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Hatha is also translated as ha meaning ‘Sun’ and tha meaning ‘Moon’..
Over 8 weeks you'll cover the basics of yoga to build confidence..
Pregnancy, POst natal and kids
More information coming soon on our pregnancy, post natal and kids yoga..
Restorative yoga is a delicious way to relax and soothe those weary muscles..
Yin yoga directs stimulation deeper into the muscular tissues..
As the name suggests, this class is an immersion in beautiful sounds..
All Flow classes are based on breath and movement..
Yoga Nidra translates directly to ‘yogic sleep’ and is a state of consciousness..
No matter how much we age, the benefits of yoga remain the same..
Workshops and retreats
We run a series of workshops and retreats through the year, for when you really need to stop the world and get off for a while.
2019 courses & workshops
beginners & foundation courses
ekams yoga beginners courses are geared for people who are either starting out in their yoga practice or for those would like to revisit and clarify basic alignment principles and the essence of yoga.
Through demonstration, discussion and experiential movement and breath work, the course will empower you with key understandings and information on how to help keep your body safe - whether you are practicing in a class or on your own. When asanas (yoga postures) are practiced with awareness and knowledge of healthy alignment then prana (life force) will flow freely, which will promote comfort and ease in the body and mind.
Next course JANUARY 2019 - wednesday 7:30-9:00pm
Our 8 week chakras courses will deepen your understanding by exploring a different chakra each week focusing on alignment, pranayama (breathing) and meditation. Promoting safety and ease in your practice, benefits also increasing flexibility, strength (mental & physical), improving cardiovascular, digestive health and a sense of wellbeing and relaxation.
The word ‘chakra’ is derived from the sanskrit word meaning ‘wheel’. Literally translated from the Hindi it means ‘Wheel of spinning Energy’. A chakra is like a whirling, vortex-like, powerhouse of energy. Within our bodies, you have seven of these major energy centres and many more minor ones. Deepak Chopra says that each of the seven chakras are governed by spiritual laws, principles of consciousness that we can use to cultivate greater harmony, happiness, and wellbeing in our lives and in the world.
WISE WOMAN - HOLISTIC MENOPAUSE WORKSHOP
SUNDAY 27TH JAN 2-4:30pm £25
A women’s transition through peri-menopause is rarely talked about, but its symptoms can be disruptive and disempowering when experienced alone. Ageing is often seen as a taboo in our culture, and this phase in our lives can carry feelings of shame, regret and fear.
Join yoga teacher Rosie Blake and women’s holistic therapist Trudi Holden in a welcoming circle, as we explore natural ways to manage menopausal symptoms, and honour the rising wisdom and power which comes with this new chapter. Combing pelvic strengthening yoga, stress reducing meditation and hormone balancing self-massage techniques, Rosie and Trudi will guide you through an afternoon of self-exploration into your own menopause journey.
We will also invite you to enquire into your own rising feminine wisdom, as you move from Maiden and Mother through to Marga and Crone (meaning ‘crowned one’, ‘sovereign’, or ‘wise woman’).
The afternoon includes:
Opening and closing circle to set intentions and (optional) share your wisdom
Self-massage workshop, to learn techniques to balance your hormones
Strengthen and balance Yoga class, following by deeply relaxing Yoga Nidra (including optional aromatherapy head massage)
Sharing circle and discussion on natural remedies
Holistic menopause support advice and handouts – including diet, herbs, massage, essential oils, meditation, lifestyle and supplements
Discounted Well Woman massage voucher Herbal teas and snacks
To ensure a small intimate group, this workshop is limited to 8 women, so BOOK EARLY to secure your place. Message Trudi at Wild Samsara or Rosie at Ekam Studio for questions or to book
** Please Note: this is open to ANY women at any stage of their life interested in learning more about peri-menopause **
kids yoga 6 week course starts friday 11th JAn
4-7 years old 3:45-4:45pm
8-12 years old 5:00-6:00pm
The benefits of yoga for children are overwhelming. It boosts children’s confidence while minimising anxiety, stress and even depression. Yoga provides them with tools to manage everyday obstacles & become better problem solvers. Physically, yoga improves strength, balance and overall fitness.
