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.

Indoor workshops may be offered on Zoom if there is a lockdown/restriction

Outdoor Yoga

Yoga mats

Date/time: Thursdays 5-6.15pm starting 15th July, August & September (dates will be confirmed depending on weather/numbers/my holiday).

Venue: The Patch – grassy area outside South Brent Village Hall

Cost: £7 Please email me to book places on any Thursday.

A chance to learn and practice sun/moon salutations a bit more, plus other practices including therapeutic. Longer meditation than classes.

Seaweed Foraging

Seaweed Foraging

Venue: Fishcombe Cove, Brixham

Dates/Times: Friday 10 September 2-4pm & Tuesday 21 September 12.30-2.30pm 2021

Cost: £18 (children £8 – enquire for age suitability)

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

We will meet at Fishcombe Cove Cafe and walk together onto the beach/rocks to 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 may look at some edible cliff plants & Autumn berries, time permitting but today’s focus is seaweed.

Come equipped/feel confident to walk on uneven ground, beach and slippery rocks with seaweed on/around rockpools. The best shoes are aqua shoes but not essential. Bring own basket/container/bag, scissors and go away with a harvest!

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

Yoga and Ayurveda for Anxiety

Date/time: Part 1 Saturday 18 September 10am-1pm. Part 2 Saturday 9 October 10am-1pm

Venue: South Brent Village Hall

Cost: £40

As anxiety has become very widespread in our modern world, there will be 2 workshops (2nd one is a follow up) to cover this subject including providing an understanding from a yoga and ayurvedic perspective. Just this knowledge can help us to heave a sigh of relief and to know that we are not alone in our experience. There will also be techniques (particularly breathing), practices, lifestyle suggestions, diet and herbs that can all help enormously. The first workshop will provide you with some ideas to start working on at home and the 2nd will review this and give more support. Yoga practices will be included in the workshop.

Attending will also enable you to optionally have herbs prescribed individually (usually requiring a consultation fee). If you decide to do this, you will be asked to complete a form in advance & during the workshops, I will chat to you for a short time privately to make suggestions for herbs/any individual dietary advice to address anxiety and for good health (this can often include addressing other health matters as ayurveda has a holistic approach).

FUTURE WORKSHOPS

Introduction to Yoga Philosophy

Date/time:

Venue: South Brent Village Hall

Cost: £28

Why do we practice yoga? Quite often people’s goals are to become stronger, more flexible and reduce stress. We know there are yoga poses and relaxation. This is all true. But the goal is actually a still mind, which in itself is a key to progress towards enlightenment. What is enlightenment?

Come to this introduction, to start learning some of the answers. We will cover the 8 limbs of yoga and learn about our fundamental misunderstanding of ourselves and why this leads to a range of emotions. Yoga practices included. There will be a follow up workshop.

Design your own Yoga Practice

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

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.

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.