Experience better mental and emotional health through times of change
Enjoy classes, workshops, events and therapies
Situated in Ardingly, West Sussex, our wellbeing centre provides:
* Live Well programmes to support people of all ages through major life transitions, activities for children & young people bookable now
* Friendly restorative classes in yoga, Pilates, tai chi, relaxation and mindfulness to maintain wellness
* 22 different complementary therapies for deep relaxation and to resolve anxiety and stress
*Training in healing modalities such as Angelic Reiki, Vibrational Medicine Jin Shin Jyutsu and Pellowah
* Monthly Wellbeing Markets offering ethical products, taster treatments and readings, please register above
* New programmes to support children and young people (August 2021)
* Professional facilitators that help you to feel safe and relaxed, and who help to re-awaken your natural sense of joy and happiness
Find us in Street Lane, Ardingly, West Sussex RH17 6UB
Free parking in Ardingly https://ardingly.org/about-ardingly/
Feedback from visitors
“Great place to go and relax. Love it x”
“Absolutely love this place, so calm and peaceful. Always feel fulfilled after visiting.”
“Lovely venue ran by people who really care. The quality & diversity of events, therapies, classes, speakers is truly remarkable!”
“I love this place. So many good things have happened for me here, it is beautiful. Excellent workshops and always high quality and compassionate services from like-minded and friendly people.”
“Just looking at the faces, that should tell you that we all had a great day. It’s the friendship and togetherness that always makes it such a great day at the Koorana Centre, many thanks for all your hard work.”
Be inspired and awakened, uplifted and energised
Established in 2012, The Koorana Centre aims to provide safe, nurturing and uplifting experiences in an environment where everyone feels welcome
Let go of anxiety – how your breath can become
your very best friend!
How can the experience of stress and anxiety be reduced by the breath? Well deep within each of us is a nervous system and in that we have two main branches: the central nervous system (CNS) and the peripheral nervous system (PNS). The PNS contains a further sub-division called the autonomic nervous system, which is in charge of regulating all involuntary responses such as breathing, heart rate, blood pressure and digestion.
Now although these all occur automatically, the breath is unique in the sense that it is the only function we are able to consciously control. This is why the breath is so valuable, as it essentially provides us with a key to ‘nervous system regulation’. In other words, when we breath right we can release anxiety and stress by soothing the nervous system.
Within the autonomic nervous system, there are a further two branches – the sympathetic (which is related to fight/flight/freeze) and the parasympathetic (which is related to rest/digest/relaxation). During times of high stress or anxiety, the sympathetic nervous system is activated and the stress hormone cortisol floods the body; heart rate and breathing rate increase and we often experience a number of uncomfortable emotions.
At this very moment, the breath becomes our best friend! It is our magic tool that can regulate our nervous system and bring us out of fight/flight/freeze mode and straight into rest and relaxation.
So, perhaps next time you find yourself feeling overly anxious, panicked or stressed, have a go at taking several long, slow (5-7 seconds), deep breaths. In through the nose, and out through the nose (or mouth). This will activate your parasympathetic nervous system, and you are likely to experience greater feelings of clarity, rest and relaxation. This is a wonderful tool that can be skillfully used throughout your day to lower levels of high anxiety!
By Izzy Cloke, Mindfulness Teacher at the Koorana Centre, Ardingly
From our practitioners
Anna Grace Taylor
The wonderful energy and the comfortable, warm environment that has been created is an ideal space to relax and learn. I love teaching my workshops here.
“I love the Koorana Centre. The space feels instantly nurturing as soon as I walk in. I find it has a beautiful and relaxing ambience. It is a joy to teach here.”
‘The Koorana Centre is the perfect place for yoga. As you enter the building you are enveloped in a sense of peace and positive energy. The beautiful chapel windows create a light and airy space whilst the underfloor heating keep students warm.’