Movement Science Essentials


40 hours | 12-month programme | £557 


Movement Science Essentials

Understand mobility, flexibility and pain to empower your students to move without fear.

  • Understand anatomy and movement principles so you can move and teach movement with confidence.
  • Offer evidence-based teaching, up-to-date with the latest research around movement, stretching and pain.
  • Be confident in the science and language around the complex interactions of body and brain.
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Move from confusion to clarity

Ever unsure which movements are safe or unsafe? Do you know when to modify movements and poses for certain injuries and how? Do you often cue students to “protect the spine/knee/shoulder?"

We often believe that we need to find the perfect alignment to prevent injury. We may not have been taught pain science when we trained, so may offer cues which actually make pain worse by making students anxious. But what does the science actually say?

There are some relatively simple principles about movement we need to understand so that we can move and teach movement with confidence.

Take this course to understand how the body works according to the latest research, and be able to offer evidence-based teaching that is effective at dealing with pain, building strength and improving flexibility. Be confident to empower your students to move without fear.

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Feel more confident in body and mind

Gain confidence to share the best approaches to dealing with pain and supporting your students to feel confident about their bodies. Differentiate fact from fiction with this ground breaking, myth busting course.


Movement Science Essentials covers anatomy, pain science, strength, mobility and much more, so that you can share a more optimistic approach to poses, based on research.

Why take this course?

This course will bring you up-to-date with what the science says now about "safe movement" and enable you to offer evidence-based teaching that's effective at dealing with pain, building strength and increasing flexibility.

 Take this course to:
  • Feel secure in your knowledge and understanding of the principles that apply to all movement
  • Offer evidence-based teaching, up-to-date with the latest research around movement, stretching and pain
  • Understand what to do, and what not to do, to help students experience less pain and more confidence in their bodies
  • Revitalise your practice and teaching by freeing up your movement in ways validated by the science
  • Update your understanding of what the core is and how to best work it
  • Know when and how to adapt the training schedule to fit in with women’s periods
  • Understand how to integrate strength work into asana and the advantages and disadvantages of doing so
  • Be confident in the science and language to use when talking about the complex interactions of body and brain
  • Improve your income by offering specialist skills around high demand areas of need
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How the course works

This is a 40-hour online course with live mentoring workshops. Pre-recorded content is released between September 2023 and April 2024 for you to follow in your own time, with access until September 2024.

The content includes pre-recorded videos with talks, yoga poses and practices for a totally applied understanding. Each module has additional reading and resources to deepen learning further.

The live mentoring sessions throughout the year give you the chance to ask questions and workshop skills related to the subjects covered,to ensure you understand the theory and practice.

The course is now live; all released content will be in your course library ready to start when you buy (see course content and schedule for what's there now). Dates of available live sessions will be sent to you when you join.

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Course contents and schedule

Modules are released in the following months throughout the year and remain available for study in your course library.

  1. Pain Science (Sept 2023 - now live in course library)
  2. Core stability or mobility? (Sept 2023 - now live in course library)
  3. Myth-busting and creative movement (Nov 2023 - now live in course library)
  4. Language and communication skills (Dec 2023)
  5. Introduction to biomechanics and movement science (Jan 2024)
  6. Bones and osteoporosis (Jan 2024)
  7. Women's health, Periods and Practice (Feb 2024)
  8. Critical Thinking and Reading Research (Mar 2024)
  9. Science of Muscles Strength (Apr 2024)
  10. Introduction to flexibility and the Science of Stretching (Apr 2024)

Live mentoring workshops

There are live 90-minute sessions run regularly throughout the 12-months of the programme to workshop skills covered in the modules. Dates of available sessions will be sent out when you join the course.

If you can't make the live sessions, you can send questions in advance and receive recordings with your own Q&A. Recordings of live sessions that have happened will be available in your course library if you wish to watch those back.

Guest Teachers

Laura will be bringing in other experts to share their knowledge with you, including Kate Brandon 'The Physiology' and Sam Morgan, GP and menopause specialist.

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About your teacher

I'm Laura

I am certified to train teachers to the highest level and share an in depth knowledge of yoga traditions, meditation practices, pranayama techniques. My practice evolves from dynamic ashtanga and comprehensive hatha to subtle chakra and tantra work, focussing on the precision of Iyengar.

I have been offering training since 2009. My students have gone on to have successful yoga teaching careers including running their own studios, retreats, teaching internationally, for studios or private and corporate classes. My advanced training has helped experienced teachers enhance their practice and teaching and transform their career.

This is such an exciting time where the current research into the body and mind overlaps with yoga ideas and philosophy.

