Continuing Professional Development

What is Continuing Professional Development (CPD)?

CPD refers to the process of tracking and documenting your skills as a yoga teacher; knowledge and experience that you gain both formally and informally as you work, beyond your initial FRYOG Diploma.

FRYOG Members should add a brief note of any CPD attended – do this in the Member’s Area details.

Why is CPD important?

CPD is important because it demonstrates that you are committed to a constant process of self-improvement and it ensures that you continue to be competent in your profession. It is an on-going process and continues throughout a professional’s career.

What is the minimum requirement for FRYOG teachers?

Members of FRYOG must complete at least one CPD per year (January to December) in order to continue teaching as a FRYOG teacher and also to be eligible for the discounted insurance available. It is your responsibility to keep a record of any CPD you complete along with proof of attendance such as a certificate.

What can I do as CPD?

A list of FRYOG CPD days currently offered can be found HERE. They are run by experienced, approved FRYOG teachers and trainers.

Members can also attend CPD days arranged by yoga organisations other than FRYOG but to ensure they are suitable, details must be sent in advance of booking to the Training & Standards Officer, (contact details below). To qualify as CPD the day must be a minimum of 6 hours in duration and the content be on a subject that provides further skills to you as a Yoga Teacher and is not covered in the Foundation Course.

PLEASE NOTE Personal immersion days will not count as CPD; the content of the course must somehow further your knowledge as a teacher not as just your personal development as a yoga practitioner and evidence of this may be requested prior to approval.
Some of these qualifying non FRYOG CPD days can be found on Facebook (link to facebook?)

What is a FRYOG Subsidised CPD Day?

FRYOG are now running subsidised CPD days to offer affordable training for those on limited budgets and to provide some value to our members. These CPD days are for FRYOG members only but are open to non-members upon purchase of a Friends of Yoga membership. They are run by the Area Officer in your region and part of the day’s agenda will be dedicated to discussions of any regional issues.

We welcome applications from our teachers with more than five years teaching experience, or from qualified teachers who are dual trained, e.g. midwives, doctors, physiotherapists, osteopaths, school teachers, etc. The Training & Standards Officer will be happy to receive applications and provide further information on the structure of running a sponsored CPD day.

Further details on your options for CPD are available from Training Standards Officer

“We must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose…”

Indira Ghandi (1917 -1984)

Below are some of the CPD days currently offered.  Booking with the organiser is essential.

Living Fearlessly in a Fearful World

Course Info

A weekend of yoga on beautiful Dartmoor, exploring ways to dive into the profound inner relaxation that accompanies fearlessness
Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th September
Barefoot Barn, Chagford, Devon
with Sheila Coombes and Bill Wood


This is the first Fryog sponsored CPD event in the southwest so don’t delay. Priority will be given to participants coming for the weekend with remaining places allotted to single day attendees.
Weekend: £75 (£65 early bird by 31st May).
Saturday sponsored CPD: Fryog members £20 non-members £30 (non-members must first become Fryog members [£20 ] and pay an introductory fee of £10 for the workshop)
Sunday Open Workshop: £45 (this day qualifies as a CPD for Fryog teachers)
Initial enquiries and details of how to make payment email Sheila Coombes:
For information on the venue visit
To find accommodation in the area

Course Description

Sheila Coombes : CPD Saturday 11am 5pm
Freedom in Relationship

Life is a ‘relationship’ and according to Patanjali fear underlies every experience: fear of losing what we have, and fear of not getting what we want. Either way we can find ourselves in a constant state of ‘high alert’ with the ensuing physical, emotional and mental consequences.

This is a day of study, practise and groupwork. We will look at ‘fear’ in the classical and modern sense and cover the A&P of the fear response and how to transform that through yoga. There will also be the opportunity to experience ‘neurogenic tremor releasing’ – techniques helpful in relaxing deep seated muscular tension.

Sheila is a Fryog training course tutor and theory assessor. She has taught yoga since the late ‘seventies—initially in the Sivananda tradition and for the past twenty years inspired by the teachings of Krishnamacharya and Desikachar. She now works mostly one-to-one from a practice near Totnes, south Devon, offering yogatherapy as a means to health and wellbeing.

Bill Wood: Sunday 9.30am—3.30pm
Yoga, Relaxation and Presence

An experiential day exploring the connection between being more present and mindful, and feeling more relaxed in ourselves. Most of the day will be spent in guided practice, with a ‘workshop’ period after lunch where individual questions can be explored.

