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Workshops 2018/19

Alternative Friday nights and weekends. Come and immerse yourself in 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 0.50p charge will occur due to booking fees) All workshops are booked through Notley Yoga on this page unless otherwise stated)

Below is a quick reference to workshops taking place in May, June, July 2019. For full details keep scrolling






Seasonal Retreat Day | Midsummer Pause

Investment in yourself £65 inc all Yoga, food and refreshments 10.15 – 17.30.

Sunday7th July

A beautiful day to nourish the Body, Breath and Mind.

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? 
If spring is a time of optimism, then should summer be a time where our experience is like a bud waiting to open into a beautiful flower. Our autumn years a time for beautiful colour and a tendency for earlier nights before a winter of quieter times and reflection.

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

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

A delicious homemade Vegetarian lunch is included in the price and all refreshments. 

Ladies only unless coming with a partner (due to partner yoga work)


Next retreat Day 

Autumn Let go | 14th Sept

Winter Hibernation | 17th Nov

Pop up Class | Yoga for teenagers and young adults.

Sat 2nd March 6 -7.30pm £5

This one off class is aimed at Teenagers and Young adults who are about to take GCSEs and A levels.

Giving them some Yoga and Mindfulness tools to take away with them to manage the stress, pressure and anxiety that exams can sometimes bring on.

Using physical postures, breathing and relaxation this class is suitable for every BODY and no experience is needed.

Mel teaches Yoga and Anxiety classes at the centre which has received wonderful feedback from people who need some help in this area of their lives. We all suffer with mental health at some point and Yoga can help us reconnect to ourselves, get out of heads and into the body and breath, helping to bring more clarity and unity to the mind.

This class is dedicated to Young people and parents can drop their children off and pick up at the end.

£5 per person


Yoga and Anxiety 

2nd Friday of the month (apart from April)
Investment in your health £12 

19.30 – 20.45

Fridays, 12th July, 9th Aug, 13th Sept

NO CLASS IN JUNE, but you can find us at the Life Arts Wellbeing festival on 15th and 16th June where we will be teaching free classes all weekend, please see

Yoga generally is good for Anxiety, but this class is aimed at Students and Adults 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.

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. 

12th July

9th Aug 

Restorative Yoga and Gong/Sound Bath


We begin with some gentle Restorative Yoga postures, Vocal toning and breathing in order to open up the body ready to receive the sounds of the Gong and other musical instruments. Led by Leigh we will embark on a mystical, 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

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

Sunday 4th Nov 18

Yin Yoga

Friday 24th May

19.00 – 21.00  £18

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…

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 Sunday Chillout | Effects of the Moon

Spring Wellbeing

12th May

16.00 – 19.00 £32

Honouring the effects of a full moon, noticing how we feel around this time. Its not called Lunacy for no reason!! 

Come and dedicate three hours to yourself this Full Moon, take time to pause, breath and process.

After an initial warming of the body and breath we can dedicate some time to a quiet reflective practise using props to help feel restored.

Ending with a guided relaxation and Gong Bath 


Next sunday chills are, 18th Aug, 27th Oct, 8th Dec 2019


Please book below

3rd Feb 2019

Nikki Slade | Freeing the Inner Voice

Sunday 24th Nov 2019

£70 inc tea/coffee (please bring a light lunch )

Align to your Highest Vibration and express your best Self.
In this creative and uplifting workshop you will;

· Connect with your core sound
· Open up and express your free inner voice.
· Connect to your creative flow
· Transform the blocks to your self expression.
· Align with your key note for all areas of every day life.
What will we do?
· We will chant heart opening mantras together
· You will explore your vocal potential in pairs and in groups.
· You will unleash your full self expression using free mantra sound combined with movement.
· We will explore together sound vibration processes that connect us to the space of Oneness.
· You will leave empowered energized and free with practical tools to raise your vibration every day and fulfil on your dreams.
NB Please note you don’t have to be a singer to attend this workshop everyone is welcome from 18yrs up.

