Yoga and Nature Workshops

Seaweed Foraging

Kelp Laminaria digitata oarweed
Kelp at low tide – Laminaria digitata – oarweed

Venue: East Prawle

Date/Time: Saturday 22 August (few places remaining). 1.15 – 4.45pm

A chance for a small group 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 nutritional free foods harvested in a sustainable way.

We will meet at East Prawle village at 1.15pm and walk down lane/footpaths/field to reach a wild beach to catch the Spring tide.

I will guide you to the seaweeds I have been harvesting for years, identify them, harvest sustainably and provide suggested edible uses. Plus talk about the health benefits of seaweeds. We will also look at some edible cliff plants, hedgerow plants and enjoy this rugged wild landscape.

We will observe social distancing.

Please have lunch before as timing for this is not included in the event. Be equipped for walking on uneven ground and rocks with seaweed on. Bring own basket/container, scissors and go away with a harvest! Expect to arrive back in East Prawle village around 4.45pm or you can stay on at the beach finishing with the workshop around 4.15pm.

Booking essential to secure one of these exclusive places – by making full payment. Email me to book a place. £25.

Woman in yoga pose
Maha mudra – The Great Seal. An important asana in the Vinyasa Krama system.

Design your own Yoga Practice

Venue: Tbc when we can meet again

Date/Time: Tbc when we can meet again

An opportunity to learn how to design your own yoga practice using the Vinyasa Krama system of yoga. This basically means learn the essentials and variations of yoga step by step. We will start with a short practice and then look at some of these essentials, including the importance of breathing techniques and the aim of a calm mind. We will use the Vinkasa Krama Yoga Manual to design balanced home practices including 3 of different lengths to suit the time you have available. Finally some advice on when and how to fit it into daily life.

There may be future workshops, to learn more about yoga gradually.

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 manual will be available for sale at £15 (separate). It has been put together by Steve 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, to help you work out practices.

Cost: £25, booking essential. Places secured by full payment. Contact me to arrange or pay at a class.

Learn Yoga? An Introduction

Venue:

Date/time: TBC – do get in touch if you’d like to attend one

Cost:

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.

Yoga Philosophy and Practice – Parts 1, 2, 3

Venue: More dates coming early in 2020

Cost:

Workshop 1:

  • What is Vinyasa Krama yoga & its lineage
  • What is the meaning of yoga, the goal & its 8 limbs
  • Benefits of basic breathing practices
  • Putting a practice together

Workshop 2:

  • 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
  • How to use the Vinyasa Krama practice manual & more on putting a practice together
  • Mudras – some of the more important positions that have a greater effect

Workshop 3:

  • 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