WORKSHOPS & COURSES

Sound Bath with Chai Francesco at Embody Wellness, South London

Sound Bath

Friday 24 November  | 7.30pm to 8.45pm | £20

Join sound therapist Chai Francesco for a very special and very blissful evening of relaxation as you bathe in the sublimely healing tones of crystal singing bowls and the oriental gong. The resonance of these instruments is tangible, making it not just an auditory experience but also like receiving a sound massage!

Throughout the ages, sound has been used to heal, strengthen and soothe. During a sound bath, most people experience a wonderful feeling of relaxation, and you can expect to leave the session feeling balanced, restored and ready to enjoy the weekend ahead.

Read more about the benefits and science of sound baths in our blog post.

Celebrate Your Challenges - A Special Sattva Yoga Journey, Embody Vauxhall, London

Depression can impact our entire being. What we think about, how we feel, how we behave, all altered as depression creates a state of dysregulation in the nervous system. On a physiological level, the whole body, including the respiratory, digestive, cardiovascular and hormonal systems are affected.

In this 2-hour workshop we will practice restorative yoga poses with an emphasis on helping to balance depression.

Restorative Yoga for Depression

Saturday 25 Nov | 2.15pm to 4.15pm | £25

Although some forms of depression include feelings of anxiety or agitation, more often is the experience of symptoms such as fatigue and lethargy. Because depression can be exhausting, restorative practices have the capacity to play a potent role in cultivating emotional balance and wellness. The props supporting the body in restorative yoga poses allow both body and mind to feel safely held and grounded, and to feel properly rested.

It is not that one pose or workshop will ‘cure’ depression, but the practice can provide us with an active role in moving towards healing. In this workshop we will experience restorative poses that can be used together or separately, along with focussed breathing as part of your own toolkit when you need them. (Paula will share tips on recreating poses for yourself at home).

An experienced Restorative Yoga teacher, Paula Hines is an Advanced Relax Renew Trainer, having studied with Judith Hanson Lasater and has found Restorative Yoga to be an effective tool for addressing her own depression and anxiety.

Numbers are limited to a maximum of 8 people.

Retsorative Yoga for Anxiety Workshop with Paula Hines at Embody Wellness, South London

Yoga for Anxiety and Stress Workshop

Saturday 2 Dec | 2pm to 4pm | £25

Join Molly Martin in this workshop of gentle yoga practices to move us out of ‘fight or flight’ and into ‘rest and digest’. Our body’s stress response is hugely useful and necessary to help us during demanding moments in life; but once we’ve dealt with the stressful event, we want to encourage our nervous system to restore equilibrium quickly so that we can resume our healing functions that are postponed during our stress response. Our perpetually ‘switched on’ lifestyles don’t always allow sufficient recovery time and we can become locked in a ‘fight or flight’ response over long periods of time – leaving us feeling burnt out and depleted physically but with an overactive mind that won’t give us a break.

Through gentle asana (postures), pranayama (breath practice) and meditation we can soothe our body, mind and nervous system back into balance, allowing us to access true rest that can be so elusive. The workshop will also offer you short, portable practices that can be used during our day to day lives to consciously create shift at any moment when we find our stress response is hindering rather than helping us.

Please wear loose comfortable clothing as well as extra layers to ensure you will be warm enough (e.g. socks, an extra top). There are bolsters, blankets and eye pillows at the studio but please feel free to bring any extra items along for your own comfort (e.g. a cushion or pillow). As a large proportion of this workshop involves lying down, the body temperature can drop and your comfort is of the utmost importance.

Please note – This workshop is not recommended to pregnant students. Contact the studio if you:

  • Suffer from a sound sensitive condition, epilepsy or are undergoing a major treatment
  • Have a pacemaker
  • Have any particular need and are not sure if the sessions are suitable for you

Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra & Gong Bath Workshop

Saturday 2 December | 6.45pm to 8.45pm | £30

Join Paula Hines and Patricia Carlota for an evening of deep relaxation for both body and mind.

