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Eastbourne Yoga Show

Eastbourne Yoga Show


We are very excited to announce that the Yoga Life Studio will be hosting our first Eastbourne Yoga Show!! When?  13th June 2015 – all day long Where?   The Yoga Life Studio What will be happening?  Full day of exciting...
Yoga in Eastbourne

Yoga in Eastbourne


Based in central Eastbourne, East Sussex, we provide a wonderful location and an outstanding range of classes for yoga enthusiasts of all standards. Our studio, the beating heart of Yoga Life in Eastbourne, is also home to reiki, massage, Tai Chi, pilates and even drumming...
Pregnancy Yoga – For Mums To Be

Pregnancy Yoga – For Mums To Be


Every Thursday at 6.00pm and now also Wednesday at 9.30am

Pregnancy is a strange and beautiful time. Our prenatal yoga class is here to support you through it. While you get to grow an entire baby in your belly a...
YOGA + DIVE TOBAGO

YOGA + DIVE TOBAGO


DATES: 1st - 8th April 2015 (Easter) & 16th - 23rd September 2015

Welcome to a yoga holiday with a difference! We invite you to live in harmony with the elements, a revitalising experience that will...
YOGA IN INDIA

YOGA IN INDIA


DATES: 2016

If want to visit India for a yoga holiday, you’ve found the perfect location. Take your time. Ease your mind. Nurture your soul. Reconnect with your strength and inner wisdom...
Yoga Holiday to Greece

Yoga Holiday to Greece


1st - 8th July 2015

Our Magical Yoga Holiday in Santorini, Greece is a popular destination for many. The wonderful heart warming people of Greece, the food and climate may make this one of our best locations on offer so far....
Yoga for Beginners

Yoga for Beginners


We have several classes for Beginners & Beyond, please check our timetable

A gentle introduction to world of yoga, these classes are ideal for beginners and operate on a drop in basis.
Postnatal Yoga

Postnatal Yoga


Every Tuesday at 11:15

Bring your baby and come to this supportive and relaxing class. Yoga is a wonderful way to look after yourself in the months after birth. It brings a sense of well being and equilibrium...
Yoga Holiday to Egypt

Yoga Holiday to Egypt


DATES:
13th - 20th May 2015
25th November - 2nd December 2015
(Teacher Training immersion/completion)

Renowned for its warm weather all year round, you can escape the cold to this tranquil paradise. Whether you are new to yoga or a seasoned yogi,...
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Eastbourne Yoga Show

Eastbourne Yoga Show

We are very excited to announce that the Yoga Life Studio will be hosting our first Eastbourne Yoga Show!! When?  13th June 2015 – all day long Where?   The Yoga Life Studio What will be happening?  Full day of exciting and varied yoga classes, workshops and talks. The ultimate yoga day! There will also be yoga themed stalls, massages and other therapies. Do not miss this fabulous yoga extravaganza. The Timetable: STUDIO 10.00 – 10.30                              ...

Spirituality Matters 14th May 2015

Hello everyone! We had a lovely meeting today. I must say that it’s been a challenge for us to work out a theme for these meetings, as the subject of ‘Spirituality’ is so wide and because different people attend on different dates making continuity difficult. But today I was reading an article by my spiritual teacher, William Bloom, and it occurred to me that whilst we cannot have the continuity of a book group, we...
Posture of the month - Reversed Triangle

Posture of the month – Reversed Triangle

Parivrtta Trikonasana – Reversed triangle  Body position/posture type: Standing twist Technique: Begin standing in Tadasana. Turn the left leg out 45 degrees and step forward with the right leg. Keep the hips level and ground into the left heel. Push the back of the left knee open and lift the knee to thigh, drawing the energy of the back leg into your left hip and moving it forward. Activate the right leg in the same...
Wenche's Travel Blog - Tobago

Wenche’s Travel Blog – Tobago

The Caribbean beat of Soca and Reggae soon got into my blood stream arriving back in Tobago. Tobago is unique to the other Caribbean Islands, it is surrounded my the most breathtaking beaches, forests and water falls. It has one of the top 10 beaches in the world, English mans Bay, the most amazing rain forest, incredible bird life, a musical rhythm you cant help moving to and the most lade back people you may...

The Transition from the Piscean to the Aquarian Age

Every 72 years the earth shifts one degree. The precession of the equinoxes is a gradual shift in the orientation of the earth’s axis of rotation. 30 degrees of rotation takes us through one zodiac sign (30 x 72 = 2160 years). The age of Pisces started before the birth of Christ and ended, according to Yogi Bhajan on November 11 1991. The cusp period between the Piscean and the Aquarian Age was 20 years and...

Problems of the times By being born we are separated from soul our nature, our spiritual home. We are in fact born into a dying world and we have a deep hunger to heal this separation (which makes us feel empty) but first we have to pass through the time by crossing the ocean of life. This has been true throughout the ages and it is why religions are created (re-ligion = return to your...
Introducing our teachers - SIMON

Introducing our teachers – SIMON

My Yoga journey began for real, about three years ago although it had been something that I had wanted to explore for a very long time, life just kept getting in the way. So I found myself on my yoga mat at Yoga Life Studio while trying to heal having gone through a challenging time on my life journey. The result was incredible and virtually instant. The restorative benefits – physical, mental and spiritual were...
Posture of the month - Virabhadrasana III.

Posture of the month – Virabhadrasana III.

