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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 Jan, Feb and March 2019. For full details keep scrolling. 



Seasonal Retreat Day | Spring Awakening!

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

Sunday10th March

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

Spring is on its way and the Spring equinox is round the corner, bringing light and dark into balance once again. Its a very exciting time of the year, a Fresh Start, as we feel nature starting to stir, to wake up from its winter hibernation. We are still far from the Summer warmth but we can feel the change coming.

This retreat day will give you time to set your intentions, plant your spring seeds ready to bloom in the summer. Starting to wake up the body with vital spring prana in the morning and a gentle afternoon practise of balance, mantra, pranayama and finishing with a revitalising 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.

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



Next retreat Day 

Summer Warmth | 6th July

Autumn Let go | 14th Sept

Winter Hibernation | 17th Nov

Six week introduction to Meditation

with Naseem 

Starting Thursday 31st Jan – 7th March 18.30 – 19.30

Investment in your health is £48

This short course will introduce you to various Meditation techniques so you can find the ones that suit you best. 

People are often ‘put off’ by the word meditation as they have visions of sitting crossed legged for hours at a time trying to still the monkey mind (which sometimes it is) BUT not all meditations is like this. We can use various techniques including gentle postures, breathing and mindfulness to help us feel more settled in this busy world. 

How the course will run

Week 1
Intro to Breath. The key to connecting to ourselves.
Breathe .. Pause .. Ending with a
Loving kindness body scan .. Feel Inner Peace

*Week 2
Tadasana ‘Mountain Pose’ Meditation
‘Walk as if the souls of your feet are kissing the earth.’
Wherever you are, on a train, in a supermarket, learn how to connect with your breath, soften within, & feel at peace.

*Week 3
Mantra, Chanting, Affirmation. The power of sound & vibration through our own voice, thoughts, words, & action.
Revive, feel empowered. Now is the moment.

*Week 4
Moving Meditations
Opening the heart with breath, movement and intention.
A beautiful way to open, and invite more joy into our lives.

*Week 5
Visualisation Meditation.
A wonderful way to create, invite gratitude & also release, let go & set ourselves free.

*Week 6
Bringing it all together.
We will journey to the centre of ourselves with breath, movement, chanting, Visualisation. Ending with a guided relaxation.

Please book below 

Six week Introduction to Vinyasa Yoga 

with Mel


Course starts 13th Feb – 20th March  20.00 – 21.15

Investment is £48

Teaching you the essence of Vinyasa Flow (sequencing). This Dynamic class synchronises movement with breath in a fluid style. Building heat, stamina, flexibility and strength. As always finishing with a relaxation. This course is suitable for beginners (if you have any health issues please inquire first).

*FREE TASTER SESSION* on Wednesday 6 February, with the option to sign up for a six-week course afterwards. No obligation.

”Vinyasa yoga is a flowing style of yoga, where you move fluidly from one posture to the next, all linked together with the breath. As you work through the six weeks, you will be introduced to the fundamental elements that make up a vinyasa class, such as breath awareness, synchronising movements with the breath, sun salutations, standing and seated postures, classic vinyasa transitions, as well as the importance of savasana (relaxation). The course will end with a full 75-minute vinyasa class, incorporating all the techniques you will have learned”

Perfect for complete beginners and those looking to revisit the basics of yoga.

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Twist and Glo | Reboot and Flo  
New year, New energy!

Sunday 13th Jan 14.00 – 16.00 | £30 (inc 500ml juice)

Yoga and Juice afternoon with Leigh and Beth from Juicy Glo

We start with a 90 min gentle flowing, twisting class in order to wake up the digestive system after the possibility of over indulgence of Christmas and New Year! Beth will then give us a short talk about juicing and its benefits and how its helped her over the years. You also get a 500ml bottle of juice to take away with you.

At Juicy Glo Beth makes different combinations of juices so her customers can experience the many benefits to a vegetables and fruit juice. Each week the combination changes. Take a look at her facebook for more details

The class is suitable for everyone but if you have any injuries/health problems please check first.

Kirtan | with Robert Horwell

Saturday 6th April  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 Robert 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!

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.

Yoga and Anxiety 

2nd Friday of the month
Investment in your health £12

Fridays 11th Jan, 8th Feb, 8th March 2019

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. 

8th Feb 

8th March 

Restorative Yoga and Gong/Sound Bath

Sunday 4th November 14.00 – 17.00  £30

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

Saturday 30th March 2019 19.30 – 21.30  £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 | How do you feel?

Winter Wellbeing

3rd Feb

16.00 – 19.00 £32

So here we are, Christmas and New Year have gone, do we still have the energy we created for our New Year intentions or has it dwindled just a little? Taking some time to reflect on how we feel (without judgement) and reconnect to ourselves.

