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Workshops & courses at St Andrews Church Centre, Cheltenham

Introduction to Thai yoga massage: Saturday 6th April 10.30am-5.30pm

Join us for another of our popular Thai massage workshops! Guaranteed to make you feel energised and relaxed at the same time!
This introductory workshop will include:

  • Background to and theory behind this ancient yoga related therapy
  • Links and cross over with yoga theory
  • Demonstrations and the opportunity for some hands on experience
  • Some practical moves to take away and use on friends and family

Ideal for anyone thinking of doing our practitioner training diploma course which we start every Autumn but also an interesting and practical experience for anyone with a casual interest.
The cost is £60 for the day (but £30 of that can be off-set against the cost of the practitioner diploma course).

Take a look at www.thaiyogamassagetrainingschool.com for further information.
Advance booking is essential!

Yoga techniques for stress management: Saturday 27th April 9am-1pm

Who hasn’t felt stressed out at some period in their life?! If that’s you, you might even suffer on a daily basis. This workshop led by Gareth Williams and Chantal Rafferty will focus on the nature of stress and how we breathe, the link between the two and some practical ways to use yoga to address stress. You’ll take home some practices to work with as and when you need to. There will be a short physical practice too so wear yoga appropriate clothing or bring something to change into.
Chantal and Gareth have been teaching yoga for many years bringing their depth of experience and years of training with senior teachers to offer yoga classes, workshops and retreats in the UK and abroad.
Our location will be at our main base, St Andrews Church Centre in the heart of Montpellier, Cheltenham. There’s on the road paid parking directly outside and in the surroundings area or you can take the park and ride bus. The coach station is very close and Cheltenham Spa train station a 20 minute walk away.
Cost: £35 payable in advance to confirm your place. There’s a £10 discount if you book and pay for another of our forthcoming workshops!
Please email info@cheltenhamyoga.com or call us on 07910 530060 or 07900 242317 to book your place.

Pranayama; the breathing techniques of hatha yoga: Saturday 27th April 2pm-6pm

A lot of yoga classes focus on the physical aspect of yoga (the postures or ‘asana’). In this workshop we’ll explore ‘pranayama’, ancient seated meditative breathing techniques seen as the gateway to meditation. Pranayama is intended to be practised after some posture work linking movement to breath when the body and mind are prepared for some stillness. We’ll explore different techniques we can use that influence us energetically, bringing calm and clarity to our thoughts. Suitable for yoga practitioners of all traditions whether or not you’re already familiar with pranayama. There will be a physical practice as well so wear your ‘yoga gear’. Yoga mats, blocks and blankets will be provided, plus chairs too if sitting on the floor might be problematic. Handouts will be given so you can continue to work with pranayama at home.
Chantal Rafferty and Gareth Williams have been teaching yoga for many years bringing their depth of experience and years of training with senior teachers to offer yoga classes, workshops and retreats in the UK and abroad.

Our location will be at our main base, St Andrews Church Centre in the heart of Montpellier, Cheltenham. There’s on the road paid parking directly outside and in the surroundings area or you can take the park and ride bus. The coach station is super close and Cheltenham Spa train station a 20 minute walk away.
Cost: £35 payable in advance to confirm your place. There’s a £10 discount if you book and pay for another of our forthcoming workshops!
Please email info@cheltenhamyoga.com or call us on 07910 530060 or 07900 242317 to book your place.

Exploring Vedic chanting and yoga related chants: Saturday 18th May 9am-1pm

You don’t need to be able to sing to enjoy this inspiring workshop! We’ll explore the energetic effects of using sounds taken from ancient yoga related texts.
We’ll begin by going through some basic Sanskit pronunciation and continue with a selection of chants and texts from the history of yoga. You don’t need to have been practising yoga for any amount of time to enjoy this exploration of sound!
Please wear your ‘yoga gear’ as there will be a short physical practice too.
Chantal Rafferty and Gareth Williams have been teaching yoga for many years bringing their depth of experience and years of training with senior teachers to offer yoga classes, workshops and retreats in the UK and abroad.
Our location will be at our main base, St Andrews Church Centre in the heart of Montpellier, Cheltenham. There’s on the road paid parking directly outside and in the surroundings area or you can take the park and ride bus. The coach station is super close and Cheltenham Spa train station a 20 minute walk away.
Cost: £35 payable in advance to confirm your place. There’s a £10 discount if you book and pay for another of our forthcoming workshops!
Please email info@cheltenhamyoga.com or call us on 07910 530060 or 07900 242317 to book your place.

