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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Relax + Restore + Stillness

With Adelene Cheong
17 Aug 2018, 19:30–21:30

Join Adelene for this regular event every third Friday of the month to relax into the weekend.

£25

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Join Adelene for this regular event every third Friday of the month to relax into the weekend.

To ‘rest’, to ‘relax’ and to ‘restore’ is essential to everyone especially in today’s society and stressful lifestyle. To ‘rest’ deeply is to experience relaxation, where there is effortlessness, quietness and peace. 

Restorative Yoga (RY) is postures adapted from classical yoga asana, where the practice focus is relaxing the body in restful supported positions. Each pose is usually held for few minutes, gradually extending to longer hold for the experienced.

Consistent practice balances the autonomic nervous system, therefore supporting the environment to renew and heal. 

Carefully selected from Adelene’s self-practice series, this practice-based classes offers ‘active’ relaxation followed by quiet sitting, to allow time and space to renew and rejuvenate the body and the mind.

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

Times

This event reoccurs every month, other upcoming 2018 dates are:
21 September
19 October
16 November

Capacity

22

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Yogacampus Workshop: Emotional Wellness and Bhavanas

With A.G. and Indra Mohan
19 Aug 2018, 13:30–17:15

This half-day workshop with A.G and Indra Mohan, two remarkable students of the great 20th century yoga master Sri T Krishnamacharya, will focus on the essential yoga bhavanas practiced with yogic mindfulness that help in maintaining overall emotional wellness.

£60

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There is no greater blessing than a steady and peaceful mind. Yet, we are all troubled, at times, by unwanted emotions that keep us from this state. Bhavanas play an important role in helping us to create and maintain emotional wellness.

Bhavana contains the word bhava which refers to our emotions. Our bhava influences our external behaviour and our relationships – with family, friends and others. If we want to create positive change, having the right bhavana is essential, which is a meditation by means of mind development.

In the Vedas, various bhavanas are included along with rituals, since the internal result of our actions is determined by our bhavana. We find the practice of bhavanas in Buddhism and in Jainism. Several bhavanas are mentioned in the Yoga sutras. For example, maitri bhavana is suggested to bring about balance in the mind.

Choosing a sattvic object/subject and developing a relationship with that object/subject through personal effort, brings about a sattvic experience. We need to stay with this experience, recall it and repeat it so that it gets imprinted in our mind.

An example from Ayurveda illustrates this very well, where bhavana refers to soaking a product again and again in a chosen liquid. Likewise, mental soaking of a thought is bhavana.

During this half day program, we will focus on essential yoga bhavanas, practiced with yogic mindfulness, that will encourage emotional wellness.

Requirements

This is a Yogacampus workshop, please direct all queries and bookings to the Yogacampus customer services team

Eligibility

Open to all

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Inversions Workshop: Exploring Headstand & Forearm Stand

With Sylvia Garcia
24 Aug 2018, 19:30–21:30

Join Sylvia Garcia for a series of workshops to get you feeling confident upside down! This first session will focus on Headstand and Forearm stand.

£25

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In this workshop we will be focusing on Sirsasana, headstand and Pincha mayurasana, the feathered peacock or forearm stand.

Starting with alignment techniques and conditioning exercises we will explore how to play with your inversions in a safe and confident way. Taking time to really embody how you should feel when upside down will be key as well as looking for subtle refinements that can make this challenging asana easier and more accessible.

We will not be using walls rather we will show you how to approach your inversions correctly where the danger of falling over does not exist!

We will also give the opportunity at the end of the session to explore any other arm balances that are requested so get thinking!

Join Sylvia for her follow up workshop on 31 August too exploring handstands! 

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

Eligibility

Some experience of yoga required

Capacity

50

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Inversions Workshop: Stand On Your Hands

With Sylvia Garcia
31 Aug 2018, 19:30–21:30

Join Sylvia Garcia for the second of two workshops dedicated to the art of going upside down. With each workshop focused on a different inversion, you’ll master alignment, learn drills and conditioning exercises to build strength and develop the confidence needed for safe and steady inversions.

