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Beginners Yoga Workshop- Saturday 16th June

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So you’re considering beginning a yoga practice but don’t know where to start or what to expect? Join a small group of fellow new starters to explore the practice and build confidence in this fun two-hour workshop. This workshop is an ideal way to discover Yoga and connect with yourself in a fun and safe space. Perfect for beginners, those who like to learn sequentially or anyone looking to revisit the fundamentals of Yoga and Mindfulness practice. A focus on healthy alignment and Pranayama (breathing practices) will help cultivate strength and understanding as well as cultivate greater mental clarity and…

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Yoga Photography Workshop- Saturday 9th June

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If you love to capture images of your Yoga to share with your followers on social media, website and other marketing material, but unsure how to develop the quality of your photographs, then this is the workshop for you. Creating great content is not just about the pose of the subject, it’s about understanding which is the best angle in which to capture that moment, what light is best and how to get the most of the colours present without having to overload on filters. With over a decade of experience as a professional photographer and years of teaching yoga….

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Yoga Inversion workshop- Saturday 2nd June

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Saturday 2nd June 11.30-2.30pm My inversion workshops create a safe and comfortable environment for you to begin, or deepen, your headstand practice. They are designed to be suitable for absolute beginners who have never even considered attempting a headstand before, to experienced practitioners who are looking for their next challenge. It takes the time to ensure everyone understands the correct alignment and body positioning within a headstand and how you can isolate different parts of your body to achieve this upside down. The workshop will equip you with everything you need to know to train your inversions – from building…

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Building up to the 200hr YTTC

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When I was in Year 8 my English teacher once said to me that I would make a good teacher, however she never specified what kind of teacher. For years I then thought about becoming a school teacher. It has been only recently that I have realised her comment could be related to my passion for yoga and becoming a teacher of the practice. At the moment, there is just over a month to go before I start my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Course, and I’m a bundle of mixed emotions. Without a doubt I am excited. Excited to…

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Helen’s Top 3 Essentials to Yoga – PART 2 KINDNESS

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Kindness I think we’d all agree that we feel pretty wonderful when someone is kind to us. Kindness has the ability to change our inner and outer worlds, leaving us with the strength to do things differently. Being kind to yourself is the absolute key to a successful yoga practice. If we’re not, we’re missing the gift. I’m not suggesting for one minute that kindness is a replacement for effort. More that being present with a mindful attitude during practice will help us notice those moments where we loose connection with our kindness. Where those harsh thoughts and attacking words…

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Yoga, Travel & Gratitude

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Yoga, Travel & Gratitude My first trip with the sole purpose of yoga/AcroYoga/movement was to Greece in September 2016. I only booked a place at a course and my flights a few days before I had to arrive. I had an unexpected week off of work, and suddenly I felt like Greece was the right place to be. Going to Greece was one of my best decisions, a whole week of practice at beautiful Sunshine House, and like every trip since, it opened many doors. I met a wonderful woman called Jenny who was a teacher at a yoga school…

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Why learn to engage your bandhas?

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Why learn to engage your bandhas? You may have been in a yoga class and heard the teacher give the instruction to ‘engage your bandhas’, and been a bit unsure as to what they’re really talking about. So what are the bandhas and how can they help us in our yoga practice? Put simply, the bandhas are internal muscular ‘locks’, which you can voluntarily engage to control the flow of energy within the body, and enhance your yoga practice. Named Mula Bandha (or sometimes Moola Bandha), Uddiyana Bandha and Jalandhara Bandha, the main locks run along the sushumna of the…

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Teacher of the month – Lauren Hellicar

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Finding yoga For some, yoga practice is about maintaining mobility, reducing physical pain or recovering from injury. Others find yoga for its incredible emotional health benefits, from managing depression and anxiety to finding better ways to cope with whatever life throws at them. Some simply enjoy the chance to move their bodies and detach from the outside world for a while. The reason I found yoga probably has a bit to do with all three of these things. I’ve never really been what you’d call sporty, although at primary school I loved all of the races we took part in…

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Remedies for Stiff Shoulders & Upper Back Pain

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Remedies for Stiff Shoulders & Upper Back Pain Nowadays, more and more people find themselves sitting for a long period of time. The difficulty to maintain an upright and correct sitting posture makes stiff shoulders and upper back pain become some of the most common problems that people experience. In some serious cases, these problems might even prevent people from getting a good night sleep. If you are one of those people who constantly experience these problems, feel free to give the following simple stretches and home remedies a try! Tools needed: Yoga block – if you do not have…

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The Power of Acceptance

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When I first started practicing yoga, the monkey pose/full splits/hanumanasana was something I wanted to achieve. In addition to attending yoga classes daily, I would work on hip openers and stretches for my hamstrings, quadriceps and calves. I was very eager and desperate to make it happen that I did not realise I was pushing myself too far, until one morning while I was working on the usual stretches, I heard a loud pop at the back of my left leg, which was followed by a sharp pain. The dreadful thought of not being able to walk forever popped into…

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