Workshops & Events for 2019 and 2020:

Yoga for Beginners – a 6 Week Course starting January 2020

A NEW six-week course suitable for beginners and anyone wishing to revisit the fundamental principles of a postural yoga practice. We will take time to learn the basics, break down key poses and simple sequences and build on the practice week-by-week. The class will be limited to 15 students so there will be time for a Q& A at the end of each session, and Rachael will offer simple suggestions for practising at home.

By the end of this course you will:
• understand how to practise yoga poses with safe and healthy alignment;
• be more in tune with the connection between body, mind and breath;
• have a basic understanding of how poses can be modified to suit your individual requirements;
• learn simple breathing exercises and techniques to promote deep relaxation which can be practised at home.

The Yoga for Beginners course will provide a solid foundation to prepare students for joining any beginners or general level class and will hopefully be the start of a lifelong love of yoga. (The course will take place at Space Yoga Studio, please book through Space Yoga Studio or contact me).

6 Thursday evenings from January 2020, 7.30-9pm  (£90)

‘An Introduction to Yoga – Gentle Movements for a Healthy Back’, Sunday 28th July, 3-4pm (free)

I’m very excited to be invited to teach at the Brighton Yoga Festival at Brighton and Hove Sixth Form College, (BHASVIC) this year. It’s going to be an amazing event with loads of different types of yoga offered all weekend in aid of outreach programmes supported by the Brighton Yoga Foundation. I will be offering this gentle yoga class as part of the ‘Yoga for All’ theme  – check out Brighton Yoga Foundation or contact me for more info.

‘Yoga for a Good Night’s Sleep’, a special pop-up class at Space Yoga Studio on Thursday 18th July, 7.30-8.45pm (£13)

A soothing evening practice to promote a good night’s sleep…come and join me for a restorative evening practice to relax your body and calm the mind in preparation for a deep and restful sleep.

We will practise gentle grounding movements to release compression in the spine and ease out the physical tensions and mental stress that often accumulate during the day.  This mainly floor-based sequence is specifically designed to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system (‘rest and digest’ response) which induces sleep and relaxation.  You will learn a simple breathing technique that can be practised at home as part of an evening sleep preparation routine, and to complete the utterly relaxing experience we will finish with a guided meditation.

This class is for anybody looking for deep relaxation and a blissful night’s sleep.  (Please book through Space Yoga Studio).

‘More Yoga for a Healthy Back’, A Structural, Functional and Experiential Workshop focusing on Standing Poses – Saturday 2nd February 2019, 2-5pm, Space Yoga Studio (£30/25 earlybird bookings before 10th January*)

In this workshop I will again join forces with my husband Matt Parry-Jones who is a local osteopath (Pavilion Osteopathy).  Together we will guide you through an experiential appreciation of why a regular yoga practice is so important for maintaining a healthy spine.  This time the focus will be on how to practise standing poses safely and effectively.

In the first part of this workshop you will be invited to experience key standing poses whilst Matt explains the relevant structure and anatomy of the spine, and Rachael demonstrates modifications to suit individual needs. There will be time for discussion and questions.  Rachael will then lead you through a complete practice incorporating these key poses as well as breath work and a relaxation which deepens your awareness of the spine, creating a sense of ease and release.

This workshop will help you to understand even more about your spine and ensure that your yoga practice benefits your overall spinal health and sense of well-being.

This workshop is open to all levels – beginners welcome.  Please contact me to book or for more details.

Workshops for 2018:

‘Yoga for a Healthy Back’ (A Structural, Functional and Experiential Workshop – Saturday 11th November 2018, 2-4.30pm, Space Yoga Studio (£28*)

This workshop combines the skills of experienced SPACE yoga teacher Rachael Chung and local osteopath Matt Parry-Jones (Pavilion Osteopathy) Together they will guide you through an experiential appreciation of why a regular yoga practice is so important for maintaining the health of your spine.

Matt will introduce the anatomy of the spine with a presentation and exploration of how your back feels as you move.  Rachael will then lead you through a yoga practice which will include the principle movements of the spine, with suggestions for modifications to address particular spinal issues.

