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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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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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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Sound Bath and Massage

With Anne Malone
27 Jul 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:
31 August
5 October

Eligibility

Suitable for all levels

Capacity

12

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Mythical Flow Friday Nights

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

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

020 7704 0919

£18

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

The wisdom of the mythical archetypes will be interwoven into the flow of the practice to help us recognise traits and patterns within ourselves. The symbolism of the myths is really about what happens within all of us, and through connecting to different deities it allows us to reflect over how these different aspects shape our behaviour and who we are in the world. Tanja is known for her varied and creative sequencing, challenging yet centering practice whilst creating a nurturing atmosphere. Students are encouraged to make the practice their own, honouring both their edge and their limitations. After the class there will be tea and brownies to enjoy in the company of fellow yogi/nis - what better way to start the weekend?

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

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

Times

This event occurs every month, other upcoming dates for 2017 are:
25 August
29 September
27 October

Capacity

50

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

With Ayala Homossany
29 Jul 2017, 09:30–17:00

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

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KIRTAN: Jasmine Garden Album Celebration

With Sivani Mata Francis
29 Jul 2017, 19:00–21:00

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

020 7704 0919

£10 in advance or £15 on the door

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

Join us to share in this extra special evening of Kirtan, celebrating Sivani Mata’s new album Jasmine Garden.

This album is a meeting of Kirtan (the repetitive singing of sanskrit mantra from the heart) with mystic poetry, the words of those who dance in a wild love affair with life itself, the divine beloved. 

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.

**** 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:

16 September
14 October
11 November

Eligibility

All welcome

Capacity

60

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Sound Bath Bliss: Your Oasis of Deep Chill

With Anne Malone
30 Jul 2017, 14:00–16:00

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

020 7221 4602

£25

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Bathe and relax in the healing vibrations of Tibetan Bowls, Gong, Hang, Sansula, Shamanic Drum and Rainstick, as your body resonates within these pure tones, you begin to feel refreshed and retuned. 

Sing your heart into the bliss of Mantra and the joy of chanting together, move and flow into motion, ready to sail into a blissful week.  

Lazy Sunday Afternoon … Oasis of SoundBliss.

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

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

Times

This event also takes place on the following dates:
20 August
3 September

Eligibility

All levels

Capacity

29

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Gong Bath

With Charlie Merton
4 Aug 2017, 19:45–21:00

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

020 7704 0919

£18

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Charlie will lead you through a sonic healing soundscape which will include 4 gongs, tibetan bowls, rainstick, & sansula. The use of gongs and tibetan bowls stimulates the alpha and theta brainwaves which are associated with meditative states. The healing power of the session is enhanced with the use of 3 planetary gongs Jupiter, Venus, Sidonic Moon) in addition to a large symphonic gong.
The experience will open the body and mind, and help to release energetic blocks and tension which accumulate through the everyday trauma of our lives.

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

Eligibility

Suitable for all

Capacity

50

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An Introduction to Aerial Yoga

With Richard Holroyd
5 Aug 2017, 18:00–20:00

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

020 7704 0919

£25

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Come and join Richard in this exciting Introduction to Aerial Yoga. Lift your body to move as nature intended and give youself relief. It can be intimidating to try something new but we encourage you to give it a go in this safe environment where you can relax, create and be at ease.

Let's be honest you don't know what aerial yoga is. In truth nobody does. It's an infant in the yoga world. Like all infants it has a wealth of possibilities open to it - who knows what it might grow into? Here's what we know so far: Our bodies evolved to move in 360 degrees over millions of years. Suddenly we sit still all day and the unnatural-ness of this has been a disaster for our physical and, increasingly, our mental health.

On the physical level aerial yoga will allow your body to move as nature intended. Not just side to side and backwards and forwards but in spirals and circles. It's a blessed relief for an imprisoned body to have this opportunity. On the mental/emotional level the support that the swing provides, and the increased passivity that allows for, is very pleasurable, playful and health-giving. In an overheating world this brings a welcome and balancing coolness. It can certainly be intimidating to try something new like this but I would encourage you to give it a go. I aim to create a safe environment where you can relax, create and be at ease.

