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

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

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

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

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Mythical Flow Friday Nights

With Tanja Mickwitz
28 Apr 2017, 19:30–21:00

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

020 7704 0919

£15

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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:
26th May
23rd June
28th July

Capacity

50

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Exploring Nada Yoga: A Yin & Yang Workshop

With Isabell Britsch
29 Apr 2017, 14:00–17:00

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

020 7704 0919

£35

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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. Then we’ll take this expression of sound into an energetic, challenging and fun vinyasa flow 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.

Part of a series of workshops with the same format, but ever evolving themes and sequences. A great way to deepen your practice and cultivate your connection to body, heart and mind.

Eligibility

For all levels apart from complete beginners

Capacity

50

Jivamukti Yoga is a method of yoga that was created by David Life and Sharon Gannon in 1984 in New York City. Jivamukti Yoga offers vigorously physical and intellectually stimulating yoga classes that reintegrate the physical, philosophical and spiritual aspects of Yoga. The emphasis in the west has often been on Yoga as mostly a physical practice. 

In a typical Jivamukti Yoga class you will experience a vigorous Vinyasa (flowing meditation) based Hatha Yoga practice (yoga postures & breathing techniques) as well as other aspects of yoga, such as meditation, devotional chanting and study of the ancient texts. 

In this 2 hour workshop,  Nicole will lead you through a typical Jivamukti Yoga class that includes Vinyasa (flowing meditation). The class will be broken down into the 5 characteristic elements of Jivamukti Yoga:  shastra (scripture), bhakti (devotion), ahimsa (non-violence, non-harming), nāda (music/sound), and dhyana (meditation). There will be time to ask questions. 

This exploration of the 5 tenets of the Jivamukti yoga practice will provide a well-rounded approach to our ultimate goal—enlightenment through compassion for all beings.

Described as “the wild child of yoga" by Paper magazine, Jivamukti certainly attracts its share of wild children from a wide array of backgrounds who are drawn to the vigorous Hatha Yoga classes.  The Jivamukti method of Yoga is one of the nine internationally recognised styles of Hatha Yoga (yoga postures & breathing techniques). 

Eligibility

Suitable for all levels

Capacity

29

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Sacred Space Yoga and Soundbath

With Zhozeh Zarrindast
5 May 2017, 19:30–21:00

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

020 7221 4602

£20

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Arriving and departing in Silence.

Meditate, flow into asanas and be showered with the healing sounds of Yidaki (Didgeridoo) as Zhozeh and Romaan bring you into a sacred space of your inner peace. Zhozeh and Romaan invite you to join them to celebrate the beauty of your inner Self and connect to it wherever, whenever. Romaan, who has 3 years experience guiding Yoga Retreats, will accompany Zhozeh allowing you to drift into a sweet Savasana bathed into the healing sounds of Yidaki (Didgeridoo).

They encourage you to treat this workshop in silence as you arrive, and they strongly encourage you to maintain your own sacred space within yourself by remaining silent at least half an hour after the workshop.

Carry the silence with you and embrace the nature and surroundings.

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

Times

This event reoccurs bi-monthly. Upcoming dates for 2017 are:
7 July
1 September
3 November

Eligibility

Suitable for all levels

Capacity

27

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Sound Healing: Tuning the Body

With Leo Cosendai
5 May 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. ****

Eligibility

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

Capacity

50

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Organic Yoga: Heart, Lungs & Brain

With Martha Henneman
6 May 2017, 14:00–17:00

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

020 7704 0919

£35

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Add a deeper dimension to your yoga practice by delving into your organic body. The first in a series of experiential workshops, this workshop will focus on the organs of the upper body - the heart and lungs, and also the brain.

Combining breathing, sounding and exploratory, somatic movement, we will connect deeply with our organs, play with their inter-relationship, and experience how they provide clear vitality, volume and support for our skeletal structure. We will consider the significance of embryological development of the heart, lungs and brain, and the effect that this has on their energetic flow and postural expression. We will experience how placing kind, mindful awareness on our organs encourages ease of movement, and can transform our experience of forward-bends, back-bends, side-bends and twists.