This workshop will help you to understand more about your spine, and to ensure your yoga practice benefits your overall spinal health and function.

This workshop is open to all levels – beginners welcome.  Please contact me to book or for more details.

Teen Girls Workshop – Sunday 11th November 2018, 10.30-12.30pm, 2-4pm, Southdown Avenue, BN1 6EH (£25*)

This is the third in a series of workshops for teenage girls led by Pippa Richardson of The Girlness Project.

Happy Habits: Journaling, Gratitude & Yoga  (Younger Teens morning workshop)

This workshop will discuss the importance of happiness and explore tools to bring more happiness and self-compassion into our everyday lives. We will explore journaling and gratitude writing – both shown to play a significant positive role in our overall wellbeing, happiness and outlook on life. Our yoga and meditation practice will offer the girls an opportunity to reflect and will be themed around and gratitude. The girls will leave the workshop with practical techniques to help them cultivate self-compassion and happiness as well as gratitude letters and journaling reflections to keep.

The Art of Relaxation (Older teens afternoon workshop)

This workshop will explore a range of different relaxation techniques. We will discuss the importance of rest in our everyday lives to reduce stress and promote optimum feelings of wellbeing and happiness. We will experience how ‘active rest’ is very different to just falling asleep. Our yoga practice will explore ‘restorative yoga’ – a form of yoga that uses props to support the body to come into relaxation, which can stimulate our parasympathetic nervous system – responsible for the body’s ‘rest and digest’ response. The girls will also be led through a ‘yoga nidra’ practice, which is a guided relaxation technique. Students will leave with an embodied experience of what it feels like to rest deeply and tools that they can incorporate into their everyday lives.

These are small closed groups for teen girls. Please contact me if you are interested in joining or setting up a similar group.

Teen Girls Workshop – Sunday 8th July 2018, 10-12.15pm, Southdown Avenue, BN1 6EH (£25*)

This is the second in a series of workshops for teenage girls led by Pippa Richardson of The Girlness Project. In the first workshop we explored ideas around ‘Self-Compassion’ and in this workshop we will be working with the theme of ‘Social Media, Body Image and You’ within the context of group work, discussion and a physical yoga practice.

This is a small closed group for teen girls aged 14-16. Please contact me if you are interested in joining or setting up a similar group.

‘Moving Into Stillness’ –  Saturday 7th July 2018, 2-4.30pm, Space Yoga Studio (£25*)

In this workshop you will be invited to take time to unwind with a longer, more reflective practice.

We will begin by warming up the joints fully, creating a sense of spaciousness that will enable you to move into a silent flowing practice with greater ease and steadiness.  Throughout the practice we will explore different ways of accessing inner stillness, with pranayama (breathing exercises), posture work, mindful flow and meditation.  There will be a focus on the hips to enable us to release the tension that so often accumulates in this area and we will have plenty of time and space to explore what arises in both body and mind as we challenge ourselves to slow down and really pay attention.

This workshop is for anybody who wishes to explore movement within their body and ultimately connect to their own inner stillness.

Please contact me to book or for more details.

Teen Girls Workshop – Sunday 8th July 2018, 10-12.15pm, Southdown Avenue, BN1 6EH (£25*)

This is the second in a series of workshops for teenage girls working together with Pippa Richardson of The Girlness Project. In the first workshop we explored ideas around ‘Self-Compassion’ and in this workshop we will be working with the theme of ‘Social Media, Body Image and You’ within the context of group work, discussion and a physical yoga practice.

This is a small closed group for teen girls aged 14-16. Please contact me if you are interested in joining or setting up a similar group.

*please note that all workshop payments are non-refundable and non-transferable

Stillness is not the absence or negation of energy, life, or movement. Stillness is dynamic.  It is unconflicted movement, life in harmony with itself, skill in action. It can be experienced whenever there is total, uninhibited, unconflicted participation in the moment you are in – whenever you are wholeheartedly present in whatever you are doing

Erich Schiffman