Book a Workshop 2020
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 charge will occur due to booking fees) All workshops are booked through Notley Yoga on this page unless otherwise stated.
Introduction to the Gong
9th Feb 2020 (full)
15th March (taking bookings)
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 email@example.com
Seasonal Retreat Day | Spring Awakening!
Investment in yourself £65 inc all Yoga, food and refreshments 10.45 – 17.30
Sunday 29th March
A beautiful day to nourish the Body, Breath and Mind.
Using the Power of Spring Energy to awaken the Inner Fire and set new Intentions.
We may still feel sluggish at this time of year so using the power of Prana – life force, intake, inspiration, propulsion, forward momentum we will focus energy on things we want to grow and awaken this Spring.
Spring is a very exciting time of the year as the Sun is gathering its strength again and we can feel the earth shifting from cold to warmth (gradually). The Spring Equinox is on the 20th so we can harness this energy in our practise to help us wake up, just as the seeds and trees are doing right now.
We can also think about setting new intentions for the new seasons ahead and start the growth period…going from Dormancy to Growth, from Yin to Yang, from Dark to Light!
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 delicious homemade Vegetarian lunch is included in the price and all refreshments.
Ladies only unless coming with a partner (due to partner yoga work)
Kirtan | Spring Vibes
with Emma Goldie
Sat 7th March 6pm £15
Emma brings an uplifting and connecting quality through sound, chanting mantra, rhythm and connecting as one voice. The practice becomes like an internal meditation despite being held within the sound of the group. Mantra is a way of stilling the mind but is easier than meditation as we concentrate on the sound and incorporate the frequency and vibration of the harmonics into our system, with mind body and soul.
Add music, rhythm and community to this and it has a profound effect on the nervous system and our outlook on life. A deeply uplifting experience, everyone must try at least once… you might just like it!
The Kirtan leaders and musicians will guide and support access to find a deeper awareness of presence or freedom, through singing “mantra”, (vehicle of the mind) enabling you to drop out of your head space into the heart, creating a sense of inner joy and connection to oneself. You do not have to be proficient in singing or meditation to attend, your presence is all that is required and let the calming, relaxing session take you to your peaceful place. Kirtan becomes like a meditation.
For each individual it is a unique experience, some finding peace from the pressures of the outside world, some finding inspiration and forgotten or new elements of life that are close to the heart. For others it’s an opportunity to experience the astounding merging effects when we sing together as a group, as one voice, and for some it can give a true insight into the self as an individual and/or as part of something bigger.
Yoga & Gong Bath | Spring Energy
Sunday 15th March 11am -12.30
The Spring equinox is a few days away and we are feeling the shift in the earth…coming out of winter hibernation and growing into Spring!!
Starting with a warming 45 mins physical practise preparing us for a 45 mins Gong Bath, leaving us feeling full of Spring energy and prana!
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Yoga and Anxiety
2nd Friday of the month
Investment in your health £12
19.30 – 9pm
Fridays, 10th Jan, Sat 15th Feb, 13th March, 10th April
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.
10th April (Good Friday)
Bollywood and Bhangra Workshop
Sat 4th April 6 – 8pm £23
We are looking forward to the Bollywood and Bhangra dance workshop with Sarika from ABCD Bollywood !!
They are famous for fun and interactive vibes and are enjoyed by everyone.
Sarika will be showing us how to execute Bollywood moves in an easy and nice manner. It’s a great dance activity that will go with people with all shapes, backgrounds, and abilities. . We promise you wont be able to stop tapping your feet to the rhythm.
Everyone welcome, if you have any health issues please let me know before booking so I can advise further. Please bring some water, we will be getting hot!
Restorative Yoga and Gong Bath
Friday 21st Feb 2020 7 – 9pm
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
Yin Yoga & Gong | Spring Yin
Sat 28th March 6 – 8pm
In spring, those aspects of us that have been dormant over the winter months begin to awaken. Just as nature enters a cycle of renewal, growth and expansion—so does the energy within us.
