- Yamas and niyamas as practical tools that support our ethics
- Vishnu and opening to the dream of life
- Handprint artwork
- Delving into energetics in yogic diet and food prep to connect to what enters into our systems
- Frequency of Brahma as creator of this Universe
- Connecting to the sun as a resource
Constellation dance as the star system of the group becomes aware of itself
Quadrant Two – East to South – from infant to young adult
Subject – Awakening
Element – Wood
Meridians – Liver and gallbladder
Weekend One– Exploring this human being
The Propelling Body – Educating the body – Connecting to and directing the dance of becoming
Weekend Two – Reaching to become
The Awakening Body – Observing the becoming as the awareness downloads – Getting to know our growth and rest rhythms
- Somatic exploration of standing poses to explore the teenage to young adult phase of finely tuning movement and becoming adepts
- Asana from Hatha and Flow Yoga support the teenage to young adult consciousness
- How physical and emotional grounding supports the whole system to form regulated networks as it lifts and grows
- Creating strength in the body through isometric and isotonic movements that are naturally found in yoga
- Breath work for the energy body (pancha vayu practice) to help us energise and optimise the system by shifting the attention and balance of C02toO2
- Standing and balance poses to support concentration, pathways, and influence networks that connect to emotional wellbeing
- Introduction to yoga or movement that is appropriate for working with anxiety and depression
- Trauma-informed teaching approach as the basis of our delivery and work
- Drumming to journey through our consciousness and arrive in the heartbeat of life to support our comprehension of the connectedness of all things
- Songs that will appeal to the frequencies of the adolescent template
- Sound technology from the Gurbani (the prayer language of the Sikh people), in particular Kirtan Kriya which has been thoroughly researched for its neurological effect
- Understanding the role of the autonomic nervous system in maintaining homeostasis and coordinating the needs of the body
- Understanding the neurobiology of fear and the stress response
- The effects the fight-or-flight-or-freeze response has on modern-day humans
- Introduction to the vagus nerve as the aspect of the nervous system that we can most easily connect to and influence with our conscious practice
- Understanding heart rate variability (HRV)
- Knowing how to support the autonomic nervous system through breath and movement
- Introduction to neuroplasticity and understanding the role that movement can play in re-patterning the system
- Introduction to the cerebellum and the pathways between this densely populated area and the prefrontal cortex in relation to emotional and physical balance
- Understanding the sense of proprioception
- Tracking the meridians of the liver and the gallbladder
- Innovative use of movement sequences such as sun salutes to promote HRV
- Sequencing with breath and asana for regulation
- Grounding techniques
- Holding space for teenage energy
- Applied kinesiology
- Regulatory techniques
- Trauma-informed workshop
- Intelligent sequencing to promote neuroplasticity
- The process of initiation in therapy
- Sequencing for physical and emotional balance
- Introduction to kinesiology assessment tools
Spirit of Pilamaya
- Qualities of fierce devotion and inner strength as the fabric that holds us together
- Connecting to Hanuman the Monkey God as one of our allies
- Ancestor Dance to connect to the ones who have walked this Earth before us
- Feet-in-a-circle artwork as an imprint in time and space
In Between Worlds – The Centre – From young adult to adult (5-day residency)
Subject – Transitioning
Element – Earth
Meridians – Spleen and stomach
The Receptive Body – Sensing the field through the body and the other in the web of life – Journeying through the centre as we learn to direct the dreaming
- Somatic practices that journey through the subtle bodies for the adult adept
- Deeper grounding practices to prepare us to enter into the subtle and return back to the ground
- Tantric meditations that take us deeper into the experience of self through sound, visualisation, and breath
- Storytelling and movement—weaving the story through movement practices
- Celestial communications from the Kundalini Yoga tradition, which is influenced by the Sikh tradition and takes its sound technology from the Gurbani
- The Shabd Guru translates to the teacher in the sound; we practice sound technology from the Gurbani to support this journey.
