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Book a Workshop 2020

Workshops 2021

Covid update. We are very pleased to say, all being well, the studio should be re opening on Monday17th May! Workshops and Gong Baths for after this date can now be booked. We will still have restrictions in place (social distancing, hand sanitiser, mask to mat etc) and limited students but we hope these can ease very gradually in the future.

We cannot wait to Welcome you back into the studio, you have been so missed. 

Alternative Friday nights and weekends. Come and immerse yourself in Gong Baths, Retreat Days, Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Drummimg and more at the Centre.

All workshops take place at Notley Yoga Centre, Slamseys Barn, Blackley Lane, Great Notley, Essex

Tickets are non refundable (Unless the space can be sold on) A small charge will occur due to booking fees. All workshops are booked through Notley Yoga on this page unless otherwise stated.

 

 

Seasonal Retreat Day | Midsummer Pause

Sun 4th July 10.30 – 5.30pm

Investment in yourself £65 s (inc vegetarian lunch and refreshments)

Pausing at Midsummer – to let go and surrender.

Spring is a busy time physically and mentally, lots of new intentions and growth in ourselves and in the natural world.

So Midsummer is a perfect opportunity for us to pause and evaluate where we are. How the year is progressing…how the seeds we have planted and the projects we have started are progressing.

This pause in the middle of our year is a time where we get to evaluate if we are moving in the right direction. Do our actions make us happy?

So as we stand on the threshold of the year we can reflect on the past 6 months and what challenges we may have faced, but also think about what we might want to nurture and grow in the coming months.

The ancient greeks used to celebrate midsummer as their new year! New intentions!

As always letting go of what isn’t serving us anymore and removing obstacles as we move with the seasons. Think of the changing of seasons as time for renewal, this constant shedding as the seasons change help us to let go so we continue to grow and transform.

This retreat day will include a vibrant morning followed by a relaxed and a gentle afternoon practise, taking time to pause and honour the summer and its warmth. Finishing with a soothing Gong Bath

So why not Invest some time for your SELF…a whole day of raising our energy and vibration with asana (postures), pranayama (breath) and healing sound of the Gongs will leave you feeling uplifted and ready for the coming week.

 

 

Yin Yoga & Gong Bath | The Way of Surrender

Friday 13th August 7 – 9.30pm

Investment in yourself £23

After the chaos of the past year this 2 1/2 hour class will be a perfect way to tune out of the head and get into the body. We are in the realm of the darker half of the year…welcome to the Yin side.

Yin Yoga postures are held for longer (up to 3 -5 mins) with emphasis on connective tissues rather than muscles. When holding the posture for longer we work on the deep tissues/fascia allowing energy to be freed up in the body. Mainly floor based postures are used in this style of Yoga. Yin Yoga is for you if you are tired, over-stimulated, when your energy is too erratic, your mind overactive, whether you are craving for energy or you feel you have too much of it. We tend to live in a busy world on computers/phones/laptops etc, The mind gets used to that amount of information and starts to crave stimuli if it gets quiet. So you end up browsing, looking for stuff, it doesn’t matter what as long as you fill the gaps. Gaps we really should allow to stay empty to find some sort of down time – for the mind to stop and for you to just be. So give yourself a couple of hours to just ‘be’ in the body…

The perfect to end our Yin Yoga is with a Gong Journey. As everything is vibrating so are we, sometimes we can become out of tune in either mind body or spirit and dis-ease can start to take hold. Through the healing frequencies of sound therapy our bodies can be brought back in tune and we can begin to feel healthy and balanced once more. 

 

 

 

Monthly Yoga and Anxiety 

Friday 18th June 8 -9.30pm
Investment in your health £12

Yoga generally is good for Anxiety, but this class is aimed at people who are dealing with high levels of stress and anxiety. Learning a variety of different ways to be able to deal with this in their every day lives. No experience necessary and every body is welcome inc teenagers.

Anxiety and stress affects most people at some point in their lives, but for an increasing number of people, chronic stress and anxiety have a debilitating affect on their day-to-day lives. Anxiety wreaks havoc on the mind and body, leaving sufferers tired, tense, fearful and completely overwhelmed.
In this Yoga and Anxiety workshop we will explore practical methods to calm the mind and nervous system through gentle breathing exercises, yoga postures and guided relaxation. You will go away with the tools to help manage your anxiety at home, work, school or university.
Mel will share her personal experience of living with anxiety, and explain how her yoga practice has helped alleviate her physical anxiety symptoms (chest pain, palpitations, breathing difficulties and dizziness) as well as helping her stay relaxed in times of stress.
In this busy and hectic world where we are permanently “switched on”, it’s important we make time to be still, to reconnect our minds with our bodies. Through yoga and relaxation we can slow the body down, release the mind from its habitual tendencies, and rediscover our true potential.

