Sacred Sadhana Yoga Workshops 

Intermediate Level

These inspirational yoga workshops are philosophy sadhana, exploring ancient Indian traditions, classical yoga texts, mythology and archetypal Hindu deities. We flow through creative namaskars and beautiful sequencing, embodying the radiant  teachings of the yoga tradition.

I hold the E-RYT 500 designation from Yoga Alliance therefore, these workshops can be used to gain certified Continued Professional Development hours by qualified Yoga Alliance teachers.

Mala Yoga Sacred Sadhana
with Live Music, Mantra and Kirtan by Emily Cobie

The Tree Room, Colchester 
23rd March 2024 at 1.30 – 6pm

A beautiful embodied garland of the Highest Love!

Mala means garland in Sanskrit. Garlands of flowers with jasmine scent are made as sacred puja at Indian temples and ceremonies. Malas are also sacred beads joined by a single thread, used to guide the repetition of sacred mantra or japa. In Mala yoga, each asana is considered a sacred bead strung upon the thread of the breath, a garland of vinyasa, a sacred body prayer to the soul.

This Sacred Sadhana is inspired by this mala metaphor and the ancient traditions of yoga.

Patanjali composed the Yoga Sutras over two thousand years ago, writing the teachings of yoga into 196 threads, woven through four padas, meaning feet or chapters. Patanjali’s sutras may also be described as mala beads strung upon a thread of ancient insight, weaving the tapestry of yoga philosophy into a sacred garland.

The second pada is called sadhana. Patanjali describes eight limbs or yogic paths, leading towards a steady mind, a pure heart, the light of our essential nature. This practice explores the first yama, ahimsa, universal compassion, and the second niyama, santosha, contentment.

Ahimsa is the conscious practice of compassion, establishing loving kindness in thoughts, words and deeds towards oneself and all beings. Ahimsa naturally expands a deep sense of santosha, contentment in the heart of the yogi, opening the path of yoga, the wisdom of Self and light of the soul.

This sadhana will move through beautiful sequencing, creative namaskars, back bending asana, arm balance and inversion; embodying Patanjali’s ahimsa sutras of loving kindness. Each heart-expanding asana is a sacred bead, perfectly placed upon the thread of your breath, flowing to create the most beautiful garland of the highest love.

After our asana practice, we will share spiced masala chai and prasad before joining in mandala for live music, mantra and kirtan presented by sweet soul and sublime singer, Emily Cobie. Emily’s spiritual sadhana aligns with Bhakti Yoga. She is a yoga teacher and has studied Vedic chanting in London and holy place Vrindavan in India for eight years. Emily has performed at spiritual events and festivals across England. I am so excited to welcome her into our home sangha.

We will experience this class in the serene surroundings of The Tree Room. We would love you to join us for a divine dinner at The Noodle Bar to close our evening together.

£60 per yogi
Limited spaces available

Bliss Bathe Yoga Retreat

Paus, Cambridgeshire
6th July at 10am – 5pm

Paus is breathtaking breathing, bathing space. It is an oasis of calm set in the Cambridgeshire countryside inspired by the Scandinavian philosophy of balance. Pause for a moment in your life and take for this precious day of pure bliss surrounded by quintessential natural beauty.

Your bliss day will begin with an authentic creatively-inspired Vinyasa Flow sunrise sadhana. Moving through beautiful sequencing and creative namaskars, we will explore the principles of elemental balance through the concepts of Ayurveda, the ancient Indian ‘Science of Life’. Ayurveda teaches that everything we need for healthy well-being and innate balance is held in the power of nature and this empowers us to be our own healers. We bring your being into elemental holistic balance through the ancient wisdom of life.

After our yoga bliss, we will share a delicious, nutritious three course lunch at the Hilltop Bistro; surrounded by views of rolling countryside, relaxing together with wholesome food and friendship.

In the afternoon, we will breathe and bathe in the beautifully hand crafted, red cedar hot tubs. Cold shower, cold plunge pool, hot showers with Neils Yard Remedies, fresh air, rolling countryside views and the sound of the crackling fire elevate your pure Paus experience. Rejuvenate and unwind in an authentic wood fired Finnish barrel saunas or relax in the quiet surroundings of the Waterside Sauna, hidden amongst trees overlooking water. The cool pool enhances the benefits of the tub and sauna, releasing natural happiness hormones and body-mind-soul serenity. In just a few moments, you will be brought back to yourself in a way like no other! Moving between hot and cold is an honoured ritual by the ancient Egyptians, Romans and Greeks.

Close your day walking in the wild meadows and sensory pathways to connect to beauty of nature the bliss nature within.

Included:

  • Vinyasa Flow Yoga

  • Ayurveda Lifestyle Inspiration

  • Three course lunch at the Hilltop Bistro

  • Three hour bathing experience

  • Champagne or natural juice served to hot tubs

  • Meadows and sensory trails

  • Rolling countryside views

  • Wood-fired, red cedar hot tubs

  • Finnish dry barrel sauna, wood-fired

  • Plunge cool pool and outdoor cooling shower

  • Chill out spaces with deckchairs and fire bowls

  • Bliss vibes

Yoga Investment
£130 per yogi
Limited spaces available

Find out more about Paus here: www.paus.life

Diwali Light Yoga Celebration

with a sublime harp sound journey to serenade our class, fairy lights and candles!

The Minories Art Gallery, Colchester
2nd November 2024 at 1 – 5pm

An authentic celebration of Diwali, the Indian Festival of Lights!

Diwali is the Indian Festival of Lights. Deepavali dates back to ancient India and symbolises the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, hope over despair.

Diwali takes place on the new moon on the darkest night of Autumn and is celebrated over five days throughout India and Nepal. Diyas, candles and lanterns are lit; pujas are offered and windows are opened to welcome in the light. Mythic stories of Hanuman and Krishna are told in remembrance of the light and hope at the heart of Hindu tradition.

The third day of Diwali is the main festive day and is offered in reverence to Deva Lakshmi: the goddess of spiritual abundance, purity and grace within all beings. She is believed to roam the earth on Diwali night, restoring light and peace to the world. After Lakshmi puja, there is great celebration: patakhe, fireworks light up the night and families gather together to share a feast of Indian flavours and mithai, sweet desserts.

Our Festival of Lights will honour Diwali tradition, exploring the birth story of Lakshmi. In this myth, the forces of light and dark join together to churn the great ocean of the heart, the cosmic ocean of consciousness, to restore purity, light and grace to the world. Our sadhana will flow through a series of creative namaskars, arm balances, back bending asana and inversion.

Our Diwali night will be serenaded by beautiful harp instrumental music and close with a sublime, serene sound bath.

After our practice, you are warmly invited to share a celebration dinner together at a beautiful restaurant.

Join us for this beautiful, authentic Diwali Light celebration.

£75 per yogi
Limited spaces available

Upcoming Yoga Workshops 2023

20th January, 23rd March, 2nd November

Sunset Sunday Yoga

12th May 2024 at 5 – 7pm
The Tree Room, Colchester 

Sunset Sunday is an energising, creative Vinyasa Flow or Dharma Yoga sadhana, balanced with a sweet blend of yin yoga, pranayama, meditation, yoga nidra or sound experience to harmonise the body, heart and soul.

£30 per yogi
Limited spaces available

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