Yin. Nidra. Gong. A meditative workshop with Nicola Croucher.
Join Nicola on a magnificent journey towards peace, harmony, consciousness, light, and love. Through the healing arts of yin yoga, yoga nidra and the deep loving vibration of the gong, we will share an exploration of our inner worlds – starting with the physical body, and making our way through the many layers of our being towards stillness, oneness and peace.
Yin yoga is a slow moving meditation on the more subtle elements of the body, i.e. connective tissue, fascia, organs, emotions and psychological processes. It is an intuitive, explorative, therapeutic meditation to nourish the body and calm the mind. The practice is entwined with ancient wisdom and knowledge from traditional Chinese medicine and the Daoist tradition.
From here we will come away form our outer experiences and drop into a yoga nidra – also called the yogic sleep. If the consciousness can be separated from external awareness and from falling asleep, it becomes very powerful. A heightened level of awareness, and deep relaxation and healing is available to all at this level. Many practitioners of yoga nidra find an improvement in the quality of their sleep, memory and concentration. Ilnesses such as insomnia, migraines, psychosomatic disorders and even asthma have been managed with yoga nidra. It can be a great stress reliever, and awaken the psychic channels.
We will finish with a gong bath and sound healing, exploring the wealth of experiences which lie within our wondrous bodies. No left brain activity is required – in this deep meditative state, deep healing occurs quite organically on a cellular level. Experience yourself as soul – your true nature of light and love.
Raja Yoga workshop with Faustomaria Dorelli
This is a philosophy-based evening where Faustomaria will share his knowledge on meditation and the relationship between body and mind to help guide you through some of the challenges and questions that emerge as your yoga journey progresses.
Come along to soak up the knowledge, enjoy the warm atmosphere, and share your experiences.
Kirtan with Faustomaria
Join us each month for a wonderful evening of joyful chanting! Faustomaria will lead easy to follow mantras, accompanied by fantastic live musicians. Come and see for yourself how chanting with others can be a powerful and healing experience.
You don’t need any experience or any particular musical ability.
Everybody is welcome!
Chakra Dancing with Jaya Jaks
The ancient texts show that we have 7 main chakras within our bodies, each one representing a different colour, organ, endocrine system, emotion and rhythm . Through the magic of dance and movement within each chakra to different beats we invite ourselves to let go of old patterns and limited belief systems, freeing ourselves of old emotions and behaviours which keep us from moving forwards.
We will finish with a long calm and relaxing Yoga Nidra, also focusing on balancing the chakras.
Gong bath with Leo Cosendai
Gong meditation is a powerful sonic practice. Gongs have been used as shamanic tools and celebratory instruments for thousands of years, and are truly part of the tradition that is sound healing, which uses techniques such as chanting, drums, and Tibetan bowls to name a few.
The gong produces harmonic and dissonant tones which give you the opportunity to experience altered states of consciousness, where the mind is aligned with the body. From being exposed to the tones of the gongs you may notice a major improvement in the quality of your sleep, a better ability to cope with stress, and a sense of familiarity with stillness and contentment.
”Leo’s treatments are equally transformational and healing. His work through sound is remarkable.” – Wendy Mandy (Shaman, acupuncturist, counsellor)
Leo is a Prana Kriya Yoga teacher and a ”London’s foremost kundalini gong master” (The Times, 2016), and a composer born in Switzerland.
yoga for energy balance – through the chakras with divya kohli
The Yogic system outlines 7 key energetic points in the body. Each of these points (called chakras) is where a series of powerful physical, mental, emotional and spiritual energies meet and cross. Balancing energies at these points is one of the purposes and effects of a deep Hatha Yoga practice. When these 7 chakras are balanced, it is said we are whole and balanced and at our best/highest self.
This Sunday afternoon offers a physical, breath and meditation Yoga practice that will work especially to target each chakra. Whether you are new to Yoga or chakra work, you are likely to experience a shift towards more energy balance through this workshop. Depending on where you are on your path of development, this afternoon will give you insight into understanding chakras and how they relate to your body and life.
If you are working with a health condition, do speak to us prior to booking.
Splits workshop with Sylvia Garcia
Let Sylvia guide you through intelligent sequencing to move you along your journey into Hanumanasana (monkey pose), or splits. Tight hamstrings, quadriceps and psoas muscles can be a real challenge, so these areas will be focused on, along with the glutes – which will need to be strong in order to ensure a safe practice.
You will come away with a greater understanding of what is involved in this posture, and with the tools to continue improving it in your own regular practice.
This workshop is suitable for all levels and options will be given to suit any range of flexibility!
Christmas Yang Yin workshop with Jessica Stewart
Christmas is a very busy time for most of us. It’s really easy to lose sight of what celebrations at this time of year, across the spiritual traditions, are about.
This 3 hour workshop aims to restore balance, lift the seasonal heaviness of the body, and equip you with a take-home self-care practice.
We will begin with a short discussion on what the yoga tradition describes as ‘toxins’ and how to adapt your practice to suit the season. A strong open-level hatha flow practice will generate strength and heat, targeting the middle ‘fire’ of the body, followed by 90 minutes of Yin Yoga, floor based postures held for 3-5 minutes to release the connective tissues and joint tension.
The session will close with calming breath practices and guided meditation.
Handstands workshop with Sylvia Garcia
In this workshop we will be looking at the foundations of handstand and its practical application to a yoga flow. We will be coming at the handstand alignment from an acrobatic perspective in order to find a straight line that is not only more functional for transitions but much safer for the shoulder girdle than the more commonly seen yoga handstand alignment.
Sylvia taught herself how to stand on her hands over many years but really saw a huge change in her inversion practice when she started training it acrobatically. In this workshop she will share tips on how to improve your line, find balance and look at some of the transitions we commonly see in flow yoga styles today such as Dharma and Rocket.
This workshop is suitable for all levels. Whether you have never attempted a handstand before and are looking to start or have a strong practice and want to improve Sylvia will find something appropriate and suitable for you to play with.
Winter Solstice Restorative workshop with Divya Kohli
Heading into mid winter, this is a practice to both celebrate and prepare for the longest night of the year.
We will turn in and engage in deep long held and supportive postures in the restorative style, and then awaken from the physical to the deeper consciousness through a guided meditation. Physically the body will be invited to release tension and relax muscles, tissues and joints. While in the postures, guidance will be given on how to navigate distraction and discomfort.
The mind and body settled, meditation can be accessed and experienced more optimally.
Suitable for everyone (aged 18 plus): men, women, beginners and more experienced practitioners.