Workshops

Mudras for Modern Life

with Swami Saradananda

Sunday 19th November, 2.30-5.30pm

Cost: £35

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 their 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 a number of books, including “Yoga Mind and Body“, “Relax and Unwind with Yoga“, “Chakra Meditation“, “The Essential Guide toChakras” “The Power of Breath” and “Mudras for Modern Life”.

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Relight Your Fire: Journey in The Chakras with Yin Yoga & Gong Bath

with Dirish Shaktidas

Sunday 26th November, 2.30-4.30pm

Cost: £25

Connect and explore the into this energy centre where you may be holding back from expressing yourself and reunite with your Fire element. With guided Chakra meditations, yin yoga and Gong Meditation. Open to all levels no meditation experience necessary.

We will be working with stretching sequences to open the channels in our body and building Fire energy. Discover your potential of what you can set light to.

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Mastering the Handstand – The Art of Flying 

with Andrew Abaria
Sunday 3rd December, 2.30-5pm
Cost: £30

Do you secretly want to learn how to do a handstand, but have fear of falling?  Or maybe you’re eager to try, but confused and don’t know where to start?  If this sounds like you, then this workshop is the solution to your anti-inversion dilemma!

Andrew will lead students through a workshop type flow class where we will learn what it truly takes to safely and fearlessly go upside down.  We will review the basic component parts needed to successfully invert, as well as key techniques to help sustain the balance.  We will also discover how the mastery of simple standing poses ultimately leads to the mastery of all inversions.  At the end of the workshop, you are guaranteed to leave with a step by step asana guide that will undoubtedly help you as you continue to fearlessly practice the mastery of your handstand.

Bio: 

Andrew is a third series Ashtanga practitioner and international yoga teacher who was trained by Annie Carpenter in Los Angeles and by Raghunath in New York. Known for his methodological yet inspiring teaching style, Andrew has helped thousands of yogis all over the world to unlock their full potential and achieve health and career successes on and off the mat.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27r9oa-T0_8

www.andrewabaria.com

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Women’s Yoga Workshop 

with Kate Lovell
Sunday 10th December, 2-4.30pm
Cost: £35

This workshop is for the ladies only. Why? Because despite the vast number of women practicing yoga, there aren’t many classes that focus purely on the female experience, taking into account the constantly changing nature of our bodies and the different flows of energy that accompany the stages of our monthly cycles.

In this workshop Kate hopes to help other women take ownership of their yoga practice in a way the promotes deep healing and nurturing of their bodies.   We’ll look at calming, restorative sequences to practice when menstruating (or when life feels overwhelming and you need to slow down), and explore ways of moving in a more dynamic practice that honours our wombs and helps to balance our hormones.  We’ll also look at ways of using breathing, meditation and chanting to celebrate the changing nature of our bodies and re-connect with the divine feminine energy within.  This afternoon will be about carving out me-time and practicing in a safe and supported environment. A relaxing and rejuvenating treat for yourself and maybe a friend that will give you tools to take home and practice to feel empowered.  Suggestion: wear comfortable loose, clothing and bring a light blanket or scarf.

About Kate

Kate is a regular Yotopia teacher known for her gentle yet invigorating vinyasa-flow yoga classes and welcoming style of teaching.  She leads the Beginners Courses and loves introducing people to the practice that changed her life by helping her to love her body, reduce stress and access her movement centre.  Inspired to use yoga to heal her body and lessen the symptoms of PMT, she has completed a Womb Yoga training and Pregnancy Teacher training with Uma Dinsmore Tulli specifically focused on teaching yoga to women at different stages of their lives.

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Winter Yin & Tibetan Healing

with Josephine McGrail

Sunday 17th December 3-5pm

Cost: £30

Winter is a time for self care and self love:

the trees draws in and when we are living in alignment with our inner and outer nature so do we. Give yourself the opportunity to retreat inside yourself in this nourishing two hour yin and tibetan healing workshop focusing on opening the heart and stretching the psoas muscles.

Through deep, restorative asanas, breath and mantra work we will gentle transmute anything that is no longer serving us thus creating space for more love and chi (life force) to enter.

“The more we give to ourselves the more we can give to others. The more we learn to  LOVE ourself fully, the more we are able to fully LOVE others. Everything starts to shift when YOU decide to make time for YOU”.

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Gong Bath

with Leo Cosendai

Sunday 7th January 3-5pm

Cost: £25

So much more than just an old musical instrument, the Gong produces harmonic and dissonent tones which give the individual the opportunity to experience altered states of consciousness, where the mind is totally aligned with the body. This helps one to burn up emotional history and karmic blockages.

