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Fun And Flow Vinyasa

Looking for a creative, playful yoga class to get energized? This is an upbeat, smooth flowing practice that includes plenty of stretching and some strengthening and balance poses. Whilst the class is geared towards a moderate level, there are alignment cues and modifications, so you're welcome to make the class as gentle or challenging as you like. We end the class in a luxurious savasana and sometimes a guided meditation to keep the good vibes going. Suitable for all levels including complete beginners.

Saturdays 10.00-11.30
With: Shirley Brooks
£14
Open to All
No booking required

Saturday Morning Meditation Drop-in

A morning exploring the Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana (loving kindness) practices. The session includes sitting, some gentle movement and walking meditation.

Suitable for all levels of experience.

Saturday 10.15-12.45


With: Karunagita, Vajramitra, Maitrisambhava, Akashamitra, Amalayodhin
£10/ £5 (concession)
Open to All
No booking required

Under 35s Buddhism and Meditation Morning

Are you between 18 and 35 years old and interested in Buddhism?

Are you tired of the stories that dominate our personal and public lives? Do you have a sense that there must be something else, but don’t yet know what it is?

With discussion, exploration and meditation, plus coffee and croissants, we will connect with what is meaningful and ask what Buddhism can offer us to transform ourselves and the world.

Every third Saturday of the month
10.30-13.00
On 15 June, 20 July, 17 Aug, 21 Sept, 19 Oct, 16 Nov and 21 Dec 2019
With: Under 35s team & guest speaker
Free. Donations welcome.
Open to All
No booking required

Saturday Morning Meditation and Buddhism Drop-in class

We start with meditation at 10:15. After the tea break, you can continue to explore meditation, or alternatively you can join the Buddhism option. Our new theme is URBAN BUDDHISM.

On the second Saturday of each month there is a talk on one of these themes (click here), and on the other Saturdays we get together to explore the topic further. All are welcome, and you don't need to come each week.

Saturdays 10.15-12.45
With: Ratnaprabha & Sat morning team
£10/ £5 (concession)
Open to All
No booking required

Dynamic Yoga

A class with a focus on strengthening, stretching and alignment. A full body workout that helps develop an understanding of asana/posture and yoga practice in general. This practice can be incorporated into our daily lives and helps us to relax.

All levels.

Saturdays 11:45-13:00.
With: Seamus Casey
£14
Open to All
No booking required

Iyengar Yoga

The Iyengar method places special focus on developing strength, endurance and correct body alignment in addition to flexibility and relaxation.

Classes are sequenced, emphasise precision, include a variety of poses and are designed to concentrate on different aspects promoting overall well-being.

Regular practice is energising and promotes excellent body awareness.

A yoga practice for anyone and everyone!

Saturdays 13.15-14.45
With: Fran Nixon
£14
Open to All
No booking required

Drumming Workshop

18.00-19.20 African Drum tuition. Suitable for beginners and intermediate.

19.20-20.00 Drum circle open to all.

Every Saturday
With: Shakyasiddhi, Simon & friends
£12/£10 concession. Drum hire £2
Open to All
No booking required

METAL - an elemental Qigong workshop (27 Oct 19)

In the Five Elements system Metal is the contracting, or condensing, phase of the Five Elements cycle and is associated with the season of Autumn and the direction West. In the body it is manifested as the Lungs and Large Intestine organs and it aids our sense of clarity.

The day will be gently paced, with loosening exercises, standing meditations and Qigong walking, as well as Tiger forms that relate to Metal.

It will be perfectly suitable for the beginner.

Sun 27 Oct 2016, 10:00-14:00
With: Richard Thomas, Tom Watson
Costs,
£44 waged
£32 concession

Open to All
Booking required (14 places left)

Yoga, Autumn and Ayurveda

Join Sian for a morning's exploration of how the ancient wisdom of Yoga and Ayurveda can help you transition smoothly into autumn.

November is poised between autumn and winter. According to Ayurveda, this season can lead to aggravated vata dosha which if not managed can lead us to feel ungrounded, agitated or restless.

Luckily, Yoga and Ayurveda offer tools to help rebalance. This session will offer a grounding, balanced practice of yoga, breathwork and contemplation to help you stabilise and find your roots.

Accessible to all and with variations and modifications where appropriate, you'll finish with a long and luxurious relaxation for you to emerge revitalised and reset for the new season.

Sun 3 Nov, 11.00-13.00
With: Sian O'Neill
Costs,
£20
£15 concession

Open to All
Booking required

Live Budcasts: Urban Buddhism

A new series of the monthly Saturday morning Budcast talks and podcasts starts 8 June at 11:30.

All welcome. Free event. Suggested donation £5. You can listen to the podcasts of the talks Please click here

8 June - Ratnaprabha "A Buddha in London"

13 July - Akashamitra "An awakened imagination: Buddhist practice in the city."

14 Sept - Kusala "The Art of Loving"

12 Oct - Karunagita "Going Forth"

9 Nov - Dhammamega "Fear comes from arming yourself"

14 Dec - Ratnaprabha "Urban Dharma"

In the weeks between, do come to a discussion group around themes from the talk as part of the Saturday morning class starting at 10:15.

