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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Yin Yoga Workshop

With Danny Solomon, Fiona Finsbury
6 May 2017, 14:30–17:00

The Life Centre, Manchester
293A Deansgate (behind Philip James Estate Agents and opposite The Hilton Hotel)
Manchester
M3 4EW,

0161 834 6283

£25

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A transformative afternoon, exploring the powerful practice of Yin Yoga. 

Most yoga practiced in the West is ‘Yang’ in nature, exercising the muscles.  Yin Yoga aims to stretch the joints, fascia and connective tissue by sitting in postures for long periods of time (around 5-7 minutes) allowing the muscles to relax.  Yin yoga is a perfect complement to Yang yoga, as it helps to keep the joints supple, making them less prone to injury.

In this workshop, husband and wife yoga teachers Danny and Fiona will explain the fundamental principles of Yin Yoga and how it can support your regular asana practice.  They will guide you through postures that target the joints most used in vinyasa yoga, and explain how you can use certain postures to address physical, energetic and emotional blocks in your life.  The workshop will end with meditation and a chakra balancing sound bowl relaxation. 

Eligibility

Suitable for all levels

Capacity

50

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Yoga for Trauma, Chronic Tension & PTSD

With Susi Wrenshaw
7 May 2017, 14:00–16:30

The Life Centre, Manchester
293A Deansgate (behind Philip James Estate Agents and opposite The Hilton Hotel)
Manchester
M3 4EW,

0161 834 6283

£25

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You may have experienced trauma from a single overwhelming event or from repeated or ongoing experiences. This could be recent or from a long time ago. Whatever the situation, people will usually notice a change in how they experience themselves and the world. The gentle approach of trauma-friendly yoga therapy makes it suitable for survivors of trauma who may still be experiencing symptoms such as PTSD, flashbacks or DID despite having worked with talking therapies.
 
We will learn about memory formation and how during traumatic experiences the brain switches into survival mode. In this mode verbal memories are not formed making it difficult to recall and process traumatic incidents during therapy. Trauma-specific yoga practices work with the oldest part of the brain using movement, or controlled shaking, to release the residue of the trauma, bypassing the thinking brain. This makes it much less likely to trigger difficult memories or flashbacks. We will talk about cellular memory and how our physical body might be reliving memories which we are unaware of keeping us stuck in cycles of poor health, mental disturbances, relationship difficulties, pain or fatigue.

Before we begin the process of release we will work through several strategies for grounding to ensure everyone feels confident to go at their own pace and can stop the process should they choose to at any time. There will be space for questions and to talk through the technique before preparing the body, spending time working with the release technique and then taking time to ground again and rest.

After the workshop it is advisable to have a restful evening, to eat nourishing food and drink plenty of water.

You are welcome to request a phone call from the yoga therapist prior to the workshop to discuss suitability. Please also let us know in advance if you have any illnesses, injuries, medical conditions or pregnancy.

Eligibility

Suitable for all levels

Capacity

30

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The Good Guts Series: Metabolism/Agni

With Susi Wrenshaw
13 May 2017, 14:30–17:00

The Life Centre, Manchester
293A Deansgate (behind Philip James Estate Agents and opposite The Hilton Hotel)
Manchester
M3 4EW,

0161 834 6283

£25

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Book all three workshops in the Good Guts series for £65 (10% saving)

Join Susi for a practical approach to healthy digestion drawn from yoga and Ayurveda. Suitable for those wishing to use yoga to improve digestion, relax, deepen their knowledge of good digestive health as well as those with digestive conditions or symptoms, the Good Guts workshops can be taken individually or as a series of three. Other workshops in the series are A Personalised Approach to Eating and Lifestyle/Dosha and Digestion/Prana Vayus.