Come and dedicate three hours to yourself this February, 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, 30th June, 18th Aug, 27th Oct, 8th Dec 2019


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3rd Feb 2019

Nikki Slade | Freeing the Inner Voice

March 24th 2019 | 10.30 – 16.30

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

Nikki will be leading a day workshop to help us free the inner voice to help us with our own voice work and teachings.

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 weekend ahead.

Yoga Nidra

Friday 18th Jan 2019

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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Djembe Drumming 

Good for heart, soul and MIND

16th March  18.00 – 20.00

 22nd June, 2nd Nov 2019 £18

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 16th March  2019 18.00 – 20.00

Wild Drumming at the Wilderness Foundation

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)  25th Jan 29th Feb, 22nd March, 26th April 2019

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 25th Jan 

Friday 22nd Feb 

Friday 22nd March


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

June 15th Listening to the nervous system

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

Awaken the Joy from Within – March 2nd 3 – 5.30pm

Please book directly with Naseem Telephone 07906653666 Thank you


Chakra Workshop with Mel 

Create inner balance and harmony – a chakra-inspired flow workshop:

Saturday 26 January 2019, 6pm-8pm, £18

In this two-hour workshop we will learn to tap into the power of the body’s seven energy centres, known as chakras. Using yoga to balance your chakras helps with mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing and growth.

We will start with an introduction to the seven energy centres, then move through a gentle flow class which will incorporate poses, breathing practices and affirmations to engage, activate and bring balance to each chakra, working from the root up.

We will end with a guided relaxation so you can fully absorb the energy of the workshop

Please contact Mel to book a space


Reignite your personal power workshop

With Nicola Codling 

Saturday 19th January 2019 from 1pm – 6:45pm

Make 2019 the year you Reignite your Personal Power in an afternoon transformation workshop with Nicola Codling Life and Empowerment Coach Saturday 19th January 2019 from 1pm – 6:45pm

 New Year £50 Code to quote when contacting to book is NEWYEAR19. 

That’s a MASSIVE 50% off, for a 6 hour transformational workshop that will give you

This workshop has been perfectly structured to support you to reconnect with and reignite your personal power ensuring that you make 2019 a year like no other.

Over the course of this 6-hour intensive workshop you will be guided through 4 coaching sessions covering the following areas;
Part 1 – Reconnect with your authentic self
Part 2 – Free yourself from your limiting beliefs
Part 3 – Identify your personal success formula and optimising yourself for ongoing success
Part 4 – Bringing your dreams to life in 2019

The perfect combination of these key areas will flow together beautifully, empowering you to ignite and connect with your life passions and purpose, freeing you from limitations that have to date prevented you from living the life you know in your heart you truly deserve and desire.

We will explore and supercharge your life experience, skills and knowledge to create your unique success formula! We will develop your success toolkit so that you can design your personal power plan that will allow you to transform the dreams and desires that currently exist in your heart and mind into your lived reality in 2019!

It is time for you to show the world just how magnificent you truly are!

This is a unique opportunity to benefit from 4 coaching sessions in one at a fraction of the price of any coaching package. But the benefits don’t stop there, with an additional special gift voucher from me to all workshop attendees giving 25% off my 1:1 coaching packages to help maintain your momentum in 2019 if desired.

I believe that every woman on this earth should be living her dreams and that is why I have designed this workshop in such a way that means you will start 2019 with unstoppable motivation and determination to turn your dreams into your reality!

Self-investment for the workshop is £150 per attendee or as I’m all about sharing the smiles, book for you and a friend for £250, saving £25 per person!

Be part of a movement empowering women to step into their greatness and live their dreams!

This investment includes;
4 coaching sessions (these sessions alone usually RRP for £380)
Workshop workbook for you to take away. Meaning this is not just an afternoon this is a blueprint that you can revisit and repeat in the future whenever you feel necessary!
10% discount on a future 1:1 coaching package booked with me,
Ongoing support for 2019 through access to The Empowered Women Facebook community where you will find inspirational and motivational content and key tips and tools to support you on your transformative journey,
Subscription to my email circulation list.
Refreshments including healthy, nutritious yet enjoyable snacks.

Places can be secured with a £75 non-refundable deposit per person with full payment required by Friday 5th January 2019. Spaces are limited to a maximum of 12 attendees

To book your place email or call 07725131291

More about me:
I am an ILM Level 7 Accredited Life and Empowerment Coach and NLP Practitioner, living in Mistley Essex. I am passionate about supporting women to transform their lives and live their dreams through the power of coaching. As well as providing 1:1 coaching packages, programme and workshops for women I will also be speaking in the Empowering Women arena at the Best You Expo being held in London Olympia in February 2019, an event which has included inspirational speakers such as Paul McKenna, Jason Vale and Sarah Davison!

I am passionate about transforming lives and helping women to realise that anything is possible! My mission is sharing to motivate, and inspire, self-love so that women can evolve, become their best selves, live their dreams and reveal to the world their beautiful smiles!

Nicola x

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)