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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Moon Phase Yoga Master Class

With Anita Goa
22 Mar 2019, 19:30–21:00

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

020 7704 0919

£20 earlybird until 15 March, £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:
26 April
31 May

Eligibility

Open to all

Capacity

50

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Mantra Meditation: Roots and Fruit

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

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

020 7704 0919

£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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Kundalini Yoga for Health & Happiness

With Kathryn McCusker
24 Mar 2019, 14:00–16:00

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

020 7221 4602

£25 earlybird until 17 March, £30 thereafter

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As life gets busier and technology gets faster, staying in balance and connecting to our bodies can become more challenging.

Sometimes the circumstances of our lives can weigh us down with negativity and stress. Too much stress begins to affect our thoughts, behaviors, and even our physical health. Over time, stress diminishes our vitality and reduces our ability to enjoy life.

Through the teachings of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation we can gain awareness to effectively manage our ‘stress personality’, so we can create a healthier and happier life.

Join Kathryn to experience rejuvenating and uplifting Kundalini Yoga kriyas and meditations to de-stress the mind and energise the body, so you can be at your absolute best.

Kathryn McCusker discovered Kundalini Yoga and Meditation in Mexico in 2000 and has been teaching worldwide ever since. After living in London for eleven years, where she taught private clients including Bjork and Rachel McAdams and classes at Triyoga and Alchemy, she returned to Sydney in 2011 to open KMYOGA, Sydney’s first dedicated Kundalini Yoga Studio, which she ran for three years. She has now returned to London where she is again teaching private clients and group classes, as well as leading retreats worldwide.

www.kathrynmccuskerkundalini.com

Eligibility

Open to all levels of experience, including beginners.

Capacity

28

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How to Meditate - 6 Week Course

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

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

020 7221 4602

£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

15

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Mythical Flow

With Tanja Mickwitz
29 Mar 2019, 19:30–21:00

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

020 7704 0919

£20 earlybird until 22 March, £25 thereafter

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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 Friday 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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Meditational Sound Healing Journey with Cacao

With Sonia Anderson
30 Mar 2019, 19:30–21:00

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

020 7704 0919

£20 earlybird 23 March, £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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Embracing Quiet: A Yin Yoga Workshop

With Anna Taylor
6 Apr 2019, 14:00–17:00

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

020 7704 0919

£35 earlybird until 30 March, £40 thereafter

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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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Sound Bath Bliss: Your Oasis of Deep Chill

With Anne Malone
7 Apr 2019, 14:00–16:00

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

020 7221 4602

£20 earlybird until 31 March, £22 thereafter

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Bathe and relax in the healing vibrations of Tibetan Bowls, Gong, Hang, Sansula, Shamanic Drum 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 week.  

Lazy Sunday Afternoon … Oasis of SoundBliss.

‘Anne’s SoundBath 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 tranquillity. 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

**** 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. ****

Eligibility

All levels

Capacity

28

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Oasis of Sound: An Evening of Sound Bath and Mantras

With Anne Malone
12 Apr 2019, 19:30–21:30

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

020 7704 0919

£20 earlybird until 5 April, £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:
10 May
14 June
12 July

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


Eligibility

Suitable for all levels

Capacity

50

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Restorative Yoga – Retreat Inside; Mastering the Senses

With Joyce McMiken
13 Apr 2019, 14:15–16:45

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

020 7704 0919

£30 earlybird until 6 April, £35 thereafter

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“When senses are firmly reined in, that is Yoga, so people think.  From distractions a man is then free, for Yoga is the coming-into-being, as well as the ceasing to be.” Kaṭha Upaniṣad

 
We will use our restorative practice to explore the idea that yoga is the mastery of the senses as defined in the Kaṭha Upaniṣad or at least an integral part as defined in Patañjali Yoga Sūtras.  The restorative asana practice will be supported by conscious breathwork, allowing us to become more and more internally aware.  At the end we will sit together and enjoy the moment.

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

Eligibility

Open to all

Capacity

30

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An Introduction to Aerial Yoga

With Richard Holroyd
13 Apr 2019, 19:00–20:30

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

020 7704 0919

£25 earlybird until 6 April, £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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Exploring the Roots of a Successful Meditation Practice ~ Part One: Building Awareness

With Helen Mead
14 Apr 2019, 14:00–16:00

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

020 7221 4602

£40 for both workshops or £25 per session

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Our day to day life is largely run on autopilot and may or may not be creating a reality we are happy with. These workshops create an opportunity to step out of habitual functioning and into the now. Paying full attention with acceptance to what is happening in our body right now in this moment. Producing a profound sense of space in your life where there was none before.

