Summer Yoga in the Park
Jun
9
to Sep 1

Summer Yoga in the Park

  • South Park Cheney Lane OX4 1NG (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Family-friendly. Bike-friendly. Pet-friendly. People-friendly!

Ideal 'taster' sessions for interested but timid beginners, long-suffering friends of yoga enthusiasts, reluctant weekend early-risers (repentant from the night before?!) and anyone wanting to take their practice outdoors. We will be taking things slowly and aiming for a gentle, all-over stretch before brunch.

2019 Class Dates:

9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th June

7th July

4th, 11th, 18th & 25th August

1st September

Pay-what-you-can, suggested donation £2-£5.

Weather dependent, these sessions will run following the general rule that if it’s raining, stay indoors, if it’s not, get outside! There's no need to book.

Bring a mat, wear layers (suncream, sunnies, sunhat).

We'll be located in the upper area of the park near the playground between the Cheney and Warneford Lane entrances - look out for my yellow bike panniers!

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Functional Yoga Workshop: Core Strength
Aug
31
10:00 AM10:00

Functional Yoga Workshop: Core Strength

  • St. Anthony of Padua Church Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We learn through repetition, but sometimes we get stuck repeating the very thing that hampers our progress, or we end up focusing so much on the achievement of a single posture, that we lose sight of our wider practice and an approach that might serve us better.

This workshop will focus on building what is widely referred to as 'core strength', or 'stability', with a view to working towards a sensitive and sustainable physical practice that focuses on efficiently engaging the whole body, and reduces the likelihood of pains and strains.

We will explore a number of variations and alternatives to yoga postures that feature twisting, lifting away from the floor, and placing weight through the hands, such as supine abdominal twists (Jathara Parivritti), Locust (Salabasana) and Downward-facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana) poses. Our aim will be to move the spotlight away from 'doing' postures, to a whole-body experience that is focused on 'being' and 'moving' in the ways that are most helpful to us.

Schedule

  • 10:00-11:00 Defining 'core': connecting upper and lower body

  • Break for refreshments (lots of yummy things are included)

  • 11:30-12:30 Progressive core control practice

This workshop is suitable for:

  • physically fit beginners and improvers

  • curious yoga practitioners of any discipline

  • Ashtanga, or Vinyasa practitioners interested in slowing things down and focusing on technique

You will learn to:

  • adapt your yoga practice to incorporate more strengthening elements

  • improve core strength outside of a gym environment

  • address issues of hypermobility and yoga injuries

Equipment

It's always nice to use your own mat, so if you already have one, please bring it with you. I will have a limited number of spare mats available on the day. If you have 2 yoga blocks, and a blanket (or towel) that you don't mind being used on the floor, please bring them along. These are nice-to-have, rather than essential requirements.

Prices, booking and refunds

Price: £30/£24*

*Concessions: Students and members of the Cowley Road Condors cycling club. If you would struggle to attend for financial reasons, please get in touch, we will make it work.

This workshop is limited to 15 people; attendance must be confirmed in advance. To book, please either contact me for my bank details, or you can pay online. Your place will only be guaranteed once payment has been received in full.

Full refunds will be made if a cancellation is received by 17th August (2 weeks in advance). If a cancellation is made after this time, I will issue you with a full refund as soon as someone has filled your space. If your space remains vacant, and your cancellation is received by 24th August (1 week in advance), I will refund you half of the price paid. No refunds will be made if a cancellation is received less than a week in advance, and your place on the workshop remains empty.

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Mindful Strength Weekend Workshop with Kathryn Bruni-Young
Oct
19
to Oct 20

Mindful Strength Weekend Workshop with Kathryn Bruni-Young

I am delighted to host this influential and forward-thinking Canadian movement educator in Oxford this coming Autumn. I have followed Kathryn for a number of years now and attended a weekend immersion course with her in November 2018. Her insights have radically changed the shape of my personal yoga practice and have greatly influenced my teaching.

About Kathryn Bruni-Young

Kathryn has been teaching yoga and strength based movement for over a decade. She is the host of the Mindful Strength Podcast, an international teacher and a creative thinker in the progressive postural yoga movement. Kathryn’s work focusses on the benefits of strength, functional movement and mobility training and how they can be applied to the postural yoga practice. Her workshops also center on critical thinking, individuality, teaching principles, pain science, biomechanics and joyful movement.

Workshop Schedule 

Saturday AM – The science of strength

The weekend will begin with a group practice, followed by a discussion that looks at where we have been and where we are going in the yoga community. Key concepts such as: progressive loading, tissue adaptation, joint centration, pain science and “optimal” alignment will be broken down in detail and the group will be encouraged to join the conversation. Kathryn will introduce the Mindful Strength method and give you an idea of why strength is essential to movement and life.

