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Yoga & Herbs : Air (Heart Space Yoga)

with Helena Turner & Sarah Golding

Sunday 1st July 10.00 – 4.00pm

Sheffield Yoga School, South Road, S6 3TA


In this workshop we will explore the air element, inspiring a quality of growth and expansion so we can move through summer with increased lightness and openness in our being.

Closely linked with the heart chakra & the chest space the day will flow with a continuous focus on drawing our awareness towards our heart centre.

The Yoga :

A deep connection with the breath results in a more open perspective. The breath is the messenger between our inner and outer worlds, breathing fully and deeply to develop good relationships and learn to express ourselves freely and easily.

The day will include asana, breath work, mantra, mudra, meditation and nourishing yoga nidra.

All the practices assist in opening the chest space, expanding the lung capacity, increasing blood flow to the brain, and invite you to tap into your core strength, increasing confidence, dissolving negative thoughts, and alleviating stress.

The Herbs :

We will be working with healing plant medicines which synergistically support our yoga practice.

Discover herbs that encourage deep breathing and open the physical and energetic heart and lungs.

There will be a nurturing tea ceremony that enables us to discover more about our healing plants using all our senses. This will be complimented with a practical medicine making session.

The Teachers : Helena Turner & Sarah Golding


Helena is a highly trained & experienced Yoga teacher and Sarah is an equally highly trained & experienced medical herbalist!

The combination of Yoga practice with the proper use of herbs is designed to provide a very foundation for optimum health and well being.



from Yoga Days Info, posted March 2018

R.Y.E. Research on Yoga in Education

Foundation Module – Sheffield 2018

Yoga Techniques for Children in the Classroom

£390.00                   Starts May 2018


This is a very highly regarded training course for school teachers, trainee teachers, teaching assistants, and special needs teachers; it also open to therapists, parents and Yoga teachers who work with children.


The RYE Method

For over 30 years RYE (Research on Yoga in Education) has been working with educators around the world developing techniques & skills to enhance the learning environment within the classroom for both teachers and students.

The RYE approach is to intersperse simple yoga techniques over the school day, integrating them into the topic of learning. This helps improve pupils’ attitudes to learning and maximises their mindfulness, attention and memory.

These techniques can be integrated into many different activities with children, offering valuable life skills. Research shows that these techniques can improve concentration, focus & self-esteem, promoting effective learning.


RYE Foundation Module

The six day RYE Foundation Module offers training in simple, fun & interactive yoga techniques adapted for the classroom for children 3 – 18yrs.

The Foundation Module 2018 involves six days training :

  • Saturday 12th May : Learning Through the Body
  • Sunday 13th May : RYE Techniques for the Curriculum
  • Saturday 16th June : Emotions in the Classroom (Ways to calm tension &
    conflicts, enhancing motivation, concentration & learning)
  • Saturday 14th July : Preparation for Exams (Practices to improve
    concentration & self-confidence in stressful situations)
  • Saturday 22nd September : Relaxation in the Classroom
  • Saturday 27th October : Yoga and Children with Special Needs


Click here for booking form

from Yoga Days Info, posted March 2018

Ajapa Japa : Channelling the Transforming Power of Prana

with Brahmananda

17th & 18th November     £95.00

at Grenoside Community Hall, Sheffield, S35 8PR


Ajapa Japa is a complete sadhana (practice) taking the practitioner from the ground level of body and environmental awareness to the deepest states of meditation.

This course will systematically introduce the participants to the ancient meditation technique of Ajapa Japa.

It will involve several sessions of sitting ajapa japa practice as we develop the technique, as well as asana (posture work) and pranayama (breathing) sessions, mantra, discussions and questions.

After the weekend participants can expect to have a systematic practice of Ajapa Japa to continue with.


The teacher : Brahmananda

Brahmananda is a teacher of great quality. His approach is clear and down to earth; his skill is in bringing light to the more profound and transformative aspects of Yoga.




Click here for information & Booking form.

from Yoga Days Info, posted March 2018

AcroYoga Workshop!

with Base AcroYoga

Sunday 17th June, 10.00 – 1.00pm, £30

Sheffield Yoga School, South Road, S6 3TA


This 3 hour acroyoga workshop will take you through the fundamentals of acroyoga, including flying, basing and spotting. No experience necessary, no partner required.

For those that attended our workshop with Sheffield Yoga School earlier in the year the content for this workshop will differ from the previous one so you can expect to learn some new moves.

For those with no experience we teach from beginner level so you have nothing to fear!

Base Acroyoga are passionate about helping to get people moving in unusual and interesting ways, providing both a mental and physical challenge.

Acroyoga combines acrobatics with elements of yoga; it is a sociable and fun way of building strength, flexibility and confidence. The main focus of acroyoga is to bring people together, forming real human connections and helping the individual cultivate trust, self awareness and open communication.