£25

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This workshop will explore handstands. Finding the balance between strength, flexibility and alignment is key for handstands so we will work on understanding where the body should be when inverted. Looking at the entire body from fingertip placement to toes and working with a spotter we will get the feel for the handstand line and explore many variations of entry.

This is the perfect place to learn how to handstand if you have never attempted this before and for the more experienced practitioners rest assured we will find many wonderful ways to challenge you.

We will also give the opportunity at the end of the session to explore any other arm balances that are requested so get thinking!

Don't miss Sylvia's Headstand & Forearm stand workshop on 24 August. 

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

Eligibility

Some experience of yoga required

Capacity

50

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Mythical Flow

With Tanja Mickwitz
1 Sep 2018, 18:00–20:00

Join Tanja a special Mythical Flow workshop combining inspirational story-telling of the Indian myths with a creative vinyasa practice and ending with a long, deep savasana to fully relax.

£25

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Join Tanja for a special Mythical Flow workshop combining inspirational story-telling of the Indian myths with a creative vinyasa practice and ending with a long, deep savasana to let go and fully relax.

The wisdom of the mythical archetypes will be interwoven into the flow of the practice to help us recognise traits and patterns within ourselves. The symbolism of the myths is really about what happens within all of us, and through connecting to different deities it allows us to reflect over how these different aspects shape our behaviour and who we are in the world.

Tanja is known for her varied and creative sequencing, challenging yet centering practice whilst creating a nurturing atmosphere. Students are encouraged to make the practice their own, honouring both their edge and their limitations. After the class there will be tea and brownies to enjoy in the company of fellow yogi/nis - what better way to spend a Saturday evening?

Join us after the workshop for chats, chai and brownies!

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

Capacity

50

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The Spine as the Organ of Breath

With Catherine Annis
2 Sep 2018, 14:00–16:00

Join Catherine for subtle yet deep and absorbing explorations, in which we increase our awareness and understanding of breath and spine, and how together they form the heart of our yoga practice.

£25

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Our spine is a spectacular piece of engineering.  With 33 interlocking bones, 24 moving vertebrae and 139 synovial joints, it has an amazing capacity to respond and react to our every movement.  In yoga our spine is at the heart of our practice – it’s a constant element in each pose, providing, as one of the central nadis – both the channel for our breath and the anatomical focus as our midline.  It is both the physical and psychological centre of ourselves.

During this practical yoga workshop we’ll learn more about:

  • the anatomy of the spine
  • its role as housing and protector of the central nervous system
  • how the spine responds to movement
  • the delicate articulations which occur during each breath

Finally, we’ll explore the central question:  does the spine respond to the movement of the breath?  Or is the flow of the breath initiated by the movement of the spine itself?

Join Catherine for subtle yet deep and absorbing explorations, in which we increase our awareness and understanding of breath and spine, and how together they form the heart of our yoga practice.

Eligibility

Open to all

Capacity

27

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Pranayama and Breathwork - 6 Week Course

With Laurent Roure
5 Sep – 10 Oct 2018, 19:15–20:45

Join senior teacher Laurent Roure for this 6 week breathwork and pranayama course and discover how this powerful practice can transform your wellbeing, promote relaxation and release stress.

£85

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This breathwork and pranayama course is for everyone. It is designed for those who would like to refine and progress with their breathwork alongside their physical practice or to help with health and well-being. This course is a journey of self-development and is mainly practical.

The course is also ideal for all yoga and movement teachers who want to integrate safe pranayama and breath techniques into their classes and into their own self-practice.

In Sanskrit prana means life force or breath and yama is translated as self-restraint or control. Thus, pranayama is the study of how to control and observe our breath.

Practicing breathwork can have a hugely positive psychological, healing, therapeutic, meditative and calming influence on our body and mind. It is used to change old patterns and cultivate vitality.

Learning to balance and improve the breath helps us to balance the mind and consequently our lives.

Laurent Roure, has been practicing and studying pranayama in the style of Dr. Swami Gitananda Saraswati’s yoga system for many years. He is an advocate for the Gitananda system due to its strong emphasis on physical therapeutics. Laurent’s approach to pranayama also utilises breathing techniques from outside the traditional yogic system and seamlessly embeds them into his practice and teaching. Laurent’s approach is thus finely tuned to be relevant and applicable to our twenty-first century lives.

