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

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Relaxing on the Earth: Yin Yoga Workshop

Price: £30/£25 Saturday March 18th, 2pm – 5pm

Yoga Rooms 483a Barlow Moor Road, First floor, Chorlton M21 8AG (Google map)

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.

The event is now fully booked.

Open your Hips and Release. A yoga workshop exploring safe hip-opening practices

Price: £30/£25 Saturday May 20th, 2pm – 5pm

Yoga Rooms 483a Barlow Moor Road, First floor, Chorlton M21 8AG (Google map)

We can often experience, due to lifestyle and emotional strains, deeply-held tension around the area of the hips and groin. During this workshop we will spend time exploring this through a mixture of gentle warming practices. Using dynamic flowing sequences and stilling yin/restorative postures, we can support and open our hips. Focusing on hip work in our practice can often be challenging, not only on a physical level but also on deeper levels of the emotional body. Explore how support from the breath and asana can lead to a deeper relaxation, release, and an opening to ourselves, our body and our lives.

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.

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 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.

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I am a sixty year old rock climber and started attending yoga classes to gain more flexibility. Practising with Manjunaga has certainly improved my flexibility, however he has also shown me that there is more to yoga than that. His classes have helped me improve my physical and mental strength which I am successfully applying to rock climbing and everyday life.

— Mike Watson

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