Join Helen Mead for this two-part meditation workshop. 

Step 1: Building Awareness - 14 April

Step 2: Being With... - 2 June

You are encouraged to attend both sessions, but each part also works as a standalone workshop. 

They are designed as a complement to each other- as the subjects form the fundamental first two steps of building a successful meditation practice.

Firstly building awareness of what is happening in your body to enable you to build a steady and solid container - to enable you to be with the sensations/feelings/thoughts that arise in your body whether they are pleasant/unpleasant or neutral.

This awareness we will develop and explore in different experimental exercises will enable you to sample the simple pleasures in your life that are often overlooked.

The second step to your practise- is the ability to be with what you find when you are there! Pleasant sensations are easy to be with - in fact we crave them! Unpleasant sensations such as pain or anxiety or fear - we want to push away. When we do this we harden them. The only way through is by learning to be with these sensations- which enables the body to both transform them and our lives.

These are fundamental tools for any of us that wish to live fuller and more enriching lives. Creating a space from which we can make wiser choices for our future happiness and wellness.

Times

2 Part Workshop
Part One: 14 April
Part Two: 2 June

Capacity

30

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Yoga for Sleep Recovery - 4 Week Course

With Lisa Sanfilippo
17 Apr – 8 May 2019, 19:45–21:00

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

020 7704 0919

£80

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Yoga for Sleep Recovery™ helps you to beat insomnia and sleep better with a sustainable, long-term solutions for your sleep problems. You can get clear of pills, potions, gadgets and apps, and truly recover your sleep now and for the rest of your life using yogic tools. This four week course gives you the knowledge and resources, drawing upon insight from Lisa’s new book ‘Yoga Therapy for Insomnia and Sleep Recovery (available on Amazon).

Whether you have trouble sleeping long term or from time to time you’ll learn step by step how to be more alert, awake and alive all day.

A simple, effective week by week programme will help you sleep better now and in the future:

1. Learn new sleep recovery tools each week:
- Easy to remember yoga including the Simple Sleep Sequence, to do at home to calm down, feel more grounded, and sleep better
- Restorative yoga to ‘mop up’ if you have a bad night’s sleep- so you feel alert and calm during the day
- Easy breath practices to re-balance your nervous system and get you to sleep

2. Troubleshoot your ‘sleep sabotage’, re-work your habits and ‘sleep proof’ your day

3. Learn how sleep works: how much you need, why you’re waking up in the middle of the night or get up too early

For this course, you will receive a special resource-set and follow up to help you to put what you learn into practice

“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

You’ll learn from Lisa Sanfiippo, the 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

4 Week Course
17 Apr – 8 May

Eligibility

Open to all

Capacity

30

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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

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

020 7704 0919

£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

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Yoga & Mindfulness for Children Aged 4-8 Years

With Ayala Homossany
23 Apr – 21 May 2019, 16:00–04:45

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

020 7704 0919

£32.5 for 5 Weeks or £10 Drop In per Class

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Our yoga and mindfulness classes share the magic of yoga in a non competitive environment.

The practices will contribute to elevate children’s creativity, boost their confidence and concentration, strengthen their physical abilities and social skills.

In creative and fun ways we will explore yoga poses, breath awareness practices, self compassion, mindfulness and relaxation.

Our classes are heart based classes and offer space for children’s own self expression.

This class is suitable for children aged 4-8 years old. There is a separate class for children aged 9+ which can be found here

Times

Tuesdays
16.00 – 16.45
23 April – 21 may 2019

Requirements

Book a 5 week block up front for £32.50 (£6.50 per class) or drop in for £10 a class.

Eligibility

Suitable for children aged 4-8 years old.

Capacity

12

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Yoga & Mindfulness for Children Aged 9 +

With Ayala Homossany
23 Apr – 21 May 2019, 17:00–17:45

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

020 7704 0919

£32.50 for 5 Weeks or £10 Drop In per Class

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In these classes we will create a safe and non competitive environment where we will offer techniques and tools for children in their early teens to support themselves and manage daily stress and connect with their true self.

These classes aim to boost self-confidence and concentration, strengthen physical abilities and social skills and elevate creativity and imagination.
 
