MODULE 1. Creating A Healing Space - Pastoral Skills for Yoga Teachers

Understanding that Teaching is MORE than just Teaching! Module 1 of the Healing Space, Yoga for Cancer online training

Welcome to the Creating A Healing Space online learning module. We are absolutely delighted that you have found your way here. This module forms the first of five core modules which lead to the Healing Space qualification - designed to support and train yoga teachers and therapists who wish to work with people living with cancer, cardiovascular disease, and other serious illness.

Here's Jude with an introduction and special offer!

This module is is a core module for completion of the Healing Space Yoga for Cancer certification. It can also be done as a stand alone course for anybody interested in the art of holding therapeutic space and understanding the - often unacknowledged - role of the yoga teacher in offering pastoral or spiritual care in group or 1 to 1 yoga.

It will also be of interest to those working as body workers or in other embodied disciplines with potentially therapeutic or pastoral outcomes, such as Pilates, dance or Qi Gong.

Course Director


Jude is a Healthcare Chaplain, IYN Yoga Elder and Yoga Alliance Professionals Senior Teacher and Trainer. She is also a Complementary Therapist, Interspiritual Minister, Writer and Embodiment trainer . She has been practising yoga since 1991 and has thirty years' experience as a teacher, trainer and group-work facilitator in the public and voluntary sectors and in private industry.

She has been course director on Healing Space – adapting yoga for people living with cancer since 2011 and has worked extensively in acute, palliative and community care settings, including the renowned Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre in Glasgow where she did most of the research for her Yoga for Cancer work. She has completed studies in cancer biology and clinical oncology.

“Teaching is a gift and a joy that I share gladly, with an open heart and all the love I can muster."

Course Curriculum

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply for the course?
For this module, any qualified teacher of Yoga, or teacher in training. For the full Healing Space course - Qualified teachers of yoga with a minimum of 1 year teaching experience. You may also apply to the course if you are still in teacher training, but have other experience, as a complementary therapist, or nurse, or if you have a long term personal yoga practice.
When does the course start and finish?
The course starts when you enrol and you can take as long as you wish to complete it. It is designed to be completed in about four to six weeks and has around 20 hours of online study time. In addition, there is a personal practice component of around 5 hours.
How long do I have access to the course?
You have access to the course for twelve months after enrolling.
What is your cancellation/ refund policy?

If you change your mind about the course, then you have four weeks to cancel your subscription as per the Teachable policy. Thereafter we do not issue refunds, as you have full access to the course materials.

How is your course accredited?
The stand alone module is for CPD purposes and is not accredited for practitioner status.

The Full Healing Space course of six modules is accredited by Yoga Alliance Professionals.

It is recognised by theIndependent Yoga Network as a post qualifying course for yoga teachers.

The course is recognised and insured by Balens, who are UK leaders in offering yoga specific insurance. You can also gain insurance from BGi who recognised IYN courses.

The British Council for Yoga Therapy do not recognise single-condition therapeutic courses for their current criteria. There is ongoing dialogue about this issue.

How do the assessments work?
For CPD purposes only you need only complete the quiz. If you wish to continue for the full Healing Space certification, then you should complete the written assessment.

There is personal practice work, reading, research and written work, which is assessed after each module.

What if I can't complete the course in 12 months?

Although the course should be relatively easy to complete in the timescale allowed, I recognise that life will sometimes get in the way!

If you find that you need an extension, then your access to the course can be extended on a month by month basis, for a fee of £10 per month.

Do I study along with others, or on my own?

The course is designed for self study. You can start any time, and you have twelve months from enrolment, to complete the course. You can book a tutorial (recommended) at any point using the link in the introductory section.

Is the course valid for CPD or Continuing Education points?
Yes. Most Yoga membership organisations recognise additional training for CPD or Continuing Education, if that training is carried out by a member of that organisation or by a recognised senior yoga teacher in their field. The course director, Jude Murray is a Yoga Elder member of the Independent Yoga Network and a SYT (Senior Yoga Teacher) member of Yoga Alliance UK.

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