Across the series you will learn:

- cleansing techniques to remove toxins from the system
- gentle purification techniques to clear blockages
- breathing practices to stoke the digestive fires
- lifestyle modifications to support healthy digestion
- tools to stimulate sluggish digestion or calm overactive digestion
- relaxation and its importance in the digestive process
- how the digestive system constantly asks the question "am I safe?"
- recognising your digestive tendencies (balanced, irregular, intense, weak)
- ayurvedic theory of illness

This workshop will look at how yoga, visualisation, breathing techniques and cleansing practices can be used to restore Agni, our digestive fire, to bring our digestive system into better balance.

When our Agni is balanced we tend towards feeling positive, confident, strong, enthusiastic and healthy. When Agni is low, an imbalance builds up in the body causing minor physical illnesses (constipation, IBS, stomach acidity etc).

If left untreated the imbalance can disturb the organs and gradually migrates via blood and lymph to other parts of the body including lungs and skin. In these first three stages of illness the Agni can easily be restored through yoga techniques including breathing, visualisation and cleansing practices. During the final three stages of disease, balancing the Agni is much more difficult and deep cleansing techniques are required.

You will identify your type of metabolism, practice stoking the fires and learn key tips for maintaining Agni.

Suitable for all levels.

Eligibility

Suitable for all levels

Capacity

30

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An Introduction to the Ashtanga Primary Series

With Donna Southwell
20 May 2017, 10:00–13:00

The Life Centre, Manchester
293A Deansgate (behind Philip James Estate Agents and opposite The Hilton Hotel)
Manchester
M3 4EW,

0161 834 6283

£30

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This workshop is aimed at complete beginners to ashtanga yoga as well as those who would like to look at the basics in more depth. We will explore breath, bandha, drishti, asana and vinyasa.

The aim of the workshop is to give students a thorough basis in ashtanga yoga from where they can go on to join regular yoga classes and even start a short home practice.

The class will be dynamic but there will also be lots of time for asking questions and looking at the above areas in a greater depth than there is chance to in a regular class. We will finish with a deep guided relaxation.

Eligibility

Suitable for all levels

Capacity

30

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Birth Preparation Workshop for Couples

With Maryline Higham
21 May 2017, 10:00–13:00

The Life Centre, Manchester
293A Deansgate (behind Philip James Estate Agents and opposite The Hilton Hotel)
Manchester
M3 4EW,

0161 834 6283

£55 per couple

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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, birth positions and much more


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. (Next date: Sunday 16 July 2017)
 

Eligibility

Suitable for those over 32 weeks pregnant

Capacity

5 couples

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Introduction to Singing Bowls

With Szilvia Bajada-Gardian
21 May 2017, 14:30–17:00

The Life Centre, Manchester
293A Deansgate (behind Philip James Estate Agents and opposite The Hilton Hotel)
Manchester
M3 4EW,

0161 834 6283

£35

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A Pampering Yoga & Sound Bath with Szilivia follows this workshop. You can book both workshops for a special price of £48.

Szilvia will help you to deepen your experience and knowledge of sound relaxation and meditation with Tibetan singing bowls.

*Do you enjoy sound baths and you would like to learn more about how they work?
*Have you always wanted to try playing a singing bowl but never had the chance?
*Do you own a singing bowl and you would like to get ideas on how to use it at home?
*Or are you just looking for a pleasant, interesting and relaxing afternoon with yoga & sound?
Suitable for all levels, no previous experience needed.

Singing bowls have been used in ancient cultures for thousands of years. They are being rediscovered by our modern world, as a tool to aid relaxation and induce meditative states.

In this workshop learn about the origin of singing bowls and their therapeutic effect. Play a singing bowl and try different sounding techniques. Deepen your experience with the help of interactive exercises.

Eligibility

Suitable for all levels

Capacity

30

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Pampering Yoga & Sound Bath

With Szilvia Bajada-Gardian
21 May 2017, 17:15–18:45

The Life Centre, Manchester
293A Deansgate (behind Philip James Estate Agents and opposite The Hilton Hotel)
Manchester
M3 4EW,

0161 834 6283

£20

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You can attend this workshop and Szilvia’s Introduction to Singing Bowls for the special price of £48.

Immerse yourself in an evening of pampering sounds and yoga. Emerge relaxed, refreshed and resonating harmony.

