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Understanding Gunas (Qualities) For Modern Living
With Sudhir Rishi
Sunday 16th May 2021 | 11am – 12:15pm
Understanding Gunas (Qualities) For Modern Living
Without energy life has no meaning. How is this energy expressed? Is it peacefully active, actively disturbed or menacingly active? Is it balanced, disturbed or deluded? Is the energy expressed as peace or anger or dullness? The seers of ancient India looked at all the aspects and gave it through Sankhya Philosophy, which is one of the six schools of philosophy or Darshanas.
Guna in Sanskrit means quality or characteristic. The concept of Guna looks into the expression of Shakti in three different forms as Satva, Rajas and Tamas. Gunas affect everything in the creation viz., our bodies, our minds, our emotions, our professions and our food. In our workshop we will look at how we can utilize this wisdom to make our life more healthy, meaningful and joyful.
Sudhir Rishi has been involved in the fields of yoga, meditation, philosophy and Ayurveda for the last 24 years. He lived as a monk for eight years, dedicating himself to intense meditation practices. He has taught thousands of students in yoga teacher training programs, meditation courses and silent retreats over the last five years in Goa, India. He also travels to different countries in Europe and Asia conducting workshops and yoga retreats.
Born into a traditional Hindu family, he studied Mechanical Engineering, achieved a Master of Technology award in Quality and Reliability and worked as a Total Quality Manager in a leading automobile company in India. However, all through his career he was deeply thinking and observing life. At age 28, sudden death of his mother and inspired by Buddha and other spiritual masters, he left his highly paid job, and joined the Ramakrishna Mission as a Brahmachari (celibate monk). His quest took him to the Himalayas. Later, he joined the Swami Dayananda Ashram, in Rishikesh and studied Sanskrit, Vedic Chanting and Commentaries on scriptures of Advaita vedanta.
He learnt yoga from the Balananda Brahmachari tradition and Bihar School of Yoga and did his yoga teacher training in Ashtanga Yoga in Mysore. He also learnt and practiced TM of Maharshi Mahesh Yogi, Vipassana, Osho’s techniques and J Krishnamurthy’s teachings. During the last 16 years he has made his home near Sri Ramana Maharshi Ashram, in South India, combining his time in the Ashram with the teaching at a Yoga School.
Sudhir features on our Heather Yoga Unwrapped Foundation Yoga Teacher Training Course this year and is guest teaching our ‘Origins & Insight: Philosophy’ Module. For more details about our Teacher Training Programme, please head to this link: www.heatheryoga.co.uk/teacher-training/
No Recording is available for this workshop
With Deborah Grossman
Thursday 20th May 2021 | 8.30pm – 9.30pm
Join Deborah for a Wall Yin Yoga Pop Up Session
You’ll need …. a wall!!
Using the wall enables you to let go and stimulate your body deeply with the Yin poses. It is also a great way to support the body if you’re feeling fatigued, if you have been on your feet all day and want to support tired legs and feet. It’s a great way to wind down, slow down and calm the nervous system. Using the wall is also helpful if you have some physical barriers that limit mobility in seated yin yoga poses.
You will need: blanket, bolster, pillow and blocks (and a wall!).
Please advise if you are pregnant or you have injuries or conditions., prior to the session by contacting…..
Thursday 20th May 8.30pm-9.30pm
With Deborah Grossman
Saturday 19th June 2021 | 5.00pm – 7.00pm
We hope you can join us to celebrate and welcome the summer season. The summer season is all about warming up; the sun is the ultimate source of almost all light and warmth on Earth’s surface and Summer is when nature’s and our energy are at their peak. It’s about getting our heart beating, balancing calm with vibrancy and a time for enjoyment rather than striving – a time for living life to the full!
Our seasonal practice encourages circulation, social as well as body, heat (tapas) and a sense of calm. It’s the season for laughter, contentment, meditation, exercise, compassion, letting go, balance and socialising.