A yoga teacher since 1994, Bill runs weekly classes in south Devon, and weekend workshops and retreats all around the UK. While inspired by many different yoga schools and meditation traditions, the language Bill has found most helpful – in his own practice and his teaching – has evolved from the work of the late Vanda Scaravelli.
For more information on Bill visit

Shankhaprakshalana, Laghoo Shankhaprakshalana, Kunjal & Jala Neti

Course Info


The Yoga Room, Otterbourne House, Chobham Road, Ottershaw, Chertsey, Surrey KT16 0QF
Saturday 15th September

Cost of the day has not gone up and is still £45.00. Booking essential – places for 9 only. To reserve a place contact Swami Satvikananda or phone on the LANDLINE 01932 872587. You can TEXT the mobile on 07941 453466, but DO NOT phone on this number because there is very little mobile signal at The Yoga Room. Once you have been accepted please send a cheque made out to Swami Satvikananda for the full amount.
DO NOT rely on SatNav or AA map to get here. A map is available on the website and please be mindful of the parking instructions.

Course Description

This day is important for all Teachers and Trainee Teachers who have never performed these Kriyas before. This is an important part of yoga practice but must never be done without guidance or without a teacher. It is also suitable for those Yogis and Yoginis who aren’t teachers but who want to experience the power of these practices. The advice to yogis is to do this practice twice a year, once in Spring and once in Autumn.

If you are not known to Swami Satvikananda and have never done Shankhaprakshalana before then you will only be able to do the short practice of Lahgoo and you do need to make her aware of any medical conditions that you may have when applying to do any of the practices. If you wish to perform the full Shankhaprakshalana then you must undertake to keep to the strict diet necessary for a month after the practice. No such diet is needed for the shorter practice of Laghoo Shankhaprakshalana. If you are not known to Swami Satvikananda you DO NEED to talk to her before you can be accepted on the day so that she knows that you understand the commitment that you will be making.

The day will start promptly at 8.30am. You will need to arrive here by 8.00am at the latest. You MUST NOT eat anything beforehand. The designated asanas will be performed plus the full Shankhaprakshalana or Laghoo. Afterwards students will have a short rest before completing the practice with Kunjal followed by Jala Neti. Another rest needs to follow before eating a bowl of kitcheree which will be provided.

The asanas that you need to perform are simple and you will be given a handout before you come to the day. Diet sheets will also be sent to you if you are doing the full Shankhaprakshalana. Please do not hesitate to phone Swami Satvikananda on her landline 01932 872587 if you have any questions that you need to ask about the day or the practice. You will be thoroughly looked after at The Yoga Room, nurtured and taken care of. These are truly great practices to experience and you will feel wonderful, totally refreshed and invigorated after the practice. If you do not have a Jala Neti Lota and need to buy one on the day, (£15.00 nose buddy), please make it known at the time of booking.

Swami Satvikananda is both a Satyananda & FRYOG Teacher. She has been studying Satyananda Yoga for nearly 35 years and teaching Satyananda classes for 20 years

FRYOG South East CPD in Surrey with Swami Satvikananda Saraswati

‘Shankhaprakshalana , Laghoo Shankhaprakshalana, Kunjal & Jala Neti’
Saturday 21st September 2019
This day is important for all Teachers and Trainee Teachers who have never performed these Kriyas before. This is an important part of yoga practice but must never be done without guidance or without a teacher.

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Yoga for Emotional Wellbeing By Patricia Cronin

Saturday 29th June 2019.
Datchet St Mary’s Academy, SL3 10am – 5pm
Refreshments will be provided.
Cost for FRYOG members: £20 (subsidised day)Cost for non-FRYOG members: £40 (includes one-year FRYOG membership)Teachers are welcome to share this invitation

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Yoga Nidra Module For qualified Yoga Teachers / Therapists With Amarajyoti

5th October 2019 –14th March 2020
Consisting of 6 sessions over 6 months (Saturdays – 10.00am – 5.00pm) It will be held in Nottingham NG5 6BX In a venue with plenty of parking.

This is an opportunity to study and practice Yoga Nidra from the Bihar / Satyananda tradition in depth, and to
learn to teach it safely and appropriately to students generally and in varied circumstances,
Such as in prison and to those with mental health issues.

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