Workshops & Courses
We host a regular programme of courses & yoga workshops from our Sheffield based studio in Kelham Island.
Yoga For Another Mother
Sunday 11th March
Honouring International Women’s Day and Mothers Day by offering a day of classes & workshops.
This is a non-profit event and funds will go to the community organisation Maha. Maha is a new community project, working to take Yoga out of studios and into the communities of South Yorkshire. Maha work with those who identify as women and their families across South Yorkshire, using yoga as a tool to enable people to share, connect and feel better.
Events throughout the day:
9.15 – 10.45
To The Beat Of The Drum with Rachael Smith
‘To The Beat Of The Drum’ is a creative, flowing vinyasa yoga class that shall take you on a journey from oppression to celebration of equality and independence.
Expect the sound of energetic drumming as you explore asana (yoga poses) that challenge your inner resolve whilst encouraging you to unravel, open and stand strong. You will slide into a well-deserved savasana (relaxation) at the end, to the magical sounds of Koshi wind chimes.
This is a fast flowing yoga class that is welcoming and supportive to all levels of experience. £10 Secures your mat space.
11.15 – 12.30
Awakening The Warrior with Alyce Biddle
Find your inner warrior as we flow through a series of asana, kriya and pranayama (posture, exercises and breath control) that tell the story of the mythical hindu goddess, Durga.
The class will focus on cultivating the energy at the base of our spine – our root chakra, Mooladhara – which is our root and connection to mother earth and feminine energy. This class is a celebration of the feminine but is not only for women!
Anyone wanting the opportunity to celebrate International Women’s Day and raise funds for vulnerable groups in Sheffield to access yoga are welcomed. £10 Secures your mat space.
16.30 – 17.45
Samparka – With Rebecca Close & Amy Beard
Samparka – meaning union, touch, mixture, feeling.
Members of the Instinctive Health team have united the best of what we have to offer into a 75 minute blissful combination of yoga and massage.
This intimate class, offers restorative yoga with massage based adjustments delivered by one yoga instructor and one hands on practitioner.
Enjoy a cosy and warm yoga session that will leave you feeling deeply relaxed, and benefit from adjustments and massages using specially selected & blended massage oils that will help you melt even deeper into that sense of relaxation.
Each participant will receive a hand poured candle – generously gifted by our friends at Kelham Island Candle co: kelhamcandle.co.uk
Spread the love and share this special event with your mum, daughter, sister or friend and book together for £30. Individual booking £20.
Daughter of the Moon with Amy Beard
One translation of Maha is ‘Daughter of the moon’.
Come and salute the moon, learn a flowing Chandra Namaskara – which will help calm the mind, unifying mediative movement with breath allowing you to connect with a more feminine aspect of your practice.
Moon Salutes have a more calming and soothing effect on the body and can prepare you for a good nights sleep. Finish your Sunday with a gentle practice, that will include more restorative – passive postures & a specially developed yoga nidra (yogic sleep) to help you float into the week ahead. Open to all levels, this class can be booked using your regular class pass or £8 drop in. You will find this under the ‘classes’ section for booking. All others under workshops.
All of our events are open, welcoming and accessible – we’d love you to join us.
Throughout the day will be tea & snacks to share.
There will also be a small area where you can light a candle or bring a small object to remember all the women in our lives who are no longer with us but we carry their flame in our hearts.
Mindful Strength Weekend with Kathryn Bruni-Young
Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th November (exact times tbc)
Please note we expect this workshop to be incredibly popular as this is going to be the first time Kathryn visits Europe and we are one of the few venues hosting (lucky us!) early booking highly recommended.
Saturday Workshop 1 – The Science of Mindful Strength – 3 hours
This workshop will begin with a talk outlining the key principles of Mindful Strength, which include topics like adaptation, the nervous system, strength and aging, joint preparation, mobility, recovery, stability, and mindfulness. Students will be encouraged to bring up any questions or goals they have for the weekend. This workshop will also cover some simple movements with an emphasis on muscle activation and diving into what certain sensations can tell us about movement. Come prepared to listen, learn, and move.
