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Chi Running & Oxygen Advantage Breathing Retreat

A unique workshops to improve physical health and sports performance through breath and functional movement

Open to anyone looking to improve their health, fitness and achieve a sense of enjoyment and fluidity in movement regardless of age, fitness level, skill set or training regime. From beginner runners to ultra marathoners, those who have never exercised to fitness buffs.

Saturday 30th March 2019
The Oxygen Advantage will address dysfunction breathing patterns to improve breathing in everyday life. Start with this and improve your physical fitness and sports performance.

  • The science behind breathing
  • Tests to detect any breathing pattern disorders such as chronic hyperventilation
  • Practical functional movement exercises to improve breathing
  • Breath-hold exercises to encourage your body to tolerate build up of CO2 and thus reduce breathlessness during exercise, improve aerobic threshold and VO2 max
  • Tips for better sleep and reduced stress
  • The science behind meditation
  • Build the Foundations of Good Running uses the Chi Running technique to improve running efficiency, reduce risk of injury and bring enjoyment back to your running. Chi Running is based on age-old movement principles of Tai Chi, focusing on movement from the body’s centre of gravity.

You’ll learn:

  • The importance of body awareness
  • How to improve posture
  • Key breathing focuses to make running and walking less effort
  • How to speed up by relaxing
  • The importance of rhythm
  • How to use gravity and the force of the oncoming road to help rather than hinder forward momentum
  • How to incorporate form focuses and visualisation into any training programme
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Posture Day Retreat

Perfect Posture
Jo discusses the true secret to sustainable, healthy posture and gives you the tools to achieve it, effortlessly. She use a combination of techniques: stretches and exercises, relaxation techniques, and hands-on correction to achieve the perfect posture.

There is growing evidence that poor posture can lead to a lifetime of chronic pain, fatigue, and low self-esteem. This workshop will give you practical tools to guide you towards good posture, a habit that will help put you on the path to a pain-free and self-confident life.

Furthermore, as we age it is our posture that can let us down, make us appear older and invisible to others. Come and discover how to stay young, straight and flexible with our expert Jo Kuszmar.

“Teaching good posture is about looking at how and where a person invests their energy, as well as reflecting on where there’s an absence of energy and then helping them correct that,” says Kuszmar, who trained as a nurse and shiatsu practitioner. She developed the deportment techniques seven years ago, when, after a divorce, and approaching the wrong side of 50, she feared she was becoming invisible.

Click on the following link for a Telegraph article about Jo’s work.

Click to listen to Jenni Murray on BBC 4’s  Woman’s Hour talking to Jo about her posture clinic – Are we a nation of slouchers? What good posture can do for you.

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Stand-up Paddle Boarding on the Thames

Waves for Change invites you to join us for their annual Thames Stand-Up Paddle Board Challenge. This year they are paddling to break down gender barriers and raise funds to provide more girls safe access to surf therapy.

Taking place on Saturday 23rd June, this will be London’s biggest charity watersport event!

SUPer’s will have the choice of two distances – a 5km paddle adventure open to all (first timers too), or a 35km paddle challenge for those who need testing! Both distances will take in the iconic views of London, both guaranteed to be a lot of fun, and both will go a long way in helping them achieve 50-50 gender representation at W4C.

SUPer’s are strongly encouraged to don superhero fancy dress but not essential. There will be a host of awesome prizes kindly donated by Finisterre and Ticket to Ride, plus the opportunity to win a top of the range SUP board!

If that wasn’t enough, they will also be hosting a post paddle party where friends and family can join you to celebrate.

By being part of this event you will help in power girls across Africa, improving their confidence and self-worth, and instilling the believe they are equal to boys. All they ask is for a donation relevant to the distance you choose and as much fundraising as you can to support your journey.

So Sign-up and join them as they Stand Up for Equality this summer.

They look forward to having you  ‘on-board’!

The W4C TEAM           click to sign up

I will be organising a couple of hours of paddle boarding on the Cherwell before the event. This will be a good practise run! If you are interested email me

Honor (12) and I are signed up to do the 35k – Join us!

