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Instil Conference 2018

November 10 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Tickets for Instil 2018 are on sale now and there are only 100 spaces this year. It will be held at Friends House, Euston, London. Instil is a series of workshops pertaining to yoga for young people as well as an update on the work that the foundation is involved and work opportunities for graduates of the TeenYoga course. It is also the AGM of the charity, and all graduates are highly recommended to join us to find out any new rules and legislation around yoga in schools as well as new opportunities. 

Minimum donation is £50 for the day, please be generous as all money goes towards the charity work of the Foundation, thank you.

The conference will be a mixture of lectures by prominent players in the field of yoga and schools followed by experts leading workshops both in the morning and the evening.

Confirmed speakers: Charlotta Martinus, yoga in South Africa.  Dr Nick Kearney on the EU Hippocampus project and app. Team Bliss will hold a panel at the end of the day. 

Workshops with: Yvonne Morey (counsellor and TeenYoga teacher trainer) on counselling skills for yoga teachers, Sophia Kouame and Natalie Reid on yoga and BME, Dr Lisa Kaley-Isley (psychologist) on yoga for anxiety and depression, Dr Jo Barker and Aeron McGates on yoga and eating disorders. Yoga teacher, Tiffany, will be running a yoga session with her daughter on transitioning between primary and secondary schools.

The schedule for the day is as follows:



Yoga session – Room: Hilda Clark 1

Registration – Room: Sarah Fell


Plenary session: Yoga, education and research – Room: Sarah Fell

9 – 9.15am – TYF introduction – by Charlotta Martinus

9.15 – 9.35am – Nick Kearney – Westminster Research and EU project


9.35 – 9.55am – Charlotta Martinus – South Africa and intro

10 – 10.45am – Netia Maymen – Shining the light of yoga on schools. Adapting and accommodating 21st century knowledge to ancient insight




Parallel Sessions

Lisa Kaley – Isley – Yoga for anxiety and depression

Yvonne Morey – Counselling skills for Yoga teachers

Dr Jo Barker and Aeron Gates – Yoga for eating disorders

Sophia and Natalie – Yoga for BME contexts





Parallel sessions:

Sam – Prison Phoenix Trust – yoga for young offenders

Loren Jenkins and Dianne Murphy – yoga for young men

Rosie Peacock – Yoga for ADHD

Tiffany Whittaker – Yoga for transition from primary to secondary




Panel debate – Teenagers in society

Coordinated by Robin Watkins-Davies

Closing remarks

Keynote speaker:
Netia Prema Mayman – Shining the light of yoga on schools. Adapting and accommodating 21st century knowledge to ancient insight
Netia was a passionately enthusiastic English, Drama and Media teacher in comprehensive schools from 1982 to 2006 and left her role as a deputy head to become a local authority adviser, knowing she would teach again, but maybe not Macbeth. She opened the Virtual School for Looked After Children, Oxfordshire, which she led for 6 years. Over this period she learned that she had not known much of use, in  her preceding career, about many of her vulnerable students. 
She also worked as an Ofsted lead and conducted inspections in the north and south east. It is not entirely a joke when she says the best thing about teaching yoga in schools, is the bad karma it pays back, especially when she teaches the staff.
She discovered yoga when she had ME/CFS in her thirties and learned to make the condition her friend, appreciating what it had brought into her life and living next to her rajassic nature. From an early stage she knew that she wanted to bring yoga into schools, but had to wait.  After reconnecting with her Sivananda lineage in India in 2015 she trained as a yoga teacher and, with Laura Sewell, started Yoga in Schools in 2016. This work has been led by Swami Sivananda’s guidance: ‘Adjust, adapt, accommodate’.
Workshop – Jo Barker and Aeron – Yoga for Eating Disorders

Dr Jo Barker is a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist who has been working with children and young people with mental health problems since 2005. She is currently working in a community child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) in Southampton and is the clinical lead for the eating disorders team. Jo runs yoga and mindfulness groups for children and young people who attend CAMHS with a variety of mental health problems. Jo is passionate about the benefits of yoga for this population and is keen to research this area further to hopefully prove the benefits. She is particularly interested in yoga for eating disorders having had a disorder herself as a teenager and finding peace to her mind through yoga.

