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Fun And Flow Vinyasa

Looking for a creative, playful yoga class to get energized? This is an upbeat, smooth flowing practice that includes plenty of stretching and some strengthening and balance poses. Whilst the class is geared towards a moderate level, there are alignment cues and modifications, so you're welcome to make the class as gentle or challenging as you like. We end the class in a luxurious savasana and sometimes a guided meditation to keep the good vibes going. Suitable for all levels including complete beginners.

Saturdays 10.00-11.30
With: Shirley Brooks
£12
Open to All
No booking required

Saturday Morning Meditation Drop-in

A morning exploring the Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana (loving kindness) practices. The session includes sitting, some gentle movement and walking meditation. Suitable for all levels of experience.

Saturday 10.15-12.45

Please note no class on

With: Karunagita, Sahajamani, Singhashri, Vajramitra, Santva
£10/ £5 (concession)
Open to All
No booking required

Young People at NLBC (Sub35)

Are you between 18 and 35 years old and interested in Buddhism?

Are you tired of the stories that dominate our personal and public lives? Do you have a sense that there must be something else, but don’t yet know what it is?

With discussion, exploration and meditation, plus coffee and croissants, we will connect with what is meaningful and ask what Buddhism can offer us to transform ourselves and the world.

Every third Saturday of the month
10.30-13.00
On 16 Sept, 21 Oct, 18 Nov, 16 Dec, 20 Jan, 17 Feb and 17 Mar

With: Sub35 team
Free. Donations welcome.
Open to All
No booking required

Vinyasa Krama

Krama means a step by step progression. Krama allows the practitioner to either stay at the first posture building strength and creating space or building experience opting to go deeper into more advanced asana making it accessible to everyone. A creative Vinyasa sequence coupled with kramic gradual movements brings fresh light and awareness to your practice.

Saturdays 11:45-13:00.
With: Mary Smiley
£12
Open to All
No booking required

Iyengar Yoga

The Iyengar method places special focus on developing strength, endurance and correct body alignment in addition to flexibility and relaxation.

Classes are sequenced, emphasise precision, include a variety of poses and are designed to concentrate on different aspects promoting overall well-being.

Regular practice is energising and promotes excellent body awareness.

A yoga practice for anyone and everyone!

Saturdays 13.15-14.45
With: Fran Nixon
£12
Open to All
No booking required

Men’s class - once a month on Saturday

A chance to explore the Buddhist Vision through meditation, talks, discussion and hanging out together.

Class starts at 14.00; but do join us for lunch from 13.00.
Please bring vegetarian lunch to share.

Once a month on Saturday 14.00-17.00.

Class on 16 Dec 2017 & 20 Jan, 17 Feb, 17 Mar and 21 Apr 2018

Join us for lunch from 13.00. Please bring vegetarian lunch to share
With: Kusala, Abhilasa
By donation
Open to All
No booking required

Drumming Workshop

18.00-19.20 African Drum tuition. Suitable for beginners and intermediate.

19.20-20.00 Drum circle open to all.

Every Saturday
With: Shakyasiddhi, Simon & friends
£12/£10 concession. Drum hire £2
Open to All
No booking required

Meditation and Ritual on New Year's Evening (Sun 31 Dec 2017)

An evening of stillness, poetry, and reflection for regular meditators.

Please note: entry only at the given times.

20.30-21.00 Arrive: Doors open
21.00-21.50 Readings and meditation (doors closed)
21.50-22.00 Arrive: Doors open
22.00-22.45 Readings and meditation (doors closed)
22.45-23.15 Arrive: Doors open with festive tea break
23.15-00.00 New Year's Puja (doors closed)

Sun 31 Dec 2017, 20.30 - midnight

Doors open at 20.30, 21.50 and 22.45
With: Dharmaprabha, Akasapriya, Maitrisambhava
By donation
Going Deeper
No booking required

Women’s class - every second Saturday of the Month

Women’s class with guest speakers:

13 January 2018: Siddhisambhava is our guest, from rural Wales. Her life includes encouraging people to talk openly about topics most often avoided - from feminist journalism and gay rights in the 1980s to ageing and death. There will be stories, discussion and, of course, tea.

