Our last kirtan before the summer.
This will be another 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.
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 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 May 2018
We are delighted to announce that Sheffield Yoga School will be host to an exciting concert by Manish Pingle, an outstanding Indian Slide Guitarist on Sunday June 10th at 7pm.
This is a rare opportunity to see a top class performer from India in an informal venue, the kind of setting in which Indian musicians traditionally thrive.
There are limited places available so please book early.
Tickets are just £10.00 and are available directly from Chris & Hannah, or online here : https://www.wegottickets.com/event/440069
from General, posted May 2018
A traditional meditation that focuses our attention on the natural breath. This increases awareness and improves concentration bringing calm and balance to the mind, resulting in greater mental clarity. In the long term it has the power to transform the mental habit patterns that can cause stress and unhappiness. The course involves a sequence of meditation sessions that introduce the technique so that it can be practiced at home. Suitable for beginners.
This course is run by Tradition Yoga, a charity based in London. The courses are all run as a charitable not-for profit activity. They cover both theory and practice of Hatha and Raja Yoga, for the purpose of promoting the study and practice of traditional yoga, advancing the education of the public in its healing, preventative and therapeutic effects, and promoting the mental, physical and spiritual health of the public.
The Course Fee covers the basic costs of running the courses. All Traditional Yoga teachers are volunteers. The Donation recognises the value of the teaching and supports our charitable work in the UK and India. For more information about the charity please click here.
Course Fee: £40 for both days
Suggested Minimum Donation: £50
from Yoga Days Info, posted May 2018
‘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.
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 May 2018
Linger and enjoy seamless and flowing movements as they build into creative sequences that will unravel both body and mind in this vinyasa yoga class. You’ll be encouraged to move beyond traditional yoga poses playing with fluidity, increasing flexibility and learning deeper, stronger and more challenging positions and transitions over time. As you learn to move in new ways with confidence, arm balances, headstands and deep heart opening backbends will become a regular part of your flow. Movement will become the gateway into the stillness of your mind as you move beyond the boundaries of your mat, letting go of all attachment and finding peace within your own rhythm and expression. Combine creative movement with mudra’s (hand gestures), prananyama (breathwork) and sound before sinking into the deepest of savasanas (relaxation) at the end.
Starts Friday 1st June
Linger in a practice that encourages you to develop your meditative practice whilst spending a longer length of time exploring seated postures. Learn how to cultivate a playful approach to stillness whilst holding the deepest of stretches for anywhere between 3 to 10 minutes. Overtime you’ll develop the skills needed to sit peacefully with a practice that at times may challenge you mentally. These skills then translate into the day to day helping you to approach the challenges of life in a more peaceful way. Sequences will be crafted to work beneficially into meridian energy channels with the aim of optimising your wellbeing. This class is suitable for all levels.
from Class Information, posted May 2018
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.
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
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.
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.
Course dates are :
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.
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 May 2018