The Journey from Condé to Sangyé

From the fashion floors of Condé Nast in New York to the wooden floors of Sangyé Yoga School in London, cat had officially traded in her Manolo Blahniks for a more 'grounded' approach to life...in bare feet. 

cat is originally from New York City and has been calling London home since spring 2004. She feels very privileged to have been involved with the previous incarnation of Sangyé Yoga School from its inception (formerly Jivamukti Yoga London) and as it continues in its current form with a more Tibetan Buddhist influence. She and her husband Phil have had the privilege of "owning" the responsibilities of the space since May 2011.

If the titles collected along the way bear significance or interest (in no particular or special order): Advanced Certified Teacher (Jivamukti), Senior Yoga Teacher (Yoga Alliance UK) and Co-Director/Co-"Owner" of Sangyé Yoga School in London.

LOVE & GRATITUDE: the husband and the best friend ever Phil, the parents, the teachers – all of them and in their many forms. Massive respect for the students who willingly show up (and come back) every single time, especially when it's easier to simply give up. Much love to the notorious biggie smalls the sausage dog & oscar wilde the wiener for helping her see all sentient beings with indiscriminate eyes. Lastly, this precious human life for all it has revealed thus far.

Long life to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso…may he continue to teach and inspire through his humble yet powerful presence, by example.


Schedule

2022 SCHEDULE

sangyé yoga school in person + virtual classes (ongoing)

in person + virtual classes exclusively for sangyé yoga school
tuesday & thursday
10am/75mins & 6:30pm/75mins
saturday & sunday 11am/90mins
format (for both live & virtual versions): more listening, less looking. minimal music, less entertainment. breath is always the best soundtrack!
sangyé yoga school
ALL TIMES GMT.

Limited privates offered.
Get in touch: [email protected]

Please check back for updates in this ever changing climate.

Be well...in body, speech and mind.

Date Location class details

16th – 16th January 2022

london, uk (sangyé yoga school)

foundations: surya namaskar/sun salutations a & b

Sunday 16th January 2pm–4pm

This 2 hour foundations class will focus on the components of Surya Namaskar A & B.

We will explore how to integrate breathing, engaging and gazing mechanisms to invite awareness into the series of movements and shapes.

It is suitable and open to beginners as well as refiners who are unsure about alignment and/or uncertain about sanskrit terms such as urdhva hastasana, uttanasana, phalakasana and chaturanga, to name a few. Ideally, this practice could also be utilized as a foundation for a daily self-practice.

book here at sangyé yoga school

13th – 13th February 2022

london, uk

foundations: the warrior series+

This 2 hour foundations class will focus on the components of the warrior sequence + standing asanas, time permitting.

We will explore how to integrate breathing, engaging and gazing mechanisms to invite awareness into the series of movements and shapes.

It is suitable and open to beginners as well as refiners who are unsure about alignment and/or uncertain about sanskrit terms such as virabhadrasana 1+2, utthita trichonasana, utthita parsvakonasana a+b, parsvotanasana to name a few. Ideally, this practice could also be utilized as a foundation for a daily self-practice.

book here at sangyé yoga school

19th – 27th February 2022

london, uk (sangyé yoga school)

foundations: assists workshop series

This continuing education workshop series is taught with Phil Douglas. LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE

saturday & sunday: 19&20/26&27 february - four sessions
2pm-5pm

Foundations: assists workshop with cat & phil (drawn mainly from sangyé yoga school’s awakening student teacher training syllabus…this is a taster:)

We have been asked for as long as we can remember to offer this type of workshop.

Here you go! We STRONGLY advise students book into all 4 sessions to benefit from an integrated experience of how to assist mindfully and skill-fully on a foundational level. By attending the 11am class, we can use the time wisely and get straight into it. As with all things, continued practise as a student and with assisting is the key.

We deeply believe that the maturity of the asana practise informs the ability to assist. There will be partner work. If you wish to be paired with a specific student, please let us know in advance. Further questions? [email protected]

book here at sangyé yoga school

18th – 19th March 2022

paris, france

sangyé workshops at jivamukti paris

jivamukti yoga paris

1st – 2nd April 2022

hamburg, germany

sangyé workshops at roots yoga - spring edition

extended classes + teaching schedule - roots yoga hamburg


23rd – 24th April 2022

barcelona, spain

sangyé workshops at jivamukti barcelona

april 23, Sat. 16:00 - 18:30
april 24, Sun 12:00 - 14:30

book here: jivamukti yoga barcelona

7th – 8th May 2022

gothenberg, sweden

yoga games - gothenberg 10 year anniversary

yoga games for schedule and more information...see you there!

