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

Opening Your Heart to Life : Meditation & Yoga Workshop

Saturday 25th January 2pm – 5pm Price: £35/£30  (Concessions apply to students, the unemployed, OAP’s)
Yoga Rooms 483a Barlow Moor Road, First floor, Chorlton M21 8AG (Google map)

Learn to open your heart more fully to life through the practice of yoga and meditation. See how these teachings can offer creative ways of working with your heart and mind 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.

Open to all levels of experience.

Full workshop price is £35/£30 non-refundable, non-transferable.

Balancing the Sun & the Moon: Yin & Yang Yoga Workshop

Saturday 22nd February 2pm – 5pm Price: £35/£30  (Concessions apply to students, the unemployed, OAP’s)
Bodywise Natural Health Centre 16-20 Turner St, Manchester M4 1DZ (Google map)

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.

In this appropriately balanced combination, we experience the whole being greater than the parts, offering a practice that addresses our needs more fully on and off our mat.

Full workshop price is £35/£30 non-refundable, non-transferable.

Week-long yoga and meditation retreats in 2020

Introductory Yoga & Meditation 27th March – 3rd April 2020
Led by Padmadarshini, Manjunaga, Inalu

Going Deeper with Yoga & Meditation 21st August – 28th August 2020
Led by Balajit, Manjunaga, Amber

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 2020

Yoga & Meditation March 13th – 20th March 2020
Led by Manjunaga & Satyamati | £360/330 conc

Yoga and Meditation Long Weekend May 7th – 10th May 2020
Led by Manjunaga & Satymati | £230/210 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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