WHO ARE THE YEAR-LONG TRAININGS BETTER FOR?
- If you will only have a few hours a week to practise your AYM skills because of other commitments, e.g. if you have a full time job, or a part-time job with only one day off a week
- If you are the kind of learner who likes to be given bite-sized chunks of information, and some time to process and feel confident with that amount of information, before being given more.
- If you want to form a new routine/habit to practise AYM regularly for a few hours a week, this style of training can help you form that habit.
If the above is true but there is no year-long training near you, or you can’t make the times, then come to L1 and L2 separately and leave some time to practise each of L1 and L2 before coming to the next level. L3-4 can still be taken together. See “how many levels should I attend together” section below.
WHO ARE THE INTENSIVES BETTER FOR?
- If you have a lot of time to devote to your training and you want to train and be able to give amazing treatments quickly, maybe you are planning for AYM to be your main job, or to practise AYM part time (1-3 days a week) as soon as you can be ready
- If you know that you will stay motivated to keep practising/helping people with this amazing method, even without having a weekly in-person class/commitment after the end of the practical training (we still offer weekly online mentorship meetings after the practical/in-person part of the training)
- If you don’t live somewhere where we offer year-long trainings yet
- If you are busy and it’s a long commute to the year-long training venue
- If you want to trial and see how much time you can make for practising AYM before committing to further study, you can start with attending Level 1 or Levels 1-2 as an intensive
HOW MANY LEVELS SHOULD I ATTEND TOGETHER IF COMING TO AN INTENSIVE TRAINING?
Most students can attend L1-2 together, and make the most of the training, assuming that they will have a lot of time to practise their new skills at the end of their training. What a lot is will depend on the student (how their memory works, style of learning), but something along the lines of 4-15 hours a week, most weeks, until they have a good grasp of all the techniques.
START WITH A L1 INTENSIVE, IF:
- You will have less than about 4-8 hours/week to practise, you need to think about what kind of learner you are
- You prefer to learn in bite-sized chunks of information
- You prefer to feel very confident with materials before progressing (more than most people)
- You haven’t got previous experience of a yoga teacher training, therapist training or other adult learning recently, you don’t know what pace works best for you
- You haven’t come to a 4-hour workshop and you are not sure whether offering AYM treatments is for you
START WITH A L1-2 INTENSIVE IF:
- You are the kind of learner who likes to be given a lot of information/a good overview of a topic, and then you can stay committed, dive in and study/practise regularly
- You are the kind of learner who is happy with a bit of challenge
L1-2 is a good level of training also for people who don’t want to become AYM therapists, but want to learn more about offering treatments to friends and family and want more in-depth training, and more techniques, than we can fit into 4-hour workshops.
START WITH A L1-4 INTENSIVE, IF:
I would say if at least two of the following are true, the L1-4 intensive might be best for you:
- You want to train and be able to give amazing treatments in the quickest possible way, and you have a lot of time available to practise (at least 2 days a week),
- You often feel underwhelmed by the amount of information given to you in trainings, (e.g. when you attended a degree, or a yoga teacher training, or another therapist training), you can lose interest if you get bored if it’s too slow,
- You already have an understanding of the body, basic anatomy, movement and pain patterns,
- You already have a lot of experience of floor-based bodywork, such as thai massage
- You have come to a 4-hour workshop and you are sure that you want AYM to be part of your life, and you found the 4-hour workshop easy to follow/would be happy to be given information at that pace for 10 days over 2 weeks.
We recommend to everyone to the L3 and L4 either together or in close succession, as L3 includes a lot more technique, but L4 will help you make sense of how to prioritise which techniques to use to design optimal treatments around client needs. So L4 will not give you more techniques to practise, but will help you make sense of how to prioritise.