Going deeper - meditation & yoga
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 - Manjunaga has been exploring the insights and practices of meditation, yoga and Buddhism for over 25 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.
He has taught at the Manchester Buddhist Centre for many years as well as on regular yoga & meditation retreats. In 2005 he was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order and 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 Iyengar yoga, Hatha yoga, Pilates, Yoga Nidra, Focusing and Psychotherapy, 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 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.
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
An ideal first regulars retreat. These retreats take successful themes from our introductory programme, and gently introduce more silence, meditation and a stronger Buddhist context through teachings and Buddhist ritual, including the Sevenfold puja.
Open to anyone who has done an introductory retreat, or has been attending a local centre, and looking to take their practice 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 Meditation and Yoga 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.
Yoga teaching is suitable for beginners and experienced practitioners and will include elements of embodied movement.
For more information see the retreat information sheet.
2022 Covid-19 update: We expect to be running this retreat with a maximum of 21 people including the team. We have put together a Covid-19 pre-retreat information sheet with more detail about what to expect, please read this before booking and in advance of coming on retreat.