Yoga and Nature Workshops

All workshops have a Covid policy and risk assessment

Places secured with full payment, booking essential. Places non-refundable unless I can fill the place or if the workshops is cancelled by me or due to Covid restrictions.

Solstice Salutations for International Yoga Day

Yoga mats

Venue: Grassy area outside South Brent Village Hall

Date/Time: Sunday 20 June 11am-12.15pm

Cost: £7

An outdoor yoga session including both Sun & Moon Salutation sequences. The Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskara) are a common sequence & often practiced on the Summer Solstice, but the Moon Salutations (Chandra Namaskara) less so and the 2 balance each other. We will finish with breathing exercises and a meditation. There will be plenty of warm up/prep & the sequence can be adapted to suit different people. Do check with me if you’re not sure whether it will suit you.

Seaweed Foraging

Seaweed Foraging

Venue: East Prawle

Dates/Times: 26 June 12-4pm, 25 July 12-4pm

Cost: £28 (children £12 – enquire for age suitability)

A chance to learn about foraging edible seaweed & other wild foods. Learn which are most easily harvested, used and cooked. Go away feeling empowered to provide yourself with tasty and highly nutritional free foods harvested in a sustainable way.

We will meet at East Prawle village and walk down lane/footpaths/field, looking at wild foods en route to reach a wild beach and catch the Spring tide.

I will guide you to the seaweeds I have been harvesting for years, identify them, harvest sustainably and suggest edible uses. Plus talk about the health benefits of seaweeds. We will also look at some edible cliff plants and enjoy this rugged wild landscape.

Bring lunch and we will take a short break to eat on the beach. Come equipped/feel confident to walk on uneven ground and slippery rocks with seaweed on/around rockpools. Bring own basket/container, scissors and go away with a harvest! The return time in East Prawle village can vary a little and the timing includes the walk back. You can stay on at the beach if you wish finishing with the workshop slightly earlier.

A free guide containing the main seaweeds I talk about will be emailed afterwards but it is recommended to take notes and photos.

Woman in yoga pose
Maha mudra – The Great Seal. An important position in the Vinyasa Krama system.

Design your own Yoga Practice

Venue: South Brent Village Hall – POSSIBLE TO ATTEND VIA ZOOM ALSO

Cost: £25

Date/Time: 3 July, 10am-1pm

An opportunity to learn how to design your own yoga practice. We will look at the meaning of ‘Vinyasa Krama’, the essentials and variations of a practice, learning step by step, plus the importance of breathing techniques and the aim of a calm mind. We will use a practice manual to design balanced home practices including different lengths to suit the time you have available. Finally some advice on when and how to fit it into daily life.

Suitable beginners/experienced. The practices on the day will be adapted as necessary for different people, but contact me if you want to discuss in advance.

The Vinyasa Krama Yoga Manual will be available for sale at £15 (separate). It has been put together by Stephen Brandon, true to the Krishnamacarya lineage of yoga and invaluable for getting an overview of the sequences, together with background information. It will be referred to in the workshop, and used to help you work out practices now and into the future.

FUTURE WORKSHOPS

Yoga Philosophy and Practice – Parts 1, 2, 3

Venue: TBC – POSSIBLE TO ATTEND VIA ZOOM ALSO

Part 1:

  • What is Vinyasa Krama yoga & its lineage
  • What is the meaning of yoga, the goal & its 8 limbs
  • Benefits of basic breathing practices
  • A short practice

Part 2:

  • summarising & picking up from previous material and expanding on the goal of yoga
  • the 5 Kleshas – ‘afflictions’ or causes of pain & how yoga can help us with these
  • Mudras – some of the more important positions that have a greater effect
  • A short practice

Part 3:

  • summarising & picking up from previous material and expanding on the goal – what is meant by ‘liberation’
  • some principles in Samkhya, an ancient philosophy from India that describes the nature of the universe and consciousness. It is closely aligned with Yoga philosophy.
  • different components of the mind and how the mind is involved in these principles
  • is yoga spiritual/religious? And how it fits in with Eastern/Western philosophies/beliefs.
  • general points/advice for getting a balanced life/responding to life & applying yoga principles in the challenge of daily lives
  • A short practice

Date/Time: Date TBC

Cost: £25 per workshop, includes handout

Learn Yoga? An Introduction

Venue:

Date/time: TBC – do get in touch if you’d like to attend one

Cost:

Yoga is not about being flexible! This is for anyone who would like to learn a few basics about yoga & then join a class. Or you can be practising yoga already and be interested to find out more about this particular tradition.

A pupil recently gave me a card that started with ‘Yoga is not about touching your toes’ & later ‘calming the mind is yoga’. This is a chance to put yoga in context and learn a little background philosophy, basic principles and try out a short practice suitable for all (everyone will be able to practice to their ability). This will include body movements and positions, breathing practices and a short quiet time.

At the end we can discuss which weekly class would be suitable for you. My classes include gentle chair yoga.

The card from a pupil also said ‘Yoga has been known to cause health and happiness’! I teach Vinyasa Krama Yoga from the Krishnamacharya tradition, the movements are slow, co-ordinated with steady breath.

Autumn Berry Walk

A guided walk to look at edible berries this Autumn and also see if any chestnuts are ready! We will look closely at some of the perhaps less well known berries and fruit, some from native trees/shrubs and some from cultivated. This will include identifying from leaves/fruit/bark and then discussing their edible uses. I will also mention uses of edible nuts that we probably won’t see on site.

Recipes will be emailed after the event but you will have all the info from the walk, to harvest for yourself and experiment with eating and cooking! We won’t harvest loads on this site to preserve enough for wildlife.