Saturday, 9 December 2023
3:00pm - 4:15pm (75 min)Lily L.17 of 25 open"Come and join me this December for a sound healing gong bath. Lie down, wrap yourself in a blanket, and sink into a deep state of relaxation. A sound massage for the body, mind, and soul.
Sound Meditation with Gongs
Documented and practiced in ancient civilisations and tribes around the world, for over 40,000 years, sound is one of the oldest and most natural forms of relaxation and healing.
We instinctively know sounds have a positive impact on us, be it the crashing waves of the ocean or the rustling of leaves on a tree.
In recent years, sound therapy has undergone a period of re-discovery. As research and experience reveal the intricacies and benefits of sound healing, at both cellular and psychological levels, it’s fast regaining its place as a distinguished, natural healing modality.
Gongs, in particular with their wide range of frequencies and harmonies are one of the most powerful healing instruments.
Benefits of gong bath:
• Create a state of deep relaxation, to calm the mind
• Decrease stress and anxiety levels
• Improve sleep
• Increase clarity of mind, awareness and insight
• Re-harmonise, physically and mentally
• Stimulate quicker recovery from illnesses, wounds, and invasive medical treatments
• Enhance concentration and creativity
• Remove blocks and toxins
• Awaken higher states of consciousness, and a deeper connection with your true self
Wear comfortable clothing, blankets will be provided for you to stay warm as our body temperatures drop in deeply relaxed states.
It is advisable not to have a heavy meal or alcohol beforehand.
As a precaution, this is not recommended for pregnant women in their 1st trimester, or those with pacemakers.
Please be aware that sound sensitive conditions e.g. Tinnitus, Ménière's Disease, and Epilepsy, and those with medical metal implants e.g. pins, rods, screws and plates, may be affected by the sounds and vibrations.
Saturday, 6 January 2024
2:00pm - 4:30pm (150 min)Andrea S.22 of 22 openMaster the Art of Habit Building
Ready to unlock your full potential and reshape your life? Dive into the fascinating world of habit formation at our upcoming workshop! 🚀
🧠 Explore the Science:
Discover the biology of habit formation and the power of neuroscience. Learn how to consciously adopt habits that serve you and break those that don't.
💡 Get the Tools:
Unearth the secrets to forming habits effectively- Understand how to make habits context-independent and easy to perform.
🔄 Neural Rewiring:
Explore how neural circuits achieve automaticity through repetition and use researched psychology tools to structure and break habits.
🌞 Optimize Your Day:
Leverage your body's natural rhythms to choose the best time of day for different types of habits. Find out how to support alertness, focus, and relaxation during different phases of the day.
💪 Overcome Challenges:
Learn about limbic friction, align your rewards with habit performance, and rewire your neural circuits for lasting change.
Ready to transform your life one habit at a time? Join us and start your journey to success! "
Sunday, 7 January 2024
2:00pm - 4:30pm (150 min)Giusy I.27 of 27 openDive down into pincha, handstands and tricky transition.
Saturday, 13 January 2024
Happier Headstands2:00pm - 4:00pm (120 min)Renee J.30 of 30 open
2:30pm - 4:30pm (120 min)Rachel D.20 of 20 openEmbrace the slow and still qualities of winter with an afternoon of yin yoga and yoga nidra. In this two-hour workshop, we’ll start with some gentle movement and then step into the stillness of yin yoga – a ‘slow yoga’ practice where each pose is held for 3–5 minutes or more. This means that our muscles and connective tissue have more opportunity to release, and sends signals to our nervous system to relax so we can soften even further. We’ll finish with yoga nidra, a relaxing guided meditation that is the perfect partner to yin yoga. Wear comfortable clothes and warm layers.
Sunday, 14 January 2024
2:00pm - 4:00pm (120 min)Nneka I.20 of 20 open"An immersion into Yin. Your chance to drift into another realm and space in time with an extended yin practice.
60 mins just isn't enough sometimes so why not take some time put from your busy schedule to find a moment of peace and calm as we work through a series of grounding yin postures, working into the fascia to create an unimpeded flow of energy around the body. Immerse yourself in the practice of Yin with a perfectly curated playlist to match!"
Saturday, 20 January 2024
2:00pm - 4:00pm (120 min)Erica S.20 of 20 open"Welcome to STORMINit with Miss Erica!
A Powerful fusion of Yoga, Drills, and Body Conditioning Workshop, guided by the incredible Miss Erica Storm, a recognized authority in the wellness industry.
Miss Erica Storm's expertise and teachings have been featured in prestigious publications such as ELLE Magazine, Channel 5, BBC Radio, and Glamour.
In this dynamic workshop, you will experience the powerful synergy of yoga, targeted drills, and body conditioning exercises, combined with the uplifting impact of affirmations. Miss Erica Storm will inspire and guide you on a journey towards holistic well-being, empowering you to unlock your full potential.
