Ajapa Japa : Channeling Breath & Energy

Guidance, Tips and Advice for a Good Meditation Practice

  • 3 Sessions over 3 months
  • September – November 2020
  • Online course
  • £70.00 / £50.00

We are very pleased to announce a 3 month online meditation course with Swami Gyan Dharma.

The main practice for the course is Ajapa Japa, but the sessions will include guidance and advice on how best to prepare yourself for meditation practice, how to get the most benefit from your practice and how to develop it over time.

Swami Gyan Dharma has devoted much of his life to the practice and teaching of meditation. He is able to give expert guidance on the subject, based on comprehensive experience. This course is a great opportunity for anyone serious about deepening their understanding and practice of meditation.

 

About Meditation

Swami Gyan Dharma says this about meditation :

To meditate is to learn to spend time with ourselves, and through a meditative practice, we learn to sit free and independent, without needing the company of others. Being with ourselves internally in a constructive and creative manner, is a skill we develop by sitting down and spending time alone, in a structured meditative way.

We have all got healing to do inside and if we want that healing to happen, we need to take the time, sit down and look in at our minds. To meditate is to work in a conscious and aware way with our thoughts and feelings, instead of running away from them. It is how we start letting go of the pain, fear and confusion that dominate so much of our lives.

It takes a little bit of discipline, but if we sit down every day, close our eyes and look in, and we do it with regularity, the practice of meditation have the power to help us create inner lives that are more meaningful, open, and harmonious.

 

Course information :

Dates :

Each session will be 10.00 – 1.00pm. The dates for the course are all Saturdays :

  • 19th September 2020
  • 17th October
  • 14th November

 

Cost :

The fee for the course is £70.00.

If you cannot afford the full amount you can pay a reduced fee of £50.00.

If there is genuine financial hardship please contact us and we will make an arrangement.

 

How to book :

You can book and pay for your place securely through our website.

Book a Place

 

The Programme

  • 10.00 – 10.30 : Talk, tips & guidance
  • 10.30 – 11.00 : Ajapa Japa Meditation
  • 11.00 – 11.50 : Hatha Yoga
  • 11.50 – 12.00pm : Short Break
  • 12.00 – 12.40 : Satsang (Q&A) on Ajapa Japa and Meditation
  • 12.40 – 1.00pm : Ajapa Japa Meditation

All these times are approxoimate.

We will move through progressive stages of Ajapa Japa meditation over the 3 months.

 

Swami Gyan Dharma

Swami Gyan Dharma, was born in Denmark. At 25 years old he travelled to India and spent many years deepening his knowledge of Yoga. After leaving India he spent 10 years on retreat in a small village in Spain, developing his understanding and experience of Yoga and Meditative disciplines. Since the mid-1990s he has been teaching and making people aware of the spiritual dimension of life.

Swami Gyan Dharma is an exceptional Yoga teacher and is one of the few teachers in Europe with the skills & experience necessary to teach Yoga as a truly transformational practice.

 

Ajapa Japa

Ajapa Japa is a ‘classical’ meditation practice which involves the movement of breath, awareness, mantra and prana. It is a particularly useful technique because the various elements of the practice hold the attention very effectively. Often in meditation the tendency is there for the mind to drift off, but in Ajapa Japa the mind is much more likely to remain anchored to the mechanics of the practice itself.

Ajapa Japa works well as a short daily practice, but it can also be developed in various stages to become a very powerful technique indeed.

Tips for Online Yoga!

  • If you have never used Zoom before it is very straight forward. You can join the workshop through your phone, laptop, ipod / tablet or PC.
  • A few minutes before the workshop starts, click on the link you received when you booked.
  • The link might go straight to the workshop OR it might ask you to download Zoom first. If you need to download Zoom, it is very quick & easy.
  • If the sound on your phone, laptop or PC is not so good you can buy bluetooth headphones, or plug in speakers and that will improve your experience of the classes.
  • For the posture work, apart from when we the teacher is demonstrating try to follow the verbal instructions rather then looking at the screen.
  • You can decide yourself if you want the camera on or off during the class. Your microphone will be turned off.
  • Prepare a space for doing yoga. Make sure you aren’t disturbed by people, pets or phones during the class.
  • You will need a yoga mat, a blanket for the deep relaxation and maybe a cushion for the meditation.
  • During the meditation and relaxation, it is best if you practise in a semi-dark room.
  • For meditation, be comfortable! You may sit on the floor with cushions etc, or on a chair.

 

 

from Yoga Days Info, posted July 2020

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