Forthcoming Workshops

Ashtanga Foundations - FULLY BOOKED

Event Details When: Starts Tuesday 14 April 2015 (6-7.15pm)
Cost: £70
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Develop your practice of Ashtanga Yoga in a safe and comprehensive manner. This six week course is semi-private meaning it's limited to eight participants to allow for individual attention and instruction, helping you get the most out of your practice.

The course is perfect if you've completed the Introduction to Ashtanga Course or have been coming to our drop in classes for a while and would like to develop and progress your practice.

In this six week course you'll revisit the Sun Salutations and the standing postures, refining your technique to help you to get the most amount of benefit from these foundational postures. This will then prepare you for the seated postures which will be modified for you if required. You'll be introduced to the more advanced postures contained within the sequence and be given preparation exercises to help you work towards them. You'll also spend more time working on backbending and inversions, learning good technique and alignment.

You'll also rediscover the correct breathing technique and how along with bandhas, vinyasa and dristi it can transform your practice of Ashtanga yoga. You'll put what you do on the mat in context with a closer look at how yoga can be a practical philosophy for life. And finally, you'll learn more about the Mysore style approach to Ashtanga and experience its magic for yourself!

Each week we'll work on a bit more of the sequence building on prior weeks and you'll be given homework to practise between classes! Once you've completed the course you'll be ready to get the most from any of the regular classes on the timetable or your own practice at home.

With a set sequence of postures and a unique system of breath synchronised movement, Ashtanga yoga creates heat in the body, making you sweat, allowing you to move freely and release toxins. A regular yoga practice brings strength and flexibility in the body and focus and clarity in the mind. Ashtanga yoga will complement and enhance any other training or exercise programs you are undertaking. It'll help you move and breathe more efficiently, feel more relaxed and centred. It's physically challenging and will increase strength and improve flexibility - it'll be the best thing you do this year!

To get the maximum benefit, it's important that you attend all classes in the course.

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Additional information:

Dates: Tuesday 14/21/28 April & 5/12/19 May 2015
Time: 6 - 7.15pm
Cost: £70
Spaces are strictly limited to EIGHT per course.
This course is not suitable for pregnancy. If you have any injury concerns please get in touch to discuss.

The Gifts of Yoga with James Boag

Event Details When: 10 - 12 April 2015
Cost: Full Weekend £155
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Gain new perspectives and clarity on the practical applications of yoga and bring the teachings of yoga into all aspects of your life with the inspirational James Boag.

Yoga is all about achieving integration, harmony, balance and optimum health in everything that we do. Over this weekend you'll learn how to use the classical teachings of practical yoga philosophy as tools to support you in that.

Friday 10 April 2015

6.30 - 9pm Yoga: Hanuman and Leaping over the Ocean

Discover and deepen your understanding of the practical, real-life teachings of yoga with this evening of live storytelling and interpretation from the beating heart of the living yoga tradition.

Like Star Wars, the stories of the yoga tradition are set in a time far, far away, yet they speak vividly to us today. Really, they are set in the here and now of our lives: the colourful characters and fantastic adventures communicate timeless truths in ways we can relate to and draw support from as we navigate the challenges and opportunities of a human life.

Here, James will share and interpret one of the most celebrated episodes of the Indian epic Ramayana and unpack some of its rich wisdom in the context of our lives today.

Saturday 11 April 2015

Yoga and the Art of Living and Dying

Everything that is born will die. Death is intrinsic to life. Without the space of the exhale, there is no room for new growth. In contemporary mechanistic and material cultures, these truths are often shunned. The disregard for the basic laws of Nature is one of the key causes of the diseased imbalance we see in the world today. Yoga however, teaches us to pay attention and be more and more honest with ourselves, stripping away the veils that hide our unique, essential gifts. Here we will explore how a closer relationship with the cycles of nature in and all around us can help us find deeper harmony and satisfaction in all aspects of our lives.

10am - 12.30pm Themed Asana Exploration - The Art of Living and Dying

Working with principles to help ensure that our asana practice can be a sustainable support the length of our lives, we will explore how each asana and each practice session can be seen as a life cycle, and a means that can help us learn to embody the Art of Living and Dying: learning to meet the opportunities and challenges of each unfolding moment of life in ways that invite deeper peacefulness and integration.

12:30 - 2pm Vegetarian Lunch

2 - 5.30pm The Art of Living - Discussion, Meditation & Kirtan

'If you want to be spontaneous, you've got to be prepared.' David Hockney

What does it mean to live 'artfully'? How can yoga practices and principles help us to come to know ourselves more intimately and express our unique gifts more fully? Practical consideration of the artist in the context of yoga.