This will be achieved by using fun and creative ways to explore yoga poses, practice breath awareness and self-compassion, and learning to connect and de-stress through mindfulness and relaxation while respecting the individuality of every participant.

Our classes are heart based classes and offer space for everyone’s self expression.

Times

Tuesdays
17.00 – 17.45
23 April – 21 May 2019

Eligibility

Suitable for children aged 9+

Capacity

12

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Women’s Yoga Circle

With Uma Dinsmore-Tuli
27 Apr 2019, 19:00–21:00

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

020 7704 0919

£25 earlybird until 20 April, £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?

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

Eligibility

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

Capacity

45

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Ayurveda and Spring Cleansing

With Xenia Bolomyti, Thania Tympanari
28 Apr 2019, 14:00–16:30

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

020 7704 0919

£30 earlybird until 21 April, £35 thereafter

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Spring is the best time, to cleanse and detoxify your body. It’s time to boost your immunity, vitality and recharge.

During this interactive workshop you will discover your unique body & mind constitution, acquiring all the tools necessary to establish a healthy routine and transition through this seasonal change. Learn natural ways to defend against sinus infections, allergies and fatigue. Experience Ayurvedic oils and learn a self massage practice.

Prevention starts here!

This workshop is open to all levels. Please bring a pen and paper and explore the Ayurvedic wisdom!

Xenia Bolomyti is an Advanced Ayurvedic Massage Therapist and Yoga Teacher. www.ayurvedaliving.co.uk  

Thania Tympanari is an Ayurvedic Consultant and Yoga Teacher. www.yogathania.com

Eligibility

Open to all

Capacity

30

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Yoga & Ayurveda: Discover Your Dosha

With Emily Reed
28 Apr 2019, 14:00–16:00

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

020 7221 4602

£25 earlybird until 28 April, £30 thereafter

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Ancient wisdom for modern day wellness

Do you want greater health? Better focus? More inner peace? Greater contentment in your daily life?

If you answer to any of the above is “yes”- READ ON!

What's it all about?

Equanimity for body and mind is achieved in our modern day lives when the five elements (earth, water, fire, air and ethers) are balanced according to Ayurveda philosophy.

And... what is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is known as the science of “life" - more specifically, the science of living WELL.

"Ancient wisdom" - how does it apply to a modern day lifestyle?

Whilst it's a “ancient” science, Ayurveda’s key principles are blueprints for a healthy life in modern day lifestyles These principles offer simple and highly effective frameworks for the biological organisms that we are to exist in an optimum way.

And how do I discover my Dosha?

In essence, each person has a unique combination of the 5 elements/3 doshas. The 3 doshas are how the five elements are grouped in our biological forms.

When we know our main “type” of one or usually 2 doshas we can begin to align our living conditions (diet, daily routine, yoga practices and lifestyles) in a way that supports these “doshas”. This way we are more likely to achieve greater balance and harmony in life as well as cultivate greater focus, productivity and contentment.

This workshop will explore how Ayurveda can bring greater balance to your life and wellbeing through discovering your Dosha. 

What to expect:

  • An uplifting afternoon sharing inspiring principles from ancient wisdom for your individual modern day wellness.
  • To determine more about your own unique “dosha” concoction.
  • Discover some top tips from ancient wisdom for modern day wellness
  • 2 short practices of slow flow, meditation, pranayama.

Bring pen and paper to make notes - this workshop is 120 minutes- at least 60 minutes will be group discussion.

Eligibility

Open to all

Capacity

30

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Silent Yin & Gong Bath

With Norman Blair, Charlie Merton
5 May 2019, 14:00–17:00

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

020 7704 0919

£35 earlybird until 28 April, £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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Breathwork and Pranayama - 6 Week Course

With Laurent Roure
8 May – 12 Jun 2019, 19:15–20:45

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

020 7221 4602

£120

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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

8 May – 12 June

Eligibility

Open to all

Capacity

15

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A Journey Through the Lower Body: Get to Grips with your “Core”

With Laurent Roure
12 May 2019, 14:00–16:00

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

020 7221 4602

£25 earlybird until 5 May, £30 thereafter

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Following his previous workshop ‘Move Better, Breathe Better: Freeing the Upper Body’, Laurent invites you to follow him on a journey through the lower body.

This two hour, multi-layered yoga workshop will help us to explore and discover the area that we call the lower body. It will have a particular focus on the roles and the multiple functions of the psoas muscle, the diaphragm and what we call in many physical fitness classes the ‘core’.

