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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
Living Mindfully Alumni sitting group
with Sophie Carr and Stuart Frost
September 24 (and then weekly from 1st October) at 6-7.30pm
Evening sessions for the alumni of the 3 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
The GYROKINESIS® Method
Saturdays 9am – 10am and Thursdays 9.30am – 10.30am £8 per class or £45 for 6 week GK class card
Come enjoy moving, breathing, and opening up! The Gyrokinesis method is a dynamic movement system that works the entire body through rhythmic sequences to open up energy pathways, stimulate the nervous system, increase range of motion, as well as build inner core awareness and strength. Focus on the breath stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system resulting in a sense of calm, wellbeing and mental clarity while at the same time leaving you energised. The class is accessible to all levels and can capture the interest of the highest performing athlete as well as an individual with little movement experience beginning their wellness journey. With Jessica Sias Wilson.
Drop-ins welcome: cash or cheque only.
To book, please contact Jessica
Sunday 15th October 10am – 1pm £35
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 including pregnancy!
Monday 6th November – 18th December 7 Weeks £56 BOOK HERE!
Thursdays 9th November – 14th December 6 Weeks £48 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.
*NEXT COURSE DATE!*
Starting 6th November 6 Weeks £42 BOOK HERE!
Young people need yoga. Teenagers have busy and often demanding lives, juggling school, friends, relationships, studying and socialising. Our teenage yoga class offers a welcoming and inclusive space where teens can ease their stresses and pressures.
Teenage yoga has many mental and emotional benefits: a regular practice helps builds a positive relationship with the body, reduces anxiety with the use of breathing techniques, improves concentration levels and memory retention.
Physical benefits of teenage yoga include establishing good posture and maintaining flexibility whilst building strength. Yoga can remind the body how to relax, can improve sleep, co-ordination and balance, and supports growing bodies.
There is time before class starts for students to arrive, get changed, and have a snack and chat.
Mondays 3:45pm arrival for class to start at 4pm, finishing 5pm.
Block booking, 6 weeks £42. siblings £35
*NEXT COURSE DATE!*
Starting 7th November 6 Weeks £36 BOOK HERE!
Kids yoga is a loud and fun way for your child to explore themselves and the world around them. Kindness to self and others is the starting point: traditional yoga poses and storytelling encourage your child to feel comfortable in their own skin—to stretch, breathe and relax.
Classes feature discussion, discovery, play, postures and mindfulness in a happy and safe environment, creating a sense of community within the group. Suitable for Kids aged 6-10.
6 weeks costs £36 per first child, siblings £30
Dance Movement Psychotherapy for mothers and babies
Starting Thursday 9th November
This is a psychotherapeutic group that uses story, dance and movement, singing, writing and drawing to help mothers form and develop relationships with their babies. It is a closed group and limited to a maximum of 6 participants.
The group will be held on Thursdays from 1-3pm, the cost is: £210 per person for the six weeks
Allison Singer is a UKCP registered Dance Movement Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor; and an HCPC registered Dramatherapist. She is also a published researcher and British Wheel of Yoga registered Yoga Teacher. Allison has been working as an Arts Therapist since 2000 and has experience of clinical work with refugee and internally displaced children and their families; children and adults with mild to profound and complex learning difficulties and challenging behaviours; pre-school children; women’s groups; elderly people; people with dementia; and students.
Please contact Allison
Inversions for beginners
Sunday 19th November 10am – 1pm
We don’t often headstands, handstands or shoulderstands in class. But these ‘topsy turvy’ poses are an important part of a traditional yoga practice, are very satisfying to do, and have many benefits. Often fear is our main obstacle, rather than any physical instability. This workshop will help you understand the practice of inversions and guide you step by step into being upside down. If you find dog pose relatively do-able, then this workshop is for you.
With Sophie Carr and Chloe McKay
Sunday 10th December 2017 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.
Next class Sunday 10th December 9.30am – 4pm
‘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. ‘