Sunday 12 April 2015

Yoga: Darkness and Light

In yoga and spiritual practices, we often hear about the importance of the light. However, as we practice, we discover that it is often darkness that gives birth to our greatest insights, the most beautiful things sprout in the dark and times of shadowy fear can push us into abiding growth.


10am - 12:30pm Themed Asana Exploration - Embracing the Darkness and Dccepting the Light ?

Yoga recognises that all of life is pulsation: expansion and contraction, opening and closing, darkness and light. Here, we will explore how we can work with the reality of the duality we experience in our lives and in ?sana practice to help us expand the space of the centre to access greater efficiency and completion in all we do.

12:30-2:00pm Vegetarian Lunch

2 - 5.30pm Learning to See in the Dark - Discussion, Meditation & Kirtan

The patterns that bind and limit us often reside 'in the dark' beyond our conscious awareness. Fear, our greatest enemy, uses the dark and the unknown, as its fuel. The yogic warrior, or spiritual hero, learns how to make friends with the dark, to explore the not so obvious places that have so much to teach us, and in effect to be able to 'see' in the dark, and so harness the power of dark times to incubate growth and evolution.

Profile of James

James teaches applied yoga philosophy around the world and is known for bringing the traditional, scriptural teachings of yoga to vivid life, in ways which make clear their relevance and practical application in our lives today. His powerful kirtans invite participants to bathe in rich sound; cleansing, energising, and heightening awareness of the depth and glory of our inner selves.

James' practice and teaching grow from their roots in the Shankaracarya Vedic tradition and the school of Kashmir Shaivism. His classes are infused with the 'ras' or flavour of joy associated with the devotional practice of kirtan, and of the bliss which is seen as underlying everything in the beautiful teachings of Shaivism.

He has been teaching yoga and leading kirtan regularly since 2003 and teaching since 1993. In 2005, while he was teaching English at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, James began studying Sanskrit. From 2008-2012, James spent about half his time in Mysore, where he completed his MA in Sanskrit, and where he continues to lead kirtan and courses on the Bhagavad Gita and Yoga Sutras, attended by international students of many Mysore's renowned yogasana teachers.

Workshop Costs

Full Weekend £155 inclusive of lunch both days
Individual Day (Saturday/Sunday) £75 inclusive of lunch
Morning Session £45 (inclusive of lunch) / Afternoon session £45
Friday Night Session £30

Luxury ecoYoga Retreat - FULLY BOOKED

Event Details When: Thursday 16th - Sunday 19th April 2015
Cost: £485
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Our new luxury yoga retreat takes place at the ecoYoga Centre near Loch Awe in the Scottish Highlands Thursday 16th - Sunday 19th April 2015.

I'm running the retreat with good friend and fellow yoga teacher Siobhan Fitzgerald of Yoga Glasgow & Yoga with Siobhan. Our knowledge of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga, Pranayama and restorative practices come together in this most amazingly rejuvenating and get-away-from-it-all environment.

ecoYoga Scotland is one of the most magical places to visit and restore your energy flow. The purpose built yoga retreat centre is a total eco organic experience, with all the comforts you would expect of a luxury yoga retreat. The underfloor heating in the yoga room makes practicing a joy. Relax anytime in the 24 hour solar powered hot tub in the Sento Bathing Dome and refresh in the plunge pool after, if you dare! A sauna built into the landscape and two open air baths placed at the centre and bottom of natural wild river water falls, each with natural on tap hot water, are just waiting for you to hop in!

The food is plentiful, delicious and is vegetarian/vegan. Wheat free, dairy free or any other special dietary requirement can be catered for too. You'll enjoy three meals a day and from experience the food's fantastic!
Each guest room boasts an amazingly comfortable King size bed looking out over the forests or across the gardens. There are ten rooms with en-suite toilets and three with shared facilities. There's a communal reading room with all day tea & coffee which you can enjoy sitting at the toasty wood burning stove. And if you are lucky there might be some home baked goodies too!

The price for the four day retreat is £485. This includes all your accommodation with linen and towels, Yoga twice per day and meditation in the evening, three delicious meals daily, tea & coffee facilities and use of all the bathing & sauna facilities. Massage is available on request at an additional fee to the therapist.

Our retreat will commence at 2pm on the first day and finish at 2pm on the last day. ??All prices are per person for single occupancy of your own room. There is a 10% discount if you book and share a room with a partner.

Retreat Costs:

Deposit of £100 to secure your place now
Balance of £385 due four weeks prior to the start date

Immerse yourself in yoga. Deepen your asana, pranayama & meditation practice. You'll quickly fall into a routine of yoga, outdoor bathing & siestas leaving you blissfully relaxed and wanting to stay longer!

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Yin Yoga Taster

Event Details When: Saturday 18 April 2015 (3.30-5pm)
Cost: £10
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As life gets busier and busier it's natural for us to want to make some space in our bodies and in our lives. For many of us that means we want to slow down once in a while but still make that time count!

