Workshops

Yoga Workshops and Events with Alex West

For details of forthcoming events and workshops

TAOIST MEDITATION ONLINE

I have teamed up with the London Healing Tao Centre, run by my honoured Qi Gong and Meditation teacher and father, Kris North ( I’m West, He’s North, but don’t worry, we both changed our names !!!) That’s him in the picture enjoying some sunshine! I have taught snippets of Taoist meditations in my retreats and workshops, but as Kris is now retiring, it looks like I have the honour and responsibility for preserving and transmitting the Taoist Meditations. This is excellent timing as there has never been a greater need for these teachings, and I can truthfully say that the amazing impact of these Meditations on the quality of my own life has been a source of immense happiness and gratitude to me, so I really am delighted and honoured to have been asked to start teaching and sharing what I’ve been taught.

The Inner Smile, Healing Sounds and Microcosmic Orbit are the foundations of the Taoist Practices and the an excellent way to beat the Lockdown blues and to learn how to transform stress into vitality, and the prices are a special introductory offer, and I’d love you to take advantage and sign up to explore the amazing world of Taoist meditation with me.Here is the timetable of upcoming workshops.

The INNER SMILE  Saturday 24th April 15:00 – 16:30
The INNER SMILE   Sunday 25th  April  15:00 – 16:30

The HEALING SOUNDS Saturday 2nd May 15:00 – 16:30
The HEALING SOUNDS  Sunday  3rd  May 15:00 – 16:30

The MICROCOSMIC ORBIT Saturday  9th May 15:00 – 16:30
The MICROCOSMIC ORBIT  Sunday  10th May 15:00 – 16:30

If you’d like to attend, I’d highly recommend booking the whole course for £45, this is excellent value, and repeating each class will embed your knowledge and understanding and provide an excellent refresher or foundation for future courses in the more advanced Taoist meditation practices we may be running.

The fees are:
£11 for one session, Saturday OR Sunday
£15 to repeat, i.e. Both Saturday AND Sunday
£33 for the Inner Smile + Six Healing Sounds + Microcosmic Orbit, without the repeater sessions.
£45 for ‘The whole hog’, £45 for the six sessions.

These are separate from And you can pay by Paypal or BACS. Please email me, stating which sessions you’d like to attend, and which payment method you’d prefer, and I’ll then send details for BACs Transfer or a PAYPAL invoice for the payment. Once the payment is received, I will send you the Zoom Invitation Link, for each class, the day before each class.

And don’t forget, it starts on Saturday, 3pm to 4.30pm, with a repeat on Sunday: the first module, the Inner Smile!

YOGA ZOOM CLASSES CONTINUE AS NORMAL:
Monday mornings 10:15-11:15 Qi Gong and Yoga Flow
Tuesday evenings 6pm -7pm Restorative Yoga
Friday mornings   10:15 -11:15 Qi Gong and Yoga Flow
Saturday Mornings 10:30am – 12:00. Yoga and Qi Gong Yin Yang detox workshop
£10 per class
£45 for a 5 class pass

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WARM UP

Increase your personal repertoire of light movements and simple stretches that mobilise the joints and loosen the muscles. This makes everything that comes after easier and more accessible for older adults.

RELEASE THE SPINE

Remember the yoga saying, ‘you’re as young as your spine’; as we get older, the spine tends to stiffen, so develop your sequences of mini stretches and twists that increase suppleness and tone while boosting circulation throughout the muscles, tendons, connective tissues.

ACCELERATE SLOWLY

Practice incorporating more movement and enhanced breathwork into the yoga postures that follow – whether working with milder Hatha or stronger Vinyasa, this will increase the circulation and energy and make the Yoga seem much easier to do. This approach gives you, and them, the confidence to safely explore limits, improve and make progress in Yoga.

EXPLAIN THE BENEFITS

Increase your understanding of how the yoga postures and sequences that you teach  interact with the anatomy and physiology of the body. Develop your ability to include explanations that link the yoga postures you select with the benefits to the health and functioning of the body.

This approach keeps people coming back for more. Whether in group classes or one to one tuition, this way of teaching makes Yoga easier to do and increases the ability to make progress. If people believe that the possibilities of yoga are definitely attainable, and if the teacher can clearly communicate what to do and why, and what the benefits are, then they will continue to freely invest their money and time because older adults especially understand the true value of having abundant health and energy.

ALEXANDER WEST

Qualifications:

-Senior Yoga Teacher, Yoga Alliance.

-Advanced Qi Gong Instructor, T’ai Chi Union of Great Britain

-Shiatsu Practicioner and Teacher. Zen Shiatsu Society

-Chi Nei Tsang massage teacher. Healing Tao, Mantak Chia.

I have taught older adults every week since 2003, at community health centres, clubs and gyms including Nuffield Health, David Lloyd, YMCA, GLL and at private members’ clubs including the RAC Club in Pall Mall.

When I first started teaching older adults, I found the obstacles and difficulties they faced quite challenging: My Yoga Teacher Training took place in an apprenticeship style programme over 2 Years at the West London Yoga Shala under the tutelage of Viryam Robertson, who trained with BKS Iyengar and Zandor Remete. The training included a good grounding in Iyengar, Ashtanga and Shadow styles of Yoga. 

With many of the older adults (50 +) i was teaching, the challenging Ashtanga Vinyasa was simply too difficult and inappropriate, while the Iyengar approach was more accessible it was too static and in some ways not challenging enough to keep them enthusiastic and engaged.

The way I developed to teach older adults drew more on the Shadow Yoga, which uses “stanas” rather than asanas, which include a greater element of movement and increased emphasis on strengthening as well as stretching, and incorporates elements of Qi Gong and draws on the detailed knowledge of Anatomy,Physiology and Pathology and principles of oriental medicine used in Shiatsu and acupuncture.