Saturday PM – What do the core and the upper body have to do with each other?

The afternoon session will cover: breathing, intra abdominal pressure, and core responsivity. There has been a lot of confusion around what core strength is and how we work with it. From there, we will venture into wrist prep, shoulder strength, push-ups, pulling, chaturanga, and all of the questions that come up when we look at upper body strength. A big discussion point will be what does your breath have to do with your shoulders?

Sunday AM – The lower body from the feet up

The second day will begin with a group practice followed by a discussion on the lower body and how we can strengthen our hips, knees, and feet. If you have been around yoga practioners lately, you will have heard a lot about the glutes and hamstrings! We will cover: leg strength, hip centration, balance, dynamic stability and the feet as sensors.

Sunday PM – Tying it all together with mobility

'Mobility' means different things to different people. The final part of this weekend workshop will look at: active range vs. passive range, optimal range of motion, how the nervous system makes us stiff, and how the strength practice is the mobility practice. Certain yoga poses will be outlined and critiqued, and the group will eventually move off their yoga mats and around the room. 

Prices

Price: £225

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Yoga for Cyclists Winter Training Course
Oct
23
to Feb 26

Yoga for Cyclists Winter Training Course

  • Wood Farm Primary School (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Guiding concepts

Cycling is a repetitive, low-load, and short range of movement activity.

Muscles recover faster than our nervous system.

Now in its fifth year, this 16 week course will focus on developing back, abdominal and hamstring strength, in addition to utilising active and full range of movement in the lower body. Perfect for recovery days, these classes have been designed for anyone who spends time on the bike. Interested? Here's a sneak peak

Suitable for complete yoga beginners, as well as runners, and and those who regularly take part in the same type of sport. 

Classes are limited to 15 people. 

8 week course:  £50 / £40*
5 class pass: £40 / £30*
Drop-in: £10 / £8*

You can pay online before the class (debit card only), in cash, or by card on the day.
Class passes do not need to be used consecutively and have no expiry date.
*Concessions: Students and members of any Oxford-based cycling club.

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Functional Yoga Workshop: Lower Body Strength
Jun
29
12:00 PM12:00

Functional Yoga Workshop: Lower Body Strength

We learn through repetition, but sometimes we get stuck repeating the very thing that hampers our progress, or we end up focusing so much on the achievement of a single posture, that we lose sight of our wider practice and an approach that might serve us better.

This workshop will focus on building strength and improving mobility in the lower body, with a view to working towards a sensitive and sustainable physical practice that reduces the likelihood of hip pain and lower back strain.

We will explore a number of variations and alternatives to yoga postures that feature lunging, squatting and wide-leg movements, such as Warrior (Virabhadrasana), Horse (Vatayanasana) and Gate (Parighasana) poses. Our aim will be to move the spotlight away from 'doing' postures, to a whole-body experience that is focused on 'being' and 'moving' in the ways that are most helpful to us. 

Schedule

  • 12:00-13:00 An introduction to dynamic and static stretching

  • Break for refreshments (lots of yummy things are included)

  • 13:30-14:30 Rethinking 'posture' using movement and bodyweight

This workshop is suitable for:

  • physically fit beginners and improvers

  • curious yoga practitioners of any discipline

  • Ashtanga, or Vinyasa practitioners interested in slowing things down and focusing on technique

You will learn to:

  • adapt your yoga practice to incorporate more strengthening elements

  • improve lower body strength outside of a gym environment

  • address issues of hypermobility and yoga exacerbated lower body injuries

Equipment

It's always nice to use your own mat, so if you already have one, please bring it with you. I will have a limited number of spare mats available on the day. If you have a yoga block, and a blanket (or towel) that you don't mind being used on the floor, please bring them along. NB: these are nice-to-have, rather than essential requirements.

Prices, booking and refunds

Price: £30/£24*

*Concessions: Students and members of the Cowley Road Condors cycling club. If you would struggle to attend for financial reasons, please get in touch, we will make it work.

This workshop is limited to 15 people; attendance must be confirmed in advance. To book, please either contact me for my bank details, or you can pay online. Your place will only be guaranteed once payment has been received in full.

Full refunds will be made if a cancellation is received by 15th June (2 weeks in advance). If a cancellation is made after this time, I will issue you with a full refund as soon as someone has filled your space. If your space remains vacant, and your cancellation is received by 22nd June (1 week in advance), I will refund you half of the price paid. No refunds will be made if a cancellation is received less than a week in advance, and your place on the workshop remains empty.

