What’s the difference?

One of the things that I get asked most often by people enquiring about my yoga for cancer training, is ‘what’s the difference between your course, and some of the others on the ‘market’ at the moment?’

Good question.

Firstly, it is important for me to state my position in ethical terms. This is at the heart of my personal and professional practice. I have never sat very easily in the yoga ‘industry’. Those of you who have read my previous blogs will know my discomforts around this. But, competition is the way that our economy works, and like it or not, yoga is a huge industry with its own economy. Inevitably, there will be more than one Yoga for Cancer offering out there. I wrestle daily with whether my offering can compete. The truth is, it can’t, so I don’t even go there. I work part time in the NHS and I offer this training as my life’s work and heart-song. I cannot speak to the quality or content of anyone else’s course, nor would I. I can, however, talk about some of the defining aspects of my course, which you might find helpful.

1. Course length and teaching hours

The Healing Space course is a 90 hour training. This is as a minimum. The self-paced learning can easily encompass many more hours if the individual student has a taste for research. However, this is what our accreditated course covers. 90 hours is not a requirment to register and accredited further training course for yoga teachers, and other courses are shorter. My feeling and experience is that 90 hours is only just enough to cover what I feel is important in this work.

2. Not ‘off the shelf’

The Yoga for Cancer course, and the book (coming out April 2021) is about preparing teachers to feel equipped and comfortable in working with people living with cancer. A lot of this is about developing our own capacity as practitioners to ‘be with’. As such it is a preparation to be present to someone, as they are, and to be able to adapt an yoga practice for them that may or may not include asana. The course has no set sequences, and I resist offering them for this reason. You cannot know everything there is to know about cancer (which is over 200 diseases, not one) but what you can do is develop your practice, skill and ability to research. The rest is about learning to be present. That takes time and commitment.

3. Emphasis on personal practice and development

I don’t know about you. but I have spent a lot of my career pursuing certifications, and I could – literally- paper the walls. If I look at my pile of certificates,there are perhaps three or four from courses that I could say gave me something life-changing. The others – well – they were useful for gaining skills, and getting insurance and they serve a purpose. What I am saying is, this is not that sort of training. I wholeheartedly believe in the transformational potential of yoga. For that reason, I believe that those who choose to teach it should not hold it lightly as a responsibility.

4. Me!

I am really not a self-publicist. What I mean by this flippant section is that different teachers are right for different students. I have a teaching style and presence that you might engage with, and which you might not. I encourage everyone who is thinking about the training to have a chat with me to see if we are a ‘fit’. And if we’re not, I will totally not be offended. I will equally be honest with you if I don’t think the course is the right one for you. I do urge you to choose all of your learning on that basis, and on content, and not on price. In an online world where I have seen a yoga teacher training for less than £100, I think we all need to be very discerning!

The other thing to consider is pedagogy (basically, the ways in which we teach and engage learners) I am a qualified educator with 30 years experience ( I feel old!) My approach is collaborative, inclusive, trauma informed, and with a blended learning model. I do as little ‘chalk and talk’ as possible. I learn from you as you learn from me. I have also written a book on this subject and I am a faculty member teaching about Cancer with YogaCampus and the Scottish School of Yoga Therapy. I should also point out, it isn’t just me on the intensive course, we also have Richard (Biology) and Sue (Cancer clinical practice) who are superbly knowledgeable in their areas of practice, so it is most definitely not the Jude show, thank God!

Black Lives Matter

I wholeheartedly support the Black Lives Matter campaign, and the protests the surround it. I recognise that this is not about me and I so I have spent some time reading, listening and educating myself, before I decided what this statement should be. My wholehearted desire is to uplift the voices of Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC)/Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people, to be vocally anti-racist and to challenge racism when I encounter it.

As someone who is involved in the education of others, I recognise that I have an opportunity to do some small part to counter unequal access of BAME people/BIPOC – and other marginalised groups – to the courses that I offer. BAME/BIPOC are under-represented in yoga spaces and have unequal access to yoga training due to many social, cultural, and economic barriers. Therefore – in addition to my commitment to activism – I wish to offer fully or part-funded access to my Yoga for Cancer online training course to BAME/BIPOC yoga teachers who feel called to do this work and who find themselves financially under-resourced.

I also recognize the intersectional nature of discrimination and inequality, and equally offer scholarship places to yoga teachers who identify as LGBTQ+, disabled or neurodivergent or who are otherwise marginalised and who are financially under-resourced.