Max (my son, 13 years at the time) and I did the 35k distance and it was awesome.

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Group Yoga Classes in Islip

3 Yogis to host a charity yoga morning

On Saturday, April 28th, Zena Kidd-May , Jo Kuszmar and Nicole Croft will be rolling out their yoga mats and offering 3 very different themed yoga sessions. They’re asking you to offer 75mins of your time to help raise money for charity.

Each teacher will be offering a themed 1hr & 15min session in North Oxford and 100% of the money will go to Parishes for Peace.

You are invited to join us for yoga, herbal tea and our homemade raw energy balls all for a fabulous cause!

Date: Saturday 28th April

Zena 08.30 – 9.45am Grounding & Rooting

Nicole 10.00 – 11.15am Heart Opening

Jo 11.30 – 12.45pm Harnessing the Breathe

Open to all students, but ideally you need to be reasonably fit with no ailments that may affect your practice.

Suggested donation: £15 per session, £20 for 2 sessions and £25 for 3 sessions              £1 for tea and energy balls

To reserve your space please email   your details & session you are keen to attend.

If you can’t join us but would like to support the charity please email with your details. 

Venue: Private arts studio, Park Town, North Oxford. (full address on confirmation of booking)

12 spaces per class so book in advance to reserve your spot!

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Menopause & Yoga day retreat

Only three known species go through menopause: killer whales, short-finned pilot whales, and humans. Two years ago, scientists suggested whales do this to focus their attention on the survival of their families rather than on birthing more offspring. But now this same team reports there’s another reason: older females enter menopause because their eldest daughters begin having calves, leading to fights over resources or lending a helping hand to help raise their calves. The findings might also apply to humans, some scientists say.

Do you know what is happening during the menopause? Are you concerned about the changes? Worried about the side effects of HRT? Would you like to understand how to prepare yourself before or after the menopause? What is ‘normal’ and when should we seek help from our GP? Book into our day retreat and find out more.

Learn how to boost your energy, improve health, gain ideas on what can help with night sweats and hot flushes, female dryness, mood swings, and aching joints. Is soya good or bad? What about diet, herbs, alternate support and treatments? Should you be exercising and if so what kind of exercise? Come with your questions and concerns.

Numbers are limited to 10 (only 4 spaces left)

  • Wednesday 2nd May 2018
    • 9:15-9.30 tea & raw energy balls
    • 9.30-11.30 Yoga for menopause by Jo Kuszmar
    • 11.30-12.00 Walk (weather permitting)
    • 12.00-13.00 Light lunch
    • 13.00-15.30 Talk & Q&A

    Cost: £60     To secure your place please email or

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Yoga Classes in Oxford

Chi Running & Yoga

About Chi Running: Chi Running borrows the principles of T’ai Chi, to help runners of all ages move more mindfully, efficiently and effectively. Improving performance and reducing risk of injury.

The benefits aren’t just physical. When running is easier, it’s also more fun!

Many Chi Runners have found that this more mindful approach to running has boosted their self confidence, increased their mental focus and helped them stay healthy and active in other areas of their life.

Click on the links for information on the instructors:

• 08:30-09:30 2/5k run with Gray Caws & Rachel Masser
• 10:00-11:15 Yoga for Runners with Zena Kidd-May
• 11.15-12:00 Bring own lunch or enjoy Zena’s free raw energy balls, bananas & teas
• 12:00-13:00 Chi running explained with Gray Caws
• 13:00-14:00 Practise Chi running with Gray Caws

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All about our One Day Retreats!


Move. Breathe. Eat. Restore. Energise.

All in ONE DAY…

Ever said you’d like to go on a yoga retreat but can’t fit it into your schedule? Here’s your chance…

Whether you are taking your first steps to a healthier lifestyle or a keen yogi interested in a deeper experience. Make a positive change in a ONE DAY retreat.

Surrender to an inspiring blend of dedicated yoga, deep relaxation, whole-foods, workshops, talks all in tranquil beautiful surroundings.