A true workshop, with time for process and dialogue. Finishing with an integrative slow-flow practice and savasana.

 

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

Eligibility

All welcome, some previous experience of yoga is helpful

Capacity

50

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

With Sivani Mata Francis
6 May 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:
6 May

Eligibility

Suitable for all levels

Capacity

50

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Spring Yogic Gardening

With Zephyr Wildman
7 May 2017, 14:00–16:00

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

020 7221 4602

£25

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It's that time of year again for a spring cleaning!  The awakening of the northern hemisphere is a great time to plant seeds of wise intention and what better way to start by digging up the roots of suffering to skilfully grow a healthier, more vital and abundant crop (your dharma).

Roots of suffering can be branched out into 5 kleshas (mental emotional afflictions) and our choices can reinforce this binding and can stain our perspective leaving one feeling alone, broken and in some form of dis-ease. Our personal struggle has no “one size fits all” yoga prescription for relief. However, a bit of guidance from suggested living methodologies and a focused mind, heart and body can do wonders to alleviate that which creates the suffering. The hardest part of finding relief from suffering is identifying just what it is that causes the suffering to begin with. This workshop will explore different types of suffering in detail and create an active path to the relief we seek. We will explore 4 steps to liberation from our roots of suffering, nurturing them with a bodhicitta state of mind, aware-ful choices and reinforced practices to grow from healthier roots and fertile soil.

Expect lecture, asana, pranayama, kriya, mudra, mantra and loving-kindness meditation.

Please bring pen & paper.

**** 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

29

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Oasis of Sound: An Evening of Sound Bath and Mantras

With Anne Malone
12 May 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

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:

9 June
7 July
11 August

Eligibility

Suitable for all levels

Capacity

50

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Meditational Sound Healing Journey with Cacao

With Sonia Anderson
13 May 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.

Eligibility

Suitable for all levels

Capacity

50

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Gong Bath

With Charlie Merton
14 May 2017, 14:30–15:45

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

020 7221 4602

£15

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The Gong is much more than a musical instrument, it is known to be the most powerful healing instrument as it releases reverberating tones of fullness and resonance. 

Join Charlie for a 75 minute Gong Bath that will leave you feeling relaxed, re-energised and refreshed.

Within a gong bath the body is bathed in sound, with waves of vibrational energy enveloping the space with layer upon layer of sound waves. Feeling tones are heard not just by the ears but felt kinaesthetically by the entire body as a collective ear. 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. 

**** 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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Introduction to Acroyoga 4 Week Course

With Pip Elysium & Eugene Butcher
16 May – 6 Jun 2017, 20:15–21:45

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

020 7704 0919

£75

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Join Eugene Butcher & Pip Elysium for a 4 week course that will challenge, inspire you and transform you into an outstanding AcroYogi. We will provide you with an environment where you can learn and develop a strong foundation and technique for AcroYoga.

Come either as a pair, or as an individual. If coming as an individual, please expect to learn both roles (base and flyer). 

We will practice and improve your upside down awareness, challenging drills, Handstands, Hand to hand, Sequences and Base stability. 

We strongly believe that coming back and revisiting AcroYoga with familiar people will develop you as an AcroYogi. Repetition is the mother of skill which will enable you to feel the movement and automatically respond to your partner with fluidity and grace. 

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

Times

4 Week Course
Tuesdays 20.15-21.45
16 May – 6 June

Eligibility

Suitable for all levels

Capacity

30

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Sound Bath and Massage

With Anne Malone
18 May 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:
18 May
22 June
27 July

Eligibility

Suitable for all levels

Capacity

12

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Practices for Tension Release

With Adelene Cheong
20 May 2017, 14:00–17:00

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

020 7704 0919

£35

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Tense, stuck, painful, restricted, knotted, tight? If that is how your body feels, this may just be the workshop to the rescue!

How do we deal with tension and tightness in the body? Weakness in parts of our body, especially the back, needs specific strengthening. A lack of flexibility in our body, especially in the upper back or hamstrings, may require a degree of stretching to increase the Range of Movement (ROM). Where there is increased tension in the body, be it chronic or temporary, neither strengthening nor stretching poses will help in such cases. Active release practice, which applies a mixture of conscious movement and still poses, promotes greater freedom of movement, giving you a sense of space from the inside out.

