Posture Clinic: Chaturanga with Clare Dobson
Clare’s Yoga Pose Clinics break down key poses and elements commonly found in a vinyasa flow practice to help us learn how to progress and practice safely. Each ‘clinic’ is an opportunity to delve into the detail, ask questions, learn variations, and discuss injury modifications. She’s starting with Chaturanga Dandasana, also known as 4-limbed staff pose, one of the main components of the Vinyasa. If you’ve ever wondered if you are doing it correctly then this is the ideal workshop for you. The pose, though regularly practiced, is not easy and requires great strength and knowledge of the body to perform it safely. Practiced well chaturanga can prepare the body for more challenging poses such as arm balances and inversions. This workshop addresses the anatomy and biomechanics of the pose, explores the common key weaknesses in chaturanga plus takes a look at options and alternatives for those with injuries or simply for those who wish to take a different variation. We’ll take time to look at the transition into upward facing dog, cobra and downward dog to help build strength around the whole vinyasa process.
When: Sunday 22nd of May 3-5.30pm
Moving Energy, Shifting Perspective: a workshop with Gemma Soul
We are pure energetic beings, living in an energetic world. How we use our energy, physically, mentally & emotionally affects our perception of ourselves. We have all had times when we feel stagnant or in a rut, or when we feel fidgety and unable to stick to a task. This workshop calls to all those who need a shift. We will draw deep into our vinyasa practice, moving specifically to draw into space to grow, a deeper space of enquiry to enable expansiveness and a fresh perspective for whatever our journey next holds.
When: Saturday 28th of May 3-5.30pm
Get Up And Flow – a workshop with Elisa de Grey
Restorative Yoga & Meditation workshop with Clive Fogelman
This workshop will provide an ideal opportunity to relax and reduce tension in the body by combining restorative yoga with a range of meditation techniques. Regular meditation improves focus and concentration in work and daily activities. In this workshop we will explore a range of meditation techniques which you can practice anywhere, at any time of the day and can be adapted to how much time you have available. This will include a variety of breathing techniques, guided visualisations and specific meditation practices.In restorative yoga, postures are passively held with the assistance of props for several minutes to encourage the body to open up and unwind. Once the body is supported, we are able to take the gaze inwards and become more aware of habitual tensions created in our bodies and minds. Restorative yoga with its yin focus cultivates the practice of acceptance and letting go. It is an effortless and gentle practice harnessing healing, inner calm and replenishment. The class will end with a yoga nidra – “yogi sleep”, a deep state of conscious relaxation, leaving you restored and revitalised. The workshop is open to everyone.
When: Sunday 12th of June 3-5.30pm
Embracing Quiet – a Yin Yoga workshop with Anna Taylor
Eastern traditions recognise that wellbeing comes from balancing the opposing energies of yin (calm / cooling) & yang (energetic / fiery). Modern, city culture which often promotes striving and achieving over resting and reflecting, can make this balance hard to achieve. This workshop we will redress the balance through the beautiful practice of Yin Yoga. In this floor-based practice poses are held for several minutes, allowing muscles & connective tissues to gradually release. This process of letting go, both mentally & physically, allows us to embrace stillness & quiet and surrender into the experience as it is.
When: Saturday 25th of June 3-5.30pm
Body, Breath, Bike: A Yoga Workshop for Cyclists with Nikita Akilapa
No matter what kind of cyclist you are – commuter, family cargo-biker, road racer, street-trials rider – you all have one thing in common: you deserve the best cycling experience possible. Yoga can really help to relieve the physical niggles that come with cycling – from tight hamstrings, calves and thighs, to lower back and shoulder pain. As well as increasing strength, stamina and flexibility, yoga can also improve balance, physical control, reflexes, mental calm, mind-focus and spatial awareness…all of which are essential for safe and comfortable cycling in the city. In this 2.5 hour workshop, we will look at the anatomy of a cyclist, exploring ways to relieve and prevent cycling related discomforts and injuries. Participants will learn tips and tricks for improving their cycling experience – including: Yoga postures and mini-sequences specifically targeting hot-spots for tension and injury, warm-up and warm-down flows, breath work for a calm mind and energised body, ideal posture and alignment (both on and off the bike), and basic bike-fit methods. All levels welcome.
When: Saturday 31st of July 3-5.30pm