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Advanced Yoga and Therapy Training Ireland

Dates & Venue to be confirmed for 2018

This training is for teachers who already have completed 200 hr training with a recognised training school successfully and be teaching yoga for 2 years after their primary qualification. It is accredited by Yoga Professionals (aka Yoga Alliance U.K)


‘This training was the first time that I really appreciated how much instruction needs to differ for different bodies and different students. It might sound obvious, but my 200-hr trainings and other more basic courses taught me much more basic concepts to deliver to all students. This works up to a point, but it does become clear once you have taught for a while that what is right for one student might be detrimental to another. Carol’s knowledge of anatomy, and her ability to tie this in with physical practise for different bodies, is truly superb.”

Eleanor Spring, Yoga Teacher, Edinburgh

The 300 hr training  a unique combination of strong, physically-challenging modern Vinyasa, Yin Yoga and Yoga Therapeutics. It aims to advance teachers asana practice and provide a framework for diving deeper into all dimensions of the practice. You can expect to : 

  • Take your Vinyasa practice to the next level
  • Develop your teaching, preparing you to teach workshops etc.
  • Learn advanced adjustments and bio-mechanics relating to asana.
  • Neuro-muscular Yoga therapy training, which combines yogic practices with advanced anatomy and Neuro-muscular therapy.
  • Yoga and Pathology- this offers students a foundation in the understanding of the systems of the body, the most common illnesses relating to each system and yoga practices that may help in the treatment of such imbalances. 
  • Yin Yoga Training
  • Develop your understanding of  meditation, Kundalini work, philosophy and pranayama.

Our approach to Yoga therapy

On this training, we cover the most common illnesses across the different body systems. Therapists will also train in Yin yoga which recognises energetic meridians in relation to health and well-being. The main focus on this training, however, is the Neuro-muscular Yoga Therapy which combines neuro-muscular principles with Yoga asana and myofascial release.

The Neuro-muscular Yoga Therapy teaches students how to assess common dysfunctional postural holding patterns and injuries using the art of differential diagnosis. These dysfunctions are treated very specifically using the methods a neuromuscular therapist would use, but instead of using palpation like a regular hands on therapist, the yoga therapist shows their clients specific asanas and myofascial release techniques that work on the individual muscles that can create imbalances in the myofascia, which in turn create lack of mobility and the experience of pain in the client.

In addition, students will learn how the muscles of the body are connected into what are called “Anatomy trains” and ‘fascial bands” – this approach, known as the functional approach in Physical therapy, acknowledges how everything in the body is connected and therapists are taught to look for the source of the problem as opposed to merely addressing the immediate symptoms, The Green Lotus Yoga approach to yoga therapy also works on releasing mental and emotional tension that houses itself in the body. In the words of Tom Myers, “our issues are in our tissues”: our body holds unconscious tension patterns that can create limitations in our daily lives, yoga practice or sport. 

This training will prepare teachers to work alongside doctors, physiotherapists, physical therapists, osteopaths, etc, to assist in the healing process of individuals who have chronic injuries or other health-related conditions.. Yoga therapists are complimentary therapists. They are not trained to give medical diagnosis; this will always be done by a medically trained specialist.  

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This training is an interesting blend of physically challenging vinyasa, yin yoga and yoga therapeutics. It is designed for qualified yoga teachers who wish to:

  • Deepen and advance their own Vinyasa practice
  • Prepare teachers to teach workshops
  • Develop adjustment skills,
  • Learn the art of Yin Yoga ,
  • Deepen anatomical knowledge of the body both theoretically and experientially
  • Offer teachers a broad knowledge of yoga therapeutics in relation to Neuro-muscular imbalances and pathology. 
  • Develop understanding of  meditation, Kundalini work, philosophy and pranayama.

Most of the asana taught in this TTC is vinyasa style- physically challenging, using slow, conscious, breath-centered movement. As students on the 300 hr are already teachers and have a good foundation practice, classes work on refining postures, practising new Vinyasa threads and creating a deeper understanding of the biomechanics of poses so help students open deeper into practice. In addition, you will will learn how to play creatively with sequencing and learn new vinyasa threads, transitions and poses.