From a physical point of view, a gong “bath” as we call it, is ideal for clearing nerve-endings and for re-establishing a healthy relationship between the parasympathetic (ruled by sound) and sympathetic nervous system (ruled by vision). The gong also enables the brain to become efficient in producing Theta and Delta waves, which are produced by the brain during deep sleep and trance-like states.

Before you get to hear the way of the gong, Leo will often lead you through a deep body awareness relaxation or a series of kriyas which focus on bringing the crown energies down to the very base of the spine. One can expect to experience re-youthing and re-programming during this one and a half hour practice.

Leo is a Prana Kriya Yoga teacher, sound healer, therapist, and a composer born in Switzerland in 1989. He has trained with Grand Gong master Don Conreaux and Yogi Ashokananda.

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The Power of Breath

with Swami Saradananda

Sunday 28th January, 2.30-5.30pm

Cost: £35

In this fascinating workshop, Swami Saradananda introduces you to the revitalizing and regenerating effects that breathing exercises can have on your body, mind and yoga practice.

You will be presented with powerful tools that enable you to make more efficient use of your breath, strengthening the link between your physical and mental capacities. Swami Saradananda will guide you in the use of techniques that enable you to open yourself up to intuitive inspiration You will gain new insights into healthier breathing patterns

The workshop is for inspired beginners as well as for dedicated yogis. It will also prove helpful for workshop facilitators who would like to integrate pranayama into their programmes.

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 a number of books, including “Yoga Mind and Body“, “Relax and Unwind with Yoga“, “Chakra Meditation“, “The Essential Guide toChakras” “The Power of Breath” and “Mudras for Modern Life”.

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An Introduction to the Bhagavad Gita

with Chidananda

Sunday 4th February, 2.30 – 5.30pm

Cost: £35

Thousands of years before self-help books and psychotherapists the secret of how to attain inner peace has been shown in an ancient teaching called the Bhagavad Gita.

The world that we live in is driven by desire. The desire for money, power, fame which are never ending and once we acquire what we want, our happiness is short lived, and inevitably we want more.

The purpose of the Gita is to show us the right mindset that will enable us to find inner peace, which is not here one day and gone the next but stays with us for the rest of our lives.

About the Course

The Gita introduction course gives participants an understanding of the core teachings contained in the Bhagavad Gita, and how they can be applied to this day and age.

By attending the course, one can expect a range of benefits including:

1. Confidence in one’s self – gain a deeper realisation of one’s true identity by understanding the eternal nature of the soul.

2. Work/life balance – reach a higher potential materially or spiritually by applying the teachings of detachment from one’s actions.

3. Clear & positive mind – learn to effectively comprehend and articulate thoughts and actions by understanding the psychology of the “Ego.”

4. A new perspective on life – by inwardly reflecting on the teachings, attain a higher level of self-confidence and peace.

About the Teacher

The course is led by Chidananda, an internationally respected teacher and Monk; who has given talks around the world on the Bhagavad Gita and its applications for the modern day world.

He has spent the latter part of his life studying the teachings of the Gita from the Vedic traditions of India. Gaining deep insight into its hidden meaning and timeless practices that are particularly relevant in the current world we live in.

Before becoming a monk, He worked in one of the top investment banks, focusing on mergers and acquisitions. Due to his experiences in the business world, he can take the ancient teachings and skillfully apply it to the working environment in a way that is relatable to all participants.

Find out more at www.gitayogi.com

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Developing a Meditation Practice

with Swami Saradananda

Sunday 25th February, 2.30-5.30pm

Cost: £35

If you are inspired to meditate, but are not as dedicated as you would like to be, this is the workshop for you. Swami Saradananda has created this programme in the spirit of mentoring, to introduce you to the theory of meditation, enable you to master its basic techniques, and begin to feel the joy of stillness arising within your being.

Meditation frees your mind from distracting emotions, thoughts and desires. It develops the capacity of the mind to focus. You begin to experience reduced levels of anxiety and stress – increased patience, intuition and empathy

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 a number of books, including “Yoga Mind and Body“, “Relax and Unwind with Yoga“, “Chakra Meditation“, “The Essential Guide toChakras” “The Power of Breath” and “Mudras for Modern Life”.

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Journey through the Chakras

with Swami Saradananda

Sunday 11th March, 2.30-5.30pm

Cost: £35

This workshop 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. How smoothly your chakras function influences how fully you inhabit your physical body, the success of your relationships, and how much inner peace you enjoy. Each chakra corresponds to emotional and spiritual challenges that you may face in life.

Swami Saradananda presents you 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.

The programme is also of particular interest to yoga teachers, therapists and workshop facilitators who would like to incorporate chakra work into their classes and trainings.

 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 a number of books, including “Yoga Mind and Body“, “Relax and Unwind with Yoga“, “Chakra Meditation“, “The Essential Guide toChakras” “The Power of Breath” and “Mudras for Modern Life”.

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