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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Mythical Flow Friday Nights

With Tanja Mickwitz
24 Nov 2017, 19:30–21:00

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

020 7704 0919

£18

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Join Tanja a Friday night of every month for a special Mythical Flow class combining inspirational story-telling of the Indian myths with a creative vinyasa practice and ending with a long, deep savasana to let go of the week into the weekend.

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 start the weekend?

Join us after from 21.00 - 21.30 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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Yogaskrit: Yoga for Creativity

With Izzy Arcoleo
25 Nov 2017, 14:00–16:00

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

020 7704 0919

£25

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A yoga and meditation workshop for people who make art (of any kind, for love or money or both), to help with generating ideas, working through creative blocks and accessing the deep creative power within. 

The workshop begins with a guided meditation based on studies of the relationship between yoga and creativity. 

Then, a strong vinyasa flow yoga practice, sequenced with anatomical intelligence, and weaving in poses, yoga mythology and theories from anthropological research that all come together to bring the practitioner closer to their creative core, and banish the fear of not being good enough. 

This strong practice gradually comes down to more gentle, restorative postures, and then some time for idea-making; you will be given the space to sit on the mat and explore, in writing or with visual art, the openness and ideas that the practice has brought up. Finally, this physical and creative work gives way to a deep, guided relaxation to integrate the ideas and inspiration gained, so that you can go away with a renewed confidence and belief in your creative ability. 

Please bring a notepad, pen or pencils and any other materials you like to use for writing/drawing. 

Requirements

Please bring a notebook/sketch pad plus whatever materials you like to use for drawing/writing.

Eligibility

Suitable for all levels.

Capacity

50

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Inviting Harmony: A 2.5hr Flow and Restore Retreat

With Maren Weege
25 Nov 2017, 18:30–21:00

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

020 7704 0919

£30

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

If you feel the need to recharge your batteries in the depth of November darkness and to come home to a peaceful place inside yourself, this mini retreat is for you. You will be warmly welcomed and guided through the practices in the spirit of curiosity, honesty and compassion in order to settle into a state of inner harmony – exactly as you are.

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

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

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

Eligibility

All welcome, including pregnant women.

Capacity

50

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Discover Ayurveda for Better Health

With Marianne Simonin
26 Nov 2017, 14:00–16:00

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

020 7221 4602

£25

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This workshop aims at introducing the benefits of Ayurveda, which is the ancient traditional medical system from India.  Sharing the same philosophy as Yoga, it looks at each individual as a micro-universe; by combining a simple daily routine, right food and herbal preparation suitable for your constitution, it provides a way to greater health and minimises disease formation. 

During the two hours you will learn the qualities the doshas, how they relate to the five great elements, and their impact on your health when they become imbalanced.  The first part will introduce you to the basic principles of Ayurveda, and will include an interactive practice (pairing-up), based on observation and feedbacks.  During the second part we will look more at some common conditions, and how integrating an ayurvedic lifestyle can help you regain balance.  In Ayurveda certain food becomes medicine, so you will learn how to use common spices to boost your health, and the importance of incorporating the 6 tastes in your cooking.

Who is it for?
This workshop is for total beginners as well as those who already have some understanding and would like to consolidate their knowledge.

What to bring:
Please bring a notebook and a pen, as taking notes will be helpful as a reminder of the learning, as well as when doing the pair-up exercises.

Eligibility

Suitable for all levels.

Capacity

28

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Hypnobirthing 4 Week Course

With Mary-Anne Constable
27 Nov – 18 Dec 2017, 18:45–21:45

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

020 7704 0919

£345 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
27 November – 18 December
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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Celebrate the End of the Year: A Charity Class for Ourmala

With Isabell Britsch
1 Dec 2017, 19:30–21:00

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

020 7704 0919

£10 minimum donation

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Join Isabell for a winter warming candle lit session including a slow and mindful vinyasa flow concluding with a short guided meditation and followed by a treat of tea & brownies with some time to relax and chat.
 
The perfect opportunity to come together and catch up before we immerse ourselves in the crazy and beautiful end of year period.
The class is donation based and will be supporting Ourmala, which helps refugees and asylum-seekers rebuild their lives and integrate through therapeutic care, educational services and access to critical resources.
 
£10 minimum donation if you are booking online - if you wish to donate more then please bring cash on the night.
 

