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Home Birth Support Group
Meeting on the first Sunday every month 10.30am – 12.30pm
For Couples, Doulas, Midwives – payment by donation (£3-£5) to cover costs, more information here
5 Day June Intensive
18th – 22nd June 7.15am – 8-15am £40
Come and enjoy the early summer mornings on this 5 day yoga intensive. Monday to Friday we’ll begin at 7.15am each day flowing through an hour long dynamic practice. Each class will be interwoven with a chosen theme with options to suit all except the complete beginner. You’ll get to experience the benefits of a regular daily yoga practice, meet like minded others and learn more about the philosophy of yoga….it may even be the catalyst you need to kick start your own home practice.
Come and move, flow, and awaken. With Chloe McKay. All welcome although not recommended for complete beginners.
Book online here
Creative Writing with Hannah Davies
Have you always wanted to write? Do you have a story in side you itching to find its way out onto the page? Are you frustrated and feel you don’t have enough time to put words on to the page?
Come and explore your creative writing practice in the beautiful setting of the Stables Yoga Centre! A month-long course for writers of all levels and experience. The course takes place over four weekly sessions, and covers aspects of writing for short story, memoir, poetry and dialogue. Classes include writing prompts, discussion, guided exercises and lots of sharing and feeding back on each other’s work.
The course is led by Hannah Davies, award-winning writer, theatre-maker and multi-slam winning, spoken word poet. (Royal Court, York Theatre Royal, Tara Finney Productions Ltd, Bristol Poetry Slam Winner, Word War Four Champion, BBC Edfringe Slam). As well as regularly writing and performing, Hannah has a PhD by Creative Practice and is an experienced workshop leader and writing tutor. She is an Associate Artist at Say Owt Poetry organisation and has taught in theatres, community groups, poetry organisations, and in drama schools and Universities. In 2012 she won the Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Award after being nominated by her MA Theatre students. Hannah fosters a friendly and inclusive writing environment and believes that writing is a fun, social activity, and that everyone can find their own unique voice on the page.
Friday 25 May (7 – 9.30pm)
Friday 1 June (7 – 9.30pm)
Friday 8 June (7 – 9.30pm)
Saturday 16 June (7 – 9.30pm)
£120 per person. Your place is reserved with a non-refundable £50 deposit. Places are limited, and pre-booking is essential.
For further details or to reserve a place, please contact Hannah directly here.
Mondays Beginners Level 1: 4 June – 16 July £56 BOOK HERE!
Thursdays Beginners Level 1: 7 June – 19 July £56 BOOK HERE!
We might try yoga for many reasons: to cure a bad back, to manage our stress, to heal a broken heart, to inspire our running, or simply because we’ve heard it’s good for us. Yoga can fulfil all these promises and more, because its fundamental premise is that we all possess the potential for a happy, harmonious and healthy life. Yoga is an intelligent, multi-dimensional body-based practice which improves our strength and flexibility, our digestion and circulation, and our endocrine and immune systems. It has a direct impact on our breathing and nervous system, stimulating the relaxation response, and its focus on mindful attention to our inner landscape of thoughts and emotions leads to psychological wellbeing.
Our beginners courses will get you started in a flow style of yoga. You’ll gain confidence in basic postures, sun salutations, breath work, deep relaxation and mindfulness. Suitable for all, regardless of age, fitness and flexibility. Come and try!
If you are new to yoga we recommend a beginners course, or come and try one of our regular ‘All Levels’ classes.
Beginners Level 2 Course
Wednesdays Beginners Level 2: 13 June – 18 July BOOK HERE!
This 6 week course is for those of you who have done our beginners course and want to explore postures, breathwork and mindfulness a little deeper, or for anyone who’s done yoga in the past, feels a bit rusty and wants to get back into it. The course is a great stepping stone into out Level 2 classes. Expect more alignment instructions, slightly more ‘strong’ stuff, perhaps some Yin Yoga and a wonderful restorative relaxation.
Emma Leaf’s Yoga Nidra and Sound Bath
22nd June 7 – 8.30pm £12 BOOK HERE
Join us for this very special Candlelit Yoga Nidra & Sound Bath. Emma Leaf is one of our two fantastic Yoga Nidra teachers. She will be leading regular Friday evening sessions to nourish your whole body, mind and heart. Emma will play healing sounds during these sessions with crystal singing bowls, shamanic healing instruments, chimes and a beautiful transformative gong!
Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep) is a wonderful deep relaxation which complements the efforts you make in your regular asana practice. It reduces daily stress by turning attention inward for your own healing awareness and cultivating a deep meditative state to help you find quietude and stillness.
We will start with light seated stretches to prepare the body, followed by ancient mantra to sense into our intention. We then lie down in Savasana (corpse pose) with soft blankets, bolsters and as many pillows as you wish to deeply rest your body while you are guided through a journey of great inner discovery.
Yoga nidra has many benefits:
- Immediate physical benefits, such as reduced stress and better sleep
- It can lower blood pressure, release muscle tension, slow your heart rate and regulate your breathing.
- It can bring an incredible calmness, quietness and clarity
- It has the potential to heal psychological and emotional wounds
- It rejuvenates, recharges, and restores your sense of wellbeing
All mats, blankets and props are provided and you are most welcome to bring your own.
Book online here
Saturday 23rd June 7-9.15pm £18 Book here!
This is going to be an evening that everyone will be talking about. Yoga to loud music! Followed by bubbly, nibbles and socialising with other grooved-up yogis. What more could your Saturday night need?!
