Workshops (please scroll down the page for all events)

 

RESTORATIVE & YIN YOGA AN EVENING OF STILLNESS  

 

Date: Friday the 23rd of June (THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED)  

Time: 7:30-9:30pm

Price: £20 per person

Location: Yoga Cheadle, Brook Road, Cheadle, Cheshire, SK8 1PQ

 

Description:  

Mike will be hosting an evening dedicated to the experience of restorative & yin yoga. Both of these practices are still, instrspective & deeply nourishing with all the postures performed for 3-5 minutes from a lying down or seated position with the support of props such as bolsters, blocks & blankets. 

 

Restorative yoga places the body into a deeply relaxing position that helps to activate the para-sympathetic nervous system which is activated during states of sleep & meditation. This can help us to restore a sense of balance to our often very busy and hectic lives which can often highten stress & tension. 

 

Yin yoga places the body into deep static stretches that help to stimulate the deeper connective & fascia and can be very powerful in releasing tension to the hips, hamstrings & lower spine. Yin yoga is a wonderful compliment to more active forms of practice (eg Ashtanga vinyasa yoga or vinyasa flow) and to other forms of exercise such as running, swimming or cycling. 

 

This workshop is open to all levels from absolute beginners to experienced practitioners Mike will guide you through a sequence that interweaves both practices that is safe, enjoyable & deeply relaxing. Modifications & alternatives will be given for each pose which will conclude with a peaceful Yoga Nidra (Yogic sleep) leaving you feeling calm & grounded ready for the weekend ahead. 

 

This event has a maximum number of 12 people please book early to secure your place (THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED)

 

AWAKEN THROUGH BODY AND BREATH WITH VICKI SHIELDS 

 

Date: Sunday the 23rd of July 

Time: 10-1pm 

Price: £30 (early bird booking before June the 30th) 

Location: Yoga Cheadle, Brook Road, Cheadle, Cheshire, SK8 1PQ

 

Description:

 

In this workshop we will explore the opposing patterns of prana and apana alignment of the inner breath and outer form to bring about balance. 

 

Detailed guidance of how to open the breath, shifting the activity of the nervous system from sympathetic fight or flight to deep relaxed parasympathetic mode as the body comes alive with the breath we can align this with postural yoga from inside out exploring the key postures of the Ashtanga system giving us the opportunity to discover how physical patterns in the body can be released. Taking our attention inwards is the goal of any yoga system a practice that can still the mind and allow us to bring the body and emotions into balance. Drawing our attention back through each asana to the central axis to observe the patterns of prana and apana observing the connection between the pelvic floor (the seat of mula bandha) and the soft palette at the roof of the mouth. The pelvic floor is the key to a grounded rooted practice and gives us strength and balance in more challenging asana and more importantly in life. 

 

The breath is key to taking the attention inwards not a mysterious practice with promises of extra-ordinary experiences but something ordinary that brings you right back to the present moment with full awareness. Over time it leads to an awakening of the subtle energy at the core of the body. The practice of both pranayama and asana can then develop the art of listening to the breath and giving space to the currents of prana or sensations that move through the body its a process of deep enquiry. Its a fine art and science that leads us toward a total integration of the personality in simple terms allowing our true nature to be liberated from the chains of conditioned thinking.

 

This workshop will provide you with all the tools to open the breath open the body and untie all those mental knots and journey graciously into inner space. The breath shows up in practically all meditational techniques as free or controlled in the performance of asana and or as a base for the practice of pranayama (dyhana, dharana, samadhi) 

 

Ending the workshop with guided relaxation or yoga nidra will take you deeper into inner space, replenishing the nervous system and allowing the mind to rest in stillness.