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Yoga for changing times

an evolving project

A continuation of the series of workshops exploring how the teachings of yoga can support us through these times of intense change. We will be tuning into the possibility for change and growth inherent in the spring, drawing especially on Chapter 3 of the Yoga Sūtra.

 ‘A shift in consciousness may sound grandiose to some, insufficient to others. But we live in a time of growing awareness of the intimate connections between outer and inner worlds’
from ‘The Future We Choose’, by Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac.

The process has already started, but it will continue step by step, listening to our individual and collective needs, with meetings between 4 and 6 times a year. 
In essence, yoga is a philosophical and spiritual teaching for living freely and fully in the world. The practice on the mat allows for a change on a cellular level In a world which is changing so rapidly, our relationship with yoga can be a support, but it needs to be a living support, which can change as we do – and allow for a transformation of consciousness which is needed to move into the future.
The practice on the mat is like a laboratory for exploration which has the potential to change us on a cellular level, so we quite literally become ‘the change we want to see’.

‘The state of yoga … is a beginning and not an end-point … a momentary state, the initiator of a process which transforms both our perception and our being in the world.’ Peter Hersnack

What is essential in yoga can then remain both relevant and resonant to our changing lives.

  • a group of people, some yoga teachers, others not, all wanting to explore how yoga can support and nourish us in this sometimes bewildering, fast-changing world.  
  • a nourishing space for practice, sharing and joyful living!
  • an evolving process, led by the whole group.
  • open to ideas and practices from other areas (somatic practices, ideas from environmental teachers etc).
  • yoga in its broadest sense remaining as the hub of a turning wheel.
  • a recognition of our potential, and the need to tap into the unknown in order to ‘be the change we want to see’.
  • yoga as a teaching for living–  in order to inform our daily lives (work, family, community etc).
  • one-day or weekend workshops, with a specific theme to each workshop
  • all work to be grounded in practice- postures, the breath and meditative practice.
  • 2 or 3 practices a day (some ‘mini’, some longer).
  • exploration of ideas and specific postures in more detail.
  • sharing and discussion of key ideas from yoga teaching (mostly the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali), which we then explore in practice.
  • a recognition of our potential, and the need to tap into the unknown in order to ‘be the change we want to see’.
  • yoga as a teaching for living–  in order to inform our daily lives (work, family, and the local and global community ).
  • inspired by the teaching of Peter Hersnack – filtered through our own experience.

Yoga for changing times

an evolving project

Yoga Soundscapes Dublin Event

When:  6th – 7th March, 2021 (with another planned for 19th-20th June)
Where: Via Zoom platform
Cost:  €50
(20% of the proceeds are split between a humanitarian and an environmental charity)

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Emergence & Renewal - Online retreat

Harnessing the energy of Springtime for personal, collective and planetary transformation
‘Make a clearing in the dense forest of your life and wait there patiently’ from Clearing by Martha Postlewaite

No matter where we experience ourselves on the continuum of connection and separation, are you and I, are we hearing a call for deeper connection and a safe container to support the call?
We are offering an online weekend to slow down and experience the space, practices, community, and guided accompaniment to explore how we might live more fully from our hearts’ desires and intuitive nature.

The facilitators of this emergence experience are:

Rosie Burrows PhD, is a therapist, supervisor, and researcher over the last thirty years, exploring community/collective and individual resilience, authentic connection/expression and loss of voice in the context of trauma healing/renegotiation.
She has a creative practice she calls everyday camino that involves engagement with nature, photography, writing and other related practices.
www.rosieburrows.com

Niall Graham is a facilitator, ritual spaceholder and student of mythology. He has been involved with work reconnecting humans to land, nature and soul since 2013 having done trainings with organisations such as Shamanism Ireland, Animas, Â
Mankind Project UK&I, Helpers Mentoring Society.
His main modalities are mythology and ritual, creating spaces for reflection and transformation and working to support men.
Instagram: _niallgraham_

