The Life Centre offers yoga and pilates classes 7 days per week at our London centres in Notting Hill and Islington.

All of our classes are bookable online and available for drop-in too.

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Monday Beginners Yoga Course - 6 Weeks

With Leone Roberts
19 Feb – 26 Mar 2018, 20:15–21:30

This 6 week course introduces the classic body of yoga postures (asanas) and basic sequences, including sun salutations. A focus on healthy alignment principles and an introduction to breathing practices (pranayama) will help build strength, flexibility and create a foundation for your yoga practice.

£75

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This 6 week course introduces the classic body of yoga postures (asanas) and basic sequences, including sun salutations. A focus on healthy alignment principles and an introduction to breathing practices (pranayama) will help build strength, flexibility and create a foundation for your yoga practice.

In this course, students will receive personal attention from an experienced teacher week to week providing an ideal environment for learning.  Building upon the core poses and working at a pace that ensures learning, students will build strength and knowledge, as well as cultivate greater mental clarity and calm. The Beginner Course is way to begin your practice and discover yoga in a safe and fun space.  Perfect for beginners, people who like to learn sequentially or anyone looking to revisit the fundamentals of yoga.

On completion of the course you will have the experience, confidence and knowledge to attend any of The Life Centre’s Yoga Level 1 or Level 1-2 classes.

Beginners Course Offer

Continue your yoga journey with a half-price 10 class pass for £65.00 or a half-price unlimited pass for £70.00. Available to purchase up to two weeks after the completion of  your Course or New Client Offer. 

**** If booking for more than one person, please call 020 7221 4602. Please do not book via the website. ****

Times

6 Week Course
Mondays
19 February – 26 March
20:15 – 21:30

Requirements

A 20% discount is available to senior citizens, registered unemployed and full time students. Available to purchase in centre only proof of status is required.

Eligibility

No experience necessary

Capacity

27

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Still in the City: Love and Meditation

With Jasmin Harsono
23 Feb 2018, 19:30–20:45

Join Jasmin Harsono of Emerald + Tiger, for an evening of Reiki and meditation to help you cultivate and experience a sense of self love.

£20

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Join Jasmin Harsono of Emerald + Tiger, for an evening of Reiki and meditation to help you cultivate and experience a sense of self love.

At the start of the session, Jasmin will give each participant a rose-quartz tumble stone to work with during the session, which you can keep to use at home. She will then lead a guided meditation with voice and chanting to settle into the space, before moving on to a group Reiki treatment.

Everyone will lie down, get comfortable and warm as we become still. Hands placed across the heart area as we go deeper embracing gratitude into our hearts.

Each person will receive short Reiki treatments one on one concentrating around the heart chakra. This is a time for stillness and silence, following the sounds and receiving the light and love energy from Reiki; connecting with our higher self and connecting with one another’s energy, this journey begins with expressing self-love for ourselves, everyone in the room, and then sharing it into the world and beyond.

Eligibility

Suitable for all

Capacity

30

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Form and Release

With Eunice Laurel, Ruth Westoby
24 Feb 2018, 14:00–17:00

Join Eunice and Ruth for a three-hour foray into presence, Ashtanga, and Yoga Nidrā.

£35

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Join Eunice and Ruth for a three-hour foray into presence, Ashtanga, and Yoga Nidrā.

We’ll begin the workshop with some chanting, then Eunice will lead a practice to welcome you inwards. Ruth will then guide a more dynamic practice that through enquiry into the Ashtanga sequence seeks to unravel themes of structure and release, focus and dissolution, breathing alive. Eunice will conclude the session offering a Yoga Nidrā to bring you home.

This workshop aims to create a safe, reflective space to dive inwards. The techniques we use in these explorations we hope will be fruitful in your ongoing, personal practice.
 

Eligibility

Open to all. Some previous experience of yoga is helpful but not necessary.

Capacity

50

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Inviting Harmony: A 2.5hr Flow and Restore Retreat

With Maren Weege
24 Feb 2018, 18:30–21:00

A flow and restorative retreat with live acoustic music to wake up to.

£25

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A flow and restorative retreat with live acoustic music to wake up to.

If you feel the need to recharge your batteries as we are slowly leaving winter behind and open up for spring and you feel the urge to come home to a peaceful place inside yourself, this mini retreat is for you.

The intention of this workshop is to offer practices and guidance that open space for you to experience a deeper awareness and acceptance of yourself one breath at a time. There is no end goal in this journey, nothing to achieve because - ironically - self-acceptance comes when we stop striving, reaching or forcing. The retreat is made up of three parts: breathing and movement, sounding and meditation, restorative yoga and live music.

We will begin with a yoga nidra to set the tone for the entire experience, followed by breath awareness and body awareness exercises which will turn into more classical yoga postures and breath initiated movement. To bridge over into the restorative part of the retreat, we will join our voices in a sounding practice followed by a meditation. The last hour of the retreat is dedicated to deep rest and the offering of live acoustic music towards the end of the journey.

The special treat is the offering of live acoustic guitar and vocals towards the end of the final relaxation pose. Maren has been writing, playing and singing for her own enjoyment for years and more recently began to share her music on invitation by other teachers at the end of yoga nidras and during savasana as well as in her workshops for women. The choice of songs will be in tune with the intention of the retreat and slowly guide you from deep relaxation to a more active mindset leaving you ready to meet the outside world.

Eligibility

All welcome, including pregnant women.

Capacity

50

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Connected by Love and Compassion: Family Yoga Workshop

With Ayala Homossany
25 Feb 2018, 14:00–16:00

Come and join a fascinating and magical family yoga workshop where you will be invited to explore the many ways in which yoga can enhance creativity and self-expression.

£30 for 1 adult + 1 child, £45 for a family ticket (up to 2 adults + 2 children)

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Come and join a fascinating and magical family yoga workshop where you will be invited to explore the many ways in which yoga can enhance creativity and self-expression. The focus of this workshop will be on love and compassion. You will enjoy the wonders of family yoga through creative partner yoga (adult and child), playful yoga games, the Enchanted Wonders A-Z cards, mindfulness moments, delicious relaxation and art related activity.
 
