Ashtanga yoga and the FEMININE with Nicola Croucher & Alena

Date: Sunday, 30th June
Time: 2.45-5.45pm
Price: £35

Alena & Nicola both understand the blessing of Ashtanga Yoga as a mirror to personal experiences and relationships, with ourselves and the world we interact with.

Ashtanga Yoga is a vehicle for evolution, for understanding our behaviours and patterns, and ultimately for self realisation. Since ancient times we have lived within a patriarchal society, oppressed and dominated by the imbalance in masculine energy resulting in the suppression of the feminine qualities of surrender, intuition, vulnerability, forgiveness, creativity and healing.

The Ashtanga method, if practiced in a balanced state of yin and yang, gives us the opportunity to cultivate these feminine qualities within the masculine linear structure. Mostly due to our ancestral conditioning and societal and environmental programming, the cultivation of the masculine attributes of striving, pushing, and militant discipline seem to be the general perception of an Ashtanga practice and practitioner.

This workshop hopes to shift and expand this understanding.

We will observe and discuss the feminine qualities within Patanjali’s Eight Limbs and Tristhana (bhandas, breath, drishti). The beauty of the Ashtanga method is that it has a strong masculine as well as strong feminine elements, which is what makes it such a powerful, healing and transformational practice. The yin and yang have the potential to work in complete harmony with one another. Many other spiritual paths emphasise working directly with the nebulous feminine element or solely with the concrete masculine element. The structure of ashtanga gives us a way to stay anchored in the world while still allowing us to experience the blissful states of awakening and cosmic awareness.

This workshop will include theory, discussion, and practice.

Alena & Nicola are both Mysore students and Ashtanga teachers with 20 years experience with the Ashtanga method.

Kirtan with Faustomaria

Date: Saturday, 6th July (*followed by the first Saturday of every month)
Time: 6.30-8.30pm
Price: £10

Join us each month for a wonderful evening of joyful chanting! Faustomaria will lead easy to follow mantras, accompanied by fantastic live musicians. Come and see for yourself how chanting with others can be a powerful and healing experience.

You don’t need any experience or any particular musical ability.

Everybody is welcome!

Mantra workshop: “Naad Shakti, The Power of Indian Sacred Sounds” with Manish Vyas

Date: Sunday, 21st July
Time: 11am-2pm
Price: £40 (£35 if booked by 30th June)

Mantra is a sound, a vibration – and the correct vibration is like a key which can unlock a higher dimension. In the science of mantra meanings are not so important, as ‘meanings’ belong to the sphere of the mind. A mantra comes from the source of creation and, when the transmission is pure, it can become a transformative force.

This workshop combines theory and practical activities. You will leave with tools to apply techniques with mantras in your life, in yoga, in meditation, for promoting good sleep, for relaxation. It gives the right understanding and the necessary tools to relate to these ancient mantras. Read more on mantras by Manish Vyas: www.manishvyas.com

Overview of points covered in this workshop:

– Introduction to mantras and how mantras are used in India – technically and devotionally
– Why sound is healing and why it is great to use the right sounds for meditation and pranayam
– What is the science behind the mantra and the technique to make the practice effective
– Preparation for chanting / explanation of rasa or spirit given to the music
– Sanskrit and the importance of mantra pronunciation
– Mantra and Kirtan – how it originated, how it is actually used in India
– Music for elevation v. music for entertainment
– Mythology behind mantras
– How to approach mantras in meditation and for daily practice
– Relation between mantra and breath: practice of pranayam with mantra
– Chanting with harmonium / Use of tanpura
– Introduction and singing together of different mantras
– Q&A and comments
– Closing mantra
– Tea and informal final open talk
– During the workshop, we sing selected mantras together

5Rhythms with Ajay Rajani

Date: Saturday, 27th July
Time: 6.30-8.30pm
Price: £25

When we move the body we awaken our awareness to many different parts of ourselves. Movement gives our body permission to go beyond the threshold of who we think we are as a human being and our movement becomes a gateway to reveal to ourselves who we truly are.

In this workshop, through the lens of the 5Rhythms Waves map – Flowing, Staccato, Chaos, Lyrical and Stillness we learn how to move so we may come home in our body and honour what we discover here.

About the 5Rhythms® – Created by Gabrielle Roth and practiced by tens of thousands worldwide, 5Rhythms is a philosophy, perspective, performance art and a dynamic movement practice rooted in the principle that if you put the psyche in motion it will heal itself. Movement is both the medicine and the metaphor, reaching across all languages, cultures and age groups to transform suffering into art, art into awareness, and awareness into action.

Ajay Rajani is an accredited teacher of the 5Rhythms who trained with Jonathan Horan, son of Gabrielle Roth, in 2014. Ajay was born in Africa with Indian roots and grew up in London, England where he thrives in a diverse, multicultural community speaking five international languages. His spiritual journey began over a decade ago with a strong practice of seated meditation and this continues to inform his 5Rhythms teaching where he inspires embodying the moment and allowing your body to be your greatest teacher.

“In the rhythm of the body we can trace our holiness, roots that go all the way back to zero, where all identity dissolves into an eternal flow of energy.” ~ Gabrielle Roth’

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