Workshops & Events
Yoga + Acupuncture: GEM Yoga + Points Clinic
Sunday 15th March 10:30am-1pm
The successful combo of Grace Mullany and Tracy Dyson return with a brand new Yoga + Acupuncture Collaboration.
This workshop is designed to give you information and techniques that may, at the very least ease the effects of headaches and migraines, if not prevent them completely.
We know how debilitating suffering through the day with a banging headache can be and want to help.
The day will begin with a brief chat discussing and sharing the common causes of Headaches & Migraines as well as what can be helpful to avoid.
We will start with practicing specific breathing techniques, known as Pranayama, (in "yoga talk") to help reduce the agonising pressure that builds in our heads. Using essential oils, Tracey will then guide you through pressure points that can help with not only the immediate issue, but the side-effects that sometimes come along.
Finally we will move into the main focus of the day. Grace will help you into several restorative and heavily supported postures along with Tracey working her magic with needles.
This will be one of those workshops where may come in handy to bring a pen and paper to make notes to takeaway.
Mantra Meditation Circle: Shahida Sidduqe
Sunday 15th March 3pm-7pm
Meditation has been researched over many years and has over 70 scientifically proven benefits, yet the key, is to find the “right kind” of meditation for the right purpose.
In this busy life it's easy to become disconnected from ourselves, sometimes without even knowing, feeling the pace of the world is going too fast, resulting in overwhelm, stress, sadness, a sense of isolation and depletion, giving us a feeling of being unable to cope with the endless demands that come with the labels imposed upon us.
Meditation isn’t ‘just a practice’ that we do to calm ourselves or as something we think we should do spiritually.
Using Mantra as a method of meditation does not need us to be able to concentrate, by singing Mantras we are using ancient codes which hold a certain vibration, this vibration moves through our body and thoughts and is capable of transforming sadness into joy therefore, healing.
The right Meditation is capable of liberating us from the "thinking mind", which often struggles to keep up with the ever changing and moving ways of life.
Shahida's studies and teachings are rooted in the work of the Enlightened Master; Osho, who passed 30 years ago. Shahida's Teacher, Andreas Mamet was a direct disciple of Osho for 5yrs, spending nearly 50yrs studying his work. In this 3 hour circle we gather together, not to try and empty our mind of thoughts or to focus our mind on one object, but instead use the tool of sound to quickly access a meditative state, where shifts start to happen.
Flow Into Sound: with El +Charlotte
Sunday 22nd March 4-6pm
"If you allow the body to relax deeply, immersed by sounds that create an aural landscape, an inner space can be accessed to support deep restorative relaxation."
This workshop offers an evening of smooth flow yoga, preparing the body and mind for rest and relaxation, which will then be accompanied by a Sound Bath. The session will start with a brief introduction to sonic alchemy and how vibration (sound) and matter (body) interact with one another. Ellie will then lead you through a gentle yoga flow sequence, warming and mobilising the body, enabling you to draw your focus and attention into your space, your mat, yourself. Once the niggles and fidgets have been worked out of the body – and the mind – we will settle on our mats for a guided meditation and blissful Savasana accompanied by Sound. Charlotte works with Crystal Alchemy Singing Bowls, her drum and rattle (which she made in Columbia), koshi chimes, kalimba and her voice. The atmosphere she creates is captivating, relaxing, nourishing, and fascinating.
All levels welcome, and if you’ve never been to a sound bath before we encourage you to come and give it a try! Everyone’s experience will be different, making this workshop perfect for anyone with an open, curious mind, and a desire to relax and recharge, ready for the new season. In particular the singing bowls really support working with intention, so if you have anything you want to consider beforehand you can come ready to support any change you want to invite in your life or your self.
Restore your Core, Pelvic Floor and More: Louisa Thomas
Sunday 29th March 9:30am-1:30pm
This practical, movement-based workshop will offer you a full-body approach to healing your core. Treating core and pelvic floor health as a whole-body issue you will be given a rage of tools to build core strength and function, improve pelvic floor integrity and correct your posture. If you have diastasis recti (abdominal separation), prolapse, incontinence, back pain or are post-natal, this workshop is a must.
During the workshop you will:
- Practice yoga and Pilates-based movement to address muscular imbalances that may be affecting your core’s ability to function well
- Explore the fundamentals of healthy alignment, and why your lifestyle choices may be compromising your core
- Learn how your breath can help (or hinder) your core’s ability to function
- Discover why isolated pelvic floor exercises such as Kegels may be doing you more harm than good
- Learn how to integrate core and pelvic floor exercises into your everyday movement
- Understand how to engage your deep abdominal muscles without compromising your breath, range of movement or alignment - and know when it’s best to let it all hang out.
Louisa Thomas is a yoga and Pilates teacher, Ashtanga yoga practitioner, mum of 3, and self-confessed movement geek. After the birth of her 2nd child Louisa discovered she had severe diastasis recti. After learning surgery was her only option for healing, Louisa set out on a quest to heal her core naturally and holistically. This led her to Restore Your Core, an online core rehabilitation programme followed by thousands of women worldwide. In 2017 Louisa became just one of 10 people in the world certified to teach RYC. In 2018 she trained in the Hypopressives method, a system of low pressure exercises clinically proven to improve symptoms of prolapse and pelvic floor dysfunction. After having 3 children in less than 4 years Louisa was able to rebuild core strength and function, heal her diastasis and improve whole body alignment through a full-body approach to core wellness. She is passionate about empowering others to do the same.