Eleanor Dawson is a musician and yoga teacher. Her work combines a fine sense of the art and craft of both yoga and music with a creative, lighthearted exploration of resonance: to listen, deeply, in order to articulate with honesty and compassion for ourselves, each other and the planet we share. Her journey since the late 1980s has involved performance, creative educational projects, composition, facilitation, artistic collaboration and, most recently, the evolving project ‘Yoga for Changing Times’.
www.rasayogasound.com

Emergence & Renewal - Online retreat

Yoga Soundscapes Dublin emergence and renewal online retreat

When:  postponed till later in the year – more information to come soon.
Where: Online
Cost: €120 per person

Bookings: Payments can be made via Paypal below or Bank Transfer.
There are a limited number of bursary tickets available, please contact Eleanor with a brief explanation of your circumstances.

Pay using credit card here:

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Finding space

An online Yoga weekend with Hilary Norman and Eleanor Dawson

Can we make more effort to find spaces and to prolong a sense of equanimity in our own homes?
Do we explore all the possibilities that are open to us, or do we fall into old habits which inhibit that exploration?
Svādhyāya will be our central theme, and we want to explore this in its many aspects.

It is a common experience among Yoga practitioners to find a depth of equanimity on a retreat that it is difficult to sustain in everyday life. We had hoped to teach at Woodbrooke this year and to concentrate on the contemplative aspects of Yoga and practice. We have chosen to go ahead online and, while it can’t be the same as being on retreat, we would still like to concentrate on these aspects. What might come relatively easily when we’re away on a retreat, can become a challenge at home. So, since so many of us are now having to spend more time at home, we would like to explore more deeply what is possible.
Can we make more effort to find spaces and to prolong a sense of equanimity in our own homes?
Do we explore all the possibilities that are open to us, or do we fall into old habits which inhibit that exploration?
Svādhyāya will be our central theme, and we want to explore this in its many aspects.

While Zoom will be our point of direct contact, there will be regular spaces in the timetable to spend time outside and away from the screen – all contributing to the theme of svādhyāya.
Our practices will include āsana, prānāyāma, chanting and meditation and there will be periods of silence. We hope you’ll join us in our experiment!

Please email Hilary for more information: hilary@norfolkyoga.co.uk

Finding Space

Yoga Soundscapes Dublin Retreat

When:  12th Feb – 14th Feb 2021
Where: Online Via Zoom
Cost: £95

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workshops

Yoga, Sound and Chant Workshops

“The human voice carries something in its vibration that makes it more powerful than any instrument: consciousness” (Jan Wallaczek)

Sound has a powerful capacity to mobilise energy, and a therapeutic potential through resonance within the body. These workshops have been developing since 2008, bringing together work in sound and yoga.

The workshops combine sound and movement (yoga postures), some seated work with sound, and some seated Vedic chant. It is a meditative process involving listening and responding – tuning in to ourselves and each other. There is a lovely group feel! 

We also work with freer, more improvisatory sounding together, creating a vocalised ‘landscape’. This work comes towards the end of the session, as participants begin to feel comfortable with using their voices, and more at ease in the group. The sounds can be beautiful, almost ethereal: a sounding together, literally a ‘symphony’, where the ‘conversation’ opens up and takes on a life of its own.

This sound work is accessible to anyone, to help people find their own voice. Working with sound is potentially empowering and freeing – as well as very enjoyable! The workshops can help people who have lost confidence with singing or any type of performance. The aim is to connect more deeply with ourselves from the inside in a safe way and to explore our own resonance and creativity. 

These workshops have been happening roughly monthly on Saturday mornings, 10.00-12.00. 

See new timetable in September for details of the programme for 2020-21.

Yoga, Sound and Chant Workshops

Yoga Soundscapes Dublin Events

When:  Saturday mornings, 10.00-12.00
Where: This is an ongoing programme. Details of the next workshop coming soon …
Cost: More details soon

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Axis and Form

A retreat based on Peter Hersnack’s teachings

With Sheila Baker, Cheryl Blamey, Eleanor Dawson & Marian Hacking-Gaines

Following on from the retreat at Holland House 2 years ago, we will continue exploring Peter Hersnack’s teachings, in particular the ‘Axis and Form’ bhāvana which he used so often in different contexts, and which is referred to his book ‘The Living Breath’.
Those of us teaching will offer practices around different aspects of this main theme, bringing into the mix our own ideas as they have evolved over recent years.  There will be the opportunity for discussion, and ‘time out’ to relax quietly, chat, or walk.