Eligibility

All welcome

Capacity

50

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Meditational Sound Healing Journey with Cacao

With Sonia Anderson
2 Dec 2017, 15:00–16:30

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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A Winter Wonderland Soundscape

With Anne Malone
3 Dec 2017, 14:00–16:00

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

020 7221 4602

£25

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Christmas Cheer is approaching ... why not get into your groove and join Anne in a fun, relaxing, eclectic mix of singing Christmas Carols, Mantras, Love Song and Sound Bathing leading into an exquisite Sound Bathing with Tibetan Bowls, Hang, Rainstick and Shamanic Drum.   

Let’s explore the world of Mantra, by simply singing together and feeling the magic of sharing our voices as we become one harmonious song ... there is no “right” way to sing from the heart ...Anne will gently and lovingly guide you into each song, words and translations will be provided, and as we grow in confidence with each song, improvisation and harmonies can be introduced, gently flowing into Chanting and Vocal Toning, finally resting in the exquisite Sound Bath ... ready to sing your way through Christmas and the new Year.

“Anne’s hang playing seems to come from another, more beautiful universe and beckons us to ‘come along, come along” -Jai Uttal

Eligibility

Open to all

Capacity

28

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Oasis of Sound: An Evening of Sound Bath and Mantras

With Anne Malone
8 Dec 2017, 19:30–21:00

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

020 7704 0919

£15

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sacred Sound and Vocal Toning Teacher Training

Sample Anne's soothing sounds here:

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

See Anne's new video here:

No Place Like Home

 

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

Times

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


Eligibility

Suitable for all levels

Capacity

50

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Embracing Quiet: A Yin Yoga Workshop

With Anna Taylor
9 Dec 2017, 14:00–17:00

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

020 7704 0919

£35

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

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

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

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

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

Eligibility

Suitable for all levels

Capacity

30

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Mystic Poetry, Bhakti Song & Total Yoga Nidra Evening

With Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, Sivani Mata Francis, Russell Stone
9 Dec 2017, 18:30–21:00

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

020 7704 0919

£15 in advance

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£15 in advance
£20 on the door

Join us for this deliciously nourishing evening of mystic poetry and devotional song from the Bhakti Yoga, Shakta Tantra and Sufi traditions. Feast on the inspirational songs of Lalla, the Kashmiri mystic yogini, and be nurtured by the sweet sounds of kirtan and mantra in praise of the deep feminine, the supreme power of life herself, Devi Ma, Parashakti.

Sivani Mata’s soulful singing sets mantra and the words of Lalla to sweet melodies and nurturing rhythms. Uma Dinsmore-Tuli shines a contemporary light on the beauty of Lalla’s songs and poems, with simplicity and passion. Russell Stone weaves improvised and spontaneous sounds from the soul with the words of the mystics in nourishing and healing song. Together, these three lovers of the sounds of the awakened heart space will be sharing selections from the mystic poets, and Bhakti song for your delight, enjoyment and inspiration.

The whole evening is held within a nourishing and restful space of informal and nurturing Total Yoga Nidra, delivered in response to the spirits and needs of those attending. When you arrive you’ll be invited to lay down and rest in welcome comfort and warmth for twenty minutes before the beginning of the songs, poems, mantra and kirtan. At the end of the evening there will be a short Total Yoga Nidra ‘coda’, a time to integrate and settle with all that has been shared. There will also be tasty treats to enjoy at the end of the evening. Come prepared to be enchanted and nourished in heart, body and soul by these voices from the heart.

Find out more about those sharing on this evening:
Sivani Mata Francis: www.naturalmysticbhajans.co.uk
Uma Dinsmore-Tuli: www.umadinsmoretuli.com
Russell Stone: www.russelloliverstone.co.uk

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

Eligibility

For all levels

Capacity

50

A twisting and hip opening practice to help cultivate Samana and Apana Vayu, the pranic (energetic) forces that govern digestion, assimilation and elimination of food as well as of experience.
 
Samana is the energy of assimilation, extraction and digestion of your food nutrients, the world around you, ideas and inspiration. By keeping our samana vayu strong, we have good physical digestion, but are also able to feed and nurture the rest of ourselves.

Whilst it’s important to digest, it’s important to eliminate the waste of our food, but also of emotions and thoughts. This is where Apana vayu comes in. This energy makes us feel grounded, clear and also relaxed as practices that cultivate apana also trigger the parasympathetic (rest and digest) nervous system. We will look at the physical aspects of the poses (principles of alignment) as well the subtle aspects (the above mentioned energy forces).