- Learning songs for healing the other, the collective, and ourselves
- Working with drums and other sounds to support our journeys
- Understanding the role that mirror neurons play in the development of movement patterns, empathy, and intuiting what comes next in sequences of events
- Becoming clear about the placement of chakras and understanding them as a framework to work with psychological, emotional, and physical aspects of ourselves, the other, and the collective
- Understanding the major energy channels in relation to solar and lunar energy and our circadian and ultradian rhythms to assist in our understanding of the need to follow the waves in our energy tides
- The basics of atomic entanglement to comprehend the interconnectedness of life and help us to discover the subtle facilitator
- Tracking the meridians of the stomach and the spleen
- Learning to attune to somatosensation
- Inner child work: collaborative facilitation structures to deepen the awareness of energetic holding
- Journeying work: partner facilitation to further prepare us to sit with others as they enter into states that are underneath conscious awareness
- Conscious connection to the living field from a grounded place
- FieldWork and facilitation: living and breathing with the Field as we facilitate
- Using touch and massage techniques to support physical, mental, and emotional release and for re-patterning the system
- Using movement and pressure points to clear, release, and shift the energy
Spirit of Pilamaya
- Storytelling: The Lord Shiva and Matsyendra Nath: the story of a dialogue between the Deity and the fisherman that initiated the practice of movement into yoga
- Connecting to the qualities of Lord Shiva inside all beings: simplicity, compassion, truth, integrity and forgiveness
- Comprehend the dance of Shakti and Shiva from a place of embodiment
24-hour Vision Quest to remember our trust
Quadrant Three – South to West – from adulthood to elder
Subject – Consciousness
Element – Fire
Meridians – Small intestine and heart
Weekend One– Becoming aware of our true selves
The Broadcasting Body – Exploring the messages that we use to communicate with the field – emanating our signal
Weekend Two –Transforming and absorbing – vibrating to be
The Intuitive Body – Communicating with the field via somatic awareness – relating to life
- Exploring the somatic response to movement and yoga practices through heat to comprehend how to concentrate and conserve energy in these conditions
- Tratakum meditation connects us to the flame of a candle and connects us to the transformative aspects of fire
- Mudras in movement and mediation to support our exploration of how the subtle can concentrate and direct energy
- Building upon the material in Quadrant Two, we explore the use of mudra for stress regulation
- Using voice to unblock stagnant energy and allow us to set the voice free
- Further use of celestial communications to support the quadrant
- Understanding how the circulatory system serves the system by the delivery and collection of gases and nutrients helps us to curate movement flows that support the whole body
- Connecting to the electromagnetic energy of the heart to become conscious of the huge influence that the heart has on our connection to life
- History of Agni and practical application in somatics and as the broadcasting body
- Exploring agni and ama as two opposing energy forces
- Introduction to the ten vayus for their use in movement and breathwork
- Introduction to the science of sound
- Tracking the meridians of the small intestine and the heart
- Introduction to creating ceremony
- Use of ritual in therapy or group work
- Aligned business practices
- Skills practice
Spirit of Pilamaya
- Specific to each group
- Dreamweaving is an organic group process practice that is specific to Shaura; it can unpack itself in a variety of ways and the group will inform us of how it will be.
Quadrant Four – West to North – From adulthood to elder
Subject – Preparing
Element – Metal
Meridians – Lungs and large intestine
Weekend One– Walking in beauty
The Universe in the Body – Connecting to, acknowledging and accepting our true nature – Surrendering to divinity
Weekend Two –Recognising Self as the medicine of life
The Dancer – Taking our place as dancers in the Web of Life – Sharing our light
- Exploring our inner elder through Embodied Yin Yoga, diving into the relaxation response to comprehend the nourishing effect of this practice
- Further exploration of the subtle bodies in movement and stillness (awareness of movement in the pancha vayus)
- Letting go of all form and connecting to the living Field as we learn how to practice and direct intuitive movement
- Sharing self-expressed movement and sequences for assessment
- Exploring the subject of completion through movement, meditation, ceremony, and journeys
- Sharing songs for ceremony and to celebrate the completion of this cycle
- Sounds that the group have offered to each other
- Exploring the pulmonary system to complete our physiological exploration with how the lungs collect and release vital gases
- Becoming conscious of the work that we have done to support the respiratory system so far and gaining clarity about the role of directed breath, movement, and asana for overall health
- Tracking the meridians of the large intestine and the lungs
- Sequencing for the vayus
- Delivering meditation as an adjunct practice
- Holding the process for each other
- Preparing for ending
- Student offerings
Spirit of Pilamaya
- Lord Indra
- Writing our own ceremonies
- Writing the graduation ceremony as the ending for this part of the journey
“We believe in the inherent goodness of humans. We believe in the power of transformation, and we have comprehended the freedom that arises as a result of taking personal responsibility for our lives and our being. Pilamaya invites you to sit with us when you are ready for an experience of your true nature.”Shaura Hall
Dates + Location
Dates for 2019/21
31st January to 2nd February
7-12th July (5 night residential)
Unstone Grange, Crow Lane, Unstone, Derbyshire S18 4AL
Please get in touch if you are interested in hearing about future dates.