The workshop will be divided into two parts. In the first part of the workshop we will explore how family yoga enables us to be connected by love and compassion with ourselves and with everyone else. The second part of the workshop will be dedicated to a related art activity where everybody will be invited to join in and create and then take home their creation.

A mini break with snacks and tea will take place between the two parts and handouts with practical ideas form the workshop will be given at the end.

About Enchanted Wonders -

Like most parents we are passionate about children exploring their imagination and natural creativity. The challenge is to maintain and foster creativity and curiosity in our children.

At Enchanted Wonders we believe that yoga can be used as a tool and a spring board for children to explore the endless possibilities of the world around them. Yoga inspires creative play, enhance learning abilities, self-expression and conversation.

All we want to do, is to give them the encouragement and the free space to continue their path of exploration without forcing them into our norms and conventions.

Let our children have the time and space to explore and offer them the ability to open the door to their imagination and give them the confidence to keep exploring. Remember, there is no right or wrong…

 

**** If booking for more than one person, please call 020 7221 4602. Please do not book via the website as the second person will not appear on the roster.****

Eligibility

Suitable for children aged 4 and above

Capacity

14

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Movement for Healing

With Eunice Laurel
2 Mar 2018, 19:30–21:00

Join Eunice for an evening of nurturing, women-centred practice.

This restorative workshop aims to re-establish, or deepen connection to your body in a respectful, female-supported space. Classes will begin with some gentle movement, welcoming you back to your body, followed by an invitation to transition into stillness with a nurturing Yoga Nidra Mediation.

£20

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Join Eunice for an evening of nurturing, women-centred practice.

This restorative workshop aims to re-establish, or deepen connection to your body in a respectful, female-supported space. Classes will begin with some gentle movement, welcoming you back to your body, followed by an invitation to transition into stillness with a nurturing Yoga Nidra Meditation. 

The practice has been designed to be sensitive to the needs of those who have experienced physical and emotional trauma. It hopes to foster a sense of being steady in your body without being overwhelmed by intrusive thoughts. Through mindful movements, the practice will support you to observe any physical sensations that may surface, promoting your resilience and self-trust as you learn to allow emotions to rise and pass by.

No prior experience of yoga is necessary. Please dress in a way you find comfortable. Water is available at the studio but please feel free to bring a water bottle should you wish.

At the end of the workshop you will have an opportunity to journal, which may prove a beneficial way to unload your thoughts, leaving them behind on the page. Notebooks and pencils will be provided should you wish to make use of these resources.

These workshops are for women and all women are welcome. Eunice hopes to encourage a sense of community and as such, tea, fruit, chocolate and company will be available at the end of the evening.

Capacity

30

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Elevating Children’s Imagination, Creativity & Self Expression Through Yoga (Yogacampus)

With Ayala Homossany
3 Mar 2018, 09:30–17:00

Join Ayala Homossany for a workshop which will concentrate on introducing tools to enhance children’s motorical, verbal and emotional expression through the practice of yoga. In creative ways, we will learn how to enable the children, stimulate self-expression and give them a stage for their creativity. We will explore how yoga practice can be extended and become a fantastic and invaluable tool to nurture the child’s imagination and curiosity and enhance their language skills.

£90

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Sometimes we are not sure how to access our creativity or inspiration, and from time to time we know what we want to do or say, but we are unsure how to truly express ourselves.

As children, our first dreams may have been to be an astronaut, a firefighter, an actor or singer. Most children do not get the privilege to express their dreams. Most are being told by their surroundings to get back to reality, stop showing off, or that their dreams are unachievable. As a result, many children give up their dreams and literally mute their ability to express their thoughts, ideas, aspirations and emotions.

When we, adults, deny children from expressing themselves freely, we create a generation which is afraid to express itself, explore, innovate, and create. These communication blocks have been documented in medical literature as potentially leading into unhealthy situations, both physically and mentally.

Therefore, just as we practice yoga on the mat, or yoga in our daily life as adults, we can also use yoga as a magical tool to provide children with the ability to fully express themselves in any form. Doing that will allow our children to express their deepest emotions, to be heard, seen, noticed, and accepted. As Albert Einstein acknowledged many years ago: “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.”

Throughout the workshop, we will concentrate on introducing tools to enhance children’s motorical, verbal and emotional expression through the practice of yoga. In creative ways, we will learn how to enable the children, stimulate self-expression and give them a stage for their creativity. We will explore how yoga practice can be extended and become a fantastic and invaluable tool to nurture the child’s imagination and curiosity and enhance their language skills.

You will come out of the workshop with tangible knowledge and ideas that will make a happy addition to your tool box and will spice up your yoga practice with children and kids yoga classes. Such ideas will include, among others, the use of different props, the use of Enchanted Wonders A-Z yoga cards, games, songs and more.

The course is open to parents, yoga teachers and trainee yoga teachers and to those working with children. Yoga practice experience in necessary.

Requirements

This is a Yogacampus workshop, all bookings must be made through them.

Eligibility

Open to parents, yoga teachers, trainee yoga teachers and to those working with children. Yoga practice experience is necessary.

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Restorative Yoga: A Calm Mind Unveils The Treasure!

With Joyce McMiken
3 Mar 2018, 14:15–16:45

This workshop will briefly outline the human mind according to the Vedantic philosophy. We will consider how our restorative yoga practice can help us to find the innermost treasure that Swami Rama mentions and the importance of practices that aim to calm the mind.

£30

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“According to Vedantic philosophy, the human mind is the obstacle to liberation, but it is also the tool that drills, penetrates, and drives one to the innermost treasure, the kingdom of Atman.” Swami Rama

This workshop will briefly outline the human mind according to the Vedantic philosophy.  We will consider how our restorative yoga practice can help us to find the innermost treasure that Swami Rama mentions and the importance of practices that aim to calm the mind. 

We will give ourselves permission to lie down, soften, slow down the brain waves, soothe the nervous system, recharge, boost energy levels, unfold over props, feel supported and held in a comfortable silence.  In addition to the asana practice, there will be some simple techniques in breath control to help expand and balance the flow of vital energy, and possibly a little mantra work to assist us on our journey.  Seated meditation will be weaved into an almost silent practice to enable you to observe the effects of the restorative practice and dive into the subtle aspects of your yoga practice. 

Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the start time.  

Times

Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to allow time to gather the props you will need and settle in before the workshop starts.

