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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An Introduction to Aerial Yoga

With Richard Holroyd
19 Jan 2019, 19:00–20:30

Come and join Richard in this exciting Introduction to Aerial Yoga. Lift your body to move as nature intended and give youself relief. It can be intimidating to try something new but we encourage you to give it a go in this safe environment where you can relax, create and be at ease.

£25 earlybird until 11 January, £30 thereafter

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Come and join Richard in this exciting Introduction to Aerial Yoga. Lift your body to move as nature intended and give youself relief. It can be intimidating to try something new but we encourage you to give it a go in this safe environment where you can relax, create and be at ease.

Let's be honest you don't know what aerial yoga is. In truth nobody does. It's an infant in the yoga world. Like all infants it has a wealth of possibilities open to it - who knows what it might grow into? Here's what we know so far: Our bodies evolved to move in 360 degrees over millions of years. Suddenly we sit still all day and the unnatural-ness of this has been a disaster for our physical and, increasingly, our mental health.

On the physical level aerial yoga will allow your body to move as nature intended. Not just side to side and backwards and forwards but in spirals and circles. It's a blessed relief for an imprisoned body to have this opportunity. On the mental/emotional level the support that the swing provides, and the increased passivity that allows for, is very pleasurable, playful and health-giving. In an overheating world this brings a welcome and balancing coolness. It can certainly be intimidating to try something new like this but I would encourage you to give it a go. I aim to create a safe environment where you can relax, create and be at ease.

I encourage you to try Aerial Yoga - It's a liberating experience.

Eligibility

Some experience of yoga required

Capacity

14

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Falling With Grace

With Amy Slevin
20 Jan 2019, 14:00–16:00

Want to do headstands, handstands and forearm balances but are too afraid? Want to know what to do if you fall? What if there was a workshop that could teach you how to fall without it being a big deal?

£25 earlybird until 13 Jan, £30 thereafter

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Want to do headstands, handstands and forearm balances but are too afraid? Want to know what to do if you fall? What if there was a workshop that could teach you how to fall without it being a big deal?

This 2-hour workshop is for people who want to do headstands, handstands and forearm balances but are too scared to do them without a wall. You will learn techniques to fall without calamity so that you build confidence and eventually balance upside down. You will face your fear head-on by deliberately falling and learning how to do it safely. 

There'll be plenty of time, support and patience to get you to past your fear so that you can take your inversion away from the wall and into the centre of the room. Prepare to move around a lot and get comfortable with the floor. Falling is inevitable. At least we can do it with some confidence.  

Capacity

30

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Women’s Yoga Circle

With Sivani Mata Francis
22 Jan 2019, 14:15–16:15

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

£15 earlybird until 15 Jan, £20 thereafter

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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".

Eligibility

Open to all women

Capacity

50

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Relax + Restore + Stillness

With Adelene Cheong
25 Jan 2019, 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 2019 dates are:
22 February
15 March
5 April

Capacity

22

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Meditational Sound Healing Journey with Cacao

With Sonia Anderson
26 Jan 2019, 19:30–21:00

Sonia Anderson creates a beautiful sanctuary where you can come to deeply relax by listening to the wonderful sounds from her crystal singing bowls, Gongs, Tibetan singing bowls, tuning forks, shamanic drum, chimes and rainstick.

£20 earlybird price before 19 Jan, £22 thereafter

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Sonia Anderson creates a beautiful sanctuary where you can come to deeply relax by listening to the wonderful sounds from her crystal singing bowls, Gongs, Tibetan singing bowls, tuning forks, shamanic drum, chimes and rainstick. While your mind is busy listening to the sounds, this then allows you to fall into a deep meditative state where healing takes place on your mind and body. When the brain waves and body are synchronized, balance can be restored and tension/stress released.

We all need some time to ourselves in this hectic and stressful world. This space is a perfect place for you to come and switch off from the outside chaos and journey within, so that we can reset, release and create balance in our lives. Sonia will be offering Cacao beans at the beginning of the class, which is optional, Cacao is known as “The Food of Gods” which helps us connect with our hearts. Come and enjoy the power of sound and leave feeling refreshed and re- energised.

This class is suitable for everyone no experience needed, if you are pregnant and would like to attend the class its fine after 12 weeks but please let Sonia know. Bring a bottle of water and wear comfortable clothes.

Eligibility

Suitable for all levels

Capacity

50

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Gong Bath

With Charlie Merton
27 Jan 2019, 14:30–15:45

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

£20 earlybird until 20 Jan, £22 thereafter

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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. ****

Eligibility

Suitable for all levels

Capacity

28

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Still in the City: Emerald Air Reiki and Sonic Healing Meditation

With Jasmin Harsono
1 Feb 2019, 19:45–21:15

Join Jasmin Harsono of Emerald x Tiger for a deeply relaxing Friday evening exploring the element and energy of Air, part of our innate self.

