WORKSHOPS & COURSES
Burnout to Balance Workshop
Saturday 19th January | 2pm to 4pm | £25
Do you find yourself struggling to fit everything in and feeling pressure to make the people around happy all the time? Are you left feeling anxious, stressed or low in energy as a result?
If you want to…
- Do less while doing better
- Switch off from work each day and be more present with loved ones
- Feel more confident at work
- Experience more peace and calm
- Flow through life with more ease and comfort
- Have a positive new mindset
- Feel lighter and live with more energy… then this workshop is for you!
Led by yoga and meditation teacher Sue Rahmani from Yoga For Now, this workshop is all about the restorative benefits of integrating body, mind and spirit. Beginning with a sharing circle, Sue will then lead you through a gentle yoga practice to get your body moving before finishing with a guided meditation to root your intentions deep within.
Friday 25 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 this blog post.
Calm & Renewed: A Winter Yin & Yoga Nidra Workshop
Saturday 2 February | 2.00pm to 4.00pm | £25
In Chinese Medicine there are Five Elements central to its philosophy – Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth – with each element linked to a specific season, organ system and emotion.
Water is linked to Winter and represents our will and courage; just as water yields to adapt to what lies in its path, by cultivating its qualities we can learn to embrace courageously life’s natural flow. Organ-wise, water is linked to our kidneys and urinary bladder. The kidneys are the root of the yin and yang energies in our bodies. Imbalanced kidney energy (or Qi) can sometimes be mistakenly diagnosed as a lower back problem, and can manifest emotionally as fear, anxiety, worry or depression. During Winter we often feel dull or fatigued with our immunity compromised and our motivation flagging. It’s a time of hibernation and darkness, but also a time when our potential can develop as we rest and conserve our Qi so as to be ready to emerge in Spring.
The workshop led by Paula Hines will begin with a kidney and urinary bladder yin yoga practice to shift us out of Winter stagnation. This practice engenders a sense of calm and relaxation, encouraging physical, mental and emotional balance along with a connection to our creativity and passions. Physically the focus is on moving deeper into the connective tissues of the body (ligaments, tendons and fascia) with each pose typically lasting three to five minutes.
This will prepare us for part two of the workshop – an extended yoga nidra practice to leave you feeling refreshed, restored and rebalanced.
This workshop is open to all levels, however it is not suitable for pregnant students.
Yoga Improvers Workshop: Backbends
Saturday 9 February | 2pm to 4pm | £25
This workshop led by Lynne Fugard will build through an invigorating sequence, strengthening and opening the body in preparation for a deliciously deep backbend practice. Using props and partner work there will be time to break down and work towards those more challenging backbends from the yoga asana practice – including standing, seated, balancing and inverted poses – leaving you plenty of ideas to take back to your self-practice and weekly classes. Together, we will explore safe and supported ways to extend and expand, finding space, breath and ease in these deep postures without risk of injury. All that’s left is to enjoy the uplifting, empowering energetic, emotional and physical benefits backbends can bring.
As potent antidotes to our forward-facing, desk-ridden lives, these transformative poses strengthen around the spine, enhancing posture and breath-capacity, all whilst lifting the mood, stimulating the nervous system, and clarifying the mind.
Yoga Beginners Course
Sundays 14 February to 14 March | 7.30pm to 8.45pm | £85
Embody’s 5-week yoga foundation courses are an excellent way to learn the basic principles of yoga and gain an appreciation of its many benefits.
Our friendly and knowledgeable teacher Barbara Pevere 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.
Life Coaching Workshop: Success Without Burnout
Saturday 16 February October | 2pm to 4pm | £25
Do you find yourself wanting to keep performing well in your professional and personal life, but there’s a nagging feeling of disillusionment that you can’t seem to shake? Maybe you’re starting to feel distracted or less motivated to get things done in the way you used to? If so, this workshop is for you.
Led by Life Coach Danielle Brooker (who herself has experienced burnout and actually googled “how to get motivated and get my life back”), the focus of this workshop is to help you learn how to enjoy success while still putting yourself first. Danielle will share with you three super simple principles that will short-circuit that busy-want-a-change-but-don’t-know-how loop you’re in right now and help you to shed once and for all the feeling of being stuck in an unhappy and unfulfilling place. Plus, if you’ve ever wondered what on earth Life Coaching is all about, this is your chance to experience it first hand, and get all your questions answered.
This is an interactive session, giving you a framework to get more clarity about your next steps, and how to make decisions that are going to make you feel more motivated, energised and happy in your career, relationships and life itself.
Pilates Beginners Course
Thursdays 21 March to 18 April | 7.30pm to 8.45pm | £85
Join Rebecca Evans 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.
Foam Roller Workshop
Saturday 30 March | 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.
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