In Sanskrit terminology, “Virabhadra” means a brave warrior incarnation of Lord Shiva who wears a tiger’s skin and is described as having a thousand heads, a thousand eyes, and a thousand feet; wielding a thousand clubs . This yoga pose is the third variation of the Warrior Pose. Begin with Tadasana or the Mountain Pose, then bend your body and fold into Uttanasana, the deep, standing forward bend. While exhaling, move the left foot backwards...
Travelling Yogini

Travelling Yogini

I have now been back in the UK for a couple of weeks after some epic Yoga travels from the end of last year and started this year in Egypt then travelled to India and Sri Lanka. I have met amazing people from all over the world, dived into culture and embarked on a journey that is taking me deeper and beyond my imagination, personally and in my love for sharing Yoga. Life is full of...

The 5 Levels of Healing

 We are all on a journey of returning to our origin so whilst we have the distinct sense that we are moving forward in our lives, which in some sense we are, we are also completing a cycle of return. We are born into a dying world and we have a deep hunger to heal our sense of separation. This is what makes us feel empty. Not recognizing the emptiness as our longing to return we make it...
Introducing our teachers - KAREN

Introducing our teachers – KAREN

In 1999, I was searching for something that would calm my busy and creative mind when I went to my first Yoga class. In addition to feeling fantastic I realised I didn’t have to take any painkillers to ease the discomfort from a childhood injury. My weekly practise rapidly became twice a week and when time permitted, three times a week. In 2000 I was working at the BBC as a Production Manager in Documentaries...

The Yogic Process

The Yogic Process There are 3 processes in yoga and in life – Rejuvenation/Balance/Elimination In terms of our yogic practice this is what they mean and how they are engaged Rejuvenate, tonify or gather means bring new energy in, build up prana, engage the pingala (right side/masculine) and the raja guna (active aspect). This needs long deep breathing, inhalation and retention of inhale. Also breathe of fire (kapalabhati) which is both rejuvenating and eliminating/cleansing. Balancing...

Spirituality Matters 12th March

It was our third meeting today and we started looking at the big questions of ‘why are we here?’ and ‘what is our life’s purpose?’ For some years I have been collecting quotes from my spiritual teachers, writing these down whenever they really resonate with me. I have now made these quotes into little cards, and we used a few of these today to stimulate discussion. This worked very well and I’m sure we’ll see...

More Than One Voice in Your Head – Yes!

We are told that we have one body and one mind but actually we are ten in one; Soul, negative Mind, positive mind, neutral mind, physical body, arc line, aura, pranic body, subtle body and radiant body. I would like to give a brief introduction to our three minds. The Negative Mind The sub tractor. Negative – the place the mind goes to first, the quickest, objective is to protect, looks for what might cause...

HOW to Meditate (last in this series).

So we have seen that meditation is a cleansing of the subconscious. A way of observing the social and intellectual programming you have received. Seeing how the inner most complexity of your feelings project out into your life. A way to eliminate negative self-talk, boredom, frustration etc. Meditation in life not then becomes not a question of what you are doing but how are you doing it. It relates to focus & intention. Equally when...

4 WHEN to meditate (and WHO is meditating)

“You are the creative source and nucleus of the whole vibratory pattern in which you live” YB (TT Manual p28) It maybe clear by now Who is the meditator is the you that is meditating to get to your real identity. To eliminate, to witness, to be present takes quite some processing, whether or not we are in meditation that’s why the teachings encourage us to always keep a mantra on our breath. The sound...

Spirituality Matters

Spirituality Matters 12th February 2015 Today we had our second meeting of Spirituality Matters. The discussion topic was ‘How can we integrate our spirituality in our daily lives and what are the challenges we face?’ We also talked about how we have come to be aware of our spiritual natures and paths and how we each find a way to connect to this in our lives. Towards the end of the meeting, we started to...

Meditation Series (3). What’s Happening During Meditation?

What’s happening during meditation   “Don’t try to solve your problems – take them to the highest part in you and drop them”. With the world and with others give your strength. All your pain and nonsense give to god.”(Yogi Bhajan)     How is the progression described – Upper Four Stages of Patanjali   5th limb -Pratyahara: stop, remember & synchronise, gather in (withdrawl of senses which paradoxically makes our senses more alive) 6th...

(2) What Is Meditation?

What is Meditation, what is happening when we meditate? I would like to share this part in 2 stages. This first part is an introduction to the soul nature and the relationship between mind and soul. In the second part I would like to talk more about the actually process; what is happening when we meditate. Meditation is seen as illogical and irrational to many. To discuss it’s value we have to establish a founding...

Meditation Series – (1) Why Meditate

I would like to share some thoughts about meditation. We will take it in stages. Firstly WHY Meditate (today), then WHAT is meditation, what is it’s essential nature, WHEN to meditate and then HOW to meditate. WHO is the meditator is also an interesting question which we can weave into our discussion. Please read this information slowly, let it sink in, if you don’t have time now wait till you do. The reason I ask...

Spirituality Matters launched today!

