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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Inversions Masterclass: Stand On Your Hands

With Sylvia Garcia, Jack Horner
22 Sep 2017, 19:30–21:30

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

020 7704 0919

£25

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The 3rd session in a series of 3 masterclasses. Book all 3 sessions for £65 (please select Inversions Masterclass Series on MBO if you wish to book all 3 together)

The final workshop in this course sees us exploring handstands.

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

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

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

This is part 3 in a series of 3 workshops, you can book the other sessions here:

Part 1: Turn That Crown Upside Down - 1 September 

Part 2: Feathering Your Feacock - 15 September

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

Times

This workshop is part 3 in a series of 3. The other sessions are as follows:
1 September – Turn That Crown Upside Down
15 September – Feathering Your Peacock

Eligibility

Some experience of yoga required

Capacity

50

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An Evening of Kirtan

With Bhavana (Narayani and Mat Baker)
23 Sep 2017, 19:30–21:30

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

020 7704 0919

£12 in advance

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(£15 at the door)

Come and join us for a special evening of Kirtan.


Take a journey through sound and mantra into your own inner stillness. Bhavana’s kirtans, like their own voices and music, are dynamic and colourful, serving up a full range of chants, easy to follow and join in, for a powerful experience that takes you to the essential stillness inside.

Kirtan is a form of yoga for the voice done in a group accompanied by music. It requires no background or training, and is easily learnt. Repeating Sanskrit mantras creates a meditative and uplifted mental state, and helps to melt inhibitions that can suppress your voice and expression. You add your voice to those around you, creating a sense of harmony. Some people feel a sense of calm, others a sense of elation- it’s a great way to unblock emotions and a sense of being stuck. The words and melodies are simple and repeated so that you can get into a rhythm and enter a more meditative state conducive to letting go. Bhavana’s kirtans are unique throughout the world for their dynamism, creative use of the ancient mantras, range of sounds, and ability to access so many routes to the calm place within.

To listen to a track from the newest album:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PORcSuCbWkw

To watch a video about voicework:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wx-9AV9HMqU

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

Eligibility

Suitable for all

Capacity

50

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Enchanted Wonders - Family Yoga Workshop

With Ayala Homossany
24 Sep 2017, 14:00–16:00

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

020 7221 4602

£30 for 1 adult + 1 Child or £45 for a Family Ticket

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£30 for 1 adult + 1 child
£45 for a Family Ticket (up to 2 adults and 2 children)

Come and join a fascinating and magical family yoga workshop where you will explore the many ways in which yoga can enhance motorical, verbal and emotional expression. You will enjoy the wonders of family yoga through playful yoga games, creative partner yoga (adult and child), the Enchanted Wonders A-Z cards, mindfulness moments, art related activity and delicious relaxation.

Ayala Homossany - author of the award winning Enchanted Wonders A-Z cards invites you to join her for a fascinating 2 hour workshop of magical family yoga session.

About Enchanted Wonders -

Enchanted Wonders aims to encourage children to ask questions and explore. Children are born with an inherent curiosity and great powers of observation and endless creativity. Children are natural explorers and have a creative spirits. All we want to do, is to give them the encouragement and the free space to continue their path of exploration without forcing them into our norms and conventions.

A simple but powerful way to achieve this is often to rephrase our conversations with them into a form of a question.

Enquire. Then pause... Let our children have the time and space to answer and give them the ability to open the door to their imagination and give them the confidence to keep exploring. Remember, there is no right or wrong, so let us wander and wonder... 

Eligibility

Suitable for children over 4 years old

Capacity

15

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Mythical Flow Friday Nights

With Tanja Mickwitz
29 Sep 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. ****

Times

This event occurs every month, other upcoming dates for 2017 are:
27 October
24 November
29 December

Capacity

50

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Restorative Yoga - ‘Nought but Rest Seems Good to Me…’

With Joyce McMiken
30 Sep 2017, 14:15–16:45

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

020 7704 0919

£30

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Autumn by William Morris
Laden Autumn here I stand
Worn of heart, and weak of hand:
Nought but rest seems good to me,
Speak the word that sets me free.

