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Vinyasa Flow 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 teachings of the yoga tradition.

I hold the E-RYT 200 and RYT 500 designations from Yoga Alliance and I am a registered Chartered Level 1 Teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals. These workshops can be used to gain certified Continued Professional Development hours by qualified Yoga Alliance teachers.

Saraswati Light Yoga Workshop

Winter Solstice Yoga Celebration
With Live Classical Guitar and Indian Sitar

The Minories Art Gallery, Colchester

16th December 2017 at 10.30am – 1.30pm

This Winter Solstice Celebration is expressed in the dance of yoga, a tandava, enhanced with live musical performances by Finn Petcher

The winter solstice will take place on December 21st this year. This is a time when the North Pole is tilted furthest away from the sun, the Antarctic Circle is total darkness and we receive our least daylight hours. It is a time rest, restore and renew with the stark, still beauty of Earth.

The winter solstice is considered a time of blessing, as from this day forward, light begins to brighten and lighten our days. It is symbolic of light overcoming darkness, meaning that there is only the good.

Saraswati symbolises light, purity and spiritual insight. She is dressed in radiant white like a night jasmine moon, enthroned upon a white lotus flower and rides a beautiful white swan, a Hansa. The swan is a symbol of spiritual perfection and transcendence. Saraswati is associated with moonlight. She is like a stream of moonlight that rests upon the ocean waves, drawing you inward to the essence of your being.

Sara means flow and swa mean the Self. Saraswati means the flow of the Self. In the sadhana of yoga, there is the flow that draws us to our innermost essence, becoming present with our essential Self. As the yogi connects more deeply with essence, it becomes their dharma to bring this light into the world.

In the same way, the light of the solstice flows into the darkness, into deep rest and renewal, emerging to shine in her most iridescent and radiant light.

Our Saraswati sadhana moves through creative namaskars and beautiful sequencing, bringing the essence of Self into flow; the light of essential nature into being. We free the flow of the Self so that the light of our innate insight may guide us in the flow of our lives.

Our Winter Solstice Saraswati Light Celebration is a tandava of breath and movement, graced with the ambient sounds of the Indian sitar and classical guitar played live by Finn Petcher.

We will experience this class in the stunning surroundings of the Minories Gallery Ballroom and share a delicious lunch at a beautiful restaurant after our practice.

You are warmly invited to join us in this soulful celebration of the winter solstice

£35 per yogi
Limited spaces available

Ganesha Tandava Yoga Workshop

New Year Yoga Celebration
with Live Music, Mantra and Drumming
by Antarma and Aloka

The Tree Room, Colchester

27th January 2018 at 2 – 9pm

Celebrate this time of new beginnings in the dance of yoga, a tandava with Ganesha.

A new season, new year, new moon: a new beginning. These moments are synergised opportunities to reflect on the flow of your life, to celebrate the joy you experience, to consider the aspects of your Self that you would love to enhance and expand.

Life is a journey of possibility and evolution.

Our sadhana is a Ganesha inspired tandava, a dance of breath and movement. Ganesha is one of the best loved Hindu deities and celebrated throughout India as the God of New Beginnings. He guards the threshold of Indian temples, gateways, paths of growth and evolution. Ganesha represents grounding, foundation, stability and shrada, inner faith. He is a force of protection and guidance, the ground of trust and the light of wisdom on the journey of your life.

We will create a Ganesha sankalpa to open the gateway to our practice. We will embody Ganesha symbolism and iconology through creative namaskars and beautiful sequencing; in the rhythm of your breath and the dance of our flow.

After our practice, we will share a delicious vegetarian Indian feast and provided by The Nourish.

Our New Year evening celebration will be lit up with an authentic live performance of Indian mantra and mudra; drumming and dancing by Antarma and Aloka. This incredibly talented couple share ancient Sanskrit shlokas and original lyrics, accompanied by the guitar, harmonium and drums. Antarma and Aloka ‘bring hearts together with voice and drum’ and have performed at The Royal Albert Hall, Chelsea Theatre and The British Film Institute. They also perform at events and festivals across Europe.

May our Ganesha sadhana be the ground that protects you and the light that guides you on your journey of New Beginnings.

You are warmly invited to join us for this soulful New Year celebration.

Included:

  • Mythic story

  • Vinyasa Flow Yoga

  • Meditation

  • Gong bath

  • Vegetarian Indian food

  • Live music with Antarma and Aloka

Find out more about Antarma here: www.antarma.co.uk

£75 per yogi
Limited spaces available

Bhakti Shakti

Heart Expanding Yoga Workshop

The Tree Room, Colchester
24th February 2018 at 2pm – 5.30pm

Hindu philosophy describes the whole of creation as one epic love story in the union of Shiva and Shakti. We are made of this union – we are love.

Bhakti Shakti is a series of creative heart-expanding namaskars, back bending sequences, partner yoga and inversions. We will experience the joy of movement, the compassion of the breath and the love within your heart.

The heart centre is synonymous with the emotion of love; an infinite flow of expressing and experiencing; giving and receiving the illusive energy of love. With every breath and every heartbeat, there is an opportunity to breathe love deeply into your being and exhale that love out into the world in sweet harmony. The more love we have inside, the more love we have to give.

The qualities of an open, expanded heart are love, compassion, kindness, affinity with nature and the heart of humanity. A harmonious heart recognises the beauty and blessings in life with deep gratitude, perceiving that these gifts are bestowed from a higher source. This insight allows life to unfold with devotion, bhakti, to the universal love and light that connects all beings. We begin to sense, feel, think and act in loving kindness from the highest heart for the greatest good.

This soulful, dynamic yoga practice is a heart-expanding, uplifting and deeply devotional. This experience is enhanced by the serene ambiance of the Tree Room, fairy lights and aromatic oils.

£30 per yogi
Limited spaces available

Yoga Connects Festival

Glastonbury
13th – 15th July 2018

Yoga Connects is the Yoga Festival of the year. This friendly, fun, eco-ethical festival takes place in the magical, natural surroundings of Glastonbury. You will experience eclectic, inspirational yoga classes with local and global teachers; acro yoga, aerial yoga, capoeira, martial arts and dance; yin yoga, mediation, mantra, inspirational talks; live music, drumming, DJ, a fire circle and delicious vegetarian food.

I will be sharing authentic, creatively inspired Vinyasa Flow Yoga at Yoga Connects Festival 2018. I cannot wait to light the magic.

Tickets available here: www.yogaconnects.co.uk

Upcoming Yoga Workshops 2018

The Tree Room: January 27th, February 24th, April 28th, May 19th

The Minories: June, December

On occasions, these events are graced by the ambient, rhythmic sounds of the Indian sitar, played live by Finn Petcher.

Sunset Sundays

The Tree Room, Colchester 

11th February 2018 at 6 – 8pm

Sunset Sundays is an energising, creative Vinyasa Flow practice, balanced with a sweet blend of restorative yoga to harmonise the body, heart and soul.

£17 per yogi
Limited spaces available

‘Thank you for a beautiful practice. We loved it, as always, and slept so soundly ~ Namaste’

Sophie and John Adams

Upcoming Sunset Sundays 

April 22nd, May 13th, June 10th

 

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