An Introduction to Somatics
 Sat 23rd Nov  2:00 pm - 5:00 pm  Shirley House, 31 Psalter Lane, Sheffield S11 8YL

‘Somatics’ is a term coined by Thomas Hanna PhD, that refers to the discipline of movement reeducation that enhances internal awareness of one’s body. Somatic perception is your own experience of how it feels to be you in your body. From the Greek word ‘soma’, meaning ‘of the body’, somatics can help us to get in touch with our inner bodily sensations and movement patterns or reflexes that often go unnoticed.

Thomas Hanna discovered that there are three basic reflexes in the body that are unconsciously created through our experiences to life.  These reflexes can sometimes lead to unhelpful, awkward movements that create pain in the body, and agitation in the mind.  Somatic movement uses simple techniques that teach the nervous system to relax held tensions and allows us to begin to move in a more coordinated and functional manner.

In this workshop, we will learn a few simple movements that, when practised regularly,  can bring freedom of movement in the body, and ease to the mind.  We will also have time to look at the theory, science and history of somatics.

The workshop is suitable for complete beginners.

All participants will receive a short routine to take home and practice.

Cost:  £25 / £20 concessions

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Winter Solstice Yoga
 Sat 21st Dec  9:30 am - 12:30 pm  Shirley House, 31 Psalter Lane, Sheffield S11 8YL

Winter Solstice is the time of year when we welcome the return of the Light, as the days slowly begin to get longer, and nature once again readies itself for new growth.

On this shortest day of the year we can also prepare ourselves for new growth and transformation by accepting ourselves as we are, and letting go of the old, of that which does not serve us anymore.  This prepares us for new growth and renewal, and allows the Sattvic qualities of lightness, brightness and clarity to develop within.

This workshop will use Asana to release held tension that has accumulated in the body.  Tension in the body is often caused by tension in our minds.  We will use props, such as chairs, blocks, pillows and blankets to release in a gentle manner, to allow the body to create space, thereby freeing up the mind and enabling us to let go of negative and unuseful habits of thinking.  We will use Pranayama or breathing techniques to further bring about and refine this steadiness of mind, and complete with meditative techniques that can help us to continue to grow in a positive manner.

There  is a maximum of 15 spaces for this event.

Participants will be required to bring a yoga mat and blanket.

COST – £25  /  £20 concessions