Autumn is the perfect time to immerse yourself in a deeply nourishing restorative practice. 

A restorative yoga practice gives you permission to lie down, soften, slow down the brain waves, soothe the nervous system, recharge, boost energy levels, unfold over props, feel supported and held in a comfortable silence.

In addition to the asana practice, there will be some simple techniques in breath control to help expand and balance the flow of vital energy, and possibly a little mantra work to assist us on our journey.

Having prepared the physical, mental and pranic body we will move quietly into a short meditation.  At the end of the session you should leave grounded but energised, ready to embrace the change in season.  

Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the start time.  

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

Times

Please arrive by 2pm to allow yourself time to gather the props you will need for the workshop.

Eligibility

Suitable for all levels

Capacity

30

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

With Sivani Mata Francis
30 Sep 2017, 18:30–20:30

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

020 7704 0919

£15 in advance or £20 on the door

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Experience intuitive yoga stretches that honour your inner rhythms and flow into a expressive dance meditation set to a sound track of mantra and uplifting music. Then integrating our movement and dance with relaxation and a Kirtan – singing healing sounds from the heart. 

Connect to a state of inner peace and enjoy free expression of the self.

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

Times

This event occurs every other month. Upcoming dates for 2017 are:
18 November

Eligibility

Suitable for all levels

Capacity

50

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From Overwhelmed to Ease: Relax and Restore

With Margherita Dal Pra
1 Oct 2017, 14:00–16:00

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

020 7221 4602

£25

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Are you going through one of those times –overwhelmed by work, not sleeping so well? Feeling tired, dull, worn out? Disconnected and uninspired? Stressed out, restless and constantly projected into the future? No time for fun and relaxation?

Join Margherita for a restorative practice designed to help you deeply relax and restore vital energy necessary to living a whole and balanced life.

A restorative practice of yoga in which poses are practiced passively, each pose is held for at least 5 minutes, so that the body can experience the benefits without any physical effort. We will create a “nest” for you by using props such a blankets, bolsters, belts positioned strategically to help a deep relaxation and feel regenerate. The key is less work and more relaxation.

Learn how to deeply relax and restore vital energy necessary to living a whole and balanced life. Our true nature is Love, Eternal Presence, and when we experience that Love we feel so connected to ourselves and others. We experience boundless joy, creativity and courage! But often we are too exhausted to being able to experience it, we “forget”.

Deep relaxation boosts the immune system and relieves fatigue, anxiety and insomnia without the use of medication. Savasana is considered to be one of the most important poses in yoga; we will take you even deeper with a conscious relaxation technique of yoga nidra practice that will leave you feeling like you’ve had a mini-break for your body, mind & spirit, and go back to that inner voice that is you, that is Love.

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

Capacity

27

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Autumn Equinox Celebration

With Tanja Mickwitz
1 Oct 2017, 14:30–17:30

42 Acres Shoreditch
66 Leonard Street, EC2A 4LW


£45

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Autumn Equinox is a celebration of the fruit harvest, a time to honour all of the hard work we have put into our growth, a time to celebrate the fruits of our endeavours and to give thanks for all that we have received. Join Tanja for a celebration to honour this tipping point in the year where the natural cycle invites us to move inwards and quieten down.

After practice we will enjoy a light seasonal supper together giving us the time and space to come together as a community.

Eligibility

Suitable for all

Capacity

30

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Sound Bath and Massage

With Anne Malone
5 Oct 2017, 19:45–21:00

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

020 7221 4602

£15

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Join Anne and friends one Thursday a month for a unique Sound Bath and gentle massage to soothe you into your weekend.