This practise focuses on the Liver and Gallbladder Meridians, which support the body’s natural digestive and detoxification functions. This practice is all about embracing the opportunity to shed old unwanted layers and making a conscious choice to begin again.
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 Spring Yin 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.
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Sunday Chillout | Spring into Spring
The season of growth and new beginnings
5th April 2020
16.00 – 19.00 £32
The season of new beginnings is upon us. With the arrival of Spring, we shift from the hibernation of the winter months to an awakening of rebirth. Spring invites us to open up, delight in warmer days, and cultivate a spirit of aliveness.
We start to notice how the change of season is effecting your heart, mind, and spirit.
Spring is the time for cleansing the body from the winter’s slumber. In the winter, we have a tendency to get sluggish, and so Spring becomes the opportune time spring clean the body and mind!
This three hour practise will include, setting our Spring intentions, a slow warming practise to get prana flowing followed by a few Restorative poses to replenish ourselves, relaxation and Gong Journey.
A great way to the end the week and start another
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Yoga Nidra | Yoga Sleep
20th March 2020 £18
7 – 9pm
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 one hour yoga practise to prepare us for the 45 min Nidra…we are then gently awoken with the sounds of the Gongs.
Suitable for all abilities and beginners welcome
Meditation with Naseem
(last Friday of the month) 20th Dec, 31st Jan 20, 28th Feb, 27th March, 24th April
Fridays 19.30 – 21.00
(class must be pre booked, please pay below)
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 29th Nov19
Friday 20th Dec 19
Friday 31st Jan 2020
Friday 28th Feb
Friday 27th March
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!
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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!!
Friday Night Feel Good Flow!
With Melanie Rose Yoga
Fri 17th Jan 2020 7.30 – 9.pm
At a time of the year when our energy can be quite low, come and join me for this uplifting flow class, designed to help you unwind from the week – and to ward off those January blues! We will move in a mindful way, synchronising breath with movement, and incorporating heart-opening poses to invigorate the body and mind. The class will end with a guided relaxation, so you can leave feeling fully relaxed yet refreshed for the weekend. Suitable for all levels. £12 – to book, contact Mel on 07816474096 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Leap into your True Self & Surrender Renew Revive
29th Feb 16.00 – 18.00
Join me at the Beautiful Notley Yoga Centre for a restorative afternoon of complete Surrender on this one extra day of life we have the gift of this year, to celebrate, nourish, and love ourselves just as we are.
We will journey, with breath (pranayama), to our heart centre, embracing the present moment with each inhalation and each exhalation, with the awareness that our breath is our anchor back to the present moment whenever our mind wanders .. for we can simply encourage ourselves back to following each inhalation and each exhalation.
Discovering space between each breath as we move gently, opening, softening, releasing, without expectation, but rather with a gentle embracing of where we are in ourselves within the moment.
Giving ourselves permission to pause in restorative postures, with awareness on breath, we will feel tension, stress, trauma,
physical, mental, & emotional, melt away.
‘There is nothing more wonderful than you are … Your life is the most precious treasure…’
We will end with a guided meditation relaxation in savasana.
There will be a light snack provided at the end to nourish you.
Please bring water and a bed pillow.
Investment in yourself £20
Please call me on: 07906653666 to book your space.
pre booking and payment required.
Naseem Elizabeth xxx
Workshops with Victoria Adamson
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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 £35
WORKSHOP dates for 2020:
February 1st ~ Fascia, freedom and release
March 21st ~ Pranayama, energy and Asana
May 2nd ~ Yoga Philosophy, integrating Asana and the principles of the 8 limbs of Yoga
June 13th ~ Mindfulness & Meditation, intelligent Yoga
August 8th ~ Grounding Asana, working from the feet up
September 19th ~ Pranayama, energy and Asana
December 5th ~ Grounding Asana, working from the feet up
£35 ~ non-refundable payment is required when booking on these workshops.
Please call 07957 463050 to book.
Yoga and Meditation
Saturday14th March 2020
2:30 – 4:30pm £20
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 tranquillity.
To reserve your place please contact Jenny on 01376 330917 or 07761951867
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.
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.
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)