Yin Yoga Support for Winter
Dec
16
2:00 PM14:00

Yin Yoga Support for Winter

 

Yin Yoga Support for Winter

Saturday 16th December

2 - 4pm

Studio 2

 

 

Yin Yoga is a wonderful complementary yoga practice to the more dynamic style of vinyasa flow. In Yin Yoga, floor postures are held passively for several minutes in order to access a safe and positive ‘stress’ on the deep layers of connective tissue in the body.

Physically, the practice helps to maintain and improve natural joint mobility. Energetically, it opens & balances the body’s meridian system supporting healthy organ function further enhancing the body’s energetic flow. 

Winter is the most yin of all the seasons and its harshness can negatively impact our health and emotional well-being. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), water is the primary element of winter and its associated organs are the kidneys & bladder. Utilising the Five Element Theory of TCM we will practice a series of postures targeting the spine, low-back and kidneys to help re-balance and revitalise our vital energy.

The yin qualities of quiet reflection and retreat aim to not only soften the body, but the mind and heart as well.

In 2016 Denis completed his 30hr Foundations of Yin Yoga Module with his teacher Josh Summers and plans to complete his 300hr advanced teacher training with him over the coming years.

 

Investment £20

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Meditation for Melters*
Jan
7
to Jan 28

Meditation for Melters*

Meditation for Melters*
A Beginner's Guide
By Elizabeth Welty PhD

Sundays in January 2018, 8 - 9pm


*While there are many meanings for ‘Melter,’ here it’s Irish slang for ‘a lot on your mind’. For busy minds, beginners, those who are curious, cultivating creativity, recovering, or ever thought – ‘I can’t meditate’, but want to try. Everyone is welcome. Come exactly as you are, and take a playful approach to meditation.


This Monday evening practice will offer simple techniques to unwind the body, cultivate connection to the breath, steady the mind, and be nice to yourself.


Join us for the 4-week course for £24, or drop-in to any practice at class rates. Melters begins on Sunday 7th January.


**’People argue as to the origin of the term "melter" or "melt" but many believe it originated from a man from Belfast Northern Ireland called Christopher who is now known as "Mr. Melt" He was well known for his "melting" powers'. (www.urbandictionary.com)

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Leslie Kaminoff (SOLD OUT)
Nov
25
to Nov 26

Leslie Kaminoff (SOLD OUT)

as part of Flow International Series

Leslie Kaminoff is a yoga educator inspired by the tradition of T.K.V. Desikachar. For over three decades he has led workshops and developed specialized education in the fields of yoga, breath anatomy and bodywork. His approach to teaching combines intellectual rigor, spontaneity and humor, and is always evolving. Leslie is the founder of The Breathing Project, a New York City based educational non-profit dedicated to teaching individualized, breath-centered yoga. His unique year-long yoga anatomy course is now available online at yogaanatomy.net. He is the co-author, with Amy Matthews, of the best-selling book “Yoga Anatomy.”


Yoga Anatomy Weekend Immersion

Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 November 2017

9.30-5.00pm (90 min lunch break)

Flow Studio, 52 Hill Street, Cathedral Quarter

Earlybird - £185

Full Weekend - £210

PLEASE NOTE THIS SERIES OF WORKSHOPS IS FOR A FULL WEEKEND AND CANNOT BE PURCHASED IN PART.


SATURDAY

9.30am - 12.30pm

Introduction to Healing Through Breath-Centered Yoga
Yoga practice in the tradition of Krishnamacharya and Desikachar exhibits many distinctive principles and practices not found in other Hatha Yoga lineages. Details of breath sequencing, coordination with movement and spinal action are just some of the subjects we will explore in this highly interactive, experiential and informative session.
The later teachings of Krishnamachrya, as imparted to Leslie’s teacher T.K.V. Desikachar, emphasized the utmost importance of tailoring the practices to the unique needs of each individual, above all else. Leslie will these present these teachings from an historical, scholarly and anatomical perspective while leading participants into a progressively deeper understanding of how to adapt yoga practice to the specific needs of each student, whether in group or individual practice.

2.30 - 5.00pm

Preventing and Healing Injuries Through Yoga
Injuries occur when we provoke too much movement from too few places. This day-long intensive is essentially a crash-course in the fundamentals of therapeutic yoga education. We will draw from the histories, injuries and concerns of workshop participants to identify and address the most common sources of stress in yoga practice.
Working with the group, and individually with selected participants, we will explore practical modifications to asana, the creative use of breath, language and imagery, and simple hands-on adjustments. This is Leslie’s opportunity to re-create the context in which he learned the one-on-one application of yoga from his teacher, T.K.V. Desikachar.


