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 Gavin DeMarines
27 Apr 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 Summer.
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 Laura Burkhart
10 May 2019, 10:00–12:00
During this workshop we’ll move through a well-rounded practice focused on refining your alignment and injury prevention. Yoga injuries have been on the rise. There have been recent updates in the yoga world on posture alignment. As we flow the through the practice we'll take moments to pause and explore asanas that can cause potential injury overtime and how to make the asana safer. It’s important to move in a way that minimizes harm and maximizes the longevity of your asana practice.
This workshop coincides with the following articles and Yogaland Podcast.
Suitable for all levels. Of benefit to teachers.
£150 (£130 early bird)
Early bird discount available until 31st March
A Continued Professional Development Workshop of 16 hours, open to 200hr qualified Yoga Teachers.
In this workshop you will learn about:
- Health and safety considerations
- Physiological response to the heat
- Promoting access and inclusion
- How to teach the Hot Yoga 60 and Hot Flow 60 classes, with modifications and adaptations for different bodies
You will also practice teaching in the hot environment.
This workshop is ideal for teachers who would like to be on the cover list and teach hot yoga classes at The Life Centre North.
The workshop is led by experienced teachers Fiona Finsbury and Danny Solomon and will also include a 1 hour practice with Laura Booth.
Day 1 will start at 10.45am with a Hot Yoga 60 practice and finish at 6.45pm
Day 2 will start at 9.15am with a Hot Yoga 60 practice and will finish at 5.15pm
With Matthew Pickles
11 May 2019, 18:00–19:30
A mix of Group Drumming, Kundalini yoga, Breath work and Mindfulness.
We will connect to our breath, our bodies and most importantly to each other through the transformationally powerful practice of group drumming.
Absolutely no experience is necessary and all equipment will be provided. The night will start with some gentle breathing exercises controlled and guided by Tabla (Indian percussion). This will allow us to be in the room; open and receptive.
Then we'll move onto some calming movement based on Hatha and Kundalini yoga. Simple, graceful movements combined with breath work that will get us into our bodies and into the moment.
Then we'll explore the incredible Djembe Drum. An amazing instrument that any one can play. We'll go through the basics and in no time we'll be playing a satisfying groove as a group.
Once we have the groove in the bag we'll centre ourselves with a few moments of mindfulness and then we'll introduce a simple chant into the equation. Any doubts around musical ability will be evaporated as the force of the group takes over. We'll get loud, free and tribal. You can express yourself in any way you wish in the safety of the thunderous tribal energy.
Experienced players are welcome with delighted gratitude. Bring your drums.
With Mick Timpson
13 May – 24 Jun 2019, 17:45–19:00
Anxiety can be long term and make life unbearable, exhausting and distressing. As we suffer in silence we forget what it’s really like to be alive, in the moment - happy with who you are and what you can do!
In this course you will learn how to:
- Recognise when your brain is taking over your body
- Know how to tackle negative thinking
- Stay present, open and centred
- Release tension and stress
- Switch on to deep conscious relaxation
- How to use the power of proper breathing
- Use your body to settle your mind
It’s official! Anxiety, fear and panic are on the rise. It can be experienced everywhere - at school, university, in the workplace, at home, in cyberspace. There is no doubt we are living in challenging times. Developing new ways of tackling this threat to our wellbeing is now an urgent project.
If you feel like this you are most definitely not alone. Many people have been there - ourselves included. And there is a solution.
With yoga practices, anxiety is not only tolerable - it decreases. It falls away. Practice will bring you to your centre. You can learn to access your natural inner peace. Your centre - where you forget about what you think you should have done and what you think you need to do.
Anxiety doesn’t need to be your prison....you can break free!
19 March – 30 April
Please note there is no class on Monday 2 April (Easter Monday) – we have added an extra week on to the course to account for this.
Suitable for all levels. No previous experience of yoga necessary.
With Manjunaga Yoga
29 Jun 2019, 14:30–17:30
Turn inwards and allow yourself to give your body to the earth.
Explore the deeply relaxing practice of Yin/Restorative yoga, focusing on restorative and meditative practices. An opportunity to turn inward, slow down and soften more deeply.
This approach focuses on more feminine qualities through longer, passive held postures, it aims to relax our musculature and work on the connective tissues, stimulating also our subtle energy systems within the body.
Yin yoga is a perfect balance to a more ‘yang’ style dynamic practice, and can have a deeply relaxing effect and offer deep peace within the stresses of a busy urban life.
No experience necessary