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
“…a wonderful chance to get away from it all, connect with nature and deepen your yoga practice. I left feeling refreshed, restored and inspired.” Lucy Mott
When – Sun 22nd Sep 10:30 – 16:00
Where – The Yoga Garden yurt, Swallows Lane, Dial Post, Horsham, RH13 8NN
Price – £65
Level – Intermediate
Join us for a day of yoga and mindfulness in this beautiful yurt, set in a wildflower meadow in the Knepp Castle Estate.
We will practice yoga asanas, both flowing and held, to reconnect with and nourish our bodies. With time on our side, we can play with new variations and sink deeper into familiar postures. For those who want to, there will also be the opportunity to work on more advanced postures, such as the headstand. We will take full advantage of the wonderful fresh air and practice pranayama breathing exercises as well.
After a shared lunch we will take a silent, mindful walk in the grounds of Knepp Castle Estate. When we return to our base we will practice other mindfulness techniques as taught by Zen Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh.
We will end with guided meditation and an extended deep relaxation.
Please contact Lucy to book your place.
When – Sat 21st Oct 14:00 – 17:00
Where – The Brighton Natural Health Centre, 27 Regent St. Brighton BN1 1UL
Price – £30 / £27 advance (book by Fri 4 Oct)
Level – Intermediate to advanced
Sirshasana, the headstand, is considered by many to be the greatest of all asanas.
And yet, in a busy weekly class, it is often omitted. During this afternoon workshop we will start with conditioning exercises and look at ways to regain balance in order to prepare us for this ‘king’ of postures. We will work mindfully, building up our confidence and reducing the element of fear often associated with this asana. For those who are already comfortable in the posture we will also be covering variations, including vrischikasana, scorpion pose.
As well as asana practice this workshop will include prananyama breathing techniques, mindfulness meditation and deep relaxation.
Please contact the BNHC directly to book your place (01273) 600010
I first studied Satyananda yoga with my mum and then with the Sivananda organisation in 2002. I moved to France, 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 Hanh and have spent many inspiring 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.
Photo credit – Luca Sage
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