In this experiential workshop, Adelene will share her understanding and experience of the causes, recognition of symptoms, and finally how to manage and release this tension. You will explore poses that promote the undoing, dismantling, and releasing of tension and tightness in the area with reduced prana (i.e. feels stuck). When the body feels free and spacious, the breath and energetic body will fully express its potential, restoring health and vitality in the process.

Leave with a feeling of lightness, openness, buoyancy, fluidity, feeling energised, suppleness, resilience, freedom, and spaciousness.

Eligibility

Suitable for all levels.Teachers and body workers welcome.

Capacity

30

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Kirtan: The Yogic Practice of Heart-Centred Singing

With Sivani Mata Francis
20 May 2017, 19:00–21:00

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

020 7704 0919

£10 in advance, £15 on the door

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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:

3 June
29 July
16 September
14 October

Eligibility

All welcome

Capacity

50

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Homeopathy: First Aid for The Home

With Jane Priceman
25 May 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

14

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Sacred Sadhana ~ Yoga as Soul Medicine

With Tanja Mickwitz
27 May 2017, 14:00–17:00

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

020 7704 0919

£35

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 In a visual culture filled with impressive images of advanced yoga poses it can be easy to lose sight of the fact that the yogic practices offer so much more. What often starts as a purely physical endeavour can begin to effect us in the deepest way. As we start to shift our inner state by moving our bodies and prana (life force) in a very specific way things can change on a profound level. The more we master this process the more we can invite contentment and fulfilment into our lives. This is the alchemy of yoga.

This afternoon will offer an integrated practice of dynamic vinyasa, soothing flow, mantra, mudra, pranayama and meditation. It will be an opportunity to feel how we can go so much deeper when we infuse practice with intention and create a sacred space for transformation. There will be time for reflection and discussion on how practice can become truly supportive of our lives and our soul journey.

Eligibility

Suitable for all levels apart from complete beginners

Capacity

50

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Super Sleep Yoga Sunday - Sleep Better Tonight and For the Rest of Your Life

With Lisa Sanfilippo
28 May 2017, 14:00–16:00

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

020 7221 4602

£35

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Price includes sample Yogandha oils and the chance to win a full sized Yogandha oil

Whether you’ve had too many bad nights’ sleep, have struggled with insomnia your whole life, or find yourself at a loss due to some life changes, you’ll learn the most important things you need to know about sleep plus simple, effective and proven techniques to get you to bed, get some deep rest and to feel alert and alive every day.
 
Lisa Sanfilippo, the UK’s leading yoga for insomnia expert (featured in the Evening Standard, the Daily Express, Marie Claire & Woman and Home Magazine), shares:
 
- Essential ‘sleep saviours’. Learn daily habits that make a huge difference to your night’s sleep, so you stop twitching in bed trying to fall asleep, stop waking in the middle of the night, or stop waking far too early.
- Learn to avoid the most common ‘sleep sabotage’ - things you may not realise you’re doing- and that you can change simply to make a major shift in your sleep.

- Take away simple, expert, time-tested practices that *when you do them* at home - will change your sleep - and your life.

- Check it out- the key sequence at supersleepyoga.com is your starting point- you’ll learn to do this time-tested, well-researched practice most effectively. A little instruction followed by the video support gives you a solid foundation for better sleep.

- Learn the simple breath practices that will change how your nervous system responds to stress, and re-train your natural sleep mechanisms.

Bring a notebook and pen with you! The workshop is experiential and exploratory.

 

**** 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

27

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Embracing Quiet: A Yin Yoga Workshop

With Anna Taylor
3 Jun 2017, 14:00–17:00

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

020 7704 0919

£35

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

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

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

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

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

Eligibility

Suitable for all levels

Capacity

25

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Enchanted Wonders: Family Yoga for Older Children

With Ayala Homossany
10 Jun 2017, 14:00–16:00

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

020 7704 0919

£30 for 1 adult + 1 child, £45 for a family ticket (up to 2 adults + 2 children)

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Family yoga is a magical way to connect with our children. It creates a space where we can be present together, breath together, laugh together, explore together and share some unforgettable moments together.

