Reiki drum journey

Saturday 21st May, 3 – 5pm

Relax to the healing beat of the drum with Natalie Walker

During this workshop, we will connect with the drum. We will learn about how it is used and what we can gain from drumming and it’s healing properties. There will be a drum meditation, and some reiki healing. 

On our drum journey, you will be invited to set an intention around what you want the journey to be about. When we are intentional about something, our focus is in the moment : who we are, what we do, why we do it. Let’s see where the drum takes us! 

We will end the workshop with a deeper drum meditation, where we will balance our chakras, (the seven main energy centers of the body) and look to enjoy an awareness of renewed energy so that we leave the workshop feeling in tune and connected with ourselves.

About Natalie

Natalie is a reiki master teacher, of Usui and Holy Fire as well as a reiki drum master teacher, and meditation teacher. 

Natalie’s journey started in 2018, when she was looking for answers about what she should be doing with her life. She has 2 young children, and wanted to be the best Mum she could be, but the guilt about taking time for herself was all consuming. 

Being attuned to reiki Natalie found that being able to heal herself on many different levels was what she needed, so she kept learning. She became a master reiki teacher, and is now able to teach and help others at a deeper level.

The drum came into her life this year and took both her and her clients healing experiences to a different level.

“I’m so excited to meet you all and share this with you” 💗

In Studio £30

Book before 1st May for Early bird discount £25

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Retreat Day with Caroline & Jayne

Monday 3rd January

Getting back into your yoga practice post the festive season can be challenging! Caroline & Jayne have come up with the perfect solution to get you going again, starting with a RETREAT DAY, followed by 4 morning Mysore practices and led Primary on Saturday 8th January.

RETREAT DAY Monday 3rd January

07.00 – 09.00 – Mysore Ashtanga with Jayne and Caroline

09.15 – 10.15 – Coffee, cake and conference, with Jayne and Caroline

10.30 – 11.30 – Where the breath goes, the mind goes, with Caroline.

A mix of traditional Ashtanga and other breathwork practices, followed by a short breath-focused meditation. Suitable for all levels.

LUNCH BREAK

13.00 – 15.00 – Workshop: Springboard into Second Series, with Caroline & Jayne.

Second series is a wonderfully healing practice. However, there are some places where almost everyone gets ‘stuck’ for a while – leg behind head postures, deep backbends, and complex inversions. In this workshop, Jayne and Caroline guide you through a series of gentle openings to unlock these challenging poses. You’ll learn where to focus your attention in Primary series to develop ease in Second Series, and you’ll find playful and nondogmatic methods of approaching these poses

15.15 – 16.30 – Yoga Clinic with Jayne and Caroline

Bring your asana puzzles and yoga queries! Lotus not blooming? Headstand a headache? Frustrated with flexibility?

16.45 – 18.00 – Sunset restorative with Jayne, assisted by Caroline

A deep, nurturing practice that releases stress, relaxes the mind and body, and rebalances the nervous system.

You can book the whole day or half day

FULL DAY RETREAT £85 – early bird discount if booked by 20th December £75

HALF DAY RETREAT £55 – early bird discount if booked by 20th December £45

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Caroline & Jayne will then be offering a 4 day Mysore (Tuesday – Friday) + Led Primary on Saturday to complete your 6 day practice. What a fabulous way to start the year!

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 07.00 – 09.00, Friday 08.30 – 10.30, Saturday 08.30 – 10.00

Unlimited Members Tuesday to Saturday £45

5 classes/month members, Tuesday to Saturday £75

Non members, Tuesday to Saturday £95

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4 day Mysore + Led Primary with Caroline & Jayne

Tuesday 4th January – Saturday 8th January

Caroline & Jayne will be teaching together, ashtanga yoga Mysore, Tuesday to Friday and full primary on Saturday.  Add this onto your Retreat day on Monday 3rd and you will have a full 6 day week ashtanga practice to kick start 2022!

