Beginners Mind: A Yin/Yang Workshop
with Janine Tandy
Sunday 30th September 2018, 1.30pm - 3.30pm
Whether we have a long-term yoga practice, teach yoga or are newer to our practice, we can occasionally get caught up in expectations or ideas about how the experience should be when we roll out our mat, move through postures or sit in meditation. We can fall into comparing ourselves, with other yogis nearby or with how the practice was for us a day or two ago, rather then allowing the practice to unfold and for us to experience each moment of investigation, each sensation and mind state as they arise. In addition, instead of simply 'being' on the journey of the yogic path, we can fixate on a destination, attaching to wanting to 'do' a pose better, to progress in certain ways, or have our meditation be less of a struggle. All of these can effect our ability to be grounded, present and clear-sighted.This workshop will address this theme in both a yang and a yin context, working with movement and stillness so that we come back to our Beginners Mind.
Tree of Life - a Jivamukti Workshop with Andrea Kwiatkowski
In ancient times and cultures the Tree of life was a representation of how the forces of nature combined to create balance and harmony . One of the central tenets of the Tree of Life is the idea that all life on Earth is interconnected. A forest is made up of a large number of individual trees; the branches of each one link together and combine their life force to provide a home for thousands of different species of flora and fauna. The Egyptians believed that the Tree of Life was the place where life and death were connected. In Egyptian Mythology, Isis and Osiris (also known as ‘the first couple’) emerged from the Tree of Life.
In this Jivamukti workshop we will explore our connection with trees and the symbolic idea of a tree of life . Standing and balancing Asana will be practiced , finding a steady and joyful connection to the earth is a basic requirement in life and yoga as the two are interconnected.
When we strengthen our connection to our environment , trees , animals and all beings we strengthen ourselves.
A Jivamukti workshop involves a vigorously challenging Asana practice , Sanskrit chanting , meditation , a musical soundtrack philosophy on and off the mat , deep relaxation and option for hands on assists.
"The three things we most enjoyed about the course were:
1. Your friendliness and approachability
2. Small group and course tailored to our needs,
3. Good to be able to practice at home and come back to ask questions.
I would tell a friend about your kind and friendly approach, how you have endless time for us, you know your stuff.
We have both become a bit more embodied, particularly Phil and more sensitive to each other's needs.
We both want to thank you very much indeed and are enjoying giving each other massages now."
Vanaraji and husband Phil, London 2011
£65 each partner for 3 hours tuition
Coming up in December 2018... watch this space!