In the first part of this workshop we will enjoy the wonders of family yoga through practice, playful yoga games, creative partner yoga, mindfulness activities and delicious relaxation.

The second part of the workshop will be dedicated to creativity and self expression activity. 

Eligibility

Suitable for families with children over 9 years old

Capacity

20

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Radiance of Fire: A Tantric Cultivation of the Inner Core (Yogacampus)

With Jeanne Heileman
16–18 Jun 2017, 09:30–16:30

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

020 7704 0919

£275

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Contrary to popular thought, our “Core” is not limited to abdominals, just as the core of an apple does not refer to the front of the inner column of the apple. To strengthen and access our Core we must work not only our abdominals, but also the muscles that hold our spine in alignment, the side torso muscles, pelvic floor muscles and the diaphragm.

This centre, known as the “kunda”, or oven in Sanskrit, is often referred to as the “fire centre.” We need a healthy fire in this region for the digestion of food, mental activity and emotional experiences. Once ignited and tended properly, this flame brings us the intelligence to know what we need to do in our life, the confidence to take action and the will and determination to continue actions amidst any challenges. This flame can become a luminous light of vitality for us all.

This 20-hour training will focus on the radiant aspects brought to light from the centre of our body – our torso. You will learn:

  • The anatomy of the core region and how to use muscles properly to strengthen the torso;
  • Different methods of practice that awaken the core and how to sequence practices for teaching;
  • How the Third Chakra, Manipura Chakra, can be awakened in a positive, enjoyable method;
  • How the Fourth Chakra, Anahata Chakra, affects the inner flame and feeds into powerful Pranayama practices;
  • The application of Bandhas and how they play a vital role to increase one’s energy:
  • The art of Vichara, a form of Jnana Yoga, which seeks hidden limitations within us that block our radiance from shining. Once discovered, we will transform this negativity into a bright, vibrant flame, illuminating our talents;
  • The value of Tantric Fire Ceremony and how to perform your own internal fire ceremony to keep your inner light positive.

This training will focus exclusively on the centre of the body, creating strength in the torso. Very few standing poses will be used, if any. Thus, students with ankle, knee and hip injuries will be able to participate. Students will learn how to build energy and fill the spine with this energy, an ingredient for more advanced Tantric practices.

Training Schedule

Friday: 9:30am – 5:30pm
Friday will begin with a 90 minute asana practice with Jeanne and a Pranayama and Meditation practice directly using the torso. From here, we’ll dive into the Anatomy of the Core, covering everything from the skeleton and muscles to the Respiratory System, which is directly related to this region. The aspect of Prana and Pranavayus will be introduced, as well as the Third Chakra, Manipura Chakra, known as the City of Jewels. It is in this region that our jewels, our talents dwell. When we avoid connecting our centre, we avoid connecting to our greatest gifts and the key to our Truth, how we feel and think about things. When we know our Truth and access our talents, our life becomes much easier as we begin to live out our Dharma, what we are meant to do in this lifetime.

The Bandhas will be introduced with information on each one and how to access them. These are powerful applications which retain positive energy within the body to change the vibratory state. A simpler yoga practice will follow that helps students feel the Bandhas, for they are subtle and often hard to experience on the outer physical layers. We will close with a Third Chakra Meditation to feel the power that dwells in our centre.

Saturday: 9.30am – 5.30pm 
Saturday will begin with a 90-minute yoga class that focuses on Twists and how the Core is directly involved in twisting the organs, offering purification and cleansing as well as releasing tight muscles in the back. Jeanne will close this session with a Pranayama and Meditation practice repeating some of the Bandha work from the day prior. We will then apply the Tantric practice of Vichara, a form of Jnana Yoga, which removes the layers of ignorance within us to bring light upon our darkness. When we shine some light onto our inner darkest parts, those regions can no longer scare us or hold us back. This practice leads to courage and fearlessness, a skill required of yogis.