We are blessed here at BAYoga to have 2 such good ashtanga yoga teachers, so don’t miss this opportunity to have them BOTH teaching you!

Tuesday 4th, 7 – 9am – Mysore

Wednesday 5th, 7 – 9am – Mysore

Thursday 6th, 7 – 9am – Mysore

Friday 7th, 8.30 – 10.30am – Mysore

Saturday 8th, 8.30 – 10am – Led Primary Series

Unlimited Members £45

5 class/month members £75

Non members £95

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Upside down with Ambra Vallo

Sunday 6th March 12 – 2.30pm

This immersion into inversions is a playful, enlightening and humbling introduction to taking things upside down in your asana practice.  

Inversions calm the mind and are known to reduce stress, reverse the effects of gravity, aging & they are FUN! 

Come take part in this fun and informative workshop and try something new or enhance what’s already there in your practice.

Getting upside down can be daunting for fear of falling so join us for this workshop where we’ll practice in a safe supportive way that will set you up to to delve into inversions and move forward in your practice.

Combining elements of core, arm & shoulder strength we’ll build you up step by step to give you the confidence needed to get upside down. 

We welcome beginner and more advanced practitioners. There’s something for everyone in this workshop.

Options given for ALL levels!

£35 in studio

£30 in studio with early bird discount, book before 20th February

£25 online

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Introduction to Tai chi with Yoko

Saturday 18th September, 1.30 – 3pm

Tai chi is a form of moving meditation, which relaxes and strengthens your body and mind. Experience the gentle flowing movements of Tai Chi and treat your whole body to a calming and harmonising workout.

Practising Tai chi has been scientifically proven to improve the immune system and the general quality of your life.

Stress and negative emotions, like worry and anger, will lower your immune system, Tai chi is a means for dealing with this tension and stress. Other health benefits include:
  • Becoming calm, centred and grounded
  • Coordination, balance, and suppleness
  • Harmony of mind, body, and spirit
  • Developing increased energy

Suitable for both beginners and those with previous experience of Tai chi.

Yoko is a World Tai Chi Gold medallist and British National Tai Chi Champion of 2018 and 2019.

£15 in studio

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Berkhamsted yoga medley charity day

An afternoon of yoga to raise money for the Hospice of St Francis. Come along and give different styles of yoga a try.

Saturday 11th September, 2-4.00pm

This is the perfect opportunity to do something for charity and also find out which type of yoga is right for you. At BAYoga we appreciate the extensive benefits of yoga for your body and mind. We teach a range of different yoga styles and we want you to discover the right one for you.

This is an opportunity to meet different teachers and all styles of the yoga medley are offered weekly at the studio. These will include vinyasa, ashtanga, hatha, kundalini and yin yoga.

If you want to take a break you can just lie back and relax. There will be short breaks between each session and a longer break for some tea and cake mid afternoon.

Spaces are limited so book asap to secure your place – just £15. All proceeds to the Hospice.

Beginners very much encouraged.

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Student spotlight: Bev’s yoga journey

Bev has been a huge supporter of ours before and throughout lockdown and continues her yoga journey online with us now. Here are some words from her on her journey of wellbeing with yoga, and a pic of her cats who aren’t allowed in while she’s practicing 🙂

“I first started yoga classes in 1980 (!) and I have tried a variety of class types in a variety of settings.

I’ve taken classes abroad whilst working away from home or on holiday all over the world.

By 2019 with a routine of a weekly hatha class and vinyasa.

Then lock down arrived. Zoom classes began and I’ve learnt so much from this experience. Now I’m happy doing online yoga in my undecorated loft space unless it’s very cold outside. I spend much of the class with my eyes shut – unless I really can’t understand the instructions. So I don’t need a big screen to follow the teacher. I’m deaf, so as long as the teacher speaks clearly and the sound is clear then I’m happy.

My impression of BAYoga is that the teachers are well trained and highly expert in their own styles. Moving to north of Aylesbury curtailed my trips to BA Yoga since the rush hour traffic meant the journey was at least 1 hour long, but I now join online!

