Workshops

Mudras for Modern Life with Swami Saradananda

Date: Sunday 20 Jan
Time: 14:45 – 17:45 
Cost: £40

Mudras (yoga hand gestures) work at the physical, subtle, psychological and spiritual levels. Most are easy to do; yet are so powerful that regular practice can transform your life. They can help you to create inner peace and deep strength, eliminate fatigue and anxiety, protect your physical and emotional health, transcend stress and depression, reduce your guilt and anger, calm your mind, sharpen your intuition and promote happiness.This workshop is of particular interest to anyone who works on a computer. Swami Saradananda will introduce you to practices that can help to prevent such problems as repetitive stress injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome and bursitis. The class will include hand exercises that will not only enable you to better practice mudras, but also help you to release tension in fingers, hands, arms and shoulders.

Swami Saradananda is an internationally-renowned yoga and meditation teacher who inspires you to want to practise. Her classes are practical as well as theoretical in nature – and always enlightening! She has authored the books “Yoga Mind and Body“, “Relax and Unwind with Yoga“, “Chakra Meditation“, “The Essential Guide toChakras” “The Power of Breath”, “Mudras for Modern Life” and “The Cleansing Power of Yoga”.

In addition to teaching and writing, Swami Saradananda has spent extensive time doing personal practice in the Himalayas. She is currently pursuing an MA degree in ‘Traditions of Yoga and Meditation’ at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), University of London

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Inversions and Arm Balances with Jaqui Wan

Date: Sunday 03 Feb

Time: 2:30 – 5:30pm 
Cost: £35

An afternoon session to delve into the world of balancing on your hands. Have you ever been baffled by arm balances? Is it strength? Is it flexibility? Or is it overcoming the fear?

We will cover the three classic inversions:

  • Sirsasana / headstands,
  • PIncha Maryasana / forearm balances and
  • handstands.

But we will explore a range of arm balancing including: –

  • Tittibasana / firefly,
  • Parsva Bakasana / side crow and
  • Eka Pada Koudiyasana / split leg arm balance,
  • but there will be more to explore.

This workshop is ideal for those who are comfortable being upside down, with a regular yoga practice and who are keen to discover more about their hands and arm balancing potential.

We will cover alignment techniques, strength elements, the embodiment of inversions and safely taking weight on your arms and hands. We will build it up progressively working on upper body stamina, core conditioning and wrist awareness.

Prerequisites: Should be able to do a headstand against a wall for 15 seconds.

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The Chakras Illuminated: enhance your creativity, joy and Intuition with Swami Saradananda

Date: Sun, 24th Feb

Time: 2:45-5:45pm

Cost: £40

In this workshop, Swami Saradananda offers you pragmatic tools to integrate chakra work into your daily life, including simple, powerful techniques to develop inner poise and keep your life in balance. This is a down-to-earth approach to inner peace. Many of the exercises and meditations are aimed at eliminating negative emotions associated with each of the chakras.

Restore and enhance the smooth flow of your vital energy. Gain insights into healthier behavioural patterns and a more-rewarding life-style. Find how each chakra corresponds to emotional and spiritual challenges that you may face in life.

Swami Saradananda is an internationally-renowned yoga and meditation teacher who inspires you to want to practise. Her classes are practical as well as theoretical in nature – and always enlightening! She has authored the books “Yoga Mind and Body“, “Relax and Unwind with Yoga“, “Chakra Meditation“, “The Essential Guide toChakras” “The Power of Breath”, “Mudras for Modern Life” and “The Cleansing Power of Yoga”.

In addition to teaching and writing, Swami Saradananda has spent extensive time doing personal practice in the Himalayas. She is currently pursuing an MA degree in ‘Traditions of Yoga and Meditation’ at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), University of London

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The Cleansing Power of Yoga and Breath with Swami Saradananda

Date: Sun, 10 March 

Time: 2:45-5:45pm

Cost: £40

In this innovative workshop, Swami Saradananda introduces you to the powerful revitalizing and regenerating effects that yoga breathing (pranayama) and cleansing exercises (kriyas) can have on your body, mind and yoga practice. You will be presented with a variety of ways to detox and energise your life.