What will you study during the course?

  • The anatomy of breath
  • Techniques for warming-up. Asanas, movement for breathwork etc
  • The mechanics of breath and how to connect with it
  • Rhythm and equalising of breath
  • Holistic and energetic development of breath
  • The purifying and warming breaths: Bhastrika & kapalbhati
  • The cooling breaths: Sitali and Sitkari
  • The balancing and calming breaths: Nadi shodana, ujjayi and bhramari
  • The breath for everyday life
  • The breath for meditation and relaxation

The benefits of breathwork and pranayama techniques:

  • Indispensable tools that help us build a safe and strong physical practice
  • To develop body awareness, concentration, mindfulness, focus, and stamina
  • Decreases feelings of stress and tension
  • Soothes the nervous system
  • Aids muscle relaxation and pain management
  • Helps oxidize the blood and the respiratory system
  • Slows down the heart rate
  • Lowers and stabilizes blood pressure
  • Reduces anxiety and depression
  • Increases energy levels
  • Helps fight against insomnia and sleeping disorders

Times

6 Week Course
Wednesdays
7.15-8.45pm

5 Sept – 10 Oct

Eligibility

Open to all

Capacity

15

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Sound Bath and Mantra

With Anne Malone
6 Sep 2018, 19:45–21:00

Relax and bathe in the exquisite healing sounds of Tibetan Bowls, vocal toning, shamanic Celtic drum, Sansula and Rainstick.

£18

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Sound bathing is a simple yet profound way to connect with the core of our being and tune our body at a cellular level through the gentleness of its resonance, using healing sounds of Tibetan Bowls, vocal “toning”, shamanic Celtic drum, Sansula and Rainstick we can…

~ Relax and bathe in the exquisite healing sounds of these instruments and vocal tones, releasing stress and blockages as Anne places the Tibetan Bowl on your body, gently ‘retuning’ and balancing you with her voice...

~ Drift into the magical world of nature as you are showered with the sounds of the Rainstick, Shamanic drum and wind instruments... leaving you feeling renewed and tingling with vibrant energy.

The only side affect is happiness and harmony.

"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
 

Eligibility

Suitable for all

Capacity

14

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

With Sivani Mata Francis
7 Sep 2018, 19:30–21:30

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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Hypnobirthing 4 Week Course

With Mary-Anne Constable
10 Sep – 1 Oct 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.

£330 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.

Find out more about Hypnobirthing at www.HypnobirthMe.com

Times

4 Week Course
Mondays
10 Sept – 1 Oct
18.45 – 21.45

Eligibility

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

Capacity

4 couples

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Women’s Yoga Circle

With Sivani Mata Francis
11 Sep 2018, 14:15–16:15

Come and share in this gathering of women, to connect and embrace our Shakti ~ innate feminine power.

£15 adv, £20 on the day

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Book in advance for an earlybird price of £15 up until the day before the workshop.

Yoga Nidra, Kirtan, Asana & Mudra

Come and share in this gathering of women, to connect and embrace our Shakti ~ innate feminine power.

A nurturing yoga practice especially for women that aims to honour to the female experience and respond to our unique needs. Each session will be tailored to the needs of the group and therefore different every time – however we always begin with Total Yoga Nidra to allow ourselves to experience complete relaxation. We will then move onto a range of practices such as gentle yoga asana, mudra, pranayama, restorative yoga or qi gong; and end in Kirtan, the song of the heart. Expect to leave feeling nourished and revitalised.

Maha Shakti ki JAI! – All Power to the Great Deep Feminine Energy!

"Sivani creates a warm & safe environment to embrace your inner strength as a woman. The class begins with a beautiful Yoga Nidra, followed by a serious of gentle movements. She made me feel really relaxed and comfortable – I loved it".