Today was the first ever meeting of Spirituality Matters at the YogaLife Studio! And I was very pleased and honoured to facilitate the meeting for the six people who came along. As it was our first meeting, we looked at the Group Agreement (our code of conduct for the meetings) and decided what we’d like to do with the two-hour slot that we have each month. We decided a) to have a discussion topic, b)...
Posture of the month - Downward Facing Dog

Posture of the month – Downward Facing Dog

Adho Mukha Svanasana – Downward dog pose Body position/posture type: Inversion Technique: Sit onto your heels and stretch your arms out in front of you in extended child’s pose. Spread the fingers, middle finger pointing forward, and connect with the earth. Come on to all fours and tuck the toes under. Draw the navel back towards the spine and begin to release through the waist as you roll the shoulders outward and downward towards the...
Seasons Greetings Yoga Family

Seasons Greetings Yoga Family

Namaste Friends & Seasons Greetings, So here we are again, the wheel is turning and we have celebrated Winter Solstice and the return of the sun. It is the time of year to reflect and celebrate life, friends and family, past and present. As I reflect on my own personal journey this year I realize there is a lot to digest. The events, people and feelings I have encountered and shared has made me stronger,...
New Yoga Teachers qualified!!

New Yoga Teachers qualified!!

Greetings from magical Egypt where we have completed the final integration week of the Yoga Life Teacher Training Programme. A powerful week where we immersed ourselves in living breathing yoga. Our eco camp, located by the edge of the desert where it meets the tranquil Red Sea was the perfect destination. We would fall a sleep under a blanket of stars and wake up to the Egyptian sun. The days were filled with support and...
Namaste Yoga Lovers

Namaste Yoga Lovers

Namaste Friends,  Wherever you lay your mat is where your home is, as your home is within you, within you sacred heart temple. Here we meet our self truly as we are away from the ego mind allowing us to connect with the radiance of love that is our true nature. When we bring our life onto our mat and our yoga into our life, we are truly living Yoga, experiencing the beautiful alchemy that...
Posture of the Month - Padmasana (Full Lotus)

Posture of the Month – Padmasana (Full Lotus)

Try this beautiful traditional and deeply meditative posture. This is an advanced asana so please practice with care, listening to your bodies, being kind and loving to yourself in the process! Half lotus might be a better option for some. Posture type: Seated floor posture Technique: Sit with legs straight in front of the body in dandasana (staff pose). Bend one leg and place the foot high on the opposite thigh. The sole of your...
Autumn Yogi

Autumn Yogi

Namaste Yoga Lovers, The season is changing now and we are going towards a time of year that is inviting us to slow down, to restore balance within our lives integrating all that we have achieved. It is a time of tending the sacred fire with in our hearts, getting in touch with our inner power & strength, reconnecting to the inner Guru, which is not separated from you; it is you. It is the...
Posture of the month - Anjaneysana (Crescent moon)

Posture of the month – Anjaneysana (Crescent moon)

A wonderful posture to practice not only in October but all year round, one of our favourites! Enjoy this deep back bend, open your heart and receive all the benefits that yoga and the Crescent Moon have to offer you! Posture type: Back bend Technique: Start in a kneeling, table top position. Bring your right foot forward between your hands with the knee bent, knee over the ankle. The left leg is long and the...
Living Yoga home and away

Living Yoga home and away

Namaste Friends, Greetings from Tobago which is an extraordinary unique eco-destination. It is the most southerly Island in the Caribbean and a popular destination for our adventurous Yoga lovers. We have an amazing group here with nationalities such as Finish, Chinese, English & Tobagoen…a beautiful combination. We are indulging in our Yoga, diving, snorkelling, hiking, horse riding, massage, sun & of course the tranquil Caribbean sea….here there is something for everyone – a truly joyful  experience....
Summer Greetings Yoga Lovers

Summer Greetings Yoga Lovers

Namaste Friends, I find myself back in Eastbourne after a wonderful time away in Glastonbury UK attending a five day Intensive of Elemental Vinyasa: Embodying the Flow of Nature with my inspirational teacher Shiva Rea. She is a true Yogini continuing to inspire so many all over the world and I feel blessed to be her student. Her vibration is contagious and a true example of living Yoga. Inspired and full of heart fire, fuelled...
Posture of the Month - July - Extended Side Angle - Parsvakonasana

Posture of the Month – July – Extended Side Angle – Parsvakonasana

  Enjoy this invigorating and strengthening side stretch for the legs, waist and back body ~ especially wonderful if you get the chance to take your practice out into the summer sunshine! 1. Step the feet out wide, and turn the right toes out to the right. 2. Bringing the hands to the hips, bend the right knee, repositioning the foot if necessary so that the knee is above the ankle. 3. On an exhalation,...
Posture of the month - June - Wide leg Seated Side Stretch ~ Parsva Upavista Konasana

Posture of the month – June – Wide leg Seated Side Stretch ~ Parsva Upavista Konasana

    The simplest stretches we use in our warm ups are not to be underestimated –  this one serves as great preparation for more challenging postures, strengthening and stretching the spine and the muscles of the back. It also stretches and tones the hamstrings and inner thighs, opens the hips, the torso and ribcage, increasing lung capacity and circulation, while invigorating the nervous system.   From Staff Pose, sitting tall with legs extended in...
Posture of the Month - May - Bow - Dhanurasana

Posture of the Month – May – Bow – Dhanurasana

This back-bend gives a wonderfully energizing stretch to the whole of the body; it stimulates the digestive system as well as promoting strength and flexibility in the spine. Lying on the front of the body, bend both knees, taking the heels towards the buttocks, keeping the feet hip-width apart. Reach back with the hands to take hold of the ankles. Inhale and press the feet back, allowing the thighs to lift off the mat. Keep...
Greetings from Yoga Holiday in Tobago