Yoga for children is slightly different than yoga for adults. To keep the children engaged, yoga needs to be fun! We are able to keep the classes exciting while incorporating different yoga techniques such as breathing, meditation & poses in every class.
We utilise different medias throughout the class to keep it exciting for the children. They learn different yoga techniques through story-telling, books, songs, games and crafts. We use partner poses and sharing time to inspire mindfulness.
8+ Yoga is a bridge between childhood and adolescence. It helps kids understand what’s going on, gives them time to step back from the everyday, and helps them start to see themselves and their bodies in a healthy context. We move towards a more adult style yoga as they mature physically and mentally, engaging with yoga on a deeper level. We look at topics children are studying at school, and issues for the age group like growing up. We include sequences and postures that are more typical of an adult yoga class.
Most importantly, in addition to Yoga being beneficial, it can be creative and fun!
Kids Yoga Cornwall is proud to be a Devon & Cornwall Children’s University learning destination.
The Kids Yoga Cornwall team are Shuni Williams-Filby and Kaan Buyukkaraca.
Restorative yoga & yoga nidra - 2 hour
Restorative yoga is a practice that is all about slowing down and opening your body through passive stretching & breathing. You’ll hardly move at all, doing just a few postures in the course of an hour. It is a completely different experience than most contemporary yoga. Deeply nourishing for the body, mind & soul.
Yoga nidra or yogic sleep is a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping, like the "going-to-sleep" stage. It is a state in which the body is completely relaxed, and you become systematically and increasingly aware of the inner world by following a set of verbal instructions.
Suitable for all ages & abilities. The studio is fully equipped & will provide all you need, please arrive 5/10mins before the class starts to get yourself warm, sung & prepared. Please wear something comfortable, feel free to bring a jumper & socks. Yummy tea & home made treats served after the practice, with time to chill, talk & meet the group. The perfect way to end your week & start your weekend.
Spring19 - Jan 18th - Feb 8th - Mar 8th - April 5th
Fridays - 6:30-8:30pm - 10 places available - £15 pp
SOUND BATH - NEW MONTHLY
The gong is an ancient instrument for raising consciousness, ceremony & healing. It represents the primordial sound vibration 'AUM', which has the potential to lead us to inner silence. Ali guides you to settle, relax and breathe into the space before setting your sankalpa (intention) for the session. Laying snug and supported in shavasana there is nothing more for you to do; just surrender into an ocean of sacred sound, created by the majestic gong as well as singing bowls & elemental instruments.
As we bathe in sound the brain waves entrain, moving towards states of consciousness such as deep relaxation, meditation and insight. The body feels every vibration and frequency, responding to the living tones of the gong; its rhythms are harmonised, tensions unravel and life force flows more freely.
The gong sound bath can be highly effective in pain relief, coping with stress, emotional balance & spiritual growth … to name a few of its diverse benefits.
All are welcome – no experience of sound healing, yoga or meditation is required. Please speak to Ali beforehand (07855402837) if you are pregnant or have sensitivity to sound, about recent surgery with metal implants or with any other health concerns.
Please wear comfy, warm layers and be well hydrated to practise, avoiding heavy meals before the sound bath. All equipment is provided for you at ekam yoga studio: yoga mats, bolsters, blankets, eye pillows & cushions for your head.
spring19 - JAn 25th - mar 29nd - April 26th
Fridays - 7:00-8:30pm - 10 places available - £12 pp (sadly no sound bath in February)
many ways to keep up to date with new courses, workshops & special events. COME & JOIN US…
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So it’s your first time going to yoga class, and you fear you’ll feel out of place. And sure, walking into a yoga class for the first time can feel intimidating, especially if you're not sure what to expect.
