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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Relax & Restore: Yoga Nidra workshop

Saturday October 21st, 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)

Yoga Nidra is an ancient guided restorative meditation practice that helps us connect to a deep underlying peace of mind that is always present amidst all the changing circumstances of our life. Yoga Nidra systematically relaxes you at every level of your being.-body, emotions and mind. Supporting your health, offering vitality, clarity and a greater ease in our daily lives.

During this workshop we shall explore the practice of Yoga Nidra in more depth. An opportunity to turn inward, slow down and soften more deeply.

Regular practice of Yoga Nidra offers the opportunity to release years of accumulated tensions and can help support anxiety, depression, PTSD, insomnia and other conditions.

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

Relaxing Into Winter. Yin Yoga Workshop

Saturday November 25th, 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)

As we move deeper into winter it can be a time to turn inwards and allow ourselves to give our body to the earth. Join me for an afternoon exploring yin yoga.

Explore the deeply relaxing practice of Yin yoga, focusing on restorative and meditative practices. An opportunity to turn inward, slow down and soften more deeply. 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.

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 Amoghavira, 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

Ben Vorlich


Weekend and week-long yoga and meditation retreats in 2018

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

Yoga and Meditation Long Weekend May 4th-7th 2018
Led by Manjunaga | £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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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.

— Jane Curren

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