WORKSHOPS & COURSES
Friday 27 July | 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 the Core
Saturday 28 July | 2pm to 4.00pm | £25
Do you ever feel sluggish? Anxious? Or have you noticed your posture deteriorating? Then join Ali Hankey for this special 2-hour workshop focused on reconnecting to your body’s energetic power store: your core.
During the workshop you will gain skills and techniques to help you feel stronger and move more confidently, including:
• Greater body awareness
• Basic techniques to activate your core
• Easily repeatable poses to develop a stronger centre
The workshop will concentrate on the abdominal muscles, obliques, the muscles along the spine, and the pelvic floor, exploring their role in specific poses and showing you how to engage them all with the aim of feeling stronger, more energised and agile in your everyday life. You will also explore the energetic connection between mind and body through stability, balance, breathing and twisting.
Whether you’re new to yoga, have been doing it for ages, or simply want an afternoon to reconnect with your body and mind, this is for you!
Yin Yoga Workshop
Saturday 4 August | 2.00pm to 4.00pm | £25
Yin yoga is based on the Taoist concept of Yin and Yang, which are defined as opposite but complementary interdependent forces in the natural world. Yin is the stable, unmoving, hidden aspect of things, the negative, passive, female principle in nature; Yang is the changing, moving, revealing aspect, positive, active, male principle in nature.
Yin yoga is a subtle and profound practice in which passive floor-based poses (that mainly work the lower body) are held for several minutes whilst bringing awareness to the breath and presence of mind. These long holds will open thicker layers of connective tissues (tendons, ligaments, fascia) around the joints, unravelling areas of tension. Deeper access to the ligaments, bones and joints cultivates outer flexibility and mobility, increases circulation, balances the internal organs and stimulates the energetic flow of the subtle body. Yin offers a much deeper access to the body.
Led by Filipa Alvarez, this workshop will create the space to slow down and stay with one’s own experiences which increases inner awareness, stillness and calmness as we ease into the poses. The stillness leads us to a deeper sense of balance, calm, acceptance and equanimity, counteracting the many negative aspects of our often stress-filled and hectic lives.
Yin Yoga is beneficial and suitable for all levels of practitioner.
Foam Roller Workshop
Saturday 11 August | 2.00pm to 3.30pm | £20
It’s a well-known fact that recovery after activity is very important, and a foam roller is one of the easiest and most effective tools for this.
Never used a foam roller, or don’t know how it can benefit you? Or do you own a foam roller but you’re not sure how to maximise its use for injury prevention and exercise recovery?
In this practical and instructional 90-minute workshop led by John Hobbs, you will be shown how foam rolling can not only enhance recovery but also improve core stability, strength and tissue condition.
Foam rolling is especially beneficial to athletes and cyclists involved in regular training and/or racing. It’s also very effective for relieving muscle and joint pain and improving flexibility and range of motion.
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.
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.
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