Our unique human ability to self-reflect is one thing that sets us apart from all other sentient beings. The continual evolution of our consciousness to be awakened (for those seeking it) to that which is behind life itself is a wonder for us as humans philosophically, spiritually and cognitively. Gives a new sense to the expression; “may wonders never cease”.
This New Year’s workshop will call upon our past experiences to inform our present, honouring those who supported us along the way. We will enter practices that promote that evolution by “burning” that which impedes us from growing forward in our lives. We will draw on the teachings of:
– tantra that increase our capacity to acquire energy to positively affect all aspects of our lives. – asana to strengthen our vessel. – pranayama to build our vital force. – yoga nidra to heal and nurture. – meditation to open us to the boundless reservoir towards inspiring our potential for awakening.
We will call upon the 3-fold process of kriya yoga as the blueprint to promoting purification, self-reflection and establishing a relationship to ishvara/the divinity of your understanding. This New Year we will plant seeds of purpose and reduce the seeds of suffering thus actualising the light of knowledge within you, as you, working for you and with you to wake you up to its presence in everything.
“There is a light, that lights the whole world. It radiates absolute truth, boundless will, skill in action and is the source of all knowledge” 5 Creative Shaktis within all of us.
Exploring your Kleshas (Mental Emotional Afflictions) Zephyr talks about how Yoga can bring up emotions that we can learn from. Using Tapas to create mental heat of concentration during our practice, Zephyr encourages you to acknowledge your reactions to the heat within your practice and use that awareness and conscious observation to learn more about who you are. Are these emotions helping or hindering?
In this Practice Zephyr helps you identify the mental afflictions that cause our suffering as we pass through this life. Zephyr challenges you to confront your own suffering and observe your reaction(s) to it. This is a practice that creates heat (Tapas) and helps you to become aware of the mental heat of concentration. Be guided by your own wisdom to experience “Yoga” and move beyond these afflictions.
‘What asana is for the body, pranayama is for the mind’ to achieve the ‘state’ of yoga we practice yoga directing our attention to the shaping of the breath while refining the relationship between the body and mind. This practice will focus on breath retention, suspension and progression in order to purify and create clarity in our ability to occupy our embodiment while enduring negative thoughts and emotions that may come up. Calm and ease brought into existence during dis-ease can be an incredible life hack. Come back to this practice anytime the world is feeling a bit overwhelming and centre yourself within the wisdom of your inner-teacher.
This practice will apply Kriya Yoga (Tapas, Sva dhyaya and isvara pranidhana) as we move, connecting to the strong feelings, thoughts and reactions that may have come up during the work focused on addressing our resentment.
Granthis are “knots” binding the physical body and the psycho-emotional subtle body together. There are three Granthis covering 6 out of our 7 Chakras. These “knots” inhibit a healthy pranic flow of intelligence and function in these centres. Each of these Granthis are said to be the embodiment of 3 Hindu God-Heads, Brahma: The Creator, Vishnu: The Sustainer, and Rudra: The Roarer/Destroyer.
Using storytelling of these archetypes we will unravel the complexity of why we get knotted up in certain areas and how to use the Yogic technology to assist in our unfolding and creating a free-flowing current towards seeking contentment, serenity and stillness.
Expect a lecture, breath-centric asana, pranayama, kriya, mudra, mantra and meditation.
Itha108is a Greek island retreat set in a place of outstanding natural beauty, providing a space specifically for peace, relaxation and practice.
Ithaca, home of Itha108, is one of the smallest in the Ionian islands that is radiating with Grecian authenticity. It’s shores play host to a long Homeric and mythical history whose many mysteries are sensed amongst animated panorama and secretive coves. Itha108 overlooks the sea and the eastern coastline of neighbouring Kefalonia from an elevated wilderness of olive trees and exposed rocks that provide the elements around which it is built, allowing its natural beauty to speak for itself. An emphasis on indoor-outdoor living ensures full use of the land and its treasures that extend to sweeping and hidden beaches below.
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 it’s 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 course 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.
Over the course, Zephyr 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.
The course will draw from the the yogic principles of:
Chakras & Granthis
Rasa of Emotions
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.
Join Zephyr in this journey inwards; spiraling from the physical body into the pranic body, merging with the mental layer into the wisdom realm and finally into the state of bliss creates a channel to experience the Individual Consciousness to the Cosmic Consciousness.As Yoga students we are all too familiar with our physical body and our pranic body that sustains the Life Force as we navigate the material world. However, as we study deeper into Yogic/Ayurveda philosophy and psychology we find there are “layers” or “sheaths” that create a pathway to the more subtle dimensions for growth and balance of being. The Kosha model being a very effective therapeutic map to direct our journey towards health, fulfilment and serenity.This workshop will explain the forces of Agni (Fire) that fuel the 5 Koshas, touch on the Chakra System, Prana Vayus and the Rasas (Essence of Emotions). Finally linking our Asana, Pranayama and Meditation to digest and assimilate the information given.Expect: a lecture, breath-centric asana, pranayama, kriya, mudra, mantra and meditation.
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ParaYoga is a modern version of a more traditional Yoga technique that focuses the practice on a preparation for meditation. The original intent of the physical practice of Yoga was to always work the body in order to still the mind. In this practice we will use that stillness to bring clarity to our New Year’s intention and ultimately help us gain focus on our desires as we step into 2018.
We will use breath-centric techniques as well as the Mudras, Kriyas and also Mantra to tap in to the boundless resource of inspiration within ourselves and gain fulfilment and clarity in navigating life with integrity and power.