Book a Workshop 2018
all workshops take place at Notley Yoga Centre, Slamseys Barn, Blackley Lane, Great Notley, Essex
Tickets are non refundable (Unless another person can take the place)
To view monthly workshops please see below. All workshops are booked through Notley Yoga on this page apart from the ones showing a phone number, they can booked direct with the teacher)
All night Gong Puja at Slamseys Barn, Barley Barn, Great Notley, Essex
Sat 5th May 20.30 to Sunday 6th May 6.30(ish)
Ive always promised a Slamseys Sleep over…so here it is!
The Gong Puja is a meditation ceremony and exercise in consciousness and dreaming, listening to the uninterrupted sound of several gongs during 7.5 hours.
In Buddhism, Puja (Sanskrit & Pali: pūjā) are expressions of “honor and devotional attention.” A Gong Puja is honoring & allowing space for our being’s ability to heal
Swiss mathematician and musician Hans Cousto, who calculated the planetary frequencies used in the planetary gongs today, stated that it took 45 minutes to complete a full sound journey. Yogi Bhajan believed that the gong was the most powerful tool for healing, and that this 45-minute gong session would clear any immediate blocks.
Yogi Bhajan stated that 10 consecutive gong healings would clear most blocks so that the soul could then heal itself He believed this would relieve the body of human suffering to deliver us to our hearts. This is the purpose of the Puja, 10 sessions in one night to deliver optimum healing.
At your our basic level, we are pure energy. Energy is never still, continuously vibrating in wavelengths and frequencies. Each conscious thought or movement is the result of a combination of chemical reactions that resonate and produce many tones and frequencies. The gong is the only instrument that produces tones that resonate so closely with that of our own existence and every cell in the body falls into harmony. The gong clears the path for healing, relaxing the mind and creates a sacred space that welcomes calm into the heart.
On arrival at 8.30pm, you will be able to set your space. Please bring anything you need to make yourself comfortable. An inflatable camping mattress and sleeping bag or blanket is ideal. Feel free to bring along pillows, eye mask and anything else you might like to bring to aid relaxation. We will start with some gentle movement and Mantra to find our own personal vibration.
There will be an opening ceremony, ceremonial tea sharing and we will settle down to commence the puja at 9.30pm.
There will be 4 Gong Masters taking turns in the gong space so an uninterputed flow will continue through until 5am. During this time you are welcome to rest, sleep or meditate within the gong space. Once the Puja has begun we would ask that there is no talking and disruption to your fellow recipients be kept to a minimum. There will be an area in the adjacent building that you can retreat to should you wish for either refreshment or simply some time away should you want to. We would ask you to continue the sacred silence in all areas.
At sunrise and after 7.5 hours of continuous sound the gongs will fade away and the silence, called the Shunyata, is as beautiful and healing as the gongs themselves. On rising you will be invited to partipate in breakfast before you leave.
No experience of Puja or any belief is required to attend this event, simply bring and open heart and mind. We would however suggest that you experience at least one group gong bath or one to one gong healing session beforehand. Although this is not essential it will demonstrate how unique and powerful this experience is. A puja performed is often experienced as a deeply healing and life affirming event the the sonic frequencies invoke physical, emotional and spiritual clearing, cleansing and revitalising effects within the participants.
A puja is a very individual experience, each person in the room will have an experience that is quite different. Trust that your experience will be right for you. Powerful, profound, joyful and deeply moving, it can be a life changing event.
Booking is essential as numbers will be strictly limited. To enable us to facilitate the Puja a payment of £45 will be required to confirm your place.
Please book below
5th – 6th May All night!
Monthly Gong and Sound Bath
2nd Jan, 2nd Feb, 2nd March, 27th April
19.30 – 20.45 Price £18
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. Come and feel the deep relaxation and stress relieving effects of a therapeutic Sound Bath. Using Planetary and Symphonic Gongs, Crystal Singing Bowls, Tibetan Singing Bowls and other instrument’s rich harmonic frequencies you will be bathed in sound while you switch off, feeling the stresses and strains of the day melting away as peace and harmony come singing back to you.
What happens during a Sound Bath
During a Sound Bath you are taken on a sonic meditative journey . While you lie down comfortably with your eyes closed Leigh and Alexis will play various instruments around you known for their vibratory healing frequencies. You are free to relax and drift off where the sound takes you.
How does it work?
We start with a centering breathing practise to bring us to the present moment then therapeutic instruments such as Gongs and Tibetan singing bowls stimulate the alpha and theta brain wave frequencies associated with meditative, clear and peaceful states of mind. If you have any serious health conditions whether physical/mental or emotional then please let us know so we can advise if this practise is suitable for you. If you suffer with Tinitus please let us know. please book below
Friday 2nd March IN THE LIGHT 13.30 – 14.45
Friday 2nd March 19.30 – 20.45
Friday 27th April 19.30 – 20.45
Friday 25th May 19.30 – 20.45
Retreat Day – Awakening the Inner Fire
Sunday £60 inc all Yoga, food and refreshments 10.15 – 17.30.
25th Feb 2018
A beautiful day to nourish the Body, Breath and Mind. We may still feel a little sluggish at this point of the year but as we move towards Spring we can begin to awaken our inner fire, from the slumber of the dark into the light! So we honour the Great Turning of the Wheel heading into the Spring. The day will start with an energising pranayama and asana practise awakening the inner fire followed by a relaxing and rejuvenating afternoon of Restorative, Nidra and Gong…
We have the WHOLE day dedicated to ourselves so there is time to delve deeper and inquire further.
All refreshments and a beautiful homemade vegetarian lunch are provided. Go on, treat your SELF.