Expect a juicy creative hip opening practice, great for detoxifying and grounding as well as a deep twist practice offering us the perfect energy for some much needed internal winter “spring” cleaning and centering at this time of year. A deep savasana and meditation to end the class will help us truly move into the holiday time smoothly!

Eligibility

All levels welcome except absolute beginners, regular practice is recommended. Please bring a pen and paper.

Capacity

27

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Still in the City: Love and Meditation

With Jasmin Harsono
13 Dec 2017, 20:15–21:15

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

020 7704 0919

£15

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

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

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

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

Eligibility

Suitable for all

Capacity

20

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Three Day Morning Mysore Practice

With Petri Raisanen
15–17 Dec 2017, 07:00–09:00

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

020 7704 0919

£75

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Three days of special Mysore classes with guest teacher Petri Raisanen that will follow the traditional method of learning/practising the Ashtanga method. 

You will have the opportunity to deepen and develop your asana technique and practice, whilst being guided through methods of approaching the more challenging postures.

Ashtanga Yoga is often defined as an intense, athletic, and dynamic form of yoga. In many ways this is true, though Ashtanga does much more than strengthen and stretch the body. By practicing with awareness of the breath, the drsti (gazing point), and the bandhas (energy locks), one can develop a sense of consciousness in both the body and the mind. According to Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, Ashtanga Yoga is a path that leads us to the spirit that resides in all of us, and is in fact our very nature.

Join Petri in 3 gentle, effective and therapeutic morning led Mysore classes. His style according to some is almost magical, and originates (besides his own practice and teachings) from his past work as a traditional Finnish folk healer and naturopath. His friendly, relaxed nature and intuivite perception gives an open, energetic and meditative atmosphere to his classes.

Petri will also be hosting Nadi Sodhana: Ashtanga Intermediate Series Workshop (£35) on 16 December. Join him for both the 3 Day Morning Mysore Classes & Workshop for the special price of £100. 

Times

Friday – Sunday
7.00 – 9.00

Petri will also be hosting Nadi Sodhana: Ashtanga Intermediate Series workshop on 16 December 2-4.30pm. Join hom for both the 3 day Morning Mysore classes and workshop for the special price of £100. Please book via the workshop page and select the appropriate pricing option.

Eligibility

Not suitable for absolute beginners, previous experience of Ashtanga yoga is helpful.

Capacity

30

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Nadi Sodhana: Ashtanga Intermediate Series Workshop

With Petri Raisanen
16 Dec 2017, 14:00–16:30

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

020 7704 0919

£35

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Intermediate series positions are done to purify and strengthen the nervous system and energy channels throughout the body. In this workshop Petri will present the techniques which he learned from his Guru, Sri K. Pattbhi Jois. Many of them are still unknown to practitioners, such as the correct alignment of the body, casing points (drishtis) and vinyasa method. 

Nadi Sodhana workshop is best suited for practitioners who have been practicing yoga consistently for several years; however, it offers a fascinating glimpse into a more advanced practice for all who wish to explore yoga beneath the surface.

After the workshop, join Petri and his wife Wambui for the launch of Petri’s new book Nadi Sodhana: Yoga in the Tradition of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois: The Intermediate Series Practice Manual. Petri and Wambui will talk about the book project and tell stories about the book’s interview sessions with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and R. Sharath Jois. 

Petri will also be leading a 3 Day Morning Mysore Practice 15 - 17 December, 07:00–09:00 (£75). Join him for both the Workshop & 3 Morning Mysore classes for the special price of £100. If you wish to book for both please book via the booking link on this page and select the appropriate pricing option.

Eligibility

Not suitable for beginners

Capacity

50

Join Petri and his wife Wambui for the launch of Petri’s new book Nadi Sodhana: Yoga in the Tradition of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois: The Intermediate Series Practice Manual. Petri and Wambui will talk about the book project and tell stories about the book’s interview sessions with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and R. Sharath Jois.
 
In his second book, Petri Räisänen illustrates the Intermediate series positions, which are done to purify and strengthen the nervous system and energy channels throughout the body. The positions are presented both individually and as an integrated method of training, complete with clear pictures and detailed text. This inspirational guide acts as testament to the lineage of Ashtanga Yoga by including interviews with the Jois family: Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, Pramaguru R. Sharath Jois and Saraswathi Jois.