Aeron is a specialist occupational therapist who has been practising for 10 years in mental health and CAMHS. She is currently working in an inpatient CAMHS hospital in Chester for young people both with mental health conditions and eating disorders. Aeron provides yoga sessions for both individuals and groups during their admission to hospital and enjoys working creatively using yoga to meet young peoples individual needs and strengths. 

Jo and Aeron will be delivering both a practical and theoretical workshop about yoga for eating disorders. You will find out more about the nature of eating disorders and how yoga can be helpful for the sufferers. You will learn how to adapt a class for young people with eating disorders and leave feeling more confident about working with these young people.


Workshop – Lisa Kaley-Isley – Yoga for Anxiety and Depression

Dr. Lisa Kaley-Isley has been licensed as a clinical psychologist in the United States since 1992, and was first introduced to yoga in 1993. Before relocating to London, she was the Chief of Psychology, Director of Psychology Training, and founding Clinical Director of the Integrative Medicine program at The Children’s Hospital in Denver, Colorado, USA. Since 2004, she has been bridging her knowledge of psychology and yoga to provide yoga therapy to individuals struggling with the everyday stresses of life, mild to severe anxiety and depression, and the concomitant physical and psycho-emotional challenges of coping with acute and chronic medical illness. Lisa has furthered her understanding of applied yoga therapy by conducting research trials studying its effectiveness with individuals diagnosed with anxiety, depression and various medical disorders, and has presented her findings at conferences across the United States.

Lisa’s yoga teaching draws broadly on the wisdom elements from many schools of yoga, but most deeply from the living lineage of Tantric Hatha Yoga and Sri Vidya as taught by Yogarupa Rod Stryker and Pandit Rajmani Tigunait. She has completed over 500 hours of dedicated teacher training with Rod Stryker and is a 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) through Yoga Alliance. Lisa’s yoga therapy training is with Gary Kraftsow, founder of the American Viniyoga Institute. The Viniyoga principles of sequencing and providing a uniquely adapted practice appropriate for the needs of the individual strongly influence her teaching style and her work as a yoga therapist.

Lisa believes that yoga practices are techniques used to achieve harmonious unity with self and other. In group classes and individual yoga therapy sessions, Lisa unites her knowledge and experience as a clinical psychologist, practising yogini, yoga teacher, and yoga therapist to address the needs and interests of individuals as whole persons. Lisa seeks to assist each individual to achieve more optimum functioning and integration of the physical body, energetic and physiological systems, mind and emotions, and spiritual connection to the web of life.

Workshop – Sophia Kouame  & Natalie Reid – Yoga and BME

Sophie Kouame

“Yoga has been my companion ever since I took my first lesson.

The way I practice is an invitation to breathe, give myself some space to rest, keep my mind and body in balance and re-energize! Life is busy as a mother of 3 yet I feel happy and healthier. Plus my relationships with others are richer, fuller and deeper.

I am a certified British Wheel of Yoga teacher. Over the years, I learned from and worked alongside many exceptional teachers- Charlotta Martinus, Jean Hall, Jyoti Manuel, Ayala Homossany…

My teaching ties in with the richness of all my experiences and is fuelled by my daily meditation practice as well as my continuous interest in the anatomical body, the ongoing neuroscience developments and the study of scriptural texts.

I am an attentive, thoughtful teacher who includes everyone. I also run Yoga classes with children and teens with special needs.

Whether adults, teens or kids, the practice supports everyBody’s physical, mental and emotional wellbeing for a thriving life.”

Natalie Reid

With a background in education and a degree in Performing Arts, combined with a yoga practice since 2011, led Natalie to train and set up NattyLittleYogis – a yoga practice specialising in yoga for children and teens to address the pressures faced by our young people.

As a specialist Children’s and Teen Yoga teacher, fully qualified with the Special Yoga Foundation and the Teen Yoga Foundation, she has been fortunate enough to share Yoga and Mindfulness with children and young people at nurseries, schools and sixth form colleges, as well as local community groups.

A parent of two children, Natalie understands the benefits of a yoga and mindfulness practice from an early age; improved concentration and communication, confident self expression and increased physical and mental wellbeing. 

