Workshops & Courses
The Life Centre hosts weekend workshops led by both our regularly scheduled teachers and visiting teachers from the UK and abroad in partnership with our sister company, Yogacampus.
These workshops enable you to explore yoga topics in greater depth, whatever stage you’re at in your yoga journey.
Browse all upcoming workshops below and book online or contact our reception team.
Please note — if booking more than one space on a workshop online, please complete two separate transactions. For more booking information, see our Terms and Conditions.
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With Sue Diamond
16 Dec 2018, 14:30–17:00
In this nourishing workshop, Sue will help you to de-stress and reset through releasing negative emotions and guiding you into a deep state of relaxation.
The workshop will include the following to help cleanse your mind and body for new beginnings:
- Pranayama (breathing techniques)
- Slow twisting flow
- Yin yoga sequence (releasing postures held between 3 and 10 mins).
- Thai yoga massage techniques for relaxation
- Yoga Nidra for stress release and protection from future incoming stresses (a yogic sleep a state between consciousness and sleeping)
- A closing meditation.
All levels welcome.
Open to all levels
With Beth Morgan
11 Jan 2019, 17:30–19:00
Join Beth for a blissful blend of Yoga Nidra, Mantras and Pranayama.
Literally Yoga Nidra means 'yogic sleep' and it's an astonishing, accessible and totally effortless yoga practice that anyone can do!
Yoga Nidra is usually done by lying down and does not involve any physical movement. It promotes deep healing and very profound rest at every level of being:physical, mental and emotional. It does this becuase it works systematically through each aspect of a human being: first, establishing deep physical rest that allows for recuperation and the restoration of the body to a state of homeostasis, or balance at a chemical level.
Once the opening stages of Yoga Nidra enable the body to relax and function optimally then you are able to restore vitality and emotional stability. The combination of deep physical rest, revitalisation and the settling of emotions and thoughts results in improved productivity, heightened intelligence and enhanced creativity.
Yoga Nidra is effective in the relief of insomnia, anxiety, depression, and other stress-related problems.. Yoga Nidra is also helpful in the management of acute and chronic pain, as a tool for self enquiry. In fact it has so many applications because everyone can do it.
The session will incorporate Mantra Meditation along with Pranayama (breathing exercises)
Herbal tea and plant-based treats served afterwards.
All you need to bring is your beautiful self - the studio is well equipped with blankets, mats and bolsters… although you are welcome to bring items that might add to your comfort when we are nesting down… cosy cardigan, favourite blanket or shawl.You will be lying still for most of the session so it is super important to be warm!
Suitable for all levels. No previous experience necessary.
With Gavin DeMarines
12 Jan 2019, 14:30–16:30
This workshop will begin with full meditation, pranayama and heart opening intentions. Our physical practice will start with Yin poses so that we clear the energy channels and cultivate a relaxed and focused state. We will then move into the Yang part of the practice with a faster, energetic sequence flowing through standing poses, balances, inversions and backbends. We will set aside specific time to explore handstands and headstands. Our circle will be completed by returning to a Yin state, settling our hearts, reflecting on our practice and setting our intentions for the New Year.
Yin Yang yoga is based on the Taoist concept of Yin (feminine)and Yang (masculine), opposite and complementary principles in nature. Yin is the stable, unmoving, hidden aspect of things; yang is the changing, moving, revealing aspect. In the body, the relatively stiff connective tissues are yin, while the more mobile and pliable muscles and blood are yang.
Connective tissue and the internal organs respond best to a slow, steady load so Yin poses are generally passive, floor-based and held for longer. It is in this space that the body and mind surrender their resistance and allow for the healthy flow of chi or prana - the life force.
Muscle and the respiratory system respond best to dynamic movement so a Yang practice reflects this by taking the body through it’s full range of movement in a flowing sequence that builds in intensity. Taken together, Yin and Yang practices bring balance to all the body’s systems and focus and clarity to the mind. Perfect for setting powerful intentions!
Suitable for all levels though some experience is beneficial
With Kate Kearns
13 Jan 2019, 15:00–17:00
Join Kate Kearns, from Yoga Aura and Jane Blackburn for this exquisite combination of Restorative & Gentle Yin Yoga with Gong Sound Healing & Relaxation Therapy. Offering a nourishing and releasing practice with gentle yin postures and restorative poses combined with healing sounds of the gong to rejuvenate, relax, refresh and restore you.