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VeloVedic Road Cycling & Yoga Weekend
May
31
to Jun 2

VeloVedic Road Cycling & Yoga Weekend

Cool Contours

Cool Contours

I will be teaching (and cycling!) at VeloVedic's Cotswolds #OmYourBike event.

Based at Cool Contours you will experience the best of the countryside, sandwiched between pre- and post-ride yoga sessions. 

Price
£70-£280

15% earlybird offer on bookings made before 31st Jan 2019

Weekend includes

  • 2 nights accommodation (Fri & Sat)

  • Overnight bike storage

  • 4 yoga classes

  • 2 guided rides

  • Breakfast

  • Dinner (Saturday only)

  • Tea, coffee and refreshments

  • On-the-bike snacks

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Functional Yoga Workshop: Upper Body Strength
Mar
9
10:00 AM10:00

Functional Yoga Workshop: Upper Body Strength

We learn through repetition, but sometimes we get stuck repeating the very thing that hampers our progress, or we end up focusing so much on the achievement of a single posture, that we lose sight of our wider practice and an approach that might serve us better.

This workshop will focus on building strength and improving mobility in the upper body, with a view to working towards a sustainable physical practice that will ultimately be free of wrist pain, shoulder strain, and patterns of over-achievement.

We will explore a number of progressions and alternatives to Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana), the yoga 'push-up' (Chaturanga), and twisting poses that bind the hands. Our aim will be to move the spotlight away from 'doing' postures, to a whole-body experience that is focused on 'finding', 'being' and 'moving' in ways that are most helpful to us.

Schedule

  • 10:00-11:00 Exploring the fundamentals of preparation and progressive load

  • Break for refreshments (lots of yummy things are included)

  • 11:30-12:30 Rethinking Chaturanga and binding poses

This workshop is suitable for:

  • physically fit beginners and improvers

  • curious yoga practitioners of any discipline

  • Ashtanga, or Vinyasa practitioners interested in slowing things down and focusing on technique

You will learn to:

  • adapt your yoga practice to incorporate more strengthening elements

  • improve upper body strength outside of a gym environment and with inexpensive equipment

  • address issues of hypermobility and yoga exacerbated upper-body injuries

Equipment

It's always nice to use your own mat, so if you already have one, please bring it with you. I will have a limited number of spare mats available on the day. If you have a yoga block, or are in possession of any hand-held weights (from 1-3kg), please bring them along. NB: these are nice-to-have, rather than an essential requirement.

Prices, booking and refunds

Price: £30/£24*

*Concessions: Students and members of the Cowley Road Condors cycling club. If you would struggle to attend for financial reasons, please get in touch, we will make it work.

This workshop is limited to 15 people; attendance must be confirmed in advance. To book, please either contact me for my bank details, or you can pay online. Your place will only be guaranteed once payment has been received in full.

Full refunds will be made if a cancellation is received by 23rd February (2 weeks in advance). If a cancellation is made after this time, I will issue you with a full refund as soon as someone has filled your space. If your space remains vacant, and your cancellation is received by 2nd March (1 week in advance), I will refund you half of the price paid. No refunds will be made if a cancellation is received less than a week in advance, and your place on the workshop remains empty.

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Highs and Lows: An Anatomy of the Breath
May
27
3:00 PM15:00

Highs and Lows: An Anatomy of the Breath

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When the breath is unsteady, the mind is unsteady. When the breath is steady, the mind is steady, and the yogi becomes steady. (Hatha Yoga Pradipika)

The way we breathe has a profound effect on how we move, and how we feel. 

Using breathing exercises as a tool for developing self-awareness, and yoga postures as the basis for physical experimentation, this workshop will focus on exploring the individual components of our breath (inhale - pause - exhale - pause) as we move and as we sit still. By the end of the workshop, you will begin to see how your breath can influence and transform your practice for better and worse. 

This workshop is aimed towards students who would like to delve a bit deeper into their existing yoga practice (any discipline). Not suitable for complete beginners. 

Price: £25

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Moon Sequence Vinyasa Workshop: Backbends
Mar
17
10:00 AM10:00

Moon Sequence Vinyasa Workshop: Backbends

This intensive is aimed towards Ashtanga practitioners in need of a restful alternative, and those with an existing yoga practice who would like an approachable introduction to Vinyasa.

Full day: £30 / £24*

AM or PM session: £18 / £15*

*Concessions: Students and members of the Cowley Road Condors cycling club. If you would struggle to attend for financial reasons, please get in touch, we will make it work.