Nadi Sodhana is best suited for practitioners who have been practicing yoga consistently for several years; however, it offers a fascinating glimpse into a more advanced practice for all who wish to explore yoga beneath the surface.

Copies of the book will be on sale at the event. 

Eligibility

Open to all

Capacity

90

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Gong Bath

With Charlie Merton
17 Dec 2017, 14:30–15:45

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

020 7221 4602

£18

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Charlie will lead you through a sonic healing soundscape which will include 4 gongs, tibetan bowls, rainstick, & sansula. The use of gongs and tibetan bowls stimulates the alpha and theta brainwaves which are associated with meditative states. The healing power of the session is enhanced with the use of 3 planetary gongs Jupiter, Venus, Sidonic Moon) in addition to a large symphonic gong.

The experience will open the body and mind, and help to release energetic blocks and tension which accumulate through the everyday trauma of our lives.


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

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

Eligibility

Suitable for all levels

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." 

 

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

Eligibility

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

Capacity

45

Calling all Mantra Lovers, Chant Connoisseurs, Universal Song Swooners...

Join together and sing our hearts full of Love, no sheets of music, no right way to sing, just pure joy sharing our voices, as we sing Christmas Carols, blissful mantras and chants, and rest in the exquisite Sound Bath of Tibetan Bowls, Hang, Rainstick, Celtic drum and Vocal Toning, as our evening comes to an end.

Eligibility

Suitable for all levels.

Capacity

30

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Silent Yin & Gong Bath

With Charlie Merton, Norman Blair
23 Dec 2017, 14:30–17:30

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

020 7704 0919

£35

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

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

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

**** 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

45

The Yin yoga practice invites us to explore inner landscapes with a quality of self-reflection, accepting and accommodating. We attempt to experience these qualities free of judgment or attachment – with equanimity. We learn to pay attention to what is, as it is – with an attitude of kindness. The Yin yoga practice is centred around floor-based postures, which are held for several minutes using props as supports.

This practice of mindfully bending and gently moving can be remarkably rejuvenating for our body-mind-heart.

 Available and appropriate for all. Practice will include the slow stretches of Yin yoga, meditation and breathing exercises.
 

Eligibility

All welcome

Capacity

50

Come and welcome this new beginning with a special Mythical Flow workshop. The threshold of a new year is the perfect time to step out of the flow to reflect on where we are in the midst of our own story and how we want it to continue to unfold.
 
The story of Shakti, the Goddess, in her forms as Parvati, Durga and Kali will serve as the backdrop for an afternoon of finding and setting intentions for the new year. Through meditation we will find deeper guidance to form an intention to move forwards with, an intention which is aligned with our hearts and soul purpose. Practice becomes ritual when we breathe meaning into every movement, this way our intentions become intensified and so much more potent.

We will move through a creative vinyasa flow sequence layered with mudra, mantra and mythology ending with sweet yogic sleep in deep relaxation. Being held in the sacred space of community whilst committing to your own unique vision is a beautiful way to transition into the beginning and of a new year.

You might find it useful to have a pen and paper/journal to note down any reflections and revelations. Please also feel free to bring any special objects (crystals, murtis, malas, flowers, fruits) to place on our Shakti altar for 2018.

Eligibility

Open to all levels except complete beginners

Capacity

50

Welcome your New Year with Sacred Ceremony, Sound Bath and Mantra.

Let’s greet 2018 with all the optimism New Years Eve Celebrations… with an evening of Sacred Ceremony for the coming year, a deeply relaxing Sound Bath and inspirational Mantras.

How often do we get the time to simply relax into the excitement of the New Year… to hear the bells chime and feel deep optimism inside our heart, to sing sacred songs of new beginnings in a conscious and expansive way, sharing a Candlelit Ceremony, SoundBath and Magical Mantra?

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

Relax and bathe in the exquisite healing sounds of these instruments and vocal tones, releasing stress and blockages as Anne places the Tibetan Bowl on your body, gently ‘retuning’ and balancing you with her voice. Drift into the magical world of nature as you are showered with the sounds of the Rainstick, Shamanic drum and wind instruments, gently rising into the magical flow of Mantra and Chanting, ending with grounding movement and leaving you feeling renewed and tingling with vibrant energy.

Share the joy of Candlelit Ceremony with Shamanic Drumming and Dreaming for the New Year ahead. The only side effect is happiness and harmony!

Eligibility

All welcome

Capacity

29