£20 earlybird until 25 Jan, £22 thereafter

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“Breathing in, there is only the present moment. Breathing out, it is a wonderful moment.”
Thich Nhat Hanh
 
You will be welcomed into a warm space, as you prepare to find your cosy spot to comfortably meditate. The space is filled with delicate healing aromas and serene music as you join a group of like - minded souls who will share this experience with you. A time to tune out and connect to yourself, where you will not be disturbed.
 
At the start of the workshop, Jasmin will guide you through gentle breathing, chanting and vocals to help you settle into space. As you lie down we will begin with a Reiki ‘Three Diamond Breath’ exercise intuitively developed. Followed by a short guided meditation inviting you to visualise filling up with purifying Emerald Air circulating and allowing the mind, body and soul to flow freely, connecting deeper and feeling whole. Reiki will be shared to each participant 1:1.

There is a simplicity when working with the element of air it supports you and opens up your truth, your voice, allowing you to communicate with ease, exploring the inner heart discovering positivity, inspiration and transformation. Allow the air to flow deep, sink into your emotions and trust in the Reiki and Sonic healing received.

As we gather a few nights before the Dark Moon, we shall manifest together all that we want to call into our lives.This is an opportunity to fully rest and restore. Please bring along a notepad and pen as you may like to journal any thoughts, feelings and inspirations that arise.
 

Eligibility

Open to all

Capacity

50

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Embracing Quiet: A Yin Yoga Workshop

With Anna Taylor
2 Feb 2019, 14:00–17:00

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

£35 earlybird until 26 Jan, £40 thereafter

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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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Silent Yin & Gong Bath

With Charlie Merton, Norman Blair
3 Feb 2019, 14:00–17:00

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

£35 earlybird until 27 Jan, £40 thereafter

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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

Suitable for all levels

Capacity

45

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Oasis of Sound: An Evening of Sound Bath and Mantras

With Anne Malone
7 Feb 2019, 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.

£20 earlybird until 1 February, £22 thereafter

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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

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 occurs monthly on the following dates:
8 March
12 April



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 Empowerment: Family Yoga Workshop

With Ayala Homossany
10 Feb 2019, 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, additional children £10 each

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The focus of this workshop will be on how we are connected by empowerment and how we can nourish our creative mind. You will enjoy the wonders of family yoga through creative partner yoga (adult and child), playful yoga activities, 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 empower our children and offer them a safe space to nourish their creativity. 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 healthy snacks will take place between the two parts and handouts with practical ideas form the workshop will be given at the end.

Eligibility

Open to all

Capacity

30

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Breathwork and Pranayama - 6 Week Course

With Laurent Roure
13 Feb – 20 Mar 2019, 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

13 Feb – 20 Mar

Eligibility

Open to all

Capacity

15

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Moon Phase Yoga Master Class

With Anita Goa
15 Feb 2019, 19:30–21:00

Join Anita Goa for a series of master classes to explore some of the 8 phases of the moon. Enjoy a creative flow to honour the current phase of the moon and find greater balance.

£20 earlybird until 8 Feb, £25 thereafter

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The moon has 8 specific phases. In these master classes we will explore 5 of them.

Each master class offers a specific theme (see below) according to the moon phase we’re in. 

Anita will begin the class talking about the theme and the moon phase and then take you through a unique and creative yoga flow representing the theme and the moon phase. 

The content of the classes is applicable to both men and women. The classes are not focused on the menstrual cycle but rather how we can use the moon phases to balance our life force (Prana) according to the sun and the moon and how it relates to yoga on and off the mat.

Dates/Themes:

Feb 15 Waxing Gibbous 

Theme: Patience & Trust 

March 22 Full Moon 

Theme: Evolving Radiance 

April 26 Last Quarter 

Theme: Detox & Release 

May 5 Waning Crescent/ New Moon

Theme: Self-care & Intention 

Times

This event occurs monthly on the following upcoming dates:
22 March
26 April
31 May

Eligibility

Open to all

Capacity

50

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Restorative Yoga - Rest and Awaken

With Joyce McMiken
16 Feb 2019, 14:15–16:45

Join Joyce for an afternoon of restorative yoga to rest our body and mind deeply so that we can awaken and feel more energised.

