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!
Saturday 29th July
15:30 – 17:00
Spaces limited to 16 students
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…
Sunday 6th August
Spaces limited to 16 students
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.
Sunday 13th August
15:00 – 17:00
Spaces limited to 12 students
This small group workshop is aimed at yogis and fitness enthusiasts who are looking to optimise their physical performance without the muscular tension and mobility issues that naturally occur as a result of intense practice/training, and can often lead to injuries. If left uncorrected over an extensive period, no matter how often you stretch your body or take “rest days”, these problems remain and may even worsen.
Ancient practices for natural healing of the mind and body were founded in the science that certain trigger points found in the soles of the feet are linked to vital internal organs, joints and muscles. This workshop will take you through tension release techniques that are linked to the main energy points in the body which you engage during yoga practice and/or fitness classes. Starting at the base (your feet; or ‘pada bhanda’ in yoga terms) and working our way up through the remaining Chakras, using a variety of trigger point tools.
The techniques are simple yet very effective; if performed on a daily basis, visible improvements in physical health and mental state of being are seen.
The workshop will be delivered by Hassan and Coco who have between them over 10 years of experience as fitness and holistic health and wellness professionals. Coco started her career as an aerialist teacher and subsequently qualified as a barre, pilates and Ashtanga Yoga instructor. Hassan is the founder of and head coach at the London Fit Club. He specialises in spinal health and injury rehabilitation and mobility.
Post workshop treats are provided courtesy of the Fit Club Kitchen LDN.
Saturday 2nd September 14:00 – 15:30
Spaces limited to 16 students
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.
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.
Saturday 30th September – 15:00 – 17:00
Spaces limited to 16 students
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.
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
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
“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.
The space experience will make you feel tenatious and powerful.
YOGA: Trance Kundalini yoga and powerful postures.
MUSIC: Rave and electronic high energy.
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.
This experience will invigorate you, making you feel buoyant yet calm.
YOGA: Easy vinyasa flow, dolphin, bridge.
MUSIC: Balearic, electronic flowing and uplifting.
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.