ABOUT NOVA; Her unique and universal perspective on yoga, combined with her extensive training in the various traditions of meditation, culminates in a fusion of authentic teachings, creative movement, embodied wisdom and devotional experience (with a slightly mad twist)
What does Play really look like?
What difference can it make in your life?
How can you shift the things that prevent it?
A one-day retreat to start building more play into your daily life.
THE RETREAT DAY
Immerse yourself in the art of play. By investing in ourselves, we create a resource that’s there to support us whenever we may need it.
During the retreat we’ll experience a range of practical and creative self-care tools, including guided meditation, energy work, journaling and gratitude practices to create a whole day, entirely devoted to you.
And we’ll look at the neuroscience behind play to see why it is such a powerful and important component of our lives today and in the future.
We believe that PLAY is a fundamental part of creating a happy, grounded life. Enjoy it as a gift to yourself (or for someone you love), to explore and practise the art of PLAY and loving kindness.
It is a thought provoking, mindful, enjoyable and proactive day!
WHAT HAPPENS DURING YOUR RETREAT DAY?
Details of each event will change, according to the theme of the day, but this is an example of how the day will flow.
- Everyone arrives for a 10.00 start, with refreshments and a warm welcome
- Workshop session to explore ideas around the day’s theme, focussing on what it means for you
- Strong Themed Vinyasa Yoga Session
- Guided meditation with time for personal reflection and journaling
- Feedback and workshop session to continue the morning’s work and build up our own individual strategies and next steps
- Yoga Nidra – a deep relaxation technique that restores our body and mind, so we leave the day feeling nourished and restored
- We close the day at 1pm
WHAT TO WEAR AND BRING
- Wear something you love that’s comfortable – so you can fully relax
- Bring you’re yoga mats, meditation cushions and blankets to wrap up in, if you need one.
- All drinks and nibbles are vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free
Academy dance studios in just 2 mins from Camden Town Stn, London, in the Balcony Studio a beautiful bright and inspiring yoga space.
GIN YIN WORKSHOP SERIES
This has to be the best way ever to start the weekend, GIN AND YOGA TOGETHER!
I know it sounds mad, but really there is method in the madness. Lets use this evening workshop series to unwind and let the yoga sink into the bones with the help of some lovely gin to help relax the muscles so we can access the deeper tissues.
Explore how to activate the parasympathetic and turn off the sympathetic systems; a critical component in our Western culture which is very yang-like: full of stress, burn-out and depletion. Then we will see how to use yoga and our breath, and some gin to turn off the stress and start to rest and recharge the body.
The postures will be simple and accessible to everyone, but this does not mean that the practice will be easy; there will be some challenging moments.
There is a bit of science to it, but mostly it is great excuse to do something you love while doing something else you love.
Within the world of symbols, myths and mystery, we can find the gateways that connect us to these sacred wells of inspiration.
Ideally, all yoga is a balance between yin and yang, effort and surrender. It can be more challenging in a culture where we are accustomed to rushing, to slow down and give our bodies ample time to rest, restore, and recharge. In this practice we will give plenty of support to your body, so that you are able to deeply relax.
Our body’s immunity and even digestion are greatly affected by stress, and promoting relaxation through this gentle practice can help to reduce chronic stress. Along with being an experience and sanctuary in itself, this workshop series will also provide you with yogic tools to mange stress on a daily basis.
To register for a spot on the next one email me on firstname.lastname@example.org
Further light reading below…
7 proven health benefits of drinking gin
1. Juniper berries are super berries
The word “gin” actually derives from the older English word genever and the Latin word for juniper, juniperus. Gin is the most natural spirit as its main ingredient is juniper berries. These super berries are jam-packed with infection fighting qualities as they are warming, stimulating and disinfecting.
2. More antioxidants = fewer wrinkles
Juniper berries are full of antioxidants and boost the regenerating cells in your body for smoother, healthier looking skin.
3. It’s a low-calorie spirit
You don’t need to worry too much about your waistline. Gin is one of the least calorific spirits with 97 calories per shot. The juniper berries come into action by increasing the number of enzymes that break down your food and helping your digestion. This also means less bloating.
4. It can help you live longer
You guessed it. Juniper berries. They contain flavonoids which are great for preventing heart disease and improving your blood circulation as you get older. Although, of course, excessive drinking could have the opposite effect.
5. It can help fight kidney and liver disease
Juniper berries help stop water retention in your body, allowing you to pass more water than any other alcohol. This means that more of the harmful toxins and bacteria which you consume when you drink alcohol are flushed out your system.
6. It’s good for your bones and joints
Gin’s makeup helps to relieve achy joints and gout, and its alcohol content coupled with the juniper berries can be an effective treatment for chronic pain and inflammations, such as arthritis.
7. It can help fight off coughs
The oils contained in juniper berries can alleviate coughs by expelling the mucus in the throat and aiding lung congestion. The great thing about gin is that it can be mixed with many different herbs and ingredients such as ginger, which will help to soothe a sore throat.
(Source: Evening Standard)