Digging Up the Roots of Suffering to Skillfully Navigate the Wheel of Samsara

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Photo by Birgit Tabbarah

Workshop with The Life Centre Notting Hill, London –  12 June 2016

Roots of suffering can be branched out into 5 kleshas (mental emotional afflictions), our choices can reinforce this binding and can stain our perspective leaving one feeling alone, broken and in some form of dis-ease.

Our personal struggle has no “one size fits all” yoga prescription for relief. However, a bit of guidance from suggested living methodologies and a focused mind, heart and body can do wonders to alleviate that which creates the suffering. The hardest part of finding relief from suffering is identifying just what it is that causes the suffering to begin with. This workshop will explore different types of suffering in detail and create an active path to the relief we seek.

You will explore 4 steps to liberation from our roots of suffering, nurturing them with a bodhicitta state of mind, aware-full choices and reinforced practices to grow from healthier roots and soil.

Expect lecture, asana, pranayama, meditation.

Please bring pen & paper.

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Skilful navigation through Self-Knowledge

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Photo by Birgit Tabbarah

Workshop with Yoga Campus London, UK. 16 & 17 July 2016

The treatment of addiction, depression, anxiety and other mental disorders is increasingly relying on alternative methods of therapy as more about the root causes of such disorders are understood. Treatment centres and psychologists are increasingly taking a page from the mindfulness movement to holistically treat patients that suffer mental trauma and the afflictions that are symptomatic of a life out of balance. Movement and breathing techniques have been proven to be effective to aid in recovery for all sorts of mental disorders and Yoga has risen to the forefront as alternative therapy in a science that up until recently focused solely on a cognitive approach to therapy. But, as the barometer for assessment and treatment of overall mental health changes, is yoga as a therapy really all that alternative?

The definition of Yoga has roots firmly grounded in a focus on self-understanding. The more we understand ourselves, our habits and our suffering the more we have choices to align ourselves with the true path and the state of balanced flow. The equilibrium and harmony of a balanced life takes in to account the spiritual, the mental and the physical. Yoga, at its fundamental core is an exercise in developing a strong and balanced state for all three. Yoga puts the same amount of emphasis on, and gives an equal importance to, the emotional health as it does physical health.

This weekend workshop taps into the Yogic roots of holistic health and focuses on the skill in action yoga creates, helping to bring self-knowledge and the ability to identify and enact constant beneficial corrections as we follow our path. The course is designed for Advanced Yoga Students and Teachers and will introduce an adaptation of the 12 steps of Recovery to develop skills that will aid students to identify suffering in our lives and how to move past them. We will use Vinyasa and Kriya yoga, as well as Meditation and Yoga Nidra to create bespoke therapies for the sufferings of our clients, our students and most importantly, ourselves.

Saturday 16th July 2016
We will discuss the basic neuroscience, behavioural patterns and simple techniques to support strategies in enhancing emotional well-being in a yoga practice. Zephyr will lecture on yogic theories and begin to map out the foundation in bespoking a client’s therapy to a client’s condition. Emphasis will be on seeing a holistic picture of a client by using the yogic sciences and techniques as resources to address imbalances. Application of these yogic resources will be through practice of Vinyasa flow and Kriya yoga.

Day One will draw from the the yogic principles of:

  • Gunas
  • Doshas
  • Koshas
  • Prana Vayus
  • Swara
  • Chakras
  • Granthis
  • Kriya Yoga
  • Mudras
  • Mantras
  • Pranayama
  • Vinyasa
  • Yoga Nidra

Sunday 17th July 2016
Turning the focus now inward and working on the 12 Steps ourselves, Zephyr will illustrate personally how this method works in creating positive routines and habits to help those suffering. Drawing from the wisdom of the Four Noble Truths, The Eight Limbs of Yoga and the philosophy behind Kriya Yoga, Zephyr will help students identify their own sufferings and how those may create routines and habits that can influence the paths we follow and the imbalances that arise.

Day Two will focus on:

  • The Four Noble Truths
  • The Eight Fold Path
  • The Eight Limbs of Yoga
  • Kriya Yoga
  • The Adapted Twelve Steps of Recovery

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The Middle Path: Divergence from a path out of balance

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Workshop with Yoga Campus @ The Yoga Lounge in Manchester, UK

The way we carry ourselves sends a message to the world conveying our state of mind, perspective and our physical health. To the trained eye posture is the tell-all for those suffering from pain and those that live in balance. The foundation of our body is inherently based on our feet, knees and hips and a little bit of TLC in those areas can have remarkable effects for our overall health. Our main objective with this workshop is to re-educate the body for pain-free movement by restoring postural balance, increase self-knowledge in dynamic flow, habits and routine and most importantly re-learn how to carry ourselves off the yoga mat.

Saturday 25th June 2016

We will look at specific alignment issues and causes of pain with a focus on the spine and postural integrity. Evaluation of posture will be our focus, however it takes more than just good posture to maintain good health and balance. We will explore methods of assessing problems with movement issues, the three diaphragms and also discuss the myofacial planes. We will explore techniques for dealing with Flexion and Extension Syndrome, while putting a special focus on understanding the focal points of weakness, stability and how they are affected by our lifestyle and genetic predisposition.

Saturday will introduce the importance and functions of the Pelvic Girdle. We will discuss and develop techniques for assessing problem areas and imbalance within the uniqueness of every pelvis. Hands on practice of applying and developing techniques that build alignment, flexibility and stability of the pelvis to alleviate pain and aid balanced holistic health. Zephyr will instruct students on bespoke yoga asana and basic massage techniques to alleviate misalignments and pain due to every day lifestyle problems.

Sunday 26th June 2016

Sunday will focus on anatomy and function of the feet, knees and hips. Working from the ground up, we will learn to see the body in action and how the interconnected lines of intelligence inform our patterns of movement and sometimes can result in pain. Approaching the feet, knees and hips as, literally, the foundations of our bodies’ health and balance, we will evaluate the alignment of the feet and legs and discuss how to assess alignment highlighting common problems, misalignments and causes of pain. By looking at the feet, knees and hips as the foundation for the spine and the connections the spine has to the rest of the body, we understand that this foundation is critical to supporting that well-being and balance for the entire body. The metaphor for the Middle Path as our centre of balance is well illustrated in the application of techniques for this session. Zephyr will use yoga asana and massage techniques as well as customised sequencing to create paths to long term healing.

12 Hours CPD

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