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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 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.

 

 Jai Hanuman Yoga, Music and Mantra Workshop  

Summer Solstice Sadhana Celebration

The Minories Art Gallery, Colchester
2nd June 2018 at 10am – 5pm

This Summer Solstice Celebration is expressed in the dance of yoga, a tandava.

Jai Hanuaman is a mythic flow of creative namaskars, exploring the legends and stories of the Indian deity, Hanauman.

Hanauman had great powers of strength, vitality and vibrancy, like the energy of the sun. He could fly the skies, expanding and contracting at will; fighting the battles of good over evil and light over darkness. On his adventures, Hanuman leapt to the sun to learn the teachings of yoga, the first surya namaskars; he leapt the ocean to reunite unconditional love and truth; he moved the mountains to restore the lives of the warriors who died. Our practice will journey through the element of fire, agni, tapas, rajas, manipura chakra; enlivening our being with the brightness and radiance of the sun. Hanuaman’s stories teach that great power lies deep within you; you must only perceive, believe to rise to your highest potential.

Hanuaman’s sunlight strength emerged from his deeply loving, devotional heart; his highest power in service of the greatest good. Our practice opens with a series of energising twisting namaskars and arm balances; moving into deeper back bends, the leap of faith in hanumanasana and a series of playful inversions. This sunshine sadhana creates a feeling of radiance, lightness, love and joy: Hanauman happiness. Our asana practice is blended with pranayama, relaxation and meditation ~ to still the monkey mind.

After our practice, we will share a delicious delicious lunch at the Minories Cafe.

Our Summer Solstice celebration will be lit up with an authentic live performance of Indian mantra and mudra; original lyrics, 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.

Our Jai Hanauman Solstice Sadhana is a celebration of life, light, happiness and abundance. We will experience this class in the beautiful surroundings of the Minories Gallery Ballroom; a Georgian building with high ceilings and wooden floors.

You are warmly invited to join us in this soulful celebration of the sun.

Included:

  • Mythic story

  • Vinyasa Flow Yoga

  • Meditation

  • Gong bath

  • Yoga nidra

  • Live music with Antarma and Aloka

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

£70 per yogi
Limited spaces available

Equinox Equanimity

Autumn Equinox Yoga Workshop 

The Tree Room, Colchester
22nd September 2018 at 2.30 – 5pm

Balancing the Gunas and the Devas: the inner ground of being, the radiance of Self, the light of peace.

The gunas are three aspects of nature intrinsic to all creation and all beings. Tamas reflects the element of earth: stability, grounding, connection; rajas holds the quality of fire: energy, dynamism, power; sattva is the essence of light, spirit, serenity. Our practice will balance the energy gunas, creating a sense of innate equanimity.

The gunas, tamas, rajas and sattva, reflect the ancient Indian devas, Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati. Durga is the steady grounding energy of earth and the embodiment of fire. Lakshmi is the bliss of beauty, abundance, love and grace. Saraswati is ojas, pure light of being, creativity and wisdom. The devas represent aspects of the Self; our sadhana bringing your being into balance.

This workshop is a series of vinyasa namaskars, flowing through beautiful sequencing and creative choreography. You will embody that which grounds and connects you; energises and empowers you; leaving you feeling lovingly light, peaceful and serene.

Tamas Durga sadhana will lift you from your padas (feet) to your hastas (hands), connecting earth and sky in handstand, adho mukha vrskasana. Rajas Durga sequence will empower the arm balance astavakrasana. Sattva Lakshmi will open your heart with a series of back bends. Sattva Saraswati will close with the serenity of headstand, mediation and relaxation.

This experience is enhanced by the serene ambiance of the Tree Room, incense and aromatic oils.

£30 per yogi
Limited spaces available

Diwali Light Day Retreat

with Live Music, Mantra and Drumming
by Antarma and Aloka

The Tree Room, Colchester
October 2018 at 2 – 9pm

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.

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

Our Diwali night 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.

Join us for this beautiful, authentic Diwali Light 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

Yoga Connects Festival

Cambridgeshire 
29th June – 1st 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: September 22nd, November 3rd

The Minories: June 2nd, December 15th

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 

13th May 2018 at 6 – 8pm

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

£20 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 

June 10th, September 16th, October 14th, November 18th, December 9th

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