Workshops and Events

Personal yoga tips

Zoom

Monday 6th July

7.30 - 8.45pm

£8

This is an opportunity to come and ask Morven specific questions about your practice. A 75 minute group session where you can bring your questions and I can look at your personal practice and give you pointers on how to improve. Although not a traditional asana class, this is a movement session, devoted to asana (postures) and the technical aspect of yoga. As well as bringing your own questions, you will enrich your practice by listening to others' questions and their responses. 

Restorative series #1

Letting go

Zoom

Sunday 5th July

8 - 9.30pm

£10 or bring a friend for £12

Attend all three workshops for £25

In this Zoom workshop, I offer you the space to let go - let go of everything you have been carrying around with you, let go of all your worries, let go of physical tension and immerse yourself in a deeply restful and restorative yoga practice. A longer practice allows your nervous system time to reset itself, so the practice will feel spacious and you can sink into it completely. This is time just for you. 

We all walk around this increasingly complex world, holding on to the numerous threads that form the fabric of our lives. During lockdown, some of us have found ourselves with more time to fill, others with less, but we have all been processing a huge shift in the way we live our lives, the way we function as a community and what that means for all of our futures. Yoga helps us to restore our natural balance by bringing us into the present moment and removing all the blocks we have to healing and relaxation. 

Restorative yoga is a slow, meditative style of physical movement, which helps to release stress and bring about ease in body and mind. The gentle, supported postures are held for up to 10 minutes with a focus on comfort and the subtle release of muscular knots and tight spots. The stress of daily life accumulates in the body in the form of holding patterns and chronic tension. When you encourage the body to release its held tension, stress begins to dissolve from the mind.

The practice will include postures, breath work and yoga nidra - deeply restful yogic sleep. 

Props to have to hand are cushions, pillows, blankets and a belt. 

Restorative series #2

Coming home to yourself:

navigating the body

Zoom

Sunday 26th July

8-9.30 pm

£10

Attend all three workshops for £25

In the second of three online restorative workshops, we take a somatic approach to being in stillness and in movement. We will explore the inner space through gentle movement and awareness practices, creating a map of the inner physical world. We will also look at the body as a continuum of matter not separate from earth or air. We explore ways to inform movement and stillness by experiencing the physical in a truly mindful way. Knowing the inner and outer spaces experientially gives us the gift of being fully alive and conscious in an embodied way. We will be doing gentle postures - slow flow, long held restorative poses and breath work. Our session will end with a long relaxation and yoga nidra - the systemised and deeply relaxing path to yogic sleep. 

Somatic means to experience one's being or "soma" as one body-mind and aims to integrate all aspects of being into one experience of consciousness. E.g. there is "mind" in every cell of the body, so we experience the body's own wisdom as one with the thinking, egoic mind. 

Restorative yoga is a slow, meditative style of physical movement, which helps to release stress and bring about ease in body and mind. The gentle, supported postures are held for up to 10 minutes with a focus on comfort and the subtle release of muscular knots and tight spots.  The stress of daily life accumulates in the body in the form of holding patterns and chronic tension. When you encourage the body to release its held tension, stress begins to dissolve from the mind.

Props to have to hand are cushions, pillows, blankets and a belt. 

Restorative series #3

breath and gravity

Zoom

Sunday 16th August

8-9.30pm

£10

Attend all three workshops for £25

In the final part of the summer series which can also stand alone as a workshop, we explore the breath as the keystone of presence and as the bridge to inner peace.

Breath work is at least as important as posture in a Hatha yoga practice. However, in order to harness the breath we have to first hone body awareness so, inevitably, little weight is given to breath work in shorter classes of one hour or less. In this workshop, after some gentle movement to ground the awareness in the body we will explore the body's relationship to gravity. Becoming familiar with gravity helps you to move through space with more confidence and ease - when you know your physical boundaries intimately you can harness the support of earth to inform movement and bring both inner and outer space into sharp focus. Then we will focus on the transformational power of the breath with breath awareness and pranayama (guided breath) techniques. A complete yoga practice including breath work and meditation will bring you into a state of heightened awareness accompanied by deep relaxation and a core sense of well being. This is integration of body, mind and spirit - this is yoga. 

Restorative yoga is a slow, meditative style of physical movement, which helps to release stress and bring about ease in body and mind. The gentle, supported postures are held for up to 10 minutes with a focus on comfort and the subtle release of muscular knots and tight spots.  The stress of daily life accumulates in the body in the form of holding patterns and chronic tension. When you encourage the body to release its held tension, stress begins to dissolve from the mind.

Props to have to hand are cushions, pillows, blankets and a belt. 

mother's afternoon

Corpus Christi Church, Ellenborough Park South

Saturday 19th September 2020

1pm - 4.30pm

Mother and Daughter ticket £50

Single ticket £30

Sometimes the mother needs to be mothered

A women's yoga workshop, with massage, in honour of Mother's Day. This is an afternoon for all mothers and daughters of any age to rest and replenish in peace for a whole afternoon. You don't have to be a mother, or be with your mother to come to this event - we are celebrating the abundance and worth of all women everywhere. Plenty of women out there are not biological mothers and give their creative spirit and care to their work, extended family, community, animals and the land. One thing we all have in common is that we all give, and now it's time to receive. 

The yoga will be a women's yoga practice - yoga designed to nourish and heal the feminine form with plenty of restorative yoga poses to bring you into deep rest. 

Jenny Terris of Alma Retreats, a local massage business, will be giving each of you a relaxing  ten-minute chair massage during the workshop. 

There will be herbal tea and treats served during the afternoon. You will leave feeling truly cared for and rested. 

Suitable for all ages and levels of experience

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Morven is a registered Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals. This accreditation demonstrates excellent standards as set by Yoga Alliance Professionals.

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Morven Hamilton: info@yogabynature.org/ 07938 889028

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