Online Live Yoga Sessions

Current situation is quite unusual and will be affecting more and more of us this way or another.
I truly believe we need to have a practice, rituals that help us to stay sane in times of challenges and uncertainty.
As I continue my own yoga and meditation practice daily, I’m also doing what I can to encourage and support you in practising too, with whatever tools I have available. Practices like yoga and meditation with their calming and balancing effects are needed now more than ever.

Therefore we’re going online with our yoga classes and sound relaxation.
I know that online session are not the same as face to face classes in our lovely studio, also some of us may start worrying about the financial situation therefore I’m reducing the pricing of all the classes.

Reduced prices for online sessions:
– drop-in single class – £8
– block of 6 classes (2 months expiry from purchase date) – £45
– monthly – unlimited access to all classes for a month – £40
*these prices do not apply to special events, like Gong Baths, workshops etc

If you’re interested in joining, please follow these steps:
-please make a payment up to 30 min before the start of the class. This will give me enough time to send you the link to access the class. Classes will shows different payment options, choose the. You can pay via PayPal or credit/debit card. You’ll receive a link 10-15 min before the start
-if you purchase a block of 6, please let me know on the day that you’re joining so I can send you the link to the class you’re interested
-if you’re on a monthly option, you’ll be sent the link automatically to each open class for a month. Monthly members additionally receive the recordings of the sessions so they can practice again on their own.

We meet via ZOOM platform – if you use the desktop/ ZOOM app – on the phone so please make sure you have the app installed on your phone and you’re logged in to start the class. The use of this platform is very simple.

You will need space to move during the session, you may ventilate the room before the session.
You may want to use the yoga mat but please do not panic if you don’t have one. Any cotton rug, blanket or carpet will do ? You may also want to prepare a blanket or cushion to sit on or cover the body in savasana – your final relaxation.

I hope you’ll join me so we continue practising together, stay connected and support each other even if we’re not able to meet at the studio.

Hugs to you all , Benita

Who Needs a Retreat?

Walk-in-the-Mountain

I have been wanting to do this for a while. Thinking about how I want it to be, where and when I want it to happen. I didn’t rush the process, I allowed the opportunity and answers to unfold when the time is right. And so the day has come to invite you all to a yoga and gong retreat.

It seems like everyone these days is organising some kind of a retreat, from a weekend mini-retreats in the city to longer 2-3 weeks retreat in some remote parts of the world to meet different needs. What I would like to offer you is based on the yogic and ayurvedic knowledge that I understood, assimilated and experienced in over a decade of regular practice. What have I learned? What have I experienced?

We meet in different studios, do various classes, attend events, workshops and these all can inspire us, teach us, help us to restore health and balance our life. But, there is something else that retreats can give us…. the opportunity to focus on our body, our needs, our experience, our entire self only, without any distractions, anything that could occupy our mind. There is just you, your body, your mind and your breath ? All basic needs are met, everything is provided so you can find space for yourself and connect with yourself in a safe environment. It sounds so simple but is so powerful and so needed these days. We’re living in the world full of opportunities, but also the world full of noise and stimulae for the mind and the senses. Sometimes it’s not so easy to stay with healthy rhythm of the day, healthy eating, physical routine, open and positive attitude towards life and future. Sometimes it’s just too much, sometimes we wish we could just run away for a moment, right? A retreat acts as an escape to some degree, so allow yourself to escape.

What we may notice during a retreat, when we’re ‘away from it all’ is that we can go much deeper into our yoga practice, our breathing, we do it regularly every day without any excuses, distractions or uncertainty whether we’ll be able to make it to the class today or we need to stay late at work. For some of us it may be actually a completely new experience to practise every morning and let me assure you… it feels amazing! It will give you a new perspective and maybe deeper personal insight. I can say from my experience, that one of the most profound healing experiences happened to me when I was away from my daily duties, being completely present and free ?

We may also find it very liberating that we actually have time for doing nothing ? Sky gazing for example or going for a walk in the forest instead of doing something considered as more productive. And these simple ways of spending time relaxing, observing, walking, dreaming, singing, dancing or whatever else you feel like doing will begin to influence and heal our mind and body.

Did you know that one of the most significant factor for personal happiness is relationship with other people. They say we could be as wealthy as a king, yet miserable, if we have no friends. Or we could be as poor as dirt, yet happy, because we’re surrounded and supported by friends. This is so true and yet again in our busy lifes we so often forget how vital connection with another human being is. Our retreat will provide an opportunity to meet people who, like us, want to relax, restore, re-balance, maybe let go of something. And I know it can be a little intimidating sometimes especially if we need space for healing or grief but the fact that there are other people around you with similar fears can really serve you. We will be accompanied by like-minded people, potentially making friends that will last longer.

Having all these wonderful sessions daily, delicious healthy meals, lovely people around, being in vibrant healing nature with beautiful views you may decide to go off line for a couple of days. Wi-Fi is limited and rather slow allowing you to stay in touch but rather discouraging you from staying on facebook all day and check news every five minutes. You may even realise that having your phone on airplane mode is the best part about getting away ?

If I can summarise it all I’d say retreats to me are more than just a holiday, it can be a very powerful step toward personal transformation on both, physical and mental level.

Join me this May in a Spring Yoga & Gong Mountain Retreat.

last Beginners Course this year

Hi Everyone,

I probably shouldn’t be saying that Christmas is round the corner yet, but I feel that time runs faster and faster every year.

So before our life gets really hectic in December let’s see if we can do something to prepare for all the stress that sometimes comes with Christmas preparations, shopping, the busyness and overindulgence.
Before we start giving and sharing we need to find the energy and balance within ourselves. We need a strong, happy body and a calm and clear mind.
I think that the beginners course we’ve been running for nearly two years is a perfect way to learn how to stay grounded and enjoy what you love about Christmas the most instead of stressing about it.

Let’s learn how to breathe through it, stay calm and keep our body in a good shape.
Yes…. yoga tools and techniques we learn in this course can help with that ?

And this is going to be our last beginners course this year !!!

More details and booking here.

The course will cover the below sequence of postures called Sun Salutation, the most popular sequence (vinyasa) in any vinyasa yoga class. We learn how to come into the pose, how to hold it and how to move to the next one, which muscles to contract, which parts of the body to relax, where to gaze and how to breathe.
And how to find stillness in the movement ?

Our Studio for Yoga and Gong sessions in Barking

Dear Yogis,

All our Barking classes are taking place @ The Boathouse, 62-76 Abbey Road, Barking, IG11 7BT.

This spacious and quiet studio at the Roding River is a perfect place for our yoga classes.
Only 10 minutes walk from Barking station.
And those of you who drive to the class will be pleased to know that parking is available on weekends and from 18:00 on weekdays. Please contact me to get the code for the parking.

How to find us? Easy…..

This is a turn to Abbey Road, Abbey Park is behind me.

Pass Galleons Cafe…

Keep walking… We are behind these new blocks of flats on the right.

If you are driving this is the parking gate. Parking is available to us on weekends and after 18:00 on weekdays.

If you are walking or cycling go further up the road and turn right at Nisa shop.

Look for the metal stairs between the buildings.

Walk up the stairs to the terrace and go through the glass door on the right.

Once in the building turn right again and follow the corridor around studio1 to get to studio2 where our classes are taking place.