 

 

The Sunday Service | Spring & Summer Growth

Sun 23rd May & 6th June 4 – 7pm

Investment in your wellbeing £28

Spring and Early Summer are time for personal Growth. Yang energy, Moving forwards. So using the power of Prana – life force, intake, inspiration, propulsion, forward momentum we will focus energy on things we want to grow.
 
As always letting go of what isn’t serving us anymore and removing obstacles as we move with the seasons. Think of the changing of seasons as time for renewal, this constant shedding as the seasons change help us to let go so we continue to grow and transform.
 
After this challening year why not not invest some time for your SELF… using asana (postures), pranayama (breath) and healing sound of the Gongs you will leave feeling uplifted and ready for the coming week.
 

 

Wall Yoga | A Supportive Practice 

Sunday 15th August 10 – 1pm

 Investment in your yourself £28

From opening the body to stabilising a pose, finding strength and support at the wall. There are many ways the wall can assist you in your yoga practice. It can help you find stability in a balance and help you discover great alignment to get the most out of the pose. It can teach us how it should ‘feel’ and less about just trying to stay upright!

This workshop is going to take us a little deeper and because it three hours long we can take more time to explore each posture and delve a little deeper. Plenty of time for discussing each pose and the effects it has on you physically and mentally.

Class limited to 12 people

An uplifting three hours on a Sunday morning.

 

Restorative Yoga and Gong Bath | Gratitude

Sunday 3rd October

Investment in your relaxation £23

Working seasonally with the body/mind using Restorative Yoga. We are naturally turning inwards as we enter into the month of October. We can bring Gratitude into this practice, looking at how far we have come these past 18 months and feeling grateful we made it! Gratitude for the abundance of the years harvest and our own personal growth. 

Slows Down the Pace of Life
Restorative yoga is an excellent opportunity to disconnect from the frenetic activity of daily life and let your speedometer return to 0 mph. It offers a welcome respite among all the turbulence of life and helps to prepare the mind and body for the inward stroke of meditation and deepened awareness. Moving slowly through the poses allows you to explore your mind and body at a steady and natural tempo. Using props eg Bolsters, blocks, blankets and sand bags we will marinade in each posture for at least five minutes, allowing the body and mind to surrender.
Soothing to the Nervous System
The slower pace and deep breathing that you get in a restorative yoga class triggers the parasympathetic nervous system from the very first pose. This activation helps to mitigate the effects of the regular fight-or-flight stress response that can be damaging to your physiology and well-being. The overall calming effect on the nervous system sets a deeply relaxing tone for the class that comforts your whole being

Once the body is open and receptive after the Yoga practise we are ready to receive the sounds of the Gong and other musical instruments. Led by Leigh we will embark on a deeply meditative journey. The Gong bathes the entire body in powerful sound vibrations or tones, which can affect you at an energetic and cellular level. When the gong is played with intention profound healing can occur. A gong bath is a very relaxing experience and can be very effective in dealing with stress, creating a sense of wellbeing and peace. Participants often receive clarity about issues they are experiencing and the new wave of energy a gong bath produces can create positive change on all levels

 

 

Yoga Nidra & Gong | Midweek Yogic Sleep

Wednesday 26th May & 23rd June 8 – 9.30pm

Investment in your wellbeing £12

A perfect mid week relaxation class to help you feel more refreshed to finish the week! 

Yoga nidra, or yogic sleep as it is commonly known, is an immensely powerful meditation technique, and one of the easiest yoga practices to develop and maintain. While the practitioner rests comfortably in savasana (supine), this systematic meditation takes you through the pancha maya kosha (five layers of self), leaving you with a sense of wholeness. A deeply relaxing experience as we navigate conscious relaxation.

A samskara (mental groove) is formed by a repetitive thought or habit that is deepened in the mind and body, creating a mental impression (groove) over time. These impressions can cause negative reactions and emotions which prevent a unification of the five layers (koshas) of one’s self. If these negative emotions continue to plague you, the mental/emotional layer of the self is unable to integrate with the other layers: physical, energetic, higher wisdom, and bliss body. This is where yoga nidra can be especially helpful.

A sankalpa (positive statement) can be used as an intention within the yoga nidra practice. You might come into the practice knowing what you would like to work on. The intention, often prompted by the teacher, is then set at the beginning of the practice. When a samskara then arises during the practice, you may touch upon the feelings that arise, and then allow yourself to experience these feelings more and more.

By working with this method (and feeling secure throughout the journey), with each subsequent practice you move deeper into a samskara, are better able to understand your reaction, and then ultimately can allow the samskara to release into the ocean of consciousness. At that point, it is no longer a deep impression. You are liberated from the samskara!

