Glow Yoga Bliss: Calm Before Christmas Workshop
7 October 2013
Enjoy the holiday spirit by learning how to fully relax and be calm in every situation.
If the festive season sends you into a tizz, book onto this grounding restorative yoga bliss workshop to pause, breathe and restore. This two hour workshop will teach you techniques to help you fully embrace the festive season by releasing tightly held tensions in the body, as well as breathing techniques that will help diffuse tricky emotions. We end with yoga nidra to leave you feeling calm and ready to welcome in the festive spirit.
Nahid de Belgeonne is the Director and Founder of Good Vibes and teaches challenging yoga flows that also nurture and support the nervous system. She’s been working with bodies for 8 years, and continues her training with master teachers.Read More
Integrative Restoration ‘iRest’ Yoga Nidra Level 1 Training with James Reeves
7 October 2013
“James has been the most amazing teacher. Not only am I fitter and more flexible but also I feel better balanced, mentally and emotionally.” – Emma Watson, Actress
A 3 weekend teacher training course
Saturday 12th April – Sunday 13th April 2014
Saturday 17th May – Sunday 18th May 2014
Saturday 31st May – Sunday 1st June 2014
Held at the Fitzrovia studio, London - £695 Book your place here
iRest is a complete yoga nidra practice that emphasises deep, heartfelt listening and welcoming, which in turn produces profound healing for yourself and those you may work with. It incorporates meditative self-inquiry, interactive dialogue, mind/body deep rest as well as one-on-one and group deliveries of guided relaxations.
iRest is a unique yoga nidra practice in that it is substantiated by extensive and continuing research, which has proven its efficacy. Consequently the protocol has been applied in settings not typically open to standard yoga practices (such as the US military) and attendees undertaking iRest Training will be able to differentiate their approach from other yoga nidra practitioners.
Features of iRest compared with other yoga nidra practices and training:
Secular approach, with modern language and terms, making it easily accessible
Does not impose specific imagery or other suggestions that may be inappropriate/ineffective for the practitioner
The practitioner develops an ‘inner resource’ allowing them to anchor themselves and return to a safe place at any point during the practice
Instructors are trained in how to attend to emotional abreactions that may re-trigger trauma or shut down healing
Individual members of a group are encouraged to choose how they want to participate (i.e. the emotions they want to work with, or imagery that is relevant/has meaning for them), rather than the same, uniform instructions being applied to everyone in the group
Focus on welcoming all emotions as they arise and accepting life as it is, rather than avoiding or escaping situations through ‘forced’ relaxation
iRest has been used in military settings since 2006; all the research on yoga nidra in military settings to date has been done using the iRest protocol
Level I Training provides you with the basic principles, history, theory, practice and delivery of iRest. This will allow you to incorporate the simple 10-step iRest protocol into your personal life, professional teaching or clinical practice.
Teacher James Reeves has a background in Yoga therapy and is the UK’s sole iRest Teacher Trainer.Read More
Yoga for Sport
2 October 2013
Yoga for Runners & Cyclists
The reasons to include yoga in your running and/or cycling regime are varied and many, but sometimes it can prove difficult to make the find to fit the yoga and stretching in. Here are some reasons why it’s so important to make it a priority, and some easy stretches that you can do at home even when you’re short on time.
Quick & Easy Stretches
RULE NUMBER 1! NEVER STRETCH HARD BEFORE TRAINING! YOUR MUSCLES ARE COLD AND NOT READY. THE BEST WARM UP IS SIMPLY TO START YOUR ACTIVITY SLOWLY AND ALLOW THE BODY TO WARM UP NATURALLY. THEN, IF YOU WISH, YOU CAN SAFELY DO DYNAMIC, MOVING STRETCHES TO RELEASE FURTHER.
The following stretches are great to do either after training, or on your rest days. Don’t rush them, they are designed to be held for a little while so let them marinate and your body will thank you for it:
- Shin Stretch: – To avoid shin splints and keep your lower legs in good health, stretch your tibialis anterior muscle as often as possible, preferably every time you train. Kneel down and sit back on your heels, initially this might be quite strong on its own, but as you increase flexibility you can place a cushion or rolled up yoga mat under your knees. Stay here for a minute or two, or three! A great stretch to do some breathing exercises to!
- Foot Stretch: – From your kneeling position simply tuck your toes under and try to sit back onto your heels once again. Don’t force it, to protect your knees work slowly and support the weight of your body if the stretch doesn’t happen easily and naturally. A nice option here can be to place a rolled up blanket on top of your heels and under your sit bones. Breathe and relax!
- Iliotibial Band Release: – Lie on your back with your knees bent, bring your right ankle across your left knee and push the right knee away from you before reaching through to take behind your left thigh. Pull the left knee into the chest while actively trying to push your right knee away from you. Focus on keeping your back grounded all the time, resist lifting your sit bones off the floor. Repeat to the other side.