Yoga Days Info

Maarten Vermaase : 21st April 2018

‘Body, Breath & Mind – Preparations for Pranayama and deeper Yoga practice’

If you are doing Yoga you are not doing Yoga!
Distinguishing Yoga from just exercise.


NB  Participants should be experienced Yoga practitioners, with a good grounding in Asana and breath work. This day will be especially useful as preparation for the Pranayama course Maarten will teach for Sheffield Yoga School in 2019.


What makes Yoga into Yoga? In one word, mindfulness.

The Buddhist definition of mindfulness is ‘to remember the instructions’. The practice of Yoga involves ‘mind instructions’ for both ‘on the mat’ and ‘off the mat’ situations, so that we can become 24/7 practitioners.

A Buddhist text says: ‘accomplishment is the result of knowing the practices’, and ‘may my mind follow Yoga, and may my Yoga follow the Path’. How can we ensure that our practice of Yoga takes us in the right direction?

During this day we will examine the stages of Hatha Yoga as presented in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. We will learn ‘mind instructions’ to help us with our practical Yoga, Asana, Pranayama, Mudra and meditation, and our daily life.


The teacher :

Dutch born Maarten Vermaase is a retired Diploma Course Tutor for the British Wheel of Yoga who has practised and studied Yoga since the early 1970’s.

He studied Hatha Yoga primarily under Robert Van Heeckeren, and Tibetan Buddhist meditation, Yoga and Healing Exercises with numerous Lamas and teachers from the Kagyu, Gelug and Nyingma traditions.

Maarten teaches extensively in Oxford and London, and runs regular workshops, retreats and BWY Meditation Modules for groups nationwide. He started the Mahasiddha Yoga Group in 1999 at the suggestion of his teacher, Kenchen Thrangu Rinpoche.


Timetable for this workshop :


10.30 am

Introduction of course material

Discussion: what is Yoga and why do it? Jataka story…..

Introduce concepts: ‘Three Trainings’ – three areas of practice

Internal and external and conditions:  appreciating lineage, motivation and circumstances

Hatha Yoga principles: energy, breath, mind – how the mind relates to breath


11.30 am

Practical : Yoga asana sequence –‘being in the body’

Working with the breath: breath release, ‘natural breath’ awareness,  Akasha Pranayama

Meditation: with Ajapa. How to prolong a meditation session, walking meditation.


1.15 pm                 Lunch


2.00 pm

Discussion: Yama and Niyama, the importance of conduct

Introduce concepts: Klesha and Kriya, the practice of purification


2.45 pm

Practical: Purification breathing and visualisation – a version of Nadi Sodhana


3.00 pm

Practical: Yoga asana sequence, preparing for the inner Yogas, ‘the Yoga of no body’,

Working with the breath: using the breath as support

Meditation: ‘let the mind rest naturally’, a glimmer of Samadhi


4.30 pm

Finish and dedication


Participants are advised to take notes!!!

Bring copy of Hatha Yoga Pradipika if you have one.


from Yoga Days Info, posted June 2017

Sound & Holistic Healing

Sunday 2nd July, 10.00 – 1.00pm

Cost : £30.00

Venue : Sheffield Yoga School, South Rd, S6 3TA

This workshop is an introduction to using Sound and Sound Vibrations as a Healing Modality.
We will look at the science behind why sound works so well as a tool for Transformation and Healing.

You will experience a number of shorter Sound Sessions to illustrate some of the techniques used in Sound Therapy, before finishing the day with a Therapeutic Gong Sound Bath.

A ‘Gong Sound Bath’ is a powerful holistic healing therapy. A gong bath session can induce deep restorative, relaxation whilst at the same time be energising and rejuvenating. A gong session can also alleviate anxiety, stress, depression, creating a feeling of peace and calm.

The session will be led by Craig Eddington (Soulshine.Life)

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MUDRAS – Silent Hands, Silent Mind

with Madhuri


Mudra practice is a celebration of the subtle side of yoga.

Mudras are seemingly simple gestures made with the hands or the whole body which convey messages regarding the depth and beauty that exists within us.
Mudra’s can be objects of contemplation, hubs of transformative energy and most importantly entry points to the Present Moment.

When the body is seen as the container of the emotional tensions of the separate self, bringing stillness to the body becomes not just the art of relaxation, but also the gateway to liberate ourselves from the restrictions of the mind.

When the hands are held in defined shapes and in the loving warmth of awareness they become entry points into peace and insight.


About the Course

Sessions will include exploring how asana can be enhanced through the use of mudra, the harmonising effect of mudra to deepen pranayama practice, and how mudra can lead to meditation and self-enquiry.

Madhuri will also share beautiful mudra sequences; graceful moving meditations which lead to stillness.

Learning about Mudra is like learning the language of the Heart.  These sequences are a great support for meditative practice, promoting profound shifts in awareness but they can also act as a great introduction to meditation being useful to those who find simply sitting difficult.

Madhuri will convey the depth and beauty of Mudra practice, mainly focusing on hand mudra’s.


The tutor : Madhuri

Madhuri have been involved with yoga for over 20 years, starting in her early teens, the practice helped her to overcome a debilitating illness and lead to a passionate interest for the healing art of Yoga.

She deepened her understanding of Yoga through six years of Ashram living and extended periods in silent retreat.

Madhuri has a remarkable ability to lead others into meditative silence and she also encourages playfulness and exploration towards practice, empowering students to find their own answers.