Capacity

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Book Launch: The Yoga Teaching Handbook

With Tanja, Graham, Lisa, Liz
3 Mar 2018, 18:00–20:00

We are delighted to invite you to the official book launch of Yoga Teaching Handbook: A Practical Guide for Yoga Teachers and Trainees edited by Yogacampus graduate, Sian O’Neill.

£15 (Receive £5 off the book)

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To celebrate the launch, special chapter contributors and Yogacampus teachers Liz Lark, Graham Burns, Tanja Mickwitz, and Lisa Kaley-Isley will be bringing their chapters to life by sharing their knowledge and experience with you. Liz Lark will kick off the event with an intelligently sequenced class after which she will share insights on The Art of Composing – the subject of her chapter. You will then be treated to drinks and nibbles as you take your seats to listen to Graham on Incorporating Philosophy into Yoga Teaching, Tanja on Yoga and Mythology, and Lisa Kaley-Isley on Yoga Therapy: Training, Assessment and Practice.

There will also be time for Q&A and book signing!

Schedule:

6-6.45pm: Asana class with Liz Lark
6.45-7pm: Deconstructing the Sequence with Liz Lark
7-7.10pm: Grab your drink and nibbles
7.10-7.20pm: Incorporating Philosophy into Yoga Teaching with Graham Burns
7.20-7.40pm: Yoga and Mythology with Tanja Mickwitz
7.40-7.50pm: Yoga Therapy with Lisa Kayley-Isley
7.50-8pm: Q&A, book signing and photos!

About the book:
Including insights from renowned yoga professionals, including Liz Lark, Lizzie Lasater, Andrew McGonigle, Katy Appleton and Tarik Dervish and more, this book offers practical ways to hone teaching skills. It features topics such as working with common injuries and conditions, breath, sequencing, incorporating philosophy and myth into class, and the links between yoga and Qigong and Ayurveda. It also provides key information on how to get the most out of a yoga business, with advice on setting up and running a studio, and planning and leading retreats. As part of the launch, your ticket entry entitles you to £5 off the full price of the book.

Eligibility

Open to all

Capacity

50

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Unlocking the Power of the Vagus Nerve

With Catherine Annis
4 Mar 2018, 14:00–16:00

Ever wondered what the Vagus nerve is and why it’s so important? Playing a fundamental role in the parasympathetic nervous system, the so-called “wandering nerve” is responsible for our rest and digest capacities, and when stimulated, produces a calming and soothing force in our bodies.

£25

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Ever wondered what the Vagus nerve is and why it’s so important? Playing a fundamental role in the parasympathetic nervous system, the so-called “wandering nerve” is responsible for our rest and digest capacities, and when stimulated, produces a calming and soothing force in our bodies.

Join us to explore how we can stimulate vagal tone to help:

  • harmonise the systems of the body,
  • lower our blood pressure
  • lower heart rate
  • reduce anxiety  
  • reduce inflammation
  • increase our sense of trust, compassion, acceptance, and joy.

We’ll learn some simple techniques to access the Vagus to help us unwind and let go.  And whilst many of us enjoy those sensations of increased openness, we’ll also explore how we can balance that relaxation by creating a sense of stability and containment, working to centre and strengthen our physical and emotional selves. 

Leave feeling relaxed, resilient, strong and open. 

Eligibility

Open to all

Capacity

27

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History of Yoga: 3 Week Course

With Ruth Westoby
7–21 Mar 2018, 20:00–21:30

Explore the history of yoga from ancient traces to modern manifestations in these three exploratory workshops with Ruth Westoby.

Through chanting, lectures, discussion and contemplation, we inquire into the historical framework of practitioners and movements. Over three weeks, we will look at the ideas and texts that have evolved into the contemporary yoga we practice today.

£45

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Explore the history of yoga from ancient traces to modern manifestations in these three exploratory workshops with Ruth Westoby.
 
Through chanting, lectures, discussion and contemplation, we inquire into the historical framework of practitioners and movements. Over three weeks, we will look at the ideas and texts that have evolved into the contemporary yoga we practice today.

Session 1 will offer a timeline and thematic overview, before exploring the ideas that underpin Indian thought, and yoga:

  • karma (retributive action)
  • duḥkha (unsatisfactoriness)
  • saṃsāra (the wheel of repeated birth and death)
  • moksa (freedom)

Session 2 will present yoga in the classical period:

  • the Pātañjalayogaśāstra,
  • the Sāṃkhyakarikā, and
  • the Bhagavad Gītā.

And session 3 explores how yoga develops through Tantra and haṭhayoga before morphing into transnational modern yoga.

The lecture sections of the workshops will be accompanied with rich visual images. Whilst there will be sitting practices there will be no postural practice. No prior experience or knowledge is required, just a burning curiosity to learn!

No preparation is required. Textual extracts will be provided to accompany the sessions. If you would like to get a copy of James Mallinson and Mark Singleton’s Roots of Yoga, published by Penguin in 2017 this is an extremely useful text for exploring the history and ideas of yoga.

Eligibility

No prior experience or knowledge is required.

Capacity

30

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Oasis of Sound: An Evening of Sound Bath and Mantras

With Anne Malone
9 Mar 2018, 19:30–21:00

Join Anne every second Friday of the month for an evening of sound bath and mantras to sooth you into your weekend.

£18

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“Music is the breath of Love … bathe in the beautiful vibrations of the Sound Bath … Journey into the heart of sound” Join Anne every second Friday of the month for a sound bath to soothe you into your weekend, as you relax into the healing sounds of Tibetan Bowls, Gong, Shamanic Drum, Hang, Sansula, Rainstick and vocal toning.

Bathe and relax in the healing vibrations of Gong, Shamanic Drum, Hang, Sansula and Rainstick as your body resonates within these pure tones, you begin to feel refreshed and retuned. Sing your heart into the bliss of Mantra and the joy of chanting together, move and flow into motion, ready to sail into a blissful weekend.

This is Friday’s Oasis - your Soundbath to the weekend.

