Upcoming Courses & Workshops

Date:
Boxing day special: Post-pudding Iyengar yoga workshop with Rosana! with Rosana Fiore Wed, 26 Dec 2018 at 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

 
Alleviate after overindulging!

Escape the festivities for a bit and join us at Yogahome at 11:00am on Boxing Day. This 2-hour workshop offers an ideal space to rebalance and focus for the new year ahead.

Expect standing asanas to open the hips if you’ve been sitting for a long time, a good twisting sequence to decongest the intestines and cleanse the internal organs, and backward extensions to loosen up and re-energise the body.

Benefit from the precision and integrity of the Iyengar method and from Rosana's passionate and lively approach.
 
Detoxing tea and mingling included after the session!
 
For all levels.
Cost: £20
 
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The Annual Yogahome Christmas Intensive with Karen Long Next held on Thu, 27 Dec 2018 at 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
This enrollment runs from Thu 27 Dec 2018 - Sun 30 Dec 2018

 

A four day intensive to be present to yourself... like a mini retreat!

December 27th - December 30th 2018, 10am - 1pm each day.


Immerse yourself in your practice with Iyengar yoga teacher Karen Long, and make the most of your Christmas holiday without having to leave town! Each day we will focus on a different group of yoga postures, starting with the more basic poses and working, progressively, toward some more challenging asanas.


The intensive is mornings only so you will still have time for family and friends the rest of the day and you may find that, after spending a bit of time working on your practice, you can appreciate that time more fully. The perfect antidote to an overdose of plum pudding!


All levels but not for complete beginners as you will be expected to understand basic alignment in poses. At least 18 months regular Iyengar yoga practice recommended.

 

Cost: £130 for four mornings, £40 for single mornings.


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Yoga for Labour and Birth with Kirsty Gallacher Sat, 12 Jan 2019 at 2:15 pm - 6:30 pm


 
Being calm, quiet and relaxed can optimise the release of hormones which are crucial to the flow of a natural labour and birth - most importantly oxytocin (which promotes the surges of the uterus) and endorphins (our natural pain relief).


Learning how to breath and relax can help you maintain a 'birthing bubble', producing a state of inner calm, and enabling you to switch off from distractions, noise, light, people, and anxiety - especially useful if you're in a hospital setting.


Gentle movement can also help the flow of labour, as can simple change of position, and indeed a static position. Being able to practice these movements and positions in advance means that you know what to do when the time comes, without having to think about it.


When it comes to birthing your baby, the most natural position for expelling anything from our body is squatting. However, in our culture and with the work most of us do, this is not something that comes naturally to all of us. Working on postures which help build the ability to squat more comfortably can help, but we'll also look at alternative positions for birthing your baby.


We will cover the following:

Breathing for labour

Positions & movement to help labour flow

Massage for labour

Relaxation techniques to calm & quieten the mind, and keep the birthing space free from stress and anxiety

Breathing to birth your baby

Postions for birth

Meditation to release worries, doubts, concerns

Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation)



Cost: £80
For you and your birth partner. Includes MP3 download & handout.

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Pilates workshop: Get Brooked* - at home! with Brooke McConochy Fri, 18 Jan 2019 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


*Get Brooked - (verb) 1. To challenge yourself and work out every muscle in your body radiating from the core (flat tummy), right out through the arms (think Michelle Obama) and legs (keep that bum from sliding down the back of your legs). 2. To lengthen as you strengthen and have some good tunes playing while you do it.

While group classes with an instructor do a great job of keeping you committed for a full hour of working every muscle group and making sure you aren’t using poor form, it is useful to have a go-to routine that you can do yourself at home for those days and weeks when you just can’t make it to a class.


