Teaching yoga to help with addiction and recovery: a 4 week course with Zephyr Wildman

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Sundays April 22nd, April 29th, May 6th, May 13th  2:15-3:45pm.

Triyoga Ealing

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:

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

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.

The course will emphasise and 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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Upcoming Retreats with Zephyr:

13-18th March, 2018 Morocco
Azaren Luxury Yoga-Cycling-Hiking Retreat with Zephyr Wildman & Christian Robertson

4-10th June, 2018 Morocco
Azaren Luxury Yoga Retreat with Zephyr Wildman

 

The Koshas: 5 spiralling layers of being, with Zephyr Wildman

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Sat, 24 February 2018 14:00 – 16:30

Triyoga Ealing

£30
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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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* * * If booking for more than one person, please do so by calling 020 3362 0688. Do not book via website or the second person will not appear on the roster. * * *

ParaYoga Inspired Workshop with Zephyr Wildman

IMG_477121 January 2018, 14:00–16:00

The Life Centre, Notting Hill
15 Edge Street, London W8 7PN

020 7221 4602

£25

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.

Suitable for all levels.

The Middle Path: Methodologies for Self Knowledge

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My upcoming Workshop; The Middle Path, is something I have been working on for a long time now. It is the culmination of years of study, suffering, heartache and most of all, restoration. The constant through it all has been my yoga practice, my struggle with physical pain and my relationship with the world of addiction and recovery. While I have never battled with addiction personally, too many people that I have loved in my life, have. The darkness it brought to my life was at times unbearable, yet I found solace through my yoga practice and the systematic approach to recovery that I chose to embrace. I also suffered through physical pain that came into being during adolescence and was only relieved in my twenties once I found the root cause of my pain and worked hard to counteract the part of my body that was at war with itself. I found a very personal and very pro-active approach to dealing with my suffering that involved yoga and meditation but also a serious amount of self-reflection and exploration of my choices, repetitive movements and actions. As I continued down my path I realised there are so many people out there suffering in so many different ways. Some suffer with addiction, some suffer with physical pain, some suffer with mental and emotional issues that are deep seeded and have roots that can take years to unearth. But the suffering is there and it is real and our ability to alleviate that suffering is inside all of us if we can only find the methodology and approach to recognise it’s roots, surrender to them, and work hard to move beyond them.

The Middle Path is that approach. It is something I have come to explore and celebrate in my life as it is the learning and understanding of how the philosophy of yoga can be of service to those suffering in all forms. The physical practice of what we know as Yoga and the philosophy behind it is a study of “skill in action” or put another way “informed navigation in life”. With the knowledge of ourselves and insight into why we have physical pain, suffer emotional trauma, or battle with any multitude of disorders, we can use active movement along with meditation and even breathing techniques to find an acceptance and a release of the cause of our suffering and commit to action and informed choices in order to be free. The knowledge and practice of The Middle Path is restoring the balance to our lives and relieving the suffering in a way that is bespoke to each one of us as individuals. It is using yoga as a transformative force for holistic positive change and helping others discover that change themselves.

In my life I have been blessed with the knowledge and understanding through the guidance of my teachers of what it is to really have self-knowledge and more importantly, how to use that self knowledge to create a system of informed navigation through life. I, much like many of my students, have been through dark times and the feeling of hopelessness is an easy adversary to surrender to. Those who live with pain suffer that same hopelessness and often have found little or no relief from western medicine. Hopelessness and suffering is a familiar spectre to those suffering from emotional and psychological affliction. It does not have to be like this. The simple acknowledgement of our suffering is the beginning to the restoration, balance and the relief that we can manifest. Each one of us has a very personal suffering, yet each one of us can have a very customised relief from it.

The Middle Path can bring that relief to you and those in your community. Finding a methodology for self-knowledge and learning to help others discover that same skill will be the focus of my first workshop. This will be the foundation that we as yogis can build upon to create an understanding and a practice of Yoga as Therapy. Join us and find out how you can help create a bespoke dynamic therapy for yourself and those in your community.

For more information, or to join us and register and click here.