I Can’t Get no Satisfaction
I recently came across an article by the writer Charlotte Lieberman entitled “Mindlessly Scrolling for Satisfaction. How to Navigate the Temptation of Distraction in the Information Age.” The irony of finding this article whilst scrolling through my Facebook timeline was not lost on me but I was interested to read what she had to say.
Seeing the Blossom: Reflections on opening to the nowness of everything
I recently had to ask a friend what day of the week it was. It’s been like this since my girlfriend Elaine died. The realm of grief which I now inhabit has taken me to a place where time and space no longer apply. Elaine‚’s recent death and my subsequent grief has stripped me of
It’s A Wonderful Life
Many years ago I found myself in a cinema in Manchester during the festive season. As the lights went up at the end of the film, I looked around to see people wiping tears from their eyes, and likewise during the course of the film I had been moved to tears myself on several occasions.
Aldous Huxley’s Head & Heart
The English author and intellectual Aldous Huxley once said you could sum up the history of every man and woman who has ever lived with the following words, “I see the better and approve it, the worse is what I pursue”. If we were merely rational beings, then our knowing would be indistinguishable from our
Love, Tears & Ginger Beer
“Life changes fast. Life changes in the instant. You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends.” Joan Didion wrote this in her book, “The Year of Magical Thinking”, when her husband of forty years suddenly died and this month of October sees the first anniversary of the death of my beloved
Archive of Reflections
Yoga workshops, events and retreats
Weekly yoga classes are invaluable, especially if they are supplemented with some practice at home. However, our practice can go substantially deeper if we occasionally give it more time and space to unfold.
Opening the Heart with Mindfulness Meditation & Yoga workshop
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). We will also have the opportunity to connect and explore our relationship to our heart and the Manomaya Kosha (The emotional body), looking at how a deeper opening to our emotions and feelings, can bring us more fully into life.
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.
£30 (£25 concession) non-refundable, non-transferable.
The event is now fully booked.
Relaxing on the Earth: Yin Yoga Workshop
Price: £30/£25 Saturday March 18th, 2pm – 5pm
Explore the deeply relaxing practice of Yin yoga, focusing on restorative and meditative practices. This approach focuses on more feminine qualities through longer, passive held postures, it aims to relax our musculature and work on the connective tissues, stimulating also our subtle energy systems within the body.
Yin yoga is a perfect balance to a more ‘yang’ style dynamic practice, and can have a deeply relaxing effect and offer deep peace within the stresses of a busy urban life. I will also be introducing the ancient practice of Yoga Nidra. Looking at how through this practice we can connect to a deep sense of equanimity, peace, and a profound understanding of the nature of our minds.
Full workshop price is £30/£25 non-refundable, non-transferable.
Week-long yoga and meditation retreats in 2017
Going Deeper with Yoga & Meditation 26th May – 2nd June 2017
led by Balajit, Manjunaga, Samadevi
Introductory Yoga & Meditation 1st September – 8th September 2017
led by Padmadarshini, Manjunaga, Inalu
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.
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.”
Weekend yoga and meditation retreats in 2017
Yoga and Meditation Long Weekend April 28th – May 1st 2017
Led by Manjunaga, £210/£190 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.
With Manjunaga, I have found a yoga class that beautifully combines my need for both movement to stimulate me and stillness to soothe me. Each class I attend is a gift to nourish both my body and mind.