‘Oasis of Sound is the perfect counterpoint to the stresses and hassle of living in a major city. The music is sublime, played on an assortment of instruments that include rain sticks, gongs, guitars and hang drums and Anne’s stunning voice transports the room to a haven of tranquility. Sound actually becomes physical when Anne places a singing bowl on various “chakra areas” of the body, its vibrations coursing through every cell. I can honestly say it’s one of the highlights of my week.’ Michael Reece, Artist

”Anne is an extraordinary sound explorer and healer. Her musical journeys are incredible soundscapes for the yoga of life”
Shiva Rea

If you are interested in taking sound healing further, Anne also offers a 6 day (3 weekend) training with Yogacampus starting on 09th/10th September designed to help you facilitate your very own Sound Bath. (All levels welcome)

Sacred Sound and Vocal Toning Teacher Training

Sample Anne's soothing sounds here:

https://mynunorthernsoul.bandcamp.com/track/aadgurayname-2

See Anne's new video here:

No Place Like Home

 

**** If booking for more than one person, please call 020 7704 0919. Please do not book via the website. ****

Times

This event also takes place on the following dates:
6 April
11 May



Join us after from 21.00-21.30 for chats, chai and brownies!


Eligibility

Suitable for all levels

Capacity

50

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Kirtan: The Yogic Practice of Heart-Centred Singing

With Sivani Mata Francis, The Shakti Soul Family
10 Mar 2018, 19:00–21:00

Join Sivani Mata Francis and friends for a monthly evening of Kirtan.

£10 in advance, £15 on the door

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A 20% discount is available to senior citizens, registered unemployed and full time students. Available to purchase in centre only proof of status is required.

Join us to share in an evening of Kirtan. Singing the profoundly healing sounds of sanskrit mantra effortlessly drops our awareness out of our busy minds and into our hearts. Kirtan is from the path of Bhakti Yoga (pure love and compassion) and responds to where you are it and what you need in that moment, whether that is to bring you to a space of calm or elation. It can be deeply moving and incredibly joyful.

Each month Sivani Mata will be joined by The Shakti Soul Family, a collective of musicians passionate about bhakti: Michelle Crozier (drum and divine harmonies), Mark Fisher (guitar), Michael McCaffrey (bells and shakers), Jezney Hollis (mandolin) and occasionally others. The family supports the Kirtan with heartfelt warmth and rootsy rhythms as a sound foundation for everyone present to be part of the band. Together, all our voices and hearts co-create the magic of the Kirtan.

The evening will end with the sharing of some home-made prasadam, a sweet treat that has imbued the blessings of our practice together (the treat is always gluten, dairy and refined sugar free).

 

Advance booking is recommended as this is a popular event. Please arrive by 6.30pm for a 7pm start.

 

**** If booking for more than one person, please call 020 7704 0919. Please do not book via the website. ****

Times

This event takes place monthly. Other upcoming dates are:

10 March
28 April
19 May

Eligibility

All welcome

Capacity

93

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A Journey to the Lotus: Free Your Pelvis And Experience The “Nectar”, Our Life Force

With Margherita Dal Pra
11 Mar 2018, 14:00–16:00

Come and join Margherita for an afternoon workshop of deep hip openers, working on how to isolate and release the fascia around the hips for a steady grounded posture.

£25

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Come and join Margherita for an afternoon workshop of deep hip openers, working on how to isolate and release the fascia around the hips for a steady grounded posture.

Expect an exploration of alignment principles to safely open your pelvis, with a "nectar" slow, deep creative hip opening practice, to create inner quiet and acceptance. By working with Apana one of the 5 Prana Vayus, we prepare the body and mind for a moment of meditation and make it possible to produce that inner sense of honey-like nectar, in Ayurveda called soma, the power of moonlight for deep peace. 

Margherita will teach a sequence of standing, seated and supine poses that will strengthen and clarify these openers, to calm the nervous system and dive deeper. Discover how deep alignment practices can be transformational. A deep savasana and meditation to end the class will help us truly move into our week smoothly! All levels welcome, except absolute beginners. 

Eligibility

All levels welcome, except absolute beginners.

Capacity

27

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Sound Bath and Massage

With Anne Malone
15 Mar 2018, 19:45–21:00

Your Sound Bath & Reiki Relaxation to the weekend.

£18

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Join Anne and friends one Thursday a month for a unique Sound Bath and gentle massage to soothe you into your weekend.

You can relax into the healing sounds of Tibetan Bowls, Gong, Shamanic Drum, Rainstick & Mantra as the stress of your week dissolves within the embrace of healing massage.

Our massage and sounds will vary with each Sound Bath so that we can explore the magical combinations.

**** If booking for more than one person, please call 020 7221 4602. Please do not book via the website, as the second person will not appear on the roster. ****

Times

Occurs one Thursday a month. Upcoming dates are:
19 April
31 May

Eligibility

Suitable for all levels

Capacity

14

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Fire & Nectar Sadhana ~ a Rasa Yoga Workshop

With Tanja Mickwitz
17 Mar 2018, 14:30–17:30

Spring Equinox is the perfect time to seek balance as the days and nights even out. This will be an afternoon of celebrating the shedding of winter and welcoming the light through a full spectrum practice.

£35

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Spring Equinox is the perfect time to seek balance as the days and nights even out. This will be an afternoon of celebrating the shedding of winter and welcoming the light through a full spectrum practice.

Fire Practice ~ purify and strengthen through working towards arm balances and backbends to invigorate and welcome that spring feeling.

Nectar Practice ~ nourish and soothe with hip-openers and restorative poses to release and rejuvenate after the winter months.

Sankalpa ~ refine your intention for the coming months and embody it in your practice. This workshop falls on a New Moon which is a potent time to plant seeds of intention.

Yoga Nidra ~ deep guided relaxation is the perfect way to deeply integrate your intention and offer it up to the greater whole.

What is Rasa Yoga? Founded by Sianna Sherman, Rasa Yoga weaves together asana, mantra, mudra, pranayama, meditation and chanting… along with tantra, shadow work, ritual, and a deep reverence for nature. It honours the tradition and lineage of yoga, while awakening your authentic creativity as a yoga practitioner in the modern world.

Eligibility

Open to all except complete beginners.

Capacity

30

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Silent Yin & Gong Bath

With Norman Blair, Charlie Merton
17 Mar 2018, 18:30–21:30

The beauty of a silent Yin yoga sequence followed by the resonance of the gongs.