Organs associated with this season are the heart and small intestine and our practice helps to open us up, encouraging flow of energy along the organs’ meridian lines. Challenging postures stimulate our heart and circulation, warmth, joy and personal expression; cooling postures balance and close the practice. Yoga nidra will complete our workshop, an opportunity for deep relaxation and restoration, balancing your energies for the seasons.
We look forward to welcoming you. We are hosting this workshop on the online space only as this session will work best on one platform.
Full Price £25. Early Bird Offer of £20 until 22nd May
7-Day Replay included
Gong Bath & Sound Journey: Dive Into Deep Relaxation
With Craig Eddington
Friday 9th July 2021 | 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Join Sound Therapist Craig Eddington live at Heather Yoga for this fantastic restorative way to leave behind the stresses of modern life as you step into the power of Sound Healing and Sound Therapy. The Gong is played gently along with Himalayan & Crystal Singing Bowls with the captivating tones lulling you into a deep relaxation & restorative state.
There are a number of health benefits associated with achieving this state of deep relaxation: lower blood pressure, increased blood circulation, balancing of the nervous system, reduced mind chatter, better sleep patterns. Some people gain mental clarity or feel very energised by the sessions. The session may even enhance your creativity.
Some people also experience a reduced sense of pain, plus relief from symptoms of ongoing medical conditions and illnesses. The sound helps to induce our natural relaxation response, taking us out of ‘fight or flight’ mode and into our restorative, parasympathetic state. Those with auto-immune & nervous system conditions have benefited considerably from this work.
Attending the session can leave you with a feeling of inner peace and tranquillity and a reduced sense of stress, anxiety or worry.
A Gong Relaxation works on all levels of your being – mind, body, soul & spirit. The sound vibrations will provide a ‘sonic massage’ to your physical self and subtle energy fields, leaving you feeling relaxed, refreshed and restored.
Everyone is welcome, sessions are open, informal and light hearted. Wear warm comfortable clothing. No special skills required, just bring a smile and let the sound work its magic!
Due to our health and safety measures during COVID-19 yoga mats, blankets & bolsters are no longer provided. Please bring your own yoga mat / blanket / cushions and eye pillow for your comfort.
Prompt start. Please arrive 10 minutes early.
Unfortunately, due to the nature of the event, late arrivals are unable to join part-way through.
Our Capacity has been limited to a small group size in the shala so that we can maintain social distancing. Please book early to secure your place.
£20 per person.
Power of Shakti
With Ella Young
Saturday 10th July 2021 | 5.00pm – 7.00pm
Join Ella Young for this online workshop at Heather Yoga to connect to Shakti ~ the divine primordial power. This is a live offering so that we share the space to create a sacred circle bursting with shakti. Within the comfort of your own home, we unshackle perceived boundaries and expectations, instead we take a journey back home.
You will be guided into creating your own sanctuary space. In many religions, there is a special temple where you meet the Divine and so this is kept meticulous. In tantric philosophy, we have the opportunity to meet the Divine in every moment and every place, especially inside of our own body.
Prepare for the enchantment and awakening of the senses through smell, touch, taste, sight and sound. This multisensory experience will guide us back to the realisation that the Mother resides within us – she, and therefore we, are sacred.
Shakti is diverse, expressive and beautiful in all of her forms; wild and fierce, peaceful and gentle, caring and kind; you are free to be your own unique expression at any time you choose. Sometimes we forget or are unable to tap into our instinct because we are so unknowingly restricted through societal pressures. Rediscover the Divine Feminine and awaken the force within!
You will need:
Essential oil + carrier oil (if this is difficult, you can use any oil from your kitchen cupboard)
A special drink to taste – Ella will be using Rasa Teas, an organic blend made with heirloom cacao husk
All of the yoga props you can muster up!
A Spotify account in order to access the special curated playlist which will be shared with you
Full Price £25 Early Bird Offer of £20 until 19th June
Yoga In The Park coming soon!
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