With the insight into our dark regions, we will learn how to feed ourselves through Prana and the art of Pranayama. Jeanne will introduce the qualities of the Anahata Chakra, the fourth chakra, which is connected to the diaphragm. When the diaphragm is strong, (a key ingredient in core work) the Heart Chakra is able to sustain its own strength. We will review the muscles along the back body and close with a Core practice focused on the diaphragm and Anahata Chakra, closing with a meditation.

Sunday: 9.30am – 4.30pm
On Sunday, we’ll begin with a 90-minute practice that leads into Arm Balances, applying the anatomical, mental and Tantric tools we’ve gained. While one needs an adequate amount of arm strength and hip opening for Arm Balances, the main ingredient is an ignited fire in the centre, which is the epicentre of the postures. After lunch we will review the types of practices from the weekend and work as a group creating different sequences and practices, based on the needs for our students. We will close the weekend learning about the Tantric Fire Ceremonies and how to create an inner fire ceremony, considered in Tantra to be the most powerful form of fire ceremony. Students will then be guided into a simple asana practice and a Tantric Fire Meditation. Once this fire has been lit and nurtured, students will feel a significant increase in courage, positivity and capacity to accomplish what is needed.

Find out more about Jeanne Heileman here

Eligibility

Open to yoga teachers and teachers in training, as well as those with an established practice and a keen interest in Tantra.

Capacity

30

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Yoga Life Drawing

With Daria Germondari, Rain Maher
17 Jun 2017, 19:00–21:00

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

020 7704 0919

£20

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Includes materials, but feel free to bring your own if you like.

Do you love yoga and art? Then join us for a unique 2-hour untutored life drawing workshop of your favourite yoga asana in our beautiful, peaceful studio. 

We will begin the session with a 15-minute yoga Nidra to invite creative inspiration and let the creative juices flow before taking your seat and allowing your unique artistic style to flourish on paper.

Our model will pose in some of your favourite yoga asana postures such as:

  • Ardha Padmasana
  • Ardha Parvritta Parsvakanasana
  • Parvritta Vasishtasana
  • Prasarita Padottansana
  • Upavista konasana
  • Eka Pada Rajakapotasana
  • Ardha Matsyendrasana
  • Ardha Hanumanasana
  • Hasta Padangusthasana

The poses will be held from 2 to 15 minutes so you can work on a range a sketches and find complete presence of mind in each. This is a wonderful way to experience complete relaxation and mindfulness.

No comment will be made on your work unless you request it, allowing to overcome self consciousness. 

Please join us, meet like minded-people and express yourself with no judgement! All levels are welcome and you do not need any previous experience in life drawing to attend – just an open mind.

All materials will be provided but please feel free to bring your own if you would rather.

**** 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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Unravelling the Knots that Bind Us

With Zephyr Wildman
25 Jun 2017, 14:00–16:00

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

020 7221 4602

£25

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Granthis are “knots” binding the physical body and the psycho-emotional subtle body together. There are three Granthis covering 6 out of our 7 Chakras. These “knots” inhibit a healthy pranic flow of intelligence and function in these centres. Each of these Granthis are said to be the embodiment of 3 Hindu God-Heads, Brahma: The Creator, Vishnu: The Sustainer, and Rudra: The Roarer/Destroyer.

Using storytelling of these archetypes we will unravel the complexity of why we get knotted up in certain areas and how to use the Yogic technology to assist in our unfolding and creating a free-flowing current towards seeking contentment, serenity and stillness. 

Expect a lecture, breath-centric asana, pranayama, kriya, mudra, mantra and meditation.

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

Eligibility

For levels 1-3

Capacity

29

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Partner Acro Yoga

With Sylvia Garcia, Katie Burn
30 Jun 2017, 19:30–21:30

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

020 7704 0919

£25

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A yoga journey can often be a solitary one of self discovery and exploration. Working with a partner brings a completely new dimension to the practice as you learn to be aware of not only your own body and space, but also someone else’s creating a completely new and very fun experience.

Join Sylvia and Katie as they start with simple calibrations getting used to working with somebody else, and exploring stretches using each others counterweight and building up to more dynamic shapes and inversions. This is a brilliant practice for developing trust and communication as you learn to apply both of these things to the partner practice. Simple acrobatic shapes will also be introduced, which will involve somebody spotting to ensure safety at all times.