£35

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The beauty of a silent Yin yoga sequence followed by the resonance of the gongs.

Yin yoga is a lovely form to practice together in silence. You will be led through the postures and assisted when necessary. 90 minutes of quietness will be followed by the vibrations of the gongs, resonating deep into every cell of the body.

The quietening of body and mind in the silent practice paths our way into a deep and potent experience of self as awareness is honed.

Eligibility

Open to all

Capacity

45

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Gong Bath

With Charlie Merton
18 Mar 2018, 14:30–15:45

Charlie will lead you through a sonic healing soundscape which will include 4 gongs, tibetan bowls, rainstick, & sansula.

£18

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Charlie will lead you through a sonic healing soundscape which will include 4 gongs, tibetan bowls, rainstick, & sansula. The use of gongs and tibetan bowls stimulates the alpha and theta brainwaves which are associated with meditative states. The healing power of the session is enhanced with the use of 3 planetary gongs Jupiter, Venus, Sidonic Moon) in addition to a large symphonic gong.
The experience will open the body and mind, and help to release energetic blocks and tension which accumulate through the everyday trauma of our lives.

Feeling tones are heard not just by the ears but felt kinaesthetically by the entire body as a collective ear - really it’s like receiving a sound massage. The gong bath experience is like being wrapped in a powerful cocoon of pure holistic resonance, the powerful and wholesome tones enable the listener to disappear completely in the sound field resulting in a profound sense of well being and inner peace. People emerge feeling extremely relaxed, re- energised and refreshed.

 

**** If booking for more than one person, please call 020 7221 4602. Please do not book via the website as the second person will not appear on the roster.****

Eligibility

Suitable for all

Capacity

30

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Hypnobirthing 4 Week Course

With Mary-Anne Constable
19 Mar – 16 Apr 2018, 18:45–21:45

Hypnobirthing is a complete antenatal course and birth education. It teaches you simple and effective hypnosis, relaxation as well as simple breathing techniques for a better and more comfortable birth.

£315 per couple

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Hypnobirthing is a complete antenatal course and birth education. It teaches you simple and effective hypnosis, relaxation as well as simple breathing techniques for a better and more comfortable birth. A Hypnobirthing course with HypnobirthMe will build confidence and release fear in your upcoming birth.

The course includes:

  • Breathing exercises
  • Deep relaxations
  • Visualisations
  • Effective work in  releasing fear and building confidence
  • How the birthing partner can be your powerful protector & support
  • How your body is designed to give birth with efficiency & comfort
  • Knowledge about pregnancy, birth and the ‘system’ you find yourself in
  • A simple practice regime to enable a successful hypnobirth
  • Understanding how the mind and body work together

You will also learn the 5 all important Cs of hypnobirthing

Confidence When you feel confident, you relax and work with your body effectively;

Control With the knowledge you obtain, you are able to take control of how you give birth;

Choice When you feel in control, the choices you make are the best choices for you and  for your baby;

Calm When you feel calm in your birth, you are relaxed and your body and mind work efficiently together in harmony; and

Comfort The result is that your body works efficiently and comfortably. 

A KG Hypnobirthing birth can be the most wonderful and empowering experience of your life. The course is limited to 4 couples so early booking is recommended.

Please note there is no class on Monday 2 April (Easter Monday).

Times

4 Week Course
Mondays 6:45-9:45pm

19 March – 16 April
Please note there is no class on 2 April (Easter Monday)

Eligibility

Recommended for expectant mothers and their birthing partner from 20 weeks of pregnancy onwards

Capacity

4 couples

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Everything is Sacred: A Kirtan & Bhakti Exploration

With Sivani Mata Francis
20 Mar 2018, 18:30–20:30

Come join us to explore Bhakti Yoga (the path of pure love and compassion) through Kirtan (heart-centred singing) as an elemental practice recognising that all things in life are sacred, and in extension of this embracing self-acceptance, reminding us that there is no-thing that is not sacred.

£15 advance, £20 on the door

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Come join us to explore Bhakti Yoga (the path of pure love and compassion) through Kirtan (heart-centred singing) as an elemental practice recognising that all things in life are sacred, and in extension of this embracing self-acceptance, reminding us that there is no-thing that is not sacred.

On this eve of the Spring Equinox, and in the middle of the Indian festival of Navaratri (nine nights honouring the Goddess), we will celebrate and connect with deep feminine through our practice together with Kirtan, stories, and the opportunity for discussion and the sharings of truth in our circle (Satsang).

All Welcome. JAI MA!

Eligibility

Open to all

Capacity

12

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Thursday Beginners Yoga Course - 4 Weeks

With Zhozeh Zarrindast
22 Mar – 12 Apr 2018, 19:45–21:00

This 4 week course introduces the classic body of yoga postures (asanas) and basic sequences, including sun salutations. A focus on healthy alignment principles and an introduction to breathing practices (pranayama) will help build strength, flexibility and create a foundation for your yoga practice.

£55

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In this course, students will receive personal attention from an experienced teacher week to week providing an ideal environment for learning.  Building upon the core poses and working at a pace that ensures learning, students will build strength and knowledge, as well as cultivate greater mental clarity and calm.

The Beginners Course is the ideal way to begin your practice and discover yoga in a safe and fun space.  Perfect for beginners, people who like to learn sequentially or anyone looking to revisit the fundamentals of yoga. On completion of the course you will have the experience, confidence and knowledge to attend any of The Life Centre’s Yoga Level 1 or Level 1-2 classes.

Beginners Course Offer

Continue your yoga journey with a half-price 10 class pass for £65.00 or a half-price unlimited pass for £70.00. Available to purchase up to two weeks after the completion of  your Course or New Client Offer. 

**** If booking for more than one person, please call 020 7221 4602. Please do not book via the website. ****

Times

4 Week Course
Thursdays
22 March – 12 April
19:45 – 21.00

Requirements

A 20% discount is available to senior citizens, registered unemployed and full time students. Available to purchase in centre only proof of status is required.

Eligibility

No experience necessary

Capacity

15

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Handstands, Inversions and Arm Balances

With Sylvia Garcia
23 Mar 2018, 19:30–21:30

Handstands have become more and more common in yoga classes over the past few years but it’s tricky in led classes to really take the time to break down the mechanics of the posture to fully understand the alignment and strength required.