This workshop is not simply about giving you a six pack, instead it is a holistic practice which will look at the different ways the above muscles influence our health, our body, our breathing, our energies and our physical practice. Furthermore, we will interrogate how they connect and work together to help us feel strong and balanced in our bodies.

We will learn about how they are key in stabilising and supporting the spine, how they are the initiators of movements like walking, running and dancing. We will begin to understand how relaxing them can enhance our diaphragmatic breathing and consequently balance our nervous system and influence our moods.

Through simple movements, classic yoga postures, breathing techniques, meditative visualisations, you will learn to find, release, strengthen, balance and activate those centering muscles for a well-supported lower body, spine and pelvis.

Getting to grip with your inner core is to find a real sense of support and our strong foundation for our yoga practice and for our daily life.

Eligibility

Open to all

Capacity

28

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

With Jasmin Harsono
17 May 2019, 19:45–21:15

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

020 7704 0919

£20 earlybird until 10 May, £22 thereafter

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

“Set your life on fire, seek those who fan your flames.” Rumi

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 a powerful flow of fire energy circulating and allowing the mind, body and soul to light up, connecting deeper and feeling whole.

The element of fire is extremely powerful and empowering. We will come into our hearts feeling the warmth and vitality that resides activating the sense of coming home to our true self. Fire will support to connect with great willpower, drive and will, feeling confident and focused. Allow Fire to flow deep, sink into your emotions and trust in the Reiki and Sonic healing that you receive. Reiki will be shared to each participant 1:1.

As we gather a night before the Blue Full Moon, we shall set an intention to surrender and let go of anything that no longer serves us.

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.

Capacity

50

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Exploring Nada Yoga - A Yin & Yang Workshop

With Isabell Britsch
19 May 2019, 14:00–17:00

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

020 7704 0919

£35 earlybird until 12 May, £40 thereafter

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The premise for nada yoga is that the entire universe and everything that exists within it, including human beings, consists of sound vibrations. The vibrations were there first before anything else came into existence and this expression of sound builds the basis for the creation and existence of all matter.

We will start the workshop with some listening and chanting – receiving and creating sound – tracing external sounds, as they travel through space arriving at the ear, and noticing sound vibration internally. Then we’ll take this expression of sound into an energetic, flowing, fun, dynamic yoga sequence. To balance we’ll follow with a slow yin and restorative practice and deep guided relaxation tuning in and listening to the more subtle sounds of the breath and yet more subtle internal vibrations.

Eligibility

For all levels apart from complete beginners

Capacity

50

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Gong Bath

With Charlie Merton
19 May 2019, 14:30–15:45

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

020 7221 4602

£20 earlybird until 12 May, £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

30

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Cultivating Self-Compassion: Practices to Support Greater Wellbeing & Resilience

With Anna Taylor
22 May – 12 Jun 2019, 20:00–21:30

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

020 7704 0919

£90

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In this four week course we will explore how cultivating self-compassion - a sense of friendliness and tenderness towards ourselves - can enhance our sense of wellbeing and resilience. 

Whilst many of us find it natural to offer compassion towards others, we can struggle to offer the same sense of kindness and tenderness towards ourselves, especially when life brings challenges. Our ‘inner critic’ can dominate our mental state as we judge and criticise ourselves for our perceived failings.

Increasing evidence supports that learning to cultivate a more encouraging, supportive and friendly relationship towards ourselves can help us to: 

  • lower stress levels
  • reduce anxiety and depression
  • feel more resilient to life’s inevitable challenges 
  • feel more connected rather than isolated when life is difficult 

 

Through this 4 week course participants will: learn about the core components of self-compassion; explore a range of practices to build compassion into our daily living;  have the opportunity to share our experiences of the practices and their impact on our lives. 

Times

4 Week Course
Wednesdays
20.00 – 21.30

Eligibility

Suitable for all levels

Capacity

12 – Early booking advised

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A Conscious Practice: From Injury Prevention to the Power of Letting Go

With James French, Laura Burkhart
2 Jun 2019, 09:30–17:30

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

020 7704 0919

£70 for full day earlybird until 26 May, £80 thereafter.

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The morning and afternoon sessions can also be booked individually at £40 per session earlybird (until 26 May), £45 full price

Classical Yoga offers us 10 guidelines to help us cultivate a more Conscious Approach to Life... they are called the Yamas and Niyamas. Often these guidelines are thought to be separate from our Asana practice but in fact our time on the mat is the perfect place to begin to embody them!