Times

This event will also take place on:
16 October
20 November

Eligibility

Open to all women

Capacity

30

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Tuesday Beginners Yoga Course - 6 Weeks

With Sandi Sharkey
11 Sep – 16 Oct 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 7704 0919. Please do not book via the website. ****

Times

6 Week Course
Tuesdays
11 September – 16 October
20:15 – 21:30pm

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

30

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Yoga, Ayurveda & the Elements: Air - The Visionary: Be Inspired, Refreshed, Move & Connect

With Emily Reed, Anne Malone
13 Sep 2018, 19:45–21:15

Join Emily Reed for an evening of creative movement, breath work, meditation and mantra set to live, soul filling music from Anne Malone and find balance through the element of Air.

£25

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This is the fourth in the series of “Yoga, Ayurveda & the Elements- Life tools for everyday well being” from Yoga teacher and Ayurvedic health and well being counsellor Emily Reed.

Enjoy an evening of creative movement, rhythmical sounds, breath work, meditation, mantra and reflection. Tap into the element of AIR in the body and mind. There will be live, soul filling sounds for Emily’s session will be created by international Shamanic Musician Anne Malone.

Equanimous living is a result of balance in the five elements according to Ayurvedic philosophy. The qualities of the five elements are present in our physical body, emotions, mental state – in every aspect of our existence.

AIR relates to agility, movement, adaptability, inspiration, enthusiasm, vision, communication, connection.

These are the qualities experienced when the element is balanced in the body, mind and in life. In the body- the element of AIR is most evident in the breathing process.  AIR carries “Prana” the vital life force. 

AIR relates to our ability to be adaptable and not be too rigid about how people, places and events should be. It also relates to our ability to draw inspiration, communicate and connect with ourselves and others. 

Come join us for a experiential evening session of gentle movement, sound and creativity. 

Eligibility

All levels

Capacity

15

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Oasis of Sound: An Evening of Sound Bath and Mantras

With Anne Malone
14 Sep 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 in 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:
12 October
9 November
14 December



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


Eligibility

Suitable for all levels

Capacity

50

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Connected by Creativity: Family Yoga Workshop

With Ayala Homossany
15 Sep 2018, 10:00–12:00

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. 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 creativity and how we can nourish our creative minds. 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 Ayala:

Ayala is an explorer, a seeker, and a student of life who brings her own unique teaching style to her yoga classes and family yoga workshops, encouraging her students to appreciate themselves, find their own inner voice, and nourish their imagination and creativity through yoga. 

Creator of the award winning Enchanted Wonders A-Z cards for children and families, Ayala specializes in sharing yoga with families, toddlers, children, teens, and children with special needs and using yoga as a tool for enhancing creativity, self expression and imagination in children.

She runs teacher training and family yoga workshops under the Enchanted Wonders brand at The Life Centre and across London as well as sharing yoga with children in schools and at The Life Centre.

Ayala is a senior teacher for Special Yoga’s ‘Teaching Yoga an Mindfulness to Children’ teacher training course. She is a registered senior teacher on the board of Yoga Alliance UK and a qualified British Wheel of Yoga having completed her teacher training with Yoga Campus in 2004.

She holds a BA with honours in visual communication design.

Eligibility

Suitable for children aged 4 and above

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Restorative Yoga: Slowing Down

With Joyce McMiken
15 Sep 2018, 14:15–16:45

Join Joyce McMiken for a restorative yoga workshop to cultivate freedom and ease and slow down for an afternoon.

£30

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“There is more to life than increasing its speed.” Mahatma Gandhi

When we are stressed a hormone called cortisol is released by the body. If cortisol levels remain elevated for a sustained period of times it has a negative effect; high blood pressure, poor digestion, fatigue, and the list goes on and on. 

This workshop will help reduce cortisol levels, lessen anxiety and improve our mental and physical wellbeing. We will cultivate freedom and ease in everything that we do and slow down for an afternoon.

We will give ourselves permission to lie down, soften, quieten 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. 

Requirements

Please arrive 15 minutes early in order to gather the props you need for the workshop.

Eligibility

All welcome

Capacity

30

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A Guide to Self Practice: Show Me, Inspire Me!

With Adelene Cheong
16 Sep 2018, 10:00–17:00

There are benefits to practising in group classes, but it’s no match for owning a practice for oneself. Join Adelene for a full day workshop to explore common concerns and questions relating to Self Practice so that you can advance your yoga practice in a way that suits you.