With the current academic and social pressures on children, it is important to support their mental, emotional and physical wellbeing. By promoting inclusion through Yoga in sport and pastoral care, we can arm them with the tools to become the best they can be. 

Natalie is passionate about sharing yoga in order to reach those pockets of communities who cannot readily access it. She is currently furthering her skills and knowledge by completing her 200hr Yoga Teacher Training.

Workshop – Yvonne Morey – Counselling Skills for Yoga Teachers

Yvonne has been a passionate advocate for treating people holistically and her professional career reflects this with a dual focus on yoga and counselling. She has a successful, professional counselling career as well as being an experienced yoga teacher. These two areas of expertise combine well, particularly for her work with schools.

Yvonne has set up and delivered yoga and wellbeing training in schools for teachers and students; delivering ‘Teen Yoga’ teacher training programs in the UK and internationally. Yvonne advises schools and local authorities on developing wellbeing plans. She has specific training to work with children and adults with autism and ADHD and she also uses a therapeutic application of yoga for children and adolescents with mental health issues.

Yvonnes counselling journey started in 2003 originally training in person centred therapy and beginning her placement with vulnerable young people and young parents. Following on from qualifying Yvonne began working for various youth and community organisations.

As part of her role as a counsellor at a youth project she set up a counselling service in local schools which is still in existence today. Yvonne completed her post qualification diploma in counselling children and young people as well as other training in Gestalt, working with trauma, autism, CBT and creative therapies. 

Yvonne is a passionate and committed Yoga teacher and teacher trainer. Her interest began at an early age following periods of joint pain and weakness, which she has successfully reversed through her yoga practice. Her yoga practice supported her through many turbulent periods of life and she recognised the value of yoga as a therapeutic tool and wanted to share this with others. Yvonne has worked closely with Charlotta Martinus of www.teenyoga.com and is committed to bringing yoga into mainstream education. 

Workshop – Tiffany – Yoga with Teens, primary to secondary school

“I found my own practice just four years ago, when it became clear that my frenetic lifestyle was starting to take its toll on my health, and yoga was recommended to me by my doctor. Yoga isn’t a cure-all, but it has given me the tools to manage and add balance to my lifestyle, allowing me to take control of my medical condition, I feel amazing, empowered, like nothing is beyond my reach. I have genuinely never felt better about myself, physically or mentally, and this brings with it a peace of its own.

Life’s events have taught me to grab opportunities, to follow your dreams and indulge your passions, and to push yourself to achieve new goals. So completing my 200 hour YTT programme last year seemed…well…logical.

A blessing in disguise came in January when I lost my job in accounts, and I decided to grab life by the horns, take the leap…full time yoga teacher…yikes!

I wanted to share my passion, and enable others to find the peace and joy that I had found in my yoga practice, and here was the opportunity to do just that.

I am blessed to be able to bring yoga to a wide variety of students: preschool children and primary aged children, teenagers, adults with mobility issues, sportspeople, and my ethos for teaching is that there really is a yoga practice for everyone and for whatever you are looking for. It could be mindfulness and relaxation, improving coordination, mobility, stamina, flexibility and strength, or even a hard workout. It is about personal practice, achieving your own goals for that given day based on how your body is feeling, finding some space and time just for you on your mat. Your yoga practice is always enough. Whatever you achieve on your mat is enough. It doesn’t matter if you touch your toes in a forward fold, or your balance is more of a wobble as long as you are working at your own level and making progress at your own pace.

So why TeenYoga in particular?

I have been a Guide Leader for over 20 years, working with girls aged 10-14 (and beyond), teaching them life-skills, having adventures, empowering them to become incredible young ladies, and have seen first-hand how a few simple positive influences can have an enormous impact as young people face the challenges of adolescence.

I am passionate about supporting young people through this period of change and introducing and sharing a yoga practice with them is the perfect opportunity to hopefully teach them skills to support them through adolescence and carry with them through life.

I completed my TeenYoga training with Charlotta in February and I am currently teaching four hours a week in a local secondary school, for years 10-13, and run regular family yoga sessions where young people of all ages share a yoga practice with their parents – a great way to spend time together!”