In these two fun and informative workshops, good friends Laura and James will guide us through how these concepts might apply to our daily practice. The sessions will be made up of a combination of mini-lectures and a flowing Asana practice. 

The Yamas and Injury Prevention - 9.30-12.30pm 

Non-Violence, Truth, Non-Theft, Energy Conservation, Non-Attachment.

In  this workshop we will move through a flowing sequence, pausing at key points to go over mindsets and approaches to specific Asanas that can cause injuries, as well as talk about updated ways of thinking, and refining alignment to cultivate a safer practice.

The Niyamas and The Heart, The Hips and The Art Of Letting Go - 2.30-5.30pm 

Purification, Contentment, Self-Discipline, Self-Study, Surrender 

In addition to exploring how we can incorporate these topics into our daily practice, we’ll move through a well-rounded practice to open the hips and heart. We will peel away external influences, toxic emotions, unhealthy expectations, and explore the art of letting go.  

Laura and James are two teachers with different disciplines and backgrounds who delight in the common language of Yoga. 

Laura Burkhart (500 – E-RYT) is a San Francisco based international teacher and featured online teacher.  Laura’s smart, creative, well-rounded classes are intelligently sequenced with a smooth, rhythmic flow.  After experiencing and learning from her own yoga injuries, she is a strong advocate for safe alignment and sequencing while still keeping the practice fun. Laura is a regular contributor for Yoga Journal Magazine, has taught workshops and presented at festivals around the world, and co-leads 200-hr teacher trainings with her primary teacher, Jason Crandell.

Learn more at LauraBurkhartYoga.com @LauraBurkhartYoga

James French (500 – E-RYT)teaches Hatha and Vinyasa internationally. He spends 6 months of his year living in India studying and practicing yoga and spirituality.  The other 6 months are spent teaching, and running Teacher-Trainings with his school Pathofyoga.co.uk.  He works to make spiritual practice and self improvement accessible to all...Focussing on the journey within, releasing the false identifications which we have accumulated and rediscovering our True Nature. 

Learn more at Yogijames.com 

Times

9.30am-12.30pm The Yamas & Injury Prevention
2.30-5.30pm The Niyamas and The Heart, The Hips and The Art Of Letting Go

Eligibility

Options will be offered throughout both practices so this workshop is open to all levels.

Capacity

50

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Exploring the Roots of a Successful Meditation Practice ~ Part Two: Being With…

With Helen Mead
2 Jun 2019, 14:00–16:00

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

020 7221 4602

£40 for both sessions or £25 per session

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Our day to day life is largely run on autopilot and may or may not be creating a reality we are happy with. These workshops create an opportunity to step out of habitual functioning and into the now. Paying full attention with acceptance to what is happening in our body right now in this moment. Producing a profound sense of space in your life where there was none before.

Join Helen Mead for this two-part meditation workshop. 

Step 1: Building Awareness - 14 April

Step 2: Being With... - 2 June

You are encouraged to attend both sessions, but each part also works as a standalone workshop. 

They are designed as a complement to each other- as the subjects form the fundamental first two steps of building a successful meditation practice.

Firstly building awareness of what is happening in your body to enable you to build a steady and solid container - to enable you to be with the sensations/feelings/thoughts that arise in your body whether they are pleasant/unpleasant or neutral.

This awareness we will develop and explore in different experimental exercises will enable you to sample the simple pleasures in your life that are often overlooked.

The second step to your practise- is the ability to be with what you find when you are there! Pleasant sensations are easy to be with - in fact we crave them! Unpleasant sensations such as pain or anxiety or fear - we want to push away. When we do this we harden them. The only way through is by learning to be with these sensations- which enables the body to both transform them and our lives.

These are fundamental tools for any of us that wish to live fuller and more enriching lives. Creating a space from which we can make wiser choices for our future happiness and wellness.

Dates & Times

2 Part Workshop
Part One: 14 April
Part Two: 2 June

Capacity

30

Class Schedule

Islington

Islington Schedule

Class Schedule

Notting Hill

Notting Hill Schedule

Capacity

30

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Hasta Mudras

With Ann Pidcock
23 Jun 2019, 14:00–16:00

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

020 7704 0919

£25 earlybird until 16 June, £30 thereafter

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Hasta: Hand
Mudra: Seal
 
This 2 hour workshop will offer a little more time to dive into one aspect of this fascinating tradition. 