£30 until 9 Feb, £35 thereafter

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“You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.” Rabindranath Tagore

We will use our restorative practice to help ground us physically and mentally. The asana practice will allow us to rest the body and mind, we will become less contracted and as a result more awake. We will draw on the teachings of Māṇḍūkya Upaniṣad and having contemplated the meaning behind the syllable Om we will sit together and experience its vibrational power. The session will include a yoga nidra practice to allow our entire being to rest fully.

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. Come prepared to dive into the subtle aspects of your yoga practice and enjoy a good night’s sleep afterwards.

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

Please note that it will not be possible to join this session after the official start time.

Eligibility

Suitable for all

Capacity

30

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Women’s Yoga Circle

With Uma Dinsmore-Tuli
16 Feb 2019, 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 earlybird until 9 Feb, £30 thereafter

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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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Fascia and Biotensegrity – Our Elastic Support Systems

With Catherine Annis
17 Feb 2019, 10:00–17:00

Join Catherine Annis for a day exploring Fascia and Biotensegrity and how they provide structural stability and freedom in the body.

£35 per session earlybird before 10 February or £40 thereafter

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In yoga, we’re constantly looking for balance. Balance between effort and ease, expansion and gathering, tension and compression. Balancing these opposing forces helps us feel light, spacious and stress-free in our postures, as if we are in flow with the forces of gravity.

Fascia and biotensegrity have become the new big thing in yoga and bodywork and our developing understanding is helping to revolutionize our understanding of how we move. We’re beginning to throw away the old paradigms and move towards a new fluid approach to movement practice.
 
Come and join Catherine for either or both of these workshops and:

  • Learn what fascia and biotensegrity are and how they affect us in yoga
  • Discover why we need the opposing forces of compression and tension and how they work together to create harmony
  • Develop approaches to unwind the fascial web
  • Release habitual holding patterns and areas of restriction
  • Understand how fascia and biotensegrity provide structural stability
  • Explore how our tissues store energy and release it when we need a burst of explosive energy
  • Cultivate a fresh approach to yoga that will return you to free, easy movement
  • Find balance to create a light, spacious and stress free yoga practice


In the morning session, (10am-1pm), we’ll be exploring Fascia, our connective tissues and structural support, and in the afternoon (2-5pm), we’ll be looking at Biotensegrity, the way the body naturally balances the forces of tension and compression.
 
You're welcome to join for one or both of these workshops.

Times

This day consists of two complementary workshops:

10am-1pm – Fascia
2-5pm – Biotensegrity

Each session works as a standalone workshop so you are welcome to join one or both parts of the day.

Eligibility

Open to all

Capacity

50

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Move Better, Breathe Better: Freeing The Upper Body

With Laurent Roure
17 Feb 2019, 14:00–16:00

During this workshop, we will explore different ways to open and stimulate the upper body with techniques coming from classical yoga with asanas and pranayama, but also from other methods to give you a wide variety of techniques with which to let the upper body reclaim its freedom.

£25 earlybird until 10 Feb, £30 thereafter

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The upper body is a vital part of our physiology, it carries and protects the organs that are essential for our survival. Within the upper body, we find not just the heart and the lungs, but the brain - and thus it is vital that we take proper care of it. Keeping these organs healthy is of utmost importance for a comfortable and joyful life.

Unfortunately, our modern lifestyle contributes to illnesses, ailments and discomfort often without us realising it. Sedentary jobs and lack of exercise create stiffness, poor blood circulation and consequently, the body and mind is subject to anxiety, stress and lack of sleep.  By getting the upper body moving we can free tension and restrictions and help us to ensure that every part of us gets its share of life-giving oxygen to keep us in optimum health.  

During this workshop, we will explore different ways to open and stimulate the upper body with techniques coming from classical yoga with asanas and pranayama, but also from other methods to give you a wide variety of techniques with which to let the upper body reclaim its freedom. The workshop will also consist of simple movements that you can repeat at home in your own time, in order to make sure you continue to feel the benefits.

We will learn to cleanse and expand our lungs to enable easier, more nourishing breathing. We will also release and strengthen the respiratory muscles, open the joints and calm the nervous system to create a more fluid and lighter breathing action to facilitate better health.

Most importantly, this workshop is the perfect place for self-discovery: you will be able to learn about your limitations and weaknesses but also your strengths and abilities. This will help you move forward in your practice. Laurent will be fastidiously supervising you and guiding you through this journey.  

Better movement and better breathing are linked together and when achieved, will enhance your well-being and your life in ways you can only begin to imagine. Move your upper body, and set your breath free.

Eligibility

Suitable for all levels

Capacity

30

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Monday Beginners Yoga Course - 6 Weeks

With Phillipa Gendall
18 Feb – 25 Mar 2019, 20:15–21:45

If you are completely new to yoga, want to get more confident with your practice, or perhaps have been practising for a while but want to revisit the basics then our new, improved beginners’ yoga course is for you.