Greetings from Yoga Holiday in Tobago

  Namaste Yoga Lovers, Greetings from the very beautiful Island of Tobago in the heart of the Caribbean where the motto is: Love…don’t worry…be happy!!! We are indulging in our Yoga, the white sandy beaches and the Caribbean Sea. There has been an energy of adventure very present this week where we have been exploring, diving, paddle boarding, kite surfing, water fall hiking and of course embracing the Soka and Calypso music that has been very...
Posture of the Month - March - Warrior 1 - Virabhadrasana 1

Posture of the Month – March – Warrior 1 – Virabhadrasana 1

Spring is here – and there is something celebratory about Warrior 1, strengthening our connection with the earth as well as lifting our hearts towards the heavens as we reach up.  Let’s welcome the arrival of Spring sunshine with an energising practise this month! From Mountain Pose, inhale and take a big step forward with the right foot, turning the left toes out at an angle. Square the hips to face forwards. Exhale, bending the...
Yoga Life Holidays this Spring

Yoga Life Holidays this Spring

Is the rain & wind getting you down? In a few weeks you could be jetting off to the Caribbean Island of Tobago with me relaxing under the palm trees on a white sandy beach of your choice. Tobago is a haven of beautiful beaches surrounded by stunning tropical rain forest. It is the perfect location to unwind, soothe your soul & nurture your body, mind & spirit.  Join me from 16th April till 23rd...
Yoga in winter months

Yoga in winter months

Namaste friends,  I hope you are holding up with this wet and windy weather. It’s been a very wet start to the year but we have been keeping the sacred fire alive in our warm candle lit studio indulging in the wonderful variety of workshops and new classes on offer.  We are constantly moving in rythms with the seasons, and it is important to fuel ourself with the right Yoga practice to achieve maximum health...
Posture of the Month - February - Cat - Viralasana

Posture of the Month – February – Cat – Viralasana

We’ve seen a stormy start to the month, and as we come onto our yoga mats it’s great to keep moving, gently warming the body and easing tension that may have built up after fending off the wet, windy weather.  In so doing, we are able to focus on what lights us up, even though it may be grey outside! Cat pose nourishes and re-aligns the spine as well as encouraging an awareness and deepening...
Yoga in Egypt

Yoga in Egypt

Namaste Friends,  I trust we are all settling into the flow of 2014 by now and that you are steering your life in the right direction.    I am writing to you from a Bedouin tent on my favourite beach here in Egypt whilst sipping delicious Bedouin coffee. I am drenched by the warm desert sun, feeling the gentle breeze playfully dancing around me. The waves of the Red Sea are playing a soft melody resonating...
Posture of the Month - January - Cosmic Dancer/Lord of the Dance - Natarajasana

Posture of the Month – January – Cosmic Dancer/Lord of the Dance – Natarajasana

Celebrate the season with this beautiful, rejuvenating posture which stretches and opens the chest and shoulders while strengthening the legs. Representing the deity Shiva, associated with transformation, this posture provides us with inspiration as we embark on a New Year! From Mountain Pose, inhale and shift the weight onto the left foot; lift the right, bending the knee and bringing the heel towards the buttock. Reach back with the right hand to take hold of...
Posture of the Month - December - Warrior III - Virabhadrasana III

Posture of the Month – December – Warrior III – Virabhadrasana III

The beautiful frosty sunshine looks magical this morning as we celebrate the winter and look forward to coming together with friends and family. Warrior 3 brings a strong and joyful connection with the earth, as we lift and stretch the whole length of the body out ~ a strengthening and celebratory posture to round off the year! ~From Warrior 1, with the right foot stepped forward, focus on grounding the sole of the right foot, ...
Seasonal Blessings to you all

Seasonal Blessings to you all

Namaste Friends Seasonal blessings to you all! I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the amazing journey we have shared this year, and what a year it has been! The studio has been busier then ever filled with events and workshops bringing the Eastbourne and the wider world Yoga Community together growing, learning and sharing in beautiful heart space. The Yoga Life Studio has this year been developing a 200 hour...
Autumnal Yoga

Autumnal Yoga

Namaste Yogis & Yoginis Here we are at the end of autumn and the beginning of the winter. The evenings are drawing in and days are becoming shorter. Our warm and cosy studio has been a buzzing hub for Yoga enthusiast near and far this month…such joy xx    This time of year often speeds up as we are preparing for the festive season, but the natural earth energy is to slow down, and our bodies...
Posture of the month - November - Sphinx -  Salamba Bhujangasana

Posture of the month – November – Sphinx – Salamba Bhujangasana

Shorter days and cooler weather can leave us feeling in need of a boost at this time of year, and backbends and chest-openers fit the bill, stimulating lung energy and lifting our spirits, as we stretch and breathe. We can build our own backbending sequences, perhaps beginning with Sphinx (pictured), extending into Cobra and Upward facing Dog as flexibility and energy levels allow; always maintaining a deep flowing breath, which helps to create space in...
Autumn in the Yoga Life

Autumn in the Yoga Life

Namaste Yoga lovers,   I am still buzzing from all the travel adventures this season. It has been a truly amazing journey and I have loved sharing it with all you like-minded souls I have had the privilege of spending time with. I have learned that if you ‘dance’ the organic feeling of change, we grow – dancing with change – allows us to move into our true potential. ­ I am delighted to be back...
Posture of the month - October - Tree - Vrksasana

Posture of the month – October – Tree – Vrksasana

October is the perfect time to look at bringing some balance into our lives as we observe the transition from Summer to Autumn, re-establishing a connection with the earth, and enjoying the harvest season in all its glorious golden, orange and red hues. Feel wonderfully grounded in Tree Pose, building strength, focus and balance while celebrating this colourful season. ~ From Mountain pose, bring focus to the feet and the way the weight of the...

