100 Hour Yoga Immersion with Sonja Appel

Friday 24th August to Sunday 2nd September 2018 (inclusive)

Have you ever wanted to find out more about Yoga? Wanted to deepen your understanding of anatomy and yogic philosophy? Take some time out to immerse yourself in Yoga with no distraction? Thought about developing your Yoga practice? If so this 100 hour immersion is for you.

Based at The Yoga Studio in the historic City of Carlisle with our Guest Senior Yoga Teacher Sonja Appel.

During this 10 day immersion you will enjoy a morning asana practice (Ashtanga for the first six days and Sushumna Vinyasa Flow for the last three days) led by Sonja. Who will also lead you through a daily Pranayama (breathing) and meditation practice.

The rest of the day will be filled with Anatomy for Yoga which is taught by our resident Anatomist Gail Jefferson and Philosophy Module by Ruth Westoby.

There will be additional sessions in alignment and the eight limbs of yoga.

Sonja will be assisted by The Yoga Studio’s founding teacher Janet Richards who trained with Sonja in India in 2013 and is delighted to bring a teacher of her experience to Carlisle.

If you are looking to teach in the future this immersion counts as 100 hours towards a Teacher Training Qualification and you can attend Part 2 of the programme which runs between the 2nd September to 12th September 2019 inclusive and qualify as a 200 hour Yoga teacher.

Please note that accommodation and food is not provided with the exception of a one day green juice fast in the middle of the immersion.

Book Your Place

Our 100 Hour Yoga Immersion course runs from Friday 24th August to Sunday 2nd September 2018 (inclusive) and costs £1500.

Deposit on Booking: £250 (non-refundable)

If you are interested in finding out more, then please get in touch with us by either phoning Janet on or dropping her an e-mail at info@theyogastudiocarlisle.co.uk.

If you want to book your place, then you can do so online by clicking on the following link – Book Your Place.

Course Teachers

Sonja Appel

Meet our Senior Teacher - Sonja Appel

“I believe in an holistic approach to the study of yoga, giving people a well-rounded yoga education. I combine alignment techniques of the body, with breath techniques for calming and balancing the mind. I also use focus and visualisation to balance the body and brain. And without chanting or music there is no inspiration and concentration. These techniques are consistently employed to enhance Meditation (the ultimate reason for the practice of asana). “

“The philosophy behind the practice of postures has to relate to a wider focus on all the 8 limbs of a proper yoga practice”.

Sonja keeps up with a daily Mysore self-practice as taught to her by her late Guruji, Sri K Pattabhi Jois of Mysore and her own practice of Vinyasa Flow. Sonja’s Teachers are from all over the world and have greatly helped and influenced her, they are: Shri Pattabhi Jois, Sharat Rangaswamy, Saraswati Rangaswamy, Shri Sheshadri, Cathy Louise Broda, Leela Miller, John Scott, Edward Clarke, David Swenson, Claire Best, Anna Ashby, Daniel Aaron, Simon Borg Olivier, Rolf & Marci Naujokat, Emil Wendel (yoga philosophy), Yat Malmgren (movement psychology), Mercia Hetherington (Ballet) and Imogen Claire (Ballet). She has a B.A. in Classical Theatre and Acting and an M.A. in Contemporary Dance. She comes from a professional performing arts background and has found yoga disciplines to be invaluable in balancing and maintaining calmness in her life. Sonja is a writer and has a certificate of Yoga Philosophy from Oxford University. She also conducts workshops in Ashtanga, Sushumna Vinyasa Flow, Restorative Yoga, Mysore self-practice & Sushumna Yoga Pranayama & Meditation.

Sonja does not believe in organised religion or the dogma that goes with this. Her living Guru now is Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev.

Meet our Philosophy Teacher - Ruth Westoby

Ruth Westoby is authorised level two in the Aṣṭāṅga lineage and a doctoral researcher in yoga

Ruth is fascinated by yoga both in academia and practice. She began exploring yoga practices twenty-two years ago and has taught for over ten. As well as posture-based classes she teaches history and philosophy on yoga teacher trainings and workshops.

Ruth’s main teachers are Hamish Hendry whom she assists, Richard Freeman, Sharat Jois, and the late Śrī K Pattabhis Jois. She was awarded an MA in Indian Religions from SOAS in 2010 with Distinction. Since then she has been studying Sanskrit and caring for her young family. She writes for the practitioner journal Pushpam.

Ruth recently collaborated with SOAS’s Haṭha Yoga Project interpreting postures from the Sanskrit text the Haṭhābhyāsapaddhati shortly to be released as an educational documentary. She is currently working on doctoral research into gendered conceptions in Sanskrit texts on yoga at SOAS under the supervision of James Mallinson.

For more information and workshop listings please see enigmatic.yoga.

Gail Jefferson

Meet our Anatomy Teacher - Gail Jefferson

Gail currently works as Senior Lecturer at University of Cumbria, teaching Under and Post graduate radiographers, primarily covering Medical Image Interpretation and Advanced Practice. She also teaches anatomy to Medical students at Lancaster University Medical School and provides in-house teaching at the Cumberland Infirmary for medics. She is also employed as a Reporting Radiographer for North Cumbria Hospitals Trust and teaches CPD for Health Practitioners via two companies.

She completed her PGD in Medical Image Interpretation and has been x-ray reporting for 19 years and is currently completing her dissertation for her MSc.

As if that wasn’t enough she also presents at conferences nationally including recent events at the British Institute of Radiology at Manchester University relating to Forensic Imaging and the Royal Marsden Hospital in London presenting a Thoracic Trauma lecture.

She became involved with Forensic Radiography early in her career due to the Lockerbie Air Crash and has remained actively interested and involved since then. She is a Founder member of the Northern Forensic Group which was then the Association of Forensic Radiographers and is now an International concern. She remains the NW Forensic Radiography Coordinator for UKFRRT.

She surprisingly squeezes in some social life revolving around her family and friends and often involving good food, wine and laughter! She enjoys travel whether it be a night away in Edinburgh, a long weekend in Lisbon or an exotic beach.

To attempt a ‘beach body’ she enjoys fitness, involving a variety of classes including circuits, bodypump etc . However she only recently discovered the pleasure of Yoga and particularly The Yoga Studio team.

We are delighted that she has taken time out of her busy schedule to deliver anatomy training for this Teacher Training Course.

Meet our Teaching Assistant - Janet Richards

Janet didn’t discover yoga until she was 46 years of age. She was suffering from stress and poor health and turned to yoga as an act of desperation. Slowly she regained her health and control of her life with the help of a regular yoga practice and in 2013 went to India to study with Sonja Appel at Sushumna Yoga. She found this a profound and life changing experience. She has continued her yoga journey training with Bernie Clark, Lucy Crawford Scott, Karen Kirkness Breneman and Josh Summers.

She is the owner of the successful The Yoga Studio, a small boutique yoga studio and she is delighted to be hosting this event in the historic City of Carlisle in Cumbria.