10 am – 12.30 pm: Chandra Krama (Moon Sequence) Led Practice

"Moon days" are typically rest days for Ashtanga Yoga practitioners. Traditionally speaking, a full moon is likened to a 'high tide' in the body, an abundance of energy. A new moon, on the other hand, is akin to a 'low tide', or a lack of energy. Both states are thought to make us more prone to injury.

Whereas I don't believe that we are necessarily more, or less energetic (and prone to injuring ourselves) on corresponding lunar phases, I do believe we all need suitable alternatives for days when we feel tired or restless. 

We will spend the morning moving through a slow, steady and restorative 'moon sequence' focused on the subtle aspects of the body, building strength in stillness, and taking rest. Slow should not be confused with 'easy'; if you are used to a dynamic practice, or taking part in demanding sports, moving slowly and steadily will come with its own challenges - some of them physical.

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm: Break for lunch 

1:30 pm - 3 pm: Backbend Masterclass

We all spend so much time bending forwards. Moving in the opposite direction can be a tonic for our spine and surrounding musculature, as well as building our confidence to move in ways we didn't think were possible. 

Having paid a lot of attention to our backs, legs and hips in the morning session, the afternoon will see us progress with an in-depth look at our back-bending technique. We will learn how to protect our lower backs; build strength in our mid and upper backs; and how we can engage the whole body to safely support more advanced back-bending postures.

Required level of fitness:

New students with an established physical yoga practice (of any discipline) are welcome to attend, as are beginners who engage regularly in other types of physical activity or sport. This workshop is not suitable for those who are completely new to yoga, but you can attend one of my regular classes instead.  

Equipment:

It's always nice to use your own mat, so if you already have one, please bring it with you, (alongside any props you usually use, such as belts or blocks). I will have a limited number of spare mats available on the day, these will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. 

Refreshments:

Hot drinks, fruit and snacks will be provided during the lunch break to see us through to the end of the workshop. If you think you may require something more substantial to eat, there are plenty of shops and cafes where food can be purchased nearby.

Booking and refunds:

As spaces on the workshop are limited, attendance must be confirmed in advance. To book, please either contact me for my bank details, or you can pay online. Your place will only be guaranteed once payment has been received in full.

Full refunds will be made if a cancellation is received by 3rd March (2 weeks in advance). If a cancellation is made after this time, I will issue you with a full refund as soon as someone has filled your space. If your space remains vacant, and your cancellation is received by 10th March (1 week in advance), I will refund you half of the price paid. No refunds will be made if a cancellation is received less than a week in advance, and your place on the workshop remains empty. 

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Ashtanga Workshop: Strength
Oct
28
10:00 AM10:00

Ashtanga Workshop: Strength

This intensive is aimed towards those who would like to delve a bit deeper into their existing Ashtanga practice, or encounter the full primary series for the first time.

Full day: £30 / £24*

AM or PM session: £18 / £15*

*Concessions: Students and members of the Cowley Road Condors cycling club. If you would struggle to attend for financial reasons, please get in touch, we will make it work.

10 am – 12.30 pm: Full Primary Series Led Practice

We will spend the morning steadily working through the entire primary series, breaking down some of the more challenging (and down-right weird) postures into accessible chunks that take into account differing levels of strength and flexibility.

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm: Break for lunch 

1:30 pm - 3 pm: "Strength is not the enemy of yoga"

When speaking of yoga, I often hear people complain that they are 'not flexible enough'. Yet strength is as desirable as flexibility, and in some cases, more so. The afternoon will see us use and adapt primary and secondary series postures as a basis for investigating how we might incorporate more strengthening elements into our individual yoga practice.

Required level of fitness:

Ashtanga Vinyasa is a dynamic and often demanding style of yoga. New students with an established physical yoga practice (of any discipline) are welcome to attend, as are beginners who engage regularly in other types of physical activity or sport. This workshop is not suitable for those who are completely new to yoga, but you can attend one of my regular classes instead.  

Equipment:

It's always nice to use your own mat, so if you already have one, please bring it with you, (alongside any props you usually use, such as belts or blocks). I will have a limited number of spare mats available on the day, these will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. 

Refreshments:

Hot drinks, fruit and snacks will be provided during the lunch break to see us through to the end of the workshop. If you think you may require something more substantial to eat, there are plenty of shops and cafes where food can be purchased nearby.

Booking and refunds:

As spaces on the workshop are limited, attendance must be confirmed in advance. To book, please either contact me for my bank details, or you can pay online. Your place will only be guaranteed once payment has been received in full.