The in-person training is offered via Yoga Campus and we are discussion about how we make this offer for their specialist courses.

Here is the Yoga Campus statement. https://www.yogacampus.com/features/news/diversity-equality-and-inclusivity

In addition, I also acknowledge the ongoing enquiry and conversation that western teachers and practitioners of yoga need to be having about the decolonisation of yoga spaces, and I commit to deeper engagement in this conversation.

Jude 🙏

The Breathing Body

The Breathing Body – Breathing Practice & Meditation
In this video, I guide you through an embodied breathing practice and meditation that follows the flow of the breath through the body – firstly focusing on the physical sensations of the breath, and then moving into an imaginative journey tracking the journey of oxygen molecules. Part of this week’s offerings on ‘Being with the Unknown’ essentially by practicing being with the known (in this case the breath)

Earth Connection Meditation – Being with The Unknown (and the laundry!)


Here is my second installment in “Being with the Unknown” 

In this video, which also features my drying laundry (keeping it real here folks!) I offer a  simple embodied practice for deepening into our connection with the Earth and our relationship with gravity as a dynamic conversation. 

We can feel into awareness of our connectedness to the Earth in different ways: Physically, as literally the ground we stand/sit/lie on; Spiritually, as Mother/Home/God; and energetically as our sense of safety, survival, and groundedness (Root Chakra) I don’t dwell too much on the esoteric however in this meditation which is very much about acknowledging the physical connection. 


The Unknown and The Interim Time (blog)

After a fairly lengthy break for most forms of social media – apart from sharing pictures of Ralph on Instagram (he is adorably Instagrammable) I thought it might be an idea to share some thoughts and practices to help us through this time of not knowing. It keeps me out of mischief during this time of physical distancing and will, hopefully, be of benefit.  

I wondered where I might start and then this morning, I got an e-mail from a colleague asking for resources that we can share among our yoga teaching community, and then I at least found a reason for the indulgence.

Fear of the unknown is the worst kind of fear. What we cannot predict, or quantify is always much scarier than that which has a known or likely outcome. When things are predictable, we can plan, prepare, do what we need to do. Even if what we end up knowing is incredibly hard, knowing is always better. 

And so, I recorded a  (slightly rambling) video as an introduction to some stuff I will be talking about this week about the nature of fear, and especially fear of the unknown. I will link it to my work in yoga for cancer, and healthcare chaplaincy, and in future videos, I will offer some practices. In this video, I end with John O’Donohue’s poem ‘For the Interim Time’ – words below. 

For the Interim Time – John O’Donohue

When near the end of the day, life has drained
Out of light, and it is too soon
For the mind of night to have darkened things,

No place looks like itself, loss of outline
Makes everything look strangely in-between,
Unsure of what has been, or what might come.

In this wan light, even trees seem groundless.
In a while it will be night, but nothing
Here seems to believe the relief of darkness.

You are in this time of the interim
Where everything seems withheld.

The path you took to get here has washed out;
The way forward is still concealed from you.

“The old is not old enough to have died away;
The new is still too young to be born.”

You cannot lay claim to anything;
In this place of dusk,
Your eyes are blurred;
And there is no mirror.

Everyone else has lost sight of your heart
And you can see nowhere to put your trust;
You know you have to make your own way through.

As far as you can, hold your confidence.
Do not allow confusion to squander
This call which is loosening
Your roots in false ground,
That you might come free
From all you have outgrown.

What is being transfigured here in your mind,
And it is difficult and slow to become new.
The more faithfully you can endure here,
The more refined your heart will become
For your arrival in the new dawn.

From ‘Benedictus – A Book of Blessings’ – 2007 Bantam Press

Healing Space now with Yogacampus

I am delighted that Healing Space Yoga for Cancer training is now being offered in partnership with Yogacampus, a not-for-profit organisation providing Teacher Training and Yoga Therapy Training, as well as continuing education (CPD) for yoga teachers, yoga therapists and experienced students in the UK, abroad, and online. You can view the prospectus here

New Online Course Modules

I have been busying myself over the past couple of months completely re-designing our online training as a modular course. This allows people to study each module separately to build towards the full Healing Space certification, or simply to study individual modules as CPD. I am very excited to say that the first module – CREATING A HEALING SPACE – is now live and ready to study! And is being offered at the much reduced introductory rate of only £44.44 instead of the normal price of £95. Click on the pic/link below for full details.

