The Life Centre hosts weekend workshops led by both our regularly scheduled teachers and visiting teachers from the UK and abroad in partnership with our sister company, Yogacampus.

These 2-hour workshops enable you to explore yoga topics in greater depth, whatever stage you’re at in your yoga journey.

Browse all upcoming workshops below and book online or contact our reception team.

Please note — if booking more than one space on a workshop online, please complete two separate transactions. For more booking information, see our Terms and Conditions.

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Relax + Restore + Stillness

With Adelene Cheong
20 Jul 2018, 19:30–21:30

The Life Centre, Islington
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

020 7704 0919

£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:
17 August
21 September
19 October

Capacity

22

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Still in the City: Sun Meditation

With Jasmin Harsono
27 Jul 2018, 19:30–21:00

The Life Centre, Islington
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

020 7704 0919

£22 earlybird until 20 July, £25 thereafter

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Includes a Tigers Eye stone to take home.

Join Jasmin Harsono of Emerald + Tiger on a Friday evening for Reiki and meditation to cultivate and experience a sense of self-love.

Each participant will receive a Reiki charged Tigers Eye stone to keep. The golden rays of this stone connect to the Sun and Earth energy and provide a protecting warmth to help alleviate any burdens, releasing feelings of heaviness. It will be used to open the Solar Plexus Chakra, known as the energy distribution centre, inviting truth, power and expansion into the mind, body and spirit.

The evening will begin with breath work and chanting to settle into space, followed by a spiritual power of the sun seated guided Reiki meditation.

Everyone will then lie down, feeling comfortable and warm as the Sun’s energy, Tigers Eye, Reiki and Sonic healing come together to deepen the meditation. Reiki will be given to each participant one on one concentrating around the Solar Plexus.

The Solar Plexus area is located at the upper part of the stomach, where the diaphragm rests. Traditionally, it is the third chakra from the bottom. The Solar plexus is the element of fire and the colour yellow with higher frequencies turning a warmer tone. The original name in Sanskrit is Manipura. 

When we activate and open an overactive or blocked Solar Plexus and allow Reiki, Crystal and the Suns healing energy to flow we alleviate energetic, emotional and physical symptoms. After this work, we close the energy centre and are left feeling centered, powerful and balanced. 

This is a time for stillness, harnessing the energy and allowing it to travel inwards allowing the expression of self-love and empowerment to come through.

As the sun sets on this Summers night, this is an opportunity to relax, feeling fully rested and restored. Please bring along a notepad and pen as you may like to journal any thoughts, feelings and inspirations that arise.

‘Connecting to higher vibrations of the universe through Reiki’.

Eligibility

Open to all

Capacity

25

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Meditational Sound Healing Journey with Cacao

With Sonia Anderson
4 Aug 2018, 19:30–21:00

The Life Centre, Islington
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

020 7704 0919

£20

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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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Oasis of Sound: An Evening of Sound Bath and Mantras

With Anne Malone
10 Aug 2018, 19:30–21:00

The Life Centre, Islington
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

020 7704 0919

£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:
14 September
12 October
9 November



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


Eligibility

Suitable for all levels

Capacity

50

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Sweet as Honey: A Kirtan & Bhakti Exploration

With Sivani Mata Francis
11 Aug 2018, 14:15–17:00

The Life Centre, Islington
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

020 7704 0919

£25 advance, £30 on the door

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

Come join us to explore Bhakti Yoga (the path of pure love and compassion) in the mood of sweetness, Madhura Bhava through Kirtan (heart-centred singing) and mystic poetry – connecting to the idea of creation (including ourselves) as our beloved.

In our circle we will celebrate and connect with the opposites feminine and masculine that dance the lovers dance within us through our practice together with Kirtan, bhakti Yoga Nidra, stories, and the opportunity for discussion and the sharings of truth in our circle (Satsang).

Photo Radha Krishna puja taken by Sivani Mata Francis at the Beltane Bhakti Gathering May 2018

Eligibility

All Welcome

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Kirtan: The Yogic Practice of Heart-Centred Singing

With Sivani Mata Francis, The Shakti Soul Family
11 Aug 2018, 19:00–21:00

The Life Centre, Islington
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

020 7704 0919

£10 earlybird (until 6 August), £15 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:


22 September
20 October

Eligibility

All welcome

Capacity

100

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Yogacampus Workshop: Emotional Wellness and Bhavanas

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

The Life Centre, Islington
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

020 7704 0919

£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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Yogacampus Workshop: Yoga Knowledge - an Interactive Q&A

With A.G. and Indra Mohan
20 Aug 2018, 16:00–20:00

Yogacampus
7 Thane Works, Thane Villas, London, N7 7PH,


£60

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A. G. Mohan and Indra Mohan have been practicing and studying yoga and related topics for over 45 years. To assist yoga teachers and serious practitioners in gaining clarity and a deeper understanding of yoga, they will give a brief introduction to each of the following topics and Yogic texts, followed by a question and answer session.

Topics:
Mudras; 
Bandhas; 
Five Koshas; 
Cakras; 
Tantra-Yantra-Mantra 
and Kundalini.

Texts:
The Yogasutras of Patanjali;
The Bhagavad Gita; 
The Hatha Yoga Pradipika; 
and Yoga Yajnavalkya.

A. G. Mohan was a student of “the father of modern yoga,” Yogacarya Sri T. Krishnamacharya (1888-1989), for eighteen years. He is the author of several books on yoga, including Yoga for Body, Breath, and Mind; Yoga Reminder; Yoga Therapy; and Krishnamacharya: His Life and Teachings.

Indra Mohan has been practicing and teaching yoga for more than three decades. Along with her husband A.G. Mohan, she continues to study and deepen her knowledge in yoga and related fields. She is one of the few people who received a post-graduate diploma in yoga from Krishnamacharya. Her profound understanding of yoga and Ayurveda and how it applies to all aspects of our health, particularly in the area of women’s’ health is inspirational.

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

The Life Centre, Islington
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

020 7704 0919

£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

The Life Centre, Islington
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

020 7704 0919

£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

The Life Centre, Islington
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

020 7704 0919

£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

The Life Centre, Notting Hill
15 Edge Street, London W8 7PN

020 7221 4602

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

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

The Life Centre, Islington
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

020 7704 0919

£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

The Life Centre, Islington
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

020 7704 0919

£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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Connected by Creativity: Family Yoga Workshop

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

The Life Centre, Islington
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

020 7704 0919

£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

The Life Centre, Islington
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

020 7704 0919

£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

The Life Centre, Islington
1 Britannia Row, London N1 8QH

020 7704 0919

£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

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

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." 

 

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Eligibility

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

Capacity

45

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Connected by Creativity: Family Yoga Workshop

With Ayala Homossany
7 Oct 2018, 14:00–16:00

The Life Centre, Notting Hill
15 Edge Street, London W8 7PN

020 7221 4602

£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