As my yoga practice develops I see how the transformational breath can really become part of your practice. I think that’s why I love ashtanga class – I can try and focus on the breath now I’m more accustomed to the poses. I love the regime of the breath work as part of the practice and my balance poses are improving. Similarly with kundalini yoga, the repetitive movements are great for breath work.

The best classes are those where the teacher makes you feel as if you are actually in the same room with the teacher. Teachers that watch your movement and comment on your positioning help achieve this.

Yoga isn’t “ another exercise class”.”

Thank you Bev! If you’re inspired by her comments about yoga, grab a 2 week unlimited pass and give it a go.

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Try walking meditation this summer

Have you ever tried walking meditation?

Here’s a tip from our ashtanga mysore teacher, Caroline:

“An important part of wellbeing is connecting with nature. Although getting out into green and wild spaces of the UK and beyond may still be a way off for most of us, nature can truly be found everywhere, and taking just a few minutes to appreciate our natural surroundings can foster a sense of calm and joy, reduce our stress levels, and boost our mental health.

One of the ways I like to do this is to take a mindfulness walk. Mindful walking is a form of mindfulness (or meditation) practice that uses the everyday activity of walking to help you become more aware of the present moment. Rather than simply tuning out or allowing yourself to become distracted, a mindfulness walk involves paying close attention to the fine details of your environment and the sensations in your body, which can improve your attention and mental focus as well as interrupt unhelpful and repetitive thought patterns. Although mindful walking is most rewarding when done out of doors, you really don’t need access to big spaces or long distances to get the benefits – in as little as 15 minutes, you can take a mindfulness walk in a public park, along a riverside or canal path, or even in your own garden. Nor do you need good weather – rain can add an astonishing richness of sights, sounds, smells and textures to the experience. Even the walking part is optional; I have experienced some deeply nourishing mindfulness practices with a sensory focus during bus rides or train journeys.

If you’d like to give mindful walking a try (and why wouldn’t you!) here’s a 15 minute mindfulness walk recorded in my garden.”

Mindfulness meditation recording

Catch Your Breath workshop with Jayne

Saturday, 9th October 2 – 4pm

Our breath is something we feel, taste, smell, hear but rarely see except on winter mornings. Jayne Wilton artist and yoga teacher will lead a workshop about how people from Palaeolithic times onwards have found ways to make the breath visible. 

In this workshop, open to individuals and also parents with a child of age between 5 and 13, we will look at ways artists have tried to make the impermanent breath, permanent.

We will explore some yoga poses which allow us to feel and work with our breath and we will all have an opportunity to take a print of our breath (this would make a unique and excellent Christmas present to relatives!!) 

Come and enjoy 2 hours of creativity and movement focused on the breath. 

£28 per person, £35 adult and child.

Student spotlight: Dave and gentle yoga

Here are some lovely words from Dave who has been attending Tara’s Wed 9.15am gentle yoga class:

“Yoga helps me with balance and flexibility, and I feel like it helps to prevent back problems. The main benefits, though, are mental. I always finish a yoga class calmer than I started it. Recently I went to a class feeling angry and finished feeling happy and relaxed. During the pandemic it helped to keep me sane. My weekly class (on Zoom) was like a port in a storm.

I’m currently the only man in the class, although in the past there have been others. There isn’t any competition between the students, we just focus on the teacher and try to get the most from the class at the level we’re at. In general I would say that men have lot to gain from yoga, so I hope to encourage more to join!

When I started out I attended 3 different classes, 2 at BAYoga and one in a local community centre, in order to find the one which was best for me. I chose Tara’s gentle yoga class, as I felt that Tara seeks to nourish her students mentally and spiritually just as much as physically.”

Tara’s class is very popular and we run it as a course, so keep an eye on the courses page to see if there’s a course starting soon. You can also join one off sessions, but they can often be busy so if you’re very keen definitely book the course in advance.

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