What happiness to play in bodily movement
With the power aroused by Yoga.
To jump and run, to dance and leap, is more joyful still.

— Milarepa

Recent Reflections

  • The Woodpecker & Connecting to Life

    I recently spent a week teaching on a yoga and meditation retreat at Dhanakosa, a Buddhist retreat centre in Scotland located next to Loch Voil & the Trossachs National Park. Those of you who have been lucky enough to visit Dhanakosa will know It provides a quiet and beautiful setting for retreats. During my stay
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  • The Obsession with Yoga Asana

    A friend recently shared a photo with me on Twitter of a young woman performing a very elaborate yoga posture, she was doing a headstand while in full lotus. As if this wasn’t enough, she was also doing this whilst only balancing on her head with her arms not touching the ground! Over the years
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  • The pursuit of Happiness

    When was the last time you felt an emotion that you did not want to feel?  In a recent TED talk, “The Gift and Power of Emotional Courage” Psychologist Susan David explored our flexibility with the emotions we feel in our lives.  She mentioned a survey she conducted with over 70,000 people where a third
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  • Vision & Belief

    Sir Roger Bannister, died peacefully in Oxford on 3 March, aged 88, surrounded by his family. On the 6th May 1954 as a 25 year old medical student Roger Bannister became the first man to run a mile in under four minutes. Pandemonium broke out within the crowd of 3,000 spectators when news spread that
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  • The last time I saw Richard

    “The last time I saw Richard was Detroit in ‘68, And he told me all romantics meet the same fate someday Cynical and drunk and boring someone in some dark cafe”. The haunting opening line of Joni Mitchell’s song, “The last time I saw Richard” from her 1971 LP ‘Blue’.  Anyone familiar with this album
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Opening to Life with Mindfulness, Meditation & Yoga workshop

Saturday June 16th 2pm – 5pm Price: £30/£25  (Concessions apply to students, the unemployed, OAP’s) Yoga Rooms 483a Barlow Moor Road, First floor, Chorlton M21 8AG (Google map)

During this workshop we will be looking at the practice of yoga and meditation. Learn to relax & still your mind through the practice of mindfulness. See how these teachings can offer creative ways of working with your mind and mental states in a busy world. We will explore a combination of dynamic, Yang flowing movement through a combination of circular and spiral patterns as well as Yin-style practice, focusing on restorative and meditative practices, working with more subtle energetic aspects of our being.

I will also be introducing some meditation practices: Samatha (for calming & positive emotion) and also Vipassana (insight). This workshop is ideal for anybody wishing to explore yoga and meditation for the first time, or students with an established practice wishing to go deeper.

This workshop is open to students of all levels.

Full workshop price is £30/£25 non-refundable, non-transferable.

Relaxing into Stillness : Resting on the Earth Yin Yoga Workshop

Saturday July 14th 10am – 1pm Price: £30/£25  (Concessions apply to students, the unemployed, OAP’s) Bodywise Natural Health Centre 16-20 Turner St, Manchester M4 1DZ (Google map)

Why not take time out to relax and soften on the earth? A time to turn inwards and allow ourselves to feel supported. Join me for an afternoon exploring Yin/restorative yoga.

Yin yoga is a deeply relaxing, restorative approach to practice. It focuses on the feminine with passive, meditative qualities. Through longer held postures, it aims to relax our musculature and work on the connective tissues, also stimulating our subtle energy systems within the body. Yin yoga is a perfect balance to a more a yang style dynamic practice, and offers deep peace within the stresses of a busy urban life. During the workshop we shall also have an opportunity to explore the deeply profound and relaxing practice of yoga nidra together. Leave feeling refreshed and restored.

This workshop is open to students of all levels.

Full workshop price is £30/£25 non-refundable, non-transferable.

Week-long yoga and meditation retreats in 2018

Introductory Yoga & Meditation 20th April – 27th April 2018
led by Samadevi, Manjunaga, Padmadarshini

Going Deeper with Yoga & Meditation 24th August – 31st August 2018
led by Balajit, Manjunaga, Samadevi

The Going Deeper retreat is open to anyone who has done an introductory retreat and is looking to take their practice a bit deeper. (see Dhanakosa website for more details)

Dhanakosa, with its loch shore location in the Loch Voil & the Trossachs National Park, provides a quiet and beautiful setting for retreats. The centre is just 90 minutes drive from Glasgow or Edinburgh and is easily accessible by public transport.

Dhanakosa Balquhidder, Lochearnhead, FK19 8PQ (See a Google map and picture from Google Street View)

For more information visit the Dhanakosa website.

“I would thoroughly recommend a weeks retreat at Dhanokosa, a fantastic opportunity to slow down, reflect and unwind. As a first timer to retreats I wasn’t sure what to expect, but as soon as I arrived I felt welcome and quickly settled in. What’s fantastic about the retreat is having a whole week to relax, practice yoga and meditation with like minded people. Whilst Manjunaga’s yoga was suitable for beginners, it also offered enough of a challenge for individuals who had been practicing regularly.

Dhanokosa looks over Loch Voil and I had plenty of time to explore the beautiful surroundings, dip my toe into the loch and walk the surrounding hills.

After a weeks retreat at Dhanakosa I felt revived mentally and physically.”

Louise Belinfante

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Weekend and week-long yoga and meditation retreats in 2018

Yoga & Meditation February 9th-16th 2018
Led by Manjunaga  & Satyamati | £350/320 conc

Yoga and Meditation Long Weekend May 4th-7th 2018
Led by Manjunaga & Samadevi | £220/200 conc

Manjunaga will be teaching on this yoga and meditation retreat .These retreats offer the opportunity to combine the practice of yoga with the added depth of awareness that meditation creates.

Rivendell is situated on the edge of a small East Sussex village, the retreat centre itself is housed in a former Victorian rectory. Surrounding the house is a lovely garden, beyond which lie fields and woodland. It has simple communal accommodation, which is warm and comfortable. Shared single-sex accommodation is in upstairs bedrooms and there are also two lounges. At the heart of Rivendell is the beautiful and peaceful shrine room.

Rivendell Buddhist Retreat Centre, Chillies Lane, High Hurstwood, East Sussex, TN22 4AB (google map)

For more information visit the Rivendell website.

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I come away from Manjunaga’s Saturday morning yoga class feeling relaxed yet energised.
It’s a really positive start to the weekend!

— Sarah Finan

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