Hips and Hamstrings with Zoe Sharp
Nov
17
2:30 PM14:30

Hips and Hamstrings with Zoe Sharp

By popular request... a two hour workshop to really get into those hips and hamstrings! Suitable for yogis, cyclists, runners, desk-job-workers and sofa surfers alike, we'll spend a cosy candlelit Saturday afternoon opening up into the bits that never seem to budge in an ordinary class. Expect lots of juicy lower body stretches, an increased sense of freedom and movement around the lower back and pelvis, and a blissed out savasana to close.

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Fold turns two!
Sep
12
6:45 PM18:45

Fold turns two!

We can't quite believe it but FOLD is turning two on September 12th 2018! It's flown by and we can't wait to see what the toddler years bring. To celebrate, we've got all our favourite teachers coming together to teach a special birthday yoga class and we're having drinks in Feest at the Greenhouse afterwards so if you can't make the vinyasa please do come for the vino! Class bookings are via MindBody as usual and drinks are free on a drop in basis; we'd love to see as many of you there as possible.

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Bring a friend for free!
Aug
1
to Aug 31

Bring a friend for free!

Because summer is better when it's sociable.

Throughout the month of August, we're inviting you to bring a friend for free - to any class, at any time (what can we say - we're a welcoming bunch). Just a couple of things to note:

  • 1 friend per student per class, please - although you can bring as many different pals as you'd like throughout the month!
  • It must be your friend's first time at FOLD
  • Please let us know beforehand; drop us an email CCing your mate beforehand! The contact form is here or the address is hello@fold-london.co.uk. We're also happy to accept bookings via Facebook or Instagram direct messenger or carrier pigeon if you're that way inclined.

Hope you're having a great sunny festival/wedding/holiday season - and we can't wait to meet your mates!

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Backbending with Zoe Sharp
Jul
21
2:00 PM14:00

Backbending with Zoe Sharp

How much space can you find in the spine? 

Reversing our habitual forward focused movement patterns, backbends can feel incredible - or incredibly scary. Over the course of a two hour workshop, Zoe (owner of FOLD. and backbend obsessive) will break down how to backbend safely and with intelligence; opening up through the front body to create length along the whole of the spinal column. We'll work towards some peak poses but all levels of practitioner are welcome; you'll leave feeling energised, open, and strong.

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Tea Ceremony with Alex Scrimgeour
Apr
7
11:30 AM11:30

Tea Ceremony with Alex Scrimgeour

Join us for an exploration into traditional tea ceremony. We will be tasting and savouring rare artisan teas, learning about traditional tea culture and preparation, and exploring the connections between tea practice, meditation, qigong, and the yogic arts. Alex will be serving tea in a relaxed and free-flowing style, with open space to discuss all aspects of tea and how to bring a tea practice into your life. He has been involved in the tea industry and has developed a tea practice for over 10 years, and also brings experience from his training in classical Chinese medicine, meditation, qigong, and internal alchemy.

 

Spaces are limited to 10 people and are charged at £15 for two hours. Booking a space in advance is advised.

 

About Alex

Alex has been a long-term practitioner and student of some of the world's most highly regarded qigong and meditation masters. His vocation is acupuncture and massage, with a speciality in helping people overcome trauma and stress. His passion for many years has been 'Cha Dao', the Way of Tea, and weaving together tea practice with the yogic arts and music. Originally trained as a 'tea sommelier' in one of London's finest tea houses, he has gone on to study with tea masters in Taiwan and Hong Kong. For more background and clinical info see his website www.alexscrimgeour.com . 

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Autumn Reset
Oct
21
11:30 AM11:30

Autumn Reset

Saturday October 21st 11:30am - 15:30pm

£45.00 per person.

This day retreat is offering a day of fun-filled full body indulgence. We will kick off the morning with a 90 minute Detoxifying Vinyasa Flow class (open level) led by FOLD. owner Phelan Glen, followed by a ten minute massage per person with Canadian Massage Therapist Lex Posie. Finally, acclaimed raw chef Tracy Sadler of Raw Happy will be re-re-energising you with a taste extraordinaire, plant based, buffet lunch feast. think warm and nourishing Thai Spiced pumpkin soup served with a mini raw, falafel and zucchini hummus. Fuelling and satisfying, perfect post yoga nourishment.

