Sat 26th Nov 2022 - Radical Rest: Stillness as Protest - 3-5pm @ Studio IO
Sat 3rd Dec 2022 - Bits & Pieces: Festive Life Drawing and Creative Writing - 6-8pm @ The Queery
Sun 15th Jan 2023 - Embodying Tarot - 1:30-3:30pm @ About Balance
Sun 22nd Jan 2023 - Radical Rest: Stillness as Protest - 4-6pm @ Studio IO
Sun 19th Feb 2023 - Disobedient Bodies: Yoga for Ruler-breakers, Yoga for Liberation - Time TBC @ BNHC
Sat 15th April 2023 - LGBTQIA+ Rest & Play Day Retreat with Gabi - details TBC
For more information and booking details, please scroll down
Embodying Tarot: A Yoga and Tarot Workshop
In this 2 hour workshop we will use the practices of Tarot and Yoga as ways to connect with ourselves, set intentions, and embody and map out our emotions and inner world. Whether you’re interested in learning about Tarot, or are a seasoned reader and curious about finding new ways of connecting with their magic, this workshop is a chance to playfully explore, move your body, and ground yourself.
On the day you will:
Get an overview of some of the major arcana and symbols used in Tarot reading.
Explore intuitive movement and meaning making by playing with matching shapes, movement and meditation practices to the cards.
Move through a narrative driven flow led by the cards.
Take some deep rest and meditation in Yoga Nidra.
This workshop is intended to be accessible to as many people as possible, and no prior experience of yoga or tarot is required. Options will be provided throughout the movement practices, and you are encouraged to move in your own way, at your own pace
Workshops run regularly find the next date and book through About Balance,
Radical Rest: Stillness as Protest
“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” -Audre Lorde
In a culture that pushes you to constantly produce, grind, and burn out, allowing yourself the space to rest is a radical act of care. Within an anti-capitalist and intersectional framework this workshop uses breath practices, unraveling somatic movements, restorative yoga postures, and yoga nidra, to practice what we were always intended to do, and resource ourselves with rest.
While capitalism treats us like machines, we protest this by giving ourselves permission to experience the body as a site of liberation and connection, and practice the divine art of doing Nothing. For capitalism, our rest is an interruption, for us it is a portal. This practice will work with the nervous system to shift us towards states in which we can recover, process, and heal. We will physically support the body, knowing that this is a container which holds our emotions, worries, dreams, thoughts, and spirit.
This is a physically very gentle practice, where great detail and attention will be given to ensuring the body is comfortable - which is not to say it is alway easy! This is a practice for those wishing to slow down, those recovering physically, emotionally or mentally from injury, illness and burn-out, and those who wish to find greater restfulness and ease as a deepening of their activism and spiritual practice.
To book email Lou at Bodybitsbrighton@gmail.com Price: £25/£20
Bits & Pieces: Life Drawing and Creative Writing
Bits & Pieces is a, co-operatively run, playful, accessible, and mindful life drawing and writing workshop series, which uses art to explore and connect with ideas, self, and community. We are unapologetically queer, feminist, body positive, and dedicated to social justice which often informs our themes! We use themes to format sessions, so that we can play and explore with art to reflect on ways of being in the world. To celebrate December, we will look at rituals, traditions and festivities and how they harvest community and creativity!
We believe in art as an act of community care and are against the gatekeeping of creativity. Our aim is to create accessible and fun art spaces that encourage everyone to get involved, regardless of experience, and without worrying about the finished product.
Workshops run regularly in Brighton. Our next event is a special Alternative Valentines event on Sun 12th Feb and you can buy tickets through eventbrite.
Disobedient Bodies: Yoga for rule-breaking, yoga for liberation
This workshop journeys through embodied and intuitive yoga asana and movement, reflective and explorative practice, and simple but radical rest and meditation. We will investigate the way our experience of the body has been shaped by marginalisation, conformity, and submission, and develop our use of yoga as a tool for freedom, authenticity, and creativity, to revel in our joyful disobedience.
Through this we build a relationship with our bodies around trust, autonomy, and pleasure, rather than fear, imitation, or dominance. We will allow the body to be imprecise, in process, in play, rather than a problem we are trying to solve.
This is a workshop for the rebels, the weirdos, the dreamers, the creatives, and those drawn to yoga but who struggle with rigidity or dogma. It it open to people of all experiences, identities and bodies, and the physical practice is geared towards an individual approach to movement that can be more accessible. There will be lying down, moving around, invitations to shake, wiggle, roll, be energetic, and be still.
Workshops run regularly find the next date and book through Brighton Natural Health Cantre
LGBTQIA+ Community Yoga
A monthly extended yoga class for the LGBTQIA+ community co-taught by Lou and Gabi. This class is an opportunity for us to come together in a safe and inclusive environment, to joyfully move our bodies, take deep, nourishing rest and be in community together. The class is made up of an accessible flow practice and restorative & yoga nidra practice, which Gabi and Lou will alternate teaching. We will conclude by coming together for a group discussion and check in (and maybe some vegan treats!).
This class is body positive, fat inclusive and very queer! We welcome people of all identities and backgrounds, and celebrate the diversity of our vibrant community. The movement-based yoga will always have options to suit your individual body on that day, but you do need to be able to get up and down off the floor unaided.
Priced on a sliding scale £10/£20/£30 and booking through About Balance,
Self Care Sunday
This free workshop will help you build a self-care tool kit by developing and exploring different grounding and affirming practices for your everyday life. In the workshop you we will think about care, rest and compassion for ourselves through
grounding breath practices
guided journaling and creative writing
gentle movement and restorative yoga
This workshop is open to people of all shapes, sizes and identities and does not require any previous experience or ability, as we try to develop and prioritise practices and rituals of self-care and rest in a world that pushes us towards speed and productivity.
Booking through About Balance, and delivered via Zoom.
Donations are welcome, and all proceeds will be passed on to charities supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, and Black and Queer charities.
Yoga and Writing: Self-Care and Body Positivity
Lou is a yoga teacher, arts facilitator, and sexuality and body specialist. In this workshop you will use yoga practice and writing exercises to unpack the beliefs we all have about our bodies and selves. You will use these exercises as practices of self-care, to move towards a place of acceptance and compassion, and explore new ways of being in and making peace with your body.
On the day you will:
-Move through a body positive flow yoga practice, that invites you to explore the subtly and uniqueness of your own experience of your body.
·-Use writing prompts and exercises to punctuate our yoga practice, and engage in an exploration of your self-narrative around your body, and how you may begin to develop that relationship (no show and tell, no grades, no detentions).
·-Use a restorative and nidra yoga practice to sink back into our bodies and meditate over our relationship to self.
£23/ £18 member concessions
This workshop is open to people of all shapes, sizes and identities, as we try to navigate the long and winding road towards self-acceptance and compassion. The workshop aims to be accessible and open to everyone – if you would like to attend but it is out of your price range, please contact me directly to discuss options for this.