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What is Sangha?

Sangha is simply a celebration of yoga.

Run by the British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) our annual national event has had a few names over the years (Congress, Yoga Fest etc) but throughout it has remained a wonderful, welcoming opportunity for anyone interested in yoga.

It is ideal for everyone from beginners to those who have been practicing yoga for decades, teachers, non-teachers and anyone curious to delve into the wonderful array of yoga on offer. We welcome everyone, whether you are a member of the BWY, any other yoga organisation or none at all.

If this is your first time at Sangha, please click here for a beginner's guide.

Sangha runs from Friday lunchtime to Sunday afternoon and hosts over 120 classes, workshops and talks.

On each day there are a number of 'sessions' and each session has a variety of classes to choose from. You don't need to go to a class in each session of course: some people like to take some time for reflection or personal practice. The choice is yours.

Many people come on their own and catch up with friends they used to train with or have made at Sangha and that is testament to the friendly and welcoming atmosphere at the event. Nobody need be on their own unless they want to. If you need a bit of company, or someone to go with to your first class or meal just ask at the Helpdesk.

And the welcoming, accepting nature extends to the classes too. Each class has been categorised by the teacher in terms of who would get most out of the class. The vast majority are perfect for everyone. A few are designed more for teachers and some for more advanced practitioners but you will be able to decide for yourself by looking at the session information - you know your own strengths and weaknesses, interests and ability. If you have any questions then just ask, we are only too happy to help.

You will need to book on to any classes you wish to go to as each room has a maximum capacity. You can book online up until 17:00 on 14 April and then if you need to make any changes to your booking, the BWY Helpdesk in Market Place will be able to help you.

Aside from the yoga, there is also the BWY AGM, open to all BWY members. This is your chance to hear what has been happening over the past year and what is planned for the coming year. The AGM information will be available to members before Sangha and there will be a presentation of the information too. It is also your opportunity to ask the National Executive Committee (NEC) questions. You will be asked to sign in to the AGM - this is the only part of Sangha which is not open to people who are not members of the BWY.

And then there is Market Place... bigger and better than ever before, this hall is packed with people selling yoga clothing, props, meditation aids and all things yoga-aligned. There are also a variety of treatments available from massage to vegan gel nails.

Market Place is also where you will find the BWY Help Desk, BWY Training and BWY Regions stands.

Many of our BWY Accredited Training Organisations are also available to talk to about future training.

Within Market Place is the Library - this relaxed area where you will find authors and producers who have books, music and the like on offer.

All the details about Market Place can be found here.

First Time at Sangha

If this is your first time coming to Sangha then welcome!
 
We are thrilled you will be joining us and hope that you really enjoy your weekend with us. If you have any questions at all during Sangha, your best bet is to head to the BWY Helpdesk in Market Place (in the Paris Suite) but let's give you a rundown of the event and what you can expect.
 

What do I do first?

The first thing you need to do is book your ticket. This gets you into the event and when you arrive you will be given a wristlet that gives you access to all the communal areas, Market Place, the hotel facilities and any sessions you have booked.

What is a session and what do I need to do?

It is a collective name for all the classes going on at any one point. They are lettered A - N (with no 'I' as it gets confusing on screen with the number 1).

You need to book your sessions as the popular ones get filled quickly and it will guarantee your mat space. The teachers will take registers for H&S reasons and priority will be given to those who have booked.

Each session has a description that should let you know if it's something you'd be interested in and then there is also a guide from the teacher as to who it is aimed at. Check the session details and times carefully as a few of the sessions start a little earlier or finish a little later than others. There is also information about any specific yoga equipment you need to bring.

If you need to amend your sessions, you can do this online until 17:00 on 14 April or once you get to the event, the BWY Helpdesk will be able to help you change classes, subject to availability.
 
All your meals and refreshments are included in the ticket so once you arrive, the only money you will need is if you use the bar, cafe, room service or want to purchase something from Market Place. All bar and room bills will need to be settled before you check out.