Yoga & Sound takes you through an integrated journey of movement, breath and sound to help clear out tension and invite energy, freshness and rejuvenation into your whole being.

This session will start with a mindful yoga sequence and then bathe you in the harmonising sound of traditional Tibetan singing bowls. Singing bowls have been used in ancient cultures for thousands of years. They are being rediscovered by our modern world, as a tool to aid relaxation and induce meditative states. To create a sea of nurturing and harmonising sounds Szilvia will use a fully harmonious set of 8 Himalayan singing bowls, along with other intuitive instruments.

Eligibility

Suitable for all levels

Capacity

30

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The Good Guts Series: Digestion/Prana Vayus

With Susi Wrenshaw
10 Jun 2017, 14:30–17:00

The Life Centre, Manchester
293A Deansgate (behind Philip James Estate Agents and opposite The Hilton Hotel)
Manchester
M3 4EW,

0161 834 6283

£25

Book Now

Book all three workshops in the Good Guts series for £65 (10% saving)

Join Susi for a practical approach to healthy digestion drawn from yoga and Ayurveda. Suitable for those wishing to use yoga to improve digestion, relax, deepen their knowledge of good digestive health as well as those with digestive conditions or symptoms, the Good Guts workshops can be taken individually or as a series of three. Other workshops in the series are A Personalised Approach to Eating and Lifestyle/Dosha and Metabolism/Agni.

Across the series you will learn:

- cleansing techniques to remove toxins from the system
- gentle purification techniques to clear blockages
- breathing practices to stoke the digestive fires
- lifestyle modifications to support healthy digestion
- tools to stimulate sluggish digestion or calm overactive digestion
- relaxation and its importance in the digestive process
- how the digestive system constantly asks the question "am I safe?"
- recognising your digestive tendencies (balanced, irregular, intense, weak)
- ayurvedic theory of illness

We might understand the mechanics of digestion from stimulation of appetite, to chewing, secretion of digestive enzymes, absorption, excretion and so on, but what is behind this?

Prana, or lifeforce, is the animating factor that drives our body to transform food into cellular energy. Learn simple techniques to direct your prana where it is lacking (indigestion, bloating), to soothe it where it may be overactive (diarrhoea, hyperthyroidism) and encourage smooth flow so that the body can take what it needs, transform it and let the rest go. Interruptions in any part of this natural cycle can cause ill health, mental disturbances and low or erratic energy.

Suitable for all levels.

Eligibility

Suitable for all levels

Capacity

30

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Backbend the Dharma Way

With Sue Hodgkinson
24 Jun 2017, 14:00–17:00

The Life Centre, Manchester
293A Deansgate (behind Philip James Estate Agents and opposite The Hilton Hotel)
Manchester
M3 4EW,

0161 834 6283

£25

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This workshop in the Style of Dharma yoga will help you to go deeper into your back bends.

Starting with yin style chest and shoulder openers, Dharma 3 sequence, a back bend party with wall assistance and pair work, a guided relaxation, pranayama and meditation.

In essence, Dharma Yoga is a system of classical Hatha-Raja Yoga. A devotional practice that emphasises good health, a clear mind and a kind heart. The method weaves together many teachings in order to bring all students closer to the goal of Self-Realisation.

Eligibility

Suitable for all levels apart from complete beginners

Capacity

35

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Turning Inward: A Yin Yoga Workshop

With Norman Blair
13 Aug 2017, 14:00–17:00

The Life Centre, Manchester
293A Deansgate (behind Philip James Estate Agents and opposite The Hilton Hotel)
Manchester
M3 4EW,

0161 834 6283

£30

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This is an opportunity for lessening of striving and focus on feeling. Too often too much we are trying to get somewhere. This Yin yoga workshop gives us a chance to slow down and to stay in shapes for several minutes.

The postures are all floor-based and we will use equipment where necessary to support practising. This is a practice where time is more important than intensity. Come along to explore taking our attention.

Eligibility

Suitable for all levels

Capacity

30