Yoga for Musicians | With Outi Smith
Apr
1
3:00 pm15:00

Yoga for Musicians | With Outi Smith

This two hour workshop is aimed at musicians of all levels and styles, whether you're an instrumentalist or a singer. Prior experience of yoga is not required, only an open mind.

The workshop will be delivered in two parts, the first focusing on the physical element of yoga. We will look into particular asanas (postures) that target the problem areas of a musicians body, and promote better body awareness and ease of movement when playing our instruments.

The second half of the workshop introduces us to the spiritual side of yoga in the form of pranayama (breathing) techniques and meditation. We will learn how to focus and calm the mind and control the thoughts, helping us to concentrate in the practice or performance at hand and communicate better with our fellow musicians.

Playing and practising music requires the body and the mind to work together in harmony. A good musician practises their instrument daily, often hours at a time. As many instruments are rather one sided, and because the player's focus is on the music, the body can easily become imbalanced. This results in bad posture and tension in the muscles, tendons and joints, which over time could lead to overuse injuries.

Yoga is a fantastic way to create balance in the body and to become more aware of the posture whilst playing, making the body work more naturally and helping the music flow freely. Nobody wants their career to end because the body can't handle the physical act of playing any longer.

Music needs to breathe, just like the physical body does. Becoming aware of the breath and learning to breathe deeply into the body, fully utilising the lung capacity, helps us to play more smoothly and with feeling. Focusing on the breath will also focus and still the mind, which promotes better concentration and helps to control the nerves.

Better focus together with body awareness leads to better practise and allows us to dive deeper into the very heart and soul of music, helping us to become better musicians and realise our full potential.

£20 per person

The Motions of the Spine with Taylor Harkness
Mar
15
6:30 pm18:30

The Motions of the Spine with Taylor Harkness

There’s an old adage,“you are only as young as your spine is flexible”. The spine isanelectrical and mechanical superhighwayof functionality, a true miracle! As a vertebrate, you have the ability to move through all three planes of motion with your spine leading the way. In this workshop, we will build strength and technique through safe spinal movements to explore how this part of the body can bring vibrance and mobility to the rest of the body.

Teacher Refresh Session: Re-ignite Your Own Practice + Re-inspire Your Instruction with Taylor Harkness
Mar
15
9:00 am09:00

Teacher Refresh Session: Re-ignite Your Own Practice + Re-inspire Your Instruction with Taylor Harkness

Being a yoga teacher takes a lot of time, work, energy, andcommitment. From the moment you begin teaching, you’re sharing a piece of yourself. Many of us know what it’s like to lose inspiration to the hustle and grind of teaching multiple private clients, juggling a busy class schedule, and not having enough time for your own practice. In this Refresher, you’ll enjoy a 2.5 hour vinyasa flow practice in the morning, allowing you to find sanctuary on your mat and enjoy being a student again. In the afternoon, gain confidence in safe and practical sequencing, cueing formulas, group exercises, and share stories about successful techniques, while redefining the anatomical planes of movement. All of this is aimed atreigniting our own practices while furthering our knowledge base andbroadening the horizons of techniques and methodologies. There isno one right way todo things. A well rounded and passionate approach to instruction is a balanced way to stay effective.

***Teacher’s will receive hour for hour of CEU’s in accordance with Yoga Alliance Standards.

Cleaning House: Opening the Chest, Neck, and Shoulders with Taylor Harkness
Mar
14
6:30 pm18:30

Cleaning House: Opening the Chest, Neck, and Shoulders with Taylor Harkness

Feeling stuck, tight, or tense in your upper body can create a slurry of other problems. Many ofus spend hours seated at a desk, staring at a screen in a hunched and closed position, leading to back pain, tension headaches, and muscular fatigue. This class doesn’t claim to fix or cure anyof those ailments, but it does highlight positive habits and you’ll work through a practice in releasing upperbody tension from which we can all benefit. Expect to open the chest, take deeper breaths, stretch out and unravel the shoulders, neck, mid andupper back.

Shine On: The Science of Optimism with Taylor Harkness
Mar
13
6:30 pm18:30

Shine On: The Science of Optimism with Taylor Harkness

Being a human is often times hard. Being an adult human with all of the responsibilities of modern life is even harder. But great minds from ancient philosophers to modern psychologists alike believe that the greatest part of the human experience is our ability to be thoroughly present and happy. Some even say this is our ultimate purpose. This class is unlike any other in that we’ll discuss what it is to drop shitty, stifling habits, to come alive, to be passionate about what we do, and to feel ful-filled. This discussion followed by a short yoga practice is aimed at reinvigorating our attitudes and making healthy choices toward happiness. Everything from finances to re-lationships will be discussed.

