Wellbeing workshop - Lower back and hips with Elly - Saturday 23rd of February 2.30 -4.30 pm

Wellbeing workshop – Lower back and hips with Elly

2.30 -4.30 pm

£25 before the 8th of February and £30 after

For many of us, modern life requires us to sit or stand for hours. There is a lack of mobility and a huge amount of downward pressure into the lower back and hips. Not surprisingly, lower back and hip problems are very prevalent amongst adults in our society.

This workshop is aimed at strengthening, mobilizing, releasing and stabilizing the lower back and the hips. With some targeted exercises and awareness of how to use your body intelligently, you can achieve greater wellbeing.

In this workshop you will learn:

  • Specific, targeted exercises that you will be able to practice safely at home
  • How use your body more intelligently in every day life to help maintain healthier hips and lower back.  This will include some core strengthening work.
  • How to work with some of the key Yoga Asanas (postures) safely and with maximum benefit for your lower back and hips.
  • How to release tension in the lower back and hips.

This workshop is open to current Yoga practitioners but is also suitable for people who have never practiced Yoga before.

Eliane is a British Wheel of Yoga teacher and a senior teacher with the Yoga Alliance, with over 13 years teaching experience. She is a passionate and versatile teacher and is dedicated to provide Yoga that is accessible to everyone. Her classes range from Ashtanga and Hot Power Yoga to gentle Yoga and yoga for people with special needs.

Eliane has a managed a serious back problem with Yoga over the last 25 years.

This workshop qualifies for 2 BWY CDP points

To book online click here or call us on 01992 503141, or pop in.

Vinyasa and Restorative Spectacular with Hannah and Elly - Sunday, 17th March 2019, 13.00 - 15.00

Vinyasa and Restorative Spectacular with Hannah and Elly
13.00 – 15.00
£20

Expect to work hard, have fun and sweat in the 1-hour Vinyasa class. This is followed by 35 minutes of restorative yoga where you can expect to release deeply in body and mind. The last 25 minutes are dedicated to a Yoga Nidra practice where you will find yourself drifting in a state between waking and sleep, where relaxation is at its peak.

To book online click here or call us on 01992 503141, or pop in.

The Road to Inversions with Elly - Sunday 24th March 14:30 - 16:30

The Road to Inversions with Elly
14:30- 16:30
£30 or £25 earlybird until 9th March

It is said that if you are stuck in life and don’t know what to do, you should practice an inversion as it will give you a different perspective. As you are physically literally upside down, everything looks and feels different. This is of course not the only benefit of inversions; there are hundreds of benefits documented in yoga literature. Headstand is often referred to as the King of the Asana’s because of its many benefits.

However inversions can also be risky, especially for the neck if not practiced properly and safely.

In this workshop you will learn in a step-by-step manner to practice and prepare for four main inversions;

Shoulderstand – Sarvangasana
Headstand -Sirsasana
Forearm balance – Pincha Maryuasana
Handstand –Ardho Mukha Vrksasana

We will also look at modifications that you can work with.

The aim of the workshop is to give you the tools to work safely and systematically towards the full poses. This workshop is aimed at people who are on the road to inversions or want to improve how they practice inversions.

There will be a follow on workshop later in the year exploring variations of inversions that are more challenging and extremely good fun J

Eliane is a British Wheel of Yoga teacher and a senior teacher with the Yoga Alliance, with over 12 years teaching experience. She is a passionate and versatile teacher and is dedicated to provide Yoga that is accessible to everyone. Her classes range from Ashtanga and Hot Power Yoga to gentle Yoga and yoga for people with special needs.

To book online click here or call us on 01992 503141, or pop in.

Progress Your Practice: Stretching and Flexibility with Irene - Saturday, 9 March 2019, 14.00 - 16.00

Progress Your Practice: Stretching and Flexibility with Irene
14.00 – 16.00
£30 (£25 Early bird until 23rd February)

If (like me) you are not a naturally flexible person, you might be intimidated by asanas which require flexibility in your hamstrings, hips or shoulders. Fear not, there is hope: By learning about different types of stretching, by staying patient and by practising diligently you will see results. In this Stretching and Flexibility Workshop you will learn about the different types of stretching and how to use them to improve flexibility. We will also practice some poses in more detail and explore ways of building up to these. To support you endeavours, you will also learn how to release tensions in the connective tissue through fascia stretching.

This workshop is of particular interest to beginner and intermediate practitioners.

To book online click here or call us on 01992 503141, or pop in.

Women Empowering Women with Gabriella - Sunday 10 March 2019, 10.00 - 17.00

Women Empowering Women with Gabriella Sunday 10th March

10.00 – 17.00
£35 early bird until 31st January and £40 thereafter

A one-day workshop for women of all ages and all walks of life.

Throughout the ages women have traditionally come together to celebrate, empower and support each other. There is a unique bond that comes from a shared understanding.

This day is an opportunity for women of all ages and all walks of life to come together in community, in a nourishing, enriching, open and loving environment.

Join us in sharing, exploring and discovering how it is to be supportive and supported.

This is a place to go deep, to embrace all that we are and in that unconditional acceptance recognize the importance that self-compassion and loving kindness plays in keeping us healthy.