Refreshments of sparkling cherry kombucha will be served after yoga and delicious vegan cake will round off the lunch time spread accompanied by warming aromatics loose tea. 

Everyone will leave with a pot of naural and fully preservative free skincare made by Hakcney's MAP Skincare.

About the team:

Tracy Sadler

Tracy started her raw food venture almost 4 years ago and since then it has adapted and evolved, through constant learning and progression. Tracy has completed various raw food courses, worked on a number of retreats in the U.K. and Europe and now runs her own mini yoga and food breaks in Devon and longer holidays in Bali and Indonesia.  

Plant based food is not boring and to common misconception is not all about lettuce leaves and bananas. Lots of different flavours, textures and colours will get your mouth watering and your belly rumbling. 

www.happilyraw.co.uk

Lex Posie

Lex Posie is a Canadian trained sports massage therapist. She has a passion for staying active and being healthy. She believes in the power of good deep-pressure massage and is committed to working each body independently. Lex has been descirbed as 'friendly, professional and very effective!'

https://lexposie.com

Phelan Glen

Phelan is a Vinyasa Flow teacher and owner of FOLD. Yoga London. She is a believer in all the benefits of strong and soft yoga and weaves both themes throughout her classes, along with a heavy focus on individual alignment. As every body is unique, Phelan refrains from using blanket anatomical queues and instead offers individual feedback based on the different bodies she sees around her. Phelan's classes are sweaty with challenging peak postures and long holds playfully taken and encouraged, but there is always sufficient time put aside during the last half hour of class for a long, unwinding yin-like sequence designed to re-set the body before taking a ten minute Savasana with blankets, bolsters, eye pillows and an indulging head massage with FOLD.'s own Savasana Oil blend.

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Jivamukti Expansion Course
Oct
14
to Oct 15

Jivamukti Expansion Course

This two-day weekend course with Charlie Kelly will break down Bhakti, nada, ahimsa, shastra and dhyana - the 5 tenets of Jivamukti yoga.

It will look at the basic alignments in the most common poses and work towards more challenging aspects of the yoga practice; both physical and spritual.

This course will offer a grounding knowledge of the philosophy of yoga and a deeper understanding of the jivamukti method, as well as the main aspects behind the two.

There will be specal guest teachers coming in for part of the course to expand the understanding even more. Expect chanting, asana, meditation, breath work and philosophy.

The course dates are Saturday October 14th 10:00am-16:00pm and Sunday October 15th 13:00pm - 18:00pm.

Price:

£75.00 per person - early bird

Limited spaces available.

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Tabla Vinyasa and Sound Bath
Jul
29
1:30 PM13:30

Tabla Vinyasa and Sound Bath

This is an invitation for a 2 hour experience of ASANA and LIVE MUSIC in an intimate, one of a kind location in Central London.

 

 

The session will entail: 

 

 

YANG - TABLA VINYASA

 

A rhythmic synergy of Asana breath and Live beats.

 

Jason and Charlie will compose an intuitive and unique Jivamukti inspired Vinyasa session combining breath, movement, sound and emotion. Jason will inspire the practice as well as respond to the flow and energy of Charlie’s guidance with dynamic beats on the ultra versatile TABLA drums.

 

https://soundcloud.com/jasonkalidas/tabla-anjeneya

 

YIN - BANSURI SOUND BATH

 

Charlie will then ease us into deep-long-slow restorative YIN postures while we are immersed in the healing sound of low pitched Bansuri flute and soul southing harmonic analog (natural/non-digital ) soundscapes. 

 

The session will be rounded off with a Citta dissolving sound bath and a guided meditation to help integrate the experience. 