Flexing our mind muscles

Many people first discover meditation through attending a yoga class. Teachers may have led students through a short sitting practice either as preparation for the asana work to follow, or as a way of consolidating the work done on the mat. It can come as a surprise that meditation is a practice in and of itself – in fact, there is much historical evidence to suggest that asana practice was developed to support the ancient...
Posture of the Month - September - Child - Balasana

Posture of the Month – September – Child – Balasana

September heralds the start of a new season – while we have been enjoying the late summer sunshine, it’s also time to return to and perhaps review routines after holidays and adventures – time to re-connect with our roots and feel grounded as we launch into a new phase of the year. Balasana is restorative and nourishing, with a centering effect – good to come back to in between more demanding postures; or perhaps to...
Summer of Yoga

Summer of Yoga

Namaste Friends, I trust you are enjoying the summer and getting out there in the warm sunshine making the most of it!   I love the summer as it’s the perfect time to take your yoga mat outdoors. There is something special about Yoga in the open air…senses alive and body awake. We have had a busy summer so far in our beloved studio. Workshops and classes have been full of dynamic and joyful energy,...
Posture of the month - August - Boat - Navasana

Posture of the month – August – Boat – Navasana

Many of us feel more energised in the summer months – it feels great to take our practice outside, enjoying the fresh air, bright colours and delicious fruits in season, perhaps spending time by the sea.. Navasana is a strengthening, toning posture, which perhaps provides a bit of a challenge for us to rise to, fuelled by that wonderful summer sunshine energy! Enjoy the rest of your summer! Safia x From sitting tall with legs...
Learn to Meditate

Learn to Meditate

“Living mindfully” has become a bit of a buzz phrase – we see it being used in lowering stress, helping schools engage their children and even in business to help staff productivity. However, the roots of mindfulness extend back over 2500 years from the Eastern contemplative traditions such as Buddhism, Hinduism, and Yoga. To train our mindfulness we can split the process down in to two stages: meditation on the cushion – which allows us...
Posture of the month - July - Low Lunge/Crescent Moon - Anjaneyasana

Posture of the month – July – Low Lunge/Crescent Moon – Anjaneyasana

What a lovely sunny start to July, inspiring some extra Sun Salutation practice, which can include this beautiful Low Lunge. From Downward Facing Dog pose, exhale and step the right foot forward, bringing and keeping the knee in line with the ankle. Drop the left knee to the mat and point the left toes away.  With hands on the right knee to start with, sink into the lunge, feeling a stretch on the front of...
Yoga Life Egypt

Yoga Life Egypt

Namaste friends & warm hearted greetings from sunny Egypt, We have immersed ourselves in Yoga here in Egypt over the last two weeks ,enjoying beautiful sunshine, sea and  desert. Two beautiful groups over the last two weeks have dived into their Yoga and have been  basking in bliss. Our practice has brought light into our eyes and joy into our hearts. We have been tasting the exquisiteness of existence, becoming alive and vibrant. We have all shared so  many experiences...
Posture of the month - June - Side Plank - Vasisthasana

Posture of the month – June – Side Plank – Vasisthasana

Summer is here at last! It’s a perfect time to dive into a joyful, playful practice celebrating the sunshine and the abundance of the season as it unfolds. Side Plank/ Vasisthasana is a great preparation for other arm balance postures, strengthening and giving a wonderful revitalising stretch to the arms, the spine, abdomen and legs. From Plank Pose, with shoulders stacked above the wrists, take the right hand slightly forward, ahead of the shoulder, and...
Greetings from Yoga Holiday in Portugal

Greetings from Yoga Holiday in Portugal

Namaste Friends & Joyful greetings from sunny Portugal xx I trust that this newsletter reaches you well and that you too are able to enjoy the sun that now has finally arrived to warm us after a long winter. Everything is green and lush and we are feeling more vibrant and alive after what has been a long winter. The Yoga Life Studio Retreat Season is in full swing and we are back on location...
Posture of the Month - May - Warrior 2 / Virabhadrasana II

Posture of the Month – May – Warrior 2 / Virabhadrasana II

Posture of the Month – May – Warrior 2 / Virabhadrasana II The month of May is a time for celebration of the earth turning green, flowers bursting into bloom and an abundance of fresh energy all around – a particularly potent time for expressing ourselves and initiating creative plans. Warrior 2 helps us to sharpen our focus on how best to make use of that buzzing energy, bringing us nearer to our goals as...
Special Offer for May 2013

Special Offer for May 2013

We would like to offer you a special deal on the following classes – bring a friend for FREE! Valid until the end of May. Monday        11.30am –   Mums Get Fit Club Tuesday        11.15am –   Mummy Yoga Wednesday  10.00am – Little Bear Feet Dance Friday           2.00pm –   Yoga Playgroup Friday           4.00pm –   Kids Yoga Club Saturday      2.00pm –   Junior Karate Please bring your friend for FREE and enjoy this wide variety of children friendly classes!...
Yoga Teacher Training Course