I encourage you to try Aerial Yoga - It's a liberating experience.

Times

Event also takes place on 19 August 18.00-20.00

Eligibility

Some experience of yoga required

Capacity

12

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Oasis of Sound: An Evening of Sound Bath and Mantras

With Anne Malone
11 Aug 2017, 19:30–21:00

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

020 7704 0919

£15

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sacred Sound and Vocal Toning Teacher Training

Sample Anne's soothing sounds here:

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

See Anne's new video here:

No Place Like Home

 

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

Times

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

This event occurs every month. Other upcoming dates are:

8 September
13 October
10 November
8 December

Eligibility

Suitable for all levels

Capacity

50

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Meditational Sound Healing Journey with Cacao

With Sonia Anderson
12 Aug 2017, 19:30–21:00

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

020 7704 0919

£20

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

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

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

Eligibility

Suitable for all levels

Capacity

50

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Gong Bath

With Charlie Merton
13 Aug 2017, 14:30–15:45

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

020 7221 4602

£18

Book Now

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

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

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

Eligibility

Suitable for all levels

Capacity

30

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Sound Healing: Tuning the Body

With Leo Cosendai
18 Aug 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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Silent Yin & Gong Bath

With Charlie Merton, Norman Blair
19 Aug 2017, 14:30–17:30

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

020 7704 0919

£35

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

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

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

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

Times

This event takes place again on 23 December 18.00 – 21.00

Eligibility

Suitable for all levels.

Capacity

50

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Introduction to Aerial Yoga

With Richard Holroyd
19 Aug 2017, 18:30–20:30

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

020 7704 0919

£25

Book Now

Come and join Richard in this exciting Introduction to Aerial Yoga. Lift your body to move as nature intended and give youself relief. It can be intimidating to try something new but we encourage you to give it a go in this safe environment where you can relax, create and be at ease.

Let's be honest you don't know what aerial yoga is. In truth nobody does. It's an infant in the yoga world. Like all infants it has a wealth of possibilities open to it - who knows what it might grow into? Here's what we know so far: Our bodies evolved to move in 360 degrees over millions of years. Suddenly we sit still all day and the unnatural-ness of this has been a disaster for our physical and, increasingly, our mental health.

On the physical level aerial yoga will allow your body to move as nature intended. Not just side to side and backwards and forwards but in spirals and circles. It's a blessed relief for an imprisoned body to have this opportunity. On the mental/emotional level the support that the swing provides, and the increased passivity that allows for, is very pleasurable, playful and health-giving. In an overheating world this brings a welcome and balancing coolness. It can certainly be intimidating to try something new like this but I would encourage you to give it a go. I aim to create a safe environment where you can relax, create and be at ease.

I encourage you to try Aerial Yoga - It's a liberating experience.

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

Eligibility

All Levels

Capacity

12

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Inversions Masterclass: Turn That Crown Upside Down

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

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

020 7704 0919

£25

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The 1st session in a series of 3 masterclasses. Book all 3 sessions for £65 (please select Inversions Masterclass Series on MBO if you wish to book all 3 together)

In this workshop we will be focusing on Sirsasana, headstand. Starting with alignment techniques and conditioning exercises we will explore how to play with your headstand in a safe and confident way. Taking time to really embody how you should feel when upside down will be key as well as looking for subtle refinements that can make this challenging asana easier and more accessible.
We will not be using walls rather we will show you how to approach your headstand correctly where the danger of falling over does not exist!

For the more experienced practitioners we will also look at different arm and leg variations as well as entries and transitions such as into and out of bakasana, crow and lowering into chaturanga dandasana so that we can place the headstand into a flow.

