Alison Stoker- Interfaith Minister and Yoga Teacher
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.
If you'd like to read about my Interfaith Ministry work please click here...Interfaith Ministry
Or, read on for details of yoga and meditation classes and events...
Autumn Meditation Sessions at Sedgwick Park House
Thursday 16th November 7.15-8.30pm
‘Those who are certain of the outcome can afford to wait, and wait without anxiety,’ -ACIM. This will be our topic for the evening. We’ll unpick the anxiety that can make us disbelieve this. We’ll also meditate on patience, faith and the belief in a benevolent universe that pre-empts our needs before we even know we have them and experience the infinite peace that comes from this understanding.Plea se RSVP if you'd like to come along. It's £12 payable on the night. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 07794 550108.
Future meditation evenings-
Monday 11th December
Samhain/All Souls Day Yoga and Meditation Evening at Sedgwick Park House
Wednesday 1st November 7.15-9pm
Whilst All Souls Day is originally a Christian concept there are other traditions that recognise this day. The Mexican Day of the Dead falls at the same time. Samhain (from the earth traditions) is celebrated just a couple of days before (on what is popularly known as ‘Halloween’).
All these festivals are connected to honouring our ancestors, it’s believed this is the time of year when the veils between the worlds are at their thinnest and we are closest to those who have passed on before us.
In this evening session we’ll practice warming and nurturing yoga, focused on boosting the immune system and keeping our spirits high at this dark time of year. We’ll also practice a meditation to heighten our intuitive abilities and a simple ritual to honour the ancestors.
£15, payable on the evening but please book your place in advance. Contact me at email@example.com or 07794 550108.
Weekly Open Yoga Classes...
Mondays 11-12noon Gentle Hatha Yoga at The Cow Shed Studio, Hammes Farm, Steyning. £10 drop in or £80 for a ten class pass (valid for four months)
- no classes on bank holidays
Fridays 1-2pm Gentle Hatha Yoga at The Chapel, High Street, Billingshurst. £10 drop in or £80 for a ten class pass (valid for four months) - no class on Friday 1st September
Saturday Morning Workshops...
Integrating the Material and Spiritual Life- a yoga and meditation workshop on the yogic principle Ishvara Pradnidhana
Saturday 18th November 10am-1pm
Sedgwick Park House, Horsham
‘Who would attempt to fly with the tiny wings of a sparrow when the mighty power of an eagle has been given.’ ACIM
For the yogis of old the yogic path had one main objective- enlightenment. There was little focus on the asanas (postures) and much more other spiritual practices like kirtan (devotional singing) karma yoga (the yoga of action) and samadhi (spiritual absorption) to mention only a few. Yoga classes are often seen as physical exercise, which they are, but there’s much more to this deep and ancient practice.
You’re invited to explore the integration of our physical/material and spiritual life on and off the mat. How do we prepare for our practice? How do we stay focused when life off the mat is taking over our mind? Do we use the head or heart to make decisions? Do we take our spiritual life seriously? Do we take our physical/material life seriously? And what does a healthy balance between the two look like?
We’ll practice centering and uplifting asana with mantras to call upon the divine within. There will be meditations to reach and be in constant communion with our higher self. As a group we’ll discuss and reflect on what it is that keeps us grounded enough to thrive in this world but with wings wide and strong enough to transcend the grasping and fear that can take hold if we believe only in the physical/material realm.
This session is suitable for anyone with some previous experience of yoga. If you would like to sign up each workshop is £35, payable in advance to secure your space. There will be tea, coffee and (sugar, wheat and dairy free) cake for refreshment. I will send a confirmation email and directions to Sedgwick Park closer to the time the time. For booking or more information about any aspect of the morning contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, 07794550108.