yoga and meditation
For several years, Balajit has been regularly leading retreats at the Vajraloka Buddhist Retreat Centre in North Wales. He also runs meditation workshops and events across the Uk and in Ireland. His teaching places particular emphasis on how developing a felt connection with the ground and body awareness, support the deepening of meditation and mindfulness.
He also focuses on exposing and loosening assumptions and views we hold that limit us in our everyday lives – with a range of exercises and techniques to help make this happen.
Manjunaga - My yoga practice began in 1998 when, after a suggestion of a friend, I started attending yoga classes at Bodywise in Manchester. After many years of exploration in my own yoga practice, I started my teacher training with Simon Low and the Yoga Academy in 2006, qualifying in 2008. In recent years I have been particularly inspired by the work of Donna Farhi and have taken the opportunity of studying with her.
For me, yoga is an awareness practice, offering us an opportunity to become more fully embodied in our experience; this allows for a greater sensitivity to our emotional and physical well being. I teach dynamic flowing movement combined with stilling postures to experience yoga as a deepening awareness of breath, cultivating peace of mind.
I have also spent several years teaching meditation and buddhism courses and I am particularly interested in exploring qualities of stillness and spaciousness through my yoga teaching. Find out more about Manjunaga's yoga classes in manchester
Clare Stephen - Clare has been practicing yoga for over twenty-five years and qualified as an Iyengar yoga teacher at introductory level in 1989. She has visited India to be taught by the Iyengars, and completed the intermediate level training in 2005.
Her commitment to her Buddhist studies and meditation practice also influences the way that she teaches yoga. Visit my website
Open to all, these retreats are suitable for both beginners and those with more experience, but no previous experience is assumed. All these retreats include introductory meditation teaching and periods of silence.
These retreats combine introductory meditation teaching with yoga. The supportive atmosphere of the retreat allows us to develop and deepen both practices, and understand how the two augment each other. Both meditation and yoga teaching will be from first principles and will be suitable for complete beginners.
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