Yin Yoga is a deep, meditative practice that activates the parasympathetic nervous system. Physically the focus is on moving deeper into the connective tissues of the body in areas such as the hips and spine and typically involves holding poses for three to five minutes. This will prepare the body for a calming Yoga Nidra (‘yogic sleep’) practice – a guided meditation that will bring you to the edge of sleep, quietening the mind, reducing tension and promoting deep relaxation – ready for a blissful Gong Bath.

A Gong Bath is a form of Sound Healing where the Gong and other related instruments are played to induce wellbeing. Participants are invited to lie down comfortably on a yoga mat, close their eyes, relax and be cocooned in a sonic immersion. The practice provides a space to re-generate, re-nourish, and re-set your whole being – mind, body, emotions, soul, and energy field.

Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra & Gong Bath Workshop

Saturday 2 December| 6.45pm to 8.45pm | £30

Join Paula Hines and Patricia Carlota for an evening of deep relaxation for both body and mind.

Yin Yoga is a deep, meditative practice that activates the parasympathetic nervous system. Physically the focus is on moving deeper into the connective tissues of the body in areas such as the hips and spine and typically involves holding poses for three to five minutes. This will prepare the body for a calming Yoga Nidra (‘yogic sleep’) practice – a guided meditation that will bring you to the edge of sleep, quietening the mind, reducing tension and promoting deep relaxation – ready for a blissful Gong Bath.

A Gong Bath is a form of Sound Healing where the Gong and other related instruments are played to induce wellbeing. Participants are invited to lie down comfortably on a yoga mat, close their eyes, relax and be cocooned in a sonic immersion. The practice provides a space to re-generate, re-nourish, and re-set your whole being – mind, body, emotions, soul, and energy field.

Please wear loose comfortable clothing as well as extra layers to ensure you will be warm enough (e.g. socks, an extra top). There are bolsters, blankets and eye pillows at the studio but please feel free to bring any extra items along for your own comfort (e.g. a cushion or pillow). As a large proportion of this workshop involves lying down, the body temperature can drop and your comfort is of the utmost importance.

Please note – This workshop is not recommended to pregnant students. Contact the studio if you:

  • Suffer from a sound sensitive condition, epilepsy or are undergoing a major treatment
  • Have a pacemaker
  • Have any particular need and are not sure if the sessions are suitable for you.
Celebrate Your Challenges - A Special Sattva Yoga Journey, Embody Vauxhall, London

Foam Roller Workshop

Saturday 9 Dec | 2.00pm to 3.30pm | £20

It’s a well-known fact that recovery after activity is very important, and a foam roller is one of the easiest and most effective tools for this.

Never used a foam roller, or don’t know how it can benefit you? Or do you own a foam roller but you’re not sure how to maximise its use for injury prevention and exercise recovery?

In this practical and instructional 90-minute workshop led by John Hobbs, you will be shown how foam rolling can not only enhance recovery but also improve core stability, strength and tissue condition.

Foam rolling is especially beneficial to athletes and cyclists involved in regular training and/or racing. It’s also very effective for relieving muscle and joint pain and improving flexibility and range of motion.

Yoga Improvers Workshop at Embody Wellness, South London

Stairway to Heaven Workshop

Saturday 16 Dec | 2pm to 4pm | £25

As the days become shorter, trees begin to lose their leaves and birds fly away, everything in Nature seems to be going inward and quieting down…into a deep winter sleep.

However we are not. Although humans are part of Nature, we seem to live in conflict with its laws. Due to our social expectations and conditioning, we often continue to add more and more items onto our “To Do” list. The run up to Christmas and New Year can bring with it additional pressures, and the tension of having to achieve and perform never seems to ease up. We often find that we don’t have enough time for ourselves, yet feel guilty if we take a break. And although we recognise that unless we make some changes we may be unable to cope, we’re not sure how to implement them.

At this workshop with Sue Rahmani we will do just that…we will stop…and we will breathe, moving slowly with the breath through a yin-infused asana practice into more restorative poses and a long Yoga Nidra for complete body, mind and soul rejuvenation.

Expect to leave feeling rested and calm, with a focused but relaxed mind and a sense of spaciousness; a better version of yourself as you enter this new Season.

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