Birthing ball workshop

Saturday 8th July, 2-3pm
Hummingbird Pilates & Yoga Studio, Writtle

A birthing ball is a “must-have” for pregnancy and can be invaluable to use during labour. If you own one but are not too sure what to do with it then this class is for you!  We will be using our birthing balls and looking at why these are so beneficial in pregnancy, particularly for back issues, and how they can help in labour to open up the pelvis, get baby into a good birthing position and also to use to maintain a good birthing position during times of rest.
Cost £15.  Maximum ten participants, birthing balls provided.  To book please click here 
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Postnatal C-section recovery workshop

Tuesday 18th July, 11.30am
The Nesting Place, Chelmsford

This workshop is specifically designed for those recovering from a c-section, whether it is a few weeks, months or even years ago.

A caesarean section is major surgery, going through five layers in the abdomen. It is important to encourage healing in this area to avoid future complications.

There can also be a wide range of emotions involved for a woman after a c-section, if this wasn’t the birth she planned.

This workshop will aim to aid healing from a c-section, both physical and emotional.   We will focus on moving and stretching into the five layers of the scar, increasing blood flow to the area, working into the associated muscles, reducing the risk of adhesions around the scar and learning massage techniques.

Here are some testimonials from a previous participants

I just wanted to let you know how brilliant the c-section class was when I did it all those months ago (think I was in the first group you did). Whilst I probably didn’t continue with many of the exercises, I did the massage you showed us on the scar with bio oil almost every day since and it looks so good now. Much fainter and starting to not look pink at all in places”

“Since doing the c section recovery course and learning the scar massage I have noticed some real improvements in my c section scar. Psychologically  I’ve come more to terms with the scar  – I couldn’t  even look at it before and now I can even  touch it. Physically it’s  become  a lot less tight above the scar and also less numb. It’s also become less red.  And it’s easy to do (I do it in the shower each day ) even with a small baby”

The cost of this workshop will be £15, payable in advance. Maximum eight participants.  To book please click here

Yoga and Walking Retreat, Croatia

20th-25th May 2017, Croatia

A reviving small-group escape set in a beautiful sea-facing, family-owned villa with infinity pool. We have sourced these twos villas for their outstanding location and exceptional standard of accommodation. A relaxed schedule of guided gentle walking amongst pine forests and olive groves with glimpses of the sea; three hours’ daily mindful yoga;  time to swim, rest, breathe. Expect outstanding, plentiful, mainly organic food, sourced from the owners’ gardens, lovinging prepared to one of the family members – a retired, talented chef!

For full details and to book please click here 

Yoga Nidra workshops

Next date 16th June 8-9pm
Yoga at The Mill, Chelmsford

Yoga nidra is a deeply restorative guided relaxation, usually practised lying down, and accessible to everyone.
Literally meaning ‘yogic sleep’, this ancient form of meditation has become increasingly popular over the last five years for (when practised regularly) its ability to improve sleep, lower stress levels and invite a powerful, welcome state of deep rest.
The guided practice (which changes each time, and includes elements of visualisation, mindfulness and breath awareness) brings the body to a relaxed place whilst the mind stays aware and awake, though calm. The result is a calmed nervous system, and, with regular practice, an opening for deep change.
Yoga nidra has been shown to be particularly effective as a tool for post-traumatic stress disorder and insomnia as well as helping those suffering with exhaustion and stress.
Cost £15 per person, to book please click here

The Yoga Garden Party Goes to Kolkata

6-13th January 2018
with Simon Low, Ruth McNeil and Vikki Stevenson

In aid of The Hope Foundation.  Full details to follow.

To register your interest please e-mail Karin@thehopefoundation.org.uk

Pregnancy relaxation workshops

Next date TBC

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So many students arrive in class saying how much they are looking forward to the relaxation at the end so this session is all about that!  You will do some gentle movements first to open and release the body and then make yourselves comfortable for a long yoga nidra, which translates as “yogic sleep”.  This is a very deep guided relaxation and is perfect during pregnancy.  Yoga nidra has been shown to be very beneficial during pregnancy to the bodies neuro-endocrine (hormone producing) system, reducing stress and anxiety and aiding sleep.

 Yoga for Better Sleep intensive course

Next four week course date TBC
Yoga at The Mill, Chelmsford

Yoga for Sleep
We are delighted to be offering a Yoga Therapy-based Yoga for Sleep course.
The course will be based around the ancient practice of yoga nidra: an increasingly popular form of guided relaxation and meditation – practised lying down –  that is accessible to everyone.
In recent years, science has found yoga nidra to be highly effective for those experiencing problems sleeping, and feeling relaxed.
We have all experienced the anxiety surrounding sleepless nights, and with the relentless pace of modern life, insomnia is a significant and increasing problem. A recent survey found that over 50% of adults living in the UK struggle to have a good night’s sleep.
Amongst other conditions, depression, heart disease and diabetes are linked to sleep deprivation. Yet there are plenty of natural lifestyle steps, and tools we can learn, to help us overcome insomnia.
This course will blend lying-down guided yoga nidras with super-gentle Restorative Yoga postures, with the intention to help re-balance your body and mind, quieten the nervous system and give you practical pointers to promote better sleep.
Everyone attending the course receives a special yoga nidra download they can take home and use when they wish. Max ten places; complete yoga beginners and all ages welcome. See right-hand column for detail of timings, and for booking.
For more about yoga nidra, we recommend this article here.

What is the evidence?

Based on past feedback:
* 100% of past students would recommend our Yoga for Sleep course
* 80% of the students say they have experienced improved sleep.’I just wanted to say how helpful the Yoga Nidra course I attended recently has been. For many years I have woken regularly at 4am and remained awake. Since the course I have been sleeping through until at least 6am most nights. I listen to a recording from the class before I go to sleep and it seems to put me in a deeper, more relaxed state – meaning I now sleep through the whole night! I would really recommend this course for anyone with problems sleeping.’ AW, January intake