The great news is, we can help. You can begin to develop greater flexibility, create space in your body and cultivate a more meditative approach to life when you join our YIN YOGA TASTER!

This is the workshop to help you balance the heat-building, blood-pumping, strengthening 'Yang' side of your Ashtanga or Vinyasa Flow practice. This taster session will introduce you to Yin Yoga which focuses on long-held floor poses combined with breath work and meditation, going beneath the superficial muscles to target the dense connective tissues of the body – often in the hips, pelvis, and low back – which are difficult to open and can result in both limited flexibility and stagnant energy. It's also designed to improve the flow of chi, the subtle energy said to run through the same meridian pathways, those energy lines in your body, as used in Tai Chi, Acupuncture and other Traditional Chinese Medicine practices.

You'll learn how Yin Yoga can help you:

  • Open your body;
  • Cultivate the ability to observe and stay with sensation;
  • Bring a more meditative approach to your yoga and your life;
  • Encourage an awareness of your inner silence.

The session will include:

  • An overview of Yin Yoga;
  • Exploration of some of the key postures of Yin Yoga. Some may be similar to your active 'Yang' style class except they are called something else to help you shift the mind from yang to yin, active to passive.;
  • Yin Yoga sequence to open the body and improve the flow of energy around the body;
  • Tips for getting the most out of your Yin Yoga practice;
  • Relaxation to finish.

Places are limited so hurry and book your place now to open your body and feel refreshed, renewed and restored!

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Introduction to Ashtanga Yoga Course

Event Details When: Starts Wednesday 22 April 2015 (7.30-8.45pm)
Cost: £70
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Learn the fundamentals of the Ashtanga yoga practice in a slow, safe and comprehensive manner. This structured course is perfect for complete beginners to yoga or those who would like to deepen their understanding of the Ashtanga yoga system.

With a set sequence of postures and a unique system of breath synchronised movement, this style of yoga creates heat in the body, making you sweat, allowing you to move freely and release toxins. A regular yoga practice brings strength and flexibility in the body and focus and clarity in the mind. Ashtanga yoga will complement and enhance any other training or exercise programs you are undertaking. It'll help you move and breathe more efficiently, feel more relaxed and centred. It's physically challenging and will increase strength and improve flexibility - it'll be the best thing you do this year!

In this six week course you will learn Sun Salutations, the fundamental standing postures and be introduced to some of the seated postures with modifications if required. You'll also learn the correct breathing techniques and begin to learn the philosophy of the Ashtanga yoga system. You'll learn a little bit about the Mysore style approach to Ashtanga too.

Over the course we'll break down the sequence of postures. Each week we'll work on a bit more of the sequence building on prior weeks and you'll be given homework to practise between classes! Once you've completed the course you'll be ready to attend any of the regular classes on the timetable.

It's important that you attend all classes in the course.

BOOK NOW

Additional information:

• Dates:22/29 April & 6/13/20/27 May 2015.
• Time: 7.30 - 8.45pm
• Cost: £70

Spaces are limited.

This course is not suitable for pregnancy. If you have any injury concerns please get in touch to discuss.

Mantra Circle & Yoga

Event Details When: 24 April 2015 (7pm)
Cost: £9
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Yoga

Calm, slow, meditative yoga with live harmonium and chanting.

Mantra Circle

Call and response chanting Mantras, Bhajans & Kirtans with accompaniment of drum and harmonium. A great way to focus your mind, control the breath and to meditate using the vibrations of Yoga of Sound.

No experience needed, we are not affiliated with any religion, everyone welcome. Come along with an open heart and mind and try it.

One hour Yoga: £6
Kirtan: £4
Combined Yoga & Kirtan: £9

Ashtanga Foundations Six Week Course

Event Details When: Starts Tuesday 9 June 2015 (6-7.15pm)
Cost: £70
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BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Develop your practice of Ashtanga Yoga in a safe and comprehensive manner. This six week course is semi-private meaning it's limited to eight participants to allow for individual attention and instruction, helping you get the most out of your practice.

The course is perfect if you've completed the Introduction to Ashtanga Course or have been coming to our drop in classes for a while and would like to develop and progress your practice.

In this six week course you'll revisit the Sun Salutations and the standing postures, refining your technique to help you to get the most amount of benefit from these foundational postures. This will then prepare you for the seated postures which will be modified for you if required. You'll be introduced to the more advanced postures contained within the sequence and be given preparation exercises to help you work towards them. You'll also spend more time working on backbending and inversions, learning good technique and alignment.

