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 has been exploring the insights and practices of meditation, yoga and Buddhism for over 30 years and draws from his in-depth training in Buddhist meditation practices and yoga to create an embodied practice that addresses the body, heart and mind.
Manjunaga has taught at the Manchester Buddhist Centre for many years as well as on regular yoga & meditation retreats. He was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order in 2005 where he was given the name Manjunaga which means ‘kind wisdom’. He has taught as a fully accredited yoga teacher in Manchester since completing his yoga training with Simon Low and the Yoga Academy in 2008.
Manjunaga has studied and explored a wide variety of physical, energetic and spiritual practices including Hatha yoga, Yoga Nidra, Psychosynthesis therapy, Focusing and Chinese Medicine, effectively bringing together some of the essential elements from these sources of wisdom and healing into his teaching today.
His style of yoga teaching combines dynamic, flowing movement with stilling, calming restorative postures to experience yoga as a deepening awareness of the breath, cultivating peace of mind. Manjunaga feels that yoga is an awareness practice which offers people an opportunity to become more fully embodied in their experience; it allows for a greater sensitivity to emotional and physical well-being as well as allowing a natural state of open, relaxed awareness to emerge. This practice over time can support a happier, more balanced and meaningful life.
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.
An ideal first regulars retreat. These retreats take themes from our introductory programme and introduce a stronger Buddhist context through meditation, teachings, up to 3 days of silence, ritual and chanting.
Open to anyone who has done an introductory retreat or has been attending a local Buddhist centre, is familiar with Buddhist practice and is looking to take it a bit deeper.
Going Deeper retreats are an ideal first regulars retreat. They are suitable for anyone who has already done an introductory retreat, or who has been attending their local Triratna centre and wants to take things deeper. Going Deeper – with Yoga and Meditation will emphasise a body based approach to meditation supported by the mindful body work of Yoga to help us develop a fuller physical and emotional awareness. We will continue exploring the Mindfulness of Breathing and Metta Bhavana but also introduce a stronger Just Sitting and reflection element to the practice. These retreats will also include an introduction to Buddhist ritual and the seven fold puja. Longer periods of silence than on introductory retreats will support a deep and rich experience of ourselves and others.
For more information read the retreat information sheet.