Every second Saturday of the month:
Sat 14 Sept, Sat 12 Oct, Sat 9 Nov and Sat 8 Dec
11.30-12.45
With: Ratnaprabha & Sat morning team
Free event. Suggested donation £5.
Open to All
No booking required

Afternoon for Mitras and Order members: The Buddha's Mindfulness - the Sutta of Mindful Breathing

details closer to the date

Sat 9 Nov 2019; 14.30-17.00;
shared lunch from 13.30-14.30pm
With: Ratnaprabha, Santva, Kusala
Free event. Donations welcome.
Mitra
No booking required

Deep Rest (10 Nov 2019)

A unique and deeply relaxing blend of simple practices to rest, restore and nourish.

Including gentle floor-based exercises to help release muscular tension (Hanna Somatics) as well as Pranayama (breath focus) and quiet time for meditation, these workshops will focus primarily on supported, restorative yoga poses using bolsters and other props.

This way of working is designed to calm the nervous system, boost the immune system and promote balance for busy lives.

Sun 10 Nov, 10.00-13.00
With: Anna Dorman (Jones)
Costs,
£36
£24 concession

Open to All
Booking required

Sangha Day Festival (Sun 17 Nov 2019)

Details nearer to the time.

Sun 17 Nov 2019
With: Ratnaprabha
Free event. Donations welcome.
Open to All
No booking required

WATER - an elemental Qigong workshop (1 Dec 19)

Water is our deep potential to develop and change. It is essential to life, and in a very real sense we are water. When the Water Element is healthy it can affect the whole balance of yin and yang forces in the body and bring about deep vitality. Water is fluidity and flow, and these aspects, as well as its connection with the Kidney and Bladder organs and meridians, will be explored in both moving and static forms.

These forms will include some inspired by the Bear, the animal associated with Water in the Five Elements system.

The day will be gently paced and will be perfectly suitable for the beginner.

Sun 1 Dec 2016, 10:00-14:00
With: Richard Thomas, Tom Watson
Costs,
£44 waged
£32 concession

Open to All
Booking required (16 places left)

Iyengar Yoga monthly workshop (Dec 2019)

These workshops offer an opportunity to work more deeply on your practice. You will learn and improve your understanding of the highly regarded Iyengar system of yoga with a highly regarded and popular teacher.

All welcome to attend.

Sun 8 Dec 2019 - 10:00-13:00
With: Aubrey Maasdorp
Costs,
£30
£20 concession

Open to All
Booking required

Women’s class - every second Saturday of the Month

Women’s class with guest speakers:

14 Sept - We will have Amaragita as guest for the first time. Drawing on her ‘Mandala of resilience’ work, she will facilitate a workshop physically mapping out and moving around a mandala to help bring awareness and clarity to different aspects of our lives and practice. Highly recommended.

12 Oct - Dhiraprabha will talk about the theme of ‘home’. As Bhante Sangharakshita said: ‘Commitment is primary, context is secondary’ - it’s not about what our situation is but what that means to us and how our relationship with home supports our practice. Dhiraprabha and Karunagita will have an informal interview/ conversation on the subject and then broaden out to reflection and discussion. Do join us, whatever your situation. Other event to mention: Karunagita will be giving a talk in the morning of the 12 Oct on 'Going forth' which is related to women's class topic; start 11.30am

9 Nov - There is an event for Mitras and Order Members at the NLBC this afternoon so there will be no women’s class in Nov. However, do come to the monthly public talk at 11.30 by Dhammamegha. If you are a Mitra or Order Member do join us for the afternoon.

14 Dec - tbc

Every second Saturday of the month,
10 Aug, 14 Sept, 12 Oct, (9 Nov see description), 14 Dec
14:15-17:00
With: Karunagita and Team
By donation
Open to All
No booking required

Scaravelli Inspired Yoga Intensives (Dec 2019)

A chance to focus in more detail on the depth and scope of this style of yoga, guided by the pioneering work of Vanda Scaravelli.

Suitable for students with some experience, we will dive into some more dynamic sequences and explore some stronger poses such as backbends and inversions to discover the joys and benefits that they can bring.

With time to break down the progression towards more demanding poses so that the journey becomes accessible and enjoyable for all.'

Sun 15 Dec - 10.00-13.00
With: Anna Dorman (Jones)
Costs,
£36
£24 concession

Open to All
Booking required

Follow up day/ Taster Day and Mindfulness Catch Up - Sat 29 Feb 2020

Practice session for those who have completed an MBCT or CMBT course and an introduction for those who wish to find out more about this approach.

Pippa O'Connor is a psychotherapist (BSc, MSc: CERT Dip) and senior lecturer in the Mindfulness Based Clinical Applications at the North London Hospital Southgate. She is a Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness teacher at Tavistock Hospital and has a BSC in Cognitive Behavior, Addiction and Trauma / DIP Trauma / EMDR.

Sat 29 Feb 2020
13.30-17.30
With: Pippa O'Connor
By donation
Open to All
No booking required