What is Yoga?
Yoga is an ancient practice that originated in India around 5000 years ago. The word yoga stems from the Sanskrit word “Yuj” meaning to yoke, join or unite. Yoga is best known in the West as a set of practices that include stretching and strengthening the body, breathing and deep relaxation.
The Middle Path
The term ‘The Middle Path’ (or ‘Way’) refers to the Buddha’s discovery that the way to enlightenment could not be found in extreme asceticism nor in self-indulgence. He used the analogy of a sitar to demonstrate this idea: if the string is stretched too tight it breaks, if it is too loose it will not play.
Yoga for People with Learning Disabilities
Salute To The Year - A yoga and mindfulness afternoon
When – 28 January 15:00 – 18:00
Where – The Brighton Natural Health Centre, Regent St. Brighton
Price – £28 (£25 conc.)
Level – Open
‘To be mindful is to be truly alive, present and at one with those around you and with what you are doing.’ Thich Nhat Hanh
Join us for another rejuvenating afternoon of hatha yoga and mindfulness meditation. We will enjoy gentle flowing sequences, to stretch out and reconnect our bodies, and move towards more energising variations to strengthen and tone. We will also have the time to ease our way into challenging held postures such as the headstand. The second part of our workshop will include pranayama breathing exercises, guided meditation, chanting and a deep relaxation.
Please book your place by visiting the bnhc.co.uk website.
Day Retreat at the Yoga Garden Yurt
Where – The Yoga Garden Yurt, Knepp Castle Estate, Shipley, West Sussex
Price – £50 (before 26/1/17) Full price £55
Level – Continuers
Join us for a day of yoga at the gorgeous Yoga Garden yurt. We will explore the benefits of both Yin yoga (held, restorative poses) and Yang (dynamic, strengthening postures) during our time together. Heated by a wood burning stove and nestled in the grounds of Knepp Castle Estate, the Yoga Garden is a very special place to practice yoga.
A day retreat allows us the time to slowly work our way up to more challenging postures as well as explore other elements of yoga (such as mudras and chanting) that we may not have time for in a weekly class.
Lift share available. Please bring some vegetarian food to share for lunch. This workshop is not recommended for beginners.
I first studied Satyananda yoga with my mum and then with the Sivananda organisation in 2002. I moved to France, initially to live and work at an ashram in order to experience yoga as a complete lifestyle. I went on to live and teach in Paris for three years including four months spent living at the Centre International Sivananda de Yoga Vedanta. I have been teaching children’s yoga since 2003 having trained with Calm for Kids. More recently I have enjoying studying with Donna Farhi and am inspired by Paul Grilley and Sarah Powers.
I am also a student of Zen Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hahn and have spent many happy days at his retreat centre Plum Village in the south of France. His teachings on mindfulness in daily life greatly influence the classes I teach. I was recently invited to teach the meditation element of the Yoga Garden teacher training course.