Nikki has been working with chanting and sound as a tool for transformation for 25+ years and it’s one of the most powerful ways to bypass the mind, open your heart and start living your true purpose. It gives you instant access into what I call “the sacred chord”- your inner voice.
Open your heart and plug into your vocal power through the yoga of sound and unwind on the weekend. Kirtan (chanting) does for your insides what a yoga asana class does for your physical body. It is an excellent way for releasing the inner pressure that builds up from our hectic daily schedules. When we chant, we dissolve blockages and stress through the vibrations of the sound. You will leave feeling free, energized , uplifted and joyful for the week ahead.

Yoga Nidra

Friday 12th April

19.00 – 21.00


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, this systematic meditation takes you through the pancha maya kosha (five layers of self), leaving you with a sense of wholeness. No longer do you have to dread spending hours sitting on the floor waiting for meditation, Yoga nidra can serve as a pathway to freedom without creating bodily stress.

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 is an accessible meditation practice that focuses on cultivating multiple levels of well-being. Practiced with consistency and awareness, you may likely discover that you can find a good amount of peace in a short period of time.liberation.



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Kirtan | with Robert Horwell

Sing your Heart out! 

25th May 6pm £18

We are very lucky to have Robert Horwell from Grateful Gong and Retreats come and visit us for this evening of Kirtan. After experiencing a Kirtan with Bob I thought it would be wonderful if he could share it with us at the Centre. I promise this evening with lift your heart and spirit! Its proven that singing and chanting can help with depression and anxiety by lifting our spirits and feeling a deep connection with ourselves and others 

Kirtan is a very different kind of music.  Based on ancient chants, it has the ability to quiet the mind if listened to with intention.  Everyone experiences kirtan differently, and it doesn’t have to be a religious experience.  You can think of it as a sing-along with a leader.  The wallah (leader) sings the mantra, and the audience sings it back.  As you sing with each other you experience a deep connection with the musicians, the other audience members and yourself.  And when the music stops, your mind is quiet.
Kirtan has roots in India, many of the songs are sung in Sanskrit. You can be completely immersed in the sound, with no words to distract the mind.  The magic of the chants can then carry you within.
Kirtan is non-denominational, the Universal language of Spirit, the song of the Soul.

Djembe Drumming 

Good for heart, soul and MIND

  22nd June is WILD DRUMMING £22

(Whitbread Business Centre, Trinity House, 2, Little Waltham, Chelmsford CM3 3FE)

 2nd Nov £18 (Notley Yoga Centre)

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!

Saturday 22nd June Wild Drumming 6pm

Wild Drumming at the Wilderness Foundation, Chatham Green

22nd June 2019


(weather permitting, if its raining then the workshop will be at the centre)

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 last wild drumming was absolutely amazing!!

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Meditation with Naseem

(last Friday of the month)   22nd March, 31st May, 28th June

Fridays 19.30 – 21.00


(class must be pre booked, please pay below)

My journey with yoga started when I was 13 years old when I watched my Mother practising, which helped her asthma. She inspired me to practise. I became a fitness teacher in my 20’s and taught for many years. After attending an Ashtanga yoga workshop in my early 30’s, with encouragement from my Mother, my heart was completely taken. Soon after I found a wonderful Iyengar yoga class with a teacher I will always be grateful to. I attended her classes for more than 15 years and did one year of Iyengar Teacher Training. After being knocked down by a 4x4 in 2007 it was my yoga practice and my Buddhist practice that helped me rebuild my inner strength, realign my spine and regain the full use of my right leg again. When I attended one of Leigh’s classes I felt a deep connection with myself through movement and breath she took us through and I was re inspired. After over 20 years of practising yoga I decided to do my Teacher Training in India, the Country of my Mother and Fathers birth, and my roots. It was a deeply powerful experience.

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.


Friday 31st May 

Friday 28th June 7.30pm


Workshops with Victoria Adamson

 (to book your space please email

Victoria qualified as a Sivananda yoga teacher in 1997 at the Dhanwanthari Ashram in Southern India. After gaining a Distinction in teacher-training, Victoria has taught yoga full-time in London and Essex. After further study of Scaravelli and Purna yoga and having attended Advanced level training, Victoria has combined all these disciplines to create a style of yoga that is both intense and holistic, encompassing all the traditions of Raja and Hatha yoga. Victoria has worked with many sportsmen including the Essex cricket team and professional golfers. She also works as a yoga therapist in rehabilitation clinics.