Holland House is a delightful traditional building with modern extensions and lovely gardens, in a village setting.  It is accessible from the central hub of Birmingham.  Taxi sharing or lifts from Birmingham or Evesham station may be possible.

Accommodation:  There are 19 single and 8 twin rooms, but if single rooms are not available for everyone it may be necessary to share. Please note that rooms are NOT en-suite, but there are plenty of toilets and bathrooms.  

Practice Space:  Sessions will be in the conference room which is light and airy overlooking the garden.  Numbers will be limited to 14 participants + the 4 teachers.

Meals are freshly cooked / vegetarian; wherever possible produce is home grown or locally sourced.  There is a set menu, but special dietary needs requested in advance can be met (as ingredients are pre-ordered, it’s difficult for the kitchen to respond to last minute requests).

Cost  £310 for full board and tuition. This is planned to cover the accommodation and travel costs of those teaching, who will not be taking a teaching fee. 

Deposit £100 to confirm your booking.  This is non-refundable, unless the Retreat is fully booked and someone else can take your place. 
Balance £210 will be due on Tuesday 19th January 

Bookings  Please contact Cheryl to confirm that a space is available, before completing the Booking Form which gives payment details.
For information regarding Holland House bookings in relation to the Covid-19 virus, please refer to their website.

A retreat based on Peter Hersnack’s teachings

Yoga Soundscapes Dublin Retreat

When: 19 – 21st March 2021
Where: Holland House, Main Street, Cropthorne, Worcestershire WR10 3NB
Cost: £310 – Full board and tuition.
(To cover the accommodation and travel costs of those teaching)

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Week-long retreat/holiday in the Burren Yoga and Meditation Centre

This week-long retreat takes place in the beautiful Burren Yoga and Meditation Centre, near Kinvara, Co, Clare, in the West of Ireland. 
Retreats are open to everyone – from beginners to experienced yoga practitioners and teachers. It is a chance to find some space for yourself in a peaceful and stunningly beautiful location and to deepen your practice of yoga and meditation.

These weekend and week-long retreats take place in the beautiful Burren Yoga and Meditation Centre, near Kinvara, Co, Clare, in the West of Ireland. They are part of a wider programme of retreats run all year round by the Centre.

Retreats are open to everyone – from beginners to experienced yoga practitioners and teachers. It is a chance to find some space for yourself in a peaceful and stunningly beautiful location and to deepen your practice of yoga and meditation.

A weekend allows for a letting-go of everyday stresses and time to relax and refresh. On the week-long retreats there is a wonderful sense of time becoming very fluid and an opportunity for deeper rest and nourishment from the yoga practice, the environment – and the food …

The programme is relaxed, with yoga and meditation in the morning, late afternoon and evening. The middle of the day is set aside for a guided walk or activity and lunch in a local restaurant, or else a picnic. The Burren is an outstanding area of natural beauty, with unique wild flowers in the spring and summer, birds and a beautiful coastline.

Food is vegetarian – organic and locally sourced wherever possible – and utterly delicious!

Some people like to come with a friend or relative; others prefer to come alone, needing time for themselves. There is great respect for the needs of each individual, within a warm-hearted, friendly group feel.

I generally take a theme for the week or weekend, often linking into the seasons, the elements or the landscape. The theme then becomes a support for our work in yoga – which takes its own momentum according to the needs of the group.

In this time of coronavirus, the Burren Yoga Centre has put in place measures for health and safety conforming to Irish government guidelines. For detail, see here.

Week-long retreat/holiday in the Burren Yoga and Meditation Centre

Yoga Soundscapes Dublin Burren Retreat

When:  To be confirmed shortly
Where: Burren Yoga & Meditation Centre,
Kinvara, H91 KN72, County Galway, Ireland.
Cost: €845 – €965 (concessions available)

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