22nd May 2022

london - sangyé yoga school

foundations: back bending

This 2 hour foundations class will focus on the back bending asanas commonly found in an open class.

We will explore how to integrate breathing, engaging and gazing mechanisms to invite awareness into the series of movements and shapes.

It is suitable and open to beginners as well as refiners who are unsure about alignment and energetic direction/intention within each asana. Modifications and props will be suggested, if required, to encourage a mindful and methodical approach.

This session will end with guided relaxation.
BOOK HERE.

5th – 11th June 2022

ibiza, spain

2022 IBIZA retreat

small group capacity. full.
[email protected]

19th June 2022

london - sangyé yoga school

foundations: inversions

This 2 hour foundations class will focus on inversions asanas and how to prepare for ones that are commonly found in an open class.

We will explore how to integrate breathing, engaging and gazing mechanisms to invite awareness into the series of movements and shapes.

It is suitable and open to beginners as well as refiners who are unsure about alignment and energetic direction/intention within each asana. Prep exercises (homework!), modifications and props will be suggested, if required, to encourage a mindful and methodical approach.

This session will end with guided relaxation.
BOOK HERE.

29th June 2022 – 3rd July 2022

london, uk

sangyé yoga school teacher training 2022: 1st module

sangyé yoga school

22nd – 24th July 2022

london, uk

sangyé yoga school teacher training 2022: 2nd module

12th – 14th August 2022

sangyé yoga school teacher training 2022: 3rd module

1st – 4th September 2022

london, uk

sangyé yoga school teacher training 2022: 4th module - samye ling module

off site: samye ling retreat

1st – 4th September 2022

eskdalemuir, scotland

7th kagyu samye ling: yoga & meditation retreat with cat & phil

1-4 september 2022 (4 days/3 nights) 7th kagyu samye ling yoga and meditation retreat  (in connection with sangyé yoga school tt module)

kagyu samye ling provides the perfect environment to reconnect with nature, go deeper in your meditation practice and learn about the foundations of tibetan buddhism and the kagyu lineage. it is a simple retreat for students who want to get to the heart of a practice and spend more time than usual in meditation sessions.
booking form - please email [email protected] to receive as soon as it drops.
kagyu samye ling has remained closed since the start of the pandemic but is slowly re-opening to the public this summer. all attendees must agree to their guidelines (see website).

a percentage of the tuition is always donated to the monastery... it's our way of fundraising on their behalf.

samye ling: http://www.samyeling.org/about/ VERY LIMITED SPACE - sangye tt 2020/2021 will be attending as well. this is a great way to get a small taste of what sangyé teacher training offers and also offers the opportunity to speak to alumni. each participant must book their own accommodations directly with samye ling but also confirm space with cat via booking form/deposit or payment. http://www.samyeling.org/webbooking


14th – 19th September 2022

personal travel

23rd – 25th September 2022

london, uk

sangyé yoga school teacher training 2022: 5th module

14th – 16th October 2022

london, uk

sangyé yoga school teacher training 2022: 6th module

26th – 30th October 2022

london, uk

sangyé yoga school teacher training 2022: 7th module (final)

11th – 12th November 2022

zurich, switzerland

sangyé workshops at yogalives

yogalives - more information to follow

27th November 2022

worcester, uk

sangyé sessions: workshop + philosophy

more information to come...stay tuned.

9th – 10th December 2022

hamburg, germany

sangyé workshops at roots yoga - winter edition

extended classes + teaching schedule - roots yoga hamburg


27th – 29th January 2023

stockholm, sweden

yoga games - stockholm

yoga games

5th – 11th February 2023

hokkaido, japan

2023 (hopeful:) 7th year in niseko/4th retreat: workshop style classes (limited spaces open to locals)

booking form: [email protected]
retreat participants will be limited. this will fill fast...it's been too long.

hokkaido, japan retreat flyer

sangyé yoga school
awakening student teacher training 2020
with cat alip-douglas

THE 2016/2017/2018/2019 TRAININGS - FULL TO CAPACITY.

