Hokusai Says: Live with the World Inside You
There is a fascinating story about a Japanese artist called Hokusai who was a painter and printmaker during Japan’s Edo period. In 1810 at the age of 50, Hokusai went to the Buddhist temple Myōken Hall in Yanagishima to make offerings and prayers to the Bodhisattva Myōken. He prayed to Myōken to make him a
Believe to be Beautiful
I have a particular vivid memory of my first visit to Florence’s main cathedral “Santa Maria del Fioreor” or the Duomo as it is most often referred to. The cathedral stands proudly over the city with its magnificent Renaissance dome designed by Filippo Brunelleschi. On the day of my visit to the cathedral, I entered
The Beatles: Sgt Pepper at 50
On Thursday 1st June 1967 the Beatles released their album ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ and this year sees its 50th anniversary being celebrated. The album had a huge impact around the world and became the soundtrack to what was soon to be termed, “The Summer of Love”. With its iconic album cover designed
Life is not Fair, Is it?
The late comedian and writer, Victoria Wood was reportedly to have told one last joke before she died, “Life is not fair, is it? Some of us drink champagne in the fast lane, and some of us eat our sandwiches by the loose chippings on the A597”. In these wonderful few lines she managed, through
The Rite of Spring
On 29th May 1913, when a new ballet was first premiered at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, the avant-garde nature of the music and the new modern form of choreography caused a riot as violence broke out in the audience. The music for the ballet was composed by a young unknown composer called Igor
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More about Manjunaga
Manjunaga began his yoga practice in 1998 and draws from his exploration of the practices of yoga and Buddhism to create an embodied practice that addresses the body, heart and mind.
His style of yoga teaching combines dynamic, flowing movement with stilling, calming postures to experience yoga as a deepening awareness of breath, cultivating peace of mind.
In 2005 Manjunaga was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order where he was given the name Manjunaga which means kind wisdom. He has been exploring the insights and practices of meditation and Buddhism for over 20 years and draws from his in-depth training in Buddhist meditation practices. He has taught meditation courses at the Manchester Buddhist Centre for many years as well as on yoga & Buddhist retreats.
Manjunaga feels that yoga is an awareness practice, offering us an opportunity to become more fully embodied in our experience; this allows for a greater sensitivity to our emotional and physical well-being, allowing us to open to a natural state of open, relaxed awareness and a deepening insight into our essential nature.
Challenging and engaging, stimulating yet relaxing, invigorating yet calming; I always leave Manjunaga’s classes feeling that I have experienced yoga on more than just a physical level.