Sa tu dirghakala nairantarya satkara asevitah drdhabhumih

 

Practice becomes firmly grounded when well attended to for a long time, without break and in all earnestness.

translated by Sri Swami Satchidananda

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Workshops provide a great opportunity to deepen and explore your practice in more detail.

Please always let me know in advance, if you have any injuries or conditions that might affect your practice.
Unless otherwise specified all levels apart from complete beginners are welcome.

Celebrate the end of the year

Candle light class for charity, followed by tea & brownies

Tuesday 11th December 2018, 19:30 – 21:00

at The Life Centre Islington

Please join me for a winter warming candle lit session including a slow and mindful vinyasa flow concluding with a short guided meditation and followed by a treat of tea & brownies with some time to relax and chat. I’d love to see you all and catch up before we immerse ourselves in the crazy and beautiful end of year period.

The class is donation based and all proceeds will go to Mind, the mental health charity

All levels welcome.

Book now

Peeling away the layers

a yin & yang workshop

Sunday 25th November 2018, 14.00 – 17.00

at The Life Centre Islington

In this workshop we’ll trace the ancient yogic model of the 5 levels of being – panchamaya kosha – as a multidimensional map of ourselves. These layers of the self represent various levels of our being, various aspects that we experience and identify as ourselves. They co-exist in our mind and body, constantly influence each other and connect us to a deeper experience of ourselves in the world.
We will start the workshop with a short meditation and reflection and then connect to body and breath through an energetic, challenging and fun vinyasa flow sequence. From the periphery of the body we’ll move towards deeper layers of body, mind and soul through a slow yin and restorative practice and deep guided relaxation.

The kosha model can help us to understand who we are, what we need and how we can put this into action skilfully, guiding us to understand how to increase freedom and joy while decreasing stress and suffering.
For all levels apart from complete beginners.

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Shine out, tune in

a yin & yang workshop

Saturday 2nd June 2018, 14.00 – 17.00

at The Life Centre Islington

Open your heart to the brightness of life – connecting to the radiance of the summer sun. Shine out in a joyful heart opening vinyasa flow practice, cultivating heat and energy in the body and celebrating the abundance of life. 

Then allow the body to cool down with yin and restorative poses and deep guided relaxation. This cultivates an inward orientation, connecting us to the deeper layers of our being, an internal seeing and opening to the light inside us. This is the light of our own inner teacher that helps us to open to the joy of life and tune in to the essence of our being.

For all levels apart from complete beginners.

Embodying the chakras

a yin & yang workshop

Saturday 24th March 2018, 14.00 – 17.00

at The Life Centre Islington

Explore ancient yoga philosophy on the subtle energy body through the contemporary lens, and deepen your understanding of how places where energy concentrates in the body – the chakras –  play an integral role in human experience. 

We will take a journey to explore the characteristics of each chakra flowing through invigorating sequences to release blocked energy and connect to vitality, and then slow it down for a more meditative approach to create greater awareness of our subtle anatomy.  Balance your energy from the inside out and explore the chakras in a meaningful, embodied way.

For all levels apart from complete beginners.

Clear intention

a yin & yang workshop

Friday 16th February 2018, 18:30 – 21:00

at yogahome, Stoke Newington

Starting from a place of gratitude and working with attention and intention, we’ll cultivate inner clarity and fire at the darkest and coldest time of the year. An energetic vinyasa flow sequence guided by the breath will be balanced by a slow, cooling yin and restorative practice – a calm and meditative space that allows our intentions to settle in the mind. We finish with yoga nidra (yogic sleep) – a guided relaxation practice to bring about a sense of ease and balance.

Leave re-energized and invigorated, giving your intentions a chance to blossom as you move into the year ahead.

For all levels apart from complete beginners.

Celebrate the end of the year

a charity class, followed by tea and brownies

Friday 1st December 2017, 19:30 – 21:00

at The Life Centre Islington

Please join me for a winter warming candle lit session including a slow and mindful vinyasa flow concluding with a short guided meditation and followed by a treat of tea & brownies with some time to relax and chat. I’d love to see you all and catch up before we immerse ourselves in the crazy and beautiful end of year period.

The class is donation based and will be supporting Our Mala, which helps refugees and asylum-seekers rebuild their lives and integrate through therapeutic care, educational services and access to critical resources.

All levels welcome.

Exploring Prana Vayu

a yin & yang workshop

Saturday 11th November 2017, 14.00 – 17.00

at The Life Centre Islington

In this workshop we’ll trace the movements and directions of breath and its energetic counterpart Prana – our energy or spark of life – exploring the model of Prana Vayu (movements of Prana). These movements underly everything we see around us and within us. Every aspect of a yoga practice like asana, pranayama, bandha, mudra or chanting is created and supported by these movements of Prana.

