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Transitioning to a Mysore Practice

with Gingi Lee

Dates

     2–4pm Saturday 7 February 2015
     2–4pm Saturday 6 June 2015
     2–4pm Saturday 31 October 2015
Cost: £25

 

This workshops is ideal for people who have been working in the led classes (Level 2 & 3) and are interested in making the transition to Mysore Self Practice classes. The workshop will demystify the Mysore experience and delve in to the theory, philosophy and application of this powerful and life-changing practice. It will give you confidence to move in to the Mysore classes and establish your own self practice where you can work to your own breath and explore yoga as a moving meditation.

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Exploring Adjustments

with Gingi Lee

Dates
     2–5.30pm Saturday 7 March 2015 (with 30 minute break)

     2–5.30pm Saturday 3 October 2015 (with 30 minute break)
Cost: £45

 

Primarily geared towards teachers and trainee teachers, this workshop is also suitable for those practitioners wishing to deepen their personal practice. Receiving hands-on adjustments can be powerful and integral part of developing an advanced physical yoga practice and this practical workshop will focus on that essential process. In this workshop we will explore:
     • The physical and energetic experience of being adjusted and the      benefits of a good adjustment
     • How to tune into the adjustment to experience it in its fullest way      (but also see the signs of when things don't feel right).
     • How the lines of energy work in your body with the movement      the teacher is directing you towards as (s)he moves with you
     • Tuning into the breath and energetic lifts (bandahs) as you      receive adjustments in order to deepen the experience.

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Yoga Beginnings

with Gingi Lee

Dates
     2–4pm Saturday 18 April 2015
     2–4pm Saturday 27 June 2015
     2–4pm Saturday 19 September 2015

Cost £25

 

This 2-hour workshop is for those who are interested in starting a yoga practice but would like to dip their toes in first before joining a regular class or a longer course. The workshop will look at the foundations of movement and breath synchronisation, giving insight in to yoga and its many benefits as well as elements of meditation, breath work and relaxation.

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Yoga & Qigong – Seasonal Workshops for Energy, Balance & Wellbeing

with Mimi Kuo- Deemer

Dates

     2–5pm Saturday 25 April 2015
     2–5pm Saturday 13 June 2015
     2–5pm Saturday 12 September 2015
     2–5pm Saturday 7 November 2015
     2–5pm Saturday 23 January 2016


Cost £35 per session


This series of 5 seasonally themed workshops will be an occasion to explore two distinct and mutually enriching systems of practice: qigong (or chi kung) and yoga. Qigong is a Chinese energy healing and martial art with roots in Daoism; it integrates the virtues of trust, integrity, wisdom, and compassion into the human body and spirit. Like yoga, it uses deep breathing, meditation, and static or dynamic movements to promote greater health and vitality. The actions generate and revitalize the qi, or life force, in the body. As an energy-based practice, the focus in qigong tends to be on slow, circular movements that improve the flow of qi through the body’s meridians and organs. In contrast, yoga asana practices tend to emphasize linear extensions of the spine, body and limbs. This works to tone, lengthen and strengthen muscles more directly. When aspects of qigong are incorporated into an asana practice, the flow of prana and qi can be significantly increased, bringing greater energy, health and efficiency to the body. The cross-fertilization of yoga and qigong offers creative and insightful discoveries that can delight in unexpected ways. 

Participants in this workshop will learn some basic qigong practices that cultivate and promote the flow of qi through the body. Each session will include lecture, discussion and a highly experiential practice that will keep as its goal the heightened consciousness that is yoga as well as the natural, balanced state that the Daoists believe animates the cosmos. Each workshop can be taken individually, though all five are recommended as they work together to create a whole. All levels are welcome, though some experience of yoga is recommended. 



Saturday, April 25
Spring (Wood): Practices for fostering clear vision, resourcefulness and flexibility
In the words of Leo Tolstoy, “Spring is the time of projects and plans.” In the spring, we climb out of the cold, winter months and often feel ready to take on life with renewed vigor. If, however, we're unprepared for it, the outburst of energy can sometimes knock us off balance and be a shock – like we just want to crawl back under a warm duvet! This workshop will explore ways to align with the energy of spring using qigong practices focusing on the element of wood, associated in Chinese medicine with spring, growth, flexibility and vision.  It will also incorporate fluid yogic practices that focus on the flexibility and health of our joints, ligaments, muscles and tendons. 

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Saturday, June 13
Summer (Fire): Exploring transformation, purification, spirit and joy
For yoga practitioners since antiquity, fire and the sun have represented generative and creative sources as well as a means of purification. In qigong, fire the sun manifest as the heart – or the emperor or empress of the body. This summer-themed workshop will include the yogic practices of tapas, or heated effort, to produce what has been described as a “magical heat” that awakens our spirit and continually kindles our capacity for joy. It will also focus on heart/fire element qigong practices to enable the sun in the heart to enjoy a balanced, compassionate and wise kingdom or queendom in the body.

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Saturday, September 12
Late Summer (Earth): Finding balance, ease and steadiness
The effort to maintain balance in a pose like tree or eagle usually involves managing a number of opposing forces. Similarly, in daily life we need to make constant adjustments in an effort to maintain general equilibrium in our bodies as well as our minds. This late summer workshop will focus on the element of earth, which in qigong represents ease, balance, and the ability to hold centre.  We will explore how to work with opposing forces in our bodies through the sensations of rooting and lifting; inhaling and exhaling; and effort and relaxation. Like the earth, which is always moving and transforming yet constantly stays centred and steady, we will work within our bodies and minds to resource the capacity for balance, equanimity and ease.

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Saturday, November 7

Autumn (Metal): Developing precision, inspiration, and the ability to let go
In the autumn, nature reveals a final masterpiece: leaves turn brilliant hues of orange, red and yellow before falling off and going back to the earth. It’s a time of year where we can begin letting go and turning inward to gain greater insights and inspiration about what is most essential. In this workshop we will work with the metal element in qigong, which is often associated with letting go and revealing what is most precious in our lives. We will focus our yoga on the precision of developing an inner alignment, and our qigong on ridding the body of stale and stagnant qi. Both will leave us receptive to an inflow of pure, fresh, vibrant energy that reflects this time of year.


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Saturday, January 23

Winter (Water): Cultivating deep rest, relaxation and quietude


As the Dao de Jing describes, “Nothing in the world is as soft and yielding as water, yet for dissolving the hard and inflexible, nothing can surpass it.” Water is the element associated with the winter season in the Chinese Five Element theories. It’s a time of rest, storing, and pausing before the creativity and busyness of spring. We will consider the complex dimensions of water and fluids, and look at how we can invite our bodies – which are comprised of up to 70% fluids, to harmonize with this element and seasonal energy. A fluid vinyasa practice will be interspersed with qigong practices for water. We will end the workshop with a quieting, restorative yoga practice for deep rest and relaxation.

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Relaxation & Meditation

with Gingi Lee

Dates
     2–4pm Saturday 9 May 2015

     2–4pm Saturday 14 November 2015
Cost: £25

 

Completely unwind, relieve stress and discover a place of deep inner calm. This workshop uses restorative yoga postures and qigong to reduce stress and enhance the process of complete relaxation. The outcome is a feeling of lightness, stillness, rejuvenation and a sense of connection to the inner self. Meditation and breathing techniques will quieten the mind, encourage a letting go of distractions and will help balance your emotional state in a positive way. The aim of this workshop is to give you the fundamentals to incorporate in to your own yoga practice or everyday life.

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