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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A Yogacampus workshop.

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 perspectives on experiences of menopause 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, and coaches with an interest in yoga and menopause 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 and good information, to answer questions and provide nourishing practice. Uma will be sharing yoga practices including total yoga nidra, breath (pranayama), rhythmic and restorative yoga postures (asana), gestures (mudra), and heart-based meditations (yoga nidra) that promote healthy menopause. Supportive sequences of integrated and restorative yoga postures will be taught, and there will be plenty of time for discussion. An overview of common menopausal 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 responses that are helpful to support the wide variety of experiences of menopause.

There will be plenty of opportunity for questions and discussions. The programme is designed to be open to responsive, intuitive attunements and adjustments to meet the specific needs of those attending. Diane Danzebrink from Menopause Support will be on hand to answer questions.

Eligibility

Open to all women and yoga teachers, yoga therapists and health care practitioners

Capacity

30

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Sound Healing: Tuning the Body

With Leo Cosendai
31 Mar 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 clearing 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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The Nitty Gritty: Flow & Restore for Hips and Shoulders

With Sarah Scharf
1 Apr 2017, 14:00–17:00

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

020 7704 0919

£35

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Releasing tension from hips and shoulders is the main request of most yoga students. Spend the afternoon learning how to deal with these tricky areas in a balanced and effective way.
 
The practice begins with an active vinyasa flow, focusing on healthy alignment. Followed by deeper stretches that are safe and include structural details about your anatomy, we finish with sweet and relaxing Restorative postures. Each pose will help to release tension and leave you with more space and awareness, so you can practice smarter. Restorative yoga allows the nervous system deep rest which helps us process built up stress, so important as stress is a key factor in tension patterns.
 

**** 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

This therapeutic and deliciously feminine approach to yoga especially for women integrates rhythmic asana (postures) with breath, sound, mudra (gesture) and bandhas (pelvic floor locks and seals) to enhance awareness of our inner woman's wisdom and elemental connections.

This integrated and harmonious approach to hatha yoga is especially developed to bring comfort and joy to women. It is suited to all women, with or without previous experience of yoga. Women of all ages are welcome, whether you are complete beginners or super-experienced yoginis or yoga teachers. In fact, any woman who would like a feminine, nourishing and fluid practice with elegant movement flows, delicious breath work, resonant sound, and deep healing relaxation is invited to join her sisters for this women-only class.

Perhaps you are seeking to conceive, and would like to optimise your womb’s well-being? Perhaps you are in your moon-time and would like to enjoy a class where the teacher asks you how you are, listens to what you say, and then teaches practices that responds to how you or your womb feel this evening? Perhaps you are in a place where there is no regularity to your cycle and you would like time to connect with the rhythmic unfolding of feminine lunar consciousness in your body? Maybe you are coming to the end of your menstruating years and are seeking to embrace the heart seed of feminine wisdom as you enter menopause? Perhaps you have passed through menopause and would like to experience the delight of yoga which responds kindly to a woman’s body? Or maybe you just enjoy practising luscious yoga with your sisters?

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

Eligibility

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

Capacity

45

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From Overwhelmed to Ease: Relax and Restore

With Margherita Dal Pra
2 Apr 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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Oasis of Sound: An Evening of Sound Bath and Mantras

With Anne Malone
7 Apr 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:

12 May
9 June
7 July
11 August

Eligibility

Suitable for all levels

Capacity

50

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Restorative Yoga: Quieten the Brain

With Joyce McMiken
8 Apr 2017, 14:15–16:45

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

020 7704 0919

£30

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Most of us spend a disproportionate time on the go. Upright, fully alert, active, muscles engaged, fuelled by stress or caffeine! This session is an opportunity to redress the balance.  A practice that allows you to lie down, soften, slow down the brain waves, recharge, unfold over props and feel supported and held in a comfortable silence. By the end of the session the mind will be quieter and able to deal with whatever you choose to do next.

During the restorative asana practice, while steady and fully supported, our muscles will soften, nervous system will be soothed, immune system re-vitalised and energy levels boosted. It is also a practice of profound self-enquiry.

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, a little mantra work to assist us on our journey, and having prepared the physical, mental and pranic body we will close with a short soulful meditation, before leaving relaxed and ready to embrace our ever changing world. 

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

Times

Please arrive 15 minutes before the start time to ensure that you have enough time to gather the props you require and settle in for the afternoon. Please bring a notebook and pen.

Eligibility

Suitable for all levels

Capacity

35

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Yin and Tonic Workshop

With Charlie Morgan
9 Apr 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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Sound Bath and Massage

With Anne Malone
13 Apr 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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Handstands, Inversions and Arm Balances

With Sylvia Garcia
14 Apr 2017, 19:30–21:30

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

020 7704 0919

£25

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We will be looking at creating strength and stability in the shoulder girdle and the core which is not only an important way or holding yourself upside down on your hands but also to build the confidence that is often lacking when approaching these more challenging Asana.

