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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
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: 9 Jan – 20 Feb £56 FULL
This 7 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.
Relax & Find Calm Within
Wednesday 6th Feb – 20th Mar (no class 27th Feb) 7.30-9pm £90 for 6 weeks BOOK NOW
Relax and Find Calm Within – a 6 week course with Sophie Carr
Yin yoga, restorative yoga and mindfulness.
Suitable for all.
Are you tired, stressed, burnt out, in need of recharge? Is your mind busy, are you running to catch up all the time?
Come and unwind deeply held tensions in the body, and foster a pervading sense of calm and spaciousness using these quieter styles of yoga. Each week we will explore aspects of mindfulness while lying in restful postures. We will also develop our capacity for mindful communication, experiment with mindful walking and learn other techniques to use in everyday situations or times of stress. There will be relaxed discussions and opportunities to support one another in our practice.
- train your attention and focus with mindfulness of the breath
- be present and embodied through mindfulness of the body
- learn the 3-minute breathing space
- develop a loving, grateful heart with compassion practice
- explore emotions and develop more emotional intelligence
- be aware of thought-patterns and diminish self-judgment
- learn how to quieten the ‘inner critic’
- reduce our tendency to be over-reactive
- explore techniques to use in times of stress and anxiety
To truly benefit from this course, you will need to commit to about 20 minutes daily home practice.
Sophie Carr is co-owner of the Stables and is a yoga and mindfulness teacher with many years experience. She is a qualified and registered member of the Mindfulness Training Institute.
“Sophie is a gifted teacher. Her classes are always fun and engaging, her teaching technique clear and practical. I highly recommend this course!”
“Sophie is so open and warm, she is brilliant at making people feel at ease. Her explanations are clear and personal. I have benefited from the course in many areas of my life and really enjoyed it.”
“Thank you, Sophie. A game-changing experience! I have learnt so much about how I experience emotions and the present moment.”
“I found the course interesting, informative, and very inspiring. Sophie was an excellent teacher. I looked forward to each session with enthusiasm, it was a lovely space to work in and a special group to work with. I benefited and continue to do so, on many different levels.”
“Sophie’s class was warm, genuine and nurturing – much better than other more corporate offerings.”
Yoga Nidra and Sound Bath
Friday 22nd February 7.00-8.30pm £15 Book Now.
Emma Leaf is our Yoga Nidra teacher. She leads our regular Friday evening candlelit 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.
Advance booking essential.
Sunday 17th March 9.30am – 4pm £50 BOOK HERE
Want a full day of yoga? Here’s your chance to explore some inspiring yoga practices that will leave you feeling challenged, energised, rested and restored – all in one day. Enjoy a harmonious blend of yoga, meditation, breath work and relaxation in our light-filled studio. Deepen your practice and take time out to treat yourself. We’ll give you one-to-one attention and there will be some pampering extras.
Suitable for all levels.
With Sophie Carr & Fran Windsor.
Sunday 10th February 2019 9.30am – 4pm BOOK HERE
Sunday 23rd June 2019 9.30am – 4pm BOOK HERE
Sunday 15th September 2019 9.30am – 4pm BOOK HERE
Sunday 8th December 2019 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.”