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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.
Relaxing into the Deep Blue Sky with Mindfulness Meditation & yoga workshop
Price: £30/£25 Saturday August 12th, 2pm – 5pm
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 nervous system in more depth, looking at practices that can help us support the stimulation of the parasympathetic ‘rest-and-digest’, also noticing our relationship to our sympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for stimulating activities associated with the fight-or-flight response. 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.
Finding balance and harmony in our lives: Exploring the foundations of Yin & Yang Yoga Workshop
Price: £30/£25 Saturday September 23rd, 10am – 1pm
We can often live our lives in a state of imbalance, being either over-active or in a state of lethargy and stagnation. During this workshop we will have the opportunity to explore in more depth the foundation principles of the approach of Yin and Yang yoga.
Learn how to find balance through a mixture dynamic Yang flowing sequences. This is a beautiful flowing practice that focuses on the linear alignment that we find in classical yoga while opening to spiral movements found within nature. We will explore how to find safe alignment and ease in our body while building strength and vitality through this dynamic masculine Yang style approach. We will also explore a Yin-style practice, 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.
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 August 25th-28th
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.
Thank you for your beautiful yoga this morning at Buddhafield. I had forgotten why I loved yoga so much, now I know again.