This workshop will start with a handout of Brooke's favourite exercises, with brief descriptions and basic drawings to help jog your memory. Brooke will go through the exercises in greater depth than in a regular class, with individual attention, highlighting the things that each participant needs to work on. She will teach you to look out for the cheats that she has seen often repeated to ensure that even when you’re at home you can self-correct to maintain proper alignment and get the most of the time you spend on the mat. And she will even throw in links to a few of her favourite playlists to keep you motivated!


Open to all levels, no prior experience of Pilates required.


Cost: £20


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CPD for teachers and teacher trainees: Modifying challenging asanas with Jayne Miller Sat, 19 Jan 2019 at 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm


A Continuing Professional Development workshop for yoga teachers and teacher trainees, accredited by Yoga Alliance
 
How can you modify those challenging yoga asanas often featured in class to safely support your students and encourage them to progress?


We all know what it feels like to have a pose that we would love to do but that never seems to get any easier. For some students, the struggle towards that elusive asana can have a huge effect on their entire practice, physically, mentally and emotionally. This workshop will give you practical ideas on empowering your students, giving progressions and variations of poses (with and without props) to take them a little further on their journey, feeling that they have achieved something and going away happy.


Through a selection of typical asanas, we will cover the following areas:

  • Encouraging compassion and ahimsa (non violence), the first ‘rule’ of yoga.
  • Always offering options for students to feel the right action, the essence, and the joy of any posture, whatever their body.
  • Intelligent krama (steps): highlighting the pathway of progressions so everyone can build up at their own pace, never feeling stuck.
  • Appreciating the journey: struggle fosters humility, teaches tenacity, and develops patience!
  • Language: not encouraging competitiveness, praising the essence and effort, not the final shape.
  • Observation, a bit of psychology and a dose of good humour helps: to discourage risky or forceful behaviour, and to support the fearful, the defeated or embarrassed.

Discover what you can do with modifications to help bring all your students along for the ride!


This workshop is open to all yoga teachers regardless of training and lineage, all yoga teacher trainees, and any advanced yoga student interested in teaching skills.


Feedback from previous CPD's:

"Both workshops were a real confidence boost and I have been able to apply what I learnt in my classes already. Can't wait to go to the others!" (teacher Imogen)

"The workshop made me feel both humble in recognising that we all encounter the same difficulties, and enthused with renewed willingness to research, deepen my understanding and become every day the best teacher I can be" (teacher Francesca)


Cost: £35


Watch out for our next CPD workshop on dealing with common conditions and injuries!

 

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Friday treat: Yin and yoga nidra workshop with Catrin Osborne Fri, 25 Jan 2019 at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

 
Yin yoga is a quiet, reflective practice that can help us slow down and look inwards, focusing on the meditative power of the breath, stillness and observing what comes up when we let go.
 
In this workshop we will practise staying in floor-based stretching postures with the use of props to help support the body. This opens up fascia, a layer of connective tissue covering the entire body.

We will then end with a yoga nidra, a practice done in Savasana (lying down comfortably) that allows us to find deep relaxation, somewhere between waking and sleeping. Catrin will guide you around the body while you relax and really let go physically, mentally and emotionally.

Expect to leave this evening feeling like you have stretched the body, often going deeper as we hold the postures for longer, but also with a sense of inner calm, enabling you to feel less stressed and experience better sleep.

“Solitude is where I place my chaos to rest and awaken my inner
peace.” – Nikki Rowe
 
Open to all levels.
 
Cost: £26
 
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Hone the skills for arm balances and inversions with Ana Dias Sat, 26 Jan 2019 at 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm


Arm balances and inversions can be very energising and fun, but in a regular class we don’t usually have the necessary time to develop and hone this upside down logic. This workshop will be 100% focused on building the bridges needed for you to push forwards in your inversion practice.


We will work on understanding the mechanics of the body in these postures and creating strength, flexibility and stability in the wrists, shoulders and core. This will help create a good base of support and build the confidence to approach these more challenging postures.
 

Expect to work hard, have fun and fall a few times, but the floor will be there to catch us!

