Couple Meditating

Learn to Meditate Workshop for Beginners

Saturday Oct 24th

2pm - 6pm

£45 / £30 

In person at Yogaloft, Queens Park or online via zoom 

"The meditation workshop was the perfect escape and antidote to today's busy life. It was a great way to deepen my knowledge of meditation and try some new forms of meditation, and learn how to better practice meditation at home. I came away feeling refreshed, revived & absolutely centered" Talya S
This workshop is for anyone looking for meditation classes in London in a quiet, supportive, small-group environment. It is ideal for beginners with no previous meditation experience, as well as those looking for a refresher or to explore new practises / deepen an existing practise.

During this workshop we will experience a range of different meditation practices : including how to use the breath to overcome distractions, meditation using mantras, visualisations, expansiveness meditation plus iRest yoga nidra (which includes body scanning and breath sensing - which is a 30 minute lying down guided meditation at the end).

We will explore different gentle exercises that can help us sit more comfortably to meditate, practices that can help to quieten our mind prior to meditation as well as have discussions on the effects of diet and lifestyles on meditation. 
Have you tried to meditate previously and then given up?
...or have you meant to start but haven't managed to yet? 
I will share with you the tools, hints and tips that can help you overcome the many obstacles that can stop us from meditating. You can sit on chairs or the floor on cushions / supports, whatever you prefer.
There is also an online resource to support you after the afternoon.

Price £45 in person, £30 online

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Guided meditation, iRest 

yoga nidra 6 week course

Thursdays - TBC

7.30pm - 8.45pm

£58

Online live-streamed via zoom

This guided meditation is known as iRest yoga nidra and is an evidence based mind-body transformative practise. It teaches tools that can be used to skilfully deal with challenging situations throughout daily life, to deeply calm the nervous system as well as to develop a strong sense of well being. This meditative practise shows that finding inner peace is not some closed secret but open to everyone who is interested in finding it.
This integrative practice also heals the various unresolved issues, traumas, and wounds that are present in the body and mind, not by asking the meditator to change themselves but by welcoming themselves exactly as they are. When true welcoming happens, then the profound transformation takes place. 

At the beginning of this practise, you are actively encouraged to lie down, (but you can sit if you wish to) and get as comfortable as you can. What follows is then a guided process of relaxation and self inquiry where you become increasingly aware of your physical body including your breath and inner world. You will likely experience yourself in a level of consciousness somewhere between being fully awake and sleeping and it is possible to lose the sense that one is separate from others and to tap into an unshakable sense of interconnectedness to all of life.
There are 10 steps to this meditation practise and each week we focus on key elements building up to a full practise in the 6th week.

People who practise iRest yoga nidra report:

*reduced depression, fear and anxiety

*greater ability to relax and enjoy life

*reduced insomnia and levels of stress

*improved interpersonal relations

*reduced chronic and acute pain

*increased inner peace and well being

Suitable for? 
Everyone is welcome. This is not a physical yoga class. All participants either lie on the ground, on a yoga mat and blanket ( with optional bolster cushions /support under your knees and / or a blanket under your head) or you can sit in a chair on the sofa.
Suitable for all levels including beginners and those more experienced in meditation.

Includes 6 guided meditation recordings

If you cannot make the 6 week course and still wish to take the course, a recording of each zoom session will be made available and sent to you to download within 6 days of each of the 6 sessions. if you have to miss a session, an individual week or weeks, can also be sent to you. 

Price £58

Meditation Classes

Online via Zoom

Mondays  12.30pm - 1pm & 

Wednesdays 12.30pm - 1pm 

Online at Yogaloft

Classes include breathing practices to help quieten the mind, instruction, 20 to 30 minutes of meditation including guided meditation and Yoga Nidra, as well as time for questions and discussion afterward. Simon’s meditation classes are open to all levels of experience from newcomers to experienced meditators. 

Online via Zoom

Price : Contact Yogaloft for details.

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Learn to Meditate

6 Week Course

Thursday 14th Jan  - 18th Feb

7.30pm - 8.45pm

£58

 Online via zoom 

A 6 week course to train you in a wide range of meditation techniques & including pranayama (breathing practices / movement of Prana) & mudras (which can support your meditation practise). This is ideal if you are looking for meditation classes in London.

Week One: Using the breath to overcome distractions.
Week Two: Creative visualisations 
Week Three: Mantras for meditation
Week Four: Heart Focused & Expansiveness meditation 
Week Five: Candle Flame & Walking Meditation
Week Six: iRest Yoga Nidra guided meditation including body sensing & breath sensing. 

What will this course with Simon do for me?
People who start to meditate regularly, report benefits including - ​Feeling more energised, Improved focus and concentration, Increased creativity, productivity, performance , Reduced levels of anxiety and stress, Reduced feelings of being overwhelmed, Being less reactive and more responsive, Increased patience, intuition and empathy, A clearer mind, Improved decision making, A greater perspective in life, Becoming more resilient to challenges in relationships and life, Feeling more centred and happy, Improved self awareness, Expanded consciousness, More balance in life
improved self-discipline and encourages other positive habits i.e. exercise, diet changes, reading).

In addition - people practising yoga nidra / guided meditation experience: 
​Decreased stress, anxiety, fear and depression, Improved sleep and decreased insomnia, An ability to better manage chronic and acute pain, Healthier interpersonal relations, Heightened energy levels
Improved sense of control, More confidence and joy in their lives, A greater sense of peace and well-being ​​

There are so many different meditation techniques that it can be confusing. We will explore a number of the key practices so that you can find the right one for you. Once you find the right practise, meditation practise becomes easier too sustain and when you practise regularly, you start to reap the many benefits.

Do you have difficulty sitting still to meditate?
I will share posture secrets as well as practices that can help to quieten our mind prior to meditation i.e. pranayama practices (breathing & the movement of prana) and the use of mudras too.

Have you tried to meditate previously and then given up?
...or have you meant to start but haven't managed to yet? 
I will share with you the tools, hints and tips that can help you overcome the many obstacles that can stop us from meditating.

We will be sitting on chairs or the floor on cushions / supports, whatever you prefer.
There is also an online resource to support you after the afternoon and there will be time for group reflection, questions, discussions, stretching 
Suitable for?
Anyone, of any age, background or religion. 
Maximum 8 students
Our setting is our home studio in West Hampstead. Exact address given on booking. 
All mats, cushions, chairs, blankets are provided.
Price £58

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