As a teacher, I get to hear about a lot of yoga workshops, retreats, and other yoga related events. I wanted somewhere to share these, since I know quite a few of you are interested in taking your
practice further... so here you are!
All Wales Gathering
Date: 24th September 2017
Time: 09:15am - 16:30pm
All Wales Gathering - Held annually, it moves around the country each year; in 2017 it visits Cardiff. This is a whole day event, Free for BWY members, £15
if not. This year, we have a fantastic selection of different teachers and sessions with something for everyone during the day. The event also includes the annual AGM, but attendance at this is
optional (non-members are not able to attend this part - arrive later - 10:30 for 11am start).
We have booked a spectacular venue - Portland House, in Cardiff Bay - a large old banking hallf, complete with enormous windows, columns, and skylights.
Please bring your own mat, and any other equipment you think you may need (blocks, blanket, strap).
Lunch - there is a lunch break of 45 minutes. Although there are lots of places to buy food in the Bay, you may like to bring your own lunch.
9:00 Early Arrivals – if attending the AGM (cuppa and a catch up)
9:30 AGM (members only)
10:30 break and later arrivals – if not attending the AGM
11:00 Welcome and intro to everyone
11:15 Asana practice 1 – Ashley van den Ouden: Ashley's morning practice will incorporate a gentle vinyasa flow with options to take poses further for those that wish to,
focusing on both the connection between movement and breath and the connection between poses in this gentle flowing sequence to start the day.
12:30 Asana practice 2 - Yin yoga with Danielle Nicholls: Passive, long held postures specifically directed at the lower back, hips and thighs. Cultivating a watchful mind by
observing the body's reactions.
2:15 Deep Relaxation with Cathryn Scott: This yoga nidra style session will help you relax, restore and revive your body and mind with a guided deep relaxation
2:45 Kirtan with Katy Bergson and Oxana Weber: Music has the ability to fill our hearts and the space around us with positive energy. Join us to sing fun, simple accessible
chants and enjoy the sense of connection it creates. No need for a good voice, religious affiliation or musical ability ...just a willingness to give it a go.
3:30 Pranayama with Liz Lambert: Pranayama is seated breath work that works with our vital force (prana) - to centre us and clarify our minds. It is the 4th limb of
Patanjali's 8 Limbs of Yoga that takes a more inwards focus to our practice. "Anybody can breathe. Therefore anybody can do yoga” - T.K.V Desikachar
4:00 Laughter yoga with Carol Young and Sue Baynham-Evans: Laughter is a way of breathing that de-stresses, energises, lifts our mood, en-lightens, expands our awareness and
relaxes the whole body. Join us in a fun session to expand your practice of laughing -- explore new ways of utilising this awesome ability.
Ashley van den Ouden:
Ashley found a love for the dynamic practice of Ashtanga yoga in 2002 initially drawn to it for its physical benefits, later finding a love for the holistic benefits that yoga brings. Wanting to
learn more, Ashley began to study with her mentor & teacher Colin Dunsmuir in London in 2006, completing a foundation course, then a 4 year teacher training in 2009. Ashley continues her study
with her mentor in the tradition of Professor T.Krishnamacharya. Ashley has been teaching yoga in Cardiff since 2010 with a little break from permanent classes when she became a mummy of 2 little
Danielle qualified with the British Wheel of Yoga 2004, continued her teacher training with The Yoga Academy, London: Anatomy of Yoga and Yin Yoga with Paul Grilley 2005, followed with Yin/Yang
Yoga Intensives with Sarah Powers in 2006 and 2007.
Danielle is a BWY Foundation Level One Tutor as well as being a Master practitioner in Thai Traditional massage and manipulation and also qualified with BWY in Yoga for Pregnancy.
Cathryn has been teaching yoga in Cardiff since 2008, combining dynamic flow yoga sequences with slower, held poses. As a working mum to three young children, relaxation is a huge part of Cathryn's
personal yoga practice (and she has a lovely voice for relaxation!).
Katy has been teaching yoga for five years and recently completed the two year Mandala Yoga Ashram diploma course, including researching and presenting on Bhakti and chanting. She teaches traditional
Hatha yoga classes in Roath and is a founding member of the Cardiff Kirtan group who meet regularly to play music together.
Since 1991, Oxana has practiced different styles of yoga and completed various studies related to Yoga and Buddhism. She is a BWY accredited yoga teacher (Mandala Yoga Ashram). Oxana is trained in
ancient tantric meditation techniques, yoga nidra, pranayama and mantra practices. She uses the medium of music to create unique and immersive experiences for her students and regularly leads and
participates in kirtans and bhajans in Cardiff and beyond.
I'm a dual qualified British Wheel of Yoga and Association for Yoga Studies teacher, practising and teaching in the Viniyoga tradition. The breath is integral to this approach and I offer
plenty of modifications to make yoga accessible to all. If you can breathe then you can do yoga.
Carol is the Regional Officer for Wales and has been involved with BWY in a variety of roles including County rep, Editor, website admin and other roles. Her own journey with yoga began 40
years ago and she has studied with many teachers since. She is a fantastic laughter yoga teacher, embodying what she teaches. "I have not seen anyone dying of laughter, but I know millions who
are dying because they are not laughing”. – Dr. Madan Kataria
Sue Baynham – Evans
I trained 2 years ago as a Laughter Leader and presently run a quarterly session with another laughter Leader Sonya Watkins at Beechwood House in Beechwood Park Newport to raise money for
Stall-holders and Treatments: we are delighted to welcome a variety of guests to provide you with goods and treatments during the day, so you may like to
bring some cash for treats!.
- Cakes, slices, chocolate (including gluten free, vegan and raw)
- Natural skincare
- Yoga related books and training course information
- Yoga bags
- Yoga t-shirts
- Hand-made wooden items with mehndi designs
- Henna tattoos
- Indian Head massage, Reflexology
- On-site (chair based) massage
- Shiatsu massage
On street parking outside is charged (even on a Sunday) and limited to 5 hours. It is free until 10am and the First Hour is free, then it is charged and max stay 5 hours. You can park for FREE at COUNTY HALL (Cardiff Council Offices) on Hemingway Road and then walk over, Sundays 10am-5:30pm
. There is also paid for parking available in
the large multistorey carpark opposite the WMC - Pierhead Street (£8 for 6 hours). Please allow time to walk back from both of these car parks to the venue. There is also paid for parking at Mermaid
Quay (£8 for 6 hours). Red Dragon Centre (£9 for 10 hours)
are available on the triangle outside Craft in the Bay and outside the WMC - both easy walking distance.
113-116 Bute Street
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If you have questions please contact the event organiser or webadmin using the regional contacts page.