This 4 week course is suitable for new students to yoga, and also for those with some experience, wanting to refresh themselves with the basics.
Over the course we will take time to examine up to 38 postures from a dynamic sequence, breaking them down step by step and in doing so learn how to self-adjust and work with our own unique body. This not only enhances the quality of practice, it insures a safe and lasting practice.
During a regular dynamic yoga class full of experienced
practitioners, the sequence of postures may move
too quickly for a beginner. These sessions will allow time to adjust or correct students and to learn the principle of ‘bringing the body to the posture.’
We will also examine the structure of a model skeleton enabling us to clearly visualise some of the more complex body structures like the vertebrae, wrists, shoulders, hips, knees and ankles. Through this basic anatomical understanding we will learn why some people find certain postures so easy and others almost impossible! Simple adjustments are suggested following the same principles of alignment which, once understood, can be applied as you develop further with your practice.
There will be plenty of time to ask questions specific to your practice and to share your experience, challenges and goals within the posture.
Suitable for all students, beginners will learn correct alignment from the start and more experienced students will understand and accept the practice their body is capable of. Jozef's teaching motto remains 'to practise in full awareness, maintaining appropriate alignment in all postures where breath should be your main guide.'
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Inner Silence (Antar Mouna) is a yogic meditation technique that works systematically to both witness and process the movements (vrittis) of the mind. During the 7 stages of the practice you are led through various instructions which support one's awareness to become increasingly refined. Learning to observe thoughts and feelings arising is a key part of this practice - developing the quality of a witness. Another aspect explored is the opportunity to consciously work with specific thoughts and topics as part of this process - in order to move towards a state of inner silence we need to give space to all of the 'stuff' that occupies us on a consicous and even subconscious level. Finally, once we have worked with all of the 'stuff', we practice the technique of bringing one's mind to one point (dharana), thus creating an inner sense of stillness and silence.
During this 6 week course we will be learning this powerful practice in stages, ensuring a proper grounding in each stage before we move on to the next one.
The course is suitable for those who have some experience of meditation and are looking for new techniques and also newcomers are welcome.
Each session will involve a bit of movement and stretching and some yogic breathwork(pranayama) to prepare us for the seated meditation. Meditation cushions and chairs are both available at the centre and you are also welcome to lie down comfortably if sitting for a period of time is not accessible to you. Handouts will be provided each week and the practice will be recorded so that you can practice on your own at home. By the end of the session you will have the complete audio practice plus a short practice manual to work from in the future.
Please note our 4 tiers payment system is available for this course: Standard Rate - £90; Support Rate - £63; Solidarity Rate - £18; Sponsor Rate - £105.
In this Day Retreat we will celebrate the arrival of autumn by gently turning our attention inwards. As the high outward-facing energy of summer falls towards the ground we will enjoy yoga, pranayama, meditation and yoga nidra to begin to reconnect with the quieter parts of ourselves. We will practice mouna, or silence, throughout the day, allowing our outer voices to rest and preserving our energy for some inner focus.
The act of speaking is a physical activity which externalises our awareness and our senses. By letting go of the need to speak, we open up new ways of being in the world, of connecting to others and of connecting to ourselves. We begin to notice the great urge we have to speak, the constant chatter that can fill our lives. By pulling back and not following through with that urge, we may learn something new about ourselves and the chattering nature of our minds. Mouna, or 'harmious silence within' can be a powerful practice - you may experience it as challenging or as a sweet relief, but you will be encouraged and supported to embrace whatever arises for you on the day.
We will practice Antar Mouna - Inner Silence Meditation - a technique that leads us through various stages of internal awareness, guiding us through the internal noise and opening up the possibility of experiencing the inner silence. It is a clear, steady practical tool that can be practiced anywhere and its effects may stay with you after the practice is over.
We will end the day with some chanting, reconnecting with our outer voices and sharing in the heart-opening joy that chanting together can bring.
There will be a delicious wholesome lunch served in our Lounge area and there will be time for resting and generally enjoying the beautiful space of Satyam.
All are welcome - physical practices can be adapted to suit varying levels and physical abilities. Price includes herbal teas, snacks and a hearty lunch.
This workshop explores how intergenerational trauma is stored in the body. Through a series of healing practices including meditation, visualisation, movement, ritual and magic, participants will gain a sense of how trauma manifests in the body and can be healed physically, energetically and spiritually. As well as providing psycho-education and evidence-based healing technologies from two therapists with over 35 years combined experience, the workshop invites participants to connect to the wisdom traditions of their lineage, which are also passed from generation to generation. Bringing together Black womxn in a safe space promises a gentle initiation to healing ancestral trauma through the power of gathering and community.
The day will flow at an easy pace suitable for all levels – whether you have a regular meditation or ancestral veneration practice, or you are a complete novice and simply curious about how to incorporate them into your daily life, we have got you covered. Each exercise will be followed by a period of self-reflection during which you can sit in quiet contemplation, or journal about your experiences. Those who wish to, can share their reflections with the group or simply listen to others and process in private. A lunch of healthy high vibration food will be provided to support integration of what you have learned, into the body.
Satyam's tiered pricing applies to this day retreat, offering the following prices to suit diverse financial abilities:
Standard rate - £75 (For those in a position to pay the full price of the event)
Sponsor rate - £90 (By paying this rate you are providing subsidy for someone in financial need who would otherwise be unable to attend)
Support rate - £60 (For those who usually receive concession prices with us - full-time students, low income)
Solidarity rate - £15 (For those who would be otherwise unable to attend for financial reasons or other barriers)
Please contact us to receive a concession or solidarity rate.