Friday 26 May | 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.
Restorative Yoga For Anxiety Workshop
Saturday 27 May | 2pm to 4pm | £25
Widespread research has shown that relaxation practices such as restorative yoga have numerous benefits including the ability to lower levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. Related to this, restorative yoga also facilitates mindful awareness of the body which plays a part in our resilience to stress.
In this 2-hour workshop we will practice restorative yoga poses with an emphasis on helping to relieve anxiety. If you have anxiety, restorative yoga can be particularly challenging because the mind has less to focus on than with a more active practice and, consequently, any concerns you have been suppressing may start to arise once the body begins to relax. However, this does not mean you should avoid practicing restorative poses. It is precisely during times of feeling highly stressed or anxious that these practices can be of the greatest benefit. We will use props to support the body in ways that have been shown to allow both mind and body to feel safe and grounded.
It is not that one pose or one workshop will ‘cure’ anxiety, but in this workshop we will experience restorative poses that can be used together or separately, along with focused 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 anxiety.
Please note: This workshop is now fully booked
Transcending Bio Memory – A Special Sattva Yoga Journey
Saturday 10 June | 6.30pm to 8.30pm | £25
In this month’s Sattva Yoga Journey led by Caleb Packham we will transcend the bio memory through an intense set of pranayama, kriya and movement designed to release the 2nd chakra. Our whole bodies are transistors and we are often holding onto and broadcasting old stories that do not serve us. It’s time to let go…
With live music and gong bath. Open to all levels.
ABOUT SATTVA YOGA
Caleb Packham brings you Sattva Yoga, a unity of many yogic paths. Developed in the Himalayas over a decade ago by Anand Mehrotra, Sattva (pronounced Satt**wa) brings together hatha postures, kriyas (the yoga of electricity), pranayama (breath work), meditation, free movement and wisdom to help create energetic shifts in body, mind and spirit.
There are no levels in Sattva Yoga. Rather, each class welcomes each student to arrive as they are, listen to the needs of their bodies and minds in any given moment, and enjoy practicing together.
Pilates Technique Workshop
Saturday 24 June | 2pm to 4pm | £25
Looking to get the most from your Pilates workouts? Join Claudia Fischer for this fun and informative workshop which will focus on refining and improving your Pilates technique and on deepening your knowledge of the many important principles behind the Pilates Method.
Pilates can be a remarkably effective form of exercise offering significant benefits to our overall health and wellbeing, but to achieve this each exercise must be performed correctly and with confidence. This involves a keen awareness of breath, alignment and stability, and requires concentration, stamina and co-ordination – all of which can be learned and which will make a huge difference to your Pilates sessions.
Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra & Gong Bath Workshop
Saturday 1 July | 6.45pm to 8.45pm | £30
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 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.
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.
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