Workshops 2024

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 nonrefundable (if the space can be filled then a voucher is offered). All workshops are booked through Notley Yoga on this page unless otherwise stated

to book Monthly Gong Baths see Book a Gong Bath page

Gong Meditation | Yoga Nidra | Conscious Relaxation

Thurs 23rd May 7 - 8.30pm 

In the Light of the Full Moon.

 

Working seasonally to help balance the body, breath, and mind.

Blending Gentle Yoga, Yoga Nidra, and seasonal visulisations with the meditative sounds and vibrations of the Gongs (this is not a full on Gong Bath)

A deeply relaxing experience for the participants using the power of Nidra to guide us back to our true nature.

The Gongs will be deliberately slow and gentle as it lulls us into a deep meditative state.

Allowing ourselves to drop into gravity and into the slower brain waves. Encouraging us to delve deeper into ourselves and preparing us to go inwards

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 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.

Suitable for all abilities and beginners welcome

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Summer Full Moon Gong Bath

Sun 21st July

The Summer Full Moon Gong Bath, featuring several Gong players. The arrangement will be unique, with participants inside a circle surrounded by the Gongs. The Gong Players will perform around you throughout the session.
Summer provides an opportunity to pause, reflect on our current position, and assess our feelings about the first half of the year as well as our expectations for the remaining half.
Additionally, there will be an opportunity to enjoy a cup of tea and a biscuit afterwards.
Please note, due to this unique setup, we will be hosting the event at a different location, approximately 15 minutes towards Chelmsford. It's a stunning venue with lovely grounds.
Arrival 6.15pm
Start 6.30pm
Finish around 7.45pm
Leave by 8.30pm
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Soulful Singing & Mantra with Mahasukha

Sun March 17th 2024 10.30 - 4.30pm £65

Soulful Singing and Mantra Day with Mahasukha

"When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.” ~ Rumi

African, sacred, uplifting and fun harmony singing and mantra with the unique and inspiring Mahasukha. Sing glorious 4 part-harmony songs from around the world with infectious djembe rhythms from Mahasukha. A joyful, meditative and devotional day guaranteed to put a smile on your face and uplift your heart and soul. Beautiful harmonies, beautifully simple, simply magic! As well as Soulful Singing, the day will include chanting a meditative and devotional mantra,creating a magical atmosphere.

I met Mahasukha at a festival in the summer sharing his Soulful Singing workshops. To say I was blown away was an understatement! The way he brought complete strangers together, creating beautiful harmonies was just mesmerising. I contacted him on my return and asked if he could come to the studio and offer a workshop. We are very lucky that he said YES! I cannot recommend this workshop enough.

Whether you sing in the shower for fun, never sang at all, whether you are confident with your voice or absolutley terrified you will get something out of this day. It could be freedom in your voice or just the total connection with other human beings (and hopefully both) I guarantee you will feel uplifted at the end of the day.

No singing experience necessary, just an openness to experience something amazing.

I promise this day will be one you remember!

Please book below

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Seasonal Afternoon Retreat | Beltane Energy!

Sun 5th May 12 - 5pm

Investment in yourself £60 (inc refreshments and cake)

Using the Power of Beltane and its fire energy  to manifest our intentions. The earth is now vibrant and bursting with energy as we head towards Summer.

Spring is a time for Growth, Yang energy, and 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 let go of what isn’t serving us anymore and remove obstacles as we move with the seasons. Think of the changing of seasons as time for renewal, this constant shedding as the seasons change helps us to let go so we continue to grow and transform.

So why not Invest some time for your SELF…a whole afternoon of raising our energy and vibration with
Intention setting
Mantra
Asana (postures)
Pranayama (breath)
Yoga Nidra (conscious relaxtion)
Gongs, Bowls and other amazing instrument's
The afternoon will leave you feeling uplifted and ready for the coming week

We have the afternoon dedicated to ourselves, time to delve deeper and inquire further.

We break for 45 mins for tea and cake!

