In the woods
Nurture in Nature
What better way to spend a Sunday than to come to the woods and enjoy a plethora of activities with other like-minded people?
- Yoga and mindful movement
- Bushcraft including fire lighting and campfire cooking
- Woodland meditation and mindfulness
- Mindful walking
- Restorative Yoga to fully relax
Find strength, peace and connection. Feel revitalised.
Woodland days for women in the beautiful Lake District. Silva is the Latin word for forest and we shall spend the day exploring the forest with like-minded women, using all of our senses, activities including woodland crafts, mindfulness, yoga, activities to help connect with the natural environment as well as a roaring campfire to keep us warm and well fed. Sessions are relaxed so that you can go at your own pace and take part in what you feel like doing.
Each month will focus around a different theme and different activities and crafts.
For upcoming dates please see the events page or email for more information or to book a private group session.
Mindful Mountain Meanders
Mindful walks are the perfect way to experience the mountains and glens of the Lake District while increasing our mindful awareness of our senses and the stunning landscapes around us.
Yogic mindfulness and our experience of natural beauty are symbiotic. The space and serenity provided by the natural world assists with stilling our minds. Allowing the mind to settle into a present and aware experience increases the vividness of how we experience our surroundings.
The walks include some simple yoga practice, meditation and mindfulness exercises.
We offer two types of walk:
Mindful Meanders: Lowland and woodland walks on mostly flat or undulating paths.
Mountain Meanders: Take in the higher fells and sometimes summits with up and down hill walking.
Walks are led by Nes, who is an experienced and qualified Mountain Leader and trained in Yogic Mindfulness and yoga.
Health benefits of walking include:
Increased cardiovascular and pulmonary (heart and lung) fitness
Brisk walking boosts endorphins, which can reduce stress hormones and alleviate mild depression. Through the production of feel-good endorphins, walking can improve mood and self-esteem
Reduced risk of heart disease and stroke
Improved management of conditions such as hypertension (high blood pressure), high cholesterol, joint and muscular pain or stiffness, and diabetes
Stronger bones and improved balance
Increased muscle strength and endurance
Reduced body fat.
Benefits of being outdoors:
Boosts energy. One study suggests that spending 20 minutes in the open air gives your brain an energy boost
Improves vision. Research shows those who spend more time outdoors are less likely to develop nearsightedness.
Boosts immune system. Breathing in phytoncides—airborne chemicals produced by plants—increases our levels of white blood cells, helping us fight off infections and diseases.
Helps Seasonal Affective Disorder. Spending time outside can lessen SAD’s severity—even if the weather’s cold or overcast.
Vitamin D. Vitamin D is essential for a well-functioning body. It helps us absorb calcium, it prevents osteoporosis, and it reduces inflammation, among other things. We get more than 90 percent of our vitamin D from casual exposure to sunlight.
De-stress. A number of studies have found time outdoors to relieve stress, and also improve memory and attention: Even when it's cold, taking a walk outside can improve memory and attention span by up to 20 percent.
Benefits of mindfulness:
Reduced stress levels
Boosts to working memory
Less emotional reactivity
More cognitive flexibility
Yoga and Mindfulness
Nes provides one-to -one classes. Private yoga is particularly beneficial for you if:
You have an injury or are facing a health condition; one-to-one yoga sessions can teach you to do yoga safely and promote self-healing.
You want the personal guidance of an experienced instructor to help you decide what practice is the best for you.
You are an experienced student who wants to deepen your practice and expand upon your interests.
You are new to yoga and feel self-conscious in the public class. Private classes can build confidence and help you integrate into public classes.
You are ready to start practicing on your own, but you need a little help getting started.
You would like to attend a yoga class but the public class times don't suit you. Or if you are experiencing stress, anxiety or burnout and would get more benefit from a one to one.
The lessons can be designed to follow your own particular area of interest such as breathing practices, meditation, physical emphasis, restorative or relaxation etc. You will come away with a practice which I shall also draw for you so that you remember.
During the first session, we will practice some basic movements to get an idea of your response to yoga. You will have the opportunity to discuss your personal goals, expectations, experience, concerns, and potential challenges in a comfortable, one-on-one environment. You will come away with a home practice that we can tweak in further sessions.
You can anticipate highly personalised, progressive sessions designed to help you move towards greater wellbeing. You and Nes will work together to identify a realistic path of practice through yoga postures and breathing techniques adapted specifically for your body and structured to help you reach your goals.
£45 p/h for one 50 minute session.
£160 for 4 sessions.
You might want a follow-up sometime in the future if something changes and you'd like your practice to change but otherwise most people feel a 4 week block is enough to develop a practice to suit them.
Some people like to continue with regular private classes at a variety of intervals, this is also an option.
I also offer regular sessions for households, like a mini group class just for your family , friends or group. Contact me if you'd be interested in this option.
Want to book or enquire about any of the sessions listed? Either look on the events page or send us a message.
Contact us using the form below, or email Nes at firstname.lastname@example.org: