WELCOME TO CMI
We are a learning organisation
We see wellness and justice as inseparable and embed social justice training in our wellness programmes to create inclusive futures of belonging for all.
We emphasise the power in health and seek to bring about systemic and individual change to promote social wellbeing.
We are actively anti-discrimination and partner with community-based organisations that make a difference in people’s lives. Through co-creation, we nurture wellness leaders connected to their own traditions and cultures. Our graduates are yoga teachers, mindfulness trainers, wellness coaches and mental health first aid responders who serve their communities.
We envision a just world in which all communities are valued and treasured. We care about our environments and welcome a world in which everyone grows, young people thrive and the wisdom of elders is valued.
To train skilled wellness champions who understand how structural power impacts health, and how healing is related to social transformation, human dignity, power and community.
CMI are teaming up with our long-standing partners Chrysalis Academy in South Africa to train yoga & mindfulness teachers and teacher trainers from marginalised communities. The project will co-create a curriculum guided by learners’ needs. Coaches and mentors will support learners throughout their journey.
Inquire about our AWESOME initiative. Agile Wellness Educators: Serving Outstanding Models Everywhere!
The International Association of Yoga Therapists
Root & Branch
Tension Stress Trauma Release for All
Mental Health First Aid England
British Association of Mindfulness-Based Approaches
Incredible Humans Africa
The British Wheel of Yoga
The British Council for Yoga Therapy
The Urban Mindfulness Foundation
Justice is Love in Action. Wellness and justice are intimately interwoven. In a divided world of intersectional inequalities, justice is the bedrock of wellness. CMI trains wellness leaders by blending multiple modalities with learners’ traditions. At present Ayurveda, yoga, mindfulness, and mental health first aid are key doorways. By embedding social justice in all we do, our trainers come away with a sense of community and their own purpose. They know how wellness and lives are impacted by power and what to do about it.
COURSES AND TRAINING
Ayurveda IN ACTION
Ayurveda in Action is a personal development programme that can favourably influence your yoga teaching, if you are already a teacher.
It gives you a deep dive into Ayurveda and is both rigorous and comprehensive in coverage and pace. The course is comprised of seven modules ranging from philosophy and your bodily constitution to food. Each module has a yoga and yoga nidra component to encourage application of the knowledge. Each part also has a social justice component to ensure that what you learn is applicable to today’s world and reality.
Mental Health FIRST AID CERTIficate
Covid has not only shed a light on global inequalities and how these play out in the UK. Through multiple lockdowns, job loss and uncertainty, it has also exacerbated mental illness.
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England is an internationally recognised programme, accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health. This online course equips you as a First Aider able to respond to and be of service when encountering mental illness whether at work, at home or socially.
MHFA England issue your Certificate, valid for 3 years.
Yoga Teaching Certificate
The BWYQ Yoga Teacher Certificate Training takes you through a rigorous year-long programme to give you a robust qualification as a practiced, competent yoga teacher.
The course that Tarik Dervish and I co-tutor has a particular bent: we are both Ayurvedic practitioners and bring this understanding into our training. Over the past year, due to Covid, we have also learnt what it means to deliver this entire training online while ensuring that students feel confident in their delivery.
Our testimonials tell their own story. Further information on this training can be found in the TTC Course Prospectus.
As a British Wheel of Yoga training, BWY membership is required.
Progression to Yoga Teaching Diploma
In a world of pandemics, our minds more often than not veer towards meaning, purpose and how to live in a fast-changing world. Midst uncertainty, the BWYQ Progression Course does what it says on the tin: it takes Yoga Certificate holders through philosophy, meditation, pranayama and subtle yoga teachings for you to earn a Diploma. This course enhances your professional qualification and fosters your personal development, offering a richer, elevated appreciation of the essence of yoga. You apply the teachings to your life and work and the vision of an inclusive world.
You also undertake a full 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programme to cultivate awareness and integrate mindfulness into your teaching.
Become A MEMBER
All are welcome! CMI Membership is open to anyone who aligns with our values and is interested in our work. You do not have to be a wellness coach, yoga or mindfulness practitioner to join the membership tiers. We invite all members to dip into our free practices and meditations, and receive a monthly mini-teaching and practice.
All our tiers take you on a journey of Personal Mastery & Social Discovery. Each year has an overarching aim. The theme for 2022 is Living Your One Wild and Precious Life, named after Mary Oliver’s poem: The Summer Day. Each month’s theme comes from classical texts and philosophies in the yoga and mindfulness traditions and considers how to apply them and what they mean today. For example, in January and February 2022, we consider our values and purpose and in March dive into how to recognise and nourish mental models that support us and overcome blockages that stop us from realising our goals and dreams.
CMI’s Dawn, Blue Sky and Dusk membership tiers enhance your journey.
Dawn members participate in deep-dive monthly online sessions that build on the open practice. You will receive Worksheets to guide your process, and an email that summarises the key nuggets and links these to the next month’s theme.
BLUE SKY MEMBERS
Blue Sky members, build on Dawn membership and participate in a monthly group session with no more than 5 other members and a facilitator to take your learning deeper and to ‘huddle’ around challenges. While the whole programme fosters community, these MasterMind sessions allow you to learn from one another more directly.
Dusk members are BlueSky+ and have the option of attending MasterMind sessions should you so wish. More importantly, you receive one-to-one coaching on a monthly basis to elevate your journey.
NIght SKY MEMBERs (CMI Coaches)
For those members who wish to become Certified CMI Coaches, an additional CMI training will qualify you to facilitate MasterMinds and one-to-one coaching sessions.
Register or Inquire
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Please feel welcome to get in touch regarding the AWESOME Initiative, our training programs or our CMI membership tiers.
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