One way to help calm your pre-class worries is to learn a thing or two about yoga etiquette, and the general ins and outs of a typical studio ahead of time. Glance through these tips, and then enjoy the full yoga experience! You’ll be set to go like you’ve been yoga-ing for years.
Usually, arriving a good 10 minutes before class starts is appropriate. Give yourself enough time to arrive at the studio, hang up your coat, take off your shoes and socks, and turn off your mobile phone. You’ll need to sign in and pay for class, which often involves a bit of paperwork if you're new to the studio. You’ll also want to give yourself a few extra minutes to lay out your mat, gather props, and bring your breath to an even and steady pace. After all, it's pretty challenging to get centered if you're racing in just as class is getting started, and there’s little worse than being the cause of a disruption when everyone has just begun to relax. Usually, arriving a good fifteen minutes before class starts is appropriate (not too much more, as sometimes the teachers need prep time, or a prior class may still be going on in the studio). What should you do if you ARE late and class has begun? Anything over 10min is usually unsafe for you to start. Most teachers don’t mind if you slip in silently and take a place in the back. No one should be too uptight. It is yoga, after all.
Turn off Your Electronics
Phones, wrist watches, iPads—anything that dings, rings or buzzes—should be turned off. Want to know what can get all eyes on you in a yoga class faster than a no-handed headstand? Phones, wrist watches, iPads—anything that dings, rings, or buzzes please switch all devises off or on plane mode before class starts. Even that dangly necklace that your kids made for you that jingles as you move shouldn’t make its way into the practice space. Leave anything that makes noise but doesn't breathe outside of the studio. Not only do you not want to distract others, but you want to be totally present in class without the outside world demanding your attention.
Use a Tissue
If eye pillows are available for use in shavasana (final relaxation), there are most likely tissues for your use as well. Place the tissue between your eyes and the pillow to protect those peepers and keep things sanitary.
Be Aware of the Space You Take
Though the teacher often moves around the room and does demonstrations from various places in the studio, be aware of where you’re placing your mat so you don’t sit yourself directly in front of someone else. It is common courtesy to stagger yourself so that the person behind you has a clear view of the teacher.
Um…Don’t Smell-up the Room
I’m not suggesting you be concerned with body odor—actually quite the opposite. Be concerned about perfumes. Often, those in that yoga class with you are on the natural path, and the smell of commercial lotions and perfumes make some people sick (literally). Try to go au naturel, or if you really would like to smell better without being offensive, drop a dab of essential oil onto your wrists. Please NO aerosols in the studio, changing room or loo.
Don’t Chat with the Person Next to You
Sure, make friends with your yoga neighbours because, after all, yoga is all about “uniting,” right? Often the yoga studio is a prime gathering space for like-minded folks, but keep the chatting in the coatroom. Once you enter the studio, it’s time to turn inward, so don’t be offended if that uniting you were yearning for isn’t happening when you’re on your mat. Many students relish practice as a time to turn inward and become centered, and the time in the studio before, during, and after class is to some a sacred time to ¨stay on your mat.¨ Plus chatting during class is distracting and even dangerous when challenging poses are being taught and people need to stay focused.
Ask Questions Mindfully
You might wonder if it’s okay to ask the instructor a question during class. This really depends upon the teacher. Generally YES we encourage mindful questions, if you’re in a setting where the teacher is the only one speaking, respect that atmosphere in a way that still allows you to get the most out of class. If you have a question that needs answering, by all means ask it, but aim to get the attention of your teacher discreetly so that they come over to your mat, and you can ask them one-on-one.
Head Faces the Front at the End (top of your mat)
During the last pose of the class, shavasana, some people spin around so that their feet are facing away from the teacher and their head is pointing toward her. Though many people don’t take this position on the mat, at EKAM & in many parts of the world, it is widely done to show respect for the teacher.
EKAM has spray bottles available to clean off the mats at the end. Spritz (usually a mixture of a few drops of lemon grass & tee tree oil diluted in water). ¾ Spritz over mat, then wipe the mat down post-practice (especially if the mat you were using isn't your own). Put away all props neatly and where you found them. The few extra seconds it takes each student to stack the blocks so they don’t tip, roll the mats so they are even, and fold the blankets saves lots of time for the instructor.