Discover wellbeing from the inside out and wind up feeling blissfully rested, inspired and energised, all in ONE DAY!

Taking time out has always been a vital part of improving the quality of life, but it’s not always possible to take 5 days off and travel to a yoga retreat. A one-day retreat is an ideal way to step off the conveyor belt of life and spend time in a peaceful and spiritual atmosphere, reflecting upon and exploring the important factors governing our everyday experience and re-charging the batteries.


Our main aim is to create a truly calming and spiritually uplifting retreat, a space for relaxation and self-reflection. I want to give you permission to be quiet and take your practice to a deeper level, fully mindful of your body, mind and spirit and ultimately leave us refreshed and smiling.


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All retreats feature a long yoga master class, mindful meditation and breathing practise taught by the host. Groups are small (9), with lots of space and personal attention.


Each retreat we invite a different wellbeing practitioner to give a talk about their specialist topic or lead a workshop, sharing hands-on advice and take-home tips. From Indian head massage, reflexology, to Detox, iridology, fermentation, Chocolate making, Japanese Tea ceremony, weight Loss, menopause and how to run injury free to name but a few. Whatever we come across that is worth sharing and shouting about!

If you know of a wellbeing specialist that is inspiring and willing to share please talk to us. We are always open to new ideas.


A delicious vegetarian lunch will be prepared by local talented people who love to create & cook. All produce is fresh, seasonal and 100% organic where possible. Always GF and DF. Help yourself to herbal teas, Linseed tea and healthy snacks. You can choose to eat in or out door weather permitting.

SILENT LUNCH only on some of the day retreats

Sometimes the best cure is to find an answer from within. Turn down the volume, quieten the voice and really taste the joy of the food that has been lovingly prepared for you. I want to give you permission to be quiet whilst chewing your food. This allows the taste buds to fully engage and the food to fully digest. It will feel strange to start with but I promise you, you will come to really appreciate the silence.


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A beautiful family home in Islip, Oxfordshire surrounded by glorious countryside and a stunning dedicated yoga studio, make the perfect setting to retreat.


Have you ever fantasised about having your very own bespoke retreat? An exclusive day with a select group of friends, family or colleagues? Here’s your chance! Pick a date, theme and menu, and invite your favourite people to our private venue just outside Oxford. A usual day includes yoga, mindfulness, delicious lunch and you can choose from a guest speaker, workshop or treatments.

Own ideas welcome!

Lunch is prepared and herbal teas and healthy snacks are available. Whether it’s a special birthday, alternative hen party, team building exercise, family celebration or just some quality time out we’ll make sure you’ll leave feeling recharged and inspired!


We will send you home feeling regenerated and depending on the retreat with a super healthy goody bag in.




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Restorative Day Retreat

Friday 24th June 2016


• 09:30-09.45 Arrive/Tea
• 10:00-11:45 Dynamic Hatha Yoga with Zena Kidd-May
• 12:15-13:15 Lunch prepared by Modern Baker
• 13:15-14:30 Restorative Yoga with Derek Elliot
• 14:30-14:45 Depart with goody bag

Cost: £70 inclusive of lunch, teas and goody bag

How to book: • Email to reserve you space • Let us know of any injuries i.e lower back, knees, HBP, LBP, hypermobility • Let us know of any food allergies and intolerances • Payment can be made by BACs transfer (preferred), cheque or cash in advance of the day to secure your space • Please bring a jumper and socks

NOTE: This workshop is not for beginners to yoga but if you are reasonably fit with no injuries do get in touch

Zena Kidd-May

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Derek Elliot


What is Restorative Yoga:

This style of yoga evolved from the work of B.K.S.Iyengar and encourages both healing and rejuvenation in the physical body as well as promoting evenness of the mind. Generally most poses are supine and supported by props. These longer holdings help to release muscular tension and bring about a relaxation response in the nervous system. Even at the best of times we can exhibit a stress response to our environment. Restorative yoga allows the space for the parasympathetic nervous system to operate and promote a release from the flight or fight response of the sympathetic nervous system. The outcome is a relaxed, grounded and more centered state of being.

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