Creating a Healing Space                          Pastoral Skills for Yoga Teachers



New Privacy Policy

The Healing Space Privacy Policy

This website is operated by Jude Murray (operating as Healing Space) We take your privacy very seriously therefore we urge to read this policy very carefully because it contains important information about on:
• who we are,
• how and why we collect, store, use and share personal information,
• your rights in relation to your personal information, and
• how to contact us and supervisory authorities in the event that you have a complaint.

Who we are
Jude Murray (‘we’ or ‘us’) (trading as Healing Space) collect, use and are responsible for certain personal information about you. When we do so we are regulated under the General Data protection Regulations which apply across the European Union (including the United Kingdom) and we are responsible as ‘controller’ of that personal information for the purposes of those laws.

The personal information we collect and use
a) Personal information you provide to us
We collect the following personal information that you provide to us:
Email address
If you are signing up to a course or workshop, we will also ask for your mobile telephone number and street address.
From time to time, we may ask you for your opinion about things via a survey. You do not need to identify yourself, and you will be asked for your explicit consent to do so.
Some examples of when we collect this information include:
Signing up for e-mail updates
Registering online for a course or workshop
Downloading our e-books
Giving your contact details to us at an event, with the express desire to be kept informed of events

b) Personal information you provide about third parties
If you give us information about another person, you confirm that the other person has appointed you to act on their behalf and agreed that you:
shall consent on their behalf to the processing of their personal data;
shall receive any data protection notices on their behalf; and
shall consent on their behalf to the transfer of their personal data abroad.

c) Cookies and similar technologies
A cookie is a small text file which is placed onto your computer or electronic device when you access our website. Similar technologies include web beacons, action tags, local shared objects (‘flash cookies’) and single-pixel gifs. Such technologies can be used to track users’ actions and activities, and to store information about them. We use these cookies and/or similar technologies on this website.
For example we may use cookies to monitor and/or collect the following information:
The number of visitors to our website and their geographical locations. (Using Google Analytics)
This information helps us to build a profile of our users. Some of this information may be aggregated or statistical, which means that we will not be able to identify you individually.
In addition it should be noted that in some cases our cookies or similar technologies may be owned and controlled by third parties who will also collect personal information about you.
On the first occasion that you use our site we will ask whether you consent to our use of cookies. If you do not, cookies will not be used. Thereafter you can opt-out of using cookies at any time or you can set your browser not to accept cookies and the websites below tell you how to remove cookies from your browser. However, some of our website features may not function as a result.
For further information on our use of cookies, please see our Website cookie policy.
For further information on cookies generally visit http://www.aboutcookies.org or http://www.allaboutcookies.org.

How we use your personal information
We collect information about our users for the following purposes:
Purely to monitor where traffic to our website is coming from to help build our profile online.

Who your information may be shared with
We may share your information with:
Law enforcement agencies in connection with any investigation to help prevent unlawful activity
We will not share you personal information with any other 3rd parties.

We would like to send you information about products, services, offers, competitions and our business which may be of interest to you. Such information will be sent by email.
We will ask whether you would like us to send you marketing messages on the first occasion that you provide any relevant contact information (i.e. on purchase, signing up to a newsletter, entering a competition etc). If you do opt in to receive such marketing from us you can opt out at any time (see ‘What rights do you have?’ below for further information). If you have any queries about how to opt out, or if you are receiving messages you do not want you can contact us using the details provided below.

Whether personal information has to be provided by you, and if so why
Youare not required to provide us with any personal information whatsoever – unless you apply to study one of the Healing Space courses:
If you apply to a Healing Space course (face to face or online) you will be asked to fill out a detailed application form including your name, address and other contact details, qualifications and professional background and reasons for applying to the course.
This is to enable us to do the following:
This helps us to identify whether the course is suitable for you, whether you have any additional needs that need support, and allows us to maintain contact with you as one of our students. You do not require to give any personal information such as age, gender, disability etc.
We will inform you at the point of collecting information from you, whether you are required to provide the information to us.

How long your personal information will be kept
We will hold your personal information for the following periods:
Your name and e-mail address will be kept on secure servers  until such times as you choose to unsubsribe from our communications.
Data from students and ex students of Healing Space will be kept on file for a minimum of six years from collection.
These periods are no longer than necessary in each case.

Reasons we can collect and use your personal information
We rely on the following as the lawful basis on which we collect and use your personal information:
– consent
– contract
– legitimate interests
The legitimate interests relied upon are as follows:
The information we use is your name and/or email address to keep you informed of events, workshops and trainings for marketing purposes because you have either a. attended an event in the past b. signed up to receive these messages or c. have expressely asked to be put on our mailing list for the purposes of being kept informed.