In this session we will specifically look at a range of expressive Mudras, that help to create a focus or enquiry. 

Expect:

  • Discussion about individual Mudras, how to arrange them and how we might interpret them to enrich our practice.
  • A Vinyasa flow sequence with Mudras layered in to inspire creativity and investigation in the Asana practice.
  • A quiet, meditative close with the Mudras offering the inspiration for a led visualisation.
  • A handout and links to videos will also be provided, so that you can continue to work with the Mudras covered beyond the studio.

Eligibility

Suitable for all levels

Capacity

50

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Breathwork and Pranayama - 5 Week Course

With Laurent Roure
3–31 Jul 2019, 19:45–21:00

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

020 7704 0919

£100

Book Now

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

5 Week Course
Wednesdays 7:45-9:00 PM

3 – 31 July

Eligibility

Open to all

Capacity

20

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The Kirtan Love Experience Ecstatic Chanting Tour

With Jai Uttal
11 Jul 2019, 19:30–22:00

Cecil Sharp House
2 Regent's Park Road, London NW1 7AY


£40 until 25 March, £48 thereafter

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Ecstatic Chanting with Jai Uttal, Daniel Paul & Friends

Embark on a vocal journey through the sacred sounds of ancient India. With call-and-response group chanting and storytelling, Jai Uttal creates a space of invocation, prayer, and heartfelt expression. “These ancient chants,” says Jai “contain a transformative power and healing energy. By singing these prayers we join a stream of consciousness and devotion that has been flowing for centuries.”

Jai has been leading Kirtans worldwide for close to 50 years, creating a safe environment for people to open their hearts and voices.

No previous experience is needed. This is an exploration and expression of the heart and the spirit.

Want more? 
Join Jai Uttal and his wife Nubia on Saturday 13th July for two unique workshops at The Life Centre in Islington. From 10am to 1pm Nubia will lead us through a half day on Yoga and the Art of Mudras, while in the afternoon from 2pm to 5.30pm Jai will demystify the secrets of kirtan with his workshop on Everyday Bhakti: Walking in Devotion.

Eligibility

Open to all

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Yoga and the Art of Mudras

With Nubia Teixeira
13 Jul 2019, 10:00–13:00

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

020 7704 0919

£40

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This workshop is followed by Everyday Bhakti: Walking in Devotion with Jai Uttal. Book both workshops together and receive a £10 discount.

Author, yogini, teacher trainer, and Odissi dancer, Nubia Teixeira will introduce you to her vision of how to embellish and empower your yogasana with mudras that are symbolically representatives of the Gods and Goddesses of Yoga and poetically expressive of the beauty of Nature.

Her aim is to give you a resource to grace your yoga practice with the transporting keys of the hand-gestures. 

In this workshop Nubia will share her love and passion for the practice of mudras, some of the gems that she has collected for via dedicated practice, and her mastery and expertise on combining mudras with asana to expresses the inspired storytelling from Bhakti, the devotional tradition of yoga. This is also an opportunity to delve deeper into Nubia’s book, Yoga and the Art of Mudra which will be available to purchase and be signed by the author herself.

About the Book 

Yoga and the Art of Mudras is a guided journey into the alchemy of asana (yoga pose) and mudra (symbolic hand gesture). In this book, Nubia fuses her passion for yoga and dance with her love for bhakti (devotion). In so doing, she has created a unique and contemporary yoga system that encompasses all three healing arts.

 In this half day workshop, you will:

  • Experience and embody the mudras in your life and your yoga practice
  • Connect with ancient wisdom traditions
  • Delve into symbology and sacred geometry
  • Evoke the energy of the Gods and Goddesses

Nubia has devoted herself to teaching different aspects of yoga for almost 30 years. Perceiving yoga as a healing art, Nubia's refinement and unique style overflows with sacred meaning and heartfelt inspiration.

Book reviews 

“The hands are extensions of the heart, reflecting what is in your heart. Mudras tell stories with the hands. Nubia’s hands express the celestial stories and songs of her innermost heart—the eternal abode of Divine Love where God and the soul dance in ecstatic delight.  Nubia is an other-worldly apsara who has taken birth amongst us mortals—to show us the keys to the heart of heaven and how to open the secret door. This is an incredibly important book”

 —Sharon Gannon, founder of Jivamukti Yoga. 

