Forthcoming Workshops

Ashtanga Foundations

Event Details When: Starts Tuesday 14 April 2015 (6-7.15pm)
Cost: £70
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Develop your practice of Ashtanga Yoga in a safe and comprehensive manner. This six week course is semi-private meaning it's limited to eight participants to allow for individual attention and instruction, helping you get the most out of your practice.

The course is perfect if you've completed the Introduction to Ashtanga Course or have been coming to our drop in classes for a while and would like to develop and progress your practice.

In this six week course you'll revisit the Sun Salutations and the standing postures, refining your technique to help you to get the most amount of benefit from these foundational postures. This will then prepare you for the seated postures which will be modified for you if required. You'll be introduced to the more advanced postures contained within the sequence and be given preparation exercises to help you work towards them. You'll also spend more time working on backbending and inversions, learning good technique and alignment.

You'll also rediscover the correct breathing technique and how along with bandhas, vinyasa and dristi it can transform your practice of Ashtanga yoga. You'll put what you do on the mat in context with a closer look at how yoga can be a practical philosophy for life. And finally, you'll learn more about the Mysore style approach to Ashtanga and experience its magic for yourself!

Each week we'll work on a bit more of the sequence building on prior weeks and you'll be given homework to practise between classes! Once you've completed the course you'll be ready to get the most from any of the regular classes on the timetable or your own practice at home.

With a set sequence of postures and a unique system of breath synchronised movement, Ashtanga yoga creates heat in the body, making you sweat, allowing you to move freely and release toxins. A regular yoga practice brings strength and flexibility in the body and focus and clarity in the mind. Ashtanga yoga will complement and enhance any other training or exercise programs you are undertaking. It'll help you move and breathe more efficiently, feel more relaxed and centred. It's physically challenging and will increase strength and improve flexibility - it'll be the best thing you do this year!

To get the maximum benefit, it's important that you attend all classes in the course.

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Additional information:

Dates: Tuesday 14/21/28 April & 5/12/19 May 2015
Time: 6 - 7.15pm
Cost: £70
Spaces are strictly limited to EIGHT per course.
This course is not suitable for pregnancy. If you have any injury concerns please get in touch to discuss.

The Gifts of Yoga with James Boag

Event Details When: 10 - 12 April 2015
Cost: Full Weekend £155
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Gain new perspectives and clarity on the practical applications of yoga and bring the teachings of yoga into all aspects of your life with the inspirational James Boag.

Yoga is all about achieving integration, harmony, balance and optimum health in everything that we do. Over this weekend you'll learn how to use the classical teachings of practical yoga philosophy as tools to support you in that.

Friday 10 April 2015

6.30 - 9pm Yoga: Hanuman and Leaping over the Ocean

Discover and deepen your understanding of the practical, real-life teachings of yoga with this evening of live storytelling and interpretation from the beating heart of the living yoga tradition.

Like Star Wars, the stories of the yoga tradition are set in a time far, far away, yet they speak vividly to us today. Really, they are set in the here and now of our lives: the colourful characters and fantastic adventures communicate timeless truths in ways we can relate to and draw support from as we navigate the challenges and opportunities of a human life.

Here, James will share and interpret one of the most celebrated episodes of the Indian epic Ramayana and unpack some of its rich wisdom in the context of our lives today.

Saturday 11 April 2015

Yoga and the Art of Living and Dying

Everything that is born will die. Death is intrinsic to life. Without the space of the exhale, there is no room for new growth. In contemporary mechanistic and material cultures, these truths are often shunned. The disregard for the basic laws of Nature is one of the key causes of the diseased imbalance we see in the world today. Yoga however, teaches us to pay attention and be more and more honest with ourselves, stripping away the veils that hide our unique, essential gifts. Here we will explore how a closer relationship with the cycles of nature in and all around us can help us find deeper harmony and satisfaction in all aspects of our lives.

10am - 12.30pm Themed Asana Exploration - The Art of Living and Dying

Working with principles to help ensure that our asana practice can be a sustainable support the length of our lives, we will explore how each asana and each practice session can be seen as a life cycle, and a means that can help us learn to embody the Art of Living and Dying: learning to meet the opportunities and challenges of each unfolding moment of life in ways that invite deeper peacefulness and integration.