The full Investment for this training is £4000 (5% discount if this is paid in a lump sum), a non-refundable deposit of £1000 is required when booking.This price includes all of your training, accommodation and personal mentoring sessions (via Skype or Zoom) every month throughout the training period.
- We have a concession rate of £3300 for those who have a household income of less than £23000 or single income of less than £16500 per annum, (there are four concession places available).
- We have a Pilamaya WorldWorkers Scholarship for those whose household income is less than £23000 or single income of less than £16500 per annum and share a dharma practice in the community or work for/with the future generations, (we have 2 of these places, participants must apply in writing for these places).
Pilamaya employs a probationary period to allow itself and the participants the opportunity to ascertain whether the course is a good fit for them at that time. This period extends to the end of the first weekend of Focus One and gives both the cohort and the Pilamaya team time to assess the relationship between the process and the group.
- After the first weekend the participant can request to leave the course for any reason at all.
- After the first weekend, Pilamaya can also request that a participant leave the program and apply again at another time.
- In both cases Pilamaya will refund all monies that have been paid minus the pro rata costs of the venue and teaching time.
Following receipt of a deposit, the full balance is due prior to the commencement of training. However, we do understand that this is a serious investment and are happy to discuss payment plans that extend for eight months after the first weekend on the proviso that a contract is signed between the student and Pilamaya to confirm student liability for the full fee, (we offer instalments plans in blocks of eight or ten).
We have made every effort to make this course financially accessible both in our pricing and payment structure. In line with the ethos of Pilamaya we operate a 100% transparency policy, this means that we do not enter into any payment deal or trades that are outside of our framework. Thank you for your understanding.
Once admitted onto the course, each student is liable for the full training fee; there is no obligation on the part of Shaura Hall under the trading name of The Yogologist or Pilamaya to refund monies if a student decides not to complete the training.
In the unfortunate event that a student becomes ill during the course, we will do our utmost to support the student to complete the course but we cannot refund any of the course fee.
Should the student have the good fortune to become pregnant, we will support the process but we cannot refund any of the course fee.
Please exercise due diligence and digest the material above fully to decide whether this course is for you. If this course calls to you, then come with an open heart.
We continually assess the progress and process of each student as an individual participant, as a group member, and as a soul on a learning journey with Pilamaya.
The weekends and the residential have significant periods of time for students to work alone, in pairs, triads, and small groups for self-directed learning. As part of the assessment strategy, participants will deliver practices to each other, give feedback to group members, self-reflect, and complete a self-assessment form online. The online form records all of the assessment criteria for the course; it also allows the student to observe their Pilamaya journey from start to finish.
We offer two student-review sessions over the duration of the course: one at the six-month mark and one at 12 months. Such sessions are opportunities for the student and tutor to explore what is present for them at the time. Sessions will include conversations around course work and personal development.
Each quadrant requires the student to complete:
- Two assignments that are no less than 500 and no more than 700 words.
- Two sequences that show that the student has understood the focus material.
- Home practice.
- Home learning material where appropriate.
- Online anatomy questions.
- Including the material in their current teaching practice and reflections upon the outcome.
- Self-reflection and processing of what arises.
By the end of the course students will have structured:
- One eight-week movement / yoga course,
- One six-hour workshop, and
- One 12-hour weekend workshop.
Students will also regularly deliver and give feedback to each other regarding the following:
- Movement practices,
- Short meditation, and
- Yoga Nidras.
We feel that lifelong learning experiences must be imprinted into our hearts. Because we know that this integration comes at different times and in individual ways, we do not grade students as such, rather, we have a level of competence that we expect will be reached by the participants.
If we feel that you need extra support in relation to teaching, we will offer solutions such as contact with one of the team outside of the course hours. Any time for extra tuition or processing work is classed beyond the course fee and would involve additional costs.
Students are required to attend all weekends and the residential. We can allow students to miss one weekend if circumstances arise that are outside of their control but the work must be caught up on. Any further absences require the student/s to make up time with a tutor.
Professional Certification and GDPR
‘As a student of Pilamaya 300hr TTC, I consent to my contact details (name, email and phone number) being passed onto our partners, Yoga Alliance Professionals, so they can contact me directly and invite me to register with them. I understand that I have the option of opting out of this registration process.’
“I did not just learn how to be a yoga teacher, I learnt what steps to take to become an improved version of myself”Muna Mcadie