You do not need to come with a partner but if you do have someone you would like to practice with this is a great opportunity to have a lot of fun and bond with that person.

Eligibility

Suitable for all levels.

Capacity

50

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Depth Yoga Summer Saturday Holi-day

With Lisa Sanfilippo
8 Jul 2017, 14:00–17:00

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

020 7704 0919

£35

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Dive In. Emerge Refreshed. Get Away by Being HERE.

So, you’re in London. Holiday feelings don’t always come from getting away. They can emerge from being right where you are.

Experience a deep dive into refreshing, re-inspiring yoga practices that open your perspective, tap into creativity and leave you feeling like you’ve been away, by being deeply HERE.

Join Lisa Sanfilippo, senior Life Centre teacher and creator of the Depth Yoga Course (www.depth.yoga), therapist, and body-mind yoga expert for a day-away by going within. 

Feelings of sunshine, warmth, space, adventure and delight don’t always have to come from getting away. They are available here, and now.

• Fluid and graceful practice to embody the beauty that evokes broad vistas and sweeping landscapes, sunshine. Grounding practice helps you to feel settled and calm, while expansive heart openers inspire feelings of enthusiasm and joy.

• Restorative yoga makes you feel as if you’ve been transported, by deeply calming your nervous system to recharge fully.

• Breathe more fully and freely, like you do when you’re in a spacious and expansive place. Learn to do this anywhere, anytime.

• Meditate in a simple, elegant and restful way.

You’ll imprint feelings of expansiveness- much like taking a holiday photo to remind you of beauty- using your senses and physical-body experience.

 

**** 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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Hot, Hip & Holy

With Emma Henry
21 Jul 2017, 19:30–21:30

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

020 7704 0919

£35

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We will heat you up and work you hard in this funky detoxifying Jivamukti master class that will lead you on a voyage of Self discovery fuelled with love, laughter and devotion. From the ancient teachings from Master Patanjali we take the core teachings of yoga and make them accessible and relevant to how we live in the world today. 

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

Eligibility

Open to all levels except complete beginners

Capacity

50

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Jivamukti Yoga Immersion

With Emma Henry
21–23 Jul 2017, 19:30–16:30

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

020 7704 0919

£185

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Jivamukti Immersion takes the student deeper into the study and its five tenets: Ahimsa, Scripture, Meditation, Nada and Bhakti, as well as asana. It provides great opportunities to make breakthroughs in asana practice, detox your body/heart/mind, and more deeply integrate your individual self with the greater reality. The Immersion is perfect for those wishing to delve into the practical and mystical practices of Jivamukti Yoga.

Timetable for the weekend:

Friday 21 July

19.30 - 21.30 - Hot, Hip and Holy

We will heat you up and work you hard in this funky detoxifying Jivamukti master class that will lead you on a voyage of Self discovery fuelled with love, laughter and devotion. From the ancient teachings from Master Patanjali we take the core teachings of yoga and make them accessible and relevant to how we live in the world today. 

Saturday 22 July 

9.30 - 10.00 - Meditation

10.00 - 13.00 - Asana Practical - Backbends + Assists

Here we look at the mechanics of the asana. Starting with a deep back bending workshop and looking at the associated chakra correlation and moving into working with partners on how to assist this grouping of asana and how we can work deeper into these poses.

This interactive asana creative problem-solving laboratory will explore practical ways to achieve more flexibility, balance, safety, freedom with yoga assists and in-depth look at asana.

This workshop is for both teachers and practitioners who would like to deepen their understanding of asana, focusing on the basic techniques of applying safe and practical hands-on assists as well as verbal and energetic assistance. Through partner work and the exploration of asana we learn how to assist and support others while improving our own practice in the process.

14.00 - 15.00 -  Bhagavad Gita Teachings 

We will delve into this beautiful poem with an overview of the text and how to decode the teachings.

15.00 - 17.00 - Samavritti pranayama and restoratives

This workshop will provide the tools to set up a regular pranayama practice. Gradually prolonging the breath and working towards conscious digital pranayama then finishing this practical with nurturing restorative yoga.