(ladies only due to working in partners. Men welcome if coming with a partner)
Please book below for Sunday 25th Feb
Kirtan | with Robert Horwell
Friday 30th March (Good Friday) 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.
Mothers Day | Time for Two
Saturday 10th March 14.00 – 18.00
£84 for two (inc lave stone bracelets, room sprays, tea and cake)
Honouring our Mums on this Mothers Day workshop with Partner Yoga and making some oil infused Lava stone bracelets and room spray.
Partner Yoga is such good fun and can be challenging at times so it requires trust, so what better person to practise with! It gives you the chance to let someone receive your weight and to fully let go. 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. You may just enjoy being together and sharing energy. So take this opportunity for you both to create shared movement together for an uplifting, energising and special afternoon…
Lava Stone beads
Liz from Izhara will be sharing her love of beads and essential oils with us. Using Lava Gemstone Beads which are grounding & calming to make a stretch bracelet. To compliment your bracelet you will take home a small bottle of essential oils that can be used on the lava beads to bring calming properties & wellbeing. A beautiful way to spend the afternoon together creating some lovely memories and your own bracelet (and you will smell good too!)
We end with time to share our experience with tea and cake! The class is suitable for all levels but if you have any health conditions please check before booking. Some of the postures can be strong but most can be modified. Not suitable for under 14s.
Sunday 18th Feb 2018
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)
Restorative Yoga and Gong/Sound Bath
Saturday 20th January 2018 18.00 – 21.00 £28
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
We begin with some Vocal Toning and breathing followed by a deeply relaxing Restorative class. This will 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.
Two and half hours of Yoga followed by a soothing 30 mins of Gong. Only 12 spaces available due to amount of equipment required
Saturday 20th Jan 18.00 – 21.00
23rd Feb 18
19.00 – 21.00 £15
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…
Please book below
Friday 23rd Feb 2018 19.00 – 21.00
Friday 6th 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 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 samskara 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.
Please book below
Friday 6th April 19.00 – 21.00
Reawaken – Sunday Chillout
Sunday 4th March and 1st July
16.00 – 19.00
Spring is nearly here and transitioning gracefully from one season to the next can be a bit of a challenge — especially from winter to spring when most of us are still feeling sluggish or “stuck” from being cooped up indoors. As the seasons change our bodies change, so it’s important that we don’t become stagnant. We need to create balance and healthy circulation in order to move with the seasons. Think of the changing of seasons as time for renewal, a time to wipe the slate, undo some habits and start anew. This constant shedding as the seasons change help us to let go so we continue to grow and transform.
So why not Invest a few hours in your SELF…three hours of Yoga, Relaxation and Sound. A time to Balance, Uplift, Regain!
Concentrating on breath, dynamic, static and of course time to nourish ourselves with some Restorative Yoga. Preparing us ready to be bathed in the Sounds of the Gong….
You will leave feeling deeply relaxed and ready for the week ahead.
We finish with a warming and spicy chai tea….
Please bring at least 2 blankets/blocks and a pillow (under knees) for the Gong bath.
Please book below
Sunday 4th March.
Sunday 1st July
Drumming Workshops at Notley Yoga Centre
Sat 3rd Feb (19.00), 28th April, 22nd Sept 2018 18.00 – 20.00
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. …If you have your own drum then please bring it otherwise you can borrow one.
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!
Saturday3rd Feb 19.00 – 21.00
Saturday 28th April 18.00 – 20.00
Saturday 17th March 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.
Slow Flow – Inner Fire
Sunday 14th January 9.30 – 11.30am £15
Christmas and New Year is time for feasting and celebrating with family and friends but the aftermath can leave us a little stagnant! You may struggle to get back into your normal routine and feel a little depleted of energy.
This slow flowing class will help us to reconnect the body, mind and breath and get the energy flowing again. The body mind isn’t quite ready for the Yang energy of Spring so this class will help us keep the inner fire alight while still honouring the Yin energy in the Winter months.
Using Sun Salutations and slow repetitive asana to connect to our inner fire. As always finishing with Savasana and Gong to absorb the effects of the practise.
Meditation with Naseem
Fridays 9th Feb, 23rd March, 20th April, 11th May, 22nd June
Fridays 19.30 – 20.45
(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 9th February
Friday 23rd March
Friday 20th Arpil
Wild Drumming at the Wilderness Foundation
26th May 2018 17.00 – 19.00 (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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Workshops with Victoria Adamson
(to book your space please email email@example.com)
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
January 27th – 9.00-12.00 – Detoxing through the chakras
March 3rd – 9.00-12.00 – Prana, movement and meditation
April 21st – 9.00-12.00 – Core stability and proprioception
May 19th – 9.00-12.00 – Ahimsa – loving-kindness for mind and body
July 7th – 9.00-12.00 – Vinyasa flow with pranayama
with Amanda and Zoe
October 14th 2017 7.30 – 9.30pm at Notley Yoga Centre
We invite you to this Goddess Workshop:
To connect and share together within a safe group of women using compassionate communication using the goddess energy.
Facilitate healing of mind, body, heart, soul and spirit using meditations, massage and Reiki.
Express our creativity & enjoy raw sacred cacao chocolate treats
Booking is essential. Tickets are £20 per person.
This includes refreshments.
£10 deposit is needed to secure your place.
TO BOOK – PLEASE CONTACT
Amanda@abc2beauty.com Tel: 07999211549
For more information see abc2beauty
or go to my paypal ref healing day and your name tel.
https://www.paypal.me/Abc2beauty Pay rest on the day.
We look forward to seeing you there….
Amanda , Zoe and Anna x