There are many different styles of Yoga and the monthly Yoga events arranged by SYA provide opportunities for experiencing these different Yoga styles. The tutors for these SYA events are carefully chosen so that members can enjoy as great a variety as possible.
Events are normally held at Durley Memorial Hall, Durley Street, Durley, Southampton, SO32 2AR.
Prices for 2019:
|Half day pre-booked £||Half day on the day £|
|Full day pre-booked £||Full day on the day £|
|Celebration Day: Saturday June 22nd - includes lunch|
*Non-members can join SYA at no extra charge - just complete a membership form
Upcoming Events in 2019
YOGA CELEBRATION DAY with Liz Lark
(Includes delicious buffet lunch)
Every practice draws us from dark space (Dukha) to Light (Sukha). Liz will lead us in a whole day of yoga inspired by Astanga Vinyasa, drawing on Nature, colour and visualisations. Movement and meditation offer safe challenges to strengthen body and mind as she guides us through sequencing asanas, with accessible variations for all levels. Yin floor limbers grow into Vinyasa kramas on the stepping stones of each breath as we build to Yang before recalibrating body and mind to return to Ying.
Sequences explore Kapha (Earth & Water), Pitta (Fire & Air), Vata (Air & Space) elements from the Ayurveda system, and their characteristics within us. Meditation to balance with Relaxation (Yoga Nidra) to conclude theme of Metamorphosis.
Liz will have been teaching yoga for 25 years in 2020, with an Arts background celebrating creative sequencing inspired by Astanga Vinyasa, drawing on nature, elements, colour and visualisations. Movement and meditation balance creative vinyasa, bringing safe challenges to strengthen and lengthen body & mind.
Liz holds B A and MA degrees in Arts, has studied Yoga in Crete, India and U K, and Thai Massage to inform her hands - on Yoga. Caring of Self has become a primary theme to nourish mind and body, working with Carers.
See www.lizlark.com for books, DVD, film clips, retreats and workshops.
Yoga Morning with Stella Tomlinson
Experience the power of gratitude
In July we’re at the time of year of fullness in nature so it’s a beautiful time to take pause and reflect and take stock of the good in our lives … and offer gratitude for all that we have and all that we are. In this heart and soul-filled session we will practise gently flowing Dru Yoga, and movement and stillness meditations to access the powerful energy of the heart and connected to the infinite source of gratitude which lies within it. You will leave feeling uplifted, calm and content.
About Dru Yoga: Dru Yoga has its roots in hatha yoga and includes classical yoga postures (asanas), pranayama (breath work), mudras (gestures), positive affirmations, empowering visualisations and subtly potent, flowing sequences. “Dru” comes from the Sanskrit word dhruva, which refers to the stillness that can be experienced in yoga and meditation. In this stillness we are able to sit back from anything that may be happening around us and see and act from a point of clarity and inner calm.
Stella Tomlinson is a Dru Yoga & Meditation teacher, writer, energy worker and Priestess-in-training empowering sensitive, soulful people to connect to inner peace by living in rhythm with the cycles and flow of life through movement, rest, meditation, guided self-enquiry, ceremony, and cycle and seasonal awareness.
Her first book Peace Lies Within: 108 ways to tame your mind & connect to inner peace was published in 2018.
Yoga Morning with Marie Fitzgerald
Marie will be teaching a classic Hatha yoga class which will comprise an opening chant, breathing exercises, asana (both still and flow), pranayama and relaxation. The style is chatty and friendly while explaining the why of the process. The class will be suitable for all; but it would be helpful to know any specific ailments beforehand.
The theme will be “centering”, focusing on the manipura chakra from where movement originates. Marie aims to help us look at the classical postures with different eyes, exploring how working with the anatomical body and the pranic body need not be not mutually exclusive.
At the end of the class Marie aspires to rejuvenate your personal practice and for you to leave the room with a sense of lightness.
Marie Fitzgerald's journey into yoga started 20 years ago in Nottingham which led her to packing it all in and heading to Rishikesh. She stayed in a few different ashrams over the
years; so looked at Kripalu, Sivananda, Iyengar and a lot of random strangeness. She settled back down south and did her BWY training with swami Satchidananda ma finishing 8 years ago. She
has learnt a lot from Vivien Lelyveld, Pankaj sharma, Zoe Knott and formulated her own
Yoga Morning with Lauren Gray
Anusara means “Flowing with Grace” which of course describes the movement style of Yoga beautifully but Anusara allows the flow of grace to transcend the physical movements, promoting deep personal growth and exploration of joyful self discovery.
Stemming from Hatha Yoga and branching off in 1997 by renowned Yogi John Friend it uses the myriad of traditional Yoga postures, Meditation, Pranayama and Relaxation to continually work towards bliss.
There is a wonderful connection between the individual and the divine, whatever you believe that to be, within the practice too. Making the Yoga you practise on the mat to spark a broader meaning to your life in a number of ways.
Anusara Yoga follows five universal principles of alignment which begin with 'Setting the Foundation' and ‘Muscle Energy' to ‘The Inner & Outer Spirals' of the body and finally 'Organic Energy'. Each step holds a number of yoga poses within it combined with fluid connecting poses to harness the grace in which we flow.
