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

Pilates Beginners Course

Thursdays 18 Jan to 15 Feb | 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.

Sound Bath with Chai Francesco at Embody Wellness, South London

Sound Bath

Friday 26 January | 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 Improvers Workshop at Embody Wellness, South London

Yoga Improvers Workshop: Getting Grounded

Saturday 27 January | 2pm to 4pm | £25

Every yoga pose starts with our foundation – our connection to the earth – and in this grounding flow led by Lynne Fugard we will be finding our feet, exploring key actions, alignment, and principles of engagement that allow us to feel safe, supported and anchored, not only in the positions themselves but as we glide between them.

As we build through the flow, we will be galvanising our mindful relationship to the floor in order to create space, ease, expansion, balance and lightness throughout the rest of the body. Particular attention will be paid to releasing tension in the hips and hamstrings, finding greater mobility around the legs and pelvis to take you towards shapes you never thought possible. Some of the most challenging poses will begin to feel accessible and delightful: think splits, handstands and beyond…

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

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.

Restorative Yoga for Depression

Saturday 3 February | 2.15pm to 4.15pm | £25

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

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.

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).

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

An Introduction to Meditation

Saturday 10 February | 2.00pm to 4.15pm | £30

We often hear people sharing how mediation has helped them to clear their minds, relax, find clarity and improve their overall wellbeing – even though their lives are as busy as ours and free time just as scarce.

There are many tools and techniques used for meditation and mindfulness, and this can at times be overwhelming as well as confusing to the new practitioner. The first questions for many of us are where do I start and what is the best method for me?

In this enlightening and practical workshop, yoga and meditation teacher Sue Rahmani will explore the many ways meditation benefits our body, mind and spirit. She will talk about the different types of meditation, and help you discover the most compatible approach for you as an individual should you want a home practice.

The workshop will include a short asana practice focused on aligning and opening the nadis (energetic channels) within the body. In addition to improving the flow of energy, this gentle sequence will also help the body remain still without discomfort during sitting meditation. No yoga experience is required.

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

Yoga for Anxiety and Stress Workshop

Saturday 17 February | 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 at Embody Wellness, South London

Yoga Improvers Workshop: Twists & Binds

Saturday 24 February | 2pm to 4pm | £25

Join Amanda Dufour for this special 2-hour session exploring the wonderful world of twists and binds!

Twists and binds play a big part in easing muscular tension and elongating the spine. During these poses, muscles holding the body in place release, relax and open – thereby benefiting both you and your practice. In the workshop Amanda will break down the basics of some popular yet sometimes challenging postures, helping you to work toward them, or if you’re already familiar, to go further and deeper.

The workshop will teach you how to incorporate straps and blocks to help achieve certain binds and twists. You will also be given the tools and techniques you need to safely explore these postures in an open class, allowing you to improve flexibility, deepen your practice and gain a better understanding of the physical side of yoga.

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