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Kirtan with Arjun Baba

Saturday 20th January   7.00 – 9.30pm

Sheffield Yoga School, South Road, S6 3TA

Donations (minimum £5)

 

We are very pleased to be hosting an evening of Indian music & Kirtan with Arjun Baba (vocal & harmonium)  and John Ball (tabla).

This very special evening is paid by donation. The minimum donation is £5.00.

All income goes directly to the musicians and we ask you to give generously to support them.

Click here to listen to Arjun Baba.

 

Arjun Baba’s intention is to share the traditions of Kirtan/Bhajan, & Sufi Ghazal/Qawwali devotional music to the west & worldwide.  By sharing the chant, as well as the raag, melodies,  & beautiful profound history of Hindustani music, he is considered a unique and leading kirtan singer in the western world for over 19 years.

With annual tours through UK, Europe, India, & the US his passion is to express the beauty of this music and practice. Born in New York City, living many years between India and California, he currently resides in Rishikesh, India, and returns to the west annually to share this path of music and devotion.

Since 1998 he has recorded 7 volumes of bhajan and kirtan, 6 of sufi qawwali music, as well as 6 volumes with his collective “Arjun & Guardians”, where songwriting and eclectic styles are explored. He is also a member of Fanna Fi Allah Sufi Qawwali Party (where he has studied in the lineage of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan), and The Dub Kirtan All Stars (featuring producers Freq Nasty and David Starfire); as well as collaborating with DJ Drez, MC Yogi, and The Kirtaniyas.

 

Arjun is the real deal.” – Carlos Menjivar ,  Managing Director ; Jivamukti NYC and Worldwide

Very few practitioners of the Kirtan practice can match Arjun’s level of authenticity. He is truly one of the finest I have ever heard.” -Shiva Baum- Executive Producer of Krishna Das’ Breath Of The Heart and Producer of Bhagavan Das’ Now/former head of A&R, Triloka Records

Arjun delivers an uplifting kirtan filled with authentic Indian musical sensibilities, and the harmonious sweetness of a long time Spiritual Devotee of Bhakti Yoga“. -Sridhar Silberfein- Founder & Producer –  BhaktiFest

The most inspired kirtan I’ve heard since Bhagavan Das” – Yoga Arts, Chicago

Arjun’s music comes from a deep place, it reveals so much and connect the listener to so much more” – Matthew Lombardo, Jivamukti Yoga

 

 

John Ball

John Ball is a dedicated and experienced performer and teacher of North Indian music specialising in tabla and the one hundred string santoor. He is currently Musician in Residence at the University of Sheffield.

He has studied tabla with some of the great maestros of Indian Classical Music ​including Pandit Yogesh Samsi and Ustad Faiyaz Khan of Delhi ​and is a ​regular ​member of several innovative performing projects including Rafiki Jazz​, Sarathy Korwar Band​ and Ruhaani where he incorporates traditional Indian music elements into cross-cultural music contexts.

 

from General, posted January 2018

Candle Lit Kirtan – 3rd December

 

Our next Kirtan will be by candle light, warmed by a real fire in our Yoga Centre on South Road!

This will be a special one, followed by time for a social with tea, cake & treats afterwards.

From 6.30 – 7.00pm we chant Mahamrityunjaya Mantra for peace and for the relief of suffering. Kirtan is from 7.00 – 8.00pm (ish).

You can come for along at 7.00pm just for the kirtan if you like.
There is no charge for kirtan and and all are welcome (kids included).

Any contributions of cake & treats welcome!

Click here to find directions to our Yoga Centre.

from General, posted November 2016

New Yoga Centre : Opening Day

Saturday 11th June

Our new Yoga Centre is ready now (pretty much!) and we have our opening day on Saturday 11th June.

We will be there all day so please come along at any time to have a look around.

There will be meditation in the morning, 30 minute harp concerts (by Ciara Noon) through the day and kirtan to finish off.
Teas / drinks, home made flapjack, biscuits etc provided.

PROGRAMME FOR THE DAY :

  • 11.00am : Meditation
  • 12.00pm : Harp concert
  • 2.00pm : Harp Concert
  • 4.00pm : Harp Concert
  • 5.30pm : Kirtan

We will be making an artwork throughout the day and anyone who wants to can join in.

Our Yoga Centre is in one of Sheffield’s old school buildings. It has been a huge job to renovate the room but also a pleasure to bring one of Walkley’s beautiful old buildings back to life.

We will have new classes, workshops, courses, kirtan and more at the new Centre. Details will be on our website over the coming months.

DIRECTIONS :

Our centre is part of the old school building on the corner of Fir Street and South Road, right in the heart of Walkley.
The main part of the building is Sheffield Spiritualist Church. We are in the left side of the building as you look at it from South Rd.
The entrance is through the big shiny door on South Road!
It is easy to find but if you have any problems you can call us on 07780 670466.

from General, posted June 2016

New Yoga Centre : Walkley : 6th June

We are very pleased to announce that we will be opening a new Yoga Centre in Walkley on the 6th June.

