IYN Regional Day of Yoga – Hitchin, Hertfordshire

Come and explore the wonderful world of IYN yoga!

The area around Hitchin and Letchworth has some amazing IYN teachers.
Come and experience the the diversity and quality that IYN teachers embody.
The full day is 9.30am - 5pm.
The day is split into 3 sections - each with a choice of 3 classes to attend.

Venue: The Westmill Community Centre,
John Barker Place,

Hitchin is in North Hertfordshire…easy to reach from other parts of Herts, from Essex, Cambridgeshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire & North London.
Hitchin is 35 minutes by train from London King’s Cross. The station is a taxi ride of approximately 10 minutes away from the community centre.
There is plenty of free parking at the Westmill Centre.
If there is a problem booking... head over to The IYN Page Here


Have a look at whats on offer :

9.30. – 9.45 am Registration
9.45 – 10 am Welcome

10 – 12 am Session 1 [3 parallel workshops]

Brenda Louw – Anatomy Session

A lot of exciting stuff is happening in the world of anatomy and fascia research. ‘The West’ is moving away from the 300 year old ‘reductionist’ anatomical viewpoint, to acknowledging the beautiful way your body is intricately connected, not separated.

Brenda’s fun, interactive somatic anatomy-based workshop will explore concepts such as T12, jelly fish, pinkie toes, fascia, breathing…. getting a better understanding of our ‘felt’ sense, not only in an asana-based practice, but in movement and life itself.

Brenda has been practicing yoga since the year 2000, teaching since 2007. She is an elder with the IYN and runs ChillOut Yoga classes and Teacher Training in Long Melford, Suffolk. She has an infectious passion for teaching, which will inspire – and potentially transform – your practice.

Rachel Williamson – Seasonal Yoga Practice (Autumn)

This practice will include Chi Gung, and Yin and Yang Yoga practised in a way to work in harmony with the energy of the Autumn Season. This season is about gathering in and consolidating energy as we move towards Winter, so expect a slower, simpler practice.

In the Autumn the Lungs and Large Intestine are in focus so we will place an emphasis on breathing. The session will start with a short explanation of the concept of Seasonal Yoga, and end with a long relaxation.

Rachel has practised Yoga since the 1970s and taught for more than 10 years. She has experience of diverse forms of yoga and likes to bring that broad perspective to her classes.

Ellen Lee – Sensing and Feeling Yoga

Ellen will offer 2 hours of steady, gentle yoga. Attention to working along with the ground and the breath, which Ellen refers to as our two constant companions. Encouraging deep connection and deep awareness. The practise will look at bringing ahimsa, sattya and santosha into our exploration. We will visit each chakra, and will invite our attention to anything that arrives and arises. The work of conscious Yoga, sensing and feeling into the mind, body and soul….

Ellen has been involved in Yoga for some 44 years now, teaching for the last 27, having trained in general and remedial Yoga with The Yoga For Health Foundation. She is the current Chair of The IYN.

12 – 1 pm Lunch

1 – 2.30 pm Session 2 [3 parallel workshops]

Paul Collins -iRest (Integrative Restoration) Yoga Nidra

iRest is a guided meditation practice that is used to deal with stress, anxiety, sleep disorders and PTSD naturally. It has it’s roots in non dual meditation practices that have been used for thousands of years and can be done sitting or lying down.

It’s an evidenced-based transformative practice that leads to mental, physical, spiritual healing and well-being. The practice is integrative as it heals the various unresolved issues and traumas that are present in your body and mind, and restorative as it enables you to recognise your innate peace of mind that is always present amidst all changing circumstances of life.

Paul Collins is an IYN Registered Yoga Elder and a Certified iRest Yoga Nidra meditation teacher. He has been teaching yoga since 2003 and specialises working with Yoga to help people heal trauma.

Leigh Acteson-Rook – Gong Bath

As everything is vibrating so are we, sometimes we can become out of tune in either mind body or spirit and dis-ease can take hold. Using the healing vibrations and frequencies of sound our bodies can be brought back in tune and we can begin to feel healthy and balanced once more. You will be bathed in sound while you let go and hopefully feel the stresses and strains of the day melting away as peace and harmony come singing back to you.

Leigh has been teaching Yoga for over 11 years and incorporates Sound into classes & workshops. She also offers Gong and Sound Baths and the very special all night Gong Pujas from her Yoga Centre in Great Notley. Leigh believes Yoga and Sound can help bring us back to our true nature.

Neelam Taneja – Mantra Workshop

“The philosophy and practice of yoga in one mantra.” A participative mini workshop that includes a bit of Sanskrit All abilities are welcome.

Neelam is an accredited teacher of mindfulness meditation and therapeutic yoga. With over 30 years of teaching experience in various settings; individually and in groups and workshops. He teaches yoga philosophy, Sanskrit and Meditation in education establishments such as yoga teacher training centres, workplaces, privately and in School Settings. Neelam is a Course Director at mindflowyoga.com ; an IYN School of Yoga in Hitchin.

He has a daily personal practice that informs his teaching.

2.30 – 3 pm Tea

3 – 4.45 pm Session 3 [3 parallel workshops]

Kate Tomlinson – Pranayama, Mantra and Meditation – the Art of Breathing Well

iPranayama – the control of breathing – is the traditional technique of slow and rhythmical breathing. With conscious breathing the body relaxes and the mind quietens, while the breath becomes deeper and more efficient. Pranayama is the perfect preparation for meditation. Experience the calming and rejuvenating effects of pranayama when combined with mantra and meditation.

Kate teaches Yoga and Pranayama in Hertfordshire. She was introduced to yoga by Philip Jones, one of the first pranayama teachers in the UK. Kate is a graduate of mindflowyoga.com ; an IYN School of Yoga in Hitchin.

Sharon Cohen – A Gentle Hatha Yoga Practice.

A calm & happy space in which to acknowledge your Self honestly & lovingly encourage steadiness & stillness within mind & body. An opportunity to consciously slow down & come into the present moment. A little taste of inner peacefulness & joy.

Sharon has been practising yoga for over twenty years and graduated as a Yoga Teacher from the Bushey School of Yoga. She teaches in Shenley in Herts.

Sarah Jeffreys-Emrys – Tribal Style Belly Dance

Drawing on her four decades of dance experience, Sarah presents a belly dance fusion choreography to Nataraj by Solace. Inspired by Rachel Brice of The Belly Superstars, this dance combines moves from belly dance, Indian classical dance and Flamenco, fused with the grace and strength of yoga. Come and enjoy something totally different! All welcome… Ladies and gents! no dance experience required.

Sarah has been practising yoga for many years and as well as teaching yoga is a qualified Dance teacher. She runs classes in Suffolk.

3.45 – 5 pm Closing Session