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Yoga Workshops, Retreats and Upcoming Events

Yoga Nidra

“Yoga Nidra is the hidden gem of all yoga practice, a great treasure, a potent meditative resource for healing, insight and empowerment.”

– Uma Dinsmore Tuli PHD

Yoga Nidra is an incredibly profound and transformative practice.  By creating a warm, cosy and safe space, students are able to nestle into a place of comfort and rest, where they are able to simply receive.  Yoga nidra is a practice that guides awareness through the sensations of the body, the movements of the breath and into a state of deep rest.  Experiences are unique to the individual as they travel through their own journeys within, but frequently report feelings of rejuvenation, warmth and a sense of being held.  The nourishing and nurturing qualities of Yoga Nidra are incredibly supportive and all are welcome 🙂

Current dates:

23rd June, 7th and 21st July, 18th August 4 – 6 pm – ESTIA Wellspace, Jericho.  Here’s the link to the facebook events page: https://www.facebook.com/events/839841626408746/

12th October 6.30 – 8.30 pm – Yoga Quota, Turl Street.  Please press link below to book directly with Yoga Quota:

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Summer Sound, Art and Yoga Weekend Retreat

A weekend retreat to fully immerse into the exploration of sound, silence, stillness, movement and creativity. Laura Hancock has invited Suzanne and Laura to join her in facilitating a journey of discovery and holding spaces and opportunities for creative and intuitive expression by drawing from their unique experiences of yoga, meditation, sound circles and art.

The Moon Sequence and Yoga Nidra:
The weekend will start with a guided yoga practice – the Moon Sequence. A grounding, strengthening and nurturing vinyasa flow, that Laura H has been fully immersed in and practicing regularly since 2010. The basic structure of the set sequence is taught with enough repetition and guidance for students to become familiar with the movements, allowing for a more subtle awareness of the body. Once this confidence is established, a more spacious approach is offered, allowing students to really listen and respond to their own unique needs and innate wisdom. Students are invited to move at their own pace and discover for themselves a vibrant practice that may be subtle and gentle one moment, and expressive and dynamic in another. Throughout the weekend subtle awareness of the body will be further explored through somatic movement and the deeply nourishing and restful experience of Yoga Nidra. Laura has been teaching yoga and offering Ayurvedic massage therapy in Oxford since 2012. www.ayurvedacorner.co.uk

Sounding Circle:
Laura is a student of The Naked Voice led by Chloe Goodchild and has been exploring sound and voice as a spiritual practice for 8 years. She is also an Integral Yoga teacher and loves to chant. She will join us to facilitate an exploration into sound, silence and the boundaries between. We will begin with some grounding songs and chants in Sanskrit and English and then entering a flow of silence and sound with freedom to share your own songs, poems and thoughts between intervals of silent reflection. We will end with free sounding together creating a space for a meditative weaving between the internal and external voice. Laura runs a local sounding circle at the Ark T centre. Her openness, warmth and ability to encourage such an uplifting and heart-opening expression of sound is not to be missed: .http://www.ark-t.org/sounding-circle-2/

Art:
Suzanne is an inspiring and well-respected local artist/art facilitator and dedicated yoga practitioner. She studied at the Royal Academy of Art Schools in London, and gained her PGCE to teach adults at Oxford Brookes. She has put this to use facilitating art workshops for Crisis Skylight, Fusion Arts, Reading College and Modern Art Oxford’s Art Trolley. For the retreat she will be facilitating an art workshop that focuses on an intuitive painting process that invites us all to explore and reawaken the uninhibited creative natures within. Her sensitive and intuitive approach encourages self-acceptance and a real sense of freedom in expression.
Examples of her work can be seen here: https://suzannelizette.com/artists-statement/

A vegetarian lunch will be provided on the Saturday, and teas and healthy snacks will be available throughout.

All levels are welcome 🙂

Where: Iffley Village Church Hall, OX4 4EJ.
When: 9.30 – 6 pm Saturday 10th August; and 1 – 6 pm 11th August.
What to bring: yoga mat, cushion, blanket and water.
How much: £130. A non-refundable deposit of £40 is required to secure a place, to be paid via bank transfer. (sort code – 08-92-86; account number – 14276202)

Concessions available upon request.

For queries please email: laura@ayurvedacorner.co.uk

L xx

 

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Yoga Retreat in Spain 2019

Busy schedules, lots of responsibilities and external pressures are some of the seemingly insurmountable barriers people face in terms of practising yoga and finding time to meditate.  A yoga retreat is essentially a holding of space for people to be freed of these external influences and circumstances for a time, in which they can begin to explore and meet themselves in an undisturbed manner that is both authentic and nourishing.

Every individual will come to retreat with different needs, expectations and hopes.  All of which are valid.  Using all of the experiences I’ve had practising, teaching, training, attending and hosting retreats my aim is to create this holding of space in a way that is both supportive and safe, and spacious and dynamic.  The daily schedule incorporates movement and stillness, sound and silence, structure and free-flow.

Daily Schedule*:

9 – 11 am – yoga practice

11.30 – 1 pm – brunch

1 – 3 pm – free time

3 – 5 pm – workshop

5.30 – 7 pm – dinner

8 – 9 pm – optional meditation

*schedule is subject to change

Ayurveda:

As an ayurvedic practitioner, I’ve always wanted the opportunity to offer ayurvedic treatments alongside the yoga practice as the benefits of these sister sciences working side-by-side is quite profound.  This year, Emma, the host of Casa Santosha will be offering Ayurvedic Treatments, guidance and a cooking class for anyone who would like to support their practice in this way.

Retreat Details:

Dates: 14th-21st September 2019 (retreat will officially start at 5pm on the 14th and close on the evening of the 20th, with optional morning practice on the 21st)

Location: Andalucia, Spain (1 hour from Malaga airport)

Accommodation: Casa Santosha, managed by my good friend and fellow Ayurvedic practitioner Emma, is located in the mountains of Andalucia.  There are 4 twin bedrooms, living space, an indoor shala and outdoor yoga terrace.  You can see more details here: https://www.casasantosha.com/

Cost: £600 which includes boarding, 2 vegetarian meals, round-trip transfer to and from airport, daily yoga, meditation and workshops.

How to book:  Spaces are limited to 8 and a non-refundable deposit of £100 is required to confirm your place.  Please transfer the funds to sort code: 20-65-20; account no: 83482863; ref: Initials – Spain

If you have any questions or would like further information please don’t hesitate to contact me on laura@ayurvedacorner.co.uk.

May all beings be happy!

Laura x

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