VeloVedic Weekend Cycling & Yoga Retreat
Aug
25
to Aug 26

VeloVedic Weekend Cycling & Yoga Retreat

 Cool Contours

Cool Contours

I will be teaching (and cycling!) at VeloVedic's #OmYourBike event this coming August bank holiday weekend.

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

Price
£150 full weekend (day options available)

What's included

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

What's not included

  • Accommodation - need somewhere to stay? Cool Contours have double and twin rooms available from as little as £40 per night. Contact Heather Banister: heather@coolcontours.co.uk to book
  • Overnight bike storage
  • Travel to and from the venue
  • Lunch - we will stop at a predetermined café each day
  • Sunday evening dinner
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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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