Gongs can help in resolving emotional and physical dissonance. The Gong is a psycho-acoustic gateway to heightened states of awareness and consciousness. It is an ideal tool for stress reduction, stimulation of the glandular system, and to break up emotional blockages. This cultivates harmony and peace, a deeper sense of balance & well-being and also works to stimulate and unblock energy channels to offer a deep release and sense of letting go.
The first 1.5 hours will be dedicated to a restorative and gentle yin practice with sound healing and the last half an hour will be completely dedicated to a Gong Sound Bath meditation. We will be offering a nourishing and releasing practice with gentle yin postures mixed with some restorative poses together with healing sounds of the gong to rejuvenate, relax, refresh and restore you.
Yin is a slow paced and is a meditative style of yoga with postures held for 3 to 5 minutes. This nourishing and releasing practice with gentle yin postures and shapes where experimental exploration is encouraged, amalgamated with restorative poses using props to support you to gently open and nourish the body, mind and soul while the healing sounds and vibrations of the gong will rejuvenate, relax, refresh and restore you. We gently open into our mindful restorative and yin yoga practice by focusing our attention inward, using our breath as our anchor. A mindful, permissive, nourishing, yielding practice, whilst working on the deeper tissues, welcoming awareness of the subtler sensations.
The Gong, when skill-fully played stimulates and resonates all cells in the human body simultaneously and recalibrates the parasympathetic nervous system (heavy arms and legs as well as a regulated heart rate during a gong meditation are a sign of the re-calibration). The Gong generates powerful multi-dimensional ripples of sound and vibrations that grow into waves and bathe your entire body in streams of sound.
Suitable for all levels
Let’s start 2019 with a little something different. Join us for a raw and vegan ‘bake-off’ with the founder of Raw Bake Station, Evie Waxman, coupled with a delightful Yin class with Fiona Finsbury.
Fiona will guide you through a 90 minute Yin Yoga sequence, designed to leave you feeling relaxed, refreshed and renewed. We will take time to nourish and stretch the whole body, letting go of stress through deep fascial release, breathing and meditation.
Evie will then guide you in a one hour raw bake class, taking you step by step through her favourite raw and vegan dessert recipes for this time of year. Learn how to make all the sweet things without all the rubbish. Yoga and baking... double the nourishment.
Suitable for all levels
With Mick Timpson
26 Jan 2019, 11:30–17:00
beanddo modern meditation training has roots in the ancient art and science of yoga, stretching back over five thousand years. Over that time our basic challenge in life hasn't changed. How can we find direction and purpose in life amidst all the distractions and noise? And when we find that direction, how do we then align our mind and body moment-to-moment, as fully as we can, knowing that it is where happiness resides?
Modern meditation techniques help you to know and be in those moments of direction whatever you're doing, wherever you are.
With practice, this simple technique wakes us up to a fuller, more enriching and flowing life experience – your life!
Over one transformative day learn how to discover your real talents, manage stress and anxiety, open up to your creativity, intuition and nurture your inner resources for wellbeing, happiness and health.
Spaces are limited, so don’t miss your chance to attend.
Who is the urban retreat for?
Anyone and everyone who want the chance to step outside their daily routine and explore how to bring about change in their life. No previous experience is required.
What will I learn?
How to practice powerful but simple modern meditation techniques that will change the way you see and operate in the world every day
How to build resilience and thrive at work.
How to access deep relaxation and inner calm whenever you need it
How to focus, concentrate and stay present
How to direct your skills and expertise effectively and effortlessly
How to access your natural inner resource for happiness
How to nurture and enrich creativity and insight
11.30 Arrival, welcome and introduction
Relaxation nidra and breathing and centring
12.00pm Part One - Where are you?
Introduction to the art and science of Modern Meditation, where it comes from how and why it works. This first part will introduce the core practices of modern meditation in terms of how to direct attention, build a deeper awareness and let go to the power of just being the real you wherever you are.
1.30pm short break. Yoga in action
2.00pm Part Two - Gaining control
Then we go deeper and explore the subtle techniques that show us the how to change our view of the world from within and manage and tackle negative and restrictive habits that obstruct and close you off from being fully awake and alive.
