All workshops have a Covid policy and risk assessment
Places secured with full payment, booking essential. Places non-refundable unless I can fill the place or if the workshops is cancelled by me or due to Covid restrictions.
Indoor workshops may be offered on Zoom if there is a lockdown/restriction
Yoga and Ayurveda Retreat Morning
Time/date: Saturday 27 November, 10am-1pm
Venue: South Brent Village Hall (upstairs)
We will start with some breath/pulse rate assessment followed by a yoga practice (suitable for all).
After the break, there will be foot and face massage, followed by relaxing eye care while wrapped warmly in your blanket.
We will finish with Pranayama (breathing exercises) leading onto meditation (15-20 minutes).
All techniques you will be guided to do yourself which empowers you to do this at home!
We will monitor our breath/pulse at the end too.
A small bottle of sesame oil will be included for use on the day & to take home.
An Introduction to Ayurveda
Time/date: Friday 14 January 2022, 7-9.30pm
Venue: The Dragon Sanctuary 34 Bossell Road, Buckfastleigh, TQ11 0DD
Come to an evening where this (at least) 5000 year old holistic and traditional system of medicine will be introduced. Liz Turner from Into Yoga and Nature will go over the basics of understanding the doshas and how they relate to the elements, plus how imbalances in them are responsible for health conditions. We will also look at how fundamental digestion is and the journey of nutrition, to help gain an understanding of how food affects our body.
You will be able to complete a questionnaire during the workshop to get an indication of your current dosha and learn how you can improve health through diet, herbs, lifestyle and yoga. We will try some relaxing and nourishing techniques – breathing, massage, chanting and meditation. In the chanting we will learn how to use Mantra for balancing the Doshas.
Go away feeling empowered to make a difference to your health, well-being and access peace/stillness.
A chance to learn about foraging edible seaweed. Learn which are most easily harvested, used and cooked. Go away feeling empowered to provide yourself with tasty and highly nutritious free foods harvested in a sustainable way.
We will meet at Fishcombe Cove Cafe and walk together onto the beach/rocks to catch the Spring tide.
I will guide you to the seaweeds I have been harvesting for years, identify them, harvest sustainably and suggest edible uses. Plus talk about the health benefits of seaweeds. We may look at some edible cliff plants & Autumn berries, time permitting but today’s focus is seaweed.
Come equipped/feel confident to walk on uneven ground, beach and slippery rocks with seaweed on/around rockpools. The best shoes are aqua shoes but not essential. Bring own basket/container/bag, scissors and go away with a harvest!
A free guide containing some of the seaweeds I talk about will be emailed afterwards but it is recommended to take notes and photos.
Yoga and Ayurveda for Anxiety
As anxiety has become very widespread in our modern world, there will be 2 workshops (2nd one is a follow up) to cover this subject including providing an understanding from a yoga and ayurvedic perspective. Just this knowledge can help us to heave a sigh of relief and to know that we are not alone in our experience. There will also be techniques (particularly breathing), practices, lifestyle suggestions, diet and herbs that can all help enormously. The first workshop will provide you with some ideas to start working on at home and the 2nd will review this and give more support. Yoga practices will be included in the workshop.
Attending will also enable you to optionally have herbs prescribed individually (usually requiring a consultation fee). If you decide to do this, you will be asked to complete a form in advance & during the workshops, I will chat to you for a short time privately to make suggestions for herbs/any individual dietary advice to address anxiety and for good health (this can often include addressing other health matters as ayurveda has a holistic approach).
Introduction to Yoga Philosophy
Venue: South Brent Village Hall
Why do we practice yoga? Quite often people’s goals are to become stronger, more flexible and reduce stress. We know there are yoga poses and relaxation. This is all true. But the goal is actually a still mind, which in itself is a key to progress towards enlightenment. What is enlightenment?
Come to this introduction, to start learning some of the answers. We will cover the 8 limbs of yoga and learn about our fundamental misunderstanding of ourselves and why this leads to a range of emotions. Yoga practices included. There will be a follow up workshop.
Design your own Yoga Practice
An opportunity to learn how to design your own yoga practice. We will look at the meaning of ‘Vinyasa Krama’, the essentials and variations of a practice, learning step by step, plus the importance of breathing techniques and the aim of a calm mind. We will use a practice manual to design balanced home practices including different lengths to suit the time you have available. Finally some advice on when and how to fit it into daily life.
Suitable beginners/experienced. The practices on the day will be adapted as necessary for different people, but contact me if you want to discuss in advance.
The Vinyasa Krama Yoga Manual will be available for sale at £15 (separate). It has been put together by Stephen Brandon, true to the Krishnamacarya lineage of yoga and invaluable for getting an overview of the sequences, together with background information. It will be referred to in the workshop, and used to help you work out practices now and into the future.
Yoga Philosophy and Practice – Parts 1, 2, 3
Venue: TBC – POSSIBLE TO ATTEND VIA ZOOM ALSO
- What is Vinyasa Krama yoga & its lineage
- What is the meaning of yoga, the goal & its 8 limbs
- Benefits of basic breathing practices
- A short practice
- summarising & picking up from previous material and expanding on the goal of yoga
- the 5 Kleshas – ‘afflictions’ or causes of pain & how yoga can help us with these
- Mudras – some of the more important positions that have a greater effect
- A short practice
- summarising & picking up from previous material and expanding on the goal – what is meant by ‘liberation’
- some principles in Samkhya, an ancient philosophy from India that describes the nature of the universe and consciousness. It is closely aligned with Yoga philosophy.
- different components of the mind and how the mind is involved in these principles
- is yoga spiritual/religious? And how it fits in with Eastern/Western philosophies/beliefs.
- general points/advice for getting a balanced life/responding to life & applying yoga principles in the challenge of daily lives
- A short practice
Date/Time: Date TBC
Cost: £25 per workshop, includes handout
Learn Yoga? An Introduction
Date/time: TBC – do get in touch if you’d like to attend one
Yoga is not about being flexible! This is for anyone who would like to learn a few basics about yoga & then join a class. Or you can be practising yoga already and be interested to find out more about this particular tradition.
A pupil recently gave me a card that started with ‘Yoga is not about touching your toes’ & later ‘calming the mind is yoga’. This is a chance to put yoga in context and learn a little background philosophy, basic principles and try out a short practice suitable for all (everyone will be able to practice to their ability). This will include body movements and positions, breathing practices and a short quiet time.
At the end we can discuss which weekly class would be suitable for you. My classes include gentle chair yoga.
The card from a pupil also said ‘Yoga has been known to cause health and happiness’! I teach Vinyasa Krama Yoga from the Krishnamacharya tradition, the movements are slow, co-ordinated with steady breath.
Autumn Berry Walk
A guided walk to look at edible berries this Autumn and also see if any chestnuts are ready! We will look closely at some of the perhaps less well known berries and fruit, some from native trees/shrubs and some from cultivated. This will include identifying from leaves/fruit/bark and then discussing their edible uses. I will also mention uses of edible nuts that we probably won’t see on site.
Recipes will be emailed after the event but you will have all the info from the walk, to harvest for yourself and experiment with eating and cooking! We won’t harvest loads on this site to preserve enough for wildlife.