12:30 - 2pm Vegetarian Lunch

2 - 5.30pm The Art of Living - Discussion, Meditation & Kirtan

'If you want to be spontaneous, you've got to be prepared.' David Hockney

What does it mean to live 'artfully'? How can yoga practices and principles help us to come to know ourselves more intimately and express our unique gifts more fully? Practical consideration of the artist in the context of yoga.

Sunday 12 April 2015

Yoga: Darkness and Light

In yoga and spiritual practices, we often hear about the importance of the light. However, as we practice, we discover that it is often darkness that gives birth to our greatest insights, the most beautiful things sprout in the dark and times of shadowy fear can push us into abiding growth.


10am - 12:30pm Themed Asana Exploration - Embracing the Darkness and Dccepting the Light ?

Yoga recognises that all of life is pulsation: expansion and contraction, opening and closing, darkness and light. Here, we will explore how we can work with the reality of the duality we experience in our lives and in ?sana practice to help us expand the space of the centre to access greater efficiency and completion in all we do.

12:30-2:00pm Vegetarian Lunch

2 - 5.30pm Learning to See in the Dark - Discussion, Meditation & Kirtan

The patterns that bind and limit us often reside 'in the dark' beyond our conscious awareness. Fear, our greatest enemy, uses the dark and the unknown, as its fuel. The yogic warrior, or spiritual hero, learns how to make friends with the dark, to explore the not so obvious places that have so much to teach us, and in effect to be able to 'see' in the dark, and so harness the power of dark times to incubate growth and evolution.

Profile of James

James teaches applied yoga philosophy around the world and is known for bringing the traditional, scriptural teachings of yoga to vivid life, in ways which make clear their relevance and practical application in our lives today. His powerful kirtans invite participants to bathe in rich sound; cleansing, energising, and heightening awareness of the depth and glory of our inner selves.

James' practice and teaching grow from their roots in the Shankaracarya Vedic tradition and the school of Kashmir Shaivism. His classes are infused with the 'ras' or flavour of joy associated with the devotional practice of kirtan, and of the bliss which is seen as underlying everything in the beautiful teachings of Shaivism.

He has been teaching yoga and leading kirtan regularly since 2003 and teaching since 1993. In 2005, while he was teaching English at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, James began studying Sanskrit. From 2008-2012, James spent about half his time in Mysore, where he completed his MA in Sanskrit, and where he continues to lead kirtan and courses on the Bhagavad Gita and Yoga Sutras, attended by international students of many Mysore's renowned yogasana teachers.

Workshop Costs

Full Weekend £155 inclusive of lunch both days
Individual Day (Saturday/Sunday) £75 inclusive of lunch
Morning Session £45 (inclusive of lunch) / Afternoon session £45
Friday Night Session £30

Luxury ecoYoga Retreat - FULLY BOOKED

Event Details When: Thursday 16th - Sunday 19th April 2015
Cost: £485
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Our new luxury yoga retreat takes place at the ecoYoga Centre near Loch Awe in the Scottish Highlands Thursday 16th - Sunday 19th April 2015.

I'm running the retreat with good friend and fellow yoga teacher Siobhan Fitzgerald of Yoga Glasgow & Yoga with Siobhan. Our knowledge of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga, Pranayama and restorative practices come together in this most amazingly rejuvenating and get-away-from-it-all environment.

ecoYoga Scotland is one of the most magical places to visit and restore your energy flow. The purpose built yoga retreat centre is a total eco organic experience, with all the comforts you would expect of a luxury yoga retreat. The underfloor heating in the yoga room makes practicing a joy. Relax anytime in the 24 hour solar powered hot tub in the Sento Bathing Dome and refresh in the plunge pool after, if you dare! A sauna built into the landscape and two open air baths placed at the centre and bottom of natural wild river water falls, each with natural on tap hot water, are just waiting for you to hop in!

The food is plentiful, delicious and is vegetarian/vegan. Wheat free, dairy free or any other special dietary requirement can be catered for too. You'll enjoy three meals a day and from experience the food's fantastic!
Each guest room boasts an amazingly comfortable King size bed looking out over the forests or across the gardens. There are ten rooms with en-suite toilets and three with shared facilities. There's a communal reading room with all day tea & coffee which you can enjoy sitting at the toasty wood burning stove. And if you are lucky there might be some home baked goodies too!