£120

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If you are completely new to yoga, want to get more confident with your practice, or perhaps have been practising for a while but want to revisit the basics then our new, improved beginners’ yoga course is for you.

Drawing on over 25 years of experience of teaching yoga, our Beginners course introduces all the key elements of a Yoga practice including key yoga poses and sequences, breath awareness, linking breath to movement and basic Yoga philosophy.

In addition to a weekly practice at the studio, each week you’ll receive a 15 minute video sequence to practice at home in your own time, plus a fully comprehensive booklet full of resources to support you during the course and beyond.

We believe that yoga is for everyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, size and level of fitness – but we also recognise that for those new to the practice it can feel intimidating to get started with our regular classes. This course provides a safe and welcoming space for you to get to grips with the basics of yoga and carve out time for your own wellbeing.

Course Structure:
This course builds sequentially, and has been designed to incorporate the full spectrum of yoga practices.
Over the course of 6 weeks you will cover:
• Week 1: What is Yoga – Moving with Breath – Standing Poses
• Week 2: Grounding – History of Yoga – Movements of the Spine
• Week 3: Introduction to vinyasa and Backbending – Yoga beyond Asana
• Week 4: Twists and Backbends
• Week 5: Seated Postures and Meditation
• Week 6: Consolidation
 
The Monday evening course is taught by Phillipa Gendall, an established Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow teacher. Phillipa's teaching style centres on the flow and grace of the breath linking the poses, with an emphasis on alignment. She feels a yoga practice should be made to 'fit your body, rather than your body fit the practice'.
 
What next?
The aim of the course is to provide a gateway into the diverse range of yoga classes on offer at The Life Centre. By the end of the course we should feel confident to attend any of our Level 1 or Level 1-2 yoga classes and more importantly, inspired to continue your yoga practice with us.

Yoga can be a lifelong practice and a beginner’s course is only the beginning, but to help you on your way, on completion of the course you are eligible to purchase a half-price 10 class pass for £65 or a half-price 1 month unlimited pass for £70 (one half price offer per client, if you have previously purchased a half price offer as part of our New Client Offer then this is not available to purchase again). Available to purchase up to two weeks after the completion of your course.
 
 
**** 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 show on the roster. ****
 

Times

6 Week Course
Mondays
18 Feb – 25 Mar
20:15 – 21:45

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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Mala Making Workshop

With Helen Kathleen
23 Feb 2019, 10:00–14:45

Join Founder and Creator of Chant Malas, Helen Kathleen, for four blissful hours of meditation, mantras and mala-making.

£45 earlybird until 16 Feb, £50 thereafter

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Join Founder and Creator of Chant Malas, Helen Kathleen, for four blissful hours of meditation, mantras and mala-making.

You will create a fully hand-knotted rudraksha mala with gemstones and a tassel - all of your choosing!
 
Price includes an introduction to crystal healing (the stones and their properties) and the origins of mala beads, mala-making (all materials included in the price), and mantras to use with your mala.

About Helen: 
Helen is a mum of two and a Hove resident. She began creating mala beads in 2014, around the birth of her first child, when she become more immersed in her own japa meditation practice as she prepared for her first birthing experience. Helen’s designs can be found in a number of yoga studios around the UK including The Life Centre and online via her website as well as Yoga Matters. She gave up her job as an English teacher of 10 years in 2017 to focus on creating mala beads, writing and delivering mala-making workshops. She is passionate about yoga, meditation and the creativity that can come from both. Her designs are inspired by her yoga practice, nature, the goddesses of the world, world literature and people.

Capacity

20

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Sleep Recovery Workshop: The 5 Paths to Better Rest

With Lisa Sanfilippo
24 Feb 2019, 13:00–16:00

Learn how to improve your sleep tonight and for the rest of your life. You can conquer insomnia, sleeplessness and interrupted sleep with yoga poses + effective ways to ’sleep proof’ your day.

£35 Earlybird until 17 February, £40 thereafter

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Copies of Lisa’s book Yoga Therapy for Insomnia + Sleep Recovery will be available for purchase at the special price of £20 on the day.

Learn how to improve your sleep tonight and for the rest of your life- and have your copy of Yoga Therapy for Insomnia signed by the author. 

Especially for: exhausted parents, amped-up executives, frenzied freelancers, wired creatives… no yoga experience needed.

Also for: yoga teachers, psychotherapists, doctors, body therapists, and trainers who want to support clients and students to sleep better, feel more alert and happier.

You can conquer insomnia, sleeplessness and interrupted sleep with yoga poses + effective ways to ’sleep proof' your day.

