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 Jane Craggs
29 Aug – 19 Sep 2018, 18:00–19:15
During this four-week course, we will explore functional yoga practices to help strengthen and release the spine, tailored according to your individual needs.
We will work on stabilisation and mobilisation practices, looking at using the practices both on and off the mat for a spine that supports you both physically and emotionally.
Please note: the course group will be kept deliberately small to allow for a tailored approach.
Jane is a senior yoga teacher who has been working with clients therapeutically since 2008. She is certified with the International Association of Yoga Therapists, and completed her four-year yoga therapy training with Dr Ganesh Mohan of Svastha Yoga Therapy.
She has worked across a range of populations, offering therapeutic yoga for both small classes and individuals at her home clinic. She has been running classes for chronic fatigue issues in Manchester for 10 years now, as well as offering specialist sessions for cancer patients, adults with additional needs, vulnerable young people, prison populations and people in addiction recovery.
Jane offers simple accessible practices to help clients manage their current situation and to support them in moving towards peace and steadiness.
With Maryline Higham
1 Sep 2018, 14:00–17:00
£55 per couple
Invite your birth partner to a one-off preparation class. Friendly, informative and hands-on session on natural pain management techniques and postures, for an active and serene birth experience.
A dedicated space for the couple to rehearse movements and breathing techniques together, and help build confidence as a team before the birth day.
During this 3 hour workshop, we will explore:
- simple and efficient relaxation techniques and posture
- breathing techniques valid for all birth scenarios and labour stages
- how your partner can support you both practically and emotionally during the course of labour
- visualisations, movements and pain relief techniques for contractions
- massage for labour, pressure points, and birth positions.
Many tools and tips pre & post labour will be shared, based on Maryline's 10 years experience at coaching couples for birth. The workshop will leave you and your partner feeling prepared, inspired and excited at the prospect of giving birth.
Come with your partner, husband, mum, sister or anyone supportive. This session is ideal if you are over 32 weeks pregnant. Book your space as soon as possible as places are limited to 5 couples per workshop.
Includes refreshments and a booklet to take home.
Suitable for those over 32 weeks pregnant
With Sue Diamond (Hodgkinson)
9 Sep 2018, 13:00–15:30
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
‘The Rocket’ is a playful, powerful sequence of postures rooted in Ashtanga yoga, designed by Larry Schultz aka ‘The Rocket Man’!
It is a mix of classic postures from the first and second series of Ashtanga, with an emphasis on strengthening the core to prepare the body for the more challenging inversions and arm balances. In this 2.5 hour workshop, Danny and Fiona will guide you through the full Rocket sequence, pausing to break down and explain some of the trickier asanas along the way.
The Rocket encourages the practitioner to let go of fear and embrace the fact that you are stronger than you think you are. This workshop will leave you feeling energised and empowered with knowledge of how to safely modify postures and take ownership of your practice.
This workshop is aimed at intermediate and advanced practitioners, but all levels are welcome as modifications will be offered.
With Mick Timpson
17 Sep – 8 Oct 2018, 17:45–19:00
A unique 4-week course introducing the art & science of wholeness, resilience, creativity and wellbeing with Mick Timpson.
Week-by-week, Mick will gently guide you towards knowing how to stop and relax purposefully, guide your attention and manage your mind towards knowing a deeper conscious awareness.
Combining current research with ancient wisdom, Mick teaches how you can develop the insight gained in meditation into something that’s built into your daily life.
The course will touch on:
• Learning to stop and be still.
• Techniques for managing and maintaining regular practice.
• Posture, attitude and what meditation is and isn’t.
• Dealing with the busy wandering mind.
• Letting go of I, Me and Mine.
• The connection between mind body and breath.
• Breaking mental habits and getting round obstacles.
• Directing and holding attention.
• Non-attachment and non-judgmental awareness.
• Dealing with strong emotions.
• The yogi model of the mind.
• Breaking free of the inner critic and your comfort zone.
• Extending meditation into the everyday.
4 week course
17 September – 8 October
Suitable for all levels
With Dana Baniel
22 Sep 2018, 14:30–17:00
Backbends are amongst the most uplifting of poses. They increase prana while teaching us to hold ourselves steadily in postures of openness and vulnerability. Backbends build strength, flexibility, lengthen the spine, tone the core and help open the hips and shoulders.
When we understand the alignment needed and the lifting sensation (as opposed to pushing), bending backwards becomes a beautiful and graceful thing.
In this intermediate workshop we will learn to approach backbends with proper alignment, refined awareness and concerted movement. We will explore some techniques for progressive (yet safe) deepening of some of the more challenging backbends, learning key enhancements to truly blossom our hearts open.
Meet the Teachers
Donna’s spiritual journey began after experiencing a solar eclipse in India in 1995.
Shortly after that, she took a silent Vipassana retreat followed by a number of others, which changed her as a person and prepared her for when she found yoga, via an Ashtanga Vinyasa class which she happened across on her way to the beach in Goa in 1998.