10 February 2018: Topics and guests TBC soon

10 March 2018: Topics and guests TBC soon

14 April 2018: no class

12 May 2018: Parami

Every second Saturday of the month,
14:15-17:00.


With: Karunagita and Team
By donation
Open to All
No booking required

Opening to Joy and Compassion: Weekend Sangha Retreat exploring the Brahmaviharas

The four Brahmaviharas are Metta (Loving Kindness), Karuna (Compassion), Mudita (Gladness/sympathetic Joy) and Uppekkha (Equanimity). They are also known as the Sublime Abodes or the Illimitables.

We will explore these sublime qualities through meditation, reflection, talks and ritual.

The retreat will be held at Vajrasana, a beautiful purpose built retreat centre in Suffolk.

From Friday evening to Sunday afternoon Fri 19 - Sun 21 Jan 2018
With: Maitrisambhava, Vajramitra, Visuddhimati
Costs,
£165
£130 low income
£95 concession

Going Deeper
Booking required

Stand Alone Mindfulness Practice Day (Mindfulness for Healthy Living) - Sun 21 Jan 2018

Come along if you're considering doing a course and would like to experience mindfulness first hand, or if you've already completed a mindfulness course and would like to support your on-going practice.

With Lokadhi Lloyd, MA, PGDip (Mindfulness), PGDip (Psychosynthesis), BACP. There will be an opportunity to ask questions about mindfulness practice and courses.

Please bring vegetarian lunch to share.

Lokadhi has extensive experience and training in teaching mindfulness-based approaches. Please click here for more about Lokadhi, or click here
for more about mindfulness training with Lokadhi.

Sun 21 Jan 2018, 10.30-16.00
With: Lokadhi
Costs,
£50
£30 concession

Open to All
Booking required (21 places left)

Parinirvana Day Festival (Sun 18 Feb 2018)

Meditation, reflection and ritual to mark the passing of the Buddha Shakyamuni. An opportunity to reflect on our response to death. You are invited to bring photos of loved ones who have died to place on the shrine.

Sunday 18th February 2018, 11:00 - 17:30
With: Visuddhimati
Free event. Donation welcome.
Open to All
No booking required

People of Colour Sangha event (Sun 25 Feb 2018)

An event for the People of Colour Sangha. For us to come together to meditate and be inspired by the Buddha’s teaching to free our minds.

Beginners and experienced meditators are all welcomed.

Please bring vegetarian or vegan lunch to share.

Sun 25 Feb 2018, 10.00-16.00
With: Jayakara, Nandaraja, Sujhayini
Suggested donation £20 / £10 (concession)
Open to All
No booking required

Introduction to Buddhism and Meditation (start Sat 3 Mar 2018)

Are you curious about Buddhism?

This 4 week course will introduce the Buddha, his teaching (Dharma) and the followers of his teaching (Sangha).

We will also explore the Mindfulness of Breathing and the Metta Bhavana practices.

4 mornings
Sat 3 - Sat 24 March 2018
10.30-13.00
With: Santva
Costs,
£60
£28 concession

Introductory
Booking required (15 places left)

Sangha’s Got Talent!

Join us for an evening of entertainment from your very own Sangha. Acts TBC so do get in touch if you would like to be part of the show.

All talents welcome…. singing, poetry, readings, drama, jokes, storytelling, circus tricks, magic tricks, dancing, and anything else you dare to perform.

If you don’t fancy being centre stage, there will be plenty of spaces in the audience!

Sat 10 March 2018,
18.00-20.00
With: Fiona, Lottie
By donation
Open to All
No booking required

Metta Day (Sun 18 Mar 2018)

Immerse yourself in Metta: friendliness, kindness, unconditional love - how that might look in our daily lives, how it transforms and how it can be developed.

Talks, practice, discussion, including the Metta Bhavana meditation and mindful self-compassion. All in the nourishing context of a day retreat.

