Workshops and Courses

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Workshops and Courses2019-09-03T17:27:19+00:00

Workshops, Courses and Retreats

Programme of regular events

  • Yoga for Stress, Burnout and Anxiety Courses
  • Yoga for Addictions Courses
  • Mindful Yoga and Yoga Nidra Workshops
  • Free the Back and Shoulders Workshops

Mindful Yoga and Yoga Nidra Workshop

The next of these popular workshops will take place on Saturday 9th November, 11.30 to 2.30, at Butleigh Pavilion.

If you ever feel tense, stressed, anxious or too busy, this 3 hour workshop including tea and cake will help you to breathe more deeply, relax and create space for yourself.

The first part of the workshop focuses on gentle yoga and somatic movement; you do not need to be flexible and you won’t break into a sweat! No yoga experience is needed. You will then lie down with warm blankets for a one-hour yoga nidra. This deep relaxation will take you to a place between being awake and asleep leaving you feeling relaxed and refreshed.

Tea and cake will be served around 2.30.

There are a maximum of 10 places available for this workshop. All previous Mindful Yoga Workshops have sold out so early booking is advised to guarantee your place.

Props and some blankets are provided but you may like to bring your own blanket or a small cushion for your head for the yoga nidra. Please bring a yoga mat if you have one.

The workshop is £25.00 and must be booked in advance.

Yoga for Stress, Burnout and Anxiety Course

The next course will take place on 5 consecutive Saturdays from 11.30 to 13.30, commencing 28 September, at Butleigh Pavilion.

  • Feeling tense, nervous, overwhelmed, stressed, agitated, restless and exhausted?
  • Do you have a sense of dread, fear the worst or that bad things will happen if you stop worrying?
  • Find it difficult to sleep?
  • You may also experience a churning feeling in your stomach, nausea, palpations, a racing heart, feel sweaty and have panic attacks.

This five week course is for you if you don’t want to continue how you are; it may be making you ill, impacting on your relationships and you need a kickstart and support to reclaim your life.

A body-mind approach is taken using evidence-based yoga practices. The course starts each week by calming body and mind through gentle mindful yoga, breathing and deep relaxation to bring you back from a state of overwhelm and hypervigilance.

You will then learn about physical and psychological aspects of anxiety, the vicious cycle of anxiety, the stress response, the impact of stress and anxiety on mind and body and why it is so difficult to relax and stop worrying when experiencing chronic stress and anxiety.

Within the small group, Carolyn uses therapeutic approaches including motivational interviewing, solution-focused work and principles from CBT to support you towards committing to and sustaining change in your life.

This is not an ‘off the shelf’ course that is available elsewhere. Carolyn uses her extensive knowledge and experience from her career in mental health services, taking a bespoke approach and adapting the content of each course to participants.

If you decide that you would like to continue your practice of yoga after attending the course, weekly yoga classes and regular Mindful Yoga and Yoga Nidra Workshops take place throughout the year.

No experience of yoga is needed for this course and you do not need to be flexible! The yoga sequences will be very gentle and provide you with a sense of safety, space and release.

Investment

The investment for the course is £85. There are a maximum of 10 places for this course which runs once or twice a year. Full payment is required to reserve your place. To book, visit the bookings page by clicking on the link below.

https://www.carolynsmith.org/bookings/

What to bring

You will need to wear comfortable clothes that you can move in. Leggings, shorts, tracksuits and T-shirts are ideal. Please bring a yoga mat. You may also like to bring a small cushion for your head for relaxation and yoga nidra.

Hot and cold drinks will be provided.

Free parking is available on site.

Yoga for Addictions

The MARK Course for addictions combines specialised yoga with mindfulness and cognitive behavioural therapy techniques (CBT) to provide a holistic and complementary approach to addictions.

It is suitable for addiction to substances, alcohol, food, relationships and other addictive patterns of behaviour.

The course is delivered over 6 weeks in small groups or can be adapted to be delivered 1:1. Course dates for 2019 will be announced soon but please get in touch to register your interest of if you would like a course to be run for an organisation, charity or community group.

The investment for the 6 week course is £125. Individual sessions can also be provided. Please enquire for details.

Carolyn trained to deliver the MARK Course with the Minded Institute in London and has also worked in and managed addiction services in the NHS.

Free the Back and Shoulders Workshop

The next workshop is taking place on Saturday 16th November, 11.30 to 2.00, at Butleigh Pavilion. 

Modern living, computers, driving and mobile phones can leave us with tension and pain in the upper back, shoulders and neck. Many of us also carry stress in these areas.

In this two hour workshop, Carolyn will share the personal practice she researched and used to tackle the tension, upper back pain and restricted mobility she was left with after over two decades of working at desks and sitting in meetings plus a fall which resulted in back pain.

The workshop includes strength and mobility work, practices to release tension and a 30 minute yoga nidra (very deep relaxation). The practices are designed to encourage a sense of freedom and spaciousness physically and emotionally.

Resources will be provided so you can continue with an upper back and shoulder practice at home.

No yoga experience is needed for the workshop but you will need to be able to get up and down from the floor easily and kneel down on all fours.

Tea and cake will be served at around 1.30.

The workshop is £24 including tea and cake.

Previous workshops have sold out so early booking is advised.

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