Whether you (or your clients) have difficulty sleeping long-term, or from time-to-time, you’ll learn the most important tools to help you get more rest and better sleep.

In the expert Q + A and through direct experience you’ll learn…

• The top sleep saboteurs that prevent you from getting to sleep or wake you up in the middle of the night (They aren’t what you would think)

• Time-tested sequences of yoga poses and simple practices that unlock your sleep.

• Learn how to breathe in ways that shift your energy - by either amping down or energising you when you need.

• How to ‘sleep proof’ your day to take the anxiety out of bedtime. 

“I learnt how what I do during the day affects how I sleep and how my sleep feels. The routine of 'to do's' was really helpful. The Simple Sleep sequence makes my body feel softer, so I don't wake up wriggling: my body is more at ease and I get more restful sleep.” Eliza, age 24

 

“It’s been a game changer – I’ve had materially improved sleep every night since I started the course, not waking up before 5am, which for me was a major achievement!” Steven, age 56

 

Lisa Sanfiippo, is UK’s leading yoga for insomnia expert, and author of Yoga Therapy for Insomnia and Sleep Recovery (Singing Dragon, 2019). She brings two decades experience helping herself and others to sleep better through practical yoga to her research and practice based Sleep Recovery programme.  Lisa’s work  has been recognised by publications from the Daily Mail to Marie Claire Magazine, the Daily Express, Psychologies, and more. She has created expert videos for Healthista, Grokker.com and Movement for Modern Life, trained teachers with the Minded Institute, co-authored a scholarly chapter on yoga therapy for insomnia in Yoga for Mental Health (Handspring, 2019) and offers Yoga Therapy for Insomnia training for therapists and yoga teachers with Yogacampus in London, and worldwide. www.supersleepyoga.com, and www.lisayogalondon.com

Times

Join Lisa for a free talk and Q&A about her book Yoga Therapy for Insomnia + Sleep Recovery from 4.30-5.45pm after the workshop.

Eligibility

Open to all

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Astrology, Yin and Gong

With Dirish Shaktidas
24 Feb 2019, 14:00–16:00

Start the year with clarity and focus. The Zodiac runs through our body from head (Aries) to toe (Pisces).
Each of us has our own unique body Zodiac. We all store stress in different places.

£25 earlybird until 17 Feb, £30 thereafter

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In this re-connective yin yoga workshop we will be working through the signs of the zodiac. Exploring how they relate to the organs and parts of our body with yoga poses for each. Discover which organs and parts of our body which may need strengthening. We can also benefit from and apply this knowledge as we travel through each sign on our journey around a solar year by understanding the current astrological energies and how to work with them to deepen our practice and live in harmony with the natural calendar.

To complete you will be guided through astrological sound meditation.

Eligibility

Suitable for all levels

Capacity

30

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BOOK LAUNCH: Yoga Therapy for Insomnia + Sleep Recovery

With Lisa Sanfilippo
24 Feb 2019, 16:30–17:45

Join Lisa Sanfilippo for a free talk and Q&A to launch her new book Yoga Therapy for Insomnia + Sleep Recovery.

FREE

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Join Lisa Sanfilippo for a free talk and Q&A to launch her new book Yoga Therapy for Insomnia + Sleep Recovery.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the special price of £20 and Lisa will be signing copies. 

In this book expert yoga therapist Lisa Sanfilippo explains how yoga practices can be used to target the underlying issues that inhibit good quality sleep, with immediate results that build over time. 
 

Join Lisa for a Sleep Recovery Workshop: The 5 Paths to Better Rest prior to this event, 13.00-16.00 or for Yoga for Sleep Recovery - a 2 day workshop in November. 

Eligibility

Open to all

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Sound Healing: Tuning the Body

With Leo Cosendai
1 Mar 2019, 19:30–21:00

Join Leo, a Swiss Sound Healer and Gong practitioner in this 2-hour workshop working on the ability to perceive, use and create sound differently.

£20 earlybird price until 22 Feb, £22 thereafter

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“The effects lasted well into the evening and even the next morning, when I felt an incredible sense of calm and focus.” 
~Priyam Sharma, Women’s Health Advocate, Huffington Post 

The frequencies emitted by Leo’s instruments enable the unfoldment and creation of fresh neuro connections, stimulation of blood currents into the frontal lobe, and alkalisation of the body. Almost like a thunder storm, large Gongs played at a certain dynamic can generate together a tremendous amount of negative ions, which are known to totally rejuvenate the body. 

Working from the inside out, Leo’s practice is also known to help clear away contemporary obstacles like anxiety and insomnia. A potent starting point for anyone who wish to add their own voice and all three ears to their medicine bag. 