What is Market Place?

Located in the Paris Suite, this hall is filled with loads of hand-picked stands selling everything you could think of that is aligned with yoga.
 

What do I do when I arrive?

Head to hotel reception to check in (after 15:00 - you can leave your luggage here if you arrive before this). The Jury's Inn staff are really helpful and will be able to direct you to wherever you need to be.

Then, your next port of call should be the BWY Helpdesk so that you can pick up your delegate pack and get your wristlet.

Is it yoga all weekend?

No, there is a variety of class types - discussions, Q&As, talks, workshops and classes. Ranging from chanting and mala making to very physical asana and dance-inspired classes. With everything in between too!

On Friday evening, we have a drinks reception to launch Sangha at our fabulous new venue, which everyone is invited to and kindly hosted by Jury's Inn. And a glorious two-hour Kirtan with James Boag, our headline teacher.

Then we have a Keynote Talk on Saturday from James called Sangha - For the love of yoga which will be filled with his wonderful story-telling. And the BWY AGM, so if you are a BWY member then you are most welcome to come to that. It will be followed by a Q&A with the BWY National Executive Committee, to which can submit questions in advance.

You can do as much or as little as you like. It's a great opportunity to work with some of the best teachers in a style that you already love or to try something new.

There is always someone to talk to or who will take you under their wing. Sangha is really friendly and the range of ability is huge so there's no need to worry about everyone being 'better' than you! We are all learning!

And there are always plenty of people in the bar of an evening, so if you fancy a drink and a chat, pop by and join us.

I've got more questions

Great, head on over to the FAQs section and see if you can find your answer there. If not, please contact us and we will try our best to help!

We look forward to seeing you at Sangha and in the meantime, here's what Lucy Edge from YogaClicks has to say about Sangha:

 

FAQs

Accessibility: There are a number of bedrooms suitable for wheelchair access. If you have questions in relation to accessibility, please get in touch (01529 306851 or office@bwy.org.uk).

Throughout the hotel, accessibility features include:

  • Accessible toilets in public areas
  • Lifts available
  • Allocated parking spaces
  • Accessible leisure facilities and gym
  • Accessible changing rooms
  • Accessible conference rooms
  • Accessible restaurant

Arrival: Please make your way to the main hotel reception to check in and they will direct you to wherever you need to be. There will be members of the BWY Team around too so please do not hesitate to ask for assistance. If you arrive before check-in there will be a luggage storage facility in main reception. 

BWY Helpdesk: This can be found in Market Place in the Paris Suite for registration (once you have checked in at the main hotel reception). They will be able to answer all your queries (or find someone that can!), help you book/change sessions and point you in the right direction.

BWY AGM: Open to all British Wheel of Yoga Members. Following the AGM there will be a Q&A session. If you would like to submit a question to the NEC, please email it to Katherine Nicholls on events@bwy.org.uk by 17:00 on 14 April, including your name, BWY number and region.
While we will try to open the floor to other questions, priority will be given to those submitted in advance due to time restrictions.

Cancellation Policy:  

If we have to cancel Sangha due to COVID restrictions imposed on us by the Government or other Advisory Body, you will receive a 100% refund on your ticket and there will be no administration fee applicable.

Please note that in the event of complete cancellation, it may take longer than normal to process all the refunds.

(See also Refund Policy)

Check In: From 15:00 at the main hotel reception - there will be facilities to store your possessions before this time on your arrival day.

Check Out: By 11:00 at the main hotel reception - there will be facilities to store your possessions after this time.

COVID-19 Precautions: At the time of writing, we are confident that we will be able to satisfy governmental guidelines to ensure that we keep you safe. To avoid giving out conflicting advice and information between now and April, we will issue any specific guidelines much closer to Sangha when we can be relatively sure things will not change again. You will need to bring your own yoga mat, props and equipment.