You can relax into the healing sounds of Tibetan Bowls, Gong, Shamanic Drum, Rainstick & Mantra as the stress of your week dissolves within the embrace of healing massage.

Our massage and sounds will vary with each Sound Bath so that we can explore the magical combinations.

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

Times

Occurs one Thursday a month. Upcoming dates are:
16 November
21 December

Eligibility

Suitable for all levels

Capacity

12

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Sound Healing: Tuning the Body

With Leo Cosendai
6 Oct 2017, 19:30–21:30

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

020 7704 0919

£20

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

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

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

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

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

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

Times

This event also takes place on Friday 3 November 7.30-9.30pm

Eligibility

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

Capacity

50

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Birth and Beyond

With Sandi Sharkey
7 Oct 2017, 14:30–17:00

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

020 7704 0919

£30 per person

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Prepare for birth and parenting with enjoyable practices that will help you relax. This workshop will involve some discussion, stretching, massage and relaxation.

This is a workshop for couples (or women and their birth companion).

Wear comfortable clothing and bring a small bottle of massage oil and a towel. 

Eligibility

Suitable for all levels and all stages of pregnancy

Capacity

50

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Yoga Pop

With NCDC Performance
7 Oct 2017, 19:00–20:00

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

020 7704 0919

£10 in advance, £15 on the door

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Yoga Pop is a Yoga Dance Performance that will redefine your idea of Yoga Dance. We take Yoga off the mat and onto the stage to create a wonderful and inspiring work of performance art!

NCDC Performance is a yoga theatre company based in London. They transform any yoga practice into performance art by providing Advanced Yoga Dance classes in London. 

Why? Because they love yoga and see its potential to show the world beauty, grace, the light within.  

The performance will last approx 40 mins with a Q & A at the end. 

Eligibility

All welcome

Capacity

70

Here we go again… It’s that “back to school” feeling. The endless summer holidays draw to a close. The regular “work” mode kicks in and the final quarter of the year begins.

Outside the shortening of daylight continues. The tinge of chill at dawn and dusk increases. Not so long ago the leaves were full of green and juice. Now they begin to dry out. Their colours fade.

Once again we find ourselves surfing the transitional tide of the Autumn season.

Living in synchronisation with the seasonal rhythms of nature promotes a stronger immune system as well as physical and emotional health.

When we move against these natural rhythms we steadily fuel emotional and physical imbalance, instability and dis-ease.

This can be a busy time of year. When the "back to work” or "back to school" mode is re-enegaged many find the “buzz” returns and the diaries begin to fill. It can be an exciting time. There can new beginnings, new projects, plans and trips taking place. Sometimes there’s a little too much buzz that can leave one feeling like there’s not enough time or space.

Learn how to channel your energy appropriately and promote optimum health through this transitional season. Cultivate clarity, focus and calm with practices that synchronise with the natural rhythm of Autumn.

What to expect:
• Enjoy a Sunday afternoon geared to inspire you to better health and living this Autumn.
• Learn basic, key principles of Ayurveda (the ancient healing system) that can be applied to this Autumnal season.
• Discover inspiring Autumnal tips for your diet, digestion, daily routine and activities.
• Celebrate Autumn- a powerful time for focusing energy and setting intention for the shift in the hemisphere.
• Enjoy 2 short movement practices- designed to help relax and find your centre.

Eligibility

Suitable for all levels

Capacity

27

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Homeopathy: First Aid for The Home

With Jane Priceman
12 Oct 2017, 19:30–21:00

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

020 7221 4602

£20

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Homeopathy is fun to use and easy to learn. With just a handful of remedies, Jane will show you how easy it is to treat everyday health problems.

She will cover approximately 20 remedies including minor first aid problems from upset tummies to bites, cuts, bruises and everyday ailments to get you on your way!

Homeopathic remedies are relatively inexpensive, long-lasting and safe for all ages. It is an effective and scientific system of healing which assists the natural tendency of the body to heal itself. With this in mind, Jane will put together a small first aid kit of common remedies for use at home.