Yoga Teacher Training Course

                      Yoga Life: Yoga Teacher Training Course Our fun filled yoga teaching programme goes beyond the physical postures by exploring the emotional and spiritual aspects of the traditional ancient teachings. Led by highly regarded teacher Wenche Beard, the course allows you to learn from one of the country’s leading instructors and develop your passion for yoga in a safe and nurturing environment.  Using her unique...
Open Air Yoga in Holywell

Open Air Yoga in Holywell

We had an amazing morning in the Holywell Retreat this week. I’m really happy to restart our Open air yoga class that takes place in a magical setting of Italian Gardens by the cliffs here in Eastbourne.  We meet every Wednesday at 9.30am for a truly revitalising and refreshing practise. Take advantage of practising yoga outside in the fresh air, enjoy the amazing views, a beautiful sky, the colourful leaves, beach and the sea. The ground...
Open Day

Open Day

The Yoga Life Studio has yet again held another successful Wellbeing Event. One of our many passions is to bring the community together; and we did on Saturday 20th April, showcasing the best of what our beautiful town has to offer in Natural Health and Wellbeing. On our Open Day we had invited local therapists, teachers and artists together who created a free fun filled day for all ages. Throughout the day the bright and beautiful...
Posture of the month - April - Bhujangasana - Cobra

Posture of the month – April – Bhujangasana – Cobra

Spring is a great time to focus on postures that help us to open the heart – expanding, creating space and clearing. Let’s this month use our yoga practice to open up, and connect with our true selves and our hearts’ desires for the year ahead.  As there are still some coughs and colds around as a result of the lingering cold weather, it’s great that chest openers combined with pranayama also provide a boost for the immune system....
Class of the month - April & May 2014

Class of the month – April & May 2014

Every month at the Yoga Life Studio we offer a special deal on one of our classes. This month we would love to invite you to Eva's Gentle / Beginners Lunchtime class. Every Monday at 1.00pm, bring a friend for FREE. Vinyasa Flow Yoga is the harmonisation of breath combined with movement as you flow from one asana to another; suitable for all levels. Fiona encourages the individual to work at their own...
Posture of the month - March - Matsyasana - Fish Pose

Posture of the month – March – Matsyasana – Fish Pose

  It’s blizzarding this morning…. but signs of Spring have been coming fast lately – buds appearing, hours of daylight increasing and little splashes of colour as primroses and crocuses open themselves up. After huddling to keep warm through winter we’ll soon be ready to stretch and do the same, opening up and breathing deeply as we launch into fresh plans and creative projects.  Fish pose is uplifting, refreshing and is a wonderful way to open the chest and throat. It gives the shoulders...
Class of the Month - Yoga for Everybody with Ruth

Class of the Month – Yoga for Everybody with Ruth

CLASS OF THE MONTH: YOGA FOR EVERYBODY SPECIAL OFFER – BRING A FRIEND FOR FREE Every month at the Yoga Life Studio we offer a special deal on one of our classes.  This month we would love to invite you to Tuesday evening class Yoga for Everybody, led by wonderful  Ruth Price. Ruth’s class runs every Tuesday evening 7-8.30 pm. It is a  Yoga class that combines dynamic flowing sequences with classical poses, placing particular emphasis on...
Yoga Life Studio OPEN DAY

Yoga Life Studio OPEN DAY

Come and see us at our studio at our Opening day on 20th April 2013!  Experience and enjoy a wide variety of free workshops & tasters and browse our mini fair!  The workshops will include: Thai Massage, Karate, Reiki, Tai Chi, Yoga, Crystal Bowls, Baby Bhajans, Body Talk, Alexander technique and more!! We can’t wait to share our studio with you and bring the local community together!! xxx  This is a free event and will be running...
Living in Freedom - Yoga & Diving Holiday in Egypt

Living in Freedom – Yoga & Diving Holiday in Egypt

In January we returned from a wonderful Retreat in Egypt. Those lucky enough to join us know what an epic journey it was for us all, thank you for making it such an amazing week! Egypt offered us a week of living in freedom through every breath and movement, taking us home to our flowing essence. We are continuously growing and changing, moving in rhythms, expanding and contracting. If we don’t follow this continuous ebb...
Posture of the month - February - Adho Mukha Svanasana - Downward Facing Dog

Posture of the month – February – Adho Mukha Svanasana – Downward Facing Dog

February has breezed in, snowdrops are beginning to pop up and there are patches of blue sky to be seen, but there’s still a nip in the air so it feels good to keep moving – warming and stretching the body,  energising and refreshing the mind as we look forward to spring. Downward Facing Dog is an invigorating stretch for the whole of the body, strengthening muscles and increasing the flow of blood to the...
Martial Arts for children & adults

Martial Arts for children & adults

CLASS OF THE MONTH: MARTIAL ARTS Every month at the Yoga Life Studio we offer a special deal on one of our classes.  This month we are introducing three new Martial Arts Classes, led by Ben Schorr-Konn. Ben runs two classes for adults on Monday and Wednesaday evening and also a Karate class for children, called Elfin Safety, that runs on Saturdays. Please see our timetable for more details. The price for each of Ben’s...

