Saturday 6th JULY 10.30 – 1.30
Buddhism: The Four Preliminaries/Reminders and practicing with awareness.
Asana components: Complete and somewhat challenging vinayasa practice beginning with foundational elements that are often rushed through. The pace will be slow and steady (usually the challenge:), exploring the effect of breath and movement integration on the quality of the mind.
Suitable for all levels including adventurous beginners.
Saturday 6th JULY 3-6pm
Emptiness (shunyata) or selfless-ness (non-self) is a key concept in Mahayana Buddhist philosophy. This workshop will begin with a brief introduction on how we erroneously grasp at a sense of self that is intrinsically real – convinced that it is really real! We will then explore some of the inverted postures. Often these postures can be amongst the most psychologically challenging to learn, with a natural sense of fear. This process can highlight the self-grasping that arises which gives birth to a heightened level of fear. Asana components: Complete vinyasa practice incorporating headstand, forearm stand, and how to approach handstand will be covered. Suitable for all levels, except complete beginners.
Sunday 7th July 9am – 12pm
Vehicles of Buddhism: This workshop will introduce the 3 turnings of the Dharmic Wheel and aim to give a brief overview of the characteristics of each development.We will then look at some of the deeper back bending postures. Back bending can also be amongst the most dis-stressing postures to learn in the beginning stages of practice. However, due to the lack of intrinsic reality to the postures, with time and intelligent practice they can shift from the impossible to the not only possible, but actually blissful.
Assana components: Complete vinyasa practice incorporating various techniques on back bending. Be prepared to receive homework!
Suitable for all levels, except complete beginners.