The Pause: A workshop for The Menopause with TJ Mellor
Sunday 26th April 10:30am-12:30pm
Are you there? The Change?
Whether you’re just experiencing the first signs, or you’re already knee deep, the rise in a genuine interest in women's health, means we no longer need to be embarrassed or uncomfortable about talking about it.
It is literally that, the PAUSE from menstruating. Hitting Perimenopause brings about, for some, a slight hormone imbalance and for others a whole fairground ride charged hormonal upheaval. What’s really going on during this phase is a mini tug of war between the pituitary gland and the ovaries, and the outcome can feel overwhelming. So, whether you are about to embark on this interesting menopause journey, have recently boarded or are knee deep in the long haul symptoms, we say (as do millions of others) bring on the yoga. In The Pause workshop, expect to find 2 hours of specifically sequenced kick menopause ass asanas, hot flash busting breathwork, headache soothing, mood lifting and sleep enhancing meditations. The Pause will also give you a basic physiological understanding of what is hormonally going on (or not) in your body. If, as they say menopause is puberty’s ugly sister, let’s armour up, build ourselves a box of natural hormone balancing magic, and be ready for this mo fo. Let’s face it, waiting at the end of this ride is a tampax free, white-wearing, abdominal cramp-free party. This workshop will give you the tools you need to ensure you can enjoy the journey as much as the destination.
Sound Meditation Evening with Joanne Adams
Sunday 17th May 6-7pm
Connect to the calm already (no matter how deep it's buried!) within as you relax, let go and move beyond thought with the healing sounds of the Crystal and Tibetan singing bowls.
A Sound Bath Meditation is an immersion in beautiful vibrations that are healing for your body, mind and spirit. It is a deeply relaxing, meditative experience which can take you on a journey of self discovery.
What happens in the session:
The fully tuned crystal bowls assist with clearing blockages in the flow of your energy and harmonise and rebalance the human body on all levels.
The healing frequencies and vibrations will help remove your stress, tension, and cares. You may experience a profound sense of peace and well-being. All you have to do is lie down and allow this to happen.
Please arrive 5 mins early to settle into your space.
What to wear:
Warm comfortable clothing.
We have a selection of blankets and bolsters, however if you wish to bring your own cushion/pillow to make a cosy cocoon for yourself so you are as comfortable as possible, you are more than welcome to.
Sound meditation may not be suitable if you are:
•pregnant (1st trimester)
•wear certain hearing aids
•have a pacemaker.
•you suffer from seizures
The Yoga Family | Developing Your Trauma Sensitive Yoga Practice
Friday 29th May 7-10pm
We are delighted to share this new yoga workshop with you. This workshop will be led by Sarah. Sarah is a 850 hour certified yoga teacher, Reiki master and former nurse. My intention is to share my knowledge and experience of using yoga as a tool in trauma recovery so that you can develop your own trauma sensitive yoga practice. Yoga offers us so many wonderful tools for healing the body, mind and soul after times of stress and post trauma. I look forward to sharing this new workshop with you.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Introduction to autonomic nervous system in relation to stress & trauma recovery | Calming breath work techniques | Slow flow Vinyasa yoga | Restorative & Yin yoga postures | Mantras for self soothing | Mindfulness techniques | Exploring boundary setting with your personal yoga practice, group yoga classes and expanding this to daily life | Guided relaxation
WHO IS THIS WORKSHOP FOR
Those suffering from stress | Those with a history of trauma | Fellow yoga teachers that wish to deepen their understanding to offer trauma sensitive yoga classes
This workshop is not a substitute for trauma informed therapy / medical intervention | Details of traumatic incidents will not be shared by the teacher / students during this workshop | This is a trauma sensitive class and will be delivered in a safe, healing space | All levels and abilities are welcome
WHAT TO BRING
Dress in comfortable yoga/exercise clothing | A bottle of water & notepad & pen | Socks, jumper & blanket (optional)
Jules Mitchell: Yoga Biomechanics
Friday 26th, Saturday 27th + Sunday 28th November 2021 10am-5pm
We are so privileged to welcome world renowned Yoga + Movement educator and Author, Jules Mitchell up North!
Read More about Jules here
If you are a body-nerd, science-buff, or simply curious about how to create positive adaptations through your asana practice, this course is for you! Join Jules Mitchell for a 3-day intensive that weaves together asana with the basics of biomechanics to take your knowledge and teaching confidence to the next level. The latest research and foundational principles of exercise science are discussed in an easy-to-understand, practical way that builds body awareness and will immediately impact the way you teach and practice yoga. A sample of discussion and interactive topics include:
Differentiate between anatomy and biomechanics
Improve range of motion without stretching
Discuss where yoga asana fits into load management
Explore how tendons and similar connective tissues respond and adapt to loads
Unpack how we define injuries and how to best communicate about them
Create more clarity and accuracy in alignment cues
Consider specific cueing and intentional loading to promote mobility and skill
Examine the fascinating role of pain science in the yoga experience
Appreciate how to individualize and enhance poses with creative prop placement
Play with unique and effective tools such as isometrics and resistance stretching
Early Bird Price: £405 (until July 31st 2021)
Regular Price: £480
Please note: Due to high demand this workshop will be held at Manchester Yoga Central, M17 1AB click here for maps, not our studio in Slawit!
Om Is Where The Heart Is has a 24 hour lock in window before Workshop start time, before this time cancellations will not be charged and the credit will remain on your account, however within this window cancellations will be charged at full price. Cancellations should be made via the method of booking.
Unless specified, all classes are adult classes, with the minimum age being 16 but under 18's must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.