Lauren is a joyful and enthusiastic Yoga Teacher; prior to that she was a dancer and practised Yoga regularly to help keep injury at bay. Naturally Yoga became her main focus after around 7 years of practice and she travelled to India to complete her Yoga Teacher Training with Himalaya Yoga Valley in 2014.
Trained in Hatha Yoga Lauren began to explore other styles and has found over the last 2 years Anusara to be her personal favourite.
Her learning is continuous and her classes will always include Meditation, Pranayama, Chanting and a creative, fluid physical practice which links her dancing background with the traditional Yoga practice.
Full Day with Diana Currey
From The Ground Up
Diana will be returning us to our roots – the feet! She will lead us in an exploration of how the postures build from the ground upwards.
“Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start,” sings Maria in The Sound of Music, and gosh, Diana agrees with her. Now, she's not going to ask you to sing - or dance for that matter - but she will be inviting you to join her at base camp in the foothills of the mountains.
From there, we shall set off bright and early with the warmth of the sun, one careful step at a time, ascending slowly but surely and like mountain goats, keep nimble and playful along the way.
Where will our journey take us? Will we reach the summit? Do we even know what/where the summit is? Together, we will explore the standing postures, the very foundation of yoga asana and it might just be that at
…..the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time. (T.S. Eliot).
Each teacher is unique and brings to their classes their own inestimable experience and energy. This is what Diana does with her classes. What works, she teaches; what she knows, she teaches; what she loves, she teaches. Yet she recognises fully that yoga is a personal journey and that each of her students is on his or her own journey of discovery. Her job is to facilitate that journey, providing them with a safe structure from which to explore and grow and learn!
She qualified with the BWY, teaching a broad range of students from the very young to the very old, from total beginners to more experienced teachers.
Yoga Morning with Raquel Alves
Followed by mince pies and non-alcoholic punch 12:10 - 12:30pm
A workshop designed to relax and de-stress the body and mind at this busy time of year. A short, dynamic Yang practice will limber up our bodies to prepare for longer holds, prior to exploring more restorative postures which allow muscles to lengthen and fascia to release, ending with Yoga Nidra and chanting.
Raquel Alves started teaching in 1992, she is qualified with Para Yoga (Rod Stryker), BWY, Sivannanda. Originally from Africa, she now lives in the UK. Her teachings draws from many styles, and has a strong pull towards Tantra , but calls on her years as an Ashtanga practitioner and her years doing Iyengar yoga, she also loves to incorporate restorative, relaxation techniques and meditation and on occasion chanting too, accompanied by the harmonium. Her personal practice draws on her current teacher's teachings, she also assists him when he is teaching in Europe. She is a a 500 hrs yoga alliance Eyr (senior teacher), currently is a tutor and Mentor on the YogaCampus Teacher Training Programme and a BWY Foundation teacher.
She brings a wealth of knowledge to her teaching, with great attention to
alignment and empowers her students to have fun and to enquiry within, and aiding them to empower themselves.
Past Events in 2019
Yoga Morning with Helen Portas
Saturday 11 May 2019 10am – 12noon
The Full Moon marks a culmination of energy. You may find you become
overstimulated and have trouble sleeping around the time of a full moon,
due to the upward surge of energy. During our Full Moon workshop, we
return to intentions set and concentrate on grounding asana to reconnect us with the Earth. By slowing the mind and steadying the breath through our practice, we aim to create space and presence as we reconnect to our roots.
Having practised yoga all her life, Helen made the move from classroom
teaching to teaching yoga full time after training at Yoga Campus and
establishing LIM yoga. The varied teaching styles she experienced at
Campus are reflected in her own classes which are breath-led; creative; fluid and fun! Helen firmly believes yoga should be accessible to all ages and abilities and teaches Chair Yoga and Yoga for Palliative care as well as mat-based classes.
Two Half-days with Amy Beard
Saturday 6 April 2019
Two identical sessions - choose am or pm
Morning 10am – 12:30pm;
Afternoon 1:30pm - 4pm;
A specialist workshop designed to work into those tight spots, free up muscular tension, promote healing & help us understand a little more about what is beneath the surface of our own tissue. Working with specially designed Yoga Tune up balls provides us with an understanding of how releasing one part of the body can have an impact on other areas of the physical body & the nervous system.
Working in this way provides us with an opportunity for an exploration into areas that we may not ordinarily pay attention to. Notice the immediate benefits this practice can have on your mobility, movement and wellbeing.
Amy came to teach yoga via a professional arts career informed by the transformational power of movement. Creating a warm and inviting environment, drawing on many years facilitating group work. Her enquiring and continually evolving practice includes extensive study with some of the leading teachers in the field of Yoga and Anatomy.
Full Day with Adelene Cheong
Saturday 9 March 2019 11am – 5pm
Restorative Yoga: The Art & Science of Rest & Relaxation
"Deep Rest is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, it is respect for life." Adelene Cheong
Rest is not a luxury, but a necessity - especially in our fast-paced society and digital age. Learn the art and science of relaxation, at the physical, emotional and mental level. To 'rest' deeply is to experience absolute relaxation, where there is effortless in stillness, quietness and peace.
