‘My experience of Middle Path Yoga has been entirely positive…Lucy’s teaching style is invariably encouraging and supportive to all members of our group irrespective of age and experience.’Dr. Sarah Montagnon
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
Mindfulness In Schools Project - FULLY BOOKED
When – 22 April 10:00 – 11:30 and 12:00 – 13:30
Where – The Yoga Garden, Knepp Castle Estate, Dial Post
Price – FREE
Level – Open
This course has a two-fold objective. The first is to provide teachers with mindfulness techniques that they can use to help support and take care of themselves. Last year an NASUWT survey discovered one in ten teachers have been prescribed anti-depressants to cope with job related stress. In the words of Zen Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh ‘happy teachers can change the world’. Having experienced the power of these simple techniques we will go on to look at the benefits of bringing mindfulness practices into the classroom. Yes, mindfulness can help children focus and concentrate at school and therefore obtain better results but what teachers are discovering is that it also leads to happier more empathetic pupils. ‘We have seen that children are creating better relationships, they are behaving better and are less impulsive. They are able to manage their emotions more effectively.’
For more information please visit: The Yoga Garden
Yoga & Mindfulness Afternoon
When – 30 June 14:00 – 17:00
Where – The Brighton Natural Health Centre, 27 Regent St. Brighton BN1 1UL
Price – £28
Level – Open
I have been teaching yoga since 2002 but it has always been a part of my life. I was lucky enough to have a yoga teaching mum so my brother and I were brought up using visualisation to help us sleep and mindful breathing to help with headaches and injuries. As a young adult, after being diagnosed as epileptic, I was given a daily yoga practice by Swami Niranjanananda. Having experienced the benefits of yoga first hand I went to India and South East Asia to study, and subsequently teach yoga.
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 taught meditation as part of a yoga teacher training course and am now working on a new project to help bring mindfulness into mainstream education.