Are you looking to have a deeper experience with your yoga? Do you want to understand more about the philosophy behind the practice, more about anatomy? Would you like to be immerse in intensive study without having to join a Teacher Training? Or perhaps you do want to be a teacher but you’re not interested in a “speed” teaching course that’s a mere 200 hours?
Brahmani Yoga and Zoga bring you the answer. We believe that a good quality Foundation Course is where you can study all the aspects of yoga, its history, asana, pranayama and meditation with experienced teachers to find a more connected practice for yourself. We are excited to offer a 74 hour course suitable for all practitioners. The program will investigate how modern western yoga has risen out of classical yoga and where the philosophy comes from. Embracing modern anatomy you will learn how your body really works and tools to help your own practice evolve without injury. Breaking down different asanas and ranges of motion to help you find your true alignment, we will dispel the myths and drop the rigid rules so that you find freedom in your body and mind. Julie Martin and Brahmani yoga are dedicated to constantly bringing new information so that you can find the best possible practice for yourself.
Team Brahmani – Julie Martin and Joanne Smallwood will be leading this course and you will get invaluable expert advice and information with compassion and encouragement. This course isn’t about teaching skills. At Brahmani we believe you need your initial training to give you time and space to just absorb information and process it without having to teach it. We will be running a Level One Teacher Training later on in the year with Zoga and this course will be a prerequisite to join for those of you who decide to take your training further.
Spread over 4 intensive weekends, full days with pranayama and meditation practices and then a full exploratory asana practices. Afternoons will be divided into workshop style information sessions covering the following subjects:

  • History of Yoga and Asana
  • Yoga Lingo and what it really means
  • Moving anatomy – understanding how your body really wants to move
  • Breath and the Nervous System
  • Restorative Yoga
  • Alignment Basics – deconstruction of what the common poses are really useful for
  • Back Bending Workshop
  • Inversions – Why and How
  • Sound Healing
  • Different Styles of Asana Practice – Why so many and what are they about
  • Useful Variations of shoulder openers and strengtheners
  • and More….

Sample Daily Timetable

Weekends will include a 2 hour session on Thursday nights consisting of a practice. The first weekend with Julie Martin will have a full day schedule on the Thursday.
As part of the hours you will be required to attend at least one public class a week with Joanne Smallwood at Zoga to help you put all your newly learn information into action. These classes will be covered as part of the price of the full course.

Weekend One: 11-13 January Teacher – Julie Martin 3 Full Days
Weekend Two: 18-20 January Teacher – Joanne Smallwood
Weekend Three: 25-27 January Teacher – Joanne Smallwood
Weekend Four: 1-3 February Teacher – Joanne Smallwood


If you are looking to dive into a connection and understanding that goes beyond muscles and bones, and helps guide you into your future practice, then this training is for you!

This course is open to all levels of practitioner and you will receive a certificate of completion if you finish all the hours.


Early bird rate (full payment by October 30, 2017): AED 4700
Regular rate: AED 5200

About Julie Martin

Julie Martin wants you to think outside the box, get off your mat, shake up the old dogmas and find freedom to unfold into the beauty of a yoga practice that emerges from the inside. With over 25 years of experience and an international following of students and teachers alike, Julie’s greatest aim is to inspire. Her particular passion for human movement means continual investigation of new anatomical approaches, working with natural movement, range of motion, integrated stability and letting go of some of the old asana myths in order to move with the body and not against it. The practice is always an enquiry, a somatic exploration of sensation, movement and stillness.

“Coming from a dance background and starting an asana practice to save my knees (which it did) I was initially so thankful for the practice. But as I moved over into the deeper world of yoga and teaching it (25 years ago) I was soon riddled with injuries. I had to rethink how this method that had initially “saved” my body was now the source of pain and injury and why everyone in the midst of it was so intent on a “right way” to do the practice. So I stepped away from the strict methodology (which lost me students in some cases) and worked on combining information from modern anatomy and fascia research, including some of my dance knowledge with natural movement and letting people find their own alignment instead of forcing ideas of what anything should look like. For me it’s about allowing students to find a somatic practice that nurtures and heals the body and mind.”

Julie encourages students to find their own pace, fluidity and strength in a structure that is only a “suggestion”. She no longer asks people to get “into” a pose, but if stillness arises in a moment then space is given for them to pause, feel and sense. Moving on only when they are ready.

About Joanne Smallwood:

Joanne Smallwood has been a devoted yoga practitioner since her early twenties, and has taught internationally for the past 11 years. Completing her Teacher Training in 2005 at The Downward Dog Yoga Centre in Toronto, with Ron Reid and Diane Bruni, she soon traded the infamous Canadian winters for warmer shores of India. Since 2005, Joanne has been working in Goa, India, as the general manager of Brahmani Yoga one of the leading yoga centres in the region. This enabled her to expand her knowledge and love of yoga, her teaching, whilst allowing her to further develop her passion through courses and in her own practice.

During that time, Joanne attended most of the Brahmani teacher trainings including Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow, Prenatal and Restorative, and holds the Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 hours accreditation. Her teaching embraces Vinyasa Flow Yoga, but also reflects her diverse background to incorporate other traditions and styles. She teaches with awareness and enthusiasm, whilst always being attentive to students’ needs and the energy of the class.

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