Self Defence Workshop with Mike Krause
Jan
28
3:00 pm15:00

Self Defence Workshop with Mike Krause

Join Mike Krause for a 2 hour workshop to learn how to stay safe and feel empowered! After attending this workshop you will be aware of how to recognise, avoid and deal with potentially dangerous confrontations. You will learn self defence moves, breathing techniques to stay calm and some theory behind attacks and crimes. This workshop is open to both  males and females of all ages and fitness levels. Equipment will be provided, please wear workout (yoga) clothes to the workshop. 

Manifestations in Motion. A New Years workshop with Jenny Clark
Jan
2
6:30 pm18:30

Manifestations in Motion. A New Years workshop with Jenny Clark

New year. New beginning.

A grounding, soothing and opening practice to release and celebrate 2016 then through reflection and visualisation we will invite in deep, meaningful intentions for 2017 and work through ways of keeping them alive all year. This practice will include meditation, visualisation, coaching, conversations, asana and journaling. Bring a note pad, pen, your 2017 planner and mala beads if you have some for a japa meditation. Leave feeling alive, grounded, and clear for what's ahead.

£20 per person

Yoga & Kirtan Fundraiser for Scotland's homeless
Dec
17
6:00 pm18:00

Yoga & Kirtan Fundraiser for Scotland's homeless

This community Kirtan evening lead by Steph and Carlo is by donation with all proceeds going to the Simon Community, Scotland's Homeless Charity. At this time of year the Simon Community are in need of sleeping bags. All donations from the night will go to purchasing new sleeping bags to gift those in need. Any amount is appreciated. Give what you can and know that you are making a difference. 

The evening will start with a vinyasa flow taught by Steph. After yoga we will begin our Kirtan with Carlo. Kirtan is the call and response chanting of sanskrit mantras. It’s typically done to the sound of a harmonium. Songs are simple – just one or two lines repeated over, and over, and over. There is a huge sense of connection and communion that can arise when a group of people gets together and sings in unison.

Kirtan is for all everyone. Kirtan allows us to momentarily shed all conscious and logical tought and to get carried into a meditative state where we are one with the kula.

Option to attend the kirtan only but they are best paired together! 

Book your place online. Donations box will be available on the night please ive what you can to wards this sleeping bag campaign for Scotlands Homeless.

Intro to Arm Balances and Inversions with Steph Wall
Dec
10
2:00 pm14:00

Intro to Arm Balances and Inversions with Steph Wall

Want to learn to fly? Interested in getting upside down? This workshop is for you! Over 3 hours, Steph will teach you the basic components to safely begin your progression towards these exciting poses. All bases will be covered - mind, body and soul! Focus will not only be put on the physical foundations but also how important the mental piece is in achieving these advanced poses. This workshop will also include a meditation and time for tea. 

A basic understanding of vinyasa yoga is recommended. 

Open Your Heart: A Back bending Workshop
Dec
4
1:30 pm13:30

Open Your Heart: A Back bending Workshop

This workshop aims to cultivate compassion while exploring a series of heart-opening poses and backbends. Backbends help to open up the anahata, or heart chakra, which allows one to access feelings of compassion for the self and others. Expect a flow that will allow you to safely explore a series of backbending postures, have some fun, and increase your capacity to experience compassion.

Yogic Philosophy and Meditation with Steph Wall
Nov
26
1:30 pm13:30

Yogic Philosophy and Meditation with Steph Wall

If you've ever wondered about the roots of yoga, or the mystery behind this ancient tradition, then this is the workshop for you!

Join Steph for a 90 minute discussion on yogic philosophy followed by a guided meditation and tea. The topics Steph will cover include the 8 limbs of yoga, ancient texts and a brief outline of yoga's history and evolution. 

Beginners Yoga Workshop
Nov
13
1:30 pm13:30

Beginners Yoga Workshop

Yoga is an ancient practice designed to unite mind and body, helping to create a greater sense of well being. In these beginner workshops, you will be introduced to some fundamental yoga practices, covering things like basic asanas, pranayama, meditation, philosophy and sanskrit.

During this workshop we will be looking closely at sun salutations. Surya Namaskar or Sun Salutations acts as a full body work out, stretching and strengthening your body, and is commonly used in other yoga classes such as Vinyasa Flow and Ashtanga. We will break down these fundamental yoga poses, concentrating on healthy alignment and establishing a deeper awareness of your breath.

There will also be the chance to look at modifications and breakdown the sanskrit used for these poses.

The perfect introduction that can lead you into many other classes at The Kali Collective.

£20 per person.