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Inversions and exploring the upside down

When Saturday 8th July, 3.15 – 5.15 pm
Cost £20 plus booking fee
Tutor Sarah McFadden
Info Inversions can become a scary obstacle in a vinyasa practice, worse still they become such a fixed goal that they make you lose sight of the practice itself. By approaching them like any other posture – safely, intelligently and with patience – we can see them as just another opportunity to bring more balance to our lives.

It can be a great feeling when you take some weight off your feet and onto your upper body. Bringing the head beneath the heart in an inverted asana allows the body’s systems to calm and cool. Inversions are also a wonderful way to strengthen the mind/body connection.

This workshop will start with a short flow emphasising shoulder opening and forward bending to assist us toward the inversions. You’ll be given step by step instructions on how to balance on your hands and arms and we’ll use various ways and means to get up with props, walls, partners etc – to ensure a path to the upside down that everyone can feel comfortable with.

We will play and explore whilst remembering that many of these poses take years of practise before they feel stable and comfortable. The workshop will help you understand the basic features and safety principles of inversions, so you can continue to develop your familiarity with these poses over time.

This workshop is best suited to students who have at least 6 months of regular yoga practice under their belt. The only prerequisite is that you need to be ok with plank pose, and weight bearing on the hands and forearms. If you’re a complete beginner and are interested in joining, please email me to discuss.

Students will…
Gain an understanding of the key anatomy involved in the parts of the body specific to inversions
Learn techniques to help prepare your body for inversions
Learn the building blocks of the poses, so you can practice safely and effectively
Learn how to use your breath to help you maintain challenging postures

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Mudras Workshop

When Saturday 15th July, 4 – 6 pm
Cost £20
Tutor Shelley Green
Info Come and join me for a workshop all about Mudras – hand gestures that can bring focus and energy to your yoga and meditation practice.

In this workshop we will:
Examine the theory of Mudras and discover the benefits they can bring
Explore some of these hand gestures
Experiment with integrating Mudras into yoga asana (postures) and meditation practice
We will follow our dynamic practice with some restorative yoga, leading into a guided relaxation and opportunity for deep rest.

All levels welcome, including beginners.

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Core Foundations

When Saturday 23rd September, 3.15 – 5.15 pm
Cost £20 plus booking fee
Tutor Sarah McFadden
Info People often think of core work in yoga as just strengthening the muscles in the abdomen, but it’s actually more about cultivating a connection with the core of your body, in order to be able to move with more confidence and safety through your yoga practice.

In terms of asana practice, core connection and the awareness of this area improves nearly every pose, offering a greater sense of balance and ease. During your everyday life – beyond your yoga practice – there are also many good reasons to build a strong core, for example to support the lower back.

We’ll be going deep with our exploration…looking beyond the superficial ‘6-pack’ muscles and including a discussion of anatomy to understand the broader range of muscles that make up our core. Alongside this we’ll also explore the energetic elements of Uddiyana Bandha and Mula Banda (our abdominal and root locks) and how integration and regular use of these can advance your practice.

By learning and applying principles of core engagement and stability to your practice, you reduce the risk of injuries and build a firm foundation and more confidence to explore individual possibilities, whilst also learning when to respect limitations.

This is essential knowledge for any yogi!

This workshop is best suited to students who have at least 6 months of regular yoga practice under their belt. If you’re a complete beginner and are interested in joining, please email me to discuss.

Students will…
Gain an understanding of the key anatomy involved in the ‘core’ of your body
Practice and learn theories of core stabilisation and strengthening techniques
Participate in a flow of postures designed to incorporate core engagement
Explore the flow of breath as a source of core stability
Learn pranayama (breath exercise) practices to deepen the connection to your core

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Arm Balancing

When Saturday 25th November, 3.15 – 5.15 pm
Cost £20 plus booking fee
Tutor Sarah McFadden
Info Have you ever felt intimidated or frightened by the thought of arm balances and unsure of where to begin? Or perhaps you’ve attempted them and not having got to the final shape felt defeated, and put off. These are all too common feelings among yoga practitioners, but they don’t need to be. With the right technique, alignment and preparation you’ll find arm balances are easier than you think and fun to bring into your practice.When we work with arm balances we’re not aiming to achieve a picture ‘perfect’ sense of a pose. Instead we want to try and let go of the ego, and approach these poses with a sense of playfulness, and instead putting emphasis on the journey and commitment to our practice. When approached this way, arm balances are great for building confidence, focus and strength.

As with inversions, arm balances take lots of practice before they feel comfortable. So this workshop will help you understand the basic features and principles to help you on your way, so you can continue to develop your familiarity with these poses over time.

After a short vinyasa flow practice to prepare the body, we’ll learn how to strengthen/release the parts of the body key to helping us into arm balances: particularly the shoulders, wrists, hands and core. We’ll then play with various arm balances, deconstructing the poses so we can observe them in small parts and then put them together again in order to fly!

This workshop is best suited to students who have at least 6 months of regular yoga practice under their belt. The only prerequisite is that you need to be ok with plank pose, and weight bearing on the hands and forearms. If you’re a complete beginner and are interested in joining, please email me to discuss.

Students will…
Gain an understanding of the key anatomy involved in the parts of the body specific to arm balances
Learn techniques to help prepare your body for balancing on your arms and hands
Learn the building blocks of the poses, so you can practice safely and effectively
Learn how to use your breath to help you maintain challenging postures

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