Flowing through postures with an awareness of the movements of Prana can enhance the flow of breath and create freedom and space in areas that feel held or tense, helping us to find better alignment. Cultivating the same attention in still poses promotes a deeper awareness of the connection of body, heart and mind and creates a sense of balance and ease.

For all levels apart from complete beginners.

Exploring nada yoga

a yin & yang workshop

Saturday 29th April 2017, 14.00 – 17.00

at The Life Centre Islington

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.
For all levels apart from complete beginners.

Peeling away the layers

a yin & yang workshop

Saturday 4th February 2017, 14.00 – 17.00

at The Life Centre Islington

In this workshop we’ll trace the ancient yogic model of the 5 levels of being – panchamaya kosha – as a multidimensional map of ourselves. These layers of the self represent various levels of our being, various aspects that we experience and identify as ourselves. They co-exist in our mind and body, constantly influence each other and connect us to a deeper experience of ourselves in the world.
We will start the workshop with a short meditation and reflection and then connect to body and breath through an energetic, challenging and fun vinyasa flow sequence. From the periphery of the body we’ll move towards deeper layers of body, mind and soul through a slow yin and restorative practice and deep guided relaxation.

The kosha model can help us to understand who we are, what we need and how we can put this into action skilfully, guiding us to understand how to increase freedom and joy while decreasing stress and suffering.
For all levels apart from complete beginners.

Celebrate the end of the year

a candle-light meditation class for charity

Saturday 17th December 2016, 17.15 – 18.15

at yogahome, Stoke Newington

Please join me for a calming and centering 1 hour guided meditation session with some time to chat afterwards. It’ll be great to see you all before we immerse ourselves in the crazy and beautiful end of year period and I might even bring some cake!

The class is donation based and I offer my teaching for free while yogahome kindly provides the space. All donations will go to Mind – the mental health charity. In my family and with friends I have seen how devastating mental health conditions can be. I think it’s essential to recognise the impact they have on those affected and their friends and family and support those who provide direct help and valuable information. Find out more at www.mind.org.uk.

Feel free to bring a friend or anyone you think is interested in meditation. No previous experience required.

Fire up the inner light

a yin & yang workshop

Saturday 10th December 2016, 14.00 – 17.00

at The Life Centre Islington

As the days are getting shorter and colder, we are often naturally drawn to introspection and stillness – the yin aspects of our life – and it can feel more challenging to keep up our inner fire and energy.

We will start the workshop by tuning in to our own needs in what can sometimes be a hectic time of year. Then we’ll stoke our inner fire with a vigorous and joyful vinyasa flow sequence weaving poses on the thread of the breath. We will balance this practice coming back to stillness and deeper connection of body and mind with a slow yin and restorative flow and a deep guided relaxation. This quiet and steady space allows us to observe shifting states of mind and sensations in the body. Leave with an increased sense of ease and balance, as you transition into the new year.

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.
For all levels apart from complete beginners.

Shine out, tune in

a yin and yang workshop

Saturday 30th July 2016, 14.00 – 17.00

at The Life Centre Islington

Open your heart to the brightness of life – connecting to the radiance of the summer sun. Shine out in a joyful heart opening vinyasa flow practice, cultivating heat and energy in the body and celebrating the abundance of life.
Then allow the body to cool down with yin and restorative poses and deep guided relaxation. This cultivates an inward orientation, connecting us to the deeper layers of our being, an internal seeing and opening to the light inside us. This is the light of our own inner teacher that helps us to open to the joy of life and tune in to the essence of our being.

Finding balance
a yin / yang workshop

Saturday 30th January 2016, 14.00 – 17.00

at The Life Centre Islington

Starting from a place of gratitude and working with intention – sankalpa – we’ll cultivate our inner fire in an energetic vinyasa flow sequence guided by the breath. The dynamic practice helps the active mind to focus and roots the attention deeply in the body. When the body is prepared in this way we move into a slow, cooling yin flow of seated and restorative postures – a calm and meditative space that allows our intentions to settle in the mind. We finish with a long, deep yoga nidra (yogic sleep) – a guided relaxation practice to bring about a sense of ease and balance. 

Leave re-energized and invigorated, giving your intentions a chance to blossom as you move into the year ahead.

For all levels apart from complete beginners.

Celebrate the end of the year

a charity class, followed by tea and brownies

Friday 4th December 2015, 19:30 – 21:00

at The Life Centre Islington

Please join me for a winter warming candle light vinyasa flow session concluding with a short guided meditation and followed by a treat of tea & brownies with some time to relax and chat. I’d love to see you all and catch up before we immerse ourselves in the crazy and beautiful end of year period.

The class is donation based and I’ll offer my teaching for free. All donations will go to Cancer Research UK to support them in their tireless and life saving fight against cancer and finding new cures for it. I’ve had many reminders this year how important this work is, as too many people close to me are fighting cancer right now and it’s an incredibly worthwhile cause to support. Find out more at cancerresearchuk.org.

