The Power of Love: Opening the Heart Chakra with James French

Date: Sunday, 30th July
Time: 1.15-4.15pm
Price: £35
True Love, Selflessness, Compassion, Altruism, Balance, Harmony, Integration, Peacefulness, Self Love… These are all aspects of a healthy Anahata Chakra.

We have 7 main energy centres, and right in the middle there is the Heart Chakra… there are 3 above and 3 below. The Heart is our centre, our core and it is a bridge between the Material and Spiritual aspects of our being.

The Love that we find when we access this centre is not a romantic Love nor one that is focussed on an object of affection… It is a pure, unattached Love… Love experienced within, as a state of being. Through Yoga we can begin to cleanse and harmonise this Chakra, and begin to awaken Love as our primary guiding principal.

This workshop is made up of two parts. The first half is a lecture and discussion in which you will learn about the different aspects of this Chakra – How to balance and purify the heart… How a closed or excessively open fourth Chakra might affect our daily lives, and what you can do to resolve such issues. In the 2nd half of the workshop we will do a full heart-based Hatha practice. This will involve postures, movement, breath-work and meditation.

All levels are welcome to attend from beginners who would like to develop their heart energy to teachers and advanced practitioners who would like to dive deeper into the theory and practice of Anahata.

James is a ERYT 500 hour Yoga Teacher, based in India and Thailand, where he focusses on Shadow Work with his Guru, Prem Baba, and divides the rest of his time equally between studying Tantric Yoga, and teaching 200 and 500 hour Teacher Training Courses.

It is a great source of pleasure to return to his hometown of London once or twice a year to offer workshops and courses.

James has trained and studied with Max Strom, Anodea Judith, David Swenson, Yogrishi Vishvketu, Tiffany Cruickshank, Agama Yoga and Tribe Yoga.

Gong bath with Leo Cosendai

Date: Saturday, 12th August
Time: 7-8.30pm
Price: £25

Gong meditation is a powerful sonic practice. Gongs have been used as shamanic tools and celebratory instruments for thousands of years, and are truly part of the tradition that is sound healing, which uses techniques such as chanting, drums, and Tibetan bowls to name a few.

The gong produces harmonic and dissonant tones which give you the opportunity to experience altered states of consciousness, where the mind is aligned with the body. From being exposed to the tones of the gongs you may notice a major improvement in the quality of your sleep, a better ability to cope with stress, and a sense of familiarity with stillness and contentment.

”Leo’s treatments are equally transformational and healing. His work through sound is remarkable.” – Wendy Mandy (Shaman, acupuncturist, counsellor)

Leo is a Prana Kriya Yoga teacher and a ”London’s foremost kundalini gong master” (The Times, 2016), and a composer born in Switzerland.

Restorative Yoga and Meditation with Divya Kohli

Date: Sunday, 10th September
Time: 3.45-5.45pm
Price: £20

In the classical tradition, the practice of yoga was designed to prepare us for meditation, a state of deeper contemplation. Through the practice of classical Yoga and Meditation that addresses the mind, body and spiritual layers of our being, Divya aims to help individuals develop a calm mind and stronger body, and find an authentic connection to the self and to the world.

Come for calm, de-stressing relaxation and finding quiet within. Divya will guide you through restorative yoga poses, using props, which are held for a while to feel supported and release from deep-held mental and physical tension. The session leads into guided meditation practice. The result is immediate: feeling lighter, whole and more centred. In the long term, the effects are abiding strength, equanimity of mind and a desire to live life in a way that positively impacts society.

Divya has been a dedicated yoga practitioner since 2000 and teaching full time since 2005.

These sessions are ideal if you:

> are seeking a slow or gentle practice
> want to complement a dynamic yoga or physical activity practice
> need an antidote to a busy lifestyle
> are new or experienced to mediation and wish to include more meditation practice in your life

Yoga practice and how to make it happen with Mira Mehta

Date: Sunday, 8th October
Time: 2.30-5pm
Price: £50

Practice makes perfect and disinterest makes an adept mind.

Yoga teaches that persistence and a dispassionate attitude are essential for gaining its fruits of joy and well-being. In this practical workshop Mira shows how to disengage the mind from sensory stimuli in the performance of asanas. She shows how repetition strengthens this practice and how the two together make the mind steady. She has an interactive style of teaching, encouraging students to ask questions and clear doubts.

The workshop is open to students with some experience of Yoga.

Participants will find it useful to read Mira’s books Health through Yoga and Yoga Explained.

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