Being gentle in voice, movement, actions, thought, and attitude respects those who come to yoga for a safe, uplifting, truthful environment. Practicing non-violence (ahimsa in Sanskrit) at the studio means coming into the space in a peaceful way. Gossip, angry complaining, and negative attitudes are best left for the gatherings around the water cooler at work. Instead, being gentle in voice, movement, actions, thought, and attitude respects those who come to yoga for a safe, uplifting, truthful environment. Hopefully, this gentle way of approaching and being will dissipate negativity not only during yoga class but at the water cooler and other areas of life as well.
Your Response Is Noted
Often, at the close of class, the teacher will bow their heads and say “namaste” to the class. If it moves you to do so, you would respond with “namaste” back. You may notice the other students around you saying it as well. Namaste is your teacher’s way of saying they honour the divinity in you. Your saying it back says you honour the divinity in them too.
Take What You Learned with You
Hopefully, your focus in class has little to do with etiquette and rules and much more to do with gaining a better understanding of both the practice and yourself. Most likely, you’ll feel a great sense of invigoration, peace, relaxation, and inspiration after class. If this is the case, there isn’t a better way to show gratitude to the teacher and honour the practice than to spread this sense of peace to others throughout your day.
Data Protection & GDPR
Data Protection & GDPR
This is the data protection policy of ekam studio.
ekam studio is committed to being transparent about how it collects and uses the personal data including, in particular, the data of our employees, suppliers, and actual and potential clients/customers of our services. This policy applies to the personal data of all such persons.
Data Protection Principles
ekam studio processes personal data in accordance with the following data protection principles:
ekam studio processes personal data lawfully, fairly and in a transparent manner.
ekam studio collects personal data only for specified, explicit and legitimate purposes.
ekam studio processes personal data only where it is adequate, relevant and limited to what is necessary for the purposes of processing.
ekam studio keeps accurate personal data and takes all reasonable steps to ensure that inaccurate personal data is rectified or deleted without delay.
ekam studio keeps personal data only for the period necessary for processing.
ekam studio adopts appropriate measures to make sure that personal data is secure, and protected.
ekam studio tells individuals the reasons for processing their personal data, how it uses such data and the legal basis for processing via this policy. It will not process personal data of individuals for other reasons. Where ekam studio relies on its legitimate interests as the basis for processing data, it will carry out an assessment to ensure that those interests are not overridden by the rights and freedoms of individuals.
The Legal Basis on Which We Hold Personal Data
We hold personal data under the following permitted reasons provided by the GDPR - so one of these reasons will apply to your data:
(a) Consent: the individual has given clear consent for ekam studio to process their personal data for a specific purpose, for example: the client has input their details via Tula to attend our studio/make use of our services; emailed us to join our mailing list; signed up to our newsletter; Teaches or offers services to clients at ekam studio
(b) Contract: the processing is necessary for a membership contract ekam studio has with the individual, or because they have asked you to take specific steps before entering into a contract.
(c) Legal obligation: the processing is necessary for ekam studio to comply with the law (not including contractual obligations).
(d) Vital interests: the processing is necessary to protect someone’s life, for example, next of kin data / emergency contact data in case of emergency.
(e) Public task: the processing is necessary for ekam studio to perform a task in the public interest or for our official functions, and the task or function has a clear basis in law.
(f) Legitimate interests: the processing is necessary for ekam studio’s legitimate interests or the legitimate interests of a third party unless there is a good reason to protect the individual’s personal data which overrides those legitimate interests.
As a data subject, individuals have a number of rights in relation to their personal data.
