Events

Hatha Yoga and Gong Relaxation Sound Bath

Sunday 31 May 2020

14:00 to 17:00

Denby Dale Methodist Church

273 Cumberworth Lane

Denby Dale

Huddersfield  HD8 8QT

Join Amanda Kitchen and Craig Eddington for this transformative Hatha Yoga and Gong Relaxation Sound Bath event.

The event will begin with one hour and 15 minutes of Hatha Yoga by Amanda which will be suitable for all abilities as alternatives and modifications will be given followed by a 45-minute gong relaxation sound bath by Craig.

HATHA YOGA

In this yoga session, we will be focusing on asanas (postures) relating to the earth element (prithvi) to ground and balance the body and what better time of year to do this than during the summer months, especially if the weather is good and the yoga can be done outdoors allowing us to really root down and yield into the earth and then rebound the energy that the earth provides back up into our bodies to recharge and rejuvenate us.

The earth element is associated with the first Chakra, Muladhara or root Chakra which is located in the base of the spine. This element is associated with security, stability and safety. When the earth element is balanced you feel grounded, confident, flexible, safe, resilient and strong.  We will be focusing on the following postures:

Forward bends to allow the mind and body to relax and to lengthen in the back of the body.

Standing and balance postures for grounding and to build strength and stability.

Twists which are great for the digestive system and abdominal organs, releasing toxins from the body and helping to cleanse the body.

We will also practice a gentle surya namaskar (sun salutation) and if the weather is good, this yoga session will be held outdoors so we will be able to practice the surya namaskar facing the sun to salute the sun absorbing it’s warmth and energy.

The Gong Relaxation Experience.

A Gong Relaxation Sound Bath is a fantastic way to leave behind the stresses of modern life. It is also a great introduction to Sound Healing and Sound Therapy. The Gong is played gently along with Himalayan & Crystal Singing Bowls. The captivating tones will lull you into a deep, restorative relaxation.

There are several health benefits associated with achieving this state of deep relaxation: lower blood pressure, increased blood circulation, balancing of the nervous system, reduced mind chatter, better sleep patterns. Some people gain mental clarity or feel very energised by the sessions. The session may even enhance your creativity.

Some people also experience a reduced sense of pain, plus relief from symptoms of ongoing medical conditions and illnesses. The sound helps to induce our natural relaxation response, taking us out of ‘fight or flight’ mode and into our restorative, parasympathetic state.

In my experience, people with auto-immune conditions and conditions involving the nervous system seem to feel considerable benefits.

Participants generally leave with a feeling of inner peace and tranquillity and a reduced sense of stress, anxiety or worry.

A Gong Relaxation works on all levels of your being – mind, body, soul & spirit. The sound vibrations will provide a ‘sonic massage’ to your physical self and subtle energy fields, leaving you feeling relaxed, refreshed and restored.

About Amanda – see yoga page of website.

About Craig:

Being a musician from an early age, Craig has always had a keen interest in sound. He experimented with synthesisers in his teens and this was the start of his love for creating unusual soundscapes.
In 2016 Craig embarked on 350+ hours of training over 18 months with BAST, whilst working full time as a Professional Sound Practitioner. Prior to this Craig trained and worked as a Life Coach and more recently has gained qualifications in Mindfulness and Meditation.
Craig uses a mix of Sound Therapy, Mindfulness and Coaching techniques to help people find calm and balance, plus transcend challenges in their lives.
The host of many Gong Relaxation Experiences, Craig also works on a deeper level with groups and individuals. Helping bring relief to physical symptoms, unhelpful thoughts and behaviour patterns, plus bringing harmony to the energetic self. He facilitates many group workshops under the umbrella of ‘Transformation through Sound’.

What to wear: comfortable clothing

What to bring: A blanket and cushions and a yoga mat if you have one.

Refreshments will be served after the event and are included in the price.

Exchange: £20.00 payable in advance by BACS. Details to be provided by PM by Amanda

Cancellation: Places can be cancelled provided 48 hours notice is given. Cancellations of less than 48 hours notice are non-refundable.

We look forward to meeting you on 31 May 2020.

Namaste

Amanda and Craig.

Pura Vida Yoga and Holistic Hungarian Retreat at Hullam Villa

13 – 18 September 2020

5 nights

Spaces for 14 people

From £450 per person

Yoga Retreat

We invite you to leave the stresses of the world behind. Pause and make time just for you to reflect and transform your body and mind. Relax, rejuvenate and heal your body by immersing yourself in our yoga retreat. Learn how to connect your mind with the body, breath, emotions and soul and enjoy the magic of nature at Lake Balaton in this little-known beautiful gem of a place.

Hullam Villa’s relaxing Mediterranean atmosphere offers the perfect location for this yoga and holistic retreat. Their bright Mandala yoga studio (40m²) with its large windows overlooking the lavender garden is the perfect place to practice yoga. The Villa’s spacious pool-side terrace or the green garden is also an ideal place for open-air yoga sessions, weather permitting to open our senses and free our bodies and minds.

An opportunity is available to sail on the waters of Lake Balaton and let the wind sweep through your hair, blowing the cobwebs away or hire a bike and cycle along the shores of lake Balaton.

Visit the Stupa at Zalaszanto and experience the surreal energy that has been created by its magnificent presence and afterwards, bathe in the thermal waters at Heviz, Europe’s largest natural spa to soothe, heal and restore our bodies and minds.

