The Art of Teaching - Resources

Recommended Props List

For all sessions we recommend you have the following props available to assist your practice:

  • Yoga mat
  • Yoga belt
  • Block (preferably foam)
  • 3-4 blankets
  • 2 bolsters
  • Muscle Release Ball (Sometimes called a “Gertie ball” or “Pilates ball”-19-23 cm diameter is preferable)
  • Some form of note-taking (optional)

Course Manuals

Course Manual- Module 1

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The Art of Teaching Module One – Manual

Course Manual- Module 2

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The Art of Teaching: Module Two- Manual

Course Manual- Module 3

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The Art of Teaching: Module Three – Manual

Presentation SLides and Documents

Falling Short of Knowing
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Falling Short of Knowing

New Self New World
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New Self New World by Philip Shepherd

Additional References

Trauma Informed Teacher Training

The resource that I want to refer you to is The Refugee Yoga Project which was a collaborative project with STARTTS (Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors) and the Vasudhara Foundation. The STARTTS project manager, Danielle Begg spoke about her work at the 2018 Australian Yoga Therapy Conference in Sydney where I also presented. The project offers eight weekly yoga classes to refugees healing from torture and trauma, with Danielle teaching the classes and STARTTS providing the counsellors and translators. If you intend to do this work it’s likely you will need to collaborate with an organization that can provide translation. The Refugee Yoga Project has evolved since then to become The Yoga Impact Charity.

Because of the success of the program they began to expand the program to include children, especially the newly arrived. They are finding that the program has very positive results, reducing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. She offers 200-hour trauma informed yoga teacher trainings.

Session Six

Stuart McGill Explains Spine Instability & Core Stability

The biology behind the intervertebral discs and their endplates

Lumbar spine Endplate Fractures: Biomechanical Evaluation and Clinical Considerations Through Experimental Induction of Injury 

Session Eight

5 Foot Exercises to Build Your Foundation

Strengthen your foot core with these simple exercises to prevent injury from your feet to your hips.

Runners: 3 Great Exercises to Prevent and Treat Bunions

Bunion rehab exercise 

Strengthening the feet (Using a TheraBand)

How to Fix Bunions

I also found this video made by a physical therapist fascinating, as he looks at the cause of bunions and the importance of good shoe design, and foot mobility.  He has programs specifically for rebuilding the foot

Bonus Webinar: The Ethics of Money

Money and the Meaning of Life by Jacob Needleman, Doubleday, New York, 1991

Money and the Meaning of Life by Paul Harris, an article in Tricycle: The Buddhist Review magazine.

Easy Come, Easy Go

Couples Retreat


Session Two:

  • The first poem read was from “Rilke’s Book of Hours II:16 from Rilke’s Book of Hours: Love Poems to God by Anita Barrows, Riverhead Books, 2005 (there are many translations of Rilke’s, so the book reference is important).
  • The second poem was “The Way the Forest Shelters” by Rabia, translated by Daniel Ladinsky from his book Love Poems to God. 

Session Three:

  • Variation on a Theme by Rilke by Denise Levertov, Bringing Yoga to Life, Chapter 10, The Inner Teacher, pages 107-119

Session Four:

  • The Radiance Sutras, from the Bhairava Tantra, Number 45 ~ translated by Lorin Roche

Recommended Reading

Session One:
  1. Connecting: Conscious Communication for Yoga Teachers and Therapists by Jill Danks and Lucy Karnani, 2018. You can buy a PDF vdersion or paperback here

Session Three:
  1. Draw Breath: The Art of Breathing, Mindfulness & Meditation  by Tom Granger, Summerdale, London, 2019.
  2. Does Yoga Work: Answers from Science by Mary Flaherty, Independent Dec 2020.

Session Four:
  1. Touching: The Human Significance of Skin, by Ashley Montagu, HarperCollins, 2018.
  2. Pelvic Floor Essentials and Pelvic Floor Recovery:Physiotherapy for Gynaecological Repair Surgery, by Sue Croft, 2014,
  3.  Pathways to a Centered Body: Gentle Yoga Therapy For Core Stability, Healing Back Pain, And Moving With Ease Embodied Wisdom Publishing, 2017
  4. Out of Our Heads: Philip Shepherd on the Brain in the Belly an interview with Amnon Buchbinder, The Sun magazine, April 2013,, To get a pdf of the full interview go to this link
  5. New Self, New World by Philip Shepherd. 
  6. Radical Wholeness by Philip Shepherd.
  7. Hara: The Vital Center of Man by Karlfried Graf Durckheim
Session Five:
  1. The Courage To Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life, by Parker J. Palmer’s book,  20th Anniversary Edition, published by John Wiley & Sons Inc (US).

Session Seven:
  1. New Self, New World by Philip Shepherd.