Yoga Nidra, Music & Massage Workshop
28th October | 23rd December 2023
Take time to retreat into an evening of rest. Interweaving restorative yoga, yoga nidra, heartfelt massage and enchanting Indian flute, we offer an evening of deep relaxation, an opportunity to come home to your body and settle deep within your heart space. Each workshop draws inspiration from the seasonal cycles and Celtic festivals to frame our intentions & reflections as we come together for collective rest.
Selected seasonal herbal teas & sweet treats included.
These magical evenings have been running since 2018 and take place roughly every 2-3 months. They are facilitated by myself and Mel Thompson (music therapist), alongside Laura McCafferty (massage therapist).
What to expect?
These evenings are carefully crafted to offer a space to experience the therapeutic & healing benefits of deep rest and connection. There will be time to share with the group through opening & closing circles and plenty of time to nestle into your own space & individual journey. Everything on offer is optional - the primary offering is for you to use the space exactly as you need to, even if this were to curl up and sleep for the duration. Our facilitators bring a wealth of expertise in creating trauma-informed, accessible and safe enough spaces to hold you on this journey into the magical land of yoga nidra.
We are queer led and queer friendly, open to all bodies, experiences and beings.
6.30pm: arrivals, tea & settling into the space
7pm: opening circle
7.30pm: breathwork & gentle movement
7.45pm: restorative yoga & massage
8.30pm: yoga nidra & music
9.15pm: waking up, closing circle & chanting
9.30pm: sweet treats & tea
There will be bolsters, blocks and additional blankets to use at the studio. We do recommend you bring your own mat & extra blanket(s) (some people even bring hot water bottles!). Make sure you wear comfortable & bring extra layers including socks & jumpers to make sure your as cosy as can be!
We offer three tiers of pricing to support us in making this workshop as accessible & sustainable as possible:
£30 - community, for those in receipt of benefits/low-income
£40 - standard, for those on a regular income
£50 - supporter, reflecting the true value of this offering, for those on a high income
If the above is not financially viable, we encourage you to get in touch. We are happy to offer flexible payment options.
Spaces limited to 12.
You will receive an email with further information a few days before the event, any questions email us at email@example.com.
Please book via Yogasara's website here
Your hosts: who are we?
We are Leonie, Mel & Laura!
Leonie (they/them) is a queer yoga facilitator and community worker. They are a passionate social justice advocate and their life’s work is centred around facilitating practices which enable individuals and communities to (re)find their voice, (re)find their bodies and build positive relationships. Leonie is inspired by all the ways in which the ancient practice of yoga & yoga nidra can facilitate this never-ending journey of healing and loves to root their offerings in the cycles of the natural world and every day life. www.yogaloni.com
Mel (she/her) is a classically-trained musician and music therapist. As well as being a performer since childhood, Mel has worked therapeutically using music in a varity of settings with people of all ages:- spanning creative community projects, adult mental health in the nhs, education & residential homes. Personal explorations of yoga practice, therapeutic facilitation & Indian Raga flute studies form the foundations of her input at the workshops.
Laura (they/them) is a queer massage therapist and bodyworker based in Bristol. They aim to create an inclusive, accessible, trauma-informed space for all people to receive a personalised treatment which respects their individuality, and to enable people who may not usually feel safe or supported to receive bodywork to do so. Originally trained in Thai Yoga Massage, their floor-based fully clothed massage practice involves acupressure, applied stretching and energy work. Find Laura on: www.saferspaceholistic.com
"I like Leonie's whole approach, she creates a lovely atmosphere. A good balance of spiritual and fun/relaxed which is exactly what I want. I like that Leonie often works with a theme for the class, it helps bring you into a world for the time of the class, and shows the time Leonie takes in preparing her sessions. I like that you are given options for different levels of ability too and there is no pressure to push yourself."