WORKSHOPS & COURSES
Yoga Beginners Course
Thursdays 24 Aug to 21 Sept | 7.30pm to 8.45pm | £85
Embody’s yoga beginners courses are an excellent way to learn and develop the basic principles of yoga and gain an appreciation of its many benefits.
Our friendly and knowledgeable teacher Susanne Ridley 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.
Friday 25 August | 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.
Refresh and Recharge Wellbeing Workshop
Saturday 2 Sept | 2pm to 4.15pm | £25
Feeling like you’ve lost your spark? Exhausted and can’t stop adding to your to-do list? Or maybe you’re wanting to find a way to maintain that summer inner-glow to sail through the rest of the year feeling energised? Then join life coach Danielle Brooker and yoga practitioner Sue Rahmani for this very special workshop focused on encouraging personal growth through a strong mind, body and soul connection.
Combining a gentle yoga sequence (no yoga experience required) with group life coaching and a guided meditation, the workshop is an opportunity to get to know yourself better so you can reconnect with your core needs, helping you to discover why it is you do what you do, what things really light you up, and how to keep navigating back to the true you so that you consistently feel refreshed and recharged despite the many stresses of urban life.
Here are a few blog posts by Danielle related to the ‘Refresh & Recharge Workshop’
- Burn out when you’re doing everything right. Danielle looks at burn out and examines other ways to replenish and recharge your energy stores.
- Ever wondered where procrastination comes from? It’s typically when we experience an imbalance between two very specific needs: ‘certainty’ and ‘uncertainty’.
- The Power of a 3 Minute Pause to Bring More Balance. Through the practice of mindfulness a 3 minute pause can shift important modalities of feeling, seeing, smelling, hearing.
Foam Roller Workshop
Saturday 9 Sept | 2.00pm to 3.30pm | £20
Many of us have purchased a foam roller with the great intention of using it but, unsure how to maximise it’s benefit, it often ends up sitting at home, gathering dust. Others have never used one but, whether you are a yogi or a sport fanatic, recovery following training is important.
In this instructive workshop John Hobbs will show you how a foam roller is a useful and versatile friend, not only to enhance recovery but also for core stability, strengthening and to improve tissue condition.
Restorative Yoga For Anxiety Workshop
Saturday 16 Sept | 2pm to 4pm | £25
In this 2-hour workshop, led by Paula Hines, we will practice restorative yoga poses with an emphasis on helping to relieve anxiety. This Autumn workshop will include some different pose variations from the workshop which took place in May, so if you attended before you will get to experience some new poses.
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 and Paula will share tips on recreating poses for yourself at home.
Yoga for Runners and Cyclists
Saturday 23 Sept | 2pm to 4pm | £25
A well-earned post-summer session, led by Lexie Williamson, to rebalance the body after months of hard training and racing. This highly practical two-hour workshop will tease out tension in classic running and riding hotspots: the hamstrings, quads, hips and lower back, through sport-specific dynamic and static stretching.
We will also explore the ways in which becoming more supple can not only release tension and avoid injury but add performance gains in terms of a more fluid stride and improved posture in running, and tighter aero position on the bike. Handouts containing key stretches for both these performance goals will be included. The session will end with deep ‘passive’ stretches and a simple guided relaxation designed to foster deeper sleep.
Pilates Beginners Course
Thursdays 28 Sept to 26 Oct | 7.30pm to 8.45pm | £85
Join Kelly Balmer for this invaluable 5-week course introducing you to the many fitness and health benefits of Pilates. The course is ideal for individuals looking to join our group classes but who have little or no experience or knowledge of the Pilates Method. It’s also great for anyone relatively new to Pilates looking to review the fundamentals.
During the course you will learn a bit about the history of Pilates, and be introduced to some of the key terminology. You will also be taught how to correctly and safely do a number of basic Pilates exercises, giving you the confidence and motivation to attend any of our Level 1 classes held regularly throughout week.
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