 

 

https://jasonkalidas.bandcamp.com/track/raaga-vachaspati-evening

 

 

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Jason Kalidas has trained for 20 years in Indian classical music and is a dedicated Yogi. For the sound Bath he uses Indian classical Raagas: melodic entities each designed for a specific set of emotions. Raagas are highly therapeutic and have their roots in the NADA yoga tradition (Yoga of sound)

 

Charlie Kelly has been practicing movement, meditation and yoga for over a decade. Teaching a fluid and powerful Jivamukti practice promoting prayer, pranayama and peace. 

 

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£25.00 per person

 

* Limited Spaces *

 

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Yogasana with Aram
May
20
2:00 PM14:00

Yogasana with Aram

Aram Raffy has travelled the world studying and teaching Yoga. He is known for his fun, uplifting style of Astanga vinyasa-krama. A student of both Eastern and Western philosophies, he seeks to pass on the spiritual essence of Yoga through a powerful physical practice, deep conscious breath-work and active meditation. All set to an eclectic soundtrack, hands on adjustments and an unmistakable sense of humour.

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Mar
26
3:00 PM15:00

Positive Body Image: A Led Group Discussion

There is far too much pressure on men and women to look a certain way and to attain a prescribed “ideal” body that is unachievable for most. We believe that sharing ideas and encouraging positive practices can help to clarify and improve our relationships with our bodies.

This group discussion, led by Alice & Becky, will explore the relationship between the practice of yoga and our perceptions of our own bodies. We will dive into the history and philosophy of how yogis, several thousand years ago, related to their physical bodies as well as how they considered deeper “sheaths” such as emotional and energetic bodies. This historical background offers a foundation for considering the more contemporary issues modern yogis face, especially in the age of social media. Our aim is to create an open, supportive discussion to talk about body image and the ways yoga can impact one's body image and self-esteem, both positively and negatively. The session will comprise both discussion and practical exercises, including meditation and mantra creation; however, we will not practice any yoga asana.

All money raised will be donated to Stem4 charity, which supports young people struggling with mental illness, including eating disorders (stem4.org.uk)

£20 per person. Open to all.

 

What you’ll come away with:

  • A better understanding of the foundations of yoga philosophy, particularly how it relates to perceptions of and relationships to the human body.

  • Ideas for how to foster a healthy body image, inspiration for self-care, and tools to help manage societal pressures, particularly with regards to social media.

  • Mantras and meditation and breathing techniques to help bring focus and peace into your daily life

 

ABOUT THE TEACHERS

AliceJ

Alice Jackson is passionate about encouraging people to cultivate better relationships with their bodies. She is a positive body image promoter and yoga teacher having trained in yoga therapy for eating disorders. After overcoming anorexia 10 years ago she understands the difficulties that people can go through. Alice knows from experience that sharing these feelings is the first step towards developing more positive ways of thinking about ourselves.

 

Becky Farbstein has been practising yoga for more than twelve years, having become hooked on the practice when she was in graduate school. With no background in dance, gymnastics, or martial arts, Becky has always firmly believed that yoga is for every body. She teaches physically and intellectually challenging vinyasa classes that weave traditional yoga philosophy alongside asana practice that places primacy on building a strong, steady breath. Becky has an academic background in anthropology and archaeology, which fosters her ongoing interest in how social norms and pressures impact individual behaviour and perceptions of self.

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The Re-set with Dirish
Jan
22
2:00 PM14:00

The Re-set with Dirish

Enjoy the 're-set' with Dirish Shaktidas. Allow it to be filled with focus and intention making it an elevating experience filling your body with fresh prana (life force). This workshop will energise mind, body and spirit. You will work your entire spine and align all of your chakras (energy centres) through vinyasa flow and yin yoga. The practice will end with a gong bath and meditation that will rebalance and harmonise your systems and your wellbeing.

All levels welcome! 

 

 

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FREE New Year's Day Yoga
Jan
1
2:00 PM14:00

FREE New Year's Day Yoga

Lovely FOLDERS! I always practice on New Year's Day, it has become a little ritual of mine that I have fallen in love with. It's a great way to start the year as you mean to go on. Join me for FREE 75 min class from 2-3:15pm.

I look forward to starting 2017 with you and your loved ones!

As there is limited space PLEASE do cancel online if you decide you can't attend...!

Becky xx

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