£75

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Some common concerns about self-practice:

• Where do I start?
• How do I know what to do, or if I am doing it ‘right’?
• I don’t have time for self-practice.
• I repeat what is in class, but not sure how to proceed further.
• What if I injure myself?
• Too tired to think, prefer to follow a led-practice.

It is often very inspiring and comforting to attend a class at the studio, practising in a room with others, sharing the energy of the space, with the guidance of an experienced teacher. It is also true for many that what is offered in class, ie. pace, poses, sequence, instructions and more, may not be exactly what feels fulfilled, complete and content.


There are benefits to practising in group classes, but it's no match for owning a practice for oneself. Self-practice is both nourishing and satisfying. Self-practice means we are practising specifically to our needs in the moment. Beginning to self-practice is a milestone in one’s yoga journey.

Now, what is crossing your mind when you consider self-practice? Let’s talk about it.
 
This interactive and highly experiential workshop will cover:
• The meaning and importance of self-practice
• Mental and emotional reactions
• Sensory Intelligence
• Kinaesthetic acuity
• Personalising and sequencing your practice
• Practice inspiration

Join Adelene on this full day workshop, intended to support and inspire your practice to the next chapter. Understand that ‘advancement’ in yoga is in self-knowledge, self-efficacy, and self-sovereignty.
 
Suitable for all levels practitioners, trainees, teachers and anyone interested in self-empowerment.
 

Eligibility

Suitable for all

Capacity

30

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Experience the Magic of Family Yoga at Home: A Workshop for Parents

With Ayala Homossany
21 Sep 2018, 10:00–13:00

Explore the magic of Family Yoga with your children at home. This workshop for parents and carers will give you tools and creative ways to explore yoga with your child at home.

£35

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Practicing yoga at home with your child can offer a fantastic opportunity for a joint exploration to nurture your child’s creativity and self expression while connecting to them in a unique way.

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

As children, we may have had early aspirations of becoming an astronaut, a firefighter, an actor or a singer. Most children do not get the privilege to express their dreams. They are usually told to get back to reality, to stop showing off, or that their dreams are unrealistic and unachievable. As a result, many children’s dreams are crushed and they give up dreaming, literally muting their ability to further express their thoughts, ideas, aspirations and emotions.

When we deny children this freedom of expression, we create a generation which is afraid to explore, innovate, and create. These communication blocks have been documented in medical literature as potentially leading to 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. In doing so, we allow our children to express their deepest emotions, to be heard, seen, noticed, and accepted and to develop their emotional intelligence. As Albert Einstein acknowledged many years ago: “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.”

Throughout the workshop, Ayala will offer tools and ideas to enable you to see the different opportunities where this magical moment of practicing yoga and exploring creativity together, can unfold.

You will leave the workshop with knowledge, ideas and tangible tools such as the use of different props, the use of Enchanted Wonders A-Z yoga cards, games and more.

This workshop is open to parents and carers who are looking at ways of encouraging their children to join in their yoga practice in a more fun and engaging way at home.

Basic yoga experience is necessary.
 

Eligibility

Open to parents and carers looking to explore a joined practice with their children at home

Capacity

30

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Kirtan: The Yogic Practice of Heart-Centred Singing

With Sivani Mata Francis, The Shakti Soul Family
22 Sep 2018, 19:00–21:00

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

£12 earlybird (until 17 September), £16 thereafter

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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:

20 October

Requirements

The earlybird price of £12 is available until 17 September, after which the price will increase to £16

Eligibility

All welcome

Capacity

100

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Celebrate Good Vibes: 25 Years of The Life Centre

With Anne Malone
22 Sep 2018, 19:30–21:00

Join Anne Malone for a celebratory Sound Bath as we celebrate 25 years of The Life Centre.

£20

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SacredSound has been an important part of The Life Centre since the first SoundBath was introduced by Anne in 2006 as part of Shiva Rea’s Teacher Training.
 