All the remedies are readily available at health food stores and some pharmacies and she will provide a handout covering the basic remedies and a simple remedy finder. With the addition of a couple of simple books you can have what you need at your fingertips rather than being caught short.

Eligibility

Available to all.

Capacity

20

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Oasis of Sound: An Evening of Sound Bath and Mantras

With Anne Malone
13 Oct 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!

This event occurs every month. Other upcoming dates are:

13 October
10 November
8 December

Eligibility

Suitable for all levels

Capacity

50

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Happy In Your Own Skin

With Emily-Clare Hill
14 Oct 2017, 14:00–16:30

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

020 7704 0919

£30

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Join Emily-Clare Hill on a journey of meditation, writing and asana practice. Emily has a background in strong technical vinyasa flow combined with a philosophical spiritual practice.

This full sequential workshop will invite you to inner stillness, to ask questions of yourself, to believe the answers, to open your heart and embrace your whole being.

The idea of the workshop is to find comfort within our own self, to feel some self love and nourishment. Firstly through thought and understanding and then through connecting with the body as we flow, opening the heart and working deeper into the realms of the breath.

Expect to feel full, nourished and fully present with love.

**** 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

50

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Kirtan: The Yogic Practice of Heart-Centred Singing

With Sivani Mata Francis
14 Oct 2017, 19:00–21:00

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

020 7704 0919

£10 in advance or £15 on the door

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

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 friends on drum (and sometimes guitar and other instruments) to co-create this offering of Kirtan. Come add your heart and voice to the melting pot. 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).

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

Times

This event takes place monthly. Other upcoming dates are:

11 November

Eligibility

All welcome

Capacity

75

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Gong Bath

With Charlie Merton
15 Oct 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

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Relax + Restore + Stillness

With Adelene Cheong
20 Oct 2017, 19:30–21:30

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

020 7704 0919

£20

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

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

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

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

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

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

Times

This event reoccurs every month, other upcoming 2017 dates are:
17 November
15 December

Capacity

22

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Deep Rest: A Weekend for Women (Yogacampus)

With Adelene Cheong, Lizzie Lasater
21–22 Oct 2017, 09:30–17:00

Yogacampus
The Light Centre (Moorgate)
0207 042 9900,


£170

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Overwhelmed, overworked, and overcommitted, women today don’t need more of anything, except rest.

Join Lizzie Lasater and Adelene Cheong for two days of active and quiet practice from the sacred feminine.

Moving from contraction to expansion, we will practice:

Somatic inquiry
Breath-based asana
Restorative yoga
Meditation
Yoga Nidra

Moving beyond the physical, discussion topics will include:

Relationship between the physical, energetic and emotional bodies
Anatomy of the female pelvis
Embodied empathy
Becoming vulnerable to yourself
The physiology of relaxation

Through these potent methods for decreasing anxiety, dissolving feelings of isolation, and finding stillness amidst the busyness of your life, we will find refuge on the mat.

Focused on abundance and optimism, this workshop nourishes your heart energy to help move toward silence. Paradoxically, by giving yourself the gift of intense rest, you make space to discover more energy for relationships, work and creativity.

Appropriate for women of all ages and levels. All sharing and partner work is completely optional. Please bring an eye cover, two blankets, a notebook, and dress warmly. This workshop is also very appropriate for yoga teachers interested in adding Restorative yoga elements to their classes.

Eligibility

Suitable for all

Capacity

26

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Sacred Geometry

With Harriet Bone
21 Oct 2017, 14:00–16:00

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

020 7704 0919

£25

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‘When we look deeply into nature we see how the yoga practice is just that- a willingness to look beyond the surface to underlying energetic patterns and geometric alignments’ - Sharon Gannon & David Life 

Join Harriet for this 2 hour workshop investigating how yoga asana can been seen through the lens of sacred geometry. Approaching physical alignment in reference to form, space and connection to the Earth as well as exploring the energetics of asana and the subtle body. 

