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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    Oscar Wilde once said that “To do nothing at all is the most difficult thing in the world, the most difficult and the most intellectual”. We live in a modern world where the idea of productivity is held in great esteem. Phrases such as “work hard, play hard” are seen as qualities that successful people should strive for
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  • Is Yoga ‘Spiritual’?

    I was recently interviewed by a journalist for a magazine and was asked the question ‘Is yoga a spiritual activity?’ I thought this was an interesting question. As a yoga and meditation teacher I often come across the word ‘spiritual’. People I meet may think of me as someone who is spiritual, particularly as I
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  • The Woodpecker & Connecting to Life

    I recently spent a week teaching on a yoga and meditation retreat at Dhanakosa, a Buddhist retreat centre in Scotland located next to Loch Voil & the Trossachs National Park. Those of you who have been lucky enough to visit Dhanakosa will know It provides a quiet and beautiful setting for retreats. During my stay
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  • The Obsession with Yoga Asana

    A friend recently shared a photo with me on Twitter of a young woman performing a very elaborate yoga posture, she was doing a headstand while in full lotus. As if this wasn’t enough, she was also doing this whilst only balancing on her head with her arms not touching the ground! Over the years
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  • The pursuit of Happiness

    When was the last time you felt an emotion that you did not want to feel?  In a recent TED talk, “The Gift and Power of Emotional Courage” Psychologist Susan David explored our flexibility with the emotions we feel in our lives.  She mentioned a survey she conducted with over 70,000 people where a third
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Comfort & Ease in the Neck & Shoulders : Yoga Workshop

Saturday September 22nd 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)

The neck and shoulders can hold deep tension. Discomfort and holding in these areas can sometimes be due to lifestyle factors and emotional strains. eg sitting for long hours using a computer, or driving a car.

During this workshop we will spend time exploring this through a mixture of gentle warming practices, including hydrating movements for the spinal midline, finding how a fluid spine can support deep opening in our shoulders and neck. We will also explore some flowing sequences and stilling yin/restorative postures that can support opening in our body.

See how these practices can build strength, flexibility, and deep relaxation.

This workshop is open to students of all levels.

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

Relax & Restore: Yoga Nidra Workshop

Saturday October 27th 10am – 1pm Price: £30/£25  (Concessions apply to students, the unemployed, OAP’s) Bodywise Natural Health Centre 16-20 Turner St, Manchester M4 1DZ (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.

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

Ben Vorlich

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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I am a sixty year old rock climber and started attending yoga classes to gain more flexibility. Practising with Manjunaga has certainly improved my flexibility, however he has also shown me that there is more to yoga than that. His classes have helped me improve my physical and mental strength which I am successfully applying to rock climbing and everyday life.

— Mike Watson

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