Very soon Oasis of Sound became a favourite with The Life Centre, welcoming all to relax and bathe in the healing vibrations. Over the past decade recognition and appreciation of Sound Healing has grown… Yoga and Sound now flow side by side in the exquisite dance and rhythm of Love of Life…

Sound Healing is all about vibration, resonance and intention. Every sound is vibration, when this vibration is shared with loving intention it resonates within every cell of our body... therefore we not only hear sound, we feel it physically, emotionally and soulfully… vibrations influence our emotional bodies as well as our physical bodies, sound and emotions are connected, and our emotional well being influences our physical well being.

Celebrate Good Vibes with Anne Malone … a celebration of Healing SoundBath and Mantras…

Sound Healing is a simple yet profound way to connect with the core of our being and tune our body at a cellular level through the gentleness of its resonance, using healing sounds of Hang, Sansula, vocal “toning”, shamanic Celtic drum, Tibetan singing bowls and Rainstick.

Relax and bathe in the exquisite healing sounds of these instruments and vocal tones, releasing stress and blockages as Anne places the Tibetan Bowl on your body, gently ‘retuning’ and balancing you with her voice...

Drift into the magical world of nature as you are showered with the sounds of the Rainstick, Shamanic drum and wind instruments ... leaving you feeling renewed and tingling with vibrant energy.

The only side affect is happiness and harmony!!

 

What people say…

”Anne’s Sound Bath 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

Eligibility

All welcome

Capacity

28

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Synergy’s Spinal Yoga-ing Sequence

With Kahti Goupil
23 Sep 2018, 14:00–16:00

As we celebrate 25 years of The Life Centre, join one of our original teachers, Kahti Goupil for this special one off workshop.

£25

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As we celebrate 25 years of The Life Centre, join one of our original teachers, Kahti Goupil for this special one off workshop.

In this flowing practise, we will learn the simplest way to restore natural breath and moving actively from a soft (not tight) core without overstretching, over breathing or over thinking. In this way the body is choosing to do what it wants rather than becoming a victim of external forces, strengthening, nourishing and healing us on every level.

As we move the spine actively in 8 directions with self loving awareness, we get most of the benefits of pranayama.

Getting away from over stimulating the sympathetic nervous system by over breathing, over stretching and thinking, which creates a fight or flight (stress) state.

Breathing diaphramatically with a soft belly and core will still the mind, heart body and Soul.

Kahti came across this beautiful practice during a 2 and a half year break because of a nasty sciatica. After a weekend of 5 classes of 3 hours with the renowned Simon Borg Olivier, she felt the best in years and no pain whatsoever. This practise has healed and inspired and strengthened her, on every level.

Everyone should do it! It becomes a beautiful dance of energy...Half way through the class, we put on inspiring music, being led by clicks rather than words....Such a beautiful connection to the energy within ourselves and the world around us!

Kahti trained with the Iyengar and ashtanga yoga styles from the early 80’s as well as in various massage techniques. She was one of the original teachers at The Life Centre for 23 years. In the past 2 and half years, she has totally retrained with the Spinal sequence and Starmagic healing techniques.

Capacity

27

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Thursday Beginners Yoga Course - 4 Weeks

With Zhozeh Zarrindast
27 Sep – 18 Oct 2018, 19:45–21:00

This four 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
27 Sept – 18 Oct
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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Fermentation and Pro-Biotic Miracles

With Kenny Swann
29 Sep 2018, 10:00–17:00

This one day workshop will cover the basics for creating cultured vegetables easily and inexpensively in your own home.

£125

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Join this incredible and interesting full day workshop and learn the basic methods for creating cultured vegetables easily and inexpensively in your own home as well more advanced and outside the box techniques that incorporate modern knowledge and longevity secrets into the mix.

Expect practical demonstrations, plenty of samples as well as information regarding the nutritional science behind food fermentation. 

Over the course of the day, we’ll cover:

  • Why kefir is one of the most powerful and cost-effective superfoods available.
  • How to use exotic cruciferous veggie ferments to safeguard you and your family from xenoestrogens and harmful chemicals in plastic.
  • How to easily and affordably create delicious fermented and living foods with no previous experience.
  • How to permanently eradicate Candida and other dysbiotic digestive disorders within months or even weeks!
  • Why the enzymes and probiotics in ferments are superior to any supplements you could buy in your local health food store.

