Middle Path Yoga

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‘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

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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.

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“…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

Middle Path Yoga

When – Sat 29th Sep 14:00 – 17:00
Where – The Brighton Natural Health Centre, 27 Regent St. Brighton BN1 1UL
Price – £28
Level – Open

From a physical perspective, yoga can often be dismissed with one of two perceived extremes: either as incredibly challenging or as somewhat un-gratifying. The ‘middle path’ approach suggests that what we need is to find balance. There are days when we will be in need of an energetic sequence and others when we are injured and could benefit from slow, restorative postures. In the same way there are days when we are carried away by troubling thoughts and need to reconnect with the heart beating in our chests and yet others when we have over exerted and simply need to sit and watch our breath for some time.

In yoga we are taught that our mind and emotions are inherently linked to our physical well-being. As we become more familiar with how to balance our bodies we will start to see how best to look after our whole selves. During this afternoon workshop we will be invited to settle enough to see what our own ‘middle path’ is on any given day. We will explore a range of yoga asanas and rekindle our own innate body intelligence. We will also practice pranayama breathing exercises and mindfulness meditation.

Yoga & Mindfulness Afternoon

When – Sat 1st Dec 14:00 – 17:00
Where – The Brighton Natural Health Centre, 27 Regent St. Brighton BN1 1UL
Price – £28
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 a nourishing afternoon of yoga and mindfulness meditation. Our bodies will enjoy sinking into supported, restorative postures and gently build up to the strength and fluidity of sequenced yoga. The cogs and wheels of our minds are invited to slow down and our emotional body is given the space and permission it needs to just be.
This workshop will include both formal and informal mindfulness techniques and provides a good introduction for anyone interested in bringing it into their lives.

“The workshop was fantastic!…I left the group feeling positive, happy, relaxed and inspired!”

Charlee

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I have been teaching yoga for 17 years now 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, 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.

 

 

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