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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
Mondays Beginners Level 1: 9 April – 21 May 7 weeks £56 BOOK HERE
Thursdays Beginners Level 1: 12 April – 24 May 7 weeks £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.
Sunday 25th March 9.30am – 4pm £48
*This hugely popular day retreat returns this Spring, early booking advisable!*
A wonderful day of yoga which will leave you feeling rested, restored, inspired and energised .
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.
Book online here
Emma Leaf’s Yoga Nidra and Sound Bath
13th April 7 – 8.30pm £12 BOOK HERE
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
Early Spring 5 Day Intensive
16th – 20th April 7.15am – 8-15am £40
Spring is finally here and what better way to enjoy the lighter days than with some early morning yoga. This 5 Day April Intensive will run from Monday to Friday and provide you with a daily dose of yoga to set you up for the day. Starting at 7.15am each morning you’ll be guided through a one-hour dynamic flow helping to awaken your body, focus your mind and open your heart. Come and join like-minded yogis for a fun week of shared practice.
All welcome although not recommended for complete beginners.
Book online here
Barmoor Weekend Retreat
Near Hutton-le-Hole, North Yorkshire
Returning in the Spring! The much-loved retreat hosted by the inspirational Sophie Carr.
27-29 April 2018
An inspiring weekend of yoga and mindfulness for those who are keen to deepen their practice. Get away from it all to a beautiful remote part of the North York Moors, in open countryside near Hutton-le-Hole. Log fires, great food, wonderful atmosphere, wild walks. The retreat is for those with some experience of yoga. There are periods of silence.
£210 includes teaching, accommodation (in shared rooms) and fantastic vegetarian food. Options for car shares up from York can be organised in advance. A non-refundable £100 deposit is required to book. The balance is due one month before the retreat.
Please email to find out more.
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. ‘