I have spent a few years working on understanding movement science, the science of strength and stretching and pain science (something we often don't cover in our yoga teacher training, but should!) I've developed my knowledge of what the science tells us now about movement, and how this helps us to map the body in the brain and shows us how both of these can help to alleviate pain, build strength and improve flexibility.

I want to share all of this knowledge with you since it makes us so much better at supporting our students to feel empowered - join me in my Movement Science Essentials course and let's get moving together!

Kate Brandon

Kate is a highly seasoned musculoskeletal physiotherapist with 16 years of experience, having worked both in private practice and for the NHS. Additionally, she holds qualifications as a yoga teacher and serves as an educator for yoga training and rehabilitation education programs. Kate has hands-on experience in managing a spectrum of musculoskeletal conditions.

With her extensive expertise, Kate has hands-on experience in managing a spectrum of musculoskeletal conditions, ranging from acute sports injuries to persistent pain issues. Her approach is fundamentally rooted in blending physiotherapy principles, movement analysis, neuroscience, and yoga to provide a comprehensive and holistic approach to care.

Her commitment to offering a comprehensive understanding of the body and mind mirrors the course's objective of teaching evidence-based practices that consider the complex interactions between anatomy and movement.

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Dr Sam Morgan

Dr. Sam Morgan has 20 years of experience as a GP, having previously spent four years in hospital medicine, including a focus on gynaecology. Sam's interest in Lifestyle Medicine has culminated in her completion of the prescribing lifestyle medicine course with Dr. Rangan Chatterjee. Sam has taught doctors, pharmacists, nurses and students throughout her career.  

In addition to her medical expertise, Sam brings a unique perspective through her extensive yoga practice. With over 25 years of personal experience, she completed yoga teacher training at the Bristol School of Yoga. Sam teaches yoga for menopause in Bristol, recognizing the transformative benefits of this ancient practice on hormonal health and overall well-being.

Sam's approach as a doctor and yoga teacher is characterized by compassion, non-judgment, and empowerment. Sam has detailed knowledge of how the body works, in particular womens bodies through menopause, making her a vital addition to our movement science course.

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Claire Shaw

Claire Shaw became acquainted with the world of physical activity unexpectedly in a samba class in Glasgow. Following this, armed with a BA Hons in Contemporary Dance from Trinity Laban Conservatoire, Claire's qualifications extended to include Vinyasa Yoga, Pilates, and more.

Claire's teaching philosophy emphasises evidence-based practices. She encourages students to critically assess teaching methods and incorporate research findings. This underscores Claire's commitment to ensuring the effectiveness and relevance of her teachings through evidence-based approaches. Currently pursuing an MSc in Sports and Exercise Science, Claire actively integrates the latest research, blending a playful teaching style with scientifically grounded methods.

Her goal is to empower individuals to feel confident and strong, using evidence-based approaches to guide students in building physical and mental strength. Claire envisions a teaching environment where students overcome fears and obstacles and reach movement goals.

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"“This was really interesting. I never really stopped to think that the core went beyond the abdominal region before; it made me realise how we use the term so loosely in yoga. I like the idea of imagining it as an apple core with its 360 function. Good explanation of the relationship between stability and strength."

Fiona, on Movement Science Essentials, Core module

"It has really changed my approach to teaching. It was great to understand some of the science and evidence behind these different and new movements and how that translates into the body and mind."

Sian, on Movement Science Essentials, Pain module

Over 30 years

of teaching transformative yoga and yoga teacher training courses

Over 15 years

of training teachers at the longest running yoga studio in Bristol

Over 1000 teachers trained

through my 200 hour and 300 hour advanced teacher training courses and intensives


The course is now live - buy and get instant access to material published to date in your course library to start following in your own time. See course schedule for which modules are now live. The rest of the material will come online between now and April 2024.




one-off payment

  • 10 pre-recorded modules and additional reading
  • Live workshops throughout the year
  • Fit into your lifestyle - videos from 10 min and option to listen podcast-style
  • Community discussion and resources in the forum
  • Access to course material, community and coaching until Sep 2024
  • Payment plan and bursaries available
  • 40 CPD hours
  • Yoga Alliance UK approved



10 monthly payments

  • 10 pre-recorded modules and additional reading
  • Live workshops throughout the year
  • Fit into your lifestyle - videos from 10 min and option to listen podcast-style
  • Community discussion and resources in the forum
  • Access to course material, community and coaching until Sep 2024
  • Payment plan and bursaries available
  • 40 CPD hours
  • Yoga Alliance UK approved


If you aren’t completely satisfied with the course, let us know within the first 14-days for a full refund. No questions asked.


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