OurNiaSpace Events

Intro to Sacred Chanting Workshop – Sun, 19 Oct

A relaxing and rejuvenating 
SACRED CHANTING INTRO WORKSHOP, with Saraswati Nagpal to a simple yet powerful art of using sound and vibrations to heal the body and calm the mind.

Chanting is the simple but powerful art of using sound to create positive vibrations that heal the body and calm the mind.

Quantum physics breaks down all of matter to the level of vibration – waves of energy. Chanting uses sound waves to gently bring the mind to a state of meditative awareness, free from the worries of the past or the stress of the future. It is deeply relaxing and rejuvenating.

A 30-minute beginning of very gentle, restorative yoga (Hatha), to open the body and deepen the breath.

Introduction to simple but powerful Sanskrit chants, their authentic pronunciation, meaning and intonation. You will learn to use your voice to move awareness through the body.

A guided deep relaxation ending, using sound to release stress from the body, and rest in stillness.

Date: Sun, 19th October
Time: 2 – 4pm
Cost: R200
Sign-up: ✆ 082 462 4844 or sign up now!

**No prior chanting or singing experience is needed  – this workshop is open to everybody to step into something new!

 Saraswati Nagpal
Saraswati has been chanting since early childhood and has sung for audiences in India and around the world, as well as recorded albums of chants and songs with her brother, Sai. An author, educator, Indian Classical dancer and yoga teacher with over a decade of teaching experience in various fields, she has recently moved to Cape Town from India.

Her voice is often described as pure, soothing and uplifting – and having led meditative chanting sessions in two classes already we can fully attest to that!

AcroYoga FUNdamentals Workshop – Sun,26 Oct

Connect, Trust, Play and Fly – a fun and accessible AcroYoga FUNdamentals Workshop for everyone, an introduction to Partner Acrobatics and Thai Massage with Isabel Essen.

AcroYoga blends the spiritual wisdom of Yoga, the loving kindness of Thai massage and the dynamic power of Acrobatics. These three ancient lineages form the foundation of this partner and community practice that cultivates trust, connection and playfulness while building strength, flexibility and balance at the same time.

In this workshop:

  • you will get a taste of fun and supportive partner stretching, assisted inversion and tightness drills
  • experience playful and accessible partner acrobatic and counterbalance tricks
  • receive rejuvenating Thai Massage

This introductory workshop is suitable for any age and level of fitness. No partner or previous experience necessary.

Date: Sunday, 26th October
Time: 2.30 – 5pm
Cost: R250 or **bring a friend/partner and pay R200 each
Sign up: ✆ 082 462 4844 or sign up now!

*Pre-booking is essential

Isabel Essen is a patient, caring, joyful and compassionate teacher of acrobatic yoga and partner balancing. With a background in dance and teaching dance, she has always been drawn to movement practices of various kinds. This passion for movement originally brought her to Yoga, which in turn led her to finding one of her greatest passions: Acrobatic Yoga. Isabel attended her first AcroYoga class in 2012 and instantly hooked, she completed her 200 hour Vinyasa teacher training under Jim Harrington in 2013, followed by an AcroRevolution Teacher Training Certificate in Washington DC, USA, in 2014.

Isabel’s Acro classes offer a supportive, fun, creative and adventurous environment in which individuals can grow, explore their boundaries and connect to others in a warm, motivating and safe space.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Isabel on essen.isabel@gmail.com at any time

Art and Dance Playshop – Saturday 1, November

Express yourself through music, art and dance. Honour your unique and fabulous self through play. 

Create an intuitive and spontaneous art work inspired by movement, sound, resonance and vibration and dance.  Let your hair down, tune into your senses and be amazed at what you can create!

This is a three-hour experience of deepening sensation by allowing your body to respond intuitively to music. We engage in freedance to awaken the Witness, observing our inner workings of mind, body and heart.  We make marks on a large ‘canvas’, responding to the dynamics of music and our body in motion. We work with pastel, polish and paint, staying in the realm of free, spontaneous expression, finishing up with an art work inspired by music and dance

This wonderful workshop will be guided by Gail Schoeman – Nia instructor, Astar trained facilitator and amazing movement, art and creative process facilitator.

Date: Saturday, 1 November
Time: 2pm – 5pm
Cost: R350*
*includes art materials
Venue: OurNiaSpace Studio
Sign up:  ✆ 082 462 4844 or sign up now!

This workshop is open to anybody and  no art or dance experience is needed.

Comments from participants in the last workshop held in August:

One of my best gifts to me. Beautifully and skillfully held by Gail. It was the ultimate experience of free expression.” .. Althea

 ”Fearlessly creating. Through movement I found my creative flow, a part that lay dormant for a while.. very excited to participate again. I love how every stroke to me felt like stepping onto an invisible bridge, and how all of me craved to take another step and another… not attached to any outcome, just present in my body with a feather in my hand, creating whatever came next” .. Mia

For more information on Gail and Heart in motion visit www.heartinmotion.co.za