I will be teaching a three-week introduction to Mindful Yoga course at Prema Arts Centre in Uley, Gloucestershire, suitable for all. They say...
"Say hello to restorative yoga teacher Catherine Forrester! Catherine’s relaxed teaching style brings strength, ease and comfort without impossible poses or complicated philosophy. This one-off taster session is the perfect opportunity for those who want to give yoga a go as Catherine introduces gentle movement and mindful meditation in an unthreatening way. With a special interest in those who experience stress, anxiety, low mood and fatigue, Catherine is well equipped in helping you bring compassionate attention to your body and mind, with options appropriate for all abilities and energy levels."
We all know how amazing we feel after a massage. It's a great way to ease stress, address areas of tension or pain, and restore balance in the body but time and money mean that for many of us, it's an occasional treat rather than a regular occurrence. Wouldn't it be great to have access to some of the relief and release of a massage at home, in your own time, for free?
Join me to journey around the body using simple self-massage techniques and massage balls. We'll learn myofascial release techniques to ease tension and restore balance throughout the body, addressing areas of common tension from the feet all the way up to the forehead - journeying up through the legs, hips, shoulders and neck.
This practice can be a really practical way to address tension, but can also provide a deeper experience of internal sensation and so supports mindfulness of the body. Along the way we'll discover some of the surprising connections in the body, develop greater connection to our bodies from the inside, and finish with a full guided relaxation to integrate and enjoy new sensations of release and ease.
Cost for this 90 minute workshop includes two simple massage balls to take away and use at home. Bring a note book and pen, and you might want to bring a camera to remember some of those hard-to-describe-in-words discoveries that you make!
If you are working with pain or injury, please check with your doctor or physio that massage is appropriate for you at the moment
£20 (including massage balls)
Join Catherine for an afternoon of mindfulness. After a short introduction for people who are new to mindfulness, we will explore a gentle yoga practice to cultivate mindfulness of the body (no yoga experience necessary and modifications can be made to suit any injuries or medical conditions), followed by a full body scan and relaxation. We will share tea and a snack before moving into a guided breath meditation and a short period of silent meditation. The afternoon is suitable for all levels of experience including complete beginners, and will be a particularly helpful refresher for those who have completed my Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation course.
Mindfulness practice can be helpful for everyone, including those who experience depression and anxiety. However, if you are currently in a serious phase of these, or other mental health issues, it is best to wait until this has eased before you begin withmindfulness. If you have any doubts about the suitability of the course, please get in touch with us or your mental health team for advice.
Join me, and other expectant parents, to learn how yoga can support you during your labour. We will look at poses and movements to facilitate each stage of labour, and learn breathing and meditation techniques to help you stay calm and focused throughout this incredible journey. The role of the birth partner will be an important focus, so your birth partner is actively encouraged to attend alongside you, to learn more about how they can best support you (and themselves!) throughout the birth.
This down-to-earth workshop will be a chance for you and your birth partner to connect with other expectant parents, learn tools for physical and emotional support, and focus together on the adventure ahead.
£30, or £50 for you + your birth partner
Please wear comfortable clothing and bring your birthing ball.
Many of us are familiar with the feeling of being overloaded, overwhelmed or just plain stressed out by our lives. But what is stress? What does it mean for your body and your mind?
Explore with Catherine about how mindful yoga can help us learn about our response to stress. In the first part of the workshop, we will discuss the physiology of stress and the nervous system and use guided physical explorations and short meditations to find out the ways stress shows up in our bodies. We will discover some of the most common tension patterns that relate to stress and explore methods to address these.
The second part of the workshop will bring us to a mindful yoga practice and deep relaxation- putting some of the skills from the first half of the workshop to practice. This will include yoga postures, gentle movement, breath awareness and deep relaxation.
This down-to-earth workshop will offer many simple, practical tools that we can bring into daily life to help us understand and respond to stress in new ways. You will leave with a better understanding of what stress is, how it affects you personally and a toolkit of practices to help you address it in your life. Expect to leave feeling refreshed and ready for whatever the week holds!
No yoga experience is necessary, and everybody is welcome.
Concession rates apply
Students, NHS, OAP - £22.50
Yoga teachers - £21.25