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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.

Navaratri Namaskar

Dance with the Devis! An authentic yoga celebration of Navaratri, the Indian festival of Nine Nights 

The Tree Room, Colchester
28th September at 2.30-5pm

A Shakti tandava, exploring three powerful forms of embodied Shakti: Devi Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati.

Navaratri translates as Nine Nights. It is a ten day Hindu festival, vibrantly celebrated throughout India during the month of Ashvin in early autumn. Navaratri symbolises the victory of light overcoming darkness and the journey of humanity to divinity. 

Navaratri honours divine feminine Shakti as Devi Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati. Each day of the festival is dedicated to a different form of Shakti to dispel the darkness and enhance physical and spiritual light.

Devi Durga symbolises inner strength, empowerment and grounding of being. Durga is the steadiness and protection at the centre of you. Devi Lakshmi symbolises the beauty, abundance, purity and grace within all beings. Devi Saraswati symbolises ojas; inner light pouring from every cell in your being. She is soul wisdom, pure perception, the deep insight that dwells within you.

We will embody divine feminine Shakti energy through beautiful sequencing and creative, evolutionary namaskars. Durga’s Dance will empower your sadhana with arm balances and  inversion. Lakshmi Love will lift and open and your heart with a series of beautiful back bends. Saraswati sadhana 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.

£35 per yogi
Limited spaces available

Diwali Light Day Retreat

with Live Music, Mantra and Kirtan
by Gavin Frank and Siobhan Swider

The Tree Room, Colchester
26th October 2019 at 10 – 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 Devi 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 lunch at Tymperleys.

Our Diwali celebration will be lit up with an authentic live performance of Indian mantra and world chants, accompanied by the harp and Indian harmonium. We will share an uplifting kirtan experience to open the heart and purify the mind. Our Diwali sadhana will close with a serene sound bath, harmonising voice, harp, harmonium and crystal bowls to soothe the soul.

You are warmly invited to join us for this beautiful, authentic Diwali Light celebration.

Included:

  • Mythic story

  • Vinyasa Flow Yoga

  • Meditation

  • Sound Bath

  • Indian mantras and world chants

  • Kirtan

  • Live music with Gavin Frank and Siobhan Swider

Find out more about Gavin Frank here: www.gavinfrank.net

£75 per yogi
Limited spaces available

Saraswati Light Yoga Workshop

Winter Solstice Yoga Celebration
With Live Music

The Tree Room, Colchester
14th December 2019 at 10am-1pm

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.

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

£35 per yogi
Limited spaces available

 

Upcoming Yoga Workshops 2019

The Tree Room: September 28th, October 26th, November 16th, December 14th

The Minories: Coming soon …

Sunset Sunday Yoga

The Tree Room, Colchester 

6th October 2019 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.

£25 per yogi
Limited spaces available

Upcoming Sunset Sundays 

November 10th, December 8th

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