The class will include: Gong bath + Breath work + Meridian flow exercises + Group Chanting.

Suitable for beginners but challenging for everyone regardless of experience on the mat. Please bring water.

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

Eligibility

Suitable for beginners but challenging for everyone regardless of experience on the mat.

Capacity

50

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Tuesday Beginners Yoga Course - 6 Weeks

With Sandi Sharkey
5 Mar – 9 Apr 2019, 20:15–21:45

If you are completely new to yoga, want to get more confident with your practice, or perhaps have been practising for a while but want to revisit the basics then our new, improved beginners’ yoga course is for you.

£120

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If you are completely new to yoga, want to get more confident with your practice, or perhaps have been practising for a while but want to revisit the basics then our new, improved beginners’ yoga course is for you.

Drawing on over 25 years of experience of teaching yoga, our Beginners course introduces all the key elements of a Yoga practice including key yoga poses and sequences, breath awareness, linking breath to movement and basic Yoga philosophy.

In addition to a weekly practice at the studio, each week you’ll receive a 15 minute video sequence to practice at home in your own time, plus a fully comprehensive booklet full of resources to support you during the course and beyond.

We believe that yoga is for everyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, size and level of fitness – but we also recognise that for those new to the practice it can feel intimidating to get started with our regular classes. This course provides a safe and welcoming space for you to get to grips with the basics of yoga and carve out time for your own wellbeing.

Course Structure:
This course builds sequentially, and has been designed to incorporate the full spectrum of yoga practices.

Over the course of 6 weeks you will cover:
• Week 1: What is Yoga – Moving with Breath – Standing Poses
• Week 2: Grounding – History of Yoga – Movements of the Spine
• Week 3: Introduction to vinyasa and Backbending – Yoga beyond Asana
• Week 4: Twists and Backbends
• Week 5: Seated Postures and Meditation
• Week 6: Consolidation

The Tuesday evening course is taught by Sandi Sharkey, a supportive and experienced teacher who combines the practices of yoga, mindfulness and relaxation to promote centering, brightness and ease.  

What next?
The aim of the course is to provide a gateway into the diverse range of yoga classes on offer at The Life Centre. By the end of the course we should feel confident to attend any of our Level 1 or Level 1-2 yoga classes and more importantly, inspired to continue your yoga practice with us.

Yoga can be a lifelong practice and a beginner’s course is only the beginning, but to help you on your way, on completion of the course you are eligible to purchase a half-price 10 class pass for £65 or a half-price 1 month unlimited pass for £70 (one half price offer per client, if you have previously purchased a half price offer as part of our New Client Offer then this is not available to purchase again). Available to purchase up to two weeks after the completion of your course.

 

**** If booking for more than one person, please call 020 7704 0919. Please do not book via the website as the second person will not show on the roster. ****

Times

6 Week Course
Tuesdays
5 March – 9 April
20:15 – 21:45

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

50

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Thursday Beginners Yoga Course - 6 Weeks

With Zhozeh Zarrindast
7 Mar – 11 Apr 2019, 19:30–21:00

If you are completely new to yoga, want to get more confident with your practice, or perhaps have been practising for a while but want to revisit the basics then our new, improved beginners’ yoga course is for you.

£120

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If you are completely new to yoga, want to get more confident with your practice, or perhaps have been practising for a while but want to revisit the basics then our new, improved beginners’ yoga course is for you.

Drawing on over 25 years of experience of teaching yoga, our Beginners course introduces all the key elements of a Yoga practice including key yoga poses and sequences, breath awareness, linking breath to movement and basic Yoga philosophy.

In addition to a weekly practice at the studio, each week you’ll receive a 15 minute video sequence to practice at home in your own time, plus a fully comprehensive booklet full of resources to support you during the course and beyond.

We believe that yoga is for everyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, size and level of fitness – but we also recognise that for those new to the practice it can feel intimidating to get started with our regular classes. This course provides a safe and welcoming space for you to get to grips with the basics of yoga and carve out time for your own wellbeing.

Course Structure:
This course builds sequentially, and has been designed to incorporate the full spectrum of yoga practices.

Over the course of 6 weeks you will cover:
• Week 1: What is Yoga – Moving with Breath – Standing Poses
• Week 2: Grounding – History of Yoga – Movements of the Spine
• Week 3: Introduction to vinyasa and Backbending – Yoga beyond Asana
• Week 4: Twists and Backbends
• Week 5: Seated Postures and Meditation
• Week 6: Consolidation

The Thursday evening course is taught by Zhozeh Zarrindast. Zhozeh is a warm and welcoming teacher who brings over 18 years of practice to her teaching. Her teaching brings a subtle awareness to the spine, allowing time for the breath to soften the body and the mind so students have the time to move in and out of postures with ease. 