This workshop offers insights on the beauty of slowing down, to support effective quality rest. Understand and experience how this practice affects the Autonomic Nervous System for health and rejuvenation, and hone your skills to relaxation.
This workshop offers:
Adelene will share her knowledge and experience of Restorative Yoga: the art of relaxation for deep conscious rest, informed by western science and experienced and tested by practitioners of all ages. This day offers a combination of lectures, experiential practice, with time for discussion and questions. Suitable for all level practitioners.
Adelene is a passionate practitioner and teacher of Yoga. She believes in supporting and guiding her students to unveil their fullest potential, through embodiment and experiential learning.
Adelene draws inspiration through an inquiry-based somatic approach, intelligent movement principles, and healthy integrated alignment. She is particularly interested in the therapeutic applications of yoga. Her classes and workshops are educational and exploratory, inquiry-based and reflective. As a leading Yoga for Scoliosis and Restorative Yoga Teacher Trainer, she is absolutely committed to a balance of active asana, Restorative practices, meditation and a healthy responsible lifestyle.
Based in London, Adelene teaches internationally, with a special interest in Yoga for Scoliosis / Back Care, Restorative Yoga, Meditation and Yoga Nidra.
Yoga Morning with Steve Shorney
Saturday 2 February 2019 10am – 12noon
Based on the theme of “energy in balance”, the session will be an exploration of energy at work in body, heart, and soul. The aim will be a harmonising of these aspects of our practice.
We will explore prana in several forms: using pranayama and asana in grounding and centering in the lower chakras, through more dynamic practices, especially in the Manipura chakra, to a softer more subtle approach in the chakras associated with an expansion of consciousness.
We will pay attention to form, also to ‘kinder’ or softer options to encourage ease in asana and assist with energetic flow. Although Steve will offer hands-on guidance he hopes it will be an informal, interactive session of participative learning.
The session will end with a guided meditation or short Yoga Nidra.
Steve has travelled and studied widely in search of the right yoga style, only to find that yoga comes from within.
The essence of his teaching is physical and energetic harmony, with well-being at its heart. He teaches Chakra Yoga, Yin Yoga, and Meditation, works with the Oakleaf Mental Health charity, and teaches Yoga as therapy.
Yoga with Julia Chilcott-Coombes
Saturday 5 January 2019
Morning Yoga Session: 10am – 12noon
Afternoon Presentation: 1 - 3pm
Both Sessions: 10am - 3pm
By using Ayurveda and Yoga principles the body and mind are brought into balance; vitality can then develop. The individual is then able to perceive the true nature; this allows life to be lived more freely and spontaneously. This session will be based on being aware of our present self, paying attention to our breath, internal energies, thoughts and feelings, as they are occurring. Yoga and Ayurveda principles help us to choose what action to take and what to let go……… thus empowering our practice.
Session 1: 10-12noon Yoga Veda - a practical Yoga session run by Julia. This session is designed to explore the use of Ayurveda within our own yoga practice with an aim to fine tune our personal application and subsequent benefits. The first part will explore dosha variation and gentle asana application then working with specific asanas to ignite Agni and remove Ama. Finishing with a relaxing Chakra balancing session.
Session 2: 1- 3pm Presentation from Dr Sam Watts on the application of Ayurvedic principles Dinacharya, Agni, Ama to enhance wellbeing and vitality. Not to be missed!
All tuition fees for the day will be donated to Piam Brown Ward SHU Hospital Trust. Other donations will be greatly received on the day or via
BA (Hons), Phys Ed Cert, PGCE, E-RYT-500, CYQ-YMCA Dip, CMA
Julia is extremely passionate about practising and sharing the proven benefits that the synergies between the ancient traditions of Ayurveda and Yoga have on personal wellbeing.
Julia is a full -time teacher and a qualified Ayurveda consultant who is committed to delivering informative practical and educational programmes that inspire the use of Ayurveda and Yoga principles in daily life.
Dr Sam Watts
MCMA, D.Ayu, MSc, BSc (Hons), PhD
Sam currently works in cancer research at Southampton Hospital and at the Department of Primary Care at the University of Southampton, where he completed his PhD. His research interests focus on developing and implementing survivorship initiatives in the field of oncology and he currently runs research projects in prostate and ovarian cancer at Southampton Hospital, the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth and UCL Hospitals in London. Sam is also currently developing a novel survivorship initiative for managing psycho-social distress in families affected by childhood cancer.
He completed his clinical training in Ayurvedic Medicine which he now practices in private practice. Sam specialises in preventative medicine and the holistic management of chronic health conditions that conventional medicine alone is often ineffective at managing.
Sam has published numerous research papers relating to integrative medicine and has presented his work at internationally acclaimed medical conferences. His passion is in the use of retreats as a means of enhancing health and wellness as their intensive nature allows for large and deep-seated gains to be made in a very short period of time.