SUNDAY

9.30am - 12.30pm & 2.30 - 5.00pm:

Breath-Centered Asana and Vinyasa – Individualized Adaptation and Modification
This full-day immersion will begin with the practice of a specially modified sequence of standing postures that flow together with the breath. We will then use participants’ unique experiences to inspire an investigation of how to adapt breath and posture for individual therapeutic objectives. Topics will include:

  • Anatomically-based alignment principles
  • How to vary breath cueing for specific effects
  • Adapting to form of an asana to get to the essence of its function
  • How to tailor teaching language and imagery for maximum benefit

Ample time will be devoted to individual concerns. Bring your therapeutic questions and anatomical curiosity!

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Meditation for Melters*
Nov
6
to Nov 27

Meditation for Melters*

Meditation for Melters*
A Beginner's Guide
By Elizabeth Welty PhD

Mondays in November 2017: 8.30pm – 9.30pm


*While there are many meanings for ‘Melter,’ here it’s Irish slang for ‘a lot on your mind’. For busy minds, beginners, those who are curious, cultivating creativity, recovering, or ever thought – ‘I can’t meditate’, but want to try. Everyone is welcome. Come exactly as you are, and take a playful approach to meditation.


This Monday evening practice will offer simple techniques to unwind the body, cultivate connection to the breath, steady the mind, and be nice to yourself.


Join us for the 4-week course for £24, or drop-in to any practice at class rates. Melters begins on Monday 6th November.

**’People argue as to the origin of the term "melter" or "melt" but many believe it originated from a man from Belfast Northern Ireland called Christopher who is now known as "Mr. Melt" He was well known for his "melting" powers. (www.urbandictionary.com)

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The Quiet Loyalty of Breath with Jack Harrison
Nov
5
4:30 PM16:30

The Quiet Loyalty of Breath with Jack Harrison

Join Jack Harrison for a yoga asana class inspired by a poem from John O’Donohue where he begins:

I place on the altar of morning
The quiet loyalty of my breath...

The class will explore the relationship between breath and movement and our coming to the true purpose of our lives. It will include breath-work, physical postures, poetry and music and will be open to all levels of practice.

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About Jack
Jack Harrison is a Certified Anusara Yoga teacher, folklorist and musician. He has worked and studied in all three of these areas for the last 30 years and integrates these paths together in his Celtic School of Yoga & Music Workshops, which include music, breath-work, poetry, myth and yoga. He is a principal author of a seminal book on the parallels between yoga and the Celtic world and he has also recorded three acclaimed albums of yoga music. His teaching is very much based on the changing rhythms of these latitudes and the vital importance of breath in Asana. www.jackharrison.com

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Investment: £15
BOOKING OPEN
 

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Finlay Wilson
Sep
29
to Oct 1

Finlay Wilson

Finlay is a certified Forrest Yoga teacher. He is the founder and principal teacher of Heart Space Yoga & Bodyworks in Dundee and is a widely sought after international teacher. Finlay began Yoga in 2007 following surgical procedures on both legs and used Yoga for his rehabilitation. Finlay has completed over 1000 hours of training with Forrest Yoga Certification Programmes along with over 1000 hours of Ashtanga and Vinyasa training. Finlay leads classes all over the UK, features on his online Yoga channel at Mat2Mat.

Finlay is very hands on in the Yoga room drawing on over 8 years of Bodywork experience fusing Thai Massage and Structural Integration techniques with the advanced hands on assist from the Forrest Yoga practice. 

Finlay continues his training with a rigorous daily practice and regularly travels around the world to work with other leading Forrest Yoga teachers and with his teacher, Ana Forrest, herself. As an assistant to Ana Forrest, he has learned how to construct sequences that are highly intelligent and congruent with the needs of the individual coupled with compassionate hands on assists that will make you feel safe and guide you into feeling your body in a new and exciting way. ___________________________________________________________________________

Unlocking The Hips

Friday 29 September, 5.30-7.30pm

Using breath and Forrest Yoga sequencing we will begin to unravel the tension around the hips and low back. Through standing poses and some of the exquisite Forrest Hip openers you will go deeper into your hips than before!

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Forrest Yoga Inversions

Saturday 30 September2.00-4.00pm

In Forrest Yoga, we use intense poses to sparkle up our blood and to excite the body. Nothing is more exciting than inversions, turning the world on its head and changing your perspectives physically. Using Forrest Yoga sequences we will stabilise the shoulders, strengthen the core and work on ways to break the anxiety around going upside down by using very safe inversions. Once we have established some foundations, you can play at your level with what would work best to bring aliveness into your body.

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Therapeutic Backbends with Finlay Wilson

Sunday 1 October, 2.30-4.30pm

Forrest Yoga uses intelligent sequencing and unique application of props to take back-bending to a new level. Explore deep backbends whilst creating support and space for the body, deepening your breath and investigating what it means to be struggle free even in an intense place. This class is suitable for all levels and the therapeutic unwinding of the back will leave you feeling spacious and invigorated.

