WORKSHOPS & COURSES
Yoga Improvers Workshop: Go With The Flow
Saturday 18 August | 2pm to 4pm | £25
This workshop led by Lynne Fugard will introduce and build upon the principles of vinyasa flow yoga: creatively synchronising fluid physical movement with a deep, smooth and calming breath. Moving beyond a foundation in the basic grammar of yoga poses, an advanced flow practice emphasises the physical and energetic experience of moving and breathing in-between, demonstrating that there is no need for tension, strain or rigidity in order to float and fly across the mat towards more challenging positions.
Together, with props, and in pairs, we will play with several exercises to cultivate a soft strength that imbues the body with the buoyancy and fluidity required to glide through your practice. With this newfound ease, we will also take time to break down some of the trickier transitions that are usually glossed over in shorter weekly classes, as well as more challenging poses from the yoga repertoire. Suddenly your practice will feel more calm, balanced and effortless. You might even flow towards places you never thought possible, and you will leave feeling comfortable to grow your own flow at home.
Pilates Beginners Course
Thursdays 23 August to 20 September | 7.30pm to 8.45pm | £85
Join Becky Calienda 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 about the origin 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.
Friday 31 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 1 September | 2pm to 4.15pm | £30
Frustrated that you’re stuck in a busy loop and can’t get out of it? Feeling charged by the Summer energy but afraid it won’t last? Tired of adding more and more to your to-do list?Then this workshop is for you!
Jointly led by life coach Danielle Brooker from The Daisy Patch and yoga and meditation teacher Sue Rahmani from Yoga For Now, Refresh and Recharge wellness sessions are all about integrating the restorative benefits of body, mind and spirit. Blending life coaching techniques and principles from yoga, Danielle and Sue will share simple strategies you can apply to your life immediately to help you:
• Switch off from work each day and be more present with loved ones
• Feel more confident at work and speak up more
• Get stuff done without feeling exhausted
• Feel lighter and live with more energy daily
• Get to do the things that really light you up, that you just never ‘get around’ to
The workshop will incorporate a gentle yoga practice to get your body moving, followed by group interactive coaching exercises and finishing with a guided meditation.
Read Danielle’s latest blog post: 3 Ways to Get More Clarity Now
Yoga Improvers Workshop: Backbends
Saturday 8 September | 2pm to 4pm | £25
Lower back pain is a symptom of modern life which affects around 80% of the population. There’s much we can do however to alleviate this chronic condition, such as a safe and regular yoga practice incorporating backbends to help increase mobility while strengthening and supporting muscles in the upper and lower body. Backbends also stretch the hip flexors and help to open the shoulders and chest, areas where we all hold a lot of tension. It’s very important however to understand the mechanics of backbends by looking at the anatomy of the spine and the requirements and limitations of our individual bodies.
Led by Amanda Dufour, this workshop will give you a solid foundation to build and deepen your backbends, increasing strength and flexibility and gaining a better understanding of your own body. The workshop will include exercises and sequences designed to warm up, open and strengthen the back and shoulders, and will incorporate props to help you to safely and confidently explore this invigorating and beneficial practice.
A Practical Introduction to the Chakras through Asana, Mantra & Meditation
Saturday 22 September | 2.00pm to 4.00pm | £25
Many people have heard of Chakras but they may not know what they really are or how they work. Every so often you hear someone say their Chakras are ‘closed and need opening’, when in actual fact they never close or need opening.
Chakras can however become unbalanced, and in this special 2-hour workshop led by Sue Rahmani you will be offered basic practices and suggestions for bringing your Chakras back into balance. You will be introduced to the seven ‘wheels’ (Chakras in Sanskrit), exploring how they have a direct effect on your wellbeing; mind, body and soul.
You will also enjoy a gentle yoga sequence focused on releasing physical and emotional knots, helping to align the body and encourage the correct flow of energy from each Chakra, leaving you with a feeling of harmony, balance and equilibrium. The session will come to an end with a guided meditation in which you will work with Seed Mantras associated with each Chakra.
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