Wednesday 23rd August
7 – 9 PM
Reva Yoga, 2c Andrews Road, E8 4QL
There’s much to learn from water and its gentle yielding qualities. How it effortlessly fills everything, how it can’t be contained, how it seems so innocent and harmless; but it is water that shapes the whole earth. If you try and stop it, it always finds a way another way. It can be patient, over time it smoothes the hardest of surfaces. When charged with a current, it commands any human or vessel. Each individual wave is born out of the ocean, and it returns to the ocean to merge and dance into rebirth.
Each of us are made of 55% to 60% water. We have our own tides and currents. There are ways for us to be gentle without surrendering our strength. Sometimes softening is the only way to find a way through. Why force something when you can invite it to be open? And anyway, sometimes being soft is the most difficult and strongest thing to do.
So with this practice, we’ll reconnect to our inner realm, diving under the surface to listen. We’ll roll through the oceanic quality of the breath, observing it to make it segue through the body to permeate our flesh and skin. We’ll move languorously and bring liquidity into the body. Charge ourselves up to harness our natural power, and surf through the practice on the crest of the breath. At the end, we’ll melt onto the mat to be bathed in sweet sounding vibrations, before being reborn again into the summer night.
It took a stint at a corporate global PR agency for Gabrielle Hales to realise that no, office life was not for her. One ticket to India later, she found herself teaching yoga and eager to share all the amazing things she’d learnt upon her return.
Beginning with classes in her own living room, the word spread and these events became so popular that she sought out ever-more exciting venues to host events in, bringing an extra element by working with up-and-coming chefs to expand them into yoga supper clubs.
Elements of immersive sound therapy and live music soon followed as part of Gabrielle’s mission to introduce a new sense of warmth and generosity to the yoga community – creating a new setting for yoga practice that was more sociable and less solitary, while breaking the assumption that a healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy nourishing food.
Now? Gabrielle’s pushing SYC to the next level, aiming to inspire people to experience practices that improve happiness and well-being. Oh, and with plenty of fun, too.
Mona (Sound Interventions) is a certified Gong Practitioner trained by ‘The College of Sound Healing’ in Devon, UK. In these studies she trained with high quality Gongs and instruments, completed case studies, and gained understandings of Sound Healing practices and codes of conduct. In 2015 she completed a dissertation entitled ‘Resonating Gongs: The Integration of Gongs into Sound Therapy’, with the ‘Music, Technology and Culture’ department at The Sir John Cass Faculty of Art in London. In 2016 she is thrilled to have joined ‘The Northern School of Soundsmiths’ in Manchester as a college tutor. In 2017 she has joined The Well Garden facilitating two Gongs Baths per week, as their Gong Resident. Mona invites participants to ‘Close your eyes and open your ears’, as she curates a unique experience into sound and the senses, and an exploration of ‘the listening body’.
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