Yoga Days Info

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 January 2018

Introduction to AcroYoga

11th February, 10.00 – 1.00pm

Sheffield Yoga School, S6 3TA

£30.00

 

Introduction to Acroyoga

 

This 3 hour workshop will take you through the fundamentals of acroyoga, including ‘flying’, ‘basing’ and ‘spotting’.
No experience is necessary.

One aim of the workshop is to get people moving in unusual and interesting ways, providing both a mental and physical challenge.

Acroyoga combines acrobatics with elements of yoga. It is a sociable and fun way of building strength, flexibility and confidence.

One of the main aims of Acroyoga is to bring people together, forming real human connections and helping the individual to cultivate trust, self awareness and open communication.

In this workshop we move through a series of postures and flows which progress as we go.  You will learn how to safely base, fly and spot for simple acroyoga moves such as front bird, back bird, siting, throne, and stag.

 

About the Teachers

 

Base Acroyoga is a Yoga and Acrobatic Partnership formed by Jake and Gemma.

Gemma is a fully qualified Yoga teacher and kids yoga teacher and found her way into acroyoga as an addition to her regular yoga practice. Gemma has a passion for using acroyoga to inspire confidence and encourage people to get active whilst having fun and forming honest human connections.

In addition to teaching acroyoga Jake is a fully qualified osteopath. His knowledge of how the body works makes Jake an exceptional teacher. He encourages individuals to challenge themselves mentally and physically, whilst working with their natural physique.

from Yoga Days Info, posted January 2018

Yoga & Herbs – EARTH

Sunday 4th February,   10.00 – 4.00pm      £40.00

with Helena Turner and Sarah Golding

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

 

The earth element is our foundation and support in all that we do. As we settle into another year we can look to the Earth element for renewed energy and focus to take us forward into spring.

Rejuvenation depends on being grounded and linked to the healing forces of the earth, its rocks, minerals, woods, flowers, herbs and foods.

This workshop aims to restore and infuse our personal connection to the earth. We will look at how Yoga asana was traditionally a way of making sacred our connection to the earth and linking us to the ground as our foundation. Our asana practice will emphasize this earth connection and strengthen it with mantras.

We will also focus on the energies and symbolism of the elephant deity Ganesha (said to reside at Muladhara the root chakra), using this to find the strength and grounding we need to adapt to the obstacles of life.

The day will include pranayama, mudras, meditation and some simple Thai Yoga Massage techniques to reawaken our boundless energy and help invoke foundations for positive living.

 

In Spring the plants and trees are beginning to wake up and so we will be looking at which medicinal plants are useful to us at this time of year, seeking to help balance the earth element in our bodies through the change from winter to spring.

This will mean different things to different people and our different constitutions; we will look into ayurvedic and traditional western herbal traditions as a way of exploring and understanding this.

A gorgeous herbal tea tasting ceremony will take place as in previous sessions.

 

The teachers : Helena Turner & Sarah Golding

Helena is a highly trained & experienced Yoga teacher and Sarah is an equally highly trained & experienced medical herbalist!

The combination of Yoga practice with the proper use of herbs is designed to provide a very foundation for optimum health and well being.

 

from Yoga Days Info, posted January 2018

19th May : Yoga Flows for Body, Breath & Just Being

with Chris Noon

Grenoside Community Hall,  S35 8PR

Cost £35

 

 

‘Yoga Flow’ is generally associated with a flow of movement from one Yoga posture to another. This day will certainly include flows of movement, pausing at times to be and to breathe in one asana or another; but the main aim of the day will be to create a flow of awareness through the our practice.

In the posture work we will look at sequences where one asana (posture) can move into another, and then another.

When we come to breathing / Pranayama we will practice in a way that enables the breath to flow, without strain or struggle, in whichever technique we are using.

When we struggle with our breathing we are no longer practicing Pranayama. When the breath flows in Pranayama it becomes truly an energy practice and that is when the benefit of Pranayama for body & mind becomes apparent.

 

In meditation we aim to create an unbroken flow of concentration. This takes time and a whole lot of practice, but we can help ourselves by creating the optimal conditions for meditation. Preparing the ground for meditation will be integral to this day of Yoga practice.

 

Some of the benefits of Yoga are obvious – we feel better (usually!) after our practice, we move more freely, we relax. But equally there are profound benefits from Yoga which develop so gradually that we barely notice them.

This workshop will be a balanced Yoga practice; a balanced Yoga practice creates harmony within us. We learn to let go, we become stronger and more resilient. Over time we begin to appreciate more fully the wonder and the flow of life – this is Yoga.

 

The teacher

Chris Noon has been practicing and teaching Yoga for a long time. He qualified initially with the British Wheel of Yoga and later in Satyananda Yoga. He has been very fortunate to work with an array wonderful and inspiring teachers over many years and counts his blessings!

from Yoga Days Info, posted December 2017

In Search of the Essence of Yoga

A 3 Day Course with Ben Major

25th March, 29th April & 20th May 2018

Cost : £95.00

 

About the Course

This course takes us on a fascinating journey through 5000 years of history as we go in search of the origins and history of the yoga tradition.

It will comprise of a mixture of theory and practice.

Each workshop includes lectures & group discussions, asana (posture work), pranayama (breathing practices), meditation, chanting and other practices from the yoga tradition.

These workshops are designed for yoga practitioners and teachers who wish to gain greater clarity and deeper understanding of yoga history and the many and varied paths of yoga.

 

Workshop 1 :   Exploring Pre-Patanjali Yoga

  • Pre-Vedic and Early Vedic yoga? Examining the evidence
  • Yoga in the Upaniads and Mahābhārata
  • The Śramaṇa traditions of Jainism and Buddhism

 

Practices include : Chanting of Vedic Mantra (such as Gayatri and Mahamrityumjaya); Mahat Yoga Pranayama; Atma Vichara (Self-enquiry) Meditation

 

Workshop 2 :   The Flourishing of Yoga

  • The philosophy of Sāṅkhya
  • The classical Yoga of Patanjali
  • Influence of Advaita Vedanta

 

Practices include : Pranava (chanting of Aum, with a special focus on the three syllables); Nadi Shodhana Pranayama, Antar Mouna Meditation

 

Workshop 3 : Tantra, Hatha to Modern Yoga

  • The origins and evolution of Tantra
  • The arrival of Haṭha yoga and its links with Tantra
  • The revival of Yoga in the modern period

 

Practices include :   Chanting of Tantric mantras; Ujjayi Pranayama; Ajapa Japa Meditation

 

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from Yoga Days Info, posted November 2017

First Aid Training : 6th October

 

The training will be led by Gilly Loukes who is the British Wheel of Yoga First Aid Officer for Yorkshire & Humberside.

The day will cover all aspects of First Aid but will be of particular relevance to Yoga teachers.

 

Participants will receive an Emergency First Aid Manual and a First Aid Certificate valid for 3 years.

The training will be 10.00am – 5.00pm and the venue is Sheffield Yoga School, South Road, S6 3TA.

The fee for the day is £65.00.

Places are limited to 12 participants and early booking is recommended.

 

Please Note : We are also running this training day on Sunday 7th October. However, if we do not have enough people to fill two days we will cancel the 7th October.

 

We will be running this first aid training day in October every year so you can be sure to keep your First Aid Certificate up to date.

from Yoga Days Info, posted November 2017

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