This practical workshop aims to add a further dimension to your yoga practice. We will explore -

-Alignment of yoga asana referring to the principles of basic geometry; visualising shapes within asana and the space around us. 

-How prana can effectively flow through the subtle energy channels of the body; discovering how attention to geometric alignment can assist this.

-Aligning opposite forces in your practice; the Earth forces of gravity and magnetism together with the celestial forces of Sun, Moon and Stars.

-The fourth dimension, time, coming into play through the practice of vinyasa krama - putting it all together.

 

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

Eligibility

Not suitable for absolute beginners.

Capacity

50

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Meditational Sound Healing Journey with Cacao

With Sonia Anderson
21 Oct 2017, 19:30–21:00

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

020 7704 0919

£20

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

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

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

Eligibility

Suitable for all levels

Capacity

50

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Yin and Tonic Workshop

With Charlie Morgan
22 Oct 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 yin and myofascial release workshop is aimed at those who suffer with chronic tightness in their limbs and who are looking to find ways to increase their flexibility. 

Combining ball rolling (myofascial release) techniques and yin yoga, this workshop will leave you feeling physically more open and mobile, and  mentally more relaxed. You will also learn practices that you can take home with you and use on a regular basis to maintain this feeling!

Myofascia, pronounced “my o faashaa”, is the dense tough tissue that surrounds and covers all your muscles and bones. This outer covering, called fascia is very strong and very flexible. In fact is has the tensile strength of over 2000lbs. Myofascial Release is a very effective hands-on therapy that has been used succesfully for over a hundred years to treat difficult and recurring injuries and pain.

The perfect workshop for someone who is new to yoga. Alternatively, it is also open to the more experienced yogis who wish to enhance their current practice, by creating stability in their bodies, and learning how to avoid injury. 

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

Requirements

Price bring 2 tennis balls in a sock

Eligibility

Suitable for all levels

Capacity

29

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Hypnobirthing 4 Week Course

With Mary-Anne Constable
23 Oct – 13 Nov 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.

Times

4 Week Course
Mondays 6:45-9:45pm
23 Oct – 13 Nov

Eligibility

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

Capacity

4 couples

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Transitions and Progressions

With Gemma Soul
28 Oct 2017, 14:00–16:30

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

020 7704 0919

£30

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If you have had a steady practice for a while and would love to break down the trickier transitions, or start to learn progressions into some more advanced postures then this is the workshop for you.

We will warm up well and then have a look at some transitions like Crow -> Chaturanga, Crow ->Tripod Headstand, arm balances -> vinyasas and wild things -> full wheels.

We will look at how you can safely explore a deeper variation of a pose and how to flow in and out of it so you can start exploring the deeper physical dimensions of yoga asana and the benefits of that in mind body and spirit.

This workshop is suitable for anyone who has had a steady practice for 6 months or more and feels confident to explore a little deeper.

If you attended Gemma's previous Transitions and Progressions workshop in April then this workshop will offer plenty of new variations and transitions to play with so do come along.

 

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

Eligibility

This workshop is suitable for anyone who has had a steady practice for 6 months or more and feels confident to explore a little

Capacity

50

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Yoga Nidra and Gong Bath

With Charlie Merton, Ben Wolff
28 Oct 2017, 18:00–20:30

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

020 7704 0919

£30

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“INSIDE THE MICRO TONE 
IS THE MACRO TONE
INSIDE A SINGLE TONE, THE UNIVERSE”
Great Gong Master, Don Conrieux

Experience the magic of a Yoga Nidra followed by the profound resonance of the gongs. Tapping into the innate intelligence of the body, we can change minds. Yoga Nidra works like Magic, as do the mystique of the gongs. 

