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Ajapa Japa : Channelling the Transforming Power of Prana

with Brahmananda

17th & 18th November     £95.00

at Grenoside Community Hall, Sheffield, S35 8PR

 

Ajapa Japa is a complete sadhana (practice) taking the practitioner from the ground level of body and environmental awareness to the deepest states of meditation.

This course will systematically introduce the participants to the ancient meditation technique of Ajapa Japa.

It will involve several sessions of sitting ajapa japa practice as we develop the technique, as well as asana (posture work) and pranayama (breathing) sessions, mantra, discussions and questions.

After the weekend participants can expect to have a systematic practice of Ajapa Japa to continue with.

 

The teacher : Brahmananda

Brahmananda is a teacher of great quality. His approach is clear and down to earth; his skill is in bringing light to the more profound and transformative aspects of Yoga.

 

Details

 

Click here for information & Booking form.

from Yoga Days Info, posted September 2018

Yoga & Herbs : Nourishment through the Water Element

with Helena Turner & Sarah Golding

Sunday 2nd December, 10.00 – 5.00pm, £40.00

Sheffield Yoga School, South Road, S6 3TA

 

This workshop concludes the Yoga & Herbs series, working with the 4 elements; earth, fire, air and water.

Within the Water element is the principle of cohesion. In the body, this manifests as nourishment, growth, and lubrication.

Water has a cooling calming influence and is connected to Swadisthana Chakra – one’s own abode. Swadisthana is concerned with enjoyment, fulfilling our need to be creative and to be able to go with the flow.

As we approach the festive season, although it’s a time of joy, it can also be incredibly challenging. It feels like a busy time of year & you can find yourself pulled in many directions trying to keep lots of different people happy with a never ending to do list.

Constantly being a human ‘doing’ as opposed to a human ‘being’ is not sustainable – we need to prioritise our health, our rest, our self-care.

This workshop aims to nourish us on all levels -physical, mental and emotional.

Using the water element as our focus we will be working with delicious herbal teas and remedies; excite the taste buds with nutritious energy balls and nourish the body with a gentle hatha flowing practice, we will learn strategies for ‘on the spot calm’ and experience the deeply restorative practice of yoga nidra, with lavender eye pillows .

From a Herbal perspective, Water is connected to the emotions so we will be looking at herbal remedies that nourish and calm the nervous system and balance our mood.

We will also look at dry and damp conditions that affect us in our bodies and herbs that can help to balance these type of conditions. We will discuss preparations made solely with water and herbs, such as teas, decoctions, baths, spritzers; and you will make a preparation to take home with you.

The Yoga & Herbs workshops stand alone; you do not need to have attended any others in the series to benefit from this one.

 

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 September 2018

Attending and Responding

2 day course with Peter Blackaby

9th & 10th March 2019     £95.00

Grenoside Community Hall, Sheffield

 

When we practice yoga we are paying attention to ourselves on many levels. We may be noticing levels of comfort and discomfort, we may be noticing our sense of grounding, or the ease / difficulty with which we move.

This is the first part of the process, once we have noticed the question becomes ‘what shall I do about what I have noticed?’

This weekend will explore this theme through the practice of asana.

 

The tutor : Peter Blackaby

 

Peter Blackaby is a very interesting and thought provoking teacher. This 2 day course will give us time to explore his ideas in depth.

Peter takes a humanistic approach to yoga, firmly rooted in the here and now and underpinned by scientific research.
In his most recent work he seeks to distance himself further from the biomechanical view of the body, revealing instead his more integrative perspective, focused on the neurological basis for movement and on the relationships between things.

Rather than approaching yoga as an exercise system, he sees it as a tool for self-exploration. By paying attention to our bodily responses, we are more able to react appropriately and are less likely to meet discomfort and pain in life. As we become better at this, life slowly takes an easier turn. We learn to act usefully, and sooner rather than later. We age more gracefully, and we adapt to change with less rancour.

 

Click here for information & booking form.

 

 

from Yoga Days Info, posted July 2018

Heart Space Yoga

with Hannah Penn

at Calderdale Yoga Centre, Hebden Bridge

Saturday 3rd November, 10.00 – 4.00pm, £35.00

 

“The wise, realizing through meditation

The timeless Self, beyond all perception,

Hidden in the cave of the heart,

Leave pain and pleasure far behind.

Those who know they are neither body nor mind

But the immemorial Self, the divine principle of existence,

Find the source of all joy and live in joy abiding.”

                                                                                      (from Katha Upanishad)

Many philosophies, yoga included, have the concept of an inner spirit / light which resides at the heart space. According to the Upanishads the purpose of life is to re-connect with this inner light.