Website: finlay-wilson.com 

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Storybook Yoga (Age 2+): A Squash and a Squeeze
Sep
17
2:30 PM14:30

Storybook Yoga (Age 2+): A Squash and a Squeeze

A Squash and a Squeeze

Storybook Yoga (2yrs +) with Katie Harte

Flow Studio, 52 Hill St, Cathedral Quarter

Back by popular demand!! Join us for classic stories, yoga and creative play for all ages. Introduce your little ones to yoga with old favorites like Dr. Seuss, The tale of Peter Rabbit to Oliver Jeffers' Lost and found. We'll bring these stories to life by learning a little yoga and having lots of fun.

Booking available shortly

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Flow Adventure Time (Ages 7-11)
Jul
17
to Jul 21

Flow Adventure Time (Ages 7-11)

with Katie Harte and Jessica Samoy-Plunkett

July 17-21, Flow Studio (Malone), 10am-4pm with optional 9am drop off

£25 per day or £100 for the full week. Booking will be available shortly.

Calling all mini flow explorers for an adventure! Come explore stories from around the world with Katie and Jess in a week of fun filled with yoga and drama.  Each day we will travel to a different part of the world, dive into the culture through story, and further adventure in the place through drama techniques and yoga practice.  We will theme each day with a country. 

Monday: India, Tuesday: Peru, Wednesday: USA, Thursday: Nigeria, Friday: Northern Ireland

 

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Storybook Yoga: Dr Seuss does yoga (back by popular demand!)
Jun
11
2:30 PM14:30

Storybook Yoga: Dr Seuss does yoga (back by popular demand!)

Dr Seuss does Yoga

Storybook Yoga (2yrs +) with Katie Harte

Flow Studio, 52 Hill St, Cathedral Quarter

Back by popular demand!! Join us for classic stories, yoga and creative play for all ages. Introduce your little ones to yoga with old favorites like Dr. Seuss, The tale of Peter Rabbit to Oliver Jeffers' Lost and found. We'll bring these stories to life by learning a little yoga and having lots of fun.

 

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Simon Park
Jun
2
to Jun 4

Simon Park

We're excited to welcome Simon Park for our Flow International Series in 2017.

Simon Park began his Yoga journey in 1995 with Shiva Rea in the World Arts and Cultures Department at UCLA. Later acclaimed by Yoga Journal as "one of the most influential and gifted Yoga teachers of the next generation”, he has been leading workshops, teacher trainings, and retreats around the world since 2002. His free-style Vinyasa is fluid, intuitive, and encourages freedom through self-expression. Profoundly influenced by the teachings of Shiva Rea, Richard Freeman, Maty Ezraty, Joan White, and Dharma Mitra, 'Liquid Flow Yoga' feels like a beautiful dance between classical and modern Yoga. Dubbed the "Flying Nomad", he draws inspiration from road legends such as Jimi Hendrix, who said, "the Earth is my home”.

Join Simon for three not-to-be-missed workshops:

Flow with the Force - Freestyle Vinyasa Workshop

Friday 2 June
5.30 - 8.00pm
Flow Studio Belfast, 52 Hill Street, Cathedral Quarter

A Vinyasa Flow practice that is a blend of classical and modern styles. Practice dynamic asana as a movement mediation in an open system that guides the student to feel the Yoga practice as an unscripted adventure. There is a focus on the inner workings of the breath on the body and mind; artful and creative transitions that add elegance to the flow of the practice. Alignment is detailed and energetic, yet adaptive for the individual practicioner. The principles of Vinyasa Krama are utilized to create an evolutionary practice that is appropriate for students of all levels.

Let Me Stand Next to Your Fire! Inversions + Arm Balances

Saturday 3 June
2.00 - 4.30pm
Flow Studio Belfast, 52 Hill Street, Cathedral Quarter

Inversions and Arm Balances are pure expression of creative energy flowing through the body. Experience fearless flying, pranic body of power, agility and lightness. Float effortlessly by integrating physical + energetic alignment, dynamic movement with bandha and intelligent Krama sequencing. Learn a pathway of flows within a powerful Vinyasa workshop so that you can evolve to enjoying handstands, inversions and flying transitions in the center of the room with creative energy and empowered vitality. This workshop is for all levels from adventurous beginners to handstand monkeys!

Liquid Flow Yoga - Restore Your Prana

Sunday 4 June
2.30 - 5.00pm
Flow Studio Belfast, 52 Hill Street, Cathedral Quarter

Enjoy a slowly developing, flowing sequence of postures that are fluidly powerful and energetically alive; a movement meditation for mental focus and overall lightness. Create space in the joints and spine, calm the nervous system and balance your energy. The asana flow is similar to the way tai-chi is practiced; slow, methodical and meditative. The practice seamlessly integrates fluid namaskars, deep hip-openers, restorative twisting, backbending and calming forward bends. Experience an evolution toward blissful relaxation, pranayama and meditation.