In this workshop we will be looking at exploring and approaching arm balances from hand placement and alignment to full handstand.

£25

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We will be looking at creating strength and stability in the shoulder girdle and the core which is not only an important way or holding yourself upside down on your hands but also to build the confidence that is often lacking when approaching these more challenging Asana.

Remembering that many of these poses take years of practise before they feel stable and comfortable, the basics and techniques which we will explore will be the perfect foundation for this. For those who are more experienced with arm balances and handstands, we will look at variations and transitions to further challenge ourselves.

Approach this with a playful attitude. Fall, laugh and try again creating a fun and joyful facet to the practise.

Suitable for those who have some previous yoga experience, not for complete beginners.

**** If booking for more than one person, please call 020 7221 4602. Please do not book via the website. ****

Eligibility

All Levels

Capacity

30

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Embodying the Chakras: A Yin & Yang Workshop

With Isabell Britsch
24 Mar 2018, 14:00–17:00

Join Isabell for a journey through the Chakras, flowing through invigorating sequences to release blocked energy, before slowing down for a cooling yin practice to create greater awareness of the subtle body.

£35

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Explore ancient yoga philosophy on the subtle energy body through the contemporary lens, and deepen your understanding of how places where energy concentrates in the body - the chakras - play an integral role in human experience.

We will take a journey to explore the characteristics of each chakra flowing through invigorating sequences to release blocked energy and connect to vitality, and then slow it down for a more meditative approach to create greater awareness of our subtle anatomy.

Balance your energy from the inside out and explore the chakras in a meaningful, embodied way.
 

Eligibility

For all levels apart from complete beginners

Capacity

50

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Womb Yoga - A Nurturing and Revitalising Session for Women

With Uma Dinsmore-Tuli
24 Mar 2018, 18:30–20:30

This therapeutic and deliciously feminine approach to yoga especially for women integrates rhythmic asana (postures) with breath, sound, mudra (gesture) and bandhas (pelvic floor locks and seals) to enhance awareness of our inner woman’s wisdom and elemental connections.

£25

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This therapeutic and deliciously feminine approach to yoga especially for women integrates rhythmic asana (postures) with breath, sound, mudra (gesture) and bandhas (pelvic floor locks and seals) to enhance awareness of our inner woman's wisdom and elemental connections.

This integrated and harmonious approach to hatha yoga is especially developed to bring comfort and joy to women. It is suited to all women, with or without previous experience of yoga. Women of all ages are welcome, whether you are complete beginners or super-experienced yoginis or yoga teachers. In fact, any woman who would like a feminine, nourishing and fluid practice with elegant movement flows, delicious breath work, resonant sound, and deep healing relaxation is invited to join her sisters for this women-only class.

Perhaps you are seeking to conceive, and would like to optimise your womb’s well-being? Perhaps you are in your moon-time and would like to enjoy a class where the teacher asks you how you are, listens to what you say, and then teaches practices that responds to how you or your womb feel this evening? Perhaps you are in a place where there is no regularity to your cycle and you would like time to connect with the rhythmic unfolding of feminine lunar consciousness in your body? Maybe you are coming to the end of your menstruating years and are seeking to embrace the heart seed of feminine wisdom as you enter menopause? Perhaps you have passed through menopause and would like to experience the delight of yoga which responds kindly to a woman’s body? Or maybe you just enjoy practising luscious yoga with your sisters?

**** If booking for more than one person, please call 020 7704 0919. Please do not book via the website. ****

Eligibility

All women are welcome including pregnant, menstruating and menopausal women.

Capacity

45

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An Introduction to The Craven Formula - 2 Part Workshop

With Helen Craven
25 Mar – 8 Apr 2018, 14:00–16:00

A unique programme based on a synergy of hypnosis, meditation and mindfulness that will include the book ‘An Inside Job’, plus audio downloads.

£60 (Includes a copy of The Inside Job Book)

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However successful we are in our lives, there are invariably things that creep into our thoughts or behaviour patterns that do not help us achieve our goals.  This is part of being human.

This programme helps us to overcome the negative aspects of our lives, whilst accepting ourselves as we are.  It builds on our natural goal-seeking capabilities as well as assisting us to find greater peace and satisfaction from ourselves and the world around us.

The Craven Formula can be adapted for specific areas of concern, or as a general enhancement process for greater feelings of well-being.

The workshops are a synergy of hypnosis, meditation and mindfulness and will include the book “An Inside Job” plus audio downloads. 

Times

This is a 2 part workshop.

Part 1: 25 March 2-4pm
Part 2: 8 April 2-4pm

Eligibility

Suitable for all

Capacity

27

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Rhythms of Life: A Yoga and Dance Experience (Shakti Dance)

With Sivani Mata Francis
31 Mar 2018, 18:30–20:30

An exploration of yoga and dance set to a mantra and conscious music soundtrack.

£15 in advance or £20 on the door

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An exploration of yoga and dance set to a mantra and conscious music soundtrack.

Tuning in to the Rhythms of Life is to tune in to how we feel in this moment, the season we find ourselves in, and our inner cycles. In this exploration of yoga and dance we tune into our current rhythm and then take a medicine journey.

With the music as our medicine we explore intuitive rhythmic movements – yogic asana (stretches), shakti bandhas (movements to unlock energy in the body), and repetitive trance movements. Then connecting with the elements in our body (Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether) move into a free dance meditation.

Ending our practice with a deep relaxation and Kirtan (singing healing sound formulas, from the heart, the seat of love within) to integrate our journey.

 

**** If booking for more than one person, please call 020 7704 0919. Please do not book via the website. ****

Eligibility

Suitable for all levels

Capacity

40

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The Way of the Warrior: A Ladder Flow Workshop

With Michael James Wong
1 Apr 2018, 14:30–17:30

Join Michael James Wong, Founder of BOYS OF YOGA, Sunday School Yoga and Just Breathe as we explore the boundaries and edges of your practice in the flow, both mentally and physically.

£35

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Workshop price also includes a copy of Sit Down, Be Quiet by Michael James Wong. Plus you can bring a male friend for free and they’ll get a copy of the book too.

