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Discover Sophrology Course with the Sophrology Academy

In this course you will discover the philosophy, the method and the simple techniques of Sophrology, and how easily they can be incorporated into daily life.

 

Would you like to have more energy and be able to maintain a sense of calm and focus amidst day-to-day demands? We can’t always control the circumstances around us but we can do a lot to manage our experience in a positive way. In this course, you will discover the philosophy, the method and the simple techniques of Sophrology, and how easily they can be incorporated into daily life.

What you will get: This 3-day course provides an introduction to Sophrology as a practical guide for everyday life. You will learn:

Where Sophrology came from
The principles for achieving harmony of body and mind
An introduction to Dynamic Relaxation exercises focusing on the body, the present, and concentration skills
Techniques for recovering and maintaining inner calm
How to use these tools for better managing stress, energy, sleep, and overall life-balance
If you have a busy life and cannot switch off, if everything around you is a whirlwind and you have no time to relax or slow down, this course may be for you!

Location: Psychosynthesis Trust 92-94 Tooley Street London Bridge London SE1 2TH

Course cost: £550.
Contact us for details and payment terms.

Introductory Sophrology Class

DE=STRESS, restore your ENERGY, find BALANCE in daily life.

Try one of our 40 minutes’ Sophrology Introductory classes.

First Thursday of every month near London Bridge.

A combination of breathing, relaxation, simple movements and visualisation, Sophrology empowers you with lifelong skills that you can start using NOW!

TSN-Sophrology-Introductory-Class.pdf

Introductory Sophrology Class

DE=STRESS, restore your ENERGY, find BALANCE in daily life.

Try one of our 40 minutes’ Sophrology Introductory classes.

First Thursday of every month near London Bridge.

A combination of breathing, relaxation, simple movements and visualisation, Sophrology empowers you with lifelong skills that you can start using NOW!

TSN-Sophrology-Introductory-Class.pdf

FINDING MY BREATH, FINDING MY LIFE

I wear 2 hats.
As a drama teacher/coach and a mind-body therapist, I immediately know if someone is breathing in a good way.
I see it, I hear it. I know.
I notice every tiny gasp, every shortness of air.
I have a pretty good idea of how people are feeling just by listening to how they breathe.

– The way you breathe is the way you live. –

I know this because I experienced it intimately.
For over 20 years I suffered from debilitating asthma attacks.

In my 30s I had an attack that nearly cost me my life.
That morning I woke to the cries of my 6 month-old baby girl.
I tried to get out of bed but couldn’t because I was gripped by the worst attack of my life.
I could barely breathe.
I could barely move.
I couldn’t talk.
I had my inhaler and cortisone tablets by my bed but nothing helped.
I tried to stay focused but it’s hard when you feel your life force is being sucked out of you.
I managed to grab my phone -thank goodness for cordless phones -and called my husband at work.
He recognised our number on the screen and when he understood I couldn’t talk, he called for an ambulance and contacted the janitor of our building to take care of our baby.

Before I knew it, I was rushed off to the hospital and stayed in intensive care for 3 days.
3 days of struggling for my next breath.
Of massive doses of cortisone being injected into my body.
Of feeling my heart race: 200 + bpm.
Hearing the ever-beeping-monitors checking my vital signs.
3 long days and nights of feeling both “here” and “there”.
It was touch and go.

I kept thinking of my beautiful baby’s smile, her giggles and her way of singing.
My Anna, my grace.
The thought of her brought me back to life.

After 12 days in the hospital, I was allowed to go back home.
The doctors all said I was lucky to be alive.

As a drama teacher, I was teaching my students about breathing but I was suffering from my poor quality breathing in my personal life.
I felt like a fraud; I felt a sense of shame.

My asthma was calling me, in a big way, to take urgent care of myself.
Unfortunately, I didn’t listen right away.
The message escaped me.
Instead, I reveled in the attention I got as an “asthma sufferer”.
People were kind…for a while.
It wasn’t until several years later when my whole life was stifling me, that I took action and healed myself.

