Public Yoga and Wellbeing Workshops
I have a variety of Workshops coming up which bring together yoga, great food, good company and good old-fashioned fresh air all in a welcoming and fun environment. I provide a calm, relaxing and safe space for you to reduce stress, move, breath, slow down and enjoy. There is no expectation, judgment or 'level of experience' needed to join my workshops. You are already moving and breathing...that is yoga! Come as you are. That is more than enough. Here is a little more information for you.....
Here are some of the workshops that we have coming up ....
For more information about my workshops or to invite me to look at a venue as a potential location to run a workshop please do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com or to call on 07931 501 118.
To book onto one of my wonderful workshops simply click here
This link will take you to my class calendar on the online booking system called Mind/Body and all you have to do is select the event that you wish to attend and follow the instructions.
The beautiful unique venues that we select and run our workshops from often have limited capacity so please book early to avoid disappointment.
What to expect from my retreat days:
Its all about you
You will be greeted with refreshments and made to feel really welcome. My workshops are for all...total beginners and advanced yogis so don't be nervous. Come along and enjoy the day. Its all about you. A whole day for you to relax, focus on yourself and recharge.
I offer Hatha yoga workshops and Vinyasa yoga workshop to provide both a restorative and more energetic practice for people. Hatha yoga is a gentle form of yoga moving slowly from one posture to the next. Vinyasa yoga flows from one posture to the next creating more heat in the body and building strength. Both will focus on breath work, balance and mobility and finish with a juicy Shavasana/relaxation.
I promote that yoga is non-competitive and non-judgemental and to do what feels good in your body at all times. My sessions are fully adaptive and trauma-sensitive to enable that everyone in the class feels safe and able to relax. I also like to have a giggle...because this is important too.
All equipment is provided for you including yoga matt (please feel free to bring your own if you would prefer), blocks, yoga belt/strap, pillow, and blanket. You may just want to bring some socks and a jumper for guided relaxation.
I love food and value homemade cooking made with fresh ingredients so this is what you can expect from the food served at my workshops. I respect everyone and the choices that they make when it comes to their diet. I cater for all: meat, veggie, vegan, dairy free and the list goes on. All that I ask is that you inform me asap. Menus differ depending on the venue that the workshop is hosted but here are some pictures of food that we have provided:
Forest bathing and Mindful walking
I get so many people asking 'what is forest bathing?', 'DoIi need to bring a swimsuit?', 'Will I be hugging a tree?'...and these questions are fair. So let me tell you more about it.
Forest bathing is a Japanese practice which involves taking a short and gentle walk amongst the trees. Nothing strenuous or complicated, you are simply practising mindfulness in nature. You are encouraged to awaken your senses via a series of invitations including mindful walking, listening, breathing and observations.
Studies in Japan have shown that trees release essential wood oils called phytoncides which enhance immune markers and reduce stress hormones in people who regularly walked in specific forests in Japan. So, as well as good old fresh air, taking a walk amongst the trees has so much more to offer us which is why we include it in our workshops.
Faith Douglas from Forest Bathing UK and I deliver this element and take in the surrounding environment of our beautiful venues. Faith Douglas adds a wealth of knowledge to our workshops and is both inspiring and encouraging, making everyone feel at ease with what at first may seem like a strange and 'hippy' concept. More on the amazing faith below.
Guided relaxation or yoga nidra is the icing on the cake at our workshops. We finish with this so that you can float home. During this, I guide you through a series of breathing exercises and body scans to help your mind, body and breath slow down. I make sure that you are warm and cosy with our soft pillows and blankets and heated rooms. I have a delightful aromatherapy diffuser to aid relaxation and were possible, I guide the sessions by candlelight. This really is a lovely experience and will leave you with tools to try at home to reduce stress and aid sleep.
The Dream Team
I have been running Yoga and Wellbeing Workshops here at Yorkshire Yogi for 8 months now and I just love it! On my full day retreats, I work with the fabulous Faith Douglas from Forest bathing UK and it really is a great combination. Our workshops focus on connecting with yourself and nature and we have so many ideas to share with you all to take this successful combination of different populations. More will be revealed soon. We have known Faith for over 5 years now and we love working with her. Her knowledge of nature, trees, and mindfulness and how they can enhance our wellbeing is inspiring. You will get the opportunity to get to know us both at our workshops and this is a lovely picture we took in Hawes just before our workshop at The Nash after a rather wet walking recci!
SUP Yoga Workshops
In summer we don our wetsuits and take our yoga on the water! I have teamed up with Danny at SUP Active Yorkshire who is both professional, fun and encouraging in the way that he delivers our SUP skills portion of the workshop. He takes care of us providing all of the equipment that we need including sup boards, rash vests, wetsuits, sun cream and even a lovely brew and refreshments.
Our introduction to SUP workshop really is fun, friendly and for all. You don't have to have any previous yoga or paddle boarding experience to come along and join us. Yoga on the water is challenging but also really lovely. The more you fall into the water the better, in fact, we encourage it. These workshops are run from Ellerton Lake, North Yorkshire. I love a social and so after out workshop you are welcome to join us for something to eat/drink at the cafe shop onsite.
New to 2018: We have some full-day river adventures planned to allow those who have some SUP experience and have attended our intro workshops to advance their skills. Danny has some trips planned to head towards York and Ripon (more details to follow). On these days Danny will guide us down the river, we will take food with us, eat along the way and find a quiet spot to have our yoga class and take in the lovely scenery along the way. Transport from the finish to the start/meet point is provided so you don't need to worry about logistics. Keep an eye out for the details of these. They will be great fun.
I can't wait to meet you