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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)

from Yoga Days Info, posted June 2017

FREE Yoga Class & Workshop

Saturday 1st July

FREE Yoga class : 11.00 – 12.00pm

FREE Mantra & Yantra Drawing : 1.00 – 3.00pm


As part of the Walkley Festival Sheffield Yoga School is offering some free sessions at our Yoga Centre on South Road.


The Yoga Taster class includes postures, breathing, relaxation and meditation. No experience required.

To join in with ‘The Big Draw’ Hannah has done illustrations of Frogs, Cats, Rabbits and even Sloths doing Yoga to help you practice at home. Everyone coming to the taster can choose one to take home.

Our yoga studio is a shoe free zone, so please be prepared to take off shoes. All yoga equipment is provided.


In the afternoon our studio will be open to anyone who would like to drop in and do some mindfulness coloring in of a Mandala or Yantra, or if you like you can sketch the interesting views of Walkley through our windows.

Drawing materials provided.
Be prepared to take off shoes as our studio is a shoe free zone!

If you went to school here and would like to see your old classroom we would love to hear your stories of this old building.




from Class Information, posted June 2017

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.


from Yoga Days Info, posted June 2017


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.

from Yoga Days Info, posted June 2017

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.

from Yoga Days Info, posted June 2017

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