I started to meditate and became curious about my breath.
I didn’t try to change it; I just observed it.
Soon I noticed a significant difference in my capacity to breathe at the beginning and the end of the meditation.

I felt encouraged and my breath and I became friends.
We became BFF.
We had each other.
We mirrored each other.
If I was feeling emotional, he’d get a little tight.
If I felt joyful, he’d be expansive.
Don’t ask me why my breath is masculine. I don’t know. LOL

I also became fascinated by the space between the in-breath and the out-breath.
The pause.
How did my body know when to take the next breath?
I noticed that I trusted that it knew.
That the next breath would come.
I was alright.
TRUST
I discovered that breathing and trust worked together, in harmony- if I let them.

Every morning for 20 min, I did my “breath meditation’ and my constant worrying dissipated.
I release the chains of constant strife just by breathing.
Yes, just by breathing.
By becoming conscious of my breathing.
Breathing began to feel really good.
It became a source of pleasure.

I started to re-inhabit my body.
To trust my intuition.
I felt a deep sense of connection to everyone and to the natural world: animals and plants.
I heightened my sense of proprioception: the sense of my body moving through space.

I became fascinated by the space between 2 thoughts just like I was by the space between the inner and outer breath.
I discovered a sense of inner space that gradually felt as vast as the ocean.

If ever fear or anxiety showed up, I would sit with them.
Feel the discomfort but always trust that my next breath would come and with it, my freedom.
My inner freedom became my outer freedom.
My life changed as I listened to my inner guidance.
I undid 30 years of worrying.
The whole transformative process took a few years.

I have not had any asthma symptoms in the last 10 years.
I don’t even have an inhaler anymore. (This is NOT my doctor’s recommendation and I am not giving you medical advice, just relating my own story)

I no longer talk about myself as an “asthma sufferer”.

I breathe freely, fully, just like I live. Deeply, fully.
I love to breathe!
I love life and life loves me.

For me, breathing is an elixir of life.
A happy and creative life.

In September 2014, I woke up with what can only be called “an inspiration”.
The breath of the Divine whispered to me.
“Walk a Camino, become a sophrologist”(mind-body practitioner).

I followed my inspiration.
It led me to a path of LOVE.
Self-love. Energy. Audacity.
Letting go and living large.

I see, I feel the aliveness in people and places.
I feel blown away by the beauty around me.
Sometimes the feeling is so strong that I feel my heart is going to explode.

I am now preparing for my new Camino.
My 4th Camino.
3 months of walking from Le Puy en Velay (France) to Lisbon.
2200 km.
I can’t wait.
I feel so very grateful to be alive and well.

Belly Breath video by Kate Forrester

#sophrology, #breathing, #bellybreathing , #wellness #freedom #selflove, #selfcare #dynamicrelaxation #stressmanagement

This blog post was written by TSN member, Sophrologist and drama teacher Kate Forrester

Introductory Sophrology Class

DE-STRESS, restore your ENERGY, find BALANCE in daily life.

Try one of our 40 minutes’ Sophrology Introductory classes.

First Thursday of every month near London Bridge.

A combination of breathing, relaxation, simple movements and visualisation, Sophrology empowers you with lifelong skills that you can start using NOW!

Sleep workshop with Joëlle Williams Dupuy

Friday 15th March is World Sleep Day and this year the slogan is “Healthy Sleep, Healthy Aging” to promote awareness of how important good sleep is to you at all stages of life.

My name is Joëlle Williams Dupuy. I am a sophrologist, relaxation and wellbeing therapist, who is particularly interested in Sleep Issues.

I have decided to mark World Sleep Day by organising a workshop to present the benefits of Sophrology to help you address the sleep issues you may be experiencing.

Through a mixture of information, breathing exercises and visualisations, we will be exploring the practical help Sophrology can provide.