“Yoga as Medicine” Yoga Therapeutics.
This is a large focus of the training. The Yoga as Medicine therapeutics is combination of Neuro-muscular Yoga Therapy (taught by Carol) and yoga therapeutic practices in relation to a variety of common diseases (taught by Medha).
Course focus:

  • In depth Yoga anatomy
  •  Structural integration and musculo-skeletal stability.
  • The art of postural assessment and treating musculo-skeletal imbalances like scoliosis, knee issues, ligament damage, Glenohumeral instability etc.
  • Assessment of tension patterns that are held in the pattern creating musculoskeletal imbalances.
  • Treatment of acute and chronic injuries and pain caused by accumulative and repetitive stress.
  • Learn yoga therapeutic yoga practices that can be beneficial in the treatment of common pathologies. 
  • Learn the art of differential diagnosis.
  • Learn how to take case studies of your patients, keep records and maintain professional therapeutic standards. 
  • How to establish yourself as a yoga therapist. 

Holistic Anatomy in action
Now that teachers have a base in Anatomy, on the 300hr, we will look deeper into anatomical structures in relation to deepening our relationship with our body, our poses, structural integration, injury maintenance and treating injuries. You will learn  how to break down any pose down anatomically, with specific directions about which muscles are the primary movers (agonists), which are the synergists (muscles that assist in the action) and which muscles release as a result (the antagonists). There will also be great emphasis on Fascial connections and the myo-fascial trains in the body. These trains are essential for really understanding how the body really works and allows people to move with the natural intelligence of the body. This information will help deepen your practice and create a deeper trust with your body and how it works in relation to asana. In addition to advancing your practice, the advanced anatomy is the basis for the Neuro- Muscular Yoga therapy which deals with structural musculo-skeletal issues such as scoliosis, knee pain, Glenohumeral instability etc.

Yin Yoga
International teacher Josh Summers will be teaching the Yin Yoga. He will be teaching his level 1 Yin Yoga training courses as part of the curriculum. Yin Yoga is a complementary yoga practice to the more dynamic and invigorating yoga styles that are predominant today. In Yin Yoga, floor postures are held passively for several minutes in order to access a safe and positive ‘stress’ on the deep layers of connective tissue in the body.Physically, Yin Yoga restores and maintains the natural mobility of the joints, primarily between the navel and the knees. Energetically, Yin Yoga opens the body’s meridian system, which enhances the body’s energetic flow and supports emotional equilibrium. And as this practice emphasizes stillness and silence, Yin Yoga prepares both the body and the mind for deeper experiences in meditation. Yin Yoga Level 1 training will include:

  • practice and teaching four essential Yin sequences, with relevant modifications and adjustments.
  • the positive physiological effects of Yin Yoga on the connective tissue and joint health.
  • the Chinese energy system that is impacted by the Yin practice, in terms of meridian and organ health.
  • experiential and theoretical knowledge of the Buddha’s teachings on mindfulness meditation, which is a great framework for integrating meditative themes into Yin classes or personal practice.
  • This training is suitable for Yoga teachers and trainees who want to incorporate yin yoga into their teaching and also for people who just want to deepen their understanding of Yin Yoga (but is is not recommended that they teach unless they are qualified teachers).

Subtle Anatomy
On this training, you will delve into some of these practices.


  • Dynamic and passive kundalini meditations
  • Kundalini activation breath
  • Kundalini Trance Dance
  • The 5 sheaths meditation
  • The 5 sheaths and healing trauma
  • The 7 chakras and healing Trauma
  • Cellular DNA Healing meditation
  • Open Heart and Sufi heart meditations
  • Prana and diet
  • A collection of traditional pranayamas to cleanse the pranic body.


  • Open-heart meditation- a beautiful meditation path which centers on surrendering your burdens to open to the source of love and light within you.
  • Witness based meditations to help create more awareness and insight.
  • Osho based Dynamic meditations to shake everything up creating opportunity for a deeper letting go.

