Teachers Course :

Online and Live ‘What Lies Beneath’ Courses for Teachers & Trainee Teachers

Spring Course 2024

£270 for full course – £50 per individual session (attending all sessions is recommended for maximum impact).  Friday evenings 6.00 pm- 9.00 pm Saturdays 10.00 am-1pm (UK time).

  • April 12th/13th
  • May 10th/11th
  • May  31st/June 1st

Autumn Course 2024 –

An in person Yoga Teachers course at Mission-e1,  Shoreditch, London.  These live sessions will be three day long events. Please note this course is not yet listed on the Mission-e1 website.

  • October 9th
  • November 6th
  • December 4th

For more information please contact: johnlstirk@gmail.com


A Course for Yoga Teachers

What if, in the first instance, we could only rely on personal investigation and ‘then’ look at what others have said? What if we were our own starting point minus the expectations accompanying external knowledge? What if we only had our feeling, thinking mind and body as we perceive it? What if we were our only resource?

This in person course explores the source of the yoga experience within the group field. As we intensify our practice and discuss our discoveries we will open to a profound unitive experience and deepen the roots of transformation.

The aim is to invite a further shift in internal behaviour and subsequently inform our practice, teaching and the quality of our communicative skills.

We will not be bound by a fixed formula. Elements that arise will relate to in the moment experiences as we pass through them. Contact time is spread over 8 weeks to give time to process the impact of each day long session.

The following may provide a guide:

  • Applications and their limitations
  • Information and Transformation
  • Unveiling Anatomy and Philosophy
  • The Source
  • The Nature of Experience
  • Dividing the Indivisible.
  • The role of the Body
  • Perception and reception
  • Voluntary and involuntary activity
  • Sensation and Sensitivity
  • Original Intelligence
  • Consciousness Mind and Ego
  • Fields of Influence
  • Coalescence Space Silence and Energy
  • Dissolving Experience
  • Processing Conditioning Identification and Vulnerability
  • The Known and the Unknown
  • The Quantum World – Everything and Nothing
  • The Roots of Transformation
  • Communication and Communion
  • Existence Love and Healing
  • Conclusions Possibilities and Potential Outcomes

The reality of yoga is unseen, beyond shapes and extensions and everyday experience. The reality concerns an awareness of all that we are and might be. We are the reality. As we pass through inner emptiness, we come out into the light.

Monthly online Workshops
Tuesdays (7.00 – 9.00pm)UK time

February 13th 2024
March 19th 2024
April 16th 2024
May 14th 2024
June 11th 2024
July 16th 2024
September 17th 2024
October 15th 2024
November 12th 2024
December 10th 2024

Contact:  johnlstirk@gmail.com for details.

I have been a student of John’s for over 25 years and I am still enthralled by his ongoing development and depth of knowledge.  His unique style of teaching combines a deep understanding of yoga and wealth of experience. Each class is a journey of discovery, engaging with the inherent intelligence of the body and encouraging its powers of self-healing.

John Stirk’s unique approach and brilliant presentation has delighted and captivated my students and fellow yoga teachers for many years.  Always touching upon what is universal in the practice, he brings something for everyone, from seasoned practitioners to beginners. He has an uncanny ability to take us directly to the heart of the matter and hold us in its depth.  A true master.  Working with John for the past 26 years has been an education, inspiration and a joy.

As a teacher training young actors and dancers I have found Johns work  invaluable in providing a unique insight into the inner mechanics of the body supporting both vocal and physical development. The work is an original and detailed biomechanical approach to the human organism, it is inherently inclusive, everyone is able to do the simple positions. An essential tool for anyone involved in movement training.

Thank you so much for being there for us, for guiding us through two intense sessions and for being such a fantastic ‘Yoga teacher’ and psychotherapist.

It amazes me time and again how you find the right words to communicate at such a depth – with us as a group and equally as individuals – to convey your wisdom.

There is nowhere else I would have rather been than on the mat in Notting Hill during Friday evening and yesterday!

John’s work has enabled me to gain knowledge of the highest level about the workings of my body and my mind (the body brain).  If you were born with a constant hunger to express and explore the physical self(as I was) , you will never be satisfied with a method.  His way of working, which is not only creative, unique, challenging and healing, is also richly infused with anatomical detail, allowing me to access the deepest tissue layers of my body and thus metamorphose into a more fearless dancing creature.