In this unique combination of Nidra & Gong you will see what happens when the body mind and breath move towards relaxation and renewal through the deep vibrations of the gongs, resonating deep into every cell of the body, becoming open and free in new and unexpected ways. These are both effortless practices that anyone can do.

Ben is an experienced yoga teacher, clinical hypnotherapist and dream yoga practitioner. Charlie, aside from teaching yoga since 2011, has been working with healing, sounds and vibrations since 2008, having trained as a musician from a young age, she is also holds a Masters in Psychodynamic Music Therapy and is a practicing music therapist & sound therapist.  Ben Wolff has a profound depth of experience and understanding of Yoga Nidra. He has an acute and wide understanding of contemporary scientific research into meditation, neuroscience and other fields related to Yoga Nidra.

Yoga Nidra is widely considered by those who practice it to be the meditative heart of yoga. It’s a completely different state of being that effortlessly supports physical, mental and spiritual health, growth and restoration. Through a simple settling down of the body, brain and breath wonderful experiences are available to all. Nothing special is required and once you know that its easily done, its easy to do. Come home to your true self, come home to Yoga Nidra - a jewel that’s waiting for you.

“GONG TONES ARE FEELING TONES HEARD IN THE HEART”
The gongs themselves can be traced back to 3500 BC, the Bronze Age. A Chinese gong dating to 600 BC is inscribed with the words, “The return of happiness and the spiritualization of matter.”

Eligibility

Suitable for all levels

Capacity

45

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Partner Yoga

With Erika Tourell
29 Oct 2017, 14:00–16:00

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

020 7221 4602

£25

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Without relationship, there is no existence. To be is to be related.” J. Krishnamurti

The intent of partner yoga is to bring people together through movement, play, breath, stillness, touch and intimacy. This type of practice acknowledges and honours the power of two people to transcend limitations, strengthen relationships and ultimately feel a deep sense of connection to the Divine.

Partner yoga can be practiced by any two people - friends, siblings, parents and children, lovers, even strangers!

In partner yoga it’s not about how perfectly you execute a posture, it’s about how much you enjoy the posture. It can be a vehicle for gently taking down walls and help build bridges towards a more harmonious world.

This is an opportunity to turn pain into growth, fear into courage, resistance into acceptance. When you can direct your self- criticism and look at yourself with curiosity and compassion, you have moved a mountain. You have found a new, different way to be you.

If you can find the ability to laugh at your shortcomings and be amused by your insecurities, life becomes less serious and more fun. It is when we slip into the moments of being that we find wholeness. We discover that touch transforms and health and well-being comes with lightness and joy.

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

Eligibility

Open to all levels and ages. Come with a partner or come alone and find one there.

Capacity

28

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3hr Kirtan Celebration with Turkantam and Sivani Mata

With Sivani Mata Francis, Turkantam .
11 Nov 2017, 18:30–21:30

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

020 7704 0919

£10 in advance, £15 on the door

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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.

For this evenings Kirtan we are excited to be celebrating the festival of Mahakala Bhairava Jayanti. In Bhakti Yoga tradition, this is the celebration of the fiercer, darker side of life. As nature’s cyclical rhythm beds the autumn harvest and settles into the darkness of winter, we too have the opportunity to embrace shedding what we no longer need, and allowing space for reflection and rest, so we are ready to plant our seeds for spring and the next cycle. In sanskrit, Mahakala translates as the “great time”. To honour Bhairava is to honour the great cycle of time itself and the freedom that comes when we accept and surrender to change, however difficult that may be.

About Turkantam

Turkantam has been sharing kirtan for over 30 years and his music is infused with  sounds of India and the Mediterranean (his spiritual home is in India where he spent time with his Guru Haidakhand Baba, and his birth place is Italy). Subtle, energetic, emotive, passionate and transcendental, chanting with Turkantam will inspire you to dance, cry, embrace, love and give thanks for being alive.

Picture: Painting of Bhairava by Haidakhan Babaji

Eligibility

All welcome

Capacity

75

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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