Engage in a comprehensive yoga practice that harmonizes the body, mind, and spirit. Through a fusion of asanas (poses), pranayama (breathing techniques), and meditation, you will cultivate strength, flexibility, and balance, while grounding yourself in the present moment.
Adding a unique element to this workshop, Miss Erica Storm incorporates drills and body conditioning exercises that target specific muscle groups. These drills will help you build endurance, increase your overall fitness levels, and enhance your body's natural alignment, enabling you to move with grace and fluidity.
Throughout the workshop, affirmations will play a vital role in shifting your mindset and instilling deep self-belief. Miss Erica Storm understands the power of positive thinking and will guide you in affirmations to break through barriers, overcome limitations, and ignite your inner potential.
With her appearances in renowned publications and media outlets like ELLE Magazine, Channel 5, BBC Radio, and Glamour, Miss Erica Storm has earned a reputation as a trusted expert in the field. By participating in this workshop, you will have the opportunity to learn directly from her and benefit from her wealth of knowledge and experience.
This Yoga, Drills, and Body Conditioning Workshop caters to individuals of all experience levels, from beginners to seasoned practitioners. Miss Erica Storm's teaching style is inclusive, supportive, and designed to meet you where you are on your wellness journey, helping you progress at your own pace.
Don't miss this incredible opportunity to experience the transformative power of yoga, body conditioning, and affirmations with the one and only Miss Erica Storm. Reserve your spot today to embark on a journey towards a healthier, stronger, and more empowered version of yourself."
2:00pm - 4:00pm (120 min)Hannah B.22 of 22 openArm balances can seem intimidating and out of reach for a lot of us. Until one day they are not.
This yoga workshop is designed to demystify arm balances with a yoga flow, strengthening exercises and prop work designed to make arm balances more accessible and less intimidating. We will also harness yoga philosophy and breath-work to bring about a deeper understanding of the asanas and your relationship with them in your own body & mind."
2:00pm - 4:00pm (120 min)Gloria P.0 of 0 openThis open-level workshop focuses on developing confidence in Pincha Mayurasana (forearm stand), a staple inversion in the Rocket Vinyasa series, by addressing key elements to proper form and endurance including strength, flexibility, and focus. Participants will learn to calm and focus the mind, perform drills to condition and open areas of the body necessary for the pose, and practice progressive steps to pincha with the assistance of partners. Get stronger, and become fearless in your forearm stand!
Saturday, 27 January 2024
2:00pm - 4:00pm (120 min)Felix P.20 of 20 openThis workshop is aimed at practitioners who want to start on their yoga journey, but don’t always feel confident in a public class. We will go through some of the fundamental poses and discuss what is actually happening when you’re in the pose. So next time you’re joining a public class you can flow along the mat with more confidence.
3:00pm - 5:00pm (120 min)Jules M.20 of 20 openAn intensive heart-opening masterclass suitable for all levels that approaches backbends through different practices: getting set with Kriya breathwork and Meridian activation, we will then explore a variety of postures and exercises to deepen your practice both physically and spiritually.
ALL levels are welcome, we will have the time to get personal with the drills so we can each work in our own range of ability, flexibility and comfort.
The practice will be supported with Acupressure brakes, Katonah techniques and will finish with a Qi meditation.
3:00pm - 5:00pm (120 min)Daryn W.25 of 25 openStress seems to be something that is constantly with us in our busy modern lives. When unchecked stress can cause mental and emotional challenges as well as having a detrimental affect on our physical health.
Fortunately Yoga offers us many tools to help recognise more easily when we are stressed and help us move out of these negatives states and back in to balance more quickly.
In this workshop we will learn about what causes stress and what it does to our minds and bodies. Furthermore we will learn a range of techniques such as check in's, conscious movement, intention setting, the use of chanting and more to help us find our way out of stress induced states. We'll practice these techniques in the session and finish with a guided practice that brings all the elements together."
Saturday, 2 March 2024
2:30pm - 4:30pm (120 min)Veena U.8 of 12 openYoga Therapy for the Mind 8 Week Course
With Veena Ugargol, Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and Yoga Therapist
Where: MoreYoga Tower Bridge Studio
7 Horselydown Lane, Tower Bridge, London SE1 2LN
Time/Day: Saturdays at 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Course Dates 2024:
1. Sat 2nd March
2. Sat 9th March
3. Sat 16th March
4. Sat 23rd March
No class as Easter Weekend (30th March)
5. Sat 6th April
6. Sat 13th April
7. Sat 20th April
8. Sat 27th April
The Yoga Therapy for the Mind course was developed as a complementary therapy in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and stress. The course is 8 weeks long with students meeting once a week for two hours - it is a complete investigation and journey into the body and the mind drawing on both ancient yoga principles and mindfulness meditation techniques that are the foundation of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) one of the fastest growing new therapies for depression in the UK.