 

Kenny has been involved in the raw food and alternative health movement since 1998 and more recently, (since 2013) he has been very keen on the health benefits of fermentation and herbal medicine. This interest inspired him to spawn a now very popular range of fermented foods and drinks under the brand of ‘Excalibur’ which also includes a plant-based restaurant in Glastonbury.

In his talks and workshops, Kenny highlights not only the scientific and nutritional components of these foods but also the spiritual and metaphysical effects that occur when people start to work with plants and micro-organisms. This is influenced by a paranormal experience that he had when he first started to work with the kefir culture, which is something that has been utilised by numerous cultures around the globe for eons.

Eligibility

Open to all

Capacity

15

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Teen Yoga for Yoga Therapists: Book Launch

29 Sep 2018, 18:00–20:00

Join us for a very special evening where we celebrate the launch of the much-talked about ‘Teen Yoga for Yoga Therapists: A Guide to Development, Mental Health and Working with Common Teen Issues’ written by expert Charlotta Martinus.

£10 (£3 redeemable against the price of the book)

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We are delighted to invite you to the official book launch of Teen Yoga for Yoga Therapists: A Guide to Development, Mental Health and Working with Common Teen Issues written by expert Charlotta Martinus.

To celebrate the launch, Charlotta will be leading a special teen yoga class for you and your teen. The class will include some partner fun with specifically designed breathing exercises and postures to prepare your teen for the academic year ahead and to help and support them with common issues and obstacles.

The UK’s youngest fully qualified yoga teacher, Robin Watkins – founder of Bliss, will be assisting. Robin was 16 when she completed her training with Charlotta and has first-hand experience of not only teaching teens but being one herself! Now 18, Robin is keen to share her experience of how yoga has helped her and how it is helping other teenagers.

After the class, we will open up the floor for Q&A and book signing as we treat you to some teas and nibbles. All are welcome to this event. Teens can come on their own or with an adult, and adults are also welcome on their own.

Yogacampus is delighted to host this book launch and support expert Charlotta Martinus who is advisor to the Government on yoga in schools.

About the book:
Teen Yoga for Yoga Therapists is a thorough and comprehensive book, bringing all aspects of yoga to the fore to tackle common teen issues. It has both theoretical, research based reflections as well as practical applications of yoga. As part of the launch, your ticket entry entitles you to £3 off the full price of the book.

Book Reviews
An important contribution at an important time… Martinus explores the unique challenges faced by teens and how yoga offers a valuable “well-being toolbox to live an optimal life”. Covering essential topics from depression to addiction, this book offers simple, practical, tried-and tested techniques. For those teaching teens, this is essential reading.
—Simon Haas, teacher of yoga philosophy and author of The Book of Dharma and Yoga and the Dark Night of the Soul—

Charlotta Martinus brings out the challenges and opportunities facing teenagers today and shows how yoga is a solution and a way to optimize their potential. In a rapidly changing world teenagers everywhere are vulnerable, yet receptive to practices like yoga; this is highlighted with interesting anecdotes, information, and empathy for the problems faced by young people. The book skillfully blends theory and practice, and all yoga therapists, teachers and parents would benefit from reading it.—Shirley Telles, MBBS, PhD (Neurophysiology), Director, Pantanjali Research Foundation, India—

Recent research documents that yoga can promote mental health and well-being. Adolescence can be a rather stressful period of life, so yoga is likely to be especially relevant for teens. Charlotta Martinus is a world-leading expert on yoga for teens, and this book targets yoga teachers, yoga therapists, teenagers and parents. I expect that they will welcome this book as much as I do. 
—Ingunn Hagen, Professor, Department of Psychology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)—

As an educator, mental health professional and yoga therapist working with teens, this is the book that so many of us have been waiting for. Charlotta brings forth a well-balanced mixture of the evidence base, experience and opportunity for personal engagement and reflections on the work. She offers many practices and exercises to share with young people and to deepen our own practice in an accessible and informative way.
—Dr Lucy Arnsby-Wilson, Clinical Psychologist, Director and Founder of The Maya Project—

Eligibility

All welcome. Teens can come on their own or with an adult, and adults are also welcome on their own.