We will start and finish the yoga session with calmness and quiet, but in between, anything goes. You can expect a high-vibe vinyasa-style flow with the best music you’ve ever yoga’d to – with the likes of Hendrix, The Foo Fighters, Fleetwood Mac and The Verve – you’ll be singing along as you do your asanas, believe it or not! With an afterparty of cava and nibbles, you’ll leave feeling awesome!
With Chloe Markham.
Yoga for Runners & Cyclists
Saturday 30th June 2-5pm £35 Book here!
Whether you take your running seriously or it’s just a hobby, this workshop with show you how yoga can help support and enhance your sport. We’ll be exploring poses that target the main muscle groups used by runners in order to increase flexibility as well as strength. Breathing techniques (pranayama) and meditation will also be incorporated to enhance focus, concentration and stamina. No experience of yoga is necessary to participate.
With Chloe McKay.
Saturday 7th July 2-5pm £35 Book here!
Deep rest for body and mind – a complete antidote to stress. Come and treat yourself to a blissful afternoon of restoratives and mindfulness. You’ll use bolsters, blankets and other props to support yourself in restful postures, opening the body gently, slowly and safely. Nurturing breathing, mindfulness and calming music will help you slow down and nourish your soul. You’ll emerge from the practice with a deep sense of stillness and physical spaciousness.
With Sophie Carr and Chloe McKay.
Suitable for everyone!
22 July 9.30am – 1pm £35 Book here!
This work is designed to be fun, inspiring and to provide tools for you to develop and deepen your practice. The inversions are a wonderful part of a yoga practice.
We will look at a range of ‘topsy turvy’ asana – handstand, headstand, forearm balance, crow pose, eight-angled pose – learning their techniques and playing with an attitude of ‘working towards’; always with great awareness of our own needs and experience.
A great way to shake the dust off, whether you are already an inversion junkie or a yogi wanting to deepen your wisdom of challenge and to meet other yogis. Expect some partner work and use of props, and strong but intelligent work.
A regular yoga practice is required of at least 6 months.
Not suitable for any chronic injuries or pregnancy.
Living Mindfully Alumni sitting group
*not running at the moment – we will start again soon*
Evening sessions for the alumni of the 4 SIT mindfulness courses we have run at the Stables, and for anyone who has a regular mindfulness practice. The aim of the session is to support you to continue, or re-ignite, your mindfulness practice.
We will spend plenty of time sitting, some time doing mindful communication, and some time in conversation. We will look at ways of maintaining a nourishing ‘formal’ practice and a lively connection with your ‘informal practice’, which is effectively your whole life!
Suggested donation £5
Sunday 8th July 2018 9.30am – 4pm BOOK HERE
£65 per couple
The class is suitable for couples who want to birth their babies naturally, whether in hospital, at a midwife-led birth centre, or at home.
With Sophie Carr, yoga teacher and doula.
‘It was absolutely essential, miles better than the NCT and hospital preparation classes – fantastic, thank you.’
Stay in control of your birth. Birthing women know what is right for them. They instinctively know who they want with them, where they want to birth, and how. If this is respected, birth is empowering and pleasurable. But the power of birth is often unconsciously surrendered to others which can lead to complicated birth experiences. We learn how to stay in control, while letting our body do its job of birthing.
The characteristics of a natural birth. Hormones play an essential role in childbirth, stimulating the uterus to contract and natural painkillers to be released. In order for the efficient and sustained production of these hormones, a woman needs space to move, darkness and privacy. To birth naturally, she needs to be undisturbed, instinctive, and feel safe and protected. Given the right conditions only one in ten births will be
complicated. We discuss ways of achieving the environment essential for a normal birth in hospital, at a midwife-led birth unit, and at home. We concentrate on the need to trust the process of birth (whether short or very long) and avoid unnecessary interventions.
Active birth. We discuss the benefits of an upright, active birth. We look at positions for the 1st , 2nd and 3rd stages of labour, how to support the birthing mother, and note how our own conditioning can inhibit our trust in our bodies. Women’s bodies are designed to give birth, but fear is a major inhibitor of the birthing hormones—so how can we integrate that knowledge so we are not afraid?
Mindfulness, breathing and relaxation. Yoga breathing is the essential tool for childbirth. We look at how useful it is for dealing with the pain of contractions, and how mindfulness reduces feelings of anxiety and fear. We learn how the birth partner can help the mother stay steady and strong during even the lengthiest labour.
Getting the best from the NHS. We have many choices in birth, many more than we think. We discuss your birth preferences and how to have the birth you want while being supported by the NHS. We also discuss other care providers, and the role of doulas.
‘My partner felt for the first time that he had an important role to play and felt very positive after the day. An excellent and informative class – it left us both enthusiastic and inspired.’
‘Empowering! Sophie and Alison have a gift for getting the partners involved. The best preparation, both physically and psychologically, we have had.’
‘The class was really engaging and Howard appreciated the ‘man time’ chat and how involved he felt in the session. We both got a lot out of it and it was very helpful indeed. ‘
Deep rest for body and mind – a complete antidote to stress. Come and treat yourself to a blissful afternoon of restoratives and mindfulness. You’ll use bolsters, blankets and other props to support yourself in restful postures, opening the body gently, slowly and safely. Nurturing breathing, mindfulness and calming music will help you slow down and nourish your soul. You’ll emerge from the practice with a deep sense of stillness and physical spaciousness. With Sophie Carr and Chloe McKay.Suitable for everyone!