 “A beautiful book, full of gestures of embodied understanding and refreshing postures that can enhance your yoga and deepen your practice as an act of devotion and love.” 

 —Jack Kornfield Author, Buddhist practitioner and one of the key teachers to introduce Buddhist mindfulness practice to the West.

"Nubia Teixeira's offerings bring the inner art of mudras from Odissi Temple Dance into a pioneering, fully embodied yogic expression. Steeped in her lifelong experience of the Bhakti and Hatha Yoga traditions, Nubia has created a truly classic mudra book to treasure and draw from for the rest of your life. Blessings to Nubia and to all who are awakened by this extraordinary gift."

 —Shiva Rea, yogini, author Tending the Heart Fire

"Just as we use our voices to chant the sacred name, so we can use our hands to deepen our meditation in the form of these sacred mudras.

Nubia is our guide on a beautiful journey into this ancient wisdom. She shares with grace, wisdom, knowledge and passion - such a blessing!" 

 —Deva Premal - Musician and Meditative Mantra Muse.

You are also invited to stay on for Nubia’s husband, Jai’s workshop Everyday Bhakti: Walking in Devotion taking place that afternoon from 2pm to 5.30pm and receive a £10 discount if you book both workshops.

As part of the Kirtan Love Experience Tour, we are excited to welcome back Jai Uttal after almost 6 years for his unique Ecstatic Chanting concert taking place on Thursday 11th July at Cecil Sharp House at 7.30pm. You can book your tickets via Eventbrite here.  

Times

This workshop is followed by Everyday Bhakti: Walking in Devotion with Jai Uttal. Book both workshops together and receive a £10 discount.

Eligibility

Open to all

Capacity

50

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Everyday Bhakti: Walking in Devotion

With Jai Uttal
13 Jul 2019, 14:00–17:30

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

020 7704 0919

£50 earlybird until 25 March, £55 thereafter

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This workshop is preceeded by Yoga and the Art of Mudras with Nubia Teixeira. Book both workshops together and receive a £10 discount.

"Love people, feed them and remember God."
—Mahajji Neem Karoli Baba.

The calls of the day are loud and demanding; responsibilities pull us right and left. How can we honour the world around us and our blessed life without ever letting go of the divine cord of love? Of course we are all humans and we forget God a thousand times a day but don't worry. Let's start with baby steps and, through patience and grace, begin to see all life as an expression of the divine play.

For everyone who loves and practices kirtan (chanting the ecstatic songs of ancient India), this workshop will fuel your soul. International musician Jai Uttal will share and demystify some of the secrets of kirtan. We can all can sing, lead, and share our hearts with others. The practice of chanting can become our teacher, guiding us home.

We will explore:

  • The path of personal relationship to Spirit
  • Connecting to the Divine
  • Mantras & their meaning
  • Music & rhythm
  • Healing through singing
     

Jai Uttal, grammy nominee, kirtan artist, and world music pioneer has been a leading influence in the Bhakti tradition for the past 50 years. Jai considers devotion to be the core of his musical and spiritual life, and he whole-heartedly shares his passionate heart through his voice and songs.

Jai creates a safe environment for people to open their hearts and voices.

No previous experience is needed. This is an exploration and expression of the heart and the spirit.

Tabla drummer Daniel Paul has been traveling the kirtan chanting circuit for many years. He performs with a wide variety of artists, but primarily accompanies Jai Uttal in programs and workshops worldwide. Daniel earned his degree in the classical music of India, after devoting 9 years to the Ali Akbar College of Music in California, training under several of India’s greatest classical master musicians, including Zakir Hussain, Swapan Chaudhuri, and the legendary Ali Akbar Khan. When not touring Daniel resides on the island of Maui in Hawaii.

You are also invited to join Jai’s wife Nubia, in the morning for her half day workshop Yoga and the Art of Mudras taking place from 10am to 1pm and receive a £10 discount if you book both workshops.

As part of the Kirtan Love Experience Tour, we are excited to welcome back Jai Uttal after almost 6 years for his unique Ecstatic Chanting concert taking place on Thursday 11th July at Cecil Sharp House at 7.30pm. You can book your tickets via Eventbrite here.  

Times

This workshop is preceeded by Yoga and the Art of Mudras with Nubia Teixeira. Book both workshops together and receive a £10 discount.

Eligibility

Open to all

Capacity

50