What next?
The aim of the course is to provide a gateway into the diverse range of yoga classes on offer at The Life Centre. By the end of the course we should feel confident to attend any of our Level 1 or Level 1-2 yoga classes and more importantly, inspired to continue your yoga practice with us.

Yoga can be a lifelong practice and a beginner’s course is only the beginning, but to help you on your way, on completion of the course you are eligible to purchase a half-price 10 class pass for £65 or a half-price 1 month unlimited pass for £70. Available to purchase up to two weeks after the completion of your course (one half price offer per client, if you have previously purchased a half price offer as part of our New Client Offer then this is not available to purchase again.)

**** 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 show on the roster. ****

Times

6 Week Course
Thursdays
7 March – 11 April
19:30 – 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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Connected by Empowerment: Family Yoga Workshop

With Ayala Homossany
9 Mar 2019, 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, additional children £10 each

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The focus of this workshop will be on how we are connected by empowerment and how we can nourish our creative mind. You will enjoy the wonders of family yoga through creative partner yoga (adult and child), playful yoga activities, 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 empower our children and offer them a safe space to nourish their creativity. 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 healthy snacks will take place between the two parts and handouts with practical ideas form the workshop will be given at the end.

Eligibility

Open to all

Capacity

30

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Flying Hanuman

With Michael James Wong
9 Mar 2019, 14:00–16:30

Inspired by the myth of Hanuman, The Monkey God as our guide, join Michael James Wong for a leg’s focused inversion practice that will build strong foundations in the body to support going upside down.

£30 earlybird until 2 March, £35 thereafter

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Inspired by the myth of Hanuman, The Monkey God as our guide, join Michael James Wong for a leg’s focused inversion practice that will build strong foundations in the body to support going upside down.

Far too often we’re fooled to believe to only focus on the upper body in inversions, when there is so much supported needed in our hips, hamstrings and lower half, all which areequally necessary to stabilize your flight. We’ll explore how to lengthen and strengthen the legs to support our inversion practice, and bring a controlled sense of support throughout our practice. Come ready to leap, come ready to fly.

This class is open to everyone; men, women, newbies and seasoned sun salutor’s.

Eligibility

Open to all levels

Capacity

50

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Yoga Trancedance

With Alessandra Pecorella
9 Mar 2019, 19:00–21:00

Yoga Trance dance is an exploration of the eternal flow of natural movement through yoga.

£20 until 8 March, £25 on the day

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Yoga Trance dance is an exploration of the eternal flow of natural movement through yoga. Created by Shiva Rea, this 2-hour experience begins with sahaja prana flow (prana-initiated natural movements), yoga trance dance then flows into free-form, breath-driven movement to liberate one’s creative force and cultivate embodied freedom! Yoga trance dance is a meeting of two rivers: Yoga and Dance, which come from and are united at the source. Like lovers they cannot be separated - Shiva Rea.

Follow the Pulse and Join Alessandra and many other enthusiastic friends for a high-energy evening, explore this form of free-flow yoga and dance, accompanied by world music to inspire you to bring greater fluidity, breath, range of motion, stamina and embodied joy into your life.

Eligibility

For all levels

Capacity

50

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Silent Yin & Gong Bath

With Norman Blair, Charlie Merton
10 Mar 2019, 14:00–17:00

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

£35 earlybird until 3 March, £40 thereafter

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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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Introduction to Aerial Yoga

With Richard Holroyd
16 Mar 2019, 19:00–20:30

Come and join Richard in this exciting Introduction to Aerial Yoga. Lift your body to move as nature intended and give yourself relief.

£25 earlybird until 9 March , £30 thereafter

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This workshop is now fully booked - however there are still spaces on the next one on 19 January. Book your spot here

Come and join Richard in this exciting Introduction to Aerial Yoga. Lift your body to move as nature intended and give youself relief. It can be intimidating to try something new but we encourage you to give it a go in this safe environment where you can relax, create and be at ease.

Let's be honest you don't know what aerial yoga is. In truth nobody does. It's an infant in the yoga world. Like all infants it has a wealth of possibilities open to it - who knows what it might grow into? Here's what we know so far: Our bodies evolved to move in 360 degrees over millions of years. Suddenly we sit still all day and the unnatural-ness of this has been a disaster for our physical and, increasingly, our mental health.