This is a workshop for inspired beginners as well as for dedicated yogis. It includes simple and powerful tools to enable you to gain new insights into healthier breathing patterns and more positive lifestyle choices.

Swami Saradananda is an internationally-renowned yoga and meditation teacher who inspires you to want to practise. Her classes are practical as well as theoretical in nature – and always enlightening! She has authored the books “Yoga Mind and Body“, “Relax and Unwind with Yoga“, “Chakra Meditation“, “The Essential Guide toChakras” “The Power of Breath”, “Mudras for Modern Life” and “The Cleansing Power of Yoga”.

In addition to teaching and writing, Swami Saradananda has spent extensive time doing personal practice in the Himalayas. She is currently pursuing an MA degree in ‘Traditions of Yoga and Meditation’ at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), University of London

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Yoga Teachers Guide to Mudras and Meditation

Date: Sun, 31 March 

Time: 2:45-5:45pm

Cost: £55

In this fascinating 4-hour workshop for yoga teachers, Swami Saradananda presents innovative and in-depth techniques of introducing students to yoga mudras – both in asana classes and as part of a meditative practice. She simultaneously offers you ways to deepen your own understanding of mudras and meditation.

 

What will yoga teachers get out of this workshop?

  • A working understanding of mudras. How to integrate them into asana classes
  • The ability introduce mudras, meditation and related exercises to all levels of students. This is a valuable asset for all yoga teachers.
  • Powerful tools to enable you to make more efficient use of the revitalizing and regenerating effects that mudras can have on your body and mind – and how they can enhance your meditation practice.
  • Ways that you, and your students, can use the power of mudras and meditation to manifest your ideas and dreams.
  • A more meditative approach to asana practice and teaching.

Swami Saradananda is an internationally-renowned yoga and meditation teacher who inspires you to want to practise. Her classes are practical as well as theoretical in nature – and always enlightening! She has authored the books “Yoga Mind and Body“, “Relax and Unwind with Yoga“, “Chakra Meditation“, “The Essential Guide toChakras” “The Power of Breath”, “Mudras for Modern Life” and “The Cleansing Power of Yoga”.

In addition to teaching and writing, Swami Saradananda has spent extensive time doing personal practice in the Himalayas. She is currently pursuing an MA degree in ‘Traditions of Yoga and Meditation’ at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), University of London

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Massage + Flying Therapeutics with Jaqui Wan

Date: Sunday 07 April

Time: 2:30 – 5:30pm 
Cost: £35

A chance to explore the lunar side of AcroYoga, allowing us to slow down and cultivate listening and conscious touch. This workshop will present Thai massage techniques; the use of gravity, body weight, touch and harmonics to realign and release.

We will cover the foundations to flying therapeutics that involves a base and flyer. The base acts as a solid structure that enables the flyer to be suspended in an aerial inversion so that the base can work on the back and shoulders.

Open to all and especially those with an interest in massage techniques. No partner necessary. You will be working in pairs or in some cases in groups of three.

‘Massage is not just a luxury it’s a way to a happier and healthier life.’ Anon

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Counter Balances + Trio Tricks Jaqui Wan

Date: Sunday 02 June

Time: 2:30 – 5:30pm

Cost: £35

AcroYoga aims to encourage you to move, connect and play. This is a solar offering that delves into the fire of acrobatics. Once we have got you comfortable in your personal body awareness and engaged in your acrobatic bodies we will focus on two themes counter balances and trio tricks.

Counter balances explore the push-pull nuances of partner balancing; the engagement and mutual calibration that allows the creation of symmetrical and asymmetric structures, shapes and poses.

Trio tricks explores the creative refinements of working as a group. There is an added dimension to working as a three; the ability to listen and absorb in order to collaborate are some of the key qualities to successful trio balancing.

Come with an open mind and willingness to play. No partner needed. You will learn how to build progressively and be supported in the process.

‘You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.’ Plato

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