Over the course of the day we will journey together through meditation, mindful movement, creative arts and group discussions to rediscover our authentic essence.

We will harmonise with the season to honour the presence of spring both internally and externally, bringing joy, abundance and new growth into our lives.

Led by a group of extraordinary women from a wide range of backgrounds with many years of experience facilitating groups and supporting people.

They are:

Ruth Cooper
Lucia Birch
Gabriella Angus
Sarah Beardmore

Supported by Alison Godlonton-Shaw and Linda Meehan

Lunch is a share affair so please bring a contribution of food for a vegetarian shared lunch

Teas and coffees and snacks will be provided.

There are limited spaces available so advance booking is highly recommended.

Venue: Millmead School, Port Vale, Hertford SG14 3AA

The price for the day is £35 early bird until 31st January 2019 and £40 thereafter.

Concessions
It is our intention that every woman who wishes to attend the event can do so, therefore some bursary places are be available. If you are interested please contact Gabriella.

For more information contact Gabriella at info@thesecretspace.org.uk or 07890 345421

To book online click here or call us on 01992 503141, or pop in.

Spring Equinox Women's Workshop 16th March 2019, 14.30 - 16.30

Spring Equinox Women’s Workshop 16th March 2019

14.30 – 16.30

Spring is a time when life beings to bubble up, and energy lifts.
Join Claire, Sally, Alison and Sarah in exploring the themes of creativity and beginnings through self-exploration, movement and stillness.
Together, we will create a group mandala, getting creative and setting our intentions for the upcoming season.
Sound magician SahaSarah will provide a sound bath to help honour and release the Winter, and welcome the freshness and new life of the Spring.
We will explore creativity and the innumerable ways we can show up in our lives in creative, rather than destructive, ways. We will look at what may be in the way of us living creatively. We will share what beginnings we wish to welcome into our lives, and explore how we can begin to create them for ourselves.
This workshop is being held for donations to the Secret Space charity. There is no set charge. Please give as generously as you can, or if you can’t donate this time, don’t worry, come along and enjoy anyway! All money raised will be used towards funding a place on Yoga Therapy for the Mind for one of the Secret Space volunteers. Our Winter Solstice workshop raised over £100 towards this goal.
Facilitators:
Sally Andrews – artist, creator, experienced yogi
Alison Godlonton-Shaw – Reiki II practitioner, all round bringer of awesomeness
Sarah Neville – Sound Healer, Gong Practitioner, Massage Therapist
Claire Sangster – MFR therapist, Holy Fire III Karuna Reiki Master, Intuitive worker

To book online click here or call us on 01992 503141, or pop in.

Yoga for Managing Stress with Irene - Saturday 27th April 2019, 14.00 - 16.30

Yoga for Managing Stress with Irene
14.00 – 16.30
£30 (£25 Early bird until 13th April)

All of us experience stress in different forms in our life, and stress is a major source of ill-health and unhappiness. Stress is not necessarily bad but when things seem to run out of control it is good to know how to help yourself.

In this workshop you will learn about the effects of stress on the body and mind and find out about common advice for managing stress. You will then be guided through an extended nurturing yoga practice combining a dynamic flow with still yin yoga to regulate the effects of stress on the body, learn a breathing technique to calm the nerves and practice mindful meditation to clear the mind.

All levels of practitioners are welcome to attend.

Irene has been a stress counsellor for over twelve years and has supported people facing both work-related and personal challenges. Her workshops are based on the ancient teachings of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali as well as the currently recommended therapeutic principles of cognitive-behavioural therapy CBT (which have surprising similarities).

To book online click here or call us on 01992 503141, or pop in.

Walking with Men - Sunday 28th April 2019, 10:00 - 17:00

Walking with Men with Gary, Adrian and Austin
10:00 – 15:00
£45 full price,  £25 concesssions,  £15 unwaged

Venue:

Mill Mead School
Port Vale
Hertford
SG14 3AA

Our goal is to build a supportive community for men. The intention of the workshop is to facilitate a safe space where men of all ages and backgrounds can come together and share experiences of what it means to be a man in the modern world, the pressures on men in the 21st century and how we can be empowered to find our voice and identity.

The day will consist of group exercises and discussions,  meditation, and a series of small talks from each facilitator.

You will be energised, uplifted, inspired and empowered.
Just bring yourself, an open mind, and your sense of humour.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

This workshop will be co facilitated by Gary Aldridge, Adrian Dennis and Austin Fenn

Gary Aldridge is an experienced counsellor, group facilitator and recently trained NLP practitioner, with a background of working in the field of addiction for the last 8 years, with a passion for supporting men through talking therapies.

Adrian Dennis is a Clinical Hypnotherapist and NLP Practitioner with 3 years’ experience in working with groups and individuals. Adrian is a firm believer that we have the ability and right to reach our full potential, and works in a positive way to assist clients in being the best they can be.

Austin Fenn worked as a plasterer for 25 years before training to be an integrative counsellor and changing his career at the age of 43. After further training in holistic therapies, including seated chair Indian head and Reiki massage.

 

The inspirations behind this workshop came after an ITV campaign in which 84 statues were erected at the top of their headquarters, to represent how many men commit suicide each week in the UK.

To book online click here or call us on 01992 503141, or pop in.