Sound bath: Saturday 25th May 3pm-4pm

David Tipper will be back in Cheltenham in May for another of his wonderful sound baths! He will take our sound bath devotees on a voyage of self discovery through the many sounds he created. These are very popular so please book in advance!

Sound work is an excellent method of releasing both physical and emotional tension. To be immersed in relaxing and therapeutic sound allows you to be fully present within yourself and has the capacity to stimulate self-reflection and bring an awareness to your own well-being.

Sometimes when we relax ourselves on the mental level we can be drawn to areas of physical tension in the body that had been previously hidden from our awareness. It is only when we stop that we are often drawn to the imbalances in our system. Through regular sound work this type of therapy can bring continued development to the processing of stress within the bodily system and potentially relieve relating physical symptoms.

Experience the sounds of Nepalese and crystal singing bowls, gong and percussion in the wonderful surroundings of the warm main hall.  Many people return time and time again to absorb the therapeutic sounds that are cerated by David and his wonderful medley of instruments.  This is NOT TO BE MISSED!

Contact Gareth or Chantal to book and for more information please visit www.nadasoundtherapy.co.uk

Cost: £8 payable in advance to confirm your place.
Please email info@cheltenhamyoga.com or call us on 07910 530060 or 07900 242317 to book your place.

Please note although sound is suitable for anyone it is not recommended during the 1st trimester of pregnancy, if you suffer from Audiogenic Epilepsy or any severe mental problems. Sound therapy is not a replacement for conventional medicine and if ever in doubt speak to your doctor first.

Our next Yoga Foundation Course: starts in March

The foundation course typically lasts 7 days in total, over several Saturdays and Sundays.  We study different aspects and concepts of ‘viniyoga’ and yoga as a whole. It really is a great way to immerse yourself into the tradition of yoga, its’ history and many different paths. In our regular yoga classes we focus mainly on the posture work whilst referencing aspects of philosophy and we also run the occasional workshop but this course goes beyond that and will enable you to deepen your understanding of yoga and ‘viniyoga’ as a specific approach to hatha yoga. The foundation course is appropriate for anyone who regularly attends group classes but it also prepares you for the yoga teacher training course should that be your next step!

For further information including how to book and costs please contact Chantal or Gareth.

Please contact us to register your interest for the next one due to start in March. The dates are:
Saturday 30th March: 10.30am – 5.30pm
Saturday 27th April: 10.30am – 5.30pm
Sunday 28th April: 9.30am – 4.30pm
Saturday 18th May: 10.30am – 5.30pm
Sunday 19th May: 9.30am – 4.30pm
Saturday 8th June: 10.30am  5.30pm
Sunday 9th June: 9.30am – 4.30pm

Thai yoga massage diploma practitioner course: Starts in September

The training course consists of 72 teaching hours split into 6 weekends (1 weekend per month). Each day is divided into theory, demonstration and practice sessions with the focus very much on hands-on learning. Students have different reasons for attending the course. They might have an interest in yoga, they may be working as a massage therapist, physiotherapist and want to develop their skill set, or might just simply enjoy the idea of spending a whole weekend every month being ‘worked’ on and reciprocating!  It really is a lovely and relaxing way to spend a weekend and a great way of learning new massage techniques in a friendly environment.

If you intend to practise professionally, after the course has ended you will be required to qualify by completing a series of case studies, taking both a written and practical exam, submitting a short, related essay and taking professional indemnity insurance.

Please contact Gareth for more info or check out www.thaiyogamassagetrainingschool.com