Yoga Class – Yoga for Boys with Dianne Murphy

“Hi, I’m Dianne, and I am really excited to be part of your yoga and mindfulness journey. I am a fully qualified Yoga and mindfulness teacher based in North London where I also work as a teacher and Wellbeing & Mindfulness Leader in a local secondary school.

I began practising yoga twenty years ago with teachers Tim Cummins and Sarah Litton who encouraged me to train to become a yoga teacher. Initially teaching yoga to adults I began teaching yoga to teenagers in 2011. It is my belief that yoga and mindfulness not only helps empower teenagers with positive ways of coping with the demands and challenges of life, but that by providing them with the tools to look after their own wellbeing, to be resilient and compassionate, that these adolescents will develop into a generation of positive change in the world.

After training with the Teen Yoga Foundation, which aims to promote the wellbeing of young people through yoga in schools and elsewhere in the UK and internationally, I have remained an active volunteer working with them on several projects, delivering workshops and at the annual Instill conference.

Life has been good in providing me with a wealth of experience teaching yoga to 11-24 year olds in schools and football clubs, and for organisations including the Hive Outreach Centre, The Life Centre, National Citizenship Scheme, and also running wellbeing, yoga and mindfulness sessions in schools for both staff and students throughout London and the South East.

Yoga works on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level that can be profoundly transformative in helping anyone to become the best version of themselves. My style of teaching is adaptive and compassionate; aiming to meet the individual needs of students in a friendly and relaxed manner regardless of their level of fitness or experience. Through yoga and mindfulness, I hope to provide a genuine experience where students can learn the value of self-worth and gain confidence to be authentic, and above all; to value themselves as unique individuals.”

Yoga Class – Yoga for Boys with Loren Jenkins

“I found and tried yoga in my twenties, a time that I was more interested in partying, martial arts and making money. My thirties saw me with many ongoing commercial concerns, travelling the world and trying to juggle this with a young family. When life went into reverse, I hit rock bottom losing everything. Little did I know at the time, that this was to be a blessing in disguise.

Looking to find balance I tried yoga again, rather, this time it found me. In my forties, my interest grew as I started to understand how the way of yoga could help me physically, emotionally and spiritually to deal with life’s little and big ‘opportunities’ to learn and grow.‎

I love to explore all aspects of yoga, have a leaning toward the style of Mr. B.K.S Iyengar, and as my fifties unfold, have a deepening interest in the historical, philosophical and inward riches yoga provides.

I believe yoga can benefit all, has the potential to bring balance to individuals and communities alike. With practise and moving through the journey of the subtle body, yoga can pave the way for all of us to enjoy what life has to offer, to the full, healthily.

I love to share what I am learning through teaching, create and deliver courses for men looking to find balance between their personal and professional lives, and am involved in a number of yoga based projects in the UK and Europe.

I am grateful to the many teachers I continually learn from and am fully supportive of the great work Teen Yoga is doing to support our young, in these very interesting times…”

Workshop – Rosie Peacock Yoga for ADHD

Rosie Peacock is a positive psychologist & coaching psychologist (MSc) with a background in secondary school education (PGCE). She did her 200hrs yoga teacher training in Kerala, India, and completed further training with Charlotta Martinus on the Teen Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher Training Course. Rosie organised several popular wellbeing programmes for adolescents, including Teen Yoga, Mindfulness and Meditation, and Creative Writing for Wellbeing, in which she developed knowledge in the application of yoga and mindfulness as being particularly helpful for young people with ADHD. Rosie continues to work with the teen yoga foundation, focusing on developing their online teen yoga teacher training course.

Workshop – Sam Settle from Prison Phoenix Trust – Yoga for Young Offenders

Sam Settle is the Director of the Prison Phoenix Trust. A qualified British Wheel of Yoga teacher, he has worked at the Trust since 2003. He teaches workshops to people in prison and probation hostels. He has taught weekly classes to young offenders in HMYOIs Feltham, Aylesbury and Reading, and to adults at HMPs Bullingdon and Grendon. In the 1990s he spent five years in a Buddhist monastery, three of those as a monk. He is a member of the Oxford Zen Centre.


November 10
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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