WORKSHOPS & COURSES
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!
Yoga Beginners Course
Thursdays 10 May to 7 June | 7.30pm to 8.45pm | £85
Embody’s 5-week yoga foundation courses are an excellent way to learn the basic principles of yoga and gain an appreciation of its many benefits.
Our friendly and knowledgeable teacher Hanna Campbell will guide you through the fundamental yoga postures with an emphasis on correct alignment and proper breathing techniques.
Once you’ve mastered the basics you’ll be ready to attend any of our open level classes scheduled throughout the week, giving you a chance to explore a variety of yoga styles at your own pace.
Lower Back Pain Workshop
Saturday 2 June | 2pm to 4pm | £25
Lower back pain is both debilitating and widespread. It is estimated that 2.5million people seek help from their GP for lower back pain every year, with a cost to the NHS of over five billion pounds annually. Yet there are many things we can do ourselves to relieve lower back pain, and one of the most effective options is a well-grounded yoga routine to address discomfort, tension, stiffness and aches.
In this practical and informative workshop led by Filipa Alvarez you will be shown gentle yoga sequences and postures designed to release lower back tension, strengthen the core, and improve lumbar support and stability. It is ideal for anyone suffering with back problems who wants to learn more about their back and how to care for it.
No yoga experience necessary.
An Introduction to Ballet Fit
Saturday 9 June | 2pm to 4pm | £25
Ballet Fit is a low impact workout that burns fat, sculpts and tones the muscles of the entire body and improves core strength and stability.
In this introductory workshop led by Claire Hawkins we will incorporate the positions, moves, grace and technique of ballet with the flexibility of yoga and the cardio challenge of intensive interval training – all set to upbeat music which means the session is fun and enlivening despite the burn!
The workshop will incorporate five sections:
1) An introduction to some of the basic ballet positions to ensure safe and correct alignment.
2) A warm up and cardio routine using both balletic and traditional aerobic moves –this will get the heart rate lifting and the body prepared for the burn of the next stage!
3) A number of intense, tiny, repetitive movements designed to target specific muscles until they fatigue. These toning exercises are interspersed with cardio bursts to keep the heart rate slightly elevated.
4) A ‘floor and core’ workout – just what it says on the tin! We hit the floor to continue toning the muscles and to work on creating a nice strong core.
5) And……stretch! A chance to work on elongating the muscles with a number of ballet stretches.
The workshop is ideal if you are thinking of going on to explore Barre classes as all exercises in this workshop can be transferred to a Barre. Suitable for all abilities. No dance or ballet experience is needed.
Yoga for Anxiety and Stress Workshop
Saturday 16 June | 2pm to 4pm | £25
Join Molly Martin for this workshop of gentle yoga practices designed to move us out of ‘fight or flight’ and into a more relaxed state of ‘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.
Yoga Improvers Workshop: Arm Balances
Saturday 23 June | 2pm to 4pm | £25
June’s yoga improvers workshop with Lynne Fugard will focus on arm balances of all shapes and sizes: defying gravity one pose and one transition at a time.
After a brief warm-up to prepare the body, we’ll be playing with several exercises to experience the inner engagement, alignment and buoyancy required to take weight into the hands and float the feet off the mat. There will be opportunities to encounter a whole ream of arm balances – from the firefly to the dragonfly – perhaps even soaring effortlessly between them. Rather than relying on brute upper-body strength, Lynne will offer expert tips and guidance demonstrating that the ability to fly in your yoga practice often comes down to finding subtle tipping points, working with counterbalance, using the whole of the body to express the pose, and all whilst breathing, breathing, breathing!
Whether just beginning to lift off into your crow pose, or investigating the possibility of gliding in between balances, beginner versions will be offered alongside more advanced modifications so that this workshop will have something for everyone.
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