Subject access requests
Individuals have the right to make a subject access request. If an individual makes a subject access request, ekam studio will tell him/her:
- whether or not his/her data is processed and if so why, the categories of personal data concerned and the source of the data if it is not collected from the individual;
- to whom his/her data is or may be disclosed, including to recipients located outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and the safeguards that apply to such transfers;
- for how long his/her personal data is stored (or how that period is decided);
- his/her rights to rectification or erasure of data, or to restrict or object to processing;
- his/her right to complain to the Information Commissioner if he/she thinks ekam studio has failed to comply with his/her data protection rights; and
- whether or not ekam studio carries out automated decision-making and the logic involved in any such decision-making.
ekam studio will also provide the individual with a copy of the personal data undergoing processing. This will normally be in electronic form if the individual has made a request electronically, unless he/she agrees otherwise.
To make a subject access request, the individual should send the request to firstname.lastname@example.org
In some cases, ekam studio may need to ask for proof of identification before the request can be processed. ekam studio will inform the individual if it needs to verify his/her identity and the documents it requires.
ekam studio will normally respond to a request within a period of one month from the date it is received. In some cases, such as where ekam studio processes large amounts of the individual's data, it may respond within three months of the date the request is received. ekam studio will write to the individual within one month of receiving the original request to tell him/her if this is the case.
If a subject access request is manifestly unfounded or excessive, ekam studio is not obliged to comply with it. Alternatively, ekam studio can agree to respond but will charge a fee, which will be based on the administrative cost of responding to the request.
A subject access request is likely to be manifestly unfounded or excessive where it repeats a request to which ekam studio has already responded. If an individual submits a request that is unfounded or excessive, ekam studio will notify him/her that this is the case and whether or not it will respond to it.
Individuals have a number of other rights in relation to their personal data. They can require ekam studio to:
- rectify inaccurate data;
- stop processing or erase data that is no longer necessary for the purposes of processing;
- stop processing or erase data if the individual's interests override ekam studio legitimate grounds for processing data (where ekam studio relies on its legitimate interests as a reason for processing data);
- stop processing or erase data if processing is unlawful; and
- stop processing data for a period if data is inaccurate or if there is a dispute about whether or not the individual's interests override ekam studio legitimate grounds for processing data.
To ask ekam studio to take any of these steps, the individual should send the request to email@example.com
ekam studio takes the security of personal data seriously. ekam studio has internal policies and controls in place to protect personal data against loss, accidental destruction, misuse or disclosure, and to ensure that data is not accessed, except by employees in the proper performance of their duties.
If ekam studio discovers that there has been a breach of personal data that poses a risk to the rights and freedoms of individuals, it will report it to the Information Commissioner within 72 hours of discovery. ekam studio will record all data breaches regardless of their effect.
Individuals are responsible for helping ekam studio keep their personal data up to date. Individuals should let ekam studio know if data provided to ekam studio changes, for example if an individual moves house or changes his/her bank details.
Teachers and Directors
ekam studio Teachers and Directors may have access to the personal data of other individuals / clients in the course of their work at the Studio. Where this is the case, ekam studio relies on the individual Teacher to help meet its data protection obligations for clients, as outlined below.
ekam studio Directors, Teachers and individuals who have access to personal data are required:
- to access only data that they have authority to access and only for authorised purposes;
- not to disclose data except to individuals (whether inside or outside ekam studio) who have appropriate authorisation;
- to keep data secure (for example by complying with these rules on to access personal data, from ekam studio’s premises wit access to data, secure password protection, secure login of the tula site and app for ekam studio purposes, and not storing any client data);
- not to remove personal data, or devices containing or that can be used without adopting appropriate security measures (such as encryption or password protection) to secure the data and the device;
- not to store personal data on local drives or on personal devices that are used for work purposes; and
- to report data breaches of which they become aware to Rosie Blake, Director, ekam studio, immediately. firstname.lastname@example.org
Failing to observe these requirements may lead to dismissal of the Teacher from ekam studio schedule. Significant or deliberate breaches of this policy, such as accessing employee or customer data without authorisation or a legitimate reason to do so, may constitute gross misconduct and could lead to dismissal without notice.