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 (Hodgkinson)
12 May 2018, 14:30–16:30
In this workshop you'll discover key tools and techniques to turn your practice upside down and balance on your hands. You'll get the technical guidance and confidence to safely challenge yourself and the tools to take back into class with you.
The workshop will start off with a core and upper body strengthening focused flow to prepare you for your inversions and arm balances.
Expect a playful, explorative practice, covering postures such as crow variations, Sirsasana (headstand), Sarvangasana (shoulderstand), Pincha Mayurasana (forearm stand), and Ardho mukha vrksasana (handstand) - with some funkyvariations!
You work with the wall and in pairs so everybody feels confident to go upside down!
Why practice inversions and arm balances?
• Can help relieve back pain through relaxing muscles, rehydrating discs, realignment and reducing pressure
• Energize and get more blood flow to the brain, resulting in physical invigoration and mental revitalisation
• Improve balance
• Increase core strength
• Build confidence and feel the buzz of going in to your safe stretch zone
• Shoulderstand calms the nervous system, giving a feeling of balance and calm
Plus, Inversions are FUN! Bring out your inner child!
With Mick Timpson
14 May – 11 Jun 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.
Please note there is no class on Monday 28 May (Bank Holiday Monday).
4 week course
14 May – 11 June
(No class on 28 May)
Suitable for all levels
With Ayala Homossany
9 Jun 2018, 13:00–16:00
This workshop will teach you tools and tricks to start a joint yoga practice with your children at home, so that you can experience the magic of Family Yoga together.
As children, our first dreams may have been to be an astronaut, a firefighter, an actor or singer. Most children do not get the privilege to express their dreams. Most are being told by their surroundings to get back to reality, stop showing off, or that their dreams are unachievable. As a result, many children give up their dreams and literally mute their ability to express their thoughts, ideas, aspirations and emotions.
When we, adults, deny children from expressing themselves freely, we create a generation which is afraid to express itself, explore, innovate, and create. These communication blocks have been documented in medical literature as potentially leading into unhealthy situations, both physically and mentally.
Therefore, just as we practice yoga on the mat, or yoga in our daily life as adults, we can also use yoga as a magical tool to provide children with the ability to fully express themselves in any form and start a joint practice together at home.
Throughout the workshop, we will concentrate on introducing tools to enhance children’s motorical, verbal and emotional expression through the practice of yoga. In creative ways, we will learn how to enable children, stimulate self-expression and give them a stage for their creativity. We will explore how yoga practice can be extended and become a fantastic and invaluable tool to nurture a child’s imagination, curiosity and creativity.
You will come out of the workshop with tangible knowledge and ideas that will open up opportunities to explore yoga with your child at home as well as spice up your shared yoga practice at home.
Please bring pen and paper for journaling that will take place.
Open to parents and carers who are looking for ways to explore a joined practice with their children at home.
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.