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Xenia Pestova Bennett

Xenia creates bespoke sessions to calm and balance anxiety and stress, including with yin yoga and qi gong

Currently all of Xenia's classes and workshops are online, so you can join her from anywhere!

Performance Anxiety and Teaching, Thursday 22 October 6.15-7.15pm (free)

How do we instil confidence in our students while addressing our own performance anxiety? Following on from the sold-out “Inner Critic” performance anxiety workshop, Dr Xenia Pestova Bennett presents tips for teachers on how to recognise and reframe negative thinking, build confidence and (re)discover the joy of performing, whether we are demonstrating for students or coaching others for performance. Educators of all levels of experience and practice approaches are welcome to participate. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Details and booking here.

Nourish and Protect: Autumn Yin Yoga for Immunity and Organ Health, Wednesdays 6-7.15pm

This five-week block of online yoga will prepare us for the winter by nourishing and boosting our immune strength and protecting our inner organs, deep tissues and joints. We will look at meridian theory from traditional practices as well as the latest research on immune system function and apply these concepts to build up our protective shield, enhance circulation and strengthen resilience. We will place particular emphasis on poses for the lungs and the kidneys.

Wednesdays 14 and 28 October and 4, 11, 18 November, 6:00-7:15pm, £30 for five sessions.

Details and booking here.

Yin Yoga for Immunity and Organ Health, Saturday 7 November 2-3.30pm

In this online workshop we will learn about yin yoga, meridian theory and organ health, drawing from traditional practices that include Chinese Medicine and Qi Gong. We will supplement this knowledge with the latest research on immune system function. Our focus will be on preparing for the Autumn and Winter seasons and strengthening the lungs and the kidneys. We will work on balancing emotional states through breathwork combined with calming movement and held poses while stimulating meridians and organs by accessing deeper tissues in the body and training mindfulness through non-reactivity. We will apply these concepts to build up our protective shield, enhance circulation and strengthen resilience. This workshop is open to all levels – no previous experience necessary. The cost to attend is £15.

Details and booking here.

About Xenia

Xenia Pestova Bennett brings a unique perspective to her yoga practice and teaching. She is an internationally-active concert pianist, university lecturer and anxiety coach. She combines her extensive performing and recording experience with wellbeing approaches to create bespoke sessions that calm and balance anxiety and stress. Having studied in the UK, The Netherlands and Canada, Xenia holds a Doctorate in Performance from McGill University. Her wellness teachers include Eleonora Ramsby-Herrera (Hatha Yoga), Sarah Powers (Yin/Yang Yoga and Mindfulness) and Jeff Cushing (Qi Gong).

In addition to teaching music, yoga and breathwork, Xenia delivers private and group sessions on anxiety management for individuals and organisations. Her past clients and collaborators include Ad Agio Musicians’ Workshops, Facebook London, Moving on Music, Sound and Music, Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Nottingham.

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Contact Us

Maitri Studio Limited
4 The Mount, Belfast, BT5 4NA

Tel: +44 (0)28 9099 2428

Company number: NI635546