Alison Stoker- Interfaith Minister and Yoga Teacher
Weekly Open Yoga Classes...
Mondays 11-12noon Gentle Hatha Yoga at The Cow Shed Studio, Hammes Farm, Steyning. £10 drop in or the equivalent of £8 a class if you sign up for a half term. No classes on Monday 27th May or 10th June
Fridays 1-2pm Gentle Hatha Yoga at The Chapel, High Street, Billingshurst. £10 drop in or the equivalent of £8 a class if you sign up for a half term. No class on Friday 7th June
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Here are some events that are happening in the coming months...
Compassion, Communication and Clarity...a yoga and meditation workshop
Saturday 13th July 10am-1pm The Cow Shed Studio, Steyning
Compassion, clarity and communication are the domain of the throat chakra. Sitting between the warmth of the heart and the infinite nature of the mind, the throat chakra is the energy centre that we use to communicate our needs and listen to (not only hear) the needs of others.
Communication makes or breaks relationships. An empowered communicator knows how to get her needs met without manipulating, cajoling or shaming others. Whereas we’ve all had the experience of someone trying to control or influence us (it happens every time you listen to or watch an advert) in a roundabout way. At best we tune out, at worst we get drawn in and there are acres of room for confusion and upset.
This is why learning how to communicate compassionately is essential and so is hearing the needs of others through the sometimes-veiled way they are presenting them.
As well as communicating wisely to the outside world it’s also vital that we have trust in the internal communications that go on in our body. We need to be able to register the ache in our back that will turn into a full-blown muscle spasm if we don’t listen to it, or the inner knowing that we need to move more. Our body is alive with information, it’s not all stored between our ears.
In this workshop I invite you to join me as we get in touch with the body’s wisdom through meditation and movement. Our yoga practice will centre around freeing the throat, neck, vocal cords and jaw. We will use our voices and chant as we travel through various yoga poses and moderate vinyasa (moving with the breath), with the intention of moving energy through the throat.
We will cover compassionate communication and there will be time to discuss our own experiences and struggles. Questions about the topic are very welcome, you could let me know ahead of time if there’s anything in particular you’d like us to cover and I’ll do my best to touch on that as it’s so often the case that one person’s story is another’s too.
If you feel drawn to come along it’s £35 for the morning which includes light refreshments.
Booking for this event has now closed but if you'd like to see if there's a space available please text Alison on 07794 550108
If you are unable to attend for any reason I will be able to refund you if it's possible to find someone to take your space.
A note about the chakras- In Sanskrit the term ‘Chakra’ means wheel or disk. There are seven main chakras in the body, these energy centres run from the base of the spine to the top of the head. Each of these energy centres governs parts of the body and consciousness. When a centre is blocked, we may feel physically, mentally of emotionally blocked and equally if an energy centre over-whelmed the corresponding area of our body or life will feel that way too.
The next meditation evening will take place on Thursday 29th August 7.15pm at The Chapel, Billingshurst. You'll be able to read about what the subject will be soon...
I'm a Yoga Teacher and Interfaith Minister based in West Sussex. I run regular classes, workshops and retreats and offer personalised ceremonies to couples and individuals of all faiths and none as they pass through the important milestones of life.
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