You'll also rediscover the correct breathing technique and how along with bandhas, vinyasa and dristi it can transform your practice of Ashtanga yoga. You'll put what you do on the mat in context with a closer look at how yoga can be a practical philosophy for life. And finally, you'll learn more about the Mysore style approach to Ashtanga and experience its magic for yourself!

Each week we'll work on a bit more of the sequence building on prior weeks and you'll be given homework to practise between classes! Once you've completed the course you'll be ready to get the most from any of the regular classes on the timetable or your own practice at home.

With a set sequence of postures and a unique system of breath synchronised movement, Ashtanga yoga creates heat in the body, making you sweat, allowing you to move freely and release toxins. A regular yoga practice brings strength and flexibility in the body and focus and clarity in the mind. Ashtanga yoga will complement and enhance any other training or exercise programs you are undertaking. It'll help you move and breathe more efficiently, feel more relaxed and centred. It's physically challenging and will increase strength and improve flexibility - it'll be the best thing you do this year!

To get the maximum benefit, it's important that you attend all classes in the course.

BOOK NOW

Additional information:

Dates: Tuesday 9/16/23/30 June & 7/14 July 2015
Time: 6 - 7.15pm
Cost: £70
Spaces are strictly limited to EIGHT per course.
This course is not suitable for pregnancy. If you have any injury concerns please get in touch to discuss.

Teen Yoga Five Day Intensive

Event Details When: 25th – 29th June 2015
Cost: £500
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Teen Yoga training comes to Scotland for the first time 25th – 29th June 2015!

This five day intensive is a fully accredited course with the Yoga Alliance UK and the Independent Yoga Network. These five day intensives are always popular so be sure to book soon!

The Course is run by Helen Clare who will be joined by Company Director and accredited TeenYoga course instructor Charlotta Martinus. The course is a fully accredited course with mornings of theoretical learning, including Psychology, Neuroscience, Anatomy and Physiology, Applied Chakra theory, Child Protection and Safeguarding of children and Marketing and afternoons are spent experiencing different kinds of classes and in group discussion. There will be group work as well as some therapeutic work, helping you to understand the teaching process more clearly. Moreover, we will look at how best to manage this group using yoga techniques to control behaviour. As this can be a residential course, there are many opportunities to share and chat with the others in the group.

Booking through

info@teenyoga.co.uk. Max 15 people.

Venue: Merchant City Yoga, Glasgow
Price: £500.
Duration: 5 days fully accredited
Dates: 25th – 29th June 2015

Book through TeenYoga or phone us on 01761 470 658

To book your place please make a bank transfer of £500.00 using the reference " Helen Clare Glasgow". Instalments can be arranged – please phone us on 01761 470 658
Bank: HSBC

Account name: Universal Yoga Ltd

Sort Code 40-33-29

Account Number 01464965

Please send us an email so that we can confirm your booking.

info@teenyoga.com

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About Helen Clare –

After exploring various styles of yoga around the world, Helen completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in traditional Hatha Yoga, with the Sivananda Vedanta International Yoga Centre in Scotland in 2009. Having been settled in Cornwall for five years, Helen has developed a more dynamic physical yoga practice and now practises ashtanga and vinyasa flow yoga.

Helen endeavors to continually improve as a yoga teacher in a constant effort to learn more and deepen her knowledge and understanding, and has trained with many internationally recognised teachers, such as Bridget Woods Kramer, Sianna Sherman, Kathryn Budig, Kino McGregor, Doug Swenson and John Scott. In addition, Helen is currently undertaking her 500 hour Advanced Yoga Medicine Training with Tiffany Cruikshank, an internationally known Vinyasa Flow yoga teacher with a background in Sports Medicine.

Helen has experience teaching to adults of all levels and to children and teenagers. Being a qualified primary school teacher enables Helen to fully understand the behaviours and requirements of children and young adults and the innumerable benefits that yoga offers them, particularly in the educational setting. Helen regularly teaches yoga as part of the curriculum in primary and secondary schools in Cornwall and Devon. Helen has trained with, and been accredited by, Teen Yoga UK and is now part of the teaching team on the Teen Yoga teacher training courses.

Once a competitive swimmer to regional level, Helen has always been driven by sport, health and fitness. Now a keen trail runner and surfer, she is dedicated to spreading the health benefits of yoga and works closely with many athletes as part of their cross-training, injury prevention and therapy. Helen has gained the Leadership in Running Fitness certification and registered Sport Yoga instructor status, and takes groups on Trail Running and Hiking Yoga Retreats.

Helen teaches a Vinyasa Flow style of yoga to adults of all ages and abilities, influenced by her ashtanga practice and her training in Hatha yoga. This is a dynamic flowing form of yoga, where postures are linked together using the breath. Each class will work the whole body but sometimes there is a special theme or focus area, and every class always ends in a much needed Savasana (final relaxation).

 

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