Remembering that many of these poses take years of practise before they feel stable and comfortable, the basics and techniques which we will explore will be the perfect foundation for this. For those who are more experienced with arm balances and handstands, we will look at variations and transitions to further challenge ourselves.

Approach this with a playful attitude. Fall, laugh and try again creating a fun and joyful facet to the practise.

Suitable for those who have some previous yoga experience, not for complete beginners.

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

Eligibility

All Levels

Capacity

50

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Practice as a Sanctuary

With Sandi Sharkey
15 Apr 2017, 14:00–16:30

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

020 7704 0919

£30

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This nourishing session of yoga, meditation and self-massage orients towards true refuge in practice. Caring for ourselves becomes, not only a personal investment, but one of the best gifts we can give those around us.

In this workshop, we will be exploring ways to consciously dwell in well-being, connecting to what is wholesome and balancing inside ourselves.

An Insight Yoga practice, weaving mindfulness, yoga, breathing and meditation. We will wrap-up with self-massage and deep relaxation.

Bring a towel and your favourite massage oil. (There are beautiful Ayurvedic oils at the studio if you wish to purchase one on the day).
 
**** 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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Transitions and Progressions

With Gemma Soul
16 Apr 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 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

30

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Relax + Restore + Stillness

With Adelene Cheong
21 Apr 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:
19 May
16 June

Capacity

22

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Moon Phase Yoga Workshop

With Anita Goa
22 Apr 2017, 14:00–16:00

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

020 7704 0919

£25

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During the 29.5 day moon (lunar) phase we go through 8 distinct moon phases. Each moon phase offers a particular energy and focus. In this workshop Anita Goa will go through each of the 8 moon phase to make you aware of what they represent, how you might be affected by them. Some moon phases make us feel very energetic, other moon phases make us feel super lethargic.

Anita will show you how you can work with your energy during each moon phase and what yoga poses/practices to focus on during each moon phase so you work with your optimum energy, fitness and wellness to live your most productive and enriching life.

The workshop will be a combination of lecture, contemplation/meditation and movement. We will start off with a practice that moves you through all 8 Moon Phases to show you how the energy changes within the 29.5 day Lunar Cycle, then we will go through all the phases together step by step and Anita will answer any question you might have. You will leave knowing how you can track, explore and grow on your new life journey with Luna.

Please bring something that has special meaning to you, that can be part of our flow and altar.

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

Requirements

For men & women

Eligibility

All Levels Welcome!

Capacity

50

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Prana Kriya Yoga and Gong Bath

With Leo Cosendai
23 Apr 2017, 14:00–16:00

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

020 7221 4602

£25

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Prana Kriya Yoga is a unique practice which has long been regarded among many great masters in India to hold the key to slowing down the ageing process. It harmonises and unites the flow of the physical movement in our bodies (kriya) with its energetic power. The blood is recharged with oxygen and simultaneously decarbonised, and the brain and spinal centres are rejuvenated. The premature decaying of tissues in the body can be stopped that way. 

This form of yoga also helps you to bring your actions in line with your mental and emotional state. It is a strong preparation for the awakening of the kundalini energy within you and for letting go of limiting beliefs and old physical and mental patterns that can hold you back. At the end of the practice, there will be a Gong bath in order to process all the work done.

**** 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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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

29

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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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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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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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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

29

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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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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 - 17.00 - Vinyasa Krama and the Art of Sequencing

Learning only static postures does not reveal the incredible potential of asana. When individual asanas are linked together correctly in a sequence, the result is a physiological mantram, a fleshy vortex of intersecting rivers of everything. The word vinyasa means "a joining or linking mechanism." Krama means "the process"; it refers to the succession of changes that occurs from moment to moment. Vinyasa krama means the succession of changes undertaken with a single pointed intention, free from fluctuation.

Most people are not conscious of their intention from moment to moment. Details fill their lives, but the casual thread of the vinyasa remains elusive. They may often find themselves in situations wondering, "How did I get into this one?" When we establish a conscious intention and teach ourselves how to remain aligned with that intention, no matter how much we are dissuaded or distracted by the external world, the process unfolds as it should.

The vinyasa is the element that sews together the various moments in a sequence of changes. It is like the string on which pearls are strung for a necklace. The linking strand may be of two types: conscious or unconscious. Change is always occurring, but usually a sequence of changes is linked by unconsciousness; in other words, the conscious mind fails to perceive it. The yogi, having escaped from the illusion of duality, is able to perceive the moment-to-moment sequence of changes past, present, and future. When one perceives clearly both the instigation and the outcome of moment-to-moment changes, one can choose to undertake a sequence of actions that has a conscious end point and will have a particular effect.

When you practice a sequence of asanas, you link them with conscious breathing. The real vinyasa, or link, however, is the intention with which you practice asanas. It is the intention that links the postures with consciousness instead of unconsciousness. The breath is a metaphor for that intention. If your intention is to practice asana to realise the self, every breath you take will help break down your sense of separation from others.
 