CPD Points: For every hour of programmed content that you take part in, you will accrue 1 CPD point, which can be logged via the membership site. So, if you attend five 1.5 hour classes and the AGM, then you will accrue 9 CPD points.

Dietary Requirements: The food at Sangha will be vegetarian with a substantial proportion of vegan dishes. If you have a specific dietary requirement (e.g. vegan, Kosher, gluten/dairy free) these can be catered for and please note them on your account. Anyone that requires specific preparations, e.g. due to allergies or medical conditions, please note this on your account and we will provide a name-labelled meal for you.

Emergencies: If you require any of the emergency services please call hotel reception who will contact them on your behalf. This is quicker than dialling 999.

First Aid: Please contact hotel reception for any first aid queries.

Food and Drink: All our meals are self-service and will be in the London Suite. The food will be vegetarian with a substantial proportion of vegan dishes. Refreshments will also be available mid-morning and afternoon. All of this is included in your ticket. There is also a coffee shop and bar in the hotel which you are welcome to use - any items will need to be paid for at the till or via your room bill. Room service is available and please note that any charges need to be settled prior to your departure. 
There is an option to pre-book a packed lunch for Sunday if you need to leave early. This will be a DIY system where you choose what you would like using a takeaway box provided by the hotel, together with any drinks etc you would like to take. Please note that if you have not booked a pack lunch on your account we cannot guarantee we will be able to provide one.

Hotel: Information about the hotel can be found on their website (Jurys Inn, Hinckley). The hotel address is: Watling Street, Hinckley, LE10 3JA. Contact details are: 01455 631 122 or jurysinnhinckleyisland@jurysinns.com.

Laundry Facilities: These can be booked via reception. 

Leisure Facilities: There is a swimming pool, sauna, steam room and gym in the hotel which you are able to use. At present, guests are required to book a time slot for the gym and pool and the sauna and steam room are not open due to COVID restrictions. This information will be updated closer to Sangha to avoid giving out conflicting information.

Lifts: There is lift access to virtually all the bedrooms, practice rooms and communal areas. There are one or two rooms that have a couple of steps once you leave the lift. If you are concerned about accessibility at all, please do get in touch and we will try to help.

Lost Property: Any property that you find should be handed in to hotel reception. If you have lost anything, please contact reception. There may be a postage charge for returning property after you have left.

Parking: The hotel car park encircles the hotel and is a very short distance to the main entrance. If you have a non-standard vehicle, once you have purchased a Sangha ticket, please call Jury's Inn on 01455 631122 or email jurysinnhinckleyisland@jurysinn.com) to enquire about possible arrangements. 

Refund Policy: 
If you are unable to attend, please contact Central Office on 01529 306851 or office@bwy.org.uk - please note that a £5 administration fee will be deducted from any refund in addition to the following:

  • If you apply for a refund up to and including 60 days prior to 00:01 on the first day of Sangha (whether you are attending on that day or not), you will receive 100% of your ticket refunded.
  • If you apply for a refund between 60 days prior to and 00:01 on the first day of Sangha (whether you are attending on that day or not), you will receive 75% of your ticket refunded.

(See also Cancellation Policy)

Medical Attention: For any non-emergency medical attention, there is a walk-in Medical Centre in Coventry: click here for information.

Sessions: 

Your ticket affords you access to the event, we strongly recommend that you book any sessions as soon as possible to avoid missing out on your preferred classes. If you need to change a booked session, you can do this online until 5pm on 14 April. After this point, you will be able to change sessions at the BWY Helpdesk in Market Place, subject to availability at the time. Registers will be taken by each teacher for H&S reasons and to ensure that those who have booked on the session are given priority.

(See also Tickets and Wristlets)

Shops: Castle Street in Hinckley and the Britannia Shopping Centre have a wide range of shops.

