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.
Yintentions and pranayama: a New Year workshop with Nicola Croucher
A solid foundation of deeply nourishing Yin yoga, pranayama, meditation and focused intention. This workshop takes place at the end of January so you may well be reaffirming your intentions from the very start of the year to help you stay on track, focused and aligned, or setting a completely new sankalpa (intention).
The practice of Yin yoga is a slow moving meditation on the more subtle elements of the body: connective tissues, fascia, organs, emotions, psychological processes, subtle energy body. 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.
Prana (“ki”, or “chi”) refers to a basic, universal, all-pervading life-force energy long recognised by Eastern thought, which is now being more fully appreciated and studied by Western science. Yoga practitioners over the centuries have found that by practicing pranayama, or yogic breathing, we can access this energy, and harness and utilise its power. Yogic breathing is thus a wonderful tool for good health, longevity, presence and a calm relaxed mind. We will finish with a beautiful guided third eye meditation, and gentle sound healing to align our intentions and make manifest our best year yet. Come and join Nicola for this beautiful workshop and tap into the power of prana.
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!
The Fluid Body: Creating Ease in Your Practice with Lara Stapleton
We are blessed to live in a liquid medium with the human body averaging 70% water. The fluid body creates movement, integration and healing through pulsation, wave motion and tidal fluctuations. When yoga postures are tuned to the natural movement of this fluid body, the infinite and ecstatic come alive within us.
In this workshop we will explore asana from a fluid body perspective. You will be encouraged to feel into the asana and allow your authentic somatic identity to emerge. As you inhabit your own sensory experience both physically and energetically through mindful movement and breathing, you will start to learn about your own inner territory and move away from the rigid structures and holding patterns with ease and empathy.
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.
The Art of Stillness: Exploring the Pause with Lara Stapleton
In this age of constant movement, acceleration and distraction, when so many of us are all over the place, nothing can be more exhilarating than going slow and sitting still.
In this workshop we will explore intelligent somatic and yin practices that invite movement into stillness. Opening to being-ness, a listening and accessing dynamic stillness through meditative practices, mantra and breath work is the gateway to inner peace and balance. The Pause often referred to as the “non-doing” is invaluable to counter the effects of activation and over stimulation. It allows for the nervous system to return to its own true form and for the body’s innate intelligence to take over so we can heal from within.
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.
Intro to Acroyoga with Sylvia Garcia
A fabulous fun-filled workshop which will give you all the building blocks to start your Acroyoga practice. Based on acrobatics, yoga and Thai massage, Acroyoga is a highly accessible fusion of these practices. Working in small groups you will learn how to base, fly and spot some fun partner based shapes, inversions and transitions. Acroyoga is highly addictive, so be prepared to have lots of fun and learn to do things you didn’t think were possible!
No partner or previous experience required to attend – just a willingness to think outside the box and reconnect with your inner child!
finding balance with jessica stewart
Becoming steady in the body, mind and breath is the fundamental goal of yoga practice. Why is it that some days we are all over the place and other days we can master advanced balance poses?
In this 2 hour workshop Jessica will open with a 20 minute chat discussing the key tenets of physical balance and how it is cultivated through technique, breath and mind. You will then be led through yoga practice, incorporating yoga conditioning to strengthen stabilizing muscles groups, and a steady but strong vinyasa that will build your confidence from simple standing balances to more advanced arm balances and inversions. The workshop will close with a reflection on the philosophical roots of yoga and what the traditions of the practice try to teach us about balance on and off the mat.
Turiya with Josh Blau & Irene Ais
Ancient sages believed that our waking experience of life is but a dream that we must awaken from and that the light of our awareness is revealed just before we fall to sleep each night. The yogic practice of Yoga Nidra allows us to access this state of transcendental awareness called Turiya where we are both asleep and awake. The body and mind receive deep release of stress and fatigue whilst our highest consciousness continues to expand.
Join us for an experience of deep rest and awakening.
Awaken the Serpent with Josh Blau & Irene Ais
This is an experience to the very core of who we are and the tremendous power that can be accessed in the human spine. This masterclass in the traditional system of Hatha yoga focuses on bandhas, breath and energy in order to awaken the dormant kundalini energy at the base of the spine. This workshop is for the students who are ready to experience the limitless strength and freedom that can be unlocked from within.
Expect yoga asana, pranayama, bandhas, chakra vibration and meditation.