17.00 - 17.30 - Kirtan and Satsang

Sunday 23 July

9.30 - 10.00 - Meditation

10.00 - 13.00 - Asana Practical - Twists + Assists

Here we look at the mechanics of the asana. Starting with a deep twisting workshop and looking at the associated chakra correlation and moving into working with partners on how to assist this grouping of asana and how we can work deeper into these poses

This interactive asana creative problem-solving laboratory will explore practical ways to achieve more flexibility, balance, safety, freedom with yoga assists and in-depth look at asana.

This workshop is for both teachers and practitioners who would like to deepen their understanding of asana, focusing on the basic techniques of applying safe and practical hands-on assists as well as verbal and energetic assistance. Through partner work and the exploration of asana we learn how to assist and support others while improving our own practice in the process.

14.00 - 16.00 - Visamavritti Pranayama and Restoratives
Delving deeper in pranayama as we begin to look at visamavritti practices and retention. And cooling down with restoratives.

16.00 - 16.30 - Q&A

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

Times

The full immersion runs Friday 21 – Sunday 23 July
You can also book individual workshops if you do not wish to attend the whole weekend.

Eligibility

Suitable for all committed yoga practitioners and teachers regardless of the style, with at least 6 months of yoga experience

Capacity

50

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Asana Practical - Backbends + Assists

With Emma Henry
22 Jul 2017, 09:30–13:00

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

020 7704 0919

£45

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Here we look at the mechanics of the asana. Starting with a deep back bending workshop and looking at the associated chakra correlation and moving into working with partners on how to assist this grouping of asana and how we can work deeper into these poses.

This interactive asana creative problem-solving laboratory will explore practical ways to achieve more flexibility, balance, safety, freedom with yoga assists and in-depth look at asana.

This workshop is for both teachers and practitioners who would like to deepen their understanding of asana, focusing on the basic techniques of applying safe and practical hands-on assists as well as verbal and energetic assistance. Through partner work and the exploration of asana we learn how to assist and support others while improving our own practice in the process.

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

Eligibility

Suitable for all committed yoga practitioners and teachers regardless of the style, with at least 6 months of yoga experience

Capacity

50

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Bhagavad Gita Teachings + Samarvritti Pranayama and Restoratives

With Emma Henry
22 Jul 2017, 14:00–17:30

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

020 7704 0919

£45

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2-3pm Bhagavad Gita teachings.

We will delve into this beautiful poem with an overview of the text and how to decode the teachings.

3-5pm Samavritti Pranayama and Restoratives
This workshop will provide the tools to set up a regular pranayama practice. Gradually prolonging the breath and working towards conscious digital pranayama then finishing this practical with nurturing restorative yoga

5-5.30pm Kirtan

Eligibility

Suitable for all committed yoga practitioners and teachers regardless of the style, with at least 6 months of yoga experience

Capacity

50

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Asana Practical - Twists + Assists

With Emma Henry
23 Jul 2017, 09:30–13:00

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

020 7704 0919

£45

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Here we look at the mechanics of the asana. Starting with a deep twisting workshop and looking at the associated chakra correlation and moving into working with partners on how to assist this grouping of asana and how we can work deeper into these poses.

This interactive asana creative problem-solving laboratory will explore practical ways to achieve more flexibility, balance, safety, freedom with yoga assists and in-depth look at asana.

This workshop is for both teachers and practitioners who would like to deepen their understanding of asana, focusing on the basic techniques of applying safe and practical hands-on assists as well as verbal and energetic assistance. Through partner work and the exploration of asana we learn how to assist and support others while improving our own practice in the process.

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

Eligibility

Suitable for all committed yoga practitioners and teachers regardless of the style, with at least 6 months of yoga experience

Capacity

50

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Visamavritti Pranayama and Restoratives

With Emma Henry
23 Jul 2017, 14:00–16:30

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

020 7704 0919

£35

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Delving deeper in pranayama as we begin to look at visamavritti practices and retention. And cooling down with restoratives.

