Book a Workshop 2020
Autumn Workshops 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.
We are opening again on Wed 2nd Dec. Please feel free to book workshops once again.
Thank you for your patience, Leigh xx
Half Day Seasonal Retreat
Investment in yourself £40 10 – 2pm (with a short tea break)
Sun 25th October
A beautiful morning to nourish the Body, Breath and Mind.
So the great wheel has turned again and today the clocks once again change (at least we have an extra hour!)
We have had the strangest of years with feelings and emotions being truly tested, but we are here and we have shown resillence and courage. So today as we welcome the colder darker part of the year. We may take the time to acknowledge and process all that has happened. Starting with a more dynamic practice followed by some Restoring Restorative Yoga. Which prepares us fully for the Sound & Gong Bath.
This class will allow for self inquiring and self reflection.
Set in the tranquil Notley Yoga Centre, with underfloor heating to keep us cosy on chilly winter days, a perfect place to unwind and let go…
Yin Yoga & Gong Bath | Welcome to the Yin Side
Friday 11th Dec
£23 studio class with Gong
£18 Zoom class (2 hours no gong)
After the chaos of the past year this 2 1/2 hour class will be a perfect way to tune out of the head and get into the body. We are in the realm of the darker half of the year…welcome to the Yin side.
Yin Yoga postures are held for longer (up to 3 -5 mins) with emphasis on connective tissues rather than muscles. When holding the posture for longer we work on the deep tissues/fascia allowing energy to be freed up in the body. Mainly floor based postures are used in this style of Yoga. Yin Yoga is for you if you are tired, over-stimulated, when your energy is too erratic, your mind overactive, whether you are craving for energy or you feel you have too much of it. We tend to live in a busy world on computers/phones/laptops etc, The mind gets used to that amount of information and starts to crave stimuli if it gets quiet. So you end up browsing, looking for stuff, it doesn’t matter what as long as you fill the gaps. Gaps we really should allow to stay empty to find some sort of down time – for the mind to stop and for you to just be. So give yourself a couple of hours to just ‘be’ in the body…
The perfect to end our Yin Yoga is with a Gong Journey. As everything is vibrating so are we, sometimes we can become out of tune in either mind body or spirit and dis-ease can start to take hold. Through the healing frequencies of sound therapy our bodies can be brought back in tune and we can begin to feel healthy and balanced once more.
Online Zoom Class (2 hours exc Gong)
Pop up Yoga | Betwixt & Between!
Wednesday 30th Dec 7 – 8.30pm
Between Christmas and New year is a funny time. Christmas is over and we are waiting for New Year so we are Betwixt!
Most of the classes at the studio have closed for the Christmas holidays but I thought we might need a little practise at the mid point!
This class will include a gentle flowing start to get our bodies and digestive system moving followed by some restful postures to leave us feeling more refreshed! There will be a little Gong at the end to get the cells fluffed up and the good vibes flowing.
Hope you can join me
Monthly Yoga and Anxiety
2nd Friday of the month 8 – 9.30pm
Investment in your health £12
(online zoom class available too)
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.
Online Zoom class
Restorative Yoga and Gong Bath
Sat 12th Dec & Friday 18th Dec
Working seasonally with the body/mind using Restorative Yoga. We naturally turn inwards in the winter, to restore and reflect but unfortunately the modern busy world doesnt always allow for this, we still need to get up (in the dark) fight against the weather and head out in the storm when all we want to do in curl up by the fire. So this class will allow for those inner desires of warmth, rest and restoration so we are able to cope better in the darker months.
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
Yoga Nidra & Gong | Yoga Sleep
Sat 19th December 6 -8pm
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
Studio class and Livestream also avaiable
(last Friday of the month)
Fridays 19.30 – 21.00
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.
Book below for Studio class
Book below for Live stream Zoom class
Introduction to the Gong
Date to be confirmed for 2021
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
Please book below
Wild Drumming at the Wilderness Foundation
date to be confirmed
(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!!
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.