Wednesdays 12.30pm - 1pm
online at Yogaloft
Classes include breathing practices to help quieten the mind, instruction, meditation practices ( which may change from week to week) including using the breath, mantras, visualisations, guided meditations and iRest 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.
In person and online.
Price : Contact Yogaloft here for details.
Meditate for Peace
8pm - 8.30pm
online via zoom
Join us & let us meditate together to support our inner peace & calm, whilst sending our collective energy towards encouragement of peace in the world. Free classes, online via Yogaloft.
All levels guided meditation mini series:iRest yoga nidra
Thurs 30th Sept - 21st Oct
7pm - 8.15pm
In person & online via Yogaloft
People who practise iRest report reduced depression, insomnia, pain, stress, fear and anxiety. They also report having a greater ability to relax, enjoy life and find inner peace.
iRest is an accessible form of meditation based on the ancient practise of yoga nidra and adapted for modern life by combining it with western psychology and neuroscience. It provides tools that can be used to skilfully deal with challenging situations in daily life, calm the nervous system and help you establish a strong sense of well-being.
You are encouraged to lie down and Simon will guide you through a process of relaxation and self-inquiry, inviting you to become increasingly aware of your physical body, focusing on your breath and inner world.
Each session includes a short introduction to that particular week’s theme, followed by a 30 – 40 minute guided meditation and finishing with questions and reflections.
Everyone is welcome.
Week 1 - iRest yoga nidra / guided meditation session - "Building resiliency in times of uncertainty"
Week 2 - iRest yoga nidra / guided meditation session - "Awakening to your inner wisdom"
Week 3 - iRest yoga nidra / guided meditation session - "The power of opposites in supporting your wellbeing".
Week 4 - iRest yoga nidra / guided meditation session - "Opening the doorway to true joy and happiness"
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.
In person at Yogaloft Beethoven St & online via zoom
Price £15 per session or £60 for all 4 in person,
Online price £10 per session or £40 for all 4.
Private 1-2-1 Meditation
In person or online
At my home practise or at your home or venue of choice
My approach to private meditation instruction is secular (non religious) and individually tailored.
A session includes instruction on how to learn meditation, discussion (including about the benefits of meditation), and meditation, and I will teach you techniques that will best address the areas that you wish to focus on. These techniques can include focus on the breath to help quieten the mind, mantras, visualisations and expansiveness practices and / or iRest Yoga Nidra, guided meditation.
iRest yoga nidra / guided meditation classes
Online via zoom
Themes of the classes:
Thursday - Building resiliency in times of uncertainty.
Thursday - Finding your life's purpose, meaning and value within.
Thursday - The power of opposites in supporting your wellbeing.
Thursday - Opening the doorway to true joy and happiness.
Price : Free & includes free recording
Finding inner peace and calm in a turbulent world -
4 week meditation course
7.50pm - 9.05pm
In person & online
"Simon is passionate about meditation. His wisdom and experience is generously conveyed in an easy going way making for enjoyable, relaxed and fulfilling learning" Jackie R
Find your inner peace and calm in this turbulent world with this 4 week course to introduce you to a wide range of meditation & mindfulness techniques. The course will include pranayama (breathing practices / movement of prana) & mudras which can support your meditation practise.
** 5 hours live in person & online training over the 4 weeks with Simon Hoten
** Follow up email, home practise recommendations
Week One: Using the breath & the power of mantras.
Week Two: Creative visualisations
Week Three: Heart focused meditations
Week Four: iRest yoga nidra (and it's toolbox of meditative, mindfulness & relaxation practices)
What will this course with Simon do for me?
People who meditate regularly, report benefits including - Feeling more calm and peaceful, Improved focus and concentration, Increased creativity, more energised, increased 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 iRest 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 meditation and mindfulness 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 course and there will be time for group reflection, questions, discussions, stretching
Anyone, of any age, background or religion.
Venue : Yogaloft Beethoven St & @Home/online
Price : In person £60, Online £45
"I had began my own meditation practice and was looking for someone that could help me to build on it further and help to answer some questions to pull things together for me. This course came at an excellent time and helped me to do exactly that. Simon’s approach and knowledge is great. I’d recommend the course to anyone that’s just starting out or like me has been practicing but is looking at taking it further" GT
Introduction to meditation workshop for Beginners
4pm - 6pm
£ in person at Yogaloft
or £ online
"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
During this introduction to meditation workshop we will experience different meditation practices including how to use the breath to overcome distractions, meditation using mantra & visualisations.
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, including pranayama practices (breathing & the movement of prana) and the use of mudras.
Simon will share with you tools, hints and tips that can help you overcome some of the main obstacles that can stop us from meditating. You can sit on chairs or the floor on cushions / supports, whatever you prefer.
It is ideal for beginners and / or anyone who wants to try different meditation practices.
There is also an online resource to support you after the afternoon.
Price £TBC in person at Yogaloft Beethoven St & £TBC online