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For the ultimate feel-good Saturday afternoon, Yoke is launching a monthly yoga book club. It will involve an hour of gentle vinyasa flow to relax us and forget our to-do lists and daily stress, followed by sitting down to discuss a good book.

Each month we’ll choose a book we love or suggestions from you that we think it would be fun to talk about. It’s not an English exam – if you haven’t finished (or even started!) it – no problem! We thought it would be a nice way to get to know our fellow yogis a bit better. Like yoga, books teach us about ourselves and the world around us, and can transport us to places we never imagined. Why not share that?

Our next choice of book is the perfect summer read to make you feel like you're on hols in Italy rather than in a yoga studio in Dalston!

When Kit loses her mother in tragic circumstances, she feels drawn to finally connect with the father she has never met. That search brings her to the Thousand Lights Hotel, the perfect holiday escape perched upon a cliff on the island of Elba. Within this idyllic setting a devastating truth is brought to light: shaking the foundations upon which the hotel is built, and shattering the lives of the people within it.

A heartbreaking story of loss, betrayal, and redemption, told with all the warmth and beauty of an Italian summer.

Finishing with a discussion and Italian themed snacks in honour of all the amazing food in the book this will be a super fun one! You can order a copy of The Thousand Lights Hotel from our local bookshop, Burley Fisher Books on Kingsland Rd  http://burleyfisherbooks.com/ or Rachel has five copies of the book to give away to the first five students to sign up to class.

In her dual career as a literary agent and yoga teacher, Rachel is passionate about sharing how yoga can aid concentration and imagination, teach you to really sit comfortably, relax and clear your mind - not to mention stretch out those rounded bookworm spines. Absolutely no yoga experience (or an English Literature degree) required. Mats, props provided.

Yoke memberships and passes cover these sessions. Drop in price is £13. Book here

 
 

Leo Cosendai's Gong Bath Meditation

Sunday 8th October / 26th November / 17th December / 14th January 2018 / 18th February 2018

2 - 4pm

 

“London’s foremost Gong Master” - The Times                

 “It felt like I was floating on air “  -  Huffington Post

A Gong bath meditation is a holistic and yogic practice which helps to explore limbs of Yoga such as pratyahara, dharana, dhyana and kevala samadhi. The Gong produces harmonic and dissonent tones which give the individual the opportunity to experience altered states of consciousness, where the mind is totally aligned with the body. This helps one to burn up emotional history and karmic blockages.

From a physical point of view, a gong “bath” as we call it, is ideal for clearing nerve-endings and re-establishing a healthy relationship between the parasympathetic (ruled by sound) and sympathetic nervous system (ruled by vision). The gong also enables the brain to become efficient in producing Theta and Delta waves, which are produced by the brain during deep sleep and trance-like states.

Before hearing the gong, Leo will lead you through a deep body awareness relaxation or a series of kriyas which focus on bringing the crown energies down to the very base of the spine. One can expect to experience re-youthing and re-programming during this one and a half hour practice. Leo’s meditations are held in a way that you are given the space to peacefully go inward and stay in total harmony with your body.

Leo is a Prana Kriya Yoga teacher, sound healer, therapist, and a composer born in Switzerland. He has trained with Grand Gong master Don Conreaux and Yogi Ashokananda and often carries out Gong Baths at Indaba in Marylebone.

£20 in advance or £25 on the day. Book here.

 

Journey Into Splits (Hanumanasana)

Saturday 14th October

2 - 4pm

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And what a journey it may be! Progress along your path using correct alignment, breath and time towards your Hanumanasana destination.

Catherine will lead a warming flow in preparation for hanumanasana including deep stretches, strength and flexibility movements. With different variations of this pose to play with, all levels of flexibility are welcome. This pose encourages patience and perseverance, softening our boundaries and resistance.

Catherine has a deep love of body movement and a creative approach to yoga with strong and graceful sequencing allowing body and mind to flow with ease in a safe environment, inspired by her passion for dance. Catherine has taken trainings and workshops in both London and New York and continues to further her knowledge and education. She teaches Vinyasa Flow, Hatha, Restorative, Pre and Post-natal yoga.

£20 in advance or £25 on the day. Book here.

 
 
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As the days draw in, come and indulge your creative side at Yoke’s new monthly Yoga Life Drawing class. 

Life drawing is about observing the human form and drawing the shapes it creates. Yogis throw some pretty awesome shapes that are both challenging and fun to draw. With the help of Illustrator, Kate Philipson, we are launching a monthly workshop where you can draw (fully clothed) models striking amazing yoga poses. 

Like yoga, drawing is a moving meditation. So whether you are a professional artist or haven’t picked up a pen in years, life drawing is a great way to relax and unlock creativity. Each Yoga Life Drawing class will begin with a short yoga sequence to get your mind and body warmed up and ready to draw. After which, you’ll sit back with your sketchbook and let the yoga model do the work. 

Our yoga models come in all shapes and sizes, so each session will bring new challenges. They are also all experienced yoga teachers, so will give insight into the correct alignment of the postures you’ll be drawing. 

Yoga Life Drawing is open to everyone - no yoga or artistic experience required. Places are limited, Yoga mats, props and art materials are provided, but you are welcome to bring along your own. And if you needed any more persuading…post yoga tea and treats will be provided. 

Kate Philipson is a graphic illustrator and keen yogi. Check out her work here www.leopardslunch.com and if you like it, follow her on instagram @leopardslunch. 

£20 in advance or £25 on the day. Book here

 
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This 3-hour full spectrum class will begin with a centering meditation, pranayama and somatic work to release tension in the body followed by a creative, layered flow which will build up to more challenging postures. 

Once heat in the body is developed Rishin will offer deep yin poses to open hips and shoulders before ending with deliciously supportive restorative poses and a yoga nidra. This immersive experience offers a deeper experience and understanding of yoga than a shorter yoga class or workshop may generate.

Rishin is a London based yoga teacher who teaches strong vinyasa and gentle restorative classes. As someone who came to yoga through the recovery of a shoulder and knee injury, he is passionate about using yoga as a tool to heal the body and mind. He has an additional 160 hours training of Forrest Yoga bodywork immersions.

£25 in advance or £30 on the day. Book here.