When we begin to connect with and identify with this inner light, we become free from fear and worry and we learn to feel at one with our fellow beings and with the universe.

We can have an intellectual understanding off this idea but how do we live it and bring it into our daily lives? The Upanishads tells us that this can only be done through experience.

This will therefore be a practical day designed to develop awareness of the heart space through yoga practice.

The morning session will include asanas designed to ‘open’ the heart space; there will be flowing sequences, dynamic asana as well as stillness.
We will then use Pranayama, Mudra and Mantra techniques to work deeper. This will be followed by Yoga Nidra with visualisation of Hridrayakasha (the Heart space).

In the afternoon we will look at how the ideas from the Upanishads can be used in our daily routines and relationships.
This will be followed with chanting some of the Shanti mantras which are used as introductory chants to some of the Upanishads. The Shanti Mantras beautifully and poetically condense the message of the Upanishads.

The day will close with a Heart Space meditation to let your light shine and share it with others.

 

The Teacher :

Hannah is a highly trained and experienced Yoga teacher. She has been teaching for over 20 years. This will be an interesting, informative and nurturing day of Yoga.

 

Venue :

This workshop will be held in Calderdale Yoga Centre, Hebden Bridge, Hx7 7DD

from Yoga Days Info, posted June 2018

The Progressive Stages of Pranayama

8 Day Training Module

with Maarten Vermaase

March – November 2019

at Sheffield Yoga School, South Road, S6 3TA

 

This course will introduce Pranayama & related practices in a structured progression, enabling students to practise Pranayama safely & under guidance.

It aims to deepen our understanding and experience of the practice of Asana, Pranayama & Meditation and will be mostly practical.

The course is designed for serious, experienced Yoga students who have a thorough grounding in Asana and basic breath work and who wish to commit to regular Pranayama practice.

 

The Tutor

 

Maarten Vermaase is a highly respected teacher of Yoga, Pranayama & Meditation.

He studied Hatha Yoga with the late Robert Van Heeckeren, and Tibetan Buddhist Yoga, Meditation and Healing Exercises with Lamas and teachers from the Kagyu and Nyingma traditions of Tibetan Buddhism.

Maarten is a retired DCT for the British Wheel of Yoga specialising in Pranayama and meditation, and has been teaching in Oxford and London since 1979.

 

Click here for a full Course Outline.

 

Click here for information & booking form.

 

from Yoga Days Info, posted June 2018

Pranayama Teacher Training Module – Spring 2019

 

The Autumn 2018 course with Jean is now fully booked but we are very pleased to announce that Jean has agreed to run a second course in Spring 2019.

Jean teaches the Vasistha Method of Pranayama which promotes a natural and effortless approach to Pranayama without ratios or bandhas.

The Vasistha Method uses a full range of Classical Pranayama techniques in a way that is accessible to everyone. It really is a wonderful system of Pranayama; it is simple and effective and it leads practitioners into the heart of Pranayama.

The Vasistha Method is also very effective in Yoga Therapy.

Who is the course for?

The course is open to qualified Yoga teachers and student teachers. It will provide training in the practice and teaching of this complete system of Pranayama

The teacher : Jean Lavers

Jean is a very experienced teacher with an interest in using yoga as therapy.  She has been a Diploma Course tutor training Yoga teachers for the British Wheel of Yoga.

Jean’s teaching has been strongly influenced by teachers from the Vivekananda Kendra Yoga Research Foundation, whose use of yoga as therapy and scientific approach to research appeals to her own interests.

About the Course

The course includes training & practice in a comprehensive range of Pranayama techniques, including sectional & full Yoga breathing with Mudras and Mantra.

There will be training in relevant asanas with a focus on how they enable a more subtle understanding of breathing and how they prepare for Pranayama.

Deep relaxation and Meditation techniques will also feature in the course, as well as the study of Prana and the Maya Koshas.

A guided home practice schedule will be given over the duration of the course.

A certificate will be issued on completion of this training module.

Dates, Venue & Cost

Course dates are :

  • 2nd march 2019
  • 6th April
  • 18th May
  • 22nd June

The course will be held in Sheffield Yoga School, South Road, S6 3TA.

The fee for the course is £270.00 and the deposit is £100.00.

How to Apply

Click here to download info & a booking form for this course.

The Vasistha Method is one which opens the door to the benefits of Pranayama for anyone willing to practice. It is a unique and valuable system and this will be a very special course.

Places are limited to 15 participants and early bookings are recommended.

Post picture by Amarajyoti (Nottingham Yoga teacher & Artist)

from Yoga Days Info, posted June 2018

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