Teaching skills

  • Sequencing, threads and working with themes.
  • Empathetic listening skills.
  • Working with injuries and teaching specialised classes.
  • Creating workshops and themed classes

Philosophy and spiritual studies

  • The wheel of Yoga. Review
  • The Bhagavad Gita
  • The Yoga Sutras
  • Group discussion,
  • Conscious communication,
  • Art Work as a vehicle to explore our relationship with our practice.
  • Working with your guides.
  • Empathetic listening
  • Group discussion
  • Kundalini work

Developing your yoga Business
This area of the course works with themes such as

  • Defining what type of teacher you are
  • Setting your business intentions
  • Integrating your spiritual beliefs with your business goals.
  • Yoga SEO
  • Social media

Diet, kriyas and the digestive system
On this TTC offers students the “Saucha Sadhana” 10 day cleanse and rejuvenate, combining Ayurveda wisdom with raw foods, where you get to adapt your smoothies for your dosha !!!  The detox is completely optional. Students who do it have enjoyed it in the past. It is a “work-friendly, family- friendly” detox that you can do at home; its not all carrot juice for 10 days …..

Carol Murphy


Yoga Teacher Training Ireland

Hello! My name is Carol Murphy. I love exploring yoga asana, anatomy, Ayurveda and everything to do with philosophy; I also love (raw/) vegan cooking and meditation!

I started Green Lotus Yoga teacher training school in 2007. Since then I have graduated over 200 teachers from my training throughout Ireland and abroad. Most of my work is in Ireland but I have also taught yoga in London, California, India, South Africa, Morocco and Spain.

I like to teach Vinyasa style yoga as mindful, strengthening, slow, deep, breath-centered movement, creating various forms and threads to keep things alive. I am practising yoga 27 years and teaching 20. My background is in Iyengar, Ashtanga and Vinyasa,. I am currently finishing up studies in Neuro-muscular therapy, which is a form of physical therapy that works with kinetic chains and acknowledges the interconnected nature of the body, just like yoga does…

In addition to the above, I have 2 degrees in philosophy <3. I have studied Ayurveda and yoga therapy in India. I am a raw vegan educator (although not 100% vegan or raw), a qualified sports massage therapist, a trained Art of Being Tantra instructor, a qualified Trance Dance teacher and I practice and study the Reiki Tummo Method, which combines open heart meditations with reiki and kundalini healing work.

These gifts created solidity and ground from which I can rise and fly, roots and wings, creating safety, balance, expansion and joy in my life and for this I am grateful.

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Josh Summers

Josh is licensed by the Massachusetts Board of Medicine. He holds a Masters in Oriental Medicine from the New England School of Acupuncture, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia University. Josh recently co-founded the metaMind Institute, a mindfulness-based strategy firm, and co-wrote The Buddha’s Playbook: Strategies for Enlightened Living, available here. He co-teaches a course at Boston University called Mindfulness and Performance.

Josh began studying Iyengar yoga in the early nineties with James Murphy. Since then he has spent several years living abroad in India, Taiwan and Burma where he has studied both yoga and meditation. As his interest in vipassana or insight meditation has developed, so too has his interest in more contemplative forms of yoga practice. With a professional background in Oriental Medicine and a personal passion for the dharma, Josh fell in love with Yin Yoga as a beautiful synthesis of these two interests.

Josh studied Yin Yoga with Paul Grilley and trained in Yin Yoga with Sarah Powers. His primary meditation teachers have been Sayadaw U Pandita, Ajahn Amaro, and Rodney Smith. Currently, Josh studies Pragmatic Dharma with Kenneth Folk.

There is no better teacher than experience itself; Menchu wonderfully integrates her personal journey of healing the body and balancing the mind, with her constant curiosity for knowing about the true make up of being human, and her passion for sharing this knowledge and helping others improve their quality of life.


Medha Yoga Therapy

There is no better teacher than experience itself; Menchu wonderfully integrates her personal journey of healing the body and balancing the mind, with her constant curiosity for knowing about the true make up of being human, and her passion for sharing this knowledge and helping others improve their quality of life.