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

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

Part 2: Feathering Your Feacock - 15 September

Part 3: Stand On Your Hands - 22 September

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

Times

This workshop is part 1 in a series of 3. The other sessions are as follows:
15 September – Feathering Your Peacock
22 September – Stand on Your Hands

Eligibility

Some experience of yoga required

Capacity

50

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Embracing Quiet: A Yin Yoga Workshop

With Anna Taylor
2 Sep 2017, 14:00–17:00

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

020 7704 0919

£35

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

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

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

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

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

Eligibility

Suitable for all levels

Capacity

30

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

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

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

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

A genuine welcome and appropriate support for women considering attending any of our courses from Uma:

"Please know that I warmly welcome all women of all stages of life to my courses. My assistants and I and make every effort to ensure that everyone is genuinely supported and honoured by providing appropriate practices during courses, retreats and workshops. 

There is no exclusion from practice or teaching space on account of womanly needs. For example, menstruating women are offered suitable practices to support their bleed time, menopausal woman are given opportunities to rest and/or adjust room temperature as necessary, and pregnant women are provided with the props and time and space they need to be at ease in the learning/retreat environment. 

Lactating women are welcome to express milk, and/or to feed their children in comfort in the main class space if they chose, or to be provided with an alternative comfortable and appropriate space to do so. Lactating women will never be asked by myself or any of my assistants to go into the toilets to express milk or feed their babies on my courses, and menstruating, premenstrual or menopausal women will never be excluded from practice because of their current physical or emotional needs.  

I walk my talk. I care very passionately indeed about the rights of women to celebrate the experiences of being a woman, including menstruating, navigating the premenstruum, ovulating, being pregnant, menopausal or breastfeeding and expressing milk. I spent three years of my life pregnant, eight years of my life breastfeeding, and seven years as a breastfeeding counsellor, where I saw that disrespectful attitudes towards breastfeeding adversely impacted on women’s confidence and capacity to breastfeed feed their children. As an advocate of conscious menstruality, I also observe that the cyclical  fluxes of menstrual and menopausal experiences are neither recognised nor honoured by many yoga teaching approaches ,and this disempowers women by encouraging a disconnection from their naturally arising flow and change at emotional and physical levels.

I observe that in many yoga teaching environments there is an implicit disrespect or exclusion of menstruating, menopausal, premenstrual, pregnant or lactating women simply because their physical and emotional needs are disregarded, or seen to be inconvenient and disruptive to the general flow of teaching. As an antidote to this, I actively welcome the opportunity to met these needs in my courses and workshops as a chance to encounter a deeper and broader range of yoga practice appropriate to all stages of life.  

I seek to ensure that on my courses nobody is disrespected or excluded because of their experiences or women’s life stages. Everyone is invited to be comfortable and at ease, knowing that their particular life stage experiences are honoured and welcome." 

 

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

Times

Please note this event will also take place on 17 September 7.30-9.30pm

Eligibility

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

Capacity

45

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Restorative Yoga Uniquely for Women

With Lucy Horton
10 Sep 2017, 14:00–16:00

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

020 7221 4602

£25

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A Therapeutic Restorative Yoga Practice for all Women, regardless of age, life-stage or health issues, who wish to re-connect to a naturally arising wellspring of vitality.

Restorative yoga, the art of deep relaxation, is safe, nurturing, and systematic practice, that helps you to relax and release deep tension. This rejuvenating workshop is specifically designed to address the needs of women at all life stages. In the class you will learn straightforward techniques for introversion and stillness. We discover the secret to going slow, paying attention, and sitting still, as paradoxically, by giving yourself the gift of intense rest, you will discover a renewed feeling of tranquility in everyday life.

You are invited to join Lucy for this practice about self care —and enjoy 2 hours of deeply Restorative Yoga practices, Breath-work, Mindful Movement, Meditation & Yoga Nidra - allowing your body and mind to be still, let go and find balance, leaving the studio with a renewed sense of peace.

