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. We have had the privilege of "owning" the responsibilities and looking after 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 parents, the teachers, the friends – every single one 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

2024 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
friday
10am/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.

Relax with the elements...

Date Location class details

12th – 17th September 2023

yoga, beach & surf resort - lourinhã, portugal

portugal: yoga, beach & surf retreat

6 days/5 nights
(limited capacity - only 2 villas)
EARLY BIRD 12 MAY - FULLY PAID (save £100)

" The Maverick Surfvillas are the perfect choice for active people (surfers and non-surfers) who like fun, beach, nature, sea, and most of all, a good and socializing atmosphere. The houses have a lively, warm and welcoming feel and are appropriate for all. The villas share one large beautiful garden, the perfect playground for young and grown-ups alike. Spend your days enjoying the infinity swimming pool, beach volleyball, yoga shala, slack-line, boules, basketball and our chillout wintergarden."

email for booking form/more information: [email protected]

1st January 2024

sangyé yoga school - london

new year's day class + special guest michael lobsang tenpa - white tara: mediation & yoga nidra

class: 1pm (90mins) - regular class rate applies
in between: tea and vegan snacks (in person only)
white tara: teachings & yoga nidra 3-5pm
with michael lobsang tenpa
£20 suggested donation (no one turned away)

20th – 21st January 2024

sangyé yoga school - london, uk

foundations of a vinyasa practice - weekend course (part 1)

foundations of a vinyasa practice - workshops with cat - weekend course
20 & 21 January
2:15pm - 4:15pm

saturday: surya namaskar a +  standing poses + shoulder stand
sunday: simple forward/back bends + headstand
highly recommend to attend both.
£25 each - £45 both 
 
each 2 hour session will focus on the commonly practiced components of a vinyasa open class as taught at sangyé yoga. we will explore how to integrate breathing, engaging and gazing mechanisms to invite awareness into the linking of movements and shapes.

questions are encouraged - don’t be shy and be open to a bit of fun. 

ideally, the asanas to be reviewed could also be utilised as a foundation for a simple daily self-practice when unable to attend a class or when occasionally short of time but aiming to maintain consistency . a guided relaxation (corpse pose - shavasana) will conclude each session.

foundations workshops are suitable and open to beginners, refiners and teachers. Invite and accompany a friend/family member who is new to yoga:)
all levels welcome (really:).

*sys recommends to book in advance, as an expression of interest/commitment and workshops are often full to capacity early on.
limited space.

sangyé yoga school

2nd – 3rd March 2024

sangyé yoga school - london, uk

foundations of a vinyasa practice - weekend course (part 2)

foundations of a vinyasa practice - part 2 (weekend course)
2 & 3 march
2:15pm - 4:15pm

saturday: surya namaskar a +  surya namsakar b
- components explored that are often overlooked
sunday: inversions
- a closer look at pre-requisites
highly recommend to attend both.
£25 each - £45 both 
 
each 2 hour session will focus on the commonly practiced components of a vinyasa open class as taught at sangyé yoga. we will explore how to integrate breathing, engaging and gazing mechanisms to invite awareness into the linking of movements and shapes.

questions are encouraged - don’t be shy and be open to a bit of fun. bring your sense of humour.

ideally, the asanas to be reviewed could also be utilised as a foundation for a simple daily self-practice when unable to attend a class or when occasionally short of time but aiming to maintain consistency . a guided relaxation (corpse pose - shavasana) will conclude each session.

foundations workshops are suitable and open to beginners, refiners and teachers. invite and accompany a friend/family member who is new to yoga. share your love and appreciation for it!
all levels welcome. (really:)

*sys recommends to book in advance, as an expression of interest/commitment and workshops are often full to capacity early on.
limited capacity for each session for safety reasons (especially inversions).

sangyé yoga school

23rd – 24th March 2024

london, uk (sangyé yoga school)

foundations: assists workshop series - part 1

foundations: hands on assists series with cat 

series 1 - focus: standing & balancing postures 

saturday & sunday - 3 hours each day/must attend both days 
2:15pm – 5:15pm
investment: £90 (early bird £80 by 1st march)
BOOK HERE!

DAY SCHEDULE SUGGESTION:
- practice 11am – 12:30pm (1.5hrs - warm up with relevant sequence)
- break (1hr45mins)
- advanced order of light vegan brunch box by pichi café (organised a week prior) or byo vegan lunch and socialise at reception
– shower and eat, chill and get to know other participants
- workshop 2:15pm-5:15pm (3 hours)

these sessions are being offered since not everyone has the time or means to pursue an apprenticeship. whether or not you are teaching or exploring possible self-assists (intrigued students with a consistent practice), techniques and mechanics are always helpful to review and refine. we will explore how assists are intended to empower students and not make them/us reliant on the teacher, however skilled they are. this course calls upon mindful precision and intention of contact yet casual in its exploratory nature. it will allow a more organic rate of comprehension than intensively within a course that would run longer. no pressure. let’s see what you will come back to, take away and apply. most importantly, put in the time and be patient.

the first day will begin with a review of hands on assists principles but will involve a practical segment soon after. the second day will begin with a brief Q&A from material/asanas covered saturday and then move into practical segment again. if applicable, please review notes from sangyé tt so that we can cover more actual assists swap during our time together. those who haven’t attended sys tt will be receive a copy in your registration email (dropped approximately 1 week prior). the intention is to partner work/exchange in a purposeful (joy-full:). invite a friend if you prefer to work with a specific partner. no problem – easier for 2 people to compare notes!. there will be a max cap - small group setting.

mantra, as always: “it’s not about me”.

LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE. PRIORITY TO SANGYÉ TT ALUMNAE AND SEASONED PRACTITIONERS. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO GET IN TOUCH DIRECTLY WITH CAT (IN ADVANCE) TO EXPLORE POSSIBILITY: [email protected]





12th – 13th April 2024

gothenberg, sweden

yoga games - gothenberg

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

19th – 21st April 2024

oxon hoath - kent (tonbridge), uk

oxon hoath: 5th spring weekend retreat


booking form:[email protected]

27th – 28th April 2024

london, uk (sangyé yoga school)

foundations: assists workshop series - part 2

foundations: assists workshop series with cat
focus: TBC
saturday & sunday - 3 hours each day

LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE.
small group setting.
most suitable for teachers with exposure to anatomy course.
(priority to SYS TT alumnae or get in touch to discuss)

tbc - watch this space!



17th – 18th May 2024

hamburg, germany

sangyé workshops at roots yoga

extended classes + teaching schedule - roots yoga hamburg


11th – 12th October 2024

zürich, switzerland

sangyé workshops @ yogalives

the details: yogalives


9th – 15th February 2025

hokkaido (niseko), japan

2025: 8th year in niseko/5th snow and a bit of yoga retreat

booking form: [email protected]
limited space...must play well with others:)
*note: due to inflation, epic 2023 season, etc... the orchards have raised accommodation prices by 40%. this is reflected in the tuition for the retreat. still worth it for those who know, you know!

retreat participants will be limited.

2025 japan retreat flyer

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

Sangyé Yoga School: Awakening Student Teacher Training

NO 2024 DATES SCHEDULED
2023 COURSE SCHEDULE

module 1: 28 june - 2 july (5 days)
module 2: 21-23 july (3 days)
module 3: 10-13 august (3 days)
module 4: 1-3 september (3 days)
module 5: 22-24 september (3 days)
module 6: 13-15 october (3 days)
module 7: 25-29 october (5 days)

1st - Review all requirements to ensure eligibility is met and that course dates work with your 2023 availability (no more than 3 days during the entire course can be missed)
2nd - Request the 2023 application/reference forms. Confirm that the required number of classes attended has been met (if not a regular student) before submitting completed forms.
3rd - Submit all forms and while awaiting practice assessment/interview date, we strongly advise interviewing past teacher trainees about their experience. we can provide introductions and contact information, if needed.

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.

2023 Sangyé Yoga School:
Awakening Student Teacher Training (8th edition)
with cat alip-douglas & phil 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 program taking place over 5 months (June-October). The training is suitable for students who are looking to transition into the role of a teacher, as well as those who may wish to simply deepen their own yoga/yoga as it relates to 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 principles with a strong emphasis on vinyasa. Trainees are expected to maintain a daily meditation and a consistent 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
–   Ethics based on the 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva
(it is not necessary to read this in advance of the training)

COURSE SCHEDULE

The course will run over a period of 5 months, beginning June 28 & ending October 29th. 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.

Sangyé Yoga School will endeavour to deliver all modules in person.

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

Retreats

...inward and outward exploration...
previous retreats:
angkor wat, cambodia*
hokkaido, japan*
maui, hawaii*
paro and thimpu, bhutan*
santorini, greece*
morgan's rock, nicaragua
mauritius
ibiza, spain
côte d'azur, france
istanbul, turkey
marrakech, morroco
lourinha, portugal
kagyu samye ling, scotland*
oxon hoath, kent, england*
tilton house, south downs, england*
* multiple

Date Location Retreat details

12th – 17th September 2023

the maverick surf & yoga resort - lourinhã, portugal

portugal: yoga, beach & surf retreat

6 days/5 nights (limited capacity - only 2 villas) EARLY BIRD 12 MAY - FULLY PAID (save £100)

" The Maverick Surfvillas are the perfect choice for active people (surfers and non-surfers) who like fun, beach, nature, sea, and most of all, a good and socializing atmosphere. The houses have a lively, warm and welcoming feel and are appropriate for all. The villas share one large beautiful garden, the perfect playground for young and grown-ups alike. Spend your days enjoying the infinity swimming pool, beach volleyball, yoga shala, slack-line, boules, basketball and our chillout wintergarden."

email for booking form/more information: [email protected]


19th – 21st April 2024

oxon hoath - kent (tonbridge), uk

2024: 5th oxon hoath SPRING uk weekend retreat

while oxon hoath is still on the market...
booking form: [email protected]

9th – 15th February 2025

hokkaido (niseko), japan

2025 - niseko/hokkaido, japan: 5th snow and a bit of yoga retreat

booking form: [email protected]
limited space...must play well with others:)
EARLY BIRD BY 9 JULY 2024

*note: due to inflation... the orchards have raised accommodation prices by 40%. this is reflected in the tuition for the retreat. still worth it for those who know, you know!

japan retreat flyer


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