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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Awakening Rivers of Chi. Dynamic flow Yoga Workshop

Saturday May 19th 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 explore the qualities of building chi (energy) through dynamic expression in our bodies and deep mindful awareness. We will learn how to harness the qualities of Yang energetic movement through our body, mind and emotions. Building Dynamic, Yang flowing movements and a combination of circular and spiral patterns, harnessing strength, flexibility and vitality.

We will also explore a sequence of key standing postures focusing on safe alignment through key joints and anatomical awareness. There will also be an emphasis on awakening and harnessing our life force and stimulating our energy centers as we work with more subtle energetic aspects of our being.

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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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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