Workshops

We have an exciting and diverse range of workshops on offer throughout the year, ranging from yoga and meditation to Goddess dancing and full moon events. We frequently add new workshops to the calendar, so please check back regularly for the latest additions! Click any of the links below to explore what’s coming up and for information on how to book…

 

Body Wisdom - a monthly Women's Workshop with Becky - next workshop Saturday 20th January 17.00 - 19.30

Body Wisdom – a monthly Women’s Workshop with Becky

Monthly Saturdays 17.00 – 19:30
£20

 January 20th, February 17th, March 17th, April 14th

The Secret Space is happy to announce the creation of this monthly workshop for women.
Join Becky B on the Saturday closest to each New Moon for an opportunity to share (words, stories, poems, art whatever!) and using aspects of Hatha Yoga including Asana Movement, Breathing techniques and other embodiment techniques such as Bandha work and Body Scan meditations. The aim is to facilitate women to connect positively and deeply with their bodies, and therefore with their authentic selves.

In 2009 the Dalai Llama stated that “ the world will be saved by the Western Woman” and in ancient Tantra Yoga the importance of feminine energy or Shakti in society as the balance of the emotions, creativity, innate sense for peace and nurturing is clear but has over 100’s of years been pushed away in favour of a more male energy focussed world. There is a shift happening. Our strength is needed in the world.

The New Moon is a time that has been associated for thousands of years with ritual, introspection, intention setting and women coming together to share and support each other. In our manic, modern day world, it is even more important to give ourselves the time to connect as a community. We are strong alone but even stronger when we meet together to share experience, give encouragement and receive each other as has been done for centuries.

Over the coming months topics that will be covered:
– Understanding the dance of the male /feminine energies and Shiva and Shakti and understanding why these ideas are relevant to us in modern times
-Understanding the difference between the ‘logical’ mind and the ancient wisdom that is held in the body, cells, DNA.
-What keeps us out of our bodies? discussion around unresolved trauma and attachments from childhood. How this may manifest as addictions, ‘doing’, fatigue, body pain, anxiety, digestive issues.
– Finding ways of being with and accepting our shadows and darker sides where there is strength and power
– How, by really tuning in to Body Wisdom we override unhelpful brain patterns and the sense of un-settledness, feeling un-safe, un-certain and re-turn, re-store, re-new, re-viatalise, re-veal……..

Click here to book online, email info@thesecretspace.org.uk, call us on 01992 503141, or pop in.

Progress Your Practice: Building Strength with Irene Campbell - Saturday 10th February 14:00 - 16:00

Progress Your Practice: Building Strength with Irene Campbell

Saturday 10th February 2018 from 14:00-16:00 

**£30 or £25 early bird price until 27th January**

Many yoga asanas and transitions require strength – in the legs, arms and core. If strength is missing, we might strain muscles and joints and feel frustrated because certain poses seem beyond our reach. Developing strength can be one of the most satisfying aspects of yoga practice as it has an immediate positive effect not only on executing poses during class but also on stability and balance, good posture, and building inner confidence.

In this Strength Workshop you will work with poses and exercises to help you gradually get stronger.  Based on the principles of strength training, you will learn how to best benefit from practising these exercises. You will also be supported in developing a plan for a home practice to help you reach your goals.

This workshop will be of particular interest to beginner and intermediate practitioners.

Click here to book online, email info@thesecretspace.org.uk, call us on 01992 503141, or pop in.

The Road to Inversions with Eliane Codiroli - Saturday 24th February 14:30 - 16:30

The Road to Inversions with Eliane Codiroli

Saturday 24th February 2018 from 14:30-16:30

**£30 or £25 early bird price until 10th February**

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

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.

Click here to book online, email info@thesecretspace.org.uk, call us on 01992 503141, or pop in.

Progress Your Practice: Stretching and Flexibility with Irene Campbell - Saturday 10th March 14:00 - 16:00

Progress Your Practice: Stretching and Flexibility with Irene Campbell

Saturday 10th March 2018 from 14:00-16:00 

**£30 or £25 early bird price until 24th 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 will be of particular interest to beginner and intermediate practitioners.