3.30pm Part Three- Taking Inspired action
This final part introduces how beanddo modern meditation can be applied in daily life no matter where you are or what you are doing. The retreat will explore techniques that then help affirm action and purpose, open up insight and creativity, build intention be in the world and thrive.
5.00pm Finish - Prepared to meet 2019 with creativity, resilience, purpose and confidence
For anyone & everyone who want the chance to step outside their daily routine & explore how to bring about change in their life.
2 Feb 2019, 14:30–17:00
The Life Centre North are teaming up with Imprint Movement Collective, Josh Rowe and Adi Scott for an afternoon of Acro Yoga. Acro Yoga is a wonderful way to connect with others around you. You work as a team to create a combination of acrobatic moves and yoga flows that come together in a beautiful sequence to create what we see as Acro Yoga.
Bring a partner or just come along and meet someone new! We will be encouraging mixing in all groups, so everyone gets to swap and change between partners and experience as many different variations of the practice as possible... making you a well rounded Acro Yogi.
This partner based activity is the perfect way to explore the potential of the human body; the strength, flexibility and the connection that we are capable of using with another person.
Our Acrobatic roles consist of:
The Base - This side of the partnership is the grounding force; the strength that holds the duo in each posture. the major stability lies here and this will develop in time along with strength.
The Flyer - the elegant and strong role that makes the flows and postures look effortless! Strong core engagement and body awareness will be developed here.
The Spotter - a very important part in any acrobatic activity is having a support. A spotter serves as just that, having a different view from the flyer and base and allowing corrections as well
and a safe pair of hands to assist the base and flyer.
In short, Josh & Adi will teach you how to base, to fly and to become and effective spotter to prevent injury if you are ever practising away from the studio with friends!
It’s a fun way to meet new people, build connections, gain some experience in a new activity that will build confidence, body awareness and develop a fun new pastime for the beach and the park. We guarantee you’ll love it!
Josh is a yoga teacher, movement coach, climber and acro-wizard, specialising in inversions, calisthenics and bodyweight training and conditioning. Adi is a photographer, artist, illustrator, muralist and acrobat; an all round creative and mover. Together they’ve created Imprint because they want to share their love of inspired movement, design and nature.
With Beth Morgan
3 Feb 2019, 13:30–17:00
Vegan snacks and herbal teas included in the price.
The phases of the moon reflect to us different aspects of our physical, emotional & spiritual being. Synchronising our consciousness with the moon’s cycles can bring us into greater balance & attunement with the universal flow.
Join Beth for this relaxing Kundalini Yoga & Yoga Nidra afternoon to harness the potent energies of the New Moon. Through the practice of sacred kriyas, mantras & meditations the afternoon will focus on connecting in to our heart centre, setting new intentions to call into our lives, and through a state of love and deep gratitude manifesting these dreams into reality.
Kundalini Yoga is over 5000 year old and is often called the Mother of all yogas or the yoga of awareness. It is a dynamic blend of postures, pranayam(breathing), mantra and meditation, which teach you the art of relaxation, self healing and mental elevation. It is regarded as one of the fastest working yoga’s in bringing about change in the body, mind and spirit. Kundalini Yoga will leave you feeling better, energised, lighter and inspired. Kundalini Yoga is done with your eyes closed and it is suitable for complete beginners.
Yoga Nidra means ‘yogic sleep’ and it’s an astonishing, accessible and totally effortless yoga practice that anyone can do!
Yoga Nidra is usually done by lying down and does not involve any physical movement. It promotes deep healing and very profound rest at every level of being:physical, mental and emotional. Yoga Nidra is effective in the relief of insomnia, anxiety, depression, and other stress-related problems.. Yoga Nidra is also helpful in the management of acute and chronic pain, as a tool for self enquiry. In fact it has so many applications because everyone can do it.
Suitable for all levels
Meet the Teachers
Fiona has been practising yoga since the age of 14, when she attended her first class at the local village hall.
She was drawn to yoga for the physical aspect of the practice, and soon discovered the immense emotional and spiritual healing it can bring. After falling in love with Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga in her twenties, Fiona completed her 200 hours Ashtanga and Rocket Yoga teacher training with The Yoga People in London, and did a further 100 hours teacher training in Yin Yoga with Sebastien Pucelle and Murielle Burellier. She has recently completed another 100 hours in Mandala flow and Shamanism.