‘Elfin Safety’ Junior Karate & Chi Gung for kids

This exciting new class is starting this Saturday, 2nd February 2013 at 1.30pm and is not to be missed! Children’s karate instruction and gentle energetic games. 2 hour class giving time for parents to shop and get coffee, while the kids are training. Ben (the instructor) has trained in karate since the age of 10, and meditation since 1983.  He is a painter and sculptor and he also works in nature with children and adults,...
Children Parties at the Yoga Life Studio

Children Parties at the Yoga Life Studio

We had a great time today running a birthday party for a little yoga fan, Ashley.  The children learnt, tried and tought each other fun yoga postures,  their answer to most of the challeges was – ‘That’s easy!’.  We played lots of fun games, raced on bolsters, balanced blocks on our heads, danced the afternoon away.  Happy birthday from all of us at the studio! If you would like to book a party with us...
New Yoga class - Pranava Yoga with Ruth

New Yoga class – Pranava Yoga with Ruth

Every Tuesday evening 7-8.30 pm. A Yoga class that combines dynamic flowing sequences with classical poses, placing particular emphasis on the breath. Practice may include pranayama, meditation, reflection and philosophy, always concluding with a blissfully long relaxation. Small friendly classes enable each session to be tailored to each individual needs. Students work at their own place so all ages and abilities are welcome. About Ruth: My yoga journey began twenty years ago, when I tried...
Posture of the month - January - Natarajasana (Lord of the Dance)

Posture of the month – January – Natarajasana (Lord of the Dance)

    Namaste Friends ~ I trust you all had a peaceful Holiday Season and that you are now moving into this year with much joy and excitement. I gaze out of my window and become very aware that winter is still here, there is this sense of contemplation and creation in the air.The Winter season is a transition from the old to the new, it is the perfect time to plant new seeds within. In...

Tai Chi & Qigong class at the Yoga Life Studio

Though originally a highly effective martial art, tai chi has shone through hundreds of years of history as a health art due to its potentially profound benefits on the human mind, body and spirit. Qigong is even older, with some systems estimated to be nearly 3000yrs old, though qigong is not designed to be martial. The soft, flowing movements seem at first counterintuitive to attaining the level of health they yield, but with practice, the...

Happy New Year to all!

Happy New Year!  We wish you all a happy, healthy, successful and peaceful year ahead and look forward to sharing our yoga practice with you this month and throughout 2013 as it unfolds.  If you are new to yoga, what better time to start – join us and try something new!  See you soon…. x
Meetings in Stillness - 25th January 2013

Meetings in Stillness – 25th January 2013

Meetings In Stillness, Self Enquiry (advaita) meditations, meetings and open discussions with Paul Hurcomb to discover the Natural State of Being www.meetingsinstillness.co.uk. £7 – £10 donations, 7.30pm start. Meetings in Stillness are Meetings in Truth. They are held by Paul Hurcomb for the sole purpose of discovering The Natural State of Being. There is nothing for the mind to learn to recognise this state, all that is required is a sincere willingness to want to...
Posture of the month - December - The Bridge

Posture of the month – December – The Bridge

Namaste friends ~ the winter season is a transition from the old to the new, the earth has withdrawn her energies, the root energy is being strengthened and we are given the opportunity for spiritual insight, and the perfect time to plant new seeds within. As we move towards the shortest day and the longest night in this powerful transitional time we can support ourself with The Bridge pose strengthening our ability to go inside...
Posture of the Month - November - Shoulder Stand

Posture of the Month – November – Shoulder Stand

Namaste friends ~ As we settle into the dark part of the year it’s time to snuggle up, keep warm and prepare for the winter. The flame colours of autumn leaves against a beautiful blue sky were stunning today, and tonight is clear and starry. Many people have been celebrating Diwali, the Festival of lights, a celebration of abundance and happiness with fireworks, candles and lamps in a multitude of bright colours. After a busy...
Postnatal Yoga - now £5!!

Postnatal Yoga – now £5!!

Bring your baby and come to this supportive and relaxing class. Yoga is a wonderful way to look after yourself in the months after birth. It brings a sense of well being and equilibrium, alleviates tiredness and aches and pains, maintains good posture and reminds you to relax. It is perfectly natural for you, as a new mother, to devote most of your time and energy to caring for your new baby and this can...

Bliss

What a beautiful day at our lovely studio…sharing yoga with the most wonderful people! Again just feeling blessed to share with so many Yoga Lovers growing and stretching ourself in every way. We always talk about the physical of what yoga offers, but so much more happens…it must be felt in the heart ♥ it happens from the inside…this is what brings us back again and again…unconditional love, deep connection; offering us optimal health in...

Mandala Namaskar video

Wonderful Mandala Namaskar 1 from fluid power sequences created by Shiva Rea. Practiced at The Yoga-Life Studio Eastbourne, this Monday at the Prana Flow Yoga class with Wenche Beard. Enjoy! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fps2BvuD2_0

Walk in Shiatsu Clinic

Looking for a place to relax deeply and have your aches and pains soothed away?.. walk in Shiatsu Clinic at our studio is this Wednesday 14th November from 9am to 12.30pm.  Come and treat yourself x

Introduction to Mindfulness

Have you heard of mindfulness, and would like to know more? Come along to an introduction session to try it out, meet Jiva and get your questions answered. Mindfulness is helpful in learning to deal with stress, anxiety, chronic low mood, and just feeling that life is overwhelming too much. We will do some short introductory practices and talk about how mindfulness can help. Cost £10/£8 concessions. 17th November 3-5pm. There will be an 8-week...
Winter Sun