 Yoga Nidra can serve as a pathway to freedom without creating bodily stress that seated meditation sometimes can. 

Starting with a short yoga practise to prepare us for the 40 min Nidra…we are then gently awoken with the sounds of the Gongs.

Suitable for all abilities and beginners welcome 

 

Movement & Meditation with Naseem

Last Friday of the month 19.30 – 19.45

£10

Meeting Buddhism over 30 years ago remains a treasured gift that has taken me on a journey of the heart.

The once a month Meditation and Mindfulness, class I will be sharing with you, will embrace some Buddhist chanting, a Mantra I chant everyday. It is a mantra that uplifts, centres, opens and revives, bringing a sense of being centred and a quiet peaceful inner joy. I will take you through some gentle movement to open the heart, and bring awareness to our body. Through gentle breath you will become aware of the present moment and quiet the mind. There will be time to share experiences or ask questions if you wish.

I hope together, we can experience a beautiful journey of the heart.
Naseem

 

Book below for Studio class 

 

Wild Drumming | Early Summer Celebration. 

Sat 5th June, Wilderness Foundation, Chatham Green
£20
(weather permitting, if its raining then the workshop will be at the centre)

The Drum has been part of everthing, since time began. Part of ancient celebration & cermonies weaving its magic into our DNA in all cultures. Humans have also long been drawn to fire,  our ancient ancestors used it for warmth, protection and cooking and the flickering flames draw us in and captures our attention. There is an instinctual desire to make rhythmic noise and there is no doubt it makes us feel good!

 Drumming around the fire pit can be a deeply moving and uplifting experience, connecting to something deeper within us but also connecting as human beings together…its a tribal feeling that we have lost in the West. 

We are very lucky to have an area for some Wild Drumming only 5 mins from Great Notley. A beautiful space under the trees and stars to get back to our Tribal Roots. Using Djembe and Frames drums we can sit around the camp fire, be with nature and Drum….a wonderful experience and not be missed.
As you can see below our wild drumming events have been amazing!!

 

Djembe Drumming 

Good for heart, soul and MIND

Date to be confirmed 

Whilst the emphasis on all Jambeats drum circles is fun, there is also an element of straightforward learning and this is delivered by Pete from Jambeats, an accomplished musician and teacher. He holds circles together and offers to share his love of music and drums with us all. No experience is necessary and all Drums are supplied.

Drumming induces deep relaxation, lowers blood pressure, produces feelings of well-being, a release of emotional trauma and reduces stress. Stress, according to current medical research, contributes to nearly all diseases and is a primary cause of such life-threatening illnesses as heart attacks, strokes and immune system breakdowns. Chronic pain has a progressively draining effect on the quality of life.
Research suggests that drumming serves as a distraction from pain and grief. Specifically, drumming promotes the production of endorphins and endogenous opiates, the bodies own morphine-like pain killers, and can thereby help to control pain.

Community effects of Drumming – Drum Circles also provide an opportunity for participants to feel connected with others and gain a sense of interpersonal support. A drum circle provides an opportunity to connect with your own spirit at a deeper level. Group drumming alleviates self-centeredness, isolation and alienation. There are great benefits to feeling connected to others, especially those in similar situations. Specific studies show: Creates a sense of connectedness with self and others. Helps us experience being in resonance with the natural rhythms of life and provides a medium for individual self-realization

I Personally find drumming exciting and uplifting, you dont have to have any experience to join this workshop. and no rhythm is necessary!

Please book below 

 

Yoga and Meditation Workshop

with Jenny

 

Saturdays 2021 2pm – 4pm  £20

 6th March, 12th June, 11th September

I have nurtured a love and passion for yoga over the years and have been fortunate to share this with the many people who have attended my classes. Join me for an afternoon of calm and relaxation in beautiful surroundings,  away from your busy life. Our gentle yoga session will lead into meditation to include breathing techniques, visualisation and mindfulness, leaving  you with a feeling of peace and tranquility.

  Contact Jenny on 01376 330917 or  07761951867

 

 

Introduction to the Gong

Date to be confirmed for 2021

11am– 17.30 at The Barley Barn, Slamseys, Essex 

Would you like to Embark on a Personal Journey with Sound and learn to play the Gongs in a beautiful environment with dedicated Sound Practitioners Leigh and Lexi.

This workshop will enable you to experience the Gongs first hand and be able to introduce them into your everyday life and home.
Designed for the absolute beginner and no previous experience is necessary.

This workshop is primarily for personal practise a full practitioners course will follow soon.
-Free flowing workshop bespoke to the group and their experience.
-Learn basic principles of Gong playing, its benefits and how to use sound constructively in your life.
-Plenty of hands on participation with Gongs and other instruments.

Investment in yourself £125

If you would like any further info please contact info.gongschool@gmail.com