Arm balances & inversions

Saturday 20th June 2015, 14:00 – 17:00

at The Life Centre Islington

Starting with a flowing vinyasa sequence to thoroughly warm up the body, we’ll identify and explore key elements and alignment principles required to practice arm balances and inversions confidently and safely. We’ll progress from basic poses to the more complex preparing shoulders and upper body, cultivating core stability and finding the muscular connections needed. Face your fears, play, learn and laugh in a supportive and safe environment.

There will be variations and challenges for all levels, whether you are experimenting with lifting yourself up for the first time, or taking your practice to the next level.

Arm balances and inversions can be some of the most challenging, but also the most rewarding and empowering postures. They support clarity of mind, focus and concentration. Rise to the challenge of turning your world upside down and see things from a different perspective.

For all levels apart from complete beginners. Reasonably healthy wrists and shoulders needed.

Finding balance
a yin / yang workshop

Saturday 18th April 2015, 15.00 – 18.00

at yogahome, Stoke Newington

Balance all aspects of your being – yin & yang, ida & pingala, the solar, active & the lunar, restorative. Cultivate your inner fire with an energetic vinyasa flow sequence guided by the breath. Let yourself be challenged, sweat and have fun. Then balance the fire with a slow, cooling yin flow of seated and restorative postures – a chance to stay longer with any physical or mental experience bringing consciousness into a calm, meditative space. Finish with a long, deep yoga nidra (yogic sleep) – a guided relaxation practice to bring about complete physical, mental and emotional ease. 

This is part of a series of workshops with ever evolving themes and sequences, but following the same framework.

For all levels apart from complete beginners.

Book at yogahome

Finding balance
a yin / yang workshop

Saturday 7th February 2015, 14.00 – 17.00

at The Life Centre Islington

Balance all aspects of your being – yin & yang, ida & pingala, the solar, active & the lunar, restorative. Cultivate your inner fire with an energetic vinyasa flow sequence guided by the breath. Let yourself be challenged, sweat and have fun. Then balance the fire with a slow, cooling yin flow of seated and restorative postures – a chance to stay longer with any physical or mental experience bringing consciousness into a calm, meditative space. Finish with a long, deep yoga nidra (yogic sleep) – a guided relaxation practice to bring about complete physical, mental and emotional ease. 

This is part of a series of workshops with ever evolving themes and sequences, but following the same framework.

Book now

Celebrate the end of the year

a charity class, followed by tea and brownies

Friday 5th December, 19:30 – 21:00

at The Life Centre Islington

Please join me for a winter warming vinyasa flow session finishing with a short guided meditation and followed by a treat of tea & brownies with some time to relax and chat – It’ll be lovely to catch up with you guys before we immerse ourselves in the crazy and beautiful end of year period.

The class is donation based and all donations will go to the Amaravati meditation retreat centre, which offers free meditation retreats, guidance and wisdom just an hour away from London. I feel it’s a true blessing for all of us to have access to places like this and I’ve seen the profound impact meditation retreats can have both in myself and many others. Our yoga practice on the mat is the starting point and through deepening our practice on meditation retreats we can reach a deeper understanding and insights – whether big or small – that lay the foundation for a meaningful life with more clarity, happiness, physical and mental health and connectedness. Check out next years schedule!

Finding balance
a yin / yang workshop

Saturday 4th October 2014, 14.00 – 17.00

at The Life Centre Islington

Join me for an extended practice balancing the opposite aspects of our being – yin & yang, ida & pingala, the solar, active & the lunar, restorative. Cultivate your inner fire with an energetic, imaginative vinyasa flow sequence guided by the breath and open all areas of the body. Let yourself be challenged, sweat and have fun. Then balance the fire with a slow, cooling yin flow of seated and restorative postures – a chance to stay longer with any physical or mental experience bringing consciousness into a calm, meditative space. Finish with a long, deep yoga nidra – a guided relaxation practice to bring about complete physical, mental and emotional ease. Treat yourself to a beautiful autumn practice & leave with body and mind refreshed, rested and balanced.

Open your heart
a backbending workshop

Saturday 28th June 2014, 14.00 – 17.00

at The Life Centre Islington

Backbends can be some of the most challenging postures in our asana practice, but also the most uplifting ones.

We’ll develop an understanding of the anatomical structure of the spine, then look at the component parts of a backbend, gradually and progressively opening and strengthening the front of the body – shoulders and upper back, core and front thighs – to enable us to go further backwards. There will be plenty of options throughout to practice backbends at your own level.

Explore your natural potential for deeper backbends safely, without fear and supported by your own body. Inject some lightness into your backbends and leave refreshed and exhilarated.