Beginners’ Course : An Introduction to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga
Saturday 2nd and Saturday 9th December 2017 (11 am – 1 pm each day)
This course (6 hours in total) consists of 2 x consecutive 2 hour workshops 11 am – 1 pm (Saturday 2nd and Saturday 9th December 2017) followed by 2 of any of our assisted self practice classes so that you can experience practicing within the environment of a guided self practice class in a small group.
The two x 2 hour workshops will introduce the fundamental foundations of this practice, including breath awareness, posture and the why such a simple daily practice can be an incredible tool for daily life. They will introduce the importance of foundation and explore the sun salutes ‘Surya Namaskara’ and the first basic standing postures, looking at safe alignment and transitions between asanas. There will also be an introduction to a short finishing sequence so that you will have a simple, balanced sequence to work with as self practice, either at home or here in any of our regular assisted self practice classes.
Please contact us if you are interested in attending this Beginners’ course.
Spaces are limited.
Autumn chanting and philosophy workshops with Clare Nichols
Saturday 21st October – Chapter 4 of the Bhagavad Gita
Saturday 18th November 2017 – Chapter 12 of the Bhagavad Gita
(11 am – 2 pm each day)
Ashtanga assisted self practice weeks with Helen
6 – 10 November 2017 (10 am – 12 pm each day)
8 – 12 January 2018 (10 am – 12 pm each day)
Cost £85 (£75 Early Bird prices) Limited spaces.
These weeks are an opportunity for students of all levels (except complete beginners) to practice in a small group environment with Helen. The sessions each day will allow time to explore techniques and modifications specific to each person’s needs in more detail so that you can support your regular practice. By committing to the week students will also be able to experience the benefits of cultivating a daily practice as an integral part of their lives. Suitable for anyone with experience of Mysore style self practice. If you are a complete beginner or not familiar with assisted self practice classes please contact us before booking any of these weeks.
A one day workshop with Andy Gill
Saturday 25 November 2017 (11 am – 5 pm)
We are looking forward to hosting Andy for this one day workshop. Over the two sessions, Andy will explore the importance of creating and working Bandha (internal structure) in Yoga Asana practice. Creating a floating, flying and effortless practice requires the intelligent balance of appropriate internal structure (Bandha), intelligent movement principles and breath movement synchronicity. Understanding, creating and cultivating Bandha in your Asana practice provides strength, safety and stability in the physical body. When the body feels safe and stable the soft tissues can relax and surrender, allowing the body to become more flexible without straining and the practice to take on a more relaxed and effortless quality. This is a very much an experiential workshop. Whilst there will be an exploration of the theoretical aspects of Bandha, this is a practical workshop in which we will explore how to create and develop Bandha through direct body experience, experimenting with it through some key Yoga postures/asanas.
Supporting your teaching practices – a one day workshop for yoga teachers with Helen McCabe and Sophie Cleere
Saturday 13 January 2018 (11 am – 5 pm)
Cost £75 (Limited to 12 maximum)
A one day workshop for yoga teachers designed to support and resource your teaching practices. The day will include both practical and discussion elements and explore topics to include discussion about the role of the teacher, use of language and resources to support your students. There will be a short practice element to the day in which we will explore somatic movement and start to be aware of movement patterns. We will look at a number of standing and seating asanas in detail in order to explore different body patterns, midline awareness and (where appropriate) the art of adjustment (including verbal adjustments and use of props).
Women’s New Year Retreat Day with Helen and Sophie
Sunday 14th January 2018 (9.30 am – 4.30 pm)
(Early Bird £80 if booked before 1st December 2017)
Helen and Sophie are really looking forward to offering this one day New Year retreat day for women. This will be the third year that we have facilitated a women’s retreat and it is always such an honour. We will explore softer yoga practices, including a flowing asana sequence, yoga nidra and restorative practices to connect with our bodies, share a delicious vegetarian lunch as well as time for discussion and setting intentions for the year ahead so that we can step into 2018 feeling nurtured and recharged.
To book a space please follow the link below.
Spaces are limited.
Helen’s teaching programme :
Mahalaya Nepal – a 7 day retreat with her teacher John Scott, Andy Gill and Ellen Johannesen
Saturday 23rd to Saturday 30th September 2017
Helen is honoured to be joining her teacher John Scott as one of his team of guest teachers, including Andy Gill and Ellen Johannessen, for an extraordinary retreat into the Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga practice. Hosted in a spectacular and welcoming Buddhist monastery nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, the week will bring together practices, teachings, people and places to create an incomparably inspiring opportunity to deepen your relationship to the practice and yourself.
THIS WEEK IS FULLY BOOKED
See here for more information
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Retreat at the beautiful Eco Yoga Retreat Centre in Scotland – with Helen and Ella
Thursday 6th September to Monday 10th September 2018
We are delighted to be returning to this very special location next September. Join Helen and Ella for this nurturing retreat to explore your yoga practice. Coming together is vital in modern society when so much is asked of us every day … being so many things to so many people and yet often we give ourselves very little internal support or nourishment. We offer this retreat as a way of giving ourselves what we need. When we come together in a safe, supporting and nurturing environment something magical happens. We begin to connect to our source, the centre of our creativity and begin to understand our power to create, nurture and honour.
Each morning will start with a short guided breathing practice, followed by an assisted self practice session.
For those who are new to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, Helen and Ella will also offer an introduction to self practice class each day too.
Then on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday we will come together for 3 late afternoon sessions to explore restorative yoga practices, guided mediation and discussion as we explore and celebrate each of our unique qualities.
Suitable for all levels of practitioner .. let us know if you are new to the practice.