Bring veggie lunch to share

Sun 18 Mar 2018, 10:00-17:00
With: Karunagita, Maitrisambhava, Miia
Costs,
£40
£20 concession

Open to All
Booking required

Stand Alone Mindfulness Practice Day (Mindfulness for Healthy Living) - Sat 24 Mar 2018

Come along if you're considering doing a course and would like to experience mindfulness first hand, or if you've already completed a mindfulness course and would like to support your on-going practice.

With Lokadhi Lloyd, MA, PGDip (Mindfulness), PGDip (Psychosynthesis), BACP. There will be an opportunity to ask questions about mindfulness practice and courses.

Please bring vegetarian lunch to share.

Lokadhi has extensive experience and training in teaching mindfulness-based approaches. Please click here for more about Lokadhi, or click here
for more about mindfulness training with Lokadhi.

Sat 24 Mar 2018, 10.30-16.00
With: Lokadhi
Costs,
£50
£30 concession

Open to All
Booking required (24 places left)

Stand Alone Mindfulness Practice Day (Mindfulness for Healthy Living) - Sun 14 Apr 2018

Come along if you're considering doing a course and would like to experience mindfulness first hand, or if you've already completed a mindfulness course and would like to support your on-going practice.

With Lokadhi Lloyd, MA, PGDip (Mindfulness), PGDip (Psychosynthesis), BACP. There will be an opportunity to ask questions about mindfulness practice and courses.

Please bring vegetarian lunch to share.

Lokadhi has extensive experience and training in teaching mindfulness-based approaches. Please click here for more about Lokadhi, or click here
for more about mindfulness training with Lokadhi.

Sat 14 Apr 2018, 10.30-16.00
With: Lokadhi
Costs,
£50
£30 concession

Open to All
Booking required (25 places left)

Iyengar Yoga monthly workshop (April)

These workshops offer an opportunity to work more deeply on your practice. You will learn and improve your understanding of the highly regarded Iyengar system of yoga with a highly regarded and popular teacher.

All welcome to attend.

Sun 15 Apr 2018, 10:00 - 12:00
With: Aubrey Maasdorp
Costs,
£20 waged
£15 concession

Open to All
Booking required (16 places left)

Daoist Yoga: Alchemy of Baguazhang - Sun 22 Apr 2018

This workshop will cover preparatory sequences and circle-walking. The Daoist practice of Ba Gua is a physical manifestation of the ideas of the Trigrams (representations of the eight basic forces of the universe) that combine to make up the sixty-four hexagrams of the I Ching, the ancient Chinese oracle text.

The workshop will cover Alchemical sequences designed to improve the strength and structure of the body. We will do this through study of movement and stillness based around the central 'axis' of the body, the pole that connects Heaven (yang) and Earth (yin) through us. In this way we use the practice to balance the energies and forces within us by deepening the connection of mind and body. In circle-walking, the more dynamic aspect of the practice, our movements create a spiral-type vortex with powerfully transformative effects.

Tea will be provided.

Sunday 22 Apr 2018, 10.00-13.00
With: Richard Thomas, Tom Watson
Costs,
£30
£20 concession

Open to All
Booking required (12 places left)

Introductory Meditation Day (Sun 29 Apr 2018)

An ideal opportunity to experience the benefits of meditation in the context of a day retreat.

Suitable for newcomers and those looking for a refresher in our basic meditation practices.

You are invited to bring vegetarian lunch to share if you wish.

Sun 29 April 2018 from 10.00-16.00
With: Shraddhasara, Maitrisambhava
Costs,
£40
£20 concession

Introductory
Booking required

Follow up day/ Taster Day and Mindfulness Catch Up - Sat 26 May 2018

Practice session for those who have completed an MBCT or CMBT course and an introduction for those who wish to find out more about this approach.

Pippa O'Connor is a psychotherapist (BSc, MSc: CERT Dip) and senior lecturer in the Mindfulness Based Clinical Applications at the North London Hospital Southgate. She is a Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness teacher at Tavistock Hospital and has a BSC in Cognitive Behavior, Addiction and Trauma / DIP Trauma / EMDR.

Sat 26 May 2018
13.30-17.30
With: Pippa O'Connor
By donation
Open to All
No booking required