On the physical level aerial yoga will allow your body to move as nature intended. Not just side to side and backwards and forwards but in spirals and circles. It's a blessed relief for an imprisoned body to have this opportunity. On the mental/emotional level the support that the swing provides, and the increased passivity that allows for, is very pleasurable, playful and health-giving. In an overheating world this brings a welcome and balancing coolness. It can certainly be intimidating to try something new like this but I would encourage you to give it a go. I aim to create a safe environment where you can relax, create and be at ease.

I encourage you to try Aerial Yoga - It's a liberating experience.

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

Eligibility

All Levels

Capacity

14

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Mantra Meditation: Roots and Fruit

With Lisa Kaley-Isley
23 Mar 2019, 14:00–17:00

Join Lisa Kaley-Isley for this afternoon workshop exploring mantra meditation.

£35 earlybird until 16 March, £40 thereafter

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There are many variations on two primary approaches to meditation: 1) present moment open attention and 2) focused attention on a chosen object.  In both cases the key features are the abilities to be present with what is arising naturally in the body/breath/mind, and to sustain focused concentration on an object of attention.  Meditation is both surprisingly simple and often amazingly hard to do.  Some things help: feeling supported by a group and a guide, finding a good fit place for it in your daily routine, and feeling positively drawn to the object of attention.  If we feel better when we make time for it that is the best motivation. 

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali recommend using mantra: repetition of words with a positive meaning for us.  We can sing them out loud as bhakti devotion, or chant them mentally as japa repetition.  Either way we are choosing the thoughts, feelings, and attitudes we desire to connect ourselves with more deeply.  Through repetition the mantra works its way into the roots of our being.  Just as reliability what nourishes us cycles back out and is expressed in the fruit of our thoughts, feelings, and actions. 

Over the years I have been fortunate to study with master teacher Pandit Rajamani Tigunait of the Himalayan Institute who has imparted mantras to me to cultivate connection, protection, guidance, liberation, and enhancement of function.  It is rare to find a living teacher who can pass on these mantras fully imbued with the prana of deeply sustained practice.  In this workshop I will pass two sets of them to you: a series of mantras to begin the day, and a verse from the Siva Suktas to cultivate the retentive power of memory.  I will share with you translations of the meaning, teach you pronunciation, and record the group chanting to provide ongoing group and guide support for your home practice of the mantras.

Eligibility

Suitable for all apart from absolute beginners

Capacity

50

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How to Meditate - 6 Week Course

With Laurent Roure
27 Mar – 1 May 2019, 19:15–20:45

Join Laurent Roure for this modern, non-dogmatic and unique meditation course. A great opportunity to experience a broad range of techniques which are derived from the universal teachings of Mindfulness, Spanda, Advaita, Vedic and Eastern/Western spiritual philosophies.

£85

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Join Laurent Roure for this modern, non-dogmatic and unique meditation course. A great opportunity to experience a broad range of techniques which are derived from the universal teachings of Mindfulness, Spanda, Advaita, Vedic and Eastern/Western spiritual philosophies. Plus, from Laurent’s own studies, practice and inner work methods coming from his teachers and people who have inspired him.

The goal of the course is to experience, explore and understand the deeper meaning of those meditative techniques and to develop an enriching and supportive meditation practice.

During the weekly session, Laurent will create and hold a safe space with guided meditations, experiments and discussions on the work. Each student will be supported and guided on their own personal journey. The course has a very down to earth and practical approach, to inspire and facilitate all levels of meditators, whether that is beginner, a yoga teacher or an advanced practitioner.

This course will cover:

  • What is meditation? Its origins, the science.
  • Why meditate? The benefits.
  • Exploring concentration, awareness & consciousness.
  • A practical A to Z of how to prepare and get ready for meditation:
  • movement/ breath work/ settling/ relaxation.
  • Get to know the tools: meditation & deep relaxation techniques plus their roles & purposes.
  • Dealing with struggles and distractions during meditation and relaxation.
  • How to find, build and develop your personal practice, and how to keep at it?
  • Q&A and discussions

You will leave the course with a strong foundation and a great start to your meditation journey. You will have deeper understanding of how to use these techniques safely and the valuable tools that you can use during your everyday life.

Laurent has been practicing and studying breath work, pranayama, Yoga Nidra and meditation for over 20 years. His direct teachers and mentors are Alexander Filmer Lorch, John Stirk, Rod Stryker, Phillip Xerri from Gitananda, the Bihar school of yoga- Satyananda to name just a few.

Capacity

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Kirtan: The Yogic Practice of Heart-Centred Singing

With Sivani Mata Francis, The Shakti Soul Family
20 Apr 2019, 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.

£12 earlybird until 15 April, £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. Kirtan returns in 2019.

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

Eligibility

All welcome

Capacity

100