Join Michael James Wong, Founder of BOYS OF YOGA, Sunday School Yoga and Just Breathe as we explore the boundaries and edges of your practice in the flow, both mentally and physically.

In this ladder flow workshop we will look at our ability to retain an internal focus on our movements through a repetitive asana sequence. The aim of the session is to shift us away from the thinking, and bring us into a place of feeling and flowing.

This unique style of practice will push you outside your comfort zone to retain a set sequence learned in a short amount of time, therefore igniting your total focus and attention, ultimately preparing you to sit down, & be quiet in a final few minutes of meditation.

This class will challenge you to embody the practice in heart, head, breath and body.

This workshop is also in celebration of the launch of Michael’s recent book, Sit Down, Be Quiet, a book by BOYS OF YOGA, a guide to modern yoga and living mindfully in the real world and a book to help bring more guys to the mat.

Join us this Easter Sunday for a day of fun & flow.

Even more, to offer the space to bring as many new guys to the practice as possible, if you book your spot to this workshop, we will offer you 1 free spot at the workshop for a guy who has never been to TLC before. Buy 1, get 1 free. To book a second space please ask your male friend to register for an account with us, then either call reception on 0207 704 0919 or email their name to islington@thelifecentre.com and we'll book them in. 

ABOUT THE BOOK

Sit Down, Be Quiet is the first book by Michael James Wong, Founder of BOYS OF YOGA, a project to bring more awareness of yoga to the male massive. Within this book there is hundreds of photos, thousands of words and endless inspiration for guys ready to start their practice. Launched in 2015, BOYS OF YOGA was a project with one simple mission, to get more guys on the mat, and since the beginning this movement has inspired thousands of guys all around the world to try yoga. Releasing on in March, 2018 this new book has already creating new and exciting conversations for guys and has opened the door for a more accessible way to start yoga.

This book, published by Harper Collins, is readily available for pre-order and purchase on Amazon.co.uk.

Requirements

Once you’ve booked your spot, you can book a male friend in for free. To do this they must first register for an account with us. You should then call reception on 0207 704 0919 or email Islington@thelifecentre.com with the name of the person you’d like to bring.

Eligibility

Open to all

Capacity

50

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Womb Yoga - A Nurturing and Revitalising Session for Women

With Uma Dinsmore-Tuli
7 Apr 2018, 18:30–20:30

This therapeutic and deliciously feminine approach to yoga especially for women integrates rhythmic asana (postures) with breath, sound, mudra (gesture) and bandhas (pelvic floor locks and seals) to enhance awareness of our inner woman’s wisdom and elemental connections.

£25

Book Now

This therapeutic and deliciously feminine approach to yoga especially for women integrates rhythmic asana (postures) with breath, sound, mudra (gesture) and bandhas (pelvic floor locks and seals) to enhance awareness of our inner woman's wisdom and elemental connections.

This integrated and harmonious approach to hatha yoga is especially developed to bring comfort and joy to women. It is suited to all women, with or without previous experience of yoga. Women of all ages are welcome, whether you are complete beginners or super-experienced yoginis or yoga teachers. In fact, any woman who would like a feminine, nourishing and fluid practice with elegant movement flows, delicious breath work, resonant sound, and deep healing relaxation is invited to join her sisters for this women-only class.

Perhaps you are seeking to conceive, and would like to optimise your womb’s well-being? Perhaps you are in your moon-time and would like to enjoy a class where the teacher asks you how you are, listens to what you say, and then teaches practices that responds to how you or your womb feel this evening? Perhaps you are in a place where there is no regularity to your cycle and you would like time to connect with the rhythmic unfolding of feminine lunar consciousness in your body? Maybe you are coming to the end of your menstruating years and are seeking to embrace the heart seed of feminine wisdom as you enter menopause? Perhaps you have passed through menopause and would like to experience the delight of yoga which responds kindly to a woman’s body? Or maybe you just enjoy practising luscious yoga with your sisters?

A genuine welcome and appropriate support for women considering attending any of our courses from Uma:

"Please know that I warmly welcome all women of all stages of life to my courses. My assistants and I and make every effort to ensure that everyone is genuinely supported and honoured by providing appropriate practices during courses, retreats and workshops. 

There is no exclusion from practice or teaching space on account of womanly needs. For example, menstruating women are offered suitable practices to support their bleed time, menopausal woman are given opportunities to rest and/or adjust room temperature as necessary, and pregnant women are provided with the props and time and space they need to be at ease in the learning/retreat environment. 

Lactating women are welcome to express milk, and/or to feed their children in comfort in the main class space if they chose, or to be provided with an alternative comfortable and appropriate space to do so. Lactating women will never be asked by myself or any of my assistants to go into the toilets to express milk or feed their babies on my courses, and menstruating, premenstrual or menopausal women will never be excluded from practice because of their current physical or emotional needs.  

I walk my talk. I care very passionately indeed about the rights of women to celebrate the experiences of being a woman, including menstruating, navigating the premenstruum, ovulating, being pregnant, menopausal or breastfeeding and expressing milk. I spent three years of my life pregnant, eight years of my life breastfeeding, and seven years as a breastfeeding counsellor, where I saw that disrespectful attitudes towards breastfeeding adversely impacted on women’s confidence and capacity to breastfeed feed their children. As an advocate of conscious menstruality, I also observe that the cyclical  fluxes of menstrual and menopausal experiences are neither recognised nor honoured by many yoga teaching approaches ,and this disempowers women by encouraging a disconnection from their naturally arising flow and change at emotional and physical levels.

I observe that in many yoga teaching environments there is an implicit disrespect or exclusion of menstruating, menopausal, premenstrual, pregnant or lactating women simply because their physical and emotional needs are disregarded, or seen to be inconvenient and disruptive to the general flow of teaching. As an antidote to this, I actively welcome the opportunity to met these needs in my courses and workshops as a chance to encounter a deeper and broader range of yoga practice appropriate to all stages of life.  

I seek to ensure that on my courses nobody is disrespected or excluded because of their experiences or women’s life stages. Everyone is invited to be comfortable and at ease, knowing that their particular life stage experiences are honoured and welcome." 

 

**** If booking for more than one person, please call 020 7704 0919. Please do not book via the website. ****

Eligibility

All women are welcome including pregnant, menstruating and menopausal women.

