Yoga and Meditation
I have long been interested in exploring and working with the body. Since being a teenager coming into my body through movement has been a way of connecting with and resourcing myself. I have taught yoga at Bodywise in Manchester for many years now. During this time both my personal practice and approach to teaching have ongoingly changed and evolved. It has been important to me to see the practice as a process of enquiry, exploration and creativity. This has drawn me to study with various teachers over the years and I am particularly grateful to Sarah Powers and Donna Farhi for the rich teachings I have received from them.
In more recent years I have also been drawn to also exploring more somatic /embodied movement approaches - allowing movement to arise from listening to impulses within the bodymind and from outer stimuli. In particular I love the practice of Authentic Movement, a little known but very rich embodied relational movement practice. It’s a bit like doing the metta bhavana through movement! Whether through movement or meditation I am really interested in discovering how the body can be a 'doorway' into listening to ourselves and can help us find a deeper, more open, easeful relationship to ourselves, others and the world around us.
Kieran Barry- I am a fully qualified YogaAlliance yoga teacher and took my training in Anusara yoga in Bali with my teacher Bridget Woods-Kramer, the foremost Anusara teacher in the UK. Anusara is a relatively new form of yoga, created by American John Friend. It is a lovely balance of dynamic, flowing, energising practice with a fantastic set of alignment principles allowing for good safe asanas.
I am currently teaching in Cabarete, in the Dominican Republic but used to live at Vajraloka retreat centre, having been involved in Buddhism and specifically the Triratna Community since 1993. I love to bring out the meditative aspect of yoga in my classes and specifically the relationship between body and mind.
To quote Jason Crandell, one of my favourite yoga teachers: 'the pose is not the practice, the pose is merely the context, the practice is mindfulness'
Visit my website www.cabareteyoga.com
Amber started yoga at the age of 16 after an injury made her withdraw from competitive gymnastics in the 1970’s. She was fortunate to find an Iyengar Yoga Teacher at that time, and this became by far her most preferred style of yoga due to the alignment and attention to detail of the posture work. Amber qualified as an Iyengar Yoga Teacher in 1997, and in the year 2000 went to the Iyengar Yoga Institute in Pune in India to study with Mr Iyengar. In the UK Amber taught for 10 years at the Croydon Buddhist Centre becoming the Manager of the Yoga and Health Centre there. Amber is also a qualified Holistic Therapist, and nowadays her passion for health and spiritual well-being is practised alongside her love of permaculture.
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.
These retreats are open to all. They 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.
For more information read the retreat information sheet.