We have been teaching Yoga classes in Walkley since 1995 so it feels good to have a new focus right in the heart of this lovely part of Sheffield.

The centre will develop gradually. We will be using it for Yoga classes but also for workshops and courses, kirtan, music and more …

We have a beautiful room in an old school building, it is light and airy, with a high ceiling, beautiful old beams and doors. There is still a lot of work to do but we look forward to being ready to open at the start of June.

Watch this space!

from General, posted April 2016

TRATAKA

The first stage of meditation is concentration, or ‘dharana’. One of the most direct, simple and effective methods of establishing concentration is Trataka (‘steady gazing’).

Trataka involves focussing the eyes (and in turn the mind) on one point. Steadiness of the gaze is directly related to steadiness and concentration of mind and by steadying the eyes you are automatically relaxing and concentrating the mind.

 

Benefits of Trataka

  • Trataka is an excellent practice for relieving anxiety, mental tension and depression.
  • It is very effective for insomnia. For dealing with insomnia practice trataka for 10 – 15 minutes just before going to sleep.
  • Peace of mind. Trataka steadies the mind, calming the ups & downs, moods and fluctuations of the mind.
  • Improves memory & concentration.
  • People with weak eyesight and eye muscles will benefit from regular practice of trataka.

 

How to Practice Trataka

  • Place the object at eye level, arm’s length away from you.
  • Close the eyes and sit comfortably; practice Kaya Sthairyam (Body Stillness).
  • Open the eyes and gaze steadily at the object – if using a candle, gaze at the tip of the
  • Relax the eyes as much as possible. Try to keep the eyes open but if you need to blink then do so.
  • After a minute or two close the eyes and gaze at the after image in the space front of the closed eyes. Keep it steady.
  • If there is no an after image try to visualise the object in front of the closed eyes.
  • When the after image begins to fade bring it back.
  • When the image has disappeared completely open your eyes and repeat the

 

Glasses & Contact Lenses

  • If possible do not wear glasses or contact lenses with Trataka. But if you need them to see the object clearly then you should do so.
  • There should be no double vision and no blurring of the
  • If you wear contact lenses with trataka you will need to blink during the practice so that the lenses do not dry out.

 

Contra-indications

  • For epilepsy do not practice trataka on a candle flame; instead choose a totally steady object or image to gaze at.
  • In cases of eyestrain, myopia and astigmatism a black dot or similar can be used instead of a candle flame.

 

Objects of Trataka

  • The object you gaze at can be almost anything; for example, you can use a candle flame, a black dot on white paper, a symbol, a star, a rock in a river, a flower etc.
  • A candle flame is an excellent object for trataka. It has an almost magnetic effect on the eyes and produces a clear after image for Inner Trataka.
  • You will make the best progress if you use the same object for trataka every time you practice.

 

Duration & Time of Practice

  • To gain noticeable benefits practice for 10 minutes or more every day.
  • You can practice at any time, but first thing in the morning and last thing at night are best.
  • For the best results practice every day for a set period of time, up to a maximum of 2 months.

 

Notes

Trataka can be seen as a stepping stone between Hatha Yoga (physically orientated practices) and Raja Yoga (the mental practices which lead to higher awareness).

It is also a simple but very effective technique for relaxation and for calming and steadying the mind.

If we use trataka as a sadhana and practice regularly and consistently it can have a profound effect on our lives.

Trataka is an excellent method for clearing accumulated complexes, problems and supressed thoughts from the mind, enabling the practitioner to witness what is surfacing.

It is possible for these problems to manifest too quickly and be disturbing. If this happens stop the practice and consult your Yoga teacher.

 

 

 

from General, posted December 2015

Yoga gifts for Christmas!

 

We have a range of products in our shop which would make excellent gifts for Christmas.

If you want something different for the man or woman who has everything you could try a neti pot!

Our neti pots are made by the Scandinavian Yoga & Meditation School and are probably the best neti pots in the world – certainly they are the best ones we have found.

We have CDs for relaxation and meditation. These are equally suitable for people with little or no experience of Yoga as for seasoned Yogis.

For anyone with an interest in meditation we have a beautiful range of malas. These are handmade in Sheffield by Hannah Penn, one of our teachers. There is a choice of Sandalwood, Rudrakshas and Quartz Crystal beads.

We stock a wide range of Yoga books from the Bihar School of Yoga – these books are widely recognised as some of the most useful and authoritative Yoga texts in print today.

And if you fancy an alternative Christmas card have a look at our range of greetings cards, all designed by Hannah and  printed in Sheffield.

Christmas is a hugely commercialized event nowadays. There may not be much we can do about that, but at least we can use it to support local artists and businesses … like us!!

from General, posted November 2015

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