Saturday Workshop 2 – Mindful Strength for the Upper Body – 3 hours
This is Kathryn’s signature workshop and overall favorite topic. Different ways to work with upper body strength with be highlighted in detail including wrist and shoulder strength and rehab, push-ups, arm balances and maybe even handstand. This workshop will guide students through a progression that can be adapted to meet the specific needs of the individual. Push vs. pull will be addressed, as well as injury prevention, and mobility.
Sunday Workshop 1 – Master Class, and Intro to the Lower Body – 3 hours
This workshop will begin with a 75 minute Mindful Strength flow practice. Students will get a chance to experience how strengthening movements can start to feel like a system of mindful movement. The class will be followed by a brief snack break, before diving into lower body strength and mobility. Glutes, and hamstrings will be covered, as well as ankle health, and how to support the knees, ankles and hips with strengthening movements.
Sunday Workshop 2 – Mindful Strength Movement and Mobility
In this final workshop Kathryn will discuss how strength, movement and mobility all fit hand-in- hand for an overall balanced approach to practice. More strengthening exercises will be given, as well as ideas on how to stretch, blend yoga with strength, and develop a method of practice that suits YOUR body. Sequencing, programming, and class structure will also be outlined, to give students an idea of how to practice Mindful Strength on their own.
What to Bring
– Notebook, writing materials – Yogamat
– Snacks, water
About Mindful Strength
About Mindful Strength
Kathryn Bruni-Young has been teaching yoga and movement for over a decade. Her love of physicality and movement led her to Ashtanga yoga, which she practiced with her mother and Richard Freeman during her teen years. In her early twenties Kathryn experienced a couple of injuries, which began her lifelong exploration of how the body works, and how strength, and mindfulness together can be healing. She worked with movement teacher Ido Portal, which began her journey into strength and functional movement. Mindful Strength is the culmination of years of training in different fields including joint preparation, biomechanics, mindfulness, Somatic Experiencing, weightlifting, bodyweight strength, Pilates, and yoga. Kathryn is passionate about helping her students feel more confident in their bodies, and more embodied in their practice. Her weekend workshop is accessible to different types of practitioners, and different levels. Time will be spent on the floor, practicing, talking about key principles, breaking movements down into details, and playful creative movement. Kathryn is the hostof the Mindful Strength Podcast, she runs a small studio in the countryside of Ontario, she teaches all over the world, and is in the process of writing a book.
Find out more here – www.kathrynbruniyoung.com
Where and When
Date:- Saturday 10th & Sunday the 11th of November 2018
Time:- Exact Times TBC
Investment :- £200
Springing to Life
4 week course Tuesdays 27th Feb – 27th March 17.45-18.45 with Carly Mountain
No class 13th March
A 4 week short course focused on finding our inner spring. We will bounce, balance and play with feeling the internal lift of the body and how that helps us to find ease, grace and an ever deepening awareness of the spine and it’s connection to the rest of the body moving.
Expect a playful, energising flavour to this course which will lead us up to the brighter days to come.
Carly has a life long study of movement based practices and has taught Yoga since 2003. Her studies have lead her from the UK to India, Europe and America. She has broad experience of teaching at a range of different places from Tri Yoga London, Sheffield Women’s Counselling Service, Northern Contemporary Dance School, Trinity Laban Conservatoire and her home studio in Sheffield. She is interested in Yoga, Movement, Poetry and Voice as transformational practice that can deepen intimacy with ourselves and other.
Moving On – Developing your practice
Beginners plus & Refreshers.
Wednesdays 28th Feb – 21st March with Alyce: 18:00 – 19:15
Thursdays 1st March – 22nd March with Amy: 17:45 – 19:00
A 4 week course for those who have recently completed a beginners course or those looking to develop their blossoming Yoga practice.
In this course we will work on a set sequence, building and developing it over the weeks. This will enable students to deepen their awareness of asana (yoga postures), & explore the relationship between movement & breath. Expect to finish the course with a sequence to help build your home practice.