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Yoga for changing times Sangha

For anyone who has attended any of this series or interested in future events. Sharing experiences and ideas for adapting our yoga through challenging times, with short opening and closing practices.

Yoga for changing times Sangha

When: 21st May 2022
Time: 10 am – 12 pm
Where: Zoom
Cost: 
Voluntary donations to a charity chosen by the group (55 words)

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Yoga for changing times

an evolving project

June Theme: Moment by moment: perceptions of time and presence

An exploration of the question of time, timelessness and presence, drawing on concepts from the Yoga Sūtra
How can our internal experience of time help to transform our experience of what it is to live in the world in our ‘shared humanity’?

 ‘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

When: 11th – 12th June 2022
Time: 2 – 5pm Irish/UK time, 9am-midday Eastern time
Where: Via Zoom platform
These workshops can also be attended through recordings. Contact Eleanor for details.
Cost:  €60
(20% of the proceeds are split between a humanitarian and an environmental charity)

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Retreat/holidays in the Burren Yoga and Meditation Centre

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

The beautiful, newly-expanded and refurbished Centre is now open, providing more space for each person and new, en-suite accommodation. See https://burrenyoga.com/

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. 

All bookings are taken directly through the Centre website  – https://burrenyoga.com/, but do contact me if you have any questions at all.

Please click on ‘Our commitment to safety’ on the home page of the Burren Yoga Centre site for up-to-date information on their Covid-19 policy.

Retreat/holidays in the Burren Yoga and Meditation Centre

Yoga Soundscapes Dublin Burren Retreat

When:
27 May -2 June 2022 (week-long retreat)

Where: Burren Yoga & Meditation Centre, Kinvara, H91 KN72, County Galway, Ireland. Discover more
Cost:
Variable – More information

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A New Project

A walk through The Living Breath:
A 7-part workshop series

Exciting new project: A walk through The Living Breath: A 7-part workshop series. 
One of the most important projects I’ve been involved in was the translation of Peter Hersnack’s book La Chair Vivante into English as The Living Breath. From December 2022 through to July 2023 I’ll be offering a chance to explore this gem of a book through study, discussion and practice. 
All material and practices from the book will be covered, to deepen understanding of Peter’s unique teaching.

A walk through The Living Breath: A 7-part workshop series

When: Monthly, December 2022-July 2023 (except February)
Fridays, 4-6.30pm, Saturdays, 10am-1pm
Where: Zoom
For more information (dates, cost etc), contact Eleanor.

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Inner Sanctum

Exploring the moment

NB Change of dates: now 23–25 September 2022

A Yoga weekend retreat with Eleanor Dawson and Hilary Norman
Our daily lives allow little time and space to explore the Yoga practice in depth. Sometimes we can find a deeper awareness in the practice, but it’s difficult to take time for sustained experimentation.
To book your place please click to download the event poster.

Using some familiar Yoga models like manas/ahamkāra/buddhi and the pañca-maya as our starting points, we’d like to use exercises, minipractices and discussion to explore aspects of our practice in depth.
The emphasis throughout the weekend will be experiential, but with time to discuss our findings and experiences together. These will, of course, be different for everyone, adding to the richness.
Using bhavana and mindful techniques in the practice can be very helpful, as we know, but we are hoping to find more time to explore those subtler background attitudes which accompany everything we do.
This usually means taking extra time and we will do so, hopefully to recognise and identify some of these subtler, more internal, aspects of the moment. This is, literally, svādhyāya, of course: sva: ‘one’s own’ and adhyāya: ‘going into’.

Woodbrooke Quaker Centre in Sellyoak, Birmingham is a delightful place of great peace set in lovely gardens, and ideal for a Yoga weekend. Attractive single or twinbedded ensuite bedrooms are available.

“I have been practising Yoga for over 40 years, training initially with Paul Harvey, and then with the Association of Yoga Studies (aYs). I also teach Vedic Chant, having completed the 2-year Vedic Chant Teacher Training run by the Sannidhiof Krishnamacharya Yoga in Chennai (where I also attended several study courses). More recently I have been strongly influenced by the teaching of Peter Hersnack, working with him for several years. I am fascinated by how the use of Yoga techniques can affect our daily lives. This sounds simple but it is huge, since the Yoga practice permeates every part of our lives, offering endless possibilities for constructive and creative change”.

Inner Sanctum - Exploring the moment

When:  23 – 25 September 2022
Where: Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre
Selly Oak, Birmingham
Cost: £395

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Yoga for changing times

An ongoing project: these two Autumn workshops are conceived as a pair, but either can be taken alone

October Theme: Relationship with the world: the yama-s for living today 

Inspired by the teaching of Peter Hersnack
An exploration of the question of time, timelessness and presence, drawing on concepts from the Yoga Sūtra
How can our internal experience of time help to transform our experience of what it is to live in the world in our ‘shared humanity’?

 ‘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

When: 15th – 16th October 2022
Time: 2 – 5pm Irish/UK time
Where: Via Zoom platform
These workshops can also be attended through recordings. Contact Eleanor for details.
Cost:  €60
(20% of the proceeds are split between a humanitarian and an environmental charity)

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Weekend retreat in the Burren Yoga and Meditation Centre

Yoga retreat/holidays in the recently refurbished Centre. Delicious food! Walks and trips. Open to anyone regardless of yoga experience. Find space and nourishment in the wild, beautiful West of Ireland.

The beautiful, newly-expanded and refurbished Centre is now open, providing more space for each person and new, en-suite accommodation. See https://burrenyoga.com/

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. 

All bookings are taken directly through the Centre website  – https://burrenyoga.com/, but do contact me if you have any questions at all.

Please click on ‘Our commitment to safety’ on the home page of the Burren Yoga Centre site for up-to-date information on their Covid-19 policy.

Weekend retreat in the Burren Yoga and Meditation Centre

When:
21st -23rd October 2022 (weekend retreat)
Where: Burren Yoga & Meditation Centre, Kinvara, H91 KN72, County Galway, Ireland. Discover more

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Yoga for changing times

An ongoing project: these two Autumn workshops are conceived as a pair, but either can be taken alone

November Theme: Relationship with our-self: the niyama-s for living today

Inspired by the teaching of Peter Hersnack
An exploration of the question of time, timelessness and presence, drawing on concepts from the Yoga Sūtra
How can our internal experience of time help to transform our experience of what it is to live in the world in our ‘shared humanity’?

 ‘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

When: 19th – 20th November 2022
Time: 2 – 5pm Irish/UK time
Where: Via Zoom platform
These workshops can also be attended through recordings. Contact Eleanor for details.
Cost:  €60
(20% of the proceeds are split between a humanitarian and an environmental charity)

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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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