At Padma Yoga we run a regular schedule of workshops through the year. Each workshop can be attended on a stand alone basis, with some workshops linking together to cover a wider subject area. Our workshops usually run from a few hours up to a full day.
A Day of Yoga & Contemplation – Sunday 24th September
When the mind is silent and peaceful it becomes very powerful. Life becomes a spontaneous flow and expression of joy. All this arises naturally when the mind is in a state of inner silence. However, this inner silence can never arise when there is a continual stream of thoughts and emotions. Our mind is pulled this way and that, and this state of inner tranquillity is replaced by a sense of being pulled along by the current of life.
During this day retreat with Claire Thomas, you will have the opportunity to create time and space for yourself. Most of the day will be held in mouna (silence) to calm the senses and clear the mind. If the weather permits we will take our practice out in to nature with gentle, flowing yoga, pranayama and relaxation. The day will include mantra, guided meditation – Antar Mouna – and Yoga Nidra along with time for personal contemplation. During the day we will eat a vegetarian shared lunch together and create a beautiful mandala using dried pulses and flowers.
The day will be held in the picturesque village of Greatford, near Stamford and is suitable for anyone with a little experience of yoga. Along with regular students, the day will also be suitable for postnatal mums who would value some time for themselves.
10:00-16:00 £40 —> BOOK NOW
Please bring a vegetarian dish to share for lunch. There will be tea, coffee and biscuits. Come dressed in comfortable yoga clothes, bring a blanket and cushion.
Yoga for a Healthy Back & Shoulders – Saturday 14th October
Most of us are so busy keeping up with our lives, that it can seem impossible to spend time practicing yoga each day. The key to making a difference to how we feel – physically and mentally through yoga – may be, to be more realistic about what we try to do.
This full day workshop, taught by Rebecca Allen, will help you ease an aching back and look at how you can maintain a healthy back and shoulders. Taking you through simple, straightforward practices we will look at clever ways to incorporate these yoga techniques into a busy life. In addition to the posture work, the day will include traditional yoga (mindfulness) techniques and Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation) to begin to address any rising stress levels in your life.
The workshop is suitable for all, whether you are new to yoga or experienced but not yet practicing regularly at home. The day will also be suitable for new mums, who experience back and shoulder pain from carrying new babies and small children.
Rebecca is a BWY and Satyananda Yoga trained teacher. She teaches yoga classes, workshops and retreats and also offers pregnancy and postnatal yoga in Sheffield. She has recently completed further training as a teacher of the Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs Programme. We’re delighted to be welcoming her back to Padma Yoga.
10:00-16:00 £40 —> BOOK NOW
Please bring a packed lunch, alternatively there are a number of local cafes and sandwich shops within a few minutes walk of the studio. There will be tea, coffee and biscuits.
Yin Yoga & Sound Journey – Saturday 25th November
In this afternoon workshop, taught by Kanti Freeman, you will be guided through a nourishing and reflective Yin Yoga practice and Sound Bath. Yin is a passive practice which uses familiar yoga poses with the intention of stimulating the flow of chi/prana through the meridians/nadis. It blends the best of yoga with Chinese Medicine, Taoism and Buddhist mindfulness practices. Mostly floor based and very slow, it is accessible to all. You are invited into each posture and may remain there from 2-5 minutes. This encourages a natural ‘turning inwards’ as you focus on your breath, the sensations in your body and whatever arises in the mind.
This hour long practice will be followed by a deeply relaxing Sound Bath for which the Yin practice will have prepared you for beautifully. The energy channels (nadis) and the whole of your body will be optimally prepared for the resonant sound vibrations, meaning you will absorb those on a deeper level. You ought to leave this session feeling amazing…stretched, open, relaxed & clear.
13:00-15:00 £25 —> BOOK NOW
Candlelit Yoga for the Full Moon – Friday 1st December
In yoga the moon represents the feminine energy within us, it’s qualities are said to be fluid, creative, calming and reflective. It influences the water element of nature, affecting tidal levels, the growth of plants and our own internal cycles. The more we become attuned to the cycle of the moon, the greater our understanding of the way we experience these changes. At the full moon there is a heightened sense of creativity, energy and activity.
Wrapped up in the warmth of the studio and starting late, we will enjoy an evening of candlelit yoga. Our practice will be inspired by these qualities. Centred around Chandra Namaskar. The evening will be flowing and mindful in nature and will include asana, mantra, meditation and guided relaxation. Filled with candles and toasty warm this will be a wonderful way to create a sense of peace and restore energy levels in the lead up to Christmas.
19:00-21:00 £18 —> BOOK NOW