Winter Sun

If you are in need of sunshine this winter we offer you a week or two in Egypt Marsa Alam Diving into the most amazing Yoga Holiday where the tranquil desert meets the magic of the Read Sea. Offering Yoga on the beach, accommodation in beautiful Bedouin tens by the sea shore, full board and flights from only £735. Perfect for diving and snorkelling as well as just chilling on the beach reading a good...
Yoga Retreat at Pennard House

Yoga Retreat at Pennard House

As I arrive at Pennard House I meet the Lady of the Estate and her lovely husband, their dogs and cats…and I am filled with this wonderful feeling of coming home as we walk into the big country kitchen to meet Anna our lovely chef this weekend. Pennard House is a running Estate and it is a truly magical place. It is like stepping back into time as if we have the pleasure of living...
Namaste Friends

Namaste Friends

Namaste Friends I have been home for a few weeks now and boy have I had to work hard at grounding myself this time…Santorini Greece and its volcanic energy is still very much present continuing to reignite my passion, my dreams and desires. It is a true reminder of Shakti…as shiva is the seed of consciousness Shakti is the manifestation of consciousness…she is the breath, the wind, the food we eat…she is our movement and...
Asana for the Autumn months September/October - Triangle

Asana for the Autumn months September/October – Triangle

Autumn is well and truly here and we are starting to wrap up, take stock and look ahead to the darker months. This time of the year is all about balance and transition: time to let go of what’s no longer needed, just as the trees drop their leaves; also to feel gratitude for all the gifts of the summer – enjoying drinking in the autumn sunshine and reflecting on all the fun we’ve had...
Class of the month - Yoga for Everybody with Ruth

Class of the month – Yoga for Everybody with Ruth

Asana of the month - July & August - Bridge

Asana of the month – July & August – Bridge

Hello summertime friends! We have been enjoying lots of yoga outside in the sunshine, as well as feeling uplifted and inspired by the excitement of the Olympic Games. As we all know, yoga isn’t a competitive pursuit, but I have been reading about Yogathons across the world where participants receive a gold medal for completing 108 rounds of sun salutation, and like the idea of the challenge!   Taking our practice outside is wonderful, and...
Asana of the month - June - Warrior I

Asana of the month – June – Warrior I

So, here we are the other side of the longest day. The mid-point in the calendar is a good time to take stock of our achievements since January, and also perhaps to consider how we can build on those achievements in the months that lie ahead. Warrior I is a strengthening, focusing posture but I also see it as celebratory: taking a confident stride forward feels empowering, and as we sink into the knee, swooping the arms up overhead, extending into the fingertips, it feels good to celebrate all that we have and all...
Asana of the month - May - Spinal twist

Asana of the month – May – Spinal twist

Bluebells, blossom and glimmers of sunshine between the showers – yes, Spring is here, albeit a rather damp one.. New life is being released into the plants and trees and we feel re-energised as we emerge from the Winter. Whether it’s Spring cleaning the house, clearing clutter in your life or detoxing and improving your diet – this season is all about letting go of the old and bringing into focus new creative plans that...
Asana of the month - April - Tree

Asana of the month – April – Tree

Happy Springtime! As I write, the weather has turned blustery after a gloriously sunny spell. On one of those warmer days last week, the first week of the school holidays, we practiced Tree Pose out in the sunshine. At this time of year nature is melting and releasing energy into all the plants and trees and it’s a good time for us to focus on clearing out the old, and nurturing new creative plans. Tree...

New Year treats

Adjusting back after the holidays can feel daunting, but here’s hoping that once we get going we are all feeling refreshed and ready to embrace all that 2012 has to offer! Let’s make space for some fun, relaxation and indulgence whenever we can, and not just in the holidays… A few ideas on this theme: Aromatherapy Massage Clinic new at the studio on Fridays; also new this year Yoga for Sports and Family Yoga on...

A sight for sore eyes

After a morning at the computer catching up on work and a backlog of correspondence I feel I’m getting on top of the mounting pile of tasks, but am also quite beleaguered; my eyes are tired from lack of screen breaks. I crave fresh air so I head outside. Immediately my eyes feel refreshed as I take in the colours of the autumn afternoon; bright yellow, orange and golden leaves like flames against a slate...

A nip in the air

Brrrrr..I kept my coat on when I came home from the school run this morning and was finding it hard to warm up even after my cup of tea and sneaky biscuit. So, how to warm up on a cold but beautiful crisp autumn morning… Rubbing my hands together and then remembering a kundalini trick of raising the arms and shaking the hands vigorously while lowering them again seems bizarre but I can feel it...

Calming the rush hour…

Hello again, I found myself very flustered this morning in the rush to get out of the house in time for the school run; slowing down at the weekend is lovely, but sometimes the gearshift back into weekday mode can be a shock…  A couple of minutes of focus on deep breaths and then a stretch in down dog and I felt centred again. I normally think there isn’t time for those little nuggets of practice in the midst of...

Relax…

I have only just joined the wonderful Yoga-Life team and must say how grateful I am to work with such amazing people… I am starting a yoga teaching diploma course this weekend and already I have to submit an essay on relaxation! Where do I start… Well, we all know how important relaxation is, but unfortunately not many of us take time out of our busy working and home loads to slow down, compose ourselves and spend 15...

Indian Summer

According to the forecasts, we can look forward to some warm, sunnier weather this week.  I’m thinking it’s a good time to indulge in a flowing Sun Salutation sequence over the next few days, opening up to receive revitalizing energy from the sun, making the most of it and easing into the week after a busy Saturday and a lazy Sunday… Safia x


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