Returning to the Great Harmony
with Chris Noon
Saturday 23rd January 10.00 – 4.00pm
Grenoside Community hall, Sheffield S35
Harmony is within us. We don’t have to create anything, or change ourselves, we just have to remember and reconnect with the harmony that is there already, at the centre of our being.
In our Yoga practice, if we force our bodies into ever more challenging shapes & postures we create struggle and tension. But if we are fully present with movement or postures there is harmony.
In Pranayama, if we fill our lungs to bursting point we create pressure, stress. But if we are at ease with every inhalation, exhalation and the space that emerge between breaths there is harmony.
In meditation, if we get frustrated and fight with the mind, we lose. But if we take our time and cultivate awareness we find harmony with ourselves.
Yoga is “returning to the great harmony over and over again” (Swami Satyananda) and it is this returning over and over that is key. If we keep coming back to our practice, and back to ourselves, again and again, then slowly and gradually we learn to live more in harmony with the world and with ourselves.
The tools we will use for this workshop are traditional practices from Hatha Yoga :
Asana – The Classical Sequence (also known as The Rishikesh Sequence) :
This is a specific sequence of asanas, most of which are described in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. We will modify these postures as necessary but the sequence itself is tried & tested.
We will explore sequences of classical pranayama practices. Combining Pranayama techniques can create a wonderful balance – of calm & energy, Ida & Pingala, Sympathetic & Parasympathetic stimulation.
Using Pranayamas in this way also enhances (and encourages!) your personal practice of Pranayama.
We will focus on the mantra AUM, looking at some of the theory and ideas which underpin the use of the Maha (Great) Mantra. We will chant AUM in several different ways and see why it has been used in Yoga for millennia.
Meditation / Dharana :
We will use two meditation practices: Antar Mouna (Inner Silence) and Ajapa Japa. These are ancient techniques originating from the Tantra meditation system. We will use lesser known versions of these practices as taught by Swami Janakananda from The Scandinavian Yoga & Meditation School.
There will also be Mudra and, inevitably, Yoga Nidra!
Tutor : Chris Noon
Chris has been teaching Yoga and Meditation for 20 years. He qualified initially with the British Wheel of Yoga and then with the Bihar School of Yoga. The Bihar School of Yoga is known for the quality of the meditation practices it provides.
He tries to teach Yoga in a way that is accessible and practical, so that we can integrate what we learn in our practice into our daily lives.
from Yoga Days Info, posted November 2020