Her inquisitive mind and dedicated practice enable her to convey the depth of yoga in wonderfully useful and inspiring ways. She feels that yoga is an inner adventure and teaches on many aspects of yoga including a meditative approach to asana, meditation, mudra and bandha, pain management, kirtan and self-enquiry.

Her poetry reveals the insightfulness and joy of her practice.

Since 2016 Madhuri has a new name, Sarva Dana.


Still hands reveal a heart that needs nothing

For a moment I drop seeking and stop running
Mind and hands no longer grasping

Fingers become utterly still and softly curled like lotus petals

These quiet hands signify trust in Being
In this present moment

No need for hands to point, hold, push or tighten

Gestures which expose the tendencies of an entangled mind

Unmoving hands indicate the great I Am

Which no action can take me towards

So I watch my hands become silent like two warm sleeping birds
Still hands celebrate Consciousness
Silent hands, Silent mind.


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Saturday 1st July

6.30 – 8.00pm

Sheffield Yoga School, South Road, S6 3TA


Our next kirtan is on Saturday 1st July.

At 6.30pm we chant Mahamrityunjaya Mantra for the relief of suffering. Kirtan is 7.00 – 8.00pm (ish!).


There is no charge for kirtan and no experience is necessary. All welcome, including kids.


Kirtan is friendly and informal, it is a lovely part of Yoga.

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Alchemy of Hatha Yoga

A Yoga workshop with Jayadhara (Jane Cluley).

25th November,   10.00 – 4.00pm

Grenoside Community Hall, S35 8PR


The Alchemy of Hatha Yoga  :  Bringing the wisdom of ancient teachings to your practice


Alchemy is the transmutation and refining of the gross to the refined, from base metal to gold, just as our yoga journey leads us to fuller understanding of our human being-ness and refined practice.

Hatha yoga is an ancient science and art, continually evolving and developing today. We are all our own experiment – on and off the mat.  Through practice, we are adjusting our personal chemistry, neurological circuits, internal rhythms and prana  distribution. When we pay attention to lifestyle changes and ways of thinking we reinforce the yoga on our mat in everyday life.

We will be drawing on wisdom from Hatha Yoga Pradipika, practising asana, pranayama, mudra, bandha, yoga nidra and meditation to continue our alchemical journey and inspire more fulfilling, truthful and balanced lives.

Jayadhara (Jane Cluley) began practising yoga at university. She then trained with British Wheel of Yoga and has been teaching yoga since 1988; she is now a BWY Foundation and Diploma Course tutor.

After living and studying at the Bihar School of Yoga for several years she also has an MA in yoga philosophy. She has a particular interest in making ancient philosophy accessible to everyone and in the use of yoga for managing mental health issues.

This will be a very uplifting and informative day of yoga with a tutor who has a wealth of knowledge and a talent for expressing her teaching clearly and enjoyably.

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Shiva Shakti – The Path to Peace

with Helena Turner

20th January 10.00 – 4.00pm

Grenoside Community Hall, Sheffield S35 8PR


Our natural state is one of calm and balance but for many of us that is not so easy to come by. Making changes to our lives and to ourselves takes a lot of work, time, practice, failed attempts, redirects, and, hopefully, eventual victories.

Yoga helps us to break down old ways of thinking & doing which don’t serve us very well, and this paves the way for the more productive stuff. This two-part process is beautifully represented in the ancient concepts of Shiva and Shakti. They embody the ideas of psychological change and growth in our practice.

SHIVA symbolises consciousness, the masculine principle.

SHAKTI symbolises the feminine principle, the activating power and energy.

Shiva & Shakti are bound together as two essential aspects of the One. Only when Shiva and Shakti (Consciousness & Energy) combine, can action, movement and creation arise.

The destructive energy of Shiva breaks down the old to create space for the new. The creative energy of Shakti helps purify aspects of ourselves leading to healthier body, balanced emotions and mental clarity. They are said to dance together for eternity and their dance creates the physical universe and then destroys it.Bringing these concepts into our practice helps break down old ways & habits and bring in new ones.

The focus of this day will explore these energies within us, through a variety of yoga practices drawn from the tantric tradition.

The day invites us to be present in all aspects of life, to flow with the sacred pulse of nature’s power (Shakti) and to expand our awareness of our union with Consciousness (Shiva).

It is all about every-day living and how we bring wonder and passion into our lives as an expression of an unfolding awareness of our own power and a sense of delight in the here-and-now. The practices will focus on their energetic & symbolic qualities, inspiring us to bring forth the positive changes we want to create for the year ahead as well as adding depth and meaning to our practice, together we can explore this vast wealth and history of yoga we practice.


The teacher : Helena Turner

Helena originally trained with Yoga Alliance and then completed a Satyananda Yoga Teacher Training course. She teaches yoga full time and also gives Thai Yoga Massage.

In her spare time Helena paints beautiful Mandalas and Yantras. She loves chanting & Kirtan, to connect and open up the heart space.

“Yoga has so much to offer and has been a great support for me over the years, helping me through the ups and downs of life, giving new depth and meaning to my life. I have discovered I can do much more than I ever thought I was capable of. I believe yoga is a vehicle for transformation, self- discovery and self- improvement, opening us up to our full potential…..and I believe that Yoga offers something for everybody…..That’s why I teach”. (Helena Turner)

  • Days are 10am – 4pm. Cost £35.00.
  • For lunch, please bring a vegetarian dish to share.
  • Venue : Grenoside Community Hall, Sheffield, S35 8PR


from Yoga Days Info, posted June 2017

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