Happy woman standing with her back on the sunset in nature in summer with open hands

Please book below

Yin Yoga & Gong Bath | Spring Practice

New moon Yin Thurs 6th June, Fri 12th July, Fri 23rd Aug, Fri 13th Sept

7 – 9.30pm £30

Working seasonally with the five element path. 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.

Restorative Yoga and Gong Bath

Fri 20th Sept, Fri 18th Oct, Fri 22nd, Fri 13th Dec

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 sandbags we will marinade 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 trigger 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 practice we are ready to receive the sounds of the Gong and other musical instruments. Led by Leigh we will embark on a deep 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 well-being 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

 

Blindfold Yoga | Pratyhara, Sense Withdrawal

Thurs 13th June 7.30 - 9pm

£18

A little piece of quiet as we head towards the Summer Solstice. A good time to go inwards and reflect on the past 6 months, asking oursleves 'how do we feel'
Pratyahra, gaining mastery over external influences.” It has been compared to a turtle withdrawing into its shell—the turtle’s shell is the mind and the turtle’s limbs are the senses. The term is usually translated as “withdrawal from the senses,”
In a world of information overload, this practice offers us a haven of silence. Savasana is a state of pratyhara, the gradual relaxation of the body and then the mind (through 5 koshas) Pratyhara is the state where you register the sounds around you but they don't disturb you, a state of no reaction.
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A great way to increase the state of pratyhara is through withdrawing the senses, one of which is sight, when using blindfold other senses are sharpened, and we may tune into the body's feelings, sensations, and functions. You won't be looking at the person next to you and what they are doing! Your attention will be fully focused on your body, mind, and breath…you will be fully integrated. Once the practice is over you may find you go deeper into meditation than you have before. You will also have absolute gratitude for your sight.
This is a very experiential workshop and one not to be missed. Feedback on these workshops has been amazing over the years with many people wishing they could practice in this way all the time.

Monthly Mindfulness & Meditation with Naseem

7 - 8.30pm £15 (time change from Jan 2024 to 7 - 8.30pm)

‘Meditation Relaxation’ ‘There is no end goal, only new beginnings.’ Meditation is an awareness of each present moment. Whether we are moving or in stillness. Following the natural, gentle rhythm of each breath, moment by moment, we are able to let go of trying, expectations, and goals, and just be.

As we journey with one breath, the next breath naturally flows, and we discover within us inner peace and calm. After taking a few moments to be still and connect with ourselves, we will move slowly and gently with the breath, to unravel, hidden stresses and tensions within the body, relaxing into restorative postures where we will pause for a few moments giving ourselves permission to let go and surrender.

Using blankets and pillows to support us we can enter a deeper relaxation which will prepare us for a guided meditation at the end. We will use different breath techniques to bring balance, clarity of mind, and calm the nervous system. These are techniques you can use in your daily life to help restore balance and feel peace and calm.

During the class, I will introduce you to a Buddhist Mantra. Mantra is another way of meditating. It is active, powerful, and uplifting and has a deep effect on shifting and transforming blocked energy. We always finish in Savasana with a guided meditation.

Join me for a journey of the heart ?

Wall Yoga | A Supportive Practice

Fri 24th May 7 -9.30pm

From opening the body to stabilizing a pose, and 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 being 2.5 hours we can take more time to explore each posture and its feelings and sensations. Plenty of time for discussing each pose and the effects it has on you physically and mentally.

The class limited to 12 people

Saturday Sangha | Seasonal Themes | With Sue

Sat 24th Feb, 25th May, 21st Sept, 26th Oct, 30th Nov, 2024

2 - 4pm

These special workshops are all about taking some time out to relax, recharge and reset. With gentle and restorative yoga postures, healing breathwork, time to reflect with herbal tea and chocolate, and a soothing yoga nidra or guided relaxation to finish. These regular Saturday workshops are suitable for all, no experience of yoga is required, just a desire to stop the world and rest!
Be lovely to have you there...Sue xx

Book your space here, https://thehealingtreeinessex.co.uk/#prices scroll down to Saturday Sangha or contact here 07811 579209

Rest & Restore | With Naseem

Sat 27th April, Sat 5th Oct
2pm - 4.30pm

An afternoon of restorative yoga to bring inner peace, rest and healing to the mind, body and heart.