Full refunds will be made if a cancellation is received by 14th October (2 weeks in advance). If a cancellation is made after this time, I will issue you with a full refund as soon as someone has filled your space. If your space remains vacant, and your cancellation is received by 21st October (1 week in advance), I will refund you half of the price paid. No refunds will be made if a cancellation is received less than a week in advance, and your place on the workshop remains empty. 

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VeloVedic Weekend Cycling & Yoga Retreat
Aug
26
to Aug 27

VeloVedic Weekend Cycling & Yoga Retreat

Modern Baker HQ

Modern Baker HQ

I will be teaching (and cycling!) at the VeloVedic launch event this coming August bank holiday weekend.

Based at the Modern Baker HQ you will experience the best of the Cotswold countryside sandwiched between yoga sessions and workshops. There may even be some baked goodies...

Last Minute Booking
£150 Full Weekend now half price! £75
£80 Saturday now 40% off! £48
£70 Sunday now 40% off! £42

What's included

  • Two pre-ride 'warm-up' yoga classes
  • Two post-ride 'cool-down' yoga classes
  • Two days of guided riding
  • Choice of two workshops
  • Breakfast
  • Tea, coffee and refreshments
  • On-the-bike nutrition
  • Sunday evening goodbye supper

What's not included

  • Accommodation
  • Overnight bike storage
  • Travel to and from the venue
  • Lunch (we will indulge in café culture along the way)
  • Saturday evening dinner

Yoga for everyone

Each day will begin and end with a group yoga class. We will cover getting bike-ready in our pre-ride warm-up session, and getting rest-ready in our post-ride cool down. All yoga sessions are 'total beginner' friendly. Yoga mats provided.

Choose your ride:

Dreamer (max group size 10)

Scenic rides at a sociable pace. You will enjoy the best of the Cotswold countryside and enjoy a café stop or two. Approx. 40 miles long, with an average speed of 14-16 mph.

Screamer (max group size 8)

Training rides at an increasing pace. You will tackle challenging climbs and descents, sprint along the flat and work on riding in a bunch. Approx. 50 miles long, with an average speed of 17-19+ mph.

Choose your workshop:

Core bike skills coaching OR Yoga-based strength and conditioning

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Ashtanga Workshop: Breath
Mar
25
10:00 AM10:00

Ashtanga Workshop: Breath

This intensive is aimed towards those who would like to delve a bit deeper into their existing Ashtanga practice, or encounter the full primary series for the first time.

Full day: £30 / £24*

Morning or afternoon session: £15 / £12*

*Concessions: Students and members of the Cowley Road Condors cycling club. If you would struggle to attend for financial reasons, please get in touch, we will make it work.

10 am – 12.30 pm: Full Primary Series Led Practice

We will spend the morning steadily working through the entire primary series, breaking down some of the more challenging (and down-right weird) postures into accessible chunks that take into account differing levels of strength and flexibility, as well as body type.

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm: Break for lunch 

1:30 pm - 3 pm: Highs and Lows: an anatomy of the breath  

Using breathing exercises as a tool for developing self-awareness, and primary series postures as a base for physical experimentation, the afternoon will see us focus on the individual components of our breath (inhale - pause - exhale - pause). Considering the ways we approach specific movements, we will see how our breath can influence and transform our practice (for better and worse!).

Required level of fitness:

Ashtanga Vinyasa is a dynamic and often demanding style of yoga. New students with an established physical yoga practice (of any discipline) are welcome to attend, as are beginners who engage regularly in other types of physical activity or sport. This workshop is not suitable for those who are completely new to yoga, but you can attend one of my regular classes instead.  

Equipment:

There are mats available to use at the Tara Yoga Centre, however, - it's always nice to use your own mat, so if you already have one, bring it with you! If you usually use any props such as belts or blocks, please bring these along. 

Refreshments:

Hot drinks, fruit and snacks will be provided during the lunch break to see us through to the end of the workshop. If you think you may require something more substantial to eat, there are plenty of shops and cafes where you can purchase food near by.

Booking and refunds:

As spaces on the workshop are limited, attendance must be confirmed in advance. To book, please contact me for my bank details, or you can pay online. Your place will only be guaranteed once payment has been received in full.

Full refunds will be made if a cancellation is received by 11th March (2 weeks in advance). If a cancellation is made after this time, I will issue you with a full refund as soon as someone has filled your space. If your space remains vacant, and your cancellation is received by 18th March (1 week in advance), I will refund you half of the price paid. No refunds will be made if a cancellation is received less than a week in advance, and your place on the workshop remains empty. 

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