The price for the four day retreat is £485. This includes all your accommodation with linen and towels, Yoga twice per day and meditation in the evening, three delicious meals daily, tea & coffee facilities and use of all the bathing & sauna facilities. Massage is available on request at an additional fee to the therapist.

Our retreat will commence at 2pm on the first day and finish at 2pm on the last day. ??All prices are per person for single occupancy of your own room. There is a 10% discount if you book and share a room with a partner.

Retreat Costs:

Deposit of £100 to secure your place now
Balance of £385 due four weeks prior to the start date

Immerse yourself in yoga. Deepen your asana, pranayama & meditation practice. You'll quickly fall into a routine of yoga, outdoor bathing & siestas leaving you blissfully relaxed and wanting to stay longer!

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Introduction to Ashtanga Yoga Course

Event Details When: Starts Wednesday 22 April 2015 (7.30-8.45pm)
Cost: £70
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Learn the fundamentals of the Ashtanga yoga practice in a slow, safe and comprehensive manner. This structured course is perfect for complete beginners to yoga or those who would like to deepen their understanding of the Ashtanga yoga system.

With a set sequence of postures and a unique system of breath synchronised movement, this style of yoga creates heat in the body, making you sweat, allowing you to move freely and release toxins. A regular yoga practice brings strength and flexibility in the body and focus and clarity in the mind. Ashtanga yoga will complement and enhance any other training or exercise programs you are undertaking. It'll help you move and breathe more efficiently, feel more relaxed and centred. It's physically challenging and will increase strength and improve flexibility - it'll be the best thing you do this year!

In this six week course you will learn Sun Salutations, the fundamental standing postures and be introduced to some of the seated postures with modifications if required. You'll also learn the correct breathing techniques and begin to learn the philosophy of the Ashtanga yoga system. You'll learn a little bit about the Mysore style approach to Ashtanga too.

Over the course we'll break down the sequence of postures. Each week we'll work on a bit more of the sequence building on prior weeks and you'll be given homework to practise between classes! Once you've completed the course you'll be ready to attend any of the regular classes on the timetable.

It's important that you attend all classes in the course.

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Additional information:

• Dates:22/29 April & 6/13/20/27 May 2015.
• Time: 7.30 - 8.45pm
• Cost: £70

Spaces are limited.

This course is not suitable for pregnancy. If you have any injury concerns please get in touch to discuss.

Mantra Circle & Yoga

Event Details When: 24 April 2015 (7pm)
Cost: £9
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Yoga

Calm, slow, meditative yoga with live harmonium and chanting.

Mantra Circle

Call and response chanting Mantras, Bhajans & Kirtans with accompaniment of drum and harmonium. A great way to focus your mind, control the breath and to meditate using the vibrations of Yoga of Sound.

No experience needed, we are not affiliated with any religion, everyone welcome. Come along with an open heart and mind and try it.

One hour Yoga: £6
Kirtan: £4
Combined Yoga & Kirtan: £9

Introduction to Meditation Course

Event Details When: Starts Tuesday 9 June 2015
Cost: £70
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Meditation is a mind and body practice that has a long history of use for increasing calmness and physical relaxation, improving psychological balance, coping with illness, and enhancing overall health and well-being.

The aim of mediation is simple: to pay attention. In deliberately paying attention in this way, we learn how to be more present in the here and now, more fully engaged in whatever is happening, free from distraction or judgement with an open mind - the key to a calmer, happier, healthier you!

In this six week course you will be given a broad overview of meditation theory and practice as well as introduce a number of guided meditation practices from a variety of styles and traditions to help you establish and sustain a meditation practice that fits you. We'll encourage you to use whichever technique you find helpful and to not worry about the rest!

Our course is for everyone who's interested in learning how to meditate, regardless of background or belief. Each course is limited to 10 participants to ensure you get the most out of it. And you'll be given homework to practise between classes too!

Meditation means a lot of different things, but at its heart is a quieting of the mind, which can boost your focus and general health. On this course you'll learn simple meditations that you can practise on your own at home or any time you need a break from busy daily life.

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Additional information:

• Dates: Tuesday 9/16/23/30 June & 7/14 July 2015.
• Time: 6-7.15pm
• Cost: £70

Spaces are limited.

 

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