In this day workshop we will look at the key components to a vinyasa practice which will give you the understanding of how to link one asana to another helping your own self practice as well as building effective and safe yoga sequences that represent your vision as a yoga teacher. Giving you the tools to be confident in dealing with a mixed level yoga class while meeting the needs of beginners and experienced students.

17.00 - 17.30 - Kirtan and Satsang

Sunday 23 July

9.30 - 10.00 - Meditation

10.00 - 13.00 - Spinal Tap

Twisting and rotating the spine requires great flexibility. Parivritta - The sanskrit term that refers to rotation in an asana, literally means to move around the central axis. The word sukham or joyful in sanskrit can also be translated as good axel hole - which suggests we need a strong centre in which to rotate and twist from so that everything is spinning from a good, steady and easeful place. Besides restoring your spine’s natural range of motion, the parivritta action opens the nadis (energy channels), deeply cleanses the organs and stimulates circulation bringing rejuvenation, clarity and balance into the body and the manipura chakra, helping to untwist the ego and mind. When you are in need of re-energising, twists are perfect to fan the flames of your inner fire and restore vitality helping to lift energy upwards and onwards.

14.00 - 16.00 - To Restrain in Order to Fully Let Go - Pranayama and Restorative
Pranayama is the practice of controlling or regulating vital life force (prana) in order to increase lung capacity, vitality, clear focus and overall wellbeing.  This workshop will provide you with practical advice and techniques for Nadi Shodana, anuloma viloma, brahmari and sitali finishing with nurturing restorative poses to bring you back to completeness. 

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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Vinyasa Krama and the Art of Sequencing

With Emma Henry
22 Jul 2017, 09:30–17:30

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

020 7704 0919

£85

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Learning only static postures does not reveal the incredible potential of asana. When individual asanas are linked together correctly in a sequence, the result is a physiological mantram, a fleshy vortex of intersecting rivers of everything. The word vinyasa means "a joining or linking mechanism." Krama means "the process"; it refers to the succession of changes that occurs from moment to moment. Vinyasa krama means the succession of changes undertaken with a single pointed intention, free from fluctuation.

Most people are not conscious of their intention from moment to moment. Details fill their lives, but the casual thread of the vinyasa remains elusive. They may often find themselves in situations wondering, "How did I get into this one?" When we establish a conscious intention and teach ourselves how to remain aligned with that intention, no matter how much we are dissuaded or distracted by the external world, the process unfolds as it should.

The vinyasa is the element that sews together the various moments in a sequence of changes. It is like the string on which pearls are strung for a necklace. The linking strand may be of two types: conscious or unconscious. Change is always occurring, but usually a sequence of changes is linked by unconsciousness; in other words, the conscious mind fails to perceive it. The yogi, having escaped from the illusion of duality, is able to perceive the moment-to-moment sequence of changes past, present, and future. When one perceives clearly both the instigation and the outcome of moment-to-moment changes, one can choose to undertake a sequence of actions that has a conscious end point and will have a particular effect.

When you practice a sequence of asanas, you link them with conscious breathing. The real vinyasa, or link, however, is the intention with which you practice asanas. It is the intention that links the postures with consciousness instead of unconsciousness. The breath is a metaphor for that intention. If your intention is to practice asana to realise the self, every breath you take will help break down your sense of separation from others.
 
In this day workshop we will look at the key components to a vinyasa practice which will give you the understanding of how to link one asana to another helping your own self practice as well as building effective and safe yoga sequences that represent your vision as a yoga teacher. Giving you the tools to be confident in dealing with a mixed level yoga class while meeting the needs of beginners and experienced students.

**** 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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Spinal Tap

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

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

020 7704 0919

£45

Book Now

Twisting and rotating the spine requires great flexibility. Parivritta - The sanskrit term that refers to rotation in an asana, literally means to move around the central axis. The word sukham or joyful in sanskrit can also be translated as good axel hole - which suggests we need a strong centre in which to rotate and twist from so that everything is spinning from a good, steady and easeful place. Besides restoring your spine’s natural range of motion, the parivritta action opens the nadis (energy channels), deeply cleanses the organs and stimulates circulation bringing rejuvenation, clarity and balance into the body and the manipura chakra, helping to untwist the ego and mind. When you are in need of re-energising, twists are perfect to fan the flames of your inner fire and restore vitality helping to lift energy upwards and onwards.

**** 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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To Restrain in Order to Fully Let Go - Pranayama and Restorative

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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Pranayama is the practice of controlling or regulating vital life force (prana) in order to increase lung capacity, vitality, clear focus and overall wellbeing.  This workshop will provide you with practical advice and techniques for Nadi Shodana, anuloma viloma, brahmari and sitali finishing with nurturing restorative poses to bring you back to completeness. 

Eligibility

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

Capacity

50

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