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 Fiona Finsbury, Danny Solomon
23 Feb 2019, 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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Fiona and Danny invite you to an afternoon of Yin Yoga. This will be an opportunity to digitally detox, unwind and release tension from the body. They will guide you through a nourishing sequence of Yin postures designed to open up the body and calm the nervous system.  You will learn how and why we practise Yin Yoga and how you can use it to compliment your Yang practice and enhance your life ‘off the mat’

Yin 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. A Yin class is a great compliment to more Yang practices such as Hot Flow & Ashtanga.

Eligibility

Suitable for all levels

Capacity

35

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Backbends The Dharma Way

With Sue Diamond
2 Mar 2019, 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 workshop is one of a series of 3: Backbends the Dharma Way (2nd March), Arm Balances & Inversions (16th March), Yoga For Stress Release (24th March). You can attend any of these workshops or book all three for £65, a discount of £10. If booking the series of 3 online, once you have purchased your ticket ‘Sue Diamond March 2019 Series of 3 Workshops (£65)’ you should then use this ticket to book a place for each of the workshops individually or your place will not be reserved.

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, we will progress through the Dharma 3 sequence, a backbend party with wall assistance and pair work, concluding with 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

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Awaken The Goddess

With Laura Booth
9 Mar 2019, 15:30–19:00

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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An afternoon of movement, sensuality, creativity and sisterhood. 

The modern world that we live in seems to give us little opportunity as women to connect to our feminine essence. Our feminine powers cannot be measured, quantified or compared and so are seldom celebrated in a goal driven patriarchal society.Femininity is our greatest asset. When we can allow the healthy feminine to flow, both the individual and collective are liberated.
Join Laura for a full spectrum practice inviting you to connect to your own inner goddess.  Through her signature style mandala vinyasa flow, restorative yoga, dance, art and sharing, you are invited play without goal or expectation.  Every emotion and expression is welcomed. This is a safe space for you to meet your beautiful sensual self just as you are, in celebration!
The wild feminine awaits.
Please bring yoga clothes & an outfit that makes you feel beautiful!

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Yoga Nidra & Mantra Circle

With Beth Morgan
15 Mar 2019, 17:30–19:00

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

0161 834 6283

£15

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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!

Eligibility

Suitable for all levels. No previous experience necessary.

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Arm Balances & Inversions

With Sue Diamond
16 Mar 2019, 14:30–16:30

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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This workshop is one of a series of 3: Backbends the Dharma Way (2nd March), Arm Balances & Inversions (16th March), Yoga For Stress Release (24th March). You can attend any of these workshops or book all three for £65, a discount of £10. If booking the series of 3 online, once you have purchased your ticket ‘Sue Diamond March 2019 Series of 3 Workshops (£65)’ you should then use this ticket to book a place for each of the workshops individually or your place will not be reserved.

This workshop will start off by focusing on strengthening the core in a core-focused flow, also strengthening the upper body in preparation for inversion and arm balance practice.
We will prepare for inversions by practicing a variation of crow poses andother arm balances to integrate the core then practice the main inversions:Sirsasana (headstand), Sarvangasana (shoulderstand), Pincha Mayurasana (forearm stand), and Ardho mukha vrksasana (handstand) with some funky variations! You work with the wall and in pairs so everybody feels confident to go upside down!

Why Practice Inversions?

•    Relieve back pain, relax muscles, rehydrate discs, realign and reduce pressure.
•    Energise and increase blood flow to the brain, resulting in physical invigoration and mental revitalisation.
•    Improve balance.
•    Increase core strength.
•    Build confidence.
•    Give yourself a new perspective.
•    Inversions are FUN! Bring out your inner child.
•    Shoulderstand calms the nervous system, giving a feeling of balance and calm.

Eligibility

Suitable for level 2 students

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Heart Rhythms: Drumming, Kundalini Yoga, Breath, Mindfulness

With Matthew Pickles
16 Mar 2019, 18:00–19:30

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

0161 834 6283

£15

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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.

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Here Comes The Sun: Surya Namaskar in Detail

With Donna McCafferey
23 Mar 2019, 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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There are 9 vinyasa (movements) in Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation) A and 9 asana 17 in Surya Namaskar B meaning they can constitute a whole yoga practice in their own right!  From an Ashtanga perspective   Surya Namaskar A & B begin all of the Ashtanga sequences and are the backbone of the practice. All of the linking vinyasa sequences are based on the sun salutations.  They are not just a warm-up!

Well, they do make a good warm up and they are a good gauge of how you might be feeling on any given day, but they are much more than this. The Sun Salutations are often just thought of as those beginning postures that you do to wake you up, often we practice them without much thought or attention and dismiss them as the “easy beginning postures” but practiced badly they will set you up for injury, and practiced properly they will realign your body between the postures.

