Workshops Splash

Workshops

Almost every weekend The Refinery will offer workshops/masterclasses giving you the opportunity to immerse yourself further into your practice.  Workshops are the perfect way to go a little bit deeper offering you a full 2-3 hours to hone your technique and gain a better understanding.  These creative and well thought out classes are designed to significantly improve your practice.  Whether you want to take your fitness to the next level, learn techniques to release your tension, improve your postures or go deeper into your yoga practice our workshops are designed to make you laugh, smile, live, learn, love, grow, develop and glow with health! 

                             

 


 

Gong Bath and Deep Meditation Masterclass with Kulbir Bhandal

Saturday 29th July
£20pp
15:30 – 17:00
Spaces limited to 16 students

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A meditative journey that combines the ancient wisdom traditions of breath, sound and mindfulness.  During this workshop you will be guided from breath work to prepare the mind and body for self awareness to mindfulness meditation where we will connect more deeply with the flow of your inner thoughts, emotions and bodily sensations.
 
When we experience the gong sound and vibration in this state it brings about intense wellbeing, ease and healing.  The vibration of a gong creates an ocean of sound that activates the parasympathetic nervous system to balance the over-amped, over-taxed sympathetic nervous system. The pituitary gland is stimulated directly by its sound which in turn causes the whole glandular system to become balanced.  The experience can best be described as a sound massage for the mind and body and is one of the simplest and most soothing ways to achieve a state of blissful meditation.  In this place of deep rest, all systems within the mind, body and nervous system can repair and rejuvenate. And the beauty of a gong bath is, that you don’t have to do anything other than lie down, close your eyes and let the sound of the gongs wash over you and work their magic…

 

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Wheels in Motion – Exploring the Chakras with Theodora Spathis

Sunday 6th August

14:30 -17:00
£25pp
Spaces limited to 16 students

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Welcome to WHEELS IN MOTION, a workshop that introduces you to the chakras of the body.

Chakra is the Sanskrit word for wheel. In yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda, chakras are known as “wheels of energy” of the body.

Having a blocked and unbalanced chakra system can affect you physically, mentally, and emotionally. 

You don’t have to be a yogi or a hippie to learn and understand what these “wheels of energy” in your body do, and in this workshop you will be given an understanding of how they work and relate to your health and body.

This will be an interactive workshop with discussion, yoga, and a chakra balancing meditation. You will be given a chakra info handout to take home with you.

What we will cover in the 2.5hr workshop:

– What is a Chakra?
– Organs and body parts related to each Chakra
– Learn how to balance your Chakras
– Emotions, colours and issues related to each Chakra
– Yoga postures that benefit each Chakra
– Chakra meditation 

There are 7 main chakra points of the body that we will be going through.

From the ground up… 

1. Grow your roots – Root chakra – RED 
2. Ignite your passion – Sacral chakra – ORANGE 
3. Strengthen your willpower – Solar plexus – YELLOW 
4. Open your heart – Heart chakra – GREEN 
5. Express yourself – Throat chakra – BLUE 
6. It’s all about INsight – Third eye – INDIGO 
7. Be the light – Crown chakra – VIOLET 


Please wear comfortable yoga clothing.  The studio is well equipped with mats, bolsters, blocks, blankets and straps.  

 

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Gong Bath & Deep Meditation Workshop with Leo Cosendai

Saturday 2nd September 14:00 – 15:30
Pricing: £20pp
Spaces limited to 16 students

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BIO:
Leo is Prana Kriya Yoga teacher and a Gong sound therapist born in Switzerland. He has trained with Yogi Ashokananda and learned the way of the Gong with Don Conreaux – one of the 5 original Kundalini teachers designated by Yogi Bhajan in the late ’60s.

WORKSHOP:
Join Leo for an afternoon of deep relaxation and sound healing.
A gong bath, or gong meditation, is a holistic practice which is designed, just like yoga, to help one burn up their emotional history and karmic blockages. The gong can lead to altered state of consciousness, which can be anything from a simple yet powerful deep delta sleep, to one of the early stages of ‘samadhi’ (a state of intense concentration achieved through meditation.) From a physical point of view, a gong “bath” as we call it, is ideal for clearing nerve-endings and for re-establishing a healthy relationship between the parasympathetic (ruled by sound) and sympathetic nervous system (ruled by vision). Just like the tones it produces, the experience it induces is different every time.

 

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Finding Your Voice Workshop with Vernon Thompson

Saturday 30th September – 15:00 – 17:00
£20pp
Spaces limited to 16 students

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About the Workshop

We spend a small fortune on how we look and improving our general fitness but forget about our voice and yet this is the single most identifiable feature about us all. The aim of the workshop is to embark on a process by which you can  improve the quality of your unique instrument for increased confidence in communication. By focusing on the way in which we use voice in yoga practice, we will develop the breath support and intercostal and abdominal musculature for a more rooted and centred experience when breathing and chanting. Our work will involve relaxation and stance; breath capacity and pressure, and the onset and forward placement of voice with relation to your throat chakra and the expression of emotion. You will identify how to develop your vocal skills and hone them to express more accurately what is in your heart . Please wear loose clothing and bring a small hand mirror.

 

About Vernon

Vernon has an MA in Voice Studies from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama which is the highest internationally-recognised qualification. He works with broadcasters and reporters on Channel 4 News for vocal clarity and resonance. He heads up Voice and Speech work at City Lit, London’s foremost adult education establishment and has taught Voice at various top London drama schools. He has his own theatre company London Repertory Players and produces and directs their summer rep seasons. www.vernonthompson.co.uk

 

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Introducing…

YUNG CLUB X THE REFINERY

Sunday’s
15:00 – 16:00

Experience yoga in an underwater world, in the wild, the city or in outer space.

Enter a vortex devoted to multi sensory yoga and immerse yourself in music, colour and light. Music reactive animations are synchronised with curated playlists making getting fit fun and euphoric.

“Following the success of Yung Clubs 2016 launch at Selfridges we are excited to be partnering with East London’s coolest yoga studio The Refinery.”  – Rebecca Russell-Turner Yung Club Founder.  

SPACED OUT

The space experience will make you feel tenatious and powerful.

YOGA: Trance Kundalini yoga and powerful postures.

MUSIC: Rave and electronic high energy.

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WILD CHILD

This wild experience will relieve you from frustration and anxiety and release your inner creativity.

YOGA: Wild kundalini yoga and warrior sequences. Let’s rock the frog, camel, and cobra. 

MUSIC: Psychedelic, electronic and acoustic.

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DEEP SEA

This experience will invigorate you, making you feel buoyant yet calm. 

YOGA: Easy vinyasa flow, dolphin, bridge. 

MUSIC: Balearic, electronic flowing and uplifting.

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DREAM CITY

Sometimes its tough in the city, Yung Club wants to give you an agile, fit body and mind so you can be the best version of you.

YOGA: Experimental yoga mash up. 

MUSIC: Electronic fun music with the occasional pop classic.

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