Unravelling the body of hidden stress, tension and exhaustion through gentle movement and balanced Breath, and resting in restorative postures, we begin to surrender and let go. We complete with a guided relaxation meditation to leave you feeling both rested and restored.

We don't always know what we are holding onto, and that's okay. We can just be willing to be on the journey and experience whatever is presented to us.  'There is no end goal, only new beginnings.'

Notley Yoga Centre is a place of peace and calm, a safe space to just be. With underfloor heating and all equipment provided, just bring yourself.I teach in a very gentle, mindful way, embracing each person's uniqueness and ability. Do call me if you have any queries.

There will be time at the end for Chai, Chocolate, mince pies and Indian sweets

Booking and payment in advance please. Thank you, as there are limited spaces.

To Book: Please message or call Naseem on: 07906653666

Saturday Sanctuary | With Elaine

Twice monthly workshops 
6th Jan, 20th Jan, 3rd Feb, 17th Feb, 9th March 23rd March, 4th May 8th June 2024

Being in harmony with the rhythms of nature

It’s November already, and as we embrace the darkness, perhaps you recognise that it’s time for you, like nature, to slow down.

Saturday Sanctuary.

Two hours of Yin and Restorative Yoga.

Of self love and connection, to leave you feeling deeply relaxed and nourished.

No yoga experience is needed to enjoy the benefits of this class.

Please email me to book your space or to enquire;
eyoga@outlook.com
Elaine x

Betwixt | Yoga & Gong

Sat 28th Dec 2024

9.30 - 11am & 7 - 8.30pm

Between Christmas and New year is a funny time. Christmas is over and we are waiting for New Year so we are Betwixt!
Most of the classes at the studio have closed for the Christmas holidays but I thought we might need a little practise at the mid point!
This class will include a gentle flowing start to get our bodies and digestive system moving followed by some restful postures to leave us feeling more refreshed! There will be a little Gong at the end to get the cells fluffed up and the good vibes flowing.
Hope you can join me
Leigh

 

Nam Myho Renge Kyo | A Journey to the Heart Mantra Workshop

Sat 9th Sept 7pm

Join us for an evening of uplifting, joyful Mantras. The chanting Nam~Myoho~Renge~Kyo and the philosophy behind it.

Anyone can Chant. You don’t have to be a Buddhist to chant. It’s universal and embraces all people and everything.

We will begin with some gentle breathwork and a little movement to help us unravel and relax.
I will then take you on a journey of how Nam Myoho Renge Kyo came to be.

  • The meaning of each word
  • The sound of each word (we will do this together)
  • The philosophy behind the mantra and the profound, powerful, transformative effect it has on us, physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and universally.
  • How chanting raises our vibrational levels, our life force, and affects us, and those around us, in deeply positive ways.
  •  I am happy to share with you, a short experience of my journey of chanting and inner transformation.
  •  We will then go on a journey of chanting together, with the wonderful support of Leigh playing Shruti while we chant.

After, we will take a few moments to sit quietly, breathe, observe, and reflect.

There will be time to share your thoughts and feelings if you wish to.

I am so excited and grateful to go on this journey with you, Naseem

Djembe Drumming

Good for heart, soul and MIND

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, releases 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 body's own morphine-like painkillers, 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 don't have to have any experience to join this workshop. and no rhythm is necessary!

Please book below

Wild Drumming | Early Summer Celebration.

tbc

(weather permitting if it's raining then the workshop will be at the center)

The Drum has been part of everything since time began. Part of ancient celebrations & ceremonies 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 capture 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 campfire, be with nature, and Drum….a wonderful experience and not be missed.
As you can see below our wild drumming events have been amazing!!