Hullam Villa is a charming “green” hotel nestled in the natural heart of Lake Balaton. Their lavender-scented garden on the shore of the Lake, cosy guestrooms and warm hospitality are certain to make your stay in Hullam Villa a very special one.

Hullam Villa is a charming “green” hotel nestled in the natural heart of Lake Balaton. Their lavender-scented garden on the shore of the Lake, cosy guestrooms and warm hospitality are sure to make your stay in Hullam Villa a very special one.

The day will begin with a cup of ayurvedic tea followed by an early morning yoga class including spending time in pranayama (breathing techniques) to connect our mind with our breath and calm and energise the body. We will practice meditation to awaken our senses, build resilience and find inner peace, happiness and joy.

A fine buffet breakfast will then be served and for lunch, fresh salads and bread. In the evening, a delicious three-course organic vegetarian dinner will be served to nourish ourselves. Their fresh, nutritionally balanced ingredients are sourced from the best local and sustainable producers, farmers and growers and are home cooked. Special dietary requirements can also be catered for.

This special Pura Vida yoga and holistic retreat includes the following:

  • Yoga classes with Amanda
  • Meditation and pranayama workshops
  • Morning tea
  • Buffet breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Three-course organic vegetarian dinner
  • Reverse osmosis filtered drinking water
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Sauna
  • Treatment room – 1 x holistic therapy treatment
  • Accommodation in twin/double rooms with private bathrooms (fridge, LED-TV, free WiFi, air-conditioning, security box
  • Shuttle bus from Budapest Airport and return
  • Day excursion to a Stupa (Buddhist Temple) at Zalaszanto and Europe’s largest natural spa in Heviz.
  • Please note travel insurance is not included

A full itinerary will be available nearer the time, but the agenda is very relaxed. Spend time with like-minded people, each person contributing their own uniqueness in a community we can safely let go of that which no longer serves us and embrace the things we love. Take yourself on a unique journey of self-discovery in this extra special place

COST: £450.00 per person

Single room surcharge applies of £25.47 per night

Flights and travel insurance not included.

Bike hire is available at a cost of 7 euros per day.

Sailing on Lake Balaton (extra cost. Prices to follow)

A non-refundable deposit of £100.00 secures your place.

CANCELLATION

60 DAYS BEFORE ARRIVAL DATE, A CANCELLATION FEE OF 15% OF THE TOTAL COST APPLIES

FROM THE 59TH DAY TO THE 30TH DAY BEFORE ARRIVAL DATE, A CENCELLATION FEE OF 50% OF THE TOTAL COST APPLIES

FROM THE 29TH DAY BEFORE ARRIVAL DATE, THE WHOLE COST IS PAYABLE

HOLISTIC THERAPY TREATMENTS

Choose one 45 minute treatment from the following:

  • Back massage choosing from Swedish or Aromatherapy.
  • Back of body deep tissue massage
  • Indian Head Massage
  • Holistic Face Life Massage
  • Reflexology

(See treatment menu for descriptions of treatments)

The yoga we will explore will predominantly be Hatha based but we will also explore elements of Vinyasa flow.

HATHA YOGA

Hatha Yoga works at a slower pace and works with individual postures and includes pranayama (breathing techniques), meditation and relaxation.   It is ideal for those beginning their yoga journey and who are newer to yoga or for those who want to improve their practice.

Classes will begin with some pranayama to settle you on the mat and connect your mind with your breath and body followed by a nourishing warm up leading into an energising asana practice (postures) to improve your flexibility, stability, strength and muscle tone.  Awaken your senses with a guided, restorative savasana (relaxation) followed by a guided meditation to cultivate a calm, steady mind and connect with your inner-self and boost feelings of wellbeing and happiness.

VINYASA FLOW YOGA

Vinyasa flow is a dynamic, creative style of yoga in which the asana (postures) are linked together and synchronised with a yogic breath. This style of yoga allows you to feel the physical power of a yoga practice. When we begin to move through a physical flow with the breath our inner energies begin to flow more freely through the body leaving us feeling energised and revitalised.  This style is rooted in Ashtanga so often includes an Ashtanga style ‘vinyasa’ to link sequences – unlike Ashtanga, you will enjoy and experience a creative mixture of postures and sequencing rather than it being set. Sessions typically begin with pranayama to connect the mind with the body and breath followed by an energising warm up. A cool down is followed by a short savasana.

PRANAYAMA WORKSHOPS

We will explore different forms of Pranayama to switch on the Parasympathetic Nervous System to cultivate a calm mind and help alleviate stress, anxiety and mild depression.  We will also explore some pranayama techniques that are more energising for the body.

MEDITATION WORKSHOPS

Control and/or quieten the mind focusing on different meditation techniques such as visualisation using nature and the five great elements, (earth, water, fire, air and space), mantras, a word repeated to aid concentration, chanting, focusing on internal sound (nada) and chakras to bring you into conscious being and connect with your inner-self to cultivate joy and happiness.  Just being rather than doing.

“Yoga is meditation and meditation is yoga”

B.K.S. Iyengar

Get in Touch

I’d love to hear from you. Contact me to make an appointment or for advice on the best treatments for you and your specific requirements. Call 07931 739452 or fill in the form below.