International Yoga Day Morning Event FULL

Cowdray Hall

The morning event is now FULL, but there is still plenty of availability for the evening event.

Join us to celebrate International Yoga Day at Cowdray on Friday 21st June.

The day will consist of a morning event at Cowdray Hall featuring various free yoga classes. An evening event will take place on the Lawns polo field starting at 6pm where there will be a children’s yoga class and a large group lesson class as well as music and chanting.

Everyone welcome. Both the morning and evening event are FREE.

International Yoga Day was inaugurated in 2015 as a way to globally celebrate yoga. It is built on a vision shared by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, adopted by the UN and celebrated in more than 192 nations worldwide.

Entry to the event is completely free making it an ideal opportunity for anyone who may be wondering if yoga is for them.

Space may be limited in some classes therefore participation will be based on a first come first served basis.

The event is held in support of St Wilfrid’s Hospice:

9.30am – 10.00am, Main Hall – Iyengar Yoga with Claire Best

Iyengar Yoga is a safe, progressive practice where there is a focus on improving the posture by aligning the bones & muscles of the body. Props such as blocks, belts & blankets may be used to help the practitioner achieve the Poe. The teacher provides a carefully chosen sequence of related postures that are demonstrated & then practiced. Suitable for complete beginners and a good foundation for other faster paced yoga classes.

Claire Best has been teaching yoga for 20 years having started at the prestigious TriYoga centre in London, part of the curriculum for Webber Douglas drama school and a performer with Tripsichore Yoga theatre. She has been an Iyengar Yoga teacher since 2009.

Claire teaches at Cowdray Hall on:
Tuesday evenings:  7.00pm – 8.30pm
Friday mornings:  9.15am – 10.45am

Contact Claire by email:

9.30am – 10.00am, Chapel – Hatha Yoga with Pauline Johnson

Pauline’s classes are centred on a mindful, embodied yoga practice of breath and movement, giving time and space to meet ourselves and our own needs through that connection.  Calling on various yoga and body traditions, classes are suitable for beginners, all students work to their own level and needs.  Postures and movements are studied in detail and then mixed with liberated movement, building integrated strength and understanding.  The body and mind transforms.

Pauline is a 500 RYT yoga teacher, practicing yoga for 22 years and teaching for 10.  Training in Bali and with Brahmani Yoga in India, Pauline is inspired by with work of the Vanda Scaravelli and Srivatsa Ramaswami and the wonder of the human body in motion.

Pauline teaches at Cowdray Hall on:
Tuesday mornings: 07.30am-08.30am
Wednesday mornings:  10.00am – 11.30am
Wednesday evenings:  7.30pm – 9.00pm
Saturday mornings:    9.00am – 10.30am

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10.00am -11.00am: Film ‘Yogic Paths: Exploring the Yogic Path’

11.00am – 11.30am, Chapel – Meditation with Sandrine Cranswick

In this 30 minutes session we will start with exploring the various postures conducive to meditation and a little explanation.  Chairs and meditation mat and cushions will be provided.

Sandrine will then guide a meditation – training the mind to stay present and focused, using various objects of concentration (body, breath, sounds, object..) and the mindful approach.  We will explore a few sample practices from mainstream mindfulness and Buddhist meditation.  Participants will be given a handout with further resources such as a link to download Sandrine’s meditations, suggested books and retreat places.

Sandrine is a mindfulness teacher who started her daily meditation practice in 1994 when she met her Buddhist teacher. Since then she has trained to teach mainstream mindfulness with Bangor and Oxford Universities and is listed on the UK Network for Mindfulness-based Teachers.

Sandrine teaches at Cowdray Hall on:
Tuesday evenings:  7.00pm – 9.00pm

Contact Sandrine by email:

11.00am – 11.30am, Main Hall – Scaravelli Yoga with Louisa Burtwell Williams & Nicky Reed

Louisa Burtwell Williams:
Scaravelli Yoga is suitable for all.  This style of yoga encourages us to approach each posture with a beginner’s mind, becoming fully present in our own body in every moment.   Rather than pushing or pulling ourselves into the shape of a posture against the will of the body, we look for freedom and ease in movement by listening to our body’s natural intelligence not the ego’s ambition.

Louisa Burtwell Williams is a 500 hour trained Scaravelli inspired yoga teacher who has trained with a number of well renowned Scaravelli teachers including Diane Long, Pete Blackaby, Marc Acquaviva and Sandra Sabatini.  She is passionate about helping others to find a deep connection to, and comfort in, their bodies as well as peace and stillness in their minds.

Louisa hosts regular workshops at Cowdray Hall.

Nicky Reed:
Nicky had been practicing yoga for many years when she was introduced to Scaravelli yoga which inspired her to become a teacher herself. Having done a teacher training course, based on the work of Vanda Scaravelli in Brighton, she has gone on to teach this wonderful yoga at Cowdray Hall and in her home studio in Tillington.  Scaravelli yoga is all about waking up the spine to carry the body and anyone at any age can benefit from this gentle but very powerful approach to yoga.

Nicky teaches at Cowdray Hall on:
Tuesday mornings: 10.00am – 11.30am

Contact Nicky by email:

11.30am – 12.00noon, Meeting Room – Talk by Sacha Kent – ‘Yoga for Healing’

Sacha teaches at Cowdray Hall on:
Tuesday mornings: 9.30am – 10.45am
Friday mornings: 9.15am – 10.30am

Contact Sacha by email:

12.00pm – 12.30pm, Main Hall – Yin and Yang Yoga Class– Chandni

Cultivating a feeling of balance is a big part of practising yoga. This class is all about balancing the power of Yang with the softness of Yin. Part of the session is dedicated to slow flow movement, following the path of our breath. The other half of the class is focused on restorative yoga practices such as yin style asanas (postures) and vishrama (relaxation).

Chandni’s style of teaching focuses on breath, body awareness and being present. Her approach is to combine the latest research in movement science with the wisdom of traditional yoga. Each person’s practise and experience may be different from their neighbour’s in class. Keeping that in mind, Chandni offers modifications for postures and tailors the classes depending on the group. Chandni’s responsive way of teaching balances the importance of good technique with individual proficiency. Her hope is to help students practise yoga on and off the mat.

Chandni Narvekar is a Yoga Alliance certified teacher (E-RYT 200, RYT 500) with over 1,200 hours of teaching experience. You can find Chandni teaching group classes, workshops and private lessons in Hampshire and West Sussex, UK.

Contact Chandni by email:

12.00pm – 12.30pm, Chapel – Chanting – Caroline Harper

In this short taster session, Caroline will introduce you to the healing power of your own voice. There is an African saying – ‘If you can walk – you can dance.  If you can talk – you can sing!’ Both toning and chanting activate the right side of the brain, which in turn, connects directly to the heart. Toning greatly aids embodiment – it both tones and tunes our inner body, while chanting is one of the quickest and easiest routes into opening the heart and stilling the mind.  It effortlessly connects you more deeply to yourself and to one another. Absolutely no prior singing experience is necessary.

Caroline teaches at Cowdray Hall on:
Monday mornings: 10.30am – 11.30am

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Please register online so we know you are coming to the morning event.  Click the ‘Buy ticket’ button (tickets are free of charge and numbers are limited for this morning event).

Refreshments will be provided by the Farm Shop.

In need of a new yoga mat? Why not buy a smart Cowdray-branded mat which is suitable for all types of yoga.

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