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

Eligibility

All Levels

Capacity

27

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Inversions Masterclass: Feathering Your Peacock

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

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

020 7704 0919

£25

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The 2nd session in a series of 3 masterclasses. Book all 3 sessions for £65 (please select Inversions Masterclass Series on MBO if you wish to book all 3 together)

In this workshop we will be looking at Pincha mayurasana, the feathered peacock or forearm stand.

As with headstands, this sessions will begin with alignment and strengthening drills and techniques. Taking the time to understand the pose and where it can go and where you should go with it will be key.

We will be working in pairs for this and will be teaching safe and smart spotting techniques so that you can really explore your forearm stand safely with confidence.

Again we will give more advanced variations six as learning how to enter from a straddle press as well as exploring vrishikasana, scorpion pose.

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

This is part 2 in a series of 3 workshops, you can book the other sessions here:

Part 1: Turn That Crown Upside Down - 1 September 

Part 3: Stand On Your Hands - 22 September

 

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

Times

This workshop is part 2 in a series of 3. The other sessions are as follows:
1 September – Turn That Crown Upside Down
22 September – Stand on Your Hands

Eligibility

Some experience of yoga required

Capacity

50

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Enchanted Wonders - Family Yoga Workshop

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

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

020 7704 0919

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

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

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

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

About Enchanted Wonders -

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

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

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

Eligibility

Suitable for children over 4 years old

Capacity

25

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Kirtan: The Yogic Practice of Heart-Centred Singing

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

Join us to share in an evening of Kirtan. Singing the profoundly healing sounds of sanskrit mantra effortlessly drops our awareness out of our busy minds and into our hearts. Kirtan is from the path of Bhakti Yoga (pure love and compassion) and responds to where you are it and what you need in that moment, whether that is to bring you to a space of calm or elation. It can be deeply moving and incredibly joyful.

Each month Sivani Mata will be joined by friends on drum (and sometimes guitar and other instruments) to co-create this offering of Kirtan. Come add your heart and voice to the melting pot. The evening will end with the sharing of some home-made prasadam, a sweet treat that has imbued the blessings of our practice together (the treat is always gluten, dairy and refined sugar free).

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

Times

This event takes place monthly. Other upcoming dates are:

14 October
11 November

Eligibility

All welcome

Capacity

60

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Fascia - The Organ of Structure

With Catherine Annis
17 Sep 2017, 14:00–16:00

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

020 7221 4602

£25

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Fascia has become the latest trend in yoga and bodywork. Practitioners and experts from all fields of movement are discussing and researching it, and it’s revolutionising our understanding of how the body moves. We’re beginning to throw away the old paradigms and move towards a new fluid approach to movement practice. 

If you’d like to find out more about this magical, almost liquid, connective tissue, and its impact on our yoga practice, join Catherine for this practical workshop to:
 
• Learn what fascia is and how it affects us in yoga 
• Develop approaches to unwind the fascial web in a variety of yoga poses
• Release habitual holding patterns and areas of restriction
• Understand the relationship fascia plays as a key component of our structural stability  
• Cultivate a fresh approach to yoga that will return you to free, easy movement 

**** 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

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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Inversions Masterclass: Stand On Your Hands

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

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

020 7704 0919

£25

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

The final workshop in this course sees us exploring handstands.

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

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

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

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

Part 1: Turn That Crown Upside Down - 1 September 

Part 2: Feathering Your Feacock - 15 September

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

Times

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

Eligibility

Some experience of yoga required

Capacity

50

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An Evening of Kirtan

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

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

020 7704 0919

£12 in advance

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(£15 at the door)

Come and join us for a special evening of Kirtan.


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

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

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

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

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

Eligibility

Suitable for all

Capacity

50

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Enchanted Wonders - Family Yoga Workshop

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

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

020 7221 4602

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

Book Now

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

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

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

About Enchanted Wonders -

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

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

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

Eligibility

Suitable for children over 4 years old

Capacity

15

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

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

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

020 7704 0919

£15 in advance or £20 on the door

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

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

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

Times

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

Eligibility

Suitable for all levels

Capacity

50

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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