Investment: Single Workshop - £25 / Full Weekend - £70

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Ashtanga Yoga for Everybody
Apr
30
2:30 PM14:30

Ashtanga Yoga for Everybody

with Luke Jordan

Luke Jordan is one of a small number of teachers in the world Certified to share the advanced teachings of the traditional Ashtanga Yoga method as it was taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and continues to be passed on by Sharath Jois. Luke first came to the practise in 2000 after a period of deep personal inquiry and involvement with alternative spiritual practises. From the first 'Ujjayi' breath, Luke was hooked and soon found his way to Mysore, India to practise with Guruji (K P Jois). Since then Luke has been travelling internationally giving classes, workshops and seeking out teachers who can deepen his understanding of this mysterious thing called ‘yoga’ on both a physical level and the spiritual. Luke holds a Masters degree in Indian Religion and seeks in his teachings to combine the physical and philosophical elements of Yoga to make a greater whole.

This workshop is designed for seasoned practitioners and beginners alike. While working on the basics of the 'form' of the Ashtanga Yoga practise we will at the same time work on deepening the levels of subtle awareness that makes this special yoga practise a whole.

Following this workshop, Luke will be providing a week of traditional 'Mysore Style' Yoga at our Malone studio (51 Malone Road) - Monday 1st to Friday 5th May from 6.30-8.30am. This is the traditional way of learning the traditional Ashtanga Yoga method. Students receive one-on-one instruction within a group setting. This is the only way to develop the intensity of concentration necessary to make this yoga practise flourish.

For more information about Mysore Week please contact Gabriella Nicolson directly - gabriellanicholson@hotmail.co.uk

Investment £25

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Storybook Yoga: The tale of Peter Rabbit
Apr
9
2:30 PM14:30

Storybook Yoga: The tale of Peter Rabbit

The tale of Peter Rabbit

Storybook Yoga (2yrs +) with Katie Harte

Flow Studio, 52 Hill St, Cathedral Quarter

Back by popular demand!! Join us for classic stories, yoga and creative play for all ages. Introduce your little ones to yoga with old favorites like Dr. Seuss, The tale of Peter Rabbit to Oliver Jeffers' Lost and found. We'll bring these stories to life by learning a little yoga and having lots of fun.

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Meredith Cameron: Yoga Stability
Mar
31
to Apr 2

Meredith Cameron: Yoga Stability

This workshop weekend will grow your practice and your capacity for attention. Exploring Katonah concepts with discussion and a variety of familiar poses that help us kick old habits and rewire our lives, by finding stability, capacity and vision, which will light up newer ways of thinking. We will: - Explore familiar yoga poses; break them down and add angles of geometry; gather around and learn that we all have our own set of conditions to work with. There will be heaps of adjustments so that we can feel what it's like to be on our own symmetrical grid. We often do so many poses from an unstable foundation.

Once we find our stability by cross referencing and using our bones as measurement tools (and angles of geometry), then we are able to give our organs efficiency and have a capacity to be conscious. Things reconcile when form is formidable: use something the proper way and it will clean up. So often we sit in the hips and back on our butt, and it becomes stagnant and slumped. We start using compensatory skills, thus not providing ourselves with proper insight and potential. This workshop is all about finding stability and efficiency - getting off of ourselves and getting over ourselves. It's about having a good life. As we learn and practice the components of stability, we are then able to translate this back into a flow practice and into our lives. Doesn't it feel nice to be stable? Bring a pen and paper for the curious.

 

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 Fintan's Fund & Clic Sargent Charity Practice
Mar
25
12:30 PM12:30

Fintan's Fund & Clic Sargent Charity Practice

with Jessica Samoy Plunkett

Saturday 25th March    I    Flow Studio, 52 Hill Street, Cathedral Quarter

Join us for a charity practice with Jessica Plunkett in aid of Clic Sargent and Fintan’s Fund; supporting young adults with cancer.  An afternoon of community and craic: coffee, treats and delicious Panacea drinks from 13:30; practice from 14:00-16.00. Rehydration in the Cathedral Quarter after – optional! A great way to do yourself and someone else some weekend good!


Clic Sargent is the leading charity for young adults with cancer and recently opened Northern Ireland’s only in-patient facility for the age group. Fintan’s Fund is local to Belfast and supports memory-making activities to enable young adults to enjoy life despite their diagnosis.


Raising funds as part of the London-Paris Cycle Challenge 2017.


More info: www.fintansfund.com

This workshop is free.  All donations will be greatly appreciated on the day.

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