Taxis: 
A1 Taxis (01455 615161 or info@a1taxishinckley.co.uk)
A2Z Taxis (01455 448053 or a2ztaxi@yahoo.com)

Tickets and Wristlets: 

Each individual attending Sangha needs to have a ticket (once purchased, you will need to book your preferred sessions).

On arrival a wristlet will be issued - these must be worn throughout and not attached to clothing, bags etc.

  • Full tickets (all) include all your meals, accommodation, refreshments and any sessions you wish to attend. Apart from any shopping you choose to do in Market Place or socialising in the bar or cafe, everything is included.
  • Day tickets (Friday, Saturday or Sunday) include everything as above on that day apart from the accommodation.
  • Full ticket (for two people) are for two people who share a room a twin room (two double beds). 

Tickets need to be purchased online and once you have done this, you will need to choose and book your sessions.

As part of our commitment as the Sport England Governing Body of Yoga and our own BWY mission to educate and make yoga available to all, there is no surcharge if you are not a BWY member. BWY members get discounted tickets to events around the country but in the interest of inclusivity, Sangha welcomes everyone - whether you are a member of the BWY, another yoga organisation or none at all. Wifi: There is complimentary 400MB wifi throughout the hotel, please ask at reception for details.

NB tickets can be purchased online until 5pm on 14 April 2021 - after this point, any amendments to your sessions can be made at the BWY Helpdesk in Market Place. 

What to Bring

Bring all your usual yoga kit – if you normally use blocks, blankets, bolsters, cushions and straps, then bring them with you. You will definitely need your mat! Unfortunately, we are not able to loan equipment for hygiene reasons.

Sessions list any specific equipment you may need to bring, so please check this carefully to ensure you have what you need.

There are plenty of shops in Market Place selling yoga clothes, props and accessories, in case you forget something.

If you want to make use of the pool or gym then please bring anything you might need.

There is no need to bring smart clothes for the evening, we all just socialise in our yoga gear!

Getting to Sangha

  • Jurys Inn have produced a helpful guide to help you get to Sangha, which can be downloaded here.

  • You can also get bespoke driving directions using the Jurys Inn journey planner. Simply allow your browser to use your location when prompted or manually enter your address in the space provided (underneath the map).
    The directions also open in Google Maps.

By Car

  • Satnav postcode: LE10 3JA.

  • Easy access to and from the M1, M6 and M69
  • Free of chanrge onsite parking, close to the main entrance

By Bus

  • Information on travel by bus will be updated closer to Sangha due to anticipated timetable changes.

By Train

The closest railway stations are:

By Air

The closest airports are: 

Bedrooms

All the bedrooms are extremely comfortable and spacious with double beds and en suite facilities.

There are a limited number of twin doubles (i.e. two double beds) which can be booked by choosing the 'Full Ticket for Two' option.

There are also a number of accessible wheelchair friendly rooms (see Accessibility section in FAQs). If you need one of these rooms, please check the appropriate box when purchasing your ticket.

All rooms have the following facilities:

  • TV
  • Coffee and tea refreshment dock
  • Ensuite with complimentary toiletries
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Trouser press
  • Free wifi
  • Hairdryer
  • 24 hour room service
  • Bottle of mineral water
  • Bathrobe
  • Slippers
  • Jet power walk-in shower
  • Separate lounge area
  • Work desk

If you would like to look at the hotel, please click here.

Health, Safety and Wellbeing

By purchasing a ticket and booking sessions you confirm your understanding that neither the Sangha tutors nor the BWY are qualified to express an opinion that you are fit to safely participate in any of the organised sessions. 

You must obtain professional or specialist advice from your doctor before attending if you are in any doubt at the time of the event.

You should disclose specific health issues to the session tutor, listen to your body and follow any safety instructions, modifications or adjustments suggested. 

Never continue if you feel any discomfort or if you feel that a class or a movement is too challenging for your ability at the time.

In the absence of any negligence or other breach of duty by the BWY or session tutor, participating in Sangha is entirely at your own risk.