In this workshop we will take you through a series of postures and flows, progressively from complete beginner level. You can expect to work in small groups, flowing through series of postures. You will learn how to safely base, fly and spot for simple acroyoga moves such as front bird, Back Bird, Siting, Throne, and Stag.

About Base Acroyoga

Base Acroyoga is a Yoga and Acrobatic Partnership formed by Jake and Gemma.

Gemma is a fully qualified yoga teacher and kids yoga teacher and found her way into acroyoga as an addition to her regular yoga practice. Gemma has a passion for using acroyoga to inspire confidence and encourage people to get active whilst having fun and forming honest human connections.

In addition to teaching acroyoga, Jake is a fully qualified osteopath, and it is his knowledge of how the body works that makes Jake an exceptional teacher. He has a passion for helping individuals challenge themselves mentally and physically, whilst working with their natural physique.


from Yoga Days Info, posted March 2018

Maarten Vermaase : 21st April 2018

‘Body, Breath & Mind – Preparations for Pranayama and deeper Yoga practice’

If you are doing Yoga you are not doing Yoga!
Distinguishing Yoga from just exercise.


NB  Participants should be experienced Yoga practitioners, with a good grounding in Asana and breath work. This day will be especially useful as preparation for the Pranayama course Maarten will teach for Sheffield Yoga School in 2019.


What makes Yoga into Yoga? In one word, mindfulness.

The Buddhist definition of mindfulness is ‘to remember the instructions’. The practice of Yoga involves ‘mind instructions’ for both ‘on the mat’ and ‘off the mat’ situations, so that we can become 24/7 practitioners.

A Buddhist text says: ‘accomplishment is the result of knowing the practices’, and ‘may my mind follow Yoga, and may my Yoga follow the Path’. How can we ensure that our practice of Yoga takes us in the right direction?

During this day we will examine the stages of Hatha Yoga as presented in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. We will learn ‘mind instructions’ to help us with our practical Yoga, Asana, Pranayama, Mudra and meditation, and our daily life.


The teacher :

Dutch born Maarten Vermaase is a retired Diploma Course Tutor for the British Wheel of Yoga who has practised and studied Yoga since the early 1970’s.

He studied Hatha Yoga primarily under Robert Van Heeckeren, and Tibetan Buddhist meditation, Yoga and Healing Exercises with numerous Lamas and teachers from the Kagyu, Gelug and Nyingma traditions.

Maarten teaches extensively in Oxford and London, and runs regular workshops, retreats and BWY Meditation Modules for groups nationwide. He started the Mahasiddha Yoga Group in 1999 at the suggestion of his teacher, Kenchen Thrangu Rinpoche.


Timetable for this workshop :


10.30 am

Introduction of course material

Discussion: what is Yoga and why do it? Jataka story…..

Introduce concepts: ‘Three Trainings’ – three areas of practice

Internal and external and conditions:  appreciating lineage, motivation and circumstances

Hatha Yoga principles: energy, breath, mind – how the mind relates to breath


11.30 am

Practical : Yoga asana sequence –‘being in the body’

Working with the breath: breath release, ‘natural breath’ awareness,  Akasha Pranayama

Meditation: with Ajapa. How to prolong a meditation session, walking meditation.


1.15 pm                 Lunch


2.00 pm

Discussion: Yama and Niyama, the importance of conduct

Introduce concepts: Klesha and Kriya, the practice of purification


2.45 pm

Practical: Purification breathing and visualisation – a version of Nadi Sodhana


3.00 pm

Practical: Yoga asana sequence, preparing for the inner Yogas, ‘the Yoga of no body’,

Working with the breath: using the breath as support

Meditation: ‘let the mind rest naturally’, a glimmer of Samadhi


4.30 pm

Finish and dedication


Participants are advised to take notes!!!

Bring copy of Hatha Yoga Pradipika if you have one.


from Yoga Days Info, posted March 2018

Tools & Techniques for Meditation – Hebden Bridge

with Chris Noon

Saturday 28th April, 10.00 – 4.00pm, £35.00

Calderdale Yoga Centre, Hebden Bridge


This workshop will examine preparations we can make in order to get the most benefit from meditation practice.

We will take a quick look at a range of sitting postures used for meditation – different people need different positions and finding the right sitting posture for yourself makes a huge difference to the quality of your practice.

There will be a sequence of postures designed to develop the strength & flexibility necessary for sitting still in meditation.

There will also be Asana (posture work) and Pranayama (breathing techniques) which help create the optimum environment for meditation.

We will explore the stages which lead up to meditation according to Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. These include Pratyahara, withdrawing from the physical body and the senses. Pratyahara is a necessary stage in turning the awareness inwards and in steadying the mind.

There will be concentration techniques (Dharana) which you can learn and practice in your own time. These techniques prepare the ground for meditation, but can also lead to a state of meditation.

The main meditation practice will be Kaya Sthairyam, a wonderful and practical technique which leads into a profound stillness where meditation can arise.

Contact us for bookings.

from Yoga Days Info, posted February 2018

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