Tara & the Lake of Tears
There is a moving story in the Buddhist tradition about the birth of the goddess Tara. It is said that Avalokiteshvara the bodhisattva of compassion looked upon all the suffering in the world and as he did tears fell from his eyes. The tears then began to form a lake in which a lotus developed.
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.
Love Forever Changes
On a Saturday in December 1967, a young man went down to his local record shop in London called ‘One Stop Records’. On this Saturday in question the young man had gone to buy Donovan’s new album ‘A Gift From a Flower to a Garden’. As he queued to pay, he glanced around at the
Broken Places & Golden Repairs
“The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places.” So wrote Ernest Hemingway in his novel A Farewell to Arms. I was reminded of these words recently as October marks the second anniversary of the death of my beloved girlfriend Elaine. Since her death, I have been living with the subsequent
Margaret Lockwood: Queen of the Silver Screen
My grandmother had a love of the silver screen and as a small boy I would happily spend afternoons with her watching iconic films such as, Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘The Lady Vanishes’ which starred the great British actress Margaret Lockwood. Who during the war years was Britain’s number one box office star, starring in films such
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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.
Full workshop price is £30/£25 non-refundable, non-transferable.
Relaxing on the Earth: Yin/Restorative workshop
Why not take time out to relax and rest 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 ‘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 and ready to face the Christmas shopping again.
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.
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 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.
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.