Middle Path Yoga

with Lucy Deere

Workshops

Yoga & Meditation Evening - 24th Sep 20:00-21:30

Theme – Equinox Detox
As we transition into autumn we can use this time to release anything that no longer serves us, detox our bodies and acknowledge what acheivements we can ‘harvest’ this year. Whether this is physically, mentally or emotionally this extended class is designed to help us release tensions, detox and move forward. All levels of experience are welcome to join me 
for an evening of detoxifying yoga postures, guided mindfulness meditation and finishing with a lying-down, deep relaxation.

Join me live on Zoom.

£10 per person (£7 concession)

Suitable for all levels. Please contact me to book your place and to receive login details.

MIndful Walk and Yoga

When – Sat 3rd Oct 14:00-16:00
Where – Upper Lodges, Ditchling Road
Price – £15 (£12 conc)
Level – Open

I am delighted to be able to offer this workshop to you. I have always found walking on the South Downs a wonderfully nourishing experience that never disappoints. I have been planning to combine my love of hill walking and yoga for a long time!

We will start our workshop with a yoga practice specifically designed to prepare our bodies for walking. We will then enjoy our mindful, silent walk together. Half way around our loop we will stop to absorb our surroundings and check in with our bodies. The second half of our walk will not be in silence but participants may choose to continue with quiet contemplation whilst walking.

Numbers are limited so please book early to secure your place.

Middle Path Yoga Workshop

When – Sat 7th Nov 14:00-17:00

Where – Brighton Natural Health Centre
Price – £30
Level – Open

‘Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralysed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds’ wings.’ Rumi

There will be days when we feel the need for a physically challenging yoga practice and others, when we feel a little fragile, and perhaps simply breathing into our bellies is enough.

During this afternoon workshop we will make time for both held postures as well as stronger, flowing sequences. Throughout we will be invited to continually bring our awareness back to the present moment. As we become more mindful it becomes easier to ‘tune in’ to what our own middle path might be each day. The workshop will also include breathing exercises, seated meditation and an extended final relaxation.

To book your place please visit:

https://brightonnaturalhealthcentre.org.uk/workshops-events/

“The workshop was fantastic! I left the group feeling positive, happy, relaxed and inspired!” Charlee

‘My experience of Middle Path Yoga has been entirely positive…Lucy’s teaching style is invariably encouraging and supportive to all members of our group irrespective of age and experience.’ Dr. Sarah Montagnon

Classes

Personal Tuition

Drop-in Classes

Yoga for People with Learning Disabilities

What is Yoga?

Yoga is an ancient practice that originated in India around 5000 years ago. The word yoga stems from the Sanskrit word “Yuj” meaning to yoke, join or unite. Yoga is best known in the West as a set of practices that include stretching and strengthening the body, breathing and deep relaxation.

The Middle Path

The term ‘The Middle Path’ (or ‘Way’) refers to the Buddha’s discovery that the way to enlightenment could not be found in extreme asceticism nor in self-indulgence. He used the analogy of a sitar to demonstrate this idea: if the string is stretched too tight it breaks, if it is too loose it will not play.

Profile

I have been teaching yoga for 17 years now but it has always been a part of my life. I was lucky enough to have a yoga teaching mum so my brother and I were brought up using visualisation to help us sleep and mindful breathing to help with headaches and injuries. As a young adult, after being diagnosed as epileptic, I was given a daily yoga practice by Swami Niranjanananda. Having experienced the benefits of yoga first hand I went to India and South East Asia to study, and subsequently teach yoga.

I first studied Satyananda yoga with my mum and then with the Sivananda organisation in 2002. I moved to France, to live and work at an ashram in order to experience yoga as a complete lifestyle. I went on to live and teach in Paris for three years including four months spent living at the Centre International Sivananda de Yoga Vedanta. I have been teaching children’s yoga since 2003 having trained with Calm for Kids. More recently I have enjoying studying with Donna Farhi and am inspired by Paul Grilley and Sarah Powers.

I am also a student of Zen Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh and have spent many inspiring days at his retreat centre Plum Village in the south of France. His teachings on mindfulness in daily life greatly influence the classes I teach. I taught meditation as part of a yoga teacher training course and am now working on a new project to help bring mindfulness into mainstream education.

Photo credit – Luca Sage

Sun salutation with mantras

I usually start my classes with the Sun Salutation (Surya Namaskar in Sanskrit). It is a fantastic physical warm up but more than that it provides a lovely way of reconnecting the ‘head, heart and hand’ as Swami Satyananda would say. As we move through the familiar sequence, consciously synchronising our breath with the postures, the mind quietens down, the emotions settle and the body releases unnecessary tensions. Listening to the mantras can help to enhance this process.

Contact

For further information and queries please contact Lucy directly by emailing lucy@middlepathyoga.com or using the contact form below. To join the mailing list please subscribe using the sign up form at the bottom.

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