2022 Awakening Student Teacher Training (7th edition)
2022 COURSE SCHEDULE
1st: June 29- July 3
2nd: July 22-24
3rd: August 11-14 Samye Ling (eskdalemuir, scotland)
4th: September 2-4
5th: September 23-25
6th: October 14-16
7th: October 26-30

To request the 2022 application/reference forms and schedule a practise assessment/personal interview either in person or on zoom, please email: [email protected]

If you are keen, we strongly advise that applicants avoid waiting until the last minute to enquire about requirements and perhaps even get a head start on reading materials/essay. Time to prepare is extremely valuable, interview past teacher trainees about the reality of their experience.

2022 Sangyé Yoga School:
Awakening Student Teacher Training (7th edition)
with cat alip-douglas

This training is for students who wish to deepen their understanding of the yoga practice as it relates to life in a closely mentored 5 months program. The training is suitable for those who are looking to transition into the role of a teacher, as well as those who may wish to simply deepen their own yoga & life practice.

Previous years have attracted students from the UK, Europe, USA and beyond. Out of town students must be able to commit to adding days either side of modules to complete practice requirement with cat. The training has reached capacity each year, advance application is encouraged.

This 200hr (300+hr with independent study required) course presents a foundation in yoga principals with a strong emphasis on vinyasa. Trainees are expected to maintain a daily meditation and a consistent (5-6 days a week) asana practice during their training. A set sequence will be provided almost 2 months prior to the start of the training and students will be expected to self-practice this sequence approximately 3x per week. Developing a self-practice, identifying and overcoming challenges are an important step in the student’s ability to teach and ultimately communicate with precision.

The course will include the following areas of study:
–   Asana, bandha, drishti
–   Applied anatomy
–   Mechanics of fundamental assists
–   Philosophy
–   Pranayama
–   Meditation
–   Teaching methodology (how to approach teaching in person classes and virtual/online)
–   Ethics based on the 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva

COURSE SCHEDULE

The course will run over a period of 5 months, beginning June 29th & ending October 30th. 
Pre-course work will be provided on/around May 1st as preparation and to be completed for modules.

COURSE LOCATION

All dates will be held at Sangyé Yoga School, 300 Kensal Rd, London, W10 5BE – with the exception of the dates August 11th -14th - which will be held at Samye Ling, Eskdalemuir, near Langholm, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. IF SAMYE LING HAS RE-OPENED POST PANDEMIC.

Sangyé Yoga School will endeavour to deliver all modules in person; however, there is the possibility that a portion of the course will be held digitally if local guidelines require this. Allowances will also be made for students who are unable to travel for modules based on any local government guidelines.

Fore more information on the programme, Sangyé Yoga School Awakening Student Teacher Training.

Retreats

...inward and outward exploration...

Date Location Retreat details

5th – 11th June 2022

ibiza, spain

2022: IBIZA retreat

small group capacity. full.
interested? [email protected]

1st – 4th September 2022

eskdalemuir, scotland

7th kagyu samye ling: yoga & meditation retreat with cat & phil

KAGYU SAMYE LING HAS REOPENED AFTER 2+YEARS!

1-4 september 2022 (4 days/3 nights)
7th kagyu samye ling yoga and meditation retreat 
(in connection with sangyé yoga school tt module)

kagyu samye ling provides the perfect environment to reconnect with nature, go deeper in your meditation practice and learn about the foundations of tibetan buddhism and the kagyu lineage. it is a simple retreat for students who want to get to the heart of a practice and spend more time than usual in meditation sessions.

booking form - please email [email protected] to receive as soon as it drops.
kagyu samye ling has remained closed since the start of the pandemic but is slowly re-opening to the public this summer. all attendees must agree to their guidelines (see website).

a percentage of the tuition is always donated to the monastery...
it's our way of fundraising on their behalf.

samye ling: http://www.samyeling.org/about/

VERY LIMITED SPACE - sangye tt 2020/2021 will be attending as well. this is a great way to get a small taste of what sangyé teacher training offers and also offers the opportunity to speak to alumni.

each participant must book their own accommodations directly with samye ling but also confirm space with cat via booking form/deposit or payment.
http://www.samyeling.org/webbooking

5th – 11th February 2023

hokkaido (niseko), japan

2023 - niseko/hokkaido, japan: 4th snow and a bit of yoga retreat with cat & phil

booking form: email [email protected]
retreat participants will be limited.
this will fill fast...it's been too long.

hokkaido, japan retreat flyer

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