WORKSHOPS & COURSES
Stairway to Heaven:
Restore, Renew & Rejuvenate
Saturday 14 April | 2pm to 4.15pm | £30
As we move into Spring it’s wonderful to witness Nature’s awakening; days grow longer, the air is fresher, trees blossom, and life around us feels joyous and renewed. But what about us…? How do we feel…?
Chances are that despite the ‘new beginning’ this time of year represents, we’re feeling the same pressure and anxiety as always, pushing ever more towards goals, exams, projects and career. Although humans are part of Nature, we seem to live in conflict with its laws. Due to social expectations and conditioning we continuously add to our ‘to do’ list, creating more and more tension for ourselves which eventually leads to mental as well as physical illness and disease. We prioritise performance and achievement over creativity and the glorious flow of life, and then complain that we can’t relax, can’t sleep, can’t cope.
What we need to do instead is prioritise ourselves, and in this workshop led by Sue Rahmani we will do just that. We will stop…and we will breathe. Beginning with a gentle Yin-infused asana practice we will move into more restorative poses before finishing with 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 and appreciation.
You may like to read Sue’s latest blog post – Why be perfect when imperfect is OK?
Prenatal Partner Workshop
Saturday 21 April | 2pm to 4pm | £35 per couple
Pregnancy is a wonderfully intense and transformational time for women and their partners, however it’s not without its challenges. While the mother-to-be moves through the physical and emotional experience, their partner can sometimes feel left out – even though they too are experiencing the same excitement and fears inherent to the journey.
This workshop led by Filipa Alvarez is designed to create a relaxed and safe atmosphere where partners feel empowered and very much part of the whole experience. The focus will be on cultivating mutual trust and enhancing the connection both with each other and your baby, helping to build physical and emotional strength and confidence as you move together through pregnancy and prepare for the intimate experience of childbirth.
During the workshop you and your partner will be guided though a gentle practice of yoga postures that are beneficial during pregnancy with an emphasis on working in pairs. You will also learn gentle massage techniques for pregnancy and labour, movements and positions for birth; and invaluable relaxation/meditation techniques that can make the experience easier, more enjoyable and more comfortable for everyone.
Women at any stage of pregnancy and their birth partners (being the baby’s father, a partner, a friend, family member or a doula) are welcome to join this workshop. The registration fee of £35 is for two people (only one person needs to pre-register). No yoga experience necessary.
Friday 27 April | 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.
Yoga for Runners and Cyclists
Saturday 28 April | 2pm to 4pm | £25
A pre-season primer session for runners, roadies and triathletes, this workshop led by Lexie Williamson will focus on stretching and strengthening to ensure a strong and injury-free summer of training or racing. We will focus on the ‘glutes,’ hip flexors and back for the cyclists, feet and hamstrings for the runners with swim-based mobility for the triathletes.
Exercises from this two-hour session will be condensed into bike/run/triathlon handouts featuring just four stretches to get you through the season. Sporty yogis and endurance athletes new to yoga equally welcome!
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