Vinyasa Flow Yoga Workshops
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.
Diwali Light Day Retreat
with Live Music, Mantra and Drumming
by Antarma and Aloka
The Minories Art Gallery, Colchester
27th October 2018 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 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 lunch at the Minories Cafe.
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 authentically talented couple share ancient Sanskrit shlokas and original lyrics, accompanied by the guitar, harmonium and drums. Antarma and Aloka ‘bring hearts together’ with African and Brazilian Djembe beats, ecstatic dance, hip hop and reggae rhythms. They have performed at The Royal Albert Hall, Chelsea Theatre, The British Film Institute and worldwide events and festivals.
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 for this beautiful, authentic Diwali Light celebration.
Vinyasa Flow Yoga
Live music with Antarma and Aloka
Find out more about Antarma here: www.antarma.co.uk
£70 per yogi
Limited spaces available
Saraswati Light Yoga Workshop
Winter Solstice Yoga Celebration
With Live Music
Minories Art Gallery, Colchester
15th December, 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
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.
It was an honour to share authentic, creatively inspired Vinyasa Flow Yoga at Yoga Connects Festival 2016/17.
Upcoming Yoga Workshops 2018
The Tree Room:
The Minories: December 15th, January 19th, June 15th
The Tree Room, Colchester
13th January 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. Namaste’
Sophie and John Adams
Upcoming Sunset Sundays
January 13th, October 6th, November 10th, December 8th