Specialised Monthly Workshops

2nd Sunday of the Month

Arm Balances – May 12th

Learn to resist the force of gravity and realise the true strength that you already have!
After a warm-up practice focused on core, upper body strength and the stability needed to be able to balance on your arms we will start exploring the arm balance.
In this hands-on yoga workshop we will break down the basics allowing you to approach arm balances safely with greater confidence, mindfulness and ease, and go beyond to the postures that lead to handstand! 
We will lift-up, go sideways, invert, and use a wall when needed. So be ready to be challenged but not intimidated. Everybody can do this on their own individual level.
This workshop is not suitable for complete beginners, however, you don’t have to be the strongest or most flexible to begin your journey into arm balancing. Some people are quite strong but might not be able to go into arm balances because they don’t have the required flexibility and vice versa. All, but complete beginners welcome to join in on this playful workshop.

A Summer of Self-Love – A Yoga and Meditation Workshop

What is self-love? Self-love can be described as a regard for one’s own well-being and happiness. Self-love is a state of appreciation for oneself that grows from actions that support our physical, psychological and spiritual growth. People who have more self-love tend to know what they think, feel and want. When it comes to self-love most of us put other people’s needs before our own. The term self-love may conjure up thoughts of that it’s selfish to look after our own needs. But it’s not. We should make self-love and self-care a priority. As flight attendants frequently say: “put your own oxygen mask on first before assisting others” You cannot pour from an empty cup, and you are no good to anyone if your needs are not being met.

This workshop will guide you through a gentle and relaxing morning with the theme of loving yourself. We will start with a lying down meditation to focus on softening the body, soothing the mind and releasing physical and emotional tension. We will focus on any blocks which may prevent you from loving yourself. Once arisen we will have a very gentle slow-flow vinyasa practice with the focus on opening the heart and loving and appreciating ourselves for the beautiful and unique beings that we are.

We will also explore some different pranayama techniques to bring balance and clarity to the mind and body.

During a ‘working’ break we’ll enjoy some refreshments and discuss simple self-care rituals which we can incorporate into everyday life.

We’ll start the second part of the workshop with some gentle Yin Yoga where we hold poses for several minutes for a deeper release.

Finally we will conclude with a final meditation to ensure you walk away feeling fully supported emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

108 Sun Salutations – June 30th

Join us in our annual 108 Sun Salutations. All of our teachers will be joining in leading us through this yoga challenge.
We will be raising money for our charity of the year Autism Bedfordshire. So please join us for 1 or all of the 108 Sun Salutations.

Doing all 108 Sun Salutations normally takes a little over two hours to complete, and is worth every minute. There are no words to describe the feeling you have afterwards, and I think every yogi should experience it at least once.Remember – the goal is 108, but always listen to your body. Whether you finish 34, 93 or 108 repetitions, it is the intent that counts. Make yoga a heart-centered practice, not an ego-based practice. If you need to take a break, take one!

What is the significance of 108?
The number 108 is sacred and significant in many ways, appearing in many disciplines from astronomy to yoga:The number 108 appears in ancient, sacred texts. For example, there are 108 Upanishads and 108 Tantras
In numerology, 108 equals 9, which symbolizes universal love, eternity and awakening
In Ayurveda, there are 108 sacred points on the body
In astronomy, the distance between the Sun and Earth is roughly 108 times the Sun’s diameter
Mala bead necklaces have 108 beads, which are used to count during meditation

 

Typically held on the 2nd Sunday of the month, our workshops are designed to specialise in a particular area of Yoga or Wellbeing. Previous workshops have included Yoga for Runners, Grounding Feet, A Healthy Mind.

See below for some examples of previous workshops held at The Rocci Tree….

If you have any ideas of workshops you’d like to see at The Rocci Tree, please let us know contact us