Upcoming Courses & Workshops

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A real Friday treat: Yin and yoga nidra workshop with Catrin Osborne Fri, 19 Oct 2018 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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CPD for teachers and teacher trainees: Modifying challenging asanas with Jayne Miller Sat, 27 Oct 2018 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.


Cost: £35


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

 

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Hypnobirthing Course with Kirsty Gallacher Next held on Sat, 3 Nov 2018 at 2:15 pm - 6:30 pm
This enrollment runs from Sat 3 Nov 2018 - Sat 10 Nov 2018

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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Gong bath with Alessandra Margarito Fri, 16 Nov 2018 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


A special event to experience the meditative and healing wonders of sound!

All you need do is turn up and lie down, and be bathed in the sounds and vibrations of the gong, a sacred instrument that has been used for thousands of years for the purpose of healing.


There is a science behind this experience. The gong's sounds and vibrations create an alpha brainwave state, where mental activity includes daydreaming and imagination. This is then followed by a theta brainwave state, where activity includes sleep, dreaming and deep meditation.


Theta brainwave frequencies are most often where the gongs will take you. Even though you still feel present, you have entered a dreamlike, deep meditative state. Theta is a good state of consciousness to be in for healing to occur.


Even though there is a science behind sound therapy, this special experience can also be explained by quoting Kabir's Ecstatic Poems translated by Robert Bly:

'.....near your breastbone there's an open flower. Drink the honey that is all around that flower. Waves are coming in: there's so much magnificence near the ocean! Listen: sound of big seashells! Sound of bells!'


Open to all.

Cost: £18


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Going further with Iyengar yoga with Louise Radinger Sat, 17 Nov 2018 at 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

 
A workshop for yoga students who wish to progress in their practice through Iyengar yoga.

We will use the longer time to explore yoga asana in greater depth, notably standing postures and inversions, developing our awareness of their shape and directionality. We will explore ways to achieve and experience the postures with more ease and stability.


We will also devote time to pranayama practice at the end of the workshop.


Open to all levels, although not suitable for complete beginners as a minimum experience of inversions is required.

 
Cost: £26

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CPD for teachers and teacher trainees: Accommodating common injuries and conditions with Anna Blackmore Sat, 24 Nov 2018 at 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm


A Continuing Professional Development workshop for yoga teachers and teacher trainees, accredited by Yoga Alliance
 
Students with various medical conditions or recovering from injuries often show up in yoga classes
because it has been recommended to them (sometimes by a doctor with little knowledge of yoga) as a form of gentle exercise and relaxation. How do we safely accommodate these students in a general group class? 

In this workshop we will examine some of the more common medical conditions and injuries encountered in classes, the basic underlying pathology, warning signals, what to avoid and what might be helpful.

Examples may include:
• Low back pain
• Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
• Knee problems
• Shoulder injuries
• Hypermobility
• High and low blood pressure
• Post-surgery recovery

We will then consider how to give the student safe, useful modifications or alternatives, so that they feel cared for, rather than left out, when the rest of the class is doing something unsuitable for them, and how to deal with this situation.
 
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.

Cost: £35


Watch out for our next CPD workshops in the new year!


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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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