Combining asanas, pranayama, and restorative properties of mindfulness with psychotherapeutic holding, this course addresses the physiological and psychological dimensions of depression and anxiety. New scientific research continues to affirm that depression, anxiety, and stress are best treated with a method that addresses both the physiological and psychological dimensions. Yoga naturally works with these various elements. Yoga Therapy for the Mind extracts these elements in a scientific and therapeutic way for the maximum benefit to the mind and body through both mindfulness and yoga.
The 8-week course is organised in such a way to allow students to deeply understand how yoga and mindfulness can work for them in both the short and long term to create and maintain positive mental health. The asana sequence is specifically designed to rebalance the nervous system and to teach students how to regulate their mood and emotions. Throughout the course students are invited to explore mental patterns, perceptions, and habits that keep them stuck in unfulfilling experiences of life. During the course they’ll learn how to use their mind to heal their body and their body to heal their mind. This is a powerful and holistic strategy for healing depression and anxiety and managing stress.
In the first two weeks of the course students are taught how to regulate and understand mood through breath. Next they learn how to understand emotional health through the body, and finally through the mind. Each segment of the course offers cumulative skills which help students to both become aware of and also make changes in their mind body system.
In a variety of asanas students learn how to coexist equally with both comfortable and uncomfortable physical sensations through relaxation and working with the breath. By learning how to be with various sensations in the body they develop greater tolerance to be with various thoughts in a gentle way with less resistance.
Additionally, the yoga practices instruct students on how to create joy and contentment in the present moment. At the close of each session there is an optional discussion period for students to talk about their experiences during class and how to use what they learn when facing the challenges of daily living.
Each yoga therapy session follows a specific theme related to healing depression and anxiety and builds on cumulative principles and practices from the previous weeks. Students are given homework and reading material to help integrate yoga and mindfulness practice into their daily life. Additionally, there is opportunity before and after sessions for brief private discussion with the therapist. All levels of yoga and meditation are welcome.
Recently, Veena Ugargol conducted research on the efficacy of the YTFTM 8-week course. Ugargol found marked improvement in anxiety and mild depression in the YTFTM group compared to a waitlist control group.
The yoga course also includes:
1) A comprehensive manual
2) Access to online audio Yoga therapy and Mindfulness to support daily practice
- Asana practice with awareness: 1 hour 15 minutes.
- Pranayama: 15-20 minutes.
- Group Activity: 15 minutes.
The group activity serves to highlight the teaching related to the week. Activities come from either the mindfulness or yoga tradition.
- Group Discussion: 15 minutes.
During the discussion students can ask questions related to yoga and mindfulness, share insights, listen to others or choose to be silent. Everyone, should they wish to, gets an opportunity to speak.
- Explanation of daily home yoga therapy and mindfulness practice
Who is it for?
This Yoga Therapy for the Mind 8 week course is for those of us who would like to weave into daily life a practise that enables us to:
• Better manage stress, anxiety and/or depression
• Enhance concentration and focus
• Expand psychological tolerance of uncomfortable feelings
• Improve wellbeing
• Develop resilience
You will come away from the course with a deeper understanding of the physiological and psychological dimensions of stress, anxiety and depression, and a toolkit to help you manage wellbeing better in both the short and long term.
The Yoga Therapy for the Mind eight-week course is geared towards those who wish to improve well-being, suffer from chronic stress, mild-moderate depression, and anxiety disorders. Whilst Yoga Therapy can be helpful in the management of symptoms of post-traumatic depression disorder (PTSD), severe depression and severe mental health difficulties, this course is not appropriate for such difficulties and instead private sessions are recommended so as to be able to tailor an approach on a more individual basis.
In order to be sure that the course will be suitable and is aligned to what you'd like to work on, Veena will send, via email, a client form to complete prior to attending the 8-week course.
What will you learn?
The course covers different themes each week, enabling students to become more aware of any unhelpful mental patterns, perceptions and habits, and develop tools to manage them better. Each 2hr class broadly follows the same structure with each week building cumulatively on the learning from previous weeks. Students are given homework at the end of each class to practice daily along with reading material to support your learning.
I’m a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and a Yoga Therapist for Mental Health with 10 years’ experience of treating depression and anxiety disorders within the NHS and privately. I combine the insights of yoga therapy, mindfulness, psychotherapy and neuroscience in the management of symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression and trauma.
I continue to lecture and assess yoga therapists in training with the Minded Institute. With academic experience in psychology and neuroscience, including formal study at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London, I continue to remain current within both fields. My academic interest in stress and its effects on health, combined with my experience and knowledge of yoga therapy, equips me with a versatile approach to address a diverse range of groups and individual needs.