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Breathe in Yoga: Breathe Out Peace ~ Charity Fundraiser for AZAHAR Foundation

With Harriet Bone
30 Sep 2018, 14:00–16:00

Join Harriet for a special 2 hour fundraising Jivamukti yoga class in support of AZAHAR foundation – Breathe in Yoga: Breathe out Peace.

£15 minimum donation

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Join Harriet for a special 2 hour fundraising Jivamukti yoga class in support of AZAHAR foundation - Breathe in Yoga: Breathe out Peace.

AZAHAR Foundation is an international not-for-profit organization that promotes peace building and cross-cultural communication through Yoga and the Arts.
 
Currently projects are running in Cambodia, Rwanda and Ivory Coast. These projects are helping a generation of young people traumatized by war and genocide develop strategies of peace based in the practices of Yoga, Meditation, the Arts and non-violent communication.

AZAHAR have been able to support a 2 year peace curriculum and yoga teacher training for young people in Cambodia. They have opened Centers for Peace, Yoga and the Arts, giving graduates the opportunity to teach and a platform to share yoga practices with the community. Yoga classes are also being taught on behalf of AZAHAR in both Rwanda and Ivory Coast by teachers who have been sponsored to take their yoga teacher training in the Jivamukti method.

With your support and donations you are funding:

  • Peace camp and peace curriculum which includes yoga classes, non-violent communication, youth leadership and women’s empowerment.
  • Yoga classes for NGO’s
  • Yoga/Peace centre as social Business & Vegan cafe - providing jobs for AZAHAR’S new yoga teachers and includes a vegan cafe.

Thank you for your support!

Eligibility

Open to all

Capacity

30

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Restorative Yoga Uniquely for Women

With Lucy Horton
30 Sep 2018, 14:00–16:00

A Therapeutic Restorative Yoga Practice for all Women, regardless of age, life-stage or health issues, who wish to re-connect to a naturally arising wellspring of vitality.

£25

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A Therapeutic Restorative Yoga Practice for all Women, regardless of age, life-stage or health issues, who wish to re-connect to a naturally arising wellspring of vitality.

Restorative yoga, the art of deep relaxation, is safe, nurturing, and systematic practice, that helps you to relax and release deep tension. This rejuvenating workshop is specifically designed to address the needs of women at all life stages. In the class you will learn straightforward techniques for introversion and stillness. We discover the secret to going slow, paying attention, and sitting still, as paradoxically, by giving yourself the gift of intense rest, you will discover a renewed feeling of tranquility in everyday life.

You are invited to join Lucy for this practice about self care —and enjoy 2 hours of deeply Restorative Yoga practices, Breath-work, Mindful Movement, Meditation & Yoga Nidra - allowing your body and mind to be still, let go and find balance, leaving the studio with a renewed sense of peace.

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

Eligibility

All Levels

Capacity

27

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Womb Yoga - A Nurturing and Revitalising Session for Women

With Uma Dinsmore-Tuli
6 Oct 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?

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

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Connected by Creativity: Family Yoga Workshop

With Ayala Homossany
7 Oct 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. 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.

£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. 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 creativity and how we can nourish our creative minds. 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 Ayala:

Ayala is an explorer, a seeker, and a student of life who brings her own unique teaching style to her yoga classes and family yoga workshops, encouraging her students to appreciate themselves, find their own inner voice, and nourish their imagination and creativity through yoga. 

Creator of the award winning Enchanted Wonders A-Z cards for children and families, Ayala specializes in sharing yoga with families, toddlers, children, teens, and children with special needs and using yoga as a tool for enhancing creativity, self expression and imagination in children.

She runs teacher training and family yoga workshops under the Enchanted Wonders brand at The Life Centre and across London as well as sharing yoga with children in schools and at The Life Centre.

Ayala is a senior teacher for Special Yoga’s ‘Teaching Yoga an Mindfulness to Children’ teacher training course. She is a registered senior teacher on the board of Yoga Alliance UK and a qualified British Wheel of Yoga having completed her teacher training with Yoga Campus in 2004.

She holds a BA with honours in visual communication design.

Eligibility

Suitable for children aged 4 and above