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DOCTOR YOGI – Live Zoom: Refining the Language of Teaching Yoga (aka Andrew McGonigle)

Saturday 5th February, 2022 | 8.30am L.A. | 11.30am NYC | 4.30pm UK | 5.30 pm Paris

2 hours | recording available for 14 days (if you can’t attend live register to automatically receive the recording link)

We are delighted to be hosting Andrew McGonigle aka Doctor Yogi for his first workshop with Keen on Yoga.

A Workshop for Teachers

The language that we use everyday shapes our reality. This can be our internal dialogue: the way we speak to ourselves about ourselves or our experiences. It can also decide upon how we communicate with others. Other than physical adjustments, this is the fundamental tool we have at our disposal as teachers and practitioners. The language, metaphors and analogies we use leads us from the material world to our inner experience of ourselves.

For this reason, it’s imperative to use the best possible language we can. Not only in a descriptive sense, as a clear path within, but, also, in the sense that the language we use, whether this is given to us by our teachers or decided upon by ourselves, empowers us and facilitates our growth. This may seem obvious, however, all too often, albeit unconsciously, common and general cues given without further reflection can end up excluding or conveying a sense of lack to us in and from our own bodies.


Through the lens of anatomy and physiology Andrew will unpack in detail fear-based cues, such as “Keep your knee above your ankle in Warrior 1 to protect your knee,” and precise cues such as “In Plank Pose place your hands shoulder-width apart and directly under your shoulders.”

If we can make our language more flexible itself, personalising it for the individual, then similarly we can find a practice that really serves the individual. Indeed, one that feels inspiring, clearly understood in terms of objectives, as well as safe without being unnecessarily limiting. Our choice of words is key to all of this. We shall look at how to practice our language so we can better practice our yoga in this workshop.


Teaching is in Andrew’s blood: his parents were both keen teachers during their working lives. His love of interacting with people in a meaningful way combined with a passion for science drew him towards a career in Medicine. He attended Medical School at The University of Newcastle Upon Tyne but struggled with the non-holistic approach. He graduated at the young age of 23 and worked for a brief period as a junior doctor in Sunderland Royal Infirmary.

However, for many reasons he knew that this career was not suited to him. He made the decision to leave the medical world. Andrew drew his attention to all the transferable skills that he had developed and focused on what he was most passionate about at the time.

A move to Sydney led to the discovery and practice of Transcendental Meditation as a coping mechanism for stress. This opened a gateway into spirituality for Andrew and he regularly attended hatha yoga classes. After a few years of dedicated practice, he decided to embark on an Ashtanga Yoga teacher training course.

In London from 2009 Andrew started working at the Triyoga head office. While assisting on one of their massages courses a student casually asked why he wasn’t teaching anatomy. The thought had literally never crossed his mind – a true light bulb moment for him! From this point onwards he combined all the anatomy he studied in Medical School with his new life of yoga.

In recent years he has become a keen writer contributing chapters to the popular Yoga Teaching Handbook: A Practical Guide for Yoga Teachers and Trainees. And in addition, Yoga Student Handbook: Develop Your Knowledge of Yoga Principles and Practice.

His new book, Supporting Yoga Students with Common Injuries and Conditions, was published in March 2021. His second book, focusing on yoga physiology, will be published in early 2022.

Cost €30 approx £25 | $36


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