Click here to book online, email info@thesecretspace.org.uk, call us on 01992 503141, or pop in.

Twist for a healthy Spine and Digestive System with Eliane Codiroli - Saturday 17th March 14:30 - 16:30

Twist for a healthy Spine and Digestive System with Eliane Codiroli

Saturday 17th March 2018 from 14:30-16:30

**£30 or £25 early bird price until 3rd March**

When we work with twists in Yoga we massage the internal organs in the abdomen and lower back. This massaging action helps to improve the functioning of the intestines, stomach, liver, kidneys, urinary system and the reproductive system. This will help improve our overall health and well being.
Twists also wring out the upper Spine, where we tend to hold a lot of tension. There is also a lengthening of the lower back, an opening into the upper chest and a lengthening of the outer hips and legs. Essentially, twists counterbalance all the bad posture habits we perform during the day and are therefore an ideal practice to bring into everyday life.
This workshop will explore a variety of different twists. The aim is for students to find twists that work for their bodies and feel confident in performing them correctly at home.

This workshop is open to all levels.

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.

Click here to book online, email info@thesecretspace.org.uk, call us on 01992 503141, or pop in.

Kundalini Yoga - with Dmitriy Borodkin - next workshop April - date to be confirmed

Kundalini Yoga Workshops with Dmitriy Borodkin

14:00 – 16:00
£30 (early bird £25)

Next workshop April – Dates to be confirmed

Take shelter from the demands and struggles of everyday life and rejuvenate both your body and mind with an afternoon of nourishing asana and meditation practice. Within 2 hours you will go through all stages of Kundalini yoga routine: tuning-in with the Adi Mantra, pranayam or warm-up, kriya sets, relaxation and meditation.

This practice will offer you the opportunity to delve deeper within, to find comfort and acceptance in simply Being as opposed to the ‘default mode’ of having to do and achieve. A practice of cultivating inner peace and light to de-clutter your mental, emotional and physical space, leaving you with a sense of blissful serenity and helping you to restore clarity and balance. This workshop is a wonderful gateway to a Meditation practice, allowing you to slow down and take time to find stillness in the present moment.

Kundalini yoga is a powerful practice that strengthens the nervous system, balances the glandular system and promotes the energy circulation within the body. Regular practice supports health and vitality, physical and mental strength as well as emotional wellbeing.

Dmitriy is a qualified Kundalini Yoga Teacher with Amrit Nam Sarovar Kundalini Yoga School. He is an active member of the London Kundalini community and has established one of the London’s Sadhana in Bermondsey. His path to Kundalini Yoga started with Bikram Hot Yoga, but with time he sought a more profound and spiritual practice. Having himself experienced the crazy corporate lifestyle and burnt out syndrome, Dmitriy’s classes are aimed at achieving harmony and balance and building both physical and spiritual strengths.

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What is Kundalini Yoga?

Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® is considered the most comprehensive of yoga traditions, combining meditation, mantra, physical exercises and breathing techniques; it is a Raj Yog, encompassing the eight limbs of yoga into a singular practice of excellence and ecstasy. “Kundalini” literally means “the curl of the lock of hair of the beloved.” This poetic metaphor alludes to the flow of energy and consciousness that exists within each of us, and enables us to merge with – or “yoke” – the universal Self. Fusing individual and universal consciousness creates a divine union, called “yoga.” The Upanishads, dating back to the fifth century B.C., describe the kundalini, although the oral tradition reaches back even further into history. For thousands of years, this sacred science and technology was veiled in secrecy, passed along verbally from master to chosen disciple.

How do you describe Kundalini Yoga?

Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® is also known as the Yoga of Awareness; its focus is on self-awareness and delivering an experience of your highest consciousness. The technology of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® is a science of the mind and body, to elevate the spirit, which has no boundaries, no discrimination. Therefore it is for everyone, universal and nondenominational.

In the ancient tradition that is yoga, Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® is a householder path; that is, it has always been practiced by those with families and jobs as opposed to a renunciate’s path of celibacy and removal from society, which was the usual path of a yogi.

Click here to book online, email info@thesecretspace.org.uk, call us on 01992 503141, or pop in.