Victoria completed an initial year’s foundation course, and has since achieved post grad level, in Mahat Pranayama under the discipline of Swami Gitananda and now teaches Pranayama as a therapy to alleviate stress related symptoms.

Victoria’s teaching will guide you towards a complete anatomical understanding of each posture and a deeper spiritual awareness of the senses. The combination of improved breath control and guided meditation will contribute to an increased sense of internal and external well-being.

Saturdays 9.00 – 12.00 £30

2019  dates

Feb 10th Mindful Movement and Meditation 

April 6th Pandiculation (tighten, stretch and rest)

May 4th Pranayama and Movement

Aug 10th Summer practise, somatic movement 

Sept 21st Philosophy in Yoga practise

October 19th Pranayama for Teaching

Nov 16th Yoga and Releasing energy for renewal.


Workshop with Naseem


1st June 4- 6pm £18

Take time to Relax, Restore and Renew in this two hour afternoon journey of the heart

We all need, and deserve time and space to pause .. To Breathe .. To Surrender and let go

Breath is life .. Gentle movement with breath helps us, guides us, encourages us like a friend, to soften and surrender to ourselves .. with loving kindness

We will journey to our hearts, beginning with Chanting, and Pranayama (breath) to lift our spirits and connect to ourselves. Slowly, mindfully, moving our bodies in ways that feel good for us, in relaxed and restorative asana we will begin to quietly awaken.

As we open and soften, tension and stress begin to melt away from our bodies and our minds and we experience peace and calm.

To complete, you will be guided through a meditation and a healing savasana to bring you into complete relaxation

You will leave with a gift to hold close to your heart

Investment gift to yourself £18

This will be a smaller group so
Places are limited and booking your space is encouraged.

Phone: 07906 653 666 to book your space.

‘Love yourself as you are.’


Summer Flow

 Fiery Flow class and Yoga Nidra with Mel

Friday 19th July, 7pm – 9pm, Notley Yoga Centre, £18.

 This strong and flowing class is designed to build heat in the body. As we strengthen our inner fire through core work, twists and breathing practices, we activate the Manipura chakra – the energy centre found at the solar plexus, associated with willpower, self confidence, motivation and digestive fire – giving us the boost we need to feel inspired, energetic and cleansed this summer. After a 75-minute class, we will take a well-deserved relaxation with a guided yoga nidra while you rest in savasana. Yoga nidra is a guided meditation intended to induce total physical, mental and emotional relaxation. It is believed that one hour of yoga nidra gives the same rest as four hours of sleep.

To book, contact Mel on 07816 474096 or email



Yoga and Meditation 
with Jenny

Saturday 6th July 2019
2:30 – 4:30pm £20

I have nurtured a love and passion for yoga for many 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 tranquillity.

To reserve your place please contact Jenny on 01376 330917 or 07761951867

Wall Yoga

to be confirmed 10.30 – 1.30pm £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!

As many of you know, I love Wall Yoga and we often practise this in class. 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 14 people

An uplifting three hours on a Saturday morning.

Partner Yoga 

date to be confirmed

11.00 – 1.30pm £22 (per person)

Partner Yoga is such good fun and can be challenging at times so it requires trust. It gives you the chance to let someone receive your weight and to fully let go. It can awaken an inner oasis of deep peace, where we relate with another, and with our-self, through trust and stability. We can gain more strength, balance, endurance, elasticity and fluidity by allowing another person to guide us deeper into our individual possibilities, we often reach new realms of openness and softness. When working together you may find it can help you increase your flexibility in a pose like forward fold or help stabilise your balance and act as a counter-weight for one-legged standing poses like tree. We can also learn so much by assisting our partner.

Incorporating partner work and some thai Yoga massage techniques it will leave you feeling physically, energetically and mentally very relaxed.

Appropriate for all ranges of experience, and all relationships from friends to partners, and children  You can come together or partner up with someone when you get here.

(Open to men and woman as couples but only to woman if your coming alone as it may not be appropriate for some ladies partnering a man they don’t know)