Many of these poses can take months or years of practice before you can do them comfortably and with ease, so remember it is not about achieving all postures and variations but about building good foundations and applying the drills explored into your practice.
 

We will look at poses such as crow, one leg crow, side crow, eight angle pose and forearm stand.


For those practitioners who are more advanced, we will introduce a variety of fun and challenging ways to transition to the next level.

Open to all levels.

Cost: £26

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Hypnobirthing Course with Kirsty Gallacher Next held on Sat, 2 Feb 2019 at 2:15 pm - 6:30 pm
This enrollment runs from Sat 2 Feb 2019 - Sat 9 Feb 2019

A course run over two consecutive Saturdays covering everything you need to know about hypnobirthing and how it can help you with your birth. The course is for pregnant women and their birth partner.

 
What is HypnoBirthing?


Most of us are familiar with the use of hypnotherapy to help overcome fears, like flying. Similarly, hypnobirthing can help to remove worries, concerns, and negative associations in relation to childbirth. By developing a solid understanding of the biological and psychological elements of childbirth, you will come to realise how a woman's body is perfectly designed to allow her to birth her baby physiologically (i.e. naturally), so that any doubts and negative associations are replaced by calm confidence and a positive approach. (Try thinking powerful -vs- painful….).

Hypnobirthing teaches techniques which work with the natural, physiological process, to help you maintain a quiet, calm confidence as you progress through labour and birth. However, there may be times when nature needs a helping hand, and these techniques are of equal (maybe even greater) value, where labour doesn’t unfold so smoothly and intervention is suggested. By exploring the use of intervention and learning simple tools and techniques, hypnobirthing will also help empower you with the confidence to accept, delay or even say ‘no' to intervention.

These tools, combined with the simple and gentle self-hypnosis and breathing techniques you will learn together, can have a profound effect, helping labour and birth to be an empowering and joyful experience.


Session 1

Introduction to hypnotherapy and hypnobirthing
Natural labour - how the muscles of the uterus work, the autonomic nervous system and the hormones of labour
Language & positive affirmations
The power of the mind & how the body follows where the mind leads
Upward stage (early & active Labour): breathing & visualisatios, positions, things to do, massage
Position of baby
Relaxation and scripts to work on at home


Session 2

Recap of upward stage
Downward stage (from transition to birthing baby & placenta): breathing & visualisations, positions, things to do
Due date, induction & ways to encourage spontaneous labour
Pelvic floor & perineal massage
Cascade of interventions & the role of birth partner
Fear releasing & building confidence

 

Cost:  £195

Cost is for two people, and includes MP3 download and online resources.

 

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Yoga for Labour and Birth with Kirsty Gallacher Sat, 16 Mar 2019 at 2:15 pm - 6:30 pm


 
Being calm, quiet and relaxed can optimise the release of hormones which are crucial to the flow of a natural labour and birth - most importantly oxytocin (which promotes the surges of the uterus) and endorphins (our natural pain relief).


Learning how to breath and relax can help you maintain a 'birthing bubble', producing a state of inner calm, and enabling you to switch off from distractions, noise, light, people, and anxiety - especially useful if you're in a hospital setting.


Gentle movement can also help the flow of labour, as can simple change of position, and indeed a static position. Being able to practice these movements and positions in advance means that you know what to do when the time comes, without having to think about it.


When it comes to birthing your baby, the most natural position for expelling anything from our body is squatting. However, in our culture and with the work most of us do, this is not something that comes naturally to all of us. Working on postures which help build the ability to squat more comfortably can help, but we'll also look at alternative positions for birthing your baby.


We will cover the following:

Breathing for labour

Positions & movement to help labour flow

Massage for labour

Relaxation techniques to calm & quieten the mind, and keep the birthing space free from stress and anxiety

Breathing to birth your baby

Postions for birth

Meditation to release worries, doubts, concerns

Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation)



Cost: £80
For you and your birth partner. Includes MP3 download & handout.

Learn More