• London Study Retreat

    Yoga and relaxation weekend

    15–17 March 2024

Yoga and relaxation weekend

Mini weekend retreat from 15 to 17 March 2024

Join us for a relaxing weekend in the oasis of peace of the Sivananda Centre. Learn practical relaxation techniques to improve your wellbeing, recharge body and mind and respond positively to the circumstances and challenges of daily life.

Relaxation is our natural state, it is our birthright. We experience a deeper state of relaxation when we are expending little or no energy. This is the natural way to relax body and mind.

Deep relaxation works on three levels – physical, mental and spiritual. Relaxation is not so much a state as a process, a series of increasing depth. It is a matter of letting go instead of holding on, of not doing rather than doing. When we master the art of proper relaxation, we possess the key to health, vitality and inner peace. Relaxation is a tonic for the whole being, liberating vast resources of energy

Daily programme

Friday 15 March
4:00 pmAsana and pranayama class: Beyond physical relaxation 
5:30 pmVegetarian dinner
8:00 pmSilent meditation, chanting, talk: Yoga, an ancient guide to healthy living
Saturday 16 March
6:30 amSilent meditation, chanting and talk: Silence, its health benefits and how to practice
8:15 amAsana and pranayama class: Asanas for increased vitality
9:45 amLight breakfast
11:00 amKarma yoga
12:00 pmVegetarian lunch
1:00 pmRest
2:00 pmWorkshop: The art of relaxation
4:00 pmAsana and pranayama class: Dissolving tensions through deep breathing
6:00 pmSilent meditation, chanting, talk: Kirtan, ancient melodies for inner harmony
7:30 pmVegetarian dinner
Sunday 17 March
6:30 amSilent meditative walk along the Thames
8:15 amAsana and pranayama class: Meditative yoga class
9:45 amLight breakfast
11:00 amKarma yoga and packing
12:00 pmVegetarian lunch
1:00 pmRest
2:00 pmWorkshop: Positive Thinking: practical yogic tools for daily life

Study Book

The workshop is based on the book Yoga, Your Home Practice Companion by the Sivananda Yoga Centres.


You are welcome to stay in the centre for the length of the course, accommodation will be in a shared, double or single room. It is also possible to join the retreat during the day and return home in the evening, the retreat is open to non-residents.

Residential course
Shared room£195
Double room£235
Single room£275
Non-residential course
Workshop onlyMember: £20, non-member: £25, concession: £18


Arrival and departure

Arrival: around 3pm on Friday 15 March
Departure: around 3.30pm on Sunday 17 March.


Course venue

The Sivananda Centre in London is a spiritual oasis amid the pressures of city life. Situated in a quiet residential area, the centre’s welcoming reception area, spacious studios, beautiful peace garden and comfortable bedrooms provide an ideal setting for practising yoga, meditation and relaxation.

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