Yoga Therapy

Womb Yoga Teacher Training, Yogacampus, London

Ayurvedic Yoga Massage Levels I and II, Himalaya Yoga Valley, Ireland

Yoga Therapy Diploma 800 Hours, Paramanand Yoga Institute, Indore

Ayurvedic Reflexology, Panchakarma Ayurveda Clinic, Indore (India)

Yoga for Children, Paramanand Yoga Institute, Indore (India)

Pregnancy Yoga, Paramanand Yoga Institute, Indore (India)

Yoga Teacher Training 500 Hours, Paramanand Yoga Institute, (India)

Yoga Teacher Training 200 Hours, Himalaya Yoga Valley, Cork (Ireland),

Going Deeper into Yoga 80 Hours, Yoga Moves, Utrecht (the Netherlands),

Reiki Levels I and II, The Hague (the Netherlands)

Vipassana Meditation, Irish Vipassana Trust, Ennis (Ireland),

Complementary Training

Certificate in Vastu Science, Paramanand Yoga Institute, Indore (India),

FETAC 5 Nutrition, The Open College, Dublin (Ireland)

FETAC 5 Anatomy and Physiology, The Open College, Dublin (Ireland),

NLP Master Practitioner, Global NLP, Amsterdam (the Netherlands),

FETAC 6 Train the Trainer, Professional Development, Dublin (Ireland),

FETAC 6 Coaching, Professional Development, Dublin (Ireland)

Essential Reading

  • The Concise Human Body Book: An Illustrated Guide to Its Structure, Function and Disorders by Dorling Kindersley and Medi-Mation
  • Anatomy for Standing poses- Ray Long
  • Anatomy for Hip Openers and Forward Bends – Ray Long
  • Anatomy for Back Bends and Twists- Ray Long
  • Muscle Energy Techniques ; a practical guide for physical therapists – John Gibbons
  • The Endless Web ; fascial anatomy and physical reality – R. Louis Schultz and Rosemary Feitis
  • The Secret Power of Yoga – Nischala Joy Devi
  • The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga – Bernie Clarke

Recommended Reading

  • Emotional Anatomy – Stanley Keleman
  • Bodymind – Ken Dychtwald
  • Anatomy Trains – Tom Myers

This training is 5 weeklong intensives over one year – Saturday-Friday – 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.  Dates and venue are still to be decided for 2018

300 hr Schedule 

Below is the schedule for the Neuro-muscular yoga therapy aspect the training presented by Carol, the systems of the body and relevant pathologies by Medha and the Yin training by Josh. In addition to the subjects below, there will

always be morning Vinyasa class from 9.00-11.00 a.m. There will also be teaching methodology classes and exercises, meditation, energy work and philosophy scattered throughout the rest of the remaining hours

Fundamentals / Postural analysis / Introduction to myology 
An overview of Alignment relating to Standing poses
Philosophy of Healing I + Anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system
Anatomy and physiology of the neuroendocrine system
Anatomy and physiology of the digestive and urogenital systems 
Philosophy of Healing II An overview of Alignment relating to Forward bends l
i An overview of Alignment relating to Backbends
Yin 1 Josh
Yin 1 Josh
Yin 1 Josh
Yin 1 Josh
An overview of Alignment relating to Twists Carol
An overview of Alignment relating to Inversions Carol
Postural Analysis + Common neuro-muscular dysfunctions 1 Carol
Fundamentals of yoga nidra.
Going deeper into pranayama.
 Myology / Myofascial release
The Skeletal system
Postural Analysis and Common neuro-musculardysfunctions 2
Case studies – Including live assessments of neuro-muscular dysfunctions
Neuro-muscular tests for common dysfunctions 1  l
Dec 2018  To be confirmed
2nd Sat Yogic management of common ailments. Medha
3rd Sun Yogic management of common ailments. Medha
4th Mon Yogic management of common ailments. Medha
5th Tues Neuro-muscular tests for common dysfunctions reviewMyology review Carol
6th Wed The Fascial web and Myo fascial release  Carol
7th Thurs Anatomy trains  Carol
8th Fri Scoliosis Clinic  Carol
March 2018  To be confirmed
24th Sat Scoliosis Clinic reviewed Carol
25th Sun The inflammation process Carol
26th Mon Injury scenarios – Treating inflammation etc.   Carol
27th Tues Injury scenarios – Ligaments and Tendons Carol
28th Wed Fascial Bands Carol
29th Thurs The Kundalini connection Carol
30th Fri The Kundalini connection Carol

Yoga Alliance and CPD credits

CPD credit is for someone who is already qualified 200 cert with Yoga Alliance UK and USA.  Teachers with a 200 hr cert  have to do at least 8 hours with Yoga Alliance UK of CPD credits per year  to maintain their status.  Yoga Alliance UK CPD credits can accumulate towards registration at the higher levels. Yoga Alliance USA does not allow students to accumulate CPDs towards higher accreditation. They work with 2 levels; 200 hr and 300 hr and the 300 hr needs to be taken with one training body in one chunk. 

When I first started this course I was unsure if it was the right time for me to do it but as the course progressed the knowledge and understanding I gained every week kept me wanting to come back and learn more. This 300hr is something I feel every teacher could benefit from as it goes more in-depth into the anatomy of the body and the study of yoga as a whole. 

The teaching has completely transformed my own yoga practice and has helped me greatly become closer to the teacher I want to be. During every training weekend Carol intelligently directs my awareness to help me understand my body and what muscles I need to engage to support me in each pose. I now have a stronger connection with my body and how best I can support it during my practice.The classes are intense but the work goes deeper than just a physical level. Carol has helped me understand how I can adjust in mind and body to gain strength and fluidity in my practice. 

The Yin yoga part of this course with Josh was amazing!! It had so many of those awakening moments in which I learned so much about myself and how I teach. Yin encouraged me to be curious and explore postures and not to adopt a one size fits all approach thus helping bring new awareness into my own body as well as in my teaching. It has inspired me to reconnect with what brought me to yoga in the first place. 

Mendha’s yoga therapy part of it has helped me so much physically (as the restorative work was amazing and allowed me to develop a better understanding of how I can teach people with conditions that require more specialised knowledge.There have been so many lightbulb moments for me throughout this course which has helped me become a more knowledgable teacher but it has also helped me personally to understand how I can heal parts of myself that need healing so I’m very grateful to everyone involved and would highly recommend this course as the next step on your yoga journey. 

Caroline Brennan, yoga teacher, Ireland

‘I have thought for years I would never fully understand the mechanics of the body as it seemed to me like an endless complicated web but we are half way through the course and the body now represents itself as a fascinating machine that seems to unravel itself from month to month.  
With the encouragement of the teachers,  the structuring of the weekends, and combining all their experience, passion and wisdom at this stage, has allowed for me to feel very confident in working with individuals who have specific issues; anatomical or pathological,  in helping to understand and assist in their healing process in a therapeutic way.  
My own approach to teaching over the last 6 months has transformed with the knowledge, advise and support  I have received, not only from the teachers but from the group as a whole. Coming together as teachers this time round has been very supportive and encouraging as we all encounter obstacles and being able to share our weakness and strengths, learning from one and other has been very powerful.  
All teachers bring a different energy and dynamic  to the course which allows for harmonious balance  within the training creating a beautiful, fulfilling learning environment.’ 
                                                            Katie Ahern, Yoga Teacher

The fees for this training are 3,000 euros. 

The early bird price is 2,700, if paid in full before Jan 1st 2018

If you are not paying the early bird special, fees then a deposit of 800 euro is payable before the course and then 5 instalments of 440 euro paid before each weekend.

The training is non-residential and the price dos not include accommodation. It should however be possible to get lots of accommodation in Cork city centre and we can help organise lifts to the centre in Yoga Le Gra. 

The training is non-residential and the price does not include accommodation. It should however be possible to get lots of accommodation in Cork city centre and we can help organise lifts to the centre in Yoga Le Gra. 

We are happy to help students arrange group accommodation in local Air B&B properties and her are a few that you could consider depending on the group size.


Near City centre house –  Sleeping 6 in 3 bedrooms with double and single beds.  Price in the region of 151 euro per night plus cleaning  and service fees


Luxury 2 bedroom City Centre flat – Sleeping 3 to 6 in Two double bedrooms and a sofa bed.  Price in the region of 163 per night plus cleaning and service fees. 

Luxury City Centre 2 bedroom flat

When you have read over all of the details of the training, FAQs etc. and if you have the pre-requistive experience, the next step is to fill out the application form, supplied in the next section. If there are any other questions that are not addressed in the FAQ section, or if you are unsure about your level and wish to speak to administration or one of the trainers, please email us directly at

When your application is processed and you are accepted onto the training, we will email you a registration form with details of how to transfer your deposit.

When your deposit comes through, we will email you again to confirm receipt.

Please click on link to fill out the online application form 

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