Capacity

45

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Taking off our Armour: A Heart Opening Evening

With Sarah Scharf
13 Apr 2018, 19:30–21:30

Spend an evening unwinding to let go of the week and welcome the weekend.

Taking off our armour is a Buddhist phrase for the work we do to open up; being present means being vulnerable. The yoga mat is a safe and sacred space for making steps towards opening our hearts. We will use mindfulness to stay connected with the emotional body during our physical practice, making space for the heart to open.

£25

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Spend an evening unwinding to let go of the week and welcome the weekend.

Taking off our armour is a Buddhist phrase for the work we do to open up; being present means being vulnerable. The yoga mat is a safe and sacred space for making steps towards opening our hearts. We will use mindfulness to stay connected with the emotional body during our physical practice, making space for the heart to open.

One of the most life-changing benefits of our yoga practice, and the aim of most spiritual practice is to open the heart and learn to stay open. This workshop combines vinyasa flow and restorative yoga, taught with options for every level of experience and energy. The sequencing creates an energizing and nourishing balance for body, heart and mind. The dynamic and fluid poses offer the movement we need to get more in touch with our physical bodies, building our sensitivity and flexibility. The stillness and quiet of the restorative poses will help relax us and give the foundation for a heart-centered closing meditation.

This workshop is appropriate for all levels.

Capacity

50

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Embracing Quiet: A Yin Yoga Workshop

With Anna Taylor
14 Apr 2018, 14:00–17:00

An afternoon of yin and restorative yoga to drop inwards, quieten and revive.

£35

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An afternoon of yin and restorative yoga to drop inwards, quieten and revive.

Eastern traditions recognise that emotional and physical wellbeing comes from balancing the opposing energies of yin (calm/cooling) & yang (dynamic/fiery). Modern, city culture, however - which often promotes striving and achieving over resting and reflecting - can often make this hard to achieve. This workshop will enable us to redress the balance, inviting us to drop into the stiller, quieter practices of yin and restorative yoga.

In the largely floor-based practice of yin yoga (not a downward dog in sight!) poses are held at a comfortable edge for several minutes. Using props to both support and enhance the practice these longer holds allow time to be attentive to our shifting internal landscape as we gradually soften and open at our own pace.

In the later portion of the practice we will drop into deeper stillness through the beautiful practice of restorative yoga. With the body supported by props, but before the edge of stretch, our nervous system can drop into a deep state of relaxation so that we can return to our lives feeling a little more balanced, revived and nourished.

**** If booking for more than one person, please call 020 7704 0919. Please do not book via the website. ****

Eligibility

Suitable for all levels

Capacity

30

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Hypnobirthing 4 Week Course

With Mary-Anne Constable
23 Apr – 21 May 2018, 18:45–21:45

Our 4 week Hypnobirthing course teaches you simple and effective hypnosis, relaxation as well as simple breathing techniques for a better and more comfortable birth.

£315

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Hypnobirthing is a complete antenatal course and birth education. It teaches you simple and effective hypnosis, relaxation as well as simple breathing techniques for a better and more comfortable birth. A Hypnobirthing course with HypnobirthMe will build confidence and release fear in your upcoming birth.

The course includes:

  • Breathing exercises
  • Deep relaxations
  • Visualisations
  • Effective work in  releasing fear and building confidence
  • How the birthing partner can be your powerful protector & support
  • How your body is designed to give birth with efficiency & comfort
  • Knowledge about pregnancy, birth and the ‘system’ you find yourself in
  • A simple practice regime to enable a successful hypnobirth
  • Understanding how the mind and body work together

You will also learn the 5 all important Cs of hypnobirthing

Confidence When you feel confident, you relax and work with your body effectively;

Control With the knowledge you obtain, you are able to take control of how you give birth;

Choice When you feel in control, the choices you make are the best choices for you and  for your baby;

Calm When you feel calm in your birth, you are relaxed and your body and mind work efficiently together in harmony; and

Comfort The result is that your body works efficiently and comfortably. 

A KG Hypnobirthing birth can be the most wonderful and empowering experience of your life. The course is limited to 4 couples so early booking is recommended.

Please note there is no class on Monday 7 May (Bank Holiday Monday).

Times

4 Week Course
Mondays 6:45-9:45pm

23 April – 21 May
Please note there is no class on 7 May (Bank Holiday Monday)

Eligibility

Recommended for expectant mothers and their birthing partner from 20 weeks of pregnancy onwards

Capacity

4

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Kirtan: The Yogic Practice of Heart-Centred Singing

With Sivani Mata Francis, The Shakti Soul Family
28 Apr 2018, 19:00–21:00

Join us to share in an evening of Kirtan. Singing the profoundly healing sounds of sanskrit mantra effortlessly drops our awareness out of our busy minds and into our hearts.

£10 in advance or £15 on the door

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A 20% discount is available to senior citizens, registered unemployed and full time students. Available to purchase in centre only proof of status is required.

Join us to share in an evening of Kirtan. Singing the profoundly healing sounds of sanskrit mantra effortlessly drops our awareness out of our busy minds and into our hearts. Kirtan is from the path of Bhakti Yoga (pure love and compassion) and responds to where you are it and what you need in that moment, whether that is to bring you to a space of calm or elation. It can be deeply moving and incredibly joyful.

Each month Sivani Mata will be joined by The Shakti Soul Family, a collective of musicians passionate about bhakti: Michelle Crozier (drum and divine harmonies), Mark Fisher (guitar), Michael McCaffrey (bells and shakers), Jezney Hollis (mandolin) and occasionally others. The family supports the Kirtan with heartfelt warmth and rootsy rhythms as a sound foundation for everyone present to be part of the band. Together, all our voices and hearts co-create the magic of the Kirtan.

The evening will end with the sharing of some home-made prasadam, a sweet treat that has imbued the blessings of our practice together (the treat is always gluten, dairy and refined sugar free).

Advance booking is recommended as this is a popular event. Please arrive by 6.30pm for a 7pm start.

**** If booking for more than one person, please call 020 7704 0919. Please do not book via the website. ****

Times

This event takes place monthly. Other upcoming dates are:

19 May
16 June
11 August

Please arrive by 6.30pm to allow time to settle before we start at 7pm.

Eligibility

All welcome

Capacity

100