FAQs
How can I contact the organiser with any questions?
You can contact me on Wellbeingsophrology@gmail.com. If the Event page shows no more availability, please do contact me as it may be possible to add some tickets or organise another event if there is enough interest.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?
– Driving? Sat Nav: TN1 1DJ. Torrington is the closest car park (£1 for 2 hours if paying over the phone and £1.40 if paying cash).
– Coming by train? Tunbridge Wells train station is some 150 yards away.

Introductory Sophrology Workshop with Fatou Lefeuvre at Insight Platform Haringey

Relax, Observe, Let go and Replenish

Promoting Presence Awareness
Letting go of tensions and what no longer serves you.
Introduction to quick and easy practical tools to assist you to reconnect with your inner environment and positively recharge your energy.

Fee: £15

To book your place, contact:
Fatou Lefeuvre
07877 481 856
Energyflow Yoga/ Sophrology

Introductory Sophrology Class

DE=STRESS, restore your ENERGY, find BALANCE in daily life.

Try one of our 40 minutes’ Sophrology Introductory classes.

First Thursday of every month near London Bridge.

A combination of breathing, relaxation, simple movements and visualisation, Sophrology empowers you with lifelong skills that you can start using NOW!

TSN-Sophrology-Introductory-Class.pdf

DROP-IN, BLISS OUT SESSION – DOMINIQUE ANTIGLIO

Whether you’re already a Sophrology pro or you want to try Sophrology for the first time, Dominique from BeSophro invites you to join her Open Group Class.

50 minutes just for yourself during your lunch break will allow you to recharge, connect and build your path of self-discovery using Sophrology methods.

Sophrology will take you on a blissful journey of relaxation and awareness, using different tools from guided visualisations and breathing to simple exercises like tensing and releasing muscles.

No special equipment or clothing are required, so you can join the group in your lunch break and go back to the office without breaking into a sweat.

If you have practised Sophrology before Dominique will tailor the exercises to take into account your progress and your previous knowledge. If you are a complete beginner she will guide you through the basics so you can enjoy the relaxation at your own pace.

Places are limited to 5 participants allowing to work in a focused and relaxed way ensuring each session is tailored specifically to your needs.
Dominique will provide you with an audio recording of your session so you can continue your practise at home.

Advance booking and payment is essential.

Cost £30 per session (non-refundable)

Location: 58 South Molton Street, London, W1K 5SL

Time: 1pm (50 minute session)

To book any of these dates, please contact us to book:

BAMFORD WORKSHOP: A CALMER AND HAPPIER YOU WITH SOPHROLOGY

Is stress, anxiety or tension holding you back day-to-day, perhaps making it difficult to sleep or focus? Could you benefit from feeling a lot calmer and balanced day to day?

Sip on a Bamford Organic Infusion while Dominique guides you through an afternoon of relaxation, empowerment, and transformation with Sophrology before leaving with a Bamford gift bag.

Hailed by everyone from The Guardian to The Times and Evening Standard as the UK’s next biggest wellness trend, Sophrology is a simple practice to overcome stress, balance body, and mind and live up to your full potential. At the crossroads between western science and eastern philosophies, the practice of Sophrology uniquely blends relaxation, breathing, body awareness and visualisation into a simple and step by step method. Despite being new to the UK, it has been widely practised in France and Switzerland for decades by Olympic athletes and high-flying CEOs, students, and mums-to-be to find energy, positivity, focus and resilience in daily life or to prepare for specific events.

Join Dominique Antiglio, a globally sought after Sophrologist, author of the Best Selling book the Life-Changing Power of Sophrology, Founder of BeSophro, and resident Sophrologist at The Haybarn. Dominique’s expertise in stress-management is regularly sought in the media and her work has been featured in the Times, The Guardian, ELLE and Marie-Claire among others.

Born in Switzerland, Dominique was introduced to Sophrology at 15 years old to overcome health issues, learning early on the ways to positively connect with herself and embrace a new way of living.

Price: £45

Date/Time: 23rd Feb 2-4pm