Keeping your information secure
We have appropriate security measures in place to prevent personal information from being accidentally lost, or used or accessed in an unauthorised way. We limit access to your personal information to those who have a genuine business need to know it. Those processing your information will do so only in an authorised manner and are subject to a duty of confidentiality.
We will also use technological and organisation measures to keep your information secure. These measures may include the following examples:

All mailing data for newsletter sign ups  is stored either on third party mailing software Mailchimp, which has its own rigorous data protection policies or on Gmail servers, accessed only by the website owner, and full password protected.

For sign ups to our online courses and e-books, info is stored securely by our e-learning software provider Teachable.com which has its own rigorous data protection policies.

In the case of Healing Space course application forms information is securely stored on a laptop computer only accessed by the course director. Each document is password protected.
We also have procedures in place to deal with any suspected data security breach. We will notify you and any applicable regulator of a suspected data security breach where we are legally required to do so.
Indeed, while we will use all reasonable efforts to secure your personal data, in using the site you acknowledge that the use of the internet is not entirely secure and for this reason we cannot guarantee the security or integrity of any personal data that are transferred from you or to you via the internet. If you have any particular concerns about your information, please contact us using the details below.

Transfers of your information out of the EEA
If you sign up to the Healing Space online course, the personal data you provide will be transferred to the following countries outside of the European Economic Area: USA
These transfers will be undertaken for the purpose of
Our E-learning Provider Teachable.com has  its base in the USA.
Any transfers to these countries will be undertaken on the basis that that country, territory or one or more specific sectors in that country, or an international organisation ensures an adequate level of protection.
For more information on the basis of any non-EEA transfers, our safeguards or Commission details, please contact us as described below. We will not otherwise transfer your personal data outside of the EEA or to any organisation (or subordinate bodies) governed by public international law or which is set up under any agreement between two or more countries.

Children and the validity of consent
Where we obtain consent from any user we will take reasonable steps to ascertain whether the user is over 13 years of age and whether the child is sufficiently informed to give valid consent. If the user is not, parental consent will be required to provide consent for the processing of any personal information.

What rights do you have?
Under the General Data Protection Regulation you have a number of important rights free of charge. In summary, those include rights to:
• fair processing of information and transparency over how we use your use personal information
• access to your personal information and to certain other supplementary information that this Privacy Notice is already designed to address
• require us to correct any mistakes in your information which we hold
• require the erasure of personal information concerning you in certain situations
• receive the personal information concerning you which you have provided to us, in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format and have the right to transmit those data to a third party in certain situations
• object at any time to processing of personal information concerning you for direct marketing
• object to decisions being taken by automated means which produce legal effects concerning you or similarly significantly affect you
• object in certain other situations to our continued processing of your personal information
• otherwise restrict our processing of your personal information in certain circumstances
• claim compensation for damages caused by our breach of any data protection laws
For further informaiton on each of those rights, including the circumstances in which they apply, see the Guidance from the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) on individual’s rights under the General Data Protection Regulations (http://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/guide-to-the-general-data-protection-regulation-gdpr/individual-rights/)
If you would like to exercise any of these rights please:
• email us
• let us have enough information to identify you
• let us have proof of your identity (a copy of your driving license, passport or a recent credit card/utility bill)
• let us know the information to which your request relates
From time to time we may also have other methods to unsubscribe (opt-out) from any direct marketing including for example, unsubscribe buttons or web links. If such are offered, please note that there may be some period after selecting to unsubscribe in which marketing may still be received while your request is being processed.

How to complain
We hope that we can resolve any query or concern you raise about our use of your information.
The General Data Protection Regulation also gives you right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority, in particular in the European Union (or European Economic Area) state where you work, normally live or where any alleged infringement of data protection laws occurred. The supervisory authority in the UK is the Information Commissioner who may be contacted at https://ico.org.uk/concerns/ or telephone: 0303 123 1113.

Changes to the privacy policy
This privacy policy was published on 24/05/2018 and last updated on 24/05/2018.
We may change this privacy policy from time to time. You should check this policy occasionally to ensure you are aware of the most recent version that will apply each time you access this website. We will also attempt to notify users of any changes by:  a notice on the news section of the website

Contacting us
If you have any questions about this policy or the information we hold about you, please contact us by:
e-mail: healingspacecourse@gmail.com