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Yoga and the Sun: Integrated Weekend Intensive with James Boag Friday 15th to Sunday 17th March, £200 (including lunch)
Friday, 6 – 8.30pm Open Evening Satsang
Saturday, 10am – 5pm (lunch included, 1-2.30pm)
Sunday, 10am – 4.30pm (lunch included, 12.30pm-2pm)
The morning sessions will be movement explorations, and the afternoon satsang sessions will include movement, meditation, kirtan and inquiry.
Yoga and the Sun
This weekend we will explore practical ‘whole life’ teachings of yoga through the lens of the Sun, and the yoga of song, movement and meditation.
The Sun is one of the great yogic archetypes: symbol of the ‘karma yogin’ – the one whose actions are established in yoga; and symbol of the light of awareness that enables our life and all our experiences.
Our holistic exploration will include the symbolism of Sūrya Namaskāra: how sun salutations encode the whole path and aim of yoga practice, and how this can help us deepen our practical understanding of principles to help cultivate harmony and integration through all aspects of our lives.
Movement content will include:
Sūrya Namaskāra as an emblem and ‘distilled encoding’ of the whole of yoga practice: how we can work with yogic Sūrya Namaskāra principles to infuse our life with the nourishing, healing, transformative gifts of the Sun as the great symbol of the light of centred conscious awareness. This will include:
- how we can cultivate friendliness and kindness within ourselves, even when we are working hard with the various challenges and responsibilities of life,
- how we can use yoga practices to foster evolution in all parts of our lives
- how we can empower all types of movement practice with the holistic principles of yoga
- different ways to practice ‘saluting the sun’ so we can bring that nourishing energy into our life in all types of situations.
- how to practice physical Sūrya Namaskāra safely and efficiently through all the stages and cycles of life.
What will we do on this weekend intensive?
Working with the principles of applied yoga philosophy, we will sing, we will move, we will meditate, we will inquire and explore: how can we infuse and empower our lives with the practical and illuminating gifts of yoga? What does it mean to foster a nourishing, warming fire of yogic discipline in our lives? And how can we do this in a sustainably evolutionary way?
What will we learn/experience?
- how we can work with the foundational principles of yoga to cultivate harmony, efficiency and fulfilment in all aspects of our lives
- how we can bring the innate technologies of haṭha yoga into broad spectrum movement and all aspects of our life so they can support skilful and satisfying action, and greater ease and efficiency through the challenges of life
- how we can work simply with the accessible yet powerful practices of kirtan, sound and song, for healing and restoration, to harmonise our vibration, cleanse the field of our being, and help energy flow through all parts of ourselves
- a holistic and multi-layered understanding of Sūrya Namaskāra as an emblem of the whole course of yoga practice, and how we can make our work with sun salutations and related yoga techniques more powerful, nourishing and efficient
- How we can work with yogic mantras to the Sun to invoke healing, nourishment and harmonisation.
A Few More Words About Kirtan
The yoga tradition offers myriad tools we can work with to cultivate integration and recover our innate capacities for deep presence and sustainable wellbeing. These include many sound-based techniques and practices. The extraordinary visionaries and research scientists of the ancient yoga tradition recognised the pervasive, penetrative power of sound and how the readily accessible resources of our own voices can be harnessed to foster harmony through the whole of our being.
The call and response singing and chanting of kirtan, is simple, yet powerful, cleansing and uplifting. During the sessions, James will also speak briefly about kirtan, Sanskrit as an energy-based language, the symbolism and effects of the words we use in the practice, and how kirtan relates to other practices and paths of yoga.
Everyone welcome! Do not worry if you are not a virtuoso singer. The joy and practical benefits of yoga are open to everyone.
Originally from Yorkshire, UK, James teaches yoga and applied yoga philosophy globally.
James is known for his storytelling, his rich kirtans, deep meditations, principle-based approach to āsana and movement, and for bringing the timeless wisdom of the traditional scriptural teachings vividly into the context of our lives today. He has been teaching for over twenty years, teaching yoga since 2003 and leading integrated programs on applied yoga philosophy around the world since 2009. He regularly returns to Mysore in South India where he completed his MA in Sanskrit, to lead courses on the Bhagavad Gītā, Yoga Sūtra-and Indian Mythology.
Check out James’ courses on the Yoga Sutra-s, Yoga Mythology and the Bhagavad Gita on www.yogaanytime.com, use code JAMESBOAG for 30 days free access.
contact: email@example.com to book your place
Spring Yoga Retreat with Martin & Rebecca
Friday 12 to Sunday 14 April, 2019
Join us for a weekend of yoga, great food and rejuvenation at the beautiful Newbold House retreat centre on the outskirts of Forres. Supported by the beautiful, peaceful and nurturing location, and sustained by the delicious, fresh food (often from their garden!) this is an opportunity to get away from it all for a weekend of yoga, pranayama, meditation and sound baths.
This retreat is a great chance to go deeper into your yoga practice, with plenty time for rest and relaxation.
Our Yoga practices will be, as ever, directed by your needs and desires, but generally, we’ll tend towards more dynamic physical practices in the morning, and more meditative, restorative practices in the late afternoon. We will work with postures, breath, meditation and sound.
The cost is £310 which includes your meals and accommodation, and all the yoga sessions for the weekend from Friday evening til Sunday afternoon.
Contact us to book your place – booking essential!
Mysore Led Classes with Charlie
Join Charlie for these strong, dynamic led classes:
- 1st Saturday Intro to Mysore;
- 2nd Saturday Led Preparatory;
- 3rd Saturday Led Foundation
- 4th Saturday Led Primary
Monthly Sound Bath with Allan & Carole
3rd Saturday of the Month, 7.15pm – 8.15pm, £10
Join Allan & Carole for our blissful and deeply relaxing and rejuvenating monthly sound baths with singing bowls and gongs.
Dates: March 16th, April 20th, May 18th
FREE Guided Meditations
Every Saturday for the next two months, 6pm – 7pm
Every Saturday for the next 2 months, the Love Yoga Team are hosting and leading free guided meditations.
The meditations will take a variety of forms but the idea is to come together and collectively set our intention on peace and hope and love.
As cheesy as it sounds, we’re certain we can make more difference than we begin to realise by joining our focus. At the very least, we individually come out in a better, calmer and more peaceful frame of mind, but what if the yoga philosophy idea that all minds are joined is true? Then we have the potential to improve not only our situation, but to raise collective energies.
Studies* have shown dramatic results that in geographical locations where groups regularly join to meditate together, there are measurable improvements in for example crime figures!
We’d love for you to join us while we work together to make a positive difference at a time when there seems to be an upsurge in uncertainty and fear and division. Let’s come together strengthen our connection, hope, love and positive perspective ❤️
Upcoming dates: February 2nd, March 2nd, April 6th, May 4th