Finishes with a Q&A

Eligibility

Suitable for all committed yoga practitioners and teachers regardless of the style, with at least 6 months of yoga experience

Capacity

50

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Elevating Children’s Imagination, Creativity & Self Expression Through Yoga (Yogacampus)

With Ayala Homossany
29 Jul 2017, 10:00–17:00

Yogacampus
The Light Centre (Moorgate)
0207 042 9900,


£90

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Sometimes we are not sure how to access our creativity or inspiration, and from time to time we know what we want to do or say, but we are unsure how to truly express ourselves.

As children, our first dreams may have been to be an astronaut, a firefighter, an actor or singer. Most children do not get the privilege to express their dreams. Most are being told by their surroundings to get back to reality, stop showing off, or that their dreams are unachievable. As a result, many children give up their dreams and literally mute their ability to express their thoughts, ideas, aspirations and emotions.

When we, adults, deny children from expressing themselves freely, we create a generation which is afraid to express itself, explore, innovate, and create. These communication blocks have been documented in medical literature as potentially leading into unhealthy situations, both physically and mentally.

Therefore, just as we practice yoga on the mat, or yoga in our daily life as adults, we can also use yoga as a magical tool to provide children with the ability to fully express themselves in any form. Doing that will allow our children to express their deepest emotions, to be heard, seen, noticed, and accepted. As Albert Einstein acknowledged many years ago: “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.”

Throughout the workshop, we will concentrate on introducing tools to enhance children’s motorical, verbal and emotional expression through the practice of yoga. In creative ways, we will learn how to enable the children, stimulate self-expression and give them a stage for their creativity. We will explore how yoga practice can be extended and become a fantastic and invaluable tool to nurture the child’s imagination and curiosity and enhance their language skills.

You will come out of the workshop with tangible knowledge and ideas that will make a happy addition to your tool box and will spice up your yoga practice with children and kids yoga classes. Such ideas will include, among others, the use of different props, the use of Enchanted Wonders A-Z yoga cards, games, songs and more.

The course is open to parents, yoga teachers and trainee yoga teachers and to those working with children. Yoga practice experience in necessary.

Requirements

This is a Yogacampus workshop, all bookings must be made through them.

Eligibility

Open to parents, yoga teachers, trainee yoga teachers and to those working with children. Yoga practice experience is necessary.

Capacity

28

What is the relationship between creativity, sexuality and the cycles of our lives? How does energy move, as creative and sexual expression, and how does she get blocked? What is the relationship between rest and activity in relation to our creative and sexual cycles? What is the nature of Shakti and how has she been constrained? How can we understand the movements of Shakti? How can the Great Wisdom Goddesses Kamalatmika (the lotus goddess of delight) and Matangi (the wild outcaste poet) support our understanding of creative and sexual energies?

This experiential day long workshop is open to all women and yoga teachers, yoga therapists and health care practitioners who are seeking to support positive experiences of creativity and sexuality in women’s lives, either for themselves personally, or for their students and clients.

The day counts as continuing professional development (CPD) for teachers who have completed prior trainings with Uma, and can also count towards CPD points for general yoga teachers and therapists, depending upon the requirements of their professional associations. Health care practitioners, psychotherapists, sexological body workers and coaches with an interest in yoga, sexuality and creativity are also welcome to attend, provided they have a living interest in and practice of yoga.

The intention of this day is to provide practical experience of breath (pranayama), rhythmic and restorative yoga postures (asana), gestures (mudra), heart-based meditations (yoga nidra) and deep, joyful heart songs (kirtan) that promote healthy creative and sexual energies. Supportive sequences of integrated yoga postures will be taught, and there will be time for discussion. An overview of common creative and sexual challenges and opportunities will be discussed in relation to appropriate yogic responses. By the end of the day, participants will have an understanding of the key practical and theoretical yoga-tantra responses that are helpful to support the expression of women’s creativity and sexuality.

There will be plenty of opportunity for questions and discussions. The programme is open to responsive, intuitive attunements and adjustments to meet the specific needs of those attending.

Eligibility

Open to all women and yoga teachers/ yoga therapists/ health care practitioners.

Capacity

30

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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