In this workshop we will take a look at all of the individual postures that make up the two sun salutations. We will look at correct alignment and how to manage the postures to ensure longevity of practice. There are about 60 linking vinyasas in the Ashtanga primary series so it is important to get the alignment right.  We will begin the workshop by looking how the eight limbs of yoga can be brought into the Ashtanga practice, and the importance of the vinyasa count, taking a look at bandhas and breath and how to link the two together.

Then we will take a look at Surya Namaskar A, concentrating on each of the postures in turn, looking at correct alignment, the vinyasa count, and technique for jumping back and floating forwards. Then we will do the same for Surya Namaskar B, and from this we can see how this sun salutation forms the basis of the warrior sequence at the end of the standing postures. In fact both sun salutations involve techniques that will help with many of the postures that  come throughout the primary series.

We will finish the workshop with a half primary series practice, incorporating all that we have learned into the vinyasas in between the postures.

You do not need to have practiced Ashtanga before to attend.  This workshop is suitable for all levels of practitioner from complete beginner to advanced.

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Yoga for Stress Release Workshop

With Sue Diamond
24 Mar 2019, 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

This workshop is one of a series of 3: Backbends the Dharma Way (2nd March), Arm Balances & Inversions (16th March), Yoga For Stress Release (24th March). You can attend any of these workshops or book all three for £65, a discount of £10. If booking the series of 3 online, once you have purchased your ticket ‘Sue Diamond March 2019 Series of 3 Workshops (£65)’ you should then use this ticket to book a place for each of the workshops individually or your place will not be reserved.

This workshop will help to release negative emotions held in the body and take you into a deep relaxation. Making you feel free from stress and anxiety and helping you to protect
yourself from those emotions moving forward.

Starting with Pranayama (breath awareness)
Slow twisting flow
Yin Yoga sequence (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)
Finishing with a guided meditation.

Cleansing the body and mind for new beginnings.

All levels welcome.

Eligibility

Open to all levels

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Be Here Now! Meditation for the Modern World - 4 Week Course

With Mick Timpson
25 Mar – 15 Apr 2019, 17:45–19:00

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

0161 834 6283

£60

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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.

Times

4 week course
Mondays 5:45-7:00pm
17 September – 8 October

Eligibility

Suitable for all levels

Capacity

14

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Mandala Magic: Earth Element & Inversions

With Fiona Finsbury, Danny Solomon
6 Apr 2019, 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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In April Fiona will be back from India, having spent 100 hours studying Mandala Yoga for a second time with her teacher and creator of the Mandala Vinyasa method, Dulce Aguilar. She is looking forward to sharing with you what she has learned during her time away.

This workshop will be a blend of relaxing Yin Yoga and challenging Mandala Flow, which uses a unique style of breath and movement designed to target and activate specific muscle groups in the body.

We will focus on the element of Earth which has grounding and strengthening properties, and use this as a foundation to rise up into our inversions safely, calmly and without fear.

The workshop will end with Yin Yoga and a long, restorative relaxation.

Times

Sundays:
7 Oct
14 Oct
21 Oct
28 Oct

14.00-16.30

Eligibility

Some experience of vinyasa yoga recommended

Capacity

40

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Power Of Intention Yin Yang Workshop

With Gavin DeMarines
13 Apr 2019, 14:30–16:30

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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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!

Eligibility

Suitable for all levels though some experience is beneficial

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A Compassionate Practice: Strategies for Preventing & Managing Injury

With Laura Burkhart
10 May 2019, 10:00–12:00

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 will examine common injuries with a well-rounded class where we’ll pause to explore certain asanas that can cause injury over time if alignment is off. There have been recent updates in the yoga world on alignment of certain postures to help reduce the chances of harming the body when practiced regularly.  The objective is to educate students on how to practice in a compassionate way that will help avoid common asana injuries.

Sun Salutation
- We’ll look at shoulders in Urdhva Hastasana in Tadasana, lower back in locust, cobra and up dog and down dog. Hamstrings in Uttanasana and Arch Uttanasana.

Standing Pose
- We’ll look at SI Joint and Knee health in Virabhrasana 1, Virabhrasana 2, Trikonasana, 1/2 moon

Standing Twist
- Wel’ll look at SI Joint health in Standing Twists

Backbends
- Lower back health in backbends

Seated Twists
- SI Joint Health in Seated Twists

Forward Bends
- Lower Back health in forward bends

Pigeon Pose
- Knee health in pigeon pose

Headstand
-Neck health in Headstand

Eligibility

Suitable for all levels. Of benefit to teachers.